MOST READ View comments Sylvian Faith Abunda. Photo by June NavarroSAN JOSE, ANTIQUE—Another javelin throw record fell on the second day of athletics competition in the 60th Palarong Pambansa at the Binirayan Sports Complex here.Sylvian Faith Abunda of Bukidnon flung the spear to 42.85 meters for the gold that shattered the old mark of her teammate Efrelyn Democer (42.34m) accomplished last year in Legaspi City, Albay.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos King Johnzeus Alabastro of Calabarzon struck gold in elementary boys javelin throw and Marvin Ramos of Central Luzon topped the primary boys long jump during the week-long sportsfest organized by the Department of Education and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.James Lozanes of Estancia, Iloilo smashed the secondary boys javelin record on Monday after a 59.46m throw to erase the mark of Bryan Pacheco from Central Luzon (57.81m) in the 2013 Games held in Dumaguete City.Over at the Patnongon municipal covered court, Janella Dihnezze Rendon of Bicol grabbed two golds in arnisafter winning the Anyo individual single and double weapon events for elementary girls.Other winners in the single weapon were John Clark Segutier of Western Visayas and Cordillera’s Eza Rai Yalong in the secondary level and grade schooler Jeko Jan Heynes from Socsargen.NCR’s Hannah Lalaine Perez (secondary girls) and Lucia Gabriel Gutierrez (elementary girls) topped their all-around events in artistic gymnastics.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR The 10th grader from Lantapan National High School achieved the feat on her fourth attempt in secondary girls javelin at the sun-baked Evelio B. Javier Jr. track and field oval. Ann Katherine Quitoy of Negros took the silver with 40.64m and Democer placed third (40.43m).“I trained with Efrelyn before the Palaro. She’s the record-holder and I learned a lot from her,’’ said the 16-year-old Abunda in Filipino, the oldest of three siblings and daughter of an engineer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAbunda, who dreams of becoming a policewoman someday, wound up fourth in the shot put, the event where she finished silver last year. She will aim for a second gold in the discus Wednesday.Western Visayas flexed its might on the track with long jumper Elvy Villagoniza and high jump specialist Mary Rose Billones dominating their events in the high school level while National Capital Region plucked a pair of golds through Kassandra Alcantara (secondary girls shot put) and Bryan Oxales in secondary boys’ 2000m walk, which was categorized as a demonstration event. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Oraeme refutes Co’s claims: I didn’t tell him I won’t be coming back
A Liberian entrepreneur in Tappita, Lower Nimba County, has said he has adequately prepared himself to contest the 2017 representative seat for the County Electoral District #9 currently being occupied by Rep. Ricks Toweh. Rep. Toweh was elected to the post during the general and presidential elections in 2011 on the ticket of the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP).In an interview with this newspaper yesterday when Mr. Josephus Menwoe Paye, Sr., walked into our McDonald Street office in Monrovia, he has said he had gained the support of the business community as well as the youth population of the district and many other organizations including the ones headed by elders and women.“I am being motivated to contest the seat come 2017 because I have the political will to deliver the people of Tappita, who over the years have been denied their rightful place with respect to achieving the needed development,” Mr. Paye stated. He said he will not only contest for the seat, but will win and lead the people by introducing important bills in the National Legislature for the benefit of the people.Mr. Paye, now in his 40s, graduated from the St. Martin’s High School in Gbarnga, Bong County, in 1992. He subsequently returned to Nimba where he says he has been contributing meaningfully to the development of Lower Nimba County, particularly in Tappita City. He has worked with various organizations including serving as district field officer for Nimba Women’s Development Association (NIWODA), a local NGO, which implemented a micro-finance project for the American Refugee Committee (ARC). He has worked as a social advocate, a volunteer community worker, and a business-minded person since 1993, says Paye. He is the proprietor and chief executive officer of the Yeawoe Trading Center, an entity that operates a 13-bedroom City View Motel and the TapAqua Mineral Water, two of the leading businesses in the district.Mr. Paye said his decision to run stems from his desire to see Tappita District transformed through politics, which will require the bottom to the top approach in decision-making that affects the lives of the people positively.Transformation, he believes, has to do with changing social habits that negatively affect the residents, providing opportunities for pursuing and achieving academic excellence, vocational and professional training that will give the residents access to employment opportunities and upholding values that promote unity in diversity.Mr. Paye also promises economic transformation by which he would explore the private and public sectors to encourage involvement in agro-industries because of the vast forest land with which the district is endowed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
D’Urban Park development– to be distributed to community grounds By Devina SamarooThe seating arrangements at the D’Urban Park facility will be dismantled and distributed to community centre grounds across the country when the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations are over.The development taking place at the D’Urban ParkStakeholders and members of the public have raised concerns over the apparent wastage of taxpayers’ monies to construct temporary bleachers at D’Urban Park, only to disassemble it after the jubilee festivities.However, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson explained that the temporary stands will be put to good use after the celebrations.“They’re constructed like Lego so we can unscrew them and carry them to the grounds,” he told media operatives on Wednesday.The initiative will be spearheaded by the Education Ministry, which will be tasked with developing suitable criteria to determine which grounds will receive the stands.The final development of the D’Urban Park area is to construct a state-of-the-art, world-class arena to seat 30,000 persons.Businessman Clinton Urling is one of a large number of individuals who expressed concerns over what they termed as the poor decision to develop temporary seating facilities made of wood at D’Urban Park.“The decision to use wood to construct a temporary facility, which will be dismantled after the Independence activities are completed, was not well thought out. There were the issues of the time constraint to erect the structure, the use of the building materials afterward and the cost involved for the entire construction, demolition, and disposal of the wood materials. It would have been better suited if the Government had considered the use of mobile and temporary stands for this purpose,” he posited in a letter to the editor.Meanwhile, in providing a general update on the progress of the D’Urban Park development, the Minister happily reported that the phase one project is now 57 per cent completed.It is the expectation of the Government that the entire phase one project be completed in time for the imminent jubilee celebrations on May 26.The outstanding works cover six areas which are the roofing and remedial works for spectator bleachers; completion of superstructure, walls and roof for VIP stand; electrical wiring, lighting and power supply; access driveways and bridges; creation of sanitary facilities; and drainage works.The set deadline for competition is May 12, two weeks before Independence Day.The D’Urban Park arena is expected to accommodate over 28,000 individuals as opposed to the National Stadium which can accommodate 16,000.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has released a review of hydraulic fracturing. The report, prepared by a three-member panel makes 97 recommendations the focus on environmental impacts and knowledge gaps about the industry.The report focused on four main areas, water quality, water quantity, induced seismicity, and fugitive emissions. The panel also reviewed how hydraulic fracturing impacts human health, impacts on environmental health, and cumulative effects of the process.- Advertisement -The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources says they will take a phased approach to implement the scientific panel’s 97 recommendations. In May of 2019, the Province will release its short-term plan and in December the long-term plan.Read the full report below.The Province says they have already started to make changes to now the OGC regulates dams and water storage, new regulations for orphaned well sites and instructing the OGC to work more with Treaty 8 members.Advertisement
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The information I have right now tells me that the program is unfitting and unethical, especially due to the competitive element, but it’s up to program makers to make their choices,” responded Education Minister Ronald Plasterk. Government interference, he said, would amount to censorship. The network identified the donor only as “Lisa” and gave no other information about her. During the show, she will hear interviews with the three candidates, their families and friends before choosing who will get her kidney. Viewers will be able to vote for a candidate via SMS text message, but the final determination will be Lisa’s, BNN said. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – A 37-year-old woman suffering from an inoperable brain tumor wants to donate a kidney before she dies and will choose the recipient from among three contestants on Dutch national television, a TV network said Tuesday, claiming it wants to highlight a crisis in organ donations. Asked to intervene, the government declined, saying it would be censorship to stop the broadcast, regardless of how distasteful – and even unethical – it might be. And it’s unclear whether the contestants are a medical match with the terminally ill woman, and whether the winner would be capable of receiving her kidney. The publicly financed television network, BNN, said it intends to go ahead with the program on Friday, drawing attention to the hundreds of people who die each year for lack of a kidney transplant. The scheduled broadcast of “The Big Donor Show” reached the floor of parliament after a member of the governing Christian Democrats, Joop Atsma, questioned whether a public contest for a lifesaving organ would cross the boundary of merely objectionable to actually illegal.
1 Tottenham, it has been reported, are on the verge of signing Moussa Dembele from Fulham.The French striker is likely to move in a switch worth £6million, while the player will also return to the Cottagers on loan until the end of the season.But Spurs fans aren’t so happy about a deal for the 19-year-old hotshot who has scored nine goals in the Championship, and you can find out why in our round up of the Twitter reaction below… Moussa Dembele in action for Fulham
She still has obstacles to surmount before winning her party’s nomination. She must convince skeptical Democrats eager to reclaim the White House that she can win a general election. She must walk a fine line between embracing her husband’s legacy and projecting independence and an ability to bring change to Washington. Most important, she must win or come in a close second in Iowa; otherwise, her sense of inevitability will vanish. Obama Despite his charisma, crowd appeal and early opposition to the Iraq war, the Illinois senator’s support has remained essentially flat for months and has begun to drop in some key areas. He is popular among upscale, educated voters, but the poll indicates Clinton still holds a 12-point lead in that group. While he hopes to be the first black president, and his strategy relies in part on blacks coming out for him, his support among black voters has dropped by 5 percentage points since the last survey. Obama still has strengths to draw on as the race enters its final stretch. He has significant financial resources to invest heavily in the early states. His message of hope and change resonates among voters eager to move on from the hyper-partisan Bush and Clinton years. His strong field operation in Iowa makes him highly competitive there. But the freshman senator has liabilities, especially the lingering concern among many voters that he lacks the experience necessary to govern in a dangerous world. He can be somewhat remote and chilly as a campaigner, making an intellectual connection with voters rather than an emotional one. He has been known to cut off voters when their questions go on too long and can appear weary of the endless glad-handing and other rituals of retail politics. Edwards While his national numbers show him badly trailing Clinton and Obama, Edwards remains strong in Iowa and is counting on a good showing there to fuel momentum in other states. The multimillionaire lawyer has adopted a tough, populist tone, pledging to fight poverty and challenging members of Congress to refuse health insurance until they pass a law to bring coverage to everyone. He has railed against lobbyists and other Beltway power brokers, and has gone further than other candidates in depicting Clinton as a charter member of the Washington establishment. Edwards has deployed his popular wife, Elizabeth, to take on Clinton more directly than he can. Among other things, Elizabeth Edwards has said Clinton is too polarizing to be elected and would not be a strong champion for women in the White House. But Edwards faces formidable challenges. He has had to compete with Obama to position himself as the strongest “anti-Clinton” candidate in the field; that is a difficult task given Obama’s celebrity and record fundraising success. Edwards’ own fundraising has lagged, and he recently announced he would accept federal matching funds, which will limit what he can spend in each state. He has little campaign infrastructure outside Iowa and his candidacy probably cannot survive a defeat there. The rest The other Democratic contenders have struggled in a race so dominated by the top tier. Richardson has built a relatively strong organization in Iowa and is counting on his long resume in Washington and as a Western state governor to win over voters. Biden and Dodd have recently directed their limited campaign resources almost entirely to Iowa, where they are hoping for one of the front-runners to slip and allow an opening.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe rest of the candidates are redoubling their efforts in Iowa, hoping a good showing there will give them a “bounce” into the later states. The Iowa caucuses are scheduled for Jan. 14; they are all but certain to move up. A closer look at the AP-Ipsos poll: Clinton The New York senator draws support from women, blacks and voters without a college degree. She has neutralized what was expected to be a major liability – her vote in favor of the Iraq war. She no longer is heckled on the campaign trail for that vote and has managed to persuade many anti-war Democrats that she would move quickly to end the conflict as president. Clinton has worked hard to convince voters that she is not the brittle, calculating figure she long has been portrayed. While she does not have the intuitive campaign skills of her husband, voters say she has impressed them with her warmth, ready smile and willingness to spend hours taking questions, chatting and shaking hands. A bona fide celebrity, Clinton never tires of posing for cell-phone photos with starry-eyed fans. NEW YORK – Hillary Rodham Clinton has strengthened her position as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. But her strong showing nationally belies a much closer race in Iowa, where she is in a tight three-way contest with Barack Obama and John Edwards. A new AP-Ipsos poll shows Clinton ahead of Obama, her closest rival, by more than 20 points – 46 percent to 25 percent. The rest of the field is in single digits: Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, pulled in 9 percent. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden each had 2 percent and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd 1 percent. Only Clinton and Obama have the deep financial resources to compete in the early contests and in the crush of big states holding primaries Feb. 5.
GLENDALE – City government has rescinded a $347,600 fine it levied on a local couple for pruning 13 trees around their home and is looking to change the city’s indigenous tree law on which the costly fine was based, officials said. Homeowners Michael and Ann Collard of Whiting Woods Road broke the law when they pruned the 13 trees, city officials had said. Pricey fines against the Collards and a half-dozen other homeowners were arrived at through a formula in an ordinance the City Council is scheduled to discuss on Dec. 18 with a view toward change. The ordinance protects oaks, sycamores and bay laurels that are native to the region. Fines under the ordinance were increased earlier this year because developers had been cutting down trees and paying the fine routinely as just another business cost, officials said. City officials had asked John Oppenheim, another homeowner, to pay $170,000 for destroying trees on his property, said Bob McFall, assistant city manager. But the Oppenheim case and others have been put on hold while the city re-examines its indigenous tree ordinance, Howard said. Unlike the trees that the Collards pruned, the trees on Oppenheim’s property were destroyed, McFall said. “It seems unlikely that he would end up paying $170,000,” McFall said. “But again, the facts in that case seem to be significantly different from the facts in the Collards’ case.” email@example.com 818-546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn the case of the Collards, the city attorney says he will not pursue either a civil penalty or a criminal action. “We are not seeking any civil penalty,” said City Attorney Scott Howard. “That means not only no $347,000. That means no $100,000. That means no $20,000, no $10,000.” What it means, Howard said, is that he plans to have a meeting with the Collards and their attorney before the end of the year to talk about how and why the trees were pruned. Howard said he does not know what to expect from the meeting. In the past, similar meetings have resulted in anything from a case being closed to a fine of $250. “We are cautiously optimistic. We still have to have a sit-down with the city attorney, and so I think once we do that, we will throw the (celebration) party,” said Ann Collard, 35. “This is definitely good news, and it feels like things are moving in the right direction.”
Mario Balotelli 1 Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mario Balotelli is not part of his plans at Liverpool.The Italian striker has made just 16 Premier League appearances, scoring one goal, since joining the Merseyside club in August 2014 for a fee of £16m.He was shipped out on loan to AC Milan last season but struggled to make an impact at the San Siro and has now returned to England.The 25-year-old has joined Klopp’s first-team squad for pre-season training, but did not feature in the first warm-up game of the summer against Tranmere on Friday.And, while Klopp has been impressed by Balotelli’s application and talent in training, he has told the forward it is best for him to move on.Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the German said: “Since he has been back here, he’s been a good guy and I can’t say anything different than that. It’s not that he’s come back and said: ‘who’s the boss, I’m the boss, no sorry it’s you’. It’s not been that at all.“Everything’s been good, it’s all OK, and now he’s here we will do everything we can to get him fit.“When we have done the crossing, heading and stuff (in training), he’s been world class. But this is not a situation where he should be battling with other players like this for one position so it’s clear we need a solution.“There will be a club around who would be happy to have a new Mario Balotelli if you like.“I have spoken clearly to the player about that. I know we can’t talk about a lot of things because one agent says ‘we want to stay’, and another says ‘we have had 10 offers so we have to leave’.“But in this case it’s obvious. It’s now time to make decisions and I try to help Mario to get in the best shape he can be in and we will see what happens.”
Every political year has its seasons. This time of year, for most of those running for office, it is about raising as much money as you can and collecting as many endorsements as possible. It is also time to hand out proclamations. As an example, look at last week’s opening of Monroe Elementary School No. 2, which drew the political elite of Los Angeles and the Valley. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Roy Romer and Councilman Alex Padilla joined to hear school board member Julie Korenstein preside over the ceremony at the North Hills campus. Villaraigosa, who is not running for any other office that he admits to, brought the nicest proclamation – a colorful framed affair that is sure to get a prominent place in the school’s offices. Padilla, who is running for state Senate in the area, presented a slightly less fancy, but no less colorful, proclamation from the City Council. Not to be outdone, Assemblywoman Cindy Montaez – Padilla’s opponent for the Senate seat – had an aide read prepared remarks on her behalf and present the school with its third proclamation. While touring with Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta at Los Angeles International Airport last week, an airport official pointed out that Donald Trump‘s airplane – emblazoned with the name “TRUMP” in giant letters – was on the runway. “Maybe he’s here to meet with the secretary,” joked Michael DiGirolamo, deputy executive director for Los Angeles World Airports. Mineta didn’t miss a beat: “He fired me,” he said. Now it’s official. Again. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said he has not given up hope of becoming the next chair of the House Education Committee. McKeon, a subcommittee chairman on the panel who has long sought the top slot, officially launched his effort to gain the chairmanship Friday, saying he wants to take the job vacated when Ohio Rep. John Boehner was named House majority leader. “America has entered a new age of unprecedented challenges both for our schools and our work force. I believe that with my 13 years of Capitol Hill experience, I am in the best position to lead the committee in addressing those challenges,” McKeon wrote in a letter to his colleagues. Dubbing his campaign “New Realities,” McKeon said he will focus on the competition America is facing throughout the world and work to partner academic institutions with businesses. GOP leadership is expected to decide the chairmanship this week, according to aides to House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier. Dreier is said to support McKeon for the post. Staff writers Lisa M. Sodders and Lisa Friedman contributed to this report. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card But just to make sure his life wasn’t all about political glitz and glamour, the mayor also paid heed to the adage of all politics being local – speaking to an L.A. Rotary Club, holding a ribbon-cutting for a new airline hangar at LAX, and helping open a new elementary school in North Hills. And, if he needed any more help in remaining grounded, he found it in some reviews of his nationally televised remarks. LA Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano compared the mayor’s speech, delivered in Spanish, to an “Olvera Street sideshow – Latinos wanted vision; he offered cliches.” Los Angeles County Republicans took a poke at the mayor, talking about the city’s problems with education, health care, gangs and illegal immigration. (To be fair, the mayor has no control over three of those issues, and, overall, crime in the city has continued to decline.) But, if there is any solace, the mayor also made the big time. His appearance was spoofed on Jon Stewart‘s Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show,” the guilty pleasure of political junkies. For Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, last week was party time – Democratic Party time. Villaraigosa kick-started the week as one of two elected officials giving the official Democratic response to President George W. Bush‘s State of the Union address. He ended the week with a quick trip to Williamsburg, Va., where he participated in the House Democratic Caucus issues conference. All of this comes two weeks after the mayor attended the National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C., where he was tapped to head a task force on poverty.