Raptors’ Kyle Lowry makes $1 million donation to Villanova

first_imgLATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)PHILADELPHIA — When Villanova officials first contacted Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry about making a $1 million donation to his alma mater, he was skeptical.“A million dollars?” Lowry recalled saying.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours NCAA volleyball: Lady Chiefs drop a set, but improve to 4-0 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsoncenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson When he found out the money would be used for upgrades to the Pavillion, the facility where he spends the offseason working out, he quickly came around.“If I wasn’t there every day, if I wasn’t around the players and using the facilities as much as I do, it would be a little different,” Lowry said. “But this place I call home. I’m literally here all summer, so it was easy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe school announced the largest donation by a former Villanova basketball player on Monday, a few hours before the Raptors faced the Philadelphia 76ers in Lowry’s hometown. Villanova’s locker room will be named after Lowry, who spent two seasons with the Wildcats before leaving for the NBA as a first-round pick of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2006.“It’s not about the money, it’s about family,” Lowry said. “I’m able to give back to this great university that helped me get to where I am: 31 years old, three-time All-Star, wife and kids, married. I know it’s crazy, right?” Villanova coach Jay Wright attended the announcement at Wells Fargo Center, where the top-ranked Wildcats are playing this season while their home court undergoes a $60 million renovation.“Kyle has done so much to make us proud,” Wright said. “A generous gift like this is really impactful to the entire university, to all athletes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View commentslast_img read more

Alliance Française Cries for Financial Support

first_imgThe director of the country’s only French language institute, Alliance Française, said the institute is in a financial squeeze to the extent that, if nothing is done by the government, the school will “definitely close down”, says director Idrissa Kaba. “This institute will surely close down because of lack of budgetary support from the Liberian Government since the 2015 academic year was released,” he alarmed. According to Mr. Kaba, his administration has dialogued with some members of the National Legislature and also officials from the Ministry of Education seeking for budgetary allotment, but to the process is yet to come through.Mr. Kaba explained that since 1982, Alliance Française has been fully supported by the Government of the Republic of France, through its Embassy in Monrovia, to teach Liberians the best way to read, write and speak the French Language and understand the culture. He said financial support from the French government intended to operate the institution came to an abrupt end in 2013 when the French Embassy made the pronouncement; a situation, which the director said, has put the institute into financial crisis, thereby, undermining its continuous teaching Liberians the French Language.For example, Mr. Kaba said the Government of France was underwriting the rental fees for the building housing the institute annually as well as paying the instructors, “just to motivate them to focus on teaching Liberians to communicate in the French Language at every level of their professional life.Mr. Kaba disclosed that since the Government of Liberia stopped its financial assistance during the height of the 14 years, the institute then decided to close down.According to him, it was the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSORP) that intervened and paid the rent for the building housing its operation for two years, which will come to an end by this year. However, the Ebola crisis interrupted the 2014 academic year, resulting in a loss of instructional time under the rental agreement, without the students gaining any benefit from the building as schools throughout the country were closed. It is not clear whether the school could invoke force majeure to make up for lost time since the closure of the institution during 2014 was beyond their control. That is an issue the school will have to seek legal advice about. Mr. Kaba said more Liberians realized the importance of speaking the French Language during the height of the country’s 14 years civil crisis when many of them sought refuge in neighboring French-speaking countries, where they experienced the bitterness of the language barrier. He pointed out that the French Language is the world’s second internationally recognized language and, with Liberia bordering two francophone countries, he called on the government to see the reason and allot a significant budget to the French Institute so as to allow Liberians learn and equip themselves with the French Language.Liberians, he said should be eager now to learn the French Language in school with all seriousness to increase the capability of speaking fluent French.Director Kaba observed that for Liberia to play a major role in the sub-region integration of citizens, they should remember that the French Language has a vital part to enhance the process.He disclosed that Alliance Française of Monrovia has students from the diverse institutions of government including deputy ministers, directors, legislators and other officials from government ministries and agencies who are learning French in Monrovia.He said to ensure that French Language become one of the essential subjects in Liberian schools; it should be introduced in the West African Examination to motivate Liberian students to actually learn the language, noting that the World has become a global village, but language can set that pace apart.Director Kaba emphasized that the institution has been playing pivotal role to interpret and translate francophone documents for government,but yet, there is no budgetary allotment for the institute in the national budget to the detriment of the students.He then appealed to authorities at the Ministry of Education and members of the National Legislature to intervene to bring the situation to an end where the budget will be allotted for the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John dominates BMO small business study

first_imgMeanwhile, in the CA category, Lloydminster, on the Alberta / Saskatchewan border ranked second behind Fort St. John, while Canmore, Alberta, scored third. Only cities in Western Canada made the CA top-ten list.The BMO Capital Markets Economics report says small businesses are the backbone of communities across the country, that provides both “heft and dynamism to our economy.” Fort St. John has the most small businesses per capita in Canada.A report by BMO Capital Markets Economics ranked the number of small business enterprises per 1,000 population to get a handle on the current intensity of small business in particular communities.The Energetic City scored first place, with 71.2 small businesses in the area per 1,000 residents. The report cites the oil, natural gas, forestry, and agriculture industries as the area’s key industries, as well as a growing tourism sector that attracts overseas visitors.- Advertisement -Cities across the country were seperated into two groups: Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas (like Vancouver and Toronto) and Census Agglomerations (such as Fort St. John and Grande Prairie.)In total, 144 cities were ranked.In the CMA category, Kelowna, B.C. received the top score, with 39.7 small businesses per 1,000 residents. Calgary scored second place, and Vancouver was in third.  The majority of metropolitan areas that made it into the top-ten list, are situated in the western provinces.Advertisementlast_img read more

Photos from the Dawson Creek Summer Cruise car show

first_imgThe 16th Annual Summer cruise weekend took place Saturday and Sunday in Dawson Creek. The event attracts participants from all over Northern BC and Alberta.  Photos from the show:- Advertisement –last_img

Canadian Natural Resources holding on to Montney shale gas land

first_imgIn a release, CNRL says it received a number of expressions of interest, but “none of the expressions were of sufficient merit to complete a transaction at this time.” The company first indicated in March 2013 it was looking to sell or develop a partnership to develop its vast holdings in the Montney shale gas region and external advisors were hired that spring. It was considering either outright selling the land, or entering a joint-venture with a partner with liquefied natural gas expertise. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Does Man United’s Europa League win mean they could draw Liverpool in the UCL?

first_imgLiverpool were celebrating Champions League qualification last weekend, but it’s Manchester United who have secured a group stage place in the 2017/18 competition.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds finished fourth in the Premier League, which puts them into the last qualifying round for Europe’s premier tournament.But while Jose Mourinho could only guide United to sixth, triumph in the Europa League means they qualify directly for the Champions League proper.Should Liverpool make it past the qualifying round, in which they will be seeded, the Premier League will have five clubs in the group stage.The last time that could have happened was in the 2005/06 season, when UEFA gave special dispensation for Liverpool to enter the Champions League in the first qualifying round, as holders, having finished outside the Premier League top four.Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United qualified automatically for the group stage that year, with fourth-placed Everton entering in the final qualifying round, only to be knocked out against Villarreal.Liverpool made it through to the group stage, but due to the nature of their qualification, were not given ‘association protection’ – meaning they could be drawn against another Premier League club in the groups.They were duly placed in Group G against Premier League champions Chelsea, with both clubs making it through to the last 16.Next season, however, there is no way two Premier League clubs could face each other in the group stages, no matter what pot they are placed in (teams will be drawn from four pots in the draw – pot one being for national champions, and pots two to four decided by UEFA co-efficient scores).According to Article 16.01 of UEFA’s current Champions League regulations, clubs from the same association cannot drawn into the same group. 2 Could Liverpool and Man United ignite their rivalry in the Champions League? 2 This also applies in the last 16, so the prospect of Liverpool and Manchester United meeting in the Champions League for the first time could only take place in the quarter-finals onwards.And with the Premier League’s poor recent record in the competition, both clubs will need to buck the form book for that to happen.last_img read more

GROUNDSKEEPER GEORGE GETS HIS OWN ‘MINI SAM’ TO MARK RETIREMENT

first_imgA LARGE crowd of family and friends have come together for the retirement party for George Docherty, groundskeeper for the Cois Locha estate in Dungloe for the past 12 years.He will be sadly missed by all residents.He was presented with small replica Sam Maguire cup by Adrian Hanlon on behalf of all residents. PIX KEI PATTERSON for donegaldaily.com    GROUNDSKEEPER GEORGE GETS HIS OWN ‘MINI SAM’ TO MARK RETIREMENT was last modified: April 27th, 2013 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:GROUNDSKEEPER GEORGE GETS HIS OWN ‘MINI SAM’ TO MARK RETIREMENTlast_img read more

OFFICIAL LAUNCH FOR CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL THIS MONDAY NIGHT

first_imgCOMMUNITY: The launch of the 2015 Christmas Shoe Box appeal will take place in Mount Errigal Hotel on Monday 7th September at 8pm. A representative from Team Hope along with local co-ordinators will be in attendance to tell you more about the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.There will be stories about the children who received the gift-filled Shoeboxes last year, a showing of the 2015 DVD and much more. Entry is free and tea & coffee will be provided. It is a great opportunity for teachers, students and anyone who would like to get involved or just to see the journey of the Christmas shoeboxes.Everyone warmly welcome.For more details please contact 0863170375OFFICIAL LAUNCH FOR CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL THIS MONDAY NIGHT was last modified: September 4th, 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:newsNoticeslast_img read more

Knighthood for SA businessman

first_img15 June 2005South African property and insurance magnate Donald Gordon has been awarded a knighthood for his service to the arts and business, reports Business Day.Gordon, who holds both UK and South African citizenship, built up two successful business empires, Liberty Life in South Africa and top UK property company Liberty International. He was named in the Queen’s birthday honours list last weekend, the paper reports.“I’m obviously very pleased about the recognition,” he told Business Day on Monday. “I have had British nationality for 21 months.”Gordon has made significant donations to British opera.Last year the Sunday Times reported that his £20-million (R248-million) sponsorship of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the renamed Donald Gordon Opera Theatre in Cardiff could earn him a knighthood. It is believed that this is the largest single private donation ever made to the arts in the UK.Gordon, who will turn 75 next week, emphasised that he still had strong ties with South Africa, the country of his birth, according to Business Day.“I am a dual citizen of the UK and South Africa. I am a very happy South African citizen and I am a very happy British one – I am very fond of both countries.”Gordon retired from Liberty Life in 1999, but still contributes to many South African charities.The Donald Gordon Foundation, formed in the early 1970s, is the largest private charity in Southern Africa.The Sunday Times reports that its donations include R100-million to Wits University for the Donald Gordon Medical Centre.The Gordon Institute of Business Science is named in recognition of Gordon’s contribution to South African business, and Gordon’s R30-million endowment to the institute.Gordon told Business Day he would like to “resuscitate the ballet and opera world” in South Africa. “I am prepared to put in a lot of effort if I can find the right route in.”In 1957 Gordon, a chartered accountant by profession, founded Liberty Life Association of Africa with initial capital of R100 000. By the time he retired as chair of Liberty Life in 1999, the company was valued at over R40-billion.At the time Liberty Life was the largest listed life company and the third-largest life insurance company in South Africa, and was also listed on the London Stock Exchange.Gordon co-founded UK company Abbey Life Insurance, which has since become one of the largest life companies in the UK and is a major subsidiary of Lloyds Bank.In 1980 Gordon founded Liberty International, a £5-billion (R62-billion) shopping centre and commercial real estate business and the third-largest property company in the UK.Gordon will retire from Liberty International at the end of this month, Business Day reports. The company has invited him to stay on as president for life.In October 2000 Gordon received the UK Entrepreneur of the Year Special Award for Lifetime Achievement. In December 1999 he was cited as the “Achiever of the Century in South African Financial Services” by the Financial Mail, the leading South African business journal.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more