• Gawilan, chessers lead last-day Pinoy charge in Jakarta

    first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In cycling, Arthur Bucay came away with the gold medal in the men’s C5 4000M individual pursuit.In Argentina, Yuka Saso’s hopes for a podium finish ended with a missed six-foot putt that relegated her to fourth place in the 2018 Youth Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Philippine men’s chess team bagged two more golds, a silver and four bronze medals, this time in the rapid event.Sander Severino also claimed his fourth gold medal after winning the men’s individual rapid P1 and the men’s team rapid P1 along with Jasper Rom and Henry Roger Lopez.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 ChrissThe Philippines went 1-2-3 in individual rapid P1 with Lopez taking the silver and Rom bagging the bronze.Arman Subaste (men’s individual rapid B2-B3); Francis Ching, Rodolfo Sarmiento and Cecilio Bilog (men’s team rapid chess B); and Redor Menandro, Subaste and Israel Peligro (men’s team rapid B2-B3) also won bronze medals. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ernie Gawilan and the amazing chess team continued to make waves for the Philippines Friday in the final day of the Asian Para Games in Jakarta.Gawilan, born without feet and a left hand, captured his third swimming gold when he ruled the men’s freestyle S7.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lydia, Paeng lead latest batch of Hall of Fame inductees MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

  • Cartoon: March 5, 2015

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  • ‘LRA Unshakably Committed To Fighting Corruption’

    first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba says her administration is unshakably committed to visibly fighting corruption.She said the LRA has adopted a radical stance in battling corruption and taking actions to spur revenue generation for the good of the country and people.“We at the LRA have taken a no nonsense approach to combating corruption. For us, Zero Tolerance is the name of the game,” Mrs. Tamba declared Wednesday, December 9, in Monrovia, when she gave the keynote address at a program marking International Anti-Corruption Day.Mrs. Tamba said the war against corruption in Liberia will remain elusive, despite the many anti-corruption agencies set up by government, unless everyone from every walk of life takes concrete and sustainable actions to curtail the vice.The LRA Commissioner General said although significant progress has been made in combating corruption in the country and at the LRA, there remain many leakages within the revenue system which demand more concrete and collective actions to deal with the unwholesome practice.As a mark of institutional commitment, Mrs. Tamba stated that every employee at the LRA is compelled to sign a professional code of conduct that is being vigorously implemented to deter corruption, while robustly collecting the Liberian people’s taxes.Among other corruption fighting measures, the LRA has established a Professional Ethics Division that is actively investigating ethical transgressions, an Anti-Smuggling arm proactively combating smuggling, while its middle and back offices are being strengthened to data mine and more easily detect fraud and evasion.“We are not there yet,” the Commissioner General acknowledged to an audience of government officials, development partners and hundreds of students. There is still much more work to be done, added Mrs. Tamba. “There is still corruption but we are unshakably committed to visibly fighting corruption and to taking action.”She called on the public to join the LRA in fighting corruption by reporting bribery, collusion, seeking of ‘cold water’ among others. “If you are out there and want to fight corruption come and help us,” she urged.The LRA also has an effective whistleblower program and has recently made a recommendation to the Minister of Finance and Development Planning to increase the award to 10% of the taxes recovered. “We are cultivating alliances; we are using risk profiling to facilitate faster intervention. We are working hard at building internal strength,” she added.Mrs. Tamba said the war on corruption can be won only if everyone—teachers, the police and judiciary, legislature, the church, marketers, journalists, students, community leaders, among others—commit themselves to doing a little more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Angels report for duty

    first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – The Angels’ off-season could best be described as a glass-half-empty, glass-half-full situation. The optimists will point to the various reviews that say the Angels might possess the best bullpen in the American League, if not in all of baseball. Now for the pessimists. Owner Arte Moreno essentially reneged on a boast to enhance the roster with an impact acquisition. It can’t be a good sign for Angels fans that management grossly underestimated the free-agent market. The Angels also have received an abundance of criticism for committing $50 million to Matthews, who will try to build off his breakout season in 2006 at age 32. First base and third base remain question marks. Pitchers and catchers report to camp today. That pitching staff might want to do some early weightlifting, just to feel what it’s like to carry the weight of the team on its shoulders. The Angels personnel breaks down as follows: The starting rotation is first-rate, consisting of John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana, Kel- vim Escobar and Joe Saunders. In addition, former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon could be back by May if not sooner. Even more upbeat news is that the outfield of Garret Anderson, Gary Matthews Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero is considered top-notch. Nobody dared to make such a boast last season. center_img PITCHERS: Not only will one of the top rotations start things off, one of the best closers will be counted on to finish them. Francisco Rodriguez might be a notch behind the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera for the title of best closer, but the Angels’ right-hander probably has more value considering that at age 25, he’s 12 years younger than Rivera. Rodriguez’s 92 saves over the past two seasons are the most in baseball. His 312 strikeouts over the past three seasons are the most over that span for a reliever. With Colon on the mend, Lackey inherits the role as staff ace. His mastery of the Oakland Athletics last season (3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts) will be counted on again. Adding free-agent Justin Speier strengthened the middle relief corps, which leads into set-up man Scot Shields. CATCHERS: It will be a wide-open race for the Opening Day slot between Jose Molina, Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis. The veteran Molina might be playing with some fire this season after missing out on a lucrative bonus in September. Molina was relegated to the bench in the final days of the season, costing him a games-played incentive. Napoli has the inside track at a roster spot over Mathis and anything close to his torrid stretch last June (six home runs, 17 RBIs) will net him the starting spot. Mathis made the Opening Day roster last season but lasted only a month before being sent back to the minors. INFIELD: Things are set up the middle with Orlando Cabrera at shortstop and Howie Kendrick taking over for Adam Kennedy at second. The biggest battle will take place at first, where Casey Kotchman, Kendry Morales and Shea Hillenbrand will fight it out. Third base belongs to Chone Figgins, whose lackluster on-base percentage will force him to move to the No. 9 spot in the lineup. OUTFIELD: Say what you want about Matthews’ $50 million deal but the signing instantly made the Angels better defensively. Remember, it was defense that was a big part of the team’s ultimate undoing last season. But even the best defense isn’t enough to justify $10 million per season. Matthews will be looked upon to deliver, at minimum, his 19 home runs and 79 RBIs from last season. Losing Juan Rivera to a broken leg in winter ball was costly. His status still is unknown, with an optimistic return date set for the All-Star break. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 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

  • Store owner, county officials reach compromise over window art

    first_img Downey said supporters managed to collect nearly 400 signatures within a few weeks, which they presented to Supervisor Gloria Molina’s field deputy at a neighborhood meeting. County officials “found a way to denote [the murals] as art, rather than signs, by having me remove the advertisements on them,” Downey, 62, said Monday. “I was more than willing to work with them.” For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When Los Angeles County officials cited local business owner Bob Downey last month for putting murals on his windows, Downey thought he’d lost the one tactic that had helped deter vandals – art. But once word got out about the citation, Downey’s neighbors near his West Whittier Paint store rallied to his defense. Now an artist hired by Downey is restoring the murals, but with some small modifications. In early March, the county gave Downey 30 days to remove the prohibited window paintings or face an initial penalty of $633 – a fee that would triple if not paid within 15 days after that, said Alex Garcia, a supervising regional planner for the county government.last_img read more

  • Building or re-decorating? The Designer Homes Exhibition continues today

    first_imgThe Designer Homes Exhibition continues today at the Halfway House in Burnfoot from 11am to 5pm.Organised by architect Breege Galbraith, the event is now in its sixth year after the huge success of the previous five, with thousands of people attending each year.Designer Homes Exhibition 2017 has a large range of products on offer with each exhibitor keen to do business and promote their products directly to you. Exhibitors put so much work and effort into each and every stand – they are not to be missed! Designer Homes Exhibition provides a service for any home owner, people building/renovation/extending or have a keen interest in home interiors or renewable energy products – a great day out for all the family!SEAI provide grants for upgrading existing houses to be more energy efficient. Many of exhibitors provide this service. The team at Michael Galbraith Associates (MGA) in Buncrana carry out BER assessments of buildings and can provide advice on any matters.MGA are also providing free consultations at DHE so don’t miss out on this fantastic offer and can give advice on the current Building Regulations. Whether you are building that dream house, redecorating your home or simply have a keen interest in home interiors and the modern development of household needs, then Designer Homes Exhibition is for you.The exhibition is only €3 entry for adults, and kids go in free! A fabulous door prize is also to be won.Building or re-decorating? The Designer Homes Exhibition continues today was last modified: March 5th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Burnfootdesigner homes exhibitionlast_img read more


    first_imgDDTV: A MAKEOVER in Bundoran will feature on RTE’s Dirty Old Towns weekend challenge programme tonight.The weekend before last Bundoran Tidy Towns along with hundreds of local volunteers and businesses get their cleaning gloves on and their pain brushes out for the Weekend Challenge.The action plan included art works at East End, beach clean up on Main Beach, planting of top gardens, painting of two shelters and some info signs, walls at West End playground, Bundoran Boat Quay. The RTE crew arrived down on to film the community project in action. The Weekend Challenge will air tonight, Wednesday 25th April, 8pm on RTE One.Tune in to see if the revamp got finished on time, get a sense of all the great work that was carried out and the community spirit involved.Our video shows that Bundoran is already getting ready for Sea Sessions, as Irish artists Eoin O’Connor, Tara Mc Guinness and Gavin McCrea brought Bundoran alive with surf murals painted along the main street.Click to play. DDTV: BUNDORAN GETS MAKEOVER ON TONIGHT’S ‘DIRTY OLD TOWNS’ ON RTE was last modified: April 25th, 2012 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:DDTV: BUNDORAN GETS MAKEOVER ON TONIGHT’S ‘DIRTY OLD TOWNS’ ON RTElast_img read more


    first_imgAidan at his deskThis week will see the end of an era in Donegal County Council with the retirement of one of the Councils most senior engineers Aidan O’Doherty after 40 years of loyal service.While Aidan is looking forward to spending more time with his family, there is also a hint of sadness at leaving the Council.“I am looking forward to the future but I do have mixed feelings about my retirement. I have loved working in Donegal County Council. I have made wonderful friends and I have had the opportunity to work on exciting projects that have had a positive impact on people’s lives. Aidan speaking at opening of dual carriageway“On the other hand I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and I am especially looking forward to the birth of my first grandchild in the next couple of weeks in San Francisco” says Aidan.Friends, colleagues and retired colleagues paid tribute to Aidan at his retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford on Thursday last.Described by his close friend and colleague, Eamon Canney as a man of vision, Aidan’s career spans almost 40 years and he has seen many changes during this time and it is safe to say that he has had a role in shaping many of these changes.Aidan, a native of Lifford but now living in Donegal Town has taken time out this week to talk to us about his career, the changes he has seen and his plans for the future. Carmel Gallagher, NRDO making a presentation to Aidan and his partner Anne Clydesdale at the recent retirement function held in the Courthouse Lifford.“I joined the Council in 1975 just five days after I graduated from what was then known as University College Galway. I always wanted to come back to Donegal and that was one of the reasons why I chose a career in engineering.“My father was an engineer in Donegal County Council and I knew from him that there were jobs for engineers in Donegal. I was very lucky to be coming out of university at a time when the Council was recruiting.”“My first job in the Council took me to Ballyshannon and it was here that I met my wife Margaret who was just qualifying as a teacher. We married in 1981 and that day was, without a doubt, the most important day of my life. Unfortunately Margaret passed away at the age of 48 in August 2002 after a short illness and this had a profound affect on me and on our four children.”Aidan’s retirement marks the end of 120 years of service for the O’Doherty family with the Council.Aidan’s father Terry worked as an engineer from 1946 to 1987 and at 90 years of age was one of the special guests at Aidan’s retirement function. His Uncle Gerry, who died two years ago, was also an engineer in the Council from 1945 to 1985. Aidan with his brother John, his father Terry and his son Terry at his recent retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford.Speaking about the highlights of his career, Aidan recalls three things.“Firstly the design and construction by direct labour of the Laghey / Ballintra bypass. This was a 10km stretch of road and was one of the first by-passes in the country at the time and remains an important part of the roads infrastructure in the county today.“The second highlight for me was in 1993 when Donegal County Council was approached by the National Roads Authority (NRA) and asked to set up a dedicated design team for the NRA in the Council. This was very exciting and meant that we were creating excellent engineering job opportunities in Donegal. This was happening at a time following a lengthy recruitment embargo. It allowed us to create jobs for young talented engineers and technicians with fresh ideas and new ways of working. Many of these people still work in the Council today.”“This led to the third highlight which was the setting up of the National Road Design Office or NRDO in Donegal Town. In 1998 the NRA approached the Council once more and asked to set up a dedicated office to work on NRA Projects. This has evolved in to the National Roads Office or NRO. It is one of ten such offices located throughout the country. Again we saw it as a great opportunity to create high quality jobs in Donegal. It meant that engineers and technicians that might otherwise have had to relocate to one of the main cities or overseas, had an opportunity to get a good job in Donegal”. The NRO designed and continues to design national roads infrastructure including projects such as the Ballyshannon / Bundoran By-pass, the Donegal Town Bypass, the Manorcunningham to Lifford Road, the Ballybofey to Lifford road, the Ballybofey/Stranorlar By-pass and much more.When asked about the biggest changes he has seen, Aidan talks about the changes in technology that has transformed the way engineers do their jobs.“The technology we used when I first started working was not all that different to what would have been using in the 1830s when the Country was being surveyed. The advancements in technology since then is phenomenal. Today we use things like digital satellites to provide survey information. This would have been unheard of when I started out in 1975”.“When I left university in 1975, we were living in country which was only a member of the EU for two years and we were still quite poor. Most young people left school at 14. Girls would get jobs in a local factory and boys would pick up casual work here and there and it was only the privileged few that went on to university. Today that has changed and most young people have an opportunity to go to third level education and I think that this is great. It is certainly a change for the better”.Aidan with former County Engineer Jimmy McShane and retired colleagues Tom Bradley and Henry Richie at his recent retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford.AIDAN ‘ENGINEERS’ HIS WAY TO RETIREMENT AFTER 40 YEARS – SPECIAL FEATURE was last modified: March 1st, 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:Aidan O’DohertydonegalDonegal County CouncilLiffordretirementlast_img read more

  • Chicago still has work to do

    first_img Now the city is buzzing over a team that’s waited a long time in a baseball championship-hungry town, one with a pitching staff that dominated the Angels in the ALCS and expects to be tough against either Houston or St. Louis. “Really, you can split that thing five ways,” Paul Konerko said of his MVP award. “Those guys were unbelievable.” Chicago reliever Neal Cotts worked two-thirds of an inning in Game 1, throwing seven pitches, and that was it. Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia and Jose Contreras did the rest — the first time since the 1956 Series that a team has pitched four straight complete games in the same series. The Yankees had five that year. “In the end our pitching was amazing,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “They deserve so much credit, you can’t even describe it. … I don’t know if you’ll ever see it again.” The Angels batted just .175 and managed 11 runs and 27 hits in the five games, unable to muster much against the White Sox’s foursome. It was a staggering performance by a pitching staff that helped the White Sox win 99 games. But four complete games in one series after throwing nine all season? Come on. “They really put on a display of how to pitch,” Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy said. “It seemed like they were competing against each other, trying to one-up each other,” general manager Ken Williams said. “You hope to get one (complete game) and give your bullpen a rest, but this is ridiculous.” Manager Ozzie Guillen made it a point before Sunday’s 6-3 clincher to say he doesn’t manage with computers or necessarily with statistics, he goes by feel, by instinct. So, leaving his four starters in to go the distance four straight games was no big deal to him, even if it could leave his bullpen rusty once the Astros or Cardinals get to town. Or even if it makes some baseball analysts cringe. “If you told me in April that Jose Contreras was going to be my ace and Bobby Jenks was going to be my closer, I would tell you I don’t think we’re going to win this,” Guillen said. But that’s how it evolved in the second half of the season. While Contreras was 11-2 after the All-Star break, Buehrle and Garcia were just 6-5 and Garland 5-6. But when the White Sox needed a lift late in the season and again in the playoffs, they responded. “I think my pitching staff threw the ball well when we needed it,” Guillen said. “Boston and here. I think that’s the key.” Whether it be the Astros or the Cardinals, the starting pitching matchups are enticing. The Cardinals with Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder and Matt Morris, or the Astros with Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt. For two days, the White Sox will savor what they’ve accomplished. They’ll stay away from the field and resume workouts Wednesday before hosting the first two games Saturday and Sunday. Getting to the World Series for the first time since 1959 is one thing, winning it for the first time since 1917 would be quite another. “It feels awfully good,” chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “As excited as I am now, I know no matter what happens, we still have work to do.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO — What a way to head into the World Series. Rested and tested. With a remarkable stretch of four straight complete games, the Chicago White Sox starters gave their bullpen a weekend off and paved the way for the team’s first World Series appearance in 46 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more

  • Oven, fridge and 30 rubbish bags cleared from scenic beach

    first_imgA team of over 50 volunteers and council staff have spruced up Rossnowlagh beach after a recent beach clean-up.Participants from the Rossnowlagh Ramblers, the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group, Irish Water staff and the Clean Coast team got together last Tuesday to tidy their local beach.A large amount of rubbish had been dumped on the scenic beach the previous day. This included an oven, a fridge and other electrical equipment as well as general household waste. The large electrical items were removed by Donegal County Council. More than 30 bags of rubbish were also collected on the day. The litter included rope, fishing nets, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, coffee cup lids, towels, cardboard and timber.Siobhan Sheil, Irish Water was delighted with the turnout at the clean-up: “Clean Coasts gave a very informative presentation about the types of seaweed present on the beach and the types of litter commonly found on beaches to the group. It was a great opportunity for everyone to talk about their local environment and witness first-hand how passionate the local community is about protecting their beaches.“This is just one of a number of beach cleans being organised by Irish Water across the country, with the next one organised for Strandhill Beach in Co Sligo on October 15.”Following the beach clean, Clean Coasts also talked about what not to flush down the toilet as part of their Think Before You Flush campaign which is supported by Irish Water. Laura Robinson, a member of the Rossnowlagh Ramblers explained that the group regularly carry out litter picks on the beach outlining what items they find and how they reuse and recycle what they can. For example, they regularly pick up towels that have been left behind which they wash and donate to charity if they are fit for use or else donate to animal sanctuaries.Oven, fridge and 30 rubbish bags cleared from scenic beach was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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