Defending champs Calabar High School recently ticked off win number four at Olympian Kenneth Edwards’ Jamaica Superstars Martial Arts Open, effectively landing their fifth straight hold on the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School League. Facing Jamaica College in the final bout at the University of Technology, Calabar got the better of their rivals and later learnt that they had won the overall title after it was announced that the Shai-Tai Kick Boxing Open, scheduled for this month, was called off. Shai-Tai’s cancellation left the title race to be decided on seven tournaments, of which Calabar won the first four, making them champions for the fifth consecutive season of the high school league, which started in 2006. Despite Calabar’s premature title win, sponsor Jason McKay said the remaining contests will still provide a top class display among the champions, Kingston College, Jamaica College, St George’s College, Wolmer’s and newcomers Excelsior, coached by Joel Ellis. “I don’t believe the Calabar team is going to roll over and rest with the trophy at Red Hills Road. It’s all about pride and bragging rights. Nobody wants to lose. You’re only as good as your last fight,” he said. “The setting of the next tournament, the Jamaica Taekwondo Association Open, being held in the National Arena in April, that alone will set the stage for major showdowns,” he pointed out. The league will be completed by the Ningen Karate Open in May and the Seido Open, scheduled for June, before the junior martial arts stars take their show on the road, representing Jamaica at the United States Open in Orlando, Florida, in July.
Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast It’s the second time India has been investigated here for breaching the Commonwealth Games “no-needles’ policy after a doctor with the boxing team was reprimanded last week.Indian team official Davinder Chaudry held a news conference later Friday and said the delegation planned to appeal the ban on Thodi.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 crownA statement said testimony from an Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigator was “credible,” and cast doubt on comments from the two athletes.“The testimony of athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi, who denied all knowledge … are both unreliable and evasive,” the ASADA statement said. “Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are in breach of the No Needle Policy.” 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 In this Thursday April 12, 2018 photo, India’s Rakesh Babu competes in the men’s triple jump qualifying at Carrara Stadium during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Babu and his compatriot, race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodii have been banned from the Games and ordered to return home immediately after being found with needles at the athletes village. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)GOLD COAST, Australia — Two Indian athletes were banned from the Commonwealth Games on Friday and ordered to leave Australia “on the first flight available” after needles were discovered in their room at the athletes village.Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin said triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi had been banned from the Games and ordered to return home immediately.ADVERTISEMENT Kobe Paras heads home, commits to Gilas program MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Babu had qualified for the triple jump final and was due to compete on Saturday. Thodi finished 13th in the 20-kilometer race walk last Sunday.Martin said cleaners had found a needle in a cup in the apartment assigned to Babu and Thodi on Thursday. ASADA investigators then searched the room and located another needle in a bag belonging to Babu.As a result both had been removed from the athletes village and their accreditation was suspended.“When the Commonwealth Games Federation says no tolerance, the Commonwealth Games Federation means no tolerance,” Martin said.Under games rules only medical practitioners and athletes who give prior notice and with an approved medical condition requiring auto-injection such as diabetes can bring needles into the athletes’ village.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As well as the athletes’ suspensions, “strong reprimands” were issued to Indian officials including the team’s chef de mission with a warning that any further breaches could result in suspension of accreditation.Team official Chaudry said the sanctions didn’t appear to be fair.“The question is how they are confident that one syringe is being used by both athletes,” Chaudry said. “Why did they took action on both athletes? The apartment, they have six athletes in the apartment. So we are appealing on this ground.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
A Liberian-owned logistics and supply chain company, Global Logistics Services Incorporated, has opened one of its branches at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Harbel, Lower Margibi County.The RIA branch will provide services to clients in the area and enhance its operational capacity as well as enabling more efficient and proactive management of airfreight supply chain.The company hopes to be the leading integrated logistics solutions provider in West Africa, according to a communication from GLS. It said it is determined to achieve its goal by leveraging on local knowledge, expertise, international reach and delivering best in-class service and solutions to clients’ problems.“As part of GLS’ year of transformation of its business, the opening of the RIA office buttresses the notion that the company means business and needs to address the challenge of a growing client base,” it said.“We understand the challenges faced in such complex fields as oil and gas, mining, power, large scale infrastructure projects and the need to have a service provider that will understand the importance of efficiency and effectiveness and one that delivers an accurate assessment and mitigation of operational risks,” the statement indicated.Global Logistics is an asset-based company committed to capacity enhancement and will continue to invest in people, equipment and infrastructure.The management, according to the statement, is dedicated to local content development and competence transfer throughout the region.“We develop solutions based on strategic decisions and practical actions tailored to suit our clients’ unique reality and also engage all levels of an organization from day one, building momentum and capacity in order to ensure success,” the statement added.The company has grown over the past three years and currently boasts of staff strength of over 40 people, 90 percent of whom are Liberians.It is an equal opportunity and local content employer and has recently partnered with Mercy Corps (supported by Chevron Liberia) to train young Liberians in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.Meanwhile, GLS teams up with its clients to influence the decision-making process, thereby ensuring that clients record the sustainable outcomes that they desire for their operations.The company acquired its shipping and maritime licenses from the Liberian Maritime Authority (LMA) to handle Vessel Agency, Chandler and Stevedoring Services and an became official member of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, Liberia Business Association (LIBA), and the Liberia Customs Brokers Association, Stevedores Association of Liberia and the Truckers Union.GLS core services include: Supply Chain Management, Project Logistics, Shipping, Transportation, Warehousing & Distribution, Procurement Outsourcing, Marine Services etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Election reform public messaging begins in Grand KruBy Shardrick TarwilyThe Center for Media Studies in Liberia (CMSL) brought “good news” to the people of Grand Kru County.The civil society organization on August 15, 2019 began placing billboards in the capital city as part of ongoing nationwide efforts to promote election reform.According to Project Officer Dixon Williams, his organization is invested in CLEAR (Citizens of Liberia Engaged to Advance Electoral Reform) public outreach activities. Billboards are some of the best ways to translate the messages of electoral reform. They visually portray a public agenda in a way that is easily accessible and understandable by more people. As he describes it, the billboards erected in Grand Kru and other parts of Liberia are an effective method to reach the country, spread the news on the campaign for electoral reform, and get people talking.The billboards feature key reform messages such as “Stay out of the rain!”, “Vote in dry Season”, a reflection of one reform proposal to amend the constitution such that elections are rescheduled from October to a new date in dry season. This and other proposed constitutional amendments would mean a vote of the people, or a referendum. Additional reform agenda items to be feature include reducing the tenure or time in office of elected officials, and a special, independent court for election grievances or complaints.The first billboard was constructed in the county administrative seat of Barclayville, at an intersection leading to City Hall and the administration building. The board is well placed, at a location opposite a motorcyclists parking station and a commercial center, where it is sure to capture attention. According to Williams, additional billboards will be erected in three cities of Grand Kru.Barclayville Mayor Benetor Blamo expressed confidence that this public outreach will be instrumental in connecting with “the average Liberian” regarding the ongoing electoral reform campaign, and likely upcoming vote on changes to Liberia’s constitutional electoral laws.She described the regional dialogue conducted by the National Election Commission as another effective way to ensure the involvement of all sectors of society in the discussions of the elections law. That event concluded July 11, with nearly one hundred representatives from the southeastern counties — civil society, local and county authorities, youth and women leaders, people with special needs or disabilities, and the media — coming together to have a closer look at electoral reform.Mayor Blamo said the regional consult afforded regional leaders greater insight into provisions of the laws, reform recommendations, and proposed next steps. The NEC used the opportunity to interpret relevant legal statutes and regulations, and presented a comprehensive report.As Mayor of a key southeastern city, she also made the most of the opportunity, and her platform. “I think the dialogue was fruitful. I personally had the opportunity to raise some strategic issues about women. Especially when it comes to women being more involved in election activities in our city.”“You are aware not too many women around here are encouraged to take part in election processes. So I recommended that, moving forward, there must be targeted lawmaking and activities to encourage more women in the electoral processes of Liberia.”Mayor Blamo is the first woman to become Mayor of Barclayville City since Grand Kru gained county status in 1984.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Up to 48 teams can take part in the fun tournament. Participants are encouraged to dress up in this year’s theme, which is ‘Hello Hollywood’.Teams can collect donations through the fundraiser’s website at: http://fsj.kintera.org/bfks.Armstrong says there’s still time to register for the tournament.[asset|aid=2679|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0b61ae707f161d4a5325bee02b47e1c6-Armstrong 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement By Christine Rumleskie Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John is kicking off a fundraiser that’s sure to be up your alley.- Advertisement -The 19th annual ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’ is set for April 25th, and the organization is encouraging residents to register a team.BBBS hopes to raise $25,000, which amounts to roughly a third of the local group’s annual gross revenue.Executive Director Danielle Armstrong says the BBBS’s mentoring program continues to grow, and last year the group mentored the most kids in the organization’s 25 year history.[asset|aid=2678|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0b61ae707f161d4a5325bee02b47e1c6-Armstrong 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement BBBS is also looking for sponsors in this year’s event. Sponsors can fund an individual team or purchase a platinum sponsorship, which includes support for the entire event.For more information contact Danielle Armstrong at (250) 787-9674 or visit www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
WASHINGTON – Many states are making more children eligible for government-funded health insurance even as President George W. Bush’s health chief says families are relying too much on public money for the coverage. The goal of the states is to allow more middle-class families to participate in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The states are raising income limits so families once shut out because of their earnings now can qualify. When the program began a decade ago, states could offer coverage to families whose income was not more than double the federal poverty level. Today, for example, that threshold is $41,300 for a family of four. A few states use a Medicaid-based formula that lets them insure more children than under the income limit. Already, 18 states exceed the 200 percent level, with federal permission. Five more, plus the District of Columbia, could join the list this year, according to a survey by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families. “State leaders are moving in a very different direction than the Bush administration is talking about,” Guyer said. “They see that even moderate-income families increasingly find that coverage is simply unaffordable, and that it’s appropriate to have some subsidy.” Guyer’s organization conducts research but also advocates for more federal money for children’s health insurance. In 1997, Congress provided the children’s insurance program with $40 billion over 10 years. The program now covers more than 6 million people, including about 640,000 adults. The families make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Congress probably will renew the program this year, with a contentious debate expected over how much money to spend. A large expansion of children’s health insurance is a priority for Democrats. They want to spend $75 billion over five years; the Bush administration is seeking less than half that. States match federal dollars with their own. On average, states spend $30 for every $70 from Washington. The administration wants the insurance program to help just low-income families. Leavitt said all states should enact plans that would provide other families with access to more basic insurance policies. Those policies may not be as comprehensive as some families would like. For example, he said, they may not cover treatments once the care reaches a certain expense, but the policies would provide some protection. Leavitt noted that Michigan was working on a plan that would pay as much as $35,000 in a year for health costs and could serve as many as 1.1 million people. Tennessee is developing what Leavitt described as a “very basic” insurance plan. The plan would cost $150 a month – $50 from the insured, $50 from the employer and $50 from the state. Guyer said many states considering expansions will scrap them unless Congress acts this summer to provide more money. She cited Ohio and Oklahoma. According to the center, both states are considering proposals that would increase eligibility limits so families of four with an income under $61,950 could participate. “It just comes down to the reality that in the absence of federal money, they really can’t do this,” Guyer said. The Senate Finance Committee may take up a children’s health insurance bill as soon as next month. Legislation introduced last week by Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, would allow states to expand coverage to families earning less than triple the poverty level, or $61,950 for a family of four. Kennedy said the program “has been a great success, but 9 million children in the United States still lack health insurance. This bill will make a real difference in their lives.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! New York lawmakers recently set an income limit of up to $82,600 for a family of four. Eligible families get some government help in buying insurance. The poorer they are, the greater the subsidy. Other states considering significant expansions in eligibility include California, Ohio and Oklahoma. Florida and Oregon are considering modest expansions, the center reported. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said if other states followed New York’s proposal, it would mean that 71 percent of the nation’s children would be on “public assistance.” “SCHIP is being proposed in the spirit of the expansion of health coverage. But that isn’t the reality,” Leavitt said last week. “For every 10 people that go on a publicly funded plan, six of them leave a private plan.” Jocelyn Guyer, deputy executive director of the university center, said states have determined that public health insurance is better than no insurance at all. She said a range of studies shows that most children entering the program would otherwise lack coverage.
0Shares0000Arsenal are edging closer to completing the signing of Pierre-Emerick AubameyangLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Arsenal have reached a Sh8.6bn (£60m) agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.Sky Sports News understands completion of the transfer is subject to Dortmund securing a replacement. The Gunners had a bid in excess of Sh7.1bn (£50m) rejected last week, with Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc stating they would only let the 28-year-old go if their demands were met.The Gabon international did not testify as planned in the trial over the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Monday because of illness.Aubameyang was booed by a section of Dortmund fans at the Westfalenstadion during their 2-2 draw with Freiburg on Saturday and a banner in the crowd read: ‘No player is bigger than our club’.Should he arrive at the Emirates before Wednesday’s deadline, Sky Sports News understands Arsenal will be willing to let Olivier Giroud leave the club, with Chelsea very interested in the France striker.But one source told Sky Sports News on Sunday night that Giroud may yet be involved in the deal to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates by switching to Dortmund.Widespread reports on Monday claimed Dortmund were considering a move for Michy Batshuayi, who has been told he can leave Chelsea on loan if they sign a new centre-forward.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Supreme Court rejected without comment an appeal from Khaled el-Masri, effectively endorsing Bush administration arguments that state secrets would be revealed if courts allowed the case to proceed. El-Masri, 44, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, says he was mistakenly identified as an associate of the Sept. 11 hijackers and was detained while attempting to enter Macedonia on New Year’s Eve 2003. He claims that CIA agents stripped, beat, shackled, diapered, drugged and chained him to the floor of a plane for a flight to Afghanistan. He says he was held for four months in a CIA-run prison known as the “salt pit” in the Afghan capital of Kabul. After the CIA determined it had the wrong man, el-Masri says, he was dumped on a hilltop in Albania and told to walk down a path without looking back. The lawsuit against former CIA Director George Tenet, unidentified CIA agents and others sought damages of at least $75,000. “We are very disappointed,” Manfred Gnijdic, el-Masri’s attorney in Germany, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his office in Ulm. “It will shatter all trust in the American justice system,” Gnijdic said, charging that the United States expects every other nation to act responsibly but refuses to take responsibility for its own actions. El-Masri’s claims, which prompted strong international criticism of the rendition program, were backed by European investigations and U.S. news reports. The U.S. government has neither confirmed nor denied el-Masri’s account and, in urging the court not to hear the case, said that the facts central to el-Masri’s claims “concern the highly classified methods and means of the program.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUPREME COURT: Rejection seems to endorse argument that U.S. secrets were at risk. By Mark Sherman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A German man who says he was abducted and tortured by the CIA as part of the anti-terrorism rendition program lost his final chance Tuesday to persuade U.S. courts to hear his claims.
Desert Christian (7-2) resumes league play Oct. 14 at Lone Pine. Unwanted streak: Antelope Valley Christian’s losing streak reached eight with Joshua Springs of Yucca Valley’s sweep Tuesday in an Agape League opener. The Eagles are home tonight against Hesperia Christian. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Start talking about passing, and Golden League girls’ volleyball coaches can’t help but express frustration. With so much youth in the league this season, passing has been a problem nearly everywhere. “If there’s a weak point in our game, it’s passing,” Palmdale coach Colleen Nua said. “That’s easy enough to fix, so we’re working on it. Passing’s always an issue in volleyball.” Poor passing was cited as a reason for Lancaster’s loss Tuesday to Littlerock. Quartz Hill was plagued with free-ball passing woes during the playoffs at Saturday’s Royal of Simi Valley tournament. “It’s my biggest pet peeve,” Quartz Hill coach Larry Vocke said. “We were doing OK, then we resorted back to our old ways.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Road Rebels: Quartz Hill won’t be spending much time at home this month. After playing in Oxnard last weekend at the Royal tournament, the Rebels tonight begin a stretch of four consecutive road matches. Tuesday’s match against Knight was one of just two home matches this month – and the Rebels’ last at home until Oct. 25. Honors: Quartz Hill senior setter Kayla Cherland made the all-tournament team at the Royal tournament. The Rebels finished fourth place in the Silver Division. Paraclete’s Jenna Novelli and Angela Hupp were all-tournament selections at the Brentwood tournament, in which the Spirits finished second to Brentwood. Playing in pain: Quartz Hill senior Tara Henn continues to play despite a pulled groin. Henn had 13 kills in Tuesday’s three-game victory over Knight. Rough start: Desert Christian began Desert Mountain League play Tuesday by getting swept by three-time defending league champion Lucerne Valley. The 25-15, 25-21, 25-21 loss was just the second of the season for the Knights.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week On Thursday, leaning on a cane and sporting a bandaged head after a fall, Pinter told reporters that he felt “quite overwhelmed” by the honor. “I have no idea why they gave me the award. I respect their judgment. I am very grateful,” he said. Pinter continues a long tradition of Nobel laureates who believe in taking sides and not settling for art for art’s sake. Last year’s winner, Austria’s Elfriede Jelinek, once instructed her publishers to withhold the performance rights of her plays in Austrian theaters as long as the rightist Freedom Party was part of the government. Germany’s Guenter Grass, who won in 1999, has been one of his country’s leading liberals and repeatedly questioned the reunification of East Germany and West Germany. American John Steinbeck, winner in 1962, supported numerous Democrats. More famously, he immortalized the poverty of the Depression with his classic, “The Grapes of Wrath.” British playwright David Hare cited Pinter’s political engagement in praising his Nobel victory. “Not only has Harold Pinter written some of the outstanding plays of his time, he has also blown fresh air into the musty attic of conventional English literature by insisting that everything he does has a public and political dimension,” said Hare, whose own political works include the Iraq war drama “Stuff Happens.” Pinter, the son of a Jewish tailor, was born in 1930 and was a rebel from an early age, declaring himself a conscientious objector and refusing to do then-compulsory military service. He was influenced by anti-Semitism and by the wartime bombing of London. He would at times open the back door and “find our garden in flames,” he wrote. He published poetry under the name “Harold Pinta” and emerged as a playwright with “The Birthday Party” (1957), in which the intruders Goldberg and McCann enter the retreat of Stanley, a young man who is hiding from childhood guilt and who tells them, “You stink of sin; you contaminate womankind.” The play established Pinter’s dark, distinctive style that could stop hearts with the conversational pause and that relished the juxtaposition of brutality and the banal. His characters’ internal fears, longings, guilt and unruly sexual drives are set against the neat lives they have constructed to survive – a grim game in which actions often contradict words. Influenced by Samuel Beckett, Pinter once said of language: “The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don’t hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly and anguished or mocking smoke screen, which keeps the other in its true place.” In “The Caretaker” (1959), which established him as a commercial and critical success, a manipulative old man threatens the fragile relationship of two brothers. “The Homecoming” (1964) explores the hidden rage and confused sexuality of an all-male household by inserting a woman. Over time, his attention turned to the world at large. A vocal critic of the market economics of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s – he said his vote for her in 1979 was “idiotic, infantile” – his work became more overtly political. “The New World Order,” billed as “a short satiric response to the Gulf War,” was a 10-minute play in the early 1990s whose title is derived from a phrase used by then-President George H.W. Bush. In 2003, Pinter published a volume of anti-war poetry about the current Iraq conflict. He later joined a group of celebrities calling for the impeachment of Blair, who sent British troops to Iraq. Although a harsh critic of Britain, Pinter told the BBC in 2002 that he loves many things about it – the English countryside, cricket and “a fundamental decency in the country itself.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In honoring British playwright Harold Pinter on Thursday, Nobel Prize judges have again chosen an artist of literary achievement and political contention. The 75-year-old Pinter, the most influential British playwright of his generation, is also an unrelenting critic of the U.S. involvement in Iraq – under both Bush presidencies – and of the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair. “I think the world is going down the drain if we’re not very careful,” a frail but defiant Pinter, who has been treated for throat cancer in recent years, said to reporters outside his London home. Pinter will receive $1.3 million for winning the Nobel, and he can expect a boost in sales of his writings. His U.S. publisher, Grove/Atlantic Inc., announced Thursday that it will print an additional 25,000 copies of a new collection of political writings, “Death Etc.,” for a total of 31,000. A volume of his plays has been climbing quickly on Amazon.com.