Mbala says ‘I did not intend to hit or hurt’ Nieto

first_imgBen Mbala said that he didn’t mean any harm on Matt Nieto when the two collided late in the first half of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals.“It’s part of basketball,” Mbala said after La Salle fell to Ateneo, 70-76, on Saturday. “I had the ball, I spun and it was late on the rotation the double and that’s why he got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Dwight Howard fined $35,000 for obscene gesture in Cleveland Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Nieto was left bloodied as he sustained a cut above his right eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from Mbala.READ: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne “I didn’t intend to hit him or hurt him,” the two-time UAAP MVP said.The Ateneo gallery, which included the Nieto family patriarch, was outraged over the incident. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I don’t know why his dad is cursing at me and threatening me. I wasn’t trying to listen to what he was saying, but from where I saw him, he was threatening me and pointing at me telling me I’m dead,” he said. “I’ll just say he was probably going through the emotion of the game and he saw his son on the floor bloodied. But it is part of the game.”“He’s been in the sport for quite some time and we all know things like that happen all the time and I did not intend to hurt his son. That’s not something you should be doing during a finals game, especially when you’re a father of two players on the court,” he said. But rather than dwell on it, Mbala and the rest of the Green Archers have “Obviously, if we lose the next game then it’s over. We are not gonna go out here just to have a regular and mediocre game,” said Mbala, who is also eyeing to rebound from his season-low eight point-performance in Game 1.“We just have to go out there and win the game because without it, we are gonna be out. Everything we’ve been doing throughout the season will just be gone to waste.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Warriors’ shooters deal with off-nights in different ways

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Either way, it typically doesn’t take Thompson long to feel right again.The belief Thompson has in his shooting ability is unwavering and he ignores any critics when it comes to his shot, considering they aren’t “in the gym with me shooting every day.”“I will never doubt myself when it comes to shooting. I put too much effort into it,” he said, adding, “I know what it takes.”In a Game 4 loss to San Antonio in the Warriors’ first-round series, Thompson finished 4 for 16 and scored 12 points. He was 42 of 71 — 59.2 percent — over the other four games against the Spurs.“They make up for the bad shooting nights on the days before the bad shooting nights. They can’t get out of it by going into the gym and just shooting,” said Chris Webber, a TNT analyst who played 15 NBA seasons. “They’re great shooters and all the thousands of shots they’ve been taking since college is what makes them bounce back.”ADVERTISEMENT For Curry, there is no actual list or book for “The Menu.” The two-time MVP and his right-hand shooting man, Bruce Fraser, keep all the details in their heads for what the record-breaking 3-point sharpshooter could use work on any given day. It comes in especially handy when the shots aren’t falling, though Curry certainly found his touch fast in returning from nearly six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury to score 28 points in a Game 2 win against New Orleans on Tuesday night. Golden State leads the series 2-0 going into Friday.Maybe Curry needs more catch and shoots one day. Or off-the-dribble work. Sometimes, it’s ballhandling into his shot. Perhaps a look at balance, rhythm and core, or just focusing on spot shooting from various places.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“We collaborate. It’s like going to dinner with your wife, maybe. Maybe some people’s wives tell them what they want,” said Fraser, a Warriors player development coach. “Different restaurant, different menu. We have a lot of things to pull from and it’s usually based one day, need. What does Steph need that day? … The Menu has all sorts of creative pieces in it that get the workout you want. Sometimes we’ll piece things together and go a la carte, sometimes we’ll make it a simple meal. I’m kind of having fun with it.”On the opposite end of the defending champions’ practice floor, Thompson’s shooting plan might be nearly as precise as he works back from a bad night — he went 4 for 20 and 2 of 11 on 3s Tuesday. Thompson will usually put up a few extra shots after a poor performance. Depending largely on how he feels physically, he might take as few as 50 shots, or well more than 200. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this April 12, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser, right, works with guard Stephen Curry during warmups before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland, Calif. They call it “The Menu.” There’s no actual list or book. Curry and his right-hand shooting man, Fraser, keep all the details in their heads for what the two-time MVP might need to work on any given day. Maybe it’s catch and shoots. Or off-the-dribble work. Sometimes, ballhandling into shot. Perhaps looking at balance, rhythm and core, or just focusing on spot shooting from various places. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — When Stephen Curry’s shot needs a little something, he dives into “The Menu.” Warriors teammate Klay Thompson might put up a few extra shots after an off night. If Kevin Durant is trying to rediscover his rhythm, he does some studying that usually means watching his made shots.Golden State boasts some of the world’s best shooters and each has his own way of bouncing back from a poor performance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIEScenter_img “It’s a feel thing. You monitor your fatigue level because during the season, 82 games, there’s gaps in the schedule where you can go a little harder,” Curry said. “Back-to-backs obviously you can’t. Me and Q come up with, we call it ‘The Menu.’ I walk over, open up the fake menu, read down the list and see what type of workout we need. He usually tries to come up with on a scale from 1 to 10 like a 2, a 4, a 6, 8-type of workout. We go that way. There’s never really a set kind of regiment to it.“I have certain drills I like and I know help me in certain different facets of the game. But beyond that it’s kind of unpredictable and I like it because you don’t really know what to expect on every single day.”It comes down to a specific routine, and each shooter has his own.For Curry, he is usually 99 percent in charge and Fraser said he offers about 1 percent input.“There’s reason to it all,” Fraser said. “It depends on how he’s missing, if he’s missing. And Steph doesn’t miss too much. It’s not just based on, ‘Oh, you’re missing.’ Are you missing because you’re off balance? Are you missing because you’re not getting your body into it? Why are you missing? … They’re all human so they’re going to miss.”Then, it’s back to “The Menu.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Webber believes coach Steve Kerr’s offensive system allows players to keep shooting and break out of ruts.“Knowing where you’re going to get your shots, how you’re going to get your shots, and you have the freedom,” Webber said, “but it’s all because of how hard and how many shots they take and put in the work when no one’s looking.”After that Game 4 against the Spurs, Thompson took a heavy shooting day.“Probably a couple hundred, nothing serious,” he said matter-of-factly.Kerr, a talented 3-point shooter in his own right, considers the psychological component to the process as well.“Sometimes the best thing to do if you have a bad game is to not shoot,” he said. “And you have to feel that, and as a player once you’ve been in the league a few years you get it. You start to understand, ‘OK, maybe I feel a little tired so I’m going to go walk Rocco (Thompson’s bulldog) today instead down at the park and enjoy some sunshine. Or go play golf or something. Or there’s a mechanical flaw and it’s almost like a golfer, you go to the range and you go, ‘I’ve got to find it.’“But as a player you figure it out and the more years you’ve played in the league the easier it is to tell what the right approach is.”After an off-night, Durant mentally goes back through each possession and studies his shots — “mainly my makes.”Curry constantly changes his workload and regimen. Durant notes, “it takes a lot to shoot a basketball … there’s a lot you’ve got to think about in a couple of seconds.”After most practices starting during last year’s title run, Curry and Durant engage in good-natured shooting contests from all over the court . They regularly take 10 shots from different spots, keeping track of who hits more. They’re usually very close. 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Kyle Lowry rallies Raptors past Grizzlies; Warriors up next

first_imgRaptors: Host the Golden State Warriors on ThursdayGrizzlies: Travel to Brooklyn to face the Nets on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies forward Omri Casspi (18) and center Marc Gasol in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Toronto Raptors were teetering on the edge of their winning streak ending, facing a 17-point, second-half deficit.A 3-point shooting show erased any worries.ADVERTISEMENT Nuggets roll to biggest win over Lakers with 117-85 romp MOST READ LATEST STORIES The Raptors steadily cut into the deficit in the second half before the 3-point shooting display. Three straight 3-pointers from OG Anunoby, Delon Wright and VanVleet, pulled the Raptors even at 105-all near the midway point of the fourth.“I felt like we didn’t play defense at all,” Grizzlies guard Shelvin Mack said. “Even in the first half, giving up 59 points in a half is unlike us. .Scoring 71 points, you get kind of disguised about how bad we were defensively.”TIP-INSRaptors: Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench for the seventh time this season. … Memphis led 32-31 after the first quarter, breaking a string of five straight games where Toronto led after the first. … Both Ibaka and coach Nick Nurse drew technical fouls in the last two minutes of the second quarter. … Toronto has won four straight and six of seven in the series.Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr. became the fourth player in NBA history with at least 250 points, 20 steals, and 40 blocks in first 20 career games. The other three were David Robinson, Bill Walton and Patrick Ewing. … Lost consecutive home games for the first time this season. … Lost their third straight, the longest skid of the season.STREAKINGThe sixth straight win matched a season-best for Toronto. In fact, it was the third time Toronto has won six straight, equaling its 18 wins for the season. The Raptors lost at Milwaukee after winning their first six, then went on another six-game tear. There was a three-game slide before the current victory stretch.GASOL LIMPINGGasol came up limping late in the fourth quarter after apparently rolling his ankle. The team didn’t release anything official after the game, saying medical personnel would evaluate him Wednesday.UP NEXT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Kawhi Leonard finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka scored 16 points as the Raptors won their sixth straight and maintained the best record in the NBA (18-4).The loss marked the second time in two games that Memphis lost a double-digit lead early in the third by allowing its opponents to dominate after halftime. The Grizzlies squandered a 13-point lead in their loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday.“They put a ton of pressure on you. Their style won the fight,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of the Raptors, later adding: “I think we got rushed to be honest with you. They turned up their defensive pressure and we got sped up. Again, we play a certain style, and we weren’t comfortable with some of the shots because they were rushed.”Marc Gasol led Memphis with 27 points, making 10 of his 14 shots. Mike Conley added 20 points and six assists.The barrage of 3-pointers from Toronto in the middle stages of the fourth keyed a 17-2 burst. The Raptors would never trail again.ADVERTISEMENT The Raptors converted 10 of 17 shots from outside the arc in the second half, including 7 of 12 in the fourth to pull away from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 122-114 victory on Tuesday night.“We had a real gut check at halftime there,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said after Toronto trailed 71-59 at the break. “We weren’t really doing the things that we wanted to do, and then we came out and played a lot better in the second half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKyle Lowry had 24 points and six assists, and Fred VanVleet added 18 points to lead the Raptors. VanVleet made all six shots on the night, including three from outside the arc in the fourth.“We know I haven’t been shooting the ball well,” VanVleet said. “That’s no secret. So, to get back on track a little bit is always fun.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

EU, UK envoys call for policies to develop national plan

first_imgClimate Diplomacy WeekAs Climate Diplomacy Week kicked off on Monday, Guyana is being urged to formulate the necessary policies required to develop national climate plans.British High CommissionerGreg QuinnThis call was made in a joint statement from the European Union Ambassador Jernej Videtiĉ, and the British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn.According to the diplomats, it has been 10 months since 195 countries gathered in Paris to negotiate a new global climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the signatories of the historic and ambitious Paris Agreement, which includes Guyana, should be proud of the achievement.However, they noted at the same time that there was no room for complacency after the success of the Paris Conference. The diplomats pointed out that in order for the vision of a global low emissions future to materialise, attention needed to be placed on putting words into action.“Already this year, we have seen encouraging signs that our partners around the world are keen to maintain the unprecedented political momentum in support of climate action.”More than 180 countries have now signed the Paris Agreement and 22 have completed their domestic ratification procedures and become Parties to the Agreement.The diplomats extended congratulations to Guyana for its leadership in being one of the first countries to ratify the Agreement, but noted that more needed to be done.“Ratification is an important step towards implementation of the Paris Agreement, but ratifying the Agreement on its own will not deliver the necessary greenhouse gas reductions, adaptation action and financing. Equally important are the steps countries will take to meet the commitments made in Paris, starting with the policy and legislative frameworks required to develop robust national climate plans and international approaches.”The envoys remarked that they welcomed actions taken by Guyana, such as the Low Carbon Development Strategy and the Green Development Strategy. However, it was outlined that this was not just Government’s responsibility but that of businesses, cities and civil society, all of whom have a crucial role to play in delivering the action on the ground that will really make a difference, for example the work of Conservation International, the various village organisations or the City of Georgetown’s Green Conference and Expo.According to the statement, the EU and its Member States are taking concrete implementation very seriously, and are moving forward with ambitious domestic climate policies, with new proposals that will help to meet the emissions reduction target of at least 40 per cent by 2030 and further drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.The statement further recognised that while the EU has more than two decades of experience in developing and implementing ambitious climate policy, it was cognisant that many of the partners were doing so for the first time and, as such, stood ready to share its experience and lessons learnt for the benefit of others.Climate change poses a special risk for Guyana, given that most of its coastline lies below sea level. The EU has been supporting climate change adaptation over the years, including through its ongoing 10th European Development Fund (EDF) sea defence programme.The new 11th EDF programme will see a doubling of funding to 30 million euros to address sea and river defences and storm water drainage. A pilot programme on mangroves reforestation was funded under the EU’s Global Climate Change Alliance and a new programme will build on this experience by promoting natural mangrove regeneration.In just a few months, countries will gather in Marrakech to start to add the technical details to the breakthrough political agreement in Paris. Both the EU Ambassador and the British High Commissioner underscored that there was much more work to do and they were looking forward to continuing their partnerships with Guyana.last_img read more

Police file 421 drug-related cases for Jan-Oct 2017

first_imgAs law enforcement officers ramp up the fight against the narco-trade, recent Police statistics have revealed that 421 persons were charged with trafficking in narcotics offences.These numbers, for the period January- October 2017, were revealed by acting Crime Chief Paul Williams. Of the 421, 310 persons were charged with marijuana offences while 111 individuals were charged for cocaine-related offences.The statistics showed that the 310 marijuana possession cases reflected a decrease of 171 cases as the corresponding figure during the same period in 2016 was 481. In 2015, 503 persons were charged; in 2014, 454 and in 2013, 593.For cocaine cases, there was an increase of 44 per cent, as the 111 cases filed this year reflected a spike up from 49 cases up to October last year. In 2015, there were 132; in 2014, 111 and in 2013, 141 cases.The acting Crime Chief in his analysis suggested that success in cracking down on the cocaine trade was owed to increased collaborations between the Police Force and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).“Because of the collaborative effort between the Police and CANU [and] numerous training, this would have made the detection rate very high. The couriers may have run out of style in terms of how they are able to move,” Williams observed.Self-confessed drug lord Barry Dataram was convicted and sentenced to spend 60 months (five years) in jail and fined $164,268,000 after he was found guilty, in absentia, of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking in September 2016. On April 16, 2015, at 661 Fourth Avenue, Block X Diamond, East Bank Demerara, Police found Dataram and others with 60.840 kilograms of cocaine in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.The others, including his reputed wife, Anjanie Boodnarine, were all freed. Dataram is also currently serving time for additional crimes, including illegal ammunition possession, passport forgery, absconding from the law and illegal departure.CANU agents in recent months have increased patrols on land and on the country’s waterways and ports, in efforts to reduce trafficking. Although Police are basking in their success, many advocacy groups are still calling for decriminalisation of small amounts of marijuana and for Magistrates to impose alternative sentencing, including community service. It has been observed that such measures could assist in reducing the prison population.last_img read more

Mackenzie Gas Project approved to move forward

first_imgThe Mackenzie Gas Project is set to move ahead after the National Energy Board approved its construction and operation.The announcement was made Thursday. The $16 billion project would consist of a 1,198 kilometre long pipeline running from the Beaufort Sea to northwestern Alta. There will also be a 457 km natural gas pipeline running between Inuvik, NWT and an existing pipeline at Norman Wells, NWT, as well as similar facilities.The pipeline is expected to carry approximately 34.3 million cubic metres of natural gas every day. That amount would be enough to supply two-thirds of the six million Canadian households that use natural gas.- Advertisement -However, the independent federal agency has attached 264 conditions to the project’s approval that must be met by the pipeline’s operators.The project was first proposed by a consortium made up of Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited, the Mackenzie Valley Aboriginal Pipeline Limited Partnership, Imperial Oil Resources Limited, ConocoPhillips Canada (North) Limited, Shell Canada Limited and ExxonMobil Canada Properties.If the project is eventually built, the proponents would still be required to obtain permits and authorizations from other government agencies.Advertisementlast_img read more

Troops approve of torture, new ethics survey finds

first_img“They looked under every rock, and what they found was not always easy to look at,” said Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of defense for health.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I don’t want to, for a minute, second-guess the behavior of any person in the military – look at the kind of moral dilemma you are putting people in,” Christopher Preble of the libertarian Cato Institute think tank said of the mission in Iraq. “There’s a real tension between using too much force, which generally means using force to protect yourself, and using too little and therefore exposing yourself to greater risk.” The overall study was the fourth in a series since 2003 done by a special mental health advisory team and aimed at assessing the well-being of forces serving in Iraq. Officials said the teams visited Iraq last August to October, talking to troops, health care providers and chaplains. The study team also found that long and repeated deployments were increasing troop mental health problems. But Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock, the Army’s acting surgeon general, said the team’s “most critical” findings were on ethics. WASHINGTON – In a survey of U.S. troops in combat in Iraq, less than half of Marines and a little more than half of Army soldiers said they would report a member of their unit for killing or wounding an innocent civilian. More than 40 percent support the idea of torture in some cases, and 10 percent reported personally abusing Iraqi civilians, the Pentagon said Friday in what it called its first ethics study of troops at the war front. Units exposed to the most combat were chosen for the study, officials said. “It is disappointing,” said analyst John Pike of the Globalsecurity.org think tank. “But anybody who is surprised by it doesn’t understand war. … This is about combat stress.” The military has seen a number of high-profile incidents of alleged abuse in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the killings of 24 civilians by Marines, the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl and the slaying of her family and the sexual humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. last_img read more

Arsenal v Watford confirmed team news: Cech on the bench for the Gunners

first_img1 Alex Iwobi playing for Arsenal Arsenal take on Watford this afternoon in the Premier League, looking to keep their slim title hopes alive.The Gunners are currently 11 points behind league leaders Leicester City, and having dropped out of every other competition, Arsene Wenger is fighting for this final piece of silverware.They take on the Hornets, who defeated them at the Emirates just weeks ago. Quique Sanchez Flores’ impressive side beat Arsenal 2-1 in the FA Cup, although their league form has faltered since the start of 2016.Here are the confirmed line-ups:Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerín, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Coquelin, Sánchez, Özil, Iwobi, WelbeckSubstitutes: Gibbs, Mertesacker, Giroud, Walcott, Chambers, CampbellWatford XI: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prödl, Aké, Suárez, Watson, Abdi, Capoue, Deeney, IghaloSubstitutes: Britos, Jurado, Amrabat, Guédioura, Pantilimon, Berghuism, Anyalast_img read more

DD Gardening: The joy of blackberry picking

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s Gardening columnist Gareth Austin discusses forgotten pastime of blackberry picking and how we can reap the benefits. A family activity, Gareth likes make to take his little helper, Connie (picture above) out blackberry picking.For me, and probably many of you picking Blackberries from the hedgerow was a stable task performed every summer, whether it was with Mum, Granny or just as kids walking home from school, no swollen black hedgerow fruit was safe from my grasp! But alas I think somewhat its gone out of fashion to forage from the hedgerows.We’re all scared of pollution/dirt/maggots/stinging nettles or whatever and this puts many people off, indeed there are cultivated thornless varieties which you can choose to grow in your own back garden – we’re get to these shortly. Advertisement Again it’s a shame more of us aren’t out picking wild blackberries, we sometimes get blinded by more unusual forage goodies such as wild mushrooms that we forget the most basic of fruity delights that the wild blackberry is.For us as a family we like to get all our berries gathered before mid September, thus avoiding the maggots which affect later fruits and by getting out earlier we have the bigger first fruit picked off first, thus allows the rest of the fruit in the cluster to swell nicely too. And I think it’s years since I made jam with my blackberries, I just freeze them all in boxes (after I’ve given them a rinse) for use in my morning porridge and with ice cream all winter long.The first pick of blackberriesI think one of the reason we’ve lost contact with blackberries is our current love affair with blueberries, whether they’re from Peru, USA or France you may have these in your fridge all year round – supplemented with some from your own garden at this time of year.However blackberries contain less sugar than blueberries, contain more fibre than blueberries, lower GI rating than blueberries and more Vitamin A and C than blueberries… and if you pick them wild these wild blackberries contain more antioxidant properties than cultivated types! Advertisement However for many the idea of walking down a lane and foraging wild types is still unpalatable, so as mentioned before there are cultivated forms that you can grow in your garden, with the added bonus these are thornless and the fruits are bigger than their wild cousins – making for easier picking.Look out for varieties such as Loch Ness. Easy to grow against a fence or wall they just need to be ‘tied in’ as they won’t twine like a Honeysuckle. Maintenance wise cut out old fruiting stems and then tie in the new growths (like a raspberry blackberries produce fruit on older stems) and give them some seaweed meal or some poultry pellets in the spring to boost up the growth.Anyways this weekend put some empty plastic boxes into a backpack and go for a wee dander and grab yourself a few boxes for the freezer providing you with a far more sustainable addition to your morning porridge bowl.P.S. Don’t pick every fruit you see, remember they’re fierce enjoyed by the wee birds and other mammals… so mind and leave some behind!DD Gardening: The joy of blackberry picking was last modified: September 11th, 2016 by Gareth AustinShare 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:blackberry pickingFruitGardeningGareth Austinhealthlast_img read more

JUDGE ORDERS DANGEROUS DRIVER TO COME BACK FROM AUSTRALIA

first_imgDown Under: Glenn AlcornA JUDGE has told a solicitor to tell her client he must return from Australia – and bring money with him after hearing one of the worst cases of dangerous driving before him.Circuit Court Judge Keenan Johnson expressed anger that Glenn Alcorn was appealing the severity of a sentence given to him in the District Court but hadn’t bothered appearing himself. Alcorn, 28, from Renny, Lettermacaward, was convicted in the district court on four charges of dangerous driving and one charge of failing to stop for Gardai on April 7, 2010.The offences involved Alcorn driving at speeds of up to 160km/hr on rural roads in the townlands of Menagowan, Farrigans, Renny and Toome.He was also convicted of failing to remain at the scene.Gardai had attempted to arrest Alcorn, but couldn’t because he was driving so dangerously and so fast, the Circuit Court heard.He also had a conviction for dangerous driving in 2007. He was disqualified from driving for two years on that occasion.Solicitor Fiona Brown said Alcorn had matured since the 2010 incidents. She said he was living and working in Perth, Western Australia.“He has certainly learned his lesson,” she said.Judge Johnson asked to see her client, but she explained that Alcorn was still in Australia.The judge expressed anger that Alcorn hadn’t appeared in court.“This is as bad a case as I have ever come across,” said Judge Johnson.He said he considered the sentence “a bit light” and told Ms Brown to tell Alcorn he had better appear before him on April 1.“Tell him to bring a good wallet with him at a minimum,” he said, warning Alcorn faced a substantial fine.“This was a very serious incident; it was a miracle that no-one was killed. It was crazy driving which is far too prevalent,” said the judge.JUDGE ORDERS DANGEROUS DRIVER TO COME BACK FROM AUSTRALIA was last modified: February 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenn AlcornLetterkenny CourtLettermacawardPerthWestern Australialast_img read more