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Big fish hooked

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “CJ [Perez] stepped up in the second half. He was tentative in the first half. I was pushing him; I told him to carry the team. ”That was exactly what the former NCAA star out of Lyceum did, scoring all but two points of his total in the second half. But he wasn’t alone.“Actually, I don’t think it’s all because of me. [Early] in the second half, we were all communicating well. We were great on defense. There were lapses, but we were able to recover,” he said.Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda provided for Perez while Rashawn McCarthy sank a tough triple to put Columbian up, 117-113, going into the stretch.Arwind Santos, San Miguel’s fourth oldest player at 37, spearheaded the Beermen offense with a game-high 34 points.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 “As soon as I entered the dugout, and then stepped on the court, I got so excited,”  Perez said in Filipino. “But as soon as the second half began, I just went with the flow.”“Ganito pala sa PBA,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat excitement—and eventual settling down—led to 26 points from Perez and an upset that dealt the defending champions Beermen an early setback.“This is a big fish. This is San Miguel Beer. I felt that if we get this win, it will be a big boost to the boys’ confidence,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said in Filipino. Terrence Romeo, whose debut with the Beermen was one of the more anticipated storylines, finished with just seven points. He was the subject of a clarification statement released by San Miguel on a comment by Alaska coach Alex Compton (“kawawa ang liga”) on the Beermen’s acquisition of the spitfire guard.“It is unfortunate that Alaska team head coach Alex Compton had to make a statement against the Beermen and the league when he actually traded away competent players like RJ Jazul and Calvin Abueva.“It is also widely known that Terrence Romeo was offered to all the PBA teams before he was traded to San Miguel Beermen. Despite Mr. Compton’s unnecessary remarks, we are still excited about what the future holds for PBA, our teams and the fans,” the statement read.Later in the evening, James Yap fired 20 points and Rain or Shine turned back NLEX, 96-87. Rookie Javee Mocon, who added 13 for the Painters, added to the list of freshmen with sterling debuts in the league.His teammate at San Beda, Robert Bolick, had 26 points in his NorthPort debut recently.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Columbian rookie CJ Perez (left) helps the Dyip spoil the debut of Terrence Romeo with the defending champion San Miguel Beermen. —AUGUST DELA CRUZCJ Perez said he wanted to find out what he and Columbian are made of.The top pick of the PBA draft got his answer on Friday when the Dyip carved out a gritty win over the dynastic San Miguel Beermen, 124-118, in the PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ To beard or not to beard View commentslast_img read more

LNP Denies Well Poisoning Stories

first_imgSam CollinsThe spokesman for the Liberia National Police (LNP), Sam Collins, has described reports of well poisoning in communities across the country as “false, misleading and lacking in substance”.Speaking Wednesday to the Daily Observer on Center Street, the police spokesman said, the LNP was running out of patience with  people demonstrating and throwing stones at LNP officers.According to him, the police officers were open to the public providing evidence of individuals engaged in poisoning wells to destroy peaceful citizens’ lives.He condemned the action by residents of  communities who were using stones to solve the problem and called on them to desist from throwing stones as a way of engaging the police and alleged criminals.According to the LNP spokesman, the angry mobs that attacked the officers of the LNP on Center Street destroyed the windshield of an LNP vehicle and stoned some of the officers that were assigned to put the situation under control.“LNP would like to challenge anyone in this community and other parts of Liberia to provide evidence of anyone putting poison into wells.  Since we received this rumor, we have gathered no evidence from the public, community or individuals but the public continues to provide false information.”“Our officers came to put the situation under control but were attacked by the same people in the community who run to the police for safety,” Mr. Collins alleged.He claimed that the well in question is currently being used by residents of the community, which he described as a clear indication of the “false and misleading information” coming from the public.He said people were endangering the lives of others by spreading false information and rumors that have the propensity to create additional stress and confusion for the nation already plagued with the Ebola epidemic. According to Mr. Collins, it is time for communities to focus on preventing the deadly Ebola virus in the country and taking the necessary protective measures in order to save lives.“Instead of endangering other people through rumors and false information, I want to advise those involved to be careful of how they carry out these violent  acts in peaceful communities.He disclosed that the LNP was doing a water test in the Schieffelin community where a sample of the water will be taken to the University of Liberia campus for the testing.  The public will be provided with the results.  But he insisted that LNP has not seen any substance in the allegations as insinuated by the public.Those in custody of the police were only being protected by the LNP, as communities were determined to mob them.   Only one person so far  was undergoing police  investigation, he said.The Observer, however, obtained photos of the alleged perpetrator arrested in Schieffelin, the dead dog on which the poison was allegedly tested and the paraphernalia he is said to have used.On Tuesday, August 5th, the Observer reported another story in which community residents said that around 4 a.m. Monday morning, they saw two armed men approach their well. The men allegedly made a small opening in the side of the well covering and used a syringe to insert a substance into the well.Apparently, across the country, the modus operandi is uniformed — the use of syringes and chemicals.The State broadcaster, ELBC, which originally broadcast the story about the alleged well poisoning in Schieffelin, and then backed away from it, reported at 7 p.m. this evening (Thursday, August 7, 2014) that several investigations were ongoing in Ganta relating to alleged well poisoning.Upon being accosted by the community, the Schieffelin poisoner reportedly confessed at the scene that at least 250 men had been trained and dispersed across the country.It is unlikely that communities across the country would simultaneously make up “false and misleading” stories about people poisoning wells.It is also unclear, however, with the increasing number of reports and some evidence available, what interest police would have in covering up the story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LBS, LWSC, NTA Get Duty-Free on Fuel, Lubes

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has with immediate effect issued Executive Orders Numbers 77, 78 and 79 affecting the National Transit Authority, the Liberian Broadcasting System, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and the Liberia Electricity Corporation – exempting those institutions from customs duties on fuel and lubricants, selected items and GST on fuel.Executive Order Number 77, according to an Executive Mansion release, exempts the National transit Authority and Liberia Broadcasting System from customs duties on fuel and lubricants. It also seeks to minimize the cost of transportation provided by the NTA in serving the general public as well as enable LBS to disseminate information to the general public through the state-owned Liberian Broadcasting System (LBS).Executive Order 78 also exempts the LWSC from customs duties on selected items to ensure the provision of safe-drinking water and sewerage services for the population, recognizing that safe-drinking water and basic sanitation are crucial to the preservation of human health and basic hygiene.Good under Executive Order 78, which also covers items imported or purchased by LWSC for the exclusive use of the entity to facilitate the provision by LWSC of water and sewer services, are exempted from payment of customs duties including petroleum for water treatment plant(s); water treatment chemicals; pipes and fittings; generators; pumps (electrical and diesel); spare parts for mechanical and electrical equipment; and other parts and equipment essential for the production of water and disposal of waste.Meanwhile, Executive Order Number 79 exempts the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) from customs duties and GST on fuel to generate electricity imperatively at this time of rising cost and rapid development as reduction on electricity tariffs will stimulate economic growth and boost the associated revenues from GST. Executive Order 79 also notes that in the absence of hydro or alternative power, fuel is the key ingredient in the generation of electricity in Liberia by the LEC as such, the generation of electricity at a reasonable cost is essential to maintain an affordable balance in the cost of living. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local man announced Torchbearer in Fort St. John Olympic Torch Relay

first_imgAnd he says he has plans when winter rolls around…[asset|aid=1846|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1a63a8f397e6c321d7490784df4dea7b-Calvin Osterlund 2_1_Pub.mp3]He says his main goal is to continue buying Canadian products and food.Osterlund says he is excited about the relay, because he has always wanted to be in the Olympics; now he gets to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.Advertisement Now, other local torchbearers will be announced in the upcoming months from various other sponsors.The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay will be held in Fort St. John on January 31st, 2010. Photo: Members from the RBC, and Mayor Bruce Lantz celebrate with Calvin Osterlund (second from right)  at the local RBC branch on Wednesday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caOne of Fort St. John’s 2010 Olympic Torchbearers has been announced.Calvin Osterlund from Fort St. John will be carrying the torch for 300 metres during the Fort St. John relay.- Advertisement -Representatives from the Fort St. John Royal Bank of Canada made the announcement on Wednesday.To receive this honor, Osterlund pledged he would buy local products or foods whenever possible.[asset|aid=1845|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d032569454770c6b8711c681f2a32815-Calvin Osterlund 1_1_Pub.mp3]He says so far, buying local has been relatively easy. He says he buys fresh produce from the local Farmers Market.Advertisementlast_img read more

Starlets down Uganda in AWCON qualifier

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets striker Cynthia Shilwatso attempts to go past a Ugandan opponent during an African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Apr 4- Harambee Starlets kicked-off their 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualification campaign with a slim 1-0 win over a much improved Uganda in the first round, first leg qualifier in Machakos on Wednesday.Right-back Lilian Adera scored the all important goal in the 53rd minute with a sumptuous strike from almost 40 yards to give David Ouma’s side a slim edge ahead of the return leg to be staged at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on Sunday. Starlets are looking to qualify for their second consecutive AWCON and a win over the two legs against Uganda will book them a slot in the final qualification round with a match against Equatorial Guinea in June.It wasn’t the best of halves from Starlets, who on the last meeting with the Crested Cranes put four past them. Throughout the opening 45 minutes, they couldn’t master a shot on target, save for three efforts that were far from troubling the keeper.The front three of Esse Akida, Mwanahalima ‘Dogo’ Adam and Neddy Atieno, supported by Under-20 sensation Cynthia Shilwatso had struggled to open up the Ugandan backline, especially with their tact of playing in crosses from width.The Ugandans showed a much improved game from the last time they met the Kenyans and their first attempt at goal came in the 18th minute when skipper Hassunah Nassifa attempted a shot from range which however went behind.On the half hour mark, Kenya had their first effort at goal when Akida collected the ball from 25 yards but her effort went over.Harambee Starlets striker Neddy Atieno stomps forward against Uganda’s Shadia Nankya during an African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThree minutes later, Starlets were forced to clear the ball off the line when Asia Nakibuka collected the ball from the right and shot at goal with the Kenyan defense caught off guard.Towards the end of the half, Kenya had another half chance when Adam collected the ball on the left, drove in, but her shot went wide.-Second Half- In the second half, Ouma started off with changes, bringing on Corazon Aquino for Shilwatso in a bid to build up the forward line.Starlets broke the deadlock eight minutes into the second half with Adera’s strike from range, having noticed the Ugandan keeper off his line and going for the shot.It was a goal that injected some spirit and belief for Starlets and they should have gone ahead on the hour mark with two great chances.First, Adam controlled the ball beautifully on the right before going past his marker with some deft footwork, breaking into the box and shooting low with the keeper palming away the effort. Aquino picked up the rebound from 12 yards out but her low effort went inches wide.The hosts had picked some rhythm after the goal and Ouma made two more changes to boost the attack, Sheryl Andiba coming on for Cherish Avillia while Mercy Achieng was brought on for Akida.The home side continued pushing and in the 73rd minute Dorcas Shikobe came close with a header off an Adam cross, but the keeper saved at her near post.Starlets kept pushing, but the final cutting edge always let them down and they will now be looking for an improved performance in the return tie on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Fabregas is associated with tiki-taka – at Chelsea we have always played this way’

first_imgThis article appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free Sport iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @SportmagukChelsea are flying, but face their toughest test so far against title rivals Man City. Blues captain John Terry tells Sport about the clubs title ambitions, and how now new signing Cesc Fabregas is helping them play with style.John Terry has seen a lot of new arrivals in his 16 years at Stamford Bridge. However, few have settled quite as quickly as this summer’s incoming transfers. Diego Costa has taken the plaudits with seven goals in his first four games, but their other marquee signing has also caught the eye. It didn’t take long for Cesc Fabregas to make his mark in a Chelsea shirt. He provided two assists on his debut against Burnley, the first a delightfully weighted flick over the defence for Andre Schurrle to score.It was a performance to soothe the nerves of Chelsea fans unsettled by the sight of midfield mainstay Frank Lampard in a Manchester City shirt.The 36-year-old made his City debut last weekend, and could up against his former club this weekend. If he does, he’ll be very familiar with his the style of his opponents – despite the new personnel, Chelsea’s style is largely the same as last season, at least according to club captain Terry.“To be honest I don’t think there have been wholesale changes,” he told Sport. “We’ve always wanted to play through the midfield, that hasn’t changed. It was the same when Lamps was here. We want to play attractive football.” The capture of Fabregas from Barcelona has certainly helped in that aim, and Terry is effusive about his new teammates talents. “Obviously Cesc Fabregas is a world class player. To have someone so influential from the Spain squad along with Diego Costa has been great.“You can see the qualities Cesc brings on the pitch – he can find passes that others can’t, he keeps the ball really well, and he helps us control games.”Has he brought a touch of the Camp Nou to Stamford Bridge? “When we are playing out from defence, he can help us keep the ball,” says Terry.“He is associated with tiki-taka, but at Chelsea we have always played this way: pass the ball, control games, and give ourselves more options going forward. He’s certainly added to the squad and that’s why we are stronger now in that department.”Terry adds that the other additions, including Diego Costa, have given the Chelsea squad the opportunity for a Plan B if they can’t break teams down. “Sometimes, certain games need other plans, you might go longer. But we can adapt, I think we have good options at Chelsea now.”Fabregas had of course played for two of Chelsea’s great rivals in domestic and European competition – Arsenal and Barcelona – but Terry insists that all that was brushed off within the first week of him joining the squad.“It was fine,” he says. “Obviously we were always competitive when we played against each other and we had a little laugh about that. That’s what football is about – the rivalry.“But now he is one of us, and he is part of the Chelsea family, and he is playing great. In the short space of time he has been here he has made a big impression.“He has a long-term contract, and we all hope he can bring great success to Chelsea for years to come.”The wait might not be that long. Chelsea were many people’s pick for Premier League champions, and they’ve started in style in Jose Mourinho’s second season back in London – scoring 11 goals in their first three league games, with Fabregas pulling the strings.“The main ambition for me and for the whole team is to win the league,” says Terry. “Over the course of the year it’s a very tough league to win, but it has been four years now, and that is far too long for Chelsea Football Club not winning the Premier League.“With the signings we have made, I think we are in a great position to get that trophy back. Obviously we want to have a good run in the Champions League and that helps you gain momentum in the league, but for me winning the Premier League is a huge ambition.”On Sunday, his side face their biggest test of the season so far. John Terry was speaking to Nigel Brown at the BGC Charity Day, where he was supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK. For more info, visit make-a-wish.org.uk 1 Chelsea line up before the Schalke game last_img read more

Over 540 arrested in China for gambling

first_imgSome 70 mobile apps and websites as well as 250 online chat groups have also been shuttered, Xinhua said Wednesday without providing further detail.In May, police honed in on an online gambling platform which accepted bitcoin and had grown to 330,000 members in just eight months.Authorities arrested six of its key organizers, froze assets of over 5 million yuan ($750,000), and confiscated virtual currency worth over $1.5 million, Xinhua said, without giving specific dates of the raid.Although all gambling is technically illegal in China, it is permitted in the country’s hundreds of thousands of “lottery shops”.These are run by China’s Sports Administration, with part of the proceeds ploughed back into sport ranging from financing stadiums to training the next generation of Chinese athletes.However, the government remains vigilant and dozens of unauthorised “lottery ticket” apps, which enable punters to place a bet with a single click, were closed down in the first week of the World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Although all gambling is technically illegal in China, it is permitted in the country’s hundreds of thousands of “lottery shops”© AFP/File –BEIJING, July 12 – China has cracked down on online football gambling during the World Cup, arresting more than 540 suspected of participating in schemes involving more than Sh150bn ($1.5bn), state media said.The suspects were “associated with more than 20 gangs”, and their servers, computers, mobile phones and bank cards were confiscated, police in China’s southern province of Guangdong told the official Xinhua news agency.last_img read more

Local businessman launches alternative ‘Just Eat’ app

first_imgCornie McGinley, Managing Director of Costa Systems.DONEGAL BORN BUSINESS MAN, LAUNCHES AN ALTERNATIVE TO “JUST EAT” IN IRELAND AND THE UK!Irish owned company Costa Systems, owned by Cornie McGinley, a native of Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal, has launched an alternative to Just Eat with an online food ordering App.He knows it is now an expectation in today’s busy world, for take aways, cafés or restaurants to keep up with their customers expectations so this led to his launching this product! Commenting on the launch, managing director of Costa Systems, Cornie McGinley said “Our mobile food ordering service is quite simply a smart addition to your business which leads to a new revenue generator, service offerings and an increase in orders and sales, it’s a win win for anyone wishing to add this to their business. If you love “Just Eat” but not the cost and would like your customers to be able to order online and provide an online food ordering service, but think you can’t afford it? Well now you can, for a fraction of the cost of what’s already on the market”.“We are offering an alternative, seamless website online ordering product with a simple software integration that embeds into your existing website or Facebook page and allows your customers to order online. It’s easy to use, mobile friendly & customised to your branding, all at a fraction of the cost compared to alternatives in the market”.“Our software integrates with all our ePOS systems and your orders will be sent to your POS in real time and our system is securely integrated with all leading payment gateways”. Says Cornie.“Partnering with Mobi 2 Go, a software company who have one of the most successful and modern integrated online & mobile ordering platform & technology specifically made for hospitality was the way forward for our clients. Our partners have successful installations in Ireland and the UK already such as Camile Thai, Dublin and Pizza Hut, Ireland. As a result of their installations they have already seen a massive increase in their clients Facebook likes and Twitter following. Connecting with a digital savvy customer base, through the power of their online & mobile ordering service, it has allowed them to connect with their audience in a meaningful and cost effective way”. “If you are looking to take your business to the next level, boost your sales with an integrated online and mobile food ordering solution then you don’t have to break the bank to compete with the big boys. Just let us build your site, integrate with your Onetap POS, and provide your customers with an online ordering experience like no other, infact we are offering a free set up for our Irish & UK clients for a limited time, so feel free to give us a call”, concludes Cornie.Local businessman launches alternative ‘Just Eat’ app was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Costa systemsjust eat alternativeuk and Irelandlast_img read more

All the usual fun, and Strawberryland, too

first_imgOXNARD – Tens of thousands of Southern Californians are expected to gather in Ventura County this weekend for the 23rd California Strawberry Festival in celebration of the state’s harvest and one of America’s favorite fruits. “The festival is getting more popular, and staying true to its mission of connecting with the community and giving back to the community,” said festival spokeswoman Lisa Carey, who has been attending the event for nearly 20 years. “When people are eating all these great strawberry foods they are contributing to the fundraising of the nonprofit groups that are a part of the festival.” The festival attracted 69,000 people last year and generated more than $287,000 for Southern California nonprofits. Since the festival began in 1984, it has raised more than $2 million for such groups. The event also helps showcase the $1.3-billion-a-year California strawberry industry and Ventura County’s biggest crop. The peak of the harvest, which was a little late because of March and April rains, came just in time for the this year’s festival. The music throughout the day Saturday and Sunday includes classic and Latin rock, country, big band, swing, zydeco, soul and blues. Parking is free, but organizers advise visitors to come early because of the crowds, take advantage of one of the free shuttle buses or use Amtrak, which connects to the Strawberry Express shuttle at the Oxnard Transportation Center near Oxnard Boulevard and Third Street. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602IF YOU GO The California Strawberry Festival is from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave. in Oxnard. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and active military personnel, $5 for ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger. For information about the festival and transportation, call (888) 288-9242 or visit www.strawberry-fest.org. For train schedules, call (800) 872-7245 (USA-RAIL) or go to www.amtrak.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThis year, organizers have added the Strawberry Promenade, a section featuring award-winning strawberry recipes, said Carolyn O’Donnell, a spokeswoman for the California Strawberry Commission. “We’re finding that for the vast majority of Americans the strawberry is their favorite fruit, both adults and children,” she said. “They are pretty, they’re sweet, they are flavorful and they are easy to eat.” The promenade also will showcase how a strawberry grows and what it takes to raise them in fields and at home. There are puppet shows and comedy acts, juggling, magic and adventure shows in the Strawberryland For Kids area. A children’s favorite is the contest in which they have to eat strawberry pies with their hands held behind their backs. There will be more than 50 food booths offering everything from cotton candy, funnel cake and build-your-own strawberry shortcakes to strawberry pizza, strawberry tacos and strawberry egg rolls. last_img read more

Slick new gadgets drive chip demand

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The optimistic outlook didn’t help the slumping stocks of two prominent chip makers that have recently released sales forecasts that fell below analyst expectations. Intel Corp. shares fell 40 cents Wednesday to close at $17.39 on the Nasdaq Stock Market, while Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s shares shed 95 cents to close at $28 on the New York Stock Exchange. Intel’s stock price has plunged by 30 percent so far this year while AMD’s has dropped by 8 percent. Meanwhile, the broad-based Philadelphia Semiconductor Sector index declined 10.81, or 2.4 percent, to close at 447.55. Wednesday’s higher sales estimate stems from consumers’ seemingly bottomless appetite for mobile phones and other digital devices that have become staples of pop culture. Consumers continue to spend hundreds of dollars on the gadgets despite sharply higher gasoline prices that have strained many household budgets across the country, said George Scalise, president of the semiconductor association. SAN FRANCISCO – Demand for computer chips is accelerating at a faster pace than the industry anticipated, reflecting the popularity of consumer gadgets that have become communications and entertainment hubs. Worldwide chip sales are expected to total $249.6 billion this year, a 10 percent increase from last year, according to a revised estimate released Wednesday by the Semiconductor Industry Association. In November, the trade group had projected 2006’s chip sales would rise 8 percent this year to $245 billion. Sales are expected to rise at an even faster rate during the next two years, climbing 11 percent in 2007 and 12 percent in 2008, according to the association, whose membership includes more than 85 percent of the U.S. chip industry. Demand is expected to taper off in 2009, with chip sales edging up 4 percent to $323 billion. last_img read more