Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Head Coach: Nash RacelaKey Players: Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams, Roger Pogoy, Troy RosarioKey Additions: Sidney Onwubere, Mac Tallo, Monbert ArongKey Losses: Danny SeigleWith the PBA Philippine Cup around the corner, two favorites have emerged as early favorites in the forms of three-peat champion San Miguel Beer and last year’s runner-up Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next An unassuming power, however, hovers just below the radar and it’s five-time champion TNT.The KaTropa were once the most formidable squad in the All-Filipino conference winning three straight titles in the first three years of the decade but have since gave way to the Beermen as they collected their record seven Philippine Cups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTNT head coach Nash Racela, though, relishes in his team’s modest status in the offseason but promised they can bring the fight to the big boys of San Miguel and Ginebra.“The expectation has always been to compete and of course get better by the game,” said Racela. “And hopefully, of course, win a championship.” LATEST STORIES UAAP: Blue Eaglets sweep first round Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “It’s good and not so good that people talk about us and at the end of the day everything will be all about performance.”TNT doesn’t have the same size that San Miguel has in 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo or Ginebra’s twin towers of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, who stand at seven feet and 6-foot-9, respectively.What the KaTropa does have are versatile forwards in Kelly Williams, Troy Rosario, and Moala Tautuaa, who are all listed at 6-foot-7.“We can’t be bigger than we are now, but we can be stronger and faster, and smarter, and hopefully that will be enough,” said Racela.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments
Dear Editor,The Finance Minister was reported to have announced that the economy grew by 4.5 per cent in the first half of 2018. The Bureau of Statistics has long been suspected of being a part of Guyana’s productive sector, given its penchant for manufacturing data in the past.The good minister is encouraged to ask the Bureau to release the data used to compile the half-year growth statistics, showing clearly the real and estimated components of this figure. This aside, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics are notoriously misrepresentative of improvements in the welfare of citizens. Guyanese are still asking, “Where’s the money?”The Finance Minister apparently did not disclose, during his half-year recap, that Government’s overdraft at the Bank of Guyana increased by G$28 billion to G$54 billion during the review period, as the coalition Administration has apparently turned that institution into its personal piggy bank. This figure increased to $60 billion as at July 25, 2018.He also neglected to mention that the hard money that his Government is pumping into the economy to assist with building pyramids (projects which do not increase our productive base) has contributed to higher prices for some major construction materials.And he did not mention that our international reserves declined by more than US$100 million, implying that in excess of G$20 billion has been through trade or capital flight as a result of the growing loss of confidence by the Private Sector in the direction in which the coalition Administration is taking the economy.Are workers in both the public and private sectors benefiting from increased incomes? The Education Ministry was reportedly offering teachers $700 million on what is supposed to have cost $10 billion in salary increases.When are workers’ salaries going to finally be adjusted to reflect a living wage?Guyana’s workers know that the coalition Administration has the capacity and ability to pay their due salaries. It is, however, their deliberate policy not to pay these salary increases, because they have other priorities than responding to workers’ pressing welfare needs.The coalition Administration is using the money it is supposed to pay workers to build the pyramids referred to earlier, so it can tell the nation about development while Granger stands and tells people to invest in bicycles, boats and buses.The man is clearly not aware the he and his Administration are now responsible for the lack of jobs and underemployment that are resulting in the idle activity that prevails across the country, not to mention the Private Sector’s loss of confidence.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvester
The West Demerara Secondary School and the Belle West Primary School have retained their top positions with student attendance for the academic year 2017-2018. Both schools had topped their levels for the 2016-2017 years. Topping the nursery level for the year 2017-2018 was Bagotville Nursery School.These schools, among others, were honoured on Tuesday at the Department of Education, Region Three’s Annual Attendance Awards Ceremony held at the West Demerara Secondary School.According to the senior schools welfare officer for the region, Azharuddin Zahaur, the main concern for the Welfare Department is to ensure that learners are inStudents of the West Demerara Secondary School who were honoured for their regular and punctual attendance at schoolschool.He said there are about 20,000 learners in the region. Zahaur explained that every month a list is sent to the department containing names of students that have achieved less than 75 per cent attendance.According to Zahaur, there are 1500 learners who have not achieved 75 per cent. He noted, however, that the Welfare Department will continue to work with schools, students and parents to ensure students attend school regularly and punctually.He said the department usually visits schools and conducts truancy campaigns to educate children about the benefits of being in school. Zahaur said last year, the Department of Education honoured 600 students who achieved 95 per cent and above in attendance.However, he added that this year, the numbers have increased whereby 1000 students have achieved 95 per cent and above in attendance.Moreover, the Regional Education Officer (REdO), Annesta Douglas said the awards ceremony was designed to be a part of the activities for Education Month. She said it is important to recognise the efforts of parents, guardians and children that have made exceptional attendance records.She said, “every school day counts in a child’s academic life. A missed school day is a lost opportunity for many things”.Further, she said when children stay away from school, that reduces the impact of even the best teacher’s ability to provide learning opportunities.Delivering the feature address was Assistant Chief Education Officer (ACEO) Primary, Owen Pollard. He said the goal of the Education Ministry is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to receive the best possible education.He said high attendance benefits the child as it contributes to improved academic performance. He added that children also benefit from improved social skills as learners are given a better chance to interact with peers and teachers.Some of the other schools that were honoured were Meten-Meer-Zorg Nursery School, Anna Catherina Nursery School, New Annlegt Nursery School, Bagotville Primary School, Saraswat Primary School, Mc Gillivray Primary School, and Zeeburg Secondary School.
0Shares0000Lorenzo Pellegrini is “only thinking of Roma,” his agent said © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVMILAN, Italy, Nov 20 – Lorenzo Pellegrini’s agent on Tuesday dismissed speculation that the Italian international midfielder was set for a move from Roma to Manchester United.Jose Mourinho’s United were reported to be preparing a January swoop for the 22-year-old, who has a 30 million euro ($34 million) release clause. “I’m sorry that rumours have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his teammates, that for Lorenzo have never been important,” Giampiero Pocetta told Corriere dello Sport.“He doesn’t live for meetings, especially financial ones.”United directors reportedly met Pocetta in London on Saturday and made a sizeable offer.“Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with, and for, Roma,” insisted Pocetta.“He’s getting what he deserves on the pitch, and the rumours about the transfer market have never distracted him nor disturbed him.“These issues don’t count for now, it’s normal that Pellegrini is liked. Lorenzo is happy though, he’s already chosen Roma once.“Then, when it’s time, we’ll sit down with (Roma sporting director) Monchi again.”Roma are top of their Champions League group ahead of Real Madrid, but are just sixth in Serie A, 15 points behind leaders Juventus.Pellegrini rose through Roma’s youth ranks and made one senior appearance before being sold to Sassuolo. The capital side exercised a buy-back option in 2017 and the player is under contract until 2022.He has nine caps for Italy following his debut last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Eat. Essen. Monger. Ehhol. Fres. Mangiare. Yest. If any of these sound familiar because your granny or great-grandmother came from Germany, France, Israel, Italy or Russia, she was probably like my Russian grandmother. Grandma Pearl thought if you weren’t pleasantly roly-poly, you weren’t healthy. She wasn’t alone, because many of my friends at the time also complained that visits to their grandmothers’ houses were eating orgies. Don’t we all wish they were still around to whip up all those delicious recipes they brought over here on the boat with them? Because no matter how hard we try, we can’t duplicate them. And to think, most of the time we turned down their offers of gluttony for the sake of vanity. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Then wow – this comes along just in time for the holidays! We no longer have to begrudge ourselves a little fudge that adds some pudge, because a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says so. It’s OK; it’s even good for your health to be as much as 30 pounds overweight. According to the study, it may in fact, be healthier for those who are a little overweight than it is for their thinner counterparts. The added heft seems to help stave off diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Conversely, the study says that those same extra pounds are not so good if diabetes or kidney disease is involved. So, before taking the study too much to our waistlines, we should know what our basic health is. But if you are a normal healthy, average Jane or Joe who’s been trying to shed that extra 10 or 15 pounds, the study is welcome news, especially at this time of year. And, for me, there’s an extra added boon. Going by weight/height charts in doctors’ offices, over the years I’ve been consistently 20 to 30 pounds underweight! The charts for a woman who is 5-foot-3 of medium bone structure should weigh between 135 and 145 pounds. My average weight over the years has never varied more than a pound or two from 115 pounds, so I’m already 20 to 30 pounds ahead of the game. Allowing for the fact that I can now add 30 pounds to the equation, I can get my weight up to 175 pounds, and still be within the 30 pound safety zone! Pudgy sludge is good, and for all of you who might be like me, the holidays are going to be a blast. Yes! Forget the green-bean and onion-ring casseroles you never liked, and serve up the turkey with rich gravy, extra helpings of tooth-melting candied yams and pumpkin pie with mile-high mountains of whipped cream. For Christmas and all the holiday parties there will be hors d’oeuvres, honey-baked ham, mashed potatoes, chocolate santas, candies, cookies and cake to be washed down with rich, creamy eggnog that we won’t have to pass on. On Hanukkah, those who are lucky enough to be invited to a latke party, can indulge and overindulge on that once-a-year, pain-in-the-neck-to-make treat, fried-in-oil potato pancakes served with sour cream or applesauce to go along with the brisket and thick, rich gravy. Bring it on! Thank you, all you scientists who have been studying weight all these years and are now saying a few extra pounds can’t hurt too much, and for many might be a good thing. Thanks to Grandma, too. My Russian grandma thought if you weren’t nice and well-rounded, you looked like death warmed over. This study might just have proved her to be correct, and me wrong for all the food I turned down. When we went to visit Granny, it was an eating fest from the moment we walked in the door until the second we left. If she were here today, she’d say, “See, I told you, you were too skinny.” Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Job Vacancy: Letterkenny-based administrative solutions company Gartan Technologies is currently taking applications for the role of Software Tester.Job Summary:Gartan Technologies specialise in workplace time management solutions for the Fire Industry and are now recognised as global leaders in this area. We are looking for a talented and motivated Software Tester to join our team in Letterkenny. You will be responsible for ensuring the quality of Gartan applications by building and maintaining automated tests as well as manually testing new features when necessary. Responsibilities:Proactively work as part of an Agile Scrum Team, or project test team.Test case design based on Solution requirements, Epics, Feature and User Story acceptance criteria.Test script creation and execution, based on industry best practises and experience, primarily covering UI, Workflow, Solution Integration, Functional, maintenance and Regression testing.Develop, execute and maintain Web Based Test Automation Framework with C# Visual Studio & Selenium Web driver.Develop, execute and maintain Mobile Based Test Automation Framework with C# Visual Studio, Selenium Web driver & Appium for iOS and AndroidProvide estimates for test tasks and activitiesTest & Defect Reporting based on industry best practiceLiaise with the Project Management and Scrum Masters to ensure adherence to quality during the development and testing processRequirements:Have a Computer Science Degree (or similar) OR have 2+ years’ experience in automation testingISTQB Advanced level certification highly desirable.Proficient in C# and SQL. Have knowledge of systems development life cycle and agile methodologies;Have the ability learn, introduce and improve existing test practice and process;Be analytical and have problem solving skills;Ability to multi task, use own initiative and work to tight deadlinesExperience of providing estimates for test tasks and activitiesExperience of working a cross functional/cross skilled agile team environment, a distinct advantageBe detail-oriented and conscientious;Have technical writing skills;Why work for Gartan Technologies?The role provides you with the opportunity to further develop your Software testing skills both manual and automated, while developing business and consultancy skills through working as a part of a team committed to delivering excellent service for our customers around the globe. As part of an expanding company and Agile development organisation there will be significant opportunities to further your career. Some other perks; A highly competitive salary commensurate with experiencePensionable benefitHealth Insurance (VHI)Flexible working arrangements On-site parkingProfit sharingTo apply:Please send your CV together with a Cover Letter via email to: email@example.comClosing date is noon, Friday, 26th JanuaryAll applications will be dealt with promptly and in the strictest of confidenceJob Vacancy: Software Tester required by leading technology firm was last modified: January 4th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:administrative solutionsApplicationscomputer scienceGartan Technologiesjobsoftware testerVacancy
THERE’S always great craic to be had at Gartan Outdoor Centre – now they’ve added a real Friday treat to the schedule.Every Friday evening in July children and adults alike can avail of a two-hour Kayak or Canoe session from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, followed by a BBQ.Sounds like a great summer plan! To book it call 074 91 37032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org GARTAN LAUNCHES CANOE & BBQ FRIDAYS was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 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) Tags:BBQcanoeFridaysGartan Outdoor CentreJulyKayak
The call for Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards nominations is now open.Clean Coasts are asking the public to nominate volunteers who they believe have made an outstanding contribution to Ireland’s coastal environment.The Clean Coasts programme, which is Ireland’s foremost community-based coastal education programme works with over 540 volunteer groups nationwide. These inspirational groups work collectively to create a cleaner and more sustainably managed coastline.In an effort to recognise these volunteers, Clean Coasts has been running ‘Ocean Heroes’ for over a decade and in that time have awarded groups and individuals from all walks of coastal life.Nominations are invited in the following categories:1. Ocean Hero Award – Group of the Year2. Ocean Hero Award – Individual of the Year3. Ocean Hero Award – School of the Year4. Ocean Hero Award – Business of the Year5. Ocean Hero Award – Idea of the Year6. Ocean Hero Award – Beach Clean of the YearFor the ‘Idea of Year Award’ they are looking for volunteers who have raised the profile of coastal protection in their community through awareness raising events and interesting initiatives. If you would like to recognise an individual, Clean Coasts group, school, business, beach clean or idea that made a difference to our coast, you can nominate them at: www.cleancoasts.org.Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said, “There are so many dedicated groups and individuals working to protect the Irish Coastline, as a result, we are delighted to be in position to hold these awards.“The awards have really brought to the fore the remarkable work and wonderful coastal celebration events Clean Coasts’ volunteers have been involved in to date. Once again we are really looking forward to receiving inspirational nominations that show the true dedication of these coastal custodians.”The winning entries will be invited to attend an award ceremony and celebration luncheon on the 21st of November, in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2.Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government and Fáilte Ireland. Please make your nominations on www.cleancoasts.org by Friday October 20th for inclusion in the selection process.Do you know someone who deserves a Clean Coasts Ocean Hero Award? was last modified: September 2nd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Clean Coastsocean hero award
4 June 2012South Africa’s Bafana Bafana scraped a 1-1 draw against lower-ranked Ethiopia in their first 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier in Rustenburg, North West province on Sunday, thanks to a last-gasp goal by Katlego Mphela.Ethiopia are currently 138th in the world rankings, compared to South Africa’s 67th.A small crowd, including a strong Ethiopian representation, was on hand for the match, and the visitors’ supporters walked away by far the happier group of fans.Bright startBafana started brightly enough as Anele Ngconga brought a save out of the Ethiopian goalkeeper in the first minute.There was an early opportunity for the Premier Soccer League’s top goal scorer, Siyabonga Nomvethe, after a defensive error by Ethiopia, but he chose to square the ball rather than shoot when there was no support in the middle.The home side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but the East Africans stood firm and kept most of South Africa’s attempts on goal to shots from distance.There was a moment of concern for the visitors when a free-kick taken by Mphela was spilled by goalkeeper Sisay Bancha Basa, but he was able to regain control of the ball under pressure from two South African players.Sucker punchBafana Bafana were in the driving seat, but found themselves floored by a sucker punch in the 28th minute when the Ethiopians took the lead. Saladin Said dispossessed Tsepo Masilela and let fly with a powerful strike that rattled the underside of the South African crossbar and flashed into the net.Masilela’s day became even worse just five minutes later when was forced from the field by an injury, with Punch Masenamela replacing him.Just a minute before the break, Said fired narrowly wide with a powerful shot.With South Africa behind by a goal at half-time, Mosimane opted to replace midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane with Oupa Manyisa.Numbers behind the ballEthiopia worked hard after the break to get numbers behind the ball on defence, which made Bafana’s attempts to break down their defence more difficult, but they nonetheless managed to create a number of opportunities. However, the finishing was invariably wide of the mark.Captain Steven Pienaar and Mphela created a good chance 20 minutes into the second half, but the goalie was able to deny Mphela, saving the striker’s header with a out-stretched leg.Defender Morgan Gould got onto the end of a corner, but headed high of the mark.GoalAt last, in the 77th minute, South Africa managed to equalise. After Mphela picked up a pass on the left, he created a little space and then curled a right-footed shot beautifully around the goalkeeper into the far corner to make it Bafana Bafana 1, Ethiopia 1.Buoyed by the goal, the home side pushed hard for victory, and only a couple of minutes later Pienaar had a gilt-edged chance to put South Africa ahead when he received a pass from the left. He was right in the middle of the goal box, with plenty of time to finish, but fired miserably wide and high with a side-footed effort.A long range effort from Manyisa passed high over the bar with just four minutes remaining on the clock as Bafana desperately sought a winner.Extra five minutesWith regulation time up, an extra five minutes were added and Bafana furiously chased a second goal, but it was not to be.A free kick in a favourable position was taken by Mphela, but his shot was blocked, while Masanemela came close, but was just wide with another attempt.Finishing problemThe last time Bafana won a game was in August 2011, when they beat Burkina Faso 3-0 in a friendly. The last time they won a competitive match was in March 2011, when they edged Egypt 1-0 in Johannesburg after a last-gasp goal by Katlego Mphela.Again, it was South Africa’s finishing that left much to be desired. Coach Pitso Mosimane, however, afterwards refused to take the blame.Talking to Kickoff Magazine, Mosimane said: “How do I sort out the finishing [problem] of South African football? Siyabonga Nomvete is the only one who scored [many goals in the PSL], and I had him in the field. He scored 20 goals and he is here.“You can’t say this team doesn’t create chances, hey. Let’s play fair! I only have the players for seven days.”Mosimane blamed South African football’s development programmes, saying: “Whether I am here or not, they will miss the chances. Let’s be shrewd on our development programmes.”Bafana next face Botswana on 9 June in Gabarone in their second 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier. It may be that playing away from home will take some pressure off Bafana, but the bottom line is they need to win.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Will this Kickstart the Development of Location-Aware Apps for Windows 7?Only a very small number of programs currently supports location data on Windows 7. Rivera has developed a location-enabled Google Maps client for Windows 7 (you can download it from the Geosense homepage). The Sidebar Weather gadget and MahTweets can also access location data. Hopefully, we will soon see Windows twitter clients and other services (FourSquare for Windows?) that will hook into this service. Hopefully, Geosense for Windows will kickstart the development of native location-aware apps on the Windows platform in the near future. frederic lardinois Location-based services are definitely a hot topic right now, but sadly, Windows 7 doesn’t offer an easy to use, built-in platform for detecting a computer’s location. Due to this, the number of location-aware and location-enhanced applications for Windows 7 remains extremely low. Thanks to Geosense for Windows, however, which was developed by Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng and released today, it has now become a lot easier for Windows 7 developers to access location data and use it in their apps. Windows 7: Location API but No Default VendorWhile Windows 7 offers a built-in location API, Microsoft decided against integrating a default geolocation provider. Due to this, implementing location-aware features on Windows is a lot harder than integrating similar features on OSX or most mobile platforms and this API remains mostly unused. Mac and iPhone developers have long been able to use SkyHook‘s built-in, system-level services to triangulate a Mac’s position based on local WiFi hotspots. Mozilla, too, offers built-in support for Google Location Services in the latest release of Firefox and a few sites are already making good use of this service. How Geosense for Windows WorksGeosense for Windows was developed on top of the Windows Sensors and Location Platform and uses Google Location Services for WiFi and IP triangulation. Geosense for Windows does not support built-in or external GPS units, but the developers are looking into offering support for other location services like Skyhook and Navizon. The team is also looking at Google’s Location Services for cell networks, which can use a computer’s built-in wireless broadband hardware to triangulate location data based on the location of nearby cell towers. Tags:#Location#news#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market