Mercado a game time-decision for Game 7, says Cone

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mercado, who is averaging 3.25 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals in the Finals prior to his injury, suffered a high grade left ankle sprain late in Game 4 and has not seen action since.The Fil-Am guard, though, attended the last two games at Philippine Arena, walking with crutches in Game 5 on Sunday before sporting a walking boot in Game 6 on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut with Mercado showing signs of recovery, Cone is keeping his fingers crossed that the 33-year-old slasher will be available come Friday.“He’s walking pretty well. He’s still in his boot, but that’s more precautionary. I wouldn’t say he’s a lock to play, but I also won’t say that he’s 100-percent sure to play. Most likely, he’ll be a game-time decision,” the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor said. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Sol Mercado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With Ginebra’s defense failing to keep up in Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, coach Tim Cone couldn’t help but miss the presence of one Sol Mercado.“Obviously, you see where we really miss him tonight,” he said, after the Gin Kings surrendered the clincher on Wednesday and allow Meralco to level the series with a 98-91 win and force a winner-take-all Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cone on Game 6 collapse: Close out games are the hardest Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set For his part, Mercado is hoping for the best for Game 7.“I hope when I wake up on Friday, I’ll be fine. We’ll see,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

PUL Honors Journalists, Media Houses

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has honored several journalists and media institutions for their excellent performance over the past year. Those individual journalists and institutions honored by the PUL include Moses Garzeawu of Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Julius N. Konton of SKY 107, and Bettie Johnson and Mae Azango, both of FrontPage Africa, who walked away with three awards.The PUL named Solomon Watkins as Health Reporter of the Year, Moses Garzeawu as Sports Reporter of the Year, Julius N. Konton as Development Reporter of the Year (Broadcast), Bettie Johnson as Judicial Reporter of the Year, Martha Akorsah of In-profile Daily as Columnist of the Year and Mae Azango, Development Reporter of the Year (Print), Human Rights Reporter of the Year and Investigative Reporter of the Year.Among others, Tecee Boley was named Business and Economics Reporter of the Year, Darius Zinnah, Legislative Reporter of the Year and media houses include FrontPage Africa as Newspaper of the Year, Power TV as TV Station of the Year.Others are: Radio Veritas as Radio Station of the Year and Kintoma in Lofa as Community Radio Station of the Year.Counselor Tiawan Gongloe in the keynote address during the awards dinner held at the Paynesville City Hall last Friday noted that the challenge for all journalists, given the past, is to practice their profession in a manner that promotes greater freedom of the press.It is for the freedom to inform, educate and entertain Liberians that many journalists and advocates over the years have been subjected to arbitrary detention, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment by past governments.Cllr. Gongloe said that honoring the journalists that have been judged to be best suited for recognition in various areas of the profession during the past year was PUL’s way of encouraging all Liberian journalists to commit to improving the standard of journalism in Liberia.Speaking on “The Role of the Press in Promoting and Protecting Press Freedom in Liberia”, he said the resistance to freedom of the press has over the years been manifested by arbitrary arrests and torture of journalists, arson attacks and closure of newspapers and private radio stations.He alluded to the shutdown of the Chronicle by the government about a year ago. The newspaper is still closed. Cllr. Gongloe however noted that the press enjoys “a little more freedom than in the past” and urged journalists to practice their profession in such a manner that promotes greater press freedom in the country. He cautioned journalist to conduct their work in a way that makes the public resist any attempt by government to curtail press freedom.“If due to poor journalism the Liberian people call upon the government to close the media space, it would be a herculean task for the press and lovers of press freedom to reopen it,” Gongloe warned.He further warned journalists not to let the current degree of freedom they now enjoy on the sweat of those like Tuan Wreh and the pamphleteer Albert Porte, who made great sacrifices, to slip away by their failure to maintain a high degree of honor and dedication in the practice of their profession.Lecturing journalists on some complaints from the public about their work he cautioned them against rushing to publish unverified information, mercenary journalism, failure to do research, poor grammar, spelling, pronunciation and diction which he feared are building a growing negative reaction of people against the press and press freedom in the society.“If much effort is not made by members of the Press Union to improve the quality of journalism in Liberia, those of us who put our legal profession at the disposal of many journalists over the years as a demonstration of our support for press freedom, may lose the battle for press freedom. Members of the Press Union must not let this happen,” said Cllr. Gongloe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GDF criticised for excluding camp owner from internal investigation

first_imgLindo Creek CoI…Commissioner to visit campsiteThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was heavily criticised on Monday for excluding the evidence of Lindo Creek mining camp owner Leonard Arokium from an internal investigation conducted to determine whether its ranks were involved in the June 21, 2008 massacre.Commission Chairman, retired Justice Donald TrotmanUpon resumption of the presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI), the panel heard from Major Andy Pompey, who headed the unit which was appointed to carry out the inquiry among members of the GDF.Back in 2008, Pompey was a Captain and head of the Intelligence Corps. He told the CoI that the five-member unit, which he headed, interviewed the 24-member Joint Services unit that was deployed to the area at the time. However, the Commission thought it was rather strange that the Army did not interview a man who was making a serious allegation.Arokium had told officials that information he received from eyewitnesses made it clear that it was the Joint Services that were responsible for the deaths of his son, brother, and six other miners in his employ.The Joint Services unit was combing the area and had, days before, been involved in a “shootout” with the “Fineman gang”. They reportedly killed at least two members of the gang.CoI Chairman, Justice Donald Trotman questioned the mode of operation of the GDF’s investigating team, inquiring from Pompey, the reason for not questioning Arokium.“Here is Mr Arokium making these allegations. You were asked to investigate the circumstances and you didn’t think at least, if no one else, you should have interviewed Mr Arokium, who was making these allegations?”Pompey said he was working with a directive at the time. According to him, he was restricted to interviewing only the ranks identified.“The persons interviewed by the team were the persons who the directive I received were to be interviewed and those persons were the only ones who came and were interviewed,” he explained.However, as part of his interrogation of ranks, Pompey did not call upon Arokium.Meanwhile, retired Justice Trotman said on Monday that as the Commission moved apace with its work, a number of outreach activities critical to the investigation have been planned.The team will commence a four-day visit to the Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice Region on Wednesday. Its first visit on Wednesday will be a public conversation with residents at Constabulary Hall, Linden.The following day, the team will visit Goat Farm Ituni, where interviews will be conducted with Kwakwani residents.Then on Friday, the team will visit the Arokium campsite, Lindo Creek. It also has on schedule a visit to Christmas Falls, the site where members of the Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins gang were killed.The following day, the Commission will be engaged in a public conversation at the Kwakwani Workers Club before returning to Georgetown.Among the Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the GDF unit was the investigation of “allegations of murder being made against ranks of the Joint Services by Mr Leonard Arokium and other family members of the deceased”.Some time between June 12, 2008, and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of eight miners and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.last_img read more

Simon gets 25-game ban

first_imgSimon will miss the Islanders’ final 15 regular-season contests and the entire postseason, if the club gets that far. If the team plays fewer than 10playoff games this year, the suspension will carry over to next season. Statsny tops mark: Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny assisted on a first-period goal Sunday, giving him a point in 18 consecutive games and setting the NHL record for the longest points streak by a rookie. If Chris Simon plays again for the New York Islanders, or for anyone else in the NHL, it won’t be until next season. The NHL hit back hard Sunday, suspending the Islanders forward for a league-record 25games. Simon will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs as punishment for his two-handed stick attack to the face of the New York Rangers’ Ryan Hollweg in a 2-1 loss Thursday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SPONSORED KAYAK GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR SUNDAY

first_imgWhat a great way to wake up on a Sunday Morning with a paddle long the coast from Dungloe Pier to Burtonport Harbour.The death on the poster above is wrong but the kayake event goes ahead this weekend!The Annual Sponsored Kayak from Dungloe Pier to Burtonport Harbour taking place on Sunday next, 22nd Sept, 2013 at 8.30am. All monies raised is in aid of Dungloe Hospital Patient Care FundThe event was rescheduled because of bad weather recently. Hope fully it will be all systems go this weekend! – This event is open to all age groups. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult– 2 Support boats will be in attendance on the day– Lifejackets must be worn by all participants– Own kayak essential – Leaving Dungloe pier at 8.30am sharp, if all participants could be at the pier for 8.15am to ensure we get away without delay– Approx time 1hour 20minsIf anyone is interested in taking part the please do not hesitate to contact Annette or Gerard on 0876448417/0877730727Please come and support this event either on the water or from the pier. SPONSORED KAYAK GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR SUNDAY was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:burtonportdungloeKAYAKElast_img read more

Feeling part of the culture

first_img Sheryll Cashin, author of “The Failures of Integration,” said these population shifts have prompted sharp debates within the African-American community. “If you are black and middle- or upper-class … what the real estate markets offer is a stark choice. You can go to an area where blacks are few or where there is a majority black (population) but there is not a whole lot of in-between. And yet the dilemma is, often the neighborhoods where there are fewer blacks have better schools and are closer to jobs. “If you are going to a neighborhood where your group is not dominant, you are sacrificing certain things, like a girl coming home saying she wants blond hair.” Diana Bruno said she wishes she had thought more about the implications of race while rearing her only son, Christopher Harrison, in Northridge during the 1980s. Growing up, Harrison, who died of a brain tumor in 1998, was surrounded by mostly white children. In high school, he tried to make friends with other African-Americans – most of who were bused in – but he was rejected. They thought his clothes were too preppy and his speech too formal. “You don’t realize the pressure a black child has to balance both worlds and be accepted,” said Bruno, director of the San Fernando Fair Housing Council. “You want to make sure he’s constantly in touch with the culture.” For many like the Paces and their friends, it was race that pushed them to seek out more black cultural experiences for their children. “There are African-Americans that grow up in a white area and they don’t identify with their own culture. We made it a point to make them identify with their own culture,” Pace said. “It’s a different type of community, the Valley. And you want your children to be comfortable with their own people that look like them.” Long-standing black neighborhoods across the city – from Pacoima to South Los Angeles – have seen their black population decline, while a new black middle class has emerged in areas such as Baldwin Hills and the suburbs of Palmdale. In 2000, California State University, Northridge, demographers James Allen and Eugene Turner found that about 45 percent of blacks in Los Angeles County lived in traditional black enclaves, an 11 percent drop from a decade earlier. Pace and her husband, a partner in a real estate agency in Granada Hills, both grew up in historically black areas of Los Angeles. They attended CSUN and decided to stay in the area after college. Lured by the lower crime rates and cheaper houses, they settled in Northridge, in a sprawling home with a fountain in the front and a large backyard. Steeped in African-American culture, the two never really considered the ramifications of raising black children in a multiethnic neighborhood. They themselves had friends of all races and put their children, Patrick Jr., 11, London, 7, and Savannah, 3, in diverse private schools, where they figured they would get the best education. But their children were sometimes the only black children in their class. And their exposure to black history beyond King or even music was infrequent during school hours. The Paces say getting together with other black families helped build an extended family for their children, where they could learn dances from other kids or share in games. Karin Stanford, a CSUN professor of Pan-African studies, is part of that extended family. Stanford, who moved from Georgia, said living here was not easy at first. The native of Inglewood returned to the area only after a bout with breast cancer drew her closer to her family and a job offer brought her to the Valley. Raising her 6-year-old, Ashley, she looks to other African-American families to become role models for her child. So Stanford and the Paces and other families cook together, share stories and gather at each other’s homes. One recent Sunday, the women and their friends clapped their hands, egging their children, to “go, go, go,” as they sang along and danced to a soundtrack of R&B and rap music. Devin O’Brien, 6, held a pretend microphone and kept time with the beat. “See?” said her mother, Ivie O’Brien. “They are not lacking for nothing.” “They are all right,” Erica Pace agreed, nodding her head. Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Erica and Patrick Pace worked hard to provide a good life for their children in the San Fernando Valley. But like a lot of middle-class African-American families living in predominantly white communities, they felt something was missing. There was just one other African-American family in their neighborhood – not surprising since just 3 percent of the Valley’s population is black. “Me and my husband really worried about this in the beginning,” Erica Pace said. “We thought, Maybe we need to move to Ladera Heights. Maybe we need to go back to Los Angeles.” The Paces were afraid their children would grow up not knowing specific dances, nursery rhymes, games like double Dutch or the smell of certain foods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card So like many black families living in nonblack neighborhoods, they created their own community. They invited other black families over for barbecues so their children could play together, eat together and learn about their heritage. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade became a must-do. “We want our children to understand and be aware of their own culture,” she said. “It’s not that we don’t want our kids to play with others. We want them to have a vast understanding of all races. But they need to know who they are. “They need to be comfortable with their own skin. We want to make sure.” More than four decades after court-ordered desegregation, African-Americans have a stronghold in the middle class and have integrated themselves into neighborhoods of every shade. But those changes have also challenged their sense of identity and place in the fabric of America. In the Valley, blacks tend to be middle class and are increasingly moving into multiethnic neighborhoods where they are in the minority. Census figures show that the median income of an African-American household is $42,450 in the Valley and $26,000 in the rest of the city. last_img read more

West Ham, Leicester and Southampton battling to sign former Tottenham flop

first_img Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Falque failed to hit the heights expected of him at Tottenham Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Falque has performed excellently for Torino over the last two seasons 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Despite being highly-rated as a youngster, Falque managed just 11 appearances in total for the north Londoners – with his Premier League career lasting a total five minutes.However, since leaving Spurs for Genoa in 2015 Falque has rebuilt his career, and Torino do not want to lose one of their star players this summer.But, according to Tuttosport, West Ham, Leicester and Southampton are all keeping tabs on Falque ahead of a potential summer swoop for the forward. Sevilla and Valencia are also reported as interested parties. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND West Ham Leicester and Southampton are interested in signing Torino star Iago Falque this summer, according to reports.Falque, the forward, has been a key player for Torino since joining the Italian side on loan in 2016, before penning a permanent deal last summer. targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest transfer news moving on LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing three-way race TOP WORK REVEALED targets RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The 28-year-old previously represented Genoa and Roma in Italy, having started his career in the academies of three of Europe’s biggest clubs – Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.In 2011 Falque moved on loan from the latter to Tottenham, and he joined Spurs on a full-time basis the following year. Despite having no intention to lose a key player, Torino could consider selling Falque if a high offer is received. There is no indication in the report, however, as to what fee Torino are hoping for.last_img read more

TEENAGER BROKE INTO BLIND PENSIONER’S HOME AND ROBBED CIGARETTES

first_imgA young man broke into the home of a blind pensioner and robbed him of his supply of cigarettes.Chris Doran broke into the home of Tom Devenney.Chris Doran was part of a two man gang who broke into the home of 74 year old Tom Devenney at Errity, Manorcunningham. The searched the house and escaped with a carton of 200 Mayfair cigarettes worth just €80.Blind pensioner Tom was awoken by the gang but thought initially it was birds on his roof.However he then heard voices and called for the men to leave.The frightened OAP called his nephew James Devenney and the pair were spotted on CCTV which the pensioner had around his house.Doran, now 19, of 10 Orchard Close, Manorcunningham, admitted robbing the pensioner whom he had known from the area on June 30th, 2012.The accused man’s father Sean later called to the Gardai and gave in €85 as compensation for his son’s theft.Solicitor Gordon Curley said the manner in which the crime was committed was disturbing but was an isolated incident.He said his client, who was 17 at the time, had not been in trouble before or after the incident but was high on a cocktail of drink and drugs.“He comes from a good and supportive family but has behavioral issues and is easily led,” he said.The court heard the man he was with during the raid is currently in psychiatric careJudge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for the preparation of a probation report and possibly a community service report.TEENAGER BROKE INTO BLIND PENSIONER’S HOME AND ROBBED CIGARETTES was last modified: November 26th, 2013 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:burglaryChris DorancigarettesmanorcunninghamTom Devenneylast_img read more

DONEGAL COURT TOLD IT’S NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO STEAL A CAR WITHOUT A KEY

first_imgA motoring expert has told a judge that it now impossible to steal or hotwire a car without a key.Motoring expert Liam Cotter leaving Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Motoring expert Liam Cotter was speaking as a Donegal court dismissed a claim of loss by a woman who said her car had been stolen from her house. Kathleen McDonagh told Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court that she attended a friend’s wedding in Cavan on August 11th, 2012.However when she returned to her home at Ballymacool Woods in Letterkenny, her 2009 Toyota Avensis car was gone.There was no sign of a break-in or broken glass and Ms McDonagh said she had both keys with her.However, 16 months later the car turned up on the side of a road at Portlean, Milford and was returned to Ms McDonagh.Liberty Insurance, Ms McDonagh’s insurer had refused to pay out when the car went missing initially.After recovering her car, which she had bought for £9,000 sterling, Ms McDonagh sold the vehicle to her husband Charlie for €6,000.She then took a claim against Liberty Insurance for the theft of her car.However, barrister for Liberty Insurance Mr Peter Nolan said his client were not of the opinion that the car was ever stolen.When found the car was examined and there was evidence of leaves on the grill, cobwebs in its interior and scratch-marks on its roof where it had been covered by some form of sheeting.The company’s motoring expert witness, Liam Cotter, a motoring consultant with more than 25 years experience as a mechanic and loss assessor, said it was just “internet chatter” that cars could be stolen using a laptop computer and cloning the immobiliser unit.“There is lot of chatter about cloning but a lot of it is just urban myth – a lot of it is nonsense.“I’m in the business and I carry a laptop and I frequently interrogate vehicles’ electronic systems and even with my years of experience I would find it impossible.“This nonsense or idea that someone can scan a frequency and start a car with a laptop, I’m sorry to say is not accurate,” he said.Judge Hannan asked Mr Cotter if he was saying that no amount of “electronic wizzardry” could start a car manufactured since 2002 without a key.“That’s correct,” replied Mr Cotter.However barrister for Ms McDonagh, Mr James O’Donnell said he believed cloning was taking place and asked Mr Cotter was it not the case that high-end cars were being stolen to order across Ireland and there was evidence of this.Mr Cotter replied that in such cases cars were being completed lifted away and then brought abroad to be worked on and were not simply broken into and driven away.Having heard all the evidence including more details from Garda Brendan Mahon and claims manager for Liberty Insurance, Mr Keith Barr, Judge Hannon said he was dismissing the claim of loss and breach of contract taken by Ms McDonagh.He referred to the evidence given by Mr Cotter that a car manufactured since 2002 could not be started without a key.And he added “I found Mrs McDonagh to be a presentable person but I do not know what is going on in the background. It makes me wonder who the player was. An interesting case.”DONEGAL COURT TOLD IT’S NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO STEAL A CAR WITHOUT A KEY was last modified: March 25th, 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) Tags:carcar theftdonegalExpertimmobiliserKathleen McDonaghKeysletterkennyPeter Nolanlast_img read more

New Qatar routes include capitals and party towns.

first_imgQatar is about to lose the world’s longest route to Singapore Airlines: photo: Qatar. Capital cities in Ireland and Australia as well as the party towns of Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro are among the new destinations targeted by Middle Eastern carrier Qatar as it continues its aggressive  expansion in 2017-18.The airline announced this week it would add eight new international destinations to the seven it previously announced on its fast-growing network which already includes more than 150 destinations in six continents.The newly announced ports are: the Australian capital of Canberra; Dublin, Ireland; Las Vegas; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Medan, Kualanamu International Airport, Indonesia; and Tabuk and Yanbu, the 9th and 10th destinations in Saudi Arabia.Canberra is the airline’s fifth destination in Australia and only the second international service for the  city after Singapore Airlines started its Singapore-Canberra-Wellington “Capital Express” service this year.Las Vegas is the Gulf carrier’s 11th US destination while Medan is its third in Indonesia.The previously  announced destinations for 2017-18  include the world’s longest commercial flight between Doha and New Zealand, scheduled to start February 5 as well as flights to Europe, Thailand and Africa.“With today’s network announcement, we will be able to connect more people to more places than any other Gulf airline, and we will ensure our passengers will delight in the journey,’’Qatar group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.Qatar Airways, which has opened 12 new destinations so far in 2016, is a member of the oneworld alliance and competes against fellow gulf juggernauts Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and Dubai-based Emirates.It prides itself on a young fleet of  191 aircraft that includes Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft as well as wide range of Airbus aircraft. It was the global launch customer for the Airbus A350.last_img read more