Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES “It’s just nice to be back again,” said Adducul who also had memorable stints with the national squad. “Fortunately, coach Bong gave me an opportunity to teach their big men.”“We do skills training an hour before the regular practices,” said the former NorthPort assistant coach in Filipino. “Every time I’m seeing something off, or something they could improve, I point it out.”And Tratter is enjoying the education.“Actually, when there were talks when he was coming in I actually [checked] YouTube,” he said. “There’s not a lot of clips of him. But I’ve seen his presence inside and it’s crazy.”Aside from Erram, Blackwater also lost playmaker Paul Zamar, who recently signed with San Miguel Beer. The Elite are also set to ship rising guard John Pinto to Phoenix for two role players after problems with contract negotiations.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 The Elite, though, still have old reliables Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, Raymar Jose, along with newcomers Tratter, Desiderio and another UP product, Diego Dario.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Rookie Abu Tratter, acquired in the deal that shipped out Erram, is projected to start at center for Blackwater, and a very familiar face will help his transition to the pros.Rommel Adducul, one of the finest big men to ever set foot in the PBA, has been tapped to help the big men of the Elite sharpen their skills.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 Chriss“He’s been with us since even before Dec. 27,” coach Bong Ramos told reporters on Saturday. “He’ll have a big impact on this team, especially now that we have a shortage of big men.”Erram, a 6-foot-8 versatile big man, was dealt to NLEX for first-round picks Paul Desiderio and Tratter, while Al-Hussaini, Erram’s chief reliever, has yet to report for work. MOST READ Ular making a name for himself in MPBL ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rommel AdduculBlackwater is faced with an “interior” dilemma following JP Erram’s exit and the absence of Rabeh al-Hussaini.But like it has done in the past, the Elite will make do with what they have when the 44th season of the PBA comes off wraps next week.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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In 2012, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, as part of an ongoing effort to grow and strengthen collaboration with civil society rolled out a 21 day peace activism programme.In MOP, we recognize that partnership with individuals and organizations cut across every aspect of our work, helping to bring about results that no organization can achieve independently. We (MOP) believe that partnership and collaborative relationships with others are critical to delivering results for peace consolidation in Liberia.Since its establishment in 2008, MOP has worked with several partners, starting with the Community Outreach programme, Public Information Section-UNMIL, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, The Catholic Church-Liberia, The Carter Center, International Alert, Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation, Peace Building Office, Youth Action International, Center for Media studies and peacebuilding, United Nations Volunteer Programme-Liberia(UNV) and other broad range of partners worldwide to advocate for sustainable peace and development in Liberia.In December 2013, MOP, through its Friends of MOP initiated a month long fundraising campaign to mobilize resources for its peace clubs and to raise public awareness about the need for durable peace. The “Dollar for Peace Campaign” is our first incursion with the public and the corporate sector. MOP’s goal is to engage national peace partnership with the private sector through the corporate social responsibility programme and with other non-public partners to develop a joint response to issues of peace consolidation. The full potential of partnership and collaborative relationship with the private sector would be explored further in the years ahead.All youth based and volunteer based organizations are working towards a common goal of sustainable peace. Therefore, cooperation, collaboration and partnerships are ingredients required to defuse tensions, between communities and countries of the West African region and thereby reduce the risk of increased conflicts.The Palava hut system and the early warning programmes are great examples for peace partnership and collaboration.Our experience partnering with various stake holders has shown that peacebuilding strategies of Peace Advocacy, partnership and engagement are becoming the over arching national planning tool in many post conflict environment, providing a vital opportunity for placing peace initiatives as the core of national development programmes using a multi-sectoral and scaled up response.Using capacity building and partnership strengthening approaches to address peace building and consolidation issues, helps ensure synergy and avoid duplication of programmes. It also helps to foster greater alignment between global initiative and national development strategies and to acc as a conduit between local and national actors and national peace policy making processes.The importance of partnering for peace in Liberia cannot be overemphasized and despite the benefits of peace partnership, important challenges exist, for instance, not one non-governmental organization, Government organization and even the private sector has the capacity to leverage the strategic and allocative priority of global programme funds for peace. Many partnerships rely on piece meal, ad hoc and hand down approaches to access funds.MOP firm believes that existing silo, ad hoc and piece meal approaches to building and consolidation of peace in Liberia helps no one. Too often peace building initiatives are still treated as an “add on” or optional extra not seen as important by the private sector. During the planning phase of last year International Day of Peace, MOP approached one of the telephone companies with a proposal for partnership but was informed the company was more interested in growing their clientele. Given that private sector has no history of partnering for peace with local NGOs, it is about time to start one.We have come to understand that capacity building programmes and sponsorships explicitly support primary stakeholders and not everyone. Access to new digital social media system to collect quantitative and quality date from counties for early warning and dissemination of information and for monitoring is limited.There is a general lack of organization-wide and coherent understanding of what partnerships and collaborative relationships are; what value they can add to the realization of sustainable peace and what form of cooperation is most appropriate under which circumstances.Our interactions with private partners, international organizations and even other local non-governmental organizations have shown bureaucratic burden as one of the most important burdens in working with partners. Most private organizations still too often see local peace builders as mere contractors, service providers and implementing agents rather than as genuine partners.What most NGOs want are relevant relationships that deliver real value. Fully embracing partnerships and collaborative networking; either formal or informal; is the only way of doing peace business. This, however, entails a transformation of current mindset of individuals and organizations.Messengers of Peace-Liberia is more interested in getting tangible value in return for their time, attention, endorsement and data. We therefore urge organizations, particularly the private sector to acknowledge other local NGOs as genuine partners operating at eye level in the pursuit of common goals, rather than as mere sponsors, supporters or agents.Messengers of Peace will pursue a way forward by increasing, in the short term, the use of informal collaborative relationships and strengthen cooperation with knowledge partners and build strategic alliance with the media. In its medium term plan, MOP intends to organize an annual social responsibility recognition award for all private enterprise operating in Liberia. A more strategic approach through information sharing, networking, collaboration and partnership is not only essential but critical.This article is best surmised by an African saying “One hand cannot tie a bundle” The message here is the need to create space for the meaningful involvement and participation of civil society in the peace consolidation process. It’s something worth thinking about.Until next week, remember: Peace, above all, Peace First. Let Peace Prevail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fire Prevention Officer Andrew HolderThe burnt lawns in Region Three that affected commuters using the public road at Schoonord, West Bank DemeraraAs the dry season continues to take its toll locally, the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) has been facing the full brunt as bush fires have been prevailing as often as 18 times daily over the past three months.In this regard, the Fire Prevention Officer, Andrew Holder told Guyana Times that these fires are not always attributed to the hot weather and persons caught mischievously lighting such fires will be arrested.In an almost disappointed tone, the Fire Prevention Officer said, “We are cognisant of the fact that we are experiencing currently a prolonged dry weather spell, however, not all of these bush fires can be attributed to the hot weather conditions. More often than that our investigations has pointed to citizens of themselves lighting these fires for the purpose of land clearing and getting rid of their garbage and so on”.Further, he said, “Right now as it is, the situation is so bad that we don’t even want to give anybody conditionality under which it is okay to light these fires. It is a prohibition, a complete no no and perpetrators will find themselves before the court…we are experiencing an unusual dry weather spell and as such, lighting fires in open spaces has severe consequences. Consequently, we are imploring citizens to desist forthwith from lighting fires in open spaces”.According to him, the Fire Service has already had to investigate the instances of grass fires in the Coldingen/Non-Pariel, East Coast Demerara area as persons there were found to be in the habit of deliberately lighting dry vegetation afire.In fact, Holder said that the GFS has had to rush to that very area sometimes as much as three times per day, even at nights.
It didn’t quite match last month’s record in government revenue but, there was another huge sale of oil and gas rights, in Northeast BC, yesterday.It resulted in almost 502 million dollars in bonus bids and, unofficially that puts the calendar year record total, at more than 2 billion dollars, with four months to go.It also pushes the fiscal year total to more than 1.8 billion and, it means sales in the past two months alone, have equalled last year’s, 12 month record total.- Advertisement -131 of the 139 parcels offered yesterday were purchased, putting the average price over 43 hundred dollars.The next sale is scheduled for the 10th of September.
The People’s National Congress Reform, which holds the larger fraction of the coalition Government, has indicated that it is willing to scrap its call for House-to-House Registration if the newly appointed Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh, decides that it cannot go forward.This was revealed by the party’s Vice Chairman, Dr George Norton, who at a press conference on Friday said that the coalition Government will “certainly take into consideration, decisions that is made by the Commission [and] Chairman of the Commission that we support”.GECOM commenced House-to-House registration in July despite concerns from civil society, the Private Sector and parliamentary Opposition that it would delay the constitutionally mandated elections due in September.The exercise was also rejected on the grounds that it violates the Constitution and the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). In a move to prevent the violation of Guyana’s Constitution, attorney-at-law and anti-corruption activist, Christopher Ram had filed a case before the High Court in which he sought an injunction against the exercise. That challenge is still engaging the High Court.While Government has supported this process to produce what it described as a “clean” list, a large number of persons have boycotted the process. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that the current H2H is “illegal” and asserted that a clean list of electors cannot be produced if thousands refuse to register.“The PPP made a decision not to participate, not to be complicit in an illegality. It is illegal, for the way it is being conducted. Any list created on the basis of this House-to-House would have no credibility. Because people are refusing to be registered. The registration of people is being done in a manner not scrutinised,” Jagdeo was quoted as saying.The decision to proceed with H2H Registration was made by Retired Justice James Patterson, who has since been declared by the CCJ as unconstitutionally appointed and thus had to step down from the position.Given the appointment of the new GECOM Chairperson earlier this week, it is expected that a decision will soon be made regarding the continuance of the registration exercise.Justice Singh, who finds favour with both President David Granger and the Opposition Leader, had maintained that all her decisions will be in accordance with the law and the Constitution.In an interview following her swearing-in last Monday, Singh stated, “My priorities are endeavouring to have free, fair and transparent elections. I am also looking forward to having meetings with each set of Commissioners. And I will have them separately. The meeting with Government and Opposition Commissioners. Then I will bring all of them together…I believe in inclusivity and I will speak with everybody. And I don’t believe in people walking out when there is a disagreement. I believe in sitting down and resolving whatever the problem is.”Meanwhile, Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield had revealed recently that enumerators have been met by non-cooperation from some citizens.
NEW YORK – The New York Knicks spent the first half looking like the team they have been for too long: inconsistent on offense and ineffective on defense. Then suddenly, they turned into the team they think they can become. “When you’re on the road you can’t do that, because we all know teams will get back in it, start making some shots and getting their team back in it,” Thomas said. “They just turned it up and started making shots. They kept cutting into the lead and once they got the lead it was catch-up ball for us from there on out.” The Clippers got within threepoints in the fourth quarter, but New York regained control behind Crawford, who scored 10 points in the period. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stephon Marbury scored 12of his 15 points in an early second-half run that overwhelmed the Clippers and turned the game around, sending New York to a 102-90 victory Tuesday night. Jamal Crawford and Eddy Curry each scored 23 points to lead New York, which shot poorly and defended worse in the first two quarters before controlling the second half of its second consecutive victory. New York never led in the first half and trailed by as many as 12 points. But the Knicks stormed out of halftime with a 24-4 spurt, turning a 10-point deficit into a 10-point lead in a span of 9 minutes and handing the Clippers their second straight loss. Elton Brand had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Clippers, who lost for the third time in 10 games and fell to 1-2 on their seven-game Eastern trip. Reserve Tim Thomas also had 22 points. “I thought that unfortunately the way we started the third quarter was the difference in the game,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “Came out and went 0 for our first seven possessions and then made some defensive mistakes the other way, gave them some momentum.” Down 53-43 at halftime, New York scored the first 10 points of the second half, tying the score after the second of Marbury’s two consecutive layups with 8:24 remaining. The Clippers started the second half 2 for 15 from the floor and had three turnovers after shooting 54 percent in the first half. They were only 4 for 19(21 percent) in the third quarter, getting outscored 27-11 as New York took a 70-64 lead into the fourth.
Keillor has been talking about Lake Wobegon on the radio for more than 30 years. But locales such as the Chatterbox Cafe, Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery and the town’s stalwart Norwegian and German citizens didn’t debut in print until 1985, when “Lake Wobegon Days” was published. The collection of short stories was a best-seller and earned Keillor a spot on the cover of Time in 1985. ‘Little Bill’ returns to TV Bill Cosby is getting behind efforts to improve education. Cosby announced last week that his animated series, “Little Bill,” which is aimed at getting preschoolers interested in learning, is returning to TV on cable’s Noggin network. In an era where the No Child Left Behind Act dominates education, the comedian complained recently, “The high school dropout rate in some cities is as high as 55 to 75percent. While the behinds are moving forward, some of the minds are left behind.” Beginning today, Cosby’s show will air weekdays on Noggin at 11a.m. and 2:30p.m. EDT. It will be broadcast at 1:30p.m. EDT on the weekends.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Maybe it’s that he’s hit retirement age, but Garrison Keillor wasn’t afraid to admit that his latest novel was easy to write. “For me, that was manageable,” Keillor said of “Pontoon,” his 248-page return to Lake Wobegon. “I’m telling my publisher I want to write a series of short novels. Now that I’m suddenly a senior citizen, I’m don’t want to spend years reading a book.” The novel will be published Tuesday, the same week that Keillor begins a new season of his long-running Minnesota Public Radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” The new book is his fifth set in the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, and its storyline will sound familiar to longtime followers of Keillor’s homespun tales. When 82-year-old Evelyn Peterson dies, she leaves instructions that her ashes be placed in a bowling ball and dropped into Lake Wobegon. Evelyn’s daughter is amazed when she learns her divorced mother had a secret lover for years. Meanwhile, Debbie Detmer returns to her hometown to plan a big commitment ceremony on a pontoon boat in the lake. Add a couple of angels, a bunch of Danish pastors, giant fiberglass ducks and a flying Elvis, and mayhem ensues on land and in the air.
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Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND Gomes has struggled to establish himself at Barcelona Latest transfer news Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Gomes spent two seasons at Valencia before leaving for Barcelona Valencia want to sign Tottenham target Andre Gomes on loan this summer.Gomes, the midfielder, has decided to leave Barcelona during the current transfer window, and it is believed he will not be short of offers. RANKED REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets 2 TOP WORK The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Now, though, Valencia want to bring Gomes back to the club and they are hoping to sign him on loan.Gomes has made 78 appearances in his two seasons at Camp Nou, but he has struggled to establish himself at Barca with just six league starts to his name last term. three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM targets North Londoners Tottenham are one team said to be interested in the Portugal international after failing to sign him a year ago.But, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Valencia have also entered the race for Gomes and they are said to be working hard on a deal for him.Los Che sold the 24-year-old to Barcelona two years ago as part of a switch that could eventually be worth over £45m. The former Benfica player was part of Portugal’s squad that won Euro 2016, but he was not named in Fernando Santos’ 23-man selection for this summer’s World Cup. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti
The Lancaster home will be built on a 30-acre site, donated by the city, at Avenue I and 30th Street West. The Lancaster home will be named after the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight, a record-setting test pilot and a Vietnam War fighter pilot. The homes in Lancaster and in Saticoy will each have 60 beds and adult day-care centers capable of handling 50 clients. Those two homes will have the same floor plan – two residential wings, the 50-person adult day-care wing, and a services and administration wing surrounding a center courtyard. At 60 beds, the Lancaster home is much smaller than the original 400 beds envisioned in the mid-1990s, before years of delays. The design for the home will be done to allow for expansion if there is a demand for it and there is money to finance it, officials said. The West Los Angeles home will have convalescent hospital wards for veterans, including a ward for veterans with dementia, plus suites for veterans who don’t need hospital care. The state has budgeted $235 million for the three homes. Part of the funding will come from a $50 million veterans-home bond approved by California voters in 2000. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A proposed state veterans home in Lancaster took another step closer to becoming reality with the release of a final environmental impact report that revealed no stumbling blocks. The document, which covers proposed veterans homes in Lancaster, Ventura County and West Los Angeles, is expected to be certified by the California Department of Veterans Affairs sometime this month. “We are moving fast – we are on schedule,” said Robert Sleppy, chief of the environmental services section of the state’s Department of General Services. “We hope the public is pleased.” Plans call for construction on the three homes to begin in summer 2007. The homes in Lancaster and Saticoy are projected to be completed in December 2008, while the larger West Los Angeles home should be completed in December 2009.