first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Standard Insurance sailors overall China Cup champs One of the biggest threats for the Azkals going forward, Schrock limped off in the 40th minute in the 3-2 win over Timor Leste at KLFA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.The match came a day after a full day of traveling from Bacolod to the Malaysian capital on Thursday and the official one-hour training the following day.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 ChrissAlthough it was an Achilles problem that forced him off the pitch, Schrock stressed that preparations can determine success and failure in the competition.“As long as we can improve our preparation, we can improve on the pitch,” said Schrock. “If not, we’re going to have to stick together as a team like we always do and look where we can fill up and cover mistakes.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Schrock said the margin for error for the Azkals has gotten smaller as the tournament enters its critical phase. A win against Thailand will send the Azkals through to the next round, but a draw will leave them needing a point against Indonesia in their next match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Schrock admitted that the demanding schedule has taken a toll on the players when they played against Timor Leste.“You can see everybody is a little bit heavy, a little bit stiff (in the second half),” said Schrock. “With a travel like this no one in the world can perform properly so thank God we luckily got away with a win.”Captain Phil Younghusband stressed the importance of rest and recovery in between matches for the Azkals, who arrived in Manila on Sunday.The team traveled in four batches to Bacolod on Monday in preparation for the duel against Thailand this Wednesday at Panaad Stadium.From Bacolod, the team flies to Manila, before hopping on a flight to Jakarta for a clash with Indonesia on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Stephan Schrock has played more than 40 matches and taken almost 70 flights this year playing in four competitions—and that was even before the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.With the competition taking on the home-and-away format this year, it’s the players who are taking the brunt of traveling in between matches with rest and preparation now given equal importance as the tactical approach for teams.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe leadership of Christian-based Not-for-Profit, under the banner of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL), on Tuesday provided several bags of rice and assorted anti-Ebola materials to suspected Ebola patients that are quarantined in their homes across Montserrado County.Officials of AEL, a network of Christian Churches in the country, provided bags of rice, buckets, soaps and disinfectants to the suspected Ebola patients beginning with those ‘quarantined’ at St. Francis Community, Block ‘A’ near the Black Geni on Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia.Earlier in his presentation remarks to two families quarantined, AEL general-secretary, Rev. Isaac S. Wheigar, said the donation was in continuation of the group’s contribution to the fight against Ebola.Previously, he said that the AEL had identified with several Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs),  where the organization’s leadership donated a number of items for fighting and or preventing the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Montserrado County.Members of AEL were pleased to identify with families affected by the deadly EVD across the county, where those quarantined outside Monrovia will be catered to at the same time.“We have taken interest in assisting people afflicted by the deadly virus in the country.   We have, therefore, decided to raise awareness of their plight  to our partners and also identify with them,” he said.St. Francis Block ‘A’ chairman, S. Kelvin Diahn, who received the donated items, lauded AEL for the gesture. He promised,  on behalf of other members of the affected communities, that all quarantined families will receive at least a portion of whatever the AEL had donated to the community. With a heavy heart, Mr. Diahn recalled how the St. Francis Block ‘A’ Community was badly hit during two successive outbreaks of by the Ebola virus, where over 12 persons from one of the quarantined families died. That affected family; Mr. Diahn explained, has been quarantined three times, adding, “Whenever the 21 days is about to expire, another death will occur, thereby prolonging the period beyond 21 days.”He pleaded with the AEL leadership to consider providing trauma counseling for quarantined individuals and survivors residing in the community to serve as life-saving measure for them.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA report completed by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative of Guyana has revealed that the extractive industry in Guyana, particularly gold mining, has contributed to 65.1 per cent of Guyana’s total exports for 2017.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman during the handing over of the EITI Report summary from Deputy Coordinator for the Guyana EITI (GYEITI) Diane BarkerIt is EITI’s first report to the Government of Guyana on the extractive sectors, in keeping with an April 25, 2019, deadline for presenting the report. According to the report, total revenues from the sector in the 2017 fiscal year amounted to $20.8 billion.The Guyana Gold Board, to which gold declarations are made, accounted for 33 per cent of this revenue. This is followed by the Guyana Revenue Authority, 32 per cent and the Ministry of Finance, 18 per cent.Gold and other minerals contributed $17.4 billion or 84 per cent of revenue from the extractive industries. On the other hand, oil and gas contributed $2.8 billion or 14 per cent. Bauxite, one of Guyana’s oldest industries, contributed $479 million or 2 per cent.The extractive industries’ contribution to exports has a dollar value of 193.2 billion. Besides the sector’s contribution to exports, it contributed 9.3 per cent to total Government revenues and 4.2 per cent to Guyana’s total employment. Its contribution to Guyana’s overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was 20 per cent.The report was presented to Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman and according to a statement from the Ministry, it will be presented to Cabinet this week. The Minister was quoted in the statement reaffirming Government’s commitment to the EITI process.“For a country like Guyana where the bedrock of our economy is the extractive industries, this is very important… This has been a steady process. We trust that this is the part of the journey to full transparency. The Government is fully committed to this.” – Minister of Natural Resources Honourable Raphael TrotmanEITIThe EITI is a global standard to promote the open and accountable management of oil, gas, and mineral resources. Under the EITI standard, companies publish what they pay to Governments, and Governments publish what they receive in an annual EITI country report.In many countries, most of the revenues from natural resources accrued at subnational levels are not derived from company payments to Local Government entities, but from transfers to the Central Government.Depending on the revenue distribution frameworks in place, these transfers can be a considerably larger source of revenue for subnational entities than taxes and fees collected at local levels. The revised EITI standard requires that such transfers are reported where mandated by law and where material.Where companies are legally or contractually required to make social contributions, these must be disclosed, under EITI standards. Where countries collect significant revenues from the transportation of oil, gas and minerals, such as pipelines, the Government will also be required to disclose the revenues received.The requirement to publish annual activity reports is not limited to compliant countries, the EITI said. It is foreseen that countries will report on progress with meeting the EITI requirements as well as (on) efforts to achieve the objectives set out in their work plans.Validation is procured and managed by the EITI’s International Secretariat rather than by implementing countries. Countries undertake validation more frequently, with compliant countries being revalidated every three years as opposed to every five years under the old rule.Oil was discovered in commercial quantities in Guyana in 2015, after which Guyana applied and was approved to join EITI. This was done with the understanding that Guyana’s first EITI Report must be published within the next 18 months and the country will be required to commence validation within two and a half years.Where validation verifies that Guyana has made satisfactory progress on all of the requirements, the EITI Board will designate the country as EITI-compliant.last_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Energy continues to engage stakeholders across the country to ensure that they obtain a good understanding of the opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship both within the petroleum sector and in other fields.Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe at the Calvary Temple Church in Retrieve, LindenSome of the young people at the Guyana Youth for Tomorrow (GYFT) symposiumDuring a series of stakeholder engagements, Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe noted that while job opportunities abound, training, skills building, certification and competency are critical to capitalise on them.The Department reiterated this point in its recent engagements at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church, Retrieve, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly – Guyana Oil and Gas forum held at GITC and the Guyana Youth for Tomorrow (GYFT) symposium, both held in Georgetown and at the Third Annual Hindu Youth Convention, which was held at the Golden OM Dharmic Youth Organisation, New Amsterdam, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).“Within the industry, there are certain takeaways that we must hold to. One is that you must ensure that you are qualified and certified. Why is this important? It is important, because the industry has very high standards,” Dr Bynoe said in his presentation titled “The advent of oil and its impact on our communities” at the GYFT forum.The Energy Director also encouraged the young people to pursue their passion and to ensure that they are competent in any field that suits their interest. He noted that Guyanese were capable of providing training as well as ancillary services to the industry, which will become necessary in fields as varied as catering, tourism, and engineering as the oil sector emerges.“It’s not just about oil and gas; it’s about all the other supporting services that are required. Guyana is yours, consume it. Guyana belongs to us all, occupy it … Advise your friends and families to plan for careers not only in oil and gas. Your careers have to be beyond oil and gas. Yes, I said there might be opportunities therein, but there are opportunities outside, what we call the multiplier effect,” he said.In this vein, the Energy Director cautioned young people to utilise their smart phones and the Internet to research the skills set and certification required in their particular field, so that they are not duped by unscrupulous persons.In response to concerns about acquiring job experience as new graduates, Dr Bynoe encouraged the young people to consider volunteering, both to gain experience and to obtain a broader perspective of careers within their areas of interest.“Volunteerism is about gaining the experience and the expertise before you can start calling for your price. Too often, people come through the door and the first thing they ask is… how much are you paying? That cannot be the mentality that we’re going forward with … The careers chosen will take time and, therefore, we need to manage our expectations. You’re not going to become an expert because you just graduated from law school. You’re not going to become an expert, because you just graduated from med school. You’re not going to become an expert, because you just graduated with an economics degree. These things take time,” he cautioned.Meanwhile, the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (C-TVET) plans to implement a new records system in its institutions from September. C-TVET Officer – Standards and Curriculum, Seon Hamer said the Council is embarking on this initiative in response to concerns expressed by its graduates.Additionally, echoing sentiments expressed by the Energy Director, Hamer also encouraged the youth to develop their skill set and to keep learning. “We have to be engaged in continuous training and continuous upgrading of our qualifications so that we will continue to be relevant in the employment sector,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMark Caithness Scrapes Home in DunfanaghyWe had a very mixed bag of weather this weekend in Dunfanaghy with Saturday being by far the better day. And so it showed in the scores as 36 points was sufficient to win the Saturday competition but only on BOT. With the poor weather the numbers of golfers braving the elements were sadly diminished but this did not stop Gerry Doohan having a super score of 38 points on Wednesday Open day. The wind was a big factor here and Gerry just managed to pip Donal Boyle for first place. Donal being the fine player he is must have felt his score on the day was sufficient.Friday was another windy day and the ever present Willie Wilkin played in the 14 hole competition and after having 23 points on the front nine – wind assisted – he only managed 5 points for the remaining 5 holes. Willie felt he had blown his chances but the front nine was good enough to compensate so getting him First place. Saturday was a really mixed bag and the course was packed. But it was the four ball of Mark Caithness and Graham Cummings that took the first two prizes decided on BOT of course.Mark came out on top with Graham missing the top slot on BOT. Michael Dunne took third again on BOT so the scores were tight.Sunday was a terrible day for wind and rain. In fact the sort of day no respectable man would even send the wife out for coal.But Peter Johnston did it.There were very few lunatics out on the day – you would think they had no home to go to – but giving Peter his dues he entered the Competition and went on to win it – mind you with only 28 points. But it shows how difficult the day was. Well done Peter both for entering and finishing.Wednesday 8th May: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: Gerry Doohan. 382nd: Donal Boyle. 37 CSS: 36Friday 10th May: Ladies & Gents Open 14 Hole Stableford1st: Willie Wilkin. 28CSS: n/c Saturday 11th May: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st: Mark Caithness. 36 bot2nd: Graham Cummings 363rd: Michael Dunne 35 botCSS: n/cSunday 12th May: Gents Club Singles Stableford1st: Peter Johnston. 28CSS: 37This weekend has the usual 14 hole Competition on Friday and Saturday is Singles Stableford Competition.Sunday is the Monthly Medal Stroke and there is also an Ulster Cup Match on so get out early.Youth Academy NotesThe Juvenile notes will now be posted under the Youth Academy notes as all notifications for future courses and offers specifically for the juveniles / youths / cadets will be under this heading.Now to the notes.Kyle Mc Garvey came out on top over the two inform players last Saturday. He had just one shot to spare over James Sweeney who was only one ahead of Conor Cheevers.By the time you are reading this Conor and James will be back from Portmarnock having competed in the Irish underage Championship.In the Cadet section Max Roarty came out on top by the narrowest of margins.GOLF NEWS – DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 14th, 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:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

first_imgSteve Sidwell has revealed to talkSPORT his playing career could be over after a nightmare year on the sidelines.The 35-year-old midfielder has not kicked a ball this season due to back and ankle problems which both required surgery, and is now without a club after leaving Brighton.Sidwell played a key role in the Seagulls’ return to the Premier League, making 34 appearances as they finished second in the Championship to seal promotion in 2016/17.Last year, the former Chelsea and Fulham man was looking forward to his top flight return when he suffered an ankle injury in pre-season.He spent a year in rehabilitation, but left Brighton at the end of the campaign after struggling to get back to full fitness.Joining the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast in the studio on Thursday, Sidwell said he is trying to make a comeback but admitted he may be forced to hang up his boots.“It’s been a tough year injury-wise,” the midfielder told talkSPORT.“If you would have asked me this time this year, I was fit and healthy and looking forward to the Premier League – roll on 12 months and I’ve not kicked a ball. I’ve been out all season and it’s been tough.“I’ll be honest with you, it’s a bit up in the air,” he said about his future as a player.“Could it be over? Possibly.Sidwell played a big role in the Championship for Brighton before injury forced him out for a season“I’ve been working hard in rehab this year. It’s been constant. Sometimes you need to pull the handbrake up and have a rest, but that’s not really worked either.“I need to have a good think over the summer, do a bit of training and just be honest with myself to see if can I go in and do it again.“I’m 35, but if you’d have asked me last year I could have played until 37 or 38 easy. I’m naturally fit and it wouldn’t have been a problem.“I’m talking it down at the moment – there’s still a chance I can play.”Asked if he would consider dropping a league – or even two – to prolong his playing career, he added: “Yeah, I’ve got no problems with that, no problems at all.“I’ve just come off a two-day A-Licence course as well, so I’m doing my badges.“I want to stay in football one way or another.”Sidwell speaks to his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of Man United v Brighton this seasonListen back IN FULL above as Steve Sidwell and Darren Bent discuss their futures on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

first_imgMadeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks laterRED-faced Portugese police officials are insisting they have not launched a new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann – but have now promised to help English police trace and interview more than 30 ‘persons of interest’ in the case.No detectives involved in the original investigation into her disappearance on the Algarve in May 2007 will be taking part in the new probe.The ‘persons of interest’ were named in a document put together by Scotland Yard as part of a review of the case. With Maddie’s father Gerry having strong links to Donegal, there is considerable interest here in the case.Madeleine visited the county with her family just weeks before she disappeared.Recently a taxi driver in Portugal came forward to claim that he had told police he had seen Maddie with a couple in his taxi on the night of the disappearance.He is among those who will now be interviewed properly. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the UK police review of the case has said he believes Madeleine is still alive. PORTUGESE POLICE PROMISE NEW MADELEINE McCANN ‘PROBE’ was last modified: August 26th, 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:Algarvedonegalmadeleine mccannportugallast_img read more

first_imgThe normally tranquil and picturesque Oakfield Park in Raphoe, home to Sir Gerry and Lady Heather Robinson, will be transformed into a hive of activity this weekend.You can choose from steam trains crisscrossing the lush parklands, donkey rides along the coach road , duck races on the water and live entertainment to suit all the family.And if that wasn’t enough there’s a special Midnight Express train promising passengers a magical mystery tour through the candle lit lake and gardens. This has sold out! It’s all part of the Irish Cancer Society “Relay for Life” fundraiser that includes a chance to win a half day one to one business advice session with Sir Gerry Robinson. Every €50 donated by a business guarantees a ticket in a draw for three individuals to win a session with the financial guru.The Oakfield “Relay for Life” begins at 6 o’clock on Saturday evening with the 24 hour marathon train pulling out of the station as the Coundown Clock starts ticking away the next 24 hours.The highlight of the evening will be the Midnight Express transporting passengers to a bygone age on a fun filled journey of twinkling lights.The Family Fun Day opens at midday on Sunday with Highland Radio’s DJ Paddy Friel getting the show on the road joined later in the afternoon by tv personality Noel Cunningham providing entertainment in his own inimitable way as he hosts the live music event. The day will be filled with fun and games for all the family. The draw for the sponsorship Prize takes place at 5 o’clock and who knows Ireland’s next Entrepreneur of the Year could well be at Oakfield Park. But everyone will be a winner by helping raise funds for cancer research. OAKFIELD PARK ON TRACK TO START 24 HOUR TRAIN DRIVE TONIGHT was last modified: May 4th, 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:Oakfield Parksir gerry robinsontrainlast_img read more

first_imgHe used to causing shockwaves in his personal and public life.Conrad GallagherBut controversial Donegal chef Conrad Gallagher felt a tremor for real this week when he was caught up in an earthquake in Los Angeles.The Letterkenny chef is setting up his own online food business where the 5.4 quake was recorded. Gallagher said “Just experienced our first earthquake.Okay, 5.4 earthquake in my back yard! Scariest thing ever,” said Gallagher.Other Irish residents to tweet about the earthquake included Claudine Keane, wife of Irish soccer star Robbie Keane. CHEF CONRAD FEELS THE SHOCKWAVES IN AMERICA was last modified: March 30th, 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:Conrad Gallagherearthquakelast_img read more

first_img10 February 2010The South African Banking Risk Information Centre has expressed concern about the increase in “phishing” attacks, and is urging local bank clients to be extra vigilant with their banking information.Phishing occurs when criminals make use of mostly e-mails purporting to be from legitimate financial institutions in an attempt to get users to divulge information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details.The centre said the local banking industry was particularly disturbed by the realistic nature of the phishing e-mails that around doing the rounds, which point to well orchestrated scams by the perpetrators.“Banking industry data managed by Sabric shows that the number of phishing websites targeting local bank clients that have been detected and shut by the banks have more than trebled in the last four months,” said Sabric chief executive Kalyani Pillay in a statement this week.“This is really unprecedented and a clear sign of the extent of the onslaught.”The centre advises bank clients who suspect that they may have provided their banking information in response to an email request to immediately notify their banks.“While the shutting of phishing websites serves to prevent more people falling victim, the perpetrators are still able to use the information that they had already managed to collect,” she said.Phishing emailsAccording to SABRIC, the content of phishing emails is now no longer limited to the usual pretext of security alerts from bank online divisions, consumer education information, and other related information that a bank client would expect to receive from their bank to dupe them into accessing fake or spoof websites.As many clients have become alerted to the fact that they should never expect to receive an e-mail of this kind from their bank, a newer generation of phishing emails, for instance, pretends to originate from other organisations such as the South African Revenue Service, enticing clients to supply their details in order to receive “tax refunds”.“While there is very little change in the chain of events that eventually lead to sensitive banking information of a bank client being compromised, it is clear that the perpetrators have now customised their approach to make their scams more believable to a typical SA bank client,” Pillay said.She pointed out that instead of just a single word, the phishing e-mails now contain references to the website names of local banks in their entirety, which makes it even more difficult for clients to dismiss the e-mails as part of a scam.“We urge bank clients to stay alert so as to avoid falling victim.”‘Ignore email requests’The centre says that the message contents of the recent phishing e-mails also appear extremely authentic – while perpetrators previously targeted only a single bank at a time with a given phishing e-mail or website, they now had cleverly constructed variations on the old theme that manage to target clients of multiple banks simultaneously, thereby increasing the perpetrators’ chances.“For this reason we remind bank clients that not only will your bank never send you an e-mail requesting you to update your information online by accessing their site via a hyperlink, but you should also view with extreme suspicion any similar e-mails received from third parties requesting you to log into your internet banking facility,” explained Pillay.“Any such requests should automatically be considered a phishing scam.”Bank clients are advised to contact their banks first before responding to any requests of banking information.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more