first_imgBAFFERT’S MUCHO GUSTO ALL BUSINESS IN WINNING GRADE III, $150,000 ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES BY 4 ¾ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY TALAMO, DERBY HOPEFUL GETS 1 1/16 MILES OVER SLOPPY TRACK IN 1:41.81WINNER BY MUCHO MACHO MAN PICKS UP 10 KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTSARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2019)–Favored Mucho Gusto was all business on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he rated kindly and exploded the final eighth of a mile to take the Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 4 ¾ lengths under Joe Talamo.  Trained by Bob Baffert, the chestnut colt by Mucho Macho Man got a mile and one sixteenth over a sloppy track in 1:41.81.A comfortable third into and around the Club House turn, Mucho Gusto was well within himself as he stalked Magnificent McCool while second heading to the far turn.  Five sixteenths of a mile from home, he took command and accelerated through the lane like a top Derby prospect to win with his ears pricked.“Every race, he’s getting better and better,” said Talamo, who’s ridden him in all four of his starts.  “He settled today like he’s been doing this a hundred times…He galloped out real strong.  I don’t think distance is going to be any problem.  At the three eighths (pole), I was pretty confident.  He’s a 3-year-old, but he feels like an older horse.”Idle since running second to his highly regarded stablemate Improbable in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 8, Mucho Gusto, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, was off at 3-5 in a field of five sophomores and paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto, who was purchased for $625,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale this past May, picked up $90,000 for the win, hiking his earnings to $234,000.  He now has three wins from four starts and he picked up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points as well.“He got to sit off the pace, which was good,” said Baffert.  “They have to learn to do that, and I was really happy with Joe.  He rode him with a lot of confidence today, like he was a good horse and he (Talamo) was on his own.  I didn’t give him any instructions…He’s a good horse.  He’s a fighter, too.  If they’d have hooked him, he likes to fight.“This is the time of the year when you want to start getting excited about something…I want to run him in spots where he’s going to be very competitive, and we have those other horses, so it depends on what the other horses are doing.  Right now, I’m going to nominate my horses everywhere and whoever’s doing great that week runs in that race…Let the games begin.”Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Mike Smith, Gunmetal Gray, a deep closer, had his work cut out for him in the short field.  With what developed into a reasonable early pace, he rallied well from last to catch Easy Shot late, finishing second by a half length.A winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes here on Jan. 5, he was the second choice at 8-5 and paid $2.40 and $2.10.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the Keith Desormeaux-trained Easy Shot was off at 12-1 and paid $2.60 to show while finishing 2 ¼ lengths clear of Magnificent Cool.Fractions on the race were 23.67, 46.55, 1:10.51 and 1:35.57.The second, third and fourth place finishers picked up four, two and one Kentucky Derby qualifying point(s) each.last_img read more

Mbala on UAAP Finals heartbreak: ‘You can also learn by losing’

first_imgThird quarter run lifts Rain or Shine past NLEX in pre-season Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite the domination of the the two-time UAAP MVP this past two years in the league, cracks in the Green Archers armor surfaced in the series as the Blue Eagles got back at their rivals.Mbala gave it his all for La Salle in the winner-take-all Game 3, pouring 19 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals in the title-clincher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHowever, Ateneo just wanted the championship much more as Isaac Go’s late-game heroics sealed the 88-86 victory.“It has to be a learning experience for me. They played better as a team. They stuck to their game plan,” he said. “Meanwhile, we didn’t get to play our game and we didn’t have our rhythm. We just played within the flow and we took a lot of bad shots, turned the ball over when it was the most important.” LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Despite failing to complete the back-to-back title romp, the 22-year-old center is proud of how his side fought through the course of the season.“I told my teammates, ‘Congrats, you guys gave your best.’ I told them that you can’t just learn by winning, you can also learn by losing. This is a situation that you have to learn by losing and I take it as a man,” he said.As for his own future, Mbala said that he’s still mulling his options if he’ll return for his final year for the Green Archers next season.“I still have one more year. I need to talk my school and then we’ll figure it out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBen Mbala was man enough to acknowledge that you can’t win every day and you can’t be champions every season.“You won’t always be a winner. Sometimes you just have to be on the side of the losers. Unluckily, we were on the side of the losers,” he said after La Salle fell to Ateneo in three grueling games in the men’s basketball Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2: The Invisible Twins

first_imgTransparency is a Taboo in Liberia From the balcony of the Executive Mansion to the bicameral chambers of the National Legislature, there is an increasing wave of corruption, greed, bribery, nepotism and patronage. From the courtrooms of the Supreme and Subordinate Courts to the Correction Centers, justice is on sale at the detriment of those who do not have deep pockets as well as those who are far away from the powers that be. From the offices of various ministries to public enterprises and agencies, almost everyone who claims to be ‘working for the good of the people’ is in a hurry to get rich, especially with less than 15 months to a crucial electoral process in 2017. Transparency has become a taboo in a small and under-populated country like Liberia as bribery remains a top priority for those at the helm of national leadership. Today under a canopy of democracy, accountability to the people is prohibited as public dishonesty pollutes every echelon of our society. Sometimes, I am left to wonder whether our ‘leaders’ are really sincere about fighting corruption or they are pretending to be fighting it. This menace (corruption) continues to pose severe danger to peace, stability and national unity in Liberia. From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Embassies and Consulates, the collective interest of the nation is mortgaged and sold cheaply in return for selfish gains. From the National Investment Commission to the National Bureau of Concessions, the natural resources of Liberia are rapidly commercialized without any plan to improve the living condition of those who own those resources. These are routine and domineering trends in Liberia’s governance structure that continue to hamper national security, economic growth and genuine development. From every indication, corruption is now presiding as Commander-In-Chief (CIC) of Africa’s oldest republic. When those in authority siphon public resources, they are not held accountable or liable simply because they have big connections and deep pockets. No one is yet to account for the US$60 million the European Union gave Liberia to improve its health sector. No one has been held accountable for the bankruptcy of the National Oil Company (NOCAL). Who has ever accounted for the US$10.5 million given by CHEVRON for social development? Nobody has ever been held liable for ratifying and approving over 66 bogus concession agreements. No one is yet to account for the US$2.6 million stolen Ebola fund. The 65 audit reports released by former Auditor General John S. Morlu are getting dusty on the shelf. The Global Witness Report is gradually dying as Liberians remain curious to know who are Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2. The half a million (US$500,000.00) clandestinely pocketed by Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2 could build 5 modern primary schools or 5 public libraries. This money could equip 2 high-tech computer labs at the state-run university or any private institution of higher learning for that matter. More than US$14,933,334 has been spent since 2008 just to renovate an eight-story Executive Mansion, but this project is far from completion. The Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs must give an account of this money. The over US$16.9 billion foreign direct investment since 2006 has made no real impact. Life expectancy is still low while food insecurity remains high. The pace of unemployment, poverty, infant and maternal mortality, disease and ignorance is exponential as a result of unpatriotic and bad governance. The nation is beclouded and eclipsed by a small group of ‘born-again’ rascals and political hustlers. They are ruining our State and plunging its destiny into a ditch of entrenched paralysis. These mountebanks and micro-nationalists are on an expedition to leech onto Liberia’s wealth. Leadership for them is not about service, but self-gains. They are the real originators of the ‘Get, Grab and Go’ formula. The Invisible Twins On May 11, 2016, the invisible twins that Liberians have never known and seen before were given birth to suddenly by a damning Global Witness report under the caption ‘The Deceivers’. No twins have ever been given such a name (Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2) in our history. What is even intriguing and mindboggling is that these twins are invisible. The Liberian people know them by pseudonym (Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2), but they are yet to see them physically after more than 2 months of public outcry. These invisible twins covertly pocketed US$500,000 out of the US$950,000 Sable Mining bribery scandal in 2010, according to Global Witness. Almost everywhere including market places, haitai centers and street corners, the Global Witness report is being discussed. The Global Witness report further justifies that corruption has been given residential permit in Liberia. There is huge public anxiety currently for government to dig out the hard facts surrounding this report. The desire of the Liberian people to know who Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2 are remains unquenchable. Every effort to detect or unearth the Invisible Twins (Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2) seems futile. Even the Special Presidential Task Force headed by Cllr. Fonati Koffa is yet to identify these Invisible Twins. It has been more than 2 months since Global Witness, an international anti-graft institution, released a shocking report linking top officials of the Liberian government to bribery. This report has brought national disgrace and embarrassment to our nation; thereby provoking many in and out of Liberia to call for an independent, speedy and comprehensive investigation. The Liberian people are still in doubt as to whether something will ever come out of this report and the culprits of such grave crime (bribery) will be dealt with in accordance with the law. There are many other reports of similar nature linking top officials of government to bribery, conflict of interest, corruption, and unethical behaviors. Unfortunately, nothing has come out of those reports. Bribery in government is preventing millions of Liberians from accessing quality education, improved health care, better housing, electricity, safe drinking water, good roads, job opportunities, social welfare and other basic services. This unscrupulous practice is even detrimental than a venom. Bribery is a grave crime. It is a second degree felony according to Subchapter D Section 12.50. Bribery also violates section 9.1 of the Code of Conduct and Chapter 11 Article 90(a) of the 1986 Constitution. Since this crime or offence is so injurious, then it means that Liberians must stand up to demand an impartial investigation in order to uncover hidden truths in this bribery case. Those who have been accused by Global Witness must be given an opportunity to exonerate themselves through a transparent legal process. On the other hand, Global Witness must also be accorded similar opportunity to prove its claims or allegations against those accused. We hope this other case will serve as a turning point in the fight against corruption in Liberia. Corruption must come to an end – it has to! The Liberian people have endured a lot as a result of this menace. Moving forward will not just require the establishment of anti-corruption watchdogs like the GAC, LACC and IAA, but it will require strong political will and sincerity. Those who are in the constant habit of abusing power and misusing public resources must be held liable in accordance with the Law. The Law is the only legal instrument that binds us together. Nobody is above the Law. The Law is above everybody. The proper and unbiased administration of the law is fundamental to sustaining peace and maintaining stability in the absence of UNMIL. Justice is not selective. It knows no one’s name, title, status, background, religion, or political affiliation. Justice must be dispensed without fear or favor to ensure that public safety or interest is guaranteed. The Liberian people deserve to know who Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2 are. The government of Liberia must do all it can in the shortest possible time to unearth these Invisible Twins and ensure that the actual facts of the Global Witness report are revealed. Anything less than this, the confidence of the people in the government would diminish even further. As a means of fast-tracking this case and getting at its bottom, it is crucial for the government of Liberia to seek support or assistance from the United Nations, Transparency International, Carter Center, the US government, the British government, etc. Liberia can get better if we begin to uproot economic vampires and vultures through a concrete mechanism of accountability and justice. Impunity has no space under the doctrine of democracy. From the largest slum of West Point and the top of Ducor, I see a new Liberia rising above the African continent. Change is possible even in the midst of impossible odds. About the Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, a student leader, an emerging economist and a young writer. He hails from central Liberia, specifically Bong County. Martin currently reads Economics with distinction at the University of Liberia and he is a loyal stalwart of the Student Unification Party (SUP). He can be reached at: martinkerkula1989@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At least 2 KPL matches per weekend to be live

first_imgThe new deal will start next weekend featuring a double header and devoting a day to the second-tier National Super League.The partnership will cost Sh100.7m with Sh36.7m going to the KPL, Sh24m allocated for production costs and another Sh40m going towards marketing and promotion across the broadcasters’ networks.KPL chairman Ambrose Rachier said the new deal comes at the right time and will help the players get scouted by European teams.“In the short time it has been in existence, BAMBA sport has emerged to be the leading producer and broadcaster of Sports content in the country and going by that reputation, partnering with BAMBA sport will provide Kenyan Premier League clubs and players a platform to raise its profile, market and make their brand more visible, and showcase their talents to millions of Kenyan households respectively,” Rachier, who also doubles up as The Gor Mahia chairman stated.“As Kenyan Premier League, we are excited that we finally have a local broadcaster, with a Free To Air presence, that has stepped in with a very short notice to ensure that the league will continue to air in Kenyan households where football fans can watch their favourite Kenyan Premier League teams.”Bamba Sport unveils broadcast sponsorship to KPL.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaLeague title sponsor, SportPesa CEO, Ronald Karauri outlined the new agreement was what the sport needed to become a staple for the nation.“We wanted as many Kenyans as possible to watch our local players and its our goal at SportPesa to promote and love our talent. Our players do not get the right exposure and funding but its all coming together now.“All Kenyan households will watch SPL games and we are happy about that because we tried everything at SportPesa to squeeze the little content we got from the previous broadcaster on our screens so that people can get a taste of SPL action,” the CEO stressed.“We have limitations in terms of facilities but it is my hope that the leadership of this country will realise the power of sports,” Karauri urged.“FKF is very excited that Kenyans now have an opportunity for the very first time to watch top flight football for free and this will provide an opportunity to showcase Kenyan talent to millions of fans around the country,” FKF President Nick Mwendwa declared through his CEO, Robert Muthomi.-Additional report from SportPesa News-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia George Odhiambo against AFC Robinson Kamura.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 – The new deal between Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and Bamba Sport will see at least two matches per weekend broadcasted after the partnership was sealed on Tuesday.This sees the return of Kenyan Premier League matches to TV screens after the exit of South African pay television channel SuperSport in April.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Delivery/Lorry Driver sought by Inishowen trading company

first_imgJob Vacancies: A Buncrana-based coal trading company are seeking staff to join their hard-working team.Coyle Coal Donegal are recruiting for an experienced Delivery/Lorry Driver.Applicants must have a full clean driving licence, relevant certificates and experience in a similar role. Applicants must be over 25 years of age.To apply, email your details in confidence to Julie@coylecoal.comJob Vacancy: Delivery/Lorry Driver sought by Inishowen trading company was last modified: November 5th, 2019 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) Tags:coyle coaldelivery driverInishowenlast_img read more


first_imgMURRAYThe death has taken place of Enda Murray Castletown, Dunkineely. Suddenly. Reposing at the residence of his brother, Gabriel Murray, Drimconner, Mountcharles. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Thursday, at 11am in the Church of Sts Joseph and Conal, Bruckless.KANE The sudden death has occurred at Sligo General Hospital of Joe Kane, Revlin, Donegal Town. Reposing at his residence from 8.30pm this Wednesday evening. Funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church Killymard on Friday at 11am. Burial afterwards in the cemetery of Ss Joseph and Conal, Bruckless.  Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to Motor Neuron Association.BOYCEThe death has taken place at Hillcrest House, Letterkenny of John Boyce, Lustricle, Carrigans. Remains will repose at his home from 7.30pm today. Funeral from there on Friday at 10.15am for Requiem Mass in St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers to Hillcrest House Resident’s Comfort Fund – c/o Quigley’s Funeral Directors, 1A Newtown Place, Strabane. House private please from 10pm to 11am and on the morning of the funeral.NESBITT The death has taken place at his residence of Robert Nesbitt, 8 Galdonagh, Mannorcunningham. Funeral from there on Friday at 1.30pm to Ray Presbyterian Church for service. Burial afterwards in the family plot. Family time from 10pm to 11am. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to the Oncology Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital and the Donegal Hospice c/o Gibson Funeral Directors, ConvoyCOMISKEYThe death has occurred at the Community Hospital, Carndonagh of Annabella Comiskey, The Cross, Clonmany. Her remains are reposing at her late residence at the Cross. Removal from there on Friday for funeral Mass at St Mary’s Church, Clonmany at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House private from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only, donations in lieu to The Patients Comfort Fund, Carndonagh Community Hospital c/o any family member.FRENCHThe sudden death has taken place of Jim Joe French, Glenfad, Porthall, Lifford. His remains are reposing at his home. Funeral from there tomorrow, Thursday, at 10.20am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Murlog, Lifford, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011 was last modified: November 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAYNOVEMBER 30last_img read more


first_imgFormer Kerry manager Jack O’Connor reckons Martin McHugh should steer clear of Killarney after he called Colm Cooper a “two-trick pony”.Martin McHughMcHugh made the comment RTE’s The Sunday Game when comparing the attacking qualities of Cooper to Kerry forward James O’Donoghue who starred in the All-Ireland quarter-final win over Galway.He later explained the reasons for his remark. But former All-Ireland winning manager O’Connor said “He wouldn’t want to show up in Tatler Jack’s pub in Killarney for a while.”McHugh retracted his “clumsy” remark and said he meant no malice in it.“Looking for a comparison [to James O’Donoghue], I brought up Cooper but made a mistake by using the phrase ‘two-trick pony’ to describe the Dr Crokes man. It’s a clumsy phrase, and one that doesn’t stand up,” he wrote in the Irish Daily Star.“Live television is unforgiving. You say something and it’s out there.” McHUGH SHOULD STAY OUT OF KILLARNEY AFTER ‘TWO-TRICK PONY’ REMARK – FORMER KERRY BOSS was last modified: August 7th, 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:Colm CooperdonegalJack O’ConorKerryMartin McHughremarkSunday Gamelast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: The old footballing cliché ‘form is temporary class is permanent’ fits the description of Shay Given perfectly.Given is without doubt one of the finest goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League, and even at the age of 38 is still capable of producing wonderful saves. Despite only playing thirteen times for Aston Villa in the last three seasons, Given reminded everybody he’s still got the ability to play at the highest level with this superb save.It came during Aston Villa’s FA Cup victory over Leicester City yesterday afternoon, a game which was screened live on the BBC.With new manager Tim Sherwood watching on from the stands, Given’s performance has gave the incoming manager some food for thought with regards his No.1 choice in goals.Simply click play on the video above to watch Given’s stunning acrobatics. DDTV: WATCH SHAY GIVEN ROLL BACK THE YEARS WITH THIS WONDERSAVE IN THE FA CUP was last modified: February 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aston VillaDDTVnewsShay GivensoccerSportWondersavelast_img read more

Warriors stay alive, survive Raptors in Game 5

first_imgLATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3½ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd.“They’re amazing. They’re amazing competitors, great shooters,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Warriors lost Kevin Durant barely a quarter after getting him back but got the win, cutting Toronto’s lead to 3-2 and sending the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday.Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn’t get the final shot, which went to Kyle Lowry and was blocked by Draymond Green. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Steph Curry has 23 points, Warriors lead 62-56 at halftime Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The two-time defending champion Warriors were minutes away from their title reign ending, having lost Durant and a 14-point lead during an emotionally exhausting game. They had controlled Leonard for three quarters, but he scored 10 straight Toronto points in the fourth and the Raptors were close to their first championship and a celebration that would have stretched coast to coast in Canada.But even after everything the Warriors had lost, they still had two of the best perimeter shooters in the world on the floor. Thompson hit a 3, and Curry followed with one to tie it at 103. Golden State got it back to Thompson and the Raptors lost sight of him just long enough for the tiebreaking shot with 57 seconds to go.Toronto cut it to one when Kyle Lowry was credited with a basket and the Raptors got a final chance when DeMarcus Cousins was called for an illegal screen. Leonard had the ball but the Warriors forced him to pass and it ended up in the corner to Lowry, who was way off as the buzzer sounded.Cousins had 14 points for the Warriors and Green finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.Golden State is the only team to lose a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, when Cleveland came back to win in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Now the Warriors have a chance to pull off the feat themselves, but it became more difficult after Durant limped off in the second quarter after he had missed the previous nine games with a strained right calf.He was attempting to dribble past Serge Ibaka early in the second quarter when he suddenly came to a stop, lost the ball and limped sideways before grabbing at his lower right calf as he fell to the court.Fans at first cheered but then, spurred in part by some Raptors players, chanted “KD! KD!” as he was helped to the locker room area joined by Curry, Andre Iguodala and general manager Bob Myers.Durant left the arena on crutches and the Warriors said he would get an MRI on Tuesday.They were initially OK without him because Cousins — who returned from injury himself in this series — came off the bench to score their next seven points before feeding Green for a layup that gave them a 48-37 lead. It got as high as 13 on Curry’s four-point play, and Golden State led 62-56 at halftime.But eventually it would come down to Curry and Thompson, who both logged more than 41 minutes and will have to be ready to go again Thursday in what will be the final game in Oracle Arena.Lowry had 18 points and Marc Gasol scored 17 for the Raptors, who were trying to give Canada its first championship in one of the traditional major sports since the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.Fans had been waiting through on-and-off rain all day — some since Sunday — to watch at one of the outdoor watch parties that have popped up in and around Toronto. The crowd inside the arena that included hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and former Raptors star Vince Carter thought it would witness history as Leonard powered past his defenders repeatedly in the fourth quarter.But the Raptors needed one more basket, and the only way the local fans can see them win in person is if it goes the full seven games and Toronto wins it at home on Sunday.TIP-INS Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Warriors: Golden State also lost Kevon Looney again after he aggravated his injury to upper body cartilage. … Durant finished with 11 points. He came in averaging 31.7 points per game in the NBA Finals, trailing only Rick Barry and Michael Jordan on the career list.Raptors: Serge Ibaka scored 15 points and Fred VanVleet had 11 off Toronto’s bench.UP NEXTGolden State hosts Game 6 on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess TORONTO, ONTARIO – JUNE 10: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — The Golden State Warriors aren’t letting go of the NBA title just yet.Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge that gave the Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

EPFO should invest 15% in stocks: Sinha

first_imgGovernment today favoured an increase in pension fund EPFOs equity market investment to 15 per cent, from 5 per cent currently, saying it will help contain volatility in the domestic capital markets. “We are now saying Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) which always had the ability to put up to 15 per cent of its assets in equity markets but never did so, has to now do at least 5 per cent. And hopefully over a period of time they bring it up to 15 per cent,” Sinha said at the India Economic Convention here.      He said pension funds investing in domestic equity markets would help lower volatility in equity markets and as that comes down the cost of capital on equity side for businesses would come down. “We are trying to ensure that we stabilise and smoothen out our equity market,” Sinha added. The EPFO, which started investing in equity markets last month, has been investing primarily in state and central government securities. Sinha said that the BJP-led NDA government is focusing on building productive capacity to sustain 8-10 per cent growth over a longer period of time. “We want to build in Indias productive capacity so that we can sustain 8-10 per cent non-inflationary GDP growth rate not just for few year, but to be able to achieve that 8-10 per cent growth steadily through boom and bust cycles,” he said. India’s GDP grew at 7 per cent in the first quarter of current fiscal and government expects it to grow 8-8.5 per cent this year. Sinha said the macro economic indicators — inflation, GDP growth, current account deficit and fiscal deficit — have improved considerably since May 2014, when the BJP government came into power. As regards cost of capital, Sinha said after factoring in the cost of hedging dollar against rupee, large companies are able to borrow at reasonable rates. “The financial markets in India work well for a certain group of players. And I think largely for large players in India, the markets are working relatively well. Risk is being priced appropriately,” Sinha added.advertisementHe further said that bluechip companies in India borrow at around 5-5.5 per cent over a 30 year horizon in global markets, whereas in rupee terms the cost of borrowing would be 10-12 per cent. “If you look at large companies in India they are able to borrow at fairly reasonable rates once you factor in the cost of hedging dollar against rupee,” he said. As regards funding stressed infrastructure projects, Sinha said the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) would act as a special situation fund anchored by the government and could include other investors like pension funds. PTIlast_img read more