Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import

first_imgSo far, joining Johnson in the Alab Pilipinas roster are reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and returning Heritage Import Lawrence Domingo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees FILE PHOTO – TNT Import Ivan Johnson. PBA IMAGESAlab Pilipinas is bringing in the big guns this as it signed up Ivan Johnson as its first World Import for the coming Asean Basketball League season.The menacing 6-foot-8 bruiser is undoubtedly a huge addition for the Philippine team and immediately propels the squad among the favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-upcenter_img Johnson has proven to be a winner having led TNT to a PBA title in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The former NBA veteran returned to the PBA the following year, but was handed a lifetime ban, which was later downgraded to a one-year suspension by the league after disrespecting commissioner Chito Narvasa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJohnson last saw action for Sagesse in the Lebanese Basketball League, where he averaged 17.3 points on 33 percent shooting from three, on top of 7.8 rebounds last season.The 33-year-old, though, is expected to be in a better state of mind for the regional tournament with Jimmy Alapag, a respected figure not only in the Philippines but also in Asia, calling the shots for Alab. MOST READ View comments 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Welfare-to-work program was target of fraud

first_img“It was a very sophisticated scheme. One recipient was a major criminal involved in organized crime who had been in prison before.” Attorney Mark Geragos, who represents Michael, disagreed with the characterization. “It’s the most disorganized group I’ve ever seen for somebody who is accused of organized crime,” Geragos said. “Obviously, Michael is distraught by the whole thing.” But it’s cases like Michael’s that officials say contribute to the $300 billion a year lost to health care fraud in the U.S. – more than half of it to organized crime – the Daily News found in an 18-month investigation. Authorities say the saga began when Michael immigrated to the U.S. and took a job as a caseworker at the International Community Employment Training Center, which had offices in Glendale and Los Angeles. At the time, the agency contracted with the county to provide job training to indigent immigrants and refugees. From November 2000 to May 2003, Michael issued thousands of checks, reimbursing welfare-to-work recipients for the costs of traveling to jobs and schools. But the checks were frequently sent to incorrect addresses where co-conspirators picked them up and cashed them using false identification, Schmidt wrote in court records. Some of those involved told investigators they split the proceeds with Michael. The scheme unraveled because a bank employee became suspicious when one of Michael’s co-conspirators tried to cash a check, Schmidt said. The Department of Public Social Services investigated and noticed a pattern of fraud. Schmidt testified that Michael forged documents that falsely stated participants were attending school or working. “She was the hub of the wheel from which the illegal actions taken by (International Community Employment Training Center) employees flowed,” Schmidt wrote. Among those who received nearly $163,000 in fraudulent welfare checks was Levon Djaladian, 42, and his wife, Monica Grigoryan, 32, Schmidt said. “He was living in a gated community in a nice home in Sun Valley,” Schmidt said. “He also had very expensive cars. He had many, many bank accounts with his names on them, but he had no legal income that we were aware of.” As part of a nearly four-year sentence, Levon Djaladian was ordered – and has paid – $106,000 in restitution to the county, Schmidt said. Mark Suhr, a senior investigator for the District Attorney’s Office, said the case illustrates that the county’s welfare system can be defrauded relatively easily. “Anybody who works in the welfare system knows there is a lot of fraud going on,” he said. Department of Public Social Services Director Philip Browning said the agency plans to step up its background checks of employees and contractors in response to the case. “How are we going to prevent this in the future?” Browning asked rhetorically. “This is certainly something we can learn from. That’s not to say there won’t ever be another case.” Schmidt said welfare fraud is a systemic problem in the county. “It’s like putting kids in the candy store,” Schmidt said. “Without the shop owners there, they will eat the candy. Organized crime is going to be involved any time they can find opportunities and a vulnerable organization.” (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lana Michael and her husband collected welfare benefits in 2003, claiming they earned less than $24,000. But authorities say Michael, the former office manager of a job-training center for immigrant welfare recipients, also owned a liquor store and recycling business. And, authorities say, she drove a $76,000 luxury car, shopped at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue and had $147,980 stashed in her bedroom dresser. “She was living a very lavish lifestyle,” Deputy District Attorney Juliet Schmidt said. “She went on trips to Europe. She was driving a brand-new BMW 740 IL.” Lana Michael, 34, also known as Svetlana Djangarian, is scheduled to be sentenced June 8 in what authorities say was a $1 million fraud targeting welfare-to-work programs. In exchange for pleading guilty to misappropriating public funds and filing false tax returns, she is expected to be ordered to spend nearly four years in prison and pay $351,967 in restitution. “This brings to a close a tremendous fraud perpetrated by truly greedy people against a county-administered public benefit program,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said. Michael’s husband and 15 other people also have pleaded guilty to misappropriating public funds and tax evasion. Each has been sentenced to up to four years in prison. “They were originally welfare recipients getting services. Then some became workers and began to issue county warrants (checks) on the computers to themselves, family members and friends,” Schmidt said. last_img read more

Barcelona star says Paul Pogba would be ‘welcome’ at Nou Camp

first_img silverware 1 Although he is reportedly not happy at the Red Devils, Pogba has made a steady start this season, scoring two goals.However, Pogba missed a penalty during United’s 2-0 victory over Burnley last weekend in a campaign where the 13-time Premier League champions have endured a mixed start. smart causal RANKED possible standings United are not looking to sell the Frenchman however, but Barca appear to be very keen to recruit the unsettled superstar.Suarez told RAC1: “Pogba’s an elite player who’s won everything.“He has a lot of quality. I think he would like to be competing for more than he is at the moment.“He’s not a player that belongs to Barca, but he would always be welcome.” REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Pogba has suggested he is finding it hard to do his best as he’s not happy Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Luis Suarez has said Paul Pogba would be “welcome” at Barcelona as speculation surrounding the midfielder’s future at Manchester United increases.Pogba, 25, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford throughout the summer due to a rumoured feud with Jose Mourinho. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker Latest Manchester United News deals England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more


first_imgJohn and his family celebrateTHERE were tears of joy at the Letterkenny count in the past few minutes as independent candidate John O’Donnell was elected to Donegal County Council.John, from Kilmacrennan, ran a good campaign.His father Eddie served as an Independent Fianna Fail councillor on the council his untimely death in a traffic accident in 1993. His mother then held the seat until 1999. “I just want to thank all my supporters, all my family and friends,” said Cllr O’Donnell at the Aura Leisure Centre.John passed the quota by two votes on transfers.Earlier he had said he wanted a new direction for politics at County House in Lifford.“People want change and I am going to work at the grassroots for that change,” he said. It is turning into Independents Day in Donegal.Killybegs mother of three Niamh Kennedy has just been elected.John O’Donnell celebrates after being elected in the Letterkenny electoral area. Pic-Clive WassonEMOTIONAL SCENES AS JOHN O’DONNELL FOLLOWS IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS was last modified: May 25th, 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:CouncillorJohn O’Donnelllast_img read more


first_imgScoil Mhuire, Buncrana students with their Guidance Counsellor Ms Orla Mc Cafferty.Rosses Community College students with their Guidance Counsellor Ms Eilis Coakley and Trinity College representativeMulroy College students with their Guidance Counsellor, Ms Crawford and colleagueLoreto Convent, Milford with their Guidance Counsellor Ms Mc GeeLoreto Convent, Letterkenny students pictured with their Guidance Counsellors Ms Brid Mulhern and Ms Karen CroweDeele College students with a member on An Garda Siochana.Crana College students pictured with their Guidance Counsellors Ms Mary Galbreith and Ms Anne Mc ElhinneyColaiste Colmcille, Ballyshannonb students pictured with their Guidance Counsellor Ms Mairead Mc GurrenCarndonagh Community College students with their Guidance Counsellor Mr Liam HarkinSome Loreto Convent, Letterkenny girls posing for the camera at the careers fairThe Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey was the excellent venue for the annual Careers Fair organised by the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.Almost 1500 students from secondary schools across Co Donegal attended throughout the day where almost 40 third level institutions from across Ireland, England, Wales and The Netherlands gathered to inform the students on the myriad of options available to them after their Leaving Certificate.The Villa Rose was a hive of activity as the eager masses collected their pamphlets, prospectuses (as well as the odd free pen!) from the universities and colleges. Questions were answered, details were taken and seeds were planted into the students’ minds in what was a hugely successful day.The event is the flagship day of the Donegal IGC calendar and has gone from strength to strength over the years and is testament to the amount of hard work being done in our schools by the Guidance Counsellors.A Twitter competition was also run on the day. Students were asked to follow the @IGCDonegal twitter page and include a hashtag to be in with a chance to win one of four One-For-All vouchers worth 50 euro each.The lucky winners were Marius Doherty, St Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Owen Mc Colgan, Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Rosie Browne, Colaiste Chu Uladh, Ballinamore and Chloe Sweeney, Loreto Convent, Letterkenny. Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone who entered.The event organisers, Mr Rory White Finn Valley College, Stranorlar, Ms Georgina White, St Columba’s College, Stranorlar and Ms Mairead Mc Gurren, Colaiste Colmcille, Ballyshannon would like to thank all the institutions for attending the event, the teachers and guidance counsellors for taking the students to the event, the students themselves for their excellent behaviour on the day and Mr Tommy Gallen and his staff at The Villa Rose Hotel. IGC CAREERS FAIR A GREAT SUCCESS – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: March 24th, 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:CAREERS FAIRFeaturesnewspicture specialschoolslast_img read more

25 extra places announced for Donegal Rural Social Scheme

first_imgGovernment Chief Whip and Minister of State for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands Joe McHugh TD, announced that 25 extra places will be allocated on the Rural Social Scheme in County Donegal.The new places will provide support to more low-income farmers and fishermen, enabling them to carry out valuable community-based work and thereby helping to deliver on a Programme for Government commitment to rural Ireland.Minister McHugh said: “At the outset, I would first like to reiterate my support, and that of the Government, for the Rural Social Scheme. “In recognition of the valuable work undertaken in rural communities under the RSS, I am very pleased to announce that an additional 25 places will be made available in Donegal under the Scheme.“It will be delivered at local level here by both Donegal Local Development Co. Ltd and Údarás na Gaeltachta.“This is part of a national allocation of 250 extra places as announced by my Fine Gael Colleague, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty.“Overall this represents an increase of over 28% in the places available under the RSS in the past two years – from 2,600 to 3,350. “Since the RSS was launched in 2004, it has delivered a range of positive benefits for both participants and their local communities.“The RSS has become a key aspect of community action in many rural areas and is popular with both participants and local sponsors as well as community groups here in Donegal.“While communities benefit from the skills and talents of local farmers and fishermen, participants also have the opportunity to improve existing skills, or develop new skills, while performing valuable work in here in our local communities.”The Minister added: “The RSS has established itself at the centre of rural life here in our county. Significantly, it also supports participants to remain involved in farming or fishing in their local areas. It shows the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting and sustaining rural Ireland.”The work carried out under the Scheme helps to support countless sports clubs, community services and rural facilities. It is also an important source of extra income to farmers and fishermen who may be working in agriculture or fishing on a part-time basis and who have a low income. It also gives them an opportunity to develop new skills. Participants provide 19.5 hours a week on a local rural or community project in a return for a top-up on their social welfare payments.The Scheme is especially important in the west, north-west and south of Ireland where there are a higher representation of farm assist recipients.Participants work locally on projects such as caretaking at community and sporting facilities; energy conservation work for the elderly and the less well off; Village and countryside enhancement projects; Social care and care of the elderly such as meals on wheels; Community care for pre-school and after-school groups; Environmental maintenance work such as Tidy Towns project and helping non-profit cultural and heritage centres.25 extra places announced for Donegal Rural Social Scheme was last modified: March 23rd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalrural social schemelast_img read more

Young farmers gaining ground

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty HigginsOne of the most popular statistics thrown around about agriculture is that the average age of the American farmer is 58. Although this figure is causing some anxiety in the industry, my journeys throughout the 2018 planting season has me focusing on another stat. After hopping into tractor cabs all over the state, I realized that my random stops had me, a 40-year-old, feeling a little older than I normally do on a given day of hanging out with producers.After riding along with Roger Tobias (25), Reggie Rose (26) and Owen Niese (23) it would be hard to convince me that only 2% of established farmers in America are less than 35 years of age. Equally as difficult would be to convince these young farmers that there is no future for them in agriculture.“The past 3 to 4 years we have really taken off in the size of the operation,” said Tobias, who farms in Pickaway, Madison, Richland and Ashland Counties. “A lot of that actually has a lot to do with the low commodity markets and other farmers deciding to get out of farming at the same time we were able to be competitive.”Reggie Rose and his family have a dairy operation in Mercer County and despite the long-term price dip that milk has seen, Rose is looking for ways to be optimistic and flexible to continue to do what he loves.“Things will come around. I compare what is happening now in our industry to what happens in chickens and hogs when the little guys were pushed out,” Rose said. “Dairy has come to that faster than I ever thought but we’re hanging in there so I guess someday if we have to milk a thousand cows or just raise heifer for another thousand cow operation that will work too.”As for Niese, when he isn’t planting corn or soybeans he and his Dad are planting tile, which is keeping them plenty busy these days in Crawford County.One of my Cab Cam stops what not like the others when I found Al Walton planting corn for what would be his last time in the Hardin County field.“I started farming in 1972 after I got out of high school, so I have been at this for a little while,” Walton said. “After harvest the plan is to retire and turn all of my rented ground over to a family that has some ground but has some room to grow. Hopefully they can take this opportunity to grow their farm for years to come.”That amazing windfall of acres will be more than a shot in the arm for Lee Turner, who is a 23-year-old that is part of the family that Walton will be transferring ground to. The amount of acres Turner will have next year will quadruple what he runs in 2018. This fearless farmer is ready for what most would see as a daunting challenge.“It is both nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time,” Turner said. “It’s going to take more equipment and more manpower for sure and it will be a challenge but we are certainly looking forward to it.”It has been a thrill to get to know these young guns of Ohio agriculture over the past month and I can’t wait to see what they are able to do for years to come. Take it from me, the state’s #1 industry is in good hands.last_img read more

Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Sponsors Safety Poster Contest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CASSTOWN, OH – The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm safety poster contest at Miami East Elementary.  The competition was coordinated by the Safety Committee and its members, Erin Baker, Anna Broerman, Carter Gilbert, Justin Hawkins, and Meadow Powers.Students in the second grade were given poster board and had to create a farm safety promotion poster.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom.  The results are as follows:Mrs. Patty Gentis – Teaghan RichMrs. Ashley Demmitt – Dylan HowellMrs. Amanda Riley – Oliver MagalnickMrs. Tammy Mumford – Hayden NorthEach student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter, including candy and a pencil.  The first place poster in each homeroom was also awarded special prize.  Congratulations to the winners!Respectfully submitted by Emma Sutherly, Chapter Reporter.last_img read more

Weatherization in Alaska Includes Skirmishes with Moisture and Mold

first_imgDiscussions about moisture buildup and its effects are likely to be among the most enduring conversations in homebuilding and remodeling, particularly as more homeowners opt for better-insulated and more-airtight exterior walls.In his Musings of an Energy Nerd column, GBA Advisor Martin Holladay recently sorted through key considerations for designing exterior walls that manage water condensation and perform well when exposed to cold weather. The variables in Martin’s analysis include the indoor relative humidity and the temperature of a wall component, such as the sheathing. If the sheathing gets cold enough and the indoor relative humidity is high enough, condensation can collect on the sheathing.The condensation issue came to mind again this month when we spotted an Alaska Daily News story (sign-in required) about mold problems in houses in Fairbanks, where home energy conservation has been gaining importance since the 1970s, when fuel costs began to rise. The stimulus-funded expansion of the Weatherization Assistance Program and recent home-energy rebates have further advanced weatherization activity in the area.The ventilation issueBut as more homeowners add insulation to attics and exterior walls, and air-seal the shell as best they can, complaints about mold have grown commensurately. A building inspector and retired energy auditor interviewed for the story noted that the design of the exterior-wall systems in the afflicted homes plays the most prominent role in mold growth, related health issues, and structural damage precipitated by long-term condensation problems.Because these are existing buildings whose exterior walls are unlikely to be redesigned and rebuilt, however, homeowners are advised to examine a factor they can address more inexpensively: ventilation.“People are still too often addressing one side of the energy equation … making walls thicker, increasing R-values and tightening homes. They are not addressing ventilation,” Steve Shuttleworth, a building official for the city of Fairbanks, told the paper.As noted in another Musings of an Energy Nerd column, “Designing a Good Ventilation System,” builders nowadays typically choose from among three mechanical ventilation systems: an exhaust-only ventilation system based on one or more bath exhaust fans (this is the simplest system); a central-fan-integrated supply ventilation system (for better fresh air distribution); a heat-recovery ventilator or an energy-recovery ventilator connected to a dedicated duct system (the system that will operate at the lowest cost).The choice depends on factors such as the size, layout of the house, and the budget of the homeowner. Martin’s column provides a thorough description of the options.last_img read more

Get Feedback Directly in Premiere With the New Wipster Add-On

first_imgWipster’s new integration seamlessly creates Premiere Pro markers from online client feedback.As a video professional, one of the biggest pain points that comes up during the editing process is getting feedback from clients. In the past, the best option was to upload a private video to Vimeo or YouTube and send your client a link. The client would then send their feedback and you’d have to repeat the process over and over.However, Wipster changed the game in 2014 by introducing editors to a new kind of review process. No longer would editors have to upload video versions to YouTube or Vimeo. Instead, users could use the Wipster interface to upload their videos and get client feedback with detailed instructions at certain points in the timeline. In a way, this was similar to adding markers in Premiere, except it took place entirely online.Outside of a few new players in the game and added workflow improvements, this review process has remained relatively similar over the last two years. However, Wipster just changed the game with a new feature that will certainly get Premiere Pro users excited: the Wipster Review PanelUsing this new Premiere Pro Add-On, you can now send videos directly from Premiere Pro to your clients for feedback. Once your clients review the video and add critiques online, their notes will automatically be placed into your Premiere Pro timeline as markers. This new feature will make it incredibly easy for you to get feedback without disrupting your workflow. In the words of Wipster CEO Rollo Wenlock:What used to be ten disconnected steps became just three with the arrival of Wipster, and is now down to one – the increased efficiencies will seriously help the bottom line of any company producing video.The Wipster Review Panel is available through the Add-On download page. Just navigate to Window>Browse Add-Ons to find it. Once installed, you will be prompted to input your Wipster account information. This helpful video explains how to use the new add-on. It’s a surprisingly simple process.This new service is currently only available to Wipster Video Pro users. You can create your own Wipster account for $15 a month, which is a great deal if you work a lot with video clients.What do you think of this new feature? How will it effect your workflow? Share in the comments below.last_img read more