China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The huge win now allows the Blue Eagles to focus on fierce rival La Salle when both teams clash on Tuesday.Cote D’Ivoire exchange student Angelo Kouame continued his improvement by posting a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds in only 16 minutes of play. Raffy Verano added 12 and Thirdy Ravena and Adrian Wong had 11 as the Blue Eagles led from the start.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 crownEric Jabel and Laurenz Victoria paced the Cardinals with 12 markers each. After winning their first four games, Mapua is now on a three-game losing streak and is in danger of missing the playoffs.San Beda University stopped University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, 74-68, earlier in the day. LATEST STORIES Santa Ana Open gets going today View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Prince Eze came up big again for the Altas as he came through with 18 points and 19 rebounds but it was not enough to save his squad from its sixth loss in seven outings.The game drew interest from a lot of fans because it marked the first time San Beda went against its former coach, Frankie Lim, in the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Undefeated Ateneo de Manila University continued to bulldoze the field, this time crushing Mapua, 99-55, Friday night in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film San Beda thus notched its fourth win in six games as they continued to hang on to the final playoff spot in Group A.San Beda looked headed for A runaway victory as Jose Presbitero and Clint Doliguez sizzled early by combining for 18 points in the first half to push the Red Lions comfortably ahead, 37-25.However, the Altas managed to slowly trim the deficit but their last-ditch effort ran out of time.“We messed up in the second half but we’ll take this win,” coach Boyet Fernandez said. “I reminded the players that any team can beat us so we have to be consistent.”Presbitero went on to top the Red Lions with 16 points and three assists. Donald Tankoua had a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds while Robert Bolick continued his comeback from injury by adding eight of his 11 points in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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
…tournament excludes private institutions and lessonsThe Petra organisation have again shown their worth by launching an inaugural under-18 schools football competition that would benefit schools in Georgetown, Linden, the West and East Coasts of Demerara, East Bank Demerara and Berbice.Co-Director of Petra, Troy Mendonca; Jacqueline James; Marketing Executive of Guyoil, Ashmin John; and Ministry of Education representative Nicholas Fraser are flanked by players in the upcoming tournamentThe Guyoil/Tradewind Tankers Invitational tournament is being sponsored by the namesakes of the competition, and will run from October 6 to December 9, with each of twelve participating schools playing eleven preliminary games before heading into the knockout rounds.Speaking at the launching ceremony on Thursday, Co-Director of Petra, Troy Mendonca, gave a synopsis of the vision of yet another school tournament.“This tournament is in keeping with Petra’s vision of assisting with the development of the sport through the school system. Our focus in this tournament is to bring together the twelve best teams in the country (to compete) in a league format,” Mendonca explained.Mendonca revealed that, in the coming years, he is looking to better the structure of the competition with a more organised qualification process, wherein the best teams from each region would be competing.Petra Co-Director Troy MendoncaJacqueline James, representing the Tradewind Tankers, disclosed that the company, based in Spain, works in collaboration with Guyoil to ship commodities to Guyana. She said the company has been doing a great job at discharging its corporate social responsibility.“We at Guyoil see our corporate social responsibility as a very important aspect of our business and giving back. So we are pleased today not only to be giving back, but to be associated with youths; because, as a company, we see sports playing a holistic part in (youths’) education,” she stated.Guyoil Marketing Executive Ashmin John went as far to note that the national oil company is committed to seeing the schools projects completed and winners receiving the cash prizes they had won.“Guyoil would like to go further and say whatever project the winning team chooses, we will be there to support you. If you want to paint a new room in your school, we will be there to help you. We want to be that involved in your projects,” John revealed.Heightened competitionFor some of the participants in the 54-match competition, playing will not stop at the final match. As disclosed by the Petra organisation, the winner and runner-up of the competition would each have a chance to test their skill at a higher level.The Petra organisation, earlier this month, launched the KFC Football tournament, consisting of four school teams. It is slated to kick off in December. Mendonca has divulged that the Shiva Boys Hindu College in Trinidad and Tobago and the Annai Secondary School would both be competing in the tournament, and he has promised that the last two local teams competing in the tournament would be revealed in a timely manner.“So the two best teams from this tournament will join those two other teams for three days of football in December,” Mendonca explained on Thursday.Stating that inclusion of the two local teams is a great idea, Ministry of Education representative Nicholas Fraser noted that it would do well to improve the level of competition displayed.“Since last year, we were touting the idea of having foreign teams come into the country to play; so it’s very good motivation for you, the students, who will be vying to see if you can come within the top two schools, to see if you can qualify for that tournament,” Fraser said.A turn in the tidesAside from all the pomp and splendour associated with the launching ceremony, the Petra organisation revealed a critical fact about the competition that may receive mixed responses in the near future.“Unfortunately, at this point in time, I would like to mention that we will not be inviting institutions such as Sir Leon, Chase, Morgan, Buxton Masters, since we think that their practices do not align with our philosophy,” Mendonca has announced.Mendonca was careful to note that the stipulations are all in good faith.“However, we would like to go on record in recognition of their (mentioned schools) efforts that contribute to the growth of the game,” he said.The announcement caused smiles to light up the faces of both teachers and players from the public schools present, many of whom had expressed that the inclusion of the ‘lessons’ institutions gives those institutions an unfair chance at winning the tournaments.“I’d like to congratulate the Petra organisation for making this decision, because the Government schools have been suffering at the hands of the private schools, who take the students from you and play you the same year. So I’d like to congratulate you for making that bold move,” Lodge Secondary School teacher Leon Bishop expressed.The twelve teams in the tournament are: Annandale Secondary, Friendship Secondary, Vergenoegen Secondary, Uitvlugt Secondary, Berbice High School, Wismar/Christianburg Secondary, The Bishops’ High School, Lodge Secondary, St. Rose’s High School, Dolphin Secondary, Queenstown Secondary and Queen’s College. The tournament will kick off on Saturday, October 6, and will be played on Saturdays and Sundays at the Ministry of Education Ground on Carifesta Avenue.
“He has been doing very well the last couple of days, and he is still champing at the bit to get in there,” Little said. “He isn’t the kind of player you can tell to restrict his activities. He plays hard all the time. That is one of the reasons we held him back.” Utility man Marlon Anderson, who hasn’t played all spring because of lingering problems in his surgically repaired right elbow, will make his debut on Thursday night against Washington. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Little spoke after he watched Brett Tomko and Joe Mays throw three one-hit innings apiece in a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles before 4,579 at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Little also watched Kuo pitch two hitless innings Sunday against Washington and missed a performance by Mark Hendrickson in a Saturday split-squad game in which the veteran lefty turned in three one-hit innings of his own. And now, given the fact the Dodgers don’t have to have a fifth starter until April 10 because of off days, the competition might continue from the bullpen beyond Opening Day. “It’s possible,” Little said. “We have a number of people stretched out and in a position to take on that spot. It could still be a while before we make that decision.” Prolonging the matter would be bad for Mays, a non-roster invitee who probably isn’t a candidate for the bullpen unless a reliever is traded or released. But everyone else – Kuo, Tomko, Chad Billingsley and Hendrickson – is expected to pitch out of the bullpen if not the rotation, allowing the battle to wage on. Players return Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who has been battling a sore right shoulder, will play today against Detroit, his first action since March 1. Furcal will start at shortstop and probably stay in long enough to get two plate appearances. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Dodgers manager Grady Little said Monday that the competition for the vacant fifth spot in the team’s starting rotation – a battle that has only intensified through the first two weeks of Grapefruit League play – might not be settled until after the regular season begins. Meanwhile, although no one will admit it publicly, left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo appears to be slightly ahead of the pack, primarily because he is the one candidate club officials are least comfortable using as a reliever.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Separatist rebels stormed a Chinese-run oil field in eastern Ethiopia on Tuesday, killing more than 70 people, including nine Chinese workers, in one of Ethiopia’s worst rebel attacks in years. Dozens of gunmen crept up to the oil field at dawn and unleashed a barrage of machine-gun fire at Ethiopian soldiers posted outside, Chinese and Ethiopian officials said. After a fierce hourlong battle, the rebels rushed away, taking at least six Chinese hostages with them. Ethiopia, a close ally of the United States, has been racked by separatist movements for years, but the severity of this attack seemed to unnerve Ethiopian officials, who usually minimize any threats to their control. “It was a massacre” “It was a massacre,” Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said in a televised address on Tuesday night. “It was cold-blooded murder.” The Ogaden National Liberation Front, a militant group fighting for control of eastern Ethiopia, immediately claimed responsibility, circulating an e-mail message that said, “We will not allow the mineral resources of our people to be exploited by this regime or any firm that it enters into an illegal contract.” The front said that its primary target was the Ethiopian soldiers guarding the oil field and that the Chinese workers had been killed by explosions during the fighting. Given China’s drive to extract oil wherever it can be found, Chinese workers are often dispatched to conflict zones, and several have been kidnapped in the volatile Niger Delta region of Nigeria. In other parts of Africa, like Zambia, China’s investments have brought resentment from local politicians and residents. As for the workers kidnapped on Tuesday, the rebel group’s statement said: “ONLF forces rounding up Ethiopian military prisoners following the battle came across six Chinese workers. They have been removed from the battlefield for their own safety and are being treated well.” But the group did not say anything about releasing them. Military stretch thin Ethiopian officials, who confirmed that 65 government soldiers had been killed, said they were rushing reinforcements to the area and vowed to crush the rebels. But the crisis comes while the country’s military is stretched thin. Thousands of Ethiopian troops are bogged down in Somalia, where they face increasingly intense resistance. On Tuesday a suicide bomber attacking Ethiopian troops killed seven civilians in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, the second time in a week that suicide attacks were used. More than 1,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the past month in heavy shelling between Somali insurgents and Ethiopian-led troops. Ethiopia, with covert American help, intervened in Somalia in December to prop up Somalia’s weak transitional government and defeat Islamist forces who had controlled much of Somalia and were widely suspected of sheltering anti-Ethiopian rebel groups like the Ogaden National Liberation Front. Ethiopian troops in Somalia recently rounded up dozens of suspected rebels, and human rights observers say the Ethiopians have also imprisoned – and tortured – innocent civilians. Such tactics, analysts say, may now be coming back to haunt the Ethiopians.
A man living in Co Donegal who was ordered to pay a woman compensation of €21,000 over childhood sexual abuse has been declared bankrupt by his victim.It is believed to be the first case of its kind in Ireland. At the High Court, Ms Justice Caroline Costello made an order declaring the assailant, who is from Co Derry but is now living in Co Donegal, a bankrupt.He had failed to pay compensation awarded by the High Court in Northern Ireland, and legal costs of €43,000 incurred by his victim.The Irish Times report he will now have to relinquish control of all of his assets, including his home if he owns it, to the official assignee in bankruptcy, Chris Lehane.His assets, whether here, in Northern Ireland or elsewhere, will be sold to pay off all of his debts, including the money owed to the woman.She could end up receiving only a fraction of her compensation, depending on her assailant’s financial circumstances.The man, who is not being named to protect his victim’s identity, was a friend of her family when he abused her as a child.A judgment order was made against him in the High Court in Belfast in 2012, when he failed to pay the compensation. An order to allow enforcement of a foreign judgment was then applied for and granted by Master of the High Court in Dublin, Edmund Honohan, in 2014. Attempts to secure the compensation through the use of a sheriff failed.Last October, the woman brought a bankruptcy summons, calling on her assailant to pay. When he did not, the court declared him bankrupt.During the bankruptcy hearing, Ms Justice Costello was told by counsel for the woman the case had its origins in “dreadful circumstances”.The judge said the difficulty was the debtor had not engaged, but she was satisfied he knew about the proceedings against him.“I’m conscious this is a small amount, compared to other cases here, but in the circumstances and given there was no engagement, I am satisfied to adjudicate the debtor a bankrupt,” she said.Woman abused by man declares him bankrupt in first case of its kind was last modified: December 6th, 2016 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)
Thanks to all who supported our annual St Stephen’s Day walk.Lotto: There was no jackpot winner for draw week 24 held on 26th December. Weekly winners of €50: Kate Meehan, Aberradorney; Damien Gannon, Dublin. Next draw Monday 2nd January 2017. Jackpot €4,000Four Masters: New Year’s lotto jackpot hits €4,000 was last modified: December 27th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Students from Donegal and across the country will face huge rent surges with new figures showing some students will have to fork out €1,107 per month for a single-bed house near their college. New data from Daft.ie – outlined by the Irish Independent – shows huge rent increases in Waterford and Dublin while rent costs have fallen in Letterkenny – putting a growing amount of families under huge pressure.Rent has surged 18.5% in some places but Letterkenny is the only university town where rent costs have fallen. A three-bed house is 2.4% cheaper to rent this year. Assuming that bedrooms are not shared, a first-year student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Donegal, will pay as little as €198 per month in a three-bed house and €254 for a two-bed.Ballyraine Campus Student Accommodation, Letterkenny, Co. DonegalHowever, a student planning on studying at Dublin University, UDC, private accommodation will cost up to €840 per month while a two-bedroom accommodation close to the college will cost €1,107.The same figures showed that two-bedroom houses near universities in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Maynooth range between €455 and €533.The Executive Assistant at the accommodation office in NUIG, Teresa Kelly, told Independent.ie that the demand for accommodation within the campus was extremely high. “People have been booking as far back as January,” she said.“We’re encouraging anyone living within a radius of 30km to commute for the first semester because things generally open up again in October.”Trinity College, Dublin, offers students accommodation for €7,793 for two semesters between September 5 and May 4 at the Goldsmith Hall site.That is trumped by the UCD Roebuck Castle residence – coming in at a hefty €11,347 for two semesters.Goldsmith Hall, Trinity College, Dublin“The demand for our student accommodation is very high, especially since privately owned properties in Cork are so expensive,” said UCC Students’ Union welfare officer Niamh Connery. For students attending in Galway (NUI) or Cork (UCC) the data found that rent costs, for differentiating en-suite options, will be between €5,439 – €5,600.Trinity Students’ Union president Shane De Rís told Independent.ie: “It is tragic that yet again we’ll see students forced out of education due to the financial strain placed on them by the housing market, forced to delay their future due to Government inaction.”Letterkenny student accommodation cheapest in the country was last modified: August 21st, 2018 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)Tags:CorkdublinletterkennyUniversity
The work of an aspiring young artist has caught the eye of judges in this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition.The adjudication process is well underway in the national art competition and one Letterkenny student seems to have impressed already.Competition judge Denise Ferran (above) was recently pictured with an entry by 17-year old Laura Foy, from Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny, entitled ‘You Did Well, Portrait Of Kim Jonghyun’. It is not yet known if Laura’s work is in the final, but her eye-catching graphic is one of hundreds of entries showing promise this year. Some 447 students from the county are amongst those from all parts of Ireland who are taking part in the Competition – the 65th year of the event.There is much anticipation ahead of the announcements of finalists in mid-April. Prizes will be presented at a ceremony in May.Donegal student brings colour to art competition was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Texaco Children’s Art Competition
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