Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, Bulacan—Janine Pontejos set everything ablaze when the Philippines faced Spain in the group stages of the women’s division of the Fiba 3×3 World Cup with five long balls en route to a 13-point performance.Pontejos’ hot hand, however, wasn’t enough as Perlas still fell to the Spain, 21-17, for its third loss in three games in Pool D and bow out of contention.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We knew we were underestimate based on our height alone because every time I pass by them in the hotel they’d look at me from head to toe,” said Pontejos. “I’d just smile at them and think that I would show them what I’m capable of.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Perlas rues ‘costly’ technical foul in loss to Spain Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For Pontejos, though, she doesn’t like to dwell too much on the loss and instead look at the reality that was presented to her even before the tournament started.“I’m not regretting my performance that much because even before we started we knew that we’re the underdogs,” said Pontejos in Filipino. “I know that my teammates and I gave our best in this game we just lost in height.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSpain had 6-foot-3 Aitana Cuevas Mediavilla and 6-foot Vega Jimeno Martinez against the Philippines’ 6-foot-1 Jack Daniel Animam in the paint.Pontejos stands at 5-foot-5 and throughout the game had to contend with the 5-foot-8 Nuria Martinez Prat and 5-foot-7 Paula Palomares. View comments
Tomorrow is Christmas, leading us to praise the Almighty for giving us a Savior to redeem us from our sins and to show us the way to salvation through faith, forgiveness and reconciliation.Despite the tragic toll which Ebola has inflicted upon us and our neighbors in the Mano River basin, we have a lot to be immensely thankful for. First, this terrible disease which has hit us in 2014 more tragically than any other in our history, is fast receding. Thankfully, we were able to hold the elections peacefully. We have heard of absolutely no confusion or discord anywhere.For this we are grateful to God, to the National Elections Commission for a job well done; to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the entire government that helped make this possible; and to the electorate for being well behaved and cooperative throughout the poll amid the Ebola crisis. The electorate for the most part obeyed the rules which the health authorities and NEC put into place to protect voters from Ebola.Nevertheless, there were many who did not venture to the polls because of Ebola fear, which contributed to a low voter turnout. But thank God the poll was successful and each county was able to elect its one Senator and save the country from a constitutional crisis come January, when the bicameral Legislature must convene for the continuation of the third Session of the 53rd Legislature and to hear the President’s Annual Message to the Nation.Now, as we approach the coming New Year, we must reflect soberly on the challenges that await us in 2015. First and foremost, we must strive to be declared Ebola-free. This means that we should continue to restrain ourselves in this festive Season. As we celebrate Christmas and New Year, let us do so with reflection and sobriety, avoiding large gatherings, touching and continue observing the rules that have helped us almost completely eradicate the virus. If we can continue to exercise self-discipline, it is possible that by year’s end or January ending Ebola would be gone and WHO would be ready to give us a clean bill of health. But let us remember that the onus is on us!In the post-Ebola period the emphasis must be on rebuilding our Healthcare Delivery System. As we have often reiterated in this newspaper, Liberia already has a strong head start with pledges from our Chinese and American partners to help us achieve this mission.What we need is a roadmap: the Liberian government must come forward with a comprehensive and visionary plan to plant hospitals and clinics throughout the country, well equipped, well -staffed and proportionately distributed among the population to stop our pregnant mothers and children under five from traveling far distances for medical attention.We must intensify training of nurses and paramedics, lab technologists, medical doctors and medical specialists of every kind in the fields of prevention and cure. BUT—and this is a BIG BUT: how can we begin the march to achieving this when we cannot pay the stipends of the few medical students we have? The government and the whole nation must get a lot more serious about health and medical training and about the whole educational system.Fixing our educational system from nursery to tertiary as well as vocational and technical skills training is the next major challenge. Whom else can we find to accomplish this fundamental assignment when the Legislature has rejected so highly qualified a candidate as Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell?We pray that we can soon resume work on the hydro, the West African Power Pool installations and the road system two vital drivers of the national economy. Without energy and well planned, constructed and maintained network of roads, the growth of commerce and industry are seriously impaired.We must find a way to fix Agriculture, too, so that our farmers are empowered to feed the nation. But this, too, is a very serious challenge that needs serious people to do it.All of these challenges must be tackled with patriotic fervor, vision, efficiency and vigor so that the Liberian people may become convinced that government is working for them. It is then that they will become interested and involved in every national endeavor, including elections when they realize that their government is seriously working for them. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In our February 20 editorial, we recalled how Jacob, on his mother Rebekah’s instigation, double-crossed his older brother Esau and showed up with an excellent gift that father Isaac graciously accepted. The gift led Isaac to bless Jacob instead of Esau as promised. By the time Esau arrived with his gift, it was too late. Bitter enmity immediately erupted between Isaac’s two sons.Our recollection of this third Biblical manifestation of sibling rivalry, which has been repeated in families throughout history, followed the sudden defection of Harrison Karnwea from the ruling Unity Party to presidential candidate Charles Walker Brumskine’s Liberty Party (LP). Surprisingly to everyone, Karnwea still kept his high profile job as Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s UP government.How did this happen? we asked editorially. For contrary to normal politics, Mr. Karnwea was never questioned about his sudden political move, nor was he fired or asked to resign. Indeed, he kept his job until several weeks later when he voluntarily resigned.This led many, including us, to speculate that President Sirleaf had been behind Karnwea’s move in the first place, for he could not have dared such a thing without his boss’ blessing.Now the “voice of Jacob” is being clearly made manifest. President Sirleaf, in a New York interview with CNN International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour, boldly declared “I’m sending a strong signal; not only should we respect the Constitution and the law, but l also say it’s time for generational change.”“We have young people that are vying for leadership, that have the capacity . . . passion and . . . capability . . . it’s time for them to take over and we’ve got to make way for them.”What does all this mean? Well, the first thing it means is that she will NOT be supporting the man who was twice successfully her running mate, Vice President Joseph Boakai, who is himself now seeking the presidency.But who are the “young people” that Ellen believes “have the capacity . . . passion and . . . capability” to lead Liberia? Who is he for whom she believes she “must make way”?There are five prominent opposition candidates running against the incumbent, all of them younger than Veep Boakai. One is Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP). He, however, could not be the one she would support, since he is on record as saying Liberians should NOT elect a UP partisan as our next president, because he insists, UP has failed the country.The second is former Central Bank Executive Governor J. Mills Jones, also believed to be in his sixties, who is also an unlikely candidate she would support. He was the prime target of the so-called “Code of Conduct” that attempted, unsuccessfully, to stop him from running.The third is Alexander Cummings, 60, of Alternative National Congress (ANC), former CEO of Coca Cola International. President Sirleaf has shown no signal that she might favor him.The fourth is Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine, 66. We consider him definitely one whom Ellen might support for obvious reasons—Harrison Karnwea. Besides, remember that earlier on, one of Ellen’s close confidantes, Musa Bility, suddenly quit UP to join LP, where he became the party’s campaign chief executive officer!The fifth candidate is football superstar George Weah, standard bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). He, too, surprisingly, is one who may likely get Ellen’s nod—why? Three cogent reasons: First, remember that a few weeks ago another very close Ellen confidante, former Senate President Pro Tempore Gbehzongar Findley, suddenly quit UP to join CDC. This was immediately interpreted by some to mean that Ellen wished to put her foot there, too, within CDC ranks.Secondly, Ellen’s son Robert Sirleaf is believed to be firmly backing George Weah for the presidency.Third is the link to the CDC by one of Ellen’s leading Cabinet officers, Education Minister George Werner, who is also believed to be very close to the Sirleaf family.But there is yet a more serious link between Robert Sirleaf and CDC. Pundits believe he is aiming to succeed George Weah in the Liberian Senate!It is, therefore, anyone’s guess where President Sirleaf is leaning—toward Brumskine? or toward her beloved son Robert’s CDC?Why is she, in her dying days in office, jumping helter skelter to ensure that the Liberian people will elect her chosen successor? What does that tell us about this President?Will the Liberian people buy this? Not if they want constructive, positive and visionary change in their beleaguered (long-suffering), yet beloved country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of New Amsterdam, Berbice, on Friday last benefitted from an interactive session on Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector hosted by Head of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe.It was the fifth interactive session organised by the Department of Energy within the Ministry of the Presidency aimed at raising awareness among all Guyanese on the oil and gas sector as well as to sensitise them on the multiplier effects.The session, which was held at the Berbice High School, also aimed at providing an opportunity for stakeholders to actively participate in discussions.However, scores of persons turned up claiming that they were promised jobs if they attended the session, and as such, walked with their relevant documents for interviews.A section of the large gathering at the Berbice High School on FridayRegion Six Chairman David Armogan was quick to dispel those rumours claiming that the exercise is not about job opportunities.Meanwhile, Head of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe encouraged the youths to plan for careers, not only in oil and gas but rather for the transformation of the economy.Guyana is expected to begin commercial oil production by March 2020 and is expected to rake in an initial annual revenue of US$300 million.Guyana is now home to the world’s biggest new deep-water oil discovery. Principle explorer ExxonMobil has been keen to push development of the oil reserves and is expected to begin commercial production next year. So far, there have been twelve discoveries in the Stabroek Black alone.Currently, there are several operators in the sector besides ExxonMobil. At least four will be carrying out exploratory works this year with four wells planned to be dug. According to Bynoe, CGX Energy Inc is among the four companies which are expected to drill later this year.“While we speak about a sector, the sector only had one success and that success is ExxonMobil, so as the Chairman said, we are sitting not just on a gold mine but we have the lottery ticket and it is up to us when we wish to cash it in,” Bynoe told the gathering.So far, a total of an estimated five billion barrels of oil has been discovered in territories which belong to Guyana.According to Bynoe, the sector will be managed through recruitment and instructional strengthening, the revision of the legal framework and partnering with other agencies.He added that the right policies will be established to assist with managing the sector.
Serious steps will be taken to prosecute individuals and businesses that do not adhere to the laws related to the Tobacco Control Bill which sets out tough fines for violators.Health Minister Volda Lawrence has announced that the Government is currently fine-tuning the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the establishment of a Tobacco Council in Guyana.The Minister said the document is still being crafted but is expected to be presented to Cabinet for approval before the end of this year. The Council could be established as soon as January 2019.Lawrence confirmed that no one has been charged since the bill became law in July 2017. However, the Ministry has started a campaign aimed at educating persons on the legislation.Once the Ministry’s public awareness campaign comes to an end, a timeframe will be set in which to begin to institute penalties for the legislation through the Council.The Bill provides for the adoption and implementation of tobacco-control policies in accordance with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).The legislation serves as the legal regulator for administration, inspection and enforcement, while providing legislative protection from exposure to second-hand smoke by eliminating public smoking. The new law bans smoking at all indoor workplaces and certain outdoor places, such as in any waiting area or queue in a public place, including but not limited to, any public transport stop, bus stand or bus park. It also clampdowns on advertising campaigns launched by any tobacco company.Penalties in the form of fines and prison sentences for certain transgressions are also included.These range from a fine of $200,000 for persons who breach the new regulations, along with six months imprisonment, to fines for business entities of up to $9 million.Former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy under whose leadership the first draft of this Bill was created has said that tobacco is the world’s greatest extra-judicial killer. The United Nations (UN) has agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a better world by 2030.With the SDGs, there is specific recognition of the importance of the NCDs, Dr Ramsammy said, while noting that there is also recognition that tobacco is a killer and globally, there is need for collective action to reduce and eliminate the negative impacts of tobacco.“Now that the SDG has embraced the goals of the FCTC, it is time we are more robust in our action to stop big tobacco. In this regards, we must strictly enforce our agreements in the FCTC to increase taxes on tobacco. Research has shown clearly that increased taxes do reduce tobacco use,” he added.Increased challengesPan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow has said 80 per cent of premature deaths from tobacco occur in low or middle-income countries, like Guyana, which face increased challenges to achieving their development goals.Dr Adu-Krow said in 2017, 15.4 per cent of the adult population were smokers of tobacco, with 26.6 per cent of the total smokers being men and 3.3 per cent being women in Guyana.The Global Youth Tobacco Survey that was conducted here in 2015 among youths between the ages of 13 and 15 found that 14.8 per cent of students – 19 per cent boys and 10.4 per cent of girls – are users of tobacco products.Dr Adu-Krow has also stated that tobacco use is a threat to individuals, regardless of their gender, age and ethnicity and even their cultural or educational background.One in 10 deaths around the world is caused by smoking, according to a major new study that shows the tobacco epidemic is far from over and the threat to lives is spreading across the globe.There were nearly one billion smokers in 2015, in spite of tobacco control policies having been adopted by many countries. That number is expected to rise as the world’s population expands.One in every four men is a smoker and one in 20 women. Their lives are likely to be cut short – smoking is the second biggest risk factor for early death and disability after high blood pressure.Tobacco is responsible for seven million deaths per year worldwide. This includes 900,000 persons who die from diseases related to exposure to tobacco smoke. If current trends continue, tobacco use will kill 10 million people per year by 2020.
The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for you help in finding the suspect(s) that vandalized several vehicles.Between 11pm Saturday September 27th and 4am Sunday September 28th, numberous vehicles were vandalized in the area of 86th Street and 89th Ave. The vehicles were spray painted in the parking lots of apartment buildings in those areas.If you have any information about this crime please call the RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.crimstoppersfsj.ca- Advertisement –
Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has urged his side to continue their emphatic run of recent form until the end of the season to secure Premier League safety.The Foxes have now won six games from seven in the top flight following Saturday’s 2-0 home victory over Southampton.A Riyad Mahrez double secured all three points, lifting them to 37 points and three points above the relegation zone.Pearson however, wants his men to avoid relying on the other teams below them to guarantee safety, and go all out in their remaining two games to seal it in style.“We’re on 37 points with 2 games to go, so we’ve still got work to do,” said the Foxes boss.“Your own fate will be dictated by the results you get yourselves.“Results elsewhere can sometimes help but ultimately what we have to do is win enough points ourselves. We have given ourselves an even better chance today, but the two teams we have left our both in the relegation dog fight.“We’re going to have to be very disciplined in the last two games.”
GOV. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state Legislature’s Democratic leadership are knee-deep in their special session on health care reform. And if the rhetoric on health care coming from Sacramento’s bigwigs is any indication, they aren’t just scrambling to re- arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic – they’re blowing holes in the ship’s hull in the absurd hope of getting the water to leak out faster. Both Schwarzenegger and the Democrats support a requirement that employers spend a fixed percentage of their payroll on health benefits for employees, or else pay additional taxes as punishment. Commonly called a “pay or play” law, this requirement is a totally misguided way to go about reforming health care. It would wreak havoc on California’s job market without solving the problem of the uninsured. This lunch isn’t free – it would cost somebody. And guess who that would be? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In large part, it’s not businesses themselves, or government bureaucrats. It’s the worker – the little guy pay or play laws are supposed to help. Why’s that? Because employers have to pass insurance costs on to employees in order to stay afloat. Harvard economists Katherine Baicker and Amitabh Chandra recently estimated that for every 10 percent increase in insurance premiums, the average wages of employees who receive coverage through their employer drops by more than 3 percent. And even if employees have access to insurance through their employers, it’s of no use unless they can afford to cover their part of the premium, co-pays and deductible. But an increasingly large share of Californians – and Americans, in general – can’t do that. Insurance has simply become too expensive. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance has increased 78 percent since 2001, vastly outpacing inflation and wage growth. So if lawmakers are serious about reforming health care, they need to address the ever-increasing cost of health insurance. But a pay or play law doesn’t do that. In fact, it may actually have the counterproductive effect of increasing the number of uninsured by increasing the number of unemployed. Some employers won’t be able to offset all of the new costs by decreasing wages. They’ll have to take more “extreme” measures – handing out pink slips or closing up shop entirely. Economic data attest to this: Additional research from Baicker and Chandra shows that a 20 percent increase in insurance premiums reduces the probability of the average person being employed by 3 percentage points. And so does on-the-ground testimony from Californian employers. Bookstore owner Alzada Knickerbocker told Sacramento’s ABC7 news during the initial stages of Schwarzenegger’s health care crusade that “We’re already in basically a break-even situation. So you can’t simply add burdens to small business and expect that they can absorb them.” What’s a real way to cut health insurance costs and not just pass them around? Reduce the number of insurance mandates. Currently, any insurance plan sold in California has to cover (among other things) in-vitro fertilization, breast reconstruction, chiropractor visits and treatment for alcoholism. This “sweetening” of insurance packages makes them more expensive, as insurers raise prices to recoup the costs of each additional mandated service. The Council for Affordable Health Insurance estimates that California’s insurance mandates inflate the cost of a basic health care plan by as much as 50 percent. That means millions of Californians are getting priced out of the insurance market because the bells and whistles of a “standard” plan make it too expensive. And is it fair to, say, force a man to get coverage for breast reconstruction? Someone needs to remind Schwarzenegger that his movie “Junior” wasn’t a documentary. Even the public knows a bad deal when it sees one. Given the opportunity to reject a version of pay or play in 2004, the public voted no on Proposition 72. If lawmakers really want to do good, they’ll have to look elsewhere. Jill Jenkins is chief economist at the Employment Policies Institute.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Members of the Yes campaign after a canvass in Letterkenny.A young Letterkenny man has said a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum will speak volumes for gay people in Donegal.Kevin Carter was speaking following a canvas in the Ballyraine area of Letterkenny on Tuesday evening. Kevin CarterHe said “A yes vote in the referendum for marriage equality on 22 May would speak volumes. It would mean that LGBT people would know that they are welcome and can live their lives in their home county.”Carter, a former student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), said that the positive experience he had in college as a member of the LYIT LGBT+ society helped him and other LGBT students to stay in their home county rather than heading to the big cities like Dublin, Belfast or London.“For some LGBT people, they feel they have to leave as they are not accepted. This hurts them and their families as they fear they cannot come out at home. A yes vote in Donegal would send a clear message that the people of Donegal welcome and want to make Donegal a home for all of its citizens”, he continued.Yes Equality Donegal are one of the most active groups supporting a yes vote in the country and are canvassing, hosting information sessions and fundraising events throughout the county. They are calling on the people of Donegal to demonstrate just how tolerant, accepting and welcoming they are.Yes Equality Donegal spokesperson Sinead Murray said, “By voting Yes for marriage equality we as a county and we as a nation will be demonstrating that we are a truly inclusive society. By voting yes we will be strengthening and uniting society. A Yes in this referendum is a yes to gay people being full participants in Irish society, and fully equal in the eyes of their fellow citizens.” YES VOTE WILL MAKE GAY PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE WELCOME IN DONEGAL – YES CAMPAIGN was last modified: April 1st, 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:donegalEqualitygaymarriagereferendumyes vote