LATEST STORIES The Group G game in Sochi on Monday could be rather lopsided because Belgium, at least on paper, should be a contender for the title. The Red Devils have fallen short of expectations the last four years: Belgium lost in the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.Panama, meanwhile, has never beaten a European team in nine previous meetings.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 crownThe long odds have not tempered the excitement surrounding Panama’s journey to Russia, and the nation has proudly supported the team’s achievement in simply qualifying for the World Cup. The task Monday may be daunting, but memorable for an entire country.“History is going to be made for the first time when we listen to our national anthem at a World Cup,” Panama captain Roman Torres said. “Many people are going to cry. I think I’m going to be one of those people, too, because of the emotion and to feel the significance of listening to the national anthem at a World Cup.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Belgian players from left, Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Jan Vertonghen and Belgium’s Youri Tielemans pose in front of their aircraft prior to the team departure in Brussels, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The Belgian national team departs Wednesday for Russia to participate in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)MOSCOW — Panama earned its first ever World Cup berth and couldn’t wait to begin its adventure on soccer’s biggest stage.Then the team drew Belgium for its opening match.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belgium goes into the match with questions about its veteran lineup because of injuries to defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany.Vermaelen was ruled out against Panama by coach Roberto Martinez with a hamstring injury, and Kompany was expected to be a late decision because of a groin injury. He also could miss the game against Panama but return later in group play.The match is at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. EDT; 1500 GMT) at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spence keeps IBF title at home with quick knockout of Ocampo Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University made quick work of San Sebastian, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18, to gain solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.It was a collective effort for the undefeated Lady Tamaraws, who rolled to their third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ONE: Aoki waylays Wiratchai, Gracie triumphant in return fight Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sofia Sarmiento had seven points for the Lady Stags, who dropped to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments “I can see the progression of the team. I’ve been able to give my second six chances to play because my first six are able to control the game,” FEU coach George Pascua said in Filipino.“The performance of my team is steadily improving and I just hope that we maintain it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The win pulled FEU ahead of idle University of Santo Tomas in the standings. The Tigresses currently own a 2-0 mark.Heather Guino-o posted a game-high nine points while Celine Domingo and Jeanette Villareal added eight points apiece. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
Now comes the time to vote for your favorite DJ, the March 2016 Liberia Entertainment Awards is in process and nominations are out. Countless DJs ‘smashed’ it this past year and a vast number of DJ sets played and were heard all around the world. But here are two reasons why Georgio Chea Queah, commonly known as DJ Weego Zico, Fresh Boy Dot Com, might be voted for.You may be struck by one thought: almost every person on LEA’s ‘Best DJ’ list is huge! Point is, music is a big world, with a lot of DJs in it; and while there are five DJs being nominated for LEA, it’s only a slice of the vast and ever-growing community of Liberian artists.DJ Weego Zico, who likes being called Fresh Boy, is one of the originators of the slogan and now genre of music called Hip-Co. That’s a peak for him and one of the reasons why he’s one of Liberia’s most popular celebrity DJ.“HIP-CO was started by my late colleague, DJ Summertime, and I after we started the foundation LIB Records. First we called it colloqua, but realized there is a ‘Hip’ world in America, Ghana, Nigeria and all parts of the world and decided to start the revolution of Hip-Co music,” he said.Furthermore, Fresh Boy has been rolling with whatever life threw at him since 1990; and it’s surprising that it’s taken until 2016 for him to start climbing the “Best DJ” list – proof that his Hip-Co playlist and slogan has become as popular as ever.A second reason why Fresh Boy might hold the crown as this year’s most valuable DJ is the fact that he put his gun down when he had to, literally.During Liberia’s vicious civil war, when hundreds of thousands of people were injured, lost their lives and were displaced, Fresh Boy did what he had to do to survive; like most of the ‘child soldiers’ who took up arms to find food for their beloved relatives did.“Back then I was very much aggressive, because we the children were living the free life. You had to use the guns to survive and I did that because I was a minor and innocent. I know that holding guns was not a good thing. Today I can admit that I was a child solider and fought for CharlesTaylor in Tubmanburg and controlled there along with Grand Cape Mount County; but that’s not me, I only did it ‘cause I was forced to,” he admitted.While the war ended with a truce years after he took up arms, Fresh Boy and crew started a project called “Lay down your guns and go to school” and eventually went from holding guns to being one of the most loved DJs, music promoter and advocates. “I went through the National Readjustment Commission, Amos Sawyer was the interim president then, and was counseled for 100 days after the war was over. There is no way in the world I can ever go back to those days because I am a man with the mind of a man who has feelings. I wouldn’t hurt a fly in this day and age,” he addedFor him, being loved by so many people today is a blessing, and instead of using violence or allowing himself to be manipulated into hurting others or himself, he advocates against violence and what it can result to.“Violence did nothing for me. At the end I have become an important role model for so many youths, and I didn’t have to hold a gun to get this love. For free, I will tell you I’ve changed; I feel proud to say it,” he jubilated.Meanwhile, it has been an impressive year for the DJ who’s holding his crown. Being a Liberian DJ is clearly his priority, and he does it so well. Supporting Liberian artists all over the world, Fresh Boy has closed the bridge between the way international and local Liberian artists work together, and should take credit for building that bridge-way.Voting ends in March. Cast your vote now and partake in history. http://liberianentertainmentawards.com/Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
During the October 10 elections, nursing mothers were ushered to the front of the line, to vote.Especially the preference given to nursing mothers, elderly and the disabledDuring the October 10 Presidential and Legislative voting process, mainly in Polling Centers across Bushrod Island, the lines were long; people would stand in them for hours on end, only to realize they were at the wrong lines.Through it all, one thing was observed that didn’t get missed by international observers which was the fact that no one complained of the elders, ‘baby ma’s’ or those with disabilities being marginalized on election day. This was because they were accommodated and ushered to the front of the lines by other voters, in their attempt to help them.William Sweeney, President and CEO, IFES (Photo: Greg Whitesell)“The respect Liberians showed for each other while standing in lines for a long time is a statement on how people treated each other,” stated President and CEO of International Foundation for Electoral Systems, (IFES) Bill Sweeney.During the 2011 elections, there were many nursing mothers who turned out to vote. However, they had to stand in line with their babies and, the moment the child cried for breast or to sit down, the mother would leave the line and go tend to the child. Observers noticed this and made sure to tell polling centers to be more accommodating this time around.According to Mr. Sweeney, Liberians responded differently to standing in line as there was no shouting by people who waited for hours.“I’ll tell you something, in the Kenyan election, when you see a woman with a little baby going inside, they would put a little ink on the ear lobe of the baby to make sure that the same baby was not brought back in by a different woman who didn’t want to stand in line. During the October 10th voting process, I didn’t see that in Liberia,” he added.Founded in 1987 in Washington DC, IFES is an international, non-profit organization that provides assistance and support for elections in new and emerging democracies. Since 1987 IFES has provided assistance in 145 countries and it currently has programs in over 30 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa and the Americas.IFES is supervised by a board of directors made up of equal parts of Democrats, Republicans, and members of the international community. Sweeney replaced Jean-Pierre Kingsley in 2009, who was the founder.Meanwhile, Sweeney said the peacefulness of the Liberian electoral process thus far is due to the fact that Liberia remembers the pain and agony it faced during the 14 years of civil war.“Liberians know the true cost of war and know the cost of the absence of peace. They also know how long it scars their communities, their families, their generations and their governments. Now is the time to continue to say yes to peace. We saw it on October 10, it’s a terrific song; I’m glad you’re playing it and continue to play it. Continue to say yes to peace, that’s what this is about, God bless Liberia,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Region 1 outbreak…testing still ongoing, hospital awaiting results to determine illnessOne week has passed since at least eight Chinese mining workers were air-dashed to the capital from Matthew’s Ridge, Region One, for emergency treatment and some of these men are yet to be diagnosed.The quarantined area at the GPHC where the sick GMI workers are being treatedWhile at least three of the men were said to have contracted leptospirosis with the deadly disease claiming the lives of two of them, it is unclear at this point as to what illness/illnesses the other men may have contracted.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud told Guyana Times on Friday that investigations into the matter are ongoing and the Public Health Ministry along with international health organisations are still conducting further laboratory testing to determine what the men are suffering from.“We are waiting for the results. We don’t know what they have and we also don’t know how long it will take for the results to get back to us. But as soon as the results come they will be disclosed,” he stated.Meanwhile, the health officials in Region One are tight-lipped about the conditions and treatment of other patients who may have either contracted leptospirosis or be exhibiting symptoms similar to those men who are yet to be diagnosed.Several others who were brought out from the manganese operation site, Guyana Manganese Incorporated (GMI), at Matthew’s Ridge remain patients at that medical institution.On Thursday, the Public Health Ministry in a statement pointed out that the second miner who passed due to his illness died from complications associated with leptospirosis on Wednesday night while undergoing treatment at the GPHC.Another mining employee, who also tested positive for leptospirosis, is in “critical but stable condition,” an internal medicine specialist at the tertiary institution confirmed on Thursday.Dr Persaud, in the statement, highlighted that while two of those patients were successfully treated and discharged from GPHC, Regional Health Officer, Dr Ramjas has updated the MoPH that another Guyana Manganese Incorporated employee has been admitted at the Pakera Hospital and is undergoing treatment for a respiratory tract infection. This patient is said to be in a stable condition.Dr Persaud reiterated that all precautionary measures are still in place at the Matthews Ridge tunnel site and its immediate surroundings and he said essential medical supplies are in stock to treat employees of the mining firm and residents of the area.
Dicaire says the desire to get into coaching really came by accident after working with peewee players in the offseason.“I was helping out with the peewee tryouts in town, and I don’t know, after being on the ice and helping with the tryouts, I realized maybe I’ll coach this year,” he explains. “I knew the Flyers were still looking for a coach because I talked to Paul [van Nostrand] the day before, and after the tryouts I approached him, and asked if they were still looking for a coach, and then sat down with him and Lee [Hartman] and figured it was a good fit.”He says he wants to stress commitment to the team with this year’s roster, and hopes to have them well prepared each time they hit the ice.- Advertisement -“My biggest issue is going to be the commitment level of the players. When we were AAA, we always brought guys in, and you’d have five to seven guys show up to practice,” Dicaire admits. “We only practiced one day a week, so this year I’m going to hold guys to a lot higher standard of being committed to the team and showing up to practice so we can all be on the same page for when we do have our games. Ultimately our goal is to win the North Peace Hockey League.”The appeal of tackling a new venture was one of the reasons Dicaire took the job, and he looks forward to passing on his experience to the team.“I’m looking forward to a new challenge. I don’t have a whole pile of coaching experience, but I’ve got a wealth of knowledge from the game from when I played,” he says. “Being able to teach old dogs new tricks, I mean these guys have been playing for years, and I’ve kind of sat idly by and not pushing too many buttons, but now I’m on the different side of things, and looking forward to teaching these guys and go from there.”Advertisement Dicare doesn’t anticipate any awkwardness in the locker room in his new position, even though he was on the active roster as recently as last season, and took the time to consult a couple of fellow Flyers before taking on the gig.“I think there’s a level of respect between all of us guys. I talked to a few of the guys before I talked to Paul, seeing what they thought about me stepping in to be the coach,” he admits. “I think guys are looking forward to it, the guys I talked to. I don’t think it’ll be that much of a step to earn their respect and do things the way I want to do them.”The Senior Flyers, along with their new bench boss, will get the wheels moving on the season shortly as training camp for the club opens on October 9.
13 Squad numbers have become a huge part of the game since their introduction.It’s important so we can identify players from the stands and the press box, though things have moved on a lot since the days of seeing just 1-11 on the pitch.Now numbers hold sentimental value to some – or just suit their position – but sometimes players can’t get what they want on the back of their shirt.So when the digits they desire become available, they are likely to change them as soon as possible – and that’s what has happened across the Premier League this summer.But which stars have swapped numbers ahead of the new season? Click the arrow above, right, to find out… 14. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) has swapped from number 35 to number 14 13 13 13 24. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United) has swapped from number 51 to number 24 13 7. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) has swapped from number 17 to number 7 13 13 10. Charlie Austin (Southampton) has swapped from number 28 to number 10 13 13 13 13 10. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) has swapped from number 28 to number 10 3. Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) has swapped from number 17 to number 3 13 8. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) has swapped from number 16 to number 8 19. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) has swapped from number 39 to number 19 11. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) has swapped from number 9 to number 11 17. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) has swapped from number 45 to number 17 1. Fraser Forster (Southampton) has swapped from number 44 to number 1 – for more players who have swapped their digits for the 2016/17 season, in squad number order, click the arrow above, right 8. Ross Barkley (Everton) has swapped from 20 to number 8 13 7. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) has swapped from number 19 to number 7
Details of a major rebuilding plan for Letterkenny General Hospital will be unveiled tomorrow.The hospital during the flooding. Copyright Donegal Daily.Up to 70% of the hospital footprint was covered in water when the Co Donegal hospital was flooded in July following torrential rain.Details of the major rebuilding plan will be revealed by the hospital’s general manager Sean Murphy. It is believed the rebuild and recovery plan could cost in the region of €20 million.A team of civil engineers have been appointed to carry out an investigation into how the flooding happened.The engineers’ investigation is understood to centre around a culvert close to the hospital which is understood to have overflowed during the torrential downpour.At the height of the flooding disaster, a team of 500 volunteers rushed to the hospital to help with the clean-up. The recently-opened Accident and Emergency Department, which cost €22 million, was seriously damaged and forced to close.Patients were redirected to both Sligo General Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for a number of weeks.A new temporary A&E has since opened to walk-in patients.Hospital manager Sean Murphy will unveil the rebuild plans to the public meeting tomorrow in the Mount Errigal Hotel. DETAILS OF HOSPITAL REBUILD TO BE UNVEILED TOMORROW was last modified: September 16th, 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:Letterkenny General Hospitalmanager Sean Murphyrebuild