Show of force

first_imgLakay’s Pacio faces Japanese, kicks off One’s 2019 season After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After averaging 25.5 turnovers in the first two games, Alaska only had 15 for Game 3, with Chris Banchero finishing with 11 assists against just two errors. Harris, who came into the contest norming six errors a game, had three.“While it would be great to hope for this (blowout win) to happen again, it won’t,” Compton said of his expectations for Wedensday’s Game 4 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We’re going to bring the same level of intensity, but I don’t expect for one minute it will be like this.”Magnolia coach Chito Victolero accepted defeat by crediting how better prepared the Aces were. However, he had things to say about the game officials.“Just give credit to the Alaska team, they prepared (well) for this game,” Victolero said.“But I kept reviewing the tapes. For this game, the Alaska players were the ones holding my players and they weren’t calling the fouls. I just want consistency. Yes, I’m calling their attention now. Let’s be consistent.”ADVERTISEMENT “I’m glad that we won, but we’re still down (in the series),” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “I expect Game 4 to be a lot more like Game 2 (which was close). I guarantee you, this (blowout of the Hotshots) will not happen again.”“I’m shocked,” Compton said of their 29-point victory. “I didn’t expect this.”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 ChrissImport Mike Harris scored 36 points and had 18 rebounds in just three quarters, and Compton pulled rabbits out of his hat in Abe Galliguez and Carl Bryan Cruz to register their first win in the series.Romeo Travis scored 18 points and Mark Barroca 13 for the Hotshots, who will have three days to regroup.The startling difference in this game, aside from the score, was how well the Aces executed and minimized their mistakes. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Adjusting on the match-ups and with his charges taking care of the ball a lot better this time, Alaska carved out an authoritative Game 3 win over Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup title series.After losing the first two games of the best-of-seven series in contrasting styles, the Aces broke away in the second quarter to cut the Magnolia lead to 2-1 after a 100-71 victory at Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Albayalde says remnants of AKP, BIFF groups may disrupt BOL plebiscite PLAY LIST 00:59Albayalde says remnants of AKP, BIFF groups may disrupt BOL plebiscite02:59Senate okays bill on Bangsamoro Organic Law00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

‘Cellcom Playing Politics’

first_imgALP Standard Bearer and former Maritime boss, Benoni W. UreyMobile telecommunications subscribers in Liberia are watching with great interest and anticipation as the rivalry between Cellcom Telecommunications and Lonestar Cell MTN escalates. The rivalry has raged on for several years now, mainly as a war of wit, with both companies using highly creative, yet provocative marketing messages attempting to woo customers to either side. But this war of wit has escalated to a vicious war of words – blunt, scathing, shaming public remarks that might soon require the intervention of an umpire. Telco Sector ‘Politicized’In a sharp reaction to a press statement released earlier this week by Cellcom, Lonestar warned her rival not to politicize the telecommunications sector. Cellcom had reacted to a Mach 14, 2016 letter by Benoni Urey, Chairman of Lonestar Cell MTN, which called the attention of the President of Liberia to apparent damaging effects of certain promotions (he called them ‘freebies’) offered by telecommunications service providers to the Liberian economy. Urey, in his March 14, 2016 letter, explained how the government of Liberia was losing tens of millions of United States dollars in potential tax revenue as a result of the promotions. He also linked the loss of potential tax revenue to loss of industry revenue and subsequent loss of industry jobs. Cellcom, however, dismissed Urey’s claims as “carefully calculated attempts to prolong Lonestar/MTN’s goal of restricting competition and thereby continuing to exploit the Liberian people.” Cellcom also described its own promotions as “a way of giving back to the people of Liberia and ensuring that Liberians have a little extra money in their pockets.” “Cellcom’s claim that its promotion is meant to help the less fortunate Liberians is totally ridiculous,” said Zenu Miller, Lonestar’s communications director, adding that, “the truth of the matter is that Cellcom only introduced the US$1 for three days to gain market share at the expense of Lonestar and positioned itself to sell to Orange of La Cote D’Ivoire in the midst of trumped up numbers. “If Cellcom insists on playing politics in the telecommunications communications industry, it must be prepared to answer questions on its shady relations with the Liberian Maritime Program and its owner Yoram Jay Coham of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) to the Liberian People,” Miller said.Lonestar Cell MTN was recognized by the government of Liberia several years in a row as the largest tax paying phone company. The company said while it has the ability to offer better promotions than Cellcom or any GSM company at any level, it chose not to do so at the detriment of the Liberian economy. However Cellcom continues to recall Lonestar’s “exploitative” market entry at the beginning of the last decade, when the company charged US$65 for a SIM card. Lonestar Cell MTN however warned Cellcom against politicizing the telecommunications sector and projecting itself as the only cellphone company that is in the interest of the Liberian people. The company noted, as a good corporate citizen it has the right to sound an alarm and inform the Liberian government against negative tax collection in the telecommunications industry. “In our 15th year of operation, Lonestar Cell MTN is resourced to compete against any service provider on promotions or innovative services,” the company said. Lonestar trying to help?In May this year, the Legislature received a letter from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf proposing, among other things, the imposition of excise of US$0.01 (one U.S. cent) per minute on all phone calls to support the 2016/2017 Fiscal Budget. The proposed excise, if approved by the Legislature, would take effect July 1, 2016, which is the beginning of the government’s fiscal year. As the national budget has not yet passed, it is not clear as to whether the charges would be retroactive to adhere to the July 1 date. Urey’s letter was dated two months before the President’s letter to the Legislature, which suggests that she had given some serious consideration to the matter, but declined to address Urey’s concern about the ‘freebies’. Instead the President proposed a tax on all calls, across the board. What remains unclear, however, is whether the calls covered by the 3-day promotions would be taxed, since in fact they are registered as ‘free calls’.In any case, the Plenary of the House of Representatives mandated its Committees on Ways, Means and Finance and Development Planning, and Judiciary to review the President’s proposal. The committees have not yet reported back to Plenary on the matter. ‘For good of the country’Meanwhile, Lonestar Cell MTN says it has a binding duty to pay its rightful taxes; that every corporation that means well for the Country must join the bandwagon in paying its legitimate taxes due the government on the promotions. Lonestar Cell MTN also clarified that its Board Chairman did not support the end of any promotion, but rather proffered the thought that GSM companies must pay taxes on free and below market calls to government. “The concerns raised by Chairman Urey must not be used as a political tool, but an avenue for strengthening the economic gains of the country. If Cellcom and its CEO are boasting of a successful promotion, why was the Cellcom’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Guinea expelled for the same promotion? The Guinean Government realized that the promotion was bad for its economy and the value of service,” the release noted.Lonestar Cell MTN said it has shown the raw facts to the Liberian government and the negative impact on its revenue collections, coupled with the results of the market and value destructions of these promotions; in the absence of political innuendos. “For those who have ears to listen, please listen, for we need to stop playing politics with tax payments for the good of this country and its people,” the release cautioned. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Correction – Running track opening facing more delays

first_img[asset|aid=3075|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=caa7521a2ff72ca7dbd4ecea3344a4b3-Hunter Enerplex 2_1_Pub.mp3] She says the City chose to develop the parking lot and surrounding grounds itself since it was able to get government grants for those specific parts of the project.A further problem the city has encountered – especially after Thursday’s significant amount of rain – is that the roof leaks in certain places.Wilkinson says that the leaks will have to be fixed before the City takes over complete ownership of the building.[asset|aid=3076|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=caa7521a2ff72ca7dbd4ecea3344a4b3-Wilkinson 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement The project was a design build, which Hunter says is quite common for municipalities to undertake.In having a ‘design build’ facility, the City gives specifications as to what it requires – in terms of function – and the design and construction of the building is done entirely by an outside firm. [asset|aid=3074|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=caa7521a2ff72ca7dbd4ecea3344a4b3-Hunter Enerplex 1_1_Pub.mp3] This process means that the City does not have to take ownership of the building until it has been completed to its standards, ensuring that any extra costs are taken on by the outside firm and not by the City.Advertisement **Correction – would like to correct a mistake at the beginning of this article.  The changes to the running track, will not delay the planned opening this October, 2010.  The grand opening was planned for the fall of 2009 and the City decided to push back the opening until this year.  The following article has been modified from the original version.The Enerplex continues to move forward with the grand opening scheduled for October.Work is still being completed on the running track in order to fix building code requirements.- Advertisement -The building code requires a certain number of exits for this type of track and the distance that someone at any point on the track would have to travel to reach an exit, says David Wilkinson, an associate principal of Cannon Design, the company acting as a project representative on behalf of the city.The city has taken over occupancy of the first and second floors of the complex but it is not taking over occupancy or ownership of the third floor until it is found to be up to code, says City Manager Dianne Hunter.The City hired a joint venture firm to design and construct the building at a set cost.Advertisementcenter_img One problem with this type of build, says Hunter, is in completion time, which is why the official opening has been delayed.However, she adds that the city is not losing operational revenue from the track since it was originally designed to be a free amenity for residents.last_img read more

Littlerock school shows off its new cafeteria

first_imgLITTLEROCK – Students, the staff and school officials celebrated the opening of Alpine School’s new cafeteria and kitchen with a ceremony Tuesday. The expansion of the school’s 1950s-era cafeteria and kitchen cost nearly $1.1 million.. “Everybody is excited. It’s bright and clean and new and modern, and the cafeteria personnel love all the additional space, and it’s much more efficient and much more safe,” Principal Randall Jolin said before the ceremony. “The old kitchen – all the codes were different back then – didn’t meet current standards at all. It was an essential and necessary improvement.” District officials had been discussing improving the kitchen situation since about 2001. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The cafeteria was supposed to have opened last spring, but bad weather and issues with adding a modular building delayed the opening to September. The ceremony was then postponed for months in which officials said reaction on campus was positive. “The kids are very ecstatic. It’s nice to have a full-functioning kitchen back there, all nice and new,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Doyle said. The old kitchen and cafeteria, designed for 100 students at a sitting, were too small for the school whose enrollment now tops 600. The size of the building was increased by about one-third. The project was paid for with developer fees and money set aside in a special account for cafeteria remodeling and modernization work. The school itself was built in 1929, with the original cafeteria in the basement. The current cafeteria and kitchen were built in 1958. last_img read more

‘He can’t choose Chelsea’ – Man United midfield target tipped to snub Mourinho

first_img ‘He can’t choose Chelsea!’ – Man United fans confident that Arda Turan will sign for the Red Devils Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan is set to tell the world where he will play his football next season on Friday.The 28-year-old has voiced his desire to leave the Vicente Calderon, and attracted interest from several sides across the Continent as a result.Premier League powerhouses Manchester United and Chelsea are both believed to be interested in the Turkey international’s signature, but which side will win the race for the hot-headed winger?Although it is Jose Mourinho’s team that are the reigning champions, Red Devils’ supporters believe Turan should snub Stamford Bridge and ply his trade at the Theatre of Dreams.You can see the best reaction to Turan’s future from Manchester United fans below…. 1last_img read more


first_imgA MONTH of bitterly cold weather has been replaced today with a new weather warning – for very high winds which could cause damage here in Donegal today and on Monday.And a European forecaster says conditions in Ireland today are ripe for a tornado alert.‘There is an alert for strong winds later today in and again on Monday night, this time gusts over 100 km/hr will be felt more widely in the west and north,” said Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online. He says gusts on Monday night in Donegal Bay could reach 115km/hr.Meanwhile the European agency is warning of possible tornados here today – with Donegal experiencing six sightings in the past year.Here’s Peter O’Donnell’s prediction for next few days:TODAY … Moderate to strong southwest winds increasing towards afternoon and peaking this evening (for most places 50-90 km/hr but 70-110 km/hr near Atlantic coasts), morning rain ending soon in the east, then a relatively dry period with showers redeveloping with longer periods of rain or thundershowers in western counties, a further 5-15 mm by midnight, with brief brighter intervals mainly in Leinster, and highs 13-15 C. TONIGHT … Windy (SW to W 70-110 km/hr in Connacht, 50-90 km/hr elsewhere), light rain tapering to drizzle then partial clearing before dawn, lows 6-8 C.MONDAY … Sunny intervals to start, more frequent across the inland south, cloudy with rain developing later, southwest winds may become rather strong by late in the day, highs near 13.MONDAY NIGHT into TUESDAY … Windy (SW 60-100 km/hr) with periods of rain, overnight temperatures steady 7-9 C with rainfalls about 15 mm. Some stronger gusts to 115 km/hr near Donegal Bay. Winds easing rapidly during the day Tuesday, showers ending, some sunny intervals. Highs 11-13 C.WEATHER WARNING AS 110KM/HR WINDS BATTER DONEGAL – TORNADO ALERT ISSUED was last modified: April 15th, 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:WEATHER WARNING AS 110KM/HR WINDS BATTER DONEGAL – TORNADO ALERT ISSUEDlast_img read more

Immigrant groups file suit over protective-visa law

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which issues visas, declined to comment on the suit. “We’re looking at taking our time to ensure that the final regulations we put out are concise and clear and complete,” said USCIS spokesman Chris Bentley. Regulations for a similar visa created under the same law, which allows victims of human trafficking to remain in the United States, were issued in 2002. Schey said there’s no excuse for the government to take this long on the U-visa. Gail Pendleton, a Boston-based immigration attorney and co- chairwoman of National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women, said she believes the delay is emblematic of the nation’s ambivalence over immigration. “Undocumented immigrants are being blamed for all the ills of our society, so there is a lot of pressure on the agency on the enforcement side,” she said, “but you also have a Congress that understands the overarching need to help victims of crimes and help the criminal system to get at the perpetrators.” Lawyers for undocumented immigrants who’ve been victims of violent crimes filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Homeland Security for failing to issue protective visas Congress created five years ago. The 2000 law approved visas for victims of violent crimes who cooperate with law enforcement investigations or prosecution of crimes. The visas allowed them to remain in the United States and apply for permanent residency after three years. But regulations detailing how to apply for the U-visa were never published, and no visas have ever been issued. “Congress enacted the law with the dual goal of making communities safer … and as a humane gesture to those immigrants who cooperate with law enforcement agents,” said Peter Schey of the L.A.-based Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, one of three groups that filed the suit here. “How can the government expect immigrants to comply with the law when it is not complying with its own laws?” The suit was filed on behalf of nine immigrants from California, Texas and Arizona, including several children. Attorneys in the case are seeking class-action status. People who apply for the U-Visa can obtain “deferred action” status, which offers some protection and allows them to work. But they cannot leave the country, and it’s not clear whether time under the deferred status will count toward permanent residency. As of Tuesday, 3,011 people had requested the deferred action status, including family members of victims, and 2,132 requests were granted, Bentley said. Still, a significant number of immigrants who are already in deportation proceedings are not receiving the deferred action, Pendleton said. And USCIS has done little to publicize the visas, meaning many immigrants don’t know they can apply. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Itlhabolole: beauty from waste

first_imgA pair of shoes created from waste by Itlhabolole Waste Management, a self- help project in North West province. (Image:  North West Craft and Design Institute) Somewhere in South Africa, in some little-known village, waste is being turned into beautiful income-generating objects.A band of motivated women in Ikopeleng village, in the North West province, are leading a groundbreaking project, aptly called Itlhabolole Waste Management. They turn bin-destined waste into stylish clothing and other indoor designs.Ithlabolole (Setswana, meaning “develop yourself”) produces trendy ladies’ bags, traditional Tswana clothing, shoes, plastic wreaths, dustbins, peg holders, mats and placemats from plastic.“We collect dirty plastics to create beautiful artefacts,” says founding member Margaret Khambule. “The people we work with are very passionate about the project.”Itlhabolole was started in 2000 by a group of 21 people, mostly women. In 2005 the group received their biggest funding to the tune of US$51 200 (R387 700) from the National Lotteries Board.Also in 2005, it was a recipient of a $2 640 (R20 000) donation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)  through its Khula Enterprise, which facilitates access to funding for small and medium businesses. The Small Enterprise Development Agency also gave Itlhabolole $6 600 (R50 000) in that year.“This is a project that shows that women are an economic power in rural areas and are determined to fight poverty…,” said then DTI deputy minister Elizabeth Thabethe at the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network imbizo in 2005.The funds catapulted Itlhabolole to a prolific and stable organisation that is able to generate income for its members. Today the cooperative consists of 18 people, 14 of whom are women and two are youth.“We sell our products and we also do exhibitions across the country. We try to boost our families,” said Khambule. “The project is not exactly big; we are just trying to sustain it.”The DTI’s support for the group has been quite commendable, said Khambule. The National Development Agency (NDA), which is mandated by the government to fund community projects, has been funding Itlhabolole for the past two years. “The DTI and NDA are helping us a lot.”Growth and successWithin just a year of its launch in 2000 the women were able to build their project’s headquarters in their village.The cooperative continues to enjoy its success and growth. Its impressive showing at Decorex Joburg, an expo that took place in the city in August, secured Itlhabolele a deal to showcase its products to Germany in an exhibition in 2010, and a chance to get its products into German markets.The annual Decorex event, a convergence of local and international designers, showcased chic indoor and outdoor designs.Itlhabolole received an overwhelming response at Decorex and its products were sold out within two days. The project took home a silver medal in the Best Product category.“This recognition is not only for the work that this organisation is doing, it also confirms for the women of Itlhabolole Waste Management that life is what you make of it,” said Potlako Ntlatleng, NDA North West provincial manager.“In a time when concern over the environment is gaining much attention, a small village in a corner of South Africa is creating wealth out of the waste that litters our streets,” Ntlatleng said.The group has established a strong client base in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley and Botswana. “We also trained groups of people on recycling in Kimberley and Botswana,” said Khambule.More than just a businessItlhabolole is more than just a business project; it is also an NGO. As part of its community work the group embarked on a cleaning campaign in Ikopeleng village on 2 October.Khambule said the campaign, which was also supported by their local municipality, was quite a success. She said they are on a drive to convince the government to lead clean-ups in villages. “We want to encourage the government to take part in these campaigns.”Khambule added that they were looking ahead to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when millions of visitors are expected to flock to South Africa. “The country must be beautiful,” she said.Environmental responsibilityTeaching school-going youth about the necessity of a clean environment has also become the group’s work. They visit schools to drive a clean environment message. “It must ring in their heads that we need a clean environment,” said Khambule.Farming could also become Itlhabolole’s next major success. The group has recently received a piece of land in their village and plan to use it to grow their gardening business.At present they sell their vegetables in surrounding villages in the North West province. But the ultimate dream is to be able to supply major markets. “I dream about the farm becoming big, if we could just have a bigger market,” said Khambule.She said they continue to receive support from other government ministries, such as the Departments of Agriculture as well as Arts and Culture. The latter department recently provided art and administration learnerships for Itlhabolole.last_img read more

Brand South Africa invites media to experience the exceptionalism of KwaZulu-Natal

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 12 July 2016 – Brand South Africa and its partners – the Departments of Trade and Industry and KwaZulu-Natal Health, National Research Foundation, as well as Selborne Hotel, Spa & Golf Estate – will host media ahead of the 21st International Aids Conference to showcase some of the province’s competitive strengths.Over four days from Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 July 2016, media will be treated to visits of the Toyota Plant, the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), the Medical Male Circumcision Centre for Excellence, based at the Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and Selbourne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa.These site visits are aimed at telling the South African story and positioning South Africa as a globally competitive investment destination for investment, science, technology, innovation and tourism.At the same time, the visits to CAPRISA, K-RITH and the Medical Male Circumcision Centre for Excellence will showcase some of the strides South Africa is making to ensure an HIV free generation in our lifetime.Media who are interested in being treated to the exceptionalism of KwaZulu-Natal are requested to contact Tsabeng Nthite on 076 371 6810 or Manusha Pillai on 082 389 3587.Programme for the four days:Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand or #AIDS2016 Kindly RSVP to Tsabeng Nthite on with the following information:Name and surnameID/passport numberMedia HouseEmail addressContact numberFor more information contact Tsabeng as follows:Tsabeng NthiteEmail: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Motorola launches new Moto G with big screen at Rs 12,999

first_imgMotorola on Friday launched an updated version of the Moto G in India. The phone will be available exclusively on Flipkart from today at a price of Rs 12,999.The price is for the 16GB version. Motorola has both the 16GB and 8GB versions of the new Moto G but in India, it is only selling the 16GB version for now.The new device doesn’t seem all that different from the earlier Moto G phone. But it has been given updates in a few crucial areas like screen and camera.The new device has a 5-inch screen with 720P resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2 GHz and 1GB RAM. The new Moto G runs on Android 4.4 and uses stock user interface. Motorola has promised to update the operating system to Android L when it becomes available. One area where the new Moto G is likely to be radically different compared to the earlier Moto G is its camera. The earlier one was criticised for having a poor camera. The new one sports a 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. Unlike the earlier version, the new Moto G has a slot for microSD card. This means you can add more internal storage if you require it.Another area where the Moto G has been improved is the audio performance. The new Moto G has stereo speakers, positioned on the top and bottom of the screen.When Motorola launched Moto G in India in February, it helped the company mark a strong entry into the country. In next five months, Motorola sold 1 million Moto phones. But much of this was because competition was poor. This time the competition is strong. Devices like Asus ZenFone 5 and Xolo 8X-1000 are fine devices and will challenge the new Moto G in the market.advertisementlast_img read more