Serbia training, new gym planned for UP Maroons

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film UP president Danny Concepcion believes the Fighting Maroons will win the UAAP title “during my term.”“We’re already planning to build a new practice gym that will replace the small practice gym you’re using,” Concepcion said in Filipino. “The new gym won’t be hot like an oven. It’s air conditioned so you won’t feel cold when you play at MOA and Araneta Coliseum.”“This facility will have a dugout, shower rooms, meeting rooms and good lighting so that you won’t get dazzled when you play at MOA. The floors will be leveled so the bounce of the ball will be just right,” he added, smiling. “We are finalizing the plan for this new gym.”Perasol said the all-out support is a shot in the arm to the team’s morale heading into the UAAP Season 81 where the Fighting Maroons will be early Final Four favorites.“More than the financial is the belief. This is a big boost to the team’s morale.”ADVERTISEMENT “We’re looking at Serbia right now. We’re looking probably last two weeks of July. We’re finalizing it,” Perasol told reporters in a press conference where the Nowhere To Go But UP Foundation, Inc. sealed a deal with 3M Philippines to sponsor the men’s basketball team.“Our US trip had a glitch because Bright was denied from probably because he’s African so we encountered a problem and I don’t want to go there without him because it will be useless without him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThere has been an outpour of support for the men’s basketball team from the school’s alumni.Apart from the overseas trip, UP president Danilo Concepcion also revealed that a new basketball gym will soon rise to replace the old, oven-hot and dusty court. 76ers president denies blasting Embiid, others via Twitter burner account Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations UP coach Bo Perasol during the signing ceremony between Nowhere To Go But UP Foundation and 3M Philippines Tuesday. Photo by Mark GiongcoUniversity of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol bared the team is already finalizing its trip to Serbia for training camp as part of the Fighting Maroons’ buildup for the UAAP.Perasol said the team had initially planned to go to the US but it hit a snag after Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie’s visa application was denied.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ 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 View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Efficient Logistics Services Clarifies Contract with NEC

first_imgA Liberian-owned logistics firm, Efficient Logistics Services (ELS), has clarified recent attacks in the media about its contract with the National Elections Commission, (NEC) that was awarded on January 16 of this year.ELS management said the reports have suggested that the procurement processes used by NEC were fraudulent.“In so doing, these reports have attempted to tarnish the impeccable reputation of Efficient Logistics Services, by implying a form of conspiracy,” it stated in a statement.The company has vehemently denied these allegations.They stated that the logistics contract for the transportation of the voter’s registration update materials was obtained through a transparent procurement process that adhered to the PPCC regulations in the country.According to them NEC placed the bid in the newspaper as required by law for six weeks.“The bidding processes were openly evaluated and the selection of the vendor was carried out by NEC, also in accordance with PPCC guidelines,” they furthered.They said they have a record and that it was them who performed a similar service under UNDP contract arrangement and supervision, for the 2011 general elections.They explained that while Liberian-owned companies are not known to be competitive with their foreign counterparts in the logistics sector, Efficient Logistics has had a distinguished record in it operations around Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EPA Gets Support to Ensure Effective Forest Monitoring Campaign

first_imgEPA Executive Director Madam Vohiri receives the motorbikesThe Liberia Forest Sector Project has donated five Toyota twin-cabin pickup trucks and four Honda motorbikes to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the sustainable management of the forest sector.The Liberia Forest Sector Project is part of the Liberia Forest Program supported by the Government of Norway through a partnership with the Liberian government with respect to the proposed Forest Sector Investment and Technical Assistance Project.The Liberia Forest Sector Project also seeks to support and strengthen regulatory and institutional arrangements for implementation of REDD+; strengthen management of targeted forest landscapes; forest monitoring information system; and project monitoring and management.The vehicles and motorbikes were presented to EPA Executive Director Anyaa Vohiri by the National Coordinator of Liberia’s REDD+ project, Saah A. David Jr., at a brief ceremony on Monday, May 8, at the EPA’s head office in Monrovia.The ceremony attracted some senior staff, including EPA Deputy Executive Director Urias Goll; Assistant Manager of EPA’s ESIA Unit, Aloysius K. Kotee; and Jerry Toe, Head of Compliance and Enforcement.The National Coordinator of REDD+ said the donation is to help the institution to effectively monitor violations of the environment.Mr. David lauded some staff of the institution, including EPA Executive Director Vohiri, Z. Elijah Whapoe, Manager of Planning and Policy among others, for working tirelessly to ensure that the donation was possible.He cautioned the EPA to use the donation for the intended purpose, because the proper use of the pickups and bikes would attract more donations from the Norwegian Government.“This is just the beginning of the process. The Liberia Forest Sector Project has a lot in store, but it depends on how we make use of the first set of donations. The EPA is one of our key project implementing entities under the Liberia Forest Sector Project, and it stands to benefit not only materials, but also human capacity development,” Mr. David assured.He thanked Mrs. Vohiri and her deputy, Goll, for their leadership and said the Liberia Forest Sector Project would always count on them for their expertise.Mrs. Vohiri, who received keys to the vehicles and motorbikes on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Finance Minister Boima Kamara, lauded the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the Norwegian Government for the donation.She said the donation was timely, because it will alleviate serious transportation challenges facing EPA staff outside Montserrado County.She warned the staff who would benefit from the donation against misusing the vehicles and motorcycles and cautioned them to use them in a responsible manner.“This is not a gift that we can use anyhow and anywhere. EPA’s role is to make sure that this project works, and you have to put in your mind also that in whatever way you use these vehicles and motorbikes should be for the success of this project and the success of EPA and Liberia,” she said, adding that it is very important for the FDA and the EPA to work together, and is happy with the partnership between the two institutions.According to Madam Vohiri, the EPA remains committed to the sustainable management of the forest sector, adding: “The forest sector is a major part of the environment, which is supporting our economic development.”The EPA is co-chair on the Liberia Forest Sector Project, with Finance Minister Kamara chairman of its Board of Directors. EPA’s mandate is to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity by implementing policies that ensure the long-term economic prosperity of Liberia through sustainable, social and economic development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

March hiring pushes down unemployment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThat helped to blunt job losses in manufacturing and in the transportation industries. “I think the job market is on a roll,” said Bill Cheney, chief economist at John Hancock Financial Services. “Businesses are doing pretty well these days. Profits are growing nicely. I think businesses are at a point where they feel more comfortable adding people.” But on Wall Street, stocks sank as investors fretted that businesses’ growing appetite for workers might drive up wages – and inflation – down the road. The Dow Jones industrials lost 96.46 points to close at 11,120.04. President George W. Bush, coping with low job-approval ratings in a congressional election year, said the job figures provided “evidence of an economic resurgence that is strong, broad and benefiting all Americans.” The president said his tax cuts were central to the resurgence and called on Congress to make them permanent. Democrats countered that the tax cuts mainly helped the wealthy and helped plunge the nation’s balance sheets into red ink. Rep. George Miller of California called Bush “completely out of touch with reality.” Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., observed, “Mothers and fathers are working harder and longer and struggling to keep up with the soaring costs of health insurance, gas and college tuition.” Some recent good news on the economy hasn’t been helping Bush in the eyes of the public. Bush’s job-approval rating of 36 percent in an AP-Ipsos poll is at its lowest level. When it comes to his handling of the economy, 59 percent said they disapproved. The unemployment rate, which dropped from February’s 4.8 percent, ended up matching January’s jobless rate. For blacks, though, the unemployment rate didn’t budge; it held steady at 9.3 percent in March. The unemployment rate for Hispanics dipped to 5.4 percent last month and the jobless rate for whites edged down to 4 percent. Overall employment was stronger in March than economists were expecting. They had forecast a gain of 190,000 jobs and believed the civilian jobless rate would hold steady. The economy added 154,000 jobs in January and an additional 225,000 in February, according to revised figures released Friday. While job gains for each of those months turned out to be slightly less than previously reported, payroll growth for the January-to-March quarter as a whole was brisk. Job growth over the first three months of this year averaged 197,000. Employees’ average hourly earnings, meanwhile, were $16.49 in March, a modest 0.2 percent increase from February – less than economists were expecting. With the economy growing nicely and the job market blooming, the Federal Reserve and other economists are keeping a close eye on wage growth. Wage improvement is good for workers, but a rapid, sustained acceleration would trigger inflation concerns. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues boosted interest rates March 28 to a five-year high and hinted that additional increases were possible to keep inflation at bay. Economists predict that rates will go up again May 10. Wages trailed inflation for most workers last year. For the 12 months ending in March, wages were up 3.4 percent. That suggests “workers’ paychecks are now keeping even with inflation,” said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Bank of America’s Investment Strategies Group. Economists said the improving job market should help support consumer spending – an important ingredient to the economy’s good health.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Call it spring fever. Companies feeling upbeat about the economy yearned to add to their employment rolls – and they did. Employers added 211,000 jobs to their payrolls in March. That helped push the unemployment rate down to 4.7 percent, matching its lowest point in 4 years. The employment picture, released by the Labor Department on Friday, suggested that a strengthening economic expansion is putting companies in the hiring mood and brightening prospects for job seekers. Hiring gains were fairly widespread. Construction, retailers, financial activities, education, health care and government were among the sectors posting payroll gains. last_img read more

German coach Volker Herman to lead hurdles session at Finn Valley AC

first_imgGerman coach Volker Herman will lead a hurdles session At Finn Valley ac Sunday next ,  Volker has recently worked for IAAF,  and is just back from work with the Singapore athletics federation. The hurdles session will be at Finn Valley ac Stranorlar from 10.30-12.30, and will be a practical session for athletes in the sprint hurdles events, with Volker interacting with the coaches. This should prove a good learning experience for coaches in the regionGerman coach Volker Herman to lead hurdles session at Finn Valley AC was last modified: October 27th, 2016 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:athleticsFinn Valley ACGermanSportVolker Hermanlast_img read more


first_imgBin lorry driver Alex McDaidA LORRY driver charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a three-year-old boy wept in court today as he was found not guilty by a jury.Alex McDaid, (pictured right) had been accused of killing Patrick McDonagh by dangerous driving in Letterkenny in February 2012. The three year old was killed when the 34 ft lorry reversed over him when he was chasing a ball at Ballymacool, Letterkenny.Mr McDaid, 60, a father-of-five, had told the two-day trial he didn’t know there was anything wrong until he heard screaming and then saw a woman running down the road with a child in her arms.Mr McDaid, a driver with Ferry Refuse Company for 12 years, pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing death on February 16th, 2010 but pleaded guilty to not holding a valid driving license.The jury took just an hour to find him not guilty on the dangerous driving allegations.He had pleaded guilty to failing to have an up to date driving license.His lawyer told the court that Mr McDaid had not driven since.“He has lived with this every day of his life,” said defence counsel Christopher Meehan.Judge John O’Hagan fined Mr McDaid €100 for failing to have the up to date license.He told the jury that this had been ‘an extremely emotional case’ and discharged them from jury service for a period of five years.BIN LORRY DRIVER WEEPS AS HE IS CLEARED OF DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH OF TODDLER was last modified: May 2nd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe fallen tree on the outskirts of Gortahork villageThere is concern in Gortahork after a fallen tree was allowed to hang over a road which just cones to highlight its danger.The tree, which has fallen on the road to Cashelard, has remained across the road for the past 24 hours.Many motorists have even taken the risk and driven beneath it. However other locals have urged the council to have the tree removed before somebody is hurt.LOCALS LEFT ‘CONE-CERNED’ AFTER FALLEN TREE IS LEFT DANGLING OVER ROAD was last modified: January 15th, 2015 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:Cashelarddonegalfallen treegortahorklast_img read more

Upcoming Webinar| Home Is Where Your Heart Is

first_imgRelocation is a big issue that has profound effects on military families. After receiving Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, it can be a scramble to get things in order for a family to move. PCS affects all members of a military family, from finding housing to military spouses changing jobs as well. It also affects children in several ways. Relocation can be a disruption of routines and also means switching schools which disrupts friendships and peer groups.Many organizations are out there to help navigate the effects of relocation and one of the most important is Sesame Street for Military Families. Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual website with information and resources on a variety of topics with military families in mind. Several of these topics include deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, self-expression, as well as trauma and community violence.On April 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. ET, Sabrina Huda and Antonio Freitas from Sesame Street for Military Families and the Sesame Street Workshop, will be facilitating a 90-minute webinar on the impact of moving and relocation has on military families. Specifically, this webinar will address potential child concerns and how children respond to these issues in regards to developmental stages. Also, Sabrina and Antonio will highlight the initiatives and resources that Sesame Street for Military Families provide to help military families navigate the ups and downs of relocating.Participants can also receive FREE CEUs for this event! If you are unable to attend the live event, the webinar will be archived for viewing at your convenience. CEUs will be available for the archived event until April 19, 2021. We hope you can join us for this important webinar!Kids Serve Too SeriesKids Serve Too! is a webinar series designed to support service providers and education professionals who work with military children and families. This Sesame Street for Military Families and Military Families Learning Network collaborative webinar series invites you to explore resources and strategies related to community violence, military relocation, military caregiving, and young children with special needs.Learn more about the series, sign up for the mailing list and take a look at the other webinars in this series on the Kids Serve Too homepage!Kids Serve Too –  Homepagelast_img read more


first_imgAustralia openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin are at the crease against India in their World Cup quarter-final match in Motera on Wednesday. Live ScoreAustralia openers Shane Watson and Bad Haddin are at crease against India in the second World Cup quarter-final match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Thursday.Earlier, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat. Not an unusual decision considering that seamers won’t have much bounce and carry and it is a good batting wicket. The wicket looks dry and there will be some turn in offer for the spinners.In World Cups, India and Australia have played each other nine times. Australia have won seven times and India have won twice. However, in the knock-out stages of ICC events, they have met four times where India have won thrice and the Australia just once. At Motera, they have played twice and both have won one game each. Teams -India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt./wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel  Australia: Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Ricky Ponting (capt.), Michael Clarke, Cameron White, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Shaun Taitlast_img read more


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