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PH golden skateboarder Didal eyes Tokyo Olympics berth

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms RELATED VIDEO LATEST STORIES “I want to earn qualifying points for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Didal.The 19-year-old skateboarder will have to compete in World Skate sanctioned events during the Olympic qualifying period from Jan.1, 2019 to May May 31, 2020 to earn points as part of the Olympic guidelines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’There are 20 slots for each of the four events, men and women’s park and street competitions, with a total of 80 participants competing.Japan, as the host nation, is reserved one slot for each of the events. Gold medalist Margielyn Didal of the Philippines gestures during the victory ceremony for the women’s skateboard street event during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANMargielyn Didal is not stopping with just an Asian Games triumph.After her gold medal run in the women’s street skateboarding, Didal is eyeing the biggest sporting stage in the world—the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Maraño after China loss: PH volleyball has a long way to go, but we’ll perseverecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Didal and the other of the world’s skaters will have their first crack at the qualifying points in the Street League Skateboarding World Championships in Rio de Janeiro in January.And Skateboard Association of the Philippines, Inc. president Monty Mendigoria wants Didal to compete in Rio to have a shot to earn the most number of points.“While there will be also Olympic qualifiers in Asia, we are lining up Margie to compete in Rio so she can earn a maximum of ranking points,” said Mendigoria.Didal is set to receive P6 million from the Philippine government as an incentive for winning an Asian Games gold medal and the Cebu native said she will invest her earnings into a family business.“Maybe we will put up a family business because I won’t be able to go skateboarding all the time,” said Didal who will also be the country’s flag bearer in the closing ceremonies on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more


Handball for Congress October 30-31

first_imgThe Liberia Handball Association (LHA) will host its first congress October 30-31 at the Harbel Field House in Harbel City, Margibi County, a release issued by the administration of president Mayson Sawaler said yesterday.A release from the association said the congress will give detailed activities of the association, including its finances and other sources income, both locally and from their international partners. The release also said the re-election of a new corps of officers will be on the agenda.Available positions are president, vice president for administration and vice president for technical affairs.Other positions are secretary general, assistant secretary general, financial secretary, treasury and chaplain.The release said an elections commission is set up with Mr. Amos Korvah, president of the Liberia Tennis Association as chairman; vice chairman is Cllr. Murvee Kenneh, president of the Liberia Volleyball Association, who will also serve as legal advisor and its secretary general is Mr. Edwardatee Gorgor, an eminent citizen.It said any member wishing to participate in the congress should come to its offices on Randall Street in Monrovia at the Liberia National Olympic Committee head-office for details.The administration of Mayson Sawaler has introduced handball in four counties, including Montserrado, Bomi, Margibi and Cape Mount.“We have been working to make handball a national sport so that it can be played in all 15 counties of Liberia,” Sawaler told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview.He said the initial concentration has been in schools and will be encouraging of community clubs that would eventually help presidents of the clubs to be able to run for administrative office. Though the constitution of the association says only presidents of handball clubs may run for office.“At the congress we are going to discuss that particular section in the constitution,” he said, “because it may seem difficult to get individuals to organize handball clubs.”He added that the best option is to encourage communities to organize handball clubs so that they may have support from the communies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


“The Responsibility to Develop Africa Depends on Us”

first_imgFront row, from left: Prof. George Y. Kanyama, chairman of RUFORUM; Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, president of the University of Liberia (UL); and the executive secretary Prof. Adipala Ekwamu-RUFORUM Executive Secretary The executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Professor Adipala Ekwamu says the responsibility to develop Africa depends on Africans and building the capacities of younger ones is cardinal to achieving it.Prof. Ekwamu made the remarks on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the kickoff of a 3-day Executive Board meeting that brought together about 17 Presidents/Chancellors and Deans, from highly ranked African universities that are offering academic programs in agriculture, engineering, science and technology.He said the organization aimed to also empower or train a new generation of scholars that will take over the continent with love and strong belief in development as well as partner across Africa, “because the responsibility the responsibility depends on us.”Prof. Ekwamu said the delegation is currently in Liberia to explore the best and to support the efforts of the university by developing programs that will be used or utilized by Liberia in training students to support the development agenda of Liberia.“This is also to provide the opportunity for future students of Africa to get training in Liberia. We are also utilizing this network opportunity to support human capital in Liberia. We need a continent where our people will know the different parts of Africa or the continent,” he said.“We can collaborate to address the development challenges in Africa. Like in agriculture, Africa still has the problem of huge food and nutrition insecurity. We still have people living in poverty and need to be addressed. We have become large users of technology today,” he said.He said the founding spirit of RUFORUM is aimed at promoting networks across Africa that focus on the development of the continent, because Africans can better develop their countries.“This is an opportunity for RUFORUM to come and join hands with the leadership on higher education in Liberia to support the efforts to strengthen education. We decided to form an organization that first starts interaction among our people across the continent. We also decided to meet every year in different parts of the continent so as to get better appreciation of diversity within our continent,” Prof. Ekwamu explained.He said RUFORUM’s secretariat is mandated to sure that various universities are working together to support the development agenda of the continent and also make sure that universities collaborate to support human capital for development purposes.According to him, African countries are faced with similar challenges in terms of low capacity to develop the continent, which also form part of the imperative for the meetings.The delegates come from Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.George Y. Kanyama, vice chancellor at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi, said he hopes to see the University of Liberia representing the entire West Africa by increasing the participation of other universities and ensuring that the total goal of the organization is achieved.As chairman of RUFORUM, which has 105 members, Kanyama said the organization’s expectation is very high and hopeful that more will be achieved in developing Africa.Ophelia I. Weeks, president of the University of Liberia (UL) said the forum serves as a great opportunity for the UL and other universities in Liberia to have heads of different universities from across Africa in Liberia to network and work together as a team, bringing the necessary change to the continent.Madam Weeks, who serves as deputy chair of RUFORUM said no one knows what’s better for Africa, but Africans themselves, adding that working together can help make the difference on the continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Clothes thief granted bail

first_imgA man who reportedly stole a quantity of clothing, as well as a table, found himself before the court on Wednesday.Shawn Burch, 35, of Lot 9919 Princes Street, Georgetown, denied he committed the offence put to him by Magistrate Fabayo Azore, whom he appeared before at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge against him alleged that on April 23, 2018, at Lot 122 Oronoque Street, Georgetown, he stole $10,000 worth of clothing, along with a table valued $11,000; property of Marcell Bandair.Burch was placed on $10,000 and is expected to return to court on May 2, before Magistrate Annette Singh for trial to commence as the prosecution reported that the case file is complete.last_img


Hundreds attend ETI career job fair

first_imgThe Essequibo Technical Institute (ETI) on Wednesday last hosted its 18th annual Career Day and Job Fair in its compound at Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).The event saw the participation of businesses, service providers and schools occupying 30 booths in full demonstration.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the event was declared open by former Principal of the institution and current Regional Executive Officer, Denis Jaikarran, who lauded the coordinator and team for a job well done.“Activities of this nature are not easy to undertake so I must congratulate the organisers. These kinds of activities provide the opportunity to our secondary school children in choosing a career path and it also reinforces the need to ensure that our young people stay focused on achieving the goal of becoming someone with merit in society. On that note, I must thank the participants also for bringing your products and services to the exhibition.”Jaikaran also pledged the region’s support in ensuring the activity grows with each passing year. “We will collaborate for the years to come and make this activity bigger and better. We must do that in order to attract more participants and patrons.”Students flocked the job fair on WednesdayCurrent Principal of the institution, Rawle Pearce noted that the fair has always served to provide the necessary information to the public. “This has always been a meaningful investment on the part of ETI. Our job fairs provide the guidance to young people so that they can make informed decisions and that is the purpose and we are happy to know that we have always served our purpose.”Hundreds of young people from across the region were in attendance and some of the entities that participated are Guyana Police Force’s G Division (Essequibo coast-Islands), Republic Bank, GBTI, New Building Society, the Guyana Forestry Commission, the Public Health Ministry, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, the Guyana Revenue Authority, Banks DIH, the Guyana Energy Agency, DDL, the Education Ministry, NIS and Guyana Power and Light Inc.All participating entities received certificates of participation from the Regional Executive Officer of the Pomeroon-Supenaam region.last_img read more


Govt’s hiring consultant to settle impasse a delaying ploy – Jagdeo

first_imgPlanned teachers’ strike…Education Ministry appears more concerned with hiring scab labour – WPAJust days before an impasse resulted following talks with Government and the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) over salary increases, Education Minister Nicolette Henry indicated that a consultant could be hired to sort the issues related to salary increases in keeping with what both sides had agreed. However, this commitment has drawn the criticism of People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General SecretaryOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoBharrat Jagdeo, who has described the move as a ploy to further stall the negotiations.He made these comments on Thursday last when he said that Government must urgently look into the concerns of teachers.“This is going like full circle again, and it is another ploy to stall for time; so I would urge the Government to treat with the concerns of teachers as an urgent issue and don’t drag them along in a never-ending issue of negotiations,” Jagdeo said recently.Jagdeo said views were expressed on the very afternoon that the stalemate was announced, when GTU and Government could not agree on the majority of the financial arrangements for teachers. In fact, the GTU, after meeting for nearly three hours with Government and labour officials, said Thursday that since the situation remained unchanged, their plans remain intact, meaning that an imminent nationwide strike will go ahead as planned.Jagdeo, speaking at his press conference, pointed out that “for too long”, the nation’s our teachers have been dragged out with the hope that their demands would be addressed.“It seems as though the Government never had any anything to accede on thoseEducation Minister Nicolette Henrydemands…when we asked the minister what was happening with the report of the task force, and when the Government intends to pursue the recommendations, she practically gave zero answer,” he stressed.Jagdeo said, too, that when Government has matters of similar nature, it should include in the delegations persons who have the authority to makes commitments of the Government.“Another meeting with the minister, who always claims that ‘I can’t make any final determinations as to what we were hoping,’ is a waste of time,” Jagdeo opined.WPA positionThe Working People’s Alliance (WPA), which forms part of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), on Friday said it is perturbed at the administration for its inability to reach consensus with the GTU on wage increases. Weighing in on the impasse, the WPA said that Government appears to be indifferent regarding the threat of strike action.“Rather than trying harder to arrive at an agreement, the Ministry of Education, according to reports, appears to be more concerned with hiring scab labour to counter the teachers’ threat. This insensitivity towards the teachers’ reasonable demands is at odds with President Granger’s strident education activism and advocacy for increased and improved access to quality education by our children,” the party noted.The party noted that, from a political standpoint, it feels that the Government is committing “political suicide by picking a fight with teachers, most of whom voted for the Coalition. It is bad politics to alienate your supporters on a matter that could be easily solved.”Minister Henry held an emergency press conference following Thursday’s stalemate, at which she signaled that Government is already considering a 2003 Internal Standard Operational Procedure (SoP) which speaks to alternative measures to deal with the fallout from any strike action.“What it says, parents have to get involved through PTAs (parent-teachers’ associations). It talks (of) hiring of temporary persons in the classroom to fill those gaps; the number of persons on strike or on board; whether you go half-day or rotate; but those are the technical issues, I’ve asked my CEO that we have all of the preliminary work done in the event that we have to activate,” she told the media on Thursday.The GTU outright rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19 and similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases. The stalemate also revealed that Government was not budging on the clothing allowance which remains at $8000.On Tuesday, through a statement, Minister Henry said it was agreed at the initial meeting that “a consultant will be hired to determine how these monies are going to be allocated in the case of the teachers, regarding both debunching and salaries.”last_img read more


Rooney calls on United players to ‘stand up’

first_imgFollowing the win, Mourinho accused his critics of staging a “manhunt” to get him sacked after a string of bad results and rifts with players including French midfielder Paul Pogba.But former United captain Rooney, who now plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer (MLS), said the players had to take some responsibility for the situation.“It’s tough (at United), it has been a tough situation,” he said in comments reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season. I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better.“The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce, and probably collectively. It (the poor run) is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better.”The former England forward said the situation at Old Trafford was similar to when Louis van Gaal was at the helm.“He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors I said to the players ‘we have to be doing better’. Personally, I think he (Van Gaal) set us up brilliantly but we didn’t produce on the pitch, so I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes.”Rooney now has nine goals in 16 matches since signing for D.C. United from Everton in June.The 32-year-old striker has played a part in a late-season surge that has left United two points behind Montreal for the sixth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth with two games in hand.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney now plays in the MLS for D.C. United © AFP/File / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 9 – Wayne Rooney has called on Manchester United’s players to stand up and be counted, saying that manager Jose Mourinho is an easy target for the club’s troubles.United battled back from two goals down to beat Newcastle 3-2 at the weekend but are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League, seven points off top spot.last_img read more


City offers a hand to business

first_imgBattling the stigma of being unfriendly to business, Los Angeles officials pledged Thursday to step up tax-reform efforts, develop policies to boost growth, and seek to draw up a comprehensive economic plan for the city. The emphasis comes just two days after a study found that neighboring cities are siphoning off Los Angeles business with better incentives and policies. “We need to have a partnership if we are going to succeed,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told more than 400 business leaders who converged at City Hall in an annual Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce event. And City Controller Laura Chick called for an overall citywide economic policy to enable businesses to more easily develop and plan for their future. “We should not have economic development on a project-by-project mentality,” Chick said. “We need a thoughtful economic plan that deals with housing and transportation, as well as measure and report on what we are doing on a best practices policy.” Business leaders have long complained that Los Angeles policies, regulations and even customer service make it difficult to operate in the city. A Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. study showed this week that Los Angeles is losing business to Glendale, Burbank and the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys because its policies discourage businesses from locating in the city. Villaraigosa said he has worked to promote development throughout the city to create more housing and more jobs, and has worked to promote the city’s trade, tourism, entertainment and manufacturing industries. “Look at the l.a. live project,” Villaraigosa said of the entertainment-sports-retail project under construction downtown. “That was dead in the water when I became mayor and now it is about to open and we will be getting a Convention Center hotel. “I said when I became mayor that I wanted the crane to be the official bird of Los Angeles and you see them everywhere.” A special panel established by Villaraigosa is scheduled to release a report in November on specific business policy recommendations it proposes. On Thursday, the lack of consistent city policy was cited by several business leaders. Bill Allen, chief executive of the LAEDC, said there have been instances in which City Council members have blocked developments simply because of potential community opposition. “The council person said this was my district, this is not my vision and no one would overrule him,” said , who did not identify the official. “I could give you other examples where council members stopped development. We need all the council members to come together and say we need to capture these opportunities.” Brendan Huffman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association agreed. “It would be helpful if the council addressed things together rather than council district by council district,” Huffman said. City Council President Eric Garcetti said business leaders need to be in constant touch with city officials. “Sometimes it’s not the regulations we have, but it is staying out of the way of business,” Garcetti said. Garcetti said the city is attempting to change its image, and he cited reductions in the gross-receipts tax and other tax reforms that have been implemented. “Six years ago, we couldn’t point to that,” Garcetti said. “In a city as large as Los Angeles, change comes slowly, but I think what you are seeing now is a sea change.” Garcetti said he also has undertaken an effort to make the council more aware of business issues by creating a new committee – Jobs, Business Growth and Tax Reform – to spearhead changes. Among the changes is reducing the bureaucratic red tape for businesses. Garcetti noted a bakery that wants to open in his district – but the owners had to go through 21 separate steps. “That needs to change,” Garcetti said. “I want to see us go from 21 to one in what is required to open in Los Angeles.” Gary Toebben, chief executive of the chamber, said he was hopeful city leaders would act on business leaders’ concerns. But chamber President David Fleming said the city needs significant change to make up for the loss of business. “Los Angeles is the lowest in per-capita sales-tax revenue of any city in the county,” Fleming said. “We need to have a balanced approach to bring in the revenue the city needs to thrive. “That means a strong voice for business as well as for labor.” Improved job skills among young people and offering training programs at major construction programs – including Los Angeles International Airport – also are needed. “It all starts with a job,” Fleming said. “We, at the chamber, are not here as ideologues. We are pragmatists who want to see the city succeed.” Allen (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Tottenham preparing bid for £20m-rated Italian playmaker

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of Franco Vazquez Tottenham are preparing a bid for Palermo playmaker Franco Vazquez.The Italy international shot to fame during the 2014/15 campaign after finishing the season with the most assists in Serie A.That form attracted interest from several clubs, but the 27-year-old stayed with Palermo after holding crisis talks with the club.However, according to Tuttosport, Tottenham are now ready to snap up Vazquez this summer.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add some attacking reinforcements and he is fan of the attacking midfielder.?After blocking a move last summer, Palermo are now happy to let Vazquez go if they receive an offer of around £20m.last_img



first_imgBY TIM HEDGLEY: DD TRAVEL EDITOR: The Final Part of my French trilogy ends with a visit to the holy grail of impressionist painters, well in my opinion anyway.About an hours drive from Rouen, I arrived in Giverny, a small hamlet that is dedicated to one man, Claude Monet. Claude was a prolific painter and the founder of the impressionist movement. He started a following that continues to this day and it was one of his most famous paintings which has attracted more comment than any other.The Lilly pond was painted in his garden and my trek around some of the impressionist areas of this beautiful part of France was indeed to culminate right there where it all began. After finding my way to Giverny, I made my way to rue Claude Monet, could you really expect anything less?And Into a beautiful little B&B called Les Coin des Artists.This amazing B&B is like one of Monet’s paintings.A joy to behold, beautiful, perfectly scaled and in a delightful setting. I was situated in what was originally an outhouse but it has now been transformed into a 5 star ensuite room. The beauty of this room was it was literally your own little property at B&B Prices. Expertly designed and beautifully furnished it is a real treat to stay in such a beautiful home.DinnerI didn’t stay for dinner, as I had spotted a little restaurant just down the road. l’Ancien Hôtel Baudy, 81 rue Claude Monet, 27620 Givernywww.restaurantbaudy.comHotel Baudy provided a number of menu options, a brasserie option at €14 and going up to a French Cuisine menu at €28, I had the standard brasserie option which was delightful, service was good and overall it was a very pleasant dining experience. The ting that makes this restaurant stand out, is the terrace in front of the hotel. I remember passing when returning to my B&B and it was packed with a queue of people waiting to sit. If you have an afternoon to spare watching the world and art lovers go buy this is indeed the spot for you.Monet’s House Nestled along the banks of the Seine Monet’s house and garden are world renowned thanks to the famous paintings they inspired.Today, Monet’s House and Gardens at the Fondation Claude Monet have become an international pilgrimage site for garden enthusiasts and art lovers alike.Here you can see as Monet saw, the beautiful and inspiring vista in his amazing garden’s.The Monet Foundation has kept his home the way it was when he died, paintings adorn all the rooms and it’s clear this must have been a beautiful place to live and paint. Birds twittering, the cool breeze gently saying the trees on the banks of the Seine and dragon flies, landing on the lilies on the pond. This is truly an inspirational place.Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 when there, he set about transforming the abandoned house that he bought, into a floral masterpiece and it was here where he found the inspiration for many of his greatest works of art.Monet was not only a painter of his own gardens but also an artist whose painting trips took him away for lengthy periods of time. However, he was never really far from his famous Lily pond.Through constant correspondence, he kept a close eye on his family and his flowers. Frequent visits from his friends and admirers made Giverny the centre of his existence until his death in 1926.As I sat in his garden overlooking the lily pond, it was so easy to imagine that this great painter not only sat in the same spot painting his masterpiece, but he had the foresight to design the gardens in the first place.For me visiting Monet’s home was one of those bucket list moments, you turn a corner and there it is a truly special place that no one should miss if they can. TRAVEL IN FRANCE: FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CLAUDE MONET was last modified: May 5th, 2016 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:Claude Monetdonegal daily travelfranceGivernylast_img read more