Uyloan to Cignal, Celiz to Batangas as D-League teams beef up

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Celiz’ entry is a welcome boost for the Batangueños, which are still looking to find a replacement following the departure of Joseph Sedurifa for Meralco.“We needed a scorer and I hope he can help us,” said coach Eric Gonzales.Celiz will play his first game with Batangas on Tuesday against league leader Flying V.Those moves are seen as just the first wave of transactions as playoff-bound teams look to strengthen their camps before the deadline for roster changes on Wednesday noon. CBBADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jonathan Uyloan, right, in a game with the Meralco Bolts. INQUIRER.NET / TRISTAN TAMAYOWith eyes geared towards the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup postseason, teams have already made moves to bolster their roster in preparation for the playoffs.Cignal HD signed up Jonathan Uyloan to add more depth to its depleted backcourt, replacing Simon Atkins.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “He should have been here in our last game, but paper work had to be fixed first,” shared coach Boyet Fernandez.Uyloan, who was placed on the reserve list by Meralco, will make his debut for the Hawkeyes in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Also, Batangas fortified its squad with the acquisition of ex-pro Robby Celiz.The veteran swingman averaged 19.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in the 10 games he played for the cellar-dwelling Zark’s Burgers. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Under Armour sends two UC players to Stephen Curry Asia Tour 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Tyson Fury promises ‘three big fights’ in 2018

first_imgBritish heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury./ AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFBritain’s troubled former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury said Thursday he will return to the ring in April and is looking forward to “three big fights” in 2018.The 29-year-old has not fought since his shock defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in November 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson He was at ringside last month when his cousin Hughie Fury came up short in his bid to take the WBO heavyweight title from champion Joseph Parker in Manchester.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 View commentscenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Fury had his licence suspended last October when he admitted he was using cocaine and struggling with depression, and last week said he would not apply for a new one.But he wrote on Twitter on Thursday that he would “be ready to fight in April 2018 in a great fight”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe added he would then take part “in the summer in a mega fight” and return again at the “back end” of the year.Fury, who twice postponed rematches with Klitschko, had hoped to return to the ring earlier this year but that plan was scuppered when his UK Anti-Doping hearing was adjourned in May. MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Japan eye record gold haul at Tokyo 2020last_img read more

Chelsea, Arsenal, Napoli, Inter advance in Europa League

first_imgChelsea’s Oliver Giroud celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the round of 32, second leg, Europa League soccer match between Chelsea and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Thursday Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Chelsea shook off their recent troubles and easily advanced in the Europa League with a 3-0 second leg victory over 10-man Malmo on Thursday, a result that takes some pressure off embattled coach Maurizio Sarri.After a scoreless first half, Olivier Giroud tapped in a cross from Willian in the 55th minute before Ross Barkley made it 2-0 from a free kick. Callum Hudson-Odoi finished it off in the 84th, with Willian setting up his goal as well.ADVERTISEMENT Sarri’s position was already being called into question after the 6-0 loss at City in the Premier League on Feb. 10. Even worse, the team dropped to sixth in the Premier League in recent weeks and is out of the top 4 Champions League places.On Thursday, Chelsea looked in control but couldn’t find a breakthrough until Giroud netted in the 55th.Malmo defender Rasmus Bengtsson was sent off after picking his second yellow card in the 73rd, giving Barkley a chance to score from the subsequent free kick a minute later. Hudson-Odoi collected Willian’s perfect cross six minutes from time before surging forward to fire a low shot into the net.Earlier Thursday, Arsenal rebounded from a 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov a week ago with a comprehensive 3-0 second-leg victory.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang forced an early own goal before center backs Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos added one apiece for Arsenal to advance 3-1 on aggregate.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Rennes made the next round 6-4 overall after a 3-1 away win at Real Betis.Slavia Prague knocked out Genk after coming from a goal down to win 4-1 in Belgium. The two drew 1-1 in the first leg in Prague.Dynamo Kiev advanced with a 1-0 win at home over Olympiakos following a 2-2 draw in the first leg.A scoreless draw with Galatasaray was enough for Benfica to get through due to a 2-1 away win in Turkey.Russia’s Krasnodar advanced on the away goals rule after a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.Patson Daka netted twice and Xaver Schlager and Munas Dabbur added one each for Salzburg to beat Club Brugge 4-0 and advance 5-2 on aggregate.Valencia went through 3-0 on aggregate after beating Celtic 1-0 at home.Dinamo Zagreb routed Viktoria Plzen 3-0 for a result that overturned a 2-1 loss in the first leg.Two goals from Sardar Azmoun helped Zenit St. Petersburg overcome Fenerbahce 3-1 to make it through 3-2 overall.Pablo Fornals scored 10 minutes from time for Villarreal to draw 1-1 in the second leg against Sporting Lisbon, enough to advance after winning 1-0 in the first leg. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Bencic upsets Halep to reach Dubai semifinals; Kvitova wins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aleksandr Hleb, who played for Arsenal from 2005-08, came on as substitute in the 58th and was applauded by the home fans at the Emirates Stadium.No more drawsAfter four consecutive draws in all competitions — including 2-2 at Shakhtar Donetsk last week in the first leg — Eintracht Frankfurt celebrated a 4-1 victory and advance 6-3 overall.Forward Luka Jovic scored his sixth European League goal this season for a 1-0 lead in the 23rd. It was 2-0 just four minutes later after Sebastien Haller converted from the penalty spot. Haller added his second and substitute Ante Rebic also scored late in the game.Ancelotti advancesNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti made it two wins from his first two games in the Europa League with a 2-0 home victory over Zurich.After a 3-1 away win in Switzerland last week, Napoli easily advanced 5-1 on aggregate.Forwards Simone Verdi and Adam Ounas scored in each half at the Stadio San Paolo.Other gamesInter advanced after eliminating Austrian club Rapid Vienna 5-0 on aggregate after winning the second leg 4-0 in Rome.center_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Giroud and Barkley also scored in a 2-1 victory in the first leg, with Chelsea advancing to the round of 16 with a 5-1 win on aggregate.The result provides some relief for Sarri, the Italian coach who was subjected to abuse from Chelsea supporters after the side’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United at home on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We played the first 30 minutes without confidence, nervous,” Sarri said. “After the first goal, we played very well — we started to move the ball very fast, with confidence.”On Sunday, Chelsea plays the League Cup final against Manchester City and then faces a Premier League meeting with crosstown rival Tottenham — two games that could yet determine whether Sarri’s stay at Stamford Bridge will be over before his first season ends. Italian clubs Napoli and Inter also had no problems to make the next phase while last year’s semifinalist Salzburg, Eintracht Frankfurt, Valencia, Villarreal, Dinamo Zagreb, Zenit, Benfica, Kiev, Rennes, Krasnodar and Slavia Prague all made it through.Former champion Sevilla advanced after knocking out Lazio on Wednesday.The draw for the last 16 is scheduled for Friday.Here’s a look at Thursday’s games:Effective EmeryArsenal manager Unai Emery made three changes to the starting lineup he used last week in Belarus, bringing on playmaker Mesut Ozil and defender Stephan Lichtsteiner while Aubameyang replaced suspended French forward Alexandre Lacazette .Those changes paid off.Aubameyang needed just four minutes to create the opener. He broke down the right before his cross hit defender Zakhar Volkov, who diverted the ball past goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski.Lichtsteiner made his presence felt when he saved on the goal line minutes later.Mustafi headed home the second from Granit Xhaka’s corner six minutes before interval. Papastathopoulos scored with another header on the hour mark, just four minutes after coming from the bench as substitute to replace injured captain Laurent Koscielny. MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

CJIA-bound CAL passengers to get priority processing

first_imgIn transit in T&TNorth American passengers headed to Georgetown with the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) will be giving priority screening while in transit at Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport.In a statement on its website, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) announced that the new screening method takes effect from Wednesday, July 6, 2016.A team of officials from the CJIA and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) recently met with CAL and Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority representatives to discuss the hassle passengers experienced while in transit in Trinidad, according to the statement.Prior to the new screening process, in-transit passengers were subjected to an arduous security process causing them, in many instances, to have to hurry to board the connecting flight to the CJIA.“However, from Wednesday, a transit stamp will be placed in the boarding passes of all Georgetown-bound passengers for easy identification and priority processing through T&T’s security checkpoint. Passengers who were screened in the United States of Americas and Canada will not have to remove their shoes during the rescreening exercise in Port of Spain,” the CJIA statement said.It, however, cautioned that if these passengers mix or come in contact with unscreened passengers, all transfer passengers would be subjected to the normal screening procedures.“Further, any duty-free items over the 3.4 ounces will be handed over by passengers to the transit desk and will be returned to passengers on the boarding of their flight to Georgetown,” it stated.CJIA Chief Executive Officer Ramesh Ghir was quoted as saying he was pleased with the new development, and commended CAL for pursing options to improve its service for Guyana passengers.This new development comes on the heels of a recent spat between the CJIA and CAL over the dumping of duty-free purchases of passengers travelling from Guyana, when they were in-transit at Piarco.After days of back and forth and threats by the CJIA to revoke CAL’s permit to fly the Guyana route, an agreement was met to secure the duty-free merchandise from Guyana.last_img read more

M&CC approves amended parking meter By-laws

first_img…return inevitable…citizenry being forced to accept illegal 40-year contract – PPP CouncillorThe Mayor and City Council of the City of Georgetown, on Wednesday at an Extraordinary Statutory Meeting, voted to adopt the amended By-laws for the controversial parking meter project, hence signalling its return despite strongCouncillors at the Extraordinary Statutory Meeting on Wednesdayobjections from some Councillors.Prior to the vote, Councillors were afforded the opportunity to debate the proposed amendments to the By-laws. However, Mayor Patricia Chase Green restricted them from discussing, among other things, the contract and concessionaire.“We would have dealt with the contract on many occasions and we would have agreed that the contract that we have is binding and we will move forward. We are at a stage where we had negotiations with the relevant partner where we would have agreed also how we do adjustments…that was brought to the Council, that was agreed upon we are at the last stage of the parking meter entire project which is the 2018 By-laws,” Chase Green said.However, the Mayor’s statements did not go down too well with People’s Progressive Party Councillor, Bishram Kuppen, who argued that the by-laws are linked to the contract with Smart City Solutions. He noted that the council is attempting to move forward with a contract whose legality is still in questioned and advised that it should not be proceeded with.“The fact of the matter is that we are attempting to pass or approve bylaws for a contract that is yet not being proven to have come about in a legal manner…there were statements made at this council that this was approved at a previous council but there has been no evidence produced so far. The fact of the matter is due diligence was being conducted after the fact when in fact it should be done before that contract,” Kuppen argued.“I don’t see how we are moving forward with this particular contract or discussions because once it is approved today (Wednesday) then it will be forwarded to the Minister and maybe they will gazette the By-laws to make it legal for that parking meter project to come back in play,” he added.Kuppen told all the Councillors present that if they support the amended By-laws then in essence they are forcing the citizenry of Georgetown to accept an illegal 40-year contract.Additionally, Councillor Malcolm Ferreira called for the decision to be put on hold until all court issues regarding the controversial project is addressed.“We need to exercise caution and allow the court to rule so as to offer legal guidance as well as endorsements of whatever decision we would then decide on… we should not rush into any decisions and more so decisions that have proven to be unpopular…,” he argued.“If we truly care about this city and citizens we should not rush into rubber stamp any new By-laws without giving any thought to all possible outcomes… I beseech thy, I implore, plead with, appeal to, I obsecrate yuh, I beg yuh…it is my humble view that we should let the court make its ruling before we decide,” Ferreira said.Expressing his unwavering support for the project was Councillor Heston Bostwick, who called for its speedy implementation.Following all the debate, People’s National Congress Councillors Akeem Peter, Winston Harding, Yvonne Ferguson, Welton Clarke, Oscar Clarke, Noelle Chow-Chee, Heston Bostwick, James Samuels, Trichria Richards, Lyndon Hilliman, Ivelaw Henry and Mayor Chase Green along with Team Benschop’s Jameel Rasul voted to adopt the By-laws. While, Councillors Kuppen and Sharma voted no and Ferreira and PNC Carlyle Goring abstaining.Staying awayMeanwhile, former Deputy Mayors Lionel Jaikaran and Sherod Duncan – both of the Alliance For Change (AFC) refused to participate in the process by staying away. Taking to social media, following the vote, Duncan posted a photo of a ripped-up copy of the By-laws accusing the Administration of stifling those who oppose the project.Now that the amended By-laws are approved, the Administration will have to display them for a minimum of 14 days in public spaces and during that time persons could write to City Hall expressing their concerns. Following that 14-day public display, the adopted By-laws will be forwarded to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for his approval and if given will be then gazette.Under the new agreement, persons will be paying $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city. Meanwhile, residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00h-19:00h Monday to Friday while parking will be free on Saturdays.last_img read more

Provincial calibre talent on hand at Grass Roots Soccer Camp

first_imgThe wind may have been cool and brisk on the final day of the Grass Roots Soccer Camp but that didn’t stop aspiring soccer players from continuing to work on their skills. The camp, hosted by the Fort St. John Soccer Club had players working with members of the Alberta Soccer Association.Provincial coach for the Alberta Soccer Association John Clubb said there is a good core of soccer players in the community, and the lessons taught have been with the aim of encouraging young ones to stay involved in the sport, and potentially move on to the provincial level.One of the main focuses of the camp may seem peculiar to those who don’t understand the game inside and out, but Clubb said the notion to purely kick the ball prevents grass roots players from learning the rest of the game.- Advertisement -“I have one rule for playing soccer: You’re not allowed to kick the ball. No one is allowed to kick the ball. It’s the one message that can change the whole way we play the game. I hear it so often from the bleachers, ‘kick it, kick it, good kick, big kick.’ We want children to pass the ball, shoot the ball, dribble the ball so there’s a bit of decision making going on.”Clubb and Alberta Soccer are hoping to return in October to put on another camp.last_img read more

Parliament to be dissolved on December 30

first_imgPresident David Granger has issued the proclamation for the dissolution of Parliament. The announcement came after Guyana Elections Commission Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh and Commissioners informed him that the elections body is on track for the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections. A proclamation was also issued for the dissolution of the 10 Regional Democratic Councils (RDC) on December 30, 2019.The proclamations were issued on Friday. Pressure has been mounting on the caretaker President to also dissolve the 11th Parliament and only recently, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told reporters that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will resume protest actions if Granger does not dissolve Parliament in December.According to Article 61 of the Constitution, “An election of members of the National Assembly under Article 60 (2) shall be held on such day within three months after every dissolution of Parliament as the President shall appoint by Proclamation”.In a statement following the proclamation, the Ministry of the Presidency said that Article 70 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana states that the President, may at any time, by proclamation dissolve Parliament.The Proclamation for the dissolution of Parliament states, “In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by the aforesaid articles, I do hereby dissolve the Eleventh Parliament of Guyana on the Thirtieth day of December, Two Thousand and Nineteen and appoint the Second day of March, Two Thousand and Twenty, as the day on which the election of members of the National Assembly shall be held, the issue and publication of any other Proclamation pursuant to the Constitution in this regard notwithstanding,” the proclamation states.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition has been acting as a caretaker Government since the December 21, 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM). Following the successful toppling, the Government has been criticised for what has been described as delaying tactics.Following the passage, members of the coalition Government had evidently accepted defeat and President David Granger had committed to having early elections. But then, the Government mounted a legal challenge, claiming that it was not defeated by the No-Confidence Motion, that 33 did not form the majority of the 65-member House.The legal challenge made it all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which upheld the passage of the motion, with Justice Winston Anderson lamenting the slothfulness in the preparation for elections, which ought to have been held by March 21, 2019 – in keeping with the Guyana Constitution.Apart from the ruling on the motion, the CCJ also handed down a landmark ruling on the appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as the Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission.According to the CCJ, the appointment, which was done unilaterally by the President, was unconstitutional.Thus, began the long dance between the Head-of-State and the Opposition Leader to select a new GECOM Chairman.Eventually, Retired Justice Claudette Singh was mutually agreed upon and appointed, and the preparations for elections commenced.Prior to the CCJ ruling on this matter, however, GECOM – on the orders of Justice Patterson – began a lengthy House-to-House Registration process, despite lack of Opposition support – which was eventually halted following a court ruling.Elections are expected to be held on March 2, 2020 – more than a year after the Government was defeated by the No-Confidence Motion.last_img read more

Toyota reliability takes hit, but Asian makes still best

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In addition, the all-wheel-drive version of the Lexus GS sedan also received a below-average rating. Because Consumer Reports does not recommend models with below-average reliability, these models no longer make CR’s “Recommended” list. The four-cylinder and hybrid versions of the Camry and rear-drive version of the GS scored above average in reliability and will continue to be recommended. What went wrong? The survey identified problems with the six-speed automatic transmission as the major concern with the Camry V6. Subscribers reported problems with the four-wheel-drive system in the Tundra. Owners of the AWD Lexus GS reported problems with power accessories and the audio system. Those three didn’t make CR’s recommended list, but the four-cylinder version of the Camry and the hybrid versions of the Camry and GS all scored above average and are recommended. The Consumer Reports’ survey revealed some other big surprises. In contrast to Toyota, Ford’s domestic makes have made considerable improvements in reliability. Of the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models in the survey, 93 percent scored average or better in predicted reliability. By the Editors of Consumer Reports Over the years, the reliability of Toyota vehicles, including Lexus and Scion, has been nothing short of sterling. Yet Consumer Reports’ 2007 Annual Car Reliability Survey shows that the Japanese automaker has slipped a bit, falling victim to bug-ridden redesigns. The V6 version of the company’s top-selling Camry, and the four-wheel-drive V8 version of the Tundra pickup, both redesigned for 2007, now rate below average in Consumer Reports’ predicted reliability rating. In fact, the odds of getting a reliable new vehicle from Ford are the best CR has seen in years. Of the 44 models from Ford, Lincoln and Mercury in the survey, 41 scored average or better in predicted reliability. Only the Ford Explorer (V8), Mercury Mountaineer (V8) and the Lincoln Mark LT were below average. The other domestic automakers did not fare as well. Only 49 percent of General Motors and 67percent of Chrysler models had average or better predicted reliability. Their new or redesigned-for-2007 models were more mixed. The new GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Saturn Aura XE had average or better reliability; the redesigned 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 were average or better. Apart from the three Toyota-built models, other notable models with declining reliability include the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Volkswagen Passat (V6). The Pontiac Solstice, introduced for 2006, had the worst new-car prediction score in the survey. Meager gains from Europe The news from Europe has been mostly dismal in recent years, with models from Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz doing poorly in CR surveys. Things may be turning around, even if some vehicles aren’t quite there yet. While as recently as 2005, very few European luxury sedans could scrape up even an average rating in reliability, the Audi A3, A4 and A6 are now all average or better. So are some or all versions of the BMW 3, 5 and 7 Series. CR also saw a few positives with European SUVs, although Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover SUVs were still well below average. Asian nameplates dominate Reliability remains a Japanese forte. Overall, Asian models still dominate in reliability, accounting for 34 of the 39 models in CR’s “Most Reliable” list. All Honda, Subaru and Mitsubishi models for which there was sufficient data ranked at least average. Moreover, nine out of the 10 models with best reliability were Japanese. However, just because a vehicle carries a Japanese name doesn’t make it reliable. Nissan’s Armada SUV, Titan pickup and Quest minivan were three cars whose reliability are well below average. The South Korean nameplates, Hyundai and Kia, show improved reliability; most models are average or better. But some models are suffering some glitches, including the Kia Amanti sedan, Sedona minivan and its Hyundai Entourage twin, and the Kia Sorento SUV. Visit the Consumer Reports Web site at www.consumerreports.org. 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

Assessed: Who’s out after Newcastle’s relegation is confirmed – major overhaul?

first_img Daryl Janmaat – OUT – Janmaat has quickly gone from being one of the most popular figures at the club to one of the season’s villains. Many of the club’s supporters believed the defender over exaggerated an injury to be withdrawn in the first half of their defeat to Southampton in April – a loss which resulted in the 26-year-old breaking two fingers in a dressing room row during the clash. He hasn’t featured since, and it’s difficult to envisage his long-term future being with the Magpies. 9 9 Georginio Wijnaldum – OUT – Having parted with £15m for his signature, much was expected of the Netherlands international at St James’ Park – and his start was promising. Seven goals in the first half of the campaign (albeit four of those came in a 6-2 victory over Norwich City) had some believing he could become key. The midfielder, however, has been a passenger for the second half of the season, and the Magpies should have no place for such a player. 9 Florian Thauvin – OUT – Thauvin spent the first half of the season at Newcastle before returning to Marseille on loan for the remainder of the campaign, leaving many questioning the £15m paid to secure his services in the summer. Few would bat an eyelid if he didn’t return to play in the Championship next term. 9 It was confirmed last night that Newcastle United will take their place in the Championship next season.Their fate was in Sunderland’s hands, and the Black Cats’ 3-0 victory over Everton saw to it that they would remain in the Premier League, sending the Magpies and Norwich City down with Aston Villa.In typical fashion, Newcastle’s managing director Lee Charnley quickly released a statement, apologising for the dire campaign the club’s supporters have been witness to.Such words, though, do little to appease the hurt of the St James’ Park faithful, who will now be looking ahead to their return to the Championship, after six years of mixed performances in the top flight.talkSPORT has decided to assess what’s next in store for Newcastle, particularly who should be shown the door and who could come in. Take a look by viewing the slideshow above. 9 Nigel Pearson – IN? – Is Rafael Benitez really going to follow Newcastle to the Championship? It’s difficult to imagine the Spaniard is willing to drop to England’s second-tier and a new manager could therefore be a priority for Mike Ashley. Ideally, the club would want someone with experience in the Championship, and preferably someone who knows how to win promotion. Pearson is out of work after his sacking from Premier League champions Leicester City last June and could be an excellent choice at St James’ Park. 9 9 Emmanuel Rivière – OUT – Rivière has made just three Premier League appearances this season, playing a total of 64 minutes for the club. The 26-year-old joined in the summer of 2014 from Monaco and his impact has been next to nothing since. Harsh as it may sound, he is up there with Newcastle’s worst ever signings. Papiss Cisse – OUT – Cisse and Demba Ba were one of the most exciting centre forward partnerships for some time at St James’ Park, and the former hasn’t adapted to life without his international team-mate. The Senegal striker has just 16 goals in his last three seasons at St James’ Park combined, with his form getting increasingly worse. One thing is certain, he’s not worthy of the no.9 shirt. 9 Henri Saivet – OUT – With just 148 minutes of Premier League action to his name this season, the Magpies’ January signing clearly hasn’t impressed the club’s coaching staff. His future looks bleak and his exit could be one that suits all involved. Fabricio Coloccini – OUT – read all about it below, then click the arrow above to see who else Newcastle should offload in the summer – It’s coming up to eight years since Coloccini made the £10.3m move from Deportivo La Coruña, and it seems as though the centre back has overstayed his welcome. He’s out of contract next summer, but the club could be wise to cash in now – even if it is a small transfer fee. It’s time Newcastle got themselves a new, committed captain. Moussa Sissoko – OUT – Sissoko has been open in his desire to move on from Newcastle, believing he should be playing Champions League football. Inevitably, such comments have left a sour taste in the mouths of the St James’ Park faithful. His attitude has been questioned and his performances have left much to be desired, with his impact almost non-existent. 9last_img read more

DD Gardening: Get fruity at Off The Street Food Festival in Letterkenny

first_imgOver the weekend of the 29th & 30th July there is a new exciting Food Festival taking place in Letterkenny, Off The Street Food Festival 2017 is a celebration of Donegal Food, from chefs to exhibitors and I’m delighted to be there giving advice on all things Grow-Your-Own. My focus at the Off The Street Food Festival will be on growing your own fruit, something which we could all do more of.Fresh fruit, especially berries, can be prohibitively expensive if you wish to get more into your diet, especially things like raspberries and currants. Advertisement However in every garden we have spaces which you can exploit to produce more of these nutrient rich and tasty crops.Whether it’s growing raspberries on the side of the shed, strawberries in a window box or blueberries in a tub; there are lots of ‘awkward spaces’ which can utilised by these harvest giving plants.No matter if the pot is fancy or basic, blueberries will do well!Indeed plant breeding has cottoned onto this and now you can easily source a wide range of dwarfing fruit plants and repeat cropping plants which are ideal for use in small spaces.So on Sunday from 1:45pm come join me on the stage where I’ll be preaching the mantra that “it’s your duty to be fruity!” Advertisement For more details on the Off The Street Food Festival check them out on Facebook.In the garden we are full pelt sowing for next year now, flowers such as Wallflowers, Hollyhocks, Sweet Williams, Teasels and Primula should all be sown now for use as spring bedding next year. So nip into your local garden centre, pick up some of these seeds and sow into small pots or seed trays for planting out into the garden in 6 weeks or so.Where there we were thinking about next Spring the summer plants will need regular care and attention to keep them blooming away, so keep your tubs and hanging baskets well watered; probably every day now and keep feeding – probably every week and on a daily basis be snipping off old flowers to keep the plant producing more.DD Gardening: Get fruity at Off The Street Food Festival in Letterkenny was last modified: July 22nd, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:FruitGardeningletterkennyoff the street food festivallast_img read more