Santos concerned after Beermen loss to Painters

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film And if there’s something Santos knows about this Beermen squad, it’s that they are resilient as ever, especially when their backs are against the wall.“We won’t quit. We’ll make the adjustments that we need, and maybe, there will be changes. We’ll see in the coming days,” he said. Juventus extends record streak to 7 Serie A titles Touted as the favorites, the Beermen bowed to Rain or Shine, 123-119, in overtime in a game where the Elasto Painters came back from 17 points down.Santos led the San Miguel in a losing effort, going for 29 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut for the 2013 PBA MVP, he knows that San Miguel still has control of its own fate.“We still have hope. It’s still a long way and we can still get to our goal which is the top two. If we don’t, that’s life. It’s not always that you’ll be on top,” he said. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Arwind Santos expressed his concern over San Miguel Beer’s 0-2 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“Of course, I’m alarmed,” Santos admitted in Filipino. “It’s just a short conference and every win matters.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ellen’s 4th Letter for Loan: US$144m Needed for Post-epidemic Development Agenda

first_imgAmidst news of steady progress in the containment of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has killed over 3,000 persons and imposed a severe strain on the economy, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has requested the ratification of a 4th Loan Agreement this time to the tone of US$144 million for “the country’s development agenda after the Ebola outbreak”.Even though the President did not outline the development plans in her letter to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, dated October 15, 2014 (reference index EJS/MOS/RL/606/2014), she stressed that her action is intended to mitigate the negative impact of the economic slowdown created by the epidemic.The financing agreement is tagged as the “Dollar Credit Line Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Export-Import Bank of India.”The Liberian Chief Executive argued that the agreement would purposely address one of the two economic constraints to sustained growth in Liberia, which is the lack of affordable and reliable power.“This agreement will finance transmission and distribution of up to 50MW in northern and central Monrovia,” the President noted. “By ratifying this and other such instruments now, we can begin the tendering and other preparatory activities for such public sector investment projects, thereby allowing us to commence immediately after the outbreak.”According to the President’s letter, the money will be credited from the EXIM Bank in India and not more than US$1.75m is to be earmarked for preparation of feasibility studies for the project.“Mr. Speaker, I ask for ratification of this instrument for the fiscal space that is needed to continue our development agenda after the outbreak,” the President said.The EXIM BankEstablished in January 1982, EXIM Bank’s main objective is to boost India’s export promotion drive and to pay for the increased imports. The Bank is responsible for providing refinancing facilities to the commercial banks and other commitments in the areas of exports and imports.  As for Loans to Foreign Governments‚ Companies and Financial Institutions, there are three mandates: Overseas buyers credit directly to foreign importers for import of Indian capital goods and related services; Lines of credit to foreign Governments and financial institutions for import of Indian capital goods and related services and Re-lending facilities to banks overseas to enable them to provide term finance for import of Indian capital goods.As observed in the Export Import Bank of India Act, 1981: “……the Bank may grant, in or outside India‚ loans and advances by itself or in participation with any bank or financial institution whether in India or outside India‚ for the purpose of export or import and shall also function as the principal institution engaged in financing of the export and import in such manner as it may deem appropriate….”Recent Loan Ratification Requests total US$227.61 millionThis means since the outbreak of the virus, the President has so far written the National Legislature to ratify four (4) separate Loan Agreements, totaling US$227.61 million.According to the President’s argument, the endorsement of US$62.31 million would be an additional funding to fight the Ebola virus and to support the government’s effort to address the budget deficit, which has resulted from the epidemic.  The financing agreements for this amount are the African Development Fund (ADF) Loan Agreement for Ebola Sector Budget and the Transitional States Facility Loan Agreement for the Ebola Sector Budget Support.The President also sought the concurrence of the Legislature to ratify a US$21.3 million Loan Agreement to improve the condition of roads in the country and the wellbeing of civil servants.So far, the House has only approved the US$21.3m.  Of this amount, according to the Loan Agreement, signed between the Liberian Government and the International Development Association (IDA), US$19.2m, dubbed “Second Additional Financing for Urban and Rural Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project”, will be used to improve the condition of access roads from Monrovia to Ganta as well as other rural roads.The remaining US$2.1 million is to improve pay management of civil servants, which includes upgrading the caliber of Liberia’s civil service, and the classification of civil servants, under the financing agreement, “Public Sector Management Project.”The remaining three Loan Agreements, totaling US$206.3m including the President’s latest US$144m request, are under scrutiny by the Committees on Ways, Means and Finance and the Judiciary.The Ways, Means and Finance and the Judiciary, chaired by Representatives Emmanuel Nuquay and Cllr. S. Gayah Karmoh, are to advise the Body on these agreements within a week.Liberia’s Worst Nightmare Liberia is in the midst of its worst crisis since fifteen years of brutal civil war came to an end a decade ago. From late June to the end of September, Ebola cases were mounting, the health system is all but broken.  A month ago, security units fired shots at people who were attempting to break a quarantine that had overnight been imposed on West Point, a neighborhood of over 75,000 people. A 15-year-old boy was killed in the tragic incident, sparking outrage and sadness in a country whose society has already been torn by the epidemic.More than 3,000 persons have died of the Ebola virus, including foreign heath personnel and a diplomat; and nine counties, which have about one million Liberians, were under quarantine.Of late, developed countries have become more proactive to save lives in West Africa, including Liberia, and the outbreak now appears to be subsiding.  Several nations and international organizations including the UN and the USA; the MSF, the Samaritan’s Purse have greatly assisted in bringing the virus under control.The long-term effects of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia are impossible to predict, but they are certain to be profound. Economic activity is grinding to a halt and the price of food has begun to climb. In a country where a large majority of the population lives on less than three dollars per day, an increase in food costs is a matter of overwhelming consequence.To begin, the top-down economic strategy that emphasized economic growth above all and which failed to consider the social context in which that growth was taking place has proved to be deeply flawed. Even if the outbreak had not exposed the social fractures that lay behind the country’s progress, grievances and mistrust bubbling in places like West Point would have eventually erupted. Development partners must do a better job of insisting that issues like corruption, disparate access to justice, land tenure, and housing rights rise to the top of the agenda. In addition, bottom-up accountability mechanisms that give average citizens a greater role in policing officials and determining how and where money is spent are desperately needed.No amount of GDP growth or foreign investment is likely to produce a functioning, stable society without the perception that all its members are equally valued. While growth is important, the Ebola outbreak has showed that if it does not translate to a sense of inclusion, hard-earned progress can be undone nearly overnight. Nobody could have planned for Ebola, but for years the country’s partners stood mostly mute while frustration rose in the streets and the government became widely resented.Liberia’s poor believe that the international community “chooses” their leaders, and then shrugs when those leaders treat them callously. In the aftermath of the ongoing Ebola tragedy, it will be necessary to combat that view, and to ensure that development interventions are geared towards building trust between Liberians and their government, even if it means picking a fight with politicians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teacher allegedly beaten by secondary school student

first_imgA school teacher had to seek medical attention on Saturday after she was attacked and beaten by a student of the Number 8 Secondary School on the West Coast of Berbice.The injured woman, Gangadin Sebarat-Isaacs, acting Head Teacher of the Number Five Primary School, was reportedly heading home when the incident occurred.She recalled that she — along with her three children, aged 11, five and 3 years old — had just left her mother’s home when the suspect, a 16-year-old, saw her walking in the company of her children and approached her. The teacher said she pulled her 3-year-old to the side as the two older ones stepped in front of her.“He passed the two of them and he stop in front of me, so I ask him if he don’t see.” She related that the teenager walked into her son and then pushed her down to the ground. She noted that as she was on the ground, the fifth form student bend over her and kissed her on her lips.“He go to do it again and I spit. I don’t know if the spit catch him, but with that he start cuffing me. He cuff me on my face… Right now my whole face hurting, my head hurting, my teeth hurting, my skin that he cuff and so hurting…,” the teacher explained.Guyana Times understands that this lad had previously been charged for his alleged implication in a series of offences that are being investigated.It has also been reported that after the teenager was arrested, his parents contacted someone in authority and he was released.Another fifth form student of the Number 8 Secondary School had, in September, also attacked a teacher.That teacher had allegedly been put in a vice and dragged around the school compound before two male teachers had come to her rescue.That teacher was at the time attempting to protect a second form student from the physical advances of a male fifth form student.last_img read more

Olunga joins La Liga side Girona on loan

first_img0Shares0000Michael Olunga has signed for La Liga side Girona on a loan.PHOTO/Futaa.comNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep – Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga has signed for Spanish La Liga side Girona FC on loan from Chinese Super League club Ghuizhou Zhicheng.Olunga completed the move on the Spanish transfer Deadline Day, Friday September 1 to become the second Kenyan to play in the Spanish top flight League after midfielder McDonald Mariga who had a brief loan spell at Real Sociedad in the 2011–12 season. Olunga’s arrival follows closely on the arrival of five other players at the club that is now partly owned by English Premiership side Manchester City.Olunga, who featured for Tusker, Thika United and Gor Mahia in 2013, 2014 and 2015, in that order, all on loan from Liberty Sports, joined Chinese side Zicheng in January from Swedish side Djurgaden’s – a club he joined permanently in 2016 after a stellar season at Gor, for an estimated over Sh400m (4.2m Euro).However,  in July, and upon the arrival of Spanish pair of Mario Suárez from Watford and Ruben Castro from LaLiga side Real Betis, coupled with a change in rules for the league, saw the  foreign quota cap at the club blown, and the marauding Kenyan forward capped 25 times with 11 goals to his credit was ultimately dropped from the main squad. At that point he had only featured in seven league games scoring twice.-By Soka.co.ke0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Harambee Stars to face Amavubi in friendly

first_imgAt the same time, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is still working on hosting the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup despite the growing political uncertainty in the country.“As Football Kenya Federation, there are things we can’t have control over. But at the same time, we know the great uniting power that football has and we feel there is no greater time to host this tournament than now,” FKF Communications Director Barry Otieno told Capital Sport.“We are working hard to ensure that the tournament is held late next month and at the moment what we are doing is tying down the venues,” Otieno added.The newly refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Mumias Sports Complex, Afraha Stadium in Nakuru and Moi Stadium in Kisumu are the venues which have been pinpointed to host the annual showpiece which seemed to be on its death bed after failing to take off last year.Already, FKF has sent out invites to teams outside the CECAFA region with Zimbabwe and Zambia said to be hugely interested in attending the end-year tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players line up before the friendly match against Iraq in Basra. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – Harambee Stars will play Rwanda’s Amavubi in a friendly match on November 11 at home in a venue to be decided.Two venues; the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani and Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos are the options.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, July 10

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United will step up their bid to sign Thomas Muller after agreeing to sell Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce. Bayern Munich will be reluctant to sell Muller, but United chief executive Ed Woodward remains confident of landing him in a £60m deal. (Daily Star)Manchester United are also showing an interest in £15m-rated West Ham striker Diafra Sakho. (Daily Mail)Manchester United are demanding £10million for West Brom target Jonny Evans. Albion boss Tony Pulis wants 27-year-old Evans to bolster his squad, but will not meet that sky-high asking price. (Daily Mirror)West Brom are ready to step up their interest in Queens Park Rangers defender Steve Caulker. QPR boss Chris Ramsey wants to hang onto the stopper, but the London club need to shift the 23-year-old England international – who is a big-earner – now they are in the Championship. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle United expect to complete the £16m signing of the PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum before they head off for their pre-season games in the United States on Monday. (Independent)Asmir Begovic is poised to complete his £8?million move to Chelsea on Friday, with Marco van Ginkel heading to Stoke City as part of the deal. (Daily Telegraph)Scott Dann is set to sign a new contract at Crystal Palace as the club builds on the eye-catching £12.8m capture of Yohan Cabaye. (Daily Express)Swansea are trying to sign Wales international midfielder Hal Robson-Kanu but are refusing to meet Reading’s £4million valuation. (Daily Mirror)Charlie Austin has been told he will have to stay at QPR unless someone meets their £15m asking price. Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, West Brom and Leicester are all looking at the 26-year-old striker who is due to fly on the club’s pre-season trip to Italy. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Reports – Manchester United flop Angel Di Maria agrees €60m PSG switchReports – Newcastle face competition from Roma for Anderlecht striker Aleksandar MitrovicManchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes eyes Old Trafford exit?Lille line up free transfer swoop for QPR defender Armand TraoreTottenham to reignite interest in Hugo Lloris replacement?Ricky van Wolfswinkel no nearer to Norwich exit as proposed Sporting Libson switch stallsWatford give up pursuit of former Newcastle manMatteo Darmian well suited to Manchester United, says former Red Devils striker Federico MachedaWatford enter talks with Inter Milan over deal for Saphir TaiderChelsea target verbally agrees to join AC MilanBayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger ‘flattered’ by Manchester United interestSerie A side to replace Manchester United bound star with Liverpool target?Everton target Ragnar Klavan claims he has no intention of leaving AugsburgBlow for Liverpool? PSG line up deal for Barcelona winger Pedrolast_img read more

Fire destroys two Valley homes; families displaced

first_img-Daily News160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOfficials estimate the loss at $350,000 for the home, and $150,000 for its contents. One firefighter suffered,a small second or third degree burn on the back of his hand, fire officials said. One family, a woman and three children ages 3 to 14, has sought help from the American Red Cross. Fire also erupted nearly an hour later at a Panorama City home. Firefighters arrived at the single story structure in the 7700 block of Varna Avenue at 5:45 a.m. No injuries were reported, but the home was lost, fire officials said. The cause of the fire and damage estimates were under investigation. Two families were displaced this morning after their Reseda home burned down, fire officials said. The fire was reported at 4:50 a.m. at the 7900 block of Vanalden Avenue, fire officials said. More than 60 firefighters arrived to see flames under the eaves of the single family home. A nearby tree also was engulfed. Even after aggressively attacking the fire, the roof caved in, fire officials said. last_img read more

IRADIO DJ FERGAL DARCY TO APPEAR AT PULSE VENUE THIS WEEKEND

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: IRADIO DJ Fergal Darcy will appear at the Pulse Venue this Saturday night.Darcy is one of Ireland’s most popular disc jockeys and has came to national attention with his popular show on Ireland’s fastest growing radio station IRADIO. A massive crowd is expected to descend on the popular Letterkenny clubbing venue to listen to Darcy play the best current tunes in the chart.That’s not the only entertainment on offer at Pulse Venue with ‘The Furry Gilberts’ and DJ Paul R also rocking the venue in their respective areas.Book now to get your own VIP booth and enjoy the night in luxury at Letterkenny’s No.1 nightclub.To find out more check out the Pulse Venue’s Facebook page for details on drink promotions. #PULSEVENUE #FERGALDARCY #IRADIO IRADIO DJ FERGAL DARCY TO APPEAR AT PULSE VENUE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: July 24th, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

LIFEBOAT CREW STUNNED AS POD OF 50 DOLPHINS ARRIVE IN LOUGH SWILLY

first_imgAN RNLI crew on exercises with their new lifeboat were left stunned today – when up to 50 dolphins came alongside.The crew were out in their new Shannon Class lifeboat when the pod turned up.“We were out training this morning in the Dunree are and we came across a pod of around 40-50 dolphins,” said crew member Frank Murphy. “We haven’t seen a pod this big in the lough before or have so many swim around us,” he said.Customers using the Lough Swilly ferry between Buncrana and Rathmullan have also reported several sightings in the past two days.Dolphins are drawn to the engines of the boats and often swim alongside.The latest sighting of so many dolphins comes after dozens turned up this summer off Malin Head – and more of the marine creatures have been bobbing alongside the Gola Island ferry off Gaoth Dobhair. Some scientists want the waters off Donegal declared a marine national park.You can view video footage taken by the RNLI crew here:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lough-Swilly-RNLI/252395128302393?sk=timeline LIFEBOAT CREW STUNNED AS POD OF 50 DOLPHINS ARRIVE IN LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: August 17th, 2015 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:dolphinlifeboat crewLough SwillyRNLIlast_img read more

ISPCC say family courts and custody arrangements can increase stress for children

first_imgThe Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) has warned that family courts and custody arrangements can increase distress for children.The ISPCC’s Childhood Support Service experienced a huge demand and worked with 439 children throughout 2015.One of the primary reasons for referral to the service was issues arising for children as a result of parental separation, with the processes surrounding this emerging as a source of anxiety for children. The system of mediation, the courts process and legal process and the lack of the voice of the child in this system were all issues which came through in the service’s one to-one work with children.ISPCC Chief Executive Grainia Long stated: “As the national child protection charity, we monitor carefully the issues that arise for children accessing our support services. Among many other issues affecting children accessing our services – including early sexualisation, drugs and alcohol, bullying and cyber safety – a growing concern for our childhood support workers is the impact on children of issues arising from parental separation. While relationship breakdown is difficult on everyone, there are ways in which changes to the legal system could reduce the impact on children.“The family courts system, custody and access processes and even mediation process are not child-centered, the voice of the child is often not heard in these situations and children’s emotional well-being can be affected. There is no early stage intervention, and so referrals often occur late in the process when cases are at extreme stages. There is a clear need to address the deficiencies in process, in the support systems available and in the courts systems that do not enable the voice of the child to be heard in these situations.”“The legislation arising from the Children’s Rights referendum is now in place, the first step in protecting and promoting children in the legal process – we now urgently need practical supports to give effect to the constitutional rights of children, such as ensuring that their wishes and best interests are given the constitutional priority now enshrined in Article 42A. “Our central goal in our support services is to increase the child’s psychological resilience so they can cope with any issues they encounter. Issues in children’s lives such as bullying, parental separation etc. can upset a child’s world; we help them to pick up the pieces and support them with putting them back together again.”In reviewing 2015, among its other successes, the charity pointed to the amendment to the Irish Constitution to enact the changes agreed by the Irish people in the Children’s Referendum and the recognition by the Oireachtas of their work to end corporal punishment – the amendment to outlaw the defence of reasonable chastisement was the culmination of years of campaign work. The ISPCC also supported a change to the law to enable same sex couples to marry and successfully campaigned for a ‘Yes’ vote.Grainia Long thanked all those who support the work of the organisation:“The ISPCC would like to thank the public for their ongoing support for these services throughout the previous year. We are extremely grateful for this support and as you can see from our annual report, we couldn’t function without the generosity of the public.“As for the year ahead, we are focused on new and emerging risks to children; on ensuring the State meets its obligations to children who are homeless – ensuring physical and management standards in emergency accommodation. We will continue to press the Government to improve the lives of children in Direct Provision and focus attention on Traveller children, particularly in terms of their housing and education.”Launching its Annual Report 2015, the children’s charity noted that there are a range of issues affecting children who are referred to its Childhood Support Service, including early sexualisation, drugs and alcohol, bullying and cyber safety.However, one of the main reasons for referral is parental separation. According to ISPCC chief executive, Grainia Long, the impact of separation on children has become ‘a growing concern for our childhood support workers’. “While relationship breakdown is difficult on everyone, there are ways in which changes to the legal system could reduce the impact on children.“The family courts system, custody and access processes and even mediation process are not child-centered, the voice of the child is often not heard in these situations and children’s emotional wellbeing can be affected,” she explained.She pointed out that there is no early-stage intervention, therefore referrals to the Childhood Support Service often occur late when cases are already at the extreme stage.“There is a clear need to address the deficiencies in process, in the support systems available and in the courts systems that do not enable the voice of the child to be heard in these situations,” Ms Long said She noted that the ISPCC’s main goal in relation to its support services is to ‘increase the child’s psychological resilience so that they can cope with any issues they encounter’.“Issues in children’s lives such as bullying and parental separation can upset a child’s world. We help them to pick up the pieces and support them with putting them back together again,” she said.Meanwhile, the report also showed that the ISPCC’s Childline service answered 421,672 calls to its phone service in 2015 and took part in 18,305 conversations on its Childline online service.ISPCC say family courts and custody arrangements can increase stress for children was last modified: July 24th, 2016 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)last_img read more