LATEST STORIES MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Streaking Aces send Beermen to 3rd straight loss Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 But Ravena isn’t the one to be caught up in all that drama.Ravena said the Blue Eagles approached their first matchup against their archrivals in Season 81 the same way they prepared for the other teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The thing that changed was my approach to the game,” said Ravena in Filipino after their dominant 71-55 win Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Coach Tab [Baldwin] said that just because it’s Ateneo-La Salle, [doesn’t mean] that we should treat it differently.”“We prepared for it and practiced for it the same way we do for other teams.” Thirdy Ravena isn’t new to the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry having played the UAAP’s most hyped about games, including two finals matchups, since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena is 5-6 against La Salle in his collegiate career but he got his retribution in Season 80 when the Blue Eagles defeated the Green Archers for the Season 80 championship, where he was also named Finals MVP.Despite that history, Ravena knows that focusing on the rivalry alone would just throw him and his teammates off from their goal.“We really don’t think that we’re going up against La Salle because it’s just undue pressure for us,” said Ravena, who finished with nine points, four rebounds, and six assists.Ravena’s six-assist total is three more than what the Green Archers tallied.“We just took this as a regular game and you all know the way we approach every game and that is to treat it as a championship game,” said Ravena whose team improved to a 5-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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A 12-member team from Guadeloupe and Martinique is currently in Guyana on a Trade Mission, which will conclude on December 5, 2017.According to Guyana’s Honorary Consul to French Guiana, Travise Tracey-Lecante, the group is here on the invitation of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.PM Nagamootoo, speaking to the media on Saturday, explained that the team came as a result of a visit he made to Guadeloupe in March.Members of the Guadeloupe-Martinique delegationThe Prime Minister further explained that the delegates were presently exploring trade opportunities to replace those disrupted by the recent hurricane. “They are looking for contacts to supply fish, coconut, sugar, rice, fresh vegetables and fruits. They have sent the list of what they require immediately.”Martinique and Guadeloupe were among the Caribbean countries recently affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Trade through several hurricane-affected countries has been stalled or rerouted, in some cases resulting in raised prices for shippers and consumers as products take longer to get to their intended destinations.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the visiting team is looking to develop trade partnerships with local lumber dealers.Guyana’s Honorary Consul to French Guiana, Travise Tracey-LecanteTracey-Lecante noted that the trip was very well-coordinated with the help of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest). “We have visited coconut farms, the Guyana Marketing Corporation; we also had the pleasure of being welcomed by the Prime Minister himself along with the Ministry of Business,” Tracey-Lecante mentioned.Head of the Delegation and President of Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Michel Narananinssamy said: “I am very happy to be here and most of what we have seen here is impressive. We really appreciated all the manufacturing products that we saw.”He further added, “We were also happy and impressed with all the various Ministers that were present during the different meetings. There are endless possibilities for us to invest in and will present an Agri Tourism Project to the Government of Guyana.”Professor, Dr Renuka Naidu-Voisset from the University of the French West Indies disclosed that she was on the trip for cultural reasons. “We are interested in Guyana, because we found out that it is not only a country that is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and this is what Martinique and Guadeloupe are and that’s why Guyana is so interesting so that we can create greater links with dancing and music, among others.”Another member of the team, Gobardhan Jean Marie noted that the will of the country to go forward was very strong and commendable. He added: “We have noticed that Guyana has a lot of potential and willing to invest”.
Patients with diabetes can now have their eyes tested free of charge at the Guyana Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Centre at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Dr Shailendra SugrimThis service will, however, be extended to all ten administrative regions of Guyana. The service is part of the Guyana Diabetes eye care project, which is aimed at having health-care professionals trained to detect complications which may appear in a diabetic patient’s eye.Head of the Georgetown Public Hospital Department of Ophthalmology, Dr Shailendra Sugrim explained that not all diabetic patients would need surgery.However, in an effort to prevent blindness as a result of diabetes, regional health-care professionals are being trained so that they will have the skill to do the screening of patients who may develop complications in the eye.“Most of these complications we refer to as diabetic retinopathy [this is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. DME is a consequence of diabetic retinopathy that causes swelling in the area of the retina called the macula] and so we promote screening of the eye because there are certain signs that we can detect in the eye before it comes to a complicated case where it can cause blindness, so the main focus is to teach health-care professionals about the eye, so that they will know when to send patients for screening and so that they can know when the parent needs treatment,” Dr Sugrim said.A training session was held for health-care professionals in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) over the weekend. This followed similar training programmes at Suddie, Essequibo Coast, Region Two, (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and on the East Coast of Demerara.The Ophthalmology Department is also hosting two training workshops per year and plans to have similar training programmes in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) and on the East Bank of Demerara in 2019.According to Dr Sugrim, the project started with the automated screening as a pilot project at the Georgetown Hospital where cameras which can focus into the eye are being used.“This is so that we can take pictures to detect any haemorrhaging or bleeding,” Dr Sugrim said, adding that once conditions of retinopathy are detected, the patient was then sent for treatment.The project also has the capacity to use lasers for the first time in Guyana to treat patients.“So we are doing these workshops across the country to sensitise our practitioners so that they can spread the work to their patients,” Dr Sugrim noted.“All patients with diabetes should make an appointment at the screening centre: walk into the clinic to make an appointment.”About 14 per cent of all Guyanese have diabetes. The workshops are being sponsored by the World Diabetes Federation, the Public Health Ministry and the University of Toronto and Orbis International.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Region Community to Community Poker Run will once again see motorcyclists traversing the region next weekend.The annual event, which takes place at the Tourist Centres in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, and Tumbler Ridge is open to anyone that possesses a road-legal motorcycle and valid licence. The poker run starts with a pancake breakfast outside the Tourist Information Centre in Fort St. John on August 20th at 7:30 a.m. Registration follows at 8:30, with riders taking off at 9:00.Riders in Fort St. John are asked to ride the circle route in a counter-clockwise direction, departing for the first stop in Taylor.- Advertisement -The cost per hand is $30. For more information, contact Fort St. John’s Recreation Programmer Naomi Gallant at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This German Shepherd was found on the Port road in Letterkenny yesterday morning at 7:30am. He has a collar, however is not chipped and has no ID tag. His hair is slightly longer than other German Shepherds.The dog seems to be young, and is very friendly and playful. The dog was taken to Letterkenny pound yesterday, and an appeal has been issued to help track down this dog’s owner.If you have any information on this dog please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the dog shelter on 074 91 25159.Can you help us find this German Shepherd’s owner? was last modified: January 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found doggerman shepherdletterkennyMISSING DOGPOrt Road
FOOTBALL: USL leaders Cockhill Celtic produced a superb display at Finn Park last night and were extremely unlucky to exit the EA Sports League Cup.Player/manager Gavin Cullen has now turned his attentions on leading the club to an historic fourth league title on the trot. The two teams were separated by a moment of genuine quality from Harps full-back Ethan Boyle.Although, Cockhill will be disappointed at the concession of that goal because it could’ve been avoided.However, in the second-half Cockhill completely dominated proceedings and were very unfortunate not to equalize.They squandered a succession of great chances, with three coming in the final few minutes of injury-time in a frantic finish. Manager Gavin Cullen was proud of his side and how well they coped against Premier Division opposition.Cullen told Donegal Daily, “It was disappointing to concede that goal, it could’ve been avoided.“But we played really, really well and we gave ourselves a chance in the game.“There was very little between the sides and it’s great that we were able to perform like that against Premier Division opposition.“We were really unlucky not to score, but it just wasn’t to be, we’re in the semi-final of two cups now and we’re going for a fourth USL title on the trot.“If we play like that tonight, for the rest of the season then we’ll be OK.” Cockhill face Derry City in the semi-final of the USL League Cup on Sunday afternoon.BRAVE COCKHILL GIVE HARPS FRIGHT – BUT ATTENTIONS NOW TURN TO USL TITLE CHALLENGE was last modified: March 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cockhill CelticEA Sports Cupfinn harpsGavin CullennewssoccerSportUSL
Charlie Collins: Quits Highland RadioTHERE is widespread shock in County Donegal today after Highland Radio manager Charlie Collins announced he was resigning as General Manager of the station after 22 years.He was appointed head of sport in March 1990 and station manager in January 1991.It’s understood he handed in his resignation to the station on Friday after some differences with the station’s owners. The resignation was accepted today – just 48 hours after Charlie had commentated on Donegal hurlers All-Ireland success. “Everyone in the station is in complete shock,” said one insider today.“Charlie had some differences of opinion with the station’s owners in Galway and it looks like things have come to a head.”In an official statement approved by the station, Mr Collins said: “My decision to resign, has not been an easy one for me to make given the strong relationships I have built up with the staff, our advertisers and the local community.“A successful radio station, especially a local station, relies on the quality of these relationships, and I have been blessed with the support I have had here in Donegal. I remain motivated by, and committed to the initial challenges that brought me into radio in the first place and will now be considering options and avenues open to me within the broadcast industry. “Given how difficult and painful my decision to leave Highland Radio has been, I remain deeply appreciative of the support I have received from so many loyal and dedicated colleagues and supporters.”Insiders say everyone is “gutted” by the decision.It comes just months before Donegal businessman Paddy Simpson bids to win the radio franchise for north Donegal from the station’s Galway-based owners. SHOCK AS CHARLIE COLLINS QUITS HIGHLAND RADIO was last modified: June 10th, 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)
The Titans return just 11 lettermen from last year’s 3-7 team that finished 2-3 and tied for fourth in the Del Rio League. They missed the playoffs. They return only seven starters, three of them on offense, and although Juarez is hesitant to call this a rebuilding year, he admitted to “being more excited about the talent we have than I was last year at this time. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We’ve got some very talented young kids,” said Juarez, who begins his ninth year at the helm. “I think 25 to 30 percent of our lineup will be sophomores and 40 to 45 percent will be juniors. We’ll have very few seniors. “I think last year, all things considered, we did a good job. This year, we’ve added more diversity to the offense. I think we’ll be pretty aggressive defensively. We’re not afraid to hit people. The key for us will be how well and how quickly we mature.” Juarez said a short-term goal is to “do what we didn’t do last year: avoid turnovers and cut down our mistakes. We’ll be a little more conservative, probably run a little more. The two key guys are our tailback and fullback.” That would be Justin Giambroni, a 5-foot-5, 145-pound senior who also plays cornerback or safety and senior Jesus Alvarez (5-10, 220), who was the freshman team’s MVP four years ago. He runs very hard and also plays middle linebacker. Diego Sauceda will get the call at quarterback. A 6-foot, 225-pound junior, Sauceda was the MVP for the freshman team, then sat out last season to take care of academics. Asked to sum up this year’s football team, Pioneer High School coach Ramon Juarez simply says, “We should be able to run the ball, and we’re very athletic.” Then he added, “We’re going to be very young in the secondary, but overall we’re athletically 100 percent better than last year, especially in the skilled positions.” “He’s a tough kid,” Juarez said. “He has a strong arm, he can move around and he’s not afraid of contact.” Other offensive players cited by Juarez include Adam Reyna (senior, OG, 5-9, 220), Josh Valle (senior, OL, 5-10, 265), Chris Melendez (senior, OL, 6-0, 225), Robert Perez (junior, C, 6-0, 225) and Nick Pinon (senior, TE, 6-2, 220). Pinon, who also plays on the Titans’ basketball team, is moving over from offensive tackle. Top defensive returners include senior Bradd Laurito (6-1, 185), who moves from outside linebacker to strong safety, a pair of junior third-year varsity tackles in James Rizzo (6-0, 265) and Peter Santos (6-0, 268), Brandon Rodriguez (senior, DE, 5-11, 205) and Matt Uribe (junior, CB, 5-6, 140). Newcomers expected to battle for playing time include quarterback Randy Palacios (6-1, 180) and linebacker/fullback Tony Hernandez (5-10, 190), both up from the freshman team, and junior wide receiver Kelsey Thompson (6-1, 175), up from the junior varsity. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
31 December 2003The images appear in a granite rock shelter in a small mountain range, the Krokodilpoortsberg, east of Nelspruit. Along with roan antelope and paintings of San women’s aprons are figures that appear rarely, and only in Mpumalanga province: humans with long, curving tails, like streamers, nesting one inside the other.The ‘vapour trails’ have put rock art in the province on the map, but there’s much more to see. “I’ve lost count of how many, but there are more than 200 sites”, says Conraad de Rosner, a young game ranger who manages Ingwe, a small camp near Bongani Lodge in Mpumalanga. “Last week I found three new sites. An area had been burnt and I went to look for injured game. There were three sets of massive granite boulders, all with human figures.The “vapour trails” have put rock art in the province on the map, but there’s much more to see.“It’s happened before. The record is six sites in one day.”He stands on the terrace of Bongani, where he began his career in the bush, and gestures north, towards the range. “All those mountains you can see are filled with rock art. People knew of one site here and one there. But no one realised the extent of the shelters found in this area.”De Rosner spends every spare moment climbing in the Krokodilpoortsberg, looking for rock paintings – generally on his own but sometimes with a colleague, game ranger Gideon Twala, who is also captivated by these ancient images and has discovered sites of his own. Both will take lodge guests to a selection of sites; Bongani, in fact, is known for its rock art tours.Bongani and Ingwe are sited in the Mthethomusha game reserve on land owned by the adjacent Luphisi and Mpakeni communities, which have leased it to the Mpumalanga Parks Board.CCAfrica, or Conservation Corporation, contracted by a company called Inzalo to run the game reserve, makes a point of giving something back, working through the Africa Foundation, to the communities where it does business.For Luphisi and Mpakeni, it’s an ideal situation, one which has brought them schools, electrification, training and bursaries. Trainee rangers and hotel-keepers at Bongani are all drawn from the communities who own the reserve. And there is more to be had from the reserve than tourism: the land in the reserve is accessible for those who wish to harvest medicinal plants, and game meat is supplied to the tribal authority for distribution.It’s also ideal for De Rosner, who is encouraged – indeed, subsidised with equipment and materials – by Inzalo and CCAfrica to spend his free time finding and recording rock art sites.Not that he needs much encouragement. When stumbling on a site never before recorded, he says, “something grabs you and twists you around. I’m catapulted back into that ancient world.”The sites are very old. “There’s no historical record of San in that area”, says Professor David Lewis-Williams, the doyen of San rock art, “so we suspect that these are in fact very old, some thousands of years – probably more than 2 000 years old.”De Rosner contacted the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand three years ago, when Lewis-Williams, who has since retired, was director, and sent members of the Institute’s rapid response field team, Jamie Hampson and William Challis, out to mentor him. They came out every few months and stayed for about a fortnight, often bringing students and field assistants.“William, Conraad and I went out into the field together, Conraad carrying his pistol or rifle” – not to ward off dangerous animals but for defence against poachers, says Hampson. “We occasionally encountered rhino, lion and buffalo on the trail, but on the whole we had few problems, and the mambas left us alone.”The Wits team only found three or four “new” sites, but that wasn’t their job; they were out there to record the paintings De Rosner had found. It was a matter of two or three days per site, says Hampson, and fairly arduous work.They were also tasked with teaching De Rosner how to copy the paintings without damaging them. “It’s a difficult job,” says Lewis-Williams. “It’s backbreaking work. Conraad does a lot of the tracing, which he does very well; he’s very careful. He has produced an astonishing amount of material. We had no idea there was quite so much there. It was pretty much a blank on the map of rock art.”Farmers in the area knew about the odd rock painting on their property, but it wasn’t until now-retired game ranger Mike English began photographing what he found in the Kruger Park that anyone realised just how much there might be.In the 1980s, English was stationed in the extreme southwest of the reserve, just over the boundary from Bongani. “There was a lot of poaching there’, he says. “Poachers used to come in sometimes for a week or more in the mountains where it was difficult to track them down. They used to stay in shelters.”English did a ground survey of the area looking for poachers’ hiding places and found, instead, rock paintings – more than 100.He mapped the sites, took slides of about half the art he’d found, invited Lewis-Williams and specialist Bert Woodhouse to take a look, and registered his project with the National Parks Board, now SANParks.Like those at Bongani, the rock paintings show signs of antiquity: there are no representations of domestic animals, no recent historical scenes – and there are vapour trails, “right from the south to the north. There is such a terrific scope of rock paintings, I’d like to see someone get on with it.”Eventually he sold the project to Goldfields, which donated it to SANParks – where, says cultural resources manager Johan Verhoef, the slides are being incorporated into a cultural resources database.“We are at the moment looking at opening up rock art sites to the general public,” says Verhoef, “hopefully this year.”There are problems to be solved first – the general inaccessibility of most of the sites, for example, and finding a way to protect the sites from harm and manage them properly. At the moment, visitors who want to see rock art in the Kruger Park sign up for the Bushman Walking Trail – essentially a game trail where viewing rock art can be included.How old is the rock art in Mpumalanga? “We don’t know,” says Lewis-Williams. “There’s no direct way of dating it. If the pigment was ochre, and it was, you can’t get a carbon date on it.’The Institute has found blood, however, in the mix of ochre and other materials used in the rock art palette in the Drakensberg, and there is a possibility that blood was used to bind the powders used in the Krokodilpoortsberg paintings as well. One can get a carbon dating from blood, so eventually the art can be dated.But it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Permission must first be granted by both the landowners and the South African Heritage Resources Agency before any large-scale testing can go ahead. However, says Lewis-Williams, “once the technique has been refined in the southern Drakensberg, where the paintings are so much better preserved and more recent, then we will extend it to other parts of the country’.By that time, the way things are going, De Rosner will no doubt have uncovered another 200 paintings in the granite rock shelters of the Krokodilpoortsberg.This article was first published in Earthyear Magazine, The Essential Environmental Guide. Volume I, 2003 is now available at CNAs and selected bookstores countrywide. Or visit the Earthyear website.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm Temperatures Aid Crop ProgressDry conditions prevailed last week with some areas receiving scattered rain, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 2. Although scattered rain events stalled hay and silage harvests in some areas, crops were maturing rapidly with the higher temperatures. Soybeans setting pods were nearly complete and there were more reports of dropping leaves. Corn progress was making headway. Corn for silage harvest made a jump in progress last week. The mix of rain and high temperatures improved topsoil conditions and allowed more opportunities for hay harvest. Producers continued with other field activities including manure spreading and spraying crops.Click here to read the full report