Paul George has now become a legitimate superstar in the NBA but he began his career as a role player for the Indiana Pacers.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES George’s new signature isn’t only an homage to his love of gaming, but also a mirror of his lockdown play on the defensive end.Tony Hardman, the designer of both the PG1 and PG2, took away the strap that provides added lockdown on the forefoot and switched it with what he calls “dynamic wings.”Another piece of Nike technology on the forefoot is the 10-millimeter Zoom unit that gives added cushion and propulsion in the region.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer advances to Australian Open semifinal against Chung Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m more excited for those guys to get a chance to wear them and be in them and help them with their careers. At the end of the day that’s what I want.”George debuted the PG2 in an exclusive “PlayStation” colorway in the Thunder’s 148-124 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers wherein he put up 36 points and grabbed seven rebounds.The PG2 “PlayStation,” which will release on Feb. 10 on Nike.com, is a testament to one of George’s most loved passions—gaming.“I just had a knack for video games,” said George. “As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad—cutting out the clipping of a video game, cutting out clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his dresser.”“I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift and sure enough it was the PS2. I’ve been a PlayStation guy ever since.”ADVERTISEMENT He used his sheer will and determination from averaging just 7.8 points in his rookie year to constant 20-point scorer in his eighth season and this hard work ultimately paid off for George as he is now considered as one of the best two-way players in the NBA.And with that notoriety came prestige in the form of his second signature shoe, the PG2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFor George, his signature sneaker is not just for him, but also for those players who are now starting a name for themselves.“I’m really excited, more so again for the performance that it’s going to give guys that follow me and are trying to get a chance to get to the NBA,” said George in a press release from Nike. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 MOST READ
Earlier, three-time Tokyo finalist Milos Raonic crushed last year’s runner-up Adrian Mannarino, the sixth seed taking a little over an hour to beat the Frenchman 6-3, 6-4.The big-hitting Canadian, who has slipped from number three in the world to his current ranking of 20th after a poor run of form, fired 17 aces in a dominant display.Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, who last year made unwanted headlines after smashing a ball at an umpire and fracturing his eye socket in a Davis Cup tie, bundled out seventh seed Chung Hyeon of South Korea 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.Elsewhere, France’s Benoit Paire beat Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) while Japanese qualifier Yosuke Watanuki upset Dutchman Robin Haase 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-1.World number six Marin Cilic heads the field at the Tokyo tournament, whose list of previous winners include Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Ken Rosewall. ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I hoped I wouldn’t have to play a Japanese player,” said Nishikori, who last faced Sugita when they were juniors.“It’s a relief to win. It took me a while to get into it,” added the world number 12, who won the last of his 11 career titles in Memphis two years ago.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“I made a few too many mistakes at the start. But I tweaked what I needed to and enjoyed the second set a bit more. Hopefully I can go deep into the tournament.“Of course, the aim is to try to win it.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum College linebacker ‘very critical’ after head injury – coach Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori returns a ball to German tennis player Matthias Bachinger during their ATP Moselle semi-final tennis match on September 22, 2018 in Metz, eastern France.Bachinger won 2/6, 6/4, 7/5. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGENLocal hero Kei Nishikori began his quest for a third Japan Open title by thrashing countryman Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 6-1 to reach the last 16 on Monday.Third seed Nishikori failed to hit the heights that took him to the US Open semifinals last month but still dominated his Japanese Davis Cup teammate, completing a one-sided victory with a fizzing backhand down the line after 81 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The ongoing US$6M Private Use Permit (PUP) case involving four former senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has taken a dramatic turn, after a logging company, Universal Forest Corporation, was accused of paying a bribe to get the permit.The company is expected to appear before Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ today to provide the original copy of the receipt allegedly obtained from one of the defendants, John Kantor, former FDA technical manager for commercial service.Kantor, along with other senior management officials of the FDA, including the dismissed Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, are on trial for their individual roles in facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one PUPs that authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farm land, in which Universal is implicated for bribery.The decision to cite Universal Forest Corporation came immediately following the testimony by a state witness, James Dorbor Jallah, who chaired the Presidential Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB). His testimony linked the logging company for having paid a bribe for the performance of services they were required to do under the PUP.In his testimony, Jallah further alleged, “John Kantor was one of those members of the senior management team of the FDA on whom we found evidence indicating that he (Kantor) had received money from logging companies as was provided in the report.”He further testified, “I do not remember all of the names but their names are listed in the report that was marked in evidence yesterday.”When Jallah was asked by prosecution during his testimony to identify a photocopy of the alleged receipt issued by defendant Kantor to the logging company, he replied, “ I recognized this instrument (receipt) to be the one submitted to us during the investigation by the Universal Forest Corporation, based upon our request for all individuals, companies, communities and organizations to submit any and all documents that were in their possession relating to the issuance and operation of the PUP.”Again asked where was the original? The state witness said, “The copy that was received by our committee were photocopies of the originals. The company did not submit the original copy of that document.” It was following that testimony that the state lawyers asked Judge Gbeneweleh to mandate the logging company to produce the original copy of the receipt they received from defendant Kantor.In their request to the court, prosecution said, “At this stage counsel for the prosecution requests your Honor for the issuance of an order (subpoena) on the management of Universal Forest Corporation to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) same being a cash receipt issued the said company by Mr. John Kantor dated October 20, 2011 on the stationary of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).”Accepting prosecution’s request, Judge Gbeneweleh declared that “Submission is hereby granted. The clerk of this court is hereby ordered to issue the Subpoena and place same in the hand of sheriff commanding the Subpoena entity to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) herein named before this Honorable court on Thursday, April 9, 2014, at 9 a.m. It is hereby so ordered.” The crimes for which the four former senior managers of the FDA and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Public Infrastructure Ministry has secured in excess of $700 million in supplementary funds to conduct rehabilitation works on a number of roads and bridges across the country.These monies approved was part of a $2 billion supplementary provision given to the Public Infrastructure Ministry last week.Of that amount, $500 million is to undertake construction and rehabilitation of roads and drains in urban areas (within Townships).Standing before the Committee of Supply in the National Assembly last week, the subject Minister, David Patterson, disclosed that already some 46 road contracts have been either tendered out or awarded for these projects.“We’re well ahead of the aim,” he asserted. According to Patterson, projects are ongoing In New Amsterdam at Angoy’s Avenue and other areas, Agricola within the Georgetown district, and several areas in Linden.“We are not stopping there and this provision will allow us to do more areas,” he told the Committee. This $500 million will be added to the $900 million allotted in the 2019 budget for urban roads/drainage.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonMeanwhile, an additional $150 million was also approved for the construction and rehabilitation of miscellaneous community roads in Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six.The Public Infrastructure Minister posited that thus far, 60 road contracts have been either tendered out or awarded countrywide under the “Miscellaneous Road/Drainage” programme, which had already secured a whopping $1.955 billion in the 2019 budget.“Notwithstanding this 60, one of the things that cannot be disputed is that since this Administration came to office, we paid tremendous amount of time and resources in upgrading road infrastructure. This is a continuation of those efforts…,” Patterson indicated.The Minister further explained that since the launch of the coalition Government’s nationwide outreaches, they have been provided with information of or saw firsthand, works that needed to be done in some communities, hence the need for additional funds to carry out these works.“This sum will address those additional needs… We go where the need is not where the vote is,” the Public Infrastructure Minister contended.In addition to a budgetary allocation of $175.78 million, Patterson was also successful in securing an additional $40.850 million for the rehabilitation of access bridges at Bella Dam, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, and at Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD). The beams of the bridge at Bella Dam were damaged, while urgent works have been prioritised at the Little Diamond Bridge.According to the Public Infrastructure Minister, allocations were made for four major bridges in the budget but critical works are required at these two bridge hence the need for more monies.“Nothing is static… [We did] our inspection last year, since then we found these bridges needed urgent repairs and we felt it necessary to come to the House for funds to undertake these two bridges. If something goes wrong, thousands of residents would be unable to traverse to and from these communities,” the Committee was told prior to approving the funds.On the other hand, supplementary provisions were also set aside for the Public Infrastructure Ministry to conduct rehabilitative works on roads and bridges along the Lethem, Hoiwa and Nappi corridors in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Essequibo).A total of $50 million was approved for these works and will be added to some $2 million in budgetary allocations for the Hinterland Roads programme.Highlighting the importance of ensuring that the Indigenous people have adequate infrastructures in place, Patterson further told the Committee of Supply that the communities will also benefit from these contracts.“We embrace the spirit of community cooperation and every one of these bridges to be done, the materials will be sourced from the communities as much as possible and all the labour will come from the communities. So basically we would just be providing the capital cost to these communities in these areas to assist themselves. This is part of our commitment to ensure that 20 per cent of our procurement is done either by community persons or small contractors. So this projects will be executed on those basis,” he asserted.Among the other works that the Public Infrastructure Ministry received supplementary provisions for is the installation of highway lights at Number 43/Joppa Village on the Corentyne and at Kuru Kururu on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.According to Patterson, this is for the continuation of a programme that commenced in 2016 to install highway lights in unlit areas for security purposes and for better traffic control.The House approved the $23.5 million requested. This is in addition to a $250 million allocation set aside in the 2019 budget.
Sixty-four young people from across the country have benefited from a training programme which will allow them to become better leaders and agents of change in society. The exercise was facilitated by the Department of Youth—Youth Empowerment Unit.Participants of the recently concludedThis would mark the Unit’s 13th Youth Leadership Training Programme, as it continues to deliver on its mandate to provide empowerment opportunities for the nation’s youth.The training, which was conducted at the Madewini Training Centre located on the Linden Highway, targets youth leaders and those with leadership potential.The Unit executes a number of programmes and has collaborated with facilitators from various organisations to ensure that the participants receive the requisite skills and knowledge needed to enable them to become better leaders and change agents.According to a press release from the Ministry of Social Cohesion, the Youth Leadership Training empowers young people to develop soft skills in leadership through the use of practice and theory, job market readiness, and creating youth organisations among others.As part of the programme, the Unit conducted a ‘Mock Youth Parliament’ session which provided the opportunity for participants to express their views and possible solutions on the topic of youth unemployment.In her address to the graduating class, Director of Youth (acting), Leslyn Boyce-Garraway congratulated and encouraged the students to exude excellence by being the best they can be in their respective fields.The Youth Director also urged the graduating class to use their skills to contribute to the development of their respective communities.Recipients of the special prizes were Nayman Gill and Deondra Wishart, who received prizes for Leadership and Best Exemplified, and Most Outstanding Personalities went to Rawle Major and Delicia George.
Tired of waiting on Govt…— Heavy vehicles now eroding repairsWith heavy hearts and cringing pain, residents of the Little Diamond New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), watch as their precious time and effort coupled with their hard earned cash crumble beneath the weight of machinery owned by corporate giants.For several months, residents of this developing community have been complaining to the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) about the deplorable conditions of their roads. However, their concerns were seemingly ignored, as nothing was done or promised made of relief for the residents. After coming to terms with the fact that they were not getting any governmental assistance to fix their roads, they decided to pool their monies and labour together to get the work done.“It don’t make sense living uncomfortable while you waiting on them to fulfil their duty. Because it’s only we gonna end up suffering anyways,” one resident related to this newspaper.The roads were in such a deplorable state that vehicles had a tough time traversing without damages. The situation is made worse when it rains with the slushy trail and potholes overflowing with water, making it practically impassable to both vehicles and pedestrians.During an interview with this newspaper, one resident explained that the villagers would fix the road to a stage where vehicles could travel with some relief.“It don’t be proper because we don’t have the right materials and so but we fix it up enough so the vehicles could pass,” she explained.However, she decried that contracting companies would then come into the area with huge vehicles that would quickly reverse their remedial works.Only recently, a contracting firm with big trucks ventured into the area to conduct repairs on a koker.“The impact of the trucks on the road, damaged the road we used our personal money to fix.It is not fair because we aren’t getting any assistance from the government authorities,” she emphasised.Other residents noted that it is not just contracting companies alone, but other individuals driving heavy vehicles.The residents are frustrated that they keep pumping monies to repair the roads for their convenience and comfort while outsiders continue to venture in the area with weighty vehicles, damaging the repairs.Consequently, residents are pleading with the relevant authorities to visit their village and help address the situation.
The Campbell government has completed its 60 day review of $159 million in grants to community groups in the province and the freeze on the money was lifted yesterday. That means the groups waiting for it, should soon be getting it, but not likely in all cases. The Minister responsible is Rich Coleman, and he warns the application demand, exceeds the money supply… [asset|aid=1763|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=331c3b42ff7fb50c64f4615562de5d6d-Coleman_3_Pub.mp3] Mr. Coleman says the groups need to remember the program is not an entitlement, and that grants are assessed on an annual basis. Fort St. John groups receive over $800,000 in funding each year from this program.- Advertisement –
Pupils from Ireland’s first ever coffin-making course have just graduated with flying colours.Some might think they have ‘dead end’ prospects but the pupils from the Donegal Local development-run scheme are upbeat about getting a job.The twelve pupils have just completed the course today and at least two of them will now start making coffins full-time. The course, which was run in the town hall in Ramelton for the past six months, was arranged by the Green Graveyard Company.Course tutor Brendan Farren from Greencastle said he has been amazed at how dedicated the pupils have been.“We started with 13 pupils and only one person dropped out. But the rest turned up in rain, hail and snow.“These people all have one thing in common – they want to learn a new skill and get a job out of it in the end,” he said. The willow used in the coffins is taken from Tipperary while pupils were also encouraged to grow their own patch of willow to use.Owner of the Green Graveyard Company, Colin McAteer, said green coffins offer huge potential.At present just half a percent of the 50,000 funerals in Ireland each year use green coffins.But Colin said an increase and awareness of green coffins will offer huge job opportunities.“The potential is huge. People are becoming more environmentally aware and these coffins are all Irish-made. “They are made to a very high standard and are cheaper than the normal coffin. The demand is getting greater all the time,” he said.Colin first came across the idea for a green coffin more than a decade ago when a young woman he knew, who later died from leukemia, wanted to be buried in a cardboard coffin.“We searched everywhere but just couldn’t get what she was looking for. That always remained with me and then I heard about the idea of making natural coffins using willow.“The business is still getting off the ground but the fact that we now have 12 people to make them is a real bonus,” he said. Colin, who is also an undertaker, said that there was a particular demand for children’s willow coffins.“I think the most heartbreaking thing for some people is to see a tiny white, wooden coffin. The willow reminds people of a ‘Moses basket’ and I think that’s comforting for them in some way,” he said.Pupil Bernie Grier, from Ramelton, said she never in her wildest dreams thought she would be making coffins.“It has been a great experience and hopefully there will be a job in it one day. Everyone on the course has been so supportive.“I’ll definitely be ordering a willow coffin one day but hopefully that won’t be for a very long time to come,” she said.Local Sinn Fein TD, Padraig MacLochlainn, who called in to see the coffin-makers on their last day, said it was cottage industries like this which will create jobs.“These are the kinds of businesses we should be supporting because there is obvious growth.“The people here have put their hearts and souls into learning and new skill and that really lifts the spirit during these tough times,” he said.For further information on green coffins see www.greencoffinsireland.com.ALL PICTURES BY KIND PERMISSION OF CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHYEndsDONEGAL STUDENTS PROVE COFFIN-MAKING IS NO ‘DEAD END’ JOB was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:coffinsDLDCGreen Graveyard Company
Gaelscoil na gCeithre Máistri, located in Donegal Town, is housed in 4 prefabs and is in ‘urgent need of repair’ according to Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle.Deputy Thomas PringlePringle was alerted by the Parent’s Association that no support had been received from the Department of Education on previous funding applications despite the poor condition of the school.In a last-ditch effort, an application has since been made for a ‘devolved grant’ which would give the school access to funding for small-scale works where there is an urgent need of repair and renovation. ‘I am urging the Minister to consider Gaelscoil Máistri for this funding. There have been consistent health and safety concerns with the school building. Four freezing prefabs with poor insulation and single glaze windows are a great distraction to the children attending the school. They deserve better’ says Pringle.‘What is frustrating is that planning permission has been granted to build a new 8 classroom school on a site which the Department already owns. It’s even fully serviced with water, sewerage and electricity facilities. But the school needs funding so it can progress to the construction stage as soon as possible’ continues Pringle.‘I urge the Minister to consider Gaelscoil Máistri’s application for this vital funding and remind her of the Government’s commitment to support rural communities’ concludes Pringle.PLEA FOR URGENT REPAIRS AT DONEGAL GAELSCOIL was last modified: August 26th, 2015 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:Deputy Thomas PringledonegalGaelscoil
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