Nat’l team vet Norwood savoring every moment playing for PH

first_imgSaguisag appeals for ‘trouble-free’ Game 2 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His efforts did not go unnoticed as one of Gilas’ chief backers acknowledged his tireless efforts.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas awarded Norwood with the Chooks-to-Go Loyalty Award moments after Gilas’ 90-83 win against Chinese Taipei on Monday in a thanksgiving dinner at Barrio Fiesta in Ali Mall.Allein Maliksi was also feted with the Sportsmanship Award for his commitment to the national team through the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.Surprised with the honor bestowed on him, Norwood said that he’s just treasuring every chance he gets to play for flag and country.“Time is undefeated so I’m just here, trying to enjoy every moment,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Wrapping up Gilas’ first pair of games in the Asian qualifiers, Norwood was beaming with pride as he feels that this current crop of national team campaigners have a great chance in helping the team reach their quest of earning a ticket to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“The young guys are awesome. They bring a lot of energy to this team,” he beamed. “They are not just the future of Gilas but also the future of Philippine basketball.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Gabe Norwood. Photo from Fiba.comGabe Norwood admits that it feels like it was only yesterday when he first suited up for the Philippine national team.“It’s humbling, very humbling,” Norwood said, looking back to the day he first represented the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years right? It’s just an honor to be a part of this team.”From being the greenhorn back in 2007, Norwood is now the elder statesman for Gilas Pilipinas as he bore witness to the highest of highs and lowest of lows.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneStill, the Rain or Shine swingman shared there’s no rush quite like representing the country in the international stage.And in his latest stint for Gilas, the 32-year-old Norwood showed why he’s still a vital piece, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in victories over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Cremation of Ebola Victims Commences in Marshall

first_imgAmidst the social rancor and mixed feelings unfolding in Liberia as a result of the burial of Ebola-infected bodies in or near communities, nerve-racked residents of Boys’ Town Junction in Margibi County have confirmed that there have been at least two nightly cremations so far of dead bodies believed to be the remains of victims of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Making the disclosure to the Daily Observer earlier this week, the residents said the first batch of dead bodies, totaling 12, were cremated at about 9 p.m., August 3, while the second batch, totaling eight, were cremated at about the same time on August 4, 2014.Describing the atmosphere under which the dead bodies are being cremated, a resident, Moses Dayuegar, said on Sunday, August 3, a team of security personnel including, police officers and Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) personnel, accompanied by  health authorities and some government  officials, escorted the first batch of deceased to be cremated.Dayuegar said he and some members of the community were hired to assist the team in cremating the dead. The community assistant team basically helped to scatter the wood over the dead bodies in preparation for cremation.Describing the scene, Dayuegar explained that all of the dead bodies were sealed up, and all members of the team were dressed in protective gear. He added that all of the community members who were hired to assist the team were also given protective gear.  “After the corpses were set on the pyre with wood, a butter-like substance and gasoline were poured on the corpses and set on fire,” Dayuegar divulged. “All of the protective gear were thrown in the fire to be burnt along with the dead bodies.”The cremations were carried out at a crematorium managed by Honorary Consul General of India, located one mile off the Robertsfield Highway leading towards Marshall. The crematorium was established in 1986 to facilitate the effective disposal of the bodies of Indian nationals and other people who see cremation as a preferable way to dispose of dead bodies.oThe area in which the Crematorium is located is fast being engulfed by residential homes. There is visible fear on the part of residents, who are apprehensive about the cremation of Ebola victims in their community.A resident who requested anonymity complained that the team disposing of the dead bodies descended on their community to cremate the bodies without first sensitizing the residents.  He said when they accosted the team, they were told that the team would return at a later date to discuss the issue with them. “We are still waiting to have that vital conversation, which would help allay the fears of the community members,” he said.Rico Harvey, a youth leader on the Boys’ Town road, echoed the sentiment that the government should sensitize the locals properly prior to cremating the Ebola victims in their neighborhood. He was worried that owing to the high level of illiteracy in the area, the locals are now fraught with phobia and are harboring the notion that the cremation exercise could pose a health risk for them.Efforts to have the Honorary Consul of India accredited near Monrovia comment on the matter did not materialize, as the voice at the other end of the phone said the Consul General was out of the country.However, it can be recalled that last Thursday, July 31, the Indian Community offered the Liberian Government its crematorium for the cremation of all corpses of victims of the Ebola Virus Disease.The Indians’ overture came on the heels of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s announcement to the nation on Wednesday, July 30, indicating that the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies are to consider the cremation of all victims of the deadly virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Portuguese police interview Cristiano Ronaldo over ‘Football Leaks’

first_imgAsked for details by AFP, the police did not respond.The Juventus striker was one of the main targets of Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto.The financial revelations caused Ronaldo problems with the Spanish tax authorities. Pinto’s leaks also revealed accusations of the rape, which he denies, of the American Kathryn Mayorga.Pinto was extradited from Hungary in March and arrested on his return to Portugal.His lawyers have argued that Pinto is a “very important European whistleblower” and said this week that his continued pre-trial detention amounted to organised “judicial harassment”.The Portuguese authorities suspect Pinto accessed the computer systems of the Portuguese state, the Sporting Lisbon football club and the investment fund Doyen Sports and then published confidential documents on a website.The hacker then asked Doyen for money to hush up compromising documents, but has said this was part of his attempt to show the dishonesty in football.Last week, Portuguese weekly Sabado reported that the prosecutor’s office wanted to broaden the scope of the investigation and extend Pinto’s detention.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo was interviewed by police in Portugal while he was in the country for the UEFA League of Nations finals © AFP/File / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRALISBON, Portugal, Jul 6 – Cristiano Ronaldo was interviewed by Portuguese police in early June as a witness in the investigation into the hacker behind the “Football Leaks” revelations, local media reported on Saturday.Ronaldo was heard as a “witness and victim” in “complete discretion” by the judicial police while in the country playing for Portugal in the League of Nations finals, Diario de Noticias reported.last_img read more


first_imgThe LYIT campusA lunchtime protest has been organised for today the LYIT in Letterkenny to draw attention to lecturers’ grave concerns over a number of issues within their sector.Regular service to students will not be affected by the protest.The protest is part of a nationwide campaign. Speaking today, Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) Vice-President Joanne Irwin, said lecturers see first-hand the damage that an era of austerity cuts has wreaked on the education system.“We are gravely concerned by the severe effects that these cutbacks are having on the quality of experience for students in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.“Lecturers and researchers will be balloted by TUI in the coming weeks on engagement in a campaign of industrial action, up to and including strike action, in order to secure a resolution to key issues.“Institutes of technology are regional generators of innovation and entrepreneurship and need to be appropriately funded in order to kick-start jobs growth and build high level knowledge capacity to meet the future needs of the economy. The local economy would also be greatly boosted by such investment. “The TUI is advocating more substantial and strategic budgets to support the regional mission of the Institutes and boost economic recovery at a local level.We are urging that lecturers, students and all concerned in the locality make this an election issue in the coming months.’The areas of concern include:The chronic underfunding of the Institutes of Technology (35% cut to sector- €190m – between 2008 and 2015)The critically low staffing levels at a time of a steep and ongoing increase in student numbers and the consequential unacceptable workload imposition on lecturers.– 21,411 or 32% rise in student numbers in sector between 2008 and 2015 – 535 or 9.5% fall in full-time academic staff numbers in sector between 2008 and 2015.The precarious employment status, income poverty and associated exploitation of many academic staff andThe resulting, detrimental effect of these issues on the quality of service to students (larger class sizes, less access to laboratories, tutorials, student support etcLYIT LECTURERS TO PROTEST AT COLLEGE TODAY was last modified: November 26th, 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


first_imgThe Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa.The Silver Tassie Hotel is celebrating after winning not one, not two, not three but four awards at a top wedding awards ceremony.The hotel, which is nestled between Letterkenny and Ramelton, scooped the awards at the prestigious awards.The hotel won the “top rated venue in Donegal”, “top rated venue in Ulster” and “top rated 4 star venue in Ireland’. But the biggest award was worth waiting for when the hotel, managed and run by well-known businessman Ciaran Blaney and wife Rose, took the main award of overall “top rated venue in Ireland”.Well done to all the hard-working staff at the Tassie.SILVER TASSIE SCOOPS TOP RATED IRISH WEDDING VENUE AWARD was last modified: December 4th, 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


first_imgA West Donegal businessman punched his own sister after she had become involved in a row with his wife in a supermarket. Letterkenny court.Patrick Doogan of Lower Baltony, Gort a’Choirce admitted assault causing harm to Julie Anne Coyle on March 31st last year. Letterkenny District Court heard that the assault on his sister, took place following an altercation between Ms. Coyle and Doogan’s wife at McClafferty’s supermarket in Gort a’Choirce.Doogan later went to his parent’s home to speak to his sister about the incident.Inspector David Kelly said a heated exchange ensued and Doogan grabbed his sister by the throat and punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground.Ms Coyle was kept overnight for precautionary reasons at Letterkenny General Hospital where she had suffered soft tissue injuries.Doogan, who was in court for the hearing, works in London where he operates his own tunneling company.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until June for the preparation of a victim impact statement.BUSINESSMAN PUNCHED HIS OWN SISTER DURING FAMILY ROW was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultcourtJudge Paul KellyPatrick DooganSisterlast_img read more

Middlesbrough charged by FA for failing to control players during Man City clash

first_img Boro captain Ben Gibson was forced to intervene as his team-mates raged at the penalty call 1 Middlesbrough have been charged with failing to control their players following an eventful 2-2 Premier League draw with Manchester City.The charge relates to an incident in the 66th minute of Sunday’s game at the Riverside Stadium after referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty to the visitors while the home side were leading 1-0.Boro players were furious with the decision after City’s midfielder Leroy Sane collided with Marten de Roon and went to ground.De Roon and Fabio were booked for dissent after raging at the official, Boro captain Ben Gibson attempting to intervene and calm his men down.A Football Association statement read: “Middlesbrough have been charged for misconduct following the game against Manchester City on Sunday.“It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The club have until 6pm on May 5 2017 to respond to the charge.”Interim head coach Agnew later revealed his frustration at the penalty decision.He said: “I thought [Sane] went down very, very easily – and looking at the referee’s position, was he in the correct position to give it?“From the video I’ve seen, it looked like he didn’t have a clear view and I think when you give them, you’ve got to be 100 per cent certain.”The draw left Boro, who had beaten derby rivals Sunderland four days earlier to rekindle their survival hopes, six points adrift of safety with only nine points left to play for.Should 17th-placed Hull beat the relegated Black Cats at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday, Boro would have to collect maximum points from Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool and hope the Tigers lost all their remaining fixtures to have a chance of staying up on goal difference.last_img read more

Wildcat strikes hurt the poor: Zuma

first_img23 May 2013Trade union leaders should engage with their members to avert unnecessary labour action, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday, adding that illegal or “wildcat” strikes were no way to advance the interests of marginalised South Africans.Addressing the National House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town, Zuma, himself once a trade unionist, said workers were free to ask for higher salaries, but were not free in the process of asking for better wages to undermine the economy.“If we say we need more jobs … and in the process those that are working are engaged in strikes that cause some of either the mines or factories to close, it’s a contradiction,” he said, adding that the role of trade unions was to protect workers, not to contribute to job losses.“We could impoverish our country without realising, when we think we are trying to correct the situation.”He said such was the tension in the market at present that recently when traders at the JSE heard about police shooting at strikers, they immediately began selling off the rand, when in the end it materialised that the police were in fact using rubber bullets.Turning to the National Development Plan (NDP), Zuma said the vision encapsulated in the plan called on all South Africans to help fulfill the vision.Traditional leaders had a vital role to play by working with the government to create strong institutions and to help tackle the various challenges that faced South Africa, particularly in developing rural areas.Zuma also called for closer co-operation between traditional leaders and local councillors, pointing out that this could help unlock the potential of rural development.“You are put there to help the people, whether by birth or by election. There is not a single one is better or more important than the other,” he said.Before his speech, Zuma took copious notes as traditional leaders related several problems that those living in traditional areas continue to face, including poverty and unemployment, deaths during initiation ceremonies, and a decline in moral values.Zuma said the government had an initiation programme that community members could use, adding that the government would continue to root out rogue initiation schools.Senior traditional leaders should be present all the time during initiation ceremonies, he said, adding that if the initiation ceremony was not conducted properly, the risk was that it would draw further criticism of the custom itself.Source: read more

Play Your Part Campaign launches app in support of active citizenship and Mandela Month

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday, 6 July 2015 – Brand South Africa in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the Play your Part for Madiba campaign earlier today to encourage citizens to make everyday a Mandela Day. This is aimed at building a spirit of active citizenship among all South Africans which is required to drive the implementation of the National Development Plan.• Download press releaseThe Play your Part for Madiba month-long campaign seeks to uphold the ideals, values and actions of President Nelson Mandela’s legacy by encouraging South Africans to play their part towards the creation of positive change by building their communities and upholding a spirit of Ubuntu and social cohesion.Speaking at the launch of the Play your Part for Madiba campaign Brand South Africa’s board member Mr Geoffrey Rothschild said: “We acknowledge and thank all South Africans who commit themselves to ensure that Mandela Day is a huge success.”These sentiments were shared and also expressed by LeadSA’s Yusuf Abramjee who added: “Every day should be a Mandela Day. No action is too big or small. Active citizenship is an ongoing activity and we need to continue to embrace Madiba’s legacy.”In support of this commemorative month and as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism, and a spirit of active citizenship, Brand South Africa, has also partnered with the GEM Project who have developed an app which contains a number of organisations needing assistance from South Africans. These include, amongst others, the provision of clothing, assistance with homework, job shadowing and skills development, which all South Africans will be able to support.Once an individual has participated in assisting a cause, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime/data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.David Shields, GEM Project Co-Founder said: “The app is a social development drive, that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise. Volunteers are encouraged to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month. In order to ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates are also encouraged to donate GEMs so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.”Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Sithembile Ntombela said: “This partnership is an extension not only to the commemorative month’s activities and actions of goodwill by South Africans, but we hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another, and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone. This is our call to action so that everyday can become a Mandela Day!”Follow the conversation during Mandela Month @Brand_SA #MandelaMonth2015 and #TimeToGivelast_img read more

A ‘hanging library’ in Odisha to encourage children to read

first_imgSchoolchildren in Ganjam district of Odisha are being lured into the reading and writing habit in an entertaining manner through a unique project named ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR).DEAR, an innovative interactive library movement project, was initiated in the district around three years ago. It has already earned national recognition. In 2015, the project was selected for a national award for innovation in educational administration. The project was started in Ganjam district in December 2014 in around 1,000 schools. At present, the project is successfully continuing in over 4,000 government managed or aided schools of Ganjam district.“This project targeted the alarming issue of declining reading habit among school students, which was also affecting their writing skills. Students were found to be concerned only about their textbooks and we wanted to make the children feel that reading is linked to studies and examination only. It can also be entertaining and activity of pleasure,” said District Education Officer (DEO) of Ganjam, Sanatan Panda.Dearth of booksBut dearth of adequate number of books in schools, especially the rural ones, was a major obstacle in the path of enhancing the reading habit among students. In addition, books in school libraries also remained locked in almirahs, out of reach of the students. As an initial step, all schools in Ganjam district were advised to display most books in their libraries before students. Books in school libraries were also segregated as per their suitability for children of different age groups.last_img read more