Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES Olympic champion Joseph Schooling claimed his second and third gold medal in ruling the men’s 100m fly and leading the relay team.Vietnam currently has seven victories, two coming from the 23-year-old Nguyen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist They clocked 3:22.32, improving the PH mark in 2009 SEA Games (3:24.35).That, however, was way slower compared to the Singapore cruisers who timed 3:16.02, which is established as new SEA Games standard. They bettered their own 2017 record of 3:17.82.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Vietnam finished third clocking 3:22.46.Amid the Singapore Vietnam romps, the Philippines also salvaged two bronze medals. NEW CLARK CITY — The Philippine men’s relay team salvaged a silver against the Joseph Schooling-powered Singapore Friday night in the 30th Southeast Asian Games swimming here.Luke Gebbie, Jean-Pierre Khouzam, Maurice Sacho Ilustre and Jarod Hatch reset the Philippine record in finishing second to Singapore in the men’s 4X 100-meter freestyle.ADVERTISEMENT 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) Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ Remedy Rule and Chloe Kennedy Isleta settled for third place in their respective events as Singapore and Vietnam split the day’s golds on offer.Rule picked up her third medal, a bronze in the women’s 200-meter freestyle. The 23-year-old from Texas had earlier had a silver in 200m butterfly and a bronze in 4X200m free relay.Twenty-one-year-old Isleta, a standout from Arizona State University, placed third in women’s 200m backstroke.Both their events were ruled by Vietnam’s Asian Games champ and Olympian Nguyen Thi Anh Vien.Singapore has been lording over swimming competitions here at NCC Aquatics Center with 12 golds medals after three days.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down SEA Games: Sibol-Mobile Legends guarantees PH 2nd medal in esports
Doctors’ benefits yanked… will send doctors into welcoming arms of Caribbean, USA former Health Minister is describing the step taken by Government to move doctors from gratuity to pensionable establishments as a “retrograde” step that will only drive highly trained professionals to other, greener pastures.Former Health Minister, Dr Bheri RamsarranAccording to Dr Bheri Ramsarran, former Health Minister under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government, the gratuity was intended to be an incentive to doctors after their years of study, sometimes half a decade.He expressed worry that doctors will be de-incentivised and will move away to other jurisdictions such as Caribbean countries and even the United States, where their skill and talent will be welcomed.“It’s a retrograde step and most likely we will see an exodus of those professionals, a very costly slice of human resource of the country. They will simply leave when their contract is finished,” he said.“What’s more, it’s not being implemented for people who just graduated. It’s even going back to persons who graduated a few years (ago), but are still on Government contracts, predominantly from the Cuban/Guyana programme for training doctors.”“So we have a significant portion of the health sector workforce which is now affected negatively, which is dissatisfied and which we might very well see leaving us as soon as they can. They’re very welcome in the small islands and of course, North America. Some might even be preparing for that.”He urged the Government to revert to the gratuity arrangements, which allowed the doctors to get the money when they needed it. Ramsarran stressed that the arrangement was aimed at attracting and retaining human resource.“Who knows, you might find people not wanting to take up scholarships now, if they know they’re coming back to this type of (arrangement). You might very well have a dearth of applicants. The retrograde step of forcing them back to the old establishment where they will get a pension at the end of their work lives is obviously, to anyone, dumb.”According to the documents seen by Guyana Times, the changes apply to temporary workers and contract workers with a GS: 3 to GS: 14 salary scale. It is being done under the authority of the Public Service Commission.Workers in these categories had until Friday last before it went into effect. According to reports, there have been no public consultations with the affected doctors before the implementation of this policy.During a press conference at freedom house on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had flayed the Government for its clandestine move. He stated that by forcing doctors to accept the unpopular pension scheme, doctors who joined with expectations of gratuity will exit the public service as soon as their contract comes up renewal.The former President noted that if this happens, a health sector already suffering from drug shortages will be hit even further by a shortage of personnel, including doctors and nurses.While a pension is a contributory arrangement, gratuity is a sum of money paid at the end of a stipulated tenure of service or upon retirement. In most cases there is a prescribed formula for calculating gratuity, thus removing the onus of determining payments from the employer.It is understood that doctors were eligible, upon satisfactory service being provided, for gratuity at a rate of 22.5 per cent of their basic salary, calculated on the basis of three months. However the doctor could have chosen to receive their gratuity at six months intervals.
Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture Hassan Wario said the government has created the requisite platform for sports commercialization by coming up with the sports act.“We hope to use The Sports Act as a special purpose vehicle to sanitize and invigorate sponsorships. The sports act will catalyze sports commercialization. We also encourage the private sector to come up with financial inclusion services targeting the sports space like sports banking, sports insurance and sports pension and investment services,” Wario said.Conference Director, Stanley Omino stated Kenya has made steady progress in the commercialization of sports, however there are a few areas that stakeholders need to address to make sports more rewarding.Omino said the conference aims to showcase the commercial opportunities available in the Kenya sports ecosystem and also have a conversation around the commercialization of the sports industry in Kenya.This includes financial inclusion for sportsmen and women as well as developing a structured approach to securing endorsements for sportsmen and women and preparing clubs and federations for sponsorships.“Delegates will be looking at sports banking, sports insurance and sports pension and investment services. We need to sensitize sportsmen and sportswomen in Kenya about image rights and endorsements.There shall be discussions on emerging opportunities for sportsmen and Sportswomen ensuring they get the best deals possible without being short changed,” Omino added.The conference will also discuss opportunities for federations and clubs to secure sponsorships to ensure that all stakeholders are happy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cbinet Secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture Hassan Wario.PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, June 22 – Nairobi will host the first ever Sports Finance Conference in Africa from July 14 -15.Endorsed by the Ministry of Sports, the conference will bring together both local and international stakeholders to catalyze the commercialization of sports in Kenya.
But a Welsh defeat allied to an England win over Scotland would see Jones’ men to the title despite their 21-13 loss in Cardiff last month.England are also thirsting for Calcutta Cup revenge after a shock 25-13 defeat by Scotland at Murrayfield in last year’s edition of rugby union’s oldest international fixture.That reverse was the start of a run of five straight full international defeats, with England also losing to France and Ireland as they finished a lowly fifth in the Six Nations before being beaten in the first two Tests of their tour of South Africa.But recent results have left Jones in an optimistic mood ahead of this year’s World Cup in Japan.“We’re nowhere near our best, we’re just slowly getting there” he said. “We’re going in a great direction and Saturday will be a bit of an explosion.”Jones is hoping to guide England to their second World Cup title having been the losing Australia coach when the Red Rose won the 2003 final in his native Sydney.“We want to be the best team in the world and we know we’re not the best team in the world, but we’ve got an opportunity on Saturday to show that we’re the best team in the Six Nations and approaching the best team in the world and we’re not going to miss that opportunity.”As for the run of defeats that England suffered in 2018, Jones said: “It was a great experience for us. I don’t think we’d be in the positive situation we’re in now if we didn’t go through that.“It allowed us to change the way we play, change the way we train, change the way we select.”– No Joe, no problem –Jones has made four changes to the side that thrashed Italy 57-14 at Twickenham last weekend, notably dropping 21-year-old wing Joe Cokanasiga from the matchday squad completely despite the Fiji-born powerhouse’s man-of-the-match display.“It’s a bit like in cricket. When you’re a young batsman and your first Test is against the West Indies in Perth and you bat No 3, you might not get too many runs,” said Jones, who often references the difficulty of facing the feared Caribbean pace attacks of the 1980s on what was then the world’s quickest pitch.“So you pick a Test where they’re playing on a flat track, bat them at six, let them get runs, then you bring them in the next Test and you quietly build them up.”For all Scotland, inspired by fly-half Finn Russell, beat England last year, history is against them.Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 and come into Saturday’s match on the back of three successive defeats, including last week’s 18-11 loss at home to Wales where they failed to make their possession count.Their most recent visit to London saw Scotland hammered 61-21 by England in 2017.But coach Gregor Townsend insisted they would not give up the Calcutta Cup without a fight.“We are defending the Calcutta Cup and it took a lot of work to win that back,” he said.“It took 10 years, so we want to make sure we hold onto it for a bit longer.”The former Scotland playmaker added: “If no-one does think we’re going to win, then that’s fine.“Scotland teams tend to be underdogs on a number of occasions and it usually brings the best out in them.”Perhaps the most significant of six changes made by Townsend to his starting XV was the return of openside flanker Hamish Watson, recalled in place of the injured Jamie Ritchie after impressing off the bench against Wales.“I thought his impact was outstanding, the pace and power he brought in the last 20 minutes was great,” said Townsend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eddie Jones promises an explosion from England © AFP / Glyn KIRKTWICKENHAM, United Kingdom, Mar 15 – England coach Eddie Jones has promised an “explosion” from his Six Nations title-chasing side in their Championship finale against Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday.If tournament leaders Wales complete a Grand Slam by beating Ireland in Cardiff earlier in the day they will be crowned champions.
A lack of scientific clarity on how diluted bitumen behaves in water, and a lack of political clarity over who is responsible to pay in the event of such a spill, are two of his chief concerns, Horgan added.Indeed, knowledge is limited when it comes to how diluted bitumen, known colloquially as dilbit, interacts with water, and how best to contain and clean it up. Dilbit spilled into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River from an Enbridge pipeline in 2010 cost billions to clean up,with parts of the river closed for years afterwards.Notley, meanwhile, said she felt “a lot better” following the meeting and that once Morneau’s talks with Kinder Morgan were complete, the project would proceed.“I’m quite confident that should these discussions end successfully, that the pipeline will be built, and that is good because the pipeline is in the national interest,” she said.Before Sunday’s duelling news conferences were even complete, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was front and centre, accusing Trudeau of sitting on his hands for too long and frittering away investor confidence in Canada as a whole.Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is putting taxpayer money where his government’s mouth is, promising to deploy both financial and legislative tools to ensure the disputed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion between Alberta and British Columbia is able to proceed.At the same time, however, Trudeau, speaking after a rare Sunday meeting with the warring premiers from both provinces, concedes“We must recognize that they remain at an impasse, which only the government of Canada has the capacity and the authority to resolve,” he said.- Advertisement -As such, Trudeau said he has instructed Finance Minister Bill Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that will soothe their investors. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa’s authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada’s national interest.He said the negotiations with Kinder Morgan wouldn’t play out in public, and he would not elaborate on exactly what the legislation will say.Kinder Morgan, for its part, would not say Sunday whether it felt mollified by the day’s events.Advertisement “I don’t think we would be in this situation if the British Columbia government hadn’t continued to emphasize its opposition to the project,” Trudeau said. “That is why we are at this point right now.”The federal government can and will do more on the pipeline’s potential environmental impact, he added. But he also accused Horgan of ramping up his rhetoric about environmental uncertainty and gaps in the federal oceans protection plan, without providing details.“Unfortunately, over the course of almost a year, they have not specifically put forward proposals on how they would like to see us improve the oceans protection plan,” said Trudeau. “It’s something we very much are open to doing.”Horgan blamed the lack of specifics on the dispute itself.“We have been working at the official level for some time laying out concerns, and I was encouraged that today’s meeting will allow us to get back on track in that respect,” he said.Advertisement “Our objectives are to obtain certainty with respect to the ability to construct through B.C. and for the protection of our shareholders in order to build the Trans Mountain ExpansionProject,” the company said in a statement.“We do not intend to issue updates or further disclosures on the status of consultations until we’ve reached a sufficiently definitive agreement on or before May 31 that satisfies our objectives.”Trudeau said the pipeline was approved by his government in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and only in concert with the Liberals’ climate change and oceans protection plan. Approval came in consultationwith the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.Horgan’s election last year changed that. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project. Trudeau made it clear Sunday that Horgan and his government are the ones wholly responsible forthe impasse.Advertisement “His damaging policies … have only led to more uncertainty and instability in Canada’s resource sector,” Scheer said, describing an energy sector that is now convinced that “Justin Trudeau does not want their business in Canada.”Alberta’s Opposition leader, Jason Kenney, also said Sunday’s meeting didn’t bring the pipeline any closer to construction. He said government investment in the project would do nothing to solve B.C.’s continuing opposition.Kenney repeated his calls for the prime minister to penalize B.C. by withholding federal dollars for infrastructure and jobs training. He noted Trudeau’s father would not have stood for what the Horgan government is doing, despite his reputation as an oilsandsopponent.“I believe that (former) prime minister Pierre Trudeau, who was no great friend of Alberta’s energy industry, would not have tolerated the … lawlessness and violation of the Constitution that we are seeing right now,” the United Conservative Party leader toldreporters Sunday.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Hundreds of dead goats were piled on the roadside after a truck carrying the animals tipped over. Authorities said 243 goats died in the accident, leaving a grisly scene that shook onlookers and officials from the Marin Humane Society who responded to the accident. The truck was transporting 400 of the animals, which were rented by the Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley for brush grazing. When officials arrived at the scene, about 20 goats were grazing in a nearby neighborhood. “Our main concern is the remaining goats,” said San Rafael police Sgt. Mike Vergara, who noted that several of the animals had escaped. The 32-foot truck was from Orinda-based “Goats R Us.” The driver, Ed Gibson, said he could feel a tire give out as he made his turn. The majority of the goats died by suffocation, said Elliot Katz, a veterinarian at the scene. “It’s sad but when the goats freak out, the ones on top basically smothered the ones below them,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny is throwing his weight behind Donegal’s diaspora projects – saying they have a massive tourism potential.And he is particularly supporting the Gallagher clan reunion which is due to take place in Donegal in September next year.Mr Kenny said events nationwide could help lure descendants of 70 million people worldwide to the country. “This is actually a brilliant opportunity for the country to unite, north and south, in standing up to the economic challenge that we have,” he said.“We are calling now on every community, from city suburbs to rural villages, as well as clubs, associations and businesses to start thinking about how they might work together to develop events which celebrate their own unique stories and engage connections around the world.”The Gathering Ireland 2013 will feature similar events to the Gallagher reunion throughout the country.The Government hopes that together they can attract an extra 325,000 visitors – bringing in €180M in extra revenue. Riverdance creators John McColgan and Moya Doherty are also planning a new show which will premiere in 2013. The gatherings are being supported by Google, Facebook and a number of other multinational companies.Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar also invited the world to Ireland next year for events.“These range from family gatherings, school reunions and even a gathering of twins,” he said.“Towns and communities are also pitching in.”Donegaldaily.com is supporting the Gallagher Gathering. More information is here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/03/02/gallagher-clan-gathering-set-for-co-donegal/TAOISEACH GETS BEHIND DONEGAL TOURISM INITIATIVES was last modified: May 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TAOISEACH GETS BEHIND DONEGAL TOURISM INITIATIVES
LANCASTER – “The ‘Grace’ful Ladies of Antelope Valley” will be the theme of the second annual fashion show to benefit Grace Resource Center.Showcasing fashions from the center’s thrift shop, the luncheon is scheduled for noon Friday at the Antelope Valley Inn Convention Center, 44055 Sierra Highway.The pre-Mother’s Day event will also include a “Dream Boutique of Unique” specialty items from the thrift store beginning at 10 a.m.The store moved six weeks ago into a larger location at Avenue I and Third Street East. They will all be featured, with many other “graceful” women of the Antelope Valley, in a glossy Mother’s Day edition yearbook, published for the first time this year. All publication expenses have been donated by local sponsors.Luncheon menu will consist of a turkey croissant with fruit, pasta salad and a dessert buffet.Tickets are $25 each or a table of 10 for $200, and are available either at the Thrift Superstore or at Grace Resource Center, on Sierra Highway south of Avenue I.For more information, call (661) 726-9723.qqqMenus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2.Monday: Fish fillet sandwich or cheeseburger, pork and beans, macaroni salad, tapioca pudding.Tuesday: Chicken casserole, wild rice, Normandy vegetables, Caesar salad, orange.Wednesday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, spinach, marinated salad, chocolate cake.Thursday: Pinto beans with ham, cornbread, coleslaw, Jell-O with fruit.Friday: Tamale pie, Spanish rice, green beans, tossed salad, pears. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We have so much more room now that we have a chance to take in more than we did and display it more artistically,” director Georgia Lowder said. “We love to do this kind of thing.”Much of the store’s merchandise is designer items that prior owners grew tired of after wearing only a few times.“Some are even new with price tags still on them when we get them,” she added.Models recruited from local businesses and churches will show the items. All sizes will be modeled to illustrate the varied ensembles available on the racks at the thrift shop.This year the first “Graceful Woman of the Year” will be named and featured in a glossy yearbook. She has been chosen from a field of three candidates, all of whom have made major contributions to the community.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Tottenham are tracking Anthony Martial’s uncertain situation at Manchester United. Spurs are aware that France forward Martial is not a regular under Jose Mourinho and could offer him an escape in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Marcus Rashford is stalling on signing a new contract at Manchester United and will consider his position at the club at the end of the season. The striker is frustrated at the lack of regular game time he has had this season and has concerns about whether he will ever be given an extended run in the first team by José Mourinho. (The Times)Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Torino star Andrea Belotti. The 23-year-old has impressed for the Serie A outfit this season, smashing home 17 goals in 21 games. (Daily Star)Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid brothers Lucas and Theo Hernandez for a £40m summer raid. The City chief is a huge admirer of the defensive duo, and has been watching them over the past six months. (The Sun)Malcolm is set to be in the middle of a summer transfer tug of war between Manchester United and Liverpool. The Bordeaux striker, 19, has been scouted by both teams but is under contract in Ligue 1 until 2020. (The Sun)Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he tried to bring Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool during his time at Anfield but was knocked back by the club’s scouts. The Southampton defender is now wanted by numerous clubs. (Daily Mail)Huddersfield’s Elias Kachunga has fired himself onto the transfer shortlists of three Premier League clubs. Forward Kachunga is being tracked by Everton, Watford and Middlesbrough ahead of a potential summer move. (Daily Mirror)Federico Fernandez is close to penning a new deal at Swansea City. The Argentina international has confirmed talks are nearing a conclusion to complete a quick turnaround after he came close to a January exit from south Wales. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Paul Dickov claims the Leicester players have lost their fight – and he fears the worst for his former clubLiverpool legend John Barnes has told talkSPORT the absence of Sadio Mane was NOT the reason behind the Reds’ New Year slumpRangers chairman Dave King has told talkSPORT the club is considering appointing an interim manager following Mark Warburton’s shock departureGus Poyet insists Premier League leaders Chelsea will not be caught this seasonFormer Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan claims something has changed within Sam Allardyce and has warned the club are in ‘really deep trouble’Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United sent scouts to watch Porto take on Vitoria Guimaraes on Saturday – with two stars in their sightsManchester City have moved ahead of Porto and Roma in the race for Toulouse star Issa Diop, according to reports in FranceLazio have joined Arsenal and Watford in the race for Toulouse goalkeeper Alban LafontSunderland are tracking Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien following a string of fine performances in Ligue 1 this season