Defending champion Ateneo showed its tenacity and overcame the odds to advance to its fifth straight finals series after turning back Far Eastern University, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18, in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament.The third seed Blue Eagles had to overcome a twice-to-win advantage against the Tamaraws to set up a best-of-three series against top team National University in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “My players really wanted this,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro in Filipino. “They sacrificed a lot, they studied every opponent, and they absolutely wanted this win.”“Last night they told me ‘coach we will never back down’ and when I heard that I knew they would go all out for today. I thank them because they believe in the process of doing it right, no need for the spectacular, just the right execution.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRon Adrian Medalla capped off the three-time champions’ decisive 15-7 run in the fourth set with an off-the-block kill that gave Ateneo a 22-13 lead.Chu Njigha then scored on a furious running spike to send the Blue Eagles to the 24-17 match point.Reigning four-time MVP Marck Espejo followed up his historic 55-point performance from the previous game with 37 points to lead the Blue Eagles. Embiid, Simmons led 76ers from Process to postseason success LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ateneo scored on 59 spikes and Espejo accounted for 34 of those kills.Redijohn Paler had 14 points for FEU while Jude Garcia and John Paul Bugaoan combined for 21.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “My teammates just did a great job of finding me and getting me open, I just finished,” said Standhardinger.And Standhardinger’s career game wouldn’t have happened if he heeded Austria’s previous orders.Austria told Standhardinger that it was okay for him to sit the first game out but he wanted to show his commitment to the franchise that drafted him and brought him to the PBA.“I felt like San Miguel showed great commitment to the national team and I did not want them to have a disadvantage in the first game and that is why it was important for me to play,” said Standhardinger, who was drafted as the top overall pick of his class. “Obviously there’s a huge commitment on my side to the San Miguel organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I was hurrying and I will share with you guys something completely new, something you’ve never heard before and that’s Manila has crazy traffic,” joked Standhardinger Saturday. The traffic is ridiculous it took me two hours, I was sweating bullets, I didn’t want to miss the game but we made it, kind of, on time.”Standhardinger arrived at the Big Dome in the middle of the first quarter and was fielded in with just three seconds left in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The more than two-hour flight from Jakarta, Indonesia and grueling traffic, didn’t deter Standhardinger from putting in a career performance for the Beermen.Fresh from his exploits in the Asian Games, Standhardinger finished with a career-high 36 points with 11 rebounds and three steals to lead the Beermen’s 125-112 win over NLEX. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNo other player personified the term “ball is life” more than Christian Standhardinger on Saturday.Moments after arriving at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque, the 6-foot-8 San Miguel rookie rushed to Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao in time for the Beermen’s debut in the 2018 PBA Governors’ CupADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Beermen stars Cabagnot, Lassiter ready to go for national team DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
…policy doing more harm than good in schools – GTU General SecretaryThe Automatic Promotion Policy (APP) dubbed the “no child left behind policy” has now become an obstruction to delivering quality education to children in the classroom since they are no longer motivated to excel at their studies.This is according to General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) Coretta McDonald, who told Guyana Times that this policy is affecting the progress at schools.She explained that while this policy was created with the intention of helping the education system in Guyana, years later, it is having negative effects.“For example, some children no longer attempt to or even want to complete their assignments to hand in to teachers so that they can be graded. They are not pushing themselves to excel or not even studying for exams as they should be. They know that the no child left behind policy equates to no repetition in the year they are in so they are not trying to do as much as they should because automatically, they will be put over to the next level,” the GTU General Secretary stated.McDonald added that such behaviour by some children in the schools is also having an effect on students who actually want to achieve the highest marks at examinations.Their drive for competition in academia can be adversely affected when they observe their classmates not performing well at school but everyone still being promoted, she noted.According to the GTU General Secretary, the Government needs to either review the Automatic Promotion Policy and revamp it or abolish it from the education system in Guyana.When it was introduced into the school system, the then leading opposition party, the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) had repeatedly condemned the former Administration for this move and heavily criticised such an initiative. However, although it had been announced by the PPP that the APP was revoked, the APNU/AFC Government is still implementing this policy, the same policy it was objecting to under the PPP Government.RevocationIn July 2013, the then Education Minister Priya Manickchand announced that the Education Ministry revoked the policy since it had been rejected by parents and had a poor response to remedial classes.Manickchand at that time said that students who perform poorly in Mathematics and English would not be promoted to the next class. The APP system is only in secondary schools.According to Manickchand, students would be required to achieve close to the overall pass-mark set by the school with at least five CXC subjects with Grades 1 to 3. The decision to revise the Automatic Promotion Policy (APP) followed countrywide consultations at 30 meetings that were held as part of the planned review after two years.“Reports from the consultations revealed that the policy is not popular with any of the critical stakeholders. Parents, teachers and even students themselves believe that the promotion from one grade to another should not be automatic,” the former Education Minister had stated.
… claims media making a “frenzy”In light of the recent spate of crimes in Guyana, President David Granger said crime is actually on the declinePresident David Grangerbut the media frenzy is making it appear otherwise.Speaking on the weekly televised programme – The Public Interest, the Guyanese Head of State pointed out that contrary to the media frenzy, the country’s current crime situation is not in such a bad state as is being portrayed.“I do regret that the media frenzy seems to have bowled people over, they feel that things are getting worst but things are actually getting better,” the President said.Granger explained that while he and his Administration are concerned about the frequent occurrence of criminal activities in the country, some of them are entirely out of their control.“If a woman hires a hitman to kill her father or if a man hires a hitman to kill his wife, these are interpersonal disputes which the State cannot be held responsible for… If a security guard at a gas station or a hotel allows persons to come in and conduct a robbery, it is difficult to blame the State and asking what is the State doing about it,” he pointed out.Nevertheless, the Head of State noted that his Administration is doing its best to have crime under control and has since taken a series actions of such as training of investigators and increased deployment of ranks especially in the hinterland region.He remarked that Commander of the hinterland division (F Division – Interior locations), Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram, who has responsibility of Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), is now stationed in Bartica as opposed to being at Police Headquarters, in Eve Leary, Georgetown; thus being able to more efficiently police the division. He also mentioned plans to have those divisions further sub-divided so that there are strong Police divisional commanders in each one of the administrative regions.The President went on to talk about the increased deployment of Police in Region Nine, particularly the Rupununi area. He added too that plans are afoot to augment the strength of the Police Force overall, which is currently said to be some 20 per cent under strength.In addition, he noted that the strength of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been boosted, so there are now more and better trained detectives, highlighting the fact that a lot of serious crimes are not only being solved but being solved more quickly than ever before.Another measure the Head of State said was put in place by his Administration to curb crime is aerial patrols on the coastland, which he noted has contributed significantly in protecting the country’s fishermen from piracy attacks.“There have been small incremental changes and… so all of these measures have been introduced over the last seven months and they are supplementing Operation Dragnet, which will continue to June 1st at the end of the 50th anniversary celebrations,” Granger said, while noting that even though these measures are in place, it may be too early to see any results.Furthermore, the President reminded that when his Administration came into office almost a year ago, it inherited a certain situation throughout the security sector. This, he added, has affected what is happening in the prisons, the Force’s ability to investigate crimes and it has even affected the upsurge in crime of recent.Over the past weeks, there has been an alarming increase in the number of murders and armed robberies occurring throughout the country, causing stakeholders such as the Private Sector Commission (PSC) as well as business owners and farmers, who seemed to be targets in most of the cases, calling on the Administration to strengthen its crime fighting strategy.Only Thursday last, former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, faced off with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan in the National Assembly over the crime situation. Rohee had tabled an emergency motion on the issue.However, the Guyana Police Force earlier this week released the monthly statistics for April 2016, in which it stated that crime is actually down by 19 per cent when compared to the same period last year.According to the figures given for last April, there were 50 murders, 23 robberies, 188 robberies with firearms, 111 robberies with the use of other weapons other than a gun, 28 robberies with violence, 20 robberies with aggravation, 72 burglaries, 437 breaking and enter and larceny cases, 37 larceny from persons, 63 cases of statutory rape and 22 forcible rapes cases.
Tony Gale believes West Ham are facing a ‘shaky time ahead’ of them and that the club needs to either back boss Sam Allardyce or sack him.In a sensational interview with talkSPORT last week, co-chairman David Sullivan revealed they were at odds with the manager, particularly over whether controversial midfielder Ravel Morrison deserved a new contract.The Hammers chief also hinted the board had more of a say in transfers this summer than Allardyce and that they want to see an improvement in playing style this season.And West Ham legend Gale told Sam Matterface on Kick Off: “They look like they are forcing Sam’s hand. When you appoint someone you either sack him or you back him.“You don’t start saying things in public, saying you’re going to do this and you want him to do this or he’s not signed this player but we want this player to sign. It’s all to the detriment of the cause for me.“We’re going into the start of the season with a little bit of a shaky time ahead. If they want Sam they have got to back him. If they don’t want him, they’ve got to sack him – simple as that.
Donegal North East Sinn Féin TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Government to clearly outline the true cost of water metering and water charges to households in Donegal and across the state.Deputy Mac Lochlainn fears that families across the county are not fully aware that not only will they face a new tax on their homes next year.But he adds the property tax they will face substantial water charges of hundreds of euro each year from 2014 on. He said “The government is committed to taking control of the water sector away from the 34 local authorities and handing it over to the newly established ‘Irish Water’ operated by Bord Gáis. The cost of establishing and running this new company has never been made public because the government simply does not know how much it will cost.“There is also no doubt that the quality of service to the public from our dedicated staff in Donegal County Council with their local knowledge and partnership with local communities will be seriously eroded by the handing over to this Dublin based private operation, ‘Irish Water’”He added “Minister Phil Hogan has indicated that this is the biggest project since the establishment of the ESB and he wants to proceed without even knowing how much it will cost. According to the Local Authorities Professional Officers this project will cost the tax payer €1.2 billion. The government are asking the public to write An Bord Gáis a blank cheque and the public will have to foot the bill”.“Sinn Féin opposes the establishment of Irish Water and the introduction of water metering. The government’s arguments in favour of water rates simply do not stand up. The evidence indicates that the establishment of Irish Water and the introduction of water rates is more about privatisation than about conservation. Water meters and water charges does not encourage conservation.What guarantees conservation is investing in the water sector, reducing the unacceptably high percentage of leaks and introducing water harvesting and dual flush systems as part of building regulations”Sinn Féin calls on the government to abandon its ill-fated plan to install domestic water meters and introduce water charges. The government should invest instead in upgrading our crumbling water system.PUBLIC NEED TO KNOW REAL COST OF PLANS FOR WATER SERVICES – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: December 11th, 2012 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)
The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams begin their 2018 season Friday evening at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.The Bulldogs will use the annual meet as their initial training benchmark following the team’s first week of training.Due to anticipated inclement weather in Iowa City, Friday’s starting time has been moved up to 5 p.m. at the Ashton Cross Country Course.Drake’s women will race first in a 4-kilometer race followed by the men’s 6-kilometer race. The Bulldogs open the season by competing against Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, Illinois State and Iowa Central.Drake’s men’s team returns its top two runners from a season ago in senior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) and sophomore Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria). Fridrich is the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year after turning in a fifth-place performance at the MVC Championship.Drake’s women’s squad continues its youthful rebuild with just three upperclassmen on the roster.Following Friday’s season opener, the Bulldogs travel north for their next competition, the Oz Memorial in Minneapolis, Minn. Print Friendly Version
There are traffic delays in Letterkenny following a crash just before 1.45pm outside the Letterkenny Council offices at the Neil T Blaney Link Road.Today’s crash in Letterkenny.The crash involved s jeep and another car.There is nobody seriously injured in the crash but traffic is being forced to divert into one lane exiting the town onto the Derry Road. CRASH CAUSING DELAYS IN LETTERKENNY THIS AFTERNOON was last modified: August 15th, 2014 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:crashdonegalletterkenny
TONIGHT at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny, the women in Business in County Donegal will launch their fresh new brand, website & online directory and host an evening of “Meet the Donegal Women in Business” showcase. The network committee would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to come along on the evening.The event, which will be officially launched by Minister Joe McHugh, is FREE of charge & there will be a large number of businesses networking & displaying on the night. There are some spaces still available and if you are interested in coming along or having a stand on the night, call Rachel on 0749160735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.We will have ladies from all industry sectors & of all age groups sharing their experiences with you about how the network benefits them and the networking on the night will be invaluable.Donegal Women in Business was set up 14 years ago to support all women who work in business and who own or manage a business in the county.With over 200 members, the Network is all about helping their members succeed. It supports members by: Giving shared learning and best practice through regular seminars and workshops, providing opportunities for businesses to promote themselves, being a source of information, holding regular networking events, enabling members to build up useful business contacts. The network run a number of seminars/workshops/breakfast meetings throughout the year. It’s not all work though, the Network also runs a number of social events, which provide a welcome diversion from daily business life and are a great way to have some fun while getting to know other members!The Network is open to all women with an interest in business. If you are interested in joining the Network, please contact: Rachel Wasson, Denise McClintock or Grace Ann McGarvey by email to email@example.com or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. Looking forward to seeing you there. DONEGAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE AND ONLINE DIRECTORY was last modified: October 13th, 2014 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)