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Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa commits to Texas

Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa commits to Texas

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny However, Hepa opted to remain in the United States where he is ranked as a four-star power forward after his stellar showing for Barrow High School in Alaska, where he was hailed as Gatorade Alaska Boys Basketball Player of the Year Awards twice before transferring to Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES In a report by Rivals.com, Hepa shared that he believes he could be a huge help for the Texas basketball program as he walks the same path previously trekked by NBA stars like Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge.“At Texas, I just felt like I could help turn the program around. After talking to coach (Shaka) Smart and coach Darrin Horn, building a relationship with them, I just felt really comfortable with them,” said Hepa, who traces his roots to Pangasinan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 6-foot-9 Hepa saw action in the 2017 NBTC National High School Championship last March with Filam Sports USA, where he was named as the Defensive Player of the Tournament.His stellar showing also earned him offers to play college ball here in the Philippines, with some of his suitors namely Ateneo, San Beda, and Adamson. Narvasa insists he’s ‘always ensured parity in all decisions’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa will be playing college ball in Texas.The 17-year-old slotman, who is ranked as the top prospect from Alaska and 51st among 2018 recruits, has bared his commitment with the Longhorns on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

TRC Report Should Be Implemented

TRC Report Should Be Implemented

first_imgIn the wake of the ongoing drawdown of peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from the country the Vice Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) has emphasized the need to implement the Report submitted to the government by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). At a phase two clarification of the INCHR’s mandate in relation to the TRC Recommendations, held at the National Elections Commission (NEC) in Monrovia, Mr. Boakai A. Dukuly said if the peace is to be maintained in the absence of UNMIL, the TRC Report must not be ignored by the government and its partners. The TRC Report should be implemented, he emphasized. It is the responsibility of everyone to keep the peace in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown.Mr. Dukuly called on civil society organizations, representatives of political parties and other human rights institutions to remain focused as they go about preaching the necessary messages that would maintain the peace.He also provided an overview of the history, core mandate and functions of the INCHR, including the Palava Hut Project. He then called on the CSOs to play their role to ensure that human rights are upheld across the country when UNMIL has departed.“The rural women are also part of the process of keeping the peace. We are mandated to working with CSOs that are involved with human rights advocacy, the economy and other aspects of national life,” Mr. Boakai added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

8th of May Movement receives audience with Head of State

8th of May Movement receives audience with Head of State

first_imgThe 8th of May Movement of the East Coast Demerara community of Beterverwagting/ Triumph had the golden opportunity of meeting with President David Granger on Wednesday, September 12, to discuss its work and development plans.Movement Chairperson Latecia Stuart outlined to the President the Movement’s strategic development plan, which has four main pillars: the family, church, school and farm, and said the plan was developed in keeping with the President’s vision for the sustainability and advancement of each community.She explained that there also is intention to place specific emphasis on sport,President Grander being flanked by the 8th of May Movement delegation. From (L-R) Oscar Glasgow, Dikemma Utoh, Latecia Stuart (Chairperson), Deborah Shortt-Parker, Reinsford Benfield and Elton Mc Raesmart agricultural practices, and agro-processing.In response, President Granger praised the Movement’s work in the area of sport, and encouraged them to continue placing more emphasis on this discipline, noting that sport is a strong unifying force.The President’s comments were mainly in reference to the recently concluded inaugural BV/Triumph 8th of May Movement Emancipation Cohesion Football League, which saw three teenagers receiving academic/vocational awards for outstanding performances on the football pitch. The awards are valued at $180,000 each, and are for the period September, 2018 to August, 2019. These academic/vocational awards are being sponsored by the Restoration Opportunities through Christ (ROC), and are aimed at assisting their recipients in specified areas relative to their academic and vocational advancement. The awards are valued at $15, 000 monthly for the identified year.Two award recipients, Ian Dooker and Omari Glasgow, have already started to benefit from this sponsorship; while the third recipient, Trevon Adams, would soon benefit from his.As the audience with the Head of State concluded, Stuart thanked President Granger for his continued support extended to the Movement and the work that has been undertaken by it.last_img read more

Province urges public outdoor burning to use caution

Province urges public outdoor burning to use caution

first_imgBritish Columbians who are planning to do any large-scale industrial burning or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectares  — Category 3 fires — must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time, by calling 1 888 797-1717.“If your fire escapes, you may be liable for fire suppression costs and damages,” the press release adds. “It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that they are burning in a safe, responsible manner that is in accordance with current restrictions.”Up-to-date information on burning restrictions and current wildfire activity can be obtained by calling 1 888 3-FOREST or online at: http://www.bcwildfire.ca PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service is encouraging the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning, in light of weather conditions.Southern sections of the Prince George Fire Centre are experiencing below-normal snowpacks.“As the snow melts, it does not take long for grass to dry out and become flammable, especially in windy conditions,” a press release from the B.C. government states.- Advertisement -The Province is urging people who want to light an open fire to watch for changing weather and followall burning regulations to reduce the number of preventable wildfires, and take precautions.Those precautions include ensuring that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping, avoiding burning during windy conditions, creating a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, and not leaving any fires unattended.“Before conducting a burn, check with your local fire department, municipality and regional district to find out if any open burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect,” the Province also recommends.Advertisementlast_img read more

He was a teacher and also a friend

He was a teacher and also a friend

first_imgGrowing up in a traditional Jewish family, first in the Bronx where he was born and as a teenager in Boyle Heights, Mendie said he was taught to fear teachers. Suddenly, he looked in the mirror and saw he was the teacher. “I was fearful, but I also knew that I could quit any time,” he says in retrospect. Consequently, Mendie Koenig did his “own thing” as a teacher, speaking to the students not like a teacher, but like a friend. How many students are there in LAUSD classrooms looking for another Mendie Koenig right now? Too many, I would guess, and that’s a shame for all of us. Richard Nemec is a writer in Los Angeles. Write to him by e-mail at rnemec@ca.rr.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He opted for the latter, and it is why last year a sixth-grade class he taught in 1955 honored him for making a difference in their lives. His students from a half-century ago, some of whom are into their 60s, still remember and revere him. One of the former students from the sixth-grade class at Richland Avenue Elementary School is a longtime friend, and she invited me to meet the slightly built, soft-spoken man who left an indelible mark on her life, and many other youngsters’ lives. He left equally profound impressions at a half-dozen other city elementary schools, five in the San Fernando Valley, the last being Tarzana Elementary where he was principal the last 15 years of his education career (1972-88). One of Mendie’s male students from the sixth-grade class of ’55 was from a dirt-poor Nebraska family that moved West after World War II. He was so traumatized by the move, living in a dangerous trailer park along Bundy Drive in West Los Angeles, and his father’s wartime abandonment of the family that he refused to speak in kindergarten or the first grade at Richland School. It wasn’t until he encountered Koenig that he began to come out of his shell. Fifty-one years later I listened to him tell how Mendie, who worked part-time at the Santa Monica Sears store to supplement his teacher pay, would buy him one of the toys he’d been eyeing. What he remembered about “Mr. Koenig” is that he treated him like an individual. IN the last year I was introduced to an extraordinary former teacher, administrator and first-rate human being who labored successfully in the Los Angeles Unified School District for more than 30 years (mostly in the San Fernando Valley). He was once an aspiring actor with major film and Broadway play credits and is now a successful octogenarian blackjack player along the Las Vegas Strip. Mendie Koenig, who began as a third-grade teacher at a then-new Westside elementary school in 1951, decided his first day on the job what he was going to be first and foremost – a human being. He was forced to make the choice by a precocious first-grader who confronted him on the playground his first day at the school. Wearing his best, and only, blue flannel suit, Mendie was doing yard duty watching the kids before school began when a little girl tugged on his jacket, stared straight at him and asked, “Are you a teacher, or are you a man?” More than half a century later, the incident indelible in his mind, Koenig says. “I looked at this kid, and I said that I happened to be both, but I thought to myself afterward, `this kid is telling me something.’ Right then, I decided I had to make up my mind, would I be a `teacher’ or would I be a `human being’?” last_img
Watford chief delighted by new signing and reveals another deal is to be completed

Watford chief delighted by new signing and reveals another deal is to be completed

first_imgWatford chief executive Scott Duxbury has told talkSPORT Chelsea starlet Nathan Ake will be a good addition to the club.The Dutch youngster joins on a season-long loan after signing a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.And Duxbury believes the versatile 20-year-old will improve Quique Sanchez Flores’ squad as the Hornets look to beat the drop.“Nathan Ake is somebody we’ve been looking at for some time,” he told Drivetime“He had many options but we’ve had endless chats with him, Quique Flores is a big admirer of his. He can play numerous positions like defensive midfield and left-back.“I think he’ll be a really good addition to the squad.“He’s somebody that came down to the training ground, saw the environment and fitted in immediately.”And Duxbury revealed there would be at least one more signing at Vicarage Road this summer.“Alessandro Diamanti will be coming,” he added.“Everything is fine. There are various time zones with Brazil and China involved.“We simply haven’t got the documentation submitted for clearance but he’ll be fine to play against Southampton.”last_img read more

Free pet microchip clinics begin today

Free pet microchip clinics begin today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The county Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring that dogs be spayed or neutered, and that dogs more than 4 months old be implanted with the identifying chip. The procedure is nonsurgical and requires no anesthetic. Each microchip has a code number embedded in it that can be read by a hand-held scanner. The number is stored in a database that includes the owner’s contact information. The system has proven itself in cases in which traditional tags have been lost or damaged. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – A series of free clinics starts today at the Castaic Animal Shelter for pet owners to have their animals implanted with tiny microchips that hold identification data. A new county ordinance requiring the chips – the size of a grain of rice – takes effect today, with a grace period of three months. The chips will be implanted free for pets living in Castaic, Stevenson Ranch and other unincorporated county territories affected by the new regulation. Residents also will receive free lifetime registration for their animals. The program will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Sunday and next Saturday, and from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. last_img read more

BUSINESSES URGED TO GET MORE INTERNET CLEVER TO MAKE MORE CASH

BUSINESSES URGED TO GET MORE INTERNET CLEVER TO MAKE MORE CASH

first_imgLetterkenny has been urged to become more ‘online’ savvy so that local businesses can more money from the internet.Fine Gael councillor Jimmy Kavanagh said that some businesses are actively engaging and selling their services and products online but others aren’t.He has now tabled a motion for the latest meeting of Letterkenny Town Council asking that “the council liaise with the chamber of commerce and other interested parties to devise a strategy for ecommerce for the town.” Councillor Kavanagh revealed a recent study by Visa Europe showed that Irish consumers are to spend a total of €420 million online on gifts in the run up to Christmas, with an average spend of €227 per shopper’.“This shows that there is a huge market for online shopping and I feel that local businesses are not geared to taking advantage of this potential.“Some traders in the town are actively engaged with internet selling, but they are the exception rather than the rule. We have excellent Donegal and Irish products available and excellent gift and craft shops that are ideal for internet trading.“With so many Donegal and Irish people now living and working abroad, it is the perfect time for traders to get involved with online markets. Consumer confidence in trading online is now high thanks to; much improved online security, the fact that most people are now very comfortable using the internet, and the easy availability of online access from smartphones and tablets as well as the more traditional laptops and PC’s,” he said. He added that the availability of cloud computing also means that it is becoming easier and cheaper for traders to add an online dimension to their business.“I feel that the council has the ability and the know how to bring interested parties together, look at the opportunities and devise a strategy for the town around online trading. LYIT is also producing IT graduates of a very high standard and there is an opportunity for the college to get involved and lend their expertise.“I feel that a proper strategy on online trading for the town with clear objectives and goals would be a huge help to local business and would create some much needed employment in the Town” Kavanagh concluded. BUSINESSES URGED TO GET MORE INTERNET CLEVER TO MAKE MORE CASH was last modified: December 9th, 2012 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:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghecommerceinternetonlinelast_img read more

MH370: New search underway

MH370: New search underway

first_imgSearchers for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are having a final roll of the dice by moving north into a 25,000 sq. km search area defined by a meeting of high-powered experts as the potential crash site.The last remaining ship in the search, the Dutch-owned Fugro Equator, moved into the new search area on January 6th and is conducting sonar sweeps in a last-ditch attempt to locate the missing Boeing 777, which disappeared in March, 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.The move, less than two weeks before the search is scheduled to end, is an attempt to cover at least some of the area now believed to likely contain the debris field.The search is being led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau which confirmed the change to AirlineRatings.com.  “Fugro Equator is completing its final swing and gathering some sonar data in areas we haven’t previously completed,” an ATSB spokesman said. “Equator’s search operations are expected to be completed by the end of January.” Dr Richard Cole, from the University College of London, has been tracking the ship and revealed the decision to head north into the new search area.“Equator has re-entered the search to the north, away from the area originally identified in late 2014 by the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group,’’ he told The Daily Beast. “Using a sonar system, it is now checking sea floor not previously scanned. The search has only limited time left, but they are investing this remaining time in scanning the area they now believe is the most likely location of MH370.”The Equator left Fremantle on Monday December 12 and a typical mission lasts 40 days which would mean that the ship has approximately two more weeks to search this new area.An $A200m sweep of the 120,000 sq km area defined in 2014 as a probable location for the debris proved fruitless but a meeting in November of global aviation and crash experts defined the additional area using new information from ocean drift research made possible by the discovery of debris on in the Western Indian Ocean from the missing plane.The new area is deeper and more rugged than the previous search area, with some sections 6000m deep, and experts say a thorough search would require two ships.All eyes are now on the Malaysian Government, which has responsibility for the investigation, to see whether it will fund the $A40-$A50 million it would take to complete the search of the new area. The Australian government has shown little enthusiasm for putting extra money into the search but would likely allow the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to continue heading the effort if Malaysia funds it.The three governments involved in the search — Malaysia, China and Australia — decided last July to end it once the sweep of the original 120,000 sq, km, search zone was complete if no new credible evidence of a specific location for the debris was forthcoming.The transport ministers of Malaysia and Australia indicated last year the 25,000 sq. km search area was not specific enough, despite a recommendation by the experts that it should be searched to exhaust the remaining possibilities of finding the plane. The finding that the search should continue is backed by the families of MH370 victims and members of the search team.Malaysia Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said last week the decision whether or not to extend the search would be taken before the end of January but indicated it was likely to end.“We are in the final lap. The search will be completed in the next two weeks, then after that we will let people know. We will have a tripartite meeting,” Malaysia’s The Star newspaper quoted Liow as saying.Platitudes are not enough for families needing answers on MH370: Read our comment on contiuing the search.Meanwhile, reports have emerged that a French background check of the plane’s passengers and crew found nothing suspicious. France is investigating the crash because four French nationals were on board and officials told family members of the victims that the backgound checks had “turned up negative”, AFP reported.last_img read more

PCB to allow Afridi to play in national T20 meet: sources

PCB to allow Afridi to play in national T20 meet: sources

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board will not stop suspended all-rounder Shahid Afridi from taking part in the national Twenty20 championship, scheduled to be held in Faisalabad from June 24.A well-placed source in the board said that as of now far it has been decided to allow Afridi to lead the Karachi Dolphins side in the tournament despite the ongoing disciplinary process against him.”Since it is a domestic tournament and the matter between him and the board is now in court it is felt it is better he is allowed to captain the Karachi side in the event,” a source said.The Karachi City Cricket Association has also written to the board, seeking written clearance to allow Afridi to lead their team in the tournament.The national T20 meet is one of the most popular domestic event in Pakistan as it is televised live and also attracts huge crowds.This is the first time it is being held in Faisalabad — all previous editions have been organised either in Karachi or Lahore.Subhan Ahmed, the chief operating officer of the board, declined to comment on the issue of whether Afridi is eligible to play in the domestic event.”Right now we don’t see any problem in him playing in domestic cricket but we don’t want to comment as the matter is in court,” he said.Afridi went to the High Court and got a stay order against the board’s disciplinary process against him that included suspension of his central contract and revoking his NOC’s to play in foreign leagues.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more