Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations INTENSE RACE. This year’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be more spectacular than ever, as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of the start of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. More than a hundred thousand punters are expected to come and revel, as centuries-old Chinese traditions meet an international party spirit. Photo Hong Kong Tourism Board via REUTERS Content SolutionsTwo Philippine teams will be competing in the ninth Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival from June 22 to 24.Cebu-based Philippine Accessibility Disability Services, Inc. (PADS) and Triton Dragon Boat Racing Team eye another podium finish after bringing home the gold and silver medals, respectively, in last year’s race.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LOOK: 2018 NBA Finals schedule (PH Time) Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The main dragon boat showdown will be staged at Victora Harbour while other races will be held before that weekend at various districts like Stanley, Tai Po, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, Sai Kung, and Aberdeen.Fancy Dress Competition of the Dragon Boat Festival. Photo by Hong Kong Tourism Board via REUTERS Content SolutionsOver 4,500 paddlers from all over the world including Australia, India, Korea and the US have signed on for the three-day event organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board in partnership with the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association.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 crownTeams from Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area will also be on hand to compete for the Greater Bay Area Trophy.To make what’s going to be an intense race even more interesting, there will be a Fancy Dress competition, where the paddlers will dress up in creative and eye-catching costumes for a special award. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES View comments
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding That was the exact thing that happened when Fajardo squared up against TNT’s import, the 6-foot-9 and 290-lb Joshua Smith, Saturday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Although San Miguel came up with the 100-94 win over the KaTropa, Fajardo left Mall of Asia Arena feeling as if he lost in the battle of behemoths.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“He’s so big, and he’s not just big he’s good. I feel sorry for myself,” said a giggling Fajardo in Filipino. “But we were able to get the win and my teammates provided help and Renaldo (Balkman) played really well.”Fajardo has rarely been pushed around in the PBA as the San Miguel star can easily retaliate on the other end, but Smith did it constantly every time they matched up in the paint. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo has undoubtedly established himself as the most physically intimidating player in the PBA for almost five years now.At 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds, the four-time MVP is obviously a giant but there comes a time when a bigger titan comes along and brings a newfound fight.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taxi driver questioned after injuring 8 near Red Square In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 View comments Smith not only bullied Fajardo physically but the former Georgetown Hoya also had better numbers than the Cebuano.The KaTropa’s big man finished with 26 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks while Fajardo had 19 points, seven rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.Fajardo, though, did not have to do much in the offensive end as Balkman took care of that putting up 43 points with 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and six blocks.“My teammates stepped up for us, and we’re thankful we were able to get the win,” said Fajardo as the Beermen improved to a 4-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is probing the circumstances surrounding the shipment of 70 metric tonnes of White Cinderella rice which was confiscated in Jamaica after it was found unsuitable for human consumption.This announcement comes after numerous media reports on the incident as General Manager of the GRDB, Nizam Hassan continues to maintain that no rice has been shipped to Jamaica from Guyana by the miller who packages under the Cinderella brand for the year.He stated that the last shipment left Guyana on December 15, 2018, and arrived four days after several mandatory tests.The Guyana Rice Development Board“We have since reached out to the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries in Jamaica and are awaiting a response. The situation is puzzling since the last shipment left Guyana on the 15th December and arrived on the 19th December 2018. Like any other shipment, the rice that was sent to Jamaica underwent a series of physical tests and was certified. The Board conducts such tests on paddy, rice and rice by-products prior to any shipment leaving Guyana,” Hassan said.GRDB said that its export records revealed that the supplier has not received any complaints from the buyer in Jamaica to date.“It is very important that the rice be stored in a dry place. Mould and other bacteria can develop on the grain if the rice is exposed to moisture or becomes wet in storage,” Hassan said.The rice was confiscated by the Ministry of Industries, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) because of high microbial content after reaching the countries shores.According to reports by Jamaica Observer, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division of the Ministry impounded some 1575 bags of rice worth millions of dollars.The grains, according to Jamaica Observer, were inspected and was found to have signs of mould, clumping discolouration and wetting and as such, detained by a food storage inspector.These alarming discoveries ensured that a statutory detention notice was fixed and samples were submitted to the Division’s microbiology lab for testing.Results showed that the rice contained microbial levels which are beyond the accepted limits, thus making it inapt for human consumption.In keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), provisions were made for the rice to be disposed of after discussions with the importer, who is said to be a large-scale distributor from the island.This seizure is said to be the first for the year but an epidemic of poor quality rice exiting Guyana was seen in the recent months when Panama rejected some 20 containers of rice from Guyana back in September.As such, one local miller, Turhane Doerga, commented on the matter and strongly stated that the GRBD should zero in on the quality of rice before it is exported.“The GRDB is an insult to all law-abiding rice people in this country. The rice was shipped from Guyana. Where was GRBD? The rice millers and everybody pay them so it is corruption. Bad rice is passing and it gives Guyana a bad name. This is my concern that again, Guyana is getting a bad name because the people who are paid to make sure that quality is shipped are not doing their jobs,” Doerga said.
0Shares0000Neymar prays after Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their World Cup match in Saint PetersburgSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, June 22 – Brazil left it very late, but posted their first win of the World Cup thanks to Philippe Coutinho and Neymar to go top of Group E.Work still needs to be done for the five-time world champions to make the last 16, but a point in their final game against Serbia will do after the Serbs lost 2-1 to Switzerland. In group D Ahmed Musa struck twice to hand Nigeria a 2-0 win over Iceland and keep Argentina’s chances of qualifying alive before the two sides meet in Saint Petersburg next week.Here, AFP Sports looks at three things we learned today at the World Cup.Neymar off the markNeymar broke down in tears at full-time, claiming to be so overjoyed having battled back to fitness just in time from a broken bone in his right foot to make the tournament.His emotional reaction added even more drama to an incredible finale as Coutinho put Brazil ahead in the 91st minute before the world’s most expensive player added a second at the death.With the exception of Argentina’s Lionel Messi, the most feared strikers in Russia – Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku – have made strong starts. Now Neymar too is up and running.Argentina still aliveNigeria’s win over Iceland means second spot in Group D is very much up for grabs.Argentina play Nigeria and Iceland face already qualified Croatia in the final round on Tuesday, with Nigeria holding a two-point advantage in second place. Despite collecting just a point so far, Argentina will go through with a win as long as Iceland fail to beat Croatia, or Jorge Sampaoli’s men can outscore Iceland’s margin of victory.The two-time winners were shambolic in losing 3-0 to Croatia on Thursday, but with one last chance to salvage Messi’s last World Cup of his prime years, can they find some form when it matters most?Swiss payback for SerbiaSwitzerland’s come from behind win over Serbia wasn’t just celebrated wildly for its significance in taking the Swiss to the brink of the knockout stages, particularly for their two goalscorers.Like thousands of others during the war between Kosovo ethnic Albanian pro-independence guerrilla and Serbian forces in the 1990s, the families of Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri took refuge in Switzerland.Xhaka’s father was even held for three-and-a-half years as a political prisoner before the family emigrated.Both players celebrated wildly after scoring in Kaliningrad by mimicking the double eagle sign of the Albanian flag with their hands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Deputy Pearse Doherty has urged the local community in Dunlewey to get their submissions as part of the public consultation in relation to Dunlewey Post Office into An Post before the deadline for submissions closes this Friday.Deputy Doherty has also welcomed correspondence from An Post in response to a Sinn Féin request in which the company has confirmed that it is willing to meet with the local community as part of the consultation process to discuss the future of the branch.Deputy Doherty said “As everyone is well aware, An Post last month initiated a process of public consultation into post office services in Dunlewey following the decision by the current Post Mistress to step down from the role after having given more than two decades of service to the community. “Immediately following An Post’s decision not to automatically place the branch contract out to tender, Cllr John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh and I called a public meeting where public representatives, local residents and business owners met to discuss the decision and to agree a co-ordinated community response.“The local community have been fantastic in their actions to date and they have fully engaged in this process and have put forward a real and genuine argument as to why they believe that it’s important that the post office in Dunlewey remains open for business.”He added that he understands that many local residents have already made their personal submissions to An Post in relation to the branch.“As we approach the final few days of this process I want to take this opportunity to encourage everyone who has yet to do so to complete their submissions and send them off to An Post for consideration before this Friday’s deadline. “Submissions are to be made in writing, can be in either English or Irish, and should be posted and addressed to the Retail Operations Manager, An Post offices, Wine Street, Sligo.“I am also happy to have it confirmed today that An Post has accepted a request made by Sinn Féin for the company to meet with the local community to discuss the fate of the branch prior to it making a final decision in respect of Dunlewey post office.“I understand that An Post will shortly revert back to me in order to confirm a time and date for this meeting and I very much look forward to continue working with the local community to put forward a strong argument as to why this vital service ought to remain in Dunlewey.”Public urged to have their say on Dunlewey post office before Friday deadline was last modified: November 8th, 2016 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:DeadlinedonegalDunlewey Post OfficeSinn Fein
An understrength Donegal side were well-beaten by Down in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship quarter final today.Donegal manager Ray DurackRay Durack’s side never really got going and eventually lost 1-31 to 0-10.Donegal went in at half-time trailing 1-16 to 0-7 and the game was already over as a contest. HURLING: DONEGAL WELL-BEATEN BY DOWN IN ULSTER QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: June 15th, 2014 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:donegalDownHURLINGUlster quarter final
at Iowa 4/13/2016 – 5:30 PM Next Game: Live Stats Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa), Kaitlynn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.), Smith and Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) each recorded one hit for Drake. Wright had Drake’s first hit of the game in the fourth inning as she sent a bouncer up the middle to lead off the frame. In the next inning, Smith led off with a base hit and two batters later Alexander dropped a bunt for a base hit to put runners on first and second with two outs, but freshman Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) popped out to in foul territory to end the scoring threat for the Bulldogs. Preview Drake strung together back-to-back singles by Chambers and Finneran with two outs in the seventh inning, but the rally attempt fell short as Alexander grounded out to the pitcher to end the game. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Creighton University softball team edged Drake, 4-0, Tuesday night at Ron Buel Field. Creighton (23-12) starter Sydnee Eck pitched a shutout, limiting Drake (23-13) to just five hits, all singles, while striking out 10 Bulldogs. Drake starter Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) took the tough loss after allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out eight. Smith’s record moved to 2-2 with the loss. Creighton scored its first two runs with the assistance of a pair of errors by the Bulldogs. One run came in the first, the next came in the second inning and the third run came in third inning courtesy of a solo home run by Allie Reinhart. The fourth and final run came in the seventh inning from Reinhart again on a RBI-single. The Bulldogs travel to Iowa on April 13 for a 5:30 p.m. game before returning home to host Missouri State for a three-game MVC series on April 16-17 at Ron Buel Field.Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster
Jim McGuinness has begun his work in China with Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC.The former Donegal manager has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract with the club as assistant manager to their new manager, Roger Schmidt.The Glenties man flew out to Beijing at the weekend and took part in his first training session with the club yesterday having been employed at Celtic since 2012. Former Bayer Leverkusen manager Schmidt is the new boss at Guoan and a club statement said: “We are convinced that Schmidt will give a new impetus to Beijing Guoan and will lead our team to reach new heights.”Schmidt and McGuinness took charge of training yesterday after being welcomed to the club.“I also feel that it’s great timing in terms of taking the next step forward in my own coaching career,” McGuinness said last week.Their first game this Saturday sees them take on Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande FC at the Workers Stadium. Roger Schmidt and Jim McGuinness are welcomed to BeijingJim McGuinness gets down to work in Beijing – first game against League leader was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BeijingBeijing Sinobo GuoanCelticGlentiesJim McGuinnessRoger Schmidt
A Providence-based builder begins construction of the first new home in the city aiming for LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Meanwhile, hundreds of Rhode Island building professionals apply to take USGBC’s new LEED AP testRecent developments in the Ocean State suggest that green construction there has the wind at its back.Earlier this month, for example, Providence-based Native Structures broke ground on a 2,800 sq. ft. home that, the builder says, should achieve LEED for Homes Platinum certification, the first such certification in Providence.Native Structures owner Dave Kessler adds that even though there are no active renewable-energy systems in the plans at this point, “I’ve spoken to people who might have an interest in it.”Nonetheless, he says, “we feel if we stick to the plans we have, we’ll get Platinum without any renewable energy.”Designed by Kite Architects, the building will be constructed with a high-percentage of recycled, reclaimed, and FSC-certified materials. It also will feature a whole-house fan to expunge humidity in temperatures less than 84 degrees.The 4-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath home’s energy efficiency will be enhanced substantially, Kessler adds, by a tight SIP shell, ICF on the basement floor and walls, energy efficient windows and exterior doors, and an energy recovery ventilator. Energy costs in the winter should range $80 to $100, he says, and the selling price likely will be in the $750,000-to-$850,000 range.But even though Native Structures’ project would be Providence’s first LEED home, it won’t be its last, if local interest among building professionals in the upcoming LEED AP (accredited professional) exam for USGBC’s green building standard for New Construction and Major Renovations V2.2 is any indication. A brief published last week in the Providence Journal noted that at least 300 people have registered to take the exam, which will be administered June 30 at various locations. The story added that there currently are 200 LEED-accredited professionals in the state.For those who want a leg up on studying for the exam, the USGBC’s local chapter, the Rhode Island Green Building Council, is offering prep classes, which begin May 7.We’ve asked the RIGBC if there are still openings in the prep sessions, which originally were designed to accommodate 25 prospective test takers. We’ll let you know soon as we have an update. The sessions – available to RIGBC members for $125, $175 for nonmembers, and $75 for students – are scheduled for May 7, 14, 21, and 28 at the New England Institute of Technology, in Warwick.
The crucial claims and objections round of the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is scheduled to start from Tuesday.This phase provides a 60-day window of hope for 4,007,707 of the 32.9 million applicants who were left out of the complete NRC draft published on July 30.The process will also enable correction of names of those included in the draft and allow people to raise objections against suspected foreigners.Specimen formsThis round was to start from August 30 for a month. Some specimen forms were distributed, but the Supreme Court deferred the process because of certain contradictions in the Centre’s standard operating procedure for filing the claims.NRC officials declined to speak on the claims round citing the apex court’s gag order. “All we can say is that the forms will be available across 2,500 Nagarik Seva Kendras established for the NRC,” an official said.The exercise, though, has been clouded by the controversy surrounding NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela’s suggestion to the Supreme Court to remove five of the 15 documents that were initially required by an applicant to prove his or her citizenship.Voters’ list These include the 1951 NRC and voters’ lists up to March 24, 1971, which is the cut-off date for detecting and deporting illegal migrants as per the Assam Accord of 1985 signed to end a six-year agitation for driving out foreigners from the State.“Not making the 1951 NRC applicable contradicts the very purpose of updating the NRC that has cost ₹1,220 crore of taxpayers’ money,” All India United Democratic Front leader Aminul Islam said.The apex court had, in its last hearing on NRC, said that it does not want to give a second chance to people who change their claims of ancestry or the family tree, but made it clear that the doors are not closed for those excluded from the list.Other StatesA major worry for many of the excluded, who settled in Assam from other parts of the country, is the speed with which authorities in their home States process their documents sent for verification by the NRC authorities. Of the 4 million people missing from the list, at last 100,000 are originally from the eastern, central and northern Indian States.There are more than 100,000 Gorkhas too, who according to a ruling by the Gauhati High Court, are not supposed to be considered foreigners. The order, leaders of the Gorkha organisations said, has not prevented many belonging to the community from being tagged as foreigners or D-voters.Storm in AssemblyThe autumn session of the 126-member Assam Assembly began on a stormy note on Monday over the NRC issue. The Opposition accused the BJP-led coalition government of a ploy to derecognise millions as citizens, but Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary insisted “no genuine Indians will be victimised”.The BJP found contrary voices from within with Hojai MLA Shiladitya Dev displaying a placard in the House urging Justice Ranjan Gogoi, to be Chief Justice of Supreme Court next month, “not to discriminate your own children”.Mr. Patowary, meanwhile, said that the State’s Border Police referred 455,976 cases to the Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) up to December 2017. “A total 1,079 cases have been referred to the FTs from January-April this year… the total number of people marked as ‘D’ in the draft electoral roll published as on September 5 this year is 119,559,” he said.