Gelo Vito’s vision for UP Maroons turns into reality

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In his fifth year with UP, Vito permanently etched his name in annals of the Fighting Maroons history, leading the team to their first Final Four appearance in more than two decades.Vito, the team’s co-captain, said changing the Fighting Maroons’ reputation from a constant doormat to a legitimate contender always his vision for UP.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 Chriss“It’s an overwhelming experience because coming into UP, my personal thing was I was going to change this team through whatever way I can be it a leader, a hustle guy,” said Vito after the Maroons secured the no. 3 berth with an 8-6 record.“I want to change the culture of UP right now and our hard work for five years has finally become a reality. I’m really happy and proud with what my teammates have done and also to my past teammates because we wouldn’t have done this without them.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown From 0-14 to Final 4: Sacrifices pay off for UP skipper Desiderio Vito entered UP in Season 77 when the Fighting Maroons won just one game but saw steady improvement when they finished 6-8 finish in Season 80.Vito’s completion of his dream was also a near twist of fate as the Fighting Maroons completed their eliminations against La Salle, one of the schools that recruited the 6-foot-5 center while he was still in his third year of high school.Things, however, turned into a different route when Vito tore his anterior cruciate ligaments in both of his knees.“I never really imagined to be in UP,” said Vito. “But looking back at it, I think this was what fate had for me, to be in UP, to lead this team and to be one who sparks change in this culture and I’m glad this is my last year.”ADVERTISEMENT Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gelo Vito’s mission of changing University of the Philippines’ culture finally bore fruit.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Breaking: Sadness as former midwife Philomena Canning passes away

first_imgPhilomena Canning – a pioneering midwife who championed the rights of pregnant women – has died.The 59-year-old passed away last night following a serious illness.Funeral details in full for services in Sandymount, Dublin on Monday and Glenvar, Donegal on Tuesday will be announced later. Philomena CanningThe Philomena Canning Campaign posted a tribute to Ms Canning on Saturday.A public Facebook message posted by the school said: “R.I.P. Sarah Philomena Canning midwife, warrior, queen. We will hold you forever in our hearts and cherish the gifts you gave us.”Earlier this month Canning, who was seriously ill with terminal cancer, settled her case with the HSE.The Glenvar woman had a case outstanding with the HSE over the withdrawal of her indemnity insurance to practise as a midwife in 2014. Ms Canning worked as an independent midwife for over three decades and attended over 500 home births in Ireland.Breaking: Sadness as former midwife Philomena Canning passes away was last modified: March 25th, 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:GLENVARmidwifeSarah Philomena Canninglast_img read more

Council asked to use ‘goodwill’ to fix potholes in Letterkenny estate

first_imgResidents of a Letterkenny estate affected by water and roads problems continue to wait for it to be taken over by the council so that works can get underway.Potholes in Gleann Tain and Gort na Greine at Mountain Top are a major problem for residents and people passing through, Cllr Gerry McMonagle told the Letterkenny MD meeting on Wednesday. He pointed out that there were 119 houses in the estates and a funeral home in the area which is in regular use.Cllr McMonagle asked for the council, as a ‘goodwill gesture’, to fix the roads as they wait for the estate to be taken in charge. “Every other department in the council, it seems, is working to support Gleann Tain but the Roads Department is not,” Cllr McMonagle claimed, adding that money may be available for the works under bonds.However, the response from the roads department was that potholes at Gleann Tain could not be repaired as they were non-public roads and the council would be liable if works were carried out before the takeover.Meanwhile, the local authority is looking to upgrade the water booster pump to deal with current water issues at the estates.Council asked to use ‘goodwill’ to fix potholes in Letterkenny estate was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Beyond Foursquare: What Search Engines Could Do With Location Data

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Location#NYT#web center_img Foursquare says it’s in talks with all the major search engines to index the startup’s location data. We’re hearing that Google in particular may be in talks with all the major players in the location-based social networking market. What would a big search engine do with a little startup’s check-ins and annotations about locations? Here are some ideas.The paid partnerships between Google, Microsoft and Yahoo with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and more that were launched last Fall could provide a model, but location provides new opportunities, as well. Isn’t it amazing that on a Web so dependent on Google, there are emergent new kinds of websites so valuable they can charge giant search engines for their content? Here are some things Google might do with that content.Related:Why We Check-in: The Reasons People Use Location-Based Social NetworksFoursquare’s Location Layers – This is BigWhat Twitter’s New Geolocation Makes PossibleReal-time searchLast fall Google started including Tweets, fresh blog posts and more in a live scrolling box on the search results page for particularly hot search queries. Mobile location-based social networks, their comments and tips could help populate those kind of search results for certain keywords or venues.Searching for the big basketball game? Why not include the notes and tips of people checking in at the game right now in the results? Check-ins in general have a lot of potential. Google-backed social TV app Miso or entertainment check-in app GetGlue could power media check-ins that would make search results much fresher.Super Social MapsWhy not annotate map search with live and archival location check-in notes, annotations, tips, etc.? Imagine searching for directions to a venue and being told how many people and which friends were currently checked in there on Loopt, Whrrl and Foursquare. Seeing not just restaurant reviews from CitySearch and Trip Advisor but quick tips from location networks? Sounds like a great idea to me.Mobile SearchNo need to go into too much detail about this: Check-in app content would be a very logical addition to mobile search results. The growth of branded layers of content annotating locations means that a Google mobile search could become a search for nearby content published by the Independent Film Channel, the Huffington Post, etc. That makes mobile search and location networks more appealing for everyone.Privacy, monetization, relevance, personalization, temporal strategies and other matters still need to be figured out. These networks are still very small. The largest among them, Foursquare, has a reported 2 million users. That’s less than 25% the size of StumbleUpon, for example, and just over one third the size of curation blogging platform Tumblr.The potential for location-based social networks is huge, though. And the search engines know it. That’s why they are talking to the startups. For these little startups, this kind of monetization could be an important life-line to fund their continued innovation, too. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Uttar Pradesh govt fails to complete sweater distribution in schools for second year in a row

first_imgWinters have started but lakhs of students studying in schools under the basic education department are forced to attend classes without wearing sweaters because the state government has once again failed to complete the distribution on time.The figures released by the government show that more than 50 lakh students have still been left out in the cold due to the delay.The UP government promised it would complete distributing sweaters in more than 1.6 lakh schools by October 31. Out of more than 1.57 crore children studying in schools falling under the basic education department, around 38 per cent are still waiting to get sweaters and continue to shiver because of the state government’s unpreparedness and mismanagement.India Today did a reality check at a primary school in Madiyaon area of Lucknow where the distribution of sweaters hasn’t even started.Speaking to India Today, Mohit a student of Class 5 said, “We come in the morning at 8:30 am to school. We haven’t been given sweaters as promised. We are feeling the cold. The school management has also not given any assurance on the distribution so far.”Another student Chandni who studies in Class 4 said, “The winters have already started and we are waiting to get sweaters from the government. No one in the school has got a sweater. We are forced to shiver.”In another school in Madiyaon area, some children have been given sweaters but many still await theirs.Speaking to India Today, Arun a student of Class 8 said, “I was given a sweater four days ago. The distribution of sweaters started in our school on November 16.”advertisementIn Etawah district, only 50 per cent of all students have received sweaters from school authorities.A student studying at a primary school in Luhanna area said, “I am not wearing a sweater because the school authorities have not distributed them. We feel cold and winters have already started.”Kavita Rajput, the primary school’s principal said, “Out of 180 students studying in the school, 80 have got sweaters. We will commence the distribution after receiving the remaining amount from the government.”In Fatehpur district, distribution of sweaters has only been completed among 45 per cent of the beneficiaries.Sonali, a student at a primary school in the district said, “When we come to school in the morning we shiver because of the cold. The teachers have assured us that the distribution will take place soon.”Basic education officer of Fatehpur district Shivendra Pratap Singh said, “Around 45 per cent of the distribution is complete. The progress is being monitored on a daily basis and hopefully the distribution will finish soon.”In Bijnor district, a majority of students have not been given sweaters by the school management. They are wearing old sweaters to protect themselves from the cold.Aman, a student at a primary school said, “The school have not provided us with sweaters yet. Winters have started and we are forced to wear old sweaters to protect ourselves from the chilly air.”Meanwhile the morning scene at Pilibhit district in Uttar Pradesh clearly exposes the insensitivity of the district administration. At Beesalpur block, a sports tournament was organised in which hundreds of students participated without sweaters while the district officers attending the event were seen in their woollens.A student who participated in the event said, “We have come here to participate but winter has started. We are facing problems but the school has not provided us sweaters.”Last year, the state government only managed to complete the distribution by February leaving lakhs of students shiver in the extreme cold conditions.Targeting the state government, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh said, “Last year also the students were shivering and the minister in-charge had put the onus on district magistrates. This year also there has already been a lot of delay. UP CM Yogi Adityanath should focus more on governance because people are ready to teach BJP a lesson in upcoming elections.”Responding to the delay, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “I want to ask why is it the previous government never thought about shivering school children? Last year there was a delay, this year the majority of distribution of sweaters has been done and 100 percent target will be achieved soon. The Yogi Adityanath government is highly sensitive towards improving the quality of education.”Funds not transferred a major reason for delay in sweater distributionAfter failing to get a suitable dealer and negotiating on price, the Uttar Pradesh government decentralised the process to procure and distribute sweaters. The school management committee was assigned the responsibility to purchase and distribute sweaters.advertisementIn most of the schools, the teachers said they have still not received funds to distribute sweaters but due to pressure from the department, they have purchased sweaters from the market out of their own pockets. The teachers in most of the schools have accepted that the delay in the transfer of funds by the government is the biggest obstacle in distributing sweaters. According to the government, the price per sweater should not exceed Rs 200.Not even half of total sweaters distributedAccording to the figures released by the director of the state’s basic education department Sarvendra Vikram Singh, 17 districts have failed to distribute even 50 per cent sweaters till November 19. The lowest distribution has taken place in Siddharth Nagar district where only 19.38 per cent sweaters have been distributed.This is followed by Mathura, Aligarh, Sonbhadra, Lalitpur, Shahjahanpur and Sitapur district where nly 30-35 per cent students have received sweaters till date.The figures given by UP government claims that 63.33 percent students across the state have been given sweaters so far.Also read: UP government considering renaming Allahabad State University: Deputy CMAlso read: Sadhus miffed with PM Modi over delay in Ram temple, serve ultimatumWatch: So Shayari: So this is why CM Yogi is changing city nameslast_img read more

Goodale and Sajjan to visit Halifax today to survey Dorian recovery efforts

first_imgHALIFAX — Two federal cabinet ministers will be in Halifax today to survey recovery efforts from the damaging hit by post-tropical storm Dorian over the weekend.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will look things over with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.Hundreds of troops from New Brunswick’s CFB Gagetown are in Halifax, many of them donning chainsaws to help clean up the tangled mess of fallen trees and power lines.With help from power crews from Quebec, Ontario, Florida and Maine, utility companies in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. are working to restore power to the some 125,000 homes and businesses still off the grid as of early this morning.Many schools across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were closed Monday, and emergency officials have been urging people to stay home for their own safety and to give cleanup crews the room they need to work. Public schools in Nova Scotia are to remain closed today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more