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CJ Cansino continues impressive run, credits Ayo for confidence boost

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas blew out University of the East, 80-66, for its second win this year and Cansino churned out another stellar performanceCansino was whirling derby for the Tigers with 17 points, 17 rebounds, and four assists while also providing timely baskets for Aldin Ayo’s group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSuch numbers has made Cansino a hot commodity for UST and he said that it’s all due to Ayo’s commitment to them.“Coach gave us a lot of confidence during the games. He’s always telling us that ‘there’s one thing that can’t be taken away from you and that’s confidence,’” said Cansino in Filipino. 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 “Coach Aldin just gives you a ton of confidence as long as you do things right,” added Cansino.UST’s prized rookie wasn’t just crashing the board for the Tigers as he was also finding himself open in crucial times.After UE went on a 19-5 run in the third quarter to cut what was once a 21-point lead to seven, 49-42, Cansino found a spot beyond the arc and promptly drilled a three-pointer to cap UST’s 11-1 salvo that put them ahead 60-43 with 1:04 left in the period.Ayo said Cansino had struck the fine balance between being humble and striving for more in life.“CJ has a good attitude and a good character because he wants to win,” said Ayo. “You also have to admire the humility of the boy and he wants to learn. I can say the parents did a good job in his upbringing because I talk to them a lot. CJ’s parents did a good job of raising him.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal CJ Cansino may be a rookie but he’s proving quickly that he belongs with the big boys of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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It’s time we start actively engaging in our future

first_imgDear Editor,As I sit here and watch with dismay as the Amazon burns, and reflect on some of the other horrifying news of this time – Greenland lost 12.5 billion tons on ice in one day; Micro-plastics discovered in “extreme” concentrations in the North Atlantic; Nuclear monitoring stations went mysteriously quiet after Russian missile facility explosion, I wonder how did we get here, and where is the urgency of our response?There is little doubt that the news media have played a role in our diversion. No longer able to rely on annual subscriptions to fund their work, they resort to click bait headlines that bring in ad revenue. That’s why the international mass media spent more time in one week covering the royal baby than it did in all of 2018 on climate change and all the other millions of babies that died from starvation and diseases during this decade.But algorithms don’t lie; we’re taking in what they’re feeding us, and that is on us. So here we are, distracted by fashion trends, offers to shop online, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, videos and tweets. We were lulled into complacency while the Amazon was being clear cut, while the gulf between rich and poor widens by the day, and while the world slowly tilts towards tyranny and the annihilation being committed against innocent people in different parts of the world, the most recent being in Kashmir.We are facing a moment in time where we need a coordinated global effort to address a number of urgent issues, yet the superpower of South America seems no longer interested in, or capable of, playing a leadership role; and the United Nations without America’s active participation is impotent.But while governments around the world have ceded moral authority and leadership, it doesn’t mean we should give up hope. Ordinary citizens still have a voice, especially in the age of social media. Look no further than Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Abby Martin, Rewan Al-Haddad, Avaaz and the kids from Parkland; all have demonstrated the tremendous power of the individual.In recent days, I have seen a chorus of voices speak out against the destructive policies that are partially responsible for the fires consuming the Amazon. These voices, if loud enough, would have an impact on policy makers. Politicians will react to outrage by their constituents. We need a similar chorus of voices to speak out against other dangers we are facing; including climate change, inequality, unnecessary wars, etc. Activists in all these areas need to harness the growing disillusionment within their communities, and organize targeted campaigns much like the International Crisis Group did with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The bells rang loud enough to force policymakers to mobilize and help prevent an even greater crisis.It’s time we all start actively engaging in our future, as complacency comes at a cost none of us can afford. The ordinary indigenous Amazon Indians have raised their swords, bows and arrows, ready to defend the rain forest and their homeland with their last drop of blood.I petition: the world is in crisis; don’t be a passive onlooker, for the inferno that persists will consume the lives of millions of fauna in the Amazon and cause humongous destruction to our ecosystem and life on Planet Earth.Yours truly,Nazar Mohamedlast_img read more

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ActionAid Liberia Identifies Factors for Low Women’s Participation in Decision-making, Others

first_imgOne of the women makes presentation at yesterday’s event.ActionAid Liberia (AAL) says cultural norms and patriarchal values in the Liberian society continue to marginalize women and place them in constrained positions, compared to men and boys in the same class, ethnic, age or other relations.Lakshmi S. Moore, AAL Country Director, made the statement yesterday during the launch of a baseline report on women from Margibi, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh and Gbarpolu counties.Mrs. Moore said though some chapters of the Liberian Constitution (Articles 8, 11, and 18) prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, there are other factors that limit women’s roles and participation in decision-making, from household to community and national processes.She named some of these factors as traditional practices, lower social status such as the education level and economic inequality.Mrs. Moore said women are severely affected by these unequal power relations, prohibiting their voices, participation, needs and access; increasing their vulnerability to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).The objective of the survey is to improve the capacity of women to meaningfully participate in forest governance processes, and contribute to the assessment and monitoring of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) impact on gender relations and gender-related livelihoods opportunities.The report, launched under the theme, “Promoting Women and Community Rights in Forest Governance and Management in Liberia,” brought together over 35 women from various counties and partners, including those from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UKaid, Sweden Sverige and European Union (EU).“This unequal status of women limits meaningful participation in community forest governance bodies even with the law stipulating that at least one woman should be a member of each of these bodies,” Mrs. Moore said.Accordingly, the baseline report indicates that men are the key decision-makers in matters relating to the land and forest governance in the baseline communities and in general; women face structural barriers to participation caused by cultural, traditional dynamics, capacity issues, and gender livelihood, household roles and relationships.The report indicates that women have limited knowledge of the different species of trees/wood that are suited for charcoal production, while women at the community level had limited market information on the prices of charcoal in urban centers, which often leads to their exploitation by middlemen and other players in the industry.According to Mrs. Moore, gender inequality with respect to control over land in rural Liberia serves as a disadvantage to women’s engagement in charcoal production, and represents a barrier to entry into the sector.“Major players at the stage of plank production are men, because women have limited resources to compete with their male counterparts at this stage. Women indicated that land rights, the lack of agencies within their communities and lack of access to finance, limit their involvement at the production stage of planks,” she said.Mrs. Moore said scarcity of resources affect women more than men in general, because men control more lucrative income-generating activities in the forest, particularly the extractive activities, to the extent that  women have limited knowledge on laws, policies and regulations that guarantee their rights to land.Alberto Menighini, Head of Cooperation Section-Resilience of the EU in partnership with FAO and who launched the report, said the organization will work with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), ensuring that some of the issues raised in the report are addressed.Mr. Menighini expressed gratitude that women can raise concerns on participation and decision-making processes that will improve their lives and the development of the country.Meanwhile, the women have expressed excitement  over the report and, therefore, called on AAL and its partners to ensure that their voices are heard in decision-making as well as participation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt policies driving market into panic – Jagdeo

first_imgForeign currency shortageGuyana has been hit with a foreign currency crisis where supply is progressively shrinking and there is a growing demand to hoard because of the expectation that the rates will slide, according to former President Bharrat Jagdeo.Jagdeo, during a press conference on Thursday, said Government’s lack of economic policies was to be blamed for driving the foreign currency market into panic.Opposition LeaderBharrat Jagdeo“What is picking up is the demand to hold foreign currency because of the expectation that the rate is sliding. If not of transactional purposes, it is because of the expectations in people’s mind that the rate is going to slide and they want to hedge,” he reasoned.The Guyana Manu-facturing and Services Association (GMSA) reported that the exchange rate stood at G$230 to US$1, but the Central Bank has refuted these reports.The Opposition Leader, one of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) leading point men on the economy, said Government’s anti-business policies and burdensome tax regimes were most likely the root causes for the high level of uncertainty, which ignited the hoarding of  foreign currency.Jagdeo warned that the current state of affairs, if allowed to progress, would harm the future of all Guyanese as it would spark a major spike in prices of commodities with import content and “the little increases the Government boasted about” would be wiped out in real terms.There will be increases in a wide range of goods, from household products like food and clothes to commercial items such as equipment and machinery.“Someone who works at a pharmacy explained to me that the exchange rate moved by five per cent and the cost of (imported) drugs to drugstore went up to about five per cent; when you add the VAT, they would have to now charge people for drugs at least 20 per cent more than they were paying,” he explained.The cost of local flights has already escalated as a result of the unstable foreign currency rate, which is compounded by the 14 per cent VAT.Jagdeo highlighted that expensive domestic air travel went against President David Granger’s dream to connect the hinterland and the coastal regions.“I can only urge the Government to drop the VAT on interior flights, but then I have been calling on them to drop the taxes on everything else, which is counterproductive to their own stated objectives and the calls are not falling on receptive ears,” Jagdeo stated.Reports are that the Chief Executive Officer of the Roraima Group of Companies, Captain Gerry Gouveia has already instructed that tickets for his flights must be sold in US currency instead of Guyana dollars.Jagdeo emphasised that Government, which he labelled as either unconcerned or incompetent, needed to shift its focus from burdening the citizens with taxes and start implementing policies which encourage production, especially in areas which generate foreign revenue like mining, forestry and agriculture.Failure to do so, Jagdeo predicted, will result in an underground foreign currency market. In fact, he shared the view of Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma, that the black market was already in operation with cambios conducting underground deals by selling to preferred customers at rates above the market value.“The cambios themselves will, maybe in some cases, post one rate on the receipt and people have been doing this already. So you are my preferred customer, you pay me G$225 or 230, but I will put G$215 on the receipt for the central bank purpose,” Jagdeo said, noting that this move would cause the Government to lose taxes.Jagdeo also said he has received information that officials of Government’s “finance apparatus” have been going around to non-bank cambios, instructing them that the US dollar must not be sold for more than G$215.“They are saying if you sell beyond G$215, it will affect your licence,” Jagdeo said.One local cambio confirmed to Guyana Times that Government officials had indeed passed that order.last_img read more

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Guyanese can attest to Govt’s incompetence – Opposition Leader

first_img…says no reason for APNU to go “ballistic” on US analystOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has condemned the APNU/AFC coalition Government for its unfair bashing of Dr Evan Ellis, a research professor and author at the Institute of Strategic Studies of the United States (US) Army War College, who is currently employed at the US State Department, for his assessment of Guyana. Dr Ellis in his paper Journals of America, Third Edition, had expressed his belief that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is likely to win the upcoming General and Regional elections slated for March 2, 2020. On Thursday, Jagdeo, in addressing the instant bashing reaction by APNU towards Dr Ellis, said, “you saw how ballistic they went – APNU – when some old story was resurrected from a Mr Ellis about…he said that the PPP is likely to win the 2020 elections and they went ballistic, the whole Chronicle [State’s newspaper] was all about cussing out Ellis, etc.”Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe Opposition Leader stated that Ellis’ report was nothing for APNU/AFC to be furious over as his comments are merely a reiteration of the sentiments of the Guyanese people.“But what Ellis is saying…we don’t need Ellis to tell you this. You go at the street corners in Georgetown or around the country. Why do we need Ellis to tell us this? The whole country knows this…because of the incompetence. We can’t last five years more with this bunch. They don’t have a vision, don’t have any plan, they’re just corrupt, incompetent, what else? Everything you can think about. We are going nowhere. In fact, they are running down our reserves. So why go after Ellis?” the Opposition Leader stated.Analyst and US State Department employee, Dr Evan EllisDr Ellis, in his publication, also made a number of other observations including the fact that Guyana is beset by territorial threats on two of its borders, as well as a troubled hinterland. He also highlighted the fact that lack of resources continues to be a major hindrance.According to Ellis, Guyana’s borders with Suriname and Venezuela present different challenges. While Suriname claims the New River Triangle — a remote and sparsely populated piece of land in the interior— Venezuela has laid claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory.In his journal, Ellis then went on to speak about the narco-trafficking and the presence of criminal gangs from neighbouring countries within Guyana’s borders. In particular, he cited the Corentyne River delta and the fallout these issues have had on innocent fishermen, including over a dozen fishermen who were murdered last year off the coast of Suriname.Under the Administration of David Granger, he added, the Government has made tangible, albeit limited steps to respond to the security challenges facing the nation. “In general, the Government response has been hampered by a combination of a lack of resources available to the security sector and a deeply entrenched culture of societal corruption,” Dr Ellis noted. He added that Guyana’s security challenges are compounded by a domestic political crisis which has not only impeded the Government’s ability to respond but also has the potential to generate significant internal unrest and invite opportunistic challenges to Guyana’s sovereignty by neighbouring Venezuela and Suriname.President David GrangerDr Ellis also noted that a number of unlicensed gold mining occurs in the interior of Guyana, particularly in the Cuyuni and Mazaruni River basins west of Bartica. He observed that these mining operations cause severe environmental damage owing to the toxic chemicals used during the process.“Such informal mining also attracts a range of illicit activities such as prostitution. Moreover, in the relatively lawless context of remote mining communities, the combination of gold, cash, alcohol and other factors also contributes to high levels of violence and crime among those participating in the mining economy of the area.”“The desperation and lawlessness in neighbouring Venezuela have led armed criminal groups, loosely referred to as sindicatos, to rob or extort those engaged in such mining, including extracting tolls along the rivers delimiting the Guyana-Venezuela border, and extorting and robbing those in Guyana itself.”Ellis noted that while the Guyana Constitution specifies the role of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and other security institutions and there is a nominal document for National Defence Strategy, there is no overall national security policy document. As an example, he pointed to Guyana’s Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the US Government in a statement released through its local embassy in Georgetown reiterated that its sole interest is in free, fair and peaceful elections and also noted that the end result of the upcoming elections is entirely in the hands of Guyanese: “The outcome of the election is for the people of Guyana to decide. In this regard, the only interest of the United States is in free, fair and peaceful elections on March 2.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN BECOMES FOCAL POINT OF AER LINGUS PROTESTORS

first_imgA Donegal woman has become an unlikely hero after taking her baby on a protest march.Aer Lingus cabin crew member Anne Gillespie was pictured in several national newspapers taking her young child in a buggy during the action at Dublin Airport.Ms Gillespie was part of more than 300 crew who walked to the airline’s head office where a letter was handed in to the airline’s chief executive, Christopher Mueller, on behalf of staff. Staff are furious after new working rosters were introduced across the board at the company.The airline has sent more than 140 letters to cabin crew warning them that those who refuse to co-operate will be sacked.In the letter to management Aer Lingus staff said they were loyal to the company but were also loyal to their families.They say the new working rosters will simply make it impossible to have a normal family life. EndsDONEGAL WOMAN BECOMES FOCAL POINT OF AER LINGUS PROTESTORS was last modified: January 22nd, 2011 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)last_img read more

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Leeds transfer boost! United given free run at attacking target Anthony Limbombe

first_img 21-year-old Belgian forward Anthony Limbombe 1 Leeds have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Anthony Limbombe after it emerged that Club Brugge could drop their interest in the striker.Limbombe is a target for Leeds boss Garry Monk following the 21-year-old’s two impressive seasons at NEC Nijmegen.However the Elland Road club faced competition for his signature from Club Brugge who were reportedly ready to launch a bid of their own for the forward.But, according to Voetbal Primeur, Brugge are having second thoughts about signing him having been put off by NEC’s £2m asking price.Leeds attempted to sign Limbombe last year and it now seems as though the path has been cleared for them to finally complete the purchase.last_img

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Give Boks a chance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 In addition, Boks is re-imagining the department in a way that makes it more community friendly and less like the outgrowth of law enforcement. Los Angeles has finally got a strong Animal Services chief with some guts and vision. The animal activists owe it to him and all the residents of the city to give him a fighting chance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The vocal and sometimes abusive animal-rights activists in Los Angeles have managed to run two Animal Services directors out of town in about as many years. That trend is not good for L.A., and certainly not for its four-footed residents. Good thing for them that it appears that Ed Boks doesn’t scare that easily. The city’s newest Animal Services general manager, Boks has already stood up to the sniping common from an activist community that has, among other things, smoke-bombed and vandalized the homes of former GMs. Can’t everyone just give the man a chance? It’s only been three months since Boks took over the department. And in that short time he has had some success – lower death rates for dogs and cats in city shelters. His turnaround of New York City’s animal services program indicates the numbers are more than just a fluke. last_img read more

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ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: ROVERS DEFEAT SWILLY IN SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER

first_imgSwilly Rovers 2 Letterkenny Rovers 5A very entertaining game between the two Rovers before a large crowd at Swilly park.The pitch was in immaculate crucible condition and some lovely football was played. Letterkenny went ahead on 23 minutes when Kevin Mc Grath fired home in some style following a Jason Doherty cross.Corey Mc Cahill leveled matters on 33 minutes when he scored from the spot after he was fouled by a Letterkenny defender.Aaron Murray then went close for swilly with a piledriver.Duncan Patterson with a brilliant curled effort put Swilly in front but within a minute Letterkenny were level when Kevin O’ Donnell volleyed home a Luke Friel cross. Swilly were dealt a cruel double blow losing Ryan Shields and Corey Mc Cahill to injury in the first half and this affected their rhythm.In the final half hour Letterkenny added a furthur three goals.Adrian Delap crossed for Jason Doherty to head home to put Letterkenny ahead.Kevin O Donnell made it four and Luke Friel headed home to make it five.Referee: Vincent Mc Laughlin Swilly Rovers: Caolan Bolton, Darren Dunsworth, Duncan Patterson, Anthony Fisher, Ryan Shields, Daniel O Donnell, Cathal Diver, Corey Mc Cahill, Oisin Duffy, Ryan Mc Daid, Caelon Murray. Subs: Glen Mc Elhinney, Michael Mc Hugh (used)Letterkenny Rovers: Christopher O’ Donnell, Kieran Kelly, Luke Nelis, Noah Mailey, Michael Herrity, Gareth Doherty, Igor Arriel, Kevin Mc Grath, Jason Doherty, Luke Friel, Kevin O’ Donnell. Subs used: Adrian Delap and Zac GormanULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: ROVERS DEFEAT SWILLY IN SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER was last modified: July 9th, 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:Letterkenny RoversNoticessoccerSportswilly roversUSLlast_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – BALLYSHANNON BRIDGE LIT UP IN DONEGAL COLOURS

first_imgBALLYSHANNON – LIGHTING UP FOR DONEGALA SUPERB picture just in from Chris Dykes – featuring the new bridge in Ballyshannon, lit up in the Donegal colours.Chris took the picture from the vantage point of the old bridge in the town.The light is also bouncing off the water below. Send your pix to info@donegaldaily.com.Follow us on twitter  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – BALLYSHANNON BRIDGE LIT UP IN DONEGAL COLOURS was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – BALLYSHANNON BRIDGE LIT UP IN DONEGAL COLOURSlast_img read more

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