first_imgView comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course I am disappointed. We made it to the Final Four but our goal was to really make the finals and win the championship. But I still believe in my teammates that they will improve next season.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Behind Pons, FEU returned to the UAAP Finals for the first time since Season 71.The 6-foot-5 Santiago also didn’t want to bask in the glory alone as she shared the MVP to her teammates.“The MVP is the entire NU. It’s a team effort. My teammates helped me get that award and I give the credit to them,” Santiago, who scored 23 points, said.READ: Jaja Santiago ends UAAP career on a high note with MVP plumSantiago led NU back to the Final Four, though, she would’ve wanted to end her UAAP career by towing her team to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nzeusseu channels LeBron as he wills Jawbreakers to D-League crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Despite her brilliance, Jaja Santiago admitted she didn’t expect to be named MVP in the UAAP Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Santiago, the National University star, had a different bet in mind.“I really thought Pons would be this season’s MVP,” said Santiago in Filipino, referring to Bernadeth Pons of Far Eastern University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We saw how she carried her team all the way to the finals. She had a lot of contributions and effort for her team,” added Santiago, who helped the Foton Tornadoes bag third place in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday.READ: Pascua: Pons deserves to win UAAP MVP  Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that California must change its lethal-injection method for the execution of Michael Morales next week because the current mix of drugs could constitute cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose declined to immediately postpone Morales’ scheduled execution next Tuesday, but he ordered the state to either have an expert present to ensure that he’s unconscious from a sedative or replace a three-drug death potion with a lethal dose of barbiturate. Fogel said he was concerned that inmates are conscious and undergoing extreme pain once a paralyzing agent and then heart-stopping medication begin coursing through their veins. If the state declines to choose either new option, Fogel said he would stay the execution and have hearings on whether it is cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld executions in general despite the pain they might cause inmates, but has never directly addressed whether alleged pain in lethal injections is unconstitutionally excessive and can be avoided. Thirty-six of the 38 states that have capital punishment use a lethal-injection procedure similar to California’s. The state switched to lethal injection after a California judge ruled that death in San Quentin State Prison’s gas chamber was cruel and unusual punishment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The present action concerns the narrow question of whether the evidence before the court demonstrates that defendants’ administration of California’s lethal-injection protocol creates an undo risk that plaintiff will suffer excessive pain when he is executed,” Fogel wrote. “While the court finds that plaintiff has raised substantial questions in this regard, it also concludes that those questions may be addressed effectively by means other than a stay of execution.” Nathan Barankin, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer, said the office was reviewing the decision and was not immediately prepared to comment. On Monday, it told Fogel that it rejected those two proposals. Attorneys for Morales alleged that a mistake in the sedation process might mean he would appear unconscious, but internally would succumb to excruciating pain once the paralyzing and death agents were administered. None of his attorneys was immediately available for comment. Morales, 46, of Stockton was convicted in 1983 of murdering Terri Winchell, 17, who was found beaten, stabbed and raped in a secluded vineyard. Fogel said he decided to change California’s injection protocol because, at the end of the day, neither “the death penalty nor lethal injection as a means of execution would be abolished.” last_img read more

first_imgLifford Clonleigh Local NotesWeek Commencing Monday 5th MarchEaster Fun Days: Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th April, from 12-3p.m. Activities Include: Bouncy Castle, Sumo Wrestling, Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Egg Painting & Disco! Admission only €4 per day. Places are limited, so please book in advance by Friday 30th March. Ticket entrance only. Phone 91 41773 or call into reception! Easter Sports Camp: Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th April, from 10a.m. – 2p.m.Coaching & Training in: Hurling, Gaelic & Soccer Admission €20 with concession for families. Advance booking required with deposit of €10Phone 91 41773 or call into reception Silver Circle: The Resource Centre is beginning a silver circle draw for the months of March – December.  All lines are €10 with prizes of €500, €300 & €100 every month. Anyone interested in buying a line should contact the centre. Social Media Training: We are holding classes in the centre for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge on Facebook/Twitter. This may appeal to businesses or to parents whose children use social media.  Contact 91 41773 for further information.SEND YOUR NOTES TO INFO@DONEGALDAILY.COM LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: March 2nd, 2012 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:LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD CLONLEIGH COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

first_imgShafik Kiwanuka (second left) poses with some of his sponsors ahead of the fight. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Heavyweight Africa ChampionshipMain Bout: Shafiq Kiwanuka (Uganda) Vs  Thamsanga Dube (Zimbabwe)Venue: International University of East Africa (IUEA) Auditorium, KasangaFriday, 29th November 2019Uganda’s Shafik  Kiwanuka and Zimbabwe’s Thamsang  Dube will face off this Friday 29th November at the International University of East Africa in the Africa Heavy Weight Championships.The event will be graced by the World Boxing Federation President Howard Goldberg Ivor, who arrives in the County on Wednesday.The two boxers will be aiming to grab the World Boxing African heavyweight title.During a press conference held at IUEA on Wednesday, both fighters promised an explosive fight with Kiwanuka claiming that he cannot wait to fight.“I am the Killing machine and am very ready to rumble, said Kiwanuka.“I have prepared well and I can’t wait for the fight night.“I take this opportunity to thank my University, Sponsors, trainers, managers and everyone who has put a hand in this fight.”Kiwanuka has won all his professional fights by knockoutsWho is Dube?Dube is a Zimbabwean national heavyweight champion and a former Pan African World Boxing heavyweight champion. He has 12wins, 7KOs, and 3 lossesUndercard playersRatib Muwonge Vs Jimmy Odongo (National Fight)Ignatius Onyango Vs Saidi ChakoLambert Fogoum Vs Joseph SentongoSergent Alidina Muzeei Vs Ben SajjabiMuhammed Ssekimpi Vs Kenneth KaundaRodrick Okot Vs Ronald MiiroMercy Achayo Vs Teddy NakimuliJoseph Mpungu Vs Hudson MuhumuzaMuhamed Sekimpi Vs Keneth KaundaSaul Male Vs Charles KakandeComments Tags: Heavyweight Africa ChampionshipInternational University of East AfricaShafiq KiwanukaThamsanga Dubelast_img read more

first_imgA man stole a wallet from a taxi driver who had taken him from Convoy to Letterkenny.Kassim Dembele appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with theft. Dembele had been living in Convoy but had an address at Woodford Heights in Clondalkin, Dublin.The court was told that Dembele and another man had taken the taxi but a disagreement ensued with the driver when they arrived in Letterkenny on March 26th last year.The driver and another man got out of the car but Dembele stayed in the car and took the driver’s wallet.The wallet, which contained bank cards and other cards, was valued at €100.Gardai were called and the wallet was found.Dembele’s solicitor, Mr Kieran Dillon, said his client admitted taking the wallet but could not explain why he did so other than to say he made the “wrong choice.”Judge Kelly said Dembele had admitted the charge and applied the Probation Act.Man stole wallet from taxi-driver after getting lift was last modified: May 19th, 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:courtKassim Dembeleletterkennystolenwalletlast_img read more

first_imgGardaí will carry out high visibility patrols and checkpoints across the roads this Bank Holiday weekend while some speed camera operators stage a strike.GoSafe camera van operators with SIPTU started a 72-hour work stoppage at 9am this Saturday morning. The industrial dispute centres on working conditions and union recognition.However, with less GoSafe cameras on the roads, Gardaí are warning motorists that they are redoubling speed checks this weekend to fill the gap. This weekend’s enforcement activities will specifically target and focus on off-peak hours between 10pm and 6am. Motorists are being warned not to drive under the influence of an intoxicant, while recent studies have shown that 75% of road fatalities were found to return positive toxicology results for alcohol.Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary said, “This bank holiday weekend we want to keep people safe on our roads. Gardaí will be out in force with high visibility patrols and checkpoints and we would be appealing to people not to drive under the influence of an intoxicant or in excess of the speed limit. “Our enforcement activity this weekend will be data driven and is based on research. We are working closely with our partners in the RSA to ensure people are safe.”Gardaí ramp up speed checks during GoSafe strike was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

first_imgAlan Higgins will fight in Finland this weekend in the Kilburn middleweight’s second professional bout.The 24-year-old, who was originally scheduled to appear at York Hall in Bethnal Green, will now take on Richard Hadju of Hungary at the Seinäjoki Arena.The switch came about because Higgins’ trainer CJ Hussein also works with Finnish cruiserweight Juho Haapoja, who is making a defence of his European title on the bill.Higgins enjoyed an impressive debut, stopping Emmanuel Moussinga in the first round at York Hall in July.See also:Perfect start for Kilburn boxer HigginsHiggins wins on professional debutFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgKelebogile Boikanyo and Aubrey Lodewyk play the parts of lovers Musetta the singer and Marcello the painter in Opera Africa’s production of La Bohème. (Image: Opera Africa) Sandra and Hein de Villiers’s passion for opera has led them to mortgage their house to fund a production – not once, but twice.Sandra is the CEO of Opera Africa, the company she started in 1994 “with the vision of fostering new audiences for opera that were previously excluded from enjoying this genre, and to promote talented young soloists and choristers”. Hein has been Opera Africa’s artistic director since 1995. Like his wife, he brought with him a distinguished track record from more than two decades in music education, as both teacher and administrator.Together with a band of similarly committed individuals – and, of course, some extremely talented performers, directors and visual artists – the pair have been the driving force behind staging a host of operas in South Africa over the last 15 years, including such favourites as Carmen, Faust, La Traviata and Aida.The name of the company is usefully ambiguous; inserting different prepositions between the words “Opera” and “Africa” gives you some idea of both its ambitions and successes. For starters, there is the slightly contentious question of opera in Africa – does a Eurocentric high-art form such as opera have a place in post-apartheid South Africa?Well, yes. First, there are musical and aesthetic strong affinities between opera and South Africa’s well-established choral tradition. Second, in an era of unprecedented globalisation and migration of cultures, there is little value in essentialising what it means to be “African” or “European”.A fine example of such hybridisation is, in fact, Opera Africa’s Princess Magogo – the first full opera sung entirely in isiZulu. First staged in 2000, this is an opera about Africa, depicting the life and times of one of the Usuthu-Buthelezi dynasty’s most famous daughters, herself a renowned composer and singer, with a score by Mzilikazi Khumalo and libretto by Themba Msimang.Princess Magogo and the company’s other productions have appeared across South Africa, in major urban centres as well as in more remote rural areas – opera for Africa, one might say. But they have also toured internationally, in cities as far afield as Chicago, Amsterdam and Oslo, demonstrating that there is such a thing as opera from Africa.Opera Africa’s latest enterprise is La Bohème, which will run at the State Theatre in Pretoria in March 2010 before moving to the Joburg Theatre Complex in Johannesburg in April. (The company has established a good working relationship with these two major Gauteng theatres since relocating from Durban six years ago.)La Bohème is, after Madama Butterfly, the most popular work by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. Based on Henri Murger’s novel, Scenes from Bohemia, the opera is set in 19th-century Paris and centres on the love affair between Mimi, a seamstress, and Rodolfo, a poet.Over the course of its 110-year performance history, La Bohème has contributed substantially to the modern archetype of the poor artist, struggling in a freezing garret to create immortal works of art but also finding ways to indulge in bouts of hedonism. This archetype has had more recent manifestations in, for instance, the Broadway musical Rent or Baz Luhrman’s film Moulin Rouge.The themes of poverty and illness have obvious echoes in contemporary South African society. While previous Opera Africa productions have foregrounded such similarities by presenting “African” settings, however, the artistic team behind La Bohème have chosen not to do so here. Instead, the production will be “an exquisitely imagined period piece” taking for granted that the “universal and timeless themes” of Puccini’s opera will resonate with local audiences.Andrew Verster, who has worked with Opera Africa as set and costume designer on numerous occasions, will again weave his visual magic, and Themi Venturas, whose Opera Africa repertoire includes Princess Magogo and the 2007 Opera Extravaganza, will direct the stage action.Musically, the production promises to be of the highest standard. Conductor Timothy Myers, who has previously worked with orchestras in New York and London, will have the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra under his baton. And the company has recruited a formidable group of divas and divos to give voice to the lead roles.Soprano Hanli Stapela, joining Opera Africa for the first time, brings an international reputation to her reprisal of Mimi’s tragic story. Tenor Stéfan Louw, who has likewise been widely acclaimed for his performances in previous productions of La Bohème, will portray the equally unfortunate Rodolfo.Two rising stars of the South African opera scene, Kelebogile Boikanyo and Aubrey Lodewyk – both products of the Tshwane University of Technology’s vocal arts programme – will sing the parts of Musetta and Marcello, the singer and painter whose tempestuous on-off relationship mirrors that of Mimi and Rodolfo. Otto Maidi completes a quintet of bohemian characters as Colline, the philosopher. Veteran bass Rouel Beukes will contribute his idiosyncratic combination of gravitas and levity to two roles: Benoit, Rodolfo’s landlord, and Alcindoro, the wealthy government minister who fancies Musetta.And it’s worth mentioning that the production is sponsored by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund – so Sandra and Hein won’t need to mortgage their house again.last_img read more

first_img7 October 2013President Jacob Zuma joined Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffiths in handing over the newly built Ethridge Junior Secondary School in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.The new school, built at a cost of over R45-million, has 18 classrooms, a sports ground, a computer laboratory, a science laboratory and a library. It replaces the dilapidated old Ethridge School, and will cater for 1 000 pupils from Grade R to Grade 9.Speaking at the official hand-over on Saturday, Zuma said the government would continue to work with the mining sector to promote social development in mining towns and areas that provided labour for the mines.“Mining continues to be the cornerstone of our economy,” Zuma said, adding that the mining industry had “manifold benefits” for the country, and encouraging mining companies to invest more in communities.Griffiths said Amplats hope its contribution would help encourage learners to “be curious and continue to learn for a lifetime”.Amplats built Ethridge Junior Secondary as part of its compliance with the social and labour plan of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.Commissioned in November 2011, the project was fast-tracked in a bid to implement the Presidential Package for mining towns, which was among the commitments made by the government, business and labour during a high-level dialogue on the economy convened President Zuma in October last year.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Pam Bennett, Ohio Master Gardener coordinatorOCJ: First, could you provide a little bit of background about Ohio’s Master Gardener program?Pam: The program started in 1974 in Ohio in three urban counties. Due to budget cuts, it did not take off quickly. In the early 1990’s however, a state coordinator for the program was hired and it really took off. Now we have more than 3,500 Master Gardener volunteers in 62 Ohio counties. If you go to this link, you can find more information about the program nationwide [ http://mastergardener.osu.edu/?q=node/417 ]OCJ: Now that spring has finally arrived, I am guessing you start to get many gardening questions. What are some of the most common questions you get this time of year?Pam: Right now it’s about lawns, swarming insects that are coming out of winter dormancy (multi-colored Asian ladybeetles, brown marmorated stink bug, and ants versus termites), when to plant flowers, vegetable garden questions, and of course, winter annual weeds that are growing like wildfire.OCJ: What kinds of programs are in place with the help of Master Gardeners around the state?Pam: Master Gardener volunteers are active in their counties focusing on local programs. We have four state initiatives and the projects fit into one of these: backyard and local foods (includes community gardens, vegetable garden workshops, demonstrations, working with local food efforts, etc.); invasive species (involved with invasive species removal such as honeysuckle and garlic mustard, presenting programs on invasive species such as educating about emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, etc.); Integrated Pest Management (demonstration gardens showing best management practices, educating the public on proper use of pesticides, how to identify pest problems, diagnosing plant problems, and more); and environmental horticulture (proper planting and maintenance techniques, good stewardship of our environment, rain gardens and collecting rain water, and more.)OCJ: What kinds of activities are Master Gardeners participating in?Pam: Most counties have some type of Horticulture Helpline or service where they assist homeowners with a wide variety of backyard garden and landscape questions. In addition, we have the Ask a Master Gardener online service where a homeowner can enter a question online and have it answered by a Master Gardener volunteer from around Ohio (http://mastergardener.osu.edu/ask ), demonstration gardens, displays and Q and A booths at farmer’s markets, county fairs and other events; speaker’s bureau where a Master Gardener volunteer can do a presentation for a club or organization about a gardening topic, community gardens and many more. For more information on some of our individual projects in counties, go to http://mastergardener.osu.edu and on the front page there are news stories about many of our projects. The articles are written by our Master Gardener volunteers.OCJ: Ohio is home to many beautiful wildflowers this time of year. What should readers be looking for in their yards, woodlots and pastures?Pam: Oh my goodness, Ohio is truly blessed with wildflowers and it’s an incredible sight to see. In central Ohio, our official Ohio wildflower, Trillium grandiflorum is in glorious bloom as is native ginger, Jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily and many others.OCJ: There has been a significant increase in interest in natural, plant-based remedies in recent years. What role do Master Gardeners play in this area of interest?Pam: Master Gardener volunteers focus on research-based education. We point people toward the research information and avoid home remedies, etc.OCJ: How is the Master Gardener program benefitting Ohio’s communities?Pam: One of the best benefits of the Master Gardener Volunteer program is that each person is focused on their local county. They participate in projects that focus on educating people about research-based gardening practices (and we have fun doing it!). When people call the OSU Extension office and talk to a Master Gardener volunteer, they know they will get accurate information based on science. We aren’t selling products. We provide information to our clientele that enables them to make decisions about their garden and landscape needs. In addition, we also participate in many community service projects that help beautify or improve the environment in our community.OCJ: In what ways can those with an interest in the Master Gardener program participate?Pam: If you want to know more about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, contact your local county Ohio State University Extension office to see if they have a program. Potential volunteers fill out an application, undergo a background check, and have 50 hours of horticulture training. In return, to become certified they are required to do 50 hours of service to the Extension office the first year and additional hours each year to remain certified.OCJ: This is not just for activities and events during the growing season. What do Master Gardeners do in the fall and winter months?Pam: There are lots of training and educational programs as well as planning!OCJ: What final piece of general Master Gardener wisdom would you like to impart?Pam: If you love to learn and want to give back to your community and teach others about gardening, this volunteer program is for you!last_img read more