At the Bird’s Nest, it’s another Dibaba gold medal

first_img World titles BEIJING (AP): At the Bird’s Nest, it’s another Dibaba gold. Seven years after Tirunesh got a long-distance double at the Beijing Olympics, little sister Genzebe won her first gold medal at the same stadium at the World Championships – bringing her halfway to her own double. The Ethiopian sisters have the same languid, elegant stride, which packs a ferocious acceleration in the final stages of any middle and long-distance race. Genzebe proved that when she kicked for home halfway through the 1,500-metre final. No one could get on her shoulder again, and she even had time to punch the air four times and cross the line with a windmill motion, metres ahead of silver medallist Faith Kipyegon of Kenya. It all happened at the same Bird’s Nest venue where Tirunesh Dibaba had her 5,000-10,000 double at the 2008 Olympics. “I wanted to share this family experience,” Genzebe said. Tirunesh, now 30 and a mother of son Nathan, already has a standout record with three Olympic and five long-distance World titles to go along with five World cross-country titles, but the 24-year-old Genzebe is planning to close in fast. The younger sibling has two World indoor titles and two world cross-country titles on top of yesterday’s gold. And just this year, she set the World record in the 1,500. Not that Genzebe needs much sisterly help when her running is already so good, but when asked about the best advice she ever got from Tirunesh, the answer comes immediately. “Once you decide to go, you never stop,” Genzebe said. “My plan (was) to go at the 800.” Next up for Genzebe is Sunday’s 5,000 and a chance to make it double, just like her big sister.last_img read more

Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This is the first chance to fight at home.“It’s Long Island, man,” Weidman said during a media availability this week, ahead of Saturday night’s UFC on Fox show originating from the Nassau Coliseum. The nationally televised card has 13 fights on it, with the four main card fights carried on Fox in the United States.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’The event is the first professional mixed martial arts card that UFC has held at the onetime home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.“I love fighting and being from here. Getting to put on a show in front of my home crowd I take a lot of pride in that, so I’m excited to fill the place up,” Weidman said. “There (are) a lot of people who live (on) Long Island. To be in the main even at the first Nassau Coliseum UFC event, it’s amazing.” View comments MOST READ Uichico aware of PH’s rich cage history as he calls shots in SEAG End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Screengrab from UFC.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Weidman and Dennis Bermudez acknowledged the obvious.This is not a traditional fight week for either man. This is different. This is exciting.ADVERTISEMENT For both Weidman and Bermudez, the card also presents opportunities to reset careers that have hit speed bumps.Weidman (13-3) headlines the card against Kelvin Gastelum (14-2) in a middleweight bout, despite coming off three straight losses, although the possibility exists that the No. 5 ranked middleweight could move up in title contention with a win. The current champion, Michael Bisping, is likely to meet interim champion Robert Whittaker in a title unification fight.Weidman, 33, wrestled collegiately at Hofstra University. He was asked this week if he wanted to avenge his Dec. 12, 2005, technical knockout loss to Luke Rockhold.“I need to win this fight” against Gastelum, he said. “Then I’ll let the people decide who they want me to fight.”In Bermudez’s case, the 30-year old has lost three of his last five fights and has dropped to 10th in the featherweight division rankings.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “My last fight didn’t go as planned,” Bermudez (17-6) said about his Feb. 4 knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung. “I want to go in there Saturday and show that wasn’t the real Dennis Bermudez, that I just had a little slip up.”To that end, Bermudez shared a bit of the philosophy he is planning on implementing against No. 12 featherweight Darren Elkins (23-5) in the semi-main event.“Hard work and no quit. That’s the way I’ve always trained,” Bermudez said. “I get in there and give it my all. In my practices I’m always trying to win. As I get older in my career I’m not only trying to win (but) I’m trying to learn as well. So I’ll go in there with a mind and technique that will work and I’ll get better at it and become a better overall fighter.”Both Bermudez and Weidman noted this fight week was unusual because neither had to leave their stomping grounds. While Weidman said his wife ordered him to stay at a local hotel, Bermudez is preparing at home.“The normal feel of a fight week is looking for something to do and where to go, or where I’m going to eat,” he said. “Having this fight in (my) own backyard gives me the ability to do the same things I’ve been doing throughout this entire fight camp. Nothing has changed. I sleep in my own bed. I drive my own car. I cook on my grill and it’s awesome.”Saturday’s event will be the fifth held in New York since the state legalized professional MMA on Mar. 22, 2016. UFC will run one more event in New York in 2017, the UFC 217 pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

Davis’ 43 points lead Pelicans past Thunder

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and center Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Anthony Davis set the New Orleans Pelicans’ career scoring record in style.The versatile 6-foot-10 big man scored 43 points to help the Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100 on Friday night. At 24 years old, he passed David West on the franchise’s scoring list and has 8,702 career points.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Westbrook approached a triple-double in the first half with nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Thunder take a 58-54 lead at the break.The Pelicans seized momentum early in the third quarter. New Orleans led 97-89 in the fourth when Westbrook checked back in after a rest.Westbrook made a 3-pointer with just under two minutes remaining to cut New Orleans’ lead to seven, but Davis hit a 3-pointer at the other end, then made another shortly after that to put the game out of reach.TIP-INSPelicans: Gentry was called for a technical foul in the second quarter. … Gentry said during his pregame media session that Cousins had been putting up MVP-type numbers. Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game before his injury.Thunder: Adams scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the first half. … Adams reached 3,000 career points. He joined Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka as the only Thunder players with at least 3,000 career points and 350 career blocks. … G Raymond Felton was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter. … G Terrance Ferguson was ill and played just 11 minutes.STAT LINESWestbrook nearly added another double-figure statistic to his line — he had nine turnovers. The Thunder had 16 turnovers as a team.QUOTABLEGentry, on Davis setting the record: “I don’t think that is much of a surprise to anyone. It was just a matter of time.” Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Liukin steps down as US women’s gymnastics team coordinator MISSING ANDREThe Thunder have struggled to stop opponents since Andre Roberson, a second-team All-Defense selection last season, suffered a season-ending left patellar tendon injury. They won their first game without him against Philadelphia but followed that with three rough outings. Oklahoma City lost to Washington, which was playing without All-Star John Wall, then gave up 127 points in a loss to Denver before losing to the Pelicans.UP NEXTPelicans play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.Thunder host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s huge,” Davis said. “Big time for me, but it’s a team effort. Guys put me in the position to score and be successful. Everybody from guys in my rookie year to guys now. Everybody played their part and allowed me to get this accomplishment.”Davis earned his points against Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams, one of the league’s most rugged interior defenders. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pelicans pull away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I thought he played great,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “I don’t like the fact that he has to battle a guy like Steven Adams and play those 37 minutes. Those 37 minutes become like 50 when you have a guy like that defending you.”Davis passed West to become the franchise’s rebounding leader on Jan. 28, and he added 10 more boards to his total on Friday. E’Twaun Moore added 26 points for the Pelicans. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img New Orleans had lost two straight since All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season with a left Achilles tendon rupture. They righted the ship by shooting 51 percent from the field against the Thunder.“Everybody just competed,” Davis said. “We stayed poised. We just kept at them and kept fighting. Guys made plays. It was a team effort.”Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his 16th triple-double of the season. Adams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their third straight after an eight-game winning streak.Oklahoma City’s stars couldn’t find their shooting rhythm. Westbrook shot 7 for 21, Paul George 4 for 16 and Carmelo Anthony 6 for 17. The Thunder played in Denver the night before and lacked energy late in the game.“It was a hard turnaround, I’m not going to dispute that,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “But I think every NBA team has to deal with it.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

How much is it really worth?

first_imgDear Editor,There is much excitement around the wealth to be had in the oil industry. However, if we take a closer look at the numbers it could be less income for those who had been working in the sugar industry and could range from approximately 640 to 9600 Guyanese dollars per day depending on the life of the contract, with the most probable outcome being approximately 3200 Guyanese dollars per day for each household given the following assumptions:10 Billion Barrels discoveredPrice range in US$ of $18 to $1202% of revenue15% of revenue is operating income (positive assumption on historical data)50% split of operating income between partners50% of the resulting national income goes to the government for renewable energy projects, oil spill resolution and safe closure of wells at the end of the projectAn industry life of 20 years to 60 yearsA population of 1 million peopleA household size of 4 peopleExchange rate of G $200 to US$150 weeks in a year5 days in a weekGiven this possible outcome and the level of risk involved, the population of Guyana needs to resolve two important issues:1) If we are willing to stick with the current contract that has been outlined with Exxon. Knowing that if renegotiated the possible wealth of the nation will increase significantly.2) We should be approaching the United Nations with what the value of the oil in the ground is worth, and a decision needs to be made as to what price the world (especially those signed onto the climate mitigation plan via the Kyoto Protocol) is willing to pay to maintain the strength of the Guyana Shield and to reduce the risk of furthering the negative impact on the Earth’s climate. A balance must be found as we are a Third World country, under sea level on the coast by the Atlantic Ocean and the adverse effects of climate change have started to impact us. As a good world citizen and assuming that the world after witnessing the destructive negative effects of climate change is more willing to ensure that we all work together to prevent further destruction, it is my hope that the United Nations will be willing to support Guyana’s growth in such a way that our oil may remain in the ground while our economy and people may still benefit from its value.As for the oil oligarchs, they too should be interested in reducing the supply of oil on the world market thus ensuring a higher price for the commodity while also helping to curtail its usage and negative impact on the environment. This would be a win-win outcome for the Earth, as all nations increase their usage of renewable, sustainable and environmentally friendly energy sources.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

AfDB President Adesina Visits Liberia Today

first_img– Advertisement – Dr. Akinwumi Adesina The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, will visit Liberia from Wednesday, July 24-26, 2019 at the invitation of President George Weah, a release issued on Tuesday said.According to the itinerary of Dr. Adesina’s visit, he will hold bilateral talks and join statesmen and other high-level dignitaries in celebrations to mark Liberia’s 172nd Independence Day on July 26. He will also attend the official opening of new airport facilities at Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Harbel, Margibi County and the new government Ministerial complex in Monrovia.“The Bank has been a strong and strategic partner for Liberia in the transport, energy and agriculture sectors, with a primary focus on road construction, electricity generation and distribution and improving food and nutrition security,” Adesina said.The AFDB said it recognizes the need for continued support to Liberia and is committed to assisting the nation work through its challenges. In particular, it will assist the government in economic policy initiatives and in providing technical advice to the leadership.In Liberia, for example, the Bank is currently financing three energy operations, and a fourth project scheduled for board presentation in September this year, all aimed at addressing the severe power shortage and the high cost of electricity in the country. An additional operation is in the pipeline for 2021, the Bank’s statement said.The West Africa Power Pool (Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — CLSG) interconnection is to provide a 1,360 km of high voltage transmission line to enable Cote d’Ivoire to export 400MW of power to the other three Mano River Union (MRU) member states (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea). The CLSG Rural Electrification is intended to electrify about 130 communities located along the CLSG interconnection power line, and supply electric power to schools, health centers, small handicrafts, commercial and industrial businesses.The Liberia Energy Efficiency and Access Project (LEEAP) project is for the construction of 46.1 km transmission line and 280 km of distribution lines in the corridors of the RIA and Pleebo-Fish Town in River Gee County, respectively. About 200,000 persons living in communities along the project area, including schools, and health centers are expected to benefit from the connection.Accordingly, the bank is currently financing three operations in the road transport sector and indicatively would consider two more, AfDB says. Of the three operations ongoing, the first is the project to pave the Fish Town to Harper Road, upgrading a total of 50km of road from gravel to bitumen standard between the towns of Harper to Karloken, and an additional 80km section of road maintained from Karloken to Fish Town. The second project is the MRU Road Development and Transport Facilitation Program Phase 1 to upgrade a total of 80km from gravel to bitumen standard from Karloken to Fish Town, including Harper Junction – Cavalla Customs (16km) and the construction of a bridge over the Cavalla River. The third project is the MRU Phase 2 approved in 2018, which will upgrade a total of 67.1km from gravel to pavement surface from Fish Town to Kelipo (20 km) and Sanniquellie to Loguatuo (47.1 km).Also, the Bank has financed a number of operations aimed at improving people’s lives in Liberia. These include the Ebola Fight Back Budget Support Program approved in 2014, the Economic Governance and Competitiveness Budget Support Project (EGCSP) approved in 2018, the Integrated Public Financial Management Reform Project (IPFMRP): Phase II approved in 2017; the Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Program (YEEP) approved in 2016. “Implementation of these operations is on-going and progressing well,” the Bank says.In 2018, the AfDB Board approved a US$20 million (UA14.4 million) Trade Finance Package for three Liberian commercial banks. The facility will provide liquidity support to Liberian SMEs; and guarantees to enable international banks to provide clean confirmation lines for Liberian SMEs trade finance needs. These facilities are currently under negotiation.In the Agriculture and forestry Sector, the Bank is financing three operations: The Smallholder Agricultural Productivity and Commercialization (SAPEC), a study to identify areas of need in the Agricultural value chain and a Support to the Forestry Authority to Scale up the participation of SMEs in secondary wood processing. The SAPEC Project, which is co-financed with the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), is on-going despite having suffered from start-up delays and negatively impacted by the Ebola Crisis. To date, according to the Bank, the SAPEC project has amongst others: (i) reached 22,380 farming households (30% of them headed by females) with advisory services on the use of improved rice seeds and cassava cultivar varieties; (ii) registered 321,766 farmers across the 15 counties of Liberia on the E-Platform for effective agro-input distribution, and (iii) 58 students have been trained at bachelors and graduate levels in agriculture with 51 graduated already from 9 universities. Within the framework of a Special Economic Zone, the bank is preparing financing for a Staple Crop Processing Zone (SCPZ) scheduled for Board approval in 2020.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

166 cops trained to handle domestic violence reports

first_img…issue continues to be a serious social threat – acting Top CopOne hundred and sixty-six Police officers from seven policing divisions across the country are now better equipped to handle domestic violence reports after successfully completing a Domestic Violence Scenario Training Workshop.Police ranks who were trained to handle domestic violence cases share a photo moment with Jamaican consultant Novelette Grant and Khemraj Ramjattan, along with senior members of the GPFThe training sessions were part of the Public Security Ministry’s Security Sector Reform Programme and were spearheaded by Novelette Grant, consultant and former Deputy Police Commissioner of the Jamaican Police Force.She stated that the aim of the training workshop was to advance the skills of mid-career Policemen and Policewomen so that they would be in better positions to deal with domestic violence issues and impart that knowledge to their peers at the various Police stations throughout the country.Acting Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie emphasised that domestic violence continues to be a serious social threat, and is everybody’s business— since it affects everyone at all levels of society.Meanwhile, Project Manager of the Citizen Security Strategy Programme (CSSP), Dr Clement Henry reiterated that the CSSP focuses heavily on violence and crime reduction in Guyana.The cost of violence, he said, is tremendous, since, when calculated for the year 2017, it amounted to over a billion Guyana dollars. As a result, “programmes are being put in place to eliminate risk factors in the home, community and at societal levels in a whole”.He stated that currently, under construction are domestic violence interview rooms and child-friendly spaces at Police stations— another initiative by the CSSP to work together with the Guyana Police Force in combatting domestic violence in Guyana.Additionally, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan commended the planning team and Director of the Training Workshop for executing a programme of such calibre and lauded the participants for ensuring that they were a part of this necessary training programme.He expressed his concerns for the issue of domestic violence to be addressed, since statistics reveal that Guyanese women are suffering at the hands of men both physically, emotionally, and economically.Meanwhile, certificates were presented to all 166 officers for completing the programme, as they were challenged and admonished to return to the fields with better knowledge and competence to help combat domestic violence within their divisions.last_img read more

Wind Chill Warning Continues

first_imgWIND CHILL WARNING ISSUED For Fort St John BY ENVIRONMENT CANADABULLETIN ISSUED AT: 3.47 PM PST WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2009EXTREME WIND CHILL VALUES OF NEAR MINUS 40 FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND THURSDAY.  THIS IS A WARNING THAT EXTREME WIND CHILL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS.- Advertisement –last_img

Close NASCAR truck race expected

first_imgFive of those winners will be in the field for tonight’s race, which kicks off the NASCAR weekend at the track. Leading the list is Ted Musgrave, who won three straight races from 2001-03; last year’s winner, Mark Martin; last week’s Daytona truck winner, Jack Sprague; Mike Bliss and Todd Bodine. Musgrave’s track record at Fontana is most impressive. In six starts, he has three wins and six Top 5 finishes. If that wasn’t enough, a record-matching seven series champions – who have combined for 10 of 11 titles and 120 victories – are also in the 43-truck field. Todd Bodine won the title in 2006; Musgrave in 2005; two-time Fontana winner Sprague (1997, 99, 01); Ontario native Mike Skinner (1995); former Palmdale resident Ron Hornaday Jr.; Bliss (2002) and Travis Kvapil. Skinner won the Nextel Cup Auto Club 500 pole in 2000, but has not finished better than fifth in four CTS starts. “I absolutely love going to California Speedway,” Skinner said. “Even though we have struggled there, I still think it is the best place in the world. “We are not going in thinking we must win, or any of the next few races for that matter. Last year we dug ourselves such a big hole in the beginning (17th at Fontana) that it took us a while to dig ourselves out of it. We are being a little more conservative than years past.” By virtue of his victory over Kvapil in the opener, Sprague leads the points for the first time since November of 2001. Martin is also part of a Nextel Cup invasion of sorts. Martin, who edged Bodine at the wire last year by 0.331 seconds, has jumped to a Ford F-150 owned by Wood Brothers/JTG Racing. Carl Edwards and Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick are also in the field and both racers will compete in all three Fontana events this weekend. A.J. Allmendinger, who has yet to qualify for a Cup race, will get some track time in a Red Bull Toyota. Harvick will make his first CTS start since the fall Richmond race in 2005, where he finished third. He’ll be racing a Chevrolet Silverado from his Kevin Harvick Inc. shop, which will also supply the Chevy for Hornaday. Chevy has not won at the track since 1999 with Sprague, the last of his two straight wins. In fact, after Martin’s Ford, the next five trucks were all Toyotas. In the season opener, four of the first five were Toyotas. Toyota drivers Sprague and Johnny Benson sneaked past Kvapil’s Ford in the last 200 yards for a 0.031 margin of victory. “That last little bit of the race, we gave it up,” Kvapil said. “If I had to redo it, obviously if I knew what was going to come I would have blocked (Sprague) harder earlier. I didn’t react fast enough, and I didn’t anticipate him having that much of a run on me.” Perhaps no driver is hungrier at Fontana than Brendan Gaughan, the Las Vegas resident who considers California Speedway one of his home tracks. In five previous NCTS starts at Fontana, Gaughan has one pole and two top 10 finishes. louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3665 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img FONTANA – There is no real clear-cut favorite for tonight’s San Bernardino County 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at California Speedway. Indeed, as fitting the country’s largest county, the 100-lap race (6 p.m., Speed Channel) is wide open. In 10 previous CTS events at the track, there have been seven winners and half of those races have margins of victory of less than a second. last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgA $10 materials fee made payable to AARP is required when registering and full attendance is mandatory. For more information, call (562) 943-0131. DUI checkpoint set in Whittier WHITTIER – Whittier police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 10 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of Slauson Avenue and Beasor Drive, officials announced. Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officers will additionally check for unlicensed drivers or those with suspended driver’s licenses. Motorists found driving with invalid licenses could face a fine and have their vehicles impounded for 30 days. For further information, call Sgt. Dan Lowe at (562) 945-8256. `Very high’ forest fire danger ARCADIA – The fire danger level in the Angeles National Forest was raised Wednesday from “high” to “very high.” “The purpose of this is more to alert the public to the drying conditions,” said Sherry Rollman, a public affairs officer for the Forest Service. Tests show that the parched conditions and extremely low moisture levels in the forest are more typical for weather in July or August. “We ask the public to be alert in their surroundings and be extra diligent when visiting the forest,” Rollman said. Among other normal restrictions, visitors should remember to use wood or charcoal fires only in designated areas and to obtain a state permit before using camp stoves within the forest. Friends Church schedules sale WHITTIER – East Whittier Friends Church holds its 36th annual parking lot sale at 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday at 15911 E. Whittier Blvd. Everyone is invited. Proceeds go to support youth activities at the church. For more information, call (562) 947-9441. Library looking for teen volunteers SANTA FE SPRINGS – The youth services librarian at the Santa Fe Springs Library, 1700 Telegraph Road, is looking for volunteers ages 12 to 18 for the library’s summer reading program. Volunteers will staff the summer reading desk, prepare crafts and assist during summer reading programs. For more information, call (562) 868-7738. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Deputies arrested 16 people on suspicion of violating probation or parole, seized a gun and a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana on Wednesday. Deputies went to 30 locations in the city and the county area during the sweep, said Lt. George Zagurski of the sheriff’s Operations Safe Streets Bureau, the department’s anti-gang unit. The sweep checked if people were complying with the conditions of their parole or probation. Zagurski said gang activity has gone up in Pico Rivera so they conducted the compliance sweep. AARP driving class starts today LA MIRADA – The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is holding a two-day driving class for motorists over 50 years old from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Friday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The classes provide participants with DMV certificates that can be used for a reduction in automobile insurance rates. last_img

Iran bans public World Cup screenings

first_img0Shares0000Iran fans follow the game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on a giant screen at the FIFA Fans Fest in Saint Petersburg on June 14, 2018© AFP OLGA MALTSEVATEHRAN, Iran, June 15 – Authorities in Tehran cancelled plans to allow families to watch Iran’s World Cup football opener against Morocco on Friday in the stadium and public parks of the Islamic republic’s capital.The Islamic republic is thought to be the only country in the world that refuses to allow fans to gather in open public spaces for the World Cup, possibly due to opposition to the idea of men and women watching together. There had been excitement after officials at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium announced that families would be allowed in to watch Friday’s match together for the first time.But Khabar Varzeshi, a sports news website, said the plan had been called off at the last minute without any explanation.However, it added that stadium officials were working to get permits for Iran’s remaining group stage matches against Spain and Portugal.Local journalists said they had also received a text message from the sports ministry, telling them that plans to erect screen in public parks had also been cancelled.It was not clear whether cafes would be allowed to show the matches.Iranian authorities were ridiculed on social media this week after a huge World Cup billboard was put up in central Tehran featuring supporters from different parts of the country — but notably failing to include any women.“A new billboard just went up in Tehran’s busy Valiasr Square to welcome the World Cup and most importantly, let #TeamMelli know that they have the full support of the Iranian nation. For those wondering, there are no women in Iran,” joked one local journalist on Twitter.The billboard was quickly replaced with a new design that included women lined up alongside the Iranian team, which is nicknamed Team Melli.Iran had an unbeaten run through the qualifiers, but faces one of the toughest groups in the competition, against Morocco, Spain and Portugal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo responds to rape allegations with statement

first_img Adrian Durham: Ronaldo’s leap is overrated and this Messi header was better 1 YOU LOOK FAMILIAR My clear conscious will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 3, 2018 THE KING MONEY on target Top paid sportsmen of last 30 years revealed as Tyson, Jordan and Messi dominate Partnership Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in. Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) October 3, 2018 RANT Solskjaer explains why it’s easy to compare Rashford with Ronaldo What we loved ker-ching center_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman ‘Superhuman’ Ronaldo hailed for gravity defying goal with outrageous header Latest Cristiano Ronaldo News Juventus stars Ronaldo and Ramsey join forces with 10bet for new advert Salah compared to Ronaldo and Messi and branded Liverpool’s best goalscorer AIR TIME Ronaldo “firmly denies” the accusations She has accused the Portuguese star of attacking her in a hotel room in Las Vegas.Ronaldo initially dismissed the claim that was first reported by German publication Der Spiegel as “fake news,” however now has released a full statement on the matter.“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” he wrote on his Twitter page.“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.“Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.“My clear conscious [sic – conscience] will thereby allow me to await with tranquillity the results of any and all investigations.” Der Spiegel wrote that Ms Mayorga filed a report with the Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.She reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,00 (£288,000) payment for agreeing to never go public with the allegations in 2010.However, her lawyers are now looking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated the complaint in June 2009 but added they had no suspect in the case.A statement read: “At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description.“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided.” Suarez stunner, Messi breaks record, Big Dunc’s passion and AJ heroics Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a statement in response to a rape investigation against him being reopened on Tuesday.The incident, from 2009, has now resurfaced after 34-year-old Kathryn Mayorga requested the case be looked into once again. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE last_img read more

GOVERNMENT GETTING ‘DESPERATE’ OVER HOUSEHOLD TAX, SAYS DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER

first_imgThe Donegal ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ campaign says that reports in the media that the government will use ESB data to identify those taking part in the mass boycott of the Household Tax are a “sign of complete desperation” on their partMicheàl Mac Gioola Easbuig of the campaign steering committee said “The attempts to trawl around for this information prove the government will not be able to get people to voluntarily register for this tax.“Having a name on a utility bill does not prove someone is a homeowner. Use of such data could leave the government and ESB open to legal challenge under data protection.” He went on: 
”Our campaign reiterates that the hundreds of thousands not registering and choosing not to voluntarily give the information will make this tax uncollectable. It has been reported that 90% of households in Donegal have not registered so far with little over 2 weeks to go. This is a massive blow to the government. Their response is one of desperate threats, bullying and misinformation.“The lastest figures are that 230,000 have registered. It has been spun by the government that this represents  14.5% of the 1.6 million who must pay the charge, but this ignores the 200,000 who are eligible for exemptions but must also register. The real story is that 230,000 out of 1.8 million, or just 11%, have registered. It is a clear example of government misinformation but no matter how they try to spin it, there are still over 1.5 million households who have not registered.”“It is important for people to realise that there is no legislation in existance which allows the government to deduct charges or fines from anyone, despite what Minister Hogan has implied this week. Even if such laws were to be introduced, they would only relate to fines imposed by a judge after the person was summonsed and found guilty in court and this is not realistic given the huge numbers who are not registering. Also there are constitutional difficulties in introducing such laws, as was confirmed by the Taoiseach himself.“The Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay Campaign invites any non-payers to attend its protest march in Letterkenny on March 24th at 3pm when we assemble at the Tesco roundabout. Our message will be ‘We won’t be bullied, We won’t pay’.” The Government has started advertising for people to pay on Highland Radio today.  GOVERNMENT GETTING ‘DESPERATE’ OVER HOUSEHOLD TAX, SAYS DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER was last modified: March 14th, 2012 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:GOVERNMENT GETTING ‘DESPERATE’ OVER HOUSEHOLD TAXSAYS DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERlast_img read more

PADDY IS STILL MAKING HIS ‘VOICE’ HEARD DESPITE CLOSE CALL

first_imgDonegal singer Paddy Molloy is still giving it socks on RTE’s The Voice.Paddy Molloy performing on The Voice tonight.The Glenties man got a bit of a shock tonight when he didn’t get the vote from Kian Egan’s group to go through to the next round.Not even his number one fan Jamelia could help get him over the line. But Paddy did manage to get voted in as the outsider by the public and the judges votes.A stunned Paddy, who had huge support in the audience, said he was simply lost for words when interviewed by presenter Kathryn Thomas.But now that his scare as been put behind him, Paddy has promised his fans he will be upping the tempo next week on the show.He told his Facebook followers “Wow…. Close call!! Thank you so so much for keeping me in the race!!! “Big big week next week the gears will be up’d and I will push on!!”  PADDY IS STILL MAKING HIS ‘VOICE’ HEARD DESPITE CLOSE CALL was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Paddy MolloyRTEthe voicelast_img read more

Bush touts guest-worker plan

first_img But Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said that with reports of larger numbers of illegal immigrants – often estimated around 11 million – than legal immigrants, his panel would address comprehensive change. “It is a matter of very, very substantial urgency,” he said. Mexico said Tuesday that any U.S. immigration reform plan would have to “recognize the contributions of migrants” and take into consideration those already living north of the border, but appeared to cautiously praise the position laid out by the Bush administration. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Bush last year introduced a plan that would allow undocumented workers to get three-year work visas. They could extend that for another three years, but would then have to return to their home countries for a year to apply for a new work permit. The president called his proposal a necessity for an economy that needs employees for jobs many Americans don’t want. “I’m going to work with members of Congress to create a program that can provide for our economy’s labor needs without harming American workers, without providing amnesty and that will improve our ability to control our borders,” Bush said. Seeking to mollify balky Republicans, Bush emphasized border-control measures. He said the bill he signed would help in deporting illegal immigrants and would provide more border patrol agents, new immigration-fighting technologies and expanded detention centers. GOP leaders in both the House and Senate have suggested that Congress should first take up the enforcement issue, putting off debate on the more complex issues of undocumented workers and the demand for low-skilled labor in this country. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush on Tuesday argued for his temporary worker plan for foreigners, hoping to win over skeptical conservatives with get-tough promises about illegal immigration. “We’re going to get control of our borders and make this country safer for all our citizens,” said Bush. He commented as he signed into law a $32 billion homeland security bill that has large increases for patrolling borders but fewer grants for local first responders and a freeze in transit security funding. Hours earlier, administration officials appeared on Capitol Hill to promote the guest worker plan, saying action is needed beyond improving border patrols to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. “We’re going to need more than just brute enforcement,” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We’re going to need a temporary worker program as well.” last_img read more

TAOISEACH PAYS TRIBUTE TO DINNY McGINLEY AFTER 33 YEARS AS TD

first_imgTaoiseach Enda Kenny has paid tribute to Fine Gael TD for Donegal South-West, Dinny McGinley who , after 33 years as a TD, has announced that he will not be running in the next general election.“Dinny’s decision to stand down at the end of this Dáil term represents the end of an era in Donegal politics,” said Enda Kenny today.“Dinny has represented the people of Donegal South-West for 33 consecutive years as a TD. I have worked closely him during that time and have witnessed at first-hand his hard work and commitment to the people the people of his constituency. “I was honoured to appoint Dinny as Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, a role he served with distinction. His love of the language is well known and we frequently conversed as gaeilge over the years.“I would like to once again pay tribute to Dinny for his passion in politics and his unwavering commitment to his constituents for more than three decades. I wish him the very best for the future and I have no doubt that he will remain an active and valuable public figure.” TAOISEACH PAYS TRIBUTE TO DINNY McGINLEY AFTER 33 YEARS AS TD was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dinny McGinleyEnda Kennylast_img read more

Mbarara City defeat Busoga United to register a second victory of the season on Tuesday

first_imgAction between Mbarara City and Busoga United on Tuesday. (PHOTO/Racheal Tebandeke)Uganda Premier LeagueMbarara City 2-1 Busoga UnitedLuzira PrisonsBrian Aheebwa and Paul Mucurezi scored for Mbarara to earn new coach, Paul Nkata a perfect start at the club.For the visitors, Ibrahim Mugulusi scored the consolation goal.Mbarara made their intentions known and Busoga’s goalkeeper Omedwa Rogers was the busiest player in the first 15 minutes of the game – The shot stopper kept out Mucurezi’s sixth minute shot before denying Ahebwa and Sseguja Swalik.The hosts’ continued pressure was rewarded in the 16th minute when Aheebwa nodded in from Paul Mucureezi’s cross.Few minutes after, Mbarara would have doubled their lead but unmarked Onyai Raymond shot over the bar.Busoga put up a commendable challenge to level matters but the efforts were in vain. Anthony Mayanja’s header rattled the woodwork while Joel Madondo fired far and wide.Busoga’s coach-Abby Bogere made an early change with Jeromey Kirya paving way for Tezikya Lawrence at the half hour mark.The visitors came back strong and halved the deficit in the 53rd minute with substitute Mugulusi who had replaced Madondo in 49th minute, scored a beauty in the top left corner outside the box after Mbarara failed  to clear away the corner.Ikara denied Mugulusi an equaliser from freekick as Mbarara survived a late Busoga United goal.Mucureezi was named the man of the match for an assist and a goal.Mbarara will visit Wakiso Giants on Friday, October 4th in their next game while Busoga host Villa SC.Lineups used.Mbarara City FC – Tom Ikara, Othieno Stephen, John Adriko, Bamba Soulyemane, Hillary Mukundane, Pistis Balenge, Ssegujja Swalik, Onyayi Raymond, Paul Mucurezi, Brian Aheebwa, Ibrahim Orit.Busoga United – Omedwa Rogers, Otwau Abubaker, Kawawulo Isma, Kakeeto Shafik, Muganga Douglas, Kasonko Gorge, Kirya Jeromey, Mayanja Anthony, Wani Ivan, Zirintusa Boban, Madondo Joel.Comments Tags: Bamba SoulyemaneBrian AheebwaHillary MukundaneIbrahim OritJohn AdrikoMabarara City FCOnyayi RaymondOthieno Stephenpaul mucureziPistis BalengeSsegujja SwalikTom Ikaralast_img read more