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first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “When I talked about it to people, they thought it was a joke. It was too crazy. I had to make it come true,” he said.Just before the blocks melt, the ice boards lose their bulk and weight and achieve perfect symmetry.For a brief span, the ice block becomes the ideal surfing machine.Then it vanishes.“The first 20 minutes, they are surfable,” he said. “Then just perfect for two or three minutes — you need the right waves just then — and then (after that they are) too fragile.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Wegge started out by cutting ice blocks from a frozen lake with a circular saw but found they were too full of air and too soft to last more than 10 minutes.So he and his team of fellow surf enthusiasts built a mold and installed it in a fishery refrigeration plant at minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus four degrees Fahrenheit) in the fishing port of Svolvaer.The steel-hard ice blocks that come out are shaped with a sculptor’s tool and strewn with seaweed so surfers can hold their footing.Staying upright on slippery boards with cold feet was half the battle as Wegge and his pals tested their latest ice boards in February, balling their eyes shut again the snow, driven vertically across the wave by the winter gales.“Next time we will make 20 to 30 boards and use all of them in one day. We are going to make it work,” he said. NVGRELATED STORIES:Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedomIn South Africa, disabled surfers thrill at catching a wave MOST READ Errol Spence defends IBF welterweight title with win over Mikey Garcia 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIEScenter_img The Norwegian adventurer rides the ice boards on the waves off Norway’s Lofoten archipelago north of the Arctic circle.The blocks weigh 60-80 kilograms (132-176 pounds) against two or three kilograms for the classic board. They are hard to carry, difficult to float and tough to balance on with cold feet. And they melt away within minutes in seawater warmed by the Gulf Stream.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSo why bother?Extreme surfer and filmmaker Wegge, 33, has spent nine months trying to carve the perfect ice board. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history It’s hard, heavy, brittle and melts away without trace.Norway’s Inge Tamburaci Wegge, 32, head of the Iceboard project, poses with a surfboard made of ice, on the Delp surf spot, near Straumnes, in the Lofoten Islands, over the Arctic Circle, on February 18, 2019. Image: Olivier MORIN / AFPBut ice is the material of choice for Inge Wegge, who sculps chunks of it and uses it for a most unlikely purpose — to make surfboards.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

first_imgThe director of the Catholic Media Center, Rev. Father Ambrose Dayouga Kroma has said that members of the 53rd National Legislature must submit to an independent auditing body in respect of transparency and accountability.Making the statement yesterday at the offices of Radio VERITAS, Rev. Father Kroma said it is important for lawmakers to urgently provide detailed account of funds allocated for the much publicized nationwide consultation on the possibility of oil exploration in the country. Rev. Fr. Kroma was speaking during a workshop under the theme, ‘Triple concepts of team management, transparency and accountability’ held for journalists, especially for members of Radio VERITAS with the aim of re-branding Radio VERITAS for effective management. He explained that, “Failure on the part of our legislatures to yield to this appeal of the deprived masses will lead to the intensity of the already significant lack of trust, lack of faith and lack of belief in their ability to better the lives of those who employed them, the electorates.”Rev. Fr. Kroma continued, “Indeed, Liberians are hurting; Liberians are loosing faith; yes, Liberians have become highly distrustful. There is the all important call to better the lives of the suffering masses and we must continue to ensure that now.”He said among the many calls in this direction, is the pervading view that by providing a million dollars to each electoral district, the aged old problem of poverty and economic deprivation could be tackled in some measure.“While this argument is noble, laudable and worth considering, it, however, regrettably fails to elaborate on transparency and accountable management in this endeavor.” Rev. Fr. Kroma stressed.He added that, “Given the many unanswered financial questions that have engulfed the various branches of government with respect to transparent and accountable management of the public funds and resources, many well meaning Liberians of informed consciences will remain highly skeptical regardless of the seemingly good intentions.”Rev. Fr. Kroma told the participants that, “Team management, transparency and accountability concepts are essential to the success of any institution particularly Radio VERITAS, given its relevance to post conflict Liberia in the promotion of truth, justice, human dignity and rights and the advancement of social, economic and moral rectitude within our society.”He said the concept of an effective management team goes beyond the station manger and various heads of departments, adding that it embraces inter-department collaboration and support.Rev. Fr. Kroma stressed that it allows for personal responsibility, which enables each employee to act in the discharge of his or her responsibility with a degree of moral conscience, personal obligation and a greater sense of commitment.“These concepts are indispensible pillars of any viable and successful institution. Certainly, where transparency and accountability exist, there will also exist a greater sense of obligation, the willingness not only to accept assigned responsibility but also the deeper preparedness, if required, to go beyond the limits of one’s assignment to achieve maximum results as well as accounting for one’s actions or inactions,” he noted.He continued, “Radio VERITAS must begin as it were to seek higher accountable standards, which will lead to greater productivity, transparent and accountable management as envisioned in the goals of its establishment.”Rev. Father Kroma said Radio VERITAS is to remain truly the voice of the voiceless amidst the pluralized media landscape in Liberia today wherein some of the institutions have compromised the truth in favor of political expediency, then Radio VERITAS must begin as it were to seek higher accountable standards, which will lead to greater productivity, transparent and accountable management as envisioned in the goals of its establishment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAngie Brooks International Center (ABIC) for women’s empowerment, with support from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), yesterday embarked on a nationwide quick impact project on governance. At a press conference over the weekend, ABIC coordinator Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh said the project will boost women’s participation in the ongoing voter registration as well as enhance gender representation in the forthcoming presidential and representative elections. “More importantly this will lead to a long term increase in women’s participation in all areas of governance, decision making and their involvement in the local and national planning processes,” she said. The project was launched against the backdrop that despite having the first female President in Liberia and Africa, women are still being marginalized in Liberia. Women, she said, are allowed to play back seat roles, evidenced by the low representation of females in the National Legislature. “We are aware of the drop in women’s representation in the legislature from 14 percent in 2005 to approximately 11 percent currently. “As we speak, Liberia is globally ranked 146th in terms of women’s participation in parliament out of 190 countries surveyed by the Inter-parliament Union as of January 2017. This is not a good ranking for a country with the first elected female President on the continent of Africa; and as such, we must do everything possible to improve our rank,” she said. The legislature, she warned, should not only be the target for women, and called on women to begin from the grassroots level to ensure their involvement in the governance and planning processes in every sector of Liberia. The project will be held simultaneously in Bopolu City, Voinjama, Barclayville, Saniquellie, Harper, Zwedru, Buchanan, Gbarnga, among others.The forum will engage Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including women’s and youth groups, human rights organizations, grassroots organizations, religious and community leaders. During the engagements, county officials, specifically superintendents, are expected to be present. Clle. Wereh extended appreciation to UNMIL and her project team for their support and hoped that more women would be targeted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…PPP supports Govt’s positionAs the political and economic crisis continues to worsen in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Guyana has joined calls for an end to the impasse in the Spanish-speaking nation.In a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday, the Guyana Government said it was gravely concerned at the deepening of the political crisis in Venezuela.The Government said it “supports calls made at both the regional and international levels for immediate dialogue involving all political and social actors, with a view to the preservation of the democratic process and a return to normalcy.”Furthermore, Guyana is calling on all parties in the neighbouring country to desist from actions that might lead to further violence and loss of lives.“The Government of Guyana remains firmly supportive of efforts to resolve the crisis through peaceful means and with full respect for human rights and the rule of law,” the Government added.PPP supportMeanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition has also thrown its support behind the calls made by the coalition Government.At his weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told reporters that he had a briefing on the situation in the neighbouring country via a phone conversation earlier in the day with Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who is currently in Washington.“We don’t have all the details at this point, but I assured him that we don’t want to do anything right now that in a major way will be inconsistent with the Government’s action… We, at this time, would like to associate ourselves with [Government’s] statement,” Jagdeo said.In recent years, Venezuela has been experiencing worsening economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market. The country is now in its fifth consecutive year of recession with hyperinflation at an all-time high.Reports coming out of the Spanish-speaking State reveal that there are massive food shortages and limited access to basic health care and basic amenities such as electricity in certain parts. Additionally, there continue to be rampant outbursts of looting and violence across some of the most affected cities in the neighbouring country. These conditions have forced millions to flee the country, with thousands seeking refuge in Guyana.Meanwhile, there seems to be an international divide on the political situation in the South American nation, which has given birth to a parallel government, putting the nation into unchartered territory – with two presidents.Following snap elections in May 2018, Nicolás Maduro – who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013 into its worst economic freefall – was re-elected President for another six-year term. But the elections suffered widespread Opposition boycott and claims of rigging. However, attempts to challenge the polls by the Opposition were banned by the pro-Maduro Supreme Court. Hence, his assumption of office on January 10.The Venezuelan Constitution allows citizens to rebel against a Government that takes power from the legislative branch and gives the head of that branch the authority to become an interim president in the absence of an elected one. Hence, the recognition of Opposition Leader Juan Guaido as President.The 35-year-old declared himself acting leader on Wednesday, receiving the backing of a large number of countries such as the United States and Canada as well as a majority of Latin American and South American nations, including Venezuela’s neighbours Brazil and Colombia.While Guyana has steered clear of throwing support behind either side, the Organisation of American States (OAS) – of which Guyana is a member – has since recognised Guaido as the interim president.“Our congratulations to [Juan Guaido] as acting President of Venezuela,” OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said in a tweet on Wednesday.However, the support of these countries for Guaido has resulted in Maduro – who still enjoys control over the courts, central bank and the military – breaking diplomatic ties with the US.In fact, soon after US President Donald Trump tweeted his formal recognition of Guaido as President of Venezuela on Wednesday, the socialist leader Maduro subsequently told a gathering outside the presidential palace in Caracas that he was giving US diplomats in the country 72 hours to leave Venezuela, accusing the North American nation of attempting to govern Venezuela from Washington.“We’ve had enough interventionism; here we have dignity, damn it! Here is a people willing to defend this land,” Maduro stated.last_img read more

first_imgThe authors of the report argue the lack of policy and regulatory co-ordination in Canada, coupled with an increasingly crowded and competitive market is threatening the possibly of our country being shut out of the LNG market.“Producers around the world, including in the newly gas-rich U.S., are racing to lock up market share in the Asia-Pacific region, in many cases much more aggressively than Canada,” the report reads. “While this market is robust and growing, the nature of the contracts for delivery will favour actors that are earliest in the queue. And, as supply grows, so too does the likelihood of falling gas prices in the Asia-Pacific region, making later projects less lucrative.”The authors note the disagreements between governments over standards, processes and compensation in the potential LNG industry are stalling the approval of projects, like pipeline rights of way and agreements with First Nations.- Advertisement -They’ve also reserved strong criticism for the provincial government’s proposed LNG special tax, arguing this tax could negatively affect both the cost of financing and the ability to access markets in a timely fashion.The authors of this report are Michal Moore, Dave Hackett, Leigh Noda, Jennifer Winter, Roman Karski and Mark Pilcher.last_img read more

first_imgThe success of Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend is set to be documented in the hit RTE TV show Ear to the Ground which will hit our screens next Tuesday night.The popular long-running rural affairs show will find out what makes Harry’s Restaurant the incredible success it is. Harry’s has become an unlikely destination for foodies all over Britain and Ireland, with its innovative menu of locally sourced food, winning rave reviews and awards.Working with local farmers and fishermen from the Inishowen peninsula, Donal Doherty has turned a family business into a unique food movement.For local farmer John Hamilton, selling into Harrys Restaurant has given him a chance to produce his own free range pigs and cattle.For the fishermen of Greencastle, the most northerly port in the country, the emphasis on fresh caught gurnard and haddock has created a sustainable local market. For Kemal Scarpello, the restaurant has allowed him to start a craft bakery on a family farm in nearby Newtown Cunningham.For chef Derek Creagh, who trained with avant garde celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, Harrys has given him an opportunity to ply his trade in his native county.The restaurant’s success has sparked a cluster of food enterprises in the area.Ella McSweeney visits the border county for a taste of success.Make sure to tune in and see Harry’s Restaurant next Tuesday night on RTE One at 8.30pm. POPULAR DONEGAL RESTAURANT TO APPEAR ON HIT RTE TV SHOW was last modified: February 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ear to the GroundEntertainmentFeaturesHarry’s RestaurantnewsRTETVlast_img read more

first_imgTir Chonaill Athletics Club in partnership with Athletics Ireland and Cara Pharmacies are promoting the inaugural Cara Bundoran 10 mile challenge road race on Saturday 5th is getting behind the event which will officially launched in the Library in Bundoran this Thursday night at 8pm.You can find out more on the facebook link below: can follow Tir Chonaill AC on www.tirchonaillac.comTIR CHONAILL AC NOTES: INAUGURAL 10 MILE CARA BUNDORAN CHALLENGE was last modified: January 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:bundoranracelast_img read more

first_imgMEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has hit out against plans by the Government and Minister Phil Hogan to change the delivery of the LEADER programme under Government reforms known as the Alignment Process.Pat the Cope Gallagher.MEP Gallagher also called on the Government to establish an interim fund to bridge the gap between the end of the current programme and the start of the new LEADER programme for the period 2014 to 2020.Mr Gallagher raised the matter in the European Parliament last night as the impact of the proposed changes by Government will negatively affect how the LEADER programme is operated in Donegal. Mr Gallagher stated “I have a keen interest in the delivery of the LEADER Programme in Ireland, which is co-financed by more than 50% under the EU Rural Development Programme. As Minister with responsibility for the Gaeltacht, I was directly involved in the design of the first, pilot LEADER programme in Ireland.“The “bottom-up approach” is the hallmark of the LEADER programme with the participation of local communities at the heart of the LEADER ethos. This approach is recognised by the EU institutions, as a template for other EU Member States to follow.”“I am deeply opposed to the plans of the Irish Government to change the LEADER programme by adding extra layers of bureaucracy and red tape. This is another example of removing responsibilities from skilled and highly experienced professionals and placing them in the hands of committees lacking the same expertise and know-how.”“Regrettably, the LEADER programme will face a 23% cut in funding as the budget has been reduced from €370 million to €283 million. Moreover, an interim fund is required to bridge the gap between the current and next round of LEADER funds. I strongly call on the Minister and the Government to provide this necessary funding.” Mr Gallagher concluded by stating “I firmly call on Minister Hogan, even at this late stage to reconsider these unwanted changes to the LEADER programme.” LEADER PROGRAMME WILL BE DAMAGED BY CHANGES – PAT THE COPE was last modified: March 11th, 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:ChangesdonegalLEADER programmePat the Copelast_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Back when the NBA released it schedule, this Warriors-Lakers game was supposed to represent something else.This would serve as an epic playoff preview between an in-state rival. The Warriors’ All-Stars would square off against LeBron James just as they did in the past four NBA Finals. The storylines would produce splashy ratings for a TNT telecast.Instead, the Warriors cruised to a 108-90 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday that lacked any of those storylines. …last_img read more

first_imgMany well preserved examples of CapeDutch, Georgian and Victorianarchitecture can be seen inDorp Street.(Image: Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoyguided bicycle tours throughStellenbosch.(Image: Adventure Shop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Raino BolzAdventure Shop+27 21 882 8112RELATED ARTICLES• Exploring bicycle culture in SA• SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled out • BMX glory for Khayelitsha teen • Wine route celebrates 40 years• SA wine consumers on the riseWilma den HartighVisitors to the Western Cape now have the option to experience the best of what the Stellenbosch region has to offer, on a bicycle.A Stellenbosch-based adventure sports company recently launched a new tourism product that offers guided bicycle tours through the historic town and surrounding winelands.“It is something different. You actually have an opportunity to experience Stellenbosch and its surroundings, and not just sit in a bus,” says the Adventure Shop’s Raino Bolz.And, you don’t even have to be in peak condition to join in.“It is a leisurely ride but it helps to be moderately fit. We don’t rush the group,” Bolz adds.He says the Adventure Shop has always offered bicycle rentals and guided tours on demand for tourists. “We then decided to combine both the rentals and guided tours and turn it into a product.”He adds that there are other bicycle tours to wine farms, but these don’t include the historical aspect.A historic townThe tour kicks off in Stellenbosch, at the tourist information centre where riders collect their mountain bikes and helmets.Bolz advises tourists to travel light and cycle in comfortable gear such as shorts and t-shirts. The guides carry a snack pack for each rider.From here, tourists cycle through Stellenbosch to interesting historic sites.“The town has a fascinating history,” says Bolz.Founded in 1697 by Simon van der Stel, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. It is home to some beautiful and well preserved examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture.Many of these buildings can be seen in one of the town’s most well-known streets, Dorp (Afrikaans for town) Street, which is a national monument.Stellenbosch has earned the reputation as the City of Oaks because of the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel.On route, the guides will point out other prominent landmarks such as the moederkerk (Afrikaans for Mother Church), and the theological seminary.The moederkerk was completed in 1863 under the supervision of German architect, Carl Otto Hager. The first church was destroyed by a fire in 1710, but it was later rebuilt and extended.The theological seminary was constructed on what used to be an island on the banks of the Eerste River. Here Simon van der Stel camped with his party for the first time in 1679, and founded the town of Stellenbosch.Heading into the countrysideNext, the group heads out to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, just outside Stellenbosch. Cyclists might work up a bit of a sweat on this part of the route, but the beautiful mountain fynbos should offer enough of a distraction.More than 1 100 plant species can be found in the reserve, of which a number are rare and endemic to the area.Jonkershoek Nature Reserve includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. Jonkershoek is a popular cycling spot and its rugged terrain is ideal for hiking. Assegaaibosch, which is a much smaller reserve, is suitable for shorter walks and picnics.The tour follows a winding road through oak and poplar forests to two wine estates in the Jonkershoek Valley: Stark-Condé, owned by self-taught winemaker Jose Condé, and Lanserac Wines, producers of the world’s first commercially bottled Pinotage.At Lanserac, cyclists are also treated to chocolate and wine pairings, the ultimate indulgence.Ending a perfect day outAfter the tasting, the group cycles back into Stellenbosch. If the wine and chocolates leave you feeling a bit weary, rest assured that the route back is as scenic as the way up, and it is mostly downhill.Tour detailsBolz says that there are some variations to this route and the tour can be tailored to suite the group’s cycling ability.The duration of the tour is four to five hours and cyclists depart at 9.30am from the Stellenbosch tourist information centre, where the Adventure Shop is located.The cost is R490 (US$64) per person, which includes a guide; bicycle and helmet rental; two wine tastings and a snack pack and drink.last_img read more