Kai Sotto, Rence Keith Padrigao and Shaun Geoffrey Chiu will need to hit the books while competing in order to keep up with the standards set by Ateneo high school.To monitor the progress of Sotto, Padrigao and Chiu, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, allowed renowned basketball blogger Enzo Flojo to join the team. Flojo is an English teacher at Ateneo High School and finished his MA in Basic Education at Ateneo.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“Each day, we will have academic conduct time with the players,” Flojo told Sports5. “Of course, more time when there are no [scheduled] games.”Ateneo’s emphasis on the education of its athletes has never been questioned. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Notably, the 2002 team, which ended a 14-year title-drought in men’s basketball, featured LA Tenorio, Wesley Gonzales, Larry Fonacier, Enrico Villanueva, JC Intal, Doug Kramer, Jec Chia, Eric Yao, Paolo Bugia, Sonny Tadeo, Marco Benitez, Joy del Rosario, Andrew Cruz, JR Elmido, Magnum Membrere and Rich Alvarez.All of them earned their college degrees.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Birthday boy Paez nails maiden PGT triumph Members of Batang Gilas will be learning more than just basketball in Argentina.Basketball is life? Sure, but having an education isn’t that bad of a backup.Three Ateneo standouts who are part of the Gilas Pilipinas youth team to the Fiba under-17 World Cup in Argentina will alternate between balls and books as the Philippines tries to make its mark in the grandest stage for future basketball superstars.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town
Sam CollinsThe spokesman for the Liberia National Police (LNP), Sam Collins, has described reports of well poisoning in communities across the country as “false, misleading and lacking in substance”.Speaking Wednesday to the Daily Observer on Center Street, the police spokesman said, the LNP was running out of patience with people demonstrating and throwing stones at LNP officers.According to him, the police officers were open to the public providing evidence of individuals engaged in poisoning wells to destroy peaceful citizens’ lives.He condemned the action by residents of communities who were using stones to solve the problem and called on them to desist from throwing stones as a way of engaging the police and alleged criminals.According to the LNP spokesman, the angry mobs that attacked the officers of the LNP on Center Street destroyed the windshield of an LNP vehicle and stoned some of the officers that were assigned to put the situation under control.“LNP would like to challenge anyone in this community and other parts of Liberia to provide evidence of anyone putting poison into wells. Since we received this rumor, we have gathered no evidence from the public, community or individuals but the public continues to provide false information.”“Our officers came to put the situation under control but were attacked by the same people in the community who run to the police for safety,” Mr. Collins alleged.He claimed that the well in question is currently being used by residents of the community, which he described as a clear indication of the “false and misleading information” coming from the public.He said people were endangering the lives of others by spreading false information and rumors that have the propensity to create additional stress and confusion for the nation already plagued with the Ebola epidemic. According to Mr. Collins, it is time for communities to focus on preventing the deadly Ebola virus in the country and taking the necessary protective measures in order to save lives.“Instead of endangering other people through rumors and false information, I want to advise those involved to be careful of how they carry out these violent acts in peaceful communities.He disclosed that the LNP was doing a water test in the Schieffelin community where a sample of the water will be taken to the University of Liberia campus for the testing. The public will be provided with the results. But he insisted that LNP has not seen any substance in the allegations as insinuated by the public.Those in custody of the police were only being protected by the LNP, as communities were determined to mob them. Only one person so far was undergoing police investigation, he said.The Observer, however, obtained photos of the alleged perpetrator arrested in Schieffelin, the dead dog on which the poison was allegedly tested and the paraphernalia he is said to have used.On Tuesday, August 5th, the Observer reported another story in which community residents said that around 4 a.m. Monday morning, they saw two armed men approach their well. The men allegedly made a small opening in the side of the well covering and used a syringe to insert a substance into the well.Apparently, across the country, the modus operandi is uniformed — the use of syringes and chemicals.The State broadcaster, ELBC, which originally broadcast the story about the alleged well poisoning in Schieffelin, and then backed away from it, reported at 7 p.m. this evening (Thursday, August 7, 2014) that several investigations were ongoing in Ganta relating to alleged well poisoning.Upon being accosted by the community, the Schieffelin poisoner reportedly confessed at the scene that at least 250 men had been trained and dispersed across the country.It is unlikely that communities across the country would simultaneously make up “false and misleading” stories about people poisoning wells.It is also unclear, however, with the increasing number of reports and some evidence available, what interest police would have in covering up the story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberian farmers harvesting riceBecause of the outbreak of Ebola, which has affected every sector of the Liberian economy, the World Bank has disclosed a recovery plan for the nation’s agriculture sector.Dr. Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President, made the disclosure Tuesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a one-day visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and government officials.“We don’t need to wait until the Ebola epidemic is completely eradicated to start working on an economic plan. We will help farmers to recover from the Ebola crisis so that Liberia will not go through food shortage.”Access to quality health care delivery and improving selected infrastructures are also critical areas that the World Bank economic recovery plan seeks to consider.Though Liberia is striving to recover from 14 years of civil crisis, which left every sector, including its agriculture sector completely destroyed, the Ebola crisis is reported to have carried the sector to “square one,” where farmers were forced to abandon farms and fled to other parts of Liberia because of fear to not contract the virus.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that food is increasingly getting short in the country. Fields in some regions have been abandoned because of the people working on those fields believe that the virus is being spread by them. They also believe that the disease can be spread through their irrigated water.With the recent pronouncement made by the World Bank Group President to assist the country’s agriculture sector, Liberian farmers have begun expressing gratitude to the Bank.They are of the conviction that such intervention will bring a great relief to them, especially those in Ebola-affected communities.While this seems a good announcement, farmers have complained about the “limited allotment” in the national budget for agriculture. It is something they want their government to consider, if the country will become food self-sufficient.Liberia’s agriculture budget is at 2.4 percent with most funding from external sources. When African leaders met in Maputo 10 years ago, they came up with a declaration known as the Maputo Declaration. It calls for African nations to set aside at least 10 percent of their national budget for agriculture, annually.“The government needs to put more money in to agriculture to improve food security and reduce poverty in the lives of subsistence farmers. We are so thankful to the international community for its continuous assistance toward food security,” said Nathaniel Kpaka, a local farmer in Foya District, Lofa County.Lofa is one of the counties seriously hit by the Ebola virus. It is hope that with some level of improvement in the reduction of the virus, farmers are demonstrating courage in returning homes to engage in various agricultural projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jack Butland is stretchered off during England’s victory over Germany 1 England boss Roy Hodgson says he is devastated by Jack Butland’s injury blow.The Stoke goalkeeper appears all but certain to miss this summer’s European Championship after fracturing an ankle during Saturday’s friendly victory over Germany.“I think it is very disturbing and very upsetting for us to see someone who has worked so hard this year (get injured),” said Hodgson.“He has had such a good season at Stoke, forced himself into a situation where many people said it was going to be a really good fight between him and Joe for the first-team shirt.“Suddenly you get your chance against Germany and to fracture your ankle in that way is a devastating blow and we all felt sympathy for him, empathy as well of course because a lot of players have suffered injuries in their career.“He was very strong about about it all, very stoic. He said to me he would come back stronger and said it would not affect his career in any way.“That was good to hear and our best wishes are with him and we are all going to miss him because we were hoping he would be a part of it.”With number one Joe Hart out injured, Fraser Forster will start for England against Holland on Tuesday.The Southampton shot-stopper will be one of a number of changes to the team which impressed against Germany.James Milner will lead the Three Lions out at Wembley, while his Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge will also start as he looks to prove his injury problems are in the past.Asked if Sturridge was looking sharp in training, Hodgson said: “He is.“He and Danny Welbeck have returned from such long-term injuries, the next six weeks or so are important times for them as well.“They have to build up their fitness in terms of endurance, both have come back sharp so that is very positive.“It is great that we are going to give Daniel a chance to show what he can do in an England shirt, he has always been keen to get back and show he deserves to be in the shirt and what better chance than against such opposition at Wembley?”
OXNARD – Ventura County’s billion dollar agriculture industry has added thousands of new jobs to the county since the 1980s, but the farmworkers’ average salary has fallen, something economic analysts see as an alarming trend because it shows growth in jobs that pay below the poverty level. “This is perhaps the most ominous finding in this report,” said the authors of a study released Thursday looking at the county’s agriculture industry and possible future developments. There were 5,000 more agriculture jobs in 2003 in the county than in 1983, more than a 30 percent increase, according to the study prepared for the federally funded Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. But during the same period, inflation-adjusted agricultural workers’ average salaries fell from $20,503 in 1983 to $17,055 in year-2000 dollars. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels said the study highlights the importance of farmworkers in the community and the problems they face, including housing. “Agriculture is critical to Ventura County,” she said. “It’s a major industry, but we can’t have an industry if we don’t have a work force. And if we don’t have properly housed workers, they won’t be successful.” The study was released during an agriculture conference called “Cultivating a Better Future for Ventura County Agriculture” and attended by economists, farmers, politicians and others. Advocates for farmworkers stressed the need for housing, health care, safe working conditions and a better immigration policy. The percentage of Ventura County agricultural workers who are in the country illegally is probably increasing, based on national figures, according to the study. “While data for Ventura County is not available, the percentage of illegal workers directly hired by growers nationwide increased from 37 percent to 49 percent between 1993-1994 and 2001-2002,” the study said. “The percentage of illegal workers hired through labor contractors increased from 58 percent to 66 percent over the same period.” The seasonal and transient nature of the work and number of illegal immigrants with fake identification make it difficult to determine exactly how many farmworkers there are in the nation or Ventura County, officials said. The use of multiple Social Security numbers by some farmworkers could also distort government record-keeping. Estimates of the number of farmworkers in Ventura County both legally and illegally during peak seasons generally range upward from about 20,000. The vast majority of Ventura County residents are unaware of the problems these workers face, including the inability to afford basic housing and medical care, and sometimes working under dangerous conditions, according to the study. The analysis was done by Bill Watkins, executive director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, and Charles Maxey, dean of the School of Business at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. They said although there is increasing political pressure to enforce immigration law, California agriculture would not be economically viable without immigrant farm labor. As valuable as Ventura County’s agriculture is, the annual crop value in the county estimated at $1.4 billion has remained about the same in inflation-adjusted dollars since the 1970s, and the county crop actually represents a declining percentage of the county’s total economy. In 1991, the value of Ventura County’s crop represented more than 5 percent of the county’s economy, but by 2003 it had fallen to only 2.5 percent. “It’s hard for local farmers to raise wages given world competition,” Watkins said. “The price is the price. You can’t afford to pay more and stay in business.” All agreed that one of the biggest problems facing immigrant farmworkers is housing. From the 1930s to the 1970s, many growers provided housing for their own workers. That stopped in the ’80s, partly because of more stringent government standards and concern about increasing liability from people living in employer-provided housing. Rodney Fernandez, executive director of the Cabrillo Economic Development Corp., an affordable housing group, said more housing would help keep in the county the experienced workers growers seek. Cabrillo has been helping provide housing for farmworker families in Ventura County for 25 years to make up for the loss from the 1970s, but there is still a tremendous need, particularly to house single men and women who work in the fields. “There is no solution on the horizon,” Fernandez said. Watkins said a good guest-worker program could help meet the needs of both farmworkers and growers. “The workers are here. It would be devastating for the agricultural sector if they weren’t. If you had a reasonable guest-worker program, the quality of your worker would probably increase.” Cesar Hernandez, an organizer for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, said current guest-worker legislation does not provide a path for the workers to become permanent residents of the United States. He said this is a key issue. “The reality is that this is a human issue, about humans with families and ambitions for their families,” he said. 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Castlegrove housing estate in Raphoe.Respond! Housing Association has announced a major upgrade in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland for one of their housing estates in Donegal. The estate is Castlegrove in Raphoe which was built in 2004 in co-operation with Donegal County Council to provide social housing for the area, consisting of 34 family units with a community building and a group home.With this part funding from the SEAI and finances from Respond!, Castlegrove will see almost a quarter of a million euro spent upgrading windows, external doors, cavity & attic insulation, new multi fuel dry stoves, high efficiency condensing oil boilers with new digital heating controls with emersion automatic timers. Under the initiative households will see a reduction in heating costs and a huge overall improvement in the efficiency of their homes and with less emissions and increased safety monitoring in terms of carbon monoxide alarms, this upgrade will see real benefits all round.Regional Manager for Respond! Paul Hargaden said “This is a significant financial investment in this estate and is one of the largest investments by Respond! Housing Association in the West of Ireland.“We have upgraded properties in other parts of Ireland and these have proved to be hugely successful and we expect that this work will greatly enhance the properties and reduce overall heating costs to the tenants. The scope of works will ensure that each property will be as efficient as we can make it”Some properties will see a massive jump from a D2 up to a B2 Building Energy Rating which will translate into a saving of approx. €1,200 a year for tenants in heating bills. This project is part of an overall national strategy by Respond! Housing Association to improve the quality of housing stock making it more sustainable into the future and overall to save money for their tenants.Work is currently under way and the project is expected to be completed by the end of October.Respond! Housing Association have partnered with Kingdom Installations as the lead contractor and SSE Airtricity as their Fuel Source Partner.RAPHOE HOUSING ESTATE TO GET SUSTAINABLE ENERGY BOOST was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Castle grove housing estatedonegalRaphoeupgrade
Dunfanaghy Golf News: Well we are into March and hopefully the weather will improve as the evenings get longer. We are only around the corner from Easter when the golfing season really takes off.But we do have the second GOY Competition this weekend with the AIB Bowl on this Sunday. Anyone wanting to take part in the end of the year Top Twenty Final needs to keep their scores coming in the GOY competitions. Well done to Ireland in the Rugby last weekend. There should be a great atmosphere in the clubhouse over St. Patrick’s weekend when Ireland play Wales and the following weekend for the final game against Scotland. The dates for our upcoming Club PRO AM have been announced for 13th and 14th June 2015 and further details will follow.Results:Wed 25th FebOpen Single Stableford 1St Neil Gallagher 41pts2nd Joe Terry 38ptsGross Cathal McMonagle 26pts bot3rd Michael Murray 37ptsCat Evan Wilkin 27pts bot 1st 9 Dan Sweeney 21pts2nd 9 Willie Wilkin 20ptsCSS N/QSat 28th Feb Open Single Stableford1st Colm McConigley 39pts bot2nd Shane Scanlon 39pts bot3rd William McCallion 39pts botCSS N/QSun 1st marchClub Single Stableford1st Patrick McMullan 45pts2nd Michael McColgan Jnr 42pts3rd Cornelius McMullan 40ptsCSS N/QThere are a number of competitions in the next week –• Wednesday 4th of March 2015 – Open Singles Stableford (soup and sandwiches)• Saturday 7th of March 2015 – Open 4BBB Stableford• Sunday 8th of March 2015 – Gents AIB Bowl GOY competitionN.B. Remember we are dropping off the fairways from the 1st of January to give the fairways a well-deserved rest.Everyone should have received an email in the last few weeks with details to entice new members to the club. It will to benefit everyone if we are able to get more members in the club this year. Please contact a committee member if you require any further details regarding our drive to get more new members. Remember it is the time of the year for annual subscriptions to be paid. Please contact the club as soon as possible to make payment.4 BBB Winter Open Competition:I know everyone will want to play in the Grand Final in June. So don’t leave it too late to try to qualify. You are able to play in this completion on any day of the week and with who ever you wish to play with so long as they have a GUI or ILGU handicap. Best of luck to everyone in March. Remember the best club team outside of 1st,2nd and 3rd qualifies for the final each month.Function Room for Private parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)Juvenile Notes;A large group of Juveniles took to the course last weekend. The Spoils were collected by Conor Hanna from James Sweeney and Edward O Reilly who tied second. The Cadets was won by Andy Ward.GOLF NEWS: NEIL GALLAGHER LEADS THE WAY IN DUNFANAGHY WITH STUNNING ROUND was last modified: March 3rd, 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:NoticesSport
A well-known Donegal pub has been fined €250 and ordered not to sell cigarettes for a period of time because its smoking area was not up-to-standard.Patsy Dan’s Bar in Dunfanaghy.The HSE took a case against Patsy Dan’s Bar in Dunfanaghy which was heard at yesterday’s sitting of Falcarragh District Court. The authority claimed that the smoking area was not compliant with regulations set down.The court was told that there have been discussions about the smoking area between the owners and the HSE since August 2013.Environmental Health Officer Maeve Costello said she called out to do an initial inspection of the premises on January 9th, 2014.She said the smoking area, which is located between the bar and the adjoining Rooney’s Nightclub, was not compliant in her view.She made a number of recommendations to the owners and said it appeared they were taking those recommendations on board.The court was shown various diagrams in which Ms Costelloe claimed the smoking area was not compliant.Ms Costelloe said she returned to the premises in September, 2014 and while some changes had been made, other aspects had not been complied with.There was various legal argument between Ms Costelloe and Mr Patsy Gallagher, solicitor for the owners Brendan and Ciara Devine.Mr Gallagher argued that there was more than 50% ventilation in the area and that this was more than enough for patrons.However, Ms Costelloe argued that more than two thirds of the yard, which measures a total of 6.4 metres by 2.6 metres, was covered by a roof.Solicitor for the HSE, Ms Lisa Finnegan said the reality was that plans were produced and that if they were changed, the case would not be before the court.Judge Paul Kelly put this to Mr Gallagher saying that if his client did what he said he was going to do then “we would not be here.”However, Mr Gallagher added “We’re saying the ventilation is there are that we are compliant. There is a substantial yard and ample ventilation which exceeds 50%.”Judge Kelly said he had found that the bar was not compliant.He said proprietors were trying to make smoking outdoors as comfortable as possible for their patrons but that they were running into problems with the legislation as a result.He fined the operating company of the bar, Cape Verde Sol, a total of €250 and awarded costs of €1,250 against them.He also said there was a mandatory disqualification from selling cigarettes and ordered this to last two days.He applied the probation act to Mr and Mrs Devine.WELL-KNOWN BAR FOUND GUILTY OF NOT COMPLYING WITH SMOKING LAWS was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDunfanaghyMaeve CostelloPatsy Dans Barsmoking laws
Key West, Florida, has toughened residential building requirements with a new provision making green certification mandatory.In 1993, the city adopted the Building Permit Allocation System Ordinance that limited development, and in November the City Commission updated the ordinance green building provisions.New residential projects will have to be LEED-certified or meet the standards of the Florida Green Building Coalition, according to a post at Green Building Law Update.The change is part of an effort to address several sustainability issues, including potable water supply limits and a rise in sea levels.The new requirements were developed by city staffers in conjunction with builders and architects. The object was to find a green building standard “that was easy to measure and use, and has been proven successful,” the website said.All new residential projects, including additions valued at more than 50% of the original building, will be required to have a rainwater catchment system. Even renovations that don’t trigger the new green building requirements will have to demonstrate water and energy consumption 15% below that of Florida building codes, the article said.