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Arellano stuns Perpetual, nears NCAA men‘s volleyball crown

first_imgLATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Gibson, Butler lead Timberwolves rally past Lakers MOST READ Arellano University dealt Perpetual Help its first loss of the season with a stunning 12-25, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 15-9 victory to close in on the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball crown Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT The Chiefs, whose only loss in the eliminations was against the Altas, are now just a win away from winning their first title since joining the NCAA seven years ago and spoiling what had been a flawless campaign for Perpetual Help.Christian Dela Paz, who was named the 1st Best Middle Blocker, unloaded 24 points to lead Arellano and overshadow the efforts of rookie MVP Joebert Almodiel’s 18 points for Perpetual.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 folkChiefs head coach Sherwin Meneses is aware that his team’s journey to the finals was in contrast to what the Altas’ took as the Chiefs had to first take on College of St. Benilde in the stepladder semifinals while Perpetual earned a bye to the finals.And that tought test against the Blazers was what provided the Chiefs the emotional boost they needed against the 10-time champion Altas. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We all know Perpetual, they won’t give up that easily and they know that the series is not over yet,” said Meneses in Filipino. “The benefit of our stepladder match it gave us that morale boost because when we played Perpetual [and losing in straight sets] our morale was really low.”“And I trusted my players in this game because we don’t really have that one star because everybody can contribute.”Meneses’ words weren’t just mere opinion as Dela Paz had ample support from his teammates who had nearly identical offensive numbers.Roi Domingo, John Cabillan, and Christian Segovia all had nine points apiece for Arellano while Kevin Liberato and Demy Lapuz had eight points each.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

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Linden businessman granted bail for trafficking narcotics

first_imgThe 28-year-old father of three was shackled, hands and feet, and brought before the court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, accompanied by his lawyer, Dexter Todd, on Thursday afternoon.Akin Perry, of Wismar, Linden, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on December 5, 2017, at Blackwater Backdam, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), he was allegedly in possession of 490 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Perry’s lawyer in an application for bail indicated that his client was a first-time offender with a stable family and occupation as a dredge and shop owner in the Blackwater mines. In addition, Todd said that the suspected narcotics were not found in his client’s possession, but when the Police arrived on the scene, the bag containing the illicit substance was found on a bench at the defendant’s shop, which the lawyer deemed to be a “common place for all customers”.Todd argued that Perry was arrested merely because he was in close proximity to the area, where the drug was found and the fact that one other person was charged (the taxi man who brought the accused to the shop) indicates that someone else may have been responsible.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore unfolded a vastly different version of events to the court, claiming that the Police sighted the accused exiting the motor car and was prompted to conduct a search on his person after he began to act in a suspicious manner. Police reports state that the illicit substance was found in a haversack belonging to the defendant, contrary to the defence’s submission.Bail was granted to Perry in the sum of $300,000 and the case was transferred to the Mahdia Magistrate’s Court in Region Eight to be heard on January 16, 2017.last_img read more

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Turning the green alien tide

first_img25 July 2002Thousands of warriors are waging war on an amorphous mass of aliens. The aliens multiply like wildfire, intent on engulfing everything in their midst. The warriors’ biceps glisten with sweat as they relentlessly hack the aliens to death but they keep growing, faster and faster, until .Sounds like the scene of a sci-fi movie? Working for Water, an award-winning project that employs thousands of people to clear away alien vegetation every day, may be less glamorous and not quite as racy as the latest futuristic thriller. It will however leave behind a far greater legacy – a healthier planet less depleted of water and other natural resources.Alien species wreak havoc on our world, chomping our natural resources and destroying our biodiversity. Working for Water is the government’s highly successful response to the multiple problems arising from alien invasions.The seven-year-old project, under the lead agency of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, continues to grow from strength to strength, employing 18 000 people (who would otherwise be jobless) to chop down and clear invading alien species, including Wattle, Gums, Pines, Hakea, Triffid Weed . the list goes on.Many of these invasive species consume vast quantities of water, thus depleting our precious supplies. They also fuel devastating fires, which can destroy our indigenous species, and cause millions of rands in damage.From Working for Water’s Weedbuster comicEnter chief warrior, Guy Preston. He is Working for Water’s national programme manager. Working for Water is the biggest conservation endeavour on the continent and the largest invasive species operation (relative to GDP) in the world.Preston is also a member of the Global Invasive Species Programme, an international initiative that promotes efforts around the world to stop the spread of invasive species and curtail the havoc they wreak.In Preston’s view, the size of the environmental headache created by the onward march of alien species is potentially second only to global warming as an environmental crisis in the offing. “If we don’t contain invasive species the economic implications will be massive,” he says.According to the United States government, invasive alien species have effectively wiped out four percent of global GDP. This is two-and-a-half times Africa’s combined GDP. After habitat destruction by humans, invasives are the second biggest potential cause of species extinction in the world.Working for Water, which has a budget of R450-million for this year alone, intersects with a range of government departments. “We are working towards an integrated approach – a one-stop-shop to deal with the problem of invasives.”This entails not only clearing away aliens, but developing education and awareness campaigns, conducting research, introducing stricter control measures at airports, ports and other border posts and devising a solid legal framework. New regulations under the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act have been promulgated to curb the influx of invasive alien species.Preston explains that invading alien plants destroy the productive potential of land, contributing to poverty, unemployment and social problems. The march of Triffid Weed in the eastern, coastal areas of South Africa is but one very worrying example.Alien species altogether are estimated to consume 3 300 million cubic metres of water, which amounts to seven percent of South Africa’s annual run-off. Our indigenous plants in the fynbos areas, Karoo and grasslands, for example, have a much lower biomass and consume less water. The frightening figures for wasted water exclude the vast amounts of groundwater soaked up by aliens or the water consumed by fresh-water weeds like the water hyacinth.Another major problem is fires. Many invasive alien form a highly combustible mass. The result is the intense fires that sweep across the Western Cape with frightening regularity. Invasives can burn with 10 times the heat of indigenous plants, destroying the latter’s seeds. Their own seeds survive, however, and as a result aliens usually sprout thicker than before on land devastated by fires.“Every fire means worse fires in the years to come,” says Preston. Fires can cause tens of millions of rands in damage. A fire that broke out in the southern Cape two years ago killed five Working for Water employees.The fight against these tough aliens appears to be a battle of epic proportions. “It isn’t a losing battle,” says Preston. “It is a hugely formidable task. But we can show you vast areas that have been rehabilitated. In the past seven years we have cut down over six billion invading alien plants. We are talking of a truly severe threat if we don’t get on top of things.”For example, a lightly infested hectare of land could cost about R100 to clear, whereas the same land left for the next 15 years, would cost 40 times as much to clear.“We have no choice. In the past seven years we have just been trying to plug the holes. We have not yet started baling out the water from the ship.”A crucial step, adds Preston, is to educate people about the need to stop the spread of alien species. Working for Water’s sibling Santam/Cape Argus Ukuvuka Campaign has cleared alien species from 78 percent of state land around the Table Mountain area, but only 21 percent of private land in this region has been rid of alien species.“We have to find ways of ensuring that private land-owners are accountable for what happens on their land. The consequences of the neglect are unaffordable, as the invading alien plants will attack neighbours’ land, to everyone’s detriment,” says Preston.Working for Water has a toll-free number (0800-005-376) to advise land-owners and other concerned people on what to do.Philippa Garson has written for over a decade, on a range of issues, for some of the country’s leading newspapers. The former editor of The Teacher, the national newspaper of the education profession, she was named South Africa’s Education Journalist of the Year in 1996. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Electricity: households ‘must do their bit’

first_img13 January 2012 While South Africa’s big electricity users were doing their bit by cutting power consumption during Eskom’s summer maintenance season, the country’s households were still not helping out by switching off lights and unused appliances, the state company warned on Thursday. Eskom said that while its systems had improved since the call went out to save electricity on Monday, residential households were still not cutting their power consumption enough. The power utility said big organisations had helped out by cutting their electricity consumption this week. The companies had heeded to a warning from Eskom that its systems were running on a very tight reserve margin as it carried out maintenance on several power stations. The utility’s Hilary Joffe said ordinary households needed to do their bit by switching off lights and appliances they were not using. “We have not seen any efficiency on the residential side, and the demand does seem to be rising,” Joffe said. Should residential households not heed to the call, it is possible that Eskom could initiate rolling blackouts to complete its maintenance.Sapalast_img read more

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Tips for keeping your books straight and business running smoothly

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Good financial practices are key to the success of your farming business, but many businesses fail toBrian E. Ravencraftimplement them. Most farm owners know that poor financial management is a major cause of poor business performance and growth, but still fail to carry out the financial tasks that are necessary to keep things running smoothly and successfully. If all goes well, the close is a routine process that does not attract much attention from management or business owners. But it’s a completely different story if the numbers are late — or wrong. We will look at some of the best practices to assist with keeping your bookkeeping and financial statements current.Begin by creating a month end close process with your accountant. This is done to prevent lost revenue, poor tax planning and missed financial opportunities. Beware…waiting until the end of the year to close out everything is often an overwhelming process. Trying to evaluate an entire year’s worth of transactions is a tedious process and often it is too late to do anything about any events that happened earlier in the year.To create a monthly close process, the major tasks can be broken down into a series of steps. Try these tips for a streamlined month end close:• Create a detailed closing schedule. Refer to this schedule often to keep yourself on task.• Create a closing procedure with checklists. This will keep you from missing important steps.• Conduct a pre and post close meeting focusing on the status of any open items from the last close and any open items that need address from the current close and create a plan to complete these tasks.• Analyze data from month to month focusing on any item out of the ordinary and use this as an opportunity to discuss with your accountant instead of waiting until year-end tax preparation.An example of a typical monthly closing checklist will typically address these tasks:• Perform bank reconciliations• Perform other balance sheet reconciliations or review of accounts with substantial activity such as accounts receivable or payable• Review accounts receivable aging for past due accounts• Review inventory balances for reasonableness (both quantity and price).• Recording of certain recurring journal entries for items such as depreciation or prepaid expenses.• Review of repair and maintenance accounts to determine if an item should be capitalized.• Review and reconciliation of debt /line of credit balances and potential review of debt covenants• If monitoring key performance indicators, look at variances from actual results.• And on a periodic basis, look at tax projection based on financial results.Our team helps many of our farmers with this process. Most are amazed at just how much following a monthly process can benefit their business. We would be happy to help you get started.  Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at [email protected]last_img read more

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Chhattisgarh election | Widows of slain politicians in Dantewada by-election face-off

first_imgThe Dantewada Assembly by-election in Chhattisgarh is headed towards an emotionally charged battle with both the Congress and the BJP fielding widows of regional stalwarts slain by Maoists on separate occasions. The contest, to be held on September 23, became imminent after BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi was killed in a Maoist attack while on the stump in April, two days before the Lok Sabha election in Bastar, where he held ground as the lone BJP MLAs amid 11 Congressmen. Now, riding high on sentiment, his wife, Ojaswi Mandavi, has resolved to “carry forward her husband’s political legacy” and taken on former MLA Devti Karma, widowed after former Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma was killed in 2013.With both the parties locked in a see-saw battle for the seat, Mr. Karma won it in 2003, the first contest after the State was carved, while Mr. Mandavi wrested it the next election. In 2013, the seat wound up in the Congress kitty, after an emotionally high-strung battle went in Ms. Karma’s favour, who garnered sympathy votes. Yet in 2018, Mr. Mandavi snatched it back with a margin 2,172 votes. The stakes are high for the BJP, scrambling to gain a toehold in the Maoist-hit region, which went against the wind to pick a Congressman in the Lok Sabha election, when the BJP won nine of the 11 seats in the State. Having faced a drubbing in the Lok Sabha election months after winning 68 of the 90 Assembly seats, the Congress is looking to cement the party’s grip over the region. “The Congress is dependant on leaders from Bastar region like Minister Kawasi Lakhma and State Congress chief Mohan Markam,” said State Congress spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi. “The BJP is trying to make an emotional appeal to voters. But, let’s be clear, while Mr. Karma was killed despite requests for adequate security cover for him, Mr. Mandavi broke the security protocol and was killed.” Claim rubbishedState BJP spokesperson Sanjay Shrivastava meanwhile rubbished the Congress claim that several BJP workers had switched over. “They have already lost the election and are trying hard to conjure up a negative perception against us.”last_img read more

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Arellano tries to remain in final 4 chase

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Game time is at 2 p.m., with the Chiefs gunning for a sixth victory that will keep their faint postseason hopes alive, just a year after battling San Beda in the finals.With a 5-9 record, the Chiefs have a mere outside chance of keeping alive their streak of Final Four appearances, which started three seasons ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLyceum and San Beda already own the twice-to-beat bonus, but the race for the last two remaining Final Four spots looks like its down to three teams with Jose Rizal U having the upper hand with a 9-6 record, while Letran (8-7) and San Sebastian (7-7) are also in the running.A defeat by the Chiefs will end their hopes of reaching the Final Four. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “We just want to take it one game at a time,” said Arellano coach and PBA legend Jerry Codiñera. “Our fate is not in our hands, but of course, we want to finish the season strong.” MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  CHED: Get PSC endorsement if you want to represent PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong PLAY LIST 02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong02:27NCAA Season 93 Preview: St. Benilde Blazers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Arellano University tries to stay in the Final Four hunt as it battles St. Benilde on Thursday even as Mapua and Perpetual Help clash in a showdown of eliminated teams in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Mark Ingram Made Fun Of Jemele Hill’s Looks, Called Her “Tales From The Crypt”

first_imgA New Orleans Saints helmet sitting on the field.BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram crossed a line early Tuesday morning. Expect the tweet you’ll see below to get some serious play in the coming days.Monday night, ahead of the national title game between Alabama and Clemson, Ingram, a former Crimson Tide running back (and Heisman winner), was an honorary captain. When ESPN’s cameras panned to show Ingram at midfield, he appeared much smaller than current Alabama tailback Derrick Henry, leading to a number of jokes at his expense.ESPN’s Jemele Hill was one to take advantage. She joked that if the two were brothers, it’d be clear that Henry got the size and speed, while Ingram got the strong hairline. When you’re little brother gets the size and speed and all you get is a strong hairline pic.twitter.com/nLc7QnESST— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 12, 2016Well, Ingram clearly wasn’t thrilled. He responded, telling Hill that she looks like “Tales From The Crypt.” He also said that she wears a lace front. Serious escalation, to say the [email protected] @jemelehill oh u talkin bout tales from the cript lookin shawty w the lace front?!— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) January 12, 2016Probably not the best PR move. We’ll see if there is any fallout.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

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Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in JKs Rajouri

first_imgJammu: Pakistan violated ceasefire on Tuesday by mortar shelling and small arms firing on forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The firing from across the border started in Sunderbani sector around 12.40 pm, prompting retaliation by Indian Army, an army officer said. He said the exchange of firing between the two sides continued till 2.30 pm. However, there was no immediate report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing which was unprovoked, he said. This was the second ceasefire violation along the LoC in the past four days. On August 3, Pakistan targeted Mehdhar sector of Poonch. Last month, two Army personnel and a 10-day-old baby were killed and several civilians injured in heavy Pakistani shelling and firing in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region.last_img read more

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Farmer commits suicide in Punjab fifth in family to take extreme step

first_imgBarnala: Unable to pay an old loan of Rs 8 lakh, a farmer in Bhotna village allegedly committed suicide, the fifth member in his family to take the step.Lavpreet Singh (22) killed himself on Monday by consuming some poisonous substance as he was under stress over the unpaid loan, they said. Villagers said that earlier his great-grandfather Joginder Singh, grandfather Nahar Singh, his father Kulwant Singh, and uncle Jagtar Singh too had committed suicide over the loan of Rs 8 lakh, the villagers said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHis mother Harpal Kaur said that he took the extreme step because he was unable to repay the loan. She demanded a government job for Lavpreet’s sister Manpreet Kaur and a loan waiver by authorities. The family had about 14 acres of land, out of which only one acre remains as the rest was sold to repay loans, a villager said. Deputy Commissioner T P S Phoolka said the state government has included all eligible farmers in its debt waiver scheme. He said that the state government had waived a debt of Rs 57,330 in the name of Kulwant Singh, Lavpreet’s father last year. The police said that it has registered a case and started investigations.last_img read more

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