LATEST STORIES “Our team has many young players and sometimes, they panic in the crucial moments of the game. But next game, we will just try to be more confident so maybe we can force a Game 3 and go to the Finals.”The Scorpions now that if they want to extend their stint in the Foundation Cup, they have no choice but to fight harder in game 2 on Tuesday.“In basketball, nothing is impossible. We just have to deal with it and focus on the next game. This is a do-or-die for us,” he said. “We just have to come back stronger. We hope that we give our best and play hard to force a Game 3.”ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate The Congolese big man did all he could, firing 20 points and 27 rebounds in the defeat. Unfortunately, he had the ignominy of being the one to commit the charging foul on Gab Banal in the waning seconds that took the fight out of the Scorpions.Still, Ebondo lauded CEU’s efforts after they came just within breaks away from dealing Flying V its first loss of the conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We just wanted to give them their first loss. We really played hard, but we just have to move on and adjust next game. We want to be more mature, especially in the end game,” he said.Ebondo also seeks to be more of a veteran as he wants to calm his fellow teammates in the clutch. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Rod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESSeeing his herculean effort go down the drain, Rod Ebondo opted to move on rather than dwell on Centro Escolar University’s sorry 65-61 Game 1 loss to Flying V in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals on Thursday.“This is basketball. We can’t say anything about it. It just happened,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT PBA opens doors to 2017 draft applicants
…utility companies also unpaid…Govt silent on paymentsWeeks after it was reported that employees of the Local Government Commission are owed their January salaries, it has been confirmed that payments are yet to be made and the agency has been strapped in carrying out its work.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, an employee of the Commission related that there have been no engagements with staff about their salaries and no word is forthcoming on how these payments would be made. Adding to that, fees for other services provided such as utilities are still outstanding.“Nobody was paid. No utilities were paid. Nothing. The commissioners are actually grounded. The people are going to work but we can’t do anything about it,” said the source.The Local Government CommissionThis publication understands that these monies are supposed to be signed off by the Permanent Secretary, Emil Mc Garrell, of the Communities Ministry before it can be disbursed. However, it also needs to be approved by the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan.Since payments during early December, staffers have not received any payments to which it was insisted that these monies should have already been disseminated.“They went through the details of the budget, both the Finance Ministry and the Local Government Commission. It was approved but the voucher wasn’t signed off so nobody received any money since the first part of December when payments were last made. Given from the fact that they paid very early in December, this money should’ve already been in. Apparently, this money is still administered under the Permanent Secretary and he still has to take instructions from Bulkan before singing them,” the employee had revealed.It was claimed in previous reports that the Commission is a constitutional agency but there is some control from the Ministry, which hinders some operations.“This is preventing the Commission from operating as a constitutional body. The Commission has to deal with appointments and dismissal and a host of things that the Minister would usually do. They have not recognised the Commission as a constitutional body. The Communities Minister still wants to be in control of the Local Government Commission.”Letters were penned to the Attorney General, Basil Williams; Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and even President David Granger. However, a response is yet to be given.“No one is dealing with this. The Commission has written the Attorney General several times as well as the Minister of State. They even wrote the President to bring it to his attention and no one is responding to these concerns. With the way the Commission is functioning, it is not an independent body but one that is being manipulated,” the source added.
Twelve riders took to the pavement yesterday for the Blizzard Bike Club’s Sunday evening road race. Kevin Shaw was first as he edged Dawit Feyissa and Irvin Tang. Shaw had a time of 1:29:50, while Feyissa and Tang clocked in at 1:29:52, and 1:29:54 respectively.Fourth was George Gamble in 1:30:21, and rounding out the top five was Pat Ferris in 1:30:23.The rest of the results are as follows:- Advertisement -6th Dan Webster 1:30:357th Richard Wood 1:33:318th Nicholas Guliov 1:38:389th Darren Guliov 1:38:38Modified distance:1. Sam Webster 53:07Advertisement 2. Emily Shaw 53:573. Barry Brandl DNF (flat tire)
SANTA CLARITA – Local singers who not only can belt out the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but do it in front of a stadium crowd are invited to audition to perform the national anthem on April 22 at Santa Clarita’s Dodger Day. A community committee is coordinating auditions for those seeking the honor at the Sunday day game at Dodger Stadium. Singers can record the anthem and submit their audition tapes on VHS, 8mm videotape or DVD. The application must include a background and description of past performances. Individuals and groups up to four people may apply. Tapes must not be recorded or edited in a studio. The Los Angeles Dodgers organization will make the final decision and notify only the winner. Audition materials will not be returned but can be picked up at City Hall in Suite 120. Audition recordings must be postmarked by 5 p.m. April 2 and sent to the city’s Arts and Events Office, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 120, Santa Clarita 91355. For information, contact Pat Downing, arts-events supervisor, at (661) 284-1472 or at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Jack Valenti, who spent nearly four decades as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, was hospitalized in Maryland after suffering a stroke, the MPAA said Tuesday. News of the stroke, which occurred last week, had been kept private and little information is being released about the condition of the 85-year-old Valenti. He is being cared for at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “His family tells me that doctors are encouraged by his progress to date,” Warner Bros. Chairman and Chief Executive Barry Meyer, a longtime friend of Valenti, said in a brief statement released by the studio. Valenti appeared robust at last month’s Directors Guild of America Awards, where he worked the red carpet with his wife, Mary Margaret, and Dan Glickman, his successor as MPAA head. Valenti told the Daily News at the DGAs that he was still keeping a breakneck schedule, which included frequent trips to the West Coast. Mary Margaret Valenti and their children asked Meyer to “express their deep appreciation of the outpouring of love, support and prayers.” National Association of Theater Owners President John Fithian, who considers Valenti a mentor and good friend, said Tuesday that he is optimistic about Valenti rebounding from this health crisis. “He’s the toughest leader I’ve ever met, so to me it’s a temporary setback,” Fithian said. “He’ll be giving speeches and writing books and inspiring people in no time.” Valenti officially announced his retirement from his job as president and chief operating officer of the MPAA at the ShoWest convention three years ago this month. He served for an additional six months before being succeeded by Dan Glickman, a former secretary of agriculture under President Clinton. The MPAA said Tuesday that Glickman would have no comment at this time. The two men had remained in regular contact with Valenti continuing to remain active behind the scenes and keeping a full calendar at his office in Washington, D.C. “In an unofficial way, he’s always there to provide counsel to Glickman or me or any studio executive,” Fithian said. “He’s just as important as a background leader as he was out front.” During his 38 years heading the MPAA, which represents the interests of the major movie studios, Valenti devised the ratings system in 1968 that is still in place today. Prior to his MPAA career, Valenti was a special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was riding in the presidential motorcade Nov. 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated. Valenti was aboard Air Force One when Johnson was sworn in as president. Valenti, a diminutive man with a Texas drawl and white hair, had lately been working on his memoirs. One of the anecdotes he could share is about the day he announced his retirement as MPAA head to theater owners and movie industry figures at the 2004 ShoWest convention at Bally’s Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. After a prolonged ovation, the usually reserved Valenti choked up. “I didn’t realize how emotional this time would be,” he said. Earlier that day, he told reporters he had mixed feelings about it all: “When you have done something for so long, it’s difficult to tear yourself away from it.” — Greg Hernandez, (818) 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!
The next day the world champions were driven down the avenue in a double-decker bus, although the crowds prevented them from going right up to the famous Arc de Triomphe.– Elegant city stage –As cherished by tourists as the Eiffel Tower just across the River Seine, the elegant avenue stretching for two kilometres (more than a mile) from the Arc de Triomphe down to Concorde Square was first laid out in 1670.Tens of thousands of people daily throng the tree-lined artery which is home to luxury boutiques, chain stores, cafes, cinemas and high-end offices.The Obelisk of Luxor at Concorde Square, the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre Museum are all visible from what is dubbed “the most beautiful avenue in the world”.On Saturday the avenue hosted the traditional military parade for France’s July 14 national holiday, Bastille Day © AFP / Ludovic MARINEvery year it hosts major popular events like the traditional military parade on July 14, the Bastille Day national holiday — which this year fell on the eve of the World Cup triumph.The Champs Elysees is also the finish line for the world’s toughest cycling race, the Tour de France, and hundreds of thousands of Parisians and tourists gather there to see in the New Year.– A role in history –Once fields and fallow land, the avenue started to take shape when Louis XIV’s city planner Jean-Baptiste Colbert first linked the Louvre to the Tuileries Garden in the mid-17th century.The name is French for Elysian Fields, the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology.During the French Revolution in 1789 an angry mob set off from the avenue to march on Versailles, Louis XVI’s opulent retreat.Four years later he would be guillotined at the Place de la Revolution, which would be renamed Concorde after the July Revolution of 1830.After Napoleon I elected to have the Arc de Triomphe built at the avenue’s apex to celebrate his military successes, Baron Haussmann, architect of the transformation of Paris under Napoleon III, effected a stylish revamp.General Charles de Gaulle celebrated the August 25, 1944, liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany on the Champs-Elysees © AFP/FileFrench soldiers paraded there for the first time in July 1915 and it was also the site chosen by General Charles de Gaulle to celebrate the August 25, 1944, liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany.– Inspirational –The mythic avenue has been the subject of songs and films, inspiring Jean-Luc Godard’s legendary new wave film “A Bout de Souffle” (“Breathless”) in 1960.Among the rich and famous who have lived on the Champs Elysees are French actress Sarah Bernhardt, US president Thomas Jefferson and French president Raymond Poincare.– Scene of attacks –The internationally known landmark as also been the scene of modern-day attacks.On Bastille Day in 2002, president Jacques Chirac survived an assassination attempt on the avenue by a rightwing extremist who fired off one shot from a rifle hidden in a guitar case before bystanders wrestled him to the ground.And in April 2017 a man claiming allegiance to the jihadist Islamic State group shot and killed a police officer on the avenue.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The emblematic avenue rapidly filled to capacity on Sunday as Parisians revelled in France’s second World Cup victory. More than a million people invaded the broad thoroughfare on July 12, 1998, after France clinched the trophy on home soil © AFP / Eric FEFERBERGPARIS, France, Jul 13 – The Champs Elysees avenue is the beating heart of Paris, a magnet for millions of tourists but also a place of mass gathering when the French want to celebrate.The emblematic avenue rapidly filled to capacity on Sunday as Parisians revelled in France’s second World Cup victory. More than a million people invaded the broad thoroughfare on July 12, 1998, after France clinched the trophy on home soil.
A total of more than €1.2 million in funding has been awarded for energy efficiency projects to be carried out in Donegal.Dinny McGinley TDThe move will see a number of local companies benefit to make their businesses even more cost effective.The grants have been welcomed by Deputy Dinny McGinley. Donegal is to benefit from part of a €1.2 million in energy efficiency funding in 2015. The Better Energy Communities scheme is designed to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, businesses, sports clubs and homes.A project led by Údarás na Gaeltachta will see various works including; air compressor and fan upgrades, boiler upgrade, boiler relocation, pump replacement, lighting upgrades, roof insulation, tank insulation, attic insulation, internal drylining, window replacement, heating controls and zoning, solar thermal domestic hot water and air tightness testing at a number of locations.These works will take place at RA Pascaisti Teoranta, Bainistiocht Aras Gaoth Dobhair Teoranta, Snath Dun na NGall Teoranta, Feidhm Mara Teoranta, Faisc Miotail Éireann Teo, Udaras Oifig and Aisleann Gaoth Dobhair.“Glen Dimplex will also see measures including installation of Quantum space and water heating systems, smart controls, electrical wires upgrading and smart meters, cavity wall insulation, roof insulation and upgrading to efficient lamps implemented in a number of Donegal homes. “With this funding for projects across communities in Ireland, the Government is showing it takes energy conservation seriously. Nationwide, the grants total €18.6 million for 29 community energy efficiency initiatives. To date the Better Energy Communities Scheme has awarded over €62 million to community energy efficiency initiatives. Our public buildings should be leading the way on energy efficiency, but it is also up to all of us in society to conserve energy and mitigate against the effects of climate change,” said Deputy McGinley.The announcement on funding for community energy efficiency projects coincides with the Government appointing Ireland’s First Advisory Council on Climate Change.The group, to be chaired by Prof. John FitzGerald of the ESRI, will comprise eleven members to advise Government Departments and agencies on the actions required to significantly decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050.The Government has also launched a public consultation on the development of Ireland’s first National Low Carbon Transition and Mitigation Plan. The consultation period will run until Friday 31st July 2015 and submissions should be sent to: NationalMitigationPlan@environ.ieDONEGAL BUSINESSES TO GET €1.2M TO MAKE THEM MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT was last modified: June 11th, 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)
NASA is in the process of reshaping its aeronautics research program. Much of that work will be completed over the next four to five months. Once that work is done, Petersen said he expects Dryden will continue to have a vital role in that work. The proposed budget provides $3 billion for the space initiative, up $1.3 billion from the current budget. That effort includes the continued development of the CEV and the development of the launch systems that will carry crew and cargo to the international space station. “The bottom line is this: NASA’s plans are to bring the CEV online as close to 2010 as possible, but not later than 2014,” Griffen said. “Given the analysis we have today, we cannot set a more definitive target date for the CEV to our stakeholders in the White House and Congress. But I believe that with the budget proposed today, NASA and industry have a real opportunity to make the CEV operational much sooner than 2014.” NASA tentatively plans to fly the space shuttle 17 times between now and the shuttle’s retirement in 2010. Dryden supports space shuttle missions, including hosting about one out of every five landings. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We’ll be staying where we are now,” said Dryden director Kevin Petersen, calling the news “a little better than what we had a year ago.” Civil servants are roughly half of Dryden’s work force. The other workers are contractor personnel. The work Dryden expects to conduct in support of the space initiative includes flight testing an abort system to ensure a crew can exit a vehicle in an emergency during launch. Flight testing of hardware will begin in a 2008 time frame, Petersen said. Over the next six months to a year, Dryden workers will have a better feel for their role in the program, Petersen said. “I will ensure that all of our centers contribute to NASA’s primary mission of space exploration and discovery,” said NASA Administrator Mike Griffen. “We are beginning the process of assigning specific research programs and projects to appropriate NASA centers.” PALMDALE – NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, one of the region’s major employers, will keep its work-force numbers steady despite agency plans to cut aeronautics research funding by 18 percent. On Monday, NASA leadership unveiled a proposed $16.8 billion 2007 budget that features strong funding for space exploration, but reduces aeronautics funding 18 percent to $724 million. Aeronautics research accounts for roughly 75 percent of Dryden’s workload. The cut in aeronautics will be softened by efforts to spread work around on the initiative to return astronauts to the moon. Dryden is expected to play a role in the development of the agency’s next manned spacecraft, called the crew exploration vehicle or CEV. Last year, NASA announced plans that would have cut Dryden’s civil-servant staffing from 568 positions to 403 positions in 2007. Dryden trimmed its work force to just under 500 positions through normal attrition and voluntary buyouts.
Judge Paul KellyA JUDGE has ordered pubs and clubs applying for dance licences that they must have CCTV on their premises and a designated member of staff to oversee it.The instruction was issued by Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court. Garda inspector Goretti Sheridan said gardai would no longer pay bills for hiring experts to download footage for investigations.All CCTV systems must record footage and a member of staff in each premises must be appointed to the role of downloading footage when required.More than 40 dance applications were before the court from across the north of the county.Licences will only be issued once bars and clubs have complied with the new ruling.JUDGE ORDERS PUBS AND CLUBS TO APPOINT CCTV STAFF was last modified: September 29th, 2015 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) Tags:dance licencesJudge Paul Kelly