Taekwondo jin Lopez goes for shot at gold vs Chinese in semis

first_imgMOST READ Lopez dominated her way to the semis after overpowering Gyani Chunara of Nepal, 20-0, in the quarterfinals and Xiao Feng of Macau, 8-0, in the Round of 16.The 22-year-old Lopez, who won the gold medal in thethe 2015 Southeast Asian Games, battles Zongshi Luo of China for a shot at her first Asiad gold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Kirstie Alora, however, was sent into an early exit after bowing to Cansel Deniz of Kazakhstan, 8-7, in the first round of the women’s +67kg event.Darlene Arpon, meanwhile, got outclassed in the quarterfinals of the women’s -67kg, 29-0, by Jandi Kim of Korea on Monday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines currently has three bronze medals as of posting time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Guiao can have smorgasbord of PBA players for next Gilas team LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 View comments Taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez secured at least another bronze medal for the Philippines after making it to the semifinals of the women’s -57kg event in the 2018 Asian Games Tuesday at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

$2.4B finally approved for severance to dismissed sugar workers

first_imgAfter 2 years…Opposition calls for immediate disbursements…as Govt refuses to give date for paymentsAfter two long years of waiting for their monies, some 460 retrenched workers attached to the Wales Estate are to finally receive their severance before the end of this year as the National Assembly on Wednesday evening approved $2.4 billion in severance payments for over 4000, Wales, Berbice and East Demerara sugar workers who were thrown on the breadline when Government closed several sugar factories.Members of Parliament examining the supplementary funds request in the National Assembly on WednesdayThe monies were approved when all 62 Members of the Parliament on Wednesday evening voted in favour of $3 billion in supplementary funds under the Agriculture Ministry’s current expenditures.Government requested and received approval for a total of $7.5 billion in supplementary funds. This includes $4 billion in current estimates and $3.4 million in capital.Of the entire supplementary funds, the Agriculture Ministry requested $3,051,000,000 of which $2.451 billion is to meet final severance payments to some 4733 former workers of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Wales workersIn responding to questions from Opposition Parliamentarian Gillian Burton, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder disclosed that the monies being requested include funds to also pay the retrenched Wales workers.Wales ended operations in December 2016 and some 375 workers who refused to take up employment at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, remain without severance payments, putting hundreds of families on the breadline and causing economic crisis to surrounding communities.The workers have been taking to the streets, protesting for their severance to be paid.According to Minister Holder, a total of 460 workers from Wales are to get their severance monies. However, despite being asked repeatedly by Opposition MPs, Burton, Komal Chand and Gail Teixeira, about when these payments will be made, the Agriculture Minister could only assure that the payments will be made before the end of the year.“[They] certainly will get it before the end of the year,” Holder posited, while adding that as soon as the money is available after approval by the House, efforts will be made to disburse same to the dismissed sugar workers.When the supplementary request was put up for voting, the Opposition members were silent when Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland asked if any oppose the additional monies. However, the Government’s side called for a division, which was allowed, the People’s Progressive Party MPs having to voting “yes”’ to the Government’s requests.On Wednesday the opposition called for immediate disbursement of payments. However, despite asking the Government seven times about date for payments non was fothcoming.Only month, President David Granger assured a gathering at Rose Hall, Corentyne, that those dismissed sugar workers will receive the balance of their severance payment when Parliament comes out of recess. The announcement came after months of protest by the workers, who are facing difficulties as a resulted of the closure of sugar estates.As part of its plans to bring the heavily indebted and cash strap GuySuCo back into profitability and efficiency, Government fired thousands of workers in an effort to downsize the sector leaving a mere three-estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt – in operation.The Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara (Enmore) estates were closed in December 2017 with no severance payments made to the workers. However, back in January, Government secured $.93 billion from the National Assembly to pay some of the ex-sugar workers from those three estates. Those dismissed workers whose severance packages are $500,000 or less were paid in full by January 31, 2018, while those entitled more than that amount were only paid 50 per cent, with the remaining half to be paid in the second half of the year.As such, since July, these workers and their families have been looking forward to the second tranche of the severance money from Government.Meanwhile, apart from the $3 billion current estimates, the Agriculture Ministry also got approval for another $70,738,198 under its capital estimates for the provision of additional inflows consequent on savings after the completion of original programme activities under the Japanese grant to facilitate the payments for the acquisition of an amphibious excavator, three double cab-vehicles and five desktop computers. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

‘Aguero was the difference,’ admits Pochettino as Tottenham suffer narrow defeat

first_imgFrustrated Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side deserved more as Manchester City continued their decent run against Spurs with a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.The hosts were the more dominant side at times and registered more shots than the Blues, but another goal for Premier League top scorer Sergio Aguero, taking his tally for the season up to 22, was enough as City remain on course for a second place finish behind champions Chelsea.Tottenham have beaten Man City just once in the league in five years, losing eight out of nine matches, including a 4-1 defeat earlier in the season which saw Aguero score all four of the Blues’ goals.And while Pochettino was proud of Spurs’ efforts, he conceded his countryman was again the difference for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.The Argentine boss said: “I feel proud of our players.“We deserved more, much more. The difference was Sergio Aguero.“We were a little bit unlucky because we created more chances than Manchester City, so I’m disappointed for the result but happy for the performance.“We managed the tempo of the game but you need to score and we didn’t score.” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino 1last_img read more

Former Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto on the move

first_imgFormer Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto is set to join Metz.The Cameroon international moved to Saint Etienne last summer after having his contract terminated by Spurs in February 2015.The left-back signed a one-year deal with the French club and he is now set to be on the move again.Metz, according to France Football, will be Assou-Ekotto’s latest club after he agreed to join the newly-promoted Ligue 1 side.The 32-year-old will sign a one-year contract with Metz and the deal could be concluded by Friday this week. Benoit Assou-Ekotto in action for Tottenham 1last_img

DONEGAL RETREAT WINS GEORGINA CAMPBELL ‘FARMHOUSE OF THE YEAR’ AWARD

first_imgThe stunning Trean HouseA Co Donegal guesthouse has won a prestigious award and named Farmhouse of the Year.Trean House in Inishowen scooped th prize in the 2016 Georgina Campbell Award.These are Ireland’s longest-running food and hospitality awards, and highly respected by the industry. Every year Georgina Campbell and her team of experienced assessors comb the country’s hotels, country houses, guesthouses, restaurants, pubs, cafés and speciality food shops seeking out the best food and hospitality experiences for readers of The Guide (‘the glovebox bible’) and followers of the very successful website, www.ireland-guide.com.Speaking about the ongoing search for excellence, Ms Campbell said, “Our programme of anonymous assessment visits has continued throughout the season as usual, always keeping a sharp eye out for those exceptional establishments which are right on top of their game and going the extra mile for customers.“Once again this year, we have found plenty of new ones worthy of recommendation, especially in urban areas, and it is always exciting to see newcomers to the hospitality industry who understand the importance of standards and want visitors – domestic and from abroad – to enjoy Irish food and hospitality at its best. We are not seeking perfection but hospitality with real heart, and we’re finding it in clusters of excellence all over the country.Proprietors Joyce and Mervyn Norris said “We’re absolutely delighted to win this prestigious award. It’s one thing to be part of such a distinguished guide, but to win our category is a real honour. It’s wonderful to be listed up there with some of the best establishments in the country. ” Established 20 years ago in 1995, Joyce and Mervyn have been welcoming guests from all around the world and are actively involved with promoting local tourism.Reflecting on the changes in the industry over the past 20 years, Joyce said “We started B&B in 1995 as a way to diversify our farm income. There have been opportunities with the growth of the internet and increased spending power, but we’ve also faced increased competition from hotel rooms, holiday homes and more B&B properties. It’s refreshing to know that providing a warm welcome and the personal touch will always win in the end.”Joyce feels publications like Georgina Campbell’s Ireland guide are important to the industry, as they provide an respected, independent voice that people can trust:“In an age where there’s so much choice, Georgina Campbell’s Ireland guide is more relevant than ever, providing authentic, trustworthy recommendations on the best of what Ireland has to offer.”Unlike most other award schemes, the Georgina Campbell Awards are not commercially driven, there is no charge to establishments for recommendation or any element of the awards process. It is this independence which has earned them special respect in the industry, and public trust. This is what the judges had to say about our own Trean House.FARMHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2016Georgina Campbell Guide Awards 2016, held at the Bord Bia offices, Dublin.Trean House, Inishowen.“The idea of a farm stay is heaven to many visitors to Ireland, and to families living in cities. An engaging rural experience is what visitors to Joyce and Mervyn Norris’s welcoming coastal farm can be sure of, and what a treat that is.Ironically some technical detail has excluded them from the Wild Atlantic Way, but the Atlantic is there alright, just a few yards away, and- if you are lucky- you can enjoy the changing light on the sea while you watch the locals playing football on their beachside pitch.Warm hospitality, good home baking, an open fire, lovely gardens and simple, immaculately clean accommodation and local knowledge is what Joyce and Mervyn enjoy giving to their guests – and if that isn’t authentic I don’t know what is.”DONEGAL RETREAT WINS GEORGINA CAMPBELL ‘FARMHOUSE OF THE YEAR’ AWARD was last modified: October 5th, 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)Tags:Georgina CampbellTrean Houselast_img read more

Stress Research Control study to continue in Donegal

first_imgThe HSE continues to roll out the highly regarded Stress Control programme in Donegal. Stress control is a free six session programme with each session lasting for 90 minutes and is delivered once a week.‘Stress Control’ was devised by Dr.Jim White, a clinical psychologist in Glasgow to help the large number of people who complained of stress and who were keen to learn how to tackle their problems themselves. Through research, this evidence-based course has been improved over the years and Stress Control is now available in many different countries.Stress affects people from all walks of life. Although no two people will have exactly the same problems, we all have a lot in common when we are feeling stressed. We can find it hard to relax, we can worry a great deal, we can lose confidence and a sense of control and get despondent.Our relationships at home or at work may suffer as we become more snappy and irritable, our thinking becomes less clear, more confused and consequently we may make poor decisions in our day to day affairs.People who come to Stress Control come to learn simple strategies for alleviating stress, and the course is delivered by the presenters in such a way that people do not need to interact, this makes it less stressful for participants, there are no embarrassing exercises, just simple information explained in such a way that people learn over the course how to become their own therapists. Handouts are given for each session, and people practice the exercises between sessions. In order to ensure the continued development of our Community Health Services the HSE in Donegal is carrying out a research study carried out into the potential mental health benefits of the six week ‘Stress Control’ programme.There are two stress control programmes due to take place in Colgan Hall, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal in September 2016. You are invited to attend either the Tuesday or Wednesday evening class from 6.30 – 8.00 pm. If you wish to participate please come to our information night on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. You will be asked to complete a number of short questionnaires about your levels of stress, anxiety and depression.Staff from the Mental Health Centre, Buncrana will be available to provide assistance. As part of the study you will be asked to complete the same questionnaires at the end of the six week programme and again three months later. All of the information taken will be kept confidential and secure.You must be 18 or over to participate. Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be provided. All welcome.For more information on this study please contact: Christina Corbett (Senior Clinical Psychologist) on Tel: 074 93 62529 or e mail christina.corbett@hse.ieIf stress is concerning you or someone you know it’s important to talk to your GP to get help and advice. For a list of all stress control programmes being held in Donegal, please visit Donegal Mind Wellness website at http://donegalmindwellness.ie/courses/Stress Research Control study to continue in Donegal was last modified: September 5th, 2016 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:CarndonaghHSEstressstress controllast_img read more

BRICS: Transforming the global political and economic architecture

first_imgDr Petrus de Kock, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, speaking at the Brand South Africa and Gauteng Growth and Development Agency research roundtable on BRICS, on Wednesday 30 September.Johannesburg, Wednesday 30 September 2015 – Since its inception, the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) forum has made great strides in challenging the traditional global political and economic paradigm.Today, Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) hosted a research roundtable titled “Deepening the relationship between South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India and China”, which reflected on how the BRICS formation challenges the current global political, economic and social paradigm and the implications of this for the BRICS brand. Most notably, the BRICS has reached a high level of institutionalisation through the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank.Brand South Africa, the GGDA and representatives from various high commissions representing the Russia, China, India and Brazil discussed and interrogated evidence that argues that the increased formalisation of intra- and inter-BRICS interactions, including the establishment of institutions such as the BRICS New Development Bank, has led to the development of the BRICS brand, a collective image of the five member states.General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock, said analysts expressed surprise at some of the successes of the BRICS – particularly in the context of the formation of the BRICS New Development Bank.Dr De Kock said: “Based on research conducted by the BRICS Research Group, and other analysts, the BRICS have achieved a 70% implementation/compliance rate in terms of implementing Summit decisions. As a relatively young multilateral organisation, the high compliance levels by member states are a progressive indicator. This means that levels of co-operation are not only high, but that buy-in into the organisation and its objectives, is of strategic significance for all member states.”The influence of the forum on political and economic developments cannot be understated. BRICS countries have expanded the scope of co-operation and put in place a multi-layered and all-dimensional structure of co-operation covering political, economic, financial, trade, social, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.The five BRICS countries currently represent over 3 billion people, or 42% of the world population. All five members are in the top 25 of the world by population, and four are in the top 10. The five nations have a combined nominal GDP of US$16.039 trillion, equivalent to approximately 20% of the gross world product, and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves. It is estimated that the combined GDP (PPP) of BRICS would reach US$50 trillion mark by 2020.It is principally debated that the accomplishments and growing institutionalisation of the BRICS is enabling the Forum, to develop a brand personality, that consistently advocates for the implementation of the global developmental agenda.And due to the collective influence of collaboration among the members, as the BRICS brand grows and develops (through, among other things, institutionalisation), the nation brands of the five members states stand to benefit not only in terms of trade and economic interactions, but also due to the impact the BRICS brand can have on global governance.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Utica FFA visits Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Front Row, L-R: Abby Paxton, Amanda Annett. Back Row, L-R: Hadley Ramirez, Emily Hill, Amanda AnnettBy Abigail Paxton Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020On September 25, some of the Utica FFA Chapter officers took a trip to the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference or OLLC. The 5 officers that went were; Rachel Dickson(President), Emily Hill(Vice President), Amanda Annett(Treasurer), Hadley Ramirez-George(Secretary), and Abby Paxton(Reporter). The officers traveled to the Ohio State House for the Conference.Throughout the Conference, the officers  learned and did several actives on leadership during the day. During the first session, the officers learned about lobbyist and representatives. They learned what they are, what they do, and how anyone can do it. Then, they did an activity on the two topics. All the FFA members that went were divided into 22 groups, 11 were lobbyist trying to get a certain chosen topic changed by law and the other 11 were representatives, half of the groups were republican and half were democratic. The lobbyist would go around to the representative groups and try and get the law changed on their topic. Based on the representatives view in the folder, the groups would answer on what they would do to the law. Either they would choose to change it or keep it the same.After all the groups went around they reflected on the pros and challenges of the activity. The activity taught everybody respect, leadership, and showed that anyone can have an option and try to change it. After the first session was dismissed, the officers had a chance to explore the State house before the luncheon. The explored the Senate Chambers and learned new facts about the building. During the luncheon, many people representatives of Ohio FFA and the Ohio Senate spoke.  The team learned a lot from everything they did and had an amazing time!last_img read more

How to Hire Coders

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Stalk them: The best candidates aren’t looking for a new job, they’re being pampered and praised at their current company. The first thing you’ll need to do is find out who these people are and connect with them. One of my favorite hacks for this is joining technical meet up groups in your area. Even if you’re a business guy, you’ll probably be able to nod and smile your way through most presentations. You’ll get to see who’s enthusiastic and can communicate well, and the social side is a great way to talk to engineers you’d never be in contact with otherwise. If you supply beer and pizza, you’ll be very popular. Go to Meetup.com and put in a few relevant keywords (e.g. Machine Learning, Big Data) to discover nearby get-togethers. Another avenue is lurking on open-source project’s mailing lists, which won’t find local coders but otherwise has a lot of the advantages of attending meet ups, since you can see how people communicate and work with others. One of the most common questions I get asked is “How can I find technical employees?” The market for good programmers is extremely tight, and traditional techniques like job-board or craigslist postings won’t produce results. Even the best network of contacts probably won’t uncover candidates willing to reach out to you. So, what can you do?Start early: Accept that it’s going to take longer than you’d like to find the right person, and so plan ahead now for hires you’ll be making in six months or a year. If you do find the right person too early, make them an offer and take the hit of paying their salary for a few months before you really need them. The hiring process will be time-consuming, so schedule accordingly; treat it as a first-class task that will take up a significant chunk of every week. Understand them: In order to pry them away from their current job, you need a strong lure, and you need to understand what their motivations are to craft something tempting. The best programmers often aren’t driven by money, so figure out if they’re after more responsibility, independence, the chance to work with cutting-edge technology or recognition from their peers. Sit down with them over coffee, join them on a hike, spend time with them however you can. Once you know what makes them tick, you can build an offer that’s hard for them to refuse. pete warden Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts Pimp yourself: People are a lot more likely to want to join companies they’ve heard of, startups that are recognized for doing interesting and challenging work, so talk about the great technology you’re building every chance you get. Encourage your existing programmers to blog and talk to journalists like me, and try to reach communities like Hacker News and Reddit with your stories. Have your engineers give talks at conferences and contribute back to open-source projects. It may feel painful as that cuts into the time they spend on development, but the added visibility in the development community will be a powerful recruiting tool. Tags:#hack#How To How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Qualify them: Often you’ll find a programmer who loves the idea of joining an early-stage company, but when it comes to making the plunge and leaving the security of a steady job, they get cold feet. Get a feel for how serious they are by paying them for part-time consulting during the courtship. If they are reluctant, or can’t fit it into their schedule, that’s a sign they might not be willing to follow through. Look at alternatives: This is probably starting to sound like a lot of work, so think hard about what you’re trying to achieve by hiring a new employee. Do you really need somebody with 10 years experience, or would you be better off finding a clever intern with fire in her belly and something to prove? Bosses almost always underrate their existing employees’ potential, because they’ve seen their failures first hand, and new hires come in with no history. Would you actually be better off spending your time training your current coders to take on more challenging work? Can you find a consulting firm to help them out on particular areas? How can you make sure that none of your current team leaves?last_img read more