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  • Gayle, Russell named in Windies T20 squad

    first_img TOP PLAYERS Only recently, he blasted a 12-ball half-century in the Big Bash to equal the record for the fastest ever fifty in T20s. Russell, meanwhile, has become one of the most sought-after T20 players and last year plied his trade in the Indian Premier League, South Africa’s Ram Slam, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and the Big Bash. He emerged as one of the leading players for Sydney Thunder as they wrapped up the BBL title last week, scoring 185 runs at a strike rate of 186 while taking 16 wickets with his pace bowling. The Windies squad also sees the return of combative left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has not played for West Indies since last April after being dropped following England’s Test tour of the Caribbean. Benn, 34, had an outstanding campaign with the ball in the Regional Super50 which wrapped up on Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago, taking 15 wickets to be the tournament’s leading bowler. All-rounder Darren Sammy, who led West Indies to the T20 World Cup title four years go in Sri Lanka and into the semi-finals in Bangladesh in 2014, has been re-appointed skipper. West Indies are set to play in Group One alongside reigning champions Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and yet-to-be determined qualifier. WEST INDIES – Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Sunil Narine, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Batting sensation Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell have both been included in the 15-man West Indies squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in India. Some media reports yesterday announced the squad without Gayle and Russell, sparking some speculation on social media, but CMC Sports understands that the Jamaican pair is definitely part of the Windies campaign for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. The squad, which is yet to be named officially by the West Indies Cricket Board, includes embattled off-spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned from bowling internationally. However, Narine is expected to undergo testing on his action at Loughborough University in England next month, before confirming his spot on the side. All eyes will be on Gayle, however, especially after he sparked controversy during the recent Australia Big Bash with his now infamous ‘Don’t blush, baby’ live television interview, where he appeared to openly flirt with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin. The 36-year-old left-hander has played in every T20 World Cup since the inaugural tournament in South Africa eight years ago, when he announced himself in the format with a stunning hundred against the hosts in Johannesburg. He has since become arguably the most valued commodity on the global T20 circuit, and his presence will ensure West Indies will be installed as one of the early favourites.last_img read more

  • Lady Tams book last semis trip

    first_imgFar Eastern University bucked Lyceum’s gutsy stand as it rallied for an 18-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-17 win and clinch the last semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tams ended the elimination round at 4-1 to wound up second behind unbeaten Group A topnotcher National U Lady Bulldogs (5-0).ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Red Lions want to feast on Altas; JRU vs Benilde In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson They also dashed the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ (3-2) hopes for a playoff for the other Final Four seat.For a while, Ateneo stood a chance as Lyceum stunned a listless FEU side in the opening frame. The Lady Pirates likewise fought back from huge deficits in the second to force a deuce, only to yield with late miscues.That enabled the Lady Tams to equalize and regroup to cruise to the next stage against Group B topnotcher Adamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNU will tangle with Group B No. 2 Arellano at the start of the best-of-three semifinals on Wednesday.In the nightcap, Adamson outlasted San Beda, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11, to sweep the Group B elimination.Earlier, NU survived St. Benilde, 25-27, 29-27, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11, to clinch the last semifinal berth in the men’s division. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

  • Pacquiao victory unites nation anew

    first_imgView comments In keeping with tradition, many Filipinos stopped what they were doing to watch Pacquiao’s fight, which took place around midday on Sunday.“No one can beat Pacman. It’s still Pacman,” said Venancio Lovino, who watched the fight with friends over drinks at Barangay Booy in Tagbilaran City, Bohol province.Malacañang said it was one with the nation in celebrating Pacquiao’s victory.“We thank our Pambansang Kamao (national boxing icon) for not only bringing honor and glory to our flag and country but once again uniting Filipinos here and abroad with his display of courage, tenacity and will power,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.Congratulations poured in from Pacquiao’s colleagues in the Senate after he beat Matthysse.“I thought I was watching Manny 10 years ago. Your fight unites all Filipinos around the world and your victory brings pride to us all. Long live, Senator and champion Manny Pacquiao,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.‘Thank you, Pacman’Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said: “Few Filipinos can claim to have literally shed blood, sweat and tears for our country, and Senator Pacquiao is one of them. For this and the good work you continue to do for our people, thank you very much, Pacman.”“As ever, your ability to unite Filipinos and take our breath away with your every move during your matches has no equal. You are our nation’s pride and joy,” Sen. Nancy Binay said.Sen. Richard Gordon said: “The fight also showed that age does not matter, but it is the will to win that matters.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “He continues to be a fine example to athletes and common Filipinos alike. With discipline, nothing is impossible,” he added.Congratulations also came from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, where Pacquiao is a a colonel in the reserve force.Col. Noel Detoyato, chief of the AFP public affairs office, said Pacquiao “did not only demonstrate the Filipino’s natural trait of strength and courage, he also showed the world how determined, disciplined and hardworking the Filipinos are, just like his comrades in the AFP.” —Reports from AFP, Julie M. Aurelio, DJ Yap, Vince F. Nonato, Jeannette I. Andrade, Nestor P. Burgos Jr., Leo Udtohan and Nestle SemillaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao gets record 12th world title in 8 weight divisions Then, in a statement, the President congratulated Pacquiao for uniting Filipinos once more with his victory, adding that this latest conquest would cement the boxing champ’s legacy.‘One of the greatest’“You have proven time and again that you are not just a public servant, but one of the greatest boxers of all time. May you continue to inspire Filipinos not only in boxing, but also in the public service,” the President said.Pacquiao, who has had a glittering 23-year career in the sport, is also a senator and a staunch ally of the President.The President flew to Malaysia late on Saturday on a private trip. But he was expected to meet with Mahathir for discussions of common concerns, including extremism and piracy on the high seas.Mahathir was also delighted with Pacquiao’s victory.“This is a big, big, historical day for Malaysia where we have one Filipino champion fighting in Malaysia, witnessed by the leaders of both countries,” he said.“That’s why the leaders of both countries have boxing diplomacy. We don’t punch each other,” he added, joking.Source of pridePacquiao’s rags-to-riches story, from high school dropout to billionaire world boxing champion in an unprecedented eight divisions, is a huge source of pride in the Philippines. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lucas Matthysse, left, of Argentina falls after receiving a punch by Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Filipino boxing legend Pacquiao clinched his 60th victory Sunday with a seventh-round knockout of Matthysse, his first stoppage in nine years, that will help revive his career. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)Millions of boxing fans across the Philippines erupted in cheers on Sunday after their idol Manny Pacquiao beat Argentine Lucas Matthysse in a world title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.In the run-up to the fight, the 39-year-old Pacquiao was trailed by whispers that he was past his prime and doubts he would be able to best the big-punching Matthysse, who is four years his junior.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Though glad that Pacquiao won, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he wished the champ would exit the ring while he was on top.“To my colleague, seatmate and friend, I’ll say it again—it is best to leave the stage while the audience is applauding,” Lacson said.A colleague from the other side of the aisle, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, also congratulated Pacquiao.“His politics aside, I remain a Manny Pacquiao fan. Congrats, senator,” Trillanes said.A good manDavao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, who ruling party PDP-Laban leaders say will be fielded in next year’s senatorial election, took potshots at those who called on Pacquiao to retire or doubted he would win.“This People’s Champ just refused to give up. No one can put a good man down,” Nograles said.“Senator Pacquiao’s victory is an inspiration to all Filipinos: Never give up,” he added.His brother, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Rep. Jericho Jonas Nograles, whose group Pacquiao had endorsed and bankrolled, said the champion delivered “his most killer performance in almost nine years since he knocked out Miguel Cotto in 2009.”“Lucas Matthysse was no match for Pacman, and it’s testament to the discipline that Manny has to taking care of his body and to juggling his profession as both a fighter and lawmaker,” Nograles said. Mamon said he had been expecting the match to go the distance and settled through the scorecards, but was surprised at the seventh-round knockout.“With this result, I can say that Pacquiao can have another one or two matches more before retiring for good,” he said.But President Rodrigo Duterte, who watched the fight from ringside at Axieta Arena in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, said he preferred to see Pacquiao retire.“I said he’s 39. Not because he cannot win or lose, but I’d like to see my friend rest on his laurels at this time and enjoy life,” the President said.“He has so much money already, no problem,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding But when Pacquiao’s victory was sealed in the seventh round by technical knockout, fans around the nation of more than 100 million jumped to their feet and roared with joy.“Even at the age of 39, Pacquiao showed he still has a lot of power and speed left in him. I am excited for a Pacquiao-Lomachenko match,” said athlete Fiel Mamon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He was referring to Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko, the current World Boxing Organization lightweight champion who is being touted as Pacquiao’s next opponent.Surprising outcome Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

  • APNU/AFC Ministers MIA

    first_imgDear Editor,It is an understatement that rice farmers across Guyana have no confidence in the Minister of Agriculture or in the APNU+AFC government. The No-Confidence motion of December 21st 2018, in fact, wholly captures the sentiments within the rice industry and within the agriculture sector. Rice farmers and millers have played a significant role in helping to keep Guyana’s economy afloat in the midst of under-performance from every other sector in the country. In the midst of a stagnant economy, gross mismanagement and incompetence from the APNU/AFC government, the rice industry has continued to shine bright. But the APNU/AFC government has only been visible in its policies and programs to stymie the rice industry. This government has been missing in action when it comes to helping the rice industry.At this very moment, rice farmers are struggling to irrigate their rice fields in Region 6, with almost 600 acres of rice fields under threat of being entirely lost. Similar struggles are evident in Region 2. Rice farmers in Region 2 are still struggling with non-payment, as are pockets of rice farmers in other regions. Rice farmers across Guyana are struggling to cope with rising lease and D&I fees. The Minister of Agriculture has remained totally silent, seemingly totally oblivious of the struggles of these rice farmers. For rice farmers across Guyana and for rice millers, this Minister has been MIA since May 2015, always seemingly unavailable, always absolutely disinterested.While rice farmers have ensured they sustain high production of rice, the potential for expansion is being squandered by an incompetent and disinterested APNU+AFC and a Minister who has been missing in action, totally MIA. In 2014, Guyana produced 640,000 tons of rice and was set to achieve 700,000 tons in 2015. In the first crop of 2015, Guyana produced almost 400,000 tons of rice and, therefore, was set to easily achieve the 700,000 tons target for 2015. Guyana failed because of the sabotaging policies of APNU/AFC. It failed to achieve the 700,000 tons target in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Yet no one can dispute that if the Minister and the Minister of Agriculture supported the rice farmers, Guyana can easily surpass 700,000 tons.Minister Noel Holder is the responsible Minister for the rice industry. There should be no need to state this obvious fact. But in this instance it is necessary, it is a call to Minister Holder to remind him that the rice industry is part of his portfolio. This Minister is in the running for the title of the MOST MIA MINISTER. Not only is Minister Holder MIA whenever there is a problem in the sector, he appears to always be running far away from the problem. In the past, he has insisted that rice is a private sector business and he has no authority to intervene.This is the same minister that once disowned SUGAR, when he insisted that GuySuCo is not his responsibility, but that of the Ministry of Finance and NICIL. In fact, there are over 7,000 sugar workers who lost their jobs because four sugar estates were closed and these workers and their families are struggling to stave off debilitating poverty, but Minister Holder has never acknowledged that his Ministry has responsibility. In fact, this Minister is MIA as the country demands answers as to the whereabouts of the $30B taken as a loan by NICIL on behalf of GuySuCo. No one knows where this money is, even as GuySuCo /NICIL must pay $2.5B in interest for this loan.Indeed, this Minister is suppose to oversee a sector that largely helped to limit the deficit in balance of payments, that is the balance between our export earnings and import expenditures. At the end of 2014, Guyana maintained only a small deficit because we managed to earned as much $US in exports as we spent on imports. Yet in 2018, the deficit has ballooned to almost US$100M. This is because export earnings have been reduced by almost US$300M. Most of that export earnings losses have come from reduced sugar, rice and fish exports. The Minister of Agriculture has been shamefully silent.Agriculture has always been the strength of Guyana’s economy, the sector that employs the largest number of Guyanese. It is the sector that feeds our nation and is responsible for Guyana being a food-secured country. We need an active, attentive Minister of Agriculture, interested in every problem that plagues the sector. As rice farmers struggle, they need the interest of their minister. But Minister Holder only offers a worrisome disinterest, always missing in action, MIA. This is why rice farmers and other farmers have no confidence that APNU/AFC can manage Guyana.Sincerely,Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

  • NHA Gets US$1M for Brewerville, Gobah Town Expansions

    first_imgThe National Housing Authority (NHA) has begun the expansion of Brewerville and Gobah Town Housing Estates with 35 units, following the acquisition of US1M from the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP).According to NHA’s deputy managing director for technical services, Gyude Allison, who led reporters on a tour at the two locations yesterday, the exercise is part of NHA’s mandate to develop affordable housing units for Liberian families.“The construction work has already begun,” Allison said, “and it is being done by five Liberian owned construction companies and they are expected to complete the job in October 2015.”He said the completion of the units will allow applicants to roll out into the Liberia Bank for Development & Investment (LBDI) mortgage payment plan.“This is a payment plan with a down payment of US$5,000 that can qualify an applicant for a ten year mortgage,” Allison said.He added: “It is customary in our society that home ownership lends more credibility to an individual’s status.”The NHA is providing a promising platform to enable many Liberians to purchase affordable homes, Allison said.The National Housing Authority, as part of its mandate, is charged with the responsibility of initiating and constructing affordable homes through funding from the Liberian government and its partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


    first_imgA SCIENTIST from County Donegal is among a group of researchers who have come up with a compound which could help treat millions of diabetics around the world.Dr John Stephens and colleagues at Maynooth University have discovered a series of new compounds whose anti-diabetic effects mimic those of exercise.The new research was published yesterday in the internationally renowned Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. The findings mark the culmination of five years of work by a team led by Dr John Stephens from the Maynooth University Department of Chemistry.The breakthrough comes at a time when diabetes is reaching epidemic levels. An estimated 200,000 people in Ireland suffer from diabetes in Ireland and the worldwide figure for type 2 diabetes is more than 370 million people.Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high blood sugar (glucose) levels.  Glucose is a critically important molecule, serving as an energy source, but at elevated levels it can result in serious negative consequences. The cost of global health spending to treat diabetes is estimated to be US$600bn in 2015, and will approach US$800bn by 2040. Complications resulting from type 2 diabetes include chronic microvascular complications, such as blindness and kidney damage, and macrovascular complications leading to limb amputation and cardiovascular disease.The compound discovered by the team at Maynooth University mimics the effects of exercise on the body.  During exercise, cells must convert more glucose into usable energy (adenosine triphosphate or “ATP”) than they do while in a rest state. The compound makes it harder for cells to convert glucose in to ATP. This means the cells take up more glucose than they otherwise would, thereby minimising the elevated levels of glucose that exist in the blood of sufferers of type 2 diabetes.The series of compounds discovered at Maynooth University have shown the ability to improve glucose handling and to reduce weight gain in laboratory studies at significantly lower doses than those required by existing therapies. As such, they may prevent some of the intestinal problems associated with the existing higher dose therapies. The compounds also showed a positive effect on weight, which in itself may help with the interlinked problems of weight gain and type 2 diabetes.Commenting on this discovery, Ballyshannon man Dr Stephens said: “The benefits of exercise for those suffering with type two diabetes have been well documented. The discovery of this series of new compounds that mimic these benefits is a significant development in the treatment of diabetes.“We are now looking forward to our next phase of research, which will see us undertake further lab studies and early clinical trials. We are still a long way from seeing this reflected on the shelves in pharmacies; however, these compounds have the potential to become an important tool for the treatment of type 2 diabetes for future generations.”The project involved significant collaboration and cutting-edge research, with scientists working at the interface of biology and chemistry. Professor John Findlay and Dr Darren Martin from the Maynooth University Department of Biology, Dr Gemma Kinsella of Dublin Institute of Technology and collaborators at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Leeds worked alongside Dr Stephens on this research. Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan, said: “This is a fine example of best-in-class collaboration across scientific disciplines. Maynooth University prides itself on our internationally renowned researchers who time and time again confront and tackle some of the most pressing challenges we face today.“Effective treatment for diabetes is one of the areas of medical research with the potential to improve the lives of extremely high numbers of people, as the numbers of those suffering worldwide continues to grow. I commend the research team and look forward to seeing the results of the next stages of research on such a vitally important topic.”This is the second of two major breakthroughs from the Co Donegal man, who recently discovered a compound whose anti-MRSA qualities paves the way for the development of a new class of antibiotic.WOW! DONEGAL SCIENTIST HELPS MAKE DISCOVERY WHICH COULD CHANGE LIVES OF DIABETICS was last modified: January 22nd, 2016 by John2Share 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:BallyshannondonegalDr John StephensMaynoothlast_img read more

  • LAUSD vs mayor

    first_imgRe “Fight brewing against mayor” (Nov. 25): The real reason the LAUSD is fighting Mayor Villaraigosa so vehemently is to protect their own positions and that of their cronies. For instance, the new school building projects proclaimed by the LAUSD as an example of their accomplishments have run over budget and over schedule as various LAUSD factions bicker about how to slice up their piece of the bond pie. When the money runs out, they simply go back and put another bond issue on the ballot. The LAUSD pays lip service to reform in the schools, and shows outright scorn to taxpayers who pay their inflated salaries. It’s time for us and our mayor to put an end to this. The taxpayers and the parents are being held hostage by the LAUSD. Robert Smith Sherman Oaks Realistic education Re “Everybody best at transfers” (Nov. 26): Transfer rates are not all that the community colleges are about. As a high school counselor, many of my students pursue a two-year degree to become proficient in areas that will support our society in essential occupations. The community colleges and occupational centers train plumbers, electricians, computer repair persons, automotive technicians, nurses, medical assistants, paralegals and the list goes on. Without these individuals our society would collapse. Time for a realistic approach to educating and getting a handle on the politically correct, elitist, nonproductive attitudes. Karen Savitt Granada Hills Do something! Re “Double-decker road rage” (Nov. 27): Caltrans must love traffic jams. It seems to listen only to the less than 1 percent who complain about freeway improvements rather than the 99 percent who could benefit immensely. Caltrans is supposed to be a public service agency. How about some real service in breaking up the gridlock? Carl Olson Woodland Hills Benefits win Re “Double-decker road rage” (Nov. 27): Am I the only one in favor of double-decking the 405 Freeway? How is it taking up more land? You are building on an existing freeway. In fact I would extend it longer, from the 101/405 interchange all the way to LAX. The upper level could be the “express” freeway, meaning that it only has a limited number of exits restricted to the major exits such as Wilshire or Sunset Boulevard and one or two others. The lower level of the freeway would be the “local” commute. I commute from the Valley to West Los Angeles every day and have relatives that live south of LAX. It really has become unbearable because almost any time you get on the freeway there is a traffic jam. The benefits of the double-decking greatly outweigh the negatives. Steve Shaevel Woodland Hills Education committee Re “No spin zone” (Editorial, Nov. 29): Positive information about student achievement in public schools should be conveyed via school newspapers, newsletters and coordinated efforts with city-certified neighborhood councils and their Web sites. City Council members and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment need to put more effort into seeing to it that an education committee and a seat for youths be included in the by-laws of each council. Irena Szewiola North Hills How dedicated? Re “Why this teacher left LAUSD behind” (Viewpoint, Nov. 27): As an “old timer” of 45 with 23 years’ teaching experience, I find Ari Kaufman’s description of his experiences offensive and immature. He describes himself as a young, dedicated, bottom of the pay scale, under-appreciated teacher. Well, Ari, dedicated veteran teachers don’t quit after two years. I am not less dedicated because I find it reasonable to occasionally leave after an eight-hour day. We use our prep time, lunch times, nighttime, family time and weekends to prepare for class. Just like him, we are all evaluated by administration. I got to the top of the pay scale only by taking advanced classes. The veteran teachers I know are always willing to help new teachers like Ari because we do change the world one child at a time. Belinda Torres Mossler Northridge I gave already Re “Reiner warns of new tax” (Nov. 19): It is nice to see Rob “Meathead” Reiner holding the bull by the tail for a change. He was the one who loaned his considerable weight to the ballot that raised the price of cigarettes by 50 cents, whereupon the tobacco companies got into the act and raised their prices 50 cents, making me and millions of others pay $10 more per carton. Now that someone else wants to raise the price of cigs by $1.50 per pack, he is up in arms to defend his charity – which I never knew had a name (I thought it was a figment of his imagination at the time). Let them put their $1.50 tax on a bottle of scotch or other liquor. Let the boozers pay for once. Alan Falconer Northridge Semantic shuffle Re “Arnold to consider clemency for Williams” (Nov. 26): In order for a bastardized cause to achieve any level of legitimacy, obfuscation of the truth must occur. Media duplicity is necessary to feign a benign appearance, giving credence to the cause. Thus, Rodney becomes a “motorist,” Najee the “community activist/project director,” Snoop an “artist” and, of course, Tookie “author” and “Nobel nominee,” et al … ad nausea; their commonality having long since been obscured via the semantic shuffle. Doug Aitken La Crescenta Must be a lot The last time I remember seeing the scores of the national standard school tests, I remember California came in number 48 or 49 in the nation. Now I read our schoolteachers will soon be averaging $59,000 a year after their new contract. I wonder what the teachers get in the other states where they actually educate the children – $100,000? Stan Niedwicki Woodland Hills If Charley wrote Re “How many books? (Your Opinions, Nov. 20): Good job, Charles Robinson, you hit the nail right on the head about “Tookie” Williams writing books. Hey, what if Charles Manson wrote children’s books, would people say he should be pardoned also? I don’t think so. Ron Slocum North Hollywood Could have won I find it ironic that the Democrats are using Rep. John P. Murtha’s war record to back their cause when it was the Democrats who not only got us into heavy combat in Vietnam – but lost their guts and turned against it. I can’t speak for Rep. Jean Schmidt and if she lied, that’s on her; not the Republican Party and not the right wing. I am both and I can only speak for myself. I also find it ironic that Murtha is a member of the political party that stabbed him and his fellow Vietnam veterans in the back. Perhaps he could have come back a victor if the Democrats had tried to win the war. Douglas Gillard Palmdale Collecting Karma Re “And bottles” (Your Opinions, Nov. 15): In regard to the letter about the trash pickers looking for cans and bottles and everything to eat or anything to sell to get something to eat, I find it helps me and helps them to throw bags of cans and bottles out into the alley and let them pick them up. What goes around, comes around. Richard Barrett North Hollywood Dog and pony show The other evening I was surprised to see our mayor being interviewed on TV by a woman. It was really informing at first, until it become obvious the mayor had the questions beforehand. He did everything but read the answers. This was just an insult to us that he would go to these means to show how great he is. We do not need our leader doing a dog and pony act. Frank Jacobs Sylmar Hi-O Silver, away The mission is accomplished. We went to Iraq to, one, remove Saddam – done. Two, find and remove WMD – none found, OK, done. Mission accomplished. As the Lone Ranger used to close his episodes, “Let’s go, Tonto, our job here is done.” Arnold Moore Sherman Oaks AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want 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


    first_imgCurrently on display in the Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny is the National Library of Ireland exhibition, “Gallant Sons – Irishmen and the First World War”.This traveling exhibition created by the National Library of Ireland charts the huge human cost of the First World War, telling the stories of families who were left without a father, brother or son.These moving accounts bring home the reality of the war and tell us a great deal about life in Ireland between 1914 and 1918.Gallant Sons has been specifically written with the history curriculum in mind. Supplementary learning activities and resources have also been compiled for 5th and 6th class students of SPHE. Admission is free and the exhibition runs until early July 2014.To coincide with this exhibition, Donegal County Museum wishes to appeal to borrow objects, stories, photographs, letters, etc relating to Donegal Men and Women’s experiences of the First World War, both at home and on the Front.The County Museum is currently researching and developing a new exhibition on Donegal and the First World War, which will open in September.‘We wish to borrow any items, stories, photographs, etc relating to Donegal Men and Women’s involvement in the First World War and in particular those whose stories may not have been told before. “Our original First War exhibition was in 2001 and it featured a life sized cross section of a First World trench. This exhibition was then developed into a unique Travelling exhibition ‘Before I Joined The Army’, which has travelled around the island of Ireland since 2005.“We are now in the process of researching and developing a new exhibition on the First World War and we would like to tell the stories of those men and women and in particular those who may not have had their stories told before”, Caroline Carr, Donegal County Museum.If you have anything that you think would be of interest to the Museum for the exhibition, please contact Caroline Carr, Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.T 074 9124613 E museum@donegalcoco.ieAny items borrowed for display will be returned to owners once the exhibition ends. MUSEUM DECLARES ‘WAR’ IN QUEST FOR MEMORABILIA! was last modified: May 21st, 2014 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:Donegal County MuseummemorabiliaWorld War 1last_img read more

  • CervicalCheck controversy may affect 1,500 more women

    first_imgMore information emerging in the CervicalCheck scandal has revealed that hundreds more unchecked cases may be involved. It emerged last night that approximately 1,500 women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the last ten years have not had their CervicalCheck audited.The HSE has said that 1,482 cervical cancer diagnoses have been audited by CervicalCheck from 2008-2018. However the number of cancer diagnoses in women is estimated at 3,000 in that time frame. Minister for Health Simon Harris spoke in Dail Eireann to say that the ‘considerable number’ of cases not reviewed were not new cases of cancer or women wondering if they have cancer. They were women who had been diagnosed, but their previous CervicalChecks were not audited.In the case of the 208 women, 17 of which have died, it was found that their CervicalChecks resulted in a false negative.Minister Harris said progress is being made to inform all 162 women who had not yet been told their cases were part of this detailed review.Fianna Fail Health Spokesperson Stephen Donnelly commend the bravery and determination of Vicky Phelan, whose case uncovered the CervicalCheck secret and will lead to important changes in health care in Ireland. “Ms Phelan’s courage has laid bare a conspiracy of silence. Her courage has ensured legislation on mandatory disclosure will be introduced. It has ensured that many other women, also kept in the dark, will now be told the truth,” Deputy Donnelly said.Minister Harris confirmed that any woman who is worried that they might have received an incorrect smear result will be able to get a free second test. The retest scheme will be announced later in the week.HIQA has been asked to carry out a statutory investigation into the CervicalCheck screening programme. A redress scheme is due to be discussed to avoid any more women affected by the errors having to bring a case to court.Anyone with concerns about their case can all the CervicalCheck information phone line on 1800 45 45 55 CervicalCheck controversy may affect 1,500 more women was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:cervicalcheckHSESimon Harrislast_img read more

  • World Cup trophy to re-visit South Africa

    first_img13 November 2013The Fifa World Cup trophy will return to South Africa in December for the first time in nearly four years as part of a global tour which will see the biggest prize in world football visiting 88 countries in 267 days.South Africans caught their last glimpse of the magnificent 18-carat gold sculpture when it was being held aloft by victorious Spain at the conclusion of the 2010 Fifa World Cup at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 July 2010.Now it will return from 1 to 3 December on its way to its final destination, Brazil, for the next global showpiece tournament that gets under way in June next year.Brazilian-style ceremonyDignitaries from across South Africa will welcome the trophy in a true Brazilian-style ceremony at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg on 1 December. Samba dancers and Fuleco, the 2014 Fifa World Cup mascot, are expected to add to the excitement.South Africans will have a chance to see and be seen with one of sport’s greatest emblem at the Southgate Shopping Centre in Johannesburg from 11:00 to 19:00 on 2 and 3 December.Fans will also have an opportunity to have souvenir photos of themselves taken with the trophy, view a special hologram animation showcasing memorable moments of the Fifa World Cup, participate in interactive displays, and enjoy other entertainment.Special memoriesThe Fifa World Cup Trophy Tour will surely bring back special memories for fans of the magnificent finals held in South Africa in 2010, which was the first time ever that the World Cup had been staged on the African continent.The event provided South Africa with the ultimate football party and the country’s citizens came together in a spirit of nation-building.The trophy itself is the second to be handed to the winners of the Fifa World Cup. The original prize, named the Jules Rimet Trophy after the French football administrator who is credited with developing the concept of the World Cup tournament, was given to the Brazilian Football Confederation to keep after the country won its third World Cup title in 1970.New trophyA new trophy was commissioned, and after a total of 53 designs were submitted to Fifa by experts from seven countries, with the final choice being the work of Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga.“The lines spring out from the base, rising in spirals, stretching out to receive the world. From the remarkable dynamic tensions of the compact body of the sculpture raise the figures of two athletes at the stirring moment of victory,” Gazzaniga said of his work.The new trophy is 36 centimetres high, made of solid 18-carat gold and weighs 6 175 grams. The base contains two layers of semi-precious malachite, while the bottom side of the trophy bears the engraved year and name of each Fifa World Cup winner since 1974.The Fifa World Cup Trophy Tour will cover a total distance of 149 576 kilometres. In other words, more than three times the circumference of earth.It began its journey in Rio de Janeiro on 12 September, departing from the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, and will travel around the world for nine months before returning to Brazil.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more