University of the Philippines is headed to its first Final Four appearance in more than two decades and head coach Bo Perasol knows just the trick to keep his team ready for its historic journey.ADVERTISEMENT Perasol is aware of the magnitude of the situation they’re in especially with the third seeded Fighting Maroons (8-6) taking on second seed Adamson University (10-4) that has a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.A team without any experience in the semifinals going on a do-or-die game is sure to have some butterflies in its stomach once the opening team goes up, so Perasol is focusing on uplifting his players’ confidence so they can perform to the best of their abilities.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 Chriss“I actually don’t talk about our lack of experience and as a coach I need to prop up their confidence that there’s nothing different about the Final Four,” said Perasol Thursday at Epsilon Chi Center in UP Diliman.The Fighting Maroons, who last played in the Final Four in 1997, will face the Soaring Falcons who have ran over them in the eliminations sweeping the season series 2-0 between them. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Both games were as tense as it could get with the first round ending in a 69-68 score line after Sean Manganti’s game-winner.The second round matchup was no different, with Adamson taking the 80-72 win behind another one of Manganti’s gutsy plays down the stretch.UP went on a 22-7 run to go to as close as four, 74-70, with less than two minutes remaining in the game before Manganti decided to shatter the Fighting Maroons’ collective heart with a flaming three-pointer for the Falcons’ 77-70 lead and effectively quashing any more advancements.Perasol said he kept things simple with his team so as not to complicate the situation and also reminding his players to play better in the end game.“We make sure to execute the right way, take high percentage shots, defend when we can, don’t allow second chance points, and those are things they can remember,” said Perasol who was once a Fighting Maroon from 1989 to 1993. “We shouldn’t think that we lost to Adamson twice. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can matchup with Adamson well and I think that we have to do better in the end game.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments With Finals spot within reach, Akhuetie, UP Maroons ‘have to believe’ they can do it LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Fire Station officers attached to the Anna Regina Fire Station in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are currently investigating a fire which started in a house at Lima Housing Scheme on November 7, around 19:30h. The fire reportedly erupted from an illegal GPL connection wire.As a result, 38-year-old Melisa Williams and her family are now homeless. Williams, who was at home when the fire started, immediately ran through the back door after noticing the flames.A report was made to the Anna Regina Fire Station and ranks were immediately dispatched to the area.However, when officers arrived at the scene, the interior of the flat, wooden house was completely gutted. The house measured 20 feet in length and 15 feet in width. No one was injured during the blaze.Officers are currently investigating.
VAT on education…AFC escapes voting against APNUThe Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition Government has been freed from its political dilemma after Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, disallowed the Opposition motion on the removal of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandPressure was mounted on the minority party to support the motion in light of several of its public pronouncements in solidarity with stakeholders who have been vigorously calling for the removal of the education tax.The motion was submitted to the Clerk of the National Assembly by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on April 27, and was expected to come up for debate at the upcoming sitting on Monday.Letter informing PPP that the motion against VAT on private education was disallowedThe motion, which was to be moved by former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, stated that impact of the onerous budgetary measures has caused great consternation and anxiety for parents and students, and the future of students’ rights to access education of their choice, inclusive of private education, as provided for in the Constitution.DisallowedHowever, just a few days before the motion was scheduled for debate, the House Speaker decided that it cannot be proceeded with in the National Assembly.In a letter dated May 4, Dr Scotland instructed that the motion, if allowed, would be in contravention of Standing Order No 26(e), which states that for a motion to be admissible, it shall not revive discussion of a matter which has been discussed in the same session.Former Education Minister Priya Manickchand“I wish to reminded you that the revocation of Order No 18 of 2016 and the reinstatement of Schedules 1 and 11 which existed prior to Order No. 18 were discussed by the National Assembly at its Sitting on 30th January, 2017, during the consideration of Ms Gail Teixeira’s motion which was published on Notice Paper No. 82 of 2017 dated 15th January, 2017. That motion was defeated,” the letter outlined.As such, the Speaker determined that the motion, which was already published on Notice Paper No. 95 of 2017, can no longer be proceeded with in the National Assembly.CondemnationDirector of Nations University, Dr Brian O’Toole – a very vocal player in the movement against the education tax – has expressed disappointment at the decision to not allow a debate on the issue in the National Assembly.The educator, in a statement to the media on Friday, pondered if it’s too much to ask for a national debate on the issue.“Is it impossible to have a simple list printed in the newspaper with a yes or no by the name of each of the MPs re whether or not they, as an individual, support the 14 per cent? While we are waiting for the debate in Parliament to eventually take place, is it possible to have a TV debate on the matter to help inform the public on the key issues?” he asked.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, during a recent press conference at Freedom House, also criticised the Speaker’s “interference” and “willy-nilly” operations regarding the motion.SupportAFC was expected to be put to the test when the motion was tabled to repeal the 14 per cent tax, given its solidarity with stakeholders who have for weeks been calling on Government to remove the education tax.Cabinet recently ruled that the VAT on private education will remain for the rest of the year, but will be reviewed for the 2018 National Budget.But the AFC signalled its intention to challenge Government’s collective decision and push for an earlier review.AFC Leader and Cabinet member Raphael Trotman said his party understands the struggles of parents and students, and pledged a commitment to address their concerns.In fact, a delegation representing the hundreds of disgruntled stakeholders recently met with AFC General Secretary Marlon Williams. According to the delegation in a statement, Williams expressed his support for their struggle and urged them not to become daunted or despondent in the face of the obstacles being placed in their way.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, leader of Government’s business in the National Assembly, had also sympathised with parents and students by reflecting on his own struggles in pursuing an education.However, Opposition forces have argued that the AFC, as part of the coalition administration, was part and parcel in the decision to initially impose the tax and subsequently vote for it to stay.
…relative finds living baby on way to morgue …hospital asks family to return documents declaring babies deathsBy Rupa SeenarineAn Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) family was sent into a state of shock on Thursday, when their twins, delivered at the Georgetown Public Hospital, were listed as stillborn by medical professionals who failed to recognise that the child was alive.Guyana Times was told that the twins were born to Bhanwattie Budram of Hope West, Enmore, on Thursday at about 11:00h and one of the babies had died. However, both children were wrapped to be taken to the mortuary when the shuddering discovery was made by their grandmother that one of them was alive.The grandmother, Chandrouti Etwaroo, told Guyana Times on Saturday that she waited for almost four hours afteOne of the twins who was listed as stillborn despite being aliver the delivery to enter the room and found out that one of the girls was breathing. According to the woman, her daughter was six months, two weeks pregnant at the time of the delivery.“She give birth to two babies on Friday at around 11:00h and then the nurse came out and told me that she was okay but the babies is not okay. I waiting to see her till 03:00h and then they tell me that the babies dead. I went in to see them and when I open the bag and touch them, the baby start moving and I tell the nurse,” said Sahadeo.She claimed that the nurses walked away when she informed them that one of the babies was alive. Etwaroo said she pleaded with the nurses to equip the infant with an oxygen supply and place her in an incubator. She said that the child was left there until the nurses changed shift. It was the nurses from the other shift that took heed to the woman’s pleas and placed the baby in an incubator.“When she spring up and start to breathe, I tell the nurse right away to give her some oxygen and get her to an incubator but she just come and look at the baby and then walk out,” the aggrieved woman related.Budram and the child remained at the hospital and on Saturday morning at about 04:00h, relatives received a call, informing that the second child had died.“We left the hospital at 12:15h and the baby was alive and everything was good. This morning (Saturday) they call us and said that the baby die.”This publication was told by the family that documents provided by the hospital on Thursday stated that both babies were stillborn.The medical facility then provided subsequent documents for the second death on Friday, while requesting that the first set of documents be returned to the hospital.They are contending that the medical staffers showed negligence with the delivery of the children and failed to perform their duties. Adding to that, if the child was placed in an incubator soon after birth, she might have survived.Calls by this publication to the hospital for some clarity on the matter went unanswered.This incident comes on the heels of GPHC being under scrutiny after three children died at the facility while undergoing chemotherapy treatment earlier this year.The first child who died was 7-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14, followed by three-year-old Roshini Seegobin of Enmore, ECD, on January 18.The third child, six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca of Queenstown, Essequibo Coast, died on January 24. Mendonca’s family was sent into further despair after her body was given to the wrong family for burial in what was alleged to have been an attempt to cover up her true cause of death.After investigations were completed, GPHC stated that instead of intrathecal administration of the drug vincristine, doctors administered it intravenously. It was this that led to the adverse reactions of those three children and ultimately their deaths.Meanwhile, CEO of the GPHC, Brigadier George Lewis has noted that the medical staff involved in these incidents were sent on administrative leave on January 29.
The arraignment hearing for Nicole Kelly, the former treasurer of the Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society, has been set for Sept. 15.The Crown says there is broad file in regards to her case and if it proceeds to trial, the proceedings could take several days.- Advertisement -It was added that there were approximately nine witnesses and potentially a police officer that could testify in the case.Kelly is facing one count of fraud over $5,000 for allegedly removing more than $100,000 from the Society’s accounts over a four-year period.She is also facing another count of fraud over $5,000 for allegedly stealing money from a previous employer.
Early Saturday morning residents of Tubby’s RV Park in Dawson Creek were evacuated because of heavy flooding.Kim Lowder the Park Manager says the RCMP came through the park at about 2:30 a.m. telling residents to evacuate. The park was almost full with approximately 85 sites in use. In some areas of the park, the water is almost 3 feet deep and it keeps rising.According to Lowder, the water rose almost a foot over night and has since slowed. Everyone was able to leave the park safely, but some RV’s still remain and mostly belong to people who are out of town for the weekend.- Advertisement -At the moment the main buildings of the RV park are still intact and have not suffered any water damage.If you have any photos or more information about this story, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has appeared in two warm-up friendlies for Juventus but did not travel with the team to the United States.“I didn’t give Ronaldo any advice. He’s very intrigued to understand how teams play in Italy,” said Allegri as Juventus begin their campaign on Saturday.“Ronaldo will make his debut. (Wojciech) Szczesny, (Giorgio) Chiellini, (Leonardo) Bonucci and (Miralem) Pjanic will play and the two full-backs on each side will be (Joao) Cancelo and Alex Sandro.“Everyone is in good condition, even (Mario) Mandzukic and (Blaise) Matuidi, who both went all the way to the final in the World Cup.”But Allegri warned his team not to rely too much on the Portuguese superstar as they target an eighth straight Serie A title.“It’s time to put aside the excitement of the arrival of great players and the greatest of all, we have to keep our feet on the ground, keep a low profile,” continued Allegri.“We mustn’t make the mistake of thinking that we can win because we have Cristiano. He’s an added value in a team that has played two Champions finals in the last four years.”“Players like Ronaldo are different from all the others: it shows in what he has won, he is a stimulus for everyone.“It will be a difficult campaign and we need to be prepared and remain focused, because tomorrow at 18:00 (1600GMT) the season begins and we will find a tough Chievo side waiting for us.“I’m curious to see how the team fares.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ forward from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo kicks the ball during the friendly football match between Juventus A and Juventus B at Villar Perosa, on August 12, 2018 at Villar Perosa. © AFP / Isabella BonottoMILAN, Italy, Aug 17 – Cristiano Ronaldo is curious to find out about life in Serie A and will make his debut in the opening match of the season for champions Juventus against Chievo in Verona, coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Friday.Allegri said the 33-year-old was eager to play in Serie A after his 100 million euro transfer from Real Madrid last month.
A DONEGAL farmer originally fined €5,000 for driving his jeep with illegal green diesel has had has conviction overturned on appeal.Jeffrey McKinney, from Knockbrack, Letterkenny, had admitted having the illegal fuel in his vehicle when it was checked by Customs officers in August 2013.But he told Judge John O’Hagan at a District Court Appeal at the Circuit Court that he didn’t know there was agricultural diesel in his Nissan Jeep because his brother had accidentally put the wrong fuel in the vehicle the night before. Mr McKinney, represented by specialist Dublin tax lawyer John McLaughlin, told how he had called his brother from the joint garda/revenue checkpoint to make sure he had filled his jeep with the correct diesel.His brother Keith told the judge that he had never filled vehicles at the farm before.He said he had taken a call from his brother the evening before asking him to fill the jeep with diesel as he had to go to the Raphoe Mart the next day.He said there were two diesel tanks in the family farmyard, one with green diesel for the tractors and one with white diesel for road vehicles.Keith McKinney said it had been his mistake in using the wrong diesel. He says he told Customs this in a letter a few days later.Defence counsel Mr McLaughlin argued that Jeffrey McKinney hadn’t knowingly used the green diesel as set out in the legislation and he wasn’t reckless in using it. He said there was no criminal intent on behalf of his client.Judge John O’Hagan said farmers should clearly mark the outside of their fuel tanks in their farmyards to prevent a repeat of this incident.He said he accepted Keith McKinney’s evidence however and that there was no criminal intent on the part of his brother to knowingly use a vehicle fuelled by green diesel.He overturned the conviction.FARMER CAUGHT WITH ILLEGAL DIESEL IN JEEP HAS CONVICTION DISMISSED was last modified: February 14th, 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) Tags:courtCUSTOMSdonegalfarmergreen dieselletterkenny
The Community Development Department will coordinate one branch of jobs targeted at young people between the ages of 14 and 21. A third program, operated by the city, is aimed at 16- to 21-year-olds to work in recycling and environmental protection programs. In addition, the city will create a special job readiness program to train 18- to 24-year-olds for specific industries. Teenagers represent the largest section of the unemployed and need the training work can provide. “We don’t have a job deficit in this city; we have a skills deficit,” council President Eric Garcetti said. “If we can train young people, there are jobs there. And, it’s important for them to learn what it is to work in an adult environment and earn the pride and confidence that comes with a job.” Those interested in the program can call the city’s information line at 311 or view the Web page at www.layouth.com. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2One of L.A. Hire’s key programs is Learn and Earn, which Villaraigosa started in his district when he served on the City Council. The mayor said 1,400 11th-graders will be hired and be required to attend classes in the morning and will have jobs in the afternoon. “A lot of these kids have to work to help their families out,” Villaraigosa said. “This is a way to make sure they also get a good education at the same time.” Schools Superintendent Roy Romer, who has committed the Los Angeles Unified School District to the program, praised the proposal. “This is the kind of program the city and the school district should be working on to help young people rather than arguing with each other,” Romer said. As three high school seniors spent the day peppering him with questions, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked Wednesday about the importance of jobs and education as he announced a plan to create 5,000 jobs for teenagers this summer. The students from a ninth-grade Jefferson High School geography class had written to Villaraigosa asking to meet with him. They got a tour of part of the city, attended two news conferences with the mayor and asked him about everything from education reform to economic development. Key to the day for the students was the new L.A. Hire program, a $2 million local effort to provide jobs for young people that Villaraigosa announced at the Urban League’s South Los Angeles jobs center. “When I was growing up, there were a number of these programs paid for by the federal government,” Villaraigosa said. “They don’t do that any longer, so it is up to us to fill the need.”
Celtic sign teenage wonderkid Luca Connell from Bolton 2 NEW BHOY LANGUAGE BARRIER Top stories in Scottish football true love Gerrard will be hoping to win his first competitive match in football management ‘I think it’s careless’ – Gerrard takes aim at Scotland for Jack injury McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso KICK-OFF Jamie Murphy, Nikola Katic and Scott Arfield put Rangers 3-0 up at the break, before Arfield, Alfredo Morelos and Zak Rudden extended the score line after the break.Over 40,000 fans travelled to Ibrox for the encounter, which saw Gerrard select his team in a 4-1-4-1 system. Every one of Celtic’s fixtures for the new season in full Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Six summer signings – Allan McGregor, Connor Goldson, Jon Flanagan, Katic, Arfield and Murphy, who agreed a permanent switch to Ibrox this summer after spending part of last season on loan with the Gers – started against Bury, and many believe Gerrard will name the same starting line-up against Shkupi tonight given the exceptional performance his chosen XI put in on Friday.The only real questions were over whether Umar Sadiq or Lassana Coulibaly were to be chosen following their arrivals at Ibrox this week. However, neither player has been selected in Gerrard’s squad for the match.So, what team will Gerrard select this evening? talkSPORT’s predicted Rangers XI can be seen below… A FIGHTER scrap Defoe feels blessed at ‘amazing’ Rangers, reveals Gazza conversation decision NOT HAPPY Steven Gerrard starts his competitive managerial career on Thursday evening with Rangers hosting FK Shkupi in the Europa League first qualifying round.The Liverpool legend took charge of his first unofficial match on Friday night, as the Gers ran out 6-0 victors over League Two side Bury. Edinburgh derby: Three men charged following fan trouble during fiery clash Karamoko Dembele ‘chooses’ who he will play for internationally NO PLACE Listen to Ally McCoist’s heartfelt tribute to late Rangers icon Fernando Ricksen 2