LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Phiippines is hanging on a thread in in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers after its 92-88 loss to Kazakhstan Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Instead of tying Iran at the second place of Group F in the second round with a 6-3 record, Gilas Pilipinas fell to a 5-4 record fir a perilous third-place tie with Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kazakhstan, however, was able to score on the next possession on Anton Bykov’s layup with 12.7 seconds remaining.The loss put the Philippines in a bad spot since only the top three teams and the better of the two fourth placers in Groups E and F will advance to China for the World Cup.Gilas Pilipinas has to at least take sole possession of the third spot in Group F to prevent any complications through the course of the tournament.Lassiter said that this situation is a tough test for them and that they have to quickly move on and not dwell on the disappointment.“We have to learn from our mistakes. This will test our character especially now that we have our backs against the wall,” said Lassiter. “This is definitely a test to ourselves and we’ll work out on what we have to do. We made mistakes and we have to figure out what we did wrong.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And in just two days the Philippines will have to face the Iranians in an attempt to make up for lost ground, a game the Filipinos badly need in order for them to contend for a spot in the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China.Shooting guard Marcio Lassiter said they have no choice but to move on from the defeat no matter how painful it was.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s disappointing but at the same time we still have a chance and that’s all we can ask for that we still have a chance at this,” said Lassiter Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Lassiter finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting including a clutch three-pointer that cut the deficit to two, 90-88, with 26.1 seconds left in the game. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas can’t carry baggage from Kazakhstan loss into crucial Iran clash, says Guiao
The LEITI Secretariat says it is concerned about a headline story carried in the Tuesday, December 1, 2015 edition of the Daily Observer newspaper, which was also published online, titled: “60 Concessionaires Operating Illegally.” The article, authored by Leroy M. Sonpon III, quoted LIETI Sector Analyst, Sarnyenneh Dickson, as saying that an LEITI audit report, scheduled to be released this week, has unearthed massive violations and discrepancies in the extractive sector, with nearly all the contracts and permits awarded to concessionaires “not in compliance with the Liberian Law.” “Details contained in the article are grossly inconsistent,” the Secretariat said in a statement “substantially deviating from the facts provided by our staff (to whom) the attributions were made. We have outlined the inconsistencies below along with the facts. “Reference to an imminent LEITI report covering audit of concessions contracts is not true. There is no such report awaiting publication or release by the LEITI. The only review of this kind, known as the ‘Post Award Process Audit,’ was done by the LEITI in 2013, with the report published in May of the same year during a press conference attended by scores of journalists at the LEITI Secretariat in Monrovia. The report is available on the LEITI website on this link: http://www.leiti.org.lr/uploads/2/1/5/6/21569928/leiti_post_award_process_audit_final_report.pdf. “Since then, LEITI has not commissioned any audit of such nature, least to mention about releasing a report of that nature. “The author continued with the misrepresentation of facts on page 18, column 4, and paragraph 2 of your paper when he referred to the report being described as ‘the LEITI’s 6th Report’. While it is true that LEITI is preparing its 6th Annual Reconciliation Report, the annual LEITI reports are not audits of the concession award processes. Again, the current 6th LEITI Annual Reconciliation Report is still in draft, and as a matter of best practice, we would not discuss findings of a draft report in the public or to the press. “The author’s confusion about the report he was discussing was clearly displayed in the article when he mentioned two different scopes for the same report. On Page 18, column 3, he mentioned the reporting period as July 13, 2009 up to and including December 31, 2011, and on column 4, paragraph 3 of the same page, he recorded the period for the same report as fiscal year 2012/2013. The problem is, while our staff had mentioned that the LEITI would soon release it 6th Annual Reconciliation Report, and subsequently highlighted findings of the Post Award Process Audit, the reporter, failing to seek clarifications, treated these reports as one and related facts associated with both reports interchangeably.” “While we appreciate media coverage of our programs,” the statement signed by Samson Wonnah said, “we caution that information provided are accurate and/or are verified, as there is huge potential for conflict on issues bordering on resource governance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Albert Gordon has indicated that wind power is not reliable or consistent with the needs of customers and has prized integration from various sources as a more viable model.Businessman Haresh Narine SugrimHe made these comments at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearing on Tuesday. The CEO’s disclosure follows reports of at least two businessmen indicating their interest is setting up wind turbines to generate wind energy.There was a back and forth with Government and Berbice businessman Haresh Narine Sugrim who was awaiting his request to power his wind turbine to provide his Classic Hotel and Theatre with electricity and then make a profit by selling the remaining electricity to the Government of Guyana so that other residents could benefit.The wind energy projects came up for discussion at the Public Utilities Commission’s hearing at Cara Lodge on Tuesday, where GPL’s operating standards and performance targets were assessed. Commissioner Rajendra Bissessar citing reports of the investors interested in establishing wind turbines, questioned if the power company was considering this form of clean energy especially since it forms part of Government’s Green Agenda Strategy. While acknowledging that GPL is mandated to follow State polices, CEO Gordon conceded that wind energy is not consistent with the needs of consumers.“For the wind project, that’s not very consistent, it’s not what we would call firm capacity – it happens when the wind blows, you’ll have to study the data to know reliabilities but you can’t predict exactly. We don’t want to subject all customers to a supply that is pretty much guaranteed to be fluctuating regularly so the best thing is to integrate those into a larger system that can absorb the variations,” he observed.The wind turbineThe CEO explained that integration may be the most appropriate model as GPL’s unstable system suffered several shutdowns last year. “Essentially what we have is a very unstable system as was indicated last year, the entire system went down 25 times, in one year but it’s not a reflection of management or the operations per say, it’s the nature of the configuration of the system,” he said.Berbice businessman Sugrim was expected to commission a new US$75,000 wind turbine at Skeldon Line Path in January of this year but he later said he was forced to send the equipment back to India, as Government was lagging to take up his offer. However, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson last week refuted the hotelier’s claims, saying that the businessman was advised that it was currently not possible for an individual to connect to the grid unless the supply met the minimum of 1.5 MW.Apart from Sugrim’s shelved interest, there was another project which Government had announced months after taking office in 2015 where it said it would facilitate a US$50 million, 25-megawatt wind farm project at Hope Beach, East Coast of Demerara. However, discussions relating to this project were also seemingly shelved as the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) decried that the project involved a party-affiliated investor, Lloyd Singh.Guyana Times reported last year that there were negotiations to bring the wind farm to fruition but PPP/C Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill voiced concerns over transparency and accountability of the project.“The issue with the wind farm is that they must be able to come clean and show what price GPL will be buying. Is it cheaper than hydro? Would it be driving down the present bill for GPL that will positively impact the rate the consumers are paying? Or would it be a cash cow for an [Alliance For Change] AFC financier. Because with the hydro, we were bringing down the cost of electricity to 10 to 12 cents (US) per kilowatt for power,” Edghill had explained.Guyana Times had also reported that the AFC had identified International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) proprietor Lloyd Singh as an investor in the wind farm, with responsible for the party’s acquisition of its multimillion-dollar headquarters in February of 2016.
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Senior Canucks are Coy Cup Champions.Saturday night the Canucks played the Kelowna Sparta and came away with a 10-4 win capturing the title.According to the Williams Lake Tribune, Wesley Shipton, Frederic Tanguay and Mike Lalonde each scored two goals in the game, with the other four coming from, Kole Noms, Colten Gies, Evan Weavel and John Howes.- Advertisement -Evan Weaver of the Canucks was named the Tournament MVP and Wesley Shipton was named the MVP of Coy Cup final.The Senior Canucks beat the Fort St. John Senior Flyers to advance to the Coy Cup in Williams Lake.The Coy Cup was donated to BC Hockey by Colonel Coy of the 50th Gordon Highlanders (now the 16th Scottish) of Victoria, BC. It is emblematic of the Senior AA Amateur Hockey Championship of BC. The first Coy Cup was awarded to the Enderby Hockey Club in the 1922-1923 season.Advertisement
0Shares0000Raheem Sterling’s opening goal was his first in 1,102 days for England, even more remarkable given he added his second 22 minutes later © AFP / JORGE GUERREROSEVILLA, Spain, Oct 15 – Raheem Sterling scored twice as England delivered one of their finest victories of the modern era by beating Spain 3-2 in Seville on Monday.Away from home, and against a Spanish side in scintillating form under their new coach Luis Enrique, this was certainly England’s best win under Gareth Southgate and, perhaps, their most impressive since thrashing Germany 5-1 in Munich in 2001. Marcus Rashford was the other scorer in a breathless opening 45 minutes, which witnessed Spain conceding three on home soil for the first time in their history.“To play the way they did, this should be a great reference point for this team for the future,” Southgate said.Paco Alcacer, on as a substitute, headed in before the hour to spark hopes of a comeback but England were home and dry by the time Sergio Ramos scored in the 98th minute, with the last action of the match.Spain’s Sergio Ramos scored in the 98th minute but too late to change the final result, 3-2 to England © AFP / JORGE GUERREROIt means England keep alive their hopes of finishing top of Group 4 in the UEFA Nations League, the position Spain had needed only a point to all-but-guarantee would be theirs.It was a night for streaks ending and records tumbling. Sterling’s opening goal was his first in 1,102 days for England, even more remarkable given he added his second 22 minutes later.“The only thing we did say is when he scores he will score again,” Southgate said. “He managed to do so pretty quickly.”The last time England won away against Spain was 1987 — which was also when they last scored against Spain away from home, Gary Lineker on target.With an average age of just over 23, this was also the youngest England starting line-up in the 21st century. That will be the most exciting aspect for Southgate.For Spain, Alcacer now has an astonishing 10 goals from his last 10 shots on target. But defeat represents something of a reality check. “Waving the flag for goals,” read Marca’s front page on Monday. They had scored 12 in three games since Luis Enrique took charge.“Clearly it wasn’t our night,” he said. “We have made mistakes on an individual level and their goals were medicine for them and poison for us.”England’s Harry Kane (R) showed the value of a top-class centre forward to set up England’s second goal in a 3-2 win over Spain © AFP / CRISTINA QUICLERBut Eric Dier set the tone early on. He left Sergio Busquets, sluggish throughout, hopping out of his first pass and then slid through Ramos, who was also out of sorts.After a frantic start, England settled and in the 13th minute, scored. Under pressure at the back, they kept the ball until the risk was too great and Jordan Pickford drove forward to Harry Kane.With Spain caught upfield, he was able to turn and find Rashford, whose quick switch set Sterling free. He finished into the top corner.“We are staying up,” sang the away support as Thiago Alcantara danced around England’s midfield with flicks and tricks. But to little effect.Instead, Kane showed the value of a top-class centre forward for England’s second. He outmuscled Ramos to win Pickford’s punt downfield, outpaced Nacho to the loose ball with a superb reverse pass in behind. Rashford only had to finish.Spain’s early confidence was gone and England added a third before the interval, which was greeted by whistles from the home fans.Ross Barkley’s sumptuous ball over the top caught Ramos napping again and Kane squared for Sterling to tap in. “Are you Scotland in disguise?” came the taunt from the corner.Spain were sent out early for the second period, among them Alcacer, who replaced Saul. He scored with his first touch, heading in Marco Asensio’s corner, given away after a fumble by Pickford.It was a nightmare few minutes for England’s goalkeeper, who then dallied and was tackled by Rodrigo.Pickford scrambled the ball away but probably fouled Rodrigo in the process and Spain were adamant they deserved a penalty. The referee was not convinced.England played for time, with a handful of players going down injured, and Spain’s pressure gradually eased. Rodrigo shot wide in the final 10 minutes. Asensio went even closer.Marcos Alonso then deflected onto the bar deep into injury time and Ramos headed home in the 98th minute. But there was not even time for a restart. England’s win was complete.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Last month, the department told 200 to 300 diplomats that they were “prime candidates” for the 48 vacant positions that will come open in Iraq next summer. They had until Tuesday to accept or to offer a medical or family reason not to go. Those without a compelling reason would have been subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal. But on Tuesday, citing the rising number of volunteers, the department extended the window for more diplomats to come forward and officials said they would not begin ordering anyone to Iraq until next week, if at all. At the Oct. 31 town-hall meeting, hundreds of diplomats applauded when one likened a forced tour in Iraq to a “potential death sentence.” Some at the session questioned the ethics of ordering unarmed civilians into a war zone and expressed concerns about a lack of training and medical care for those who have served.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The announcement will be major relief for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the department’s senior management. They had struggled to quell a revolt among diplomats who questioned the ethics of ordering unarmed civilians into a war zone under penalty of dismissal. But the officials said Rice had intended to go ahead with directed assignments if not enough volunteers had come forward. They also said the department may have to resort to such a measure in the future. The prospect of the largest diplomatic call-up since Vietnam had caused an uproar among the 11,500-member Foreign Service. At a contentious town-hall meeting this month, the strength of their opposition came into public view as some diplomats protested the forced assignments, citing safety and security concerns. The complaints were a deep embarrassment to the department and led Rice and her deputy, John Negroponte, to remind diplomats of their duty to serve their government anywhere they are needed. Both sent worldwide cables urging foreign service officers to volunteer. More than 1,500 diplomats have volunteered to work in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. But the resistance to forced assignments generated bitter criticism of the diplomatic corps; some Internet commentators accused the foreign service of cowardice and treason. WASHINGTON – The State Department is dropping plans to force diplomats to serve in Iraq because volunteers have filled all 48 vacant positions at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and in outlying provinces, The Associated Press has learned. The department will announce it no longer needs to move to “directed assignments” for Iraq once personnel panels give a formal OK to foreign service officers who signed up for the remaining three open jobs, U.S. officials said Thursday. Those three diplomats have won tentative approval, they said. The announcement could come as early as today, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. Officials had indicated this week that a forced call-up might not be necessary after volunteers cut the number of vacant posts to 11 by Tuesday. All were filled by Thursday with only the final screening process for the last three spots pending, they said.
Tottenham Hotspur duo Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are set to follow in Harry Kane’s footsteps and sign new deals, report the Daily Mirror.Strike star Kane has penned a new six-year contract with the club and now a number of other Spurs players are going to do similar. Alli and Eriksen formed a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield in 2017/18 with the Lilywhites finishing third and reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup.And their form has persuaded the club to offer them improved terms in a bid to stave off the elite European sides who are watching the situation closely.As well as Alli and Eriksen, it’s believed Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, and Heung-Min Son could be set for new contracts too. 1
A Letterkenny woman whose husband-to-be died as a result of an asthma attack has been honoured for her work in helping other asthma sufferers.Michelle and Nathan in happier times.Michelle O’Donnell was left devastated when her fiancé Nathan Wilmot died in October, 2012, just a week before they were due to marry.As a result of this tragedy, Michele has become extremely proactive in raising much needed donations and awareness for the Asthma Society of Ireland. With the help of family and friends Michele managed to raise €3,902 from recent fundraising events held in Letterkenny, which included a bucket collection and two football matches. The events were held in October 2013 to coincide with the first year anniversary of Nathan’s death.Asthma Society of Ireland Fundraising Manager, Fergal Smyth said, “The level of commitment shown by our volunteers this year, raising money in these difficult times, was remarkable.”“At the Asthma Society of Ireland we are committed to improving the quality of life and standard of care for patients and the money raised by our team of volunteers goes directly towards the provision of vital services for over 470,000 people in Ireland with asthma.”“The Asthma Society of Ireland would like to thank Michele and everyone involved in helping to raise this money. These funds are the lifeblood of our organistaion and we appreciate every cent raised,” he concluded. Michele receives her award from the Asthma Society. DONEGAL WOMAN WHOSE FIANCÉ DIED BEFORE WEDDING HONOURED was last modified: February 7th, 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:asthma societyawarddonegalletterkennyMichelle O’DonnellNathan Wilmot
16 April 2009Visually impaired South Africans will be able to cast their votes secretly for the first time on a Braille ballot sheet during next week’s general elections.Chief Electoral Officer Pansy Tlakula said the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) had developed the Braille template to ensure that blind South Africans enjoyed similar rights as others at polling stations countrywide.Tlakula said each polling station would be provided with one such template for the national election and another for the provincial election. The templates were produced in Cape Town. South Africa is the second country, after Japan, to produce the model.Raised dotsAccording to the IEC, the Braille ballot, from left to right, will have a number, the abbreviation of the party’s name, and raised dots leading to a small window where the voter makes his or her mark.One in every four booths will be broader, with a lower voting table, and each polling station queue will feed into an area where such a booth is available.MilestoneSpeaking to BuaNews in Pretoria this week, South African National Council for the Blind President William Rowland said the introduction of the Braille ballot was a milestone for the country’s visually impaired people.Being visually impaired, Rowland said that he was given the opportunity last week to cast two mock ballots at the IEC offices, which he found to be easy and effective.“For the first time, blind people who can read Braille will have a truly secret vote,” Rowland said.Voter assistanceIn previous elections, visually impaired people were able to cast their votes with the assistance of a person of their own choice over the age of 18. This method will still be used during this year’s elections, as the vast majority of visually impaired South Africans do not read Braille.Source: BuaNews
Follow along as pro colorist Rob Bessette guides a tour of his color suite at Boston’s Finish Post. Discover workflow secrets and explore a real-deal professional environment.Images via Cinematography DatabaseIf you’ve ever wanted to see how the pros work, now’s your chance. In the video below, professional colorist Rob Bessette shows off his color grading suite and workspace at Finish Post in Boston. In this clip from the Cinematography Database, you’ll see the full DaVinci Resolve suite in action and learn about the color grading workflow while clients are in the room with you.You may note the gray color of the suite, which is the best color for your workspace — as it will not influence the actual color grade of the project.If you’re looking to build your own color grading space, be sure to read our guide on the basics of a color suite. Also note all the lighting in the room, which is kept to a minimum during coloring. Here’s a great post from Pro Video Coalition on the ideal lighting for color suites.The machine at Finish Post is state of the art, as it requires massive amounts of computing power to handle live color grades for clients to analyze and request adjustments. This really cool behind-the-scenes video shows you what it really takes to color grade in terms of equipment. From high-end computers and the color grading control board, to professionally calibrated monitors — this color suite has it all.For more, check out our interview with Rob Bessette, in which we talk about the evolving role of a colorist, the increase of web video advertisements, and advice for up-and-coming colorists.