first_imgMichael Juico. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball coach Pablo Lucas is staying optimistic as his team awaits its fate in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“I hope so,” he said in Filipino when asked if he believes that his side can still make it to the quarterfinals. “The standings are still too close.”ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur The Couriers missed a chance to clinch a quarterfinal seat as they suffered a monumental collapse against Marinerong Pilipino, 83-82, on Thursday to finish their eliminations campaign with an even 5-5 slate.But with victories over teams that are still in the thick of the race of the playoffs, Lucas has his reasons for keeping the faith even with Wangs’ outside chance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Wangs Basketball beat Racal, 93-84, and topped Centro Escolar University, 88-87, but fell in close defeats to Batangas, 81-79, and Marinerong Pilipino.“It’s tough that we’re going to depend on the other teams, but it’s a good thing that we were able to invest in our five wins and in the end, we’re all be having identical records,” he said. O.J. Simpson asks parole board to set him free  MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Lucas thinks that the Couriers’ tight losses will be beneficial for his crew if they do end up with a seat in the top six.“If we make it, I’m sure that the team will have a better run because we already learned our lessons. If we make it to the quarterfinals, I believe that we have a chance to advance to the semis,” he bragged.Nonetheless, Lucas is already content with what the team has achieved after setting a franchise-best record since it joined the PBA D-League in 2013, thanks largely to the contributions of guys like Robbie Herndon, Michael Juico, and Chris Bitoon.“This is already history for Wangs. We learned a lot in the years that we’ve joined and we can’t bring back the past, but we’re just hoping for the best,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

first_imgPádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has accused the Government of dragging their heels over Donegal’s Mica defective block crisis, affecting the homes of hundreds of families across the county.He raised his concerns directly with the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly on yesterdays edition of RTE’s “The Week In Politics.”It also followed responses from the Minister to parliamentary questions, whereby he refused to meet with a delegation from Donegal County Council and failed to confirm any progress on the establishment of an Independent Panel to investigate the matter as announced three months ago by Donegal Minister Joe McHugh. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said “I am seriously concerned that the Government are dragging their heels and that vital time is being lost for families across Donegal, seeking a resolution to what is a nightmare for them. There are families across Donegal literally living in fear of the gable collapsing or the roof collapsing around them.“They purchased these blocks or purchased homes with these blocks in good faith. They have been profoundly failed by an absence of State regulation and they cannot be abandoned. In Dublin and North Leinster, families devastated by the Pyrite defect which led to pyritic heave in hardcore under the floor slabs in their homes now rightly have support through the Pyrite Resolution Scheme and Board. We need a similar scheme for affected families in Donegal”.He continued “Thanks to the determined efforts of my colleagues Cllrs Albert Doherty and Mick Quinn, supported by other councillors, Donegal County Council have confirmed the presence of Mica in the Council’s housing stock in preliminary results to their tests.”He added he understand that these investigations and tests are ongoing across the county. “A delegation from Donegal County Council now want to meet the Minister. I am disappointed and concerned with his refusal to do so. He needs to reverse this decision.“I am also concerned with the Minister’s failure to confirm progress on the establishment of an Independent Panel to investigate Mica as was the case with the Pyrite crisis at the time. Three months ago, Donegal Minister Joe McHugh announced the establishment of a panel and this was then welcomed by the Mica Action Group and myself. What has happened since that announcement?“The only confirmation I can get is that the Minister’s Department are preparing a “technical report”. Three months ago, Minister of State Paudie Coffey advised me of the same when I raised this on the floor of the Dáil. Three months wasted.“This is a real crisis for hundreds of families across Donegal. Some have been forced to leave their homes. The Government need to stop dragging their heels and immediately progress towards a Mica Redress Scheme and Board. Families in Donegal need the same protection and support as families in Dublin City and North Leinster”.GOVERNMENT IS DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON DODGY BLOCKS ISSUE – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: October 5th, 2015 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)last_img read more