Lady Altas escape Lady Stags in NCAA volleyball

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cindy Imbo added 14 markers, Bianca Tripoli chipped in 12, while Necelle Mae Gual delivered 40 excellent sets for Perpetual.After racing to a 2-0 set lead, the Lady Altas collapsed in the next two sets that paved way for the deciding fifth set.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 folkClemente, Imbo, and Tripoli, however, rescued Perpetual Help from its meltdown.It was a valiant effort from the undermanned San Sebastian crew, led by Daurene Santos’ 22 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Edmund upsets US Open finalist Anderson in five-setter Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Perpetual Help Lady Altas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUniversity of Perpetual Help blew a two-set lead before recovering just in time to San Sebastian, 25-22, 25-23, 7-25, 18-25, 15-11, Monday in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Ma. Lourdes Clemente unleashed 15 points, 11 of which came off spikes while also delivering four blocks to lead the Lady Altas in their second win in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Earlier, Lyceum stopped its two-match slide after a 26-24, 24-26, 25-21, 25-17 victory over Mapua.Bien Elaine Juanillo and Monica Jane Sevilla did the heavy lifting for the Lady Pirates as both collected 18 points in the win. Christine Miralles had 15.The Lady Cardinals, meanwhile, remained winless after three outings despite the efforts of Dianne Latayan and Patria Jela Peña, who combined for 36 points in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

South African consumers’ rights in spotlight

first_imgMore consumer courts will be openedwhere South African consumers can taketheir complaints, when the ConsumerProtection Act comes into effect on 1 April.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library MEDIA CONTACTS• Sidwell MedupeDepartment of Trade and Industry+27 12 394 1650+27 79 492 1774RELATED ARTICLES• Launchpad to a billion consumers• SA consumers help rebuild fish stock• South Africa upbeat on economy• Cheaper phone rates for SANosimilo RamelaThe Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has kicked off a month-long campaign to educate South Africans about their rights under the new Consumer Protection Act.The campaign will run throughout February 2011, with a special focus on rural areas where, the department said, people at times lack knowledge about their rights as consumers.“We have noticed that many people who are vulnerable are consumers who live in rural areas, where service providers take them for granted and render poor services or sell them harmful products,” said DTI spokesperson Bongani Lukhele.Through the campaign, the public will be educated on what their rights and options are when cancelling or renewing fixed-term agreements, such as property lease contracts.They will be advised on what processes to follow when cancelling bus or plane ticket reservations that have been made in advance. In addition, consumers will be given tips on how to assess the quality of goods before and after purchase, or on delivery.The campaign will also advise people on the correct procedures to follow when returning merchandise.The DTI’s Sidwell Medupi said they hope by the end of the campaign consumers in rural areas will be more aware of their rights and responsibilities, and be able to make informed buying decisions. He said they will also ensure that customers have access to information and resources to bring unscrupulous businesses to book.“I think this is a great campaign – we could all use some education on our rights as customers,” said Greg Carr from Bedfordveiw, east of Johannesburg. “I think businesses get away with way too much these days, and we need to know how to protect ourselves. People in rural areas are hardest hit because access to information and resources is sometimes limited.”Selina Zuma, from Emphuluzi in Mpumalanga, lives far from town. Her nearest supermarket often sells food that is past its sell-by date, and this has had an impact on her family’s health. “With little resources and information, we don’t know how to hold these supermarket owners accountable, and stop them from selling us outdated stuff.”Zuma said she thinks businesses operating in rural areas often take advantage of consumers. “Even though we do complain, they know we don’t have the means to take action so they show no urgency in changing the situation.”She said she hopes that through the DTI’s drive, she will be made more aware of her rights as a consumer and get information about who she can complain to if they are violated. “We’d like the department to set up places where we can go with complaints, where the companies can answer for their wrongdoing.”Lukhele said once the new Consumer Protection Act comes into effect on 1 April, consumer courts would be set up to deal with such cases.“Currently we have consumer courts in some of the provinces, but after the Act comes into effect, more will be made available,” he said.The Act will be implemented by the National Consumer Commission, which will investigate and, if need be, prosecute companies that are found to contravene the terms of the legislation.The commission is aiming to heighten consumer protection across business sectors within all municipalities, and improve consumer awareness and access to information.“During the campaign we will be putting emphasis on the right to choose, and the right to fair value and good quality,” said Lukhele.He said the implications of the Act will go beyond shops and service providers, and that “suppliers will also be held responsible for unsatisfactory products”.If retailers or suppliers are found to be non-compliant, they could ultimately be banned from operating in the country, Lukhele added.last_img read more

Brand South Africa in good shape: Zuma

first_imgThe smooth running of last week’s local government elections once more demonstrated South Africa’s growth as a democracy and how it continues to attract the respect of the international community, President Jacob Zuma said after a meeting with the board of Brand South Africa on Tuesday.“For us, the elections, like many events we have held before, are once again proof of how we can help market this brand called South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting in Pretoria.“To be a democratic country is very important because now we have people who are able to link their vote to their living conditions, and that markets SA in terms of its democracy.”The elections also helped South Africa to boost its international marketing both politically and economically, Zuma said.The meeting, also attended by businesspeople and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, discussed at length the need for business and government to work together to market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.Established in 2002, Brand South Africa is tasked with developing and implementing proactive and coordinated marketing and communication strategies for the country.Brand South Africa chairperson Anita Soni said South Africa’s advanced telecommunications and research infrastructure made it one of the most attractive and competent countries in the world.“What we discussed in this meeting is that, considering the things we have, it is very important moving forward that we as South Africans become brand ambassadors for our country, because we have a lot to be proud of,” Soni said. “But it will take all of us to achieve that,” she added.Zuma used the meeting to appoint Geoffrey Rothschild, Moss Leoka, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana and Ramasela Moloto, all from the private sector, as the new members of the Brand South Africa board.New government representatives on the board are Presidency Director-General Cassius Lubisi, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, Arts and Culture Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, and Timothy Scholtz from South African Tourism.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NCGA providing farmer perspective for biotech regulations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association brought the voice of farmers into important conversations on U.S. biotechnology regulations during the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service public comment meeting held at the University of California, Davis last week. This session, which was the second of three, offered the opportunity to personally provide input on the part 340 proposed rule that would modify the science-based federal regulatory framework that regulates genetically engineered organisms use in agriculture.NCGA Past president Leon Corzine and Freedom to Operate Action Team Vice Chair Brandon Hunnicutt both spoke during the meeting, providing insight into the impact such regulations have upon farmers. Drawing upon firsthand experience with the importance of biotech tools, they stressed the value farmers place on regulatory efficiency and transparency in a system based solidly in science. The farmer leaders then urged officials present to refine the proposal so that USDA can chart a path forward for agricultural biotechnology and products derived from other precision breeding tools that offers regulatory relief and consistency.Comments noted that farmers have a strong interest in reducing the regulatory burden that stifles innovation and suppresses competition. Due to the ever-increasing challenges, from pests to environmental stressors, they expressed the necessity of maintaining access to tools which allow farmers to react quickly and nimbly to the situations seen in their fields.Testimony also expressed appreciation for the rational approach taken in the draft document to determining regulated products, noting that the product-based approach, instead of a processed-based approach, makes scientific sense. Additionally, testimony expressed support for the idea of looking at new, innovative technologies, like gene editing, through an accurate scientific lens versus regulating them in the same manner as transgenics simply because of legacy policies.This hearing and the testimony provided built upon the work undertaken by the Kansas Corn Growers Association, who represented corn farmers with testimony given by KCGA Director of Research and Stewardship Dale Fjell during the first session in Kansas City on June 6.last_img read more

Get Your CITO On this Weekend!

first_img SharePrint RelatedYou’re Part of the CITO EquationMarch 17, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 13, 2011April 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Announcing the 2014 CITO Weekend and SouvenirJanuary 26, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out” Share with your Friends:More You’re part of a worldwide geocaching clean-machine this weekend.One weekend a year, geocachers around the world join together to help remove trash from geocaching-friendly locations. Cache In Trash Out is simple: you geocache in an area and then take trash out. There are hundreds of events to choose from around the globe, from Bahrain to Brazil, you have choices.Each person who logs an “Attended” for a CITO event on April 26 or April 27 this year earns a 2014 CITO souvenir for their Geocaching profile. They also earn a sense of accomplishment and probably a few finds along the way. Find or host a CITO event near you and help make this year even more successful.Last year, geocachers around the globe created the most successful CITO year ever. Over 640 CITO events helped clear more than 50 tons of trash from parks and wild places around the world. That’s a staggering 100,000 pounds (45359.2 kg). This year we hope to cleanup 50% more! Here’s the math.Worldwide CITO Events: 776Expected Attendance: ~ 15,000Individual Geocacher Goal: 1 pound (.5 kilogram) of litter cleanupTotal Cleanup Goal: 75 tons (68,000 kilograms)center_img But CITO isn’t just removing trash. CITO is also about working together to clear invasive species from parks or plant native trees. And CITO is 365 days a year. Even after CITO weekend is over, it doesn’t mean that CITO has stopped. We encourage every geocacher to practice Cache In Trash Out every time they go geocaching. There are also plenty of CITO events that happen throughout the year. You can look for CITO events in your area or host your own.last_img read more

Congress seeks transparency on NRC revision process; CM warns against rumours

first_imgCivil society activists in the past have expressed fears that the National Register of Citizens revision process may be used to target genuine citizens from the minority community by the first BJP government in Assam.Calling it an outcome of the “historical Assam Accord” signed between former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the All Assam Students Union in 1985, the Congress said on Monday that it would ensure that the process of update was carried out with “complete integrity, transparency and accountability”.To stand by citizens“We assure the people of Assam that Congress leaders and workers will leave no stone unturned to ensure that not a single claim of any citizen is left unaddressed and not a single family or a section of people suffers on account of lack of appropriate verification of their documents or claim,” said Randeep Surjewala, chief spokesperson of the Congress.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal played down the possibility of the minority community being harassed.Rare possibility“There may be a one or two cases of mistaken identity. It is a Himalayan task of verifying over six crore documents. The entire process is being monitored by the Honourable Supreme Court. Some vested interests are trying to spread false ideas but I want to thank the people of the State who have taken part in the process irrespective of their religion, caste or region,” he said.“The security forces are there to inspire confidence among the people. But the entire process is supported by the people of Assam as it will settle the Foreigners’ debate for all times to come. It is in the nation’s interest and anyone who opposes is an anti-national,” the Chief Minister said.Warning against rumoursMr. Sonowal said people whose names did not figure in the draft NRC need not panic as “there is an in-built rectification process.”Mr. Sonowal warned against “inflammatory and objectionable posts in social media” on missing names. “People whose names have not appeared can go through the ‘claims and objection’ process and get their names in. If someone uses such instances to spread rumours and false information to create tensions, our government will hand out exemplary punishment,” he said, speaking to The Hindu.last_img read more

Drug money funds terror acts in India

first_imgA nexus among Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Maoists and insurgent groups of North-East is using money earned from drug trafficking to fund terror activities in India, official sources have said.Major drug seizures on the India- Nepal border in the past four months have put a spotlight on this revenue generation strategy adopted by terror groups. Intelligence sources say that the ISI, Maoists and north- eastern groups are hand in glove.In the last four months, Custom officials have seized more than 10 kg of heroin worth Rs 60 crore in international market from the India- Nepal border in Bihar’s Araria district. Apart from this, 1,000 kg of marijuana and four kg of charas were also seized in the same area.”The amount of seizure made in the last four months from the Indo- Nepal border drastically exceeds the seizure made in years from across the country. In the past, not more than three- four kg of heroin was recovered during the entire year,” said a Custom official, who is a part of the team probing the seizures.While only two arrests have been made in the five cases, counter- terror agencies suspect that the terror nexus is behind this international drug racket.”This is definitely the most lucrative method of generating funds…The Maoists have managed to procure hi- tech weapons from the US and China. Where is the money coming from?” an intelligence official said . The information about the big seizures has been shared by other agencies. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence ( DRI) and the Intelligence Bureau have also been roped in. A detailed dossier, with all information on the drug syndicate and its links with terror outfits, is also being prepared.The DRI has already prepared a detailed note on the ongoing probe and forwarded it to intelligence agencies.Even the National Investigation Agency ( NIA) – probing the arms procurement of the Maoists – is looking into the financial aspect.Sources say the entire machinery is well- organised.The procurement is being done by the ISI, while the stocking and distribution are done by the Maoists and N- E insurgents.Many smugglers are former Maoists who facilitate the drug trade. The drugs being procured are from two blocks – the golden triangle: Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq; and the golden crescent: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.What has shocked agencies is that unlike in the past, drugs are also being used in India. “Traditionally India was only a transit route, but now the demand for various drugs is increasing within the country,” said an official from the Narcotics Control Bureau.advertisementlast_img read more