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Pacifictown, Petro Gazz off to flying starts

Pacifictown, Petro Gazz off to flying starts

first_imgPagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books In the second game, Creamline got its title defense going off on the wrong foot—quite literally—after taking a 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 defeat at the hands of Petro Gazz.Creamline superstar Alyssa Valdez suffered a severe ankle sprain in the second set and never returned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFormer two-time league MVP Jovelyn Gonzaga showed she is way past the knee injury that shelved her for two years and chipped in eight hits.It helped Pacifictown that Bali Pure played minus Danjiela Dzaovic, one of its two imports who is still in the process of clearing her papers. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan votingcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steffen, Duke brace for tight showdown Pacifictown Army bucked a third set meltdown in turning back Bali Pure, 25-20, 25-16, 24-26, 25-23, Sunday to set in motion its title campaign in Season 3 of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Flying V Centre in San Juan City.Imports Janelle Jordan and Olelna Lymareva-Flink alternated in delivering the blows and finished with 15 points each as the Lady Troopers did well in their return to the league after once reigning supreme in the Shakey’s V-League, which was the predecessor to the PVL, more than a decade back.ADVERTISEMENT Dzaovic was in uniform but decided to sit this one game in the last minute after her ITC (International Transfer Certificate) wasn’t processed in time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Patients lament poor service at West Dem Hospital

Patients lament poor service at West Dem Hospital

first_imgComplaints abound asDespite patient demonstrations and staff protests, the woes at the West Demerara Regional Hospital are still continuing as members of the public have condemned the poor service offered by the medical facility.Guyana Times recently caught up with a number of patients who sought treatment for various aliments at the Hospital located at Best Village, West Coast Demerara in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).Their complaints, while varied, all pointed to the same issue – medical staff at the facility continue to neglect the needs of patients.The doctor, nurses and security guard at one point all gathered here and engaged in a hearty conversation on Tuesday morningThis publication was reliably informed that an elderly male patient (name provided), said to be in his 90s, complaining of respiratory problems was accompanied by family members to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. This newspaper was told that nurses were reportedly reluctant to offer the man the requisite apparatus to assist his breathing for several hours.After family members raised concerns, the doctor pleaded with nurses repeatedly before they complied with the request to give the elderly man oxygen. The man, however, reportedly died moments after he received the treatment last week Wednesday.Another patient who was rushed to the facility with complications associated with high blood pressure on Wednesday last revealed that nurses at the Hospital tested her blood pressure some four hours after she arrived in pain. The woman observed that she had arrived around 08:00h and was attended to after 12:00h that afternoon.On Tuesday morning, this newspaper again visited the Hospital and got a glimpse of the reported issue at the Region’s main medical facility. At that time, there were a small number of patients seeking medical attention for various ailments. One such patient was a young man who was complaining of chest pain. There were also an elderly woman and a young child.During the visit, it was observed that the armed security officer who was recently put in place after some doctors were attacked by members of the public, was sitting in the company of nurses and the doctor on duty in the emergency unit. Family members complained to this newspaper that they had to make repeated requests to the medical personnel before they attended to affected patients.The nurses and the doctor for the better part of two hours were seen sitting down and engaged in extensive conversations and at times hearty laughter instead of attending to patients. Another observation Guyana Times made was that there was no porter on duty early Tuesday morning to assist patients in wheelchairs. In fact, family members of the elderly woman had the arduous task of transporting the patient down a ramp to a waiting car.Another problem unearthed in that short period was that hospital staff reportedly sent the test results of a sick child with an unrelated individual who had also retrieved separate results. In an apparent breach of protocol, the woman was heard enquiring about the family members of the child, saying that the lab had sent the results with her.However, the mother of the child and other relatives had left the facility moments before. Some patients suggested that the family perhaps sought the services of an alternative hospital owing to the unprofessional behaviour of staff at the West Demerara Hospital. Another woman, aged 61, highlighted the relaxed attitude of staff by asking the nurses to have her pressure tested early that Tuesday morning. She waited for over half an hour despite few patients being present and the nurses sitting engaged in deep conversation. Unbeknownst to staff at the hospital, one of the patients who sought medical attention last week was said to be an official at the Public Health Ministry.For years, members of the public have condemned the poor services offered at the West Demerara Hospital, but the facility was in a state of panic late last month when doctors downed their equipment and refused to work. The doctors had said that they were disappointed, frustrated, disgusted and fed-up with the way in which their daily verbal grievances were handled by the Public Health Ministry.The doctors had called for better security at the facility following a number of incidents where doctors were either physically attacked or verbally abused by patients and others. An incident had seen two doctors being attacked by a patient and his relatives and even spat upon. Other improvements the doctors called for included better sanitation at the hospital, tools to work with and for a drug shortage issue to be rectified.last_img read more

Japan heat will suit our game, says All Blacks scrum-half

Japan heat will suit our game, says All Blacks scrum-half

first_imgBut Weber insisted the All Blacks would relish the warmth, and the contrast with a New Zealand winter.“New Zealanders in general, we like to play a fast game, up tempo. I see these conditions suiting us perfectly,” said the 28-year-old, who won his ticket to Japan off the back of a stand-out Super Rugby season for the Waikato Chiefs.“We’re all pretty keen to get amongst these conditions, because it’s relatively cold and wet back home and we’ll get some conditions we enjoy playing in.”Weber quipped that the weather was “just like summer in New Zealand,” before admitting: “OK, maybe the humidity’s a bit different.”Lock Sam Whitelock said that the change in temperature was fierce but teams that adapted their style to the conditions would prosper over the seven-week tournament.“Because it’s going to be warm, everyone’s going to want to play expansive rugby but it’s about making sure you can control the tempo,” said Whitelock, also part of the past two World Cup-winning teams.– ‘Massive match’ –“You’ve got to have the ability to play a couple of different styles,” he said.The giant lock revealed that some players had taken to wrapping themselves in cold towels at training to get their body temperature down but stressed that two weeks was enough to acclimatise.New Zealand open their title defence against South Africa on September 21 in what Whitelock said was “a massive match that will set the tone for our whole campaign.”The Springboks have already been in Japan for more than a week and ran out 41-7 winners against the Japanese Brave Blossoms in their final warm-up game.“They are a very good side so I’m sure they will have been holding something back and I’m sure they’ll keep something up their sleeve for us,” said Whitelock.The All Blacks training camp is in Kashiwa, east of Tokyo, and the city has embraced its famous guests with posters of the team all over town and autograph and selfie-hunters in replica black jerseys camped outside their hotel.“We’ve had an awesome reception… it’s pretty cool to see how hyped-up the city is to have us here,” said Whitelock.The team was welcomed to the city on Monday by dozens of children performing the All Blacks’ traditional Haka battle cry, albeit a less scary version than that on the field.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brad Weber is looking forward to a fast running game in the heat © AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEYKASHIWA, Japan, Sep 10 – New Zealand scrum-half Brad Weber believes the All Blacks’ high-tempo game will perfectly suit the hot and humid Japanese conditions as they seek to run opponents ragged in pursuit of a third straight World Cup.Weber told reporters on Tuesday that the focus of the team’s first training session in Japan was on getting used to the “pretty hot” conditions in Tokyo with temperatures hitting 35 Celsius.last_img read more

South Africa’s Mashaba not shaking up

South Africa’s Mashaba not shaking up

first_img0Shares0000MONGOMO, Equatorial Guinea, January 24 – South Africa coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba is not giving hope on his side’s chances of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw with Senegal on Friday. “It was unfortunate we did not win today. We had more chances and we should have won. The boys have played very well in our two games but we will be judged on our results,” said Mashaba after the Group C game in Mongomo.Oupa Manyisa gave Bafana Bafana the lead at the start of the second half, only for Kara Mbodji to earn Senegal a draw.South Africa must now beat Ghana in their last match in Mongomo next Tuesday to stand any chance of progressing to the last eight.“We are still in contention. We can still surprise a lot of people. We should have scored at least six goals in our two matches,” added Mashaba.“The teams we have played have not caused us so many problems, but they have managed to score. The goal they scored came because of the height advantage they have.”Captain Dean Furman said: “We take a lot of confidence from the way we have played in these two matches, even if we have not got the results we hoped for.“We just have to hope that a win in our last game will be enough for us to go through.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Rodney King wounded in shooting

Rodney King wounded in shooting

first_imgLane said King made it back to his house in the 1100 block of East Jackson Street before calling police. Rialto police responded but then handed the case over to San Bernardino Police Department. King was treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. King became a national figure after his videotaped beating on March 3, 1991, at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers following a police chase that ended in the San Fernando Valley. The video became an international media sensation and a touchstone for activists in Los Angeles and nationwide. The acquittal of the officers in 1992 sparked the Los Angeles Riots that caused 55 deaths and more than $1 in damage. On May 1, 1992, the third day of the LA riots, King appeared in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm, asking, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?” After the riots, King was awarded $3.8 million in a civil case, and used some of the money to start a hiphop music label. He was arrested for spousal assault in 1999 and two years later was ordered to undergo drug treatment. In 2003, he was arrested again after police said he was speeding and ran a red light while under the influence of alcohol. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – Rodney King, whose 1991 beating by the LAPD made him a symbol of police brutality, suffered superficial injuries in a shooting, officials said today. King, who lives in Rialto, sustained wounds from gunshot pellets in his arm and back, San Bernardino Police Lt. Scott Paterson said. “Early indications are that it very possibly could have been a domestic dispute,” said Paterson, adding that authorities are still investigating the incident. Rialto Police Sgt. Tim Lane said police logs showed the incident took place at 5th Street and Meridian Avenue in San Bernardino, near the border of Rialto. last_img read more

Judge blocks Jessica’s Law

Judge blocks Jessica’s Law

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’State law already sets limits on where sex offenders can live, but the new requirement would make it even harder to find homes for offenders released from prison. Parolees currently are prohibited from living within a quarter-mile – or 1,320 feet – of a school, with a half-mile restriction only for high-risk sex offenders. Supporters said the initiative would save lives. However, law enforcement and social service workers worry that some sex offenders may simply stop reporting their addresses so they won’t have to move. The scope of the initiative’s impact largely hinged on whether it would apply retroactively to the state’s roughly 90,000 registered sex offenders. Supporters and critics had expected the expanded residency requirements to be challenged in court. Judge Illston issued what is known as a temporary restraining order against Proposition 83. She said the unidentified sex offender who brought the case was likely to prevail and ordered a Nov. 27 hearing. John Doe, as the plaintiff was named in court documents, argued that the measure could only apply to sex offenders registered after the law was passed. Another unknown is what to do with registered sex offenders who violate the law. The measure does not add any crimes to the state’s criminal statutes. “There are a million questions left open,” said Dennis Riordan, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit. Nathan Barankin, a spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer, said the state would vigorously defend the law. “We won’t know the true scope of Prop. 83 until the courts have resolved all the litigation,” Barankin said. “Our goal is to make sure those questions get answered as quickly as possible.” Under the measure’s language, most suburban and metropolitan areas of the state would be off limits to sex offenders. The proposition, according to the suit, “effectively banishes John Doe from his home and community for a crime he committed, and paid his debt for, long ago.” The suit says the proposition forces the former convict “from the home that he owns with his wife and his community of over 20 years.” The proposition is named for Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old Florida girl who was kidnapped, raped and suffocated by a convicted sex offender last year. More than 70 percent of voters approved the measure Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge on Wednesday blocked enforcement of Proposition 83, the ballot measure passed overwhelmingly by voters a day earlier that’s meant to crack down on sex offenders, including limiting where they may live. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, ruling on a lawsuit filed here early Wednesday, said the measure “is punitive by design and effect” and likely unconstitutional. The so-called Jessica’s Law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park – effectively prohibiting parolees from living in many of California’s cities. It also would require lifetime satellite tracking for paroled rapists, child molesters and other felony sex criminals upon their release from prison. last_img read more

Sony launches SIM-free Xperia J1 Compact with 20.7MP rear camera

Sony launches SIM-free Xperia J1 Compact with 20.7MP rear camera

first_imgJapanese tech major Sony has announced a new Xperia smartphone, the J1 Compact (D5788) in its domestic market. The Sony Xperia J1 Compact is the company’s first SIM free smartphone that will allow buyers to use it with a service they wish to choose.The J1 Compact that comes with a similar spec sheet as the Xperia A2 (for NTT DoCoMo) smartphone is Sony’s “first model to launch unlocked in the country, allowing users to use it with a service of their choice such as So-net”, according to the Xperia blog.The company is expected to launch the handset on April 20, 2015 with NTT DoCoMo. Pre-orders for the same start on March 27 for 54,800 yen plus taxes that roughly translates to Rs 30,000.The Xperia J1 Compact features a 4.3-inch HD display with a 720p resolution. It is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card.The smartphone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It sports a 20.7MP Exmor RS rear camera and a 2.2MP Exmor R front-facing camera.Connectivity options on the device include: 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. It is backed by a 2300mAh battery. Other novelties include IP58 certification for dust/water resistance.last_img read more

Digital ad spends to grow by 31% by 2021: Report

Digital ad spends to grow by 31% by 2021: Report

first_imgMumbai, Oct 4 (PTI) Growing internet penetration and data consumption is likely to help increase digital advertisement spends in India at a compounded rate of 30.8 per cent between 2016 and 2021, according to a recent report.Further, mobile advertisement spends and social media aided digital video advertisement spends are expected to grow at 50.9 per cent and 40 per cent annually between 2016 and 2021 respectively, said the Digital First Journey report by KPMG.Enablers such as governments Digital India initiative, growing usage of affordable smartphones, rising internet penetration in rural India and rapid growth of digital payments has further strengthened the digital infrastructure.This has resulted in video dominating data consumption, which is expected to continue to grow in the near future, it noted.”There are about 200 million online video viewers in India currently, which is set to exceed 400 million in the next couple of years. Although the catalyst for online video boom was Reliance Jio, the trend now has wings of its own. With data set to be the dominant source of revenue for the telcos, and possibly home broadband seeing traction in the future, the video consumption growth is here to stay,” said Gaurav Gandhi, chief operating officer, Viacom 18 Digital Ventures said.The report also noted the over the top (OTT) content consumption is evolving from niche to mass based content and long form content is gathering traction, with investments in large screens, and original content creation.It further said while Advertisement Video on Demand (AVOD) remains the primary source of monetisation for the OTT players in the country, the Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) and Freemium models are seeing traction on the back of compelling content, including sports.advertisementSponsored content has also emerged as an important monetisation tool, the report added.The growth in monetisation though, is partially held back due to challenges around digital viewership measurement and rampant content piracy, the report stressed.Digital video businesses require high investments, and returns are currently not commensurate given the still evolving business models.Media organisations are currently attempting to bridge the gap between market share acquisition and economic viability, as they attempt to build long term sustainable digital video businesses, it added. PTI DSK NRBlast_img read more

Prince Harry Launches Fundraising Project In Lesotho

Prince Harry Launches Fundraising Project In Lesotho

first_imgPrince Harry launched a major new fundraising project for his charity Sentebale recently and said he hoped his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales would be “proud” of his efforts.Prince Harry talks to guests at a drinks reception at the Sentabale Gala dinner at the Summer Place in Sandton, JohannesburgCredit/Copyright: http://www.princehenryofwales.orgPrince Harry mentioned his late mother as he gave a speech at a gala dinner in South Africa after spending three days in neighbouring Lesotho where his organisation works to help disadvantaged children.The charity aims to raise £2.5 million to build the Mamohato Centre, which will expand the charity’s service of providing psychological care and peer mentoring for children and young people with HIV/AIDS.It will be built on the sacred land of Thabu-Bosiu in Lesotho, known to many as the birthplace of the nation.At the Summer Place, a luxury function venue in the heart of Johannesburg, wealthy potential benefactors were invited to the dinner which ended with a charity auction.Prince Harry told his guests which included his charity co-founder Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso: “Over the past few years our Mamohato programme has begun the process of transforming the lives of children living with HIV.“I have met some of the children who have attended the Mamohato Camps, and they have so much more confidence and knowledge of how to live healthy lives.“With the new Mamohato Camp we will be able to reach four times as many children each year. It will also be the centre for training new staff and volunteers for our expansion in southern Africa.”The Prince, who used public transport to travel from the airport into Johannesburg earlier, on South Africa’s new Gautrain service, added: “The programme encourages children to talk to one another, to learn about the disease, and spread word of their learning through a safe support network. Talking about HIV and understanding it isn’t dangerous. Denying it, or not knowing about it, definitely is.”Speaking about the naming of the new centre Prince Harry said: “It seems only right that it should be named after His Majesty (of Lesotho) and Prince Seeiso’s mother, Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso.“She was so loved as the mother of the nation. I hope she would be proud of what we are trying to achieve in her name.“I hope that my mother will be proud, too. Maybe, just maybe, they are together somewhere up there, with blue prints and sketches already mapped out. I can only hope we put the swings in the right place.”FHM magazine model Bonang Matheba hosted the evening and joked she wanted to get The Prince dancing.The famous South African presenter wore a white dress and said: “I told him he should loosen up and have some fun – I will show him some South African dances.”Source:PrinceHarryOfWales.orglast_img read more

Inuk Elder taken into custody after defying Muskrat Falls injunction

Inuk Elder taken into custody after defying Muskrat Falls injunction

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsAn elder and long-time environmental activist in Labrador has been taken into custody after defying a court injunction related to the Muskrat Falls hydro project.Emotions were high in the courtroom as 79-year-old Jim Learning refused to sign an undertaking to stay one kilometre away from Muskrat Falls.“It was a powerful moment,” said land protector Denise Cole. In a phone interview with APTN, her voice shook with emotion as she described what happened when Learning told the judge he would never agree to the injunction.“Jim tells [the judge] what he does have to do is fight for this river,” said Cole. “He talked a lot about how unfair all of this is, that it isn’t right. He said, ‘We can’t win in your system. The only thing we can do is give our lives.’ And that’s exactly what he intends to do.”Learning was arrested at a Muskrat Falls protest in 2013. He went on a hunger strike, until he was released from the correctional centre in Happy valley-Goose Bay six days later.“He says he’ll hunger strike again,” said Cole. “He says he won’t concede.  Jim has always been prepared to die for this.”After the sheriff’s took Learning away, Cole said there were “huge outbursts” from others in the courtroom, who were either facing charges themselves, or had come to support the land protectors, like Tracey Doherty.“Tracey stood up and spoke about how wrong this is and Nalcor should be the one on trial,” said Cole. “The whole province is screaming for an audit, yet they still don’t have to listen to anybody. There’s no consequences for Nalcor.”Nalcor Energy obtained the court injunction last fall as rallies against Muskrat Falls picked up steam. The dam is still under construction and the injunction is intended to keep people from interfering with operations. A protest area has been set up across the road from the main gate, where land protectors have maintained a presence off and on for months.But Cole said, as a water keeper, she’s been doing ceremony at that river since 2012 and a court injunction shouldn’t be able to interfere with that.“I have a responsibility to the land and the people, the spirits of my ancestors are there,” said Cole. “They can’t make me stop doing ceremony any more than they can keep a Christian out of the church.”Cole herself is among those facing civil charges in court Friday. After consulting with Learning and others, she’d decided to sign the undertaking so she can continue to fight the project.But she says many are willing to go to jail.“There’s no more fear,” said Cole. “We have nothing left to lose.Despite 37 people facing criminal charges and 50 people facing civil charges, Cole said the land protectors are determined despite feeling crippled by the court injunction.“We keep rising up and fighting back. I’m hurt, but I’m angry and I’m empowered,” she said. “I’m having a really strong fight with the warrior and the water keeper in me.  I want to fight for my elders, for my people, but I have to find a different way to fight back.”The main concern that sparked the demonstrations last year were focused on methylmercury. A 2015 Harvard University study indicated that trees and topsoil left in the reservoir when flooded will create the toxin and contaminate traditional food sources downstream.As well, geological instability in an area of the dam called the North Spur have raised concerns about structural integrity and what would happen to communities downstream in the event of a dam breach.Massive flooding did occur this spring. The community of Mud Lake was evacuated. Nalcor Energy pointed to ice jams as a natural cause of rising water levels. But critics are calling for an investigation.And the Muskrat Falls project, set to be up and running in 2020, is billions of dollars over budget, with the costs now soaring to $12 billion. Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall himself, has repeatedly called it a “boondoggle.”“This isn’t just about a hydro project,” said Cole. “This is about methylmercury. This is about flooding and drowning and poisoning and killing of culture and taking away a traditional way of life that they have every right to have whether they’re Indigenous or Canadian. We’re not supposed to be policed like a martial law.”In June, there was public outcry after Inuk grandmother Beatrice Hunter spent eleven days in a St. John’s jail for not promising to obey the same court injunction.Senators Murray Sinclair and Kim Pate had released a joint letter to express their “extreme disappointment” over Hunter’s “unjust incarceration.”“Protesting is a basic civil right, not a crime justifying imprisonment,” wrote Murray and Pate. “She harmed no one and was motivated only by love and a sense of duty. She is a steward of land, the very land that the government failed to engage and consult about when the Muskrat Falls development was being planned.”troache@aptn.ca@TrinaRoachelast_img read more