Irving confirms he did not talk to LeBron about trade request: ‘Why would I have to?’

first_img“And it’s not anything personal, I’m not here to tirade anybody, I’m not here to go at any particular person or the organization, because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the times that I spent there. It’s nothing about that.”After mostly keeping to himself since the trade went down, Irving further explained his motivations behind leaving Cleveland.“It’s just there comes a time when you mature as an individual. It’s time to make that decision,” he shared.“And there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save someone’s feelings, when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do. And it wasn’t about me not wanting to win. It wasn’t anything about that. I want to be extremely, extremely happy in perfecting my craft. And that was the only intent that I have in all of this.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Former teammates Kyrie Irving (left) and LeBron James  AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOKyrie Irving and LeBron James will share the court on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season next month. But for the first time in a long time, it won’t be as teammates.Irving recently demanded his way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers and got his wish when he was traded to the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Austin, Ravena lead PH team in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take,” the 25-year-old guard confirmed that he did not speak with LeBron about his trade request, nor did he feel obligated to do so.“Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership before you let them know you wanted out?” host Stephen A. Smith candidly asked the four-time All-Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“No. Why would I have to?” Irving responded, prompting Smith to say that LeBron might have taken it personally.Without mentioning his former teammate’s name, Irving calmly explained his side: “I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Against coaches’ will, Ross plays through injury to give Beermen a boost

first_imgIn a moment of pure tenacity, San Miguel point guard Chris Ross played through pain to deliver the goods for the Beermen in Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ross, however, displayed his might in complete disobedience of all his coaches in San Miguel.“All the coaches told me ‘no, no, no we’re not going to use you,’” said Ross after San Miguel’s 102-82 victory Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I said ‘come on coach, I’ll be smart. If I’m not feeling right, I’ll tell you to take me out.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Every time down on defense all the coaches were asking me ‘Chris, are you okay?’ and I will always tell them to just believe in me and I will tell them if I’m not okay.”Ross, who played for less than nine minutes, has a strained right thigh he suffered in the Beermen’s 95-87 Game 3 loss against the Gin Kings Tuesday. Ancajas vs Sultan deferred as Crawford gets injured In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters San Miguel head coach Leo Austria said they already planned to sit out Ross for Game 4, but he had to give in to his player’s requests.Ross, who didn’t play in the second half of Game 3, responded by scoring 11 points, all in the second quarter, on 4-of-4 shooting including 3-of-3 from deep.“Today, Chris was a warrior, and he wants to help the team even though we didn’t want him to play,” said Austria. “Good thing he was able to contribute on offense.”Ross said he couldn’t bear  just watching from the bench and that he had to take action in whatever way he can.“Tonight was kind of one of those days, I just wanted to give them a spark. I think I played less than 10 minutes, that was enough to give my team the energy they needed,” said Ross. “I knew I couldn’t sit out this game, so any kind of spark that I gave, I just tried to do it for my team.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READlast_img read more

Alab bolsters semis bid with 38-point rout of CLS Knights

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Rondina: ‘We know we can beat the strong teams’ The Scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 101 — Raymundo 20, Parks 19, Javelona 18, Balkman 11, Brownlee 11, Domingo 10, Alabanza 6, Hontiveros 2, Maierhofer 2, Sumalinog 2.CLS KNIGHTS 63 — Edwards 21, Williams 17, Enguio 4, Gemilang 4, Lish 4, Nugroho 4, Wisnu 4, Kurniawan 3, Hidayat 2, Ardiansyah 0, Baskoro 0, Utomo 0.Quarters: 28-18, 56-30, 78-53, 101-63.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPao Javelona and Pamboy Raymundo stepped up and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas trounced CLS Knights, 101-63, Sunday to boost their chances for an outright semifinals berth  in the 2018 Asean Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Complex in Laguna.Javelona was sensational in the game with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds on top of four assists, and two steals, while Raymundo came off the bench and topscored with 20 markers on 3-of-3 sniping from downtown in the wire-to-wire victory.ADVERTISEMENT Bobby Ray Parks added 19 points, six assists, and two boards, while Heritage Imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman chipped in 11 markers each as they took the backseat this time.Alab finished the eliminations tied with Mono Vampire at third place with a 14-6 record but could finish higher in the standings depending on the final game between Hong Kong Eastern and Chong Son Kung Fu on Wednesday.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 crownThe Philippine side needs the Christian Standhardinger-bannered Hong Kong squad to top Chong Son in the tiff to finish second and advance to the semifinals.Shane Edwards carried CLS with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Brian Williams had 17 markers and 12 boards. 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View commentslast_img read more

Make Pan Africanism a Reality

first_imgThe President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate has cautioned the International Conference on Pan-Africanism and Negritude not to continue to dwell in the philosophical scheme and concept of Pan Africanism, but must go beyond the scope of the everyday challenges and how to solve the many questions confronting the organization and its peoples.Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah made the assertion when he was selected to deliver the opening remarks at the historic international conference held early this month at the Howard University in Washington DC, the United States.Declared Mr. Jallah, “We must rise majestically to new heights of solving the many questions that confront us as a people and work substantially to make Pan Africanism a realty and not a mere concept discussed in our many intellectual assemblies.”Delving into the background of the organization, Pro Temp Jallah described Pan-Africanism as a movement with a rich and long history spanning more than 200 years. “Africans on the African continent and those in the Diaspora have wrestled with asserting a common African identity and with the inescapable fact that all Africans, whether on the continent or in the Diaspora, share an interconnected past, present and future.”“One of the earliest of Pan-African Congresses,” Senator Jallah recalled, “was the Chicago Conference on Africa, held on August 14, 1893. That conference addressed such questions as: “The African in America”; “Liberia as a Factor in the Progress of the Negro Race”; and, “What do American Negroes Owe to their Kinsmen beyond the Sea…” The Gbarpolu County lawmaker recognized Trinidadian Barrister Henry Sylvester Williams, whom he said, thinking about a political movement organized around a series of conferences that would draw representatives of the African Race from all parts of the World, in 1897 established the African Association. The aim of the association was to encourage a feeling of unity and facilitate friendly intercourse among Africans, and “promote and protect the interests of all subjects claiming African descent, wholly or in part in the British Colonies and other places, especially in Africa,” said Mr. Jallah.Pro Temp Jallah specifically recalled contributions of several luminaries to the evolution of pan-Africanism, among them: the Jamaican Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey, the African American scholar W. E. B. Dubois and Tanzanian President Julius Mwalimu Nyerere. “What remains true is that the questions and verities that challenged these Pan-African luminaries and pioneers still haunt us today.”Drilling deep beneath what he termed as the vast universe that is Pan-Africanism and to focus on the specifics of existing political, economic and cultural realities as they impact the Pan-African experience, Jallah admonished the movement not to stand in awe of the Pan-African forests and forget the trees.As the conference discussed Africa, the lawmaker Jallah reminded the participants that Sub-Saharan Africa is lagging behind every other region in the world on almost any conceivable socioeconomic, sociopolitical metric.“In the last 25 years, Africa South of the Sahara was only able to lift 28 percent of its poor out of extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than US$1.25 a day in purchasing power parity terms. In Asia that number is close to 70 percent. In Latin America, that number is 66 percent. This I argue is a fundamental challenge of Pan-Africanism. This is a tree that this conference should reflect upon.”“Why,” he wondered, “is it that challenges of poor governance appear to disproportionately affect sub-Saharan Africa, and that even here in the United States and Europe, persons of African descent continue to live in poverty amid American and European affluence?”“Scores for the Program of International School Assessment (PISA), which measures math and reading skills of students in different countries, show that sub-Saharan Africa ranks at the very bottom among all regions. Here in the United States, about 45 percent of black students in American public high schools drops out before graduation, while figure of whites is 22 percent. The academic underachievement of Africans in our current technological globalized universe is a fundamental pan-Africanist challenge,” Jallah declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Broadcast Bill an attack on press freedom – Jagdeo

first_img…warns broadcasters not to sit idly byThe Broadcast (Amendment) Bill 2017 was laid in the National Assembly on Thursday, but concerns have been raised about its far-reaching powers ever since it was revealed to contain provisions that compel private media to air Government broadcasts.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, during a press conference on Friday, zeroed inOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoon the bill — which he referred to as an “expropriation of property and time” – adamantly contending that even when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was in office, it would not have dared make such a bill law, even though TV stations had refused to air programmes the then Government was willing to pay for.“You would recall that when the coalition Government was in charge of the Parliament, between 2012 and 2015, they argued that GINA (Government Information Agency) was carrying too many Government programmes and that (a) minister doing their work was propaganda,” Jagdeo said.He reminded that the then Opposition, which had a one-seat majority in Parliament, cut the GINA budget, leaving that entity penniless.“At that time, a minister visiting a project was propaganda. Now the GINA budget is bigger than it was before, and private radio stations and television stations are required to give one hour per day for free to the Government to broadcast those programmes,” Jagdeo lamented.Touching on the 24-hour timeframe that a broadcasting entity has to register with the Guyana Broadcasting Authority (GBA) its objection to carrying a particular broadcast, Jagdeo noted that a “win-win” situation has been created for the Government, because even if the GBA rules that the broadcast is not a public service announcement, the only outcome would be that the Government has to pay for its airing.“So it doesn’t say, ‘You can’t carry it’, ‘(Government) just have to pay for it’. So automatically the Government gets your time, whether it is a (PSA) or not, for free; or they can pay for it. You don’t have any control over (that situation).“This,” he continued, “is the beginning of the expropriation of public airwaves and getting Government propaganda to all parts of this country for free. These are just two elements of this bill that we will have to oppose.”Jagdeo urged broadcasters not to sit idly by and allow the Government, through its one-seat majority, to get its way with the passage of the bill; but broadcasters should seek recourse through the courts.“This will not stand anywhere; it’s tantamount to expropriation of property in respect to the power it gives the authority to take away people’s licences and, secondly, to expropriate the times they have on television,” the Opposition Leader said.The billPart two of the bill sets out that broadcast agencies will be mandated to broadcast public service programmes for a total of up to one hour daily. Broadcast agencies will be airing these public service programmes free of cost and as requested by the Government between 6:00hrs and 22:00hrs.It is also states that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcasting agency to broadcast emergency notices or disaster warnings for any length of time, and regularly during peak or prime advertising time periods, depending on the nature of the emergency and having regard to public safety.A broadcaster will have the right to file a complaint with the GNBA within 24 hours of being asked to broadcast a programme free of cost if, in the agency’s judgment, it is not considered a public service broadcast programme.The GNBA, according to the draft provisos, “shall investigate and determine a complaint, and issue a ruling that the programme can be reasonably considered a public service broadcast programme, and direct the broadcasting agency to air the programme free of cost”.Further, the broadcaster can “be granted an interim order to broadcast the announcement as a public service broadcast programme; and where the programme is not so considered to be a public broadcast programme”, the GNBA can order payment of regular programme cost for broadcasting the said programme.” But there is even a warning for broadcasters daring to oppose the legislation: the bill states that any broadcaster the GNBA finds to have “arbitrarily refused” to broadcast a public service broadcast programme without lodging a complaint has committed an offence.However, there is no mention of what the penalty for said breach actually is. Reports have indicated that the draft legislation contained provisions for the GNBA to deem the broadcaster in breach of their licence.When contacted about the missing penalty, GNBA Chairman, former Magistrate Leslie Sobers, indicated that in the absence of a general penalty clause, punishment for arbitrarily refusing to air a PSA would be up to the courts.ReapplyRevoking the 2014 broadcasting regulations, the Act also puts those broadcasters who are already licensed at the mercy of the authority.It mandates that any licensed entity carrying out broadcast services immediately before the act went into effect will have no choice but to reapply within thirty days for a licence in accordance with the amended law.“Where a person fails to make an application for a licence within the time specified, or where an application for a licence is not granted by (GNBA), he shall immediately cease to carry on the broadcasting service,” Section Nine, subsection three of the bill states.Failing to cease operations if they are not granted a new licence by the GNBA would cause to be imposed on that broadcaster, on summary conviction, a fine of $1M and imprisonment for one year. In addition, all machinery and equipment used for broadcasting by the entity can be seized.last_img read more

Manchester United ‘bid £80million for international defender’

first_img REPLY Napoli have rejected a bid from Manchester United for Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.Koulibaly, the Senegal defender, is understood to be one of Jose Mourinho’s prime targets heading into the January transfer window with a new centre-half high on the Portuguese’s wish list. Koulibaly has long been targeted by a host of Europe’s top clubs Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The Red Devils failed to sign the likes of Toby Alderweireld, the Tottenham star, and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane over the summer, and Mourinho remains keen on strengthening a defence that has been remarkably porous this season.And he’s moved quickly to try and seal a deal for Koulibaly before the transfer window has even reopened, offering Napoli £80million for the 27-year-old that would make him the most expensive defender in the history of the game. REVEALED 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions However, United’s bid was quickly knocked back, with The Mirror saying Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Napoli president, does not want to sell Koulibaly for anything less than £89million (€100m).Koulibaly is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders currently playing the game, having established himself at the elite level since joining Napoli four summers ago.How Manchester United could line-up after spending £100m budget in January transfer windowHe’s gone on to make 180 appearances for the San Paolo club, helping them develop into Juventus’ main challengers for Serie A success. REVEALED last_img read more

Just ducky

first_img Each of those employees, from stockroom clerks to top executives, has a vested interest in coming up with new designs. Anyone who suggests a unique patentable item gets a $10,000 bonus. Improving one of the 175 items Munchkin manufactures gets them $1,000. All in all, it’s a very unusual workplace. Even the president and chief executive officer, Steve Dunn, kept what he did for a living under wraps at first. After earning an MBA from Harvard, he made his money in the venture capital world before chucking it all to start a business that put him into competition with the likes of Gerber and Playtex, corporate giants who dominated the business for decades. “Much to the chagrin of my venture capital friends, I quit my job and started a baby bottle company,” Dunn recalled. “For a while I kept that to myself, because when you graduate from business school, you don’t think you’re going to tell your friends you’re going to be running a baby company.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 NORTH HILLS – Based in a hockey rink packed with striking artwork, selling goods for your baby and for your pets, Munchkin Inc. doesn’t feel like a regular company. It summons its workers to meetings using a stadium buzzer and posts its financial goals on an old scoreboard. At the end of one of its doorless corridors, there stands a baby bottle the size of a linebacker, bearing the Dr Pepper logo. In the conference room, there’s a sculpture of a nude man carved from wood, standing across from a wall full of childproof cups, bibs and SpongeBob SquarePants paraphernalia. This is the place where men and women labor to make the “world’s best” rubber ducky. That ducky will help the privately held company make $60 million this year, a 25 percent growth rate over 2004. “We believe it’s the little things that make a difference in our business,” said Doug Gillespie, whose business card calls him the head marketing munchkin. “It’s not just a rubber ducky. It’s a rubber ducky that tells you that the water’s too hot.” center_img And if that rubber ducky, designed to signal parents with the word “hot” when bathwater’s unsuitably warm, isn’t fancy enough, Munchkin makes a model dressed up like a firefighter. With gadgets like that, the 14-year-old company hopes to become like Apple Computer for the infant set. In a retail climate in which most manufacturers focus on producing simple goods to sell at the lowest possible price, Munchkin makes items that cost more and do more. It doesn’t just make the spill-proof cup. It makes the spill-proof cup that you can freeze like a beer mug. It doesn’t make a teething ring. It makes ones incorporated into stuffed animals that give the baby something to play with. Its baby bath is a giant inflatable yellow duck that quacks on command and, like its floating cousin, signals when the water’s too warm for sensitive baby skin. After that approach proved successful, the company ventured into the pet world last year with its Bamboo division. Using the Munchkin method, it makes things like nail trimmers with built-in styptics to staunch bleeding and heavy-duty chew toys that Fido can’t feast on. “If you have an angle, like the blanket with the pacifier attached, that’s something I haven’t seen anywhere else,” said Stevanne Auerbach, who edits DrToy.com. “They seem to have a niche.” That niche has landed them in such mass retailers as Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart, a presence the company hopes to augment with more accounts in drug and grocery stores in coming years. It’s set to hit $100 million in revenue within two years, based on bath and feeding products either created by its 75 employees or refined from existing designs. last_img read more

Two stations match discounts penny for penny

first_imgNEWHALL – Two local gas stations are giving falling fuel prices an extra push by charging an eye-popping, traffic-stopping $2.37 Monday for a gallon of regular unleaded, a discount that means long lines but a couple of extra bucks in the wallet each fill-up. The Mobil station in the 23500 block of San Fernando Road made the first move Nov. 7, selling the cheap stuff for $2.39 a gallon. It was reopening after a fire gutted the pumps nearly two years ago, though manager Gevork Takesyan said the low prices are here to stay. “Everybody’s happy, not only from the Santa Clarita Valley – even in L.A.,” he said. “Everybody says, We love you; you’re doing the right thing. … When we come into the market, they have to follow.” Soon, a nearby Chevron station on the corner of San Fernando Road and Sierra Highway began matching the Mobil station penny for penny. Both have watched as their regular unleaded prices fell to $2.37 a gallon Monday as fuel prices continue heading south after peaking at close to $3.00 over the summer. Midgrade and premium gas also are discounted – they were selling Monday for $2.65 and $2.75 per gallon, respectively, when the regional average was $2.78 and $2.83, the AAA said. “We really try to keep the prices down,” Takesyan said. “We’re happy with this policy.” Hilu said keeping up with his neighbor means losing a few cents per gallon of regular, but he doesn’t mind if customers keep coming. Over the weekend, both stations ran out of gas in between deliveries. “For me, if it’s to stay until the end of the year, it’s OK,” Hilu said. But it’s not always his call. “That’s the oil companies. They say go up, we go up. They say go down, we go down. We have no choice.” Meantime, drivers are welcoming this respite from high prices. “It’s great,” said Judy Cory of Canyon Country, filling up her Jaguar sedan with premium at the Mobil station before heading out to Los Angeles. “It’ll be nice if it comes back down to $2, but it probably never will.” Jerry Jacobson, 57, of Agua Dulce spent about $60 filling up his Chevrolet Avalanche pickup and relished the spirit of competition. “Let them fight it out,” Jacobson said. “We all benefit. … It’s a big improvement from when it was $2.75 or $2.80 a gallon. “If it got back to $2 a gallon – but we all know who’s in charge. We got the oil companies, a Republican Congress and a petroleum president.” Bill Osborne, 64, of Sylmar seized the chance to fill up his Ford F250 pickup – it’s been parked in his driveway most of the summer, when he switched to his Honda Civic hybrid. “This hasn’t been moved for so long, the clock was still on daylight-saving time,” he said. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s something the competition needs to do,” said Gus Hilu, who has owned the Chevron station for 20 years and has three other stations in the San Fernando Valley. “It doesn’t bother me. It’s been very good, very busy.” Gasoline prices have been steadily declining as demand slows in the fall and winter months. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach region Monday, a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.61, compared with $2.37 a year ago, the Automobile Association of America said. The highest recorded average for a gallon of regular was $2.99 on Sept. 6. The Mobil station’s pumps have been shut since the February 2004 fire – a pickup ran over a pump and ignited it, engulfing the station in canopy in flames. “In 15 minutes, all of the station was gone,” Takesyan recalled. The owners spent about $1.2 million to rebuild, but they’re only making a penny per gallon on regular. Takesyan said it’s been their policy since he began operating the station 11 years ago, and that’s not going to change. last_img read more

AA HOME INSURANCE SURVEY CLAIMS DONEGAL HAS FEWEST BURGLARIES

first_imgDonegal has the fewest number of burglaries according to a widespread survey.The AA Home Insurance survey of almost 15,500 people said that just 13% of people in Donegal have been burgled.Dublin is worst for burglaries overall, with more than 38% of people saying they have been a victim of this crime at some stage. But it is the commuter counties around the capital which have seen the greatest increase.Counties Louth, Laois, Offaly and Kildare have been hit hardest while County Meath has seen the greatest increase in the commuter counties with 40% more burglaries in 2012 than eight years ago.This figure was reflected in the latest AA Home Insurance survey which showed that people from Meath have experienced more burglaries this year than in any other county.Kildare came in at second for overall burglaries with over 34%. Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at the AA explained: “The problem in the commuter counties around Dublin is that every morning a would-be burglar knows that there will be a mass exodus towards the capital, leaving behind whole estates full of empty houses, meaning easy pickings.”The AA survey also found that more people in Limerick said they were burgled than in any other county in Munster. Burglaries in Limerick have increased by almost 10% since 2004, reaching 22%Cavan is worst for the Ulster counties in the Republic, with more than 19% of those polled saying the same.“Burglaries don’t just mean the loss of some of your belongings but they also mean an infringement on your personal life and your security” added Mr Faughnan.The AA poll discovered that 14% of those who were burgled said that the offender got in through an open door or window. But over 31% of participants said that the intruder gained access through a locked door.Mr Faughnan said: “To combat this, make sure all exterior doors are fitted with deadbolt locks which are pick-resistant and be sure that these doors are made with solid wood or metal, a minimum of one inch thick. In the majority of cases, burglars gained access through a closed window so it would also be a good idea to fit window locks.“Having all these additional security measures would be a complete waste if you left your house keys where a burglar can easily find them. Don’t leave your keys in obvious places like under a plant pot, on the door frame or beneath a mat.“When no one is home, it’s worth leaving a light on or perhaps the radio to deter a would-be trespasser. However, the best way to protect your home is with a house alarm.” AA HOME INSURANCE SURVEY CLAIMS DONEGAL HAS FEWEST BURGLARIES was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AA Home Insuranceburglariesdonegallast_img read more

GARDAI WARN PUBLIC ABOUT CHEAP BOOZE AFTER PUB RAIDS

first_imgGardai are hunting a gang who broke into two pubs in Buncrana overnight.Hutton’s Bar (left) which was broken into overnight.The thieves broke into the premises on the town’s Main Street and got away with a considerable amount of spirits.The gang also stole a consignment of cigarettes from vending machines. The two bars which were targeted included Hutton’s Bar and O’Doherty’s Bar.The gang are understood to have gained entry to Hutton’s Bar through a skylight before getting away with a considerable amount of alcohol.Gardai are viewing CCTV as part of their investigation into the break-ins.They have also urged any members of the public who may have been offered cheap alcohol to contact them. Local town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin urged business owners and the public to be vigilant.“It’s tough enough for small business owners to make a living at the moment without being faced with a robbery.“I am appealing to business owner to ensure to take all the necessary precautions and also to the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to Gardai,” he said.  GARDAI WARN PUBLIC ABOUT CHEAP BOOZE AFTER PUB RAIDS was last modified: May 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:barsbuncranaburglarydonegalgangGardaiHutton’s BarO’Doherty’s Barlast_img read more