Life’s a beach

first_imgMOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “We didn’t know how to organize, but we just thought we could do it,” says Tan. “The question before was who’s going to organize these tournaments. We found a niche. It’s untapped in the provinces. It’s a clean slate for us to build on and work on.”At the time BVR was starting to take off, former Lady Eagle Gervacio focused on behind-the-scenes work, liaising with players for BVR, as well as presenting the event to possible sponsors.“From our own experiences playing beach volleyball, there were just no year-round tournaments that offered at least good competition or good organization, aside from the Nestea event before,” Tan says. “We’ve gone through so many tournaments, we’ve seen how it’s done. We saw that we could actually set a standard.”But as if organizing the event isn’t enough, the BVR founders also have to prepare themselves for battle on the sand.“If we’re given a chance, personally I would rather train and get better,” Tan says. “But I can’t think of anyone else willing to invest time planning and organizing a tournament once or twice a month.”ADVERTISEMENT But work doesn’t end after the matches. “After the game and you win, you can’t savor the win because you also have to fix the awarding ceremonies and think about the logistics,” says Gervacio.Tan adds: “It always falls into place, though.”Gervacio says they’ve taken a community approach in their efforts to grow BVR. “Everyone that we meet in our events are open and very willing to help,” she says.“We’re open to ideas on how to improve BVR,” says Tan, noting that the circuit has provided “good teams in the provinces with opportunities to play in competitions.”The BVR founders say their ultimate goal is to make the Philippines a hub for beach volleyball in Asia.“We have so many beautiful beaches,” says Tan. “We can host Asian competitions and even a leg of the Swatch Series. This is realistic because it doesn’t require having a Filipino team as one of the tournament entries. We’re hoping to also help build a program for a team that will contend internationally.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the followers of indoor volleyball in the country, the scene must have come as a surprise, considering that they’re used to seeing the six athletes spiking their way to victory on the court. This time, however, they are the ones working behind the scenes to stage Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR), their response to the lack of tournaments in the country.Almost two years after it held its first event—the 2015 Christmas Open at SM Sands By the Bay at Mall of Asia—BVR has grown one of the most anticipated events of the summer for both fans and players of the fast-rising sport in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Outside the room, Dzi Gervacio and Charo Soriano were fixing a standee next to the registration table, while Gretchen Ho, Alexa Micek and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano were chatting with guests waiting for the start of the event’s launch.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism01:40Filipinos 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 View commentslast_img read more

Is this what we can expect from the Public Service Training College?

first_imgDear Editor,I invite readers to take a hard look at the long (and naturally very costly) advertisement that appeared in last Sunday’s print media inviting prospective students to enrol with the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service of Guyana. It is my considered view that if this is an example of the level of training and therefore the quality of service we can expect from graduates of the college, then we might as well scrap the idea of having such a college, and so save any further dip into our depleting treasury!The advert is steeped in antiquity. To even say so is to clothe it in undeserving literary garb. Its anachronism depicts an image straight out of the ‘Dickenson era’, when messages and missives were delivered by hand and on horse-back from the senders as widely dispersed as those in the far-flung regions of Guyana, and as envisaged by the author(s) of the advert under review.Just imagine asking applicants of both genders (which is a must in our ‘liberated society’) to ‘buckle-up’, mount their steeds and rush off from Essequibo or Corentyne to hand deliver their applications into a letter box in some obscure building in South Georgetown! And furthermore, in this ‘choke & rob’ age, to risk being relieved of their horse when dismounting to drop off the applications!Aren’t the authors of the advert aware of the facilities of ICT? Don’t they know that traditional letter-writing has long given way to the e-mail?If the Public Service College will be operating in such a backward mode, do we really need it? It is fair to assume that such a college would promote the delivery of empathetic services for the public. Where is there any evidence of ‘empathy’ on the part of the framers of the advert?One can go on to write the ‘proverbial book’ on the deficiencies and irritants of this advert, starting with the many opening questions, some of which are downright silly and rather misleading; but I’d be happy to engage instead in a face-to-face chat, if those concerned are so inclined.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Caricom and criminal deportations

first_imgThe issue of developed countries, more particularly the US, deporting Caribbean nationals to their country of birth without providing much information as to their medical and criminal backgrounds and even more importantly, providing some form of support regarding their smooth integration into their home countries, has always been a concern for regional Governments.Not surprisingly, the matter was raised again, a few days ago, by newly elected Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet and St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves, who complained bitterly that the practice was having a severe negative impact on the region, especially as it relates to crime and security issues. Prime Ministers Chastanet and Gonsalves also belaboured the point that very little information or help is provided by the US in terms of reintegrating the deportees in their home countries.It is no secret that while some deportees try as much as possible to turn their lives around in their new environment, many of them gravitate towards crime, which in most cases places a huge burden on the State to deal with. For this reason, regional Governments have been lobbying the US authorities to be more understanding as to the tremendous negative impact the practice is having on countries. However, the US officials have resisted the argument that the deportations are to be blamed for the increase in violent crimes in the region.For the record, the US has deported hundreds of convicted criminals to the Caribbean annually since 1996, when Congress mandated that every non-citizen sentenced to a year or more in prison be deported upon release.In an analysis of deportation data for Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, a Caricom study found that almost 30,000 criminal offenders had been deported to those countries between 1990 and 2005.  Over 17,000 had been deported for drug offences; almost 1800 for possession of illegal firearms, and more than 600 for murder.  The US is responsible for more than seventy-five percent of all criminal deportations to the region.It should be noted that security officials in Guyana have routinely placed the blame for some high level crimes on criminal deportees, particularly those that occurred during the 2002 to 2004 crime wave that gripped the nation when the Government was forced to enact the 2002 Amendment to the Crime Prevention Act, which stated that any deportee who poses a threat to public safety can be placed under police surveillance.Additionally deportation has caused devastating socio-psychological effects, not only for deported persons, but for other family members, and in particular their children, the vast majority of whom have been left behind in the US, Canada or other countries, and who have little or no contact with the deported parent.There is no need to elaborate on the challenges that confront countries such as ours when persons who have migrated many years ago are sent back after serving their time in jails overseas. What Caricom Governments need to focus on now is establishing an effective deportee resettlement programme for such persons to cater for their smooth reintegration into the society, so that once again they can become productive and useful citizens.Many would want to believe that most of the persons who are deported are willing to reform their lives, but the absence of an effective and functioning support mechanism makes this process very difficult.The main concerns for regional Governments are to ensure more focus is placed on information and intelligence sharing with respect to criminal deportees, in particular access to complete dossiers on medical and criminal history and consideration of financial and technical assistance to establish re-integration programmes within Caricom Member States.These are reasonable concerns and Caricom representatives should continue to raise them at the relevant forums and lobby their partners for the necessary support in this regard.last_img read more

‘Red Bull, Ferrari may make a play for Hamilton’

first_imgBut with just 12 months left to run on his current contract, his future has yet to be decided.Hamilton is in talks with Mercedes about an extension but Mansell reckons if they don’t wrap that up soon, Red Bull or Ferrari may make a play for the driver.He told Press Association: “I would be very surprised if Lewis did not sign a new deal with Mercedes but if Red Bull or Ferrari were to do something special over the winter by making the jump over Mercedes, and then offer Lewis Hamilton an incredible deal, who knows?.“At the moment however, Lewis has the world at his feet, he is in the best car and at the best team, so why would you want to change it?“Some people in their careers are very privileged to be in a strong position and Lewis is one of those because he can afford to be patient.“When the time is right for him, he will sign on the dotted line.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and has won three Drivers’ Championships with the Brackley squad.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 22 – Nigel Mansell says Red Bull or Ferrari may do “something special” to sign Lewis Hamilton, however, at the end of it all he expects the Brit will remain with Mercedes.Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and has won three Drivers’ Championships with the Brackley squad.last_img read more

Kucinich lays out anti-war strategy

first_imgWHITTIER – A packed and cheering crowd greeted U.S. Rep. and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, Sunday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church as he campaigned on a plan to end the war on Iraq. Kucinich spent the weekend jetting from a large anti-war protest in Washington, D.C., Saturday to events in San Francisco and Los Angeles before addressing the crowd of supporters and peace activists Sunday afternoon in Whittier. Saying the war on Iraq was the most important issue for the 2008 presidential campaign, Kucinich laid out his strategy for troop withdrawal in a 12-point plan that would begin with a U.S. commitment to end the occupation and bring troops home within a three-month period. Critics have said immediate withdrawal would lead to civil war and that the U.S. needs to be present through the transition to Iraqi control. Kucinich said billions of dollars in oil revenues had been given to private corporations to rebuild Iraq – a process that was “riddled with corruption.” “We need to stop privatizing the oil assets. That’s theft,” he said. The congressman has also said the U.S. needs to be willing to “pay for what we bombed” and for reparations to the Iraqi people. Part of Kucinich’s plan calls for a policy of international “truth and reconciliation” between the U.S. and Iraqi people. Kucinich ran for president in 2004 and was elected to his sixth term in the House of Representatives in November. He was born in Cleveland, the eldest of seven children. According to his Web site biography, he and his family lived in 21 different places, “including a couple of cars,” by the time he was 17 years old. Kucinich first gained notoriety when he was elected mayor of Cincinnati in 1977 at 31 years old – the youngest person to be elected mayor of a major American city. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Kucinich said the U.S. presence is fueling insurgent activity and anti-American sentiments in the region. “We’ve got to let the international community know that we want to get the troops out,” Kucinich said in an interview. “This was an illegal war and there can be no peace until we’re out. We can use existing funds to mobilize and bring them home.” In a surprise appearance, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in 2004, introduced Kucinich and praised him for being the only candidate to vote against the war and against all funding requests. “I support him because he’s the only peace candidate,” said Sheehan, who attracted international attention when she staged a weeks-long vigil outside President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, in August 2005. Key to Kucinich’s plan is the use of the United Nations in developing an international security and peacekeeping force, managing Iraq’s oil assets and helping reconstruct the country – with the U.S. contributing financially. last_img read more

Mudslide closes Highway 29 near Moberly Lake

first_imgHighway 29 mudslide on October 12 2018 – CRS UPDATE: According to, Highway 29 has reopened to single-lane alternating traffic.CHETWYND, B.C. – A mudslide has closed Highway 29 near Moberly Lake.The Highway is closed from the Boucher Lake road and Centennial East road, approximately 20 km north of Chetwynd.- Advertisement says an assessment of the situation is currently underway and the next update should be released at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12.#BCHwy29 CLOSED 20 km north of #Chetwynd due to mudslide. Assessment in progress. Next update at 10 AM.— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) October 12, 2018Advertisement There is no detour around the mudslide other than to head to Dawson Creek or Fort St. John.For updates, watch this website or visit www.drivebc.caIf you’re in the area and have any information or pictures, email news@moosefm.caHere is a photo released by Caribou Road Services of the slide near Moberly Lake.Advertisementlast_img read more

Everton are favourites for Sunday’s Merseyside derby, claims ex-Liverpool defender

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz believes Everton are favourites ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby with the Reds at Goodison Park.Brendan Rodgers’ side have made a disappointing start to the season, despite clinching a confidence-boosting win against Aston Villa last weekend, while their city rivals mounted a stirring comeback to beat West Brom from 2-0 down on Monday night.The Toffees sit four places but just a point above their neighbours in the Premier League table, and Henchoz claims Roberto Martinez’s side can increase the pressure on the under-fire Rodgers with a win on Sunday.“It’s a massive game, especially after the start to the season that Liverpool had,” Henchoz told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Obviously, as a [Liverpool] player you have two games that the fans really want to win. They lost the first one [3-1 to Manchester United], so Rodgers is under pressure.“He needs a result and he needs them quickly.“I think Everton are favourites at the moment after their great comeback against West Brom on Monday night and I think Liverpool will really have to perform if they are to get something out of the match.”You can listen to the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool exclusively live on talkSPORT on Sunday from 1.30pm BST.last_img read more

Runyon parking plan at center of dispute

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAfter reviewing Dodge’s appeal Wednesday, the city’s Bureau of Engineering said that only construction noise for the project could impact wildlife in the park. The department will rework its plans to build and will return before the City Council for approval. Plans to build a parking lot on the parcel inside the park – which stretches up to Mulholland Drive – have been in the works since 1986, when a master plan was created. Although the entrance off Mulholland Drive has 25 parking spots, no parking was ever built on the Hollywood side where most visitors start the trails through entrances on Vista Street and Fuller Avenue. And that has left visitors circling adjacent neighborhoods – many with restrictive parking rules – in search of scarce parking. With 134 acres to hike, room for dogs to roam and a grassy patch of land set aside for outdoor yoga, Runyon Canyon seems a peaceful break for thousands of city dwellers. But behind its “Kumbaya” exterior, a storm is brewing among residents and outdoor enthusiasts over plans to build an 80-space parking lot on a 0.6-acre parcel inside the popular park off Fuller and Franklin avenues that weekly sees more than 7,000 visitors. Opponents argue parking in the park will destroy its natural beauty, upset wildlife and bring unwanted noise to a place that provides quiet respite from Hollywood’s bustling streets. “It’s our only last spot where the car hasn’t been able to take over, invade and dominate the area,” said Randy Dodge, who with his group New Friends of Runyon Canyon, has hired an attorney and filed appeals with the city of Los Angeles to stop the construction. Some have terrorized homeowners who say park visitors have vandalized their cars and acted belligerently on the streets. Residents also talk of dogs – and dog owners – using their yards as bathrooms. Homeowners say that a parking lot inside the park is desperately needed to give visitors and residents much needed space and that the city must do more to secure the area by locking gates at dusk and providing a park ranger. Resident Vincent Brocato said one day a woman with two pit bulls on leashes lost control of her dogs, which then leaped over Brocato’s bushes and killed his small dog. “This has gone on way too long,” said Brocato, who lives near Runyon Canyon. “We have a right to some comfort. Hikers look at us like we’re selfish. We are not. This is happening 24/7.” Armed with $950,000 to widen the park’s entrance at 2000 Fuller Ave., build the lot on decomposed granite and construct a 24-hour park ranger station, city officials are eager to start the projects. Construction could start in April 2009. The best thing for the park is accessibility, said City Councilman Tom LaBonge. He said the city will not back down from plans to build a parking lot despite opposition from neighborhood groups. “Runyon Canyon is the great Los Angeles Stairmaster,” said LaBonge. “It’s so popular it has overwhelmed the neighborhoods, and there is no parking for the park.” 818-713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the public across Donegal are being urged to attend a public protest aganst the budget which is being held in Letterkenny tomorrow.Those annoyed by the budget and other cuts are asked to assemble at Station Roundabout at 2pm for a walk to Market Square where there will be a  number of speakers.Among those who will speak will be Thomas Pringle TD and other campaigners against cuts and increase charges.  PUBLIC RALLY AGAINST BUDGET TO BE HELD IN LETTERKENNY TOMORROW was last modified: December 7th, 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:BUDGET 21013letterkennyprotestlast_img read more

Wempe jury at a standstill

first_img After conferring with lawyers, the judge said he wanted them to try again. “Maybe you need to sit down and see if there is common ground and if you can make any progress,” he said. Wempe, 66, is charged with five counts of molestation involving a now-grown male known as Jayson B. between 1990 and 1995. The retired priest has admitted molesting 13 boys in the 1970s and ’80s, including while serving at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmdale and Paraclete High School in Lancaster. But those charges were dismissed after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the statute of limitations on the crimes. The defense alleges that the accuser fabricated the later claims to get even with Wempe for molesting his two brothers whose charges were dismissed. Jayson and his brother, Lee, were in court Tuesday in anticipation of a verdict. Wempe and his family also were present.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant He had offered earlier to allow attorneys to present additional arguments if that would help, but he abandoned that plan after seeing the questions. “Is there anybody who thinks that further deliberations would help?” he asked the panel. “I do,” said one woman. “We’re kind of close on some counts.” She was quickly joined by three others who raised their hands and urged further deliberations. But two more members of the panel then said they doubted any progress could be made. “People seem ready to leave and are set on certain views,” said one woman. “We talked this morning and they said they’d made up their minds.” A Los Angeles Superior Court judge urged deadlocked jurors Tuesday to try to find “common ground” that might help them resolve child-molestation charges against a retired Roman Catholic priest. The six men and six women, who have been deliberating for a week, sent word Friday that they had reached a verdict on one of five counts against Michael Wempe but were unable to agree on anything else. The lone verdict was sealed. After a long weekend, they returned Tuesday and gave the judge three pages of questions which, if answered, might resolve their differences. But the questions, which were not publicly revealed, asked for explanations of matters outside the court record, the judge said. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe told jurors their questions could not be answered because they were seeking additional evidence. last_img read more