Global Cebu settles for 2nd in Singapore

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Albirex scored two more from the spot, before Salenga’s effort was parried away for the final count.Global is the first Filipino team to reach the final of the event—CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Global Cebu’s historic run in the RHB Singapore Cup 2017 came to a heartbreaking end on Saturday after the Philippine club bowed to Albirex Niigata in a penalty shootout at Jalan Besar Stadium.The Filipinos equalized twice to send the game to a shootout only to falter, 1-3, as the Japanese-flavored side playing in the Singapore League wrested the crown for the second straight season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 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 MOST READ “You can see we came here to do what we had to do, so credit to the players who never gave up,” said Global Cebu coach Akbar Nawas.Former National U star Paolo Salenga sent the game to extra time by heading home a free kick from Pika Minegishi in the 109th minute, after Kento Nagasaki put Albirex ahead, 2-1, in the 96th minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneGlobal defender Wesley Dos Santos also scored off a Minegishi free kick in the first half to cancel out Tsubasa Sano’s opener.But it was Albirex which held its nerve in the shootout with Global missing the first two attempts from Dos Santos and Daruy Roberts, while Albirex converted one out of two —with Sano missing after Nagasaki converted. View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Magsayo keeps int’l feather crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

The Promise of Aquaculture

first_imgSomething good and promising happened in Gbarnga last week. Madam Estelle Kuyon Liberty, a Commissioner at the Land Commission who hails from Bong County, harvested some large fish from three of her fishponds. She is not a professional farmer; rather a money economist trained at her brother Bismarck Kuyon’s alma mater, Iowa State University in the United States. It was Bismarck, a brilliant student, who studied Marine Biology at Iowa State on a scholarship from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Government Farm in Suakoko (now Central Agricultural Research Institute-CARI). Bismark had graduated second of his class from the Booker Washington Institute in 1958 and entered Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he continued in Agriculture. He was to return from Iowa and construct fishponds around the country, beginning in his native Bong County. He served at the Agriculture Ministry for some time, then answered the call of his church, the United Methodist, to become principal of the Gbarnga Methodist Mission. He later entered politics and never returned to fishponds, scientifically know as aquaculture.Estelle returned from Iowa State and joined the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, where she rose to Assistant Minister and Senior Economist. She later served as Deputy Minister in the Gender, Internal Affairs and Post and Telecommunications Ministries, respectively, then joined the Land Commission as a Commissioner.It was probably after recalling her late brother’s conversations about fishponds that Estelle later became interested in aquaculture. She constructed several ponds and then founded the Bong County Aquaculture Association (BCAA). Its aim: involving Bong farmers in starting fishponds to improve the people’s protein diet and make money to escape poverty. This enterprising money economist seems determined to extend aquaculture to other counties. She has already enlisted over 94 active fish farmers, including several women and has involved people in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount and Margibi counties. Estelle is receiving technical assistance from ADRA, the Adventist Relief Agency. She is now providing CARI with fish fingerlings with which CARI is now doing research to determine whether heterotis, a breed of fish that she brought in from Guinea, can be further developed here. Heterotis is also found in the St. John River, which bridges Bong and Nimba counties and travels on to Grand Bassa. The ADRA experience is different from regular aquaculture because ADRA has taught farmers to grow not only fish in ponds but also crops, such as vegetables, potato and even rice. Estelle says she is still eating some of the rice she grew in her fish ponds. Aquaculture seems to be an industry whose time has come in Liberia. Estelle contacted the Swedish NGO, GROW, which promptly sent out an aquaculture expert, Damien Legros. He toured eight counties, conducted a market system assessment in aquaculture and concluded that this sector must strengthen its commercial viability for farmers to benefit in several ways. Though still in its infancy, Mr. Legros said in his report, “aquaculture presents Liberia with favorable conditions for the government and partners to prioritize the sector by giving a boost to mechanized farming.”Two additional advantages he named are Liberia’s abundant fresh water and its climate, which he described as “perfect” for most cultured species such as tilapia. Mr. Legros recommended “an implementation and budgeting mainly of the draft aquaculture policy with re-enforcement of the competent authority, the Bureau of National Fisheries. This is why we say aquaculture has great promise in Liberia. From fish, our farmers could go into shrimp and even lobster production. We are happy for a woman like Estelle Liberty who, with the help of NGOs like ADRA and GROW, is single-handedly driving this infant industry. We urge other entrepreneurs to join her. Remember this: Liberia has over the decades had many, many opportunities that we have thrown away and this is partly why our country is listed among the world’s poorest nations. Let this not happen again with this great opportunity that aquaculture presents.We encourage Madam Estelle Liberty to redouble her efforts to push aquaculture throughout Liberia. And though yes, we have the National Fisheries Bureau, let the aquaculture industry be private-sector driven and not be handicapped by government bureaucracy.Estelle, the ball is in your court. Drive it, as you engage your fellow fish farmers around the country and ADRA, GROW, FED/USAID and any other interested group that can help. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Receives Code of Conduct Repeal Act

first_imgSenator H. Dan Morais – Advertisement – The Senate yesterday received an Act calling for the repeal in its entirety of “The Act of the  Legislature prescribing a National Code of Conduct for all pubic officials and employees of the Government (2014).”Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, in his three-page communication read before Senate plenary yesterday, argued that his action is in line with the cardinal purpose of the Code of Conduct as prescribed in its preamble, which “has now been reversed by the ruling of the Supreme Court.”The Code of Conduct was approved March 31, 2014, and printed and published on June 20 of the same year, became enforceable law, and was used in the special senatorial election in 2014.“The purpose of the Code of Conduct becomes unattainable when ruling from the High Court, renders laws made by the legislature only enforceable when it is validated by its constitutionality,” Senator Morais said.Outlining further reasons for his proposed Act, Morais said when a law that was in force since 2014 is now opinionated by the Supreme Court in the form of a ruling in the case of “Karnwea versus National Election Commission, the Legislative response to this Judicial Review cannot be less than the entire repeal of the Code.”Sen. Morais is the Senate chairman on the Committee of Foreign Affairs. He wondered where the impartiality, objectivity, transparency, integrity, efficiency and effectiveness lies when “people who have wantonly and fragrantly violated the Code of Conduct, which became an eligibility criteria almost three years ago and a subject of a judicial review in 2017, can celebrate.”“Where is the justice and fairness in a level playing field to a free, credible, transparent and democratic election,” the Maryland County lawmaker wondered, noting, “when the violation of an eligibility criterion of an election is now a subject anything than a disbarment or disqualification?”Sen. Morais reminded his colleagues that “as gatekeepers of the people we must ensure fairness that Abu Kamara, the assistant minister, who the NEC denied from contesting cannot and must not be the only Liberian whose disbarment or disqualification is applicable to. Justice is not blind when it sees only Kamara and sees no other violator.”But in a brief debate following the reading of the communication, Senator Varney Sherman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Claims and Petitions, said instead of repealing the entire Code of Conduct, the author of the Act must be requested to do another letter requesting an amendment of the code that is found conflicting, adding: “we cannot repeal the entire code when there is no code to replace it.”Sen. Sherman was returning to the Capitol Building for the first time since he fainted a few months ago minutes before the commencement of a program to endorse the presidential bid of the President of the Senate and Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai, by 19 Senators.Other Senators agreed that the Supreme Court was not clothed with the authority to make law, and cited that its recent decision constitutes law-making.The letter was later unanimously voted on and sent to the Judiciary Committee to report next Tuesday and advise the Senate plenary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Award will keep campus blooming

first_imgShe plans to use part of the money to upgrade the watering system, which currently consists of Young watering the garden by hand. Orchard representatives are expected to come to the class and help with the planting next week. The Garden Program is a statewide campaign to help schools create and maintain gardens. Selected schools partner with OSH stories which supply the tools, seed and supplies. In addition to Oak Mesa Elementary, western San Gabriel Valley schools – Garfield Elementary in Alhambra and Don Benito Fundamental in Pasadena – were also chosen to receive a $1,000 award. Candace Annett’s third-graders at Don Benito Fundamental will expand their “Celebration Garden” – roses planted in honor of outstanding teachers or volunteers. LA VERNE – Teacher Lisa Young’s first-grade class at Oak Mesa Elementary wanted to plant a garden – filled with marigolds and poppies – that would attract flittering and colorful butterflies. Through a $1,000 award from Orchard Supply Warehouse’s School Garden Program, Young’s youngsters will soon be tending to the soil, planting flowers and vegetables in the small plot behind the portable classroom. Incorporating classroom learning with outdoor, hands-on experience is getting more support from education leaders. The state Department of Education in February announced that schools that invest in gardens – floral or edible – are eligible to apply for $15 million in grants. Three years ago, Young and a fellow Oak Mesa teacher decided to start an on-campus garden, and while it was maintained during the school year, students would come back to a garden “overrun with weeds,” Young said. The garden was created during the 2003-04 school year and has 27 different roses so far. Every Friday, the class spends time tending to the roses. Immediate upgrades include the irrigation and obtaining new gardening tools, Annett said. Both Young and Annett said that their young students benefit from having gardens. Science journals are regularly kept with observations or pictures showing how a flower or plant is growing. The science curriculum includes a section on plant life covering topics like “why is a stem important?” “This gives the children the opportunity to do something other than paper and pencil,” Young said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more