There is no quit in Ayaay, Zark’s-Lyceum

first_imgPBA IMAGESMJ Ayaay knows how big his responsibility is whenever he’s on the floor for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.As one of the team’s veterans, the 24-year-old has been coach Topex Robinson’s glue guy, the one to calm the team whenever things go array.ADVERTISEMENT View comments From there, Zark’s-Lyceum got their shots down and slowly chipped the deficit away until it finally tied the game at the 3:34 mark.In the end, the Jawbreakers strung a 21-5 finishing kick to steal the game, 82-77, and advance to the semifinals.“For me, as long as we’re alive, there is hope. We can’t quit because the ball is round and anything can happen. Even though we’re trailing, we just had to keep on grinding,” said Ayaay, who finished with 15 points, four rebounds, five steals, and four blocks in the big victory.Now that Zark’s-Lyceum got itself a new lease on life, it revived its hopes of winning the crown once again, with the best-of-three semifinals series against Marinerong Pilipino scheduled to open on Tuesday.And Ayaay is bringing in a positive attitude as he and the rest of the Jawbreakers eye to make the most of this opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix has no plans of going on early vacation in Commissioner’s Cup Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “We don’t want to be embarrassed because our bosses have high expectation on us. That’s going to be our motivation as we hope to win the championship,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ But Ayaay’s mettle was tested on Thursday as Zark’s-Lyceum found itself on the brink of elimination.Trailing CEU, 72-61 with 7:27 left in the game, things looked bleak for the Jawbreakers following the sudden exit of CJ Perez, who fouled out with 4:54 remaining in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup quarterfinals.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 crownThen, Ayaay settled everyone down.“I’m the veteran here and I know coach Topex is counting on me. I didn’t want to let him down,” he said. “So I told my teammates that we had no choice but to help each other out, especially on defense.” 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves:

first_img     “DOROTHY CAME TO you with the information she had struck her husband’s head with a club and she thought he might be dead?”   “Yes.”   “What was the reason she came to you?”   “I don’t know.”   “It was not because when the couple left the club the night Mr. Jones was murdered,” the lawyer said, “you followed them and struck him from behind?”   “No.”   “It was not also because when you approached Mrs. Jones and she told you that she was already married you said you could find a way for you to get together?”   “No.”   “You had a quarrel with Mr. Jones?”  The witness shifted his position. “Actually, this quarrel had taken place a week before he died. At the time I was a little drunk.”    “What was the reason of the quarrel?”   “I wanted to know why he had accused me for going after his wife.”  “At the night of your fight, you sustained an injury and made some threatening remarks, against him.” “I don’t remember what I must have said.” “But suppose someone who was there came to testify that you made threatening statements against him?” “Well, in that case I would say I might have made some statements to that effect which could be hearsay.”“But you remember that you violently attacked him from behind?”  “I remember he wanted to fight me and I resisted.”  “Because he did not tell you why you allegedly claimed he said about your involvement with his wife?”  The prosecutor was on his feet.  “Your Honor, I think counsel is pulling the wrong strings about an incident that occurred a week before the murder. He is trying to confuse the witness.”   Judge Thomas Moore who had been following the proceedings, lowered his glasses beyond his nose, and glared at the defense counsel.  “Does counsel have any explanation?”   Jason Doe frowned.  “Your Honor, the situation demands a careful discovery of information from the witness on what could be the inherent motive behind the eventual murder of the decedent.  “I suspect to prove that the witness has a reason that can provide the resolution of this case.”  “Very well,” Judge Moore said, “you may continue.”  “The night after the incident,” the lawyer said, “Mrs. Jones wanted your complicity in the murder of her husband.”  “Yes.”  “And it was not because of any reason?” “She had her own reason,” the witness said. “She was apparently interested in a relationship with me.”  A low murmur swept across the court, but Jason Doe ignored it and pressed forward: “You testified that during your brief contact there were some juicy letters?”  “Like all love affairs,” the witness said coldly, “I received letters from her.”  “And she received some letters from you?”  “Something like that, Yes.”  “Why did you hesitate, Mr. Boyd?”  “Erhhhhh…” the witness fumbled and lowered his head with a grin. The lawyer strolled to the defense table, and searching through some documents extracted at least three of them, and returned to the witness.  “Mr. Boyd,” the lawyer said smiling, “I should remind you that you’re under oath and therefore we are going to read a couple of letters that you sent to Mrs. Jones.”  Suddenly, the witness’ composure changed dramatically and he began to perspire so profusely that Judge Moore intervened and called the two counsels to a brief meeting where Jason Doe informed him that the case had reached its climax with the evidence in his possession. The next twenty five minutes the clerk, assisted by a court appointed doctor, went to the witness’ assistance. When he was finally able to continue with the trial, the moment Jason Doe stood up to continue his cross-examination, the witness said he felt as if he had been crushed under the weight of circumstances.  “Do you remember some of the information in your letters to the defendant, Mr. Boyd?”    In a low tone of voice, he replied, “I can remember some.”    The lawyer raised one of the letters to get the witness a glimpse of his handiwork. “You wrote this letter three days before the murder occurred, and I’m going to hand the letter over to the judge.”    The judge grabbed the first of three letters from the extended hand of the lawyer, and smiling ran his eyes through it, and handed it to the clerk to read it.   Judge Moore asked the witness if he had anything to say about the letter, before it was read, and the witness said being a funny man, he had the habit of writing letters to women with “some crazy ideas about killing their husbands that I did not mean to do anything stupid in reality.” Judge Moore readjusted his position on the bench, and gazed directly at the witness.    He said, “You wrote those letters?”   “I might have.”  “Is that yes or no?” the judge persisted.   “Yes.”   “I am assuming you take responsibility for what you wrote in the past, whether good or bad?”   “But a joke is a joke because mistakes are allowed to be made,” the witness said.   The judge considered his reply for a moment.  “Who said that mistakes are allowed to be made when we are dealing with the law?”   The judge then readjusted his glasses on his nose. He turned to the defense table and only to be met with the tear-filled eyes of the defendant that spoke nothing but the humiliation of having been accused of murdering the man she had come to love and cared about.   “Look at the defendant,” Judge Moore instructed the witness, “and tell me what your lies have made her?”  The witness began to fuss with his hands, and said under his breath that he was sorry. The judge lifted his gaze and shook the letter in his hand at the witness, “Uncontrolled jealousy has doomed you.”   “You were so desperate that you allowed your desire for the defendant to lead you to commit a heinous crime like murder and as a result destroyed a model family, and the law is interested to know how you succumbed to such self-destruction.   “This Court takes exceptional interest in the final resolution of this case when it comes to trial and hopes that we will find satisfaction and condemn violence as the last resort to get, for example, power, love and riches.”  But Judge Moore’s poignant final remark was too telling to ignore, “The explosions of human passion bring to light the darker elements of man’s nature, as this case has revealed and as a result its adjudication demands the highest understanding of human nature.”  Jason Doe laughed, and nodded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Prosecutor Samson Weah regarded the witness with sympathetic eye.“What happened afterward, Joe Boyd?” “He told me that if he had his way, I would be dead.” “Why?”  “Because he said I was following his wife and that night we had a quarrel where I sustained an injury on my right hand.”  “Did you follow his wife?”  “No.”  The prosecutor’s smile was triumphant, and sweeping his head away from the spectators, said, “Boyd, what happened on the first weekend of May?”  “I met the defendant, Dorothy Jones when I came out of a pharmacy store. “She said she wanted to speak with me. I went closer to her and she said she had lost money to buy food for her son and wanted me to help if I could.  “I thought about it and felt the need to help since she had approached me on the issue. It was not that I was really interested to spend money that easy.”   A murmur swept across the courtroom.  The prosecutor said, “What happened next, Boyd?”  With still a smile at the corner of his mouth, the witness said, “I pulled out a wad of bills and took out Ld500 and handed it to her. “She told me how great she was to have met me, and even explained that since I moved in the area, she had had some admiration for me.”  “Like a secret admirer?”  The witness smiled, and said, “That kind.” “How did you feel then?” “Well,” the witness said, “I’m a man and when someone is admiring me, particularly a woman and secretly, I felt rather good.”  The prosecutor could not fail to smile. “She did suggest something to you, and there were a couple of juicy letters from her?”  Folding his arms, the witness said, “Yes, she gave me the indication she was interested in a form of relationship.”  “Did you know she was married?”  “No, but I knew she had a child.”  “Ok,” the prosecutor said, “then what happened?”  “I told her I was kind of surprise that a beautiful woman like her was still not married.  “She smiled and said she was waiting for the right man.  “When I asked her about the father of her child, she played my question down and said rather that it was a mistake she made in her life.” “Did you really believe her?” “Somehow yes,” the witness said, “for I did not put any word in her mouth.  “I then suggested to her that since she was a single woman and I was also a single man, I think the chemistry was perfect.”  The courtroom once again exploded into a mild laughter, and Judge Thomas Moore responded with his gavel to restore calm, with the statement, “The Court will not hesitate to hold any spectator contempt and therefore the court insists that spectators must behave as proceedings continue.”   “Thanks Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, and turned to the witness: “With a correct chemistry, you decided to do what?”  With a smile wedged at the corner of his mouth, the witness shifted his position. “We planned to meet and that same evening, we met at a local drinking spot.  “Later I realized that a man who had come with her, who identified himself as Willie Jones, was in fact the man she was living with.”  “What did Willie Jones tell you about his relationship with Dorothy Jones?”  The witness hesitated. “He told me he was her brother.”   “Tell the court what occurred one week after your meeting.”  The witness adjusted his position and swept his head back. “He came to me with a request for USD500.”  “The decedent, Willie Jones’ body was found three hours after his visit to your house, did you engage him in a fight?”   “I did not engage him in a fight, though he ranted and threatened to make trouble for me.”   “You met the defendant the same night of her husband’s murder?”  “Yes, she said she had by accident knocked her husband’s head with a club and she thought he might be dead.  “She told me that now that he was dead, it was time for us to make his death to appear as if it happened during an armed robbery.”   “What did you do next?”   “I told her it could be that way but I felt if I refuse her anything, she could kill me.”    “So it was the defendant in this case, meaning Mrs. Dorothy Jones who confessed to you that she had struck her husband’s head with a club and she thought he might be dead?”    “Yes.”     “Mr. Boyd, did you kill Willie Jones or did you have any reason to have him dead?”    “No,” the witness said, “I did not.” Turning to defense, the prosecutor said, “Your Witness.”last_img read more

Legislature Absent in Intra-Governmental Tourney

first_imgThe 2013 football finalist of the Intra-Governmental Tournament, the National Legislature, dubbed LEG would not participate in the 2016 tournament, the Daily Observer has reliable learnt.Up to yesterday, the Daily Observer gathered that the Legislature is yet to pay their participatory or registration fee of US$500 and therefore was not included in the revised fixture.The Chairman of the LEG Sports Association, Mr. Varney Gbessae, told the Daily Observer yesterday that they are still engaging the Chairman on the House’s Committee on Youth and Sports, Lester Paye and Senator George M. Weah, the Chairman on the Senate’s Committee on Youth andSports.Mr. Gbessae said they are also hoping on the President of the Liberian Senate, Vice President Joseph Boakai, including President Pro Tempore Armah Jallah as well as House’s Speaker Alex Tyler for support for the Legislature to participate in the tournament.The LEG Sports Chairman indicated that they have submitted a budget of US$5,000 which includes registration, players’ transportation, refreshment, jerseys among others.“We are still hopeful that we will participate even though up to now there is no sign of encouragement of our participation,” Mr. Gbessae said.Since the tournament began in 2008, the Legislature made her debut in 2013, and performed impressively by reaching the grand finals. Finance Ministry whipped the Legislature 1-0 to grab the football title, and Youth and Sports whacked LEG in the kickball category.In the 2014 edition, both teams were thrown out in the preliminary rounds.Meanwhile many of the staff members of the Legislature have called on Sen. Weah, former football icon – 1995 FIFA World Best and three times African Best Player and Legend to use his ingenuity to ensure that the institution participates.The former Chairman of the Legislature Sports Association, Isaac G. Redd, who is also Director of the House’s Pressand Public Affairs, said the absence of the Legislature in the tourney under the chairmanship of Sen. Weah, Africa’s proudest player, would be a dishonor.Mr. Redd further said the dishonor would also affect former Youth and Sports Minister, Commany Wesseh, who is now Senator for River Gee, as well as the Rep. Lester Paye, including Reps. Edwin Snowe and Adolph Lawrence, former President and Vice President of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) including Sen. Francis Paye, Rep. Zoe Pennoh, amongst others.Meanwhile, at the Willis Knuckles Sports Stadium (alias Alpha Field) yesterday, Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) whipped the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MOPT) 10-4 points, while NASSCORP flogged the LBS/MICAT 11-2 points in the kickball.In football, MCC defeated MOPT 2-0, and defending football champion, LBS/MICAT bowed 1-0 to NASSCORP.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTT launches +size Christmas promotion

first_imgFollowing a few days of teasers via social media and triggered messages to its mobile customers, GTT unveiled its Christmas promotion on Wednesday evening at the Stabroek Market Square. Hundreds of patrons joined the company for the launch of “GTT +Sized Christmas”. The event was filled with fun and excitement as acts such as the Euphoria Dance Group; Mark Kazim (Chinee Man); DJ Energy; Calvin Burnette; Kwasi Ace and the FAME band entertained the crowd. There were also lots of prizes to be won as Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones kept everyone engaged.GTT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd was very excited as he shared the company’s intention to spend $8 million in cash and prizes, with more winners this year.“We know that Christmas is a big deal for all Guyanese, so as ‘the do more’ company, we are giving more to several communities across Guyana. It will be a +Sized Christmas with GTT this year where one lucky winner will be the owner of the grand prize BMW X1, which comes with one year free insurance, as well as one year free Super 95 gas from Guyoil!”Nedd also shared that the second, third and fourth-placed prize winners will receive cash amounts of $150,000, $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.GTT’s Head of Mobile, Rhonda Allicock, explained how the promotion works – prepaid customers get a character(s) to spell out ‘+MORE’ whenever they top up $1000 or more or purchase a three-day or more data plan.“In other words, once they spell the phrase ‘+MORE’, they get a chance to win weekly prizes or grand prizes. Twenty-one weekly winners will be given one of three prizes: $10,000 credit, 10GB of data or Super 95 gas voucher from our partner, Guyoil. Our postpaid customers only need to pay their bill on time and in full to get an entry,” she explained.Allicock continued that there was a third element whereby customers could purchase letters for $500 each to secure an entry.GTT’s grand finale event will be hosted at the Stabroek Market where four lucky finalists will compete in a series of obstacle- filled activities for the grand prize of the prestigious BMW X1.last_img read more

BREAKING TRAVEL DEALS: INCREDIBLE TRIPS TO THE SUN THIS WEEKEND FROM JUST €229

first_imgAcuario Sol 2 ApartmentsBAGS packed? Want to go on holiday to the sunshine this weekend?Donegal Daily has teamed up with Atlantic Travel Letterkenny to bring you incredible late break deals every week. If you are ready to go for any of our deals below then call 07491 26193!Family Deals 2 bedroom apts self catering Deal 1Lanzarote 2* Acuario Sol 2 Apartments (pictured above) 18th June (that’s tomorrow)  2 + 2 €1396/2 + 3 €1695Includes flights, transfers, bags, 7 nights accommodation.Acuario Sol 2 Apartments2 star property in Puerto del CarmenThe Acuario Sol 2 Apartment complex is a low-rise property set in an excellent location in Puerto del Carmen. All apartments are pool facing overlooking a spacious pool area offering an ideal place to relax and sunbathe. A great value for money option for client seeking a centrally located self catering holiday in a lively resort. LocationSituated on the second line of properties just 300 metres to the lovely beach of Puerto del Carmen. A 5 minute walk will take you to all the amenities of the resort including restaurants, bars and shops. There is a supermarket located approximately 50 metres from the complex.AccommodationOne bedroom apartments suitable for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Living/kitchen area with sofa, TV, safety deposit box*. The kitchen area has a breakfast bar with 2 ring hob, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster and coffee machine. Bathroom with bath/shower. 2 Bed apartment suitable for 5 adults or 4 adults and 2 children.Deal 2Menorca 3* Los Naranjos Apartments (left) 19th June (this Sunday) 2 + 2 €1396/2 + €1695Price includes flights, transfers, bags & 7 noghts accommodationThe three star Los Naranjos Apartments are a pleasant, well run, low rise apartment complex in S’Algar. These apartments offer all its guests a comfortable leisurely stay in a tranquil and peaceful enviroment making them the perfect holiday choice for families and couples who just want to get away from it all and chill.LocationLocated 350 metres from S’Algar, 300 metres from a rocky bathing cove, 1.2km to the nearest sandy beach at Alcufar, 300 metres from the nearest restaurant, bar and mini-market. Situated 6km from the larger resort at neighbouring Punta Prima and only 9km to the capital Mahon city which is served by buses operating regularly throughout the day.Los Naranjos Apartments AccommodationTwo bedroom apartments will sleep maximum 4 adults or 4 adults and 2 children (two beds are sofa beds). All apartments are tastefully furnished and have private bathroom, kitchenette with fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, balcony or terrace, satellite tv, ceiling fan, safety deposit payable locally*.FactsBoard basis: Self catering.Bed and breakfast available with supplement. Cleaning, towel and linen change: on arrival and once during the week. Official rating: 3 star. Child age: under 16 year Deal 3Flight and Mobile Package for Del Garda Village in Pescheira.Only €199pp based on 4 sharing. Departs tomorrow 18th June 7 nights, Includes flights, bags, transfers & mobile home. 3 share €229pp. 2 share €259ppWithin walking distance to the clutch of cafes and restaurants in picturesque Peschiera, this well planned site has a relaxing holiday atmosphere and a rural pace. Two swimming pools and a kiddies’ pool form the hub of daytime activities, set amid sun terraces and encircled by trees Atlantic TravelIt’s hard to believe that Atlantic Travel are celebrating almost 25 years in business in Letterkenny. We feel extremely honoured that the people of Donegal have been entrusting us to take care of their travel needs for this time and are continuing to turn to us for our expertise. We are delighted to play a part in organising your holiday, whether it be a first family holiday, a cruise, city break, honeymoon or camping trip we always take the time, care and attention to make it the best it can possibly be.Throughout the years we have been fortunate to visit many many countries and experience first hand numerous different destinations. This is why all of our Agents in Atlantic Travel are the people you need to talk to about your next holiday. From San Francisco to Sydney, Barcelona to Bangkok or Sicily to Salou our Agents have an enviable repertoire and are in a perfect position to share this wealth of travel knowledge with you.Atlantic Travel offers an unbeatable service to enable you to put together your perfect holiday at some of the lowest market prices available. With our team of travel experts and our unique technology, Atlantic Travel is able to offer you not only the lowest priced flights and cheapest accommodation but also an extensive range of other holiday options including transfers, attraction tickets, tours and much much more. We always recommend that anyone taking a holiday abroad take travel insurance. We have excellent policies with comprehensive cover for sale at very competitive rates.Established and SecureSince 1992 we have been offering great value holidays to suit every budget and taste at the most competitive prices. Our sophisticated technology searches hundreds of airlines and 120,000 hotels to find you a flight, hotel and transfer.Atlantic Travel allows you to pick the flights you want, the amount of nights you want and any combination you choose. Our only commitment is to get you the best possible value for money for the type of holiday you desire, whether it is 3 nights in a fabulous city hotel, or a long, relaxing holiday in one of many incredible beach resorts worldwide.We are fully licensed and bonded so your money is safe with us.Help, support and adviceAtlantic Travel offers customer care and support throughout your holiday. We have experienced representatives on hand to assist you and make your holiday relaxing and enjoyable.We are the holiday expertsOne of the main draws to booking your holiday with Atlantic Travel is that we often only require a small booking deposit allowing you to pay off your holiday in weekly or monthly installments…..it’s up to you! A lot of people don’t realise that you can do this, such a great way to spread the cost of your holiday.BREAKING TRAVEL DEALS: INCREDIBLE TRIPS TO THE SUN THIS WEEKEND FROM JUST €229 was last modified: June 17th, 2016 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:atlantic traveldonegallate deals to the sunletterkennylast_img read more

New website allows you to check conditions at local beaches

first_imgThe EPA has today launched beaches.ie, a new mobile enabled website providing information about bathing water at Ireland’s beautiful beaches and lakes. The website will allow people to access the information they need before a day out at the seaside.The new website will allow visitors to access quick and easy access to a range of bathing information. Details that can be accessed include; what the recent water quality has been like at their regular beach, if any swim restrictions are in place, what the weather is likely to be and even what time the tide is due in. The site also provides information on the amenities available, including access to beach wheelchairs. The website also provides a link to the popular ‘See it, Say it’ App to make it easy for people to report environmental incidents.The EPA has the following advice for people planning holidays this summer:Check beaches.ieTake note of warning signs: Always observe any closure, advisory, or safety hazards signs; they’re there for your safety.Know the warning flags: Never swim where a sign says not to or when the red flag is flying. The red flag is flown when there is a water safety risk e.g. the presence of dangerous under-currents. Water quality can deteriorate quite quickly after very heavy rainfall, especially at beaches near urban areas, and the red flag can also be flown where pollution is likely or where there is an increased risk of illness if you go into the water.Respect your surroundings: Take a ‘leave no trace’ approach to prevent and minimise harm during your next summer trip. While at the beach or outdoors, make sure to dispose of litter properly in the waste and recycling bins provided or alternatively bring your waste home and dispose of it later.Use the ‘See it Say it App to report any environmental concerns: By taking a quick photo, and adding a few details, this app makes it easier to make a complaint about issues such as dumping of litter or other environmental problems.Avoid harm from sun exposure: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to reduce the intensity of the sun rays. Apply sunscreen -15-20 minutes before sun exposure. Limit exposure especially between the hours of 10am and 2pm as UV rays are strongest at these times, especially during the summer.Never go swimming alone: It’s safest to swim with a friend but at the very least, always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.Don’t drink and swim.Commenting on beaches.ie , Andy Fanning, EPA Programme Manager said: “With schools closing and the summer in full swing, beaches.ie will provide people with the information they need when choosing which beach or inland bathing water site to visit during the long and hopefully warm summer.“It is important that local authorities inform the general public when pollution occurs or is predicted at our beaches so that we can all make an informed choice as to where and when to swim. “The beaches.ie site is a valuable addition to information already provided on Local Authority websites and on beach notice boards about water quality data and information on bathing restrictions.“Anyone heading to the beach during the summer can now find the latest water quality information at beaches on the new beaches.ie website. The annual water quality rating for beaches is also available based on monitoring results for the past four bathing seasons.”Peter Webster, Senior Scientist at the EPA encouraged everyone to use beaches.ie when planning their summer trips.“Almost three quarters of our beaches are classified as ‘excellent’ by EU standards so we really should make use of these great natural resources.“We would urge anyone heading to the coast or to inland bathing sites to check out the water quality at the beaches.ie website and sign up to our dedicated Twitter account, @EPABeaches, to receive alerts and updates.” New website allows you to check conditions at local beaches was last modified: June 21st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:beaches.ieEPAsafetylast_img read more

‘I would speak to Aston Villa about manager job’, Allardyce tells talkSPORT

first_img John Terry has been strongly linked with a return to Aston Villa… as manager 3 Allardyce has also been widely linked with a return to management since leaving Everton in May.But while he was shy to fully throw his hat in the ring for the Villa role, the former Premier League boss revealed he would be open to talks if he was approached by the Championship side.“I’m not too sure whether I fancy the Aston Villa job at the moment – I’m watching football, travelling the world,” Big Sam told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.“But I suppose if there is any contact, like anybody else, I would talk to them.“I would speak to them.” Sam Allardyce would talk to Villa if approached by the Championship club 3 A host of coaches have been linked with succeeding Steve Bruce, who was sacked last week following a poor start to the season.Chelsea legend and former Villa captain John Terry has been strongly linked with taking his first managerial post with the club, while the likes of Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes, Rui Faria and Dean Smith have also been mentioned.center_img 3 Asked by Sports Breakfast co-host David Seaman if any clubs have been in contact over his services in recent months, Allardyce revealed: “Only China.“And at the moment I don’t really fancy leaving the family. I’ve done that an awful lot in my lifetime as a footballer and at this this stage in my life is not something I’m going to do.“Everybody knows how great the money is but for me it’s not just about money, it’s about the standard of football and where you’re going to live as well as manage.“At the moment China wouldn’t appeal to me.” Everton went from relegation contenders to finishing eighth in the Premier League during Sam Allardyce’s short reign as manager Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he would be open to speaking with Aston Villa about their vacant managerial role, having rejected a number of job offers from clubs in China.last_img read more

Job dissatisfaction

first_imgThe 15 members of the Los Angeles City Council have it good. As the country’s highest-paid councilmen and -women, they supplement their six-figure salaries with perks such as free city cars, free gas, huge staffs and office budgets, and parties galore. Tack on top of that a flexible work schedule – three days of council meetings, which usually have a few members absent – four weeks of recesses a year and all the usual city holidays, and it’s not a bad gig at all. The question, however, is not whether they have the best job in America, but whether they do the best job for Los Angeles. And the answer, beyond a doubt, is no. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake In the private sector, employees routinely get evaluations to assess their compensation relative to their job performance. In evaluations, employers will often rank areas of job performance using numbers from 1 to 5 – with 5 as the best, and 1 as the worst – and then determine an overall score. Using that formula, we’d like to offer our evaluation of the Los Angeles City Council: Attendance: 3 Just in the first eight months of 2005, City Council members missed an average of 11 meetings each. That’s the equivalent of more than two weeks of meetings that already start late and usually end before lunch. As for promptness, even old-timers at City Hall would be hard-pressed to remember a time when a council meeting started at its appointed time of 10 a.m. Usually, it’s well past 10:30 before a quorum moseys on down to chambers. Judiciousness: 2 According to records obtained by the Daily News, City Council members and their vast staffs had collectively racked up more than $100,000 in cell-phone bills in 2006 up until the end of October. This seems like an imprudent use of city resources, and makes one wonder how else they might be wasting taxpayers’ money. Accomplishments: 2.5 In the past year, the Los Angeles City Council has succumbed to pressure from union bosses to give outrageous raises to Department of Water and Power workers and allowed the Sunshine Canyon Landfill to remain open for another year. However, the council did smack down former Mayor James Hahn’s campaign ploy of a sales-tax increase, which dropping crime figures have proved we didn’t need. While it’s tough to assess council members’ effectiveness among constituents, the crumbling condition of the streets and sidewalks in all neighborhoods indicate that members don’t score all that well, even in their districts. Based on these poor scores, Los Angeles City Council members could hardly command a $149,159-a-year salary in the real world. In fact, they’d be lucky to even pull down as much as the average worker in Los Angeles County, which is, according to 2003 figures, a small fraction of what the pols’ make: $38,715.160Want 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

‘Free and united in diversity’

first_img“From the ruins of a racially polarisedorder, we have built a nation driven by astrong commitment to the values ofjustice and equality,” President JacobZuma said on Freedom Day.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.) Freedom Day on 27 April 2010 marked 16 years since South Africans of all races went to the polls to vote in the country’s first democratic elections, in 1994. This is the full text of President Jacob Zuma’s speech to the nation at celebrations marking the event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.I am deeply honoured to address the nation on this historic day, on which South Africans buried racial oppression, and ushered in new non-racial democratic order.On this day we remember all the brave men and women whose struggle and sacrifices made it possible for us to enjoy the benefits of democracy today.It is a day to reflect on how far we have advanced in building a new, united and democratic nation.Importantly, it is also a time to consider the extent to which the freedoms articulated in our Bill of Rights find expression in the daily lives of our people.From the ruins of a racially polarised order, we have built a nation driven by a strong commitment to the values of justice and equality.As taught by our icon, President Nelson Mandela, we must remain steadfast in our determination that never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.And so with freedom, came the responsibility of building a non-racial, united and reconciled nation.And we learned from the greatest, our national heroes Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu and many others.We recall the wise words of our icon, Oliver Reginald Tambo who said:“It is our responsibility to break down barriers of division and create a country where there will be neither whites nor blacks, just South Africans, free and united in diversity.”This powerful vision can be achieved, in line with the preamble of our Constitution which states clearly that: “South Africa belongs to all those who live in it”.Compatriots,When celebrating the notion of a country that now belongs to all who live in it, we recall that on this day, sixty years ago, the apartheid government introduced the Group Areas Act.This marked the institutionalizing the racial partition of our cities and towns.That law and the impact it had on our society, illustrates the legacy we have to deal with. And there are many others.Sixty years later, and nearly 20 years after it was repealed, our people still have to daily confront the impact of that law. Many still live in areas once designated for black people on the periphery of our towns, far away from economic opportunity and civic services.The cost of transport alone takes a heavy toll on the lives of the poor. This is only one example among many of the work we still need to do to ensure that our people enjoy the fruits of freedom.These laws may have disappeared from the statute books, but their effects are still felt across the country. Freedom imposes on us a responsibility to work together in the process of changing such conditions.And we must do this fast, because in four year’s time we will have been free for 20 years. We will not have much sympathy for any reasons advanced to explain the failure to make a difference in the lives of our people.When I spoke in Parliament earlier this year I stated that we are entering a new era, an era of doing things differently. It is an era of ensuring that our work is determined by clear outcomes.It is an era of increasing the pace and form of service delivery.That is what we have begun to do during this term of government. We are changing the way government works to improve the lives of our people.As we work to increase the pace and quality of delivery, we must also together acknowledge the progress we have made thus far as a nation, working together as government and the people.We must note that despite numerous challenges and backlog, South Africa has provided over 2.8 million housing opportunities since 1994.We are currently on target in terms of delivery of new housing stock in the various provinces.We must still work further to get our human settlement model entrenched, as we now do not see housing in isolation in this administration. The provision of social services in the communities in which we provide housing is also critical.In this regard, I have convened a special Presidential Coordinating Council meeting on the 18th of May, to discuss with all nine provincial premiers, the need for habitable human settlements throughout the country.Together as national and provincial governments we should find lasting solutions.In extending social services we are building on current successes.Over 91% of households had access to piped water. South Africa has passed the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people without sustainable water.We are likely to achieve the 2014 goal of universal access to potable water, despite the challenge of ever-increasing number of households.As of March 2009, more than 10 million households had access to sanitation compared to about 5 million in 1994. South Africa has moved closer to the target date for universal access to sanitation which is 2014.We do not deny that there is still much more to be done, but a lot has also been achieved already.Fellow South Africans,If we are to make a difference in the lives of future generations, we must pay special attention on the development of our youth.According to Stats SA, nearly 70% of all South Africans are under the age of 35, making South Africa a youthful country.For any developing country, animportant step towards reducing poverty and inequality is to invest in education.We want an education system that will provide opportunities for children from poor backgrounds to advance economically and socially.The good news is that we are getting somewhere.More South Africans are being educated, and that is because South Africa has one of the highest rates of government investment in education in the world.Our plan is to improve the output and the pass rates through increasing efficiency and accountability in our schools.That is why we say our teachers should be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least six and half hours a day. If they do that, the results will speak for themselves.Fellow South Africans,We reiterate that a defining feature of this administration will be its closeness to the people it serves. As you are aware, I established the Presidential Hotline last year. It has opened our world to a host of issues that are affecting our people.I know that thousands of South Africans have battled to get through to the hotline due to the high volume of calls.I know too that the response rate from many government departments has been very slow, and that while many callers have been assisted, many others are frustrated.We are working hard to improve the service. You should not battle to talk to your own government. That should be corrected.We will make formal announcements soon on how to improve your access to the Hotline, and how to ensure quicker responses from government departments, nationally and provincially.Compatriots,Earlier this week we launched our new upscaled HIV and Aids prevention and treatment plan.This is an integral part of our broader campaign to improve the health profile of South Africans. I urge all of you to heed prevention messages, and to get tested for HIV.Through testing, you will know your status and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. Testing also helps us to deal with the stigma attached to the epidemic.Together we must eradicate the silence and the shame that is associated with HIV and Aids. This epidemic can be beaten if we all decide to play our part and work hard.Ladies and Gentlemen;Freedom Day reminds us that we should all work hard to defend the freedom for which so many have fought and lost their lives.We must work together to build our country and shape its future. We must all work for unity, true reconciliation and cohesion.In February this year, I indicated that there was a need for us to have a dialogue to remind ourselves why our country’s founding fathers and mothers declared us one nation united in diversity.I suggested at the time that we needed to reach out to all South Africans across the class, racial, ethnic, gender, religious and political divides. I said we must engage in a conversation about the true values that underpin our common identity and destiny.My suggestion was motivated by my deep belief and conviction that as a nation, we should yet again draw on the collective South African wisdom to understand one another.I think such a dialogue would help us to live better with one another as South Africans.It will help us to find a common perspective through which we can view the various backgrounds, habits, traditions, customs, cultures and religions that define who we are.It is a modest addition to many other mechanisms we must devise as a nation to arrive at a common understanding over many issues.It will enable us to arrive at a common perspective around the following amongst others:The changing of certain geographical names.The transformation in the workplace and in sport.The songs we sing and the symbols we embrace.Our desire to determine language policy at our schools and universities.The slaughtering of animals to appease an ancestor which is practiced in some cultures.It will assist us with the task we face as a country, to breathe a new life to our nation building efforts.This national dialogue will capture the attention of all our people. Like the 2010 FIFA Soccer World, you will feel it!We will share further information once the initial consultation phase has been concluded.Compatriots,We are just 44 days away from hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.We have been offered a significant opportunity to share our humanity, heritage and the beauty of this country with the world.We will display the rich tapestry of our culture in dance and music to show that this is a truly African World Cup.We do not spend enough time celebrating our country, and this is an opportunity to show off. South Africa is rich in its cultural diversity. We have produced music that has earned international accolades.We have a varied landscape with tropical, temperate and Mediterranean climate. We grow a variety of food, fruit and flowers.Our mineral wealth is legendary. We have people who are inventors and innovators.Our country boasts eight world heritage sites, and we must familiarize ourselves with them so that we can all become ambassadors and effective tour guides during the World Cup!These are:•    iSimangaliso Wetland Park•    Robben Island•    Cradle of Humankind•    uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park•    Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape•    Cape Floral Region•    Vredefort Dome•    Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical LandscapeThese sites are a source of pride and identity that should unite all of us. Let us make the 2010 World Cup a memorable event. Let us rally behind Bafana Bafana.Let us celebrate our national symbols; and let us show the world that we are one nation, united in our colourful diversity.Ladies and gentlemen before concluding let me extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the 16 people who died in a road crash in the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.Pain suffered by any South African affects all of us. We are one nation, one people.We extend a special happy Freedom Day to the families of four South African peacekeepers who were released after being held captive in Sudan. They are in good health and good spirit.We thank the United Nations and the Sudanese government for working with us to secure their release.Happy Freedom Day and a happy Soccer World Cup to you all!I thank you.last_img read more

Your KPIs Aren’t My KPIs

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Your key performance indicators aren’t my key performance indicators. The activities and outcomes that might indicate that you are moving towards success can be wildly different from mine.Different StrategiesYour strategy might be to increase your revenue. New revenue might be an excellent indicator for proving that you are on course. If that is your strategic goal, then that is a significant key performance indicator, even if it is a lagging indicator.But let’s pretend that my strategy is to increase my margin. Revenue isn’t a good indicator for me. Of course, I am going to look at that number! But margin growth is a better indicator for me as to how I am progressing towards my strategic goals. In my case, I might trade higher margin business with lower revenue growth.Different ActivityYou might need very high activity when it comes to prospecting. You might need high activity because you don’t presently have enough. Or maybe it is because you are a startup, and customer acquisition is the key to profitability (and just maybe you are smart enough not to look at your burn rate to determine how well you are doing). The outcome of new opportunities created is an excellent indicator as to how you are doing.I might need less activity because I am focused on acquiring strategic accounts and because that is the only real way for me to reach my goals. For some businesses, smaller transactional clients don’t produce the necessary results and only divert attention from acquiring dream clients. I might take less activity for more concrete outcomes, like meetings with strategic prospects.Different NeedsYour company and my company might have very different needs. What you measure should be important to what you need to grow and improve your business. What I should measure should ensure my company’s growth and my improvement.Different businesses have different needs. And they have different needs at different times. You need to make your KPIs your own, whether they are activity or outcome metrics.last_img read more