Gilas shooting for crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas may be using the Jones Cup Invitational to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead. But make no mistake about it, the Filipinos will be going to Chinese Taipei seeking nothing less than the championship.“Just like any tournament, our goal will be to win [the title],” amateur standout Kiefer Ravena said on Wednesday during the team’s sendoff at Bar One Restaurant of Holiday Inn in Ortigas. “The Jones Cup is just one step [for us] moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Philippines plays nine games in as many days starting with its clash against a Canadian club team on Saturday as Gilas tries to win it again for the first time since LA Tenorio emerged MVP in 2013.The Philippines won this title last year with an import-laden team led by former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.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’Gilas will also seek to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal starting August 20 in Kuala Lumpur and will play in the Fiba Asia Championship just days before that in Beirut in Lebanon as it tries to improve on second place finishes in the last two editions.The Jones Cup team will be practically the same squad that will play in those two tournaments with the PBA set on lending its biggest stars only in the World Cup Qualifying process that starts in November. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “[That’s why] it’s nice to get momentum going to the bigger tournaments,” Ravena, a former UAAP MVP who is entertaining thoughts of making the jump to the pros in the coming Draft, added. “This will really count for Gilas.”Mike Myers will play as the import in the Jones Cup as the Gilas Cadets led by RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright get their international baptism of fire, with the tournament definitely to prove tougher than the Seaba, which the Filipinos ruled with ease two months ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 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 View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Japanese ace, Dizon seek repeat wins 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetlast_img read more

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Tackling Agro-poison suicides

first_imgDear Editor,Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has been quoted in the local media as stating that “investigations ought to be conducted in suicide deaths caused by the intake of pesticides or other toxic chemicals, to ascertain whether safety and best practices were breached.”May we remind the Minister that in early 2015, The Caribbean Voice (TCV) and a number of other stakeholders had met with the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) and an agreement arrived at that the PTCCB would unveil an adaptation of the Shri Lankan Model later that year. Nothing has since been heard about that unveiling.The Shri Lankan model encompasses:1. Introducing a minimum agro-chemicals list restricting the use of pesticides to a smaller number of pesticides least dangerous to humans.2. Placing import restrictions to ensure that more dangerous chemicals do not enter the country.3. Restricting the availability of agro-chemicals by ensuring they are stored safely in locked boxes in rural households, along with all equipment with which these pesticides are used.4. Ensuring that empty containers are safely and effectively disposed of.5. Restricting sale of agro-chemicals only to licensed premises and to licensed farmers.6. Implementing administrative controls to ensure that sales outlets safely store all agro-chemicals.7. Implementing an ongoing safe use policy to educate people about safe handling, use, storage and disposal. Concurrently, for small-scale farming, non-chemical methods, including organic farming, should be encouraged.8. Improving medical management of pesticide poisoning: an important facet of control because better management will reduce the number of deaths. Requirements are the better availability of antidotes (both in central referral hospitals and ideally in peripheral health units) and ventilation facilities, better training, and better evidence for interventions.9. Constantly monitoring all measures to ensure ongoing conformity, including random home visits to check for locked box storage and field visits to ensure that only licensed premises and licensed farmers have access to chemicals and that safe handling, use, storage and disposal are in effect.In this context the policy of sharing out cabinets to farmers makes sense. However, given that there are tens of thousands of farmers in Guyana, the few hundreds cabinets doled out so far is simply a band-aid approach. Thus time for government to reach out to the World Health Organization and other potential international and local partners to come up with an effective, long term plan to tackle agro-poisons suicide.This plan must, of necessity, include a widely publicized list of all banned agro chemicals. Additionally potent agro-poisons such as gramozone, the choice of poison in Guyana, must be added to that list. Gramozone contains the lethal ingredient paraquat a substance banned in many nations across the globe. There is no known antidote and it has one of the highest death rates for poisons once ingested. While there has been no study on its usage in Guyana, a 1997 study by Dr Daisley and Dr Simmons on forensic analysis of acute poisonings in south Trinidad showed that of 105 deaths analysed, almost 95 per cent were cases of suicide, and almost 80 per cent of deaths were due to paraquat. An analysis of international literature, especially a study in South Korea, shows that the introduction of national policies regulating and banning paraquat led to a significant decrease in pesticide-associated mortality. Yet access to this poison in Guyana is as easy as access to candy. And, considering that those who attempt suicide generally do not want to die, ingestion of gramozone effectively takes away from them that option to survive.As well, at the Second Caribbean Regional Symposium on Suicide held in December 2015 in the Cayman Islands, a representative from the government spoke with UWI’s toxicologist and founder/head of UWI’s poison control center, Dr. Verrol Simmons, and indicated to him that the Guyana government would employ his services in addressing agro-poisons suicides. At the third symposium in Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Simmons disclosed to TCV that he never heard back from that individual or the government.Dr. Simmons also indicated that once a person ingests poison, critical first steps can be taken right there and then to start the lifesaving process. There is no doubt that such information is desperately needed in Guyana for training and for nationwide dissemination.As well, Dr. Simmons can provide technical and other assistance with respect to the poison control centers, which were supposed to have been established in mid-2016, according to a January 2016 disclosure in the media by Dr Shamdeo Persaud. To date no such center has ever been set up.The combination of an adaptation of the Shri Lankan Model and training by Dr. Simmons, even without the poison control centers, can ensure that there are no gaps and that in the mid to long-term agro-poisons suicides would be significant reduced if not eliminated.SincerelyThe Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

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Dialogue Among Peace Messengers: MOP Trio Departs Liberia for Sweden

first_imgMOP Liberia volunteers off to Sweden (from left): Cecelia Ben from Rivercess County Blessing Kallon of Bomi County; and Fatu Bolay of Bong County (far right), along with MOP-Liberia Executive Director, Gwendolyn S. Myers (2nd from right)By Bill Ivans Gbafore, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP)Years ago, at Messengers of Peace – Liberia Inc (MOP), we sought extension of our programme activities beyond Montserrado to other counties and provide a platform for youth voices to be heard across the country. This new move was not only challenging as a self-sponsored NGO but was daring and audacious. Howbeit, the urge to serve humanity was deep and through series of mentorship and coaching, we began to raise a new breed of youth peace messengers across Liberia as a way of leveraging the potential of every young Liberian, irrespective of their background, in issues of peace and security.We recognized, at that time, the importance of getting the involvement of young people as equal partners in sustainable peace and security, which many thought as the exclusive domain of male and or those in Government. We also recognized that empowering young people to act for peace through civic responsibilities and meaningful actions in their communities should not be solely centered in the country’s capital. A decentralized and inclusive approached was needed in tapping into the vast reserve of potential youths possess as we integrate them into national development plans.Last Tuesday, three young female Volunteer Peace Messengers, Bomi, Bong & RiverCess Counties, left the shores of Monrovia, Liberia for Stockholm, Sweden, to undertake training in Conflict Prevention & Leadership Programme (CPLP) at the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), Swedish Agency for Peace, Security & Development. The three young ladies are among 15 young Liberians selected, following a rigorous selection process conducted by FBA over a six-month period. The stories of these three young ladies resonate with us all and would be told for a very long time.The story is for Cecelia Ben, a young girl from leeward Rivercess County who sells fish but volunteers at Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, as one of our focal points. Never had she thought this would come her way; it is also for Blessing Kallon and Fatu Bolay of Bomi and Bong Counties respectively. These young volunteers have always been at the frontline of MOP programmes in the sectors holding everyday dialogues and community outreach in their respective counties.In the years ahead, bigger and better opportunities would present for our other young volunteers beyond Monrovia who everyday seek to empower self and others; who in their everyday endeavor to promote the meaningful involvement and active participation of Youth in Peace and Security Agenda through a decentralized process.As we continue this peace journey and look forward to the return of our Swedish based trainee, we plan to transfer acquired skills and knowledge to the volunteers at our Monrovia’s office and those holding our roots in rural Liberia and to other opportunities that will equip them with peacebuilding skills and advance peace and security knowledge.We also look forward to an idealistic transformation from this training and a multiplier effect to other areas of Liberia. The quest for sustainable peace where no one will be left behind but holistic inclusiveness will rank top on our agendas as we empower other youths.Our partnership with FBA celebrates shared values for peace and development and we take this opportunity to express appreciation for this level of support in the face of existing limited opportunities for abundant young talents in Liberia.Advocacy, Dialogue, Mediation and Arbitration are the essential ingredients of every sustainable peace initiative. We wish all the participants bon voyage and a productive training.Until next week when we dialogue on ‘the training component and other issues, let peace be your watch word, Peace above all else, Peace first, May Peace prevail!#Youth4PeaceShare 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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Lenders urged to suspend foreclosures for six months

first_imgIn California, black and Hispanic neighborhoods were almost four times as likely as white neighborhoods to have borrowers with subprime mortgages, according to a study by Stein’s organization. Stein said the mortgage industry bears some responsibility for the foreclosure problems because loose underwriting standards helped push many borrowers into loans they couldn’t afford. “Large profits were made over the last few years on the backs of consumers who got loans that really were not suitable for them,” Stein said. “This is a crisis that is not of the borrowers’ making.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A coalition of California consumer groups sent letters Monday urging six major mortgage lenders to suspend foreclosures on home loans for the next six months and find ways to keep borrowers at risk of default from losing their homes. If the mortgage lenders don’t act, hundreds of thousands of Californians who took on risky loans could lose their homes, according to the letter sent to the CEOs of Countrywide Financial Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc., Washington Mutual Inc., Bank of America Corp. and Merrill Lynch. More than 100 organizations, including legal aid groups, housing counseling services, economic rights advocates and other consumer groups signed off on the letters. “We are asking the largest lenders in the state to take leadership so that families can keep their homes and California’s economy won’t suffer,” said Kevin Stein, associate director of San Francisco-based California Reinvestment Coalition, which coordinated the campaign. A call to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the industry’s trade group, was not immediately returned. Foreclosures have been rising for months as the housing market slowdown has left many borrowers unable to refinance or sell their homes. More than 80,000 homes went into foreclosure in the first quarter in California, or more than double the figure from the year-ago quarter, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc. Many of the borrowers who have defaulted had subprime loans, which in many cases led to higher monthly payments when their interest rates adjusted higher. Dozens of subprime lenders have gone out of business in recent months because they lost funding and were pressed to buy back defaulted loans. last_img read more

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RCMP try to stop offender with outstanding warrants

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This morning, Thursday, September 12th, 2019 the RCMP saw Gavin Davis driving in the Duncan Cran area at a high rate of speed and RCMP did not pursue.30-year-old Gavin Davis who is well known to police was spotted driving by the RCMP. When turning on their lights, Davis refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed, managing to run over a garbage can and drag it as he drove away from the RCMP.According to RCMP, on the afternoon of August 14, 2019, at around 3:00 p.m., officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a dark coloured pickup, when the driver Davis refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed- Advertisement -On August 22, 2019, RCMP put out an arrest warrant for Davis following an incident of flight from police.Davis is described as:Indigenous man5’8’’ tall, weighing 230 poundsblack hairbrown eyesThe RCMP say Davis is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.Advertisement If you see Davis, you are being asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.last_img read more

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Insider Trading – Chelsea star undergoes Arsenal medical? Plus latest Man United, Liverpool and QPR news…

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He brings us all the latest news surrounding Petr Cech’s move from Chelsea to Arsenal, with some reports claiming the Blues goalkeeper has undergone a medical at the Gunners.Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne’s move to Liverpool has taken a step closer, following Thursday accepted £12.5m bid, and the right-back could move to Anfield as early as next week.There’s also more news on former Charlton defender Joe Gomez, who will be given first-team opportunites at Liverpool and will NOT be sent out on loan, following his summer move.QPR’s Charlie Austin also comes under the spotlight, who fears his £15million valuation may be putting off potentials suitors. Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Aston Villa have all been linked to the former Bunrley forward.In the Championship, Norwich have been linked with Hull’s Robbie Brady, buty Haughton claims the former Manchester United starlet is not on the Canaries’ list of potential targets.While Ipswich’s Tyrone Mings is expected to make a £8million move to Bournemouth in the coming days.And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Reports – Newcastle make £12m bid for Liverpool and Tottenham targetFormer Newcastle star Davide Santon tells Inter Milan he has no desire to join WatfordBlow for Liverpool and Man United! La Liga manager insists star striker will not leave this summerReports – Southampton flop set for Serie A move?Reports – Man United and Arsenal target agrees to leave JuventusReal Madrid demanding £65million from Manchester United for Sergio RamosTottenham set sights on another right-back as Miguel Lopes ‘closes is on White Hart Lane move’Crystal Palace and Swansea set to fight it out for Sampdoria strikerEverton and Stoke City make approach for Barcelona starletAC Milan star signs new deal to rule out Manchester United movelast_img read more

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League Two news: Morecambe sign Burnley starlet Luke Conlan

first_img Morecambe finished 21st in League Two in 2015/16 Northern Ireland Under-21 international Luke Conlan has left Burnley for Morecambe.The 21-year-old full-back made 16 League Two appearances on loan at the Shrimps last season and has now made the move permanent.Conlan joined Burnley as a 16-year-old and, although he never made a senior appearance for the club, he did impress for the club during the FA Youth Cup.But, following the Clarets’ promotion to the Premier League, Conlan has left the club to sign a two-year deal at Morecambe.Manager Jim Bentley told the club’s official website: “Luke came in on loan last season and put in some strong performances.“He’s young, got plenty of potential and will only get better the more he plays and adapts to football at League 2 level.“He’s a good lad with a good attitude and he has a great desire to succeed and progress. We’re very pleased he’s agreed to join us and together we are looking to improve.” 1last_img read more

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FOOTBALL: CURRAGH ATHLETIC 1 KEADUE ROVERS 1

first_imgWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic 1 Keadue Rovers 1Keadue Rovers left Killygordon with a share of the spoils thanks to a Hugh Boyle header on seventy one minutes. The home side took the lead on twenty one minutes when Ryan Carlin headed in from a Benny Bonner corner. It was almost two nil six minutes later when a Paddy Collins shot rebounded off a post back into the hands of the keeper, before Keadue Rovers had a glancing header come off the outside of the post. Curragh did think they had a second goal, but Gareth Gallagher’s header was ruled out. The game had very few real chances, but credit to both teams who went all out for a winner in the last quarter. This was a good team effort from both sides. Referee: Victor Rooney. FOOTBALL: CURRAGH ATHLETIC 1 KEADUE ROVERS 1 was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FOOTBALL: CURRAGH ATHLETIC 1 KEADUE ROVERS 1last_img read more

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IS DUNGLOE THE HOTTEST PLACE IN EUROPE TODAY?!

first_imgIs Dungloe the hottest place in Europe today?Well according to one motorist it could be!Although car temperatures may be influenced by other factors, the outside temperature given by PJ Gallagher’s car this afternoon was a whopping 30 degrees. Is it hotter where you are in Co Donegal?Let us know. IS DUNGLOE THE HOTTEST PLACE IN EUROPE TODAY?! was last modified: May 25th, 2012 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:dungloeEuropehotlast_img read more

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MANDELA: ADAMS COMPARES HOMELAND TO DONEGAL

first_imgSINN FEIN leader Gerry Adams says the homeland of Nelson Mandela reminded him of Donegal.The politician has been given a special role in the funeral of Mandela, marking the close links between the Provisional IRA and the ANC in the 80s and 90s.Those links were so close that the apartheid regime sent hundreds of weapons to the UVF and the UDA (and the Ulster Resistance) to kill Catholics in the North. Mr Adams has found himself defending the so-called Armed Struggle in recent weeks amid criticism from the Dublin media.But Mandela was an advocate of the Republican Movement, writing in his memoirs about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands,This morning in South Africa Gerry Adams tweeted this picture  – saying it reminded him of Magherallon, 7km from his Donegal home.Mr Mandela’s Thembu community will conduct a traditional Xhosa ceremony – including songs and poems about Mr Mandela’s life and his achievements. An ox will be slaughtered. A family elder will stay near the coffin, which has been draped with a lion’s skin, to talk “to the body’s spirit”.Presidents from Africa, several prime ministers, the Iranian vice-president and the Prince of Wales are expected to attend the funeral.Archbishop Desmond Tutu – a long-time friend of Nelson Mandela – has confirmed he will be present, having earlier said he had cancelled his flight as he had not received an invitation.The South African government had earlier said the archbishop was accredited, but that no formal invitations had been sent out.On Saturday, Mr Mandela’s coffin was flown from Waterkloof airbase in Pretoria on a C130 military aircraft, escorted by two fighter jets. It later landed at Mthatha airport, some 700km (450 miles) away. In line with tribal custom, Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla accompanied him on the journey, speaking to his coffin to tell him he was on his way home to rest.RIPpic: Gerry AdamsMANDELA: ADAMS COMPARES HOMELAND TO DONEGAL was last modified: December 15th, 2013 by John2Share 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

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