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Flying V duels Arellano to draw

first_imgBulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Teng pushed Flying V to the driver’s seat with an open layup, but Kent Salado assisted on Ariel Aguilar’s game-tying floater with 10.5 ticks remaining.The Thunder still had a shot to win the game, but Salado smothered Teng on his potential game-winning jumper as time expired.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 return“I feel this is really good for us. We had lots of learnings from that game,” said Flying V coach Eric Altamirano of his newcomer PBA D-League squad.Teng led the Thunder with 19 points, 17 coming in the second half, to go with three rebounds, while Salamat shot 3-of-5 from rainbow country to wound up with 13 markers, on top of his eight assists and three boards. Gab Banal also added 13 for Flying V.Salado topped the Chiefs with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, while Richard Abanes got 15 in the stalemate.The game ended in a draw as Flying V’s games in the preseason tourney only serve as tuneup games for its campaign in the upcoming 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup. Hence, results of the Thunder’s games won’t be reflected on their opponent’s standings. IDLThe Scores:FLYING V 77 – Teng 19, Salamat 13, Banal 13, Torres 8, Thiele 8, Colina 4, Webb 4, Tampus 4, Dionisio 2, Ongteco 2, Hubalde 0, Sinco 0.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments MOST READ Cafe France’s Macaraya to allow deputy Garcia to take reins 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 Flying V ThunderJeron Teng and Eric Salamat carried Flying V to a 77-all draw against Arellano Friday in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Thunder dug themselves out of a 75-67 hole and came back roaring late, with Teng scoring the and-one followed by Salamat draining the trey to knot the score at 75 with 43.9 seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead ARELLANO 77 – Salado 15, Abanes 15, Nicholls 12, Canete 11, Enriquez 8, Villoria 6, Meca 5, Aguilar 4, Alcoriza 1, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Concepcion 0, Rivera 0, Juico 0, Gupilan 0, Cahigas 0, Filart 0.Quarters: 16-17, 36-34, 54-52, 77-77. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Thai teen breaks record for youngest professional win in golf

first_imgHer victory smashes the current record set by Canada’s Brooke Henderson who won the Canadian Women’s Tour in June 2012 aged 14 years, nine months and three days.She also beats the Ladies European Tour record held by former number one Lydia Ko who took the 2013 New Zealand Open aged 15 years, nine months and 17 days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Atthaya, who hails from Thailand’s western province of Rachaburi, turned 14 on 20 February. Local media said she first picked up a golf club aged six.The shy but seemingly always smiling teenager had a dream week at the 72-par Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya. Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop She burst into the first day with a two under 70, struck a 71 on day two and another 70 on day three.She began the final day one shot behind Menendez, 25, facing the daunting task of keeping the finish line in sight.The first nine she shot two bogeys and a birdie but was helped by a poor start from Menendez who fired four bogeys, giving the rising Thai star a cushion as the two went into the back nine.If Atthaya felt pressure, she did not show it, firing another birdie on the back nine and calmly slotting home the final par putt.“I’m so proud and so happy for my score and win this week,” she told reporters in slightly broken English moments after her win. “I’m so excited, thank you so much.”ADVERTISEMENT Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 As an amateur, she does not take home any prize winnings.That means the top €45,000 ($51,000) prize went to runner up-Menendez while €27,500 went to third placed pro Whitney Hillier.Final top scores for the Ladies European Thailand Championship at the 72-par Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya.283 – Atthaya Tithikul (THA) 70-17-70-72285 – Ana Menedez (MEX) 68-72-70-75286 – Whitney Hillier (AUS) 74-72-69-71287 – Leticia Ras-Anderica (GER) 73-73-74-67; Parinda Phokan (THA) 75-73-71-68; Amy Boulden (WAL) 73-74-67-73.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marquez ‘surprised’ Pacquiao failed to stop Horn in 10th round Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste MOST READ Atthaya Thitikul (Photo from her Facebook page)BANGKOK, Thailand — A Thai teenager became the youngest known winner of a professional golf tournament on Sunday, overcoming huge pressure to secure a two-shot victory at the Ladies European Thailand Championship in Pattaya.There were gasps from the crowd as Atthaya Thitikul – aged just 14 years and four months – calmly slotted home a must-win final putt on the 18th to see off Ana Menendez of Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View commentslast_img read more

Letter to Malia and Sasha Obama – Weeping Voices in Dying Valleys

first_imgDear Malia and Sasha:With esteemed hospitality and a great degree of compliments, we want to heartily welcome you and your mom along with her entourage to Africa’s oldest and the world’s second black republic. Liberians, especially teenage girls, are glad to have you (Malia and Sasha) visiting a rich, but yet poor country likeLiberia. Receiving such a high-power delegation led by the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, is historic and worthwhile. Ten (10) years ago in January 2006, when President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was about to take the oath of office as Africa’s first democratically-elected female Head of State, our nation, including adolescent girls and women, gave a standing ovation to U.S First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. About 32 months after our new President (Madam Johnson-Sirleaf) was inaugurated, the streets of Monrovia were again abuzz as Liberians were in full readiness to welcome another great U.S. stateswoman, who is now the popular face of the Democratic Party in the United States of America. This time around in 2009, it was Secretary of State and former U.S. First Lady Hilary Clinton. Malia and Sasha, the memories of these historic visits remain an embodiment of our nation’s chronicle. Surely, they will forever live with us, especially our sisters, nieces, mothers and daughters. Even during these tough times, where girls and young women are extremely vulnerable to all forms of abuse due to entrenched poverty and inequality, these are moments worth remembering. We will together remember these moments even while in tears. We will together bear in mind that in a period of less than four years between 2006 and 2009, two (2) former First Ladies of the United States of America had to travel from Washington DC to Monrovia for approximately 9 hours 44 minutes (4688.8 miles) on an official visit. Even though there is an unending strike of poverty across our nation, yet we remain proud of our identity and heritage. Malia and Sasha, Liberia’s relationship with your country is longstanding. This relationship began in 1822 and even became stronger when the United States of America finally recognized Liberia as a sovereign State in 1862, fifteen (15) years after Liberia declared its independence. I am trying to unveil a glimpse of Liberia’s link to America. It would interest you to know also that our constitution, flag, capitol building, governance structure and other features are direct replicas of the United States of America. After 194 years of securing such bond, our nations (Liberia and USA) remain indivisible. No wonder why our country won’t stop receiving high-profile U.S. delegates like you. Hosting dignified guests like you (Malia and Sasha) and your mom (Michelle Obama) means a lot for our country. It does not only mean a lot for our country, but it also brings a lot of good news for girls and young women in Liberia, most of whom are hopeless, choiceless and powerless. Since this is the very first visit of the first family from the White House, we look forward to a concrete outcome and a wide-ranging impact on Liberian girls and women. When you and your mom shall have left our soil, at least our girls and young women should be able to smile again after enduring countless numbers of despicable conditions. We thought our girls and women would have gotten some level of relief and liberty after the visit of U.S. First Lady Laura Bush in 2006. We thought a good percentage of them would have left the streets to pursue academic and vocational education after the departure of former First Lady Hilary Clinton. We thought that the visit of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would have helped to make Liberia a ‘no go zone’ for rape and sexual exploitation. These thoughts still run through our minds even now. Malia and Sasha, it is unarguably evident that the visits of these prominent and influential U.S. women brought a lot of socioeconomic and political benefits to Liberia. Even though the impact of those visits is rarely seen as a result of systemic corruption and greed in public service, millions have been dished out by the U.S. government to Liberia for girls’ education and women’s empowerment since 2006. With the presence of you and your mother along with her entourage in our country, I am very certain that millions are about to be spent again to promote girls’ education and women’s empowerment. However, if those millions are not properly monitored through a systematic framework of accountability and transparency, your visit to our country would just be another historic moment without any concrete impact left behind. This has been the trend in Liberia for decades now, evident by the mass suffering of our people, especially girls and women. Sasha and Malia, probably you may be unaware of what teenagers like you are really going through in Liberia. It is good for you to know the hardcore facts and realities unfolding across our nation. The scene in Margibi County may misinform you momentarily that the livelihood of girls and women is improving, but that is far from the reality. The hard truth is that most adolescent girls and women are experiencing hard times and they have been reduced to nothing. From Montserrado to Maryland County, they have lost their self-pride and dignity as a result of poverty and inequality. I have chosen to write you, Sasha and Malia, on behalf of voiceless and vulnerable Liberian girls and young women for two (2) fundamental reasons:1. To accurately inform your perspective about the mass exploitation and extreme hardship girls and young women in Liberia endure on a daily basis. 2. To plead with you to whisper in the ears of your mom and dad to give more support to Liberian girls and women. Malia and Sasha, I chose not to directly address this communication to your parents, but you, because I know your voice(s) would sound more appealing and make a lot of impact than anyone else. More besides, both of you are powerful teenagers who could easily be heard by world leaders. It takes just a whisper from you to make a lot of difference in the life of a girl who is currently crushing rocks for a livelihood in Liberia. It takes just a word from you to your parents to keep thousands of girls in school. It takes just a sentence from you to take hundreds of teenage girls off the streets. Without a doubt, the dreams and aspirations of Liberian children, especially girls and young women, are between poverty and hopelessness. They are confronted with all forms of abuse, and nothing seems to really be changing as they crawl in shackles and shambles. There are thousands of weeping voices in dying valleys that have given up as a result of abandonment. There are thousands of weeping voices in dying valleys who are crying out for help and rescue. There are thousands of weeping voices in dying valleys who are in economic bondage. There are thousands of weeping voices in dying valleys who are in pursuit of juvenile justice. There are thousands of weeping voices in dying valleys who have no hope of entering a classroom as teenage pregnancy skyrockets. There are thousands of weeping voices who are engaged in prostitution, child labor and drug abuse. There are thousands of weeping voices in dying valleys who have been victimized and stigmatized by rape, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, forced marriage, hunger, neglect, disease and ignorance. There are thousands of weeping voices in dying valleys who have become orphans due to the Ebola crisis. These weeping voices are in Montserrado and Maryland. They can be found in Bong and Bassa. They are in Nimba, Margibi and Sinoe. Their number continues to rise in River Gee, Rivercess, Grand Kru and Gbarpolu. They are crying out for help in Lofa, Bomi, Grand Gedeh and Grand Cape Mount. Malia and Sasha, with the less than four hours you have to spend in Liberia, you may not have the time to assess or see what teens like you are going through in Liberia. I could go on penning down dozens of pages to narrate the actual story of our sisters, daughters, mothers and nieces for almost 12 years now, but permit me to run you through a few lines. The story of Liberian teenagers and young women is a story that is too difficult and painful to narrate. It is a story of despair and desolation. It is a story of mediocrity and melancholy existence; a story of self-pity and low self-esteem. It is a story of subjugation and stereotyping. It is a story of exploitation and abuse. I wonder sometimes whether these sad stories will ever come to an end. Even thoughmillions of dollars have been spent by the US government and other partners to educate teenage girls and empower young women across Liberia, unfortunately, these resources are yet to make concrete impact as a result of greed, patronage, lack of patriotism, nepotism, fiscal indiscipline and corruption. This is what happens when the people’s leaders become insensitive to their plights. The rush for wealth among those in authority today is unprecedented. Public service nowadays in Liberia is about self-enrichment to the detriment of the ordinary masses. While the majority suffers, millions of the people’s money have been wired to foreign accounts by a few self-seeking micro-nationalists whose ultimate mission is to keep our people in perpetual poverty. As a result of their cruel action, girls and young women in Liberia have become very vulnerable to danger. The weeping voices of minors/teenagers no longer matters to those in power. It seems like the ears of our leaders have been sealed to the appalling conditions of underprivileged citizens, especially girls and young women. We hope your visit to Liberia will give girls and young women some level of relief. Across the nation, hundreds of girls and young women die every year from curable diseases like malaria and the flu. Across the nation, teenagers are at war with malnutrition and illiteracy. Across the nation, our sisters are taken to foreign countries by business merchants and sexually abused. Across the nation, our girls and women are being raped and harassed by wicked men. Across the nation, hundreds of children are found working in goldmines and on plantations. Some of them have no choice, but to become breadwinners before their proper growth and maturity. Malia and Sasha, we hope your visit to our country will help put an end to some of these visible cruelties. For some time now, I have admired the unstoppable courage and passion of your mother to promote girls’ education and women’s empowerment worldwide. Even though the distance from Liberia to the United States of America is 9,256 kilometers, I follow her activities often. Without a doubt, she will be remembered in human history as an illuminating symbol of hope for millions of vulnerable girls and women across the globe. Her quest to ensure that every girl child in the world gets an education through her LET GIRLS LEARN initiative is welcoming. Malia and Sasha, I was inspired by the speech your mother delivered at the Summit of Young African Leaders in July 2014, when she cautioned African Leaders to focus more on girls’ education. It is left with our leaders in Africa to either act on this message or ignore it. The advocacy of Mrs. Obama for girls and young women has gone beyond boundaries. Please extend our gratitude to her and your dad for remembering Africa, particularly Liberia. At least they have not forgotten their roots! Malia and Sasha, I know the love you hold in your heart for your peers in Liberia is beyond measure. This is why you had to leave the most comfortable and powerful home in the world (The Whitehouse) to travel such a far distance with your mother. This historic visit means a lot for every teenager in Liberia, especially girls. Malia, I know you would be unhappy to begin college at Harvard in the fall of 2017 while thousands of girls who are at your age (17 years) are yet to see a classroom in Liberia. Sasha, I know that there are times you sit in your classroom at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington and think about other girls at your age (15 years) who cannot even write their names because they didn’t have the opportunity to go to school. I am quite sure that it is because of your conviction and compassion to promote girls’ education that you had to leave the incomparable comfort of the White House and visit our country for the very first time. Our gratitude to you and your grandmother also! As you go back home, please inform President Obama and the American people that all is not well in Liberia – The Liberian people are going through hard times after 168 years of independence. They live in a small country with abundant natural resources, but yet they are among the poorest and most abused group of people in Africa and the world. Please whisper to President Obama and the America people that socioeconomic equality and justice for the poor are far from the shores of Liberia. Please inform presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton that the gender gap in Liberia remains very wide even after her visit in 2009. Most parents are still unable to sponsor their children in school due to unemployment and the lack of opportunities. Today, more than 62 million girls around the world are out of school, and Africa accounts for a good portion of this number. More than half a million children, mainly girls, are out of school in Liberia according to UNICEF. It will interest you to know that net enrollment rate in primary schools is 46%. While net enrollment rate for boys is 61.41%, girls account for 34.12%. The number of dropouts in Liberian schools is high, with 65% accounting for boys and 73% for girls. These students drop out of school before reaching the 5th grade. Furthermore, rape is becoming a culture in Liberia. If swift action is not taken to prevent this stigmatizing threat, Liberia is doomed. In 2014, Liberia had a total of 554 rape cases. Recently, the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection reported that about 731 children were raped and sexually abused between January and March 2016. These are provoking statistics that also need to claim your immediate attention. Teenage pregnancy is another crisis facing our country. The rate of teenage pregnancy in Liberia is at 38%, according to UNFPA. The rate of child prostitution in Liberia is growing exponentially. Liberian girls below the age of 17 years are found in clubs prostituting themselves, not to mention, smoking, alcohol and drug abuse.As you visit Liberia, Malia and Sasha, and return home, please remember teens in Liberia especially girls. While in the White House, please remember street children; children out of school; those in mines and on plantations; the ones who live in slum communities, villages and towns across our country. They are in dire need of your help and just a drop can make a lot of difference if properly managed by those you entrust with it. Amid all these challenges facing Liberia children, I am wondering whether the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has gone into a coma. Today, I stand to ask the African Union “is the 1990 African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child no longer in existence?” In tears, I am constrained to question the sincerity of our leaders about the promises they made to Liberian children especially girls in the 2012 Children’s Law of Liberia. Even though some progress has been made, this progress remains subservient to the rising challenges facing children in Liberia. Malia and Sasha, much has been said and it is time we collaborate more closely as nations to rapidly address these issues. I could continue recounting even more scary realities taking place in Liberia, but what matters the most to me now is for us to find lasting solutions to these problems together. Just know that as you go back to the White House, there are thousands of girls like you in Liberia who will not have an opportunity to enter a classroom until they die. Surely, they are weeping voices in dying valleys. With resilience, I know they shall one day overcome – the Liberian people shall one day triumph! Malia and Sasha, please enjoy your brief stay in Liberia as we look forward to an impactful outcome as a result of your visit. Once again, I want to say in our Kpelle language: “Ka seepai Liberia lui su. Yala ei mei kaa a nelee kake leeipolu yongna.” which in English means: “Thank you for coming to Liberia. May God watch over you as you return home.”Best Regards,Martin K. N. KollieYouth Activist, Republic of Liberia. Cc: United States Embassy near MonroviaUnited States Agency for International Development-USAIDUN WomenAfrican UnionUNICEFAbout the Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, a student leader, an emerging economist and a young writer. He hails from central Liberia, specifically Bong County. Martin currently reads economics with distinction at the University of Liberia and he is a loyal stalwart of the Student Unification Party (SUP). He can be reached at: martinkerkula1989@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt proposed concession reduction is ‘anti-investment’ – Jagdeo

first_imgIn light of President David Granger’s recent statement on reducing concessions to foreign investors in order to create a level playing field for local investors, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that such a move is “anti-investment”. In a brief statement to the media Friday, the former Guyanese President pointed out that it is absurd that the Head of State would make such a comment especially at a time when the country is currently hosting its premier trading exposition – GuyExpo, a forum conceived and designed to attract investment both locally and overseas. Jagdeo posited that the move is “most counterproductive and anti-investment”. He said, “The President views the investment regime, which is currently in place intending to attract direct foreign investments, as too generous and promised that his Government will reduce these concessions.” According to the Opposition Leader, this latest pronouncement joins a long list of anti-private sector measures recently initiated by the A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration. HeOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeohighlighted that prominent among these measures is the political contamination of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). Jagdeo explained that “sweet-heart” deals are being offered to those who have been identified as making “political investments”, thereby removing a leveled playing field for their competitors. He also mentioned the fact that policies are being formulated and implemented without any studies and understanding of the technical nature of the issues, for example, the announcement of policies regarding high levels of remission without an appreciation of related incentive regime. On the other hand, Leader of the Opposition on Thursday welcomed investors here to participate in the country’s trade fair and encouraged them to make greater investments. He highlighted the importance of private investments, both local and foreign to the Guyanese economy and for job creation. Jagdeo further assured potential investors that their investments will receive the highest form of legal protection and constitutional guarantee. It is known that Guyana, like many other countries, offers concessions to attract foreign investors. However, during a special edition of this week’s televised programme – The Public Interest, President Granger indicated that he will adjust the amount of concessions offered to foreigners in order to create a level playing field for both foreign and local investors: “We want to ensure that foreigners are not given concessions and waivers and rebates, to which other people are not entitled. In fact, we want to reduce the amount of these concessions so that we become more competitive.” The president’s comments comes some two weeks after local businessman and Chairman of MCG Investments (Giftland Mall), Roy Beepat, called on government to provide a level playing field for all investors in Guyana, a call which the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has long been making. “In fairness to our investment and parity between local investment and international enterprises such as these, it is important that a level playing field, I would find it abhorrent if it is a case that multibillion international companies should be treated with preferential treatment and unfair trading advantages over local companies,” Beepat said in a letter to the media.last_img read more

Last-minute Barcelona defeat 10-man Sevilla

first_imgHowever, Barca fought back with Cesc Fabregas reducing the arrears after 53 minutes and then the talking point was the dismissal of Gary Medel for an apparent headbutt on Fabregas which led to him being red-carded with 18 minutes to go.Barca pressed forward and it was Fabregras who equalised with a minute to go before substitute David Villa got the winner in the fourth minute of injury time.Barca coach Tito Vilanova felt it was right to send off Medel.“If a player goes towards another and hits them in the head then the referee does the right thing to apply the law. That is a red card here or anywhere. It is difficult to referee and easy to make mistakes but not in this case,” he said.Sevilla coach Jose Miguel Gonzalez ‘Michel’, who was sent to the stands in closing stages for complaining too vociferously, refused to get drawn into questions about Medel’s dismissal.“Sometimes things are just crystal clear but still rules are about interpretation and I never talk about referees,” he said.“My players were excellent against an excellent rival. I won’t say it was an unjust result but it was frustrating and leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.”The pressure is now very much on Real Madrid who face Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday before they then go head-to-head with Barcelona in the first El Clasico of the season in the league next weekend.Barca started stronger and Pedro Rodriguez fired over in the opening minutes.Goalkeeper Andres Palop then got down well to stop Lionel Messi inside the area after 13 minutes.Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic had a tame shot from the edge of the area before, on another breakaway, Trochowski gave the home side the lead.The ball came to him after Javier Mascherano tried to clear the danger and from the left-hand side of the area the Sevilla man slotted the ball into the corner.Straight after the restart Sevilla got their second goal after Sergio Busquets gave the ball away in midfield. Medel found Negredo who clipped the ball over the keeper for a fine finish.Barca went close through Pedro Rodriguez before Fabregas pulled a goal back with a shot from the edge of the area.Medel was controversially dismissed for a headbutt on Fabregas and then, in the closing minutes, it was the former Arsenal man who ran through to beat Palop.There was still time three minutes into injury time for Villa to latch onto a Messi pass for the winner.Malaga maintained their unbeaten start as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Real Betis with the game turning on an early penalty and the sending off of goalkeeper Casto Espinosa.Casto was red-carded for a foul on Eliseu Pereira and after Joaquin Sanchez converted the penalty, Malaga never looked back.They had a series of chances with Ignacio Camacho hitting the post with a header and then Javier Saviola slotted home the second after 28 minutes following an exchange with Francisco Portillo.Midway through the second half Antonio Amaya put the ball through his own net as he intercepted a Nacho Monreal cross and then Isco Alarcon finished clinically to add to Betis’ misery.Elsewhere Valencia beat Zaragoza 2-0 and Real Sociedad also came out on top 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, September 30 – Barcelona struck twice in the final minutes to complete a controversial fightback as they beat 10-man Sevilla 3-2 to go eleven points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid.Piotr Trochowski put Sevilla ahead after 26 minutes and when Alvaro Negredo doubled the advantage after the break it looked as though the Andalusians would achieve a double over the top two, having beaten Real a fortnight ago.last_img read more

KPL bins Ulinzi Top 8 K’Ogalo protest

first_img“We note from the Match Commissioners and Referees Report that your protest was made during the match which contravenes Rule 3.5 on Match Arrangements (i) Pre-Match Protests: “Any protest by a club must be made and attached to the match report before the kick-off. The protest must be signed by the Team Manager or Coach of both clubs. A club official who refuses to sign a protest will be suspended for at least the next two consecutive matches and face other disciplinary action,” Oguda’s letter to Ulinzi read in part.“Pursuant to the above, the results of the said match stands as 4-2 in favour of Gor Mahia FC as recorded in the match reports,” it concludes.Ulinzi had objected the fielding of more foreign players than the allocated quota by K’Ogalo in the April 10 match that ended 0-0 in regulation time before Gor advanced to the semi finals of the Sh1m winner-takes-all knockout tournament on spot kicks.Zradvko Logarusic side played Dan Sserenkuma, Israel Emuge, Ivo Mapunda and Ivan Anguyo that is more than the three foreigners permitted under KPL laws.Keeper Mapunda who saved one spot-kick is Tanzanian while the other trio hail from Uganda.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 17- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has tossed out a protest registered by Ulinzi Stars to nullify their 4-2 Top 8 loss on post-match penalties to Gor Mahia on technical grounds.In a letter signed by KPL CEO, Jack Oguda, the result of the match will stand after the soldiers were found to be in breach of regulations guiding clubs on registering objections.last_img read more

Column from MLA Pat Pimm

first_imgThe following items are what Minister Lekstrom and I have asked the board to discuss including in a delegation agreement with the ALC Commissioner. Permit communities proper opportunities to expand, and allow for special consideration if a parcel is of great benefit to a community’s future plans.Lessen restrictions to allow subdivisions around home sites for farm family members and succession planning purposes of approximately 10-15 hectres per ¼ section parcel of land. Allow subdivisions on land that is non-farmable because of creeks, railroads, roads or any other topographical restraint that prevent proper farming practices.Allow subdivisions on ALR lands that have low agricultural potential based on poor soil ratings such as Class 5, 6, and 7 with the exception of 5C.Expand Industrial uses on ALR lands to accommodate non farm uses that could enhance the sustainability of agriculture and allow approximately 10 – 15 hectres per ¼ section to provide the additional flexibility. You would also have to address employee numbers, building size etc to accomplish this.Re-instate the ¼ section as the standard size agricultural parcel allowing sections and ½ sections to be subdivided down to ¼ section titles and also make some similar accommodation for Community District lots.The subdivision rules established in the Delegation agreement should also apply to non ALR lands.  Providing it does not reduce their present opportunities.Initiate a proper appeal process.We have an opportunity to help repair the ALR and the ALC for the Peace Country and the Fort Nelson area.  Now we must work with our local government to establish this delegation agreement for the benefit of our residents.Minister McRae is pleased with the legislative and financial changes for the ALC and he is committed to working with the ALC to ensure they are a proactive organization that meets its mandate but also respects the regional, geographic and agricultural differences that face this vast Province.Pat Pimm, MLA Peace River NorthBlair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation, MLA Peace River SouthAdvertisement Delegation agreements are not new to the ALC as they have been offered to all Provincial Regional Districts in the past.  However, very few regions accepted the offer as they felt the agreements did not give the local governments enough authority to make the proper decisions for their Districts. Minister Lekstrom and I have received information that would lead us to believe that if we could get our area residents to agree to issues that could be addressed through a delegation agreement for our area, then the ALC would consider establishing an agreement between our Regional Districts and the ALC.On March 2, 2012 Minister Lekstrom and I met with the North and South Peace Cattlemen, Grain growers, Bison Association, Forage Association, Association for ALR Reform, Woman’s institute and landowners with no affiliation to see if we could come up with some areas that all of the groups felt that would work for them and the group came to consensus on eight issues that could help our area farmers and landowners.Minister Lekstrom and I have sent a letter to the Peace River Regional District that listed the eight items and we asked for a further meeting to discuss the issue with the board and that meeting happened on April 12, 2012.Advertisementcenter_img MLAs PIMM AND LEKSTROM ON ALR/ALC DELEGATION AGREEMENT FOR PEACE AND NORTHERN ROCKIESDuring the 2011 fall session of the Legislature we had the opportunity to debate Bill 19 which is the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act. A major section in this act is the amendments to the Agriculture Land Commission Act. Several problems are identified with the ALR in our region.  I had great difficulty with this bill. Minister Lekstrom and I fought extremely hard on behalf of our local residents to have some positive changes made to this act. The biggest problem with the ALR, for our area, is that we put a priority on saving agriculture land within our region without considering the effect on the farmer, the farming community, the farming family, succession planning and the ability to have some form of non-farm use on the farmers land.- Advertisement – We have few opportunities to discuss the ALR.  We knew this would be our best opportunity to make changes to the ALR and the ALC.Some of the changes made are positive.  One is that the commissioner will now have the ability to send a decision to an appeal process.  That is something that wasn’t available before. Another positive is that we received a little bit of extra money put back into ALC, approximately $600,000.00 this year and another million dollars for next year. The ALC will be able do some work that has been long overdue, for example, proper boundary mapping. The points that we fought against were the fact that once an application goes to the ALR you are not able to re-submit the same application for a 5 year period. The second piece that we had difficulties with was the increase in application costs, when in many cases the land should not have been in the ALR in the first place. Minister McRae has noted that the new fees have not yet been established.  He agrees that land that should not have been in the reserve in the first place should not be subject to any new fees.During the past year we have been working closely with the Committee for Agriculture Land Reserve Reform, a group of North and South Peace constituents. This committee has been trying to get a pilot project for the Northeast that would put the ALR in the Peace Country on an equal playing field to our Alberta counterparts. Although we were not successful in getting this commitment, we did receive positive feedback on the possibility of delegation agreements for the Peace and Northern Rockies Regional Districts.Advertisementlast_img read more

Parched Valley expected to get rain today

first_imgA Pacific storm that soaked western Ventura County this weekend is expected to roll into the San Fernando Valley today, bringing a bit of relief to parched hillsides and wind-scorched brush. “It has been streaming – pretty much constant showers – over Ventura County, and we are hoping for some of that to move east overnight and give L.A. County a bit more of the dousing than it has been getting so far,” said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist at the Oxnard office of the National Weather Service. The weekend storm brought snow to Ventura County mountains, dropping six to 10 inches at elevations above 6,000 feet. The light drizzle that began Saturday morning is expected to drop a half-inch to an inch in the Los Angeles area through this evening. The chance of rain today in downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley was put at 60 percent, falling to 50 percent Tuesday and 20 percent on Wednesday. Forecasters expect temperatures in the 50s today and flash-flood warnings are in effect for Burbank, Castaic and Topanga Canyon. Even with the rain, Los Angeles is on pace for its driest year on record. Since July, just 1.48 inches have fallen in downtown Los Angeles. So far, this season is on pace to be drier than the 2001-02 season, when just 4.42 inches of rain fell in Los Angeles, the least of any year on record. All this has fire officials on high alert. “We don’t really take a sigh of relief until we get four or five inches,” said L.A. County Fire Inspector Ed Lozano. “Fire season is never really considered out for us because all we need is a few Santa Ana winds, and the fuel will dry out again really quick.” This winter heavy winds and freezing temperatures have toppled trees, dragged down power lines, killed crops and even brought snow to the hills above Malibu. Despite the cold, forecasters are predicting 2007 could be the hottest year on record. Couple that with what looks to be, at best, one of the driest years on record, and summer should be a scorcher. (818) 713-3634160Want 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

‘Someone should be fired’ – Blues fans demand action after talented youth is loaned out

first_imgChelsea youngster Lewis Baker won’t be playing his football at Stamford Bridge next season.The highly-rated youth prospect, who has previously been tipped to make the grade in Jose Mourinho’s first team, is set to be sent out on loan to Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem.The 20-year-old must have hoped that he would be able to claim a place in the Blues’ squad next term, but will now have to prove his worth abroad before such a luxury is afforded to him.Meanwhile, are the west Londoners happy to see the England Under-20 international depart? Or do Chelsea fans believe their midfielder should have been given more of a chance to impress?You can see the best reaction to Lewis Baker’s season-long loan move to Vitesse Arnhem below…. ‘We’ll never hear from him again’ – Chelsea fans upset with the decision to send Lewis Baker on loan to Dutch outfit Vitesse 1last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgLA MIRADA – VFW Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., invites everyone to a shrimp dinner fundraiser at 6 tonight. The donation is $7 per person. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Symphony concert admission is free WHITTIER – “Accent on Mozart,” the Rio Hondo Symphony’s third free-admission concert of the 2005-06 season, will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Vic Lopez Auditorium at Whittier High School, 12417 E. Philadelphia St. For more information, call (562) 947-5907. Hospital offers caregivers support MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital offers a free caregivers support group for those who provide care to people with cancer, dementia or other major chronic illnesses, at 10 a.m. every Monday at the hospital’s Women’s Pavilion & Breast Center conference room, 309 W. Beverly Blvd. For more information, call (323) 837-3411. Troop to hold pancake breakfast WHITTIER – Boy Scout Troop 438 will hold a fundraising pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at Murphy Ranch Elementary School, 16021 Janine Drive. A donation of $4 per person is requested; children under 3 are free. Proceeds support troop activities. For more information, call (714) 896-2146. Donations sought for car show WHITTIER – Officials at Whittier Adventist Elementary School, 8841. S. Calmada Ave., are asking for the public’s help in putting on an upcoming car show and family fun day fundraiser set for March 12. Organizers are in need of donations of corn chips, nacho cheese, refried beans, salsa, sour cream, baked goods, ice, veggie burgers, burger buns, paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, sodas and bottled water. To donate, or for more information, call (562)693-1211. Learn to cook at activity center LA MIRADA – A free cooking class that features recipes for desserts, main dishes and holiday fare is being held free from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through May 16 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The class is taught by a Cerritos College instructor. Participants can watch while the dish is prepared and also sample it. For more information, call (562) 902-3160, or visit Grooming tips for cancer patients WHITTIER – Look Good, Feel Better, a free workshop that provides hair, makeup and skin-care tips for women undergoing or recently finished with cancer treatment, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Whittier branch office of the American Cancer Society, 12401 Washington Blvd. The program, which is facilitated by a licensed cosmetologist, is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call (562) 437-0791. Volunteers sought for April events PICO RIVERA – The city is seeking energetic volunteers to assist with two events taking place in the month of April – Family Arts Day and the Bunny Hop Celebration. Volunteer assignments will include helping with set-up, take-down and the operation of the ticket, game and food booths. Anyone interested can pick up an application from 7:30a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Parks and Recreation building, 6767Passons Blvd. For more information, call (562) 801-4430. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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