Down 1-3, UP needs to start winning for a shot at Final 4

first_imgIt’s just midway through the first round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament but Bo Perasol is already counting the games University of the Philippines needs to win in order to survive.ADVERTISEMENT The Fighting Maroons dropped to 1-3 after their heartbreaking 69-68 loss to Adamson University and Perasol said they need to start to stringing up a win streak if they want to make it to the next round.“We’re actually counting, we need to get the wins,” said Perasol Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. We need to get the wins in order for us to have a chance [at the Final Four].”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 Chriss“We have to win at least eight and you also have to look into who you’re going to match up against.”UP, which went into the riding high expectations for a Final Four stint, sits at the seventh seed with only winless University of the East below it. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img View comments 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 MOST READ The Fighting Maroons will still face De La Salle, National University, and University of Santo Tomas in the remainder of the first round.Perasol said the gut-wrenching winner that Sean Manganti threw up against them was doubly painful since they are fighting for their lives as opposed to the Soaring Falcons who are undefeated in four games.“It was very painful especially when you want to win, you want to win because you want to bounce back,” said Perasol.“You just have to be strong for the players and you need to explain to them that these things happen in life, we need to make sure that everything will make us better, make us stronger.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title So near, so VAR – 100 days out, technology eyed for Asian Cup Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Gov’t to Double Tobacco Tax, Charge 1 Cent Per Minute on Phone Calls

first_imgBeginning July 1, the Government of Liberia will more than double the excise tax on all tobacco products if the National Legislature approves the Special Amendment to the Liberia Revenue Code (LRC) as proposed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In addition, every caller or phone consumer within Liberia is expected to pay US$0.01 (1 U.S. cent) per minute on all calls. The imposition of excise of $0.01 per minute on phone calls was proposed by the President to support the 2016/2017 Fiscal Budget.In her communication to the Legislature, the President also wants the Legislature to increase the excise rate on alcohol beverages from 35% to 45% and more than double the excise rate on tobacco products, from 35% to 80%. The Chief Executive further requested the adjustment in the GST rate from 7% to 10%; a revision of Section 16 to grant Special Investment Incentives to certain businesses; as well as a revision on Section 904 on the Advance Payment or Turnover Tax.The special amendment to the LRC, according to President Sirleaf, is to provide incentives for additional investment in the economy and the direct revenue implication of US$30.1 million to support the FY16/17 National Budget.“Mr. Speaker, in my message transmitting the FY16/17 Proposed Budget, I mentioned to you that certain assumptions in the resource envelop have been placed under ‘Contingent Revenue’ because some legislative actions will be required in order to realize those revenues,” the President wrote.She added: “Honorable Speaker, I will appreciate if these actions can be taken along with the passage of the National Budget so that development priorities as outlined in the budget can be fully implemented.”Meanwhile, the House’s Plenary has mandated its Committees on Ways, Means and Finance Development Planning and Judiciary to review the Special Amendment to the Revenue Code of 2011 which calls for the imposition of one cent (US$0.01) per minute on phone calls and the other five amendments.The decision taken by Plenary was reached Tuesday, May 24, 2016 during the 31st day sitting of the 5th Session following the communication from President Sirleaf.Following the reading and floor debate, Plenary agreed on a motion from Rep. Samuel Kogar of Electoral District 5 Nimba County that the instrument be forwarded to the Committees on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning to review and advise the House’s Plenary in two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Province funds studies on Murray River and Sukunka Forest Roads

first_imgEngineering studies will begin to identify road and safety improvements for the Murray River and Sukunka Forest Service roads in the Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge areas. The Murray River Forest Service Road, south of Tumbler Ridge, provides access to Monkman Provincial Park including Kinuseo Falls within the park. Work on this road consists of an assessment of the existing road condition and potential resurfacing with calcium chloride to reduce dust. The Sukunka Forest Service Road, south of Chetwynd, provides access to the Hole in the Wall Provincial Park as well as the Brule coal mine, active oil and gas fields and some forestry operations. Work will include completing a road layout and design for potential re-alignment of five kilometres of the Forest Service road to address chronic road maintenance. – Advertisement -The Province announced today close to $80,000 will be spent on these studies.  British Columbia’s 55,000-kilometre network of Forest Service roads is bigger than the provincial highway system.last_img read more

Two NLC residents recognized

first_imgTwo Northern Lights College students have been recognized for their work.Faith Beatty, a Social Services Worker Diploma student at the Fort St. John Campus of Northern Lights College, is the 2011 recipient of the Governor General’s Bronze Medal.

  The medal was presented by NLC Registrar Anna Hughes at Convocation ceremonies held on June 10 at the Stonebridge Hotel in Fort St. John.

  Beatty started in the SSWD program in 2009, and achieved a high level of academic excellence in all her course work, finishing with a 4.1 grade point average. Beatty currently is employed in the social service field, with future plans that include completing a Bachelor degree in Social Work.

- Advertisement -The Governor General’s Bronze Medal is awarded for academic excellence to the Northern Lights College student who achieves the highest overall average upon graduation from a diploma-level, post-secondary program (minimum two-year, full-time duration). Andrew Lines can add the title of Canadian Silver Medalist to his expanding resume of Skill Canada accomplishments.

Lines, an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering student at the Dawson Creek Campus of Northern Lights College, captured second place in the nation at the Skills Canada competition held in Quebec City, June 2-3.

Advertisement Lines finished only eight points (out of a total of 1,000) out of first place amongst a field of competitors that in included several college graduates. The gold medalist was from Ontario.

Aircraft Maintenance competitors took part in a grueling 12-hour competition that included six sections designed to test various aspects of their skills and knowledge. The sections included: Sheet metal repair; Flight Control rigging, tensioning and safe-tying; Pitot Static Testing; Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARS) Exam; Gas Turbine Component Replacement; and Weight and Balance Report.

Lines earned the right to represent British Columbia at the nationals by winning the provincial championship in Abbotsford in April, after qualifying at the Peace Region event held in Dawson Creek in March. This was the first year that NLC had participated in the AME event at any level of Skills Canada.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta hails David Moyes as Everton sack Roberto Martinez

first_img“A Very Spanish Revolution”, hosted by Guillem Ballangue, is an exclusive round the tapas table interview with Gaizka Mendieta, Mikel Arteta and Hector Bellerin reflecting on their time in England and you can hear it on talkSPORT this Saturday between 5-7pmMikel Arteta has hailed the character and team-building qualities David Moyes brought to the Everton dressing room during his time in charge at Goodison Park.Moyes signed Arteta from Real Sociedad in 2005 and was the Spaniard’s boss until he was sold to Arsenal in 2011. Arteta believes Moyes made the most of a team which wasn’t blessed with huge amounts of quality, even leading them into the Champions League.In contrast, Everton have struggled this season and are on course for a bottom-half finish, despite manager Roberto Martinez being blessed with one of the best squads in the league.Martinez has been sacked following a disappointing season, and Moyes has been linked with an emotional return to Goodison Park.Speaking before Everton’s 3-0 defeat at Sunderland on Wednesday night, Arteta told talkSPORT: “As a group we had a tremendous dressing room because ability wise we were pretty average.“The difference was the character of that team and the spirit David built over the years and he really did create something special.”last_img read more

Amateur footballers deny vicious attack on referee

first_imgThe individuals charged over the incident at New River sports centre in north London in May have asked for personal hearings at the London Football Association to contest the charges.Footage captured from the stands was recorded at the final whistle of the Turkish Football Federation’s Cup final. Three amateur footballers have denied chasing and kicking a referee, despite talkSPORT releasing a video of the attack. 1 Only luck led to the existence of this footage, talkSPORT have been told EXCLUSIVE: Referee in #London chased and kicked by dozens of players… #RAMS— Alex Dibble (@alex_dibble) May 24, 2018The league itself launched an investigation into the incident and told talkSPORT at the time: “It is horrible and sickening. Once we know who was involved we want to get rid of them from our league, whoever they are. We will throw the book at them.”Martin Cassidy of Ref Support UK described it as “the worst video we’ve seen on British soil of an assault on a match official.”The charity is using it to argue for a body camera trial for match officials. IFAB, which set the laws of the game, currently prohibit recording equipment.Mr Cassidy told talkSPORT only luck led to the existence of the footage. “This would have just been kept in-house and logged within the FA as another assault on a match official. That is not good enough.”The police were informed but no criminal charges have been brought.last_img read more

‘Exciting’ summer signing to start? Predicted Arsenal XI vs West Ham

first_imgUnai Emery will be looking to secure his first ever Premier League victory on Saturday afternoon when West Ham visit the Emirates.Neither Arsenal nor their upcoming opponents have picked up a single point so far this season, with the Gunners losing their opening two games of the campaign to Manchester City and Chelsea; West Ham have been defeated by Liverpool and Bournemouth. The rest of the starting XI is likely to remain unchanged from the one which was selected against Chelsea, with Emery expected to keep faith in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the forward, despite his failures in front of goal against the Blues. 4 The biggest question for Emery when it comes to picking his team for the fixture concerns Granit Xhaka, who has struggled as a starter in both of Arsenal’s matches this term.There was serious hype about Lucas Torreira, the midfielder, when he was confirmed as an Arsenal player in the summer, with fans branding him ‘exciting’, ‘fantastic’, and ‘our [N’Golo] Kante and our [Santi] Cazorla’.He was brought on in the losses to Man City and Chelsea to work his way up to full fitness, and there is a good chance Torreira will make his first start for the Gunners against West Ham. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware 4 latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most read in Premier League revealed Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 4 However, criticism of Emery, the Arsenal manager, has been relatively tempered.Given he has only been in charge of the north Londoners since the summer, and his first two matches were against two of the best teams in England, real judgement of the Spaniard will only begin with the visit of the Hammers.Heading into the game, there are no new injury worries for Arsenal, though several senior players are out of action; Sead Kolasinac’s knee injury is keeping him out of training until October, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Laurent Koscielny and Carl Jenkinson should return a month later. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings gameday cracker Xhaka may face the axe with Torreira backed to make his first start for Arsenal Aubameyang failed to score against Chelsea despite ending the game with an xG of 0.99 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion SORRY whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City So, how will Arsenal line-up when West Ham make the short trip to north London?’s predicted starting XI can be seen below… smart causal The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Emery’s start to life in England has been unbelievably hard 4last_img read more


first_imgThese are the pictures which show how close raging forest fires came to destroying a house in Co Donegal at the weekend.The fires came within a few hundred yards of the family home in the Glengesh area. Helicopter and army personnel were drafted in to spread water on the fires which were spreading rapidly.People have been asked to be vigilant during the current dry spell and to contact the emergency services to inform them of fires – even what they might consider to be harmless ones.  PICTURES SHOW HOW CLOSE HOME CAME TO BEING DESTROYED BY FOREST FIRES was last modified: May 28th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe truck left the road and became embedded on the Errigal Road.Drivers have been warned to be careful while out and about with hail and some sleet showers.One driver had a lucky escape on the Errigal Road when his truck left the road and became embedded in a ditch.The driver was unhurt. A removal operation is planned to remove the truck from the bog banking.Mount Errigal had a dusting of snow this morning bringing the reminder that winter could be about to turn nasty.Gardai are reminding people to take care on the roads with temperatures hovering around freezing at night time.“We are asking people to take care when out and about. “We are asking them to ensure that their vehicles are in good working order including their brakes and lights.“People need to protect themselves while in their vehicles on the roads,” said the spokesman. WEATHER WARNING TO DRIVERS AFTER TRUCK LEAVES ROAD was last modified: November 10th, 2013 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:DRIVERSGardaiMt Errigalsleetsnowlast_img read more


first_imgAs another four rural post offices in north Donegal face the loss of their postmen to the Letterkenny sorting office, the move has been described as another disaster for rural areas.Brid Gallagher has said the latest proposals by the Government are a kick in the teeth for rural post offices.Ten postmen are affected as the local mail sorting services are being lost in Creeslough, Kerrykeel, Milford and Carrigart in August.Local offices already hit by the changes include Ramelton, Kilmacrennan and Rathmullan. And a union official has said that this is further evidence of the downgrading of rural post offices and the loss of status poses a big risk for their future viability.It is also believed the removal of sorting will also see a substantial reduction in the income of postmasters.The postmen are to have their mail sorting duties transferred to Letterkenny as An Post moves to ‘consolidate services’.This is part of a cost cutting measure that is coming under increasing criticism from postal workers and the general public. The move which is well underway across the country will see rural postmasters taking substantial cuts in their income.And it is claimed the loss of status will further endanger local post offices across rural Ireland.At the same An Post has stunned the postmasters by asking them to inform their customers they should have social welfare and pensions paid directly into financial institutions.“This change is a direct contradiction of what government Ministers and TD’s here in Donegal have been saying in the Dail in the past year and we fail to understand how they can support the downgrading of our small rural offices,” said Brid Gallagher of the postal union.And in another twist the postmasters have been asked to hand out data to pensioners and social welfare recipients asking them to use a financial institution. The information states, “The Department recommends direct payment to your current, deposit or saving account in a financial institution.“This is the best payment option for you as you can receive your payment at a time and place that suits you.“The postmasters were shocked when asked to circulate this document to their own customers.A number of areas have already seen their sorting services taken out of the local post office to the nearest main office. And most of the county is now set to go down the same route. The Inishowen peninsula will shortly see similar changes, said a union representative.This is the result of ‘unintended consequences’ arising from an agreement between An Post and the Unions, according to post office spokespersons.The deal is part of the company’s consolidation programme and Donegal is among the last areas to have the deal implemented.Brid Gallagher of the Irish Postmasters Union told the Tirconaill Tribune, “Unions agreed the deal in good faith and were not aware of the latest consequences.“It was never intended that post offices would lost status and that the postmasters will see a big decrease in their incomes as a result of losing their sorting duties.“We fail to see how the Government is allowing this downgrading to go ahead when one the other hand they are claiming their objective was to protect rural offices and services.“The opposite is the reality.“This move has been seen as a kick in the teeth for postal workers at a time when many post offices are facing closure.”She added, “It is a bit of a slap in the face when rural post offices are going through so much turmoil.”Postal workers say this move and others go against the spirit of comments made by Junior Minister Joe McHugh in the Dail last year on the retention of post offices and their role in rural and community life.DeputyMcHugh told a Dail debate on postal services last year, “The Government has made a decision to work proactively across Departments to examine how all Departments can work together, including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Social Protection, to lend their weight to the sustainability and viability of post offices.“I sit on the working group and I take this very seriously. I am concerned every Department must be on the same wavelength as the interdepartmental decision to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of post offices.“The Government is taking this seriously and it is important we continue in this vein.”Now representatives of the postal union say they’ve not had any response from Minister McHugh in relation to the downgrading in his own home territory.Meanwhile questions are also being raised about the Department of Social Protection’s policy regarding post offices.It wants the majority of its transactions, bar 3%, done by electronic payment by the end of this year.The real issue, says the postmasters is that the Department wants to have most of its business done by electronic means by 2015.Correspondence has been issued from the Department of Social Protection to pensioners advising them or encouraging those who have been receiving payments for a long number of years to have their money paid by direct debit into the bank rather than through the post office.Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has been keeping a watching brief on the transfer of postal services says the move is a disaster and a further threat to the future of rural services.He said, “The transfer of sorting to Letterkenny is a clear indication of the Government’s policy of urbanisation and the total silence of all our Oireachtas Members is a scandal.With every passing year more services are being removed from rural areas into the larger towns like Letterkenny and nobody is asking why this is being allowed to happen.RURAL POST OFFICES FACING NEW THREAT AS SORTING SERVICES SET TO BE CLOSED DOWN was last modified: June 4th, 2015 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:attackBusinessFeaturesGovernmentnewspost officesrurallast_img read more