No Holy Week break for Fajardo, Beermen after Hotshots push them to the limit

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES View comments Jalalon admits just trying to mess with Santos’ head during spat Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo is foregoing his annual Holy Week sabbatical to Cebu with still a lot of work ahead for San Miguel  in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Magnolia.“Not yet. We have work to do here,” he said in Filipino after the Beermen knotted the best-of-seven series with a 92-77 Game 2 win over the Hotshots on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Coming off a 31-point, 18-rebound showing in Game 1, Fajardo took a back seat this time and chipped in 12 markers, 13 boards, three assists, and three blocks.But as always, his numbers are the least of the Cebuano giant’s concerns as he was just happy to have shared the wealth to his teammates in the triumph.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 crownThe 28-year-old slotman noted that Magnolia’s 104-102 shock win in Game 1 became a “wake up call”  as it reminded San Miguel that nothing comes easy when it comes to the championship dance.“We know we could win if we follow our gameplan. We also give credit to them because they also had a good gameplan,” he said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “For us, we learned that we couldn’t relax. They won’t be here in the Finals if they’re an easy team to beat. So what we need is when we get a big lead, we need to continue pouncing on them,” he said.This time, San Miguel was able to preserve its lead despite Magnolia cutting what was once a 21-point lead down to just seven, 75-68, early in the fourth canto, answering with a 10-0 salvo to restore order, 85-68, with only five minutes remaining in the game.Fajardo now shifts his focus on the Beermen’s preparations for Game 3, slated next Sunday as the series goes on a virtual best-of-five.“We need to use this break wisely and practice as hard as we could. We can’t think of it as a vacation. Again, we need to use this so that we’ll be ready for Game 3,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgMajor activities, like pre-registration, sourcing school supplies and clothing for the reopening of schools are in top gear as parents and potential students have commenced pre resumption activities. Many parents are financially unprepared for the opening of schools as, according to two new World Bank reports, the socio-economic impacts of the Ebola epidemic are far-reaching and persistent. While we have not completely extinguished Ebola Virus Disease from our communities, we are slowly and surely moving in the right direction. The strategy seems to be working and progress is being made.Notwithstanding significant progress made in the prevention and control of Ebola, let us be reminded that it’s still a critical time for Ebola response in Liberia. That Ebola Virus must and should be eradicated from our community should be our number one priority is not an overstatement; we need to be forward looking in ensuring an Ebola-free Liberia.According to Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, “countries need to create resilient integrated systems that can be responsive and proactive to any future threat.Governments that have flouted their obligations at the onset of the Ebola outbreak, now have the opportunity to put in place sufficient integrated health and education systems to guarantee health and safety of school children. The key to stopping the further spread of Ebola Virus Disease is vigilance and not complacency. The EVD should not only change political attitudes but school curriculum and systems.It is our view, as peace messengers that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health work together in preparation of the reopening of schools in Liberia. Preparation should include the training of school teachers, auxiliary workers, food vendors in the prevention and control of EVD. These cadres of teachers should in turn be required to train selected students in the screening, identification and education activities within the school and community environment.Other forward looking interventions in the fight against Ebola should incorporate standard hygiene kits requirement for schools, provision of thermoflashes and family kits such as food, clothes and hygiene materials for orphans returning to schools. Health clinics and centers (both public and private) should be assigned to schools to deal with emergency situations and school children with Ebola like symptoms. We need to ensure access to reliable health facilities as we look forward to stamping out Ebola from Liberia.The payment of teachers’ salaries remains a major challenge that should be addressed before schools are opened. Goodwill should be made to ensure the payment of wages to our teachers, who like the health workers and community volunteers, would now be at the forefront of the fight against EVD.Private partnership and non-governmental sectors’ involvement in the reopening of schools is critical at this point for school children and for households. Forging a partnership between government and private sector to promote health education in schools would be equally critical.We need to continue community education programme and at the same time intensify media outreach programme. Messengers of Peace, as part of its strategic plan would mobilize its over one thousand volunteer peace messengers in various peace clubs to commence school education programme on Ebola.Our focus for this year would be on the meaningful engagement of young people in the fight against Ebola. School children at various levels should be encouraged and motivated to tell their stories through articles and at public forums. The purpose of this integrated programme on peacebuilding and school health education programme on Ebola is to build resilience amongst school children and young adults.We need to know how far have we come and how much more remains to be done.On the global level, MOP-Liberia takes this opportunity to condemn the killing of 17 people by three gunmen. We express our condolences to the people of the Republic of France and to the families of journalists killed by the terrorists.  We believe in the freedoms of expression and of the press and, most importantly, in peaceful co-existence of mankind. There is nothing that we cannot achieve through dialogue. Killing in the name of provocation is barbaric. Respect for human values and dignity should be the duty of all.Next week, we will discuss “Unfinished Business”.  Until then, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Theft of Any Kind Is the Business of the Press—A Word to the Official-in-Charge…

first_imgThey say “A stitch in time saves nine.” Today it is 200 plastic chairs which may seem negligible. But tomorrow, it could be library books or laboratory equipment. Next, it could be the college generator.Then where would the African Bible College (ABC) be? In the darkness that it was built to dispel and bring the light of learning and living water to Nimba’s hungry souls and enhance its potential as one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive political sub-divisions.That is why we believe the college administration should undertake a swift and thorough investigation into the loss of 200 plastic chairs from the ABC auditorium.We are totally surprised at the college’s person in charge, who told our Nimba Correspondent, Ishmael Menkor, that the theft “has nothing to do with the press,” then immediately switched off his phone. This college official fails to realize that by making that remark, he casts suspicion over himself. Was his remark an attempt to cover up the crime? Why? What does he know about the alleged theft of the 200 chairs that went missing from the college auditorium? This so-called college official, whoever he may be, does not realize that everything concerns the press, whether it is the misappropriation of tens of millions of United States dollars from the state enterprise, National Oil Company (NOCAL), or a petty larceny case in a magisterial court. Many of us remember the famous Monrovia Magistrate, His Honor Peter Bonner Jallah who, at the onset of a petty larceny case would ask, “Old rogue or new rogue.” When the prisoner honestly answered, “Old rogue,” the judge would immediately show some leniency and give him a stern warning to stop this evil practice, or face harsher punishment next time. Of course, the press would be there to cover that. You are talking about the theft of goods or property valued at only five or ten dollars.How much more 200 chairs from a college campus: It could be immediately construed as “educational sabotage,” which should be a serious crime in a country nearly 70% of whose people are illiterate.Or does this college official seem to be telling us that the foreign missionaries who invested their precious United States dollars, time, energy and talent to open the ABC were wasting their time in Liberia? No, we insist they were not; they were rather determined to spread the light of learning and evangelism to the Liberian interior lost in darkness, illiteracy, witchcraft, superstition and other demonic forces that include atheism and the denial of the positive force of religion in the lives of a people.And so we say to the so-called college official, yes indeed it is the business of the press, for if the practice of theft continues, soon he would be out of a job, for the missionaries would soon pack up, leave and go someplace else in Liberia or another part of this continent still reeling from the darkness of godlessness, witchcraft and ritualistic killing, under the guise that human blood can bring power and prosperity to people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gunmen invade Guyhoc Park home

first_imgThe Police are now on the hunt for two men who allegedly invaded the home of a Guyhoc Park liquor store owner and escaped with a television set and a mobile phone on Saturday morning.Minerva Thompson, 40, of Lot 50 Guyhoc Park, Georgetown, told Police that the two men invaded her home at about 03:20h. The woman, who resides in the lower flat of a two-storey building, retired to bed but was awakened by a noise coming from her living room.Upon checking, she was confronted by the two men, one of whom was armed with a gun. The men allegedly held the woman at gunpoint and instructed her to remain silent. One of the men then unplugged the television set while the other relieved her of her mobile phone.The television set, the victim told investigators, cost $360,000.As the men made good their escape, they reportedly discharged several rounds in the air to scare off members of the community who were passing at the time.The woman subsequently contacted the Police who arrived at the scene and commence their investigations. They have since dusted the house for fingerprints.last_img read more

President attends CSME Sub-Committee Meeting in Barbados

first_imgAs teachers continue a countrywide strike in demand for a 40 per cent salary increase, President David Granger has travelled to Barbados where he participated in the Ninth Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) on Wednesday.The meeting, which was held in Bridgetown, was convened to discuss and makePresident Granger shares a light moment with Secretary General of Caricom, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holnessdecisions which are aimed at hastening the movement towards a single market and economy within the Caribbean Community (Caricom).The Sub- Committee, of which President Granger is a member, was chaired by recently elected Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley.The meeting saw discussions on a wide range of CSME-related issues, including the role of the private sector and labour in the CSME, facilitation of travel, the free movement of persons, contingent rights, and the proposed establishment of single registration for companies.Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; Guyana’s Ambassador to Caricom, Charlene Phoenix; and Senior Foreign Service Officer within the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Sherwyn Naughton, accompanied President Granger toPresident David Granger in discussion with Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, as Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge listens attentivelythe meeting.last_img read more

Inspirational! Anthony Martial hailed as key to Man United’s charge to PL summit

first_imgAnthony Martial has proved to be an inspirational signing for Manchester United, according to ex-England star Trevor Sinclair.Eyebrows were raised when United paid £36million for the relatively unknown 19-year-old striker in the summer.But the Frenchman has made an instant impact at Old Trafford, netting four times in his first four games, and has helped his new club move to the top of the Premier League.He didn’t get on the scoresheet against Sunderland on Saturday, but more than played his part in the 3-0 win, and Sinclair believes he is bringing the best out of his team-mates.“His pace has given Man United an extra dimension,” said Sinclair, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They have not really had anyone for quite a while with that ability to make decent runs and with that explosive pace to stretch teams.“He has brought that to Man United and, all of a sudden, the likes of [Juan] Mata and [Wayne] Rooney are getting into acres of space because teams are backing off because they know what danger there is if they get too tight to Martial.“It has been a great signing for Louis van Gaal. He scored an amazing goal on his debut, he looks right at it and the players have been lifted. It has inspired the whole team.”last_img read more

Local Abortion Rights Group slams Jackson’s “farcical” hunger strike

first_imgThe Inishowen branch of the Abortion Rights Campaign has slammed Tim Jackson’s hunger strike as a “farcical media stunt.”Politician Tim Jackson, who ran in last year’s General Election, began his hunger strike on Wednesday.Jackson says he will be striking for “as long as necessary” to bring attention to his demands that Leo Varadkar and the Oireachtas Committee on Abortion watch a video of an abortion at their meeting before discussing a referendum any further. Inishowen Abortion Rights Campaign say that Jackson is “mocking” those who have died whilst engaging in hunger strikes, such as the Suffragettes, Ms Y, and political prisoners.“Over 100 years ago Suffragettes members of the Women’s Social and Political Union refused food protesting a system that would not recognise them as political prisoners. The UK government, fearing these rebels would make a mockery of the justice system introduced forcible feeding, justified as routine hospital treatment to save women’s lives.“There have been Hunger Strikes by Republican Prisoners since 1917, over the summer of 1981 ten died in the Maze while on Hunger Strike, while another 13 participated. Many of those who survived still suffer effects of the strike, such as digestive, visual, physical and neurological disabilities.“In 2013 Ms Y, an asylum seeker raped in her country of origin was traumatised by her experiences in Ireland. Seeking an abortion at an early stage of her pregnancy, the system in Ireland stalled and delayed her. She was unable to travel outside the jurisdiction for an abortion because she didn’t have the money or travel documentation required. “She was deemed suicidal, but it was too late to access a legal abortion eventually the HSE got an order to forcibly hydrate her because she too had gone on Hunger Strike.“Tim Jackson callously pretends to be on hunger strike when he is engaging in a farcical media stunt.“We know that it was common practice to show school-age students videos about abortion in the classroom until recently, so the video he mentions will very probably already have been viewed by members of the Oireachtas Committee.“The vast majority of abortions take place before 9 weeks – which means they are akin to a heavy period rather than the late-term abortions portrayed in the video Jackson champions.“In 2015 Emily Letts filmed her own abortion, it’s available to watch on YouTube and we would encourage anyone who is curious to have a google.“Irish women are forced to have later abortions than their English counterparts because they must delay treatment in order to save money to pay privately and travel. “The irony of forcing women to travel to England to avail of services our Republic refuses to provide is clearly lost on Jackson who mocks those who have died throughout the course of our history to secure our rights, by pretending to go on hunger strike.“62 Donegal women travelled to access abortion services last year.“It’s time we ended the hypocrisy, because obliging women to travel only prevents those without means from having abortions while women who have money can travel, or import the Abortion pill illegally.”Jackson wrote to Leo Varadkar and Senator Catherine Noone, chairwoman of the committee, last week requesting the group watch footage of the procedure, but did not receive a response.Local Abortion Rights Group slams Jackson’s “farcical” hunger strike was last modified: September 23rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abortion rights campaignArticle 40.3.3Eighth Amendmenthunger strikeTim Jacksonlast_img read more

Ohio FFA Convention schedule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 91st annual Ohio FFA State Convention and Expo is being held May 2nd and 3rd at the state fairgrounds in Columbus. FFA Chapters from across the state will be interviewing, competing, and recognized on stage. A complete schedule can be found here.last_img

Filefish uses ‘smell camouflage’ to hide from predators

first_imgThe harlequin filefish is a master of disguise. The reef-dwelling fish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) sports a brightly colored pattern that allows it to fade into the coral it calls home. Now, scientists have discovered that the filefish doesn’t just look like a branch of coral—it smells like one, too. The researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B that the animal picks up the smell of the corals it feeds on, which serves as a handy disguise from the cunning predators that use odor to hunt down their prey. To identify this chemical camouflage, the team placed cod—a common predator of reef fish—in tanks with filefish and a species of coral that either matched their diet or a coral species the fish hadn’t been feeding on. The filefish were hidden inside perforated containers within the aquarium so that the cod could only smell, and not see, their prey. The researchers found that cod were much less likely to hang out around the filefish container when the species of coral present matched the reef fish’s last meals. Exactly how the filefish retains the coral smell is still unknown, but the disguise even fooled coral-feeding crabs. When the researchers gave the crabs a choice between their favorite corals and a filefish that fed on their favorite corals, they often chose the filefish. Many invertebrate species, like caterpillars, are known to incorporate compounds from the plants they eat into the outer layer of their skin to hide from hungry predators. But the filefish is the first vertebrate species found to camouflage its smell, which means that the behavior could be even more widespread across the animal kingdom than previously thought.last_img read more

Azhar: Mohammed Azharuddin downplays ex-wife Sangeeta Bijlani’s concerns on biopic

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammed Azharuddin, whose life’s lows and highs will be depicted with added drama in forthcoming film “Azhar”, says that he took a lot of convincing before the film went on floors.”I took a lot of convincing. When I read the script, I had to change a lot and the makers also agreed to the changes,” Azharuddin told reporters here at a press conference on Tuesday for the film’s promotion.He denied reports which suggest that actress Sangeeta Bijlani who was also the cricketer’s former wife was apprehensive of her depiction in the film.”I don’t think so. Even I have read the reports but I don’t know how true are they,” he said.”Azhar” will narrate the highs and lows of Azharuddin’s life as the captain of the Indian cricket team for most of the 1990s, being tainted by a match-fixing scandal in 2000, and getting banned for life.Actor Emraan Hashmi will be seen playing the titular role in the film, which also stars Prachi Desai, Nargis Fakhri, Lara Dutta among others.Directed by Tony D’Souza, “Azhar”, which is jointly produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Pictures, is set to release on Friday.last_img read more