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first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Struggling at 2-4, the KaTropa have tapped former Best Import Marqus Blakely to help them get out of their misery but they are aware that he can’t do it all by himself.“The first thing that I told my team is that Marqus is not our savior,” said deputy Eric Gonzales, who is in charge of the team with head coach Nash Racela on leave, in an article on the PBA’s website. “He will just help us so we must help him, too, to be effective.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBlakely is a proven winner in the PBA having led the Purefoods franchise to the 2013 and 2014 Governors’ Cup.It has been a tough campaign so far for TNT, which sent home first import Glover was sent home after just one game, where he put up 11 points and 15 rebounds in the 103-90 to sister team NLEX. PacMay2? Mayweather says he’s coming back to fight Pacquiao this year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It’s only been five games into the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup, but TNT has already sent two imports packing after Stacy Davis and Mike Glover failed to meet expectations.ADVERTISEMENT The KaTropa then had Davis take his turn but the team went 1-3 with him on the roster.Gonzales, who oversaw the KaTropa’s 118-114 win over Columbian, said that the locals will still play a big part with Blakley in tow.“He’s already used to the PBA and that’s one thing that is very encouraging, but the bulk of the effectiveness of Marqus depends on the locals,” said Gonzales. “It’s all about playing together as a team and helping each other out.”“It’s all about having the initiative individually to really reach out because we started really flat. It’s no longer who coaches or who the import is but it’s really on us.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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first_imgNehemiah B. Fensuah is a graduate of Economics at the African Methodist Episcopal University on Camp Johnson Road.He’s one of the 1,000 (and counting) volunteer peace messengers working on peace advocacy, mediation and volunteerism in Liberia. Drawing on the synergy of these volunteers, Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia has been able to disseminate its peace messages to over 25 percent of Liberian youth.Our peace clubs — the wings of peace — concentrate mostly in Monrovia and its environs. In the hinterland regions of Lofa, Grand Gedeh, Maryland, Gbarpolu and River Cess, MOP-Liberia is yet to reach those anticipated prime targets.What MOP-Liberia needs right now is access to technology, social skills and resources that can help get our messages of peace across to young Liberians in the hinterland. We need the connectivity.As one of the nation’s leading youth-based NGOs, MOP-Liberia is committed to assisting young people across the country to be better informed about peace building initiatives and about the importance of peace in sustainable development efforts.Our volunteers keep up with us and every day, they go above and beyond the call of duty to sustain peace.-Gwendolyn S. Myers-Executive Director/Messengers of Peace-Liberia (MOP)-Read on.My name is Nehemiah B. Fensuah and I am 27. I am a resident of Barclay Avenue, 14th Street, Sinkor, and a graduate of the African Methodist Episcopal University, where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 2010. I see volunteerism as a way of giving back to society, contributing, and helping individuals and society at-large. It is working with others to make a meaningful contribution to a better community and society.Liberia, as a nation has emerged from a 14-year devastating civil conflict that stemmed from bad governance practices and other vices. The effect of the war destroyed the fabrics of our society. Although we have made some gains, by sustaining peace over the past 10 years, and improved governance to some extent, our post-conflict environment is still fragile and there is more work that needs to be done to achieve sustainable peace and development in Liberia.These are reasons that have motivated me to become a volunteer peace messenger at the Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia.I see the Messengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia as one the core non-governmental organizations in the country that are working assiduously with young people to spread messages of peace and non-violence in our country.  As we know that young people make up a huge segment of our population, I see the urgent need to work with young people to consolidate the peace we have enjoyed over the past 10 years.I chose to volunteer with the Messengers of Peace – (MOP) among others because of the reputation and credibility MOP has acquired both locally and internationally since its establishment in 2008.At MOP, I’ve worked with the team for the “A Dollar for Peace Concert”, and I look forward to coaching and mentoring adolescent girls and boys in peace building, as well as working on youth engagement and leaderships programs.I believe that without peace, there is no progress we can make as a nation and world. Peace generates a sense of security in our minds and helps us to live in a society and world which is far better from hostility. Peace is especially important in our society today, because it makes a better environment for the next generation, and helps us to live in harmony.I will therefore like to encourage other young people to join this great initiative and try to “change their minds and attitudes” to behaviors that foster sustainable peace, reconciliation, and development.In the next five years, as an aspiring economist, it is my dreams to pursue advance training in Development Economics that will enable me contribute more effectively to Liberia’s post-war development, through devising and executing development strategies in Liberia.I also plan to prepare myself for a future in development research, as well delving into critical issues viable for informing policy in Liberia and across countries in the sub-region.Messengers of Peace is a great help in me achieving my goal by rendering me the opportunity to give back to society, and creating a framework that I can work with other young people to consolidate peace in Liberia. We‘re making an investment for peace in Liberia, and through the involvement of young people we’re building the groundwork for growth.  Join us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img…National Library hosts World Copyright Day lectureThe launch of the Guyana Annual Magazine for 2018 has been postponed on account of plagiarism and other violations in respect to the content of its literary pieces.National Library Chairman Petamber PersaudThis was revealed by National Library Chairman Petamber Persaud, during a conference held on Monday in celebration of World Book and Copyright Day.“The launch of the 2018 issue of the Guyana Annual Magazine was pushed back to way down in May due mainly to two factors – plagiarism and unacknowledged sources of information. These surfaced from two competitions: the oil and gas essay [competition] and the journalism competition. Plagiarism and unacknowledged sources also showed up in poetry and short story,” he stated.Persaud further stated that there was the need for the Magazine, which has been in existence for more than a century, to be precise before it is revealed to the public.“We, the custodians of that magazine, couldn’t go ahead and publish this Guyanese tradition, which is over 100 years old, because of the harm it may do to the consumer of that product,” he indicated.The Chairman also gave a brief insight into the importance of World Copyright Day and the significant role it played in appreciating reading and encouraging creativity in the minds of both readers and writers.“The main aim of World Intellectual Property Day is to raise awareness in how patents, trademarks, copyright, etcetera, affect the daily lives and how it helps to promote creativity and innovation,” Persaud said.Meanwhile, the lecture featured three presenters who gave their contributions so as to better understanding the term ‘copyright’. However, the main focus was placed on plagiarism, a common practice by most students when obtaining information.Head of the Readers’ Services Division at the University of Guyana (UG), Clyden Harris, during her remarks, highlighted the ways in which plagiarism could occur and stressed that writers must establish originality and acknowledge their sources of information.“You must make sure you do not create the misleading impression that the paraphrase wording or sequence of ideas are entirely your own,” she said to the audience.“Question and evaluate the ideas of other authors. You also provide credibility for your work,” Harris added.Additionally, Attorney-at-Law Teni Housty briefed the audience of primarily students on the determination which they should have within to produce original pieces, rather than to plagiarise works available on the Internet or by any author.“There must be some sufficiency of application of skill and labour on your (the students’) part to produce a work that is recognised by copyright,” Housty stated.Meanwhile, UG lecturer Mark Tumbridge while recognising the ways in which information could be obtained, explained that the Internet was one of the main distractions in today’s world since it was seen as the source for most copyright violations.last_img read more

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first_imgGarbage service withdrawal …says operations will not be affected The major garbage collectors have threatened to pull their services from the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) because of Council’s failure to make them outstanding payments, but it has been revealed that the smaller contractors have been placed on standby in event this services’ withdrawal should materialise.According to Solid Waste Management Director at the M&CC, Walter Narine, these smaller collectors will commence collecting garbage in Georgetown if Cevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal Incorporated pursue their strike action on Monday.Among these smaller garbage collectors are Granderson, Trash Tech, Tri Star, C&S Services and Garbage Eaters.“We would have engaged some smaller contractors and have them ready. On Monday morning, in the case where Puran’s and Cevon’s haven’t started their work, the guys would come out and start collecting garbage,” Narine said on Saturday.He insisted that garbage collecting operations in the city would not be affected, since the larger garbage collecting contractors have not confirmed that they will pull their services. Those collectors had engaged the Council on Friday, asking for a substantial amount of the money due them in order for them to continue operating.“We don’t know if they’re going to pull their services or not. They indicated that without receiving a substantial amount of money, they will withdraw. They had a meeting yesterday (Friday), and that did materialise; so I’m waiting on an official letter from them, stating that they will pull their services or not,” he added.Narine is confident that garbage collection services will continue as per normal, because of improvised mechanisms that Council has enforced, especially during the holiday season.“In the event that they pull off their services, we would have put mechanisms in place to continue collecting refuse in the city as per normal. We have an obligation to the citizens of Georgetown, so if Puran’s and Cevon’s withdraw for a financial obligation that we did not make, we can’t leave (the city) without refuse collection, especially now in the Christmas season,” Narine declared.Friday’s negotiations did not end amicably, with a solution to pay outstanding monies due the contractors.Puran Brothers and Cevon’s Waste Management have both informed media operatives that City Hall owes them in excess of $150 million dating back to the second quarter of 2018.They were since contemplating to cease operations until receiving payments, especially since they had not been receiving positive answers from their several meetings with Council. For one of these collectors, the monthly operational expenditure is somewhere in the vicinity of $15 million.Services were withdrawn by these two main collectors in the past pending payments that were owed by City Hall. Some of their staffers were also dismissed, but were later rehired when the monies were made available.Govt interventionCevon’s Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal have unitedly called on Friday for Central Government to ‘take the wheel’, as they contend that City Hall is out of its depth and cannot resolve the municipality’s mounting debts to the companies.They explained that they had withdrawn their services over an outstanding debt of $160 million.“We wish both the Government of Guyana and the citizens to be assured that a great deal of human and physical resources are invested in discharging our responsibility to the capital,” the companies said in a joint statement. “In that context, we submit that it is both morally and legally wrong to expect that we can continue, over a protracted period of time, to discharge these services without compensation.”The two companies have also responded to reports that City Hall would contract smaller companies to replace them. They warned of the risk to the entire city should City Hall engage persons with less capacity to collect garbage, replacing them.last_img read more

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first_img1 Angel Di Maria has issued an open letter to Manchester United fans after completing his move to Paris Saint-Germain.The Argentine winger joined the French champions on Thursday just 12 months after his much heralded arrival at Old Trafford from Real Madrid.Di Maria, who cost United a record £60m, failed to settle in Manchester and made just 33 appearances for the club.And he has apologised for his failure to make things work at the Premier League club.“I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I’ve been part of this club,” wrote Di Maria.“I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out. I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing huge club.“I want to give special thanks to all the directors and management of Manchester United as well as to every member of the staff and colleagues as they gave me all their support. Also a special mention to all the fans who always trusted me and showed me their respect and love.” Angel Di Maria last_img read more

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first_imgA NUMBER OF Donegal’s best-loved pubs and clubs aren’t letting the recent weather get them down – they’re bringing back Christmas in the middle of January!The Orchard Inn complex in Letterkenny will be laying on festive music, turkey and ham dinners and all the trimmings for anyone who missed out during the Big Chill.The so-called ‘Christmas Party Weekend’ kicks off next Friday night, January 7 – and continues the following night. The festive four course meal costs €19.95 per person and includes free entry to the Vibe Nightclub! (The Christmas Party hotline number is 91 21112 if you fancy more stuffing!).They’re not the only ones keeping the festive spirit alive however.The Silver Tassie Hotel have also set aside two extra Christmas Party nights – on Saturday January 8th and Friday January 14th.A candlelit drinks reception, four course dinner and music by Hudson Blue is on offer for €29.95 per person (tel 91 25619). DONEGAL PLANS CHRISTMAS PARTY – RIGHT INTO JANUARY! was last modified: December 27th, 2010 by gregShare 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

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first_imgA WELL-KNOWN Donegal company is supporting the call for funding to be restored to a programme which helps get unemployed people back into work.Hugh & Grace Ann Downey of Sharp Design are currently work-placing a group of 15 unemployed highly qualified design, multi media & marketing graduates who for most of them have spent the last 1-2 years trying to enter the work place.Said Grace Ann Downey: “The idea came about to approach ‘Begin Again’ after years of frustration on our behalf interviewing designers & web designers. “At interview stage we can immediately identify if they are work ready & unfortunately we have been very unfortunate in getting quality and creative work ready designers.“We identified that there was still a huge gap between graduating from university or college and entering the workplace.“We designed a smart working module that we thought would bridge this gap and we approached ICBE Begin Again, a labour market activation programme funded through the Department of Education & Skills.“Over the past six months the programme has registered over a thousand job-seekers and potential employers. A careful matching process has enabled over 300 work-placements to be established. “Together with intensive and relevant training & mentoring, this has facilitated the return to employment of a large proportion of participants. Of 77% of people who have completed the training and directed work placement to date, 60% have so far been returned to work, commenced self-employment or commenced a career change course of study.”A number of variations of the programme are taking place in the North West involving some 90 participants. But as we revealed on Tuesday, funding has been cut. Director John Buckley (pictured) said he was ‘gutted’.This includes general groups as well as specialised cohorts (GAA Youth Coaches, Forestry Trainees and a Creative Design, Web, Multi Media & E-Marketing Group of Internships).Hugh added: “The programme consists of 12 weeks work placement in a business environment. Their social welfare was not affected during these weeks. They attended positivity & self confidence building training days. They were coached on interview skills, portfolio presentation, communication & commercial sales training on being employed or being self employed.“At the end of our particular programme they received accredited certification in leadership (Fetac Level 5) a European Accredited Certification in Leadership, a complete new CV with work experience and last but not least the confidence to get up & go!” BEGIN AGAIN FUNDING OUTRAGE: DONEGAL COMPANY SAYS SCHEME IS ‘BEST EVER’ was last modified: February 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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first_imgA CREDITORS meeting has been called for early next month for a leading Donegal building supply company.The meeting concerns Carrick Providers Limited, of Teelin Road, Bogagh, Carrick.The creditors meeting will take place at Gallagher’s Hotel in Letterkenny at 9am on Monday, March 7th. In a separate development local estate agent Paul Reynolds of Property Partners is currently offering the premises once occupied by the company for sale (pictured).The site is described as follows: “Commercial premises with development potential (formerly carrick providers ltd) property being sold with adjoining yard and further yard on opposite side of road with direct access to glen river total area c.1. 3 acres may be sold as one lot or subdivided.”No price has been advertised.CREDITORS MEETING CALLED FOR DONEGAL BUILDING SUPPLY COMPANY was last modified: February 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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

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first_imgWEST DONEGAL is about to be put firmly in the picture with the news that planning permission has been granted for a new cinema in Gaoth Dobhair.Local businessman Hugh Martin Doherty hopes to build a 250 seater cinema on the site of the Hotel Glenveagh, formerly known as The Dodge.The only cinema in the area, the Astor Cinema in Derrybeg, closed some time in the mid 1980s. There was also cinemas in other local nearby towns including Falcarragh and Dungloe but these all closed down more than 30 years ago as well.Mr Doherty hopes to create up to 20 full-time jobs when the cinema is officially open with plans to have three screens in the complex.The cinema will contain a 110 seat theatre as well as smaller 90 seater and 50 seater theatres.Mr Doherty said he hopes that cinema-goers will be munching popcorn and watching the latest blockbusters in time for Christmas. At present people from West Donegal must travel to the nearest cinema in Letterkenny to see the latest movies.EndsWEST DONEGAL TO GET ITS OWN 250 SEAT CINEMA was last modified: March 31st, 2011 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:cinemadonegalpopcornlast_img read more

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first_imgDonegal road haulage boss John McLaughlin will press ahead with his mass road protest unless he hears from Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar by Wednesday night.Mr McLaughlin, who owns JML Transport in Convoy, revealed Minister Varadkar is to meet with Finance Minister Michael Noonan to discuss the price of petrol and diesel.However the Donegal businessman said that unless the Minister comes back with real proposals to reduce the cost of petrol, he will bring the country to a standstill. “We will wait and see what Minister Varadkar comes back with on Wednesday or possibly Thursday when he meets with Minister Noonan.“But I am letting them know now that if a realistic reduction of up to 30c or more is not brought in then we will press ahead with our plans.“It’s no good them knocking off 3c one day and putting it up by 2c the next day. They need to knock off up to 30c because people are suffering and it’s just not on,” he said.Mr McLaughlin revealed that road hauliers are now pumping up to a million litres of fuel into their vehicles while overseas because the cost to fill them up here is too expensive. But he revealed that his actions are also on behalf of the ordinary people of Donegal.“It started off as a gripe on behalf of road hauliers but everyone appreciates now how much this is affecting ordinary people.“Unless you really have to make a journey now you won’t because of the price of filling up a car with petrol or diesel.“It’s not just about the cost of transporting goods. It’s about people travelling to see old people or visiting people in hospital.“That especially matters in Co Donegal because it is such a big county. If people live in Malin and they have a relation in hospital in Letterkenny, they will think twice about the cost of visiting them and that’s a disgrace,” he said. Mr McLaughlin has already held massive truck protests in Letterkenny and also travelled from Donegal to Galway and through the Midlands before handing a letter of protest about fuel prices in at Dail Eireann.EndsTRANSPORT BOSS TO LAUNCH PROTEST PLANS UNLESS MINISTER CUTS PETROL PRICES was last modified: April 19th, 2011 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:JML Transportprotestlast_img read more

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