first_imgHE’S BACK!!–Santa Anita Park’s Beloved Hornblower, Jay Cohen, returned to work today following a three-month hiatus that was necessitated due to a bout with Bell’s Palsy.  A fans-favorite at The Great Race Place for the past 31-years, Cohen returned on Friday ready to roll.  “I’m back and nothing’s going to stop me now,” said the 63-year-old New Jersey native, who doubles as a stand-up comic and magician.  “My time off gave me a chance to come up with some new tricks and I’ve been extremely lucky with a huge amount of support medically and from fans who sent letters wishing me well.”last_img

Ateneo dumps San Beda for Filoil crown

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ With a slim seven-point lead midway through that period, the Blue Eagles unloaded an 18-6 blitz, capped by a Kouame layup to erect an 18-point lead at the break.Down 19 in the third frame, the Red Lions went on a quick 10-3 run before two charities by Blue Eagle William Navarro put the Ateneo lead back at 14 going into the final period.San Beda was weighed down by top gun Robert Bolick being held scoreless in just 10 minutes of play.Meanwhile, Ateneo standouts Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto joined Kouame in the Mythical Five along with La Salle’s Justine Baltazar and San Beda’s Javee Mocon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial “We’re very happy for him individually and we try to see him continue to improve,” Arespacochaga said of Kouame. “It’s a combination: He’s a very good learner, he’s a bit raw in terms of basketball experience but he’s a sponge and his teammates have done a great job helping him.”Ateneo was already in celebratory mood after fashioning a 65-47 cushion in the fourth quarter after Kouame beat the shotclock with a mid-range jumper.But back-to-back treys from Franz Abuda and Jeramer Cabanag pumped some life back to the Lions, who trimmed the deficit to 68-56.San Beda rookie Evan Nelle pawed in a layup at the two-minute mark of the final period to further trim the deficit to 70-59, but that would be the closest they could get as the Eagles proved steady at the clutch, burying a triple and making three charities to cement the outcome.Ateneo used the second quarter to peel away from San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThey beat the defending champions while their big man wound up bagging the Most Valuable Player award. In just one game, Ateneo sent a chilling message to its foes in the coming UAAP season.Knocking the crown off the Eagles’ heads will be a tough challenge.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 All eyes on Alyssa as semifinals kicks off Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo made dismantling NCAA champion San Beda look so easy, coasting to a 76-62 victory to claim the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup crown on Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“We talked about our defense and we had to take something from what worked for us and learn from the past games and the players responded,” Ateneo assistant head coach Sandy Arespacochaga said.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 crownLed by tournament MVP Angelo Kouame, the Eagles were ruthlessly locked in and snared the Lions early in the game to earn their first preseason title since 2011—when they also beat  the Lions in the Final.Kouame finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks.last_img read more

Ellen’s 4th Letter for Loan: US$144m Needed for Post-epidemic Development Agenda

first_imgAmidst news of steady progress in the containment of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has killed over 3,000 persons and imposed a severe strain on the economy, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has requested the ratification of a 4th Loan Agreement this time to the tone of US$144 million for “the country’s development agenda after the Ebola outbreak”.Even though the President did not outline the development plans in her letter to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, dated October 15, 2014 (reference index EJS/MOS/RL/606/2014), she stressed that her action is intended to mitigate the negative impact of the economic slowdown created by the epidemic.The financing agreement is tagged as the “Dollar Credit Line Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Export-Import Bank of India.”The Liberian Chief Executive argued that the agreement would purposely address one of the two economic constraints to sustained growth in Liberia, which is the lack of affordable and reliable power.“This agreement will finance transmission and distribution of up to 50MW in northern and central Monrovia,” the President noted. “By ratifying this and other such instruments now, we can begin the tendering and other preparatory activities for such public sector investment projects, thereby allowing us to commence immediately after the outbreak.”According to the President’s letter, the money will be credited from the EXIM Bank in India and not more than US$1.75m is to be earmarked for preparation of feasibility studies for the project.“Mr. Speaker, I ask for ratification of this instrument for the fiscal space that is needed to continue our development agenda after the outbreak,” the President said.The EXIM BankEstablished in January 1982, EXIM Bank’s main objective is to boost India’s export promotion drive and to pay for the increased imports. The Bank is responsible for providing refinancing facilities to the commercial banks and other commitments in the areas of exports and imports.  As for Loans to Foreign Governments‚ Companies and Financial Institutions, there are three mandates: Overseas buyers credit directly to foreign importers for import of Indian capital goods and related services; Lines of credit to foreign Governments and financial institutions for import of Indian capital goods and related services and Re-lending facilities to banks overseas to enable them to provide term finance for import of Indian capital goods.As observed in the Export Import Bank of India Act, 1981: “……the Bank may grant, in or outside India‚ loans and advances by itself or in participation with any bank or financial institution whether in India or outside India‚ for the purpose of export or import and shall also function as the principal institution engaged in financing of the export and import in such manner as it may deem appropriate….”Recent Loan Ratification Requests total US$227.61 millionThis means since the outbreak of the virus, the President has so far written the National Legislature to ratify four (4) separate Loan Agreements, totaling US$227.61 million.According to the President’s argument, the endorsement of US$62.31 million would be an additional funding to fight the Ebola virus and to support the government’s effort to address the budget deficit, which has resulted from the epidemic.  The financing agreements for this amount are the African Development Fund (ADF) Loan Agreement for Ebola Sector Budget and the Transitional States Facility Loan Agreement for the Ebola Sector Budget Support.The President also sought the concurrence of the Legislature to ratify a US$21.3 million Loan Agreement to improve the condition of roads in the country and the wellbeing of civil servants.So far, the House has only approved the US$21.3m.  Of this amount, according to the Loan Agreement, signed between the Liberian Government and the International Development Association (IDA), US$19.2m, dubbed “Second Additional Financing for Urban and Rural Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project”, will be used to improve the condition of access roads from Monrovia to Ganta as well as other rural roads.The remaining US$2.1 million is to improve pay management of civil servants, which includes upgrading the caliber of Liberia’s civil service, and the classification of civil servants, under the financing agreement, “Public Sector Management Project.”The remaining three Loan Agreements, totaling US$206.3m including the President’s latest US$144m request, are under scrutiny by the Committees on Ways, Means and Finance and the Judiciary.The Ways, Means and Finance and the Judiciary, chaired by Representatives Emmanuel Nuquay and Cllr. S. Gayah Karmoh, are to advise the Body on these agreements within a week.Liberia’s Worst Nightmare Liberia is in the midst of its worst crisis since fifteen years of brutal civil war came to an end a decade ago. From late June to the end of September, Ebola cases were mounting, the health system is all but broken.  A month ago, security units fired shots at people who were attempting to break a quarantine that had overnight been imposed on West Point, a neighborhood of over 75,000 people. A 15-year-old boy was killed in the tragic incident, sparking outrage and sadness in a country whose society has already been torn by the epidemic.More than 3,000 persons have died of the Ebola virus, including foreign heath personnel and a diplomat; and nine counties, which have about one million Liberians, were under quarantine.Of late, developed countries have become more proactive to save lives in West Africa, including Liberia, and the outbreak now appears to be subsiding.  Several nations and international organizations including the UN and the USA; the MSF, the Samaritan’s Purse have greatly assisted in bringing the virus under control.The long-term effects of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia are impossible to predict, but they are certain to be profound. Economic activity is grinding to a halt and the price of food has begun to climb. In a country where a large majority of the population lives on less than three dollars per day, an increase in food costs is a matter of overwhelming consequence.To begin, the top-down economic strategy that emphasized economic growth above all and which failed to consider the social context in which that growth was taking place has proved to be deeply flawed. Even if the outbreak had not exposed the social fractures that lay behind the country’s progress, grievances and mistrust bubbling in places like West Point would have eventually erupted. Development partners must do a better job of insisting that issues like corruption, disparate access to justice, land tenure, and housing rights rise to the top of the agenda. In addition, bottom-up accountability mechanisms that give average citizens a greater role in policing officials and determining how and where money is spent are desperately needed.No amount of GDP growth or foreign investment is likely to produce a functioning, stable society without the perception that all its members are equally valued. While growth is important, the Ebola outbreak has showed that if it does not translate to a sense of inclusion, hard-earned progress can be undone nearly overnight. Nobody could have planned for Ebola, but for years the country’s partners stood mostly mute while frustration rose in the streets and the government became widely resented.Liberia’s poor believe that the international community “chooses” their leaders, and then shrugs when those leaders treat them callously. In the aftermath of the ongoing Ebola tragedy, it will be necessary to combat that view, and to ensure that development interventions are geared towards building trust between Liberians and their government, even if it means picking a fight with politicians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Andaiye was one of the few who spoke truth to power

first_imgDear Editor,I write to add my personal tribute to Andaiye, whom I was fortunate to know from my teenage years, as she was a friend of my father’s. There were few plain speakers in the Guyana of my youth. Many were lions in their private circles and mice in the public sphere.Andaiye was one of the few who spoke truth to power, whatever the circumstances, consistently and fearlessly. It was a trait that continued throughout her life.In her conversations and writing, there was a singular clarity of thought and clarity of expression. This was a feat both of intellect and compassion. She read, she listened, she absorbed and then she formulated an opinion.What made her almost unique in Guyana was that her deeds matched her words. She lived her beliefs in a manner that many may aspire to but few achieve. These qualities combined to give her words unusual weight in our society.Perhaps rather than seeking to bestow posthumous honours and accolades (for which she had little appetite and for which there was ample time while she lived), we might best honour her memory by striving to adopt a little of her praxis; to empower the weak, to give agency and a livelihood to the poor, to listen carefully to the voices in society that we continually silence and to speak out clearly and firmly against what we perceive to be unjust or ill-conceived.Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caireslast_img read more

Some hogs processed after eating tainted food

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — Several hundred of the 6,000 hogs that may have eaten contaminated pet food are believed to have entered the food supply for humans, the government said Thursday. The potential risk to human health was said to be very low. The government told the three states involved that it would not allow meat from any of the hogs that ate the feed to enter the food supply. No more than 345 hogs from farms in California, New York and South Carolina are involved, according to the Agriculture Department. It appears the large majority of the hogs that may have been exposed are still on the farms where they are being raised, spokeswoman Nicol Andrews said. Salvaged pet food from companies known or suspected of using a tainted ingredient was shipped to hog farms in seven states for use as feed. The government will compensate farmers if they kill those hogs, said Kenneth Peterson of department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The department knew of no countries moving to suspend imports of U.S. pork products. Also, a poultry feed mill in an eighth state, Missouri, received possibly contaminated pet food scraps left over from production.last_img read more

A good point for United at second placed Leicester? Match report

first_img1 Jamie Vardy will steal the headlines after scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games, but it was a great team performance by Leicester as they drew with Man United.At the start of the season, not many would have billed this as a top of the table clash, but that is exactly what it was.In fact, the last time Leicester faced Man United, the Foxes were bottom of the Premier League, but this time they began the game at the summit and were also chasing their fifth straight league win.And Vardy did not disappoint the home fans, who turned up in their thousands hoping to see him make history as he finished an excellent counter attack, which began with Kasper Schmeichel.Dealing with a United corner, the Leicester goalkeeper threw the ball to Christian Fuchs, who surged forward and gifted Vardy a wonderfully precise ball to latch onto and shoot beyond David De Gea.In doing so, the striker has beaten Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s long standing record and there was even a tweet from the former United striker congratulating Vardy.However, Man United fought back to end what was a fast paced 45 minutes, level courtesy of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who headed in Daley Blind’s corner.The second half was not as frantic as the first, but Man United looked the more threatening initially as they searched for a second, but Leicester always looked dangerous on the counter. Leonardo Ulloa was unlucky not to have scored as the game entered the final 20 minutes.As United pushed for a goal, manager Louis van Gaal, to many fans’ surprise, took captain Wayne Rooney off and replaced him with Memphis Depay.The England man appeared to have picked up an injury, which was probably fortunate for him considering he struggled to make an impact.Leicester kept pushing for another goal, but were almost undone in the end by Matteo Darmian, whose shot from the edge of the area sailed narrowly over the bar.When the final whistle sounded, though, all focus was on man of the match Vardy and Leicester, who drop to second, level on 29 points with Man City. Jamie Vardy celebrates against Man United last_img read more

Arsenal suffer injury blow ahead of Liverpool clash

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool on Wednesday – but he could return to face Stoke this weekend.The Chilean forward has been on the sidelines since the end of November after suffering a hamstring injury against Norwich.He is now not far away from a comeback, but Wenger says he will not be risked for the trip to Anfield.“For Sanchez I think the Liverpool game comes too soon,” said Wenger.“He has a chance to be available for Sunday against Stoke. He is going really well.” Alexis Sanchez 1last_img

Wall comes between friends, city officials

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – A 6-foot-high concrete wall now divides longtime neighbors and friends Councilman Ron Kernes and Planning Commissioner Jane McEntee. McEntee, who has lived next door to Kernes for 24 years, filed for a building permit to put the wall around her property, and weeks later she was served with a summons from Kernes’ attorney to appear in court on Tuesday. Kernes does not want her to build the wall because it would restrict the width of his driveway to 8 feet, and he says he won’t be able to park his motor home and boat there if it is that narrow. According to her attorney, McEntee said she had allowed Kernes to extend his driveway into her property on the condition that she could change it back at any time. Until McEntee applied for a building permit with the city to build the wall, Kernes said they were good friends. In 2002, he appointed her to the Planning Commission. “Until two weeks ago, we were friends,” said Kernes. “I trusted her so much, she had a key to my house. She took care of my plants and cat, and I would do the same for her.” On Tuesday, Kernes’ attorney, John Caballero, asked a judge for a restraining order to keep McEntee from building the wall until a preliminary injunction hearing takes place. “We’re just asking to maintain the status quo until the litigation process is over,” said Caballero. “What is the harm to the defendant in not changing what has existed for 24 years?” McEntee’s attorney, Keith Klein, said the bottom line is that the property in question belongs to McEntee. “What’s not in dispute is that the portion of the property where my client wants to build a wall is her property,” said Klein. Judge Raul Sahagun granted a temporary restraining order barring McEntee from building the wall until a preliminary injunction hearing on March 3. Klein said McEntee wants to build the wall for privacy. “She’s been kind enough to allow him to park there for 20 years,” said Klein. Kernes said he tried to resolve the problem before contacting an attorney, but McEntee didn’t return his calls. “It’s going to cost everybody a lot of money, and no matter who wins – we both lose the friendship,” Kernes said. “That’s the troubling part. I’ve treated her son like my son since he was 3 years old. This is like an extended family.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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


first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA NOTESGet behind the Reserves this SundayThe Glenswilly Senior Reserves. Pic by Geraldin Diver.It has been a long road but our Senior Reserves are now one step away from winning the championship on Sunday.Aidy Glackin, his backroom team and his players deserve huge praise and credit for getting this far.Come Sunday afternoon at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey, a victory over Ardara will help them write another great chapter in Glenswilly GAA Club’s history book.The club is appealing to all supporters to get along to the game in advance of throw-in at 1.45pm.The lads deserve your support so we’ll see you all there on Sunday. Come on The Glen! A Final Reminder …first aid courseThe Club intend to run a one day sports First Aid course in the clubhouse. This will possibly be on a Saturday in November /December when all competitions have ended. Places will be limited and it is recommended that each team and group within the club have a representative on this course … Anyone interested in this course please text 0861611240CONGRATS TO UNDER 13 GIRLSCongratulations to our Under 13 girls team who have progressed through to a County Final this weekend against Four Masters. This was following a very competitive game against a strong Cloughaneely side last weekend. Well done girls! They will now play the final this Sunday at 11am in Donegal Town. Let’s get Sunday off to the perfect start by getting behind the girls. All support is welcomed. Under 13 boysThe U13 boys have now reached the play-off stages and players will be sent a text about the next game. Training continues on Friday at 6pm on the training pitch. Can all players try to make training?Card driveThe club’s 25 Card Drive will take place on Friday, November 20th next in the clubhouse. The night starts at 8pm and there will be €2,500 in prizes along with the Barney Pat Memorial Cup.Monster bingo prizes for first anniversary To celebrate the first anniversary of the bingo at the club, a bumper cash night will be held at the bingo on Wednesday, October 21st. As well as all the normal cash prizes, €500 must go on a single sheet as well as €500 as normal on 9th game and also €500 on 10th game. The club would like to thank al players who continue to support the bingo each Wednesday and remind them that the bingo will continue thought the winter months.Community schemeThe club is looking for a lady to join a community scheme which will be based out of Glenswilly GAA Club. Anybody interested should contact club chairman Peter McConnell.Club notes Anybody with anything for the weekly club notes should email them to by Monday evening. Thank you.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY RALLY SUPPORTERS AHEAD OF RESERVE FINAL was last modified: October 13th, 2015 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)Tags:Glenswilly GAA Clublast_img read more


first_imgTHE PSNI has apologised after its officers entered County Donegal today.“A police patrol inadvertently crossed the border into Lifford today for a short time,” the PSNI said in a statement.“On realising his error the driver turned at the next available roundabout. Police have made An Garda Siochana aware of the incident”  PSNI INCURSION INTO DONEGAL: OFFICERS SAY ‘SORRY’ was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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