Romania: Cheers for Simona Halep, jeers for Bucharest mayor

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But when Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea appeared on stage next to Halep, the cheers turned into jeers.Firea hit back, claiming civic groups allied to Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros conspired to “compromise the event.”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 crownThe No. 1-ranked Halep beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final in Paris on Saturday. It was her first major singles title after losing three previous finals, including in January at the Australian Open.Halep is the first Romanian to win a Grand Slam title since her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open 40 years ago, and the third overall. LATEST STORIES Romania’s Simona Halep poses with the cup at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Paris. Halep won Saturday the French Open tennis tournament women’s final. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)BUCHAREST, Romania — About 20,000 people have turned out to applaud Simona Halep for becoming the first Romanian tennis player in decades to win a Grand Slam singles title.The fans gathered on a hot Monday evening in Bucharest’s giant National Arena to see Halep show off her French Open trophy.ADVERTISEMENT WORLD CUP: Unbeaten in qualifying, Iran faces tougher test MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

MoE Gets €20M TVET Program

first_imgSome County Education Officers at Education Sector Review held in GantaAuthorities of the Ministry of Education (MoE) have received 20 million euros, which is about US$22.6 million, to boost its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program.Assistant Education Minister for TVET and Special Education Sekou Dukuly informed the Daily Observer at the close of the 2018 Joint Education Sector Review in Ganta, Nimba County, that the money will be used to improve TVET to an appreciative standard. The Joint Sector Review was held from November 5-9, 2018.Dukuly said six senior public schools were targeted, including Zwedru Multilateral High School, in Grand Gedeh County, Sinoe High School, in Greenville, Booker Washington Institute, in Kakata, Margibi County, Monrovia Vocational Training Institute, in Montserrado County, Cape Palmas High School, in Harper, Maryland County, and a school in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.He said the TVET program will be one of the best in Liberia, something he classified as “state-of-the-art TVET,” where modern technology will be introduced to meet international standards and will gradually cover other senior high schools if the money is available.One of the ministry’s basic concentration areas, according to Minister Dukuly, is agriculture, which will be able to provide jobs for the youth.“We will also include some of the serious-minded high school dropouts in a short-term program, in order for them to acquire skills that will sustain themselves and their families because vocational education is key to the development of any country,” he added.On Monday, November 5, authorities of the MoE and partners converged in Ganta to formulate an education program for the next five academic years under the banner, “2018 Joint Education Sector Review,” with the theme, “Quality Education for All: Reviewing the Gains and Planning for the Future.”In the review exercise, all education actors, especially the county chief education officers (CEOs), were expected to make a report, indicating progress and challenges in which development priorities are used to strengthen county education systems.Of the thematic areas, Early Childhood Development, basic and secondary teacher education, TVET, governance and management, and higher education were discussed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Knights of Columbus lead series after game one

first_imgIt took the Flyers a few minutes to get their legs going, but the team eventually got into their groove, scoring the series’ opening goal in the first period. Nolan Logan got the Knights of Columbus’ first post season goal this season, jamming a rebound in for the only goal of the first and second periods.With the Flyers leading 1-0 following the first two frames, the team extended their lead in the final frame, thanks to goals from Joshua Robinson and Nolan Lagace, both of whom scored in the first five minutes of the third.However, High Prairie cut the lead to two, earning their first goal of their playoffs while on the power-play.- Advertisement -The goal seemed to spark the Flyers, as Brysan Eklund quickly answered back, restoring the three goal lead with the scoreboard reading 4-1 in favour for the Flyers. Alexander Breunig added to the total tally, ripping a shot over the High Prairie goalie’s shoulder with four minutes left in the game, for a final score of 5-1.With the important 1-0 series lead, the Flyers and High Prairie will meet once again this Sunday, March 4 at 1:15 at the Fort St. John Pomeroy Sport Centre. A win Sunday would have the Flyers progress to the next round.last_img read more

45 days, no room service, for Hilton

first_imgThe judge called Mintz’s testimony worthless and expressed disbelief at Hilton’s lawyers. “I can’t believe that either attorney did not tell her that the suspension had been upheld,” the judge said. “She wanted to disregard everything that was said and continue to drive no matter what.” Hilton’s parents, Kathy and Rick, attended the hearing, holding hands throughout the proceedings. Both wore black suits. Kathy Hilton’s beige, $3,000-plus Hermes bag sat on the floor by her side. Reporters filled most of the 64-seat courtroom. Two sketch artists sat in the otherwise empty jury box. When the judge announced Hilton’s sentence, the nearly 40 reporters in attendance stood up to leave until a bailiff snapped, “Sit down.” Cell phones and other electronic devices were not allowed in the courtroom. As a city prosecutor said during closing arguments that Hilton deserved jail time, her mother laughed. When the judge ruled, Kathy Hilton then blurted out: “May I have your autograph?” Paris Hilton looked forward and didn’t speak to the news media as she left court. Her mother looked upset. When a reporter asked what she thought of the judge’s decision, a visibly angry Kathy Hilton responded: “What do you think? This is pathetic and disgusting, a waste of taxpayer money with all this nonsense. This is a joke.” Defense attorney Howard Weitzman said he would appeal. “I’m shocked, I’m surprised and really disheartened in the system that I’ve worked in for close to 40 years,” Weitzman said. He said the sentence was “uncalled for, inappropriate and bordered on the ludicrous.” “I think she’s singled out because of who she is,” Weitzman said. City Attorney’s Office spokesman Nick Velasquez said late Friday that the judge’s ruling “sends a clear message that in the city of Los Angeles, no one is above the law. She violated the law and appropriate action was taken,” he said. Hilton had arrived at the Metropolitan Courthouse 10 minutes late and ignored screams of photographers as she swept in with her attorneys, mother and father. Wearing a gray jacket and white shirt over black slacks and with a black headband on, she said nothing and appeared serious. Hilton, 26, pleaded no contest in January to reckless driving stemming from a Sept. 7 arrest in Hollywood. Police said she appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. She had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, the level at which an adult driver is in violation of the law. She was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines. Two other traffic stops and failure to enroll in a mandated alcohol-education program are what landed the socialite back in court.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A judge sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in county jail Friday for violating her probation, putting the brakes on the hotel heiress’s famous high life. Hilton, who parlayed her name and relentless partying into worldwide notoriety, must go to jail by June 5 and she will not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled after a hearing. The judge, saying “there’s no doubt she knew her license had been suspended,” ruled that she was in violation of the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless-driving case. “I’m very sorry and from now on I’m going to pay complete attention to everything. I’m sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all,” she told the judge before he announced the sentence. She was then ordered to report to a women’s jail in suburban Lynwood by the set date or face 90 days behind bars. The judge’s ruling excluded her from paying to serve time in a jail of her choice, as some are allowed. Hilton was among a series of witnesses who took the stand during the hearing. She testified that she believed her license was initially suspended for 30 days and then she was allowed to drive for work purposes during the next 90 days. She said that when an officer who stopped her in January made her sign a document stating that her license was suspended, she thought he was mistaken and did not actually look at the document. Also called to the stand was Hilton’s spokesman, Elliot Mintz. Hilton and her attorneys characterized Mintz as a liaison between Hilton and her lawyers. Mintz testified that to his knowledge, Hilton did not drive during the 30-day period. He said he then advised her that he believed her license was no longer suspended. last_img read more

Briefly suspicious round of balloting just a mistake

first_imgWASHINGTON – There were no hanging chads, but there was a bit of confusion in the balloting that led to John Boehner of Ohio being elected the new House majority leader. There were supposed to be 230 eligible GOP voters in the room Thursday – all of the voting House Republicans except Rep. Gary Miller of California, who did not attend. But when the first round of voting ended, the counters found they had 231 votes: 110 for acting Majority Leader Roy Blunt of Missouri, 79 for Boehner, 40 for John Shadegg of Arizona and two for Jim Ryun of Kansas. After an investigation, a Republican caucus spokesman explained, they remembered that Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in Congress, Luis Fortuno, could vote in the majority leader race. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Like Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s nonvoting Democratic representative in Congress, Fortuno cannot vote on legislation and other matters on the House floor but is free to vote in his party’s caucus. That inflates the GOP’s numbers by one. The rest of the voting went smoothly. Shadegg and Ryun dropped out, and Boehner beat Blunt in a second vote, 122-109. 160Want 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


first_imgBIG Whist DRIVE WINNERS: 2014Ladies. 1st Mabel Crawford, Doneyloop 178 2nd Annie Callaghan, Killygordon 175 3rdBrigid Mc Conalogue, Culdaff 174Gents. 1st Columba O Donnell, Killea 177 2nd James Mc Conalogue, Culdaff 171 3rd TIE Francie Curran, Castlefinn and Paddy Joe Kearney, Plumbridge BOTH SCORED 170 1st Half:Pat Griffen, Laghey 912nd Half: John Duffy, Derry 89Lowest Lady: Beryl Collette MountcharlesLowest Gent: Paul Mc Elhinney, Culdaff1672 euro was made for parish funds on the nightSincere thanks to all who travelled to our BIG WHIST DRIVE on Wednesday night. We had 31 and a quarter tables from all parts of Donegal, Tyrone and Derry.A big thank you to all the ladies who donated and helped with refreshments on the night. Also to sponsors of all the raffle prizes, supervalu Strabane, supervalu, maguires, costcutters, alice bonnars, aldi and lidl ballybofey, clonleigh and clancys castlefinn, tesco and dunnes Letterkenny, Reynolds in raphoe. From all our faithful whisters in castlefinnParent and Toddler GroupParent and toddler group this Tuesday from 10.30 to 12 noon. Please call the CPI on 0749143976Castlefinn Walking: The walking group this wednesday at 10.30 in the morning. Everyone welcome to join for a relaxing stroll and a chat.CASTLEFINN LOCAL AREA TEAMA reminder to all who have received the needs assessment surveys if they could please ensure they are completed and posted in the boxes provided at the post office, chemist or cpi by this weekendFrom the local area team.Doneyloop Youth Club – Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in Doneyloop Community Centre on Sunday 14th December 2014 commencing at 3pm. Lots of valuable prizes on offer – why not come along and try your luck.Northwest Christmas wonderlandThis Friday December 5th to the 7th is the Christmas wonderland at the CPI from 5pm t 8pm. Admission to see santa is 3 euro per child with optional cost for high tea (5 euro) and photographer (5 euro)DD LOCAL: NORTHWEST CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND AT THE CASTLEFINN CPI CENTRE THIS FRIDAY was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD LocalFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

Case adjourned of man accused of imprisoning woman in Letterkenny

first_imgA Roscommon man appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with falsely imprisoning a woman in Letterkenny.Stephen Connor (42) of Tuam Kilrooskey, County Roscommon, was charged with false imprisonment of the woman at Fortwell, Letterkenny. Connor was further charged with producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury, assault causing harm and making a threat to kill the woman.When arrested and charged by Gardai, Connor replied: ‘I didn’t falsely imprison her’ and made no reply to the other charges.Solicitor for the accused, Patsy Gallagher, said ‘it is quite a complicated matter’.Connor’s existing bail was extended to these charges.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the matter until March 25.Case adjourned of man accused of imprisoning woman in Letterkenny was last modified: January 28th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:FortwellJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtroscommonStephen Connorlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Minor starlets Adam Neely and John McDyer show off the Ulster Minor Title and the Anglo Celt cup to former Premier League manager Owen Coyle in Dungloe earlier this week.Donegal Minor stars Adam Neely and John McDyer proudly show off their Ulster title crown to former Irish International and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle.The photograph was taken at the annual Super Valu Family fun day, which is held at Rosses Park, home of Dungloe GAA club.Coyle has family in nearby Gaoth Dobhair, and has been a regular visitor to Dungloe for a number of years. Coyle visited the Family fun day event and caught up with the minor stars as they relax before Saturday’s crunch All-Ireland Minor quarter final clash with Roscommon.Coyle established himself as an excellent manager in Scotland after successful spells with Falkirk and St.Johnstone in Scotland.His greatest feat in management was when he took lowly Burnley into the Premier League in 2009 for the first time in the club’s history.His last managerial appointment was with Wigan Athletic but that spell proved unsuccessful for Coyle and he was sacked in December 2013. He was strongly linked for the vacant position at Celtic FC following Neil Lennon’s departure from Parkhead but the Celtic board opted to go for the inexperienced Ronnie Delia.After last night’s Champions League disaster it may well prove to have been a poor decision by Celtic executives.Coyle admitted to being a Celtic fan all his life, and said the opportunity to manage the Glasgow giants would be a dream come true.DONEGAL MINOR STARS SHOW OFF THEIR ULSTER TITLE TO FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegaldungloeFeaturesMinorsnewsOwen CoyleSportlast_img read more

Everybody best at transfers

first_imgWhich community college transfers more students to the University of California or the California State University system? Santa Monica College claims the title, but so do Pierce College and even Moorpark College. And they’re all correct, officials say. It just depends on how you crunch the numbers. “You can always pick out a specific data element that will make your particular college look good,” said Darroch “Rocky” Young, the Los Angeles Community College District chancellor widely credited with crafting Santa Monica College’s successful marketing strategy in the 1980s and 1990s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “How do you determine the denominator? `How come you haven’t included any of the private school transfers?’ `It should be calibrated by the size of the college.’ `No, what really matters is the percent change.”‘ It’s a complicated argument, but one with high stakes, as the district’s nine campuses try to reverse the declining enrollments that resulted from a series of fee hikes and state budget cuts. With the variety of course and the quality of professors, the likelihood of helping students transfer to a four-year university is being viewed as an increasingly important element in choosing a community college. “To a certain extent, transfer has been glorified not only at the colleges, but in many cases by the Legislature, as one of the golden outcomes,” said Patrick Perry, state vice chancellor of technology, research and information systems. “Transfer is a lot more sexy than, `How many automotive technicians did you graduate this year?”‘ Statewide, California’s 109 colleges sent 12,580 students to the UC system, and 48,317 to the CSUs in 2003-04, the most recent statistics available from the California Post-Secondary Education Commission. The 23,000-student Santa Monica College transferred 900 students to UC campuses, the most in the system; and 1,121 to the CSU, the fourth-highest rate, according to CPEC. The 25,000-student De Anza College, in the South Bay community of Cupertino, led the state in transfers to CSU schools with 1,327. But those figures don’t stop Moorpark College from claiming it is tops for transfers to the CSU system and second for UC transfers. And it’s true – among colleges with enrollments of 12,000 and 15,000 students. That range conveniently leaves out Santa Monica College – now with about 24,500 students – and Pierce College, with 18,000. But Jeanne Brown, public relations director for Moorpark College, said it really isn’t fair to compare the campus best known for its “teaching zoo” to Santa Monica College, which has the University of California, Los Angeles, “right in their backyard.” Santa Monica College transfers the most students statewide to the UC system, the most students for both systems combined, and the most underrepresented minorities to the UC system. But more troubling to other colleges is the urban legend that admission to UCLA is guaranteed if you attend Santa Monica College. The community college did have a unique relationship with UCLA in the 1980s, before transfer centers were common, but there’s no more of a guarantee with Santa Monica than with any other community college. Still, Santa Monica College spokesman Bruce Smith said that while the campus’ size, proximity and long relationship with UCLA are among the reasons for its success, it simply tends to attract more students who want to transfer to the four-year school. “We do tend to attract the better and the brightest,” Smith said. “We were one of the first to have an actual transfer center in the early ’80s, and that’s been our mantra for years and years and years.” West Los Angeles College, just eight miles from Santa Monica College, is trying to convince students that it, too, can get them to UCLA. Ed Pai, research analyst for the college, noted that although Santa Monica topped the state in African-American transfers to the UC system, with 31 in 2003-04, tiny West, with only 9,600 students, sent 20 African-American students to the UC system. Pierce College, meanwhile, likes to refer to a report that ranks campuses based on the differential between expected and actual transfer rates for specific student groups from 1993-99, 1994-2000 and 1995-2001. That report showed Pierce performed about 6 percent above its projections, the best rate in the state, said spokesman Mike Cornner. Valley College ranked fourth, with about 5 percent, and Mission College was seventh, with 4 percent. But the state Chancellor’s Office has determined there are numerous factors that affect a college’s transfer rates, many of them beyond the college’s control, Perry said. Geography plays a huge role in whether a college is a transfer powerhouse, particularly to students who are stuck in one location because of their jobs, said Murray J. Haberman, CPEC executive director. Community colleges near four-year universities also tend to have stronger ties as feeder schools to those colleges. Barstow College, with 3,200 students, 80 miles away from the nearest four-year public university, is less likely to have a high transfer rate than a college like Fullerton College, with 18,700 students and a mile away from California State University, Fullerton, Perry said. Barstow sent 2 students to the UC system and 45 to the CSU in 2003-04, compared to Fullerton’s 166 to the UCs and 1,078 to the CSUs. Colleges that serve lower-income populations or students who are less academically prepared also tend to have lower transfer rates. And some colleges are more focused on vocational training programs than preparing students to transfer to a four-year university. About 35 percent to 40 percent of community college students who intend to transfer to a four-year-university actually do, a percentage the colleges have sought to improve by strengthening matriculation agreements with other schools and beefing up campus transfer centers to help students through the complicated process. However, not everybody who attends community college has their heart set on a bachelor’s degree. Some only need an associate degree, or a professional certificate. Others are taking classes just for fun or personal growth. In the end, Perry said, the number of students who transfer is just one indicator of how well a college is doing, and doesn’t tell the whole story. “The success of any student is based primarily on the student,” Perry said. “Students who are diligent and work hard can be successful anywhere.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_imgMolly has been missing since Friday.MISSING: A heartbroken Donegal family has issued an appeal for help as they attempt to find their beloved pet Labrador Molly who has gone missing. The family are desperate to find Molly who went missing on Friday.Molly is just NINE months old and the family have asked Donegal Daily readers to share the post on their own social media timelines in an attempt to spread the word about Molly’s disappearance. If you have any information regarding Molly and think you may have spotted her then please contact us at YOU HELP REUNITE HEARTBROKEN FAMILY WITH BELOVED PET DOG was last modified: June 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:familyHeartbrokenLabradormissingMollynewsNoticeslast_img read more