Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Saso cracked par for the second straight round, firing a 69 and moving within five shots of the lead still now being held by China’s Du Mohan, who shot a 66 for a 36-hole 135 aggregate.The women’s team, with Bianca Pagdanganan shooting a 70, also moved into position in the medal race after a 139, although far from the gold at the moment with China taking a 15-under total into the third round after getting a 69 from Liu Wenbo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’LK Go’s 72 did not count for the women’s team.“I’m definitely going for gold,” Gao said as he takes the fight for the men’s team which has floundered as it trails leader Japan by 18 shots and the third running Korea by nine. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Team Philippines counted the 71 of Luis Castro and either 73s of LJ Go and Rupert Zaragosa in team play for a 211.“They’re finally finding their groove,” said nonplaying captain Bones Floro of his charges as the women’s team tries to win a medal for the first time since 2002.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil JAKARTA—Wei Wei Gao and Yuka Saso rebounded from mediocre opening round efforts and wheeled into contention for individual medals in their divisions in the golf competition of the 18th Asian Games here.Solving the sleek greens and negotiating the tight fairways of the Pondok Indah layout, Gao gunned down seven birdies on the way to a five-under-par 67 for 139 overall, pulling within three shots of Japan’s Keita Nakajima, who shot a 68.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Asian Games: Dismal start for PH boxers as Petecio, Bacho crash out Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The eminent American journalist, Laurie Garrett, who in 1996 won the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Zaire, has given us an alarming warning.In an interview last Saturday with National Public Radio (NPR), based in Washington, D.C., she described as “very late” America’s intervention in the Ebola crisis that is currently ravishing West Africa.Ms. Garrett prepared for her interview by first meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington and came away with the distinct impression that by the time “the fastest mobilizing operation I know of tells me that . . . it’s going to take 50 to 100 days to mobilize the different elements that they’ve promised to commit. We are so far behind the virus and I’m quite fearful that we won’t catch up.”Ms. Garrett was even more emphatic . . . and scared. Said she, “If we conservatively say these three countries have a cumulative 15,000 cases and you say, as it was announced, it’s doubling every 15 to 21 days: so that means by the end of September it would be 30,000; by end ofOctober, 120,000 and by the time we all gather around our Christmas trees, it would be over 400,000.”When the virus first broke out in Zaire in 1976, she said, it was confined to “isolated rural areas;” but the outbreak in the Mano River basin quickly spread to the densely populated capital cities of the three most affected countries–Conakry, Guinea, Monrovia, Liberia and Freetown, Sierra Leone.The prospect of 400,000 cases by Christmas is worrisome. If her estimated figures are correct, we can, with trepidation ask ourselves how many of this number will survive and how many will perish?But before getting there–and we earnestly pray to God that we will not–all of us in these three besieged countries must work diligently, conscientiously and with all our might to contain (restrain) the spread of this virus, so that it does not exceed 100,000 in all the three countries.How shall we accomplish this? First, we must intensify the awareness and sensitization initiatives, so that people know and believe that this virus is not a joke, that it is killing people in the hundreds and thousands. That is why it was so disheartening to have learned on Tuesday morning that Guinean youth attacked and stoned to death several young people who had gone into the villages of that country to promote Ebola awareness. What will it take to cause our people to come to grips with the terrible Ebola reality?Despite the dangers, we cannot give up the battle of sensitization.The three nations should use every means available–especially radio, which is still the most effective communication tool in most places, to get the message across that Ebola is real and it kills. We must also use the cell phone, probably the next most effective communication tool. Every phone call must be answered first with the message: “Ebola is real and it kills;” then go on to give phone numbers and places where people can receive emergency testing, once they suspect a symptom in themselves or somebody they know.These messages should be in all the major languages in each country and locality. In Liberia’s Nimba County, for example, the messages should be in Gio or Mano; in Bong County, Kpelle or Mandingo; in Sinoe, Kru; in Maryland and River Gee, Grebo; and in Montserrado, simple English or Kpelle.TV should be used and posters placarded everywhere.The three countries should be saturated (flooded) with buckets, chlorine, Clorox for hand washing. Medical, nursing and paramedical personnel, including body removers, should be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE). Bodies should be either cremated or buried in safe environments far away from sources of daily water supply.All of us, especially the 3,000-strong military contingent dispatched by United States President Barrack Obama, could ensure the provision of the buckets and detergents and provide the financial and other logistical resources for the sensitization.That is in addition to the troops’ other important functions of building clinics and hospitals to ensure that affected people are speedily admitted and cared for, and that the Ebola dead are swiftly and efficiently buried.With these and other measures, and all of us in our three countries fervently cooperating, we can defeat this virus even before Christmas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch during Monday’s interview with local journalists…says investors want predictability and stabilityBy Vahnu ManikchandWith Guyana on the cusp of becoming an oil producing nation, newly appointed United States Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, believes the country can do better when it comes to the way business is being done here.Over the years, Guyana has been ranking low on ease of doing business indices. In fact, the most recent report from the World Bank last November showed that there was a decline in investors’ confidence here. The World Bank’s 2018 Report rated Guyana 134 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business; eight places down from 2017’s 126 global ranking. Previously, Guyana ranked 124th in 2016 and an all-time high in 2015 at 140. The country’s best ranking was in 2008 when it was ranked a record low of 98.Ease of Doing Business Index is one of the most comprehensive studies done by the World Bank, in which it looks at key indicators such as registering, compliance, taxation, obtaining loans and similar factors such as administrative procedures. It also looks at legal measures, such a protection and settlements.According to Ambassador Lynch, although she has met most of the Private Sector-stakeholder bodies here since her arrival, she is yet to have “deep” discussions with them; but she noted that coming out of those engagements thus far, however, is the need for Guyana to provide a more conducive environment to do business.“On the surface, there is some thought that Guyana could do a bit better on easing the way of doing business. So in other words, allowing businesses to start up quicker, faster and making the regulations less bureaucratic so that there are more opportunities for more businesses to get up and going quicker,” Ambassador Lynch asserted during a sit-down interview with sections of the local media fraternity on Monday.This, the US diplomat explained, would create an enabling environment not just for huge companies such as ExxonMobil – the US oil giant preparing to for production early next year having discovered some 5.5 billion barrels of oil offshore Guyana – but for smaller companies as well to thrive and develop with the potential to create jobs in the long run.The Ambassador pointed out that generally, the Private Sector, in any country, usually wants stability and predictability.“In my experience, the thing what most Private Sector want is stability and predictability so they can do their business… So those are very specific areas (and) I think it’s something that Guyana should want and make sure that they do continue to make improvements and get a handle on (that), so that trade and investments can thrive here and I think that there is a great possibility that they can do that,” she contended.The US State Department’s 2018 report has cited Guyana’s minor improvements in curbing corruption, tackling crime and inadequate infrastructure as posing a hindrance in the local investment climate.However, Ambassador Lynch, who was accredited just last month, said while no concern about corruption was raised during her interactions with the business community, both local and overseas, thus far, this is always an area of concern across the globe.She referenced that the report did applaud Guyana for the positive gains made and the political will to address these issues, but simultaneously highlighted that there are more areas to work on. The US envoy pointed to what is referred to as ‘barriers to trade and investments’. This includes corruption; security in terms of the existence of transnational criminal organisations – crime and violence; and the ease of doing business and transparency.“So we look at those trade barriers holistically and we want to continue to work with the Government of Guyana to address all those. But I would say, it’s not just the Government, citizens have a responsibility too.So we also very much want to continue our work with civil society organisations, the Private Sector, all kinds of institutions and again, like we do all around the world, hold the Government accountable for being transparent, for being reliable, for delivering services to its citizens. So corruption, I would say is just one of the visions, that we’re working on and that we have seen some progress there in Guyana,” the US Ambassador stressed.Negative impactRecent events in the local political sphere has caused much unease among local Private Sector bodies. Many of these agencies have warned that the current political climate has been negatively impacting economic activities here.But Government has dismissed this. In fact, President David Granger two weeks ago said that this was a “misinterpretation” of the situation on the ground, adding that it was “unfortunate” that the business community feels that way.This gave birth to what many perceived as a public-spat between Government and the Private Sector, with the latter being accused of taking a political side with regards to the unsettled No-confidence Motion.Asked during Monday’s interview whether this was something raised during her engagements thus far, the US Ambassador responded in the negative.“My involvement always, throughout my career as a Government official, with the Private Sector is doing what we can, especially for American businesses, to listen to their concerns and you know, help ease the doing of business in whatever country they’re in and hoping that they are treated fairly in whatever country. So no, I certainly didn’t discuss whatever political leaning people may have,” she contended.However, in the height of political uncertainty up until last month when the No-confidence Motion cases were in the local courts, several members of the diplomatic community here had also voiced concerns on the impact the political situation can have on potential investment opportunities.Questioned whether similar feedback is being received from US investors looking to do business in Guyana, Ambassador Lynch’s response again was negative. She explained that she has been predominantly talking to local businesses and US companies also on the ground here and this does not seem to be an issue right now.According to the new US diplomat, her country will continues to encourage investments in Guyana especially now on the heels of first oil, which she reiterated, will only bring betterment for Guyanese.
Democratic activists in California complain that the swelling field of presidential candidates is treating the Golden State like a political ATM – charging thousands of dollars for the same access given freely in other venues. While some activists have complained privately to the candidates’ representatives, they concede that they don’t see any immediate letup in the kind of barnstorming that raised $184 million for Democratic presidential candidates in 2004. “It’s always like that. We’re like one big ATM,” said Louis F. Moret, a former Democratic National Committee member and longtime party activist. “Everyone wants to win Iowa and New Hampshire, so they take our money and spend it over there.” Democratic activist Agi Kessler of Woodland Hills also laments that when the candidates get to Iowa and New Hampshire, voters in those states have easy and ample access to them in the early stages of the nominee selection process. “Often here in California, to have access to the candidates, you have to go to fundraisers – and usually those are big-money fundraisers,” said Kessler, first vice-chair of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, an umbrella organization of 25 local Democratic clubs. “I’m personally not poor, but I can’t afford to pay a couple of thousand dollars to meet a candidate in a situation where maybe you’ll get your picture taken with them but not have a chance to converse, while in Iowa these same candidates are tripping over themselves to meet the voters.” Jaime Regalado of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute at California State University, Los Angeles, said the dubious tradition of presidential candidates using California to raise large sums of money while voters get little in return stems from two developments unique to the state. “California is the most populous state in the country whose (presidential) primary historically has come so late that it rarely counts because usually the nominee has been decided before it’s held. “On other hand, we have some filthy rich people in the Southland and Northern California and in the Central Valley, so that candidates, if they want to be competitive, cannot ignore California’s ATMs.” This situation has led to calls from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez and other political leaders for moving the 2008 primary up from June to Feb. 5 – right after Iowa, as well as primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada on Jan. 19. Such a move would place California a month earlier than in 2004 when it also moved up the primary to March, though even that date proved to be too late because the party’s nominee had effectively been chosen. The presidential election season has already begun in earnest, with supporters paying the maximum allowable $2,300 to meet presidential candidate Barack Obama, the Illinois senator, during a Feb. 20 event at the landmark Beverly Hills Hotel. Those pledging to raise $46,000 are invited to dine with Obama at mogul David Geffen’s beachfront home in Malibu, along with director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg. Spielberg and other entertainment contributors are co-hosting a fundraiser for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the spring, according to her presidential campaign. Those scenarios will be repeated over and over the coming months with other celebrities holding fundraisers for other candidates in Southern California. Meanwhile, party loyalists complain that issues important to California voters – health care, immigration, traffic congestion, the environment – largely go ignored by presidential candidates during the primary period. “They hope somebody else solves it for us,” Moret said. “They just want to take our money. We’re a donor state, and that’s not right.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Atkins and Nero are already in custody awaiting trial on drug-related charges. The city will also seek an order requiring the property owners, Jacqueline Atkins and Mkrtich Mendikyan, to prohibit loitering and remove all obstructions on or surrounding the property, including opaque fencing, screen doors or tarps. Between June 2005 and February 2007, undercover Los Angeles Police Department officers made 38 arrests stemming from activity at the homes, seizing cocaine, marijuana, weapons and ammunition, police said. Thirteen of those arrested were known gang members. Meanwhile, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton traveled to Sacramento along with their counterparts across the state to discuss ways of combating street crime at a meeting called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger said he wants to focus on a variety of strategies, including providing alternatives to youths such as after-school programs and better career education. “What we want to do is really declare war on gang violence and on gangs all over the state of California,” Schwarzenegger said. And he told the mayors: “You can count on the state. We’re going to work with you. You’re not out there by yourself.” In the 1990s, Bratton said, cities were successful in reducing gang violence thanks to strong partnerships with state and local governments, but some of that cooperation has faded. “(In the 1990s) we got it right,” said Bratton, the former New York City police chief who is credited with a major crime reduction there. “Then after 9-11, the federal government dropped off the Earth – and basically went to war across the ocean, and forgot about the wars we’re fighting at home.” Villaraigosa in the past has pressed the governor to create a new statewide anti-gang program that would provide at least $30 million to Los Angeles over three years to create 10 gang-reduction zones, with additional law enforcement resources as well as youth programs. He said that request did not come up in Thursday’s meeting. Villaraigosa added that one consensus among the mayors and other officials was that additional law enforcement alone is not enough. “We’ve got to deal with the root causes of crime,” Villaraigosa said. “You’ve got to have prevention, intervention. That means after-school programs, apprenticeship programs. That means summer youth jobs, training programs for youth.” Back in the San Fernando Valley, residents blamed crime on illegal immigrants and called for tougher policing and swifter deportation procedures. “It seems like every time there is a crime, it’s an illegal alien,” said an unidentified woman who attended a Los Angeles Police Commission meeting in Sun Valley. “It’s important that we … (show) respect to various … communities of the city … and respect one another,” said John W. Mack, president of the Police Commission. email@example.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City officials traveled near and far Thursday to battle street crime, vowing to clean up a San Fernando Valley house being used as a “supermarket” for drugs and meeting in Sacramento to strategize with state officials. At the LAPD’s Foothill Division in Pacoima, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced that his office would seek court orders against two gang members and the owners of two adjacent single-family homes in the 13200 block of Filmore Street. “Right in the middle of an otherwise quiet and decent neighborhood, members of the Front Street Crips, a criminal street gang, have used this property as a supermarket for narcotic sales,” Delgadillo said. Delgadillo said he would seek court orders to prevent Larry Atkins and Charles Nero, gang members suspected of selling drugs from the homes, from coming within 500 feet of the properties.
Lowe ready Pitcher Derek Lowe participated in pregame stretching while wearing a bright red jersey, something reliever Jonathan Broxton had prepared for him as a joke. Quarterbacks often wear red jerseys in practice to avoid being hit. Lowe had been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday night after a throw from Broxton hit Lowe between the thumb and index finger of his pitching hand while the two were playing catch, leaving a severe bruise. But Lowe was able to throw Thursday and thus will be able to start Saturday against Arizona. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt, meeting with reporters for the first time since undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on June 20, said Thursday that he still believes he will be ready for the start of spring training and that he can be as good a pitcher as he ever was and perhaps even better. “It’s a tricky question, because what was I before?” Schmidt said. “I’m striving to be better than that. That is my goal.” The Dodgers signed Schmidt, a 12-year veteran with a proven track record, to a three-year, $47 million contract last winter, snatching him when the free-agent market was thin on pitching. But from the start of spring training, it was clear Schmidt’s velocity had dropped off, and the result was that he went 1-4 with a 6.31 ERA in six starts around a seven-week stint on the DL. When it was clear he wasn’t getting any better, he underwent exploratory arthroscopic surgery, during which doctors repaired bursa scarring, biceps tendon fraying and a labral tear, knocking him out for the rest of the season. “To wake up and realize what it was, that was definitely a shock,” Schmidt said. “I was disappointed. But at the same time, for anyone who has ever had surgery, it’s kind of a relief to know that whatever issues you had are now fixed and you can move forward. … “I’m feeling really good. Obviously, you want to be throwing, but there is a whole time frame that we need to follow for the healing process.” Schmidt met with doctors on Thursday and will do so again in about six weeks, at which time he could be put on a throwing program.
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has warned the Blues’ title rivals that summer signing Pedro is hungry to cap his maiden Premier League season with silverware.The winger – one of five Spaniards in the Blues’ first team – was named man-of-the-match in Sunday’s 3-2 win over West Brom just days after arriving at the club from Barcelona for a reported £21milllion.Pedro marked his debut with a goal as well as an assist, as he set up international team-mate Diego Costa for his goal against the Baggies.And Azpilicueta, who scored Chelsea’s third and winning goal at the Hawthorns, believes there is even more to come from his fellow countryman.He said: “He has trained for one week, he played his first game, he is discovering the Premier League and I’m sure he will get better.“I know him very well and he fits into the team very well. I know his ambition, he is hungry to help the team, win trophies and I know the way he started the first game is amazing.“I know from the national team he is a top player. He played for Barcelona for so many years and he fits into our team and the Premier League.” Chelsea winger Pedro celebrates with his fellow Spaniards 1
SHAY Given enjoyed a great night for Ireland in Dublin – and here are some great pictures from Stephen Doherty from Lansdowne Road (it’s named after an insurance company now!)Shay told Sky Sports: “It’s a historic moment. It’s been a long 16 months but we’re extremely happy obviously. We deserved it and we’ll celebrate tonight for sure.” The shot-stopper admits it was a strange night given his side’s huge 4-0 advantage from the first leg, which was extended by Stephen Ward’s first-half effort.“It was a little bit (strange), and for the crowd, because we were four goals ahead from the first leg and then five in the first half,” he said. “But we’re just going to enjoy the atmosphere now.“I think the lads deserve it, it’s been a long road, and we’ll look forward to next summer.”Our picture special comes from Stephen Doherty at Lansdowne Road. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved ©StephenDohertyThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyPOLAND/UKRAINE 2012: PICTURE SPECIAL OF SHAY’S NIGHT AT LANSDOWNE was last modified: November 16th, 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:IrelandShay Given
Gaoth Dobhair has just missed out on being short-listed for the Irish Times top five places to holiday in Ireland.Sunset in Brinaleck, Gaoth Dobhair by Tony WardThe area had made it to the top 25 in the nationwide competition.But the West Donegal region just missed out on the final of the competition, the winner of which will be announced on May 27th. The area was short-listed down to one of 25 from an initial entry of more than 1,400 after an amazing pitch by Gaoth Dobhair man Sean Mullin who now lives in New Zealand.The good news is that our neighbours Derry are in the top five alongside Glenarlow, Co Tipperary, Killarney in Kerry, Loop Head peninusla, Co Clare and Inisboffin island.GAOTH DOBHAIR FAILS TO MAKE IRISH TIMES TOP FIVE PLACES TO HOLIDAY was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derry cityGaoth DobhairIrish Times
A Donegal county councillor says he hopes that twins pop up across the county in the coming weeks, months and years.Cllr Jimmy KavanaghCouncillor Jimmy Kavanagh proposed at the June meeting of the municipal council that the council look into initiating a twinning programme for towns such as Letterkenny, Ramelton, Kilmacrennan, Milford and Kerrykeel.Cllr. Kavanagh said that the development of the wild Atlantic way tourism initiative was putting Donegal firmly on the tourist map and he felt that this could be further boosted by a twinning programme which would involve connections across the arts, culture, sporting organisations, youth organisations, active retirement groups etc.He also referred to the large Polish community that now resided in the county and spoke of the close connections that have been forged between Errigal College in Letterkenny and the Polish community as a good example of what can be achieved.Twinning could offer the chance for school exchanges, for sporting teams to arrange trips to each others home towns for matches, for businesses to offer discounts around the twinning arrangements for accommodation etc., for retirement and youth groups to make contact and share information. Cllr. Kavanagh also said that there were new opportunities for twinning presented by technology and by social media, and suggested that services like the library service could present the opportunity for towns to share research facilities online.He said that the council should drive the initiative but that it would need support right across the community to be successful, and he felt that the strong community spirit in our towns and villages would lend itself to making twinning very successful.He asked that the council talk to the department of the environment and report back to the members on the possibility of identifying suitable twin towns for the towns in the municipal area.Cllr. Kavanagh’s motion was seconded by Cllr. Michael McBride and was supported by the other councillors.COUNCILLOR EXPECTING TWINS – ALL ACROSS DONEGAL! was last modified: June 10th, 2015 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:COUNCILLOR JIMMY KAVANAGHdonegaltwinning