Border crisis in Texas diminishes for now

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Photo: Trish Motheral.According to Catholic Charities, an estimated 50 people cross the border each day, compared to 150 per day this summer. Due to the graciousness of donors across the United States and Canada in response to a diocesan-wide appeal by Bishop Gary Lillibridge, the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas has responded to the immediate needs of the refugees through the ministries of St. John’s in McAllen and Christ Church in Laredo.On July 3, Lillibridge made an appeal to the Diocese of West Texas, requesting donations and volunteers to respond to the sudden influx of Central American refugees that overwhelmed the border communities of McAllen and Laredo. St. John’s and Christ Church became heavily involved in reaching the refugees’ basic human needs by providing packs of nutritional and hygienic items, among other types of assistance.Lillibridge’s appeal was read nation-wide, and donations have poured into the diocese from Episcopal entities, churches, and individuals. The diocese has distributed $124,000 to assist the ministries of St. John’s and Christ Church. “The response has been tremendous and gracious,” said Dr. Marthe Curry, development director for the diocesan Department of World Mission.Lillibridge said, “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of care and concern across the Church, the United States, and Canada, for these, our fellow human beings. In addition, the generous financial support that has been received is being used to alleviate suffering and provide food, water, hot meals, and many other basic necessities. With the decrease in the number of Central Americans crossing recently, we are able to sustain our efforts at the present time; although if there appears to be an increase in need, we will keep everyone informed.”St. John’s, McAllen, has distributed thousands of backpacks to refugees. The nutritional and hygienic items in each backpack served to sustain the refugees in their journeys from McAllen to relatives’ homes in the United States. “We were very efficient,” said the Rev. Jim Nelson, rector of St. John’s, “We have overproduced, and we have a supply of backpacks on hand to continue our ministry.”Due to the generosity in donations, Nelson was able to personally deliver checks to the Rio Grande Valley Food Bank and the Salvation Army in McAllen on behalf of the diocese and the thousands of supporters. The morning he visited the Salvation Army, the office manager, Maggie, told him they had been praying for funds to come in, specifically for $20,000 to cover their budget shortfall.Nelson told Maggie her prayers had been answered, as he handed over a check for $20,000. Both Maggie and the Chief Officer of the McAllen Salvation Army office began to cry and profusely thanked Nelson.“It was such a privilege for me to serve as God’s agent in that regard,” said Nelson.A check for $20,000 was also delivered to the Food Bank that same day.The volunteers have come from all over the United States, as well, many of them staying in the youth house at St. John’s this past summer. St. John’s became the call center – fielding volunteers to the local entities all working to respond to the refugee crisis.“When there were 150 immigrants arriving each day, 100 volunteers were needed to meet their needs,” said Nelson. Not only did the volunteers help process the immigrants, they were also needed to organize and work through the heaps of material donations coming into the Food Bank and the Salvation Army.“Our efforts will continue,” said Nelson, “but the consequence of the downturn in numbers is that the various entities with which we are working are well-stocked at the moment.” The supplies on hand will continue to be distributed as immigrants cross the southern Texas border every day.— Laura Shaver is communications officer for the Diocese of West Texas Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Shreveport, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA last_img read more

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British Red Cross raises more online than offline for tsunami appeal

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 7 January 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital Research / statistics The British Red Cross’ emergency tsunami appeal was launched at midday on 26 December, the day of the disaster, and has raised over £3.3 million online.Much of the total donated was raised during the first five days of the appeal during the holiday period, showing how important it was to have the website available throughout this period.This is the first time that a British Red Cross appeal has raised more money online than offline. This is even more significant because of the scale of the giving: the response was more than 10 times higher than that to the Bam earthquake a year previously.Charity website specialists Baigent, who manage the website for the British Red Cross, called in staff from their holidays to provide additional capacity for the site and donation facilities. The site, unlike those of some other charities, was able to cope with the sudden and massive demand.According to figures compiled by independent website traffic analysts Hitwise, the British Red Cross website together with the Blue Peter Welcome Home Appeal site received 13.4% of all charity website visits during the week after Boxing Day.Mark Astarita, Director of Fundraising for the British Red Cross said: “Traffic to the site increased dramatically overnight when we became the number one listing on Google, with news sites (BBC, Yahoo, Sky) and major internet properties such as Amazon and Apple linking to us.“The British Red Cross is at the forefront of emergency response to international disasters, and with Baigent’s support we had the systems in place to raise £3 million in under one week.”The website is set to become an even greater part of the British Red Cross’ communications and fundraising strategy in the coming year with a major redesign by Baigent, due to be launched this month. British Red Cross raises more online than offline for tsunami appeal  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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YouTube completes a year of being blocked in Turkey

first_imgNews May 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 YouTube completes a year of being blocked in Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the fact the video-sharing website YouTube has been inaccessible in Turkey for the past 12 months. Access has not been restored since it was blocked exactly one year ago today as a result of three orders issued by Ankara magistrate courts without any specific reason being given.“The blocking of YouTube has gone on long enough,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Turkish authorities to amend their legislation regulating Internet use instead of than arbitrarily censoring content. Such behaviour is unworthy of a country that claims to be democratic and makes us very concerned for the future of the Internet in Turkey. We call for the revision of the three court orders that led to this unwarranted blocking.”Pointing out that access to Dailymotion, Myspace and Geocities has also been banned in Turkey, the head of Turkey’s Association of Internet Technologies (INED), Mustafa Akgul, said: “We need to get away from this instinctive tendency to censor, which threatens the Internet as a space for expression.”Akgul added: “In response to complaints about insults or copyright violations or other matters, a court anywhere in Turkey can suspend access to a website as a preventive measure, without referring to an expert and without giving the website a chance to defend itself (…) An Internet filtering mechanism could be established, but the state should leave this to the country’s citizens. Members of civil society can have a place in this process.”An Ankara magistrate court issued orders on 24 and 30 April 2008 for the blocking of YouTube without giving its grounds for these decisions. Another Ankara magistrate court issued a similar order on 5 May 2008.Law 5651 on “the organisation of online publications and combating offences committed by means of such publications,” in force since November 2007, enables prosecutors to block access to websites within 24 hours if their content is deemed liable to incite suicide, paedophilia, drug usage, obscenity or prostitution or violate a law forbidding any attacks on the memory of the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.YouTube said its editors withdrew the videos that appear to have prompted these court decisions but the site has continued to be inaccessible. The current blocking is YouTube’s fourth in Turkey since early 2007. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Newscenter_img April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Pride takes National honours

first_imgRohan’s Pride claimed glory in the McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase at Ballinrobe. Robert Honner’s nine-year-old could only manage second when attempting to win a hunter chase at the Punchestown Festival for the second year running, but wasn’t unfancied trying handicap company again and was sent off at 10-1. He headed the frontrunning Foildubh when that one blundered early on the final circuit and stayed in front from that point. Leavethelighton and Seefood gave chase but it was in vain as Rohan’s Pride stayed on well to prevail by a length and three-quarters in the hands of Brian Hayes. Honner said: “It makes up for coming second in the Bishopscourt for sure. I’m a bit stuck for words I’d suppose. The horse has been in good old form and I thought we were up against it but he was in at a nice weight and we said we’d take our chance. “He ran a blinder. He jumped away and Brian gave him a great spin – you couldn’t ask for more. “This fellow likes a bit of good ground so we’ll keep him going.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Government commits to opening further clinics to tackle problem gambling

first_img UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to address compulsive gambling as part of a £20.5bn NHS shake-up. The proposed treatment centres will provide access to mental health services for the 500,000 adults and young people with gambling problems. There is currently only one clinic that specialises in treatment for compulsive gamblers in the UK, which is insufficient for treating those with problems and those at risk. Health Secretary Matthew Hancock is tasked with overseeing the initiative.Under May’s plan for the NHS, the health service will receive an additional £20.5bn by 2023, which will help fund the new facilities.Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, celebrated the proposal: “For the past 10 years GambleAware has funded the National Problem Gambling Clinic at CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and, as a charity, we are immensely proud of how the clinic has demonstrated the contribution the NHS can make to the treatment of gambling addiction. “Too often, those with gambling addiction suffer in silence, which is why we will continue to work closely with the NHS to help make sure there are good links between the services we commission and those commissioned by the NHS.”The decision is overwhelmingly positive for the gambling industry as a whole. The onus of tackling problem gambling is no longer solely with the gambling industry, and demonstrates the government’s willingness to address the issue. Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, founder of Central North West of London’s NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic, was recently awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to addiction treatment and research. She announced that she would be dedicating her award to the children of addicts. Bowden-Jones expressed her appreciation upon receiving the award: ”I would like to express my gratitude to this government for taking seriously the issue of gambling disorder and the harm it causes not just to problem gamblers but to their spouses and children.”She added: “I am truly delighted to have received this honour for my work in addiction treatment and research having dedicated my entire professional life to this disease.”Work is currently underway to open treatment centres in both Leeds and Lancashire. Leeds will be the home of the first problem gambling clinic outside of London and is expected to open in April of this year. GambleAware has contributed £1.2m towards the opening of the clinic.The clinic will be operated by a partnership formed between the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the GamCare Network.The funding for some problem gambling treatment from the NHS has long been an ambition for stakeholders given the vast amount of tax revenues the industry provides the Treasury. It is perhaps reflective that the current Health Secretary arrived at the Department of Health directly from the DCMS where Hancock was involved in key gambling issues such as the horseracing levy and FOBT stakes in his short time as Culture Secretary. Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Share Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020last_img read more

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Joseph Randle has yet to make a plea for November Kansas Star Casino incident

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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 234 weeks ago Some people just cannot handle fame and fortune. Mr. Randle would seem to be among this group. Report Reply 1 reply · active 234 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 234 weeks ago There is truth to that Tom. When you artificially elevate people to a status they would never be otherwise, this is that oftentimes happen. Others, on the other hand, take full advantage of their status. Interestingly, Barry Sanders came from Wichita just like Randle. He is now one of the most celebrated NFL Hall of Fame running backs in history. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down jeff · 234 weeks ago Sadly, this sort of thing is no longer newsworthy. Play ball, get money, show true colors. Ho hum. Why even put it in a blog? Report Reply 1 reply · active 234 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 234 weeks ago Jeff, I understand what you are saying and have had the same thoughts. Why does anyone care? Unfortunately, when it comes to our big time athletes, many readers do. This story is getting good hits. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 234 weeks ago Just some more riff raff we here in Wellington get to deal with because of the casino in Mulvane. Think of all the mileage and time it would save our deputies if they had just built the casino off exit 19. Thank you Kansas Star for keeping our jail full. Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Jim Bob · 234 weeks ago It’s a shame the tax payers of Sumner County are getting the brunt of all the criminal actions being committed due to the casino. Half of the Sheriff report are from people doing misdeeds at the casino and being booked into Sumner County Jail by either MPD or KHP. Its a shame the Taxpayers of Mulvane do not get the full bill for the prosecuting, housing, transporting and feeding them. While at the same time they receive all the benefits from it. Is it true we are going to have to hire more prosecutors? Seems like every since they put it up there more and more drugs and criminal activity have been increasing. Tracy can you do a follow up on increases in log reports since it’s been open up north? And how much it has cost Sumner County. I was under the impression it was suppose to be a Destination Casino not a gambling shack for adults only. I see absolutely no out growth going on around it. That is not was voted for. If they are not going to be a Destination Casino it’s time to file suit and get more money from the casino for failure to full fill their obligation. Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down john · 234 weeks ago News flash for Randal. I’m pretty sure your career was over when Dallas Released you during the season!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Joseph RandleSumner Newscow report — Former Dallas Cowboy running back Joseph Randle was back in Wellington this morning, for the third time, yet still has not entered a plea on a November incident that occurred at the Kansas Star Casino.He made a brief appearance in Sumner County Court this morning with a new attorney Craig Robinson of Wichita. The case has been continued to March 17 at 9 a.m.Randle is facing two counts of disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; and interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. Randle is accused of creating a scene during and after playing Blackjack at the casino that led to an altercation in the parking lot with Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission agent.Randle was recently arrested by Irving police after he was found sitting in a car near another ex-girlfriend’s house. In a dashcam video obtained by TMZ, Randle tells police that he is at the house to retrieve a car of his that was taken without his permission from his home in Wichita.When police inform him that he’s being arrested on a warrant stemming from a speeding ticket he got in a Coppell school zone, he tells them that the arrest is the “end of his career.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Murphy Presses Pause on Indoor Dining

first_imgThe move follows an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases statewide as well as overcrowding at multiple establishments with “a complete disregard for social distancing” and “very few, if any, face coverings,” Murphy said Monday. Cases also continue to increase throughout the country, and areas including New York City and Philadelphia have also paused the planned reopening of indoor dining. “Restaurants across New Jersey spent real time, funds, and labor preparing for a safe and responsible indoor reopening, only to find their efforts callously dismissed. We owe it to them – to the livelihoods of their employees and their families, and to the long-term health of these small businesses – to help them through these unprecedented times and make them whole again,” Gopal said. In Monmouth County specifically, the case total reached 9,305, including Atlantic Highlands, 37; Colts Neck, 87; Fair Haven, 29; Highlands, 34; Holmdel, 321; Little Silver, 40; Middletown, 754; Monmouth Beach, 21; Oceanport, 66; Red Bank, 259; Rumson, 47; Sea Bright, 12; and Tinton Falls, 232. Some elected officials who have fought to bring back indoor dining are frustrated with the setback. Sen. Vin Gopal, for example, said that while he understands why the governor took the action, restaurants are struggling and need help. As of Wednesday, July 1, there were 171,928 total COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, with 13,224 lab-confirmed deaths. Murphy said the state anticipates an additional 1,854 COVID-19-related deaths which have not been lab-confirmed. The daily positivity rate was 2.29 percent, recorded June 27. The total number of hospitalizations increased to 1,080. “Given the current situation in numerous other states, as I mentioned, we do not believe it is prudent at this time to push forward with what is, in effect, a sedentary indoor activity, especially when we know that this virus moves differently indoors than out, making it even more deadly,” said Murphy June 29 during a press conference. “We have seen spikes in other states driven in part by the return of patrons to indoor dining establishments where they are seated and without face coverings for significant periods of time. We do not wish to see New Jersey experience a similar spike.” NEW JERSEY – This week Gov. Phil Murphy put a temporary pause on indoor dining which was originally scheduled to partially reopen July 2. By Allison Perrine Additionally, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) issued a joint statement Monday following Murphy’s rescindment of indoor dining. The two called the move “a real slap in the face” to the restaurant and hospital industries. The article originally appeared in the July 2 – 8, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “With this removal of indoor dining hundreds of thousands of restaurants will need even more money as they laid out supplies, staff, and cleaning in anticipation of a reopening. We are killing them with this crushing decision only three days before reopening,” the statement read. “The carelessness of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others. We will not tolerate outlier bars and restaurants and frankly, patrons who think the rules don’t apply to them,” said Murphy. “They are the ones who ruin it for everyone else. Compliance is not a polite suggestion. It is required. Selflessness, not selfishness. So unfortunately, the national situation, compounded by instances of knucklehead behavior here at home, are requiring us to hit pause on the restart of indoor dining for the foreseeable future.” Murphy acknowledged that most bars and restaurants have been doing “the right things” and have been enforcing social distancing policies. But it only takes one to ruin it for the others, he said, as he criticized The Factory Restaurant and Lounge in Jersey City for not following the orders. In the local area, people on social media called out Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright and D’Jais Oceanview Bar and Cafe in Belmar for doing the same. “Don’t be the match that starts a COVID wildfire,” Murphy said Wednesday. “Use your common sense for the common good.”  Other scheduled reopenings for July 2 were allowed, including casinos, outdoor amusement parks and water parks, museums and libraries, indoor recreation and gyms and fitness centers for individualized training or by appointment only.last_img read more

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Centre of Excellence in IT planned for Gweedore

first_imgLocal Gweedore-based Tech Entrepreneur Brian Mac Gairbhigh is celebrating 10 years in business this year.We spoke to Brian about his TECHIE2U company and plans for the years to come:I run an I.T. Support company here called TECHIE2U. We have been providing Tech support to Residential and Business clients in the Gaeltacht and wider Donegal community and beyond for a decade now. My own history is mainly in Information Technology I trained in LYIT back in 2001. I worked in LYIT on work placement and worked in Údarás na Gaeltachta as their Technical Support Administrator for the Gweedore Branch.I found it difficult to find a full-time job in I.T. back then in Donegal so I ended up working as a consultant before eventually hitting a wall like many of the companies I support, and that was of course the 2008 recession.There was very little happening here in Gweedore back then, most of the news was negative of company and factory closures, many of my friends emigrated at this point but I decided to make a stand here, so I decided to start my own small Tech Support business back in 2009.Brian Mac Gairbhigh – TECHIE2UI must admit back then many of the residential/home clients were struggling just as much as the businesses I supported. It was a bleak and challenging period for both the Business and I. However, as a fluent Irish speaker surprisingly I believe the language completely, unexpectedly helped me an awful lot as Gaeltacht based clients seemed much more comfortable communicating with me through the medium of Irish. Since then I have grown the business to a point where I have thousands of clients in Donegal and beyond. I really enjoyed helping local companies with their I.T. Systems helping them operate safely and more efficiently and even helping some of them out when they were hit with serious ransomware viruses or in some cases had total hardware failure.Over the years I have lost count of the number of companies I have potentially saved from catastrophe in losing their own business files and indeed client information.During the recession even though I could have earned an awful lot more abroad I managed to actually buck the trend and start and grow my own business which of course brought its own reward and gave me a great sense of achievement and purpose as well as building a tremendous network of business clients.Thankfully I have seen green shoots beginning to appear in Donegal in the last two years, the business scene in the ground here is experiencing growth and becoming more vibrant. So even though I am an outspoken critic of Dublin centric policy in this county, I believe that there is a bright future here in west Donegal. I moved into a state of the art €12 Million business hub here in Gweedore last year called GTEIC, it is run by Údarás na Gaeltachta and has been a great help to me as there are state of art fibre broadband and office facilities.Údarás na Gaeltachta’s gteic @Gaoth Dobhair. Photo Clive WassonPart of the attraction for moving into this building is not just the facilities but also the high calibre of the companies and people that work within them here. We have multinational satellite branches here for companies such as Pramerica and Optum also for that very reason, as well as other solo entrepreneurs I can count on for advice. As a solo entrepreneur it is great to add structure to my business and meet with fellow professionals from different industries and professions some of whom are returning after being away working abroad for over a decade. That, combined with the highly talented and educated local people, is an unbeatable combination. I believe there are the makings of many world-class-beating enterprises here that just need a little encouragement to flourish.So I am looking at the future and hope to be able to make maximum use out of this facility and employ people as I want to change the negative view some people have of west Donegal, that it is isolated and indeed very much not at the races in real business terms.That is not the case as I have recently started providing outsourced I.T. services to companies as far away as America and Canada I am able to do this from the Business park here in Gweedore remotely over the internet. Location is no longer a barrier, the world is increasing becoming a very small place.Brian Mac Gairbhigh – TECHIE2UI believe it is very important to document and write down your goals so you can document and hold yourself accountable and move towards achieving them, so with this in mind I plan to establish a centre for IT Excellence here in Gweedore. I regularly carry out cybersecurity audits with Donegal companies before I take them on as a Managed Services Contract client, many have had a tough time getting through the recession and understandably have failed to upgrade or replace their I.T. Systems and equipment. Many of them simply do not understand the risks they are taking with their own and client’s information. I plan to change that and let them focus on what they do best. In most parts of the world companies have being using cloud services for over a decade now, many Irish companies I audit are using systems that are outdated it would be fair to say most Irish companies are about 15 years behind the United States and most parts of the world in how we operate our small businesses. I believe it is high time to change that I firmly believe in a cloud first policy this is without doubt the best and safest way to run any SMB in 2019.Get in touch with Brian at Techie2u by visiting www.techie2u.ie or calling 086 375 6907Centre of Excellence in IT planned for Gweedore was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

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Player of the Week: June Mar Fajardo unstoppable for streaking Beermen

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Beermen have now won four in a row to climb to solo third with a 6-3 record behind second-running Rain or Shine (7-3) and league-leading Phoenix (8-2).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Inquirer 7 top UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 4 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo had his best week yet early in the season.The reigning five-time MVP was an unstoppable force as he spearheaded San Miguel Beer’s pair of wins over NLEX and NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed The 6-foot-10 center averaged 33.5 points on 86 percent from field, 16 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his previous two games to earn the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award.Fajardo posted 27 points, 13 rebounds and two assists and made 10 of his 13 shots in a 121-111 victory over NLEX on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe followed it up with a 40-point, 19-rebound performance in a 113-107 win over NorthPort, which simply couldn’t do anything to slow down Fajardo, who went 14-of-15 from the field.His production against the Batang Pier was his best game since registering 42 points and 20 rebounds in Game 5 of their title-clinching win in last season’s Philippine Cup Finals over Magnolia. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more

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Blake Griffin Gets 95 Million Extension From Clippers

Blake Griffin said he did not want to leave the Los Angeles Clippers and it looks like he will be the centerpiece of the franchise —  and wrecking rims in L.A —  for years to come.The powerful and explosive power forward agreed to a five-year extension with the Clippers worth as much as $95 million if he is voted an All-Star starter again or named to a second All-NBA team next season under the so-called “Derrick Rose Rule” in the new collective bargaining agreement.“I feel good about them (the Clippers),” Griffin told ESPNLosAngeles last weekend at Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas. “Like I’ve said, everything’s been positive. Everything’s been moving forward. It’s been a good experience. I’m not a believer in breaking up something that’s working.”The Rose rule allows a player finishing his rookie contract to make 30 percent of a team’s salary cap — up from 25 percent — if he’s twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA or won an MVP award.Under another clause in the new CBA, rookies may extend their contracts by four years. However, a team may designate one player to sign a five-year extension.Griffin was always going to be the Clippers’ designated player, according to sources within the organization. However, had Eric Gordon not been traded to the New Orleans Hornets last December as part of the Chris Paul trade, it might have created a problem.With Griffin the only player on the Clippers’ roster in line for such an extension and his place in the league firmly established — he was the rookie of the year in 2011, as well as a two-time All-Star — he will receive the designation.Griffin’s extension would begin with the 2013-14 season. He would be able to opt out of the final season of the contract but is otherwise committed to the franchise through 2018.Since drafting Griffin No. 1 overall in 2009, the Clippers have tried to surround him with a mix of talented young players and veterans that could help him succeed and the franchise to win. read more

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