Neil’s Cardiff club nears EPL promotion

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cuisiners lean on PH bowler, rule PBF-PIO Corp Cup event Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “This is a big opportunity for us and we can’t get ahead of ourselves,” said Etheridge, who was part of Fulham’s squad in the Premier League until 2014.With Etheridge starting on goal, Cardiff again proved resolute defensively as it picked up its 27th win of the season. The victory proved huge as Cardiff has lost three of its last six games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWolverhampton has clinched the division title and the first of two automatic promotion spots, while Cardiff can join them in the top flight next season with a win against Reading on Sunday.Cardiff needs to just match Fulham’s result against Birmingham to seal promotion. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player PLAY LIST 01:29Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player01:06Anti-US rally in Manila against attacks in Iraq00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Filipino international goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and Welsh club Cardiff City moved a step closer to promotion to English Premier League after a vital 2-0 away win over Hull City, 2-0, on Saturday in their English Championship clash.Cardiff got two goals from captain Sean Morrison to secure maximum points as it climbed back to second spot, a point ahead of Fulham with a match remaining in the 46-game season.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

Chinese Ebola Medical Team Arrives

first_imgA Chinese medical team comprising 160 military officers have arrived in Liberia to operate Ebola Treatment Units built at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex by their government as part of its contribution to tackling the Ebola disease, which has claimed over 5,000 lives in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.The 160 medical staffers include medics, experts, epidemiologists, doctors, nurses, engineers and technicians, and are the first batch of the total of 500 medical staffers, who are the elite medical squad of the People’s Liberation Army of China.The team, according to their head, Wang Yungui, are trained and well acquainted with the Ebola virus and have participated in some rescue missions around the world.Speaking to reporters during the welcoming ceremony at the SKD Sports Complex over the weekend, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, said the 500 medical staff will arrive in the country in three batches.Amb. Zhang: “We are building ETUs that will be operated and managed by China. They are solid and not mere tents as you can see, and we will use them to treat other diseases in the future even if Ebola is eradicated from here in Liberia.”He said the team will also train local health workers to be capacitated enough in fighting the disease.The Chinese diplomat put the cost of the ETU at around US$41 million, which he said is the highlight of China’s fourth batch of assistance totaling US$82 million to African countries for the fight against Ebola.He also assured everyone of China’s commitment to providing the three Ebola affected countries with 60 ambulances, 100 motorcycles, 10,000 healthcare kits, 150,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPEs).In addition to the mentioned logistical supplies, Amb. Zhang also said China will provide other urgently needed supplies such as hospital beds, pickup trucks, incinerators, etc, among which about US$4.9 million worth of materials will be allotted to Liberia.He recounted that in April, August and September, China sent three batches of emergency assistance worth more than US$40 million to countries affected by Ebola in West Africa.Furthermore, the ambassador recalled that on November 4 the China-Africa Development Fund donated US$450,000 special fund to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to help fight the virus.“Up to now, China’s total assistance to Africa has reached US$122 million, covering 13 African countries as well as international and regional organizations such as the UN, WHO and the AU,” he said. “It is the first time for China to carry out such a large-scale operation in its history of responding to global non-traditional security crises.”Specifically for Liberia, the Chinese Ambassador said his government has provided over US$50 million worth of assistance in cash and supplies since the first outbreak of Ebola epidemic.According to him, Chinese Embassy and companies in Liberia have also donated more than US$300,000 worth of materials to Liberian Government agencies, NGOs and communities to fight Ebola.He disclosed that China’s response to the crisis in affected countries does not only focus on treatment and training, but also on addressing both the symptoms and root causes.“In the fourth batch of assistance China does not only intensify anti-epidemic aid to the three Ebola stricken countries, but also endeavors to help the epidemic afflicted areas and other African countries to increase their institutional capacity building in public health security in post-Ebola year,” he stressed.The Chinese medical team was received by Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan who, with special emphasis, commended China for its tremendous assistance to Liberia prior to and during the Ebola crisis. He said China is a true friend that is here to stay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US$2.6B Funding Gap for Modernization of Liberia’s Road Network

first_imgMinister Gyude Moore said said a Road Fund Act will help to raise funds through the collection of road user feesPublic Works Minister William Gyude Moore hosted a stakeholders’ meeting last Friday, June 30, where he briefed partners on a US$2.6 billion funding gap for road reconstruction network in Monrovia.The well-attended meeting was held at the ministry’s conference hall, where the minister made a powerpoint presentation.Minister Moore told the gathering that after a study spanning many years, the Liberian government has finally decided to shift from asphalt road construction to concrete cement pavement for primary and secondary roads in the country. He explained that the Road Fund Act was created to institutionalize a culture of maintenance so that Liberia’s investments in roads are maintained.Minister Moore said the Road Fund Act will help to raise funds through the collection of road user fees. 60 percent of the funds will be reserved for road maintenance; and over time, under the Road Fund Act, maintenance of secondary and feeder roads will be managed by counties applying for project financing.He disclosed that some experiments have been carried out in Monrovia, including the concrete cement pavement of the Redemption Road behind the Barclay Military Training Center.Besides, Minister Moore cited the paved streets of Harper, Maryland, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh and Buchanan, Grand Bassa, as well as Mechlin Street in Monrovia, Montserrado County dating back to the 1950’s and 80’s. He reminded stakeholders that the concrete cement pavement is not as expensive as asphalt road construction, which is not only expensive, but is associated with too many maintenance costs as compared to the concrete pavement. He pointed out that the roadmap presented to the partners is part of a 20-year plan for the reconstruction of roads throughout the country.“I am of the strongest conviction that if this master plan is accepted and financially supported our country is on the way to socioeconomic progress to improve the lives of our citizens,” Minister Moore said.Across the nation for many decades, Minister Moore said, roads continue to create hardship for the majority of rural Liberians as a result of their deplorable conditions and the headache of the financial cost of maintenance.Meanwhile, in an interview with the Daily Observer, when asked whether there were inputs from the partners on the preparation of the roadmap, Minister Moore responded in the affirmative and added that a World Bank expert assisted the ministry.He disclosed that the MPW needs US$120 million for the construction of concrete pavement of the primary and secondary roads in the country. Minister Moore underscored the need for the future mobilization of funds through a trust fund to ensure accountability.He said the Road Trust Fund will be used to maintain feeder, primary and secondary roads in the country. Minister Moore clarified that if the National Legislature passes the Local Government Act, the maintenance of feeder roads would be carried out by county administrations across the country.Minister Moore said currently, Liberia’s rural access index is estimated at 41.9 percent, and that 2.3 million Liberians lack access to good roads. He stressed that Liberia’s long-term road network planning strives to advance inclusive growth by following development corridors identified by the country’s Agenda for Transformation designed to maximize agriculture value chains.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Theo Fleury to play for Bentley, TSN reports

first_imgA very interesting story this morning, suggests Theo Fleury may be taking another crack at the Allan Cup, this time with the Bentley Generals. is also reporting that Brain Sutter may be taking over behind the bench in Bentley. Read the article by clicking here. The Generals have defeated the Fort St. John Flyers in the past two MacKenzie cup championships, to earn births in the Allan Cup. Could a third straight matchup be in the cards this spring?- Advertisement –last_img

Spartans score 1-0 triumph

first_imgLA VERNE – In a pitchers’ duel marred by controversy, Damien High School beat visiting Covina 1-0 in a nonleague baseball game on Monday. In the bottom of the third inning of a scoreless game, the Spartans’ Matt Krause singled to left field. The ball took a strange bounce and got by left fielder Tyler Pill. It rolled to the fence and went under it. “We had no idea what to expect, but he’s (Garcia) probably our most talented pitcher.” Vasquez said. Adam Pittman was sent in to close out the game for the Spartans and went 12/3 innings. He gave up one hit and struck out two in earning the save. Covina’s best chance to score came after a leadoff triple by Steve Wilson. A pitch in the dirt then rolled up the third-base line, but he was tagged out to end the threat. “It’s hard to overcome mistakes. We made mistakes.” Root said. “This was a learning experience for us.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I didn’t see the play, I was watching the runner.” Damien coach Rich Vasquez said. Perhaps lost in the controversy was the performance of the pitchers. Covina sent out junior left-hander Justin Smith, who threw a complete-game, two-hitter. He also struck out four. “He mixed pitches up and spotted really well.” Root said. “He’s a competitor and is gonna do really well for us all year.” Damien used two pitchers to complete the shutout. Sophomore Mark Garcia made his first start at the varsity level, went 51/3 innings and allowed only five hits. center_img Pill put his hands up to signal dead ball, but the umpire apparently didn’t see the ball go under the fence and only saw the ball after it came back to the infield. Krause, meanwhile, kept running and scored the game’s lone run. “We were told if the ball goes under the fence it’s a dead ball.” Covina coach Scott Root said. “One bad call hurt us.” last_img read more

Easter’s unifying message one of renewal

first_imgWorshippers will climb hills for pre-dawn services. Families, some who attend church only on Easter, will line the walls after all the pews are filled. And even the most seasoned ministers will reach deep within themselves to explain the unearthly promise that is Easter. They will tell of the Good Friday crucifixion of Jesus. Of the Sunday discovery of his empty tomb, and the realization that he’s risen from the dead. For ministers who have prepared sermons like “Glory in an empty tomb,” it is a symbol of salvation – and of personal and worldly renewal. “My message for Easter Sunday is always a message of hope – that with the Lord Jesus Christ, there is always life, no matter how the world may seem, especially in this time of war,” said the Rev. Alden J. Sison of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Canoga Park, where 6,000 parishioners were expected for Easter services. “The Lord gives us peace.” At Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce, worshippers gathered Saturday for a pre-Easter service in the lair of a onetime bandit. “It’s not about the Easter bunny,” said Regina Tomas-Ozogu, 37, of Santa Clarita. “To me, it is really about rebirthing. It’s spring. Everything that is dead is now alive. “Easter shows people the essence of sacrifice.” And today, lilies will perfume church altars. The vesture of the saints will be doffed for rejoicing. Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus will be sung for joy. “When Jesus was martyred, essentially they assured that his truth would live forever,” said the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, pastor of Unity Church of the Valley, a metaphysical church in La Crescenta. “His truth was let loosed upon the world.” From bacon-and-egg breakfasts to Easter egg hunts, families will gather before and after services. At Unity Church, a 9-foot cross covered with carnations will attach blessings for all worshippers. At Our Savior’s First Lutheran, an organ will sound hymn No. 466, “Christ Has Arisen, Allelujah.” At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, members of the Philippine Independent Church will gather at dawn for a traditional Easter salubong, heralding the post-risen reunion of mother and son. During the ceremony, flower-adorned statues of Mary and Jesus meet face to face, accompanied by children dressed as angels. “Sorrow will turn to joy, having seen first the resurrected Son,” said the Rev. Gerry Engnan, pastor of Philippine Independent. “Easter represents hope, when darkness turns into the joyousness of the day. “We are bearers of God’s love in this world.” For some ministers, the Easter pulpit provides an opportunity to refute recent novels such as “The Da Vinci Code,” or documentaries as “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” which suggest Jesus was a man of this world. In his sermon, “The Greatest Epitaph,” the Rev. Dave Wilkinson will preach of the gravestone Jesus left behind. “You don’t often read epitaphs on a gravestone that says, `Nobody’s Home,”‘ said Wilkinson, pastor of Moorpark Presbyterian Church. “If there is an epitaph there, it’s not Jesus’. “Instead, what is buried there is death.” In his sermon, the Rev. Ken Craft will preach of Jesus’ true ascension into heaven – and a brand-new day for believers. “We all have a new day and don’t have to wallow in the past,” said Craft, pastor of Northbound Community Church in Thousand Oaks. “If he rose from the dead, it validates everything he did in life.” In his sermon, the Rev. Glenn Kirby won’t give a traditional Christ-has-risen sermon. Instead, he will ask “How Much is Enough?” “In our world, our culture is, `Do I have enough money, do I have enough possessions?’ … We always want more,” said Kirby, pastor at West Valley Christian Church of West Hills. “The idea is, we already have enough of what God gives us, what he will give us.” In his Easter message, Archbishop of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony speaks of the women followers of Jesus who bowed down at his empty tomb – and the virtue of humility. In his sermon, Bishop Gerald Wilkerson will speak of the need for us to rise from the earthly tombs of loneliness, despair, hatred and other ills. “Easter changed everything,” said Wilkerson, head of the San Fernando Valley Pastoral Region for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who will preside over the Easter Mass at St. Finbar Catholic Church in Burbank. “The tomb is open – but we must all walk out of the tomb ourselves. The Lord has knocked the tomb away.” dana.bartholomew (818) 713-3730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He is risen, we are forgiven. The Easter message, preached today from hilltops and pulpits throughout Los Angeles and around the world, hails the biblical resurrection of Jesus Christ. “It means that there is life after death, an eternity in heaven,” said the Rev. Craig Boehlke, pastor of Our Savior’s First Lutheran Church of Granada Hills. “Or” – for unbelievers – “an eternity in hell. “Without the resurrection, there is no hope. … If the tomb isn’t empty, we can all go home.” last_img


first_imgWell-known Letterkenny man Frank Larkin has been awarded a top position in Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland.Frank, a member of the Donegal Branch branch, was elected as National chairperson of the group at the National conference of the organisation in the Clarion Hotel in Sligo.The theme of the conference was “Positive life choices”. There were around 200 delegates from around the country at this very informative event which is the annual highlight of the events of the organisation. A peer support pilot project was also launched and this will be a huge undertaking by the organisation which it is planned to eventually roll out nationwide. FRANK GETS TOP JOB IN SPINA BIFIDA IRELAND was last modified: October 7th, 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:Frank LarkinSpina Bifidalast_img read more


first_imgA GARDA has told a murder trial jury how he apprehended the killer after the accused used a cash machine in Co Donegal.Mother-of-four Jean Teresa Quigley was found dead in her home in Cornshell Fields, Shantallow, Derry on Saturday July 26, 2008. The 30-year-old, who was 10 weeks’ pregnant, had been strangled.Stephen Cahoon of Harvey Street, Derry admits killing his ex-girlfriend but has pleaded not guilty to murder. The father-of-one went missing after her killing but was arrested in Donegal 10 days later, after using a bank machine there. The jury heard from Sergeant Desmond Sheridan of Ballyshannon Garda Station. He explained that in the days after Ms Quigley’s killing, gardaí were aware that Stephen Cahoon was a suspect.He said that on the evening of August 5 that year, he became aware that the accused had used an ATM that day in Donegal Town.He and a colleague searched the hotels, guest houses and bars in the town and eventually saw a man matching the suspect’s description on the street that evening.Sgt Sheridan approached the man, saying: ‘Hello Stephen’.“He appeared shocked,” recalled the sergeant, who said he then took out his garda badge.He said the man gave his name as Paul Moore and address as Strand Road, Galway. He had no identification on him and agreed to accompany the gardaí to the station to verify this.However, he came clean within seconds of getting into the patrol car.“I’m the man you’re looking for,” he said.He was later hospitalised after he told gardaí he had taken a number of paracetamol tablets, while two ties, tied together, were found in his jacket.The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of seven women and five men.GARDAI APPREHENDED KILLER AFTER HE USED CASH MACHINE was last modified: April 20th, 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)last_img read more


first_imgVIEWPOINT: BY MARK McCOLLUM, VOICE OF OLDER PEOPLE DONEGALOn this day, the 7th of February the feast of Blessed Eugenia Smet, the birthday of Charles Dickens and Eddie Izzard… and looking to the future, perhaps historically more of greater significance a day of revisions and Reconstruction re-balancing of fiscal to sovereign debt and of liquidation of banks, payment or non payment of promissory notes to ECB/IMF what a glorious day in the life of Ireland ….It’s all so much window dressing and appears to amount to no more than rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, all change but all remains the same…. and there is nothing like signing legislation onto the statute book at 3:30am in the bar of the Dail. With economists and political pundits clambering and salivating to inform us how ‘Positive and significant’ or ‘damming and detrimental’ (delete which every you deem the most appropriate) thids ‘bold’/ ‘misguided’ will be for the Country; what will it mean in reality for the average man or woman struggling to scrape a living on this rock… the stark reality is that despite all the headlines, rhetoric, alleged informed opinions, colum inches and air time devoted to this hastily contrived situation nothing will change for struggling people of Ireland… the situation was bad yesterday… and despite of the all night sittings of the Dail and Seanand… it is equally as bad today… and will be the same tomorrow… all change… but all remains the same…Our leaders have to get a grip on the reality of the situation for the average person trying to get by and do their best in these abysmal circumstances, they have to stop procrastinating and dithering and actually do what they are in power to do… lead and make decisive well thought through decisions for the benefit of everyone, now, and in the long term. It appears we are creating an unsustainable burden of debt that will now be passed to the next generation; is that the future we want for our children and grandchildren, shackled by the debt burden created by speculators and corruption.The reactionary improvised policies and ‘make it up as we go along’ of this arrogant and disconnected government has to stop, they have to reconnect with the people of the country and learn that the actions and decisions they make now will resonate long into the future, and history will be the judge of their leadership, wisdom or lack thereof.  VIEWPOINT: ‘THE LONGEST NIGHT…ALL CHANGE BUT ALL REMAINS THE SAME’ was last modified: February 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:VIEWPOINT: ‘THE LONGEST NIGHT…ALL CHANGE BUT ALL REMAINS THE SAME’last_img read more

Space explorer unveiled

first_imgPALMDALE – Northrop Grumman and Boeing unveiled Wednesday a spacecraft resembling the Apollo moon craft – only shorter, wider and more capable – as their entry in the competition to build NASA’s next manned spacecraft. The Northrop Grumman-Boeing team will vie with a team led by Lockheed Martin for the right to design and build the crew exploration vehicle, a spacecraft intended to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2012 and back to the moon by 2018. “Early on, we concluded that this modular, capsule-based approach would establish an ideal foundation for a successful, sustainable human and robotic space exploration program,” said Doug Young, program manager for the Northrop Grumman-Boeing CEV team. “It’s also a system that can be designed and built today using proven technologies, which will help maintain the nation’s leadership role in human space flight.” The three-section craft – consisting of the crew-carrying command module, a service module and a launch-abort system – could carry four astronauts to the moon’s surface, instead of two as the Apollo capsules did in the 1960s and 1970s. The proposed spacecraft would be a little more than 32 feet long and 18 feet wide, compared to Apollo’s length of just more than 36 feet and a width of just less than 13 feet. The spacecraft will be produced as both a manned system and as an unmanned, cargo-carrying vehicle that would supply the International Space Station. Team officials described their concept as “simple, safe and soon.” In addition to carrying more astronauts, the new spacecraft will offer other improvements over Apollo, according to Leonard Nicholson, the team’s deputy program manager. For example, the spacecraft will carry more fuel and will have more maneuvering capability, allowing it to support missions to any site on the moon rather than just sites in the moon’s equator. The greater maneuverability also provides for a wider range of emergency returns to Earth. The spacecraft would be able to orbit the moon for up to six months while its crew is on the moon’s surface. Astronauts and ground controllers would be able to communicate with the spacecraft and monitor its “vital signs” remotely. During the Apollo missions, one astronaut stayed in orbit while the lunar lander carrying two astronauts descended to the moon. “The CEV we plan to build will benefit not so much from a single, technical breakthrough but rather from evolutionary improvements in structural technologies, electronics, avionics, thermal-management systems, software and integrated system-health-management systems over the past 40 years,” Nicholson said. Like Apollo, the space capsule would parachute back to Earth, though on land, rather than into oceans like the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules. In its conceptual video on the program, NASA depicts a landing at Edwards Air Force Base. How the capsule would make that soft landing is yet to be determined. It could be with the use of airbags or with rockets. The Soviet Union, and now Russia, parachutes its capsules on land. Initial work for the competition is being conducted in El Segundo. It is too early to state where work would be done if the team is successful in winning the contract, said Northrop Grumman spokesman Brooks McKinney. Both Northrop Grumman and Boeing have operations at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. At the urging of George and Sharon Runner, the Antelope Valley’s husband-and-wife state legislators, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered the creation of a high-level team to look for ways to lure work on the program to California. The Runners envision the team working to clear away bureaucratic hurdles, actively promote California’s advantages to aerospace companies, and evaluate whether specific policy changes are necessary. The Runners believe that Air Force Plant 42, where the nation’s space shuttle fleet was built, could handle work on the crew exploration vehicle. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more