Yap, Rain or Shine finally beat Star

first_imgView comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Star handily won the elimination duels in the first two conferences, and even swept the Elasto Painters, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.Yap believes Rain or Shine has already turned the page, not only on its rivalry against the Hotshots, but also on its overall campaign this conference and moving forward.“We’re more active on defense and we have a better communication. I think we can sustain this if we continue what we’re doing. We have to be consistent on defense and stick to our system,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s not everyday that you see James Yap go scoreless in a game.Rain or Shine’s game against Star on Sunday marked the first time Yap didn’t hit a single point since July 24 last year when he was still with the Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victolero pleased with Star’s effort despite loss to ROS But the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player couldn’t care any less as Rain or Shine finally got one against his former team Star, 92-88, on Sunday.With Yap taking a backseat, the Elasto Painters exorcised their demons and nabbed a victory over the Hotshots, while also claiming their fourth win in six games this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Of course, I’m happy. I’m thankful for my teammates because we finally got one,” said a relieved Yap, who saw limited minutes and went 0-of-2 from the field. “We’re 0-4 against them, so I’m just grateful to my teammates that even if I’m not inside, we’re still able to get the win.”Since the blockbuster trade that saw Yap and Paul Lee switch teams, Rain or Shine has yet to beat Star until Sunday. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dieslast_img read more

‘Legislature Must Be Audited’

first_imgDr. Bhofal Chambers of CDC is poised to become Speaker of the 54th Legislature. Maryland County Representative, Bhofal Chambers, wants the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to audit the National Legislature in order to account for resources allotted to that august body over the years.The intent, Dr. Chambers said, is to provide a high degree of transparency and accountability in the operations of the first branch of the Liberian government.According to him, since the inception of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government, no agencies have been able to conduct audits on money and goods used by the Legislature. As such, “it is pivotal that a holistic audit is carried out in order to change public perception about lawmakers [and the Capitol Building].”He maintained that auditing the Legislature would encourage other spending agencies of government to conform to the tendency of being accountable to the state.The Maryland County lawmaker furthered that in an effort to achieve this goal, “both chambers of the Legislature must provide budget performance reports detailing spending over the years.”He noted that a robust Legislature should present a ‘legislative performance report’ like other ministries and agencies do before discussing the 2014/2015 National Budget.“We need to have an inventory of all the things that come to the Legislature to give us an understanding of where we are and what to do next,” Dr. Chambers indicated.He made the assertions recently when a media organization bestowed an honour on him for his outstanding advocacy in the Legislature.Receiving the honour, Dr. Chambers indicated that Liberians’ situation remains deplorable; with government providing no living quarters for low income earners.Chambers: “Liberia has many resources but our citizens are lacking in many things.It’s not God’s will for these things to happen but the poor management of the vast resources here remains our challenge.We have problems with leadership, and until we can change that; our advocacy will continue until the right thing is done for the good of our people.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2nd victim identified

first_img63 Beach Resort double murderThe second victim in the Number 63 Beach Resort double murder has been identified as 59-year-old Harry Persaud Prashad of Number 65 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Dead: Harry Persaud PrashadOn Friday, the badly-decomposed bodies of Prashad and 68-year old Vivekanand Narpatty were discovered on the balcony of Sun Splash Beach Resort located on the Number 63 Beach.Narpatty, the owner of the resort, was found lying on the back, two toes were severed – one was next to his body and the other missing.Prashad was found about fifteen feet away with both hands tied to a post on the balcony, one foot was also tied to the post but was severed at the ankle. Both bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition with maggots feasting.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Narpatty returned to Guyana on December 9 and was residing at his holiday resort. Prashad had been the caretaker/security living at the premises. He had been working there for more than one year.Vivekanand NarpattyOn Saturday, his body was identified by his only surviving sibling, Hemchand Persaud.“I know him by his foot. His foot was broken and there is steel in it. In 1979, he got shot on his belly and it had a cut, and that is how I get to know that it is he,” the man told Guyana Times.He related that his brother was not recognisable by his face. “He had no face on him,” Persaud recalled, explaining that worms had already eaten parts of his brother’s body.The Sun Splash Beach Resort located on the Number 63 Beach where the two men were found deadThe discovery of the two bodies was made by Police after Narpatty’s daughter had been trying to contact him from overseas since December 23 but was unsuccessful. On Friday, she telephoned a young man living nearby to check on her father. As the man got to the building, there was a strong stench emanating and he turned away and reported it to the Police.The ranks then went into the building and made the discovery.Meanwhile, Narpatty’s sister,  Chrisna “Christeena” Budram told this newspaper that her brother had always expressed fear of sleeping at the resort, which was not in operation at the time.“He came back to Guyana to do some work on the building and when he came here last week Friday, he told me that he had two friends staying with him and he was safe,” the woman related.While in Guyana, Narpatty had publicly announced his fear and had constructed a building at Number 65 Village on land owned by his two brothers. He had been using the building to sleep at nights.The beach resort is in an isolated area.In 2018, the High Court ordered that Narpatty demolish the building after his two brothers took him to court for constructing on their land.This publication understands that when investigators went to the resort, they found several pieces of documents scattered on the balcony. Parts of the building were also ransacked.Narpatty has two brothers and five sisters. He also leaves to mourn two daughters.Meanwhile, Prashad leaves to mourn one brother and two children.Police are continuing with the investigation, and up to Saturday, no arrest has been made.last_img read more

NASCAR’s stars try to regain ground

first_imgToday’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway is race No. 2. NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are buried in the standings, and each needs a strong race to get back in the Chase running. But Jeff Gordon said it’s way too early to start worrying about making the Chase. “The race really begins at these types of race tracks,” said Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. “Right now, it’s all about evaluating our equipment and our team. Every race is important. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s not like we’re panicking or anything.” Neither is Johnson, Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate and winner of last year’s Chase. Johnson sits 38th in the standings, a result of crashing midway through the Daytona 500 and not finishing the race. “It’s so early in the season. Everybody has crashes, and everybody has bad luck,” Johnson said. “So we’re in no position to worry or panic.” If he has one more bad race, maybe it will be time to panic. Stremme, the second-year NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, is ninth in points after a strong finish in the Daytona 500. He joins a host of unfamiliar names in the top 12, which includes Reed Sorenson, David Ragan and David Gilliland. The top 12 drivers in the standings after the first 26 races qualify for the Chase, NASCAR’s 10-race playoff system to determine its series champion. NASCAR made some changes to the Chase before the season started. One of the changes was to increase the number of Chase qualifiers from 10 to 12. Another was to award more points to race winners. There are more chances for drivers to make the Chase. More than likely, a Stremme or a Ragan will be in the Chase this year. And more than likely, Stewart and Earnhardt Jr. will climb back into contention. “It’s always nice to get a good start to the season,” said Gordon, who is eighth in the Chase standings. “But if anybody can recover, those two guys can.” Ragan, the rookie driver for Roush Fenway Racing, said making the Chase is one of his team’s goals, just not one of its primary goals. His team, however, has a history of making the Chase. He is in the No. 6 Ford in which Mark Martin qualified for the Chase the past three years. And he is driving for a team that qualified all five of its drivers for the Chase one year. His teammates, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, are Chase veterans and championship contenders every year. “We know we’re facing Jeff Gordon, Stewart, my teammates, Kenseth and Biffle,” Ragan said. “They’ve been in the Chase, they’ve won races. They know how to do it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img FONTANA – David Stremme summed it up best by saying the Chase standings are “so messed up right now.” He’s part of that mess. last_img read more

Sterling to Real Madrid? Rodgers relaxed about speculation over Liverpool star’s future

first_img Brendan Rodgers with Raheem Sterling 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists he has no fears about losing Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid.The 19-year-old has made a huge impact since forcing his way into the first team and is reportedly being tracked by the Spanish giants.For Rodgers, their interest in the player comes as no surprise, but the Reds boss is relaxed about the speculation, with Sterling under contract at Anfield until 2017.“It shows that he’s playing exceptionally well,” said Rodgers, speaking ahead of the Merseyside derby with Everton.“I think you could probably link Raheem with every club in the world at the moment. He’s a fantastic young talent.“I’ve nothing really to add to it. There’s obviously lots of speculation every day about players coming and going here at Liverpool.“He’s a wonderful boy who’s developing very, very well here. I think him and his representatives and the people close to him know how comfortable he is here and I’m sure at some point in the future, whatever contract we’re looking to work with will be sorted, but he’s still got three years left and there’s no rush from my perspective.”last_img read more

WORKSHOP CAN HELP YOU CONFRONT YOUR FEARS OVER PUBLIC SPEAKING

first_imgBUSINESS: Would you be confident to get up in speak in front of an audience of 500 people? What about 50? What about 5?If you were confident enough to do so, would you know how to craft a presentation to influence, persuade or convince your audience? If you did, would you know how to deliver your presentation in a way that would achieve your goal?Talk Club Letterkenny, a Toastmasters club based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, can help you develop the confidence you seek to get up in front of your audience, the knowledge to prepare great presentations, and the skill to deliver them with impact and style.“Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills,” says Connor McDonough, President of Talk Club Letterkenny.Connor remembers how nervous he was when he attended his first meeting but quickly realized that “you don’t have to speak or take on a role until you are ready to do so. “It is all about making sure people feel safe, and then they will try something new”.Toastmasters provides members with a structured approach for writing and delivering speeches.Connor added, “New members are also provided with a mentor who will support and coach them through their early speeches and speakers receive feedback after every speech so that they know what they did well and what they can build upon”.If you are interested or even only a little bit curious, Talk Club Letterkenny invite you to come along to their next meeting. Guests are always welcome: you can go and listen and see if Toastmasters is for you.Talk Club Letterkenny meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 8.15 p.m. in the iTek (Swilly) Building, Business Park Road, Lisnennan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Out next meeting is Tuesday, 19 January.For more information about the club, please visit https://www.facebook.com/talkclubletterkenny/ or email us on talkclubletterkenny@gmail.com. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 313,000 in more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org.WORKSHOP CAN HELP YOU CONFRONT YOUR FEARS OVER PUBLIC SPEAKING was last modified: January 15th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Every Premier League club ranked by banning orders issued to fans last season

first_imgOther high ranking clubs include Manchester United and West Ham, whose London Stadium home was the scene of numerous pitch invasions and protests against David Gold and David Sullivan, the club’s owners, last season.There were 38 banning orders handed out to Chelsea supporters, though this total may be skewed by the Stamford Bridge club’s plan to send racist fans to Auschwitz for education courses rather than ban them from games.The data for all Premier League clubs can be seen below: Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY Latest Football News REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ There has been a sharp decline in the total number of banning orders handed out over the past seven years To further show the changing attitudes towards hooliganism, over the past seven years there has been a banning order decrease of 43 per cent, falling 1,352 from 3,174 in 2011.However, it is not all good news, with the 492 banning orders handed out to Premier League clubs being shared amongst all 20 teams.Newcastle United top the rankings, with 16 per cent (79) of the orders being handed to Magpies supporters, while Bournemouth come in last with just three banning orders handed out. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 5 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE 5 BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img huge blow shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED MONEY The Home Office have released the official statistics pertaining to football-related arrests and banning orders.The data, which concerns the 2017/18 league season, reveals 1,822 banning orders were in force, down 6 per cent from the previous campaign. 5 5 5 The data covers each of the top four divisions of English football, with one of the teams promoted to the Premier League at the end of last season ranking second for banning orders – Wolves.They topped the Championship table with 64 banning orders, while Grimsby Town (50) ranked first in League Two and Plymouth (33) had more banning orders than any other League One club. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars *Data taken from gov.uk. An individual can receive multiple bans, meaning the number of bans is not equal to the number of individuals who have a ban.last_img read more

Demand rises for vital voluntary children’s counselling service

first_imgA fantastic €10,251 was presented to the Raphoe Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling Service yesterday by Sarah-Marie McDevitt of Pinehill Studios and organisers of Dance Addictions 2018. The annual dance competition raises funds for local charities each year, and the Pastoral Centre was chosen as the beneficiary of 2018 to support the community children’s project which is seeing an increasing demand for its life-changing services.Dance Addictions organisers present fundraising total to Raphoe Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling ServiceVolunteers at the Pastoral Centre near St Eunan’s Cathedral have been providing counselling service in Letterkenny for the last 20 years. Thanks to a surprise donation in November 2016, they were able to answer the need for children’s counselling, but more is needed to bring the service to schools. €800 was donated to the centre from a Darts Fundraiser in memory of Hugh Simpson-Callaghan, an Inishowen schoolboy who died suddenly at the age of eight.The donation kick started plans to create ‘Hughie’s Corner’ – a sanctuary for children to speak to professional counsellors.Hughie’s Corner: Raphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling RoomA photo of Hugh Simpson-Callaghan in the Raphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling RoomWithin a month, there were 48 children on the waiting list. In January 2018, there were 21 new referrals of children over 5 years and 36 teenagers. That’s over 50 young people seeking support from a team who all work on a voluntary basis.The integrated counselling team of 12 caters to a broad range of needs, 5 of whom are trained to work with children. The centre operates on a shoestring budget of just under €23,000 per year. “It’s the people who drive it forward,” Liam Cannon, Director of Counselling at the Pastoral Centre, told Donegal Daily.“The people that are here are volunteering for one reason only. It is because they see the difference they are making. They are very good people and the team is very carefully selected and we have people with various skill sets in different modalities of counselling.”Liam Cannon, Director of Counselling at the Pastoral CentreRaphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre Counselling RoomThe multi-disciplinary and multi-denominational team take in a growing number of referrals from schools, GPs, social workers, mental health services and the church. The centre is open to everybody and there is no limit on the service.“There is a perception sometimes that it belongs to the church and is a Catholic organisation. It does belong to the church, but counselling and any of the services here are open to anybody from any denomination.“Anybody who comes through the door is asked to donate, some can, some can’t. We turn nobody away,” he said. Hughie’s Corner: The Raphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre Children’s Counselling RoomThe children’s counsellors have 6-9 years of training behind them. Despite this, they are all volunteers and all administrative work is also voluntary.“We can’t continue to expect people to volunteer at that level. Everybody here is coming from a purely therapeutic background. That is important because it is a quality of service you don’t get anywhere else.”Issues that children present with include bereavement, separation, anxiety, while adolescents attend sessions to help with low moods, low confidence, bullying and isolation. Health issues can affect young people’s mental health also, and they present difficulties which require counselling.Therapeutic play items used by children to express feelings in Hughie’s CornerIt is hoped that the next step will bring children’s counselling into local schools for convenient and undisrupted sessions. At present, children come to the centre in the evenings, which means both the counsellors and parents must travel to the centre at nighttime. “This is a major project and while we have started we have a lot more work to do. One of our main issues is the cost in sending counsellors out to the various school.“Our aim is to be able to supply counselling to as many schools as possible as we believe that early intervention can prevent issues emerging later in life,” Liam said.Photo:The Pastoral Centre Counselling Service FacebookThe plan requires support and funding, and it is hoped that through Transition Year fundraisers and local organisations, such as Dance Addictions, it can become a reality soon.“We were fortunate that Pinehill Studios, Sarah Marie McDevitt and Aggie Boylan put a huge amount of work into Dance Addictions. We were delighted to be the charity chosen this year to avail of the funds raised.”For more information on the Pastoral Centre Children’s and Adult counselling services, visit www.raphoepastoralcentre.ie or contact the team on Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Pastoral-Centre-counselling-service-474651162902799/Demand rises for vital voluntary children’s counselling service was last modified: February 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:children’s counsellingdance addictionsfundingliam cannonmental healthraphoe dioceselast_img read more

South Africa’s ‘gold list’ hotels, resorts

first_img4 January 2013 Fourteen South African hotels and resorts made it onto the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler 2013 “gold list” of the 510 best places in the world to stay, with eight of these earning “platinum circle” status for making the list for five years running. Featured in the US magazine’s January 2013 issue, the 19th annual “gold list” was selected by nearly 47 000 participants in the publication’s annual Readers’ Choice survey. Three Cape Town hotels were among the eight South African properties rewarded for their consistent excellence with platinum status: the Cape Grace, located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel connected to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, and the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay. South Africa’s other five platinum properties are all located in or adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, the country’s “big five” wildlife province. These are: the MalaMala Game Reserve, Singita Kruger National Park, Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, and Singita Sabi Sand. Also on the 2013 gold list are: Find out more about SA’s gold list hotels and resorts on the Conde Nast Traveler website: www.cntraveler.com/gold-list/2013 SAinfo reporter Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape TownSteenberg Hotel, Cape TownVictoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape TownLe Quartier Français, FranschhoekSaxon Boutique Hotel, JohannesburgLion Sands resort, Mpumalangalast_img read more

Health boost for KBK region

first_imgIn a bid to give fillip to health services in poverty-stricken KBK region of Odisha, the State government has proposed to establish 19 hospitals in 18 districts on public-private partnership mode.The Empowered Committee on Infrastructure, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here on Monday, decided to set up new quality care hospitals mostly in KBK (Kalahandi Balangir and Koraput) and KBK+ districts like Boudh, Kandhamal and Gajapati.“It was proposed to establish 19 hospitals in 18 districts chosen on the parameters of backwardness in health indicators. These hospitals would be of two categories. One type would be 100-bedded and another type would be 200-bedded,” said State Health Secretary P.K. Meherda.Sops galore“The government would provide land at concessional rate and other infrastructural facilities and the tariff of treatment in these hospitals would be decided by the government. The private parties would make necessary investments for setting up the hospitals and they would bring in more specialists and clinical professionals,” the Health Secretary informed. The State government organised an investors’ conference to get inputs from interested parties regarding the feasibility of the project and the methods of its operation. Around 71 organisations participated in the event and expressed interest to invest in the project.Sources in the Health Department said the project would create direct employment opportunity for 9,500 people while total private sector investment would be around ₹1,150 crore.last_img read more