After 32 years, the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons once again made it to the UAAP men’s basketball finals on Wednesday, Nov. 28, through a victory over Adamson University’s Soaring Falcons, 89-87.The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles will battle it out with the Maroons in a best-of-three series, starting Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT With the Maroons advancing to the finals to face the defending champions, and considering their campuses’ proximity, the championship fight has earned the title “Battle of Katipunan.”In anticipation of the upcoming games, friendships between Iskos and Ateneans are temporarily set aside, at least in humorous fashion. One example is a trending screenshot of a text conversation between friends supposedly from U.P. and Ateneo, with the one from Ateneo already congratulating his friend on a second place finish.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments But netizen and LGBT rights advocate Jonas Bagas may have found the one thing that Iskos and Atenistas can agree on, for what he calls a successful and peaceful “Battle of Katipunan”: offering the person of a shared alumnus up to the heavens.Nag-undergrad sa Ateneo, nag-Law sa UP. Panginoon, para sa isang matiwasay at mapayapang #BattleOfKatipunan, inaalay po ng UP at Ateneo sa Inyo si Juan Ponce Enrile. Amen. #UPFight #OBF— Jonas Bakla (@jonasbagas) November 28, 2018May both universities fly high in this historic battle. JBRELATED STORIES: Paul Desiderio’s extraordinary guts give UP a chance at UAAP titleAfter 32 years, UP makes it back to the UAAP Finals on skipper Desiderio’s heroics The Maroons were clearly hungry for another championship after being in the bottom of the ranks for so long. Fans thus freely expressed their pride and joy through witty memes, jokes and one-liners, a lot of which quickly trended right after the historic UP victory.To show his school pride, UP alumnus Martin Bondoc let Maja Salvador’s “Wildflower” character Ivy Aguas do the cheering for him. This he posted in the “Narinig Ko Sa UP (Overheard at UP)” public Facebook group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissImage: Screengrab from Facebook/Narinig Ko Sa UP (Overheard at UP) groupMeanwhile, Alodia Ivy Tenebro on Twitter noted that the Adamson Falcons were not the only “birds” in the arena last night. She took a photo of someone’s banner, bearing an image of the UP oblation and words alluding to the statue’s nakedness: “May bird din kame!” (We have a bird too!)KALA NIYO KAYO LANG?! #UPFight ‼️ 💚🏀❤️ pic.twitter.com/IapiQNXxhK— Alodia Ivy Tenebro 💚✊🏾❤️ (@ALi9Ten) November 28, 2018Meanwhile, Facebook user Neyzielle Ronnicque Cadiz’s group may have held the key as to why the Maroons won — by tilting the TV while watching the game, causing the Falcons to miss the hoop.ADVERTISEMENT Since they still have days away from the big event, Twitter user going by the handle toMatoooooo (@MetalBender_) asked his “drews”: “MAKIPAGMOMOL SA MGA ATENISTA BAGO TAYO MAGAWAY-AWAY SA SABADO!” (Let’s make out with the Atenistas before we all fight on Saturday!)TARA DREWS MAKIPAGMOMOL SA MGA ATENISTA BAGO TAYO MAG-AWAY-AWAY SA SABADO.— toMatoooooo (@MetalBender__) November 28, 2018 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Luckily, they could always count on neighboring Miriam College, named as referee for the upcoming match. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Even a shopping mall in Katipunan was not spared. A Facebook page, Blue Babble Ex-Battalion, created an event titled “Agawan sa U.P. Town Center,” with 786 people already enlisted to be “Going.”Image: Screengrab from facebook.com/events“The lines have been drawn!” so said sculptor Toym Leon Imao, who creatively took the effort to draft a map identifying nearby establishments as “demilitarized zones.” After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Image: Screengrab from Twitter/@kwentongupGrab Philippines also joined the fun, asking people who will win the crown by posting a graphic of blue and maroon cars designated at the Ateneo and U.P. campus areas. 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The Gbangay Town community headquarters of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), formerly Bureau of Immigration and Neutralization (BIN), was a scene of panic and disbelief when officers gathered at the football field nearby to see one of the seven decommissioned trucks burnt yesterday morning by unknown individuals.No arrest has been made so far, according to LIS Commissioner Cllr. Lemuel Reeves. Cllr. Reeves, along with other senior officers, visited the field where five of the seven trucks were parked.The truck was one of the vehicles the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) turned over to the Liberian government.Gbangay Town Community is located in Sinkor, outside Monrovia.It is alleged that the parking of the vehicles in the field had prevented community residents from using the field as their football practice ground, according to a community resident.The resident did not say whether or not any member of the community was behind the torching of the truck, described as arson.Commissioner Reeves said he got the information about 2am yesterday from some of his officers who was on duty.“This comes as a surprise to us, because we are in a good relationship with the community and its leadership,” Cllr. Reeves said. “We are going to work along with other security agencies to identify the perpetrator(s). We will not rest until we bring whoever is responsible to justice.”Other officers that visited the scene of the incident were heard suggesting that “the only way for us to get the perpetrator of the act is to arrest everybody in the community.” That suggestion was, however, not supported by Commissioner Reeves who did not rule out the possibility of some officers being behind the incident.“We cannot rule out the involvement of some of our officers who may have been dissatisfied with administrative decisions against them. These are issues our investigation will look at,” Cllr. Reeves emphasized.Another officer, who did not want to be named, blamed the community for the attack.“They burnt the truck because they wanted us to take them off their field. If that was the case, why they did not tell us ahead of time?” the officer said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Superintendent, Benjamin Jacobs in recent days received disdainful and annoyed responses from the student community for his proposal to shut down schools that lack libraries and laboratory facilities. The MCSS Superintendent made the comments during a panel discussion in the rotunda of the Capitol under the theme, “Engaging Citizens on National Budget for Accountable Development.”The comments by Mr. Jacobs according to our Legislative Correspondent, Leroy M. Sonpon, III, were intended to draw attention to the likelihood of failure for most candidates sitting the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). According to the MCSS Superintendent, this is because most candidates come from schools that lack libraries and laboratory facilities to assist in adequately preparing the students for the exams.Although it is still too early to predict the outcome of the examination results, it can be safely opined that Liberian candidates for the WASSCE will perform poorly especially in the sciences. Many of these students rely on unscrupulous exam proctors (overseers) to provide answers to the questions and there have been instances where students as well as proctors have been caught red-handed with exam related materials including Answers key.Students for their part fear that should the MCSS Superintendent’s proposal gain traction with national policy and decision makers to have schools without libraries and laboratories shut down, thousands of students could find themselves out of school at no fault of their own. The proposal by Superintendent Jacobs can rightly be interpreted as an indictment of the Government of Liberia for its failure to provide such facilities in public schools around the country.In the face of such unfavorable learning conditions how then can education officials expect optimal performance from our students in the WASSCE? Private schools across the country, as compared to public schools fare much better in terms of the provision of favorable learning conditions for students. However many private schools around the country also lack adequate laboratory and library facilities, although they generate substantial sums from tuition and other fees.Although many private learning institutions receive government subsidies, they often tend to justify their high tuition requirements with the excuse that they have to pay attractive salaries to teachers. But are private school teachers receiving satisfactory salaries? Well, only the teachers can tell. In recent time, the Ministry of Education has disclosed a number of plans to make the system effective. Part of the plan include a bill seeking the establishment of an Education Crimes Court, licensing of teachers and cleaning of payroll.In addition to these, the Ministry of Education should introduce a policy making it mandatory for all schools to establish laboratory and library facilities in their respective schools. Admittedly, this is a tall order considering that the Government of Liberia has yet to reach the internationally recognized threshold of twenty percent budgetary allocation to education.We believe that our students can do well and are willing to do well, but until the appropriate learning conditions including facilities and systems are put in place to enhance learning, we should not expect our students to perform miracles. Shutting down schools because they lack library and laboratory facilities may sound appealing; however it is fraught with potentially adverse consequences simply because of the sheer number of students that may be affected by such measures.As a start, the Ministry of Education could introduce policies that forbid the granting of charters to schools that do not meet the basic requirement of a laboratory and a library adequately stocked with books and even desks or benches. Most public schools around the country lack not only libraries and laboratories but they also lack instructional materials including text books.Added to this is the chronic shortage of wooden desks and benches. Yet large quantities of tropical hardwoods are being exported from the country on a daily basis. What can explain this dismal practice or what can account for this anomaly other than official neglect. If the Ministry of Education is serious it should begin to look more closely at these issues.It can help create jobs by buying school furniture from local producers. But rather than wait for the Ministry of Education, county authorities should also take the initiative to produce wooden furniture for their schools and such could come from the county development funds. Sadly, it shall more likely than not come to pass that public schools especially those in timber endowed areas shall continue to suffer from the crippling lack of basic wooden desks and benches to enhance learning.Local production of wooden desks. chairs and benches for schools should be the way to go and it is a good approach to Pro Poor empowerment of the masses to whom President Weah has the responsibility to lift out of poverty.And lest we forget EDUCATION for all remains by far the most effective means through which a nation can rise out of the depths of poverty. Above all, MCSS Superintendent Jacobs should be reminded that shutting down schools does not cut ice, rather it is INCREASED SUPPORT TO EDUCATION.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana has been faced with a number of challenges as a result of the recent influx of Venezuelans crossing the countries’ borders. This is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan who on Tuesday said he was particularly concerned about the health and security risks associated with these persons entering the country.Ramjattan made the disclosure at an event hosted at the Ramada Princess Hotel, East Bank Demerara.“At our borders with Venezuela, which is an extremely long border, we are having our challenges there in relation to matters of health and security issues and in every way this could have been avoided in a sense if we had gotten the correct things happening in Venezuela as it is,” he stated.He added that despite these challenges, Guyana is still obligated to ensure the heath needs of those persons are met.The Minister added that even if it means stretching the health resources to provide services for those underprivileged persons, Guyana would have to ensure it exhausts efforts in keeping with humanitarian agreements it signed on to among others.This was especially important to prevent illnesses from entering Guyana, he added.Over the past year there has been a rapid increase in the number of Venezuelans fleeing their homeland as a result of the economic crisis there.Only two weeks ago the number of legal Venezuelan migrants in Guyana stood at 5123 with most of them being housed in Region One (Barima-Waini).Last week, Government had announced that members of the Community Policing Groups will be increasing their presence at bordering villages in an attempt to ramp up security in those far-flung locations.Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud has said the inflow of Venezuelan migrants into Guyana has resulted in amplified initiatives by the Public Health Ministry to expand its vaccine programme, to reduce the possibility of a disease epidemic.Recently, Indigenous leaders from hinterland communities called for increased security in border communities, since the arrival of the Venezuelans has been affecting their villages. The issues surround cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and surges in criminal activities.Arau Village representative, Devroy Thomas had related while the village leaders understand the need to lend support, the issue has become very complicated, since these migrants are bringing with them bad practices which could corrupt the villages.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had stated that the possibility of these persons being diagnosed with diseases posed a danger to the general public.
0Shares0000Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba has issued a World Cup warning to his France team-mates © AFP / Oli SCARFFLondon, United Kingdom, May 18 – French midfielder Paul Pogba says he and his France team-mates must approach the World Cup finals in June with the right mindset as that counts more than technical ability.The 25-year-old Manchester United star — capped 51 times and a pivotal member of the side that reached the Euro 2016 final only to lose to Portugal in extra-time — told the BBC that France had the technical ability to do well in Russia. “I’m confident with the French squad, with the players that we have,” said Pogba.“I’m sure we can do something in this World Cup but I don’t want to be over-confident.“We have a nice team but the World Cup is in your head too, it’s not just technique.“It’s team spirit, it’s more mental than technique. We have to be careful with this.”The French — World Cup winners in 1998 and finalists in 2006 — are in Group C with Denmark, Australia and Peru and kick off their campaign in Kazan against the Australians on June 16.Away from the World Cup, and despite speculation over his future at Manchester United, Pogba is determined to lift the Champions League with them in what is his second spell there.Pogba has since his move from Italian giants Juventus in 2016 — United paid a club-record fee of £89 million ($119 million) — won Europa and League Cup medals and on Saturday could add an FA Cup one if they beat Chelsea. “It would be nice to win the Champions League and the Premier League. Very nice,” said Pogba.“For a team, you want to win titles, you play to win. You can play the best football and it’s true, we want to play and enjoy football but if you don’t win a title — it’s good for the eyes, it’s good for the eyes — but you don’t win anything.”Pogba, who won three Serie A titles with Juventus, is a risk taker as reflected by what he most wants to do outside football. “I would love to go in the sea and see the water world,” said Pogba.“To swim with the sharks, the dolphins and see what’s under the water.“It’s very scary but I’d love to do it. If I don’t come back, you know why!”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Mario featured at the World Cup for Portugal Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father But, according to Tuttosport, Inter are unwilling to sanction a sale under those terms.The Italian club are happy for Mario to leave on loan initially, but they want an obligation-to-buy clause included in the deal.At present, Wolves just want to have the option to sign the midfielder permanently in a year – rather than being forced to. The Hammers considered signing the Portugal international, but ended up pursuing other targets instead.Wolves have now moved into pole position for Mario and have already put forward a proposal.The newly-promoted Premier League club have offered to take the 25-year-old on loan for the season.Wolves have also added a clause to that deal which would allow them to sign Mario permanently next summer for £26.5m if they wish. targets LATEST REVEALED IN DEMAND 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Mario spent some time at West Ham last season Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Inter Milan are refusing to let Joao Mario join Wolves on loan unless the deal contains an obligation-to-buy clause.The midfielder has been told he can leave the San Siro this summer after spending the second half of last season at West Ham. 2 LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’
MANY retailers in Donegal are having their best retail results in years as the double win of shoppers staying at home and more visitors from the North is putting more cash in the tills.In Letterkenny, the mass return to the car parks of Northern-registered cars isn’t making headlines on the RTE News the way the mass exodus from here to the North did two years ago.But chief executive of Letterkenny Chamber Toni Forrester says it should. “Sterling take is definitely increasing particularly over the last few weeks.As the holidays started obviously there are more visitors but they are nowstarting to spend,” she said.“While many use cards to shop one retailer reported just today that sterling cash take was up 30% in July compared to 2011 and up 70% against 2010.“Others are reporting that they are seeing shoppers coming in coaches from across Donegal and, for the first time in a number of years, from Northern Ireland. People seem to be re-discovering Letterkenny and getting excellent value.”The majority of independent retailers are offering exchange rates of£1=€1.25 and some are giving even more and they are seeing a marked increasein sterling shoppers, she said. The retail leader said: “The other aspect that is important to Letterkenny is that local people are seeing excellent value as well.“We had said from early summer that sterling shoppers coming back would be a bonus but that the real result for retailers here is that people stay in Donegal to shop and get back into the habit of staying local. With Letterkenny being Donegal’s Shopping Centre we would hope to feel the benefit.“The timing couldn’t have been better as this year the Town Council arefunding a marketing campaign in partnership with Letterkenny Chamber and itsShopLK initiative. So we have seen a billboard campaign, UTV ad, radiocampaigns and lots of other activities to keep reminding people of thechoice and value available in Letterkenny.” DONEGAL RETAILERS HAVING BEST RESULTS ‘IN YEARS’ was last modified: August 8th, 2012 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)
EURO 2016: The Republic of Ireland have been dealt a massive blow – following the confirmation Seamus Coleman will miss tomorrow’s clash with Germany at the Aviva Stadium.Coleman has missed Everton’s last two games and was always a major doubt for the clash with the World Cup winners.However, if it was officially confirmed earlier this morning by the Ireland medical staff that Coleman will be unavailable. It is hoped he may be fit to face Poland in Ireland’s final EURO qualifier on Sunday.It’s a big blow to Martin O’Neill’s preparations for the clash with the formidable Germans who on their last visit to the Aviva defeated Ireland 6-1.EURO 2016: COLEMAN RULED OUT FOR CLASH WITH WORLD CHAMPIONS GERMANY was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Home-page Sportnews
“This initiative is in line with the government’s broader mandate to encourage entrepreneurship and create an enabling environment for small businesses to survive and grow,” Sars said in a statement this week. Small businesses already registered for VAT that opt to register for Turnover Tax will automatically be deregistered from the VAT system if their application for Turnover Tax is successful. Simplified tax system According to Sars, Turnover Tax is voluntary, so qualifying small businesses can choose whether to register for it or not, depending on their individual circumstances. Applications to register for Turnover Tax in the current 2009/10 tax year close on 30 April 2009. The introduction of of the new tax system this week coincided with an increase in the compulsory VAT registration threshold, from R300 000 to R1-million. Start-up businesses can also apply to register within two months of their establishment. More information is available on the Turnover Tax website, or by phoning 0800 007 277. 6 March 2009 SAinfo reporter Voluntary tax system Known as Turnover Tax, the innovative system is available to small businesses with a turnover up to R1-million a year, replacing income tax, provisional tax, capital gains tax, secondary tax on companies and value added tax (VAT). Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Turnover Tax is available to sole proprietors, partnerships, close corporations, cooperatives and companies provided they have a taxable turnover of R1-million or less in a year of assessment and meet certain other criteria. Turnover Tax Turnover Tax is calculated by simply applying the relevant tax rate to a business’s annual taxable turnover. In a bid to cut red tape and reduce the administrative burden on small businesses, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has launched a new tax system that will dramatically lower the time and cost of submitting tax returns. “According to independent research commissioned by Sars and the National Treasury, it costs small businesses an average of about R7 000 a year to ensure that tax returns for income tax, provisional tax, VAT and employees’ tax are prepared, completed and submitted as required,” Sars said. “Thereafter applicants will only be able to register for the Turnover Tax for the next tax year to avoid the administrative challenge for businesses and Sars of running multiple tax systems in a year simultaneously,” Sars said. “It is not available to labour brokers, personal service providers or persons that render professional services,” Sars said. “Public benefit organisations and recreational clubs also do not qualify, since they already enjoy specific concessions.” Under the Turnover Tax system, qualifying small businesses will only need to submit two interim returns and a final return for assessment. This represents a huge saving in time and costs relating to the current provisional tax, income tax and VAT system, which requires businesses to submit an average of 10 returns a year. TurnoverMarginal ratesR0 – R100 0000%R100 001 – R300 0001% of each R1 above R100 000R300 001 – R500 000R2 000 + 3% of the amount above R300 000R500 001 – R750 000R8 000 + 5% of the amount above R500 000R750 001 and aboveR20 500 + 7% of the amount above R750 000
When President Barack Obama proposed a hefty 6.9% cut to the U.S. military’s basic research programs earlier this year, many academic science lobbyists winced. Today, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives passed a spending bill that wouldn’t cut quite as deep—just 6.4%—but that’s not doing much to dull the pain.“We are dismayed by the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense bill,” said Hunter Rawlings, president of the Washington, D.C.–based Association of American Universities (AAU), in a statement. “We criticized the President’s budget for its 6.9-percent cut; this bill provides only a modest improvement.”Universities receive some 10% of their federal research dollars from the Department of Defense (DOD). In particular, academic scientists get about one-half of the roughly $2 billion the Pentagon spends on basic research, known as the “6.1” budget line in DOD parlance. 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But the White House signaled that wasn’t going to be possible in the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October. It proposed cutting overall DOD spending on science and technology 5.5%, to $11.51 billion, with basic research taking a bigger hit. It’s “not that we don’t like university research. We love university research,” Alan Shaffer, a top DOD research official, told Congress earlier this year. “But given the constraints … we wanted to push more money” into more applied projects that are closer to fruition, he said.Shaffer estimated the proposed $150 million reduction in DOD’s core basic science budget “will cut about 1500 grants nationwide, give or take,” assuming an average of $100,000 per grant. “That’s a lot of university grants that are coming out.”Today’s House panel vote doesn’t offer much relief, which leaves AAU’s Rawlings and others hoping the full House or the Senate will intercede to cancel more of the cut. They warn that national security could be at stake. “The basic research DOD has conducted since World War II has consistently made our nation’s military the world’s best equipped, most technologically advanced force,” Rawlings said. “Congress should approve this kind of cut only if it wishes to erode our armed forces’ future technological advantages.”The research funding is part of a larger $491 billion measure funding all Pentagon programs. The bill must still be approved by the full House and reconciled with the U.S. Senate’s version. No final action is expected until after the November elections.