NOCAL Contributes US$150,000 to Ebola Fund

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has contributed US$150,000 to the Ebola Trust Fund to assist government in its effort to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.Making the presentation Thursday, Sept 4, at the company’s head office in Monrovia, the president and Chief Executive Officer of NOCAL, Dr. Randolph AKW McClain, said the donation was intended to support government’s initiatives to curb the spread of the virus.Dr. McClain spoke of the immeasurable human toll of the virus on families, its crippling effect on the economy and the additional burden on government’s efforts to provide the basic needed services for its people.The NOCAL president, on behalf of the company’s Board of Directors, management and staff, extended sympathy to families, who have lost loved ones to the virus and thanked health workers and other individuals and institutions for contributing to the effort to fight the Ebola epidemic.He urged citizens and other residents to play their part by contributing as well and adhering to the measures put in place by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and the National Ebola Task Force to help stop the spread of Ebola and save more lives, adding, “this fight will only succeed if we all join hands and work together to contain Ebola.”In response, the Deputy Minister of Finance for Fiscal Affairs, Dr. James F. Kollie, on behalf of the Minister of Finance, thanked the NOCAL family for the gesture, which he said represented the single largest contribution by any public or private local entity. He assured NOCAL that the funds would be used exclusively towards the fight against Ebola.Dr. Kollie said while government is seeking more funding and contributions are being made, each citizen and resident must take personal responsibility to ensure that the transmission of the virus is broken and brought under control.The September 4th contribution represents the latest significant contribution NOCAL has made towards the national effort to contain the spread of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.  Last week, NOCAL presented Personal Protective Equipment to the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, valued at more than US $84,000.00 (eighty-four thousand dollars). The company also presented several materials to a local Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Feed the Future’ in its effort to support the fight against Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ox Game rumbles into Industry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDUSTRY – Eight men on horseback created a mosh pit of man and beast Saturday as several hundred people watched them compete for a 50-pound bag that closely resembled a burlap sack of potatoes. This was the scene at the Ox Game at the Industry Hills Expo Center in Industry, where the sport was played for the first time in the San Gabriel Valley. The L.A. Range Riders defeated Rough Stock 26-16. Wesley Devol, 74, of Encinitas brought members of his family the nearly 100-mile distance because they had heard so much about it. “It’s an interesting thing to watch,” said Devol, who is an experienced horseback rider. “I’ve been on a horse before but not like this. I don’t think I could now. I don’t think I could have years ago.” The object of the game is for oxboys – or horse riders – to pick up the ox bag from the center of the equestrian turf, carry it to one end of the arena and maneuver around a flag, worth one point, then travel to the opposite side of the playing field and drop it into a circle for a two-point touchdown. The game has four 12-minute quarters, with breaks between each quarter. During those breaks, with steam rising collectively from their horses like a row of automobiles with ruptured radiator hoses, the oxboys dust themselves off, retrieve their fallen baseball caps, readjust the tack on their steeds and ready for the next round. Jesse Gustelam, captain of the L.A. Range Riders who was named most valuable player of Saturday’s match, said he had never played anything like Ox Game before. “A lot of heart and a lot of power (are important). And not to be afraid,” he said. Ox Game, according to organizers, came from the sport Buzkashi, still played in Afghanistan, Mongolia and Asia 2,000 years after it was created. The ox bag was originally an animal carcass filled with rocks and sand. But in Buzkashi, there are no rules, and riders can introduce whips, chains, or use their horses to ram one another to win. This version is a bit tamer and safer, like arm wrestling compared to the WWE, but still a challenge. Riders still fall from their horses. “(In Afghanistan) they play with 40 to 50 horses,” said Sonny Amin, founder of Horse Ox USA Inc., who came to the United States from Afghanistan in 1979. “(Here) we have a system, referee, trainers. We want to make sure the horses are safe as well as the players.” He is hopeful that Ox Game will become the next hottest sport in America. “I would like to expose this scene all over California and all over the United States,” he said. lafayette.hight@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764last_img read more

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What we learned in the Warriors’ season-opening win over the Thunder

first_imgVIDEO: Columnist Dieter Kurtenbach looks ahead at the Golden State Warriors schedule and sees the team facing tough matchups against the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and the Phoenix Sun’s rookie DeAndre Ayton. OAKLAND — The Warriors opened up the 2018-19 season with a victory Tuesday, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder (sans Russell Westbrook) 108-100 at Oracle Arena.It’s just one game — there are 81 left to play (plus playoffs) — but that doesn’t mean that there …last_img read more

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Raiders, Donald Penn part ways

first_imgALAMEDA — With the addition of tackle Trent Brown in free agency, it came as no surprise Saturday when the Raiders released Donald Penn in what was described as a “mutual” decision.Penn arrived during a grim period when Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie decided against retaining free agent left tackle Jared Veldheer and instead coveted Rams tackle Rodger Saffold. The Raiders agreed to terms with Saffold, only to have the deal fall apart after the lineman failed a physical because of a …last_img read more

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Kloppers makes Fortune’s top 25

first_imgJanine ErasmusSouth African Marius Kloppers, CEO of BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, has been ranked as the 18th most powerful businessperson on Fortune magazine’s list of the top 25 movers and shakers of today.Kloppers, who took over as CEO in October 2007, finds himself in the company of Steve Jobs of Apple, who tops the list, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch (2), investment billionaire Warren Buffett (5), Microsoft’s Bill Gates (7), Lakshmi Mittal of Mittal Steel (14), and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi (22), who also tops the list of most powerful women in business.The 45-year-old Kloppers came in behind James McNerney of Boeing and ahead of Steve Schwarzman of the private equity firm Blackstone Group.Described by Fortune as an “aggressive executive with superior intellectual bandwidth”, Kloppers had barely taken over the reins at BHP Billiton when he launched a takeover bid for rival Rio Tinto, one of the world’s top three mining companies. Should the bid succeed, says Fortune, “the combined entity would be a resources superpower with a larger market cap than Microsoft and higher revenues (some $70 billion combined in 2007) than Dell or Boeing”. The deal will also go down in history as the second-biggest corporate takeover ever, after Vodafone’s $203 billion purchase of Mannesman in 2000.Rio Tinto is resisting the takeover and has declined BHP Billiton’s initial offer, but Britain’s Takeover Panel set an offer deadline of 6 February. In a statement released on that day Rio Tinto said that after careful consideration its boards have unanimously rejected BHP Billiton’s pre-conditional offers, because they significantly undervalue the company.On the fast trackCape Town-born Kloppers, now resident in Melbourne, Australia, attended Helpmekaar High School in Johannesburg. He graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. Kloppers also holds an MBA from Insead graduate business school in Fontainebleau, France, and a PhD in Materials Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States.In the early days of his career he worked with South African petrochemical company Sasol and conducted materials research with Mintek, South Africa’s national mineral research organisation. After obtaining his MBA he took a position as management consultant with the privately owned McKinsey & Co in The Netherlands. He has worked with BHP Billiton since 1993 and was appointed as CEO when American CEO Charles Goodyear decided to retire at the end of 2007.Within BHP Billiton Kloppers previously held the positions of group executive and chief executive non-ferrous materials (2007), group president non-ferrous materials (2006), chief commercial officer (2003), chief marketing officer, group executive of Billiton Plc and chief executive of Samancor Manganese (owned jointly by BHP Billiton and Anglo American). He held various positions at Billiton Aluminium, among them chief operating officer and general manager of Hillside Aluminium, South Africa’s major producer of primary aluminium.Kloppers played a significant role in BHP’s 2001 merger with Billiton, once part of oil company Royal Dutch Shell.BHP Billiton Group was founded in 2001 and produces primary aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, manganese, petroleum, nickel, uranium, steel, diamonds, silver, and titanium minerals. The company operates in 25 countries around the world and employs 36 000 people.Useful linksBHP BillitonRio Tinto Fortune magazineMintekSasollast_img read more

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4 Simple Tricks to Keep Track of Memory Cards on Set

first_imgUse a Case and Face Cards in the Same DirectionOne of the easiest and most-used techniques is to use a card case for all memory cards. Before arriving on set, put all of your cards face-up in a case. After shooting, simply put the card back in the case, this time face-down.This gives an instant look at your available memory. Not only do you know which cards you have used with a quick glance at the cards that are still face-up, you will know exactly how many gigs you have left.Put Gaff Tape the CardFor larger memory cards that don’t have locks on them, simply put a piece of gaff tape over the connection points after you have used it.Gaff tape is preferred because it won’t leave any residue on the card. It will easily come off, and the cards info sticker won’t be damaged.All four of these simple tricks are incredibly easy to do and will save you so many headaches. Be sure you implement some sort of management system and make sure everyone handling the cards knows the protocol.Also, be sure to use checksum verifcation when dumping your cards. Always make sure everything was copied properly. Don’t just drag and drop your footage. You can download DaVinci Resolve for free and use the clone tool to safely dump your footage. Managing your memory cards can help you avoid formatting and deleting any footage prematurely. Here are four simple ways to keep track of your memory cards.When working on a rushed shoot, it can become difficult to keep track of your footage. You need to know which cards have already been used and which memory cards need to be dumped/backed up. Keep track of your memory cards with these four easy tips.The first thing you need to do before arriving on set is to make sure all cards are formatted and ready to go. Make sure you format them for the right camera as well. For example, on smaller sets with DSLRs, SD cards and CF cards should be formatted for the camera. If you are using a mix of cameras, make sure you format the card again before shooting.Lock the CardIf this is an available option (usually on SD cards), you can easily lock the memory card after shooting. This is literally the easiest thing you can do — and yet many people never do.The lock is actually a mechanical switch that prevents you from overriding any footage. Remember to turn the lock off after you have dumped your footage. You will not be able to use the card until the lock switch is pushed back up.Mark the Plastic CaseIf you are using single clear card cases to manage your cards, mark the back side of the case with an X.Put the card in face up, and you can clearly read the size of the memory card. After you shoot, put the card back in face down so the X covers the face of the card. That will mark that the card has been used.last_img read more

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UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: La Salle targets three-peat

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “We’re back to zero,” said defending MVP and team captain Mary Joy Baron in Filipino. “The past season’s title will be our motivation because we know we have to defend the championship.”“But the team will have a new composition, Michelle [Cobb] will now be our setter, so for me everything’s back to zero,” added Baron.Cobb, who is on her second year, will take on the place Fajardo, who won three Best Setter awards.Baron and the other veterans, though, promised to make it easy for Cobb to transition from a substitute to the team’s main playmaker.“They [the veterans] were very flexible towards their relationship with me,” said Cobb. “They’re adjusting and they’re always telling me that if I draw the ire of coach Ramil [De Jesus] they’ll just keep motivating me and telling me that I am part of the backbone of the team.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Beau Belga not slowing down despite trade rumors AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Head coach: Ramil De JesusLast Season: 11-3 (no.2 seed, champion)Key holdovers: Mary Joy Baron, Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Desiree Cheng, Aduke OgunsanyaKey loss: Kim FajardoADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ De La Salle is gunning for its third straight title in the UAAP women’s volleyball championship, but such a daunting task isn’t new for the mighty Lady Spikers.The last team to successfully go on a three-peat was La Salle when the girls in green-and-white won the big trophy from Seasons 73 to 75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the Lady Spikers have set their sights on a sixth championship in eight years, the most titles in an eight-year period since University of Santo Tomas won seven straight from 1985 to 1991.La Salle, however, will go into Season 80 on a new slate especially after the iconic setter Kim Fajardo graduated in 2017. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kianna Dy, Season 78’s Finals MVP, was there for Cobb when things got too difficult for the sophomore setter.“I actually told her that her style of play is different from ate Kim’s so we don’t necessarily want her to be exactly like ate Kim,” said Dy. “She has her own strengths, her own weaknesses, ate Kim has her won strengths and her own weaknesses.”“I just tell her to do her best and that we’re all behind her and that she’s not alone,” added Dy.And with the veterans showing support for their young 18-year-old setter, another figurehead in the team is confident La sale won’t go down easily.Dawn Macandili, who was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the 2017 AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, promised La Salle would be there until the very end to defend the crown.“My confidence is really high right now with this team,” said Macandili in Fiipino. “My teammates are there, my coaches are there to throw us their support no matter what so I’m really confident we’ll go a long way this year.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Gagan shows his shooting prowess in men’s 10m air rifle event

first_imgThe mother of all shooting duels at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here didn’t really materialise on expected lines as Gagan Narang stormed his way to a gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle singles event, leaving Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra in his wake on Wednesday.Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat repeated the gold-silver feat of their much more illustrious counterparts in the women’s 25m sports pistol event, while Omkar Singh brought India its third gold medal of the day in the men’s 50m free pistol event.In between, favourites Ronjan Sodhi and Asher Noria slipped up and had to settle for silver behind England in the first shotgun event – the men’s double trap pairs. Narang shot 600/600 in the qualification round, which would have equalled his own world record, and then went on to score 103.6 points in the final to surpass his world record score of 703.5 established at the World Cup Finals in Bangkok in 2008.However, the new score is not expected to count as an official world record since, according to International Shooting Sports Federation rules, they can only be shot in Olympic Games, ISSF World Cups and World Championships, continental championships and continental games. The ISSF technical delegate at the competition said he would clarify the position with the top brass of the world body. But for Narang, it did not make an iota of difference, since the joy of beating his celebrated teammate and rival was overwhelming. As soon as he fired a 10.2 on his last shot, Bindra – who shot 103 in the final – came over to shake his hand, after which Narang lifted his rifle into the air and then kissed it. Narang played down the rivalry, saying their relationship was symbiotic. “When I was trying to get into shooting, I kept hearing a lot about Abhinav, who was already there.advertisementThere is a lot we can learn from each other. As for today, it feels special to shoot a 600 because it is a score you can’t shoot every day,” said the 27-year-old Hyderabadi. Bindra, meanwhile, feels Narang can replace him as an Olympic champion. “He is outstanding, one of the best in the world. I am sure he’ll win more international tournaments, the World Championship and an Olympic gold medal,” the 28-year-old said. On the other hand, Anisa broke the Final Games Record of 781.5 by shooting 786.8 to comfortably outclass the rest of the field.The 29-year-old led the field in the qualification round with 583 points, before coming up with a remarkable 203.8 in the final for the gold. Rahi, who specialises in the duelling round that makes up the final, was four points adrift of Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana Ng heading into the decider, but shot a mind-boggling 205 to clinch silver. In the final event of the day, Omkar, who was trailing Singapore’s Bin Gai by just one point going into the final, shot six 10-plus scores en route to a score of 653.6 to emerge four points clear. Hon Swee Lim, also of Singapore, took bronze.With such a rich haul, it would be difficult to find disappointment in the Indian ranks, but that’s what affected the double trap shooters. Eighteen-yearold Noria shot a steady 93 in his first senior competition with the national team, but world record-holder Sodhi, who shot down his first 71 birds across two rounds, suffered a meltdown thereafter to end up with a total of 95. English pair Stevan Walton (96) and Steven Scott (93) capitalized on it, setting a new CWG record of 189. Malaysia’s Bejamin Cheng Jie Khor and Seng Chye Khor got the bronze medal. The event was also marked by an interruption where the flash from a photographer’s camera distracted a Singapore shooter. Sodhi, who was next up, was stopped from shooting by the referee in order to rebuke the photographer, and that seemed to distract him. He, however, refused to blame the incident. “If you see my score, I haven’t shot that bad. But I should have done much better with the start I had. I lost my concentration, but I won’t make the excuse of that incident,” Sodhi said-last_img read more

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Victolero admits Magnolia got outworked in Game 6 loss: They wanted it more than us

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ANTIPOLO, Philippines—Winning three straight games wasn’t enough momentum for Magnolia to dispense Rain or Shine in the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Always ready to get his number called, Nambatac helps save Rain or Shine from elimination LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img In what could’ve been the Hotshots’ closeout game, the Elasto Painters instead took a convincing 91-81 win and forced a Game 7 on Sunday.Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero said Rain or Shine simply wanted it more than them especially in a fourth quarter that started off in a level playing field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“They outworked us, they were more aggressive than us, they wanted it more than us,” said Victolero Friday at Ynares Center here. “It’s a good thing there’s a Game 7 so we’ll just try to watch film and look for what we can do better. We’ll be ready by Sunday.”Rain or Shine and Magnolia were tied in heading into the fourth quarter until the Elasto Painters slowly pulled away taking a 75-69 lead off of Rey Nambatac’s three-pointer with 7:14 to play. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Nambatac then buried the Hotshots with two straight long bombs for Rain or Shine’s 83-71 lead with 3:57 remaining in the fourth.Victolero said the key to a Game 7 victory won’t rely much on the team’s adjustments but on the players’ desire to advance to a second straight finals appearance after winning the Governors’ Cup in December of 2018.“We just have to make minor adjustments, but basically it’s all about the will and the desire of the players,” said Victolero.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

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