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first_imgJustin Brownlee has lost the Best Import award twice but he wasn’t going to be denied for a third time.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins NCAA: Maguliano explodes for 30 as EAC stuns San Sebastian Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Brownlee, Barangay Ginebra’s prolific forward, has been finally named Best Import after leading his team to the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup Finals.Ginebra chants rained down on Brownlee, who was awarded Friday night at center court shortly before Game 4 of the finals between the Gin Kings and the San Miguel Beermen tipped off at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Meanwhile, June Mar Fajardo won his seventh Best Player of the Conference award.READ: Fajardo takes home 7th BPC award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Vic Manuel, who had an 11-game stretch scoring at least 20 points, was a distant second while Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort finished in third.The 30-year-old Brownlee finished second to Meralco’s Allen Durham in the 2016 and 2017 Governors’ Cup but had the last say after powering Ginebra to the top during both conferences.Brownlee beat his former Asean Basketball League teammate Renaldo Balkman of San Miguel Beer and Reggie Johnson of Rain or Shine and Diamon Simpson of Alaska for the award.Brownlee got a total of 1209 points, outpointing Balkman by 351.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) is pleased to inform the Muslim community that the new moon for the sacred month of Muharram (the first month in the Muslim lunar calendar) was sighted on the evening of Saturday, August 31, 2019, thus, the new lunar Islamic year has begun.The Central Executive Council of the CIOG congratulates the Muslim community and calls on all Muslims to begin this New Year with extra acts of devotion and remembrance of Allah and a renewed commitment to obeying our Lord in accordance with the standard He set forth in the Noble Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).It is only through strict adherence to the way of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) which is the very way of all the previous Prophets from Adam to Jesus (peace be upon them all) that people will achieve purity of faith and freedom from vice and corruption. Any other course will result in lusts such as greed, animosity and prejudice which only induce men to indecencies and vileness. We, therefore, remind ourselves and all Muslims in Guyana and indeed all Guyanese that it is our duty to learn and live that Prophetic way in all aspects of our lives without exception.And we pray to Allah that in this new lunar year He forgives us our faults from the previous years and rectifies our hearts and actions and make us among those who are firm and well established in faith so that we can live amongst each other in peace, love and harmony.I close with the following statement by Umar Ibn Al Khattab (RAD), “Richness isn’t found in wealth, as wealth can diminish. Nor is it found in beauty, for beauty fades with age. It’s found in good character and kind hearts. So treat people in such a way and live amongst them in such a manner that when you die, they make supplication for you, and when you’re alive, they benefit from you and they thank Allah, the Most High for having you in their life”.Sincerely,Al HajShahabudeen AhmadPresidentCIOGlast_img read more

first_imgThe youngest slate in Local Government Elections (LGE) will be on full display today when hundreds of candidates will invade the Centre For Change as the Alliance For Change (AFC) hosts its LGE Candidates Conference at its headquarters at Railway Embankment, Kitty, Georgetown.The Candidates Conference will see AFC constituency candidates for the upcoming November 12 Local Government polls travelling from as far as Bartica, Corentyne, Kwakwani, Leguan and Linden to attend the conference.According to a statement from the party on Friday, candidates from Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are expected to be in attendance. The party said it will be hosting similar events in other regions on upcoming dates.During the one-day Conference, candidates will be briefed on Local Government Election rules and procedures and will receive a charge by party elder, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Furthermore, several candidates will also deliver presentations in addition to presentations by party Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan, Vice Chair Cathy Hughes and Campaign Director David Patterson.The event will also see the launch of campaign jingles and the LGE edition of ‘The Key’, the party’s newspaper.“This event is designed to both energise and educate our candidates. We look forward to the legendary AFC camaraderie and energy tomorrow as the candidates swarm in from all over the country,” party leader Raphael Trotman said.Meanwhile, AFC’s Campaign Director David Patterson said, “It has taken a considerable amount of planning and logistical work to put together this conference but all has gone smoothly and the final arrangements are being put in place for a successful event.”Following failed negotiations with its majority coalition partner, the AFC announced back in August it will be contesting the November 12 LGE separately from the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).The minority party in the coalition Government had said the decision was reached following the inconclusive negotiations with APNU but noted that the separation applies only for the 2018 Local Government polls and “does not, in any way, affect the APNU/AFC coalition Government, nor does it, in any way, change the AFC’s position on coalition politics at the national level. The AFC remains, and reaffirms that it is, committed to the APNU/AFC coalition.”On February 14 last, the APNU and AFC celebrated their three-year anniversary since signing the “lovers’ deal”. However, the AFC of recent has come under fire for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with the APNU. In fact, the top leadership of the AFC had decided back mid-November to revise its governing agreement with its majority coalition partner.The Cummingsburg Accord has a lifespan of a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years, and was focused primarily on the General and Regional Elections. To this end, the AFC had proposed as part of the nine points up for negotiation with its coalition partner that an agreement on LGE be crafted. In fact, the minority coalition partner detailed some of its positions for negotiation in the LGE Accord.The AFC’s National Executive Committee, after a May 1 meeting, had allowed additional time for the two coalition partners to have a definitive written agreement in the form of a Local Government Elections Accord but this was never done.last_img read more

first_imgThose taking part must be between the ages of 16 to 20 years old as of December of this year. The cost to register is $75 and the first practice will begin at 7:30 p.m.Those interested must bring a care card and the signature of a parent if a minor. Anyone with questions relating to the tryouts are encouraged to call Assistant Coach Jeremy Clothier at 250-793-0978.- Advertisement –last_img

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The state Controller’s Office will audit the California Public Utilities Commission’s debt-collections systems after the (Contra Costa) Times reported that $33 million in fines, mostly levied against telecommunication companies for violations of consumer-protection law, have gone uncollected since 1999. “A substantial amount of PUC-levied fines may not have been properly established as accounts receivable, the necessary collection efforts … may not have occurred (and) such receivables may not have been properly evaluated as to their collectibility,” the controller’s chief auditor, Jeffrey V. Brownfield, wrote in a letter to the commission sent Monday. The paper reported Sunday that internal commission memos state that it has failed to collect $33 million in fines. Some of the companies have gone out of business, and the money may not be collectable. The commission’s procedures for pursing debts “were not in written form and were ineffective and inadequate,” one internal memo states. A “review (is) critical because of the legal responsibilities” of state agencies to aggressively pursue debts.Neither Commission President Michael Peevey nor Executive Director Stephen Larson returned telephone messages Tuesday.last_img read more

first_img“The tremendous part is the progress our son has made,” Na said. “We believe in a full recovery for our son.” The Son-Rise program of the Autism Treatment Center of America emphasizes “joining” children in their learning instead of going against them. According to the Web site Wikipedia, the main criticism against the Son-Rise program is that there has been no independent research of its effectiveness, although parents have reported substantial improvements in their children. In the beginning, Na said he and his wife simply joined their son in whatever he was doing – whether that was standing with their hands along the wall or laying on the floor. Even the smallest of his activities was celebrated with “Good job!” or “Awesome!” That positive reinforcement allowed Edward to trust his parents and he began interacting and communicating with them more. He stopped retreating into his own world, and that’s when the improvements began. It was evident even to veteran occupational therapist Laura Steingold, who works with the couple’s youngest daughter, Elleyse, who is 2years old and is thought to be at risk of autism because of developmental delays. “The changes in \ Eddie have been amazing,” said Steingold, who has a history of working with autistic children. “When I first started going to the home, I’d come in the door, and the boy would run right past me and not really acknowledge me,” she said. “There was no eye contact, no talking and he seemed agitated most of the time, like he didn’t know what to do with himself. “But last week, I had given Elleyse a feather and when I left, he came over to me, looked me right in the eyes and said, `I want a feather, please,”‘ Steingold said. “I said, `OK, what color would you like?’ And he said, `Purple.’ Now, to get two sentences out of him like that and have an actual conversation with him, it just goes to show how the change in him has been amazing.” Financially, Na said it hasn’t been that much of a burden. They spent $180,000 on traditional autism treatments in one year, but that didn’t seem to work. So, they added a playroom with a one-way observation mirror to their house, which cost them $10,000. And the couple has attended two Son-Rise training sessions on the East Coast at a cost of $2,000per person. The program is not without its challenges, however. The time commitment is huge. Edward’s teaching goes on for several hours a day, seven days a week. Assessments are done constantly. As such, the couple has enlisted help from three volunteers, mostly college students, who help with Edward’s education in exchange for class credit. Volunteer Tiffany Castanon, 23, a senior at Cal State Fullerton who hopes to become a psychologist, said she had always wanted to work with autistic children. “I’ve learned so much, and I’ve seen such an improvement since I came at the end of November,” Castanon said. “When I first started, \ would mostly circle the room and hit the walls. “Now, he will come get me, pull my hand and say, `Let’s go to the playroom,”‘ she added. More than anything, the Nas say they just want other parents to know that they have options when it comes to their autistic children. “We want to get parents to know that they have to trust themselves and their children, and there are alternatives outside of force-feeding them Ritalin,” Na said. “It’s one thing to preach and another to show by example,” he added. “And that’s what we’re trying to do.” (562)698-0955, Ext.3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventSo they decided to take charge of Edward’s education themselves, finally settling on a home-based program called Son-Rise through the Autism Treatment Center of America. The program is heavy on love and support – but light on the pressure to perform. And if the past 11 months are any indication, it is working. “Parents are the best advocates for their kids because they’re willing to believe the impossible,” said Eddie Na, 35, who works full-time as an engineer and whose wife is a stay-at-home parent. “My son only has to be happy, and I want to know that I’ve done what I can to get him to progress and recover.” A 2005 school evaluation predicted that by the time Edward turned 4 last December, he would likely only have a 10-word vocabulary, be able to put together a four-piece puzzle and sort two colors. Now, four months after his fourth birthday, Edward’s vocabulary consists of 500 words. He can speak in six- to nine-word sentences, he maintains eye contact and just finished putting together a 36-piece puzzle with his father. LA HABRA – Eddie Na’s father brought him and his siblings from Korea to America in the 1970s to give them a chance at a better education, hoping they would eventually attend prestigious universities like Harvard and Stanford. Three decades later, Na and his wife, Rachel, find themselves also forging an unusual educational path for their 4-year-old son. But their expectations for his progress are much different. After their son, Edward Michael, was diagnosed with autism more than two years ago, the couple said they encountered mostly confusion and frustration with traditional techniques to treat the brain disorder. Therapy sessions involved someone physically restraining or moving Edward’s head or hands – and it just didn’t feel right, Na said. last_img

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt – Osama bin Laden purportedly said in an audio tape Tuesday that neither Zacarias Moussaoui – the only person convicted in the U.S. for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks – nor anyone held at Guantanamo had anything to do with the al-Qaida operation. “He had no connection at all with Sept. 11,” the speaker claiming to be bin Laden said in the tape posted on the Internet. “I am the one in charge of the 19 brothers and I never assigned brother Zacarias to be with them in that mission,” he said, referring to the 19 hijackers. Two counterterrorism officials in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. intelligence is aware of the bin Laden message. One of the officials said there is no reason to doubt its authenticity. Bin Laden also said that none of the hundreds of terror suspects held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was involved and most had no ties to al-Qaida. “Our brothers in Guantanamo … have no connection whatsoever to the events of Sept. 11,” he said, adding that “some of them oppose al-Qaida’s methods of calling to fight America.” Bin Laden called all the detainees innocent, claiming they were jailed to justify the cost of the War on Terror. “There must be some justification for the tremendous spending of hundreds of billions of dollars on the (U.S.) defense department and other agencies,” he said. The terror mastermind did indicate that two suspects had links to the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon: “All the prisoners to date have no connection to the Sept. 11 events or knew anything about them, except for two of the brothers,” bin Laden said. But he did not provide names or elaborate further and it wasn’t possible to determine if or where they were held. One of the counterterror officials said the message is part of bin Laden’s continuing effort to demonstrate he is a relevant extremist leader, who is knowledgeable of current events. The official said the message was made for propaganda purposes, and it does not contain any threats. Moussaoui, a 37-year-old Frenchman and admitted al-Qaida member, was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month after a jury ruled that he was responsible for at least one death on Sept. 11. The al-Qaida chief said the Sept. 11 hijackers were divided into two groups, “pilots and assistants.” “Since Zacarias Moussaoui was still learning how to fly, he wasn’t No. 20 in the group, as your government has claimed,” bin Laden said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 01.08.11Congratulations to Rory and Kevin and to Jim McGuiness and his backroom team on steering Donegal to an All-Ireland SFC semi-final meeting with the winner of the Tyrone v Dublin clash this weekend.It looks like the Senior Championship will go ahead this weekend with the lads meeting neighbours Glenswilly in the quarter final on Sunday in Ballybofey with throw-in time to be confirmed. The Reserves will probably have their 1st round play-off with Dungloe this weekend as well, possibly as a curtain raiser to the Senior quarter final.The Juniors will learn this week if they have been awarded their 1st round play-off match against Downings by the CCC after the Downings team failed to show up for the match in Termon last week.The U-14 Boys got their Championship campaign off to a good start with  a comprehensive win over  Burt in the first round.The U-14 Div. 2 team lost their Shield semi-final to  a strong Buncrana team. There are no underage football fixtures during the first week of August.This Saturday, we will host the 1st Rd. Championship play-off double header between Ardara and Cloughaneely with throw-in times to be confirmed. All available stewards are asked to be at the Park an hour before the Reserve game throw-in.The U16 Hurlers had no game last Thursday when Strabane conceded. They now play Carndonagh at home this Thursday in the League. The U12 hurlers had a fine win over Carndonagh last week and they are away to Strabane this Thursday. Well done to Gareth Mc Gill and Prionsais O Lionnain who represented the club on the County U16 hurling team in Belfast last week recording good wins over Down and Armagh.The U12 Camogie blitz was held in Donegal town last friday with the girls defeating Burt and losing out to Donegal Town and Carndonagh. Camogie fixtures for August include 12th for U10’s in Burt, the 13th for the U14s Ulster Blitz, the 19th for the U12s in Ballybofey and finally the 26th for the U12s in Burt. The camogie referee course for adults & young whistlers has been postponed. If you wish to attend the course please contact Gavin Craig. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the Camogie finals please contact Gavin Craig.U-16 & Minor training is on each Monday at 5:30pm. U-12/13  Hurling training is on Tuesday at 5:30pm. U12 Game each Thursday until September. Congratulations to Brendan McGlynn, Stackarnagh, Churchill who scooped the €10,000 1st Prize in our Development Draw. Here are the rest of the results: 2nd Prize Weekend for 2 in Dublin (in association with McEniff Hotels): Martin Coll, Ballyboes, Falcarragh; 3rd Prize 1,000 litres Home Heating oil (in association with Top Oil) Martin Bond c/o AIB, Letterkenny; 4th Prize Digital Camera (in association with Magee’s Chemist) Willie Boyle, Drumkeen; 5th Prize €500: Jack Sullivan c/o Greg Sullivan Golf Course Rd.; 6th Prize 32” LCd TV (in association with Curry’s) Anne McHugh, c/o Errigal College; 7th Prize €200: Margaret Gallagher, c/o Neil Browne; 8th Prize 6 months membership to Mt. Errigal Leisure Centre (in association with Mt. Errigal Hotel): John McKeever, Ballymacool; 9th Prize €200: Diarmaid O’Tuama, Wicklow; 10th Prize 1 week Mediterranean Holiday worth €1,000 (in association with Liberty Travel): Tom Mohan, c/o Tir Conaill Gaels, London.Both the Friday evening Hurling & Camogie Academy and the Sunday Morning Football Academy are currently on two week breaks. The Football returns on Sunday, August 14th with the Hurling & Camogie back on the 19th of August.Lotto numbers and winners will be sent in a club e-mail later in the week.GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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:GAA: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

first_imgTWO Greencastle fishermen who landed tonnes of extra fish in Killybegs in 2004 without properly recording it have been given large fines today.Michael Cavanagh was fined €30,000 whilst co-accused Brendan Gill was fined €37,500.Michael Cavanagh – a tireless charity worker who raises money for good causes through his role as The Singing Skipper – pleaded guilty to one charge of landing mackerel and scad from his boat ‘The Father McKee’ without properly recording it in October 2004. Brendan Gill, the 64-year-old skipper of the Brendelen, also pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to properly record a catch in September 2004.It emerged in court today that both men had never hidden the extra tens of thousands of euro they earned from the catch from the Revenue Commissioners, declaring it in their tax returns.Cavanagh, 65, had earned an extra €24,580 from his failure to declare 123 tonnes of mackerel and an extra tonne of scad.Gill, a 64-year-old father of four, had earned an extra €33,251 from his failure to declare an extra 135 tonnes of scad and 50 tonnes of mackerel.Both men had originally faced two dozen charges each.Peter Nolan, barrister for Mr Cavanagh, launched a scathing attack on the justice system saying his client had been tortured by a system which took ten years to come to court.He said his client was not unlike a character from the Frank Kafka novel ‘The Trial’  who was “arrested and prosecuted by a remote inaccessible authority, without him ever being told the nature of the alleged crime or the charges”.He said the monitoring of the fishing industry at the time was “a comedy of errors” overseen by “Keystone cops”.Mr Nolan went on: “The fact is there would be no fishing industry at all if it were not for people like Mr Cavanagh.”He also said his client worked tirelessly for charity, raising €37,000 for them in recent years through sales of his ‘Singing Skipper’ CDs.Both skippers employed a dozen people on their boats, the court heard.Damian Crawford, barrister for Mr Gill, said his client had also had no previous criminal history, had worked hard all his life for his family and his crew.He also said that his client would face difficulties next year because quotas were being cut again.“The fishing season is now down to six months and there is no guarantee that when he and his crew go to sea that they will even return him with a catch,” said Mr Crawford.The maximum fine for the offences is €126,000.Judge Keenan Johnson said both accused men were clearly hard-working family men who contributed to society and to jobs.However he said he had to send a message out to the fishing industry that the courts would view very seriously any breaches of fishing quotas.Judge Johnson said it was clear from the evidence in the case that the system in place for measuring catches in 2004 was under-resourced.He said it was ‘pot luck’ whether or not a catch would be assessed by fisheries officers due to the lack of staff.This had now changed, he said.The judge said Ireland could now ‘hold its head up high’ in how it now dealt with regulations.€67,500 IN FINES FOR GREENCASTLE TRAWLER OWNERS OVER ILLEGAL CATCHES was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan GillfinedGreencastleMichael Cavanaghlast_img read more

first_imgCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER: There are still tickets available for this weekend’s crunch All-Ireland quarter-final clash between Donegal and Mayo at Croke Park.Donegal’s No.1 ticket selling agent – Kavanaghs SuperValu, Ballybofey still have some superb tickets available for the match on Saturday night.Lower Hogan Stand tickets are still available to purchase at Kavanaghs SuperValu in Ballybofey. The tickets available are in section 328 between the 21 and 45 yard line!Call in today or ring us on 074-91-32690 to reserve your tickets NOW!#TIRCHONAILLABÚTICKETS FOR DONEGAL V MAYO ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINAL STILL AVAILABLE AT KAVANAGH’S SUPERVALU BALLYBOFEY was last modified: August 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAnewsSportlast_img read more