787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez, currently training with the national squad in Japan, has asked permission to play for Creamline upon the team’s arrival on Wednesday.National team coach Francis Vicente has yet to decide whether she will be allowed to play because officials have planned for them to be quartered all the way to the Asian Seniors Volleyball Championships set Aug. 9.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Huelgas asserts Superiority over SEA rivals Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Valdez missed three games with the Cool Smashers after joining the 17-day training camp. And during a bull session with the national team Sunday, she expressed intention to play as soon as possible.At any rate, there appeared to be no immediate need for the superstar spiker to suit up for Creamline which swept the eliminations with a victory over Perlas-BanKo Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 28-26 victory was the seventh—and fourth without Valdez—in as many matches and assured the Cool Smashers the No. 1 spot in the semifinals.Cheska Racraquin scored a career-high 23 points, including four of her team’s last six points, for Creamline which will face the No. 4 ranked team in the semifinals. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Perlas Spikers dropped to 3-4, their fate hanging in the balance as a win by Pocari Sweat over BaliPure late Sunday would force a playoff for the last semis slot on Wednesday. If it wins, BaliPure will complete the semifinals cast.“This win gave us the confidence going into the semifinals and proved that we can beat them,” said Racraquin, the 20-year-old open spiker from San Beda.The Cool Smashers worked very hard to take the win, climbing from big deficits in sets 2 and 4 before hacking it out.In the fourth frame alone, the Cool Smashers stared at a 17-8 deficit.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Participants pose after the opening of the IMS training workshop organized by LiMA.The Government of Liberia through the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) in partnership with Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF) on Monday, April 29, 2019 embarked on week-long national training workshop on Oil Spill Incident Management System (IMS) for marine environmental specialists.The event, which brought together representatives from LiMA, Environmental Protection Agency, National Port Authority, National Coast Guard, will provide Liberia with the opportunity to have an effective Incident Management System that will strengthen its national oil spill preparedness and response system.Daniel Tarr, LiMA Director for Marine Environmental Protection, told participants at the opening of the IMS workshop that the event will provide a complete overview of the incident management process with the opportunity to test the learning through an exercise.“The exercise should allow the delegates to validate their new skill set and exercise the country’s national incident management plans,” he said.Mr. Tarr, who is also the National Focal Point, said GI WACAF was launched in 2006, between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, to enhance the capacity of partner countries to prepare for and respond to marine oil spills.He said the mission is to strengthen the national system for preparedness and response in case of an oil spill in 22 West, Central and Southern African Countries in accordance with the provisions set out in the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation, 1990 (OPRC 90).To achieve its mission, Mr. Tarr told the participants that GI WACAF project organizes and delivers workshops, seminars and exercises, that aim to communicate good practice in all aspects of spill preparedness and response, drawing on expertise and experience from within governments, industry and other organizations working in this specialized field.He said to prepare and implement these activities; the project relies on the project’s network dedicated government and industry focal points.“Promoting cooperation amongst all relevant government agencies, oil industry business units and stakeholders both nationally, regionally and internationally is a major objectives of the project during these activities,” he added.Mr. Tarr said that GI WACAF operates and delivers activities with contributions from both the IMO and seven oil company members of IPIECA, namely BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Eni, Shell, Total and Woodside.Ms. Emilie Canova, GI WACAF project coordinator, who spoke on behalf of IMO and IPEICA, the global oil and gas association for environmental and social issues welcome participants to this year’s national training on IMS in Monrovia.“Today it covers 22 countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. Since its inception, significant progress has been made in improving spill response capabilities by raising awareness through national and regional workshops and training,” she said.Ms. Canova acknowledged the engagement of Liberia in the GI WACAF project.She said the collaboration between the Liberian government and GI WACAF is not new by any means, and “I would like to recall a few steps taken together because the attendance of GI WACAF regional conferences by the national focal point, in 2010, a first National Workshop for the Development of the National Contingency Plan was organized; and more recently in 2016 a National Workshop on Contingency Planning and Sensitivity Mapping was held in Monrovia, which recommend to further include IMS in the NOSCP.”Ms. Canova said the present workshop will focus on the planning aspects of the IMS. “We will thus build upon the advancements already achieved by the Government of Liberia and consolidate the knowledge acquired in recent years.”She told the participants that the workshop is currently being facilitated by two consultants who are experts in the field of oil spill preparedness and response, namely Richard Sims and John Tulloch from Ambipar.Ms. Canova therefore encouraged participant to interact with experts as much as possible during the workshop. She also thanked the Liberia Maritime Authority for facilitating this workshop.LiMA’s Deputy Director, Cllr. Charles A. Gono, who gave the keynote addressed on behalf of Dr. James F. Kollie, said the principles of IMS organization were developed in the 1970s by the fire service as management method for clarifying command relationship and making use of mutual aid for large scale incident involving multiple stakeholders.Although originally developed to address fires, the IMS concept is now applied to many other types of emergency events or incidents, including oil spill response.Mr. Gono said IMS is absolutely important because many incident happen with little or no advance warning, and require and immediate response by the industry operator and supporting response organizations.According to him, major incidents, which are rare, may require a response involving many organizations, including governmental entities across multiple jurisdictions and experts from many disciplines.Such incidents, he said, may also involve numerous parallel activities such as search and rescue, ensuring the safety of the public and responders, source control, fire suppression, protecting the environment, securing property and infrastructure from damage, and providing timely communication.Therefore, an IMS is an essential tool for overcoming many of these challenges; it provides clarity in command and control, improves resource coordination and communications, and facilitates the cooperation and integration of responding organizations.Mr. Gono said an effective and successful response requires a clear set of objectives. The objectives should be based on ‘SMART’ principle and they should be Specific, Measurable, Action oriented; Realistic; and Timely.The event, which started yesterday April 29th, will be climaxed on May 2nd, 2019 at the Monrovia City Hall.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lead Consultant of Vivid Economics, Charlie DixonGeorgetown, the capital city of Guyana, is plagued by many issues including crime and even natural disasters such as flooding and the lead consultant from the European firm Vivid Economics, Charlie Dixon, said the challenges are some of the greatest he has seen in recent times.In a recent interview with this publication, Dixon said that he thinks that “the challenges that Georgetown faces are some of the largest that I’ve seen in the types of cities and the types of areas that we’ve worked in”.Dixon, who has been in Guyana for quite some time putting together a report on Climate Resilience Support for Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility for the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) explained that in addition to the aforementioned issues, the capital city is likely to undergo tremendous pressure in the near future, as the population is likely to expand.He said that statistics collected by himself found that by 2040, Georgetown’s population is likely to grow from 130,000 to 200,000.The spike in the population, he said, could be linked to the fact that the oil and gas sector is preparing to take off soon, which will see larger amounts of persons, both locals and others, seeking employment in the city or offshore.“In Georgetown, I think it’s a really interesting opportunity because there is gonna be such phenomenal urban growth in Georgetown in the future and so this isn’t just because Guyana is already developing at a fast pace, but the increase of oil is gonna put real dramatic pressures on the population and so that’s including impact in population growth, its including inward migrants who come to work in the oil and gas industry or diaspora that is attracted to move back and then finally there is gonna be an increase in urbanisation, so people moving from the interior to Georgetown as well,” Dixon explained.Based on the report, the consultant noted that a number of key measures have been recommended which can be implemented by various responsible agencies, including the Office of Climate Change and even the Public Infrastructure Ministry, to ensure the preservation of the city.He said, “There are a set of key actions that have been looked into, sized and modelled so you can tell not only how many emissions they will help you to reduce but also how much they’re likely to cost, both in terms of upfront investments and savings over throughout time”.While presenting the findings from his study, the consultant recommended on Tuesday that current sea defence structures should be rehabilitated while the drainage system in and around the city needs to be addressed. He also told the Central Housing and Planning Authority that they may need to direct commercial and residential development away from high-risk areas in Georgetown while the onus may be upon the Government to restore and expand mangrove conservation and sediment control structures.The almost six-month long study was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – A woman denied a teaching degree on the eve of graduation because of a MySpace photo has sued the university. Millersville University instead granted Stacy Snyder a degree in English last year after learning of her Web-published picture, which bore the caption “Drunken Pirate.” “I dreamed about being a teacher for a long time,” said Snyder, 27, who now works as a nanny. The photo, taken at a 2005 Halloween party, shows Snyder wearing a pirate hat while drinking from a plastic “Mr. Goodbar” cup. It was posted on her own MySpace site. Jane S. Bray, dean of the School of Education, accused Snyder of promoting underage drinking, the suit states. The federal lawsuit seeks at least $75,000 in damages. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTS SATURDAYDowntown Cup Group ATullyvinney Rovers P v P Milford United ReservesGlenea United Reserves 1 v 0 Cranford United Reserves Downtown Cup Group BDonegal Town Reserves 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers ReservesKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves P v P Fintown Harps AFCDowntown Cup Group CRamelton Mariners 4 v 1 Gweedore United ReservesGlenree United Reserves 1 v 3 Downtown United Downtown Cup Group DGweedore Celtic Reserves P v P Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlencar Celtic 2 v 4 Mulroy CelticSUNDAY Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 4 v 0 Lifford CelticGlenea United 0 v 1 Kilmacrennan CelticMilford United 2 v 1 St. CatherinesLagan Harps 2 v 1 Dunkineely CelticCastlefin Celtic 1 v 2 Gweedore CelticWatson Hire Division OneArranmore United 0 v 0 Ballybofey UnitedKeadue Rovers 1 v 1 Eany CelticCurragh Athletic 1 v 0 Cappry RoversCT Ball Division TwoGweedore United 3 v 2 Kerrykeel’71 F.C.Letterbarrow Celtic 1 v 1 Drumbar UnitedGlenree United 2 v 0 Whitestrand UnitedCopany Rovers 0 v 3 Bonagee UnitedDunlewy Celtic 4 v 1 Convoy ArsenalDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – RESULTS was last modified: January 21st, 2013 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:Donegal Junior League results
ITS RELAY TIME!Well its here! Relay for Life Donegal hits Letterkenny’s IT this weekend and we are hoping that the months of planning and organising will all come together to make this the biggest event in Donegal in 2012. Our message is to come and enjoy Relay for Life Donegal and, at the same time, support cancer survivors, carers and the 71 teams actually doing the 24 hour relay.Highlights of the weekend include the launching of Daniel O’Donnell’s new CD – I’ll See this Journey Through, the Opening Ceremony, the Survivors Lap and the Candle of Hope Ceremony. There will be live music and entertainment, access to cancer related information and lots of things to see and enjoy. The Candle of Hope Ceremony, narrated by Shaun Doherty, will be emotional and the actual lighting of thousands of candles in memory friends and family or for survivors will be a spectacular sight.Don’t forget the relayers who will, between them, be walking for 24 hours. This is no mean feat and they will need your support and encouragement to keep them going.After a long night Sunday brings Gospel Hour from 10am to 11am and then an Ecumenical Service from 11am until noon.Programme of Events – correct at time of going to press. SAT 26TH MAY AT LYITAPPROX 3.30PM RELEASE OF DANIEL O’DONNELL’S CDI’LL SEE THIS JOURNEY THROUGH.3.30 – 5.30PM SURVIVOR AND CARER REGISTRATION5.30PM WELCOMING AND OPENING CEREMONY6PM SURVIVORS LAP, FOLLOWED BY CARERS LAP AND TEAM PARADE7 – 10 PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT10 – 11PM LUMINARIA CEREMONY11 – 12 PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENTSUN 27TH MAY AT LYIT12MIDNIGHT – 7PM NIGHT TIME FUN7AM – 10 AM MORNING EXERCISE AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT10AM –11AM GOSPEL HOUR BROADCAST LIVE ON HIGHLAND11AM – 12NOON ECUMENICAL SERVICE BROADCAST LIVE HIGHLAND12 –5.30PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON THE STAGE1PM HEALTH FAIR OPENS5.30 – 6PM FINALE AND CLOSING CEREMONYThroughout the 24 hours there will be lots of do and see and we invite you all to come to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back.Daniel O’Donnell’s CD can be purchased at Relay for Life Donegal and through email@example.com . Candles of Hope will be available at the event prior to Ceremony and at old Dunnes Stores on Friday 25th from 9.30am until 5.30pm approx. If you are coming to Relay for Life Donegal, please WEAR FLAT SHOES.Our main pic: Chain for Life event held between Falcarragh and Gortahork last month in aid of Relay for Life Donegal.YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO RELAY FOR LIFE WEEKEND! was last modified: May 22nd, 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:YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO RELAY FOR LIFE WEEKEND!
NAMA has written to Fianna Fail Senator Brian O Domhnaill calling on him to “immediately substantiate or withdraw” serious allegations he made about the agency.The letter was sent by Nama’s head of relationship management Martin Whelan to Senator O Domhnaill, who had raised operational matters at Nama during the Order of Business on Wednesday.Mr O Domhnaill accused Nama of “acting disgracefully and it is time it was fully investigated”. This drew a furious and immediate response from Nama.Mr Whelan said Mr O Domhnaill was “wrong on all points” raised in the chamber and accused him of making “groundless allegations without first checking the facts with Nama”.Mr O Domhnaill had called on Finance Minister Michael Noonan to come into the Seanad and address mounting concerns about the levels of transparency at Nama, and made reference to a previous transparency bill Fianna Fail had tried to bring in, but which had been voted down by Fine Gael and Labour.Mr O Domhnaill said: “Officials are leaving Nama as well as joining it. Two senior officials that were involved in the HSBC violation – in which that bank repeatedly violated anti-money laundering rules and accepted billions of dollars from drug cartels resulting in it having to pay the US government $2bn – are now employed by Nama. “I refer to two senior officials that were previously employed by Nama. One of them was responsible for handing out a very lucrative contract to a high-profile commercial property asset management group. He has now been given a private arrangement with that company and is employed by it.”In his letter, Mr Whelan said: “You are totally incorrect in saying that two senior HSBC officials involved in violations . . . are now employed by Nama. Given the serious nature of the allegations made – including the specific allegations in relation to an unnamed former employee of Nama – it is imperative that you either immediately substantiate these claims or withdraw them.“I would expect that the issues raised will be addressed as a matter of urgency by you.”Yesterday, Mr O Domhnaill told the Sunday Indepdent that he rejected Mr Whelan’s “aggressive” letter and likened it to “an attempted gagging order”.He said he would not only be ignoring his demands, he would be “going on the attack” on Tuesday, when he plans to raise the issue of Nama again in the Seanad. “I have to say I laughed when I first got the letter. As a public representative I have never received such a letter from a State agency. I intend raising this issue again, and demand greater clarity. As it stands, there is no transparency around Nama,” he said.Fianna Fail is set to reintroduce its transparency bill in order to shed greater light on the working operation of Nama in the new year. Mr Noonan was a staunch critic when in opposition, but has softened his stance since taking office.NAMA WARNS O DOMHNAILL TO WITHDRAW CLAIMS OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES was last modified: December 17th, 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:NAMASENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL
A Donegal woman claimed she was kicked out of a taxi in Scotland for speaking Irish.Kathleen McAleer, 21, was one of four passengers in a taxi in Glasgow when he incident happened on December 16th last.A formal complaint has been lodged with Glasgow City Council after they were allegedly told to “stop speaking in that language” by the driver. The mental health nurse, whose father comes from Carrigart and mother comes from Gaoth Dobhair, was travelling with a friend and two cousins, Joseph and Anthony Blair from Gaoth Dobhair.She said: “My cousins were just talking to each other in Irish, which is their first language.“The taxi driver turned around and said to them: ‘Stop speaking in that language’.“We didn’t really know how to take it. He said: ‘When you are in Britain, it is English you speak.’ “I said to the driver ‘Excuse me’, shocked that somebody would say that to them.”“I said: ‘That is out of order’.“He then said: ‘If they want to speak in that language they can get out of my taxi.’“So we got out and said we wouldn’t pay.”Kathleen’s cousin, Anthony Blair, 20, a student at St Patrick’s College had travelled to Scotland to visit his grandmother Mary O’Donnell. He told Donegal Daily “We has just got into the taxi and I asked the driver how much it would be. When he told me I turned to my brother Joe and began speaking in Irish which is our first language.“He told me I couldn’t speak that way. He said we were in Britain and we should speak English.“He said if we didn’t speak English then we should get out of his taxi. I couldn’t believe what he was saying.“We said if that was his attitude then we would get out which we did,” revealed Anthony. Anthony, whose parents were born in Scotland and who knows Glasgow quite well, said he could not believe what was happening.“If we were in a taxi in Spain or Italy we would not expect to be able to speak Spanish or Italian so why did we have to speak English.“We were not insulting anyone. I speak to my brother in Irish all the time, it’s just a natural thing to us,” he said.The Glasgow Evening Times reports that the man’s company, Hampden Cabs, refused to comment on the incident.However, when asking an official from the firm about what happened, the spokesman reportedly insisted that it was related to another story whereby drunken passengers had intimidated an elderly driver.But after being told by the paper that that was an entirely different incident, the paper reports that the spokesman said “I couldn’t imagine four people coming over from Donegal and going to a party in Britain and not being drunk”, before laughing.Kathleen told Donegal Daily that the driver had claimed they had been at a Pogues concert and they had abused him in a sectarian manner.“That concert was on a completely different night – we were not even at it. We would never abuse anyone in a sectarian manner.“In my opinion this driver is just covering up because he knows he was wrong. He needs to apologise because in 2014 this kind of behaviour is just not acceptable,” she said.An investigation is underway.DONEGAL WOMAN CLAIMS SHE WAS KICKED OUT OF TAXI FOR SPEAKING IRISH was last modified: January 8th, 2014 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:Glasgowirish languageKathleen McAleertaxi
Gerard Lynch presents information on the Driving and Transport Management Courses.Michelle Doherty explains the Surf Instructor and Lifeguarding Course.OVER THREE HUNDRED people showed up at the Swilly Group building today to learn about the range of FREE Momentum Training and Job activation programmes starting in November.In an extremely well organised event, a series of presentations were made by Swilly Group staff to hundreds of Long Term Unemployed who were invited to the event by the Department of Social Protection.The presentations provided information on the content and support available on the different programmes and how interested parties can register for participation. The Swilly Group will provide a range of programmes in areas such as Bus and Truck Driving, Warehousing and Transport Management, Childcare, Hospitality and Surf Instruction and Lifeguarding.The courses are FREE to persons who have been on Job Seekers Allowance/Benefit and actively seeking work for 12 months or more.They are funded by the Government under Momentum and involve job seeking support, certified vocational training and a period of work placement providing an excellent opportunity for persons to secure employment.Karl Sweeney, Director of Training at the Swilly Group told Donegal Daily, “At the start of 2014, we visited and talked to a lot of employers, and their representative groups across a range of industry sectors. “We discussed their future employment needs and the skills they wanted in new employees.“We designed our momentum programmes to meet the needs of these employers.“This inclusive approach will increase the chances of securing work placement and full time employment for graduates from our different programmes.“A key aspect of Momentum is we create that all important link between the participant and the employer and support the participants make a smooth transition into employment.A second information day will take place at the Swilly Group Building today with presentations taking place at 10am and 2pm. Anyone interested in attending is invited to show up at the Swilly Group building at either of these times.A number of staff will be on hand to answer all questions and queries.Alternatively, to find out more about any of the Swilly Group Momentum programmes, visit the website at www.swillygroup.com or contact our office at (074) 91 51212.SWILLY DRIVE GATHERING ‘MOMENTUM’ BY OFFERING LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED FREE TRAINING was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessfreeLong-term unemployedMomentumnewsProgrammesSwilly Drivetraining