Returning Soltones carries Smart past Sta. Lucia in PSL All-Filipino opener

first_imgCarpio 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Cansino turns disappointment into motivation en route to historic triple-double CONTRIBUTED PHOTOGrethcel Soltones reintroduced herself to the Philippine Superliga stage after lifting Smart past Sta. Lucia, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, at the start of the All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Soltones fired a game-high 17 points in only her first game back after a one-year hiatus.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “I’m very happy to be back after one year,” said Soltones, who was a member of the national team that saw action in the AVC Asian Women’s Cup early this month.“We’re very happy to play in a high-level tournament.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe game also marked the return of Smart head coach Roger Gorayeb in the PSL after five years.“I’m happy with the win, we’ve prepared for this and I want all of my players to gain confidence as early as today,” Gorayeb said. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Giga Hitters scored five unanswered points to break a 19-19 deadlock before the Lady Realtors pulled within one, 24-23.Fortunately for Smart, Soltones was there for the game-clinching attack.Pam Lastimosa had eight points for Sta. Lucia, which played minus Chinchin Basas and Filipino-American star MJ Philips.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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Govt backtracks on promise to present info to National Assembly

first_imgTransparency & accountability…Ministries of Communities, Public Infrastructure among culpritsWhile examining the 2018 Budget estimates, the parliamentary Opposition had demanded information from the Government on several line items. As some of this information was not at hand, several Ministers promised to have it laid in the National Assembly at a later date.Fast forward to 2018 and while some Ministries have presented information to the National Assembly on their spending plans for the New Year, other Ministries were not so transparent. During the Party’s end-of-year press conference, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira identified the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Communities as the delinquent parties.“We have only received some of the responses… but mostly from some of the questions we asked at the Ministry of the Presidency,” Teixeira told media operatives. “The ones on Infrastructure, we have not received them.”“And remember Local Government (Ministry of Communities) was the one where a lot of questions were raised and we also put blame to the Speaker that this is the most delinquent Ministry (pertaining to) laying over information. We still have not received anything from Local Government and Infrastructure.”Earlier in December, over $6.5 billion was approved for the Ministry of Communities in Budget 2018. Of this sum, $1 billion was allocated for subventions to Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and municipalities. However, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan was at the time unable to provide all requested information on the budgetary allocations, prompting his request for leave to present the information within 48 hours.Teixeira had immediately complained to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, about Bulkan’s track record of failing to present information. This had caused Bulkan to complain to the Speaker about attacks on his character, but Dr Scotland scolded the Minister about the need to present information requested to the House.In the case of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, commitments were also given by the senior Minister (David Patterson) to provide certain documents. The parliamentary Opposition had acquiesced to this request on the condition that the information would be presented by the following week.Guyana Times understands that additional information was provided by the Ministry of Social Cohesion and the Ministry of the Presidency. In the case of the Social Cohesion Ministry, it provided clarifications about financing for the International Decade of People of African Descent (IDPAD).The Ministry of the Presidency provided information on its contract employees. This, however, led to more questions than answers as these workers were shown to be earning huge sums for jobs, some of which required no tertiary qualifications.One such instance is whereby contracted cleaners account for a net salary of over $206,000 per month, inclusive of gratuity and vacation allowance. A Typist Clerk is paid over $170,000 per month, inclusive of these benefits as well, while a contracted driver makes a total of $219,000.In the case of Administrative Assistants, their net salary range is $492,000, while an Administrative Officer makes $551,000 and the Administrative Manager makes almost $1.5 million, inclusive of gratuity and vacation allowance.The two highest paid contracted staff within the Ministry are Senior Executive Director of the Public Service College, Retired Colonel Lawrence Paul ($1.9 million); and Director of Training, Calvin Benn ($1.8 million).last_img read more

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It’s Bedlam at Santa Anita

first_imgIntrospect, a 7-year-old gelding trained by Billy Turner, won for the sixth time in 45starts. The time was 1:11.64 for the 6 furlongs on a fast track in a race for NewYork-breds. “He dug in the last part,” jockey Eddie Martin Jr. said. “He’s a tough horse.” Bedlam Bertie won the $125,000 Sensational Star Handicap for California-breds at Santa Anita in Arcadia, beating Areyoutalkintome by twolengths Sunday. David Flores, winning his ninth stakes race of the 40-day-old meet, sent the 4-year-old gelding to the lead soon after the start of the 6-furlong event on the hillside turf course. They were never seriously threatened, winning in 1:13. Bedlam Bertie paid $7, $3.80 and $3.20. Areyoutalkintome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, returned $4 and $3. Red Warrior paid $3.80 to show. Introspect wins at Aqueduct: Introspect held off Ferocious Won by a head to win the $72,425 Holly Hughes Handicap at Aqueduct in New York. center_img 160Want 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

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Tottenham news: Mauricio Pochettino hints star man may be rested in Europa League

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Kane may be rested for Tottenham’s Europa League match against Monaco on Thursday while Mousa Dembele is definitely out as he is sick.Dembele missed training on Wednesday after coming down with a stomach bug and key players like Kane could also sit out the clash given Spurs are already through to the knock-out stages.A draw against Monaco will ensure Pochettino’s side finish first in the group, which would also guarantee them a seeding going into the last 32.Kane, however, has played in all of Tottenham’s 21 fixtures so far this season and endured a hectic summer, after going to Australia on the club’s post-season tour and then playing for England’s under-21s.“Is it a chance to rest him? Maybe yes,” Pochettino said.“He is in the squad for tomorrow but it is true we need to assess him this afternoon and we have to decide the starting 11 for tomorrow.”Pochettino has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes in the Europa League so far and suggested he will retain a number of core players again.“There may be one or two more changes but not much,” Pochettino said.“I think the squad we have is strong enough to compete in different competitions but maybe if you compare (the team) to the game against Qarabag there will be some changes, but not too much.”Pochettino added: “Always it is tough, it was a tough decision when we played against Qarabag and now it’s tough again.“Always we share the information with the sports science and medical department. We make the best decision for every game.“Tomorrow is a good opportunity to finish first and win the group – this is our objective.”Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli will both be in the squad after recovering from foot and ankle injuries respectively. Harry Kane last_img read more

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Man United have £57m bid rejected for Inter Milan centre-back

first_img The Slovakian has made 18 appearances for his country Manchester United look set to miss out on Milan Skriniar this summer after Inter Milan rejected a £57million bid for the Slovakian, according to reports.The 23-year-old centre-back is deemed ‘non-transferable’ by the Serie A club, who are looking to retain the side that last season brought them back into the Champions League after six years away. 1center_img Skriniar played in all 38 league games last season and Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter will not sell for any price this summer.United boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a centre-back this summer but any move for Skriniar now appears dead after the £57m deal, which would have been the second-highest ever for a defender, was rejected.Mourinho bought Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof in his first two summers at Old Trafford but neither made the position their own and combined for just 24 league starts last season.Long-serving English duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were preferred in the second half of 2017/18 but Smalling could now be on his way to West Ham.last_img read more

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TWO DONEGAL NURSING HOMES CRITICISED IN REPORT

first_imgThe Health Information and Quality Authority has criticised standards at two State-run nursing homes in Co Donegal.Carndonagh Community Hospital and St Joseph’s community hospital in Stranorlar were both found to have significant shortcoming despite repeated inspections in recent years, the Irish Times reports.In a report on the Carndonagh facility, inspectors concluded that staff could not adequately assess and provide appropriate care to a constantly changing group of residents. There were no dedicated cleaning staff. Staff could vary between care, cleaning and catering duties.With care needs taking priority, inspectors found that hygiene standards were poor and significant risks arose where equipment such as commodes were heavily soiled.The report accuses the home of a “persistent failure” to ensure the right numbers and skill-mix to care for residents, as required by previous inspections.Inspectors also expressed dissatisfaction with the monitoring of unintentional weight loss of residents, the assessment and management of cases of diabetes and epilepsy and arrangements for the admission and discharge of residents. Other areas of concern were medication management and the standards of cleanliness and hygiene. “Inspectors found that residents who were losing weight were not monitored systematically and some had not been weighed for some time although weight loss had been recorded. The safe management of residents who had epilepsy was also a concern as medication identified as necessary to manage an emergency situation was not prescribed in one instance and was out of date in another.”This was the seventh inspection of the hospital, which accommodates 40 residents, including 11 with dementia. Previous inspections had revealed significant failures in relation to staffing shortfalls, an inadequate skill mix among staff and a failure to comply with training requirements.The report acknowledges that the hospital took some remedial action on foot of recommendations made at earlier inspections but said there was comprehensive response that ensured all regulatory failures outline were addressed. Inspectors warned of an “escalation” of regulatory activity as a result of the persistent failure to improve staffing levels.St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Co Donegal, was also criticised in a separate report from Hiqa.It reviews the actions taken to address regulatory failures identified in previous inspections; last August, inspectors identified 31 areas of non-compliance. These included poor management of a resident’s behaviour that did provide adequate protection for all residents, deficient risk management procedures, poor signage and standards of decoration and inadequate training for staff in elder abuse and moving and handling. Inspectors were particularly concerned about aspects of admission and discharge activity. The majority of residents were discharged home, but there were a significant number of discharges to other community hospitals and it was not evident why some residents had so many changes and were moved from the acute hospital to this community hospital and on to other community hospitals in the area.TWO DONEGAL NURSING HOMES CRITICISED IN REPORT was last modified: June 18th, 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:Carndonagh Community HospitalHIQAST JOSEPHSlast_img read more

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Jean Barton: California Cattlemen to celebrate centennial

first_imgThe California Cattlemen’s Association will celebrate their Centennial at next week’s convention. In honor of the event, a coffee table book with 106 ranch histories of CCA members has been published. I submitted the Willard – Barton Ranch history.The history of the Willard Ranches parallels that of the sheep and cattle development in the Sacramento Valley and summer grazing in Lassen County.Beginning over 143 years ago, the sheep and cattle have carried many different brands: WI, HW, V, Lazy …last_img

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Athol Williams wins Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award

first_img22 October 2015 This year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award has gone to Athol Williams for his poem Streetclass Diseases.Portrait of a Mother and Indiscretion by Sindiswa Busku-Mathese was awarded second place, with Baleka, What do you Know by Jim Pascual Agustin coming in third place.The winners were presented with their awards by the head judge and chairperson of the Jacana Literary Foundation, Mongane Wally Serote, and the EU ambassador designate, Marcus Cornaro, at a ceremony hosted by Poetry Africa on 17 October, in Durban.@Qhakaza Am feeling so much love from my @WordNSound family, thank you— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, 2015@nomadpoet Thank you SO MUCH Toni, I am overjoyed!!— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, 2015The awardThe award is handed out annually and is in its fifth year. It is named after South African journalist, linguist and writer Solomon (Sol) Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932) to recognise his life and vision as a social and political activist.Poems that made it on to the long list were published in an anthology. “Like Plaatje’s works did in his time, these poems reveal the political and social attitudes of our time,” reads the Jacana website.The works are written in numerous South African languages, including English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho, Xitsonga and isiZulu.Watch this to find out more about Plaatje:Winner profileWilliams grew up in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town, but has lived in Johannesburg, Boston and London. He holds five degrees from local and international universities such as Harvard, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently reading political philosophy at Oxford University in the UK.He said he loved to experiment and learn. “My poetry leads my pursuit of understanding just as imagination leads my efforts in social development,” Williams states on his website.“My work seeks to explore new structural processes and social institutions that may put humanity on a path to greater harmony and I delve deeply into the prospects of a new (or renewed) human consciousness that might make us all evolve to live larger, fuller lives.”He has published three collections of poems – Bumper Cars, Talking to a Tree and Heap of Stones – and two children’s books – Oaky, the Happy Tree and Oaky and the Sun.“I have a passion for reading and education personally, and I recognise the vital role education plays in the pursuit of freedom and human development, hence my involvement in social change through education,” he said. “I co-founded Read to Rise, an NGO that promotes youth literacy.”Watch this to learn more about Read to Rise:The organisation offers children suitable reading material fitting for their age groups, in an attempt to instil a love of reading early on in life.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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How Can Quora Balance Quality and Openness?

first_imgOn Quora, quality means more readable answers from insightful people. It might make sense to limit the amount of answers one can post in a day. Voting is another thing to consider.What was once a quiet forum has been disrupted, for better or worse as power users such as Louis Gray (and the other usual suspects) brought their large followings. This seems to skew the dynamics of the site:several people notice the power users’ answers,these answers will receive considerably more votes than anyone else participating in the discussion,other users add their grains of salt, either to get attention or simply to join the conversation,the quality of replies tends to decrease, since by definition not everyone is an expert.It would be unfair to criticize influencers for driving interest in the service. In the case of more casual services such as Friendfeed or Google Buzz, the added flow is clearly beneficial.But this is different for a service that thrives on quality rather than quantity. What can be done to Quora’s mechanics to prevent noise?There are several ways around this problem. SomethingAwful is known for charging its members to participate in its forums. This has the merit of filtering out trolls and passive users. ASmallWorld relies on referrals to create the impression of a tight-knit network. Wikipedia has a group of administrators who are selected from among its most active and reliable contributors.Restricted voting, Posting LimitsHowever, these alternatives might be perceived as drastic by the community. They might not even work in this case. What possible solutions would fit Quora’s DNA? Giving users a call to action might be a different approach. For example: showing questions that need more followers, encouraging users to add questions in topics that are not active, or to add questions or tag friends to certain topics. One way to de-clutter the feed would be to separate questions, votes, answers and friend activity, which would make top users appear less frequently.On Quora, quality means more readable answers from insightful people. It might make sense to limit the amount of answers one can post in a day. Voting is another thing to consider: On Digg, the friend following feature led to an oligarchy where a few power-users such as MrBabyMan would dominate the front page. To avoid this, why not restrict voting only to people who follow and have contributed to a topic? Maybe also limit or group the amount of posts by one person in the feed at one time? Or why not make answers anonymous? If all else fails, maybe they should request that influencers vote up one humanitarian post per day!Should Quora become more democratic or try to remain an aristocracy? As I explained in a previous post, the startup community is a meritocracy, so it might make sense to build a system that reflects it. This millennia-old question has no simple answer. What better place than Quora then to ask: How do you think the it should evolve? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ramine darabiha Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts Despite the booming interest in the service, Q&A site invite-only model outside of the U.S. and a few select countries. This may be an attempt to control the growth of the community, similar to the early days of Facebook. This cautious approach is not only limited to its community. The service only opened up to search engines last August. Access via RSS feeds is limited. Recently it released a very limited API, coupled with the arrival of the first Chrome and Firefox extensions. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Roger Federer Says He is Closer to Rafael Nadal Than He is to Novak Djokovic

first_imgNotwithstanding his intense rivalry with Rafael Nadal, tennis ace Federer has revealed that he feels closer to the Spanish star than Novak Djokovic, whom he has played more than anyone else in the world.According to a report in Express UK, Federer revealed that the three are writing history in their own ways, “we all three could not be happier with our careers, we just had an interview together for an English TV.” The Swiss professional further described the interview, which was the first time the three gave an interview together and he felt it was interesting to see how they reacted to the questions individually. “We know each other quite well but to give an answer in front of the other person was new and unusual for us.”Adding that both Nadal and Djokovic are “incredible players,” Federer admitted that he was closer to Nadal than Djokovic. Federer was quoted as saying, “I may be a bit closer to Rafa than Novak, but at the same time, I played Novak more than Rafa.”He also added that the matches against Nadal at the French Open and Wimbledon were “terrific” and so were the ones against Djokovic at Wimbledon and at the World Tour Finals in London. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Novak Djokovicrafael nadalRoger Federertennis First Published: November 22, 2019, 4:16 PM ISTlast_img read more

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