first_imgView comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Happy Lady Eagles soar to victory But with the Elite teetering at the brink, Blackwater coach Leo Isaac has challenged his team to get the job done just two days after the 95-76 win over Kia.Fatigue remains a concern for Isaac, but the veteran mentor feels his team should have more than enough in its tank to overcome NLEX. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Drawing firepower from reliables Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, San Miguel notched its seventh win against two losses, including a shock defeat to Blackwater last week, to keep top spot in the PBA Philippine Cup.The Beermen, who bucked the absence of the injured Alex Cabagnot, also bolstered their bid for a top two finish in the elimination round that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSantos came through with a dunk off an inbound pass from Ross that shove the Beermen ahead, 98-87, going to the last minute as they dealt the Aces a second straight loss in a 4-6 card.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra tries to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal bonus as it tangles with Meralco in their first meeting since Game 7 of the Governors’ Cup finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img In a tie with NLEX at fifth spot with a 5-4 record, the Gin Kings are looking to avoid complications in the quarterfinal race, even as the Bolts are hoping to keep their bid alive for a playoff spot.With their backs against the wall, the Bolts recovered in time to score a 92-90 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters last Wednesday.The Gin Kings are seeking a follow up to their 99-84 drubbing of TNT Ka Tropa last week.Just like Ginebra, the Road Warriors are gunning for a sixth victory against a Blackwater team coming off a morale-boosting win just two days ago.Banking on the heroics of rookie Kiefer Ravena, the Road Warriors have put themselves in a strong position of punching their ticket to the quarterfinals with games to spare.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Chris Ross. PBA IMAGESOnce the San Miguel Beermen found their rhythm, the Alaska Aces couldn’t keep in step.The Beermen poured in 33 points while holding the Aces to 15 in the third quarter to overhaul a 15-point deficit and win, 109-96, on Saturday night in Batangas City.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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Texas Health Resources Announces Medical Scholarship Fund in Liberia

first_imgAn endowed scholarship fund to train doctors, nurses and physician assistants in Liberia was announced Monday by Texas Health Resources, the family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan and SIM USA, a mission organization.The hospital company donated $125,000 in seed money to the Thomas Eric Duncan Endowed Chair, said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, THR’s chief operating officer.He said the educational fund was intended to “honor Mr. Duncan’s memory” and fulfill a commitment the company had made to the Duncan family. Duncan, a Liberian native, came to Dallas last fall and subsequently developed Ebola, a viral disease that often is fatal. He was the first person diagnosed with Ebola virus disease in the U.S. He died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Oct. 8.At the half-hour ceremony, Duncan’s nephew, Josephus Weeks, thanked Texas Health for fulfilling its promise to set up the scholarship fund..“Thank you for everything you did for Eric,” Weeks said. “I believe for sure that you did the best you can.”Duncan’s parents and children reached an undisclosed cash settlement in November with Texas Health Resources after alleging that Duncan had received inadequate medical careAs part of the scholarship announcement, David and Nancy Writebol also shared their experience of service in Liberia. She also was infected with Ebola while working with Ebola victims in Liberia and was returned to the U.S. for successful treatment.David Writebol, who heads the SIMS mission in Liberia, noted that the country is five days from meeting the official definition of Ebola being eradicated there. “May 9th will be the 42nd day of Liberia being Ebola-free,” he said.Canose thanked the extended Duncan family, including his parents, who attended the event.“We would like to express our deepest and most heart-felt appreciation to the Duncan family and SIM,” he said. THR “is humbled to make this legacy today to Mr. Duncan’s memory.”A statement released by THR said the scholarship represents “the commitment made when Texas Health and representatives of the Duncan family amicably resolved issues related to Mr. Duncan’s treatment at Texas Health Dallas for Ebola Virus Disease last year.”SIM USA is an international mission organization with more than 4,000 active missionaries serving in more than 65 countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reforming Perilous Media Conditions Rests on Government

first_imgRenowned Liberian broadcast journalist, Aaron Kollie, has said that it is a must that the current perilous conditions under which the Liberian media operate must change; and it is up to the Liberian government to make that change.Serving as one of the three panelists at a two-day Media Law and Regulatory Reform Stakeholders’ Conference organized by the Press Union of Liberia and partners in Monrovia, Mr. Kollie said the free press, which government continuously boasts about, must not be measured on the basis of the proliferation of media houses and “free talk,” but on the formulation of laws and policies that safeguard that freedom in line with a constitutional foundation.He said the Liberia media reform initiative, which the PUL and partners are undertaking, is not just commendable, but an irreversible strategic action initiative to safeguard what he termed as “the sacred journalism profession.”Mr. Kollie told his colleagues and partners at the conference, “Our meeting here today is to look directly in the eyes of policymakers and insist that the direction has got to change.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivered the conference keynote address, while Senate Committee Chair on Information and Broadcasting – Milton Teahjay – spoke briefly during the opening ceremony.Mr. Kollie noted, “Repeated public reference to tolerance and the receipt or ceremonial embrace of friend of media award are not sufficient accolades in the absence of tangible steps and laws to protect press freedom.”This was in reference to an assertion made by the President that her administration has made significant contributions to the respect and sustainability of the media, including the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act of 2010 – for which she was honored as “Friend of the Media” by the Africa Editors’ Forum.The Power TV CEO also said that the establishment of an Independent Broadcast Regulator in Liberia is not negotiable. “It is not just an integral part, but an indispensable facet of our current democratic dispensation that aligns directly with the precepts of free and open societies,” he said, adding, “This prolonged advocacy that has witnessed sustained and hectic interventions at the legislative level must be brought to fruition now.”He noted that the LTA, as structured, is not effectively positioned or qualified enough as a body to regulate such a specialized sector.“The LTA concentrates heavily on the telecommunications arena, has relegated the Liberian broadcast sector as a side-track, interested only in spectrum and annual registration fees. That has got to change,” he said.Moving in the direction of reform, he said the government must demonstrate good faith by embarking on the process of deregulation, wherein the Ministry of Information will henceforth cease to regulate and collect annual license or registration fees from media houses. He noted that the Independent Regulator should not be a government parastatal, adding: “It must be a quasigovernment administrative agency with no direct governmental control.”“Aside from budgetary allocation, the administrative cost for the upkeep of the regulator must come from diverse sources, including partners and stakeholders. This is intended to serve as an effective safeguard against any manipulation or undue political influence. “When it is structured as such, decisions taken by the body will be deemed credible and enforceable. In the event of dissatisfaction, the recourse to litigation comes into play,” he noted.LTA Chairperson Angelique Weeks said the need for freedom of speech and the outreach of broadcast media highlights the progress achieved over the decades for media independence from government control and censorship.However, she said, “Media freedom and free speech should not be free to the extent that it is irresponsible and not independently regulated,” adding that “where free speech is not held accountable under the law, broadcast content tends to be skewed because business interests take precedence over professional journalism and the public’s interest.”The broadcast sector, like all sectors, flourishes best in countries where the rule of law is respected, she said.Journalist Kollie is the CEO of Power TV. The conference was held under the theme: “The Liberian Media and The Law.”Other panelists were Minister of Information, Eugene Nagbe; Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) Chairperson, Angelique Weeks; and UL Vice President for Administration, Weade Kobbah Wureh, who served as the moderator for the panel discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City staff recommend $25 fee for Volunteer Criminal Record Checks

first_imgAt the March 23rd Council meeting two different motions were brought forward and in the absence of Councilor Bruce Christensen, both resulted in a tie vote.  One motion recommended a $50 fee, while the other recommended a $25 fee. Council will make its decision at Tuesday’s meeting.  Click the attached file to read the entire report. City staff are recommending Council consider a $25 fee for volunteer criminal record checks. The recommendation will be brought forward at Tuesday’s Council meeting following information Council received from the RCMP in March.   The Fort St. John RCMP state that 1,732 criminal record checks were completed last year and in one three month period, over 21 percent of them were not picked up, with the major of those not picked up being volunteer applications. – Advertisement -According to City staff we are not the only municipality in Northern BC that waives the fee for criminal record checks.  Out of eight other communities in our region, only one community, Smithers, charges for both volunteer and business criminal record checks.   Plus, Fort St. John receives the second highest number of requests for this type of service per month, second only to Williams Lake. Staff believe implementing a refund would increase the workload for both the RCMP and Finance Departments and therefore is not recommended. Advertisementlast_img read more

D-Bar’s Johnson stays unbeaten at 215

first_imgJohnson comfortably beat Kasradze in their first meeting, then edged him 3-0 in their second match. Damien’s Aaron Kunihiro (24-3) won the 125-pound class with an 11-5 victory over Victor Valenzuela, handing the Woodbridge senior his third loss of the season (he has 39 wins.) Kunihiro held a two-point lead beginning the third period before distancing himself. “If I had finished second here I don’t think I’d have nearly as much confidence as I do leaving with a win,” he said. Instead he qualifies for Masters, the tournament preceding state, on a winning streak. The top five finishers in each weight class advance to Masters. Kunihiro was Damien’s only Masters qualifier. Of the Sierra and Desert Sky League teams, Ayala, Barstow and Chino Hills are sending three wrestlers each, Diamond Bar two, Silverado and Granite Hills one each. Barstow’s Donavan Barela and Jose Acuna finished a distant second in the 130- and 135-pound classes, respectively, while Sean Silva won his third-place match via forfeit. Chino Hills’ Jacob Tranberg fell 17-2 to Orange Lutheran’s Kelan Bragg in the finals of the 171-pound class. Bien Ambrisio (119 pounds) and Kyle Angel (145) finished fourth for the Huskies. Diamond Bar’s second qualifier, Garrett Jones, was still steaming from a quarterfinal loss entering his third-place match in the 189-pound class. Matt Wardner of St. John Bosco lasted 1:49 before Jones pinned him. Carlos Haynie of Ayala produced a pin 3:20 into his 160-pound match. His win over Mater Dei’s Kevin Morganstein in the fifth-place match advanced him to Masters. Granite Hills’ Tym Quigg won his fifth-place match 11-4 to earn a Masters berth. Silverado’s Ray Rubio comfortably advanced to Masters, although he lost the 119-pound championship match 5-1 to Savanna’s Jimmy Martinez. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHINO HILLS – The flu that robbed Marcus Johnson of 10 pounds over the past two weeks was reduced to a secondary concern when the Diamond Bar senior was slammed on his surgically repaired shoulder less than 30 seconds into his match. The ensuing lengthy delay was followed by another due to Johnson’s bloody nose courtesy of a head butt. center_img But when Saturday’s 215-pound championship match was stopped for good, Johnson (42-0) was the CIF Southern Division champion. The CIF’s second-ranked wrestler (in his weight class) topped Mission Viejo’s Dovydas Kasradze 8-4 in their third meeting this year. “This is my last year, so there was no way I was letting anything stop me,” said Johnson, who dominated the match after trailing 2-0. last_img read more

Lemonade sale is oh, so sweet

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Clooney, 45, insisted on paying, sending someone over with a $20 bill. Chandler enjoyed telling people afterward that Clooney’s representative didn’t want any change. Before long, Carter had made another sign that read, “George Clooney was here!” and planted it at the road. The movie, which is being filmed mostly in North and South Carolina, also stars John Krasinski and Renee Zellweger. It has a December release date. A group of kids on spring break thought setting up a lemonade stand near George Clooney’s movie set might be a good business move. They were right. The star paid $20 for his lemonade, which 10-year-old Carter, 6-year-old Chandler and 5-year-old Chase Fontaine were selling for 25 cents. Clooney made his way over to the lemonade stand in Tobaccoville, N.C., on Wednesday afternoon after shooting scenes for “Leatherheads,” a movie about the early days of professional football that he is directing and acting in. The boys’ mother, Courtney Fontaine, offered Clooney the lemonade for free. He had posed for pictures with her and some other women. last_img read more

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – March 27

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein, Bobby Gould and chums as they round up the best bits from the Sports Bar week.last_img


first_imgDONEGAL have followed up the All-Ireland success – by winning the All-Scotland Championship.The Tir Chonaill Harps, based in Glasgow, lifted the title for the first time in 12 years.And they beat Dunedin Connollys of Edinburgh – who were going for a 7th title in a row. The final score was 5-07 to 3-11, a two point victory, in Lochinch.Glenswilly’s Daniel Gallagher, Cloughaneely’s Paddy Brady and Donegal Town man Donagh McBrearty starred for Tir Chonaill Harps which also has players from the rest of Ireland.Club chairman Maurice Friel said: “It is a fantastic day for the club. Connollys have won the last six titles so we knew it would be tough.“But we won out in the end and we’re all so proud of the players.” The victory completes a unique treble as last week the London Tir Chonaill club won the London title. GAA: DONEGAL ON A ROLL AS GLASGOW EXILES WIN ALL-SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: October 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal DailyDONEGAL EXILESGAA: DONEGAL ON A ROLL AS NOW EXILES WIN ALL-SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIPGlasgowTIR CHONAILL HARPSlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Ladies football has been given another massive boost today as both Termon and Four Masters both their provincial semi-finals to make it a Donegal treble this weekend.Carndonagh had already qualified for the Ulster Junior Final yesterday with victory at home over Monaghan county junior champions Aghnamullan.Today Donegal Senior champions Termon travelled all the way to Castlewellan to take on the Down champions – and are on their way home tonight victorious. Goals were the key to victory, Termon winning 5-11 to 2-15.Well done too to the Four Masters ladies on beating Ballinscreen in the Ulster Intermediate Semi Final on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-3, again away from home.It’s a marvellous result for the Donegal Town side who now go into the Ulster Intermediate Final.  DONEGAL LGFA: TERMON AND FOUR MASTERS IN STUNNING WINS TO MAKE IT A DONEGAL TREBLE IN ULSTER was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Carndonaghfour mastersLadies FootballTermonlast_img read more

Manchester United expect star man to sign new contract

first_img 1 Manchester United are understood to be confident of tying David de Gea down to a new contract.The 27-year-old’s future has been repeatedly questioned since he came close to joining Real Madrid in 2015. Getty David de Gea is in his eight season with Manchester United But United are desperate to keep hold of the Spain international – and are increasingly optimistic of doing so.Thibaut Courtois’ move from Chelsea to the Bernabeu last week has taken De Gea’s most obvious destination out of the equation, boosting United’s hopes of agreeing a new contract.The Spaniard’s current deal expires next summer with a further year existing as an option to be triggered by the club.The market for keepers has spiralled considerably in the past year, with Jordan Pickford costing Everton £30million last summer when he was both uncapped by England and recently relegated, and the world record broken twice in the past month.First Alisson Becker moved from Roma to Liverpool for around £66m, then Chelsea trumped that by replacing Courtois with Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga for £72.1m.That makes the £18.9m De Gea cost in 2011 look paltry by comparison but United’s interest has long been in locking down a long-term stay rather than cashing in.De Gea has been made 316 appearances for United, winning the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup during his seven years at Old Trafford.last_img read more