Alyssa Valdez at the VIP section closely watching an NCAA women’s volleyball game between Jose Rizal University and Lyceum on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2017, at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s not a lot Alyssa Valdez can’t do when it comes to volleyball.But she faces her biggest challenge yet on the on the sidelines when she makes her debut as NCAA volleyball analyst for ABS-CBN Sports next Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ UST recovers from opening day loss, blanks UE for first win Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “Actually, I’m trying to familiarize myself on how to analyze the game more because before, although, I analyze the game but it’s my game and my opponents’ and not really the whole volleyball game,” Valdez said.Valdez said she’s taking notes from ABS-CBN Sports’ veteran commentators and anchors like Anton Roxas and Mozzy Ravena, the volleyball legend and mother of her boyfriend Kiefer Ravena.“Of course, Tita has been always there to guide me and I always listen to those who are covering the games because you get a different reaction when watching the game as a former player and when you’re an analyst so I still need guidance when it comes to that,” said Valdez, who just recently became one of the hosts of Upfront, a pre-game show before the start of UAAP women’s volleyball action.“That’s why I go and watch the games to learn how to analyze games and know which part of the game I need to focus on when analyzing.”She already considers preparing for her new gig harder than getting ready before a game.ADVERTISEMENT Two years removed from playing in her final UAAP game for Ateneo, Valdez is also using her latest endeavor as a way to stay immersed in the game.Though, she never imagined herself as a commentator.“Never really thought of being one, but you know, you’re always open to all the challenges and after UAAP and after graduating, I want to make it a point not to be away from volleyball,” Valdez said.“So as much as possible I don’t want to lose that connection that’s why I’m trying new things.”RELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES A two-time UAAP champion and three-time MVP among her countless accolades, Valdez will be back to being a rookie again in front of live television.“[I’m going to be an] analyst this coming semifinals on Tuesday,” Valdez told reporters with a shy smile. “It’s going to be my first time so I’m really trying to get the hang of it by watching and asking help from other people.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLike a wide-eyed student, Valdez is eager to learn.Exactly a week before she plays her role as color commentator, Valdez was a spectator, closely observing the action in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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
In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery National team coach says PH an emerging powerhouse in jiujitsu Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In the two games San Miguel played in the championship round of the PBA Philippine Cup, a recurring theme has so far clouded over the four-peat seeking defending champion.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback The Beermen have squandered big leads that prevented them from taking a stable 2-0 lead in the series against Magnolia.With the series tied at 1-1, star wingman Marcio Lassiter said they have to put an immediate stop to their late-game musings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We just can’t relax, the full 48 minutes is our goal,” said Lassiter Wednesday after practice at Acropolis Clubhouse. “We need to keep that in our heads that we know there are certain plays that might not go our way or we might not make shots.”“But we should always continue to be strong, that’s what we’re good at, we just have to continue doing it for 48 minutes.” Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lassiter added that the opportunity to win their fourth straight Philippine Cup is too big of a chance to let it slip away since no team in PBA history has topped the All-Filipino conference for four straight years.“This fourth one will put is in history, it means a lot to me and it means a lot to all the members of the team and the organization,” said Lassiter, who’s averaging 18.5 points, 3.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks in the first two games of the series.“We know how much hard work we put in and we’re not just going to let this slide.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 San Miguel was steamrolling Magnolia for the better part of Game 1, even leading, 72-52, in the third quarter, but ultimately collapsed in the fourth quarter.Magnolia outscored San Miguel, 30-14, in the fourth quarter to take the series opener, 105-103.Game 2 almost ended in similar fashion when the Beermen almost let go of a 21-point lead, 73-52, late in the third quarter, before holding on for the 92-77 victory.The Hotshots managed to trim the lead to just eight, 75-68, at the 8:26 mark of the fourth after Robbie Herndon capped off a 13-0 run.San Miguel was able to respond to Magnolia’s Game 2 hijinks with its own scoring spurt, 12-3 run, which four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo capped off with a jumper for the Beermen’s 87-71 lead with 4:10 left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
The gritty Italians, who drew contributions from Giulia Ciavarella, Marcella Filippi and Giulia Rulli throughout the run, suffered only one defeat in the tournament when they fell short against Czech Republic, 21-20, in their final elimination round game on Monday.But Italy’s road to the top had to go through team USA in the quarterfinals and No. 1 seed China in the semifinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia faced futile resistance from Mongolia in the quarterfinals, 21-8, before slipping past Poland, 21-19, in the semifinals.Last year, Serbia also beat Netherlands in the championship round held in Nantes, France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMeanwhile, Italy dethroned Russia to win the gold in the women’s division.Led by the crafty Rae Lin D’Alie, Italy seized its first 3×3 title following a 16-12 victory in the finals. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Serbia celebrates after winning the Fiba 3×3 World Cup anew. Photo from Fiba.comSerbia ruled the Fiba 3×3 World Cup for the third straight time after edging Netherlands, 16-13, in the men’s final Tuesday night at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The top-ranked Serbians, made up of Dejan Majstorovic, Marko Savic, Dusan Bulut and Stefan Stojacic, went undefeated in the tournament as they swept their way to the championship.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WORLD CUP: Haunted by inconsistency, Serbia gambles on youth
Longtime Liberian political activist and current businessman, Professor Dew T. Mason, has described as “cruel and unusual” the recent decision by the national legislature to amend the CBL Act banning the governor, his deputies, and the board of governors from contesting political seat for three consecutive years after the expiration of their tenure.In a statement issued in Monrovia Tuesday, Mason observed that in amending Part IV, Section 13 of the Act establishing the Central Bank, the Legislature sets itself up as both judge and jury by outlining a series of offenses under which the Governor and the Board Members could be impeached and then arrogating to itself the right to determine whether “an impeachable offense” has in fact been committed.Professor Mason also observed that in amending Part IX, Section 44 of the Act, the Legislature, in clear contravention of Article 11, Section C of the Constitution— which forbids any act of discrimination against anyone— went on to bar the Governor and members of the Board from contesting in any elections while “serving in their respective offices” and for three consecutive years “after the expiration of their tenure.”“What a piece of discriminatory and retroactive legislation! What an “unconstitutional act,” he declared. Professor Mason called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to veto the bill in order to protect her integrity and save the state. “The practice of this policy of good economics and good politics, in the present situation by the CBL, must begin with the veto by the President of ‘the atrocious’ amendments to the CBL Act.”“In fact,” he stated “for a President who has prided herself on her commitment to justice and good governance, there is no choice: She must veto the bill and thereby save the credibility which she personally has garnered before and since her election to the presidency.”Ambassador Mason indicated that through her veto, “the President would also be saving Liberia from a Legislature bent on further shaming the Liberian people by enacting Apartheid-type laws in a country which was so vocal in its condemnation of Apartheid!”Mason expressed dismay over the bill, which he observed was railroaded through the legislative process with uncommon speed and in neglect of the usual procedures.He described CBL executive governor, Dr. J. Mills Jones as a man of unquestionable integrity, great intelligence and experience, and singular devotion to duty.According to the Liberian businessman, since its inception two years ago, the CBL through its Loan Extension and Availability Facility (LEAF) has provided loans to Liberians in all the 15 counties amounting to nearly L$400 million.“Simply put, Liberians must be empowered to fully participate in the development of their country. This is the worthy objective which the CBL loan initiatives, however limited, are aimed at achieving. This is the model of development that has been followed by the US,” he stressed.Ambassador Mason said he was not surprised that US Ambassador, Deborah Malac, has given a ringing endorsement of the CBL loan initiatives, stressing that Governor Jones’ effort at stimulating the Liberian economy and assisting Liberian businesses was “a step in the right direction.”“Indeed, the United States assists American businesses through various means: affirmative action, strategic sectors and contracts reserved only for nationals, etc. China practices it with its policy of “guoijin mintui”–meaning, the state advances while the private sector retreats. Nigeria is implementing it with its policy of “local content” which obliges foreign companies to partner with Nigerian companies in the execution of most contracts in Nigeria.”“Again, I ask you–you People of Liberia: What is wrong with a policy which takes Liberian money and lends it to Liberians? Doesn’t our Government take Liberian money and gives it to foreign companies in the form of duty free privileges and tax holidays?” wondered Ambassador Mason. The Liberian businessman contended that the initiative of the CBL aimed at empowering Liberia is good economics.“This is good economics and indeed good politics. For as more and more Liberians become prosperous—good economics— more and more Liberians will come to support the government—good Politics.”He called on Dr. Jones not to be discouraged by the misdeeds of his critics, who constitute a minuscule and often inconsequential part of the country’s political calculus. “He and his program for the empowerment of Liberians have already received the gratitude of the vast majority of our people. His character and his capabilities have brought into the limelight the qualities so lacking in his opponents. That is why the moral Lilliputians in our society are trying to bring him (Dr. Jones) down to their own debased level.”Meanwhile, thousands of Liberians Thursday staged a peaceful protest against the amended CBL Act.Having obtained a permit from the government, thousands representing youths and students groups, business organizations, marketers, yanna boys and many others participated in the protest. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, says in order to compete in the modern global economy, there is a need for Liberia to have a state-of-the-art telecommunications sector.“We need the ability to connect with the entire world, for the private sector, for the government, and for individuals to be able to succeed. We believe all this can be achieved through a vibrant telecommunications sector,” Ambassador Malac said.Speaking at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication when she paid a courtesy call on Minister Frederick Norkeh, Ambassador Malac said a modern telecommunications sector would give the country’s economy a boost as government tries to rebuild the nation after 14 years of civil crisis.“That is why it is important that Liberia rebuilds its economy and the country becomes a part of the global economy.To do this, you need a modern telecommunications system,” she said.She said the telecommunications sector is just one of the many things that need to advance in Liberia for it to participate in the modern world.She indicated that Minister Norkeh has some very good ideas and a lot of good plans concerning where he wants to take the ministry and the telecommunications sector, but warned that there are still a lot of pieces that need to be put together and that it takes time for it to be built.When asked whether the government’s projection for the future were too ambitious and would cause embarrassing project shortfalls, she responded “it is important that governments don’t spend money they do not have because it is not a good position to be in.”“Sometimes it hard when you are impatient to make things happen and the money is not there, but sometimes it good to take a step back and figure out what is possible when the funding is not available and find other means to get the financing,” the US Ambassador said.“We would like to see the private sector involved in a number of activities that the government itself is currently involved in, but that has its own challenges as well,” she added.Minister Norkeh said that Ambassador Malac’s visit was one of the usual visits that she pays to his ministry, and that she actually wanted to know some of the challenges and achievements the ministry had experienced since her last visit.He said the U.S. has been providing assistance to his ministry, especially in the area of capacity building, and that the meeting was intended to discuss how best the U.S. could help in the fiber-optic installation process.“We have been having problems in the fiber-optic installation process. The U.S., being a premier country in this kind of technology, has offered to help Liberia,” Minister Norkeh concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A ‘Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund’ for Africa was launched on June 13, at an event led by Senegalese President Macky Sall, and representatives of the Heads of State, including Ethiopia and Rwanda. The Fund will contribute to the World Bank ‘Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET)’ program which seeks to award 10,000 African PhD scholarships over ten years, to strengthen research and innovation in applied science, engineering and technology. The African Governments involved committed to the Fund alongside a new group of prominent business figures, the ‘Africa Business Champions for Science’, to raise a total of $5million during the launch. The ‘Africa Business Champions for Science’ group is chaired by Angolan businessman, Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, also Chairman of the Planet Earth Institute NGO. Additional funds will now be mobilized from African Governments, business leaders and other developmental partners, to activate the Fund by June 2016.The initiative is led by the PASET Steering Committee comprising Ministers responsible for higher education and research from Senegal, Rwanda and Ethiopia, business leaders, representatives from academia and the World Bank. The overall objective of PASET is to accelerate the creation of a skilled, high-quality workforce in Africa to power Africa’s socio-economic transformation. The launch of the Fund is an outcome of the actions agreed on at the previous PASET Forums held in Ethiopia (2013) and Senegal (2014), as well as the related Forum on Higher Education, Science and Technology held in Rwanda (2014).An African Press Organization dispatch said President Sall hosted the event in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the company of representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Rwanda. Also participating were Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, representing the African Business Champions for Science group and Prof Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education & Research of Senegal and Chairman of the PASET Steering Committee. The Heads of State of these three Governments will now sign a formal declaration.The World Bank reaffirmed its support to the PASET objectives and its readiness to continue to support the initiative. According to the World Bank, after a decade of exceptional growth in Africa, averaging 4.5 percent a year across the continent, it is necessary to build skills to sustain this growth and transform African economies towards higher levels of competitiveness. Currently the African workforce greatly suffers from a lack of scientific and technical capacity and an integrated approach that brings together all partners – public and private, traditional and emerging partners – is needed. The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund adopts this approach with African Governments committing hand in hand with the private sector and other partners.President Sall said, “Increasingly, Africa sees the need to depend on science and technology to increase industrial and agricultural productivity, guarantee food security, tackle diseases, ensure a safe water supply, and reduce the energy deficit. While these may seem like insurmountable challenges, the continent cannot waste any more time.“We must launch a sustained campaign to train and employ a great number of scientists, engineers, and technicians to achieve the structural transformation that Africa needs, and that is exactly what this program is designed to help support.”Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, Chairman, African Business Champions for Science and Chairman, Planet Earth Institute, added, “As Africa continues to make great strides forward, we must also continue to recognize the importance of investing in our future generations. “This investment must go beyond access and enrolment to develop excellence, too, especially in science and technology. Excellence in science and technology will equip Africa with a workforce ready to compete in the 21st century, where we can lead the world as scientists, engineers and innovators.“As Chairman of the African Business Champions for Science, I confirm by commitment to this agenda and to recruiting others that share the vision. Led by the African Governments and in partnership with business leaders and the World Bank, we want to go beyond philanthropy to find innovative ways to properly link industry with scientific and technical excellence for the long-term, and for the benefit of us all.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents and farmers of Mocha on the East Bank of Demerara and Ithaca, West Coast Berbice, are soon to benefit from drainage and irrigation works aimed at reducing flooding and improving access to lands situated aback the communities.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at a December 29, 2017, post-Cabinet media briefing, said the projects will cost a total $338,883 million.“For construction of drains, canals, access dams and hydraulic structures at Mocha (Region Four), the Ministry of Agriculture contract in the sum of $182,509,000 was awarded to Rupan Ramotar investment. For construction of drains, canals, dams and hydraulic structures at Ithaca, West Berbice (Region Five), the Ministry of Agriculture, a contract in the sum of $148,374,000 was awarded to H Nauth and Sons,” Minister Harmon said.In addition, Minister Harmon said when completed, the projects will help to reduce unemployment among the residents of the two communities.“The objective of these two projects at Mocha and Ithaca is to improve the drainage systems and access to the backlands of these two communities; to increase their productivity and competitiveness while promoting employment and entrepreneurship in these communities. It will also lead to increased revenue for farmers who have access to great amounts of lands that are irrigated,” the Minister added.According to the Department of Public Information, works on the two projects are expected to begin within a fortnight and be completed within the first half of this year. They form part of the project which is being funded by a combination of loans and grants from the Caribbean Development Bank.
A cadre of local youth volunteers residing in various communities in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 will serve as resource persons for a series of STEM and Robotics training programmes scheduled to begin in December.The participants are young people who are out of school but are as yet unattached. The training will begin by educating the youths on STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics initially) along with Robotics and coding/computer programming.This ground-breaking programme is an initiative of the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, and the ultimate objective is to equip more young people with marketable skills that would render them employable.In the longer term, the ultimate objective is to have those young people teachingPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and the Robotics teamthe Robotics and STEM skills they have learnt to other students.The Department of Culture is collaborating with the Public Telecommunications Ministry, the Education Ministry and STEMGuyana to teach Robotics to Guyanese students. The main organisers met last Thursday to refine the training programme and its logistics, which include identifying the regional ICT hubs that would be used as training venues, and the schedule for meeting with the regional Community Development Officers.The latter, who are all attached to the Ministry of Public Telecommunications (MoPT), would be required to manage the programme’s logistics in their respective regions, which include ensuring that the training modules are loaded onto the computers in the ICT hubs, and transporting participants to the training venues.STEMGuyana drafted the training curriculum, which hinges on computer coding, Scratch programming, building and programming robots, and mathematics using the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) syllabus.This is also the beginning of what the organisers hope would become a series of training interventions leading to entering highly skilled Guyanese teams into the annual International Robotics Olympics.Scratch is a programming language and online community where technology students receive assistance to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.The organisers expect the participants and facilitators to later establish tech(nology) clubs for primary, secondary and adult students in their communities. In February this year, STEMGuyana trained and certified approximately 50 youth leaders and teachers, and encouraged them to start technology clubs in their communities.That STEM certification programme was the beginning of many outreaches that STEMGuyana has conducted in Guyana through various Ministries and through the Office of the First Lady, Sandra Granger.STEMGuyana is led by Leon Caleb Christian; Karen Abrams, a Start-up Inclusion Consultant; and Ima Christian.
Re “Muslim U.S. dream may become reality” (Their opinions, Feb. 22): I applaud Rob Asghar’s call for moderate Muslims to ostracize extremists, but his rebuke of Mark Steyn contradicts. Europe is not repopulating, and the growing Islamic element is not moderate. Far from assimilating into Western European culture, immigrants are challenging it. Look ahead 50 years to a Muslim population with a significant voting bloc and numbers too large to govern peacefully. Europe’s history is to deal with cultural and religious minorities at the point of a sword. In the Netherlands, for instance, Muslim immigrants are already disregarding civil law for sharia and fatwa. In 50 years, might frightened people be tempted, once again, to draw the sword? There is still time to do something positive, and Steyn is asking good, tough questions. We ignore them at our peril. -David Atkinson Santa Clarita Hiding drivers Re “MTA’s drivers breaking rules” (Feb. 24): I have often waited an hour or more at the downtown Burbank Metrolink station for a 165 bus to take me home to North Hollywood. There is always a steady stream of incoming buses; some of the 165s change to 164s, and vice versa. But a lot of them just drive off or put up the “not in service” sign. I have noticed this on several occasions and at various times in the evening. I am sure, since it is the end of the day, that some of the drivers are just hiding out somewhere until they can turn in the bus and go home. -Norman R. Moore North Hollywood A driver responds Re “MTA’s drivers breaking rules” (Feb. 24): Sue Doyle’s story on Metropolitan Transportation Authority drivers reeked of an agenda! Using hasty generalizations, she painted the drivers with a broad brush. Some drivers do break rules, but she provided no evidence of widespread negligence. She was quick to point out the driver who left her alone on the bus to use a bathroom was within MTA’s policy. As an MTA driver, I was disappointed that instead of discussing drivers’ ongoing concerns about restroom facilities, she resorted to an ethnocentric stereotypical rant. What is the driver supposed to do? Soil himself? There are good and bad people in all professions. Her story is intellectually disingenuous to all the good drivers (which most of us are) of the MTA. -Michael Kalustian Granada Hills Where’s the bus? Re “MTA’s drivers breaking rules” (Feb. 24): I can’t tell you how many times I have waited on a bus that was either extremely late or never showed up at all. There have been times when the bus didn’t show up at the scheduled time but showed up when it was time for the next scheduled bus. When a bus doesn’t show up, a rider has to walk several blocks to catch a bus from a less convenient route, walk the entire way, or in some instances go back home and call a cab. This has happened to me and others I know who rely on public transit. MTA officials always think they are improving the system when all they are really doing is making it worse. -Carolyn Purser Burbank Route R, for river The Los Angeles River is a flood-control system. It would be extremely foolish and a real waste of millions of dollars to create parks for the homeless and possible floods. This is just plain stupid. A much-less-expensive, yet functional, use for these river segments would be to adapt them for transportation, using small hovercraft. -Bill Rice Winnetka160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Van Nuys Killing only natural Re “Zookeeper dies in jaguar mauling” (Feb. 25): I feel sorry for that lady – and my condolences to her family. But I wonder why the jaguar had to be killed. If somebody kidnapped me and put me in a cage, for sure I would try to run away. And there is a possibility that I would kill the kidnapper in the process. Isn’t that the same thing that happened with that jaguar? -Saul Han
REGISTRATION/MEMBERSHIPRegistration fee’s are €30 per adult, €15 per juvenile, family member is €70. Registration fees have to be paid for by 31st March.If you have not paid by this time, you lose voting rights at the AGM and it will also affect your ticket allocation. SENIOR HURLINGCongratulation to our Senior hurlers who have progressed to the Semi Finals of the Ulster Tain League. They had a comprehensive win over Na Seamroga, winning 1-06 to 0-17. Our opponents for the Semi will be decided this weekend, when the last remaining matches are played. Well done to Don and everyone involved with our Hurlers. SENIOR FOOTBALLOur Senior footballers played a challenge match against Kilcar on Sat night. The final score was 1-11 to 0-12 in favour of the visitors.The game saw Marty Gallagher making his senior debut, scoring 2 points. Minor players Eoin Gallen, Aaron Kelly, Stephen Mulligan and Conor Lyons all featured in what was a good run out for us. We hope to have another challenge match next Sunday. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page. We will update it as soon as we get the details.UNDER 14 FOOTBALL.Our lads travelled to Tyrone to play Killyclogher in a pre season friendly. our lads put in a good performance and look good for the season ahead. A good day was rounded off with a trip to Healy park for the Donegal game.STEVEN O REILLYCongratulations to Steven on winning his Irish University’s title. This is Steven’s tenth Irish title. Legend!!!!!MICHAEL MC CLEAN MEMORIAL HANDBALL TOURNAMENT. The tournament will run Easter week 25th – 30th March. €5 entry.Closing date for entries is Monday 18th March.For more info contact Avril 0863394306 or Mark 0863646663HANDBALLBest of luck to Cormac Muldoone in his Under 17 Ulster Final in Kingscourt on Saturday 9th March. We’re all behind you lad!!FIXTURES Minor football. Away to Naomh Colmcille. Sun 12.00pm.TRAININGTraining for all adult players continues Tue and Thurs at 7.30pm sharp.U6 Boys and Girls. Astro pitch. Wed 5.30pm.U8 Boys and Girls. Astro pitch. Wed 6.30pm.U10. Boys and Girls. Training pitch. Wed 6.30pm.U12 Girls Football. Training pitch Wed 6.30pm.U14 Football. Tue and Fri 7-8 both nights.DONEGAL V KERRY.Could all Stewards be at the club for 12.00pm. Full attendance is required.COACHING VACANCIESWe currently have a number of coaching vacancies for the current year for the following teams:Girls football – U14,Hurling – U14Camogie – various teamsPlease contact John Burke at 086/8185915 or Alan Martin 0861723899 if you are interested in coaching or helping out with any of the above teams.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes every wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcMAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week.Numbers drawn were 23,24,25 and 30There was 1 match 3 winner. Mary Hamiliton receives €150€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsThe jackpot will be €3500 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks, hurls and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.We would also like to thank Alice Bonner for her continued support. Alice has kindly sponsored a hamper every week at the bingo.CLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MacCUMHAILLS NOTES was last modified: March 4th, 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:Sean MacCumhaills notes