Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Donatas Motiejunas led Shandong with 15 points and 16 boards.Seoul is set to face Guangzhou in the semifinals while Shandong will meet Fubon on Thursday to complete its schedule.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Seoul built a sizeable 32-24 lead after the first quarter but upped the ante in the second, outscoring the Golden Stars 22-9 to head into the break with a 54-33 buffer.“We expected the game to be hard so we asked the players to focus but be relaxed and unexpectedly we shot 64 percent from three (16-of-25)and the game was over in halftime,” said Seoul head coach Lee Sangmin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I told the team to stay focused on what we practiced.”Glenn Cosey filled up the stat sheets with 21 points, five rebounds, and eight assists for the Samsung Thunders while Ben Mbala put up 19 points and five boards. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Seoul Samsung Thunders vs Shandong Xiwang during The Asia League’s ‘The Terrific 12’ at Studio City Event Center on 19 September 2018, in Macau, Macau. Photo by Chung Yan Man / Power Sport Images for Asia LeagueMACAU—Seoul barged into the semifinals after making easy work of Shandong, 85-73, in the group stage of the Asia League The Terrific 12 Wednesday at Studio City Events Center here in Macau.The Samsung Thunders topped Group D with a perfect 2-0 record and eliminated the Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association and Super Basketball League’s Fubon.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phoenix continues winning ways, deals skidding Meralco another loss
Officials at a polling center in rural Montserrado County try to calm down a crowd of voters who had become frustrated over the slow process and disorganized queue system.Although Election Day Was PeacefulThe conduct of the polls in Montserrado County Districts # 15, 16, 17 and some parts of 11 was marked by several lapses on the part of National Elections Commission (NEC) workers. In these districts, the voting process was early faced with challenges, including the late start of polls and complaints from voters over not finding their names on the voters roster. Furthermore, two voters were initially denied for over an hour from voting at the Caldwell Bethel Christian Community School because their names were not on the roster – although they had valid voter ID cards.However, when this same situation occurred at the Maranatha, the names of the voters were recorded on a separate page on the voter roster, and they were subsequently allowed to vote. Also, when a similar situation occurred at other polling stations in Districts # 15, 16, 17 and 11, the voters were not denied to vote. Their records were immediately jotted down, and they were allowed to vote. Both schools are located in Caldwell, District # 15.With violence playing a central theme in the history of elections in Liberia, the need for security (mainly police and soldiers) officers cannot be overstated. However, at Maranatha, there were no security personnel on the ground. Although no violent incident was reported, the question most voters had was ‘what if there was a fight?’ Despite this obvious lapse in planning, the voting process was peaceful and things went on smoothly in spite of the aforementioned challenges.The issue of the photos of voters or their names not being identified on the final voters’ roll that were later remedied by NEC workers was also reported at other polling stations like the Sims Community School in Caldwell, District # 15, Caldwell Assembly of God High School and the Elizabeth Tubman Memorial High School, both in Caldwell. This is one issue that the NEC would have to work on for the next election cycle, as District # 11 also reported similar situations.Despite some polling stations opening late in Districts #16 and 17, another problem that quickly emerged early on in the voting process was the lack of poll workers in the queue to assist voters to identify which precinct or center they were supposed to vote in. This caused serious problems for voters as many of them ended up attempting to vote in the wrong rooms; at which point they were sent back outside to another queue, despite waiting in very long queues to reach that far. This caused some very tense confrontations as these people were not allowed to head into the right/correct room to vote, but were expected to start off at the back of a new line. This dilemma was not only reported in Districts # 16 and 17; it was also reported in 11 and 15.On Election Day, as also in life, time is of the essence. However, poll workers in Districts # 11, 15, 16, and 17 were apparently not conversant with this maxim as they took almost four to five minutes just to identify a voter’s name on the roster, which caused unnecessary delays and long queues. But thanks to some quick thinking, NEC presiding officers and poll workers, were able to bring these situations under control , especially the process of identifying names on the roster, which had caused the queues to swell.Meanwhile, the standard bearer of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, and the President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Charles Cuffey, voted at the Lott Carey Baptist School in Virginia, District #17. Mr. Freeman was happy to report that his voting process was problem-free, adding that he is very hopeful of winning the election because he has been an advocate for the Liberian people for a very long time. Freeman said there will not be a first round winner, and is hopeful of putting up a good fight in the second round. The MPC leader said that if he loses the elections, he will continue being a businessman.Making a comment, PUL President Charles Cuffey hailed the poll workers for doing their best to allow citizens to vote, despite the challenges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – E-Trade Financial Corp. on Tuesday unveiled a global trading platform that makes it the first major U.S. discount brokerage to give customers the ability to trade foreign-listed stocks online. The pilot project, which begins with 1,000 E-Trade customers this week, allows them to buy, hold and sell stocks in Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Britain. The rollout is expected to take two months before all customers have access, and could one day expand to 42 international markets. The launch unlocks thousands of stocks previously unavailable to online traders, and pressures top rivals Charles Schwab Corp. and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. to make similar moves. It also comes as stock exchanges in Asia have bounced to unprecedented highs and far outpaced Western markets. – Associated Press
A leading Donegal HR firm is to launch a new service into workplace investigations which is to be joined by a former local Garda Sergeant.Boyd HR is a long standing and trusted provider of HR solutions to Owner/Managers of SME’s in the North West.Now Michael Boyd and his team are launching a new service – Independent Workplace Investigations on February 1, 2017 through the local Chamber of Commerce at the Radisson Hotel. The team will be joined ex-Garda Sergeant Philip Gillespie, who has 30 years’ investigative experience with An Garda Siochana, is joining his Team.Two years ago, Michael was approached by an employer who suspected that one of his employees was stealing from him. Given the nature of the incident he engaged the services of Philip Gillespie. Since then they have dealt with several cases of theft, bullying and harassment in the workplace.As a result of his work in this area Michael has identified a need for the development of this aspect of his business. With his and his staff’s experience in HR and the investigative experience of Philip Gillespie, Michael is satisfied that they will be able to meet all the needs of businesses in the North West when it comes to conducting independent investigations in the workplace.In an ideal world, employers would employ perfect employees who would never cause concern when it comes to the workplace. However, employees are people and they come to work with all sorts of personal baggage. They could have money worries, they may possess character flaws, which leaves them less than honest, or they may be argumentative and difficult to work with. Whatever employee issues arise employers must deal with them for the benefit and protection of his staff and his business. Employee theft is a major problem in businesses. Forty percent of theft (€183.9m worth of items) is attributed to shoplifters with an alarming 36.8% attributed to employees resulting in a loss of €166.7 million worth of items (An Garda Siochana ‘Thefts from shops Prevention and Reduction Strategy’ 2011). Research would also indicate that most employers don’t report the matter to the Gardai.So how do employers deal with suspected theft? “With great difficulty” Michael would say. There are a lot of things for an employer to consider when confronted with a suspected case of theft. In addition to the emotional trauma, employers are required to consider practical aspects in relation to handling such a difficult situation.They must ask themselves – Do they have the resources within their company to appoint an independent person to carry out an investigation? Does the person appointed possess the necessary skills? Does he/she have sufficient knowledge of employment legislation and procedure? What are the implications for the staff and business going forward? Can confidentiality be maintained? Are they satisfied that their actions or decisions would stand up to scrutiny at a tribunal hearing or court case? Can they afford to get it wrong?Some employers adopt the ‘Head on’ approach and rush in dismissing employees without a proper investigation taking place. Others ‘bury their head in the sand’ & hope the problem will magically go away!! Still others try to get rid of suspected employees by phasing them out of the workplace.They may reduce their hours of work, change their areas of responsibility, exclude them from meetings etc. These actions can lead to an unfair or constructive dismissal case being taken against the employer. The Employment Appeals Tribunal 2014 report states that almost 4,200 cases were referred to them, 40% of which related to unfair dismissal. The average award made to employees was for €17,588. This, added to the legal fees and the potential damage to the organisation’s reputation, could prove very costly for an employer. It is not just small businesses that are getting it wrong sometimes, but some of the large organisations also.Bullying and harassment are other areas that employers should be mindful of. Employees have a right to be treated with dignity and respect at work and a Code of Practice was published by the Health and Safety Authority setting out practices to be adhered to when dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace.The employer has a duty to ensure that the prevention of bullying forms part of their management system and they are required to have a policy document reflecting this. If an employee alleges they are being bullied, the employer has no option but to have the complaint dealt with either by an informal or formal process. The formal process requires to be investigated in an independent and impartial way.Boyd HR is about minimising or eliminating the risk to the employer. Conducting independent workplace investigations, that establishes the facts of any given situation, provides the firm basis to take whatever corrective action that an Employer deems necessary. Former Garda to join local HR company to tackle workplace investigations was last modified: January 31st, 2017 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:Boyd HRworkplace investigations
Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the free GP Care service for people aged 70 and over which starts today.Minister of State, Joe McHughThe Minister of State said, “I welcome confirmation from Ministers Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch in the Department of Health that registration for the Free GP Care service for people aged 70 and over begins today, Wednesday August 5th.”This second phase of universal GP care extends a GP service without charges to everyone aged 70 years and older. This new measure applies to those aged 70 and over who do not currently hold a medical or GP visit card, with persons over 70 already holding a medical or GP visit card not needing to register.Minister McHugh added “From today, over 400,000 people aged 70 and over will be able to see their GP without paying fees. This follows the recent announcement that all children under six years of age would have access to GP care also without being charged, as this Government continues with their commitment to enabling free GP care to all those under 18 years of age.”FREE GP CARE SERVICE FOR THOSE OVER 70 YEARS STARTS TODAY was last modified: August 5th, 2015 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)
1 The fourth-placed Citizens have two games remaining and wins in both of those fixtures will see them secure Champions League football for next year.“The expectations were there for all to see,” Lake said.“He started like a house on fire with 10 games and 10 wins, everyone was singing about Guardiola.“Then there was the Celtic game, Brendan Rodgers set up really well and after that lots of sides set up against City in a certain way. Then we struggled at home against Everton and Southampton, had a couple of draws and defeats then the Chelsea game we dominated up to half time and the wheels came off.“There have been lots of issues, Vincent Kompany has come back and been sorely missed, but you cannot make any excuses.“They have got a big squad, lots of talented players, they have had to change their style of play completely, having to put square pegs into round holes at times and it has not quite worked for him.”Man City’s first game is against West Brom on Tuesday before finishing at Watford on Sunday.The Baggies have been out of form in recent games, but they can still secure an eighth-place finish, while Walter Mazzarri’s Hornets, 16th, have secured their spot in the division next season.“You’d have to say [Tuesday’s] game is absolutely everything because West Brom have got no form to speak of, they have lost five of their last six games albeit they put up a good fight against Chelsea at home.“It is a game where if City can turn all these chances into goals and see the game off nice and early – which they have failed to do all season. They have created so many chances and just not taken them. That, for me, has been their biggest problem.“If they can just see it out and hopefully other teams will have a blip. You want to finish your last game of the season on a high, so it is going to be tough to go to Watford, but you have to say with the quality in City’s side it should be two games, six points and qualification for the Champions League next season.”Listen to Paul Lake on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast in full, above… Manchester City hero Paul Lake has defended Pep Guardiola after his recent comments, saying he understands what the Spaniard means and he has ultimately been in brought in to change the club’s image across the continent.Guardiola has been criticised for admitting a poor debut season at a ‘big club’ would have seen him sacked at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.City have won two Premier League titles and a League Cup in the last five years and Lake admits it has been hard for them to get the recognition over England’s household names and it is hoped recruiting Guardiola last summer will change that.“Everyone has got their own personal opinions about it,” Lake, who made over 100 appearances for the Citizens, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“In terms of clubs that have had that success, obviously [there has been] Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal over the years, certainly with Premier League titles and Champions League titles, and that is where the European mindset will be, looking at English clubs and thinking who has had that success.“That is why Manchester City will always be seen at a lower level to those clubs and that is the reason they have got Pep Guardiola into the fray. That is the bit that is missing for City.”When asked by co-host Micky Quinn if they are a big club, Lake responded: “You’re asking a Man City fan! [Of] course we are.“It just feels like Pep has not quite had the rhythm of the team he’s wanted, we’ve stopped and started the Champions League and trying to maintain that consistency, it’s just not quite been there.“I do obviously understand what he is saying in terms of if he had been at Bayern Munich or Barca he wouldn’t have kept his job.”Guardiola, 46, has had a tough first season in England which will see him end the campaign without silverware – and possibly even finishing outside of the top four.
11 11 11 8. Claudio Yacob won 93 tackles for West Bromwich Albion 11 11 2. N’Golo Kante won 126 tackles for Chelsea 3. Oriol Romeu won 117 tackles for Southampton 9 = Victor Wanyama won 90 tackles for Tottenham Hotspur – click the arrow above, right, to find out which players top the tackling chart Each team has a player labelled as the ‘unsung hero’, whose tireless work isn’t always obvious to the naked eye.While others in the side often shy away from the gritty side of the game, some thrive on it, such as N’Golo Kante and Victor Wanyama.So with the season’s stats now rolling in, we wanted to know which player made more tackles than anyone else in the English top flight.Scroll through the gallery above to find out who tops the tackling charts. 6. Christian Fuchs won 97 tackles for Leicester City 1. Idrissa Gueye won 136 tackles for Everton 11 11 5. Matthew Lowton won 101 tackles for Burnley this season 11 4. Erik Pieters won 106 tackles for Stoke City 9 = Nacho Monreal won 90 tackles for Arsenal 11 11 9 = Sam Clucas won 90 tackles for Hull City 7. James Milner won 94 tackles for Liverpool 11
Well done to the Donegal Senior team on their impressive victory over Tyrone on Sunday last.The Killotto had no winner this week. Numbers were 15, 16, 19, 21. No match three winner of. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €750. Sellers for Saturday the 1st June are Mairead Gallagher, Bridie Molloy, Pat McBride, Conal Molloy. There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Next week’s Jackpot will be €2,000. The Reserve team lost away to four Masters last Saturday by two points, losing by nine points at halftime they made a spirited comeback in the second half but had too much to do after the poor first half showing. The U14 team defeated Naomh Brid in the divisional league semi final, they now play Naomh Columba in the divisional final. The under 10 teams travelled to Donegal Town on Saturday last for their first blitz of the season. They played two games each against Four Masters and An Clothan Liath. Well done to all players who played especially to the younger players who were making their first appearance at under 10. Training continues every Wednesday at 6pm and also now on Saturday mornings. The under 8 teams played Ardara in ardara last saturday morning with two very exciting games. The first Blitz is on this Saturday morning the 1st of June in Fintra at 11.00am, all players to be up at 10.30, training continues Thursday at 6.00pm. The Club are holding a 5k Run / Walk at the end of June, more details to follow shortly. GAA NEWS – KILLYBEGS CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 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:KILLYBEGS CLUB NOTES
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The comeback eased UCLA’s potential pain on a forgettable night that featured: The Bruins committing 13 penalties, including two roughing-the-kicker calls, for 118 yards. UCLA also had two false starts in the fourth quarter. Sloppy tackling, as Washington ran for 213 yards. The Huskies were averaging 107.5 rushing yards. UCLA getting pushed around on the line of scrimmage. The Bruins couldn’t run the ball (25 carries, 65 yards), and Washington controlled the ball for 12:02 of the first quarter. Dropped passes by UCLA’s receivers, including Marcus Everett and tight end Marcedes Lewis. UCLA received an important confidence boost from quarterback Drew Olson in what was otherwise an uninspired, mentally-deficient 21-17 victory on Saturday against Washington at the Rose Bowl. The first fourth-quarter comeback of Olson’s career offset his dismal 40 minutes, and helped the 20th-ranked Bruins (4-0) remain undefeated despite a lackluster night. Players admitting they overlooked Washington, despite talk for the last two months that they had kicked the habit of taking opponents lightly. “It is relief for just a moment because we won the game. We still have so much work to do,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “That’s disappointing, but I’m not more disappointed than I am encouraged by what I saw. I saw a lot of great things we can build on from this game.” Olson didn’t play well, with more than a half-dozen passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He missed open receivers – most notably Brandon Breazell on a post-pattern in the first quarter – and was 9 of 18 for 72 yards with two interceptions at the half. However, Olson did something he did not do in season’s past. He went 20 of 26 for 210 yards, no interceptions and two touchdowns in the second half. “That’s real big because now everyone has faith in the quarterback that when it’s on the line, he can go out there and lead the team,” UCLA strong safety Jarrad Page said. “He was accurate on his passes. That’s important. Even as a defense, we look out there and say, ‘That’s all right, Drew’s got us. He’s going to lead the team down there and score.’ ” Olson’s play was impressive on UCLA’s final two scoring drives. He went 6 for 6 for 46 yards on an 80-yard touchdown drive to pull the Bruins within 17-14 early in the fourth quarter. When UCLA began its last drive with 3:39 to play on its own 27-yard line, Olson again was masterful, and more importantly, confident. His first pass was knocked down at the line, but he completed his next six, including a 5-yarder to Andrew Baumgartner on fourth down to prolong the drive. And once the Bruins got into range for a tying field goal, Olson continued with solid reads and pinpoint throws. He connected for 12 yards to Chris Markey out of the backfield, and seven more to Gavin Ketchum to move to Washington’s 1-yard line. Maurice Drew’s 1-yard dive with 1:08 to play was the only run on the game-winning drive as Olson completed 6 of 7 passes. “We knew (Olson) had it in him,” Lewis said. “Drew, man, there’s nothing I can really say about that dude. He delivers.” Also: Defensive end Nikola Dragovic’s status for Saturday’s game against California is in question. The sophomore did not play in the second half against the Huskies because of a left knee injury. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI Sunday night. … UCLA remained No. 20 in the Associated Press poll, and moved up four slots to No. 16 in the coaches’ poll. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 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! An effort like the one UCLA gave Saturday won’t result in too many wins the rest of the season, but the lingering question as to whether Olson possessed the gumption to lead a fourth-quarter, come-from-behind drive was answered. “It’s huge, because last year I stumbled a couple of times,” Olson said. “I always felt that I was a little better than that. It was good to come down there and lead the team in a crucial drive.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake • Jan. 4, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 2700 Muroc Drive, Edwards Air Force Base. • Jan. 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1600 E. Ave. R-4, Palmdale. • Jan. 9, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. • Jan. 10, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. • Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Northrop Grumman, 3520 E. Ave. M, Palmdale. • Jan. 15, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Grace Chapel, 44648 15th St. W., Lancaster. • Jan. 17, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. • Jan. 18, 2-8 p.m., Littlerock High School, 10833 E. Ave. R, Littlerock. • Jan. 18, 2:30-8:30 p.m., Antelope Valley High School, 44900 Division St., Lancaster. • Jan. 19, 2-8 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2120 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. • Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. • Jan. 23, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. • Jan. 24, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. • Jan. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Air Force Research Laboratory, 9 Antares Road, Edwards Air Force Base. • Jan. 30, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. • Jan. 31, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale. • Jan. 31, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rosamond High School, 2925 Rosamond Blvd., Rosamond.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – The American Red Cross’ Antelope Valley Chapter will host 18 blood donation opportunities next month around the Antelope Valley. For information, call the local Red Cross office at (661) 267-0650. Blood mobile locations and schedules include: • Jan. 3, 1-7 p.m., Red Cross office, 2715 E. Ave. P, Palmdale.