PH’s lone rep in World Nomad Games fights for growth of ‘sungka’

first_imgAsian Games medalists to get additional incentives from Malacañang LATEST STORIES Rhon Palmera, the Philippines’ lone representative in the 2018 World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, is not only trying to win for the country, he’s also helping boost the growth of one of the Filipinos’ favorite traditional games.Palmera is competing in the Toguz Korgool event—a variation of the mancala game, which is better known as “sungka” here in the Philippines— in the Nomad Games, an international competition for ethnic sports in Central Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Thank you all for the support. It made me tougher even if I’m alone here for our country. I am Filipino and I’m proud of our race. Laban Pilipinas at Mabuhay!”In the world of technology, Palmera hopes that Filipinos won’t lose interest over sungka, something which he believes Filipinos can excel in.“My countrymen, let us not let [sungka] go ignored. It is a source of pride for our country. Let us harness the Filipinos’ potential in this intellectual sport, which seems to be forgotten by the new generation,” he also said in a Facebook post.The World Nomad Games, established in 2012, is held every two years. In this year’s edition, 77 countries sent representatives.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Through my efforts, it is officially part of the 3rd World Nomad Games 2018 Intellectual / Mind Sports and Games (Mancala Games) and let’s pray that it gains more attention in future international events,” he said in Filipino.Despite being alone, Palmera proudly waved the Philippine flag during the opening ceremonies last September 2. He also defeated Turkey to advance to the second round of his event. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a post on Facebook, Palmera uploaded photos of competitors from other nations enjoying a game of Philippine sungka in a demonstration.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’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Albert Bropleh Charged with US$19,676.25 Theft Again

first_imgMore than two years after he was found guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of United States dollars, the former Chairman and Commissioner of Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has been indicted again, this time for allegedly stealing US$19,676.25.Dr. Albert Bropleh, together with Madison Turkpah and Joseph Dortu, General Manager of the Goderich Construction Company have been charged with the commission of the crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and violation of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC),  competitive bidding process by the government.Unfortunately for them, the Criminal Court ‘C,’ where they are expected to stand trial has issued an order to have the three individuals arrested immediately, though the crimes for which they are charged are offences eligible for bail.According to the indictment, prepared by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County, the defendants on September 29, 2008, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which agreement allegedly authorized the company to procure and install a Closed Circuit Television (CCT) and access control system, including a two year parts and warranty package, at the LTA’s office at the Methodist Compound on 12th Street in Monrovia, at a total cost of US$19,676.25.The document further alleges that the defendants’ action was a total violation of the required process and procedures of the PPCC Act, which calls for a competitive bidding to select the company for the project.But, with criminal intent, the court’s record claimed, defendant Bropleh, single-handedly selected the company and awarded the CCT procurement, installation and access control contract, which it alleges, is contrary to the PPCC Act.Further in the indictment, co-defendant Bropleh told his colleagues that he had the capacity to procure and install the CCT and access control system at the LTA’s office. Based on the MOU, defendant Dortu submitted an invoice to LTA, dated September 24, 2008, in the amount of US$10,862.50, representing 50 percent payment which he detailed for equipment and specifications that he would use for the construction of the CCT, and it was paid to him.According to the record, 10 days after Dortu received his 50 percent payment, and being fully aware that he had not procured or installed the CCT and access control system, he made an additional request, dated October 6, to the LTA for another 40 percent payment in the amount of US$8,745.00, which amount co-defendant Bropleh paid in the presence of Turkpah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local girl wins in North American writing competition

first_imgA Fort St. John girl has won in a prestigious writing competition.The Claremont Review held its annual writing contest, and announced that Jillian Aalhus has won third. Aalhus won in the fiction category.She will be winning 200 dollars plus a one year subscription to the magazine. The Claremont Review is a non-profit, Victoria based literary magazine, which showcases the work of writers 19 and younger.- Advertisement -The competition received more than 700 submissions of poetry and fiction from all over North America.last_img read more

Gray expresses fears for Villa under Lambert, saying: ‘I don’t see a lot of hope’

first_imgAndy Gray fears the worst for Aston Villa this season.Paul Lambert’s side have picked up just a point from their last seven Premier League games, and Gray is warning there could be a New Year exodus which will push his old club through the even further into trouble.“They worry me enormously,” he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I don’t see a lot of hope at the moment. I see a team that is devoid of a real goal threat, I think people are not doing their jobs.“I see a team in January that could lose [Ron] Vlaar, [Fabian] Delph and [Christian] Benteke or certainly a combination of them and, if they do, they are in real trouble. I fear for Villa, I really do.”last_img read more

AFC Leopards’ Simba appeal thrown out

first_imgLeopards had lodged a protest against Ghanaian Moro who they said was not duly registered having just but arrived at the team from Zambian top tier side Buildcon. The game against AFC was his first in Simba colors.The committee had a sitting after Ingwe the protest yesterday and have delivered the ruling here in Dar es Salaam, this afternoon.“IMOC would like to respond and inform you that the player named Lamine Moro fron Buildcon FC (Zambia) was registered by Simba SC and approved by the Tanzania Football Federation with license No. 002821M94 issued on 15 January as per the SportPesa Cup 2019 Regulations, Section 5.5,” a decision from the IMOC, sent to AFC Leopards read.According to the tournament rules, a player who is qualified to play in SportPesa Cup must possess a license in his club issued by its national association and registered in its federation. A national association can issue a temporary license for three (3) players to participate in this tournament.Thus, the organizers have ruled that Moro played in the tournament rightfully and Simba have hence qualified for the semi-finals to play Bandari on Friday evening.AFC leopards are already embarking on their journey to the airport and their flight from Dar to Nairobi is expected to leave at 4pm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards Whyvonne Isuza vies for the ball with Simba’s Jonas Mkude during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania Jan 24 – AFC Leopards’ appeal to have Simba SC eliminated from the SportPesa Cup due to the use of an unregistered player has been thrown out by the tournament’s International Match Organizing Committee (IMOC).IMOC received documents from the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) confirming that the player in question, Lamin Moro is duly registered.last_img read more


first_imgThe Christmas lights have been switched on at Letterkenny General Hospital tonight but there’s a good reason for it!Christmas has come early at Letterkenny General Hospital!The traditional festive lights, normally switched on in late November, have lit up the skyline tonight.Passers-by have been watching in amazement as dozens of the lights lit up the roof of the hospital. It was thought by many that a simple mechanical error has resulted in the lights being turned on.But the real reason, of course, is that the hospital is taking part in raising childhood cancer awareness.Lightitupgold is a parent-led campaign and Letterkenny General Hospital is kindly taking part.One passer-by said “It was amazing to see it. Everyone is rubber-necking and checking the calendar when they get home. “Hopefully come Christmas the current troubles of the hospital will be someway behind us.“Cancer touches so many people across Donegal and Ireland and this is a super way of reminding people of the challenges many families face each and every day.“Hopefully these kind of gestures will keep that challenge fixed firmly in people’s thoughts.”There is also a fun day at Bernard McGlinchey Town Park in Letterkenny from 2-5pm tomorrow (SAT).Well done to everyone involved. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AS FESTIVE LIGHTS GO ON AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL! was last modified: September 6th, 2013 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:Christmas lightsLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Harps confirm signing of Omagh-born midfielder McAleer

first_imgOmagh-born midfielder Caolan McAleer is the latest player to sign for Finn Harps ahead of the new League of Ireland Premier Division season.Harps manager Ollie Horgan agreed terms with the 23-year-old last evening and is pleased to add a player who spent four seasons in Scotland with clubs including Partick Thistle, Airdrieonians, East Fife and most recently Greenock Morton.Horgan says the addition of McAleer is important as replacements are needed in the wide midfield areas following the departure of the likes of Tony McNamee. “Caolan plays mostly in a wide right midfield role so we’re glad to get him in as it’s a position that needed to be filled,” the Harps boss says.“I would be very hopeful that his experience in Scotland will make him a key signing for us in the coming season.”McAleer moved from Irish League Premiership side Linfield to Partick Thistle in January 2012.After making his debut for them in May of that year he signed a new two-year contract in July. The Omagh man subsequently went on loan to Arthurlie. In November 2013, McAleer joined Airdrieonians on loan.At the beginning of June 2014, he signed for East Fife. But after one season with The Fifers, he returned to Airdrieonians, signing a contract with the club in June 2015.In January 2016, McAleer moved on loan to Kilbirnie Ladeside until the end of the season. In July McAleer signed for Greenock Morton.He played for Northern Ireland at Schools Under-18 level in the Centenary Shield.Harps confirm signing of Omagh-born midfielder McAleer was last modified: January 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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


first_imgAN Ardara man has pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis – at the Emergency Department of Letterkenny General Hospital.Donal Grace, who is 52 and from Edergole in the town, was arrested by Gardai at the hospital on November 20 last year.Staff had called officers to the hospital. Letterkenny District Court heard that Grace, who is originally from Dublin, suffered from a number illnesses including chronic back pain.He took cannabis to relieve this pain, his solicitor said.When Gardai arrested him he admitted possessing cannabis with a street value of €20 but insisted it was for his own use.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Grace to make a donation of €100 to the Ardara Senior Citizen’s Christmas Ball.ARDARA MAN HAD CANNABIS IN A&E OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: December 12th, 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:Ardaracannabischargeletterkenny hospitallast_img read more


first_imgThe Hounds of Finn, an Irish Folk Band from Minnesota in the USA are performing for one night only in Donegal tonight and have picked the Tara Hotel as their location.They played the Famous Monroes yesterday in Galway.The Hounds will be travelling here with 45 American friends so if you’re in Killybegs tonight go along and give them a traditional Donegal welcome. The Concert in the Tara Hotel will start at 9.30pm with Support from the Newly Formed Donegal School of Traditional Irish Music.A Great Night of Entertainment is assured and all for such a good cause. Admission is €7.00 on the Night and All Proceeds on the Night will be for the Donegal – Galway Cancer Bus & the Local Killybegs Coast Guards.“We are very excited and honoured to be holding a very special event in Donegal,” said fiddler Grainne Gallagher (wonder where she’s originally from?)   AMERICAN FOLK BAND SET FOR KILLYBEGS IN CHARITY CONCERT was last modified: March 19th, 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:cancer buscharitycoast guardHounds of FinnKillybegslast_img read more

Abdallah Mubiru sacked by Police FC

first_imgAbdallah Mubiru joined the Cops after he was sacked by VipersFormer Dairy and KCCA FC player Abdallah Mubiru has been sacked by Police FC.This came barely 48 hours after Police FC was humiliated 5-0 at Namboole stadium by Onduparaka FC on Friday evening in the Azam Uganda Premier League.This is the second time in just under two years that Mubiru has been fired from a top tier team after he was also shown the exit door at Vipers SC at the start of 2016.Mubiru was sacked along with his coaching staff during a recovery session in Kibuli on Saturday.“We were stopped from training mid way the session on Saturday after a sudden call from one of the high ranking club managers. It was embarrassing” a club official who preferred anonymity confirmed the proceedings.The other support staff to Mubiru that where let go of include former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper James Magala (goalkeeping coach) and assistant coach John Luyinda.Police FC Chief Executive Officer, Kidega could neither confirm nor deny the development when contacted.Mubiru joined the footballing Cops at the start of last season coming in after he was sacked by Vipers and replaced by George best Nsimbe.The former Dairy and KCC player who also played for the Uganda Cranes has also previously coached at KCCA FC, Proline and Vipers SC in the top flight plus Mawogola and Ssingo Ssaza teams in the Airtel Buganda Masaza tournament.Abdallah Mubiru (right) during his unveiling at Police FCWinners of the Uganda Premier League in 2005, Police had of late depreciated in form after a stellar performance in the first round that saw them top of the league at some point.After 26 matches, Police is currently 8th on the table with 32 points and may soon find themselves in the relegation scrap as the teams below them are steadily picking momentum.The team was looking good until January when they lost a couple of thier key players.The players that may have brought about the dip in form include then team and league top scorer Hood Kawesa who left for greener pastures in Zambia.The other is Gift Ali who had initially departed for Tusker FC in Kenya but ended up at Proline.At the time of Gift Ali’s departure, he was second on the list of assist makers in the league and was the engine that drived the team especially through the middle.After the departure of Kaweesa and Ali, Police FC has managed only two top flight wins in 11 matches, drawing two and losing the other seven.In that period, the team has also scored only 10 goals, four coming in the dramatic 4-3 win against Express at the start of March is a game that is dubbed by May as the ‘the game of the season’ so far.Whoever comes in to replace Mubiru will have one ball of a job to do at the Cops, a team that is indeed lacking quality in terms of playing staff with many of the player around mediocre.A number of coaches are lined up for the vacant job at Police with management expected to name the successor in the next 48 hours.Police hosts Soana on Tuesday, 1st May 2018 in their next domestic league engagement at Mandela National Stadium.Comments Tags: abdallah mubiruAzam UPLKCCA FCpolice fcvipers sclast_img read more