Madayag wants to set example for young stars

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Maddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGraduating player Maddie Madayag knows the importance of playing at her best every time Motolite-Ateneo is on the court.“I know that what the young players see in us would create an impression on them,” said Madayag. “So I have to always be at my best. When I realized I’m not up to speed, I would knock myself back on and wake myself up.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Madayag and another team leader, Bea de Leon, have provided the much needed veteran push for Motolite-Ateneo which has strung up three straight wins in the Premier Volleyball League.The economics senior said their steady play will help establish a culture for a team that also parades promising rookies like Jaja Maraguinot and Vanie Gandler.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 ChrissMeanwhile, winless teams Akari-Adamson and Iriga-Navy, both toting 0-6 cards, collide at 4 p.m. on Saturday, while struggling Pocari-Air Force battles Tacloban at 6 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Arena.center_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Para heroes vow to bring honor for country Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Overseas-based Guyanese donates to Salem Congregational Church

first_imgPhillip Daniels, an overseas-based Guyanese who has definitely not forgotten his roots, has made a significant donation to the Salem Congregational Church, located at the corner of Hadfield and Chapel Streets in Lodge, Georgetown.The donation is intended to be used for maintenance of the building.The donation was on Saturday handed over to two Deacons of the Church, Oswald and Campton Savory, by Margaret Koulen-Stewart on behalf of Phillip Daniels.The financial donation was welcomed by the leaders of the church, who thanked the donor and added that it would go a long way in addressing several remedial works that have to be done on the building.Koulen-Stewart related that Daniels, who recently visited the country, felt a burning desire to give back to his community; and as such, made the timely donation.She added that he has been making donations to other groups, but it is the first time he has made a donation to the church; and he would like to make this an annually initiative.last_img read more

Blair sets date to quit as he defends record

first_imgLONDON – He announced the end with much the same flourish as, 10 years ago, he initiated a decade in power that became known as his era. By turns pensive, boastful and humble, Tony Blair made a final pitch to his followers on Thursday to accept that, whatever else, he did what he thought was right. Traveling in presidential style by executive jet and motorcade to his northern constituency, Blair announced after months of speculation that he will leave office on June 27. The date will bookmark a decade in which he sacrificed his popularity to the war in Iraq and struggled at home to improve schools, policing and hospitals. Yet he and his allies seemed to suggest Thursday that for all the missteps, he changed something in his nation’s debate and its mood, and, with it, Britain’s place in the world. “This is a country today that for all its faults, for all the myriad of unresolved problems and fresh challenges, is comfortable in the 21st century – at home in its own skin, able not just to be proud of its past but confident of its future,” he said. As the site for his announcement, Blair chose a packed meeting room in the Labour Party club in the village of Trimdon, part of his Sedgefield parliamentary constituency in the northeast – the symbolic font of his political legitimacy where he was first elected as a lawmaker in 1983. And just as when he rose to power in 1997, buoyed by a landslide election victory that ended Labour’s 18 years in opposition, with evangelical zeal he asked his followers to believe in him. “Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right,” he said. “I may have been wrong. That’s your call. But believe one thing: I did what I thought was right for our country.” “This is the greatest nation on earth,” he concluded. “It has been an honor to serve it. I give my thanks to you, the British people, for the times I have succeeded, and my apologies to you for the times I have fallen short.” The announcement was the start of a choreographed farewell that the Conservative leader, David Cameron, has mocked as “the government of the living dead.” Between now and his departure, Blair plans to attend European Union and international summit meetings in June. According to British news media reports, he has also scheduled trips to France, Africa and the United States, and will seek to press laws through Parliament before handing power over to a successor – almost certainly Gordon Brown, the chancellor of the Exchequer. “He’s a showman,” a columnist, Jonathan Freedland, said in a blog. “And every showman loves a big finish.” Blair struck more statesmanlike tones. “Today I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour Party,” he said. “The party will now select a new leader. On the 27th of June, I will tender my resignation from the post of prime minister to the queen. I have been prime minister of this country for just over 10 years. In this job, in the world today, I think that is long enough for me, but more especially for the country.” His wife Cherie Booth, the source of much controversy during the Blair era, was in the audience as he spoke, and he paid tribute to her. He did not directly endorse Brown as his successor, but he lauded a government run by both men. “There is only one government since 1945 that can say all of the following: more jobs, fewer unemployed, better health and education results, lower crime and economic growth in every quarter,” he said. “This one.” But his convictions led Blair to order British troops into action in Africa, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. He supported Israel’s war against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon last year. He made no secret of his belief in military power, as he once put it, to reorder the world. Blair spoke, too, of perhaps the most decisive moment of his decade in office – his response to the terrorist attacks in the United States and the subsequent actions he took as an ally of the United States, which sent his ratings plummeting and embroiled his country in unpopular warfare. “Removing Saddam and his sons from power, as with removing the Taliban, was over with relative ease,” he said. “But the blowback since, from global terrorism and those elements that support it, has been fierce and unrelenting and costly. For many, it simply isn’t and can’t be worth it. “For me, I think we must see it through,” he continued. “They, the terrorists, who threaten us here and ’round the world, will never give up if we give up. It is a test of will and of belief. And we can’t fail it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fort St. John North Peace Museum to hold a grand reopening after renovations

first_imgShe also says those who participate in the grand opening guided tours can expect to see a number of exhibit changes, including a new one. “for example Finch’s store is much larger and you will be able to walk into it now.  The one (exhibit) we have added, is we have a doctors office between our dentist office and our outpost hospital now, both of which have been relocated.  So they look quite different.Sjoblom goes onto say they have rearranged a number of the exhibits. “We have rearranged the order of our exhibits in the museum.  You start with the Dinosaurs, then you to the Charlie Lake Caves, through the fur trade and then you go into homesteading with the and wagon people traveling up here to then Finch’s store.”- Advertisement -Sjoblom says they will be adding another exhibit, with a somewhat bizarre history, that’s expected to be added shortly, thanks to the Fort St. John Country Quilters Guild.  It’s a quilt commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Highway that was stolen when on display at the North Peace Cultural Centre.  The quilt was found at a thrift store in southern B.C. and returned to the Fort St. John Country Quilters Guild.  That organization will now be donating the quilt to the North Peace Museum.The Grand Opening on May 29th is free, open to the public and scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Peninsula charges into title contention

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That’s when Peninsula said, “Don’t forget about us.” The Panthers jumped on Palos Verdes early and held on late for a key 7-6 victory at Palos Verdes High. It marked the first time this group of Peninsula players has beaten Palos Verdes. “It’s long overdue,” Peninsula coach Albert Garcia said. “We’re trying to build something at Peninsula.” The win puts Peninsula (11-5, 3-1) in the league title hunt. The Panthers host Mira Costa on Thursday. “It puts us right back up there,” Garcia said. “Mira Costa is the team to beat, they are the defending league and CIF champions. But if we can come out with a big effort, we’ll see.” BOYS WATER POLO: Panthers able to vault into race for the Bay League crown. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER It looked like the Bay League title race would come down to Mira Costa and Palos Verdes, until Tuesday, that is. Peninsula came out big early against Palos Verdes (11-5, 2-2), taking a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and a 6-2 lead at halftime. Peninsula’s David Skophammer, a dangerous left-handed shooter, scored a game-high four goals, all in the first half. Skophammer concluded the scoring in the second quarter with a goal off a pass from Scott Breitenstein. He then scored again with two seconds left in the half. “He’s our horse,” Garcia said. “He’s in there the whole game. When we need a goal, we look for him. He’s our big guy. It’s no secret. He’s left-handed, fast and strong. When you put that all together, along with his smarts, he’s tough to stop.” After Ryan Cole scored with 4:37 left in the third quarter to give Peninsula a 7-2 lead, Palos Verdes went on a 4-0 run to close the game. Mike Katzer, Tim Baumann, Riley Burke and Halac all scored during the burst. Halac’s goal came with 4:20 left in the game, but Peninsula held off Palos Verdes the rest of the way. “Peninsula wanted it more, you could tell by the way they warmed up,” Palos Verdes coach Chris Murin said. “And the way they played in the first quarter dictated the game.” Palos Verdes is ranked fifth in CIF Southern Section Division IV, with Peninsula at No. 10, but the Panthers came out with more fire, which proved to be the difference. “We haven’t beaten them in like four years. We were just ready to play,” Skophammer said. “We were pumped up and beat them in their own pool.” Kyle Corcoran made 13 saves for Peninsula, including one on a penalty shot by Burke with 2:32 left in the third quarter. “That was the turning point, when Kyle made that penalty block,” Garcia said. dave.thorpe@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The suitcase nuke may get more attention than it deserves

first_img“The strength of such a weapon would be in the range of the bombs used during World War II. The nature of the effects would be the same as a weapon delivered by an intercontinental missile, but the area and severity of the effects would be significantly more limited,” the paper says. During the 1960s, intelligence agencies received reports from defectors that Soviet military intelligence officers were carrying portable nuclear devices in suitcases. The threat was too scary to stay secret, government officials said, and word leaked out. The genie was never put back in the bottle. But current and former government officials who have not spoken out publicly on the subject acknowledge that no U.S. officials have seen a Soviet-made suitcase nuke. The idea of portable nuclear devices was not a new one. In the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. made the first ones, known as the Special Atomic Demolition Munition. It was a “backpack nuke” that could be used to blow up dams, tunnels or bridges. While one person could lug it on his back, it had to be placed by a two-man team. These devices never were used and now exist – minus their explosive components – only in a museum. Following the U.S. lead, the Soviets are believed to have made similar nuclear devices. Suitcase nukes have been a separate problem. They attracted considerable public attention in 1997, thanks to a “60 Minutes” interview and other public statements from retired Gen. Alexander Lebed, once Russia’s national security chief. Lebed said the separatist government in Chechnya had portable nuclear devices, which led him to create a commission to get to the bottom of the Chechen arsenal, according to a Center for Nonproliferation Studies report. He said that when he ran the security service, the commission could find only 48 of 132 devices. The numbers varied as he changed his story several times – sometimes he stated that 100 or more were missing. The Russians denied he was ever accurate. Even more details emerged in the summer of 1998, when former Russian military intelligence officer Stanislav Lunev – a defector in the U.S. witness protection program – wrote in his book that Russian agents were hiding suitcase nukes around the U.S. for use in a possible future conflict. “I had very clear instructions: These dead-drop positions would need to be for all types of weapons, including nuclear weapons,” Lunev reportedly testified during a congressional hearing in California in 2000. Naysayers noted that he was never able to pinpoint any specific location. In a 2004 interview with the Kremlin’s Federal News Service, Colonel-General Viktor Yesin, former head of the Russian strategic rocket troops, said he believes that Lebed’s commission may have been misled by mock-ups of special mines used during training. Yesin believed that a true suitcase nuke would be too expensive for most countries to produce and would not last more than several months because the nuclear core would decompose so quickly. “Nobody at the present stage seeks to develop such devices,” he asserted. Some members of Congress remained convinced that the suitcase nuke problem persists. Perhaps chief among these lawmakers was Curt Weldon, a GOP representative from Pennsylvania who lost his seat in 2006. Weldon was known for carrying around a mock-up of a suitcase nuke made with a briefcase, foil and a pipe. But it was nowhere near the weight of an actual atomic device. Weapons of mass destruction expert Majidi joined the FBI after leading Los Alamos National Laboratory’s prestigious chemistry division. He uses science to make the case that suitcase nukes are not a top concern. First, he defines what a Hollywood-esque suitcase nuke would look like: a case about 24 inches by 10 inches by 12 inches, weighing less than 50 pounds, that one person could carry. It would contain a device that could cause a devastating blast. Nuclear devices are either plutonium, which comes from reprocessing the nuclear material from reactors, or uranium, which comes from gradually enriching that naturally found element. Majidi says it would take about 22 pounds of plutonium or 130 pounds of uranium to create a nuclear detonation. Both would require explosives to set off the blast, but significantly more for the uranium. Although uranium is considered easier for terrorists to obtain, it would be too heavy for one person to lug around in a suitcase. Plutonium, he notes, would require the cooperation of a state with a plutonium reprocessing program. It seems highly unlikely that a country would knowingly cooperate with terrorists because the device would bear the chemical fingerprints of that government. “I don’t think any nation is willing to participate in this type of activity,” Majidi said. That means the fissile material probably would have to be stolen. “It is very difficult for that much material to walk away,” he added. There is one more wrinkle: Nuclear devices require a lot of maintenance because the material that makes them so deadly also can wreak havoc on their electrical systems. “The more compact the devices are – guess what? – the more frequently they need to be maintained. Everything is compactly designed around that radiation source, which damages everything over a period of time,” Majidi said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Majidi and other government officials say the real threat is from a terrorist who does not care about the size of his nuclear detonation and is willing to improvise, using a less deadly and sophisticated device assembled from stolen or black-market nuclear material. Yet Hollywood has seized on the threat. For example, the Fox thriller “24” devoted its entire last season to Jack Bauer’s hunt for suitcase nukes in Los Angeles. Government officials have played up the threat, too. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., once said at a hearing that he thought the least likely threat was from an intercontinental ballistic missile. “Perhaps the most likely threat is from a suitcase nuclear weapon in a rusty car on a dock in New York City,” he said. In a FEMA guide on terrorist disasters that is posted in part on the White House’s Web site, the agency warns that terrorists’ use of a nuclear weapon would “probably be limited to a single smaller `suitcase’ weapon.” WASHINGTON – Members of Congress have warned about the dangers of suitcase nuclear weapons. Hollywood has made television shows and movies about them. Even the Federal Emergency Management Agency has alerted Americans to a threat – information the White House includes on its Web site. But government experts and intelligence officials say such a threat gets vastly more attention than it deserves. These officials said a true suitcase nuke would be highly complex to produce, require significant upkeep and cost a small fortune. Counterproliferation authorities do not completely rule out the possibility that these portable devices once existed. But they do not think the threat remains. “The suitcase nuke is an exciting topic that really lends itself to movies,” said Vahid Majidi, the assistant director of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. “No one has been able to truly identify the existence of these devices.” last_img

DONEGAL PUBLIC TO GET A FREE MEDICAL ONCE-OVER!

first_imgThe Ballyshannon/Bundoran Primary Care Team in collaboration with the Ballyshannon/Bundoran Community Health Forum and in conjunction with the Donegal Local Development Company are hosting a Health Screening Event.The event takes place on Sunday, August, 17th from 12 – 4pm at the Ballyshannon Agricultural show, on the Donegal Road, Ballyshannon.The event is funded by a National Lottery grant acquired by the Local Community Health Forum and is supported by the Donegal Local Development Company. The screening will measure for· High Blood Pressure· Obesity / Overweight· High blood sugars for Diabetes The screening will be undertaken by local HSE Professionals including public health nurses and a community dietician and will only take a few minutes of your time.Immediate results will be available and the screening is FREE of charge.Research has shown that men in particular are less likely to attend their GP for regular check ups. This event is encouraging both men and women to avail of this opportunistic screening free of charge.Early identification of risk factors for chronic disease can allow for appropriate lifestyle changes and medical management. Early identification can also result in delayed progression of number of diseases including diabetes and in some cases stroke and heart disease.A spokesperson for the group states ‘that by giving individuals specific information about the health risks that affect them personally, you give them a powerful incentive to take positive action – either to seek treatment or to make changes in the way they live’. This Sunday will give you the chance to take a positive step towards managing your health. DONEGAL PUBLIC TO GET A FREE MEDICAL ONCE-OVER! was last modified: August 11th, 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:Ballyshannon Agricultural Showdonegalhealth checklast_img read more

Geoffrey Wasswa scores late to send Viper top of the league

first_imgViper have won 18 points so far (photo by Vipers media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC 2-1 Paidah Black AngelsSt. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende Friday, 24-11-2018KITENDE – Geoffrey Wasswa scored an additional time winner as Vipers defeated Paidah Black Angels 2-1 at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday.On a day the Vipers wasted multiple goal scoring opportunities, they took the lead early in the second half via a Tito Okello penalty but Paidah replied instantly through Captain Cromwel Rwothomio.How the action did unfold:Vipers pressed from the on set but had to wait until the 9th minute for their first chance of the game when Tito Okello shot wide a Abraham Ndugwa cut-back.Moments later, Tito was at it again, this time heading Brian Kalumba’s well weighted cross, straight at John Kalumba in Paidah’s goal.Vipers kept on the front foot and thought they had taken the lead on 14 minutes but Joseph Janjali put the ball wide after beating Kalumba from just out side the area.Three minutes later, Geoffrey Wasswa curled a free kick goal wards but was tipped over for a corner by Kalumba.At the other end, Paidah saw their first opportunity via a free kick which was shot straight at Bashir Sekajka in the Venoms’goal.Tito who had been guilty of missing several chances in the early exchanges got another opportunity to give his side the lead but again failed as he headed Aggrey Madoi’s cross straight at Kalumba.The trend of wasting chances by the home side continued with 9 minutes of the first half to play with Wasswa the guilty party as he headed over Duncan Sseninde’s free-kick.On 44 minutes, Vipers saw a strong appeal for penalty waved away by referee Brain Nsubuga. Paidah was caught on the break and as Sseninde prepared to shoot, he was pulled back by Francis Otim but Nsubuga played on.Despite conceding a host of chances, Paidah held on to go into half time at 0-0.Like in the first half, Vipers started the second wasting chances and it was Tito again who blazed over a loose ball in Paidah’s area on 49 minutes.At the other end, Paidah who looked dangerous on the break saw striker Jackson Nsubuga fail to pounce on lazy marking by the Venoms, shooting straight at Sekajja.A minute to the hour mark, Vipers were awarded a penalty after Ndugwa was bandled over in the area. Tito who had missed a host of chances stepped up and slotted in from six yards to put the Venoms in the lead.In an attempt to see out the victory, Noah Wafula was introduce in place of Kalumba moments later.Paidah also made their first substitution, bringing on Patrick Arua in place of the ineffective Nsubuga.Janjali had a glorious opportunity to make it 2-0 for Javier Espinosa’s side but shot wide while unmarked in the area.Arua was in the thick of proceedings immediately, playing a long ball which was not dealt with by the Vipers’ backline and Rwothomio pounced, volleying in the equalizer which left Sekajja rooted at the spot.In response, Vipers made a second substitution, sending on Brian Nkubi to replace Ndugwa.With 10 minutes to play and still searching for the winner, Venoms’ top scorer Dan Sserunkuma came on for Janjali. Three minutes later, Sserunkuma could not add to his four already scored goals as he blazed over Sseninde’s well weight pass inside the area.As Paidah tried to see out the result, Floribert Pithua was brought on to replace the tired looking Charlie Adam.However, the day would belong to Vipers as they scored the winner in the second minute of the four added on. The day’s Captain Wasswa pounced onto a loose ball out side the area, drove through the Paidah defence and shot past Kalumba at the near post to send the home fans into a frenzy.The victory elevates Vipers onto top of the league with 18 points out of a possible 24.For Paidah, they now slip bottom of the log with only four points so far.The StarTimes Uganda Premier League continues on Saturday with unbeaten URA FC hosting Police at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.Comments Tags: paidah black angelsStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers sclast_img read more

Funding announced for three local summer festivals

first_imgFunding of €5,200 has been allocated to three summer events taking place in Donegal this summer, it was announced today.Cumann Staire & Seanchais na nOileáin, the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School – Migration and Plantation; and the Donegal Town Summer Festival have been granted support from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.The funding scheme supports Small Scale Local Festivals and Summer Schools which may not be eligible for the same funding that is granted to larger scale events. The allocations are as follows:€2,200 for the Cumann Staire & Seanchais na nOileáin – a celebration of Gola Island€2,000 for the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School – Migration and Plantation€1,000 for Donegal Town Summer FestivalMinister Joe McHugh welcomed the funding as “great news for the organisers of these local events in Donegal.”“These Government investments in local events are brilliant for helping to build a sense of community and attract new visitors to the areas.”Minister McHugh added: “These festivals and events are vital in showing off what makes each place unique and special and builds a sense of community spirit. “I wish the organisers of all the events every success and hope to see many people coming to the county.”Funding announced for three local summer festivals was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:eventsFESTIVALSfundingsummer schoolslast_img read more

H-DNL soccer: MVPs, All-League selections announced

first_imgThe Humboldt-Del Norte League released its 2019 All-Conference and most valuable player (MVP) selections on Tuesday.On the boys side, Del Norte High’s Jared Castro earned MVP honors for his work with the 7-4-2 Warriors. Del Norte’s goalie Scott Peters earned the league’s most valuable goal-keeper honors.The two led the Warriors to their second-straight postseason berth which came to an early end with a first-round North Coast Section Division 1 loss to McKinleyville.For the girls, Eureka’s …last_img