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Alab Pilipinas turns back Saigon, nears ABL semis

first_imgMaxie Esho had a monster offensive night with 42 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds to lead the Heat who will head back to Saigon and try to force a decider.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments Time wasn’t on Saigon’s side though as Justin Brownlee’s layup 15 seconds later gave Alab the 110-98 lead, effectively ending the Heat’s retaliation.“In an effort standpoint it was great but we were far from the sharpest we could be, and that’s on me,” said Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag, whose team faced a Heat side that fielded just six players and played without their head coach Kyle Julius, who get ejected with two minutes left in the first half, for most of the game.“We have to be sharper both offensively and defensively, we had the game in hand in a lot of instances but we let them get back into it.”Brownlee was everywhere for Alab finishing with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists while Renaldo Balkman had 17 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, and four steals.Parks was the high-point man for the Filipinos with 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery San Miguel takes lead in PBA Finals after clobbering Magnolia in Game 3 Alab Pilipinas. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueAlab Pilipinas was off to a strong start in the playoffs, dousing Saigon, 110-100, for the 1-0 lead in the quarterfinals of the ASEAN Basketball League Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Filpinos need one more win to set up a semifinals matchup with second seed Hong Kong Eastern. Game 2 is on April 7 in Ho Chi Minh City.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Alab also registered its first playoff win after Singapore swept them in 2017 playoffs.Although Alab had control of the Heat midway through the game with a 57-47 lead at the break, it was early in the fourth that the Filipinos slowly pulled away for the victory.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 crownRay Parks gave Alab a 97-75 lead at the 7:28 mark of the fourth after the Filipinos outscored the Heat 26-14 in a span of around eight minutes across the last two quarters.The Heat, however, still managed to cut that deficit to just 10, 108-98, with Akeem Scott knocking down a layup with 1:20 remaining in the game to cap off Saigon’s 23-11 spurt. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READlast_img read more

Superstar LeBron James ‘just another member of group chat’ for Romeo Travis

first_imgLeBron James and Romeo Travis go a long way back as childhood friends and high school teammates at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew And up to this day, the two continue to share a tight-knit bond despite how their basketball careers have taken them to thousand of miles apart with James starring for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA and Travis leading the Magnolia Hotshots to the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.READ: ‘Keep going Lucky Lefty’: LeBron James gives Romeo Travis another shoutoutFEATURED 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 ChrissJames has been keeping tabs of Travis’ play and just recently, the three-time NBA champion congratulated Travis for his 50-point performance in the series-clinching Game 4 on Friday.YesSir!!!!!!!! https://t.co/101F6hlfXD— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 16, 2018Interestingly, James delivered his own 50-point outing when he scored 51 points in a Lakers’ rout of the Miami Heat two days later.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I would like to think that I had something to do with it but probably not,” said Travis on Tuesday during the PBA Finals press conference as posted on SPIN.ph. “It’s probably Miami’s bad defense have a lot to do with it.”“I talked to him afterwards and we joked about it. He is in the NBA. I’m in the PBA. They are not the same. But we are just happy for each other. A little friendly competition is good. Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, trash talk. He sent me a message, talked a little trash. It is what it is.”READ: Travis gets shoutout from ‘brother’ LeBron after big game for MagnoliaJames has already cemented himself as one of the greatest ever in the sport and he may even be as great of a friend as he is as a basketball player.“He is just my friend. You guys know him as LeBron James, superstar. He is just one of my friends. He is just another member of the group chat,” Travis said. “He is like, when we are in a group chat, we are all equal. It is what it is. He is just a friend. I don’t know any way other way to put it, he’s as supportive as any other friend who supports you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college READ: James scores 51 points, Lakers roll past HeatTravis, though, doesn’t think his buddy’s offensive outburst had anything to so with him. FEU crashes UAAP Final Four party, eliminates De La Salle for no. 4 seed SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 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? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Seeking explanations, clarifications on proposed cyberspace bill

first_imgDear Editor,“A person commits an offence of sedition if the person, whether in or out of Guyana, intentionally publishes, transmit or circulates by use of a computer system, a statement or words, either spoken or written, a text, video, image, sign, visible representation that brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government.”The above is the section of the proposed cyberspace bill on sedition which has been attracting much attention in the media and elsewhere over the past few days. I write to seek explanations and clarifications about this section of the proposed bill before I offer any opinion on it.Now, unless I am ill informed, Guyana remains committed to free speech and freedom of the press, as guaranteed, if not under the Constitution, in several international conventions which the country has signed and ratified. So this means that the press remains free to criticise the Government, Guyanese maintain the right to protest against Government policies and persons like me continue to enjoy the right to express my views via letters to the Editor. Nowhere have I seen or heard of any attempt by the Government to reject these commitments.However, this proposed new legislation, seems to suggest, in my view, that the right to criticise is only rejected if this is done by “use of computer system”. It also leads one to conclude that one can produce anti-Government material such as videos, signs (pickets), texts etc without being guilty of sedition but the circulation of such material via computer constitutes a crime.So here are the explanations and clarifications I am seeking:(A) As a frequent letter writer who transmits my letters via computer, am I committing sedition by sending a letter via e-mail criticising the Government to the media for publication (circulation)?(B) If I post my hand-written letter (snail mail) would I be guilty of sedition?(C) Does this new proposed legislation mean that newspapers can publish anti-government material in the printed editions but not on the electronic versions of the publication?(D) If I post to social media, eg, my Facebook page an article critical of the Government which appears in the printed media but not on its electronic version (I scan it and post it), am I guilty of sedition?(E) Are newspapers in Guyana indirectly being prohibited from having electronic versions of their publications since these publications, including the State-owned Guyana Chronicle, from time to time publish letters, news articles and columns that can be constituted to bring or attempt to bring “into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government”?(F) Is this legislation, if it becomes law, consistent with laws in other countries since it includes persons who may commit sedition (in Guyana) even while outside of Guyana? If I am charged and refuse to return to face the courts, could I be extradited or can Interpol list me as “WANTED”?(G) Is this proposed legislation in violation of any United Nations Conventions or even its Charter?These are some of the clarifications I need before commenting beyond the fact that “in this age of Trump” and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change and the People’s Progressive Party with this proposed legislation “any call for civility is a call for servility”. I got the last quote from a piece in the Economist, lest I be convicted of plagiarism.Regards,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more

First of its kind Beauty Pageant in Buchanan

first_img– Advertisement – By EmotionzThis year’s edition of the Face of Buchanan Beauty Pageant marks the first of its kind to be held in Grand Bassa County.Following the successful exhibition of the Face of Buchanan Beauty Pageant, five beautiful contestants will on Sunday, May 14, get to model their beauty across the stage during the grand finale.Designed by Sunset Entertainment and Great Thinkers, the Face of Buchanan Beauty Pageant is intended to expose the hidden beauty of young women in the county and help to prepare them for the annual Miss Liberia beauty pageant later this year.The big extravaganza will hit Buchanan this year, where it is rumored the most beautiful girls are to be found. Sunset Entertainment is calling on all young and talented women above 18 years with a high school diploma and are residents of Buchanan to take part in this big opportunity.Contestants for the grand finale include Miss Jartu Brown, Miss Jonath Minutes, Miss Abigail Erica Aikins. Others are Miss Eliza Nagbe and Miss Hannah D. Konneh.The Face of Buchanan pageant is sponsored by Hotel Buchanan and other entities and personalities in the county, including OK FM 99.5 and Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell.The winner is expected to walk away with a laptop, an iPad tablet and a shopping trip to Accra, Ghana. The first runner-up will receive a smart phone and a mobile tablet, and the second runner-up will be given a smart phone and a cash prize.Meanwhile the two organizers of this year’s beauty pageant, Sunset Entertainment and Great Thinkers, will present awards to several prominent citizens and institutions that have contributed considerably to the growth and development of Grand Bassa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘U.S. Gov’t Should Respect Int’l Conventions’

first_imgFormer Deputy Foreign Minister Abel MassaleyFormer Deputy Foreign Minister Abel Massaley advocates freedom, repatriation for Dr. Malachi Z. YorkLiberia’s former Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Abel Massaley has called on the United States Government to see reasons and free jailed Dr. Malachi Z. York from detention and subsequently allow the Liberian Government to repatriate him.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in Monrovia, Massaley said the U.S. is a great nation that is said to be championing justice for not only its citizens but many organizations and nations across the world and, as such, they should not hesitate to respect the international conventions to which it is a signatory.“I was a former chair on foreign relations at the Liberian Senate and I also served as deputy foreign minister of Liberia. I am indeed aware that this man, I mean Dr. Malachi Z. York, is a Liberian citizen. There are court rulings to that effect,” he said.He added that the U.S. Government should respect the Court rulings from Liberia by releasing Dr. York from prolonged detention and allow his repatriation unconditionally.Citing Article 29 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Massaley said “The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable; and that he or she shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention.”The same Article 29, he added, says: “The receiving State shall treat him or her (diplomat) with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his or her person, freedom or dignity.”“When Dr. Malachi Z. York met all his citizenship requirements as per the law of Liberia, the then sitting President of the Republic of Liberia, Charles Ghankay Taylor appointed him based on a careful and proper vetting to serve as Consul General to the State of Georgia near Atlanta, United States of America,” he said.According to him, “by virtue of that appointment, and the Vienna Convention which clearly states that a diplomat is immune from prosecution by the receiving State (USA in this case), now is the time for the U.S. to respect the diplomatic tie between it and Liberia by letting the right decisions be implemented (free, allow repatriation of Dr. York).Massaley said the Garlawolu Law Firm has taken practical steps by uncovering through Criminal Court “B” all documents relevant to Dr. York’s freedom from imprisonment and forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. and is very confident that the Ministry will see logic, after careful review of all of the documents and engage the U.S. Government.“Cllr. Francis S. Garlawolu (deceased), July 2004, sued the Liberian Government at the 6th Circuit Judical Court in Montserrado County in an effort to compel it (government) to go to the defense of its citizen (Dr. York). The 6th Cirtcuit Judicial Court, by order of Judge Yussif Kaba (now serving in ECOWAS), verified all of the pieces of evidence submitted by Cllr. Garlawolu and ordered the Liberian government to engage the U.S. Government in an effort to free and repatriate Dr. York,” he said.“Once government makes the appropriate representation at the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia it will be a good start,” he noted, adding: “The U.S. is an architect and signatory to most of the world’s conventions which, I am of the strongest conviction, will see reason and free Dr. York from incarceration.“It is immaterial as to which president appointed Dr. York to the post of Consul General of Liberia in Georgia, Atlanta, U.S A.  The U.S. government probably has some issues with former President Charles Taylor but that cannot be the base upon which Dr. York’s diplomatic immunity should not be restored,” he pointed out.According to him, former President Taylor was elected democratically by the people of Liberia and the very election that brought him to power in 1997 was verified by the U.S. as a free and fair election.“That meant that Taylor had the democratic will of the people of this country to administer the foreign relations of the country and administer the security affairs and to do everything appertaining to the presidency of this country,” he said.Frowning on why Dr. York was, in the first place, obliged by a U.S. Court to testify on whatever charges levied against him Massaley said Article 31 of the Vienna Convention was blatantly violated against the diplomatic status of Dr. York.“Article 31 of the Vienna Convention says the receiving nation may neither arrest nor detain a diplomat and the diplomat is immune from the criminal laws as well as the civil and administrative jurisdiction,” he said. He noted that the U.S. should not have obliged Dr. York to testify in whatever way in a court, or be imprisoned for allegations of conspiracies or even committing any of the crimes for which he has already spent over 16 years of the 135 years guilty verdict from the Middle District Court of Georgia in 2004.“To emphasize, I don’t think it is right for the U.S. government to continue holding Dr. York in prison and keep denying him all rights he deserves. Whatever personal thing they have with Taylor should not interfere with the practices of diplomatic relations. The U.S. is seen today as the leader of the free world and, as such, they should set good examples for the rest of the world to follow,” he further noted.According to BBC News, an American Pastor, Andrew Brunson, who was imprisoned for 2 years in Turkey was released last month. “The court convicted him of terror-related charges and sentenced him to three years in jail,” the BBC said. The U.S. imposed sanctions on Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over the pastor’s continued detention. He was finally released on October 12th, 2018.  It should be known that he was not a Diplomat as in the case of Dr. YorkAbout the appeal made to President Weah by followers and sympathizers of Dr. York on September 26, 2018, during the United 73rd Session of the Nations General Assembly, Massaley said he hopes that President Weah sees reason and consider the appeal by engaging the U.S. government as soon as possible.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ozil will remain professional, despite Utd link

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his team’s second goal against Middlesbrough on April 17, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 21 – Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil’s professionalism will not be in doubt, despite speculation that the Arsenal midfielder could be heading to Manchester United.Ozil’s contract at Arsenal expires at the end of the season and several reports in the UK press this week have suggested that he could make a January move to Old Trafford. The German international has continued to look out of sorts this season and Arsenal could cash in on him in the New Year, rather than let him leave for nothing in the summer.But Gunners boss Wenger is confident that Ozil will be able to ignore the transfer rumour mill and focus on what remains of his Arsenal career.“We have to deal with all kinds of speculation when the players are at the end of their contracts,” said Wenger.“On the other hand, to be professional is to give 100 per cent as long as you are somewhere. For the rest, we came out many times and said that’s the situation.“When a player plays for Arsenal Football Club, his commitment cannot be linked with the length of his contract, it has just to be linked with the responsibility and the ambition he has to win the football game.“It can be a problem for the press conferences, but for football players it is not exactly the same. He is responsible for his performances on the Saturday, he has a social contract with the rest of the players.“Players going or not going it’s not a new thing and that’s why I tell you it’s not an excuse. We all want to play football, and never miss a game in your life because of your future.“You just focus on enjoying the day and giving absolutely everything.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Centrist Kadima wins vote

first_imgJERUSALEM – A giant portrait of Ariel Sharon towered over the stage as his protege, Ehud Olmert, declared victory in Israel’s elections. The symbolism was fitting, since the prime minister’s aura hung over the entire campaign. Olmert, who promised he would follow in his mentor’s footsteps, began his speech with a nod toward Hadassah Hospital, where Sharon was lying in a coma after suffering a devastating stroke in January. The acting prime minister then launched into his vision for the future, saying he will seek negotiations with the Palestinians but act on his own if necessary to draw final borders. Olmert has said that if elected he would withdraw from much of the West Bank and set Israel’s borders by 2010. The turnout was the lowest in Israel’s history, and the results showed voters turning away from conventional political parties to an assortment of third parties. The aftermath will likely be a period of difficult negotiations between Olmert and potential coalition partners. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “Today, Israeli democracy has spoken its piece, in a loud and clear voice,” Olmert declared. “Israel wants Kadima,” which means forward in Hebrew. Labor leader Amirt Peretz and Likud chief Benjamin Netanyahu called Olmert to congratulate him, as did British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Standing below a massive portrait of Sharon, Olmert said he was ready for new peace talks and was prepared to make painful compromises such as uprooting some Jewish settlements in the West Bank and allowing Palestinians to have a state. “In the coming period, we will move to set the final borders of the state of Israel, a Jewish state with a Jewish majority,” Olmert said. “We will try to achieve this in an agreement with the Palestinians.” Olmert has said he would govern only with parties that accept his program, and projections showed a center-left coalition capturing 61 to 65 seats in the 120-member parliament. The hawkish parties fell far short of their plan to win enough seats to block Olmert’s program. As Israel held its election, the Palestinian parliament approved a new Cabinet led by the Hamas militant group, which refuses to renounce violence or recognize Israel’s right to exist. Incoming Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told Al-Jazeera television that he opposed Olmert’s plan. “Such a plan definitely won’t be accepted by the Palestinian people or the Palestinian government,” he said. Aides to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate from the Fatah Party, called for immediately renewing talks on the internationally backed “road map” peace plan under the auspices of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which he heads. Olmert has said he supports the road map but will not wait indefinitely for a peace deal and would move unilaterally after a reasonable period of time. Israeli officials have ruled out talks with Hamas unless the Islamic group renounces violence and accepts Israel’s right to exist, demands Hamas has so far rejected. It remains unclear whether Olmert would negotiate with Abbas without a change in Hamas’ position. With results in from 96 percent of the polling stations, Kadima was winning 28 seats, Labor 20 and Likud 11. The leader of the largest party is traditionally asked first to try to form a ruling coalition. Whether Olmert chooses to form a government with dovish parties or more hard-line factions could determine his ability to carry out his plan. Olmert could form a coalition with Labor, the dovish Meretz and a party that advocates pensions for retirees, or he could add the ultra-Orthodox Shas or United Torah Judaism parties to his government. Olmert, the vice prime minister and former mayor of Jerusalem, took over the party after Sharon suffered a devastating Jan. 4 stroke and immediately became the favorite to win the elections. Much of Kadima’s campaign was built around Sharon, Israel’s most popular politician, and his legacy resonated with many voters. “It was important for me to vote, to continue the way of Sharon,” said Rina Golan, 65, who voted for Kadima. But Sharon had been much more circumspect than Olmert about his postelection plans. He never spoke of drawing final borders, and said there would not be an additional unilateral pullout in the West Bank. Labor’s total represented a strong showing by Peretz, who ran on a social platform advocating a higher minimum wage and guaranteed pensions for the elderly. “The Labor Party has regained its credibility,” said Labor lawmaker Colette Avital. Likud, which had dominated Israeli politics for decades, was crushed, appearing to capture less than one-third of the 38 seats it won in the previous election. Netanyahu, the former prime minister and current party head, warned that further unilateral withdrawals would bring Hamas closer to Israel. “We have no doubt that the Likud suffered a hard blow,” Netanyahu told his party activists. He blamed Sharon, who bolted Likud to form Kadima, for leaving behind “a broken and shattered party.” A strong majority of voters turned away from Likud and Labor, the only two parties that have ever ruled Israel, to vote for the new Kadima and fringe parties. Though other attempts to create a strong centrist party in Israel have failed, analysts said Sharon’s personal popularity gave Kadima its edge. Two marginal parties posted strong showings in the exit polls. Israel Beitenu, a party aimed at Israeli immigrants from the former Soviet Union, would like to redraw Israel’s borders to put fewer Arabs and more Jews inside. It posted a double-digit showing as expected, with partial results giving it 12 seats. The party has two lawmakers in the outgoing parliament. The pensioners’ party appeared to be the surprise protest vote of the election, taking seven seats, the partial returns showed. The party, headed by former Mossad spymaster Rafi Eitan, who oversaw a sensational espionage operation against the U.S. in the 1980s, was not represented in the current parliament. Kadima said this party was a natural coalition partner for Olmert. The Shas party was projected to get 13 seats. The record low voter turnout, 63.2 percent, was attributed partly to Kadima’s dominance during the campaign. But the apathy was also a reflection of Israelis’ disillusionment with rampant government corruption and veteran politicians’ switching parties, which many saw as purely opportunistic. 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

CONFIRMED: MASSIVE TOURISM BOOST AS STAR WARS WILL BE FILMED IN DONEGAL

first_imgMalin Head – as captured by Ronan McLaughlinWE told you last October that STAR WARS was coming to Donegal – and there was more speculation last week.Now the producers of Star Wars have finally confirmed tonight they are returning to Ireland this year to shoot scenes for the next film in the blockbuster series – at Malin Head.Lucasfilm is preparing to film sequences for Star Wars: Episode VIII in May at the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula, where contractors are installing a 1.5km metal roadway to facilitate the transport of gear and crew. Plans are also underway to film at Malin Head in Donegal, where a number of B&Bs and rental homes have already been booked out for the production for May.The chief executive of the Irish Film Board, James Hickey, said it was “delighted to welcome the production of Star Wars: Episode VIII to some of our most spectacular locations along the Wild Atlantic Way”.Candice Campos, vice-president of physical production at Lucasfilm, said the company was “thrilled” to return to Ireland to film several sequences for the next chapter in the Star Wars saga.“We want to thank the people of Ireland for their warm welcome and continued support. Ireland has become an important part of Star Wars history,” she said tonight. Joe McHugh, junior minister who has been kept abreast of developments, told us: “I knew when Donegal Daily reported this last autumn but I was sworn to secrecy and wanted to make sure everything was sorted out.“This is a massive boost to Donegal and to Donegal tourism. This isn’t just about the film crew bed nights this summer, it’s also about the massive following of the Star Wars franchise and getting them to come to Donegal to see where it was filmed.“I am so pleased or everyone involved in tourism in Inishowen and the county generally. It’s a boost to the Wild Atlantic Way in a week when a new hotel has opened in Dunfanaghy and another will open outside Dungloe.”Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys said: “We have already seen how the most recent Star Wars film has brought Sceilg Mhichíl and southwest Kerry to a global audience. Now, further locations around the Irish coast will experience similar exposure, providing untold benefits to the tourism and film sectors.”Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for worldwide release on December 15th, 2017. CONFIRMED: MASSIVE TOURISM BOOST AS STAR WARS WILL BE FILMED IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 19th, 2016 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:donegalMalin HeadStar Warslast_img read more

For many, E3 is the ultimate cool

first_img“The whole concept that games are for little kids and dorks is dead,” said Pete Wanat, the 36-year-old executive producer of Los Angeles-based Vivendi Universal Games’ “Scarface: The World is Yours.” “But we need to keep going beyond just the typical games. Where’s the HBO content? Where’s the `West Wing’ game? I mean, I don’t know if I’d want to play something based on `The West Wing,’ but something that’s got good writing like that. Something that’s written not for someone in eighth grade, but who went to college, who’s got a master’s degree. Those are the kinds of games I want to make.” With his Scarface title, he’s definitely not aiming toward the kid audience – “unless they’re playing with their parent, who can explain what’s happening, of course.” So expletive-laden that the title character refers to himself with a middle name unsuitable for mixed company, ultraviolent and criminal to the core, it’s consciously marketed to an over-18 audience, particularly drawing on the Al Pacino film’s huge following in the hip-hop world. The assembled crowd around the game’s preview theater looked more likely to be riding around in Escalades than living in their parents’ basements. “We did the `Chronicles of Riddick’ game and we worked with Vin Diesel. He turned out to be a huge gamer,” Wanat said. “He’s a very cool guy, but he will kick your (rear) once he gets playing.” Whether on PCs, consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii, portable platforms such as the Sony PlayStation Portable or even on cellular phones and iPods, games are becoming an omnipresent part of culture. Now, when parents kick their kids off a game, it’s not because of unfinished homework – it’s because they want to play. “Virtually everywhere in the world, there’s someone playing a game,” said Angela Emery, vice president of communications for Glendale-based Buena Vista Games. “It’s not just a 10-year-old, it’s not just in the living room, hooked up to the TV. We’re just so busy all the time, we need that stimulation, that way to escape.” Every day, Dionte Butler-Abney needs it. Tall and athletic, dressed in old-school Nikes, camouflage shorts and an NBA headband over his cornrowed hair, the Oakland native works in quality-assurance testing in the game business. He looks more like a baller than a gamer. “I’ve been playing games since I was 6 years old,” he said. “I could consider myself a nerd, but I’m definitely more cool than nerd.” Perhaps those terms aren’t mutually exclusive anymore. Amanda Mabon took the trip down from the Central Valley for a chance to see new titles and get her hands on the next-generation console hardware. The 18-year-old traces her enthusiasm back to the first Sega, which she still plays along with her Nintendo Dual Screen and two generations of Sony PlayStation. While she proudly calls herself an RPG girl for her favorite role-playing-games, even affectionately wearing the mantle of game geek, she’s a far cry from the old refugees from the audio/visual club. “I play games every day, but you’ve got to have a life outside video games,” she said. “Otherwise, you’re just a dork.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo – E3 to the game world – everyone’s an adult. The three-day annual conference, in its final day today at the Los Angeles Convention Center, showcased reason after reason why the dweebs won that culture war and games took on a mainstream sheen. “(Playing games) was like being a computer geek or a chess club guy – I know, I’ve been there,” said Ralph Rivera, 44, vice president and general manager of AOL Games. “But now, games are for everyone & this is part of a lifestyle, just like games, music or movies. We’ll get to the point where it’s not weird anymore.” It’s not that far off, according to a recent Ipsos poll conducted for AOL Games and the Associated Press. The survey of more than 3,000 adults found that 45 percent of men and 35 percent of women play games. More than four in 10 of them play at least three hours a week and, surprisingly, 14 percent of adults age 65 and older play at least 10 hours a week. Whether it’s online card games, such as AOL’s World Series of Poker, or complex, video-driven titles that transform the player into a teenage girl, a Greek god or a suburban housewife, the industry has made great strides to break out of the realm of space shoot-’em-ups. Though there’s still certainly a significant dorky contingent, the kind that poses for pictures next to the PlayStation 3 and ignores the pretty ladies at the booths in favor of the new controllers and guns, gaming has made the mainstream leap. Andrea Joy Stephens is not a geek. Attractive and outgoing, she dresses nicely. She’s got a good job in sales and marketing. She hosts parties, goes out, has lots of friends, would never consider herself a couch potato. By all accounts, she is cool. “Nobody believes me when I say I’m a gamer, but I’ve been one back since the Atari 2600,” the 32-year-old Orlando, Fla., native said after belting out a tune on the Singstar karaoke game for PlayStation 2. “I used to not tell anyone, but now it’s cool. When I’m hanging out with a bunch of guys, playing `Soul Caliber’ or `Tekken,’ there’s nothing better than watching them get whupped by a girl.” Video games were once the purview of social outcasts, the pale, acne-faced losers who couldn’t play sports or talk to girls. Anyone over the age of 18 who plugged in was immediately suspect, as if they refused to grow up and move on to more adult pursuits. last_img

GOLF NEWS: CHRISTMAS HAMPERS UP FOR GRABS AT OTWAY

first_imgOtway Golf News: Otway members took full advantage of the break in the recent downpours last Saturday to compete in the annual Christmas hampers. Philip Friel needed every one of his impressive 46 pts to claim top spot, winning by the smallest of margins beating Shaun Duffy into second place on 45. Damian Gallagher took the gross and Noel Kiernan used all his luck to take third.The nines went to Brendan Gallagher and Mark Friel, with Francis McFadden taking full advantage of a members bounce for the nearest the pin. Indeed luck carried on into Sunday’s scramble when two of Saturday’s prizewinners Philip Friel and Francis McFadden were joined by Noel Fisher to win the turkey scramble. This Sunday 20th will be the last of the turkey scrambles at the usual time of names in for 11.30 am. A members competition will take place on Monday 28th December to clear the festive cobwebs, with names in to the clubhouse by 10.30 am, format yet to be decided ?GOLF NEWS: CHRISTMAS HAMPERS UP FOR GRABS AT OTWAY was last modified: December 16th, 2015 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:golfOtwaySportlast_img read more