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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netWhere in the world is Owen Graham?That’s the question everyone had when the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA D-League Rookie Draft was conspicuously left out of AMA Online Education’s roster for the upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina AMA faces off against Wangs Basketball-Letran in its season-opener next Tuesday at Pasig City Sports Center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It turns out, the 6-foot-4 forward may not even play for the Titans after all as he is still reportedly lacking the necessary papers to play in the developmental league.READ: AMA coach sees a bit of Arwind Santos, Jeron Teng in top tick OwenFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“He still needs to submit papers,” bared AMA coach Mark Herrera, who refused to divulge what documents the Fil-Canadian still needs.AMA pulled off a shocker back in draft day when it picked the little-known Graham as the top selection over famed applicants like Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Herrera went to as far as comparing his prized recruit to San Miguel forward Arwind Santos, saying, “He’s hardworking on defense plus he can score.”Graham has already suited up for AMA in collegiate leagues like the NCRAA this past season.READ: AMA pulls off draft surprise, tabs little known GrahamDespite the unwelcome development, Herrera is just keeping his fingers crossed that AMA’s legal department will find a way to resolve the issue and allow Graham, a product of Humber College North Campus in Toronto, to see action in the first conference of the eighth season.The Titans will now bank on the leadership of Andre Paras, holdovers Mario Bonleon and Genmar Bragais, as well as newcomers JK Casiño, Philip Manalang, and Michael Cañete in their campaign this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
The Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) has partnered with Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) to clear several illegal dumpsites across the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community.The clearing of the dumpsites commenced at Wismar on Saturday, and today, dumpsites at Mackenzie were expected to be cleared. Areas in Wismar whichBosai vehicles clearing an illegal dumpsitewere cleared include Wisroc, Block 22 and the One Mile back road.Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell also encouraged business owners at the Five Corner area at Mackenzie to improve sanitation of the area and to beautify the environs. The activities were spearheaded by Arindell and Deputy Mayor Wainewright Bethune, who had since committed to the Council’s vow to deal with the issue of solid waste management in the community.The issue of illegal dumpsites has been a major issue for the municipality over the years as it has struggled to deal with solid waste management. The municipality has also urged residents to report instances of illegal dumping in their area.
At Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference was Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland, Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council and Joy Harron, Donegal Tourism.Almost 200 delegates attended Donegal County Council’s ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ Digital Marketing Conference in Solis Lough Eske Castle yesterday.Organisers of the conference, Donegal County Council in association with Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism Ltd were delighted by the turnout and response to the event.Those who attended were hoping to gain an insight into digital marketing activities and how the Wild Atlantic Way touring route can increase visitor numbers in Donegal. Andrew Weld Moore from Facebook speaking at Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference organised by Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism.The innovative conference got off to an interesting start as attendees and businesses discovered a range of simple cost effective online marketing tips that could be applied to businesses to ensure positive growth.Crowds heard from an expert panel of speakers presented at the conference including representatives from Google, Facebook and two of Ireland’s leading digital agencies. Wolfgang Digital and Ambition Digital gave insightful and invaluable information on digital marketing and social media for businesses.The conference also featured practical case studies from Donegal businesses in the tourism sector that feature the Wild Atlantic Way in their marketing campaigns with great success.Speaking at the conference Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely said tourism is a hugely important to our economic growth and development in the county. “The Wild Atlantic Way is the perfect marketing tool to promote our fantastic county. This is reflected here today in the turnout of businesses who want to learn how to incorporate the Wild Atlantic Way into their marketing strategy to ensure lasting results for their tourism business. The information received here today is invaluable and we are keen to continue to work with businesses in the tourism sector to help increase visitor numbers to our county”.Speakers from Thursdays Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Conference organised by Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism. Left to right Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council, Fiona Monaghan, Failte Ireland, Alan Coleman, Woolfgang Digital, Charlie Boyle, Customer Service Excellence, Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Donegal County Council, Andrew Weld Moore, Facebook and Jill Robb, Ambition Digital. COUNCIL’S WILD ATLANTIC WAY DIGITAL CONFERENCE GOES VIRAL! was last modified: September 26th, 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:Donegal County CouncilSEAMUS NEELYWild Atlantic Way Digital Conference
BRAN CASTLE, Romania – A Transylvanian castle famous for its connections to the 15th century medieval ruler who inspired “Dracula” was returned Friday to a Romanian royal heir, more than a half-century after it was seized by the country’s communist regime. New York architect Dominic Habsburg made an emotional return to Romania after 58 years abroad to take formal possession of Bran Castle, where the heart of his grandmother Queen Marie had, quite literally, rested for decades before it was put in a Bucharest museum in 1971. The community of Bran, which had built the fortress in the 14th century to help stave off invasion, gave it to Queen Marie in 1920 to thank her for her efforts in unifying the country. It had briefly been associated with Prince Vlad “the Impaler,” whose cruelty inspired novelist Bram Stoker’s creation, the vampire Count Dracula. In 1938, Princess Ileana, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie, inherited the castle, which is perched high on a rock and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It was confiscated by the communist government in 1948, when the Romanian royals were forced to leave the country. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Habsburg and his sisters Maria-Magdalena Holzhousen and Elisabeth Sandhofen took part Friday in a ceremony confirming the castle’s return – part of Romania’s efforts to repair past injustices and return confiscated properties. “I don’t have enough words to thank the people of Romania for not allowing this injustice to continue,” said Habsburg, 68, who recalled growing up and going to school in the mountain village, now a tourist resort with 6,500 residents. “We can’t turn back time or repair mistakes but this means justice,” he added in Romanian. “The name of Bran and this castle should always be a symbol of justice and honor in Romania, the country my ancestors and I always loved.” Habsburg said he did not want the castle’s name to be associated with Dracula. “We are talking about a fable, a novel. I don’t think that’s OK,” Habsburg said, adding that he will meet with Bran residents to discuss plans for the castle. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas claims the club is ‘broken’ under Arsene Wenger after Sunday’s ’embarrassing’ reverse to Tottenham.Having last won the title in 2004, the Gunners have failed to mount a challenge again this season and the 2-0 defeat to their north London rivals has left them unlikely to even finish in the top four.Uncertainty reigns at the club, with Wenger refusing to reveal whether he will stay on as manager beyond this summer and a number of top players approaching the final 12 months of their contracts.And Nicholas has told talkSPORT he has serious concerns over the club’s short and long-term prospects.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Scotland striker said: “It is an absolute mess.“It is not the team that is broken, it is the club that is broken. There is no leadership from anywhere and it is painful for me to see.“This club is a mess.“Arsene Wenger, I don’t know what he is waiting on to clarify [his future]. Please come out and tell us what is going on at the football club.“We are not going to be in the Champion League so what are we actually facing now? I think Arsenal are facing five or six [new] players just to repair, not to even get close [to the title] again.”While Arsenal are struggling, near neighbours Spurs continue to prosper under Mauricio Pochettino.The victory on Sunday kept alive their title hopes and ensured they will finish the season above their bitter rivals for the first time since 1995.And Nicholas admits Arsenal have slipped well below Pochettino’s impressive team.“Spurs are a far better team than Arsenal at the moment,” he said. “It is painful for me to say that. It was embarrassing.“Spurs are now playing like Arsenal at their best.“Pochettino is now the boss of this north London area. It is painful to watch.“There is a big gap between these teams. Arsenal badly need fixing. Spurs are better than Arsenal currently.”
Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Sunday at 4 p.m. as the the Warriors try to avoid a three-game losing streak in the Texas road trip when they face the Spurs in San Antonio.The Warriors, who are on a back-to-back after losing to the Mavericks Saturday night, are again not expected to have All-Star power forward Draymond Green in the lineup. Green sat out Saturday’s 112-99 loss for precautionary reasons because …
One of the triumphs of 20 years of democracy is that ordinary South Africans – of all races, irrespective of wealth, class or social standing – can now stand before an independent and transformed judiciary, writes former Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro.• Constitutional Court of South Africa+27 11 359 email@example.com• South Africa’s Constitution• Twenty years of constitutional freedom • Gallery: Constitutional Court • Government in South Africa• Launch of the 20 Year Review: the full textYvonne Mokgoro As a nation, we are currently united in our reflection on the past two decades as we prepare to commemorate our journey towards achieving freedom from oppression.When we look back to April 1994, our inspiration concluded its first phase with the general elections of that year which enabled the second phase of a Government of National Unity and a Constitutional Assembly.This marked the formal beginning of the country’s democratisation. Though the transition in the 1990s concentrated on the constitutional aspects with a strong institutional, legal and political focus, the elections of 1994 served as a catalyst for far-ranging social change and an opportunity for South Africa to take its place among nations of the world.Today, South Africa is still a young democracy and, as such, significant challenges still remain. For example, the issue of judicial transformation is likely to remain a challenging and at times controversial issue.However, in all democratic societies in which the judiciary is empowered to review and independently pronounce upon government conduct, policies and laws, the judiciary sometimes shares a tense relationship with the other branches of government.The past two decades have witnessed an impressive transformation of the judicial system in terms of increased diversity and progressive legislation. Today, the judiciary values its institutional independence and uses its power to review legislation to test governmental conduct and legislation against the highest law in the land, our Constitution.There is, however, an appreciation that efforts must continue so that the judiciary can be positively transformed while ensuring its separation and independence from the other branches of government.‘A powerful voice on matters of principle’As South Africa embarks upon the next 20 years of its constitutional dispensation, the issue of judicial transformation is likely to remain a crucially important topic in the country.The independence of the Constitutional Court and its judges is a key building block of a constitutional democracy. At the same time, while acknowledging the considerable socioeconomic challenges that still exist in South Africa, judges need to be sensitive to the overall transformation goals of the country in terms of equality, poverty alleviation and the enhancement of dignity for its citizens.Although the role of speaking out on controversial issues of public policy is left to politicians and public commentators, judges have a powerful voice through their judgments, exercising the right to speak on key issues on jurisprudential grounds, not policy grounds, and on matters of principle, not policy.The courts have an important role to play in determining whether important public decisions by government relating to key service delivery areas such as education, health, water and food security are reasonable, thereby further capacitating government to improve in those delivery areas where necessary.A practical, workable ConstitutionSouth Africa’s Constitution may still be in its infancy, but it lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. Around the world, our Constitution is hailed as progressive, providing not simply a document of high aspiration and idealism, but instead a practicable, workable charter.Over the past 20 years, it has proved itself modestly but practically effective as a basis for the democratic exercise of power – and, it has been significantly tested along the way. There have been conflicts between civil society and the state, between provinces and central government, between dispossessed land claimants and urban tenants, on the one side, and landholders and property owners, on the other – these have all been adjudicated within the Constitution’s framework of values.Overhauling government housingAnother area of success for the Constitution has been its effective separation of powers between the legislature, executive and judiciary, and the court’s ability to hold government strictly to account on its social delivery programmes.A good example of this over the past two decades was the Constitutional Court’s decision, 13 years ago, in the Grootboom case. On that occasion, the court declared government’s housing programme constitutionally invalid because it failed to make provision for the most desperately poor and vulnerable. Although the government responded by saying it was doing all it could to build bricks and mortar houses for those in the housing queue, the Constitutional Court felt this was not enough.The result of the decision was a radical overhaul of government’s entire housing programme, the results of which are being seen today. As a result of the judicially enforceable promise of access to housing as set out in the Constitution, subsequent action was taken resulting in housing delivery becoming one of government’s better success stories.Holding government to account on HIV/AidsAnother high-profile example of the courts’ ability to hold government strictly to account on its social delivery programmes over the last 20 years, focused on HIV/Aids and a period of time when Aids denialism was an issue in the government of President Mbeki.A court order to the government at the time focused on making antiretroviral drugs available to poor people at public health clinics. As a result of the Constitution’s judicially enforceable promise of access to health, today South Africa is reaping the benefits and now administers the biggest publicly provided ARV treatment programme anywhere in the world. More than 2-million people living with HIV and Aids are now on life-saving treatment in our country.Today, our Constitution is one of the most powerful forces in our country, underpinning our politics and national debate on the most important issues that affect us all as citizens of South Africa. As such, it requires a strong and honest judiciary, capable of playing a pivotal role in sustaining the rule of law – today, this exists in our country.After 20 years, our country still has a number of major challenges to deal with, but there is also much we can be proud of. We have the most active and engaged citizenry on our continent, a vibrant and engaged media, and a functioning judiciary and constitutional democracy, all of which provides us with a strong framework on which to build a better future for all our citizens.As we consider events that are unfolding in our courts, we need to remember that the fact that men and women – of all races, irrespective of wealth, class or social standing – can now stand before an independent and transformed judiciary is a triumph of our democracy.This must be celebrated.Yvonne Mokgoro is a former justice of the Constitutional Court. In 1994 she became the first black woman to be join the bench when she was appointed by Nelson Mandela. Mokgoro is a board member of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and is the current chair of the South African Law Reform Commission.
This week our Friday Field Notes focuses on a program created by two Assistant Professor’s at South Dakota State University to address the needs of an under-served military population…women. Read on for information on this great program, which utilized cooperative extension specialists as part of the program.Females associated with the military (service members, veterans, dependents) experience varying stressors. Today, the United States maintains the largest proportion of females currently serving in the armed forces in history. Females are experiencing more combat than in the past and are returning from combat with varying psychosocial stressors including an increase risk of harassment, sexual assault, mental illness, and unemployment. Female military dependents may experience impairments in relationships due to the effects of trauma from deployments as well as symptoms of secondary trauma and other mental health issues.Women associated with the military, including spouses and dependents, are currently an under-served population. Few programs are available which address the specific needs of females who have a connection to the armed services. A lack of resources can increase stress and negatively impact the overall health and wellness of service men and women. Therefore, programs are needed to provide support and promote wellness among military personnel and families.To meet this need, we received funding from the Women and Giving Foundation at South Dakota State University (SDSU) to design a series of wellness workshops. Each workshop was informed by one of the Pillars of Wellness established by the National Guard Bureau. In partnership with Michelle Ruesink, Director of Veterans Affairs at SDSU, the workshops were provided to female students and community members with military connections. The Pillars of Wellness represent elements of one’s overall health including emotional, physical, spiritual, social, and family wellness. SDSU Extension state and field specialists with expertise in the pillars led the activities in each of the workshops. This pilot project was implemented at minimal cost, can be easily replicated, and helped to establish connections with local military organizations.The following describes each of the workshops in more detail:Physical Wellness: The health and physical activity extension field specialist facilitated a workshop on healthy eating and physical activity. During the session, participants learned about updated nutritional recommendations from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), as well as mobile apps that could be used to quickly estimate calorie intake. Additionally, participants learned and practiced basic yoga exercises for relieving tension.Emotional Wellness: A 4-H youth development and resiliency extension field specialist presented a workshop on the qualities associated with resilient individuals, as well as coping strategies that can foster resiliency. Participants formed small groups to discuss challenges that families may experience during military service and brainstormed coping strategies to help overcome those challenges. Additionally, time was provided for self-reflection related to a personal challenge and the development of an individual plan, which included coping strategies discussed during the workshop.Spiritual Wellness: A family, life, and child care extension state specialist presented on mindfulness, which is the process of focusing thought and attention on the present moment. She led the workshop in a yoga studio in the wellness center on campus. Participants had a chance to engage in various mindfulness activities including a basic body scan, mindful walking, and mindful eating. These activities help limit preoccupation with past stressors or future obligations in an effort to reduce anxiety.Family Wellness: A family resource management extension state specialist provided strategies for managing family finances. Participants evaluated their needs versus wants and were provided with budget templates and debt calculators. A common concern among participants was related to student loans as many workshop participants were currently attending college or had college-aged children.Social Wellness: The last session served as a relaxing social event to wrap up the series. Participants were invited to a food and canvas painting event. A local merchant who hosts private painting parties facilitated the final session. Each participant had the opportunity to create a military-themed painting on her own canvas. During the session, an emphasis was made on the importance of community and maintaining relationships.Our goal is to expand the programming to the other universities in South Dakota as well as within rural communities across the state. By utilizing expertise within the University Extension System, we can provide effective programming to meet the needs of military service members and their families. For more information on the pilot project, please view our publication in the Journal of Military and Government Counseling.Bjornestad, A., & Letcher, A. (2015). Called to serve: A military women’s wellness series. Journal of Military and Government Counseling, 3(3), 215-228.Meet the authors:Andrea Bjornestad, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Assistant Professor and extension mental health specialist in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at South Dakota State University. She is a licensed professional counselor in South Dakota. Her research has focused on examining secondary traumatic stress symptoms in military spouses and the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on military families. A current project includes designing a wellness inventory for military service members and veterans. She is a former military spouse who has served on numerous committees to help plan and support events for military veterans and their family members.Amber Letcher, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and 4-H youth development specialist in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at South Dakota State University. Her research focuses on youth development and risk taking in the context of early peer relationships. Her previous work compared the self-reported and observed attachment characteristics of adolescent couples and the relationship between romantic attachment and risk behaviors. Current projects are exploring youth risk behavior within rural communities, sexual education programming, as well as the effects of youth mentoring.
After a lull for almost three years, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested yet another ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Pravat Ranjan Biswal for his alleged complicacies in the multi-crore chit fund scam.Family sources said, the Cuttack-Choudwar MLA was summoned by the CBI sleuths on Monday night for further questioning him in connection with a land deal with M/s Seashore Group of Companies and the family was informed that he was arrested.Mr. Biswal, representing the Cuttack-Choudwar Assembly segment for the third term, and his wife Laxmibilasini, a former Cuttack Zilla Parashad chief, were earlier quizzed several times during past three years by the CBI in this connection.The controversial land belonging to the chit fund company and located in Jajpur district was registered in the name of Laxmibilasini in the year 2012 for a consideration amount of Rs 25 lakh and the CBI was investigating into the source of that huge money.The arrest of Mr. Biswal is a major setback to the ruling party in Cuttack district as the CBI had earlier in October 2014 had arrested another BJD MLA Pravat Kumar Tripathy, representing Banki Assembly constituency of the district, for his alleged link with another chit fund company. The Banki MLA is however, on bail now.
: Assam Police have registered a case against Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain, for allegedly raping and threatening a 24-year-old married woman in Nagaon district. Mr. Gohain has also filed complaints of blackmailing against the woman and her family. Nagaon Deputy Superintendent of Police (headquarter) Sabita Das said the case was registered against Mr. Gohain on August 2 after receiving a complaint at Nagaon police station.“We have registered the case. The investigation has already begun and we will proceed as per law,” she told PTI refusing to share any details of the case.“The FIR was registered under IPC sections 417 (cheating), 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation). We are investigating and have already noted the lady’s statement,” he said adding the woman has refused medical examination.“The complaint says that the alleged incident took place seven to eight months ago. Both Gohain and the woman knew each other for a long time and the Union minister used to visit her home,” the official said adding that Mr. Gohain had allegedly committed the crime at the woman’s home when her husband and other family members were not present.Conspiracy, says ministerHowever, Mr. Gohain on Sunday said accusations and conspiracies are “plotted” against him whenever he is about to contest elections. “Every time, I am about to contest (Lok Sabha) elections, such conspiracies are plotted against me. This happened in 2016 and 2011 as well. Now, again this has started. Investigation is underway. The truth will be revealed soon, Mr. Gohain, who represents Nagaon in the Lok Sabha, told reporters at his residence in New Delhi. According to Sanjiv Goswami, Mr. Gohain’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD), the minister has also filed complaints of blackmailing against the woman and her family members. Mr. Goswami also claimed the woman has withdrawn the case.Asked about it, Nagaon police station officer-in-charge Ananta Das said the woman had pleaded to withdraw the case in the court but the “case still stands.. we will do our own investigation.”Congress demands removal of Gohain from the Union CabinetCongress leader Pawan Khera asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately remove Mr. Gohain from the Union Council of Ministers. “We demand from this government, from Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to take immediate and strict action against rape accused Minister Rajen Gohain, the Minister of State for Railways,” the Congress spokesperson said on Saturday.Mr. Khera also reminded the prime minister of the promise he had made before 2014 parliamentary elections about his commitment towards ensuring women safety in the country.“Remove him from office. You cannot allow him to be in a position of power and influence the investigation. Please remove him if you meant anything that you promised before 2014,” he told reporters.Mr. Khera accused the prime minister of “failing” the women of the country and questioned his silence on the rape charge against the union minister. “Again there is a rape FIR against the Cabinet colleague of yours – MoS for Railways Rajen Gohain. If you do not act now, you will loose the moral authority to stay in office even for a day. Please take action,” he said.