Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco Bolts’ Draft pick Jonathan Grey. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJonathan Grey doesn’t mind dropping down to seventh in the first round of the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, opting to look at the bright side as he joins a promising Meralco crew.“Hindi ko iniisip yun. Sa akin, mula pa lang nung start, ang dream ko naman ay ma-draft lang. Basta sa akin, masayang-masaya ako na na-draft ako,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Donaire-Magdaleno headlines stacked PacVargas undercard EDITORS’ PICK View comments Grey was expected to fare among the top half of the regular draft. But despite the surprise drop, the former St. Benilde scorer believes he fits perfectly with Meralco.“Sobrang fit ako sa team,” Grey noted, acknowledging the Bolts’ need to shore up in the wing position.“Excited ako kasi makakasama ko sa practice yung players ng Meralco.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThough he doesn’t want to get too caught up with the expectations, Grey just vowed to do his best for the Bolts this coming season.“Gagawin ko yung best ko pag nag-start na yung practice. Alam naman natin kung gaano ka-grabe yung teamwork ng team nila. Excited ako talaga ako dahil marami akong matutunan, lalo na sa veterans nila. Sobrang excited ako talaga,” he said. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908
Last week I wrote about the 5 R’s of motivation to deal with alcoholism, this week I’d like to apply them to cigarette smoking. It’s an interesting quirk of history that our part of the world, the West Indies, first became important for producing both rum and tobacco, which are both now conceded to present severe health challenges.As we try to motivate others to quit these two addictive products, we should be aware that the mega corporations that make billions in profits from their sales are spending commensurate sums to motivate the same people to INCREASE their usage.Especially with cigarettes, as the developed countries became aware of the severe negative effect of cigarette on the human system and their governments began to take countermeasures, such as warning labels, the producers shifted focus to developing countries such as the West Indies. We are at even greater risk than before.And just to recap the 5 R’s: in trying to motivate a patient to make a change in their behaviour, it’s important to explain to them how the change is relevant to them personally, to talk about the risks of their current behaviour, to educate the patient about the potential rewards of change, and to address possible roadblocks they might encounter while trying to change. And the final R is repetition- doctors should try to respectfully repeat the 5 R’s each visit to try to motivate their patients to make the changes to live a healthier life.In terms of relevancy to the person, there should be a discussion about how quitting smoking would directly impact their life – it could save them money, improve their quality of life, and decrease the chances of heart attack, cancer or stroke. Quitting smoking would also improve the quality of life of the persons they live with – secondhand smoke can be as dangerous as if you were smoking the cigarettes yourself.Each person is different, and there will be different issues that are relevant to them and it is important for their doctor to discuss those issues with them in a respectful, non-confrontational manner.In terms of risks, there are long-term and short-term risks of smoking. In the short-term, risks include a reduction in taste and smell, a continuous cough and a weakened immune system.In the long-term, heart disease, lung disease, lung cancer, throat cancer, stomach cancer, bladder cancer and a host of other cancers.The discussion of risks isn’t meant to be a scare-tactic, it’s supposed to be a frank discussion where the abuser is made aware of the risks and where their perception of those risks is explored.In terms of rewards, there are all of the health rewards – add on more than a couple of years to your lifespan, regain your sense of smell and taste. And of course, there’s all of that money that you can save. And for each patient, there are specific areas where their smoking is causing a problem, so there should be a discussion about how those problems might be ameliorated by cutting down the drinking.And of course, change is never easy – if it was, they probably wouldn’t have had to come up with 5 R’s to motivate people. But that brings us to the 4th R: roadblocks. There should be a discussion with the person about possible hurdles they’ll have to face on the road to change and the smoker and doctor should come up with strategies on how to handle those problems when they arise. They may suffer withdrawal symptoms, or they may live in an environment that encourages their smoking.The final R is repetition. As I mentioned before, doctors should try to respectfully repeat the 5 R’s each visit to try to motivate the smoker to quit. Concerned friends and family should also do the same.And doctors should also break the stereotypes of being high abusers of alcohol and cigarettes.
Wayne Rooney, the first of three United players to miss kicks in the shoot-out, has come in for particularly fierce criticism.But his former team- mate Scholes, now a television pundit, believes the fault lies with United manager van Gaal rather than the record-breaking England forward and concedes he would not enjoy playing in the current side.“There’s a lack of creativity and risk,” Scholes told BBC Manchester. “It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised.“But it seems he doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.“The hardest thing to coach is scoring goals and creativity.“I was at the derby and Rooney’s movement was brilliant but when he’s playing in that team there’s no one prepared to pass to him. I think after 20 minutes you’d be tearing you hair out.“I played with some brilliant centre forwards and I don’t think they could play in this team – the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham.“You don’t get crosses into the box or midfielders looking for runs.”– Quick response –Van Gaal made nine changes between the Manchester derby and the cup tie, although forward James Wilson, making his first start of the season, picked up a muscle injury against Middlesbrough and will not be in consideration at Palace.The United manager must therefore decide whether to persist with the unproductive Rooney as a lone forward or bring in promising teenager Anthony Martial from a wide to central position.In any case, defender Chris Smalling admits United players need a quick response to the Middlesbrough defeat.“Everyone’s very flat in the dressing room,” said Smalling. “We need to turn our attentions immediately to Saturday, because it’s another big game, an away game, and we need a response.”Palace have been one of the division’s outstanding sides during the opening weeks of the season, but problems are beginning to mount for Alan Pardew and his players.The south London club remain seventh despite suffering back-to-back league defeats to West Ham United and Leicester City, but the sense they are entering a testing period of the campaign was reinforced by the 5-1 midweek loss at Manchester City in the League Cup.Pardew remains confident his squad can sustain their challenge for a place in next season’s Europa League, but a run of injuries to key players will test the manager’s confidence.Yohan Cabaye was the most notable absentee against City.The France midfielder has been Palace’s standout player so far and if he doesn’t recover from a knock in time to face United, Pardew’s side will lose their main creative force.James McArthur should return after missing the trip to Eastlands, but Pardew faces an anxious wait to discover if midfielder Jason Puncheon will recover from illness in time, while left-back Pape Souare is also doubtful.“I do think the scoreline was fair but it is not good enough and we have got to pick ourselves up and go again against United,” said Palace midfielder Joe Ledley.“It is frustrating because we could have been right in it but we missed a few chances and gave away sloppy goals. We need to concentrate on the Premier League now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes says he wouldn’t want to play under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, as the Dutchman’s team registered their second straight scoreless game in their League Cup exit to Middlesbrough. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, October 30- Manchester United face a difficult visit to Crystal Palace on Saturday with their legendary former midfielder Paul Scholes the latest high-profile figure to question Louis van Gaal’s tactical approach.Two home games in the space of four days saw United record consecutive goalless draws against Manchester City and Middlesbrough in the League Cup, the latter leading to a penalty shoot-out which saw them exit the competition 3-1.
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow REVEALED REVEALED Liam Gibson is preparing to face Sunderland MONEY Liam Gibson has revealed he struggled with depression and felt suicidal 18 months after he recovered from ‘life or death’ surgery.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, back in January 2015, the Newcastle U21 left-back had to have an emergency operation in the summer of 2017. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 1 RANKED BEST OF no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move As he recovered in hospital with a colostomy bag, Gibson contemplated giving up playing the sport he loved.Speaking ahead of tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy clash at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland, which is live on talkSPORT 2, Gibson said he is happy and relieved to be back.He said: “At one point during my illness, I thought about packing in with playing football completely.“I felt so down and doubted whether I’d even be able to make it back into the game. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Football News ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “I’m now back and have played nearly half a season, so I’m very glad that I continued to stick at it.“Being in this team is unbelievable and if I’d missed an opportunity to be a part of the game against Sunderland, I could never forgive myself for it.“I now take a completely different approach to playing football then what I did in the past.”Click below or here for the live commentary stream for tonight’s match.
Rangers are monitoring developments with Argentine right-back Leonel Di Placido.The 25-year old is being eyed by Steven Gerrard as the Gers boss prepares for the prospect of losing James Tavernier in January. Crystal Palace are among the clubs keen on the Rangers captain and the Scottish giants are laying the groundwork to replace him after discussing a move for Di Placido.The Lanus full-back has an Italian passport and is keen to move to Europe with La Liga sides Espanyol and Leganes and Amiens in France also showing strong interest.Di Placido is available for a knockdown £1million but Rangers are understood to be interested in an initial loan deal.He is admired by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni and was called up to the national squad for their two friendlies against Colombia and Guatemala last September, though stayed on the bench for both games.However, a move to Europe is likely to boost his chances of winning a full cap. Getty Di Placido is on Rangers’ radar 1
“We are not used to that so it’s good to get back to winning ways.“To get three goals and a clean sheet at such a difficult venue is a good night’s work. You can’t be much more pleased.”St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright said his team played their own part in the defeat and had to look at their performances. “We have too many defeats this year, Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen twice now and Hearts, who are all big clubs but they used to hate coming here,” he said.“We haven’t done the little things well tonight. You can’t say Aberdeen ripped us apart, you could say we probably ripped ourselves apart by giving the ball away too cheaply at times and then the way we finished the first half, you think we can play a bit.“But too often this season we’ve not done the basics well enough and not to take anything away from Aberdeen – they’re a good side – from my point of view we didn’t do the basics well enough.” “It was a very Aberdeen-type performance but we followed it up with two disappointing results against Rangers, who played very well, especially at Ibrox.“But when you don’t win games its easy to assume the focus is on something else, like the speculation.“But the players are taking responsibility for the game. You’d need to ask them if subconsciously they are in a better frame of mind but the work we’ve been doing is the same.“Over the last few years we’ve raised the standards and been used to winning so when wins don’t come so freely it can be seen as something dramatic. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has said that speculation over his future may well have affected his players recently.McInnes turned down the chance to speak to Rangers last week when they made an approach about their managerial vacancy. That came after weeks of talk about the Aberdeen manager and the Ibrox job, during which the Dons lost twice to Rangers and weren’t at their best.After goals from Adam Rooney, Kari Arnason and Ryan Christie wrapped up three poinst at McDiarmid Park, he said that the situation may have subconsciously affeted his squad.“It’s an easy thing to assume and you may well be right,” he said. “But I felt we were really convincing at Kilmarnock.
He said his side would need to be patient against a side they defeated 1-0 over two games in the third qualifying round last season. “They were two tight games the last time we played and we got a goal late on to get through,” he said. “They will come here and be nice and compact, like they were last year and we will need to be patient in that game and obviously it will be a tough game for us out there.“But it is a tie we look forward to. At this stage of the season whoever, you get, you have to respect who you play.” Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to being reunited with Rosenborg in Champions League qualifying but says the Norwegian side will be a test for his side.Rodgers saw his side brush off Alashkert to win 3-0 on the night and 6-0 on aggregate but the win came at a cost with Jozo Simunovic sent off early on and now suspended for the next challenge.With Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig not yet back with the club after their World Cup matches, and Marvin Compper currently injured, the Celtic boss could have a defensive headache ahead of next week’s game.He laughed off the problem, saying “every pre-season brings a problem with centre-halves” but admitted he’ll consider his options in the next few days. Aside from Simunovic’s dismissal, which Rodgers felt was unfortunate, the only other worry for Celtic on a night when they were largely untroubled by their opposition was an injury to Moussa Dembele after he had scored twice. The manager was hopeful there would be no lasting effects.“He was tight at the back of his legs so we will need to assess that tomorrow and in the next couple of days,” he said.“He is as fit as he has been since I’ve been here at this stage of the season so hope it was just a tightness and he will be okay.”
Councillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh has called on authorities to do more to guarantee the safety of beach users amid growing reports of incidents of fallen rock at the main access route onto Magheragallon strand in Gaoth Dobhair.Sinn Féin representatives have this week written to Donegal County Council to request information on the efforts being made to ensure the safety of all those accessing the beach.Cllr Ó Fearraigh has once again stressed the need for action to be taken immediately by the authorities in order to prevent injury to beach goers. Cllr Ó Fearraigh said “This week Sinn Féin has written to the executive of Donegal County Council to bring to their attention the growing number of reports from people who’ve contacted me claiming that they have witnessed fallen rock at the pathway from the pier leading to Magheragallon beach.“Reports suggest that loose rock from the cliff face adjacent to the pathway is now a growing problem with loose stone falling onto the access route below.“Obviously, this is a real cause for concern particularly considering that the beach is a popular spot for walking and recreational activities for local people and visitors to the area alike, and loose rock poses a very real threat to the safety of all beach goers.”He added that he raised this matter with the council previously, and it is imperative that the relevant authorities respond appropriately, and without delay, to resolve this issue quickly and to protect all those accessing the strand at Magheragallon. “While we now await the response of the local authority, clearly this is a matter which cannot be left unresolved for much longer as time is very much of the essence should accident, injury or worse wish to be avoided.“In the interim, I would strongly encourage all those using the beach to exercise extreme caution and to take all the necessary precautions while entering and leaving the beach via the pathway leading from Magheragallon pier onto the strand.”Safety of beach-goers at Donegal strand must be paramount – Councillor was last modified: March 1st, 2017 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)
Share This!In this season of MerryThanksChristmas parties, we can help you do Disney one better and start planning for Valentine’s and Labor Day in one fell swoop! If you are the proactive sort and have been contemplating what to get your valentine, then may I suggest some nice hotel room deals?To follow up on our previous post of some really great Priceline Express hotel deals, I’ve noticed that in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day Priceline has deals at Pop Century, All-Star Movies, All-Star Sports, and All-Star Music that’ll make you look like an, umm, All-Star. Or maybe a Pop Star.These pre-Valentine deals run from February 11-13. On the 14th the rates all jump up to around $125 or more. You can find these rates on regular Priceline, so no Hotel Canary (or any other temporary domicile birds) needed – you can take a look for them yourself here.Nothing says I LOVE YOU like A VALUE.(Wait, my wife is shaking her head at me. I may need to revisit this line.)More exciting news! After this post was initially released I noticed that these value resort deals can be found on standard Priceline every Monday – Wednesday from January 7th – February 13th.I am not sure if these were added afterwards or if I was so excited by the prospect of Valentine values that the deal-finding part of my brain shut down. Before we move on to the rest of this post, here are some visuals of the dates in question: Swan More DealOnce you’ve finished your whirlwind value romance trip, you’ll of course want to begin working on your Labor Day plans!If you’re like me when it comes to Labor Day, perhaps the most important ironically non-working holiday, I assume you’ll be taking six weeks off. That works out because if you go back to using Hotel Canary with Priceline Express you’ll find that next year, all the way from August 21 to October 1, you can book the Walt Disney World Swan for a mere $92 a night.That is a pretty great rate considering the average Swan Express Deal for the same period this year was $159, with many days well above $200. (Just don’t forget that the Swan has a pesky daily resort fee of $31.50 you’ll have to deal with later.)To find the Swan deals for those dates, you’ll want to look for a 4.5-star hotel in Bonnet Creek with an 8+ guest rating. (It should be the only hotel in that location with all of those specifications.)If you click the Choose button on the listing, it will open a new tab with the full listing for the Express Deal.However – Hotel Canary doesn’t work on this page. You’ll want to click the Book button to open yet another new tab where the extension does work.Once again, I just want to remind everyone that when it comes to Priceline Express deals, there’s no absolute guarantee you’ll get the hotel one of the tools suggest. But, if you do your homework, verify with some research, and use a couple of tools like Hotel Canary, you can become very confident you know what you’re booking.Even More More!Well, in this pre-Thanksgiving season, Priceline is certainly offering a bounty of deals – we’ve found that these $92 rates now go all the way from July 1st to October 1st! (With a few odd days out.)Do either of these deals tickle your fancy? Let us know in the comments.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON – The Stratford wrestling team had an historic night at the 2015 WIAA State Individual Wrestling Tournament.Stratford won a school-record four Division 3 state championships as each of its wrestlers in the championship round won at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.Two freshmen got things started for the Tigers as A.J. Schoenfuss and Jeremy Schoenherr won at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively.Schoenfuss (46-2) dominated Austin Wolfe (40-4) of Boyceville, 7-2, before Schoenherr (42-2) pinned Weston Wichman (44-5) of Johnson Creek 34 seconds into the second period.Sophomore Mason Kauffman capped an undefeated season with a 9-5 victory over two-time state champ Kal Gerber (44-1) of Cameron at 126 pounds. Kauffman, who missed all of his freshman season with an injury, finishes the year with a perfect 49-0 record.Sophomore Kamren Bornbach (41-3) finished off the quadruple with a 5-0 whipping of Henry Fielding (44-2) of Shicton in the 182-pound final.Auburndale’s Wyatt Weiler lost his bid for a Division 3 state title, losing 7-5 to Jared Roen (42-3) of Riverdale 7-5. Weiler finishes his senior season with a 44-8 record and a state silver medal.Weiler’s teammate, senior Paul Willfahrt, ended up taking fifth place at 145 pounds. Willfahrt (44-7) lost his consolation semifinal match to Trenton Pasch (42-8) of Royall 3-2, but turned around and beat Marc Lansin (36-7) of Coleman 5-3 in the fifth-place match.Stratford’s Hunter Kauffman and Spencer’s Bryce Shaw ended up taking sixth place.Kauffman, who was forced to forfeit his semifinal match on Friday night due to an injury, was unable to wrestle Saturday in the consolation round and had to forfeit his final two matches, ending the season with a 40-4 record.Shaw, a freshman, lost both of his consolation matches Saturday to finish sixth at 113 pounds. Shaw (28-21) was pinned by Fennimore’s Riley Lull in 2:26 and lost 7-4 to Kewaunee’s Jesse Steinhorst in the fifth-place match.Both of Marshfield’s state qualifiers ended up with medals in Division 1.Senior Mitch Hertel won both of his consolation matches Saturday to take third at 160 pounds. Hertel (30-2) beat Jared Krattiger (42-2) of Waterford 7-3 and beat Austin Powell (46-3) of Sauk Prairie 5-2 in the third-place match. Hertel defeated Powell 2-1 in a preliminary-round match on Thursday.Junior Josh Lang took fourth for the Tigers. Lang (31-6) won his first consolation match by injury default over Christian Dischler of Pewaukee, but lost a third-place match to Ross Agg (38-7) of Oak Creek 7-5.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)