first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 “We just have to play better as a whole, and it starts with me,” said a dejected Ross at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I didn’t play well enough today for us to win. I feel like I let my team down. I’ll be better next game.”READ: Ross wins Best Player award; Rhodes top importFEATURED 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’“As one of the leaders, it starts with me.”Ross has been tearing it up for the Beermen against the KaTropa in the championship round, and prior to their Game 4 loss, the back-to-back Philippine Cup Finals MVP filled up the stat sheets easily for San Miguel. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet From Games 1 to 3, Ross averaged 16 points, 18.5 points in the two wins, 8.67 assists, five rebounds, and 3.67 steals a game.He also shot the ball at 43.75 percent from the floor before Game 4.READ: Clutch Castro carries TNT to tie Finals series at 2-2Ross added they did not play with the same intensity as a team who wants to take a 3-1 series lead.“We played decent enough, but that wasn’t out style of play,” said Ross. “We didn’t play with a sense of urgency of trying to put them down 3-1, that’s why they [the KaTropa] won. It started with me, I wasn’t good enough.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LSU title parade draws massive crowds Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel point guard Chris Ross knew he wasn’t at his best in their 102-97 Game 4 loss to TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday, and he readily owned up for his shortcomings as the series got tied at 2-2.Ross, fresh off winning the Best Player of the Conference Award, was subpar in the fourth game finishing with just eight points, his lowest of the series so far, five rebounds, four assists, and 33 percent shooting.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cignal razes Wangs, cruises to win no. 6 Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIt has been exactly a week since the finals of the 6th T20 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament was played at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad, where our Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) unfortunately lost to the Trinbago Knight Riders. That it was to a team they had defeated twice during the season – the last occasion guaranteeing them a place in the finals – was hard enough for our Guyanese fans; but that it was also the fourth time they lost in the finals, was heartbreaking.From the launch of the CPL in 2013, when the GAW local franchise was acquired by a local business entrepreneur – an event still unique in the league – it became clear that cricket was more than just a game to us in Guyana. It represents the seminal event that brings together our diverse peoples as one and made Providence the most energetic cricket stadium in the world, as the fans expressed their support for their team in the most creative and vociferous manner possible.The CPL games at Providence Stadium have now become a fixture on the calendars of a wide swathe of Guyanese from all strata and all regions of our country. The professionalism in which the games have been organised and executed have redounded to the capacity-building facility of our Private Sector, working in tandem with State agencies, such as the Police. The Government itself has recognised the value of the CPL games through its support via several Ministries such as tourism. The lead sponsor for the last season by Exxon, the first by that multinational corporation with operations in most of the cricket-playing nations, is another endorsement of the GAW. For all these reasons, we cannot simply dismiss the impact of the GAW’s loss in the CPL finals as “just another game”.But in doing so we cannot also merely fixate on just that last game: we must consider the pride the Warriors aroused in all its fans during this season and in the seasons before. The fact that the GAW appeared in four of the six finals tells a story in itself: that the worse it did in four of those seasons was number two. Indeed, that was true for FIVE seasons, but we were ousted in one of the “eliminators”. This was an extraordinary performance to sustain over six years, since each of the other teams would have been exhorted to better their performances, and this must be acknowledged and appreciated.What makes this consistency – the best in the League – even more amazing is that it was done without any of the more T20 flamboyant figures that some believe are essential for success in modern cricket. A measure of this success therefore must be due to the managers and coaches of the team who play such an invaluable role in motivating players to rise to their full potential and even more importantly, to play as a team. The GAW has also acted as a crucible for blooding and developing new and young Guyanese cricketers, from their sponsorship of U19 players to participate in their local camp to signing them up when they show promise. Beaton, Paul, Hetmyer and Rutherford are only some names from the latter group.It has been said that one of the definitions of “insanity” is to do the same thing over and over again but expect a different result. But to their credit, the management of the GAW has been willing to make changes after every season in an effort to better the performance of the team. Meaning, to win in the finals, which is certainly the goal in any sporting tournament, they have changed players, coaches and staff – not reactively but rather in a considered, deliberate fashion, to correct identified shortcomings.It is expected that the same will be done after this season to facilitate the GAW reaching the pinnacle of achievement in the years to come. The loyal Guyanese fans deserve no less.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Recent charges against former Government officials who were key operators under the previous Government for private investment have left investors wary of dealing with the APNU+AFC Government.Recent charges against Singh and Brassington dealing with 3 major investors; pending investigations into over 20 more investment transactions spanning 20 years; and the shackling of former senior Government officials are now translating to investors feeling that they, too, could become trapped when engaging with APNU.Similarly, charges against the Board of Directors of one of the largest Guyanese banks by SOCU has raised questions on whether SOCU is carrying out its mandate in an independent and professional manner, or is simply following political instructions. SOCU and SARA are increasing being viewed as political, rather than professional. Employees of SOCU no longer see themselves as operating independent of Government, and have taken an attitude of simply awaiting orders.The newly created SARA, facing legal challenges on its legality, is also strongly opposed by the private sector, particularly given its staffing by former political persons, and the considerable power that the agency has been given at the expense of due process. Dr. Clive Thomas of SARA also seems embroiled over whether he will remain the Chairman of GuySuCo.Fear now stalks the land. If the Police, including SOCU, do not believe that they can act as an independent and professional agency, but are simply an extension of the political apparatus; if judges fear that any judgment against the Government will be met with criticism; if media houses feel that if they publish against the Government they may be intimidated or threatened; if the Opposition in Parliament feel that they are being muzzled; if the private sector is fearful of vindictiveness from the Government and SARA/SOCU coming after them; then democracy is under threat.The Parliament, Police, Judiciary, media, private sector are all key to the checks and balances of a democracy. When these institutions’ independence is under threat, then so is democracy.It is a fact that no new major investor has been secured by this APNU+AFC Government. The spate of criticism against the manner of negotiations by APNU officials with Exxon questions Local Government capacity, expertise, and conduct, and leaves Guyana exposed. The pending $30 billion bond for GuySuCo, shrouded in secrecy and lacking any transparency and accountability, is also causing potential investors to feel vulnerable.No less than a full Government guarantee, saddling the Treasury with high cost debt, is now required. Increasingly, the APNU style of limited engagement with key stakeholders, media, and public, coupled with criticism levelled against it of corruption and procurement breaches, seen alongside handcuffing and threats against former Government officials, is now manifesting itself to investors growing wary of engaging with this Government. As one investor said, we are seeing ominous signs signalling the risks of doing business in Guyana. No new investors, and domestic capital flight only confirm these risks.Sincerely,Political observerlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000SHANGHAI, China, April 15 – Mercedes savoured a “historic” moment on Sunday in China after Nico Rosberg blitzed his way to his maiden win at the 111th attempt and the first for the team since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.The German took the chequered flag with a margin of over 20 seconds from the second-placed McLaren of Jenson Button, off-setting the disappointing retirement of team-mate Michael Schumacher, forced out after a pit-lane blunder.Rosberg’s confident display also comes 111 years after Mercedes’ first win, at the 1901 Nice Speedweeks. The 24-year-old, who pumped his fists as he crossed the finishing line and shouted “easy! easy!”, said when at least a little of the emotion had died down: “This is a very special moment for me. The whole weekend went perfectly.“My first pole position, now my first win in Formula One — it really is fantastic. But it’s not only this; it’s the first win for the new Silver Arrow and for this great team. That is really special for me.”He added: “I will never forget this race, and the last 20 laps felt as long as if I was racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours! But then crossing the line was so intense.“We will enjoy this success, but our feet are still on the ground.“We are still not where we want to be, we are still working hard to understand the car and the tyres in all conditions, and we will keep pushing to improve our race pace even further.”Seven-time world champion Schumacher, who appeared more disappointed than angry after he had to bow out in second place early on, said: “First of all, congratulations to the whole team, to Mercedes-Benz and of course to Nico, who achieved a perfect victory from start to finish.“He did a great job today and yesterday, and I am happy for him.”Mercedes’ success in Shanghai is in stark contrast to last season, when they limped to fourth in the constructors’ championship and never looked capable of threatening Red Bull and McLaren.Their innovate but controversial “W-duct” rear wing, which boosts straight-line speed, was cleared as legal by race stewards in the build-up to the race, and the car now looks genuinely competitive.Ross Brawn, Mercedes’ highly respected team principal, called it “a truly special and historic day”.“I am so delighted for Nico, he has deserved to take his first victory several times, and has now done so by driving a perfectly judged race from pole position,” he said.“I am excited to see how he develops now he has that win under his belt.”He added: “We are proud to deliver the first victory for a works Silver Arrow car in 57 years.“I was just one year old when Juan Manuel Fangio won in Monza in 1955, but this victory is something I will remember, and savour, for a very long time indeed.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgListen to live and exclusive national radio coverage of of Liverpool v Arsenal tonight, and Liverpool v Manchester United on Sunday, only on talkSPORTIan Rush has backed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool regime – despite the raft of injuries currently affecting the first-team squad.The Anfield giants have 11 senior players out injured, six of them with hamstring problems, and the German has come under-fire for his high pressure playing style and rigorous training routines.But Liverpool legend Rush says the former Borussia Dortmund boss is spot on in his approach.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He’s not going to change, and I think that’s great. I used to love the pressing game but maybe it takes a month or so in training to get used to it.“But it’s the right way to go about it and you need to persevere with it. Yes, we’ve got injuries, but we should have a strong enough squad to be capable of dealing with that. Everyone’s fighting for their place [in the team] and, to get a game, you have to work hard in training and that’s what he’s doing.”Liverpool face Premier League leaders Arsenal at home tonight (Wednesday), knowing a win is vital for them to stay in touch with the top four, especially with Manchester United set to visit Anfield on Sunday lunchtime.“If we can win tonight we are right up there again [a point behind Manchester United in sixth],” added Rush. “But they [Liverpool] slipped up against Watford and West Ham and you only get so many chances to do it, and this is another one. It’s important for Liverpool to stay up there.”last_img read more

first_imgJazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Women’s Anger Management class, 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. TUESDAY Family planning clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Sunday evening hike, 5 p.m. at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. last_img read more

first_imgGRANTS PASS, Ore. – Bottom fish and crabs washing up dead on Oregon beaches are being killed by a recurring “dead zone” of low-oxygen water that appears to be triggered by global warming, scientists say. The area is larger and more intense than in past years, and there are signs it is spreading north to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Scientists studying a 70-mile-long zone of oxygen-depleted water along the Continental Shelf between Florence and Lincoln City have concluded it is being caused by explosive blooms of tiny plants known as phytoplankton, which die and sink to the bottom. The phytoplankton are eaten by bacteria, which use up the oxygen in the water. The recurring phytoplankton blooms are triggered by north winds generating a rollover of the water column in a process known as upwelling. “We know it’s not pollution. It’s not a toxic algal bloom. The simple fact is there’s not enough oxygen,” said Francis Chan, a research professor of zoology at Oregon State who has been measuring the oxygen levels. Oxygen levels are generally lower in deeper water, where fish evolve to deal with it, said Lubchenco. What is unusual about this condition is that it is moving into relatively shallow water, about 50 feet deep, and moving toward shore, where the richest marine ecosystems are. Monitoring of oxygen levels in the ocean has documented the dead zone in varying intensities along 70 miles of coast from Florence to Lincoln City, but the ribbon of dead phytoplankton on the ocean bottom that creates it could extend to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where dead crabs and fish have been showing up, Barth said. “If we continue like we are now, we could see some ecological shifts,” Barth said. “It all depends on what happens with the warming and the greenhouse gases.” Dead zones in other places around the country, such as Hood Canal in Washington and the Mississippi River Delta off Louisiana are caused by agricultural runoff fueling blooms of algae that rot and deplete the oxygen, said Lubchenco. But dead zones like the one off Oregon also occur off Namibia and South Africa in the Atlantic and off Peru in the Pacific. “We’re not really sure what is down the road. If it’s just for a short period of time, it will not be as devastating as if it starts lasting a significant fraction of summer,” she said. Crab fishermen in Oregon and Washington are finding dead crabs in their pots, and deeper water fish, such as ling cod, wolf eels and rockfish, are showing up in Oregon tide pools. In Washington, dead fish and crabs are also being spotted on the beach along the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and the Quinault Indian Reservation, said resource protection specialist Liam Antrim.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. 2“We are seeing wild swings from year to year in the timing and duration of the winds that are favorable for upwelling,” Jane Lubchenco, professor of marine ecology at Oregon State and a member of the Pew Oceans Commission, said from Corvallis. “This increased variability in the winds is consistent with what we would expect under climate change.” Scientists first noticed a dead zone off Newport in 2002. That one was traced back to a rare influx of cold water rich in nutrients and low in oxygen that had migrated from the Arctic, said Jack Barth, professor of oceanography at Oregon State and with Lubchenco a principal investigator for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans. Each year since then, dead zones have returned in the summer. But these have been caused by intense bursts of upwelling followed by calm periods. During the calm periods, when the water contains fewer nutrients, phytoplankton die for lack of food and fall to the ocean bottom, Barth added. This year, the upwelling started strongly in April, stalled in May and picked up again in late June. Following the upwellings, scientists found the oxygen levels lower. The off-and-on action of the upwelling builds up a thick layer of organic material that robs the water of oxygen as it rots. When a new upwelling occurs, it draws the deadly water toward shore, killing fish and crabs that cannot get out of its way, Barth said. last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prosecutors said the victim had a severed intestine, a torn stomach, lacerations on his liver and pancreas and numerous bruises. LANCASTER – A Palmdale ex-convict has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, who coroner officials said died from blunt force trauma to his abdomen. Ladrill Bogan, 33, is accused of murdering Jeremiah McKenney, who died Sept. 20 in a hospital where he was taken by authorities after a 911 call reporting a child not breathing at a Palmdale Boulevard motel where the family had been staying. A coroner official testified at a preliminary hearing Monday that the victim was either kicked or punched in the abdomen, prosecutors said. Bogan has pleaded not guilty to murder and assault on a child resulting in death. According to Bogan’s attorney, Bogan told investigators the boy was injured when he fell out of his car seat and hit his chest on the door frame of a sport utility vehicle as Bogan was getting ready to drive away from a friend’s home. last_img read more

first_imgDons score four goals in second half to roll to home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The way the Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team was dominating the ball, it was only a matter of time before the Dons would break the game open.Charles Payant finally broke the scoreless tie in the 38th minute, and the Dons poured on four goals in a 24-minute span of the second half to rout Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 5-0 in the Mid-State Soccer Conference opener for both teams on Monday at Griese Park.Nadim Torbey, Nick Malovrh, Tyler Fuerlinger, and Farid Torbey all scored in the second half for Columbus Catholic, which improves to 4-0 this season and earned its third-straight shutout.Evan Dieringer assisted on the final two goals, and Kellen Heinzen, Calvin Brown, and Nadim Torbey also had assists for the Dons.“Our possession was very good today,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “We needed to work on a little bit harder paced passes to hit that open man when we had the open spaces. We picked up our intensity in the second half.”Columbus is the defending Mid-State champion, and with the way it is playing defense, the Dons look poised to compete for the title again.The Dons did not allow a shot on goal in either of their two games at the Central Wisconsin Christian tournament on Saturday or on Monday against Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.“Our defense is pretty tough,” Edwards said. “We’ve got a lot of quick guys back there, a lot of height and muscle, guys that will shoulder someone off the ball, which is helpful.”Columbus plays at Northland Lutheran on Thursday in another MSSC game.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 5, Wolves 0Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0 0 – 0Columbus Catholic 1 4 – 5First half: 1. CC, Charles Payant (Kellen Heinzen), 37:21.Second half: 2. CC, Nadim Torbey (Calvin Brown), 57:54; 3. CC, Nick Malovrh (N. Torbey), 58:56; 4. CC, Tyler Fuerlinger (Evan Dieringer), 71:01; 5. CC, Farid Torbey (E. Dieringer), 81:14.Shots on goal: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0; Columbus Catholic 30.Corner kicks: WVL 0; CC 13.Saves: WVL, Ryan Zuelsdorff 25; CC, Bailey Keffer 0.Records: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0-1 overall and Mid-State Soccer Conference; Columbus Catholic 4-0, 1-0 MSSC.last_img read more

first_imgThe Thurston County (Washington) Sheriff’s Office said a mother, son and friend orchestrated a scheme to steal cash from a Thurston County Chevron. According to deputies, Ariq Cockerham, 21, walked into the Martin Way convenience store with a gun Sunday afternoon and handed the clerk a note demanding cash. The clerk was his own mother, Steffany Moustfa, 38, who was in on the plan.Moustfa handed her son the money, he ran out of the store, and got into a getaway car with Linda Harper, 37. “There was a person running out from behind the gas station and they were wearing a hoodie. I just reacted. I put my car in reverse and I began to follow the people. I saw them get into the car,” said Christopher Edwards. Edwards knew something was wrong, so… KIRO7 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more