P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I think we’re lucky that we have a team that has a good chemistry. The other teams have superstars, and so do we, but what makes us different is we treat each other like family. That’s the secret of this team,” he said.The SMC head honcho, though, is one in hoping that this crew replicates the success the Beermen had in 1989, when the Ramon Fernandez-led squad claimed the PBA’s third Grand Slam.“Your job isn’t finished yet,” Ang told the players. “We need to play well in the next two conferences and I hope we achieve the success we all desire. We’re all praying for that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonBlessings may be pouring San Miguel’s way, but San Miguel Corportation president Ramon S. Ang continued to remind the Beermen to keep their feet planted on the ground.“I tell the players to relax and give thanks to God that He’s blessing us with luck. He gave us a chance to win this conference and we shouldn’t be boastful for our success,” said Ang during the team’s victory party at the San Miguel compound on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES The amiable executive looked back at the past decade where San Miguel only got three crowns the 2000s and waited for 14 years before once again hoisting the all-Filipino crown in 2015.“We had popular players, but I feel bad whenever I look at the team and we could not match up. Do you remember how good Jimmy Alapag was? When Jayson Castro arrived, things got harder for us,” he continued, remembering the dark days when TNT always got the better of the Beermen.“That’s why now that God is blessing us, I tell the players to not be boastful.”Ang gave a toast to San Miguel for ruling its fourth straight Philippine Cup, acknowledging that what keeps this dynasty going is the players’ camaraderie as they have shown their willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of one another.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames .@TheSMBeermen present the 2018 Philippine Cup trophy to executives Ramon S. Ang and Bobby Huang. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/EbQ4qB5VFQ— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 10, 2018 View comments Ang harked back to the days when it was a struggle for San Miguel to achieve success.“We had a hard time winning for almost 10 years,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 9 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’
The gathering afternoon heat subsided as the Asky Aircraft touched down at the James Spriggs Payne Airfield carrying the nine-man Street Child Team Liberia last Thursday afternoon.The delegation: Daniel, Elijah, Fallah, Foday, Joseph, Leon, Saah, Soko, Zwannah, coach Samuel Burnette and program manager Michael John Bull.At last Thursday’s arrival, their parents were on hand to shower their gratitude and to welcome their heroes back home.In the slum township of West Point, where the majority of the team members reside, there was jubilation among friends and family members.At the tournament, wich was held Friday, March 28 through Thursday, April 10, 2014, the Liberians overcame teams such as Egypt and South Africa to reach the quarter-finals, but lost to Burundi.The Liberians also beat Team United States 3-1 in a friendly against the Americans.The children are part of a larger group picked from the streets by Street Child Liberia, a non-profit organization, with support from Street Child UK.Its volunteer workers spend time identifying talented children who spend most of their time in the streets.“These are children who live and survive as well as sleep on the street,” said Public Relations Officer, Tarsha Mathies Jackson.Street Child of Liberia eventually reunites the children in its program with their parents, pays their two-year school fees and afterward ensures their parents have sustainable incomes to keep their children at home.“The trip has provided the children a new perspective,” said Coach Samuel N. Burnette, lll, “they are now back home as ‘ambassadors’ to carry out the message.”Program Manager Michael John Bull told journalists, “The tournament provided them the platform to address their issues and to encourage the government to attend to their needs.”Parents expressed their gratitude to Street Child Liberia, and promised to ensure that their children stay off the street.Street Child Liberia team-member Fallah said, “The experience in Brazil is great and I was glad to be there and to come back home to carry the message.”Teams from 19 countries participated, including the boys’ and girls’ teams from Brazil, who won the championship. Zimbabwe, India, Mozambique, Nicaragua, England, El Salvador and South Africa. Liberia, Egypt, Burundi, Pakistan, Mauritius and several others were represented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP say they have been responding to 20 reports of battery thefts in the Grande Prairie Area.According to RCMP, the batteries have been stolen from holiday trailers.RCMP would like to advise the public that these types of thefts are occurring.- Advertisement -Police say they continue to investigate these incidents and encourage the public to report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.To help prevent theft, the RCMP are reminding owners to take the necessary precautions, such as implementing the use of security locks.If you have any information about these incidents, you are being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisement
A terrific family Easter Egg Hunt was held in Drumonaghan Woods, Ramelton yesterday and organisers managed to raise €1038 for the Donegal Down Syndrome Association.Lilly Pyper is pictured with the Easter BunnyThe event, organised by Martin & Amber Pyper, Ramelton, had a special visit by the Easter Bunny.Martin & Amber would like to thank all the local businesses who sponsored the Easter Eggs, everyone who turned out to support the event and to friends and family who helped on the day. The winner of the Easter Hamper was Darragh McDaid, and Winner of the Bunny was the Duffy Family.A great day was had by all. WHY RAMELTON WAS AN EGGS-TRA SPECIAL PLACE TO BE was last modified: April 1st, 2013 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:Downs Syndrome AssociationEaster egg huntRamelton
The Save Our Rhinos album is a joint initiative of the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Johannesburg-based Sting Music to increase awareness about rhino poaching while raising funds for anti-poaching initiatives. (Image: www.rhinocd.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kirsty Brebner Endangered Wildlife Trust +27 11 372 3600RELATED ARTICLES • Big Five cat moves into new reserve • SA and Far East to discuss poaching • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • Wildlife poachers to be taken down • EWT making tracks in conservation Wilma den HartighLocal musicians have added their voices to the fight against rhino poaching. A double CD compilation, featuring some of the country’s top musical talent, has been launched to help save South Africa’s rhinos from extinction.With the help of the local music industry, the Save Our Rhinos CD is the latest initiative to up the ante in rhino conservation.The project is a joint initiative of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Johannesburg-based Sting Music, and aims to increase awareness about rhino poaching while raising funds for anti-poaching initiatives.The double album features music from a variety of genres from 40 of South Africa’s best loved artists and bands, including Johnny Clegg; Prime Circle; Elvis Blue; Locnville; Wonderboom; Chris Chameleon; aKing; Farryl Purkiss; The Graeme Watkins Project and Lira.The Save Our Rhinos compilation is available at selected music outlets or can be ordered online.Profits donated to rhino conservationEvery person who shows their support by buying a Save Our Rhinos album, which costs only R150 (US$20), is backing a worthy cause and as a bonus, will have the best of South African music at hand.For every sale, 10% of the profits will be donated to the EWT’s efforts to find solutions to rhino poaching.Various EWT anti-poaching initiatives – such as sniffer dogs deployed at airports, training of law enforcement personnel and the establishment of support networks for orphaned rhinos – are already underway across the country.Extinction is possibleAfter years of hard work by conservationists to boost their numbers, South Africa’s rhino population could be extinct in less than a decade, unless more is done to protect them from poaching.Last year 448 rhino were killed in the country, including 19 critically endangered black rhinos, of which fewer than 5 000 remain in the wild.Recent statistics from South African National Parks (SANParks) indicate that 52 rhinos have been poached in South Africa so far this year – about one a day.According to stoprhinopoaching.com, an independent web-based platform that raises awareness and support of rhino poaching, scientists predict that if the illegal activity continues at its current rate, South Africa’s rhino herd will go into population decline by mid-2012.More rhino conservation initiativesTowards the end of February justice minister Jeff Radebe announced that South Africa will deploy hundreds more soldiers to its borders in an effort to thwart international syndicates involved in rhino poaching.The deployment includes army engineers to conduct repairs and maintenance on the 140km-long Zimbabwe-Mozambique border fence, a notorious escape route for criminals.Troops were first deployed in April last year along the Mozambican border. Many of them were based in the Kruger National Park (KNP), which has become a popular destination for rhino poachers.SANParks CEO David Mabunda said it is worrying that such a high numbers of rhino are still being killed in South Africa.“The difficulty is pinning a suspected criminal to the actual crime, because we are dealing with very wily and sophisticated individuals,” Mabunda said.He is, however, encouraged by the increasing number of arrests and harsher sentences imposed on convicted criminals who are part of international syndicates that smuggle horns to Asia.Now poachers and horn smugglers can be sentenced to as much as 16 years in prison.South African law enforcement officials made 232 poaching-related arrests in 2011, compared to 165 the previous year.Conservation organisations and the police are also seeing more cooperation from the public, which has resulted in arrests in the KNP. Some criminals have even been arrested before entering national parks in the country.International demand for hornsAccording to the World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa, the recent surge in rhino poaching is connected to the increased demand for rhino horn in Asia, particularly in Vietnam. Here the product is viewed as a luxury item and is mistakenly believed to be a cure for cancer.However, traditional Chinese medicine experts have pointed out that rhino horn has no proven cancer-treating properties. Contrary to popular myth, it has also never been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac.
30 September 2013Communications Minister Yunus Carrim has called on the broadcast industry to work with the government in speeding up the implementation of South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting.South Africa was originally meant to have completed migration from analogue to digital signals in November 2011. Currently, the SABC’s channels are being broadcast via outdated analogue signals.Experts say the delays in the migration process are costing the South African economy. Digital broadcasting is far more efficient, allowing for better picture and sound quality.“Government is on course and we just want to put pressure on the relevant partners,” Carrim told a business briefing organised by the New Age and SABC on Monday.“We brought all public broadcasters on board and told them to choose a facilitation team. We are in the midst of those negotiations, and we are not moving as fast as we would like,” he said.In August 2008, the South African government took a decision that it would subsidise the set-top boxes needed to convert analogue to digital signals for five-million of the poorest South African television households.The notion of set-top box control was subsequently born in order to protect the state’s investment in subsidised set-top boxes, to prevent set-top boxes acquired using taxpayers’ money from leaving the country.Carrim said the government’s main concern was to protect the electronic industry and jobs.“We also want to ensure that new entrants don’t use any government subsidies to create pay TV, on the one hand, and also there are high levels of monopoly and concentration in the industry. We want to give space to the emerging entrepreneurs, especially in the set-top boxes market.”Carrim said the world was undergoing a digital revolution and that he wanted the country’s information and communication technology (ICT) to be ready for this. “This revolution is transforming the nature of our communication.”He said his predecessor as minister, Dina Pule, had earlier this year launched an ICT policy review framing paper which sought clarity on the vision for the country’s communication sectors.A 22-member ICT policy review panel would assess the policy for expanding the sector, he said, adding that it was crucial that ICT played a role in reducing, not increasing, equality in South Africa.“Help us, and we will actually work hard to make this country be the great country it is and showed itself to be in 1994, 2010 and whole lot of other events.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this week’s “Financially Speaking with Farm Credit Mid-America“, Ty Higgins visits with Evan Hahn, Vice President of Credit, about working capital and the misconceptions and mistakes when calculating it.
It’s one thing to design, build, and market energy-efficient houses, but for some in the industry, it’s another matter entirely to endorse development of a national model building code that would surpass requirements of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and also establish goals of zero-net-energy performance for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030.The development of such a code is among the key provisions of the Energy Saving and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011, cosponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, and Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio. As noted in a recent Bloomberg.com post, the bill sets targets for energy efficiency, after weighing costs and benefits, and authorizes as much as $100 million a year from 2012 to 2015 for technical assistance from the Department of Energy and incentive funding to states that adopt the provisions. The net-zero-energy goals, meanwhile, are just that – goals, not requirements.A preference for market forces over code regulationOn the face of it, the bill might not seem particularly onerous. What’s the harm in goals? And of course, to some materials suppliers, the bill sounds pretty great. The Dow Chemical Company, whose insulation products were used in a NZE showcase home in Midland, Michigan, understandably supports it. But the legislation also is opposed by key industry players, including the National Association of Home Builders, because the NZE goal – while only an “aspiration,” as Portman put it – would pressure code writers to increase energy efficiency requirements and, therefore, increase construction costs at time when the housing sector is struggling.“It creates a goal that is not economically feasible without subsidies,” C. R. Herro, vice president for environmental affairs at Meritage Homes, told Bloomberg. Tony Crasi, a builder and NAHB member based in Akron, Ohio, said during a Senate committee hearing on the bill that recouping the extra $40,000 it would take to meet NZE performance standards in a home would take 50 years. The goal is similarly unrealistic for commercial construction, John Bryant, senior director of federal affairs for Herndon, Virginia-based Naiop, told Bloomberg.NZE gets a lot of attention. Will it eventually attract a lot of buyers?To the extent the NZE goal remains a goal and doesn’t become a requirement, it’s hard to predict whether NZE performance will eventually become the norm or not. But there’s ample evidence the market is at least pushing things in that direction, especially since builders like KB Home, Pulte, and Meritage have been ramping up their marketing to appeal to prospective buyers interested in environmentally friendly construction, particularly if it focuses on reducing the operating costs of the home.In a recent Arizona Republic story, Meritage touted its first NZE home, and the NZE home in Midlands, Michigan, built by Cobblestone Homes in partnership with Dow and others, attracted a visit by Governor Rick Synder, who praised the project. “This is great news for the state,” Snyder said at a private event hosted by Dow. “This house is exciting because of its energy efficiency — something that is world-class. And for it to be in the Midland-area means that this area is going to be an example and have its voice heard in further developing this technology.”The 1,556-sq.-ft. three-bedroom Midlands house, called InVision Zero Home, is listed at $250,000.
New Delhi/London, Mar 13 (PTI) As a controversy rages on over Vijay Mallya leaving the country despite huge unpaid loans by his group, the beleaguered businessman today said he was being “hunted down by media in UK” but they did not look in the “obvious place”. A miffed Mallya, who is reportedly in the UK and has been only tweeting for the past couple of days, did not disclose his exact location. “I am being hunted down by media in UK. Sadly they did not look in the obvious place. I will not speak to media so dont waste your efforts,” he said in a tweet. Mallya, who is said to have left India for London on March 2, is facing legal proceedings for recovery of over Rs 9,000 crore, including interest, from his group companies. Besides a few personal tweets, Mallya has also been re-tweeting various news reports including those about the problems in the aviation sector and about his sport and beverage ventures. He also retweeted a tweet by his son Siddharth Mallya, who had said, “People dont understand that I have nothing to do with it!” in reply to a message whether he was fed up with the Twitter backlash. Earlier on March 11, the UB Group chief had released a series of tweets saying he was not an “absconder” and keeps making frequent visits to and from India as an international businessman. The 60-year-old liquor baron left the country days before banks approached the courts to seek orders restraining him from going abroad.advertisementOpposition leaders including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi have raised questions about how he was allowed to leave the country.The government told the Supreme Court that Mallya had left India on March 2 following which the bench issued notice to him and sought his response within two weeks on pleas filed by a consortium of banks seeking direction for freezing his passport and his presence before the apex court. Hundreds of unpaid employees of the defunct Kingfisher Airlines, which was promoted by Mallya, have meanwhile written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in the recovery of their dues which was estimated to be around Rs 300 crore. However, in a move which will provide some relief to the former Kingfisher employees, the tax department has asked its officials not to demand taxes if the TDS has been deducted and not deposited in the governments account by the deductor.The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in an office memorandum has “re-emphasized that the assessing officers shall not enforce demands created on account of mismatch of credit due to non-payment of TDS amount to the credit of the Government by the deductor”. PTI NKD CS BJ