Lacuna, PH swimmers hope to get out of SEA Games slump

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Also buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Blatant disregard for constitutional rights

first_imgDear Editor,Gerrymandering is a rigging process which was used extensively in the past, and is again being used to manipulate the boundaries of an electoral constituency, so as to increase its constituency wins in certain areas whilst at the same time reducing the constituencies in the PPP-favoured areas. This is in effect showing A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) in a favourable light as a prelude to the intent to rig the 2020 General and Regional Elections.According to a press statement made by Executive Secretary of the PPP, Mr Zulfikar Mustapha, “The Minister of Communities, with responsibility for Local Government and Regional Development, Minister Bulkan, issued the Municipal and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (Participating Local Authorities) Order # 19 of 2018, dated June 8, 2018. In this Order, he named “the name of each local authority, the total number of seats, the number of Councillors in respect to “proportional representation” component, and the number of constituencies and councillors in respect of the “first past the post” component. By way of this Order, he announced the creation of one new township and eight new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, an increase of nine LAAS, bringing the total LAAs to eight.”Mustapha further stated that what was “most interesting in the list of the 80 LAAs identified in Order #19, the PPP discovered that the Minister reduced the number of constituencies by 16 in 14 existing LAAs, thereby making them the subject of re-designation with proposed re-demarcation by GECOM.”This is evidence of gerrymandering: increasing the NDCs by eight, one new township in the PNC-favoured areas, and reducing the constituencies by 16 in the PPP-favoured areas.What is even more blatant is the fact that there was no bi-partisan or non-partisan consultation. Furthermore, there was certainly no consultation with the citizens, although Article 13 of our Constitution provides for this participation by citizens and their organisations in the decision-making process, especially in this areas, which will directly affect their well-being. This is pure unadulterated dictatorship!Unfortunately, the citizenry seldom appreciates the trickery involved in the gerrymandering process, since they feel that the changing of constituents’ boundaries will not affect them directly. This is far from the truth! Citizens are most likely to witness the rigging process when the balloting process is being manipulated, and not by the gerrymandering process. They only appreciate its deviousness when the votes have been cast and the results are out.Through the gerrymandering process, the constituency lines are intentionally rigged and the lines or boundaries are drawn, as in this case, to place a majority of PPP supporters in fewer constituencies and the PNC supporters are placed in many constituencies. This will give the PNC more constituency wins and less to the PPP, even though the PPP would have gotten more votes at the Local Government Elections!In 2012, in the USA, the Republican won a majority of seats in the US House of Representatives, 234 as against the Democrats 201; and this would seem to suggest that the Republicans got more votes than the Democrats. But, sadly, this was not so, the Democrat constituencies got in excess of 500,000 votes more than the Republicans. This is what gerrymandering can do!The Coalition Government should be condemned for this blatant disregard for the constitutional rights of the citizens of our country. This Government must stop its progression to dictatorship rule!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

North Peace Secondary students finalists at JABC Innovation Jam

first_imgListening to Minister Bernier @Mike_A_Bernier at the Junior Achievement Leadership Breakfast @JA_of_BC #LeadwithJA pic.twitter.com/JI6GuRtNAr— BC Natural Resources Forum (@BCNRF) January 21, 2016Voting for the People’s Choice team is open through the YouTube videos that have been uploaded for the pitches. The votes are counted by the number of likes a video has, not views.The winners of the grand prize will be announced in June 2016.Advertisement VANCOUVER, B.C. — A team of prospective entrepreneurs from North Peace Secondary School are one of three finalists in Junior Achievement British Columbia’s Innovation Jam, which was hosted at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.Tied with teams from Vernon Secondary School and Kelowna Secondary School, the North Peace team made their pitch for a smartphone app that disables your phone while you are driving — in turn preventing distracted driving.- Advertisement -The Kelowna Secondary school students presented a company that promotes seasonal and local produce, while the Vernon Secondary School students have a company that produces medical bands to speed up diagnosis time.The JABC Innovation Jam is a one-day business challenge where 120 high school students face off with business pitches that are aimed at solving a real-world problem. The function brings students practice in collaboration, communication and presentation skills that are valued in the workplace.Students also receive coaching from entrepreneurs, and then they make the pitch.This morning, the BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George hosted a Junior Achievement breakfast, with Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier making an address.Advertisementlast_img read more

SCHOOL REPORT SHOWS MANY FAMILIES NOT FEELING EFFECTS OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY – Mac LOCHLAINN

first_imgDeputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn says the recent report published by the Irish League of Credit Unions on back to school costs clearly demonstrates that more must be done to ensure a fair economic recovery, which benefits working families.Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnDeputy Mac Lochlainn said figures outlined in Credit Union’s report make for stark reading and show clearly that, despite the rhetoric of this Government, little has been done to improve the everyday lives of working families.“The report highlights the fact, that for many families, a stark choice is presented between providing for school books and uniforms and putting food into the mouths of their children. “In a survey of 1,000 parents across the state, 72% state that increasing back to school costs will impact their ability to pay bills while 16% stated that they will have to reduce their food bill in order to meet the costs involved.“A startling 32% of parents will get into debt to meet back to school costs for their children this year with an average loan of €360 taken out by hard pressed parents to meet the rising costs of books and uniforms.“The report is a damning indictment of the policies pursued by this Government – they have slashed the back to school clothing and footwear allowance, cut child benefit and just last week implemented one of the cruellest attacks of all on Lone Parents.“Cuts to the capitation grants and other funding to schools have also impacted heavily on parents, with seven out of ten families expected to pay an average voluntary contribution of €122 per child towards the upkeep of the school of €112. “There can be no doubt that many families are not feeling the effects of the much lauded economic recovery. It is a recovery which benefits the elite not the ordinary citizen.“Sinn Féin believes a fair recovery is possible and we have outlined a number of priorities that, if in Government, we would implement in order to improve the lives of families across this state.”SCHOOL REPORT SHOWS MANY FAMILIES NOT FEELING EFFECTS OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: July 10th, 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)last_img read more

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! HOW TO SPOIL YOUR DAD IN DONEGAL TODAY!

first_imgFanad Lighthouse.It’s Father’s Day today and dads across Donegal will be getting some special treatment from their children (and perhaps wives!). Some will get breakfast in bed or handmade cards. Others will get that all important phonecall from a son or daughter in Australia or somewhere else around the globe.The most important thing is that we think of our dads and perhaps tell them how much they mean to us. We at Donegal Daily thought we’d compile a few suggestions of how you could make the day special with dad in Donegal.* A walk to the castle! The walk to Glenveagh Castle from the visitor’s car park is stunning. You can also walk back or get the bus. With the lake on your right and the castle to your front, there is no finer scenery. For an extra treat, get some hot chocolate and cons in the castle tearooms. * Take in a GAA game. There are plenty of games taking place but the game between Gaoth Dobhair and Glenswilly (throw-in 3pm in Magheragallon) will not disappoint. There will be no Murphy or McGees because of the Ulster Championship, but there will be no holding back.* Light up his day! It may not be open just yet but a drive to Fanad Lighthouse will blow away the cobwebs. Call into the Lighthouse Tavern on the way back for a pint and a chat.* The rally! It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s amazing how many Donegal people have never taken in the Donegal Rally. Today is the last day of the three day event so you could always take in a stage but listen to marshals about safe places to stand and park.* Take to the beach. Donegal has some of the best beaches in the world. From Rossnowlagh, to Fanad, To Five Finger Strand. Wrap up and tell your dad how cool, annoying, funny, serious, boring, mental, frustrating, impatient, embarrassing he is. Just tell him because he’s your dad and he won’t always be around. * For those not in Donegal, phone your dad and make a date to do any of the above together – of even something completely different.Donegal dads – up here they’re different!The beautiful Carrickfin Beach is well worth a walk on with your dad today.HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! HOW TO SPOIL YOUR DAD IN DONEGAL TODAY! was last modified: June 21st, 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:donegalFather’s Daylast_img read more

Giants and Athletics broadcasts will sound different Sunday with Kuiper brothers away

first_imgThe Bay Area’s baseball broadcast teams are playing a bit shorthanded this weekend.With Duane and Glen Kuiper back home in Wisconsin for their father’s funeral service, NBC Sports Bay Area has been making use of its deep bench.Henry Kuiper, a farmer and local softball legend in Racine, Wisconsin, died Wednesday at 94.On Sunday afternoon’s broadcast of the Giants’ game at the Diamondbacks, Jon Miller will be working in a two-man booth for NBCSBA along with longtime Giants color analyst Mike …last_img read more

Brand South Africa engages industry key players at the RapidLion Film Festival

first_imgBrand South Africa is proud to have collaborated with RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival – for the third consecutive year, hosting a panel discussion under the theme, “taking local cinema to South Africa’s masses”. The creative industry in South Africa evolves in leaps and bounds at an ever-increasing pace, and for this reason it is necessary to take stock of the strides taken and to identify tangible and sustainable opportunities for mass audience to have access to South African films and local cinemas.Brand South Africa’s participation at the RapidLion Film Festival extends from the 2018 Nation Brand Forum, where the role of film and the creative industries in shaping the Nation Brand was a vibrant topic on the agenda.The session sought to delve deep into the state and accessibility of South African cinema and exposure to local content by the masses. On the panel was actor and director of LK Theatres, Hlomla Dandala, Kasi Movie Nights’ Producer Thapelo Mokoena and The Peoples Fund founder, Luyanda Jafta, who gave us an extensive framework of just how much the film industry has improved since the traditional bioscope era.Although much growth has been achieved over the years, a great need remains to expose the broader South African audience to local content and films. This would, however, require an appetite for local authentic stories, adequate investment and financing from industry and ease of access for people to enjoy a cinematic experience, particularly, outside of urban areas.Watching a locally-produced film used to have limited audiences, but with product offerings like Kasi Movie Nights and LK Theatres, the script has been flipped. The panellists spoke about the different means in which they’ve packaged their cinema offering, taking cinema to eKasi (townships). These production houses have put research, innovation and fun behind taking the films into the community, aiming to create an experience beyond the classic 22-metre screen, popcorn and Coca Cola-style.“The South African Nation Brand is influenced by creative industries including music, film, visual arts and design (to name a few). This is definitely one-way of utilising a positive brand image of the country that is influenced by its people, telling their own stories through the film industry. The RapidLion Film Festival is a perfect fit in gaining insight from the creative industry on measures to advance South African arts and be recognised as competitive global player,” said Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus De Kock who moderated the panel discussion.The Film Festival kicked off on Friday 1 March 2019, and is still currently running at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, until 10 March, ending off with the prestigious Awards ceremony.About RapidLionRapidLion recognises the achievements and excellence of filmmakers who are born in Africa, are members of the African diaspora and are citizens of BRICS countries.last_img read more

Fears Rise H-1B Spouses May Lose Right to Work in US

first_imgThe Trump Administration has sought 60 days to respond to a court case that challenges the decision of the previous Obama Administration to authorise spouses of H-1B holders to work in the US. Related Itemslast_img

Kylian Mbappe scores 14th of Ligue 1 in PSG’s 3-0 win at Amiens

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The win moved PSG 13 points clear of second-place Lille , having played two games less.Edinson Cavani put PSG ahead from the penalty spot after 57 minutes and, after Mbappe struck in the 70th, center half Marquinhos completed the scoring in the 79th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was a return to winning ways after the humiliating home defeat to struggler Guingamp in the League Cup on Wednesday.Amiens almost caught PSG with a perfect sucker-punch seconds before halftime, when a PSG free kick was cleared and Colombian Stiven Mendoza sprinted down the field before crossing into the penalty area. The ball fell to midfielder Eddy Gnahore, whose shot was kicked away by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. View comments MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It was a reprieve for PSG, which was missing Brazil star Neymar. He was rested by coach Thomas Tuchel after taking a minor knock to his knee against Guingamp.“There was a clash of knees and he felt some pain in the knee. He wasn’t free in his movements,” Tuchel said after the Amiens game. “It was too risky (to play him). It’s more important he’s not injured so he can be with us in Doha.”Qatar-owned PSG is flying to Doha on Sunday for a four-day training camp.Amiens looked in control until midfielder Alexis Blin slid to block a shot from Angel Di Maria with his arm. In the absence of Neymar, Cavani took the penalty and converted it confidently for his 11th league goal.Midway through the second half, Amiens went down to 10 men when left back Khaled Adenon was sent off for a second yellow card after pulling back Mbappe.ADVERTISEMENT Moments later, Mbappe swept in a fine cross from Cavani following a counterattack quickly launched by midfielder Julian Draxler, who dribbled his way into the area to set up Marquinhos.OTHER MATCHESTunisia forward Wahbi Khazri’s deflected free kick helped Saint-Etienne win at Guingamp 1-0 to move up to fourth place.It was Khazri’s career-best 10th league goal.Former France and Arsenal great Patrick Vieira’s Nice side is up to sixth after beating Bordeaux 1-0 at home.Allan Saint-Maximin’s penalty after 16 minutes was enough for victory.SUNDAY’S GAMESIn the pick of Sunday’s games, midfielder Cesc Fabrergas could make his debut for 19th-place Monaco at Marseille.Elsewhere, Montpellier is at relegation battler Dijon. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the French League One soccer match between Amiens and Paris-Saint-Germain at the Stade de la Licorne stadium in Amiens, France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Kylian Mbappe struck his French league-leading 14th goal as Paris Saint-Germain won at Amiens 3-0 on Saturday.The 20-year-old Mbappe has 14 goals in only 13 games, compared to 13 in 27 matches last season for PSG. France’s World Cup star is well on course to eclipse his best tally of 15 in 2017, when he was a rising star of world soccer and won the title with Monaco.ADVERTISEMENT Katie Ledecky wins 4 events at Swim Series meet Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Long Scores Quickest Premier League Goal at 7.69 Seconds (Vid)

first_imgWATFORD, England — Shane Long has scored the fastest-ever goal in a Premier League game, netting after less than eight seconds for Southampton against Watford.Long intercepted Craig Cathcart’s clearance and ran onto the loose ball before dinking a shot over goalkeeper Ben Foster after 7.69 seconds on Tuesday.Based on the Premier League’s timing, the goal was quicker than the 9.9 seconds it took Tottenham’s Ledley King to score against Bradford in 2000.Shane Long just scored the fastest goal EVER in the Premier League — 7 seconds ?(via @NBCSportsSoccer) pic.twitter.com/8H6x2BHdFc— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 23, 2019TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more