Team Yellow tames Blue in PVL All-Star

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Team Yellow repulsed Blue’s rally in the decider as it hacked out a 25-16, 20-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9 decision in the Premier Volleyball League All-Star Game Sunday night.League organizer Sports Vision and ABS CBN’s S+A Channel put up the exhibition game, including the women’s All Star being played at presstime, to highlight the PVL’s successful inaugural season and raise funds for the Hero Foundation.ADVERTISEMENT 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “The Hero Foundation is thankful. I am an enlisted personnel and we are really thankful to the PVL because this will really help the families of soldiers,” said Team Yellow coach and staff sergeant Vhyl Verayo of Air Force Special Services Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Swimmer Taguinod heads PSC-Batang Pinoy prized finds View commentslast_img read more

Govt needs to provide clarity on oil and gas sector – Jagdeo

first_img…as it could create unsettling environment for Private Sector developmentGovernment’s failure to establish a framework for the predictable oil and gas sector has not gone unnoticed. In fact, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said with the continued absence of such a framework for this sector, it should be a major cause for concern.Jagdeo speaking at the Commissioning of Mohamed’s Enterprise Laydown Facility on Sunday said this framework for which Government had promised to work on, includes an independent petroleum commission, a Sovereign Wealth Fund, auctioning of future oil blocks and also Local Content Legislation.The former President said he thinks the whole country is crying out for clarity on several issues regarding this sector. He also feels Government has to take the lead to provide an environment that will be predictable and conducive to investment from local and international companies.“All I’m doing is making a case to plea for more investments of this nature…that we have greater clarity in defining the framework within which we are going to develop this industry because that is essential for ordinary Guyanese. They need a clear vision of how they will benefit from this, as well as our business community,” he stated.In making reference to the controversy surrounding the ExxonMobil contract, he said assuming that it is a done deal, Government has said future contracts will not share or enjoy the same terms that was concluded in that deal with the United States (US) oil major.“So, almost two years down the road, we are yet to see a framework that will define what future contracts would look like. What is it that ExxonMobil got that future investors will not, and what they did not get that we may want to give?” he questioned.Further, Jagdeo said in the absence of that information, not only could it affect investments here, but people coming to negotiate new deals now, “they will cry out for that clarity because they are unsure of what future negotiations would be like.”Another important issue that needs greater clarity is how the role and function of the Energy Department differs from that of the Petroleum Commission.“What are the Terms of Reference for the Energy Department versus the Commission? And would there be an overlap? Would one just be policy making, and the other be the functional, technical arm for oil and gas dealers? Or would the Energy Department have an operational role? I hope that they will bring some clarity to this too,” Jagdeo added.UnsettlingSpeaking to another issue, Jagdeo said there were talks that Government is preparing to invest in shore-based facilities. It was touted that there would be an investment just North of the Berbice River Bridge, and at other times, there were talks about other locations.According him, investors would need clarity on whether Government will take shares or be co-owners of shore-based facilities in the future.He said, “If the Government decides to do this, this might be to the exclusion of the Private Sector and if it does, where it could be located… because the worst thing that could happen is if that is located elsewhere and leave all these investments stranded that are being made here in the Demerara River.”The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary also made reference to Government’s failure to establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund. He said there is need for clarity on how it will be managed, shielding it from political control and the use of the resources.Importantly also is the establishing of a Local Content Policy for the sector. Jagdeo said although President David Granger has promised that his Government will put forward legislation in relation to this soon, he said it would be worthwhile to know about the nature of the legislation.“How much premium will it give to Guyanese investments and how will it define Guyanese investments? What position will we give if we do to regional investors… that are important too, particularly from Government,” he further added.Jagdeo said although there have been discussions surrounding plans for the remaining oil blocks; Government still needs to state its own position. “Are we going to be bidding or are we negotiate on the first come first serve basis when it comes the oil blocks?”Most importantly, however, the Opposition Leader said clarity is needed on taxes for the oil and gas sector. Having met with several people in the local business community, Jagdeo said there seems to be some new interpretation of what are the tax laws in that regard.“And if we don’t have clarity about that, then you create an unsettling environment for Private Sector development… Because again there is not that element of predictability.”Jagdeo said too that while the PPP feels that Government must make use of the opportunity of the oil industry to improve Guyana and its people, it must not be forgotten that oil is a wasting resource and it has a finite life. He said Government must also bear in mind that a plan for the future is needed.last_img read more

Lyme disease-immune lizards stem spread of illness in area

first_imgeye rash, often causes fever, aching and fatigue if left untreated with antibiotics, and can progress to neurologic symptoms and chronic arthritis within weeks or years. Adolescent ticks, called nymphs, are also carriers of Lyme disease. Though the poppy-seed-size critters seem to have a strong predilection for feasting on lizards, Lane said, they also latch onto grey squirrels and, at times, humans. “They tend to occur in leaf litter in woodlands, and sometimes they tend to get on wood or logs,” he said. “Sitting on a log, gathering wood for a fire … in some areas that kind of behavior can be very high risk.” Nymphs are active in spring and summer. West Coasters, fortunately, are less likely to encounter either nymphs or adults than Northeasterners, who are more likely to live surrounded by the undeveloped land ticks favor, Lane said. In fact, it is that difference, he said, which causes much of the disparity between West Coast and East Coast Lyme disease rates. According to the county health department report, the majority of local cases are contracted outside the county. “It’s not our worst thing in the wild. There are rattlesnakes and poison oak. You need to be careful of that, too,” Long said. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALTADENA – Each late fall to early spring is tick season, when the tiny adult arachnids emerge on cool days to fill their bellies with blood. Crawling to the end of branches and grasses, the ticks wait with front arms outstretched to latch onto passing animals. Their bite can be irritating or painful, but more worrisome are the diseases they carry. Of those, the most common is Lyme disease, which in the West is carried by the black- legged tick. In Connecticut, where Lyme disease was first discovered three decades ago, one of every 2,500 people caught it in 2003, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health report. In Los Angeles County, though, the illness only reaches about one in every 2million residents each year. One cause for the disparity? Lizards. In 1998, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists discovered that Western fence lizards, also known as blue-bellies, were immune to the spiral-shaped bacterium that causes Lyme disease. What’s more, they transferred their immunity to the juvenile ticks that feasted on their blood. These medium-size, grayish lizards with a complicated pattern of dark stripes and chevrons on their backs and their famous blue undersides “are one of our most abundant lizards,” said Mickey Long, natural areas administrator for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. As a result, less than 5 percent of black-legged adult ticks carry the disease in the Western United States, said Robert Lane, one of the Berkeley entomologists who first drew the connection between the lizards and Lyme disease. By comparison, in the Northeastern United States about 50percent of adult deer ticks, the Eastern carrier of the disease, contain the offending bacterium, according to the Los Angeles County Health Department. The difference is significant. The disease, which usually starts as an expanding bull’s- last_img read more

Mungara takes third Gold Coast marathon title

first_img0Shares0000Kenneth Mungara wins the 2016 Gold Coast marathon. PHOTO/IAAFGOLD COAST, Australia, Jul 1 – Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara, 44, took his third win in four appearances at the IAAF Gold Label race, and Ruth Chebitok not only garnered the first win by a Kenyan woman but also took down the race record.Having won in 2015 and 2016 (the former in an Australian all-comers’ record of 2:08:42), Mungara was denied a hat-trick last year when Japan’s Takuya Noguchi sped by late in the race to win by five seconds. A final spurt from another Japanese runner, Kenta Murayama, almost thwarted the 44-year-old Mungara again this year, but this time he held off the desperate late charge to win by a second in 2:09:49.Murayama’s 2:09:50 was a personal best by more than seven minutes and a performance more in line with his 27:39 and 1:00:50 credentials for the 10,000m and half-marathon respectively.Denied the win this year, Japanese runners took the next three places. Behind Murayama came another big improver in Jo Fukuda, whose 2:09:52 was more than five minutes faster than his previous best, while defending champion Noguchi finished fourth in 2:10:15.Despite several strong contenders in recent years, no Kenyan woman had won on the Gold Coast in the previous 39 editions of the race.That seemed likely to change on paper this year, the two fastest in the field being Agnes Jeruto Kiprotich (also known as Agnes Barsosio) at 2:20:59 and Chebitok at 2:25:47.-Trengove drop offIt proved to be the case on the road, too, as the two Kenyans and Australia’s Jess Trengove led from the start, racing through half way in 1:12:17 and still together approaching 25 kilometres, where Trengove dropped off a few seconds.Chebitok sustained her pace pretty well all the way to the finish, crossing the line in 2:24:49, taking 45 seconds off the race record set by Abelech Afework last year. It was the third race record in as many years as the elite women’s field continues to be strengthened race on race.Trengove took second place in 2:26:31, a 30-second improvement on the personal best 2:27:01 she ran in the 2017 London Marathon. Barsosio, second at 30 kilometres, lost three minutes to the winner from that point, struggling home in third place in 2:27:46.The marathon and the associated half-marathon incorporated the Oceania Road Championships. Trengove won the women’s marathon championship from Celia Sullohern (fifth in 2:30:19) and Alice Mason (10th, 2:43:47).-Mungara prevails in three-man sprintOnce again, the Gold Coast course produced a close finish in the men’s race.Mungara won by 12 seconds in his race record year of 2015, beat Yuki Kawauchi by just one second the following year and lost by five seconds to Noguchi last year.Mungara and Murayama had dashed 19 seconds clear of Fukuda and Noguchi at 35 kilometres, but Fukuda had clawed his way back to the two leaders by 40 kilometres.There was little change as they dashed south along the Gold Coast Highway to the finish, Mungara establishing a break, albeit not a decisive one.Turning into the parkland finish, Mungara was clear and he held off Murayma’s late charge to take the win, 2:09:49 to 2:09:50. The gallant Fukuda was two seconds further back in third place.Crowd favourite Kawauchi, making his seventh straight appearance in the Gold Coast race, was off the leading pace by 15 kilometres and finished ninth in 2:14:51. He has a first, a second, two thirds and a fourth in the race.-Pace slowedAfter a first five kilometres in just on 15 minutes, the pace slowed a little as the leading pack went through half way in 1:04:20. The pace slowed again to 35 kilometres and the 35 to 40-kilometre split was the slowest of the race.Chebitok slowed at the same point in the women’s race (17:07 30 to 35 kilometres and 17:29 35-40), but by that point she had the win in her keeping, with a margin of 1:26 to Trengove who, in turn, was almost 50 seconds ahead of Kiprotich.The winning time was a personal best for the 27-year-old Chebitok, who won the Barcelona Marathon earlier this year in her previous best of 2:25:49.After dropping back at 25 kilometres, Trengove fought back to catch Kiprotich just before 35 kilometres and the top three places did not change from that point on.In recent years, the nine fastest marathons run on Australian soil have all come on the Gold Coast. Now it is the women who are re-writing the all-comers’ list.Chebitok’s 2:24:49 replaced Afework’s previous race record as the fourth-fastest women’s marathon ever run on Australian soil.The only faster marathon remains the Sydney Olympic race won by Japan’s Naoko Takahashi in 2:23:14, from Lidia Simon of Romania, 2:23:22, and Kenya’s Joyce Chepchumba, 2:24:45.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Campground told to obey by EPA

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACTON – The owner of an Acton recreational-vehicle park and campground was ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove structures that divert the flow of the Santa Clara River to form a swimming area and to restore a section of the environmentally sensitive waterway. Young Song, owner of the Robin’s Nest Campground in Soledad Canyon, face fines and prosecution if he does not remove structures that diverted the flow of Southern California’s last wild river, according to a press release from the EPA. He also must restore wetlands that were cleared and graded near the headwaters of the river that flows to the Pacific at Oxnard. Young did not return a call seeking comment. The orders followed an investigation initially conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles, which wants to protect the river, particularly the headwaters because the location provides a high-quality habitat for an endangered fish, the inch-long unarmored threespine stickleback. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The Santa Clara River is a very important resource, and this particular location is home to large populations of an endangered species,” said Josh Burnam, a senior regulatory project manager with the corps’ Los Angeles District. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Fish and Game and the state Regional Water Quality Control Board informed Young in 2003 of permit requirements for grading wetlands in relation to his plan to grade the wetlands and dam the river to create a swimming pool, according to the EPA statement. In May 2005, after learning from a local resident that large-scale earth-moving activities were under way, the Corps of Engineers ordered Young to stop filling the river without the required Clean Water Act permit. A recent inspection by EPA and the Corps of Engineers representatives found about 2.2 acres of the river and surrounding wetlands had been filled with water, compromising the flow, the EPA report said. “Unauthorized filling of wetlands and damming of open waters can have serious environmental consequences,” said Alexis Strauss, water division director for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. “The Santa Clara River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in Southern California.” last_img read more

Man knocked out pensioner after row over ‘bottom feel’ in takeaway

first_imgA young man felt a pensioner’s bottom in a chip-shop and then knocked him unconscious when the elderly man reacted.Kevin Crawford knocked Patrick Deeney unconscious with just one punch during the altercation at the Chicken Corner Takeaway in Buncrana. Terrified friends of Mr Deeney tried to revive him and told his attacker “You f***ing killed him.”Crawford, now 22, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with assaulting causing harm to pensioner Patrick ‘Pa’ Deeney, now 67.The court was shown graphic CCTV footage of the attack which took place in the early hours of April 26th, 2014.The footage showed Crawford initially touching a woman on the bottom as she was leaving the takeaway before she lashed out at him and leaves the premises.He then stands beside Mr Deeney who was out with his son-in-law and friends celebrating the christening of his grandson which was due to take place the following day.Crawford, of Burdwood, Buncrana is then seen touching Mr Deeney on the bottom before the 65 year old lashes out with an elbow to Crawford as he queued for food.The accused reacts by punching Deeney in the face sending him sprawling backwards and out cold on the floor of the chip shop.Friends of Mr Deeney, of Castle Avenue, Buncrana, rushed to his aid as blood streamed from his nose and mouth.The court heard how one of Mr Deeney’s friends said “You’ve f***ing killed him.”A number of people, including Crawford rushed to call the emergency services and was rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital by ambulance.In his statement, Mr Deeney said Crawford’s behaviour was aggressive and intimidatory in a sexual way.He also revealed how he had been operated on five times in his rectumin hospital and almost became incontinent before being “poked” in thebackside by Crawford on the night.Barrister for Crawford, Peter Nolan, denied his client poked Mr Deeneyin his anus but used a ‘cupped hand’ on just one occasion.He added that everyone was in good form and there was genuine bantergoing on about Donegal beating Mayo in the All-Ireland GAA Final.Shay Kinsella, the son-in-law of Mr Deeney said he thought Crawfordhad killed his wife’s father.He told Crawford that he had killed Mr Deeney as he stood over him.He told the court that Crawford then said to him “He had it coming, hedeserved it.”The trial continues tomorrow.Man knocked out pensioner after row over ‘bottom feel’ in takeaway was last modified: December 9th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultbuncranaChicken Cornerdonegallast_img read more

Ndejje hold Villa to reignite survival hopes

first_img Tags: Bashir MutandaDouglas BamweyanaNdejje University FCSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop Ndejje are still three points away from saftey (file photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier League SC Villa 0-0 Ndejje University FC Mandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 16-04-2019NAMBOOLE – Ndejje University will live to fight another day as they can still stay in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.The University side who have spent most of their season in the relegation zone, held SC Villa to a 0-0 draw to stay with three points off the record league champions.Knowing that victory would all but seal their participation in the league next season, Villa attacked the visitors throughout the game but failed to find the net.The Jogoos will feel hard done by referee William Oloya who denied them what looked to be a clear penalty as a Ndejje defender stopped Charles Lwanga’s goal bound shot, using his arm while in the area.Despite the penalty claim, the Jogoos will have them selves to blame for not taking all three points that would have seen them put day light between them and Ndejje going into the last two games.Top scorer and substitute Bashir Mutanda had two chances to usher his side in front but could not beat Derrick Mukule.Mutanda had two chances to score after coming on.Mukule also kept out Pius Wangi’s effort before clearing off his line with his header after an attempted clearance deflected off Villa midfielder Ambrose Kirya.Joseph Ssemujju’s effort was also blocked by Stephen Akena and the attacker also later, deliberately chose not to shoot with a goal at his mercy later on.The visitors who played cautiously, had Noel Nasasira fire right at the keeper in one of the few occasions they had a sniff at Villa’s goal.Their best chance fell to Anwar Ntege who drove inside from the left flank but his shot, from a tight angle, rattled onto the side net.“We had about eight good chances but failed to win it, said Villa head coach Douglas Bamweyana.“We still have two games at home and will look to rectify our errors so as we retain our top tier status.The result means Villa move onto 28 points while Ndejje now have 25 with three more games to play.Next for Villa is a trip away to Maroons before hosting Tooro United and Nyamityobora FC.For Ndejje, they take on both KCCA FC and Onduparaka at home while they also face a trip to Kirinya JSS.The other StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played on Tuesday:-Kirinya JSS 2-0 Paidha Black AngelsComments last_img read more

Redwoods downs Napa Valley in OT, punches ticket to Kris Kringle championship

first_imgMen’s junior college basketball: Redwoods 94 Napa Valley 88 (OT)Drew Gillette made a layup as regulation time expired to force overtime, Zac Claus led the way for the Corsairs with 21 points and the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team clinched a berth in the championship-round of the Kris Kringle Tournament with a 94-88 win over Napa Valley, Friday night at Santa Rosa Junior College.Down five points with 15 seconds to play Claus connected on a 3-pointer to set up Gillette’s …last_img

HP sets empowerment precedent

first_img3 September 2007Hewlett Packard (HP) has become the first company in South Africa to make use of an equity-equivalent project as part of its contribution to black economic empowerment (BEE), announcing plans to set up a training institute for employees and graduates.The equity-equivalent option offers mainly international companies operating in South Africa a means of contributing to local empowerment without having to sell shares.The company will set up the HP Business Institute (HPBI), an enterprise and skills development programme aimed at fostering scarce and critical skills among graduates and employees in small businesses in the information communication technology (ICT) sector.The announcement followed a meeting between President Thabo Mbeki and his advisory panel on ICT last month.HP South Africa chief executive Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe said in a statement last week that the company was committed to transformation in South Africa, and had to date invested over R150-million in broad-based BEE initiatives.“Through HPBI, the company will continue to contribute to our country’s economic growth by creating new jobs and opportunities for SMEs and ICT professionals, as well as addressing the skills shortages in critical areas,” she said.According to HP, the programme is designed to train 1 800 students over the next six-and-a-half years, with skills being delivered to existing BEE-compliant small and medium enterprises, enabling those companies to break through into the more sustainable high-end of the ICT industry.“The HPBI initiative is aligned with the Department of Communication’s national e-skills strategy, which aims to address the ICT skills requirements for the sector,” Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said.The company will identify individuals who will be placed in short-term skills programmes and one-year learnerships, equipping them with the necessary ICT skills, thereby helping create employment and reducing the skills gap in the sector. The first intake of graduates at the institute is scheduled for February 2008.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa hailed the country’s first-ever equity-equivalent project, stating that it was “another significant milestone” in the country’s transformation process.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Luxury Make Up Artists Soft Toweling Velcro Fixing Headband, Excellent purchase

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