La Salle, NU whip foes

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Roselyn Doria added 12 points for NU.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle made quick work of Adamson, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rookie Jolina dela Cruz led all scorers with 10 points while Michelle Cobb dished out 25 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, who rolled to 2-0 to start the season after beating fierce rival Ateneo in their first game last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “There are still situations where they fail to adjust and commit errors and perhaps it’s because of their lack of communication inside the court,” said de Jesus, whose squad blew a 17-11 lead in the second set as Adamson pulled within a point, 22-21.Des Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya added nine points each for La Salle while May Luna chipped in eight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBernadette Flora and Mary Joy Dacoron scored nine points apiece for the Lady Falcons, who fell to 0-2.Facing early adversity, National University rose to the occasion after beating University of the East, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19, in the earlier game to log its first win of the season. Former US team standout shines for HD Spikers MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 Ivy Lacsina fired a game-high 18 points to lead the way for the Lady Bulldogs, who played their first game minus lone setter Joyme Cagande, who sat out the match due to a left knee injury.“We’re happy but I can’t really express how happy we are because everyone knows the team’s struggles,” said Norman Miguel, who is in his first year as NU’s head coach.Without Cagande, who could miss the rest of the season after suffering what is feared to be an ACL injury in NU’s loss to FEU last week, the Lady Bulldogs found an able replacement in Joni Chavez, who was converted from libero to setter.Chavez did not disappoint with 14 excellent sets in her first stint as a setter.“It’s tough at first but I’m just taking it as a challenge,” Chavez said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

5 Ebola Cases Left in Liberia

first_imgThe Head of the Incident Management Team (IMT), Tolbert Nyenswah, has announced that there are only five remaining cases of Ebola in the country, indicating that it was close to eradicating the deadly virus from Liberia. The Ebola virus epidemic left thousands dead beginning March 2014.In a mobile dialogue with Minister Nyenswah yesterday, he confirmed that, “Two patients are at the Defense ETU in Monrovia, one is at Island ETU in Monrovia and the remaining two are in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount, adding that, “the one in Bomi came from Cape Mount.”Minister Nyenswah stated that the government continues to work to ensure that Liberia is freed of the deadly Ebola virus evidenced by the diminishing cases: three remaining cases in the capital Monrovia while the others were in the northwestern counties of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount for now.Nyenswah said the five remaining cases included a woman who died last week and may have been in contact with 25 people in the Paynesville area of Monrovia, all of whom have been placed in quarantine for the period of 21 days.According to him, “It means that we are going down to zero case if everything goes well, if other people don’t get sick in other places. We are fighting to ensure that all possible efforts are made to contain the epidemic and be announced Ebola free by WHO.”At the height of the epidemic in August and September, Liberia was reporting more than 300 new cases a week and overwhelmed aid workers had to turn people away from clinics, often to die in the streets due to fears of contracting the epidemic.The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen the Liberia and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone register almost 9,000 deaths in a year, although experts believe the real toll could be far higher.According to Nyenswah, a huge international and local response have seen hundreds of US healthcare workers and troops flood into the country to train nurses and set up Ebola units, and as a result the country reported just eight new cases last week.The Government of Liberia has recognized significant progress in beating back Ebola but warned on Friday that the crisis of the virus remains challenging, adding the one case is still an epidemic and the government will continue in making sure that Liberia is free of Ebola.Mr. Nyenswah, told the French News Agency on Saturday that Liberia has five confirmed Ebola cases as of last week and the constancy of fighting the virus remains the same until Ebola is eradicated from Liberia.Recently the government announced that 13 counties have reported Ebola free for the past 21 days but named Cape Mount and Montserrado as the areas reporting new cases of the epidemic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MFDP, Governance Commission Launch 3-Yr Strategic Plan

first_imgOutgoing Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara M. Konneh, alongside Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), has launched a three year strategic plan for the MFDP.The three-year plan is aimed at promoting inclusive sustainable growth and development through efficient resource allocation, equitable wealth distribution, prudent financial management, integrated development planning, coordinated economic management and well formulated and implemented policies.In their plan for the next three years — 2015 to 2018— authorities of the MFDP said they intend to accomplish: a deep-rooted macroeconomic stability by maintaining favorable fiscal; monetary trade and exchange rate polices; efficiency, innovation, responsiveness and transparency in public financial management; and a policy and administrative environment that fast-tracks broad-based private sector growth and development through the framework of the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Also in the three-year plan, five strategic priorities and 25 intended outputs were identified. “These comprise the core elements of the strategic plan,” said Konneh.Just before Minister Konneh, who has secured for himself a new job with the World Bank Group, did the launching of the plan, he disclosed that the strategic plan was something that is being done across the entire United Party-led government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The government has at most 20 months left in power.Min. Konneh used the occasion to thank Dr. Amos Sawyer for serving in the capacity that is helping to get Liberia “to slowly get governance right.”He stated that the MFDP is now “unique” as it has now moved beyond a “simple accounting process of debit and credit to more of thinking through” how one navigates an economy in shadow through difficult crises.He stated that with the merging of the former Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs with the Ministry of Finance, the first benefit of this combination was seen in 2014, when the deadly Ebola virus disease struck.“When we were attacked by Ebola, everyone saw how we kept this economy floating and stable; when everyone was projecting that it was going to collapse.“When your country is being projected to lose 20,000 of its citizens every month, then you know that you are in serious trouble,” he stated. He boasted that it was through what he termed as the MFDP thinking to focus on policies that lead to solving complex problems “versus just collecting money, disbursing it and drawing the line.”He used the occasion to thank his colleagues at the MFDP for working with him over the last four years. He told them that what they have done for him is far greater than what he did for them. He added: “Four years ago when we first met, I was much younger; but I am bit older now, and wiser. Some of you trusted and took me in, but some of you didn’t.”However, he thanked all of them for helping him be the leader he is today.“You gave me confidence to put my anger into good use. I know it wasn’t easy here in the beginning. Your doubts gave me the determination to prove you and my critics wrong. You witnessed my fear transformed into strength. Your rejection taught me courage.”He acknowledged that it was their cooperation that made him win the “Minister of Finance Africa Award,” among others. While thanking them from the bottom of his heart, he apologized to those who he might have hurt along the way.For his part, Dr. Sawyer congratulated Min. Konneh for his stewardship of the Ministry and the nation’s economy. Dr. Sawyer, who heads the institution that helps the nation formulate good governance policies, stated that the leadership role played by the outgoing Minister when he (Sawyer) was told by the President to steer the process of combining both the Ministries of Planning and Finance into the MFDP, was “great.”He thanked the Minister for choosing a Liberian consulting group for developing their 3-year plan.The MFDP comprises four departments, eight divisions, including the Comptroller and Accountant General, and 28 units, as well as eight specialized units, which directly fall under the Office of the Minister.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Any place to call home

first_imgThe mentally ill and, increasingly, families with very young children are also a part of homeless population, she said. While housing for the mentally ill has been a problem for decades, more and more families with young children are falling through the cracks as the cost of living soars and wages stagnate, she said. Experts on the homeless said families try to stay off the streets by living in cars or renting hotel rooms, but other people live in makeshift cities that exist outside the mainstream and out of sight. Standing in the riverbed under the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, deputies John Rose and Paul Archambault of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community Oriented Policing unit said the bridges were a major dwelling before last Monday. “This was probably one of the main spots,” Archambault said. “They had structures and little houses built. It was kind of cozy.” Despite the fact that most of the trash, debris, tents, and a wide variety of personal items have been cleared out from under the adjacent bridges at the 605 and Cloverleaf Drive since last Monday, remnants of human life were still apparent. Intricate drawings were visible on walls. Rocks that had been intended for erosion control were moved to make room for living areas. The dirt near the underside of the overpass had been leveled for makeshift beds. On Monday, COPS deputies had organized a social service operation to offer the people living under the bridge medical and psychiatric evaluation, and then refer them for further services. All of the 40 homeless who they aided were placed in housing, deputies said. They hope the operation will serve as a model for the rest of the department and other law enforcement agencies, Sgt. Al Cobos said. “They live bridge to bridge,” Archambault said. “They develop little societies, and they all know each other.” Rose said these homeless communities often become entrenched and cultures develop. “They establish tenancy,” he said. “Certain people live under certain bridges, and each bridge has its own demographic.” Homeless use the riverbed as a thoroughfare and communicate up and down the banks, he said. The deputies estimated 200 people lived along the San Gabriel River from the 605 overpass in Baldwin Park to Lakewood. As of now, the only shelter available in the San Gabriel Valley is seasonal – a winter shelter provided by the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless and a co-op of seven Valley churches. The shelter is open from Dec. 1 to March 15. “That’s all there is in the San Gabriel Valley,” said Colleen Castellano, the Coalition’s director. And after March 15, “it’s still cold.” But the winter shelter can’t house families. Castellano said when they arrive for shelter, they are bused to one of the few churches that can accommodate them. “There is very little low-cost housing,” Abrams said. “And even low-cost housing is not really low-cost in today’s market.” A lack of jobs and child-care can render single women unemployable, said Clay Hollopeter, director of the San Gabriel Valley Boys and Girls Club. The group provides meals and other necessities to the Valley’s homeless. “If you’ve got a child you can’t take to work with you, you can’t work,” he said, adding that the current economic climate is a contributing factor. “Minimum wage is not enough to live on,” he said. And a lot of people are paid less than minimum wage under the table, he added. Castellano said that while the homeless situation in the Valley persists, efforts to open a permanent shelter have not been successful. “We’ve been fighting for one for several years now,” she said. “But we feel like we’re spinning our wheels.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Homeless removed from 605 Fwy • Video: Homeless removed from 605 FwyBruce Harp has a bed, a television set, stove and running water. Instead of filling an apartment or house though, the basic necessities are parked in an outdoor nursery in the unincorporated community of Bassett. He cooks on a butane stove, runs his appliances off a car battery and has tall potted plants in place of a door. He said he became homeless more than six years ago, after his father died in his arms. “It took a lot out of me,” said the 48-year-old former tile setter. “I couldn’t focus, couldn’t keep myself together, couldn’t concentrate.” He has been in various shelters, but prefers to keep to himself. “I have my freedom out here,” he said. “I’m not bothering anybody.” Harp is one of nearly 10,000 people who are homeless on any given night, according to a count done in 2005 by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. “There are some who just can’t fit into the norm, they want to be free to move around,” said Shirley Abrams, education coordinator for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “There’s always been a group like that.” last_img read more

R. Kelly pens song of healing for shooting victims

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Singer R. Kelly has written a new song, “Rise Up,” about healing after the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech. A gunman killed 32 people and himself on the university’s campus in Blacksburg, Va. “Rise Up” will be available digitally May 15, and 100 percent of the net proceeds from its sale will go to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, said Jive Records, Kelly’s record label. Kelly, 40, wrote the inspirational ballad after watching the events unfold on television. The lyrics include the lines: “Rise up, when you feel you can’t go on, rise up, and all of your hope is gone, rise up, when you’re weak and you can’t be strong.” The Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund was created to provide assistance victims’ families.last_img read more

Family mental health center marks 30 years of service

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – After three decades of treating thousands of local families, the Child and Family Center is celebrating 30 years of providing mental health services to the community. In 1976, the center opened as St. Stephen’s Special School, assisting kids with emotional, learning and behavioral problems by helping teach parents the special skills they needed. The center evolved in 1985 into the Santa Clarita Valley Special Children’s Center when counseling services for teens and their parents were added, then eventually became the Child And Family Center. Today, the center has grown into the community’s leading provider of comprehensive prevention, early intervention, diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic services for all ages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“When we opened our doors 30 years ago, we had no idea that our small clinic would grow to be a major provider of mental health services for a quarter of a million people,” said Liz Seipel, the center’s director and co-founder. The staff includes counselors, child psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, family and child counselors and pre-school teachers. “Mental wellness starts from the very first stages of life, continues through elementary school, adolescence, young adulthood and into full maturity of an individual,” said Ari Levy, executive program services director. “The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child rings no truer than in the mental health field, where the support of caring individuals heavily contributes to a child’s mental well-being.” The center’s philosophy is that early intervention and guidance in a child’s development can prevent serious problems later in life. The center operates as a private, nonprofit corporation and is a certified Medi-Cal community mental health clinic. To learn more, call Cheryl Jones at (661) 255-6847, Ext. 3018.last_img read more


first_imgKevin Cassidy has sensationally claimed that Jim McGuinness’s ‘tunnel vision’ cost Donegal the opportunity to win more All-Irelands.Kevin Cassidy has risked the wrath of Donegal GAA supporters by claiming Jim McGuinness COST Donegal more All-Ireland titles.Cassidy believes some of the decisions McGuinness made and some of the stances he took, ultimately hurt Donegal and cost them the opportunity to win more All-Ireland titles.He accused McGuinness of having tunnel vision and feels the fall-out Rory Gallagher and the departure of Mark McHugh from the squad could’ve been handled a whole lot better. In his Gaelic Life column Cassidy said, “Some will say that surely this must be a strength but, in the modern game, everything cannot always be black and white.“Situations and events will arise and you must show compassion and deal with individuals differently.“Leaving my own situation aside, I feel that the fall-out with Rory Gallagher (former assistant manager) and the loss of Mark McHugh could have been deal with a lot better.“I do feel that decisions and stances he took denied Donegal the opportunity to win one if not two more All Irelands. CASSIDY -“DECISIONS MCGUINNESS MADE COST US MORE ALL-IRELANDS” was last modified: October 10th, 2014 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) Tags:All-IrelandsGAAgaelic lifeJim McGuinnessKevin CassidynewsSportTunnel Visionlast_img read more

Steve Bruce to meet new Aston Villa owners on Wednesday amid Thierry Henry rumours

first_img 4 Jack Grealish has been linked with a big-money move to the Premier League The experience coach’s future at Villa Park has been under the spotlight since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens bought a 55 per cent majority shareholding of the Championship club last week.It is understood Bruce will sit down with at least one of Sawiris and Edens in a scheduled meeting on Wednesday.The 57-year-old’s future has been in limbo and he will ask for clarity amid speculation Arsenal legend and current Belgium assistant coach Henry has been lined up to replace him.“Thierry Henry would be a huge gamble, I hope they stick with Bruce”, ex-Villa star tells talkSPORTAhead of the meeting, Bruce was still expected to be in charge for the friendly against West Ham at Walsall on Wednesday evening.Villa lost the Championship play-off final 1-0 to Fulham in May which plunged them into chaos.The club missed a tax payment of £4.2million as it emerged owner Tony Xia had struggled to fund Villa all of last season. Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce will meet with the club’s new owners on Wednesday to seek assurances over his future, amid reports he could be replaced by Thierry Henry. 4 Steve Bruce’s future as Aston Villa manager is in doubt Thierry Henry has been strongly linked with the Aston Villa job center_img Tony Xia bought Villa for £76million in 2016 Former chief executive Keith Wyness was sacked, having initially been suspended, after falling out with Xia, who was unhappy Wyness was sounding out potential investors to safeguard the club’s financial future.Technical director Steve Round, a key ally for Wyness and Bruce, was also dismissed this month.Xia needed to find around £70million to meet their operating costs for the season, leaving him to seek the fresh investment Wyness was looking for anyway.He rejected an offer of £30million for 30 per cent before turning to Sawiris and Edens.The future of Jack Grealish is also likely to be on the agenda for Bruce and the owners. 4 4 Villa still need to find £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play rules, with Grealish their most saleable asset.Tottenham have been linked with an interest in the 22-year-old, who is said to be valued at £40m by the club.Leicester were also interested but the Foxes opted to sign James Maddison from Norwich instead, with Grealish apparently uninterested in a move to the King Power Stadium.last_img read more


first_imgGardai have recovered more human remains from the River Foyle which they believe will make identification much easier.The body is believed to be that of missing Lifford man David Colhoun who went missing eight months ago.The 22 year old escaped police custody in Strabane on May 22 and tried to swim across the River Foyle to his home. Divers, the PSNI, the Gardai and locals have spent months looking for his body.Some remains were found on Tuesday morning by workmen but more remains were found this morning which will make it possible to identify the body through dental records.The missing man’s heartbroken father Joe Colhoun said he was “110% sure” the body is his son.“The discovery of h rest of these remains will simply speed up the process and that will be a relief to us. “The pathologist can get down and do her job now and identify the remains through dental records,” he said.Mr Colhoun, who lost his wife Josephine through cancer last February, said we can now try to rebuild his life.“It now means we can have some closure and I can bury David with his mum.“It also means that we will not have to go down to the water every day hoping to find David’s body. He will be home soon and we can say a final goodbye to him,” he added. NEW REMAINS DISCOVERED IN SEARCH TO IDENTIFY BODY was last modified: February 29th, 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) Tags:bodyDavid ColhounJoe Colhounlast_img read more


first_imgLast St Patrick’s Day in Glenties…LAST year the Co Cork town of Bantry wrecked Glenties bid to set a new world record for having the most number of people dressed as leprechauns.Now a village in Co Limerick is going for the record – and hoping to wreck Donegal dreams again!Leprechauns of all shapes and sizes will invade Castleconnell in Co. Limerick this St Patrick’s Day in a bid to beat Bantry’s record of 1,263…and beat Glenties. Organisers of the parade are hoping to set a world record for the most leprechauns in the one place.The current record is held by Bandon in County Cork where 1,263 leprechauns attended their St Patrick’s Day parade last year – that was 200 more than Glenties.Tonight one of the Co Donegal organisers Carmel Doherty issued an SOS to would-be leprechauns to turn out in force, set a new record and beat those Limerick wreckers! And they’ve slashed the prices of the outfits in a bid to win“We have 1000 extra costumes made so we wont’ be outdone this year, so the BREAKING NEWS is that all adult costumes are now 5 euro and all children under 18 their outfits are free, this is to ensure we get all outfits used,” said Carmel.On St Patrick’s Day you collect your outfit on main street from 12 noon to 1 pm. Things to remember Black shoes, black trousers and white long sleeved top/shirt. Also everybody has to pay 2 euro registration to be part of the record attempt. CO LIMERICK TOWN’S BID TO WRECK GLENTIES LEPRECHAUN WORLD RECORD BID was last modified: March 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CO LIMERICK TOWN’S BID TO WRECK GLENTIES LEPRECHAUN WORLD RECORD BIDlast_img read more