By Iain RogersBARCELONA have hired Argentine Gerardo Martino, known as a disciple of the club’s possession-based style, to replace Tito Vilanova as coach, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday.The 50-year-old Martino, a Rosario native like Barca’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, has agreed a two-year contract, his new club said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.com).Vilanova, 44, stepped down last week to continue treatment for throat cancer after leading Barca to the La Liga title in his first season since taking over from Pep Guardiola.Known as ‘Tata’ (grandad), Martino burnished his reputation after steering Messi’s old club Newell’s Old Boys to Argentina’s ‘Final’ championship last month and to the semi-finals of this season’s Libertadores Cup.He made his name as a coach when he took Paraguay to the last eight of the 2010 World Cup, where they lost 1-0 to eventual champions Spain, and after quitting in 2011, turned down a lucrative offer from Colombia.Martino elected instead to return to Newell’s, the club where he played 509 matches as a midfielder under compatriot Marcelo Bielsa, from whom he is said to have inherited many of his coaching ideas.He is also a self-confessed admirer of Guardiola, who took over at German and European champions Bayern Munich at the end of last season.“I feel identified with the kind of football Barcelona play,” Martino told Spanish sports daily Marca in June.“It’s the style I like most,” he added.“The respect for the ball, playing out from the back, possession, interchange of passes.“The pass is the essence of football.”Martino becomes the fourth Argentine to coach at Barca after Roque Olsen, Helenio Herrera and Cesar Luis Menotti.His main priorities next season will be to retain the La Liga title while leading Barca to a third European crown in six seasons and their fifth overall.He inherits a team which has lost several younger members, including midfielder Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich, but has added Brazil forward Neymar, seen as one of the most exciting talents in the game.Club officials have also said they want to buy another centre back to partner Spain’s Gerard Pique and that Paris St Germain’s Brazil captain Thiago Silva was their primary target.Barca launch their bid for a fifth La Liga title in six years at home to Levante on the weekend of August 17/18.
By Steve KeatingSerena Williams kept her bid for a calendar-year grand slam on track, powering past big sister Venus 6-2 1-6 6-3 on a steamy star-studded night at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.Serena moved into the semi-finals, just two wins from history, in what proved the toughest test of her four matches.It is a major tennis event whenever the Williams sisters clash, and with Venus, twice a U.S. Open winner, standing in the way of defending champion Serena’s quest, their latest meeting turned into a primetime extravaganza, pulling in a crowd of A-listers including U.S. presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump and television celebrity Oprah Winfrey.Playing under the bright lights on the biggest stage in tennis, the Williams show crackled with more tension and drama than a Broadway production, relegating men’s champion Marin Cilic to a warmup act while world number one Novak Djokovic pulled mop up duty.For those who did stick around the National Tennis Center until the early hours of Wednesday morning they were treated to more superb tennis as Djokovic fought off a challenge from 18th seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6(2).The Williams sisters had met 26 times before but never with so much riding on the result.A win by Venus would move her a step closer to a first grand slam since 2008 Wimbledon but would scuttle Serena’s chances of joining their sport’s most exclusive club of calendar-year grand slam winners which comprises just three members, Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf.The buzz around Arthur Ashe Stadium was like that of heavyweight title fight and the action on the court was much the same as Serena and Venus put family ties aside and slugged it out like sworn enemies.“She’s the toughest player I ever played in my life and the best person I know,” said Serena in an on-court interview. “So it’s going against your best friend and at the same time going against the greatest competitor for me in women’s tennis, so it was really difficult today.“When I’m playing her, I don’t think of her as my sister, because she’s playing so well, hitting big serves and running a lot of balls down.”The contest featured more intensity and emotion than in most of their other matches. Serena stared at the court and rarely looked up to make eye contact with her sister until the match was over and the sisters shared an embrace at the net.The 33-year-old top seed, winner of 21 grand slam singles titles, took charge of the opening set by securing service breaks in the fifth and seventh games after a brilliant start by Venus.However, Venus in the second set looked more like the player who has claimed seven grand slam singles titles, unleashing her power and drawing groundstroke errors from Serena for two service breaks that sent the match to a deciding third set.Serena seized control early in the third and rode the momentum to the finish and a final four meeting with unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci.Earlier, Cilic and Vinci were the first through to the quarter-finals but both needed to go the distance against tough French resistance.With Serena and Venus waiting in the wings, Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kept everything on hold as the ninth-seeded Croat battled his way to a 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4 win over the scrappy Frenchman.Earlier, Italian Vinci needed a similar gritty effort to see off another player from France, Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3 5-7 6-4 on another sizzling hot day at Flushing Meadows.Cilic squandered three match points in the fourth set but came up strong in the fifth to stretch his Flushing Meadows win streak to 12 matches.“It was a big mental fight, especially after losing that fourth set,” Cilic said after the four-hour match. “Physically, it was very demanding.”Demanding, yes, but nearly as hot as the conditions faced by Vinci and Mladenovic who played the opening match of the day on a baking Arthur Ashe Stadium court.The 32-year-old Vinci showed off her fighting spirit while Mladenovic, a decade younger, wilted in the punishing conditions using up all of her medical timeouts during the two-hour, 32-minute test.A doubles specialist with a career grand slam on her resume, Vinci finally cracked the solo code to move onto the final four in singles at a major for the first time in her 18-year career.
By Nick MulvenneyENGLAND continued their revival under Eddie Jones with a deserved 39-28 victory over an ill-disciplined Australia side to claim their first ever win in Brisbane and take a 1-0 lead in their three test series on Saturday.Recovering from an early 10-0 deficit, the Six Nations champions scored tries through centre Jonathan Joseph, winger Marland Yarde and winger Jack Nowell with flyhalf Owen Farrell contributing 24 points with his boot.Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper scored two tries with fullback Israel Folau and Tevita Kuridrani also crossing but Bernard Foley, the hero of the 33-13 victory over England at last year’s World Cup, landed only three of his six kicks.The tourists have never scored more points against the Wallabies on Australian soil and will take huge confidence into the final two tests in Melbourne and Sydney over the next two weeks.England flanker James Haskell typified his team’s effort, ferocious in defence and at the breakdown as the tourists backed up Jones’s promise of a “Bodyline” series with a display of disciplined aggression.Australia will rue the regularity with which they were penalised by French referee Romain Poite and the loss of the edge in the scrum they enjoyed at Twickenham last October.It had looked like being another good evening for Australia when debutant Samu Kerevi put Hooper over in the corner after a period of sustained pressure in the ninth minute.The Wallabies doubled their lead seven minutes later when Foley delayed his pass to send Folau crashing through Farrell’s tackle to touch down.Two penalties from Farrell from in front of the posts helped England cut the deficit and a third made it a one point game after half an hour.Foley had just had a fine individual try called back for obstruction, though, when calamity struck for the home side in the 32nd minute.The flyhalf failed to get hold of a Folau pass out of defence, Kerevi also failed to control the loose ball and Joseph hacked through for a converted try.Foley landed his first penalty three minutes before halftime but Farrell’s fourth – the ninth time Australia were penalised – gave England a 19-13 lead at the break.A burst up the middle from Haskell and a lofted pass from George Ford gave winger Yarde a free run to the line six minutes into the second half and, when Farrell converted, England were 26-13 ahead.Wallabies loosehead prop Scott Sio was sin-binned in the 54th minute as England reasserted their traditional dominance at the scrum and another penalty at the set piece allowed Farrell to put England 29-13 ahead.Hooper popped up on the wing again to score his second try after a sweeping Australia move and Kuridrani ploughed over in the 71st minute before a Farrell penalty and Nowell’s breakaway effort in the final seconds gave England a famous victory.
These include one gold, two silver and five bronze medals.Noelyne Hetana grabbed gold in the 67kg category while the two silver medals were won by Samantha Kassman in the 73kg and Rahab Loi in the 49kg.Kassman was defeated by gold medallist Nicole Men of Australia while bronze was shared between Venice Megan of Fiji and Tokataake Mwenweata of Kiribati.Loi was defeated by gold medallist Keshena Waterford of Australia and bronze was shared between Lindsey Gavin of New Caledonia and Taraina Tuihaa of Tahiti.PNG bronze medal winners were Rosemary Tona in 46kg, Doris David in 57kg category, Stephanie Kombo in 62kg, Rhoda Bina in the 73kg heavyweight category and Theresa Tona in the 53kg.
Apoel and Apollon, the two teams leading the championship race, surged further clear following the weekend results, while Anorthosis and AEK now appear set to battle for third and fourth place.In the relegation group, the omens are not looking good for Olympiakos who went down 1-0 to Doxa Katokopias, and coupled with Alki’s away win over Ermis Aradippou, they now trail their nearest rivals (Nea Salamina) by four points.Apoel extended their winning streak against Omonia to 10 games with a comfortable 2-0, thanks to two second-half goals by Lucas de Souza and Guilherme Dellatorre.It was no more than Apoel deserved as they dominated play, and apart from the final quarter of the game, were rarely troubled by their opponents who paid the price of a defensive mindset with their lone striker Matt Derbyshire having to battle on his own for most of the game.The win allowed Apoel to regain top spot as Apollon had briefly gone top with a 5-1 thumping of AEL 24 hours earlier.Apollon made a mockery of the notion that their local derby against AEL would be a closely contested affair.A stunning second half display by Apollon inflicted a humiliating 5-1 defeat on AEL, with their coach Bruno Baltazar accepting full responsibility and offering his resignation after the game.Apollon’s skipper Fotis Papoulis and Sasa Marcovic grabbed a brace while defender Hector Yuste started the rout in the 11th minute.The best game of the weekend took place at the Arena stadium where AEK and Anorthosis played out a 2-2 draw.AEK could have made the game safe in the opening 30 minutes, but poor finishing and some excellent goalkeeping by Ariel Harush kept them at bay.In fact, it was Anorthosis who opened the score totally against the run of play just after the half-hour mark.AEK fought back and managed to turn the game around with two goals in as many minutes. Jorge Larena first equalised from the penalty spot and then fired the Larnaca team ahead.However, twelve minutes from the end a tame shot by Michal Duris somehow found its way past Juan Pablo for the equaliser.In the bottom group, Alki scored an impressive away win over Ermis Aradippou with their leading scorer Fabricio netting the only goal of the game in the 64th minute.The win allowed Alki to leapfrog Nea Salamina who lost 3-1 at home to Pafos FC, despite taking an early lead through Carlao.Sikorski’s equaliser on the stroke of half time turned the tie, with the same player adding another three minutes after the restart. Brules made sure of the points for the Paphos team who now seem set for another year in the top flight.Doxa showed why they topped the group as they were far better than bottom-placed Olympiakos and won by a 30th minute Asamoah goal.Football Highlights
There was no great escape for Venus Williams on Friday as the five-times champion became the latest top-10 seed to perish at Wimbledon after she was beaten 6-2 6-7(5) 8-6 in a pulsating third-round match by Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens.The American, at 38 the oldest woman in the draw, had to recover from a set down in her first two matches but her days of living dangerously were ended by a opponent who simply would not give up.The precision serve that had gone AWOL during the first set – with the ninth seed holding serve only once – was back on target for Williams as she produced some exquisite volley winners to snap up the second set when Bertens smacked a forehand long.But all the effort she put into forcing a decider despite being two points from defeat in the second set came to nothing as Bertens played the match of her life to reach the second week at the All England Club for the first time in her career.Bertens had come agonisingly close to toppling Williams in Miami this year, when she had held three match points, and she seemed to have learned from that near miss as she dropped to her knees in triumph after watching the American net a backhand to end the two hour, 40 minute thriller.Williams’ defeat continued the horror show for women’s seeds at Wimbledon as only two of the top 10 – world number one Simona Halep and number seven Karolina Pliskova – are still in the tournament. It is the worst showing by the women’s seeds in the professional era. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Ed Osmond)
Six-time champion Roger Federer avoided an early exit from the ATP Finals as he rediscovered his form to outclass Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-3 at the 02 Arena on Tuesday.The Swiss maestro found himself with his back to the wall after an error-strewn loss to Kei Nishikori in his opening round-robin match — his first straight sets defeat in 46 group stage matches at the season-ending showpiece.Another loss would have made it impossible for him to reach the semi-finals for the 15th time in 16 appearances at the tournament.Yet 48 hours later, the 37-year-old Federer looked much more like his old smooth self as he rebounded in style, to the delight of the majority in the packed stadium.Whereas he struggled for timing and was a little grumpy on Sunday against Nishikori, Federer found his groove from the start against Thiem as he hunted an early break.Thiem saved a break point in the opening game but at 1-1 he sent a forehand long to give Federer the advantage he never really looked like relinquishing.Two tame volley errors by Thiem gave Federer another break for a 5-2 lead as he cruised to the opening set.Federer turned the screw to break again immediately in the second set and never looked in any danger of a defeat which would have made it impossible for him to reach the semi-finals.He will face South African Kevin Anderson in his final match in the Lleyton Hewitt group on Thursday.Tournament debutant Anderson leads the group with two wins after thrashing Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 earlier and would have been assured of a semi-final spot had Federer been beaten by Thiem or even dropped a set.As it stands Federer will likely have to avenge his Wimbledon loss this year by Anderson to reach the semi-finals although all four players in the group could still mathematically progress.
Results and fixtures for the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday (start times are CET) 1st Qualifying Round ————————————————– Riga (0) 4 Dundalk (0) 5 …. full-time: 0-0 extra-time: 0-0 penalties: 4-5 aggregate: 0-0 Dundalk win 5-4 on penalties Qarabağ (0) 2 Partizani Tirana (0) 0 …. aggregate: 2-0 Qarabağ win AIK (0) 3 Ararat-Armenia (0) 1 …. aggregate: 4-3 AIK win Rosenborg (1) 4 Linfield (0) 0 …. aggregate: 6-0 Rosenborg win Ludogorets (1) 2 Ferencváros (2) 3 …. aggregate: 3-5 Ferencváros win CFR Cluj (2) 3 Astana (1) 1 …. aggregate: 3-2 CFR Cluj win Piast Gliwice (1) 1 BATE (0) 2 …. aggregate: 2-3 BATE win Sutjeska (0) 4 Slovan Bratislava (0) 3 …. full-time: 1-1 extra-time: 1-1 penalties: 3-2 aggregate: 2-2 Sutjeska win 4-3 on penalties Maribor (2) 2 Valur (0) 0 …. aggregate: 5-0 Maribor win Celtic (1) 2 Sarajevo (0) 1 …. aggregate: 5-2 Celtic win
NLEX set to acquire Guinto Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Despite the throbbing pain emanating from his battered, reddish palms, Roach isn’t complaining.Fact is, the more intense the pain Pacquiao inflicts on him, the happier he gets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“His punches are more powerful than before,” said Roach, who is confident Pacquiao will shine again.“The better he performs, the bigger his chances of fighting bigger names next year.” It means they are getting closer to their wish of ending Pacquiao’s seven-year knockout drought.Pacquiao is gunning for Jessie Vargas’ World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 5 and Roach is optimistic that his prized ward would finally tally KO No. 39.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK View comments We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine FILE: Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach inside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California on Saturday afternoon. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORAHOLLYWOOD—The pounding he’s been getting from Manny Pacquiao is taking its toll on Freddie Roach’s frail body.The seven-time trainer of the year’s left shoulder is aching all over, and so is his elbow, after four rounds of doing the mitts with Pacquiao on Monday afternoon at his Wild Card Gym here.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ
He also noted that Bubba Watson won last year at 25-under par, and it probably will take something around that to win.“I know that’s a tall order since I’ve been away from the game for so long and I’ve made a lot of different changes in my game,” he said. “Physically and also equipment, practice schedules, training, all that has evolved. The mindset of competing hasn’t. That is to go out there and try to beat these guys.”He still is working with swing coach Chris Como, whom he brought on two years ago. Now that Nike is out of the equipment business, Woods is using a TaylorMade driver and fairway metals, a Bridgestone golf ball and his old Scotty Cameron putter that he used to win all but one of his 14 majors.But it starts with playing.“Put it this way: It’s a lot better situation this year than last,” Woods said. “I just couldn’t get out of bed. I needed help. It was a tough, tough time. You asked me then, ‘Could I play?’ No. I can’t even get out of bed. How am I supposed to swing a club at 120 miles an hour? That’s just two different worlds.”ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “Right now, I haven’t even competed yet, so I’m at the beginning stages of that,” he said.Jack Nicklaus spoke Tuesday morning at the HSBC Business Forum in Florida and talked about how golf wasn’t nearly as important to him as competing. That’s something to which Woods can relate. What he said he missed was the competition, whether on tour or at home with friends.“But the bigger the stage,” Woods said, “the more fun for me.” TVJSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND WATCH: Vince Carter super-fan travels from China to meet idol Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 There were times during his 15 months away from golf that Woods wasn’t entirely sure that would be the case. He said that when he was at the Hero World Challenge last year, he needed help just to climb out of bed. At an outdoor party at Albany Golf Club, he would mingle for a few minutes and then sit on a stone bench.He spent more time looking back than looking forward, saying at one point that anything else he achieved in golf would be “gravy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAnd now he can’t wait to get started on Thursday.The 15-month break to heal following back surgeries is the longest he has been away from golf. Woods was a mixture of optimism and reality about his return. He talked about having all the shots he needs to compete against a field that includes 17 players from the top 40 and Woods, the tournament host who is at a career-low No. 898. He is playing, so he said he wants to win. The outlook is no different. The Hero World Challenge, which he started in 1999 to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation, is effectively a holiday tournament for golf’s elite that has no cut and pays $1 million to the winner. It feels so much bigger this year because of Woods.Over the last year, he played five holes to open his new golf course, Bluejack National, outside Houston. And he took three swings with a wedge on the par-3 10th hole at Congressional during a day to promote the Quicken Loans National. All three went in the water.Everyone is curious to see how he plays. That includes Woods.His biggest concern is how far his shots will go because he hasn’t played with any adrenaline since the final round of the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 23, 2015. He doesn’t know how his game will stack up against players he watched at Hazeltine when he was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup.His previous long break from golf was eight months when he had reconstructive surgery on his left knee after winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, the last of his 14 major titles. He won his opening match in the Match Play Championship and won two tournaments later at Bay Hill.That was a knee. This is a back.He was 33, not a month away from turning 41. And that was long before any chaos in his personal life.Asked what he would expect to feel Thursday at Albany Golf Club, Woods said, “I’ll let you know then, because I don’t know right now.”“Yeah, there’s nerves, of course, because I care. I care about what I do out there,” he said. “I want to win, and I want to place the ball in the correct spots, give myself the best angles and bury these putts. Trying to figure that out, yeah, there’s nerves.”Woods often talks about the “process” when he’s changing his swing. This was a different kind of process. It starts with hitting golf balls at home, then playing a practice round at home, and then bringing that game out to a tournament, competing and eventually getting into contention. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Tiger Woods speaks at a press conference for the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. APNASSAU, Bahamas — This might be one time that Tiger Woods doesn’t measure success on the golf course by the score on his card.He measured it with three words Tuesday: “I’m playing again.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The Caparo Forest Reserve in Barinas state, Venezuela, created in 1961, covers almost 175,000 hectares (432,000 acres). The Caparo Experimental Station, located within the reserve, encompasses 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) and has been under the administration of the Universidad de Los Andes (ULA) since 1982 for scientific research and education.The reserve has been heavily degraded in past decades, as farmers intruded and burned forest to make way for crops. But the Experimental Station’s forest has remained mostly intact. In January, 200 members of the 777 Christ Ambassadors Cooperative (Cooperativa Embajadores de Cristo 777) invaded the Experimental Station. Mongabay reports from the scene.The intruders claim to have a legitimate permit for the tract. But the courts have nullified that permit and ordered an eviction. The National Guard failed to remove the invaders, so in April on a visit to the site, the Ecosocialism minister promised the settlers new land elsewhere. At the start of May, the squatters remained in place in an apparent standoff.The ULA is concerned about the threat the invasion poses to one of the last major surviving tracts of Colombian-Venezuelan lowland forest. The ULA continues seeking the community’s eviction, with a series of protests by academics and NGOs scheduled for May in Caracas. The groups are asking that the Caparo Reserve and Experimental Station are given national park status. The Venezuelan National Guard meets with some of the illegal intruders during a court ordered inspection of the CEC 777 encampments. Image by José Rafael LozadaCAPARO, Venezuela: On January 5, 2018, around 200 people belonging to the 777 Christ Ambassadors Cooperative (Cooperativa Embajadores de Cristo 777, or CEC 777) invaded the Caparo Experimental Station within the Caparo Forest Reserve in the municipality of Ezequiel Zamora, Barinas state, close to the border with Colombia.The reserve is located on the south bank of the Caparo River, on the Interior Plain of Western Venezuela, at the base of the Andes. The Experimental Station protects one of the last major surviving tracts of Colombian-Venezuelan lowland forest. It is also home to the Critically Endangered variegated or brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), one of the 25 most threatened primates in the world.The invading cooperative immediately claimed ownership of a portion of the Experimental Station, land managed by the University of the Andes (Universidad de Los Andes, or ULA), and the most biologically intact portion of the degraded Caparo Reserve.A brown spider monkey seen close up. Researchers fear that invading farmers will destroy the critically endangered primate’s forest habitat within the station. Image by the photographer licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.A land claim asserted and deniedThe CEC 777 community justified their occupation by invoking the doctrine of “idle lands,” legislated in 2001 by the national government, which allows organized communities to seek title to disused cultivable farmlands for agricultural purposes, and to request state credits for food production there.The invaders say that their claim — which would push out ULA’s commission of professors and students, plus officials of the Venezuelan National Guard — was based on a December 2017 document requesting an occupation permit, which was allegedly signed by Venezuela’s National Land Institute (INTI).The CEC 777 community asserts that the permit allows them to enter the reserve, to build houses, and to plant coffee and cocoa crops, just so long as they do not impact the local environment, said José Rafael Lozada, a ULA ecology professor present at a visit by military and civil authorities to the occupation on February 22, and who was interviewed by Mongabay.On January 31, Barina’s First Criminal Court ordered the eviction of the CEC 777 community, an order made in response to a request by prosecutor César Mendoza Bencomo, who has national environmental jurisdiction. In the ruling, the Ministry of Ecosocialism, regional military commanders, and ULA dean Darío Garay Jérez were recognized as the legitimate controllers of the Caparo Experimental Station, and as having the right to prohibit permanent settlements there, while overseeing the conservation of flora and fauna.The biggest of the intruder encampments. Some of the invaders arrived on motorcycles. Image by José Rafael LozadaTrash, including waste motorcycle oil containers, dumped in a pit beside an invaders’ camp. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.Earlier, on January 8, Minister of Ecosocialism and Water Ramón Velásquez posted a confirmation on his Twitter account saying that the eviction had been accomplished. He even added photos of the alleged evacuation as carried out by the military. However, intruders remained on the land, even after the minister visited the community in late April. At that time, he promised the squatters other property if they would just vacate the Experimental Station.At present, according to officials, the squatters remain on the land and are a threat to the survival of the Experimental Station forest.Mongabay also was given access to a resolution by the INTI Regional Office, dated January 29, 2018, which denies the permit claims of the invaders. That document declares “inadmissible” the CEC 777 community’s request because the Caparo Forest has been an “Area Special Management Regime” (ABRAE in Spanish) since 1961. According to the INTI document, the community’s request was also superseded by a lease of reserve lands in 1982 to the Universidad de Los Andes for scientific research.The Caparo Experimental Station administration building. The site has been managed by the University of the Andes (ULA) since 1982. Now illegal squatters are trying to force the ULA out. Image by José Rafael LozadaA good deal of scientific research has been conducted by scientists affiliated with the Caparo Experimental Station. Here, a map showing carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation coming from the Caparo Forest Reserve between 1990 and 2015, and published in Forests 2017, 8, 291. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.Deforestation and degradation of the Caparo Reserve between 1990 and 2015. Today, only forest fragments remain, except within the Experimental Station overseen by the University of the Andes. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.A history of deforestation and degradationThe Caparo Forest Reserve was created in 1961, covering 184,100 hectares (455,000 acres) for the purpose of sustainable logging to be carried out via concessions granted by the government to private companies. However, this goal was never fulfilled.Over the years, farmers from surrounding communities invaded the reserve, and degraded it via agriculture, wildfires and the theft of wood products. A cartographic and satellite study published in 2011 by Hernán Maldonado of the Latin American Forestry Institute, along with Alexander Parra and Angnes Aldana of the Universidad de Los Andes, found that the original reserve lost 62.5 percent of its forest cover between 1987 and 2007, or an average of 4.798 hectares, or 3.2 percent, per year.The Caparo Experimental Station is located within the reserve, and encompasses 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) of continuous forest, which has been under the administration of the ULA since 1982 for the purpose of scientific research, while also allowing some logging. It continues to be the most intact portion of the reserve.Officials meet with some of the CEC 777 community farmers who have squatted within the Caparo Reserve and Experimental Station. To date, the conflict remains unresolved, and most of the invaders continue occupying the land. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.A critically endangered brown spider monkey spotted in the canopy near one of the illegal encampments. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.Professor Wilfredo Franco, the coordinator of the Experimental Station in 2012, said that at that time, 90 percent of the Caparo Forest Reserve was covered in grasslands and shrub lands, while 14,000 hectares (34,600 acres) were still covered in native forest. Half of that occurred within the Caparo Experimental Station protected by the ULA, with the rest in a hundred small scattered forest fragments, most of which are expected to disappear in ensuing years.Researchers agree that the reserve has been seriously degraded due to numerous fires and bisection by a road, which offers access to poachers and intruders. “The fires occur mainly in the dry season, January-March. Almost all are caused by farmers to clear pastures. But it is common to lose control, which has sometimes impacted the [Experimental Station] forest areas under the care of the ULA,” explained Diana Duque-Sandoval, director of the Spider Monkey Project in Caparo, which since December 2017 has received funding from the Auckland Zoo, New Zealand, and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, for a variety of research projects.Since that date, the Experimental Station has been patrolled by a park ranger with a motorcycle. It was he who gave the first warning of the CEC 777 invasion, when he spotted community members hunting a jaguar, cutting down trees as home sites, and clearing areas for conucos, small plots intended for cultivation.The invading farmers have clear cut trees and marked off conucos, small plots for growing crops. A temporary, indigenous-style shelter is seen in the background. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.The critically endangered variegated or brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), one of the 25 most threatened primates in the world and a resident of the Caparo Experimental Station. Image by the photographer licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.A threat to endangered speciesAs degraded as it may be, the Caparo Forest Reserve is ecologically important. The protected area, especially the Experimental Station, is home to at least 248 bird species, 30 amphibians, and 60 mammals, including the jaguar (Panthera onca), puma (Puma concolor), ocelot (leopardus pardalis), giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), and tapir (Tapirus terrestris). Three species of primate live here: the variegated or brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), white-fronted capuchin (Cebus albifrons), and red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus).The CEC 777 community invasion “is very worrying for the spider monkey (Ateles hybridus), registered as Critically Endangered on the IUCN´s Red List and on Venezuela’s Red List of endangered species,” explains Duque-Sandoval.Several groups of brown spider monkeys, representing an important population for the Llanos region, are found within the Caparo Experimental Station. They occupy an area sufficient in size to sustain a viable population in the long term, say the researchers. The rest of the reserve includes small forest fragments occupied by the spider monkeys as well, but areas too small for their long-term survival.An abandoned cabin illegally taken over by squatters within Venezuela’s Caparo Forest Reserve. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.One of the CEC 777 intruders caught on camera cutting down a tree with a machete. Image by José Rafael Lozada.A continuing conflictWaiting for a promised new place to settle from the government, CEC 777 community members continue occupying three improvised camps and a ruined environmental ministry cabin inside the Caparo Forest Reserve and Experimental Station, with 30 to 40 individuals encamped at each site, said Lozada, who has taught ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment since 1996.Mongabay interviewed Miguel Padilla, one of the CEC 777 intruders. He claims that the community has a right to the land as established under Venezuela’s Constitution. He admits that the community continues to occupy four points at the margins of the reserve. “We know this is a protected area, but only in theory.” He argues that the land occupied is no longer dominated by native vegetation. “We have found cocoa crops, abandoned logging operations and teca trees, which are not endemic,” Padilla said.This lack of undisturbed native vegetation is a typical critique lodged against the continued administration of the Experimental Station lands by ULA researchers. Lozada replies that Caparo is a well-known and ongoing sustainable timber experiment, utilizing fast growing non-native teca trees in hopes of ecological recovery. He points to proven successful cases of restoration at Uverito and Imataca, where he did his doctorate work. The Experimental Station is also important because it is used for the education of Venezuela’s forestry students.CEC 777 community member Padilla accuses the ULA, local ministry officials, civil authorities and regional military commanders of being corrupt and conspiring against the settlers. He requests that the National Constituency Assembly send in an inspection committee to listen to the squatters’ complaints, and to revoke ULA administration over the reserve.For several years, the University Council of the ULA has carried out agroforestry projects in cooperation with previous land invaders who received ministry approval to remain on reserve lands. However, on January 26, 2018, the ULA officially requested the eviction of the CEC 777 community in order to rescue the “biodiversity of the last forest tract” within Caparo.ULA Environmental Sciences faculty dean Garay told Mongabay that, in spite of the lack of a definitive government response so far, the university and researchers will continue lobbying for a more restrictive land use designation. ULA students, faculty, and environmental NGOs launched a series of protests in early May in Caracas asking for an upgrade of the reserve’s protection status, hopefully getting it designated a national park.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Diana Duque-Sandoval of the Spider Monkey Project visits the squatters. Image by Diana Duque-Sandoval.Researcher Diana Duque-Sandoval in a field camp of the Spider Monkey Project. The ULA wants the Caparo Experimental Station to receive better protection from the Venezuelan government. Image courtesy of Diana Duque-Sandoval. Agriculture, Animals, Biodiversity Crisis, Conservation, Deforestation, Degraded Lands, Ecology, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Farming, Forests, Green, Habitat, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Human-wildlife Conflict, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mammals, Primates, Rainforest Conservation, Research, Subsistence Agriculture, Tropical Deforestation, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Glenn Scherer
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines started things off on a positive note and grounded Adamson University, 25-11,25-18, 25-11, in its opening game in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Marian Buitre scored the Lady Maroons’ winner with a simple drop ball that landed on the Lady Falcon’s left side of the field.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons also enjoyed a well-distributed offense with Kathy Bersola and Diana Carlos scoring game-highs of 11 points apiece and Isa Molde finishing with 10.Team captain Nicol Tiamzon finished with nine points, four coming from the service line.Bernadette Flora led Adamson with nine points.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Despite winning convincingly in straight sets, Lady Maroons head coach Jerry Yee said his team still has much to improve on especially in closing games quicker.UP was at match point but allowed the Lady Falcons to score two more points before Buitre made the final play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We still had lapses and in this case was we relaxed and that can’t happen against veteran teams,” said Yee. “We still have miscues.”UP practically dominated Adamson in every major scoring category with distinct advantages in spikes, 27-20, blocks, 8-4, and service aces, 15-5. NBA: Another milestone for James as Cavs down Knicks Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments
Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan and China have traditionally been the dominant countries at the games but with Pyeongchang in 2018 and Beijing in 2022 hosting the next two Winter Olympics, athletes in the region are making a major push to be more competitive in global terms.“China is expecting to introduce 300 million people to winter sports during this period, so the next few years are pivotal in establishing a vast, new winter sports scene outside of the traditional markets of North America and Europe,” Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Sapporo Games will also feature athletes from Australia and New Zealand competing, bringing an Oceania element to event.At the request of the Australian Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia and the Sapporo 2017 organizing committee agreed to allow athletes from the two countries to take part as guest athletes in individual sports only. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook scores 38 in triple-double as Thunder top Knicks Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study They won’t be eligible to win medals, but will gain experience by competing against world-class winter sports athletes from the region an in the time zone that will be the same as the Olympics.“Their participation will add value to the Games and further expand the footprint of Asia,” Sheikh Ahmad said.South Korea, the next Olympic host, will have 142 athletes taking part and has set an ambitious goal of 15 gold medals and second place in the medals standings.Many of South Korea’s golds are expected to come in speed skating, a sport the country has excelled at over the years.Lee Seung-hoon, the 2010 Olympic champion in the men’s 10,000 meters, is currently the world No. 1 in mass start. Kim Bo-reum, an emerging star on the women’s side, leads all female skaters in mass start this season.ADVERTISEMENT Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties South Korea’s men’s ice hockey team, meanwhile, is coached by former NHL defenseman Jim Paek. With an automatic berth in the Pyeongchang Games, Paek’s team is in Japan aiming to boost its competitiveness.Chinese short track speed skaters, who captured six gold medals at the last two Winter Olympics, will be strong medal contenders in Sapporo.Among them are Han Tianyu, who won the men’s 1,500 meters at the 2016 world championships, and Wu Dajing, who claimed the men’s 500 meter title at the 2016 World Cup in Shanghai. World champion Fan Kexin will be among the goal medal contenders in the women’s 500 meters.Japan is targeting medals in events including ski jumping, speed skating and figure skating, although Sochi Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu is sitting out the Games. In his place, Japan national champion Shoma Uno is among the favorites.Australia’s delegation features a number of experienced athletes, including three-time Olympic snowboarder Holly Crawford, short track skater Deanna Lockett and Ben Sim, a Vancouver Olympian in cross country skiing.The games have not been without controversy stemming from recent and older geopolitical tensions. Organizers were forced to ensure a book denying the 1937 Nanjing Massacre will be removed from guest rooms at a hotel to be used as a dormitory in the Athletes’ Village.APA Group, the operator of the hotel chain, has been under fire after it was revealed it had distributed the book, which was written by Chief Executive Toshio Motoya, in its hotel rooms. The book claims the Nanjing Massacre never happened. China says the massacre resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 people.The Japanese government decided to allow North Korean athletes and officials to enter the country to take part in the Games despite Japan’s entry ban on North Korean citizens.Tokyo will treat the athletes as an exception to its punitive measure taken as part of its sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear tests and rocket launches. FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 file photo, Uno Shoma of Japan skates his free program to take the silver at the Rostelekom Cup ISU Grand Prix of figure skating event in Moscow, Russia. With the Winter Olympics just a year away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent’s leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018. The eighth Asian Winter Games will open in Sapporo on Sunday, Feb. 19 and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events. Japan is targeting medals in events including ski jumping, speed skating and figure skating, although Sochi Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu is sitting out the Games. In his place, Japan national champion Uno is among the favorites. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)With the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent’s leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018.The eighth Asian Winter Games will open Sunday in Sapporo, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ginebra coach Tim Cone knows he raised more than a few eyebrows by insisting on fielding an undersized yet familiar reinforcement in Justin Brownlee for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The 6-foot-5 Brownlee did help the Gin Kings end an eight-year title drought last season, but it came in the Governors’ Cup featuring smaller imports.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Color Manila goes to Cebu, Alabang MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Ginebra improved to 2-1 and pinned a first loss in five starts on Star.Earlier, TNT KaTropa slipped past Mahindra, 86-84, for their fourth straight win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test But three games into their campaign in the midseason tournament, the gamble is paying off dividends as Brownlee exploded for 21 of his 30 points in the second half to power Ginebra past the Star Hotshots, 113-98, on Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.“Justin is playing the way we envisioned him to be when we got him,” said Cone of Brownlee, who outplayed his bigger Star counterpart Tony Mitchell. “He can play inside and outside and he can make great passes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMitchell, the 6-foot-8 Star import, had 21 points and nine boards in the featured game of the league’s 42nd anniversary.Brownlee, who also grabbed 14 rebounds, joined forces with Scottie Thompson in turning a 12-point deficit in the third period into a seven-point cushion heading into the final quarter, before Sol Mercado and LA Tenorio put the finishing touches with eight points apiece in the fourth.
Ginebra resumes training Maundy Thursday, Good Friday as penance SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Phoenix assistant coach Nic Belasco being pacified after an incident with Shawn Taggart. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA scuffle ensued following Rain or Shine’s comeback win over Phoenix involving Elasto Painters import Shawn Taggart and Fuel Masters deputy Nic Belasco.As members from both teams were heading towards their respective dugouts at Araneta Coliseum, Belasco and Taggart traded barbs and the exchange escalated quickly.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos He also said the game got really competitive and the emotions got the better of him.“It was a really competitive basketball game, so there’s a lot of competition, tempers flaring, and you know, it was a man’s game,” Belasco said.“Rain or Shine outplayed us and things happened. It’s unfortunate. I apologize for being part of that. I don’t want to do anything bad to hurt the league or Phoenix or Rain or Shine. That’s the only thing I really regret about – shedding bad light on the PBA.”“I’m not going to put blame on anybody. They came back and won a really competitive game. We were up by seventeen, so everything that happened after the game, it’s on video. Everyone can make their own opinions about it, but I’m not going to blame anyone.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Belasco shoved Taggart in the face and the American reinforcement retaliated by hitting the former PBA veteran back in the face.READ: Chan carries Rain or Shine to thrilling comeback win FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe scene was eventually contained with Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood restraining Belasco and Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia pulling him away from Taggart.Belasco was quick to regret his actions when he spoke to the media. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View comments
7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province LATEST STORIES Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer A dream fulfilled for Christian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “One punch or one takedown can change a fight, I have to be the clear winner, I am prepared for this fight but I need to execute my game plan suitably on fight night to go home with the win,” said Yabo. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Batangas grabs solo 2nd Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPJimmy Yabo has had a disastrous stretch under the ONE Championship promotion, losing four of his last five matches.That record, however, hasn’t detered Yabo from making 2017 his personal redemption year as he takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist Bruno Pucci (4-2 MMA, 2-2 ONE) in the undercard of ONE: Light of a Nation in Myanmar on June 30.ADVERTISEMENT View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Yabo remains positive he can turn things around in the Singapore-based promotion.“It’s tough because my back is against the wall, but I keep myself optimistic as fight day approaches,” said Yabo in a statement. “I am looking to make a statement.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“It’s my first fight in ONE Championship this year and a big win will spark a momentum in my journey in this great organization.”Yabo’s (5-4 MMA, 1-4 ONE) last two fights both ended via technical knockout but the Cebuano striker aims to change his fortunes in his fight against Pucci.
Jamaica’s top badminton men’s singles player, Gareth Henry, says he is excited by the younger prospects in the sport and has also praised the impact of promotion efforts in inner-city communities. “I’m excited about the junior players coming up,” Henry said. “When I was 15, I was challenging the seniors, so I want to see who is in under-17 and under-19 that can actually come up and go a third set with me possibly,” added Henry. Henry believes that encouraging players to compete in higher age categories than the ones that they are designated will help their development. “One of the things we’ve been pushing for is for the younger juniors to enter into the top divisions,” Henry stated. The Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) has been promoting badminton in some inner-city communities and Henry, was also quick to highlight that some of the brightest prospects in the sport have emerged from this project. “We have some really good junior players such as Nicardo Reid. he’s actually from Haile Selassie, and Ashane Newman, also from Haile Selassie. We have a lot of good junior players in the inner city, so that’s really a programme we’re looking at,” said Henry. Henry says he is looking forward to playing with some of the younger players to assist their development when he competes in a series of tournaments being hosted by the JBA over the next few weeks. “I can help them by playing against them and showing them the correct things to do. “Really, I’m looking forward to playing with some of them in the doubles tournament. You have Mathew Yee-Grant, he’s a very good under-17 player and a very good doubles player, so I’m actually looking forward to playing with him in the A men’s doubles in order to get his game to the level where my game was at when I was in under-17,” Henry said. – Lanze White
Coach of Jamaica’s senior women’s volleyball team Dr Ricardo Chong said the team was still not playing at full potential after they pulled off their second straight win in the CAZOVA Championships. Jamaica comfortably defeated Curacao 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 for a 3-0 result in a late game on Thursday night at the National Indoor Sports Centre. In other results on the night, defending champions and favourites Trinidad and Tobago beat Bahamas 3-0; Martinique also easily defeated Guadeloupe 3-0; and Suriname beat US Virgin Islands 3-0. “We are still not playing to full potential. The team (Curacao) we played last night is better than the US Virgin Islands,” Chong told The Gleaner. “We have to take it one step at a time. We want to top the group in order to get a day off,” he shared. The participating teams have been placed into two groups during the preliminary stage. In Group D are Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. In Group E are hosts Jamaica, Suriname, CuraÁao and US Virgin Islands. At the end of the preliminary round, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals. The six-day championships will end on Monday, July 31. The championships will continue today, starting at 3 p.m. The main sponsors are the Ministry of Sports, the Sports Development Foundation, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Hi-Lite, and Lifespan Water.
Former champions St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) have taken over sole leadership Group B in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition, following their 3-0 victory over Papine yesterday. STATHS were led to victory courtesy of a brace from Jevany Johnson. Mark Chambers was their other scorer. In the group’s other game, defending champions Jamaica College (JC) were held to an exciting 2-2 draw at home by Bridgeport. STATHS leads the group with 18 points, two ahead of JC while Bridgeport are third on 13 points. JC led 2-0 at half time, through goals from Tevin Rochester in the ninth minute, and Tyreek Magee 42nd minute. However, Bridgeport fought their way back into the match in the second half, courtesy of goals from Shahiam Edmonson in the 70th minute and captain Kyle Ming in the 78th minute. JC ended the match with 10 players after captain Malik Howell was sent off after picking up a second yellow card in the 56th minute. Miguel Coley, JC’s head coach, said he was very dissatisfied with his team’s performance. “It is always disappointing when you are leading 2-0 and you allow the other team back into the game,” said Coley. “But it is always tough playing with 10 men because we are not defending the set pieces properly, and we gave up two goals by the way of set pieces,” he said. Meanwhile, Bridgeport head coach Garnet Lawrence said he was pleased with his team’s performance. “The draw was good enough for us because it is a point away from home,” said Lawrence. “Playing away to JC was always going to be a tough game, but my players stuck to the game plan, especially in the second half, so we were able to get a draw,” Lawrence said. email@example.com
Early struggle BECKENHAM, England, (CMC): Captain Shamarh Brooks struck an unbeaten half-century to ram home the advantage his fast bowlers had established as West Indies ‘A’ dominated India ‘A’ on the opening day of the first four-day ‘Test’ yesterday. Opting to bat first at Kent County Ground, India ‘A’ were bundled out cheaply for 133, with Hanuma Vihari top-scoring with 37, Vijay Shankar getting 34 and captain Karun Nair, 20. However, the Asian side failed to cope with the Windies ‘A’ pace attack as Sherman Lewis (4-35) and Chemar Holder (4-57) picked up four wickets apiece, and left-armer Raymon Reifer (2-20) added a brace. In reply, Windies ‘A’ were struggling on 28 for two in the seventh over before Brooks arrived to play a skipper’s knock of 51 not out, anchoring two key stands to see his side to the close on 148 for three. Left-handed opener John Campbell was lbw to speedster Ankit Rajpoot in the first over of the innings for two, and Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood followed for 18 in the seventh, caught at the wicket off the same bowler. But Brooks steadied the innings, adding 54 for the third wicket with the left-handed Hemraj, who made 42 off 63 balls in nearly two hours at the crease, striking six fours. When Hemraj departed, Brooks found an ally in Sunil Ambris, whose unbeaten 24 has consumed 49 balls, just an over an hour and included three fours. The right-handed Brooks has struck 10 fours in an innings spanning 103 balls.
Track: Good Weather: Fine Race 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $650,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) 1. #2 MOON WALK PParchment 55.0 $180.00 *2. #8 BUCK CALL DCardenas 56.0 2L 3. #7 JON MARSHALL JPatterson* 53.0 Neck 4. #4 PRINCESS CAULA OMullings 54.0 1/2L Final Time : 1:02.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.4 Winner : 5yo ch gelding – RISING MOON – EQUAL RIGHTS Trainer : FITZNAHUM WILLIAMS Owner : BREADNUT FARM Bred by EARL PINNOCK Qu: $147.00 Ex: $365.00 Tri: $883.00 Race 2 1000 M (S) (Purse $800,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($850,0-$750,0)/NB3YO&UP(NW4) *1. #7 POLLY B DCardenas 54.0 $107.00 $58.00 2. #5 SMOKEY TOPAZ OnBeckford2 52.5 2-3/4L $173.00 3. #6 LITTLE BIG HORN DDawkins* 54.0 Head $113.00 4. #3 ICTUS OWalker 54.0 1-1/2L Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.0 Winner : 6yo b gelding – STORM CRAFT – DUSTY MILLY Trainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : ROWAN MATHIE Bred by PHILIP SMITH & MURIEL CHAMBERS Qu: $771.00 Ex: $1,460.00 D/E: $339.00 Tri: $570.00 Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $930,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES 1. #5 PEKING CRUZ DCardenas 52.0 $275.00 $50.00 *2. #7 ANOTHER VIGOROUS JPatterson* 50.0 5-1/2L $50.00 3. #2 OUTRAGEOUS TAJ OMullings 50.0 2-3/4L $50.00 4. #1 MY SISTER DDawkins* 50.5 1/2L Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.3 Winner : 3yo ch gelding – TRADITIONAL – PATTY GIRL Trainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : MILADE & RICHARD AZAN Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $172.00 Ex: $568.00 D/E: $571.00 Tri: $266.00 Rolling Triple: $2,894.00 Race 4 1820 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3) 1. #1 MINNIFFIA JPatterson* 53.0 $143.00 $80.00 2. #2 PARTY PRINCESS DAThomas 54.0 9L $75.00 3. #6 VISION OF GOLD OWalker 54.0 5-1/2L $115.00 *4. #7 BURLIN NBerger3 54.0 4L Late scratch : #3 BRAVE PROSPECT Final Time : 2:01.4 Splits : 28.4, 54.2, 1:20.0, 1:46.1 Winner : 8yo ch mare – EMMANUEL – HOLE IN THE HEART Trainer : PATRICK CHANG Owner: MARCIA HEMSLEY Bred by DENNIS WILLIAMS Qu: $344.00 Ex: $519.00 D/E: $714.00 (5-3) $165.00 Tri: $465.00 Superfecta: $989.00 Rolling Triple: $4,834.00 Race 5 1300 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3) *1. #8 ALSO CORRECT OScott2 53.0 $115.00 $53.00 2. #9 CLEARLY OURS JPatterson* 51.0 2-1/4L $57.00 3. #5 SHADE OF BEAUTY PParchment 55.0 6-1/2L $54.00 4. #4 LAMBANA HPottinger* 57.0 1-1/2L Late scratch : #2 FLASHAWAY Final Time : 1:23.4 Splits : 24.2, 49.3, 1:16.0 Winner : 7yo b mare – REGION OF MERIT – ROYAL PIZZAZ Trainer : WILFRED CHIN Owner : WILFRED CHIN Bred by MARK & SUSAN WATES Qu: $251.00 Ex: $332.00 D/E: $413.00 (1-2) $357.00 Tri: $181.00 Superfecta: $2,303.00 Rolling Triple: $4,028.00 Race 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) 1. #1 STRIKINGLYGORGEOUS NBerger3 50.0 $313.00 $110.00 2. #5 MIRABILIS LSteadman* 54.5 4-1/2L $97.00 3. #6 CLOUDY GREYT AChatrie 52.0 Neck $81.00 4. #3 AHUAGAIN DAThomas 52.0 Sh.Head Final Time : 1:03.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.1 Winner : 4yo ch filly – STRIKEWHILEITSHOT – DOWNSTOWN JANICE Trainer : RAY PHILLIPS Owner : NEW BLUE LTD. Bred by NEW BLUE LTD. Qu: $736.00 Ex: $1,534.00 D/E: $1,237.00 Tri: $1,373.00 Superfecta: $7,855.00 Rolling Triple: $2,295.00 Pick-4: $17,856.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $231,631.79 Race 7 1100 M (Purse $600,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE *1. #10 CLASSY VISHALA NBerger3 52.0 $104.00 $54.00 2. #3 RUNDAZZLE OWalker 55.0 3-1/2L $56.00 3. #7 PRINCE MALIK PParchment 55.0 4-1/2L $78.00 4. #1 THUNDER PIN PHolder 55.0 2-1/4L 5. #9 TRADITIONALMEDICIN ODonegal 52.0 Neck Final Time : 1:10.2 Splits : 24.1, 48.2 Winner : 4yo ch filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – FLYING FIRETAIL Trainer : DELROY WISDOM Owner : WARRINGTON MCLEAN Bred by VAUGHN SMITH Qu: $111.00 Ex: $240.00 D/E: $625.00 Tri: $136.00 Superfecta: $805.00 Hi-5: $3,493.00 Rolling Triple: $3,306.00 Super-6: $43,958.00 (6/6) Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE 1. #3 CAMPESINO ISpence 57.0 $334.00 $201.00 2. #1 ARMAGEDDON OEdwards 51.0 Head $168.00 3. #2 ORPHEUS LSteadman* 54.5 Sh.Head $156.00 4. #5 ANOTHER BULLET DCardenas 56.0 Neck Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 22.2, 45.1 Winner : 8yo b gelding – COMPADRE – YAELLA Trainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner: HAMARK FARMS Bred by LORENZO ROBINSON Qu: $1,580.00 Ex: $4,464.00 D/E: $717.00 Tri: $3,243.00 Superfecta: $9,587.00 Rolling Triple: $7,676.00 Race 9 1000 M (R) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE (RESTRICTED) 1. #3 PINDERS VALLEY DDawkins* 50.0 $771.00 $254.00 2. #2 BULA OScott2 51.5 2-1/2L $120.00 3. #12 STORMY LADY RDuhaney 51.0 3L $119.00 4. #13 WHITE BEAUTY NBerger3 47.0 Head 5. #1 NATURALLY MYSTICAL RLahoe 53.0 3-1/2L Final Time : 1:03.2 Splits : 24.1, 48.4 Winner : 3yo b filly – NASHEET – SOUFFLER Trainer : FITZGERALD RICHARDS Owner : GOOD HEART Bred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITED Qu: $2,970.00 Ex: $10,171.00 D/E: $6,699.00 Tri: $13,949.00 Superfecta: $92,565.00 Hi-5 carry-over : $87,379.50 Rolling Triple: $14,287.00 Pick-4: $78,484.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $329,737.59 Pick-5: $65,356.00 (5/5) Single Winner Bonus : $386,210.50 Super-6: $1,706,354.00 (6/6) Pick-9 : carry-over: $1,199,599.70 Single Winner Bonus : $94,538.86 Placepot 8: $116,055.00 (8/8)
As the horse approached the winner’s enclosure, which is adjacent to the chute, where horses enter the racetrack proper after being saddled, the barrier that is closed after all the horses in the race enter the track was removed, and an individual bravely stepped on to the racetrack in an effort to direct the galloping horse off the course and down the same chute that the horses used to get on the track before the race. The now-terrified galloping horses did indeed turn into the chute, but instead of galloping down the chute to the parade ring, where it could be caught and restrained, PERFECT ASSET, unfortunately, did not go down the chute to the saddling area, but swerved to the right and entered a concrete walkway that allows patrons to enter the area leading to the winners’ enclosure. There is a closed gate at the end of the concrete walkway and upon encountering the block, the terrified horse retreated, only to be confronted by Jolly, who bravely tried to stop the galloping animal. Seconds later, Jolly was on the ground, hit by the horse, with his head coming into contact with the concrete floor of the walkway. He appeared to lose consciousness immediately, and nearby eyewitnesses tried desperately to alert the authorities that a major incident had occurred. The medical team on duty at the track was informed, and in minutes was seen attending to the fallen Najair. PERFECT ESCAPE The race was started, as the information relayed to the starter was that the loose horse was no longer a threat to the safety of the others due to race. On completion of the race, the ambulance that is mandated to follow the horses in a race in case of any mishap, was signalled by frantic bystanders and alerted to the incident. The driver quickly reversed the ambulance into an area as close to the medical team and the unconscious horseman, in order to facilitate transfer of the injured man to the ambulance via a stretcher. Inexplicably, the ambulance and crew were advised to move from the area in order to enable the horses that had just completed the race to go down the same chute to be unsaddled. Once all the horses had passed, the unconscious patient was successfully transferred to the ambulance, taken to the medical post, before being transported to the Spanish Town Hospital. Information now available confirms that that hospital had no modern equipment necessary for a conformed diagnosis and subsequent important treatment. Thus, later on, Jolly was transferred to a fully equipped trauma centre and treatment continued. The latest news available is that on Saturday last, he had surgery designed to relieve pressure on the brain and was still unconscious. I am sure that the necessary enquiry into the near tragedy will investigate whether anyone was at fault in allowing the horse to escape the attempts to load it into the starting gate. If the area between the stands and the winners enclosure is sterile and available ONLY to specific individuals easily identifiable by identification and authorised to be in that area. It will also examine whether there should be a barrier between the concrete walkway and the area leading to the winner’s enclosure. Such an investigation will also find out if it’s correct to instruct the ambulance (and crew) to be removed from the chute and await the passage of all the horse that had just completed the race, whether there could there be another way to the unsaddling enclosure, or if the horses could have waited on the racetrack until the injured person was transferred to the ambulance. In serious traumatic incidents, every second counts. Another serious question to ask in such an enquiry is what is the policy regarding the transfer of injured jockeys to hospital? Is there an agreement with any tertiary institution with the necessary equipment to facilitate successful treatment of the injured person? All our thoughts and prayers are with Jolly and it is hoped that upon conclusion of the investigation, changes will be implemented to correct any deficiencies identified during the investigation. That is all we ask. – Dr Paul Wright is a noted sports medicine specialist and media personality. For feedback, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Vassel Najair, a veteran jockey and horseman, was injured before the running of the sixth race on Wednesday, September 26. As ‘Jolly,’ as he is called, battles for life at one of the island’s leading trauma centres, every fan of the sport of racing is hoping for a complete recovery. But, as with every accident that results in injury to horse or human at a racetrack, there has to be an investigation on how it occurred, whether it could have been avoided, and how we can ensure that this never happens again. The sixth race last Wednesday was over six furlongs long, restricted to five-year-old (and up), non-winners of four races. While the horses were being loaded into the starting gates, horse seven, PERFECT ASSET, ridden by J. Innis, got loose from the starting gate crew, who were at the time trying to encourage the horse to enter the starting gate. PERFECT ASSET bolted, in a counterclockwise direction, heading home, as horsemen were wont to say. WHO IS TO BLAME? AMBULANCE SERVICE
Fighting spirit Lloyd, who moulded West Indies men into one of the great units of the 1970s and 80s, said he has been especially impressed with the spirit of the players. “I’m sure they will be able to defend the crown and I wish them the best and I hope they reach the zenith,” he added. “I like their professionalism … when they were down they defended well … we saw that against South Africa. They have brought back that spirit of the 70s and the 80s and have been a credit to the West Indies.” Two of the greatest players in the game’s history have thrown their full support behind West Indies women, in their bid to win the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup on home soil. Sir Viv Richards, who is listed among the top five greatest cricketers of all time and Clive Lloyd, regarded worldwide as one of the best captains of all time, have given their backing to Stafanie Taylor’s team as they go in search of their second global title. “Congrats to captain and members of the team for reaching the semis and wishing them all the best in pursuit of a second consecutive World T20 title. So far, they have shown great skill and professionalism. Even when they were in tight situations they fought well and battled back,” said Lloyd, who oversaw West Indies’ capture of the 1975 and 1978 50-overs World Cup in England. Sir Viv, who was on hand for the team’s training session at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Tuesday, backed the defending champs to repeat their 2016 performance, which saw them beat Australia in the final in India. West Indies will face three-time champions Australia in the first match at 3:00 pm at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, while England meet India at 7:00 pm in a repeat of last year’s 50-Over World Cup final, which was played at Lord’s.
PERTH, Australia, CMC – West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor had little impact as her Sydney Thunder lost their second match of the Women’s Big Bash League, with a six-wicket defeat to Perth Scorchers yesterday. Sent in at Lilac Hill Park, the visitors rallied to 179 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Rachael Haynes top-scoring with 50 off 40 balls and Indian star Harmanpreet Kaur getting 45 from 29 balls, with a four and four sixes. Haynes helped give the innings a rousing start, putting on 77 off 42 deliveries for the first wicket with Rachel Priest whose 43 came from 23 deliveries and included eight fours and a six. When four wickets tumbled for 40 runs to leave Sydney on 117 for four in the 14th over, Kaur combined with Taylor, who cracked an unbeaten 24 off 17 balls, to add 49 for the fifth wicket and give the innings a late push. In reply, however, Scorchers raced to their target with a ball to spare, courtesy of half-centuries from captain Meg Lanning (76) and Elyse Villani (66 not out). The pair 93 off 56 balls with Lanning the more audacious of the two with 12 fours and a six in a 40-ball knock. It was Villani who saw her side home, however, adding a further 46 for the second wicket with Amy Jones (13), before helping garner the six runs required off the final over, bowled by off-spinner Taylor. Thunder lie second in the eight-team standings on 12 points, two points behind crosstown rivals, Sydney Sixers.
Delegates for Miss Earth Guyana 2019 Pageant unveiledNine intelligent and beautiful young ladies are expected to clash head on for the title of Miss Earth Guyana 2019. The delegates were last weekend sashed at a simple ceremony at the Theatre Guild, where they were first introduced to the public.The young contestants all had an impressive night and are committed to having a grand time during the preliminaries, which have already kicked off.Leading up to the grand coronation on June 15, the nine delegates will be participating in a number of events.On Saturday, the delegates will participate in the Georgetown Seawalls Clean-up followed by a meet-and-greet event on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Georgetown. The delegates will then head to the Ancient County of Berbice between April 20 and 22 to be introduced to the public.Meet the delegates:
This is my final column on indentured immigration to Guyana. I do hope my write-ups on the topic over the preceding months have been informative and inspiring to readers. My larger hope is that the various symposiums planned during early March on addressing 100 years of indentured emancipation as well as how Indians have evolved since this time will be well-supported, well-attended and beneficial to Guyanese society at a time when ethnic divisiveness is at the deepest.I am pleased to announce that there have been some determinations or new developing trends in Indian indentured historiography in the Caribbean. Most notable is a peasant rebellion and resistance discourse against plantation power and dominance, which has essentially analysed indenture from the position of the labourers or from a non-elite perspective. This is an achievement we should be proud of since it underscores the urge of regaining the reins of our history.The general argument of the developing historiographical trends is that while Indians were abused by their overlords, they also used various forms of resistance techniques to improve their lives. They possessed the adaptive and adaxial capacity to deal with the throes of indenture, to speak back to the power holders of indenture, to look out for their unfortunate brothers and sisters of indenture, and to plan a better life beyond the institutionalisation of indenture.Likewise, Devi Hardeen argues that there are significant studies on the Black Atlantic, White Atlantic, and other Atlantic Studies but practically nothing on the Brown Atlantic, or brown people from India in the Caribbean. Hardeen asks for more macro-level analyses of Indian indenture. Do I agree? Absolutely! But when this will happen appears to be, in my judgment, an exercise in waiting.While the above new approaches are encouraging, the study of Indian indenture in the Caribbean must be supported by scholars and institutions in the field. One priority should be to tackle the problems of insularity and inconsistency not only within the discipline but also among writers of indentureship. The lack of comparative analyses of indenture, a concept common to other disciplines, should also be addressed. The spirit of community and cooperation in the study of indenture should be preferred rather than the preference for insular objectives.Academic institutions within the Caribbean, especially in Guyana, Trinidad, and Suriname with large Indian populations, must go beyond their current support and participation in the study of indenture. More young individuals should be encouraged through promotion, advisement, and financial assistance to study indenture. They should be encouraged to take field trips to various plantations as well as gravesites in these countries to reconstruct memories of indenture rather than relying solely on archival records. To be fair, the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, and to a lesser extent, the University of Suriname, has made some significant strides in the study of indenture under the leadership of most well-learned scholars in the field. The same cannot be said of the University of Guyana where the study of indenture has practically ceased.I argue that a revised and forward-looking programme for the study of Indian indenture can only be practical when actions match declared intentions and when policies match realities. So in this regard, a journal on indenture should be developed to go beyond the current scattered attention given to indenture in a few journals. Few individuals would argue against the thought that a journal of indenture based in the Caribbean would likely resolve the problems of indentured studies dispersed in various journals around the globe, which has become a nightmare for researchers and doctoral students to access even in the age of globalisation. Additionally, a clear focus of the journal will potentially relieve the burden of journal editors to reject submissions of articles on indenture on the basis that they are unsuitable for their journals. Moreover, it might also reduce the disappointment among writers on indenture who are unable to find a suitable place for their work.By any measurement, until there is a journal for indenture studies in the Caribbean, the field of indenture studies will most likely remain loose and uncoordinated, searching for a home. But more importantly, a journal of indenture studies will serve as a platform for rigorous debates, international engagement, openness, the introduction of new modes and models of thoughts and ideas, among other things. It might attract financial assistance through various international agencies and advertisements, which in turn can be used to set up an indenture fund for emerging students and scholars in the field. Of course, all of what has been discussed so far will not materialise without financial support. There must be first and foremost a radical approach of investigating what happened to the unclaimed remittances submitted to the colonial banks by deceased Indians during indenture. Retraction from this prerogative would reveal a shameful display, particularly from the perspective of our deceased ancestors, how little we have achieved and how far we still have to go. So far, the silence on this matter is frightening. These funds, if reclaimed, should be used wisely to study indentured servitude in the Caribbean, and hopefully, iron out some of the deficiencies in Indian indentured historiography.(email@example.com).
August 1 in Guyana marks a day of celebration of the attainment of freedom and the end of slavery. It is also imperative that we spend time reflecting on the life of tribulation and servitude that our foreparents were forced to endure for centuries under brutish colonial rule.Even as we engage in the festivities of Emancipation Day 2017, the Alliance For Change urges the nation to reflect on the oppression and brutality of slavery and bondage, in all its forms, including its modern incarnations, and renew our national commitment never to return to the dark days of oppression, servitude and submission when basic individual freedoms were deprived and a ‘Massa’ mentality pervaded.As we engage in prayer, culinary delicacies, socialising and fraternising, we must never forget the sacrifices of our forefathers who suffered and paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we now enjoy. As the heirs of Emancipation fought for by Cuffy, Accra, Damon and other heroes, we have a sacred duty to ensure that their struggles and sacrifices are never forgotten or eroded. It is our duty to celebrate their lives and sacrifices and recognise their contribution to the human and social upliftment of our beloved nation.The beat of the drums in celebration should forever remind us that we are called upon to ensure the protection of those rights and freedoms which were fought for and won at Emancipation time.Order and individual freedoms have been restored in Guyana as have been the rights of freedom of speech, expression and association and the access to information, which continues to expand each day. Guyanese must guard against the forces who wish to return our nation to a state in which Guyanese are treated as property for political, economic and other purposes. This is the solemn duty of every citizen. Happy Emancipation to all Guyanese.
Parliament ought to be the purest materialisation of democracy in a country, Guyana included. It is the national forum in which the electorate is represented in political diversity, where laws are deliberated and the country’s future is planned. Because of the central role and importance Parliament occupies in shaping our country’s future, one would expect that it provides for educated and intelligent debate and exchanges, crafted by women and men who respect the diversities represented through the polities on both sides of the House. In Guyana, this seems to be a far-fetched ideal, questioning the very honour attached to parliamentarians’ titles.We were recently forced to watch Minister Simona Broomes use Parliament as a stage to broadcast a national insult to the Opposition Leader and by extent the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s electorate, before Minister Keith Scott stood before the House and unapologetically accused Guyana’s First Peoples of being “avaricious”. Last week, it was Minister Volda Lawrence’s turn to disgrace the House as she publicly offered a bag of grass to an Opposition MP, Cornel Damon, to “snack” on. One can deduct that Lawrence thought Damon was no better than an animal and had no qualms reinforcing that belief irrespective of the fact that she was affronting the electorate who he was representing.As Parliament continued to set the pace for a dance of the grotesque, Minister Nicolette Henry took to the podium to put on a show. Minister Henry indicated that she was not a “chatree” (she meant of the Kshatriya caste native to India and not Guyana) and therefore was not obliged to distinguish between Phagwah and Diwali. The backlash she triggered from the Indian and Hindu communities, and from those who actually believe in a socially cohesive and united nation, is not without merit. While most were willing to forgive her for her inability to distinguish between two of the longstanding national holidays in Guyana – something we’ve learnt throughout our primary school years and from living in a culturally diverse society – her arrogance left them dumbfounded before stirring anger and incomprehension. Understandably so.Several conclusions can be drawn from Minister Henry’s reckless utterance; the first being that she lacks the cultural sensitivity required of a Minister or anyone holding seat in the House, tasked with the responsibility of governing a country. Then, considering that there is little correlation between being of the Kshatriya caste and being unable to tell the difference between Phagwah and Diwali, her statement can be interpreted as ethnically insensitive to Guyanese of Indian ancestry, and more so Hindus. Interestingly, Minister Henry currently benefits from a GY$3 million scholarship funded by tax dollars. One would therefore expect that she would have been more knowledgeable than a Grade Two pupil when it comes to national holidays and their meanings, but also more sensitive towards and protection of Guyana’s rich cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities.As if the Parliament hadn’t suffered enough humiliation in the span of a week, a troubling security breach – potentially life threatening – left the nation gasping in shock. We are all waiting for clarity as to how a Minister’s secretary disguised as Santa Claus, got past what ought to be staunch security, penetrated the chamber and proceeded to address the House while delivering a hostile message to the Opposition Leader. If the Government of Guyana has any respect for the people it serves and the House which represents their interests, then the secretary in question must be removed and judged by the law for threatening the safety of elected representatives. Her subject Minister must be made publicly accountable and provide a much due apology to the people, the Opposition and the House. Just as important, those responsible for guaranteeing the security of elected leaders and representatives on the premises must account for this security breach, and security measures and protocols must be reinforced henceforth and kept up to standard.Government Ministers and parliamentarians are today guilty of having stripped the House of its dignity and credibility. If a democracy cannot rely on its Parliament to set a non-partisan example and on its parliamentarians to lead by example, then to whom should it look for guidance?
Guyana has just finished celebrating the 50th Jubilee Anniversary of its independence and quite a number of citizens, while appreciating the symbols of national sovereignty, seriously questioned what was there to “celebrate” about the experience. At a minimum, they were perturbed by the aenemic material progress achieved in those 50 years in the face of the converse promised by the “independence leaders”.While there can be no monocausal explanation for any social phenomena, much less one so complex as “economic development”, the economic model chosen by the leaders have to be given great weight. If for no other reason that such models are based on fundamental premises of human “nature”, behaviours and motivations while launching institutions based on those premises to deliver the good life on a foundation of economic security.At the time of our independence, there were two competing macro models of development in front of our leaders – capitalism and socialism, in the parlance of the times. There were several variances of these models that purported to address critiques of the ideological and particular implementation contradictions. In Guyana, Cheddi Jagan was enamoured of the socialist model exemplified by the Soviet Union, and as a matter of fact, this was the proximate cause for his removal from office by the US. The latter promoted the capitalist model, as exemplified by WW Rostow’s “Stages of Economic Growth”.While Forbes Burnham, tactically accepted the latter path, this was quickly seen and a tactical feint on his part so as to gain American help to oust the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government. In 1974, in his “Declaration of Sophia”, Burnham announced that he and the People’s National Congress (PNC) had always been, and remained, “socialist” and that henceforth the model of development would be “cooperative socialism”. Within a decade, the country had become an economic and social disaster plummeting by all UN indicators of development to just above Haiti in this hemisphere.While the economy imploded, the PPP insisted that the particular model of socialism of the PNC, not socialism itself, was responsible for the disaster and offered “critical support” to the PNC in several of its socialist thrust including nationalisation of “the commanding heights (80 per cent) of the economy”. This defence of the failure of socialism (“it’s the application of the ideology, not the ideology itself that is at fault”) has been a constant feature of leftist hagiography even though it has been totally rejected by the empirical evidence from each of the five continents.So it was somewhat disconcerting that as the socialist experiment in Venezuela, launched by Hugo Chávez and continued by his successor Nicolás Maduro, collapsing in a remarkable resemblance to the PNC’s version of three decades earlier here, the argument would be regurgitated in Guyana. Until recently, Hydar Ally was an Executive of the PPP and the Permanent Secretary to the public service. Responding to a criticism in the press of the failure of socialist model as exemplified by Venezuela, he had this to say:“There is a fundamental difference between capitalism and socialism as models of economic development. Capitalism is essentially based on the exploitation of the majority for the benefit of the few. By contrast, socialism, as a theoretical construct, is a system of production and distribution in which the fruits of human labour are intended to be distributed in a fair and equitable manner and where there is no exploitation of man by man. It is clear from the above that socialism as a mode of production and distribution is inherently superior to that of capitalism, or for that matter any other socio-economic system which existed hitherto.”Note the disingenuousness of Ally in describing capitalism categorically, but “socialism, as a theoretical construct.” While he is not a PPP Executive any longer, it might be useful in the lead up to their Congress scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, for other PPP leaders to give their take on their model for Guyana’s economic growth.
Dear Editor,Let me first indicate that I shall not attempt any of those reckless generalisations about the purpose and intent of the Contingency Fund which have now been popularised by a very misinformed Minister of Finance, Mr Winston Jordan. As he unshackles his comments from the more measured versions the nation was accustomed to under Mr Carl Greenidge (the last PNC Minister of Finance), Jordan continues to put the PNC’s chances of winning the 2020 elections at great risk. His open acts of incompetence continue to actively contribute to the mal-administration of the economy. But on top of such incompetence, we are now seeing public acts of intimidation against anyone who questions his strategically bankrupt public actions. The latest victim is the Office of the Auditor General.If we are to follow his logic, then the innocent taxpayers who are toiling to fill the treasury are at the mercy of the Minister who claims he has sole rights to do what he wants with the people’s money because of a clause in Section 41 of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, Act 20 of 2003 (FMA). But what the Minister is not telling the people is that those “sole rights” are not automatically bequeathed to him by some monarchical edicts, unless all of a sudden we have a King in Guyana since May 2015. Those rights have to be earned after following due process.The Office of the Auditor General quite correctly pointed out that the Minister has not followed due process on the expenditure totalling a hefty sum of $604 million and thus he violated the spirit and intent of the law. But only a financial dunce and an impetuous bully will not recognise such violations.That same FMA clearly establishes the criteria for tapping the Contingency Fund and it is as basic as this – the expenses charged to the Contingency Fund must be urgent, unavoidable and unforeseen and only if injury to the public interest is a direct consequence, can we proceed to make those expenses. But all four criteria must be met. On $604 million in expenses, the Minister has failed to meet all four criteria.The Minister has violated the spirit of the law and the Office of the Auditor General is correct to write him up. The Minister’s action in 2015 (which continues in 2016) is nothing but reckless financial abuse. Therefore, this act of bullying the Auditor General is uncalled for and by right, President Granger has to step in.At all times, the Government of Guyana must be seen to be giving all constitutional offices the necessary latitude to do their job. I am calling upon the British diplomats, who have a history of good governance, in particular to pay keen attention to what is going on in Guyana.Whatever was published in the 2015 Auditor General Report was put there after consulting the Accountant General and other technicians in the Finance Ministry. Therefore, this was a collaborative and collective effort, not personal attack on the Minister.Rather the Minister will do very well to focus on his job and save the Guyanese economy from “flat-lining”.We might not have to wait on 2020, since this tragic performance of Jordan has already started to infect the output from the Minister of the Presidency and the Office of President Granger directly. President Granger has to bite the bullet and do the right thing and appoint the best finance brain in his Cabinet to the post – Carl Barrington Greenidge.The resources in the Treasury do not belong to Mama Jordan or Papa Jordan, they belong to the people of Guyana and these acts of continued financial abuse and disrespect for the spirit and intent of the laws that govern financial accountability in the land are indefensible and must be rejected today, tomorrow and in 2020.Sincerely,Jai (Harry) Lal
Dear Editor,A fire on Robb Street, Georgetown this past week has really brought home a number of many important and dangerous issues which need to be addressed immediately by the authorities.I have operated a business in Regent Street, Georgetown for the past 15 years and I could recall that there were three frightening major fires within the last few years in the area between Camp and Alexander Streets, with all of them being in relatively close proximity to each other: the former Kissoon facility at Camp and Robb Streets; the Chinese store on Regent Street where four or five buildings were destroyed; and now the four-storey building on Robb Street.One would wonder if the relevant authorities make periodic inspections at these business places to ensure that fire prevention rules, electrical regulations, business licences and other required compliance issues are in order, since the overwhelming public perception is that many of the business owners try to do “their own thing” regardless of what the law specifies.Fires are terrifying for residents and businesses where the loss of property, businesses and lives are always of major concern, and citizens must voice those concerns to get authorities to take remedial actions.The Guyana Fire Service seems to be in need of an overhaul, which must include training and testing for rapid deployment and suppression of fires.As a business owner with friends who have suffered losses due to fire, I feel that the authorities are not doing their jobs to prevent fires.Case in point is a busy welding shop located under an old, dilapidated and unpainted wooden house, located behind an old and unpainted wooden building in Robb Street, a few doors from the last fire. The welding shop uses welding torches with open flames and other tools that generate sparks. There are many other welding shops, cook shops, mechanic shops and other such businesses that use open flames which are not licenced for those activities, nor were they ever inspected by the Fire Service or other Government agencies. Why should others have to suffer because of these illegal businesses and the failure of the Fire Service and other Government Officers to inspect them?Where any business operation, legal or illegal, has the potential to cause destruction to property and lives, they must be regulated as permissible by law or shutdown forthwith, if they are not in compliance with the law and pose a threat to the community. The seat-warmers at the Fire Service and other Government Offices need to walk around the city and locate all such businesses and ensure they are complying with the laws before we have another spreading fire in the city.With so many high-rise buildings in the city today, authorities should plan for emergencies, especially in the event of a fire. The Fire Service and the Police should have coordinated training activities to deal with high-rise building emergencies. Tow trucks should be on hand to tow away any vehicles blocking the deployment of the Fire Trucks.The Guyana Police Force should be commended for their control of the area around the Robb Street fire which prevented a repeat of the mass looting that occurred at the Regent and Camp Streets fire. It was a welcoming sight to see Police reinforcements arrive, but while the situation was already under control on the street, more work still needs to be done in crime prevention at building fires. While citizens should be thankful for the services offered by the Fire and Police Services, we know that they can do a much better job with more training and practice of their skills.I am hoping that the authorities will take immediate action to inspect all businesses to ensure they are in compliance with fire and other regulations.Yours faithfully,Clayton R Harris
Dear Editor,The Guyana Peace Council (GPC) joins with the rest of the international community to salute the Palestinian people on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is being observed on November 29.This is an opportune time for the international community to intensify efforts to bring an end to this decades-old problem of a Palestinian State.The Guyana Peace Council is convinced that unless and until this matter is resolved, there can be no lasting peace in the Middle East.The Guyana Peace Council takes this opportunity to call on the Guyana Government to stand up and be counted on the side of the Palestinian people, who for decades have been denied by Israel a place that they could call a home, in full defiance of the United Nations Resolutions which unequivocally called for the establishment of a Palestinian State.The time is long overdue for the people of Palestine to enjoy a life of freedom and dignity.It is a shame that this issue has been allowed to fester for such a long time. The United States, in particular, and the world, in general, cannot continue to ignore the cries of the people of Palestine for a homeland.Sincerely,Guyana PeaceCouncil
Clean-up efforts have commenced in an effort to have the newly established town of Bartica, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) smoothly transition into township status.Four more communities are soon to benefit from the clean-up initiative themed “A Clean Environment”. The town of Bartica was selected to be the first of the new towns to benefit from the initiative which is designed to support the communities as they transition into townships.Persons bagging garbage and debris from the beach front area in BarticaThe Natural Resources Ministry provided the requisite support for the project. The new Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, conveyed his gratitude for the support from the Natural Resources Ministry.“We communicated with the Ministry of Natural Resources and we are very happy that they are on board to assist us in cleaning up our beach area. This particular area is one of the views you will see as you come into Bartica and it is time that we keep this area free of garbage” Marshall noted.The “A Clean Environment” project was launched on April 15 and aims to pilot initiatives across the country to promote the enhancement of the environment.Dr Latchmin Punalall, the Coordinator of environment awareness and enhancement at the Natural Resources Ministry, was given the responsibility of overseeing the project.He reinforced the Ministry’s commitment to being in support to the people of Bartica as the campaign is being carried out and encouraged all to support the initiative to keep the environment clean.The clean-up of the Bartica beach front is ongoing and will be completed before the declaration of township on May 7. Other areas earmarked to receive support in their efforts to enhance their surroundings include Kwakwani, Mabaruma, Port Kaituma and Lethem.The first of the initiative themed “Best Kept School Competition” was recently tested in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). The public will be kept informed as the project continues.
A cash crop farmer from “Beturf”, Wakenaam, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), was on Wednesday remanded to prison for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Rishi Ramnarine, 40, made his first appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.Police alleged that on May 1, 2016, Ramnarine was discovered with 25 grams of cannabis sativa in his possession during a search exercise.The defendant’s Attorney, Latchmi Dindyal told the Court that the illicit substance was not found on her client and pleaded for bail to be granted since Ramnarine had a permanent place of abode.Police Prosecutor Rambhague objected to bail, stating that no special reason was given. According to the prosecution, Police carried out a search on the defendant and the drug was found in his right front pants pocket. He was arrested and when questioned, he admitted that he usually smoked the cannabis.Magistrate Scarce remanded Ramnarine until May 25, 2016.
Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart UC Irvine dubs assistant as its own ‘Sister Jean’ in NCAA 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Virginia guard Ty Jerome (11) celebrates a score against Gardner-Webb during a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. Virginia defeated Gardner-Webb 71-56. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)COLUMBIA, S.C. — Last year Virginia became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed. But the Cavaliers’ recent history, even when they make it past the first round of the NCAA Tournament, isn’t all that good.Coach Tony Bennett has made the tournament six straight years while averaging six losses a season. He has been a top seed four times and a No. 2 seed once. He has not made a Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Michigan State also eliminated the top-seeded Cavaliers the year before. The No. 4 seed Spartans got a 3-pointer and a dunk on back-to-back possessions in a game that was tied at 51 in the final 91 seconds to win it, 61-59.“That will always be part of our story. I understand that,” Bennett said.Junior guard Kyle Guy said the players know the pressure of their tournament struggles and are trying to keep from putting more pressure on themselves.“Just trying to focus on what’s important,” Guy said. “We got out of the first round my freshman year. Last year we weren’t as fortunate. This year we got the job done.”Virginia hasn’t been to the Final Four since 1984, when a plucky seven seed in what was then a tournament with just 12 teams in a region made it to the national semifinals the year after Ralph Sampson headed to the NBA.Bennett said he doesn’t measure his own success by how far his team gets or whether he ever makes a Final Four. Instead, as he reminded his players often after the huge upset last year, defeats don’t define who you are; instead, it is how you respond to adversity and how hard you try.“It’s a worthy goal to go after,” Bennett said of the national championship, “but only one gets it.” Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far View comments Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart The Cavaliers have been bounced out of the tournament in just about every way possible, outside of a buzzer-beater.UMBC dominated Virginia last year, turning a game tied at halftime into a 20-point win.The No. 5 seed Cavaliers went scoreless for nearly eight minutes in a second-round game against No. 4 Florida in 2017, losing 65-39 in their most lopsided loss in the past five seasons.The No. 1 Cavaliers led No. 10 seed Syracuse 54-39 and were 9:30 from the Final Four in 2016 when the Orange scored 25 of the next 29 points.In 2015, the No. 2 seed Cavaliers led just once, 2-0, in the second round against No. 7 seed Michigan State. The Spartans could never pull away but also were never really challenged in the 60-54 upset.ADVERTISEMENT But perhaps it was a turning point when the top-seeded Cavaliers found themselves trailing by 14 points in the first half against No. 16 Gardner-Webb on Saturday, with the crowd turning on them and the memories of last year’s upset by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County stirring, before they rallied back to win.“You can come unraveled in that, and we have at times, and we fought through some of that stuff and came out on the positive end,” Bennett said. “So I think that was important for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOr maybe it was just another sign that a Virginia squad that rolled through the regular season would hit some kind of stumbling block, often against a lower seed, at the end of March.The next test comes Sunday against No. 9 seed Oklahoma, which had one of the most impressive victories in the first round, beating Mississippi 95-72 . 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Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US “It’s been remarkable what he’s done,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who recruited Williamson. “There hasn’t been many guys like that to come down the road. So the attention he’s gotten, I think he’d deserved. … He’s driven a different ship.”That February shoe blowout illustrated just how different.Williamson missed nearly six full games after injuring his knee in the fall, which had his left foot sticking through the side of his Paul George signature shoe from Nike. The bizarre image wounded Nike’s day-after stock price and had some arguing that he shouldn’t return to protect his pro stock.That was never an option for Williamson. He returned in the ACC Tournament sporting a reinforced pair of Kyrie Irving Nikes, which followed Nike representatives visiting Duke’s campus to sort out what went wrong.The unusual moments of stardom didn’t stop there, either.“Cars will be driving by (on campus) and I mean, they’ll just stop,” Williamson said with a chuckle. “In the middle of the road. And people will jump out of the car and get pictures. I’m looking at my watch, I have two minutes to get to class and my class is a five-minute walk. … I’ll look at them and they’ll be so high, I’m like, ’Yeah, I got you, I’ll take the picture.”He also frequently encountered Duke fans waiting near the practice gym for autographs.“You’ve got 20 minutes before that clock starts for practice, you’ve got like 20 people outside,” Williamson said. “You’re like, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ So then it comes down to: do I say no? Or do I tell them to wait?“I’ve been in a lot of situations. Sometimes they understood, other times they weren’t so accepting of it. But I guess that’s part of life.” Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Duke freshman Zion Williamson answers questions at a news conference where he was awarded the Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year award at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — Just about everything Zion Williamson did at Duke created a highlight or headline in a spectacle of a season.The soaring dunks.ADVERTISEMENT The open-court moves more nimble than his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame should allow.Even the freak occurrence of one of his feet tearing through its shoe in a fall to the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHandling all that attention became maybe the biggest lesson for the freshman, who quickly became the face of college basketball and the game’s biggest star in years — then fittingly finished as The Associated Press men’s player of the year.“I was comfortable with it because you don’t really have a choice,” Williamson said in an interview with the AP earlier this week. “I think if you try to force it out, then it’s going to bother you. … My mom just told me to look at it as a lot of kids would wish to be in my position, so if it does bother me, I just think about it like that.” There was the charisma, too. He projected a self-assured ease amid the crush of postgame interviews, even routinely having walk-on Mike Buckmire join him as a wingman as though bringing his teammate into his unique orbit. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Williamson claimed 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters before the NCAA Tournament in results released Friday. Freshman teammate RJ Barrett earned two votes as a fellow AP first-team All-American, while Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Murray State’s Ja Morant each earned one vote.Williamson had hoped to be in Minneapolis preparing for Saturday’s national semifinals like Hunter and Winston. But the Blue Devils fell to Winston’s Spartans in the Elite Eight as the top overall seed.“I was just telling (teammates) don’t let nobody tell you this season was a disappointment, because people have got to understand it’s March Madness,” he said, adding: “I mean, winning the championship is not a cakewalk.”In a likely one-year college stop for a possible top overall NBA draft pick, the 18-year-old Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while ranking second nationally by shooting 68%. He also ranked among the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders in steals (2.12) and blocks (1.79).Williamson’s play was marked by breathtaking athleticism to go by, through and over anyone to get the ball (look at his personal-favorite 360-degree dunk against Clemson or his rapid-closeout swat of Hunter’s shot at Virginia for proof).ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Williamson said there’s “obviously a high possibility” he enters the draft but he’s not ready to make anything official as he enjoys being a college student a little longer with plans on taking summer classes toward a degree.Williamson said he has no regrets, calling the season “the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”“My mom would tell me, ‘College is something you don’t want to miss out on’ because not only have I enjoyed the basketball side of coming to Duke, I’ve enjoyed being a student here just as much,” Williamson said. “The relationships I’ve built with the students here — like talking to kids I guess people wouldn’t picture me talking to, hanging out with them — it’s bigger than basketball.”VOTING BREAKDOWNZion Williamson, Duke — 59R.J. 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Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay LATEST STORIES But with Portland, he figures to have a chance at starting right away.For his career, Whiteside has averaged 13.4 points and 11.4 rebounds over parts of seven seasons with Miami and Sacramento. He led the NBA in blocks per game in the 2015-16 season, then led the league in rebounds per game the following season.Harkless averaged 7.7 points last season for the Blazers.Leonard had a 30-point game in Portland’s final game last season, the one where the Trail Blazers were swept out of the Western Conference finals by the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 5.9 points last season, and has spent each of his first seven NBA seasons in Portland.All three of the players involved in the Miami-Portland trade have expiring contracts this season.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors owner: No other player will wear Kevin Durant’s No. 35 Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ Whiteside is entering the final season of a four-year, $98 million contract. He lost his starting spot to Bam Adebayo in the second half of last season, but figures to offer frontline depth to a Trail Blazers team that lost center Jusuf Nurkic to a broken leg late last season.ESPN first reported the details of the agreement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMiami made the deal a day after agreeing to the framework of a move that will also bring Jimmy Butler to the Heat via trade with Philadelphia. The particulars of that trade were still being worked on Monday.Whiteside averaged 12.3 points and a team-best 11.3 rebounds last season, appearing in 72 games and starting 53 of those. He also averaged only 23 minutes per game, and at times expressed his displeasure about not having a larger role. Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and guard Josh Richardson (0) celebrate after Whiteside scored during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside is heading to the Portland Trail Blazers, as the Miami Heat continue reshaping their roster.A person with knowledge of the situation said Monday that the Heat have agreed to trade Whiteside to the Trail Blazers for Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is still pending NBA approval.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last week held a three-day training in research methodology for university lecturers. The training focused on sharpening the skills and techniques of university instructors in the methods of research in order to enhance their classroom presentations.“It is important as a lecturer to engage in research (of the subject matter) before making presentations and that helps to equip the students also.”Making the remark yesterday at the UL main campus during the opening session, the Deputy Secretary General of Liberian National Commission for UNESCO, representing the Ministry of Education (MOE), said the workshop was part of UNESCO’s commitment to contribute to the education sector of Liberia.He explained that UNESCO, the intellectual arm of the United Nations, is engaged in building the capacity of educators and strengthening university lecturers is part of that goal.The initiative came about when several UL professors wrote a proposal requesting the training through the Ministry of Education to UNESCO’s head office. UNESCO accepted the proposal and organized the workshop, aimed at sharpening the research skills of over 45 lecturers from leading universities in the country.We hope that they can take advantage of the research methodology program and build their interests in the area of research in preparing their classroom presentations, said Mr. Harris, adding that at the end of the workshop, the instructors are expected to be more confident in delivering their classroom lectures and other teaching activities.“One of the functions of UNESCO is human capacity building and we will continue to support teachers to be well equipped in presenting their lessons,” said Mr. Harris.Also speaking, the executive secretary of the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU) and lead facilitator, Dr. Saaim Wisseh Naame, said the workshop would focus on qualitative research. He hoped that all the participants will leave the workshop with the necessary expertise in research.Stressing the need for knowledge in quantities research and teaching methodology, he said many university lecturers are performing below the requisite capacity to teach. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is due to meet United States President Barrack Obama on Friday. She had been scheduled to attend Obama’s Africa Summit several months ago, but the devastating spread of Ebola in Liberia at the time prevented her. Vice President Joseph N. Boakai represented her at that meeting.Now that she is scheduled to meet the U.S. leader this Friday, the first thing she should tell him is a BIG Thank You for the great help he gave in boldly deploying over 3000 troops to Liberia to build Ebola Treatment Units throughout the country and undertake other initiatives to help us fight Ebola. The American troops, along with the efforts of the Chinese, the European Union, Germans, Norwegians, Nigerians and many other partners, made a great impact and soon the virus was effectively contained.The President will then brief her US counterpart on how she gallantly led Liberians in the combat against this most terrible health crisis in our history. We are positive that President Obama will highly commend her on this heroic feat and pledge further assistance in dealing a final blow to the pandemic.There are two other most important items on the President’s agenda at the White House. The first is post-Ebola recovery. She should have no difficulty raising this highly critical issue, because the Americans have already pledged to help us rebuild our healthcare delivery system. This newspaper has been urging the President and her government to develop a roadmap that will present a comprehensive plan about the nation’s most important health and medical needs. The first among these is to rehabilitate all of the existing medical institutions around the country, beginning with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. There are hospitals in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Kakata, Margibi County, Suacoco and Gbarnga, Bong County, Ganta, Sanniquellie and Tappita, Nimba County, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Harper, Maryland County, Greenville, Sinoe County, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Zorzor, Voinjama, Kolahun and Foya, Lofa County. All of these hospitals need to be rehabilitated and reequipped. But there are other counties where no hospitals exist. These include River Gee, Grand Kru and River Cess. They, too, need hospitals.In addition to hospitals, there is an urgent need for health centers within all our counties, since many people in the nation’s interior heartland have to walk for miles to the capital seeking medical attention. These journeys could be drastically shortened with the establishing of health centers spread over each county. Such an initiative would drastically cut pre and postnatal casualties and raise Liberia’s health index.Then there is the whole business of training, beginning with the University of Liberia’s Faculty of Health Sciences that includes the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine and the West African Post-Graduate College that aims at training medical specialists of all kinds. We were surprised to learn that no one from the Ministry of Health accompanied the President to Washington.We did discover later that Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah had traveled to Brussels for Ellen’s March 3 meeting with the European Union. But surely before the President reaches Brussels, she must get the firm commitment of President Obama, the American government and people to help us rebuild our healthcare delivery system.There is, finally, the burning issue of Liberia’s post-Ebola economic recovery. The pandemic hit the Liberian economy very hard, reducing our growth rate from nearly six percent to 0.4 percent. America is the world’s biggest economy and richest country. Liberia is also America’s oldest and most reliable African friend.Here is an excellent opportunity to give Liberia a Marshall Plan-like initiative that will set this beleaguered nation on the path to real development and prosperity. America will benefit from it, for it will assure other African nations that the USA is a partner on which they can truly depend. If they can do it for Liberia, Africans will say, “they can do it for us.”It will once again confirm the ancient dictum (truism): “Charity begins at home.” There is no place in the entire African continent where Americans feel more at home than in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following what many in the public have described as the late Atty. Michael Allison’s brave actions that led to a full-scale investigation of the National Legislature’s handling of the oil consultation process by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) the deceased deserves to be celebrated, his family and friends have recommended.Allison who was hired as legal petroleum consultant by the National Legislature was discovered dead on February 13, at a local beach in Monrovia, days after he raised an alarm over his pay check.But, a statement released by the family and friends of the late Atty. Allison, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, noted that he “was a whistle blower who exposed attempts by some individuals in high places to deny and deprive the Liberian people of their just benefits in the exploration of oil.“We believe that the act of bravery and courage by this one individual must be celebrated and his subsequent death as the result of this act must claim the attention, interest and action of all Liberians.”Defending their recommendation, the group further noted that his whistle blowing should serve as a platform for the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and audit all procurements, sales and proceeds of oil blocks and their benefits.Given the level of disagreement and revelation associated with the Legislature, the family and friends recommended “an audit of various budgetary, income and expenditures of the national legislature and its various committees.”Though, “we want him to be celebrated, we will not rush into judgment, we will continue to remain patient and await the findings of government. Our patience must not be construed as indifference and neglect.”According to them, “We are expecting that a befitting honor will be the collective determination of this nation to bring closure to the questions and mysteries surrounding his death.”“We are also awaiting the autopsy report being fully aware that the uniqueness of this matter will draw the attention of government, the international community and the conclusion of the matter will epitomize government’s commitment to the fight against corruption,” they said.The group added, “We are equally shocked that this government has failed to address the absence of a pathologist (s) in our country.”Expressing special thanks to Atty. Samuel K. Woods, the family and friends of the deceased said, “This matter cannot be ignored …it is a national duty to account for every drop of Michael’s blood.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberia Acting Consular General in New York has been praised for his role in securing several containers of medical supplies to buttress the nation’s health sector.Acting Consul General Rudolph E. Sherman was praised for his tireless efforts, by the African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) and other donors, to get their donations to Liberia.The ACBC on Monday turned over six 40-foot containers of assorted medical items valued at US$1.5 million to the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.Included in the containers are 2.5 million syringes and 2800 plus pallets of gloves, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other items.Members of ACBC, a Pennsylvania State non-profit corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, said the donation was also made possible with the help of the State of Arkansas Department of Health. Briefing journalists after presenting two of the containers, Mrs. Christine Maycole, a US-based Liberian and a staff of ACBC, said it was part of her responsibility and duty to help rebuild the country’s broken health and education sectors.Mrs. Maycole, Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo and Consul General Sherman were among the promoters behind the medical supplies being sent to Liberia, as the nation continues to repel the deadly Ebola virus. They also thanked International ECO Fuel Savers, Inc and Ecowayz Liberia, Inc for their help in getting the items here.Mrs. Maycole had reinforced earlier statements made by ACBC’s president, Dr. Azuka Anyiam, concerning the negotiations for the successful arrival of the containers in Liberia.“I am passionate about my country that is why I cannot just sit abroad and do nothing when my country is in need,” she added.She stated that she was in Liberia when the Ebola broke out. “I came back in December with my team and I am back again. Our company wants to uplift the lives of the Liberian people. We are looking at educational opportunity, rebuilding the health sector and looking for ways to bring the next generation to another level.”Mrs. Maycole said the items will be used in the ongoing Ebola fight, but they are essentials in the health sector and in combating other diseases.Liberia currently has only one case of confirmed Ebola virus disease and that person is being treated at the “best” Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in the country.Speaking earlier, the Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Elias Shoninyan, said the donation would still be needed in health facilities even after the Ebola crisis.It is yet unknown when Liberia will be declared Ebola-free. But three days before the donated items were turned over, the country had gone more than 21 days without a confirmed, recorded Ebola virus disease (EVD) case. The country was counting to 42 days to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).“I just want to say to the African & Caribbean Business Council that the Government of Liberia truly appreciates the gesture,” Acting Min. Shoninyan said.Mr. Matthew Flomo, Deputy Health Minister for Administration stated that the Ministry was “overjoyed” to receive the containers. “We know that ACBC is here to help us.”Dep. Min. Flomo assured the donors that as Liberia turns towards the restoration of basic health services, the items would be used to help strengthen the health sector.Also speaking, Dr. Saye D. Bawo, Acting Chief Medical Officer, stated that there was no better time for the donation to come to Liberia than now.“The donation is timely. We need syringes and gloves even more. We want to make sure that no health worker dies again in any of our health facilities,” declared Dr. Bawo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Ministry of Labour has emphasized the need to focus on human development as part of an effort to ease unemployment.Speaking to newsmen on Thursday at a one day validation of the Decent Work Country Program held in Thinkers Village, outside Monrovia, the Deputy Minister for Planning and Human Resource Development, J. Levi Demmah, said the validation of the document would support the meeting of major challenges facing the country.According to him, the document, which focuses on the Decent Work Country Program, was developed by former Labor Minister Samuel Kofi Woods and the current administration decided to re-introduce it because it is essential for the entire work force of Liberia.“Today, from our survey conducted in 2010, we realize that most of the people we consider as having jobs are within the informal sector, amounting to 68%. People riding bikes, washing cars and others are not considered part of the work force,” he said.“Firstly, we are looking at the social dialogue and protection at the work place. As a country I will say that currently we are at the middle and there are many issues that are confronting the work force and we are working on them now through the framework,” he said.He added “We need to help some of them by taking them out of the informal sector and bringing them into the formal sector.”Mr. Demmah said issues of health and safety at the work place are also important, including, pension and injury compensation.He, however, attributed the large number of people in the informal sector to limited education and said it is one of the reasons a framework is important. The Ministry of Labor, he said, is also looking forward to the Decent Work Bill currently before the Legislature. “But Labor needs to have a framework that is supported by the International Labor Organization (ILO), to buttress the Ministry’s efforts in protecting the Liberian workforce,” he noted.He explained that Liberia could only benefit from the ILO if there was a framework that would support ideas to strengthen both employers and employees.Mr. Demmah said many people contend that jobs have been given to foreigners; and they also complain of capital flight. But, he explained, “There is the issue of capacity, which is also a serious problem for Liberia.” Mr. Demmah explained that it is difficult to find certain professionals for both the public and private sectors.He continued, “What we need to do is to make sure that people are prepared to take over some of the jobs foreigners are holding. And I can say that the framework is supporting the empowerment of the people.” Liberia, he said will be a middle income country according to Vision 2030, but noted, “We have to create the platform for those that will make it work.”He explained that since the document was developed in 2009 the Ministry did not validate or executed it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It may not be from rags to riches like Manny Pacquiao, but Floyd Mayweather was not always the brash, flash, world-renowned boxer he is today. This Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the two titans will sort things out.The unbeaten pound-for-pound king is preparing for his 48th fight, which sees him face a warrior who beat Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Chris Algieri, and Juan Manuel Marquez (twice).Mayweather, a man who brags about his wealth on social media frequently, had to work for his bulging bank balance. As these photographs of the Money Man posing in front of a white sheet background in the nineties show, there was a time when his shorts weren’t quite worth £1.5million.Pacquiao’s story goes from being born into poverty in the Philippines on December 17, 1978, to the grandest stage of them all at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2 for a half-billion-dollar fight. Mayweather went about it a different way. He was born in Michigan on February 24, 1977 – into a family of boxers – and his career was never going to go any other way. The fight by numbers$300m – The estimated purse split 60 per cent for Mayweather and 40 per cent to Pacquiao$321.43 – The amount Mayweather’s personal chef spent on junk food weeks before the fight2-1 – The best odds available on Pacquiao to win the fight; Mayweather is 6/11 $2 – The amount Pacquiao was paid per fight when he was growing up in the Philippines$250,000 – The amount wagered between rapper Diddy and actor Mark Wahlberg on the fight$600m – Mayweather’s career earnings after his fight against PacquiaoShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chris Banchero helps send the Aces into the quarterfinals with a clutch performance against Meralco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska was two possessions away from kissing its playoffs hopes goodbye and handing the last quarterfinals berth to Meralco.With 20 seconds left, all the Bolts needed to do was hold their ground and the Aces would be sent to the bleachers, but point guard Chris Banchero had other plans.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Banchero caught fire in the clutch and gave Alaska a new lease on life, tying the game at 96 and sending into overtime where his inspiring run sparked the Aces to the 108-103 clincher.“Sometimes those are the games you have got to breakthrough. You know, we’ve been in a lot of tough games this conference and when that happens, then teams begin to play well,” said Banchero Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlaska trailed 95-91 with 20.7 seconds remaining after Chris Newsome’s free throws, and Banchero’s three-pointer in the ensuing possession nearly collapsed what ounce of hope the Aces had up to that point.Luckily for Alaska, JVee Casio happened to grab the offensive rebound and kicked the ball back to Banchero who drilled the three-pointer from the left wing to cut the Aces’ deficit to one, 95-94, with 10.4 seconds left. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Raptors’ Kyle Lowry undergoes surgery on thumb injured in playoffs Benefits of township living Simon Enciso then sent Newsome to the line with 9.5 seconds remaining, but Meralco’s forward managed to just score a split, leaving the door wide open for Alaska.Banchero was given the green light to operate and he pounced on it with a fade-away jumper against Cliff Hodge that sent the game to overtime.“It started with JVee, he got a big rebound on the first three that I missed, and when he kicked it out to me I know I had to knock it down for us to be in that game, luckily it went down,” said Banchero who finished with 15 points, nine in the fourth quarter, and nine assists.But there’s hardly room to celebrate for Alaska, which faces an even bigger challenge in the playoffs as it faces top seed TNT.The KaTropa own a twice-to-beat advantage, thanks to their phenomenal import Terrence Jones, who is averaging 33.7 points, 16.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 3.1 blocks so far.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LATEST STORIES LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer “I told the guys not to be too happy, we’re still in the playoffs but at the end of the day we got a lot of work to do,” said Banchero. “TNT is a very good team and we’re not looking at it as a twice-to-beat but we’ll take it one game at a time.”“Terrence Jones is obviously a very good basketball player, but at the end of the day they’re [the KaTropa] just another basketball team. They played really well this conference but I know we’re not scared of them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Ivory Coast, which the Filipinos also beat, 94-83 on Thursday, will be slugging it out with the Spaniards in the other match, with the winners of both matches advancing to the title game.The Filipinos are making do with a 10-man roster in Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs PH girls make quarterfinal exit MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas will head into the Torneo de Malaga, a four-team pocket tournament in Spain in high spirits and unbeaten in two friendlies as the Nationals step up preparations for the Fiba World Cup set to start at the end of the month in China.The Nationals will play Congo at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday (Manila time) at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena, hoping to duplicate a 102-80 win in Guadalajara just a couple of days back to make the title game, which would most likely be against the host Spaniards.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon View comments
Taiwanese/Canadian businessman Joe Tsai (R), his wife Clara Wu (L) and children Dash Tsai, Jacob Tsai and Alex Tsai arrive for the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by LISA O’CONNOR / AFP)Alibaba Group co-founder and executive vice-chairman Joe Tsai, a Canadian-Taiwanese billionaire, has been unanimously approved by NBA owners as the new owner of the Brooklyn Nets.Backing of the NBA’s board of governors was the final step to complete the deal, worth a reported $3.5 billion, for Tsai to buy the club and its arena, the Barclays Center.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Durant will miss the upcoming 2019-20 campaign after suffering a torn right Achilles tendon but the forward could combine with Irving, a former standout at Cleveland and Boston, to produce a formidable inside-outside tandem.The Nets lost to Philadelphia in the first round of last season’s NBA playoffs after a 42-40 regular season. They had not reached the playoffs since 2015. The club has won only one playoff series since 2007.Silver thanked Prokhorov and former Nets executive Dmitry Razumov for contributions to the team and community, adding, “they leave a thriving team well-positioned for the future.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Tsai had invested in the Nets in October 2017 when he purchased a 49 percent stake in the club from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov for $2.3 billion with an option to buy the rest of the franchise no later than 2021.Tsai exercised that option last month and will now oversee a revitalized club that made the first major off-season player deal this year by landing two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant and star guard Kyrie Irving.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We are thrilled that Joe Tsai is becoming the principal owner and governor of the Brooklyn Nets,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.“In addition to being a passionate basketball fan, Joe is one of China’s preeminent internet, media and e-commerce pioneers and his expertise will be invaluable in the league’s efforts to grow the game in China and other global markets.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ PH bet Eumir Marcial barges into World Boxing championship semifinals MOST READ View comments
Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China “When we won the set we were jumping for joy like we won the match. Because it was the key players of Thailand out there and not the bench players,” said the 24-year-old Baron.“That means that with a longer preparation, we can make it,” added Baron, who was with Laure on the floor during the set win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The big crowd at Terminal 21 Mall fell silent as the Philippines took control of the third set.“We really practiced [for this game],” said Laure, who is the youngest team member at 20. “We worked on our service receives and blocking.” LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiefer fuels NLEX victory LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption But the most important thing that Laure saw was “we now have teamwork. Our training camp in Bangkok is paying off.”The Philippines suffered its second straight loss after dropping a five-setter to Indonesia. It will gun for a victory against Vietnam on Sunday.Thai coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul was seen berating the players on the bench after losing a set to the Filipino squad.ADVERTISEMENT NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—Philippine team standouts Majoy Baron and Eya Laure said winning a set against Thailand is like winning the match already.But both players, who were two of the bright spots in Saturday’s 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 loss to Thailand in the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix here, agreed that the team has a lot to build on after taking a set from the regional powerhouse, which played their top standouts.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View comments Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees
…on T&T refining Guyana’s crudeWe’ve been assured by President Granger that “there’s no sellout” to T&T on the Energy MoU he signed with them…before releasing the details! Your Eyewitness is sure Guyanese have now breathed a sigh of relief. After all, the last time the President gave such an assurance was on the Exxon contract negotiated by Trotman!!The President’s obviously either very, very naïve, or he’s jerking our chain! As your Eyewitness has taken pains to point out, when dealing with businesses or other countries trying to get a piece of your action, you’ve got to work on the premise that whatever they propose is intended to promote THEIR interests. So it was with the Exxon contract, and so it is with the T&T Energy MoU. No matter how you slice it, dice it, or puree it, Rowley’s looking out for Number 1 – which sure ain’t Guyana!!The question your Eyewitness has is: How the heck does Granger know the MoU isn’t a “sellout”? Is this his personal surmise? Or was he advised by his Energy Czar? Ooops!! He couldn’t have received any advice from THAT quarter, since the fella he unilaterally appointed has absolutely NO EXPERTISE in the area!!! He and the President both assure us he’ll be hiring “experts” to advise him!! And, presumably, after that, he’ll advise the President.So, when the President vows there’s “no sellout”, like the captain of the Titanic, he’s basically whistling in the dark on a wing and a prayer! And the analogy’s quite apropos, since, like icebergs, the real import of these MoU’s is always under the water, under the table, and under the radar. The second question your Eyewitness has is: What need is there for the MoU, in the first place? The “Objective”, according to Art 1 of the MoU, is “promoting joint projects throughout the hydrocarbon value chain”.Now, since Exxon will be giving us our measly 12.5 percent share of profits and the 2 percent royalty in CRUDE oil, “projects throughout the hydrocarbon value chain” basically means we’ve agreed to refine that crude (or portions thereof) in T&T. How else do you “add value” to crude oil?? But when Rowley shut down T&T’s oil refinery, Petrotrin, he confessed that one of the reasons was because of the company’s high cost and inefficiencies! In light of that, why even discuss “adding value” to our crude with T&T?Was it the reminder Rowley slyly gave Granger about “Trinidad” – under Basdeo Panday in 1996! – writing off US$300 million of debt? Is it now time to pay back?? But that would make T&T an “Indian giver”! Is it because Panday’s an Indian??After all, Rowley did say then: “Guyana picked T&T’s pocket”!…on T&T controlling ancillary activitiesSo we move to Article 2 of the MoU: “Areas of Cooperation”. T&T’s gonna cooperate with us in “technical assistance in…exploration and production of hydrocarbon resources”. So let’s get this straight: This Government intends to start competing with Exxon and the other multinationals to “explore and produce oil and gas”?? We can’t even cap a gas leak at Diamond, and we’re going to be drilling 1 mile under the sea and another 1 mile under the continental shelf? And it’s not even Carnival or Mash time!!Then we’ve agreed to work with T&T on “the development of policies relating to local content”. We have the thousands of T&T companies now made redundant with the collapse of their oil industry, and we’ll have the T&T Government assisting in defining what’s “local content”?? So what will be different? Exxon’s definition of the cane juice vendor as supplying local content will now be changes to using T&T’s “expertise”??At least the cane juice vendor was sourcing his sugar cane locally and spending his profits at the local rum shop!!…on Executing CommitteeT&T’s and Guyana’s Energy Ministers will be implementing the MoU as the “Executing Committee”.As a petroleum geologist with 20 years’ experience, TT’s Franklyn Khan will eat Granger’s inexperienced appointee alive!!
Dear Editor,Rearing poultry and growing a variety of fruit crops in a well fenced two-acre plot of roadside land at Suddie with myself and family domiciled there, helps me financially as a pensioner, but now thieves are depriving me of my full benefits.During one night, my well secured pen just aback of my house with nine drakes and five roosters was broken into; the biggest one ranging between 8 to 10 pounds was stolen. The padlock was not disturbed and after observing from where entry was gained, there was a shocking discovery of only the heads from each one of the birds was left inside the pen, with all 14 of their bodies missing. In which case, the birds were beheaded by the robber before they were stolen.There was evidence to suggest that during a heavy rainfall that night the slaughtering was done right in the pen from the remains of the blood on the ground. Who could have been the culprit(s)? They remain unknown to me and the Police, but it would seem that a market had to be secured at some business place that uses this type of meat. It had to purchase the stolen property.The poultry business will eventually dwindle as it is no longer encouraging to continue after this bitter experience. In broad daylight, a 16-year-old school girl who could well be described as a barefaced thief was caught “red handed” at the top of a tree by my door step picking ripe oranges.It was only by chance I was able to see her, but she showed no remorse with the Police and when brought before the court. Stealing seems to be a culture nowadays in this district with me suffering too huge losses from the regular stealing of my fruit crops with the perpetrators remaining unknown.From my own knowledge, there are many thieves who have never been caught but they should try to keep out of trouble which is easy to get into but hard to come out of. As the saying goes “prevention is always better than cure”.Sincerely,A concernedsmall farmer
Dear Editor,Mere hours after Nagamootoo lambasted the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for salary increases during their tenure in Government, headlines revealed yet another atrocity on the nation’s purse by Nagamootoo and the coalition regime.He has been granted tax exemptions on unlimited vehicles, in addition to the duty-free vehicle in his possession as a Member of Parliament (MP) and the multiplicity of benefits he receives as erstwhile Prime Minister and Vice President: So much for his pre-elections assurances to the electorate that his Government would not indulge in a “Cadillac lifestyle in a donkey-cart economy”.When the PPP/C accessed administrative office, the former People’s National Congress (PNC) Government had depleted the nation’s Treasury to zilch, run up internal and external debts that this and coming generations would have been paying to infinity if it had not been for former President, late Dr Cheddi Jagan and former Finance Minister and subsequent President, Bharrat Jagdeo’s unrelenting struggle for debt relief and prudent and astute management of the nation’s finances.For years the President and Ministers of successive PPP/C Aadministrations received what was tantamount to a mere stipend – a pittance much lower than that of the PNC-inherited. In 1995, President Jagan acceded to his Ministers’ requests for an increase in salary, bearing in mind that their duties engendered great expenses, including travel and related costs to effectively manage their respective mandates.The salary scale of PPP/C Ministers was then increased to one dollar above that of Permanent Secretaries.Desmond Hoyte, who is being praised for reversing the PNC’s draconian management practices during its governance of Guyana, had been forced by the International Financial Institutions (IFIs), in particular the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to re-institute a plethora of changes – including holding free-and-fair elections after decades of rigging, or face sanctions, which included, among others, withholding of financial assistance to a poverty-stricken nation bankrupted by the PNC regime. He had no choice but to assent to all the IMF punitive conditionalities, among which was the imposition of the much-touted Economic Recovery Programme (ERP).Now being lauded as a feather in Hoyte’s cap, the ERP was, in effect, a punitive menu of measures that created much suffering to the nation’s working-class, which dubbed the punitive fiscal regime of the ERP as ‘Empty Rice Pots’. One of the impositions of the ERP was freezing the wages of public servants at 00, to which Hoyte had acceded. All during the PNC’s dictatorial tenure the trade unions, except for the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU), had become toothless poodles that could not even yap.Upon accessing office, even as vulnerable as his government was to external financial forces, Dr Jagan figuratively told the IMF to put their conditionalities where the sun does not shine and immediately restored bargaining powers to the trade unions.Ever since then, to the date that the party demitted office, the PPP/C has ensured, depending on the dictates of the nation’s economic strength, that public servants received an annual increase in salary retroactive to the first month of the year, an annual bonus at year-end, and enhanced benefits.For someone who is benefiting from the fruits of the hard work and prudent management of the nation’s finances by PPP/C Presidents and Ministers, as Nagamootoo is, to begrudge the salary increases of PPP/C Presidents and Ministers is tantamount to spiteful vindictiveness and is absolute ingratitude because he, not the PPP/C Presidents and Ministers, started living a Cadillac lifestyle and became a ‘fat cat’ without lifting a finger to work for the Guyanese people.Nagamootoo’s tirade against the PPP/C anent salary increases was an attempt to deflect attention from the excesses that he and his confederates in the Granger-led Government are bestowing on themselves, relatives, friends and financiers – living the good life at the expense of the Guyanese working-class.More so, his figures were laughable and deliberately misrepresentative of Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s figures that he presented to Parliament.Unless one is mentally deficient, or deliberately obtuse the difference in governance by the PPP/C Administration and the coalition regime can be discerned by merely comparing the salary and simple lifestyle of PPP/C’s Prime Minister, the really honourable Samuel Hinds, to that of the coalition’s Prime Minister, whose excesses are unconscionable and utterly disgraceful because, as the PPP contends, the salary that Moses Nagamootoo is condemning the PPP Presidents and Ministers for was not enough for him and the members of the coalition Cabinet; hence their hefty pay increases immediately upon accessing office.Sincerely,Attiya Amanda Baksh
Dear Editor,Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, is now the latest member of the Government’s orchestra synchronizing to distort and obfuscate the Caribbean Court of Justice’s recent rulings, in their desperate quest to delay elections, avoid the electorate like a plague and continue to squat in Government.Not being satisfied with his comical and clumsy attempt broadcast on National Television, a few weeks ago, to explain and justify that 33 is not a majority of 65, the Prime Minister was at it again in his weekly column, ‘My Turn’, published last Sunday in the Chronicle Newspaper. In that article, Prime Minister Nagamootoo abysmally failed in his attempt to make out a case for house-to-house registration as a sine qua non for Regional and General Elections, which he so frantically set out to do. Clearly unfamiliar with the relevant statutory provisions that govern Registration and which mandate a cyclical form of continuous registration as opposed to house-to-house registration, Mr. Nagamootoo deliberately makes no reference to the law but instead premised his arguments on certain statements attributed to Dr. Steve Surujbally, allegedly, made on the eve of the 2015 elections.Conspicuously, Prime Minister Nagamootoo deliberately omitted to recall that there was no house-to-house registration immediately preceding the 2011 elections, which the APNU and AFC won the majority in the National Assembly, nor the 2015 General and Regional elections, in which APNU+AFC won Government as a coalition, nor the 2016, nor the 2018 Local Government elections, both of which were held under the Coalition Government.The nation is unaware of any criticisms, whatsoever, from the Prime Minister, or his Government, regarding the integrity of any of those elections or the lists used in respect thereof. Unsurprisingly, the Prime Minister glaringly neglected to allude to the new and emerging circumstances and factors that precipitated his sudden clamour for house-to-house registration. Unfortunately, for the Prime Minister, to the initiated, the reason is clear: it is nothing but a recent and senseless fabricated charade to delay the elections with which the Government Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and its erstwhile Chairman are willing co-conspirators.I am of the considered view that the article was intended to make an unethical and unsavoury pitch to the President of the CCJ, whom the Prime Minister knew was in Georgetown, to participate in a judicial colloquium.The Prime Minister, however, did not end his perversity there. He went on to prophesied that the CCJ “would make orders that are advisory and not coercive”. In my considered view, this is another malevolent attempt at influencing the Court. Thankfully, most law student would know that Court Orders are declaratory, coercive or prohibitory.In any event, none of the parties in the cases have approached the CCJ for “advice”. Hence, the Court has adjourned the matter to hear the parties via written submissions, in respect of “consequential orders”, not “consequential advice”.Yours faithfully,Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Law
A cane harvester of Blairmont Sugar Factory was on Wednesday remanded to prison on an armed robbery charge when he appeared at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Rhondell Weaver.Bharat Madray, 26, of Benet Street, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (West Berbice/Mahaica), was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on April 1, 2016 at the Rosignol Market while armed with a dangerous weapon, a gun, he robbed Ramdat Singh of a quantity of gold jewellery valued at .2 million.The prosecution’s case stated that on the day in question, at around 06:30h Singh and his son, 16, of Bush Lot, WCB, were in the process of opening their jewellery shop at the Rosignol Market when two unmasked gunmen held them up demanding their assets.One of the perpetrators discharged a round which struck Ramdat Jr to his jaw.Police Prosecutor Sergeant Althea Solomon objected to bail due to the nature and gravity of the offence. She also noted that there are other charged pending, stemming from the same offence.However Attorney Horatio Edmondson mitigating for bail told the Court that the accused has not been proven guilty and should be allowed pretrial liberty. He argued that Madray has a stable job and a fixed place of abode.The Magistrate upheld the prosecution’s submissions and remanded Madray. He will next appear in court on April 21, 2016.
Minister of State Joseph Harmon will today present a written statement to Cabinet on all the accusationsPresident David Granger speaking to the media on Wednesdaybeing levelled against him, when Ministers convene for a meeting, President David Granger has assured.The President, responding to questions posed by Journalists on Wednesday, said Minister Harmon already offered an oral explanation to Cabinet members on Tuesday for being in a photograph with officials of BaiShanLin.According to President Granger, the explanation given to Cabinet by Harmon related that he had to visit a number of places in China, with little time to do so.“As you know the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China was in China at that time, he had to go to three or four different cities and the Ambassador arranged the executive transport because of the distance between the cities, and the amount of time he had at his disposal. So it was arranged by the Chinese Government to enable him to travel to different cities… to conduct the business that he was there to conduct,” President Granger said, before reiterating that the trip was funded by the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).In what appears to be a move aimed at tarnishing Harmon’s political career, Kaieteur News has been publishing a series of articles about the Minister’s decision to appoint businessman Brian Tiwari as his personal Adviser on Business Development and instructions he gave to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to halt a seizure of several vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin. The articles were skilfully designed in a manner to portray the Minister as corrupt.
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Guyana’s infant mortality rate has plummeted to a record low within the past six months, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton said on Monday.Public Health Dr George Norton Minister (at centre) listens to a doctor inside the refurbished Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (Government Information Agency photo)Dr Norton announced a whopping average of 24 deaths for the first half of the year, stating that the rate was at its lowest in the last two years. He said there has been increased consciousness of infant deaths, improved training and more neonatal units installed at public health facilities to help reduce the rate.The Public Health Ministry has collected data, which has revealed that there was an average of four deaths per month – a considerable drop.Dr Norton reiterated that the infant mortality rate had become a priority for the Ministry, thus it has taken stringent measures to reduce it.In 2015, that rate stood at 23.1 per 1000, while child mortality rate under five years of age, which was supposed to be 16, stuck out at 24.2 for 2014.According to a multi-indicator cluster survey carried out in Guyana, Dr Norton stated, the probability of a baby dying within the first month of life was 22.9 per 1000 live births and between birth and its first birthday, 31.8.He opined that most infant deaths recorded were caused by infections or the negligence of medical practitioners.Significant dropMeanwhile, Dr Norton stated that there have been six cases of maternal death for the past six months, which is also a considerable decline in maternal mortality given the ratio for the previous years.Recently, a United Nations report disclosed that Guyana was among five countries in the Region with the highest maternal mortality rate, and among six nations where the incidence had amplified notably between 1990 and 2013.As of December 30, 2015, Guyana had recorded 17 cases of maternal deaths.This is the cause of the country missing its goal to reduce maternal deaths by three-quarters between the years 1990 and 2015. The maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 270 per cent in 1990 to 86 per cent in 2012. Therefore, in order to achieve its target, Guyana would have had to reduce its maternal mortality rate to 67.5 per cent by the end of 2015.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud had stated that an acute shortage of obstetricians was one of the reasons for the high mortality rate, along with teenage pregnancy.Dr Norton, on the other hand, had laid some of the blame at the feet of the health practitioners, stating that some of them had displayed objectionable behaviour when it came to treating pregnant patients.Nevertheless, he stated that they have managed to control the situation and have employed more doctors to work in the maternity ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital – where most of the country’s population would go to have their babies delivered.“We have a far way to go, but we are taking every maternal death as one too many and are doing everything in our power to prevent it,” he said, adding that they have employed more specialists to work in the maternal unit and the neonatal unit in public health facilities.Earlier in the year, the Opposition’s Shadow Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony had stated that the deteriorating primary health care referral system was the root cause of the high maternal mortality rate. He had stated that Guyana would continue to struggle with the problem if the Public Health Ministry did not address the issue of its faltering referral system, particularly in health centres across the country.He stated that there were many instances when a mother would be experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and health centres would drag their feet to refer patients to a tertiary medical institution.He suggested that if there was early detection of high-risk pregnancy, many lives would be saved.
Given the probability of actors to obtain materials with the potential to generate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, customs officers attached to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) are being encouraged to be tactical in their scrutiny of movements of such materials in and out of Guyana.According to the Resolution 1540 of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, “the propagation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of release constitute a threat to international peace and security.”A workshop held on Thursday, July 21, for customs officers of the GRA, to focus on the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540, saw the participation of the UN Security Council’s Terrorism Executive, O’Neil Hamilton, who is currently on tour of duty.“The time has come when we have to realise that the movement of weapons of mass destruction are often shipped through different locations. Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are constituent parts that are fundamental to the creation of that device. These weapons are made up of different elements, they are not created as a whole entity by themselves overnight,” Hamilton relayed.The UN Security Council Resolution 1540 of 2004, which Guyana adheres to, outlines that adopting countries must “refrain from supporting by any means, non-State actors from developing, acquiring, manufacturing, possessing, transporting, transferring or usingUN Security Council Terrorism Executive, O’Neil Hamiltonnuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their delivery systems.”A probable indicator of this movement is the tendency of terrorists and supporters of terrorism to ship dual use materials periodically, through different locations.The UN Security Council Terrorism Executive made mention of the radioactive isotope Cobalt 60, which is used in cancer treatment centres, but can also be used to make a “dirty bomb.”In addition to urging customs officers to become accustomed to the new actuality, while at the same time ensuring that the trade regulations that govern the movement of particular products are applied, Hamilton said “looking at that end user dynamic, applying trade intelligence etc, are fundamental in this new era where the movement of commodities is exponentially more fluid than they were years ago.”Hamilton spoke in the presence of the GRA’s new Deputy Commissioner General, Hema Khan; and Deputy Commissioner of Customs Excise and Trade Operation, Lancelot Wills – both of whom highlighted Guyana’s efforts at ensuring compliance and strengthening existing measures in line with obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1540.A seminar was held earlier this year in tandem with an evaluation visit in Guyana.Under the UN Security Council Resolution 1540, UN member states must disallow support to non-state actors seeking weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.States are also required to adopt and enforce effective laws prohibiting activities and impose successful procedures to reduce susceptibility.
As investigations continue into the fatal accident in which a four-year-old was killed, Police in D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) are awaiting the post-mortem examination (PME) report.Dead: Little Ramkaran MohanThis is according to Divisional Commander Leslie James who told Guyana Times on Thursday evening that the PM report is expected to be available sometime today and then the Police will move forward with instituting charges against the female driver.Ramkaran Mohan, called “Ram” of Lot 1088 Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, died on Tuesday afternoon at the West Demerara Regional Hospital after he was hit and hauled under a moving car a short distance from his house.Guyana Times was told that the former Tuschen Nursery School pupil was returning home with his five-year-old brother and teenaged uncle after they went to a shop obliquely oppose their home to purchase a ball.The lad’s grandmother, Bibi Nazmoon Khan, related that her adopted son, the teenager who accompanied the brothers to the shop, related to them that he was standing at the corner of the road with each of the boys holding his hands, waiting to cross when the silver Toyota Primo, bearing registration number PVV 5084, struck the child.“The boy was waiting to cross with the two lil boys because he see the car coming so he was waiting for it to pass before they cross but then she (the car driver) swerve into the grass corner and hook the child. She run over the child and she drag him, she didn’t stop. The boy (teenager) had to run behind the car and stop the car, and then she know that she had the child under the car,” the grandmother explained in tears.Khan added that the woman removed the child from under the vehicle and had someone nearby drive them to the Leonora Cottage Hospital; however, due to his severe condition, he was transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he subsequently succumbed.The distraught woman related that her grandson suffered severe damage to his skull and brain and experienced difficulty breathing on his own. She added that while doctors were trying to insert a tube to aid in his breathing, he died.Meanwhile, the post-mortem examination was conducted on the body of four-year-old Mohan on Thursday and it was found that he died as a result of a fractured skull and brain damage.
City Magistrate Judy Latchman on Friday jailed route 42 minibus driver Travis David, 28, of Caesar Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara, for 56 months after finding him guilty of causing the death of female passenger Lynette Joseph by dangerous driving.It is alleged that on January 6, 2016, at Little Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara, David drove minibus BSS 9471 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of the security guard who had been attached to National Hardware Limited.The prosecution’s case was that, at about 17:45 hours on the day in question, the minibus was proceeding north along the western carriageway of the Little Diamond Public Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle as he was about to make a turn. The vehicle reportedly skidded for about 26 feet before slamming into a lamp post, causing the now deceased Joseph, who was seated in the third seat behind the driver, to sustain serious injuries, and seven other persons to be injured in the accident. Joseph was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.In handing down her ruling on the matter, Magistrate Latchman said the prosecution’s evidence had established that David was driving at an “extraordinary” rate of speed, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.She added that the driving skills of the accused had fallen way below those of a competent driver, and he had neglected to exercise care, caution, consideration and courtesy while using the roadway.Having considered all the evidence, Magistrate Latchman said, her conclusion was that the injuries Joseph had received were consistent with a motor vehicle accident, in accordance with the testimony of Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh. As such, she found David guilty as charged.
More than one hundred (100) Guyanese businesses have signed up with ExxonMobil’s local Business Centre, to access opportunities in the oil and gas industry.Exxon’s Public and Government Director, Kimberly Brasington, has said the company has compiled a database of local businesses that are interested in opportunities available in the oil and gas industry.“Back in January, in the interim before we could get this (Centre) going, we launched a supplier database registration portal, and so we already have 140 Guyanese companies registered in our database,” Brasington was quoted as saying in an interview with GINA.This database is currently being transferred to the local Business Centre which was officially opened last week. The Business Centre will, among other things, provide key linkages to local businesses for joint-venture opportunities in the industry.ExxonMobil’s Director of Public and Government Affairs,Kimberly Brasington“It’s really a robust research centre of Guyanese companies that third parties could come in to form potential (joint ventures) with,” Brasington explained.The Business Centre is already providing information on upcoming tenders and contract bids; information critical to creating these joint venture opportunities.
Maintaining Nappi’s natural environment is key to the village becoming a hub for eco-tourism in Central Rupunini, Region Nine. This was the view of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock.The water reservoir located on Nappi lands in central Rupununi, Region Nine, will bring relief to indigenous communities during the dry seasonNappi has a huge water reservoir which was recently completed through a public-private partnership. The lake is buttressed by a 450m dam and can store 4.5m cubic meters of water at its maximum.The water reservoir located on Nappi lands in central Rupununi, Region Nine, will bring relief to indigenous communities during the dry season.Following reports that persons were planning to build their houses close to the lake in an inconsistent manner, Minister Allicock told residents that they need to create a plan that will see them properly managing the area while generating income.During a ministerial outreach, he urged the Village Council to explore the option of creating a ‘uniform community’ close to the catchment area. This area, he said, can include a solar farm, internet hub, supermarkets, community centres, schools and recreational facilities.“You cannot just go and live as you like, there needs to be proper management of the area… You should be bringing a plan to us, one that creates employment and generate income for the village. Come with recommendations, creativity and then we will take the next step”, Allicock is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information.The minister advised the residents to take advantage of the funding and assistance through the ministries of Business, Agriculture, and Indigenous Peoples Affairs. He noted they can develop a tourism package that will attract tourist since there is potential for hiking, biking, horse riding, boating, and sport fishing.Minister Allicock emphasised that the Indigenous People need to move away from the “dependency syndrome” where they wait for the government to hand them everything.“It is time you come with your plans and ideas to generate your own income… The community is not very far from Lethem, and the population is growing, what plans do you have for your economic growth…We have to begin to manage our own affairs. Stop complaining and get up and get,” the Minister reiterated.The catchment area is a natural depression in the land in a section not utilised by the community, for either farming or cattle rearing. The project began earlier this year to bring relief to the communities during the dry season.
Alonso’s car has failed to complete six races this season, and his best finish so far is sixth. He said he had “many options” both inside and outside of Formula One, but added that “very good news is coming”.“Whatever I do next year is because I want to win. I will not be around in any series to be fighting for top 10 or top 15,” he told reporters ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.“There are many options out there that I’m looking at. Formula One is my first and only priority so I will wait to make a decision on that before making decisions on other series.“At the same time I want to give time to my team. After the last three years, the struggles we went through together, to have time for them to make decisions, to see the future, next year’s car. And after they take decisions I will take mine.”Alonso’s comments appear to hint that he will stay at McLaren next year if they axe Honda, which is strongly rumoured to happen before Sunday’s race.Alonso, 36, is one of the oldest drivers on the grid, and he also hankers after becoming only the second man after Graham Hill to complete motorsport’s Triple Crown — winning the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le Mans.– ‘Game of chess’ –Alonso last year skipped Monaco to race the Indy 500 but he seemed hopeful that he would contest the famous street grand prix next season.“If I remain in Formula One it is because I can believe that I can win next year. So that will make the decision a lot easier because I will be in Monaco because I won’t want to lose any points,” he said.Singapore’s night street circuit has proved particularly popular with fans and drivers since making its debut in 2008 © AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN“The priority is Formula One… and the Triple Crown is in the background. I’m waiting for my current team to make their decisions and after that, to negotiate.”He added: “For my fans and for motorsport lovers, they will have a fantastic 2018 season. The plan is ongoing and very good news is coming.”Alonso last month denied telling McLaren he’d quit if they don’t ditch Honda. Multiple reports say Honda will open a partnership with Toro Rosso, whose driver Carlos Sainz is tipped to join Renault as part of the deal.Sainz said he couldn’t comment on the rumours but he added: “My ambition is to try and be a world champion one day. Whatever path there is, I will take the shortest path.”World championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who has won two of his three drivers’ titles since leaving McLaren for Mercedes in 2013, said: “Formula One is like a game of chess.“It’s really about picking your moves at the right time and hopefully you have enough options.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fernando Alonso has been making noises all season about quitting McLaren, who are widely expected to dump their misfiring Honda engines and go with Renault instead © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANASINGAPORE, Singapore, Sep 14 – Fernando Alonso on Thursday said he’d give McLaren a chance to settle their plans before making a decision about his future — but warned that he wouldn’t stick around in a losing car.The frustrated two-time world champion has been making noises all season about quitting the British team, who are widely expected to dump their misfiring Honda engines and go with Renault instead.
0Shares0000BETHESDA, Maryland USA July 2nd – Tiger Woods won the storm-hit AT&T National for his 74th career title to pass Jack Nicklaus for second place all-time on the PGA Tour list.Woods won for the third time this year by outlasting fellow American Bo Van Pelt in a back-nine duel that went down to the final hole. “What an incredible week,” Woods said.“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again.”Woods closed with a two-under 69, giving him a two-shot victory and moving him into second place on the tour’s career list, one ahead of Nicklaus. He needs eight more to equal Sam Snead.Woods, who finished at eight-under 276, took the lead on 17 where Van Pelt made bogey after his ball sailed over the green.All Woods had to do was maintain the lead on the final hole.He sealed the victory with a superb nine-iron approach that landed and rolled onto the flat part of the green on 18.“It was downhill, the wind was hot and the ball was flying,” said Woods, who also won at Muirfield Village and Bay Hill this year. “It fit my eye for some reason. I just saw it and hit it.”His win capped a bizarre week of golf at the Congressional Country Club course. A violent heat-fueled storm wreaked havoc on the course, blowing down trees and forcing organizers to shut the course to spectators on Saturday, making for a peculiar scene as the golfers teed off without galleries.“Yesterday was a silent day, but I think everyone saved it up for today,” Woods said after the spectators were allowed back on the course on Sunday.The clean-up operation was extensive and the players still had to navigate some small piles of debris, just off some of the fairways, that didn’t get cleared in time for the final round.“The staff, the maintenance crew and everybody. Yesterday was a very difficult situation. They worked their tails off to get it done,” Woods said.“Everybody, thank you for being patient with us.”Van Pelt made it easy for him by finishing with three consecutive bogeys, beginning with No. 16. Van Pelt closed with an even-par 71.“All in all, I’m proud of how I played. You have to give it to Tiger, he played well,” said Van Pelt. “It was fun to be in that environment the last 36 holes.”Woods moved to the top of the PGA Tour money list and the FedEx Cup standings for the first time since 2009.He sank a 22-foot putt for birdie at 15 to take the lead for a moment, but Van Pelt answered with a birdie of his own.Both players struggled on the par-five 16th, where they each two-putted for bogey to drop to eight-under.Woods parred 17 by hitting his third shot to six feet of the cup to grab the slim lead.“I just controlled the pace and moved on about my business,” Woods said.Van Pelt said Woods is the top player on the PGA Tour right now.“I think he’s the only guy to win three tournaments on tour this year… on three different golf courses,” Van Pelt said. “And he was leading the US Open after two days. So I’d say that he’s playing the best golf in the world right now.”Australia’s Adam Scott finished in third place at five-under-par 279. He matched the low round of the day with a four-under par 67.Robert Garrigus (70), Jhonattan Vegas (71), Billy Hurley (72) and Noh Seung-yul (73) tied for fourth place at minus-four.Third-round leader Brendon de Jonge, of Zimbabwe, stumbled to a six-over 77 and tied for 11th at one-under-par 283.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Fiji claim back to back series titles under Ben Ryan, and only their third ever after reaching the Cup quarter-finals in London.LONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Fiji claimed back to back series titles under Ben Ryan, and only their third ever after reaching the Cup quarter-finals in London. By reaching the Cup quarter-finals at the HSBC London Sevens, Fiji confirmed their status as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions. Despite losing to England in their opening match, victories over Wales and Australia ensured Ben Ryan’s men could not be caught at the top of the series standings to win a second successive, and only third ever, series title and guarantee top seeding heading into the Olympic Games in August.“It’s the first team in Fijian sevens history to win back-to-back world titles,” said Ryan.“We have had an up and down day, sevens can be like that. That performance against Australia was unbelievable and it was like last year against South Africa, our defence was just fantastic.”I said to the boys those tackles weren’t just tackles, they were tackles from the heart. It was a brilliant 14 minutes of rugby from the boys,” he added.Having won the opening round in Dubai, Fiji went on to win in Las Vegas and in Hong Kong, and despite falling short in the last two finals in Singapore (against Kenya) and in Paris (against Samoa) they still held a 14-point lead heading into the last round.“It was a tough start for the boys in the first game against England, but I am happy and the boys are happy that we managed to finish our plan,” added Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau.“We came into the series with a plan to defend it and we were just able to attack all series and attack today. Before the game against Australia, I had a chat with Ben as I was little bit anxious, but the boys delivered when it mattered most.“That shows the character of the team. When it mattered most this season, the boys kept stepping up and it’s all down to teamwork throughout this year.”Fiji failed to reach the Cup semi-finals on just one occasion, in Cape Town where they went on to win the Plate, and reached five of the finals before London.The question now will be can they go on to win the Cup title in London, which they failed to do when securing the series title 12 months ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“Yes, I have accepted the position and the first test will be Seychelles game where I will evaluate the side before charting a way forward. For now, I will not abandon my club but my position with them will become clearer in time,” Kimanzi said.He added: “I will also take time to appoint my technical bench because I want to operate with people I can work together with for the good of the team.”His re-appointment to the post he was acrimoniously fired from in February 2009 was the culmination of a whirlwind day in Kenyan football as Nyamweya, who was elected to the country’s top post on Saturday, moved expeditiously to assert his authority.The process to reinstate the Sofapaka FC coach was set in motion soon after Nyamweya chaired his first National Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday morning.According to FKA media liaison officer, Robin Toskin, Kimanzi was approached to take over the position in tri-partite meeting involving Nyamweya and KPL at the latter’s secretariat in the afternoon.Following the discussions, the deal that will see Kimanzi handle the national team as well as his club side simultaneously was thrashed and his appointment made public.Kimanzi steered Stars to the final group phase qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before being shown the door with German national, Antoine Hey replacing him.He fell foul with Football Kenya Limited (FKL), the governing body that will be dissolved following Saturday’s unified elections who dismissed him under charges of insubordination after the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.This season, the tactician who holds a UEFA A licence, the highest qualification among his local peers, led his side to the fourth round of the second tier continental club competition, the CAF Confederations Cup.Sofapaka beat Angola’s Aviacao on penalties, thrashed Egyptian giants Ismaily 4-2 on aggregate, topped D R Congo’s St Eloi Lupopo 1-0 before bowing out to Tunisia’s Club Africain 4-3 after two legs.It was their second foray in continental competition following their promotion to the KPL in 2009 which they crowned by winning the league on their debut before crashing out at the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.Kimanzi led former KPL employers, Mathare United to the 2008 KPL title while still in charge of the national team, further underlining his credentials.Otieno, who is the head coach of Sofapaka’s KPL, rivals Gor Mahia, has been in interim charge of the national team since February, leading them to third place in the qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Nations Cup.He is currently preparing the side to face Seychelles in a two-legged 2014 World Cup pre-qualifier where victory for the side will see the team will join the group containing Nigeria, Malawi and either Djibouti and Namibia who will face off in a similar knockout fixture.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 1- Francis Kimanzi has been re-appointed as national team Harambee Stars head coach by the new Sam Nyamweya regime.Kimanzi, the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Sofapaka FC coach confirmed he had taken the post that was until Tuesday was held by his Gor Mahia FC equivalent, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno who was relieved of his duties by the Football Kenya Association (FKA).
The Gunners, languishing in sixth spot, trail fourth placed Tottenham by seven points and sit 11 points adrift of third placed Chelsea.Failure to book a place in Europe’s elite competition would be a devastating blow to a club already in decline after over seven years without a trophy and victory over West Ham is essential to keep that bid alive and, just as importantly, restore a little belief among disillusioned fans and anxious players.Walcott, who scored in Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea, agrees with Wenger that Arsenal have played too timidly in recent weeks and he called on the players to show more aggression and desire.“There are a lot of teams that have got stronger this year, so we need to step on the gas. We don’t want to be playing catch-up. We want to get points on the board,” Walcott said.“We have a tough game at home against West Ham so we need to be ready. It is a massive game, we have home support and we need to start clocking up points there.“We have been hot and cold at home of late so we must be very positive and if we show the commitment that we did in the second half against Chelsea we should be fine.“We need to show that character to win from the start, not when we concede a goal.”If Arsenal are to win their game in hand on Tottenham, they need a big performance from England international Walcott, who last week ended months of speculation about his future by agreeing a new contract.Walcott was linked with several clubs as the end of his contract approached, but Arsenal’s desire to hold onto the winger after a host of star sales over the last 18 months forced the Gunners to give him a three and a half year deal, pushing his wages close to £100,000.The 23-year-old, who was back on the wing against Chelsea after playing in his preferred central striker role for several weeks, revealed it was difficult to concentrate while his future remained in doubt.“For the last three games before Chelsea the contract was sort of done, but it was on my mind and had been for a long time because it was so close,” Walcott said.“It is difficult to play and block out that side of it, but I tried to do the best I could and hopefully everyone was happy with what I did.“I always wanted to stay and I am happy that myself and the club have come to an agreement.“There has been so much speculation and I am very pleased my future is sorted. It is all about the present now.”The main threat to Arsenal’s hopes of a much-needed win is likely to come from West Ham playmaker Joe Cole.The former Chelsea and Liverpool star is in his second spell with the Hammers and scored his first goal for the club in 10 years on Saturday to earn a 1-1 draw against QPR.West Ham will be without Morocco forward Marouane Chamakh, who is ineligible to play as he is on loan from Arsenal, but Cole still believes they can end a disappointing run of one win in seven league games.“You can have difficult moments in the season and if you can pick up points in the difficult moments you do all right,” he said.“Let’s focus on the next game at Arsenal. We want to take something from that, then you go from there.“We’ve just got to go there and stifle Arsenal a little bit and then maybe we can do something.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 23 – Theo Walcott has warned his Arsenal team-mates they are in danger of losing the battle to finish in the Premier League’s top four unless they play with more urgency.Arsene Wenger’s side head into Wednesday’s London derby against West Ham on the back of successive league defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea which have left their bid to qualify for the Champions League in crisis.
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 8- If all goes according to plan, then the term ‘Ingwelona’ could soon take pride and place in Kenyan football lingo as AFC Leopards start life under their new Belgian coach, Luc Eymael.The man brought to steady the storm at Leopards’ Den is promising to ensure the team churns out the mesmerising brand of football associated with La Liga leaders FC Barcelona and a collection of honours to match. “I like the way Barcelona play, keeping the ball on the ground, moving it fast with a lot of skill and punishing the opponent. This is how I want to see Leopards playing in the long term and winning trophies,” Luc Eymael (pronounced ‘Eeh-maa’) outlined as his chief mission at his new club.The Belgian who was among the final short-listed candidates for the Harambee Stars job only to see Frenchman, Henri Michel and compatriot Adel Amrouche given the nod is also on the task to prove what the national team will be missing.“I talked to the federation and told them of my vision but they first hire Michel and when he resigned, the chairman came back but they settled for Adel. “These things happen in football but when Leopards came, I listened to them and what they wanted to achieve and I resisted offers from other clubs in the continent to come here since I share the same vision,” he added.The 54-year old coach holds a UEFA A Pro Licence from the Federal School of Trainers in Belgium and has previously coached Congolese side Vita Club, Missiles FC from Gabon and recently Algerian side MC Oran. “Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns are some of the clubs who were interested but I came here because Leopards are a big club in Kenya with many fans. At Vita, I used to see as many as 90,000 come for the game and that is the challenge I like, where I have to make many fans happy,” the charismatic Belgian said.On Saturday, he got a first hand feeling of what it means to be an Ingwe coach after hundreds of Leopard’s faithful braved torrential downpour to watch their side take on league leaders KCB at Mumias Sports Complex.The match ended in a 0-0 stalemate against the backdrop of dubious officiating but after recording a win in five prior to their 3-0 midweek win over Kakamega Homeboyz, the point was appreciated.“I saw the boys play with a lot of spirit and they gave their all. Even though we missed chances through Noah Wafula, Allan Wanga and Paul Were, the team will only improve from here,” Eymael said of the deadlock.“The fans are fantastic, I understand some travelled all the way from Nairobi and this is the passion we need to take this club. I told the players there are the same group that came within three points of winning the title last season.“So, nothing has changed much except the mentality and this is what I want to work on. I’m a winner and did not take any job not to win so my aim is to win a trophy, I will not say which one, at the end of the season,” the Belgian who replaced temporally man Tom Olaba who was relieved of his duties on Monday, underscored.“We had a problem with communicating with the former coach but since he came here, our new coach has given us the motivation to believe with ourselves and I can only see us going forward and challenging other teams.“We are pleased he is an experienced coach who will take us places in future and my first impression of him is he is the coach we needed,” Martin Imbalambala, the Ingwe captain said of the new boss after the 0-0 draw.Walter Onyino, the Leopards vice-chairman, revealed talks with the Belgian set-off in December last year and he was among their shortlist but they instead, settled Portuguese national Vitor Trinidad Salvado.“Harambee Stars were interested and we decided on Vitor but when we contacted the Portuguese federation for a back ground check, we discovered some of the details in his CV were not true.“We got back in touch again with Luc and we were in the process of gradually appointing him but when results did not go our way, we had to fast-track the process that is why we moved so fast in one week,” Onyino said.“We have brought him to win us the title we lost last year. As management, we will not put him under pressure but within a month, we desire to see changes and the team performing better. He is suited for the long term vision we have on the club,” the vice-chair explained.According to him, Eymael’s biggest task will be to lay the structures that will see Leopards become a consistent side in the league without heavy reliance on the administrative office holders.“Some of the roles at the club will be re-defined, others introduced and others done away with but I want to assure everyone involved in the club that their jobs are safe,” he added.“By failing to be hired by Harambee Stars is a gain for us but also the country will gain from him if our players are considered good enough for the national team since we want to have as many of them as possible selected. The whole country will benefit from his services,” the administrator stated.In addition to chasing honours, Eymael also has the duty to steer Ingwe past their traditional rivals Gor Mahia who have Croat Zradvko Logarusic in charge.“I know how important it is for Leopards to beat Gor but they also have a European coach who has made them strong. However, to be a winner, you must perform well game after game and that is the first thing I want to give Leopards, consistency.“My wish is to see them compete on the continental level, the Champions League or Confederations Cup. At the moment, Kenyan clubs are not doing well in Africa but I believe there is talent and technical ability,” the coach who won the Congolese title with Vita expressed.Four points in their last two outings have lifted Ingwe to sixth on the Tusker Premier League log on nine points as belief runs through a side that were threatening to implode under Olaba.“We have not fired Olaba formally since we are yet to give him a dismissal letter. We have invited him to give us his side of the story and our contract with him was as an assistant coach.“We decided to act when we saw the team was in danger of falling off and we needed to do something,” Onyino said of the decision to relieve the former Harambee Stars coach of his role.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“Nobody has reported the matter to us but I will follow it up from the tournament organisers,” the Police boss added.When quizzed on the progress, Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, declined to comment.On his part, Eritrea head coach Omar Ahmed, said he is not concerned with the deserters who are yet to be formally identified.“I am not a politician, so I don’t care about the players who vanished, I have the best that will represent the nation in the remaining matches,” the coach added after losing 3-0 to defending champions Uganda Cranes on Monday.Eritrean players have forged a reputation of abandoning their team at Cecafa tournaments with a number vanishing in Kampala, Uganda last year and a dozen out a squad of 25 going missing in 2009 when Kenya last hosted the regional football showpiece.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, December 4 – Two Eritrean national team players that went missing from camp in the ongoing GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, are still at large with organisers and Kenya Police at a loss to explain the progress in apprehending them.Nairobi County Police boss, Benson Kibui, told Capital Sport on Wednesday that no one has brought the matter before them for action meaning that investigations to the matter cannot commence since there is no official complaint.
Puma and KPL entered into a deal in 2012 with the current contract expiring next year.The ball, which depicts logos of the KPL and Tusker, is constructed from 32 panels with equal surface areas for reduced seam stress and near perfect round shape. The PU panel with under-glass design provides soft touch and high abrasion resistance. Panels are strengthened with multi-layered polyester; viscose and blended backing for enhanced stability, with the backing laminated with a layer of natural latex for increased water repellence. Panels are hand stitched using heavy gauge thread; which is pre-stretched and waxed. The seams allow an even flow of air for a perfect aerodynamic performance, a six-wing latex bladder for superior touch and Puma Air Lock valve for air retention. The FIFA Approved mark guarantees the highest level of performance and excellent size and shape retention, game after game.Speaking during the unveiling, KPL and Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier, said the agreement with the firm had saved clubs the prohibitive cost of procuring balls.“One of the greatest challenges in KPL clubs is financial constraints we experience every day so any enterprise that saves us a coin must be welcome and that’s why I thank Puma for coming to our aid and reducing the cost of acquisition of balls.“As experienced over the last two years the Puma match ball has helped in increasing the pace of the game and competitiveness in the league,” Rachier stated.“We have seen the competitiveness gone up and using the PUMA balls has ensured that our players enjoy the game with the standard ball in the entire season,” KPL CEO, Jack Oguda, added.Puma Head of Marketing for Middle East Africa, Abdelhamid Oraibi, represented the firm at the launch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 25 – This year’s official match ball for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) was unveiled Tuesday by German firm Puma in Nairobi.The ball branded ‘Puma KBL match’ will be use starting this weekend with each of the 16 clubs in the competition supplied with 20 to see them through the season.
0Shares0000FORTALEZA, June 25- Sabri Lamouchi resigned as Ivory Coast coach minutes after his side’s hopes of reaching the World Cup second round were dashed by a late penalty giving Greece a 2-1 victory in Fortleza on Tuesday.Greece took a place in the last 16 and Lamouchi said he had to draw the consequences of that failure. “My contract comes to an end at this World Cup and there will be no epilogue and you can understand well as to why,” said the 42-year-old Frenchman.“It is logical as we did not do well at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations or at the World Cup finals.”The former France international, whose side started with a 2-1 win over Japan before losing by that scoreline to group winners Colombia, said a lot of hard work had gone into securing the Elephants first ever appearance in the second round.“I have put a lot of time and effort into the past two years but unfortunately my story with Ivory Coast ends this evening,” he said.“The outcome is a cruel one but the Greeks did not steal this victory.“I am very disappointed and sad and also for the players and the Ivorian people.“However, my career carries on and there will be other defeats but I would have liked this adventure to finish in a different fashion,” declared Lamouchi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Twice he kept out efforts from Emmanuel Adebayor, the former Arsenal striker, and he was also in the right place when team-mate Per Mertesacker sent an attempted headed clearance towards his own goal.Arteta and Ramsey’s exits will have concerned Wenger greatly.Arteta was the first to go, limping off in the 28th minute to be replaced by Mathieu Flamini, and Ramsey went down in first-half stoppage time, immediately indicating that he could not continue.Arsenal began the second half strongly, but Tottenham held out and took the lead against the run of play after 11 minutes.Flamini was at fault, losing the ball to Christian Eriksen. Lamela picking up the ball and found Chadli in space on the right of the box for a simple finish across Szczesny.Arsenal thought they had equalised soon afterwards through Mertesacker’s downward header, but Lloris just managed to stop the ball crossing the line, as goal-line technology replays confirmed.On came Sanchez for Wilshere while Tottenham replaced Eriksen with Aaron Lennon in the 62nd minute.Arsenal piled on the pressure and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 74th minute from Oxlade-Chamberlain.The over-worked Tottenham defence failed to clear a simple ball into the box from Santi Cazorla and although Welbeck missed his kick in front of goal, his England colleague did not, firing high into the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Arsenal host Galatasaray in their second Champions League Group D game on Wednesday and Wenger was not optimistic when asked about the pair’s chances of featuring against the Turkish giants.“No chance,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports. “If it is a muscular problem, I don’t see how they can be fit in five or six days’ time.”A late equaliser from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain denied Tottenham in the first north London derby of the Premier League season.Having gone ahead through Nacer Chadli in the 56th minute, Tottenham were disappointed not to have recorded only their third Premier League victory at the home of their neighbours.Wenger raised a few eyebrows before the game by leaving Alexis Sanchez, the big-money close-season signing from Barcelona, on the bench, with Danny Welbeck starting up front.Tottenham had been keen on signing England striker Welbeck from Manchester United on transfer deadline day, but he became an Arsenal player instead in a £16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million euros) deal.The one surprise in the Tottenham starting line-up was the inclusion of Ryan Mason in midfield.The 23-year-old was a scoring substitute in Wednesday night’s 3-1 League Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, but this was his first taste of Premier League action.The first 45 minutes were goalless, but not short of incident, as referee Michael Oliver booked Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere as well as Tottenham’s Erik Lamela in the opening half hour.Hugo Lloris, the Tottenham goalkeeper, was busy, making saves from Wilshere, Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey, but the man at the other end, Wojchiech Szczesny, was also required to make significant stops. 0Shares0000LONDON, September 28- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta had “no chance” of facing Galatasaray in the Champions League after injuring themselves in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.The two midfielders were both forced to leave the fray during the first half of the Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium after apparently sustaining muscular injuries. – Arteta, Ramsey hobble off –
0Shares0000Arsenal’s midfielder Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring from a deflection during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.MANCHESTER, May 17- Tyler Blackett’s late own goal compromised Manchester United’s hopes of automatic Champions League qualification as Arsenal drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.The hosts took the lead when Ashley Young crossed for Ander Herrera to volley home, but Arsene Wenger’s side earned a point in the 82nd minute when Theo Walcott’s shot nicked off Blackett and looped over United substitute goalkeeper Victor Valdes. The result kept Arsenal two points above United in third place in the table and the FA Cup finalists can secure a Champions League group-stage berth by winning at home to Sunderland in their game in hand on Wednesday.Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday meant that United were already guaranteed at least a place in the Champions League play-off round, which was the minimum requirement when Louis van Gaal took up his post as manager last year.But of more pressing concern is the future of goalkeeper David de Gea, heavily linked with Real Madrid and who may have already made his final United appearance after being forced off by injury in the second half.Arsenal were unchanged for the sixth game running — the first time that has happened since January 1994 — and as has been their approach in recent major showdowns, they were content to let their opponents attack them.It led to a number of half-chances for United, with Young, Radamel Falcao, Chris Smalling — captain in Wayne Rooney’s absence — and Juan Mata all threatening.A slip at the other end by Phil Jones gave Arsenal a sight of goal, but despite being flat on his front, the United centre-back improvised brilliantly by swiping the ball away from Olivier Giroud with his head.It was United, though, who were making the running, and they took the lead on the half hour.Young stood up a cross from the left flank and with two defenders drawn to the giant Marouane Fellaini, Herrera met the ball flush on the volley at the back post to claim his eighth goal of the season.– Exit Falcao – Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target in the first half and when Giroud’s knock-down fell kindly for Alexis Sanchez early in the second, the Chilean shanked a shot high into the East Stand.The game was a last chance for Falcao to impress the United fans after a frustrating loan spell from Monaco, but he spent much of the first half on his backside, the victim of a slippery pitch, and gave way for former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie on the hour.The apologetic wave Falcao gave as he left the pitch suggested he will not be seen at Old Trafford again in a United shirt.Giroud, Van Persie’s successor as Arsenal’s attacking figurehead, belatedly got in behind the United defence moments later, but after neatly beating Marcos Rojo to Mesut Ozil’s cross, he was thwarted by De Gea.“David de Gea, we want you to stay!” chorused the Stretford End, betraying their fear that the Spain international is destined for Madrid.When Arsenal did find a way past De Gea, Aaron Ramsey lobbing a shot over him from Sanchez’s pass, Rojo was on hand to hook clear.De Gea had to depart the fray moments later after an awkward landing, enabling the shaven-headed former Barcelona goalkeeper Valdes to come on for his United debut, four months after joining the club.Valdes had not played a first-team game for over a year and his first task was to pick the ball out of the net after Walcott’s shot nicked off fellow substitute Blackett and looped over him.Both sides had chances to win it, but Giroud could only shoot into the side-netting and Van Persie then ballooned over from Fellaini’s knock-down.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Manhunt for child abductor Randall Hopley comes to the Peace RegionThe abduction of a three-year-old boy from his bedroom in Sparwood, BC sparked a massive manhunt across B.C. and Alberta for the child and his abductor, 46-year old Randall Hopley. The search turned briefly to the Peace Region after a hitchhiker with a young boy was seen between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. The reported sighting turned out not to be the suspect, however not before several roadblocks were setup around the Peace Region. The boy was returned home a few days later unharmed and Hopley was caught the next day near the Alberta border.Flash Floods become an annual event- Advertisement -For the second year in a row, Fort St. John experienced a flash flood in July. A massive rainstorm in 2011 soaked the already wet ground to the max and caused several streets and even more basements to be flooded around town. Around the same time in 2010, a record rainstorm in a short amount of time caused even worse flooding.Province announces long-term goal to four-lane the highway between Fort St. John & the Alberta BorderThe Ministry of Transportation announced a long term goal to twin the main highways servicing the lucrative energy industry of Northeastern BC. While the complete four-laning will take many years to complete, and the Government has not announced a timeline or budget figures required for the full project, construction will start in 2012 with improvements to the following areas:Advertisement Highway 2 – widening the highway to four lanes for 3.3 kilometres between Tupper Creek and Rusheinski Rd. Highway 2 – Widening the Tupper Creek Bridge and 4-mile culvert to four lanes. Highway 2 – Widening a three km stretch of highway from Rolla Rd. to 1st St. Highway 2 – Blockline southbound passing lane and intersection improvements Highway 97 – Widening a two km stretch of highway at the bottom of the South Taylor Hill Highway 97 – Constructing a northbound passing lane at Farmington Fairways
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Don Irwin, B.C. Conservative Regional Director for Peace River, has confirmed the Tories will not be entering a North Peace candidate this election, after its potential candidate withdrew from the race last minute. That means Peace River North residents will have a choice of incumbent Liberal Pat Pimm, Independent Arthur Handland and the NDP’s Judy Fox-McGuire, who is expected to file her papers today.An All Candidates Debate for Peace River North will be held in Fort Nelson on April 23 at the Phoenix Theatre at 7 p.m. as well as in Fort St. John on May 1 at the Lido Theatre also at 7 p.m.In the South Peace there is no incumbent as Blair Lekstrom has decided not to seek re-election, leaving the Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier as the Liberal standard-bearer. Tumbler Ridge mayor Darwin Wren is the New Democrats candidate, while Tyrel Pohl is running as an Independent and former mountie Kurt Peats for the Conservatives.- Advertisement –
0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Guardiola has stayed tight-lipped, giving no indication either way as to what he will decide, but Spanish sports daily Marca reported on Wednesday that Guardiola has already told the Bayern directors that he will leave at the end of the season.According to the Madrid-based paper, Guardiola believes both he and the club would benefit from a change of scenery due to his intense work ethic that can wear players down.Last month, Barcelona daily Sport claimed Guardiola had already given his word to former Barca colleagues Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, now Manchester City’s chief executive and director of football respectively, that he will join them at the Etihad next season.Bayern laboured to a 1-0 German Cup win over Darmstadt on Tuesday, thanks to a spectacular Xabi Alonso volley, to book their place in the quarter-finals and keep alive their dreams of winning the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and cup titles this season.The Bavarian giants hold a five-point lead in the German league ahead of their final game of 2015 at Hanover 96 on Saturday, but the sense of anticipation is building in the Bayern squad over Guardiola’s impending announcement.“I can’t look inside his head and I’m excited about the decision,” said Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he will do all he can to keep the Spaniard in Munich.On behalf of the squad, Bayern captain Philipp Lahm has already told Guardiola, who has won 19 titles as coach of either Barcelona or Bayern, he should extend his stay.“I have already said all there is to say. What I believe or think doesn’t really matter now,” said Lahm.Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster says he hopes Guardiola, 44, remains in Germany’s top flight, for the sake of the league.“He’s a world-class coach and it does the Bundesliga good having him here,” said Schuster.Having laboured to a 2-0 league win over Ingolstadt on Saturday, Bayern again struggled on Tuesday with several players out injured.“That wasn’t a gala performance, but we can live with that,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.He said the squad is looking forward to the winter break which starts on Sunday and lasts until Friday January 22, when Bayern are at Hamburg.“The state of the players isn’t particularly good and we were able to rotate in the last few weeks, which has shown in the team performance,” he added.“Of course, we’re looking forward to the winter break and we’re finding it a bit hard at the moment.” 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s head coach Pep Guardiola, pictured on December 8, 2015, current three-year contract expires next June and Bayern’s head coach has said he will announce “before Christmas” whether he will extend his stay or leave. PHOTO.AFPBERLIN, December 17- Bayern Munich’s flagging stars admit they are relishing the chance to rest during the forthcoming winter break when they discover whether Pep Guardiola will stay or go at the end of the season.Guardiola’s current three-year contract expires next June and Bayern’s head coach has said he will announce “before Christmas” whether he will extend his stay or leave, having been linked to a host of English clubs.
But Klopp made 11 changes for the Reds’ 2-2 FA Cup third round draw at Exeter on Friday.The former Borussia Dortmund chief says the biggest difference between managing in England rather than Germany is the number of games.But Wenger, now in his 20th season at Arsenal, insisted Klopp should be able to adapt to the English game, especially with the financial resources available at Anfield.“I must say you get that from everybody who comes to England at the start because you have to adapt to the English style,” Wenger told reporters on Monday.“I was like that, and I’m still in favour of a winter break, but without losing the traditions of English football. That is play over Christmas, and maybe have a break in January.“But I believe as well that we go a little bit overboard because today the English clubs are in a financial situation to have a squad of 25 top, top level players.“It’s not like it was 25 years ago, so we cannot always complain that we play too much because we have players who can rotate, players who want to play.“In every club now, when I look at the bench I am quite impressed with the players who are there and can play, so I don’t believe that it’s like we have 13 players who have to play every single game.”Klopp has introduced his successful ‘gegenpressing’ style at Anfield after it helped him to five major honours during his time in charge of Dortmund.But the physical exertion required to succeed with such a method of play has been highlighted by some as a reason for the number of injuries accumulating at Liverpool.Wenger dismissed that theory, saying: “I don’t think you can explain the injuries of the players by the intensity of the game.“First of all it’s difficult for me to assess this situation because I don’t know exactly what’s happening. Every injury is an individual case.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s head coach Arsene Wenger addresses a press conference in Munich, southern Germany on November 3, 2015 (AFP Photo/Christof Stache)LONDON, January 12 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no reason to complain about his team’s fixture pile-up because of the vast wealth enjoyed by top Premier League clubs.Wenger’s league leaders face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday as Klopp struggles with a severe injury list, and to make matters worse Liverpool face a run of six games in 18 days.
And Hiddink revealed it was too “difficult” for Terry to make the journey to France and says the 35-year-old is also a doubt for Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Manchester City.“It was a decision made by me because he was having too much trouble to travel, even to try tomorrow, we had a test this morning and it didn’t work out well so the decision was made to leave him at home,” said Hiddink.“He was himself convinced he could not be of worth for the team at the moment.“He has a little problem with his hamstring and a tendon in the hamstring area, that’s why we made the ultimate test this morning and decided not to participate.“[It is] difficult [for the weekend], that’s why we prefer to have him in Cobham training centre to have daily treatment and see how his level will be for the weekend.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s John Terry applauds the fans after winning the Chamions league group stage match against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge on November 4, 2015. PHOTO FILE/AFPLONDON, February 16 – Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has ruled skipper John Terry out of Tuesday night’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash against Paris Saint-Germain.The defender was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Newcastle with a hamstring injury and stayed behind as the rest of the squad travelled to the French capital.
0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli joined Spurs from lower league side MK Dons in February 2015 © AFP/File / Lindsey ParnabyLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new six-year contract that is set to see him stay with the north London side until 2022, the English Premiership club announced Monday.England international Alli joined Spurs from lower league side MK Dons in February 2015 and the 20-year-old has since scored 11 goals and managed nine assists in his 38 Premier League appearances for the White Hart Lane team. Alli has followed in the footsteps of Spurs team-mates Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Tom Carroll and Harry Winks, who have all extended their contracts in recent weeks.“I’m happy to be here and playing at Tottenham,” Alli told the club’s official Twitter account.“Personally I can’t think of anywhere better, with the fans, the manager we’ve got here and the young team. It’s a great place to be.”Alli had a dramatic breakthrough campaign last season after making his Tottenham debut against Manchester United in August.He went on to score 10 goals in 46 appearances, playing a key role as Spurs finished third in the Premier League and qualified for European football’s elite Champions League competition.Alli finished the season being named the Young Player of the Year for 2015/16 by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association and was included in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year.He won his first England cap in November last year and has so far scored one goal — an impressive long-range shot against France in a Wembley friendly in November.Alli was included in England’s squad for this year’s European Championships but, in common with many members of Roy Hodgson’s squad, he was well below his best in France as the team were knocked out of the tournament by football minnows Iceland.This season has seen Alli feature in all five of Tottenham’s opening Premier League matches, with the midfielder scoring once, in a 4-0 win away to Stoke City earlier this month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Club officials had said on Saturday that the title and Sh200mn ($2 mn) prize money would be bestowed upon the Brazilian side after a plane carrying the team crashed en route to the Copa final last Monday in Colombia, taking the lives of 71 people on board — including 19 players.On Monday, the news was made official, with CONMEBOL also announcing that rival club Atletico Nacional would be given an award for fair play consisting of Sh100mn ($1 mn).“For CONMEBOL there is no greater example of the ‘spirit of peace, understanding and fair play’ set forth as an objective of our institution than the solidarity, consideration and respect shown by Atletico National towards its brothers from Chapecoense,” a CONMEBOL statement said.The Colombian side, who would have been Chapecoense’s opponents in the two-legged final, campaigned for the title to be given to the Brazilian club earlier this week.Speaking after a memorial in Chapeco on Saturday, Chapecoense interim president Ivan Tozzo said that the title — complete with the winners’ prize money — will be awarded by the South American football confederation to the club.“CONMEBOL have testified that they will crown Chapecoense as champions of the Copa Sudamericana,” Tozzo told Globo. “We are receiving support from all federations. The CBF, CONMEBOL, FIFA, and especially the people of Chapeco.“Right now we are beginning to rebuild the team. People want football, people love football in Chapeco. Therefore, we must continue this. Let’s talk and do well, let the dust settle and rebuild the team for next year.”As the winners, Chapecoense qualify automatically for next season’s Copa Libertadores, the continent’s top tournament.It also means that Chapecoense will face Atletico Nacional — the defending Copa Libertadores champions — in an emotion-charged two-game Supercopa Sul-Americana next year between the continent’s two club champions.Brazil’s leading clubs have pledged to loan players to Chapecoense for free and asked for them to be safeguarded from relegation from the top flight for the next three seasons.Just three players — defender Alan Luciano Ruschel, reserve goalkeeper Jackson Ragnar Follmann and centre-back Helio Hermito Zampier Neto — were among the six survivors of the crash. Only Neto has a hope of resuming his career, reports have said.Meanwhile, the Brazilian Football Confedation (CBF) confirmed that the Brazil national team will play Colombia in a friendly at the end of January to help victims of the crash.A spokesman said the venue will be decided by Chapecoense directors and that all the ticket office revenues will go to the families of the victims.Chapecoense’s director of communications says the match could happen at the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro or in Chapecoense’s 22,000-seater Arena Conda.Later on Monday, Chapecoense confirmed they will not face Atletico Mineiro on Sunday in the last round of the domestic Brazilian league, though other games will go on. Atletico agreed with that decision as the result won’t impact the position of either team in the tournament.-By ESPN-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000As the winners, Chapecoense qualify automatically for next season’s Copa Libertadores, the continent’s top tournament.SAO PAULO, Brazil, Dec 6- The South American Football Association CONMEBOL officially awarded Brazilian side Chapecoense Real with the 2016 Copa Sudamericana title.In a statement, the South American governing body said it awarded the title — the continent’s secondary international club tournament — “as a posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal crash that leaves our sport in mourning.”
Peever has a personal connection to mental illness. She then had the opportunity to work with one of the representatives that works with the Ministry of Health down in Vancouver. That is how she became involved in going to Vancouver twice a year.She says the past year they have focused on changing the fact that many kids don’t have someone that they can trust which in turn leads to them bottling everything inside.“We changed that by adding more support workers so that we have more people that kids can go to that they can trust because our school counsellors are more career related over psychiatric related. They aren’t there to talk about your issues, they are just there to talk about what courses you need so we are focusing on improving that in schools.”Peever says in the North Peace there is only 1 teacher for every 25 kids approximately, making it hard for them to have support.Advertisement “Even one teacher connecting with 25 kids is still a lot for that one teacher.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local student was in the spotlight provincially recently for her efforts to combat mental illness.Morgan Peever is a North Peace Secondary School leadership student and B.C. Student Voice participant for the Peace Region. She recently went down to the Lower Mainland to talk about the topics of mental health and suicide.NPSS says she brought information back from the trip and will be working on ideas to face the issues of mental health and suicide head on.- Advertisement -Peever went down to the Lower Mainland on November 3rd to launch a health and well being report and to discuss what they are doing Mental Health wise in the North Peace.She is part of a student group called “B.C. Student Voice”. The group goes down to Vancouver twice a year to talk about things that need to be changed. Peever says at one of the meetings, the Minister of Health was in attendance and discussed health indicators.“Our region had really low statistics for how many kids had adults they could trust. So we brought that back into the school and added more support workers.”Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Baby Box tradition started close to 75 years ago and now they are in Fort St. John.For years, mothers in Finland have been given a Baby Box as a ‘starter kit’ for their baby. The boxes also contain clothes, blankets and other items for newborns. The box is even lined with a mattress so the baby can use the box as their first bed.With this, Finland has one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.- Advertisement -The North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre decided to participate in the initiative.Lise Klassen, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Care Centre says that they partnered with the United Way to be able to offer the program to mothers here in Fort St. John.“There was a lot of people who were just plain interested in it and they wanted to know ‘where can I get a box?’ and some people suggested to us that we should be a distributor but the United Way decided to do that. We partnered with Baby’s Best Chance and we are the place people can come and pick up a Baby Box.”Advertisement In order to receive a box, you do have to complete a course called ‘Baby Box University’.“You do have to take a little course and it is called “Baby Box University’. It is a video series of learning. From there, you come to the Pregnancy Care Centre, show us the certificate and provide email (this way we can verify you took the course) and they walk away with a beautiful Baby Box.”The cost of a Baby Box? $0. Klassen explains that they are currently building more boxes as the demand has been high.For more information, call the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre at (250) 787-5584.Advertisement
Applications from livestock owners are received by the BCCA, at: http://www.cattlemen.bc.ca/fencing.htm. KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The provincial government announced last week that it is extending the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program for five more years.The government says that the program extension is part of $46 million in safety improvements approved in this year’s provincial budget. The program, which is a partnership between the provincial government and BC Cattlemen’s Association, will receive $1 million per year over the next five years. Since the program launched in 2010, the government has spent $16 million to help get more than 900 kilometres of livestock fencing erected along B.C. highways.According to information provided by the Cattleman’s Association, fatalities involving cattle on roads and railways have declined from 92 in 2011 to 21 last year.“The success of the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program in reducing livestock-related collisions on our highways makes extending it for five more years an easy decision,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena. “There are two major benefits of the fencing program: Keeping people safe while driving, and helping ranchers protect their investment.”- Advertisement -The BC Cattlemen’s Association will continue to administer the popular, taking applications from livestock owners who are seeking assistance to build fences adjacent to the highway. Applications are reviewed by a committee, and projects are selected based on several factors, including current fence condition, livestock headcount, and highway designation.“There is no doubt in my mind that the fencing program is responsible for the drastic reduction in the number of cattle lost to ranchers and farmers,” said Kevin Boon, general manager, BC Cattlemen’s Association. “This partnership with the Province for five more years will allow us to keep more of our livestock out of harm’s way, but more importantly, it helps keep the travelling public safe.”Advertisement
For further information on this initiative, you can contact Home Hardware at 250-787-0371, or stop by the store to speak to them in person.The offer is available until December 1, 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ATCO Two Rivers and Home Hardware Building Centre have joined forces to assist Old Fort Residents in replacing fridges and freezers damaged during the recent slide.Doug Gallinger, co-owner of Home Hardware Fort St. John, says they will be offering discounts to Old Fort residents.“What we are doing is taking 25-percent off the manufacturer suggested retail price and they (ATCO) are providing $500 of a rebate to the customers,” said Gallinger.- Advertisement -To get the rebate, residents must follow these steps:Step 1: Stop by St John Advertising and Promotion to register your household and receive your gift pack of gift certificates if you haven’t already done so. SJA Promo will provide you with a registration form, and a number from their map to take to Home Hardware. In addition to the gift certificates in your gift packs, there is a 15% Save-On-More coupon which is intended to be used when you are ready to do a significant shop to re-stock your fridge and freezer!Step 2: Bring SJA Promo registration form along with supportive ID showing Old Fort residency to Home Hardware and talk to the Kitchen Design Team to order your fridge and/or freezer.In stock items will be available immediately. Otherwise, the Kitchen Design Team will assist you with your order, working with appliance reps to ensure your personal needs are met.Advertisement
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Tony Kanaan’s best driving of the day may have saved him from an ugly wreck. Marco Andretti wasn’t quite so lucky. At the end of the day, though, both were in the same spot: Watching somebody else celebrate in Victory Lane. Kanaan had the strongest car all afternoon, leading half of the rain-shortened 166-lap race. But he spun out following someone else’s crash on lap 157, effectively ending his chances when rain moved in for a second time 10 laps later. It was yet another disappointment for Kanaan, who seems to be able to win anywhere but Indianapolis. Which sounds a lot like what the Andretti drivers have been saying for almost four decades now. “It is the Indianapolis 500. There is life beyond that,” said Kanaan, whose wife is expecting their first child. “My day will come if it’s meant to be.” At least the winner was Dario Franchitti, Kanaan’s teammate with Andretti Green Racing and his best friend. “We’re so close. He’s one of the biggest reasons I signed with this team,” Kanaan said. “Hey, it was a good day for him. Let’s move on.” It was the second win in three years for team owner Michael Andretti, some consolation for his family’s star-crossed history at this most famous of tracks. Since patriarch Mario Andretti won the 500 in 1969, the family has been shut out. Mario and Michael each have had wins slip from their grasp several times, their chances often done in by the failure of a $2 part. An Andretti has started Indy 58 times, with four seconds and 13 top 10s. For years, the most famous phrase at the Brickyard after “Gentlemen, start your engines,” was “Mario Andretti is slowing down.” Michael has led more laps without winning at Indy than anyone, including one lap Sunday. “Obviously it wasn’t meant to be to win it as a driver. But we won it as an owner,” said Michael Andretti, who finished 13th Sunday. “Maybe I’m just meant to win 15 of these things – as an owner.” And Kanaan might have inherited his team owner’s jinx. Though he may not get the attention like Sam Hornish or Helio Castroneves, Kanaan is one of the best drivers in IndyCar. He was the 2005 league champion, and his win in Japan last month was the eighth of his career. He’s won at least one race each of the last five seasons. When it comes to the Brickyard, though, Kanaan can’t catch a break. He won the pole in 2005 and led for 54 laps, only to wind up eighth. He was leading with seven laps to go last year, but had to pit and dropped to fifth. In 2004, the last rain-shortened race, Kanaan finished second to Buddy Rice. His 12th-place finish snapped a four-year streak of top 10 finishes – and doesn’t come close to showing how dominant he was. “A bad day for me became a good day for Dario,” Kanaan said. “If I could pick anybody but me and for Michael, he was the guy.” Kanaan was in front for 83 laps, and led Hornish, the defending champ, by four seconds when a caution came out on lap 151. Kanaan ducked into the pits – and off the lead – for fuel and four new tires on lap 155. With rain threatening, that looked like it might be enough to carry him to the end. But as the race went back to green on lap 157, Jaques Lazier hit the wall at Turn 4. Kanaan, running behind, ducked down to avoid him. But he lost control and started spinning and skidding across the track, heading straight for the pit wall. Most drivers wouldn’t have been able to avoid a wreck. But Kanaan somehow managed to right the car and went back into the pits, where his flattened right rear tire was quickly replaced. “I don’t know what happened. I think we got caught. I don’t even know who crashed,” Kanaan said. “I managed to keep it on the track, but after that I knew the day was over.” At least Kanaan was still running at the end. Marco Andretti is the third generation of the illustrious family and, though only 20, the best hope to end their Brickyard heartbreak. As a rookie last year, he got beaten when Hornish passed him on the final straightaway. He led for 13 laps Sunday but faded to the pack after the three-hour rain delay. Trying to work his way back to the front, he tried to pass in traffic on lap 163 and rubbed tires with 2005 champion Dan Wheldon. “Both mirrors were loose. I could see that on the pit stop,” Mario Andretti said. “So he had no mirror, and that’s how he pinched the other guy on his right.” Marco Andretti’s car veered hard into the outside wall, slid back across the track in traffic and flipped upside down after it hit the infield grass. It finally came to rest on its wheels. “I was upside down; I was just praying to God,” he said. He stayed in the car for several minutes but finally climbed out under his own power, shaken but OK. “I’m one lucky guy,” Marco Andretti said. “It was definitely a big one.” Lucky in some ways. Not in others. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kobe Bryant had two messages for the Lakers on a wacky Wednesday: call me and show me. Mere hours after Bryant demanded a trade and said he would rather “go play on Pluto” than remain with the Lakers, Bryant executed a verbal crossover and said he wanted nothing more than to stick around. Bryant still has some issues. He wants management to make bold moves to prove to him that the Lakers are committed to winning and he wants a phone call, and a clear-the-air conversation, with Dr. Jerry Buss. “A statement would be, call me,” Bryant said on 570-AM. “I don’t have (Buss’) number. Call me.” The Lakers’ troubling month reached a surreal apex Wednesday when Bryant asked to be traded in the morning then, after a phone call from coach Phil Jackson, seemed open to a reconciliation in the afternoon. “I can only hope that they do something, because I don’t want to go no place else,” Bryant told 570-AM. “I don’t want to. I want to stay here, so I hope they do something. … This is my team. I love it here.” Laker sources indicated that Buss will reach out to Bryant soon. Magic Johnson, part owner and team icon, attempted to get in touch and by the end of the day, it seemed that Bryant’s anxiety had waned. It’s been a difficult week for the Lakers and Bryant, who lashed out Tuesday and said that the Lakers lied to him about their long-term rebuilding plans and cast blame on him for their trade of Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant wrote on his official website Tuesday that despite his considerable consternation, he had no desire to be traded. That changed Wednesday morning, when a despondent-sounding Bryant talked to ESPN radio. Bryant said he wanted to be traded and that nothing could change his mind about leaving the Lakers. “Yeah, I would like to be traded, yeah,” Bryant said. “As tough as it is to say that and as tough as it is to come to that conclusion, there’s no other alternative. … It’s rough, man, but I don’t see how you can rebuild that trust. I just don’t see how you can move forward from that type of situation.” Bryant repeatedly said that the Lakers could not convince him to stay – even if Jerry West returned – and when asked if he had any destinations in mind, said, “Not really. At this point, I’ll go play on Pluto.” Soon after, the Lakers released a statement from Buss that read, “We are aware of the media reports. However, Kobe has not told us directly that he wants to be traded. We have made it very clear that we are building our team around Kobe and that we intend for him to be a Laker his entire career. We will speak directly to Kobe and until we do that, we will not comment publicly about this.” Bryant said he had his agent, Rob Pelinka, call Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and make the trade request official. Then, just as speculative trade rumors began to fly, Bryant did two more radio interviews, in which he backtracked from his previous trade-me-no-matter-what comments and softened his stance. What changed? A phone call from Jackson, who attempted to convince Bryant to give the Lakers another chance and that the team would rededicate itself to an improved roster and not long-term rebuilding. “He stayed optimistic,” Bryant said. “He said, ‘You know what, I can’t blame you for feeling this way. I can’t blame you.’ But I just have to try to stay optimistic and we have to try to figure something out. “(Phil) said, ‘They are now determined to do something.’ They’re determined to get something done and they’re off this long-term plan thing. They want to go ahead and get something done. For me, the frustration would have been alleviated if they had told me about a long-term plan.” Asked directly if he wanted to stay with the Lakers, “Man, more than anything. That’s why I hope they can do something. Figure something out. When Phil and I talked, it was an emotional conversation and he said, ‘You know what, Kobe, just let us try to figure this thing out.’ That gave me some hope.” Through SFX Basketball, the agency that represents Bryant, Bryant declined further comment. If the trade demand sticks, finding a team with enough available talent to make a worthwhile trade wouldn’t be easy. Bryant, 28, would waive the no-trade clause in his contract, a deal that has four years and $88.6 million remaining. Any team that acquired Bryant would also be forced to pay him a $9.5 million bonus. Part of Bryant’s consternation came after a local columnist quoted an anonymous “Laker insider” as saying that Bryant’s input provided the impetus for the 2004 trade that sent O’Neal to Miami. Bryant vehemently defended himself and said Buss had informed him during that 2003-04 season that O’Neal would be traded because Buss did not want to give an aging O’Neal another big contract. That led to an unlikely alliance this week between Bryant and O’Neal, against Lakers management. “I believe Kobe 100 percent,” O’Neal told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Absolutely. There’s no doubt in my mind Kobe is telling the truth. I believe him a thousand percent. I would have respected Dr. Buss more as a man if he would have told me that himself, because I know he said it. But he didn’t (tell me). He never said a damn word to me.” Bryant said the next time he saw O’Neal, he would “give him a big … hug,” said that past differences were behind them and said the Lakers caused part of the problem by blaming Bryant for the trade. “We were both young,” Bryant told ESPN radio. “As you get older, you learn how to deal with things. You become a parent and you learn patience and understanding. I think if we could go back I would, and I’m sure he would too, just communicate better. Just he and I, directly.” — Rich Hammond, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kurpius said even an implied threat to lower the discharge rating could threaten educational and other benefits Kokesh is eligible to receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs. “We all know that people give up some individual rights when they join the military,” Kurpius said. “But these Marines went to war, did their duty, and were honorably discharged from the active roles. I may disagree with their message, but I will always defend their right to say it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The nation’s largest combat veterans group Friday urged the military to “exercise a little common sense” and call off its investigation of a group of Iraq War veterans who wore their uniforms during anti-war protests. “Trying to hush up and punish fellow Americans for exercising the same democratic right we’re trying to instill in Iraq is not what we’re all about,” said Gary Kurpius, national commander of the 2.4 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars. “Someone in the Marine Corps needs to exercise a little common sense and put an end to this matter before it turns into a circus,” Kurpius said. A military panel in Kansas City, Mo., will hold a hearing Monday to decide whether Marine Cpl. Adam Kokesh’s discharge status should be changed from honorable to “other than honorable.” The action came after he was photographed wearing fatigues – with military insignia removed – during a mock patrol with other veterans at a protest rally in April. Kokesh was a reservist in an artillery unit assigned to the November Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Regiment of the 4th Division based out of Pico Rivera. The Marine Corps is investigating whether Kokesh might have violated a rule prohibiting troops from wearing uniforms without authorization. Kokesh was honorably discharged following a combat tour in Iraq, but he remains part of the Individual Ready Reserve, a pool of former active-duty service members in unpaid, non-drill status. Kokesh also was cited for making a disrespectful comment to a military officer investigating the incident. His attorney, Michael Lebowitz, called the case an effort to stifle critics of the Bush administration’s war policy.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley joined The Sports Bar to look ahead to the new Premier League season.Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United fans may think differently, but Burley believes it will be a straight fight for the title between his former club Chelsea and Manchester City.The ex-Scotland international said: “Arsenal won’t win the league, unless he [Arsene Wenger] goes out and buys more players. They will be strong again, but I don’t think they will win it.“It will clearly be between Manchester City and Chelsea. Liverpool have spent well but you can’t quantify the loss of Luis Suarez.“When you are in the tunnel and see Suarez, you know he is capable of winning the game out of nothing. They have lost that. They are going to have a good season, Liverpool, but it is a building process for them.“Manchester United need five, six, or even seven new players. There will have to be some sort of movement before now and the close of the window. The best United can hope for is top four, unless something dramatic happens.”
Jose Mourinho accused referee Anthony Taylor of making a ‘huge mistake’ that cost Chelsea the chance of victory at St Mary’s.The leaders had to settle for a point on the south-coast as Southampton held them to a 1-1 draw, but Mourinho felt they were denied the opportunity to win the game from the penalty spot.Cesc Fabregas was booked for simulation after going down under a penalty box challenge from Matt Targett, but the Blues’ boss insists his side should have had a spot-kick.“The referee made a huge mistake that decided the game,” he said. “I had the chance to see it on the TV by the tunnel, and I was shocked. From a distance it looked a penalty, but the screen is the screen and the referee was in the screen [picture]. He is there, he is ten metres away so, for me, it is difficult to understand.“Referees are being put under pressure [to book players] and I’m not sure if the FA and Premier League should do something about that. Other managers speak about diving and this and that, and I’m not sure if they do anything about that because clearly there is huge pressure on the referees.“A bad referee decision has decided the result of the match. I’m not saying my player would have scored but, if we had gone 2-1 up, the game would have had to change because they [Southampton] would have had to change the way they played.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson believes Arsene Wenger is the only man to blame for the club’s poor season so far in the Premier League.A title challenge appears a distant dream as they sit sixth, 13 points behind co-leaders Chelsea and Manchester City.And the Gunners’ defensive frailties were once again exposed as they were beaten 2-0 by Southampton on New Year’s Day.But rather than casting aspersions on the Arsenal players, Robson believes their Frenchman is holding them back due to his lack of tactical nous.He told talkSPORT: “You can go and buy the best four defenders in the world but if you don’t do enough work on the training field and you’re not well organised they are still going to have problems. The problem is not with the players. The problem is still with the manager.“Nobody wins the title or wins the Champions League if they don’t get the balance right between defending when they don’t have the ball and attacking well when they have the ball.“I would say, 50 per cent of the time, Arsenal don’t defend well enough when they don’t have the ball and that’s not because they haven’t go players who can do that, it’s because they haven’t got a structure or an understanding of what they’re trying to do.“If you haven’t got a structure it’s then difficult to identify where the problems are.“If you pinned some of the ex-players down who have been at Arsenal and back Arsene Wenger to the hilt and you say to them, ‘what did you learn tactically and defensively about the game?’, they will all say, ‘well, nothing really, he didn’t really teach us anything, what he did teach us about was diets and looking after ourselves’.“The game has gone on from there, you need to be a good coach as well as a good man manager and sports scientist. Arsene Wenger, in my view, still doesn’t do enough work on the training field and doesn’t understand the tactical side of the game.“I think they’ll just about squeeze into the top four and a lot of people will say there is not too much wrong with that but Arsenal, with the amount of money they’re paying their players, the amount of money they’re paying their manager and the amount of people they get inside the stadium, should be challenging Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. They should be challenging the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid for the Champions League and there is only one man, in my view, that is stopping them and that’s the manager.“If Jose Mourinho was manager of the same Arsenal players they would be right up at the top of the table.”
6. Winston Reid – West Ham – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – It will be a huge blow to West Hams defence when Winston Reid departs the club. The New Zealand international has refused a new deal and sees his future elsewhere, with Arsenal and Tottenham just two of the clubs linked with a move. Given his desire to move, there is every chance that the Hammers could facilitate that in January. 7 7 3. Jermain Defoe – Toronto FC – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – Its pretty well documented that the former Spurs striker is seeking a move back to England after a difficult 12 months in Major League Soccer. Defoes strike rate at Toronto was reasonably good 12 goals in 17 games but his failure to fire the Canadians into the play-offs saw him face a tongue-lashing from the clubs hierarchy. A return to England seems likely, although Toronto want to ensure its permanent. 5. Shinji Okazaki – Mainz – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – The Japanese striker is once again enjoying a fruitful season with Mainz, having bagged 10 goals in 17 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit. Having spent nearly five years in Germany, Okazaki looks to be seeking a new challenge and has recently talked up a move to the Premier League, describing a switch to England as a dream. Leicester are strongly linked with him. 2. Xherdan Shaqiri – Bayern Munich – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – It seems only a matter of time before Shaqiri secures a move away from Bayern Munich, with Liverpool his likeliest destination. The Swiss star has grown frustrated at his lack of regular game time at the Allianz Arena and has openly confirmed his desire to play more often. 7 7. Thiago Motta – Paris Saint-Germain – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – According to reports in France, PSGs defensive midfielder Thaigo Motta has grown disillusioned with life in the French capital and is seeking to bring an end to his three-year spell with the club. The 32-year-old has been linked with a move to Italy, with Inter Milan thought to be interested, but in England it is Manchester United and Tottenham who are believed to be monitoring his situation. 4. Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton – Click the arrow to see more players who want to leave in January – While there can be no questioning Morgan Schneiderlins commitment to the Southampton cause this season, it is pretty obvious that the Frenchman sees his future elsewhere. Heavily linked with a move during the summer, Southampton managed to keep hold of the midfielder reportedly against his will and while he seems to be enjoying a strong campaign, theres an inevitability that he will move on. Perhaps in January? The January transfer window is the perfect opportunity for clubs to refresh their ranks with the second half of the season starting to unfold, but for players it also presents a huge opportunity.The winter period allows frustrated and disillusioned stars the chance to give their careers a new lease of life by finding a new club.Here are just some of the players seeking a move in January.Click the arrow to see who features. 7 7 7 7 1. Wilfried Bony – Swansea… for how long? – It seems to be a matter of when, rather than if Wilfried Bony will secure his estimated £30m switch from Swansea to Man City. The Ivory Coast international is believed to be aiming to conclude everything prior to heading off to the play in the African Cup of Nations.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 16th Annual “Tee Off For Kids” Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. June 18 at the Rancho Vista Golf Course. The daylong tournament is a fundraiser for Mobility Opportunities Via Education (M.O.V.E.), which provides disabled students with specialized equipment. Tournament, sponsor and ad applications are available online at www.palmdalechamber.org and at the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce office, 817 E. Avenue Q-9, Palmdale. For more information, please contact Bonnie Barnard at the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce at (661) 273-3232 or call Vernita Scott-Flanton at (661) 202-9598 or e-mail at Jade7Inc@yahoo.com. A representative of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce posted this story May 5 to the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com.
Construction on areas of the sewer system in most need are planned over the next four years. In the fifth year, engineers would begin design plans for the remainder of the project, Cowley said. City officials said the city will use revenue from increased sewer fees to pay back the bonds. The city is using a fee structure plan based on strength factors and tacked on to existing sewer rates. It was implemented last fiscal year. “For instance, a single family residence has a strength factor of 1 … One strength factor is $84 a year,” Cowley said, adding that the factors for businesses are larger. That fee structure will likely increase in the coming years based on consumer price index figures, Mousavi said. “To be honest, I do believe residents will be strained … however we must, as a community, realize that unless we are going to invest in the infrastructure of our aging sewer we are going to be facing some serious problems in the future,” Councilman Louie Lujan said. City officials hope to have the bonds issued and the funds received in about two months. After the initial five-year plan is completed, it could take up to another 10 years – based on the extent of repairs – to complete improvements to the entire system, Cowley said. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The system is inadequate for a growing need in La Puente, said Sid Mousavi, a contracted city engineer. “Not only is it an old system, but also in some areas it is undersized,” he said. The 333,000 feet of pipeline is facing a combination of capacity problems and deterioration issues, Mousavi said. In some areas, larger-diameter pipes are needed to deal with increased sewer usage; and in other areas, cracked pipes need to be repaired to keep raw sewage from seeping into the city’s water table, he said. “When there are cracks in them, tree roots can get in and enlarge the cracks,” Mousavi said. “Sometimes rain water can get in and that also compounds the problems with capacity.” As laid out in the five-year plan, officials want to complete a video analysis – first started in 2004 – of the entire sewer system in the next year, Cowley said. LA PUENTE – The city is undertaking the largest capital improvement project in La Puente’s history – a sewer system upgrade that will address an estimated $55 million in repairs and improvements to the aging infrastructure. Officials are trying to get $15.9 million in bonds issued for the first phase of the project, City Manager Carol Cowley said. Council members unanimously approved a five-year plan last week outlining the nearly $16 million in repairs. “Well this is really important especially at this time because we have had nothing done to our sewers up until now,” said Councilwoman Lola Storing. “The city is over 50 years old so the sooner we get out to take care of it the better it will be.”
Pharmacists have asked lawmakers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay implementation of the law. “Millions of Medicaid beneficiaries may not be able to obtain their medications after Oct. 1,” wrote an organization representative in in a recent letter to lawmakers. “This could lead to higher Medicaid costs for emergency room visits, hospitalizations and physician office visits if medication cannot be obtained in a timely manner.” Steve Hahn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the agency, for now, has no plans to change the Oct. 1 start. In the interim, he said, agency officials are consulting with health care providers and preparing guidance on how to comply with the law. Several states already require tamper-proof prescription pads, Hahn noted. But health care providers in those states often had more than a year to prepare, Kelly said. New York, for example, allowed 18 months. In this instance, many doctors aren’t even aware of the law. WASHINGTON – Millions of Medicaid patients and their pharmacists could be in for a nasty surprise Oct. 1. A provision tucked within an emergency spending bill for Iraq requires that prescriptions for Medicaid patients be written on “tamper-resistant” pads. Problem is, most doctors don’t use such pads. The law is designed to make it harder for patients to obtain controlled drugs illegally and easier for the government to save money. But the quick startup date leaves little time to educate doctors and pharmacists. “Our members are absolutely flabbergasted that they’re going to be put on the hook for denying prescriptions if something is not on a tamper-proof pad,” said Paul Kelly, vice president of government affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Medicaid is the federal-state partnership that provides health coverage to about 55 million poor Americans. President George W. Bush had recommended the requirement for tamper-proof prescription pads in his 2008 budget. The Congressional Budget Office projected that the requirement would save taxpayers $355 million over the coming decade, mainly through preventing fraudulent prescriptions. Some lawmakers say they are starting to hear concerns from pharmacists back home. Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Ohio, and Reps. Marion Berry and Mike Ross, both Democrats from Arkansas, circulated a letter to colleagues Wednesday that urged them to contact Medicaid officials.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here is a state-by-state breakdown of obesity rates and rankings. State Obesity rate, Ranking Ala. 29.4 3 Alaska 25.8 16 Ariz. 21.7 43 Ark. 27.0 8 Calif. 22.7 36 Colo. 17.6 51 Conn. 20.1 47 Del. 23.6 29 D.C. 22.2 40 Fla. 22.9 34 Ga. 26.1 14 Hawaii 20.1 47 Idaho 23.2 31 Ill. 24.4 25 Ind. 26.8 9 Iowa 24.9 20 Kan. 24.3 27 Ky. 27.5 7 La. 28.2 4 Maine 23.0 33 Md. 24.4 25 Mass. 19.8 50 Mich. 26.8 9 Minn. 23.7 28 Miss. 30.6 1 Mo. 26.3 12 Mont. 20.7 45 Neb. 25.4 18 Nev. 22.5 37 N.H. 22.4 38 N.J. 22.2 40 N.M. 22.0 42 N.Y. 22.4 38 N.C. 25.6 17 N.D. 25.1 19 Ohio 26.0 15 Okla. 26.8 9 Ore. 23.3 30 Pa. 24.5 23 R.I. 20.5 46 S.C. 27.8 5 S.D. 24.9 20 Tenn. 27.8 5 Texas 26.3 12 Utah 21.1 44 Vt. 20.0 49 Va. 24.5 23 Wash. 23.2 31 W.Va. 29.8 2 Wis. 24.8 22 Wyo. 22.8 35 Source: Trust for America’s Health.
Owen Wilson’s reported suicide attempt came after a bitter blowup with a close pal. The 38-year-old comedic actor, who is regarded in Hollywood as a financial success, was in good condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, from where he issued a statement through his publicist yesterday asking “that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time.” He was hospitalized Sunday, first at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, then at Cedars-Sinai, after reportedly overdosing and slicing one of his wrists. There has been speculation that Wilson was depressed over his recent breakup with Kate Hudson, but sources told the New York Post that it did not contribute to his emotional turmoil. Instead, the incident occurred shortly after a vicious quarrel with an unidentified friend, the Post reported. Wilson likely will remain under the close watch of doctors for at least the next several days, one source told The Post. One Wilson neighbor told the newspaper that that when she heard the ambulance Sunday, she was surprised because the actor never causes any trouble. “All the neighbors like him, he’s a friendly guy. He never has any crazy parties or does anything wrong,” Betty Miller said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
——————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Martinez said Alma Alvarez was violating a gang code by fighting with someone who was with child. “The gang code is that you don’t fight with anyone when they are with their kids,” he said. “It’s not considered manly. With girls, they’re supposed to follow the same guidelines.” Police arrested Alvarez on Blythe Street near her home. She was being held at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood with bail set at $540,000. Detectives connected Alvarez with an October 2006 nail clipper stabbing after hearing that “Flaca” was involved. Detectives re-interviewed the victim, who has since recovered from cuts to her face and arm, and she identified Alvarez in a photo array as the suspect in the attack, Martinez said. The suspect apparently extended the nail file on the clipper to use as a knife, Martinez said. Her cousin, Catalina was held on narcotics related charges. A man identified as Jorge Larios, 31, also an accused Blythe Street gangster, was arrested on a misdemeanor gang injunction violation. Blythe Street was the first gang to be targeted by the Los Angeles City Attorney in an injunction barring members from associating with each other, among other things, in the 90s. PANORAMA CITY – An accused female member of the Blythe Street gang has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a 2006 nail clipper stabbing of a 17-year-old girl in a beef over a boy, police said this morning. The woman, identified as Alma “Flaca” Alvarez, 19, was arrested on Labor Day, after she had been fighting with a former schoolmate who was three months pregnant and was shopping for clothes for her baby at a store in the 9800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Detective Marc Martinez. The fight started inside the store and spilled outside, Martinez said. Alvarez’s cousin, Catalina, also 19, noticed the woman was pregnant and tried to stop Alma from fighting with her. But Alma got mad and punched Catalina to try to prevent her from interfering, police said. There were no serious injuries. The baby and the mother, who suffered bruises, were fine, said Martinez.
Much-needed rain also brought with it muck, trash and bacteria for local beaches, Los Angeles County health officials warned today. The elevated levels of toxic goop in the water could be sickening, so officials warned Beach-goers to stay on the sand until 6 p.m. on Tuesday. “It’s a good idea for surfers, swimmers, and other recreational water users to avoid getting into ocean water for at least 72 hours after a rainstorm, especially near discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “These areas of water may carry debris and run-off from urban and wilderness areas, which could contain high levels of bacteria.” Recorded information on beach conditions is available around-the-clock on the County’s beach closure hotline at 800-525-5662 and online at www.lapublichealth.org/beach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“We’ll find a way to spread the ball around.” The 0-3 Rams learned they lost Jackson a day after guard Mark Setterstrom was lost for the season with a torn left knee ligament and cartilage damage. Setterstrom is the second lineman the Rams have lost this season, after seven-time Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Pace sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in the opener. Leinart keeps his job Matt Leinart still is the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. Kurt Warner still will be waiting in the wings as the team’s “no-huddle” specialist after nearly leading the team to a comeback victory at Baltimore on Sunday. “We’re going to try to find ways to keep Kurt playing based on how he played yesterday,” Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “But I don’t feel like Matt has done anything to lose the job.” How the former USC standout feels about this unusual two-quarterback approach is a mystery. As reporters crowded around Warner in the locker room, Leinart walked past with a towel over his head, grabbed the playbook out of his locker, and left. Russell joins Raiders The Oakland quarterback situation just got a little more muddled when top pick JaMarcus Russell was added to the roster and starter Josh McCown’s status was in doubt due to a sore foot. Those factors have put third-stringer Andrew Walter in limbo. The Raiders have talked to teams about trading Walter, who started eight games last season, but don’t want to make a move until they know if McCown is healthy. After starting the offseason as the only quarterback on the roster, Walter has watched as the Raiders traded for McCown, drafted Russell and signed Daunte Culpepper. Expecting to get a chance with a new team after Russell had to be added to the roster, Walter instead found out he would have to wait longer. Around the league Bills: Tight end Kevin Everett made more significant strides over the weekend in his recovery from a life-threatening spinal cord injury. Everett lifted his right arm for the first time Sunday, a day after sitting up in bed for four hours, Dr. Teodoro Castillo, his attending physician, said. … Rookie linebacker Paul Posluszny’s season is over due to a broken left forearm, and quarterback Craig Nall is back with the team after signing a one-year contract, three weeks after Buffalo cut him. Broncos: The team sent safety John Lynch and quarterback Jay Cutler for MRIs. Lynch has a strained groin and Cutler a sprained ankle. Lynch’s injury appeared more serious, although Coach Mike Shanahan didn’t reveal much. Browns: Tight end Kellen Winslow injured his left shoulder during Cleveland’s loss Sunday at Oakland. He had the shoulder wrapped and declined comment. Eagles: Running back Brian Westbrook has an abdominal strain and his availability for practice and Sunday’s game against the Giants will be determined later this week. Falcons: DeAngelo Hall, a cornerback, faces “substantial discipline” that may include a suspension following his meltdown on the field and on the sideline against Carolina. 49ers: Just when Vernon Davis finally became a key part of the offense, the tight end has been sidelined by a sprained ligament in his right knee. Lions: Rookie receiver Calvin Johnson is unsure if a back injury will prevent him from playing Sunday against the Bears. Panthers: With both arms flailing and nothing protecting his strained right elbow, quarterback Jake Delhomme was happy after an MRI determined he won’t need surgery. But Delhomme was unsure if he or backup David Carr will start on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Seahawks: Running back Shaun Alexander has a broken left wrist, but will continue to play with a protective cast, Coach Mike Holmgren said. Steelers: Wide receiver Hines Ward said an MRI exam on his bruised knee revealed no damage. Texans: Defensive tackle Cedric Killings was able to stand in the hospital and doctors are confident he’ll soon be walking despite a broken vertebra in his neck. Killings left the field on a stretcher after a headfirst collision with Indianapolis receiver Roy Hall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will miss at least one week with a partial tear of his left groin, an injury sustained in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-3 loss at Tampa Bay. Rookie Brian Leonard, a second-round pick from Rutgers, will get his first start Sunday at Dallas. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson was hopeful Jackson would be out only one game. “He’s one of our best players, if not the best player,” Olson said. “As we tell our players, anytime someone gets injured the rest of us have to pick up the slack.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal will be given a £150million-plus transfer war chest to complete his overhaul of the Manchester United squad this summer. Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne, Borussia Dortmund centre-half Mats Hummels, Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, West Brom striker Saido Berahino and Burnley free agent Danny Ings are all on his radar. (Daily Express)Liverpool are scouting Lazio’s Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is rated at more than £20million. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle are chasing Levante’s Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa and plotting a £5million summer move. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea look set to miss out on Jese Rodriguez in the summer with Real Madrid ready to push him up the pecking order at the Bernabeu. (Daily Express)Middlesbrough have made a £12m offer for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes. They want the 25-year-old on loan to help fire them into the Premier League before turning it into a permanent deal in the summer. (The Sun)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Inter Milan to launch Toure bid? Mancini hints at summer approach for Man City starReal Madrid starlet reveals Chelsea star told him to join Atletico MadridWolfsburg boss rubbishes playmaker’s link to Manchester UnitedJust like Ruud Van Nistelrooy! PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay can become a Manchester United heroReports – Liverpool still hot on the trail of Roma starLokomotiv Moscow chief reveals talks with Tottenham duoTottenham reignite interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielderReports – PSG failed in summer move for Chelsea defenderLiverpool target admits it would be ‘difficult’ to turn down Inter MilanReports – Atletico Madrid lead race for Tottenham and Manchester City targetInter Milan offer starlet £2m-a-year contract to ward off Arsenal and Man CityMan United and Arsenal to miss out on PSG star as striker eyes Napoli return?
1 Theo Walcott Arsenal star Theo Walcott is desperate for more first-team football after smashing in a hat-trick on the final day of the season.The Gunners beat West Brom 4-1 on Sunday, with a treble from the England star who has spent too much time on the subs’ bench for his liking this season.After overcoming a serious knee injury last term, Walcott has not been first choice, especially in the centre-forward role he covets and manager Arsene Wenger has backed him to eventually fill.Liverpool are reportedly interested in the former Southampton man but Wenger says he is in talks about keeping the 26-year-old at the Emirates for the long-term.“I just want to play football,” Walcott told Arsenal Player.“Getting a hat-trick on the last day of the season after having limited opportunities – it was just nice to go out there to show what I can do.“Hopefully the fans were very happy with that.”
Liverpool are refusing to give up on their pursuit of Barcelona winger Pedro.talkSPORT told you on Wednesday how Manchester United were leading the race for the Spaniard, who has a buyout clause of £21m.However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool are desperately trying to keep a deal for the 27-year-old alive.Despite spending big on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and Brazil star Roberto Firmino, the Reds have money to spend after selling Raheem Sterling.The England winger moved to Manchester City for £49m and Brendan Rodgers, who has made seven signings in total this summer, is keen to reinvest some of the cash on another winger.Pedro is top of the Liverpool boss’ wanted list and a bid for the Spain international is expected in the coming week. Pedro 1
Thibaut Courtois is sent off against Swansea Swansea twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season.Thibaut Courtois was sent off in a thrilling match where both teams did not stop attacking until referee Michael Oliver blew for full-time.Chelsea were boosted ahead of the game when Diego Costa started, but it was Swansea striker Befetimbi Gomis who made the bigger impression, scoring the club’s second after a debut goal from Andre Ayew.Oscar opened the scoring and the Blues had a huge slice of luck when Willian’s cross deflected in off Federico Fernandez, but Swansea will feel unlucky not to have gone ahead.Gomis’ header in the first ten minutes tested Courtois and he was threatening again shortly afterwards but John Terry was there to block the Frenchman’s shot.Moments later Ki Sung-yueng’s shot from the edge of the area was saved and Chelsea immediately broke and were appealing for a penalty when Costa was tackled by Federico Fernandez, but replays showed it was a finely timed challenge.However, it was Chelsea who struck first, courtesy of Oscar on 22 minutes as his free-kick on the right hand side of the penalty area flew past everyone and beat Lukasz Fabianski in the visitors’ goal.Swansea hit back when Ayew pounced to score on his debut after Courtois kept Gomis’ powerful header out, but 90 seconds later, the Blues were back in front thanks to Fernandez’s own goal.And it took Swansea just ten minutes of the second half to drag themselves level again and this time Gomis finally got his goal when he beat Asmir Begovic from the spot.Controlling Jonjo Shelvey’s fantastic pass, he was then brought down by the onrushing Courtois.It was a rash challenge and Michael Oliver deemed it worthy of a red card, though the Chelsea players did not agree, with captain John Terry arguing he was able to cover Courtois if Gomis had broken clear.The striker was finally allowed to take his spot-kick after Begovic had replaced Oscar and Terry booked for fiercely protesting his team-mates’ sending off.Chelsea were forced to defend for their lives as Swansea mounted an onslaught and Gomis actually had the ball in the back of the net, but was ruled out for offside.Then Jose Mourinho decided to throw Radamel Falcao on in the final five minutes bringing cheers from the home support, but the Colombian could not break Swansea’s defence.It was a point well earned and Garry Monk’s men can count themselves unlucky not to win and the players rightly took the acclaim of their travelling fans at the end. 1
5. Dani Alves (Sevilla to Barcelona) – £28.5m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are 10 7. Marquinhos (Roma to Paris Saint-Germain) – £27m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are 10 10. Mehdi Benatia – £23.9m. To find out which defenders make up the top 10 most expensive of all time, click the arrow above – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are Chelsea remain on the trail of centre-back John Stones, no matter what Everton and Roberto Martinez say.The Toffees are reluctant to sell their promising defensive star, who is already an England international.Jose Mourinho has already seen bids of £20million, £25million and £30million rebuffed as they but shows now sign of giving up.It is believed the Blues might get their man if they offer £40million, which would make Stones one of the most expensive defenders ever.But which heroes will he join? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to scroll through… 8. Fabio Coentrao (Benfica to Real Madrid) – £27m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are 10 10 10 10 1.David Luiz (Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain) – £40m 9. Pepe (Porto to Real Madrid) – £25m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are 10 4. Luke Shaw (Southampton to Manchester United) – £30m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are 10 3. Eliaquim Mangala (Porto to Manchester City) – £32m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are 6. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds to Manchester United) – £27.55m* – *Ferdinand was initially signed for £29.3m, with Man United paying Leeds the majority of the fee up front, but the Yorkshire club accepted accepted a reduced amount of £1.5m in one lump sum, to help with debt problems, rather than receive the remaining £3.25m in instalments. Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are 2. Thiago Silva (AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain) – £35m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are 10 10
Martin Caceres 1 Liverpool have registered an interest in landing Juventus defender Martin Caceres, claim reports in Italy.The Uruguayan’s contract at the Italian champions expires at the end of the season but Jurgen Klopp is eager to bring in a defender before then.According to Sport Mediaset, Klopp has identified Caceres as one of his top targets in the January transfer market, along with Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia as he tries to eradicate his current injury crisis.Caceres is keen to leave Juve as soon as possible, having made just 39 league appearances since he signed permanently from Seville in 2012.
Brighton 3-0 Brentford: The Seagulls seal third successive win to move into Championship top three 1 Brighton climbed up to third in the Sky Bet Championship after Anthony Knockaert, Tomer Hemed and Jamie Murphy secured a comfortable 3-0 victory against Brentford.All the Seagulls’ previous 13 victories this season had been by a one-goal margin and this was their first clean sheet at the Amex Stadium for three months.Brighton now boast three straight wins and Knockaert produced a particularly impressive display before a crowd of 24,096, while Brentford have now won only one of their last seven league and cup games.The match got off to a lively start with the Seagulls going close in the first minute through French winger Knockaert.The former Leicester man shot wide of keeper David Button’s right-hand post after Murphy had a low drive blocked.A mistake by central defender Lewis Dunk presented Brentford midfielder Alan Judge a clear sight of goal and he put an angled shot wide with only goalkeeper David Stockdale to beat.Knockaert threatened again with a tremendous run through the middle which ended with him hitting a deflected shot wide, before the alert Stockdale parried a fine goal-bound effort by Judge at the other end.Brentford had a let-off in the 25th minute when skipper Bruno Saltor’s rasping drive was deflected onto the crossbar by Harlee Dean, but the Seagulls broke the deadlock two minutes later.Knockaert fed Murphy and his cross, after good play down the left, was seized on by the energetic winger, whose low shot from just inside the area brought his first goal for the club.Hemed should have increased the advantage soon after, but shot into the side netting with only keeper Button to beat.However, the Israel striker was on target two minutes before the break, with his downward header from Beram Kayal’s cross his first goal in 11 games.Albion withdrew veteran striker Bobby Zamora for Manchester United loanee James Wilson at the interval and they went close shortly after the break, when Hemed put a glancing header wide from a cross by Murphy.The former Sheffield United winger was wasteful himself moments later when he blazed a good chance over.Brentford, with only one win since the turn of the year, lived dangerously again when Knockaert drove over from a cross by Wilson.The Bees came close to reducing the deficit when Albion keeper Stockdale fumbled a corner from Josh McEachran and midfielder John Swift put a deflected shot over at the far post.However, Knockaert came close to hitting his second goal six minutes from time when narrowly failing to make contact with a Murphy cross.Murphy sealed Albion’s most convincing win for 11 months in the second minute of stoppage time, with a left-footed finish into the corner following a pass by substitute Andrew Crofts.
Former Arsenal captain Frank McLintock believes defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League could be a blessing in disguise for the Gunners’ Premier League title bid.Danny Welbeck scored a stoppage-time winner against Leicester City on his return from injury to seal a vital 2-1 victory over their surprise rivals on Sunday.It handed Arsene Wenger’s side a huge boost in their hunt for a first league crown in over a decade, with the Gunners now level on points with second place Tottenham.But Arsenal face a terrifyingly in-form Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League next week, and there are fears going all out to make it past the Spanish giants could have serious implications for their league run.And McLintock, skipper of the famed 1971 double-winning Arsenal team, believes the Premier League should now be the Gunners’ priority.“It’s very likely Arsenal will go out of the Champions League against Barcelona,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I’m not trying to put the blockers on, but Barca are an unbelievable side. We might make it tough for them but I’d be very surprised if we come through against them.“But that could be a blessing in disguise in some ways, as they can just concentrate on winning the Premier League.”Arsenal’s victory over table topping Leicester saw them climb to within two points of the summit, but McLintock insists the title race is still wide open with Tottenham – who boosted their hopes with a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday – also still in the hunt.“It’s almost impossible to call this one,” the Scot added.“It was a very, very important win for Arsenal against Leicester, but they’ve got some tough teams still to play and Tottenham could be their toughest.“This is the best Tottenham team I’ve seen for quite some time. They played terrific against Manchester City and got a good win.“It could still be Leicester. If they don’t get any big injuries they could still do it!”
Witnesses said Sutcliffe was sitting in a chair in front of the tire shop reading when the gunman shot her in the face, according to the Ventura County Star. Livingstone told the Los Angeles Times that police were ruling out robbery and instead focusing their investigation on possible personal motives. Dani Alley, who lives near the tire shop, said she went to the shop to investigate the commotion after the shooting, and saw officials covering the woman’s body with a sheet. Simi Valley Hospital officials identified the wounded as Henry John Heeber IV, 37, and Albert Ramirez, 20. Ramirez was listed in serious condition after surgery for a stomach wound, hospital spokesman Jeremy Brewer said. Heeber was treated for gunshot wounds in both arms, and was in fair condition, Brewer said. Heeber was franchise owner of the tire shop, Stephan Longo, director of marketing for Am-Pac/Tire Pros, told the Times. “We have no idea who this gunman was,” Longo said. “This was not a disgruntled employee.” Livingstone said a gun was found, but he could not confirm whether it was used in the slaying. The tire shop is on a corner lot with a parking lot in front. There was a trail of blood between the tire shop and a shop 100 feet away. Simi Valley is a city of 100,000 that is often classed as one of the safest for its size in America, based on reports of violent and serious crimes. Steve Martinez, an assistant manager at a Jiffy Lube shop near the tire store, said he heard gunfire in the morning. He said he assumed it was a car backfiring because he couldn’t imagine a shooting in the area.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOfficers responding to reports of a shooting went to the Tire Pros shop about 7:30 a.m. and found a “chaotic” scene, with people lying in the office and garage areas, Sgt. David Livingstone said. Livingstone identified the dead woman as Susan Sutcliffe, 53. Police declined to identify the suspected gunman, who Livingstone said appeared to have died of a self-inflicted wound. Ventura County deputy medical examiner Michael Tellez said the other fatality was Robert Becerra, 29, of Simi Valley. Sutcliffe was also a Simi Valley resident, Tellez said. CRIME: Two are also wounded before gunman apparently commits suicide, police say. By Jacob Adelman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SIMI VALLEY – A gunman shot a woman to death and wounded two men at a tire shop Tuesday, then apparently killed himself, police said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. INDUSTRY HILLS – About 5,000 children from 12 local districts, private and parochial schools were treated to a special rodeo performance Friday morning. All the children received a booklet before the event describing the history of the West and rodeos. The performance kicked off the city’s 22nd annual Pro Rodeo, which takes place today and Sunday at the Industry Hills Expo Center. For more information on the event, call (626) 961-6892. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CARSON – Jozy Altidore’s header in the 16th minute gave the New York Red Bulls a 1-1 tie with Los Angeles on Thursday night, when David Beckham played for the first time in 1? months and the Galaxy kept their slim playoff hopes alive. A loss would have eliminated the Galaxy (9-13-7). Now, they need to win at Chicago on Sunday and get help from other Major League Soccer teams to prolong their up-and-down season. Beckham entered the game as a substitute in the 68th minute with the score tied. He took five corner kicks in 22 minutes, but the Galaxy couldn’t score on any of them. The midfielder had missed 10 consecutive games after spraining his right knee in the SuperLiga tournament final on Aug. 29. He already was playing with an injured left ankle that occurred before he joined the Galaxy in mid-July. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Los Angeles had won five in a row coming into its final regular-season home game. The Red Bulls (12-11-7) already have a date with New England in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Troy Roberts’ header into the right side of the net gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute off a cross by Landon Donovan. But New York came right back on Altidore’s header off a cross by Dave van den Bergh on the left wing. The Galaxy had several good scoring chances late in the game, including a pass by Donovan intended for Carlos Pavon that sailed across the mouth of the empty goal. The Galaxy’s Kyle Martino earned his sixth yellow card of the season in the 54th minute, triggering an automatic suspension that will keep him out of Sunday’s game. New York’s Dane Richards earned a yellow card in the 63rd minute. In the teams’ other meeting this season, the Red Bulls won 5-4 in front of 66,237 at Giants Stadium on Aug. 18, when Beckham made his first MLS start. It was a sentimental evening for the Galaxy’s Cobi Jones, who played the final home game of his career. The 37-year-old midfielder plans to retire after the season, having spent his entire 12-year career with the same team – the only player in MLS history to do so. Jones was a stalwart on the U.S. national team, too. Jones’ teammates warmed up wearing No. 13 white T-shirts with ‘Cobi’ on the back. A video tribute aired before the game and MLS commissioner Don Garber was on hand as Jones’ jersey was retired. The team gave him a ski vacation to a destination of his choice. “Most importantly, I want to say thank you to all the fans who’ve been here from day one,” Jones said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CHASE: Police say driver stopped and started before driving his car over the edge in Palos Verdes Estates. By Josh Grossberg STAFF WRITER A man who drove his car over a cliff in Palos Verdes Estates late Friday stopped and accelerated several times before plunging 200 feet to his death, police said Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Officers spotted the man around 9 p.m. driving a Chevy Tahoe recklessly in the 1500 block of Paseo del Mar. He refused to pull over and led police on a slow-speed chase, said Palos Verdes Estates police Sgt. Patrick Strahn. After a few minutes, the man turned into the parking lot of a viewpoint in the 1300 block of Paseo del Mar. The man, who was alone in the car, stopped at a raised curb before driving over it, Strahn said. He also drove over a rock before stopping at the edge of the cliff. He hesitated a few seconds and then accelerated over the side, Strahn said. The man’s body was thrown from the car and landed on the beach. He had no identification with him and authorities had not determined his name by Saturday afternoon. Police believe he may have been intoxicated, Strahn said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:45 p.m. and his body was airlifted by Los Angeles County Fire Rescue crews more than an hour later, authorities said. The car was towed up the cliff Saturday afternoon. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I guess we can blame the start a little on the weather,” Cantor said. “It was too hot. Just watching the JV match before, we started off a bit slow, but we came back in the second, third and fourth games.” Ashley Eppler led Mary Star (12-8, 3-3) with 15 kills and eight digs. Robin Skale added 10 kills, three digs and three aces. Lauren Costa contributed 38 assists and four aces, and Charlene Bautista added 22 digs. Cantor said he was also impressed with the play of Michelle Ferrigno, who showed her versatility at outside hitter and opposite hitter. “Ashley Eppler had some big kills, and Michelle Ferrigno had one of her best games,” Cantor said. “Pretty much anything Michelle did was outstanding. She’s working hard, and it showed on the court.” Seini Tukutau had 17 kills for Serra. Marielle Brosner contributed 16 kills and 11 digs, and Christine Barba had 34 assists for Serra (9-6, 2-4). Mary Star had swept Serra earlier in the season, but the Stars said they knew they had a tough battle ahead, especially with a potential playoff berth on the line. “Serra looked a little more confident in this match,” Cantor said. “I guess they were at home and they wanted to beat us, but I knew it wasn’t going to be much of an issue for us. I think we just came in too confident.” Mary Star had high hopes entering league play after eye-opening wins over San Pedro, West Torrance and Venice. But after a slow start in league, the Stars are perking up once again and are closing in on a playoff berth. Mary Star hopes to advance farther than last season, when it was sent packing after a first-round loss to Providence. “We’re getting ready for the playoffs, and we’ve got a lot of talent,” Cantor said. “We’re going to just keep getting better and better, especially in the next few years.” El Segundo 3, Centennial 0: Melanie Palmer had 20 assists and served for 18 points as El Segundo won at home, 25-12, 25-11, 25-6. Taylor Gonzalez added eight aces and Keely Stevenson had four kills on four swings for El Segundo (4-9, 3-4). In the Del Rey League … Bishop Montgomery 3, St. Joseph 0: Rachel Clark had nine kills and three blocks and Kelly Omatsu had eight kills and four digs to lead Bishop Montgomery to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 victory at St Joseph. Sarah Prather added seven kills and four digs for Bishop Montgomery (19-6, 6-0) which clinched a tie for the league title. St. Joseph is 18-8, 4-2. In the Harbor League … Rolling Hills Prep 3, Ribet Academy 0: Cathy Leung had seven kills for host Rolling Hills Prep in a 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 win. Kaloni Sam added four aces and six digs for Rolling Hills Prep (7-3, 6-1), which is currently in first place in league. In a nonleague match … St. Bernard 3, Vasquez 0: Ashley Thompson had 10 kills and three aces as host St. Bernard won, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15. Whitley Robinson had six kills, eight digs and seven aces for St. Bernard (8-11).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports In the Pioneer League … South Torrance 3, Torrance 0: Shannon Roberts had 12 kills and no errors along with eight digs and two aces in a 25-14, 25-13, 25-10 win at South. Jackie Landers had eight kills and three blocks. Kiley Tamblyn had 11 digs and three aces for South (21-8, 6-1). Torrance fell to 4-3 in league. North Torrance 3, Lawndale 0: Kristen McNeese recorded eight kills and Amanda Smith had four kills and two blocks in a 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 win at Lawndale. Christine Bell added 11 digs and six aces for North (18-3, 7-0). Bryana Kekauhoa led Lawndale (8-6, 1-6) with nine kills, and Kailey Campos added eight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Mary Star recovered from a sluggish opening game and took the inside track to a CIF Southern Section girls volleyball playoff berth. The Stars rallied for a 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 Camino Real League victory Tuesday at Serra, moving into third place and tightening their grip on the league’s third and final automatic playoff berth. “We were a little off at the start, but we knew if we lost, we were not going to make the playoffs, and our girls came back strongly,” Mary Star coach Cesar Cantor said. While many high school teams canceled their matches Tuesday due to the conditions caused by the wildfires, Mary Star and Serra tried to play through it. Cantor said it took a bit of an adjustment period at the beginning for the Stars.
Deputy Joe McHugh has called on the Government to ensure that it fully commits to a broadband network which will attract and sustain businesses across Donegal.Many towns and villages across Donegal do not have adequate broadband.The Fine Gael Deputy was speaking as the ESB and Vodafone announced a €450M fibre broadband network for across the country.But the Carrigart-based politician said there is an urgent need to prioritise an efficient broadband structure for businesses looking to set up here in Donegal. “There is an urgent need to prioritise broadband in the North West region. In order to build on existing success of companies in Letterkenny, companies like United Health Care, Pramerica, Zeus and SITA, a high quality standard of broadband access is essential.“Letterkenny has been identified as one of three towns by the IDA for political investment and we need to respond to this proactively by ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support these opportunities,” he said.He said he was also delighted to confirm that the European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT), will be presenting to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement tomorrow on a cross border project to enhance communications technology in the Northwest.Joe McHugh TDThe organisation works to develop a range of digital projects with the help of EU funding. But Deputy McHugh added that a state-of-the art broadband system was needed for Donegal if businesses and subsequent jobs are to be attracted into the county.“I am calling on both the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, to engage with local business, communities and existing facilities to ensure any potential job opportunities are identified and pursued, while ensuring that the areas with inconsistent coverage or worst affected by slow broadband are included in the plans“The ability to encourage businesses to set up in rural towns and villages is heavily dependent on access to fast, high quality broadband and once this is in place, it will have a knock on effect on local communities, attracting young families from traditional urban cities and towns and leading to positive developments such as increases in school numbers, post offices, local services etc.“It is also important to highlight that this is only phase 1 of the project and while I welcome that Letterkenny is included in the 50 towns, there are obviously areas across the North West that currently receive poor quality, inconsistent and in some places no coverage at all and it is imperative that we address all areas to ensure that access to broadband is rolled out across the whole country.” McHUGH PLEADS WITH GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT MODERN BROADBAND NETWORK FOR DONEGAL was last modified: July 3rd, 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:broadbanddonegalJoe McHugh
Democrats, who dominate the Legislature, have little choice but to cooperate with the governor, a Republican, in making some kind of cuts because of a voter-approved 2004 initiative that permits the governor to declare an emergency when revenues are substantially below what was anticipated upon signing of the budget. It also allows reductions midway through a fiscal years. The proposition also requires the Legislature to pass and send to the governor legislation to address the fiscal emergency within 45 days. If not, the Legislature is prohibited from acting on any other bills or adjourning in joint recess until such legislation is passed. This is the first time Schwarzenegger has exercised the authority. Since the governor signed the current budget in August, the economy has weakened due largely to a slump in the housing market. Legislators, already scheduled to return for the second-year of their two-year, 2007-08 session in January, will consider the fiscal emergency on a separate “special session” track, aside from regular business. The state’s gap between revenues and spending has become a perennial problem – one that Schwarzenegger vowed to immediately solve when he became governor during an unprecedented recall election in which Davis was ousted in 2003. “This is a common thing for California that we’re going on this roller-coaster ride,” Schwarzenegger said Friday during a speech in Long Beach to promote his health-care plan. “What we have to do is fix the budget system.” One thing the governor said that lawmakers can do to help ease the budget pinch is to pass his health-care plan. Schwarzenegger estimated that his plan would bring in an additional $4billion in federal Medi-Cal funding – money he suggested would prevent otherwise inevitable cuts to social services programs. email@example.com (916) 447-9302. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Facing a projected $14billion budget deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he will declare a fiscal emergency, which will allow him and lawmakers to cut spending more quickly and also sets the stage for slashing state services and programs perhaps by as much as 10 percent. Legislative leaders said they will meet with Schwarzenegger next week to begin working on what the governor described as “across-the-board” cuts. His aides said departments have been told to prepare for a range of possible cuts, with 10 percent a central figure. “We are going to call this January for a fiscal emergency when the legislators come back,” Schwarzenegger said. “We will make that announcement next week sometime with the legislative leaders.” California’s fiscal crisis, which is beginning to approach levels that undid recalled Gov. Gray Davis, is due primarily to a collapsed housing market and related woes in the subprime mortgage industry. It also doesn’t help that while the state’s revenues are especially volatile – disproportionately reliant on income taxes – it has a number of fixed costs as well as guaranteed funding that was adopted by voters, most notably for public education. Much of California’s general fund budget, which totals $102billion for the 2007-08 fiscal year that began July 1, is earmarked for education, transportation and other uses. Therefore, cuts often fall disproportionately on social services and the poor, elderly and disabled that rely on them. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, indicated in a statement that dealing with a fiscal emergency will not be an easy process. “We look forward to seeing the specific proposals the governor is constitutionally required to put forward in declaring a fiscal emergency,” Nunez said. “We are committed to working with him to address the ongoing imbalance between the services Californians require and the resources to fund them, and not drawing any lines in the sand.” Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for state Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, said, “We will take it seriously and respond.”
Singleton made seven saves, but the Falcons moved the ball around and created opportunities to beat sixth-ranked Burbank (6-3). “Their goalie is an excellent shot-blocker,” Crescenta Valley coach Jan Sakonju said. “We knew we had to do some lobs and cross-passes to beat her.” Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Paula Moren scored in the first minute of the third period as Burbank cut the Falcons’ lead to 5-3, but senior Minah Kim countered with two consecutive lob-shot goals over Singleton, and C.V. scored six in a row to put the Bulldogs away. Kim finished with four goals. “That (patience) is something (Kim) learned from last year,” Sakonju said Kim. “She didn’t have any of that last year. It shows maturity.” Kristin McLaughlin scored three first-half goals for C.V., and Ashley Masters added two. Lybov Tchougounova and Kelly Anderson also tallied for the Falcons. Frances Devalle, Meline Khanpapyan and Stephanie Ramirez also scored for Burbank. “(Burbank is) a team we have a lot of respect for,” Sakonju said. “We played them during the summer. … We knew they had talent.” LA CRESCENTA – Crescenta Valley High of La Crescenta’s girls’ water polo team is quite familiar with Burbank’s, and the Falcons took advantage of that familiarity Thursday afternoon, pulling away in the third period in an 11-4 nonleague victory. Crescenta Valley (8-2), ranked No. 5 by the Daily News, outscored visiting Burbank 6-1 in the third quarter, making its game plan work against the Bulldogs’ standout goalkeeper, junior Lachee Singleton.
“She was nonjudgmental. That was a big one with her. She was also big on ‘stand by your man’ and being loyal,” Julie Ryan said. “She placed a huge value on commitment. She went to church every Sunday. She was a devout Catholic woman.” Ryan traveled extensively with her husband to different parts of the world. Her parents were born in Ireland and she particularly loved the two trips she was able to make there. Julie Ryan said the family home was her mother’s “showcase.” Ryan had an eye for interior decorating and knew how to create a space on a tight budget. “She was just as nice as can be. She had a warmth about her. She was my intimate friend, my confidante,” said Barbara Peifer, who lived around the corner from Ryan when they first met 35 years ago. “We needed one another … When things were bad, we cried together. When things were good, we laughed together.” Mary Elizabeth O’Malley was born on Sept. 23, 1924, in Chicago. She graduated in 1943 from Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago. She met her future husband, Walter Ryan, on a blind date. They were married Sept. 23, 1950. He died in 2001. Ryan is survived by her children, Joanne Davis, Walter Ryan III, Kathleen Ryan, Mary Beth Ryan, Kevin Ryan, Thomas Ryan, Nancy Scott, Julie Ryan and Stephen Ryan; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Bernardine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in Woodland Hills. Ryan is buried at Assumption Cemetery in Simi Valley. Memorial donations can be sent to Angel’s Way Maternity Home, P.O. Box 70, Woodland Hills CA 91365. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Her family and her home were the foremost passions in the life of Mary Ryan, who died Monday at her Woodland Hills home from complications of a stroke. She was 81. A homemaker and the mother of five daughters and four sons, Ryan also volunteered once a week from 1972 to ’97 for the hotline at the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Mission Hills. “She reached out to counsel these young girls who called the center,” said daughter Julie Ryan. “She was a very good listener and compassionate to everyone.” Ryan loved get-togethers but she would be the one sitting in a corner, taking in the action. She enjoyed going out dancing with her husband. Her favorite singer was Nat “King” Cole but her favorite song was “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett. Her favorite movie was “Doctor Zhivago.”
Donegal ETB are currently recruiting for a Catering Course to provide people with skills to cut their teeth in an exciting career in the thriving hospitality industry.This course will give students the vital skills to meet the needs of local employers. Trainees will gain job opportunities arising from the continued development of the Wild Atlantic Way and the shortages of skilled Catering Assistants across the county.The Catering industry is calling out for skilled workforce in the Catering Sector. Donegal ETB are answering these calls by providing Catering Courses at QQI Level 4 which will allow students to enter employment directly in the sector or progress to higher education opportunities within the sector. The Letterkenny-based course is free to all job seekers and job changers, which is sure to be an enticing factor that attracts people seeking exciting new career paths.This is a full-time programme beginning on November 6th 2017. Over 33 weeks, students will gain a focused education in Catering develop their practical skills and enhance their catering knowledge along with gaining valuable work experience with local employers to put their skills into practice.What would I learn?Modules on the course cover all aspects of the catering industry. Tutors will lead classes in Short Order Cooking, Kitchen Skills, Meal Service Skills, Customer Service to name a few! Do you want to boost your employability in the catering industry?This Major Award at QQI Level 4 will benefit learners who want to gain practical skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the Catering Industry.The possibilities are endless, with opportunities to secure employment at home or abroad or to progress to higher education.Your career starts here… so don’t delay contact Donegal ETB today!Why should I study with Donegal ETB?TheDonegal ETB has carried out interviews with employers and identified the demand for catering skills needed. Along with the development with the Wild Atlantic Way this is a sector that is expected to experience continued growth throughout the county.This 33 week long course includes work placement which will allow the learner the opportunity to put their new skills into practice with good opportunity to secure employment. There is an expert team of multidisciplinary tutors with Donegal ETB who will be available to support students at every step of their course. Tutors at the Donegal ETB are well-known for taking an active interest in each learner to ensure they succeed. Tutors will be visiting students regularly during the work-based learning placements to ensure employers are getting what they need and the students are gaining competence in the sector.Would you like a thrilling new career in a kitchen?Am I eligible to apply?The course is open to jobseekers and job changers.Applicants should have a QQI level 3 qualification or equivalent.Competent IT skills are essential and you must have an interest and an aptitude for catering and hospitality. A good level of written and spoken English is also required.How much does it cost?The programme is free to all job seekers and job changers. A Training Allowance will be paid to participants who have an entitlement to a Department of Social Protection payment.Travel and accommodation expenses are payable (Conditions apply). Childcare places are also available through the new Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) Scheme.How can I apply, and when can I start?The course will begin 6th of November and run for 33 weeks, including 4 weeks work placement. To find out more, call 074 91 20500 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgWould you like more information?Visit www.donegaletb.ie for more detailsContact: Donegal Education and Training BoardLetterkenny Training CentreBallyraine Industrial EstateLetterkennyCo DonegalTel: 074 91 20500 E-mail: email@example.comFree catering course offers a tasty way to cook up a new career was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cateringDonegal ETBEmploymentjobsWild Atlantic WayWork
JOBS: Applications are invited for the role of Retail Sales Assistant for busy local shop in Letterkenny.This is a part time position two to four days per week, with hours varying from week to week.APPLICANTS MUST BE FULLY FLEXIBLE AND WILLING TO WORK IF AND WHEN REQUIRED INCLUDING WEEKENDS. Key Duties:Provide an exceptional standard of customer care in a fast efficient and friendly manner.Accurately process sales, complete transactions and payments.Count Money, Balance Cash.Ability to learn and maintain a comprehensive product knowledge.Merchandise the store to an excellent standard and maintain cleanliness throughout.Receive and check stock in line with company guidelines.Maintain knowledge of stores sales and promotions.Conduct stock takes.Be dependable hard working with neat appearance and positive attitude.The ideal candidate will have the following key attributes.Customer Service Experience Retail Sales Experience Strong Interpersonal SkillsAbility to work One to One and build relationships with customers is essential.Strong numerical ability and attention to detail.Proactive, flexible, reliable and hard working.Organised with the ability to work both as part of a team and on own initiative. Please apply with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line RETAIL STAFF 105 Job Vacancies: Permanent part-time retail staff required was last modified: October 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:jobsletterkennyPart-timeretailVacancies
WERS Waste Management in Donegal are looking for an experienced full time and part time driver to join their accomplished team. Successful candidates will be required for household bin collections in Donegal areas and will to need to be in possession of a C Licence and CPC Passes. Key requirements:3 years driving experienceMust be punctual, reliable and a committed team playerGood Communication skillsApplications with a short CV by email to email@example.com or contact our office on 074 91 64718Job Vacancy: Full time and Part time drivers sought by WERS Waste Donegal was last modified: January 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Job VacancyWERS DonegalWERS Waste Donegal
The only daughter of the late Letterkenny Town Councillor Tadhg is expected to take his place on the council.Lisa Culbert is expected to take her late father’s seat on Letterkenny Town Council.Lisa Culbert has confirmed to Donegal Daily that she is to seek the nomination after allowing her name to go forward for co-option onto the council.The late Cllr Culbert passed away from cancer recently after serving with distinction on Letterkenny Town Council. Lisa has met with the Fianna Fail party and has confirmed she is now seeking to follow in her late father’s political footsteps.“I am happy to let my name go forward for consideration at the upcoming convention. I was born and raised in Letterkenny and I believe I have an understanding of the issues that face the people of the town and I want to help address these.“It would be an honour to follow in my father’s footsteps and take on this new challenge, working for and with the people of the town as a Fianna Fail party representative as he did for many years” said Lisa.Nominations for the co-option, which will be filled by Fianna Fáil, were opened by the Party at the beginning of this week. Lisa attended Loreto Convent before continuing her education at St Patricks College, Maynooth.She currently works as a Clerical Officer in the Outpatients Department in Letterkenny General Hospital. LATE TADHG CULBERT’S DAUGHTER TO TAKE HIS COUNCIL SEAT was last modified: May 23rd, 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:Letterkenny Town CouncilLIsa CulbertTadhg Culbert
Donegal Creameries has said its performance is broadly on plan for the first five months of 2013 but said it remains cautious for the rest of the year.Chairman Geoffrey Vance said its reliance on revenues from its produce unit during the final quarter made it difficult to say with any authority how it would perform for the year as a whole.Mr Vance described 2012 as a “transformational” year for the group, following the disposal of its liquid milk and agri-food business a year earlier. The company announced a pre-tax profit of €4.65 million for 2012 with revenues up 16.9 per cent to €80.5 million.This was not helped by the extreme weather conditions experienced last year that had a negative impact on the group’s produce business which was partially offset by an increased demand in its Food-Agri business.The company has operations in Ireland, the UK, Holland and Brazil, Donegal Creameries and operates across agri-inputs, produce, property and other investments.Mr Vance told the annual general meeting the board remained excited about the mix of its businesses. It is also optimistic about the global potential of the company’s produce business, the high growth being delivered in its niche dairy business and the ability of the rest of its businesses and assets to provide cash for growth. DONEGAL CREAMERIES BEGIN TO SEE SOME GREEN SHOOTS was last modified: July 3rd, 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:AGMDonegal Creameriesprofits
Daniel O’Donnell has cancelled the rest of his British tour after his father-in-law suffered a brain haemorrhage.Daniel and Majella have rushed to be beside her father Tom’s bedside.We revealed yesterday how Daniel and wife Majella have jetted to the island of Tenerife where Tom and wife Marion Roche live.Daniel initially cancelled three concerts but has now cut a number of others to be by Tom’s bedside. Daniel first met wife Majella at Tom and Marion’s bar in Tenerife in 1999.DANIEL CANCELS REST OF TOUR AFTER FATHER-IN-LAW TAKES ILL was last modified: October 15th, 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:daniel o’donnellillMajellaTenerifeTOM ROCHE
Donegal lads Daniel and Matthew Smith whose building was rocked by the Harlem gas blast.A young Donegal man has revealed how he thought he was in the middle of a terror attack after the huge explosion which rocked Harlem.Matthew Smith had only been in America a week when he was caught up in the huge explosion.Matthew, from Burtonport, lives just a couple of blocks from where the explosion went off at 116th and Park Avenue. A picture taken by Matthew from his apartment just seconds after the explosion rocked the area.Last night the 26 year old revealed how his entire building shook amidst the deafening sound of the explosion.Matthew told Donegal Daily how he has walked past the building which exploded a number of times since landing to stay with his brother Daniel just a week ago.“The sound of it was unreal. Even people over in New Jersey could hear it so we are only a couple blocks away so you can imagine how loud it was.“It just sounded like a bomb has gone off. It was that loud and you could feel the vibrations going through the whole building. “I thought it could have been our building at first because the explosion felt very close but then we looked out the window and seen it was only a few blocks away.“It was just mayhem then with fire trucks coming out of everywhere and police sirens going off and you could see people trying to get away from the area.”US officials are still looking into the explosion which is believed to have been caused by a gasleak.Newspapers in America are reporting that eight people have now ben confirmed dead in the blast.DONEGAL MAN REVEALS TERROR OF BEING CAUGHT UP IN U.S. EXPLOSION was last modified: March 14th, 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:burtonportexplosionHarlemMatthew Smithpolice
Oisin: Home and getting betterDONEGAL teenager Oisin Merritt has sent a big ‘thank you’ to people in the county for their incredible support.The 19-year-old talented footballer, who plays with Finn Harps reserves, had been in a coma in hospital in Mallorca after a fall in the resort of Santa Ponsa in June.But he has made a miraculous recovery and is bow back in Letterkenny and undergoing rehabilitation. The young Stranorlar mans said he was “absolutely overwhelmed by the support that everyone has given me.”He went on: “I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts, prayers and fundraisers!“They really helped me pull through. I am just about to start my long road of rehabilitation but delighted to be back in Ireland. Thanks so much.”His proud sister Tasha took this pic – making sure a football was included! BRAVE OISIN SAYS BIG ‘THANK YOU’ FOR YOUR SUPPORT was last modified: August 4th, 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:Ballybofeydonegalfallfinn harpsMallorcaOisin Merritt
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he believes the options other than Sunshine Canyon are too costly to consider because of a $245 million budget shortfall facing the city. However, Sunshine Canyon opponents still dispute the figures used by the city. “What they aren’t taking into account is that they will have to reduce the amount of trash going into Sunshine, and we think they are overestimating the transportation costs to other areas,” said Wayde Hunter, president of the North Valley Coalition. Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the area, said he wants the city to develop alternatives to Sunshine Canyon and to develop a long-term policy that would turn trash to energy and end the need for urban landfills. The council must vote on the contract by Feb. 28. A second city panel declined to make a recommendation Monday on the continued use of Sunshine Canyon Landfill, instead urging the public to voice its concerns before a scheduled City Council vote Friday. The council’s Budget and Finance Committee was told a financial review verified previous estimates that it would cost $15 million to $30 million more to use a site other than the Granada Hills dump for the 4,000 tons of trash Angelenos generate daily. Bureau of Sanitation chief Rita Robinson said her staff worked over the weekend to reassess cost estimates for possible use of other facilities in Riverside and Kings counties. “In the end, it is a policy decision for the council to make,” Robinson said. “This is a bigger issue than where we dispose of our trash. It’s how we will deal with our refuse. It is a problem that everyone here is part of, because we all generate trash.” Since 2003, city leaders have sought alternatives to Sunshine Canyon but have always come back to the Granada Hills dump as the least-expensive option. Officials estimate the cost of continuing to use the Granada Hills dump at $29 million. Using Sunshine Canyon for some trash and sending the rest to El Sobrante Landfill in Corona would cost $44 million. Another option would be to sign up with Waste Management Inc. and MDSI of Los Angeles. Waste Management has proposed trucking trash 60 miles to El Sobrante. MDSI would haul refuse 200 miles to Avenal Landfill in the San Joaquin Valley. The two companies would replace BFI for $59 million a year, roughly $30 million more than BFI. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A headline Wednesday about African-American homesteader John Ballard incorrectly said he was the first black settler in Los Angeles. Historians say Ballard was one of the first African-American settlers in the Santa Monica Mountains area where he established his homestead.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – A federal judge said Tuesday he intends to order Google Inc. to turn over some of its Internet records to the U.S Justice Department, but expressed reservations about requiring the company to divulge some of its most sensitive data – the actual requests that people enter into its popular search engine. U.S. District Judge James Ware told the Justice Department it can expect to get at least some of the information sought from Google as part of the Bush administration’s effort to revive a law meant to shield children from online pornography. But Ware stressed he was “particularly concerned” about the Justice Department’s demand for a random sample of search requests entered into Google’s Internet-leading search engine. The judge said he didn’t want to do anything to create the perception that Internet search engines and other large online databases could become tools for government surveillance. He seemed less concerned about requiring Google to supply the government with a random list of Web sites indexed by the company. Ware said he planned to issue a written ruling quickly. After the 90-minute hearing, Google attorney Nicole Wong said the company was pleased with Ware’s questions. Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said the agency looks forward to Ware’s decision. “We hope his opinion will demonstrate the government’s belief that this info would be helpful in protecting the nation’s youth against potentially harmful material,” he said. During the hearing, another Google attorney, Albert Gidari, tried to persuade Ware that the government could get virtually all the information it wanted from publicly accessible services offered by Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa.com and InfoSpace Inc.’s Dogpile.com. T. Barton Carter, a communications and law professor at Boston University, said the concerns raised by Ware should be heartening to privacy rights advocates, but cautioned against reading too much into the judge’s comments until his written order. “What’s going to be important is whether he limits the information (given to the government) and whether he explains why he drew the line where he did,” Carter said. Investors seemed encouraged by Tuesday’s developments as Google’s recently slumping stock price surged $14.10, or 4.2 percent, to close at $351.16 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Tuesday marked the first time that Google and the Justice Department have faced off in court over a government subpoena issued nearly seven months ago. The Justice Department initially wanted a breakdown of search requests and Web site addresses from Google for a study that the government believes will prove filtering software doesn’t prevent children from viewing sexually explicit material on the Internet. Google refused to hand over the information, even as three other major search engines turned over some of the requested data. Mountain View-based Google maintained the government’s request would intrude on its users’ privacy and its trade secrets. Google’s protests prompted the government to scale back its requests dramatically.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Mayor backs trash fee” (April 13): Mayor Villaraigosa needs to be reminded that gas is $3 a gallon and going higher. People like my mother are on a fixed income and cannot afford the increase and if he plans to run for governor in four years, Los Angeles taxpayers will remember how he is trying to screw the homeowner. Oh, I also read the City Council wants to float a bond to fix streets. My mother’s street hasn’t been repaved since her house was built in 1947. Will her street be repaved? Not a chance. There is no accountability for the money just like the school bond money. Wake up, people, vote these jerks out of office the next time they run. Maxine Flam North Hollywood Recent history Re: “Mayor backs trash fee” (April 13): So much for Mayor Villaraigosa’s great ideas his true liberal reputation had to get out, in actual actions. Doubling the taxes, right out of the chute. Villaraigosa had better look into what Gov. Gray Davis ran into doubling the car fees … have you forgotten? Or, George Bush Senior saying, “Read my lips”? You liberals have never have seen a tax you didn’t like. Raising water prices, raising power prices, doubling collection fees. Would someone explain to me, when are they going to double my Social Security so that I can pay for all of this garbage? Methods of raising more money so our politicians can steal it for their own uses? William Conroy Northridge More money Re: “Mayor backs trash fee” (April 13): So our mayor is going to put it to us again; he wants more money from the sitting ducks that don’t move. Why doesn’t he ask all his illegal-immigrant friends that he was cheering for at the protests? If he taxed every illegal vendor in the city, we would not have to go after the homeowners. It must be getting close to voting time everybody is starting to tell you how much money they need, like the schools that are not earthquake-safe. What have they been doing all this time? Nothing! Joe Pinoy Lozano Mission Hills Who listens? A government that is only willing to listen to its people through wiretaps is a dangerous government indeed. Laurien DuTremble Northridge Living wage for illegals Re: “Immigration actions spread” (April 11): Your headline is inaccurate. The issue is illegal immigration, not all immigration. The comparison to any people who founded this nation being immigrants is inaccurate, they were not illegal and they were not dependent on taxpayers to subsidize them. The Los Angeles City Council needs to have the mayor explain his actions. And the mayor needs to inquire of all the manufacturers and employers in this city why they are not paying living wages. If the mayor had done that, instead of leading protests on a school day, maybe the city would not have had the expense of restraining thousands of truant children the following week. Lorraine C. Mabbett West Hills Allegiance to laws Re: “Angelenos march against illegal-immigration bill” (April 11): Wow, I feel so uninformed. I had no idea that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is an illegal immigrant and cleans toilets for a living. The reality is he is an American citizen who has been elected by other American citizens as mayor of Los Angeles, a major city in the United States. As an elected official, he is sworn to uphold the laws of our state and our nation. We must have laws that are enforced to maintain a civil society and protect our citizens and legal residents. If we don’t, chaos will ensue. This is an issue of allegiance to the laws of this country and to its law-abiding citizens. Monica Plattenberger Northridge Katie earned it Re: “Katie Couric” (Your Opinions, April 10): I disagree with Hal Rothberg’s assessment of Katie Couric. I have watched Katie for 15 years and she is well qualified to do the job. Is the news media for the “Good Ol’ Boys Club” only? Women have fought hard over the years to stop being second-class citizens but I am finding out that to some men we will always be considered second-class citizens, no matter what we do to change the image. Katie does not have to be compared to Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather or Edward R. Murrow. Katie has her own individuality and that is what has made her successful in her career. She will do a good job for CBS. Brynie Brackin Pacoima Where counts Re: “Tipoff” column, (April 10): I have no doubt that Gloria Molina and 19 other Latina leaders are deserving of recognition for their work in promoting Hispanic leadership. What I do question is why the Hispanic Business magazine, sponsor of the awards, feels the need to take the celebration to Caesar’s Palace? Surely, there are appropriate venues in the Los Angeles area. Or the state of California? To paraphrase a recent TV ad “What money is earned in L.A. should stay in L.A.!” Yolanda Petroski Granada Hills Give them a break Re: “Senior cross over ticket” (April 10): Fast signals, slow people. We drivers all hate to wait for long signals, but we also have to respect those who can’t walk fast give them a break. What if it was your mom or dad crossing that crosswalk? Be tolerant. Bill Humason North Hollywood Obeying the law Re: “Senior cross over ticket” (April 10): Yes, Mayvis Coyle deserved a ticket. I support Officer Kelly. He was trying to protect her, and us motorists, from a serious accident. Officer Kelly was doing his job. Many times I see people starting to cross the street after the “No Walk” sign is flashing. I see people walk diagonally in the middle of the block across Foothill Boulevard in Sunland/Tujunga. They put their hand up signaling for cars to stop for them and they are not in a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians need to make sure it is safe before they cross a street, and motorists need to be aware of pedestrians, whether they are in a marked crosswalk or not. We need to be courteous of one another and obey the law. Judy Beer Sunland And he pays well The words “leak,” “classified” and “fire” mean whatever George Bush wants them to mean. Bush is obviously a great fan of Humpty Dumpty and the book “Through the Looking Glass,” better known as “Alice in Wonderland.” Because, it was there that author Lewis Carroll wrote the following: ” When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’ ” A little further on, Alice says, “That’s a great deal to make one word mean.” When I make a word do a lot of work like that,’ said Humpty Dumpty, I always pay it extra.’ ” Now we finally know where George Bush really got his presidential education. David Silverman Chatsworth Financial vacuum Iran has become a strong financial and political figure in that area of the world. The United States and European countries are cutting aid to Palestine. That financial Palestinian vacuum will give Iran the opportunity to step in and become a benefactor and collect thousands of unemployed young Palestinian to be trained in what has become an Iranian specialty: terrorism. Terrorism to be exported all over the world. I hope I am wrong. Dante F. Rochetti West Hills
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was satisfied with a 1-1 draw away at Astra Giurgiu in the first leg of their Europa League play-off despite seeing his side concede another late goal. Mark Noble fired the Hammers ahead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time following a handball but, shortly after Michail Antonio missed an opportunity to make it 2-0, Denis Alibec made them pay seven minutes from time.West Ham also conceded late on in their opening Premier League match on Monday night, when Diego Costa netted a minute from time to secure a 2-1 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But despite not winning the game in Romania, Bilic was content with a draw heading into next week’s second leg at the London Stadium. “To be fair, they put us under pressure and had chances,” the Croatian told BT Sport. “We had some bad clearances, not clean enough. Then they scored a good goal. It is a cheap one from our side.“We were during the game good at set-pieces, especially in the first half from defensive ones. It is a shame, but still it is a good result. “One-one, are we happy? Not totally. Is it a good result for us? We hoped that we were going to win but this kind of team mixed with some youngsters was a good experience. It is a good result for us.”Bilic was disappointed with his side’s defending from the corner that brought the hosts’ equaliser, just after Antonio failed to put the game to bed. “It is a shame because a couple of minutes before the goal when we had a clear-cut counter-attack,” Bilic added. “But unfortunately we missed the target.“And instead of 2-0 and killing the game off or putting it to bed, they get a corner a minute later and score from it.” 1 Mark Noble fired the Hammers ahead from the penalty spot
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been left out of Manchester United’s squad for the Europa League group stage.The World Cup-winning Germany star has been completely frozen out at Old Trafford since Jose Mourinho’s arrival as manager.He has yet to feature in any of Mourinho’s squads this season and the Portuguese has admitted it will be “very difficult” to give the 32-year-old any playing time this season.Schweinsteiger, who joined the club from Bayern Munich in 2015, still has two years left on his contract and is determined to stay.But Mourinho has delivered another snub to the veteran German by excluding him from his 27-man Europa League squad list.It means he will not be available for any of the group stage games against Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and Zorya Luhansk.Youngsters Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe, who has yet to make his first-team debut, have been included in the squad.Manchester United’s Europa League squad for the 2016/2017 group stage:David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford. RELATED: Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger IN TEARS as he plays final game for Germany 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger in his final appearance for Germany
11 11 11 11 4. Toby Alderweireld 33. Ben Davies 20. Dele Alli 11 11 12. Victor Wanyama 5. Jan Vertonghen The Premier League is back after the international break as title contenders Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.Both sides have enjoyed indifferent starts to the campaign, but it’s Spurs who are favourites to win the clash.Mauricio Pochettino will hope his side can replicate last season’s 4-0 thrashing of the Potters as they look to keep in touch at the top of the Premier League.Take a look at our predicted Spurs line up, in the gallery above. 2. Kyle Walker 15. Eric Dier 11 11 17. Moussa Sissoko 11 1. Hugo Lloris – Click the arrow above to see the predicted XI in squad number order 11 10. Harry Kane 11 23. Christian Eriksen
1 Manchester United’s pursuit of Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia could be thwarted as the Italians are set to offer the Argentine a new contract.The 30-year-old former Anderlecht man, was touted for a move away from the Stadio Olimpico in the summer window but remained in Serie A.As reported by Tuttosport, the Biancocelesti’s Director of Sports Igli Tare is in talks with Enzo Montepaone, Biglia’s agent, in regards to finalising a new deal.United may still pursue the midfielder but a new contract is likely to be on offer before the January transfer window opens.Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the Argentina international, who has been valued at £25million by Lazio. Both Man United and Arsenal have been linked with moves for Lazio’s Lucas Biglia
1 Adrien Rabiot in action for Paris Saint-Germain Arsenal and Tottenham target Adrien Rabiot will not be sold by Paris Saint-Germain following his impressive start to the season.Rabiot has struggled for years to break through into PSG’s star-studded midfield and it seemed as though his long-term future would lie away from the club.Both Arsenal and Spurs were heavily linked with the talented youngster while AS Roma also attempted to lure him to Italy.However. PSG kept hold of him, insistent that he would come good eventually despite starting just 42 league games over the past four seasons.And he has made a superb start to life under new manager Unai Emery, starting five of their six Ligue 1 games so far this term.There is also talk of a call-up to the France squad for Rabiot, who is under contract at PSG until 2019 and now very much an integral member of their first-team squad after so long on the periphery.
6 10. You’re in charge of your club’s match day music: what song is a must-have on the stadium playlist?For football it’s anything by Kasabian. Probably ‘Fire’.11. What’s the greatest moment you’ve experienced as a football fan?Celtic beating Barcelona in the Champions League group stages at Parkhead three years ago. Victor Wanyama scored the opener and then teenager Tony Watt came off the bench to score the second. Unbelievable. Twin Atlantic’s Ross McNae tackles our football and music questions 3. Which football manager do you think would make the best music artist?I think Jurgen Klopp would make a pretty solid heavy metal singer. 6 4. Would you rather record a Bond theme or the World Cup’s official song?World Cup’s official song. Actually, James Bond. Wait, I don’t know. How can you ask me to pick?5. Which footballer would you record a song with?Leighton Baines. It feels like he should be in the music industry. He has the haircut, and we all know that’s all you really need. Each week, a leading musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week, it’s Ross McNae from Twin Atlantic, who supports Celtic… and has an allegiance to Manchester City, too!1. You’re on a desert island and can have one album with you and one item of football memorabilia – what do you take?I would take Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’. It doesn’t get old and it fits the mood perfectly. Their home is Australia which is pretty much a desert island, right?2. Number one song or your club top of the league?Number one song. Celtic and Manchester City are both top of their leagues and I watch every game they both play so may as well not trade in the number one. 6 6. What was the first single you bought?Placebo’s ‘Nancy Boy’ or Daft Punk’s ‘Da Funk’. Both bought on the same trip to the local record shop with my dad when I was a wee dude. 7. And what was the first football match you went to?I want to say it was Celtic versus Dundee United or Aberdeen, and it was at Hampden when Celtic spent time there while Parkhead was being refurbished. That was the couple of seasons when I was just coming into the age of being able to actually go to the games and we went to most of them for the next few seasons.8. Who is your music idol?I don’t really have one. People don’t believe me but I don’t really think having an idol is healthy. I’ve always liked loads of different bands and artists and obsessed over music as a whole rather than one particular person. Maybe I secretly love myself too much to be able to allow another musical love into my life, or more probably it’s just because I’m realistic and know that people are just people under their clothes.9. And who’s your all-time favourite footballer?Henrik Larsson. 6 6 12. If your club could sign any player in the world TODAY, who would you want that to be?There was improbable talk of Celtic signing Bastian Schweinsteiger. Manchester City have the best team on the planet and I actually don’t know at this point who would make it better.Twin Atlantic’s new album ‘GLA’ is out now
11 11 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 21. Ander Herrera (centre midfield) 11 6. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) 11 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre back) 11 11 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre forward) 11. Anthony Martial (left attack) 11 Anfield hosts the first meeting of the season between Liverpool and Manchester United.The hotly-anticipated Premier League clash kicks off at 20:00 BST, as the visitors aim to draw level on 16 points with their fierce rivals.Jose Mourinho spent plenty of the club’s cash over the summer, including a world record deal for Paul Pogba, so the pressure is on the Portuguese coach to deliver.So who might get the nod from Mourinho to start today’s clash? Will he utilise the experience of such players as Wayne Rooney or remain loyal to those in-form? Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United XI by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11 11 19. Marcus Rashford (right attack) 17. Daley Blind (left back) 25. Antonio Valencia (right back)
AC Milan are ready to offer Bastian Schweinsteiger a way out of his Manchester United nightmare.The German has been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and he has not played this season.Schweinsteiger’s contract is not due to expire until June 2018 but there appears to be zero chance of a recall under Mourinho.Now, according to reports in Italy, Schweinsteiger is set to be offered the chance to join Milan in January.The Italian club are open to taking the player on loan or signing him permanently – if United decide to forego a transfer fee.As well as Milan, Schweinsteiger is drawing interest from several sides in the MLS and China. 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger during training for Manchester United
Valencia have emerged as contenders to rescue Simone Zaza from his West Ham misery.The Italian striker is still yet to find the net since arriving in east London on a season-long loan from Juventus in the summer.And it has been suggested that his loan spell could be cut short so the Hammers don’t have to make the move permanent.Napoli looked to be the only club interested in doing a deal for the Italy international.But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Valencia are also considering a move to sign the striker.The Spanish club are said to be exploring their options when it comes to signing him and will make their approach ahead of the January window. Simone Zaza in action for West Ham 1
Chelsea and Manchester City target Douglas Costa Chelsea and Manchester City target Douglas Costa has revealed that there has been contact with clubs from the Premier League, which he describes as the best division in the world.Bayern Munich’s Brazil midfielder has emerged as one of the most exciting players in the Bundesliga since arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015.It was reported that City boss Pep Guardiola would look to sign Costa, who he managed during his time with the German club, while Chelsea are also tracking him.And, although he insists he is happy at Bayern, Costa has opened up about his admiration for English football, from which he has received offers already.He told Bild: “We got some strong offers from China and also from big clubs from Europe.“When the season is over, we will sit down and analyse everything. First of all, I am only focused on ending the season with all the titles I can win.“It is not my idea to leave Bayern now. I want to win titles. I like Bayern and I think I can win titles with Bayern to reach the highest technical level of my career, to go for the Ballon d’Or, the Champions League, the Club World Cup.“I want to win all sorts of titles and then the World Cup with the Brazilian national team. Then we will think about new markets.“I cannot comment on names, but there are contacts with teams from England, Spain and also France.“I think England is one of the biggest soccer leagues in the world – it’s just fantastic. Just like Spain’s La Liga also, with big players, big teams.“The language is easier in Spain, but England also has great players. For me it is the best league in the world.” 1
1 Unsettled Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez Thousands of Chilean football fans are planning to attend a protest march in an attempt to get national hero Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal.Sanchez fans are unhappy and are keen for the forward to move clubs, saying they are ‘tired of seeing one of our stars working by himself to make his team get through’.An event created has been posted on Facebook with the title “National protest so that Alexis Sanchez leaves Arsenal” – with his future at the Emirates Stadium still up in the air.The 28-year-old has been stalling on signing a new deal with the Gunners as he seeks not only a pay rise but assurances they can compete for trophies.Sanchez has cut an ever-increasingly frustrated figure in recent weeks, culminating in Wednesday’s 5-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.He scored the equaliser for the visitors in that game, having seen his initial penalty saved, but was shown crouched on the touchline in a show of despondency as Bayern hammered in their fifth of the night.Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday morning that the Chile international, as cherished in his homeland for both his skill and his work ethic as he is by Arsenal fans, had returned to Barcelona for a court case.But a Facebook event has called on Sanchez to leave for good in the summer, claiming he is being left to plough a lone furrow for Wenger’s men.Over 6,000 users of the social network site had replied that they planned to attend a protest on March 1, with another 7,400 saying there were ‘interested’ in the event.“We Chileans are tired of seeing one of our stars working by himself to make his team get through,” the details of the planned march read.“We don’t want him to play in Madrid, nor return to Barcelona, the truth is that that we don’t give a damn what team he plays for, only that we want to see him fight along with 10 others to achieve results. Not on his own anymore.”Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014 and has lifted the FA Cup on one occasion since his move to England – during which time he also won back-to-back Copa America titles with Chile.
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Edinson Cavani 1 Arsenal and Manchester United have been put on red alert by the news Edinson Cavani is refusing to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The Uruguayan’s current deal expires in June 2018 and he has been in talks over fresh terms for several months.Back in January it seemed as though negotiations had gone well and the 30-year-old would sign a two-year extension.However, according to reports in France, talks between Cavani and PSG have gone sour and he has stalled on putting pen to paper.Negotiations have reportedly come unstuck over a bonus clause in the striker’s new contract and he will not sign until it is resolved.Cavani is said to be open to staying at PSG, but the delay regarding his new deal will give Arsenal and Manchester United fresh hope they could lure him away from the French capital.Both clubs have been linked with the Uruguay international in the past and still maintain an interest in him.
1 Perez has been made to wait for his opportunities since joining Arsenal Lucas Perez’s agent has backtracked on recent claims the striker wanted to leave Arsenal ‘at all costs’.Perez has made just 19 appearances in all competitions since joining Arsenal from Deportivo la Coruna in a £17.1million move last summer. And agent Rodrigo Lovelle claimed this week that Perez was unhappy at the amount of time he was spending on the bench and would take the earliest opportunity to leave the club.Lovelle told Calcio Mercato: “Look, the truth is that Lucas wants to leave at all costs and is not happy at Arsenal.“He hasn’t settled and hasn’t had a chance to play and show what he can do.”But Lovelle has attempted to backtrack on that, now saying Perez wants to stay and fight for his place.Lovelle told Sportsmail: “Lucas has a contract with Arsenal, he wants to succeed there and as any professional wants to play.“When one does not play (one) is not happy, but we knew this is difficult. (He has a) long contract.”
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card 38 Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City, and his first FIFA card Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card Roberto Firmino, Liverpool, and his first FIFA card N’Golo Kante, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card 38 Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card 38 Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card 38 Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool, and his first FIFA card 38 38 38 This is Eden Hazard’s (Chelsea) first ever FIFA card – click the arrow above, right, to check out more Premier League players and their debut FIFA card Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, and his first FIFA card Petr Cech, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card Jamie Vardy, Leicester City, and his first FIFA card 38 Adam Lallana, Liverpool, and his first FIFA card Theo Walcott, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card 38 38 Olivier Giroud, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card David Silva, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card 38 Yaya Toure, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card 38 Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card Hector Bellerin, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card 38 38 Vincent Kompany, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card John Terry, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card David Luiz, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card 38 38 38 38 Pedro, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card 38 Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card 38 38 Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur, and his first FIFA card 38 38 It takes blood, sweat and tears to crank up a footballer’s FIFA stats.No player emerges onto the FIFA video game scene with a world class rating, and some have made huge improvements since they were first introduced.In light of this, we decided to roll back the years to reveal a selection of the Premier League’s top players and their first ever card in the game.Scroll through the gallery above to check out 38 players from England’s top flight and their debut card. 38 38 38 38 Romelu Lukaku, Everton, and his first FIFA card Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card 38 Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card Santi Cazorla, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card 38 38 38 38 Mesut Ozil, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card Diego Costa, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card Sadio Mane, Liverpool, and his first FIFA card 38 38 David De Gea, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur, and his first FIFA card 38 38 38 Paul Pogba, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card 38
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Promoting Britain’s biotech businesses will be at the top of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s agenda when he meets with California’s government and industry leaders over the next few days. It is the first visit to the state by a sitting British prime minister, and Blair’s visit demonstrates how aggressive his country has become in courting investment in its booming high-tech industries. In particular, Blair is keen to promote Britain’s commitment to stem cell research, and will meet with executives from California’s biotech companies on Monday. Blair’s official spokesman said that a conference on stem cell research – between Californian and British researchers – is planned for November in Britain. Britain considers itself a world leader in stem cell research, and the government is providing $186 million for the industry over the next two years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2California’s massive economy – the world’s seventh largest – is cited as the main reason for the prime minister’s historic trip. Britain exports $5.2 billion worth of products to California, and imports $15 billion in goods from the state, and Blair would like to see those figures balanced. Blair is scheduled to address a meeting today of News International executives, with his speech focusing on Britain’s place in the global economy. Former President Bill Clinton is expected to attend, as is Shimon Peres, the former Israeli prime minister. Rupert Murdoch’s media company is extremely influential in British politics, and the backing of the tabloid newspaper The Sun has been crucial for Blair’s Labour Party. But Blair is also in California to highlight his stance on climate change. He is expected to discuss the need to develop cleaner technology during visits with business leaders and lawmakers, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In Los Angeles, Blair is to attend a round-table discussion with Schwarzenegger, as well as Lord Browne, the chief executive of London-based oil giant BP, and Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group of companies.
Siblings Daniel Griffiths, 8, and Maia, 6, said it was the roasted corn and the funhouse that they were looking forward to. Inside the home crafts building, people marveled at the eggshell crafts display. Pat Boddi sat at a table piecing together eggshell jewelry pieces that dazzled in pinks and violets. Boddi, who represents the California Tri-County Egg Artists, has been working with eggshell crafts for 18 years. Boddi received a first-place award this year for a golden scepter with a metallic blue egg covered with purple and white jewels. Inside the Youth Expo building, the artwork of preschoolers and high schoolers was displayed side by side. From spider-laced cupcakes to quilts and blankets, children of all ages were encouraged to submit artwork, and they were judged through a Danish system that leaves most kids with an award of some sort. “It’s like a little city that comes to life,” said Pam Doss, assistant superintendent for the Youth Expo. “The day after the fair is always a sad day – it’s like the little city dies,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesFor Ventura County resident Darlene Farwell, it was the country table settings that caught her eye. “There is so much creativity and so much talent,” Farwell said. Farwell has been attending the fair since she moved to Ventura four years ago. The fair offers numerous food options, including this year’s new addition, Los Angeles staple Pink’s Hot Dogs. The fair also has two separate carnival ride areas – one for young children and a midway area with rides for the entire family. VENTURA – Clear blue skies and coastal breezes were just two of the reasons people flocked Saturday to the 131st Ventura County Fair. “We like to call this a country fair with ocean air,” said Craig Underwood, president of the board of directors of the 31st District Agricultural Association, which stages the annual event. Running through Aug. 13, the fair offers everything from farm animal judging to flower displays and free concerts, including one by the classic rock group Foreigner – and even pig racing. “The essence of our fair is tradition and history,” Underwood said as he explained the decision in favor of the “Heart of the Country” theme chosen for this year’s fair.
Sliepka said the response has been extremely gratifying. “Most of the military appreciates the fact someone cares about their family,” she said. The store owner added that the Dog Tags for Kids program was inspired by her brother, who served in the first Gulf War. “My brother was in Desert Storm, and we learned they didn’t have access to many things,” Sliepka said. “He wanted Mother’s Day cards, so we sent him some.” That family gesture evolved into the popular program. To date, Sliepka said she has sent nearly 180,000 dog tags to soldiers in the Middle East, from where the troops then send the tags throughout the United States as well as worldwide. Sliepka, thankfully, has help to make all of this good work happen. She receives assistance from Kids Charities of the Antelope Valley and from several senior volunteers who package the tags. Two of these seniors are particularly familiar with the hardships of wartime because both served in World War II. The demand for dog tags during an average week is usually about 2,000 to 3,000 tags. The most requests, not surprisingly, are made right before Christmas. Funding the Dog Tags for Kids program isn’t easy. Sliepka said donations from the community help tremendously. “Every penny goes to the dog tags,” she said. To make a donation, visit Sliepka’s Web site at www.dougdietsch.com/dogTagHome.html and click “donate,” where there are directions for either mailing a check or paying online via PayPal. Even with help from the Antelope Valley community, Sliepka said she still would like more support. Specifically, she said she is surprised no politicians have gotten behind her effort, and she wishes one would. Without political backing, Sliepka said she still relies on common people. “We need to get the word out to the everyday people,” she said. Sliepka said she thinks this is truly a worthwhile cause. “It really gives these kids a connection,” she said. “It’s the perfect connection for soldiers and kids.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – With the back-to-school season in full force, students are stocking up on cool kid gear such as snappy sneakers and hi-tech backpacks. But for youngsters whose parents are serving in the Middle East, a better accessory might be a custom-made dog tag. These youths can thank Rose Sliepka, owner of Lancaster’s 1st Place Awards trophy and engraving shop, for creating the tags – nearly 180,000 of which have been sent out in two years. In 2004, Sliepka founded Dog Tags for Kids, a program through which she manufactures and distributes dog tags to troops stationed in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. The tags, which are engraved with the words “With love from Mom” or “With love from Dad” along with the branch of service, country and year, can then be sent from the military parent to their children back home.
Bobby Brown declined to comment, then punched out his lack of comment.It must smart, except for the smart part: Buried in the Senate Intelligence Committee report that disclosed there was absolutely no connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was that there was no note that there is no connection between the Senate and intelligence.Lost in space: Two spacewalking astronauts attempting to repair the International Space Station lost a bolt when it fell under the spaceship, where they were unable to reach it. On the plus side, shuttle commander Brent Jett did find the left sock he had lost during takeoff. “I never thought I’d find it,” said Jett, “but I’m still missing that damn remote control.”Lost in space II: Osama bin Laden has announced that to ensure he will never be found, he is signing a deal with the Oakland Raider offense.Redefining progress: In an attempt to clarify their remarks this past week citing “progress” in the Iraq war despite the deteriorating situation, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have asked Congress to pass a bill designating the Iraq invasion as “Opposite War.” “9-11 changed everything,” said White House spokesman Tony Snow, “including words and phrases. From now on, quagmire,’ civil war’ and we haven’t found anything,’ will be considered, progress,’ last throes of the insurgency’ and there are definitely WMD.’”School reforms on fast track: With his new Los Angeles Unified School District control well-secured, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has quickly implemented changes to the school system which he feels should “immediately increase grades and attendance.” Some of the modifications include granting video arcades academic accreditation, permitting students to send their pets to school in their place, and hiring Mary K. Laterno as the boys’ gym teacher.Two bad: Britney Spears has given birth to her second child. Condolences to the baby are flying in from around the world.“Girls Gone Wild: — $2.1 million fine”: The entertainment company that produces the “Girls Gone Wild” films and its founder pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that they failed to document the ages of possible underage female “performers” in sexually oriented productions. “Funny, the entire time I was looking at the girls, I never noticed their ages,” admitted the company’s head boob. What a drag: West Hollywood officials say that 35 years of the same-ole, same-ole Gay Pride weekend celebration has gotten stale and should be expanded to an entire month of the staleness, “but with much more fuchsia.”Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not so perky: With ratings already slipping after her first week womaning the anchor desk at the “CBS Evening News,” Katie Couric has lashed out at critics for what they have called “fluff news reading.”“For godsakes, I was the co-anchor of the Today Show,’” said the adorably ornery Couric. “If you wanted Walter Cronkite, you should haven’t hired someone with legs that go all the way up to here … which, because I am so wholesome, I can’t tell you where that is.”1-800-Hott-gov: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office seems unconcerned about the recent release of his comments regarding a Latina legislator’s hot-blooded bloodline. “We thought you caught him grabbing someone’s butt or breasts,” said the governor’s representative, Max Im. “For crying out loud, he made Kindergarten Cop,’ you want us to defend this?”Houston, you had a problem: Claiming she had been in a coma for the past 14 years, Whitney Houston regained consciousness just long enough to announce her separation from former singer and present something-or-other Bobby Brown. “When I came to and my friends told me who I was married to,” the former songstress said, “I really had no choice.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CAZENOVIA, Wis. – A teenager who pried open his family’s gun cabinet brought two weapons to his rural school Friday and shot the principal to death after a struggle with adults and other students, authorities said. The 15-year-old was taken into custody and charged as an adult with murder, the district attorney said. No one else was hurt. Authorities said the teen had complained about being teased by other students and decided to confront teachers and the principal using a shotgun and handgun taken from his parents’ bedroom. The shooting also came one day after the principal gave him a disciplinary warning for having tobacco, according to a criminal complaint.
Find all you need to know about Scott McTominay and Demi Mitchell below… Jose Mourinho has predicted Scott McTominay and Demi Mitchell are just some of Manchester United’s exciting home-grown players who could become the ‘future’ of the Old Trafford club.The pair, both 20, have travelled with Mourinho’s squad for United’s pre-season tour of the USA, and have both already made their full competitive debuts – playing against Crystal Palace on the final day of the last Premier League season.But, who are McTominay and Mitchell? talkSPORT reveal all you need to know about the Mourinho-praised pair…Scott McTominayA midfielder, McTominay has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence in the United academy system since the end of 2015. Possessing a slight frame, there were doubts he would be able to make it at the elite level of the game, before undergoing a growth spurt that has seen McTominay develop into a 6ft 4ins presence in the middle of the park.He broke into the Under-21 team during 2015/16, and started 17 Premier League 2 matches last season. At times McTominay was forced to play in attack, due to a striker shortage, though when starting for the seniors against Crystal Palace he was deployed in his natural central midfield role.An aggressive player in the middle of the park, McTominay has been touted for a big future as a typically English box-to-box player. The decision to use him upfront shows McTominay has the guile and eye for goal in the final third, while his excellent pass success (90 per cent v Crystal Palace) proves his composure when playing deeper.Doubts still remain about McTominay, however.He still struggles to use his physicality as an advantage over opponents, and it appears he is still getting used to playing following his growth spurt. For such a dominating-looking player, the youngster struggles in the defensive aspect of the game.Secondly, while composed with the ball at his feet, his lack of vision and bravery is startling. McTominay always chooses the safe option, which, while wise at times, often sees the midfielder end promising attacks by recycling possession rather than keeping his head up and looking to move play forward.Demi MitchellPart of the England squad that won the 2017 Toulon Tournament, left-sided player Mitchell also made his first-team United debut against Crystal Palace. Playing at left-back he was vastly impressive, winning five tackles and arguably putting in the best performance of the entire United back-line.Naturally a left winger, Mitchell was converted to a defender last season for the United reserve side. His permanent change to left-back was in November 2016, and he made 11 Premier League 2 appearances in that position. Like any midfielder converted to defence, Mitchell has a natural desire to attack and dominate the entire flank. A superb penalty taker, Mitchell scored four goals after being converted to a left-back last term – all of them from the spot.The biggest plus for Mitchell at this moment in time is the lack of a quality left-sided defender in Mourinho’s senior squad. Luke Shaw has struggled with injuries since breaking his leg in 2015, and the likes of Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian have all failed to cement the position as their own.There are no indications Mourinho is tracking a left-back upgrade in the transfer market, and a strong pre-season could see Mitchell play himself into contention ahead of 2017/18 Premier League campaign. 1
1 Premier League clubs are all about interaction on their social media platforms.Arsenal set up an impromptu question and answer session with defender Per Mertesacker and boss Arsene Wenger, where fans were given the power over their heroes.And the north London club’s support did not disappoint as everything from favourite pets, Richard Gere and Guinea pigs were covered.But perhaps most interestingly, Wenger was asked whether he preferred to travel to somewhere the sun does not rise or the sun doesn’t set.And apparently Wenger is not a fan of seeing the light – which would explain his new two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium. Everything from favourite pets, Richard Gere and Guinea pigs were covered What do guinea pigs & Brazil have in common? They’re all answers to questions we gave @Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker & Arsène Wenger pic.twitter.com/RRuCSoAxWB— Emirates Airline (@emirates) August 10, 2017
Rafael Benitez – Mr Who Needs Madrid When You Can Win The Championship? 20 20 20 Craig Shakespeare – Mr Off Claudio Ranieri’s Christmas Card List Paul Clement – Mr Carlo Might Give Me A Job Now Gylfi’s Gone Mark Hughes – Mr My Real Name Is Leslie (Mark Is My Middle Name… Shhhh) 20 Slaven Bilic – Mr Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow? 20 Tony Pulis – Mr Baseball Cap 20 Mauricio Pellegrino – Mr Next Saint To Move To Liverpool? 20 20 20 Jose Mourinho – Mr Two, Three Years, Tops 20 Ronald Koeman – Mr Bye Bye Barkley Mauricio Pochettino – Mr Poch Has Gone To Wembley, His Knees Have Gone All Trembly David Wagner – Mr I’m Not Klopp’s Mini Me, Alright?! 20 Antonio Conte – Mr Text Message King Frank De Boer – Mr Shexier Than Big Sham Sean Dyche – Mr ‘I Gargle With Gravel’ Arsene Wenger – Mr Bulletproof Pep Guardiola – Mr How Successful Would I Be At Aston Villa? Jurgen Klopp – Mr Holding Coutinho Captive And I Don’t Care! – Click right to count to see more alternative manager names 20 20 20 20 Manchester United may have been Arsenal’s bitter rivals when Thierry Henry was playing for the Gunners, but he knows when respect is due.“When I met him for the first time, I called him Mr Premier League,” Henry said this week of United’s legendary former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.Henry even went as far as suggesting the Premier League trophy – which Fergie led United to on 13 occasions – should be named in the Scottish manager’s honour.But what if every current Premier League manager was given a ‘Mr’ nickname?Just for fun, we’ve had a go at assigning the 20 current Premier League managers an alternative moniker.Check them out in the gallery above. 20 Marco Silva – Mr How’s The EFL Going, Hull City? Chris Hughton – Mr Nice Guy 20 Eddie Howe – Mr I’m An English Manager So Must Be Linked With The England Job 20 20 20
This Monday morning on Sportsday we bring you your essential round-up of the morning’s top sports stories.
Danny Welbeck is set to stay at Arsenal this month 1 Danny Welbeck will not be allowed to leave Arsenal in this transfer window amid interest from Besiktas and Crystal Palace, insists boss Arsene Wenger.The England striker is struggling for form and fitness this season but has still been the subject of much transfer speculation in this January window.But despite the prospect of adding Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to his squad, Wenger believes he needs Welbeck to stay as another attacking option.“I want Danny Welbeck to stay here,” the Gunners manager said at a press conference on Tuesday.The former Manchester United man will not, however, feature in Wenger’s squad for their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea, as he has been ruled out with a minor knock.Discussing his selection options, Wenger revealed: “We might have Aaron Ramsey back in the squad. He will have a fitness test. We have uncertainty about Nacho Monreal and he will also have a test.“Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck are a fraction short.”
Antonio Conte is under increasing pressure after his Chelsea side succumbed to a 4-1 loss at Watford in the Premier League on Monday night. The defeat in Hertfordshire comes off the back of a humiliating 3-0 reverse at home to Bournemouth last week and many suspect Conte will be relieved of his duties imminently, with ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique favourite to succeed him. Who could replace Antonio Conte if he leaves Stamford Bridge?However, the Italian remained defiant on rumours surrounding his future despite Chelsea’s downturn in form. Plenty of fans have had their say on Conte and Chelsea in the immediate aftermath of their Watford loss and the morning after. Some have demanded that it is time for a change at Chelsea, while others have suggested that sacking Conte would be part of a bigger problem that originates from the top of the club. Jose Mourinho supporters have also got in amongst it, reminding the world that Conte commented in the summer that he did not want a ‘Mourinho season’ after the Blues secured a Premier League title last season. Scroll down for some of the best tweets and Facebook comments on the Conte question. Chelsea went down 4-1 to Watford on Monday night 1
Dan Windle is joined by Tom Barclay and Sam Parkin to dissect the latest topics dominating the EFL.They discuss the resurgence of Jack Grealish and Aston Villa with David Michael of the My Old Man Said fanzine and podcast.Former Wigan captain Emmerson Boyce also joins the show for an FA Cup flashback, reflecting on the Latics memorably winning the competition in 2013.Simon Grayson also chats to the guys following his appointment as Bradford manager to talk about his new role as well as his departure from Championship strugglers Sunderland
Alicia Gonzalez, a hospital spokeswoman, said she has lost a lot of loved ones over the years, and “it’s been very helpful to have this kind of setting where I can talk to someone about the loss. The memory will never, ever go away. We don’t want to forget, and we never will forget.” email@example.com (805) 583-7602 SUPPORT CENTER The new bereavement support groups at Simi Valley Hospital, which will begin next month, are free, open to the public and will meet every Thursday starting Aug. 17 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aspen Outpatient Center conference room, 2750 N. Sycamore Drive. For more information, call (805) 955-6225.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“I will hear people saying they feel like there is pressure in their chest and they can’t breathe,” he said. Some say they can’t function, that they keep forgetting things, that they just don’t have the energy to get up in the morning. “It is as if their body has been injected of this poison, grief,” he said. “As they tell their story, they release some of that poison, that pain.” The Rev. Lewis Fry, pastor of Simi Valley United Methodist Church, said the new service is needed in the community, and that the clergy here will welcome it. “It’s the kind of thing all ministers like to be able to refer people to,” he said. “When a hospital is willing to provide that service, we certainly can make use of it at all of our churches. It is definitely something that helps the individual recover from that loss, and it helps the community.” SIMI VALLEY – Based on years of experience, the Rev. Ron Hyrchuk understood what Tiger Woods was going through as he broke into tears after winning the British Open last weekend. “In spite of millions of people watching, grief overwhelmed him,” Hyrchuk said, recalling how Woods fell sobbing into the arms of his caddie after his first win since his father, Earl, died of cancer May 6. “The reality just exploded in his face – his father is gone. That captures the whole picture of grief. People feel like their world is coming apart.” To help people cope with such grief, Hyrchuk – Simi Valley Hospital’s new director of spiritual care services – will begin conducting a bereavement support group at the hospital next month for people who have recently experienced the death of loved ones. “It can take a very, very long time for someone to get through their grief,” said Hyrchuk, who knows from 10 years’ experience at various hospitals in California that such groups can help people who are overwhelmed by their losses.
Gennaco also said that, although he’d never handled DUI cases while a federal prosecutor, he would not characterize Gibson’s arrest as being “without incident.” Gibson initially issued a statement Saturday apologizing for his “despicable comments,” and followed that up with another statement today in which he apologized to “everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words” he used when he was arrested. “Hatred of any kind goes against my faith,” he said in a statement released through publicist Alan Nierob. “I’m not just asking for forgiveness,” Gibson said. “I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.” Gibson said he’s “in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display” and hopes members of the Jewish community, “whom I have personally offended,” will help him in his recovery efforts. “There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark,” Gibson said. “But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.” Some leaders of the Jewish community believe that Gibson’s attempt to reach out to them is premature. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, said it was too soon for Gibson to meet with the Jewish community, and called anti-Semitism an illness on a par with drug and alcohol addiction. “This is a matter that has to be treated in the same way as his alcohol abuse,” Hier said. “Treatment is not immediate, the results are not immediate. Anti-semitisim wasn’t born in a day and it can’t be cured in a day.” To have a one-day event so quickly after making anti-Semitic statements “would make him look ridiculous and make us look ridiculous,” Hier said. “He needs to embark on a serious introspection on how to end that feeling about Jews. He’s an intelligent man – there are places to visit, books to read – where it’s not a planned event by his publicist.” “He will know and we will know when he is serious about his rehabilitation. If he is serious and really does that, he will not find the Jewish community wanting.” Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said he welcomed a dialogue – after the actor/director completes rehab. “We are glad that Mel Gibson has finally owned up to the fact that he made anti-Semitic remarks, and his apology sounds sincere. We welcome his efforts to repair the damage he has caused,” Foxman said in a statement. “Once he completes his rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, we will be ready and willing to help him with his second rehabilitation to combat this disease of prejudice.” “I welcome his words. And I hope and pray that they are sincere and heartfelt,” but Gibson needs to show “tangible actions” of repentance, said Rabbi Mark S. Diamond of the 280-member Board of Rabbis of Southern California. “I don’t want to minimize for a moment the hurt and anger, the anguish, his words have created in our community,” he said. Gibson acknowledged “there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.” The sheriff’s deputy who arrested Gibson said Monday he feels badly that the star’s reputation has been damaged but he hopes Gibson will think twice before drinking and driving again. “I don’t take pride in hurting Mr. Gibson,” Deputy James Mee told The Associated Press during an interview outside his home. Mee, who is Jewish, said he didn’t take Gibson’s remarks seriously. “That stuff is booze talking,” the deputy said. However, Gibson’s latest statement said he must take responsibility for making anti-Semitic remarks because as a public person, “when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena.” Gibson noted that his apology and efforts to repair relations with the Jewish community “is not about a film.” ABC announced late Monday that it had scrapped plans for Gibson to produce a miniseries on the Holocaust. “This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have,” Gibson said. To some people, however, it is about movies. “I don’t think I want to see any more Mel Gibson movies,” Barbara Walters said Monday on the ABC talk show “The View.” ABC is owned by Disney, which was in the early stages of planning the marketing for Gibson’s next film “Apocalypto.” This is not the first time Gibson has faced accusations of anti-Semitism. Gibson produced, directed and financed the 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” which some Jewish leaders said cast Jews as the killers of Jesus. Days before “Passion” was released, Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, was quoted as saying the Holocaust was mostly “fiction.” Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995’s “Braveheart” and starred in the “Lethal Weapon” and “Mad Max” films, among others. In recent years, he has turned his attention to producing films and TV shows through his Icon Productions. The hundreds of millions of dollars he made from “The Passion” has given the star the ability to finance his own films, giving him a measure of independence from the major studios. His last major starring role was in the 2002 film “Signs.” He played a supporting part in the 2003 film, “The Singing Detective,” which he also produced.285Love live music?Sign up for Festival Pass, a newsletter on Southern California’s festival culture. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Whether the department was considering how this report might get out into the media and was, maybe, perhaps, looking to shield some of that report from the public realm. Gennaco’s comments came amid a growing outcry that the Academy Award-winning actor and director had received preferential treatment following his arrest on Pacific Coast Highway, where he was clocked driving 87 mph in a 45 mph zone. The arrest report said an open bottle of tequila was in the car. Sheriff’s officials initially said Gibson’s arrest was “without incident.” But portions of the arrest record – posted on the celebrity Web site TMZ.com – detailed Gibson’s tirade, making the comment that “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” The report also said that Gibson tried to run from the scene after the arresting deputy, James Mee, offered to take him into custody without handcuffs. Gennaco said that while the Sheriff’s Department “prefers” that suspects be handcuffed, deputies have discretion in deciding whether to use restraints. Actor Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest was handled in accordinance with Sheriff’s Department policy, the head of the civilian oversight panel said today, while he vowed to investigate whether the subsequent report was “modified” to protect the actor’s professional reputation. Michael Gennaco, a former federal prosecutor who heads the Office of Independent Review, said his preliminary inquiry determined that Gibson’s arrest about 2:30 a.m. Friday was within policy and that the appropriate information had been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review. But he said he was still trying to determine why the report contained a “face sheet” giving the basics of the arrest, with details of Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade contained in a supplement. “Why was the report was formatted so there was a prelimiary and supplemental report: It has to do with the issue that still remains out there,” Gennaco said during a morning press conference.
The ones who score the touchdowns will get the headlines and most of the publicity, but that’s OK with Wallerstein. In football, a successful lineman must be an ultimate team player, and Wallerstein has learned to put his teammates first. “When they do well, I do well,” Wallerstein said. “When they’re in the newspaper, I know I’m doing my job.” Wallerstein is a part of a top-notch offensive line that includes returning starters Marc Valdez, Nick Madia and Nick Peterson. There isn’t another team in the league with as much strength and blocking skills. “It’s good to have teammates like these guys because if one of us falls, there’s always someone there to pick him up,” Wallerstein said. Wallerstein hopes football can carry him, and with his height and experience there’s a good chance he can develop into a major-college prospect. Beyond dreams of the NFL, Wallerstein hopes to become a forensic scientist. “I like science, and it would fun to investigate stuff,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – A.J. Wallerstein, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive lineman at Canyon High, isn’t your typical football player. He loves to mix it up as much as anyone, helping Canyon to a Southern Section Div. II championship as a sophomore starter last season, but there’s a lot more to Wallerstein – not just as a player but as a person. For one, he’s among Canyon’s top students, maintaining a 4.2 grade-point average while taking difficult advanced-placement courses. Wallerstein also is on the verge of becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, and he’s an active member of his local temple. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Perhaps most important, Wallerstein earns a great degree of satisfaction as a full-time summer camp counselor for youngsters ages 6-12. The job has allowed Wallerstein, 15, a chance to give back to the community and to serve as a role model, and he loves being a counselor. “Basically, my main job is to just watch out for the kids and make sure they don’t get hurt, but there’s a lot more to it,” Wallerstein said. “It’s a lot of fun, and I’d like to think the kids believe I’m doing a good job.” Besides his counselor job and daily four-hour football practices, Wallerstein has also managed to fit in an online AP chemistry course through John Hopkins University this summer in hope of lightening his academic load this fall. “He’s got a lot on his plate. He’s extremely well-rounded,” said Wallerstein’s father, David. “A.J. is just really good with kids, too.” Soon, the focus turns to football as Canyon prepares for the season opener in late August. Wallerstein’s main job will be to open holes for star running back J.J. DiLuigi, who scored a Foothill League-record 43touchdowns last year, and to protect quarterback Ben Longshore, who’s primed for a productive season.
DARREN MCFADDEN returned to Bonagee to strike a precious match winner as Bonagee United maintained their perfect start to the new bmcsports.ie Ulster Senior League.Bonagee United 1 Derry City Reserves 0By Chris McNulty at Dry Arch Park McFadden, in his first game back with Jason Gibson’s team, netted late in the first half as Bonagee made it three wins from three in the League.The clock was heading close to half-time when McFadden got ahead of Oisin Gibson, the Derry goalkeeper, to finish from close range.Bonagee were equally indebted to goalkeeper Eugene Ferry, who pulled off a super save to deny Brendan Barr as the midfielder bore in on goal midway through the second half. Bonagee were down the likes of Jordan Armstrong, Micheál Doherty and Jamie Lynagh, but they began well and Garbhan Grant just couldn’t get enough purchase on an early header. Michael Funston tried his luck from distance, but it was blocked by a defender.Derry enjoyed the bulk of the possession, but they were restricted to a testing Mark McFadden effort in the opening exchange, which Ferry dealt with.Jack Parke had a decent opening after the half-hour mark, but his shot flew off target.Bonagee had the better of the chances and Deano Larkin – who netted a late winner last weekend against Finn Harps Reserves – could have opened the scoring. From just inside the area, however, Larkin had too much elevation on his shot.Bonagee led just before the break as McFadden – who has come back to Dry Arch Park after a spell with Maiden City – broke the stalemate. Funston went close to doubling the lead with a superb effort off the outside of his right boot. The swerving attempt was beaten away by Gibson, who also parried from Ryan Rainey.Ferry turned away an awkward drive from Matty Walker, before the ‘keeper raced from his line to save from Barr at the vital second, just when an equaliser seemed inevitable. Bonagee might have put the issue to rest late in the game, but Larkin was denied by Gibson before sub Chris Breen fired wide.Bonagee United: Eugene Ferry, Michael Funston, Chris Flanagan, Gareth Breslin, Sean Hume, Mark Harkin, Daniel O’Donnell, Deano Larkin, Darren McFadden, Garbhan Grant, Ryan Rainey. Subs: Peter Carr, Chris Breen, Duncan Patterson, John Roulstone. Derry City Reserves: Oisin Gibson, Jack Parke, Matty Walker, Ronan Boyce, Kyle McCann, Brendan Barr, Mark McFadden, Orrin McLaughlin, Patrick Ferry, Dominic Dunne, Jack Coyle. Subs: Shaun McDermott, Odhran Kennedy, Adam Taggart, Caolan McLaughlin, Michael Harris, Daylan Farren, Caoimhan Porter.Referee: Garbhan Taggart.McFadden nets winner on return as Bonagee maintain their perfect start was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BONAGEE UNITEDChris BreenDarren McFaddenDerry City ReservesEugene FerryMichael FunstonRyan RaineyUlster Senior League
AN OUTBREAK OF flu in the county – including the H1N1 swine flu strain – will get worse before it gets better, the country’s top doctor warned today.Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the number of human swine flu cases could exceed the peak seen during the pandemic in 2009.He said there is likely to be a continued rise in cases over the next two to four weeks. During the peak of the pandemic in 2009, Ireland was seeing over 200 new cases for every 100,000 people.That’s more bad news for hospitals, GPs and businesses who are reporting high sickness levels in the county this week.Some clinics at Letterkenny and Sligo hospitals are being cancelled due to an influx of suspected flu patients and illness amongst hospital staff.People due to attend outpatient clinics or surgeries over the next week are being advised to check with their hospitals first. Medical 2 Ward at LGH is closed to visitors for infection prevention and control purposes.In a statement LGH said: “Visitors are asked not to visit the hospital unless it is absolutely essential and, where it is essential, visitor numbers should be kept to a minimum and be confined to visiting times only – visitors are asked to co-operate with staff in all matters in this regard.“Visitors who themselves may be unwell or have any flu symptoms should not visit the hospital. Very young children or those with some other serious illness should avoid visiting the hospital, as they may be particularly susceptible to the virus.“Visitors are asked to wash their hands thoroughly before entering or leaving the inpatient area. Management at Letterkenny General Hospital regret any inconvenience caused and thank people for their cooperation.”Flu has also hit the Donegal GAA team, forcing a delay in the naming of the team for this weekend’s game. SEE SPORT endsSWINE FLU LATEST: HOSPITALS AND BUSINESSES HIT AS MEDIC WARNS ILLNESS WILL SPREAD was last modified: January 7th, 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:fluletterkennysligoswine
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Patrick Harris is gay and wants to quell any rumors to the contrary. “(I) am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest,” Harris tells People magazine’s Web site. The 33-year-old actor said he was motivated to disclose his sexuality because of recent “speculation and interest in my private life and relationships.” Harris stars on the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” He started on TV as a teen, playing the namesake doctor on the series “Doogie Howser, M.D.”
SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc.’s stock price surpassed $500 Tuesday for the first time, marking another milestone in a rapid rise that has catapulted the Internet search leader into the corporate elite. Continuing a recent surge driven by Wall Street’s high expectations for the company, Google’s shares rose $14.60, or nearly 3 percent, to close at $509.65 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. That left Google with a market value of about $156 billion just eight years after former Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the business in a Silicon Valley garage. The Mountain View-based company now ranks as Silicon Valley’s second-most-valuable business, eclipsing the likes of Intel Corp., the world’s largest computer chip maker, and Hewlett-Packard Co., a high-tech pioneer that, 67 years ago, also famously started in a garage. The only Silicon Valley firm worth more than Google is networking-equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc., with a market value of about $163 billion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Google’s remarkable success has made Page and Brin, both 33, and their handpicked chief executive, Eric Schmidt, multibillionaires. Hundreds of other Google employees are millionaires because so many investors want to own a piece of a company that has become the Internet’s most powerful financial force while building a brand so ingrained in society that it has become part of the English language. It took slightly more than a year for Google’s shares to travel from $400 to $500 – the stock’s longest journey from one major milestone to the next since the company priced its initial public offering at $85 in August 2004. The shares topped $100 on their first day of trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, then crossed $200 in less than three months. The stock broke through $300 seven months later in June 2005 and then breached $400 on Nov. 17 last year. The latest spurt of optimism appeared to reflect a belief that Google will quickly introduce ways to mine more online-advertising revenue from its just-completed $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube Inc. Google used its stock to finance the deal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – The wife of an ex-KGB agent fatally poisoned in Britain and the Italian security expert he met the day he fell ill both showed traces of the same radioactive substance found in the dead man’s body, friends and officials said Friday. The inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko widened with the new positive test results, the evacuation of a hotel in southern England, and the sweep of an Irish hospital that treated a Russian opposition leader for what his aides described as poisoning. In Italy, the government sought to reassure the public there was no danger. The Italian, Mario Scaramella, was hospitalized in protective police custody after tests confirmed he had been exposed to polonium-210, the rare isotope found in Litvinenko’s body before he died Nov. 23. “My son has been poisoned,” the Italian’s father, Amedeo Scaramella, said by telephone. He then said he was too distraught to talk and hung up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Scaramella was exposed to a much lower level of radiation than Litvinenko, doctors treating him at London’s University College Hospital said. He has shown “no symptoms of radiation poisoning,” hospital spokesman Keith Paterson said. Italian news agency ANSA reported that a female companion of Scaramella was being tested for traces of radiation but British health officials could not immediately confirm that. Litvinenko’s wife, Marina, was also “very slightly contaminated” by the radioactive substance found in her husband’s body, the former KGB agent’s friend, Alex Goldfarb, told The Associated Press. He said she did not need medical treatment. Home Secretary John Reid confirmed that a member of Litvinenko’s family had tested positive for signs of polonium-210, but he did not name the person. Pat Troop, chief executive of Britain’s Health Protection Agency, said the relative faced a “very small” long-term health risk. It was not immediately clear how Scaramella or Litvinenko’s wife may have been exposed to the polonium-210. They could have come into contact directly with the substance or been exposed through contact with Litvinenko, who could have excreted trace amounts through his perspiration.
Grand jury testimony reveals that a then-Baldwin Park councilman allegedly threatened to run a rental-car company out of town, took cash advances for expenses later charged to a city credit card and racked up more than $400 on a phone line meant for a city computer. The witnesses’ accounts prompted a grand jury to indict former Councilman Bill Van Cleave in September, and the District Attorney later filed charges accusing him of of misappropriating public funds. Van Cleave has pleaded not guilty and the case goes to trial in February. “I could never screw the city,” he said Thursday. “I would never screw anybody. I had never submitted anything for anything.” The city canceled the councilman’s credit card in April 2004 but later issued him a second one so he could pay for a hotel room for a conference. City documents also showed Van Cleave submitted a request to be reimbursed for working out of his home and using his vehicle for May 25 and 26 when he was supposed to be at a conference in Las Vegas. Van Cleave said the only time he didn’t make it to a conference was the one at Palm Springs. He drove, got ill and stopped at a hotel. He called city officials and told them he would rest in the parking lot and go home. Van Cleave is also accused of misusing a phone line the city installed so council members can access their e-mails and do other work using a city-issued computer. The eventual cost was $462.93. Part of that total came from phone calls to and collect calls from prisons between January and April 2004. But in 2004, Van Cleave said the collect calls were from prisoners he was surveying to retrieve information on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which he was trying to keep out of Baldwin Park. On Thursday, he said when people called 4-1-1 for him, the line the city set up was the one given. He said there was a family staying with them and the children made calls, that someone else who stayed with them took collect calls from her husband who was in prison and that prisoners were calling him with their stories. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But court documents tell a different story. In December 2004, Van Cleave rented a vehicle from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. But after he ignored the company’s demands to pay the rental bill, employees took back the car in April 2005. Records show he later called the Baldwin Park office on June 15, 2005, and allegedly used profanity, yelled and insisted he should not have to pay any money due. He also said “he brought us into this town and he would be the one to take us out,” the company noted. Van Cleave denied threatening an Enterprise employee and said he owes Enterprise nothing. He said he told the company to charge his personal credit card for the rental car, but Enterprise continued to charge the city credit card. City staff acknowledged to the grand jury that they stopped giving Van Cleave cash advances because there were several occasions when they were not “completely sure” he attended the conference he said he was going to.
PALMDALE – The city will see its new leader settling in at the helm in the new year, a push on law enforcement, new retail on the east side, and, perhaps, an airline. Mayor Jim Ledford said one of the major changes for Palmdale in 2007 will be reorganization of City Hall under new City Manager Steve Williams. Williams, the city’s former public works director and assistant city manager, is stepping into the role held by Bob Toone for the past 20 years. “The re-organization gives us a new look at everything,” Ledford said. “The city will get a new stamp or mark from the new leadership.” Ledford said Williams will be deeply involved with trying to find ways to enhance public safety. How exactly that will pan out remains to be seen, but the city will be looking for a strong connection with its residents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“You will see connectivity with residents and neighborhoods,” Ledford said. “There is a role for our residents to play in helping our Sheriff’s Department. The better job we do with that connectivity, the safer our community will be.” The mayor also expects a partnership between the city and Los Angeles County to create two new fire stations in 2007. Station 93 is scheduled to be built at 57th Street East and Avenue R, next to Domenic Massari Park, and Station 136 should be built near Town Center Drive and Bolz Ranch Road in the Rancho Vista area. The stations are expected to cost roughly $4 million each. A public-safety fund set up by the city’s redevelopment agency in 1993 will pay about 24 percent of the cost for Station 93 and 29 percent for Station 136. Palmdale city government has contributed more than $600,000 toward the two stations and will also contribute $130,000 for roadwork and utility lines to support the stations. Scheduled for late 2007 is the completion of the $239 million Palmdale Regional Hospital Medical Center, being developed by Universal Health Services. The hospital will be licensed for 239 beds and will employ about 1,000 workers. That completion date might slip into 2008, Ledford said. Regardless, the project is expected to attract medical offices and those seeking to provide services to the hospital, Ledford said. “You will see significant investment in development in and around the hospital,” Ledford predicted. “It’s a huge economic development in our city. It’ll put more money into the economy, more jobs will be created in the construction of those developments and more jobs created in staffing those developments when they are completed.” The city should also see major retail development in 2007. Among the projects is a 522,760-square-foot shopping center at Avenue R and 47th Street East that will be anchored by a Target store. The Target is expected to be completed in late 2007. Work on that center will carry over into 2008. At 47th Street East and Avenue S, a shopping center is under construction that will add more than 63,000 square feet of retail and office space when complete. That project will include a Chili’s restaurant, Starbucks coffee and a Subway sandwich shop. “You will see those developments start to materialize,” Ledford said. “They will be welcomed additions to the eastside landscape.” A possibility for 2007 is an airline. A coalition led by Los Angeles World Airports is offering $4.6 million in incentives to attract air service for Palmdale. The coalition, called Wheels Up Palmdale, will offer more than $2 million in funding to offset operating costs for an airline serving the community and an additional $2.6 million in the form of terminal rental waivers and nonmonetary services, such as marketing. The money will be given only in the event the airline shows an operating loss in its Palmdale operations. A $900,000 federal grant is a major portion of that incentive package. “Our federal grant will be a huge factor in that,” Ledford said of soliciting an airline. “That’s a major enticement.” Ledford is also hopeful that LAWA will be able to fill Site 9, the former B-1 bomber factory that has been rented out as a movie soundstage, most recently for the third “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. The facility, at Rancho Vista Boulevard and 30th Street East, has 1 million square feet of industrial floor space. “The movies are fun and exciting, but those buildings are designed for an airport,” Ledford said. “There’s a huge opportunity out there.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Aitor Karanka’s men cannot afford to lose further ground on those above them after suffering a shock home defeat to Preston in their previous fixture.Meanwhile, Frank Lampard’s Rams could climb up to third in the Championship if they secure a third consecutive victory.Where can I listen?Derby vs Nottingham Forest will be live on talkSPORT2, kick-off 7.45pm.Click HERE to listen to full commentary, or tune in through our radioplayer below… 3 BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Frank Lampard’s Derby can climb to third RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Joe Ledley could make his comeback from injury MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED What the managers are sayingFrank Lampard (Derby): “They are organised, Karanka has a history of being a very good coach and manager, he organises his teams very well and he knows what it takes to get up in this Championship.“Against a team like Nottingham Forest, with the quality they have, and against a team in a Championship and against a team in a big derby, there will be moments when you suffer, moments when the opposition have opportunities.”Aitor Karanka (Nottingham Forest): “I have heard people describe it as being the biggest derby in years. And that is good, because it means we are fighting with a team who has been in this position in the table for much of the last five or six years.“For us to be competing with them, having worked together this season, is because we are doing something well.”Team newsDerby midfielder Joe Ledley, who has not played for the Rams since August 25, is still out with a hip injury.Summer signing George Evans makes the bench after several injury setbacks over the past few months, but Bradley Johnson (suspended) and Mason Bennett (hamstring) will miss out. REVEALED Latest Football News 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 The visitors will be without defender Tobias Figueiredo, who is serving the last of a three-match ban.Michael Dawson and Danny Fox are both doubts, while Hilal Soudani and Sam Byram remain injured.Confirmed line-upsDerby: Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Huddlestone, Bryson, Mount, Wilson, Lawrence, Marriott.Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon; Darikwa, Hefele, Robinson, Osborn; Yacob, Colback; Janko, Carvalho, Lolley; Grabban. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Nottingham Forest will look to close the gap on fierce local rivals Derby when they travel to Pride Park for one of the most important East Midlands derbies in years.Both sides are chasing promotion to the Premier League ahead of Monday night’s clash, with three points separating the Rams in fifth and their visitors in seventh. Aitor Karanka knows the importance of the derby huge blow
Cesc Fabregas is set to make his final appearance for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday.The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, with the Spaniard closing to agreeing a deal to sign for France giants Monaco this month. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Cesc Fabregas looks set to leave Chelsea this month Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade It’s expected that popular midfielder will make his final bow for the Blues in their third round tie against the Championship side this weekend.The former Arsenal has struggled for first-team opportunities this season, being restricted to just six appearances in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri.However, the Italian had expressed a desire for Fabregas to remain in west London and put pen-to-paper on a new deal – but it appears that wish has fallen on deaf ears.When he was recently quizzed about Fabregas’ future, Sarri said: “In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc. latest Sarri wanted Fabregas, left, to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge “I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.“But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.“And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.”The Blues return to Premier League action on January 12 when they entertain a struggling Newcastle side. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions getty revealed appointed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion scrap gameday cracker Most Read In Football BEST OF RANKED SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 3 3 3 The midfielder is closing in on a move to Ligue 1 giants Monaco
Raheem Sterling scored a 13-minute hat-trick as Manchester City beat Watford 3-1 to open up a four-point gap at the top of the Premier League.There was an element of controversy over the winger’s opener but his speedy treble turned a frustrating game decisively in City’s favour early in the second half. There was plenty of controversy over Sterling’s opener that was awarded after a lengthy consultation between referee Paul Tierney and his assistant Eddie Smart.Initially Sterling seemed well offside as he ran on to a ball from Aguero, who was deemed to have controlled with his chest despite appeals for handball.But an attempted intervention from Daryl Janmaat proved critical, with the ball rebounding off the defender and then Sterling before looping into the net.Watford’s players reacted angrily when the officials eventually decided the goal should stand and their minds may have been elsewhere when Sterling doubled his tally moments later. Raheem Sterling was a very popular man among his teammates Gerard Deulofeu did pull one back for the visitors at the Etihad Stadium but City held on to turn up the heat on closest challengers Liverpool ahead of their game against Burnley on Sunday.City’s resolve was again tested by opponents seemingly intent on damage limitation.Yet after a week of off-field turmoil for City, Pep Guardiola’s men found a way by once again showing that on the field they remain in good health.When they hosted Liverpool on January 3, City could have fallen 10 points behind at the top but now they are firmly back in control of their destiny. There was a dispute regarding the first goal Gerard Deulofeu bagged a consolation 5 It took time for them to find a way through as Watford, after making seven changes, sat deep. For a third league game in succession, City were involved in a goalless first half.David Silva had an early opportunity when Riyad Mahrez delivered an inviting cross from the right but could not make firm contact with his header.Oleksandr Zinchenko drove an effort across goal that Sergio Aguero could not reach before the Argentinian spurned a fine chance when he headed wide from a Bernardo Silva cross.Mahrez curled an effort over just before the break but any fears City might be facing a long grind were dispelled in the opening minutes of the second half. Raheem Sterling soon added a second 5 5 5 This time there was no debate as the England forward simply tapped in from a low Mahrez cross.The visitors’ resistance was broken and Sterling completed his treble just before the hour as he jinked through the area from a Silva through ball and blasted past Ben Foster.Sterling was replaced by Leroy Sane soon after but Watford also made changes and the twin introductions of Troy Deeney and Deulofeu – who were presumably rested with next week’s FA Cup quarter-finals in mind – made a difference. Within seconds Deeney played in Deulofeu and the Spaniard finished confidently.It was too little too late, though, and City, who had further chances through Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, eased to victory. Sterling completed his hat-trick and settle the match before the 60th minute 5
REVEALED 2 Sergio Ramos has been honest about Real Madrid’s season on Twitter Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card There are 11 live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and when you can hear them, below… Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Asked if the yellow card was a mistake, Ramos said: “Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200 per cent.”Spanish outlets reported a heated dressing room argument between Ramos and Perez after the shock Ajax defeat.But the defender said: “Dressing room issues are discussed and resolved in the dressing room. There’s no problem whatsoever and everybody has the same interest: Real Madrid.”On a training ground bust-up with team-mate Marcelo, Ramos added: “We have exchanges in every training session.“It’s part of working with pressure. But it’s just an anecdote like so many others that happen from day to day. Marcelo is like a brother to me.” Solari’s job is understood to be at risk after overseeing four successive home defeats.Asked about his manager’s situation, Ramos said: “It’s a decision that’s not ours to make and in which we never interfere.“We have enormous respect for the position and we always support the Real Madrid coach.”Ramos ended his Q&A, saying: “These reflections are, without doubt, the result of a deeply disappointing season but if success didn’t stop us, we’re not going to let defeat stop us. It’s our obligation to carry on, to work and to evolve. 2 RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’