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Vernon Macklin would love to play in the PBA again

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHitting a pair of clutch free throws to win the game for Magnolia provided the fitting farewell for Vernon Macklin on Friday night.But it doesn’t seem like Filipino basketball fans had seen the last of Macklin in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old Macklin is well-loved by Filipinos ever since he made his PBA debut with Barangay Ginebra in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup and led the Gin Kings’ surprise finals run as the seventh seed before losing to No. 1 Alaska in a three-game sweep.And the adoration for him did not change in his return even if he switched teams.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 crown“Always. Like I said this place always has a special place in my heart,” Macklin told reporters after his freebies with 3.1 seconds left pushed the Hotshots past the Meralco Bolts, 81-79.“Five years ago, I started with Ginebra, even here, the fans are great, my teammates are awesome, the coaching staff is great, everybody show you love out here so I’m always open to come back here and play in the PBA,” added Macklin, who played his last game for Magnolia before leaving for China to suit up in the National Basketball League. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Before making his PBA return, Macklin had stops in the Chinese Basketball Association, Qatari Basketball League and Korean Basketball League.In the early part of his professional career, Macklin played one season for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA Developmental League and in the Turkish Basketball Super League.Macklin averaged 21.0 points on 55 percent shooting from the field and 13.3 rebounds, leading Magnolia to a 3-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almadro asks for prayers amid appointment as Lady Eagles’ coach View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Matano sacked as AFC Leopards coach

first_img“We have honored our part of the contract by paying him in lieu for two months having informed him of his decision. As the NEC we saw this as the best decision in the interest of the club because Kitambi took over and he has won three matches back to back,” AFC Leopards Secretary General Oscar Igaida told Capital Sport.Igaida explained that the decision was taken because of ‘disciplinary issues’ on the side of the coach who he has accused of lacking respect for the management.The Secretary General further explained that Matano was a ‘lone ranger’ and wasn’t a team player, failing to work with the rest of the technical bench who were uncomfortable with him.“The technical bench felt that he couldn’t take their advice. The players as well were uncomfortable with him because he was too harsh and at times they found it difficult to play freely. Most of the time they were not themselves,” Igaida further explained.AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano speaking with his technical bench during the 2017 GOtv Shield final. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHe also noted; “He also failed in his primary target which was to get us to the group stages of continental football. We were not happy with how we performed against FOSA Juniors.”Kitambi will now take charge of the team fully though on interim basis before the executive committee decides whether or not to hand him the job on a permanent basis.“We want to assure the fans that everything is in control and there is no vacuum. We have faith in Kitambi because he has demonstrated his abilities with three wins already and we will make a decision next week. He is definitely one of the top candidates for the job. The players like him and they think he is good,” Igaida added.Matano joined the club in July last year when the club was willowing in dire underperformance and he helped them scrape up from the relegation zone and led them to the GOtv Shield title.However, he seemed to have fallen out with his bosses at the club at the start of the season.AFC Leopards midfielder COllins Okoth dribbles the ball past Gor Mahia’s Humphrey Mieno during the Kenyan premier League Super Cup clash against Gor Mahia on January 28, 2017 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, midfielder Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth’s suspension has been further lengthened by a fortnight. Okoth was also accused of indiscipline and absconding training including when the team was in Madagascar for their CAF Confederations Cup tie against Fosa.“There are several requests he has made to us and we will be considering them. By the time his suspension is over we will have made a decision on whether to keep him or not,” Igaida further explained.AFC Leopards currently sit second in the Kenyan premier league standings with 13 points, three shy of leaders Gor Mahia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Robert Matano dishing out instructions on the touchline during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15- The AFC Leopards National Executive Committee has reached a decision to fire head coach Robert Matano after what it termed as ‘indiscipline, lack of respect and failure to adhere to teamwork’ after having initially suspended him for two weeks.The decision was reached on Tuesday after a National Executive Committee meeting and Dennis Kitambi’s performance having taken over on interim basis further gave the club’s top hierarchy more sense to make the decision.last_img read more

European Football Show podcast, August 5 2016

first_imgNat Coombs and Andy Brassell are joined by experts from around Europe to discuss the latest transfer news and look ahead to the new seasonlast_img

Gossip: Arsenal in talks with midfielder and United to pay £100m for Spurs man

first_img1 Here’s your fix of gossip for Sunday 25 June…Arsene Wenger will consider Man United forward Anthony Martial if the Gunners lose out to Real Madrid in the chase for Kylian Mbappe. (Mail on Sunday)Newcastle and Southampton are keen on Arsenal’s 22-year-old defender Calum Chambers. (Evening Chronicle)Valencia want Arsenal’s reserve keeper Emiliano Martinez and are prepared to pay £5m for him. (Sun)Arsenal teenager Chris Willock is set to leave and sign for Benfica for free. (Sunday Mirror)Arsenal have opened contract talks with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. (Sun)Lyon’s president says Arsenal will have to pay £57m if they want to sign Alexandre Lacazette. (L’Equipe)Jose Mourinho wants £100m-rated Tottenham striker Harry Kane at Man United and NOT Cristiano Ronaldo. (Sunday Mirror)Borussia Moenchengladbach are keen on signing Spurs striker Vincent Janssen, who the club signed for £17m last summer. (Sunday Mirror)Ross Barkley wants to leave Everton so he can improve his chances of being part of England’s World Cup squad if the team qualifies. (Sun)Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is planning a £105m double swoop for Juventus defenders Alex Sandro Leonardo Bonucci. (Sunday Express)Bournemouth are set to sign Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for £20m. (Sun)Pep Guardiola wants to sign FOUR new full-backs and it is said they are Dani Alves, Kyle Walker, Ryan Bertrand and Benjamin Mendy. (Star on Sunday)Lyon want to take Man City defender Jason Denayer on loan. (Mail on Sunday)Liverpool will need to pay Southampton £70m to sign defender Virgil van Dijk. (Sunday Express)Newcastle fans are concerned Rafael Benitez could walk away from the club after the breakdown of a series of transfers. (Sunday Times)Stoke are still waiting to see if Villa are prepared to double their £500,000 bid for Glenn Whelan. (Stoke Sentinel)Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho says Barcelona want to sign him, but he is happy at Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. (Globo)More from talkSPORT.com10 things you didn’t know about Kylian MbappePSG preparing £60m bid for Man City manFive Italian players Antonio Conte should definitely consider this summerDone deal: Watfor sign England U-21 starHere’s why transfer rumours are bloody brilliant Here’s the latest transfer gossip last_img read more


first_imgTIM McNulty continues to lead the Donegal rally after Day 2.Click on the video to watch highlights from Day 2. DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY 2 OF THE DONEGAL RALLY was last modified: June 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegal rally video – day 2last_img read more

Future of Donegal hurling in good hands as U21s retain All-Ireland title

first_imgWE’VE been playing hurling in Donegal for more than a 1,000 years (at least) and its revival continues apace.Proof of the future could be seen in Healy Park, Omagh, at the weekend as the county team retained their Under 21C hurling All-Ireland title in style with a 3-07 to 1-02 win over Fermanagh.Both teams started cautiously with Donegal taking 12 minutes to register their first point, with Fermanagh not registering until the 23rd minute. Donegal scored two more points from Aaron McCauley, until an uncharacteristic error by goalkeeper Dylan Laverty allowed Conor Goodwin in to score an easy goal from a long ball in by midfielder Thomas Cleary.This left the score 1-01 to 0-03 in favour of the Ernesiders.A point by Buncrana’s Paul Nelson soon after however tied the game.  St Eunan’s Steven Doherty hit a point just before half time to leave it 0-5 to 1-01 to Donegal.Donegal opened the second half scoring through a point from Buncrana’s Sam Doherty and a minute later he registered Donegal’s first goal with a sweet strike that gave Fermanagh ‘keeper Colum Mc Phillips no chance. Two more goals in two minutes from Doherty and Nelson effectively killed the game off for Fermanagh who had two players red-carded in the second half, Matthew Mc Grade who after a scuffle near the sideline, got involved with one of the Donegal mentors, and Ciaran Corrigan who got the line for his part in a brawl with Donegal’s Conor Griffin who also saw red.Donegal never looked like losing this one and the win sees them make the long journey to Kerry in two weeks time, to take on the Kingdom in the quarter final of the B Championship.Donegal: Dylan Laverty (C), Conor Griffin, Donal Mc Laughlin, Ciaran Rami, Sean Anderson, Jack O’ Loughlin, Sam Doherty (2-1, 1-0 pen), Steven Doherty (0-1), Justin Mc Bride, Aaron Mc Cauley (0-2, 1f) Sean Curran, Conor Grant (0-1), Conor O’ Grady, Paul Nelson (1-2), Eddie Lynch. Subs: Daniel Wilson for Lynch (half- time), Matt Ahern for Nelson (44) , Tommy Gillespie for Mc Laughlin (50) Gavin Mc Grath for Curran (60+1)  Future of Donegal hurling in good hands as U21s retain All-Ireland title was last modified: July 25th, 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:2016all-irelandDonegal HurlingFermanaghU21last_img read more

AT&T name to remain in use

first_img Either way, the AT&T deal might be completed by late November – more than half a year earlier than SBC originally projected. Verizon, also a former unit of AT&T, indicated separately Thursday it expects the MCI deal to close in January. SBC’s name change will not affect Cingular Wireless LLC, a joint venture between SBC and BellSouth Corp. that became the nation’s largest cell phone provider about a year ago with the $41 billion purchase of AT&T Wireless, a former AT&T subsidiary. The combination of SBC and AT&T will create a company that’s either the largest or second largest player in its various markets. AT&T was far more profitable than its Bell offspring until the past decade, as new rivals and technologies such as cell phones and e-mail began eating away at the long-distance business. Last week, the company reported that its customer base had sunk below 20 million homes, barely a third of the 60 million it once boasted. Meanwhile, interstate and international phone service now sells for just pennies a minute, down from the dollars per call such services once generated. 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 San Antonio-based SBC, one of the “Baby Bells” created by the 1984 breakup of AT&T’s national monopoly, was formerly named Southwestern Bell Corp. SBC also said it plans to adopt a new stock market ticker symbol and unveil a new corporate logo. However, it declined to say whether that meant it might adopt AT&T’s distinctive longtime “T” ticker symbol, or incorporate the familiar AT&T globe in the new logo. “This is the brand that will lead the industry in delivering the next generation of communications and entertainment services,” SBC Chief Executive Edward E. Whitacre Jr. said in a statement, referring to the upgrade of his company’s telephone network for cable TV and new multimedia services. The Justice Department attached certain conditions in announcing its approval, requiring Verizon and SBC to divest some local network facilities in 19 metropolitan areas. Without those conditions, the agency said, the mergers would have resulted in higher prices for certain customers in 11 metropolitan areas in SBC’s territory and eight markets in Verizon’s territory. The deals are also subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission, which is widely expected to sign off at its monthly public meeting today, though the decision could slip to next week. NEW YORK – The storied AT&T name will live on after the long-distance phone company is acquired by SBC Communications Inc., which is renaming itself and most of its products under the 120-year-old brand. On Thursday, federal antitrust regulators approved SBC’s $16 billion purchase of AT&T Corp., its former corporate parent, as well as Verizon Communications Inc.’s $7.5 billion acquisition of MCI Inc., ordering the companies to sell certain assets to preserve competition in 19 markets. The name change had been widely predicted ever since the SBC-AT&T deal was announced in January, given the global recognition and reputation of AT&T as compared with SBC, a little-known brand outside the 13 states where it provides local phone service. AT&T, which once stood for American Telephone and Telegraph, traces its roots as a company back to the 1875 invention of the telephone by founder Alexander Graham Bell. But the name did not come into being until a decade later, when it was created as the long-distance subsidiary of American Bell Telephone Co. The name was officially shortened to the initials AT&T in 1994. last_img read more


first_imgTHANKS to everyone who entered our Ziaja Beauty Gift Set competition.The winners have been drawn and they are:Josephine Porter, Castlefinn  – Jasmine Set Brian Kevin O Donnell, Ballard, Arranmore Island – Men’s SetMary McDermott, Moville – Cocoa Butter SetCathy Hamilton Clooney, Ramelton – Natural Olive SetCecilia Keown, Ballaghderg Letterkenny – Natural Olive Set.  AND THE WINNERS OF THE ZIAJA BEAUTY GIFT SETS ARE…. was last modified: December 16th, 2013 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:competition winnersZIAJAlast_img read more

How To Use Group Texting for Your Small Business

first_imgAI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sector Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Text message marketing is one of the more effective ways for small businesses to reach a targeted audience. The main focus with your group texting marketing has to be done very carefully — or you’ll turn your audience off quickly and you’ll be blocked. You’ll want to message your targeted or interested consumers first.Interested ConsumersSecondly — an immense piece of the interested consumers can be those who don’t know a thing about you. These potential customers can be reached with a short message service (SMS) or Group Texting. This service stands out as one of the most cost-efficient ways for a small businesses to strengthen the bond with your customers.Why group texting is extremely effective.Group texting is extremely effective, but it is more effective for certain types of businesses. For example, retail stores and restaurants can get immediate response from text messaging out coupons and special offers. If you can find a way to benefit from text marketing for your business — then you will see results that will grow your bottom line.Image CreditBuilding a text list.It is estimated that 80 percent of adults access the Internet through their smartphones and over 90 percent of smartphone owners open and read every text they get. This means that when you use text marketing services, you are going to have a captive and interested audience. There are anti-spam laws in the United States that make it illegal to send SMS messages to a user who does not want them. While this can sound like an obstacle, it is actually the inspiration you need to build an effective and powerful SMS marketing list. You can put a form on your mobile website that allows people to opt-in to receiving your marketing messages, and you can place information throughout your business that gives people a number they can text to get on your list. While it takes a while to build a marketing list one person at a time; you are actually creating a focused list of people who want your marketing messages and will more than likely act on them when they receive them. This increases the return on investment for your text messaging program considerably. Make tour messages concise and powerful.To create your messages, you can invest in text message marketing software that will help you to craft effective but concise messages. When you get long text messages, you tend to either not read the whole thing or ignore them completely. The same goes for your target audience. If you want your messages to be read, then they need to be concise and get to the point. Develop good timing.A big part of developing marketing programs of any kind for your business is taking the time to understand the best times to send messages to your audience.The well-timed messages.If you run a clothing store, then you might notice that Saturday mornings are when the bulk of your customers make their way out to go shopping. A well-timed text message about your latest special will be much more effective when sent just when your audience is leaving their house. You will never get the timing completely right all of the time, but you need to pay attention to patterns and trends to help you send out effective messages. When it comes to effective text message marketing for small business, timing is everything.Timing really is everything in business.Good timing means that your messages will not be treated like advertising spam, but rather like good information your customers can use. Always be marketing.Have you ever noticed that when you walk into some businesses you get a prompt on your phone to check out the latest coupons and deals? This sort of proactive mobile marketing is extremely effective, and it should be something you use to grow your marketing list. When customers walk into your store, you should automatically send them a message with your latest specials and a number they can text to opt-in to your marketing list.Use best timing for best results.One of the best times to convince a customer to join your SMS marketing list is when they first walk into your store. Remember the personal connection.As you focus on writing concise text messages, you should also remember to use your group texting marketing to engage and build stronger relationships with your customers.Loyalty is everything, whether we’re talking your family or your business.Give the customers who opt-in to your SMS marketing program coupons and special pricing that only they can access. You should also develop a loyalty program using your text service that allows customers to build up points for purchases and get rewards. When every text you send has value, then your customers start to look forward to receiving them. This anticipation lowers the number of people who opt-out of your program, and it makes the customers who react to your texts feel special and appreciated. Focus on the affordability.You can see a significant return on investment (ROI) with text message marketing when you use the right texting service and software. Compared to other forms of marketing such as email, texting is less expensive but reaches a more active audience.Shorter messages.Short text messages sent at the right times throughout the day can increase revenue and strengthen customer loyalty. When you start looking at other forms of mobile marketing, always remember the return you get from texting versus any other type of marketing program. Remember the CTA.Even though your text messages are going to be short, there still needs to be a call to action (CTA) included in each one. Some of the best text messages are just CTAs with a number to text for more information.Find out which “calls to action” will help you the most in your sector of business.It is important to get your customers to take action on every text you send them to increase your ROI. You want to give your customers a reason to recommend their friends join your text list as well.Keep after the cost effective marketing methods.A small business needs to take advantage of as many cost-effective marketing methods as possible, and text message marketing is about as cost-effective as it gets.Get going and cementing your customer lists.By creating a list of consumers who are all interested in receiving your texts, you can send out messages that you know will be read and will most likely be acted upon. Short text messages containing information that is valuable to your customers can help to expand your customer base, strengthen the bond you have with existing customers and make your customers feel like their business is appreciated. Michael Zhoulast_img read more

Berhampur residents take out silent rally

first_imgInhabitants of Harekrushna Nagar area of Berhampur in Odisha took out a silent rally on Sunday to protest against air pollution due to burning of garbage in their area.According to Harekrushna Nagar Development Committee secretary Ashok Das, it was an effort to make people aware of the effects of burning of garbage. “It is an irony that even the sanitary workers of Berhampur Municipal Corporation burn garbage at the dumping point instead of taking it away. At several places these workers create small dumps of dry waste and burn it,” he said. Health hazardThe silent protesters alleged that burning of garbage is releasing poisonous fumes, which is harmful for the families living in the area.Inhabitants of the area claim that for the past two years they have been complaining about it to the municipal authorities but in vain. Area development committee cleans the region every fortnight and collects the garbage at a point. “Despite our repeated requests, the municipal corporation is not taking it away immediately. The dump of February 17 was taken away on March 18,” Mr Das said.Air pollutionEarlier municipal workers had been burning the dump at the spot, but now due to pressure have started transporting it away. However, the localites complain that garbage swept from streets is being burnt down, which is causing air pollution in their area.last_img read more

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