Valdez out for Creamline for remainder of PVL conference

first_imgThe 24-year-old Valdez has just returned from a 17-day training camp with the national team in Japan on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite In a statement, Peter Cayo, acting president of Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc, said Rebisco has decided to pull Valdez out from the PVL and preserve the volleyball superstar for the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and Southeast Asian Games.“Rebisco’s selfless decision to withdraw Alyssa Valdez from the ongoing Premier Volleyball League (PVL) semifinals is a positive development to our bid of coming up with an impressive finish in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the Southeast Asian Games,” the statement read.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The AVC championship, which will be held in Laguna, starts on Wednesday while the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia begins on Aug. 19.Valdez, who was in uniform, did not play in Creamline’s five-set win over BaliPure in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinals on Saturday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Confident Tim Reed eyes Ironman 70.3 three-peat in ‘amazing’ Cebu MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Putting country first, Alyssa Valdez will skip the remaining games of Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

6 Private Sector Agribusinesses Qualify for USAID Grant

first_imgSix private sector agribusinesses have received letters of qualification from the United States Agency for International Development’s LADA Co-Investment Fund to improve their enterprises.LADA is Liberia Agribusiness Development Agency.Speaking at the official opening of CIF and LADA Bong County office recently, Madam Watchen Bruce, Agribusiness Private Advisor and Component Two Lead of USAID/LADA, said the six private sector agribusinesses met up with the preliminary criteria for the Co-Investment Fund (CIF) and they are pending verification of their matching fund. The six agribusiness owners include Mr. Benedict Sampson, CEO of Moonlight Metal Works and Garage in Bong County, which specializes in the manufacturing and repair of agro processing tools. Ms. Bruce said CIF will be used to build large facilities to increase his business capacity and meet the demands of his clients.Another beneficiary is the CEO of Selma Agriculture Development Corporation of Lofa County, Mr. John Selma. Mr. Selma has a rice processing firm and supplies rice to World Food Program (WFP) and Mary’s Meal. He will use the CIF to purchase larger and more efficient rice processing machines to increase his daily production.Mr. Fabio Kamara, the CEO of WESCO Fisheries of Montserrado County is another qualifier for the USAID grant. His company works closely with artisanal fishermen to provide regional markets for Liberian fish producers. Their fishing activities are limited to dry season because they do not have access to the right tools and equipment during the rainy season.The fund and matching loan proceeds will be used to purchase larger freezers and boats with modern technology that will enable them to increase their capacity and operate year round.Ms. Annie Kruah, chairperson of Gbehly Geh Rural Women Farmers Multipurpose Corporative of Nimba County, an 86-plus member group that sells rice seeds and produces and processes rice, will also benefit from the grant. The fund will be used to purchase a larger rice processing plant to increase production to serve the WFP.The rest of the beneficiaries are under the Liberia Entrepreneurial and Asset Development (LEAD) of Montserrado County, serving 13,000 micro agribusinesses in six counties; Agriculture Infrastructure and Investment Company of Lofa County, specializing in rice processing and rice seeds multiplication for smallholder farmers.The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Moses Zinnah, congratulated the six private sector agribusinesses for meeting up with the criteria to improve their businesses.Dr. Zinnah said private sector agribusinesses are contributing immensely to the growth of the country’s agricultural sector and promised to work along with private sector agribusinesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lekstrom working hard to meet with community members to discuss the draft partnership agreements on caribou recovery

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Since being appointed Community Liaison, Former MLA and current Dawson Creek Councillor, Blair Lekstrom, has been working hard to meet with community members to discuss the draft partnership agreements on caribou recovery.For the past two weeks, Lekstrom says he has been busy meeting with various organizations and industry groups, adding that he will be coordinating a meeting between the Peace River Regional District and the local First Nations.“It’s been very busy. I’ve been having a number of meetings with different organizations and different industry groups. We’re still coordinating a meeting between the Peace River Regional District, Saulteau, and West Moberly to get them all at the table to talk about how we move this forward.”- Advertisement -According to Lekstrom, the vast majority of people he has spoken with are in favour of protecting caribou but they feel that they have been excluded from the talks and are looking for inclusion from the Government.“The vast majority are all in agreement that we want to try and look after the caribou and their habitat but the biggest issue is we want to be at the table to try and find the solution to do that.”Lekstrom says his goal for the report, that will be presented to the Province, is to reflect what he has heard from his discussions and write about the steps needed to move forward, instead of focusing on past mistakes.Advertisement Lekstrom hopes to have the report completed and delivered to the Province by May 27, prior to the Government’s deadline of May 30, 2019.last_img read more

LATEST: AMBULANCE AND EXTRA ARMED GARDAÍ AT STAND-OFF WITH MURDER SUSPECT

first_imgMIDNIGHT UPDATE: By John Gill, Burnfoot: AN AMBULANCE and more armed Gardai have arrived at a security cordon close to where a murder suspect is believed to be hiding.A chopper with the armed officers touched down in a field off the Brae Road between Burnfoot and Muff just after 11pm.An ambulance arrived at the scene at ten minutes to midnight. Gardai believe Kieran McLaughlin, the chief suspect in the brutal murder of Barry McCrory, shot dead in a flat in Derry city centre on Thursday morning, is inside an outbuilding.Police took the unusual step on Friday morning of issuing a picture of McLaughlin.Gardai spent Friday searching Border areas close to Derry in the hunt for the suspect.It followed reports at teatime that McLaughlin was seen close to a parochial house in Muff. Gardaí later surrounded a barn used to keep pigs, around 2kms away.Neighbours told us they haven’t been told what has been going on.“The first we knew about it was the large Garda presence,” said one.“We had no idea what was going on.”The PSNI raided a nmber of homes in Galliagh on the Derry side of the Border as part of the operation. Earlier the killing has been widely condemned with British PM David Cameron the latest to denounce the shooting.He was in Belfast to attend a major investment conference and he took time out at the end of the event to condemn the killing of Mr McCrory and that of 46-year-old Brendan Kearney in Belfast on Wednesday night.He said: “These murders are despicable and the people responsible should be hunted down prosecuted and convicted, they should face justice.”The dead man’s family, including his mother Anne, father Danny and son Shea attended a peace rally held in Guildhall Square in protest at the killing. McLaughlinFollowing a two minutes silence, the crowd of several hundred were told a clear message needed to be sent out from Derry that violence from all quarters was not acceptable in the city.Meanwhile, Mr McCrory’s body remains in Belfast where a post mortem examination has taken place. The family hope to have is remains returned to them tomorrow with burial expected on Monday.LATEST: AMBULANCE AND EXTRA ARMED GARDAÍ AT STAND-OFF WITH MURDER SUSPECT was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Kieran McLaughlinMurder suspectsiegelast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Leading car dealership require motor mechanic/technician

first_imgDMG Motors, Donegal’s leading Skoda, SEAT & Mitsubishi dealer are hiring.A position has become available for a qualified/experienced Automotive Technician/Motor Mechanic to join our experienced Multi Franchise dealership in Donegal Town.Working with us will mean carrying out motor vehicle servicing and repairs to approved standards as well as delivering unbeatable customer service every time Key skills and attributes include:• Exceptional communication skills• A friendly and approachable personality• A full clean driver’s licence• A keen eye for detail• Current Trade Qualifications• Ability to work unsupervisedMain Responsibilities:• Repair, test and diagnose vehicle faults as and when required by Service Advisor and/or Service Manager.• Carry out all work to the highest standard to ensure total customer satisfaction and repeat/• incremental business• Replace components, parts, lubricants and consumables and record usage.• Recognise and report on vehicle and component serviceability with an emphasis on customer and public safety. Ensure that all faults and concerns are reported orally and recorded in writing on the job card and the Vehicle Health Check forms is fully completed.   Serious concerns should be raised with the Service Advisor or Service Manager.• Read, understand and implement the technical service instruction data and improved working practices.• Keep work areas clean and tidy, organised and safe from hazards to health and safety.If you feel you meet the above criteria please apply using the details below including full Cover Letter and CV.In Writing to: DMG Motors Ltd,Clar Road,Donegal Town,Co. Donegal Or Via Email to: kevin.mcginty@dmgmotors.ieCLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2016 12PMJob Vacancy: Leading car dealership require motor mechanic/technician was last modified: October 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Update on Interplant Internet

first_imgOne of the early “amazing” stories reported in these pages concerned the startling observation that plants use a kind of “email” system in their own interplant “internet” (see 07/13/2001).  What has been learned in the nine years since that story appeared?  Quite a lot, and another fascinating article about plant communication appeared this week in Science Daily.  Scientists at Duke, Cornell and the Universities of Helsinki and Uppsala confirmed that micro-RNAs are engaged in two-way communication as part of gene regulation between cells.  A Duke team member said, “To our knowledge, this is the first solid evidence that microRNAs can move from one cell to another.”  According to the article, this adds to the list of molecules involved in communication: hormones, proteins, and now micro-RNAs.    The packets of information stored in these molecules regulate how tissues and organs are developed in leaves, roots and organs.  Listen to one example of how proteins control a waterproofing layer:They also add a new element to the already complex interplay in Arabidopsis roots between two proteins, known as Scarecrow and Short-root, that Benfey’s team had described in earlier work.  Those proteins interact and restrain one another to allow the assembly of a waterproofing layer of cells that ultimately enables plants to control precisely how much water and nutrients they take in.    The researchers now show that Short-root moves from cells in the plant’s inner vasculature out into the waterproofing endodermis that surrounds it to activate Scarecrow.  Together, those two transcription factors (genes that control other genes) activate microRNAs, known as MIR165a and 166b.  Those microRNAs then head back toward the vascular cells, meeting and degrading another transcription factor (called Phabulosa) as well as other regulatory factors along the way.The two-way communication works across cell borders.  The “internet” nature of these between-cell signals is essential for correct patterning of tissues, the article explained.  Susan Haynes of NIH said, “This study provides important insight into how cells communicate positional information to orchestrate the complex process of tissue and organ development.”    The article concluded by noting that the specific instances discovered here are most likely indicators of a general phenomenon that will be noticed throughout biology.  Duke systems biologist Philip Benfey tacked on an evolutionary comment:He said there’s also reason to think that the specific regulatory interactions they’ve uncovered were key in the evolutionary transition from single-celled algae to land plants.    “ “Formation of vascular tissue with a surrounding endodermal layer that acts as waterproofing was a key milestone in the evolution of land plants,” Benfey said.  “Without a tube to conduct water, you can’t grow a tree or a sunflower.”This comment amounted to a requirement without a specification.It was really painful to reproduce Benfey’s Darwin malapropism in this otherwise fascinating entry.  It’s kind of like having to endure someone telling an insensitive joke or belching during a speech.  Let’s deal with it quickly and move along.  This is another indiscretion from an evolutionist who has not learnt good manners.  One cannot simply assume that miracles will occur on cue, simply because Mr. Darwin needs them.  A single-celled alga needs a tube to conduct water.  Yes, the tube needs a waterproofing layer, too.  Without these requirements being met, you can’t grow a tree or sunflower.  Fine; understood.  But Mr. Benfey, who is going to snap his fingers and call for Tinker Bell to zap the alga with her mutation wand by your script?  How many gazillion algae will have to die before one struggles to get the internet right and the email system working?  Remember, you don’t believe in miracles or end-goals, so this all has to happen by an undirected process with each and every step producing survival value.  LOL, LOL (Lots of Luck, Laugh out Loud).    Ahem; back to our regularly scheduled celebration.  Ladies and gentlemen, we call attention to this fine discovery by the teams at Duke, Cornell, Uppsala and Helsinki, and thank them for dazzling us with insights into another living design that predated our own.  Here we thought we invented the internet, only to find it was there long before our feeble attempts at two-way packetized communication.  My, what will we discover next!(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA saves R2.2bn in HIV drug tender

first_img29 November 2012 South Africa achieved a massive R2.2-billion cost reduction in the R5.9-billion tender awarded to three pharmaceutical companies on Thursday for single-dose antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for the government’s HIV treatment campaign. Making the announcement in Pretoria, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that the majority of South Africans on state-sponsored ARV treatment for HIV would, from April 2013, need only one tablet instead of the current three per day. Motsoaledi said South Africa had managed to reduce the cost of the tender – for a single dose of the triple combination of tenofovir, entricitabine and efavirenz – by 38%, a massive saving of R2.2 billion.‘Means we can treat more patients’ The price of the three-in-one combination is R89.37, which Motsoaledi described as now the world’s lowest price for this product. The tender was awarded to South African companies Aspen Pharmacare and Cipla Medpro along with US firm Mylan Pharmaceuticals. “This new tender has moved from an original cost of R8.1-billion to R5.9-billion for two years,” Motsoaledi said. “This savings means we can treat more patients with the same budget.” Motsoaledi said, from April, all pregnant women who were HIV positive would be given the single dose combination during pregnancy and breast feeding, regardless of their CD4 count. At least 80% of patients on ARV treatment would also be able to switch to the single-dose combination, though Motsoaledi noted that those who couldn’t switch for any reason could still take individual ARV drugs.Benefits of the single-dose combination Motsoaledi said the single-dose combination had major benefits for patients, and not only in terms of compliance with the daily routine; the combination meant fewer side-effects, and easier logistics and storage. “The fixed dose combination … is more effective than dual therapy and has fewer side-effects for the pregnant mother, in addition to its convenient dosage regimen.” The drugs will be available in all 3 000 registered health facilities across the country, said Motsoaledi, adding that there would be no more delays in supply, as experienced with the previous supplier. “We have asked the suppliers to give us their commitment on this, and all three of them have done so.” Dr Francesca Conradie, clinical adviser for TB/HIV at Wits University’s Clinical HIV Research Unit, said the new combination would not be harmful to pregant mothers in any way. “Simplification of the tablets is so much easier for mothers, and it will lead to better results,” Dr Conradie said. UNAids country coordinator Dr Catherine Sozi commended South Africa for being able to access the effective drugs at a small price. “The reduction in cost is way beyond what we’ve hoped for,” Sozi said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens – Episode 22 – Play Your Part

first_imgThe next episode of the Play Your Part Television Series will air on Saturday, 17 February 2018 on SABC 2 at 18h00.Episode 22 is aligned to health, innovation, and active citizenship in respect of volunteerism.It features the Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens Social Club, Human Writes social innovation start-up and Ikamva Labantu charity organisaton, the Hands of Compassion Christian Community and University of Free State student, Andile Putu’s involvement in the Enactus Entrepreneurial Community.The Kanyamazane Government Senior Citizens Social Club, is a gathering of retired public servants who use their knowledge on health and wellness to assist in the health care of citizens in the community.The Human writ.es social innovation start-up improves child and adult literacy through the Ikamva Labantu charity organisation based in Cape Town.Under the guidance of Pastors Alan and Xana MacCauley, the Johannesburg based Hands of Compassion Christian Community affords second chances to young people.Andile Putu oversaw the Enactus Entrepreneurial Community while he was a student at the University of the Free State in an attempt to assist HIV positive orphans and reviving the manufacturing industry in the Free State province.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on every Saturday on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolvedTell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africalast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, March 4, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cold air is the main topic of discussion this week, but also of note will be the fact that we really only have one significant precipitation outbreak to worry about for the next 10 days. Once we get into the extended 11-16 day period, we have a much more active pattern developing.The first half of this week will be bitterly cold. Strong north winds bring in arctic air again. Highs today and tomorrow do no better than the teens and low 20s, although tomorrow we probably see more of Ohio in the 20s than today. We stay below normal on temps through Wednesday. Strong north and northwest winds tomorrow bring a chance of lake effect snow to north central and especially northeast parts of the state. In those areas, we can see minor accumulations, except northeast Ohio, where several inches of lake effect can fall tomorrow, and even off and on today. Generally, though, the rest of us will see clouds and sun in various ratios through the period. Thursday features cloudy to partly sunny skies, but scattered snow showers are back, this time with about 40% coverage statewide. We think that a coating to an inch or less will be the best possible accumulation but are emphasizing the “or less” part of that statement. There just is not much moisture to work with here. Thursday will be the first day we start to see some temperature moderation meaning we should be less cold…although likely not close to normal yet. Friday will feature partly to mostly sunny skies, and finally a push to normal and event slightly above normal temps.Wind really pick up for Saturday. We have plenty of sun to start but will see clouds build ahead of our next system’s arrival. Expect south winds at 20-40 mph through the day Saturday. Rain and thunderstorms develop Saturday night and that continues through Sunday mid to late morning. We expect 100% coverage of rains from half to 1.5” Some of the rain can be heavy, although we think that it will take a line of thunderstorms to put you into the upper half of the range. The map at right shows 24 hour rain totals from Saturday night through Sunday night.  We should see some clearing by late Sunday afternoon.Monday and Tuesday of next week will be cooler than the weekend, but still should be able to be termed “seasonal”. We expect partly to mostly sunny skies for those days. Clouds start to increase overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday.Kicking off the extended 11-16 day forecast period Wednesday afternoon, we have rain arriving and continuing through Thursday. Rain totals will end up at .25”-.75” over 90% of the state. These rains are relatively gentle, but just last a little longer than some of our recent systems. We follow up the system with a colder day for next Friday, and some lake snow potential up in the far northern part of the state. We should see a mix of clouds and sun elsewhere. Another significant warm up kicks off for Saturday the 16th, and with strong south winds, we expect another strong storm to come through shortly thereafter. Rains start Saturday night and precipitation goes through Sunday. AT this point we will leave open the potential for a changeover to snow in this storm. Some models say yes, but trend shows that the cold air over the past few events has waited for the strongest part of the system to pass before moving in. Either way, we are projecting liquid equivalent precipitation at anywhere from .3”-1.1” and coverage at 90%. It turns significantly colder again behind that system for the Monday and Tuesday, the 18th and 19th. In that cold air mass, we can’t rule out a little bit of flurry activity.last_img read more

SaaS: Profile of an On-Demand Buyer

first_imgWhat is the profile of a candidate buyer of services sold using the SaaS model?  A new report by market research company Celent discusses SaaS trends in the European insurance market.  A Tekrati article quotes Catherine Stagg-Macey, senior insurance analyst and author of the report, as saying that SaaS buyers typically view IT as a commodity item.  These customers see the ROI in using SaaS because it allows them to reduce costs and to also to reduce downtime. Celent sees a trend of early adoptors as small and medium size companies that are looking for competitive advantage.  Most large established insurance companies are more conservative and already have an IT infrastructure in place.  For those larger companies the benefits of SaaS are less compelling.  At least for now.  That type of thinking is expected to change in three to five years time.  The Celent report outlines growth trends in this market.last_img read more