View comments Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust One of the symbols of that time was Imelda’s collection of more than 1,000 pairs of shoes, which was revealed after the family was forced to flee into US exile by a popular uprising in 1986.The Marcos link to the cauldron extends to its designer, architect Francisco ‘Bobby’ Manosa, an Imelda favorite who drew up her so-called ‘Coconut Palace’.The building was constructed in Manila of indigenous materials and was intended to house visiting dignitaries, but became just another symbol of Marcos excess.As the anger over the cauldron has built, Duterte himself waded into the fray saying there was no “corruption” behind the high cost.“It is a product of the mind. You cannot estimate how much money you lost because it is the rendition of the mind of the creator,” the president told reporters.ADVERTISEMENT The 50-meter (160 feet) cauldron has been built at the main stadium in Clark, north of Manila, for the regional Games which start on November 30.“Do you realize that at one million (pesos) per classroom, we can construct 50 classrooms? In other words, we did away with 50 classrooms in exchange for one ‘kaldero’,” said lawmaker Franklin Drilon, using the Filipino word for a cooking pot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4An ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, lawmaker Joey Salceda, said that while “the cost looks reasonable, it comes across as Imeldific and signals grandiosity”.“Imeldific” is a term born of the worst excesses of the reign of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda, when billions disappeared from state coffers. This photo taken on November 21, 2019, shows workers preparing steps leading to the cauldron tower at the athletics stadium for the upcoming 2019 SEA Games at New Clark City in Tarlac, north of Manila. – A cauldron costing nearly 1 million USD that will hold the Southeast Asian Games flame has drawn anger in the Philippines, sparking comparisons to the excesses that epitomised the Marcos era. (Photo by STR / AFP)A cauldron costing nearly $1 million that will hold the Southeast Asian Games flame has drawn anger in the Philippines, sparking comparisons to the excesses that epitomised the Marcos era.Critics in the Philippines, which is hosting the Games in and around Manila from November 30, have said the 50 million pesos ($984,000) would have been better spent helping the nation’s children and poor.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Renz Subido leaves UST with a grateful heart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games organizing committee chief Alan Peter Cayetano also went in to bat for the project.“It’s a work of art,” he said. “We see the athletes, we see the burning flames that represent hope and the fighting spirit. We think it is just appropriate.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Dear Editor,Paddy bugs have led to the loss of almost 20 per cent of the rice crop in Region Six so far this year. Reports are that a similar loss has been experienced in Region Two and smaller amounts in Regions Three and Five. For Region Six alone, this loss translates into the loss of 500,000 bags of paddy, equating to the loss of $1.4 billion in revenue for farmers. Overall, Guyanese rice farmers are estimated to lose about $5 billion this year, having already lost more than $5 billion in 2018. Most of these are poor farmers and it is unconscionable that the GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture are largely missing in action. Even more unforgivable, the President and APNU/AFC have ignored the suffering farmers, being more obsessed with violating the Constitution and avoiding elections.It has been confirmed that rice production fell by 10 per cent in the first half of 2019. The major reason advanced for the drop in production of rice is the devastation caused by paddy bug infestation, mainly in Regions Two and Six. In 2014, Guyana produced more than 637,000 tons of rice. In the first crop of 2015, production reached almost 400,000 tons, far ahead of the pace to meet the 2015 target of 700,000 tons. But Guyana failed to reach the 2015 target because of a significant drop in production for the second 2015 crop. Guyana failed again in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and now it is highly unlikely Guyana will reach the 700,000 target in 2019. One of the major reasons for production missing the 700,000 target in 2017, 2018 and now in 2019 is the paddy bug infestation.This week, the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) finally sought to assure everyone the paddy bug problem limiting rice production in the last two years, particularly in Regions Two and Six, is being seriously addressed. According to the GRDB, two experts in paddy bug control were in Guyana last week, under the auspices of FLAR, to assist farmers in controlling paddy bugs. However, few farmers have confidence the GRDB is of any help in fighting paddy bugs. The Central Corentyne Chambers of Commerce (CCCC) called out the GRDB for its sloth and its lack of serious interest in the paddy bug problem. Like the farmers, the CCCC called on the GRDB to declare the paddy bug problem an emergency. While supporting this call, I believe the Ministry of Agriculture must lead the fight against the paddy bug emergency.The paddy bugs are not new to Guyana, but it has emerged as a bigger problem in the last couple of years, seriously affecting production. After meeting with the FLAR experts, farmers contend the recommendations made by the experts are things they are already doing. Some of the things are not possible without the direct intervention of the GRDB, the Ministry of Agriculture and other Government entities. Farmers believe the GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture are not just clueless, but they have little to no serious interest in assisting farmers in the fight against paddy bugs. I entirely concur with the farmers. The GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture have been negligent and have allowed the paddy bug problem to escalate, careen out of control and it is now an emergency.It is a good thing the GRDB, after more than two years of neglect, sought to bring in FLAR, the Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice. However, farmers, while not questioning the expertise of the two FLAR experts, noted neither of them is an entomologist. This begs the question – what happened to the resident and local entomologists, persons very familiar with paddy bugs in Guyana? Dr Vivian Baharally is a resident entomologist who is an employee of the GRDB and works out of the Burma Rice Research Centre. After her studies abroad, Dr Baharally returned home and started working at Burma since, at least, 2014. Another young entomologist just returned home. While retired, there are also two other very experienced entomologists living in Guyana – both Dr Leslie Munroe and Dr Dindial Permaul are not only experienced entomologists, they both have extensive research experience and management experience with paddy bugs. Why were these persons not engaged in the paddy bug fight?In 2014, the GRDB, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, and my own engagement, commenced a $90 million initiative for the management and control of paddy bugs in Guyana’s rice industry. Dr Vivian Baharally, an entomologist, was the lead scientist in this initiative. The initiative was led by a team of experts chaired by Dr Leslie Munroe. But before the initiative gathered speed, the Government changed and most of the persons in charge at the GRDB were either forced to resign or were fired. The initiative died. It is no coincidence, therefore, that the paddy bug today has a destructive presence in Guyana.Many of the field officers were reporting the increasing paddy bug presence since 2016, but their reports fell on deaf ears. The GRDB clearly dropped the ball and their response is still too timid, lacking cohesion. The Ministry of Agriculture has been absolutely negligent. The Ministers of Agriculture have shown a complete lack of interest. In fact, farmers query if Guyana has any Minister of Agriculture.Regards,Dr Leslie Ramsammy
0Shares0000PARIS, France, March 27 – World champions Spain regained top spot in their 2014 World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday as they beat former leaders France 1-0 in a hard fought clash.While Pedro Rodriguez’s second-half goal saw them take a one point lead over France in Group I, the team they beat in the 2010 World Cup final, The Netherlands maintained their perfect record with their sixth win in six games, a 4-0 success over Romania. The Dutch – who have recovered brilliantly under Louis van Gaal since he stepped in after they exited Euro 2012 at the group stage – lead Group D by seven points, second-placed Hungary having drawn 1-1 away in Turkey.England too came away with a 1-1 draw away at Group H leaders Montenegro.However, having taken an early lead through Wayne Rooney, on the ground where his red card in Euro 2012 qualifying saw him miss the first two group games at the finals, they were fortunate to even take a point.Montenegro still lead them by two points and could stretch it to five if they beat Ukraine in June before the English play their next qualifier at home to Moldova in September.Other European heavyweights had little trouble against lightly-regarded opponents, Germany cruising to a 4-1 win at home to Kazakhstan and a double from Mario Balotelli – taking his haul to 10 goals in nine games for club and country since signing for AC Milan from Manchester City – seeing Italy to a 2-0 win away in Malta.Italy lead second-placed Bulgaria by three points – the Bulgarians having drawn 1-1 with Denmark – but with a game in hand.The Czech Republic could sneak the runners-up play-off spot as a 3-0 win in Armenia on goalkeeper Petr Cech’s 100th appearance put them just two points behind Bulgaria and also with a game in hand.The enthralling duel for top spot in Group A shows no sign of abating as Belgium edged Macedonia 1-0 in Brussels while Croatia stayed on level terms by coming from a goal down to beat plucky Wales 2-1 in Swansea.Both sides are on 16 points with the Belgians ahead on goal difference, the two of them are nine points clear of Serbia, who put Scotland out of their misery by beating them 2-0 in Novi Sad to end their already dim hopes of reaching Brazil next year.Spain dispelled notions before the match that their mastery of world football was on the wane after a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to unfancied Finland last Friday.Their performance left coach Vicente del Bosque a satisfied man.“They are three welcome points which changes our situation in the table,” said the unassuming former Real Madrid coach.“What is better still is that we remained faithful to our style of play.”However, Del Bosque is too experienced a hand to assume the hard work is over with both his side and France having three games remaining.“There are still enough matches for the fortunes to change again, so nothing is yet done and dusted,” he added.His France counterpart Didier Deschamps said he was proud of the way his side kept battling even whan they were down to 10 men after Paul Pogba was sent off in the second-half.“We kept battling, even when down to 10 men, but it is not easy against a team that dominates like Spain do.“You need to take your chances and get some breaks, and that wasn’t the case for us.”Despite a rocky performance by England in the second-half against a Montenegrin side that has still got to play them at Wembley, English skipper Steven Gerrard believes they can secure automatic qualification.“They took control in the second half apart from the last 10 minutes, but we are still confident we can finish top of the group,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
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No injuries or structure damage have been reported from the blaze, which was 10 percent contained, he said. But its smoke cast a hazy glow across much of Northern California and local health officials advised people with breathing problems to stay indoor. Beaulieu said with forecasts calling for lighter winds, firefighters hoped to make progress in corralling the blaze with “a very heavy aerial attack” near threatened communities. “So far, we have had a wind-driven fire. It’s going to become a fuel-driven fire,” he said. A second Northern California wildfire, burning in Henry W. Coe State Park south of San Jose, also expanded early Thursday to 18,905 acres, but remained about one-quarter contained, said Kevin Colburn, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said 25 homes and 10 other structures were threatened, but no evacuations have been ordered. Firefighters took advantage of cooler overnight temperatures to set back fires in the park’s steep terrain and were monitoring the weather to determine if they could continue employing the tactic, Colburn said. “The moisture in the vegetation is critically low, so it will more readily burn. Any kind of embers across the line have the potential to start spot fires,” he said. Cooler temperatures also helped firefighters get closer to containing a five-day old fire in Southern California that had threatened scattered ranches northeast of Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest. Firefighters had the 2,100-acre fire 60percent contained Thursday morning and expected to have it surrounded by Saturday, said Dee Dechert, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. A fire that scorched 250 acres near Lancaster was declared 100 percent contained as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, said Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Andre Gougis. City News Service contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO – A forest fire in the northeast Sierra Nevada doubled its reach Thursday, prompting evacuations in the immediate area and creating smoggy skies in the San Francisco Bay Area 225miles away. Located in Plumas National Forest near Greenville, the wildfire that broke out Monday had grown to 28,000 acres by Thursday morning, said forest spokesman Mark Beaulieu. State fire officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for about 100 homes and a voluntary order for another 400, he said.
Gary Rowett’s side were held to a disappointing draw at Craven Cottage Derby missed an opportunity to break into the top six of the Sky Bet Championship as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Fulham.The Cottagers took the lead through Oliver Norwood, before Matej Vydra equalised in the second half.Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic gave a league debut to Adetayo Edun, who trained with the England senior squad last week, while captain Tom Cairney returned after a knee injury.Gary Rowett resisted the temptation to start Chris Martin against his old club, preferring to stick with David Nugent in attack.Neither team created a clear-cut opening in the first 10 minutes, although the hosts had the first attempt after 14 minutes.A floated cross into the box by Norwood found the head of Floyd Ayite, whose flicked header was saved spectacularly by Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson.Fulham had the bulk of possession, forcing a number of corners, while the visitors seemed stuck in their own half.The West Londoners deservedly took the lead on the half-hour mark when Norwood fired a free-kick on the edge of the box over the wall and past Carson.Derby finished the half on the back foot and were forced to be defensive after the restart as their opponents looked for an early second goal.However, it was the visitors who struck next. Tom Lawrence collected the ball and was able to run towards the Fulham goal without being challenged. His flick to Vydra was enough for the Czech to slot home past David Button.The goal perked up a previously flat Derby side, with Nugent seeing his 55th-minute effort matched by Button.Fulham made two substitutions, with Rui Fonte and Edun making way for Aboubakar Kamara and Luca de la Torre respectively.American De la Torre almost netted with his first touch in the 65th minute but his header from an Ayite cross went just over the crossbar.Derby made a double substitution, with Andreas Weimann replacing the injured Bradley Johnson, and Vydra making way for Martin, who was subjected to boos from the home fans after refusing to play against Reading last season.Fulham applied pressure late on, with Ayite placing a 79th-minute effort high over the bar.But they could not find a winner, meaning the hosts extended their run to six games without a victory and only one win at Craven Cottage in nine attempts. 1
Maurizio Sarri will know all about the talent of Billy Gilmour 4 REPLY shining gameday cracker LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Conor Gallagher tense huge blow @charliebrownn9 on Instagram Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 4 Charlie Brown plays as a left-footed No. 9 – a rare breed Charlie Brown was the top scorer in the UEFA Youth League this season, in which Chelsea were beaten by Porto in the final.The 19-year-old is considered the crown jewel of the Blues academy, and could become the next breakthrough star following the success of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 4 no dice Luke McCormick has trained alongside Chelsea’s first-team stars on several occasions Chelsea look likely to name several academy players on the bench when they meet Arsenal in the Europa League final next Wednesday.New UEFA regulations mean both clubs will be able to name 12 substitutes for the Baku showpiece, as opposed to seven in the earlier stages of the tournament. Luke McCormick would’ve challenged Gallagher for Player of the Year had it not been for a frustrating series of injuries throughout the season.The 20-year-old partners Gallagher in midfield for the Under-23s and has been tipped as the next Frank Lampard.He has trained with the senior squad on several occasions, so Sarri will know all about his potential.Marc Guehi The Academy Player of the Year award goes to Conor Gallagher! 🥇#CFCAwards19 pic.twitter.com/i2VSJYMFUi— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 10, 2019Conor Gallagher, the 19-year-old midfielder, is probably the most likely player to get an opportunity.He was recently named Academy Player of the Year and featured during Chelsea’s friendly against New England Revolution last week.With Loftus-Cheek injured, Gallagher represents a natural replacement with his ability to drive from deep and score goals.Luke McCormick Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Billy Gilmour has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Under-23s after stepping up from the Under-18s.The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who has been training with the first team, got five goals and four assists in the Premier League 2 this season.He is highly thought of by Chelsea and Scotland after impressing for his country’s Under-19s.Charlie Brown Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Maurizio Sarri faces an injury crisis ahead of the trip to Baku Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Nerves of steel from Marc Guehi… 😎 pic.twitter.com/I4lvF2g4dn— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 6, 2019Marc Guehi was the surprise name on the bench for Chelsea’s final Premier League game of the season against Leicester.The 18-year-old defender has been a staple for the Under-23s this season and made headlines with his outrageous penalty in the UEFA Youth League, which you can watch above.Billy Gilmour REVEALED @billygilmourrr on Instagram The Blues have been hit with injuries to key players in the build up, with Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruled out, while N’Golo Kante is fighting to be fit.Chelsea will also be unable to use returning loan stars like Reece James and Trevor Chalobah due to UEFA restrictions, which also makes new signing Christian Pulisic ineligible.Maurizio Sarri, therefore, could be forced to call on players who have never played for the club’s senior team in order to fill his bench for a European final.talkSPORT.com takes a look at who they might be. 4 GETTY @lukemacca_21 on Instagram
Maintaining a Common NuisanceFalse InformingSarah M. Slaughter, 27, Salem Here for CourtJanuary 25Salem City Police DepartmentBryan Jackson, 22, Salem Here for courtJanuary 23Indiana State PoliceKevin Neal Peacock, 49, Salem Isaac L. Gibson, 29, Salem Resisting Law EnforcementOperating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with previous convictionOperating a Vehicle with an alcohol equivalent of .15 grams of alcoholOperating a Vehicle while license is suspended or revoked Randy Lynn Burris, 42, Salem Failure to appear on felony charge Possession of MethPossession of Marijuana, hash oil, hashish or salviaPossession of Marijuana, hash oil, hashish or salviaNeglect of a DependentMaintaining a Common NuisanceMaintaining a Common NuisancePossession of paraphernaliaGregory J. Terrill, 36, Pekin January 22Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentAshley L. Padgett, 31, Pekin Possession of ParaphernaliaLeaving the scene of an accidentOperating a vehicle with a controlled substance in person’s bodyPossession or use of a legend drug or precursorPossession of a syringeOperating a motor vehicle while never licensedIndiana State PoliceDavid Scott Barker, 32, Pekin Auto TheftMaintaining a Common NuisanceOperating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Endangering a PersonPossession of a synthetic drug or synthetic drug lookalike substanceOperating a Vehicle while intoxicatedPamela Estep, 27, Scottsburg Violation of ProbationJanuary 27Salem Police DepartmentJessica Marie Johnson, 31, Salem Possession of MethPossession of Marijuana, hash oil, hashish or salviaMaintaining a Common NuisancePossession of paraphernalia with prior unrelated judgement or conviction for possession paraphernaliaVisiting a Common NuisanceJanuary 24Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentDarrell G Kinslow, 40, Fredericksburg Violation of Probation
Brilliant Lifford musician Stevie Martin, aka Rainy Boy Sleep was taken from us all too soon this year.Stevie, a rare talent and decent human being, left this world in August leading to a huge outpouring of grief from his family, many friends and fans.Hot Press magazine has released this stunning version of Fairytale of New York which Stevie recorded in their offices. Play it and play it again and remember with love all those who left us this year.Rest in peace Stevie.Remembering the wonderful Rainy Boy Sleep in a special way this Christmas was last modified: December 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
As our nation commemorates Veterans Day this year let us consider how your company could improve how it recruits and hires military veterans. Trained, Trainable, and Able to Train Others: The military has a culture of continuous training which means that the veterans you hire will be able to learn material quickly and apply this knowledge immediately. This blog will help you overcome such challenges by describing the skills and characteristics that many veterans can bring to your organization and outlining some best practices and resources that your company can use to recruit and hire these veterans. Advanced Beyond Their Civilian Peers: Most service members have held responsibilities in their military careers that far surpass civilian peers of comparable ages so that a 25 year-old sergeant will have been directly responsible for millions of dollars in equipment. Here are some characteristics and highly-valued skills civilian employers can expect to find in veteran job candidates: Essential Non-Technical Skills and Characteristics: In addition to the previously listed assets, veterans also possess a variety of essential non-technical skills and characteristics. Surveys of business leaders have shown these skills to be highly desired in the civilian workforce and often not seen in non-veteran job candidates. A brief description of these skills is available here. According to a recent 2016 SHRM survey, 68% of HR professionals report that they are facing challenging recruiting conditions in the current market and 84% saw a skills shortage in the previous year. HR professionals also report that although their companies are interested in hiring military veterans to fill their human capital needs, they have difficulties finding veterans and translating their military experiences into civilian terms. Technical Skills: Ninety percent of the military’s occupations are directly transferable to civilian occupations. When service members leave the military, your company can take immediate advantage of their technical training and expertise. For recommendations on how to extract these skills, click here. Although your veteran applicants may possess these essential skills and characteristics, they may not be listed in a resume or appear in their answers to interview questions. This may happen because many service members are routinely exposed to other service members with similar skills, so they may not realize how valuable or unusual their skills are in the civilian workforce. Even if they recognize these qualities in themselves, some veterans may under-value their own experiences and proficiency levels in these areas, or relate them only to the military environment. Integrity: Integrity, determination, and strong character are core values in the military. Once instilled and developed in a service member, these elements usually remain part of a veteran’s character for the rest of his or her life. Highly Qualified: The military has strict entry criteria (which 71% of the American population cannot meet), so the fact that a veteran was accepted into the military in the first place is a sign of that individual’s quality. Additionally, all service members must go thorough background checks, maintain security clearances, and regularly pass drug tests. One reason companies have limited success in hiring veterans is they approach it as a patriotic cause, or a way to thank or pay back the veteran, rather than a talent strategy aligned with business needs. As an alternate approach, frame hiring veterans as a means to directly impact your organization’s bottom line and as a competitive advantage that will give you access to a rare and valuable pool of talent. Understand specifically how veterans’ skills can match your organization’s needs, and then develop your strategy to secure this human capital. And click here for resources that can help you with your veteran hiring.