PBA D-League Draft set

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Players can take the first step to their dreams as the PBA D-League opens the applications for the annual draft set on December 12.Fil-foreign aspirants are given until Friday, November 10, to submit the necessary papers while local-born aspirants below the age of 30 have their deadlines set on December 1.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ School-based teams which will compete in the first conference of the 2018 season are advised to submit the names of new players to determine the selection order come draft day.The PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup begins on January 18, 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Lonzo Ball hasn’t spoken to brother LiAngelo amid situation in China OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

SOCU remains under Police

first_img… Cabinet says no diversionFollowing back and forth as to whether the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) should be removed from under the purview of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Cabinet has made it clear that there will be no diversion.This position was re-enforced on Thursday by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who told a post-Cabinet media briefing that SOCU will remain under the GPF.Attorney General Basil Williams“The matter did come up and it was clear in Cabinet there was no diversion and it is clear that the SOCU is a unit of the Guyana Police Force and is under the superintendence of the Guyana Police Force… It will always be and remains a unit of the Guyana Police Force,” Harmon declared.Over the past weeks, there have been conflicting positions from Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on the unit.The Attorney General had previously declared that SOCU should be removed from under the Police Force and become independent in order to focus more on its core functions of policing the new Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime.“SOCU as you know is a creature of the AML/CFT regime. It was created under the AML/CFT legislation. It is important for us, and SOCU has been very busy, very up and about, and it is very important for Guyana that SOCU actually performs its core functions, the functions related to AML/CFT and that it is not burdened with other police work,” Williams had stated.However, Ramjattan in response had posited that while he is willing to limit the responsibilities of SOCU to probe financial crimes, he is opposed to separating it from the Police Force.“We are going to listen to the voices of the opposition too and if they feel that, OK, if this thing is long or if another person in Cabinet feels that it is not the appropriate thing, well fine we are going to narrow it down back,” he subsequently remarked.Nevertheless, the two government ministers had met and discussed their opposing stance, eventually agreeing to have further talks on moving forward with the mandate of the unit.Asked by Guyana Times when the talks will commence, the Public Security Minister said on Wednesday that he will soon be engaging his colleague Minister of Legal Affairs to discuss the powers entrusted to SOCU and the range of investigations the unit should carry out.“Myself and Mr Basil Williams will meet on that and we will talk about it, I suppose when parliament resumes, but I could pick up the phone and call him anytime. However, I would want to have some time to go through it with him as he had indicated that we should narrow it down back. That’s fine, I can see with him if that’s his position,” Ramjattan stated.Government and the Opposition had been bickering over the past months on the mandate of SOCU, which the PPP said is being used to drive political motives and is conducting operations outside of its purview.However, asked whether he will consider suggestions by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Minister Ramjattan declared that he has always had an open-door policy with the Opposition.“Everything we do, we listen to the views of the Opposition because we would like to ensure that their views are heard; that’s what genuine democracies and genuine democrats are made of, they listen to the voices. There aren’t anything that would have been said by the PPP that I have not taken into consideration,” he posited.To this end, the Public Security Minister went on to outline some of the instances where he would have sought and implemented recommendations from the Opposition on draft key policy papers.He noted that the comments of former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, was incorporated in the final drafts of the Trafficking in Persons Master Plan and the Drugs Master Plan Strategy.Additionally, he stated that Dr Frank Anthony was contacted on the Juvenile Justice Bill, on which he made some recommendations.last_img read more

Gov’t Receives US$23M Boost for Cocoa Sector

first_imgMinister Tweah (R) exchanges the signing document with Miaryov, IFAD Senior Officer for West and Central Africa, shortly after the indoor ceremony ended. …To boost Liberia’s Agriculture Sector, OthersTo add value to the country’s agriculture sector, the government, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), signed the Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P) financing agreement worth US$23 million to boost the agriculture sector, referencing Cocoa. IFAD is a donor-funded program that intends to support the Liberian agriculture sector.The signing ceremony, which was held on Thursday, November 21, 2019, also provided the Tree Crops Extension Project (TCEP) of additional financing in the tune of US$9 million to support the rehabilitation of rural roads in the project area of Nimba County.The STAR-P is aligned with the World Bank Group’s (WBG) twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity and the emerging priorities of Liberia’s new administration as reflected in the government’s five-year Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).It also focuses on the economic empowerment of farmers and will directly contribute towards increasing shared prosperity and helping Liberia tackle its worsening challenge of poverty.At the signing ceremony, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah, extolled IFAD and the World Bank for such intervention that will bring relief to farmers, particularly those in the cocoa production sector.Tweah assured that the government and people will remain grateful for such intervention, most specifically when they are making all necessary strides to ensure that agriculture takes center stage as the bedrock of the country’s economy.He then told IFAD and World Bank delegation that if Liberia will lift its people out poverty, it will happen in the agriculture space, “because it has a lot of potentials to employ people and make Liberia a food security nation.”Tweah said by now, the country should have done better in the sector, because, prior to its civil crisis, the country saw a rise in cocoa production, and for some reason, the module was changed.In reference to Ghana, La Cote d’Ivoire, who are doing better in the cocoa sector, Tweah sees no reason why Liberia cannot do better, “so it is incumbent upon the government and partners to ensure that the secure is well supported to meet the reality.”IFAD Senior Officer for West and Central Africa, Radu D. Miaryov, said the signing the STAR-P Financing Agreement and the TCEP, are being done at a critical point where Liberia is facing serious economic challenges in which these agreements will boost the cocoa agriculture sector and add value chain to it.The project, Miaryov said intends to strengthen cocoa production, mainly replanting by ensuring a real increase in its production.This, according to him, is in the context of the cocoa sector that has a very promising expectation; and a very potential to increase revenue for farmers and the government.Miaryov added, “Right now, I believe that 12 percent cash crops export are from the cocoa sector, and there is an expectation that employment can be tripled within the next 10 years, specifically the youth employment.”This particular document, which we have signed today, will also boost road connectivity in project areas so as to ease the difficulty that farmers face in bringing their products to the market.“I believe that once we start, and production become for real, the project will increase the production of cocoa to 10,000 metric tons to be valued at US$25 million on an annual basis for the country,” said Miaryov.Earlier, Assistant Agriculture Minister for Administration, Ernest J. Clarke, who spoke on behalf of the Acting Minister, Madam Precious K. Tetteh, expressed gratitude to IFAD for the additional financing initiative, which he said will go a long way in building the capacity of farmers in nine of the 15 counties, including Bong and Nimba.Clarke said the additional financing agreement, will also help boosts the country’s economic growth.“We can assure you that the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is committed to this process; and we will ensure that the project achieved its objective,” he said.Mr. Clarke told the IFAD delegation that the MoA has some of its best technicians, who are being assigned with the project to make sure it is well implemented.He then acknowledged Minister Tweah for the ‘tireless efforts in bringing the partners together for the successful implementation of the financing agreements.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

QUICK-THINKING NEIGHBOURS SAVE ONE OF DONEGAL’S BEST KNOWN THATCHED COTTAGES

first_imgQuick-thinking has saved one of Donegal’s best-known traditional cottages and heritage centres.Fire broke out at Teach Mhuiris, a traditional cottage located in Bloody Foreland in Gaoth Dobhair this afternoon.The house, which has a traditional thatched roof, was slightly damaged.Neighbours spotted smoke in the building and alerted the fire service who were on the scene within minutes.Local county councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig praised the alert neighbours and said they had undoubtedly saved the cottage from being badly damaged.QUICK-THINKING NEIGHBOURS SAVE ONE OF DONEGAL’S BEST KNOWN THATCHED COTTAGES was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bloody ForlandcottagedonegalfireGaoth DobhairTeach Mhuirislast_img read more

SA to set up anti-corruption bureau

first_img6 June 2013 Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has urged ordinary South Africans and Parliamentarians to get behind a proposed bureau to tackle corruption in the public sector, which the department hopes to have up and running next month. The proposal to set up the Anti-Corruption Bureau is contained in the Public Administration Management Bill, which was published for comment on Friday. Responding to questions in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday on how the department would ensure the credibility of the bureau, Sisulu said there were no shortcuts to achieving this. “It is only when we show the country that we are determined to deal with this scourge … [that we will] be able to create the necessary credibility … There are no shortcuts,” Sisulu told Parliament’s portfolio committee on public service and administration Sisulu’s department hopes to appoint a high-profile person to head the unit. MPs also raised concern about the funding available in the department’s budget, with R6-million in seed money having been allocated to help set up the bureau, falling short of the R17-million the department says is required to fund its first year of operation. Sisulu said she hoped that the department would be able to persuade the National Treasury to make more funds available, particularly as the bureau would be able to save the government millions by cutting down on corruption and helping to recover money gained through corrupt practices. The bureau was modelled on the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Tanzania, which Sisulu said was effective because it was able to access data from various agencies and entities to combat corrupt activities. The Tanzanian bureau also conducts a review of state tender procedures. The department’s existing anti-corruption unit, said Sisulu, had not proved successful, because of a lack of capacity and because it lacked the necessary legal authority. Mokete Mahapa, the department’s deputy director-general of governance and international relations, said the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) had seconded officials to the bureau. So far, 604 presiding officers had been trained – exceeding the department’s target of 200. Mahapa said the bureau would conduct investigations and institute disciplinary proceedings, working with law enforcement agencies such as the SIU and National Prosecuting Authority, as well as the Financial Intelligence Centre and SA Revenue Service. Criminal cases would be referred to the law enforcement agencies. A case management system would allow officials to monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they were finalised speedily. The bureau would also provide technical assistance and advisory support to deal with disciplinary matters in public administration, while ensuring that uniform disciplinary standards applied across the public sector. An agreement was already in place with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to ensure that whistleblowers are protected, Mahapa added. The minister’s legal adviser, Menzi Simelane, noted that whistleblowers who felt threatened could be referred to the police’s witness protection programme. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Blitzbokke sparkle in Mandela Bay Sevens

first_img9 December 2013Backed by a 32 000-strong crowd, the Springbok Sevens team scored an emotional 17-14 victory over New Zealand in the final of the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.In a stadium bearing the name of the recently deceased and much-loved former president Nelson Mandela, the crowd helped lift the Blitzbokke out of an early 0-14 deficit and on to a deserved victory, which they dedicated to the iconic statesman.Ironclad defenceThroughout the event, the South African team’s defence had been ironclad, while the side was also very effective on the attack. In the final, the team’s aggressive defence carried them to the title as New Zealand, after their two early tries, were kept pinned in their half.Branco du Preez brought South Africa to within two points of the Kiwis at the break by using his fast feet to cross for two tries and after the break, captain Kyle Brown crossed for the match-winning five-pointer.His winning score came after the Blitzbokke had forced New Zealand to kick for touch from their own try line. After claiming the throw-in on the 22, Brown, instead of passing back to the scrumhalf, spun towards the sideline, handing off a would-be tackler and ducking beneath a second tackle, to find his way to the try line open.Still, South Africa led by only three points. New Zealand, though, could not escape the pressure of the Springboks’ suffocating defence and the Blitzbokke provided coach Neil Powell with his first win since he took charge of the team at the beginning of the HSBC World Series.‘We needed to be close’“We needed to be close to New Zealand at the break, so when we scored late in the first half, it meant a lot to the guys,” Powell said after the game.“It is an unbelievable feeling. Credit to the guys in the squad. I think they showed a lot of character out there tonight and I’m really proud of each and every one of them, and the management as well.”Powell said “Madiba Magic” helped his team to the title. “It was a very emotional weekend for all South Africans,” he said,” but we realised that we needed to do it for his memory and for ourselves. We could only do it by playing as a team and playing for each other.”‘We had to dig deep’Springbok Sevens captain Kyle Brown praised his team mates for their special effort. “We were all desperate for a good result and knew that we had to do this as a team. We had to dig deep to come back, but I never doubted the character and will to win,” he said.“This is a special win and we cannot thank the crowd enough for their support. It was also important for us to keep improving and following our fourth place at the Gold Coast and second spot in Dubai, a win here justified the hard work the squad has put into training.”ResultsThe Blitzbokke comfortably topped their pool on the first day of the event, defeating Canada 24-7, Spain 38-0 and Kenya 27-7.On day two, they were in scintillating form, thrashing Portugal 45-0 in the quarterfinals and Argentina 31-0 in the semi-finals before edging the Kiwis, whose closest game before the final had been a 19-5 win over Samoa in the semi-finals.New Zealand continue to top the World Series standings with 58 points, but their lead over South Africa is down to only two points. Fiji are in third place with 48 points and England are fourth on the log with 40 points.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 1, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The week started out ideal for planting before spotty rains delayed field activity. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 30, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn and soybean planting made solid progress in Western Ohio before rain set in. Locally heavy amounts fell in Southwest Ohio, drowning out some recently planted fields. Colder temperatures also returned. Pasture and range condition is good despite some reports of ponding. Other activities included fertilizer application, spraying, spreading manure, and harvesting forages.Corn was noted at 42% planted, double the five year average, and a gain from 9% the week before. 5% of corn was emerged.Soybean numbers were included in the national report as 14% planted for Ohio.Read the full release herelast_img read more

A 2009 Solar Decathlon Sampler

first_imgOne of the enduring lessons from the Solar Decathlon, whose fourth edition is now underway on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is that it really does take a village to show off the range of technical achievement and imagination that the contest’s 20 competing academic teams have put on display. Staging the Decathlon – including the assembly of each team’s solar-powered house, judging of competition entries, public viewings, and the disassembly of each house – takes up most of October, although the actual contest runs from October 8 through 18. Each team puts in many months of planning just to apply for a spot in the competition, and then puts in another couple of years to prepare its project for presentation on the Mall. The whole exercise is complex, exhausting, and rewarding in ways that most participants, or even the Department of Energy, which sponsors the biennial event, can’t quite fathom until the whole thing is over and everyone has had time to fully digest the results. But the event has become very high-profile, and seems to draw no shortage of visitors, who, as noted by the National Journal, even included folks from Capitol Hill, such as Representative Mike Arcuri, of upstate New York, and Senator Daniel Akaka, of Hawaii. The exhibition “has opened my mind to the practical uses of solar,” Akaka told the National Journal, noting that solar is an abundant resource in his state. Arcuri, meanwhile, said he is impressed by the level of achievement among the contestants, but added that “there are limitations to solar in upstate New York. You don’t get that kind of sun.” As of Thursday, standings in 8 of the 10 competition categories – architecture, market viability, lighting design, communications, comfort zone, hot water, appliances, and home entertainment – had been announced, with Team Illinois (representing the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) and Team California (Santa Clara University and the California College of the Arts) earning the most points overall. So far. Judging still needs to be completed in the engineering and net metering categories. (This is the first Decathlon in which the houses are hooked up to the grid rather than depending on batteries for power storage.) Hear from a few 2009 Solar Decathlon team members in this video:last_img read more

Finding Holiday Cheer in Your Heart Rather than Under the Tree

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pixabay[Heart by rawpixel on March 18, 2017, CC0]The holiday season brings with it more than its fair share of joy, but the holidays can also be a very stressful and sometimes a depressing time for many people. The season has the tendency to magnify the entire emotional spectrum, resulting in possible increases in both positive and negative emotions (“A Holiday Advisory”, 2014). It is easy to feel pressured by the expectation to have fancy holiday celebrations with huge feasts, festive decorations, and dazzling gifts for all of your loved ones. Couple this with the possibility of intensified negative emotions such as sadness or guilt that can be brought on by seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and you have a potential recipe for emotional spending (Young, 2014; Sathicq, 2017).What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?According to Young (2014), SAD is characterized by depressive-like symptoms that coincide reliably around the holiday season; these symptoms can be brought on by a variety of factors, such as sadness over being apart from family, but they manifest in ways so extreme that they make it difficult for those experiencing SAD to function normally. Young (2014) indicates that symptoms can manifest themselves in ways very similar to depression, but sometimes individuals may even experience anger and lash out at loved ones.Emotional Spending to CopeSathicq (2017) examines the ways in which emotions, specifically sadness and guilt, can influence emotional spending behavior. When sad, individuals may spend money buying something they believe will make them feel better. Sathicq indicates that this association solidifies early in our lives through the rewards our parents gave us to make us feel better when we were young, like an ice cream cone following a scraped knee. This quick gratification serves to distract us from the root cause of our sadness by offering a temporary boost in mood (Sathicq, 2017).One of the strongest influences of emotional spending is perhaps guilt. Sathicq (2017) provides the example of parents who do not get to spend as much time as they would like with their children due to their jobs compensating with material goods. The motivating factor behind this relationship, according to Sathicq, is shame, which results in extremely pervasive motivation to avoid or escape when experienced.SolutionsSathicq (2017) indicates that recognizing these emotions and the ways in which they affect your behavior can be a powerful tool for managing your spending. When feeling sad, consider if what you are buying will address the real problem or just provide a Band-Aid. For guilt, do not use expensive gifts as a way to remedy a mistake you’ve made; instead, apologize and commit to changing the behavior that led you to make the mistake (Sathicq, 2017).It’s All about ExpectationsIt is unavoidable to feel pressured during the holidays. However, perhaps one of the best techniques to ensure your emotions do not get the best of you is to adjust your expectations. You do not have to have the “perfect” holiday. Research suggests that holiday expectations rarely sync with reality, as individuals usually do not rate a holiday experience as good or as bad as they expected it to be (“A Holiday Advisory”, 2014). So, show yourself some mercy and understand that the holidays do not have to be “perfect” to be beloved.ReferencesA holiday advisory for your emotions. (2014). Harvard Women’s Health Watch, 22(3), 6.Sathicq, L. (2017). Are you an emotional spender? Good Health (Australia Edition), 62-64.last_img read more

High Court restrains Rajasthan government from increasing quota

first_imgThe Rajasthan High Court on Thursday restrained the Bharatiya Janata Party government from implementing the provisions of a Bill passed in the State Assembly last month, by which it increased reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) from 21% to 26%. This is a setback to the government’s effort to give quota benefits to Gujjars.The Bill, passed on October 26, created the “most backward” category within the OBCs for providing reservation to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities in government employment and educational institutions.The Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointment and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2017, gave 5% reservation to the Gujjar, Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya communities. With its passage, reservation in Rajasthan stood at 54%, exceeding the 50% ceiling mandated by the Supreme Court.Also Read  A Division Bench at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench sought to know from Advocate-General Narpat Mal Lodha whether the State government wanted to enforce the Bill’s provisions even while the matter regarding the quota given earlier was pending in the Supreme Court. The court said the State government should obtain permission from the Supreme Court before going ahead with the new arrangement.“Instead of bringing piecemeal legislation, why doesn’t the government get the Constitution amended,” observed the Bench, comprising Justices K.S. Jhaveri and V.K. Vyas, while hearing a writ petition moved by Ganga Sahai Sharma challenging the Bill. The court said the State government was trying to take a “populist view” in the matter.Gujjars and others were earlier grouped as a special backward class and the State government had tried thrice to grant 5% reservation to them. However, the legislation was struck down every time by the High Court, which ruled that the quota had not only exceeded the 50% limit, but was also not supported by the quantifiable data supporting the claim of Gujjars’ backwardness.Following an agitation by Gujjars, the BJP government assured them that the revised OBC quota would be split to grant 5% quota to the “most backward classes”. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said while replying to a debate on the Bill in the Assembly that reservation had been enhanced in proportion to increase in the State’s OBC population, which was “legally permissible”.Mr. Sharma contended in his public interest litigation plea that the issuance of a notification under the new Bill would create complications, as it would result in giving employment against vacancies which would create third party rights and give rise to multiple litigation.The State government has maintained that as per the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Indra Sawhney case, special circumstances exist in Rajasthan for giving reservation to the OBCs beyond the 50% ceiling. The State OBC Commission has recommended quota to the communities classified as OBCs, which comprise 52% of the State’s population.The Congress reacted sharply to the State government’s failure to defend its move in the High Court. Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the BJP government, which lacked the political will to give quota to Gujjars, had not taken any step to get this and the previous Bills included in Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. Rajasthan govt. grants quota for Gujjars last_img read more