Pocari, Banko set sights on playoff slots

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BanKo clashes with BaliPure at 4 p.m. while Pocari battles ousted Tacloban in the 6 p.m. main match.Third-running PetroGazz (2-1), trailing BanKo (3-0) and Pocari (3-1), hopes to create a three-way gridlock at the end of the quarterfinal round when it takes on also-ran Iriga-Navy at 2 p.m.In case of a three-way tie, the club with the best quotient advances while the other two dispute the last spot.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 crownAmong the three frontrunners, the Perlas Spikers have the tougher assignment in the youthful Water Defenders.Coach Dong dela Cruz said his team tends to relax after building comfortable leads. He will again lean on imports Jutarat Montripila and Lakia Bright and the locals headed by Amy Ahomiro. Avena rallies, pips Viray in sudden death Defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force and BanKo-Perlas zero in on playoffs berths for the semifinals on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Five stories in the news for today July 21

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, July 21———B.C. WILDFIRE STATE OF EMERGENCY HITS TWO-WEEK MARKToday marks two weeks since raging wildfires that have displaced thousands of people British Columbia forced the province to call a state of emergency. Premier John Horgan has said he would extend the order for an additional two weeks since many of the 43,000 people who had to flee their homes in the province’s Interior will not yet be able to return. More than 100 fires are still active.———OMAR KHADR QUARREL TESTS BIPARTISANSHIP ON NAFTAFederal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is unrepentant about complaining in the American media about the Omar Khadr payment. Members of the Trudeau government have accused him and other Conservatives of poisoning Americans against Canada on the brink of the North American Free Trade Agreement talks. But Scheer says any American backlash over the Khadr payment is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s fault.———SEARCH ON FOR 2 BURUNDI TEENS SEEN ENTERING CANADAU.S. authorities say two of six Burundi teenagers who went missing after an international robotics competition in Washington, D.C., have been seen crossing the border into Canada. Police say they have no indication of foul play in their disappearance. Canadian officials would not say if the two students reported to have been seen crossing the border — a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old — had made refugee claims.———AGRICULTURE MINISTERS WRAP UP TWO DAYS OF TALKSFederal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay wraps up talks with his provincial and territorial counterparts today in St. John’s, NL. One topic being discussed is the AgriStability program, which provides support for farmers experiencing crop failures or large losses. MacAuley says he’s heard from farmers who want assurances there won’t be a lapse in the program, adding he’s confident that won’t take place.———QUEBEC GAS VENDOR PREPARES FOR ELECTRIC CARSOne of the largest gas retailers in Canada is looking to Norway for guidance on how to adapt to growing electric car sales. Alimentation Couche-Tard, a Quebec-based convenience store company, established a foothold in the Scandinavian country five years ago with its purchase of Statoil ASA’s fuel and retail operations. It says it wants to ensure it will still appeal to customers if they no longer need to fill up on gas.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appear at a Liberal Party reception in Halifax.— Statistics Canada will release the retail trade figures for May and the consumer price index for June.last_img read more

Corner Gas creator Brent Butt put Saskatchewan on Canadas sitcom map

first_imgGrowing up in Tisdale, Brent Butt always knew he wanted to make people laugh but odds are he didn’t realize how successful he would become in the world of comedy.After fashioning a successful standup career in Canada by the early 1990s, Butt took the next step in his career with the creation of the CTV sitcom Corner Gas. Set in the fictional Saskatchewan village of Dog River, Corner Gas followed the quirky life of gas station owner Brent Leroy, his family and friends.Debuting on Jan. 22, 2004, Corner Gas was an immediate hit and went on to become the most successful sitcom in Canadian television history. In its six-season run, Corner Gas attracted more than one million viewers for each of its 107 episodes. The series finale, which aired April 13, 2009, was watched by almost three million people. The series won six Gemini Awards, including being named Best Comedy Program or Series in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Corner Gas also developed a following internationally, airing in 26 countries across five continents, including Superstation WGN in Chicago.Butt brought the Corner Gas characters back to life for a full-length feature film in 2014. Corner Gas: The Movie premièred in Regina on Nov. 25, 2014 before opening on 101 screens across Canada on Dec. 1, 2014.In addition to maintaining a busy standup schedule, Butt has remained active in both television and movies. He created and starred in Hiccups, another sitcom which ran on CTV in 2010 and 2011. Butt also wrote and starred in No Clue, a feature film that also included Amy Smart and David Koechner.by Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader-Post Login/Register With:last_img read more