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Sammy helps Zalmi to PSL win

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): Sunil Narine played his part in a late innings rally but the effort was not enough to save Lahore Qalanders from a 17-run defeat to Darren Sammy’s Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League yesterday. Set a challenging 167 for victory at the Dubai International Stadium, Qalanders seemed condemned to an embarrassing defeat when they slumped to 43 for six in the sixth over. However, the left-handed Narine launched an offensive, hitting 21 from 14 balls in a 45-run, seventh wicket stand off 30 balls with Aamer Yamin who made a run-a-ball 25. He had struck two fours and a six when he holed out to deep square leg in the 11th over off seamer Wahab Riaz at 88 for seven. Sohail Tanvir then blasted 36 not out and Yasir Shah, 22, in a 55-run, ninth wicket partnership but they failed to get Qalanders over the line. Opener Cameron Delport had earlier chipped in with 32 from 15 deliveries. Opting to bat first, Zalmi were fired by opener Kamran Akmal’s 58 off 40 balls, while Bangladesh star Shakib-al-Hasan made 30 from 24 balls. At the death, Sammy belted a four and a six in scoring an unbeaten 17 off eight deliveries, while West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels made 17 in his first appearance of the tournament. Off-spinner Narine finished with one for 28 from four overs.last_img read more

27-0: After MPBL shame, Sharks look for answers

first_imgWith a 0-3 record, Cebu City had nowhere to go but up right?Wrong. The Sharks would actually swim to uncharted depths in a recent 107-76 defeat to the Manila Stars in the MPBL Datu Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT The team failed to score in the first quarter, falling behind in ignominious fashion, 27-0, going into the second period.“It was embarrassing,” said team skipper Patrick Cabahug.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Cebu was actually scoreless in the first three minutes of the next period before finally breaking into the scoreboard and ending a 29-0 Stars run.Cabahug finished with 28 points to lead the Sharks, who also shattered a Cebu basketball record for the lowest scoring quarter. In Cebu’s Cesafi basketball tournament in 2016, University of Cebu was seven-tenths of a second away from being shut out in a quarter before JR Puerto scored two free throws to break the ice. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “The only way to recover from it is to give a good showing or maybe even get a win in their next game,” said Hontiveros. “Obviously you can’t do it overnight, but having the team bond is a start. With them being closer, it won’t be awkward discussing what needs to be done.”For Cabahug, though, improvement has to start from within the team.“We have to change our mind-set and really believe that we can compete in this league and win. We’ve got to continue to grow as a team. Our record won’t define us, it is how we continue to fight, get better and get ready for our next game and hopefully win,” he said.The Sharks face a tougher challenge in their next game, where they will face reigning champions Batangas City Athletics on Aug. 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Patafa goal: Surpass 1983 SEAG team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Coincidentally, Puerto is now playing for the Sharks.“We have to remain positive and learn from this. We have to stay together as a team and use this as motivation to fight even harder in our next game,” added Cabahug, the former Adamson star.Frustration levels are so high that a source revealed an argument between a player and a coach broke out in the dugout over a timeout not called to try and get the Sharks into the scoreboard.“Every day, we fight hard during practice and we give it our all,” said reserve wingman Iron Suano, a former standout at San Jose Recoletos. “We have good practices but during the game, we have a tendency to shoot after just one or two passes.”Some of the city’s biggest stars have also come out to throw their support for the team. Former PBA stars Dondon Hontiveros and Roger Yap have asked fans to be patient and continue supporting the team.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

23 Families Displaced by Fire in Point 4

first_imgTwenty three families were displaced last Thursday night in Point 4, on Bushrod Island in Monrovia after a rain storm struck a transformer that set five zinc houses ablaze.There were no injuries or deaths.“It was around 11 p.m. when the storm hit this area and unroofed the nearby Playmate Cinema,” shop owner, Ibrahim Sow, 48, told the Daily Observer.He said the roof of the cinema flew off and dropped on nearby houses.“Then as we waited and the storm increased, it struck the transformer that partly controlled my zinc houses with nine rooms.“There were five houses in all and sadly no one could save any personal items,” Sow, who also owns the Amadou Sow Provision Shop, said.The displaced included women and children, who appealed to humanitarian groups, including the Liberia National Red Cross Society, to come to their assistance with emergency relief.Sow commended the neighbors for their prompt response that helped to save nearby houses.When officers from the Liberia National Fire Service arrived, Sow said, the fire had already consumed the five houses.Also speaking to the Daily Observer, Alphonso Kamanu, 58, chairman of the Elder’s Council of the Point 4 Community said among the displaced are several widows who had previously lost their houses to the raging Atlantic Ocean on Colonel West Street.“Some of the widows lost all they had to the Atlantic Ocean and were brought here to live and now they have again lost everything in their possession,” Elder Kamanu told our reporter.Elder Kamanu, armed with a record of all the displaced, appealed to the government and humanitarian agencies to provide emergency relief to the suffering.“These people are now displaced and are being sheltered by their friends,” Elder Kamanu said. “We all need urgent help,” he pleaded.Most of the 23 families are with grandchildren and several are in their 50s. It is the third fire incident to affect New Kru Town since April this year. The first affected journalist D. Sonpon Weah, who lost five zinc houses. In the second fire, seven houses on Karpeh Street were burnt down. Now the Point 4 incident has happened.Each of these fire incidents has displaced families, now numbering altogether more than 200 victims, who are crying for emergency relief.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Disabled’ Protest Obstructs Traffic for Seven Hours

first_imgAggrieved disabled persons during the protest They want President Weah remove unpopular leaders at National Commission on DisabilitiesA traffic holdup was created along the Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor early yesterday when a group of persons living with various forms of disability, under the banner, “Disabled of Like Minds for Good Governance (DLMGG),” blocked the motor way leading to Congo Town, demanding President George Weah to reverse his recent decision endorsing the present leadership at the National Commission on Disability (NCD).The present leadership of the NCD is led by Mrs. Ricardo Dennis, Executive Director; Fallah Cymbio Boima, Deputy Director for Administration; and Joshua Bull, Deputy Director for Operations.Yesterday’s protest by members of the DLMGG was led by Rally Tamba Fallah, who said some members of the organization are disappointed in President Weah’s style of leadership, “because he did not listen to them before endorsing the present leadership of the National Commission on Disability.”“Until then, we had used all diplomatic means to meet with the President, to solve the impasse in the Commission, but the President did not listen to us,” Fallah claimed.“Is this the hope for change we talked about, the Weah we love so much is treating us with less importance? Where is the pro-poor policy you promised us when you cannot listen to our cries?” Fallah lamented.Prior to their protest, Fallah said they had appealed to President Weah. Unfortunately, the office of the president told them that ‘he does not act on speculations.’ “Therefore,” Fallah added, “we too will remain unbending not to compromise anything until he can address our interest to the full.”“We will continue to demand the removal of the leadership until the last man among us dies, or else we will not compromise with anybody,” Fallah said.Samuel Mawen Sumo Dean, Sr., co-chair of DLMGG, said they are asking the president to revoke the reinstatement of the present leadership at the National Commission on Disability because the team has spent eight years in power without improving the lives of the disabled.Mr. Dean said his fellow disabled are still begging in the streets because the Commission has failed over the years to introduce programs that would make them self-sufficient in the country.He said the lives of those children in the streets aiding their parents to beg are not secure because those presently heading the Commission have no education programs that would transform them into productive citizens.“Persons with disabilities are under-represented and are poor, abused, uneducated and regarded as 5th class citizens in their own country. We are always in the backroom and we can never benefit from our country’s natural resources because our leaders have chosen to exploit us socially and control us politically,” Dean said.Dean wants the Commission to provide those things that will best serve the interest of people living with disabilities.He said the Commission has abandoned its one-and-a-half acres of land and has decided to rent a small apartment for US$25,000 per annum, instead of using the money to provide homes and vocational education for the disabled and thus turn them into productive citizens.Dean believes that if President Weah cannot listen to the cries of people living with disabilities, then the pro-poor policy is just another joke because they are the poorest of the poor.Jefferson S. Kanmoh, the security advisor to President Weah, in his intervention said while they could have a legitimate case for consideration, the president will consider their protest as an “unpleasant decision of the disabled to block the road and stop the free-flow of traffic.”Kanmoh said the president takes the issue of the disabled seriously. Therefore he is prepared to listen to them at all times and will meet with the leadership of the group to discuss the way forward.“The reason for the delay is that the president is investigating the allegations of the disabled independently and plans to come up in the shortest time with a balanced decision that will not be based on speculations,” Kanmoh assured the protestors.Alhough the aggrieved protestors agreed to leave the streets, they warned that the protest is just the beginning and they will return if the problems are not addressed by the president.Meanwhile, the group has demanded that the president should order the three directors in question to stay away from the offices of the National Commission on Disability until the matter is resolved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Faith-based leaders to tackle HIV/AIDS

first_imgForty faith-based leaders and representatives of key populations from across the Caribbean will, between February 7 and 9, participate in a consultation on the Right to Health and Wellbeing for All in Paramaribo, Suriname.The forum is being hosted by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP).The consultation is the first of its kind in the Caribbean and is one of the 15 actionable recommendations stated in the Declaration of the PANCAP Consultation of Caribbean Religious Leaders held in Trinidad and Tobago, February 1-2, 2017.The objective, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported, is to create an ideal space for faith leaders and key populations to discuss ways of collaborating to reduce AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. It is hoped too that there would be a respectful and productive dialogue between faith leaders and key populations including sex workers, the LGBT community, and other stakeholders.The consultation will also seek to establish a mechanism for enhancing partnerships between the key populations and religious groups; articulate clearly the major determinants of stigma and discrimination and the requirements for the Partnership to remove these barriers. The promotion of a viable legislative environment with regard to human rights, human sexuality, and human dignity will also engage the attention of participants.PANCAP is the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, in collaboration with the Regional Consultative Steering Committee for the Implementation of Recommendations to end AIDS by 2030.According to the Caricom Secretariat, the three-day event will include highly interactive discussions on the gaps in the Treatment and Prevention of HIV with emphasis on access to data in order to address the prospects and requirements for achieving 90-90-90 targets by 2020; prevention gaps with special reference to public education and reducing stigma and discrimination faced by key populations.Chair of the Regional Consultative Steering Committee for the Implementation of Recommendations to end AIDS by 2030, Canon Garth Minott underscored the critical need for religious leaders and representatives of key populations to share testimonies of their experiences in working with each other.  He explained that the purpose was to identify models of collaboration or partnership between the groups, which have positively benefited People living with HIV and reduced AIDS-related discrimination.The overarching purpose of the consultation is to create a regional partnership between religious leaders and key populations to advocate, lobby and monitor regional governments to ensure they adhere to all international agreements that protect the right to health.last_img read more

Peace River Regional District News Letter

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The plots thicken

first_imgROWLAND HEIGHTS – The house with the red-tile roof and earth-toned exterior sits in the middle of a fairly ordinary San Gabriel Valley neighborhood. Parents rush to school with their children in the morning. The smell of barbecue permeates the air on any given evening. Traffic roars by on the 60 Freeway. On warm days, red tail hawks lazily float in the sky above. These are the routine, everyday occurrences that accompany life in the suburbs. What seemed to go unnoticed by residents in this quiet community in the middle of Rowland Heights was a multimillion-dollar marijuana farm that occupied an otherwise empty house in the 17800 block of Nearbank Drive. Unnoticed, that is, until sheriff’s narcotics detectives showed up Wednesday night with a search warrant and hauled away more than 1,500 high potency marijuana plants valued at more than $9.6 million. The home is not unlike several others nearby that have been raided by federal, state and local authorities in recent weeks. The raids bear an eerie likeness to several that have occurred over the past year in San Francisco, Sacramento and the San Joaquin Valley, officials said. “This trend is a little too new to get a feel for the full scope of it,” said Sarah Pullen, a special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. “What seems to be happening is that the \ want to be in an area that won’t draw attention.” Narcotics investigators claim the scale of the growing operations have exceeded the norm. Sgt. Mike Hannemann of the Sheriff’s narcotics bureau said that in the past, indoor pot farms have only taken up single rooms of homes, leaving space for people to live. In the most recent cases, he said, entire homes have been gutted and rendered uninhabitable, with every room converted to grow multitudes of marijuana plants. Rows and rows of tables full of foliage at different stages of growth filled make-shift tables and trays in almost every room of the Nearbank Drive home. Bundles of wires rigged to bypass Southern California Edison meters fed the large, high-powered lights, fans and other equipment necessary to grow pot plants indoors. Indoor farms raided last year in the Sacramento County city of Elk Grove displayed a similar ingenuity, said San Francisco police Inspector Jameson Pan. “It turns out they were all wired up by the same electrician,” he added. In the Nearbank Drive home, a white dry-erase board calendar bore what appeared to be initials and Chinese characters along the bottom. The suspicion among investigators is that elements of Asian organized crime are behind the farms. “It’s speculation at this point,” Hannemann said. But he added that the massive scale and cost of the operations makes organized crime networks likely. “It’s much bigger than the territorial gangs,” he said. Purchasing the homes and equipment to grow the plants costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said. “It adds up quite fast. It’s a lot of money.” The recent spate of so-called grow-homes have been scattered across Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar and the neighboring communities of Chino Hills and Pomona. Homes in the Rowland Heights neighborhood surrounding Nearbank Drive list for between $775,000 and $900,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service, an Internet search engine used by Realtors to list homes for sale. A series of raids on seven such homes has taken place since the end of March. It’s no coincidence that these communities are at the heart of a demographic upheaval that has seen a huge influx of Asian immigrants over the past decade, some experts said. Neighborhoods like these offer an opportunity for Asian gang members to fly under the radar, said Pan, San Francisco’s expert on Asian organized crime. “Basically it’s an opportunity to make money, with less chance of being caught,” Pan said. In the 2000 Census, 46 percent of Rowland Heights’ 48,553 residents claimed Asian heritage. Most of those are of Chinese descent. Residential homes have been increasing their cache as pot farms in recent years because of the availability of “no money down” loans and low interest rates, Pan said. “There’s little overhead,” he added. “Next thing you know in six months you are making good money.” Areas with high concentrations of recent immigrants may also have attracted pot growers, because newer immigrants are sometimes less aware of “law enforcement practices and processes,” Hannemann said. The quiet, suburban nature of the neighborhoods may have led growers to believe there would be less attention by law enforcement authorities, Hannemann added. Neighbors said they noticed little activity at the home on Nearbank Drive, other than sporadic visits by people they did not recognize. Some said they saw the outside lights on late at night, but no sign that anyone lived inside. “I thought it was vacant,” said a male neighbor who declined to give his name for fear of reprisal. “I’ve never seen anything, to tell you the truth. It was quiet – almost to the point of being too quiet.” Another neighbor said she had seen a young Asian male going in and out once in a while, but otherwise took little notice of the house. Officials are unclear about the ultimate destination of the pot. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717, 2393160Want 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

Area company gives job opportunities to disabled

first_img“I think it’s easy to underestimate people with disabilities,” she said. “But once you have the chance to see them \, it will change your views 110 percent.” About a mile away, clients at Lincoln’s flagship training center in South El Monte do everything from shrink wrapping to box assembly to landscaping. The center, located in the middle of a row of muffler shops, worn-down warehouses and other industrial businesses, is neatly kept. “We help them with job skills and social skills,” Garza said, adding that the center is made of up of a diverse population. The clients, some of whom have physical disabilities in addition to developmental disabilities, get to pick their jobs based on their skills, said Caron Nunez, Lincoln Center’s president. “What I love about the history of the center is the clients now have more choices for the type of services they provide,” she said. “Years ago, their choice was to work at the training center – and that’s it. Now, they can go out and work at a site or with a group of individuals.” Lincoln has come a long way since it first started in 1964 with a small group of parents who wanted to offer their challenged children a chance to enter the work force. Back then, clients mostly rolled newspapers for use as packaging. Now, the center contracts with more than 50 companies throughout California – and with one job site in Las Vegas – for all sorts of warehouse jobs, custodial and janitorial duties. “I like to have a job,” said client Christine Young, 35, of Monrovia. “I like to make big money.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I like my job,” the 46-year-old Montebello man said, smiling. It’s a feeling that most of the workers at Lincoln Training Center have. They are happy to offer a skill and even happier to have jobs. “At Lincoln, we feel everybody deserves a chance at a good life,” said RoseMary Garza, vice president of rehabilitation programs at the center, which provides job-skill training and employment opportunities to more than 400 people with developmental disabilities. “Work is an essential part of having a good life, feeling that you can contribute,” she added. At the Signet company in El Monte, a group of about five Lincoln clients help assemble kits and put together manuals. Their contributions helped phase out a costly contract with a printing company, said Tricia Ochoa, production manager at Signet, which makes instruments for piping systems. SOUTH EL MONTE – Some might say Andrew Gaytan has a tedious job. In a one- to two-step process, Gaytan fastens a black rubber grommet to a yellow plastic disc in assembly line fashion at George Fischer Signet Inc. Above his workstation, two small awards remind him of jobs well done. One reads: “Good Work.” The other affords him the title of “Hardest Worker.” last_img read more

Chelsea appeal transfer ban to CAS

first_imgIt followed an investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players.The transfer window closes on 8 August and Cas said “it is not possible” to say when it will make a decision.Chelsea signed United States winger Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £58m in January, before their ban was imposed in February.Real Madrid’s bid to sign the Blues’ Belgium forward Eden Hazard for a fee of about £88m is expected to be concluded in a matter of days.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has said it will be “not be easy” to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City next season if they cannot sign players.The 60-year-old Italian, whose future at Stamford Bridge is the subject of much speculation, said the club need to buy two players this summer.The Blues are also appealing against their £460,000 fine.Chelsea had a number of high-profile players out on loan last season that they can call on, including Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa), Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Victor Moses (Fenerbahce), Kenedy (Newcastle), Tiemoue Bakayoko (AC Milan) and Kurt Zouma (Everton).They also had dozens of youth players out on loan.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000One of the transfers under investigation, which led to the ban, was the signing of Bertrand TraoreLONDON, United Kingdom, June 7 – Chelsea have taken their appeal against a two-window transfer ban imposed by Fifa to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The Blues are not allowed to buy players until the end of January 2020 and failed with their first appeal to the world governing body.last_img read more

All roads lead to Trentagh fun-filled weekend!

first_imgThe final touches have been done now for the seventh year of the Trentagh fun weekend events and they are delighted to have put together a great line up of entertainment for all the family from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August.With the funds raised from the event, they last year presented a huge €6,000 to Churchill Community Playgroup, Rathdonnell National School, and Trentagh National School – and also bought a defibrillator for the local area.This hugely successful community event not only raises much-needed funding in the area – but it strengthens the great community in Trentagh and is a great occasion for young and old to meet and people from far and near who come to Trentagh every year. Thinking of attending? You are guaranteed entertainment for all the family this weekend!Some of the events lined up are; a football match in Gartan which sees married men face off against single men, the Damien Crossan Memorial Darts Competitions, a 5K fun walk, a barbecue, The Danny Boyle Memorial Clay Pigeon Shoot, Tractor Run, Cycle Race, treasure hunt along with kids entertainment, and live music by David James, Eddie Gallagher, Off the Kuff and M + D karaoke.The committee would like to thank all of their sponsors who have been so loyal and supportive of this event over the years and their community really appreciates the continued support.They would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Harley family of Trentagh, who without their continued support, wouldn’t be able to host this weekend at all. A special thanks goes to the late Joe Harley who played a huge role in making it successful in every way. For more check out their Facebook page: Trentagh Fun Day 2017.All roads lead to Trentagh fun-filled weekend! was last modified: August 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fun dayTrentaghlast_img read more