‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Huelgas opens SEAG preparations on a high note After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a great effort by the whole team,” said Gumabao who scored 12 points firing. “Our inspiration was coach Tai, because we are not sure if he’s coming back, this is for him.”Bundit had previously announced that he’s returning to his homeland to take care of his family, leaving a legacy that included two titles with, interestingly, the Ateneo Lady Eagles in the UAAP.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 ChrissAteneo has nothing to be ashamed off despite the straight sets defeat as it made heads turn in this commercial league. The Lady Eagles got this far by beating full-pledged club teams by displaying raw skill and strong character.Valdez, delighting her provincemates with her usual flair, was fittingly named the Most Valuable Player on top of copping the First Best Open Spiker award. 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? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Earlier, BanKo Perlas claimed third place after thumping PetroGazz, 25-18, 26-24, 25-21.Valdez wound up with 13 points, Sato finished with 10, while Morado had 39 excellent sets.Aside from serving as the pillar of the Cool Smashers’ superb campaign, Valdez topped the scoring list, producing 280 points, 231 coming off attacks.Her picture-perfect spikes also proved to be the most accurate, converting a 40.38 percent success rate. Valdez also topped the service department with 34 total aces.The national team stalwart also stood out defensively with an average 3.5 excellent digs per frame, the best among nonliberos.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Morado was Best Setter, her third such citation, while teammate Jem Galanza was Second Best Open Spiker.Motolite-Ateneo’s Maddie Madayag was First Best Middle Blocker, with the Second Best Middle Blocker going to BanKo’s Kat Bersola.Kat Tolentino of Motolite-Ateneo was adjudged Best Opposite Spiker, while Cienne Cruz of PetroGazz was Best Libero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cool Smashers celebrate a point. —TRISTAN TAMAYOPacking firepower on all fronts, Creamline on Saturday made short work of overachieving Motolite-Ateneo, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, to capture the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference title at Batangas City Coliseum.Alyssa Valdez, Michelle Gumabao and Risa Sato fed off the splendid playmaking of Jia Morado as the Cool Smashers drubbed the Lady Eagles to capture a second straight championship and give Thai coach Tai Bundit a warm send-off.ADVERTISEMENT
The four-day voluntary cleanup campaign embarked on by young people from the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in preparation for the inauguration on January 22 is quite welcoming. It is welcoming not only because the streets will be clean and attractive; but it also sets a positive impression about our young people who, by their own volition and willingness, have chosen to clean the filth that has engulfed the city. It also demonstrates their loyalty and sincerity to President-elect George M. Weah, who they staunchly supported to become President of Liberia.We highly commend these young people for this worthy initiative.Our Sanitation Correspondent, Edwin M. Fayiah, III reported yesterday that the volunteers geared up to clean the streets not because they want payment in return, but to give a facelift to the city as many guests are expected to come to Liberia for the inauguration. According to Reporter Fayiah, the young people divided themselves according to zones and districts to clean Monrovia in preparation for the January 22 inaugural ceremony.However, here is a big question: What plan is there to keep the city of Monrovia clean after the inauguration? Is it only done for that day and afterwards we return to our status quo of filthiness?This newspaper, the Daily Observer, raised concerns on many occasions about the poor sanitation system in Monrovia and its suburbs and the habitual act of people littering and dumping of wastes in drainages; yet the outgoing leadership, though they tried on many occasions to undertake cleanup campaigns, has never found a permanent solution to this grave problem.The adverse impacts of poor sanitation in Monrovia are evident; clinical cases revealing malaria, diarrhea, cholera and strange skin diseases are but a few. Not only the underscored diseases constitute consequences of poor sanitation; flood disasters that hit Monrovia on many occasions can always be traced to a poorly managed environment resulting from dirt dumped in drainages, causing them to be clogged.Apart from the mentioned consequences, there is another thing to consider. Poor sanitation brings about an unpleasant outlook of the environment, thereby diminishing the image of the country and its people.Entrances to Monrovia, including Red-Light, Duala, and parts of Sinkor and Old Road where there are stockpiles of garbage that residents are no doubt keeping dirty. Furthermore, the proliferation of mineral water in plastic sacs has increased littering to the extent that people drink water and drop the plastic in the street without regard for cleanliness.Even as these youth embark on the cleanup campaign, people continue to drop water plastics and other kinds of trash in areas that have been cleaned. This is done with an adaptable attitude that sanitation workers or the volunteers will come to clean the streets.With these challenges, it is our plea that the incoming administration of President George Weah will give serious attention to the national attitude to sanitation, in addition to other priorities.During the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released from its study of the environment that the affected countries were sanitary poor. At the CDC, doctors who lectured African journalists on tropical diseases emphasized that Polio, Diarrhea and Malaria were prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa because of the poorly managed environment.We are, therefore, calling on President Weah to appoint a serious-minded Health Minister with a strong mandate to prioritize sanitation by enforcing our health laws to the letter. There are laws prohibiting littering, building a house without toilet facilities, urination and defecation on our streets and beaches, among others.We see our beaches filled with feces and we inhale fetid odor from public urination on most street corners in Monrovia. Halting these disease-imposing activities requires strong laws and effective enforcement, and we hope President Weah will learn from the shortcomings of his predecessor to engage an effective Health Minister and city mayors who will take sanitation very seriously.We strongly believe that instituting measures to address the sanitation issues confronting Monrovia and other emerging cities can place our capital among Africa’s cleanest cities, which include Windhoek and Kigali. Yes, Liberia’s capital is not an exemplary city due to endemic corruption and destruction caused by war.The Daily Observer hopes and is confident that with a strong institution and law enforcement in this new government, Liberia can rise from its slumber to build a secure environment where citizens will prefer to be, rather than other countries where they will suffer untold humiliation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Parking meter burden…says it will continue business as usualDespite a missive from Government to put a hold on the parking meter project in the city, Smart City Solutions (SCS) has maintained that it would continue upholding its part of the legal agreement with the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), since it has not received any word from its partner in business.The entity was responding to reports in the media which stated that Cabinet had recommended the suspension of the controversial contract.“Smart City Solutions confirms that it has received neither instruction nor any official word in respect to taking any action to suspend the GeoPark project from the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown, which is the counterparty to Smart City Solutions in respect of the Georgetown Metered Parking Project contract,” the SCS said in a statement to the press on Wednesday.It noted that it would continue to operate and enforce the GeoPark project in accordance with its obligations under the Georgetown Metered Parking Project contract.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase GreenComing out of a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Government that evening recommended that the contract be suspended. There are also expectations that further consultations and a full review of the system and contract would be requested.Despite calls from large sections of society, Government has consistently said that it could not interfere as City Hall was autonomous – although that position changed in January when Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said that the State would intervene only if necessary.And even though amendments were made by Smart City Solutions, a visibly large proportion of the populace has rejected all but the scrapping of the contract.Just two weeks after the introduction of parking meters in Guyana, citizens had gathered to protest the move. The crowd had consisted of business owners, workers, members of civil society and parliamentarians.The Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM), a lobby group, was instrumental in organising the protests. The protests also came after Georgetown Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, who has been vociferous in his opposition to the project, staged a one-man protest outside Bishops’ High School, where a parking meter had been installed.The protesters had listed several concerns with the project. Feasibility, transparency and the cost for parking were some of the foremost concerns about the City Council’s new method of taxation.Meanwhile, the MAPM on Wednesday said it was very heartened by the recent recommendation of Government to suspend the parking meter contract. It said while it believed this was a good first step, it would continue its public call to revoke the contract and by-laws in their current forms.“MAPM would like to reiterate its position that we are not against a structured system for traffic regulation within the city, including measures to facilitate the orderly parking of vehicles and the need for the M&CC to increase their revenue base. However, the fact remains that this project is an imposition on the Guyanese people and did not benefit from a feasibility and social impact study and has breached Guyana’s procurement regulations.”The MAPM said too that the by-laws which Government signed into law were oppressive and infringed on the constitutional rights of every Guyanese and sought to usurp the work of the Guyana Police Force.“For these reasons, the MAPM will continue to reject this project in its entirety and will not accept any action less than a full revocation of the contract and the by-laws,” the group said.Since the MAPM started its organised protests, several political parties which form part of the coalition Government have since come out and condemned the project.This was done despite the very parties refusing to support the parliamentary Opposition when it brought a motion to debate the contentious project in the National Assembly.
…but less individual candidates, compared to 2016…1700 polling stations expected to be operational By Jarryl BryanWith 56 days to go before Local Government Elections (LGE), the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has received and approved a total of 62 symbols from groups and individuals contesting in the elections.GECOM has confirmed it is in receipt of symbols from seven political parties, an increase compared to the three from 2016 that contested. In an interview with Guyana Times, the Commission’s Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Warde explained that they also have symbols from voluntary groups and independents.“We have received seven from political parties, 21 from voluntary groups and 34 from individual candidates. However, one person withdrew. So we are now left with 61 symbols,” she explained.She also noted that the withdrawal came from an individual contestant, leaving 33 individual candidates in the race. Warde also revealed that approximately 1700 polling stations are operational for this year’s LGE; an increase compared to the 1562 that opened in 2016. In terms of staff, she acknowledged that more polling day workers are needed.“Hiring has not ideally happened as yet. As you know we are in the process of training polling day staff. Last week, in about 20 locations in Georgetown, 65 persons were being trained in each location.”“As of Saturday, we will be going on the West Bank in Region Three [Essequibo Islands-West Demerara] and we will be having training every weekend over the next few weeks. But the actual number we’re looking to recruit is just about 8000 persons for polling day,” she revealed.Voter turnoutBack in 2016, over 500,000 Guyanese were registered to vote at the LGE. However, substantially less than this number actually voted. The PRO was asked about projected voter turnout and what GECOM is doing to get more people involved in their civic duty.“We have been active in our civic and voter education,” she explained. “We have been utilising both print and electronic media to channel that information. You would notice that every week, in the past nine to 10 weeks, we have been publishing a weekly column in the daily newspapers.”“And the information is for preparing not just the electors but also the candidates. That very information has been translated into flyers and has been disseminated at the regional level. So there is information out there and as we get closer to elections we will be boosting up that campaign.”Warde explained that the initial focus of education would have been on the candidates. But she noted that once nominations day is completed and the lists are approved, the focus of GECOM’s education campaign will shift to the electors.“Information such as their eligibility to vote, how to vote, why they must vote, it is important that we do that and we will embark on (disseminating) that,” she further explained.Warde also noted that the issue of spoilt ballots is being looked at the level of the Commission. In fact, she stated that tips on how to reduce this problem is being incorporated into the training of staff.How it worksWith LGE expected on November 12, nomination day is set for September 21. At nomination day, any group, party or individual candidate that did not have their symbol approved will be barred from contesting.LGE will be held in all municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Guyana using a mixed electoral system of Proportional Representation (PR) and First Past the Post (FPTP).The PR electoral system is one in which parties’ gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them in a municipality or NDC. For someone to be elected under the Proportional Representation system, they must be on a party list or voluntary group list. Individuals cannot contest as the PR system.Meanwhile, the FPTP system is one in which an individual gains control by the number of cast for him or her. These candidates can come from a party, voluntary group or as an independent.Fifty per cent of Councillors for each municipality and NDC are elected through the Proportional Representation component, while the other half comes from FPTP component of the electoral system.Under the FPTP system, an individual candidate can contest for only one seat in a single constituency in which he or she is registered and resides. Candidates can only be nominated for one group for the PR and FPTP list.
1 Bournemouth have moved back to the top of the Championship after a comfortable 3-0 home win against promotion rivals Middlesbrough.Goals from Yann Kermorgant, Harry Arter and Brett Pitman secured the victory for Eddie Howe’s men as they sit top of the table before the three o’clock kick offs.Kermorgant opened the scoring in the 12th minute for the Cherries from the penalty spot. Callum Wilson was pulled back by Boro defender Tomas Kalas, leaving referee Anthony Taylor no choice but to point to the spot.Three minutes into the second half and it was two. Arter unleashed a left footed rocket from 25-yards out, scoring his seventh of the season.Middlesbrough finally found their feet in the second half but had a goal disallowed as Kike was offside.Seven minutes later and another penalty given. A controversial decision from Taylor who took his time in deciding that ‘Boro winger Albert Adomah had tripped Arter, Aitor Karanka’s men were left livid claiming the Bournemouth star had dived.However, the penalty was given and substitute Brett Pitman scored his 14th of the season and his sixth goal in just four games.Patrick Bamford went close for the away side in the closing stages, sending a free-kick just over the bar but the Cherries never looked like losing the game.Their fourth win in five games sends them to the top of the Championship before the three o’clock kick offs where a Watford win against Ipswich Town means the Hornets will leapfrog the south-coast side. Yann Kermorgant scores from the spot
Raheem Sterling 2 If you haven’t heard, Raheem Sterling has been in the news quite a bit this week. But for all the wrong reasons. The toys of Liverpool’s prize asset have been tossed out of his pram in spectacular fashion.Talk about airing your dirty laundry in public.Ideal contract negotiations take place in rooms, away from the public eye. They end amicably and swiftly. No club legends-turned pundits get insulted.Meanwhile, the 20-year-old’s contract talks – or lack of them – have been evaluated and analysed at length by every man and his dog, following his agent’s claim that the England international will not commit his future to the club for “even £900,000-a-week”.So, we seem to be at something of a stalemate, given that manager Brendan Rodgers has declared that he expects the youngster to see out the remainder of his contract at Anfield, which has two years left to run.However, although the furore surrounding Sterling has show no sign of abating, the Merseysiders still have the small matter of their final Premier League game of the season to attend to.Many fans will be keen for the contract rebel to be benched for the upcoming trip to Stoke City, but how will the side line up in his absence? Let’s not forget the the forward has been a pretty important figure for the Reds this season, who are still in the hunt for a Europa League place, or still trying to ensure they don’t qualify for Europe’s secondary club cup competition, depending on your personal viewpoint.With Daniel Sturridge injured and Mario Balotelli anonymous, Sterling’s void in the front line may well be filled by Rickie Lambert. The former England striker’s career at Anfield hasn’t been the fairytale ending that he had hoped for, but should be able to provide a physical presence to combat the Potters’ rearguard.Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard’s last appearance for his hometown club will arrive at the Britannia Stadium, in far less glamorous circumstances than his previously proposed Wembley finale, but the 34-year-old will be desperate to bow out with three points.The veteran hasn’t always been assured of a starting berth this term, but surely Rodgers won’t decide to snub his skipper on Sunday afternoon? talkSPORT expects Gerrard to be utilised in a deep-lying role, behind Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho.Adam Lallana has been tipped to line up on the left-hand side of the three pronged attack, while there could also a place for Jordon Ibe who, unlike Sterling, had no qualms about putting pen to paper earlier this week.The defence may be unchanged from the defeat to Crystal Palace, with Mamadou Sakho’s hamstring injury still troubling the Frenchman, with Dejan Lovren set to continue in his stead.Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could yet receive the Golden Glove award if he keeps a clean sheet, but Mark Hughes’ men are always keen to spoil someone else’s party.Only Henderson (36) has made more Premier League appearances than Sterling (35) this term, but a Liverpool side without the Jamaican-born forward within it could become a familiar sight, if he does indeed manage to engineer a move elsewhere this summer.Here is how Liverpool could line up without Raheem Sterling at Stoke… Do you think Sterling will start at Stoke? Comment below!
DONEGAL star Karl Lacey last night added another trophy to his cabinet – the Ulster GAA writers’ Player of the Year Award.And Jim McGuinness won Personality of the Year and Patrick McBrearty Young Achiever of the Year to complete a great hat-trick for the county.At a glittering ceremony in Bundoran, classy half-back Lacey was given a huge round of applause by locals and visitors alike as he picked up the main award. The 26-year-old Four Masters player had a superb season, helping Donegal to league promotion, the Ulster title and an all-Ireland semi-final.Unfortunately injury ruled him out of a Rules appearance Down Under.“It is an unexpected bonus and it is very welcome,” said Lacey at the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran.“We had a very good year under manager Jim McGuinness and we would hope we can do more in 2012. “There is already a lot of people looking forward to next year and seeing improvements.”Jim McGuinness collected the Personality of the Year accolade while teenage sensation Patrick McBrearty took delivery of the Young Achiever of the Year award.HAT-TRICK OF AWARDS FOR DONEGAL GAA STARS was last modified: November 19th, 2011 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)
NEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 31st 10.00am6.00pm Kathleen Mc Ginty – AnniversarySunday 1st 9.00am Eddie Ward – Anniversary11.30am Deceased Members of the Mc Groary and Bushe Families – AnniversaryMonday 2nd 9.30amTuesday 3rd 9.30am Anna JervisThursday 5th 7.30pm Holy Thursday – Mass of ThanksgivingFriday 6th 3.00pm Good Friday – Lords PassionSaturday 7th 9.00pm Holy SaturdaySunday 8th 9.00am Easter Sunday, Maggie Mc Mullin – Anniversary11.30am Joe Britton – AnniversaryMASSES DURING HOLY WEEKHOLY THURSDAY Mass – 7.30pmGOOD FRIDAY SERVICE – 3.00pmHOLY SATURDAY Easter Vigil Mass – 9.00pmEASTER SUNDAY Mass – 9.00am and 11.30am REMEMBER IN PRAYER – Colm Mc Cosker, Anniversary at this timeSICK AND HOUSEBOUND – Will be attended to on Monday 2nd AprilCONFESSIONS – St Patrick’s Church, Tuesday at 8.00pmEUCHARISTIC ADORATION – St. Patrick’s Church on Thursdays, from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome!St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 31st 6.30pm William Kerrigan – AnniversarySunday 1st 10.30am Mary Agnes Mc Menamin – AnniversaryThursday 5th 7.00pm Holy Thursday, Patsy Donlon – AnniversarySaturday 7th 9.00pm Holy Saturday, Anthony Mc Anaw – AnniversarySunday 8th 10.30am Easter Sunday, Anthony O’ Sullivan – AnniversaryMASSES DURING HOLY WEEKMonday and Wednesday – 10.00amHOLY THURSDAY Mass – 7.00pmGOOD FRIDAY SERVICE – 3.00pmHOLY SATURDAY Easter Vigil Mass – 9.00pmEASTER SUNDAY Mass – 10.30am RECENT DEATH – Fr Hugh Curristan – Funeral was on Friday in Clar.SICK AND AGED – Will be visited in their homes on Monday, 2nd April commencing at 10.30am.CONFESSIONS – St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Tuesday at 7.00pm.EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT -Tuesday from 3pm -7pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.ST JOHN BOSCOAn Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday 7th April, – starts at 12pm midday at the Drumcliff entrance to the Bank Walk – Refreshments available, A great afternoon’s fun for the kids and family – €5.00 per child or €15.00 per family.LEGHOWNEY HALLEaster Egg painting in the Hall on Saturday 7th April, 11.00am -1.00pm. All children welcome to come along and have some fun. Decorated eggs can be taken home.CARE OF THE OLDER PERSON COMMITTEEAre having a Social in Rowanfield House on Friday 13th April @ 8.00pm. Social being sponsored by the Committee. Music by Eamon Brogan, all are welcome.REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT OUTREACHThe Outreach Officer will be in attendance in The Family Resource Centre, Upper Main Street, Donegal Town on Thursday 5th April, from 11.00am to 1.00pm. No appointment necessary. Further enquiries to Helen or Mary 074 9128010.DONEGAL GARDEN G.N.O.M.E.SWe are a community garden group who grow fruit and vegetable organically. If you are interested in learning or sharing your skill, you are welcome to come along on Thursdays from 11.00am to 1.00pm, weekly at the rear of the Bluestack Foundation Building. The Glebe Donegal Town or Tel 074 97 40828. NB: (The local community bus provides transport at this time.) LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST PATRICK’S, DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: March 31st, 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:Donegal TownLOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST PATRICK’S
House prices in Donegal fell by two per cent in 2017, a report by property website Daft.ie says.Figures in the report show that the average asking price for a house in Donegal was €137,424 in the final three months of 2017. Donegal is the only county to show a drop in price.On average around the country, prices were up by almost 10 percent.“Driving that is Donegal’s relatively unique situation and the epicentre of Brexit,” said Ronan Lyons, the report’s author.“The closest urban area to Donegal is Derry, which could be on the other side of a border if Brexit goes the wrong way.”Mr Lyons says that the outlook for 2018 will be dependent on the Brexit talks. Brexit uncertainty sees Donegal house prices fall was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Corning >> The Cardinals took their first loss of the season Wednesday night when they faced the No. 11 Ripon Indians in the opening round of the Division IV CIF State Playoffs, 58-50, to finish the year 29-1.“Great season,” said coach Kurt Wilkins after the game. “There’s no other way to say it, great season.”Despite the early exit from the state playoffs, the No. 6 Cardinals won the NSCIF Division IV championship game Friday in convincing fashion, 54-34 over the Pierce Bears at Butte …