Staying alive

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Clement Leutcheu finished with 24 points while Ed Dixon had 19 for the Blazers who turned their game up a notch in the extra period while the Generals faded.Sidney Onwubere sent the game to overtime with a triple with 19 seconds left in regulation, but the Generals were made to bleed for their points in overtime, leading to their 11th loss in 17 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLervin Flores provided a strong and steady presence inside the paint as Arellano survived a flat start to subdue Perpetual Help, 62-52, and keep its Final Four hopes alive last Thursday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Missing the injured Kent Salado, the Chiefs found a savior in the bull-strong Flores, who scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half as Arellano moved up to with an 8-9 record behind Letran in the race for the last Final Four berth.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Flores’ stellar first half gave the Chiefs a lift when they needed it the most after Arellano went scoreless for almost seven minutes to start the game.Salado, the Chiefs’ leading scorer with 18 points a game this season, has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament due to a knee injury (medial collateral ligament) he sustained in the victory over San Sebastian last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“There is newfound confidence within the team, knowing that we can win without him (Salado),” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera. “We started bad. But when Flores made his first basket, things tapered off especially our doubts and apprehensions in the game.”Later, St. Benilde dragged Emilio Aguinaldo College out of Final Four contention with a 94-84 overtime victory. Mr. McTavish begs for citizenship Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

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Many Agreements Signed with Development Partners Not Fully Implemented

first_imgForeign Minister Marjon V. Kamara has assured members of the diplomatic community that she will utilize every opportunity to deepen cooperation between Liberia and their respective governments and organizations during her stewardship as Liberia’s Foreign Affairs Minister.“I pledge to continue and build upon the cordial working relationships that I have found in place for mutually beneficial results this year and beyond,” she assured the foreign diplomats accredited near Monrovia. According to a Foreign Ministry release, Minister Kamara made the remarks when she hosted an Interactive Dinner with heads of diplomatic missions, international organizations and consular corps at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium recently. Minister Kamara thanked the diplomatic corps for their bilateral and multilateral support towards the government’s national priorities.The Minister acknowledged there were many agreements signed with development partners but those agreements have not been fully implemented. She pledged to ensure that these agreements are revisited and reviewed for full implementation.She urged their continued support for the Ministry’s key priorities, which are to improve service delivery to clients, including the diplomatic corps; to transform the country’s Foreign Service; and to effectively operationalize bilateral and multilateral agreements for the speedy economic recovery, growth and development of Liberia.“Some of the people may think from now to December is very short; I can see the cup has become half full. I am not limiting myself because I think the time is very short, but I want to do everything possible to deliver the best that I can,” she indicated. She conveyed best wishes on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian government. In his response on behalf of his colleagues, the doyen of the diplomatic corps, Guinean Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore, congratulated Minister Kamara and expressed confidence that 2016 would be a prosperous year for Liberia and its diplomatic relations with other countries. Ambassador Dore also expressed happiness that Liberia had entered the New Year 2016 without any new cases of Ebola, which will enable members of the diplomatic community to strengthen ties and cooperation with the country. He conveyed, on behalf of his colleagues, warm greetings and appreciation to President Sirleaf for her exemplary leadership in which she responded to the Ebola outbreak and for the development initiatives she continues to undertake in post-Ebola era as evidenced by the recent inauguration of the Gbarnga Ganta highway that was witnessed by him and his diplomatic colleagues.While hailing the appointment of the new Minister, Ambassador Dore pledged their fullest support and cooperation and promised to work with the new Minister, who he said has come with a wealth of experience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wanted: a few veterans

first_img“A lot of agencies, especially law enforcement, are hurting for people like these vets,” Almeida said. And many veterans are eager to join. Juan Hernandez, 24, spent almost five years in the Navy before returning to Arcadia. “I’m thinking something like law enforcement or firefighting,” he said. “I want to stay fit and have an exciting job, and help people know that someone is trying to do something good for them.” Ernest Garcia, 33, returned to Whittier a few days ago after traveling the world as a firefighter in the Navy. The Los Angeles Fire Department was very interested, he said. Several of the agencies at the job fair encourage service men and women to time their applications so that they can begin working when they return home. In a program called “We’ll Wait For You,” the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will hold applications for up to 48 months, Clayton said. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – As 25-year-old Army veteran Evelyn Argueta strolled from table to table at a job fair Tuesday, her military background made her a clear favorite among law enforcement recruiters. She had hardly finished speaking to the Los Angeles Police Department’s recruiter when the Los Angeles County Police representative, whom she had spoken to earlier, swung past. “She’s going to be working for the L.A. County police,” Sgt. Bradley Sheffield said, with LAPD Officer Jorge De Jesus listening close by. Newly returned veterans were much sought after by law enforcement agencies at the job fair, which also attracted civilians. “Veterans are in shape, they have discipline, they know about weapons and tactics,” De Jesus said. “They’re pretty much one of our top, most viable candidates, as opposed to someone who has played Nintendo all their life.” But because everyone wants them, it’s harder to get them, Sheffield said. “I can’t think of one police agency that isn’t hiring right now,” he said. Most law enforcement agencies have faced a rough few years in trying to attract new officers, deputies and agents. Recruiters cite many reasons, including that the sort of people they would normally recruit had already joined the military. Events such as the job fair, which was sponsored by the state’s Employment Development Department, are very helpful, Clayton said. Manuel Almeida, the EDD’s veteran employment representative, said veterans are a resource that many of the agencies are eager to tap. last_img read more

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Loew blocked from meeting Ozil at Arsenal training – report

first_imgAccording to German daily Bild, Loew and Bierhoff were turned away at the entrance to Arsenal’s training ground, on the orders of Gunners’ head coach Unai Emery, while the squad was put through a recovery session.The visit had been previously arranged, so Loew and Bierhoff later met the Gunners’ Germany internationals Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi at the club’s visitors centre without speaking to Ozil.“We would have liked to have spoken to Mesut, but we have to accept that at the moment he doesn’t want to have this conversation with us,” said Bierhoff.Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut, who Bierhoff had reportedly contacted before the visit, declined to comment on the reason for the rejection.At the start of the month, Loew said he has often already tried to contact Ozil, but without success.After 92 appearances, 23 goals and 40 assists for Germany, Ozil retired from international duty in July, citing ‘disrespect and racism’ within the German Football Association (DFB), taking direct aim at president Reinhard Grindel.“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” the 2014 World Cup winner, who was born in Germany to Turkish parents, wrote in a statement.Having been the target of xenophobic comments on social media and singled out for blame in the wake of Germany’s woeful World Cup display, Ozil, 29, received little public support from Loew or Germany’s stars.Loew only responded publically to Ozil’s claims at the end of August when he rejected any notion of racism within the national team.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew (L) talks to midfielder Mesut Ozil during a training session last March. Ozil quit international duty in July, citing racism and disrespect within the German FA (DFB) and has reportedly broken contact with Loew. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Sep 26 – Germany head coach Joachim Loew was reportedly blocked from meeting Mesut Ozil at Arsenal’s training ground on Monday to discuss the midfielder’s fiery retirement from international duty.Loew and Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff were in London at the weekend to take part in a FIFA coaching congress and then visited Arsenal’s training ground in Colney, north of London, for clear-the-air talks with Ozil.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Arsenal MUST be more disciplined in defence, says Gunners legend

first_imgArsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has called for the struggling Gunners to be more disciplined in defence, after they were forced to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Hull on Saturday.Arsene Wenger’s men have only recorded two wins from their opening eight games of the Premier League season, with their inability to hold onto a lead seeing the Gunners slip to five draws.A long list of absences hasn’t helped their current hit-and-miss form, with injured first-choice duo Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny leaving Wenger desperately short at the back.The Frenchman was forced to make two changes in his back-four against the Tigers, with full-back Nacho Monreal deployed in central defence and 19-year-old Hector Bellerin making his Premier League debut.And while former defender Winterburn admits it’s a situation a club as big as Arsenal should have never found themselves in, having failed to sign a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen in the summer, he insists the current stars must step up to turn around their poor start.“They’ve got to be more disciplined at the back, that’s for sure,” he told Stan on Call Collymore.“They’ve been caught short defensively with the injuries to Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny, which have left Arsene Wenger very short in that department“Arsenal haven’t got that stable team at the moment, they aren’t able to hit anywhere near their best form and I would think Arsene Wenger is feeling very frustrated about recent performances and the team’s lack of ability to kill off the game when they’re in winning positions.“They don’t have any defensive cover at the moment – Monreal isn’t a centre-half, he’s a left-back – and for a club like Arsenal they probably shouldn’t have been left in that position.”last_img read more

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West Ham will NOT sell Sunderland and Newcastle target, insists boss Bilic

first_img Andy Carroll Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have no desire to cash in on Andy Carroll this month.Carroll, the Hammers’ record signing, has been linked with a return to his native north east.Newcastle have been tipped to make a move to re-sign the 27-year-old, while former Upton Park boss Sam Allardyce is understood to be keen to take him to Sunderland.Newspaper reports have suggested West Ham could sell Carroll for the right price given his woeful injury record in recent seasons.But Bilic dismissed suggestions the giant striker will be on the move this month when he spoke at a press conference ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with Wolves this weekend.“The club are not willing to listen to offers,” Bilic said. “We want Andy to stay and perform like he does in most games.“Nobody at the club wants to sell him, he’s a very good player. But whenever he scores a couple of goals the rumours start.“The only way he can stop the rumours is to play badly, which we don’t want him to do.“We don’t want to sell him. He’s very good in the dressing room and I know he’s happy here.” 1last_img read more

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SPINA BIFIDA DONEGAL CHURCH GATE COLLECTION

first_imgDonegal Society for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2012. All proceeds of this collection will go towards enhancing the lives of it’s members in Donegal. The Donegal Society for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus would like to thank in advance, all those who give so generously to this worthwhile cause. SPINA BIFIDA DONEGAL CHURCH GATE COLLECTION was last modified: November 13th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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City seeks to honor fallen soldier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – Since the war in Iraq started three years ago, the city of Baldwin Park has taken strides in honoring its native sons and daughters who fought overseas. A citywide party is thrown in their honor when they come home, and a group of veterans raised money and designed a commemorative wall for all veterans from Baldwin Park. Now, the city is taking another step to honor two of its own who didn’t make it home for their party. The City Council unanimously agreed to ask the federal government to name the local post office after Army Sgt. Atanacio Haro-Marin, 27, who died in hostile fire June 3, 2003. “To me, it was very touching to be able to name this after someone who served at a young age, and it’s something that will be there for years to let the community know of this young, brave person,” said Mayor Manuel Lozano. Haro-Marin attended Sierra Vista High School and was an accomplished athlete and musician before joining the Army, said his mother, Catalina Haro-Marin. A track-and-field star, Haro-Marin ran the Los Angeles marathon twice, she said, adding that he was incredibly friendly and had the energy of a small child. “In the midst of this sadness, I feel proud,” Catalina Haro-Marin said. “For others to know about my son and what he did, as a mother, I feel very proud and thankful for everyone’s support. … He won a spot in this city amongst his fellow residents. I thank everyone in my son’s name.” The second Baldwin Park resident to give his life in the war was 20-year-old Marine Cpl. Rudy Salas. He died in a vehicle accident on May 20, 2004. The Baldwin Park High School graduate was a quiet person, but always had interesting topics to discuss and loved to enlighten his fellow Marines, according to his platoon commander, Richard P. Ortega. “Rudy’s life was short-lived, but not lived short,” Ortega wrote in an e-mail. “We will miss the camaraderie we all shared with Rudy.” Lozano said the council is looking to erect a memorial wall in Salas’ honor near the newly built veteran’s monument at Morgan Park. Lozano said Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, has the request to name the post office after Haro-Marin. The congresswoman was recently successful in having the Covina post office named after Capt. Lillian Keil, a Covina resident who was the most decorated woman in military history. Editorial assistant Claudia Palma contributed to this story. christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472last_img read more

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FUNDING FOR HERITAGE SCHEMES IN DONEGAL?

first_imgThe Heritage Council is inviting applications to the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme 2015 across Co Donegal.The Maghery Heritage Group was awarded funding from The Heritage Council under its grants scheme in 2014 for the repair of the Templecrone graveyard boundary wall in Maghery and for a survey to record graveyard inscriptions.The purpose of the grants scheme is to support community-based projects that raise awareness of heritage or research or enhance, through good management practice, the heritage of towns, villages and landscapes.Grant applications must be submitted using the Heritage Council’s on-line application system at HYPERLINK “http://www.heritagecouncil.ie” www.heritagecouncil.ie before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2015. “The Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme is a very important source of funding for heritage initiatives in County Donegal,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer.“In 2014, The Heritage Council provided €58,500 in funding for thirteen heritage initiatives in County Donegal. The announcement that €600,000 will be made available nationally in 2015 for the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme is most welcome and goes some way to providing much needed support for heritage initiatives in the county.“Eligible projects that can be considered under the scheme include the preparation of conservation reports/plans; community-led research on placenames, field names, oral history and oral heritage; conservation specifications for the repair of structures or buildings; minor repairs to heritage buildings and structures at risk; conservation of heritage collections, objects and documents (in particular objects or documents that relate directly to the period 1916-1922 are encouraged); conservation or management of a wildlife site; support for community-based publications, websites and interpretative material; and heritage seminars and events.”Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, said that support for heritage projects has a very positive impact on local communities, where so much time and energy is given to conserving heritage projects on a voluntary basis. “As well as delivering conservation benefits for heritage in the long term, this scheme will also help to support building and conservation jobs at a local level. I have a huge appreciation for the value of protecting and promoting our heritage. It is expected that this scheme will fund up to 100 projects nationally, and I have no doubt that it will make a huge difference to the individual heritage projects which benefit.”Between 2006 and 2014, heritage initiatives in County Donegal received over €1 million in funding from The Heritage Council.The Heritage Council considers applications in the fields of national heritage specified in the Heritage Act 1995.This includes monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, and parks and inland waterways.Please note the scheme does not cover the creation of new memorials; the erection of plaques; directional or promotional signage; amenity landscaping; postgraduate research; projects to carry out any part of any public sector body’s statutory or core responsibilities; archaeological excavations or post-excavation analysis and reporting. Applicants compete with applicants from all over the country. Grants of up to a maximum of €7,500 can be awarded. The grants usually cover between 30% and 50% of the cost of the work but, in exceptional cases, this can be up to 75%.  Applications to the Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme can only be made using the on-line application system on the Heritage Council website prior to the March 20, 2015 deadline.Further information on the grant scheme is available by contacting The Heritage Council in Kilkenny on (056) 777 0777 or at www.heritagecouncil.ie/grants.  Advice on applications is also available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576.ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FUNDING FOR HERITAGE SCHEMES IN DONEGAL? was last modified: February 28th, 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:donegalHeritage Grantslast_img read more

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Autism can’t stop student

first_imgPICO RIVERA – As he proudly displayed his medal for academic achievement while swapping high-fives with his dad, it was clear to everyone inside the Birney Elementary School auditorium that Nicolas Villaneda had come a long way since being diagnosed with autism at age 2. Unlike many children with autism, Nicolas, 7, is able to communicate clearly and participate in activities like any other child. “He’s been such a joy,” his teacher, Maria “Sunny” Slaven, said at a school assembly Thursday in which Nicolas was honored for his academic progress. Having Nicolas as her student taught her a lot about teaching – and also touched her heart, she said. “His mom is really receptive and open, and always asked for help when she needed it,” Aniversario said. “He exhibits the benefit of early intervention.” Ruth Villaneda had to come to terms with Nicolas’ differences early in his life. By age 2, she said, he was already displaying signs that alerted her. “By 2, a lot of the children we knew that were Nicolas’ age were talking,” she said. “They were very engaged socially with their families, they played with toys, seemed interested in making friends or at least in playing. Nicolas preferred to be alone.” Villaneda described Nicolas as taciturn for his age, but prone to sudden tantrums for no apparent reason. He was disturbed when his daily routine was interrupted or altered, and though she often tried explaining things to him, he did not understand. In particular, he did not deal well with social functions. “We were always the first to leave birthday parties or social gatherings,” she said. “Going out to dinner was very hard. It seemed like the rest of the world was just a little too loud. Going out was like sensory overload for him.” The Villanedas took Nicolas to his pediatrician, who referred him to a speech therapist. The family eventually ended up at the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center, a private, nonprofit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities. The Regional Center’s psychologist diagnosed Nicolas with autism. Shortly afterward, he was enrolled in an early intervention program for very young children, where Villaneda said he received assistance with speech, language and communication. Villaneda described going through a period of grief after the diagnosis. “I felt a little as if the life we were anticipating for Nicolas was over. But I was also relieved because there was an actual name for the behavior I was seeing,” she said. She realized fairly quickly that being in denial would solve nothing, so she began seeking help. “The window of opportunity is only so long,” she said. “The earlier they are diagnosed, the better.” Both Villaneda and Aniversario praised Slaven for her support and understanding, which helped Nicolas succeed this year. “This teacher really understood that it takes Nicolas two or three times more effort to do what other kids do easily,” said Aniversario. “That’s what’s outstanding about this year – and that’s what most people tend to miss.” Slaven said she received a great deal of support from Birney school officials in dealing with Nicolas, her first autistic student. “I knew that if I came to a situation that I needed help with, there were other people I could turn to,” she said. “We were all constantly working together, collaborating.” Aniversario has high hopes for Nicolas. “I haven’t seen any limit to what Nicolas is going to do, with appropriate support,” she said. Nicolas remains focused on being treated like a normal kid. Like any normal kid, he recently saw the movie “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and could identify with the characters, he said. “Just because you have autism, doesn’t mean you’re a mutant,” said Nicolas. People with autism, “are not morons,” he added. “They don’t have three arms and four eyes; they are human. Kids with autism can do things, too.”160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“He wants to be like an ordinary student. I treated him like any other student. And he rose to the occasion,” Slaven said. Nicolas is classified as a “fully included” special education student, which means that although he has been diagnosed with a disability, he is capable of participating in and benefiting from general education classes. Nicolas had very few problems with his fellow second-graders, Slaven said. “Everyone gets along. All the kids help each other,” she said. “They know Nicolas is different, but I didn’t highlight it or bring attention to it. I tell the kids that we’re all different.” Speech language pathologist Lisa Aniversario, who worked with Nicolas for two years, attributes much of his success to the early diagnosis and intervention he received. last_img read more

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