Soltones still adjusting to new role as assistant coach for San Sebastian

first_imgPennisi retires after 17 seasons in PBA The bubbly Soltones kept her eyes on the game the Lady Stags lost in straight sets against Far Eastern University, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, and she still pictured herself jumping and running around on the floor instead of sitting at the bench.“I still can’t believe that I’m coaching and not playing for my school,” said Soltones in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Soltones had her former teammate Kath Villegas joining her on the sidelines and the two were bombarded with teases from the younger Lady Stags. “Our former teammates were teasing us and calling us ‘coach’ sarcastically and yeah it’s still a new experience for us.” Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite FILE PHOTO – Gretchel Soltones, center, sits on the San Sebastian bench. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGrethcel Soltones, for the better part of her five-year collegiate career, has been the undoubted face of San Sebastian winning the NCAA MVP trophy three times.And on Sunday she’s back donning the red-and-gold of the Lady Stags not as a player, but as an assistant coach.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Re-registration process is clearly designed to make it easier to be de-registered

first_imgDear Editor,I am already registered and voted at the last elections. As part of that registration, I was issued a National ID Card.GECOM staff arrived at my home on August 11 for re-registration. I was asked for a passport or birth certificate. I do not have an original birth certificate. My Guyana Passport has expired. I brought my Canadian passport.I was not registered because they cannot use my Canadian Passport. I offered my Guyana National Identification Card. This was also not acceptable. I offered my driver’s license and this was also not acceptable. At this point, it appears that I will be de-registered.Two members of my family do not have original birth certificates; they have colour copies only. They cannot be registered. They were registered before and now it appears they will also be deregistered.My relative from Canal 1 attempted to re-register. She had her original birth certificate but she did not have her marriage certificate nor her husband’s death certificate. It appears she is also destined for de-registration.Anywhere you go in this country the National ID Card is accepted. It was issued as a result of GECOM Registration. Since your biometrics will not change, it should be accepted for re-registration.My clear impression from this experience is that this re-registration process is clearly designed with rules and procedures to make it more difficult to register and easier to be de-registered.I will have no confidence that the National Register of Voters that this process is likely to produce will be fully representative of the voting population. Too many people will be left out.Regards,Sase Shewnarainlast_img read more

Guyana’s performance in English spikes, Maths tumbles

first_imgCSEC resultsBy Vahnu ManickchandAn analysis of the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examination (CSEC) results revealed a marginal increase in the overall pass rate but at the same time, student performance continues to fluctuate in the two compulsory subjects – Mathematics and English Language (A).Speaking at the press conference on Wednesday at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) Building in Kingston, Georgetown, Chief Executive Officer – Nursery, Ingrid Trotman, disclosed that the Grade One to Three passes in English A recorded a significant improvement from last year’s performance; where the pass rate of 49.36 per cent was moved to 59.3 per cent in 2016.As it relates to performance in Mathematics, she noted that there was a decline this year with a pass rate of 38.37 per cent when compared to the pass rate of 45.07 per cent recorded last year. While 2015 saw an increase in both subject areas, more than 50 per cent of the candidates who wrote the two subjects in 2014 failed.To this end, the Education Ministry under the leadership of former Minister Priya Manickchand had announced a strategic plan in 2014 to improve student performance, “specifically targeting secondary Mathematics in a major way”. The plan was expected to monitor performances from the entrance to secondary school, right through to CSEC.However when probed about this initiative at Wednesday’s press conference, Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd pointed out that while the Education Ministry is not satisfied with the performance in Mathematics, there is an overall decline in the subject across the Caribbean.Nevertheless, the Permanent Secretary explained that the Ministry is yet to launch the pilot project, noting that it is awaiting the completion of the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Education Sector to determine the way forward.Nedd outlined that the pilot will be launched sometime next year following the conclusion of the CoI.“We haven’t actively progressed on that pilot but we are awaiting the recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry… That inquiry is expected to conclude in December of this year and we are hoping that coming out of that inquiry, we will have recommendations going forward,” she stated.This year’s CSEC saw an increase in the number of candidates who wrote the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination. A total of 12,809 candidates wrote the examination, of which 35 per cent wrote the exams privately. The gender ratio shows that of the total, some 4677 candidates were males.The overall pass rate in the General and Technical proficiencies for Grades One to Three this year was 63.39 per cent compared to 62.72 per cent in 2015.Meanwhile, a total of 35 subjects were written by Guyanese candidates. Of these, the analysis results indicated excellent performances in 15 subjects where the Grades One to Three passes exceeded 75 per cent; while satisfactory performances were recorded in 18 subjects where the Grades One to Three passes exceeded 50 per cent.However, the overall performance in Chemistry was unsatisfactory with a pass rate of 41.13 per cent. But excellent performances were recorded in Agriculture Science (SA), Agriculture Science (DA) and Biology. Significant improvement was noted in Biology and Physics performances, while Integrated Science declined. Human and Social Biology, on the other hand, showed improvement as well.In the Business Education subjects, the performance in most of these subjects was satisfactory but excellent performances were recorded in both Information Technology (General) and Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM).Additionally, improved performances were recorded in Caribbean History and Geography. As it relates to Home Economics subjects, an increase was recorded in Food and Nutrition while satisfactory performance was recorded in Clothing and Textile and Home Economic Management.In the industrial technology subjects, improved performance was noted in all subjects except Building Technology (Const) where the performance remained relatively constant. In the modern languages subjects, French recorded an excellent performance while Spanish recorded satisfactory performance.Moreover, Music gained 100 per cent Grade One to Three pass in 2016, while Theatre Arts and Physical Education and Sport both recorded over 95 per cent Grade One to Three passes. Religious Education’s performance this year showed improvements but satisfactory performance was recorded in Visual Arts.last_img read more

Arsenal line up v Burnley – Wenger to introduce £5m January signing?

first_img 11 11 3. Kieran Gibbs (left back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 35. Mohamed Elneny (centre midfield) 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right wing) 13. David Ospina (goalkeeper) 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) 11 45. Alex Iwobi (left wing) 14. Theo Walcott (striker) 20. Mathieu Flamini (centre midfield) 11 11 21. Calum Chambers (right back) 11 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre back) 11 7. Tomas Rosicky (attacking midfield) 11 11 11 11 FA Cup holders Arsenal take on Burnley in the next stage of the competition as they continue their quest to remain unbeaten.The Gunners cruised past Sunderland in what could have been a tricky encounter in the previous round, but it’ll be no easy task to brush Championship promotion contenders Burnley aside.Nonetheless, with a busy week to come, including a Premier League clash against Southampton on Tuesday night, Arsene Wenger is expected to make a number of notable changes to his line up.Such key players as Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are likely to be rested, but who could deputise in their absence?Could Francis Coquelin return to action? Will new signing Mohamed Elneny make his debut?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up v Burnley by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.last_img read more

Arsenal FC news: ‘We feel like we can win every game,’ reveals Alex Iwobi

first_imgArsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has claimed he and his team-mates believe they can win every game they play.The Nigeria international, 19, was impressive once more as the FA Cup holders advanced to the fifth round of the competition after defeating Burnley 2-1.And he revealed there is a strong belief in the Gunners camp they can beat anyone they come up against.He said: “Everyone is feeling confident. We’re just motivated and can’t wait to get to the next round and play more games. The season is going very well so everyone is on a high. Everyone is happy.“We feel like we can win each game and that’s a great feeling to have.”last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENT WINS TOP AWARD AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

first_imgA Donegal student has won a top award at UCD.Nathaniel McHugh, a former pupil of Mulroy College in Milford, is a first year student studying Medecine.Nathaniel is to be presented with a High Achievers Award this evening in recognition of his academic achievement accomplishment this evening at a ceremony in UCD. UCD’s top tier of awards is through the UCD Ad Astra Academy which supports an exceptional group of high achieving and highly talented students.Staff at Mulroy College are very proud of Nathaniel’s achievement and wish him every success in his future studies and his future career.The Principal, Ms Fiona Temple stated: “Although I was not in the college during Nathaniel’s time, I have heard from many staff members of Nathaniel’s dedication and great work ethic.“I am delighted for him that he is receiving this award in recognition of his hard work and achievement to date. As a school we are very proud of him and have no doubt he will continue to succeed throughout his studies in UCD.”  DONEGAL STUDENT WINS TOP AWARD AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fiona TempleMulroy CollegeNATHANIEL MCHUGHUCDlast_img read more

England’s most successful clubs of the past decade ranked

first_img 3x Premier League, 1x FA Cup, 3x League Cup Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Chelsea stand proud as the most successful English football club of the past decade, despite sacking six managers during that period.The Blues have won a grand total of ten major honours under the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, but will now start anew under Maurizio Sarri next season. silverware 2. Manchester United: 8 Major Honours ALTERED smart causal How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 6 6 6 In 2012, Chelsea won the Champions League with Roberto Di Matteo and are the only English side to have done so in the past ten seasons.You can see the full ranking of England’s most successful clubs (based on major honours won) below.=5. Leicester City, Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Swansea City and Birmingham City – 1 Major Honour 1x Europa League, 3x Premier League, 1x FA Cup, 3x League Cup 6 REVEALED 3x FA Cup Leicester: 1x Premier League | Wigan: 1x FA Cup | Liverpool, Swansea and Birmingham: 1x League Cup Chelsea lift the 2012 Champions League trophy 1x Champions League, 1x Europa League, 3x Premier League, 4x FA Cup, 1x League Cup Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1. Chelsea: 10 Major Honours who plays? 4. Arsenal – 3 Major Honours How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? gameday possible standings NEW ERA 3. Manchester City: 7 Major Honours predicted Latest Premier League News How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 6 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible xi 6 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more

Twin bill split gives Fortuna season-series win over McKinleyville

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Circumstances couldn’t have been much worse for the Fortuna Huskies baseball team after an 0-3 start in Big 5 play. After splitting a doubleheader on Friday to take two of three games from the McKinleyville Panthers this season, the Huskies are feeling a bit better about themselves. “It’s big,” said Fortuna head coach Saul Lewis when asked what it meant for his team to take the season-series from a league opponent after dropping its first three league games. “Starting 0-3, we …last_img read more

Kruger Park: 110 years of conservation

first_img27 May 2008One of South Africa’s most famous tourist attractions, the Kruger National Park, is celebrating 110 years of existence by holding several events over the next three weeks within its borders to highlight the park’s status as a world leader in conservation policies and management principles.“We believe that this is definitely something worth celebrating and would ask everyone in this country and everyone that has ever been involved in the park to celebrate this achievement with us,” said Kruger National Park communications head William Mabasa in a statement last week.Most historians and researchers agree that the Kruger National Park has its roots in the establishment of the Sabie Game Reserve in 1898, when the area still fell under the administration of the Transvaal Boer Republic.Historians thus recognise the birth year of Kruger as 1898, but in spite of numerous attempts at finding an exact date amongst the old Transvaal Volksraad (parliament) records, none could be found, so it was decided to use the date that the National Parks Act was passed in 1926 – the 31st of May – as the actual birth date.Park management believe the celebration will bring together staff members, other people who work in the park, including those working on concessions or for government departments, the communities living around the park and the visitors who have supported the park since the first tourists came to the park in the 1920s.Celebrating with the communityRegional events in Phalaborwa on 26 May, Satara on 28 May and Skukuza on 30 May, with will give communities living in close proximity to these areas to celebrate together with park staff and other dignitaries.Then, on Saturday, 31 May, the South African Mint will officially launch the 2008 set of Krugerrand gold coins. Due to the nature of the event, it will only be open to invited guests, though the SA Mint will be giving out chocolate coins and brochures describing the new gold coins to as many people as possible who enter the park on the day.The main function of the event will be held on Saturday, 14 of June at the Skukuza Soccer Field, where Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk will deliver a keynote address.On the same day, My Acre of Africa, a unique initiative to raise funds for the preservation of southern Africa’s wildlife and wild lands, will be relaunched.“We have engaged with various radio stations and local newspapers and I would encourage everyone to listen to those radio stations and read those newspapers as more details will be made available through them, including details of the exciting competitions we have planned,” said Mabasa.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Budget management crucial in times of tight farm margins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio corn and soybean harvest is full throttle and, in general, yields are at least fair to good, though prices have plenty of room for improvement.A great farm is more than just great yields — it is also about the details of balancing the budget. It is often in times of tight margins and low prices that successful farms are forged.Matt Davis, vice president of agribusiness at Farm Credit Mid-America, has seen plenty of examples of farms that manage those tight margins well, and those that do not. So what are the traits for success?“It starts with developing a crop production plan that fits the farm — putting together the right crop mix, selecting the right crop inputs, determining the appropriate rates and then applying them at the right time. We also want to know what the market is offering so we can determine our best chance for success and achieving a satisfactory return on investment,” Davis said. “Each field is different so we may have a max yield approach, a minimum costs approach or a combination thereof. I think it is important that we don’t sell our product until we know our full and accurate cost of production. But, if you think about it, we don’t sell acres we sell bushels. I think we need to go one step further and determine our costs on a per bushel basis.”Determining a farm’s per bushel cost estimate is a challenging, but extremely important part of a successful operation that should serve as the foundation for a marketing plan. This cost estimate needs to be carefully considered to include all of the farm’s expenses.“The other piece is making sure we capture all our costs and not just our variable costs. We want to make sure we capture those fixed costs we don’t think of quite as often like taxes or living expenses,” Davis said. “The last step is putting it all together in a written marketing plan. Marketing is very emotional and it is easy to deviate from a plan if it is unwritten.”During times of strong returns for the farm, living expenses can increase to levels not sustainable during the tight times.“It is important that we balance our family living expenses. Everyone’s needs are different depending on the size of the family, the age of the family and the lifestyle desired. There is no one single answer,” Davis said. “The key is knowing what those costs are so we can budget for them. Larger homes, second homes, RVs, those types of things can be great during the good times, but if we don’t budget for those during lean times we could pinch our resources.”In terms of the budgets for corn and soybeans, the forecast for production costs for Ohio field crops are flat to slightly lower in 2018 depending on the crop and the profit picture remains poor, much the same as in 2017, according to Barry Ward, the Leader of Production Business Management for Ohio State University Extension.“Variable costs for corn for 2018 are projected to be $322 to $397 per acre depending on land productivity. Lower nitrogen fertilizer costs will likely be offset by somewhat higher fuel, chemical and interest costs,” Ward said. “Variable costs for 2018 Ohio soybeans are projected to range from $195 to $211 per acre. Wheat variable expenses for 2018 are projected to range from $161 to $189 per acre.”Even with the potential for slightly lower expenses, market prices will likely have trouble keeping up.“With continued low crop prices expected for 2018, returns will likely be low to negative for many producers,” Ward said.According to Ward’s budget figures, projected returns above variable costs (contribution margin) range from $176 to $350 per acre for corn and $193 to $371 per acre for soybeans (assuming fall cash prices of $3.75 per bushel for corn and $9.60 per bushel for soybeans). Projected returns above variable costs for wheat range from $130 to $244 per acre (assuming $4.80 per bushel summer cash price).Ward’s returns to land for Ohio corn (the gross revenue minus all costs except land cost) are projected to range from -$46 to $116 per acre in 2018 depending on land production capabilities. Returns to land for Ohio soybeans are expected to range from $22 to $190 per acre depending on land production capabilities. Returns to land for wheat (not including straw or double-crop returns) are projected to range from -$46 to $61 per acre.Ward estimates that the total costs projected for trend line corn production in Ohio are $778 per acre.“This includes all variable costs as well as fixed machinery, labor, management and land costs. Fixed machinery costs of $130 per acre include depreciation, interest, insurance and housing,” Ward said. “A land charge of $187 per acre is based on data from the Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey Summary. Labor and management costs combined are calculated at $76 per acre. Returns Above Total Costs for trend line corn production are negative at -$155 per acre.”Ward’s estimated total costs for trend line soybean production in Ohio are $566 per acre, including fixed machinery costs at $108 per acre, a land charge of $187 per acre, and combined labor and management costs of $54 per acre.“Returns above total costs for trend line soybean production are also negative at -$81 per acre,” Ward said.In terms of wheat, the total costs Ward projected for trend line production in Ohio are estimated to be $541 per acre. This includes fixed machinery costs of $126 per acre, a land charge of $187 per acre, and labor and management costs combined at $40 per acre. Wheat returns are also negative at -$179 per acre.These projections are based on Ohio State University Extension Ohio Crop Enterprise Budgets. The newly updated Enterprise Budgets for 2018 have been completed and posted to the Farmoffice website at farmoffice.osu.edu/farm-management-tools/farm-budgets.These budgets can serve as a guide to compare an individual farm’s real costs and income potential, and also as a useful template for determining per bushel costs, a marketing plan, and ultimately, the long-term success of the farm.last_img read more