May 31

Southland Suspends Spring Sports Competition

first_imgEarlier today, the Southland cancelled its 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. This includes all conference and non-conference contests for the Southland’s spring sports. Practices are still up to each institution, including spring football. Conference and campus administrators will convene in the coming weeks to determine exact return-to-competition arrangements and other issues. — Southland Strong —center_img KATY, TX – Taking precautions due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Southland Conference has announced it is suspending all spring sports competition effective immediately and through March 30.last_img read more

January 18

La Salle seals Final 4 bonus

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Kyle Negrito, who had 34 excellent sets on top of five aces for the Lady Tamaraws, said they won’t stop until they take the last available twice-to-beat bonus.“We will work very hard to win that game (against National University),” said Negrito.Kim Kiana Dy, Desiree Cheng and Majoy Baron turned in double-digit performances for the Lady Spikers, who got back at the Lady Falcons who dealt them a shocking 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22 defeat in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle avenged its only loss in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament by clipping Adamson on Thursday and sealed a twice-to-beat privilege in the Final Four while doing it.The in-form defending champion Lady Spikers needed four sets to down Adamson, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, to all but seal top ranking in the semifinals at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Sato, Alba shock rivals, barge into q’finals 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The win, the Lady Spikers’ seventh straight, also showed their readiness in scoring a repeat title run after rising to 11-2.It also gave struggling National University a free ride to the semifinals as it closed the doors on teams which can no longer notch seven wins, counting the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAdamson bowed out with a 5-8 record.Far Eastern University strengthened its claim for the second twice-to-beat privilege by trouncing University of the East, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20, in the second game. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

January 17

Berbice power supply unimpeded

first_imgElectricity distribution in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is unhindered, despite the Vreed-en-Hoop power station’s sub-marine cable being damaged.Speaking to the Government Information Agency (GINA), acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Renford Homer said that there is still sufficient capacity within the Demerara/Berbice system even to meet the peak hours of consumption from 08:30 to 21:00h (9:00pm).Vreed-en-Hoop power stationHowever, in the event the engines break down, it would be a challenge for the power company to maintain proper electricity distribution: “We’ve not seen that happen which speaks well to the condition of our generator to date, and I’m just hoping that the generation holds well until we resolve the issue with the submarine cable.”The acting deputy head told GINA that the Demerara/Berbice interconnected system has made a significant difference in Berbice towards reducing the number of power outages, and high levels of voltage fluctuation.Homer explained that when GPL achieved the interconnection in 2014, it was applauded by Berbicians who were very relieved with the initiative. “The position as we speak still stands. The interconnection is still there, and we are still moving our power from Georgetown, in this case from Kingston and Garden of Eden where we have the bulk of our generation.”Additionally, the power supply to Berbice is also being supplemented through power from cogeneration from the Skeldon plant which produces both renewable, and fossil fuel generation.In the interim, the power company is in the process of acquiring the necessities to rectify the damaged submarine cable. Homer explained that GPL is currently negotiating with two suppliers who are skilled in this type of work.The submarine cable is expected to be back in operation by end November: “November that may sound like a long time, but this type of operation is delicate and intricate. It is one that requires specialised resources, and the equipment which is used to do the joining is sophisticated. It is not only joining conductors which carry electricity, we also have to join the fibre cable which is also encased in the submarine cable.”The Vreed-en-Hoop submarine cable was recently damaged leading to frequent power failures.last_img read more

January 14

GoL Imposes US$100K Fine on LAC

first_imgThe Liberian government has imposed a fine of US$100K on the Liberia Agricultural Company due to security breaches that led to the deaths of six employees, as well as inflicting eleven others with serious injuries.Speaking to newsmen on Thursday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing in Monrovia, Labor Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe said “The money is to be paid within 30 days and LAC is further directed to fully comply with the labor laws of Liberia and relevant regulations regarding compensation and other benefits to the victims of this incident.” He said the explosion that caused the deaths and injuries was due to negligence that also caused mechanical failure with underlying factors that gave rise to the explosion.According to him, the Ministry of Labour is convinced that the recklessness and lack of appropriate occupational safety and health programs on the plantation, exacerbated by inadequate supervision to ensure compliance with applicable laws and industrial best practices, is the direct and proximate cause of the explosion for which LAC must bear the ultimate responsibility.He mandated that “each family of the deceased employees receive US$4,500 in cash and in kind to cover funeral and burial expenses.  Children of the deceased employees should receive US$75.00 per family for the first semester to assist them with  school preparations while each of the injured employees should receive US$25.00.”Mr. Lighe said apart from the benefits that will be paid to the beneficiaries of the deceased employees, LAC will provide free education up to high school in the LAC high school system for the children of deceased employees.“Spouses of the deceased employees will be allowed to remain in their houses on the plantation to accommodate them and their children if they are desirous to remain on the plantation,” Minister Lighe added.He stressed that the LAC management should provide adequate and appropriate benefits to the families of those who lost their lives as a result of the accident.The Minister named the factors that caused the explosion as increase in the amount of steam going into the dryer due to alternation in the size of the pipe that limited the amount of the steam without reference to the manufacturer’s specifications and taking into account the capacity and integrity of the tank.He also said a decrease in the amount of steam leaving the condensate tank to obstruction created by the insertion of a cylinder in the vent pipe thus creating excessive heat or pressure build up within the condensate which may have caused the explosion.According to him, “There is no safety and health program as required by the concession agreement in line with the Ministry of Labour and Industry best practices.”  “We also observed from the accident scene that there was no emergency preparedness and evacuation plans, nor was  there any dressing room or locker room designated for male and female workers to change from regular clothes to factory attires prior to the work.He said applicable programs to ensure safety must include employee safety and health, handbook, hazard and high energy lockout, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11

Weaver’s winter work questioned

first_img“The defense was horrible,” Cabrera said on the first day of full-squad workouts. In an assessment of himself, Cabrera said he merely was average last season, a far cry from the above-average ranking he typically gives himself. All the way around the infield, the Angels were substandard. It left them with the worst fielding percentage in the American League. As the captain of the infield at shortstop, Cabrera will be in the spotlight as the team looks for redemption on defense. Make no mistake, the poor defense is considered around these parts as just as much reason for failure last season as the shaky offense. “I believe this is a team that we have to have every single aspect of our game above average to maintain a winning attitude or a winning situation,” Cabrera said. “You know, our defense last year, we threw a lot of games (away). We need to improve that. We need to get back on track and play solid defense.” TEMPE, Ariz. – General manager Bill Stoneman is not happy with Jered Weaver’s off-season workout schedule, but is willing to chalk up the right-hander’s slow spring start to a learning experience. Weaver still has not thrown from a mound as he tends to biceps tendinitis. While additional defensive drills won’t necessarily be added to the spring routine, there still will be an emphasis on catching and throwing the ball. “After the first four weeks of the season, everyone picked up their defense, and it’s no coincidence that as we started playing better defense, we started winning games,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Hopefully we’ll start the season much closer to the team that ended the season defensively, if not better.” Cabrera said he got things going earlier than usual this winter by playing between 15 to 20 games of winter ball in his native Colombia. It gives him a head start as he comes into camp to learn new double-play partner in Howie Kendrick. “He’s pretty good at turning double plays and I’m pretty excited about playing the whole season with him.” Cabrera said. “I know I can learn a lot from him, as much as he can learn from me.” Dallas McPherson, a Phoenix-area resident, was on hand in the morning as the Angels gathered as a full team for the first time this spring. Four weeks removed from back surgery to fuse two lower vertebra, McPherson said he is walking two miles a day and about to increase that to three miles. He still is eight weeks away from any strenuous rehab, but remains encouraged for a full recovery. He is following the recovery plans of Dallas Cowboys tight end Anthony Fasano, among others, but still does not know if he will be able to get into any games this season. “If it happens to (cost) this whole season, so be it; I don’t have any options,” McPherson said. “I’ll try to get back as soon as I can. Luckily in this day and age, there’s a lot of ball after the season. There’s instructional league, there’s fall ball, there’s winter ball, there’s a lot of things I can do to get ready for spring training and try to get my timing back and make it a little better progression.” The Angels announced Amaury Pi-Gonzalez will assume the Spanish-language play-by-play duties and take over for Ivan Lara, who did not have his contract renewed. doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “He probably should have done a little more than he did this winter to prepare for this,” said Stoneman, a former major-league pitcher. “You learn as you go, and he had never thrown as many innings as he threw this past year in major-league pressure situations. I’ve lived it and understand that doing work for six weeks leading into camp is important.” Orlando Cabrera, never one to mince words, gave his assessment of how the Angels used – or rather failed to use – their gloves in 2006. last_img read more

January 10

Liverpool to don special ‘Seeing is Believing’ shirt against Man U

first_imgAlthough more than 253 million people around the world suffer from visual impairment issues, up to 80% of cases can be prevented or cured. This season marks the sixth year that Standard Chartered and Liverpool Football Club have come together to support Seeing is Believing.To date, the partnership has raised almost Sh41.2m (£300,000) through fan contributions, auction proceeds and Bank matching.Standard Chartered has focused on eliminating avoidable blindness since 2003 and has reached over 150 million people through medical interventions, eye exams and eye health education. Since inception, Seeing is Believing has run 166 projects across 36 countries.To amplify awareness, build support for Seeing is Believing and increase anticipation for the match, Standard Chartered will also launched a 360 binaural audio match-day experience on 12th October.This audio piece titled ‘Number 64 – Hear the Kop roar’ has been put together with the help of visually impaired Liverpool FC fan Pat Rodaway.Through this audio experience recorded live in Anfield, all fans around the world regardless of visual ability can experience the passion of the Kop singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. This song became the Club’s anthem in 1964, represented by the title Number 64 for the audio piece.Number 64 forms part of Standard Chartered’s season-long content series celebrating ‘The Power of Numbers’ that commemorates Liverpool Football Club’s 125th anniversary.Following the 14th October match, there will be a series of online charity auctions on Charity Stars in support of Seeing is Believing, where fans and supporters will be able to bid for limited edition match day shirts signed by the players.  All donations will be matched by Standard Chartered and mobilised to win the fight against avoidable blindness globally.David Fein, Chairman of Seeing is Believing and Group General Counsel at Standard Chartered, said:“I am inspired by the amazing support that Seeing is Believing continues to receive from Liverpool FC. Eighty-nine per cent of avoidable blindness occurs in low and middle income countries, affecting many of the communities in which Standard Chartered operates.This initiative is making a tangible difference to the lives of millions of people around the world, and Liverpool FC’s support brings us one step closer to eradicating avoidable blindness.”Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director at Liverpool Football Club, added, “We are delighted to partner with Standard Chartered for a sixth year to support Seeing is Believing.By building awareness about visual impairment amongst our players and fans, I am sure we can progress the fight against avoidable blindness and improve the lives of millions globally.”Globally, an estimated 36 million people are blind, and a further 217 million suffer from moderate to severe visual impairment, yet in four out of five cases, blindness can be prevented or treated.Through simple treatments and affordable surgeries, it is possible to transform the lives of both children and adults, benefiting not only those who receive treatment, but also their families.Following the fixture against Manchester United, fans will be able to bid for the limited edition items on Charity Stars until Thursday 2nd November; with all money raised going towards Seeing is Believing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000To date, the partnership has raised almost Sh41.2m (£300,000) through fan contributions, auction proceeds and Bank matching.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC have teamed up to help eliminate avoidable blindness through the Bank’s flagship community programme, Seeing is Believing, for the sixth year in a row.Two days after World Sight Day, on Saturday 14th October, the Reds will take to the pitch at Anfield wearing the Seeing is Believing logo on their shirts for an iconic fixture against Manchester United.last_img read more

January 10

Germany celebrations ‘scornful’, says angry Sweden coach

first_imgThe coach was riled by what he felt were excessive celebrations by the German bench after Toni Kroos hit a spectacular 95th-minute winner on Saturday to rescue the team’s hopes in Russia.Germany have taken action over the incident, suspending two of their staff for provoking the Swedish bench.Media coordinator Uli Voigt and Georg Behlau, head of the backroom staff, will not attend Germany’s crunch match against South Korea on Wednesday.Adding to the sour atmosphere, Swedish substitute Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to death threats and racial abuse online by Swedish fans blaming the winger for conceding the free-kick that led to the winner.Andersson, still clearly furious about what he previously described as Germany “rubbing it in our faces”, said: “If I had not responded I would have been dead inside. It had nothing to do with football.”“Unsportsmanlike behaviour is not OK,” the 55-year-old added.Defender Andreas Granqvist criticised the Germans’ conduct but said they apologised afterwards.Sweden aim to take their festering anger and use it to their advantage on the pitch against Mexico, said the centre-back.Mexico top Group F and look most likely to qualify for the last 16, with Germany and Sweden battling for second spot.Germany, who have looked out of sorts, play South Korea at the same time, in a nerve-wracking finale.“When we heard, the group was annoyed, it is unacceptable,” the 33-year-old Granqvist said of the vitriol aimed at Durmaz, born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey.“But Jimmy is very strong as a person. We have let it go but will come out of it as a group much stronger.”That view was echoed by Andersson, who insisted the agonising Germany defeat was behind them.“We showed that we can play against the reigning champions all the way except the final seconds — that made us stronger.“We come tomorrow at a top level. We have all to gain and win and mentally we are very, very strong. We believe in what we do.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sweden coach Janne Andersson speaks to the press in Yekaterinburg © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – Sweden coach Janne Andersson ramped up his verbal attack on Germany on Tuesday, calling the behaviour of some of their staff in celebrating their last-gasp winner “scornful”.Andersson admitted that his men, who face a do-or-die clash with Mexico on Wednesday, had suffered “turbulent” times following the dramatic 2-1 defeat to the world champions.last_img read more

January 10

Vancouver expected to headline long Canadian summer of high gasoline prices

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Gasoline prices are expected to remain just below record highs all across Canada this summer except in Vancouver, where a perfect storm of factors will likely ensure motorists continue to set new all-time records at the pumps.Fuel market analysts say average retail prices in Canada are within a penny or two of their year-ago levels, which were some of the highest on record for many markets.“Vancouver certainly is (at historic highs) but the other major markets we’re looking at, such as Calgary, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, they’re not exceeding historical levels, they’re basically at historic levels,” said Michael Ervin, senior vice-president at the Kent Group Ltd.- Advertisement -The average price of gasoline in major Canadian markets last week was about $1.34 per litre, but it varied from around $1.23 in Calgary and Winnipeg to the high of $1.70 or more in Vancouver.Gasoline prices rise every spring due to factors including the higher cost of making summer gasoline, which requires an extra four or five cents per litre for additives to prevent evaporation, and supply interruptions as refineries shut down for routine maintenance, the analysts said.Prices have also risen in part due to the federal carbon tax on fuel that was applied to Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba on April 1.Advertisement Analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com said demand will support fuel prices this year, but other factors could cause predictions to change if oil prices are affected.“Demand is really strong in the United States, it’s OK in Canada, but the signals are really going to depend on geopolitics and on whether or not the world finds itself in a trade war. All bets are off in that circumstance,” he said.The rising prices in the Vancouver area have put pressure on B.C. Premier John Horgan who last week asked the B.C. Utilities Commission to consider investigating why prices have risen by more there than in the rest of the country.The analysts say there’s no mystery, British Columbians are paying more because the province’s two small refineries don’t produce enough to supply the market so they rely on imports from Alberta on the Trans Mountain pipeline, which is full, and U.S. refineries in Washington, which have been hit with longer-than-expected spring outages.Advertisement McTeague said the cost of an average litre of gasoline in Vancouver breaks down to about 52 cents per litre for the oil, 33 cents for the U.S. refinery, four cents in wholesaler markup, about 12 cents in retailer margins, 52.5 cents in federal, provincial and municipal carbon taxes and 10 to 15 cents per litre due to B.C.’s low carbon fuel standard regulations.The last item is a hidden cost that’s difficult to measure, he said. It establishes a minimum renewable content and carbon intensity level in fuel, while requiring credit trading if those targets aren’t reached.Parkland Fuel Corp., which owns the 55,000-barrel-per-day capacity Burnaby, B.C., refinery, says it operated at a utilization rate of about 92 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 and that it started processing bio-fuels such as canola and tallow to help bump up its production of lower carbon intensity fuels.Prices in Canada will be supported over the summer by higher prices in the United States, where domestic demand is expected to be robust and where fuel exports are on the rise, Ervin said.Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration raised its forecast for nationwide average gasoline prices through September to US$2.92 a gallon, about seven cents more than last summer, partly due to higher margins for refining gasoline.Advertisementlast_img read more

December 28

Muslim protests widen, escalate over Muhammad drawings

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Sarkozy joined journalists in rallying around the editorial director of France Soir, who was fired by the newspaper’s Egyptian owner. France Soir and several other newspapers across Europe reprinted the caricatures this week in a show of support for freedom of expression. The cartoons were first published in September in a Danish newspaper, touching off anger among Muslims who knew about it. The issue reignited last week after Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Denmark. The Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, had asked 40 cartoonists to draw images of the prophet. The purpose, its chief editor said, was “to examine whether people would succumb to self-censorship, as we have seen in other cases when it comes to Muslim issues.” Islamic law, based on clerics’ interpretation of the Quran and the sayings of the prophet, forbids depictions of Muhammad and other major religious figures – even positive depictions – to prevent idolatry. Shiite Muslim clerics differ in that they allow images of their greatest saint, Ali, the prophet’s son-in-law, though not of the prophet himself. Critics say the drawings were particularly insulting because some appeared to ridicule Muhammad. One cartoon showed the prophet wearing a turban shaped as a bomb. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Outrage over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad escalated in the Arab and Islamic world Thursday, with Palestinian gunmen briefly kidnapping a German citizen and protesters in Pakistan chanting “death to France” and “death to Denmark.” Palestinian militants surrounded European Union headquarters in Gaza, and gunmen burst into several hotels and apartments in the West Bank in search of foreigners to take hostage. In Iraq, Islamic leaders urged worshippers to stage demonstrations from Baghdad to the southern city of Basra after weekly prayer services today. Afghanistan and Indonesia condemned the drawings, and Iran summoned the Austrian ambassador, whose country holds the EU presidency. The issue opened divisions among European Union governments. Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said EU leaders have a responsibility to “clearly condemn” insults to any religion. But French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said he preferred “an excess of caricature to an excess of censorship.” France’s grand rabbi, Joseph Sitruk, said he shared Muslim anger. “We gain nothing by lowering religions, humiliating them and making caricatures of them. It’s a lack of honesty and respect,” he said. He said freedom of expression “is not a right without limits.” In the Arab world, a Jordanian newspaper, Shihan, took the bold step Thursday of running some of the drawings, saying it wanted to show its readers how offensive the cartoons were but also urging the world’s Muslims to “be reasonable.” Its editorial noted that Jyllands-Posten had apologized, “but for some reason, nobody in the Muslim world wants to hear the apology.” Hours later, the Jordanian government threatened legal action against Shihan, and the owners of the weekly said they had fired its chief editor, Jihad al-Momani, and withdrawn the issue from sale. The outrage Thursday was most tangible in the Palestinian territories, where Norway and Denmark closed diplomatic offices after masked gunmen threatened to kidnap foreigners in Gaza. Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank searched several hotels, and a German citizen was briefly kidnapped by gunmen from a hotel in the city of Nablus. Palestinian police freed the German, a teacher, after less than an hour. Foreign reporters either pulled out of Gaza on Thursday or canceled plans to go to the coastal strip. Palestinian security officials said they would try to protect foreigners in Gaza. Nineteen foreigners have been kidnapped in Gaza in recent months; all were freed unharmed. The protests in the Palestinian territories came a week after the Islamic militant group Hamas defeated the ruling Fatah Party in parliamentary elections. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 25

WE’LL TWEET YOU UP THE TOP OF ERRIGAL!

first_imgHundreds of tweeters are expected to scale Mt Errigal on Sunday for Ireland’s highest tweet-up.This is the second event after last year’s inaugural climb which proved a huge success.Those taking part will meet at the carpark at the bottom of Mt Errigal for the event which kicks off at noon. Money raised during the event will be donated to two very worthy charities – the Mark Pollock Trust and the Little Angels School in Letterkenny.Anybody with an old mobile phone is asked to bring it along and donate it for what is a very worthy cause.Conditions for the event are expected to be dry although it’s unlikely there will be a need for sun-cream!Once climbers get to the top of Errigal, it will be tweet time with hundreds of tweets expected to be sent from on top of Donegal’s highest peak. Everyone is welcome but are asked to dress appropriately and to take care WE’LL TWEET YOU UP THE TOP OF ERRIGAL! was last modified: March 2nd, 2013 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)last_img read more