Gaston embraces last-minute role change to libero

first_imgAt the start of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Ponggay Gaston was listed as an opposite hitter for Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Gaston isn’t new in playing different positions as she was a middle blocker during her high school days at University of Santo Tomas and she once played as an outside hitter for Ateneo in Premier Volleyball League.And in her first game playing as a libero, Gaston registered seven excellent receptions and that is just one less than Lo had.“When I got to Ateneo my position really changed so I’m used to all this constant changing,” said Gaston. “So whatever coach Tai tells me I’ll just do it and instead of complaining I’ll just think that coach Tai gave me this responsibility because I can do it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Time to face the monster Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yet on Wednesday, the third year Lady Eagle got switched to a defense-centric player when head coach Tai Bundit decided that Gaston will be an effective libero against Far Eastern University.And Bundit’s gamble paid off with the Lady Eagles taking their fifth win of the season with a three-set sweep of the Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGaston, who has a minor sprain on her left ankle, said she only knew of her assignment the night before they faced FEU at the second round of the tournament.“I have a sprain so I knew that my only job would be to receive and I can do that,” said Gaston, who shared libero duties with Ria Lo, in Filipino. “I knew I didn’t have to jump and I just focused on my job and make my teammates happy.” 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Anna Regina residents want streetlights fixed

first_imgResidents of Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling for the urgent repair of streetlights which have not been working in various communities for the past nine weeks.The contour of nonfunctional lights spans from the village of Three Friends to Walton Hall. As such, concerns have been raised, since the area pose a threat to persons who use the roadway in the evening hours.A resident of Anna Regina (name withdrawn) who contacted this publication noted that the Cotton Field area is seemingly perilous since there were a number of reported robberies in the past few weeks. It is, moreover, dangerous to students who would take that route after sundown when their lessons are dismissed.“I have children that come home after dark and it’s not safe because they could be robbed, or even worse,” the resident explained.Recently, the man noted that there were instances wherein a number of persons were relieved of their belongings by bandits who camouflaged themselves due to the unlit path.“They hide themselves in all the corners and wait for people to pass, and then take away whatever they have,” the concerned resident explained.Additionally, the roadways are unsafe for motor vehicles, since the only light to pave the way if that of a car’s headlights. This results in the increase of animal fatalities in that section of Anna Regina.“Now, the animals are on the road but we can’t see them from far, so most of time we hit them unintentionally,” he added.Members of the various communities are calling on the relevant authorities to have the streetlights fixed as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Volleyball takes FSJ resident to international competition

first_imgDana and her fellow team-mates are currently in Winnipeg, Manitoba, competing in the International Women’s Volleyball Series and they play their first game tonight, against Argentina. Local athlete Dana Cranston, has made the roster of the Canadian National Women’s Volleyball Team. A Fort St. John resident is competing at an international level.center_img The game begins at 5:30 p.m. and anyone interested can watch the game live here.- Advertisement –last_img

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Arsenal star is good enough to replace Xavi at Barcelona, says ex-Gunner

first_imgAaron Ramsey is good enough to join Barcelona as a replacement for legendary midfielder Xavi, believes Perry Groves.The former Spain star, 35, will end his career-long association with the Catalan club at the end of the current campaign when he moves to Qatari side Al Sadd.Luis Enrique has reportedly had Wales star Ramsey scouted ten times as they consider a £50million bid, should they find a way to circumnavigate their transfer ban.And former Gunners star Groves insists the 24-year-old does have the ability to join fill the gap left by the Nou Camp hero.He told talkSPORT: “Aaron Ramsey has the passing range and the technical abilities, and more importantly you have to have the mental strength to play for Barcelona because of the pressure you’re under.“[He’ll be replacing] Xavi because he’s going to Qatar. He’s been on the bench quite a lot this year. He’s absolutely good enough [to step into his shoes].“If you remember when Luis Suarez was going there, everyone was saying where does he fit in? How is he going to get in that team? If you’re a good enough player you’ll adapt to the way the manager wants you to play and you will force the manager to put you into the team.“If you’ve got Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic, they’re very good technical players but they don’t have the running capabilities of Aaron Ramsey. Barcelona are looking for something different and he will give them that.“He’ll give them something different because a lot of his game is based on his running power and getting up front to support Olivier Giroud or getting beyond him.“It was highlighted to me he was definitely good enough, for me, in the game against Manchester United at the weekend when he was playing on the right of a three and he was doing ok. But Arsene Wenger changed it and put him and Jack Wilshere as the two central midfielders and Aaron Ramsey completely controlled that game for 25 minutes.“He controlled it with his running with the ball, his passing range, and a brilliant pass to Theo Walcott for his goal, which was underplayed.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL V LAOIS TICKETS GO ON SALE

first_imgDONEGAL V Laois Tickets are on sale now.Go to tickets.ie and follow the links or go directly to www.gaa.ieThe match in Carrick-on-Shannon starts at 5pm this Saturday.  DONEGAL V LAOIS TICKETS GO ON SALE was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 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:DONEGAL V LAOIS TICKETS GO ON SALElast_img read more

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AND NOW THE GOOD NEWS: MINI HEAT WAVE ON THE WAY TO DONEGAL

first_imgThe back strand beach in Falcarragh: Pic Maria BoyleDONEGAL is set to bask in glorious sunshine and temperatures of up to 23C next week, forecasters say.Met Eireann and independent forecasters all now say a cooler Friday and Saturday at the end of this week will be followed by a steady rise in temperatures on Sunday and Monday of next week up to around 18C or 19C.Then warm weather from southern Europe will cover the whole of the country bringing temperatures even higher and lasting for up to a week. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week look set to see the best of the weather.DONEGALDAILY.COM WEATHER is sponsored by the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. AND NOW THE GOOD NEWS: MINI HEAT WAVE ON THE WAY TO DONEGAL was last modified: April 29th, 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:donegal daily weatherheat waveletterkennyMount Errigal Hotelsun shinelast_img read more

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HSE launches vaccination programme across Donegal today

first_imgThe HSE is today launching the 2017/18 Schools HPV Vaccine Programme and Information Campaign to support parents in ensuring their daughters get the vaccine and get protected. The vaccine saves lives by preventing the most common strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer.Announcing the commencement of the Schools Programme, Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director, Health and Wellbeing, confirmed that over 40,000 information packs will be delivered across the country this week in advance of the HSE Vaccination Teams starting their scheduled post primary school visits in September where first year girls will get the first of two doses of the vaccine. Addressing today’s event, Dr O’Keeffe stated: “We know that there are many conflicting and misleading sources of information out there. The only Irish website containing information that has been formally accredited by the World Health Organization is hpv.ie. We strongly urge all parents, teenagers, and interested parties to visit this trusted source where they will learn about the vaccine – how it saves lives and its excellent safety record. Their local vaccination teams are there to support them and answer any questions, along with their local GPs and local Pharmacists.”While the HSE remains concerned regarding the significant drop in uptake rates that has occurred over the past two years, with rates dropping from 90% to around 50% last year, provisional HSE data from April this year showed some stabilisation occurring.According to Dr O’Keeffe: “Although this information is provisional, and we remain very concerned at the current rates, it does tell us that parents would seem to be hearing the message that this vaccine is safe and effective – it offers their daughters a life without cervical cancer.”Addressing today’s launch, Prof Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, Clinical Professor of Paediatrics, Consultant Paediatrician and Infectious Diseases Specialist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street stressed: “Over 230,000 girls in Ireland have safely received the HPV vaccine, along with 227 million people worldwide in countries like the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Not one of these people anywhere in the world has been medically proven to have had a long term side effect from getting the vaccine. “This is a vaccine that can save lives. It works. In Scotland where their vaccination programme has been in place since 2008, they have seen a 90% decrease in HPV infections. In Australia the vaccine has prevented one in every two new cervical cancers.”According to Prof Grainne Flannelly, Clinical Director CervicalCheck and Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital, Holles St, Ireland has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in Western Europe.Every year over 90 women die from cervical cancer. Over 280 women – many young – need treatment for invasive cervical cancer. Over 6,500 women will need hospital treatment for a precancerous form of cervical cancer.“As a Consultant Gynaecologist, I see all too frequently the impact of HPV infections and the reality of cervical cancer. The evidence for the vaccine is compelling. We have a very real possibility now of eliminating cervical cancer in future generations of Irish women. But to achieve that we need urgently to address our uptake rates and restore them to provide protection.”Endorsing the Information Campaign, HSE Director General, Mr Tony O’Brien noted: “The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that vaccine hesitancy is one of the top three issues for health in Europe. That is despite the fact that the World Health Organization and the European Commission said that in the last 60 years vaccines have saved more children’s lives than any other intervention. “I am here today to support Irish parents in accessing information from trusted, scientific and evidence based sources like hpv.ie. and getting their daughters vaccinated.”The HSE is today launching an Information Campaign – part of its ongoing work to inform and support parents. Updated information packs have been sent to all parents, with the time provided to parents to give their consent extended.At the same time, the HSE is promoting new and informative videos online and on social media, where much of the misinformation about the vaccine circulates.The videos feature a small group of ordinary girls and young women who have been vaccinated and who volunteered to participate, along with mums whose daughters have been protected. They tell of their experience, including a particularly moving story from Emma who has experienced cervical cancer in the last year and who tells of re assessing her initial decision to not have her daughter vaccinated. She explains that she approached the HSE and her teenage daughter is now protected.The schedule involves three weeks of national and regional radio advertising, starting Wednesday August 30th, along with social media promotion, digital search advertising and organic social media posts on Facebook and Twitter. The radio adds all feature the young girls and all content urges parents to get the facts and to protect their daughters.Dr O’Keeffe today thanked all partner organisations who have been promoting the HPV vaccine through the Irish Cancer Society’s HPV Alliance.“We want to thank in particular the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Irish Pharmacy Union for joining us in support of the vaccine by providing advice to parents and girls, and by displaying new HPV vaccine posters in GP practices and pharmacies throughout the country.”The vaccine is endorsed by major medical and scientific bodies worldwide including the World Health Organization, the Centres for Disease Control in the USA, the EU funded European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.HSE launches vaccination programme across Donegal today was last modified: August 30th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:donegalHSEVACCINATIONlast_img read more

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Environment scheme omission denying farmers ‘increased profitability’ – McConalogue

first_imgThe Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) must be reopened for farmers who have their Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) contracts end in 2018.Those are the calls of Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue on Friday, who said that farmers were being denied ‘increased profitability’ by being omitted from the scheme.Deputy McConalogue explained: “GLAS must be immediately reopened to farmers whose AEOS contracts finished in 2018. “These farmers are being deprived of the opportunity to join the latest agri-environmental scheme GLAS. This is indefensible and denying them increased portability levels, while carrying out additional actions that are conducive with the protection of the environment and climate change mitigation.“It must also be remembered that in 2015, Government said once the scheme was fully opened with 50,000 farmers it would require funding of €250 million per annum.“The government have missed this financial commitment on the scheme in each year over the 2016-2018 period as evidenced in latest PQs, so the finances are there to reopen the scheme.“Secondly, there actually has been a €62 million underspend in the scheme, as of December 2018, so further unused monies are available. “The government must ensure the scheme is immediately opened for these farmers and reopen GLAS,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Environment scheme omission denying farmers ‘increased profitability’ – McConalogue was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:CHARLIE MCCCONLOGUEDonegal Farmingfarminglast_img read more

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Sanitation workers in Faridabad shed cloths to get jobs back

first_imgNearly 160 semi-naked sanitation workers, who were rendered “jobless” after the HUDA handed over maintenance of certain sectors to the municipal corporation, carried out a protest march here demanding restoration of their jobs.The protest march on Wednesday started outside the municipal corporation office and culminated at city’s Neelam Chowk during which the workers raised slogans against the government and the administration.The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had a few months ago handed over the maintenance of certain sectors and markets to the municipal corporation.These 160 workers, however, were assured of being “adjusted” in the municipal corporation, claimed Naresh Kumar Shastri, who led the protest which was held yesterday.He said on July 11, Principal Secretary Haryana, R K Khullar had directed the corporation, Faridabad, that these HUDA employees be taken on duty with immediate effect.“The government has agreed to include 160 workers in the Faridabad Municipal Corporation. Official orders have been given but the implementation is getting delayed,” he claimed, alleging civic body officials were delaying the process.“Names of our children have been struck off school registers because we are unable to pay their fees. We are unable to pay electricity bills and landlords are asking us to vacate houses,” Shastri added.The workers said if their jobs are not restored, they will launch a protest on August 9 carrying “begging bowls” in their hands.last_img read more

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Outsourcing Cost Savings Exaggerated

first_imgAverage cost saving from outsourcing of information technology and business services is around 15 per cent.A survey by outsourcing advisory firm TPI found savings ranged between 10 to 39 percent, for an average of 15 percent, substantially lower than market claims of reducing costs by as much as 60 percent.Duncan Aitchison, TPI’s managing director, said, “This research proves that the promise of massive operational savings is unrealistic when you take into account the costs of procurement and ongoing contract management. In our experience, outsourcing arrangements which focus solely on delivering huge savings often fail to meet client expectations.”While cost reductions are the primary consideration for outsourcing, nearly one fifth of companies claim they do so primarily to improve quality.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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