Laos committing over $1 million to Asian Games campaign

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Pencak silat, boxing, wushu, archery, weightlifting plus track and field athletes are currently preparing at the Lao National Sports Training Center with taekwondo and sepak takraw training taking place at the National University of Laos Dongdok campus.The judo team is training at the Lao-Japan Budo Center, swimmers at the Km16 pool in Xaythany district, and karate-do fighters at the Polytechnic College, while the cycling team is training along the 450 Road.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Sports officials believe pencak silat, sepak takraw, wushu, boxing, taekwondo, judo, karate-do, judo, archery and baseball are Laos’ best medal hopes at the games.“We have hired foreign coaches to improve the athletes in these sports in the hope of winning medals at the Asian Games,” Director General of the Elite Sports Department, Ministry of Education and Sports, Mr Sengphone Phonamath said. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ A pencak silat team competed at the Pre-Asian Games in Indonesia where they won one gold and five bronze medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The pencak silat team is being guided by an Indonesian coach, sepak takraw has two Thai coaches, wushu and archery have Chinese instructors, taekwondo has a Republic of Korea coach, the judo and karate-do teams have Japanese mentors, baseball is coached by two South Koreans, and the boxing team is coached by a Russian.The National Olympic Committee of Laos has been cooperating with the various sports federations to regularly check on the progress of the athletes’ training.“We have also been sending taekwondo, pencak silat, wushu, sepak takraw, boxing, baseball, paragliding, and track and field athletes to overseas training camps ahead of the Asian Games,” Mr Sengphone said.The football, baseball, shooting, tennis, table tennis and paragliding teams have used their own budgets to support training ahead of the games in Indonesia.Laos will compete in three sepak takraw events and face opponents from Myanmar, China, Japan and host Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT VIENTIANE — The Laos government is spending more than 9.9 billion kip ($1.16 million) in preparing competitors to take part in 12 sports at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia from August 18-September 2.Some 271 athletes, coaches and officials are set to represent Laos at the Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Balkman no hard feelings after finals loss: ‘Credit to Ginebra for doing a great job’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

The Urgent Need for Vets in Liberia

first_imgPoor Liberia!  Every time we find ourselves writing something serious about agriculture in our country it looks as though we are starting from scratch.  Here we go again on the issue of Veterinary Medicine.It was in 1956 that Liberia got her first veterinary doctor, in the person of Dr. Christian E. Baker.  After leaving the College of West Africa, he entered Michigan State Univerity, where this first Liberian vet obtained his training.  Not long thereafter he returned home and commenced his career at the Government Farm in Suakoko, Liberia, now known as the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI).  Appointed the Deputy Director of Research, Dr. Baker ran the Animal Division at the Farm and also commenced teaching Animal and Veterinary Science in the Agriculture Department at Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University).In 1960 Dr. Baker changed jobs.  He was elected president of Cuttington and he immediately ceased being a fulltime vet.  He and his wife, Milly Dunbar Baker, who was a Cornell-trained poultry expert, invested in the production of chickens, eggs and pork. We know of no other Liberian vet except Dr. Leon Ledlum whom Dr. Chris Toe, as Agriculture Minister, brought back to Liberia to work in the Ministry in 2006-2007.  Unfortunately, Dr. Ledlum suddenly died.  Since then Liberia has had no vet working on the ground at home.  There may be Liberian vets practicing abroad but we do not know who they are.       This editorial was sparked by a report published in Monday’s Daily Observer by our Agriculture Correspondent, Judoemue Kollie, in which he quoted an executive of a veterinary store lamenting that there was a serious absence of animal medicines in the country.  Charles Hopkins, chief executive officer of the Price Trading Inc. Veterinary Store, said that due to the scarcity of animal drugs in the  country, Liberian animal farmers find it difficult accessing veterinary medicine.  Many animal farmers have to travel to other African countries in search of drugs to treat their animals, whether cattle, pigs or poultry.What an admission for Africa’s oldest independent republic!  What have we been doing over all these years?  You mean since 1956 we have trained only two veterinary doctors?  What has been our problem? How many Agriculture Ministers have we had since 1956?  Johnny Cooper was Agriculture Secretary then; in the early 1960s we had Steve Tolbert; then Mr. Cooper returned after President Tubman summarily fired Tolbert on July 7, 1965. In the early 1970s, President Tolbert appointed J.T. Phillips as Agriculture Minister, and later Dr. Cyril Bright.  After 1980 and throughout the war years the Ministry remained in a chaotic situation and probably very little sustainable planning and implementation was done.Since the advent of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government we have had two Agriculture Ministers, Dr. J. Chris Toe and Dr. Florence Chenoweth.  The Ministry has made some headway in training but so far not in Veterinary Medicine.  It takes as much time to train one as it takes to train a medical doctor—five to seven years.  Sources in the Ministry point to another problem: the serious difficulty in finding well qualified high school and college students to pursue as difficult a field as Veterinary Medicine.With the University of Liberia currently in disarray, stemming from problems both with the faculty and students, the Ministry of Agriculture may not be able to approach the UL’s College of Agriculture and Forestry any time soon to recruit scholarship students.  Fortunately, Cuttington University, too, has a College of Agriculture from which candidates may be recruited for the difficult agricultural sciences and Veterinary Medicine.  It may be useful, too, to recruit from some of the better high schools, such as Roman Catholic Don Bosco, where there seems to be an accent on the sciences.But it is clear that the Ministry of Agriculture is that one institution that should pay particular attention to the training of our agricultural scientists, if ever Liberia is to advance in this most vital field upon which we can rely to feed ourselves and produce the crops that will help our country maintain a positive balance of trade and earn us the foreign exchange we need to advance in other areas of national development.            Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Priority of A&E Dept to treat life-threatening cases – GPHC CEO

first_imgChief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Retired Brigadier, George Lewis stated that too many persons with non-threatening illnesses and minor injuries are flooding the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit of the medical facility.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GPHC, Retired Brigadier, George LewisOn top of this, he noted that they complain about the waiting periods they are subjected to when medical staff are attending to patients with more serious complications.On this note, he explained that the priority of the staff at the A&E Department is to take care of accident victims or persons with life-threating cases“Some of the persons who visit the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department should not be visiting the A&E, as the name suggests it is for accident and emergency but persons go there for a common cold etc. The process of the A&E sees patients being treated on the level of injury, the more serious the injury the faster you get attended to.”The CEO explained that in light of the influx of patients with varying levels of illnesses or health complications at the A&E, a number of changes have been implemented.Georgetown Public Hospital“The Medical Outpatient Department, which is at Middle Street, is now open until 8 pm. Also, it is open on weekends, both Saturdays and Sundays, so persons with minor illnesses should visit there. I can tell you that if you visit there on a Saturday or Sunday you walk in and quickly you walk out (no lengthy waiting time).”Lewis further stated that in addition to a reduction in waiting time at that hospital, there has been an increase in the staff complement on any given shift, to cater to persons who visit the GPHC as a result of critical illnesses.“And we are working to add additional facilities and with that, we hope that we would be able to reduce the persons with serious illnesses but I say again that persons with minor illnesses should not visit the A&E Department until 8 pm. Don’t go there before 8 pm because if you will go there with a common cold or a small cut you will have to wait. If a person visits the GPHC with a gunshot wound or with respiratory challenges that person requires service before persons with the minor illness or non-life-threatening illnesses.”He pointed out that the majority of complaints by patients or persons seeking medical attention at the GPHC’s A&E Department are voiced by individuals who do not or did not have life-threatening health issues and that the medical staff there would prioritise medical attention based on the situations they are confronted with.“And that is where I think the problem lies and many people with minor illnesses would complain that they are waiting long at the A&E. But they will wait long because the illness that they go to the Department with is not an A&E type of illnesses,” the GPHC CEO added.last_img read more

Students, technical scholars receive certificates for performance

first_imgHinterland Scholarship ProgrammeBy Shemuel FanfairOn a night that offered poetry, dance, song and reflections, 85 students and two technical scholars who were beneficiaries of the Hinterland Scholarship Programme were honoured for their performance at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) in 2015.Successful students were issued certificates in a graduation exercise at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on Wednesday evening.In this year’s annual report, social worker Rosamund Daly noted that in the 2014-2015 period under review, 74 students were awarded places at secondary schools while 28 technical students were given scholarships to attended tertiary learning institutions. Daly observed that there was a two per cent decline in results when compared to the previous year.“Our CSEC results from [2015] saw a slight decrease from 90 per cent to 88 per cent,” she noted. Outstanding CSEC performers were St Ignatius resident Jonathon Jacobus who attended Queen’s College, Santa Rosa Secondary student Alesia Harris and Carrissa Kissoon of Mabaruma who attended the Bishops’ High School. Paula Gomes was identified as the best graduating Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) student with passes in 5 subjects.In his remarks, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock praised the students for their successes and urged them to strive harder as they continue to play their role in nation-building. He also noted the importance of preserving one’s heritage.“Your destiny is in your hands; never forget who you are and where you came from. Know and value your identity [and] resist the lure of abandoning your heritage,” the Minister urged the hinterland students.Allicock further noted that the younger generation would be the ones to grasp the opportunities that the country has to offer, especially with the recent oil discovery.Fifteen students were awarded for consistent academic performances, while six students were awarded for consistent participation.The Hinterland Scholarship Programme, which was previously known as the Amerindian Scholarship Programme, was first introduced in 1962, some 54 years ago. The first six students were placed at secondary schools in the capital city based on the results of the Common Entrance Examination, which was placed by the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA). School placement is determined by student performances in Grades Two and Four (a small percentage) and the NGSA.The programme caters to students at the secondary and tertiary levels allowing opportunities for a sound secondary and technical education. The awardees are housed in dormitories, and given a monthly stipend and meals. The Scholarship Programme falls under the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and the graduates hailed from Moruca, Mabaruma, Anna Regina, Aishalton, Lethem, Linden and Kwakwani in Regions One, Two, Six, Seven, Nine and Ten respectively.last_img read more

Why not let the taxman pay for your Christmas?

first_imgJust imagine having all your Christmas shopping paid for. What’s even better wouldn’t it be great that the Taxman was the person who paid for it!TheTaxClinic.ie is the only tax practice in Donegal that specialises in claiming back your tax. Michael Coll from The Tax Clinic says “you can still claim back any overpaid tax for the years 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 but you must be quick as you will be unable to claim any overpaid tax from the year 2014 after the 31st of December 2018”.With millions of euro still going unclaimed each year it is just crazy that people are not checking if they are owed a tax refund he said.The Tax Clinic offer a NO Refund No Fee policy and check the last 4 years to see if there was any reliefs and tax credits due that were not claimed.As Chartered Tax Advisers we have the experience and knowledge to maximise any refund due. Just log onto to our website https://thetaxclinic.ie/tax-refunds/and complete the form and either email or post us the form so we can get to work.Letterkenny Office – 074 9160550Killybegs Office – 074 9732055Why not let the taxman pay for your Christmas? was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 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:CHristmasdonegalRefundThe Tax Cliniclast_img read more

THE LATE HUGH GREEN TO BE HONOURED IN NEW ZEALAND

first_imgONE of Donegal’s greatest is set to be honoured in New Zealand.The late Hugh Green will be given a posthumous Hall of Fame award by the business community in his adopted homeland.Hugh, from Raphoe, passed away last year. His son John and daughter Frances have spoken about his love for life, doing deals – and his native county.Frances says he never learnt to use a computer, calling it “the magic box”. “He couldn’t really read and write that well, and he certainly couldn’t spell.”He was hard on his children, but “you saw a different side of him when he went to Ireland”, Frances says.He had married Aucklander Moira Buckley in 1955 but was achingly homesick for years, only settling when he could afford to make regular trips back, she says in an interview. A gala dinner is to be held in Auckland in July.You can watch a video interview with Frances and John on this link here:http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/8702415/Irishman-a-master-deal-maker  THE LATE HUGH GREEN TO BE HONOURED IN NEW ZEALAND was last modified: May 22nd, 2013 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:THE LATE HUGH GREEN TO BE HONOURED IN NEW ZEALANDlast_img read more

DONEGAL LANDMARKS TO TURN ‘GOLD’ FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION

first_imgSome of Donegal’s best-known buildings and landmarks are Lighting Up Gold this month as part of the 2nd annual Light It Up Gold campaign for the Childhood Cancer Foundation.Letterkenny’s Polestar is to turn gold in aid of cancer research.The Irish campaign, launched recently by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, is part of a wider international campaign originating in the USA, that has seen buildings across the world ‘Light It Up Gold’ in September to shine a light on the bravery of children dealing with cancer.“We are getting a great response from buildings across Ireland, north and south. Our aim this year is to have gold shining in 32 counties across Ireland. My own daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia in February 2013 and prior to that I was completely unaware of childhood cancer. “Now I want to ensure that everyone is aware. Increased awareness will improve early detection and increase understanding among policy makers and communities which will hopefully reduce the isolation of families going through childhood cancer treatment and side effects,” Mary Claire Rennick of Childhood Cancer Foundation said.In Donegal, the Public Service Centres in Donegal Town and Milford are going gold, in Buncrana, the Council Offices, Castle Bridge and the Roundabout are all already lit up gold as indeed is the Coast Guard Station at Malin Head, An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny and the Castle at Oakfield Park in Raphoe.The Polestar Roundabout in Letterkenny will also be lit up gold this weekend.“We are so grateful to everyone who has come on board with the campaign and especially to Liam O’Hara of O’Hara & Harrison Electrical Contractors who have worked for free to install temporary lights for us. Also special thanks to John McCarron in the Council who has been a wonderful support too.” Mary Claire explained that the Childhood Cancer Foundation (comprising of family members of children affected by different childhood cancers) was launched earlier this year on 15 February, International Childhood Cancer Day, with a balloon release in Russborough House, County Wicklow attended by many families affected by childhood cancer. The website www.childhoodcancer.ie was launched on the same day.The group had initially got together to organise the Light It Up Gold campaign in September 2013. That campaign was very successful and received significant positive feedback from families of children affected by childhood cancer and from adult survivors of the disease.As a result, the group decided to formalise its structure in order to achieve specific goals. The objectives of Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCF) are to raise awareness of childhood cancer and to support education and research projects. Everyone involved in CCF works on a voluntary basis.Earlier this year the charity, with the supoprt support of the Robinson family, held a hugely successful family-fun day in Oakfield Park, Raphoe, raising awareness and funds for the Foundation.“Over 200 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Ireland. That’s 4 families each week who hear the devastating news that their child, brother, sister or grandchild has cancer. “Childhood cancer is the biggest cause of death by disease in children in Ireland and the Childhood Cancer Foundation is committed to raising public awareness of the issues surrounding childhood cancer, developing early diagnosis programmes amongst health care professionals, advocating for improved services for children affected by cancer and assisting to fund vital services for children and families affected by this disease,” Mary Clare said.She concluded: “Currently children diagnosed with cancer are not automatically entitled to a medical card and their families must undergo a means test. The form filling and information gathering required for this process are an added burden on families facing an extremely stressful time.“Without the medical card families are forced to pay for inpatient treatment and for medications, medical equipment and dressings etc needed for children going through treatment. Those affected by childhood cancer should have an automatic entitlement to a medical card given the serious nature of their illness.”DONEGAL LANDMARKS TO TURN ‘GOLD’ FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION was last modified: September 10th, 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:Childhood cancer Foundaitondonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Hotel containing Sweden team evacuated ahead of England game

first_imgAccording to hotel management, the alarm went off because someone was either smoking in their room or someone accidentally hit the switch.Players are now back in their rooms.England are playing in their first World Cup quarter-final since they were beaten by Portugal in 2006. For Sweden, meanwhile, this match gives them a chance of reaching their first semi-final since 1994.Jamie Vardy is a doubt for England, having sustained a groin strain during the last 16 penalty shoot-out victory against Colombia, although he would have been unlikely to start anyway.Sebastian Larsson is set to return to Sweden’s starting line-up after missing the last 16 win over Switzerland due to suspension. But the Swedes will be without Celtic defender Mikael Lustig, who will serve a ban, with Emil Krafth expected to come in at right-back.The Three Lions have won one game in the past eight matches against Sweden, however, this did come during the group stages of Euro 2012 when they recorded a 3-2 victory.In their last meeting, in November 2012, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals as Sweden won 4-2 in an international friendly. England v Sweden is live on talkSPORT at 15:00 on Saturday 7 July.The hotel containing Sweden’s World Cup team had to be evacuated following a false fire alarm ahead of their quarter final against England in Samara.Players had to leave their rooms at just after 8:30am on Saturday, with the buildings surrounding it also evacuated. 1last_img read more

NEW SCIENCE PARK COULD CREATE 100 JOBS AT LETTERKENNY IT

first_imgMore than 100 hi-tech jobs could be created at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.It follows plans by Derry’s urban regeneration company, Ilex, for a cross border regional science park.It would be based at two sites: the former army base at Fort George in Derry and at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Ilex said the venture could create up to 280 high-paid technology jobs.Chief Executive, Aideen McGinley, said they were currently involved in discussions with private investors.“A year ago, we had nobody asking us about Fort George. We now have a number of interests from outside,” she said.“We have at least two good leads in terms of local and international interest.” She said the cross-border dimension of the project was very important.“That starts to get us an all-Ireland presence and we really do make ourselves the digital capital of the island.”NEW SCIENCE PARK COULD CREATE 100 JOBS AT LETTERKENNY IT was last modified: July 27th, 2011 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:Letterkenny ITlast_img read more

VERDICT EXPECTED MONDAY OF MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe jury in trial of a man accused of raping his housemate in Co Donegal will retire to make their verdict on Monday next.The 38-year-old man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to orally raping and sexually assaulting the 20-year-old woman on October 30, 2010. The jury of five women and seven men have heard closing speeches from both prosecuting and defending counsel and are due to retire to consider their verdict on Monday following a charge from Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.VERDICT EXPECTED MONDAY OF MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 21st, 2012 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:CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTrapelast_img read more