Amid stong start, Robinson reminds Lyceum to be ‘ready, humble, hungry’

first_imgLATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer And Robinson hopes that the next games, starting next Friday against San Sebastian, will enhance the Pirates’ camaraderie as they seek to break the glass ceiling and make it to the Final Four for the first time since it joined the league in 2011.“Hopefully it could really propel our drive, but again, it’s really looking at the vision of really showing that we have a good culture, we have good leaders on the team, we have good that individuals, that are again inspiring others. That’s really important to us,” he said. Red Lions learn the hard way against the Pirates Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Lyceum on a 2-0 start in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, coach Topex Robinson is giving full credit to the entire squad and not just a single individual.“Success is a team sport. It’s really about us, the entirety of the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Robinson praised the versatile winger for his tireless efforts late.“(Reymar) has really been helping us. He’s deceiving because he looks like a big man but he really is a guard. He’s just confident and our trust on him is there. And today, he just bailed us out with his solid performance.“Caduyac strung the last five points for the Pirates, which proved to be the final blow to the powerhouse Red Lions.With the victory fortifying everyone’s claim from the preseason that Lyceum is indeed this year’s dark horse, Robinson was quick to pull his side back to earth and reiterated that it hasn’t proven anything yet.“Nobody wins a championship in the second game. We know that teams will be playing us harder. We just have to always be ready, prepared, and always be humble and hungry,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT CJ Perez has undoubtedly been the leader for the Pirates, but the youthful mentor has been adamant in pointing out that the hardworking forward can’t do it all alone.“That’s what I always tell him. CJ is gonna win games for us, and he’s gonna lose games for us. That’s the way of the world for us. But CJ knows that he will never be better than his teammates. He can never win it by himself,” said Robinson.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’And that manifested on Friday in Lyceum’s huge 96-91 win over defending champion San Beda.As expected, Perez was able to weave his magic and tow his team to the driver’s seat, but he needed the aid of his teammates, specifically Reymar Caduyac, to pull off the victory in the end game. MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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PSC eyes sports hub down south

first_imgPSC chair William Ramirez. Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWar-torn Mindanao gets a chance to become a hotbed for grassroots sporting excellence as the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) envisions several projects there.PSC chair Butch Ramirez said they would revive the mothballed Mindanao Friendship Games, which would harness the island’s athletic talents and allow it to recover from the war that hit Marawi City.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments SBP bats for longer preparation in Gilas PH bid for world cup berth “We will try to erase the stigma of war and replace it with peace through sports,” said Ramirez. “Sports has been neglected in Mindanao by the previous administrations, now the people of Mindanao will experience it under the term of President Duterte.PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey will serve as point man for the agency’s new thrust in the region.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRamirez said the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education committed to support the PSC’s grassroots sport programs. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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5,000 Residents, Business Entities Need Urgent LEC Power Connections

first_imgA little over 5,000 residents and business entities in one of Monrovia’s hard to reach communities of Paynesville have sounded an urgent appeal to be connected to the Liberia Electricity Corporation’s (LEC) power supply lines.In a week-long survey of permanent residents and business owners at the Moses Blah and Soul Clinic Communities in the Paynesville commercial district, potential power customers expressed their need for speedy connections of their homes and businesses.“We urgently want the LEC’s power supply connections owing to the growing wave of armed robberies and other related offenses in the two separate communities in Paynesville,” businessman Augustus Browne pleaded.“I and other business owners continue to lose hundreds of dollars and other valuable properties at the hands of suspected criminal gangsters marauding our communities over the five and half years in Paynesville,” Mr. Browne asserted.As an operator of a well stocked provision shop, Mr. Browne pointed out that the need for sustained power supply is critical at Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville.Browne recalled that since the LEC’s line crew installed light poles at the Parker Paint/ Wood Camp Junction, their communities have remained in perpetual darkness, and at the mercy of suspected criminal gangsters in Paynesville.A female businesswoman who owns a large building with two provision shops attached told the Daily Observer that she consistently appealed for LEC’s power connection in the Moses Blah Community but to no avail.Businesswoman Bertha Jones Washington said her two provision shops have on many occasions become targets of suspected criminal gangsters. Mrs. Washington disclosed that she has  spent too much money over the last three years hiring the services of private security in order to protect the shops, occupants and stand-by generator.“I wish to appeal to the kind conscience of the managers and directors at LEC to consider the expansion of power supply on the main streets of the Coco-Cola Factory, Soul Clinic and Moses Blah communities,” Mrs. Washington pleaded.In a related development, the owners of several video and food entertainment centers have sounded an urgent call on the LEC’s management to consider, as an emergency matter, the provision of power supply in those populated communities.A leading video proprietor, Blamah Korhene, told the Daily Observer that LEC’s power supply in those areas would greatly enhance the profit margins of their businesses on the major streets of the Moses Blah Road in Paynesville.Businessman Korhene noted that the provision adequate and sustained power supply in crime-prone  communities would deter suspected criminal gangsters from storming businesses and private homes. “I would be very grateful if the LEC’s line crew managers and directors could consider our community, which is infested with suspected criminal gangsters, as a top priority in this year’s plan of action,” Mr. Korhene stressed. Sometime ago top LEC’s managers and directors told the Daily Observer that plans and other vital documents had been crafted for implementation during this year’s Dry Season in Monrovia.Photo: Head-quarters of LEC situated Down Town commercial district of Waterside in MonroviaShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Hypocrisy rife throughout the DPI’s operation

first_imgDear Editor,I recalled Mr Moses Nagamootoo, who when in the Opposition during the period of the Donald Ramotar Administration, accused the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of politicising the State media. During his then sustained condemnation, he spared no effort in accusing the Government Information Agency (GINA) and the other arms of the State media of publishing Government propaganda.He used that as justification in calling for the cutting of budgetary allocations to GINA and the National Communications Network (NCN). The allocations for both entities were subsequently reduced to a dollar for consecutive years. The images of his famous gesticulation using his fingers to demonstrate the action of cutting with a pair of scissors still linger.Following the 2015 elections, Nagamootoo became Prime Minister and Beverley Alert, an executive of his party, the Alliance For Change (AFC), and an election candidate, was appointed to head GINA. Sometime after, she was replaced by what appears to be a more senior AFC official and election candidate, Imran Khan. Currently, another AFC executive is the General Manager of the Guyana National Newspapers Ltd (GNNL), which publishes the Guyana Chronicle.Since 2015, Khan has not only been publicly promoting the AFC and its events through forms of communication that are now accepted as official, but has also spared no effort to pen disparaging articles against the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP which are published in the Guyana Chronicle and profusely shared elsewhere.By doing so, given that he heads GINA, now the Department of Public Information (DPI), he has officially made that State entity a political tool which spews hatred through Government propaganda. This is the same Mr Khan, when he was called out for disparaging the Indian High Commissioner some time ago, tried desperately to claim that the medium he used for such vile utterances, was not official but personal. His failed defence was just another form of his usual propaganda.Editor, the DPI’s budget and staff complement has increased steeply since the 2015 elections. While its role of accurately informing Guyanese on Government’s programmes and policies is not in question, Mr Khan using his official position for political rants which are carried in the State media is not in keeping with the mandate of the DPI and, by extension, the Guyana Chronicle.Given this has now become a fixture, it is clear that Mr Khan, who is paid by the State from taxpayers’ money, is using Government resources to foster the work of the AFC, a political party. Only recently, a letter, purportedly from some staff of the DPI, alleged gross misuse of funds by Mr Khan. A nexus can, therefore, be easily made.The stark reality is that two major entities of the State media are headed by politicians representing the Government, with one obsessed with constantly bashing the Opposition and its Leader. How is it that the Prime Minister doesn’t see this as a politicisation of the State media? It cannot be that he is unaware; therefore, it reeks of hypocrisy to the point of being unprecedented. What happened to his fingers regarding his gesticulation to cut?This is a clear case which warrants an intervention from President David Granger. After all, he heads the Government at whose feet the hypocrisy can be squarely placed.Sincerely,Anjanie Seebaranlast_img read more

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Bomi Superintendent Blames Ebola Spread on Tradition

first_imgBomi County Superintendent, Samuel F. Brown says the spread of Ebola in the county would have been minimized if citizens had adhered to the advice of health authorities.During an interview with the Daily Observer recently, Superintendent Brown regretted that people in the county hold on to their traditions so strongly that they did not agree at the outset to suspend some of their traditional activities and practices as advised by health and county authorities.The uncontrollable spread of the virus in the county, said the superintendent, was the result of the refusal of some people to avoid contact with Ebola patients and washing of dead bodies.  The denial of the existence of the Ebola virus also contributed to more people contracting it.The Bomi Superintendent expressed delight that the treatment and care centers in the county had been constructed to help contain the Ebola virus.  He told this newspaper that citizens of the county are also now responding to advice from health and local authorities and are slowly suspending their traditional activities.He said the erection of an ETU in the county coupled with the training of health workers would greatly help to reduce and prevent new cases arising in the county. Because of the lack of treatment and care centers, people were compelled to be in close contact with their sick relatives thus contracting the disease themselves.It may be recalled that last August following the declaration of the state of emergency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties quarantined because of the raging Ebola spread reported there.The traditional practices referred to by Superintendent Brown are rooted in the people’s religious beliefs namely, Islam, Christianity and African Traditional Religion.Islam is the dominant religion in the county and believers subscribe to washing of dead bodies and washing their faces with water which is afterwards used to wash a senior cleric.Those subscribing to the African Traditional Religion are said to deny that Ebola exists and they apply herbs to sick persons thereby contracting and transmitting the virus.Most Christians, on the other hand, hold on to the belief that the power of the Holy Spirit can cure any disease, and they believe in the laying of hands on the sick, including Ebola patients, to pray for them and extinguish the “evil spirits.”All these practices, rooted in the beliefs of the people, Mr. Brown said, are responsible for the rampant spread of the virus.  But he indicated that people are becoming more responsive to the messages and advice from health authorities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New statistics underscore challenges of renters in Fort St. John

first_imgThe Rental Housing Index (RHI) shows that in Fort St. John average rent plus utilities is $1,016 a month.It also puts the number of renters in the city at 2,930, and says that 36 percent of them pay more than 30 per cent of their income on rent, and in addition, 15 per cent of them are required to use more than 50 per cent of their income for rent.The new numbers were compiled in partnership with Vancity Credit Union, and its’ senior Vice-president Linda Morris says the index also shows “that almost one of every two renters in the province doesn’t have access to adequate and reasonably priced housing.”- Advertisement -“These findings point to the need to develop affordable housing alternatives through a variety of tools, ranging from policy changes to developing new partnerships which include land and capital investments,” Morris saidThe overall finding from the RHI underscores this as not just being a big city issue, and there’s greater need for more funding of affordable rental housing developments throughout the province.This is the first time substantial data regarding the state of rental housing in B.C. has been compiled for public use, and to access the R-H-I you can go online to www.rentalhousingindex.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Poppy Campaign starts again in Fort St. John

first_imgAs October comes to an end, the City of Fort St. John has proclaimed October 30th to November 11th the official ‘Poppy Campaign.’The Fort St. John Legion – Branch #102 received their proclamation from City Council on Monday afternoon.Brenda Haidn with the Legion gave City Council their own poppies to honour the upcoming Remembrance Day.- Advertisement -“Canadians have donated money to support the services we provide, to clearly show their recognition of the debt owed to so many Canadians who gave their lives for our freedom,” said Mike King, a long-time member of the Legion.The donations provide direct financial support Canada’s serving and retired veterans and their families, and all the funds are kept locally.In addition to supporting veterans in need, a portion of the poppy fund can also go to other initiatives, such as housing, medical appliances, drop-in centres, meals on wheels, transportation and related services where needed.Advertisement The public is also are invited personally to come to the Legion on November 11st at 10 AM to recognize Remembrance Day with veterans and their families.last_img read more

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City gears up to clear winter snow

first_img“At a cost of $65 per person per year to clear our roads that is good value. You can’t get your driveway cleared for that price,” stated Mayor Lori Ackerman.This season, crews plan to clear 150 kilometres of our city’s roads. When the snow comes back in full force, the City of Fort St. John is ready for winter.The City has 16 staff, 3 graders, 4 large snow blowers for residential streets, 2 large snow blowers used to haul off snow and 5 snow plow/sander trucks, as well as a whole host of other equipment to clear the roads.In addition, the City has its own gravel pit this year. Staff spent the fall crushing winter aggregate in the required sizes and shapes for use on roads, which the City says will save $120,000 in gravel costs this year.- Advertisement -Staff will be working through the winter, from 6 AM to 11:30 PM seven days a week. And when the snow gets heavy, crews will be working on a 24 hour schedule.Clearing will begin on Priority One routes and will continue to Priority Two routes only if there isn’t another snow event that requires them to return to the Priority One routes.The 2015 budget for snow removal is $1.4 million – Using BC Stats 2014 numbers, this is equal to $65.07 from each person.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mourinho offers Carrick coaching role at Man Utd

first_imgThe midfielder suffered dizzy spells during a League Cup win over Burton in September and has only recently been cleared to resume training with Mourinho’s first team.But the United manager confirmed he had offered Carrick the coaching role had the England international decided to retire following the diagnosis and that the job is waiting for him if he decides to retire at the end of his current contract in June.“Michael as a person is more important than Michael as a player,” said the United manager. “We gave him the time to relax, to recover, to feel confident, to make the decision — wants to play, wants to stop.“He knows that my coaching staff has a chair for him, if he wants, when he wants. The chair is in the office for him. I want that, the board want that, the owners want that.“Michael is in a comfortable position — the future is with us. But he wants to play until the end of the season and now he feels confident to be back. He is one more option for us.”– Mourinho frustration –Mourinho was left frustrated by United’s lacklustre display on Saturday which required a 66th-minute Ashley Young shot, and a cruel deflection via defender Lewis Dunk to bring United another three points.In the week that Eric Cantona had suggested Mourinho is not an attacking enough manager for his former club, the Portuguese coach admitted he may have overdone his offensive approach by fielding Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial behind striker Romelu Lukaku.“I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the pundits said today we played with too many attackers,” said Mourinho. “But if they say that I would say they were right because sometimes you play with too many attacking players and you lose control of the game.“We had a few problems defensively with the game because (Paul) Pogba and (Nemanja) Matic were a bit isolated in the centre of the park.“If we compensate that with more creation that is good, that is a good risk but today our creation was poor.”United’s lack of goals has become a problem in recent weeks, culminating in the midweek Champions League loss in Basel in which Mourinho’s side dominated in the first half without scoring.“We played some of our best football away from home in the first half (at Basel) — it could have been 6-0 and it was 0-0,” said Mourinho.Brighton performed admirably at Old Trafford and would have been worth at least a point had they not been unfortunate to concede the corner that led to the only goal.Replays suggested referee Neil Swarbrick and his assistant were wrong in judging that Solomon March had made the decisive final touch before awarding the corner.“When you see it again, it wasn’t a corner,” said manager Chris Hughton. “But we did have an opportunity to clear it after that.“It was an unfortunate goal for us to give away. From where I was, it didn’t look a corner but I assumed because the official was that close, he got it right. I expect him to get it right in those circumstances.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Michael Carrick suffered dizzy spells during a League Cup win over Burton in September 2017 and has only recently been cleared to resume training with Manchester United’s first team © UEFA/AFP/File / Boris STREUBELMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 26 – Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has offered club captain Michael Carrick a coaching role with Manchester United after the ex-England international announced he had received treatment for an irregular heart rhythm.Carrick, 36, issued a statement on the eve of United’s 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday that revealed he had undergone a procedure to correct the problem.last_img read more

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Red Cross in the U.S. since 1881

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clara Barton and a circle of acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., in May of 1881. Barton had first heard of the Swiss-inspired international Red Cross movement while in Europe, following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross society and for ratification of the Geneva Convention, protecting the war-injured, which the U.S. ratified in 1882. Before World War I, the Red Cross had introduced its first aid, water safety and public health nursing programs. During World War II, the Red Cross enrolled more than 104,000 nurses for military service and initiated a national blood program that collected 13.3 million pints of blood for use by the armed forces. While closely associated with the federal government in the promotion of its objectives, the Red Cross is an independent, volunteer-led organization, financially supported by voluntary public contributions and cost-reimbursement charges. Interestingly, the president of the United States is the honorary chairman of the Red Cross. Volunteers can deliver meals on wheels in our area, work canteen service (when there is a major accident or fire, the Red Cross provides food and beverages for police and fire personnel), or become part of the disaster action team. The D.A.T. responds in cases of emergencies, either man-made or natural. If you are interested in volunteering, first you register with the chapter, attend an orientation, fill out the application package, have a background check, and start volunteering in your field of interest. An assigned staff member will let you know what classes are available in your chosen field. When I asked Emilia Mayorga what made the Red Cross different from other volunteer opportunities, she said the big difference is the Red Cross is always searching for what the needs of the community are. She also mentioned that because the Red Cross is international, sometimes it is possible to work in other interesting locales. Volunteer forms and information are available on the Web site at www.sgpvarc.org or call Emilia at (626) 799-0841. The headquarters of the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter is at 430 Madeline Drive, Pasadena, and there will be a volunteer orientation at that address at 10 a.m. Wednesday and one on Sept. 26. Please call the above number, Ext. 605, to register. There is also a branch office at 675 N. Park Ave., Pomona. Call Bruce Lim at (909) 469-1557 for a list of orientations there. Send information about your organization to linda.gold@sgvn.com, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.last_img read more

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