Japan shakes off slow start, grounds Thailand to top Pool F

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ ROS roster shakeup ‘hard to accept at first,’ admits Belga 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 MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sarina Koga waxed hot for Japan and put up a game-high 26 points while Risa Shinnabe and Mai Okumura added 16 and 12 points, respectively.It was a tale of offense and defense for the two teams as Japan owned the attacking department with a 66-55 advantage in scoring spikes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Thailand, though, had Japan’s number in the defensive end scoring 17 blocks while the Japanese managed to score on just eight.The Thais awarded 18 free points to Japan, but none bigger than their last two that happened in the final sequence of the match that awarded Japan the victory. Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan shrugged off a first set setback to trip Thailand in four sets, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 26-24, in the qualification stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Japanese are now atop Pool F with a 3-0 record while Thailand is at close second with a 2-1 mark.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Moksri Chatchu-on led Thailand with 20 points while Kongyot Ajcharaporn added 19.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbatelast_img read more

Heritage Month proposals to be submitted by May 27

first_imgAhead of Amerindian Heritage Month, annually observed in September, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry has published a request for proposals to be submitted for activities for the month-long celebration, as well as a theme.According to the Ministry’s Communications Officer, Alethea Grant, the proposals must be sent in before May 27. She noted the importance of the public’s participation in proposing not only the activities for the celebrations, but the theme as well.Grant told Guyana Times, “We are meeting as a committee and we are still in planning mode. We hope to get new and vibrant ideas for this year’s Heritage celebrations.”The outstanding proposals submitted will be featured in this year’s Heritage activities. The call for proposals is nothing new to this Ministry since Grant said it usually did this every year.Persons seeking to submit their proposals can do so by clearly labelling their packages “Heritage 2018” before dropping them off at the Ministry’s 251-252 Thomas and Quamina Streets, Georgetown office.The Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry launched the annual Heritage Festival at the Umana Yana, in Georgetown last year, under the theme “Guyana’s first peoples; sustaining a rich cultural environment”. The launch was done in the spirit of International Day of World Indigenous Peoples.It saw the participation of all six ethnic groups at its many activities.Amerindian Heritage Month grew out of the commemoration of the day Stephen Campbell became Guyana’s first Amerindian Member of Parliament on September 10, 1957. On September 10, 1995, then President Cheddi Jagan officially designated September Amerindian Heritage Month.The official opening of Amerindian Heritage Month celebrations usually takes place at the Umana Yana on the first day of September. Every year a Heritage Village is selected, which becomes the focus of festivities.last_img read more

Another weekend, another test for the Pups

first_imgAll of that is what makes this weekend so fascinating. The Huskies now head out on the road on Saturday to face perhaps the best team in the league in the early going. The Peace River Navigators are loaded. They were a young team last year when they hosted Provincials and that young team is maturing quickly into a force in this league. They are right up there with Whitecourt as the team to beat in the NWJHL at this point. And the Huskies know it. How will they respond to the events of last weekend? Will there new found determination help them focus? Will they execute their game plan? Will they stay positive when a bounce or a call goes against them? We will get the answers to those questions and more Saturday night live on Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca starting with the pregame show at 7:45pm. I think we all knew that the Huskies record wasn’t a true reflection of their season so far. They hadn’t really played well for a full 60 minutes and had beaten up on some weaker teams on home ice. The North Peace Arena is a tough place for opposing teams to win especially if those teams are from the lower half of the table. The Pups weren’t great in Dawson Creek either and if it wasn’t for a little luck and some great goaltending from Ty Gullickson they may never have walked out of the DC Memorial Arena with two points. So when the Whitecourt Wolverines bus pulled into the NPA parking lot it was almost as if the Huskies season was really about to start. Except it didn’t. The Huskies never really showed up. It was far too easy for Whitecourt to impose themselves on the game and their defense, which may be their weakness, was never tested. They rarely had to retreet into their own zone to retrieve pucks and when they did they almost never got hit. Too many Huskies were trying to do too much on their own. It was a very poor outing. Sure, the reffing wasn’t good. Heck you could say it was downright awful. But that’s not why the Huskies lost and they knew it.- Advertisement – That’s why the effort on Sunday was much better. They managed to execute the game plan a little more. They hit some people and they didn’t hang their heads when bounces went against them. They even had some scoring chances that they maybe should have burried and it would have been a different game. But it wasn’t as bad as 5-2 might suggest. There were signs. Signs that the Pups had changed their attitude a little. Signs that the team was starting to really buy into the game plan and signs that the team now knew what it needed to do to compete with the top teams in the league.center_img Oh and this weekend, that will help us figure out just who this team is, doesn’t end on Saturday. Fort St John is back on home ice on Sunday to take on the Grande Prairie Wheelers. The team that knocked the Pups out of last season’s playoffs. They sport the league’s top scorer at the moment as well as perhaps the league’s best puck stopper. Talk about a test. Peace River and then Grande Prairie. And I thought last weekend was important. By Monday morning we should really know just who these Huskies are and what they are made of.last_img read more

Tottenham didn’t deserve 4-1 Manchester City defeat, insists Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is determined to take positives out of his side’s 4-1 loss at the hands of Manchester City.Spurs put in a decent showing at the Etihad Stadium but a mixture of individual errors and the sublime skills of Sergio Aguero saw them well beaten.And Pochettino wants to concentrate on the good rather than the bad after a demoralising defeat.He said: “I’m disappointed with the result because [losing] 4-1 is too much but I think we need to take some positive things from the game. We created chances but we conceded three penalties.“We had the possibility to score [and make it 2-2] it was a big save from the Manchester City goalkeeper [Joe Hart] and we were in the game but in the end the result was 4-1 and it didn’t reflect the game.”last_img read more

Apartment blast in NY’s Harlem leaves 20 hurt

first_imgBy Adam Goldman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – An apparent gas leak caused a Manhattan apartment building to explode, injuring 20 people, four of them children who were critically burned, officials said. The explosion blew out some of the 20-unit building’s walls just after 4 p.m. in upper Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood, witnesses said. Residents said they heard the explosion blocks away, then screams. The local utility, Consolidated Edison, had no immediate evidence of a leak, but investigators were waiting until the building was stabilized before going into the apartment where the explosion occurred, spokeswoman D. Joy Faber said. Some residents said one apartment was operating as an illegal restaurant, cooking and selling takeout food to taxi drivers. City officials said they had no evidence of an illegal business in the building. The building and those on both sides of it were evacuated.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It does appear to be a gas leak explosion that then causes a flash fire,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. The injured included five people with serious burns, including the children, officials said. The others injured were in stable condition, fire officials said. A firefighter was hurt by falling debris when he entered the first floor of the five-story building, Scoppetta said. In the aftermath, firefighters tossed pieces of drywall in a pile outside the building, while the injured were treated in stretchers on the street. last_img read more

Water district extends PR pact

first_imgCERRITOS – Four board members of a regional water district have extended a contract up to $7,500 per month for public relations with Cerrell and Associates without consulting their own staff. The board of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California voted 4-1 Wednesday to approve the contract retroactive to Dec. 1, 2005, through June 30. The same company and its employees made campaign contributions totaling $1,500 in 2004 to the four board members who voted for the contract, according to campaign finance records filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. Director Pat Acosta, the lone “no” vote, received no contributions. Board President Willard Murray said all the board was doing was keeping the company working with the district. “It’s an extension of a prior contract,” Murray said. “We’re anticipating a change in the scope of work. We’re still working all of that out.” Acosta questioned why the board was approving a contract for a company that hadn’t been evaluated by the staff and didn’t have a plan. “We’re voting on a contract that has no scope of work,” Acosta said. “I don’t know what it is,” she said. “I don’t understand why everything is so hidden. This is favoritism being done here. Is this the way we’re going to conduct our business?” Director Norm Ryan said the district won’t spend any money unless Cerrell actually does some work. For example, no work was done in December so the district won’t be billed for anything in that month, Ryan said. Cerrell and Associates during the last year has helped the district with its newsletter and set up meetings with local city council members. “Cerrell is very good at getting people to sit in the room with us,” Ryan said. Robb Whitaker, the district’s general manager, said the contract extension wasn’t brought to staff for consideration. However, with the vote, the staff will review how Cerrell and Associates could help the district, Whitaker said. “I don’t think we’ll have needs equal to $7,500 a month,” he said. “We know we have needs we can’t meet with our current resources.” Cerrell and Associates was founded in 1966 by political consultant Joe Cerrell and is a public affairs consulting company mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want 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

ERRIGAL COLLEGE STUDENTS DELIGHTED AFTER TOP FINISH IN BUILD-A-BANK COMPETITION

first_imgErrigal College students are celebrating after being placed second in National Final of Build A Bank 2013.A group of six Transition Year students attended the National Final in the RDS yesterday, competing against 24 other schools from around the country.The team was judged by the top executives from AIB head quarters in Dublin. The students received €1,500 euro one for all vouchers and the school landed itself with an interactive white board.This is the second time for Errigal college to be placed 2nd. Errigal college is participating in the build a bank for six years reaching the National final five years in a row!This is another massive achievement for the Business Department who has been very successful this year. Business teachers Danny Mc Fadden and Deirdre Logue are delighted with how the students performed on the day.“They were a credit to themselves and there family and the school,” said Danny. “Errigal college would like to acknowledge AIB branch in Letterkenny for all their support to our students in the build a bank, and in particular student officer Rosie Cassidy and Rachel Mc Namara.” ERRIGAL COLLEGE STUDENTS DELIGHTED AFTER TOP FINISH IN BUILD-A-BANK COMPETITION was last modified: April 18th, 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:ERRIGAL COLLEGE STUDENTS DELIGHTED AFTER TOP FINISH IN BUILD-A-BANK COMPETITIONlast_img read more

County gets fed cash for flu prep

first_img At a recent state legislative hearing on preparations, officials with the Bureau of State Audits testified that two key emergency plans to combat infectious disease – the Disaster Medical Response and Medical Mutual Aid plans – had not been updated in 10 to 20 years. As part of preparations, Fielding said the county has increased its lab capacity, is testing for the virus, working with doctors and hospitals on what symptoms to look for and preparing plans to distribute vaccines and anti-viral medications. The government also has been stockpiling antiviral medications Tamiflu and Relenza, Fielding said. In an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, officials are also working on plans to notify the public if the virus arrives in the U.S. and begins to spread person-to-person. “I say slow the spread because we don’t believe it will be possible to stop it once it gets started,” Fielding said. Fielding said officials may want to close schools, advise businesses on contingency plans in case large numbers of employees are sick and look to other agencies such as the American Red Cross to provide facilities for people who don’t need hospital-level care. Fielding said officials are also exploring what can be done to reduce the risk of complications from the flu, including the use of a pneumococcal vaccine. “It’s already recommended for the elderly,” Fielding said. “We want to make sure they have it and that other vulnerable populations have received it, particularly if we don’t have other specific vaccines available.” A county health report earlier this month noted that a survey last year of 70 hospitals in the county found 67 percent do not have pandemic flu response plans and only 32 percent have vaccination plans. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County is expected to get $2.9 million today as part of the first phase of federal funding to help prepare for the avian flu, which experts say could hit the United States as early as this summer. The funds are part of an agreement for an initial $6.7 million statewide, expected to be signed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt at a Los Angeles summit of state, county, business, education and health officials to discuss pandemic preparations. The virus has killed tens of thousands of birds and has spread rapidly throughout Asia, Eastern Europe and parts of Africa. While no cases have been reported in the U.S. and the virus is not known to spread among humans, health officials worry it could mutate, launching a worldwide epidemic. Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said health experts would not be surprised to see birds carrying the virus arriving in the United States in the next few months because the nation is along spring migratory routes. U.S. officials are now testing thousands of birds in the Pacific and Atlantic flyways. “It wouldn’t be a surprise to see some of our chickens come down with this in the near future because it has spread to a number of other continents and many countries and there is a feeling among many experts that it’s just a matter of time before we have some infected fowl in the United States,” Fielding said. If it became contagious among humans, experts say, it could kill as many 180,000 people in California and infect up to 35 percent of the state’s population. “There has been a genetic shift in the virus,” Fielding said. “It’s different than what we first saw. It has infected some mammals. We in the health department have to assume we’re going to wind up with a pandemic. We have to make that assumption. Our job is to work to protect everybody.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventlast_img read more

FIXING WADERS, PRAMS AND EXERCISE BALLS – ALL IN A DAY’S WORK AT DONEGAL GARAGE

first_imgFOR most people it’s somewhere to get new tyres or repair a puncture.For other it’s a place to check the wheels and get some air. But for Paul Gallagher and his team at Ulster Tyres, they’re seeing an increase in some more unusual requests!And among the items in for fixing in recent days include new tyres for a pram, a leak repair on a pair of fisherman’s waders – and even a puncture repair for an exercise ball.“We do all sorts,” said Paul from Clonmany, who runs the premises on the Port Road in Letterkenny.“We would have a few regular customers with prams who do an awful lot of running and need tyres replaced. It’s just like any other tyre repair job, except it’s a pram! “But we do get more unusual requests. We’ve repaired waders for a fisherman recently.“And last week we had a pregnant lady whose exercise ball had a puncture. A quick repair and some air and it was as good as new!” FIXING WADERS, PRAMS AND EXERCISE BALLS – ALL IN A DAY’S WORK AT DONEGAL GARAGE was last modified: April 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyULSTER TYRESlast_img read more

Another Hominid Find Rocks the Charts

first_imgAnother hominid skull dubbed OL 45500 has been reported in Science,1 a juvenile said to belong to Homo erectus.  Its classification is problematic because it exhibits a mosaic of features rather than fitting neatly into an evolutionary sequence.  The scientists state, “Although the cranium represents possibly the smallest adult or near-adult known between 1.7 and 0.5 Ma [million years ago], it retains features observed in larger Homo erectus individuals, yet shows a distinct suite of traits indicative of wide population variation in the hominins of this period.”     Commenting on this report, Jeffrey H. Schwartz in the same issue2 accepts their assessment, but satirizes the process of classifying ancient humans:But this doesn’t clarify the question, “What is H. erectus?”  One is left primarily with the traditional approach to the genus Homo: H. erectus is not H. habilis, H. heidelbergensis, or H. sapiens, whatever they are.Schwartz calls Homo erectus a “mythical” classification after reviewing the differences between the finds lumped into the name.  He ends, putting the name in quotes,Does this exercise clarify the affinities of the new hominid fossil OL 45500?  Not yet.   But recognizing that “Homo erectus” may be more a historical accident than a biological reality might lead to a better understanding of the relationships not only of the Olorgesailie specimens, but also of those fossils whose morphology clearly exceeds the bounds of individual variation so well documented in the Trinil/Sangiran sample.  In the meantime, OL 45500 should remind us that hominid systematics must be an endeavor of testing long-entrenched hypotheses, especially when those who turn to these hypotheses acknowledge them as being problematic.For more on the controversy over this fossil, see New Scientist and BBC News.1Potts et al., “Small Mid-Pleistocene Hominin Associated with East African Acheulean Technology”, Science, Vol 305, Issue 5680, 75-78, 2 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1097661].2Jeffrey H. Schwartz, “Getting to Know Homo erectus,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5680, 53-54, 2 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1099989].New alleged human ancestor overturns previous ideas, adds to the confusion, leads to controversy, spoils the Darwin Party’s story — there is nothing new under the sun.  (See 02/27/2003 and 10/20/2003 headlines for more on Homo erectus.)(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more