Japan wins gold in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

first_imgCarpio 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 LATEST STORIES “We loved Manila, we were so easily adjusted here,” said Bobadilla who placed fifth in Langkawi, another one-star event, before playing in the Philippines. “Having people being supportive for us is really great for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nishibori, however, has had enough and delivered the knockout blow off Kusano’s perfect pass.“We’re so happy, this is perfect,” said Kusano who, with Nishibori, went on a perfect 6-0 run in the one-star event.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 crownParaguay’s Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Amarilla won the bronze medal after brushing off Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fujii, 21-17, 21-16.Bobadilla and Amarilla’s triumph gave Paraguay its first medal in the FIVB World Tour and the pair will return to their home country bringing not only their pieces of hardware but memories of their more than one-week stay in the Philippines. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJapan’s Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori scored a two-set sweep over Spain’s Paulo Gutiérrez and Maria Belén, 21-14, 21-18, to take the gold medal in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open Sunday at SM Sands by the Bay.The Japanese pair managed to get to the 21-15 match point but the Spaniards put up three straight points to keep their faith alive.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Mac Cardona arrested for stabbing former live-in partner Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Climate Change: a most serious global challenge

first_imgDear Editor,Every day we listen to or look at international news and hear and see reports of natural disasters that are causing huge damages. Fires are raging in California and this is very regular, so too in Australia, floods in various parts of the world, in the Philippians, Bangladesh and many other places.These events are costing countries huge amounts of losses in property, due to destruction by fire and floods. Most of all, it accounts for the loss of lives, valuable lives, and results in tremendous grief and unbelievable human sufferings.The frequency and strength of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions are alarming and the destructive power increasing.Most of these are the results of a great change taking place in relation to our global climate.In an article I wrote in 1990, I had pointed out that one of the main issues as it relates to climate change was that the awareness of this phenomenon was that the mass consciousness lagged behind the danger.Today that is no longer the case. The widespread coverage in the mass media and people’s own experience have raised the awareness in every nook and cranny of our world.Moreover, scientists throughout the world have been sounding the alarm with growing urgency. They have pointed out that most of the damage that has been done and is being done to our global climate and the environment as a whole has been due to the activities of us, human beings.In pursuit of wealth, we have created factories and are performing other activities that are poisoning our environment. It is not unusual to see in many countries, mainly in Asia, people walking around with face masks due to the pollution in the air.The question is often asked as to why, with all the information that we have, we continue to pursue activities that are threatening life on earth. Instead of improving the environment, we continue to inflict serious harm to it.There is no one answer to this. Many things contribute to what appears to be the world’s people consciously committing suicide. The causes are rooted in wealth and poverty!As it relates to the developing countries, this danger is being fuelled by the grinding poverty in which huge sections of the population are forced to exist under.Because of this, they slash and burn forests to grow food. Many are engaged in dangerous mining activities that are unregulated, illegal and leaves a wide swath of destruction. From poisoning our rivers and leaving huge holes in the grounds. These lead to sicknesses including malaria and many other health-destroying illnesses. Vital carbon-absorbing trees, which are hundreds of years old, are cut, thereby releasing tons of carbon and robbing us of materials to taking greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere.At the other extreme is the wealthy persons and corporations driven by greed destroying our environment while wasting the world’s resources.They are forces that are fully aware of the consequences of their actions but deliberately hide scientific findings and even spend millions on expensive lobbies to hamper any attempt to halt climate change.Recently we learnt that some forty years ago, ExxonMobil had reports from their own scientists that their activities were contributing to great changes in the world weather patterns and serious negative impacts these have on the world’s health.Instead of sounding the alarm, the information was deliberately withheld from the public.A similar situation had developed with tobacco. For years, tobacco companies hid the dangers of smoking from the people. For them, profits were much more important than lives.Today that same behaviour is now being magnified many times over. Large companies involved in plantation agriculture and mining have been using their influence and power to get politicians elected who doubt climate change and advocate the plunder of natural nature.That seems to have occurred in our neighbouring Brazil where Lula was jailed to prevent him from contesting elections and elect a President who is not sympathetic with those who advocate preservation and conservation of resources.As a result, the Amazon is burning to make way for the logging companies, the huge mining establishments and the large-scale farmers.In the process, whole tribes of native peoples are threatened with extinction.It is a sad commentary that much of the food produced in our world, as much as 1/3, is wasted, dumped, to keep prices up.In the face of such grave threat, world leadership is sorely lacking. The quality of the political leadership in our world seems to have dissipated and has become less visionary, without a global grasp of reality.This is seen in the lack of agreements and coordinated actions to halt and reverse climate change. Many conferences are held, sponsored by the United Nations but either agreements are not reached or are so watered down that they are practically useless. Moreover, no decisive actions are being undertaken to handle this global emergency.Some social scientists attribute this serious drop in the quality of world leadership to the separation that has occurred between politics and economics. Power in many countries is not in the hands of the elected leadership but in the hands of corporate giants that have managed to separate central banks from the elected leadership of countries. The former Finance Minister of Greece, Varoufakis, related his own experience, when at a meeting with European Union Finance Ministers he was bluntly told that elections must not be allowed to interfere with economic policy.As a result, huge corporations are attracting the best brains at the expense of the state!Yet, in all of this, there are no innocent bystanders. We are all involved.Our region, the Caribbean, is one of the least polluters, but we are not spared the devastation of climate change. Very often hurricanes wipe out almost 100 per cent of our economies. The Bahamas and Dominica are the most recent.In our own Guyana, flooding is becoming more frequent. The last set of flooding in Mahaicony was due not to the rains but rising sea levels overflowing our sea defences.To turn the tide, we need mass action. Some of that is taking place in various parts of the world but this needs to become a global movement. We must move it to the centre of political and economic life so that no person or party should hold high office if he/she is hostile to taking actions to halt and reverse climate change. People must make that clear, particularly at elections time.Failing this, the fires of California and Australia, the flooding in the Philippines and Bangladesh would be child’s play as to what is ahead.Now is the time to act.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Bassa Pins Gedeh in Mock County Meet Opener

first_imgGrand Basa County narrowly whipped Grand Gedeh County 3-0 in the opening game of the 21-day’s Mock County Meet organized by the King Peter’s town Youth for Development, on the King Peter’s town sports pitch, Bong Mine Bridge community.Bassa’s hitmen Teklo Tweh, Mulbah T. Kollie, John S. Lebbie in the 43rd minute raised the curtain on the tackle-field of eight players on each side.The main financier of the tournament, Rep. Adolph Lawrence said the tournament was intended to develop the skills of the youths, engage in community consciousness and correlate with his constituency.The Montserrado County District #15 Representative, prior to the kick-off, admonished the players, referees and organizers to exhibit fair play.However, according to the organizer, the winner of the tournament will receive US$75; runner up will get US$50 and 2nd runner up will grab US$25.According to today’s fixture Margibi faces River Gee and Nimba meets Sinoe. On Tuesday, Bomi will lock horns with Lofa and Maryland will lock horns with Grand Kru County; and on Wednesday, Bong County will face Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Health Workers at TB Annex Demand Hazard Benefits

first_imgAt least 101 workers at the TB Annex Hospital are demanding payment of hazard benefits owed them by the Ministry of Health for the past six months.The patients at the hospital, located directly behind the Health Ministry in Oldest Congotown, are infected with tuberculosis which is a very highly contagious disease.The health workers told this paper that their benefits are due for the period September 2014 to February 2015.They stated that during the heat of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) crisis, they did not close the hospital but remained there at their own risk, taking care of hundreds of TB patients who came in daily when most other health centers and hospitals were closed.“The government, through the Health Ministry, last year assured workers that they would receive their hazard benefits. Six months have already gone; we have not received a dime yet. We are dissatisfied and no longer trust the assurances coming from the Ministry,” Siafa Kamara, one of the spokespersons of the workers told this paper.Lucelia Michael, the other spokesperson and Kamara made these complaints about not receiving their hazard benefits on Monday, March 2 at their offices.Both wondered why health workers in other facilities received their benefits and they at the TB Annex Hospital were not included.“Workers at the TB Annex Hospital also face risks. We have been here throughout, sacrificing to save hundreds of lives. We decided not to abandon the patients or desert the hospital as TB is contagious and could take away entire families,” Ms. Michael said.  She disclosed that during the heat of the Ebola virus crisis in Liberia, more than 500 TB patients were admitted to the Annex.Michael and Kamara recounted that some of their patients died, too, but most are still with them and are being catered to and cared for.“If we had deserted this hospital like most of our colleagues who got the hazard benefits did, what would have been the aftermath for thousands of Liberians in our various communities?” the TB Annex workers wondered.The workers, however, did not threaten any stay-home action or go-slow but called on the Legislature, Health Ministry authorities, civil society groups and international partners, to make sure that they, too, receive their hazard benefits soon.The TB Annex Hospital workers include nurses, physician assistants, doctors and other clinical staff.When contacted, two high level officials in the health sector, one from the Ministry of Health, said the hazard benefits were promised to those health workers “directly in the frontline battling the deadly Ebola virus disease.”They asked that their names be kept anonymous. One of them, who was directly involved with the negotiations that brought about the hazard benefits for health workers, stated that the benefits were promised to every health worker at both private and public health facilities in the country.He, however, clarified that it was decided at the meeting held last year at the offices of the Liberia Medical Dental Council (LMDC), that priority be given to health workers working at the various Ebola treatment units (ETUs), those handling and burying Ebola dead, Ebola ambulance drivers, contact tracers and workers in health centers and clinics which might likely handle Ebola cases.The government agreed to pay a lump sum US$5,000 death benefit to the family of each healthcare worker who died while treating people with Ebola.At that meeting Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh had said, “We [government] are aware that there are other issues that need to be addressed and we will make every effort to accommodate the concerns of our health workers while counting on their professionalism and patriotism.”The deal is expected to cost the government about US$30 million over a six-month period beginning September 2014 and was intended to ensure that healthcare workers who had abandoned health facilities, returned to work to fight the EVD.The agreement also included the hazard pay for healthcare workers indirectly engaged in the fight against Ebola.Those directly involved in fighting the Ebola epidemic were expected to receive monthly hazard pay as follows: ETU supervisor – US$850, medical doctors – US$825, nurses US$435, Lab technicians – US$435 while ETU managers and general practitioners  were to be paid US$450 each.Ambulance drivers were also expected to receive US$350, Ebola case investigators and social workers US$350, hygienists and logisticians US$300 while janitors, contact tracers and security personnel were to get US$250, respectively.Also benefiting from the government’s monthly hazard pay program were doctors, nurses and other health practitioners who are not dealing with Ebola related cases.According to the agreement, medical doctors in this category were to receive US$350 each while nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, midwives and lab technicians were to be paid US$300 each.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 Forest Fires in around FSJ

first_imgThe BC Forest Service is reporting 3 Fires around the Fort St. John area today.All three of the fires are less than a hectare in size with no fire crews actioning those fires. Two were started by ligthning last night, the other was started by a camp fire. As for the fire up at Tommy Lakes the Rhino Fire Crew from Fort St. John is working the fire that is 14.4 hectares in size. The fire is completely contained and has received some rain in the last few days.The BC Forest Service is once again reminding the public the Fire Danger Rating here in the North Peace is High to Extreme. Due to continued risk of lightning the BC Forest Service reminds the public to use extreme caution when lighting any fires. Human caused fires divert critical resources from naturally occurring fires caused by lightning.- Advertisement -To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca, or call our information line 1-888-3FOREST (1-888-336-7378).last_img read more

More Fire Crews arrive from across Canada

first_imgBritish Columbia is welcoming additional personnel from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario to assist B.C. fire crews as hot and dry conditions continue in the province.A seven-person incident management team from Alberta arrived Friday. Two 20-person crews from Manitoba and five four-person crews from Saskatchewan will arrive Saturday. Approximately 150 firefighters and fire specialists from Ontario will arrive on July 26. Specialists include incident commanders, division supervisors and fire behaviour analysts.These crews are in addition to the 123 personnel who arrived on Thursday.- Advertisement -Placement of the arriving personnel will be determined based on fire activity and anticipated need. It is important that some firefighting crews are kept on standby in all fire centres in anticipation of additional fires starting. Additional crews will also ensure all firefighting staff receive the required time off, in accordance with safe work standards.The fire danger rating in British Columbia is currently moderate to high, with pockets in southern portions of the province rated extreme.  In the Prince George Fire Centre, which includes the BC Peace Region, an open burning ban is in place.  This means there are no campfires allowed.All deployments are co-ordinated through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC). Costs of this deployment are being paid by the Ministry of Forests and Range, Wildfire Branch.  This year, British Columbia has sent crews to four other jurisdictions. This is the second time this season that British Columbia has asked for crews.Advertisement Since April 1, fire crews have responded to more than 1,300 fires across the province, approximately 50 per cent of which have been human-caused.  The public reports nearly half of all wildfires in B.C.  Please continue to report smoke and flames by calling toll-free 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks.last_img read more

6 Restaurants where you can still get dinner for 2

first_imgSeashell, 19723 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, (818) 884-6500. A restaurant hideaway with all the right atmosphere. A limited menu will be featured. About $40 per person or more. www.theseashellrestaurant.com Out Take Cafe, 11929 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 769-0822. Get past the name. This place has a warm and friendly setting, which will be lit with candles. The regular menu will be featured along with specials. Figure on about $30 per person. Gordon Biersch, 145 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, (818) 569-5240. If you are on a beer budget and your honey loves to drink the stuff, head to this brew pub where a special Valentine’s menu of various selections will be available (no fixed price). About $25 per person. www.gordonbiersch.com – Natalie Haughton 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Oops! It’s down to the wire. You forgot to book a Valentine’s dinner for your sweetie – and you don’t want to admit it. There’s still time and we’re here to help. Here are restaurants that still had openings as of Tuesday, although you may have to dine earlier or later than desired and you will have to call ahead. The Bistro Garden at Coldwater, 12950 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 501-0202 – The candlelit setting, with trees and flowers, looks like an indoor garden decked out with red and pink flowers. Complimentary roses for the ladies. $80 per person fixed price Valentine’s menu. www.bistrogarden.com Mezzomondo Trattoria, 12415 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 508-1301. Be transported to Italy in this romantic setting, which looks like you’re in Tuscany with its yellow walls, tile floors and a large tree. The restaurant will be decorated with lots of candles and hearts and flowers on the tables. The regular menu will be offered along with specials. Approximately $30 per person average, depending on your selections. Villa Piacere, 22160 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, (818) 704-1185. Picture a fireplace, fresh flowers on the tables and dimly lit space. A Valentine’s menu with various selections will be offered (not fixed price) – figure on an average of $40 per person. www.villapiacere.com last_img read more

FAMOUS DONEGAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW MAY BE CANCELLED AFTER PERMISSION STALLS

first_imgSome of the many crowds who attended last year’s Ardara Show.The 2015 Ardara Show, scheduled for August 8th, one of the key agricultural events in the county is in doubt, as permission to use the existing Sandfield Show area site has not been received.The area in question is controlled by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and is a designated special area of conservation. The Ardara show has been held within the scenic area for the past three years.However, due to an independent 150 page Natura Impact Study, commissioned by the NPWS, it is recommending that the Show does not take place in the conservation area of Sheskinmore nature reserve.The Ardara show, which has taken place over three centuries, moved to Sandfield after the longstanding site near the town centre was becoming a Health and Safety issue due to the growth of the Show itself. Show Chairman, Cathal Mooney, said: “Sandfield has provided a much larger and drier area, together with separate car parking, making the area a safer place to run the show for all concerned. It has also allowed the show to expand events during the past three years making it one of the largest Shows in the county bringing in much needed revenue to the town of Ardara and the surrounding area.”The decision has been appealed to the Department of Arts, Heritage and Wildlife and the Ardara Show is awaiting a favourable outcome. “We are indebted to Minister Joe McHugh and Deputy Dinny McGinley who are working tirelessly on the Show committee’s behalf,” said secretary Tracey McGill.FAMOUS DONEGAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW MAY BE CANCELLED AFTER PERMISSION STALLS was last modified: May 19th, 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:donegalpermissionRadar Showlast_img read more

STILL TIME TO GET ON YOUR BIKE FOR KILLYBEGS TO LETTERKENNY CYCLE

first_imgIt’s still not too late to sign up for the LYIT Campus to Campus Charity Cycle which takes place on Saturday, 24 May.It’s a 75 km cycle from the School of Tourism campus in Killybegs to the Letterkenny campus, and all are welcome to take part – even if they aren’t a student or staff member of LYIT.This year the proceeds will go to the Donegal Branch of the MS Society of Ireland and Blood Bikes North West (a voluntary group of motorbike enthusiasts who transport necessary medical items between hospitals, clinics and blood transfusion banks). If you would like to give to these worthy causes or take part in the cycle, contact Maeve at maeve.carr@lyit.ie or 074 918 6342. Pictured are last year’s cyclists as they headed off from Killybegs. STILL TIME TO GET ON YOUR BIKE FOR KILLYBEGS TO LETTERKENNY CYCLE was last modified: May 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:cycledonegalLYITlast_img read more

FINN HARPS ANNOUNCE VOUCHER SCHEME

first_imgFinn Harps have announced the launch of a voucher promotion for the Christmas Gift market. Vouchers can be used to purchase, or as part exchange, for Season Tickets, Annual Lotto Membership and Club Merchandise.The Club will announce Season Ticket prices early in 2012, when the format and fixtures for next season are confirmed by the FAI.Gift certificates can be purchased from Committee members or from the Club Office (074-9130070).  FINN HARPS ANNOUNCE VOUCHER SCHEME was last modified: December 8th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpslast_img read more