Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet TNT import Donte Greene shoots over Mahindra import Keith Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT will take one last shot in hopes of improving its standing this 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The KaTropa have parted ways with import Donte Greene, who will be replaced with Joshua Smith for the team’s final two games in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT TNT is already assured of a quarterfinal slot with a 6-3 record, but the KaTropa are still eyeing to snag a seat in the top two.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith PLAY LIST 00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Will Voigt to help Mighty, not fill Gilas’ coaching spot Gomez de Liaño bros still undecided on UP return View comments FEU opens Filoil bid with win over CSB School to fine parents for picking up their children late World’s shortest man dies in Nepal at 27 MOST READ ‘Maman Dion,’ mother of singer Celine, dies at 92 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sources close to the situation said the 25-year-old Smith will make his debut on Saturday against Alaska in Legazpi City.The 6-foot-10 Smith spent the last two years with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League, where he averaged 8.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists this past season.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’Smith will be TNT’s fourth import this conference after Denzel Bowles, Lou Amundson, and Greene.Greene averaged 29.0 points, 14.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks in seven games for the KaTropa. LATEST STORIES 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
No one is happier than Major Desmon Brown that the National Stadium is set to undergo a major repair next year. Brown, who is the general manager of Independence Park Limited, which manages the venue, said the facility has been operating below international standards for the past five years and that it was on the brink of not being able to host international events such as World Cup Qualifiers and athletics meets. “For international events, a dedicated drug-testing area is required and right now what we have to do is use one of the changing rooms, which is not the best thing,” Brown said. “We also need proper changing rooms with ice-baths, physiotherapy rooms and we don’t have that. One of the recent requirements from FIFA is that you have to have separate access to the field by players and officials, right now (it’s just the) McDonald Tunnel with officials, VIPs and everybody walk through it.” He continued: “Our medical facilities for patrons are inadequate, especially in the bleachers. We don’t even have enough restrooms in the bleachers. We are supposed to have a venue operating centre where we would have the Police, the fire brigade, the ministry of health and private security. All of those people are supposed to be in one room and that is where you make major decisions in terms of anything happening and we don’t have one of those now.” Brown said the stadium has been allowed to host FIFA matches and IAAF athletics meets out of discretion. “When we patch up a few things, they allow us to host these events because we don’t have anywhere else,” Brown said. He alluded to an incident when the stadium almost received an international bad when Jamaica hosted Panama in a World Cup Qualifier in 2013 after crowd control issues. “We never had a field invasion and that is why we never got punishment, but we can’t continue like that,” Brown said. The renovated stadium capacity will increase to 38,000 as the velodrome (cycle track) will be removed. “The fact that we are taking out the obsolete velodrome means that we are going to have space for more seats and this will bring people closer to the action,” Brown explained. Brown said the renovation of the stadium will be done over a three year period to facilitate the hosting of events. Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange is expecting the renovation to begin next year as the Government is in the final stage of signing off on the project. “We have gone through the PIU (Public Investment Unit) and we are in the process of hiring a consultant who will assist with the technical aspects of the project as well as developing a business plan,” Grange said. “We are speaking to the Ministry of Finance in terms of the funding and it will be done in stages.” Facilities inadequate
The Civil Service Agency (CSA) with support from the United States Agency for International Development-Governance and Economic Management Support Project (USAID-GEMS) will launch a Service Delivery Charter (SDC) tomorrow Wednesday. The ceremony, according to a statement issued by CSA, will be held at the Monrovia City Hall.The SDC launching program will include an Open Accountability Forum to showcase the various services provided by each directorate at the CSA.“The Accountability Forum is a new approach to increasing awareness of the CSA’s services focusing on Accountability, Transparency and fairness. The Open Accountability Forum will provide an opportunity for people in rural communities at the county or district level to interact directly with the CSA and get answers to their concerns,” the statement said. The Service Charter is the result of the Institutional Performance Assessment Report and a three year strategic Plan for 2015-2018 developed by the agency.“For the CSA, whose mandate is to improve human resource capacity and service delivery, the Charter will serve as a guide for public servants introducing new management tools to all ministries, agencies and commissions (MACs), the statement added.The rationale for the launch of CSA is to provide an opportunity for civil servants and the public to be informed of †he various services the agency provides.The Service Charter outlines standards at which the CSA serves its stakeholders. It also spells out customers’ rights and CSA’s obligations, states the mutual expectations to be upheld in CSA relationship with its clients and commits the CSA fully to meeting the standards contained in the Charter.The statement said the Service Charter, which is a new transformation tool to strengthen accountability and transparency in Civil Service, was validated by the CSA in October 2015. The Charter calls for the consistent provision of quality service to stakeholders.Meanwhile, the event is expected to have in attendance Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and other high ranking government officials, members of the Legislature with oversight on CSA, heads of ministries, agencies and commissions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest LATEST STORIES Knowing what it is like to finally taste a win, he certainly does not want to go back on the losing end.“My first two matches were huge, especially my win last January, because it has only built my confidence that I belong here, and I saw things that I can use this Friday against Sawada,” Calim said.“But more than that, it helped me as a person. It showed me the things that I need to do in order to reach more in martial arts, to strive more because I’m competing in ONE Championship now.”But he understands that he has to work for it each and every time because of the caliber of warriors that he will be facing in ONE, starting with Sawada.“There is no easy match and that’s why I’m really striving for this, to showcase my full potential in the match. I believe in my skills, and I know I can get my second-straight win this Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT “I’m really excited for this match. I trained hard because I want to pick up where I left off this year. Of course there are nerves, but I’m ready,” Calim said.“I feel blessed with the opportunities that continue to swing my way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCalim is fresh off his first win in the largest martial arts organization in the world where he made quick work of Adi Paryanto at ONE: Eternal Glory last January, winning by submission in the first round.It was a great bounce-back for Calim after he suffered a second-round submission loss to Adrian “Papua Bad Boy” Mattheis in his debut late last year at ONE: Warrior’s Dream. ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Photo from ONE ChampionshipFilipino-Indonesian strawweight Aziz “The Krauser” Calim already knows what it feels like to get a win in ONE Championship, and it is a feeling that he wants to get used to.He gets a chance to notch his second-straight win in The Home of Martial Arts when he battles Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada of Japan on the undercard of ONE: Dreams of Gold on Friday at Impact Arena in Bangkok.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Arsenal starts its EPL season with 1-0 win at Newcastle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists View comments
A sanitary inspector on Tuesday afternoon ordered that the Port Mourant Market be closed and cleaned before reopening.Both the exterior and interior of the market will have to be cleaned; the sanitary inspector also ordered that the interior walls be scrubbed in an effort to sanitise the facility.The decision by the sanitary department has angered vendors who are said to have been experiencing reduced sales over the past two months.This, they claimed, is on account of other vendors who operate outside the market on Friday nights and retail vegetables at wholesale prices.Meanwhile, a standoff between the Port Mourant/Johns Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Overseer and cleaners attached to the Port Mourant Market has resulted in the market not being cleaned. Huge piles of garbage, including carcasses, were not removed from inside and outside of the market.The situation has resulted in some residents in the area temporally moving out. Sanitation workers have not been able to remove the waste, which has been left by fish vendors and other huskers who utilise the facility on Friday and Saturday.According to a source close to the market, the six cleaners have been requesting to have equipment to work with for the past four weeks and have been told that funds were not available to purchase rakes.Some of the workers have been using their personal tools to clean the market. According to the source, one of the workers had to purchase a bucket so that the toilet could be flushed after vendors use it.On Saturday, the workers were allegedly asked whether they wanted their August salaries, which they were still to collect, or tools since money was not available for both.According to the source, the workers were only requesting hand rakes which cost $2000 each.Meanwhile, the stench in the area has forced many persons to relocate. Richie Ramdehol says the current situation is making it uncomfortable for residents.Villagers say a few weeks ago a similar situation existed which resulted in the Port Mourant NIS office being closed for two days.Angela Newinkurk, a caretaker for a church next to the Market, said the stench has affected church attendance on Sundays.Meanwhile, the NDC has been collecting $10,000 from vendors weekly for the use of the sanitary facility. That money should be used for the welfare of the market.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Some protestors vowed not to leave until the city forces them out. Others said they just want more time to find new homes for their horses. But Fuentes said Monday the city has given them plenty of time. “They were under the false impression that the city was going to relent,” he said. “They refused to budge and now we’re in this situation.” Officials said they are reviewing several possible legal actions against the protestors, which they declined to specify. They said they will discuss those options at the next City Council meeting Wednesday. Fuentes said the boarders could end up being liable for the cost of a cattle auction company Pico Rivera hired to maintain the stables. Horse boarder Lidia Mansilla believes city officials are lying about why they are closing the stables. “I don’t want the city to lie to us any more,” said Mansilla. “I don’t know why the city is trying to hurt us. At this point, I don’t know who to believe.” City spokesman Bob Spencer said the city is closing the stables because it is costing Pico Rivera about $15,000 a year to clean storm drains of manure and other stable debris. Also, the city plans to develop the land, which it leases from the Army Corps of Engineers, said Spencer. “The fact that we’re closing the stables after 40 years was not an easy decision for the council to make,” said Spencer. “We fully recognize the cultural significance of the horse in Pico Rivera.” Spencer said Mexican rodeos will continue to be held at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena next door to the stables. Horse trails in the city will remain open. If and when the protestors leave, the city will begin razing the stables, said Fuentes. Then officials will decide what to build there. Fuentes said officials plan to review development options for the entire area, including renovations for the Sports Arena. “We’re going to look at this whole property on a master plan basis,” said Fuentes. The City Council has considered replacing the stables with a 16-hole golf course, but Fuentes said that may not be economically feasible. “We’ll look at what’s in the best interest of the broader Pico Rivera community,” he said. “Whether it’s additional playing fields, recreational facilities or something like that.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Joseph Uribes stood guard over 48 horses and about 200 mostly empty horse stalls Monday. “We’re hostages here. We can’t exercise the horses. The conditions are deplorable. We feel like we’re in Guantanamo,” said Uribes, who boards two horses at the facility. Although the horse boarders were evicted from the Pico Rivera Stables on Friday, a handful of people continued to ignore the city’s demand that they leave. On Monday, the hold-outs were taking turns guarding their horses. “We want to know why the city is doing this,” said Uribes. “We want to know why \ Fuentes is against us.”
Share This!I recently tried the Jaleo Experience at Jaleo at Disney Springs and found it to be both delicious and a fantastic value for the amount and quality of food presented.My husband, Jeff, and I arrived at the restaurant overwhelmed and dehydrated after a flight from New York and a slog through the Orlando heat. (Narrator voice: They were cranky.) I immediately ordered an attitude adjustment cocktail: the “Cropping Rope,” created with Crop cucumber vodka, Lillet Blanc, green chartreuse, and lime ($14). Jeff stuck with Diet Coke and then water.Cropping Rope cocktailSlightly refreshed, but still a bit addled from travel, we scanned the dozens of menu items which all looked fantastic, but daunting to weed through, until I saw the “Chefs Tasting Menu.” To me, tasting menu means “someone else decides so you don’t have to,” which is always a good thing when you’re exhausted.We weren’t sure we were in a $110 per person mood (that takes stamina), so we skipped past the Jose’s Way, but asked our server about the $70 per person Jaleo Experience. She described it as, “Twelve of the most popular items on the menu – the ones that guests always rave about – with a balance of light and more substantial dishes.” Sold!Here’s what we got …Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.“Pan de Cristal con Tomate” – crispy bread brushed with fresh tomato.“Gazpacho Estilo Algeciras” – chilled Spanish soup with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers“Manzanas con Hinojo y Queso Manchego” – Sliced apple and fennel salad with Manchego cheese, walnuts, and sherry dressing“Endivias con Queso de Cabra y Naranjas” – Endives, goat cheese, oranges, and almonds.“Pulpo a la Gallega” – boiled octopus with peewee potatoes, pimenton, and extra virgin olive oil“Espinacas a la Catalana” – Sauteed spinach, pine nuts, raisins, and apples“Croquetas de Pollo” – traditional chicken fritters“Butifarra Casera con Mongetes” – Grilled pork sausage with sauteed white beans and aioli“Gambas al Ajillo” – shrimp sauteed with garlic“Patatas Bravas” – fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and aioliCrusty bread to accompany the shrimp“Pan con Chocolate” – chocolate custard with caramelized bread, olive oil, and brioche ice cream“Flan al Estilo Tradicional de Mama Marisa con Espuma de Crema Catalana” – Flan with Catalan cream and orangesSo, we received 13 dishes instead of the promised twelve, plus the bread. If I’m doing the math right, these dishes would have cost over $160 if ordered on the menu individually, while ordered as the tasting menu it cost $140.But more importantly, the food was outstanding. Overall one of the tastiest meals I’ve had a Disney world in years. And even with the substantial quantity of food, I didn’t leave feeling bloated or sluggish from the meal, as has happened to me with the also incredible, but much heavier multi-course menu at Victoria & Albert’s. Since much of the meal was light, but flavorful veggies and seafood, we were not weighed down at the end.Highlights for me were the tomato bread which had a delightful crunch, concentrated fresh tomato flavor, and just the right amount of salty bite, and the endive salad, which tasted like summer in Spain. The only dish that didn’t sing to me was the octopus, but I don’t love octopus in general, so that’s not surprising.Jeff’s favorites were the lovely shrimp, the ham and cheese, and the octopus. (See, what do I know.)I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by dessert, but both of the end-of-meal sweets were truly spectacular. And the flan – oh that flan – is now in my top five WDW desserts of all time. So simple, but the cream and citrus work together perfectly. It’s like the Beyonce of Creamsicles. Sigh.Our meal, two Jaleo Experiences, a cocktail, and a diet Coke cost $168.27, plus tip. This is gourmet food in a casual atmosphere – well worth the price.Have you dined at Jaleo? What did you think? Would you order this tasting menu? Let us know in the comments.
IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi is the leader of KwaZulu-Natal’s House of Traditional Leaders. (Image: Angeljes blog, Belgium) The recently formed National Freedom Party (NFP), a breakaway from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), hopes to draw in South Africans who’ve grown weary of racial battles among other political groups in the country. The party was officially launched at the Durban City Hall in KwaZulu-Natal on 25 January 2011.Recently dismissed IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi was elected by her supporters to be the leader of the NFP.Msibi had in the past been eyed as the next leader of the IFP, although its long-running president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has said that he will not be stepping down anytime soon.“I never thought that in my wildest dreams that I would ever stand in front of you and make this pronouncement about leaving the IFP, the party I have dedicated my entire life to serve,” Msibi said at the NFP launch.The NFP has already been registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and intends contesting the upcoming local government elections.“The NFP is a home to all South Africans, irrespective of their race, colour or creed. It is a home for the majority of our people who found themselves caught up in the racial battles of many parties in South Africa,” Msibi added.The party believes it will gain significant support from Zululand District Municipality’s Ulundi and Nongoma regions in the polls later this year.“We will win in Zululand because we have worked very hard there. In May, after local government elections, I will be the mayor of Zululand,” Msibi said.Breakaway a long time comingA rift within the IFP has existed since 2009 with members’ loyalties divided between Msibi and Buthelezi.Msibi’s faction has been in a tug-of-war with Buthelezi supporters and recently went to court to prevent an inquiry against her. If this intervention had been successful, it could have prevented her expulsion from the party.Msibi lost her fight in early January 2011 after the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed her application to order the IFP to hold an elective conference, and to prevent it from subjecting her to a disciplinary inquiry.After the court dismissal, IFP secretary-general Musa Zondi said: “We have been vindicated. We have never had any doubt that the court would dismiss the applications brought against us … since the grounds for these applications carried no substance.“Our immediate goal today is to start recovering the lost ground ahead of the 2011 local government elections and contest these elections as one organisation with one leader,” added Zondi.But Msibi was already hinting at a split: “We will never regain the relationship we once had with the leadership of the IFP. We have to accept the court’s decision and move forward as the party has shown that they no longer want me and my supporters in their fold.“The president (Mangosuthu Buthelezi) made it clear that there will never be reconciliation between us and therefore if one door closes, other doors open. We will be there in the local government elections and we are capable of doing anything,” she added.Although Msibi lost her place within the IFP, she praised Buthelezi as her mentor: “He groomed me and I have no qualms with him, but now we need to let bygones be bygones.”Long-time rulerMangosuthu Buthelezi founded the IFP in 1975 and has been its president ever since. He is a former member of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, which he joined while studying at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape.The IFP and ANC had been bitter rivals since the 1980s, but after the first democratic elections in 1994 the relationship eased somewhat and the two parties formed a coalition in KwaZulu-Natal – the IFP’s stronghold.The IFP has 18 seats in the National Assembly and largely draws its support from isiZulu-speaking South Africans. The IFP strongly supports traditional leadership structures.Buthelezi plays an advisory role in the government as the head of KwaZulu-Natal’s House of Traditional Leaders.
Millennials give differently. New studies have shown the way we think about our charitable efforts doesn’t quite match the thinking of older generations.If we are giving, we are giving more. That’s the finding of a new paper out of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Massachusetts. The paper, titled Are Millennials Really So Selfish?, finds that, “conditional on making a gift, the Millennials donate more than members of earlier generations.”Good job, everyone.On the other hand, it also finds that “Millennials are somewhat less likely to make any donations at all than their generational predecessors.”So if we are giving, we’re out-giving the older folks. But too many of us are not yet engaged with philanthropy. That might be because, as the study notes, our generation is getting started with adulting tasks later than earlier cohorts.In other words, around the time past generations might be settled with jobs and mortgages, we are still single, renting, and paying off student loans.We’ll come back to the folks who aren’t giving. The ones who are giving do so in a significant way. A new Fidelity Charitable study on generational cohort giving trends looks into the habits of entrepreneurs among Millennials, GenXers and Baby Boomers.The big news? Millennials’ median annual giving is a whopping twice as much as either of those other cohorts at $13,654. Millennials engage more broadly and in a more hands-on way.The Take-AwaysGiven this, plus some research we at DonorsTrust conducted late last year, what is the true state of Millennial giving? What are the real lessons? Here are the keys to understanding the giving trends of your peers, which may give you some additional insight into your own charitable practice.We Want To Be Hands-OnI often hear some variation of “I want to be involved with the groups I support” when people talk with me about their giving. The Fidelity study bears this out, indicating that “Millennial entrepreneurs want to be hands-on and involved.” Almost all of them appreciated a charity that offered volunteer opportunities, with half seeing those as a way to learn new skills.Our Giving Priorities Are DifferentThat desire for involvement suggests an interest in supporting causes closer to home. A Hanover Research study examining trends in higher education giving found that, “Millennials currently prefer to donate to causes they see as more local and immediate than their alma mater.” So while giving to colleges continues to rise, it is doing so on the backs of large donations, not by adding young alums.Interestingly, according to research DonorsTrust conducted in late 2018, 53% of donors under 40 who gave to education were giving to the school their children attended. Only 19% gave to their college alma mater.When we do give to our alma maters, we want to understand where it’s going and how it relates to our other interests. As the Hanover study points out, “Young donors are especially interested in knowing how their donations support their institution, and in turn, how their institution can directly support the community and the wider world.”We Have Vulnerability IssuesMillennials give to a broader swath of charities than the older cohorts. This may be related to trust issues. The Fidelity report notes that “while [Millennials] are more likely than other generations to see giving as part of their identity, they also may have lower levels of trust in the nonprofits they support.”In other words, we’re spreading our giving to a lot of organizations because we know some of them will let us down. At this stage in life, I think this is a better approach than a strategy of only supporting a few groups you know will do right by you. The dollar amounts we are giving now are no match for the larger ones we will give later, and we certainly want those to be pointed at groups that have already shown us they deserve the funds.We Give More Than The Research ReflectsThis point is a bit of an assumption, precisely because the data isn’t good here. The National Bureau of Economic Research study relies on data from the Lilly School of Philanthropy’s long-running Philanthropy Panel Study. This is a really valuable dataset, but one limitation is that it does not track peer-to-peer giving through sites like GoFundMe. This type of giving raises significant sums, and sites like GoFundMe are more likely to be used by a younger demographic. Again, we don’t have good data here, but my guess is that there are more Millennials giving than studies show because of peer-to-peer giving.Who Really Cares?Arthur Brooks’ 2006 classic Who Really Cares surprised everyone by showing that it was conservatives, not liberals, who were more likely to support charitable causes and to do so more significantly.Today, data increasingly shows that, when it comes to charitable giving, it is us who care more than we are given credit for.In fact, if the points made in the Fidelity study are true, we view giving as part-and-parcel to our broader efforts, not as a distinct bucket in our life.That offers an exciting opportunity for a generation with our best years ahead of us to make a remarkable impact on the world. I hope you’ll be part of it with your own giving.