And the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. A group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. View comments
“Today, one of the biggest hurdles for apprenticeships is securing employment with an employer, and employers are an essential component of any apprenticeships – as basically 80 per cent of an apprentice’s journey is spent in practical training under the guidance of their employer,” ITA’s Apprenticeship Advisor for northeast B.C., Pam Eales said.Students, local employers, and other industry stakeholders were present to learn more about how the tool works and how it can assist them in their job or apprentice search.Feron Young of Murray GM says, “Apprentice job match tool is a great idea because it opens up the employment pool for industry.”- Advertisement -ITA says by 2022, there are expected to be “one million jobs” opening in B.C.“Northern Lights College is pleased that its students will be able to make good use of the Apprentice Job Match tool,” Rene Tremblay, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeships, Northern Lights College said. “It’s a great way to connect local employers with our apprentices and speed up the process of building solid careers in the trades.”If you missed today’s announcement, ITA is hosting a webinar on November 12 to take B.C. apprentices and employers through the online job match process step-by-step.Advertisement
Kaiser has clinics in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks and a main hospital in Woodland Hills to serve the area. Jeremy Brewer, marketing director for Simi Valley Hospital, said his hospital is happy to see changes in the industry, providing greater options. “The beneficiaries are the seniors living in our community,” he said. Officials from Kaiser, Universal Care and SCAN also said it’s good the area’s senior citizens to have options. David Schmidt is chief executive officer of SCAN Health Plan in Long Beach, formerly known as the Senior Care Action Network. His not-for-profit company began providing service in southeastern Ventura County this year and will start serving Thousand Oaks in 2006. “Having more choices is better,” he said. “… We obviously hope people choose us, but we are also there as a resource for people trying to make a choice.” Raley said volunteers working with her Ventura County agency, funded by the federal and state governments, are available at senior citizen centers in Simi Valley, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks to help people find the health care and drug plans that meet their specific needs. “With all three (HMO) plans, people need to know the costs and ask whether they can use the system locally,” she said. “What hospitals they can use? They need to compare the whole package.” The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program in Ventura County can be reached at (800) 434-0222 to make appointments with HICAP volunteers at the the Simi Valley Senior Center, the Moorpark Active Adult Center or the Goebel Senior Center in Thousand Oaks. Raley said Medicare recipients concerned about the drug benefit can also call (800) MEDICARE, (800) 633-4227, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. They can also go online to www.medicare.gov. — Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Officials estimate there about 116,000 elderly Medicare beneficiaries in Ventura County, plus thousands more who receive Medicare benefits because they are disabled. Most choose their own doctors on a fee-for-service basis, but a growing number have been choosing Medicare Advantage health maintenance organizations as the HMO options have increased in southeastern Ventura County in the past two years. Two years ago, the seniors in southeastern Ventura County had a single choice, Kaiser Permanente, for HMO coverage under the Medicare Advantage program. Now they have Kaiser, Universal Care, which started offering service to the area last year, and SCAN Health Plan, which began its service here this year. All three have built-in drug prescription plans. Universal Care and SCAN have primary-care physicians in the Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks communities and they work with Simi Valley Hospital and Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. SIMI VALLEY – Caught in an unprecedented year-end rush for enrollment, a Ventura County agency that helps Medicare recipients find HMOs and drug benefits has been swamped with hundreds of calls each day. “Some of the people we are talking to are starting to panic because the end of the year is getting close,” said Katharine Raley, program manager for the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. “They are confused, they don’t understand it,” she said. “They are all trying to figure out what they are going to do.” She said volunteers from her office will be working through Friday to help people make year-end decisions and will resume Jan. 3. People who make decisions in January can get drug benefits in February, but there are penalties for those who make their decisions after May 15.
Countering the threat of terrorism and strengthening security cooperation will be high on the agenda at the BRICS Summit with India set to forcefully articulate the dangers posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan and push for a comprehensive global convention to tackle the menace.The Summit is being attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Michel Temer and Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa.INDIA TO PITCH FOR EFFORTS TO TACKLE TERRORISM With the Summit taking place within weeks of the Uri terror strike by Pak-based terrorists, India will strongly pitch for intensified efforts to tackle terrorism including action against countries providing safe havens to terrorists and arming them.Modi has already held bilateral talks with Putin and Xi yesterday where talked about Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism.The five BRICS countries represent over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world’s population and they have a combined nominal GDP of USD 16.6 trillion.Also read:China statement skips terror, NSG; calls to improve trustTerror tops Modi-Jinping bilateral talks on sidelines of BRICS summit Exclusive: Arm-twisting by China leads to cancellation of BRICS fair trade session At the Summit, India is likely to push for unity among the five-nation BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) grouping to remove the logjam at the UN on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) for effectively dealing with terror.Apart from the heads of governments of BRICS attending the Summit, Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) will be here to participate in the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach meet.advertisementThe BRICS Summit started with a ‘family photo’ followed by restricted talks between the leaders and later a meeting of business captains from the member-countries. In the second half, after the speech of the leaders, there will be BRICS and BIMSTEC retreat.New Delhi will also make all out efforts to revive Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) when Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) attend the BRICS-BIMSTEC outreach meet.This also assumes significance given the collapse of the recent SAARC Summit after four countries apart from India pulled out of the meet to be hosted by Pakistan over the issue of cross-border terrorism, maintaining that environment was not conducive to hold such an event.Watch the videoOTHER KEY ISSUES The other key issues to be taken up during the meet include cooperation in areas of economy, tourism, connectivity, cultural, education and sports.Three MoUs including those on cooperation in the area of environment and customs have been agreed upon by the BRICS countries. The pact pertaining to customs will help in breaking the trade barriers between these countries.Security situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Sudan is also expected to be discussed when the BRICS leaders take up important regional and international issues.
Arsenal will play London rivals Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 27 after beating Manchester City 2-1 following extra time in the semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.GET IN! ??´#WeAreTheArsenal pic.twitter.com/Tm1u4sEv0J- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 23, 2017Big moment for @Arsenal as Sanchez stabs home from close range! #emiratesfacup pic.twitter.com/M54TaJVf4c- The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) April 23, 2017Arsenal had to come from behind after Sergio Aguero scored his 30th goal of the season for City in the 63rd minute, racing away on to a pass from Yaya Toure. (Wayne Rooney scores on return as Manchester United close in on Manchester City)Nice touch, @Alexis_Sanchez! ???#emiratesfacup pic.twitter.com/jjz3uld6hq- The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) April 23, 2017Spanish international Nacho Monreal equalised nine minutes later, from a cross by Arsenal’s other wing back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. (Christian Benteke earns Crystal Palace 2-1 win on return to Liverpool)In the 11th minute of extra time, just after Aguero was taken off, Alexis Sanchez scored the winner.The result gave manager Arsene Wenger, an FA Cup winner six times, a welcome boost in a season that many supporters would like to be his last at the club.