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St Hugh’s end Queen’s reign in semis thriller

first_imgA new champion will be crowned in this year’s urban area ISSA senior netball competition, as last year’s winners, The Queen’s School, were surprised by St Hugh’s High, as the Roy Pryce-coached team squeezed out a thrilling one-goal win – 47-46 – in yesterday’s semi-final at the Leila Robinson Court. St Hugh’s will face Camperdown High in next Tuesday’s final, after the east Kingston-based institution ran out comfortable 32-24 winners over St Catherine High in the other semi-final. Coming into the game as underdogs after losing to Camperdown two weeks ago in a second-round match, the St Hugh’s team were under early pressure and trailed 14-9 after the first quarter, as Queen’s goal shooter, Simone Gordon, was bang on target. St Hugh’s came into their own in the second quarter, as goal shooter Kadi-Ann Dehaney, using her height advantage, helped them reduce the deficit, even though Queen’s still led at half-time, 23-20. Queen’s stayed ahead 36-33 after three quarters, but St Hugh’s rallied, and with their defenders making good interceptions and Queen’s committing careless turnovers, the Cross Roads-based St Hugh’s scored five unanswered goals to lead 43-42.With Dehaney scoring easily, they held their nerves in the final two minutes to score a narrow win and make up for their loss in last year’s final. “After losing to Camperdown earlier in the second round, I had a meeting with my girls and told them that we would be going all out to take care of Queen’s, and the difference would have been in mid court, and that was where we won the game today,” said Pryce. “A tough loss, but credit to St Hugh’s,” said Queen’s coach Marvette Anderson. “Turnovers killed us as our girls made too many errors, and St Hugh’s took better care of the ball.” Earlier, in the junior competition’s semi-finals, defending champions Queen’s and Gaynstead High won. Queen’s easily got by Norman Manley High 36-20, while Gaynstead stopped Camperdown High 23-17.last_img read more

Pumaren rues Falcons’ cold shooting in close loss to Maroons

first_imgAdamson University is forced to use its twice-to-beat advantage after it lost to University of the Philippines, 73-71, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four, but its head coach Franz Pumaren isn’t too concerned of his team’s predicament.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We shot 1-of-22 from three so I guess we should’ve gotten this victory even though we played badly,” said Pumaren. 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. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Pumaren said he’s not stressing over the fact that the Soaring Falcons, who finished the eliminations with a 10-4 record as the second seeds, will take on the No. 3 Fighting Maroons (8-6) once more to decide who goes to the finals.“If there’s concern with regards to this game then, do I look concerned about it?” asked Pumaren Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Do I look stressed about it?”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 ChrissMaybe it was UP’s defense or just a cold shooting performance but the Falcons hardly ever found a good scoring rhythm except for their sudden eruption in the fourth quarter wherein they made 10 of their 19 attempts.The Soaring Falcons were miserable in the first three quarters, shooting an abysmal 14-of-49 from the field, or 28.6 percent. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Relentless Folayang seizes ‘rare’ chance in regaining ONE title LATEST STORIES UP, meanwhile, had a more respectable showing through the third quarter when it converted 24 of its 55 shot attempts for a 43.6 percent clip.“We were down the whole game but when we started playing the right way, the right brand of game we were able to get back,” said Pumaren.The Falcons came alive in the fourth quarter going on a 26-11 run to take a 69-65 lead after Sean Manganti’s layup with 2:18 left in the game.Manganti also tied the game at 71 with 3.7 seconds to play, but it was UP’s day as center Bright Akhuetie shot the game-winner from pointblank with 2.6 seconds left.Another factor in Adamson’s demise was its terrible shooting from beyond the arc when it made just one in 22 attempts courtesy of Jerrick Ahanmisi at the 6:18 mark of the fourth that cut UP’s lead to three, 60-57.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Sime Darby’s Oil Palm Mill and Proposed Oil Refinery – to What End?

first_imgThe Malaysian company, Sime Darby (SD), which has started an oil palm plantation in Liberia, last week broke ground for the building of a US$10 million oil palm mill that will add value to the palm oil it produces.Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly hailed the company’s latest investment as just the kind of initiative President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is looking for–the production of goods, whether in the agricultural, forestry, mineral or oil sector, that will ADD VALUE to the raw materials produced.The company’s general manager, Rosi Mohammed Taib, told Minister Dukuly and others assembled for the groundbreaking that SD has bigger plans: the company intends to build an oil palm refinery, which is expected to produce many more value added products from the palm oil they produce in Liberia.We say Bravo to this, for Heaven knows it is about time that Liberia, after 167 years of existence, begins at long last entering the industrial age. BUT!We hope Sime Darby is not another Buchanan Renewables company which, under the guardianship of National Investment Chairman Richard Tolbert, came here few years ago and promised Liberians the world, including rehabilitating all old Liberian rubber farms at no cost to rubber planters; AND a 10-megwatt power plant that would bring electricity to Margibi County and parts of  Monrovia. All of this would be in return for wood chips from the cut rubber trees, to be used to power the 10-megawatt plant.  Everybody embraced this plan.But no sooner it turned out to be a complete hoax (fraud, deception), for the company started shipping out thousands of tons of wood chips to power electric plants in Holland and other parts of Europe!We have no reason to suspect that Sime Darby would ever turn out to be another Buchanan Renewerables.  However, we at the Daily Observer took keen note of the caveat (qualification, requirement) which SD general manager Taib carefully and smartly laid under his company’s plan to build an oil palm refinery.  We paraphrase (reword, interpret) what he told Minister Dukuly: “We will build the refinery if only we are given at least 100 thousand hectares of land for our plantation.”That is a lot of land even it is spread over three counties–Bomi, Grand Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu– whose people have been bitterly complaining against the company grabbing up all their farmland and sacred sites to plant oil palm.  Fortunately, unlike the violent Nimba youths, who two weeks ago invaded the ArcelorMittal concession area and broke up parts of their infrastructure, the people of Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu have handled their grievances in a far more civilized and patient manner.  Sime Darby, too, to their own credit, has been listening keenly and actively to the people, and made concessions, including extending social amenities, such as agricultural assistance for farming, health and medical facilities, improved housing, jobs, roads and schools, assuring the people that the company is not just there to take their land, but also to improve their lives.  This is in a sense what the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau called “the social contract,” which typically posits that individuals have consented, either explicitly or tacitly, to surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority in exchange for protection of their remaining rights.That is all that the people in these concession areas, where ArcelorMittal, China Union, Western Cluster, Golden Veroleum, Calava River Company and Sime Darby, etc. are asking for and rightfully demanding.It is our hope that SD is sincere and genuine in its initiative and promise to create not just an oil plantation but a modern oil palm industry in Liberia, using the Bomi-Grand Cape Mount-Gbarpolu corridor.  Liberia has had more than enough Firestone Plantations that come 2016 would have been producing and shipping out of here, for 90 unbroken years, billions of tons of natural rubber to supply American factories to produce tires and other rubber products.  And Liberia is yet unable to produce a rubber band!We pray–but not only pray, but we must TOUGHLY NEGOTIATE, WORK HARD AND GET FROM THESE COMPANIES WHAT WE WANT: VALUE ADDED PRODUCTS that will transform Liberia from a raw materials producer into an industrial country, exporting value added products, creating highly technical and other jobs and earning more hard currency to accelerate our development and modernity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mother remanded for ‘wilful neglect’

first_imgMolestation of 3-year-oldThe mother of a 3-year-old girl who was sexually molested last Saturday was remanded to prison when she made an appearance in the Springlands Magistrate’s Court in chambers before Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh on Thursday, charged with ‘wilful neglect’.The mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the child’s identity, was not required to plead to the charge of “wilful neglect in a manner wholly to cause unnecessary suffering and injury” to the child.Police prosecutor Inspector Godfrey Platter told the court that the woman is an alcoholic and has five children ages 2 to14 years.He said between Saturday 18 June and Sunday, June 19 she went on a drinking spree. She returned home at 20:30h on Sunday and retired to bed with her children. Platter said the accused woke about 01:30h the following day and discovered the 3-year-old infant missing from the bed. Upon checking, she found the child on the floor of the house bleeding profusely from the vagina.The matter was reported to the police and the child taken to the hospital.The prosecutor asked for bail to be refused on the grounds that the state of the infant’s health was unknown as she remains hospitalised.Magistrate Singh remanded the mother to prison until Monday 27 June, 2016 when a medical report on the child’s progress is expected to be presented.Meanwhile, Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam said as police continue their investigations, two other persons are in custody.He noted that the woman’s four other children will be placed in the care of a relativeThis publication understands that the woman’s husband and father of the children, who is a fisherman has been at sea for some time now and it is unclear if he is aware of the incident.He is expected home in four days.last_img read more

Association of Evangelicals of Liberia Identifies With Ebola Survivors

first_imgAs part of efforts to support Ebola survivors in the country, the Association Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) has given a special package to hundreds of Ebola survivors across the country to help them  resettle.According to the board president of the organization, Nuwoe-James Kiamu, “This was the organization’s way of helping Ebola survivors restart their lives after Ebola had  affected them and the country at large.“Since the outbreak of this virus, our organization has been involved in helping affected communities and individuals across the country with basic needs.”He continued, “This is the love of Christ we continued to show to our people, especially during these difficult times.  Ebola has affected so many people and there is a need to provide something to our survivors. We are given this US$150 to each survivor and hope that they can help themselves.”Mr. Kaimu explained that the AFL has been concerned about Ebola survivors and meeting with people affected by the virus to help beef-up some of their needs since the outbreak of the disease in the country.According to him, his organization has been in close  contact with the Health Ministry, pastors and many other local and international partners who continued to contribute to national efforts to the eradicate the disease.  We are also partnering with government in reaching out to Ebola affected people in Liberia.Mr. Kiamu further said, “We are working with partners who are directly interacting with Ebola survivors in the field and asking them to give names of Ebola survivors that AEL can work with. The AEL is hoping that 200 or 250 survivors can benefit from the US$150 to restart their lives because many of them cannot afford to do anything due to financial constraints.”He emphasized that the money is little but believed that this the way God is asking AEL to reach out to the many survivors.  AEL hopes to  continue rendering assistance to many other survivors. Also speaking, one of the Ebola survivors, Salome Karwah, expressed her gratitude’s to the AEL for their the various kinds of support especially the  physical cash to the survivors during this difficult time in the country.She called on the Government of Liberia to see reason to help  all Ebola survivors across the country and ensure that many of them are doing something as many of them were suffering from lot of illness since leaving the various ETUs.According to her, “We have some people that cannot function; some are suffering from eyesight problems and many need medical attention  but don’t have the money for further treatment. Some of us lost our supporters and need something from the national government to help us.”   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC executive accused of beating plantain chip vendor

first_imgA plantain chip vendor was allegedly beaten by a senior Alliance for Change (AFC) official on Sunday night.Injured is Nateram Rabindranath, also called “Diamond”, 54, of Woodley Park, West Coast Berbice Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice).Reports are that at about 18:00h on Sunday, Rabindranath was beaten Abel Seetaram following an altercation which allegedly started after Seetaram’s 16-year-old son had had an argument with the vendor’s 21-year-old son. The teen reportedly complained to his father, and the father in turn allegedly pulled Rabindranath from his bicycle.Nateram RabindranathSeeing the confrontation ongoing, public-spirited persons attempted to intervene, but Seetaram’s wife, who was at the time carrying a baby, reportedly jumped in the middle of the scuffle and claimed that if she was touched she would make a report at the Police station. This led to persons walking away and the fight ensued.The injured man was picked and taken home, while relatives went to the Police station to report the incident. When they reached the Fort Wellington Police Station, Seetaram was already there. Subsequently, the Police went to the injured man’s home and took him away.“I told them that they have to take the man to the hospital, and one of them said, ‘He bleeding too much, we have to walk and lift him and take him to the hospital’. They got him on the ground for a long time and then a corporal come and tell them to put the man in the vehicle and take him to the hospital,” Rabindranath’s wife told this publication.She added that when she reached the hospital it was 19:00h, and was told that she had to wait until 21:30h for a doctor to arrive and transfer her husband to the New Amsterdam Hospital.Senior Alliance For Change (AFC) official Abel Seetaram“They refuse to allow us to take him to the Mahaicony Hospital, and they say that is the doctor has to do everything, so them ent do anything to him, just leave him lying there bleeding.”Meanwhile, as family members and the Police were waiting on the doctor, some went back to the Fort Wellington Police Station so that a statement can be taken, but the officers there refused to take one.This publication was also told that subsequently family members approached them offering compensation.Guyana Times understands that the Police have since arrested Seetaram. Rabindranauth is now warded at the New Amsterdam Hospital, suffering from a fractured jaw, a fractured nose, and internal bleeding. Medical reports also indicate that there is a clot in the skull.On Sunday evening, doctors at the New Amsterdam Hospital performed emergency surgery on Rabindranauth, who arrived at the medical facility in an unconscious state.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

EPA sues Cemex over air quality

first_imgThe lawsuit says Cemex California LLC made major improvements in 1997 and 2000 without getting permits required by the Clean Air Act, a measure the federal government adopted in 1990 to set limits on emissions. The company also failed to install high-tech emissions controls that would limit pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, which cause smog and trigger breathing difficulties in children and the elderly. Cemex declined calls Wednesday seeking comment. The company’s Web site says the $190million expansion helped the plant lower allowable emissions substantially while increasing production. “The final design selected meets the best available control technology for reducing air emissions,” the site says. “Also, state-of-the-art combustion controls were chosen to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.” The EPA says Victorville’s air doesn’t meet federal standards for ozone or particulate matter, but it would not comment on the role Cemex plays in perpetuating the problem. “The facility is a `major’ source of air pollution, however, under the Clean Air Act,” Arcaute said. Should the EPA prevail in court, Cemex could face fines of up to $27,500 a day for violations that occurred from January1997 to March2004, and up to $32,500 a day for violations after March. The complaint does not suggest a specific penalty, and the EPA declined to comment on when the violations began or what date penalties might begin accruing. The EPA had cited Cemex for the Victorville violation in September 2005, but the parties have been unable to resolve their differences in the interim. A branch of the agency that oversees the Midwest cited a Cemex facility in Fairborn, Ohio, in the past year or so, Arcaute said. The plant operations differ from the quarry proposed by Cemex in Soledad Canyon, which is on hold for now. The site – where Cemex planned to extract 56.1million tons of sand and gravel during a 20-year span – is outside Santa Clarita city limits between Canyon Country and Agua Dulce, but no processing plant was to be built there. Cemex officials said recently they will try to negotiate a compromise with the city of Santa Clarita in lieu of opening the mine in 2008. In a show of good faith, the city disbanded its approximately $8million campaign – which had gained traction nationwide – to scale down or block the mine. Four months before joining forces with Cemex in February, the city bonded with environmental groups and others to notify the mining giant its air-quality violations were under the newly formed group’s microscope. The United National Alliance sent a letter to Gilberto Perez, president of Cemex-U.S. Operations, noting 72,067 air-quality citations levied against Cemex, and a city report says Cemex has been fined $4.5million for violations of state and federal water and air-quality requirements in at least eight states. At the time, Cemex countered the group’s action, saying it was based on failed legal or public cases against the company and that it reeked of sour grapes. Both the city of Victorville and the agency that regulates air-quality standards for the Victorville region say Cemex has been a good neighbor in that community. “In terms of any kind of major violations, I can’t think of anything major or outstanding,” said Eldon Heaston, executive director of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. “They usually are in compliance.” Victorville also had no complaints, city spokeswoman Yvonne Hester said. The Mojave Desert district oversees a 22,000-mile territory in the desert portions of San Bernardino County and eastern Riverside County, home to Victoville, Barstow, 29 Palms and Apple Valley. The agency recognized Cemex for helping to prevent or control air pollution in the community. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lodged a lawsuit against Cemex in federal court in Riverside claiming the company – which plans an aggregate quarry on the outskirts of Santa Clarita – failed to adopt proper measures to cut air pollution at its Victorville cement plant, one of the largest of its kind in the country. In a complaint filed Monday, the Department of Justice accuses Cemex of failing to install the protective devices despite spending millions to renovate the facility during the past decade. “What the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants is that Cemex install proper air pollution controls that could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions in the general Victorville area,” agency spokesman Francisco Arcaute said. “That’s why we’ve taken these legal steps.” At the plant, rocks are pulverized to make cement, which is the binding agent in concrete used to build homes, roads and bridges. last_img

COUPLE WHO LOST SON IN ACCIDENT FLEE DONEGAL RALLY ROUTE ‘HELL’

first_imgAN elderly couple say they are being forced to leave their home this weekend to avoid the ‘hell’ of the Donegal rally.John and Mary Lynch say they have been left with no choice but to leave their home at Anney Lower this Saturday.They tell tomorrow’s Tirconaill Tribune that they have put up with the rally for years but this year a route change means cars will come flying within feet of their cottage. Cllr Gerry McMonagle has intervened to get the couple – and their cat and dog – accommodation this weekend.The couple lost a son in a road traffic accident some years ago; and there was a fatality nearby in recent times.They tried to take legal action to stop the rally but have failed in their objections.The couple are among thousands of residents along the rally routes who will be trapped in their homes – or forced to leave – this weekend. Mary Lynch tells John McAteer in tomorrow’s paper: “The rally is officially here for just one day but the joyriders will be out late at night for the next 12 months.”It’s a sentiment felt by hundreds of others.Meanwhile Donegal Daily has learned a number of other people living along the route and fed up with the disruption caused by both the rally and their many joyriding boy racer rally fans may attempt to stop the rally at a number of locations.The full interview with the Lynch family is in tomorrow’s Tirconaill Tribune. COUPLE WHO LOST SON IN ACCIDENT FLEE DONEGAL RALLY ROUTE ‘HELL’ was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:’DANGEROUS’ ON-THE-RUN PRISONER MAY BE IN DONEGALCoupledonegalrallylast_img read more

Gold bracelet found in Buncrana – is it yours?

first_imgA public appeal has been made following the discovery of a gold bracelet in the Buncrana area. The bracelet, which was found at Father Hegarty’s rock in the Inishowen town, appears to have an inscription that reads Anne & Kevin, 07/06/80.It was reported as found on the 7th of October. The public have been asked to call Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540 with any enquiries about the bracelet with the incident number 16914457 or call to the station.Gold bracelet found in Buncrana – is it yours? was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Celtics 128; Warriors 95: Warriors show regular-season apathy in marquee game

first_imgOAKLAND -– The setting called for a highly competitive game that could serve as a playoff preview.Perhaps a star player would make a game-winning shot. Perhaps a role player would make a hustle play. Perhaps both teams would fight on nearly every possession, knowing that could determine the outcome.Instead, the Warriors labored through a 128-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday at Oracle Arena with the same apathy as they have had in any other forgettable regular-season game. “ …last_img read more