first_imgTennis royalty Djokovic, Federer, Nadal primed to tighten Wimbledon grip Day 3 medalists for Philippines with PSI president Lani Velasco and team coach Sherwin Santiago. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaPHNOM PENH—The Philippines doubled its gold medal output from last year after a strong finish in the 43rd Southeast Asia Age Group Swim Championships Sunday at Morodok Techo National Sports Complex here.Highlighted by the golden swim of the quartet of Mishka Sy, Desirae Mangaoang, Samantha Banos and Mia Tandingan in the girls’ 4×100-meter medley relay in day 3, the Philippines concluded the swimfest with eight gold, 13 silver and nine bronze medals, good for fifth place.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese once again led the three-day meet with whopping 43 gold, 41 silver and 25 bronze medal haul. Thailand (28-18-30) and Singapore (11-16-16) finished second and third, respectively.Brunei, host Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar failed to make it to the medal board.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This is the Filipinos’ best finish in the 10-country swim meet since their 13-10-12 gold-silver-bronze medal haul in the 2010 edition held in Laguna. They wound up with a 4-10-16 tally last year.Some of this batch’s strongest girls swimmers, Sy, Mangaoang, Banos and Tandingan were ahead from start to finish and wrapped up the 4×100 race in 4:19.25 for the Philippines’ first relay gold in the tournament history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMangaoang, the Fil-American swimmer who is representing the country for the first time, came out as the Philippines’ most bemedaled athlete after she also nabbed the gold— her third —in girls’ 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:34.38. She took home a silver in the 100m breaststroke on Saturday.Swimming in his last age group meet, the 18-year-old Jerard Jacinto also made it a golden double after ruling the boys’ 16-18 50m backstroke event at 26.40. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks MOST READ Jacinto, who swims for De La Salle-Zobel, though, rued the missed opportunity to beat the meet record in the 100m backstroke event last Monday.“It’s a bit of mixed emotions. I’m happy and kind of sad because I was really aiming for the meet record, especially in the 100m back, and my personal best is already that, but I had a lot of errors,” said Jacinto. “But I’m still so thankful that I won the gold.”Ivo Enot, who on Saturday broke an 18-year old 13 and under national record in the 200m backstroke, plucked a silver in the boys’ 13U 50m backstroke with a clocking of 29.86.Liaa Amoguis also got a second silver medal after tapping the wall at 2:29.81 in the girls’ 13U 200m  butterfly swim.Tandingan earlier swam to another bronze medal with a time of 58.90  in girls’ 14-15 100m freestyle while Banos, who has a two silvers, added a bronze to her showing after registering 2:20.15 in the 200m butterfly.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruptionlast_img read more

first_imgMadam Wayor Tipayson, an executive of the Civil Society Working Group on Land Rights, says the continued delay to pass the Draft Land Rights Act is hindering communities’ ability to effectively protect and manage their customary lands.Madam Tipayson also observed that the delay was preventing communities from fully participating in national development.She made the comment over the weekend when she addressed journalists in the conference room of the Search for Common Ground, a local non-governmental organization.According to the CSO executive, the Act was presented to the National Legislature in 2014 for their consideration and ratification, but despite two public hearings and a number of consultations, the lawmakers went on their annual break without passing the Bill. Article 32 Section 2 states that “customary ownership is automatically formalized, with or without a deed. The moment the Land Act passes into law, customary land rights will be legally protected where the existence and ownership of customary land shall become enforceable and the effective passage of this Act.”However, Madam Tipayson alleged that the lawmakers’ failure to meaningfully address the Act “clearly demonstrates that they were prioritizing the interest of other groups over their own people.”“Indeed,” she said, “while the Legislature is currently on its annual break, the longer it takes to pass this act (would leave) the local communities vulnerable to continually suffer from land tenure insecurity, including large scale land transactions and potentially unlawful land grabs.“We are of the conviction that the Act, if enacted, provides a perfect opportunity whereby Liberians of all categories will for once enjoy rights and titles to land inhabit peace, democracy, development, and social progress.”This, according to her, will minimize the numerous land conflicts that the country continues to experience because the rights and opportunities in the document were guaranteed under the Act.She urged the National Legislature to pass the Act when they resume their duties, and to ensure passage of the core provisions of the document, which defends customary and other provisions that guarantee rights to land ownership.“We want you people to see our campaign as a platform for you to engage your lawmakers to (fulfill their promise concerning) ownership of customary lands,” she said while asking for the cooperation of the public.“It is about time that we use our diversity to stand for a cause that will improve the lives of our people and build our nation,” declared Madam Tipayson.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_img…from PNC’s nonsenseYour Eyewitness still can’t get over the PNC’s barefacedness on our Constitution over the consequences of the NCM. And it’s not that they didn’t know beforehand about those consequences. After the 2011 elections the PNC and AFC had those same 33 seats they got in 2015 – which constituted a parliamentary majority. It’s only because our Constitution doesn’t allow a coalition AFTER the elections, that they weren’t allowed to name the President and form the Government!!So lo and behold, in 2014, Moses Nagamootoo of the AFC (obviously with the tacit approval of the PNC/APNU) cited Art 106 (6) and moved a no-confidence motion (NCM) against the PPP Govt of Donald Ramotar. No one in the PPP cried “dirty pool!” – after all NCMs are a regular feature of parliamentary democracies! In fact when the PPP brought THEIR NCM in 2018, Moses Nagamootoo gloated that the PPP had “cogged” the formulation of HIS motion!!At no time did the PNC say the NCM wasn’t democratically kosher. In fact, PNC GS Amna Ally famously taunted the PPP in Parliament, “Bring it on, big boy!!” But when the PPP did “bring it on”, after loud wails of “Noooo, Charrandas. Nooooooooo!!!” the PNC has been trampling all over the Constitution to prevent themselves from being booted out by the sovereign Guyanese people. First, it was Charrandas was a dual citizen and his vote didn’t count!! That was thrown out by the High Court; the Appellate Court and the CCJ!!Then they claimed even if the vote counted, 33 wasn’t the majority of 65 – as it had been since 2011!! They’d bought a snake oil concoction that the requisite process to arrive at that claim – dividing MPs into halves and then reconstituting them again – hadn’t been performed!! The High Court threw that rigmarole into the wastebasket, but two justices of the Appellate Court went along for the ride!! They’ve to be hiding their faces after the CCJ derided the half-man abomination!!So with their backs against the (constitutional) wall, the PNC’s fallen back on their plan B – counting on GECOM – controlled by their unilaterally appointed chair – to drag out the elections date  till next year!! Now what’s the point of the Constitution, if it can dictate the elections be held in three months after an NCM but GECOM can simply snicker, “No way, Jose!!”?? The law may be an ass, but not our Constitution!GECOM’s been sitting on their hands since Dec because of Granger’s Chair’s intransigence and they cannot now be allowed to cite Art 162 (2) – to delay elections because of “hardship”.This was brought on by themselves!!…from the PNC’s white noiseThe PNC’s demanding new House-to-House (HtH) Registration – but interestingly, THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NO LAW that supports this demand!!! That’s right!! In 1967, a National Register of Registrants (NRR) from which the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) is extracted was established from HtH registration. Subsequently, because of PNC’s electoral jiggery pokery over the next two decades, a new NRR was created in time for the 1992 elections registration. But because of the improvement and computerisation of records (such as of deaths) after 2000, the goal was to institutionalise “Continuous Registration” by automatically adding names of persons 14 or older (who are exhorted at scheduled intervals) and eliminating those dead from lists provided by the General Registry Office.The last HtH registration was in 2008, and as the OL pointed out, there have been two general elections where the PNC didn’t find anyone disenfranchised!! If someone’s not on the list for whatever reason, they can simply have that rectified during the Claims and Objections Period!!Don’t get confused by the PNC’s white noise!! …from urbanityWith English-instilled understatement, Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes for the Opposition Leader allowed to the CCJ that he “is YET TO BE SHOWN any law for HtH registration”. And allowed Basil Williams meanderings on HtH.The PNC don’t know urbanity: “Shut up or put up, Basil!!”last_img read more

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s tennis teams head to Mayfair Club (Toronto East) for the 2019 OUA championships, October 11-13, hosted by York University.The Blues men will be vying for their first OUA banner since 2015 having claimed the silver medal for the past three seasons. Toronto enters the championship as the No. 1 seed and will take on the winner of the No. 4 McMaster Marauders and No. 5 York Lions in semifinal action on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.Two-time OUA all-star Sasha Obucina is the Varsity Blues men’s team No. 1 player. He will look to 2018 OUA all-star Brett Stinson and fellow veteran Nathan Wong at the No. 2 and 3 positions to help lead a young Blues squad this weekend.First-year standout Rassam Yazdi rounds out Toronto’s top four. The engineering major from Ottawa went 4-1 in singles action and 3-1 in doubles play this season.Toronto’s women will be fighting for their first provincial title since 2013 this weekend. The Blues are working their way up the podium, having earned the bronze medal in 2017 and silver medal in 2018. U of T is the No. 2 seeded squad heading into this weekend and will battle the winner of the No. 3 Marauders and No. 6 Brock Badgers in the semifinals on Saturday at 2 p.m.2017 OUA rookie of the year and all-star Mara Stroe is set to lead U of T in the No. 1 spot. Stroe went 2-1 in both singles and doubles play this season.Fellow third-year veteran Samara Qaedizadeh, sophomore Adelaida Allakhverdiyeva and rookie Pia Jhattu will also play in the top of Toronto’s order. Qaedizadeh went a perfect 3-0 in doubles action, while Allakhverdiyeva and Jhattu proved that they could battle any opponent this season.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgEco-tourism marketThe Surama Eco-Lodge, in the North Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), is slated to undergo further development in the coming year.In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Senior Village Councillor Anthony Andries disclosed that plans and discussions have already begun for the implementation of these upgrades.Sleeping quarters at the Surama Eco-LodgeAndries noted that Surama currently has 10 programmes for visitors to the Eco-Lodge. He explained one of the strategies would involve developing a package that catered to specific clients such as “the more adventurous; the ones that would like to do things like cross-country hiking – we have never done that so we want to do a roundabout, like a five to six days hiking”.A view of the morning sky at the Surama Eco-LodgeAccording to the DPI, the Surama Village Council is currently in discussions with tour companies from Brazil and Trinidad about the packages the community has to offer to tourists from their respective countries.Andries disclosed that plans were on stream to further rehabilitate the current facility in 2018. There will be new additions to the Lodge to accommodate more persons. “We are not going to go too big, but we want to have it at a level which will be more beneficial to us.”Over the past year, the service at the Eco-Lodge has improved with the installation of a 24-hour solar power system.Emphasis is also placed on the training of staff which will remain a top priority. “Our service and hospitality is something that will definitely bring our visitors back and there is always room for improvement in that area,” he noted.The Indigenous community of Surama is situated on five square miles of savannah land in the North Rupununi. It is surrounded by forest, hills and the Pakaraima mountain range. The residents are mainly Makushi.Interestingly, the name Surama (originally Shuramata) means the place of spoiled barbecue (or where barbecue spoiled). It was derived following a tribal conflict between the Makushi and Carib people many years ago.last_img read more

first_imgAnd he said the nail-biting win, in front of tens of thousands of Argentine fans, could stand his team in good stead later in the tournament.“Suffering, suffering that’s what I felt, but now we know we can go through times like this,” said Messi.“We were lucky, we had luck on our side and now we have to take advantage of it and move on.”Argentina will now play Belgium or the United States in the quarter-finals on Saturday, as they go for a third World Cup title on the soil of arch-rivals Brazil.“Just like everyone else, I imagine, at times I was nervous because we couldn’t score a goal and any mistake would have put us out of the World Cup,” Messi said.“We didn’t want penalties and so we wanted to win it in extra-time.“For the goal I thought maybe I should take a chance. And then I saw Angel on the right and I passed to him and fortunately we were able to score.”The Barcelona star was named man-of-the-match for the fourth successive time by online voters, ahead of Di Maria who had 10 shots on target — more than the entire Swiss team.“I don’t know whether I deserve this one (award) or not but what’s important is that we’ve made it to the next stage, which is what we wanted,” Messi said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SAO PAULO, July 1- Lionel Messi said he was nervous during Argentina’s “lucky” World Cup win over Switzerland Tuesday but urged his team to make the most of their reprieve.The captain and talisman finally prised open the Swiss defence deep into extra-time, two minutes from penalties, and picked out Angel Di Maria for the game’s only goal.last_img read more

first_img1 Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is one of the most sought-after young stars in world football Real Madrid are yet to make contact with Monaco over a move for Arsenal and Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe.The French wonderkid has been dubbed ‘the new Thierry Henry’ thanks to his fine form for the Ligue 1 leaders this season.As well as 12 goals in 23 league appearances, the 18-year-old has helped fire Monaco to the Champions League semi-finals with five goals in just seven outings in Europe this term.That form has caught the eye of a long list of clubs around Europe, with his value also rocketing as a result of his goals.Real Madrid are said to be very keen on landing the teenager this summer and have been tipped as front-runners in the chase, while United and Arsenal both want him in England.And the Premier League pair have received a boost after Monaco’s sporting director Antonio Cordon insisted that Madrid are yet to enquire about Mbappe.He told Cadena Ser: “Have Real Madrid contacted us for Mbappe? The truth is they haven’t,” Cordon told Cadena Ser.“I hope that Mbappe continues with us for a long time and gives us many great nights of football.“He is a player that has had an important progression and has deserved it. He is going strong.“There are many factors to consider in order for a player to succeed. He is still very young. We will see what happens this summer – we expect it to be a long one.”However Cordon did admit that the Ligue 1 club will find it hard to cling onto the youngster during the window.He added: “I hope he stays for the good of Monaco, but we know how the market works and what football is like.“He has a clause and it’s quite a lot of money. I don’t know exactly how much, but it’s a lot.”last_img read more

first_img Eddie Howe 1 Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits he could still do with one extra body, but believes while his squad may be “short in numbers we are very high in quality”.The Cherries opened the new Premier League season with a disappointing 1-0 win at West Brom.Bournemouth spent big during the summer transfer window.Defender Nathan Ake, in a £20million deal, and veteran goalkeeper Asmir Begovic were signed from Chelsea while England striker Jermain Defoe secured lucrative personal terms following his free transfer from Sunderland.Howe has, though, also allowed winger Max Gradel to this week join French Ligue 1 side Toulouse on loan until the end of the season, while 22-year-old defender Baily Cargill has switched to League One outfit Fleetwood for the rest of the campaign.With midfielder Junior Stanislas continuing his rehabilitation on a groin problem and forward Callum Wilson recovering from a serious knee injury, the Bournemouth manager accepts his squad is looking a bit threadbare.Bournemouth have been linked with a £20million swoop for Leicester’s England Under-21 winger Demarai Gray ahead of the deadline.Howe, though, is confident whatever side he is able to put out against Watford on Saturday will have enough talent to get the required result.“Possibly it (new transfer) could happen in one position, but it’s not a must,” Howe said at a press conference“While we are short in numbers, we are very high in quality and the pool of players we have is very strong – that’s my issue if we were to get any injuries.“Our plan was always to get our business done early. The fact that there’s inactivity now, I don’t buy into the theory that the fans are getting restless as we have brought in great quality already.”Defoe was carrying a groin injury into the West Brom game, where he came off the bench, but could make his home Premier League debut back at the club he enjoyed a successful loan spell with as a raw young talent.Howe added: “There were some positives at West Brom, but not too many.“We expected a difficult game and we dominated possession, but didn’t do enough with it – which is unlike us really as we saw from last season.“We wanted to get up and running and get the momentum early on, so we’re disappointed by that.“(Against Watford), we need to get our tempo and passing moving and if we do that we will have a good chance.”Watford began their Premier League campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool.Howe has been impressed by the methods of Portuguese coach Marco Silva, who took over at the Hornets after leaving Hull at the end of last season when he had been unable to keep them up.“They had a good shape against Liverpool and you could see that Marco Silva has worked with them, they have always been able to bring good players in and this summer’s been no difference,” he said.“We played Hull in Marco Silva’s first game and that day Hull were very impressive, came from a goal down and were very strong. He built spirit from quite a low ebb.“After the game he also left an impression on me, he was very friendly and knowledgeable and had done his research about the Premier League.“It doesn’t surprise me that he still in the league with a job.”last_img read more

first_imgMeanwhile, I now have a fun fact to file away: Eating dog food is worth millions more than being groped, insulted or molested. Good to know. The answer is the former – at least that’s what one might discern from the recent lawsuit settlements made by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and City Council. The disparity between the settlements aside, the payoffs are costing the city too much. And not just in terms of cash. The men and women of the LAFD put their lives on the line as part of their jobs, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace. I don’t know if Pierce’s experience was truly a case of racist behavior or just a mean-spirited practical joke that got out of hand. I wasn’t there, but pranks and other offensive hazing incidents seem to have occurred with regularity at Pierce’s station, according to recently surfaced photos of other Firefighters Gone Wild moments. But I do know that of the claims made by all three, Pierce’s was the least disturbing to read about. Ditto with Ruthie Bernal, a married Fire Department employee who claims that her supervisor sexually harassed her for months, groped her and confessed his love in inappropriate ways. She further claimed the Fire Department failed to investigate her complaints before the captain retired. In September, the City Council agreed to settle Bernal’s case for $320,000. But no one is talking about the two lawsuits settled just weeks before, alleging sexual harassment, one involving particularly vicious psychological abuse of a rape victim. To recap: Pierce’s complaint stems from a prank that started when he called himself “the Big Dog” during a volleyball game. Later, as a joke, other firefighters gave Pierce a plate of spaghetti mixed with dog food, and laughed when he ate it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Last week, everyone was talking about the $2.7 million settlement with Tennie Pierce, a 19-year vet of the L.A. Fire Department who sued over a now-infamous dog-food incident. The mayor vetoed the council’s approval of the settlement, which was recommended by City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who was concerned a trial would net the plaintiff an even bigger payday. QUICK legal quiz: Which is worse, to engage in ambiguous activity that might be construed as racist or to engage in unambiguous sexual harassment?center_img The racial angle of the story comes in because the pranksters were white and the pranksteree was black. Pierce alleged that the dog-food harassment continued with cans left in his car and other firefighters barking at him. Again, it’s hard to know what actually happened between the two, but the department’s lack of response seems troublesome, and it evidently did to the council members as well. The two suits, both filed by longtime Fire Department employees, were settled for just a few hundred thousand dollars apiece. And these two incidents appear to signal more troubling problems in the Fire Department than the Pierce case. It’s hard to know what goes one between two people, but the city apparently thought the complaints were strong enough to award the man $325,000. Though the settlement in no way assigns guilt, it does indicate that the city’s attorneys recognized that the claims were serious enough to sway a jury to award much, much more. What all three of these cases show is that the Fire Department could use a big overhaul, not just begrudging reforms. And that’s not news. A City Controller’s Office audit earlier this year concluded that there is “systemic harassment” against women and minorities in the Fire Department. By contrast, in one recently settled sexual-harassment lawsuit, a male firefighter described a 16-month nightmare. The plaintiff alleged that his boss, upon learning that this firefighter had been raped as a child, proceeded to harass him a way that’s unacceptable to relate in a newspaper. (The plaintiff’s name is in court records; I chose not to print it because the childhood rape clearly has caused him enough harm.) But the cruelty included degrading taunts, physical manhandling and showing him porn on a work computer, all over the course of more than a year. The firefighter also says his attempts to report the incident were met with retaliation, including a psychological evaluation that declared him unfit to work. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com160Want 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_imgDublin City and Donegal County Councils are the only local authorities to have published any entries on the register of vacant sites set up to stop the hoarding of land that could be used for housing.Most local authorities have “established” a register, as they were required to under planning legislation by January 1st, but the published registers remain blank.The register of vacant sites allows local authorities to impose a 3% levy on property owners who fail to develop prime housing land. Some local authorities said they were in the process of amending their development plan to allow for the register to be established.A small number of council planning departments said they did not currently have a register.Donegal’s four vacant sites are all in private ownership, and range in value from €32,670 to €252,600.To be hit with the levy, the vacant sites must be bigger than 0.05 of a hectare, excluding gardens. The majority of the site must be “vacant or idle” for more than 12 months, be zoned for residential or regeneration purposes, and be in an area in need of housing. The levy will be charged from 2018, but will not be payable until 2019.Donegal County Council only one of two to register vacant sites was last modified: May 29th, 2017 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:Donegal County CouncilhoardingLiffordplanningvacant siteslast_img read more