PBA Finals: Magnolia guards outshine Alaska counterparts in Game 1

first_imgSpry guard Jio Jalalon also gave Magnolia a lift with an all-around effort of seven points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Paul Lee added 14 points. Jalalon was a game-high plus-29.“I thought their guards just took it at us. They handled us,” Alaska head coach Alex Compton said.Alaska’s guards on the other hand, couldn’t get anything going in the first half where Magnolia took control of the game. Guards Chris Banchero, Jvee Casio and Simon Enciso scored just two points each in the first two quarters.Banchero, who is playing his best basketball this conference and leads all locals in assists per game, finished with 12 points, six assists and six turnovers while Enciso and Casio had nine and seven points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Running and music go together for 12,000 Filipinos who joined this year’s The Music Run by Philam Vitality Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESOne of Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero’s concerns heading into the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series against Alaska was the Aces’ bevy of guards led by Chris Banchero.Magnolia’s guards, however, had something to say about that in the Hotshots’ 100-84 ripping of the Aces in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We talked about the imports are a given that they would cancel each other out and it would boil down to the guards. That’s their strength and it’s also our strength so we need to match their effort,” said Hotshots guard Mark Barroca.Barroca played a vital role in the finals opener, finishing with 16 points and five steals. He had 10 points alone in the fourth quarter, including seven in a telling 9-0 run that sealed the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He’s a veteran and he knows how to play in the championship series,” Victolero said of Barroca, a five-time champion and one-time Finals MVP.“He did a good job on both ends of the floor and i expect my guards to at least matchup with Alaska’s guards. I’m happy because our guards really stepped up.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

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The African Union vs. Women, Peace and Security

first_imgIn November 2005, the African Union (AU) Protocol of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa came into force. This Protocol provides a legal framework committing African leaders to the principles of gender equity and sets out key protection mechanism for African Women.The document further seeks to address violations of African women’s rights, outlines a framework for the protection of women in armed conflict.Thus far, 15 African states have ratified the protocol: Benin, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Gambia, Libya, Lesotho, Mali, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal and Togo.The protocol builds on efforts to promote the participation of women in decision-making and gender equity at the level of African institutions over the last five years, through such instruments as the AU’s 2004 Heads of State solemn Declaration on Gender Equity in Africa.This declaration commits AU members to ensure full and effective participation and representation of women in peace process, including the prevention, resolution and management of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction efforts.The rationale for this stipulation is the understanding that, where women are visible in decision-making roles, their issues and concerns can be mainstreamed into policies and programs.Significantly, resolution 1325 represents an official endorsement by the UN Security Council of the inclusion of civil society in peace process and the implementation of peace agreements.The resolution pledges that UN missions will consult with local and international women’s groups during peacekeeping efforts. For example, the Liberian Women’s Network (WIPNET) was called by the UN mission in 2004 to assist during the country’s time of crisis. Women’s activism prior to and during peace negotiations can thus provide a platform for the increased participation of women in post-conflict reconstruction efforts.The relevance of women in peacekeeping initiatives on the continent has been increasingly apparent in recent years. Here in Liberia for example, women were markedly involved in the effort to end the country’s civil war. In 2003, a campaigned entitled “Mass Action for Peace” incorporated women from many sectors of Liberia, ranging from those in displaced camps, to churches and NGOs. Adopting the slogan “We want Peace; No More War,” these women who always dressed in white, became a constant presence on the streets on Monrovia.As support for this initiative became acknowledged, women were later able to talk to then President Charles Taylor. Members of the group demanded an unconditional ceasefire, dialogue for a negotiated settlement and an external intervention force. When peace talk started, Liberian women were able to make their presence felt with the support of the Women in Peace-building Network (of the West Africa Network for Peace building, WANEP) and the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET).During the negotiation process, these organizations held a parallel meeting of women who put forth “The Golden Tulip Declaration of Liberian Women Attending the Peace Talks” in August 2003. The declaration identified the recommendations of Resolution 1325 for the incorporation of a gender perspective into peace keeping and participation of women in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction.Grassroots women’s groups have also shown ingenuity in advocating their inclusion in peace processes. Women have used song and dance peacefully to demonstrate for inclusion in these processes.With regard to the involvement of women in peace process on the continent, it was recommended that civil society and women’s groups are included from the outset. Financial and human resources need to be made available to support the efforts of women to be included in peace processes. Many women make personal and public sacrifices to challenge systems that have negative attitudes towards the leadership of women.Dissemination strategies also need to be extended to inform women of their rights as enshrined in resolution 1325. Such strategies must be “user-friendly” through further translation into local languages.Finally, for resolution 1325 ultimately to be successful, gender considerations must inform all African peace and security policies, post conflict reconstruction, justice and development programs nationally and internationally.Support is required to maintain and increase the solidarity and morale of women peace activist under such circumstances. Documents for this story were provided by the Center for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa.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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In Compliance with Sirleaf’s Mandate, UL Closed

first_imgUntil the presidential mandate ordering the closure of all institutions of learning in the country on Wednesday, classes at the University of Liberia (UL) had been ongoing, although an increasing number of students had begun staying away from classes due to the spread of the Ebola virus.However, in compliance with the President’s directive and as part of the fight against the Ebola epidemic, the administration of the UL on July 31 announced the closure of all academic activities effectively immediately until further notice.The UL Administration, in a joint session of the Faculty Senate and Council and in consultation with UL president, Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, had, before the President’s address to the nation, by its own discretion, decided to close the university on Saturday, August 2, in response to the Ebola threat.Dr. Dennis is presently out of the country.The decision to close the institution was predicated upon a series of lectures that are being delivered by Dr. Vuyu Kanda Golakai, vice president for Health Sciences and Dean of the UL’s A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, as well as other professors, on the dangers of the dreaded virus.While the UL remains ‘temporarily’ closed, the administration is asking vice presidents, administrative directors, deans and the associate vice president for Human Resource to “kindly maintain a very minimal staff to respond to emergencies, if any.”Meanwhile, all support staffers who are not specifically requested to form a part of the skeletal staff are being asked to stay away from any of the campuses.At the same time, the UL Administration is requesting all members of the UL family to continue monitoring the university-owned radio, LUX 106.6 FM, for updates and announcements concerning the resumption of normal activities.On Wednesday, President Sirleaf announced that,Without exception, all schools are also ordered closed pending further directive from the Ministry of Education, the President ordered as parts of measures to contain the deadly Ebola menace.All non-essential staff, to be determined by their Minister or Head of Agency to be placed on a 30-day compulsory leaveFriday, August 1 is declared a non-working day, to be used for the disinfection and chlorination of all public facilities; all borders that are to remain opened are to be directly supervised and controlled by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization whose duties it shall be, working with the assigned health authorities, to ensure strict adherence to announced preventive measures including preliminary testing for fever.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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‘Jose Mourinho would have seen that out!’ – Manchester United fans fume at Chelsea’s late equaliser

first_img Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs 1 It felt like two points dropped for Manchester United as Diego Costa scored in stoppage time to snatch a draw for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Jesse Lingard gave the Red Devils the lead after 61 minutes but they then sat back and allowed Chelsea all the possession with Louis van Gaal trying to just park the bus.It means United have not won on any of their last ten games with Chelsea and sit six points off neighbours Manchester City who are currently in fourth place.And despite another positive performance in general, the way Manchester United sat back and allowed the Blues to attack them has caused huge anger among the fans.See below for the best reaction as Red Devils fans aim their anger towards one man in particular, Van Gaal.last_img read more

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WORK TO START ON DONEGAL WHEELCHAIR BUS ROUTES THIS YEAR

first_imgBus routes between Donegal and Dublin are to get wheelchair access this year.The move has been confirmed by Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh.He said he has received written confirmation from the National Transport Authority, following numerous correspondence with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, that work is to commence shortly.Minister McHugh said the service has been a long time coming. He particularly paid tribute to local county councillor Jimmy Kavanagh.“This service has been a long time coming and following a number of delays, I welcome this confirmation that this work will go ahead this year. The NTA are implementing a project, which will see every town in Ireland have access to this service and the Routes 30 and 32 from Letterkenny and Donegal to Dublin will be the first two routes where work will commence.“Despite these delays this confirmation is positive news for people in Donegal, and I would like to commend the tireless work that Fine Gael Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has been engaged in.“I appreciate that while it will take a number of years to fully implement this project, we can confirm that funding will be allocated this year for the provision of 40 wheelchair accessible bus stops throughout Ireland, beginning in Donegal, which is a positive starting point, and I will endeavour to ensure this work commences as soon as possible.” WORK TO START ON DONEGAL WHEELCHAIR BUS ROUTES THIS YEAR was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 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:bus routesdonegaldublinletterkennywheelchairlast_img read more

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Wayne Rooney’s England career not necessarily over says Gareth Southgate

first_img Wayne Rooney during Manchester United’s Europa League win England manager Gareth Southgate insisted that Wayne Rooney’s international career is not necessarily over despite leaving him out of the squad once again.The former captain was left out in March for games against Germany and Lithuania and has again been omitted after seeing his role at Manchester United diminish since Jose Mourinho’s arrival.But Southgate suggested there is a way back for the 31-year-old, provided he features more regularly for his club – with an Old Trafford exit appearing likely this summer.“It doesn’t have to be,” Southgate said, when asked if Rooney’s international career was at an end. “From Wayne’s point of view he hasn’t played very much this season.“Wayne’s got some decisions to make this summer, but the hope is that he’s back. A player of his quality there is no way we would dismiss him.“You want your players playing in the biggest possible games.“I’ve no idea what the future is for Wayne at Manchester United so it’s impossible for me to comment if he’s part of the plans or not.“I’ve spoken to him in the past but not this time – I think there’s only so many times you can speak about the situation.“I’m conscious from his point of view that it’s always a big story when you don’t select him.”Southgate also revealed that he has not settled on a captain for either of the upcoming fixtures.“There are a lot of potential leaders emerging from this group and that’s good because there’s always been a focus on one person and an over-reliance on one person,” he added.“We’re in a position where we can go a number of different ways with that.” 1last_img read more

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DONEGAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF AS SHOPPERS FLOCK HERE FROM NORTH

first_imgDONEGAL is reaping the double benefits of the weak euro thanks to an advertising campaign, a leading businessman said today.The ShopLK campaign on UTV, on billboards in Derry and online at donegaldaily.com is pushing sterling business up by more than 300 per cent, says one businessman.It is also keeping Donegal shoppers in the county as northern prices become too expensive. John Watson, the owner of WatsonHire and president of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce even managed to get that story across….on UTV!“These last three months the town has opened six or seven new businesses,” he explained.“We’re reaping the benefits now of the exchange rate.”Leonard Watson told the station: “Letterkenny at the moment is doing a €1.25 for the pound and they have found a great difference. I was chatting to a businessman yesterday and he said his sterling business is up 300%. “For a couple of years there was a lot of people crossing the border but they’re staying at home now.”The weak euro is good news for the many people here who work in the North, seeing their take-home pay rise by up to 15% over the past year.It’s not so good news however for exports – making them more expensive in the sterling area. DONEGAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF AS SHOPPERS FLOCK HERE FROM NORTH was last modified: July 21st, 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 ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF AS SHOPPERS FLOCK HERE FROM NORTHlast_img read more

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Spurs want Zamora – report

first_imgTottenham will table a bid for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora in January, the Evening Standard say.Zamora, who previously had an 18-month spell at White Hart Lane, is reportedly seen as the ideal back-up for Spurs forward Emmanuel Adebayor.It is also suggested that QPR want Roman Pavlyuchenko on loan from Spurs, who are keen to offload him on a permanent basis so are likely to sell him to Locomotiv Moscow.Metro claim Pavlyuchenko is also wanted by Spartak Moscow.Chelsea are willing to sell Fernando Torres for £20m during next month’s transfer window, the Daily Mail reports.The paper says that having considered sending Torres out on loan in order to rebuild his confidence, Chelsea are now prepared to offload him completely.Is Torres’ time at Chelsea almost up?He has scored only three Premier League goals since his £50m move from Liverpool in January.The Telegraph report that Chelsea and Manchester City are set to escape an FA probe into an alleged tunnel bust-up at Stamford Bridge on Monday.The Daily Express say a comment by Ashley Cole towards City boss Roberto Mancini sparked the row.Referring to City’s slump into the Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League, it is claimed the Chelsea left-back said: “Thursday nights – Channel 5.”Meanwhile, the Daily Star say QPR boss Neil Warnock has launched a bid to sign Manchester City outcast Nigel De Jong on loan for the rest of the season.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

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SA to host MTB Masters World Champs

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Cycling South Africa has pulled off another coup by winning the rights to stage the 2013 Mountain Bike (MTB) Masters World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, a week before the 2013 MTB World Championships at the same venue. SAinfo reporter The awarding of the Masters Worlds to South Africa is significant on a number of levels. The Masters Worlds has for the last five years been held in Brazil, and in 2013 it will for the first time be a precursor to the Elite World Championships. Being the season-opener in an Olympic year adds extra significance to this year’s event. Many of the world’s leading MTB riders will also use the World Cup to scout the Cascades MTB Park set-up ahead of next year’s UCI MTB World Championships. “Pietermaritzburg’s vision is to become a globally recognised centre of excellence for cycling, and a hospitable and top class host of world class events,” said Lenferna, the man behind the city’s successful hosting of previous UCI-endorsed events. The announcement, which was made at an International Cycling Federation (UCI) management committee meeting on Friday afternoon, confirmed that the Masters’ event will be bolted onto the World Championships at the Cascades MTB Park next year. Pietermaritzburg has previously successfully hosted the BMX World Championships and Supercross, the MTB World Cup, and the Msunduzi Road Challenge leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour. This year it will host the MTB World Cup and the final of the UCI World Cycling Tour.center_img ‘A fantastic opportunity’“It will be a fantastic opportunity for local MTB riders over 30 years of age to ride in the Masters World Champs,” said event director Alec Lenferna. The biggest and most prestigiousThe MTB World Championships, to be hosted in the city in 2013, is the biggest and most prestigious event in the sport. 30 January 2012 The RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg takes place at the Cascades MTB Park from 16 to 18 March. “More than that,” he added, “it is a major vote of confidence in Cycling SA and Pietermaritzburg as a premier cycling destination. “Hosting events like the BMX Worlds, the MTB World Cup and the UCI World Cycling Tour finals really puts Cycling SA on the global map.”last_img read more

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Work-Life Integration

first_imgWe all know people who hate their jobs and count the days until Friday or retirement. And we know folks who live for expensive hobbies and passions that consume their paychecks, or who count their worth by the size of their compensation package.When I think about being a builder, I like to look back on the farmer I worked for as a teenager. He was defined by his job, and he really ran a tight ship with a small herd of carefully bred cows that gave his life a rhythm that had nothing to do with 9-to-5. Rather than counting the days to retirement, he was counting the days until his son was mature enough to become a partner and eventually to take over the farm.When I think about sustainable business, I look back in time for inspiration.I want to be a builder the way that man was a farmer, or perhaps the way Paul Revere was a silversmith, riding around shouting “peak oil is coming!”I don’t turn my cell phone off at five. Today I’m on vacation in England, photographing plumbing and electrical connections and awesome metal and stone details. Next month I’ll be at Joe Lstiburek’s building science summer camp.My sister worries that I work too much — but the reality is that my hobby pays my bills.Passing the lottery testThe test I use for work-life balance is how little my life would change if I suddenly had an extra five million in my checking account. Like the farmer who won the lottery and said he’d just keep farming until it’s gone, my retirement dream is to build ever-wilder stuff until they put me in a box.While getting the designs out and maintaining work flow and my clients’ budgets can be a chore, I find at the end of the year that I’m doing what I love and making a go of it. I do track my hours per week and days spent away from the job. My Builder 20 Club competes to see who can run a well-managed business with the fewest hours per week and the most days away from work.I really agree with Michael Strong’s recommendation to leave your crew in charge of the business for extended periods, to build their leadership skills and self-reliance and to empower them to eventually take over the business. I also love Beverly Koehn’s concept of “living your brand,” where you strive to embody the core principles of your business in your day-to-day life.So here I am at 1:00 pm in the Heart and Hand pub in Brighton, England with pen and paper, a camera full of construction photos, a Dark Star Sunburst Ale in front of me with my twelve-year-old daughter drawing plans for our next project beside me. Nothing wrong with that at all. I say to hell with work-life separation — replace it with work-life integration and inspiration!Drink plenty of waterIf you love the work you do, thank your lucky stars and feed that passion on whatever schedule works for you.Chase excellence with all you’ve got. But hold family and mental health first — for you as well as for your employees. Take time off for the school recital or vacation trip or just to drive your teenager to the mall with the cell phone and the I-pod turned off. Track your hours and days-off as a self-check so you know actually how crazy or sane you’re treating yourself.Work safely, too — drink plenty of water and remember there is no nobility in working through the pain of injuries or sickness.Integrate work and life deliberately and with integrityThis business is a bit like alchemy. We may not turn lead into gold but we do turn sticks and earth into beautiful homes that perform economically and elegantly — and there is magic in that beyond the nine to five.last_img read more

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