Outside the court, searching for the hero within

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Now, Tiu is searching for the hero within.“Maybe I can be an inspiration to kids as well, especially to those in the province; maybe I can show them nothing is impossible,” said the 26-year-old volleyball standout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat’s why almost five years since last playing for La Salle, Tiu continues living the life of a student-athlete, taking up law in Far Eastern U while playing club volleyball for new Premier Volleyball League squad Petro Gazz.It’s a bit hard to imagine the soft-spoken Tiu thundering her arguments in a tense courtroom battle. For one, she tends to deflect attention, content in staying in the outer fringes of the spotlight. During the team unveiling recently, Tiu sloped off to the far edge of a photo shoot, standing almost unnoticed as Petro Gazz team owner Ricky Villavicencio and vice president Retchel Gabales fielded questions from sports journalists. 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery She could have made a quick, quiet exit too if not for the fact that last year, she told the Inquirer about her lawyer dreams. It was difficult to believe then that she could keep up with her grueling schedule—law school, volleyball and corporate work.But a year later she is here. Already in her second year in law school and still hammering spikes on the court. Something had to give because her health was getting affected so she quit her corporate job to focus on her two most cherished goals—none of which she is willing to surrender.“You can’t make everybody happy playing volleyball,” said Tiu, who plans to specialize in either family law or human rights. “As a lawyer, if you can share your stories with kids, maybe you can inspire them that it’s not impossible to achieve your dreams.”Tiu said that if she runs into her eight-year-old self today, the young Jeushl Wensh might not even stop to notice her. “She’ll just run off to the streets and play. That’s what I did a lot, play volleyball until it got dark.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ LATEST STORIES Someday, though, Tiu said, her eight-year-old self will be proud of who she will become.She’s heard the crowd roar to every score she has powered past the net. Someday, when Tiu finds the hero within her, she’ll revel in the quiet satisfaction of being able to help—and being an inspiration to—other people.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jeushl Wensh Tiu will be one of the vital cogs for Petro Gazz. —MIX GATPANDAN/CONTRIBUTORIn this era of superhero blockbusters, it’s getting harder and harder to draw the line on extraordinary. When she was a child, though, Jeushl Wensh Tiu didn’t need to search far to find heroism. It was all around her at home—in the living room, the kitchen, everywhere. All she had to do was look up. Literally.“I look up to my mom as my hero,” said the 26-year-old Tiu. “My mom is a law graduate and I learned about lawyers in the news, about how they help people. So my mom was a big influence for me. The things she taught me about law and the advice that she kept on giving made me realize I want to help other people as well.”ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo shuts down NU; UST ends skid View commentslast_img read more

Ex-JRU star lifts Manila past Marikina

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Mancebo stamps class in stage one Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris Bitoon finished with 19 points, while Aris Dionisio and Maclean Sabellina posted 10 points each for the Stars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Manila leaned on the heroics of Marvin Hayes as it subdued  Marikina, 91-89, to regain second spot in the North division while Muntinlupa strengthened its bid for homecourt advantage in the playoffs of the MPBL Datu Cup on Thursday night at Muntinlupa Sports Complex.Hayes, the former Jose Rizal U bruiser and PBA journeyman, knocked in 19 points, including a tough jumper with 48 seconds remaining that helped wrapped up the Stars’ 19th victory in 23 outings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Bear attacks hunter near Hudson’s Hope

first_img“Sounding like an animal, smelling potentially like an animal, and not appearing to be anything other than camouflaged,” he says, “people are hunting, but there’s other animals that will hunt the same thing.” Lacey reminds them to be very aware of their surroundings in case unwanted wildlife has come close, and to avoid anywhere that smells like a carcass is nearby or where scavenging birds can be heard as bears will aggressively protect their food. Dawson Creek Conservation Officer Brad Lacey says he sustained injuries to his face and upper and lower body, but was able to walk away from the attack and drove to a nearby area where he received assistance from residents. From there he was transported by helicopter to the Fort St. John Hospital for intial treatment, but was taken later that evening to the University of Alberta Hospital, where he is currently recovering in stable condition. Conservation officers hope to speak with him today to find about more about what happened and where, as they have been so far unable to find the location of the attack. Based on what they were told by the residents who assisted the victim, two officers did an aerial search of the area Sunday, but couldn’t find any evidence to point them in the right direction. They may return based on what they learn from the male today. Lacey says there has been an increase in reports of interactions between humans and bears in the past two to three weeks.- Advertisement -“One, there’s more people on in the field right now hunting and working, and two, the bears are just on a real push to get that bit of extra nutrition for hibernation,” he explains.“So their being out and people being out, that’s where the interactions are happening.” That also comes with a warning to remember that they may not be the only ones hunting, as when they are making animal calls, covering themselves in scents, and being quiet and camouflaged, it could fool animals other than their prey. Advertisementlast_img read more

Jordan Cove LNG subject of regulatory wrangle

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Calgary-based energy infrastructure company Veresen, and pacific connector gas pipeline, LP of Roseburg, Oregon, are hoping the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will rehear the Jordan Cove LNG project.In the rehearing request, the Commission is being asked to consider agreements with customers of shippers on the proposed gas pipeline and those of the proposed Oregon coast terminal. The two companies are asking the Commission to consider those deals as evidence of market support for the projects—arguing the public benefits outweigh potential adverse landowner impacts.The agency has 30 days to grant or deny the rehearing request, or it could also grant rehearing solely for the purpose of extending the 30 day deadline.- Advertisement -The proposed location of the terminal is southwest of Eugene on property controlled by the International Port of Coos Bay.Veresen says it has recently finalized the key commercial terms for the purchase of at least three million tonnes per annum of natural gas liquefaction capacity — which represents at least 50 per cent of the project’s initial design capacity.In addition, Pacific Connector recently executed natural gas transportation service precedent agreements which together represent in excess of 75 per cent of the rated capacity of the pipeline.Advertisement If approved and completed, it would be estimated to cost $1.5 billion, and the 234-mile long, 36-inch natural gas pipeline would cross five rivers, as well as land owned by local residents and state, as well as federal, governments.The terminal is expected to have an initial design liquefaction capacity of about six million tonnes per annum, or approximately one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.Together, construction of the terminal and pipeline is expected to offer more than three years of employment for about 450 people. The terminal would then employ about 60 people.last_img read more

Forest boss Pearce admits he is ‘very fortunate’ following latest defeat

first_img Stuart Pearce Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce admitted he is a ‘very, very fortunate person’ as he reflected on a sixth league match without a win.The City Ground chief saw his side lose 3-1 at home to Birmingham City, and was in typically forthright mood in his post-match assessment as he confessed only his hero status at the club is preventing terrace abuse.“I’m a very, very fortunate person,” he said.  “The crowd being like they are at this club has sheltered the players from any grief coming in their direction, because they support me. But that won’t continue if the performances are not good.“I said to the players they are fortunate they are getting shielded by that but it frustrates the life out of me. They [the fans] know how much it hurts me when the team doesn’t play to the ability we have, but it’s down to me to make sure I improve that.“We have to work hard on the training pitch and the dressing room itself has to find answers. We’ve got fantastic support and we’ve got quality in the squad, we just to find real leadership. We need to grow a pair and get out there and put on a manly performance and not let people take charity away from us.“I do appreciate the support I have at this club and I will never lose track of that. When you are rock bottom and you get that support, you realise that’s the important time, the time when people step forward. That’s the mark of people I think, more so than when things are going well and people are patting you on the back.” 1last_img read more


first_imgTHE driver of a car that crashed resulting in the death of his wife and in the serious injury of a young girl has lost his claim of indemnity against his GP.William Barr (81), of Middletown, Gaoth Dobhair, had claimed his GP Dr Anthony Delap was negligent in certifying him fit to drive two years before he was involved in the fatal car crash. Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill ruled there had been no negligence or breach of duty on the part of the doctor.Mr Barr’s wife, Maggie (83), was killed in the crash in May 2008, and the backseat passenger in the other car, Noirin McGarvey, who was four at the time, suffered serious spinal injuries and is now confined to a wheelchair.The full story is here in today’s Irish Independent:http://www.independent.ie/national-news/courts/doctor-cleared-of-blame-in-pensioners-fatal-car-crash-2971091.htmlDONEGAL PENSIONER LOSES CAR CRASH INDEMNITY CLAIM AGAINST GP was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgDrumkeen Community ChildcareECCE & playschool children enrolments for September 2013 Playschool open morning will be held on Monday 26th August from 10.30am-11.30am for all new playschool children starting 2nd September 2013. Please call 074 91 34844.  Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandPractice every Tuesday in the hall @ 7.00pm. All new members welcome. We’ll teach you to play the flute or drum and have some fun!! Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen  Lotto Results 14th Aug 01, 02, 21, 24. No jackpot, 1 winner €100. Pearse Doherty, Gweedore. Next weeks jackpot €1,400. Go raibh maith agat. Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) Please note the new deadlineDD LOCAL – ENROLEMENT STARTED FOR DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY CHILDCARE was last modified: August 18th, 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:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Pratton puts on show, Loggers snap Crusaders’ streak

first_imgKellina Pratton had her best game of the season, leading her team with 16 points and the Eureka High girls’ basketball team ended St. Bernard’s 12-game winning with a 66-53 crushing of the Crusaders, Saturday night at St. Bernard’s High in what was a bit of non-conference, rivalry action for the two Eureka-based teams.Eureka relied on the play of its guards all night as Pratton, Dorshaela Wesson and Sophia Chalmers all hit 3-pointers in the first four minutes of Saturday’s game to help give …last_img

Robot Legs Can’t Keep Up With Animals

first_imgRobot designers are envious of animals.  Insects, crabs and lizards leave them in the dust.  Alison Abbott in Nature (Jan 18) described the latest attempts to get the bugs out of insect-imitating “biological robots.”1  “Programming a robot to think like an insect is tough,” the subtitle reads, “but it could help breed machines as manoeuvrable as flies.”  Which animals are robot designers looking at?Flies:   Abbott described a German robot named Tarry II with six legs that creaks with every step.  Building legs, though, is the easy part.  The legs need to be programmed to work.  Tarry II’s designer is envious of the software in a fly: “Although our encounters with flies often leave an impression of aimless and irritating meandering,’ Abbott writes, “these tiny creatures’ decisions are just as purposeful as those of other animals.  A fly scans its environment with eyes and antennae, processes this information in its brain and then makes a decision, perhaps to turn away from potential danger or hurry towards food.”    Much of the information processing in an insect occurs outside the brain.  Circuits of nerves in the fly’s nerve chord direct some of the movements.  This can be seen when a fly is decapitated and a neurotransmitter is applied onto the chord: “then it will start to walk around like – well, like a headless chicken.”  A headless fly can even be stimulated to groom eyes that are no longer there.  This kind of distributed processing has not escaped the notice of robot designers.  “These basic movement programmes are well studied and have been transferred to robots” like the predecessor to Tarry II, which “has been walking with the confident coordination of a decapitated stick insect for more than a decade.”  The “cleverer stuff” like decision making and coordinated movement, of course, requires a brain.  Designers are also observing how insects use stereo vision and parallax to sight their targets, and how they vary step size and walking rate to achieve optimum energy efficiency.Cockroaches:  “If only the Mars rovers had been more like cockroaches, sigh insect biologists, they might have been able to extricate themselves from the sand dunes and rocks on which they have occasionally come a cropper and had to be carefully steered to safety by their human controllers,” Abbott writes.  Roland Strauss, builder of Tarry II, said, “We are very happy if what we learn from nature can be put to use to make better robots.”  Cockroach brains are about 50 times bigger than fly brains.  Using “brain damage” experiments, designers learn how the cockroach software works to encounter obstacles.  It’s a challenge to detect an obstacle, decide whether it needs to be avoided, and decide which way to turn.    “Insect biologists are eager to model ever more intricate types of insect behaviour in their robots, such as walking uphill or climbing,” Abbott writes.  “….But until these robots can be programmed with more sophisticated and autonomous software – precisely the directions that biologists are extracting from insect’s brains – they cannot pass for true robotic insects.”  Autonomous control is a highly-sought-after skill being watched by NASA, the European Space Agency and other groups into robotics.  That’s why they are watching these experimental labs with great interest.  “Just a few of an insect’s effortless navigational skills would be a boon for many of today’s applied robots, which can negotiate obstacles only via human intervention and remote control.”  Abbott envisioned insect lookalikes someday navigating the moon or “confidently striding” the canyons of Mars.    On Earth, too, we can all benefit from these studies.  The military will be able to perform safer surveillance.  Victims of natural disasters might some day be met by friendly search-and-rescue robots with a marked resemblance to spiders or cockroaches.Crab Legs:  When robots have mastered insect navigation, they might be ready for the big time.  It’s hard enough to walk on a hard surface.  Sand provides a new challenge: the foot slips with every step.  The ghost crab, however, is king of the sand hill.  Elisabeth Pennisi writes in Science (Jan 19),2 “With legs that are a blur to the naked eye, Ocypode quadrata scoots up to 2 meters per second on hard-packed sand” – the Olympic champion of sand locomotion, at least when it is firm. Leapin’ Lizards:  “But soften up the sand a bit,” Pennisi continues, “and the gold medal instead goes to the zebra-tailed lizard, an animal that spends little time on the grainy material.”  It clocked 1.5 meters per second on soft sand that slows the ghost crab to a gecko-like crawl.    Daniel Goldman and a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology built an artificial sand track to learn from the abilities of animals having to negotiate a variety of surfaces in the wild: mud, gravel, sand, and debris-covered surfaces.  The zebra-tailed lizard has long, gangly toes that spread out when hitting the sand and curl up with lifting the foot.  Robot designers want to invent machines that can navigate all kinds of surfaces.  That’s why they study the animal experts for clues.Lest you envy the foot feats of lowly insects and crabs and lizards, you have some pretty remarkable legs yourself.  Lucy Odling-Smee in Nature (Jan 19) discussed a mathematical model developed by Herman Pontzer (Washington State U of St. Louis) that measures an animal’s leg length, body weight and other physical factors to determine the efficiency of walking and running.  Although Odling-Smee and Pontzer both assumed humans developed long legs by an evolutionary history, they agreed the proportions in the modern human transportation system are good at saving energy.1Alison Abbott, “Biological robotics: Working out the bugs,” Nature 445, 250-253 (18 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/445250a.2Elisabeth Pennisi, “Crab’s Downfall Reveals a Hole in Biomechanics Studies,” Science, 19 January 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5810, p. 325, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5810.325.Evolution has nothing to do with it; these stories are about design through and through.  We can observe design, we can study it, and we can imitate it.  When we do, science progresses and leads to wonderful inventions that improve our lives and extend our reach.    Go to the ant, thou sluggard evolutionist; consider her ways, and be wise.  When you’ve learned those ways, go to the fly, the cockroach, the crab, the lizard, and all the other examples of optimized hardware and software in the living world.  Catch up to the design-theoretic scientists who are way ahead of you.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s Public Protector

first_imgThe Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against government agencies or officials.The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is South Africa’s fourth Public Protector since October 2016. (Image: Public Protector, Facebook)Here’s a comprehensive guide to how the process works, who and what the Public Protector can investigate, and how to lay a complaint.The Public Protector receives and investigates complaints from the public against government agencies or officials, and has the power to recommend corrective action and to issue reports.The Public Protector’s services are free and available to all and, if you lay a complaint, your name will so far as possible be kept confidential.The Public Protector is appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the National Assembly, in terms of the Constitution, for a non-renewable period of seven years.Website: http://www.pprotect.org/The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the Public Protector’s office.How does the Public Protector work?Anyone can complain to the Public Protector, who will then investigate the complaint. Think of the Public Protector as a referee who can look at all sides of a problem. If the Public Protector finds that your complaint is justified, he/she will do whatever possible to find a solution to the problem, which includes recommending changes to the system.The Public Protector can also report the matter to Parliament, which will debate the matter and see to it that the recommendations are followed.Investigations are mostly done informally, but the Public Protector can summons people to give evidence under oath or affirmation when this becomes necessary.Complainants should not fear being victimized for “blowing the whistle” on corrupt or improper practices.All information that comes to Public Protector – including the identity of complainants and their sources of information – is treated as confidential.Who can the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector is independent of government or political parties and can investigate:Government at any level. This includes central and provincial government, state departments and local authorities.Any person performing a public function. This includes anyone performing any official duty which affects South Africans, for example a state employee such as a policeman or an electoral officer.Corporations or companies where the state is involved, for example Eskom and Telkom.Statutory councils, for example the Human Sciences Research Council or the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.What can the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector is tasked with investigating improper prejudice suffered by the complainant or another person, for example as a result of:Abuse of power.Unfair, capricious, discourteous or other improper conduct.Undue delay.The violation of a human right.Any other decision taken, or situation brought about, by the authorities.Maladministration.Dishonesty or improper dealings with respect to public money.Improper enrichment.Receipt of improper advantage.What won’t the Public Protector investigate?Complaints outside of the Public Protector’s mandate include:Judgments by judges and magistrates, including sentences imposed by them.Private acts by individuals.Private companies.Doctors or lawyers who are not working for the state.However, the staff of the Public Protector can help by telling you where to complain or what to do in such cases.In certain cases the Public Protector may refer you to a court of law where going to court is the best way to deal with the problem. Since the Public Protector does not act as anyone’s legal representative, you will be referred to a lawyer if the matter must go to court.How do I lay a complaint?Should your complaint be about prejudice, you should try to solve the problem yourself before complaining to the Public Protector, for example by:Speaking to the official(s) involved; or, if that does not helpWriting to the person in charge of the official(s), for example the head of the department, or the chief executive director, or the town clerk.You could also consider approaching your Member of the National or Provincial Parliament. Only then, if you are still unable to solve the problem, should you make a submission to the Public Protector. You can do this by:Toll free line: 0800 11 20 40Customer service line: (012) 366-7142Email: customerservice@pprotect.orgFilling in an online formThe following information should be contained in your submission:The nature of your complaint.The background to your complaint.Reasons why you feel your complaint should be investigated by the Public Protector.Steps you have taken to solve the problem yourself (if applicable). You should mention names of the officials you have been dealing with, on what dates, and what was said. Copies of any correspondence between you and the officials should be attached to your letter.A telephone number where you can be contacted, if you have one.In some instances the Public Protector may require a statement under oath before investigating.If you are unsure whether your problem is something the Public Protector will investigate, or if you cannot write, you can phone the Public Protector’s office on 0800 11 20 40 (toll free), or visit http://www.pprotect.org/ for other numbers. There are trained professional staff members who will listen to your complaint, big or small, and conduct investigations.In some cases the staff can help people to find quick solutions to their problems. The staff can also tell you where to complain if the Public Protector cannot help you.You could also visit the office for an interview or a consultation, if you prefer. It is better to write first and ask for an interview in the letter.Who is South Africa’s Public Protector?Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane became South Africa’s fourth Public Protector in October 2016. She was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, after being recommended by a special parliamentary committee.Mkhwebane is an advocate of the high court and a specialist in refugee and immigration law. She has held positions in the Department of Home Affairs and the South African embassy in the Republic of China. She previously also worked in the Office of the Public Protector as a senior investigator and an acting provincial director for Gauteng. Mkhwebane was also a senior researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission.Mkhwebane replaced Advocate Thulisile Madonsela, who completed her term in October 2016. Madonsela replaced Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who completed his seven-year term as Public Protector on 16 October 2009. South Africa’s first Public Protector, Advocate Selby Baqwa, served from 1995 to 2002.Updated October 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more