Bong Quinto carried Letran anew to a 75-56 clobbering of Emilio Aguinaldo College in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Earlier, St. Benilde turned back Perpetual, 84-77.Justin Gutang and Yankie Haruna paced the Blazers with fired 20 points apiece while transferee James Pasturan had a personal best 13 points, all but two in the fourth.The Altas were in control midway in the third period but faltered when Edgar Charcos hyperextended his right knee.Perpetual Help fell to its third straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Quinto impressed with another triple-double of 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists as the Knights zoomed to the sixth win, good for a share of the third place with St. Benilde.Last Tuesday, Quinto also registered 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 dimes in Letran’s 84-64 win over Mapua.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I hope he keeps it up,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa of Quinto.The Generals faltered to 2-7. Taiwan—by whatever name—still winning at Asian Games View comments
Education is a word often uttered by Liberians across our social strata. And I believe that utterance without a deep reflection on its implications is what is constantly eluding us, thereby keeping our education system at the level of “mess” for far too long. We’ve also added a describing word, quality to education; so the catch phrase now is quality education. Every Saye, Musa and Bohynoh (My version of Tom, Dick and Harry) is calling for “quality education”, so much so that the mantra has become deafening. And, that is where it stops, in the intensity of the noise. Education is costly. It carries a price tag. Someone has to pay for it or subsidize it for others. Quality education is even costlier! Who pays? Those who want it, those who believe in its value for the betterment of society, those who see it as the indispensable element for national sustained development and those who crave it for themselves and for others. So they pay directly from their own pockets and indirectly with the taxes paid into government coffers, the contents of which are to be guarded and distributed according to the prioritized needs of the citizens. This should be done by those in whom these citizens have placed their implicit trust by electing them to seek specifically, holistically their welfare. Two branches of government come to mind, the Legislative and the Executive. Need I write more on this point? I wrote supra that the noise about education is deafening. Heaven forbid that noise should replace determination and action.Recently the MOE in its efforts to tackle systemic challenges began talking about public, private partnerships. And the noise has gone several decibels higher. The MOE has five thousand plus schools directly under its control. It wants to pilot the partnership proposal in 120 of these schools (less than 2%), not one thousand two hundred of them.So who pays for this experiment? GOL? Nothing extra! External sources? Approximately three million US dollars! Lest we forget donors also decide where they think their funds should go and they jealously guard these funds especially if they have had the experience of having their tax payers’ money siphoned off into bottomless pockets of unscrupulous patriots—oops—I mean citizens, because patriots show sacrificial love for country by their productive deeds and honest words. When the MOE held a National Education Stakeholders Engagement at the Monrovia City Hall on April 28-29, 2016 to which hundreds were invited, one would have thought that since “quality education” being the hot topic on everyone’s lips, that the theater would have been jammed packed beyond capacity. Not so! By the time the third group of panelists took their seats after lunch on the first day to discuss, Quality Teaching: Supporting highly-skilled, highly-motivated teachers, the theater had one-third of the invitees present. Two thirds had taken their exits. This is why not surprisingly, on my way to Gbarnga to attend the National Development Summit organized by the Ministry of Finance & Development Planning and the Governance Commission recently, I saw dozens of Liberia’s “precious jewels” strolling or running to school with either a single, or several copybooks rolled up or with deflated book bags, or with hands swinging in the early morning sun. The MOE distributed in 2015, 1,017,400 textbooks to students in public schools, grades 5-9 and over a million readers to the 1st to 4th graders. The rest, particularly the rural children whose parents cannot afford to come to Monrovia to purchase books need the urgent attention, not necessarily in a patronizing way, of those who represent them. Because on Day Two of the Stakeholders Engagement the following statistics among others were given by the MOE:Bomi County had in 2015, 18,133 students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program; 16, 235 in the Primary grades; 3165 in the Junior High grades and 1,208 in the Senior High division.Let us also take the statistics for Montserrado County, given its strategic importance to our country.ECD had 156,553 students, Primary 234,088 students, Junior High 84,202 students and Senior High 57, 663 students. What these numbers show for Bomi County are the following; 1,898 students did not go on to get their primary education, 13,070 students did not continue and finish their Junior high schooling and 1,957 were not among those seniors who sat WAEC exams. Only 371 students of the total number 39,112 were enrolled in TVET and other literacy programs.For Montserrado County 77,535 students did not do ECD, 149,886 students dropped out between the primary and the Junior High levels and 26,539 students didn’t have to burn the midnight candle or look for “flexibility fees” for the WAEC exams frauds. TVET and two other programs absorbed less than 8,000 students.Why such a huge disparity in the numbers of those who enter and those who eventually finish? Where are these dropouts? What are they doing? We are a small country!Disturbing? Sad? Incomprehensible? No number of adjectives uttered at whatever pitch will change these figures by themselves. People make changes. People make life-changing decisions. People implement policies for specific and general purposes. People move, sacrifice and work extremely hard to make good things happen. Education is a good thing. Quality education is an excellent thing. But it is definitely NOT manna. So who are the people? The donors? No! These give whenever they can and to what extent they can, often on their own terms. The Government? Yes! And who is the Government? The people. But the elected government must embody the vision for the people, such as is expressed in the motto of the MOE, “Show the light, the people will find the way.” This way seems not to be seen nor yet understood ……by those parents who pay teachers on the side so that their children can pass to the next grade despite failing in nearly every subject,…by those students who pay for unearned grades with every means possible and jump from grade to grade or from school, to school, jumping and gathering at best, mediocrity if anything at all.…by those administrators who inflate the grades of their 9th & 12th graders so their schools can look good in the WAEC lineup and these also turn a blind eye to the dealings of conscienceless men and women parading as teachers, who through willful neglect and incompetence deny students their right to education.…by those political candidates who try to impress the youthful electorate by putting them under the impression that they will pay their fees but have them stranded once they lose the elections, thereby leaving institutions struggling to balance their budgets in the face of huge outstanding bills.…by those students who are energized by violence and destruction and those who spur them on, especially so that education institutions can hardly buy what they need much less replace those wantonly destroyed. All of the above point to fact that each and every Liberians must look at our children’s education differently. They are not less gifted than students from other lands. There are excellent teachers, but they are so very few. There are principals with vision, but they are not many. The number of these too few educators must be multiplied rapidly if we all of us accept that quality education for all of our children is the surest, most secure way to personal, collective and sustained national growth and developments. Education, better yet, quality education is worth every sacrifice to make it happen, by every means possible. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At the launch of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) 2020 elections campaign on Sunday, several young professionals eagerly endorsed the Party’s “Plan for Prosperity”.Entrepreneur Susan RodriguesThe PPP/C had among its list of speakers a number of young professionals.One issue that stood out in all their speeches was the fact that they lamented the broken promises of the APNU/AFC coalition to create opportunities and a better life for young people in Guyana. Thus, they urged the crowd, especially youths, to vote for the PPP/C, which is the only party that they believe has the best interest of youths at heart.The current Vice Chair of Region One (Barima-Waini), Sarah Browne, described to the crowd her personal experience with the PPP/C as a young woman who was able to contribute to Guyana because of the Party providing opportunities for youths across our country.Dr Erica Forte“Almost five years ago, at the age of 23, voting for the first time, I strongly endorsed and campaigned for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic based on nothing more or nothing less than a progressive track record— a decision to date I have not regretted… I stand here today [Sunday] as evidence that the People’s Progressive Party believes in the abilities and capabilities of young people regardless of our ethnicity, regardless of our religion and regardless of whatever differences we may have,” she stated.Browne went on further to lament the struggles which the residents of Region One have faced since the coalition assumed office in 2015.Attorney-at-law, Savitri Parag“…I travelled from Region One, a region where we are fed up, sick and tired of this Government. We are fed up because the increased taxes [have] begun to take its toll, and our lives… the cost of living has become higher. We are currently experiencing severe fuel shortage and a hike in fuel prices, so yes we’re fed up. We are fed up because this Government has failed to address our land titling issues and land extension issues which are necessary and important for our survival as Amerindians. We are fed up because this Government has refused to look at the interest of our farmers… Yes, we are definitely fed up because the funding from Government has dried up for sports, for culture, for other infrastructure, and so yes our region is definitely fed up,” she passionately expressed.Region One Vice Chair Sarah BrowneThe Vice Chair also made her case for the PPP/C and why it is critical that they are elected into office at this upcoming General and Regional Elections.“As a young Amerindian woman, I believe that the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic is the only party that believes in equality, that believes in inclusive governance and that believes that there is a place for all of us in our leadership. Compare that to a Government that campaigned strongly and appealed to young people for their support, who today, in Government, most of them are eligible for pension or they’re getting there”.Another young woman, Susan Rodrigues, who is an entrepreneur, told her tale to the crowd about feeling deceived by the APNU/AFC coalition government and did not hold back on listing all the failures and deceptions she feels the Government has meted out to every Guyanese over the past five years.“I was born and raised in a family of ordinary, hardworking people like most of you here today. But if you had asked me five years ago where I saw myself in the future, I would not have said in politics. But after having witnessed the deception by the APNU/AFC Government, their abuses in office, the flagrant violation of our Constitution, the incompetence, the corruption, the escalating cost of living, the decline in our economy, the exclusion of young people, the desperate need to hang on to the perks of office, I cannot and will not as a young, educated, professional woman, be excluded from the political arena anymore,” she said.Further, she added: “I watched on as the coalition took the reins of power in 2015 and I can never forget their first act in office: they raised their own salaries. It is on our minds and it is in our hearts we remember how you made us feel when some of their salaries were raised by 100 per cent. They took care of themselves. They immediately forgot about us, they forgot about you, they forgot about the people that put them there. That one act would determine and shape Granger’s entire presidency and the legacy of his Government. They took care of themselves”.Medical doctor, Erica Forte, also stated her case, specifically with regard to the failure of the Government in improving healthcare in Guyana but she expressed her confidence in and support of the PPP/C’s plans, especially for the health sector.“As a young woman who intends to raise a family in this environment, I, like so many others, no matter where I am, I want to have access to quality healthcare. PPP/C intends to correct this…my people, the time has come for us to take a stand like we did in 1992 to correct the wrong that occurred in 2015. 2020 is our time. Let us secure our victory together,” Forte posited.Further, Savitri Parag, an Attorney-at-Law, also gave her take on how she believes the coalition government failed young people and why they should not be allowed to return.“The reality is there is oppression pushed in every corner of the society and especially so with our young people… The progression of a lawless society has caused young people to wonder whether there is a future for them in this illegal administration; young people who are qualified and hungry to give back to their country. Instead, they are victimised by not having jobs, by being demoted from positions for which they are well qualified. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the high positions in the public systems are filled with persons over their 60s and upwards and with political associations. There is no room left for the upward mobility of our youths,” Parag explained.In 2015, the APNU/AFC coalition’s campaign was focused mainly on targeting young people who they promised would be the pivot of their Government.
1 Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has issued a plea for team-mate Raheem Sterling to remain at the club this summer.Sterling’s Anfield future has been cast in serious doubt after the 20-year-old rejected a new contract from the Reds in March.Manchester United and Real Madrid have expressed an interest in signing Sterling, although Liverpool remain adamant the winger will remain on Merseyside.Henderson insists the speculation hasn’t affected Sterling and hailed his professionalism during the saga.“He is always working as hard as he possibly can,” said Henderson.“He wants to improve all the time and I don’t really think it [speculation] has affected him.“He is a great professional, his work ethic is fantastic and he never really lets that bother him.“For me, Raheem Sterling is a fantastic player and he has been brilliant for England and I hope he stays at Liverpool.”
Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes the fractured relationships within the current Blues squad is completely unprecedented – and manager Jose Mourinho is ‘shell-shocked’ at the ongoing turmoil.The Premier League champions have endured a torrid start to the season, languishing in 15th after losing half of their ten league games so far including a 2-1 defeat to West Ham at the weekend.Mourinho, meanwhile, has publicly slammed his players and faced numerous FA charges for his behaviour with disharmony at Stamford Bridge seemingly rife.Cascarino believes Chelsea have turned into a soap opera, particularly as defender Gary Cahill was forced to face the media instead of his manager after the West Ham defeat.“It feels like every week that there is another episode in front of us. You just don’t know what’s around the corner now,” Cascarino told Drivetime.“I think Mourinho must be shell-shocked because he has never experienced anything like this in his career – we are all expecting things to change but they haven’t.“The strange thing about Saturday was that Cahill faced the media. He had to explain their loss to West Ham and what was happening which I thought was really strange.“There must be relationships at the club that are nowhere near as strong as they once were. “When the books come out a few years down the line we’ll find out a lot more about this period because one thing is for sure – it doesn’t all add up.”
WEST DONEGAL is about to be put firmly in the picture with the news that planning permission has been granted for a new cinema in Gaoth Dobhair.Local businessman Hugh Martin Doherty hopes to build a 250 seater cinema on the site of the Hotel Glenveagh, formerly known as The Dodge.The only cinema in the area, the Astor Cinema in Derrybeg, closed some time in the mid 1980s. There was also cinemas in other local nearby towns including Falcarragh and Dungloe but these all closed down more than 30 years ago as well.Mr Doherty hopes to create up to 20 full-time jobs when the cinema is officially open with plans to have three screens in the complex.The cinema will contain a 110 seat theatre as well as smaller 90 seater and 50 seater theatres.Mr Doherty said he hopes that cinema-goers will be munching popcorn and watching the latest blockbusters in time for Christmas. At present people from West Donegal must travel to the nearest cinema in Letterkenny to see the latest movies.EndsWEST DONEGAL TO GET ITS OWN 250 SEAT CINEMA was last modified: March 31st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cinemadonegalpopcorn
Eddie Tinney of Tinney’s Coal & Oil and his family recently celebrated 80 years in business supplying the fuel needs of the people of Letterkenny and the surrounding areas.At the same time they launched Supertherm – Ireland’s longest lasting and fastest growing smokeless fuel which to date has been a tremendous success.As part of this occasion, Tinney’s Coal & Oil in association with Supertherm manufacturers CPL Fuels held a draw so one lucky customer could win 1 tonne of Supertherm. The overall winner was announced as Ann McElhinney from Manorcunningham.Eddie Tinney, John Barry , Patrick Reynolds [ CPL Fuels] and Johanna Tinney picking the other prize Winners in their recent competition for loyal customersOther prize winners were:Brendan McCarroll, New Line Road Letterkenny who won a Microwave Oven courtesy of Crumlish AppliancesEric Mc Gettigan, Churchill, Letterkenny who receives a free chimney clean courtesy of Chimney SweepAnne Marley, Bomany, Letterkenny, who receives a free chimney clean courtesy of Chimney SweepPhil Bowen, Soloman Hill, Letterkenny who receives a free window clean courtesy of Prokleen Cleaning SpecialistsOrla Doherty, Meadowhill, Letterkenny who receives a free window clean courtesy of Prokleen Cleaning SpecialistsA major announcement was made this week that the decision has been taken to extend the ban on smokey coal nationwide.With the approaching cold snap, Tinney’s are offering one lucky reader the chance to win 5 free bags of Supertherm by liking and sharing this story on Donegal Daily’s Facebook here: www.facebook.com/donegaldaily. Eddie and all the staff at Tinney’s would like to take this opportunity to wish all their customers a warm and peaceful holiday season.Keep warm this winter with Tinney’s Fuels, visit the office at Bonagee, Letterkenny or call Telephone:+353 (0) 74 9121476 or +353 (0) 74 9124489 to arrange a delivery.For further information and check out https://www.facebook.com/Tinneys-Oil-Coal-1216768971725335/Sponsored PostTinney’s Coal & Oil celebrate 80 years in business with launch of super smokeless fuel was last modified: December 7th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:coalfuelsSuperthermTinneysTinney’s Coal & Oil
“He’s been phenomenal.” said Brendie Bandara, board secretary for the foundation. “He comes to us, he doesn’t expect anything in return. He’s been so generous doing all that work.” Bandara said Singer’s Molar Manor proceeds helped provide care for many children who’ve never seen dentists. The foundation works with dental students from the University of Southern California in a yearly three-day clinic where hundreds of children’s teeth are examined and cleaned and arrangements are made for any further care. Singer said he’s hoping the buyer will continue the tradition. “I just don’t have the time. I’m overwhelmed with my work,” Singer said. “It would be nice pass the torch.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Ghostly hands with curling finger nails clasp the for-sale sign in a death grip, the first sign that this is one spooktacular sale. Indeed, Molar Manor, a haunted house camouflaged by the facade of a run-of-the-mill Valencia warehouse, is for sale. Only those buyers with an extreme taste for the macabre – and a sense of humor – need put in their offers. Local dentist Ronald Singer said Thursday said it’s time to pass the torch. He’s hoping someone will buy the entire contents of the warehouse, from the old lady in a wheelchair falling down the stairs to the man in the electric chair, and continue operating Molar Manor each Halloween season as a fundraiser for Santa Clarita Valley charities. Asking price for the entire collection is $145,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I have a 15-foot giant demon,” said Singer, who specializes in pediatric dentistry. “My electric chair man is awesome. I have a haunted elevator that actually takes people on a journey back out of Molar Manor. It’s beautiful.” Singer said he simply doesn’t have the time anymore to open Molar Manor each October, given the demands of his practice. It was a tough decision ending a tradition that started 15 years ago in his Valencia offices where he drew at least 1,000 people to view his Halloween decorations. He moved the project to his Sand Canyon home but the weather – and the neighbors – didn’t always cooperate, he said. “We decided to move it indoors into the warehouse,” Singer said. “I had a movie set designer, we blueprinted it and Molar Manor evolved as an attraction. It’s pretty similar to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.” The warehouse is leased, but the the graveyards, spooky animatronics, even the chain-saw-wielding butcher pig in the room full of body parts are for sale. Details are available at www.molarmanor.com. Over the years, proceeds from the haunt have been donated primarily to the Santa Clarita Foundation for Childrens Dental Health, which provides free dentistry to children from local low-income families.
Pictured during the recent visit to Aras an Uachtarain are Michael Coll, Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins and Declan Coll.A young student’s invitation to President Michael D Higgins to visit him in Donegal has backfired in a wonderful way!Declan Coll, a 16 year old PCC student from Ballina, Falcarragh, thought it would be a nice idea to invite the President to our county.The idea came to Declan after he a story about an American student who had written a request to President Obama asking him to visit his school. Declan figured it was time the President came to our neck of the woods, so he wrote to him asking if he would like to visit his school Pobalscoil Chloch Ceann Fhaola in Falcarragh.But due to his busy schedule, the President had to decline the invitation.However the President did the next best thing and invited Declan and a guest to attend his Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin on the 12th July.Declan and his father Michael traveled to Áras an Uachtaráin where he shook hands with and spoke with President Higgins. When asked what the conversation was about, Declan just smiles and says, “I told him to keep the seat warm for me as I intend to take over his position in the future.”Declan and Michael ended their day at the tea party, followed by a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin.“That was an experience I’ll never forget,” said Declan, “I wonder who I can write to next……?” DONEGAL STUDENT’S INVITATION TO PRESIDENT BACKFIRES IN WONDERFUL FASHION! was last modified: July 24th, 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:Declan ColldonegalFalcarraghPresident Michael D Higgins
The brilliant Boyle family honour their mum up Errigal.They came, they climbed and they raised a shed-load of money for the Donegal Alzheimer’s Association.The Boyle family from Errity in Manorcunningham decided they wanted to raise some funds for the group in honour of their beloved mum Ethna.Ethna, 69, suffers from Alzheimers so her six sons and six daughters all came together on Saturday last to climb Errigal. Two of the brothers traveled form Scotland while another two made the journey form their homes in England.And while it may have bucketed from the heavens, the group had an amazing time.Not only that but they managed to raise more than €1,400 for the group.And if you happened to miss the guys heading up Errigal and wanted to give them a couple of euro, then don’t panic. The group have set up a donation fund which will be open until the end of September.If you would like to add to their total then log onto http://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/31768_donegal-alzheimer-errigal-climb.html HOW THE BRILLIANT BOYLE FAMILY CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN FOR MUM was last modified: September 1st, 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:AlzheimersdonegalErrigalfundraiser