Muntinlupa, QC trounce MPBL rivals The Lady Bulldogs celebrate after taking the early tournament lead. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University arrested a late-game meltdown to take down Ateneo, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 12-25, 15-7, and grab the early solo lead in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.After letting the Lady Eagles swoop down on them in the third and fourth sets, the Lady Bulldogs reestablished their dominance in the deciding fifth behind Jaja Santiago and Jasmine Nabor.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UST is coming off a five-set loss to La Salle on opening day, unable to match the composure of the defending champions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run PLAY LIST 01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Santiago asserted her dominance over Ateneo with a game-high 26 points, while Nabor—who had 11 points and 29 excellent sets—knocked the Lady Eagles out cold by scoring three straight service aces, the last landing square in the middle of Ateneo’s defense that sealed the win.The Lady Bulldogs remained unbeaten in two games as the Lady Eagles slipped to 0-2, their worst start since opening Season 73 with a 1-1 card.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 folkNU looked utterly dominant in the first two sets despite wobbling midway through the second, but coach Babes Castillo said they had a momentary lapse in communication that allowed Ateneo to force a fifth set.“Jasmine had a hard time communicating with her teammates when she was giving out instructions,” Castillo told reporters. “But they quickly fixed it.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Earlier, University of Santo Tomas picked up its first win after handling University of the East with ease for a 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 decision.Cherry Rondina dropped 20 points and Dimdim Pacres added eight points for the Tigresses, who rebounded from their opening-day loss to defending champion La Salle.“This was a good bounce back win for us after coming from that five-set loss, said UST coach Kung Fu Reyes in Filipino.“We just have to be consistent because in the first two sets we really performed well, but when we got to the third set we kind of relaxed.”UST was on the offensive throughout the game and scored on 40 spikes, 13 more than what UE was able to muster, while also enjoying 26 free points due to the Lady Warriors’ errors.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The World Bank Group and the Liberian Government have penned two financing agreements extending US$30 million to the Government of Liberia to help with the country’s recovery program through the budget, amidst the Ebola outbreak.The money will also help support Liberia’s medium-term strategy to strengthen its transparency and accountability mechanisms, expand the economy, increase access to quality education and improve health services that are critical to fighting the current Ebola epidemic.The financing, which is also expected to support the Second Poverty Reduction Support Operation (PRSDPO II), includes a US$20 million International Development Association (IDA) credit and a US$10 million grant allocated from the World Bank Group’s IDA Crisis Response Window. The IDA is designed to help low-income [poorest] countries respond to exceptionally severe crises in a timely, transparent and predictable way. Speaking at the signing ceremony in the conference room of the Ministry of Finance &Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia on Thursday, November 20, World Bank Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, said the Second Poverty Reduction Support Operation is the second in the programmatic series of four single trench operations to support the implementation of the government’s programs approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on November 12, 2014. She explained that although the original amount of this World Bank budget support operation to Liberia was US$10 million, the Bank realized the enormous economic challenges the Ebola outbreak has created on almost all government development programs and activities. “Therefore, the Bank decided to increase the amount of budget support to US$30 million, including US$10 million grand funding from a special IDA Response Window,” said Ms. Dobraja. “The World Bank is mobilizing nearly US$1 billion in financing for the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis: US$518 million for emergency response and to help speed up the development of foreign health workers to affected countries. The funding is helping the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic to contain the spread of infections, help communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis and improve public health systems,” she added. “Of the US$518 million,” Ms. Dobraja said, “US$117 million is already disbursed to countries and implementing agencies, including US$52 million for Liberia.” The World Bank Country Manager pledged the Bank’s commitment to continuing its financial support to Liberia during and after the Ebola crisis.The Liberian economy has been hit hard by the Ebola epidemic and the related health crisis, significantly slowing down economic activities, declining investments in various sectors and increasing unemployment. “Our economy is struggling to adjust to the impact of the Ebola epidemic and this budgetary support provided by the World Bank Group is going to help us finance budget deficit and get the economy running,” said Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh. Minister Konneh disclosed that government and partners have re-adjusted the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) downward for 2014, from 2.5 percent to 0.4 percent. With economic growth now in negative, Minister Konneh called for increased fiscal discipline in government and increased external budgetary support to finance the deficit. “Our economy is at crossroads. It now calls for strict adherence to fiscal discipline by public officials,” he said. Mr. Konneh, however, clarified that economic decline is not due to bad government policies, but the Ebola virus outbreak. “We appreciate the World Bank Group’s support to the worst Ebola-affected countries-Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone amidst the huge fiscal deficit, declining revenues and increased public spending caused by the Ebola outbreak,” he added. Konneh acknowledged the World Bank as the largest donor to the Government of Liberia during this Ebola epidemic.The nearly US$1 billion that the World Bank Group is mobilizing for countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis, includes more than US$500 million for the emergency response and to help speed up the deployment of foreign health workers to the countries, and at least US$450 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to enable trade, investment and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The US$10 million grant agreement signed on Thursday is part of the PRSDPO II part of previous pledges from the Bank Group for the emergency response to Ebola.The Ebola epidemic, centered in West Africa, has infected more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000.The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), which was established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives.IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.8 billion people living on less than US$2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about US$18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as utterances of Govt reps leave more questions than answers…Opposition seeks clarity on Govt’s contradictory statementsAhead of the next meeting on Friday between representatives from the People’s Progressive Party and the ruling coalition, the Opposition has dispatched a letter to the Government seeking clarity on a number of issues.In the letter, written by PPP member Gail Teixeira and addressed to Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, the Opposition sought clarity on what the Government meant when it said two names from the list submitted by the Opposition Leader were being actively considered.The Party recalled that at Tuesday’s meeting with the President’s representatives, its representatives were informed that four of the names on Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s list of 11 nominees were labelled as: “no objection”, “tending towards acceptability” and “short listed”.“You would recall that our specific enquiry of whether these four names are “not unacceptable” to the President was answered in the negative. In the circumstances, we now enquire of the meaning and purport of the terms “no objection”, “tending towards acceptability” and “short-listed”. We further and specifically enquire, hereof, whether these names are “not unacceptable” to the President.”The letter added that the Party was also informed that another two of the names submitted were singled out as being “pending/under active consideration”. “In the circumstances, we now enquire of the meaning and purport of these terminologies; before whom are these names pending, under whose consideration are they active, the President or his representatives and are these names “not unacceptable” to the President?”Teixeira also questioned whether the decision to reject five of these names and the reasons that were proffered, originated from President David Granger, or from his representatives – Harmon, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.“We must emphasise that if the views expressed at the meetings are those of the President’s representatives and not of the President, and, therefore, names “hammered out” at these engagements are still required to obtain the acceptability of the President, then these engagements would have been, largely, futile, if not, perfunctory.“We agreed to this engagement to effectuate the “good faith” admonitions enunciated by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which must preponderate engagements between the President and the Leader of the Opposition. We, therefore, expect that the President’s representatives will be duly authorised to make commitments at these engagements in their capacity as conduits of the President.”Teixeira noted that so far, the engagements of her and her team – comprising other PPP parliamentarians Juan Edghill and Anil Nandlall – with the Government side have failed to meet these expectations.“We are obliged to inform you that this communication and any response received hereto will be disclosed to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) before the 12th July 2019, so we shall appreciate a response by tomorrow, 11th July 2019, at 12 noon.”The Party also noted that the Government’s response “may determine whether this engagement will continue or whether, we will revert to the Leader of the Opposition and the President engaging, personally, as mandated by Article 161 (2) of the Constitution.”Since the CCJ ruled that former GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson was appointed unconstitutionally, he has resigned. As such, Jagdeo and Granger have been trying to find a replacement to carry out the necessary early elections. In keeping with this, Jagdeo submitted a list of 11 nominees gleaned from the lists he submitted in 2017, before Patterson’s unilateral appointment.Jagdeo’s list comprises Retired Major General Joe Singh, who served as GECOM Chairman years ago; environmentalist Annette Arjoon-Martins, Retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy, businessman Captain Gerry Gouveia, Attorney-at-Law Kashir Khan, former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud, conflict resolution specialist Lawrence Latchmansingh; Retired Major General Norman McLean, businessman Ramesh Dookhoo, Retired Puisne Judge William Ramlall and Onesi La Fleur.On the other hand, President Granger’s informal list comprises Retired Justices James Patterson, Claudette La Bennett, and Stanley Moore as well as economist Aubrey Armstrong, Attorney Kesaundra Alves and former Solicitor General Kim Kyte. The President also proposed known People’s National Congress (PNC) affiliates Stanley Ming (a former PNC parliamentarian) and Kads Khan.The two sides are scheduled to meet again today, one day before the CCJ will hand down consequential orders on this matter and the No-Confidence Motion cases.
“Building on the quality of care we already provide, we have identified some practices around how to improve the quality of care for clients with dementia,” said Rowe. “We have developed educational opportunities and supported staff to participate in learning, and we have also encouraged and supported our clinical nurse educators to receive resources around dementia care and introduce those into our facilities as well.”Equipment such as specialised beds, mattresses, falls-prevention equipment, and bedside tables and chairs will be purchased with a portion of the funding, and recreational, occupational and physiotherapy services will also be enhanced. The funding will also be used towards the introduction of electronic care planning to improve coordination and information-sharing between physicians and all members of the team responsible for looking after seniors in residential care.Rowe said the rate increases are expected to generate ongoing revenue that will be invested back directly into improved residential care.Under the new residential care rate structure, clients now pay up to 80 per cent of their after-tax income towards room and board, as long as they are left with at least $275 a month for personal expenses. Approximately 25 per cent of clients – those with the lowest incomes – saw a reduction in their rates in February, 2010, resulting in an annual savings of up to $540 a year, while 75 per cent saw an increase. Rates now range from $894 a month to a maximum of $2,932 a month.Advertisement The government maintains the new rate structure is fairer to lower-income clients, and that residential care rates in public facilities are still much less expensive than rates in private facilities. Northern Health reports it will continue to invest the balance of $2.9 million in funding generated by a new rate structure for residential care clients into its 23 residential care facilities in northern British Columbia this year.The provincial government introduced rate increases in 2009 that were phased in over two years, and were expected to generate around $53.7 million in additional revenue for health authorities to invest in improved care. The second half of that increase came into effect at the beginning of this year, and Northern Health will continue to invest the money generated by those rate changes into areas such as increased staffing, educational and training opportunities for staff, equipment and improved client services, said Tim Rowe, executive lead for the elder population for the health authority.- Advertisement -“In some way, all of the facilities will benefit from this $2.9 million, and will benefit in a variety of ways,” he said.Part of that funding was used to increase the level of direct care staffing in special care units, such as increased time for Residential Care Aides.”We looked at the region as a whole to decide which of the areas needed enhancements in their staffing levels,” said Rowe. “We did an analysis of where the greatest need was to increase those levels.”Funding will also be directed to education and learning opportunities for employees caring for seniors, with a special focus on care for clients with dementia.Advertisement
The half day session is being led by local business leaders and will include a roundtable dialogue on best practices and ideas to enhance the competitive edge. Participants will be surveyed for feedback on the sessions and offer their input on improving their respective sector.They represent key industries, including manufacturing, forestry, mining, energy, high tech and ship building. – Advertisement –
The Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockie’s own member of parliament Bob Zimmer was officially sworn in while in Ottawa today.Honoured to be in Ottawa today to be sworn in as MP for PG-PR-NR for another term with my wife Val and family! pic.twitter.com/ew6FukRbYl— Bob Zimmer MP (@bobzimmermp) November 13, 2015He was joined by his wife and children as he signed on for his next term as an MP.- Advertisement -Earlier this week, Zimmer and local legion member Gary Bath attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday.
A politician has revealed that some Donegal families are taking home as much as €85,000 in social welfare payments.Senator Jimmy Harte highlighted the case of one family who are being paid €90,000 or €1,763 per week without having to go outside their front door.The unemployed married couple, who have four children, claim a range of social welfare benefits. The shocking revelation was made to the Labour Senator who has now called for a cap on the amount of welfare payments.Senator Harte, who received the information from Department of Social Protection officials, said €50,000 is more than enough for a family to survive on.“It doesn’t matter if this family is from Bosnia or Bundoran – this is far too much.“The family are doing nothing illegal but the system is wrong when a couple are able to receive €90,000 per year for doing nothing. “There are married couples out there in Donegal with two good jobs, working very hard and are not receiving anything like this.“As well as receiving €90,000, they will not have to pay property tax or water charges. That is just wrong.“This is a Dublin-based family but I know there are families in Co Donegal receiving up to €85,000. They won’t take in as much in rent allowance but they are still entitled to all the other payments,” he said.According to figures obtained by Senator Harte the following is the weekly breakdown of the social welfare payments received by the family – Father on Disability Allowance €322, Guardian’s Pension for child taken in €286, Rent Supplement €276, Mother – Carer’s Allowance €380, Child Benefit €288, Daughter (17 years) Special Needs €211.Senator Harte said he has forwarded all this information on to the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. He says he has now personal grudge against this family but wants a ‘root and branch’ search of all families on social welfare and a cap put on payments.“This is being done by the Minister’s office and this is a prime example of it. I’m sure there are many more out there.“We need to start from the bottom and examine all these payments. I find it difficult to believe that people could not survive on €50,000 a year.“I’m sure there are many couples who would just love to be able to say they take home €90,000 a year without having to go outside their front door,” he fumed. EndsFAMILIES ARE CLAIMING UP TO €85,000 IN SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS – HARTE was last modified: September 27th, 2011 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:Senator Jimmy Harte
A young couple took the plunge for the second time in just 24 hours today.But Fiona and Brian Garvin didn’t have a wedding cake, wedding cars or 300 guests the second time.Instead the Co Donegal couple plunged into the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean for the annual New Year’s swim at Marble Hill. Brian looked like he was coming straight from his wedding reception in a stunning black tuxedo.However he revealed that he had actually bought the cheaper suit version off the rail in ASDA!And although Fiona (nee Duggan), who comes from nearby Creeslough, looked stunning, her white dress was also only for the occasion over her swimsuit.Fiona and Brian joined up to 500 other hearty souls including family and friends and also golfer Paul McGinley who looked on but didn’t take the plunge. One onlooker said “It looked freezing but it was one of the biggest crowds I’ve ever seen at the swim in Marble Hill.“Brian and Fiona were great fun and really added to the craic.”PICTURES COURTESY OF CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYHAPPY DONEGAL COUPLE TAKE PLUNGE – FOR SECOND TIME IN 24 HOURS! was last modified: January 1st, 2013 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:Brian and Fiona GarvinCreesloughMarble Hillmarried
SKY News has tracked down a woman who is part of an internet hate campaign against Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann.Play video to see the moment Sky Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt tracked her down. VIDEO: WATCH THE MOMENT SKY NEWS REPORTER CONFRONTS TROLL BEHIND McCANN HATE CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 2nd, 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)
Met Eireann has issued two yellow warning today as strong winds and rough seas are set to batter Donegal’s coastline.Met Eireann says that strong westerly winds will gust to gale force, and there will be high seas on all Atlantic coasts.Gales will move in across the West on all coasts, with Met Eireann giving specific reference to the areas between Mizen Head to Slyne Head, and Slyne Head to Rossan Point in the south of the county. A small craft warning has also been issued in light of the forecast gale-force winds.Primary swells have been measured at 13 feet in areas such as Rosapenna as of 1:30 pm today – but the sea swell on Donegal’s coast is expected to become much larger as the evening draws in.To check out the sea conditions of your area, the RNLI advise you use magicseaweed.com for up-to-date sea news.In light of the unfavourable forecast, Flooding Ireland has said: “Do not expose yourself or others to risk on the coast.” Source: Met Eireann Featured image: @floodingirelandWarning issued as heavy seas and wind to batter Donegal coastline was last modified: September 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalgaleMet EireannseaswellWarningweatherwindYellow