Eugene Phelps draws swag from Gucci band, drops 50 anew for Phoenix

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Like thousands of people shouting “Gi-ne-bra!” or Leo Austria using just nine players a game, Phelps reaching the half-century mark is nothing unusual since he already did it least three times usually during team’s opening game.This time, though, Phelps did it while rocking a Gucci headband worth almost P30,000 during a game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: PBA: Phoenix turns back Columbian in Abueva’s debutPhelps sported the pricey headband in Phoenix’ 113-107 win over Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and it was all about the “swag.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Ashaolu determined to get back to action right away for NLEX LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Eugene Phelps scoring at least 50 points a game has already become an ordinary occurrence in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Last conference I wasn’t shooting too good at the free throw line so I switched it up,” said Phelps who shot 58 percent from the stripe in the Commissioner’s Cup. “In practice, I was going pretty good, and in preseason games it was falling but this game wasn’t so I’ll probably switch back to two hands.”You do you, Eugene.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “That’s my drift, and drift means swag, so my drift is hella high right now,” said Phelps after he put up numbers of 50 points, 17 rebounds, and eight blocks.“I saw it, I bought it. The Gucci band helped me out this year.”Gucci’s official website lists the “web wool headband with Interlocking G” at $540 or P28,827.42.Phelps also tried out a quirky one-handed free throw to try an improve his shooting from the stripe, but it doesn’t seem like it would last long.Without using his left hand for support, Phelps converted 10 of his 22 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Caring for Our Ebola Orphans: Another National Emergency

first_imgNearly a month ago we carried a front page story about a three year-old girl who witnessed the death of her Ebola-infected mother just outside Redemption Hospital where she had gone to seek treatment.The face of little Pearlina is unforgettable sitting alone dazed and scared outside the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, not knowing what was going on and why her mother was taken away, leaving her all by herself.Fortunately for Pearlina, a humanitarian woman named Katie Meyler, founder of the local NGO “More Than Me (MTM),” immediately came to her rescue.  Ms. Meyler found the child sitting in the hospital office, where the staff, afraid to touch her, was keeping her, not knowing what next to do.Ms. Meyler took Pearlina to the MTM guest house, bought her some stuffed animals and other goodies and cared for her until the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare could advise what next to do.Then in this Wednesday’s edition, we carried another tragic story of a child, also about age three, whose lifeless body was found abandoned outside the walls of Redemption Hospital.The shocked and confused passersby had no idea who she was, how she died or who could have left the body beside the hospital wall.We think the fate of our children, especially those of our impoverished citizenry, but most especially of those parents who have died of Ebola and left hundreds, if not thousands of orphaned children, is nothing short of another national emergency. It is tragic enough for our people, through absolutely no fault of their own, to be dropping dead in horrifying numbers.   But it is even more heartrending (distressing, painful) to see young,   innocent children left behind with no clue as to what will happen to them, or from where they will get the next meal or bath.To date, there are reported to be 668 abandoned children in 10 counties, the highest in Montserrado—244, followed by Lofa, 230.    ALL OF US ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE CHILDREN.  Remember, Liberian families have always taken into their homes children of parents who could not afford to raise and   educate them.  Sometimes they are relatives’ children; but more often they are not, they are other people’s children.  This is a veritable part of Liberian culture and tradition. One historic and laudable example that readily comes to   mind is Liberia’s 12th President, Joseph J. Cheeseman, and his   wife Mary Ann, who around 1895 visited Grand Cape Mount County just after a tribal war there.  They found at the Superintendent’s house two little Vai girls from Jondu Village, Gawula Chiefdom, who had lost their parents during that war.  The Cheesemans took the two girls to live with them at the Executive Mansion in Monrovia and later, after retirement, to their home in Edina, Grand Bassa.  They named one of the girls Victoria E. Cheeseman, after the Cheeseman’s last surviving child who had recently died. When, as a young attorney around 1907, Louis Arthur Grimes—the man who would later rise to eminence, becoming Liberia’s Attorney General, Secretary of State and Chief Justice—visited Edina, he found young Victoria, the Cheesemans’ adopted daughter from Jondu.  Attorney Grimes fell in love with her and married her on December 10, 1911. Victoria E. Grimes gave birth to J. Rudolph Grimes, who became Liberia’s long serving Secretary of State under President Tubman.  Rudolph’s sister, Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman, became the first African woman to head a university—the University of Liberia.  Their elder brother, Henry Grimes, became one of Liberia’s first electronics engineers. We pray that some caring Liberian families will reach out to these Ebola and other orphaned children and raise them up to become successful and contributing citizens of the Republic.Lest we forget, however, as much as all of us are responsible, the primary responsibility for these children rests with the Liberian government, especially its Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.   The government must now revamp and re-endow MOH’s  Social Welfare Department, so that it is ready and able to care for these Ebola and all other orphaned children in Liberia. MOH cannot do it alone.  It can subsidize some of the orphanages and make sure they are up to standard with food, safe water, proper sanitation, educational opportunities and other amenities that will empower these children, just as the Cheesemans empowered Victoria E. Grimes and her sister, to become contributing citizens of the Republic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Underestimated Bassa

first_imgNimba County football coach, Muta Fofana, has said that he lost the County Meet soccer finals to Grand Bassa because his boys underestimated their opponents.He was speaking for the first time since the team lost the finals 1-2 to the champions, Grand Bassa in the 2013-2014 National County Meet.He said, “I think we were so overconfident for victory so when our boys made up their minds it was too late to recover.” “I always told my boys not to underestimate any team,” he said, “but they failed to adhere to my advice.”Under Coach Fofana, Nimba became the only undefeatable team and didn’t draw any of her games in the last County Meet. The team only suffered its 1-2 defeat to Grand Bassa in the finals.He has meanwhile called on the leadership of Nimba County to give all necessary support for preparation of the next County Meet in early August, this year. He commended his players for reaching the finals, since only the best teams reach the finals.Nimba County reached the soccer finals of the County Meet, and only lost to eventual champions, Grand Bassa County in match that brought the best in Liberian County Meet football.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eldoret set to host Copa Coca-Cola 10th edition

first_img0Shares0000Action from a past Copa CocaCola tournamentNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18- The Copa Coca-Cola Under-16 tournament, now in its 10th year of existence will be hosted at the Hill Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County from July 23-28.While Olympic High from Nairobi will be out to retain their title in the girls’ category, there will be a new champion for the boys with holders Kakamega High School failing to make it past the county competitions. 0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) GROUP AGROUP BGROUP AGROUP B GIRLS BOYS Riyabu Secondary School (Nyanza Region)Olbolsat Secondary School (Central Region)Alliance Girls High School (Central Region)Materdel High School (Eastern Region)center_img St. Cyprian High School (Eastern Region)Upper Hill High School (Nairobi Region)Wiyeta Secondary School (Rift Valley Region)Waa Girls Secondary School (Coast Region) Both the boys and girls championship will have eight teams which will be grouped into two pools of four teams each with the top two from each side progressing to the semi-finals.Rift Valley Region as the hosts, will be represented by two girl’s teams since North Easter region will not be fielding a girls’ team.In the boy’s category, Group A will have St. Peter’s Mumias High School (Western Region), St. Cyprian High School (Eastern Region), Riyabu Secondary School (Nyanza Region) and a representative from the North Eastern Region.In Group B, St. Anthony High School (Rift Valley Region), Upper Hill High School (Nairobi Region), Olbolsat Secondary School (Central Region) and Kinondo Secondary School (Coast Region) will seek out a chance to top their group for a chance in the semi-final stage.In the girl’s category, last years’ champions Olympic High School (Nairobi Region) have been pooled in Group A which also comprises of Wiyeta Secondary School (Rift Valley Region), Alliance Girls High School (Central Region) and Sega Girls High School (Nyanza Region) in the group of death.In Group B, Tar Tar Girls High School (Rift Valley Region), Waa Girls Secondary School (Coast Region), Materdel High School (Eastern Region) and Moi Girls Nangili Secondary School (Western Region) will be out to prove doubters as they battle out to finish on top of other contenders.The games will be a culmination of the Under-16 boys and girls’ tournament with a total of 5,000 schools having registered and participated for a chance to be inaugurated as the national champions.Since 2008, the tournament has had over ten thousand students participating.The tournament is under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and Coca-Cola.NATIONAL FINALS GROUPS St. Peter’s Mumias High School (Western Region)St. Anthony High School (Rift Valley Region)Olympic High School (Nairobi Region)Tar Tar Girls High School (Rift Valley Region) (North Eastern Region Representative)Kinondo Secondary School (Coast Region)Sega Girls High School (Nyanza Region)Moi Girls Nangili Secondary School (Western Region)last_img read more

LAUSD gets ready for day with Rowling, Harry Potter

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – Nobel Middle School got a little break from reading, writing and arithmetic Monday as talk turned to wizards, witches and magic. Harry Potter giddiness spread among students and teachers after the school was named one of 40 in L.A. Unified territory to participate in the J.K. Rowling Open Book Tour on Oct. 15. “Harry Potter books have inspired a generation of readers,” said Ronni Ephraim, chief instructional officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District, on Monday. “Many of our high school students began reading the series in elementary.” Scholastic also will donate 5,000 copies of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first book in the series, to the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, the majority of the kids at Nobel Middle School didn’t need an introduction to the series. “I like how it’s so thrilling and always keeps you on your feet, and you don’t know what’s going to happen next,” said Shilpa Bhongir, 12, who has read all seven Harry Potter books. “You can’t put your book down. In the end, it all comes together. “Reading takes you to a different world. When I read a book, I have a movie playing in my head.” Other San Fernando Valley schools taking part in the tour include Panorama High School, Canoga Park High School, Encino Elementary School, Van Nuys Middle School, Nestle Elementary School and Arleta High School. “It’s going to be a very motivating thing for the children to read and write,” said Alan O’Hara, principal of Nestle Elementary in Tarzana. “They’re already very excited. They’re showing me their books. They’re very proud. There’s a whole fever and excitement here.” angie.valencia@dailynews.com (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Forty students from each selected school will join the internationally acclaimed British author at the Kodak Theatre for a reading of the final novel in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” There will also be a question-answer period and a book signing. A total of 1,600 LAUSD students will be chosen by Sept. 25 from third through 12th grades on the basis of an essay contest. Students are being asked to write a short essay on one of the following questions: How has reading Harry Potter books changed my thinking about reading? Why do I admire J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series? Who is your favorite character in the Harry Potter book series? Rowling’s tour, including stops in New Orleans and New York, is being sponsored by Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, including the Harry Potter series in the United States. “The tour is a chance for Ms. Rowling to spend time with some very important people – the kids who love Harry Potter,” said Francie Alexander, chief academic officer for Scholastic. “We hope the kids will get excited about reading, get excited about writing.” last_img read more

HARPS CONTINUE SOLID RUN WITH VICTORY OVER SALTHILL-DEVON

first_imgFinn Harps made it five games in a row unbeaten as they beat Salthill Devon 2-0 at Finn Park last night.Peter Hutton’s side were in control in the first half with chances falling to Shaun McGowan.It wasn’t until the 63rd minute that they finally broke the deadlock when veteran Kevin McHugh got onto the end of a header to make it 1-0. It was the Killea man who netted a second from the penalty spot when David Meehan handled inside the area.  HARPS CONTINUE SOLID RUN WITH VICTORY OVER SALTHILL-DEVON was last modified: August 4th, 2012 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:finn harpsSalthill Devonlast_img read more

USL Preview: Crossan hoping Fanad can keep pace with Cockhill

first_imgMATTHEW CROSSAN is hoping Fanad United can stay in touch with Cockhill Celtic at the top of the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League.Ahead of a meeting between the League’s top two on Sunday at Triagh-A-Loch (2pm), Cockhill – who have won the last four League titles – lead the way by two points and have a game in hand.Resurgent Fanad have lost only once in the League this season and Arthur Lynch’s side could actually go to the summit with a win over Cockhill on Sunday. “Cockhill have been a different gear and their recent record speaks for itself,” Crossan says.“They have boys there who could still be playing senior football and some of their boys who haven’t played senior football could step up no bother. Just look at their bench.“We’re going alright at the minute and we actually thought we were unlucky when we played Cockhill earlier in the season. They had one or two shots and we felt that we had some great chances, we even had two cleared off the line.“That’s the difference when you play a side like Cockhill – they’ll punish you.” Mark Moran netted the only goal of the game when they met in September, but Cockhill have a knack of getting the results they crave. With Gavin Cullen’s side still smarting from an FAI Intermediate Cup loss at College Corinthians on Sunday, Fanad might well be facing the Inishowen men at the wrong time.“It’s about keeping in touch with them and not letting them get away,” Crossan says.“You don’t want them running away with things – but they have that ability.”Crossan was something of a surprise signing by Arthur Lynch this summer. He’d left Finn Harps early in the season and was available for work, but it was to Fanad, coaxed along by his good friend Davitt Walsh, he went.“I wouldn’t have been aware of how they were doing or anything, but I knew they had been disappointed with last season, results-wise,” he says. “Arthur was the first manager who landed to me. I knew he was a good, honest manager and I knew a lot of the fellas down here. Davitt swung me here. I could have gone to a couple of other clubs, but I went for Fanad.“Fanad United is a massive name and they have great history down there. We just want to try and get some of that success again.”Fanad, 14-times champions of the Ulster Senior League, have certainly shown good signs of life again and their youth team is riding high at the top of the Donegal Youth League.Lynch’s senior team are on a good run of form in the USL since a shaky opening to the campaign.Crossan says: “Yeah, it’s been a decent start. We’ve come together well in the last few weeks. We were kind of all over the shop at the start. We had a few men away playinG Gaelic and we weren’t sure of what our best team was. “This past few weeks, we’ve had everyone available for training and the team is more settled.“There is a great group of lads here. Everything about the club here is good, everyone is very welcoming and I’ve definitely been enjoying it.”Crossan is the proprietor of Matt’s Takeaway and has three establishments, in Killea, St Johnston and Raphoe, to look after. Hus business interests, ultimately, led to him leaving Harps.“I wasn’t sure if I’d play again at all, but Sunday football suits me,” he says.“With Harps, I’d have been away the length of the country on a Friday or a Saturday…even home games at a stage were a problem because I’d have to be back to the takeaway right after the game.“Now, I’m away at 12 on a Sunday and can be back in for 5 if needs be. I can look after the business a good bit better.“I just had to make the call and leave Harps. I was injured for a bit and wasn’t featuring much. It might have been different if I’d been playing regularly, but I was arranging things, hiring staff and sitting on the bench so I just had to pull the pin.“We’re really busy in the takeaways at the minute and the football is going well at the minute, so I feel like I’ve made the right call.”FIXTURE CHANGESTHE 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League fixtures originally scheduled for Sunday, Decmeber 11 have been brought forward by one week.Those games – Derry City Reserves v Letterkenny Rovers; Fanad United v Cockhill Celtic and Swilly Rovers v Bonagee United – will now be played next weekendThe first round of the Knockalla Caravans Senior Cup had been pencilled in for that date but as this competition will not now start until after Christmas, the USL fixtures have been brought forward.December 11 will now be used for backlog fixtures with Finn Harps Reserves taking on Cockhill Celtic on that date.FIXTURES4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League,Friday, December 2, 7.30pmBonagee United v Swilly Rovers Referee – Packie Coll; assistants – Vincent McLoughlin, Marty McGarrigleSunday, December 4, 2pmDerry City Reserves v Letterkenny Rovers Referee – Michael ConnollyFanad United v Cockhill Celtic Referee – Marty Quinn; assistants – Vincent McLoughlin, Marty McGarrigleSunday, December 11, 2pmFinn Harps Reserves v Cockhill CelticUSL Preview: Crossan hoping Fanad can keep pace with Cockhill was last modified: November 29th, 2016 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:donegalMatthew CrossanUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

Peter Crouch tweets hilarious response to Kanye West

first_img goalless ROUND-UP ‘Crouchye’ and ‘Ye’ Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place GREAT NEWS Latest Championship News REPLY Peter Crouch tweeted Kanye West on Sunday to let him know that he too will be changing his name in the near future.The American rapper caused a stir on social media this weekend by announcing that he now no longer wants to be known as ‘Kanye West’ and instead simply called ‘Ye.’ stalemate Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues center_img Cool. I’m crouchye https://t.co/uz9KTEa4TM— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) September 30, 2018 1 Upon seeing this, Crouch responded by quote-tweeting West and saying: “Cool. I’m Crouchye” referring to his nickname ‘Crouchy.’The 6’7” striker has scored once for Stoke in the Championship this season after deciding to stay with the club following their relegation from the top flight.The Potters currently sit 17th in the table after ten matches. They drew 2-2 at Rotherham on Saturday. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship EFL result Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancerlast_img read more

SOLDIER CAUGHT WITH PIPE-BOMB BLAMES MALARIA DRUG ON CHANGING HIS PERSONALITY

first_imgAn Irish soldier has blamed a malaria drug for leading to a change in his personality before he was caught with explosives at a Co Donegal flat.Mark Cassidy leaving court today. Pic copyright of Northwest News pix.Mark Cassidy appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with possessing explosive substances. The court heard that on February 16th, 2014, Gardai had received confidential information to say there was explosive substances at a flat above a petrol station in Burnfoot.Surveillance was carried out and on February 17 and Gardai entered the premises.Inside the premises in a press in a common area Gardai found a black bag containing a viable pipe bomb.The area was sealed off and Army Bomb Disposal Experts were rushed to the scene.A further search discovered a large quantity of assorted shotgun cartridges in the attic of a flat occupied by Cassidy, 29.Cassidy, with an address at Grianan Vale, Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, was interviewed on six occasions by Garda and admitting having the pipebomb and the shotgun cartridges in his possession.Detective Sgt Mick Carroll said they still had no information as to what the explosive devices were going to be used for.A bag containing overalls and balaclavas was also found in the flat but there was no indication as to what they were being used for.Barrister for Cassidy, Peter Nolan, said his client had ben an exemplary soldier who had served overseas in Chad and was based at Finner Camp in Donegal when this incident happened.Mr Nolan suggested there was a connection between his client taking the drug Lariam for Malaria while serving overseas and his change in personality.He referred to the US army banning the drug as a result of concerns over its affect on soldiers.He added there was simply no reason why a man with no record of being involved in subversive activity would suddenly do so.Mr Nolan also said that the suicide of his brother in Derry in 2009 and the death of his mother in 2009 had had a profound affect on him.It was also given in evidence in court that Cassidy, who is originally from the Foyle Road in Derry, was arrested by the PSNI but never charged with any offence.Detective Carroll also said that Cassidy had no previous convictions for any offence on ether side of the border.Judge Matthew Deery this was a very serious incident especially when the explosives were found in an apartment above a busy supermarket and petrol station.“The reasons as to why they were stored are not explained but it seems to me that while he has no previous convictions, it is a serious matter,” he said.He sentenced Cassidy to three years on each charge and ordered them to run concurrently.He backdated the sentence to January 17th when Cassidy was first put placed in custody at Castlerea Prison.SOLDIER CAUGHT WITH PIPE-BOMB BLAMES MALARIA DRUG ON CHANGING HIS PERSONALITY was last modified: July 17th, 2014 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:BurnfootdonegalGardaimalariaMARK CASSIDYpipebombsoldierlast_img read more

JASON BLACK’S K2 BLOG: WHY THE NO 32 BUS EIREANN ROUTE IS EASY PICKINGS

first_imgEntering the Lions Lair – Jason’s live audio blog is not possible at present because of signal difficulties. However here is Jason’s latest blog penned yesterday.Jason BlackDay 5 & 6 K2 Expedition 2015.by Jason Black News filtered through late Friday night that the long awaited journey to Skardu village at the base of the Bolero glacier, the starting point of the long trek to K2 Basecamp was not now possible. In a most heavy debate & heated raised voices between the logistics crews & the Sherpa team that it had now become very obvious that the dreaded drive through the most dangerous valley in the world was just about to unfold. Named the Karakoram highway nick-named the KKH and home to the Taliban. In 2013 eleven international climbers on route to the mountains on the KKH were highjacked tortured and shot dead.The Taliban have one mandate as extreme Islamics to keep their territorial areas free from western world influences and to murder outsiders.With heavy hearts we loaded up the bus and set sail, shortly outside of Islamabad, a Pakistan liaison officer “who had to negotiate the checkpoints on our behalf” calmly stated that’s where Sadam Husain was captured & killed. We were in a village called Abbottsbad on route to our stop over in Besham village which we arrived at after 10hours in the sweltering heat. After a beautiful bit of Pakistani food made up of local rice chicken with a spiced sauce and finished with what looked like custard which was just perfect. The bus outside now was under armed guard being protected for the night. With less than four hours sleep and two fried eggs with nan bread, washed down with a local chi milky tea for breakfast we departed at 4.30am.A decision was taken to get a jump on the rebels, as we pulled out of the overnight basic but nice & very friendly accommodation, an armed police officer brandishing a shot gun & cool as a cucumber sat down beside me and we’re off. Yes I thought, Jesus you wouldn’t see it in a film. Check points came fast & thick and more welcomed armed police arrived until we were escorted front and back with heavily armed officers.By now the silence on the bus was very noticeable as we were in the Taliban’s back door, up through the valley we followed the winding dirt road passing through sparatic mountain villages where we could see that we just didn’t fit in- obvious in the stares, that said an odd wave let us know that not everyone was hostile to our passing. It was the longest bus ride of my life as we felt we literally had our life in their hands.The valley of region was so barren with the Indus River as our guide and the surrounding huge mountain range of the Himalayan Range on the right & the Karakoram Range on my left I could see how dealing with these extremists in their own environment must be practically impossible.After 14 hours , yes 14 hours we got through the worst bit and turned off the KKH on the final leg of the journey toward our final destination, Skardu ,which was a further 5 hours away on mountain torn dirt roads.With short stops for relief , a stretch and snacks we rolled into Skardu village at 1.30am, 21 hours later ecstatic with relief that we made it through hassle free but exhausted like doing 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.Departing the bus I couldn’t but think of the two days and how in God’s name I could put into words & explain what had just unfolded.I laughed as I said ,”it was like something from the movies”. Today was a really serious day which lived up to its reputation, that aside there was a bright side as I got an opportunity to see & experience the coal face first hand and witness how resilient once again the human race can be , as these people cut off from the outside world can live and survive under a curtain of hardship.Like all torn nations dealing with conflict there is always a small minority creating mayhem. I have to stress that the vast majority of Pakistani were warm , caring and very welcoming people in a vacuum of media negativity from the troubles that’s not accurate in the whole.The freedom of speech, movement and fair trade we enjoy at home, sometimes a democracy we take for granted as a modern nation.I’ll never complain about that No. 32 Bus Eireann bus again.Pakistan oh Pakistan “what can tomorrow have in store”. The K2 expedition continues….JasonJASON BLACK’S K2 BLOG: WHY THE NO 32 BUS EIREANN ROUTE IS EASY PICKINGS was last modified: June 29th, 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:BlogJason BlackK2last_img read more