Another Cecil? Secrecy surrounds June trophy lion hunt

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer A U.S. trophy hunter baited and killed a male lion on June 7th in Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, a part of Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. Suspicions are that the animal shot was Skye, a beloved lion in the region.U.S. citizen Jared Whitworth allegedly paid nearly $80,000 for the hunt. Authorities say the animal killed wasn’t Skye, but have offered no proof. Skye hasn’t been seen since the day Whitworth made his kill, and one of the lion’s cubs was found dead, which often happens when other males take over a pride.If the killed lion was Skye, this would be a breach of South African regulations, because the lion was too young to be legally hunted. Authorities also say that if it is confirmed that the lion was baited, that could violate South African laws.In response, the U.S. Humane Society and Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking it to reject importation of the mystery lion’s body. In March, the Trump administration’s USFWS announced a new policy to consider African trophy import permits on a case-by-case basis. Skye, a beloved South African lion, has gone missing. Image © WILDAFRICAPTURE.COM / Charlie Lynam.On June 7th, a trophy hunter shot a male lion in Umbabat Private Nature Reserve in South Africa, a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Nothing surprising about this: around 500 lions, usually males, are killed every year by trophy hunters on the African continent.What’s made this different is the suspicion that the hunter baited and killed Skye a beloved lion, the dominant male of Kruger’s so-called “Western Pride,” who has not been seen since June 7th. Also, one of Skye’s cubs was recently found dead, a common occurrence when other males take over a pride.The hunter was U.S. citizen Jared Whitworth, on a trip organized by Graham Sales Safaris. This fact only came to light due to the investigative work of local journalist Don Pinnock. News reports say Whitworth allegedly paid nearly $80,000 for the hunt.The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA), which approved the hunt, has contended that the lion killed wasn’t Skye, but has offered no proof it was another individual. MTPA has also confirmed that the lion was baited, a fact that may run afoul of South African legislation. If the lion was Skye, his killing would break at least one South African regulation, given that the big cat – under six years old – was too young to be hunted. The MTPA has not responded to requests for information.Hunting organizations are taking note of the incident. The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), an international not-for-profit group that promotes hunting has “requested information” from South Africa. A spokesperson for the group said that if the hunt was illegal it would classify it as “poaching.”Skye has not been seen since June 7th, the same day that a U.S. hunter made a kill. Since then, one of Skye’s cubs has been found dead, a common occurrence when other males take over a pride. Image © WILDAFRICAPTURE.COM / Charlie Lynam.“However, even, if the action was legal in South Africa, it could be violating policies of the CIC,” the group spokesperson said. The CIC recently severed ties with a couple organizations – the Professional Hunters Organization of South Africa, and the Confederation of Hunting Associations of South Africa – over the shooting of captive-bred lionsThe CIC condemns illegal or unethical hunts, but noted that the world must in each case allow the hunter the chance to present the facts clearly and defend themselves.“It is a scandal that irresponsible allegations made in social media, in particular, remain without consequence, if they turn out to be false allegations,” the CIC spokesperson said, alluding to cases in which trophy hunters often face backlash online and even death threats.In light of a potential Skye scandal, the Humane Society of the United States and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), an environmental NGO, have sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking it to reject U.S. importation of the mystery lion’s body.“This lion was killed under dubious circumstances that should prohibit the issuance of any permit for the importation of the lion or its parts,” reads the letter. “This hunt further emphasizes the systemic problems with lion hunting in South Africa.”In March, the Trump administration’s USFWS announced it would now consider African trophy importations on a case-by-case basis, overturning its long-held standard of making decisions based on the country, not on individual kills.Authorities say that the killed lion is not Skye, but have offered no evidence one way or the other. The skin of the killed lion is allegedly being stored with Life Form Taxidermy in White River, South Africa, where the business is awaiting import permission from the USFWS. Image © WILDAFRICAPTURE.COM / Charlie Lynam.“If the lion hunt violated applicable protocols, then an import permit should not issue. Under such circumstances, the kill and import of the trophy does not enhance the species’ survival,” said Tanya Sanerib, CBD Senior Attorney and International Program Legal Director. The potentially violated protocol she referred to is a U.S. law requiring that any trophy hunt must “enhance” a species’ conservation.“Moreover, if the hunt was not conducted in compliance with requirements in South Africa, then the importation of the trophy would violate the Lacey Act,” Sanerib added.“At this time the Service has not been contacted by South Africa to assist in any investigation regarding this hunt. If we receive credible evidence that the lion in question was killed illegally, we could begin an investigation independently. Otherwise our authority begins when a hunter applies to bring the animal back into the United States. We process these permit applications on a case-by-case basis and cannot speculate on whether a permit would be granted,” a spokesperson for the USFWS said in a statement.Sanerib says the USFWS’s new case-by-case trophy policy has left the public “in the dark,” as no one knows how these decisions are being made.In March, the CBD sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the USFWS, asking about the criteria upon which trophy import decisions are now being made. Four months on, the agency has yet to respond.If the MTPA approved a hunt for a different male, but Skye was shot instead, the CIC said the onus for the infraction falls on both the hunter and the outfitter, but primarily the latter.The outfitter “must ensure that the visiting hunter is pointed out the target animal in accordance with legal requirements and ethical standards,” the CIC said.Meanwhile, the South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) says that it is “considering the allegations and will review all the relevant information and then make a decision on whether or not action will be taken” regarding the hunt.To date, no independent observer has been allowed to see the body of the dead lion, which became the property of the hunter after it was shot. The lion’s skin is allegedly with Life Form Taxidermy in White River, South Africa, awaiting permission from the USFWS for import.More than a month after his disappearance, Skye the lion’s fate remains a mystery. Image © WILDAFRICAPTURE.COM / Charlie Lynam.The CIC said that “cases such as Skye and Cecil are not helpful for hunting worldwide,” though they are “sometimes made bigger by media than they are in reality.”“Such cases, unfortunately, are on the one hand often singled out to serve the main goal of anti-hunting entities, namely to stop all hunting, even if it is legal and sustainable, securing the livelihood of local residents and conserving wildlife populations. On the other hand, [such cases] might detect problem areas, which need corrective action,” the CIC said. “The anti-hunting sentiment is growing due to mainly the current inability of the hunting community to respond with good communications.”The CIC believes that hunting, including trophy hunting, plays a direct role in conservation by bringing funds into fiscally strapped African nations to pay for land protection, ranger salaries and other conservation needs.Lions are currently categorized as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List, but that rating doesn’t fully reflect the severity of the great cat’s decline, say experts. The lion population in Africa has plunged by 42 percent in just over 20 years. Critics of lion trophy hunting argue that the killing of a single male lion can lead to a cascade effect in which more deaths follow, as new males take over the pride, kill cubs and harass, and sometimes even kill, the females.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.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include comments from the USFWS. Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Carnivores, Cats, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Globalization, Green, Hunting, Mammals, Mass Extinction, Over-hunting, Trade, Trophy Hunting, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade center_img 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? 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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? 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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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Amazonia and the setbacks of Brazil’s political moment (commentary)

first_imgAgriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Dams, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Logging, Amazon Mining, Amazon People, Amazon Soy, Cattle, Cattle Pasture, Cattle Ranching, Controversial, Corruption, Dams, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Energy, Energy Politics, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Ethnocide, Forests, Green, Hydroelectric Power, Hydropower, Illegal Logging, Illegal Mining, Illegal Timber Trade, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Industrial Agriculture, Infrastructure, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mining, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Logging, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Roads, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon, timber trade, Traditional People, Tropical Deforestation In the October 7 Brazilian election, far right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won 46 percent of the vote, not enough to earn the presidency, but triggering a runoff election October 28 with Fernando Haddad who came in second with 29 percent. Analysts say that, barring surprises, Bolsonaro could be Brazil’s next leader.Bolsonaro was elected based on several issues, including reaction to government corruption and his stance on crime. However, says analyst Philip Fearnside, Jair’s most lasting impacts will likely be on the environment, especially the Amazon, indigenous and traditional peoples, and destabilization of the global climate.The candidate has promised to abolish Brazil’s environmental ministry, expel NGOs such as Greenpeace and WWF from the country, slash science and technology budgets, “sell” indigenous lands, and “relax” licensing for major infrastructure projects such as dams, industrial waterways, roads and railways.But his most impactful act could be a pledge to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, ending Brazil’s global commitment to reduce deforestation, triggering massive Amazon forest loss, and possibly runaway climate change. This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Jair Bolsonaro. Image by Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil.A Portuguese-language version of this commentary appears on Amazonia Real here.Brazil’s presidential election has created virulent polarization in the country with consequences for the Amazon. Right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of the election on October 8 with 46 percent of the valid votes, and polls show him ahead by a wide margin for the second round to be held on October 28.The current political moment is replete with threats of setbacks. Some are administrative, such as Bolsonaro’s promises to abolish the Ministry of the Environment, expel international NGOs such as Greenpeace and WWF and take away any government funding that benefits “activists.” There are also threats of major budget cuts for science and technology.Other proposals include “selling” Indigenous lands and “relaxing” environmental licensing for infrastructure projects such as highways and dams, in addition to other proposals that would effectively abolish licensing. Under these deregulatory measures, the social impacts of these infrastructure projects could not be undone at a later date, as is the case for displacing and scattering communities of indigenous peoples or of traditional Amazonian riverside dwellers (“ribeirinhos”), together with destruction of their livelihoods. The same irreversibility applies to environmental impacts.Should he be elected and follow through with his campaign pledges, Bolsonaro could pose a major threat to Amazon biodiversity, Brazil’s environment, and indigenous and traditional peoples. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.Bolsonaro’s proposal for Brazil to abandon the Paris Agreement on controlling global warming is one of the threats with the most irreversible consequences. The Amazon rainforest faces a frightening process of degradation through fragmentation, logging, major droughts, floods and windstorms, forest fires and biological invasions of lianas and bamboo. In addition to these consequences, there are losses from deforestation, whose annual rate increased by 52 percent from 4,571 to 6,947 square kilometers (1,765 to 2,682 square miles) between 2012 and 2017. Tipping points for the Amazonian forest are already very close, both from the advance of deforestation and from increase in global temperature.This is not just a Brazilian problem. Amazonia’s huge carbon stocks in the vegetation and in the soil put this region at the center of global concerns about a “runaway greenhouse” because any substantial release of Amazonia’s carbon stocks would make it difficult to control global warming.The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on October 8 has broadened global awareness of the existence and proximity of this planetary hazard. Unfortunately, denial of the existence of anthropogenic global warming, which represents an influential force in Brazil, has already reached the sphere of presidential debates. This is a formula for irreversible degradation in the Amazon, in addition to tragic impacts worldwide.Bolsonaro’s promise to abolish the environmental ministry and pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement could lead to rampant deforestation, and even runaway climate change. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.The political moment in Brazil is largely dominated by other issues: loyalty to the Workers’ Party (PT) versus “anti-PT” sentiment reflecting revulsion over corruption during the thirteen years that this party was in power, and generalized desire for tough measures to control crime and violence. Social and environmental concerns are being sidelined in the face of polarization on these other issues. Multiple people have told me of fights within their families due to political differences.However, it is the social and environmental issues in Amazonia that will last. These issues are of paramount importance to the country and will be present well beyond the span of a presidential mandate. Recognizing and facing the threats to the Amazonian environment should be something that unifies the country, even in the midst of the divisions of the current political moment.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.The eyes of the world are on Brazil this month as it selects a new president who will help determine whether the nation stands as a guardian for the Amazon, or seeks to exploit and destroy it. Image by Rhett. A. Butler / Mongabay. Article published by Glenn Scherercenter_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

For APEC’s poorest member, flashy cars point to another boondoggle

first_imgPapua New Guinea will host the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit this week.The PNG government says the summit will catalyze economic growth and development, but opposition leaders have criticized what they say is extravagant spending even as infrastructure and public services remain severely underfunded.The experience of the 2015 Pacific Games, the last time PNG hosted a major international event, could hint at the long-term legacy the APEC summit will leave behind. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that opens in Port Moresby this week is supposed to be a showcase of Papua New Guinea’s hosting, but the run-up to the event has been overshadowed by fast cars.Italian-made Maseratis, mostly — 40 of them, flown in on specially chartered cargo flights — as well as three Bentleys. At a reported $148,000 per Maserati, and an estimated freight cost of at least $1.2 million, this outlay by the poorest of the APEC member states has put the government of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in the spotlight. O’Neill’s APEC minister, Justin Tkatchenko, has justified the move, saying in a statement that the cars will “provide the level of carriage for [world] Leaders that is the standard for vehicles used at APEC Summits.”He also said the cars would be paid for “by the private sector,” but gave no details. O’Neill was reported as saying separately that they would be auctioned off after the summit.But the extravagant spending has struck a nerve in a country where basic infrastructure and services are severely lacking. Thousands took part in an Oct. 26 “Maserati Strike,” including public bus drivers in the northern city of Lae.The spending on the summit at large has come “at the expense of the health system, the education system, rural infrastructure, law and order, government finances and the economy, and employment,” Mekere Morauta, an opposition member of parliament, said in a statement.Gary Juffa, the governor of Oro province and a prominent opposition leader, told Mongabay that while the government splashed out on lavish events and sports cars in Port Moresby, elsewhere in PNG “loved ones are being turned away at hospitals that have no drugs or basic consumables.”He said teachers were making the equivalent of $2 a fortnight, while their students were “crammed 50 to a classroom on dirt floors.” Meanwhile, Juffa said, violent crime has risen as communities struggle to keep the peace with just one police officer per 5,000 citizens.Juffa also said the government’s claim that the cars would be paid for by the private sector was infuriating, because it suggested private profit would be made at the expense of public service budgets. “They went through a middleman. This country is a haven for middlemen who siphon public funds with inflated prices for everything to outrageous levels, taking funds from much-needed health and education services,” he said.The Hubert Murray stadium was originally built for the 1969 Pacific Games, held before PNG’s independence from Australia. Reconstruction was not fully completed in time for the 2015 games. In this June 2018 image, work is being carried out to complete the stadium in time for the APEC summit. Photo by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.Counting the costsTop officials, including O’Niell and Tkatchenko, say that events like the APEC Summit aren’t just a chance to hobnob with world leaders or drive in fancy cars.Instead, they say, international events are an opportunity for PNG to gain attention and recognition and boost its reputation on the world stage. But more importantly, they serve as a catalyst for much-needed investment, infrastructure improvement and economic growth.In attempting to assess the long-term legacy of big events like the APEC Summit, critics and supporters alike point to Port Moresby’s most recent foray into global event hosting: the 2015 Pacific Games.Winning the Pacific Games bid meant PNG required new stadiums, roads and buildings to accommodate athletes and spectators. To meet these requirements, the PNG government was “determined to make [the Pacific Games] a nation-building event,” said Andrew Minogue, executive director of the Pacific Games Council.The country’s original hosting bid, submitted in 2009 by the government of then-Prime Minister Michael Somare, was relatively modest. It sought to upgrade existing sports facilities and proposed that athletes be housed in local schools: a common, cheap option for the Pacific Games, which are usually held during the summer holidays.Then in 2011, Somare became seriously unwell and was replaced by O’Neill, who wasted little time in deciding that the Pacific Games needed a much grander approach.The O’Neill administration “wanted more facilities” and “really put some ambition” into hosting the Games, Minogue says.A sign near Hubert Murray stadium, which was demolished and rebuilt for the Pacific Games, boasts the Port Moresby will be the host for APEC 2018. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.Instead of renovating, the government decided to demolish and completely rebuild the dilapidated Hubert Murray and John Guise stadiums. It also decided to build a new stadium for netball and refurbish an existing stadium for rugby. Overseeing preparations for the event was the minister for sports and Pacific Games: one Justin Tkatchenko.Earlier plans to spread the sports events, and investment, across the country were scrapped. Instead, spending was concentrated in Port Moresby, already by far the most developed part of PNG. To help bring athletes and visitors into Port Moresby, the Kumul Flyover was built, a $48 million road linking the city to the airport.Costliest of all were the accommodation towers constructed for a Games Village at the University of Papua New Guinea.This expensive decision was to “leave a legacy” at the university, Don Polye, the treasurer at the time, said in his National Budget Speech in September 2011. It also proved highly controversial. The project was built via a $78 million contract awarded to Beijing-based China Railway Construction Engineering (CRCE). Anti-corruption NGO Transparency International’s PNG office questioned how this happened; the company was not among the top choices of the committee evaluating bids for the project, whose true cost was assessed at around $56 million.It’s difficult to obtain exact numbers for government spending in PNG, which is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in TI’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index. In his budget speech, Polye estimated the total for cost for the Games at 1.2 billion kina ($356 million), a figure echoed by the chief executive of the event’s organizing committee, Peter Stewart. The final cost, according to former deputy opposition leader Sam Basil, was 2 billion kina ($593 million).Minogue told Mongabay that the Games cost PNG more than 1 billion kina ($297 million). The O’Neill government assumed it could pay using profits from the nation’s $19 billion PNG LNG gas plant, Minogue said. This confidence was misplaced: the anticipated LNG windfall has failed to materialize.This spending did come with an upside, Minogue says: PNG “ended up being a very successful and capable host.” Public surveys conducted in Australia, of perceptions on Papua New Guinea before and after the Games, showed a “noticeable lift,” he says. “To actually see sport being played, in a nice stadium with crowds under control, and things being managed well, it did help to raise [international] perceptions.”The games also provided job skills and experience with corporate and international events, Minogue says, assets that are now being put to use for events like the APEC summit.Basil criticized the Pacific Games as “a very expensive exercise” and a “major financial loss to PNG,” financed by “budget deficits and loans” and placing “a further financial burden on PNG’s economy.” He said that while the event appeared successful, the financial fallout meant that civil servants and parliamentarians were not paid on time, and local governments did not receive previously budgeted funds.The Games Village constructed at the University of Papua New Guinea at the cost of $78 million. According to anti-corruption NGO, the true value of the contract was assessed at just $56 million. Photo by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.Pacific Games legacyMany of the planned Pacific Games venues in Port Moresby were not completed in time for the 2015 event. Since then, the stadiums have hosted the 2016 Women’s Under-20 FIFA World Cup and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Otherwise, they’ve been largely unused.The sports venues are now at risk of falling into disrepair, as they host “only a few afternoon [sports] sessions, a few hours a week,” said Aaron Alsop, director for high-performance sport at the government-run PNG Sports Foundation.The majority of Port Moresby residents can’t afford the 150 kina ($45) hourly fee to use the venues, and a more affordable pay-as-you-go system has yet to be popularized. A handful of sports teams occasionally use the stadiums, “to try to justify the millions of kina used to build [the Games facilities],” said environmental lawyer and development consultant Sarah Stocks.If government funding was provided for social programs, run by trained professionals, the Pacific Games venues would be packed, Alsop said. Instead, “children play in the parks where it is not safe to play … but it’s free,” he said.With money tight after forking out for the new stadiums, the Pacific Games venues are forced to prioritize the highest bidders, “even if it is nothing to do with sport,” Alsop said. Local teams are “kicked out” for more profitable interests, such as weddings or corporate fund-raising events, he said.A sculpture built for the Pacific Games sits in a traffic circle in Port Moresby. Public surveys conducted in Australia, of perceptions on Papua New Guinea before and after the Games, showed a “noticeable lift,” says Andrew Minogue, executive director of the Pacific Games Council. Photo by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.A new global eventDespite years of disappointing economic performance and fiscal austerity, the PNG government forged ahead with plans to host the 2018 APEC Summit — an event on track to be both larger and costlier than the Pacific Games.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported in 2015 that PNG anticipated spending 3 billion kina ($890 million) on the summit. However, O’Niell and Tkatchenko have said the “real” cost will be less than 200 million kina ($59 million), or even as little as 120 million kina ($35 million).They say the bulk of the expense will be covered by private-sector sponsors and donations from Australia, New Zealand and China. For example, the oil-and-gas exploration company Oil Search is paying for the construction of the main APEC conference building, APEC Haus, through a tax-credit scheme.Regardless of the costs of both the Pacific Games and the APEC Summit,  the government says the country stands to gain greater long-term economic benefits by hosting these events.The APEC Haus, photographed in June 2018, which will host world leaders during the APEC summit in November. Construction is said to have cost 120 million kina, around $37 million, paid for by private company Oil Search via a tax credit scheme. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.Long-term impactsThere’s no consensus on whether mega events like global sporting competitions have a positive or negative economic impact on a host city or country. A study on the impacts of mega sporting events, published in the South African Journal of Economics, says event promoters seeking to secure public funds have “a motive for exaggerating” benefits to convince a “skeptical public” that hosting the event will generate economic profits.According to an analysis for the IMF, what really determines whether such events end up being good for a country is simply good management. When managed well, the infrastructure built for such events can speed up development and grant hosts “a continuing stream of economic benefits” such as improved and cheaper transport and increased tourism spending. Indirect economic benefits can also include international advertising for tourism and business ventures, and an increase in civic pride and the “perceived stature of the host.”The downsides to avoid, the IMF article says, are “white elephants” caused by “cost overrun, poor land use, inadequate planning, and underutilized facilities.”The analysis concludes that big events in developing countries should ultimately not be judged on the tally of expenses or revenue, but rather on “the value to society from the same amount of capital spent on the next best public project.”A celebration held in the John Guise stadium for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville provincial day. Originally built for the 1991 South Pacific Games, the stadium was demolished and rebuilt to host the 2015 Pacific Games. Photo by Lucy Woods for Mongabay.The next best public projectAccording to opposition MPs in PNG, the benefits from the Pacific Games or the APEC Summit should be gauged in comparison to what the country could gain if it reallocated the funds to pay for health care, teachers and police officers.In response to the Maserati fiasco, opposition MP Morauta questioned how the government could buy sports cars for the APEC Summit when “children are dying of polio, tuberculosis and other preventable diseases.”PNG still has a high death rate for preventable diseases. Malnutrition is also a national issue, and is the biggest cause of death among children under 5 years. PNG also has one of highest maternal death rates in the world; only 12 percent of the population has access to grid electricity; and one-third of the population is illiterate.All of these issues are compounded by poor roads, where any exist at all. There are only three main highways in a country bigger than the state of California, and the capital Port Moresby is not connected to the north coast or the interior. The only way to get to most places in PNG is to fly.“There is a lot of money which has gone to [the Games], which could have gone elsewhere: to hospitals and schools where people need them,” Stocks, the environmental lawyer and development consultant, told Mongabay. “It’s a joke that’s where all that money has gone.”Future events should invest in “staff with passion and discipline,” as opposed to the current “culture of knock it down, and build it again,” Alsop said, adding that the government should “put people first, rather than millions of kina to hosting big events.”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. Activism, Cities, Corruption, Development, Environment, Governance, Human Rights, Infrastructure, Land Conflict, Land Rights, Politics Article published by Isabel Estermancenter_img 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

This story has been removed from Mongabay

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon This story, “Tourists caught with orchids and centipedes highlight abuse of Indonesia visa”, has been retracted due to incomplete and contradictory coverage. 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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Anthony Davis’ 21 points lead Pelicans past Magic

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal 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 MOST READ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton had 14 points each to lead Orlando, which finished 1-5 on a season-long six-game trip that featured five games in the last eight days. The Magic played their third straight game without leading scorer Evan Fournier, who is out with a bruised right heel.The Pelicans, back from their own season-long five-game trip, beat the Magic down the court all night to start a season-long six-game home stretch. New Orleans passed its season-high of 30 fast-break points midway through the third quarter and finished with 38.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 returncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief New Orleans Pelicans forward Terrence Jones, center, dribbles past Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo, right, and forward Jeff Green (34) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. APNEW ORLEANS, Louissianna—Anthony Davis had 21 points and 15 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans cruised past the road-weary, short-handed Orlando Magic 118-98 on Wednesday night.Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway added 18 points each for the Pelicans, who never trailed after the first quarter and extended their lead to as many as 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Walker, Hibbert lead Hornets past Blazers 107-85 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Mejri has 17 rebounds to lead Mavs over 76ers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 7-foot-1 Mejri played 21 minutes with Andrew Bogut out of action and helped Dallas – the NBA’s worst-rebounding team – set a season high for boards and outrebound the Sixers 51-39.He scored 10 points, all on dunks, early in the fourth quarter to help the Mavericks lead by 22. Mejri’s point total was one shy of his career high.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“They’ve been looking for me now that I’m a ‘hot player,’” said Mejri, laughing as he made air quotes to highlight his sudden scoring prowess. “When it’s there, it’s there. I felt like I needed to join the party with everybody else because we had two big wins on back to backs.”Harrison Barnes added 16 points for Dallas, and Devin Harris had 14. Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) passes to center Salah Mejri (50) against Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS, Texas—Salah Mejri combined to play only nine minutes in Dallas’ recent victories over San Antonio and Cleveland. The Mavericks got another nice victory Wednesday night, and Mejri wasn’t left out of this one.The Tunisian center had 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, Seth Curry scored 22 points and Dallas beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-95 for its third win in a row and fifth in six games.ADVERTISEMENT Ferrell also brought the crowd to its feet late in the third quarter when he knocked the ball away from Philadelphia’s Sergio Rodriguez on a fast break and his momentum carried him headfirst into the first row of spectators.“I’m going to get out there and communicate with my guys defensively, and offensively I’m going to run the team,” Ferrell said. “Make the smart pass, knock down the shot if it’s open and just be a catalyst.”The Mavericks used a 26-8 run to turn a nine-point second-quarter deficit into a 50-41 lead before the Sixers scored the last six points of the half.The run started after a Dallas timeout in which coach Rick Carlisle drew a picture of a reset button on his clipboard and had Curry push it after the guard had three first-quarter turnovers. Curry and Barnes combined to score the last 13 points of the run.“I had to get my mind right and get into the game,” Curry said. “That was just a fun thing he did in the timeout that got me going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Gasol scores 24 as Grizzlies beat Nuggets 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments MOST READ Jahlil Okafor led the 76ers with 16 points, and Ersan Ilyasova added 13 points and 10 boards. Philadelphia played without starters Robert Covington (bruised right hand) and Joel Embiid (left knee contusion).The Mavericks led by just four points with three minutes left in the third quarter, but Harris hit back-to-back 3s to start a 13-5 run that gave the Mavericks an 81-69 lead.“It happened so fast,” Okafor said. “We didn’t get stops, they hit a bunch of 3s. We turned the ball over. We also missed shots that we always make or usually make.”Mejri then scored 10 of Dallas’ first 12 points in the fourth, opening the lead to 93-74.Yogi Ferrell, who scored a career-high 19 points against Cleveland on Monday, had 11 points and five assists in 38 minutes Wednesday in just his third game with the team. He even blocked a shot by Okafor, who is 11 inches taller.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot studylast_img read more

NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Beda aims to go back-to-back

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Head coach: Boyet FernandezLast season: 14-4 (1st, champions)Holdovers: Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, Davon Potts, Donald Tankoua, Arnaud NoahKey losses: Dan SaraKey additions: Kemark Cariño, Clint DoliguezIt’s championship or bust for the NCAA’s most successful basketball program.ADVERTISEMENT Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knickscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Letran to enjoy full-strength roster as Quinto, Calvo stay put McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LSU title parade draws massive crowds LATEST STORIES With 21 seniors’ basketball titles to its name, and the Red Lions plan to take banner 22 in Season 93.“I hope we can take the NCAA title, that’s the very important or the no.1 objective when I came in,” said head coach Boyet Fernandez. “We have to win back-to-back for San Beda.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Fernandez, who has coached San Beda before, is no stranger to winning.San Beda was in the middle of its reign in the NCAA when Fernandez led the Red Lions to two straight titles in 2013 and 2014. The Red Lions won five straight titles from 2011 to 2015, marking just the second time in history that a school completed a five-peat. The first time was in the 1990s when San Sebastian ruled the NCAA.Fernandez left the team for a brief period to coach the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, but when his former home came calling he did not hesitate to go back and lead the Red Lions to another, potential, championship.“Bottomline, we’re looking forward to the NCAA, and hopefully the NCAA trophy stays in San Beda, in Mendiola,” said Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

BMW Jamaica Classic to provide major boost

first_imgWith PGA Tour LatinoamÈrica sanctioning its first official event in Jamaica, organisers of the BMW Jamaica Classic, which runs from June 12-18 at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay, are promising an exciting few days of competition at the historic tournament.More than $22 million in prizes will be up for grabs at the tournament, which will tee off on one of the island’s most celebrated golf courses.Oliver McIntosh, CEO and president of regional subscriber cable network SportsMax the organisers of the event, is thrilled that the high-level competition will further develop and showcase the island’s golfing product and talent.”SportsMax has always contributed significantly to the development of golf in Jamaica, first through our annual Team Match Play Golf Tournament and now it is our distinct pleasure to have the PGA Tour LatinoamÈrica on Jamaica’s shores as we continue to expose the immense golfing talent in Jamaica and the Caribbean,” said McIntosh during yesterday’s media launch at ATL Autobahn in St Andrew, where he highlighted the US$175,000 worth of prize money. The winner of the tournament will pocket US$40,000 (J$5.2 million).WONDERFUL MOMENTMinister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett hailed the event as a contributor to the island’s sports tourism offerings.”This is a wonderful moment for sports tourism in Jamaica. The last time we had a feeling like this was in 2009. This one brings us to another dimension. We want to commend SportsMax, BMW Jamaica and the Jamaica Tourist Board,” Bartlett said.”Jamaica does have the potential to become a gold destination if we can market our four golf courses. We want to build on the infrastructure in order to achieve that goal,” he pointed out.President of the PGA Tour LatinoamÈrica, Jack Warfield, who was absent at the launch, sent his message, which read: “The addition of the Jamaica Classic not only allows us to expand PGA Tour LatinoamÈrica’s footprint in the region but also allow us to reconnect with a long-time partner in Jamaica’s tourism.”Event managers and broadcasters SportsMax and main sponsors, the Jamaica Tourist Board and BMW, have done a fantastic job in order to bring our Tour to one of the top destinations in the Caribbean, and we’re sure the players will enjoy their visit to Jamaica.”President of the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA), Peter Chin, was also excited about big-time golf returning to Jamaica.”A tournament of this magnitude and stature is very exciting for the nation. We have to capitalise on the tourism dollar. The Cinnamon Hill course is going to be a fantastic test for golfers,” Chin said.A total of 140 golfers from more than 20 countries have already registered and another 60 will qualify on the first day to make 200 competitors.The BMW Jamaica Classic will see a qualifier on June 12, a welcome reception on June 13, the Pro-Am on June 14 and the Jamaica Classic from June 15-18. As the final event of the first half of the schedule, the Jamaica Classic will provide PGA TOUR LatinoamÈrica members one last chance to earn Order of Merit points before the midseason reshuffle.last_img read more

Difficult conditions will create better players: Drakes

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (CMC): West Indies Women’s head coach, Vasbert Drakes, believes the challenging English conditions confronting his side will make for better players once they can learn from the experience. The reigning Twenty20 champions are currently undergoing a training camp at the Ageas Bowl here in preparation for the ICC Women’s World Cup starting June 24, and have so far encountered a mix of sunshine, rain and chilly weather symptomatic of the early England summer. Drakes said not only would the unpredictable conditions create better players but better persons, as the experiences would bring critical qualities to the fore. “Day by day, we are starting to understand that we are playing in different conditions and it will define you as a person because you are going to need a lot of character,” Drakes explained. West Indies Women have struggled in the two warm-up games to date – against a strong England XI last Wednesday and Southern Vipers on Friday. In both contests, the Caribbean women were easily outplayed as they battled to come to grips with the different pitches, moving ball and the climatic conditions. Drakes said he was not overly worried at this stage as the squad was still undergoing the acclimatisation process. CHALLENGING WEATHER “In the last couple of days, you get some sunny patches but also you get a lot of breeze at the ground and it has been challenging for them,” he pointed out. “For a lot of them, this is the first opportunity to play in England and it’s just the process of that acclimatisation period. ” West Indies have been installed as one of the favourites for the upcoming tournament, especially after having won the T20 title last year in India and also having reached the final of the last 50-overs World Cup four years ago. They will face reigning champions Australia Women in their opening match on June 26.last_img read more

Peru defeat Ja 3-1

first_imgHosts Peru scored an easy 3-1 win over Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz tonight at the Estadio Monumental in Lima. Edison Flores (21st), Renato Tapia (43rd) and Paolo Guerrero (58th) were on target for the home team in the friendly encounter.      Veteran Jermaine Johnson scored Jamaica’s consolation goal from the penalty spot in the 86th minute.last_img

London 2017 | I don’t get the respect I deserve – Williams

first_img 12.56 seconds – JAAA National Senior Athletics Championships, Kingston. 12.58 seconds – IAAF Diamond League, Monaco. 12.70 seconds – Johnson C. Smith Invitational, Charlotte, North Carolina. Danielle ‘Ants’ Williams’ top 3 times this season BIRMINGHAM, England: When she crossed the line in first place in the 100m hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, it came as a surprise to most. Two years later, Danielle Williams again finds herself in the ‘underdog’ spot as she gets ready to defend her title at the London 2017 World Championships, which starts this Friday at the London Olympic Stadium. It’s not something she is too concerned about, though. Williams, who won her third national title with a personal best of 12.56 seconds, run in June, admitted that she does not feel that she gets the respect that she deserves, and although she understands the reasons, she is again hoping to register another surprise in an event that American world record holder Kendra Harrison is widely expected to dominate. “No, I don’t (get the respect I deserve),” Williams told The Gleaner yesterday. “But in a way, I understand. The Americans are dominant, and I don’t race a lot in the Diamond League before or after I won (in 2015), so people do not really know what I’m capable of.” Williams is, however, confident that this can in fact act as an advantage for her. “It is [an advantage]. I’m able to fly under the radar and sort of escape the pressures, and I am able to focus on myself and not possible expectations,” Williams said. She gave a glimpse of her ability to keep pace with a close 12.58 seconds third-place finish at the Monaco Diamond League recently, where she met all the event’s big names. So, perhaps, another podium-topping finish would not be too much of a surprise this time for track and field supporters. Either way, Williams knows very well what she is capable of and is aware that she will enter the championships in the best form of her life, with her three fastest times this year coming in her last five races. “I’m way ahead this year in terms of preparation. I did extensive background work, and I’m stronger and faster than 2015. I’ve been consistent in practice and in races, so that leads to a huge confidence lift,” Williams added.last_img read more

European clubs pick Juventus president Agnelli to lead them

first_imgGENEVA (AP): Europe’s top clubs have elected Juventus president Andrea Agnelli to lead them, and Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis will join him on the UEFA executive committee. The European Club Association, which represents more than 200 clubs, chose Agnelli to replace the outgoing Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as their chairman. Agnelli, who was Rummenigge’s deputy, will serve a two-year term. The newly re-elected ECA board also chose Agnelli and Gazidis as their two representatives on UEFA’s decision-making executive committee. UEFA is set to give the two club delegates full voting rights on its board at a meeting in Geneva in two weeks. The ECA is a key UEFA partner in negotiating changes to the entry rules and prize money distribution of the Champions League and Europa League.last_img read more

Start it up – Damion Lowe adjusting well to life in Norway

first_img The match against Bodo/Glimdt brought a bittersweet experience for the young defender, who received a second yellow just before the end of regulation time meaning he had to sit out yesterday 2-1 loss to 14th placed Fredrikstad on the road. “Life at Start has been good so far, I’ve settled well,” said Lowe from Norway. “I am just here still working on getting used to our system of play and also the individual playing style of my teammates.” “They (teammates) have welcomed me with both arms. They believe in me, and I’m grateful. They helped me to get situated and also help me to get used to the playing (style). I feel like I’ve been here all year because of how together we are as a group.” With five games remaining in the season and the top two teams securing spots to the top flight, Start, currently sit in second position in the table, eight points behind the leaders and importantly, three points ahead of third placed Ranheim. Meanwhile, Lowe described his father as a daily source of motivation and credited increased trust from his coach at the Tampa Bay Rowdies as a key factor in his improvements. “He’s (Onandi) an inspiration to me on a whole. The greatness that I’ve seen and heard about is a one of a kind. He’s a true legend in my eyes and (in the eyes of) many. We talk everyday, so advice from father to son is natural. He calls me at 3 a.m. in the mornings to check in on me; that’s just the relationship we have. But most of all, he tells me to shut out the noise around me and focus on being the best I can be,” Lowe shared. “In everything, experience and exposure with quality minutes go a long way and once a player can gain these things, he can go very far with his career,” he added “I just needed a coach to believe in me and my potential. I was coming off a long term injury and I needed minutes. I was a bit behind everyone and only playing time could help as I was practising well. I got the opportunity to get minutes with Sounders 2 then a full year with Minnesota, and I grew into my full potential, which carried over into the national team and Tampa.” Following his debut in the Norwegian First Division, Reggae Boyz defender Damion Lowe shared his experience playing at his new club, IK Start and is hoping to continue contributing towards their push for promotion to the top tier Eliteserien. The 24-year-old, who really started to force attention this year with his performances with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League, added that he is not surprised that he is already playing in Europe and is looking to build on the inspiration of his father – former Reggae Boyz standout, Onandi. “I am not surprised at all,” Lowe told The Gleaner. “I’ve always had my eyes on playing in Europe. I’ve worked hard to get here and it attracted interest and I gladly took the offer.” “I was only surprised about how quickly the process went and I was in the field training with my new team in less than a week,” added Lowe, whose move was announced in the middle of August. Lowe, played 89 minutes in his team’s 2-2 home draw with first placed team, Bodo/Glimt last Tuesday, this after sitting on the bench in another 2-2 home result against Tromsladen UIL. BITTERSWEET EXPERIENCElast_img read more

Hope, Taylor take top CWI/WIPA awards

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Stylish batsman Shai Hope swept three awards including Cricketer-of-the-Year, headlining the Cricket West Indies/WIPA Awards Ceremony staged here Wednesday night. The 24-year-old, who has emerged as one of the Windies’ main run-scorers over the last year, also picked up the Test Cricketer-of-the-Year and ODI Cricketer-of-the-Year awards, to clinch the major honours on the men’s side. For Hope, the awards add to his growing collection, having claimed the Barbados Cricket Association’s President’s Award earlier this year as well as being named one of the five Cricketers-of-the-Year by the prestigious Wisden Almanack. Following a low-keyed start to his international career, the Barbadian shot to prominence last August when he made centuries in both innings of the second Test against England at Leeds, guiding West Indies to a historic series-levelling five-wicket win. Hope’s feat marked the first time in 127 years of first class cricket at Edgbaston that a player had scored a century in both innings at the ground. The performance was the main reason behind his capture of the Wisden award. Hope currently averages 32 from 19 Tests and 37 from 33 ODIs. Evin Lewis, meanwhile, collected the T20 Cricketer-of-the-Year award for his exploits which have seen him score an unbeaten hundred and two half-centuries in his last two outings. In the women’s category, Stafanie Taylor won the Cricketer-of-the-Year award along with the ODI Cricketer-of-the-Year while exciting all-rounder Deandra Dottin captured the T20 Cricketer-of-the-Year honour. Jamaican Taylor, the West Indies Women’s captain, has scored four half-centuries in her last five ODIs and averages 44 from 111 matches. Dottin, meanwhile, once again reiterated her amazing ability in the shortest format by slamming 112 against Sri Lanka last October to mark her second century in T20s. Guyana speedster Keemo Paul was honoured as the Emerging Cricketer-of-the-Year, following a breakthrough season in first class cricket which saw him grab 42 wickets and catapult into the West Indies A, ODI and Twenty20 squads. As expected, veteran left-hander Devon Smith clinched the First Class Four Day Cricketer-of-the-Year award for his record-breaking 1095 runs in the season which wrapped earlier this year. He averaged 84 and struck six centuries in a campaign which saw him seal his return to West Indies colours for the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Birmingham Diamond League: Top-two spots for Russell, Levy, Gayle

first_imgBirmingham Diamond League: Three Jamaican athletes earned top-two finishes at the Birmingham Diamond League meet yesterday. Janieve Russell, Ronald Levy and Tajay Gayle placed second in their respective events and solidified their places in the finals set for August 30 and 31. Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion Russell was second in her pet event in 54.91 seconds, behind winner Lee Sprunger of Switzerland. Russell was left with too much to do after a poor first half of the race and was upstaged by the European champion. Sprunger won in 54.86. Meghan Beesley of Great Britain was third in 55.83. Russell topped the Diamond League preliminary series for the event but was disappointed with her run yesterday. “I came out there to win … I think I did the first part a bit too slow so I had a lot of work to do in the latter part of the race, so I guess that cost me the race today,” said Russell, who stated that she is hoping to win in the Diamond League finals. Levy continued his fine form this season in the men’s 110 metres hurdles, clocking 13.22 seconds behind winner Orlando Ortega of Spain, who crossed the line in a season’s best 13.08. France’s Pascal Martinot Lagarde was third in 13.27. Levy, who missed the recent NACAC Championships due to an injury, was pleased with his performance. “It went OK, I wasn’t really healthy coming in, so I took the heats pretty easy. In the final, the start wasn’t great but I pushed to the line and I am happy with second place. My goal is to hopefully do my best and win the Diamond finals,” he said. EXCELLENT WOMEN’S 200m After a personal best of 8.24 metres for second at the NACAC Championships, Gayle came close to that mark with a best of 8.17 metres. South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga won with a meet record 8.53m. Henry Frayne of Great Britain placed third with 8.01m. There were fourth-place finishes for Shericka Jackson, Danniel Thomas-Dodd and Yohan Blake. In an excellent women’s 200m, Jackson took fourth in 22.55 seconds. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of The Bahamas stole the spotlight by winning the event in a meet record 22.15. Crowd favourite Dina Asher-Smith of Britain was second in 22.31 ahead of Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, third in 22.41. Thomas-Dodd was fourth in the women’s shot put after a heave of 17.72m. Germany’s Christina Schwanitz won with a throw of 18.20m. The final event of the meet, the men’s 100m, was a thriller. In a very tight photo finish for the top two places, American Christian Coleman was given the nod in 9.94 seconds, the same time awarded to runner-up Reece Prescod of Great Britain. The time was a season’s best for Coleman and a personal best for Prescod. World leader, American Noah Lyles, was third in 9.98, just ahead of Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, 9.99. Blake, in placing fourth, booked his ticket to the Diamond League finals after finishing joint sixth overall on 14 points with France’s Jimmy Vicaut. Jamaica’s other entrant in yesterday’s race, Tyquendo Tracey, was seventh in 10.25. Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson had bad luck in the women’s 100m hurdles. She failed to finish the event which was won in 12.84 seconds by Pamela Dutkiewicz of Germany.last_img read more

Pearson’s Will In Charge to land PM Stakes

first_imgROBERT PEARSON’S WILL IN CHARGE should rebound from his Derby Day defeat, when a number of factors conspired against him – to land this afternoon’s 10-furlong Prime Minister’s Stakes, taking on four rivals, including recent winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR. Going for a hat-trick of grade one victories in the Viceroy Trophy on June 30, WILL IN CHARGE was among the favourites floored by shock winner HOUDINI’S MAGIC in the nine-furlong Viceroy Trophy, which also featured SHE’S A MANEATER and BIGDADDYKOOL. However, what was expected to be a showdown among the big three turned into a steal for lightweight HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who got an unmolested lead on a racing surface that was graded three days earlier and made lightning fast, resulting in a six-furlong split of 1:10.3 and, possibly, the fastest mile split, 1:35.4, recorded at Caymanas Park in a long while. SHE’S A MANEATER went down at the start, almost to her knees, and was tailed off, even behind BIGDADDYKOOL, after the first five furlongs. The turn of events left WILL IN CHARGE, carrying 122lb, chasing HOUDINI’S MAGIC, with jockey Robert Halledeen not wanting to have a go too early at what he clearly thought was a rabbit. Running loose on the lead, HOUDINI’S MAGIC, and benefiting from the handicaps, Wesley Henry stole the race ,with rivals believing he was trying to keep the pace honest for late-closing stablemate BIGDADDYKOOL. WILL IN CHARGE chased in vain, well inside the last furlong, before giving way to stablemates DONTAE and BIGDADDYKOOL. Given two months off by Pearson, WILL IN CHARGE has been brought back freshened and raring to go. Though he has topweight 126lb, giving away 10lb to PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, he has been working like a machine – a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.3, topped off by seven in 1:27.3 on Sunday. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR reports very light at 110lb, with leading rider, apprentice Anthony Thomas aboard. However, Halledeen is astride five-year-old WILL IN CHARGE and won’t be waiting around for DaCosta’s runner. At eight years old, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR will find his younger and fitter rival too tough to overhaul up the lane after taking all day to wear down LIGHTNING LILY in the class below a week and a half ago.last_img read more

Young girls can now believe – Walker-Brown

first_imgChairperson of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women’s programme, Elaine Walker-Brown, says the Reggae Girlz’s qualification for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup will give hope to many young girls from challenging backgrounds to fight for their goals. Walker-Brown, who said she was too overcome with emotion to finish watching Jamaica’s penalty shoot-out with Panama, which they won 4-2 after a 2-2 scoreline in regulation and extra time, described the occasion as ‘a wonderful moment,’ which the JFF had been working towards for a long time. “We were always working for this moment,” Walker-Brown said before breaking down into tears. “I mean, it is really, really a good feeling and I hope that more girls will see this as an opportunity to study and play. Their parents don’t have it financially, but there’s an opportunity for them to play sports, especially women’s football. So this can only build Jamaica women’s football and the Caribbean will continue to see us as the trendsetters. “We had the first school girls league in the entire Caribbean and I will continue to give these girls hope that there’s an avenue that they can succeed in life despite the lack of resources and financial constraints, coming from poor homes.” Walker-Brown also thanked the stakeholders, and the team’s coaching staff, whom she said had a critical role in the team’s progress. “I want to big up INSPORTS because when I started, I had only their support, it was my workplace. We have been struggling because of a lack of resources, and I want to give a big shout-out to ambassador Cedella Marley for her support and seeking the funds so we could have practice games and seek more exposure. I want to big up the former Prime Minister (Portia Simpson-Miller), she has supported me, former minister (with responsibility for sports) Natalie Neita-Headley, and Sports Minister (Olivia) Grange. She has supported me in different tenures. I’ve got a lot of support from some real strong women, and also Sherwin-Williams…,” Walker-Brown said before once again weeping uncontrollably. “Sherwin-Williams (former national women’s league and knockout cup sponsors) believed in these girls and they invested so much in them. Without them we wouldn’t have so many girls overseas in scholarships. A lot of Jamaicans didn’t believe in women’s football but despite everything, I want to thank them. We don’t have the full force of support that we want for women’s football as yet but they’re gradually coming around.” With the team’s qualification, Jamaica becomes the first ever Caribbean nation to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup. The tournament will be played in France from June 7 to July 7, 2019. R.P.last_img read more

Grange announces new boards for IPL, INSPORTS and SDF

first_imgSport Minister Olivia Grange has announced the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of Independence Park Limited, the Institute of Sports and the Sports Development Foundation. The appointments are for two years with effect from Monday, November 12, 2018. Independence Park’s new board is chaired by the Michael Fennell, with David Shirley as Vice Chairman.  The other members are Annmarie Heron, Desmon Brown, Assistant Commissioner of Police Terrence Bent, Lieutenant Colonel Roderick Rowe, Lenford Salmon, Carlton Dennis, Edward Barnes, Peter Charles, and Audrey Chin. Newton Amos now chairs the Institute of Sports, while Assistant Commissioner of Police Ronald Anderson is the Deputy Chairman.  The other members are Gladstone Wright, Emile Spence, Viswanaught Tolan, Florette Blackwood, Ryan Foster, Daphne Hurge, Dr Michelle Holt, Dr Lee Martin, Marvalyn Campbell, Allan Beckford, and Renardo Smith. The Sports Development Foundation’s new board is now headed by George Soutar and Lloyd Pommells is the Deputy Chairman. David Shirley, Molly Rhone, Donovan Bennett, Christopher Stokes, Annmarie Heron, Newton Amos, and Compton Rodney are the other members.  Grange said she is confident that the new Boards will advance the government’s mandate to develop sport from the grassroots to the high-performance level. We want to hear from you! Send us a message on WhatsApp at 1-876-499-0169, email us at editors@gleanerjm.com or onlinefeedback@gleanerjm.com.last_img read more

Cornwall, Frome set for tough battle

first_imgWestern Bureau: Aaron Lawrence, coach of Frome Technical High, says his focus will be on his team and not on what Cornwall College have achieved over the past two weeks when the two schools clash this evening in the semi-finals of the ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Kick-off time is 6 o’clock. In the opening game at 4 p.m. Clarendon College will go up against Dinthill Technical. “Everybody thinks that this game is going to be tough. I said from the start of the season that every game will be a tough test because I do not take any team lightly,” Lawrence said. He added that Cornwall had reached the Champions Cup final but their game plan remains the same. Frome were eliminated from the ISSA Champions Cup from the round of 16 two weeks ago and Lawrence said the rest was good for them. “The daCosta Cup was my focus, it’s more prestigious and what every school plays for. I am looking forward to a good showing from the boys,” said Lawrence. Dr Dean Weatherly, the coach of Cornwall, believes the hard work they have put in is coming together at the right time but he respects his opponents. “Frome are not a team to be taken lightly. They have a very good coach and a good set of players so we will have to be on our A-game tomorrow (today). Right now they are between us and the daCosta Cup finals so we will be going with all guns blazing,” said Weatherly.last_img read more

Dj Stress Aamir Khan Chutney Fete

first_imgpromises to be epicPlans are moving apace for the hosting of Chutney Fete which is billed for the parking lot of the Leonora Stadium, West Coast Demerara, on November 26. Organisers are making final preparation to ensure that the show is epic. Tickets are going like hot cakes and the momentum is building with only one week to go.Presently, persons who purchase three tickets at $1500 each get the fourth absolutely free. In addition, advance tickets cost $1500 but $2000 at the gate, hence those desirous of attending the show are urged to get their tickets at the earliest opportunity. The event will feature reigning International Chutney Monarch Kris Persad, also called “KI”; Nishard M; and Master Saleem and Sally Sagram from Trinidad and Tobago.The Guyanese line-up includes Steven Ramphal and Pooran Seeraj of the Shakti Sting Orchestra, as well as Aamir Khan and the Dax New Generation Band. There will be several dance troupes that will be performing on the evening of the show which will definitely add some flavour to the event.Television and radio personality, WR Reaz is expected to be the emcee of the evening. Meanwhile, the Trinidadian artistes are expected to arrive in Guyana on Friday next – one day before the show. Tickets are available at several locations in all three counties.last_img read more

Women in Business Expo

first_imgfor March 25-26@Pegasus HotelThis year marks the second annual ‘Women in Business Expo’, organised by the Sonia Noel Foundation for Creative Arts (SNFCA), in collaboration with the Women’s Association For Sustainable Development (WASD) and will be held on March 25 and 26, at the Pegasus Hotel.   International Women’s Day is celebrated in March and the spotlight will be on women all over the world; as such, a number of activities are planned with the Expo being the climax.The mission of SNFCA is to create access for talented individuals, not only in Guyana, its home base, but through the wider Caribbean.It is hoped that through this medium, an avenue for the development of the creative industries, so relevant to current socio-economic life changes, will be fostered. The Foundation hopes to encourage and nurture raw talent – performing arts (dance/drama/music), visual arts, fashion arts, culinary arts and other creative energies.However, the Women’s Association for Sustainable Development is a social group set up to empower women. Some of the objectives of WASD are providing a forum for business and professional women to relax, renew and rejuvenate while providing support and mentorship to youth.Women in Business 2016 afforded more than 40 female entrepreneurs, 36 of whom are Guyanese, an opportunity to showcase their craft and services. These women are farmers, environmentalists, up-cyclers and recycling crafters, event planners, artists, immigration consultants, barristers, fashion designers, wood crafters, body and hair care consultants etc.Two workshops were hosted by Scotia Bank and Eric Phillips ahead of the exhibition aimed at assisting to equip entrepreneurs with the requisite tools to develop and market their individual brands.“The Expo was one of the highlights for 2016. So many businesses and personal relations were forged because of this event. This year, the programme has expanded and we are looking forward to partnering with businesses, other NGOs and Ministries to execute these empowering events,” ? SNFCA Chairwoman, Sonia Noel related.This year, the SNFCA and WASD are planning to continue the work started and to implement additional projects to benefit woman in the prison system.This year’s event will feature motivational speakers, workshops, a brunch and fashion shows. Exhibitions and networking opportunities are vital for the development of women in business and on a personal level thus benefiting their homes and communities in which they live and operate.Those who wish to be a part of the Expo are asked to get registration by visiting ‘Women’s Association For Sustainable Development’ on Facebook or sending an email to snffca@gmail.comlast_img read more

Don’t leave the elderly behind

first_imgLast Sunday, October 1, International Day of the Older Person was observed. Stakeholders, such as international organisations and governments, used the opportunity to highlight the issues affecting older persons, and lobbied for more support for this segment of the population.There is no doubt that among the more pressing issues affecting older persons are health concerns and the quality of care being provided to them on a daily basis. Hence the World Health Organization (WHO) used the occasion to call for a new approach to providing health services for older people. The organisation highlighted the role of primary care and the contribution community health workers can make in helping to ensure that older people live healthier and longer lives.According to Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, by the year 2050, one in five people in the world will be aged 60 and older. It is therefore crucial for governments to put in place systems which would allow for older persons to obtain the health services they need.WHO’s new Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People recommend ways community-based services can help prevent, slow, or reverse declines in physical and mental capacities among older people. The guidelines also require health and social-care providers to coordinate their services around the needs of older people through approaches such as comprehensive assessment and care plans.Director of the Department of Ageing and Life course at WHO, Dr John Beard, noted that older adults are more likely to experience chronic conditions, and often multiple conditions at the same time. Yet, today’s health systems generally focus on the detection and treatment of individual acute diseases. He reasoned that if health systems are to meet the needs of older populations, they must provide ongoing care focused on the issues that matter to older people – chronic pain, and difficulties with hearing, seeing, walking, or performing daily activities. He noted that this would require much better integration between care providers.According to Beard, integrated care can help foster inclusive economic growth, improve health and wellbeing, and ensure older people have the opportunity to contribute to development, instead of being left behind.According to WHO, some countries are already making smart investments, guided by WHO’s Global Strategy on Ageing and Health. For example, Brazil has implemented comprehensive assessments, and expanded its services for older adults. Japan has integrated long-term care insurance to protect people from the costs of care. Thailand is strengthening the integration of health and social care as close as possible to where people live, while the Ministry of Health in Vietnam will build on its comprehensive health care system and the large number of elderly health care clubs to better meet the needs of older people in their communities. In Mauritius, the Ministry of Health provides universal health coverage for older adults, including a network of health clubs and primary care clinics with more sophisticated services in hospitals. The United Arab Emirates is meeting the health needs of older people by creating more age-friendly cities. In France, a new WHO collaborating centre called Gerontopole, located in the Toulouse University Hospital, is helping to advance research, clinical practice and training on Healthy Ageing.Here in Guyana, not much is being done by the authorities to raise awareness about the issues affecting the older population and/or to lobby for more support for them. Now that the Government is in the process of preparing Budget 2018, it is hoped that more resources would be allocated towards effective and targeted programmes aimed at ensuring our elderly are well taken care of. For example, there is need for more special care homes, retirement homes, special transportation, and priority treatment for our elderly. Also, there must be increased focus on long-term health care of older adults suffering from mental disorders, as well as to provide caregivers with education, training and support.Finally, if we are going to ensure that our senior citizens enjoy the “good life”, then they must, first of all, be entitled to a decent and livable pension at the end of the month. Added to this is that it would be a great joy for many if the Government were to take a decision to have the water and electricity subsidies restored. That said, we must always continue to explore ways and means of creating a more comfortable life for our elderly.last_img read more

GuySuCo responds to Ramsammy’s letter

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GuySuCo) wishes to respond to Dr Leslie Ramsammy’s letter titled Pace of sugar industry’s closure is accelerating.Firstly, the Corporation is disappointed that Dr Ramsammy would write a 798-word letter to the Editor without even bothering to verify that the information therein is accurate. At his level, we find that to be unacceptable. GuySuCo is a phone call away; this is, if Dr Ramsammy is serious about exercising more prudence in his communication on the Corporation.Nonetheless, the Corporation will repeat for the umpteenth time: GUYSUCO IS NOT GETTING OUT OF SUGAR! Re-organising does not mean ‘getting out of sugar’.Dr Ramsammy stated that “Wales Estate is closed. The threat of closure in June 2015 has become a reality and 1700 workers and their families are in a struggle for survival”. Dr Ramsammy would be relieved to learn that a key challenge for the Corporation currently is not finding jobs for its employees, but rather convincing them that continued employment is the best option for them, their families and communities.What he would find even more interesting is that the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has been encouraging hundreds of employees from Wales Estate, specifically the cane harvesters and cane transport operators, to demand termination of their services for a one-off payment of severance, even though their services are needed to keep the doors of the Uitvlugt Estate open.In another instance, the very union is encouraging the planters from the East Demerara Estate to refuse to accept work as harvesters, despite the fact that their estate is harvesting its First Crop 2017, and has a very low harvesters’ attendance rate of 59%; and therefore runs the risk of not achieving its target.With regard to the statement that the Providence cultivation is being closed, the fact is that harvesting is ongoing and the “hundreds of persons employed as cane cutters at Providence have been unemployed since the first crop of 2016”, as Dr Ramsammy claims, and they are actually engaged in harvesting for the Rose Hall Estate.With regard to closing Skeldon Estate, it is unfortunate that the co-generation plant was deemed as unsafe to operate, based on advice from Skeldon Energy Inc. (SEI). As a result, the first crop at that estate has been suspended. However, this situation, like other aspects in Dr Ramsammy’s missive, has been twisted for the sole purpose of justifying his claim that the sugar industry is closing down, so as to create unnecessary panic and anxiety.Dr Ramsammy further stated that “the downgrading of sugar has already left a huge vacuum in the country’s foreign currency earnings”. Albert Einstein said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”, or, “No problem can be solved with the same consciousness that created them”. It would therefore be highly illogical for Dr Ramsammy to expect that things would remain the same but get better. The problems of GuySuCo cannot be solved by using the same thinking or consciousness that created them; so, no doubt, there will be shifts as we adjust to the ‘new normal’.The sugar industry has to be reorganized, GuySuCo has to be re-engineered. There is no question about that if it is to become, and remain, a competitor in the regional and global sugar industries. The first thing that needs to be done for the survival of the industry — whether in the short or medium term — is that productivity needs to be increased; and in the final analysis, the union, workers, the management of the industry and other stakeholders need to work together. Workers need to embrace the programme for reorganizing the Corporation and ensuring its transformation into a resilient entity.We urge Dr Ramsammy to leave the company of naysayers, get on board and become a part of the One GuySuCo Team; the Corporation is forging ahead, and will evolve as the ‘New GuySuCo’.Yours faithfully,Audreyanna Thomas Senior Communications Officerlast_img read more

Oil wealth trickling down to the masses just a pipe dream

first_imgDear Editor,Many of my fellow Guyanese think that now that oil is found and would be welled in Guyana, we would be a rich nation. On the other hand, there are many of us who would say, ‘Ask the citizens of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Nigeria, Uganda, Sudan, Venezuela, Brazil and Trinidad how well the oil trickledown theory is working for them so far’.The citizens of many of these oil-rich countries have only the results of a bomb trickledown campaign to show for their oil — in the form of a bomb crater 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep, where their family homes once stood.In the view of many of us, Guyana’s oil wealth would never trickle down to the masses; that wealth is reserved for those in power, and already rich and wanting to get richer.Just look at the culture of Guyana and you can tell what would happen to the proceeds from oil. Oil wealth trickling down to the masses is nothing but a pipe dream. It has never happened in any Third World country, and will never happen here in my beloved land.This world is an extremely brutal place, I remain pessimistic about Guyana being an exception to the norm, as obtain in Third World countries with copious amounts of natural resources.Do we in Guyana have the metaphorical “brains and mindset” to keep the potential oil wealth in Guyana?For the time being, the jury is out on this matter!Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnathlast_img read more

Deplorable conditions at Region 5 Mortice Primary

first_img… parents reluctant to send children to childrenThe optimum educational advancement of students at the Mortice Primary School at Mahaicony, Region 5 (Mahaica/Berbice) is being hindered because of the school’s current deplorable conditions.On Friday Guyana Times was shown evidence of hanging wires with accompanying sockets for fluorescent lights at various sections of the school.Information reaching this publication stated that the pest control department removed the internal ceiling of the school after a section “caved in” due to mounting bat defecation. According to reports, bat dung and dead bats were removed from the school around four weeks ago and the Regional Administration had requested that the Regional Executive Officer (REO) Roderick Edinboro have the ceiling repaired after Pest control had removed it to clean the stench.Guyana Times was also told that pest control pulled out the wires to clear the ceiling but the REO is yet to send staff to fix the wires. Additionally, the plyboards were also left after being torn off. One individual told this newspaper that some of the parents complained of the lingering scent which drove them to clean up some of the dirt, as they were concerned over the children’s health.“The children dem parents keep dem way, they not sending them to school… a lot missing school.”Further, parents threatened to call in the media but upon supposed instructions of the Education Department, the Headteacher reportedly pleaded with the parents not to do so and it was promised that the situation would be rectified.Additionally the school’s lavatory facilities are in a nonfunctioning condition. This publication was told that cleaners would have to fetch many buckets of water from the neighbour’s yard to flush the toilets. More alarming was that “the children can’t use the toilets because as soon as they enter, the live wire is there.”Inadequate nurseryMeanwhile, early childhood development is also at risk of being hindered as some 23 students of the Mortice Nursery School are currently attending classes under the Mortice Primary School. These classes are being conducted in an environment that is not enclosed. The students also have to consume their lunch there. Parents are worried that their children will become sick if they get wet with the prevailing weather pattern.It was on April 10 Guyana Times reported that a dormitory in Mahaicony which houses secondary school students from the Indigenous community of Moraikabi, had lacked vital food supplies. At that time, Guyana Times was told that all the facility had were some potatoes.After the report was published, a number of items was supplied to the facility nearly two weeks later.last_img read more

Gregg Popovich ejected 63 seconds into Spurs vs Denver

first_imgView comments Then, Popovich headed for the exit.“That’s one of a kind right there,” Malone said. “I don’t know what to say after that.”Popovich also was ejected Sunday during the third quarter in a loss to Sacramento. In that instance, he charged onto the court to berate an official for an out-of-bounds call.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As he made his way down the hall, Popovich joined the scrum where Nuggets coach Michael Malone was conducting his postgame interviews. The exchange between the coaches was nearly as long as Popovich’s appearance in the contest.Malone: “We were just talking about an NBA record that was set tonight.”Popovich: “What was the record? What happened?”Malone: “Somebody got thrown out in 63 seconds.”Popovich: “Are you serious? That person must have hit somebody. Somebody get hit tonight? Somebody get cursed at or anything?”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Luka Doncic passes up shot at winner as Timberwolves escape Mavs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts after being ejected in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich boiled over just 63 seconds into a game against Denver and was ejected.An irate Popovich appeared to be upset over a non-foul call Wednesday night and was given a technical by official Mark Ayotte. He kept it up and was handed another from fellow official David Guthrie. Popovich’s team was trailing 5-0 as he made his way to the locker room.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far 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 LATEST STORIES P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US The last time a coach was ejected within the first 2 minutes of a game was Washington’s Flip Saunders on Jan. 2, 2012, at Boston, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. Saunders was ejected 1:46 into the game.Taking over on the bench for Popovich was assistant coach Ettore Messina as the Spurs were beaten 113-85 by the Nuggets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFollowing the game, Popovich didn’t have much to say.“You’ll have to ask the officials,” he said. MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

PBA D-League: Metropac-San Beda clobbers Trinity, rises to 1st place tie with CEU

first_imgBVR on Tour: Sta. Lucia’s Estoquia-Demontaño pair in Lingayen Open quarterfinals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard James Canlas. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Metropac-San Beda made quick work of CD14 Designs-Trinity, 119-70, to close in on a playoff berth in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The Movers dominated from start to finish, thanks to an early explosion from James Canlas who scored 14 of his 16 points in the opening period.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View comments LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting “We had a great start,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “I wanted to see how the players will react in the games especially that we’re facing a winless team.”Clint Doliguez chipped in 12 points in the victory wjile four other players had double-digit points Metropac-San Beda tied CEU on top of the Foundation Group with a 6-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsScoring at will, the Movers defense forced White Stallion to 26 turnovers for 33 points. Celest Flores-Colina Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila cardlast_img read more

Ateneo soars back to UAAP volleyball finals, stops FEU in its tracks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LATEST STORIES View comments Heather Guino-o salvaged a couple more points for FEU, 24-14, before Tolentino finished things off.Tolentino led all scorers with 19 points for Ateneo while getting ample support from Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston who had 12 points apiece.Malabanan led FEU’s offense with 18 points while Guino-o and Jeanette Villareal had 12 and 11 points, respectively. Ateneo Lady Eagles return to UAAP Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo set up a return flight to the finals after ending Far Eastern University’s campaign with a 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 win in the rubber match of UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Lady Eagles lost their twice-to-beat incentive as the no. 1 seed after Lady Tamaraws’ 10-25, 23-25, 22-25, 12-25, 15-8 win last Saturday, but recovered at the perfect time to regain their place in the title round.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This will be Ateneo’s seventh finals appearance in eight years, only failing advance to the championship of Season 80 after losing to—as fate had it—FEU in the Final Four.READ: Season on the line, FEU shows no quit vs favored Ateneo in Final 4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m just an instrument, the most important thing today is the heart of my players,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro of the victory. “From the no.1 player down to the no.14, they really worked hard, pushed each other up.”The Lady Eagles will face University of Santo Tomas in the best-of-three finals showdown starting on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. Nuggets’ Michael Malone coaches Game 5 with heavy heart after school shootingcenter_img Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We’re not finished yet, we will trust in the Lord, but we will work harder,” added Almadro.READ: Finals-bound Sisi Rondina, UST far from doneAfter taking care of a difficult third set, the Lady Eagles proceeded to dominate FEU in the fourth going on a blistering 9-1 start.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEU tried to mount a comeback with Jerrili Malabanan cutting the deficit to five, 15-10, with a strong kill from the middle but that was  the last push the Lady Tamaraws could conjure.Kat Tolentino floored FEU libero Buding Duremdes with a massive down-the-line kill for Ateneo’s 21-11 lead before the Lady Eagles got to the 24-12 match point with a well-placed kill from Ponggay Gaston.ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MOST READ LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan votinglast_img read more

Surging Blackwater remains perfect, downs Columbian

first_imgView comments Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Alexander Stepheson came up big for the Elite, putting up 26 points, 21 rebounds, and seven blocks while this year’s second overall pick Bobby Ray Parks Jr. had 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, and two steals.The win, however, did not come easy for the Elite with the Dyip able to stay in the thick of the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBlackwater started the final quarter up, 92-79, but only for Columbian to chip away at the deficit with a furious 12-2 run to get to as close as two, 94-92, after CJ Perez, the top overall pick, converted on his two free throws at the 8:11 mark.Kyle Barone then, made it a one-point game, 106-105, with a three-pointer with 3:52 remaining. Barone finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Dyip while Rashawn McCarthy had 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Stepheson, however, restored order as he scored five unanswered for the Elite to give them a 111-105 lead with 1:37 left to play while Mac Belo nailed the dagger triple with 46 seconds remaining.Blackwater head coach Aris Dimaunahan commended his team’s ball movement but he knows the Elite can still improve as the conference goes on.“I think we started the wealth again today, we got 22 assists and last time out we got 27,” said Dimaunahan. “I think the guys are really into sharing the basketball.”“One of my personal concerns is, still, execution. We know we got three wins but the room for improvement is still high, still huge. As we go along, we’ll improve on it.”Belo and Maliksi also had large contributions for Blackwater’s offense with 19 points apiece while combining for 13 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane PLAY LIST 01:16Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Russian teen Potapova stuns Wimbledon champion Kerber at French Open The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Blackwater continued its perfect run early in the conference after turning back Columbian, 118-110, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elite moved to solo first in the standings with a 3-0 record with TNT and NorthPort tied in second at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mr. Jones strikes again for TNT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Bong Ravena lauded his charges for another spectacular scoring performance but saved the best praise for import Terrence Jones, who keyed TNT’s 104-91 victory over Meralco in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup Petron Saturday Special at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Tremendous Terrence,” Ravena said of his import, who dumped 49 points on the Bolts while grabbing 18 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT “But at the same time, the locals stepped up, too,” he added as TNT climbed to the top spot of the midseason conference with a 6-1 record.Ryan Reyes, who came off the bench, had 19 points and made his first six three-point attempts just days after teammate Roger Pogoy’s brilliant sniping put him in the record books with 10 triples made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe KaTropa seem to have found their rhythm, and Ravena may have issued an inadvertent warning to the rest of the field.“We’re not going to take it easy in the coming games,” he said. Sisters act Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 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 MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN “I felt like a rookie [coach] earlier,” said Alas, who served a two-game suspension following an eventful match against TNT earlier this month. “I was jittery all throughout the game.”Meanwhile, the PBA celebrates Father’s Day by holding its annual blood donation drive on Sunday at the Big Dome.Commissioner Willie Marcial will be spearheading the project, now on its fourth year, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and Smart Araneta Coliseum.The blood drive starts at 12 noon at the Big Dome green gate.“What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to donate blood for a cause,” said Marcial, who added that Gillette will put up a shaving station at the green gate.Assorted freebies will also be given to 200 fathers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jones certainly hasn’t showed signs of slowing down and at one point scored 18 straight points to ignite a pull-away in the fourth that laid waste to Chris Newsome’s career-best scoring and the debut of new import Jimmie Taylor.The Bolts, who got 32 points from Newsome and 13 points plus 18 rebounds from Taylor, dropped to 3-4.The KaTropa missed the services of Jayson Castro, who got married Saturday, but had the likes of Don Trollano and Troy Rosario filling in the scoring void.In the second game, Phoenix Pulse slipped past a streaking Alaska, 78-76, to arrest a three-game skid and give coach Louie Alas a triumphant return from suspension.The win was the Fuel Masters’ second in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View comments 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judgelast_img read more

A year ago, Gilas and Australia figured in a brawl

first_imgUkrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao PVL semis: PetroGazz rolls past BanKo Perlas in Game 1 View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists INQUIRER PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—It’s been a year since the infamous brawl between the Philippines and Australia broke out in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The ugly fight, which made headlines around the world, saw 13 players and two Gilas Pilipinas coaches in Jong Uichico and Chot Reyes slapped with suspensions.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A total of 10 Gilas players in Calvin Abueva, Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz, Jio Jalalon, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Andray Blatche, Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright were suspended.Three Aussies in Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding were given suspensions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas also had to pay a whopping CHF 250,000 (P13,373,002) disciplinary fine for “the unsportsmanlike behavior of its delegation members and of its public, as well as for insufficient organization of the game.Both squads went on to qualify for the 2019 Fiba World Cup. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines was slotted in Group D with Angola, Italy and Serbia while Australia is in Group H with Canada, Senegal and Lithuania.On This Date: A year ago, a BRAWL broke out between the Philippines and Australia teams in a FIBA World Cup qualifier pic.twitter.com/ycQY0g1vLI— ESPN (@espn) July 2, 2019 MOST READ Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 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 gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy 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 eruptionlast_img read more

Phenom, Gilas women’s rule 2019 Red Bull Reign PH

first_imgHeavy 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 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao MOST READ Meanwhile, Phenom was crowned Red Bull reign champions after overcoming Basilan, 22-19, in the men’s final.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFormer NCAA and PBA D-League players Shaq Alanes, Junjie Hallare, and Micole Sorela rose fro, the Last Chance qualifier all the way to the final where it survived a tough stand from Basilan.“I’m kinda speechless”, says Sorela. “We didn’t expect to win this, especially against our friends from Team Basilan. So we feel great! We wouldn’t have made it here without the help of our coaches or my awesome teammates.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentscenter_img Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MANILA, Philippines–Phenom and Gilas women’s teams ruled the 2019 Red Bull Reign 3×3 Philippine leg last weekend to book a ticket to the Global Finals in Toronto, Canada in August.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Fourteen male teams and eight female teams competed this year for the honor of representing the Philippines in Toronto against 15 other countries.Backed by national team talents Jack Daniel Animam, Claire Castro, Janine Pontejos and Afril Bernardino, the Gilas women’s team zoomed its way to the final round where it dominated Zamboanga Valientes, 21-6, to win the title.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We train every day,” said power forward Animam. “We’ve known each other for so long that our teamwork is top notch. And now, it’s a privilege to represent the Philippines in the World Finals in Toronto.” Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Serena Williams could play twice as Wimbledon Week 1 closes Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickslast_img read more

Tipoteh Wants NEC Commissioners Dismissed

first_imgLong time opposition politician, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to dismiss, with immediate effect, all of the Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC).Dr. Tipoteh, in a release said the Commissioners must be dismissed now, “because they operate unfairly.”He said there is great urgency for the NEC Commissioners’ dismissal, “because unfair elections often lead to violence.”Citing, reasons for the dismissal of the commissioners, Dr. Tipoteh said the NEC chair recently publicly gave undue promotion to a political party at the expense of other political parties; the presence of a foreigner as NEC Commissioner; foreigners as candidates in NEC elections; foreigners as voters in NEC elections: and the placement of the wrong surnames of candidates in NEC elections.Dr. Tipoteh insists that with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Peacekeepers all set to depart from Liberia by June 2016 and general and presidential elections scheduled to be held in 2017, NEC must be made a fair Commission before the 2017 elections.“After the Liberian civil crisis, the people of Liberia are united in one loud and clear voice: we want peace, no more war,” Dr. Tipoteh told President Sirleaf the release, concerning the NEC Commissioners.He is therefore urging civil society to present a short list of potential NEC Commissioners to the President so that she can appoint NEC Commissioners only from the civil society lst.“The President,” he said, “must not appoint NEC Commissioners from her own list, because that would result in having the NEC Commissioners becoming unfair, as they are now, doing what they think is pleasing to the President.”Dr. Tipoteh made the call over the weekend when some media personnel approached him on his reaction to the public praising of a political party by the NEC Chairperson, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, while other NEC Commissioners remained silent and therefore supportive of the NEC Chairperson’s “illegal praise-singing.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines

first_imgLATEST STORIES Benefits of township living MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Ramirez says that during that time he broke his addiction to glue because he was cut off from it and the bad influences of the street.Eventually, the brothers ended up at Tuloy sa Don Bosco, a home that shelters street children and aims to teach them a trade.Playing rugby wasn’t one of the options — Ramirez studied to become a baker — but when he was 11 he had the pivotal, if accidental, introduction to the game.He fell in love with the fast-paced action of the game and excelled at it. He started with small clubs, but was getting noticed in the tight-knit rugby community.Around 2012, he was asked to try out for the Philippines under-18 team. He kept rising until he won a spot on the Volcanoes in 2015.Yet that success cannot erase the gap left by his missing parents, and whether they are still alive is something that Ramirez thinks about every day.“I want to be with my parents. I miss being part of a family,” he said. “I just don’t know how I can find them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This photo taken on June 15, 2019 shows Lito Ramirez (C) during a rugby match in Silangan, Laguna, south of Manila. – Long before Lito Ramirez was one of the Philippines’ first homegrown rugby stars he was a six-year-old orphan addicted to sniffing glue, who survived on trash and begging. In 2015, Ramirez was one of the first born and bred Pinoys (Filipinos) to land a spot on the Philippines national squad, the Volcanoes. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH RugbyU-WC-2019-PHI-Philippines-Ramirez, FOCUS by Joshua MELVINLong before Lito Ramirez was one of the Philippines’ first homegrown rugby stars he was a six-year-old orphan addicted to sniffing glue, who survived on trash and begging.If there was any luck in his hellish world, it was that the brand of glue he and other street kids used to get high was called “Rugby”.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Letts said Ramirez’s brutal upbringing is now a strength: “He’s definitely got the grit. He’s been through it all.”Ramirez says he has no memory of his parents and is not even sure of their full names. In fact, he has no birth certificate, so he’s not sure of his true birthday.He uses March 17, 1994, which was assigned to him when he was taken in by an orphanage. That makes him 25 years old, on paper at least.After his parents went missing, he and his older brother had ended up in the hands of a man he believes was an uncle. The man was an addict who sent the boys to beg on the streets of Manila, which is where they were introduced to glue-sniffing.So-called “Rugby boys” have been a problem in the Philippines for decades, despite promises of reforms from solvent manufacturers, merchants and the government.A small bottle of solvent still costs less than $1 in most shops.‘I miss being a family’Ramirez and his brother lived a perilous existence. They dug for food in the trash and were chased by the police, who arrested child addicts.“We slept wherever the night caught up with us,” he said.That changed when a woman, shocked by how the boys were living, led them to an orphanage. They bounced between facilities over the coming years. Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ View comments It culminated with him becoming, in 2015, one of the first born and bred Pinoys (Filipinos) to land a spot on the Philippines national squad, the Volcanoes.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsTo this day, the team is composed mostly of foreign-born players whose primary tie to the nation is a Filipino parent.‘He’s been through it all’Jake Letts, general manager of the Philippine Rugby Football Union, has watched Ramirez develop from a raw talent to what he called a “dangerous” player on the pitch.“His strength is his speed and his agility. It’s really hard for a big guy to catch him,” Letts told AFP. “When they do catch him it can be painful.”ADVERTISEMENT Bucks re-sign guard George Hill The name still resonated with Ramirez years after he stopped using and was building his life in a Manila orphanage.Counselors there had urged him to pick a sport, but he didn’t like football or basketball, the national obsession. Then they asked him if he wanted to give rugby a try.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I didn’t have any idea it was a sport,” he told AFP. “I thought it was the glue. That’s why I chose rugby for sports.”This fateful misunderstanding would redirect his life, giving the scrappy five-foot six-inch wing/fullback a way off the streets and into the sort of full-time career he can only have dreamt about. Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines PLAY LIST 01:35Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:37Calm 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

THE INDISPENSABLE PLACE AND ROLE OF THE FAMILY IN THE LIFE OF COMMUNITIES AND…

first_imgThis seventh and concluding article of the series centered on the family and its indispensable place in all human societies, draws particular attention to the necessity of the individual person for the family and wider society. The premise of the article is that just as every person needs a family for her/his survival, growth and total development, in some significant ways the family also needs the individual. Families and all human institutions are made of up individuals and therefore needs every person for their full potential to be realized. While no one person is indispensable to the family, the absence of the contribution of every person diminishes, somehow, the overall good of the family. How? We shall see below. The sixth article of the series on the necessity of the family for the overall welfare of every person made the following points:Of all animals man is the most social. From birth to the grave she/he is surrounded by the immediate family. When she/he leaves the family born into she/he often forms a family of he/his own or some other association for the rest of life. During infancy, as compared to other animals, the human person is the most dependent and for the longest period before she/he is able to cater to self in some meaningful ways (from the first hour to about three to four years). For the first three months one is totally dependent on others. She/he needs others to feed her/him, clean her/him, turn her/him over if she/he gets tired lying on one side. She/he depends on others to learn how to talk and to be able to respond to the surroundings appropriately.It has been proven that a person who is provided with the basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter and security but denied of all human interactions will not be able to hear and speak. The human person would not survive the first days and months of life without the loving support of the parents or other caregivers fulfilling the role of the parents. The ideal situation for every child is to be raised by a loving father and mother who themselves show love and respect to each other. But the reality is that millions are deprived of caring and dependable parents (whether biological or adopted) and must do with whatever parental care (however inadequate) available.The implications of this dependency are profound. It means therefore the parents and the entire family or their equivalents are necessary for the survival and development of every person. In light of this sociality of all human beings, every individual is obliged to be grateful to her/his family. She/he must learn early and increasing with the years of maturity to make some sacrifices for the greater good of the family.The Apostle Paul likens the Church community to that of a body with many parts and yet each part making its contribution towards the overall function and health of the whole body. This analogy of the Church as a body with many parts can be extended to any fully functioning human institution such as the family or community or nation. Paul writes: “For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a member of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them as he chose. If all were a single organ, where would the body? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you…’ If one member suffers, all suffer together. If one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:14-26).The lesson is crystal clear. All human beings are interdependent. They need others and others need them. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once correctly put it, “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” An African proverb says, “I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am.” The individual needs the family. The family needs the individual. They need to work together for the good of one another and the whole.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThree years ago, MOP-Liberia and a group of committed volunteer peace messengers launched a 21-day peace; volunteerism for peace and development to the sectors of Liberia. Three years later the words spoken by little Remember Jorporlor in Gbarnga, Bong County, a rural part of Liberia mentioned and I quote, “Until, Government can assist us with books, pencils and book bags and make us to have good learning, the children in Bong County will not have total peace, we want good education”, have reverberated in the meeting rooms of the Peacebuilding Commission – UNHQ; conference room of the African Union Building in Addis Ababa and along the corridors of several institutions.Our lofty objectives to promote and advocate for peace remains unchanged. MOP-Liberia remains unapologetic for its involvement in peace building initiatives. More than ever before, we need peace and we also need to set our eyes on the path to a sustainable future whereby people, particularly young people are free from diseases, ignorance, poverty and oppression.Every year, and at every given opportunity we call on governments, International Government Organizations and NGOs including the private sector to invest more in human security. We believe that with informed minds and stability come growth and development. Consequently, our focus on a healthy life with improved access to food, water, sanitation and a life where human rights are respected and young people are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities cannot be over emphasized.New agreements, new UN resolutions and new goals/initiative on peace and sustainable development present new era of opportunities for young girls globally. Agenda 2030 for example would serve as a blue print for action and it is on this note that MOP-Liberia sees a transformative role for young female leaders.It is our opinion that the role of young female leaders in negotiations and affairs of the nation should be more deliberative and more inclusive than before. Young women should see themselves as champions not beneficiaries of assistance or charities. The violations of our rights by anyone or institutions should be renounced or repudiated. An important role for young women is their involvement in the global movement for positive change. MOP-Liberia and other reputable NGOs are demonstrating daily that the change we need is not only possible but it is happening. The time is right and the time is now. To build on this momentum requires the involvement of all young women who must be ready to engage, participate and lead.We must recognize that real change would not happen without action and pressure from young women everywhere. There is a need to hold those before us accountable for past commitments, as we need to hold ourselves accountable for future commitments. As young female peace advocates, we can become better at preventing conflicts and protecting human rights if we get involved. The clarion call is for use to prove our mettle.It is well documented that women, especially young women, despite several odds, can and do secure progress for all. The solution to our conflicts lies with us and now where else.Until next week when we come to you with a new piece on “Mob Violence in Work Places” Let’s keep an eye on peace, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace continue to prevail in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Swedish Ambassador Nordstrom’s Critical Charge to BWI Grads: “Value Yourselves”

first_imgMadam Lena Nordstrom, Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, last Saturday challenged the graduates of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) not to take lightly their accomplishments after attaining secondary diplomas in technical and vocational skills. They should rather see themselves as shining examples to other Liberian youth. “You are now challenged,” she told the 314 graduates, “to put your skills to work for the advancement of your communities and society as a whole.”This profound and challenging advice from Ambassador Nordstrom was given on her behalf by the Swedish Embassy’s Head of Development Cooperation, Ms. Elizabeth Harleman. For reasons unknown to herself, Ambassador Nordstrom’s charge to the BWI grads starkly reminded Observer Publisher Kenneth Y. Best of one line he remembered from the Valedictory Address of St. Teresa Convent’s dux in 1950, 66 years ago.Kenneth, then a bare-footed St. Patrick’s third grader, legs shining with palm kernel oil, had accompanied his older sister Muriel, a Convent junior clad in white, to the graduation.Standing in the crowded Convent auditorium (who would offer a poor, barefooted lad a seat?), Kenneth heard the brilliant 16-year-old dux tell her wildly clapping audience, “Today, I am no longer a mere school girl, but a responsible woman in the Republic.”Cora Ann, however, did not say which “republic” she was referring to. For immediately upon graduation she entered Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where she soon earned her Bachelor’s degree, then went on to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she took the Ph.D in Education. While atHarvard, she met and married a Nigerian chemical engineer and shortly thereafter he took her to Nigeria, where they found immediate employment. But during the Nigerian Civil War little over a decade later, the couple returned to the United States with their children. So Cora Ann was perhaps referring in her Valedictory Address to “the Republic of the World,” in the same way so many BWI and other Liberian graduates, following the 1980 coup d’état and our own civil war, are today rendering professional services all over the world. She became a senior official in the New Jersey School System.But “responsible woman in the republic”—is that not what the Swedish Ambassador told the BWI grads last Saturday? Urging them to take themselves seriously, just as Cora Ann Phelps took herself seriously 66 years ago, Ambassador Nordstrom told them: “You are a great example to other Liberian youth, and you are [challenged] to put your skills to work for your communities and your society as a whole.”Without knowing it—how could she? She is new here— Ambassador Nordstrom was telling them to follow the footsteps of such BWI graduates as Samuel Burnett and Harry Yuan, both Electricity graduates of BWI, the former in 1957, the latter in 1961, who went on to study Electrical Engineering in the USA and returned to head the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), each in his time, as Managing Director. There are so many other Liberian technical institutions that have been headed by BWI graduates. We know of several who have served as Ministers of Public Works, among them Joseph Boayue, Class of 1938 (eighth grade), Yudu Gray, and arguably the most celebrated of them all, Gabriel Johnson Tucker, Class of ‘54. Tucker ran the Ministry with considerable success. The bridge linking central Monrovia to Bushrod Island, built under his watch, is named for him.Gabriel’s classmate, Edwin Dunbar, for many years ran a successful civil engineering firm in Texas, and Gabriel joined his classmate there during exile in the USA. It is because so many old BWI boys and girls, having left their alma mater and pursued advanced training in their various technical and vocational fields, are doing so well and making money because of it in the Diaspora, especially in North America, that the strongest of all Liberian alumni associations in that part of the world is the BWI Alumni Association of North America (BWIAANA).We pray for continued peace in Liberia that will allow these and other BWI graduates to travel to Sweden, other parts of Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa for advanced training to return and help rebuild Liberia. May some of them also return to Kakata and accelerate the expansion and refinement of Agricultural, Business, Technical, Vocational and Industrial training at their beloved “Dear Booker T.” Such a patriotic initiative, on the part of BWI Alumni, here and in the Diaspora will be an important contribution towards the realization of that most encouraging and laudable pledge by Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, to make the Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute (BWI) “a center of excellence.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FEU official cries foul over delayed implementation of revised UAAP rule

first_imgView comments Marcus Douthit bats for Chris McCullough as Gilas’ next naturalized player Ojoula was supposed to be fielded by the Tamaraws this year through the “one-and-done” provision, but UAAP Executive director Rebo Saguisag said the one-and-done rule is only applicable to local players.“I think he was ineligible because he’s a foreign student-athlete,” said Saguisag. “One-and-done is only applicable for locals, for citizens of the Philippines and that is the same rule being applied to some players from La Salle.”Keyshawn Evans-Meeker, Jamie Orme-Malonzo, and James Laput-Pado – Fil-foreigners are set to debut with the Green Archers this season owing to the one-and-done rule.But Saguisag said Ojoula’s case is different.“According to the rules, in the case of Ojoula, he cannot play,” said Saguisag. “But then again, the board realized that we should realign with the high school situation. For as long as the player has attended at least one full academic year and graduated in the Philippines, even if he’s a foreigner, he can play immediately. The direction of the league is to align it in the case of Angelo Kouame. If you’re a foreign student-athlete and you have graduated in the Philippines and have attended one full academic year here there’s no need to undergo residency. But then again, that’s moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak 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 ash LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Molina said the majority of the UAAP Board Members voted that the rule will only be implemented next season, which meant that FEU’s Nigerian center Emman Ojoula, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Naga University early this year, was declared ineligible to play for the Tamaraws in UAAP Season 82.“Clearly, there was an oversight last year because only the rule for foreigners who graduated from a high school in the Philippines was changed, but that was corrected by the board early this year,” said Molina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Unfortunately for us, that rule change will only take effect next season. We have no choice, but to follow the majority rule.”Kouame was cleared by the eligibility committee because the amended rule no longer required foreign students who graduated from high school in the Philippines to undergo a redshirt year. Kouame graduated from Multiple Intelligence International School in 2018. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LATEST STORIES Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs UAAP Season 82 opening ceremony at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo from the UAAPA Far Eastern U official on Monday questioned the delayed implementation of an amended UAAP rule that no longer requires foreign students who have earned their college degrees in the Philippines to sit out a year to undergo residency.FEU athletic director Mark Molina said they were hoping that the amended rule would take effect in UAAP Season 82 just like the rule that allowed Ateneo’s Ange Kouame to play the season after finishing high school in the country.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cayetano eyes minor shake-up in Phisgoc as 2019 SEA Games nears

first_imgFinal 4 drive Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LATEST STORIES “Maaaring magkaroon ng kaunting reassignment sa role, because natatapos na ‘yong period ng planning at pagpupundar ng foundation, nandun na tayo sa day-to-day operations,” he told reporters at the House of Representatives.“Wala namang major announcement except that we are thinking of putting up, we were advised na habang palapit, kailangan mo ng crisis or executive committee para sa day-to-day problems,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Philippines is set to return as SEA Games hosts this year, with the tilt starting on November 31 and set to end by December 11.  Issues related to corruption and lack of preparation however, have plagued the organizing teams. MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down MANILA, Philippines – A minor shake-up of the leadership roles at the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Foundation, Inc. may be possible as the 2019 SEA Games nears, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday.Cayetano, who is also Phisgoc’s chair, said this is due to the transition of the organizing groups from planning to actual operation.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son READ: Glacier-like pace of SEA Games organizing continues Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) READ: Cayetano-led Phisgoc Foundation stays as 2019 SEA Games organizerREAD: Palace convinced no corruption in PhisgocCayetano clarified that the possible reshuffle has nothing to do with the issues, but rather, was because of what the organizing committee needs at the present stage.“We’re just reassessing the role of every single person, especially given na ‘yong iba nating sports leaders may commitment abroad, katulad ni Mr. (Ramon) Suzara, ‘yong sa Olympics,” he said.“But si Chairman Butch (Ramirez) naka-pako na siya sa sports, nakatutok na siya doon, and we’re thinking of elevating two or three others who have been doing hardwork, to positions na pwedeng sila ang magmamartilyo doon sa kailangang gawin in the next two months,” he added.  /mufREAD: DPWH gets down to work for SEAGSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist READ: Palace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOfficials meanwhile have clarified that there is enough time, as corruption allegations are denied. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he was convinced that there is no corruption within the foundation, although a probe will still be conducted.READ: Duterte seen barring Cayetano’s PHISGOC from organizing SEA GamesADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ View commentslast_img read more

From tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run

first_imgMOST READ “I can’t believe (Houston) dumped games to get high draft picks,” Brown said to laughter. “Can you believe that? Somebody trying to get high draft picks dumping games? I don’t know what you’re talking about.”From tanking to title contention, Brown has lived through it all in Philly since he was hired in 2013 and finally has his best roster and shot at winning a championship. The sting of last season’s elimination, when Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7-ending buzzer-beater in NBA history to lead Toronto past the 76ers, still lingers for the holdovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid & Co. have 7-1 odds to win the NBA title and believe the best is at last ahead for a team that has lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals each of the last two seasons.“I’ve already picked the 76ers to win the championship next year,” Barkley said. “So, no pressure. I mean that, sincerely. I did call you all a stupid organization.” FIFA president ‘disappointed’ by empty stands at Koreas qualifier 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 Embiid said he wants to play more than 64 games, though the Sixers are weary of his workload. He has 13-1 odds to win NBA MVP.“I knew I had to be in better shape,” Embiid said. “Meaning that, I had to do a better job. You can’t coach sickness, you can’t go and get sick. All I can do is just make sure I do the right thing and eat the right things. I just try to do what I can do best.”Embiid said at the start of training camp that he lost 20 pounds over the offseason and aimed for at least five more before opening night by eating right and working with team officials to get in better condition. Embiid didn’t say how much he weighs but is listed as 250 pounds on the depth chart.HORFORD HELPSHorford just might prove the most valuable pickup for the Sixers. When he played for the Celtics, Horford often gave Embiid fits defensively and now can give spell at center, when needed. A five-time All-Star, Horford averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season.Horford said he didn’t necessarily spill any secrets to Embiid on how to solve rugged defensive matchups.“We are going to talk, but he is going to be fine,” Horford said. “If you look at the stat line, he is just doing his thing. I’m here to help him and I am here to help the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid grabs a rebound during the first half of the team’s NBA exhibition basketball game against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers’ complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked.Billy Cunningham was Barkley’s first NBA coach and joked the Sixers may never have drafted Sir Charles had Houston not tanked at the tail end of 1984 to increase the odds it could select Hakeem Olajuwon with the No. 1 pick. Sixers coach Brett Brown, trying to become the first coach to win the championship in Philadelphia since Cunningham in 1983, had some fun at Barkley’s expense with the revelation.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Much like the 60-loss seasons, that’s all in the past for Philadelphia.Simmons and Embiid are proven All-Stars and have the long-term, big-money deals that will keep them franchise cornerstones for years in their prime. Al Horford was signed away from rival Boston to start at power forward and, perhaps more importantly, provide needed relief to Embiid as backup center.Embiid says the 76ers have a “chance to win it all” and the excitement around the team grows with each season.Here’s what else to know about the 76ers:SIMMONS FOR 3ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Simmons was cheered in a preseason game like he was a scrub off the JV bench who scored a basket in mop-up time when he buried a 3-pointer.The reason the crowd went wild? The 3 was the first for Simmons in the NBA.Simmons is 0 for 17 from 3-point range in two seasons and spent his summer trying to improve his jumper. Defenses sagged on Simmons, daring him to shoot because the point guard can’t do much outside the paint. Simmons’ ability to expand his game is needed for the Sixers to go deep in the postseason as much as a healthy Embiid.“I work every day and to me, it shows,” Simmons said. “I’m in the gym every day and I feel like it is paying off.”Simmons has 50-1 odds to win NBA MVP.The 23-year-old signed a $170 million, five-year contract extension in the offseason. He made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season and was Rookie of the Year. He was an All-Star for the first time last season but vowed to do more.“I think I was just too worried about what people were saying and what was going on around me. Too many outside noises,” Simmons said. “I was really able to block them out this summer and not focus on what people were saying.”NEED FOR EMBIIDThe Sixers will go only as far as their franchise center takes them.They were willing to wait two years for him to sit out with injuries because they knew the tantalizing talent ahead. But Embiid has yet to play more than 64 games a season, one reason why the Sixers played Game 7 on the road instead of home. He missed a playoff game against Brooklyn with a bad left knee and had multiple digestive issues that made his starting status unknown for other games. Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ View commentslast_img read more

PH sweeps way to title in Jakarta 3×3 tilt

first_imgUST turns to its defense to beat fancied UP anew Pasaol finished with 10 points while Munzon added seven. Santi Santillan added three points while Troy Rike had one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Munzon, the top 3×3 player in the Philippines, drove hard to the basket and followed it up with a defensive stop.Pasaol then, scored on a putback off Munzon’s miss and drew Indonesia’s seventh foul to send him to the line to shoot two free throws for the game-winning point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We offer this title to our countrymen, this is for them,” said Chooks to Go 3X3 program director Eric Altamirano about the team’s five-game sweep of the tournament that the Indonesian federation Perbasi hosted as part of its Southeast Asian Games preparation.“Secondly, we are preparing for the OQT (Olympic Qualifying Tournament). This is a really good tournament to start and I’m really proud of the boys.” View comments Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing01:05Poor 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 shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 spewed fire in the crucial stages to outlast Indonesia, 21-17 (7:02), and claim the Jakarta 3×3 International Invitational Challenge title Saturday night.After a 17-all deadlock, Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol teamed up to fend off the hard-fighting hosts.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

PNC…

first_img…can run but it can’t hideNow that President Granger’s back and has announced he’s back in the saddle, what does that say of Moses Nagamootoo’s whining that the PPP was “taking advantage”. Your Eyewitness was always optimistic about the President’s prognosis since the latter is a fella who’s meticulous about his health.It’s clear the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caught early because of his vigilance. Nagamootoo will definitely have to step DOWN in 2020 after his performance (more like “non-performance!) in the Whim LGE!! The LGE proved conclusively that the “dead meat” AFC is like that dead albatross the Ancient Mariner was forced to carry around on his neck! And the PNC must be crying pitifully, “votes, votes; votes everywhere – but not a vote for us”!!But it wasn’t just the miserable turnout in their core constituency that has rattled the PNC – it’s the masterful use of the political space by the PPP in general – and Jagdeo in particular – that has them running around like chickens without heads! Like a veteran heavyweight boxer, the PPP pursued the PNC and AFC in every constituency and showed them – notwithstanding their tag team tactic – they were cornered! The first body blow that doubled up the two erstwhile “coalition” partners was the LGE result.The filing of the no-confidence motion was the uppercut that would’ve knocked them out clean!! So with the political graveyard staring them in the face, the PNC and the AFC have gone into each other’s arms again and are desperately seeking to avoid the inevitable. But as the great Joe Louis once told the challenger Billy Conn, “You can run but you can’t hide”!! The boxing ring, after all, is a finite, enclosed space!And so’s the workings of the no-confidence motion through the labyrinthine parliamentary system!! In the normal course of things, the motion would have been placed on the Notice Paper and approved by the Speaker to go on the Order Paper within 12 days for debate “at the earliest possible occasion”. That’s what happened when the same Nagamootoo brought his no-confidence motion against the PPP with AFC’s Trotman as Speaker and the APNU/AFC having a one-seat advantage.Today, they’re in Government – with the same one-seat majority – and yet they’re trying every which way not to have the motion come on the floor for debate!! The Budget Debate before the vote will just earn the PNC another month or so in Government.They can run…but they can’t hide!!…and no Basil in sight??Was a time when AG Basil Williams, SC, was like his namesake herb – showing up anywhere, something was cooking! In his case, it was in things political. But oh, how low has the mighty fallen since he lost the race for the chair of the PNC to Volda Lawrence! With the President out on sick leave and the rest of the “big ones” – your Eyewitness is being kind to the AFC types! – huddling late at night in homes and at Congress Place press conferences, Basil Williams was nowhere to be seen!!Has he thrown in the towel after the first knockdown? Or is it the knockdown was by a “girl”!! C’mon Williams, man up and show some spunk? Political fights are always fifteen-round affairs…and your defeat was just round one!! Look how Greenidge has come back from Siberia (or was it Amazonia?!) and is in the thick of things!! Even giving assurances that the AFC will be going to the 2020 polls with the PNC!!And you KNOW that ain’t so!!…and “motherland”PNC Minister Annette Ferguson told the international Fly Meet that Guyanese want to connect with the “motherland” Africa, by air.Didn’t our Indigenous People’s come from Asia? Are they supposed to walk back over the Bering Strait?last_img read more

Privatising closed sugar estates

first_imgIn view of the universally acknowledged (save for some members of the Government) acceptance that the contract negotiated with ExxonMobil for our oil was very poorly handled by the Government in the person of the Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) opined that for all new contracts in the oil sector, the Government should utilise the services of more expert negotiators.On the surface, even though it is clear it is playing “catch up,” the Government appears to have learnt that lesson as it prepares to negotiate contracts for the sale of the four estates/factories in the sugar industry which it unilaterally decided to close. Ideally, it should have followed the recommendations of its very expensive Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the industry, which suggested the Government inject funds to improve all GuySuCo’s assets to a point of sale within three years.During that time, it would have been able to accomplish more efficiently, even the putatively modest downsizing it has embarked on:- selling Skeldon factory and fields of some 16,000 acres; Wales 8000 acres; Enmore factory with over 10,000 acres, and Rose Hall (Canje) factory and an unknown number of acres of land.The Government has established a Special Purpose Unit (SPU) under the state’s National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), its divestment arm, to take care of the sale. Since all other assets besides those at Uitvlugt, Blairmont and Albion have been transferred from GuySuCo to the SPU, it is assumed that the headquarters and other properties would also be on the block.After a meeting with GAWU, the field and factory sugar workers union, it was revealed that the SPU evidently has decided to operate the sugar entities under its remit, until they are sold. In the meantime, it hired an international accounting and consultant firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), to conduct a valuation of all assets under the control of GuySuCo, in addition to providing other advisory and financial services. Following the valuation exercise, PWC will develop an investment prospectus, and through the SPU, distribute to all interested investors.At this point, there have already been several “expressions of interest” (EoIs) from several investors, domestic and foreign.It would appear that PWC has already justified its hiring, since, prior to its services being contracted, there was no word about the SPU operating the estates that were announced as being “closed”. If that were actually the case, then the value of the latter would have become seriously depreciated in the one year or so it would have taken for any serious valuation and negotiation to consummate the sales. In case this did not occur to the Government officials who decided on the unilateral closures, they should take a look at the condition of Wales, which has now been closed for a year. Not only the factory — which has been described as “cannibalized” — but the fields that were abandoned. They have already reverted to “bush,” with the canals becoming clogged up and impassable with vegetation. Savvy investors will have to factor this into their assessment, and reduce their offers accordingly.For the SPU officials to attempt to keep its other estates as viable entities, they will have to do much better than GuySuCo has been able to achieve for the last decade. And it will not just be a matter of their own inexperience in the sugar industry. All the factories, for instance, are designed for a certain level of throughput, which cannot fluctuate since the boilers etc are designed to run continuously, and can only be shut down and restarted at tremendous cost, which add to the already high unit production costs. And there is the matter of selling the sugar that would be produced at these high costs. Will the SPU be finding sugar markets on their own, or will GuySuCo be purchasing the high-priced sugar and further increasing their need for subsidies?last_img read more

Government’s duplicitousness

first_imgThere has been extensive reportage and opinions on the APNU/AFC Government’s continuous and deliberate delay of elections that should have been held as of March 21 this year.Despite that, and a related ruling by the nation’s highest legal recourse— the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)— the Government remains steadfast to its own interpretation, thereby, creating an unnecessary, but self-serving, political deadlock.With just about five months since that constitutional deadline has elapsed, there is still no clear indication as to when the elections will be held. Today, the Chief Justice is expected to rule on the House-to-House (HtH) Registration currently ongoing at the behest of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). That exercise was embarked upon by the Chief Elections Officer following an order signed by the immediate past Chairman— whose appointment was ruled as unconstitutional by the CCJ.The Government is adamant on the necessity of the HtH, despite constitutional provisions to derive a credible voters’ list. Such actions by the Government speak to yet another glaring delaying mechanism it deliberately imposes to extend its stay in office.Recently, the Attorney General reportedly said that there is no provision for snap elections here. That is either a gross misinterpretation or deliberate trampling on clear and enshrined constitutional provisions on the said matter. That statement, in many ways, has come to embody Government’s position and its ongoing imposition. It is a clear case of wantonly peddling misinformation at a time when fake news seem to be taking a stranglehold.In doing so, the Government has imprinted in the mind-sets of its supporters that HtH is the only mechanism to derive a credible voters’ list. More fake news. In addition, it deliberately and conveniently avoids any mention of the constitutional provisions to derive a credible list, while at the same time, warning of dire consequences if the HtH process is halted. It can only be seen as a calculative and most dangerous ploy, taking into consideration the warring and its historical context.From all appearances, the Government’s delaying tactics strongly suggest a fear of it losing the elections and the possibility of being made to answer for alleged massive and widespread corruption. Its dismal record since taking office in 2015 more than likely underscores that fear as it’s devoid of anything substantive to boast about. It has even failed abysmally in an area of perceived strength— crime fighting.From its actions, there seems entrenched an obsession with self-preservation and self-advancement by the Government at the expense of the country, the people and democracy. Since 2015, Government has not been subtle in demonstrating a preference to circumvent established governance procedures, and, over the past eight months, there has been an increase and constant assault on Guyana’s democracy and Constitution.While some have boldly called out the Government, many have been fearful to speak out for obvious reasons. As it is, the Government has emboldened itself and continues to act as if it’s not bound by the Constitution. Hard-lined supporters are also emboldened as a frightening prospect in the context of the warning looms.With that in mind, calling a spade a spade is also not without risk. While many have wondered, they may be afraid to publicly ask: what if the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had done what the Government has? It’s a fair question. Even when the PPP, as a government, acted constitutionally, the APNU/AFC coalition, when in Opposition, were up in arms and took to the streets, often with dire consequences, which history vindicates.The Government’s duplicitousness is therefore mind-boggling, as evident in one instance under the Donald Ramotar administration. Then, the APNU/AFC coalition used the said constitutional provision for a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) to try and oust the then PPP/C Government. Then, the APNU/AFC coalition had no misunderstanding, misinterpretation or ambiguity in any form as to what must happen constitutionally in the event of a NCM, including snap elections within ninety days.It threatened such and was on the verge of filing it when President Ramotar prorogued Parliament as he was constitutionally allowed to do. That was condemned by APNU/AFC to the point of convincing that Ramotar did something that was unlawful. It clearly was not, but made to appear so by a coalition for reason of convenience.That said, the APNU/AFC Government must answer: why when it was in the Opposition, a NCM was constitutional and the results must be abided by, but now in government, it refuses to abide and deems it a conspiracy? Why, now in government, there is suddenly no provisions for a snap election? Why, now in government, defying the Constitution is brazenly defended?With a growing fear of possible election rigging by the Government, the burning questions many are afraid to ask is: What if the PPP/C had abdicated to GECOM its responsibility of ensuring constitutional timeframe for the holding of elections? The answers are frightening to say the least.last_img read more

UK needs to do more to combat corruption

first_imgDear Editor,The UK Prime Minister David Cameron described corruption as “a greater threat to society than Islamic terrorism”. There is corruption in his country. It is one thing to speak on the effects of corruption. But it is quite another matter when it comes to take action against corruption. The UK Government has consistently refused to take action to tackle corruption in Third World countries. In fact, the UK government, as is also the US Government, has consistently protected its corrupt allies as has been the case in Guyana.Cameron claims Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Iraq are among the most corrupt states in the world. All three also happens to be Islamic states that are plagued with corruption and terror among other Islamic and non-Islamic nations; India is also facing serious corruption but Cameron did not mention it by name for fear of the consequences in trade.Modi’s two-year-old government is not corrupt.Corruption is eating away at the fabric of nations and must be addressed. Guyana is facing serious corruption. Towards this point, the UK PM must be applauded for focusing on corruption. But there is an element of hypocrisy in the PM’s sincerity in addressing corruption; Cameron slams some unfriendly countries but excused others. It has not slammed corruption in Guyana where the UK installed a racist regime in 1964.Also, Cameron failed to point out Britain’s role in promoting and/or condoning corruption in so many countries including our very own Guyana. The leaders of the countries Cameron mentioned as being among the most corrupt admit their countries have corruption.But they are urging Cameron to help them prosecute those linked to corruption and for Cameron to return stolen money that is deposited in British banks for safe-keeping. Cameron has not addressed that request or the issue of Britain’s role in facilitating theft of national funds which money has been deposited in UK banks. Britain has not been cooperative in going after the corrupt or confiscating corrupt money.It is no secret that Britain and the US installed the corrupt regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan against the wishes of the international community. They did the same in Guyana.The US and UK are, therefore, responsible for corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan. They kept financing corrupt leaders knowing fully well that billions of American dollars were being siphoned off and deposited in overseas accounts of the corrupt regimes.The corrupt leaders of Nigeria have deposited much of their stolen loot in UK banks. When requested to seize the stolen loot, Britain is silent because returning stolen money to their rightful owners could lead to collapse of British banks. The same is also true of corruption involving Guyanese leaders who were protected by Britain.Corruption is not only when leaders or officials or businesses steal money or pay bribes for contracts. There is also electoral corruption as took place in Guyana in addition to financial corruption.Britain and the US were involved in electoral fraud in many countries to keep out or prevent unfriendly democratic leaders from office. Even if the socialist leaders were very honest and never stole, the US and Britain preferred a corrupt friendly regime than a non-corrupt socialist regime.The US toppled the socialist Jagan. So Britain turns a blind eye to electoral fraud as happened in Guyana. To keep out Jagan. It also turned a blind eye on financial corruption as long as socialist leaders are or were prevented from assuming office in Guyana.It is public information that the US and Britain encouraged electoral abuse in Guyana and even racial violence to remove a democratically elected Jagan government. It is also on record that the US and Britain facilitated and condoned electoral fraud in Guyana between 1964 and 1992. Both major world powers also turned a blind eye to corruption to keep out the socialist PPP from office.If the British government were so keen in fighting corruption, it would not have funded or supported fraudulent elections in Guyana, and it would have exposed fraud in Guyana or in other countries. The US and Britain also were silent and took no action against Burnham who looted the treasury and was described as the richest Black man in the world at one time.Cameron cannot be held responsible for the corruption that took place in so many countries. But at a minimum, he should have expressed regrets for what happened under his predecessors and promise that under his administration corruption will be exposed. To reduce or prevent corruption in other countries during the reign of his predecessors, funds could have been filtered directly to NGOs and community groups or honest local governments for projects.The UK could have supported democratic organisations in Guyana instead of the corrupt PNC.It is not too late for the UK government to give funds directly to local bodies and NGOs rather than to corrupt leaders at the centre. This is one way to reduce and ultimately eliminate corruption. Britain can also extradite corrupt officials (and charge them) who stole British grants or funds given to the regimes.The UK government needs to do a lot more than merely speak about corruption. It must identify the corrupt and bring charges against those who hide their money in the UK and/or confiscate their stolen loot and return same to the home countries. And it is not too late to go after those in Guyana who looted the treasury since 1965 or who enriched themselves acquiring state lands during the PNC dictatorship.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

There is no end to this dictatorship trend

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese were told this would be the result, that is a return to the dictatorship of the PNC. It was not a situation where they were not warned, it was a situation of living in a fantasy world or a world of make-believe. Those of us who know Guyana’s political landscape sounded the alarm that Guyana was destined to return to those dark years of the PNC.Immediately upon assuming office, the dominant party in power began to stamp its authority on the political scene. The dismissals were many as all persons perceived to be members or supporters of the PPP/C were sent packing and in their place, party faithful took up positions. It was a massive transformation as we saw a complete change in the age, as well as the composition of the office and the office holders. The “good life” beckons, or does it? Now follow the sequence of events: They rewarded themselves, not the people who they claim put them there with a hefty pay rise. When I speak of the people, I make mention of the majority of us who were waiting anxiously for something that would show some sort of moving up the notch into a “better” level of existence.They chopped off near 2000 of our Indigenous people, then on to the sugar industry with its crippling closures. Sugar became a focal point of the campaign for closures, because it is a bastion of Opposition support, so deal them a crippling blow, just send them home and shut them up. They surgically selected all the areas of Opposition support for massive layoffs.There has been no foreign investment into our country as no one would dare venture into a dictatorship. Even among their own kind, the grumblings continue while those of a baser sort resort to a life of crime. Bandits and armed robbers have a field day as crime becomes the order of the day.If they were not in the process of dismantling the economic fabric of our country, they were otherwise busily engaged in wasteful spending on non-essentials like Commissions of Inquiry.Then, there are the insecurities leading up to the dismissal of the Police Commissioner. Instead of dealing with a career criminal and con artist, they found an easy avenue in getting rid of the Top Cop. In time, we will see a replacement of the Commissioner with another party loyalist.The PNC-led coalition has unilaterally installed a chairman at GECOM with no explanation to anyone, a clear sign of their dictator principles taking a further foothold. The unilateral appointment of Mr James Patterson has shown that the party in Government is prepared to break the law with impunity. Such blatant disregard for the Constitution of this country is a sure signal of what is to come.What is more obscene is when the AFC – the coalition partner – nominated a replacement for one of their own to the GECOM post, Granger quickly reacted by flagrantly disregarding their nominee and in his place, substituted a man of his own choosing. Fantastic! If this is not full-blown dictatorship, then what is?There is no end to this dictatorship trend as the PNC take its full toll on the Guyanese society.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Let common sense prevail

first_imgDear Editor,Did President David Granger break the law in regard to the US$18 million ExxonMobil signing bonus being placed into a bank account at the Bank of Guyana, as opposed to the money being placed into The Consolidated Fund?Laws, rules and regulations are there to uphold our moral and ethical standards.Some of our Laws stem from The Ten Commandments.The Jews take The Ten Commandments seriously, including the one that says you should not perform work on the Sabbath Day. Yet, in trying to decipher what actually construe work, they made for themselves a lot of rules and regulations that caused a lot of confusion. They had to do away with some of those rules and regulations and let common sense prevail.The President did break the law in not placing the US$18 million ExxonMobil signing bonus into The Consolidated Fund. Yet, his approach was the common sense way to do it, even if it was not legal. The legal way to do it would be to place the money into The Consolidated Fund, then withdraw it for national security emergencies.Nothing elaborates how our rules and regulations are entrapping and confusing us more than the controversy surrounding NICIL. Common sense says that NICIL can keep the money it gets from the sale of assets, unless it pays a dividend, which would then need to be paid into The Consolidated Fund.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Regardless of political affiliation, persons should be open to dialogue

first_imgDear Editor,The rise in tribalism in Guyana is breaking my heart. Racism isn’t an accurate word to denote this epidemic spreading, both the Government and Opposition are multi-ethnic; one more than the other. Therefore, the word tribalism much more accurately denotes the circumstances I wish to speak about.A few days ago, I decided to invite my entire Facebook friends list to like the People’s Progressive Party Civic page. I have previously invited my entire list to like the University I attended, the student Government page, the department I worked for and more recently, Raiza the psychologist’s page. Never before have I received any sort of negative responses; if people didn’t want to like the page they could’ve simply chosen not to.One of the most interesting reaction was a classmate of mine (from The Bishops’ High School) who screenshot the notification to like the page and had a full ranting session about how; “didn’t realise she was so brave to try and recruit real South Ruimveldt thugs.” I was unaware I went to school with any thugs.I responded by explaining that I was only inviting people so that they can have more sides to the story. It is my belief that you should look at what all political parties post as the media can sometimes be biased. Information never hurts anyone. The sad part was my “friend” didn’t try to converse but got defensive and almost hateful in his commentary.I went on a PPP/C walkabout in Stabroek Market and while people were still tribal saying “I is APNU”, and “Only green for me” and sometimes a little more explicated than that. Many were curious for information; starting the dialogue was the hardest part but once we got to talking, people were willing to listen and exchange views and things became a lot more pleasant.We as a nation, regardless of our political affiliation should be open to dialogue at all levels. By refusing to start a dialogue, we as a people will have a hard time moving forward. It is not only about speaking but also listening and understanding. We need to listen to each other and open up conversations at all levels.How can you not be bothered by the current Administration, promising the Guyanese people so many things in 2015 and never delivering on them? As a population, you should question and listen to what the “other side” can offer. We need to listen to each other not just flat out “cuss up” and ignore the “other side.” Find some time to listen to the other side, the information you may receive may be bias. We need to start listening and conversing, and then we can get to create a better discourse which will lead to electing administrations based on issues and policy and not the colour of their shirt.Yours truly,Nalinie Singhlast_img read more

The Govt of Norway has an obligation to clarify this matter

first_imgDear Editor,I have seen reports in the media emanating from the Department of Public Information, which purports that the Norwegian Government recently granted approval for the release of US$50M to David Granger’s unconstitutional government as the final payment from the US$250M Climate and Forest Partnership agreement signed in November 2009 between then President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, and Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim.This recent announcement, if accurate, raises a number of concerns.Firstly, the European Union, of which Norway is a member state, issued a joint statement with the United States and Britain (ABE) last week, calling for the restoration of constitutional rule in Guyana and the immediate naming of a date for long overdue General and Regional Elections.The ABE went on to state: “This situation comes at great cost to the people of Guyana. The prevailing political uncertainty undermines Guyanese institutions, compromises economic opportunities and delays development across all areas including infrastructure, education, health, and social services. It also hinders our ability to support Guyana’s development needs”.I therefore question whether indeed Norway has transferred the $50M to Granger’s unconstitutional government and on what basis?Editor, secondly, based on the 2009 Forest partnership pact, when Guyana achieved the set criteria in the agreement, funds are then transferred to the World Bank as the Trustee of the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) and it is only after the projects submitted by Guyana are approved by the Norway and Guyana government then the funds are released to the country. With this in mind, it is strange that the Government is claiming to have received the funds after the unconstitutional Minister of State of Guyana and Norway’s Minister for Climate and Environment, Mr Ola Elvestuen met on Monday in New York.Has Norway deviated from the initial mode of transfer, or is it a case where the APNU/AFC is pulling another stunt to mislead the Guyanese people into believing it still enjoys international support?I believe the Government of Norway has an obligation to clarify this matter.Yoursrespectfully,Erin Northelast_img read more

We must greet APNU/AFC apologists with truth: Ask them about 2015 Manifesto promises that…

first_imgDear Editor,A perverted narrative has recently emerged to cloud the gross mismanagement of our economy by the PNC (now camouflage as the APNU-AFC collation) over the past four-plus years. This narrative, which is propagated by a group of PNC’s apologists, attempts to paint the 23 years of the PPP/C as the most unsuccessful period while projecting the past four-plus years as the most progressive in our post-colonial history. The irony is that this narrative is the complete opposite of the truth. As a researcher, I have a moral and professional responsibility to confront the distorted narrative with every piece of data that is publicly available.The facts about our economic development under the PPP/C are there for everyone to examine. Additionally, the success under the PPP/C during the period 1992-2015, ‘needs no academic gloss.’ The undeniable fact is that when the PPP/C took control of the country in 1992, Guyana was classified as one of the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 60 percent of the total population living below the poverty line. During the decade before the PPP/C assumed office, inflation averaged 28.9 percent during the period 1980-1990 and G$: US$ exchange rate depreciated from 2.50 in 1980 to 111.8 during 1990. The physical infrastructure of the country was in total disrepair, and the Guyanese couldn’t access essential items because of the shortage of foreign currency. The external debt represented 600 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 1989. Indeed, the country was worst off in 1992 than when it gained independence (see study titled “Income Distribution, Inequality, and Poverty Reduction During Economic Reform in Guyana” by John Gaffar). The economy was in such bad shape that the PNC, which has grown accustomed to rigging elections, had to broker a deal with our international partners to have ‘free and fair elections’ while simultaneously embarking on a Structural Adjustment Programme.Over the period 1992-2015, our economic fortunes were reversed despite the turbulent global economic conditions and attempt by the PNC to make ungovernable with their ‘slow fyah’ and ‘more fyah’ campaign. The country reported two episodes of economic expansion 1990-1993 and 2006-2015 and the displayed greater resilience to external shocks with the diversification of its economic base. Inflation averaged less than 6 percent annually between 1992 and 2015 while the G$: US$ remained stable. By 2012 the external debt represented 48 percent of GDP. Because of the buoyancy in the economy and stable business environment created by sound macroeconomic management, the country attracted US$1,326.4 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) between 2006 and 2012. Most of the FDI went into new and emerging sectors such as transportation, telecommunication, manufacturing, and energy sectors. Credit to the private also witnessed concomitant growth.Extreme poverty was reduced from 29 percent in 1992 to 18.6 percent by 2006. Meanwhile, the Human Development Index and Gini coefficient showed significant improvements, with Guyana promoted to a medium human development country. Further, Guyana was praised for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (GDS) in the areas of nutrition and child health, eradication of poverty and hunger, and universal primary education. In summary, the country made significant economic and social progress.All of the policy dividends that accrued from the sound macroeconomic management practiced by the PPP/C are being eroded before our naked eyes because of this incompetent APNU-AFC government. Except for gold production, we have seen contractions in all the critical sectors due to excessive taxes and willful neglect. The lukewarm response to crime, coupled with the unwillingness of the government to respect the laws, contributed to massive capital flight as businesses searched for safer investment destinations. If we were to subtract the national ‘eye-sore’ often described as the ‘wood-ants’ stadium, Durban Park there is little for the coalition to be proud of. Indeed, everything the shameless APNU-AFC boast about today was bequeathed to them by the PPP/C. The production of oil they take credit for today would not have been possible without Janet Jagan. The G$9 billion collected from Norway is the fruit of another visionary leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, who was the brainchild of the Low Carbon Development Strategy. All the significant infrastructure (road projects, airport expansion) originated during the tenure of Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar.As we approach the 2020 elections, the APNU-AFC apologists will continue to push there perverted narrative. However, we must greet these apologists with the truth and ask them about the 2015 Manifesto promises that were delivered by their party.Regards,Name and addresswithheldlast_img read more

BLUES HOST OUA’S BEST MEN’S FENCERS THIS WEEKEND

first_img The University of Toronto is the proud host of the 2019 OUA men’s fencing championship, February 9-10, at the Athletic Centre Field House.Individual competition kicks off on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., with the team relays scheduled for Sunday. The championship is free and open to the public.The Varsity Blues are the three-time defending champions and will look to win their fourth straight banner at home – a feat they last accomplished the last time U of T hosted in 2009.The Blues return two OUA all-stars from 2018 in Colin Dale and David Chen-Li.Now in his fourth season with the Blues, Dale is a three-time OUA all-star and, in 2016-17, won the George Tully Trophy as the fencer most proficient in skill, style and sportsmanship. Dale will look to regain the Desjarlais Trophy as the men’s epee individual champion and will also look lead U of T’s epee team to the top of the podium after a second-place finish last year.Chen-Li will be leading Toronto’s foil contingent. The second-year standout earned the individual bronze medal last year and led the Blues to a silver-medal finish in the team relay. He also claimed a silver medal at the 2018 U20 Commonwealth Championships in the UK last July. With the graduation of four-time OUA all-star William Kinney, Filbert Yung and Cameron Haigh will be called upon to lead Toronto in the sabre event. The Blues have won the sabre team relay in three of the last four championships, with Haigh finishing just off the individual podium in fourth place last year. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnaptChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Gunmen storm Diamond supermarket

first_imgFive armed men on Monday stormed a well-known supermarket located in Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Hua Supermarket, located at Lot 521 Section A, Block X, Diamond Public Road, was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and other valuables.The Hua Supermarket which was stormed by gunmenThe tenant of the building, identified only as “Deepa”, confirmed the robbery occurred to Guyana Times.“Deepa”, who lives in the upper flat of the building, was cleaning her home when a staffer knocked on her door to inform her of the incident.She explained that the proprietors of the establishment were not present at the time of the robbery, but their relative who was there was beaten by the gunmen.Reports indicate that the perpetrators also cut the telephone line to ensure that no one would be able to call for help.This is the second time gunmen hit the property, as the owner of the building disclosed that she was robbed in July.Police have launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

Small loggers to benefit from Govt housing project

first_imgNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman will engage various stakeholders to ensure that local loggers benefit from Government projects.Minister Trotman told the Government Information Agency (GINA), in a recent interview, that the engagements are part of promoting lesser used species of logs,while empowering small loggers.The Government’s new housing solution is one project from which small loggers can benefit, Minister Trotman pointed out. “It is our intention to ensure those small loggers and others are given the opportunity to supply the Government of Guyana with logs for homes, for rafters, for flooring and so forth,” Minister Trotman said.He noted that the Government has been moving the forestry sector away from just exporting logs, towards value added production. “We believe that we are doing well in terms of what is our allowable cut on a national and annual basis, but at the same time more monies could be earned if we process our wood better,” Minister Trotman told GINA.There has been some level of value added production in the sector, such as sawmilling and a plywood factory. However Minister Trotman envisions additional value added production of logs such as decking, flooring and veneers in the industry’s future.Meanwhile, harmonising of the use of the forest is being streamlined with the revision of the National Log Export and Forest Policies. Minister Trotman told GINA that “tremendous progress” has been made in the review of the National Log Export Policy.“There is a short consultancy which we are now streamlining,” Minister Trotman noted. The revision of the Log Export Policy seeks to strategically enhance the competitiveness of Guyana’s forestry sector.While the current policy of 2009 aims at dissuading the export of logs while encouraging value added manufacturing of forest products, the Minister noted this was “honoured more in the breach than the observance”. The revised policy will push for increased value added production and harvesting.With regard the National Forest Policy, the Ministry has advertised for another consultancy “to refine those”, Minister Trotman explained. Updating the 2011 Policy will mark a significant shift in emphasis from the development of timber potential to management of the forest’s multiple downstream goods and services for national benefit.The implementation of the updated Policies is expected to be executed when the new Guyana Forestry Commission’s board is appointed.last_img read more

Port Kaituma man nabbed with illegal gun, ammo

first_imgPolice ranks in Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) nabbed a 25-year-old resident in the village after he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and matching ammunition.According to Police reports, the discovery was made sometime around 19:30h byThe unlicensed gun, ammo found in the suspect’s possessionranks on foot patrol in Port Kaituma.It was reported that the ranks were patrolling a playground in the community, where the Mash celebrations were ongoing on Thursday, when they observed the suspect tucking an object in his waist. The officers consequently approached the man and conducted a search on his person, during which they unearthed a 9mm pistol, along with 12 live matching rounds.After it was found that the suspect was not the holder of a firearm licence, he was arrested and taken into custody. The young man, who is a Branch Manager of a company with operations in the area, is being processed for court.last_img read more

Repeat offender remanded

first_imgAn alleged repeat offender of William Street, Cambelville, Georgetown was hauled before city Magistrate Judy Latchman after being charged for simply larceny.Ryan Foula, 29, is accused of breaking and enter the home of Cidel Thom Fernandes between March 17 and 18, 2017, at William Street, Georgetown. It is alleged that the 29-year-old stole a quantity of jewelry and cash, a total of $70,000.The unrepresented accused denied the charge brought against him.Foula related that he has pending matters of similar nature before another court, as well as a charge of narcotic possession when questioned by Magistrate Latchman.The Prosecution did not hesitate to object to bail on the basis of the nature and prevalence of this offence, as well as the penalty attracted by such a felony, and the man was remanded to prison in this accord.The matter will continue on March 27, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

Life without parole for killer of Guyanese man

first_imgA Manhattan, New York Judge on Monday sentenced career criminal Tyrone Howard to life without the possibility of parole for the 2015 slaying of NYPD Detective Randolph Holder.Guyanese NYPD detective Randolph HolderHoward, who has a long history of drug arrests and long-time links to a housing gang in East Harlem, was convicted early last month of the shooting.The slain detective’s father would not say the name of his son’s killer, instead calling him a “miscreant”. It’s the first time the public has heard from Randolph Holder Sr.“He should be sent away and never see the light of day,” Holder Sr said. “Unfortunately, he’ll see the sun through the bars” of the prison windows.Holder, who migrated to the US from Guyana, and his partner were responding to Police calls in October 2015 of shots fired in the vicinity of a housing project in East Harlem, the area they patrolled as plainclothes officers. When responding, they quickly encountered a man who had allegedly fired the shots and also stolen a bicycle. The NYPD said that the man wheeled around, firing one shot directly in the Detective’s head.Holder came from a family of law enforcement officers. The 33-year-old was promoted posthumously to Detective by the NYPD.After the Police shooting, many, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, came forward, saying Howard should already have been locked up, instead of given drug-treatment options for his past crimes.Holder’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Reymundo Mundo described the night of the shooting, how he and his officers responded to the calls of shots fired and officer down. He instructed the officers in his command to “hug the trees” for cover, not knowing what they would encounter running toward a gunfight. Shots could be heard coming over the radio calls and eventually, they would find the mortally wounded Holder.Pat Lynch of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association spoke after Howard was found guilty of aggravated murder and other charges early in March, saying it was the right verdict. He led the contingent of officers showing support on Monday. (PIXX11NEWS)last_img read more

Controversy erupts over integrity of ballot

first_imgGPSU electionsThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has held it elections for office-bearers after the injunction stopping those proceedings had been dismissed by a High Court Judge on Thursday.However, presidential hopeful Gregory Gaspar has expressed the view that, since a number of discrepancies had occurred during the day’s proceedings, the ballot might have been compromised to favour his opponent, Patrick Yarde.“We got (a) report (that) in New Amsterdam there was some kind of rigging. Our persons who were there to observe (the counting of the ballot) were actually asked to leave, and (the) other (team’s members) were allowed to witness (the count). So we have knowledge that indeed there (was) some kind of rigging,” Gaspar told Guyana Times on Friday.Gaspar said that up to late Friday evening, Elections Officer Hermon DeSouza was reportedly still looking for persons to count the ballot. “He (DeSouza) is not getting anyone to work. Everybody he asking is refusing, so he said that we don’t count any ballot today (Friday), but wait until (next) Wednesday; and when (I asked) him if he (would) be willing to put that in writing, he then (changed his position) and said it’s just a suggestion,” Gaspar informed.He added that neither DeSouza nor his deputy, Gregory Mentore, was at GPSU Headquarters to receive the ballot boxes arriving from outlying areas. And this compromises the security of the boxes, since they were left in the care of staffers of the union, with no security.Gaspar also voiced his concern about the ballot box from Linden, Region 10, since he claims that it was supposed to be back at headquarters since Thursday night, but never showed up until after 11:00 h on Friday.He noted that the entire election process is shrouded in controversy, and he is of the view that there are deliberate efforts to sabotage his election.Justice Nareshwar Harnanan had, on April 20, granted a temporary injunction blocking the elections after a motion had been filed by Gaspar. In that motion, Gaspar had alleged that the accounts of the union have not been audited for several years. However, the injunction was quashed on Tuesday when the union’s attorneys made submissions to the court; and the election was called on Thursday.A rift has, over the past weeks, developed between the current executives of the GPSU and certain branches of the union over various issues, including President Patrick Yarde’s longstanding appointment to the post of Chairman of the GPSU and his inability to “effectively” represent union members; as well as issues relating to transparency and accountable.Yarde has been serving at the helm of the Union for over 30 years, after consistently being re-elected to the post. However, some members are of the view that he is illegally in the position and is “holding a leash” to the post. To this end, a protest was held by several members calling for his resignation.last_img read more

Urban unemployment to spike in Caribbean, Latin America

first_img– labour conditions deteriorated due to low regional economic growth, but signs of recovery existAccording to the latest estimates, the rate of urban unemployment in the Caribbean and Latin America could reach 9.4 per cent on average this year, which represents a 0.5 percentage point increase from the 8.9 per cent recorded in 2016.However, a joint report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) outlines that the low economic growth experienced by Latin American and Caribbean countries in the last few years will continue affecting the region’s labour market performance in 2017.ECLAC and ILO released the newest edition of their joint publication Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean (No 17, October 2017), which sums up labour dynamics in the region during the first half of this year and analyses the characteristics of the transition made by young people (one of the groups most affected by the labour deterioration) from the educational system into the labour market.According to both United Nations organisations, during the first half of 2017 two trends were observed: while the deterioration of some labour indicators such as the employment and unemployment rates persisted, a slower pace of deterioration was noted, which could point to “a light at the end of the tunnel.”The figures released in the report show a 0.3 percentage point decline in the rate of urban employment – the proportion of the working-age population that is employed, and a 0.9 point increase in the rate of urban unemployment between the first half of 2016 and the same period of 2017.The report adds that, as in previous years, the regional trend is particularly influenced by the weak performance of Brazil’s labour market, although after several years of contraction, a very slight economic growth upturn is forecast for that country in 2017 and its employment indicators are starting to stabilise. In other countries of the region, labour market performance has generally been more favourable, especially in Central America, the study indicates.ECLAC and the ILO sustain that weakness in the region’s labour markets is also reflected in the quality of employment. In six of the eight countries with available information, the creation of self-employment was more dynamic than the creation of salaried jobs during the first half of 2017. Stagnation in the creation of formal employment is also observed in several countries of South America (Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay), while in Central America and Mexico, this variable showed greater dynamism. Finally, the real wages of formal jobs rose in six countries (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Uruguay), while declining in two others (Mexico and Peru).With regard to young people, the document explains that this group generally faces structural problems to insertion in productive employment and decent work.The study analyses the profile of young people who study and work according to their age group, finding some important differences. For example, among adolescents 15 to 19 years old, a great proportion of students work to contribute to the economy of their household. In contrast, in the subgroups of between 20 and 24 years and between 25 and 29, among those who combine work and studies, young people who are fully inserted in the labour market and carry out post-secondary studies as a key tool for upward labour mobility predominate.The document also addresses the progress made and the policies implemented in the region to foster a better transition between education and work and increase the employability of young people. These focus both on aspects related to supply (training, career and employment guidance, transportation subsidies, care allowances, etc) as well as demand (wage subsidies, incentives for enterprise creation), along with improved systems for employment intermediation systems.While the report had no specific information relating to Guyana’s labour situation, last year the Bureau of Statistics released the findings of the 2012 Census, which placed the country’s unemployment rate at 12.5 per cent. It added that when further disaggregated by gender, the unemployment rate for males was recorded as 10.6 per cent and females at 16.7 per cent.Prior to the Census, the most recent unemployment rate was 10.7 per cent from the 2006 Household Budget Survey (HBS), an intercensal survey.Moreover, it was noted that Guyana has not executed a labour force survey in recent times. In all instances of executing a nation-wide survey, Cabinet’s approval has to be first given and requisite funding approved and disbursed.As a consequence and as a second-best approach, labour force data has been sourced from intercensal Household Budget Surveys or Censuses since the Census of 1991.Every Census and National Survey has therefore carried an economic activity module which has allowed on-going estimates and generation of key indicators on the labour force at intermittent periods over the past 25 years.last_img read more

Chatte wins Safari after Tapio taps out

first_imgChatthe, 35, who is being serviced by the MML Sport from the UK achieved victory in the heat of a fierce battle with veteran and 1994 winner, Ian Duncan in the last two stages around Kibirichia and Meru Forest.His memorable triumph was fuelled in large part by the retirement of red hot Finn, Tapio Laukkanen who led the Safari for two days following a glaring error that saw him and his co-driver fail to arrive at Loldaiga remote service in time.Chatthe is the fourth Sikh to win the event once famed as the toughest rally in the world after the legendary Joginder Singh, Sarbi Rai and Baldev Chager who won two back to back Safaris in 2013 and 2014.Duncan who was in his maiden outing with a Liquid Telecom EVOX lost the Safari by a mere 13 seconds denying him the chance to relive the magic he experienced in 1994 in the famous works Toyota Celica GT4 dubbed Flying Sausage when it was part of the World Rally Championship.“I gave my all in the last two stages but still found Chatthe going quite quick,” said Duncan.Four-time winner, Carl “Flash” Tundo in a Proton Neo Satria S2000 was third ahead of the defending champion Chager with Manvir Baryan bringing home the newest model on the Kenya circuit, Ford Fiesta R5 to round the top five.-Throwback to past-The three day event was characterised by muddy conditions which rekindled the olden days when Easter Holidays drew together world beaters of the man and machine game.The most challenging aspect for crews this time were long transport road sections which prompted organisers to introduce remote service zones.After last service at Meru Teachers Training Institute, Duncan was 24 second on Chatthe’s tail.But Chatthe attacked the Meru Forest stage then backed-off quite a bit on Kibirichia.The last loop of the rally was reduced to a 30km two stage run following the cancelation of Kisima stage after some cars got stuck in the mud.Asked what it really took to win the Safari, Chatthe quipped: “We had a clean run all through and tried to remain cautious when conditions proved quite tough.”Chatthe’s navigator who is also a Kisumu resident was all smiles: “We have had a good drive together. We would like to thank MML Sport from UK for offering us good technical support and of course our local mechanic Mike Mwangi.“The last two stage were good but again it was really tight with Ian. Kabirichia we took it kind of easy but attacked Meru Forest and we are happy to bring the car back in one piece,” said Gugu.PROVISIONAL FINAL RESULTS1.Jaspreet Chatthe/Gurdeep Panesar /Mitsubishi Evolution 10) 3:22.32Ian Duncan/Amaar Slatch /Mitsubishi Evolution 10) 3:23.25Carl Tundo/ Tim Jessop / Proton Neo Satria s2000) 3:24.28Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni /Mitsubishi Evolution 10) 3:24.54Manvir Baryan/Drew Sturrock (Ford Fiesta R5) 3:27.34Rajbir Rai/Dale Furniss (Ford Fiesta) 3:32.05Jas Mangat/Cedric Buzabo /Mitsubishi Evolution) 3:43.41Amaanraj Rai/Gregory Stead (EVOX) 3:44.03Onkar Rai/Gareth Dawe / Mitsubishi Evolution 10) 3:46.17AlastairCavenagh/Gavin Laurence /Porsche 911) 3:46.2511- Azar Anwar/ Julius Ngige /Mitsubishi Evolution 8) 3:49.39Asad Khan/ Mwangi Kioni /Subaru Impreza N10) 3:50.16Dennis Mwenda /Job Njiru /Mitsubishi Evolution 9) 3:52.01Mahesh Halai/ Ketan Halai /Subaru Impreza) 3:53.50Frank Tundo/Mike Borissow /Mitsubishi Evolution 9) 3:57.57Murage waigwa/Tuta Mionki (Subaru GC8) 3:58.32James Kirimi/Evans Mwenda (GC8) 3:59.10Karan Patel/Tauseef Khan /Mitsubishi Evolution 10) 4:01.33Stephano Rocca/TBA /Datsun 280Z) 4:01.59Taiti Wachira/Mutuma Marimba /Mitsubishi Evolution 6) 4:08.45Eric Bengi/Tony Gikuhi /Toyota Runx) 4:10.430Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MERU, April 5- Kisumu based Jaspreet Singh Chatthe navigated by Gugu Panesar in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution entered his name in the annals of Kenyan motorsports history with victory in the 63rd edition of the KCB Safari Rally which culminated at Meru County Sunday.It was his third career win after clinching the Africa Rally Championship round of Tanzania and Nanyuki Rally last year.last_img read more

Hamilton upbeat as Rosberg ramps up pressure

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in action during the second free practice session ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, on September 16, 2016 © AFP / Roslan RahmanSINGAPORE, Sep 16 – Lewis Hamilton put on a brave face after his world championship bid suffered a setback Friday at the Singapore Grand Prix.A mechanical issue forced him out of second practice prematurely after setting only the seventh quickest lap time. Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who is just two points behind Hamilton in the title race, was fastest, ramping up the pressure on the English triple world champion.Mercedes said there was no major problem with Hamilton’s car, just a “small hydraulic issue” which they were unable to fix in the session, meaning that in total Rosberg enjoyed around 45 minutes more track time on Friday.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was second behind Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in second free practice ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, on September 16, 2016 © AFP / Anthony Wallace“It doesn’t look like anything serious,” Hamilton told Sky Sports. “The guys are working on it and it should be fine for tomorrow, which is the main thing.”Mercedes struggled in Singapore a year ago and were a second a lap off the qualifying pace set by winner Sebastian Vettel.But Hamilton said he felt they had closed the gap on the slower street circuit which negates Mercedes power and aerodynamic dominance.“Our pace looked OK today. Definitely much better than last year so I’d say we’re looking relatively strong.”Mercedes have won 13 of the 14 races this season so far but Singapore is shaping up into a three-way fight, after Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen went second fastest, followed by the Red Bull pair of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.– ‘Close battle’ –“The difference with this venue is it plays a little more to our strengths than some of the previous races,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told reporters after practice.“You can see Mercedes are very quick and the Ferrari are right there also so I think it’s going to be a very close battle this weekend, particularly in qualifying tomorrow.”Rosberg’s flying lap of the 5.065 kilometre (3.14 miles) Marina Bay circuit in 1min 44.152sec enabled him to bounce back after crashing in the first practice session earlier in the day.Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton leads teammate Nico Rosberg by just two points in the Formula One drivers’ standings © AFP / Anthony WallaceFormula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Chase Carey of Liberty Media, the sport’s new chairman, arrived at the track in time for second practice and would have liked what they saw at the spectacular night event set against the skyscape of downtown Singapore.Raikkonen was second fastest in his Ferrari, just 0.275 sec behind Rosberg.“The first practice session was tricky, I struggled a little bit, but the second practice was good,” said Raikkonen. “Everything worked and the car was handling pretty well.”Then came the Red Bull of Verstappen, using a new upgraded Renault engine, just ahead of teammate Ricciardo.Last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel was unhappy to be only fifth quickest in his Ferrari.“I was not entirely happy with the second session, I was struggling a little bit with the car balance, and therefore not really finding the rhythm but in general it has been a good day,” said Vettel.Rosberg’s back-to-back wins in Belgium and Italy mean he is breathing down Hamilton’s exhaust pipe in the title race.And victory in his 200th grand prix on Sunday — he is just the 16th driver in history to reach the landmark — would put the German back on top of the 2016 standings he had led at one stage by 43 points.Mercedes did not make the podium in Singapore last year as Vettel won ahead of Ricciardo, with Hamilton retiring and Rosberg fourth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

No more cash for winless Ferrari – president

first_img“I’m going to tell you something honestly,” he said. “I think I’ve thrown all the money I like to throw at that thing.“We’ve done that in the past, but I think that has never been an object in terms of the development of F1. I think we need to use that funding better.“I think a lot of it –- no, most of it –- was due to the way in which we organized. I think that structure has now changed. We need to wait and we need to be modest in our expectations.“But when the car starts racing in March, 2017, whatever this team has been able to do as a result of the new configuration will be visible.”Commenting on events this year, he added: “I think we are continuing on our path of recovery. Obviously, we’re not pleased with the results so far – we have made some organisational changes and now we have a reconstituted team.”He said the team had two targets – to finish 2016 “in as good a shape as we can” and to “set the right parameters” for the 2017 car.Marchionne was speaking after Ferrari had reported its third quarter earnings on the New York Stock Exchange.It is widely believed that Ferrari has enjoyed the biggest annual budget in Formula One with many reports estimating it at around 450 million dollars.Four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel has frequently denied a rift between him and Arrivabene as the team has struggled to find winning form in a season dominated by Mercedes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne made clear he had expected a bright and winning start to 2016, but has been disappointed by results from the Formula One team © AFP/File / Giuseppe CacaceSAO PAULO, Brazil, Nov 11 – Winless Ferrari have been told that they must perform better by Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne, who told an investors’ teleconference that he has ‘thrown all the money I like to throw at that thing’.Marchionne made clear Friday he had expected a bright and winning start to 2016, but has been disappointed by results from the team led by team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.last_img read more

Rosberg foils Hamilton to claim maiden title

first_img0Shares0000Nico Rosberg celebrates winning the world title at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 27, 2016 (AFP Photo/Andrej Isakovic)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov 27 – Nico Rosberg clinched his maiden world title on Sunday when he finished second in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix despite Lewis Hamilton ignoring team orders in his quest to foil the German.The 31-year-old Rosberg concluded the longest season in the sport’s history with a nail-biting second place under intense pressure after leader and ultimate race winner Hamilton had slowed the field to create a difficult finish. Hamilton reeled off his 10th win of the season – the most by any driver not to win the title – and the 53rd of his career, but his gamesmanship upset his team and his team-mate in the closing laps.His final lap was nine seconds slower than the lap that carried him to pole and was clearly designed to push Rosberg into a vulnerable position as Sebastian Vettel closed in in his Ferrari.Hamilton ignored two instructions from the team to increase his speed at the front, but was unable to create a situation in which Rosberg could be attacked and passed.It was Rosberg’s triumph, in the end, as his wife Vivian made clear when she screeched her congratulations on the team radio. “We did it, we did it!” “Yippppeee!” Rosberg replied.Rosberg joined an exclusive club by becoming only the second son of a former champion to take the title, his father Keke having won the championship 34 years ago with the Williams team.Briton Damon Hill did the same when he won the title with Williams, following his father Graham’s achievements, in 1996.He also became Germany’s third champion.The tension was palpable as they climbed from their cars to go to the podium after the race in which Vettel finished third for Ferrari ahead of Dutchman Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.Rosberg celebrated by giving F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone a massive bear hug, lifting the diminutive octogenarian high into the air, as Hamilton stared glumly at the floor.Rosberg reliving the final tense laps, said: “With the guys (Vettel and Verstappen) coming up behind me the end was not the most enjoyable.“I’m very proud to have done the same feat as my Dad achieved.”On the podium Hamilton’s good grace returned and he gave his former teenage go-carting companion a handshake and a hug.“Big congratulations to Nico, good job man,” said Hamilton.As the sun descended at the end of a hot, dry and dusty day at the Yas Marina circuit, Hamilton made a perfect start from his 61st pole position to lead away from Rosberg.In a frantic opening lap, Verstappen spun after touching the Force India car of German Nico Hulkenberg, dropping him to 17th as he rejoined and advanced through the pack.After a series of pit stops and mid-field scraps  Hamilton was left in control by lap 34 ahead of Rosberg by 1.3 seconds with Verstappen third and Vettel, setting fastest laps, climbing back to fifth to launch himself in pursuit of the two Red Bulls.– create a threat –“Ok, Lewis, we really need to pick up the pace,” Hamilton is told by his team. “Vettel is a threat.” For the defending champion, it was the news he wanted to hear, even if for Mercedes it presented a dilemma.With 10 laps remaining, it was obvious Hamilton was driving as cautiously as he could to compress the field and create a threat behind Rosberg.“Ok, Lewis, this is an instruction – we need 45.1 – this is for a win,” said the team on Hamilton’s radio on lap 46. “You should just let us race,” he replied.Hamilton’s tactics had forced a compressed field and a fight for positions.Mercedes technical team chief Paddy Lowe followed on the radio. “Lewis, this is Paddy. We need you to pick up the pace to win this race. That’s an instruction.”“I am actually in the lead right now,” said Hamilton. Lowe’s face on the pit wall fell in despair.On lap 51, Vettel passed Verstappen for third with a bold move to increase the tension, leaving Hamilton backing Rosberg back towards the charging Ferrari, but he survived to take his title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Classic Rally Director JS Vohra dies in a road accident

first_img0Shares0000Following his accident Clerk of the course Richard Leeke confirmed the rally will go on as scheduled in memory of the fallen rally administrator.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – The rallying fraternity is reeling in shock and disbelief following the death of accomplished hotelier and East Safari Classic Rally Director Jaideep Singh Vohra on Friday.JS as he is popularly known as in rallying circles died earlier morning in a accident on the road from Amboseli to Namanga while heading towards one of the day’s section. Following his accident Clerk of the course Richard Leeke confirmed the rally will go on as scheduled in memory of the fallen rally administrator.The immediate former Kenya Motor Sport Federation chairman is believed to have rolled with other officials who survived the accident.“With deep regret we announce the passing of Jaideep Singh (JS) Vohra in a road accident today,” Richard Leeke said.“We believe that he would want the East African Safari Classic Rally to continue and we as organizers believe the 2017 event should continue in his memory. Our deep condolences to go to his family and friends.”Meanwhile, Day 3 restarts from Ol-Tukai Lodge on Saturday and overnights at Taita Lodge.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ayimba drafts Ayodi, Agero for Cape Town 7s

first_imgThey come in place of Jeff Oluoch and Augustine Lugonzo who suffered back and groin strains in Dudai that marked the return of Ayimba to the World Series since the 2012/13 campaign after he was replaced by current USA boss, Mike Friday.Shujaa are in Pool B for Cape Town with two African derbies on the cards against South Africa and Zimbabwe with losing Dubai Main Cup finalists England rounding the group.Having moved from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town for the new-look 10 round series, the players descended into Cape Town on a direct flight from Dubai ready to compete for the second Cup title of the season and continue their road to Rio.According to Sport 24, the 55,000-seater Cape Town Stadium has been sold out for Saturday and Sunday.Fiji sit on top of the standings, with England, USA and New Zealand completing the top four with Kenya in 11th after crashing out of the Main Cup following slim losses to Australia, England and Wales in the Dubai pool stages.The 16 captains launched the Cape Town Sevens also on Wednesday.SQUADCollins Injera (Mwamba,Captain),Biko Adema (Nondies),Eden Agero,Willy Ambaka, Frank Wanyama (Kenya Harlequin),Oscar Ouma, Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru),Bush Mwale, Oscar Ayodi, Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Robert Aringo(Resolution Impala Saracens),Billy Odhiambo (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Morans captain, Eden Agero, holds the Bowl trophy of 2015 Safari 7s after Kenya’s second team beat Portugal in the final on Sunday, October 4, 2015. He has been drafted for the Shujaa squad for Cape Town. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, December 9- Oscar Ayodi and Eden Agero left for Cape Town on Wednesday morning after being drafted to the Kenya 7s team by head coach Benjamin Ayimba.Ayodi who plays for Homeboyz and Kenya Harlequins man Agero featured in the Rio 2016 Olympics qualifiers last month but were left out of the travelling party for the HSBC World Sevens Series opener in Dubai where Kenya finished with three points.last_img read more

Ojee back for Simbas squad to face Hong Kong

first_imgEric Kerre, who has shrugged off the effects of a knock in the opening fixture against Chile to start this tie off the bench while Elkeans Musonye, who debuted against Hong Kong in August’s 19-19 draw in Nairobi also starts from the bench.Martin Owilah, deployed at open side against Russia starts at number eight in the absence of injured Joshua Chisanga with Davis Chenge slotting into the open side flank.Peter Kilonzo, Joshua Chisanga and Alex Olaba are rested.Kenya will be seeking to end the Four Nations tournament on a high with at least a win against a side that they will be facing for the third time this season.Kenya v Hong Kong squadTony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Owade, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Nato Simiyu, 9. Samson Onsomu, 1. Oscar Simiyu, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Wilson Kopondo (captain), 5. Oliver Mang’eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Davis Chenge, 8. Martin Owilah REPLACEMENTS 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Moses Amusala, 18. Curtis Lilako, 19. Eric Kerre, 20. Elkeans Musonye, 21. Lyle Asiligwa, 22. Biko Adema, 23. Vincent Mose 0Shares0000Kenya Simbas hosts Hong Kong at 12.00pm (5.00pm EAT) on Saturday 18 November.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – KCB’s Jacob Ojee returns to the starting line-up as the national 15s head coach Jerome Paarwater made six changes for the squad that will square it out with hosts Hong Kong in the last match of the Cup of Nations on Saturday.Sam Onsomu, Nato Simiyu, George Nyambua and David Ambunya who all came on from the bench in Kenya Simbas’ 31-10 defeat to defending champions Russia, have been handed starts alongside Ojee and Tony Onyango who were rested on Tuesday. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Free speech or hate speech? Folau sack threat splits Australia

first_imgRugby Australia contend he committed a “high-level” breach of the players’ code of conduct by failing to adhere to their policies and values and intend to sack him after a issuing warning for similar comments last year.Folau, who has refused to back down, has opted to appear before a tribunal on May 4 to save his career, with freedom of speech and religious expression likely to form part of his defence.The case comes as Australia ratchets up support for women’s sport to address gender inequality, while confronting issues such as racism, sexism and homophobia that have long blighted codes such as rugby league and Australian Rules.But censoring someone for their religious views is an issue largely untested in Australian sports, with experts warning of a legal and moral minefield. It has hit a nerve among more conservative commentators who champion free speech.– ‘Completely corrupted’ –The most high-profile pushback against Rugby Australia has come from outspoken former Wallabies coach Alan Jones, now a highly influential radio broadcaster.Former Wallabies coach Alan Jones says the move to sack Folau “completely corrupts” Australia’s freedom of speech © AFP / WILLIAM WESTJones, who has frequently railed at how the governing body is run, said the decision “completely corrupted” free speech in Australia, while praising Folau for his “conviction and Christian commitment”.“It’s got nothing to do with Israel, or rugby, or religion, or homosexuals. Where are we in this country on free speech?” he said.Rugby Australia insist it is simply an employment contract issue, while making clear they would not tolerate “disrespect to people because of their sexuality”.They have won plenty of support, including from Sport Australia boss Kate Palmer who commended the tough stance and urged other sports to follow suit.“Everyone is entitled to their own views but expressing divisive and discriminatory beliefs is harmful to sport and the broader Australian community,” she said, while key sponsor Qantas, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and several high-profile players have distanced themselves from Folau.Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle tells reporters last week that Israel Folau had been repeatedly warned about his social media use but refused to apologise © AFP / Saeed KHANJones took aim at Cheika and Australia captain Michael Hooper for “selling out their former teammate” and “singing the company tune to keep their gravy train rolling”.“How odd that Rugby Australia preaches ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusiveness’ when what they really mean is uniformity or exclusion,” Jones said in a column for The Australian newspaper.– ‘Touchy-feely’ –Rugby Australia’s position has also been criticised by sections of the New Zealand media.Sports columnist Mark Reason wrote in an opinion piece for stuff.co.nz that Rugby Australia wanted to “be all touchy-feely, it wants to be modern, it wants to be a beacon of inclusivity”.“But inclusivity means including all, it means including people whom you may not agree with, it means including Israel Folau,” he said.Like Jones, Reason pointed to apparent hypocrisy by Rugby Australia whose key sponsor Qantas, run by openly gay chief executive Alan Joyce, has called Folau’s comments “really disappointing”.“It seems very peculiar that Rugby Australia can partner with Qantas, whose sister airline is Emirates, the flagship of a state where homosexuality is a jailable offence, and yet cast Folau out into the wilderness,” he wrote.“In Islam homosexuality is an incontrovertible sin. Yet I have not noticed Australia boycotting the Dubai Sevens.”Folau has also won unlikely support from Australian Liberal MP Tim Wilson, who famously proposed to his husband in parliament while speaking on a same-sex marriage bill in 2017.Australia’s head coach Michael Cheika has indicated he won’t pick Folau for the Wallabies again © AFP/File / Martin BUREAUHe told broadcaster ABC there was a need for people to be able to express their views, including on religion, without censorship.“Rugby isn’t just a game for people who are agnostic or atheist. In a free, pluralistic democracy, that should have space for everybody to express their opinion,” he said.“Quoting the Bible or reciting a well established position around morality and private morality I don’t think crosses that line.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Australia fullback Israel Folau is one of rugby’s highest profile stars, but his outspoken religious beliefs are dividing opinion © AFP/File / WILLIAM WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Apr 22 – Australian sport has been taking a hard line against racism, homophobia and gender inequality, but plans to sack Israel Folau over his religious views have some bemoaning “political correctness” gone too far.The devoutly Christian player, one of rugby union’s highest profile stars, has been pilloried for his Instagram post which said “hell awaits” homosexuals and urging them to “repent their sins”.last_img read more

Bould excited by Arsenal No2 role

first_imgFormer reserve-team coach Neil Banfield has become the club’s new first-team coach.“It is more than excitement, it is an absolute privilege and an honour,” Bould told Arsenal Player.“I know I have some big boots to fill with Pat having spent 44 years at the club and that is going to be the hard part. I will be learning on the job a little bit but myself and Neil Banfield are more than excited.”Wenger added: “I have always felt it is important to have people around who understand what this great club is all about.“With Steve and Neil joining the first-team staff, it ensures we carry forward our traditions and approach in a consistent way.“I am looking forward to working closely with Steve and Neil and wish them every success.”Bould took charge of the Arsenal youth team in 2001, leading them to the 2009 Youth Cup and consecutive FA Academy Premier League titles.The 49-year-old made 372 appearances as a player for Arsenal from between 1988 to 1999, winning three league titles, two FA Cups, a League Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.This season saw Arsenal finish third in the Premier League but the London club have gone seven years without a major trophy since winning the 2005 FA Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 25 – Steve Bould has said his appointment as the new assistant manager of Arsenal has left him feeling “more than excited”.The former Gunners defender, who had been working in the club’s youth set-up, has replaced Pat Rice as Arsene Wenger’s deputy following the Gunners’ great’s recent retirement.last_img read more

Arteta warns Olympiakos of an Arsenal backlash

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, October 2 – Mikel Arteta has warned Olympiakos that Arsenal will take out their frustrations on the Greek team in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.Arsene Wenger’s side suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday as Chelsea punished some slack defending from the hosts to clinch a 2-1 victory and Arteta admits his team-mates are desperate to make amends against Olympiakos. Spanish midfielder Arteta believes that desire to get back on track quickly will spark a dominant display as Arsenal, who have made a bright start to the campagin despite the Chelsea defeat, look to maintain their 100 percent start to the group stage.After winning in Montpellier in the opening group fixture, a victory over Olympiakos would put the Gunners firmly on course for the last 16 and Arteta said: “We have played some of the best teams in the league and we haven’t been battered at all.“In fact it has been the opposite, we have been better than them through the 90 minutes. I think that is a very positive thing.“We will bounce back on Wednesday in the Champions League against Olympiakos.”The main concern for Arsenal in recent weeks has been their weakness when dealing with set-pieces from the opposition.Manchester City’s goal in their draw against the Gunners came from a corner, while Chelsea took full advantage of Arsenal’s defensive frailties to score twice from Juan Mata free-kicks.Arteta insists individuals should not be blamed for the goals and he called on his team to take collective responsibility for fixing the problem.“We have conceded three goals from three set-pieces in the last two games that cost us points and it is not good enough,” Arteta said.“I don’t think it is something to do with the defence, it is to do with a set-up in the game, which is a free-kick or a corner or whatever, and we haven’t defended the ball well enough and we conceded three goals in those two games.“You cannot blame one player, you have to clear the lines so quickly and you cannot allow runners like that in the box, and it was the same sort of ball for both goals.“It is frustrating, but I think it was our own fault because we didn’t defend those set-pieces.”Wenger agrees that Arsenal must tighten up at the back, but he put the poor defending down to a bad day at the office rather than an overall trend that needs addressing.“I thought we were a bit passive on both goals, and we have to be active,” Wenger said.“But it’s part of human cycle – we are not every day at the same level, and at set-pieces we were poor.“They (the players) have a great attitude, they are very disappointed. I can understand that. But I think we will recover from it. These things can happen in the season.”Wenger will be without Abou Diaby after the French midfielder suffered a thigh injury against Chelsea, while England midfielder Jack Wilshere is unlikely to feature despite making his long-awaited comeback on Monday.Wilshere played for Arsenal’s under-21 side against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns after being sidelined by a series of injuries since July 2011.“Diaby’s injury record is not good, I was concerned about him, of course. It was a gamble (to play him against Chelsea) but I was calculating that Jack Wilshere was coming back,” Wenger said.“Francis Coquelin is here but was sick and Emmanuel Frimpong is back, while Tomas Rosicky is coming back.“We have many midfield players, but we don’t have many physical players. But Mikel Arteta has shown he can be a great defensive midfielder.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Messi 2, Ronaldo 2 in charged Clasico

first_img0Shares0000BARCELONA, Spain, October 8 – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice as Barcelona and Real Madrid drew 2-2 in a politically-charged Clasico on Sunday which kept the Catalan giants eight points ahead of their bitter rivals.Ronaldo put Madrid ahead after 23 minutes but Messi responded just after the half hour mark.The 98,000 crowd of vociferous Catalans glimpsed the possibility of going 11 points clear after Messi struck a free-kick to put them ahead after the break but Ronaldo responded five minutes later. In the dying stages, Barca had the chance to win it with substitute Martin Montoya hitting the woodwork.On a tense night at Camp Nou, fans had created a mosaic of the Catalan flag, “The Senyera”, in a clear demonstration of the nationalist fervour in the region where many want independence from Spain.After the match, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said he was confident that his side could still haul back Barca.“The league is in the same situation as it was before and we can still win it. I didn’t like the game very much but I thought that we played well,” he said.Barca coach Tito Vilanova insisted he was happy with the draw which ended his team’s run of six successive league wins.“At the start of the season we would have definitely accepted being in this position after seven games. We would have been crazy to change and push more defenders forward. As it was we had chances and I am happy with the result,” he said.In a cautious opening, Barca had possession but were generally too deep and the Madrid players were happy to sit on the halfway line, looking to pounce when their moves broke down.For Real, Angel Di Maria had an early shot wide while Barca’s Adriano was forced into a last ditch clearance but the first clear opportunity fell to Karim Benzema after 12 minutes.However, volleying the ball on the full from a Ronaldo cross, he blazed wide.Meanwhile, the air of nationalism inside the ground was again demonstrated after 17 minutes and 14 seconds when fans raised their Senyera flags and chanted for freedom for Catalonia.The moment was chosen as a reference to the fall of Barcelona in 1714 during the War of Spanish Succession when Catalonia came under centralised rule from Madrid.“The fans demonstrated peacefully and that was fine but we were concentrating on football and trying to win the game,” said Vilanova.Sergio Ramos had the chance to put Madrid in the driving seat after 20 minutes but allowed a clear header from a corner he was unable to hit the target.Madrid looked the more incisive side going forward and they got their reward when Ronaldo beat keeper Victor Valdes at his near post with a low left-foot drive after being played in by Benzema.The Frenchman then failed to double the advantage, leaning back with his shot from 12 yards, and the ball came back off the post while Di Maria hit the follow-up wide.It got worse for Barca with Dani Alves limping off to be replaced by youth product Montoya.But forced out of their shells, the game opened up and they equalised with their first opening.Pepe jumped and failed to connect with the ball which dropped at the feet of Messi in front of goal and he slotted home.The match lost its cageyness, but after the break neither side was able to take control with imprecise passing and niggly fouls creating few clear cut chances.It was at this moment that Barcelona received a moment of inspiration from Messi with a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner after he himself had been fouled.The goal was Messi’s 17th in Clasico matches.Ronaldo though was not to be outdone and, latching onto an Ozil pass in the area he finished clinically.Barca finished the stronger with Montoya seeing a curling 25 yard shot crash against the upright.Later Sunday, Atletico Madrid moved level with Barca on 19 points with a 2-1 win over Malaga for whom Brazilian defender Weligton put through his own goal in the last minute.Colombian striker Falcao had put Atletico ahead after six minutes, scoring his eighth goal of the season, the same number as Messi and Ronaldo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Koscielny helps Arsenal snatch Napoli draw

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, August 3 – Laurent Koscielny’s late header salvaged a 2-2 draw for Arsenal in their Emirates Cup clash with Napoli on Saturday, but the Gunners’ inconsistent performance will have strengthened Arsene Wenger’s desire to improve his squad.Wenger has so far failed to land any of his main transfer targets, including Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, and the frailties shown by a familiar looking line-up as the home side fell behind to first half goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev provided cause for concern. To make matters worse, Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski saw a penalty saved in the opening 45 minutes of the four-team pre-season tournament.But Gunners boss Wenger could at least draw comfort from a much improved second half display that was capped by Olivier Giroud’s goal and then Koscielny’s equaliser in the final minutes.Gonzalo Higuain’s presence in the Napoli squad served as a reminder of Arsenal’s failure to recruit during the close season, with the former Real Madrid striker opting for a move to Italy ahead of a switch to the Emirates Stadium.Wenger’s focus has since switched to Suarez, but while a forward has been his priority, the way his defence performed during the opening 45 minutes served as a reminder of weaknesses elsewhere in his squad.Both goals came as a result of poor defending and with Napoli repeatedly threatening on the break, there was much to concern Wenger.Wenger has been linked with a move for Ashley Williams, the Swansea captain, and Arsenal scouts were in south Wales this week to watch the central defender in action in the Europa League tie with Malmo.This display will only encourage further interest as Insigne’s third minute opening goal came from an individual error by Carl Jenkinson.The Gunners right back inexplicably attempted to head a floated through ball back to keeper Lukasz Fabianski but succeeded only in looping the ball into the path of the Napoli winger who volleyed home from close range.Arsenal’s soft centre was then exposed once more in the 28th minute when Marek Hamsik was allowed to advance unchallenged deep into the home half before releasing Pandev.The Macedonia striker drifted away from Per Mertesacker far too easily and rounded Fabianski before chipping the ball home.In between those goals, Podolski had the opportunity to bring Arsenal back into the game from the penalty spot after Valon Behrami had brought down home left back Kieran Gibbs.However, the Germany international failed to take the chance, striking the ball too close to Jose Reina, who marked his first appearance back in England since his acrimonious loan move from Liverpool with a comfortable save.Reina later saved well from Per Mertesacker’s header, while Jack Wilshere came close after the break with a right foot shot after a fine run.Arsenal were finally rewarded for their improved second half showing when Giroud met Theo Walcott’s left wing corner with an acrobatic overhead kick in the 73rd minute.Koscielny then claimed the leveller with three minutes left, following up after Reina had saved from Mertesacker.Earlier in the day, Galatasaray beat FC Porto 1-0 thanks to a 70th minute Felipe Melo penalty.Porto, meanwhile, twice missed from the spot, first through Jackson Martinez and then Lucho Gonzalez.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Qatar vows to protect World Cup workers

first_imgIn response, the organising committee in Doha, which rejects claims of slavery-style conditions on construction sites in the world’s wealthiest nation per capita, pledged to impose respect for workers’ rights.The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee (Q22) said it had held “constructive” talks with Amnesty on Sunday on the conditions of foreign labourers, and that the dialogue would continue right up to the tournament.A “Workers’ Welfare Standards” setting clear guidelines from recruitment to repatriation is to be issued at the end of this year, it said in a statement.It stressed that compliance would be a contractual obligation for companies working on Q22 projects and would be robustly monitored.In a damning report, however, Amnesty said its researchers had heard one construction firm manager use the term “animals” to describe migrant workers.Amnesty secretary general Salil Shetty said the findings indicated “an alarming level of exploitation” in Qatar, and called the abuses “widespread” and “not isolated”.“FIFA has a duty to send a strong public message that it will not tolerate human rights abuses on construction projects related to the World Cup,” he said.After meeting Qatar’s emir and prime minister on November 9 in Doha, FIFA chief Sepp Blatter said the issue of working conditions was being addressed.On Monday, FIFA said human rights must be respected.“FIFA has made very clear… that it upholds respect for human rights and the application of international norms of behaviour as a principle and part of all our activities,” it said.It said that it understood and shared Amnesty’s efforts to ensure justice and respect for rights, adding it expects “the hosts of its competitions fully respect these”.German trade union chief Michael Sommer, meanwhile, called for FIFA to pull the World Cup from Qatar unless the country improves conditions of migrant workers.“We urge an immediate end to forced labour conditions or the World Cup be withdrawn from Qatar,” said the president of the Federation of German Trade Unions (DGB), Michael Sommer.And a South Asian rights group called for a boycott of the tournament in Qatar.The preparations provide “an opportunity to expose the treatment of migrant workers by a rich nation”, said Suhas Chakma, director of the New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights.Chakma said countries which support human rights “should boycott the event”.‘Onus’ on Qatar to protect workersShetty said Amnesty had met Qatari officials who were “very willing to recognise that there is a problem and… strongly oriented to find solutions”.A foreign ministry source in Doha said the authorities had “asked international law firm DLA Piper to include the Amnesty report… in the independent review it is carrying out concerning the conditions of foreign labour”.After embarking on a multi-billion-dollar plan to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has come under the spotlight as migrant workers pour into the tiny gas-rich nation.The plight of migrant workers remains an issue across the oil-rich Gulf.Amnesty’s report documented several abuses, including “non-payment of wages, harsh and dangerous working conditions, and shocking standards of accommodation”.It said “the onus” was on Qatar to change its legislation and to enforce worker protection.Abuses were systematic under a sponsorship system that “affords unscrupulous employers powers to exploit their employees, not least of which is the ability to prevent workers leaving the country”, it said.Shetty said: “It is simply inexcusable in one of the richest countries in the world that so many migrant workers are being ruthlessly exploited, deprived of their pay and left struggling to survive.”Amnesty cited a Doha hospital representative as saying that “more than 1,000 people were admitted to the trauma unit in 2012 (after) having fallen from height at work”.Some 10 percent became disabled and “the mortality rate was ‘significant’.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000DOHA, November 19 – Qatar pledged Monday to ensure respect for labourers’ rights after Amnesty International urged the energy-rich Gulf state to end the “alarming” abuse of migrants working on football World Cup infrastructure.A 169-page Amnesty report called on world football governing body FIFA to press Qatar to improve labour conditions, alleging exploitation of the workers, mostly from South or Southeast Asia.last_img read more

Amrouche banking on home comfort

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 25 – Harambee Stars head coach Adel Amrouche is counting on home advantage to lift the side to Cecafa Senior Cup glory when the regional showdown kicks-off on Wednesday.The hosts have been training at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, as they seek to reclaim the title they last won in 2002. “All is well at the camp and the boys are well prepared, everyone has to prove himself because they are all local based and I think this is a good platform for them to showcase their talent.“Those I selected deserve to be in the national team since they excelled in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and some of them were recognized as best players,” Amrouche who will be guiding the team for the first time in the regional tournament told Capital Sport on Monday.KPL top scorer and KCB’s forward Jacob Keli, says the team has no option but to win for the country that will be celebrating 50 years of existence on December 12 when the final is set to be played.“It’s a difficult task ahead but we need to win it for Kenyans and I will give my best since I want to score goals for my nation,” Keli who was recently crowned as the best player in the KPL added.Stars who are pooled in Group A, begin their campaign with an opener against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia before taking on Zanzibar and South Sudan.The boys reached the finals of last year’s edition in Kampala, losing 2-1 to their perennial rivals Uganda Cranes.Meanwhile, the defending champions and the Amavumbi Stars of Rwanda are the latest teams to arrive in the country.They join Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Burundi and guest team Chipolopolo from Zambia who checked in over the weekend.All the preliminary matches will be played in Nairobi and Machakos, while the quarter finals will be staged in Mombasa as Kisumu will host semi finals.The final will be played at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ancelotti wants Real patience for Juve decider

first_imgBut a 2-1 defeat to Juventus in Turin — complete with an opening goal from former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata — has given the Spanish giants food for thought ahead of next week’s decisive return leg.Morata, who moved to Juventus in the summer, refused to celebrate when he opened the scoring with a tap-in after goalkeeper Iker Casillas had pushed Carlos Tevez’s angled strike into his path at the back post.Cristiano Ronaldo, with his 76th goal in the competition, levelled on 27 minutes with a simple header as Juve’s defence went missing, only for Tevez to seal the win from the penalty spot just before the hour after being felled in the area.Real have the benefit of a precious away goal, but after seeing his side struggle to find their feet before finally taking command when it was already too late, Ancelotti said he expects a different Real side next week.“We made more mistakes than normal, that was because of Juve’s pressing. Their line was higher in the second half,” said Ancelotti.“But we’ll be confident because we are playing at home and the fans there will help us. We have to be patient. The result is a negative one but not such a bad one.”– Subdued scorer –Morata, who moved from Real to Juventus last summer, was subdued after opening the scoring on eight minutes.His response was understandable. It was Ancelotti who gave the 22-year-old more playing opportunities at Real, including a cameo appearance in the Champions League final last year which earned him a winners’ medal.“I didn’t celebrate because of my past” with Real, said Morata, who insisted that despite Juve’s “great performance” the Old Lady of Turin can’t quite celebrate just yet.“We put in a great performance but we haven’t achieved anything yet. In the return leg Real will be on top form at home, as always.“Ancelotti’s team is the best team in the world so we have to give everything we can if we are to secure our place in the final.”Compared to Real and despite their prestige as Italy’s top club on the domestic front — Juve secured their 31st Serie A title on Saturday — the Turin giants are relative failures in Europe’s premier club competition.– Juve belief –Against Real’s 10 triumphs, Juve have two victories from 1985 and 1996, and have finished runners-up five times.Fresh belief in the club’s European ambitions has swept into the club following the arrival of coach Massimiliano Allegri, who replaced Antonio Conte in the summer.Where Conte failed — taking Juve as far as the quarter-finals in 2013 before bowing out to eventual winners Bayern Munich — Allegri has already succeeded.It was Juve’s first semi-final since 2003, when they ousted Real in the semis before failing at the final hurdle, a penalty shoot-out, in the final against league rivals AC Milan.Allegri has won plaudits for the tactical nous that has allowed Juve to get this far, with defender Patrice Evra saying: “Against a great Real side, we showed a lot of people what it means to play for a club like Juventus.“A lot of that is down to Allegri, and the club’s staff, who helped us prepare for this game in the best way possible. Our coach is just like us, he wants to get to the final.”Allegri could have influential French midfielder Paul Pogba — a target for Real and several other major European sides — back in time for the return leg.But the Italian insisted that, without a goal, Juve’s chances of reaching the final in Berlin look slim.“Next Wednesday we’ll be up against an extra motivated Real side. I want to repeat, we have to play better than we did tonight. We have to score against them, otherwise reaching the final will be difficult.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ITALY, May 6 – Coach Carlo Ancelotti said Real Madrid will need “patience” and the full support of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium when they host Juventus next week looking to secure a second successive Champions League final.Real were crowned European champions for a record 10th time last year with a 4-1 drubbing of city rivals Atletico in Lisbon.last_img read more

Olunga revels in engineering history

first_imgOlunga, the powerfully built and lanky goal-scoring machine; weathered unforgiving criticism from the fans at the start of the campaign to become their cult hero with a ruthlessness eye for goal as the season progressed to its historic climax.After a lean spell at fellow titans, Tusker FC, Olunga was flogged to Thika United on loan before as fate would have it, he was signed to K’Ogalo to take the slot vacated by another celebrated marksman, Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma, their top scorer in the championship-winning seasons of 2013 and 14.Despite the obvious difference in frame, Sserunkuma was a diminutive ‘fox in the box’ as opposed to his tall replacement, Olunga found the ‘little’ boots left by the departed Ugandan international too big for him to fill as he endured a wretched start to his Gor career.Against Dynamos on his K’Ogalo debut, Olunga recalls how his dream move unravelled at an instant.“My most terrible moments were during the pre-season when I missed a penalty against Power Dynamos in front of fans who ruled me out. I felt demoralised but took the criticism as a challenge and a wakeup call.“It made me work extra hard to not only prove them wrong but also cement my place in the starting line up. My highlight of the season was today when I’m being crowned a champion unbeaten,” the Harambee Stars striker, told.Olunga, set the ball rolling when he scored twice in his Premier League debut and went on firing in the goals that saw him earn a call-up in the Under-20 and senior national sides teams where he is remembered with his famous hat-trick against Botswana that took Stars to the brink of vying for a final round of Rio 2016 Olympics qualifying after a 4-4 aggregate tie saw Kenya eliminated on away goals.In September, he gave an entire nation the audacity to believe when he opened the scoring after 13 minutes before Harambee Stars crumbled later in the first half to surrender 2-1 to 2012 champions Zambia in an AFCON qualifier.The former Tusker FC forward was courted by early South African Premier Soccer League side Bidvest Wits before the move fell through in the second half of the season in a testament of his bludgeoning reputation in a league televised live across the continent on SuperSport.The ‘Engineer’ took his goal-scoring tool box to the regional Cecafa Kagame Cup club competition where he became an overnight sensation in Tanzania by plundering in five.Gor however, fell at the final hurdle to moneyed home side, Azam FC 2-0 but he was forced to deny widespread reports of a switch to the Vodacom Premier League with the country’s top sides- Simba SC and Yanga – allegedly sparking off a bidding war for his signature.“I thank God for everything he has done to me, the technical bench and my fans. They have all been supportive because we played as a team. It was not individual effort so I congratulate everyone in Gor fraternity.“It means a lot winning the league unbeaten because its history and just like the class of 1976 is recognised, in the near future if another team wins it unbeaten, they will say there was a striker called Michael Olunga in 2015 who helped Gor win the league without losing a match,” The Liberty Academy graduate underscored.-Content-After missing out the Golden Boot, Olunga is content finishing runners-up after giving Were, 26, a fight to the last as he signed off fittingly- with the last strike of the campaign for K’Ogalo in a 2-0 win over Muhoroni Youth- who met their nadir after breezing through the second leg of the campaign unbeaten.Were, who was also taken for trials by Bidvest without success just like Olunga, sunk a brace as Tusker thumped frail giants and bitter K’Ogalo archrivals, AFC Leopards, 3-1 on final day to sign-off a humiliating season for Ingwe.However, Gor’s dangerman did not waste time in delivering an early warning to go for the top scorer’s accolade next season if he extends his contract that comes to an end in December.“I’m content with the number of goals I have scored and a striker; my target is to score. We are all in competition and it has shown Jesse (Were) is a good striker. It’s good for the national team because if we have quality, performances wil improve, so I congratulate him.“Last year I was third best goal scorer, this year second so who knows if I play in the Kenyan Premier League next season, I will go for the top position. For now I’m contracted with Gor when the season ends we will see how it goes,” Olunga who only missed two league games asserted.-Were history-Tusker FC hat-trick hero, Jesee Were celebrates after netting a goal. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAfter making it to the podium finish in the past two seasons, coming second in 2013 and third last year, Were broke the Kenyan Premier League era goal-scoring record of 21 held by Allan Wanga in a campaign he memorably netted a hat-trick of trebles in successive games in the infancy of the second leg.“I’m happy score two more goals on the last day. My target was 20 so this is a plus. I have been working for it so this season I perfected it. I’m now focusing on the next game against Gor,” Were whose contract also comes to end in December added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker, Michael Olunga lifts the SportPesa Premier League trophy on November 1. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, November 2 – Gor Mahia talisman, Michael Ogada Olunga, or if you prefer, ‘Engineer’, is still sore about missing that penalty against Zambian titans, Power Dynamos, in a pre-season friendly that sparked his barnstorming season where he ended as a celebrated crowd darling of the Green Army.The 21 year-old engineering student at Nairobi’s Technical University of Kenya powered K’Ogalo to wrap a third successive title and go the entire league season unbeaten with 19 goals, only bettered by SportPesa Premier League Golden Boot Jesse Were with 22.last_img read more

Mourinho breaths as Chelsea sink Porto

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian (L) celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match between Chelsea and Porto at Stamford Bridge in London on December 9, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 10- Jose Mourinho clawed himself back from the brink of the sack as Chelsea swept into the Champions League last 16 with a 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday.Mourinho was in severe danger of being axed as Blues boss heading into a tie that would decide Chelsea’s Champions League fate. But, needing a draw to reach the knockout stages and avoid the embarrassment of dropping into the Europa League, Mourinho’s side took full advantage of the stroke of luck that saw Ivan Marcano’s own goal gift them an early lead at Stamford Bridge.Brazil winger Willian netted the second goal after the break to kill off Mourinho’s former club and ensure they finished top of the Group G.After Saturday’s loss against Bournemouth condemned the Premier League champions to their latest humiliation in a dismal season, Roman Abramovich was reported to have told Mourinho only European progress would save him.And the sight of the Russian billionaire with a broad smile on his face following Willian’s strike suggested Mourinho has quelled the crisis talk and bought at least a little time to get Chelsea’s domestic form back on track.Dynamo Kiev’s 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv meant Porto dropped to third place and were condemned to the Europa League.“The players were really committed to get a result, as much for their pride. They didn’t want to go to the Europa League,” Mourinho said.“Luck is part of the game and in the Premier League we have been unlucky. This was an important result for the players and the club.”Mourinho made a host of changes after the Bournemouth defeat, with Diego Costa returning up front despite his recent touchline spat with the Blues boss at Tottenham.Captain John Terry was back from injury and Ramires started in midfield in place of the underachieving Cesc Fabregas.If Mourinho was looking for reassurance that his alterations would pay dividends, he must have been alarmed by the careless way Chelsea squandered possession on the edge of their own penalty area, allowing Yacine Brahimi space to fire in a cross-shot that Thibaut Courtois had to punch away at his near post.– Good fortune –Desperately in need of an early goal that might sooth his players’ frayed nerves, Mourinho benefitted from a moment of extreme good fortune in the 12th minute.Eden Hazard’s pass sent Costa galloping clear and, faced with Iker Casillas sprinting off his line, he tried a low shot that the Porto goalkeeper blocked.That was where lady luck took over as the ball cannoned back off Marcano’s chest and across the line despite Bruno Martins Indi’s attempt to clear.Even that moment of redemption couldn’t subdue the devil in Costa and the notoriously temperamental Spain striker earned a booking for needlessly flicking his boot towards Casillas.Yet although Chelsea were still some way short of peak form, holding onto a lead has always been a Mourinho speciality.The Blues, superbly marshalled by Terry, were careful not to leave themselves vulnerable at the back.Despite the cautious approach, Oscar almost doubled Chelsea’s lead when his strike deflected just wide, while Costa also threatened on the stroke of half-time.News that Dynamo were leading left Porto with no option but to throw caution to wind.That commitment to attack left them exposed at the back and Willian should have taken advantage when he ran onto Costa’s pass and drilled straight at Casillas.Willian had no need to rue the miss as he made amends in the 52nd minute.Costa’s header found Hazard 20 yards from goal and he slipped a precise pass towards Willian, who drilled a superb first-time strike that beat Casillas at his near post.It was a huge relief for Mourinho and even the usually restrained Abramovich was on his feet grinning and exchanging back slaps with his entourage.Costa wasted a series of chances to put extra gloss on the scoreline, but for once Mourinho had no need to reproach the striker and instead ended a night of rare satisfaction being serenaded by his loyal fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

CAF disqualifies Equatorial Guinea from women’s AFCON

first_img0Shares0000The Equatorial Guinea national team players in a past match. PHOTO/INSIDETHEGAMES.BIZCAIRO, Egypt, Aug 4- The CAF Organising Committee for Women’s Football has disqualified Equatorial Guinea from November’s Women African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after being found guilty of fraud, using a player who possessed two different passports with contrasting details.In addition, the West Africans are suspended from the next two editions, namely 2018 and 2020. Mali who lost 3-2 on aggregate to Equatorial Guinea had lodged a formal protest to CAF over the player in question, Camila Nobre do Carmo Oliviera who featured in both legs of the match.According to a CAF statement on their official website, the decision was based on Article 43 of the regulations of the competition which states “If CAF is informed, no matter the source, that a fraud or a forgery was committed by any means and /or support whatsoever by one or more national team(s), an investigation will be opened”.The regional governing body conducted independent investigations and found out the player was registered for the 2014 Women AFCON as Camila Maria Nobre Carmo with a 7th October 1994 birth date.For the 2016 qualifiers, her passport showed a different birth date, that of 10th June 1998 and bearing a different name, that of Camila Nobre do Carmo Oliviera.In its defense, the Equatorial Guinea Football Federation (FEGUIFUT) admitted that it is the same player, adding “the Equatorial Guinean authority responsible for the issuance of passports committed an error by registering a different date of birth and name, and the error was corrected on the new passport of the player issued in September 2015”.CAF states that the Committee concluded that it was the duty of the Federation to inform CAF of the changes in the records of the player regarding her registration for the Women AFCON 2014 and that of 2016.Also, the Federation did not ask CAF to modify the data of the player; rather a new registration was done. The committee further ruled that the participation of the player in against Mali is considered illegal.The player had also been suspended from the Olympic Qualifiers by FIFA for using two different passports.The sanction by FIFA, CAF says proved that Equatorial Guinea was guilty of fraud due to the different information relating to the identity of the player.Kenya’s Harambee Stars is preparing for their debut in the African nations Cup and Mali will now be one of their probable opponents among the eight teams which have qualified.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer named as Germany’s new football captain

first_img0Shares0000Manuel Neuer has been named as the new captain of Germany’s national football team © AFP/File / Kenzo TribouillardBerlin, Germany, Sep 1 – Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was on Thursday named as the new captain of world champions Germany following Bastian Schweinsteiger’s international retirement.“For me it is a great honour,” said Neuer after the German Football Association (DFB) announced his appointment on their website. “It makes me proud to be captain of the team, but we all know that we need several players to lead on the pitch, if we are to succeed.“The key things are already always discussed within ‘die Mannschaft’ and decided together.“Of course, the captaincy has great symbolic significance.“I am very pleased with the trust the coach has shown in me in this appointment.”Having made his international debut in 2009, in a 7-2 win against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, Neuer has kept 25 clean sheets in 71 of his Germany appearances.He was between the posts when they won the 2014 World Cup title and was voted the best goalkeeper in the world in 2013, 2014 and 2015.The 30-year-old will wear the captain’s armband for Germany’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Norway in Oslo on Sunday.Head coach Joachim Loew said he was in the luxurious position of having several candidates to choose from.Neuer’s Bayern team-mates Jerome Boateng, Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels were all touted as options by the German media.“In the national team, we are in the fortunate position that we have several leading players who fit the format and a captain’s profile,” said Loew, who has been Germany’s boss for the last decade.“For me, Manuel Neuer was the logical successor to Bastian Schweinsteiger.“He brings everything to the table that I’d wish for in a captain.“His sporting achievements are outstanding. Manuel is always there for the team, he is a team player and an absolute role model.“He accepts responsibility, but is always calm and collected.”Although he has been named as Schweinsteiger’s permanent replacement, the Oslo qualifier will not be the first time Neuer has captained his country.He was skipper in five of Germany’s six matches at June’s Euro 2016 which Schweinsteiger had started on the bench after recovering from a knee injury.Neuer has worn the captain’s armband in a total of 14 internationals, starting with Germany’s 4-2 defeat to Argentina in Duesseldorf in September 2014.Lothar Matthaeus, who captained Germany to the 1990 World Cup title in Italy, says Neuer is the right man for the job.“He has the personality, the demeanour and the reputation, within the team, to make a really good captain,” said the 55-year-old Matthaeus, Germany’s most capped player.A reader poll in Germany’s top daily newspaper Bild made Bayern defender Jerome Boateng the people’s choice, but the centre-back only narrowly won the survey with 37 percent, compared with 34 for Neuer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool cruise past Palace in thriller

first_imgJoel Matip’s 44th-minute header gave the visitors a half-time advantage and Roberto Firmino’s second-half effort secured a win that left Jurgen Klopp’s men behind City and Arsenal on goal difference.While the Merseysiders’ vibrant display showcased their attacking talents -– assisted by a generous Palace defence — lapses at the back again raised questions about their ability to sustain their title challenge.Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in 10 league games this season and Lovren’s failings in particular complicated what should have been a routine victory.But if Klopp had reason to be frustrated about elements of his side’s display, Palace manager Alan Pardew had even more grounds for complaint.The hosts’ porousness meant that even when they twice came back to level, they never looked like kicking on to record what would have been only a sixth league win in 2016.Initially the game had the look of an uneven contest when a typically incisive move, orchestrated by Philippe Coutinho, brought about Can’s opening goal after 16 minutes.Coutinho picked out left-back Alberto Moreno, whose volleyed cross was turned home by Can with a first-time shot from 10 yards.Already things looked bleak for Pardew’s side, but within two minutes they were gifted a route back into the game.A long clearance by Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was headed on by former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.The flick should have been dealt with comfortably by Liverpool’s centre-backs, but Matip squared for Lovren, whose mishit, looping pass allowed McArthur to nip in and head the ball over the advancing Loris Karius.– Firmino chip –That was the first time Palace had threatened and should have given the home side the chance to settle into the game.Instead, they were undone in similarly routine fashion in the 21st minute when Lovren made amends for his error by easily rising above Palace skipper Scott Dann to head past Mandanda from Coutinho’s corner.Both managers were already fuming at their side’s mistakes and there was worse to come for Klopp, who saw his side pegged back once again 11 minutes later with Lovren once again the weak link.The move was familiar: a ball lifted towards Benteke, whose headed flick found Wilfried Zaha wide on the right.When the winger delivered a cross towards the near post Lovren was flat-footed and McArthur nipped ahead of him to head home.Fortunately for Klopp’s side they were facing an equally vulnerable side whose defence appeared on the point of collapse whenever threatened.The fact that the diminutive Coutinho was allowed to win a header unmarked spoke volumes about Palace’s problems and it took an excellent save from Mandanda to push the Brazilian’s effort against the post.Sixty seconds later Sadio Mane sliced a first-time shot over the bar when he had time and space to pick his spot.In another game those misses might have been costly, but another chance was always likely to come along quickly.So it proved a minute before the break when Matip was left completely unattended to head past Mandanda.The second half continued in similar fashion, albeit with fewer glaring defensive errors, with Mane again guilty of failing to make more of a clear chance while Benteke was denied by a fine save from Karius.But Firmino’s well-taken chipped finish from Jordan Henderson’s through ball in the 71st minute ensured Liverpool could see out the final stages in relative comfort.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Firmino: On hand to wrap up victory with Liverpool’s fourth.PHOTO/Team TalkLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Liverpool kept pace with Premier League top two Manchester City and Arsenal with a dramatic 4-2 success at Crystal Palace on Saturday.A breathless first half saw both sides take advantage of defensive errors, with Palace twice levelling through James McArthur after Liverpool took the lead with goals from Emre Can and Dejan Lovren.last_img read more

Coutinho sparkles in Liverpool derby triumph

first_imgDivock Origi added a third mid-way through the second half just three minutes after replacing the injured Mane as Liverpool, for a few hours at least, soared to third in the Premier League table.For Everton, it was a grim extension of their miserable record at Anfield, where they last won in 1999, while Liverpool completed a first double of derby wins since 2010-11.Everton came into the match in good form, with just one defeat in 12 league matches since Mane’s 97th-minute goal secured Liverpool a 1-0 win in December’s reverse fixture at Goodison Park.Victory for Everton at Anfield would have reduced the gap between the side to just three points –- down from 14 at Christmas –- but that never looked likely.Mane opened the scoring just eight minutes in with a special goal.He spun neatly around his Senegal team-mate Idrissa Gueye’s slide challenge on the halfway line, played a neat one-two with Roberto Firmino and then carried the ball across the Everton penalty area on a diagonal run.With Everton retreating fatally, he let fly with a low shot that left Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles powerless.It might have been worse for the Blues after 19 minutes when Everton’s youthful right side retreated again.This time Coutinho was the beneficiary, unleashing a shot that Robles punched up into the air, with captain Phil Jagielka heading the ball away as it dropped towards goal.It was a shock when Everton got back on terms in the 28th minute and the identity of the goalscorer was even more of a surprise.– Gleeful Pennington –Young defender Pennington had not featured in an Everton line-up since last May, let alone score a goal.But having come in for leg break victim Seamus Coleman, he was the beneficiary when Leighton Baines’s first corner of the afternoon created panic in the Liverpool penalty area.Jagielka headed on, Ashley Williams challenged Coutinho inside the six-yard box and the ball broke loose for a gleeful Pennington to pounce in front of the Kop.He celebrated with the relish of a young man who had never scored a top-flight goal before. But derbies can be cruel occasions.Barely three minutes later Coutinho outwitted him on the edge of the Everton penalty area and curled in a delicious second to restore the hosts’ advantage.Everton manager Ronald Koeman opted against making changes at half-time and his faith was almost justified when Everton threatened an equaliser.Ross Barkley’s clipped free-kick invited a stretching cross-shot from Williams, which goalkeeper Simon Mignolet gratefully pounced on.Liverpool suffered an injury blow when Mane limped off after 57 minutes, having hurt his left leg in a collision with Baines.But his replacement, Origi, had only been on the pitch three minutes when he wrong-footed Robles completely with a vicious right-foot shot from Coutinho’s pass.Koeman finally made a switch, introducing the experience of Gareth Barry and Enner Valencia for Tom Davies and Pennington, but one misdirected Dominic Calvert-Lewin header aside, Liverpool were comfortable.Substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold almost made it a rout, but his clipped shot from Emre Can’s cut-back was spectacularly pushed away by Robles.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coutinho, United Kingdom, Apr- Philippe Coutinho starred as Liverpool responded to Everton’s threat to their Champions League aspirations with a commanding 3-1 victory in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday.Spectacular first-half strikes from Sadio Mane and Coutinho kept Jurgen Klopp’s men on course for a top-four finish, either side of Everton defender Matthew Pennington’s first Premier League goal.last_img read more

Klopp feared for Dortmund stars after bomb blast

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp spent seven years at Borussia Dortmund © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 13 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he feared for his former Borussia Dortmund players’ safety after the bomb attack on their team bus.Three explosions went off as the Dortmund team made their way to their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco on Tuesday. Klopp spent seven years as the German club’s manager, signing many of Dortmund’s current players, and as soon as he heard news of the attack he feared the worst.The German tried to contact his old team and was relieved when it emerged there were no fatalities, with Dortmund defender Marc Bartra needing surgery on a wrist injury as a result of the attack.“Everyone can imagine it was a really difficult moment for me,” Klopp said on Thursday.“I don’t know how often I have been in that hotel down the years. I know exactly where it is on that road and a lot of my friends were on the bus.“I tried immediately to get some information. I was really concerned, scared for them (the players), I was scared for everyone.“I had contact with a few people but I didn’t want to bother them with my silly questions so I was waiting like all the rest of the world for more information.”Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has criticised UEFA, European football’s governing body, for disregarding the feelings of his squad by rescheduling the first leg to kick off less than 24 hours after the incident in Germany.Tuchel claims the club were informed of the decision by text message and Bartra was still in hospital while his team-mates were losing the first leg 3-2 to Monaco.– Shock in their eyes –Klopp agrees with Tuchel that UEFA underestimated the mental scars inflicted on the Dortmund players by such a traumatic experience.“It’s really, really difficult to find a date in this really tight schedule but I think everyone would have understood if they said they did not want to play it,” he said.“I saw it in the faces of my former players after the game and I saw the shock in their eyes and that was really hard. It will obviously take time to deal with it in a proper way.“I’m pretty sure if some of the people who made the decision (to play the match) afterwards had been on the bus they would not have played the game but when you are not on the bus you cannot really imagine how it was exactly.”The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office said three letters claiming responsibility found near the site of the attack made Islamic extremists the possible perpetrators.Security has been increased at Premier League grounds this season in the wake of terrorist attacks at sporting and non-sporting events around Europe, but Klopp said he had no specific concerns about the safety of himself or his players.“All of us do everything we can do. Obviously there are a few people (terrorists) around who have new ideas and can you be prepared for that?” he said.“Am I concerned? No. But in all parts of life we can only give 100 per cent and I’m sure everyone is doing this to give you the best security you can have.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fort St. John woman featured in Nobel Women Initiative

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Fort St. John woman has been featured in the Nobel Women Initiative along with other women worldwide.“There were 7 women who previously won the Nobel Prize so this started the Nobel Women Initiative in order to highlight different work being done around the world by women.”December 10th is International Human Rights Day so from now until then, once a day, they will be featuring 16 Women from across the world that are involved in different efforts at addressing gender based violence.Helen Knott found out she was nominated from a professor she knows at Emily Carr.- Advertisement -She is involved with helping to try and stop the Site C Dam.“That involvement started about 6 years ago when I did a Indigenous Youth Grassroots Camp.”Advertisement Knott also travelled with the Treaty 8 Caravan across Canada recently in opposition of the Site C Dam.“It was I think, intense because you are either on the bus or out in community mode and we spoke to a lot of different people in that period. It was really good though because it showed that we are tucked into the northeast corner, but we are not alone. There are people that stand with us.”She hopes that the Site C Dam can be stopped. But there are also other outcomes she hopes can be reached through the work she does.“Definitely that the dam is stopped. I think another portion of that is looking at how projects are approved, through the Environmental Assessment Process and also looking at a gender based analysis.”Advertisement Knott is currently working on her Masters Degree and would like to aim her thesis at the topic.“I’m in my Masters Program right now and I’m working on targeting my thesis within that area, the relationship between violence against Indigenous lands and violence against Indigenous Women. I want to be able to have more research and academic writing that is based on that.”She is also being featured by another institute for the 16 days leading up to International Human Rights Day.“I guess I always feel like there is more work to be done. It feels like a piece in the process. I’ve been thinking ‘I should probably take a moment to celebrate these things that happen’ because I’m usually just so busy that I’m not able to process everything fully.”Other women that are featured are from areas like Honduras, Colombia, South Sudan, Iran, Mexico, U.S., Syria, Israel, Croatia, Thailand and Tibet among others.Advertisementcenter_img She says it is an honour to be named alongside other women doing the work.“I don’t think I’ve even been able to wrap my head around that yet because I know there is a lot of amazing women doing really great work out there so it is kind of surprising at the same time. I usually just keep my nose to the grindstone and do what I need to do and not really notice how many people might witness that and see how valid and valuable my work is.”Knott became emotional once hearing she was nominated and approached for an interview.“When I knew that I was nominated and they wanted to initiate the interview process, I cried because there was so much growth in my life and I feel really humbled by it.”To view Helen’s full interview with the Nobel Women Initiative, visit: http://nobelwomensinitiative.org/meet-helen-knott-canada/Advertisementlast_img read more

Freezing rain reported on highways throughout the Peace

first_imgWe could see more freezing rain.  According to Environment Canada, there is a risk of more freezing rain today and Wednesday night.For more information on roads in the B.C. Peace, visit www.drivebc.caSchool District 60 and 59 both cancelled school buses throughout the region Wednesday due to poor road conditions.If you plan to travel today, leave earlier and reduce your speed.  If you see anything on the roads in the Peace, let us know, email news@moosefm.caAdvertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Freezing rain is being reported on Highways all over the B.C. Peace.Reports from Drivebc.ca, say freezing rain is reported on Highway 29 from the Halfway River Bridge to Mile 54 of the Alaska Highway.  Several people on social media state Highway 97 from Dawson Creek to Wonowon is extremely slippery.Yellowhead and Bridge reports freezing rain in the North Peace and they have crews out salting highways in the North Peace.- Advertisement -In the South Peace Caribou Road Services says their trucks are out salting the roads.  The main Highways are bare and wet, but colder areas may be slippery.Watch for slippery roads around #FortStJohn due to freezing rain. Our crews are salting major routes. Please #SlowDown, drive to conditions.— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) January 18, 2017Advertisementlast_img read more

City awards tender for Centennial Park Master Plan

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John has awarded the tender that will see a Master Plan drawn up for Centennial Park.Fort St. John’s General Manager of Community Services Wally Ferris said when the City came up with the Parks and Recreation Master Plan last year that several of the City’s parks, Centennial Park among them, were identified as needing their own specific plan for the future. He said that that Centennial Park is the city’s main space that is used to put on events, and since the City is hosting more events every year, is in need of a refresh.Ferris explained that a tender was awarded on Monday to IBI Group from Calgary for $62,700 for the park’s Master Plan. He says that the IBI Group will begin drawing up conceptual plans right away, before unveiling several of them to the public at the city’s Canada Day celebrations. In addition to the Canada Day festivities, the city will also put the concepts up on their website, along with other public consultation opportunities throughout the summer.- Advertisement -Ferris added that if a concept is presented that is found to get approval from both the City and the public, work could begin at the park as early as next year.last_img read more

Under pressure, DOE halts field lab cleanup for 45 days

first_imgThat letter, plus pressure from federal legislators, prompted the DOE to halt work, said Department of Energy spokesman Bill Taylor. “During this time, we will continue to perform environmental monitoring activities and place operations in a safe and stable configuration while we work with state and federal regulators and evaluate all input on a path forward,” the agency said in a statement. Field lab watchdog Dan Hirsch, with the Committee to Bridge the Gap, said he worries what will happen after the 45-day pause. “The Department of Energy is still not promising that it won’t shoot first and analyze later,” he said. The Energy Technology and Engineering Center is a 90-acre portion of the Santa Susana Field Lab where the government conducted nuclear research and built 10 nuclear reactors, including one that had a partial meltdown in 1959. The federal agency has been at odds with neighbors and environmentalists over cleanup of the site, with critics contending that the agency would leave 99 percent of the contaminated soil at the hilltop site between Simi Valley and the Chatsworth. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Facing increased scrutiny from legislators and state environmental regulators, the federal Department of Energy has announced that it will stop work at the Santa Susana Field Lab and consult with authorities before finishing cleanup of the former nuclear research facility. The decision to stop for 45 days, made public Thursday, comes nearly a month after a federal judge ordered the department to complete a thorough environmental survey of the site before declaring it safe and releasing it for unrestricted use. Despite the judge’s ruling, some activists and state officials have been concerned that the DOE still would demolish the last two buildings at the site’s old Energy Technology and Engineering Center and dump the potentially contaminated debris before conducting the environmental survey. Wednesday, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control warned the DOE in a letter that it would be inappropriate for the agency to dismantle the last buildings without the environmental study. last_img read more

Fiorentina coach confident Cuadrado will snub Man United interest

first_img1 Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella insists Juan Cuadrado is staying with the Serie A side.The Colombia international enjoyed an impressive World Cup and has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United.Spanish giants Barcelona have also been tipped to launch a £40million bid and speculation over Cuadrado’s future increased after he was left out Fiorentina’s squad for Sunday’s 2-1 friendly triumph over Real Madrid in Warsaw.However, Montella is confident that the 26-year-old, under contract until 2017, will remain a key part of his squad for the new season.“I have never thought of losing Juan,” Montella told La Nazione. “He’s been here in the past, he is here now and he will be here in the future.“I don’t think about how his story might finish. A player like him can play in every position in midfield.” Juan Cuadrado last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, September 14

first_img1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, is determined to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season – and will make a return to Manchester United if he decides against joining Manchester City. (Sunday Express) But Ronaldo could yet move to Chelsea if the London club are prepared to pay him a staggering £500,000-a-week. (Mail on Sunday) Tottenham will again attempt to sign Southampton’s 24-year-old midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin when the transfer window re-opens in January. (Sunday Mirror) Manchester United will offer 26-year-old Spain midfielder Juan Mata as bait in their bid to land Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, in January. (Sunday Mirror) Burnley may decide to sell striker Danny Ings in January as the 22-year-old’s current contract with them runs out next summer and he is yet to sign a new deal. (Sun on Sunday) Listen again to today’s Paper Review last_img read more

Six errors last season! The stats that suggest Liverpool need to drop Mignolet

first_img 2 2 Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has come in for criticism this season from every angle, with some suggesting he is not good enough to be the Reds’ regular number one.The Belgian’s decision-making has been questionable at times, and while his shot-stopping ability makes him a good goalkeeper, he has shown some technical deficiencies that are starting to place queries over whether he is a truly top class performer.Kop legend Jamie Carragher has seemingly backed calls for boss Brendan Rodgers to recruit former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes – who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury – to offer Mignolet some serious competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey.Mignolet insists he isn’t concerned by the prospect of additional competition, but should the Spanish ‘keeper arrive on Merseyside, should the former Sunderland man make way immediately?Like all humans, Mignolet is susceptible to errors, but it is limiting the chance for error that separates a good goalkeeper with a great one. But how does he stack up to potential arrival Valdes? Perhaps the first area of concern is the total amount of errors made. Six unforced errors last season is quite a lot for a goalkeeper of a title-challenging, and once again, while Valdes has shown that he is also capable of dropping a clanger, his are largely limited.Another area concerns handling. Mignolet has garnered a reputation as a specialist at shot-stopping, something evident in his high save totals for the last three full seasons, but it is his high tendency to punch compared to Valdes which is a little alarming.Obviously different situations require different actions and it’s perfectly valid to argue that Valdes hasn’t faced as many scenarios where he has needed to punch clear, but the frequency with which Mignolet does so suggests that he is not as comfortable with the ball in the air as Valdes.Statistics, naturally can be interpreted in any number of ways and there are a whole host of variables which are not accounted for – like just what sort of shape Valdes and his knee will be in after nearly a year out of football – but on the face of it there is enough to believe that Valdes would be a better choice for the number one spot should he arrive at Liverpool.Liverpool fans, what are your thoughts on Simon Mignolet? Is he the right choice for number one? Comment below… Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has received criticism last_img read more

Mourinho admits reaction to home support went too far

first_img Jose Mourinho criticised Chelsea’s support 1 Jose Mourinho has admitted his criticism of Chelsea’s home support may have gone too far, but explains it was an emotional response tied to his affection for the club.The Blues boss felt like Chelsea were playing in an “empty stadium” for the first half hour of last Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over QPR.Supporters have responded in varying degrees of anger, bemusement and frustration – as well as agreement – to Mourinho’s jibe.And the Portuguese coach insisted his passion for the club was the reason behind his reaction.“This is not, for me, just a job. It is more than that, because it’s Chelsea,” said Mourinho, who was speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League Group G clash at Maribor.“Maybe I go a little bit too far. But I see myself in the stands, watching Chelsea and I want to play, I want to help.“If I’m not a player I cannot play, if I’m not a coach I cannot make decisions.“If I’m just a fan what can I do to help? That’s just my view.“Everybody at Chelsea Football Club knows how much I love the club, how much I want it to improve and how much I want to be part of the club in the future.“Even a moment of criticism has to be analysed with different eyes, with the eyes of somebody who knows why I came back to Chelsea and why I’m here with my heart and why I want to stay for a long, long time.”last_img read more

Tottenham team news: Fan favourite Kane to start against Stoke

first_imgTottenham striker Harry Kane has been included in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up for Stoke’s visit to White Hart Lane.Kane is yet to begin a Premier League game this season and the move is likely to delight Spurs fans, who have been calling for the 21-year-old to be given the nod ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor.This season Kane has scored seven goals in six Europa League games and came on against Aston Villa in last weekend’s Premier League meeting to bag a dramatic winner and earn Tottenham all three points.Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Naughton, Fazio, Kaboul (c), Rose; Capoue, Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend; Kane 1 Harry Kane starts against Stoke last_img read more

FIFA rejects Garcia’s appeal against World Cup probe ruling

first_img FIFA announce the 2022 World Cup hosts FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia has lost his appeal against the findings which cleared Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups.Garcia last month claimed a statement by ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on his report into bidding for the World Cups had contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions” and announced he would appeal.That appeal has now been declared inadmissible by FIFA’s appeals committee, who said Eckert’s statement was not a legally-binding decision and therefore could not be appealed against.Eckert’s statement said any rule breaches by the bidding countries were “of very limited scope”, adding: “In particular, the effects of these occurrences on the bidding process as a whole were far from reaching any threshold that would require returning to the bidding process, let alone reopening it.”A FIFA statement said: “The FIFA appeal committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden, has concluded that the appeal lodged by the chairman of the investigatory chamber, Michael J. Garcia, against the statement of the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent ethics committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, is not admissible.“The said statement about the report on the inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process does not constitute a decision and as such is neither legally binding nor appealable.”Meanwhile, complaints by two World Cup bid whistleblowers that their cover had been blown by Eckert’s findings have also been rejected.Phaedra Almajid, who worked for the Qatar 2022 bid team before losing her job in 2010, and Bonita Mersiades, who worked for Australia’s 2022 bid, complained that promises of confidentiality had been breached because his findings contained more than enough information to make them easily identifiable. 1last_img read more

De Gea in talks over new Man United deal and has NOT agreed Real Madrid move, reveals agent

first_imgDavid de Gea’s agent has denied a deal has been agreed for the goalkeeper to join Real Madrid and revealed he is in talks with Manchester United over a new contract.The Spanish shotstopper has a little over a year remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford and continues to be linked with a move to the Bernabeu.There have been some suggestions in his homeland that Real have already come to an agreement with the 24-year-old.However, Mendes has rubbished those claims and suggested his client is ready to commit his long-term future to United.Speaking on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Sunday evening, he said. “It’s not true that the deal is done.“I am negotiating his contract renewal but we haven’t signing anything yet. As of the moment, we will see what happens.“We’re holding talks and at this moment it seems he could continue with United, but as I say, we haven’t signed anything yet.” David de Gea 1last_img read more

Lincoln’s hat, gloves acquired by museum

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A battered old hat, a pair of stained gloves, a child’s silly rhyme – hardly the stuff of history. Except that this hat is a stovepipe hat, the gloves are stained with a president’s blood and the rhyme was written by a young Abraham Lincoln. All three items are part of an immense private collection put together by a Lincoln fan more than 35 years. Now the collection is about to go public after being purchased for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The collection contains hundreds of letters and documents, but its strength is the array of personal, everyday items related to the 16th president, his wife and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth. The hat’s brim shows two spots where Lincoln continually touched it to take the hat off. Its band is stretched from his habit of stuffing legal papers inside to carry around with him. The gloves appear to have been dropped on a red dirt road, but the stains are blood from Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. And the rhyme, neatly written in a childhood “sum” book for practicing math, shows a 15-year-old smart-aleck: “Abraham Lincoln is my name/ and with my pen I wrote the same/ I wrote in both haste and speed/ and left it here for fools to read.” last_img read more

Kids sandwiched in damaging policy

first_img Districts who participate in this activity are intentionally stigmatizing children to put pressure on parents. District officials say it is an effective way of getting parents to pay up. Parents and outside experts believe the heavy-handed practice could have a detrimental impact on children. As someone who endured the stigma of being a “free lunch kid,” I understand the impact this kind of differential treatment can have on children, on their self-esteem, and on their relationships with their classmates. Children are under enough pressure to succeed academically without also punishing them for the transgressions of their parents. California law clearly prohibits this kind of discrimination if it were aimed at children eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Californians deserve to know how pervasive this practice is, so I have written to each school superintendent in the state asking them to clarify what methods they use to get parents to pay their children’s unpaid lunch tabs. In particular, I want to know whether a district has such a policy; if so, for how long the district has had such a policy; and approximately how many children are subjected to this treatment annually. If those quoted in news articles are any indication, as long as there are bottom-line results, school administrators seem all too happy to leverage small kids’ appetites – and more important, their psyches – to get parents’ attention. That’s unacceptable. What’s next? Scarlet A’s (for arrears) affixed to backpacks or the padlocking of bikes? Make no mistake – parents have a duty to fulfill their responsibilities regarding their children’s lunch accounts and school officials should be creative in finding ways to make sure accounts stay current. But leave the kids out of it. Any dunce who allows the punishing of kids over their parents’ mistakes is the one who deserves to be shamed. Fabian Nuñez is speaker of the California Assembly. E-mail him at Assemblymember.Nunez@assembly.ca.gov.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IF the “dunce cap” were still in use as a schoolhouse punishment, there are several school officials in California who need to be assigned corners and fitted for cones. According to newspaper reports – and I’m sure Charles Dickens is looking down at those reports with a nod of professional respect – children in some California school districts are being publicly shamed simply because their parents have neglected to keep the students’ pre-paid lunch accounts fully up to date. These reports show that at least four school districts in the state serve substandard lunches to children whose parents fall into arrears on payment into their child’s lunch accounts. These students, after selecting the same foods available to their classmates and peers, have their food taken away in the lunch line and replaced with purposely undesirable (but apparently legally sufficient) food such as a cheese sandwich on dry wheat bread. One school in South Carolina resorts to fried squash to target their children whose parents have unpaid lunch balances. We can only hope their “success” doesn’t spur competitive imitation in any school districts here. One father told a newspaper that the debt that triggered his child’s shaming was an oversight of $7.50. Other parents reported their children were teased over the lunches and one mother said her little girl hid in the bathroom rather than be seen getting one of the sandwiches of shame. last_img read more

Big rigs crash on Golden State Freeway

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – At least two big rigs were involved in a collision today on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway, leaving engine oil on the roadway and one lane blocked, authorities said. The accident occurred at 4:29 a.m. at Roxford Street, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. The circumstances surrounding the accident were not immediately clear, he said, adding that one big rig was on the right shoulder of the freeway, and the other was stopped in the No. 5 lane. Approximately 12 quarts of engine oil spilled out of one of the trucks, prompting authorities to issue a SigAlert while the road was being cleaned up.last_img read more

Taliban executes South Korean hostage

first_imgThe killing of the South Korean follows the death of a German engineer at the hands of kidnappers in the province of Wardak, near Kabul. Another German and four Afghans are still being held by those kidnappers. The Taliban and other insurgents have often sought to abduct or kill foreign civilians to deter aid and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan and undermine the government. As a result, few foreigners travel on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban captors shot one of their 23 South Korean hostages dead on Wednesday after complaining that the government had not responded positively to their demands. The victim’s body was brought to a U.S. military base in Ghazni Province, said an Afghan official negotiating with the Taliban for the hostages’ release. The official, Waheedullah Mujadeddi, said he was expecting eight hostages to be released Wednesday evening, but by late evening it was not clear if a transfer had occurred. He confirmed the death of a male hostage. “I can confirm one of the hostages was very sick and there was no doctor or medicine, and the Taliban shot him,” Mujadeddi said. He said he had learned the news directly from the group holding the hostages. The South Koreans are members of a Protestant church group who were on a 10-day relief mission. Most are women in their 20s and 30s, and some are nurses and teachers. They were abducted last Thursday while traveling on a public bus on the main highway from the capital, Kabul, to the southern city of Kandahar. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the kidnappers, said that a hostage was killed because the government had not agreed to an initial release of eight Taliban prisoners in exchange for eight Koreans. “They do not pay attention and did not give a positive response,” Ahmadi said, “so that’s why we killed one Korean hostage.” He gave the man’s name and said he was killed in midafternoon in a desert area in the district of Qarabagh near the main highway. The Associated Press, citing KBS, the South Korean public broadcasting network, reported from Kabul that the slain hostage was a 42-year-old pastor, Bae Hyung-kyu. Ahmadi said more hostages would be killed in 10 hours if the government was not more cooperative. In the morning, Ahmadi had contacted journalists and said that the Taliban was running out of patience and would start to kill hostages if the government did not meet demands for 23 Taliban prisoners to be released and South Korean troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan. last_img read more

Actor’s mastiffs blamed in death

first_imgThree bull mastiffs and an English bulldog were seized by animal services, police said. “Two of those dogs appeared to be responsible for the tragic death,” said Officer Jason Lee, adding that “several” dogs remain at the property. Police were called about 7:15 a.m. by someone reporting a dead body at the home in the 12900 block of San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood. Gonzalez said she didn’t know who made the call. “The victim had a large number of bites and scratches which appear to be dog bites,” Lt. Ray Lombardo said during a news conference. The victim was found on the front lawn, Gonzalez said. Two dogs belonging to actor Ving Rhames apparently mauled a man to death at the star’s home Friday, authorities said. The 40-year-old victim, who has not been publicly identified, had lived on the property and worked as a caretaker at the home for about two years, police said. He was among those responsible for caring for the dogs, said Los Angeles police Officer Sandra Gonzalez. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday, said Capt. Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. “It’s premature to say how he died,” Winter said. “We don’t know if he was attacked by the dogs and suffered a heart attack,” he said. Rhames, 46, an action star who appeared in the “Mission Impossible” series, was not home at the time of the attack, Gonzalez said. The actor told Time magazine in 2001 that he had “eight Fila Brasileiro mastiffs – the national dog of Brazil, also used by U.S. Marines in jungle warfare.” Calls to Rhames’ agent, Steve Muller, were not returned.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pasadena a top `move-to’ destination

first_imgPASADENA – Pasadena and several communities in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys are pretty attractive places to live. At least some statistics compiled by NorthStar Moving Corp. appear to support that claim. The Chatsworth-based company has ranked the top 10 most popular places to move to in Los Angeles County, based on its incoming moving requests for the first half of 2007. Pasadena ranked No. 2. “It’s really not surprising at all,” said Leann Lampe, public relations coordinator for the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau. “When you see all the aspects we have to offer – renowned museums, the shopping, entertainment and acclaimed restaurants – I completely understand why people want to move here.” NorthStar’s data, collected during the first six months of 2007, reveals that 84 residential customers contracted with NorthStar to arrange a move to Pasadena. That represents a 154.5-percent increase over the 33 clients who contracted with the company to move to Pasadena during the first six months of last year when the city ranked 10th on the list. Ram Katalan, NorthStar’s founder and president, has his own theory about why people are looking to move to Pasadena. “Most of the clients we move are people who are moving up in the world,” he said. “They are moving to nicer areas and bigger homes. It definitely sounds like Pasadena is one of those areas.” NorthStar’s complete list of the most moved-to places in Los Angeles County was topped by Los Angeles, followed by Pasadena; Santa Monica; Marina del Rey and Woodland Hills (tied); Long Beach; Sherman Oaks; Beverly Hills; Pacific Palisades, Studio City and West Hollywood (tied); Malibu and Valencia (tied); and Burbank and Calabasas (tied). “There are many reasons our clients want to move to Pasadena,” Katalan said. “Sometimes, it has to do with the school district or they are moving because of a better job … so there are quite a few reasons.” kevin.smith@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mars rovers on the move

first_img“We have this competition if you will, between the clearing skies and the dust on the rover,” said John Callas, rover project manager at JPL. Still, said JPL’s Diana Blaney, rover deputy project scientist, “people kind of feel like we’re on the upward curve of things. (The rovers) are still pretty dusty, but there aren’t any new storms so we’re just waiting.” The rovers were not built to weather such severe and widespread dust storms because their original mission of 90 days was for a calm time of year on Mars, Blaney said. But because the rovers have now lasted for more than three years, it put them at the mercy of the global storms occurring ever four to six years, she said. Opportunity was the most at risk of running out of power, Blaney said, and was kept in hibernation with only occasional contact with Earth for about 21/2 weeks. LA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE – The Mars rovers are on the move again. A month after dense dust storms forced engineers to order Spirit and Opportunity into hibernation, the skies have cleared enough for the solar-powered craft to continue their exploration. Rover handlers at the Jet Propulsion Lab began driving their robots for short distances last week, taking advantage of the boost in battery levels from the increasing sunlight. But Spirit and Opportunity are not out of the woods yet. As the dust settles, some of it will coat their solar panels, rover leaders said. How that will affect the rovers is unknown. “There were a couple nights when I was having trouble sleeping,” Callas said about the depths of the storm, when engineers worried they might lose contact with the rover for months, if not forever. For now, though, the return of sunlight means a return to investigating tantalizing features on the martian surface. Spirit is about to climb a volcanic outcrop named Home Plate, which scientists believe bears ancient scars from the presence of water. Opportunity is perched on the lip of Victoria Crater, preparing for its descent down the crater wall. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (616) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Thinking big

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With all that success, MTA officials are thinking ahead about a future with even more passengers. And that means thinking big. NEW York may have a more impressive skyline. And Chicago might boast superior pizza. But we in L.A. have something no other city can match – the longest compressed-natural-gas-powered bus in North America. On Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority rolled out a 65-foot articulated mega-bus on the Orange Line. It’s five feet longer than other Orange Line buses, and can hold up to 100 passengers. The behemoth will run for a year, and if all goes well, more will follow. The mega-bus is a testament to the success of the Orange Line, which has carried some 10 million passengers in two years, and has seen its daily ridership double over that time. last_img read more

And the Lord God said: Let there be conservatives, and liberals too

first_imgI’ll go along with the religious folks on this one. If we are indeed the creations of God, or someone claiming to be God, then recent scientific findings out of New York University and UCLA may indicate that God made us conservative or liberal in the same way that he created asses and elephants. I wish that I was making this up, mainly because making this up would also mean that God made me brilliantly funny at the same time that he was making me a namby-pamby liberal. But no, God continues to work in His mysterious ways, this time communicating with us through a neurobiology-of-politics study conducted by some really smart researchers who might be doing more good looking for a schizophrenia cure, but never mind that. What’s important is that activity in the pesky anterior cingulate cortex of the brain may differentiate between people who think that George W. Bush is Mick Jagger and those who wouldn’t vote him onto the Torrance City Council. In short, these experiments seem to indicate that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work. Which isn’t to say that conservatives have a disorder beyond their inability to exist in the same state with a liberal. It’s a matter, as reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience, of how we process information. This new study adds credence to older studies showing that conservatives tend to be more structured and persistent in their judgments whereas liberals are more open to new experiences. Which to me seems questionable when you consider how many conservatives of late have dabbled in the kind of “new experiences” that I, as a liberal male, wouldn’t consider doing on a bet. So why are some of us so right while others are so wrong? Or, as one UCLA neurologist more accurately put it, “There are two cognitive styles, a liberal style and a conservative style.” This conclusion derived from tests where students of all political persuasions were hooked up to electroencephalographs and told to tap a keyboard when an M appeared on a monitor and to not tap when a W did. The letter M appeared four times more frequently than W, which conditioned some subjects to incorrectly press a key when either letter appeared. This somehow delineated between a habitual tendency to press a key incorrectly and the better response, which was not to press a key as often. Are you following this? Anyway, the study states that liberals had more brain activity in this one portion of the brain and made fewer mistakes while conservatives consistently favored abolishing the capital gains tax. Actually, I can’t see that this proves anything at all. But since it tends to make people like me seem smart, I’ll back Frank Sulloway, a Berkeley researcher who said of the study: “It provides an elegant demonstration that individual differences on a conservative-liberal dimension are strongly related to brain activity.” He also stated that liberals are 4.9 times as likely as conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with conflicts and 2.2 times as likely to score in the top half of the distribution for accuracy. This might, Sulloway added, explain the difference between the president’s single-minded commitment to the Iraq war and why some people perceived Sen. John Kerry, D-Liberal, as a flip-flopper. But here’s the problem as I see it. Liberals generally do listen, even to the people they despise. I know that I do, which is why I find myself liking NRA members and conservative extremists. I find it interesting and fun to meet people who entered the world with all their beliefs in place. And if a few of them believe that the sun doesn’t set in the west or that the Earth is 6,000 years old, I’m OK with that. I’m a liberal. Still, the scientists behind this warned that it would be a mistake to conclude that one political bent is somehow better than the other. Said one researcher, “The tendency of conservatives to block distracting information could be a good thing depending upon the situation.” So maybe that explains the number of conservative pilots and doctors I know. Then again, do you really want people practicing either of these professions to start questioning the moral ambiguity of their work during moments of steep descent or uncontrolled blood loss? So we seem to be born saddled with one of two ways of seeing, with two separate chemical/biological imperatives that need to be better understood, appreciated and empathized with if we are to coexist. Others, and I won’t name names, will see this entire study as more liberal, sissy-boy, fuzzy science not supported by scripture or Dick Cheney. And I understand that, damn it! I really do. Liberal or conservative, I want to hear your comments. Connect with me directly at john.bogert@dailybreeze.com or send a letter to John Bogert/Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Congress clears roadblock to subway expansion in Wilshire Corridor

first_imgThe bill does not include any money for the proposed subway project, which would offer direct connections from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. But it does remove its biggest hurdle – a restriction against federal funds placed into 1986 legislation. Rep. Henry Waxman, who inserted the original prohibition after a methane gas explosion and fire at a department store, announced last year that new research had convinced him the tunnel construction could now proceed safely. lisa.friedman@langnews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Congress on Wednesday cleared one of the biggest roadblocks to Los Angeles’s “subway to the sea,” repealing a 20-year-old prohibition against federal funding for tunneling in the Wilshire Corridor. The repeal was part of a $106 billion transportation bill that also includes $70 million for the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Eastside Rail extension and $1 million for rail improvements in Riverside as part of the Alameda Corridor East project. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who with Sen. Barbara Boxer inserted the tunnel language, said the bill’s 88-7 vote brings the 13.2-mile expansion of the Red Line closer to reality. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa supports building the estimated $4 billion extension, as does Metro. “It’s time to give the commuters of Los Angeles relief from the severe gridlock they face every day,” Feinstein said. last_img read more

PREP-JC ROUNDUP Palos Verdes dominates CAMS in tennis

first_imgFrom staff reports Palos Verdes posted a 14-4 nonleague victory Wednesday over visiting CAMS, the defending CIF Southern Section Division V girls tennis champion. The doubles team of Alex Scotten and Tiffany Jue swept its three sets. Singles player Catherine Chen also swept for Palos Verdes (2-0). In addition, Palos Verdes received strong efforts from singles players Kathryn Webb and Brooke Schweyer, who each took two of two sets. The doubles team of Morgan Thomas and Austin Ruth also won two of two sets. Mira Costa 18, Santa Monica 0: Krystal Langley won her matches at love to lead host Mira Costa (1-1). Santa Monica is 0-1. Girls volleyball Ilyanna Hernandez had 19 kills and 18 assists to lead North Torrance to a 25-18, 25-22, 25-14 sweep over La Ca ada in the seventh-place match of the Gahr Tournament at Mayfair. Alex Garcia recorded seven kills and three blocks for North (3-2). Karin Ng added 39 assists. Also in the Gahr Tournament … South Torrance 3, St. Joseph 1: Hattie Waybright had 14 kills for South (3-2) in its 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23 12th-place win at St. Joseph. Chelsey Alpough recorded 26 assists, four blocks and six digs. Torrance 3, Mayfair 0: Katie Judd had seven kills and eight digs and Amarilis Castro added seven kills and three blocks as visiting Torrance won, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23, to take 17th place. Kylie Affelje added 12 digs for Torrance (3-2). West Torrance 3, Long Beach Millikan 0: Lindsey Walsh and Tara O’Brien each had nine kills as West (3-2) won its fifth-round match, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20, at Gahr High. In a nonleague match … Palisades 3, San Pedro 1: Shannon Miller recorded eight kills and nine digs in a 23-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-22 season-opening loss for host San Pedro. Palos Verdes 3, El Segundo 0: Shauna Maus had 10 kills to lead host Palos Verdes to a 25-12, 25-23, 25-11 nonleague win. Madison Smith added 20 assists for Palos Verdes (2-0). Keely Stevenson and Antoinette Alugbue each had seven kills for El Segundo (0-1). Chadwick 3, Crossroads 0: Michelle McCarthy had 12 kills and seven blocks and Casey Reed had 10 kills and five digs as host Chadwick won a nonleague match, 25-12, 25-15, 28-26. Girls golf Debbi U shot a 7-over-par 41 as Narbonne finished third out of four teams in its first L.A. City Section I League match of the season at Penmar Golf Course. Venice won the match, LACES finished second and Palisades took fourth. Deana U shot 44 for Narbonne. Prep football Carson will not have its Sept. 21 game with visiting Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium broadcast on FSN Prime Ticket. CIF Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said he was informed of the decision by Long Beach Poly co-principal Victor Charles on Wednesday afternoon. “He said he felt that the telecast would hurt their gate (attendance),” Simmons said. JC women’s volleyball Kerry O’Brien had 15 kills to lead visiting El Camino in a 30-23, 30-27, 30-23 nonconference win over Ventura. Marcella Hernandez recorded 10 kills and five blocks for El Camino (3-1).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Carson-based CAMS (California Academy of Mathematics and Science) had beaten West Torrance and South Torrance already. Despite the CAMS doubles team of Maya Parker and Megan Orejana winning two of three sets, the Rebels (2-1) could not match Palos Verdes’ depth. “CAMS is a decent team, but we’re still strong and we were just deeper,” Palos Verdes coach Danny Moscovici said. In other nonleague matches … North Torrance 17, West Torrance 1: No. 3 singles player Coleen Palileo swept her sets at love for visiting North (2-0). Bea Palileo swept her sets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. West is 1-3. Torrance 12, Culver City 6: Lindsay Guardado won her first two singles sets before suffering an ankle injury for host Torrance (1-0). Sunny Choi and Sarah Choi also won two singles sets for Torrance. last_img read more

Teen volunteer back from Africa

first_imgAbout 200 teens nationwide applied to the program, but only 25 were accepted. Once Esserman was notified that she had been selected for the program, she had just a few months to raise $5,000 to finance her trip. She said publicity in newspapers and donations from anonymous sources and community organizations came together to support her. “A lot of it was last minute,” Esserman said. “I held a car wash and raised $600 that way.” She was assigned to a rural location in South Africa and said she was taken aback by the extreme poverty and desolation she found there. Karen Lantz, Esserman’s Advanced Placement English teacher, nominated her for the program. “She’s already talked to me about the trip, which I guess was quite harrowing,” Lantz said. Esserman said the most shocking part of the monthlong experience was that the children she worked with often physically fought over food or tried to horde supplies. “It was just kind of war, when it came to food,” Esserman said. “It was an awful thing to see.” In addition to economic conditions, Esserman said she had to adjust to new foods, few resources, lack of water and little contact with her parents. “It was my first time on an airplane by myself,” she said. “It was a lot of firsts. It was the hardest experience I’ve ever had in my entire life.” Although she had very little communication with her family during her stay in Africa, Esserman filled them and others in on the details of her trip upon her return. She gave a PowerPoint presentation to members of the Whittier Area United Nations Association on Sept. 7. William Miller serves on the board for that organization. He said he was impressed by Esserman’s presentation and her character. “This is an amazing kid,” Miller said. “Without help from her parents, she applied for this and got approved. She just did it on her own.” Esserman’s work ranged from building a kitchen to passing out food to school children, as well as playing games with them. “She was really dealing with the reality of poverty in Africa,” Miller said. Now back home, Esserman has returned to school as a senior at La Serna High School, where she is a member of the track team. She also volunteers at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital and works at Starbucks. Esserman said the experience will stick with her, and she has learned to make herself comfortable in even the worst situations. “You can make home anywhere, is the most important thing that I learned,” Esserman said. “You learn to just accept things for what they are, to accept that you’re there for a purpose.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When Stephanie Esserman’s mother received a call from the United Nations about her 17-year-old, she was more than a little surprised. Her surprise grew when she heard the United Nations was inviting her daughter to work in Africa for a month. Esserman decided not to tell her parents when she applied to be part of the U.N.-sponsored Help Educate at-Risk Orphans (H.E.R.O) program, which sends teens age 16 or older to places like Nambia and South Africa to help with humanitarian missions there. “At first I didn’t tell anybody I was applying, because I didn’t want to make it sound like I was going to Africa tomorrow,” Esserman said. last_img read more

‘Die Hard’ director gets prison in wiretap case

first_imgCornell Price, another attorney for McTiernan, asked the judge to consider his client’s state of mind on the night he received the call from the FBI. “He’s asking for his day in court, what he would have gotten in the first place,” Price said. The judge was not persuaded. “I find these arguments completely lacking in credibility,” she said. McTiernan, who appeared in court in brown cowboy boots, black jeans and a blue blazer, did not speak. U.S. Attorney Daniel Saunders told the judge that McTiernan was simply dissatisfied with his sentence. “He’s made no genuine statement of contrition,” Saunders said. “He has not learned the lesson that this is unacceptable and will have consequences.” In her sentencing statement, Fischer noted that McTiernan is worth $9 million. He and his family would suffer while he is locked up, but “he won’t be the only depressed person in custody,” the judge said. She cited McTiernan’s “sense of entitlement and absence of remorse” in sentencing him to prison. Grimes said outside court that he was disappointed in Fischer’s ruling and would appeal. He disagreed with Fischer’s observation that McTiernan lived a privileged life and simply wanted to continue it. “He’s probably one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve met in Hollywood in my 30 years working here,” Grimes said of McTiernan. Authorities say Pellicano, who is scheduled to go on trial next year, is the ringleader of a scheme that was used to get dirt on clients in legal disputes. Pellicano, who is being held without bail pending trial, has said he is innocent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He later said he hired Pellicano to wiretap Charles Roven, who had worked with him on the 2002 box office flop “Rollerball.” Pellicano, who served 21/2 years in federal prison for possessing illegal weapons, has pleaded not guilty to charges contained in a 111-count indictment that accuses him of bugging phones and bribing police to get information on celebrities and others. McTiernan was originally scheduled to be sentenced two weeks ago, but that hearing was delayed after his attorney sought to withdraw the plea and fight the charge. Attorney Milton Grimes said at the time that McTiernan hadn’t had adequate legal representation when he entered the plea upon a previous lawyer’s advice. On Monday, the defense argued that when McTiernan spoke to the FBI agent, he was tired after returning from a long trip to Asia, taking antibiotics for a sinus infection, and going off his anti-depression medication. A federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced Hollywood director John McTiernan to four months in prison Monday after refusing to let him withdraw his guilty plea to a charge of lying to the FBI about his association with indicted private eye Anthony Pellicano. Judge Dale S. Fischer gave the director of such films as “Die Hard” and “The Thomas Crown Affair” until Jan. 15 to turn himself in to authorities. McTiernan’s attorney said he would appeal. McTiernan, 56, was also sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. The charge carried a maximum sentence of five years. When he entered his plea last year, McTiernan said he made “knowingly false statements” when he told an FBI agent that the only time he used Pellicano’s services was during his divorce. last_img read more

Confession from Wayne Rooney which Man United fans might not like to read

first_img1 Wayne Rooney in action for Manchester United Wayne Rooney admits his midfield exploits with Manchester United may not be over just yet.The England forward has been dropped into the centre of the park on a number of occasions this season under Louis van Gaal, as the Red Devils continue their quest for a top four spot.United have been superb in recent weeks though, following Rooney’s return to the forward line, and have picked up crucial victories against Tottenham and Liverpool.But Rooney, who is set to lead out the Three Lions against Lithuania on Friday night in the Euro 2016 qualifier, claims he is happy to play wherever the Dutchman wants him to.“I’ve always been hungry to play this season,” he told talkSPORT. “The manager has seen fit to play me in midfield for some games and I’ve done that.“With Robin van Persie injured he’s put me back up top and I’ve been scoring.“I’m sure there will be times when the manager wants me go back into midfield, which I have no problem doing.”last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, April 6

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Liverpool are facing a battle to keep hold of Jordan Henderson amid growing interest from Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers is already facing an uphill task convincing star man Raheem Sterling to sign a new deal and now there are doubts over the Anfield future of Henderson as well. The midfielder has turned down a new contract and Chelsea are eyeing a shock move. (Daily Star)Liverpool are in talks with Manchester United reject Radamel Falcao as they prepare to sign the striker on loan next season. (Metro)Arsenal are close to signing Argentine starlet Maximiliano Romero from Velez Sarsfield for £4.5m. The 16-year-old has been dubbed the ‘next Lionel Messi’. (The Sun)Chelsea are set to make a £22million swoop for Atletico Madrid sensation Koke. (Metro)Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed Manchester City will be looking to invest in a “big player” this summer – and preferably wants him to be English. Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere are potential targets. (Daily Express)Southampton will make a final attempt to keep Nathaniel Clyne. Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are all chasing the 23-year-old England right-back, who has a year left on his contract. (Daily Mirror) Oriol Romeu is ready to quit Chelsea for good in the summer. The Spanish midfielder, currently on loan at Stuttgart, has made just 15 league starts since arriving from Barcelona in 2011 and fears he is not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans. (Daily Mirror)Emmanuel Adebayor will lead a Tottenham clearout this summer. Younes Kaboul, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho are also likely to be sold. (The Sun)last_img read more

BENTEKE UPDATE! Talks ongoing over £32.5m move to Liverpool

first_img Christian Benteke Christian Benteke is unlikely to play any part in Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the Far East.The Anfield club have triggered the striker’s £32.5million release clause in his Aston Villa contract and have pencilled the Belgian in for a medical on Monday.But they are still negotiating terms of the deal, with the Reds keen to structure the payment over time rather than pay the full amount up front.Liverpool are confident of coming to an arrangement and completing the signing of Benteke, but the 24-year-old is highly unlikely to link up with Brendan Rodgers’ squad until they return to the UK.They travel to Adelaide on Saturday for their third match of pre-season preparations and there is little prospect of him flying out in time to make Friday’s game in Malaysia.Rodgers made Benteke his primary summer target to strengthen his forward line but, after initially refusing to meet the buy-out clause, the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City in a £49million deal prompted a shift in thinking.England international Daniel Sturridge made just 18 appearances last season after missing virtually the first five months of the campaign with injury, and is likely to be sidelined until at least September after undergoing surgery on a hip problem, so Rodgers wants a striker who can stand up to the rigours of the Premier League.He has Benteke’s fellow international Divock Origi, playing his first season in English football after spending last term on loan at Lille, and summer signing from Burnley Danny Ings at his disposal – having decided Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are all surplus to requirements – but needed some proven firepower.The club have invested heavily in Hoffenheim’s Brazil international Roberto Firmino, who could cost them up to £29million, but he is not an out-and-out forward and so Rodgers needed to recruit someone else to play as his spearhead.Liverpool have already bought six new players, including England right-back Nathaniel Clyne at a cost of £12.5million, and Benteke’s arrival would push their summer spending to around £80million. 1last_img read more

Can you believe Man United could have signed these seven world class stars?!

first_img Sergio Aguero (striker) was playing for Atletico Madrid, but joined Man City in 2011 – “His agent was demanding a price we were not prepared to pay.” 7 Ronaldo (striker) was playing for Cruzeiro and joined PSV in 1994 – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see six other players Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to sign during his time as Man United manager – “We wanted to sign the Brazilian striker from Cruzeiro in 1994, but we could not get a work permit and he went to PSV Eindhoven.” Lucas Moura (winger) was playing for Sao Paulo and joined PSG in 2013 – “We offered £24m for him, which was upped to £30m and again to £35m, but Paris Saint-Germain signed him for £45m. [former chief executive David Gill] and I were just not prepared to go to those sorts of levels.” 7 Sir Alex Ferguson made some quality signings during his time as Man United manager, but he has revealed the ones who got away.It is fairly well known he wanted Alan Shearer before he joined Newcastle in 1995 as well as Paul Gascoigne before his move to Tottenham in 1988.However, while he has been fortunate to sign Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam and Dwight Yorke, he also missed out on these players who have gone on to have glittering careers.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see seven players Fergie discusses in his new book, Leading, which is out now. Thomas Muller (forward) came through the Bayern Munich academy – “He was a 10-year-old when we heard about him. We had him watched and the following day he committed himself to Bayern Munich.” –  Click here to see Thomas Muller and other footballers when they were kids 7 Raphael Varane (defender) was playing for Lens and joined Real Madrid in 2011 – “In 2011, I hurtled down on the train from Euston to Lille to sign the young French defender Raphael Varane. David Gill was getting into the finer points of the contract with Lens, Varane’s club, when [Real Madrid ambassador] Zinedine Zidane got wind of this and somehow scooped him up for Real Madrid from under our noses. I don’t think Jose Mourinho, who was managing Real Madrid, had even seen Varane play.” 7 7 Petr Cech (goalkeeper) was playing for Rennes and later joined Chelsea in 2004 – “I went to see him in 2003 for Rennes. We thought Petr was a bit young for the bruisers of the Premier League.” 7 7 Didier Drogba (striker) was playing for Marseille and joined Chelsea in 2004 – “We want to check him out at Marseille but the club wanted £25m and Chelsea moved in for the kill before we had made up our minds.” last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers is under ‘serious pressure’ but deserves more time, insists former Liverpool manager

first_imgFormer Liverpool manager Roy Evans has urged the club to be patient with under fire boss Brendan Rodgers after an uninspiring start to the season.The Reds are languishing in 13th in the Premier League table and scraped into the Capital One Cup fourth round on Tuesday night by beating League Two side Carlisle United on penalties – stretching their winless run to six games in all competitions.Rodgers was backed with heavy investment by the club’s owners in the summer, spending over £80m on incoming players, and Evans, while admitting the Northern Irishman is under pressure, insists he deserves more time to blend his new recruits.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Evans said:  “He’s certainly under some serious pressure.“Once everyone gets into this stigma that the manager is to blame for everything, people tend to run away with that.“They’ve got to give him maybe just a little bit more time, it’s still very early in the season. You’ve let him spend an awful lot of money, you’ve got to give him a bit more time to see if it will work. Things can turn around in two or three games.”Liverpool’s failure to beat their lower league opponents mean they are without a win at Anfield in three games after a heavy defeat to West Ham and a 1-1 draw with Norwich on Sunday.Their recent record at home is stark contrast to the daunting prospect Anfield used to invoke, and Evans believes their struggles on Merseyside are the root of their problems.He added: “Anfield doesn’t have that fear factor now. We’re letting people get their feet under the table.“Years ago, right from the kick off we could win the game in the first 15 minutes but that doesn’t seem to be happening anymore.”last_img read more

Air Force disciplines 70 airmen for cross-country nuclear flight

first_imgA main reason for the error was that crews had decided not to follow a complex schedule under which the status of the missiles is tracked while they are disarmed, loaded, moved and so on, one official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. The airmen replaced the schedule with their own “informal” system, he said, though he didn’t say why they did that nor how long they had been doing it their own way. “This was an unacceptable mistake and a clear deviation from our exacting standards,” Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne said at a Pentagon press conference with Newton. “We hold ourselves accountable to the American people and want to ensure proper corrective action has been taken.” Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, said she believed the Air Force had done a thorough investigation, but the findings were “a warning sign that there has been degradation” of attitudes toward the handling of the weapons. “These are not just rules that people dreamed up … just so they could check off the boxes,” she said. “This is fundamentally important to the security of the country and the world.” Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists was among those skeptical that the August flight represented an isolated incident. He said a decline in Air Force standards for nuclear weapons maintenance and security was documented by the government a decade ago. In recent years, he said, Minot and Barksdale have both gotten poor marks during inspections routinely required for certification. “Part of the reason is that after the end of the Cold War, and the disappearance of the Soviet nuclear threat, the nuclear career was not very sexy – it was not the way to go if you wanted to” advance in the military. A shortage of people with the right skills, training and mentality followed, something the Air Force has worked to improve, he said. Newton acknowledged that the Air Force needs to “restore the confidence” lost among the American people after the August incident, which raised questions about the safety of the country’s nuclear arsenal.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Air Force said Friday that it has punished 70 airmen involved in the accidental, cross-country flight of a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber following an investigation that found widespread disregard for the rules on handling such munitions. “There has been an erosion of adherence to weapons-handling standards at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base,” said Maj. Gen. Richard Newton, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations. Newton was announcing the results of a six-week probe into the Aug. 29-30 incident in which the B-52 was inadvertently armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown from Minot in North Dakota to Barksdale in Louisiana without anyone noticing the mistake for more than a day. The missiles were supposed to be taken to Louisiana, but the warheads were supposed to have been removed beforehand. last_img read more

DEATH KNELL SOUNDED FOR BUNCRANA CLOTHING COMPANY?

first_imgA CREDITORS’ meeting has been called for one of Buncrana’s most famous companies – the Clubman Omega Limited.The Lisfannon-based business once employed hundreds of local people.Now a creditors meeting has been called for October 7th at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in the town. A number of local people as well as businessmen from Ballina, Co Mayo and Bearna, Co Galway, are listed as directors.We understand that when the last accounts were filed, the company had more than €640,000 cash. However it has creditors who are owed more than €1.6M, and €440,000 is owed to the Revenue Commissioners.DEATH KNELL SOUNDED FOR BUNCRANA CLOTHING COMPANY? was last modified: September 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaclubman omega limitedcreditors meeting Inishowen Gateway HotelLisfannonlast_img read more

Arsenal plotting ANOTHER raid on Leicester for N’Golo Kante – shock reports

first_img1 N’golo Kante in action for Leicester City Arsenal are ready to rival Chelsea in their pursuit of Leicester City star N’Golo Kante, according to reports in France.The midfielder enjoyed a superb debut season at the King Power last year after moving to the Midlands from Caen for £5.6m.The 25-year-old reportedly has a £20m release clause in his contract and Chelsea are currently preparing an offer that will match that amount.However, according to L’Equipe, Arsenal are ready to fight with their London rivals to land Kante this summer.Arsene Wenger is already working on a deal for Kante’s Leicester teammate Jamie Vardy and is now eyeing a second raid on the Premier League champions.As well as interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, French champions Paris Saint-Germain are keen on Kante too.last_img read more

Man United plot £100m Pogba bid, City eye £51m swoop for Italy star – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United are poised to make a world record £100million move for Juventus superstar Paul Pogba. United are ready to offer the 23-year-old Frenchman a £300,000-a-week deal over five years to see off interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea. Initial contact has been made and United are hopeful of concluding a deal to shatter the £85million paid by Real for Gareth Bale three years ago. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are considering offering Juventus €60m (£51m) for Leonardo Bonucci. Pep Guardiola, the City head coach, is a keen admirer of the centre-back and described him in February as “one of my favourite ever players”. Juventus do not want to sell Bonucci but a bid in the region of €60m may be difficult for the Serie A champions to reject. (Guardian)West Ham are looking to hijack Crystal Palace’s £30million move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. The 25-year-old Belgium ace has been on Hammers boss Slaven Bilic‘s radar for several weeks. Benteke‘s representatives are aware of the interest in the former Aston Villa star, and talks are thought to be planned with West Ham this week. (The Sun)West Ham are poised to complete the signing of winger Gokhan Tore on loan from Besiktas. (London Evening Standard)Bournemouth last night slapped in a £15million bid for Jordon Ibe. Liverpool are weighing up the offer before deciding whether to let the 20-year-old winger talk to the south-coast club. West Brom have also shown interest but Eddie Howe is ready to offer Ibe the chance of regular football next season after finding his chances limited under Jurgen Klopp. (The Sun)Newcastle have told Spurs they will have to pay £25million for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The Magpies are hoping to claw back nearly double the £14.5million they paid for the 26-year-old Dutchman from PSV last summer. Spurs are now weighing up their alternatives to pursue unless Newcastle lower their asking price. (Daily Mirror)Middlesbrough are exploring a shock move for Robin van Persie. The newly-promoted Premier League side are in the market for a new forward and the Dutchman has come to their attention. (Daily Mail)Leon Osman is being targeted by Leeds as they continue to shape the squad under new boss Garry Monk. The veteran midfielder left Everton this summer after Ronald Koeman opted not to offer Osman a new contract. (Daily Express)Former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell is wanted by Wolves. Powell is available on a free transfer after being released from Old Trafford last month. (Express & Star)Birmingham City are considering a move for ex- Aston Villa defender Kieran Richardson. The 31-year-old is a free agent after being released at the end of Villa’s disastrous 2015/2016 campaign. (Birmingham Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Leicester City transfer report: Foxes tracking Fiorentina and Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic, claims agentAZ Alkmaar chief warns Tottenham they could miss out on signing striker target Vincent JanssenSunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini holding out for ‘dream’ Chelsea move despite rumours of £2m Italy switchParis Saint-Germain star Blaise Matuidi ‘awaiting offers from the Premier League’, reports in France claimCrystal Palace ready £3m bid for Inter Milan full-back Davide SantonReal Madrid and Germany star Toni Kroos reacts to Manchester City speculation – ‘You should never rule anything out in football’last_img read more

DONEGAL CUSTOMERS RECEIVE BOGUS REFUND EMAILS FROM EIR

first_imgOne of the bogus emails claiming to give a refund.Hundreds of Eir customers across Donegal have been hit with a bogus email pretending they are entitled to a refund form the phone supplier.The email were sent today from a bogus account promising refunds.When people click on the link to the refund page, they are then asked to submit their personal details. However it has now been confirmed that this is a scam used at optioning people’s personal information.The public are advised not to fail in the details as Eir say they will never issue refunds via email.DONEGAL CUSTOMERS RECEIVE BOGUS REFUND EMAILS FROM EIR was last modified: May 10th, 2016 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:donegaleirRefundlast_img read more

Letterkenny Credit Union helping families send children to third-level education

first_imgEDUCATION: Sending the kids to University or College is an expensive task, and can be an extremely stressful time for families.However, Letterkenny Credit Union have always been there for families, and their latest Student Loan scheme again reiterates their desire to help families send their children to third-level education.In 2016, many families will see their child or children off to college for the first time, others will see their children return. For these families, this can be an extremely stressful time, as the cost of third level education continues to spiral, having a huge impact on family budgets and household spending. Letterkenny Credit Union would like to remind our members that the credit union is here to help and have this week relaunched our student loan at 7.2 % APR* which can help families cover these costs.According to 2015 ILCU research in the Republic of Ireland, 94% of parents were supporting their children financially through college, up from 74% in 2014. These parents were contributing an average of €453 per child per month to cover college related expenses. 72% of parents supporting their children through 3rd level education were struggling to cover these costs with 59% of parents getting into debt to cover college costs.In 2015 €5,030 was the average debt per child per annum and parents were saving for an average of 8 years to put their child (children) through college.Paul Hume Chairperson from Letterkenny Credit Union said: “The significant cost of third level education puts phenomenal pressure on both parents and students starting or returning to 3rd level education this year. The student registration fee combined with monthly rent and bills, books and materials, food and day to day expenses are a significant financial burden to many families.” Paul added: “We are keenly aware of the huge financial burden which 3rd level education places on students and their families in. Letterkenny Credit Union is available to support both parents and students as they prepare for the academic year. We offer a very competitive student and education loan rate of 7.2%. We encourage anyone who is looking to finance their education or who simply want some advice on planning ahead or budgeting to call into their local credit union and speak to a member of staff. Planning ahead where possible is the best way to prepare for these expenses.”Cost of Finance:For a €10000, 5 year variable interest rate loan, with 60 monthly repayments of €197.80, an interest rate of 6.95%, a representative APR of 7.2 %; the total amount payable by the member will be €11867.97.Information correct as at 19/08/2016For further information please contact: Letterkenny Credit Union 0749124166, http://info@letterkennycu.ieLetterkenny Credit Union helping families send children to third-level education was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:childreneducationfamiliesLetterkenny Credit UnionnewsThird levellast_img read more

Job Vacancies: Fruit & Veg delivery company seeks staff

first_imgJob Vacancies: A well-established fruit and veg wholesale business are currently recruiting for staff to join their hard-working team. Sean Doherty & Son’s have been purveyors of fresh fruit and vegetables in Donegal since 1969. The Letterkenny-based company are well-known for their quality, efficiency and reliability across the North West.Management is now recruiting for the following roles:   Delivery Van DriverMust be aged over 25 with HGV Licence plus clean driving licence.Immediate Start requiredFlexible & Reliable (Experience preferred but not essential)Duties will include Van deliveries, Store duties and responsible for Delivery Dockets.Send a CV expressing which job you are applying for to: Dohertyfruitandveg@hotmail.com Closing date: 6th April 2018.  Vegetable & Potato Preparation PersonThe suitable candidate will work in our onsite store preparing Veg & Potatoes.Store Duties, general maintenance, and day to day running of Store.HACCP desired but not essential.Flexible & ReliableImmediate Start requiredSend a CV expressing which job you are applying for to: Dohertyfruitandveg@hotmail.com Closing date: 6th April 2018.Job Vacancies: Fruit & Veg delivery company seeks staff was last modified: March 29th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Delivery Van DriverJob VacancySean Doherty & Son’ssean doherty fruit & veglast_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN NOTES

first_imgGolden Wedding AnniversaryMick and Katie Kennedy would like to sincerely thank all their family, relatives and friends for all their very kind gifts and good wishes on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Thanks also to Fr. Dinny who celebrated the mass and all who travelled near and far to be with us.Drumkeen Youth Club No youth club this week. The next youth club night will be next Fri 18th Jan from 7:30-9:30pmCharlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen: Lotto Results 02nd Jan 08, 21, 23, 24. No jackpot winner 1 winner €100 Karen Duddy Churchill Next weeks jackpot €550. Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat.Slimming WorldSlimming World meet every Tuesday in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar at 10am, 12 noon, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. New members always welcome. Contact Catherine on 0863962666 for further information. Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608.Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.com LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN NOTES was last modified: January 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: AIDAN GUTHRIE’S DRUMKEEN NOTESlast_img read more

Liverpool set to miss out as Bundesliga starlet is reluctant to leave his club

first_img1 Schalke star Max Meyer Schalke star Max Meyer will not be joining Liverpool this summer, according to reports in Germany.The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks and there had even been talk of a £28million bid for his services.The attacking midfielder is viewed as one of the hottest prospects in German football and he finished last season’s Bundesliga campaign with five goals and six assists.That had led to claims Jurgen Klopp was going to bring him to Liverpool but, according to Bild, Meyer will not be leaving this summer.The Germany international is said to be very happy at Schalke and he is reluctant to leave the club while he continues his development.last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, August 8

first_imgThis Monday morning on Sportsday we bring you the latest from the Olympics as Great Britain won their first medals of Rio 2016 as Adam Peaty took gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke and Jazz Carlin won silver in the women’s 400m freestyle.We discuss yesterday’s Community Shield final between Manchester United and Leicester and how United are on the verge of completing the signing of Paul Pogba that could cost them in excess of £100m.And we also look back on yesterday’s third Test match at Edgbaston as England produced a fine bowling performance to dismiss Pakistan for 201 and seal a 141-run win to go 2-1 up in the series.All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.last_img read more

‘Underworld’ resurfaces at top

first_imgThe horror flick “Underworld: Evolution” spooked the competition on its way to the third-biggest January opening ever, with an estimated $27.6 million in ticket sales, while several films, including “Brokeback Mountain” and “Walk the Line,” enjoyed box office boosts following major Golden Globe Award wins. “Evolution,” a sequel released by Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Screen Gems label and starring Kate Beckinsale, connected strongly with the male audience under 25 and improved upon the performance of 2003’s “Underworld,” which had opened at $21.75 million. “It’s a huge hit for us,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. “It’s a fantastic opening and a great way for us to start the new year.” Only the 1997 re-release of “Star Wars” and the Ben Stiller-Jennifer Aniston comedy “Along Came Polly” have had bigger January openings than “Evolution.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Focus Features drama “Brokeback Mountain,” winner of the Golden Globe earlier this month for best picture-drama and best director (Ang Lee), made its debut in the weekend top five, as it expanded into just under 1,200 theaters. “Brokeback,” a love story between two cowboys, grossed an estimated $7.8 million, up 35 percent from last weekend, when it was in half as many theaters. It has grossed $42.1 million to date. “The film’s momentum was boosted by the Globe wins,” said Jack Foley, head of distribution for Focus Features. “I think the Golden Globes are in a different world now in terms of the value they add.” “Brokeback” had finished in first place three times during the week but could only manage fifth place over the weekend with the wide releases “Hoodwinked,” “Glory Road” and “Last Holiday” still playing in far more theaters. Foley said Focus will add at least 250 more theaters next weekend and “as many as we can get” Feb. 3. Also fueled by its Globe wins for best picture musical or comedy and acting trophies for stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” saw its weekend grosses soar by 77 percent, enough to send it over the $100 million mark in its 10th week of release. Distributor 20th Century Fox booked “Line” into 260 more theaters following the Globes (1,125 total), and it resulted in an estimated weekend gross of $3.1 million and ticket sales to date amounting to $102.1 million. “Capote,” which won a Globe for its star Philip Seymour Hoffman, saw its business soar by 122 percent from last weekend. Sony Pictures Classics added 218 theaters to the film’s run, and it took in $925,000 in 348 locations. “Capote” has grossed $14.2 million to date. Felicity Huffman’s Globe win for best actress-drama led The Weinstein Co. to add 27 more theaters to the little-seen “Transamerica,” which resulted in its grosses going up by 241 percent as it took in $309,000 in 38 locations. “We usually talk about the Oscar bump, but look at the Globes bump,” said box office tracker Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. “There are several films that benefited and have become forces to be reckoned with.” The animated film “Hoodwinked,” released by The Weinstein Co., managed to keep its hold on second place with estimated ticket sales of $11 million. The film has grossed $29.3 million to date. Overall, box office receipts for the top 12 films were up nearly 17 percent compared to the same weekend a year ago, good news for an industry that last year suffered from a prolonged slump after often failing to match 2004’s weekend totals. “This is the absolute perfect match of commercial films and critically acclaimed films that the audience is looking for,” Dergarabedian said. “There is so much choice out there for audiences.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com TOP MOVIES Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Underworld: Evolution,” Sony, $27.6 million. 2. “Hoodwinked,” Weinstein Co., $11 million. 3. “Glory Road,” Disney, $9.1 million. 4. “Last Holiday,” Paramount, $9.1 million. 5. “Brokeback Mountain,” Focus, $7.8 million. 6. “Fun With Dick and Jane,” Sony, $6.1 million. 7. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Disney, $6 million. 8. “Hostel,” Lions Gate, $4.3 million. 9. “The New World,” New Line, $4.2 million. 10. “End of the Spear,” Rocky Mountain, $4.2 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Villaraigosa backs dump extension

first_imgDespite cries of betrayal from residents near Sunshine Canyon, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday stood by the City Council’s decision to tentatively approve a five-year contract to haul city trash to the San Fernando Valley dump. The mayor, in his first comments since Tuesday’s vote, said he trusts the council’s commitment to finding a better alternative by March 17 – the deadline the council set to cut a new deal with the trash hauler. “I have great confidence in the council and you don’t see me question what they’ve done here,” Villaraigosa said during a press conference announcing a $295 million deficit in his upcoming 2006-07 city budget. “We’ve got to balance our needs to responsibly address our sanitation needs in a fiscally responsible way, while on the other hand (we) want to begin the process of taking out a quantity of waste from Sunshine Canyon,” he said. Villaraigosa has said he changed his position in office and lobbied his colleagues to vote for the contract because of concerns that the city would pay more to go elsewhere and sap money from other city services. The City Council voted Tuesday to tentatively approve the five-year, $157 million contract with Browning-Ferris Industries, but gave themselves an 18-day window to cancel the deal if the city can’t reach agreement with BFI on the cost of disposal. BFI initially refused to negotiate with the city. But late Monday, the company sent Council President Eric Garcetti a letter stating that if the city first approved the five-year contract Tuesday, then BFI would sit down and negotiate with the council. BFI has given the city until March 17 to cancel the deal if the two sides can’t agree. At issue is the cost of implementing the City Council’s adopted trash policy, which is to slowly cut the amount of trash going to Sunshine Canyon over five years and send garbage to landfills outside city limits. BFI has said the contract requires Los Angeles to send all its trash to Sunshine Canyon to get the annual $29 million price. If BFI agrees to allow Los Angeles to divert trash to other landfills with financial penalty, the city would pay between $1.2 and $1.8 million more per year. If BFI refuses to negotiate and the city still chooses to send trash outside city limits, Los Angeles would pay roughly $14 million more per year. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 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 restaurant “They’re making every effort to do that and I support and respect them for that.” Residents, however, said the mayor has already broken one campaign promise to oppose the Sunshine Canyon Landfill contract and they’re concerned he has flip-flopped again – this time reversing his statement in an Aug. 4 letter to the North Valley Coalition that he would have supported Sunshine alternatives that cost an additional $9 million to $16 million. “As far as we’re concerned he’s actively worked against us in getting the city out of Sunshine Canyon,” Coalition President Wayde Hunter said of the mayor. “Plainly, he misrepresented his position on landfills.” Activists said it’s particularly painful because they have campaigned for Villaraigosa in the past because of his position on Sunshine Canyon Landfill. last_img read more

California proposes change in lethal-injection method

first_img 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 Hearings had been set for May 2 to determine whether the state’s current method amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Those hearings will now focus on the new procedure. A week before Morales’ scheduled execution, Fogel recommended that California employ two anesthesiologists to ensure Morales’ unconsciousness. The anesthesiologists, citing ethical concerns, bowed out at the 11th hour. So Fogel ordered a licensed medical professional, instead of a prison staffer, to administer the injection. No specialist stepped forward, and Morales’ death warrant expired. That essentially created a moratorium on capital punishment in California, home to the nation’s largest Death Row. Morales’ attorney Richard Steinken said the new method might still amount to cruel and unusual punishment. SAN FRANCISCO – The state of California has proposed altering the amount of life-ending drugs to be used in executions and would continually drip a sedative into prisoners to make sure they don’t become conscious during the process, prosecutors said Friday. California’s chief death penalty prosecutor, Dane Gillette, said at a hearing that the changes would ensure that a prisoner “would not experience wanton or unnecessary pain.” U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel didn’t say whether he would approve of the new method. The proposal responds to a lawsuit brought by Michael Morales, who was scheduled to be executed Feb. 21. The injection was canceled and the state’s capital punishment system left in legal limbo after San Quentin State Prison could not comply with Fogel’s order for changes to ensure Morales would not feel too much pain. “This tinkering hardly resolves all of our concerns,” he said. Among them was that the new protocol – like the old one – doesn’t require licensed medical professionals to ensure no mistakes in the injection procedure, he said. Fogel ordered the changes in Morales’ execution after studying the medical logs of executed inmates and finding that there were “substantial questions” about whether prisoners were conscious and feeling unacceptable levels of pain once a paralyzing agent was administered. “It seems like they’re experimenting at this point,” said John Grele, another attorney for Morales, who is on death row for torturing, raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl 25 years ago. Thirty-seven of 38 states with capital punishment use lethal injection. While doctors participate in them to some degree, none kill the patient. The U.S. Supreme Court has never addressed whether lethal injection amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Alpert’s ‘Cream’ rewhipped

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Whipped Cream and Other Delights: Rewhipped” is an appropriately cool update to the sexy, stylish album that spent eight weeks at No. 1 and won four Grammys in 1965. Also redone was the old cover – the sultry image of a brunette bathed in a white substance (the cream, the liner notes say, was of the shaving variety, not the whipped), her fingers touching the tip of her tongue. The original “Whipped Cream” album mixed polka, Dixieland, jazz and Mexican sounds and rhythms. Herb Alpert wasn’t too jazzed when he heard about a remix of his classic “Whipped Cream and Other Delights” album – until he tasted some of the new cuts. He liked what he heard, and the trumpeter and music-industry pacesetter threw his weight behind the new version of the toe-tapping, genre-bending album that featured Grammy-winner “A Taste of Honey” and “Whipped Cream,” and other food-oriented treats. Alpert said he was approached by Shout Factory’s Shawn Amos about the project to reinvent the 41-year-old album. “At first I wasn’t crazy about doing this project until I heard what these guys had in mind. I just wanted to leave that classic album alone,” Alpert, 71, said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NoHo takes second in Science Bowl

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventStill, Yen and his teammates were thrilled to finish second out of 65 teams in the national tournament in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The five team members – seniors Yen, Joseph Chang, Denise Ye, Timothy Hsieh and junior John Chen – have played together for two years, developing a tight bond. “This is something all of my teammates and I have been working on for a really long time,” said Yen, who plans to study business and engineering next year at the University of Pennsylvania. “We’ve gotten really close. We know our strengths. My best friend is on the team. “This whole event, Science Bowl, is a great way to pick up skills. You learn how to study and you learn how to interact with people.” North Hollywood won the National Science Bowl in 2001 and finished second in 1998 and 1999. North Hollywood High scored a second-place finish Monday in the National Science Bowl after a come-from-behind win by a team from Pennsylvania. The five-member team from the San Fernando Valley held a 52-18 lead at the half, but ultimately fell to State College Area High School, with a final score of 98-60. “When we were up at the half, we knew we would probably play conservatively,” said Alex Yen, the NoHo team’s captain. “We wouldn’t interrupt (the moderator) as much. We’d wait for the questions to be fully read. “State College, they were down. They played aggressive. They made the right buzzes and they made the right answers.” “We’re very proud of them,” said Walter Zeisl of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which sponsors the Los Angeles Unified School District team in the national tournament each year. “They’re really nice young people. They work hard; they’re diligent. “They would have liked to have won the national title, of course, but they were excited with second place.” josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Leicester assistant manager Craig Shakespeare appointed England first-team coach

first_img1 Craig Shakespeare Leicester City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare has agreed to take up a part-time role on the England coaching staff.The 53-year-old will be first-team coach under new manager Sam Allardyce during international windows.Shakespeare, who recently signed a new contract with Leicester, will continue to perform the same duties for the Premier League champions.He said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be asked to work with the England team and I’m grateful to both the FA and Leicester City for finding a solution that works for everybody. “I’m entirely committed to my role at Leicester and to helping the club build on its recent success. To have the opportunity to do that while also trying to help move the England team forward is a really exciting prospect.” Shakespeare will join the England set-up for the first time on 29 August, ahead of the Three Lions’ opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on September 4.Allardyce, who had already brought in Sammy Lee as his assistant, added: “Craig will be a tremendous asset to England, and I am grateful to Leicester for their help in making this happen.“Sammy and I know him well and he will bring his own insight to what we are trying to do with the squad. Players respect him and his achievement this past season means we will be getting someone who has a strong winning mentality.”last_img read more

European Football Show Podcast on talkSPORT 2, August 19, 2016

first_imgWelcome to the European Football Show.Nat Coombs and Andy Brassell are joined this week by experts from around Europe to preview the new season.They also take a look back the main stories from the week’s Champions League action.last_img

When is deadline day and when does the transfer window close? Find out here

first_img1 talkSPORT has all the information ahead of deadline day.For all the latest transfer rumours, listen to the Transfer Centre on talkSPORT 2 from 1pm (BST) here.When does the transfer window close?The 2016 summer market will shut at 11pm on Wednesday, August 31.Is it the same date for other leagues in Europe?Deadline day in Germany, Italy, Spain and France is the same as in England.When does the loan window close?FIFA decided to abolish the emergency loan window last summer, so the date to complete temporary moves must be completed by the same date as permanent exits, 11pm on August 31.EVERY DONE DEAL THIS SUMMER IN THE PREMIER LEAGUEEIGHT PREDICTIONS FOR THE END OF THE SUMMER TRANSFER WINDOW Anthony Martial signed for Manchester United on deadline day last summer last_img read more

Shock transfer reports: Ex-Arsenal striker set to join Championship outfit

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is set for a return to English football after agreeing to join Nottingham Forest, it is understood.Bendtner held talks at the City Ground on Tuesday and has verbally agreed to sign for the Sky Bet Championship club, with the deal set to be announced as early as Wednesday.The 28-year-old has been a free agent since leaving German side Wolfsburg last season, enabling Forest to sign him outside of the transfer window, which closed last week.Bendtner will become the 12th new arrival at Forest following the appointment of Philippe Montanier as head coach over the summer. The Denmark international began his career at Arsenal and had loan spells at Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus before switching to Wolfsburg in 2014.He scored 24 league goals in 108 appearances for the Gunners and has netted 29 times in 72 outings for his country. Nicklas Bendtner: The Dane has been a free agent since leaving Wolfsburg 1last_img read more

Everton v Middlesbrough: Live stream and team news for Premier League clash

first_imgEverton will be hoping to maintain their positive start under Ronald Koeman when they host Middlesbrough on Saturday.It is second v ninth in the Premier League – and it is LIVE on talkSPORT (5.30pm kick-off).LIVE ON talkSPORT: Everton v Middlesbrough – click here to hear live national radio commentaryKoeman’s men will be looking to add to last week’s 3-0 victory at Sunderland – where Romelu Lukaku ended a goalscoring drought by netting a second-half hat-trick.Middlesbrough, meanwhile, have started the life back in the top flight well, but go into the match on the back of a defeat at home to Crystal Palace.The match is also significant for Toffees midfielder Gareth Barry. If selected, it will be the 35-year-old’s 600th appearance in the Premier League, something Everton prepared for by placing ‘Barry’ flags on seats at Goodison (below).Team newsEverton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Baines, Gana, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Bolasie, Lukaku.Subs: Robles, Deulofeu, Lennon, Cleverley, Valencia, Funes Mori, Holgate.Middlesbrough: Valdes, Barragan, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, de Roon, Forshaw, Nsue, Ramirez, Downing, Negredo.Subs: Bernardo, Clayton, Fischer, Guzan, Chambers, Nugent, Traore.LIVE ON talkSPORT: Everton v Middlesbrough – click here to hear live national radio commentary 2 The Goodison Park fixture is LIVE on talkSPORT center_img 2last_img read more

Gareth Southgate: Wayne Rooney’s lack of game time no problem for England

first_img Wayne Rooney has started the last three Manchester United games on the bench Wayne Rooney’s recent lack of game time is less important to Gareth Southgate than his leadership qualities in this period of flux for the England team.The standard pre-tournament excitement on the summer was followed by increasingly predictable soul-searching, albeit few could have foreseen the Euro 2016 exit coming at the hands of Iceland.Well-travelled Roy Hodgson was succeeded by well-versed Sam Allardyce, but his reign last week came to an ignominious end after just 67 days having been secretly-recorded making controversial comments by the Daily Telegraph.England Under-21s manager Southgate has been temporarily parachuted in with the remit of restoring stability in the final four matches of the year, starting with the fast-approaching World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.That suddenness has led the interim manager to seek continuity, which is part of the rationale behind keeping Rooney as captain at a time when his place for club and country has come under more scrutiny than ever before.“I think when I’ve been with the Under-21s I’ve had lots of players who aren’t playing but we are always looking at what’s our best team,” he said when asked about England’s all-time top scorer starting the last three Manchester United matches on the bench.“If they aren’t playing, okay that’s not ideal, however is that player still in your best team and is he still one of your high potential players moving forward.“The decision with Wayne is who is the best leader for this moment and there’s no reason to change that.“It’s clear having talked to everyone who has been involved and I’ve witnessed it first-hand.”Rooney’s 116 caps make him far and away the most experienced player in the 23-man group, with the only other players with more than 50 caps to their name Glen Johnson, surprisingly recalled following an absence of over two years, and Joe Hart.Hart, Gary Cahill and Rooney have formed part of England’s leadership group in recent years, but Southgate believes says “what’s clear to me is you must have more people step forward”.It is something is lacking in comparison to his time as a Three Lions player, albeit such leaders do not necessarily need to be in the starting line-up.“I think people can lead without being on the pitch – by the way I’m not saying that will be the case this weekend,” he said, in reference to Rooney’s role against Malta on Saturday.“I think you have to have leaders who aren’t in the team. If you base your leadership group on those who are playing then it’s a bit of a weakness.“You have to have connections throughout because if you go to a tournament the group that doesn’t start can kill it.” 1last_img read more

Excited to see these players given a chance by Klopp? Liverpool line up tonight

first_img 28. Danny Ings (forward) 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (central midfield) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the right arrow above… 11 11 18. Alberto Moreno (left-back) 11 11 11 35. Kevin Stewart (central midfield) 11 66. Trent Alexander-Arnold (right-back) 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 27. Divock Origi (forward) 11 16. Marko Grujic (central midfield) After overcoming Burton Albion and Derby County, Liverpool now face Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round of the EFL Cup.Respective 5-0 and 3-0 victories with strong teams have got Jurgen Klopp this far but now, with the season in full swing, he seems set to turn to his young players to face Spurs at Anfield.Their opponents fielded a young side in their 5-0 thumping of Gillingham in the fourth round, and are likely to do the same, allowing Klopp the luxury of changing up his XI too.Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marko Grujic seem set for game time, while goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and striker Danny Ings are set for starts.But what will the rest of the Liverpool team look like? Click the right arrow above to find out… 17. Ragnar Klavan (centre-back) 11 21. Lucas Leiva (centre-back) 53. Ovie Ejaria (attacking midfield) 11last_img read more

Simon Mignolet vows to ‘never give up fighting’ to win back Liverpool No.1 spot

first_imgSimon Mignolet has vowed to fight for his place in the Liverpool team after being ousted by Loris Karius.Young German gloveman Karius, 23, joined the Reds in the summer from Jurgen Klopp’s former club Mainz and was immediately installed in the starting line-up.Mignolet returned to the side for Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over Tottenham but manager Klopp made it clear ahead of the match that Karius is his number one.Belgium international Mignolet joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013 and signed a new deal in January, but his time at Anfield has been blighted by errors and inconsistent displaysBut he insists he will give up his bid to become the Merseysiders’ number one again.The goalkeeper told national newspapers: “I don’t want to be a number two, that’s clear. I want to play.“I will never give up fighting. Firstly, because that’s not in my character, to just give up. Secondly, because I am not in a situation where I can sit on the bench. I’m 28 years old and I want to play week in, week out.“So I’ll work hard and I’ll never give up. I see it as a challenge that I can overcome. So hopefully it will be a fair challenge based on performances put in on the pitch.” Simon Mignolet celebrates Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Spurs in the EFL Cup 1last_img read more

Football remembers Gary Speed, including former clubs Leeds and Newcastle

first_img 3 Five years on, the football community has been remembering Gary Speed.The former Wales player and manager died in 2011, aged 42, shocking the world of football.The midfielder proved to be a popular character in the dressing room over his 22-year career as a professional, making over 700 appearances before going into management with Sheffield United and then his country.READ MORE: ‘It was unbelievable’ – Roger Speed on the emotional tributes to his late son Gary from Leeds and Newcastle fansHe started out at Leeds, winning the first division in 1992, before going on to play for Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and then the Blades.He has been credited with starting Wales’ success, with Chris Coleman continuing the job by helping the Dragons to the semi finals of Euro 2016.Friends, team-mates and his former employers have paid tribute to Speed, see below… 3 3 Gary Speed: The former Wales boss made over 700 appearances as a professional last_img read more

Revealed! Chelsea’s 3-4-3 without suspended stars N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa

first_img 3 Costa and Kante in action during the victory over Crystal Palace 3 Signed for a sizeable £33m in the summer transfer window, we haven’t seen much of Batshuayi. The Belgium international has been handed just 78 minutes of action in the Premier League and is yet to make a start in the top flight. He did, though, start all three of Chelsea’s fixtures in the League Cup. Given his lack of experience, he might be considered a risk, but would pose more of a physical presence than Pedro or Eden Hazard as false number nines.Nathaniel Chalobah could similarly be a surprise name in the starting line up. The 22-year-old has made six substitute appearances this season, with Conte keen to build the midfielder’s experience. He might also be viewed as a gamble inclusion, but Bournemouth could be one of the better games of the Blues’ season to hand the youngster a start.How would you like to see Chelsea line up? Who would you pick? Share your thoughts – leave a comment below… This seems the most likely line up Conte will select. Pedro has spent the majority of his career on the wings, but can fill the centre forward role. As seen in his run and finish against Manchester United at the end of October, the Spaniard is a danger when given the space to move behind centre backs. Eden Hazard could also play as a false number nine, a position he sometimes played under Jose Mourinho.As for Cesc Fabregas, the midfielder has started to again have an impact on the Chelsea team, with Conte calling on the former Arsenal captain from the bench. He was poor alongside Nemanja Matic last season, however, so there may be some nerves over the pair taking to the pitch together.2. Michy Batshuayi in for Diego Costa and Nathaniel Chalobah in for N’Golo Kante Chelsea must take on Bournemouth without key players N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa.The pair picked up their fifth booking of the campaign in the victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend, consequently leaving manager Antonio Conte with a selection headache ahead of their Boxing Day clash.Costa has scored or assisted in 15 out of 17 games for Chelsea this season and is the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goals to his name, while Kante has been at the heart of the formidable defensive unit the Blues have created in their 11-game winning run.So just how will Conte replace the duo when his side host the Cherries?We’ve taken a look at the Italian coach’s options – check out how the Blues could line up below.1. Pedro in for Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas in for N’Golo Kante 3last_img read more

Chelsea boss Conte wants Premier League title rather than successive wins record

first_imgAntonio Conte is delighted Chelsea have broken their club record for successive wins, but he believes such a feat will only be remembered should the Blues claim the Premier League title in May.Boxing Day’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth was the west Londoner’s 12th victory in a row, which broke their existing record for consecutive wins.Stoke and Tottenham are up next, and if Conte’s men continue their emphatic winning streak they will break the Premier League record, which is currently held by Arsenal with 14 successive victories.And whilst the Italian is pleased with this chance to make history, the title is the only thing on his mind.“I prefer to win the title than the record,” Conte, who was appointed in the summer, told Chelsea TV.“Records are important, but not all. It’s important to write history only when you win.“To be in the history of the club and to win 12 games in a row is fantastic. But with the players we want to continue.”Bournemouth switched to three at the back to try to play Chelsea at their own game and it worked for the first period until Pedro fired the hosts in front.The excellent Eden Hazard added a second from the penalty spot and a late Pedro strike deflected in off Steve Cook.Conte views teams changing tactics as a mark of respect and says it happened at Juventus, who won 33 of 38 games under him in 2013-14.He added: “After 12 wins in a row, every team must play against Chelsea try also to change their formation. It happened also in Italy when I was manager of Juventus.“We must be prepared for the formation of our opponent (to change). I think this means great respect for us.” Antonio Conte led Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth 1last_img read more

West Ham to appeal Feghouli red card dished out by under-fire Mike Dean

first_img Sofiane Feghouli is sent off my referee Mike Dean 1 West Ham have told the Football Association they will appeal against the red card shown to Sofiane Feghouli during Monday’s defeat to Manchester United.Feghouli was sent off after 15 minutes by referee Mike Dean for a tackle on United defender Phil Jones as the Hammers lost 2-0 at the London Stadium.READ MORE:LISTEN: ‘Mike Dean is too old… the Premier League needs YOUNGER referees’ – Tony Cascarino’s verdictExclusive – Ray Wilkins blasts Phil Jones over ‘terrible’ reaction to Sofiane Feghouli tackleReplays suggested the decision had been harsh and West Ham will now appeal in the hope of sparing their midfielder a three-match suspension.A club spokesman said: “The FA have been informed of our intention to appeal.”If a three-match ban is upheld, Feghouli would miss West Ham’s FA Cup third round tie at home to Manchester City on Friday, as well as Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.Feghouli was making his first league start of the season against United after joining Slaven Bilic’s side on a free transfer from Valencia last summer.last_img read more

Jake Livermore on verge of sealing West Brom move after Hull accept £10m offer

first_img Jake Livermore [right] in action for Hull City 1 Hull City have accepted a £10million offer from West Brom for midfielder Jake Livermore.The Baggies made a move for the 27-year-old after missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin, who opted to join Everton.They have now agreed a fee with the Tigers and Livermore is set to have a medical at West Brom’s training ground on Thursday.Should the deal be finalised, Livermore will become Tony Pulis’ first signing of the January transfer window.He has been at Hull since 2014, arriving from Tottenham for a fee of around £8million after a successful loan spell, and has made 144 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals.West Brom are also understood to be keen on Watford striker Odion Ighalo, although they are yet to make a formal offer. A move for Ighalo is likely to depend on Saido Berahino’s future.Stoke are in talks over a deal for Berahino, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign.last_img read more

Claudio Ranieri insists Leicester’s Champions League hopes are alive

first_img The Foxes lost 2-1 to Sevilla in the first leg of their last 16 tie 1 Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists his side’s Champions League hopes are still alive after Jamie Vardy’s lifeline at Sevilla.The Foxes clung on to a 2-1 defeat in Spain as Vardy’s second-half strike ensured they go back to the King Power Stadium with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.Kasper Schmeichel saved Joaquin Correa’s early penalty before Pablo Sarabia opened the scoring and Correa atoned for his error to make it 2-0 in the second half as Sevilla threatened to run riot.Schmeichel made a string of saves to keep the hosts from wrapping up the last-16 tie as the Foxes were outplayed before Vardy netted his first goal in 748 minutes and Ranieri knows they remain in the tie.He said: “We didn’t give up and then we went back and scored a goal that was important for three things: it gave strength to us, Vardy goes back to scoring goals, and it reopens the match in the second leg.“We know they are better than us, a very high quality team, a lot of experience. But we have a very big heart, very big effort, we helped each other and I think we deserved this goal.“It’s a defeat. The first half was very tough, we were a little scared, nobody wanted to show for the ball and Kasper kept the team live, saving the penalty and some shots, and slowly we got better. The second half was much better and we believed we could do something good.“Always I said when there is pressure, I am in the right balance. I don’t feel the pressure. I feel my pressure, I want always the maximum from myself and from my players.“But my players need support in this bad moment. We fight every time, this night a little more. And when you give everything I think also the luck comes to you.”Sevilla hit the post and the crossbar in the second half through Vitolo and Adil Rami but failed to find the killer third as Vardy stunned the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium when he converted Danny Drinkwater’s cross in the 73rd minute.But despite the away goal Ranieri believes Sevilla, third in La Liga, remain favourites ahead of the second leg on March 14.“I think we are still the underdogs because they have high quality but we try to do our best, if we lose it’s because Sevilla made a fantastic performance,” he said.“When we play with this character, also the luck comes on your side. We have to continue in this way and keep going. Now we know our focus is on the Liverpool match. It could be a turning point, but it’s important to make another good match against Liverpool.“It’s amazing because we made a very good action on the left, Jamie scored, and you know that the goalscorer needs to score, he needs to get confidence and this goal reopens our confidence.”Schmeichel was Leicester’s one-man blockade in the first half and added to BT Sport: “The away goal is massive, that was something we had hoped we could get. Going back to the King Power Stadium, anything can happen. It is a joy to play in these type of games, everyone ran their socks off and worked so hard.”Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli was frustrated and felt his side should have put the tie out of sight.“We were far superior in the development of the game, with 10 clear, scoring chances,” he said. “They did very little but succeeded in the end. I think we deserved a bit more.“We had all sorts of chances but hit the post and crossbar. Our opponents only had a few chances, but now we have to go to Leicester for the win. We wanted to confuse our opponents a bit by getting our forwards to change positions.“Still, it was possible to create many chances against a team that sat very deep. That’s not easy.”last_img read more

EFL: Leyton Orient have ‘a funding plan in place’ to pay off tax debts

first_imgLeyton Orient have assured the English Football League they will settle their debts with the taxman next week and complete their remaining fixtures.League officials met the crisis-hit club – bottom of League Two and seven points adrift of safety from relegation to the National League – last Thursday to find out how Italian owner Francesco Becchetti plans to resolve the issue with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).In a statement, an EFL spokesman said: “We were advised that a funding plan is in place to clear the petition debt, currently subject to an HMRC hearing at the High Court on March 20, and to complete their remaining nine league fixtures.“We remain in regular dialogue with the club and, as the competition organiser, the EFL will continue to offer whatever practical assistance is available to us as the club continues to navigate itself away from their current position.“The issue of the ownership of the club is not a matter for the EFL, as long as our regulations are met, and any sale of the club is a matter for its shareholders at this stage. We will continue to monitor developments.”The 50-year-old Becchetti bought Orient from sports entrepreneur Barry Hearn in 2014, only months after the east London side lost the League One play-off final at Wembley to Rotherham on penalties.Since then, the waste-management tycoon has burned through millions of pounds and nine managers as the club have sunk like a stone.News that Orient appear to have stopped paying their taxes is not a huge surprise, given the fact that Becchetti put them up for sale in January, but fans have become increasingly concerned he may respond to HMRC’s demand for payment by liquidating the club.That led supporters to come up with a plan earlier this month to seek administration – a move that would bring a 12-point penalty and effectively guarantee relegation – in order to buy time to find a new owner. A solution to the worst-case scenario of liquidation was also discussed: the creation of a phoenix club in the Essex Senior League, five divisions below.The EFL’s statement, however, suggests Becchetti may have realised he has more chance of recouping some of his investment by selling a going concern, even if it does mean settling a tax debt that is believed to be a significant six-figure sum. Leyton Orient: The crisis-hit club say they will settle their debts with the taxman 1last_img read more

Liverpool 3-1 Everton: Reds stars rated and slated

first_img Joel Matip – 8 – Dominated in the air, marshalling Lukaku with ease. A superb defensive display. Substitute: Ragnar Klavan – N/A 14 14 14 Lucas – 8 – A superb showing from the Brazilian. He dominated Everton’s midfield, cutting out a number of balls meant for Lukaku. 14 14 Simon Mignolet – 6 – Could do nothing about Pennington’s goal, which was the fault of his defence. Made a few impressive saves, through was rarely seriously tested. 14 14 Dejan Lovren – 8 – Like Matip, Lovren was exceptional in defence. A truly top class centre-back pairing. Emre Can – 7 – Showed his excellent reading of the game to consistently win possession and prevent Everton attacks. James Milner – 6 – A typical performance from Milner, completing every job asked of him in a no-frills attached showing. 14 14 Sadio Mane – 8 – Opened the scoring with a fine solo goal, and commanded the right wing against a shaky Everton defence. Had to leave the game early due to an injury. 14 14 Liverpool extended their unbeaten run against Everton with a 3-1 victory at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.Sadio Mane opened the scoring with an incredible solo effort, though the scores were levelled not long after with Matthew Pennington firing home from a corner.Philippe Coutinho put the Reds back in front with a fine curling strike, with Divock Origi extending the lead in the second half from Coutinho’s assist.The Toffees have not beaten their Merseyside rivals since 1999, and the win has tightened Liverpool’s grasp on a top four place as the season enters its final stages.But, just how did the Liverpool players perform at Anfield? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s player ratings for Jurgen Klopp’s men… Roberto Firmino – 6 – A willing runner in the final third, though without posing the attacking threat expected of him. Still, a vital part of Klopp’s pressing from the front system. 14 Georginio Wijnaldum – 6 – Although he worked hard and pressed impressively, he struggled to make his mark on the game when in possession. Substitute: Divock Origi – 7 – Scored within moments of replacing Mane to make it 3-1. Led the line excellently to take pressure off the Liverpool defence as Everton pressed forward in the final stages. 14 Philippe Coutinho – 9 – Was denied by Robles early on, before scoring a fine curling attempt to put Liverpool back in front. He also assisted Origi for his goal. The Brazilian’s best performance for a number of weeks. Substitute: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6 – Provided an incisive attacking threat when introduced, coming close to scoring. 14 Nathaniel Clyne – 6 – The game somewhat passed Clyne by. He defended well enough, but struggled to show his usual attacking threat. last_img read more

FIFA 17: FUT Team of the Week 30, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham stars

first_img 11 Striker: Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – Rating = 84 Striker: Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Rating = 91 11 11 11 11 11 Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – Rating = 89 – Click the right arrow above to see who else made the FIFA 17 Team of the Week… Defender: John Brooks (Hertha Berlin) – Rating = 84 Another week of brilliant football around Europe means another FIFA 17 Team of the Week.Several superstars across the continent put on stunning displays but only 11 can make it into the side released by EA Sports.So, which footballers who starred last weekend were given the honour of appearing in the team?Click the right arrow above to see who made it into FIFA 17 Team of the Week 30 and what their base rating is… Defender: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – Rating = 85 Midfield: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) – Rating = 90 11 11 11 Defender: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) – Rating = 89 Midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Rating = 91 Midfield: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Rating = 88 Midfield: Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven) – Rating = 84 11 Midfield: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Rating = 94 11last_img read more

Everton 0-3 Chelsea: Blues stars rated and slated

first_img 14 Gary Cahill – 7 – Played a few dodgy back passes to Courtois which put the Chelsea keeper under pressure, though was his usual reliable self aside from that. Scored the second goal to clinch the three points. David Luiz – 7 – Solid at the back to deal with the threat of Romelu Lukaku. A reserved and professional appearance from the Brazilian. 14 14 14 14 Victor Moses – 6 – Like Azpilicueta, Moses struggled at times on the right flank. He attacked well, but was often found out of position when forced to defend. Substitute: Nathan Ake – 5 – Had little to do when introduced, with the Blues cruising to victory. Chelsea took one step closer to the Premier League title by beating Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.After a hard-fought opening half, which ended 0-0, the Blues took control after the restart. Pedro thundered a superb strike past Maarten Stekelenburg to open the scoring, before Gary Cahill and substitute Willian rounded things off.Antonio Conte’s side are now seven points ahead of second-placed Tottenham, with Spurs still to play Arsenal in the north London derby.So, just how did the Blues perform at Goodison Park? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Chelsea player ratings… 14 Substitute: Cesc Fabregas – 7 – Brought on to add further control to Chelsea’s midfield, the Spain international even had time to play a wonderful pass to Willian which led to the Blues’ third goal. 14 14 N’Golo Kante – 7 – His usual energetic self in the middle of the park, through lacking in composure when in possession. 14 Marcos Alonso – 6 – An energetic and willing runner on the left flank, though failed to make any real mark upon the game. 14 14 Nemanja Matic – 8 – A dominating performance in midfield from the Serb, forming a strong shield in front of Chelsea’s defence. Recorded the assist for Pedro’s goal. 14 Diego Costa – 6 – Looked to be back to his best after his performance against Southampton, but struggled to get into the game at Goodison Park. Missed one great chance to score, failing to get on the end of Moses’ cross-cum-shot. Thibaut Courtois – 6 – Put under pressure various times in the first half, but managed to deal with any threats posed. Everton recorded few clear chances to seriously test the Belgium keeper. Eden Hazard – 7 – Not the best attacking showing from Hazard, though he kept dragging Gueye out of position to prevent him from dominating the midfield. 14 Cesar Azpilicueta – 6 – Not up to his usual performance levels, struggling to deal with attacks down the right flank. Could be said he was lucky to remain on the pitch, avoiding a second yellow card having already been booked. Pedro – 8 – Scored a superb opening goal to put Chelsea in the driving seat. His constant running in the final third put Everton under a lot of pressure. 14 Substitute: Willian – 7 – Didn’t seem to have much time on the pitch to achieve much of note, but managed to score the third goal of the game.last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. TODAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12-Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. WEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a dinner, 5:30 p.m. at Red Lobster, 1049 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, outside the Antelope Valley Mall. Call (661) 267-2586 by Tuesday. Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. FRIDAY AARP Palmdale Chapter 2195 meets 1 to 3 p.m., Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Viola Cidros will speak on the senior apartment building being built for the proposed Courson Connection complex on 10th Street East. Call (661) 267-5551. J&J Social and Travel Club will host a potluck and games social, 7 p.m. in Lancaster. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share and a beverage. Call (661) 267-2586 or 946-5222. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Dance lessons: $2. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at A Place in the Sun church, 38117 13th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9180. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jerry Lewis suffers ‘mild’ heart attack

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2He also appeared at a roasting as abbot of the Friars Club in New York on Friday, with fellow comedian Robert Klein in attendance. – Associated Press ‘Golden Girl’ case takes wrong turn An appellate court tossed a $3.75 million default judgment against “Golden Girls” star Rue McClanahan because the plaintiff’s lawyer served her agent with the complaint rather than her attorney. The 2nd District Court of Appeal unanimously ruled Monday in favor of McClanahan, who had been sued for slander by former documentary filmmaker Dirk Summers. There had apparently been a dispute over a $200,000 loan the actress made to Summers. Although Summers’ complaint eventually got to McClanahan’s lawyer, the three-judge panel concluded the circuitous delivery method was improper. – Associated Press Denton gives keynote to kids “Desperate Housewives” co-star James Denton, who plays a sexy plumber on the ABC show, attracted a crowd when he spoke at his nephew’s eighth-grade graduation. Denton showed up at Poplar Grove School in suburban Nashville, Tenn., on Monday wearing a blue flannel shirt and jeans to give his four-minute speech to nearly 100 students being promoted to high school. “My only words are to find something you love to do and chase it and enjoy it. Do what you love to do and believe in yourself,” said Denton, a native of the Nashville suburb of Goodlettsville. “Maybe you can wear jeans for a living and make out with Teri Hatcher,” Denton quipped about his role as Mike Delfino on the comedy series. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Comedian Jerry Lewis postponed a July engagement to perform live after suffering a heart attack Sunday that a casino spokeswoman described as “mild.” “At present, he is under hospital care and is expected to make a full recovery,” said Candi Cazau, spokeswoman for the Orleans hotel-casino in Las Vegas, where Lewis was to perform July 13-16. Lewis, 80, is also suffering from “a touch of pneumonia,” Cazau said in a statement. Last week, a wise-cracking Lewis appeared healthy at a news conference in Las Vegas when he announced his first return to live performances in five years after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis, a crippling lung ailment. last_img read more

San Jose mayor won’t quit

first_imgSAN JOSE – As the first Hispanic mayor in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, Ron Gonzales was once a rising star. He addressed the Democratic National Convention and was rumored as a candidate for statewide office as San Jose and Silicon Valley boomed. On Friday, Gonzales was fending off calls for his resignation after being indicted on fraud, bribery and conspiracy charges stemming from a grand jury probe into a secretly negotiated garbage contract that cost taxpayers more than $11 million. “Every one of the charges is false. I broke no laws, and I am confident in the outcome of the legal proceedings now under way,” Gonzales said in a statement. “Resignation in the face of false accusations like these would break faith with our residents, and therefore would be very wrong.” Gonzales resumed work Friday as leader of the nation’s 10th-largest city, vowing to do the job voters elected him to do. But his tenure is up and he’s barred by term limits from seeking re-election. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison and removal from office. The indictment also names Norcal Waste Systems Inc. in four counts, including conspiracy, bribery and misappropriating public money. The company has denied any wrongdoing. Guerra could get a maximum sentence of five years and eight months; Norcal could face more than $100,000 in fines, plus repayment of the extra $11.25 million it got from the deal with San Jose. “These are serious allegations,” Deputy District Attorney Julius Finkelstein said Friday. “They involve corruption at the highest level of city government. And we believe it’s the kind of case that needs a full public airing before a jury trial.” Finkelstein said he’s confident that prosecutors have a good case against Gonzales and refused to say whether he’d consider negotiating a plea deal. Either way, the case is unlikely to be resolved before Gonzales’ term expires at the end of the year, he said. Gonzales asked residents to be patient as he tries to clear his name. “Although the accusations are serious, they are unfounded,” he said. “I will defend my innocence according to the Constitution of the United States and the laws of California. I am confident in the outcome.” His election in 1998 was part of a burgeoning Latino movement in California politics. Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, said the scandal will likely resonate beyond San Jose. “It took us a long time to get to this stage,” he said. “For some – whether for racist reasons or others – who thought Latinos weren’t ready for this leadership role, it will certainly give them more cannon fodder.” In 2000, Gonzales addressed the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles after being named one of 100 rising stars by the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist group led by Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Two months later, however, Gonzales’ reputation was stained when he was forced to admit an extramarital affair with a 25-year-old subordinate. He was re-elected in 2002, but the city soon foundered under the weight of record deficits after the dot-com bust. The mayor suffered a stroke during his State of the City address in 2004. Since then, the city has been racked by a series of contract scandals, including a sweetheart deal requiring contractors to use equipment from local technology giant Cisco Systems Inc. for a new City Hall that has cost more than $500 million. The indictments mark the second time Norcal has been linked to bribery accusations. In 2000, the company paid more than $6.5 million to settle a lawsuit after two associates admitted bribing a San Bernardino County official to win a no-bid contract in 1995. Former Norcal vice president Kenneth Walsh and company consultant Harry Mays pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing the county’s chief administrative officer, James Hlawek, who later resigned. Associated Press Writers Kim Curtis in San Francisco and Aaron C. Davis in Sacramento contributed to this report.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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The City Council has scheduled a special meeting next week to consider a proposal to formally request that the mayor resign immediately and to determine a process that would strip him of his power if he doesn’t. By Friday afternoon, six council members had said they support his resignation, while Council member Forrest Williams urged against a rush to judgment. Though the City Council is not considering a proposal to directly remove the mayor from office, Councilman David Cortese said Friday that it does have the authority to do so in the event of ethical misconduct. The action would need approval by six of the 11 members, Cortese said. Gonzales, 55, was released Thursday on $50,000 bond after being indicted on six criminal counts alleging that he pressured a city trash contractor into using the Teamsters union at a recycling plant. The mayor’s budget aide, Joe Guerra, was also indicted on charges of fraud, conspiracy and misappropriating public money. He was booked and released on bail. last_img read more

Datebook 6/26

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Community Forum with Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, 6 to 8 p.m., Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Hall, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. Free, but you must R.S.V.P. by calling (213) 473-5831. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

Winning lottery ticket purchased in South Pasadena

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 From staff reports A single ticket sold at Foremost Liquor Market in South Pasadena has matched all the winnning numbers for Wednesday’s $110 million SuperLOTTO Plus jackpot, state lottery officials said Thursday morning. The winning numbers were 2, 9, 12, 20, 34 and Mega number 16. The winner has not yet come forward, according to California State Lottery officials. The $110 million jackpot ranks as the sixth highest in state lottery history. Foremost Liquor Market, located at 301 Monterey Road, will receive a $550,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.last_img read more

Man denies killing cousin

first_imgWEST WHITTIER – A man accused of stabbing to death his disabled cousin pleaded not guilty in Whittier Court on Wednesday. Louis Albert Gomez, 22, also known by an alias of Gray Maria, is charged with killing Mara Del Real, 19, with a kitchen knife on June 22 in her home in the 7300 block of Ridgeview Lane. Gomez was ordered back to Whittier Court on Aug. 10 to set a date for his preliminary hearing. Relatives said that Gomez is Del Real’s cousin. He reportedly visited her house at about 4 p.m. and asked if he could take a shower. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Then, he allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Del Real in the neck, said officials, who said Gomez ran from the house after the stabbing. Relatives claimed Gomez is schizophrenic. Del Real, who reportedly had cerebral palsy, died later that day at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Gomez was arrested in Hollywood the day after Del Real was killed. He is being held in Twin Towers Correctional Facility without bail. – Sandy Mazza160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Iranian Jews feel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“There is a definite distinction between Israel and Iran. I feel connected to Iran culturally. That is where I was born and picked up good, rich, ancient culture. But what Iran’s regime has been doing for the last 20 years, I have nothing to identify with.” For half of the 20th century, Iran was a hospitable place for Jews. They had been there for 2,700 years, longer than Jews had remained in any one country. After Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi came to power in 1941, Jews began to prosper. He gave them their best treatment since the 5th century B.C., when ruler Cyrus the Great freed Jews from captivity in Babylon and allowed them to return to Israel. But then came the Islamic revolution. The shah was deposed in 1979, and an estimated 70,000 Jews left. Still, almost 30 years after the revolution, Iranian-American Jews temper what they say about Iran, lest more caustic words cause retaliation against the 20,000 Jews remaining in Iran. They live in the United States, love Iran and refer to Israel as the Motherland. They are Iranian-American Jews, about 50,000 immigrants and their children, most living in Los Angeles. And they are pained by what they have seen recently in the Middle East: Israel fighting in Lebanon against a Shiite Muslim militia backed by Iran; an Iranian president who has called the Holocaust a myth and Israel a “disgraceful stain” on Muslim countries; and Iran’s fervency in continuing a nuclear program. “I am not torn,” said Farzaneh, a 44-year-old Encino mother of three who asked that her last name not be used because she fears retribution against her family in Iran. And in the past year tensions have escalated even further as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” He claimed the Holocaust did not occur. And he said the road to peace begins with the obliteration of Israel. However, scholars see a cause for optimism in Iran. “The overwhelming majority of youths disapprove of this regime,” said Eliz Sanasarian, a University of Southern California political science professor and author of “Religious Minorities in Iran.” “You cannot have this kind of a regime going for another 10 years with this group of young people growing up.” Dariush Fakheri, who was in graduate school in New Mexico when the revolution began, can’t return to Iran until there is a change. “I’m on the list. I’m one of those people who are not welcome in Iran,” said Fakheri, editor-in-chief of the Iranian Jewish Chronicle and co-founder of an Iranian-Jewish cultural center in Tarzana. “I am an American citizen by choice. I pledge to the flag of America,” he said. “Iran has some nostalgic value for me, and that’s it. That is about it. I like the music. I like the food. I like to read the poetry. But that is about it.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818)713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Medicare mistakenly sends checks to 230,000

first_imgThe error occurred as McClellan’s agency updated the Social Security Administration about various changes in coverage that beneficiaries had requested. For instance, beneficiaries contact CMS because they want to switch plans or change how they pay their monthly premiums. CMS contacts Social Security officials because the changes often require an adjustment in the amount deducted from a beneficiary’s checks. In this instance, the wrong information was transmitted, McClellan said. McClellan also said beneficiaries need to know the government won’t be able to start making monthly premium deductions again until October. He said the agency will work with beneficiaries who face a money crunch in the fall because they had already cashed the check from the Social Security Administration or because they cannot afford to have premiums from a few months deducted from one Social Security check. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee asked McClellan for a detailed report .160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Don’t cash that check. The federal government erroneously has reimbursed about 230,000 Medicare recipients for monthly premiums they paid this year for prescription drug coverage. For many, the checks – totaling nearly $50 million – have already arrived. The refund will undoubtedly cause confusion, particularly because it comes with a letter that mistakenly instructs older people that their monthly premiums will no longer be deducted from their Social Security check. Mark McClellan, who oversees the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said people who get the check need to know two things. One, the money has to be returned. Two, their prescription drug coverage will continue. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“It’s very important for people to know their coverage is continuing,” he said. “There’s no disruption at all.” Medicare officials say they caught the glitch just after the checks were sent out last week. As a result, they sent a second letter Tuesday letting people know about the problem. The average overpayment comes to about $215. In many cases, older people get their Social Security payment through direct deposit. They, too, should set the extra money aside and not use it for other purposes because the payment will have to be returned, officials said. About 5 million people pay their monthly premiums for Medicare drug coverage by having the government withhold the money from their Social Security check. McClellan said his agency will make sure that insurers who administer the new drug benefit continue to get paid for the beneficiaries caught up in the error. He said that his agency was responsible for the error and that the subsequent letter contains an apology. last_img read more

Parking structure delay upsets students

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“People advocated and knocked on doors about this bond measure and used the parking structure as a selling point,” said Cristela Solorio Ruiz, ASB vice president. “And then for them to put it in phase two after promising people the structure … they should deliver what they promised.” ASB members hope to collect at least 3,000 signatures, which they plan to present to trustees before the board votes on a new master plan. No vote on that plan, however, is immediately scheduled, and Rio Hondo officials could not say Tuesday when the master plan will come up for a vote. But college officials say Rio Hondo has plenty of parking. They say the problem is that students all want to park in the lot nearest to the main campus buildings, while avoiding the terrace parking spaces below – and the long, steep walk up from there to the main buildings. Steven Lohr, director of facilities services, said the college has conducted traffic studies that showed the existing parking spaces are not being used efficiently. Consequently, specific improvements are in the works to help move students more easily and quickly in and out of the campus, he said. The plans include decreasing wait times for trams from 10minutes to five minutes; increasing the number of security guards directing traffic; installing an electronic message board that notifies students when the upper lots are full; improving lighting; and installing sidewalks and stairs. On Thursday, officials will present a new public transportation program that will provide special bus passes students can use to travel to and from the campus, reducing the number of cars in the lots. “The parking structure is still part of the master plan, it’s just a matter of when,” Lohr said. “The thing is that the terrace lots are under-utilized most of the year. In the morning, they’re 17 percent vacant.” During the first week of school last week, however, some students ended up parking on nearby streets because all the lots were full, Ruiz said. Victor Munoz, 24, said the trams get stuck in the same circling traffic as the students, making it difficult to get to class on time. “I’ve gone here for the past three years and it’s really hectic now,” Munoz said. “The last two days I was late to classes and I was here 20 minutes before class. I had to park out on the street and then find a tram, then the tram got stuck in traffic. It’s crazy.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 9/05: Parking at Rio Hondo WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College officials will announce Thursday a new transit plan to ease campus parking problems, but frustrated students said Tuesday they want trustees to prioritize building a new parking structure. Associated Student Body members said the trustees betrayed students and voters who approved a $245 million campus-improvement bond in 2004, partly on promises that some of the money would be used immediately to construct a new parking facility. Trustees voted Aug. 2 to remove the parking structure from a list of “first-phase” projects to be built with the bond money, saying the new structure could wait until 2012. In response, ASB students are circulating petitions demanding that trustees place the structure back at the forefront of construction plans, students said Tuesday. last_img read more

Placerita Canyon blaze contained

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAbout two dozen firefighters remained on patrol to watch for embers, Florea said. A picnic spot in the nature center was damaged, but no one was injured, said Sherry Rollman of the Angeles National Forest. Some crew members suffered heat exhaustion, Florea said. A firefighter was stung by several bees, but no serious injuries were reported, Chris Freeman of the county Fire Department said. The cause of the blaze was under investigation. Swift said someone threw a flare from a car into the dry brush Thursday that started a small fire. “I had to put out the fire,” Swift said. “It was going to start moving and grooving.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – A 206-acre brush fire in Placerita Canyon was fully contained Monday, but some firefighters remained as a precaution, authorities said. The fire started on the historic Walker Ranch, near a recent arson late last week that was quickly extinguished by Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, county fire officials said. That information has been handed over to Angeles National Forest Service officials who are investigating this latest blaze, just south of Placerita Canyon Road and west of Sand Canyon Road, forest spokesman Stanton Florea said. The fire started about 4 p.m. Saturday on land untouched by the Cross Fire last month and the enormous Foothill Fire two years ago. About 130 firefighters had the blaze 80 percent contained by Sunday night and fully contained by daybreak, Florea said. last_img read more

Man gets 50 years to life in ’03 killing

first_imgLANCASTER – A Lancaster man was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison for the 2003 slaying of a Quartz Hill man whom authorities believe was killed after an argument over stereo speakers and drugs. Richard Stephens, 27, was convicted in July in Norwalk Superior Court of killing 44-year-old James Andersen, who was found dead from two gunshots Feb. 23 in his backyard garage workshop at his home, where authorities found marijuana plants drying. Stephens was charged with Andersen’s murder after an eyewitness, a friend of both the victim and the defendant, came forward, investigators said. Stephens was arrested seven days after the slaying on an unrelated auto theft charge and was in custody when he was arrested on suspicion of murder, investigators 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744last_img read more

Federal budget deficit estimate lower

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAt $250 billion, it would be the lowest since the $158 billion figure in 2002, the first deficit following four years of surpluses. The CBO estimate continues a positive trend on the deficit after a grim deficit performance during President George W. Bush’s first term, and comes despite soaring war costs and $50 billion in emergency spending for hurricane relief. House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, credited the improving deficit numbers to “a responsible budget blueprint and pro-growth policies,” even as Democrats pointed out that at $250 billion, the deficit is still one of the largest in history. “Though today’s estimates for 2006 are not as pessimistic as some earlier estimates, it is clear that the budget remains on the wrong track,” said top budget panel Democrat John Spratt Jr. of South Carolina. “The Congressional Budget Office and even the Bush administration are estimating that deficits will be even larger next year.” White House budget chief Rob Portman said the economy’s current performance, with the unemployment rate dropping to 4.6 percent in September and the Dow Jones industrial average hitting record highs this week, provided more evidence that the president’s economic policies are working. WASHINGTON – The federal budget deficit estimate for the fiscal year just completed has dropped to $250 billion, congressional estimators said Friday, as the economy continued to fuel impressive tax revenues. The Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimate is $10 billion below CBO predictions issued in August and well below a July White House prediction of $296 billion. The improving deficit picture – Bush predicted a $423 billion deficit in his February budget – has been driven by better-than-expected tax receipts, especially from corporate profits, the CBO said. The 2005 deficit registered $318 billion; the record $413 billion deficit was posted in 2004. “This economy is strong and growing,” Portman told reporters at a briefing. “This is a very strong indication that the president’s tax relief program is working.” When measured against the size of the economy, which is the comparison economists think is most important, the deficit picture looks even better. At 1.9 percent of gross domestic product, the 2006 deficit registers far below those seen in the 1980s and early 1990s. The modern record of 6 percent of GDP came in 1983 and deficits greater than 4 percent in 1991 and 1992 drove Congress to embark on a 1993 deficit-cutting drive. Still, the long-term deficit picture remains bleak due to the looming retirement of the baby boom generation, which threatens to swamp Social Security and the Medicare health care program for the elderly. The CBO estimates reflect actual government revenues and expenditures through August and estimates for September. The Treasury and the White House budget office are expected to release official deficit numbers next week. Tax receipts are up $253 billion, a whopping 12 percent over last year. That’s the third consecutive year of strong revenue growth after a dismal performance in the early part of the decade. Revenues dropped three years in a row after fiscal 2000 but picked up again in 2004. Taxes paid quarterly on corporate profits and by wealthier people and small-business owners were especially strong in 2006. Corporate income taxes rose 27 percent over 2005 while nonwithheld receipts increased 19 percent. In contrast, income taxes and payroll taxes for Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance grew by only 7 percent. Critics of GOP economic policies say that’s a sign that lower- and middle-income people aren’t getting as much of a lift from the current recovery. “The benefits of the economic expansion have not been equally distributed,” said Jim Horney, a budget analysts for the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Investigators enter pleas in HP case

first_imgSAN JOSE – Three private investigators who allegedly obtained confidential telephone records as part of Hewlett-Packard Co.’s boardroom spying probe pleaded not guilty Tuesday to identity theft and other felony charges. Ronald DeLia of Massachusetts-based Security Outsourcing Solutions Inc., Matthew DePante of Florida-based Action Research Group Inc. and Bryan Wagner of Colorado were arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court. DeLia, DePante and Wagner are among five people criminally charged last week for their roles in the spying scandal at the computer and printer giant. Former HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn surrendered and appeared in court late last week. The company’s ousted ethics chief Kevin Hunsaker turned himself in and was released. The three investigators are accused of impersonating HP board members, employees and journalists to trick phone companies into divulging private phone logs. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer has said the investigation is ongoing and could lead to more charges.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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAll five are charged with using false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility; unauthorized access to computer data; identity theft; and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes. Each charge carries a fine of up to $10,000 and three years in prison. They are all scheduled to return to court Nov. 17. Wagner’s defense lawyer, Stephen Naratil, said outside court that his client worked for many companies and didn’t know what the telephone records were being used for. He declined to comment on prosecutors’ claims that Wagner acknowledged destroying the computer linking him to the HP probe “because it had incriminating evidence on it.” “He’s a hard worker,” Naratil said. “He didn’t know anything about HP. He didn’t know anyone at HP. He was just doing his job.” DePante’s defense lawyer, Richard Preira, reiterated his client’s innocence. DeLia’s lawyer declined to comment. last_img read more

Crash spurs airspace concerns

first_imgNEW YORK – A day after the fiery plane crash that killed Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, politicians expressed alarm that, five years after Sept. 11, small aircraft are still allowed to fly right up next to the New York skyline. “I think everyone is scratching their head, wondering how it is possible that an aircraft can be buzzing around Manhattan,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who has been lobbying for rule changes since 2004. “It’s virtually the Wild West. There is no regulation at all, other than `Don’t run into anything.”‘ The single-engine plane that carried Lidle to his death was flying over the East River, which separates Manhattan from Brooklyn and Queens and is lined on the Manhattan side by the United Nations and scores of other skyscrapers. It is one of the city’s busiest and most popular routes for sightseeing pilots, traffic helicopters and executives hopping from one business deal to the next, and it is largely unmonitored, as long as the aircraft stay below 1,100 feet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsLawmakers have tried for years to close the corridor for reasons of safety and security. Gov. George Pataki said Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration “needs to take a much tougher line” about private, or general aviation, flights over the city. Few accidents However, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a recreational pilot with decades of experience, said he believes the skies are safe under the current rules. “We have very few accidents for an awful lot of traffic,” he said. “Every time you have an automobile accident, you’re not going to go and close the streets or prohibit people from driving.” Aviation officials have downplayed the potential threat posed by light aircraft, but FAA spokeswoman Laura J. Brown said in a written statement Thursday that the agency would review its guidelines for general aviation and flight restrictions as a result of the Lidle crash. And an aviation industry representative said Wednesday’s crash demonstrates that small private planes have little potential as terrorist weapons. “Yesterday’s accident caused no structural damage to the building struck,” said Chris Dancy, spokesman for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Small planes “are simply incapable of causing the kind of catastrophic damage that terrorists usually seek.” All flights over New York were grounded after Sept. 11, but the restrictions were lifted three months later. Unrestricted Much of the airspace over the two main rivers that encircle Manhattan – the East River and the Hudson River – is unrestricted for small aircraft flying under 1,100 feet. Planes and helicopters beneath that ceiling do not have to file a flight plan or check in with air traffic controllers, as long as they do not stray from the sky over the rivers. New York pilots said the path taken by Lidle’s Cirrus SR20 on Wednesday is one of the most exhilarating: The plane went down the Hudson River, looped around the Statue of Liberty at the foot of Manhattan, then went up the East River, with the Brooklyn Bridge below and the United Nations on the left. General aviation aircraft are allowed to go about as far north as Manhattan’s 96th Street. There, they must either execute a U-turn to avoid the restricted airspace around LaGuardia Airport, or get permission from air traffic control to climb higher and continue north, or turn west over Central Park. Lidle’s plane slammed into the 30th and 31st stories of a luxury apartment building overlooking the East River, just a short distance from that turnaround point.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘Them!’ set for showing in A.V.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Giant radiation-mutated insects crawl out of Lake Los Angeles’ rocky buttes in a classic sci-fi move to be shown outdoors during tonight’s Celebrate Downtown Lancaster. The 1954 movie “Them!” – about ants grown giant by atomic bomb tests in New Mexico, for which the Antelope Valley stands in in the movie – will be shown at 7 p.m. at Elm Avenue and Lancaster Boulevard. Some seating will be provided, but moviegoers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. Preceding the screening will be a talk at 6:30 p.m. by local movie collector John Roberts about B movies made in the Antelope Valley and old regional drive-in theaters. center_img The third of three downtown street festivals this year, the Celebrate Downtown Lancaster event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight on Lancaster Boulevard between Date and Fern avenues. Admission is free. Congo-born Afro-Latin vocalist Ricardo Lemvo and his band Makina Loca will perform at 7 p.m. on the main stage set up at Fern Avenue. A fashion show hosted by local retailers Put It On Menswear and Darla’s Closet will start at 6 p.m. on a stage at Date Avenue. The festival will also feature a farmers market, wine tasting, fine arts booths and businesses selling handmade stained glass, ceramics and other merchandise.last_img read more

Districts won’t offer HPV vaccine

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Rich Russell, the district’s director of student support services, said officials are closely monitoring the issue this year and awaiting guidelines from the CDC. “We’re waiting to see how mainstream the vaccine becomes and whether it stays optional or becomes required,” Russell said. “That would dictate what we would do as far as supporting it. But we would certainly support parents in making them aware of it.” At the Los Nietos School District, health nurse Araceli Flanagan said girls will be educated about HPV as part of their health education, beginning in seventh grade. “We hope to be able to talk about \ towards the end of the year,” Flanagan said. By putting the vaccine on the recommended list, insurance plans will usually cover the cost, although there might be a delay before health plans begin including it, according to the CDC. Right now, the retail price for the six-shot series averages $300. The shots are given over the course of six months, a fact that makes it more difficult for smaller districts to offer them, said Kimberly Uyeda, director of student medical services for the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Many districts don’t have a nurse, where we have 600 nurses and 25 nurse practitioners,” Uyeda said. “It requires a mechanism – the refrigeration, storage, county guidelines, disposal of biomedical waste. It’s not a light undertaking. But we see it as a way to get kids immunized, which is good for public health.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – While students in the Los Angeles Unified School District this year have access to a new vaccine against cervical cancer, local school districts say they don’t have the facilities to offer the shots. The vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June to prevent the Human Papillomavirus, the only known cause of cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control recommended in July that the vaccine be given to girls beginning at age 11 or 12. But local district officials say they have no plans to offer the vaccine this year. “Because we’re a high school district, we don’t have the infrastructure to administer vaccines,” said Sandra Thorstenson, superintendent for the Whittier Union High School District. “\ are mostly focused on younger grades. What we do do is to refer kids to \ for whatever immunizations they may need.” last_img read more

Barcelona beat Real Madrid in pre-season friendly win

first_img1 Neymar was on hand to create two goals in an entertaining win against Real Madrid Gerard Pique hit a second-half winner for Barcelona in their 3-2 win against Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly in Miami.Victory made it three wins from three and Ernesto Valverde’s men deserved the win in an open and entertaining friendly that could signal the end of Neymar’s career in a Barcelona shirt as Paris St Germain chase his signature.Neymar, who appeared to be involved in a heated argument with new team-mate Nelson Semedo during a training session ahead of the game, made two of the Barcelona goals in an eye-catching display.Lionel Messi’s deflected shot in the second minute put Barcelona ahead before just five minutes later they doubled their advantage when Neymar teed up Ivan Raktic to rifle home.But Madrid fought back and got themselves back into the game with Mateo Lovacic driving home from just outside the box in the 13th minute.And they ensured they’d go into the interval on level terms with an equaliser 10 minutes before the half-time break.Marco Asensio applied the finishing touch to an impressive break from a Barcelona corner.However, Barcelona re-took the lead just four minutes into the second half when Pique met Neymar’s free-kick with an acrobatic finish to convert what turned out to be the winner.Jasper Cillessen then took centre stage as he denied Isco and Dani Ceballos to hand Madrid a third straight pre-season defeat.last_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti could make a swift return to management after Bayern sacking

first_img1 Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern Munich after a difficult start to the season AC Milan are weighing up an approach for former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti after he was sacked by Bayern Munich.The Italian manager was axed by the German champions on Thursday after a poor start to the season and amid rumours of unrest within the club.The 58-year-old is now looking for a new job and it has been reported he would like to work in England again.Ancelotti was in charge of Chelsea from 2009 to 2011 and won the Premier League and FA Cup in his first season.But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan are open to the idea of having Ancelotti back at the helm.The 58-year-old is a hero at the club after winning the European cup with them, both as a player and coach.And, after hearing of his sacking by Bayern, Milan are strongly considering bringing him in to replace current boss Vincenzo Montella.last_img read more

FIFA 18 Team of the Week: Arsenal, Manchester United and Man City stars included

first_img 12 Midfielder: Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla) – 83 rating (+3) Forward: Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – 88 rating (+1) Defender: Ashley Young (Manchester United) – 81 rating (+6) 12 12 12 Defender: Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) – 83 rating (+3) 12 12 Midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City) – 84 rating (+2) Defender: Marçal (Olympique Lyonnais) – 82 rating (+4) Midfielder: Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven) – 82 rating (+4) FIFA have announced their seventh Team of the Week for the 2017/18 season and it’s no surprise to see some familiar faces in it.With some exceptional performances at the weekend, three Premier League players made the first XI, while an on loan Everton starlet made the full 21-man group, which you can see here.It also includes two LaLiga superstars, plus promising Mexican player Hirving Lozano, who is impressing for PSV Eindhoven.These cards will be available in FIFA 18 packs from 6pm (BST) November 1, until 6pm (BST) on November 8, 2017.To see the FIFA 18 Team of the Week click the right arrow above to find out… 12 12 12 Forward: Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) – 91 rating (+1) Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona) – 86 rating (+1) – Click the right arrow above to see who else made the FIFA 18 Team of the Week… Midfielder: Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria) – 81 rating (+6) 12 12 Forward: Dries Mertens (Napoli) – 88 rating (+1) 12 FIFA 18 Squad of the Week in fulllast_img read more

Former AC Milan and Juventus star Andrea Pirlo confirms retirement

first_imggetty images – getty Pirlo finally retired from football at the end of the 2017/18 season, aged 39 Andrea Pirlo has confirmed his retirement from professional football.The Italy legend had announced earlier this year he planned to call it quits after finishing the MLS season with New York City FC.New York City saw their campaign come to an end on Sunday, when they were eliminated from the MLS play-offs by Columbus Crew.Pirlo made a late substitute appearance for New York, who won 2-0 at the Yankee Stadium but lost the two-legged tie 4-3 on aggregate.The 38-year-old duly confirmed on Monday that was last game as a professional, bringing to an end a glittering 22-year career.One of the most gifted midfield players of his generation, Pirlo enjoyed huge success with AC Milan, Juventus and the Italy national team.His incredible trophy haul includes six Serie A titles, two Champions League titles, two Coppa Italia titles and one World Cup.A statement released by Pirlo on social media read: “Thank you to the amazing supporters, thank you to the coaching staff and everybody that work behind the scene, thank you to my teammates.“Not only my adventure in NY comes to an end but my journey as a football player as well.“That is why I would like to take the opportunity to thank my family and my children for the support and love they always give me, every team that I had the honor to play for, every teammate I have been pleased to play alongside, all the people that made my career such incredible and last but not least, all the fans around the world that always showed me support. You will always be on my side and in my heart.”center_img 1last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp wary of Liverpool complacency ahead of Champions League clash

first_img The Reds only need to draw against Spartak Moscow to progress 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp accepts there are no guarantees his side will progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League despite the odds being stacked in their favour.A draw at home to Spartak Moscow in their final group match would be enough to put them through, while a win would ensure they top the table but Klopp is taking nothing for granted.Three years ago they needed to win at home to Basel to progress but a draw dropped Brendan Rodgers’ side into the Europa League and the current Reds boss is keen for the focus to avoid any slip-ups after conceding a three-goal half-time lead in Seville last time out saw them miss out on early qualification.He would not even let more questions about Philippe Coutinho’s future – “not one second have I thought about it” – or Sunday’s looming Merseyside derby deflect from the task at hand.“We are only part of the Champions League because we want to go to the next round,” he said as Liverpool look to make the knockout stage for the first time since 2009.“All good and bad things that happened in the Champions League – mostly good – has brought us to this situation and if we win we are through and that is cool.“I know a lot of people might think we should be already through but that’s not life, it is not ‘if’ and ‘when’ it is about the moment.“Spartak could say the same as they gave away four points against Maribor so they would be in a different situation.“We are stronger than we were when we played them but they are stronger as well, in a good moment in the league, and they have some very important offensive players back so it will be an exciting game.“You don’t have guarantees in life but if you don’t try all you get nothing so let’s try all and we will see where it leads us to.”Klopp insists he will play his strongest team despite Sunday’s derby at home to an Everton side buoyed by the appointment of new permanent manager Sam Allardyce.That starting XI is likely to include playmaker Coutinho, who continues to be surrounding by speculation of a renewed bid from Barcelona after the Catalan club’s failure to sign him in the summer.Klopp was asked what made him so sure Coutinho would still be at the club in February but he dismissed the question.“Nothing – but I don’t think about it, I think about the Moscow game,” he added.“Not one second have I thought about that so far. I am not unsure, I am not sure, I don’t think about it.“No one knows what will happen in the ‘nice and calm’ January transfer window. It’s nice from an outside view but I have absolutely nothing to say.”Klopp is also optimistic of having Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez back to bolster his defence.Both were ill last week with the former barely fit enough for Saturday’s 5-1 win at Brighton and Gomez not even making the squad.“They are much better. They were in training yesterday and I expect them in training today. Ragnar and Joe are back – Joel Matip not and Adam Lallana not,” he said.Forward Sadio Mane is expected to return after being rested at the weekend and the Senegal international is targeting a victory to progress as group winners.“For us it is very important. It is still possible so we will try and do it tomorrow,” he said.“Every game is important for us. We are improving every single game.”last_img read more

Artists find muse on the open road

first_imgThe couple started building and customizing bikes in their garage three years ago, with unique artwork that Courtney said “brings them to life.” “We wanted to do this show because Charlie is a wonderful artist and he was taken by our work,” she said. “We’re not really looking at the show as a way to sell anything, but maybe attract a different line of people, not the ones who always go to the bike shows. “They might not be thinking of getting a bike, but this might spark their interest in getting one.” Patton’s work goes far beyond slapping color on canvas. He works on Belgian linen with high-quality paints, adding gold leaf, silver and variegated metal accents in a style reminiscent of Austrian art nouveau painter Gustav Klimt. His subjects are edgy, tempting testaments to the open road, featuring some risque shots typical of the chopper environment. It’s not your grandma’s parlor painting – unless she takes her Road King out after Sunday brunch. After the Queen Mary show, Patton hopes to take the exhibit to New York for Art Expo, then to Florida and Berlin. “When I started painting, I didn’t want to create realistic images,” he said. “I wanted to do something iconic of this motorcycle culture.” Although his artwork echoes the rumblings of a counterculture growing in popularity, Patton doesn’t ride motorcycles himself. “You don’t have to ride to appreciate the art that goes into this,” he said, referring to “Speed Limit 150” on the studio easel. “It’s like the fine lines of a car. “I have no limits,” he continued. “I paint what I feel, I don’t have to paint formulaic. That’s the beauty of this.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252 IF YOU GO “V-Twins, Chrome and Creations: An American Motorcycle Art Review,” will be held 7 p.m. to midnight Aug. 26 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Queen Mary Boiler Room Gallery. The show will include entertainment, refreshments, models and custom cycles from California Harley-Davidson. Admission to the show is free. For more information, call (661) 803-2909 or see www.cpattonart.com.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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Patton asked the editor of V-Twins Magazine for some suggestions, perhaps a referral to one or two artists who do commissions for Harley-Davidson, to help fill out the show. What he ended up with was a boatload of talent. “These are major Harley guys,” he said. “There are only four in the country licensed to use the Harley logo and they’re all in the show. We’ve been able to put together 250 pieces of art in an incredibly short time.” The show will feature motorcycle art in several mediums by fellow painters Scott Jacobs, Fabrice Spies and David Uhl, photographers Sara Liberte and Michael Lichter and sculptors Jacon Mernick and Jeff Decker. The show is a first for Ron and Courtney Garner, owners of Santa Clarita Choppers, who customize motorcycles in their Valencia workshop and will bring two or three of their own creations to the Queen Mary to add a three-dimensional perspective. “With his artwork being motorcycle-oriented, we’re bringing ours to give people something physical to look at,” Courtney Garner said. VALENCIA His artwork takes up an entire wall, but gazing at it can take a person down twisted roads, feeling the wind on their face and hearing the steady roar of a double-stroke engine. Artist Charlie Patton – whose canvases average 8 by 8 feet, trimmed in diamond plate – is mounting his inaugural first show, “V-Twins, Chrome and Creations: An American Motorcycle Art Review,” Aug. 26-27 in the boiler room of the Queen Mary. “I wanted to do a one-man show, but finding a place big enough was a challenge,” Patton said from his Valencia studio. “I was introduced to the Long Beach Arts Council and someone suggested the Queen Mary. When I walked in there, I was overwhelmed by the size of the space and knew I couldn’t use the whole area by myself.” last_img read more

Request for two juries denied

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Bruckner said the defense also faces the unenviable decision of whether to bring the two uncharged slayings up during jury selection. “It will be obscene to ask about two additional murders,” he said. Hill is accused of being the so-called “60 Slayer,” who authorities believe strangled six prostitutes whose bodies were found in Diamond Bar, Pomona, Ontario and Chino. In 2003, a state DNA database matched Hill to evidence found at the crime scenes. Two former girlfriends also told detectives they recognized Hill’s voice in a call to Pomona police claiming to be the strangler. LOS ANGELES – A judge refused a request for two juries in the case of Ivan Hill, who will stand trial Sept. 5 for strangling six women in cities along the Pomona (60) Freeway in the early 1990s. Defense attorneys argued Wednesday that jurors considering a possible death sentence would be unfairly influenced by the prosecution’s plan to introduce evidence of two slayings for which Hill has not been charged during the penalty phase of the trial. Attorney Mitch Bruckner said information on two more deaths could be overwhelming for a jury that had just convicted Hill of six murders. A second jury that did not make the decision of guilt or innocence would be better equipped to decide punishment, he argued. Bruckner claimed prosecutors did not wait for DNA test results on two women killed in 1986 and 1987 because they were in a hurry to bring the case to trial. But Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan said prosecutors were well into the case when detectives discovered a DNA link to Hill and the 1980s slayings. He said the six murders Hill is charged with committing in 1993-94 are a “very tight package” and introducing the two additional victims in the penalty phase will simply bolster a case for the death penalty. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said he understood Bruckner’s concerns, but said Monaghan presented “a very plausible reason” for a one-jury trial. “You have a hard row to hoe,” Fidler said. “I feel for you. I think the jury, when they find out, is going to go, `Wow.’ It’s certainly tough.” Hill is charged with the murders of Roxanne Bates of Montclair, Betty Sue Harris of Pomona, Helen Ruth Hill of West Covina, Donna Goldsmith of Pomona, Cheryl Sayers of Ontario and Debra Brown of Los Angeles. mark.petix@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9355160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

La Habra LB breaks ankle

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 12:00 p.m.La Habra High School’s scrimmage with La Serna Saturday was productive but costly, according to coach Frank Mazzotta. And while the Highlanders were impressive on both offense and defense, Mazzotta says the is room for improvement. “It was a good effort overall,” Mazzotta said, “but we definitely have to get better. The big thing is that we had no bad (center) snaps in the shotgun (formation), and that usually is a problem for us in our first scrimmage.” Mazzotta said that junior back-up linebacker Frank Maldonado suffered a broken left ankle, calling it “a rarity for us because we usually don’t get people hurt. It was a freaky thing because it wasn’t really a hit. He just got bumped and he spun around 360 (degrees) and went down, and someone rolled over it. It’s a big blow because depth at linebacker is always critical.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.last_img read more

GOP seeking upset in 56th District race

first_imgBut Democrats say that the Republicans are spinning a bunch of hooey. “It’s 2-to-1 Democrat,” said Owen Newcomer, a Democrat and a political science professor at Rio Hondo and Whittier colleges. “I don’t think a Republican has a chance in this district.” Although Democratic registration has fallen, Newcomer said district voters who register as “decline-to-state” are more likely to vote Democrat. “Generally they lean toward the majority party, and economically and demographically, this is a Democratic district,” he said. Still, the Republican Party could pull off an upset, said Barbara Stone, chairwoman of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs, citing the case of Republican John Brantuk of Whittier, who lost against Bermudez in 2004 but ran nearly 10 points ahead of Republican registration. “That means a Republican can get more votes than their numbers,” she said. Plus, Hu is a strong candidate, Stone said. “She’s not a nobody,” she said. “She was mayor of Cerritos. People know her name more than you would think.” Louis Reyes, director of the state Democratic Party’s Region 15, which includes the 56th District, discounts Brantuk’s 2004 showing. “Rudy still won by 20 points,” he said. “When it comes down to it, in order for a candidate to be competitive, \ have to be five points within each other.” He noted that Democrats still hold a 51-28 percentage edge in the 56th. Hu said she’s undaunted by the registration numbers. “I don’t believe it,” she said. “In my life a lot of things have happened. I never thought I could be mayor of a city in the United States. I never thought I could be a successful business person. But I did it.” Hu, who owns a real estate brokerage firm, said her 31 years of business experience is another reason she can overcome Mendoza. “I don’t think Tony is a qualified person to represent us,” she said. But Mendoza, who has worked as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past decade, said his experience trumps Hu’s. “When it comes to working-family issues, I know more than she ever will,” said Mendoza. “Coming from a working background, I understand the issues better.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While most of the Whittier area’s political races were decided in the June primary, pundits are looking for possible fireworks in the 56th Assembly District, which has experienced recent Republican gains in voter registration. While a Democrat-controlled state Legislature in 2001 drew up the 56th District’s boundaries to ensure a Democratic majority, Democrats have since lost ground in the district, which went from 54.5 percent Democrat at the time of the reapportionment to 50.5 percent as of May of this year. Some of those voters have registered or re-registered as Republicans, but many also have listed their party affiliation as “declined- to-state.” In addition, the race also pits one of the strongest Republican challengers to run for the district th