Filoil: Ateneo remains unbeaten, UE scrapes past NU

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ateneo maintained its unbeaten streak after clobbering University of Perpetual Help, 83-59, in the group stage of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena.The Blue Eagles are unblemished in Group A with a 6-0 record while the Altas are at a disappointing 0-5.ADVERTISEMENT Angelo Kouame showed his force both inside and outside the paint, finishing with 17 points, on 3-of-4 shooting from deep, while grabbing 11 boards for the Blue Eagles.Brothers Mike and Matt Nieto provided solid back-up for Kouame with 18 and 12 points, respectively, while Thirdy Ravena had 10 points.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 crownThe Blue Eagles 17-9 first quarter was enough for them to keep the Altas at bay as this became the foundation for their 24-point win.Kim Aurin had 18 points and six boards to lead Perpetual while Prince Eze finished with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Balkman looking forward to face off with ‘brother’ Brownlee In the other game, University of the East edged past National University, 78-74, in Group A for3-4 card.Alvin Pasaol showed his girth to lead the Red Warriors with 22 points and 14 boards while Rey Acuno added 20 points of his own.Incoming rookie Dave Ildefonso had 14 points to lead the Bulldogs who dropped to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Police trained to interact with LGBTQ persons

first_imgMarking World Day of Social Justice on Wednesday, Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD Guyana) and Guyana Trans United (GTU) celebrated a milestone in their collaboration with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Public Security Ministry with a closing ceremony of the first phase of training workshops on Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights.Members of the LGBTQ movement and senior police ranks at the training programThe ceremony was held at the Guyana Police Force’s Officers Training Centre which saw the Manager of the Citizens Security Strengthening Programme at the Public Security Ministry, Clement Henry, delivering the feature address.He discussed the necessity of this type of training to address pervasive discrimination in Guyana at its core. The first series of the two-day workshops entitled “Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights” facilitated by SASOD Guyana and GTU began on January 21, 2019, and sensitised 143 officers from all the Divisions across the country.The training was designed to educate officers on basic human rights and sensitise them to the unique needs of vulnerable populations including gender and sexual minorities. The pre/post-test results from the first phase of the training have shown a marked improvement of the police officers’ knowledge and understanding of diversity issues.Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Williams, DSM, spoke on behalf of the Commissioner of Police and reiterated the Force’s is commitment to continuous education for the eradication of discrimination and the protection of human rights.Williams also sees the need for collaborations and trainings for collective progress and endorsed subsequent phases of this collaborative training programme.He voiced optimism for an inclusive and respectful Police Force and stated that, “there must be no discrimination”.The Deputy Commissioner told the gathering that the GPF would welcome posters on LGBTQ+ human rights for display at every police station in the country that would remind the officers of their commitments to equality and respect for gender and sexual diversity based on this training intervention.With ongoing support from the Public Security Ministry and the Guyana Police Force, this training programme will be extended to more members of the GPF on a broader scale in the coming months.Also in attendance were Lead Training Officer, Senior Superintendent Fizal Karimbash, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka, members of the diplomatic corps, public officials, officers of the GPF, civil society representatives and sexual and gender minorities.last_img read more

Transparency most critical component for Energy Sector

first_img– contracts being made public very important – Mexican Energy ProfessorIf Guyana is to create an energy sector that is geared at being productive, efficient, and sustainable, then one of the most critical issues that must be taken into consideration is transparency.Jose Pablo Rinkenbach, Corporate Finance & Energy Investment Professor at ITAM, MexicoThis was according to Professor of Corporate Finance and Energy Investment at ITAM and CBMEX in Mexico, Jose Pablo Rinkenbach, who was at the time speaking at the recently held “Tain Talks” on Energy, Oil and Gas at the Pegasus Hotel.The profession said his country, which has years of experience in this industry, recognises the importance of ensuring transparency in its operations.“We experienced — and I think it is probably one of the most important things — that transparency is a critical issue. At the end, making public all the contracts becomes very, very important. It gives a lot of robust system for the Government that everything was transparent, and it protects both the Government and the companies,” he said.He explained that another lesson which Mexico has learnt over the years, and which can be valuable to Guyana, is to focus on national development rather than “talking about national content.”“When you talk about national content, you tend to focus only on developing factors and not on developing people; and you need to focus on educating — having better competencies and having better persons in terms of capacities. A lot of the breakthroughs that are being experienced in the oil and gas business are in Artificial Intelligence, where you make more optimization on algorithms etc — how you drill faster — and that has to do with software, with people, not with hardware. Focusing only on national content tends to have a focus on the past; you need to look at the future.”According to Professor Rinkenach, Guyana needs to ensure that it has a very robust regulatory framework for management of the oil and gas sector, especially since a lot of focus is going to be placed on energy simultaneously.“That means recognising that the Energy Sector needs to have three pieces. The first one is planning, the second one is regulation, and the third one is operation; and it has to be done by different agencies that have autonomy in terms of budgetary and also in terms of operations. Normally, the planning is being done by an Energy Ministry; the regulatory by an independent and technically very robust Agency, Petroleum agency or a downstream agency; And the third one is being done by the market, by the participants. Here the technical part becomes very critical, because at the end this is the agency that represents the Guyana Government and State”, the professor stated.The Mexican Energy specialist elaborated that in terms of negotiations, the technical conversations with operations, the recurring costs, issue of right amount of royalties etc., must also be addressed with a very technically robust methodology that can come from very experienced human resources.Additionally, he noted that information is regarded as much more important than a resource base when dealing with the Energy Sector.“Because, at the end, the information develops at a faster pace; the development of the resources. You have to decide who has the property rights of the information? What are the rights and obligations? I mean, how the information can be accessed, shared, or delivered by the Government? What are the schemes to generate new information, etc?” (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Vellano Country Club makes anticipated debut

first_img“It’s working with the environment to produce a quality course.” Beginning from the No. 1 tee box to the No. 4 green, golfers will find an elevation drop of more than 600 feet. It’s a reason why Director of Golf Scott Wilson says, “Vellano is not a walkable course.” Bermudagrass is implemented on the fairways and roughs and nearing the end of dormancy. Cushing said Vellano will not overseed and quipped, “people need to know that brown is a color, too.” A combination of A-1 and A-4 bentgrass – comparable to Augusta National – is on the greens. Crushed walnut shells are used in place of bark or wood chips beneath the wide array of oak trees. And even when oaks needed to be cut down, the remains were made into benches found throughout the property. Among the more notable holes, Nos. 8 and 9 hold special significance. After the city showed concern toward potential slides on the par-3, No. 8 fairway, construction superintendent Dario Olivares and his staff went to work. To guard against potential slides, Olivares and staff redirected “thousands and thousands of tons” of dirt, then placed a liner some 10 to 15 feet below the surface. They laid drainage pipes on top of the liner, then moved the replaced dirt back for grading. At No. 9, the hole features a bridge that crosses a 100-feet deep ravine. To build the 70-ton bridge, a crane had to be dismantled and reconfigured on-site. It took two months to complete the crane’s reconfiguration. When workers were ready to secure the bridge, they found it lost 13 tons of water weight due to last summer’s heat. For information, its Web site is www.experiencevellano.com. UNFORGETTABLES RETURN One of the area’s more honored charity functions is set for March 5 with the sixth annual Unforgettables Charity Golf Classic, played at Redlands Country Club. Champions Tour veterans Dave Stockton of Redlands, Mark Johnson of Helendale, former UC Riverside golfer Gary McCord and former Riverside resident Don Pooley will participate. According to founder Tim Evans, the charity helps to confront and conquer the economic consequences and the danger factor that contributes to childhood death. Before tournament planning got underway for this year’s event, it received a $25,000 head start from McCord, who donated his prize from the ESPN-produced People vs. the Pros contest last year. The 128-member field is sold out, but to place your name on a waiting list, contact 1-800-254-GOLF (4653). Mark Reinhiller covers local golf for the Sun. His column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached at mark.reinhiller@sbsun.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Course superintendent Paul Cushing likes to say that he and his staff have completed a masterpiece and they would be right. Even on an overcast day, panoramic views exist of the Inland Empire and beyond. From the No. 1 tee box, one easily could see Mt. San Jacinto – some 80 miles to the east. “We’ve provided a niche that hasn’t existed in quite some time,” Cushing said. “Most of the other private country clubs in the area are established. This course allows people to grow with the course.” Norman and staff broke ground on the 600-acre site that rests west of the 74 freeway in early 2004, and by October, 13 holes were graded. But that fall, inclement weather – that would turn into more than 40 inches of rainfall into 2005 – washed away those holes. After rebuilding the holes, rain again destroyed their work and brought the course back to square one. The course officially opens to members Feb. 28, with members and guests set for April 1. When that time arrives, golfers will find a course where elevation – and a rural, open setting – awaits. That wasn’t an oversight in its development. “Norman’s very much a minimalist,” Cushing said. “He wants to take what the property offers and make the most of what exists. He’s not the kind of designer who is going to move a tree because he can. center_img CHINO HILLS – Tucked deep inside the heart of Chino Hills lies one of Southern California’s newest golf courses. After a series of delays, the long-awaited Greg Norman-designed Vellano Country Club made its debut Tuesday with its first official round of golf for staff members and media. The 6,925-yard, 18-hole layout is the first private course to be developed east of Los Angeles and west of the Coachella Valley in more than 40 years. last_img read more

PVLA, First Nations wins right for preparation time against Site C in judicial review

first_imgB.C. Hydro put evidence before a judge arguing any delay in its Site C construction would put a significant damper on the crown corporation’s financial situation; essentially seeking to cut short the time available to the PVLA and the First Nations to cross-examine and prepare legal arguments for the federal hearings.“This is Hydro’s first pitch to the court saying ‘we’ve got to hurry this up because we got this dam we want to get started on, and it will cost us if we’re facing the uncertainly of these court proceedings,’ and essentially what the court said in the hearing was ‘you’re going to be facing uncertainty for a long time because even if we get these heard quickly, you can’t force a court to render a decision quickly,” Council for the PVLA Maegen Giltrow explains.The court also mentioned the likelihood of appeals, according to Giltrow.- Advertisement -“They haven’t given us more time; they [the court] protected the time we’re entitled to.”There are a total of four Federal Court cases against the construction of Site C, each of them arguing their own case, while the other two are slated for B.C. Supreme Court.Giltrow explains the PVLA contention in this case surrounds the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which states if the Minister of the Environment finds a project to have lasting, adverse environmental impacts after all mitigating avenues have been explored, it must then go to Federal Cabinet in deciding if the project is justified.Advertisement “The Federal Cabinet said ‘yes they are,’” Giltrow goes on to say. “The Peace Valley Landowners Association’s case is based on the argument that cabinet didn’t have anything on-the-record before it that could have reasonably led to that conclusion.”Giltrow points to the Joint Review Panel’s recommendations as being counter to cabinet’s decision.Community Relations Manager for the Site C project, David Conway says the court’s decision shouldn’t have any major implications on the corporation’s anticipated timeframe for construction.“At this time, a hearing date for the federal judicial reviews has not been set,” Conway writes in an emailed response.  “Our current project schedule is to start site preparation and construction in summer 2015, and we are continuing to work toward this schedule.”Advertisement President of the PVLA Ken Boon is optimistic that at least one of the court cases will hold its own weight against Site C.“There are six strong cases here, and if one of them wins, that quashes the certificate,” Boon concludes “…I don’t see how the government is going to get through all six of them and not have the certificate quashed.”The court has also ordered that all of the four applications for judicial review will be heard consecutively by one judge.This includes the two brought forth by Mikisew Cree and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations, one by the PVLA, and finally one by Prophet River, Doig River, West Moberly and McLeod Lake First Nations.last_img read more

NEBC Resource Coalition requests IMMEDIATE halt of Fair Share renegotiation

first_imgA representative of Fort Nelson was unable to attend today’s conference at Fort St. John City Hall.Mayor Ackerman and Mayor Fraser say they recognize the current fiscal situation of the province and are factoring that into the coalition’s proposed negotiation.“We have every faith that Premier Clark wants to work with us to reach a new long-term Fair Share agreement that reflects the true spirit of partnership between the province and municipalities in northeast B.C. that has worked so well for many decades,” Mayor Ackerman concludes. “…We’ve let the Premier know that we are prepared to do our part to help deal with BC’s current fiscal challenges but we’ll only do so in the spirit of true collaboration and cooperation without jeopardizing our long term future.” “The province has initiated a six-week process for us to negotiate a 15-year agreement and it’s just not enough time,” explains Taylor Mayor and coalition member Rob Fraser. “It just doesn’t give us the ability to really analyze and understand what’s happening to the future of the northeast part of the province.”The most recent negotiation with the province was tabled on March 21, 2015, which had the province offering $40 million a year for 15 years without any indexing, according to the coaliton’s lead negotiator Colin Griffith.“There needs to be a new terms of reference and there should actually be a signed agreement negotiated between the parties that lays out the terms of reference on how the negotiations would be conducted and over what timeframe,” Griffith goes on to explain. “As Mayor Ackerman has stated, the position of the coalition is that it should be predicated on having good economic planning so you know what growth is coming at you from Site C and LNG.”- Advertisement -According to the coalition’s prediction, if the affected municipalities had accepted the province’s offer, they’d lose close to $6.29 million in 2015 alone and a little over $70.33 million 2015-19.“Some municipalities are focused on a ‘political quick fix’ solution that has resulted in regional disharmony and the opening of the door for the province’s cost cutting agenda which could result in a loss of $70 million during the remaining five years of the current Fair Share agreement,” says Fort St. John Mayor and coalition member Lori Ackerman.The coalition currently consist of Fort St. John, Taylor and Fort Nelson while recent dropouts include Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Pouce Coupe.Advertisementlast_img read more

Heroic dog honoured for saving owner from bear

first_imgThe bear retreated, but not before charging a second and third time. Raya, however, stood her ground and kept the bear away, which eventually retreated for good and allowed for them to get back to their truck.“I truly believe in my heart that, if she hadn’t been there, we would have been hurt severely or not here to tell the story,” said Trudy, tearfully. “We owe her our lives.”Raya joins over 170 animals across Canada that have shown faithful companionship throughout the years. In the last 48 years, 172 animals have been inducted into the Purina Hall of Fame — 144 dogs, 27 cats, and even a horse. TORONTO, O.N. — A dog from Fort St. John is being honoured nationally for her heroic actions that saved her owner from what could have been a bear attack.Raya, a four-year-old black Labrador Retriever-Norwegian Elkhound cross, was inducted into the Purina Annual Animal Hall of Fame in Toronto on Tuesday.“Each year we receive and uncover countless stories of remarkable acts of animals saving human lives,” said Melissa Eckersley, Purina Animal Hall of Fame ambassador. “We feel very privileged to honour these extraordinary animals and share their stories with all Canadians.”- Advertisement -She had been trained to be the best companion in the great outdoors and wears a pack of essentials, following alongside Brent without straying.In September, Raya’s owner Brent Cote was elk hunting with his mom, Trudy, and took Raya with them. The trio went hiking for several hours and turned in at dusk. Suddenly, a female bear charged at them to protect her young cub. It only took seconds for Raya to run out in front of Brent — which he hadn’t trained her to do — and start barking at the bear to ward it away.“I’m so grateful she was there and reacted the way she did,” Brent said. “I know every dog I have from now on will be compared to her.”Advertisementlast_img read more

MAJELLA O’DONNELL ADMITS SHE THOUGHT DANIEL WAS GOING TO BE A BORE

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has admitted she first thought her singer husband would be boring and quiet.Daniel and MajellaBut all that changed when they met at her parent’s pub in Tenerife and Daniel asked her out!Majella reveals all about their initial meeting in her new autobiography ‘It’s All In The Head’ which is released next weekend. Majella said “I wasn’t into his music and had never seen him perform, so I suppose I had some misconceptions about what he would be like.“From what I has seen and heard of him myself, I thought he would be quiet and quite boring. I thought the type of music he was into meant that we would have nothing in common.”But she revealed that they got on like a house on fire when they first met at her parent’s bar and he immediately asked her to join him the next night at a well-known bar called Bobby’s in Tenerife.“This surprised me, as Bobbys was a nightclub and really didn’t start until one o’clock in the morning. I thought to myself that I had to see this: Daniel O’Donnell in Bobbys. “At this stage, I didn’t have any thought of Daniel in a romantic way. I just didn’t think it was on the cards.“I thought he was a lovely guy and very funny, which surprised me, but I was a divorced mother of two children, I didn’t think he would be interested in me,” added Majella.She even thought that because she drank it might put him off her.But none of that matters to Daniel. He really does live and let live. He has always allowed me to be the person I am and has never tried to change anything about me. It also helps that he has a great sense of humour,” she said.MAJELLA O’DONNELL ADMITS SHE THOUGHT DANIEL WAS GOING TO BE A BORE was last modified: October 5th, 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

‘Just let Unai Emery get on with it’ – Arsenal legend in blast at Gunners chief

first_img Arsenal have already sealed their place in the last 32 of the Europa League 2 2 While insisting to fans the club’s absence from Europe’s top tier will NOT have a long-term effect on their finances and ability to compete, Venkatesham did say Champions League football is a ‘minimum requirement’ for the Gunners and that the club needs to get ‘back to where it needs to be’.And Seaman believes those comments were unfair on Emery, with the legendary former goalkeeper urging club chiefs not to interfere.“Just let him get on with it,” he said on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Don’t put added pressure on, there’s pressure on us anyway.“If we get into the top four we’ve had a fantastic season but, for me, our best way to get into the Champions League would be to win the Europa League. Arsenal legend David Seaman has criticised club bosses for putting extra pressure on Unai Emery, after they said he MUST get the Gunners back into the Champions League.This is the second successive season Arsenal have competed in the Europa League, and new managing director Vinai Venkatesham has said the club is missing out on ‘tens of millions of pounds’ from their failure to qualify for Champions League football. “Just let Emery get on with it… Don’t put pressure on the team.”🗣️ @TheDavidSeaman says #Arsenal chiefs have been unfair on Unai Emery after the club admitted they need Champions League football ASAP!When do you think we will see Arsenal in the Champions League again? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/vzV0Eskzrx— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) November 21, 2018 “But that isn’t going to be easy because the Champions League teams haven’t come into it yet, it’s a competition that gets harder and harder as it goes on.“Just let Unai Emery get on with it, he’s doing a great job.“He’s picked the club up and the team are playing with a lot of confidence, don’t put any added pressure on them.”last_img read more

ON THE MONEY – NOW THE GRILL IS PAYING ITS CUSTOMERS TO HAVE A GOOD TIME!

first_imgThe Grill Nightclub in Letterkenny has been part of the social life of Donegal for many years.Now it has been refurbished, refitted and is beginning to re-establish itself as the place to go for a good time on a Sunday night.That’s just a couple of reasons why The Grill is the place to be. But now we can think of HUNDREDS of more.The Grill is offering a cool promotion which sees every 100th person through its doors receive a cool €100 in cash!So not only will you get in FREE but you will also get €100 to spend on your mates on a wild night out or save it for yourself.Now not too many nightclubs are paying their patrons to come to their clubs! So give it a go this Sunday night and rediscover for yourself why The Grill has always been the in-place for revelers across Donegal.And if you think that that’s a good offer…..wait until you see what The Grill has to offer its customers next Sunday night! ON THE MONEY – NOW THE GRILL IS PAYING ITS CUSTOMERS TO HAVE A GOOD TIME! was last modified: November 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyThe Grilllast_img read more