LATEST STORIES Well, Ben Mbala is not the one to forget and he knows this version of the Green Archers is far different from the unit that won the title a year ago.“I say defense, we’re not the defensive-minded team we used to be last year and that’s something we need to change,” said Mbala Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after La Salle lost to arch rival Ateneo, 76-75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: Ateneo sweeps first round, outlasts La SalleLa Salle’s loss to Ateneo saw it slip to 5-2, a respectable record but a far cry considering how powerful the Green Archers were last year. The Green Archers waylaid opponents in the first round of Season 79 holding them down to an average of 73 points a game while scoring 88.4 to end up with a 7-0 record.Those numbers, however, are not even close from what La Salle put up in the first seven games this season.The defending champions may be scoring more this year, averaging 96.9 points a game, but they also allow their opponents to score way more compared to last season as their points allowed skyrocketed to 90.3 points per outing.La Salle outscored opponents by 18.4 points a game in the first round of Season 79 but Season 80 saw the Green Archers take wins by an average of just 6.6 points.Mbala hopes the Archers can change their fortunes in the second half of the tournament, a stage where the Final Four picture starts to take shape.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ “It’s only the first round, we still have a lot of time to work on our game, our team chemistry especially on defense,” said Mbala, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds against the Blue Eagles. “I’m sure coach (Aldin Ayo) and all of us players will be able to work on that.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOh how the mighty have fallen.With De La Salle’s recent slippage in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, one may be forgiven that he forgot how dominant the Green Archers back in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pons lifts FEU over Adamson for PVL Finals berth 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
MOST READ View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 36-year-old Pingris, an eight-time PBA champion and two-time Finals MVP, has won four gold medals with national basketball team but he has to skip the team’s latest campaign with an ACL injury.But Pingris still keeps a close eye on Team Pilipinas and he knows that the squad is in good hands under new head coach Yeng Guiao.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’“You can see that the strong players in the PBA are willing to play for the national team and I think this is what the team needs to improve,” said Pingris in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena after he participated in Stephen Curry’s Asia Tour that Under Armour organized.“We need those players to play for the Philippines and to help the team and all they need is just a little bit of sacrifice.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title With several key players set to miss the crucial fourth window of the Fiba World Cup qualifiers, new names who have been tapped to join the pool under Guiao after being given a release by their mother clubs.Eight players from the San Miguel group are part of the lates pool with San Miguel lending Christian Standhardinger, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter and Ginebra sending Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, and Aguilar.Purefoods, meanwhile, has Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang suiting up for the national team.“As much joy as it is playing in the PBA, nothing will compare to playing for the country,” said Pingris. “It’s really a different playing when you’re representing the Philippines.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Marc Pingris has been part of the national team long enough to know that Team Pilipinas is heading in the right direction.ADVERTISEMENT Nishikori runs out of gas against Djokovic Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Of recent, calls have been made for both constitutional reforms to be effected and social cohesion to prevail without much examination of the correlation between the two issues.Anil Nandlall, Ravi Dev and David Hinds on ‘The Factor’, aired on TVG Channel 28During a recent interview on local television broadcast, ‘The Factor”, which airs on TVG Channel 28, three prominent political commentators have explored the concepts of constitutional reform and its nexus with social cohesion, sharing ideas of how both concepts can be integrated into the Guyanese society in order to move the country forward in a more inclusive manner.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall agreed foremost that social cohesion is important to any society but in Guyana, he does not see the constitution as a major mechanism in achieving that objective.He contended that the urgent need for constitutional reform is not necessarily to achieve social cohesion, as there are other factors that must be involved for unity to prevail among the citizenry.Nandlall explored the concept of inclusive government and how it relates to promoting social cohesion, and in conclusion noted that with Guyana’s current political atmosphere, progress can never be made in this regard.Speaking generally, Nandlall said the political system is not dysfunctional but rather, it is not being allowed to work: “If the Opposition was allowed to function conceptually in the effective role it is supposed to function in, in terms of given powers we ought to have as Opposition, the regions won being allowed to have the autonomy entitled to, allowed to function with that independence, then it would not be a winner take all situation.”He further explained that the executive government which wins the election would have the executive power however, civil society and other arms will have the independence to exercise the power in which they were entitled.On the other hand, David Hinds believes the constitution has an integral role to play in the fostering of social cohesion in Guyana.He argued that while reforming the constitution will not directly bring about social cohesion, it will “free up” the people from the various insecurities that affect or impact their decisions: “It will free up the notion that I have to vote for this party, that I have to keep out the other party.”Hinds emphasised that need for inclusionary government, positing that there needs to be constitutional reform in this area in order for social cohesion to follow.“When the government hogs the power, it is in the context of the constitution,” he stated, explaining that the constitution gives way for abuse to easily prevail.In this regard, he contended that the winner-takes-all system must be abandoned: “The system of governance, where whichever party wins, wins the entire government, then social cohesion goes through the window because it means that those who are not in the government are effectively excluded from exercising real tangible powers.”Ravi Dev also agreed that the constitution has an important role to play in promoting social cohesion in Guyana. He contended that if people do not see themselves or their rights being represented by those in the government, then they will never accept the realities around them.On this note, Dev posited that constitutional reform needs to take place in order to address the fundamental cleavages in the society.
City council needs more time to amend a hazardous waste storage bylaw in Fort St. John. A public hearing was held Monday night to question the zoning implications. Concerned resident Lita Powell says parts of the report are unclear. [asset|aid=848|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=74838eff995fff27a3dafd71cf9cd884-Lita Powell 1_1_Pub.mp3] She says exact volume amounts of hazardous waste need to be defined, as well as outlined storage regulations. City Manager Dianne Hunter says existing commercial zones will be grandfathered in. [asset|aid=849|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=74838eff995fff27a3dafd71cf9cd884-Dianne Hunter_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Council will discuss the bylaw again on March 9th.
REDONDO BEACH: For companies in need of money, Funding 911 can be a godsend. By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER Today, Lebovits calls himself a business loan matchmaker. What does your job entail? I help with introductions to the right lenders and with assistance in telling their story the right way. It saves them a lot of time and in the long run can save money. It’s just me. I have to do everything from planning to marketing to sales to screening deals. I work primarily on a success-fee basis. So I take on assignments that I have evaluated with lenders so I know I have a reasonable chance of achieving their goals. How do you do screen? The first thing I do is ask them questions, review their financial information and call lenders to pre-screen them. I tell them I have a business with these assets and collateral and they need this amount of money. And they tell me if it’s possible. The lenders like that I can cut to the chase and give them the information they need to know to give me an indication of their level of interest. How long is the screening process? I’ll get back to you hopefully within 48 hours and tell you if there’s real interest from a financier to get your deal done. How long does it take for you to secure a loan for a client? I’ve closed some deals in a matter of weeks, and some have taken six months. What happens if no lender is interested? Once a deal is pre-screened and if I tell them I can’t help them, then we’re done and they don’t owe me a dime. What happens if a lender does show interest? If I think I can help them, then we sign a contract based on a success fee. So they don’t owe me money upfront. What do you do for clients that they can’t do themselves? I help them tell their story the right way. Often a small business owner is really knowledgable about their business, but they don’t know what is important for a lender. So they may not put their best foot forward. So I help them put their best foot forward. Give me an example. I spent time with a client and reviewed their financial statements, and it turned out that their tax documents didn’t fully tell the story of the company’s finances. They had non-recurring costs. The company had great customers and the owner had invested a lot of money in the business – which wasn’t being taken into account. Once I told that story, I had banks begging to do business with this company. What size loans do you deal with? I deal with all size loans from as little as tens of thousands to tens of millions. Since I’m working on a success-fee basis, I’ll only work on a loan that I feel has a probable chance of working and is worth my time. If you come to me with a $100,000 loan request and I know it will take me a couple of phone calls to resolve, I’ll take it on. But if you come to me with a $4 million proposal, but I don’t see it having a chance of success, I won’t take it. How much do you charge? It’s usually a percentage of the funding raised. From as little as 1percent to as much as 5 percent. It varies depending on the size of the deal, degree of difficulty and the difficulty of the client. Sometimes you charge an aggravation fee. What kind of aggravation? Sometimes they are not very cooperative. They may not share the information with me that they need to. And it makes my work more difficult because without that information I can’t be the advocate they want me to be. Who are your clients? I deal with all business types as long as they have assets for collateral. Only if they have assets for collateral can I help them. If they have no collateral but good financials, they can walk into any bank and get a line of credit on their own. I often work with companies in hyper-growth situations. Often times it means that they are an early-stage company. Banks get nervous that you’re growing too fast because their infrastructure may not keep up with growth. Also companies trying to stave off financial difficulties are my clients. What the most challenging part of your job? Finding the golden nugget in the story because that’s what lenders are looking for. Lenders have a lot of money to lend, but it has to fit their profile. So I must dig into some of these deals that already have been rejected and find the golden nugget that gives the lenders comfort to give the loan. What’s the best part of your job? I get to meet a lot of interesting people or at least talk to them. I don’t get to meet all of my clients. And they have a lot of great stories. What’s the worst part of your job? I like people. Being a one-person company means sometimes you’re here at the house all by yourself. How I offset that is I’m out on a lot of networking events and I’m on the phone a lot. Otherwise, it’s just me and the cat. Is there humor in your work? Absolutely. I always tell prospective borrowers that lenders want to know that they have character as opposed to being one. In my line of work, I run across a lot of characters who don’t have any. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When a struggling business sends out the SOS, Marshall Lebovits responds with 911. The owner of Funding 911, Lebovits helps small and mid-size firms secure loans from lenders. Lebovits, 48, runs the business from his Redondo Beach home. He began the one-man company in 2002 after many years in the finance industry. He at first expected to work as a “matchmaker” for equipment financing but had enough requests for other types of loans that he broadened his scope. For more than two decades, Lebovits worked for companies that provided financing to businesses. He went out on his own to “feel I was more in charge of solutions.”
From staff reports Lane Carico had 14 kills and 23 digs to lead Mira Costa to a 25-15, 25-23, 27-25 victory over Archbishop Mitty of San Jose Saturday for the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions title. Carico’s efforts earned her the tournament’s MVP honor. Libero Lauren Law had 16 digs and Falyn Fonoimoana recorded 11 kills, 10 digs and two blocks. Both were all-tournament selections. Kendall Bateman had 35 assists and seven digs. Stevi Robinson chipped in 11 kills, 18 digs and a block to help push Mira Costa past a familiar opponent. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We’ve been playing them in the final of this tournament for around eight years,” Mira Costa coach Lisa Zimmerman said. “We were playing them when (AVP star) Kerri Walsh was still up there.” It was the second time in as many weeks that Mira Costa (26-0) defeated Archbishop Mitty (27-3) for a tournament title. Mira Costa beat the Monarchs in the championship match of the Torrey Pines Tournament. The Mustangs also beat them for the CIF State championship last season. Also in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions … Bishop Montgomery 3, Dos Pueblos 1: Sarah Prather had 20 kills and 16 digs as Bishop Montgomery won, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20, at Santa Barbara High to take seventh place. Jennifer Edmond had 15 kills and Kristina Cruz added 49 assists and eight digs for Bishop Montgomery (22-8). In the Redondo Tournament … Orange Lutheran 2, Torrance 0; Torrance 2, Bakersfield Christian 0; Torrance 2, Long Beach Millikan 0: Chelsea Tupuola had 27 kills in three matches as Torrance finished tied for ninth place. Katie Judd had 21 kills and Erica Kim added 16 kills for Torrance (16-9). In the Delphic League … CAMS 3, Sierra Canyon 2: Ariana Ponce had 17 kills in a 21-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-7 win for visiting CAMS (7-2, 7-1). Jessica Hernandez added nine kills. Pahola Ybarra recorded 13 digs to help CAMS stay in second place in league and in line for a playoff berth. Boys water polo Jeff Giery scored six goals to lead Mira Costa in a 10-5 nonleague win over visiting Loyola. Matt Burton added two goals. Mike Fish had eight saves for Mira Costa (13-8). Girls cross country Kelly Owen had a second-place time of 19 minutes, 10 seconds as Chadwick earned 36 points to capture the Prep League title at Pierce College. It marked Chadwick’s seventh league title in 10 years. Owen finished second to Flintridge Prep’s Dot Silverman, who set a league record with a time of 18:52. Elise Yoshida took fifth place (19:56) and Jaye Buchbinder finished sixth (20:05) for Chadwick. Boys cross country Scott Rodilitz took fifth place with a time of 16 minutes, 21 seconds, but Chadwick finished fourth with 78 points in the Prep League Championships at Pierce College.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Gary Cahill has called on Chelsea to show more pride in their remaining Premier League fixtures even though they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of not challenging for honours.The Blues have surrendered the league title with a whimper this season and a 3-0 loss to Man City on Saturday evening left them languishing 10th in the table and facing the prospect of finishing in the bottom half of the table.Cahill was left to rue a poor display, but insisted the team get their heads together and end a dismal season as strongly as possible, especially with new manager Antonio Conte waiting in the wings.When asked if a lack of trophies or Champions League qualification could have an effect, Cahill said: “We are not used to it and sometimes that produces performances like that.“But we should have more pride in ourselves to go out and give a performance and at least run around and try to get close to people.“We need to maybe speak next week as a group because we have some great players and some good lads.“We have nothing to play for but I don’t care how you play, you run around and if you make mistakes you make mistakes and you go again. I thought we lacked that in this game.”Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick for the visitors, who improved their chances of securing a top-four finish after their own title tilt stuttered massively.But for Chelsea, whose interim manager Guus Hiddink admitted City thoroughly deserved their margin of victory, it was another utterly forgettable afternoon in a campaign they must wish would end.Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was sent off after bringing down Fernandinho to allow Aguero to steer home a penalty to complete his hat-trick.But it was the first two goals which showed the gulf in class as former Chelsea man Kevin De Bruyne ran the show in midfield and the returning Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri also impressed.Cahill echoed the sentiments of Hiddink in regards to City’s dominance but also called into question the desire of the Chelsea team.“It is unbelievably disappointing,” the England defender told chelseafc.com.“I thought we got what we deserved. At times in that game we were rubbish and lacked the desire to get a result and [Man City] had it and they punished us for it.“We seemed to have a few corners for us and the next minute they were down our end having a dangerous attack at goal.“Maybe it was a lack of concentration from us. We started the game okay, we had a few chances and put a bit of pressure on and got some corners but overall, we can play a hell of a lot better than that.” 1 Gary Cahill wants to see more pride in the final few Premier League games
COAST Guard crews took to the waters off Co Donegal after fears a boat had sunk.But what local people thought were SOS flares in the skies above Gaoth Dobhair turned out to be Chinese lanterns.Bunbeg Coast Guard launched its vessel as part of the search operation. Meanwhile Greencastle Coast Guard was also involved in a search at sea which ended when the missing man was found on shore. CHINESE LANTERNS SPARK FULL-SCALE SEA SEARCH was last modified: July 23rd, 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:BunbegChinese LanternsGaoth Dobhair
SAN FERNANDO – Some 1,400 preschoolers will be locked out of their classrooms today because federal and local officials botched the smooth hand-over of the San Fernando Valley’s largest Head Start program to a temporary service provider. Despite a month of federal assurances that Head Start preschool service in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys would not be disrupted, parents were told Monday that their children’s classrooms would be closed through the rest of the week. Given no clear indication when the classrooms might reopen, they were asked to call a toll-free number, (877) 888-3924, for updates. Stunned parents received the news on a letter posted in English and Spanish on classroom doors. The institute cannot operate out of local classrooms until it has California-issued child-care licenses and until the Latin American Civic Association signs over leases for its centers, which provide free child care and preschool for children up to the age of 5 from low-income households. Meanwhile, parents said the disruption would have an immediate impact on their daily lives. Many women who got jobs after enrolling their children in the program must now figure out what to do with their kids during work hours. “I might have to start paying a baby sitter,” Aguilar said. “But I think I may have to leave work.” The 42-year-old civic association has had a history of problems. County officials, who until recently partly oversaw the association, nearly shut it down in 1993 for gross mismanagement and illegal expenditures. But under a new executive director, the organization was cleared after a seven-year federal receivership. But a county investigation in 2003 found the preschool provider’s practices deficient. A year later, federal regulators made a similar finding. More than a dozen Latin American Civic Association supporters held a candlelight vigil Monday evening in front of the association’s headquarters in San Fernando. Javier Flores, a staunch supporter and former board member of the association, accused federal regulators of falsely promising to deliver a seamless transition of service to preschoolers. “They were lying to us,” he said. Federal regulators said civic association officials dragged their feet in turning over key leases. As of Monday afternoon, they said, the association still had not signed over food and transportation contracts that would allow the Community Development Institute to assume control of the centers. But civic association officials said they were not given enough time to turn over contracts and might not even be legally bound to do so, according to Herman Sillas, an attorney for the group. Amid the finger-pointing, the mostly Spanish-speaking parents were scrambling to figure out what to do with their children. “My son has improved so much,” said Janet Vecerra, whose 3-year-old son had been attending a San Fernando center. “I feel sad because it’s his first year. I really don’t want it to close.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We are all worried,” said Rosa Aguilar, as she picked up her 3-year-old daughter, Diana Boenkovic, at a preschool center in San Fernando. “My daughter is so enthusiastic to come here. I feel bad for her. I haven’t told her yet.” Officials at the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, the federal agency overseeing Head Start programs, and the beleaguered Latin American Civic Association blamed each other for the problem. Saying the Latin American Civic Association could not show that it would provide adequate service to preschoolers, the federal agency last month denied the association’s $10 million funding application to run the Head Start program in 26 centers across the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. The federal agency then appointed a temporary service provider from Colorado to take over the program beginning today. “All I can tell you is that, absolutely, if we had gotten stronger and better cooperation, there probably would have been a better transition,” said Joan Ohl, a federal commissioner. “To have this disruption, I find very disappointing.” The federally appointed service provider – the Denver-based Community Development Institute – was expected to conduct home visits this week for some students. The institute refused to comment on the ordeal.
Committee members and sponsors of this year’s North-West 10K at last night’s launch.The North West 10K road race and walk has raised a staggering €656,000 for 29 deserving Donegal charities, it was revealed last night.The amazing figure was disclosed as details of this year’s event in Letterkenny were announced.Proceeds from the race, which takes place on Sunday May 4th, will go to two charities – the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund and the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. Once again both Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick Sports are the main sponsors of the event.Grace Boyle sees how far this year’s t-shirt sponsorship with Evolve Menswear will stretch to!It is hoped that more than 3,000 walkers and runners will again get under starter’s orders for this year’s event which gets underway at 2pm.Editor of Donegal Daily, Stephen Maguire, said the website was delighted to once again get behind the event.“The North West 10K gets bigger and better each year. It is a real community event which puts everything back into the community. “We are proud to get behind it and to support the two man charities and many other charities which will also benefit from the event,” he said.Entry fee for runners will be €15 while walkers will be €10.Pre-entry will be available in the days before the event to avoid the queues.The first 2,500 will once again be guaranteed the cool NW 10K t-shirts which many are still wearing during their training regimes since last year’s event.We will bring you regular updates leading up to the event on Donegal Daily. In the meantime you can also log on to www.northwest10k.comNORTH WEST 10K REACHES €656,000 AS THIS YEAR’S CHARITIES REVEALED was last modified: March 4th, 2014 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:Conwal Parish ChurchdonegalDyslexia AssociationletterkennyNorth West 10krace