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first_imgThe Celtics beat Denver for the second time this season, also prevailing 124-118 on Dec. 13.Boston made 10 of its first 16 shots from beyond the perimeter to go up 51-31 in the second quarter and led 56-45 at halftime. Irving led the way with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.The Nuggets climbed back on the strength of a 14-5 run to end the half and outscored Boston 37-24 in the third to go up 82-80.TIP-INSCeltics: G Terry Rozier played despite spraining his right ankle at Golden State on Saturday and scored eight points off the bench. The backup guard has played in every game this season. … Daniel Theis had 11 points and Al Horford scored 10.Nuggets: Jokic has recorded a double-double in 20 of his past 40 games. … F Wilson Chandler sat out with an illness. He’d been dealing with symptoms of a migraine since he left in the first half of Saturday’s win over Dallas. . F Kenneth Faried played for the first time in four games and had zero points and five rebounds in five minutes.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, third from left, drives to the rim as, from left, Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, Celtics center Al Hereford, and Nuggets guard Gary Harris look on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Denver. The Celtics won 111-110. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, Jaylen Brown hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining and the struggling Boston Celtics edged the Denver Nuggets 111-110 on Monday night.Denver had a chance to win in dramatic fashion at the end but Torrey Craig’s tip-in of Will Barton’s long attempt from 3-point range was too late.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Celtics: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday to open a three-game homestand.Nuggets: At the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, looking to end a 10-game losing streak at AT&T Center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blue Eaglets soar in third week of NBTC 24 Irving finished 11 of 17 from the field to lead the Celtics to just their second win in seven games. Jayson Tatum added 20 points and Marcus Morris had 14 off the bench.Boston blew a 20-point lead and trailed heading into the final period. Then the Celtics couldn’t hold onto a six-point advantage in the final two minutes as the Nuggets tied the game at 108 with 43 seconds to go.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNikola Jokic had a double-double by the first minute of the second half for Denver, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Barton scored 19, Gary Harris 15 and Jamal Murray 14.Mason Plumlee had 16 points and eight rebounds before he left with a leg injury in the fourth. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum BanKo encountered a strong resistance from Tacloban, which tried to keep the sets close and was on the edge of taking the third set before the Perlas Spikers imposed their talent-rich bench and snatched the frame from under the Fighting Warays.Nicole Tiamzon and Dzi Gervacio delivered the goods for the Perlas Spikers, who raised their game following their bronze-medal finish in the recent Vinh Long Cup in Vietnam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Fighting Warays absorbed their second straight defeat for a 2-3 record.After tying the match at one set apiece, Tacloban leaned on Jovielyn Prado and Heather Guino-o to open the third frame with a 5-1 lead. It took match point, 24-23, only to see BanKo fighting for every point to steal the set. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Against a gritty Tacloban side, BanKo Perlas kept its perfect form Wednesday night.The Perlas Spikers extended their unbeaten run to five, beating the Fighting Warays, 25-21, 23-25, 29-27, 25-18, to lord it over the standings of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img That told heavily on the morale of the Fighting Warays, who fell behind by as many as 5-13 in the fourth as the Perlas Spikers cruised to the win while getting important points from veterans Amy Ahomiro and Sue Roces.Later in the night, Creamline crushed Adamson-Akari, 25-16, 25-9, 25-20, and tied Pocari-Air Force at second at 3-1. The Lady Falcons fell to 0-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Birthday treat Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, high-fives forward Maurice Harkless, right, after making a 3-point basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon— Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers believe they can use games like this one against Dallas to help them prepare for the final push toward the playoffs.“It’s not about who our opponent is, it’s about the style of play that we want to play, the discipline we want to have, the things we want to do well, that will translate to when we play against the top teams,” Lillard said. “As long as we have that right attitude and we do things the right way, I think we’ll keep getting this result when we play against teams we should beat.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ In Dwyane Wade’s final game in San Antonio, Heat snap Spurs’ 9-game win streakcenter_img Portland rested Lillard in the final period after a 17-point third quarter, which included a stretch when he hit four straight 3-pointers. Enes Kanter added 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his first double-double since joining the Blazers just before the All-Star break.“I thought it was another very special night by Damian,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought he pretty much controlled the game from our standpoint. He took advantage of his scoring opportunities, had another great night passing, finding people.”Portland was coming off a 106-98 victory at home over Indiana on Monday. That was the team’s first game without starting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his left knee last weekend. McCollum will be re-evaluated next week, and no timetable has been set for his return.The Blazers started Jake Layman for the second straight game in McCollum’s place.Lillard had 10 points and four assists as Portland took a 26-17 lead to close the first quarter. It was the lowest first-quarter point total for the Mavs this season.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lillard had 33 points and 12 assists to lead Portland past the struggling Mavericks 126-118 on Wednesday night.Seth Curry scored 20 off the bench for the Blazers, who have won five of six as they try to secure home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Portland (44-27) led by as many as 25, and Lillard hit six of the team’s 16 3-pointers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLuka Doncic had 24 points for the Mavericks, who have lost nine of 10 and are ahead of only Phoenix in the Western Conference.The Trail Blazers are fourth in the West, a half-game back of Houston and in front of a cluster that includes the Spurs, Thunder, Jazz and Clippers. HONORING DIRKNowitzki passed Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the NBA’s career scoring list in the Mavericks’ 129-125 overtime loss to New Orleans on Monday. Stotts was an assistant with the Mavs from 2008-12.“It’s hard to put into words, especially to people of my generation. Wilt was untouchable. And for someone to be in that context, it’s hard to fathom,” Stotts said. “I think the way he’s done it, being the type of player that he is, he’s certainly not the type of player he just passed or the players in front of him. He did it his way, his own style, that I don’t think anyone could have foreseen 20 years ago.”UP NEXTMavericks: At the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.Trail Blazers: Host the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Blazers led by as many as 13 in the first half, but Doncic hit a floater and a pair of free throws to put the Mavericks up 39-38.The threat didn’t last long and Portland pulled in front 58-52 on Jusuf Nurkic’s dunk. Maurice Harkless closed out the half with another dunk to give the Blazers a 65-52 lead at the break.Portland stretched the lead on 79-66 after Lillard’s 3-pointer. Another 3 put the Blazers up 87-69, and Dallas never threatened again.“In the third quarter Lillard just had a stretch like great players can have. He hit four 3s in a row and we were just unable to answer,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “Then the crowd got into it and it just got away.”The Mavs (28-43) have lost eight straight on the road.Dirk Nowitzki, possibly playing his final season, was given a standing ovation in the final quarter when he got up and waved to the Moda Center crowd, which was chanting “We want Dirk.” Nowitzki did not play in the final period and finished with three points.“I just always remember this being a basketball town. The fans, the way they get behind their team here and get loud when their team makes big runs,” Nowitzki said. “It’s a tough place and they’ve always had really great teams year after year.”TIP-INSMavericks: Stotts said he expects Doncic to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Carlisle, told of the prediction, joked: “Boy, he’s really putting himself out there.”Trail Blazers: It was Lillard’s third double-double in his last five games. … The teams split their four-game season series. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe Caricom Secretariat, in collaboration with the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP), has staged its 5th annual commemoration of World AIDS Day, being observed across the globe today, December 1.The event has been in keeping with this year’s theme, which is the “Right to Health”; it zoomed in on the efforts made to allow for the much-needed access to health care for persons living with HIV & AIDS across the region.This theme has been chosen because it has been recognised that although much strides have been made in bringing attention to this dreaded disease, persons who are infected are still not given equal access to health care services, like obtains with any other chronic disease. As such, this year’s observance is meant to bring attention to this issue.Speaking at the ceremony hosted at the Caricom Secretariat, Vivian Rookhum, Senior Officer attached to the Coordinating Unit of PANCAP, in his address on behalf of the PANCAP Director, indicated that the initiative is aimed at highlighting that everyone has the right to the highest attainable health care without discrimination and stigma. This, he noted, is echoed in a wide array of international commitments.He outlined the significant accomplishments of his organisation, particularly as relates to the fight against HIV & AIDS.“Since its establishment in 2001, PANCAP has seen many successes, including the sharpest regional decline in HIV incidents — by 48.1% between 2001 and 2013; decline in AIDS-related deaths by 50% from 2000 to 2016; and ARV (Anti-retroviral drugs) coverage increased to 52% from less than 5% in 2001,” relayed Rookhum.This, he noted, is paired with capacity building of health care providers across the region.The PANCAP official further pointed out: “Despite the overall gains, considerable challenges remain for the Caribbean, which (still) has an unacceptably high HIV prevalence among key populations. While 64% of people living with HIV knew their status in 2016, 36% did not; 52% are on treatment, while 48% are not.”With that in mind, he contended that in order for there to be further reductions in AIDS-related mortality and transmission, there must be increased efforts at providing services and awareness where HIV is more heavily concentrated.“Achieving universal access to comprehensive, high quality, integrated HIV prevention and treatment services requires inclusive and harmonised multi-sectorial action, including the removal of legal, social and cultural barriers,” expressed Rookhum.Echoing similar sentiments was Deputy Secretary General of Caricom, Manorma Soeknandan. During her remarks, she indicated, “While we have been dealing with this devastating disease, HIV/AIDS, for over three decades, it has taught us many lessons.”Soeknandan elaborated, “The AIDS response leveraged rights, expanded access to life saving medicines, expanded health systems, and increased access to acceptable and quality health and social protection services without discrimination or coercion.”Moreover, she underscored that strides made for the prevention of HIV and AIDS have paved the way for improved health care services for other chronic and non-communicable diseases.Meanwhile, this event aligns with Caricom’s years-long tradition of reflecting on the regional campaign to stamp out HIV and AIDS, while assessing the efficiency of avenues available for the provision of health care services to those affected by the disease. Each year, this local aspect of World AIDS Day observance is marked by making a donation to the National Aids Programme Secretariat (NAPS) in offering assistance to persons living with HIV and AIDS.last_img read more

first_imgIn a decision dated, May 12th, the Associate Deputy Minister and Executive Director of the Provincial Environmental Assessment Office has extended by four years, Wednesday’s construction deadline for the Kitimat Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Project. The proponents now have until June first of 2016 to get substantial construction underway on the close to $3 billion facility.- Advertisement -When it’s completed its owners hope to ship, in liquefied form, 700 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from the facility.Originally planned as a natural gas import terminal, the huge amounts of cheap shale gas available here in the Northeast, prompted the projects three partners to switch plans to an export terminal that would ship the liquefied gas to Asia by tanker.However, they still need National Energy Board approval, for what will be…if they get it…the countries first liquefied natural gas export licence.last_img read more

first_imgBut it wasn’t. “I predicted much more gloom and doom than this,” Mark Martin said. “I want to give a shout out to all the drivers – they were extremely cautious. Very smart driving, as smart as I’ve ever seen these guys drive under all the pressure that they’re under. They all did a great job, and it wasn’t nearly as much of a disaster as I thought it was going to be.” So what happened to create such dire predictions? Smith wanted better racing, along with a fan experience that tops anything in NASCAR. So he pumped millions of dollars into the facility, and on-track changes that added 8 degrees of banking and moved pit road. But the changes pushed speeds over 200 mph during the January test session, and Goodyear had to create a tire strong enough to withstand the loads. The tire company selected a hard compound for the left side tires, which infuriated drivers who generally prefer a softer tire that sticks to the surface. The harder tire eliminated any grip, turning every lap of Sunday’s race into a concentrated effort not to wreck. There were slips, slides and spins and even winner Jimmie Johnson had to save his car from making a sharp right-hand turn into the wall. “There were like top-10 saves, there were some saves that were miraculous,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “There were a lot of guys getting out of control.” But there also was good racing – which is all Smith wanted to begin with. NASCAR’s post-race statistics showed that passing at Las Vegas was up 75 percent from a year ago, with 1,123 passes under the green flag compared with 898 in 2006. And the harder tire created pit strategy that has been missing of late. Crew chiefs had to gamble during stops – two tires or four? Right sides or lefts? “It was a day of survival,” said Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Hours before the race, Brett Bodine gave a pace-car ride around reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At speeds reaching 130 mph, the former NASCAR driver pointed out the trouble spots: bumps in the track surface, uneven lines in the asphalt, tricky transitions in and out of the banked turns and a curved pit lane unlike anything else on the circuit. When the tour was over, Bodine’s passengers were convinced Sunday’s race was going to be a wreck fest. “Nah, it will be fine,” he predicted. “The talent level in this group is too good to let that happen.” center_img Bodine was right. There were only nine cautions during the Nextel Cup race, a testament to the skill and adaptability of NASCAR’s top drivers. But it may have created a mirage masking the event’s many problems. “With the exception of a couple of guys, all the drivers did a great job of give-and-take,” said two-time series champion Tony Stewart, a critic of the track changes and the tire Goodyear forced the teams to use. “I could see situations in front of me and behind me where everybody was giving each other room and trying to be courteous to each other. I think the drivers made the best out of a bad situation here.” After the Busch Series race Saturday, plagued by a record 12 cautions, top drivers issued stern warnings. Matt Kenseth called the tires treacherous and Greg Biffle said he felt as if he were driving on black ice. Kasey Kahne said every lap was a battle not to wreck, and Stewart criticized LVMS owner Bruton Smith, general manager Chris Powell and Goodyear for creating a frightening experience for everyone. last_img read more

first_imgBatshuayi has slotted seamlessly into Dortmund’s attack alongside Germany trio Marco Reus, Mario Goetze and Andre Schuerrle which has sparked his flurry of goals.The German media has dubbed the quartet Dortmund’s ‘Fantastic Four’ and Batshuayi is relishing the limelight.“I’ve seen some talk about that online and I find it funny,” Batshuayi told“It’s nice for all concerned, the Dortmund supporters are really pleased with us and we’re happy too.“Things like this fire our motivation to continue playing well and scoring goals.“Long may it continue.”Batshuayi has hit seven goals in nine games since joining Dortmund in January to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal.The Belgian wants more when third-placed Borussia host mid-table Hanover 96 on Sunday after scoring five times in his first three games.He failed to hit the net in a frustrating off night three weeks ago in a 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg — which led to a change of hairstyle.“The only downside was (the draw) against Augsburg, we’re all very disappointed with how that turned out,” said Batshuayi.“It was a very tough game both for footballing reasons, we should’ve played a lot better.“I already had blond highlights, which meant my hair echoed (Dortmund’s) club colours, yellow and black.“However, since we had a bad match against Augsburg, I got rid of them completely, so now I’m back to just black hair.”Now his goal is a top four finish is the Bundesliga to see Dortmund qualify for the Champions League.Batshuayi’s loan deal expires in May and German daily Bild speculate Borussia will need to pay Chelsea 60 million euros ($74m) for him to stay.However after frustrating months on Chelsea’s bench as back-up to Alvaro Morata, Batshuayi’s goals with Dortmund has put him on the radar of Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.Batshuayi hopes to play for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup to add to his 13 appearances and five goals for ‘Les Diables Rouges’, who have drawn England in Group G.“If he keeps scoring like he is, then it’ll be tough for Martinez to leave him out,” said ex-Belgium coach Marc Wilmots.“He’s competing against Wolfsburg’s Divock Origi (on loan from Liverpool) for a place.“He has to remain free of injuries and in peak physical condition to play every three days.“He didn’t play that much at Chelsea so he needs a better rhythm, but his smile of late has really struck me.“You can see he’s taken on this challenge with great delight.“He’s done really well at Dortmund with his goals because things looked rather gloomy at Borussia when he arrived.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two timer: Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi scored twice for Dortmund in their win over AtalantaBERLIN, Germany, Mar 15 – Michy Batshuayi is in contention for a World Cup place with Belgium after joining Borussia Dortmund’s goal-scoring ‘fantastic four’ while on loan from Chelsea.The 24-year-old came off Dortmund’s bench to score twice — including the 94th-minute winner — in a last-gasp 3-2 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Clean up continues following a spill of light-crude oil that occurred over the weekend along the Alaska Highway near Inga.According to Canadian Natural Resources Limited Public Affairs person, Julie Woo, on September 7 while undertaking commissioning activities at a facility within Canadian Natural’s Inga operations, a release of light crude oil occurred as the facility was being restarted for operations.Woo says Canadian Natural immediately isolated and stopped the release, and the incident was reported to regulatory agencies.- Advertisement -According to Woo, given the recent weather conditions and heavy rainfall, a light hydrocarbon sheen migrated alongside a portion of the Alaska Highway entering into a small area of vegetation.Response activities included the deployment of wildlife deterrents, and as a precautionary measure, air quality monitoring at the location which shows there is no risk to public health.last_img read more

first_imgOlivier Giroud joined talkSPORT presenter Max Rushden to preview Arsenal’s FA Cup final clash with Aston Villa on Saturday.That, however, was just one of the subjects up for discussion…Max Rushden: How was training today?Olivier Giroud: “It was nice, with fantastic weather. We could work well.”When there’s a cup final so close, do you really train or do you just try and not get injured?“We are not thinking about injuries. We train normally, like usual. You don’t think about it.”If it were me I wouldn’t go into any challenge two days before.“No, it’s the best way. When you think about it, you have to do it properly.”You played in last year’s FA Cup final – what’s the day like?“It’s a great feeling to have all those fans singing and cheering for us. I’m looking forward to the day.Are you hoping for a slightly easier game than last year?“Yes, it’s always a tough game. We are expecting a strong Aston Villa team in front of us. We really respect them, even if they had that trouble at the start of the season. In a one-off game anything can happen. You have to be aware.”What’s that feeling like – winning the FA Cup?“It’s a target of the season to win a trophy, so it’s a great feeling. It means you have reached your target. In every type of job you have to reach your target and it’s a great feeling to reach this one.”If you get a hat-trick – that would take you to 21 goals for the season, do you set a target for the season?“No, not at all.”But you’d like a hat-trick?“I would love it, maybe four or five! It doesn’t just depend on me though. I will give my best that’s for sure. If we win 1-0 and I score the winning goal then I will be happy with that.”Do you have your holiday booked for the next day?“Not the next day. After the FA Cup final I have to go off with the national team. I’ve got to wait for three weeks before having a holiday.”Are you excited about your holiday?“I have to wait. We have to do the job and we are professionals so we have to go with the national team. It’s true that it is a shame though because we have only friendly games, but we are professional and we have to go and play. It is for your country. I am very proud of that.”Are you going to Dubai or Las Vegas? In fact, I have this image of you in little gite in the south of France, going on country walks and doing oil paintings.“Yes, I love the south of France. We have everything we need for relaxing and enjoying our time. There are wonderful areas and places. We will go there for sure and I will go far away with my wife just to see the sun and beach.”Do you miss France?“Yes. I miss the weather and, even though we have great restaurants in London, I’m an epicure, and I love great French wine and gastronomy. I miss that a bit.”What’s your dream plate?“I come from the mountains and I used to eat melted cheese when I’m skiing. It’s called a raclette but it’s not good for the body. Sometimes in the winter I eat some of them. I really want to be skiing.”Are you allowed to ski?“No, that’s why I’m looking forward to retiring! Then I can ski.”In the summer, I know you have to be careful, but do you eat a little bit too much and come back fat?“No. I lose a bit of weight so I come back even lighter than during the season. I usually lose around 1-2kgs. I’m not used to eating a lot in the summer because of the heat, it doesn’t make me hungry.”Lots of players are doing interviews around us – which of those eats too much and comes back overweight.“To be honest, with my body, because I am tall and quite heavy, I am one of the players who eats the most. I remember last year when I was so surprised by how much Carl Jenkinson could put in his stomach. Mathieu Flamini as well. He’s got a little body but he eats so much, it’s crazy.”All through the season or just the summer?“All through the season, I don’t know about the summer because I don’t spend my summer with him. He eats two plates of spaghetti or couscous, that’s his favourite. Always couscous.”You have amazing hair. I am jealous, I have curly hair, what do you do to keep your hair so perfect?“It’s just natural. My hair is thick so it stays where I put it! I put some texture in to keep it in the right position but I don’t pay attention to it in the game.”If you went on the pitch and your hair wasn’t perfect, would it affect your game?“No, because I love to play in the rain, so I don’t mind.”I don’t know if you are upset this season that Graziano Pelle and Emre Can have great hair? That is great competition for you“That is great competition for me and it is nice to have these guys who are competing with me.”I like classic boots. These are my Puma Kings. Why would you go away from the simple, beautiful Puma King?“They are the proper shoes I used to wear before. It is kangaroo leather and really comfortable and Puma is one of the brands that has improved itself the most in the last few years. I would advise people to try them.”Do you want to borrow them for the FA Cup final?“I think it is not the same size. I am a ten-and-a-half.”These are a ten-and-a-half! I scored four this season. Do you want them for the final?“Ah, so I can wear them. OK, I promise I will wear them!”I went on to Twitter for some questions for you. You can answer them or pass. This is Darius. He says: “How is Olivier so beautiful. What is his beauty routine?”“I just have to thank my mum and my dad, that is all.”Ben says: “What are your aims and ambitions for Euro 2016?”“It is going to be in France so people will expect a lot from us. We have pressure on our shoulders but we have a fantastic squad so hopefully we will be among the last three, four teams.”Chris says: “If you didn’t play football what job would you have?”“I would have chosen maybe to be a physical trainer or sports trainer. I did some studies at university to become a physical trainer.”DJ Arsenal says: “What is the best goal you have scored for Arsenal?”“One of the best is definitely the one against Man City when I shot from 25 yards and I put right into the top corner.”Laurie says: “Do you like your Arsenal song? Are the other Arsenal players jealous you have such a good song? Can you sing the song?“La, la, la, la, la la, la, la, la, la, laaaaaaa…Giroud. They put the D at the end. We don’t pronounce the D in France but the fans can do anything they want as long as they carry on singing my song.”This is from Stephen: “Do you know the game snog, marry, avoid? You have to kiss one, marry one and never see the other one again and the three are Arsene Wenger, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil.”“I would kiss Mesut, marry the boss and Per the last one.”So you would never see Per again?“I will see him again because he is my neighbour, so that is why I choose him!”last_img read more

first_imgSunday Confined 16th October 20161st Paul McLaughlin (8) 36pts2nd JJ Lafferty (19) 36pts 3rd Jim Coyle (21) 35pts4th Mick McGarry (19) 35ptsGross: Jim Porter (7) 29ptsCSS 73 Saturday Open 15th October 20161st Stephen Ledthem (6) 33pts2nd Patrick J Doherty (20) 32pts3rd Cormac McKeone (4) 32pts4th Barry Kearney (11) 31pts Gross: Noel Quigley (6) 26ptsCSS: R/OLadies:11th October 2016 Confined 18 Holes 1st Margaret Doherty 35pts2nd Lynda O’Doherty 32pts BOT3rd Maire Mullan 32pts BOT4th Sadie Grant 32ptsB9: Cathy McGeoghegan 14ptsSS 74Ballyliffin Golf Club Results by Phelim DavenportThe Saturday Open was won by visitor Stephen Leathem[6] with a score of 33pts. In 2nd place was Patrick J Doherty[20] with 32pts. Cormac Mc Keone[4] was 3rd also with 32pts. In 4th spot was Barry Keeney[11] with 31pts. Noel Quigley [6] slipped in to take the Gross with 29 gross pts. It’s not often those scores take the prizes round Ballyliffin.The Sunday Confined was won by 8 handicapper Paul Mc Laughlin[r] with 36pts. The ‘Rockster’ has been watching other Sunday morning men lifting prizes and decided to get in on the act. In 2nd place also on 36pts was another Sunday morning man J J Lafferty[19]. The last time Jim Coyle[21] was in the prizes there was still a hard border, it’s not easy for him having to play with Andy , Danny and Paddy every Sunday but he put on a pair of earmuffs and took 3rd place with 35pts. The Carn contingent were back again with Mick Mc Garry[19] taking 4th also with 35pts. A week on tour in the Great North Links Classic must have helped Jim Porter[7] because he took the Gross with 29 gross pts.The Wed. Soc. was won by Ryanair’s finest pilot Jason Mc Laughlin with 36pts. In 2nd spot young Terry Coyle with 34pts. Well he tells me he’s young anyway. In 3rd place was Cleagh’s finest Philip Doherty with 33pts.Forthcoming Events & Fixtures Friday 21st Oct Open Competition on Glashedy Links. Ladies & Gents. Visitors €30ppSat 22nd Oct Open Stroke on The Old Links. Visitors €30ppSun 23rd Oct Members Glashedy No 1 on both coursesChristmas craft Fayre Friday 11th November @ 7.30pm in the Golf Club. Tickets €5Paul McLaughlin in sensational form at Ballyliffin was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallyliffingolfSportlast_img read more