Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 But the Lady Maroons proved that no lead is insurmountable as long as there is a strong belief it can be conquered.Despite the odds, Okumu never doubted his players, who, led by veteran stars Ayel Estranero and Isa Molde, delivered and rewarded their coach.“I kept saying we can this today. There’s no tomorrow, ” said Okumu, who has transformed the Lady Maroons to become a champion team in just a year since taking over the team following the resignation of Jerry Yee.“We talked at the start of the fifth set about how much do we want to win. In order for us to get the championship, all of us need to want it that’s why everyone actually never gave up until the end,” said Estranero, who made the title-clinching service ace.Estranero and Molde combined for six of the Lady Maroons’ last eight points, but for them, it takes a team to win a championship.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Okumu, obviously, needed more time to absorb everything.“Wow,” said an overwhelmed Okumu, who was left speechless moments after the Lady Maroons orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in Philippine volleyball in recent memory to clinch the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference championship on Wednesday night.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 ChrissIt was UP’s first major volleyball title in 36 years and it took an improbable run that only these resolute Lady Maroons could pull off.A winner-take-all Game 3 was imminent after Far Eastern University, which also mounted a spirited rally of its own down two sets to none and trailing, 5-13, in the third set, zoomed to a commanding 13-7 advantage. Sapporo expected to drop out of 2026 Winter Olympic bid race “Isa won’t be able to score if no one’s going to defend, I won’t be able to set if no one’s going to play defense. It was a collective effort from everyone, from the coaches, the players even those on the bench,” Estranero said.UP rose from 7-13 down in the fifth set to seize a historic crown and Okumu couldn’t have put it any better.“Miracles happen. This is one of those volleyball miracles.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP celebrates after outlasting FEU in 5 sets to claim the PVL Collegiate Conference championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonUniversity of the Philippines coach Godfrey Okumu walked inside the Filoil Flying V Centre press room in a daze.He sat down on a monobloc chair facing the media and gathered himself to let what had just transpired sink in.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
After being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma earlier this month and spending three weeks in Cuba, President David Granger is expected to return to that country on Tuesday next to continue his chemotherapy treatment.State Minister Joseph Harmon during his weekly post-Cabinet briefing on Friday disclosed that, even though Granger’s workload has been reduced, he remains in charge of the state’s business.Harmon highlighted, nevertheless, that the president has been “giving orders” and is “conducting meetings” on a regular basis. Further, he noted that even though Granger is in much better health than when he left Guyana, he is required to visit Cuba frequently depending on his treatment schedule.The president was required to return to Havana at a time prescribed by his medicalPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra Grangerteam in order to evaluate the progress of his recovery and to extend his treatment schedule.On October 30, 2018, the President and First Lady Sandra Granger travelled to Cuba for him to undergo medical tests after he complained of feeling unwell.He was subsequently diagnosed with a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.He was discharged from the hospital on November 6 after undergoing a series of tests and surgical procedures. He returned to Guyana on November 20 after he was given approval by his medical team to travel.His restriction to travel has led to the president not voting at the Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12.
…new Pakistan, Thailand diplomats accreditedAs Guyana continues to forge ahead with its Green State initiative, it is looking to capitalise on the strengthened diplomatic relations to tap into strategies adopted by its Asian counterparts, aimed at fighting the effects of climate change.This was revealed by President David Granger on Wednesday morning as he accredited new diplomats from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Kingdom of Thailand, with the acceptance of their Letters of Credence at State House.The new Pakistani High Commissioner, Najm Us Saqib, said his country is looking to deepening relations with South American and Caribbean nations including Guyana, which offer opportunities for both countries to explore and gain from each other’s best practices.“Pakistan considers Guyana as an important country in the Region and would wish to strengthen bilateral relations in our States. Pakistan and Guyana have friendlyGuyana’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Thailand, Surasak Suparat, presenting his Letters of Credence to President David Granger as Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and the Ministry’s Director General Audrey Waddell look onrelations and it is our desire that these relations should be strengthened in all fields including trade, agriculture, health, IT (Information Technology), investments and joint ventures… As High Commissioner of Pakistan (to Guyana), it would be my honest endeavour to work towards these objectives,” the Pakisanti Diplomat stated.Meanwhile, President Granger noted that Guyana looks forward to strengthening its 50-year-old relations with Pakistan in the areas outlined by the new High Commissioner. However, he posited that Guyana is particularly interested in working with the Asian country to advance policies which will arrest the adverse effects of climate change and promote green growth.“Guyana is moving towards the establishment of a Green State, one that would place emphasis on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our bio-diversity, promotion of energy from renewable sources and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation,” he outlined.To this end, the Head of State noted that Guyana is happy to learn that the Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan has started a project with the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency titled ‘Geomatic Centre for Climate Change andThe newly accredited Pakistani High Commissioner to Guyana, Najm Us Saqib; along with President David Granger; Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and the Ministry’s Director General, Audrey WaddellSustainable Development.’“That project encourages application of Satellite Remote Sensing (SRS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Positioning System (GPS) technologies in environmental monitoring and decision-making. Guyana looks forward to learn about the application of these technologies from Pakistan,” he stated.On the other hand, the Head of State posited that Guyana is also looking forward to joining forces with the Kingdom of Thailand to tackle climate change.“Guyana and Thailand both face the common threats of climate change. Both countries are taking actions to improve climate adaptation and mitigation. The agriculture and fisheries sectors of both countries are vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. We could learn from each other’s experience in building climate resilience economies,” President Granger stated.On this note, the newly accredited Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Thailand, Surasak Suparat, committed to deepen diplomatic ties between the two countries, which were first established some 31 years ago.The two newly accredited diplomats are non-residence appointments and are both based in neighbouring Brazil.
Court-ordered Article 106 March 19 elections– Chairman fails to says when ‘green light’ will be givenAs time continues to wind down on the constitutionally mandated and court-ordered General and Regional Elections by March 19, Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield, said he has been waiting since January for instructions from the Elections BODY to begin preparations for the polls but no word has been forthcoming from the Commission. Its Chairman, Justice James Patterson, was unable to tell reporters at a news conference on Friday why a decision is yet to be made.“Approval has got to be granted to the secretariat for us to move into that mode… At this time, had that approval been provided, there would’ve been training tomorrow at some place. The ink issue and the seals and so on… would’ve been ordered and we would’ve been in a place moving towards a constitutional deliverable,” Lowenfield stated.The seven-member Elections Commission is responsible for making decisions which will then be executed by the Secretariat and according to the Chief Elections Officer, he has been pleading with the decision-making body to give them the ‘green light’ to start elections preparations.“You gotta move me into a mode, you can just say nothing to the secretariat. I’m flat-footed now… Here is the CEO pleading for the authority of my Commission to get active, to be part of whatever process is going to emerge when the decision is made. I’m already at go, you say move. But then the discussions go on and on…,” he asserted.Nevertheless, Lowenfield posited that there are Commissioners who are willing to move forward with elections preparations but he emphasised that there needs to be unison on the part of the elections body on the way forward.However, when asked what is holding up the Commissioner from giving the Secretariat the go ahead, Justice Patterson, who is the head of the Commission, refuses to say. In fact, he insisted that he cannot make the Commission come to a consensus on the way forward.GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson at Friday’s press conference surrounded by PRO Yolanda Warde, CEO Keith Lowenfied and Deputy CEO Roxanne Meyers“That is not my ball to call. I’m Chairman of a commission, I can’t initiate and have implemented policy… [Deciding the way forward] depends on the circumstances that confront me. [The Commissioners] might take whatever wisdom I have to offer or they may not. There are people out there who feel the Commissioner has a special power to direct things. What I do is guide,” Justice Patterson told reporters on Friday.Further pressed as to what circumstances would cause him to initiate that the Commission make a decision on the way forward, the Chairman said he could not think of any at the moment. Justice Patterson went on to emphasis that the Chairman alone does not constitute the Commission.“You have to ask the Commissioners… individual Commissioners [what is holding up the decision on the way forward]… I can’t speak on behalf of the Commissioners unless it’s agreed to,” the Chairman asserted.Meanwhile, during Friday’s press conference, the CEO firmly stated that elections cannot be held by the constitutionally due and court-ordered March 19 date. This, he noted, is as a result of the amount of preparations needed.It was noted that a total of 148 days is needed to prepare for elections and according to Lowenfield, if the Secretariat now gets the go ahead to commence elections preparations, then the country could head to the polls sometime in July 2019.Public Relations Officer at GECOM, Yolanda Ward, explained that with each passing day and no instruction from the Commission, a potential date for elections keeps getting pushed back.Meanwhile, Deputy CEO, Roxanne Meyers, added that if a July date is being considered then it will have to be taken into account that the List of Electorates would be invalid since it would have expired on April 30.According to Lowenfield, the options available to update the list are house-to-house registration, which will take some nine months, or a Claims and Objections (C&O) period which can last some 35 days. The latter, he noted, is the most favourable option which will see the use of the expired list being used as a preliminary list in the process of creating a new Official List of Electors (OLE).“…for the purposes of this elections, what the Secretariat has suggested to the Commission is that we do a C&O with registration for a duration of 28 days period and a seven days objections period with the view… towards an early deliverable for elections,” he stated.The Chief Elections Officer disclosed that the elections body had used the C&O mechanism in the past for the production of an OLE for the hosting of polls.As time progresses without any move towards the hosting of elections, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Opposition is accusing the Elections Commission of deliberately delaying polls.
Schwarzenegger said he ran out of time to negotiate both issues because of the 51-day budget standoff engineered by Senate Republicans over the summer. But the Legislature’s enduring ideological disagreements contributed at least as much to the lack of action. The discord is not only between the two parties, which hold views on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but also between the parties and the centrist governor, who began the year with a much-publicized promise to bring bipartisan cooperation to the fractious state capital. On health care, for example, Schwarzenegger and the Democrats cannot agree on how much to charge employers to fund an expansion of insurance. The state needs to raise billions of dollars to cover the 4.9 million Californians without insurance, since many will need subsidies. With no hope of gaining Republican approval for the tax increases they want, Schwarzenegger and the Democrats plan to ask voters to approve it for them instead, probably on the November 2008 ballot. A ballot measure could include levies on employers and hospitals, as the governor has proposed, as well as a sales tax increase proposed by business. But businesses that supported the sales tax to avoid new taxes on employers might revolt if both are included in a ballot measure. Analysts say such a measure would only pass if it had a broad coalition backing it. Schwarzenegger is also trying to avoid directly endorsing a sales tax, a delicate issue after he spent last year telling his Republican base to stick with him because he would not raise taxes. Labor, meanwhile, is leery of the sales tax and wants employers to pay as much as possible, to take the pressure off workers to pay rising health costs. Unions supported a Democratic plan that would have nearly doubled the tax Schwarzenegger proposed. The ideological divide is just as apparent on water issues, although the problems may be even more pressing than health care. In the delta, lawmakers are grappling with a collapsing ecosystem, sea levels that are projected to rise because of climate change, crumbling levees and unchecked proliferation of invasive species. Water supplies also were cut back this summer because of the low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and the dwindling population of the delta smelt. A federal court ruling that blamed pumping for much of the delta smelt’s decline could cut water exports much more – by as much as a third, according to state officials. “The federal judge really threw down the gauntlet,” said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. “He said either you guys get something done, or you are not going to have any water.” Republicans say new dams should be built, in part, to allow more water to be stored elsewhere. But environmentalists reject dams because they change the natural flow of rivers and trap fish.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – After a year of gridlock, lawmakers say they want to reach deals with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to reform health care and improve the state’s water supply. But a special legislative session called last week by the governor might not result in consensus and compromise. On health care, the governor and Democrats still do not have the Republican support they need to legislate reform, and their plan now is to seek voter approval through a ballot initiative. On water, environmentalists have locked horns with Republicans over the dams they say are needed to store water. Many Democrats spent most of the year refusing to negotiate, and no deal has emerged, despite a developing drought and a court order that will force the state to stop pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – which supplies two-thirds of the state’s water.
The Chairperson of the Donegal County Community Forum, Paula Leonard, has been elected to the Irish National Community and Voluntary Forum (INCVF) National Executive. Paula was one of 10 out of 23 candidates elected to the Executive at its AGM in Dublin on Saturday, April 2nd. Over a hundred delegates from throughout Ireland attended the event.The INCVF is the national representative body of County and City Fora which were established as part of the local government reform process. Established in November 2003, this national structure supports County Community and Voluntary Fora in their role in representing the community voice in local government structures. Two other delegates, Lawrence McManus from the South Forum and Seamus Rodgers from the Gaeltacht Forum also attended the meeting and were delighted to have a Donegal delegate elected on the day.Seamus Rodgers, who previously served on the INCVF, welcomed the election of the Donegal chairperson to the National Executive, emphasising that this is a critical time to have issues effecting communities in Donegal heard at the National level.Speaking after her election on Saturday, Paula highlighted her reasons for seeking to become involved in the national structure at this time. “There have been huge cutbacks to the community sector over the past eighteen months, and although the INCVF is only one way to lobby around these issues, it will give us an important voice nationally.“The INCVF will be meeting various Government Ministers over the coming weeks and I will be using this opportunity to let them know that the cuts to the poorest and most vulnerable in society cannot continue.“The Donegal County Community Forum will continue to lobby both locally and nationally to ensure retention of essential supports and services provided by community and voluntary groups,” she said.EndsDONEGAL DELEGATE ELECTED TO TOP TABLE OF NATIONAL COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY FORUM was last modified: April 5th, 2011 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)
County Championship Semi-FinalNaomh Muire 5-11 V Aodh Rua 2-02A truly outstanding performance by the young Naomh Muire side against Aodh Rua Ballyshannon played this morning in Killygordon. The girls dominated throughout to get into the Club’s first Minor County Final.Naomh Muire will play St Eunan’s in the final. NAOMH MUIRE MINOR LADIES PROGRESS TO COUNTY FINAL was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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:NAOMH MUIRE MINOR LADIES PROGRESS TO COUNTY FINAL
THE debate on euthanasia in Ireland is set to intensify after a Co Donegal woman who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis asked her partner to help her die.Marie Fleming, 59, a former lecturer at UCD, wants the option to end her own life and believes her partner Tom Curran should be allowed to help her.The European Union is set to ban euthanasia. But Mr Curran is part of a campaign group – Exit International – which wants to practice of euthanasia, or assisted suicide, to be allowed.His partner Marie’s condition has deteriorated in recent years but she does want the right to make a choice on how she dies.“After we weighed up everything I promised Marie that if she did want to end her life I would help her,” said Tom, who gave up his job in IT to care around the clock for his wife.“By even telling you that I researched what would happen to me if I helped bring about a peaceful death for Marie, I’m breaking the law, but to me that’s absolutely crazy.” He went on: “I love Marie, and part of that love says to me it’s her right to have the option (to die) and if nobody else is prepared to give her that option, then my love for her means I have that job to do.”The 65-year-old admits that if he does help Marie in any way, he will probably go to jail.“I detach myself when talking about Marie’s situation; it’s as if I’m talking theoretically, because that’s the only way I can cope with it. It tears me apart, of course — I’m only human, but it would tear me apart more to see Marie suffer, beyond the point where she doesn’t want to tolerate it,” he said.His organisation has set up branches now in Belfast, Cork and Dublin.He added: “We don’t break the law but we suggest to people that they should prepare for the future. We want the Government to be more humane in their approach to euthanasia but it’s hard to get them to even talk about it.” DONEGAL MS SUFFERER: ‘I LOVE HER SO MUCH, I WILL HELP HER TO DIE’ SAYS PARTNER was last modified: February 6th, 2012 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)
DOG BLOG – WITH CLARE BOYLEI have found in the past few weeks that I have been increasingly asked about toilet training!Not an easy task to master but if you follow simple steps, it can be achieved. There are many products on the market designed with this problem in mind but although their intentions are good, not all work unfortunately so we want to solve this problem without fuss and without too much expense with the added bonus of it being quick and proven! Where do we start?First of all invest in a training crate which can be purchased from any reputable pet shop. Make a comfortable bed using washable blankets and place some durable chewy toys in for amusement. DONT LEAVE WATER OR FOOD IN THE CRATE.To ensure a happy household, follow the easy steps below to house train your dog.1.First thing when you get up in the morning, take the puppy out to the specific spot you wish to designate as the toilet area. 2.Bring the dog in and feed breakfast. Leave food down for 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t eat or finish it, pick it up and put it away.3.Take the puppy out immediately it has finished or after the 15 minutes to the toilet area and wait for about 10 minutes and (importantly) praise the puppy for being in the place which will encourage the puppy to use the area.4.Bring the puppy in house for “play time” or run around and “house” time.5.Around mid morning, put the puppy into the cage for a midmorning nap. (Remember puppies need a LOT of sleep)6.As soon as the puppy wakes up, take the puppy out immediately to the toilet area and wait till the puppy does its business. Once again, praise the dog thoroughly! 7.Feed the puppy lunchtime meal and once again, allow 15 minutes to eat and then either pick up remaining food or empty bowl and take the puppy straight out to toilet area immediately and wait till puppy does its business. Praise and if the weather is good, allow the puppy time to play outside and investigate.8.After a period of time outside, bring the puppy in and put into the crate for an afternoon nap.9.When the puppy wakes up, take outside immediately to the toilet area and wait till puppy has done its business and bring it inside. Use this period of time to either play or groom your puppy to get the bond of trust needed with puppies. Quiet play or peaceful stroking.Feed the puppy its evening meal and then take it immediately outside to the toilet area and wait till it has done its business and praise the puppy immediately. Use the time following this to allow the puppy to play in or outside or just investigating. Should the puppy fall asleep, make sure that as soon as he wakes up, you take the puppy to the toilet area immediately!!Just before you finish for the night, take the puppy outside to the toilet area for a final time.Remember, after each meal, every time he wakes up take the puppy out to the toilet area and remember to praise after each meal. Also important to remember when playing with the puppy, if it gets very excited and enjoys the playing, once you stop, the puppy will need to out to the toilet area as young pups can’t control their bladders after excitement until they reach around 16 – 20 weeks. The puppy may cry and howl the first night or two in the crate, but do not give in and go down and see the puppy, just put some music on and leave it alone.PETS: CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOG was last modified: February 19th, 2012 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:PETS: CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOG
The 2015-16 season featured many thrilling moments and accomplishments for Drake athletics. From conference titles, outstanding team and individual accomplishments, postseason appearances and significant regular season victories, the Bulldogs had plenty to celebrate as they look forward to the upcoming season. Before embarking on 2016-17, www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com will take a look back at the top 10 moments of the 2015-16 throughout the month of July.The No. 10 moment of 2015-16 comes from the Blue Oval on April 30 when Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) outlasted a tough field and conditions to become a Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee Champion with an 8:49.14 finish in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.McCann became the first Bulldog to win a Drake Relays title since 2013 and the first to win the steeplechase since 1981.”My freshman year  Brogan Austin won the 5k here and just seeing him win it was pretty inspirational,” McCann said upon claiming the title. “Now we’ve got some good momentum, first him and now me. I don’t think Drake champions will be unusual in the future.”McCann pulled away and held his lead down the stretch over Eastern Michigan’s Willy Fink to add to his already impressive career as a Bulldog.”I’m trying to keep myself in check right now because it [winning at the Drake Relays] hasn’t sunk in yet and I have a long season ahead,” McCann added. “It is a nice bonus midway through the season, so I’m pretty happy for that.”McCann would go on to win the Missouri Valley Conference title in the event with a personal best of 8:43.00 and advance to the NCAA West Preliminary round. Check back on July 8 as the No. 9 moment of 2015-16 is unveiled.Print Friendly Version