Pringle lives out a dream

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations BOCAUE, BULACAN—Stanley Pringle waited so long to don the Philippine jersey in front of his countrymen.Unable to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the regular competition due to the stringent rules of the international basketball association (Fiba) in acquiring a passport before turning 16, Pringle finally realized his dream of representing the country in the 3×3 World Cup at Philippine Arena here on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Unrecognized swim groups can’t join PSI events “It just feels great,” said the Globalport star, shortly after leading the Philippines’ losing effort to Mongolia in Pool C.“Since I came here, I really wanted to play for the national team. I guess this is the next best thing.”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 crownWith the eligibility rules more lenient in 3×3, Pringle and Filipino-German center Christian Standhardinger are allowed to suit up for the Philippines, joining forces with Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario.Known for his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim, Pringle’s scoring prowess proved key as the Filipinos stunned sixth seed Brazil, 15-7. But another dazzling display against Mongolia wasn’t enough as the Filipinos suffered a 21-17 loss to its more experienced foes. View comments “It’s so fast-paced,” said the 31-year-old Pringle, who drew the biggest cheers from the sizeable crowd. “They (crowd) always show their support. It adds to the motivation and we’re looking forward to playing well for them.”Pringle and Co., however, face a daunting challenge on Monday as they need to beat Russia and unbeaten Canada to reach the knockout stage.Standhardinger said the team’s woes stems from their inexperience which was exposed against Mongolia when they were called for two technical fouls and got into penalty early.Meanwhile, Perlas Pilipinas dropped its third straight game in Pool D of the women’s division Sunday, losing to Spain, 21-17, effectively snuffing out its hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Suspended NCD Officials Speak Out, Want Arrears, Allowances

first_imgTwo suspended employees of the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD) have for the first time voiced the “wrong” associated with their suspension, terming it as “unfortunate.”They have therefore appealed to the leadership of the commission for their salary arrears and allowances. Those suspended are Mrs. Hannah J. Watson, Human Resource officer, and Michael Nagbe, Special Assistant to the deputy director for administration respectively.They have meanwhile praised God for sustaining them to see the New Year (2019).“On New Year’s Day at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, the Human Resource officer and Special Assistant of NCD gave praises and appreciation to the Almighty God for delivering them from the hardship of six months’ suspension without pay,” the affected group said in a statement, a copy of which is in the possession of this newspaper.The duo therefore expressed gratitude to Cllrs. Jonathan Williams and Nathaniel Boley Cohma for the “legal and humanitarian services rendered them during the investigation.”They also paid respects to Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood, chair on Executive, for her intervention, Civil Service Agency for its “goodwill standing order/procedures,” the criminal service department and Interpol Affairs of the Liberia National Police (LNP), and all those who have given their spiritual and moral support as they have been reinstated.However, they await arrears of the balance 50 percent of their salaries and allowances payment from the NCD administration.It can be recalled that in June last year, NCD officials suspended the affected personnel for “misapplication of entrusted properties and giving sensitive (NCD) financial records to Beyan G. Kota, President of the Christian Association of the Blind.”This, the suspended officials recalled, was preceded by official letters of suspension on May 7, 2018, “suspending us for time indefinite without pay and directing that the LNP investigate us,” the affected personnel said.Though none of the NCD officials have commented on the issue, the affected personnel have added that, “In the absence of our arrears and allowances, our children are being put out of school, and so we want our balance payment of 50 percent arrears and allowances.”What disability means A disability is a condition or function judged to be significantly impaired relative to the usual standard of an individual of their group. The term is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic diseases.This usage has been described by some disabled people as being associated with a medical model of disability. Persons with disabilities, “the world’s largest minority,” have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.This is largely due to the lack of services available to them (like information and communications technology (ICT), justice or transportation and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives.These obstacles can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment, as well as prejudice and discrimination, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dundee goalkeeper Scotland call-up for Euro 2016 qualifier with Republic of Ireland

first_imgGordon Strachan has handed Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain his first call-up to the Scotland squad for the June 5 friendly with Qatar and the Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland eight days later.The 24-year-old Dens Park stopper has been rewarded for his impressive displays for Paul Hartley’s side this season.Meanwhile, Dark Blues boss Strachan has recalled Charlie Mulgrew despite the Celtic utility man having missed the last five and a half months with hamstring trouble, while Hoops team-mate Leigh Griffiths and Stoke’s Charlie Adam are also included.Mulgrew made his return to action against St Johnstone on Friday night as he was given the second 45 minutes of the goalless draw in Perth.Adam has not featured for his country since the Warsaw friendly with Poland in March last year, while Griffiths – Celtic’s top scorer with 19 goals this term – will hope to win his fifth cap, just under two years from his last in a Hampden World Cup qualifier with Belgium.However, there continues to be no room for his Parkhead team-mates Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven, despite the impressive nature of their displays since switching from Dundee United at the end of January.Dropping out of Strachan’s selection are Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor and strikers Stevie May, Jordan Rhodes and Ross McCormack.Scotland will use the challenge match with the 2022 World Cup hosts at Hibernian’s Easter Road as vital preparation for their Dublin clash with the Republic of Ireland as they prepare to keep their Group D qualifying bid on track.Scotland squad to face Qatar and Republic of IrelandGoalkeepersScott Bain (Dundee)Craig Gordon (Celtic)David Marshall (Cardiff City)DefendersChristophe Berra (Ipswich Town)Craig Forsyth (Derby County)Gordon Greer (Brighton & Hove Albion)Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)Russell Martin (Norwich City)Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen)Andrew Robertson (Hull City)Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)MidfieldersCharlie Adam (Stoke City)Ikechi Anya (Watford)Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace)Scott Brown (Celtic)Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion)James Forrest (Celtic)Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire)James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)James McArthur (Crystal Palace)Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)ForwardsSteven Fletcher (Sunderland)Leigh Griffiths (Celtic)Steven Naismith (Everton)Johnny Russell (Derby County) 1 Scotland manager Gordon Strachan last_img read more

TRANSFER REPORT: West Ham weighing up swoop for Belgian starlet

first_img Slaven Bilic West Ham have enquired over the availability of Belgian prodigy Isaac Mbenza.The Valenciennes winger featured prominently for the Ligue 2 club last season, scoring seven goals and providing a further three assists.His displays caught the eye of scouts from the Premier League and, according to Foot Mercato, West Ham are ready to take a gamble on the 20-year-old.The only factor holding the Hammers back from making a bid is Mbenza’s lack of experience in a top-flight league but scouts are seeking to persuade Slaven Bilic to take a risk on the player.A Belgium youth international, Mbenza graduated from Valenciennes’ academy last year and was awarded with a three-year professional contract. 1last_img read more

TWO DONEGAL PRESENTERS ON SHORTLIST FOR CELTIC MEDIA AWARDS

first_imgTwo of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Donegal presenters have been nominated to the shortlist for the Celtic Media Awards.Michelle Nic Grianna has been named in the category of Radio Presenter of the Year, and Dónall Mac Ruairí has been shortlisted in the documentary category for the programme Máire – Glór Chlannad, about the life of Máire Ní Bhraonáin, or Moya Brennan.Michelle Nic Grianna was born in Glasgow, but has been living in Rann na Feirste for most of her life. She is part of the newsroom team in RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Doirí Beaga studio, but during the summer presents magazine programme Barrscéalta. An enthusiastic and engaging presenter, she displays a remarkable ability to move with ease from hard-hitting interviews to light-hearted topics, demonstrating empathy where necessary, showcasing a comedic rapport with her guests in some cases, and always brimming with energy. All these qualities contribute to her steadfast popularity with the listeners to Raidió na Gaeltachta.Dónall Mac Ruairí is also from Rann na Feirste, and presents the music programme Cóisir Cheoil on Raidió na Gaeltachta throughout the year, as well as other music programmes and documentary-type shows in the summer. Máire –Glór Chlannad tells the inspirational life story of Máire Ní Bhraonáin. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll are seldom associated with the Irish folk scene, but this documentary paints a different picture. In it, the voice of Clannad talks openly about the highs and lows of her life – from abortion to drug abuse, break ups and bust ups, international adoration, and winning Ivor Novello, Bafta and Grammy awards.RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta has also been shortlisted in the category of Radio Station of the Year.The winners will be announced at the Celtic Media Festival in Inverness, Scotland, in April.  TWO DONEGAL PRESENTERS ON SHORTLIST FOR CELTIC MEDIA AWARDS was last modified: March 6th, 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

Otoho Doyo vs KCCA FC: Benin Officials to take charge of tie

first_img Tags: CafCAF Confederations Cup 2018/19KCCA FCOtoho Doyo CAF Confederations Cup – Playoff Round, first legOtoho Doyo (Congo) Vs KCCA FC (Uganda)Complexe Omnisports d’Oyo, OyoFriday, 11–1-2019 The Confederations of African Football has appointed Benin referee Adissa Ligali to take charge of the TOTAL CAF Confederations Cup first leg playoff round game between Congo Brazaville’s Otoho Doyo and KCCA FC.The 38 year old who took charge of the 1-1 Friendly draw between Tanzania and Benin in 2017 will be assisted by country mates Gbemassiandan Kouton and Eric Ulrich as the first and second assistants respectively.The first leg tie will be played on Friday 11th January 2019.To get to this stage, KCCA FC eliminated Tanzanian side, Mtibwa Sugar 5-1 on aggregate while Otoho took care of Zimbabwe’s Platinum thanks to away goals.Match officials:Centre Referee: Adissa Ligali (Benin)1st Assistant: Gbemassiandan Kouton (Benin)2nd Assistant: Eric Ulrich.Comments last_img read more

A Pitcher of Health, and Reasons to Love Slime

first_imgPitcher plants contain chemicals that just might help medicine and agriculture, reported PhysOrg.  A Japanese team found a myriad of interesting proteins in this “evolutionary marvel,” a plant that eats insect meat.    Now for some slimy good news.  PhysOrg said, “You know algae.  It’s the gunk that collects on the sides of a fish tank when you forget to clean it.  It’s the slime that makes you slip on rocks while crossing a stream.  You probably think of algae as a nuisance, if you even bother to think of it at all.”  How should you love slime?  Let me count the ways.  “Milt Sommerfeld and Qiang Hu [The Laboratory for Algae Research & Biotechnology, University of Arizona] think of algae as one of the most useful substances in existence.”    Here are some of the slimy good things in your future: environmentally friendly fuel, pollution control, food, fertilizer, wastewater treatment and animal feed, among other things.  Algae can take wastewater or manure and convert it into environmentally-friendly biodiesel fuel.    With their flasks and beakers full of green fluid, Sommerfield and Hu are excited about the prospects of harnessing these highly efficient, photosynthetic factories to produce environmentally green solutions to human problems.    Another team is investigating a gene that relieves stress in plants, reported Science Daily.  Why?  It may lead to a cure for cancer.  Agricultural crops more resistant to environmental stress may also be in the offing.    Scientists are still trying to harness the water-splitting power of bacteria to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel.  They’re getting warmer, said a report in PhysOrg.  Five years ago (03/14/2003) and six years ago (10/08/2001), we reported how auto makers were envious of an enzyme called hydrogenase that splits water efficiently without the large expenditure of energy required in artificial processes.  Now, Thomas Wood of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering is corraling barrels of genetically engineered E. coli to work their magic for mankind.  If his reactor can continue to increase its efficiency, you may someday drive a hydrogen car that produces water as waste and runs on sugar.Good science seeks understanding of things with at least one tentacle on how it can help improve our lives.  Why reinvent solutions from scratch when many of them are literally right under our feet?  Think of something yucky around you – mold, maggots, cobwebs, slime – and there is probably a miracle product waiting to be discovered.  Forward-looking, productive science owes nothing to evolutionary theory.  The only “evolutionary marvels” are the professors who cling to a dead, useless ideology.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BRICS ‘to help SA, Africa develop’

first_img25 February 2013South Africa’s membership of the BRICS group of influential emerging economies will help the country and the continent address their socio-economic challenges, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.“It is important that all of us understand the importance of this group and why South Africa agreed to join,” Hanekom said in Johannesburg on Saturday.He was speaking during the Gauteng leg of a countrywide roadshow aimed at educating South Africans about the importance of the summit and the country’s membership of the grouping, that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.Saturday’s event was also attended by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, International Relations Director-General Jerry Matjila, and various provincial MECs.South Africa officially became a member of BRICS on 24 December 2010, after being formally invited by the BRIC countries to join the group. The country will host the fifth BRICS Summit at the Durban International Convention Centre in March. This will complete the first cycle of BRICS summitsHanekom said South Africa’s membership of BRICS would not only speed up development in Africa’s largest economy but also open up new markets for the continent as a whole.The BRICS grouping accounts for about 43% of the global population. “This makes them an incredibly powerful economic force that is taking the world by storm,” Hanekom said.The countries’ combined nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated at US$13.7-trillion and between 20% and 25% of global GDP.Hanekom, who is a member of the ministerial committee on BRICS, emphasised that Gauteng’s role in South Africa’s membership of the bloc would be crucial. “As the province of Gauteng and given the strength of our economy, we are in a better position to seize the opportunities availed by our BRICS membership.”Matjila said public education about BRICS was aimed at making South Africans understand the rationale of joining the bloc.“We took a decision that we want to take the people along with us in this BRICS movement. We joined BRICS because we wanted to interconnect the markets after interrogating the global shift in economies,” Matjila said.He noted that South Africa’s budget grew from just over R200-million in 1994 to over a trillion in 2012 because the country had explored new markets over the years.“Where do you think that money came from? We want to build new infrastructure and where do you think the money will come from? We have to explore new markets, and BRICS is giving us that platform,” Matjila said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Paswan’s nephew is chief of LJP student wing

first_imgTransfering the reins of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) to the younger generation of his family Union Minister and party President Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday appointed his nephew Prince Raj as the chief of the party’s student wing.Mr. Raj is son of LJP MP Ram Chandra Paswan, who is the younger brother of the Union minister. “Prince Raj has been appointed as the president of the student wing of the LJP,” a statement from the party said.Mr. Raj had also contested in the Bihar Assembly polls in 2015 but lost. In 2013, Mr. Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan was appointed the chairman of parliamentary board of the partylast_img read more

These children go to extraordinary lengths to go to school: 15 pictures that show their resilience

first_imgNot everyone gets the opportunity to complete their school education. Keeping aside students studying in metropolitan cities, rural area students have to go through a lot of hardships to complete minimum basic education.Sometimes they have to cross broken bridges which have not been repaired since ages to study in a school which doesn’t even have electricity.(Read: Government schools running with just 1-2 students: Shameful state of government schools in India) While in cities, everything is available at our doorstep– be it coaching centres, availability of books or teachers’ guidance– these children have to travel for hours together to study in schools.Take a look at some of the pictures that shows how important education is for these children:So get some inspiration from these children and complete your education at the right age! Read: 10 quick tips to keep in mind before taking education loan  Read: Top 5 jobs you can get with History degreelast_img read more