La Salle moves on from Ateneo, sets focus on Final Four

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “I’ve always told them, throughout the whole eliminations that these games aren’t important,” said De Jesus, whose team will hold a twice-to-beat advantage against the Lady Bulldogs.“The most important games are the semifinals and the finals, if we will get to the finals,” said De Jesus who owns all of La Salle’s titles. “That’s their motivation right now.”“So that’s their motivation right now, they have to prepare for the semifinals and, if we reach it, the finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Madayag, Ateneo ‘confident’ ahead of Final 4 despite not having twice-to-beat View comments 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 draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Lady Spikers moved closer to their third straight title, and the multi-titled head coach wants his team to focus on the more important games.“We’re done with Ateneo, so it’s about time to focus on our next game and that is our semifinal match against NU,” said De Jesus in Filipino after their sweep of Ateneo, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19 Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 crownLa Salle finished the eliminations with a league-best 12-2 record and will head into the semifinals with an eight-game winning streak.De Jesus knows that even though they were stopped just twice in the preliminaries, the real measure of a team is how it handles the pressure-packed Final Four. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For someone who’s won 10 titles in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament, Ramil De Jesus isn’t the type to put too much thought on an elimination round tussle.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more


first_imgANIMAL welfare experts have made an urgent appeal for help after these five pups were found dumped at the side of a road.Donegal Pet Rescue is urgently seeking a foster bitch to help care for the animals.Ryan McCauley from DPR told Donegal Daily: “We got a call this morning to our helpline from a member of the public who was out walking in the Ballbofey area and came across a box. “He told us that there was pups in the box. We met him this morning in Letterkenny pets and we were horrified to see five labrador cross pups approximately one week old inside.”The charity urgently need a foster bitch to help these pups survive as milk from a lactating bitch will hopefully keep them alive at this tender young age.“We also want to appeal to the public for any information on who might of dumped these wee pups in such a manor as to leave them to die and we are very worried for the welfare of the mother of these pups,” said Ryan.“We at Donegal Pet Rescue are horrified that in this day and age with so much help available that someone can be so cruel as to put 5 pups in a box and leave them at the side of the road and God only knows what state the poor mother is in.” He added: “So please if anybody has a lactating bitch that might let these poor wee pups latch on then please get in contact with Donegal Pet Rescue , we will provide you will all the help we can to keep these little darling alive to they are strong enough to wean and hand feed.”Email Ryan on or via DPR Facebook page. HORROR AS FIVE PUPS FOUND DUMPED IN A BOX was last modified: October 19th, 2013 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:Ballybofeyletterkennypups abandonedlast_img read more

Details of transfer bother USC

first_img About 2,000 general admission tickets remained on sale plus an undetermined amount of student tickets for the Arkansas game. If there is a sellout, it would be USC’s first capacity crowd against a Southeastern Conference team. Even if it’s not a sellout, it should be the largest Coliseum crowd for an SEC team. The current record is 75,000 in 1931 against Georgia. Georgia actually belonged to the Southern Conference and became a charter member of the SEC in 1933. Moore out Defensive end Kyle Moore (sprained knee) will not play but linebacker Kaluka Maiava (sprained neck) should be available. Maiava underwent a CAT scan and magnetic-resonance test that detected no damage. Offensive lineman Jeff Byers, who is out for the season following hip surgery, is finally walking normally following surgery in mid-July. “I’m still about 13 weeks off,” Byers said. Blitzed out Hawaii blitzed USC aggressively two weeks ago and Arkansas is also expected to bring extra pass rushers at quarterback Matt Leinart. “I wish somebody would play us straight,” offensive line coach Pat Ruel joked. Ruel said he’s more worried about the Razorbacks’ blitz. “They have better personnel,” Ruel said. “They have speed to cover people one-on-one. But if a team blitzes, they will give up big plays.” Birthday bath The Trojans doused Carroll after practice with water to celebrate his 54th birthday. “I thought I was going to make it through, doggone it,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If USC finds any wrongdoing, it could forward the information to the NCAA. Sources said USC has not sent anything to the NCAA yet. Different answers A USC compliance official said Thursday that an investigation “continues to make progress’ into whether Nevada-Las Vegas made improper contact with former quarterback Rocky Hinds or cornerback Eric Wright before the players transferred. Although Hinds and Wright are enrolled at UNLV and sitting out the season, USC remains unhappy over the circumstances of their transfer. USC coach Pete Carroll spoke with athletic dept. officials about the matter this week, sources said. Carroll declined comment Thursday but when Hinds initially considered transferring, said, “He’s been influenced to consider (transferring) and to see what his options are.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Safety Darnell Bing (hip flexor), a Poly High graduate, said he “doubted’ he would play against Arkansas but Carroll was optimistic he could be available. “He ran around enough (in practice) to be available,” Carroll said. “At this point, we don’t need to rely on starting him but I’d like to see him get some time.” Sophomore Josh Pinkard will make his first career start. Freshman Kevin Ellison is also expected to see playing time. Ticket count last_img read more


first_imgA New Zealand woman has launched an appeal to track down a couple from Kincasslagh.The woman contacted Donegal Daily following the death of her mother who was in regular contact with the couple.The couple are known to her only as Daniel and Mary-Anne. “I am desperately trying to find two people my mum has been in contact with over the phone for many, many years. She has recently died and, because I know they were very important people to her, I would like to be able to somehow get in touch with them so that I can tell them personally what happened,” revealed the woman.The woman said she believes the couple have a large family and that their eldest son is called Daniel also and he is studying in Oxford. Mary-Anne’s parents were named Frank and Mary who are now deceased.If any of our readers know of the couple they can contact us at and we will pass the woman’s details on.NEW ZEALAND WOMAN LOOKING TO TRACK DOWN LONG-LOST DONEGAL FRIENDS was last modified: February 17th, 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:KINCASSLAGHNew Zealandsearchlast_img read more

Obama’s hi-tech African visit

first_imgUS President Barack Obama speaks to the crowd at the departure ceremony at Accra airport in Ghana on 11 July 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)Samson Mulugeta As US President Barack Obama prepared to visit Ghana on 10 July 2009, his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa since his inauguration in January, US ambassadors and public diplomacy staff set in motion a dynamic communications strategy that would help the president engage with people across the continent and around the world. The public diplomacy team focused on relaying Obama’s message to as many Africans as possible via cellphone, the most popular communication device on the continent. Before Obama made his speech to the huge crowds lining the streets of Ghana’s capital Accra, the team set up an SMS, or texting service, throughout Africa and invited people to text the president in either English or French. Nearly 16 000 people from 87 countries around the world responded. This number was further boosted by the American embassy in South Africa, which gathered an additional 200 000 questions and comments from across Africa through a mobile-based social networking site, according to Judith McHale, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, who masterminded the communications strategy. As the president spoke, the team sent SMS highlights of his speech in French and English to over 12 000 people in some 80 countries, and asked for their feedback via SMS. Hundreds of those messages were posted on, the State Department’s public diplomacy website, and on In return, the president answered questions selected from the massive influx in a podcast that was dubbed into French, Swahili, Portuguese and Arabic, in addition to the original English. “We interacted directly with hundreds of thousands of people and helped the president to engage with tens of millions. We showed the world that America listens and wants to engage,” said McHale as she briefed reporters at the White House after the president’s Ghanaian visit. “We broke new ground in using technology to reach non-traditional audiences. Central to this was a creative White House initiative that bridged new media and old.” The public diplomacy team’s overseas partners worked with local media to enable them to broadcast the president’s speech and report on his trip to Ghana. They invited audiences to ambassadorial residences, cultural centres and movie theatres to view and discuss the speech. Ambassadors and public affairs officers led panel discussions and spoke to local and regional media to highlight the president’s themes. The American embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone, gave small grants to dozens of cinemas throughout the West African nation to screen Obama’s speech live, free of charge. This enabled the president’s message to reach thousands in remote corners of that country. Across the globe in the Dominican Republic, the American embassy screened Obama’s African address with Spanish subtitles for university students and held a discussion afterwards. Further north, the US embassy and consulates actively spread the president’s message to African groups living in Canada. A winning formula The Obama administration is no stranger to internet-based communication. The White House has official pages on social networking sites MySpace, Facebook and Twitter, making Obama the first president to use such new technology to communicate with the public. During his election campaign, Obama’s team effectively used social networking sites and blogging tools to promote his agenda, connect with voters, and raise campaign funds. Joshua Green of Atlantic – an American magazine that focuses on foreign affairs, politics, the economy and cultural trends – has made a thorough study of Obama’s use of new media, naming it as the hidden reason behind his election as the first African-American president of the US. To get to grips with tech-savvy election campaign, Green said he “opted to undergo the full tech immersion”, while reporting on the subject. “Soon I had Obama ring tones on my phone, new networks of online ‘friends’, text message updates from the campaign, and regular emails from its manager, all gently encouraging me to give money, volunteer time, bring in new friends, and generally reorient my life in ways that were made to seem hip and fun…” ‘Seize control of your future’ The SMSs that whipped around the world on 10 July during Obama’s Ghanaian visit carried a strong message for Africa: people living on the continent must demand stronger government in order to seize control of their own future. The US president’s message “resonates as a real declaration of war against the dysfunctions that have paralysed Africa for five centuries”, said Guy Parfait Songue, a political science professor at the University of Douala in Cameroon. “This is a man bound and determined to upend the continent’s realities, notably on corruption, lack of democracy and disrespect of human rights,” he added. Obama’s decision to make Ghana the destination of his first African visit drew attention to last year’s post-election violence in Kenya, the homeland of Obama’s father, a country that was once seen as a development success story. “The general feeling is that Obama is ‘punishing’ the Kenya government for its slow pace of reforms and its unwillingness to deal with corruption,” read an opinion piece in the country’s Daily Nation, an independent newspaper in Kenya with a daily circulation of about 205 000 copies. In his speech Obama called for redefining donors’ aid relationship with Africa, but insisted that broader investment and trade would require nations across the continent to build more solid institutions. “He made an important and unprecedented pronouncement for the whole of Africa of partnership based on mutual respect in which Africans take their destiny into their own hands,” said Emmanuel Akwetey, director of Ghana’s Institute for Democratic Governance. “By asking Africa to own up to its under-development instead of shifting the blame to colonialism, Obama has thrown a challenge to Africa which we should take seriously.” US policy on Africa already made significant changes under former president George W Bush, who last year tripled US spending to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria – mainly in Africa – to US$48-billion (about R373-billion). A Bush-era trade law helped Africa triple its exports to the US since 2000, rising to $51.1-billion (about R397-billion) in 2007, mostly due to rising oil exports from Angola and Nigeria. “By setting out the responsibilities that Africa must assume, in order to put its house in order or risk deepening its marginalisation, he [Obama] responded to the expectations placed in him by millions of Africans,” wrote Adam Gaye, in Senegal’s private Wal Fadjri newspaper. Mozambique’s O Pais newspaper said the US needed to offer more concrete election support to meet Obama’s challenge. “Obama must work directly with the continent to guarantee that elections are conducted honestly, in accordance with democratic principles,” it said. “If that doesn’t happen, democracy will become insignificant and instability inevitable, creating a threat to the continent’s security, as well as that of the United States.” In Zimbabwe, a nation Obama singled out for both its economic collapse and its efforts at political reform, his message was seen as an encouragement in the struggle for democracy. “We believe it’s an inspirational message,” said Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson for the Movement for Democratic Change, which joined Zanu-PF to form a unity government early in 2009 after a decade of struggle against President Robert Mugabe. “It’s encouraging to all those who are fighting for democracy, to all those who are hoping to have Africa as a continent with development and goals, particularly the young generation,” he said. Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at Related articlesObama: African for White House?SA celebrates with ObamaMandela’s letter to ObamaObamamania sweeps AfricaYes, we canlast_img read more

President Zuma to build partnerships for peaceful migration

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma addresses a crowd in Umlazi, Durban, during a walkabout on Saturday 18 April aimed at speaking to locals following attacks on foreign nationals in the city. (Image: GovernmentZA on Flickr)President Jacob Zuma is to hold consultative meetings with stakeholders to discuss South Africa’s migration policy and how different sectors of society can work with the government to promote orderly migration and good relations between citizens and foreign nationals.On Wednesday 22 April Zuma will meet representatives from faith-based organisations, business, labour, youth, creative industries, women, sports and the social development sector. During the week he will also meet leaders of organisations representing asylum seekers and refugees, as well as the media.Foreign nationals have been successfully integrated into South African communities for many years. The government seeks to gain lessons from these successes.Zuma intends to build lasting partnerships with these stakeholders to ensure the shameful attacks on foreign nationals do not happen again. Seven people have been killed in the attacks – three South Africans and four foreigners – in a week that has caused untold pain to thousands in the country, Africa and the world.The engagements will also take into account the concerns raised by citizens about the implementation of the migration policy. However, Zuma has emphasised that while the government understands the grievances raised by some citizens, none justify the taking of human life, or the destruction and looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals.“No grievance can ever justify the cold-blooded murder of fellow human beings, the destruction of property or the displacement of hundreds of people including women and small children,” Zuma said. “Millions of South Africans condemn these atrocious killings and abhor xenophobia and all related intolerances. Together we must work harder to root out violence and hatred in our society.”Zuma has also established a ministerial task team to quell the violence and stabilise areas affected by the violence against foreigners. The team is made up of ministers from the Justice Peace Crime Prevention and Security Cluster, assisted by the ministers of Small Business Development, Trade and Industry and Social Development.“The ministers have done well in stabilising the situation and in spreading the message that South Africa will not tolerate violence and in promoting peaceful coexistence,” Zuma said. “However, the challenge of migration requires a long-term solution. In this regard, I have established an Inter-Ministerial Committee to work systematically, looking at all aspects of migration.”The members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee are:1. Minister for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (The Presidency) as chairperson2. Minister of Home Affairs3. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs4. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation5. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans6. Minister of Social Development7. Minister of Health8. Minister of Basic Education9. Minister of Police10. Minister of State Security11. Minister of Justice and Correctional ServicesZuma has reiterated his call for citizens and relief organisations to provide support to displaced people to alleviate their hardship.Enquiries:Mac MaharajCell: 079 879 3203E-mail: macmaharaj@icloud.comlast_img read more

Military Consumer Protection Awareness

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonMilitary Consumer Protection Day, on July 15, brought together several military and financial organizations who are supporting military families by providing resources to protect against fraud.Military families are too often victims of financial fraud. Deployments and frequent moves make the military community vulnerable targets, but there are so many protective measures available. Tips, resources and expertise were shared by financial and military support organizations during a July 15 Twitter Chat.Connect with the Personal Finance team on Twitter by following us @MFLNPF.last_img read more

17,000 Farmer Suicides

first_imgMore than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009, according to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The Tata Institute of Social Sciences estimates that 150,000 farmers have killed themselves during the past decade, principally over apprehensions about losing their land over unpaid debt.India has one of the world’s highest rates of suicide. The NCRB study found that 127,151 people took their own lives in 2009. Non governmental organizations estimate that many suicides are never recorded in official databases.Accidental Deaths in India  Heat Strokes  LightningDrowning Electrocution Pit/Manhole Falls Gas Cylinder Burst Animal AttacksSnake/Animal BitesTraffic Accidents  1,0712,11325,9118,5391,8264,1279628,035152,689Maharashtra accounts for almost a sixth of all accidental deaths in India. However, Puducherry, followed by D & N Haveli and Chhatisgarh have the highest rate of accidental deaths. West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh states reported the highest numbers of suicides in the country, although the rate was highest in Punducherry, Sikkim and the Andoman & Nicobar Islands.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Hockey is not our national game, says Sports Ministry in reply to an RTI query

first_imgChildren in school learn that hockey is the national game of India. It is also there in any book of general knowledge. Even in competitive examinations, an aspirant is expected to know that hockey is our national game. But now the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has replied to an RTI query that India has not notified any national game as such. Ten-year-old Aishwarya Parashar had asked the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) when the government of India had notified hockey as a national game.But SPS Tomar, Under Secretary, Union Ministry of Youth Affairs has replied that there was no such record available in his archive.”I haven’t come across any official order or notification in the ministry saying that hockey is our national game. It is known to be a national game in general parlance,” Tomar has stated.”I had asked the government when hockey was notified as national game. The question assumes significance in the backdrop of the fact that we have been learning since Class I that hockey is our national game. We attach this game with our nationalism and take pride in the fact that Indian hockey team has been the most successful in the history of Olympics. We have won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics in past,” Aishwarya said.”Interestingly, the government of India website calls hockey our national game but as per the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs, India has no national game as such,” she said.advertisementPreviously, Aishwarya, a Class VI student, had also brought to the knowledge of the people that Mahatma Gandhi was never identified by the Government of India as Father of the Nation.In reply to her RTI query to the PMO in March this year, she was informed that as per the public records in the National Archives of India, there was no specific document to support the popular claim that the government had bestowed on Gandhi the honour of Father of the Nation.last_img read more

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first_imgGanguly to attend MCC World Cricket Committee Meeting Kolkata, Jun 29 (PTI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will head to London to attend MCCs World Cricket committee meeting at the Lords on July 3 and 4. Inclusion of cricket in 2024 Olympics, Australian players pay dispute and the concept of four-day Test will be discussed among other things in meeting. The ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has already said “time is right” for Twenty20 crickets bid for the Olympics. “We need to make a decision by July so we can make an application in time for September, when, as I understand it, the (International Olympic Committee) will consider new sports for 2024,” Richardson had said. The decision for the host city of the 2024 Games, either in Paris or Los Angeles, is due in September 2017. “BCCI is not keen on bringing Twenty20 to Olympics. This has been previously discussed,” Ganguly who will leave for London on July 2 said on the sidelines of his reality show Dadagiris TV shoot here. BCCI may have to give up its member autonomy should they join Olympics, which is one of its objections as they have kept away from the Indian Olympic Association as well as the sports ministry. Ganguly further said he may meet Sachin Tendulkar in London and would invite him for Dadagiri. “I would like to see Amitabh Bachchan and Tendulkar on the sets of Dadagiri. I will ask him, if I happen to meet him,” Ganguly said. The duo are members of the Cricket Advisory Committee as the coach appointment may also come up for discussion. Richardson will address the WCC members on the opening day and discuss on ICC matters that will include ICC and revenue sharing agreements, expansion of Full Membership to Afghanistan and Ireland (plus ICC Global Event qualification). The 6.3 and 6.4 agenda mention about Olympics and the future of Tests — Championship, Day-Night and four-day format. Technology in cricket — DRS, calling of no-balls by the third umpire, Australian players pay dispute and corruption in cricket will be up for discussion in the second session of first day. On the last day, there will be discussion on Indian cricket administration, Commonwealth tour to Pakistan while English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow will present the current players view. PTI TAP KHS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more