Solid Bright outing lifts Maroons; DOMC stuns Knights

first_imgRitchie Villaruz, a former San Beda player, also powered the Diliman-based squad with 17 points.Taane Samuel, the Kiwi import set to suit up for La Salle after Ben Mbala’s graduation next season, paced the Archers with 13 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDe Ocampo Memorial College and National University’s juniors squad also pulled off upsets in separate games.Behind Jonard Clarito, the DOMC Cobras rallied past Letran Team B for an 81-75 stunner. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While Racela reunion at TNT is a dream, Jose ready to play for any team It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE – Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBright Akhuetie delivered another solid performance as University of the Philippines crushed La Salle Team B, 55-36, in the 25-under division of the Milcu Sports Basketball Presents Got Skills Premier League recently at Lyceum Gym.Akhuetie, the 6-foot-7 Nigerian serving residency for the Maroons, dropped 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Clarito fueled the Cobras’ fourth-quarter outburst to finish with 19 points on top of six rebounds and six assists.NU’s juniors squad, meanwhile, slipped past their seniors Team B counterpart, 82-79.Miguel Oczon exploded for 32 points and national youth team member Rhayyan Amsali added 17 for the Bullpups, who joined the tournament as buildup for the UAAP juniors competition starting November.Shaun Ildefonso paced the Bulldogs with 21 points.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

FEU alum visit inspires Lady Tamaraws over Lady Eagles

first_imgIt’s been almost a decade since Far Eastern University got into the finals of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames And when the current crop of Lady Tamaraws found the right opportunity to get back to the grandest of balls, the former players who donned the green-and-gold had to witness it for themselves.FEU alumnae Rachel Anne Daquis, Rose Vargas, and Tina Salk were in attendance on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena when the Lady Tamaraws ousted Ateneo, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19 in the Final Four of Season 80 to advance to the championship round.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 crown“Their visit of course boosted the morale of the players because these were their ‘big sisters’ and they were supporting them and these former players waited so long to see FEU get back in the finals,” said head coach Geroge Pascua in Filipino.The last time the Lady Tamaraws made it to the Final round was in Season 71, where they lost to De La Salle in three games. MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jovelyn Gonzaga, who isn’t an alumna of FEU but played for the Lady Tamaraws in several offseason tournaments as a guest player, also showed up to support the team that Bernadeth Pons now heads.“They gave us motivational words and they told us to just trust in ourselves, trust in our skills, because they have so much trust on us,” said Pons, who had 17 points against the Lady Eagles, in Filipino. “They really believed in us so we also had to believe in ourselves.”Libero Kyla Atienza, who is on her final year with FEU, echoed Pons’ words.“It was overwhelming because they were our seniors and they were still there to help us,” said Atienza in Filipino. “It was a different factor for us because they really motivated us.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Koronadal dance athlete dedicates Palaro gold medal to mom who passed away Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

Tree Kills Power Saw Man in Bassa

first_imgA man in his late 40s identified as Alexander Garpue Morgan of Daywrah Town in Hoegbarn Township, Glakon Statutory District #2 in Grand Bassa County was killed when a tree he was sawing with a friend, reportedly fell on him.Residents in the area told the Daily Observer last week that the incident occurred on Monday January 26.They said the deceased and a friend identified only as Phillip had gone to cut down a tree in Beyan Town when the incident took place.They explained further that when the tree was about to fall the friend called on Morgan to run to the other side, away from the direction of the falling tree. But sadly, Morgan rushed to the direction where the tree was falling.“Morgan stood still,” Phillip told residents who had rushed to the scene to help, “but it was too late when the tree crushed him to death.” Residents broke down in tears when they saw the body of Morgan under the tree.Other Power Saw men then worked frantically to lift the portion of the tree that had fallen on Morgan but he was already dead when they drew his body from under the tree, Phillip said.The Daily Observer learned that the deceased worked on a contract basis, felling trees for neighbors in the township.The remains of Morgan were laid to rest on Saturday, February 6, in BIA Community in St. John River City Corporation District #2.He leaves to mourn his widow, Makornee Morgan and other relatives and friends.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3-Day All Men Conference Begins in Gbarnga

first_imgParticipants at the conference posed with the bannerBy Franklin N. KwenahAuthorities at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection have begun a three-day ‘all men conference’ under the theme, “Gender Equality: A Call for Men’s Action Now- Repair the Past and Push Women Forward,” in Gbarnga, Bong County.The conference is part of efforts the ministry has instituted to involve more men in the promotion of gender equality and fight against gender-based violence (SGBV) and it runs from Monday, June 11-13, today.The three-day gathering will discuss domestic violence in Liberia; men’s perception of gender-based violence within the Liberian context; women and politics; political participation and land rights and sexual exploitation; equal opportunities, inclusion, and non-discrimination.Gender Minister Williametta P. Saydee-Tarr, called for joint efforts of both men and women in the fight against SGBV and other violence against women.Tarr noted that under the CDC pro-poor agenda, women issues are being highly prioritized, because the President is committed to providing equal opportunities for both men and women, which he has demonstrated by the numerous appointments of women in key government positions.UN Women Country Representative, Ms. Marie Goreth Nizigama, said the conference is geared towards raising awareness about gender equality and respecting the rights of women and girls, because it is a game changer, particularly the high incidence of violence against women and girls in the country.“A woman only approach to gender equality is insufficient to overturn the patriarchal structures and address the gender imbalances at the grassroots level in any fundamental way. As a result, gender inequality persists with disastrous consequences,” Nizigama said.This conference marks a shift in the approach to involve men and boys to reducing violence against women and girls.“The success of the campaign shows that men, as positive role models can be incredibly powerful, by building a new, positive view of masculinity they think and act in gender equitable ways and speak out against violence against women, both publicly and privately,” Nizigama said.The champion for HeforShe, President George Weah, reaffirmed his commitment to the conference, which aims at developing men-specific strategies to advocate and address key issues affecting women and girls in Liberia.Recent statistics from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection shows that in 2017, a total of 1,685 GBV cases were recorded, with 97 percent of the survivors being women and girls. From January to March 2018, 462 GBV cases were documented with rape accounting for 61 percent of the total number of cases, an increase of 5 percent as compared to the 1st quarter of 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice man charged for murdering wife

first_img6 months after disappearingAn apparently remorseless Sunildat Balack, also called ‘Red Man’, was on Monday arraigned before Whim Magistrate Charlene Artiga for murder allegedly committed on his wife Wilwantie Balack, also called ‘Darling’, at sometime between September 6, 2016 and March 31, 2017.The 44-year-old Corentyne farmer allegedly killed his wife six months ago and buried her body in a 4-foot grave situated about 120 metres aback their Mibicuri North, Black Bush Polder home in East Berbice. The skeletal remains of the 39-year-old mother of three were dug out of that shallow grave last Friday.Balack was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him, and the court was told that this was not the first time he was appearing before a magistrate. He had previously been charged with assaulting 21-year-old Uma-Davie Nathoo with whom he shared a relationship, and had been placed on a six-month bond to keep the peace after Nathoo had told the court that she did not wish to provide any evidence against him.Magistrate Artiga remanded Ballack until May 2, and transferred the case to the Mibicuri Magistrate’s Court.Family members had been on the hunt for Wilwantie Balack ever since her disappearance, but had always come up empty handed. Her 21-year-old daughter, Dharshni Davi Balack, said her father, Sunildat Balack, had given her and her siblings conflicting reports about the whereabouts of their mother, telling them that she was in the USA while telling others that she was at different parts of the country.However, suspicions grew after the suspect had taken a 21-year-old woman to live with him and the woman was seen wearing their mother’s wedding band.A confession statement that Police secured from the suspect led them to the eight-month-old grave of Wilwantie Balack.last_img read more

Fire ravages Lethem ranch

first_img…wildlife other animals killed Several acres of the Waikin Ranch at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), were destroyed by a raging fire this week, which blazed for almost three days before it could be contained.Turtles and other animals died as a result of the fireThe ranch has boundaries from the main Rupununi trail, the Ireng River, the Brazil border and the west and Pirara River. It covers almost 33,000 acres of mostly rolling savannah plains and is a sanctuary to hundreds of wildlife.Turtles and other animals died as a result of the fireGuyana Times understands that the fire started on Wednesday and is suspected to be arson.It was finally contained due to the combined efforts of several individuals in the area.However, the aftermath saw a saddened scene with burnt trees and the carcasses of turtles, snakes, armadillos and mammals which could not survive the inferno or escape.Some animals such as monkeys managed to climb to higher grounds and were saved.On social media, officials at the ranch expressed distress at the long-term effect of this environmental disaster and reached out for donations of seedlings to replant the savannah. These trees will be replanted during the rainy season.During this dry season, there have been many bushfires which have also claimed the lives of animals. Earlier this month, the Guyana Fire Service had issued a warning to the public to desist from lighting fires in open spaces. These fires have been prevailing as often as 18 times daily over the past three months.Fire Prevention Officer, Andrew Holder had said, “We are cognisant of the fact that we are experiencing currently a prolonged dry weather spell, however, not all of these bush fires can be attributed to the hot weather conditions…It is a prohibition, a complete no no and perpetrators will find themselves before the court…we are experiencing an unusual dry weather spell and as such, lighting fires in open spaces has severe consequences.Consequently, we are imploring citizens to desist forthwith from lighting fires in open spaces”.last_img read more

AFP photographer becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

first_img0Shares0000Mario Mandzukic celebrates his winning goal for Croatia after he and his teammates fell on top of AFP photographer Yuri Cortez © AFP / Yuri CORTEZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 12 – When Croatia scored the goal that took them into the World Cup final on Wednesday, an AFP photographer unwittingly became part of the celebrations as he was buried under a pile of joyous players.After Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time to give Croatia a 2-1 win against England in the semi-final, he ran to a corner of the pitch at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to share his joy with his teammates. “I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me,” said photographer Yuri Cortez, who was positioned next to the pitchside advertising boards.“They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me! It was a crazy moment, they were delighted. Then they suddenly realised that I was underneath them,” said Mexico City-based Cortez.Croatia defender Josip Pivaric celebrates up close after he and his teammates collapsed onto AFP photographer Yuri Cortez © AFP / Yuri CORTEZQuick as a flash, he picked up his camera and took some remarkable close-up shots of the Croats’ joy.“Then they asked me if I was OK. Another one picked up my lens and another player (Domagoj Vida) gave me a kiss.”Croatia, who have reached the final for the first time in their history, will play France on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe partner of right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming says he is backing moves to legalise cannabis for MS sufferers.Marie Fleming and husband Tom. Marie passed away in DecemberMarie, who was from Lifford, took cannabis in a medicinal form to east her pain.Her partner Tom said he is delighted that the State will legalise the medicinal cannabis next month. Tom said “It is a long time coming. I have spoken in the past of the effect that cannabis had on Marie.“It really worked with the pain relief and spasms and the mood-lifting capabilities were very good,” he said.The medicinal cannabis will be distributed in a spray form and taken orally.  TRAGIC MARIE’S PARTNER SAYS CANNABIS PLAN WILL HELP MS SUFFERERS was last modified: June 30th, 2014 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:cannabisdonegalLiffordMARIE FLEMINGright to dielast_img read more

German media enjoy the delights of Donegal!

first_imgA group of five German media with a combined circulation of nearly 500,000 are visiting Donegal this weekend to take part in a Donegal walking press trip, hosted by Fáilte Ireland, as the National Tourism Development Authority in conjunction with Tourism Ireland – Ireland’s overseas marketing body.Visitor numbers from Germany are strong this year, with data showing 18% growth compared to 2018 figures. This demonstrates the importance of the German market for Ireland.The journalists write for some of Germany’s leading newspapers and began their visit at the stone fort Grianán of Aileach before heading to enjoy the scenery and views from Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula. Fáilte Ireland research shows that German visitors are attracted to our scenery, coastal areas, cliffs, and rocky seascapes. They also enjoy exploring in nature and offering a variety of activities is a key motivator for them.Brenda King, Fáilte Ireland’s International Publicity Executive, stressed the importance of international media coverage for Ireland –“Welcoming media, such as this group, to our shores plays a big part to ensuring Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way are on the map when it comes to attracting German visitors. We believe that it is extremely important for visiting media to experience first-hand what the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer the adventure traveller.“The region around Donegal provides endless possibilities for walking and cycling and we are promoting this message heavily. By providing the visiting German media with a positive experience, the coverage created will be critical in attracting more German tourists to Ireland.” A number of activities have been arranged for the group to experience while on their visit to Donegal, such as the Wild Alpaca Way Walk; walking tour of Ramelton; meeting full time chef and part-time blogger Pauline Sugrue who runs the Wild Garlic Table cookery school; a walk along the Ballyhiernan Bay with guide Sean Mullan; visit to Glenveigh National Park; walking tour of Sliabh Liag with Paddy Clarke and a visit to the Distillery; meeting with representatives from the Donegal Food Tours.German media enjoy the delights of Donegal! was last modified: October 11th, 2019 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:donegalGermanMediavisitlast_img read more

What Mean These Bones?

first_imgFossils found in unusual conditions and strange locations tell a silent story.  Humans often cannot resist making up their own versions of the plot.  Consider the following discoveries.  Listen to the stories told about them, and ask: what is the probability the stories are true?  How could we ever know?  Who is qualified to be the chief storyteller?Glacier-saurus:  Bones from a six-ton sauropod were found 10 years ago at 13,000′ elevation near a glacier in Antarctica.  New interpretations about it were reported by EurekAlert and PhysOrg.  The National Geographic article includes an artist’s interpretation of the ecology when it lived.  What put this monster meat in the freezer?    The evolutionary story is that this dinosaur, named Glacialisaurus hammeri, lived 190 million years ago.  NG quotes a paleontologist saying that the discovery so far south “was probably due to the fact that major connections between the continents still existed at that time, and because climates were more equitable across latitudes than they are today.”  He added that the bones are “important because they help to establish that primitive sauropodomorph dinosaurs were more broadly distributed than previously thought and that they coexisted with their cousins, the true sauropods.”Armadillo in the sky:  An armor-covered mammal called a glyptodont was found at 14,000 feet in the Andes, reported National Geographic News.  This represents the “oldest glyptodont known from any significant skeletal remains,” said one paleontologist.  How did it get so high in the mountains?  One paleontologist said that when it lived, the mountain wasn’t there.  “For me, the real question is what this tells us about the history of uplift of the Andes mountains and how it impacted this group of animals.”  Some glyptodonts, which look like fat, stiff armadillos, grew to the size of a small car, the article said.Double-decker dino:  Dinosaur bones sitting in a Chicago museum have been re-interpreted as those of a large carnivorous beast rivalling T. rex.  Found in Niger 10 years ago, Carcharodontosaurus iguidensis was one of the largest meat-eaters that ever lived.  “It was part of a ‘very weird ecosystem’ of huge bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs that inhabited the Saharan Cretaceous landscape,” the article claims.  The BBC News story shows it larger than a double-decker bus.    Why did this beast grow so large?  A paleontologist explained: “The dinosaur seems to have evolved because these shallow seas divided up the land so it led to different groups of dinosaurs in different places.”  Obviously, “that has implications for how life reacts to high temperatures and high sea levels,” he said.  National Geographic News quoted a paleontologist calling this “evolution in action,” even though humans have only observed static, dead bones.  “The study suggests that the newly described species is evidence for rapid evolution after shallow prehistoric seas inundated North Africa.”  That part of the story was certainly not observed.    Another speculated, “It may be that these giants arose by allopatric speciation, whereby biological populations are physically isolated by a barrier, in this case a seaway, and evolve in reproductive isolation” (see entry on allopatric speciation from 01/15/2003).  She thought that interpretation holds for living species; “However, that hypothesis can’t be tested with ancient fossils!”Underground forest:  A farmer in Michigan was astonished to find something under his land when the Department of Transportation started digging a pond for him in exchange for fill earth.  Lo and behold, a prehistoric forest came to light.  The report on Science Daily quoted a forester saying, “We find a lot of trees lying on the forest floor, but this was the first time I’ve seen so many trees thousands of years old and so well preserved in the soil.”  Well, gosh darn, whaddya know.  “What could bury a whole forest 15 feet underground?  It had to be a single catastrophic, violent event, and it must have happened a long time ago for 15 feet of soil to build up.”    A professional colleague speculated with him that “the trees were either transported or mowed down by the last glacier to move across the Keweenaw, before Lake Superior covered the peninsula” about 10,000 years ago.  They want to perform radiocarbon dating on the logs, many of which are 20 feet long and 2 feet in diameter.Mammoth targets:  Rocks from space played asteroids against mammoths 35,000 years ago, claims a report on the BBC News.  Tusks from Alaska and Siberia appear to show scars of meteorite debris.  A researcher explained, “We think that there was probably an impact which exploded in the air that sent these particles flying into the animals.”  Bones of bison from the same period show re-growth, indicating that the smaller mammals survived a “calamitous event” that took down their bigger neighbors.  They’re not sure, though; “Maybe, these were tusks from dead animals that were just exposed on the surface, so when this thing blew up in the atmosphere, it would have peppered them.”  The date could range from 13,000 to 35,000 years ago, they said.    Previously, scientists attributed the extinction of mammoths to humans or climate change.  Can space impacts really explain this?  It can’t hurt, at least (that is, it can’t hurt the theory, even if it hurt the animals):For us the difficulty is that we see patterns but we don’t understand what the underlying process is; so it becomes difficult to ascribe causation,” he [Dr. Ian Barnes from Royal Holloway University of London, UK] explained.    “Just as in a modern crime scene, it’s very difficult to piece all the evidence together and say precisely what was going on; which event led to any particular outcome.”    But he added: “Certainly, you can’t imagine it helped the animals having a large meteorite hit the Earth’s atmosphere and pellet them with shot.”Polar warming:  A polar bear jaw has been found in the Arctic, reported the BBC News.  The article claims this jawbone is up to 130,000 years old.  That makes the evolution of polar bears 30,000 years older than previously thought.  Why is this good news?  Well, if “further discoveries can show the iconic Arctic beasts have a deeper evolutionary heritage, then the outlook for the animals may be more positive than some believe,” because they would have survived one interglacial period – i.e., global warming.  Hence, “This is telling us that despite the ongoing warming in the Arctic today, maybe we don’t have to be quite so worried about the polar bear.”A paleontologist in the last story was honest about the storytelling: “This is just how I interpret it.  But this is science – when you have little data, you have lots of freedom.”  The only question is whether free interpretation can really be called science.PostScript:  National Geographic News posted an article today about the massive dinosaur pit in Spain (see 11/30/2007, bullet 2).  The consensus is that this graveyard, containing over 8,000 individuals, was caused by a flood.  Evolutionists are also saying this shows that the period when they were assumed to have lived – 70 million years ago – had more biodiversity than thought.  “Having so many dinosaurs together at the same site is a big deal,” one paleontologist commented.  “This group of dinosaurs living in the same place in the same environment hadn’t been established before.”  The pit includes huge titanosaurs, among the largest land animals that ever lived; they are among the most abundant creatures at the site.  Must have been some flood.The interpretation of these finds is left as an exercise.  That’s a difficult exercise, because fossils don’t come with written documentation.  Science cannot provide definitive answers about one-time, past events.  Paleontologists try to piece together a story from multiple clues, and weave together scenarios that are more or less plausible.  Never forget, however, a point emphasized by philosophers of science: theories are always under-determined by the data.  This means an almost infinite number of theories could be concocted to fit the same set of observations.  It’s especially true for past events that cannot be checked directly.    So whose interpretation will carry the day?  Aha; now we enter the realm of “political” science.  The reigning Darwin Party wields an iron fist over its totalitarian dictatorship.  Remember: totalitarian means total; it means that it is a crime to even think out of line with the regime.  That is why interpretations outside the Party never get heard.  The paleontologist who claimed he had little data but lots of freedom was putting a positive spin on how much freedom there is inside the Party paradigm.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more