Some PH athletes to miss Asian Games opening parade

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES The women’s volleyball team, back in the Games for the first time in 36 years, will forego its chance to march in front of close to 100,000 fans at Bung Karno Stadium here as it needs to buckle down to serious work with a match with bitter Southeast Asian region rival Thailand up on Sunday.“We need this practice because our game on Sunday will be very tough,” said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas president Peter Cayco. “We also want to make a point that we belong here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The wushu team will also do the same and will instead focus on getting its athletes in their sharpest form yet for their competition that also starts Sunday.“Our athletes will have to make their weight limits on Saturday, so some of them will be very hungry on that day,” said national sparring coach Jessie Aligaga in Filipino. “They will all be very tired after the weigh-in and training (on Saturday).” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ JAKARTA—A huge chunk of the 272-strong Philippine delegation arrived in this version of Asia’s Big Apple on Friday, but some athletes will be missing what many consider to be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the parade of athletes that will open the 18th Asian Games Saturday night.It’s duty to country first, before anything else.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX upends TNT to open PBA Govs’ Cup campaign 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 Aby Marano skippers the volleyball squad that also has Jaja Santiago, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes, Cha Cruz, Majoy Baron, Kianna Dy, Julia Morado, Maika Ortiz, Dindin Manabat and the enigmatic Alyssa Valdez.Shaq Delos Santos is the coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Philippines being able to send a volleyball team here reaffirms the new-found popularity of the sport back home and the development of some of its players that are now international level in status.“Our players weren’t even born the last time we played in the Asian Games,” Cayco said before the team left home. “So making it here is already a major achievement.”Team Philippines is bracketed together with Indonesia and Hong Kong in the Group play phase and the Filipinos would need to win at least one to make it to the quarterfinals, which Cayco said is the ultimate goal.An upset of the Thais would assure Team Philippines of a spot in the next round, but if that doesn’t happen, the Filipinos would need to split their last two games.“I think we can handle Indonesia,” Cayco said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AS MOBILITY ALLOWANCE AXED

first_imgThomas Pringle TD has slammed the government’s decision to slash the Mobility Allowance Scheme and the Motorised Transport Grant Scheme, describing it as “an atrocity targeting yet again some of the most vulnerable in our society”.“Following the decision of the government to slash these mobility payments to the 5,000 people in receipt of them, all of these people with disabilities who need these payments in order to leave their house will now be down €208 per month. This is an absolute disgrace targeting yet again some of the most vulnerable in our society.“The government has said it had no choice as the exclusion of people over the age of 65 from the Mobility Allowance Scheme was illegal and breached equality law, and that the motorised transport grant operates on the basis of a very narrow definition of disability, so they decided to abolish it. “But they have a choice – this has been known by the current government for the past 2 years and the department for 13 years, there was plenty of time to resolve this situation so that no person in need of these payments to get around would be deprived.“All of those who are currently receiving these payments will continue to get them for the next four months, however they were not notified of this situation beforehand and are in great distress, while new applications won’t be considered so those who were intending to apply have now been left in the dark. I have had very upset people in Donegal contacting me about this and they are deeply concerned about being confined to their homes as public transport is next to non-existent for everyone in Donegal.“The Minister for Disabilities Kathleen Lynch has said that they will ring-fence the €10.6 million used for these payments to develop a transport system for everyone in the country and has promised a review the transport needs of people with disabilities.“It is highly unlikely that within the next 4 months, when these payments are due to end, that the government will have devised and implemented a public transport strategy which will take the transport needs of everyone in the country, including those with disabilities, into consideration. Even if the review is completed in the next few months, it would still be a long way off from seeing any change on the ground. “The people that have been targeted today are individuals who are unable to use public transport and for those who need to adapt their vehicles for driving. What are these people supposed to do while the government are awaiting yet another one of their infamous reviews?“What needs to be done is to widen this scheme so that all those who are legally eligible to apply can do so, the department and the government have had years to resolve this, this is their mess to fix,” stated Pringle. DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AS MOBILITY ALLOWANCE AXED was last modified: February 27th, 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:DONEGAL TD’S ANGER AS MOBILITY ALLOWANCE AXEDlast_img read more

Jury selected for retrial of Dennis Oland in murder of his father

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – The retrial of Dennis Oland for the second degree murder of his father, Richard Oland, will begin on Tuesday.The final jury members were chosen on Wednesday, ending a three-day selection process that was originally scheduled for two weeks.Justice Terrence Morrison of the Court of Queen’s Bench thanked prospective jurors waiting in an adjoining courtroom, telling them they were free to go.“I am sure that will make your day,” he said, addressing the crowd on a closed circuit system.“I know it has been challenging for all of you.”The jury is made up of 14 members and two alternates — a larger-than-normal panel because the trial is expected to take so long, at least four months.There are nine women and seven men.The jury selection process began on Oct. 15, when over 1,000 people answered summonses and showed up at a local hockey arena.It was the first step in what promises to be a closely watched, high-profile murder case involving one of the most prominent families in the Maritimes.Richard Oland, whose bludgeoned body was found in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on the morning of July 7, 2011, was a former executive at the family brewery, Moosehead. The multimillionaire was a well-known businessman and sportsman in Saint John.His only son, Dennis, was charged in 2013. The verdict in Oland’s first trial was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial was ordered.Oland has pleaded not guilty.last_img read more