Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Rain or Shine plus cadetsBesides Clarkson and Standhardinger, the core of the team will be made up mostly of Rain or Shine players and three Gilas cadets, including slam-dunk champion Kobe Paras.Clarkson’s inclusion will add the star power Gilas direly needs after its lineup got depleted due to the suspensions slapped by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) on 10 Filipino players and headcoach Chot Reyes after an ugly brawl with the Australian men’s basketball team during their World Cup qualifying match.The Philippines is seeking to improve on its forgettable seventh-place finish in the previous edition of the Games in 2014 held in Incheon, South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETJordan Clarkson and Christian Standhardinger have little—or no—chance of representing the Philippines in the Asian Games because of one eligibility rule that they won’t be able to satisfy.Clarkson, the NBA veteran, is half-Filipino, but Olympic Council of Asia rules specify that players seeing action in the Games must be residents of the country they represent continuously for the past three years.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:00SEA Games 2019 police assessment as of Dec. 502:14Carpio 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Polnamin shoots 64 for three-shot lead at Midlands; Superal 4 behind MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That is what Article 53 of the OCA rule book says. The OCA, the body recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the continent, is the organizer of the Asian Games.That provision also applies to the 6-foot-7 Standhardinger, a Filipino-German who arrived in the country just over two months ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Standhardinger, who is a PBA rookie with San Miguel Beer, has played for the country several times before as a naturalized player. The Asian Games, though, doesn’t allow naturalized players to play unless they have satisfied the residency rule like Marcus Douthit in 2014.The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has submitted 18 players to the Philippine Olympic Committee, which forwarded the list to Inasgoc and is awaiting its verdict on Aug. 9.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has at last declared Liberia Ebola-free!The WHO Representative to Liberia, Dr. Alex Gasasira, early last Saturday morning read a statement declaring Liberia Ebola-free after the country had endured the torments of the horrifying virus for nearly 415 days during which it killed over 4000 people.The Declaration was read at the anti-Ebola Incident Management System (IMS) headquarters at 18th Street, Monrovia.WHO’s announcement came after the entire Liberian nation had completed the required 42 days representing two-incubation periods of the virus without a single confirmed case. Actually on Saturday, Liberia had gone 50 days since the last case was reported in March this year.At the 359th Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Meeting, Mr. Luke Bawo, Head of Epidemic Surveillance, the man who leads the group that takes stock of the daily Ebola happenings around the country, said the entire country was now “green”. This meant that the entire nation is now free of the viral transmission.In brief remarks, US Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, said she and the American people, are grateful that they were part of the effort to make Liberia Ebola free. She then stated that it is now time to begin the development of Liberia.UNMEER head and Acting UNMIL Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG), Mr. Peter Graaff, who spoke on behalf of the UN Family, buttressed the US Ambassador’s comment. He stated that it was time for all Liberians to roll up their sleeves, declaring, “This country needs to get back on its development path.”He humorously told President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that he couldn’t wait to learn the famous Liberian handshake.The Liberian handshake requires both the right hands of two individuals to engage firmly together their thumbs and middle fingers in a snap, making a loud, joyful sound.Outgoing Health Minster, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, said he was grateful that the country had now been declared Ebola free. Min. Gwenigale recalled how painful it was for him to call the President last year March and say: “Madam, we are in trouble!”Dr. Gwenigale, stated that while the WHO announcement was good news, he, however, cautioned everyone to maintain all the Ebola protocols, including constant washing of hands.”We are not totally off the hook because our neighbors — Guinea and Sierra Leone — are still reporting confirmed cases, Gwenigale warned.Before she began her remarks, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called for a moment of silence for the more than 4,000 Liberians that died after contracting the virus. Most of the dead were cremated, which is totally against the traditional way Liberians bury their dead.President Sirleaf said from time to time she relives the horrifying moments during the height of the Ebola epidemic when sirens kept sounding across the city, people dropping dead in the streets, doctors and other health workers fleeing the hospitals for their lives as they, too, were dying.She disclosed that she had last Saturday written another letter to the world, telling the world thanks for the immense support they provided Liberia in order to combat the deadly Ebola virus disease.The President had written the world during the height of the crisis explaining how the virus was having a deadly impact on the lives and economy of the people of Liberia.She announced that today (Monday), the government was expecting a number of African leaders, including the Nigerian and Togolese Presidents, to grace the formal celebration of the WHO declaration of Liberia being “Ebola-free,” during which time the declaration will be formally presented to her.She stated that she had been told by the health experts that Liberia will from time to time experience “some outbreaks here and there. But if our system remains vigilant, we are going to be able to arrest any case.”The President, too, cautioned Liberians not to do things that will endanger their lives and that of their relatives.To prove that the nation was now Ebola free, the President shook the hands of WHO Rep., Dr. Gasasira and US Ambassador Malac. She has not shaken anyone’s hands openly for more than six months because touching was one way to spread the disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Education Minister George Werner says the Public Private Partnership (PPP) that the government is bringing to the education system is to ensure that there are qualified teachers in every classroom to educate Liberians of school going age.Defending the PPP arrangement with the Ministry of Education, he told students at the UL campus recently that the Ministry spends US$40 million a year, of which US$38 million goes to salaries.“A greater portion of this salary goes to ghost names and the government does not have the money to continue on such a path,” he said.Minister Werner said the government’s action is to get the private sector involved in helping government to monitor and take responsibility to ensure that the resources are used for the right people.He noted that students need education that will prepare them to contribute to the economy, to revive the country’s education and the economy. Minister Werner warned that if changes being developed by the government are not welcomed, those against the changes should know that with the current educational structure, their future would be at stake and unsecured.He explained that there are 1.5 million Liberian kids in the various private and public schools in places such as Grand Kru and other parts of the interior that need to be monitored.Minister Werner regretted the poor quality of teachers and the gender disparity and inequality that is prevalent, and needed to be fixed.He said the PPP arrangement does not mean that a private institution is taking over the Liberian educational system.“There are more private schools in the country and we see no reason to privatize public schools,” Minister Werner said. He reechoed the Ministry’s position that without the partnership, Liberia stands to fail to make positive changes to turn around the mess that Liberia’s education has suffered.The government of Liberia is introducing a PPP agreement that will allow a private institution to take full responsibility for payment of teachers of schools that will fall under it, and to carry out all necessary maintenance work and provide learning materials.The PPP arrangement has been criticized by some school administrators, but it is strongly supported by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Teachers threatening not to go along with the decision have also been threatened by the President with dismissal for refusing a test to determine their qualification.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Photo captured at a food service establishment showing improper cold storageAn alarming number of food businesses are breaching sanitary regulatory requirements, ranging from employees not properly washing their hands to the storage and preparation of meals.This is according to a survey conducted by the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) from September 2018 to March 2019 among 55 randomly selected food service establishments in Regions Four and Six.The inspection checklist assessed six areas: food storage, cold storage, food preparation, sanitation, garbage disposal and employee hygiene.Only 25 per cent of the facilities practised adequate food storage. Cold storage was satisfactory in 34 per cent of the facilities, and only 22 per cent had a functional temperature monitoring device (thermometer).In regard to food preparation, only 18 per cent of the businesses effectively protected the food from contamination, whilst a mere 11 per cent practised meat thawing safely.Food handlers in only 13 per cent of establishments used gloves. As it relates to sanitation, only four per cent of establishments’ workers were observed applying the correct principles of cleaning and sanitising.While adequate external garbage disposal was present in the majority (73 per cent) of establishments, only 56 per cent had adequate temporary internal garbage disposal. In regard to employee hygiene, only 20 per cent practised handwashing correctly and in 42 per cent of the establishments, workers used no hair nets.Microbiological samples were taken of the food; from workers’ hands, from food contact surfaces, from food service containers, and air quality.Of the 99 food samples submitted, 37 per cent was unsatisfactory and of the 102 hands of workers that were swabbed after washing, 47 per cent was unsatisfactory. In regard to food contact surfaces (cutting boards and utensils), 30 per cent of the 125 surfaces swabbed after cleaning and/or sanitising was unsatisfactory.Furthermore, 46 per cent of the 48 food service containers (food boxes) sampled were unsatisfactory. The air quality in the majority of establishments was generally satisfactory since 95 per cent of the 64 air quality samples taken was satisfactory.Cross-contaminationMeanwhile, the Food and Drug Department explained that the high percentage of unsatisfactory foods, which are generally served hot and should, therefore, be free of microorganisms, may be as a result of cross-contamination.Cross-contamination, it noted, can stem from unsatisfactory food storage conditions, unsatisfactory thawing practices, inadequate cleaning/sanitising of food contact surfaces and workers’ hands.The observed limited glove use may also be a contributing factor, the Department explained.“High microbial contamination of food contact surfaces and the hands of workers can be as a result of the incorrect or inadequate methods used to clean and sanitise workers’ hands and food contact surfaces. Food handlers were generally unaware of the difference between the process of cleaning to remove dirt and sanitising to kill bacteria,” GA-FDD posited.It also noted that inadequate temporary garbage disposal (uncovered bins) inside processing areas may suggest why insect infestation (flies and cockroaches) was observed in many food service establishments.“Garbage disposal in close proximity to the processing area(s) may also result in cross-contamination. Lastly, employees’ hygiene was generally adequate except for the practices employed after hand washing which may have led to re-contamination of the hands,” GA-FDD stated.The Department contended that this ultimately called into question the knowledge of food handlers on the correct method employed to the effect of proper hand washing and the availability of adequate handwashing facilities.ComplianceIn light of the findings, the GA-FDD will be embarking on an initiative to ensure food establishments comply with the sanitary regulations.In fact, the findings were shared with members of the National Food Safety and Control Committee Meeting hosted on May 7, 2019.Members are expected to take the detailed results and findings to food service establishments that fall under their purview, where they are to either work collaboratively with proprietors to ensure compliance with sanitary regulations or take appropriate action in the very best interest of consumer protection and safety.In the meantime, Analytical Scientific Officers will continue to expand this exercise to other regions and municipalities.GA-FDD explained that the purpose of the survey was to determine compliance of the food service industry with existing sanitary regulatory requirements.Analytical Scientific Officers attached to the GA-FDD’s Food Laboratory conducted the survey in collaboration with Food Inspectors of the GA-FDD’s Public Health Officers from the city and municipalities, Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) of the region and Port Health Officers.Operating procedures in the establishments were assessed using an inspection checklist and samples were taken and submitted for microbiological analysis. Micro-organisms of interest were salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus.Contaminated foodIn 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates suggested that 1 in 10 or approximately 600 million persons fall ill each year after consuming contaminated food, with approximately 420,000 deaths.In Guyana, a 2009 Burden of Illness study estimated the occurrence of approximately 131,012 cases of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) or diarrhoea annually and each person in Guyana experiences at least one episode of diarrhoea each year.Photo captured at a food service establishment showing the improper thawing of meat
The Flyers enter the game with a record of 7-10-4, but are coming off a 6-1 win over Whitecourt last weekend.After the games against Fort McMurray tonight and tomorrow the Knights of Columbus Flyers will wrap up their homestand next weekend against Peace River on January 17.- Advertisement –
NEW YORK – Operators of a Web site that ranks and displays items based on recommendations from its users have relented in allowing people to post information and links on breaking the locks on high-definition DVDs. Digg.com initially said allowing such messages could subject it to liability under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Digg said that by law, it must respond to removal requests that came from the owners of the DVD copy-protection system. But in a signal that sites that give people control over ranking news items elsewhere also lose control over their own operations, users rebelled against Digg’s decision and simply posted the messages again every time they were deleted. By late Tuesday, Digg co-founder Kevin Rose said the site would stop trying. Advertisers for years have been waiting for the promise of interactive TV, where viewers could buy clothing or products featured on TV shows simply by pushing a button on a remote control. But that kind of interactivity has been delayed in part because of the high cost of deploying set-top box software that would make such transactions possible. Delivery Agent offers a middle ground. Someone with each show enters individual items featured on each episode into a massive database. The company then either stocks products in a warehouse and sells them directly, or it sends users elsewhere and gets a cut of the sales. Products on TV now for sale 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He said Digg agreed to the removal to “avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down.” The key in question could be used to break copy protections on HD DVD discs. Although the group behind the security measures, AACS License Administrator, says it has fixed a flaw in its Advanced Access Content System, keys have already been circulating to break the locks on DVDs using the older versions of the system. LOS ANGELES – The company that lets TV viewers buy everything from Stuart Weitzman slingbacks worn by Edie on “Desperate Housewives” to the cases toted by models on “Deal or No Deal” is expanding its reach to shows on cable channels MTV, VH1 and Logo. Delivery Agent Inc. announced Wednesday a deal covering cable channels owned by Viacom Inc., adding to deals it already has with 100 individual shows on The Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, General Electric Co.’s NBC and film producers such as The Weinstein Co. The company’s Web site, seenon.com, sells products shown on TV shows and movies. Viewers of the British Open golf tournament, for instance, could buy the same type of shirt worn by players such as Tiger Woods.
Saido Berahino was the hero for England’s Under-21s as his spot-kick handed them a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their European Championship play-off match with Croatia.The Young Lions’ opponents had taken the lead at Molineux on Friday night through Marko Livaja but Harry Kane’s leveller and Berahino’s penalty late on were enough to hand them the advantage going into the second clash.England had got off to a decent start on homesoil with Will Hughes and Nathan Redmond looking bright but they were stopped in their tracks after 13 minutes when a corner was flicked on and the lurking Livaja was able to head home unmarked beyond Jack Butland.As the Young Lions looked to get back on terms, Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw smashed a shot onto the post, while Kane also threatened.Tottenham striker Kane, playing as a lone frontman, was looking dangerous and eventually, just prior to the hour-mark, he was able to lose his man and, diving towards the front post, flicked home a header to equalise.Looking to capitalise on their momentum, Redmond crashed another attempt on goal but at the other end Domagoj Pavicic went close.But, with five minute left on the clock, Berahino found himself charging into the area only to be felled by Dominik Livakovic and with the penalty awarded he converted coolly into the bottom left corner.The second leg will take place in Croatia next Tuesday. Saido Berahino 1
Tiny Virginia Makopo, 27, faces 13 charges of indecent assault, assault and criminal injury committed against at least six students ages 13 to 15 and a 23-year-old at the school. Makopo, who said she was innocent, was freed on bail Monday. Winfrey, who was a victim of child abuse herself, promised an overhaul of the school and said she had apologized to parents. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The former headmistress of Oprah Winfrey’s school for disadvantaged girls has denied being aware of allegations that a dormitory matron sexually assaulted and abused pupils. Winfrey announced Monday that Nomvuyo Mzamane’s contract would not be renewed, indicating that school officials had ignored complaints from the girls and tried to keep allegations of abuse from her. “Contrary to reports, I had no knowledge of abuse. I did not and would never participate in any such cover-up,” Mzamane said in a statement issued Thursday through her U.S.-based lawyer. Mzamane was suspended last month when allegations of abuse by one of the dormitory matrons surfaced. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Kevin is a freelance graphic & website designer, mural artist, and illustrator. From his studio in Dungloe, he has been painting, drawing, and creating since he could hold a pencil!He uses many different mediums, with airbrush being his main tool for creating murals. He adds; “I have to confess to being a total technology and design nerd too!” Not one to be shy, Kevin has a great affection for the stage and has performed over the years in many productions with the Balor Theatre’s Balor DCA and Butt Drama Circle. Although he doesn’t get to act as much as he would like to these days, when he does, he is in his element as he revels in the process of bringing thoughts and ideas to life.Kevin’s motto is “do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life”.This is Kevin’s Donegal…(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?It has to be Maghery beach, about 5 miles outside Dungloe. Beautiful for a walk, it can be wild in the winter, but great for blowing of the cobwebs. There’s a nice wee pub called The Strand Bar too, good for a hot whiskey. (2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Perhaps the temperature could be a little higher at times, but the unpredictable weather is part of it’s charm.(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Don’t want to name any one person, but I admire anyone who has ventured into business large or small, they should be encouraged and applauded.(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?I don’t follow football, and despise country music so neither really mean much to me. They are both talented in their chosen profession.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?I guess the football thing.(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment?The needless tragic road deaths that have such devastating effects on communities all over Donegal.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Irish Fish Canners from Dungloe, and Donegal rapeseed oil, although any local food producer deserves recognition!(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?I don’t think I can name one single person, I think that many different people in many different ways influence the world some; in small ways, some big.Musician Rory Gallagher had a big influence in music the world over, and of course Clannad. (9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Moya Doherty.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Dave Gallaher was a New Zealand rugby union footballer best remembered as the captain of the “Original All Blacks”(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?I would have to say Castle Murray. They have this wonderful starter with Langoustine Prawn & Killybegs Monkfish, best dish I have ever tasted, and stunning views, a real nice place.(12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Basking Sharks, noble gentle creatures.(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“It will be grand”.(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?I guess we all have our own challenges, feeling good about yourself should be the goal I guess.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?Steak, crab claws. (16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?I have a strong dislike of country music, it scrapes on the brain, there is too much of it.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Can’t say I do, I don’t get out enough! I don’t think I know of any to be honest.(18) What inspired you to pursue a career in graphic design?I have alway be in the creative arts in some way or another, be it painting, acting or designing. I enjoy the process of creating something original that has a meaning and purpose. I am passionate about design and art in all its forms.(19) If you had a million euro to spend improving something in Donegal what would it be?Maybe spread it among community groups and commissioning a piece of art that tells a positive story about that area.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of? Donegal has produced some very impressive people who have influenced the art word, it has also inspired song, written word and painting. It has touched people in many ways. I’m proud of that influence and I am lucky to have it on my doorstep.If you’d like to check out more of Kevin’s work you can check out his website, Facebook page, or Twitter.My Donegal… with graphic designer Kevin Gallagher was last modified: August 5th, 2016 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:ACTORairbrush artdungloegraphic artistkevin gallagherMY DONEGAL
Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST RANKED Manchester City are exploring the possibility of bringing Huddersfield Town’s Aaron Mooy back to the Etihad, just 12 months after selling him to the Terriers for £10million.A £20m buyback clause was inserted by City as part of the deal, and after an impressive 2017/18 campaign with promoted Huddersfield, Mooy could be set for a return to the Premier League champions. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? moving on LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Mooy, currently on his way home from Russia after being knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage with Australia, spent the 2016/17 on loan at the John Smith’s Stadium and secured promotion with Huddersfield, before making the move permanent last summer.ESPN report that his 2017/18 campaign, in which he scored four times, and his performances at the World Cup have drawn attention from his former club, who signed Mooy from sister team Melbourne City in 2016.Mooy has also drawn interest from the likes of Everton, Southampton and West Ham, but while Huddersfield hold the cards in negotiations with these teams, they would be unable to stop Mooy leaving if City trigger their clause.The 27-year-old came through Bolton‘s youth academy and began his professional career in Scotland with St Mirren, before moving back to his homeland with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2012. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP ON TALKSPORT.COM IN DEMAND three-way race Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED targets 1 TOP WORK Mooy made his Australia debut in 2012 and has scored five times in 37 caps targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing