Tigresses unscathed

first_imgStanley Pringle finally gets to represent PH in a 5-on-5 game Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Joyce Sta. Rita and Sofia Sarmiento helped San Sebastian’s cause with a combined 23 points but failed to get enough support from the rest of the team.The Lady Red Spikers still have a slim chance of making the next round provided they win all three remaining matches and those in the higher rungs of the standings drop their remaining assignments.The win was fifth straight for former NCAA champions Lady Stags, who crashed out of the title chase.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ While incessant rains swamped the metropolis, UST unleashed a torrent of kills inside Filoil Flying V Centre, flushing St. Benilde in straight sets to formally punch a ticket to the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.UST found itself falling into some sort of a lull by the end of the first two sets but still got found enough in its tank to score a 26-24, 29-27, 25-17 triumph, its fifth straight in the conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Lady Blazers tried to put up a resistance, racing back from big deficits late in the first and second frames to even take set points ahead of the Tigresses.UST was ahead, 17-6, in the first when St. Benilde clawed back to make it 23-all and even took a 24-23 lead. But the Lady Blazers got too excited and committed errors that allowed the Tigresses to claim the set. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs University of Santo Tomas whipped up its own storm Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Almost the same thing happened in the second frame when UST took a 23-19 lead only to be tied once again at 23 en route to a back-and-forth in the extended set.But UST didn’t take chances in the third set, tearing away with a 19-12 lead it protected all the way to the end.UST will face Adamson and Far Eastern University for its last assignments, which could gauge the Tigresses’ readiness to be in championship form again.Earlier, San Beda finally broke into the scoring column after overcoming San Sebastian, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16.Cesca Racraquin unloaded 18 points for San Beda to tow along two other players in double-digit scoring—Maria Nieza Viray and Satriami Espiritu who added 15 and 13, respectively. The Lady Red Spikers outgunned the Lady Stags, 46-34, in attacks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

Foreign journalists visit SA

first_imgBrand South Africa 2012 Media Tour Brand South Africa hosts a group of journalists from the United Arab Emirates; presenting the country’s strong business environment, with information and presentations from the financial sector to agri-industries. News articlesMore to South Africa than Nelson MandelaInsights into doing business in SASA to lead in Islamic finance  VideosMiller Matola On UAE Media tourUnited Arab Emirates Journos Visit to South Africa: Part 1United Arab Emirates Journos Visit to South Africa Part 2 Find out more about Brand South Africa’s projects, past and present. EventsBrand Africa Forum 2011ITI India 2011Russia Tour 2011Congo 2011Media Tour 2010 Current projectsMagnificent FridaysMake every Friday a Magnificent Friday by showcasing your patriotism and love for our beautiful country and its people.    Past projectsNational Communication Partnership2010 starts now! Learn how you can join communicators across South Africa and Africa to make the most of the opportunities that 2010 brings.2010 NCP conference blogNCP National Conference report, August 2009last_img read more

A Passivhaus Retrofit in Minnesota

first_imgPaul Brazelton’s introduction to Passivhaus principles was well timed. He and his wife, Desiree, were contemplating a possible expansion of their 1,400-sq.-ft. three-bedroom home in south Minneapolis when Paul paid a visit to Hudson, Wisconsin, where construction was underway on a 1,945-sq.-ft. three-bedroom that came to be known as Passive House in the Woods.The notion of building an energy efficient house to a high standard – and relying relatively little on the grid – inspired the Brazeltons to consult with the architect on the Hudson project, Tim Eian, of TE Studio in Minneapolis, about the possibility of applying Passivhaus principles to their remodel. Eian used Passive House Planning Package software to create and update a performance model of the house as the couple suggested a progression of improvements for it, including substantial increases in shell insulation and airtightness. MORE INFORMATION Blog Review: MinnePHit HouseThe MinnePHit House blog In the end, the Brazeltons calculated that they could afford to renovate the house to meet Passivhaus Institut’s EnerPHit standard, a version of the Passivhaus standard intended for older homes whose construction features and siting might not accommodate all of the Passivhaus requirements that apply to new construction.At the EnerPHit forefrontThe annual heating limit set by EnerPHit, for example, is 25 kWh per square meter (vs. 15 kWh per square meter for Passivhaus) and the maximum air infiltration rate is 1 air change per hour at 50 Pascals (vs. 0.6 ach @ 50pa for Passivhaus). Based on blogs the the Brazeltons have posted to a website that Paul, a software engineer, created to document progress on the project, it appears as if they’re on target to meet their EnerPHit performance goal and their expansion goal, which will bring the house to about 2,000 sq. ft. and more comfortably accommodate the couple, their three small children, and their dogs.Right now, the project – which will have R-44 exterior walls and an R-80 roof – is still a work in progress, so the family is essentially part of the design-and-construction team, which includes Eian and Ryan Stegora, a builder based in Apple Valley, Minnesota, who was not initially familiar with Passivhaus builds and retrofits, but, as noted in a recent Minneapolis Star-Tribune story about the renovation, has had little trouble finding his way.Eian, who trained as an architect in Germany, told the paper that EnerPHit retrofits can cost has much as $50 to $100 per square foot, given the materials and construction details involved, which in this case included insulating the slab and floors with expanded polystyrene, insulating the exterior walls with cellulose, and polyurethane spray foam in the basement.Once the retrofit is complete, it is expected to become among the first certified EnerPHit remodels in the U.S., joining a list that includes many others in other countries and, if all goes as planned, a retrofit in Harlem, in New York City.last_img read more

Filipino fans make Korea star Kim Yeon-koung feel at home

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Kim Yeon-koung is no stranger to receiving admiration as she is practically the face of Korean women’s volleyball.She has won numerous trophies for both club and country, but the Fenerbahce spiker was surprised with the praise she received in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH bets suffer in open water swim And even off the floor, Kim would be showered with praise as fans screamed “K-Y-K!” upon the mere sight of her and even members of the organizing staff couldn’t help but take pictures with her.“Thank you so much for the Filipino fans, when I play here it feels like I’m playing at home. It was great playing here.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “I didn’t expect that there’s so many people supporting me here in the Philippines and when I came here I’m really surprised that a lot of people are supporting me,” said Kim, who also guest starred in some Korean shows.Kim’s favorite moment came when a little boy gave her flowers after they beat China for the bronze medal, 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I saw him before the game and he was like giving this bouquet of flowers to me and I was like ‘after the game, after the game,’” said Kim who had seven points in the game.“He then came to me and he was so cute and my heart was just so thankful.” MOST READ Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

9 months agoCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistake

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistakeby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A move to Bayern Munich? In January 2019? Well, for Callum Hudson-Odoi, that would be a career mistake.Fresh from a first Cup semifinal. A first Wembley appearance. For all that at just 18 years of age. Hudson-Odoi still appears to be leaning towards jumping ship and quitting Chelsea for Bayern.Even the most cynical inside his camp must acknowledge, Chelsea – to a man – are doing all they can to convince the kid to stay. The manager is playing him. The coaching staff are praising him. His senior teammates – those who boast league winner’s medals – are telling him to stick with them and stay. Even an 18 year-old Wayne Rooney, before skipping out on Everton, never was afforded such treatment. Yet with Bayern now reaching the threshold set: £40m – a fourth offer inside ten days. The Germans have also shown Hudson-Odoi how much he is wanted in Bavaria.And having seen the success of good friend Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. Having been charmed by Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director. And excited by the career path Bayern have mapped out. The good money is on Hudson-Odoi quitting Chelsea and ‘re-launching’ his first team career in Germany.For this column, such a decision would be a mistake. Not a career killer. But definitely one to set the winger’s progress back. The word is Salihamidzic has convinced Hudson-Odoi with assurances he’ll arrive to replace the departing Arjen Robben. He can even have the Dutchman’s No10 shirt if wants it.Dortmund did something similar when convincing Sancho about leaving Manchester City. The England starlet, at the time still yet to make his first team debut, handed the coveted No7 shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembele after his bitter split to Barcelona.And having watched from afar as Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga this past year, you can understand the attraction. Growing up with Sancho. Regarding him as a friend and a peer. Of course Hudson-Odoi is going to want the same – and fancy himself to achieve just that.But Bayern and BVB are two very different clubs. Two clubs with different demands of their players. And very different expectations. At Dortmund a title challenge is a bonus. At Bayern, it’s a must. The simple argument to be made (and yeah, we’ll throw it in here for the sake of it) is if James Rodriguez, of Real Madrid, the captain of Colombia… if he can’t get a game at Bayern, then just what is going on between Hudson-Odoi’s ears to believe he can?But to be fair, Bayern are undergoing a phase of major transition. Robben will leave in the summer. As will Franck Ribery. And emerging to take their places are the rapidly improving Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Youth. Pace. Excitement. Indeed, those in Hudson-Odoi’s corner would cite former Arsenal winger Gnabry as a clear indicator that Bayern will back young players in the mode of both attackers.But Gnabry’s success has been a slow burn. As he even stated before Christmas, “I’ve always had to take two steps back for one step forward”. Five years Hudson-Odoi’s senior, the impact made by Gnabry this season has only come after serving a two season apprenticeship at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim. And of course before that, there were his problems with Tony Pulis at West Brom…Gnabry has been through the wringer and come out the other side. All that went before has prepared him for the demands of Bayern. For Hudson-Odoi, to leave everything he’s established at Chelsea, to just start again from scratch makes little sense. A foreign country. A foreign language. Where no time is granted a young player to make and learn from his mistakes. Hudson-Odoi would be taking a huge – and unnecessary – gamble.He’ll be leaving a career at Chelsea which is suddenly in motion. A locker room where he has the respect – even admiration – of senior players. Title winners. Leaders of nations. At 18 and at a club the size of Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is the envy of his peers. Is he really going throw all that away at the risk of becoming the next Renato Sanches…? TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ontario budget to include major investments in health care throne speech

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, whose Liberals face an uphill battle in the spring provincial election after 15 years in office, countered her opponents’ election promise of change with one of her own Monday, saying only her party can deliver “big change.”Wynne made the comments just hours after the government delivered a throne speech that promised major spending in health care to tackle hospital wait times and expand home-care and mental-health services, while reducing the overall deficit.“I’m proposing that we make big changes in the way we support care for each other,” Wynne said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “Yes, it’s an extension of what already exists but it’s a real leap forward in terms of putting supports in place.”While touting her party’s plan, Wynne took a swipe at her main rival, newly minted Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford whose party is leading in the polls.“What Doug Ford’s suggesting is actually going backwards in status quo,” she said.Wynne said her plans — to be spelled out when the government tables its budget on March 28 — will help address the challenges she believes people in Ontario are currently facing. She praised NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for some of her ideas, which Wynne said were designed to care for people.“I like some of her ideas,” Wynne said of Horwath. “It’s the same impulse to really respond to the anxieties people are feeling. What Doug Ford’s proposing will not address people’s anxieties.”The speech from the throne, read out by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, offered no specific numbers for the promised investments but suggested that health care is poised to be a major focus of the coming budget.The government also announced plans to expand the OHIP Plus program that currently offers free pharmacare to residents under the age of 25, saying it wants to make the program available to a larger swath of the population.“Your government’s plan for care and opportunity is the right way forward for Ontario’s people, and Ontario’s economy, because the well-being of both are intrinsically linked,” Dowdeswell told the legislature.Last week, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office warned that a growing and aging population is adding pressure to Ontario’s health-care system and spending isn’t keeping up — a situation that could result in compromised quality of care if left unaddressed.In 2012, the province tried to slow health spending by imposing a four-year freeze on hospital funding, increasing hospital efficiency and by restraining wage growth in the sector.Since then, the province ratcheted up spending with a so-called “booster shot” of $6.9 billion of funding in the 2017 budget.The speech also hinted at measures to address the cost of child care, which it identified as a “stumbling block” for many families.It also contained promises for later in the child’s life cycle, saying it would expand the program that currently offers free tuition to thousands of people.The government said last week that the 2018 budget will run a deficit of one per cent gross domestic product — which could be as high as $8 billion — would map out “a clear path” back to balance.Hours after the throne speech, Ford told a boisterous rally in Toronto that the province can’t afford the Liberal government’s promises, adding that it amounts to billions in new spending and debt.“The problem with Kathleen Wynne, the problem with her government — we saw it today in her throne speech — they will say and promise anything to stay in power,” Ford told supporters on Monday night. “(She) wrote a lot of cheques with the taxpayers’ bank account. … We all know the finances of this province and I can tell you all those cheques are going to bounce.”Horwath likened the plan to her own dental-care platform announced on the weekend, which saw her promise to invest $1.2 billion to subsidize dental care for 4.5 million residents.“The difference is New Democrats actually believe these things and will implement them upon being elected,” Horwath said, adding that the Liberals often change their tune after they’ve already been voted in. “We believe in these things before elections and after elections.”Horwath has said the money for the dental care program, dubbed Ontario Benefits, would be raised through tax increases on corporations and wealthy individuals. She has said her government would run a deficit, but not provided additional details.last_img read more

Manitoba First Nation has 865K in unsupported ineligible spending

first_imgJohn MurrayAPTN National News A Rolling River First Nation official took home nearly $200,000 in ‘unsupported or ineligible’ payments for travel, sundry, and ‘admin fees’ according to an audit obtained by APTN National News.In early May Ernst & Young completed a forensic audit of Rolling River First Nation (RRFN) for the period from Apr. 1, 2009 until Dec. 31, 2014.The audit found $865,627 in possibly unsupported or ineligible payments for the audit period.The audit found that RRFN’s financial administration “lacked appropriate oversight, financial controls, policies and procedures.”According to the document, Ernst & Young found signatories on cheques were sometimes also payees, a single bank account was used for all revenue, and some salaries, holiday pay, and bonuses were overpaid or undocumented.Money earmarked for post-secondary education was also targeted, with almost $25,000 in ineligible or unsupported payments.Many payments made in the category of ‘admin fees’ did not have any accompanying approvals.One individual took over $122,000 in admin fees.Because of the single bank account, auditors in some instances, had difficulty determining whether funds were sourced from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or from the band.Many expenditures that may be ineligible were called Band Support Funding (BSF).Ernst & Young wrote “due to co-mingling of INAC and band source funds, we were unable to determine which funds were used to cover deficits in BSF as such INAC funds earmarked for other programs may have been used to cover them.”In another document obtained by APTN National News, Rolling River First Nation seems to have established laws around financial administration including stringent requirements on bank accounts and payments.The document was signed by council on October 9, 2014, well ahead of the audits release.APTN National News reached out to Rolling River First Nation officials but did not receive a response before publication.jmurray@aptn.calast_img read more

City tax rates rising this year due to overall property value drop

first_imgLooking at tax rates, Joy showed that residential tax rates as budgeted will be increasing from $4.76 to $4.86 per $1,000 to make up for the drop in home values. In fact, tax rates for all property types will be increasing this year to make up for the drop in residential properties, save for Utilities properties, which are subject to a rate of $40 per $1,000 assessed value. Major industrial property owners will pay $26.97, light industrial owners will pay $24.64, businesses will pay $13.67, recreational properties will pay $10.24, while farm owners will pay $1.45.Joy said that the rate increase is needed to keep revenues the same as in 2017 in order to maintain the same services the City provided last year. He explained that homeowners whose properties dropped in value by the average of seven percent will actually pay less in property taxes this year, while those whose property values were unchanged will see a $40 increase this year.Joy also looked at how recommendations on the 2009 Hamilton Report that examined the City’s tax rates would apply to the City today. That report observed that the City’s light industrial tax ratio was high, and that the tax ratio on businesses was near the top, though within a reasonable range. The ratio of taxes paid by heavy industry was found to be in the mid-range with other cities in B.C.Joy said that the 2009 report recommended lowering the business tax ratio from 2.97 to 2.7 over four years, and to lower the light industry ratio from 5.56 to 3.0 over three years, with the cost of those reductions to be made up by residential owners. However, Joy noted that residents would currently pay between $11 and $42 extra per year to make up for the drop in revenue from commercial and industrial owners. He added that the report was written nearly ten years ago, during a time of economic prosperity, while the local economy is currently on the tail end of a steep recession.Mayor Lori Ackerman mentioned the possibility of having some of the City’s Peace River Agreement annual grant money used to make up for the shortfall, since the terms of the agreement are different than the former FairShare agreement with the Province. Councillors Bolin and Evans said they weren’t opposed to the possibility. City Manager Dianne Hunter said that the City’s current policy of how much of the Peace River Agreement money is allocated to operating and capital costs would best be discussed ahead of the 2019 budget. Council voted in favour of a resolution to review the PRA’s allocation policy and how it would impact the 5-year financial plan. Meanwhile, the City’s Budget Bylaw is due to be passed at the next Council meeting in early May. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John is one step closer to officially setting municipal tax rates for this fiscal year after the 2018 Tax Rates Bylaw passed first three readings at Monday’s council meeting.The City’s General Manager of Corporate Services David Joy gave a presentation of this year’s tax rate review at a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday. Since 2013, Joy showed that the City’s revenues from residential property taxes have decreased from 45.6 percent to 42.1 percent. In that same timeframe, revenue from businesses has increased from 47.2 percent to almost 60 percent. Major and light industrial taxes combined represent less than 4.5 percent of revenues, down from nearly 6.5 percent in 2013.Joy explained that after Assessment BC finalized property assessments earlier this Spring, the value of property assessments in Fort St. John actually decreased an average of seven percent compared to last year, while business property assessments increased just over three percent. Overall, the city saw property values drop by roughly $200 million, from $3.8 billion to $3.6 billion. last_img read more

Subrata Bakshi raises issues related to polls in letter to CEC

first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Bakshi wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner on Wednesday, raising various issues related to the Lok Sabha elections.In his letter, Bakshi pointed out that hoardings and banners have been put up in various places across the city, congratulating the Armed Forces of the country for dismantling terrorist installations. However, he alleged that the BJP leaders in the state have placed such hoardings with political interest in mind. “They are trying to gain political leverage out of the aerial strike conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The banners that have the pictures of the armed forces also carry BJP’s party symbol and some prominent leaders of the party,” he wrote. According to Bakshi, these posters and banners have been found to be in violation of the general advisory to the political parties by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Bakshi also brought to the notice of the commission as to how BJP is misusing the incident of the airstrike with an intention of influencing voters and urged the Chief Election Commissioner to take appropriate action in this regard. It may be mentioned that Election Commission officials have so far removed many banners and hoardings carrying the photographs of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from various places. A drive has been going on to spot such banners that are still up in different parts of the state. Some CPI-M and Congress leaders on Wednesday met the senior Election Commission officials at the CEO’s office, demanding a free and fair election. They also urged the commission to identify the sensitive booths, if any, in the state. A senior ECI official is expected to visit the city later this week to supervise the situation.last_img read more

LS polls Modi Kejriwal to campaign in Goa next week

first_imgPanaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address public rallies in Goa next week to campaign for their respective parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Modi will address a public meeting in Goa on April 12, BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI on Monday. “The venue of the public meeting is yet to be finalised, but it would be in North Goa Lok Sabha constituency,” he said. Besides, Aam Aadmi Party chief Kejriwal will address a rally in South Goa constituency on April 13, AAP’s state convener Elvis Gomes said. The election for the two Lok Sabha seats in Goa and bypolls in three Assembly seats – Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa – will be held on April 23. The BJP has fielded its sitting MPs – Shripad Naik from North Goa and Narendra Sawaikar from South Goa. Both the candidates have already filed their nominations. The AAP has named Gomes as its South Goa candidate and Pradeep Padgaonkar from North Goa.last_img read more