TNT, SMB repulse foes

first_imgRain or Shine dropped into a tie with the Beermen, who got 27 points from Chris Ross.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled 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 PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa led from start to finish on Wednesday night and brought down one of the leaders in the PBA Governors’ Cup in sister team Meralco, 113-107, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After that, coach Nash Racela was still talking about the instability of his crew, which, he stressed, has been the main reason the Texters have been on and off in the season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Arellano zooms to 2-0 card Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’center_img Winning start MOST READ Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It’s been very difficult for us,” the rookie coach answered when asked why such a talent-laden squad is running in the middle of the 12-team pack and is still a win out of the playoffs despite improving to 5-3. “Every day has been different for us, something always comes up.“As a team, we are unstable because of a lot of things—Gilas, import situation, Gilas, injuries and then Gilas again,” he said. “But again, that’s a sacrifice we have to make. Hopefully, we can (eventually) get our stride.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendRiding its superior local lineup, San Miguel Beer snapped a two-game losing streak after a 103-96 decision of Rain or Shine later in the night, improving to 4-3 overall and staying alive in the hunt for a top four berth.The Beermen got paltry numbers from outgoing import Terik Bridgeman—he was held to just four points—for the second straight game, but with four locals tossing in twin digits, San Miguel was able to put a halt to the Elasto Painters’ three-game winning streak. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ View commentslast_img read more

‘Lawyers Inciting Public Against the Court… Will Be Dealt With Seriously’

first_imgChief Justice Francis Korkpor Chief Justice Francis Korkpor vowsLawyers who are openly backing people dissatisfied about the the Supreme Court’s interpretation the Code of Conduct (CoC) expected to face serious punishment, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor publicly disclosed last Thursday.Since the court opinion (judgment) on the code that disqualified the assistant minister of administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, Abu Kamara, and qualified two vice presidential candidates, Harrison Karnwea, of the Liberty Party (LP) and Jeremiah Sulunteh, of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), there have been mixed reactions among the public.In the midst of those mixed reactions, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, during last Thursday’s hearing, appeared very furious that he interrupted Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, who was reading the court’s opinion that reversed the National Elections Commission (NEC) earlier decision to reject Karnwea and Sulunteh from running in the October presidential and legislative election for being in violation of the CoC for public officials.At that moment, Justice Korkpor was heard publicly saying, “We received information about a lawyer appearing on a radio talk show, where said lawyer was making statement to incite the public against the justices.”The chief justice felt short to disclose the identity of the lawyer but, went on to describe the said lawyer’s action as “travesty of justice.”Travesty of justice means a miscarriage of justice or an act of the legal system that is an insult to the system of justice.Recently, when Cllr, Boakai Kenneh appeared on a state radio program, the Bumper Show at the Liberia Broadcasting System, he said there was no need for the Supreme Court to have confirmed NEC’s rejection of Kamara from contesting the upcoming elections, because of violation of the CoC.Although, the court declared that Kamara was in violation of the code because he was still serving as assistant minister for administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Kenneh argued that laws are ex-post facto, meaning “that a law that makes illegal an act that was legal when committed, increases the penalties for an infraction, after it has been committed, or changes that rules of evidence to make conviction easier.”The 1986 Constitution of Liberia prohibits making of ex-post facto law.“The amendment on the CoC was made by the National Legislature on June 23 of this year, and NEC’s nomination process started on June 19, therefore, the amended law should not have affected anyone, because this country does not subscribe to ex-post facto law,” Kenneh was quoted as having said on the show.It is however not clear as to whether or not Kenneh was the one who the Chief Justice Korkpor was referring to in terms of expressing dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court decision.Korkpor went on, “This is a travesty of justice and if our investigation established that said lawyer actually made the utterance, that person will be dealt with seriously, because lawyers are face of the court, and they should not do anything that will incite the public against the court.”According to the chief justice, for so long they (justices) have been under serious threat by people who their judgment had gone against.“Whenever we handed down our opinions, we always received threatening remarks sometimes, through text messages against our lives for our decision,” Korkpor claimed, though he did not exhibit any threatening text messages during the Thursday hearing.According to the chief justice, lawyers are face of the Supreme Court and it should be their sole responsibility to educate the public about any judgment of the court, stressing “If they joined the public who don’t understand the laws to incite the people against the justices, it undermine the integrity of the court.”On several occasions, Justice Korkpor has maintained that the break-down of the rule of law was greatly responsible for the country’s 14 years of civil war, and they (justices) will ensure that party litigants get free, fair and transparent justice.Besides, Chief Justice Korkpor, Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie, whenever she has the opportunity to speak at an occasion, always made similar statement about justices being threatened whenever they passed judgment in any cases.“Whenever we come out with our judgment, we always received threats from unknown callers, sometimes, in text messages from the party that they have ruled against,” Justice Wolokollie said, confirming Justice Korkpor’s allegation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Mon Repos market tarmac to be completed soon – NDC chair

first_imgA section of the incomplete vending tarmacVendors who have been plying their trade at the Lusignan Market, East Coast Demerara, and in range on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) public road, are expected to be relocated very soon as the new marketing tarmac, at Annandale, ECD is slated to be completed by next week.This revelation was made by Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Ayube Mohammed during a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday.Mohammed explained that the completion of the tarmac was previously delayed due to challenges faced with the acquisition of the land for construction of same; nevertheless, he noted that the situation was resolved.“It was slated to be completed a long time back, but we had some problems with the acquisition of the land because we had a problem with the residents who would’ve had a piece of land that we wanted to use for the building of the tarmac, and they actually took us to court…. the land was acquired by compulsory acquisition,” Mohammed stated.Additionally, the Chairman further underscored that vendors will now have to move to this location, as a lottery for the allocation of a vending spot will be held shortly after the tarmac’s completion next week.“The tarmac is being done, it is slated to be completed by next week and as soon as it is completed we will mark it out and then we will do the drawing of lottery to allocate spots. So those people who are presently vending on the road needs to adhere to be moved to this spot,” he pointed out.Only recently, over 300 merchants at the Lusignan Market demonstrated their reluctance to be relocated to what they referred to as “a desolate area in Annandale” and “a hole” given that there are no proper vending facilities, which may lead to them experiencing significant losses.Despite the denouncement of this decision by the vendors, the NDC chair had previously mentioned that the relocation was only temporary.However, in 2018, it was noted by then Minister of State Joseph Harmon that the $30 million initiative is necessary since these vendors are affecting road works of the East Coast Demerara road widening project.“The construction of this tarmac is necessary for the removal of the roadside market which is in fact affecting the completion of the East Coast Demerara widening of the Highway project,” Harmon noted.last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP, Mayor Help Raise Money For Kids On McHappy Day

first_img– Advertisement – FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Several Fort St John Mounties swapped their Red Serge for a McDonald’s apron last Wednesday to help raise money on McHappy Day.Members of the RCMP were on hand on May 4th to help McDonald’s collect donations for the local Child Development Centre and the Ronald McDonald Houses of B.C. In a release, Cst. T. Williams with the Fort St. John detachment said that “Being able to participate in McHappy Day was an opportunity to give back to the community of Fort St John and was very enjoyable. A big thank you goes out to all those who donated this year.”last_img

Canoga Park High teacher doesn’t give up on at-risk kids

first_imgYou’ll have to forgive Canoga Park High School teacher Caryn Cornell Michaels if she doesn’t give up on kids others might not give a second glance – let alone a second chance. As a graduate of Canoga Park High and Columbus Middle schools – campuses where she now works with at-risk kids – Michaels has walked in her troubled students’ shoes in more ways than one. “I was just going down the wrong path,” said Michaels, 44, of her teen years. “I hung out with a lot of kids who abused drugs, and fortunately my mother made sure I went to school and got good grades.” Besides her mother, a former English teacher, Michaels credits the intervention of a middle-school instructor with helping her get through that difficult period in her life. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I was going through incredible depression, and that teacher, he probably saved my life,” Michaels said. “I was 13 years old, and I wanted to die. I had a plan.” A plan she was on her way home to carry out. “This teacher sensed something was wrong with me and made sure I didn’t go home. I never even told him what I was going to do.” Without help from him and others, Michaels realizes she was destined for a hard-knock life, being one of only three of her core group of friends to graduate from high school. One of them later died “because she couldn’t leave that (drug) culture,” Michaels said. And the other friend’s boyfriend, an artist who painted a mural that still is on display at Columbus, was killed in a crack drug deal gone bad. So when Michaels, a mother of two sons ages 9 and 19, walks the campuses of her youth today as a health teacher and safe-school coordinator – part of a program that allows her to work closely with kids heading down the wrong path – it’s not with a sense of nostalgia that she does her job, but a sense of gratitude. Through 23 years of teaching and mentoring, the California State University, Northridge, graduate has engaged in the kind of relationship building that has had a profound effect on her students. Canoga Park High senior Steven Navarro, 17, is one of them. On a recent day, he was dressed smartly in a gray suit and tie for his shift at a local department store. His polite and confident air was a far cry from the life he might have led had Michaels not persuaded him to join United Colors, a student conflict-resolution group. “I’d probably be a gang member,” he said. Through United Colors, which Navarro first joined while at Columbus, he and others help stop fights and other campus disputes before they start. The group consists of students from all ethnicities and walks of campus life. Navarro said United Colors has helped him grow up. He sees Michaels as a confidante. “She’s someone I can talk to,” said Navarro, who plans to attend Pierce College after graduation. “I can trust her. Whenever I need anything, I can come to her. The same for me. If she ever needs anything, she can come to me. “That’s why I’m here,” he added about coming to school for an interview during his holiday break. Canoga Park junior Katherine Gonzalez, 16, has her sights set on Oregon’s Concordia University after she graduates next year. She wants to be a doctor. She’s also a member of United Colors and said she very easily could’ve dropped out of school and gotten involved in gangs without Michaels’ guidance while at Columbus. And while Canoga Park has made headlines this year for its gang and racial problems, Gonzalez noted groups such as United Colors have a positive appeal. “Some (students), after we helped them, they want to know what they can do to get into United Colors,” she said. “In my school, you’re split by areas that you live. United Colors teaches us to interact with people you would never talk to. “There’s not only Latinos and blacks, there’s many ethnicities in the group. … You see how much we have in common, and it helps the school unite.” The students meet once a week, discussing and debating everything from the number of prisons versus schools in California to what makes a good citizen. “It’s hard to hurt somebody if you know them,” Michaels said. It’s tough to say how many students Michaels has helped keep away from gangs or helped graduate, but she doesn’t want the credit, instead citing principals, deans and teachers for the “team effort.” She also recognizes people such as Los Angeles police Lt. Tom Smart, who heads the Gang Impact Team for the West Valley Division. “I think the world of her,” Smart said. “She is a very proactive, committed teacher. … She’s the real thing.” In January, Canoga Park High will begin Over the Bridge, a program designed for “high-risk” students who otherwise would get kicked out of school. About 15 kids will be isolated from other students on campus. They’ll not only study math and other core subjects but also receive life lessons from Michaels and other instructors. It could be their last chance. If nothing else, they’ve got an in-your-corner ally in Michaels, a fellow Canoga Park Hunter who once sat at the same desks, ran in the same streets and managed to overcome some of the same demons. “I’d rather work with my own Canoga Park kids,” she said. “They’re good kids.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgADVENTURER Jason Black has sent his thanks for all the messages of support he has received after pulling out of his bid to climb of Mt McKinley in Alaska.Snow storms and ice forced him to abandon the final climb to the summit.Tonight he sent this message – filled with his usual humour – and this snap! “Hi all – just back in Talkeetna town in Alaska long decent of the mountain but finally a SHOWER in 30 days …humbled with the fantastic positive messages of support THANK YOU .. Had the greatest expedition battle and Arctic weather kicks serious ass. Gutted I didn’t top out but I gave it everything from every approach possible but for nature’s weather. So looking forward to seeing the hills of Donegal & my family.. Love 2all cu soon Jason. The messages are very appreciated.”  JASON BLACK SENDS HIS THANKS AND DECLARES: ‘GREAT TO HAVE A SHOWER AFTER 30 DAYS’ was last modified: June 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jason BlackMt McKinleylast_img read more


first_imgThe Letterkenny Lisbon Lions club’s AGM will be held this Friday the 6th of June at the EARLIER time than the usual 7pm start upstairs in the Tir na og bar in Ballymacool. All members are asked to do their up-most to attend this very important meeting.Anyone wishing to be a member for what promises to be a very exciting season is also of course welcome along too. DD NOTICE: LETTERKENNY LISBON LIONS SUPPORTERS CLUB AGM THIS FRIDAY was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD NOTICE: CelticNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgTHEY went into the game against Donaghmoyne as underdogs – but Termon Ladies pulled off a stunning comeback to draw their Ulster Senior Championship final with the Monaghan champions this afternoon.The Clones decider – essentially a ‘home’ match for Donaghmoyne – was a real cracker.And to be honest Termon looked out of it at half-time, having scored just once. But that score was a goal, so the Donegal side trailed by six – losing 0-09 to 1-00.And so it would prove to be a vital score.Donaghmoyne contined to rack up the points in the second half and extended their lead to nine points.But Termon came steam-rolling back into it with Geraldine McLaughlin again superb and closed the gap to just a point with a few minutes left before levelling before the final whistle to force a replay on a score of Termon 4-05, Donaghmoyne 1-14. (17 points each).  TERMON LADIES IN STUNNING COMEBACK TO DRAW ULSTER SENIOR FINAL was last modified: October 20th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DonaghmoyneTermonUlster Finallast_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal man has been sent for trial to the Circuit Court on charges of Cruelty to Children.The man in his 40s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.He faces five charges of cruelty to children on dates between 2008 and 2012. Garda Inspector David Kelly said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed the case be sent for trial to the current sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.Defence solicitor Donagh Cleary said the alleged victims were members of the man’s own family.District Court Judge Paul Kelly directed the case be sent for trial to the Circuit Court.MAN SENT FOR TRIAL ON CRUELTY TO CHILDREN CHARGES was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Human and Animal Brains: Uniquenesses and Similarities

first_imgSeveral recent science articles explore what we have in common with animals, and what is unique about the human mind.Grammar test:  A Science Daily entry tells the upshot in the headline: “Young Children Have Grammar and Chimpanzees Don’t.”  Scientists at University of Pennsylvania believe they have shown that “children as young as 2 understand basic grammar rules when they first learn to speak and are not simply imitating adults.”  For instance, children tend to get the definite article “the” and the indefinite article “a” correct every time when referring to objects.  They also exhibit more extensive diversity of abstract grammatical concepts.  Chimpanzees, by contrast, just don’t get it.  The famous 1970’s ape Nim Chimpsky “never grasped rules like those in a 2-year-old’s grammar.”  To the researchers, “This suggests that true language learning is — so far — a uniquely human trait, and that it is present very early in development.”  An article on PhysOrg, though, claimed that chimpanzees have “metacognition,” the ability to think about thinking.  This was based on how they responded to a touch screen to find a hidden reward.  None of them, however, were found mumbling, “I think, therefore I am.”Math test:  Another headline tells all, this time from Medical Xpress: “Despite what you may think, your brain is a mathematical genius.”  Researchers at the Salk Institute were impressed that the brain appears to run an algorithm called the Gabor Transform when confronting a change of environment.  The brain picks out the salient signals in both time and space, and learns to ignore others, in order to extract the maximum amount of useful information.  Confronted with precision on the time channel and not the location channel, or vice versa, how does an information theorist decide the best compromise?  Nobelist Dennis Gabor, who invented holography in 1971, came up with a mathematical theorem, known as a “Gabor Filter” that “helps obtain the most precise measurements possible for both qualities.”  A Salk researcher said that our brains employ a similar strategy.Music test:  Several science sites reported on Canadian research that identified how the brain learns to “like” (in the Facebook sense) a new piece of music and file it in the “favorites” folder.  A part of the brain called the nucleus accumbens lights up on fMRI scans when tested on various human subjects.  Science Now, Live Science and Medical Xpress discussed how this shows that different human brains appear to have the same responses to a new music experience.  Another Live Science article explained how this shows music is a universal language for humans.  That article quoted a neuroscientist opining, without evidence, “Evolutionarily, music is something people came together to do.” None of the articles mentioned if animals have a similar response.Your brain’s janitors:  Some things go on in your brain without your knowledge, and good thing: Science Daily described how your brain does “spring cleaning.”  All brains have stem cells lying in wait to be called on, ready to become nerve cells or brain cells “whenever and wherever you need them most.”  To keep them in readiness, a process in the brain “clears out garbage within the cells, and keeps them in their stem-cell state,” researchers at University of Michigan Medical School found.  Even stem cells can generate waste.  Through a well-known process called autophagy (eat myself), stem cells periodically clean house to maintain their readiness.  The study was conducted on mice.The fly, the mouse, the human:  Another article on Medical Xpress claims that human, mouse and fruit fly brains have some “strikingly similar” characteristics.  Al Hirth, a psychologist at King’s Colloge London deduced this from studies of what happens when analogous parts of the brains are disrupted.  A photo of the three brains side by side shows dramatic differences in size, like between a pinhead and a cantelope.  The researchers found, “despite the major differences between species, their respective constitutions and specifications derive from similar genetic programmes.”  Hirth believes this shows common ancestry, but he was just speculating:Dr Hirth from King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry says: “Flies, crabs, mice, humans: all experience hunger, need sleep and have a preference for a comfortable temperature so we speculated there must be a similar mechanism regulating these behaviours. We were amazed to find just how deep the similarities go, despite the differences in size and appearance of these species and their brains.”Dr. Hirth did not, however, find mice or fruit flies doing research to figure out how the human brain works.  Furthermore, “no fossil remains of the common ancestor exist,” the article admitted.When you see a sentence start with “Evolutionarily,…” prepare for a myth.  Evolutionary psychologists and neuroscientists err when they use similarity as evidence for evolution.  They fail to consider the evidence for common design.  The Creator knew that a fruit fly, a mouse, and a human all need to eat, sleep, and maintain body temperature; that’s why they have similar mechanisms.  Animals showcase intelligent causes in their origin; humans, uniquely, use their own intelligence to research other animals to try to understand them.  We don’t see monkeys or mice building functional MRI machines and microscopes for the purpose of research.  We don’t see chimpanzees using grammar or creating music libraries of favorites.There’s enough similarity between humans and animals to show a common Creator.  There’s enough uniqueness in humans to show we alone are capable of using intelligence for abstract reasoning, the enjoyment of music, the creation of music, reasoning about reality, and thinking about “thinking about thinking.”  These abilities require a tool – a brain – yet reach beyond the tools into intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual realms.  These traits are common to all humans.  The simplest explanation for this is that first human pair was endowed with these abilities from the beginning.  The simplest account for it is the Genesis account, at which time humans were impressed with the image of God.  Is there anything about the scientific articles in this entry that contradicts that account?  No.  Are there findings that support it?  “Think” about it, and thereby help establish the point. 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