Samoa Bowl to be held in Hawaii

first_imgThe annual event pits high school all star players from American Samoa against mainland and Hawaii players in football and volleyball.The Director of Athletics for American Samoa’s Department of Education, Tumua Matuu, says the move is about gaining maximum exposure for local athletes.Governor Lolo has offered to provide financial support and the DOE will raise the rest of the funds needed to cover remaining expenses.Matuu says volleyball and football have provided nearly 200 college opportunities for American Samoa athletes within the last five years alone.last_img read more

PBA approves deal that sends Erram to NLEX

first_imgYulo gets cash bonus for bronze medal triumph No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES 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 Erram was one of the marquee big men in the Philippine Cup, averaging 14.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.With the acquisition of Desiderio and Tratter and if the Elite gets to sign its top pick, Ray Parks, Blackwater can build a very young core that will include forward Mac Belo and shooter Mike DiGregorio. But Blackwater will have to draw a lot from bigs Reymar Jose, James Sena and Dave Marcelo to make up for the absence of the 6-foot-7 Erram gone.Under the radar though in that three-team trade was TNT’s acquisition of Miranda, who had evolved into a quality big man under Guiao. Miranda gives the KaTropa a serviceable big man to match up with the likes of June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen and Greg Slaughter and the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia The three-team trade had Blackwater acquiring the rights to big man Philip Paredes from TNT KaTropa in exchange for the 2022 second round pick the Elite drew from San Miguel Beer as part of the Paul Zamar swap.The Elite then shipped Erram and Paredes to NLEX in exchange for first-round draft picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter and the vastly-improved Michael Miranda, who Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao had developed into a bruising defender and a stretch 5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Elite then shipped Miranda to TNT, which got a big man it badly needed, in exchange for Alfrancis Tamsi and the KaTropa’s 2022 second round pick.A source said the committee that approves trades made slight adjustments to the deal so that Blackwater gets more than just a pair of high-profile rookies for Erram, who has had a breakout season with the Elite that earned him a stint with the national team. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil JP Erram (left) will bring his shot-swatting prowess to NLEX, which surrendered its two first-round rookies this year to Blackwater. AUGUST DELA CRUZIt took a few more minor modifications but NLEX will finally get its hands on a prized big man that the team badly needs.The PBA commissioner’s office finally approved a trade that will send Gilas Pilipinas standout JP Erram from Blackwater to the Road Warriors in exchange for two promising rookies.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Journey to Fouta Djallon Summit

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Foutah Djallon is a historical highland region stretching from Labe in central Guinea to southern Senegal, northern Sierra Leone in Koinadugu and north east of Liberia in Nimba. Its highest peak is 1,515 feet above sea level.My journey was primarily to search for the things that unite us as a people belonging to the same regions with so many similarities, yet we know so little about each other. My mission was to explore possibilities on getting to know each other better through academic and cultural exchange, translating our literature into English and French, and promote civil society interactions.It is a combination of the Fulas and the original inhabitants called Yalunkas who were driven south through conquests by the Fulas to northern Sierra Leone where they live a quiet life. The Yalunkas are cousins of the Susus and can be found in Forecariah, Coyah in Guinea, kabala and Kambia in Sierra Leone.Nomadic Fulani herdsmen settled in Foutah Djallon 200 years ago and have spread their influence in the region farming and herding cattle.Having read and heard so much about the region, I saw the only opportunity to visit during my recent vacation when I was invited to Labe by the founders of both the Guinean PEN Center, a writer’s collective, and the Musee Du Fouta, a museum that captures and displays the customs and traditions of the Fula people. I started my overland journey by crossing the Mano River Bridge at Bo Waterside. My first disappointment on landing at Gendema was that there was fuel shortage in Sierra Leone. This meant that all the Peugeot taxis were grounded and the only available means of transport from Gendema to Bo Town, Sierra Leone’s second capital was by a motorbike. Half of the journey of only 27 miles took us nearly four hours on a bike due to its deplorable nature. It is the worst segment of the road from Liberia to Guinea and very uncomfortable and dangerous even on a bike. I slept soundly in Bo after a tiresome journey from Gendema. The journey from Bo Town to Pamlap was a smooth ride all the way and we changed vehicle at the Pamlap border.Now on Guinean soil, Guinean soldiers demanded every passenger to pay 5,000 Guinean Francs before stamping our passports, otherwise, we won’t be allowed to enter. I asked why we had to pay as ECOWAS and MRU citizens but the unfriendly soldiers were highly irritated by my refusal to pay. We moved on to the last checkpoint into Conakry called Transit in Coyah. Here again, the soldiers asked each passenger for 5000 Franc Guinea before they would allow us to continue our journey. I insisted that I won’t pay but another passenger paid my tax because of the delay. The car had to move on and it is the usual operation for the hungry soldiers, one of whom was already drunk at 6:30 in the evening when we arrived there.We left Coyah where Foutah Djallon starts its rise in the afternoon for the momentous adventure into the land of the spiraling mountains. The scenic view was breath-taking as we started what seemed like a merry-go-round . The road was winding, no sidewalks and deep scary valleys. Coyah, Kindia, the fruit basket of Guinea, Mamou and Pitta have similar features and topography being mountainous with deep valley, but Kindia was the most advanced in terms of infrastructure development. It is a real city with a university, many paved streets, street lights powered by solar panels and boasts of the oldest military camp in the world. During French rule, large fruit plantations were established but all disappeared after independence although the culture of producing fruits remains.On the road to Labe, there are 150 kilometers of highland plateaus from Hafia University to Mamou plains where cows were everywhere. Mamou is still rich in protected forests.We passed by a city called Dalaba, which is reputed for growing the best bananas in Africa. It is also known to be the coldest city in the Foutah Djallon because of its height and large forests. My guide, who was a diplomat and deputy in the Guinean parliament, gave me a lot of history of his large country. A man who is still inspired by Sekou Toure said the late President conserved a lot of mineral and forest areas for Guineans to exploit now. An example is the Segeya forest near Kindia, where Toure planted many foreign species of trees he received from his friends. They are there for all to see.There is a major West African international market center called Linsan near Mamou. This town has a railway project linking Mali and Burkina Faso and it is where so many cultures merge.I arrived in Labe on the third night of my road travel. We were at the highest point in Guinea and it felt like that because I was shivering from the wintry weather. This was another part of the world. I was lucky to call home after many failed attempts on LoneStar and CellCom, although there is a CellCom Guinea telecommunications company. LoneStar’s assurance of its Roaming service did not work once we started climbing the Foutah Djallon. When my daughter asked me where I was, I told her I was closest to God; that was the reality as it was as if I could touch the sky.Although Guinea was one of the first countries to start a national airline service, it does not have one anymore as its last military jet went down with all its passengers and crew near the Robertsfield International Airport in February, 2013. So it takes six hours by road covering 456 kilometers from Conakry to Labe, while flying time is only 45 minutes.Founded by Alpha Mamadou Selho Diallo, Labe is surrounded by three mountains: Limboko, Saala and Kohlima. It has a population of more than 100,000 people of mainly Foulahs, Madingos and Yalunkas, and many other minorities. It is 1000 kilometers away from Dakar. This is the seat of Foulah origin and culture with education starting in 1901 when the first school was built, long before the other three regions of Guinea.Labe was so advanced politically as a nation state that there was a Fouta Djallon embassy in Paris, France by 1882.There are 28 quarters in Labe separated by four rivers: Senegal River, Gambia River, Rio Coulibal and Conqueror River which together produce reliable hydroelectricity for the region. The Foutah Djallon is also the source of the River Niger, which connects several West African countries and the venue of many historic African unity meetings chaired by the visionary Sekou Toure, President of Guinea from 1958 to 1984 when he died in Cleveland, United States of America.One of my new findings that would promote better understanding among people of the region is the story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, referred to in the book Prince Among Slaves written by Teddy Alford of the United States. Ibrahima, as he is referred to was a Major in his father’s kingdom army and was captured in Foutah Djallon and sold into slavery at 26 years old. He spent 41 years in slavery in America before a visiting Irish businessman recognized him as the son of an African King who helped him while he visited Africa. Ibrahima’s fortune changed and through the Irishman’s influence, he was released from slavery.He set sail for Monrovia which is closest to Foutah, where his sight was, aboard the Harriet from Nofolk in 1829 as a guest of the United States government. He travelled along with J.J. Roberts, who became Liberia’s first President in 1847.Ibrahima died on July 6, 1829, six months after his landing. He was buried in Monrovia but there seems to be no accounts of him so far.last_img read more

Faith in humanity survives holocaust

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wearing a yarmulke and quoting Anne Frank, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sunday led the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, calling on the world to keep its faith in humanity — as the young writer did during World War II — even as it fights ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere. Against the backdrop of a Holocaust monument at Pan Pacific Park, the largest Remembrance Day commemoration in Southern California drew about 2,000 people — including about 75 death-camp survivors — and several dozen officials and dignitaries. This year’s event paid special tribute to the 1.5 million children whom the Nazis killed. “Here, surrounded by family and friends, we celebrate the lives of, and mourn the loss of, the most defenseless of all victims of the greatest crime in human history,” Villaraigosa said. “Three generations later, we still find ourselves blinded by the sunlight in the fragments they have left behind. From a cold and dark attic in Amsterdam, Anne Frank pledged her faith in humanity. ” ‘It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out,’ she wrote. ‘Yet, I keep them because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.’ “Today, we remember the promise of those words. We remember the lost legacy of an entire generation of philosophers and artists and scientists extinguished before they were ever to bloom.” The event, held under a huge blue-and-white striped tent — the colors of the Israeli flag — also recognized Hadassah Lieberman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and the wife of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. Other speakers included Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who received a standing ovation from many in the audience. Schwarzenegger shared stories he said his mother told him when he was younga youngster about her own remembrances of the Holocaust in Austria. “She told me of bodies she saw lying on the side of the road, shot to death because they were Jews,” he recalled. “Another time, she saw bodies hanging from the trees in our state park. “This monument is a reminder of the terrible and tragic destruction of the Holocaust. Its symbols help us to remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered and the inhumane conditions they suffered at the hands of the Nazis.” Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis of the Valley Beth Congregation in Encino delivered the opening message. On April 27, his synagogue will host a commemoration of the Armenian genocide as a way of acknowledging all holocausts. “All holocausts are the same in one regard,” he said. “They are all fueled by hatred, greed and envy, and they all haunt our memories.” In the San Fernando Valley Sunday night, six Holocaust survivors ttheir stories to children at the Kadima Hebrew Academy in West Hillsto pass on the stories of never forgetting. — Tony Castro, (818) 713-3761tony.castro@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Flood warning remains for Moberly River; other areas lifted

first_imgMoberly River (WSC 07FB008) is recording a flow of 132 m3/s, which is close to the 20-year return period flow. Water levels have increased 18 cm overnight. Flows are forecast to begin to decrease by Saturday night.Beatton River (WSC 07FC001) is recording a flow of 447 m3/s, which is below the 2-year return period flow. Water levels have increased 35 cm overnight. Flows are forecast to reach between 460 and 470 m3/s by Saturday night and begin to decrease by Sunday.Fontas River (WSC 10CA001) is recording a flow of 415 m3/s, which is between the 2-year and 5-year return period flow. Water levels have increased 70 cm overnight. Flows are forecast to reach between 420 to 450 m3/s by Saturday night and then decrease on Sunday. Peak flows may approach the 5-year return period flow event.Peace River above Alces River (WSC 07FD010) is recording a flow of 3981 m3/s, which is between the 5-year and 10-year return period flow. Flows will continue to gradually decrease over the weekend.River Forecast Centre – FLNRO – Province of British Columbia.Weather conditions were generally fair on Friday with dry conditions in the South Peace region and less than 10 mm of rain recorded in the Northeast region. Weather forecasts from Environment Canada indicate dry conditions through the remainder of the weekend.- Advertisement -The public should stay clear of rivers during rain events due to quickly flowing water and potentially unstable riverbanks. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. River Forecast Centre is maintaining a flood warning for the Moberly River, while lifting the warning for the streams near Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.Streamflows in most of the South Peace have continued to fall overnight following peak flows on Thursday and Friday.  Most areas have reached conditions where flood risk is minimal.  Meanwhile streamflows increased overnight Friday on the Moberly, Beatton and Fontas rivers.  Flow conditions this morning, recorded by the Water Survey of Canada (WSC), are as follows:last_img read more

Lukaku’s dad says £65m striker WILL leave Everton and is eyeing Man United move

first_img1 Romelu Lukaku’s father believes his son will leave Everton before Euro 2016 – with Bayern Munich or Manchester United his preferred destination.The striker has bagged 61 goals in three seasons at Goodison Park but he is reportedly frustrated at a lack of European football.And now the 23-year-old’s father, Roger Lukaku, has revealed that his son is set to leave Everton in the coming weeks.“Everton are asking around £65m for Rom. I think a transfer will be done before the Euros,” he told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.“Now, with Romelu it will be quickly arranged. Whether the transfer has been sorted? Almost. I think it will be in place before the European Championship.“Right now, I think the most suitable clubs for him are Bayern Munich or Manchester United.“Especially Bayern as the club every year are at least in the semi finals of the Champions League, and the Bundesliga suits him perfectly.“I do not think he will go to Italy because the game is far too closed at the back. What is certain is that to continue to progress, he needs to change club, he must make the right choice.” Romelu Lukaku last_img read more

VOTE TO MAKE COLM McFADDEN OFFICIAL GAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

first_imgTHE GAA has shortlisted Colm McFadden for its Player of the Week accolade.Voting is online right now on the GAA’s official Facebook page.The St Michael’s player is facing competition from London’s Sean Kelly and Leitrim’s Darren Sweeney. You can vote for Colm now by going to the link below:Click on Colm to register your vote.  VOTE TO MAKE COLM McFADDEN OFFICIAL GAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK was last modified: June 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:VOTE TO MAKE COLM McFADDEN OFFICIAL GAA PLAYER OF THE WEEKlast_img read more

Argentinian TV channel holds minute’s silence in wake of World Cup horror show

first_img🤭Dünya Kupası’nda maçında Arjantin, Hırvatistan’a 3-0’lık skorla yenilince ülkenin önde gelen kanallarından “TyC Sports” ekranlarında bir dakikalık saygı duruşu gerçekleştirildi. #CRO #ARG #WorldCuphttps://t.co/jlB8uqfm3k pic.twitter.com/N1ff02AP9o— SKOR (@SozcuSkor) June 22, 2018 1 Ante Rebic (above), Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic all scored for Croatia He has already retired from international duty once before returning, but it is hard to imagine him staying a member of Argentina’s squad after the horror show in Nizhny Novgorod.The Argentinian written press had a field day in the wake of the match, but one TV channel went all-out went reacting to the result.TyC Sports held a minute’s silence with all six presenters standing up as a way to remember Argentina’s defeat.Lionel Messi and Co remain in with a chance of reaching the knockout stage of the tournament, but their hopes will become even more slim if Iceland beat Nigeria on Friday afternoon.You can watch footage of the minute’s silence below… Argentina suffered maybe their most embarrassing ever World Cup defeat on Thursday evening, collapsing to a 3-0 loss at the hands of Croatia.La Albiceleste‘s hopes of staying in the tournament stand on the edge of a knife following the result, and next week’s fixture against Nigeria could be Lionel Messi‘s final ever match at a World Cup finals.last_img read more

Nathan Clayberg Named a Campbell Trophy Semifinalist

first_imgClayberg, a standout defensive end, has had quite the season on and off the field, and he was also recently recognized for his off the field service in the community when he was named to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team. Last season he was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. On the field, he was named to the All-PFL First Team. Clayberg, an actuarial sciences major that is pursuing an MBA as well, was one of 179 scholar-athletes to be named a semifinalist for the prestigious award. In order to qualify as a semifinalist candidates must be in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2, display outstanding football ability and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship. Past NFF Campbell Trophy semifinalists include collegiate greats such as Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Tim Tebow. In 2013 Drake defensive lineman Brandon Coleman was also awarded this honor, the most recent Bulldog to be recognized by the NFF. A total of 12-14 finalists for the Campbell Trophy will be announced on Oct. 31, and each finalist will receive a postgraduate scholarship and an opportunity to be named the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where the winner of the Campbell Trophy will be announced. Print Friendly Version Nathan Clayberg (Pella, Iowa), a fifth-year senior on the Drake University football team, has been named a 2018 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist, the NFF announced Wednesday, Sept. 26. The award recognizes the top scholar-athletes across all divisions of college football.last_img read more

DONEGAL SLIDING TO BOTTOM OF ECONOMIC PILE BECAUSE OF TERRIBLE INTERNET, WARNS DRAGON’S DEN STAR

first_imgPeter CaseyA DONEGAL-based businessman says the county is falling behind because of its dreadful internet connections.Dragon’s Den star Peter Casey says he couldn’t do international video interviews from his Inishowen recruitment company base – because they couldn’t guarantee the connection.He said it was 2010 before we got anything consistently better than dial-up – and today, while a major provider offers a fibre optic system capable of 50 Mbps (megabits per second), “by the time it gets to our copper-wire “last mile”, it’s reduced to 6.5 Mbps down and just .5 up – far behind just about any internet-intensive businesses elsewhere on the planet.” Said Casey: “We have recently invested in cutting-edge technology that will allow us to conduct live interviews with anyone on the planet.“However, we won’t be able to use it in our Irish HQ (in Lisfannon) with its current connectivity unless we want to create a very bad impression with people that we want to hire for our clients.“This also reflects badly on our reputation as a high quality provider.“I grew up in Derry and came to know and love Donegal from a very young age. “I’ve invested my money, mind, heart and sweat here. My business is here. Although it’s a business that depends more than many on digital connectivity, it is still here.“But the digital infrastructure the Government has promised us for a long time now is not. And that, for me, is a major problem.”He said Dubliners on cable can get internet connections 50 times faster, complaining: “The democratic proposition that the internet gives everyone an equal opportunity to access information, education, and commercial opportunity is a myth.“Internet access depends as much on physical space as it does on cyberspace. The best speeds are delivered by fibre or cable. Live at any distance from urban Ireland, and you won’t get anything approaching the fastest service.“Rural Ireland is on the wrong side of a vast digital divide. On the right side is well-connected continental Europe as well as urban Ireland. Those of us in the country? We’re a world away from both places. A third world away, in fact. “Take a look at the amount of empty business premises in the typical village or town these days.“We cannot let this go on. A recent World Bank study found that for every 10-percentage-point increase in the penetration of broadband there is an increase of 1.3 percentage points in economic growth.“Broadband is essential to business and very good for any country. If only the cities have it, the countryside suffers economically, culturally, and politically. Disconnected, lovely towns and quaint villages become places to leave.“We are always boasting about our highly educated work force, but there is not much point in training people if they cannot communicate with each other and the rest of the world. “This digital inequality between urban and rural communities is making the economic inequality between these regions even greater.”In a weekend article Casey warned: “Quality, high-speed broadband is a necessity rather than a privilege in today’s society, and should be available in all areas, not just the largest.“Otherwise, we are in danger of creating fast Ireland and slow Ireland, the latter seeing areas such as Donegal continuing to slide to the bottom of the economic table.”DONEGAL SLIDING TO BOTTOM OF ECONOMIC PILE BECAUSE OF TERRIBLE INTERNET, WARNS DRAGON’S DEN STAR was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:buncranaDragon’s DeninternetLisfannonPeter Caseylast_img read more