19 Jan

Compton, Alaska stand behind Abueva

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Alaska’s always been family first, I will never get in the way of somebody taking care of something important with their family,” said Saturday.“I’ve spoken to some of you about him missing some practices but our rule is if there’s something going on with your family, it’s an emergency, you don’t even need to call me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAbueva, who missed four straight practices with the club, was in game gear before the Aces took on the Elite but spoke lengthily with Compton before tip-off.Compton then allowed Abueva to leave to take care of the family issue. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We’re a family-first franchise, it’s one of the things that makes me proud to be part of Alaska,” said Compton as his team won 88-84. “We obviously missed Calvin but the other guys stepped up in his absence and we’re just praying for him.”RELATED VIDEO Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 View comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours After title win, Eustaquio eyes unification clash with Moraes Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alaska Aces. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska head coach Alex Compton said the Aces are in full support of Calvin Abueva, who has been dealing with family problems, even if it means he could miss practices.The star forward left Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday even before Alaska’s game against Blackwater started, but Compton cleared that his departure wasn’t a disciplinary action.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

18 Jan

Mind Readers

first_imgAs if they know my deepest thoughtsAs if they just know how I really feelQuestions the mind dare not answerSearching for the covered like thatGreat minds readers they would makePlans to unearth those games playedGazing beyond the huge starry eyesWishing all veiled be seen from afarSome will marvel how much is cageyGreat minders they would makeShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

14 Jan

Justice Johnson Turns 75

first_imgThe Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), and retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Cllr. Gladys K. Johnson, has warned individuals, especially the youth, against occupying offices or positions in which they were not trained or schooled.Cllr. Johnson also warned the government against misplaced employment, arguing “that attitude of allowing people to learn on the jobs is one of the main reasons causing problems in the country.”The Liberian human right Chair made these remarks on Saturday, August 22 during the celebration of 75th birth anniversary at her 72nd boulevard residence.Commissioners and Staff of the INHCR, UNMIL, friends and family members graced her diamond jubilee.The retired Associate Justice in her special remarks also admonished the youths to be prepared by going to school for the challenges ahead, stating that generational change can only be done when the next generation (the youth) is schooled or trained.“I want to thank the Almighty God for making me to see my 75th birthday, but I sometime cried that why I should buried three of my children and still be living – why God did not add those years to my children,” Justice Johnson wept as she remembered her late children.She also thanked God for the belated celebration of her 50th wedding anniversary, which was held on July 18.“I am happy that I was able to observe my 50th wedding anniversary, though my husband is not in the country with me – all I can say, it was not easy all those years, but we made it.”Some of those who made remarks, wishing her more years to live included Kedar Puldyal – UNMIL Human Rights Section, Mrs. Johnetta H. Moore, Mrs. Anne Peabody, Mrs. Victoria Ireland and Mrs. Gwendolyn Gooding-Wilson.Commissioner Adolphus Wade and Madam Victoria York spoke on half of the Commissioners and staff of the INHCR.Justice Johnson is married to Mr. J. Rudolph Johnson, the 2005 vice presidential candidate to Amb. George M. Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). The Union is blessed with six children, but two, Mustapha and Sumo Johnsons have predeceased their parents. They were 21 and 25 years old respectively. Those living ones (all females) are Bendu, Keimah, Ciannah and Meisami Johnsons.Before her appointment to the INHCR in 2013, she served as Commissioner for Administration at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC (2012-2013) and served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia (2006 – 2011) until she was honorably retired at 71.Cllr. Johnson served as lecturer at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law where she taught Legal Ethics to senior students with emphasis on professionalism and integrity building (2007-2009).Prior to coming to Liberia from 1985-2005, she was the legal consultant/counselor in the USA.Cllr. Johnson made history when she served as Probate Court Judge, from 1977-1982, when she probated the first opposition political party – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in 1979 thereby breaking the One Party ( True Whig Party) system in Liberia in the midst of national controversy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

EU, Guyana join forces to combat illegal logging

first_imgThe EU and Guyana have concluded negotiations on a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). The new agreement will give EU-based timber buyers assurance that timber products from Guyana are legal. It will help improve forest governance, tackle illegal logging and promote trade in verified legal timber products.Through the VPA, Guyana will tackle trade in timber that has been illegally harvested, transported or processed. In this way, Guyana will improve market access for law-abiding businesses, as well as modernise its forestry sector, create jobs, promote sustainable development and protect the rights of Indigenous peoples.Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: “This is an important step towards promoting the sustainable development of timber trade, protecting our planet and at the same time creating jobs and contributing to the competitiveness of the forestry sector. The EU is committed to supporting Guyana’s efforts to implement the Voluntary Partnership Agreement in the years ahead.”Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said the forestry sector in Guyana is an important contributor to the national economy, generating jobs and helping to reduce poverty. “The Voluntary Partnership Agreement with the EU will help Guyana to develop the sector by improving forest management and governance. By rooting out illegality, it will boost trade and contribute to Guyana’s goals on climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.”The agreement will enter into force as soon as the EU and Guyana have completed their internal procedures for signing and ratifying it. To implement the agreement, Guyana will develop systems and procedures to verify that all timber and timber products comply with relevant laws and regulations. Among other things, this means ensuring that loggers do not fell more trees than they are allowed to harvest, factories uphold health and safety regulations, and companies pay sufficient taxes. This process will involve identifying and addressing possible gaps in the forest allocation process and in the legal framework, upgrading systems for tracking wood through the supply chain, improving procedures for verifying legal compliance, and supporting Guyana in developing approaches for ensuring that the traditional rights of Amerindian peoples are not impeded.It will also include the establishment of independent audits, a complaints mechanism, and systems and procedures for making information on the forest sector publicly available. This process will be accompanied by a joint oversight of progress by the EU and Guyana.Once the VPA is fully implemented, Guyana’s shipments of timber products to the EU will have to be accompanied by a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licence demonstrating their legality. Such a licence would certify that the products meet the requirements of the EU timber regulation, which prohibits the placing of illegal timber on the EU market.last_img read more

11 Jan

Ensuring retirement income

first_imgFor this plan we considered many approaches, including drawing interest and dividend income, making systematic (and judicious) withdrawals from a diversified portfolio, and buying an immediate annuity. In the end, we settled on a combination of strategies to satisfy what are often conflicting needs for predictable income, liquidity and opportunities for our money to continue to grow. “There is room for all,” said John D. Diehl, a certified financial planner with The Hartford Financial Services Group. Just as investors should diversify among different asset classes, retirees should diversify their “income sources” and seek the appropriate tradeoff between liquidity, risk control and maximizing income, he said. I met recently with Diehl to discuss financial issues for my columns and learned that Georgina and I are doing as he recommends and “segmenting” our retirement portfolio into different parts, each with a specific job. One part, in readily accessible money market mutual funds and online bank savings accounts currently yielding about 5 percent, is available for emergencies, covering at least six months’ living expenses. For the first time since my first full-time job in 1967, income from work in the Cruz household will likely fall short of growing anticipated expenses this year. Which means that, as befits a semi-retired couple, my wife, Georgina, and I will have to start tapping into our savings, and the income they can generate, for some day-to-day expenses. Now, whenever I write about managing money in retirement – and making sure it lasts – the discussion will shift from the purely theoretical to include insights that can be gained only from personal experience. Granted, we are not fully retired and may never be. Income from our writings will still cover most of our expenses this year. But because this income can be unpredictable and we don’t know when it may stop, we treat it as a bonus and don’t depend on it in our plan. Another part, made up mostly of certificates of deposit, investment-grade fixed income securities and term-certain immediate annuities, will provide predictable income for day-to-day expenses for the next 10 to 12 years. The income will come from both interest and dividend payments and liquidation of principal. (Term-certain immediate annuities make payments for a specific number of years only, not a lifetime.) Meanwhile, a third part of our retirement kitty, consisting mostly of widely diversified stock mutual funds, will be left to grow so it can start generating additional income years from now. “You give that money time to work and you don’t interfere with it,” Diehl said. We don’t have to fear temporary market declines because our income needs are met for the next 10 years at least. And if the markets soar in the interim, we can always take some profits and add to our current income. (This part of our plan is patterned after the so-called Grangaard Strategy developed by Paul Grangaard, a certified public accountant in St. Paul, Minn.). We seek more assurance than Grangaard’s basic strategy of building “income ladders” provides by putting some of our growth portfolio in a variable annuity with a lifetime guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit. With this benefit, even if our investments tank over an extended period, Georgina and I will receive at least so much a year from the annuity for as long as we live. These payouts will provide a minimum guaranteed income stream to go with my pension and our future Social Security benefits. While this annuity guarantee comes at a cost, both of money and liquidity, it provides peace of mind and a safety net to diversify more broadly into stocks – and reap potentially higher returns – than we would feel comfortable doing otherwise. Humberto Cruz offers personal-finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want 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

11 Jan

Bouquet Canyon residents wary of the lines proposal

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – At the edge of a water reservoir dotted with tiny islands, the canyon floor is green and natural – while in the distance transmission lines run along a high ridge. The view is pristine from Ron Howell’s 250-acre ranch in the Angeles National Forest. At least the view to the west is, because to the north he has a power transmission line with an audible buzz. Now, a new transmission line is proposed for the picturesque western edge of his property, on his side of the reservoir instead of on the other side, where a transmission line now runs. Howell is worried about being nearly penned in by transmission lines at his ranch home. Just southwest in Bouquet Canyon, cabin owners fear that the line would run too close to their own properties, and could expose them to fire risk. “When people fight wildland fires, they usually attempt to make their stand on a ridge top,” she said. The existing transmission towers along the ridge are up to 60 feet tall, while the new towers to be installed in the Antelope-Pardee Transmission Project would stand up to 178 feet. In arguing against the proposed midslope line, Bouquet Canyon residents point to an environmental report done for the project that gauges risk from a wildfire. They prefer the new lines run the same path as the existing ones. “If the wildfire were burning east … there would be no ground suppression tactic between the mid-slope fire and the structures (cabins) located in Bouquet Canyon,” the report states. Because smoke from a wildfire can cause electricity to arc from a high-power transmission line, it would have to be shut off before firefighters could move in. But parts of the proposed transmission line are less than a half-mile from Bouquet Canyon Road, where there are more than 100 cabins. The report states that in high winds, a fast-moving fire could reach the road before the line could be shut off. Kadota said a fire is unlikely to start in the remote mid-slope area where the transmission line would go, unless lightning struck. But cabin owners are still worried by the proposed alignment. “It would devalue the cabins, devalue the private property,” said cabin owner Linda Love. “The safety risk is significant.” Because it is within the forest, Love is restricted to living in her 80-year-old recreational cabin part-time, like other cabin residents in the canyon. She shares a quiet dirt lane with other cabin owners, amid oak trees and fallen leaves, with a bubbling creek as her front yard. Cabin owners feel that they have been overlooked in the planning for the power corridor, and they point to a planning map that failed to show their presence, even though it showed other things such as an old campground. The power project is a Southern California Edison initiative. The wind-generated power that the 500-kilovolt line would carry will come from the Tehachapi Mountains, and the project will increase Southern California’s share of renewable energy. Residents of Agua Dulce and Leona Valley opposed an alignment that would have put the transmission lines through their communities, instead of through the forest. Earlier this year, the California Public Unities Commission voted to put the line through the sparsely populated forest, instead of the two neighboring communities. Authorities have studied whether putting the transmission lines on the east side of the reservoir would get in the way of firefighting aircraft, coming in low to land in the water and tank up. In a letter to Southern California Edison, the county Fire Department said the lines would not get in the way of aircraft. But the Fire Department asked that big spheres be placed on the lines so that pilots could clearly see them. Howell, who works in advertising, said he does not like that, as he looked down at the reservoir from a ridge on his ranch. “It’s going to span both roads over to this knoll on the right,” he said. “They’re going to go right across there and put up their towers and their lines and their big orange balls.” After the Forest Service makes its decision next month on the transmission line alignment, the project could start in the late fall. Barring an appeal of the Forest Service decision, construction could take 14 months. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The transmission line is one segment of a $1.8 billion project to bring wind power into Southern California. For Howell, the project is too close to home. “It’s horrible,” he said. “We’ve put our life savings into restoring this ranch.” The U.S. Forest Service next month is expected to make a decision on the alignment of the transmission line – called the Antelope-Pardee Transmission Project – in the Angeles National Forest. One factor the agency is considering is that if it puts the new power corridor midslope, nearer the cabins and on Howell’s side of the reservoir, it could tear down the existing transmission lines along the ridge above the cabins, said Marian Kadota, project manager for the Forest Service. Eliminating the ridge-line power lines, which are a dangerous obstruction when flames are lapping nearby, could help firefighters suppress wildfires, Kadota said. last_img read more

30 Dec

‘He doesn’t know how to spell Chelsea!’ – French chief laughs off Deschamps link

first_imgThe French Football Federation president insists Didier Deschamps has no intention of becoming Chelsea boss – joking he cannot even spell the club’s name.France manager Deschamps has been suggested as a potential candidate for the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge, with interim boss Guus Hiddink to leave in the summer.But FFF chief Noel Le Graet says there is little chance of the 47-year-old jumping ship to take charge of the Blues, whom he spent a season with as a player.Le Graet told L’Equipe: “I have talked to him about it and he doesn’t know how to spell Chelsea.“But seriously, I extended his contract to avoid speculation on his future ahead of the competition.“Afterwards, it will be his choice. I hope he stays until 2018, and even beyond.“He has a contract. We will not throw him out of the window. I would like him to lead us at a second World Cup.” 1 Noel Le Graet with France manager Didier Deschamps last_img read more

27 Dec

Man who attacked woman with flamethrower celebrates early prison release by going rallying

first_imgA Tyrone man who lit an aerosol can and sprayed it in the face of a young Donegal woman has celebrated being released from prison by going rallying.Kevin Quinn did not know his terrified victim Shauna McHugh when he attacked her at a Letterkenny hotel in June in 2015. Quinn was jailed for a year last December but was released on September 1st last after serving just nine months and posted pictures of himself rallying and in nightclubs upon his release.He also posted videos of himself which was supported by friends who wished him a “welcome home.”Quinn, 23, was among a group of people who knocked on the door of room 209 at Gallagher’s Hotel.When Ms McHugh, 24, answered the door, Quinn sprayed a lit aerosol can into her face causing her serious burns.The group first laughed before somebody said “Oh f**k” and they all fled.Quinn fled the hotel without paying and changed his shirt before being arrested a short time later by Gardai.He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court facing two charges, one of assault and one of adapting an article into a weapon contrary to the Firearms Act.Victim Shauna McHugh. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The court was told Quinn and friends had been messing about earlier with aerosol cans in their own room and decided to carry out the prank.Ms McHugh had been attending the rally but had not been drinking and had called to get a phone charger form a friend’s room who was staying at the hotel.She was rushed to nearby Letterkenny University hospital following the attack where she underwent emergency treatment.A medical report carried out by Dr Lisa Staunton revealed how Shauna was treated for burns to her forehead and both of her eyes were inflamed.She still had to use eye drops, could not wear contact lenses and had to wear glasses and now has a fear of crowds and busy places.Ms McHugh was studying pharmaceutical science at the time of the attack and had to drop out of college because of a fear of being in laboratory with bunsen burners and how she thought the flames were going to burn her.She is now working but is still suffering as a result of the attack.She still has burn marks on her face which she showed Judge John O’Hagan but which she stressed were covered up by make-up.She added that even when she showers, her face goes bright red.In his statement to Letterkenny Circuit Court, the accused man said he was just “crying on” and that he did not go out that night to cause anybody any injury.He added that he was drinking vodka and doesn’t remember much that happened on the nightHe also apologised to Ms McHugh describing his actions as “a moment of madness.”Judge John O’Hagan said he put the seriousness of the incident in the middle range but described the incited as being a “shocking experience” for Ms McHugh.He jailed Quinn of Killycanavan Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, to two years in prison but suspended the last year.Man who attacked woman with flamethrower celebrates early prison release by going rallying was last modified: September 26th, 2017 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:attackdonegalflamethrowerKevin QuinnletterkennyShauna McHughlast_img read more

26 Dec

DANIEL: ‘I WAS ROOTING FOR ANDREA ON THE VOICE’

first_imgDONEGAL crooner Daniel O’Donnell has revealed how he urged his fans in the North and Britain to get behind The Voice winner Andrea Begley.The Tyrone girl is a niece of Daniel’s close friend and fellow country singer Philomena Begley.Daniel thanked his fans for voting for Andrea in the public vote on Saturday night’s BBC show. Following the win, the Donegal man said on his Facebook page: “I’m delighted to announce that Andrea Begley won the Voice UK tonight.“Thank you so much to anyone who voted for her.” DANIEL: ‘I WAS ROOTING FOR ANDREA ON THE VOICE’ was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DANIEL: ‘I WAS ROOTING FOR ANDREA ON THE VOICE’last_img read more

25 Dec

Hart a tough test for Quartz Hill

first_img Fresno-bound: Highland graduate Erik Jarvey will be back in the starting lineup Friday for Cal State Northridge, which travels to Fresno for its second tournament of the season. Jarvey, a freshman who opened the season playing in the No. 1 spot for CSUN, shot 68-74-78_220 to tie for 25th at the Northwest Collegiate Classic at Corvallis, Ore. Senior Amit Nat led the Matadors with a 71-75-73_219 to tie for 20th. CSUN competes this week in the Fresno State Lexus Classic at San Joaquin Country Club. Teams will play 36 holes Friday and 18 holes Saturday. The Matadors, coached by Jim Bracken, are hoping to improve on last year’s ninth-place finish in the Big West Conference. They return honorable mention all-conference selection Doug Miller. Senior Josh Lipman and junior college transfer Joe Lopez also started at the Northwest Collegiate Classic. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 dave.shelburne@dailynews.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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hart starters Tessa Harp, Ashley Redmond and Eleanna Tan rank among the top five Foothill League scorers this season. Today’s match with Hart continues a strong nonleague schedule for Quartz Hill. Manthey has sent his team twice against Valencia, now ranked second. The Vikings won the Foothill League title last year, placed 10th in the Southern Section final, opened this year 9-0 and took a 15-2 record into Tuesday’s third Foothill League tournament. Quartz Hill completes its nonleague schedule Oct. 28 at Robinson Ranch against Saugus, which has won two of the past three Foothill League titles. Manthey is hoping the strong nonleague schedule will strengthen his team for postseason play, which begins with the Nov. 4 Southern Section individual final and continue with Nov. 7 divisional play, the qualifying tournament for the Nov. 10 section final. Three Golden League individual qualifiers will be determined in a 36-hole tournament Nov. 1 and 3 at Crystalaire Country Club. Two-time defending Golden League girls’ golf champion Quartz Hill High, ranked No. 9 by the Daily News, receives another tough nonleague test today, playing host to Foothill League leader Hart of Newhall in a 1 p.m. match at Rancho Vista Golf Course in Palmdale. Coach Stu Manthey’s Rebels, led by Ali Erdman, Katie Dilger and Sara Webb, will be facing the top-ranked team in the Daily News circulation area. Hart took a 17-3 record into the third of five Foothill League tournaments Tuesday, needing to finish just one stroke ahead of No. 2 Valencia to secure Hart’s fourth league title in seven seasons. Hart, which opened the season ranked No. 8, upset then-No. 1 Valencia in the first two Foothill tournaments, winning close decisions both times. Hart edged the Vikings 183-185 in the league opener at El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar, then won 184-185 last week at Vista Valencia Golf Course in Valencia, where both teams broke Saugus’ course record of 187, set in 2003. last_img read more