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Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alab Pilipinas captures ABL championship with Game 5 win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “I came about Dawn as just hardworking. Kianna was just athletic then, Joy had height.” De Jesus recalled.They’ve come a long way since.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 crownMacandili turned into the country’s best libero and was named UAAP Season 80 Finals MVP, Dy was also a Finals MVP two seasons ago while Baron, a prolific blocker, had an MVP season a year ago.The star-studded trio won three titles in five finals appearances throughout their celebrated collegiate career that they punctuated by winning another championship after sweeping Far Eastern University on Wednesday night. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 “I’m thankful that they’ve reached this point. They’re now among the heroes of volleyball now,” De Jesus said.They all had De Jesus to thank for their success.“Of course, I’m grateful that he gave us a chance to show our potential and he was very patient with us,” Dy said. “Coming to La Salle, we knew that there were a lot of talented players so we really worked hard and if you work hard coach will be pleased and he’s going to give you attention.”Baron describes De Jesus as the kind of coach who never settles and that’s also the reason why the Lady Spikers aim to outdo themselves every time they hit the court.“Coach doesn’t like to praise that much so what we learned from him is to always look to improve and never settle with what we have and that’s the key to the success that we have now,” Baron said in Filipino. “He showed us patience and he nurtured us that way that’s why we never get contented.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Majoy Baron, Dawn Macandili and Kim Kiana Dy take their final bow as Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETBefore the MVP awards and championships won at La Salle, all Dawn Macandili, Mary Joy Baron and Kim Kianna Dy had were undiscovered potential.“Honestly, I knew I’ll have hard time with them not because of their attitude but from teaching them,” DLSU head coach Ramil De Jesus told reporters in Filipino. “It’s rare for me to get a player who is very talented right away. [Macandili, Dy and Baron] are just very hardworking players that’s why they were able to attain the level they’re in right now.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC read more


first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments MOST READ Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia’s World Cup LATEST STORIES 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Russia’s Maria Sharapova wipes her face during her quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s WTA grass court event in Birmingham, opting instead to rest ahead of her return to Wimbledon after a three-year absence.The 31-year-old Russian, who was Wimbledon champion in 2004, has not played at the All England Club since 2015, when she made the semi-finals.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew She was serving a doping ban in 2016 and was injured in 2017 when she was planning to play the qualifying tournament.“I have good memories of Birmingham so I’m disappointed not to be able to play this year,” said Sharapova, a two-time champion at the Wimbledon warm-up 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 crown“I need to take care of my body and make sure I stay healthy and sometimes that means you have to take tough decisions like this one.”Sharapova, the world number 23, made the French Open quarter-finals last week where she was defeated by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more


first_imgThe Senior Pastor of Providence Baptist Church (PBC), Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr., has encouraged religious institutions to invest in Agriculture, such as in the cassava sector, to help enhance food security in the country.Dr. Reeves said the involvement of the church would make a significant impact on the lives of many Liberians amidst the evident  food insecurity.The Baptist preacher made the  statement recently when he was called to offer the benediction at the end of the launch of the National Data Collection National Data Collection on Cassava Value Chain and the official opening of offices of the National Cassava Sector Coordinating Committee.The program brought to the fore over 100 farmers across the country, Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth and senior officials of the Ministry as well as international partners.Dr. Reeves urged farmers to work together in unity and move from Sustenance or Subsistence Farming to Mechanized Farming to make farming a business.He hailed international partners for helping to sustain food security in the country, describing their help “as from mat to mattress.”He committed the Providence Baptist Church to be the first church to engage in Mechanized Farming beginning with the cassava sector to lift cassava through value addition.Providence Baptist is Liberia’s first church.  It was there that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 26, 1847 to make the country a sovereign state.“Let me also challenge religious institutions and the church to get involved and let me say to the Cassava Coordinating Committee that if you don’t have any church involved, the Providence Baptist Church will be the first in the process.”His assertions might have stemmed from various speakers’ admonition but especially from the US Embassy Economic Officer Caroline Dow,  who said cassava can contribute to the country’s food security and reduce rural poverty.“Cassava cultivation has the potential to contribute substantially to socioeconomic development both in the rural and urban areas. Investing in it and the value chain has a positive impact on food security to improve livelihoods of farmers, producers, processors and traders,” Madam Dow said. Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweth, who also spoke at the program, stressed the need for Liberians to intercrop rubber with cassava to increase production.It is observed that despite the urgent need to improve food production, there are many rubber farmers only engaged in rubber production rather than food crops.The National Cassava Sector Coordination Committee (NCSCC) is a national body set up through a public-private initiative to regulate the activities and development of Liberia’s cassava industry.It was set-up through a European Union fund which is being implemented by ZOA and ADRA in Liberia.The four-year project, which began in 2013, is value about US$2.2 million dollars.The Project, known as the Cassava Value Chain Development, is presently ongoing in Bong, Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties.Cassava is a food crop that is entwined in the lives and culture of Liberians and can reduce hunger and a supplement to the country’s stable food, rice.Liberia has a favorable climate to grow cassava in large amounts and processed into a variety of products to be sold in  local and foreign markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFRESNO – When school officials announce the name of the Fresno High School prom king on Saturday, Cinthia Covarrubias will be wearing a tuxedo just like the six boys vying for the honor. School officials this week added the 17-year-old’s name to the ballot for prom king, reversing a previous district protocol that allowed only males to run for king and females for prom queen. Gay youth advocates called it a landmark victory for campus gender expression and said they believe it’s the first time in the U.S. that an openly transgender student has run for prom royalty. Covarrubias, who wears black-and-white Vans, baggy shorts and close-cropped brown hair, sometimes identifies herself as Tony. Her date, a close female friend, plans to wear a black dress and red corsage to the prom at an outdoor reception hall surrounded by man-made waterfalls. Covarrubias said she was honored her classmates nominated her for prom king last Friday, but administrators quickly dampened her enthusiasm by saying she could only run for queen. Tiffani Sanchez, a science teacher who advises the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, complained. “Cinthia is still really learning who she is,” she said. “We want her to know that there’s a safe space for her here and we support her.” On Wednesday, school officials shifted course, saying the district’s lawyers had recommended adding Covarrubias’ name to the ballot to comply with a state law protecting students’ ability to express their gender identity on campus. “We always want to do the right thing by our students,” Vice Principal Sheila Uriarte said. “This is why we came to this decision.” The law, passed in 2000, requires schools to protect students from discrimination on the basis of their sexuality, gender or “gender expression.” Gay and lesbian advocates say that means creating a comfortable environment for students like Covarrubias to cross-dress. “It’s really important for an individual student like Cinthia to be able to feel she has the same access to participate in this rite of passage,” said Carolyn Laub, director of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. “We are growing as a society to accept much more diversity in gender expression, and that’s a positive thing.” Some students criticized the decision to put Covarrubias on the ballot. “I like lesbians, but they shouldn’t be allowed to run for king,” said senior Erich Logan, 18, as he stood outside the stately high school building. But Leanne Reyes, 16, said Covarrubias had her vote. “It’s not like the stereotype where the king has to be a jock and he’s there with the cheerleaders anymore,” said Reyes, a senior. “We live in a generation now where dudes are chicks and chicks are dudes.” Covarrubias is giddily looking forward to the prom, but acknowledged being a little nervous. “I’m happy I actually made a difference about changing the law and the policy so you can run for your choice,” Covarrubias said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I would never have run for anything if I had to wear a dress,” Covarrubias said. She considers herself transgender, an umbrella term that covers all people whose outward appearance and internal identity don’t match their gender at birth. “My freshman year I just started feeling different,” she said. “When I decided to change to be like this, all of a sudden I said, `Wow, I feel OK. I feel like finally I’m being me.”‘ She has no plans, however, to permanently alter her gender through hormones or surgery. A native of Jalisco, Mexico, Covarrubias said she has bucked rigid expectations of how a girl in her culture should behave. Explaining the meaning of terms like “queer” and “transgender” to her parents and eight siblings has at times been painful, she said. last_img

first_img1 Inter Milan failed with a deadline day move for Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, according to sources in Italy.Borini was expected to leave Anfield on Monday and came very close to a move to QPR, only for the player’s wages to scupper the transfer.However, according to TMW, QPR were not the only ones who failed in a late bid for the Italian attacker.Inter Milan reportedly offered to take Borini on loan for the season, with a view to a permanent deal next summer.But, Liverpool showed no interest in the proposal as they were focusing on QPR’s bid of £10million for the 23-year-old. Liverpool forward Fabio Borini last_img


first_imgEngland beat Wales in Group B on Thursday thanks to substitutes Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge. After Gareth Bale gave the Dragons a first-half lead with a fine long-range free-kick, Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson threw on the Leicester City and Liverpool strikers for the second half. Vardy, who helped fire the Foxes to the Premier League title last season, drew England level after the ball fell kindly to his feet in the box. Then as the game entered stoppage time, Sturridge started a move which he then finished to send England top of Group B. Hodgson received a lot of flak for his decision-making against Russia on Saturday and he deserves credit for making attacking substitutions against the Welsh – and he got it, see below! 1 England boss Roy Hodgson made key changes in the Group B clash with Wales last_img read more


first_imgVAN NUYS – Brendan Huffman will take the reins of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, the advocacy group announced Monday. A Studio City resident who spent the past four years as director of public policy with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Huffman will take over from Bonny Herman, who held the post for nearly 20 years, April 17. Well-regarded in the business community for his even-handed approach to issues, Huffman has played a role in business-tax reform and promoting state-funded stem cell research. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a degree in political science, Huffman worked as a consultant on environmental issues before joining the chamber. On his watch, he hopes to move the group to take advantage of the changing nature of the region’s economy. “How often does an opportunity to lead a top business organization come along?” Huffman said. “Especially one in my backyard, one that will affect my community, my kids’ schools and the employers who’ll be hopefully giving my kids jobs one day.” His big projects to tackle in coming months will be developing policy on education reform within the Los Angeles Unified School District and infrastructure, to ensure that the Valley gets a fair shake in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s massive bond measure. Bob Scott, VICA’s chairman, said Huffman got the nod over other candidates due to his experience in political circles. “We’re looking to expand our area of influence and he knows his way around City Hall and Sacramento,” Scott said. “He gives us the best chance of expanding our advocacy program. Looking at his resume and background, he seemed like he was in the right spot to take VICA to the next level.” News of Huffman’s hiring spread quickly in the Valley’s tightknit business community, garnering a positive response from Bruce Ackerman, president of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. The two worked together during the alliance’s business-tax reform campaign, a partnership Ackerman hopes to renew with Huffman’s new position. “He’s a real strategist,” Ackerman said. “He always tries to come at things from both sides, looking at things from a balanced standpoint, which helps him better understand all the issues. I think he’s going to do a great job.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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


first_imgJailed: McMenaminA DRUGS-crazed thug has been sent to jail after a judge heard how he launched a vicious attack on an innocent couple who stopped off at a takeaway after a night out.Cillian McMenamin, 24, from Chapel Road in Dungloe, launched an attack which left his victims with multiple injuries.McMenamin’s case was heard at Letterkenny District Court as he was already serving a jail sentence for driving offences. Inspector David Kelly told the court that in the early hours of April 14 last year a woman and her husband had stopped off for a takeaway on their way home.Sharon McKelvey had been working as a singer and karaoke operator at premises in Dungloe earlier.She and gone into the Midnight Express takeaway with her husband Patrick.“She spotted a man standing by a poker machine wearing a hoodie. He was very drunk. He  began to shout abusive comments towards the non-nationals working at the takeaway. He was shouting that he wanted free burgers and made several other comments,” Insp Kelly told the court. At that point Patrick McKelvey objected to the abuse being given out by McMenamin.The accused man, who had taken a cocktail of prescription drugs and drink, called Mr McKelvey “a pile of sh***” and began to throw punches at him.Mrs McKelvey stepped in at that stage.“I put up my hands and pleaded with him to stop. He grabbed me by my jacket and threw me out of the way to get at Patrick. I lost my footing because of the force and hit my head on a window and I realised I was bleeding from my head and mouth,” she said in a statement read to the court by the inspector.She then saw Patrick being dragged outside the takeaway where McMenamin repeatedly kicked his victim on the ground, including in the face, said Inspector Kelly. “Do you want to hit me now?” McMenamin had shouted.He tried to kick the couple’s car and then shouted at them: “I’m going to find out who your family is and they’re all dead.”Gardaí arrived at the scene a short time later and arrested McMenamin.Inspector Kelly said McMenamin had 27 previous convictions including for assault, car theft and possession of drugs and a flick knife. Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had a “vague and patchy memory” of the events because of his drugs and drink addiction.Judge Paul Kelly said McMenamim had launched “a random act of violence against a couple on their 50s who were causing no offence whatsoever.”Reading from medical reports before the court, the judge said Patrick McKelvey had been attacked in the takeaway before being dragged outside and attacked again.Mr McKelvey had suffered multiple bruises, a fractured rib, a collapsed lung and was in pain for six weeks afterwards.He had been forced to turn a job offer due to the pain he suffered in the attack and went on to suffer anxiety as a result.“He punched Mrs McKelvey in the face and left her with a fractured finger, bruising to her arms and pelvis and cuts to her head and mouth,” said the judge.“These are dreadful injuries. The fact that Mr McMenamin had taken a cocktail of alcohol and drugs is not an excuse. This was a random act of violence which had appalling consequences for this totally innocent couple.”The court heard McMenamin had been given community service for previous offences.“This was a middle aged couple finishing a night’s work and getting food on their way home,” said the judge.He then turned to McMenamin and asked him: “Do you realise what you have done to the victims in this case?”The 24-year-old nodded and said: “Yes.”Judge Kelly imposed two one-year sentences to run concurrently.JAIL FOR THUG WHO ATTACKED INNOCENT COUPLE IN TAKEAWAY was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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:assaultattackCiarandungloeMcMenaminMidnight expresslast_img read more


first_imgAward-winning Donegal Chef Gary O’Hanlon has teamed up with Fáilte Ireland to call on chefs across the country to participate in a Taste of Place training programme.Gary was recently appointed as Executive Chef of Château du Coudreceau – an exclusive 18th century residence in France. But the Ramelton man will be back home soon to deliver a programme that will arm chefs with insights into how food motivates the tourist, provide the latest tourism trends and culinary concepts and underline the business benefits of sourcing locally.Fáilte Ireland has identified a growing trend, at home and internationally, of tourists seeking out locally sourced dishes and the stories behind them. The Taste of Place training programme is designed to help chefs and culinary teams tap into this trend by providing stand-out local and seasonal cuisine to tourists. Over the two-day workshops chefs and cooks responsible for food preparation, presentation and menu development, will see first-hand a variety of dishes demonstrated using the best local ingredients.Fáilte Ireland is calling on chefs to sign up to take part in the two-day workshops this October and November by emailing tastetheisland@failteireland.ie.The workshops will take place in the following locations:8 – 9th October, Athlone Institute of Technology, Cookery demonstration with Gary O’Hanlon15 – 16th October, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Cookery demonstration with Jess Murphy22 – 23rd October, Cork Institute of Technology, Cookery demonstration with Gary O’Hanlon5 – 6th November, Airfield Estate, Cookery demonstration with Luke Mathews. Chef Gary O’Hanlon said: “Irish Food is the best it has ever been. Our natural produce is unparalleled internationally and today’s chefs need to work smarter than ever to ensure we put our best foot forward to deliver menus that are reflective of Ireland’s growing reputation. I am thrilled to help deliver Fáilte Ireland’s Taste of Place programme and I commend their vision and drive in promoting local produce through this programme. I’m looking forward to working with other like-minded chefs and culinary teams to reinforce the message about the many positive benefits of using quality locally sourced food and beverage.”Tracey Coughlan, Food Tourism Manager with Fáilte Ireland commented: “This new programme is designed to support Fáilte Ireland’s latest three-year food and drink initiative ‘Taste the Island’ by equipping chefs across Ireland with the knowledge on the power and benefits of using local produce to deliver an unforgettable visitor experience. We have found that there is a growing trend, at home and internationally, of tourists seeking out locally sourced dishes and the stories behind them. This growing interest in experiencing local food presents an ideal opportunity for chefs to create and deliver authentic food experiences that are reflective of the area. This new programme has been developed by Fáilte Ireland, to ensure that visitors to Ireland enjoy a real taste of place.”Chef Gary O’Hanlon serving up top tips for chefs in new food tourism programme was last modified: September 23rd, 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) Tags:chef gary o hanlonFood tourismtaste of placetaste the islandlast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A development we have been monitoring over the past two to three weeks has been the ice accumulations that have occurred on the Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio Rivers and the resulting impact on barge transportation.  The following may be of interest.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, weekly grain tonnages along the inland waterway system have been significantly reduced.  For the first two weeks of January, grain barge tonnages were 496 thousand tons — 63% lower than the same period last year.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ice accumulation on the Illinois River has reduced the number of upbound empty barges to 10 for the week of Jan. 13.  During the same period last year, 180 upbound empty barges were shipped on the Illinois River.A number of barge companies have continued to suspend operations on the Illinois River and portions of the Ohio River until conditions improve.Ice accumulation can present a number of adverse impacts on navigation.  The entire channel can be closed entirely.  The channel width can be reduced and, therefore, the size of barge flotillas will need to be reduced.  There are numerous reports of normal 15 barge flotillas being reduced to 6 to 9 barge flotillas.  A 15 barge flotilla can transport up to 855,000 bushels of soybeans (57,000 bushels per barge).  A 6 barge flotilla will only be able to transport 342,000 bushels of soybeans.  A 9 barge flotilla will transport 513,000 bushels of soybeans.  Ice accumulation can also impede the ability of lock gates from opening and closing.Whenever barge transportation becomes more encumbered, whether precipitated by weather or neglect, the results are disproportionately passed onto farmers.  If there is a supply chain disruption and logjam along the river, soybean and grain shippers that utilize the inland waterway system are less able to move product via their back door.  If a soybean and grain shipper cannot move product via their back door, they are less able to accept product via their front door.  As a result, soybean and grain shippers will drop the price offered (i.e. basis will be widened/more negative) to farmers.  Therefore, farmer profitability will be impacted not because they did anything wrong, but simply because the supply chain is not operating as expected.We are pleased that warmer weather is arriving in many portions of the Midwest.  However, this ice accumulation can have more lingering effects than one would expect.  I anticipate soybean and grain shippers to be contending with this for a number of weeks.Given that 80 percent of soybean exports depart from the U.S. between September and February, this is a critical period for our supply chain to be operating as normal.  Any impediment, like the ice accumulations, have a negative impact.Locks along portions of the Upper Mississippi River (as a rule north of Quincy, Illinois) are typically closed between December and March due to cold weather and scheduled repairs.  However, the Illinois River and Ohio Rivers are typically open 365 days a year as well as areas south of Quincy, Illinois, along the Mississippi.  The recent ice accumulations are impacting areas of the inland waterway system that normally are operating at this time of the year.last_img read more