first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus Reyes said Hailie Ripley and Kierra Holst can’t carry the locals by themselves and so they’re working up a plan to make it the other way around.“Other teams have imports who are overwhelming, but skills-wise maybe some of my locals are better,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliReyes was referring to “super imports” like Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher of league leader Foton and Stephanie Niemer of No. 2 Petron.RC Cola-Army hopes to work that one out when it takes on Generika at 5 p.m. in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix today at Philsports Arena. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Iglupas survives pesky Japanese, keeps title hopes alive As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH F2 Logistics and Cignal slug it out at 7 p.m.The winners will join Petron and Foton in the semifinals.  —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparccenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Unlike other teams with “overwhelming imports,” RC Cola-Army’s coach Kungfu Reyes rued that it’s their locals who have been carrying their imports so far.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

first_img…the elections ruseIn the just-concluded appeal of the PPP to have the AFC candidate at the LGE for the Whim area removed – because the “backers’ list” had the names of individuals that were obtained under false pretences – the Judge ruled there wasn’t evidence to support the allegation. And who were charged with collecting the evidence? Well, the Police – under the command of Khemraj Ramjattan, Chairman of the AFC!!Now the Police may be as honest as the day is long … but didn’t the Judge think they might’ve been influenced even a teeny-weeny bit by the thought their boss might be looking over their shoulder? But that’s not the only anomaly? Didn’t the Judge think there were some aspects of the Police “investigation” that stuck out like a sore thumb – or smelt like “dead meat”?Take the assertion that they couldn’t find even one of the three Nagamootoos, who were the AFC organisers in Whim. Now your Eyewitness mightn’t have attended school in Whim like Granger did when he and Nagamootoo were tykes, but he does know Whim has a police station – the reason for Granger’s brief sojourn with his policeman dad! And those Police couldn’t find those Nagamootoos?? Please!! If you throw a brick in any direction in Whim, you’re sure to hit a Nagamootoo!! They’re like “Allicocks” in the South Rupununi!!And then again, in such a crucial matter as allegations of electoral fraud – did the Police think of calling the Nagamootoo’s big brother (or Moo Moo, as the case may be) – Moses Nagamootoo, who now hangs his hat in Georgetown?? Surely, he’d know where his relatives were, since he’s the source of their recent good fortune!! And just as significantly, his only supporters in Whim!!Then again, since the Judge was looking for “evidence” and there were just about a dozen names involved, couldn’t he have just questioned them directly?? With his years on the bench, couldn’t he have been able to detect truth from fiction from their body language and all of that?  As it is, it looks like this disappearing act of folks involved in the elections might be the new mechanism to rig without actually rigging. Going AWOL to create electoral SNAFUs!!Wasn’t this the same stunt GECOM CEO Lowenfield pulled at the beginning of this “fake list” operation? When PPP operatives first detected the fraud on the fake list, they rushed to the Returning Officer of the district to have the AFC candidate removed, because the deadline was imminent. He said he couldn’t get in touch with Lowenfield, whose permission was necessary.Claimed he was with his lawyer for eight hours and turned off his phone!!Planning his defence on those radio sets??…our Borders?Your Eyewitness was startled, to say the least, when he read that immigration officers are now stationed at Parika. Why? Well, to intercept all those Venezuelans fleeing their devastated country and coming into our fair land.  Are we implicitly relocating our western border to the Essequibo and conceding Venezuela’s ridiculous claim?And how will this screening of the  Venez’s be done? Do Felix and his immigration interrogators expect the Venez’s to waltz into their office at Parika? Or is he going to profile people “who look like Venez’s”? This raises another can of worms – which should’ve been unnecessary in the first case. Isn’t the GDF – with its land and sea components – supposed to be guarding our borders to control infiltrators and refugees?And if you respond that the GDF is busy guarding us (from Camp Ayanganna) and (Camp Groomes) from that evil Maduro, wouldn’t the Border be the place for THAT also??And why all that smoke in the jungle in Operation Greenheart? Your Eyewitness was sooo impressed!…the guards?Following up on the “protection” question posed above, wasn’t the newly-formed People’s Militia – and now fully manned – supposed to protect us civvies in the event of an attack by those dastardly (and hungry) Venez’s?last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Whenever one is faced with an explanation of what’s going on at the Georgetown Municipality, the choice is always between incompetence, corruption and conspiracy. The latest news is that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has not had financial audits into its affairs for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.This, according to its Internal Auditor, is in complete violation of Chapter 28:01 of the Laws of Guyana, which states, “The City Council and the Town Council shall, not later than the thirty-first day of March in every year, submit to the Minister a report in writing containing an account of all monies received, expended, and applied during the preceding financial year.”Of course this is not the most shocking, unusual, or monumental of revelations coming out of City Hall, as everyone in Georgetown — except maybe for the thirty City Fathers and Mothers sitting around the horseshoe table — is well aware of this; but the question to be asked is: what work and tasks did the Internal Auditor and the not insignificant number of staff assigned to her do for the last three years; since, according to her, the requisite documents are never submitted to her for auditing. Has the Auditor and the staff of her division just been twiddling their thumbs for the last three years whilst being well compensated?And the next question is: what did she then do about it? Did she formally bring to the attention of the Town Clerk, the Mayor, the Minister of Communities and the Auditor General of Guyana the existence of this indefensible and appalling state of affairs? Or is she only raising the alarm now that there is a Commission of Inquiry?But most worrying in all of this is that, during the period referred to, 2016-2018, Central Government has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into the system; property rates and other municipal charges have risen sharply; new taxes, such as the container tax, have been levied upon the citizenry, bringing in hundreds of millions additionally; and yet the Council, over the last three years, has been, and is always, broke and bankrupt.Citizens would like to know whether the Internal Auditor has been afforded the opportunity to audit the income and expenditure of the recently held 175th Anniversary celebrations of the city? I seriously doubt it. This present City Council will never willingly allow an audit there, as all hell would break loose when one is forcibly done.It would be interesting to know how the internal Auditor was recruited, and whether she is competent and qualified to carry out those responsibilities effectively. Such a determination should also be of the competencies of the other staff of the Internal Audit Section.The most egregious of all these goings-on is the fact that some of the 30 Councillors in key positions, who sat idly by and allowed such a travesty to occur, are now seeking to be re-elected to another three-year term with the usual ‘pie in the sky’ promises. These persons are in effect just seeking to insult the intelligence of the citizenry.Regards,Jermain Johnsonlast_img read more

first_imgSACRAMENTO – It’s perhaps the Capitol’s fiercest political battle this year. One side has enlisted an iconic TV game show host to promote legislation, hired a high-powered lobbying firm and conducted extensive opposition research. The other has set up a political action committee and launched a TV ad warning that loved ones could be exterminated if proponents have their way. So what’s causing such a stir? Forcing people to get their pets fixed. “There were 2,800 bills introduced in the Legislature this year,” said state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, “and if you were to ask me which one I’ve received the most reaction to, this is at the top of the list.” The bill, AB 1634, by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, is pretty straightforward: It would prohibit anyone from owning a cat or dog older than six months that hasn’t been spayed or neutered. Exceptions would be made for licensed breeders, show animals, “working” dogs such as police dogs and a few others. People caught with “intact” pets would first receive a citation, then have 30 days to have their pet fixed. They would face a $500 fine – per animal – if they still fail to comply. While the goal may seem non-controversial – reducing the hundreds of thousands of animals euthanized in California each year – the reaction has been anything but. Proponents see the law as essential in controlling the pet population and preventing deaths in shelters, but opponents argue the bill punishes responsible pet owners and would actually result in more dogs and cats being dropped off at shelters by people wanting to avoid fines. The battle over the legislation, which narrowly passed the Assembly and faces a key vote in a Senate committee today, has many of the trappings of a bare-knuckle political campaign. The proponents have hired Nielsen Merksamer, one of the state’s top lobbying and political law firms, to press their case with legislators. This week they held a news conference with Bob Barker, the longtime host of “The Price is Right” and spay-and-neuter advocate. Their leader, Judie Mancuso of Laguna Beach, labels some of her foes “Petpac monsters” (a reference to the political action committee opponents created) and “liars” who are “all about making a buck.” Opponents, many of them pet breeders, are playing their own political hardball. One leader, a longtime lobbyist and dog breeder named Bill Hemby, accuses adversaries of engaging in “character assassination” and suggests that spay-neuter leaders are serving as proxies for animal rights extremists. “We’re convinced their ultimate goal is the elimination of all animals,” he said in an interview, before clarifying that, on the whole, he believes proponents are well meaning. mike.zapler@mercurynews.com160Want 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_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant On Saturday, Hart won its first girls’ basketball title since 1990 with a 54-37 victory over Canyon, which has won four football titles but until this season had never advanced past the first round of the girls’ basketball playoffs. “I think the fact that Hart and Canyon made it the finals and are both still around for the state playoffs says a lot,” Hart’s KaLana Inemer said. “I was rooting for Canyon all the way through the playoffs because all my friends are on that team. It just shows that Santa Clarita is very good in basketball, too.” Canyon isn’t expected to last much longer, but Hart, which has won 15 in a row by an average margin of more than 24 points, has a chance. The Indians come into the Southern California Regionals as one of the state’s hottest teams, and they have a seasoned leader in senior Taylor Lilley, an Oregon-bound senior who is among California’s most accurate 3-point shooters with a career mark of 50 percent. San Diego has won 25 in a row and was awarded a home game, so Hart can expect a challenge. “You never know what’s going to happen, but if we play together like we’ve been playing, who knows?” Lilley said. “There are a lot of good teams in the state playoffs, but I think we can compete.” SANTA CLARITA – Santa Clarita isn’t just a football town anymore. The area has made a huge statement in high school girls’ basketball, with Hart (27-4) and Canyon (23-8) qualifying for the Southern California Regionals this week after advancing to Saturday’s Southern Section Div. I-A final in Long Beach. Canyon opened regional competition Monday, and Hart plays at San Diego (30-2) tonight at 7. Three months ago, Canyon defeated Hart in the Southern Section Div. II football championship, and Valencia’s Michael Herrick finished as California’s all-time passing-yardage leader. San Diego defeated Hart by 31 points two years ago in the regionals; Lilley was a starting guard and Inemer a starting forward on that team. “That year we had lost the section title. This year, we won it, so I don’t understand why we have to go all the way to San Diego again,” Lilley said. “We’re just going to have fun and do what we do. San Diego is a pretty place, but it’s a long drive.” As far as Canyon’s Nikki Leon is concerned, nothing can tarnish a historic season. “It’s just great that we’re finally a noticed team.” she said. Hart has won three section titles, two under 17-year coach Dave Munroe, who ended a 16-year dry spell with Saturday’s championship victory. After winning titles in 1989 and 1990, Hart lost in the section final in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Hart is 2-5 all-time in regional competition. “The CIF championship was our goal,” Munroe said. “Once you get to the state playoffs, that’s just icing on the cake. We’re just going to go out there and battle. Yes, there are a lot of good teams, but we’re one of them.” Valencia High softball pitcher Jordan Taylor opened the season with consecutive complete-game shutouts in a tournament Saturday, extending her scoreless innings streak to 72 dating to last season. The 6-foot-1 right-hander struck out 25 in the two games, and nothing was hit past the infield – something Valencia’s lonely outfielders have grown accustomed to. “I suppose it does get kind of boring playing outfield when Jordan is pitching,” center fielder Torrie Anderson said. “Maybe we’ll get one or two fly balls the whole season.” Third baseman Jessica Spigner, taking over for Danielle Maricle (who has decided to sit out her senior season after receiving a Villanova scholarship), hit two home runs in a 7-0 victory over South Hills in the opener. Spigner hit four homers in two days, including Valencia’s prior scrimmage against Santa Monica. Quarterback guru Dean Herrington, a College of the Canyons assistant coach who through the years has coached 15 quarterbacks who received college football scholarships, continues to conduct clinics on Saturdays. Information: (661) 212-8141. The Master’s College men’s basketball coach Bill Oates has been fired after 13 seasons. His career record is 283-137, 12-17 this season. Oates was not available for comment. “Bill and the athletic director (Paul Berry) had different philosophies,” assistant coach John Mosley said. “It was not a popular decision for the players and a lot of the alumni. Bill doesn’t even come into the office anymore. A lot of people are upset, but that’s the way it is.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com. 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_img1 Jan Vertonghen scored his first club goal in five years and Harry Kane bagged a brace but Tottenham’s FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon was far from straightforward.Wimbledon’s Jimmy Abdou hit the crossbar with a curling first-half effort and Spurs needed 63 nervy minutes at Wembley before finally breaking down their League One opponents.When they did, however, the floodgates opened, as Kane scored twice in as many minutes before Vertonghen capped a 3-0 victory with a sensational long-range strike.Mauricio Pochettino’s side will now await Monday’s fourth round draw as Tottenham edge one step closer to ending their ten-year wait for a major trophy.Wimbledon, meanwhile, turn their attention back to their relegation fight in the league but they were certainly not embarrassed here as a disciplined defensive display threatened to upset their Premier League opponents for just over an hour.But, after hitting a record-breaking 39 goals last year, Kane registered his first and second of 2018, before going off with 13 minutes to play.He was one of only a few Spurs star names to start the match, with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min all left on the bench. Victor Wanyama, back from injury, made his first start since August.Lamela was Tottenham’s most creative threat early on and he went closest to scoring when his volley stung the hands of goalkeeper George Long.Kane was a brooding presence in the visitors’ box but after a couple of early sighters he blasted over from eight yards the sort of chance he might normally convert in his sleep.The Wimbledon fans were enjoying every minute, taunting Kane and then celebrating like they had scored when their team won a corner soon after.They almost had the real thing too when Michel Vorm made a mess of a high ball and then Abdou rattled Tottenham’s crossbar with a bending long-range shot.Disgruntled, the home support let out a collective groan when confronted with more dallying in defence and Moussa Sissoko responded with a bursting run through midfield.Lamela was the beneficiary, slid through for a one-on-one, but his chipped finish was parried wide by Long.Mousa Dembele cracked the post at the start of the second half but it was credit to Wimbledon’s defence that Tottenham were now reduced to efforts from distance.When Kane buried another in the red seats behind the goal, Pochettino responded by replacing Fernando Llorente with the in-form Son.The South Korean may not have been involved but the impact was instant as Spurs, and Kane, scored twice in two minutes.Kane’s first owed much to more positive running from Sissoko, who overlapped Kieran Trippier and crossed for the striker to bundle in at the near post.Wimbledon had barely got their breath back before Kane was celebrating again, this time more fortuitously as Kyle Walker-Peters’ shot deflected perfectly for him to poke in at the back post.Now Spurs loosened up and there was still time for Vertonghen to steal the show with a spectacular 30-yard strike, soaring into the top corner, for his first club goal since October 2013. Kane soon after trundled off to another standing ovation. Spurs have not won a major trophy since winning the League Cup in 2008 last_img read more

first_imgSligo’s Dean Clancy, who boxes with Ballinacarrow Boxing Club, recently claimed a silver medal at the European Junior Championships in Bulgaria. 15-year-old Dean and Ballinacarrow head coach Stephen Reynolds joined Ocean FM’s Darragh Cox on Saturday Sports to talk about the success.last_img

first_imgA guy got pulled over for speeding in Alpharetta, Georgia on Sunday, and he had a life-size stuffed ALIEN in the passenger seat.  It was wearing a seatbelt and everything. We’ve seen people put all sorts of dummies in their passenger seats to try to drive in the carpool lane . . . but usually people pick one that WON’T attract extra attention. But the guy wasn’t using the alien to drive in the carpool lane at the time and apparently he wasn’t speeding THAT badly, so he just wound up getting a warning.last_img read more

first_imgShare This!Plan you Wizarding weekend with the 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter scheduleIf you’ve been anxiously awaiting an official 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter schedule of events from Universal Orlando, you can relax because your owl has arrived! Universal has just announced the full rundown of public happenings during their annual Wizarding World weekend, which runs January 29-31, 2016.Activities over the three day Celebration of Harry Potter include Q&A sessions with cast members from the hit movies, panels with artists who worked on the films and parks, and special demonstrations and exhibits relating to Potter lore. In 2016, the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios Florida will be dedicated during the day to kids activities, in addition to hosting the headliner events in the evenings, while Toon Lagoon amphitheater in Islands of Adventure will reopen during the daytime for sessions aimed at adult fans.All of the below listed activities are open to all park goers, including annual passholder, without needing an extra ticket. One thing you won’t see on the list is autograph sessions with the film stars. After the intense demand for limited autograph tickets last year, Universal has restricted the signings solely to those who purchased special hotel packages (which sold out long ago).Here is the full schedule of 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter activities:FRIDAY, JANUARY 29Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) 9am – 6pmMovie in the Park (Music Plaza Stage) 1:30pm – 4:30pmOpening Night Event (Music Plaza Stage) 7:30pm – 8pmSATURDAY, JANUARY 30Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) 9am – 4:30pmKids’ Duelling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris (Music Plaza Stage) 10am – 10:30amKids’ Harry Potter Film Trivia (Music Plaza Stage) 10:45am – 11amBringing the Harry Potter Films to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Toon Amphitheater) 11am-11:30amKids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza Stage) 11:30am – 12pmThe Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition (Toon Amphitheater) 1pm-1:30pmKids’ Harry PotterTM Film Trivia (Music Plaza Stage) 2pm – 2:15pmGraphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima (Toon Amphitheater) 2pm-2:30pmKids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza Stage) 2:45pm – 3:15pmHarry Potter Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna (Toon Amphitheater) 3pm-3:45pmBehind the Scenes: Harry PotterTM Film Talent Q&A Session (Music Plaza Stage) 4:15pm – 5pmHouse Rally (Music Plaza Stage) 5:30pm – 6pmHarry Potter Film Tribute (Music Plaza Stage) 6:45pm – 7:45pmSUNDAY, JANUARY 31Harry Potter Expo (Soundstage 33) 9am – 6pmKids’ Duelling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris (Music Plaza Stage) 10am – 10:30amKids’ Harry PotterTM Film Trivia (Music Plaza Stage) 10:45am – 11amHarry PotterTM Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna (Toon Amphitheater) 11am – 11:45amKids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons & Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza Stage) 11:30am – 12pmBringing the Harry PotterTM Films to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Toon Amphitheater) 1pm – 1:30pmKids’ Harry PotterTM Film Trivia (Music Plaza Stage) 2pm – 2:15pmGraphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima (Toon Amphitheater) 2pm – 2:30pmKids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang (Music Plaza Stage) 2:45pm – 3:15pmThe Global Impact of Harry PotterTM: The Exhibition (Toon Amphitheater) 3pm – 3:30pmBehind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Q&A Session (Music Plaza Stage) 4pm-4:45pm You can also download the full schedule from Universal’s website. As always, the Harry Potter Expo of props and interactive exhibits in Universal Studios Florida’s Soundstage 33 will be popular; get in line early or be prepared to wait. The Celebration should swell attendance in the parks’ Wizarding World sections and the spots where events are held, but the impact on attraction wait times elsewhere should be slight.last_img read more