Just hoping to survive tough race, Benedicto gets top 5 finish in full Ironman PH

first_imgCarpio 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 Benedicto, however, ended up getting more than what he expected after finishing in the top five in the top pro male against some of the world’s best triathletes.“[I was] just praying to God that I’ll be able to finish and survive the race. I just kept thinking, ‘Give me strength, Lord,’that’s what’s going through my mind,” said Benedicto, who crossed the finish line in nine hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds.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“I just wanted to finish the race and not give up until I get it,” he added.Benedicto was the fastest Filipino finisher but four others in Benjamin Rana, John Philip Duenas, Jonard Saim and Arland Macasieb made it to the top 10 filling the seventh to 10th spots. Benedicto even placed higher than Austria’s Freddy Lampert, who was the race’s early leader but failed to sustain his form to finish in sixth.Each finisher received a special medal made by renowned metal sculptor Daniel dela Cruz and weavers from Marawi.“I’m very happy that they were able to make medals from Marawi. We all know that the people there are really struggling because of the war and I’m praying that they will be able to get back up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel picks up momentum, sends Ginebra to 5th loss Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Augusto Benedicto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiving up was not an option for Filipino triathlete Augusto Benedicto on Sunday.Survival was his only goal in his bid to conquer the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Police continue to probe teen’s death, foul play not ruled out

first_imgPolice are trying to reconstruct the scene in which 17-year-old Andel Daniel allegedly accidentally shot himself at Cathrinaburg, Canje Creek, last Thursday.Divisional Commander Ian Amsterdam says the Police have not ruled out foul play.According to Amsterdam, the Police were able to get vital information from the man who took the injured teen in a paddle boat to seek medical attention. The man is the only person who allegedly saw Daniel at the home after he was shot.“That man said when he saw him, he had the gun in his hand: he was using it like a walking stick. So he was limping with that as a support heading towards the boat.”It was reported that Daniel, of Caracasville, West Canje, was descending the stairs of a farmhouse at Cathrinaburg, armed with a loaded shotgun, when the stairs collapsed and a round was discharged from the weapon, hitting him in the abdomen. He was rushed to the Barakara Health Centre by a Neighbourhood Police Officer and was transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, where a Doctor pronounced him dead on arrival. A post-mortem conducted on the body of Daniel showed that he died of shock and haemorrhage resulting from a gunshot wound.Commander Amsterdam said several pellets were removed from the body. “What we now have to check is that if the gun itself had the spent shells, so we would now have to take all the pellets to check and see if they came from the spent shell and if that was actually the weapon used. Then we will have to put the pieces together to see how the firearm went off hitting him in the abdomen.”The Police have so far been able to determine that the firearm, which was recovered, is unlicensed.“We are talking to the relatives who have their own suspicion and they are all saying that it was as a result of an accident and that the gun belongs to him,” Amsterdam said. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

‘This is the world class striker Arsenal need to top the Premier League’

first_img Karim Benzema 1 Football stats experts WhoScored.com take a look at the man many believe could transform Arsenal into Premier League champions. For more Arsenal stats, check out WhoScored.com’s Gunners page.For any Arsenal fan, Sunday’s 2-0 home defeat to West Ham was cause for concern. Forgetting ‘Net Spend-gate’, that they failed to truly stretch Adrian in the opposition goal despite mustering 22 shots over the 90 minutes is a worry for the Gunners in their bid to return to the summit of English football. Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for another striker during the transfer window having added only goalkeeper Petr Cech to the ranks over the summer.At the forefront of Arsenal fan’s throughts remains Karim Benzema, even if the player, his agent and Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez insist he won’t be sold to the north London side. Having gained a WhoScored.com rating of 7.56 last season – the 8th best in La Liga – interest from Arsene Wenger’s side comes as little shock. The Frenchman is just the striker Arsenal need to fire them to glory, with his performances in Spain rightly gaining him the adulation he deserves.A potential change in system with Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading the Madrid attack has heightened speculation that Benzema could be on his way out of the Bernabeu and onto pastures new. At Arsenal, he would undoubtedly be considered the main striker in their impressively assembled offensive line-up, despite the best efforts of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.A return of 15 goals and 10 assists both ranked among the top 10 players in Spain’s top tier last term in what was another commendable campaign for the 27-year-old. His ability to hit the back of the net is not in question, but it’s his selflessness in the final third that stands him head and shoulders above a number of potential striking targets. Any striker who boasts a selfish streak is a benefit to any team, but with the players Wenger can call on in the offensive three behind the striker in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation; the unselfish Benzema would be a fine addition to the attack. With Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey all capable of providing a goalscoring threat for the Gunners, Benzema’s runs off the ball would free up pockets of space in and around the opposition penalty area to be exploited.He is exactly the world class striker Arsenal need to challenge Chelsea atop of the Premier League and to help fight off challenges from title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United. He wouldn’t come cheap, of that there is no doubt, but Arsenal must spend big if they are to challenge for domestic and European honours. His ability stands him in much better stead than Giroud, Walcott and Danny Welbeck, who scored 23 league goals between them last season.A conversion rate of 21.7% was a strong return for Madrid and with the amount of chances Arsenal create, Benzema would thrive as the lone frontman. It’s a role he is used to playing, so it would likely be a case of adjusting to the rigours of English football, though a player of his calibre should be able to do so with relative ease.Benzema is one of the best strikers on the continent and Madrid would be loathe to losing the Frenchman. However, Arsenal will still hope that the chance to be guaranteed a regular starting spot in a team of their ilk – and the opportunity to chance his luck in the Premier League – could convince the frontman to test his ability in England. The Gunners would have to pay a pretty penny to secure his services, but they would be wise to do all they can to bring Benzema to the Emirates.For more stats on reported Arsenal target Karim Benzema, click here to view his WhoScored player pagelast_img read more

‘Jaws’ author, shark protectionist Benchley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “But Peter kept telling people the book was fiction, it was a novel, and that he no more took responsibility for the fear of sharks than Mario Puzo took responsibility for the Mafia.” A 1974 article in People magazine described Benchley as “Tall, slender and movie-star handsome, with eyes like the deep blue sea.” The author’s interest in sharks was lifelong, beginning with childhood visits to Nantucket Island in Massachusetts and heightening in the mid-1960s when he read about a fisherman catching a 4,550-pound great white shark off Long Island, the setting for his novel. “I thought to myself, ‘What would happen if one of those came around and wouldn’t go away?”‘ he recalled. Benchley didn’t start the novel, for which he received a $7,500 advance, until 1971 because he was too busy with his day jobs. The editor of “Jaws,” Thomas Congdon, told The Associated Press on Sunday that he had been impressed by some articles Benchley wrote for National Geographic and arranged a lunch at a French restaurant in New York – “a second-class restaurant, not first class, since he was an unknown.” “The lunch didn’t go very well,” said Congdon, an editor at Doubleday at the time and now retired. “His nonfiction ideas did not seem very promising, but at the end of the meal, I said, ‘Have you ever thought of writing a novel?’ And he said, ‘Well, I have an idea about a great white shark that marauds an Eastern coastal town and provokes a moral crisis in the community.”‘ NEW YORK – Peter Benchley, whose novel “Jaws” made millions think twice about stepping into the water even as the author himself became an advocate for the conservation of sharks, has died at age 65, his widow said Sunday. Wendy Benchley, married to the author for 41 years, said he died Saturday night at their home in Princeton, N.J. The cause of death, she said, was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive and fatal scarring of the lungs. Thanks to Benchley’s 1974 novel, and Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie of the same name, the simple pastime of ocean swimming became synonymous with fatal horror, of still water followed by ominous, pumping music, then teeth and blood and panic. “Spielberg certainly made the most superb movie; Peter was very pleased,” Wendy Benchley told The Associated Press. While Peter Benchley co-wrote the screenplay for “Jaws,” and authored several other novels, including “The Deep” and “The Island,” Wendy Benchley said he was especially proud of his conservation work. 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


first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA NotesThe Seniors tasted defeat for the first time this season when they conceded an injury time goal to give the points to Muff. Next up this weekend they are away to Naomh Ultan. See Facebook for throw in times. Training continues at Pairc na nGael every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. New players always welcome.Thanks to all who helped, baked and supported our recent Cake sale especially Susanna and Catherine for organising.Well done to Oisin Cannon and the Donegal Minors on their win over Antrim at the weekend. Good luck in the upcoming Ulster Final.With the summer holidays just around the corner we are pleased to announce that Letterkenny Gaels will be holding summer camps in Hurling, Camogie & Football. The Hurling camp runs from the 7th-11th of July, Camogie from the 16th-18th of July while the Football Cul Camp is on from 28th July to the 1st of August. For more information contact, 085 1743228 for Hurling, 086 8163605 for Camogie & 086 7325955 for Football.  U-6, U-8 & U10 Football continues every Sunday morning at 11am at Pairc na nGael.We are currently looking for girls aged 9-12 to join our U-12 Gaelic football squad. Training on Wednesday evening from 6.30-7.30. Contact Jim Farrell on 086 0566893 for more details.Well done to Eimear Quinn who represented Donegal in the 2014 Camogie & Hurling Feile Skills competition in Armagh at the weekend.Camogie training continues every Tuesday evening at Pairc na nGael from 6-7pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th class. 5th, 6th class & Secondary school on Monday evening 6-7.30pm at Pairc na nGael. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome. Our U-16 lads are in action this Friday night away to Mc Cools.U-16 training continues at Pairc na nGael every Wednesday & Friday at 5.30pm.There is an U-8 Hurling blitz this Sunday in Convoy.Hurling training for U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 continues at the pitch every Thursday evening from 6.30-7.30pm. Hurleys and helmets provided for training.The lotto numbers for weekending 22nd June were 1, 7, 14 & 23. Match 3 winner was John Savage c/o Glencar Inn. Next weeks jackpot will be €2850.Sympathy is extended to Dan & Sharon Harnett on their recent bereavement. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, www.letterkennygaels.donegal.gaa.ie , Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael  LETTERKENNY GAELS HOPING TO RETURN TO WINNING WAYS THIS WEEKEND AGAINST NAOMH ULTAN was last modified: June 24th, 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Why Harry Kane has taken the heat off Mo Salah’s ‘dreadful’ Liverpool form

first_img Salah has scored two goals in six appearances for Liverpool this season 3 Salah didn’t seem happy about Firmino’s winner against PSG… Mohamed Salah’s less than impressive start to the season has ‘gone under the radar’ due to Liverpool’s perfect run and the constant focus on Harry Kane’s dry spell for Tottenham.That’s the verdict of talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino, who claims the Egyptian forward is ‘a frustrated player’ after failing to continue the form which saw him crowned Player of the Year last term.Those frustrations appeared to boil over on Tuesday night after another quiet evening for the Reds star in Tuesday night’s Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain.Substituted in the 85th minute, Salah was off the field when Roberto Firmino scored a stoppage-time winner to hand Liverpool a 3-2 win over the Ligue 1 champions.Instead of celebrating, though, television cameras appeared to show Salah reacting angrily and throwing a water bottle to the floor in apparent annoyance. Questions have been raised over his reaction, amid reports this season suggesting there is a growing rivalry between forward trio Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane.“Mo Salah is having a difficult time, I think that’s clear,” former Premier League striker Cascarino said on talkSPORT.“He’s a really frustrated player at the moment, just watch his reaction after Liverpool go 3-2 up and win the game.“You can clearly see his reaction after Firmino scores the winning goal, he throws a bottle to the ground with anger, you can clearly see that.“It’s been a tricky last few months for Mo Salah, but it’s going under the radar slightly because Liverpool have won every game.“Harry Kane has been in the newspapers about his form, it’s all been Harry, Harry, Harry, and yet Mo’s level of performances are clearly nowhere near last year. But Cascarino has urged the manager to stick with the Egyptian.The former Republic of Ireland international added: “Will he come good? Of course he will.“I don’t think Klopp can drop him, because his attitude has been sensational.“As a manager you’ve got to stay with a player, you’ve got to trust him and keep believing he will find his performances.“Liverpool fans are totally with him. Why? Because of his work rate. His attitude is to try and run out of this indifferent period he’s having.“I do think he will find his form, he’s just got to keep going and work as hard as he can.”Listen back to talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino speak with Jim White IN FULL above!center_img “You look at him winning all the Player of the Year awards but then getting injured in the Champions League final last season, it’s all gone backwards from there.“He had a disappointing World Cup and he hasn’t really got going this season.“He’s been substituted twice in the last three games and he gave away the ball which led to PSG’s equaliser – he did that two or three times during the night.“Last year everything he did turned to gold. This year, six games in he’s got a couple of goals, and I know every forward goes through a lean period, but I  think we’re looking at a player who had clearly lost his form from last year.”There have been calls from some quarters for Jurgen Klopp to drop Salah from the team to give him time out of the limelight and space to recover his energy, with summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri yet to play any serious minutes for Liverpool this season and ready to step in. Cascarino has hailed Salah’s attitude on the pitch despite his indifferent form 3 3last_img read more

Don’t ring in the new year with a bang

first_imgFederal gun-enforcement officials Wednesday urged New Year’s revelers to refrain from firing guns into the air at midnight Sunday to usher in 2006. “Our main concern is innocent Angelenos getting injured by a stray round fired by someone celebrating the New Year,” said John A. Torres, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Celebratory gunfire is not only unsafe – it is against the law. Discharging a firearm into the air is a crime and can lead to felony charges under California state law. People who choose this method to “celebrate” may not be aware of the serious potential for harm when bullets return to the ground, ATF officials said. Bullets shot into the air can ascend 2 miles. The bullets can then fall at a rate of 300 to 700 feet per second. Studies have shown that the force of a bullet traveling at 100 feet per second can penetrate skin and 200 feet per second can penetrate bone. “What goes up must come down – and at a velocity that can kill or seriously wound someone if hit by these `stray’ rounds,” Torres stated. Four years ago, the city of Phoenix enacted Shannon’s Law, in memory of 14-year-old Shannon Smith, who was killed by a stray bullet in June 1999 while talking on her phone in her back yard. “The Los Angeles Field Division of ATF encourages all Southern Californians to celebrate safely and responsibly this holiday season,” the agency said in a statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Job Vacancy: Highly-reputable Letterkenny steelwork company seeks new staff member

first_imgJOBS: Letterkenny steelwork company Bonnar Engineering Ltd are seeking a new staff member to join their highly-competent workforce.The long-established company are currently recruiting for an experienced roof cladder / steel erector.Duties include: Installation of cladding/sheeting to industrial and commercial buildingsFixing of flashings, gutters and downpipes etc.Erection of structural steelworkSlinging/Banksman dutiesDriving of teleporters / lifts etc.Structural steel fabrication / welding, including ability to read relevant drawingsCandidates must have a reasonably substantial amount of experience of the above tasks and preferably hold the relevant skills tickets (CSCS / CPCS) for same. Further training on the job will also be given.Candidates must have ability to use initiative and progress tasks with minimum supervision.See www.bonnarengltd.ie for details on our company.Apply with CV to info@bonnarengltd.ie Job Vacancy: Highly-reputable Letterkenny steelwork company seeks new staff member was last modified: October 28th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Photos | Monday practice rounds at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach

first_img Throwback Thursday: Winds toppled beams at new … Holiday concert presented by All Seasons Orchestra What if there was no pizza guy? California could allow fully self-driving vehicle deliveries Mobile users click here to view the photo gallery.Practice rounds on Monday at the Pebble Beach Golf Links for the United States Open Championship.Related Articles California considers building new CSU campus last_img

Dogs for Darwin

first_imgScience Daily shamelessly announced, “‘Survival of the Cutest’ Proves Darwin Right.”    Chris Klingenberg and Abby Drake, who published a study on mammal skull shapes in American Naturalist on dog breeds, said, “This study illustrates the power of Darwinian selection with so much variation produced in such a short period of time.  The evidence is very strong.”  Yet the strong evidence was artificial selection – a form of intelligent design.  Would nature red in tooth and claw ever produce a cute dog?  The caption on the photo of cuddly puppies says, “Domestic dogs have followed their own evolutionary path, twisting Darwin’s directive ‘survival of the fittest’ to their own needs.”The Darwin-licking lapdogs of evolution are completely, totally out of control.  They are so inebriated on Dar-wine they have no idea how silly their slobbering love affair with King Charles and his ‘directives’ (like “evolve or perish!”) looks to normal people.  Are they oblivious to the fact that Biblical creationist Ken Ham uses diagrams of the diversity of dogs to prove that rapid variations can be achieved by intelligent dog breeders?  Apparently.  Darwin does not need admirers like this.  He’s indisposed enough already.How sick is that Darwin in the window?The one with the braggily tale?How sick is that Darwin in the window?I do say he’s looking quite pale.They say that he has a queasy stomach,The cause of which no one’s quite sure;It could be because of his admirers,Their slobber is doubtless impure.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more