Luis Suarez has Barcelona on course to win 2 titles in Spain

first_imgView comments That scoring run has played a key part in Barcelona establishing a commanding nine-point lead in the Spanish league, and making the final of the Copa del Rey. In those semifinals against Valencia, Suarez scored the sole goal in the opening leg, and gave two assists in the second leg this week in an aggregate 3-0 win.Suarez said an injury to his right knee in August kept him from playing his best as Barcelona was adjusting to new coach Ernesto Valverde, and to Neymar’s record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain which broke up the formidable attack trio with Suarez and Lionel Messi.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 folk“I was very worried, not so much for not scoring, because I have been through these dips before. (But) my knee felt bad and I was afraid it would affect me psychologically. My attitude and level of intensity weren’t the same,” Suarez told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia newspaper this week. “Then in November I felt great. I could rest, recover and change my outlook psychologically.”Asked by Valverde to help out more in constructing than finishing attacks, the Uruguayan striker saw his production suffer and managed only five goals in his first 14 matches. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Suarez missed last year’s Copa del Rey final after being sent off in the semifinals, and he was at risk of missing another final if he picked up a yellow card on Thursday.His clean play means that, barring injury, Suarez will feature in Barcelona’s attack against Sevilla on April 21 when it will seek a fourth consecutive cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Suarez next came close to also setting up Messi, only for goalkeeper Jaume Domenech to save his shot after Suarez found Messi near the penalty spot.Suarez did his part to make it 2-0 with eight minutes remaining when he pressured Valencia defender Gabriel Paulista and intercepted his pass. He then stayed upright when avoiding a tackle before he slid the ball over for Ivan Rakitic to fire home.Suarez said he has learned the value of being a team player, not just a scorer, while helping Barcelona win six major titles in the past three seasons.“When I arrived here I told myself that it would be difficult to adapt my way of playing,” Suarez said. “I needed more space, I was used to playing in the Premier League. But even though I have fewer spaces, I fulfill my role in the square meters that I do have. And I notice that when I pressure defenders to recover the ball it spreads to the whole team.”Second to Messi on the La Liga scoring list with 16 – plus three in the Copa del Rey – Suarez went scoreless through all six games of the Champions League group phase.Yet he has been on fire since Barcelona played its last European match on Dec. 5. Suarez found the net in 10 of his next 11 matches.After Spanish league matches against Getafe and Eibar, Suarez will get his chance to break his dry run in Europe on Feb. 20 when Barcelona starts its Champions League round-of-16 tie at Chelsea.Suarez’s career has been tarnished by his bad behavior, including three incidents of biting an opposing player. His last bite of an Italy defender in the 2014 World Cup spurred Liverpool to sell him to Barcelona.While maintaining his aggressive style, Suarez has avoided any serious outbursts or violent incidents in Spain.“You have to take advantage of every small detail,” Suarez said. “I can argue with a defender and I have more chances of getting him sent off. and the defender can do the same with me. There is a limit, of course, but squabbles form part of the essence of football.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ But as Barcelona settled under Valverde and its players kept winning without Neymar, Suarez is once again flourishing as its No. 9.“Neymar’s exit was a blow to our morale,” Suarez said. “But we pulled through it because of the mentality and the confidence of our coaches, which has been fundamental, spectacular. . Tactically, we have also changed. Before, we had the problem that teams would hit us on counterattacks, but we solved that by strengthening our midfield and playing with our wing backs higher up the pitch.”Both of Suarez’s assists at Valencia came when he slid over to the left flank of the attack, a spot that once belonged to Neymar.He helped put Barcelona in charge shortly after halftime by passing for Philippe Coutinho to score his first goal for the side.Suarez used a sleek change of foot to breeze past Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay before he sliced a cross to the far post where his former Liverpool teammate hooked the ball back inside the other upright.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez looks on during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Luis Suarez hitting his stride is a big reason why Barcelona is on course for two titles in Spain this season.Suarez has shaken off his troubles scoring during the first three months of the season and netted 14 in his last 15 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Serena Williams returns, Fed Cup ‘start of a long process’ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Publicity stunt: Indonesia leader gets lift from motorbike skit

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Widodo then walked out of an elevator and took his seat in the VIP section, prompting laughter and cheers in the stadium — and a favourable reaction on social media.“I nearly cried, Koreans are calling Jokowi oppa (brother) after watching him riding the bike, and now they want him to give them a ride,” one Twitter user posted, while another likened him to Hollywood star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It seems like Jokowi will star in the next sequel of Mission Impossible,” read the tweet.Widodo, 57, who was also spotted gyrating in his seat to music during the ceremony, joked about the motorbike video sequence with his 10 million followers on Twitter. Barrientos tops GMTBC Open Masters division An actor impersonating Indonesian President Joko Widodo rides a motorbike during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADPresident Joko Widodo found himself flavour of the month on social media on Sunday as Indonesians lapped up his motorbike stunt skit at the Asian Games opening ceremony.A motorbike stuntman posing as Widodo, known as ‘Jokowi’, leapt off a ramp and pulled other tricks in Jakarta’s streets before riding into the Gelora Bung Karno stadium and disappearing into the basement.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Who was riding the bike? Manoeuvring and doing stops and arriving on time at GBK last night? hehehe,” he tweeted.The Asian Games, declared open by Widodo at the ceremony on Saturday, features 18,000 athletes and officials and is being held in Jakarta and Palembang.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens00:50Trending 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

MRU’s Plea for US$8 Billion Marshall Plan: Are We Ready to Emulate Europe?

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, speaking to the World Bank last Friday on behalf of her Mano River Union colleagues, Presidents Alpha Conde of Guinea and Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, appealed for a US$8 billion “Marshall Plan” to help the three countries in their post-Ebola recovery.Several questions immediately arise.  First, where is this large sum of money expected to come from?  The answer, most probably, is the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United States, the People’s Republic of China, the European Union and other friendly and wealthy nations.The Bank has already allocated US$1 billion in relief for the three countries, with Liberia alone receiving US$650 million.  That is in addition to the US$2.7 in debt relief promised the three countries, with Liberia set to receive US$464 million.The first US$1 billion plus the debt relief’s US$2.7 billion total US$3.7 billion.  That leaves US$4.3 billion which, if found, must be divided between the three countries, each of which would most   likely receive over US$1 billion.That, plus all the money from debt relief and the first US1 billion to be divided among the three, is still a lot of money.   But the second question is, what will they do with all this money?  Another question  follows: Do the three countries have the capacity to effectively and gainfully use that money, so that at the end of the day tangible results will be readily seen?Before we attempt answers,  let us recall what the original Marshall Plan was.  Officially known as the European Recovery Program  (ERP), the Plan was an American initiative to aid Europe.   The United States gave $13 billion (approximately $120 billion in current dollar value) in economic support to help rebuild European economies after World War II ended. The plan was in operation for four years beginning in April 1948. The goals of the United States were to rebuild war-devastated regions, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, and make Europe prosperous again.    The Marshall Plan aid was divided amongst the participant states roughly on a per capita basis. A larger amount was given to the major industrial powers, as the prevailing opinion was that their resuscitation was essential for general European revival.  The United Kingdom (Britain), America’s chief ally during the war, was the largest recipient of the money, about 26%, followed by France (18%) and West Germany (11%). Some 18 European countries received Plan benefits. Asia received similar aid programs.Although offered participation, the Soviet Union refused Plan benefits, and blocked benefits to Eastern Bloc countries. This was because by that time, the Soviet Union (USSR) had created what Sir Winston Churchill called “the Iron Curtain,” the conscription of all Eastern European countries, including East Germany and Poland and all the Soviet Socialist Republics, including Estonia and Latvia, into Communist republics linked exclusively to the Soviet Union.        The initiative was named after American Secretary of State George Marshall. In an address at Harvard University in June 1947, Secretary Marshall spoke of an urgent need to help the European recovery.The phrase “equivalent of the Marshall Plan” is often used to describe a proposed large-scale economic rescue program.That is what the three MRU nations put before the World Bank’s 2015 Spring Meeting last Friday.But again, do these nations   have a concrete plan as to how every cent of that money, if granted, will be spent?  We see the clearly defined objectives laid down in the Marshall Plan.  These objectives were strictly followed and within a few years Germany and the other countries were back on their feet industrially.  Soon, Germany regained her position as the world’s third industrial power, after the USA and Britain.  Today, Germany is Europe’s economic and industrial powerhouse.This question we raise about the MRU nations’ preparedness is critically relevant because African nations are known for mismanaging their own resources which, in the case of Liberia, are considerable. We suggest that within the next week, while the World Bank and its partners are considering the MRU request, each MRU government should  make a detailed economic recovery plan as well as the development of highly efficient healthcare delivery systems throughout each country to prevent another epidemic. last_img read more

THAG lobbies for concessions to make sustainable tourism an export industry

first_imgAs part of its efforts to make sustainable tourism, the new frontier industry in the country, the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) is lobbying the Government for concessions as it seeks to become an export industry.Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar (middle) poses with former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, President of THAG Mitra Ramkumar, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Brian Mullis and THAG executive member Andrea de Caires at Cara Lodge where the welcome reception was held on Friday eveningThis request was made by President of THAG, Mitra Ramkumar, on Friday evening during a welcome reception held by the new Business Minister, who has responsibility for tourism, Haimraj Rajkumar.According to Ramkumar, the Tourism Association, in recent times, had to rewrite the narrative about sustainable tourism in order to convince policymakers of the emergence of experiential tourism, that is, travel that incorporates an active lifestyle, the need to reconnect to nature and the demand for authenticity.“We endured a lot of hard years of lobbying and will continue to do this [for development of industry in Guyana],” he posited, adding that they have lobbied for a Tourism Director with the necessary skill set to lead the industry and were successful. The fruits of this, Ramkumar said, has already been seen with Guyana recently being named the number one eco-tourism destination in the world.Back in March, Guyana copped the first ever “Best of Ecotourism” award at the second annual “Best of Top 100” in Berlin, Germany – putting the country ahead of well-known and experienced eco-tourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.The second annual “Best of Top 100” awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who review sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide.According to the President of THAG, this can be credited to former Tourism Minister, Dominic Gaskin, who listened to the Private Sector and created an enabling environment to allow for such development in the sector.To this end, Ramkumar asserted that they will continue, as stakeholders, to appeal for tourism to be truly recognised as an export industry. It was previously stated that Guyana’s tourism industry has the potential of becoming the third largest export industry in the country after gold and rice.“So we appeal for this industry to be granted the same concessions as every other industry. So this means, it’s either zero tax or a reduced, at minimum, rate of tax,” Ramkumar contended.He went on to play on Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s charge that Guyana needs to diversify its economy and make it robust to shocks from commodity prices. According to the President of THAG, the rice and gold industries are both vulnerable to shocks from commodity prices, and the same goes for the much-anticipated impending oil and gas sector.However, he pointed out that the oil and tourism sectors mesh well and complement each other.“One is an industry that is highly capitalised and highly skilled while tourism is an industry that is labour intensive and that will create employment for the vulnerable. So these two industries need each other. Tourism needs infrastructure, capital investment to market and so the oil industry will give us that reach by providing the resources to have this done,” he stressed.But according to Ramkumar, in order for this to be successful, it needs to go through a deliberate and focused strategy.“So I appeal to all of you and to the powers that be, that we are committed to working with the Government of the day. And it is for the Government of the day, to create an enabling environment and then we will take it from there. So I appeal to you to make sustainable tourism the new frontier industry for Guyana,” the THAG President pleaded.This commitment by the tourism sector was lauded by former Minster Gaskin, who told stakeholders at the reception that he was advised that the industry is poised to be much more productive than the third largest export.Recognising that tourism makes a significant impact on the economy, Gaskin noted that “It is less tangible than sugar and bauxite but it certainly does brings in foreign dollars into Guyana’s economy and that money trickles down and goes a long way. So we cannot ignore this sector and its value. I believe between Government and this sector, there is enough goodwill and commitment to really push this sector further”.Gaskin was forced to resign because of his dual citizenship status, being a born Briton. However, he has since been appointed Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Business Ministry with responsibility for the enforcement of standards, providing assistance to small producers and access to markets, particularly Eastern Caribbean markets.His successor, Minister Rajkumar, has commended the strides made under his tenure, committing to continue to push Guyana’s tourism industry. In fact, he foresees Guyana’s tourism being among the top, if not the top, export industry.“Perhaps with the correct management, with correct input and with cooperation of all of us working together, I believe tourism industry can make a significant contribution to our development,” the Business Minister posited.last_img read more

Summit girls win first Sunkist title

first_img Upland Christian 47, Webb 38 Kennyanna Jefferson scored 17 points for the Eagles (15-3, 7-1). Summit made history as the Skyhawks defeated Kaiser 63-32 on Tuesday to become new school’s first team to win a league title. Ariel George had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Sunkist League-champion Skyhawks (22-3, 9-0). ARROWHEAD LEAGUE BASELINE LEAGUE Claremont 57, Rancho Cucamonga 52 Hailey Beck scored 19 points as the Wolfpack (13-12, 2-7) went on to defeat the Cougars. CITRUS BELT LEAGUE Miller 81, Redlands 30 center_img Keisha Mackall scored 15 points to lead the Rebels (24-2, 13-0) to the win. INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE Calvary Baptist 45, Pasadena Waverly 30 In his second game as the Cougars’ head coach, Lincoln Dial guided Calvary Baptist (12-5, 7-0) to its first league title since the 1985-86 season – when his father was head coach – with the home win. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Diamond Ranch 72, Bonita 15 Nina Earl scored 21 points to lead the Panthers (24-1 overall, 7-0 Miramonte League). SIERRA LEAGUE Chino Hills 49, Chino 35 Ericka Norman scored 18 points as the Huskies (14-8, 6-3) beat the Cowgirls (9-15, 3-6). Ayala 77, Glendora 39 Jasmine Holliday had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs (21-3, 9-0) clinched their 11th straight league title. BOYS ARROWHEAD LEAGUE Boys Republic 65, CSDR 13 Chris Williams scored 20 points to lead the Rams (11-9, 7-4). BASELINE LEAGUE Claremont 91, Rancho Cucamonga 76 Jordan Block scored 28 for the Wolfpack (18-9, 5-4). CITRUS BELT LEAGUE Fontana 88, REV 74 Demetrius Walker scored 38 points to lead the Steelers (7-6 in CBL). Eisenhower 69, Rialto 59 Nick Carter scored 18 points to lead the Eagles (12-13, 5-7). INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE Calvary Baptist 62, Waverly 41 Randy Agyepong had 33 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Cougars (12-10, 4-5). MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Diamond Ranch 78, Charter Oak 52 Chris Cunningham scored 19 points to lead the Panthers (16-8, 6-1). SIERRA LEAGUE Chino Hills 54, Chino 24 Nick Turner scored 18 points to lead the Huskies (20-6, 8-1). Damien 53, Diamond Bar 48 Five players scored in double figures for the Spartans (23-4, 8-1). Kaiser 80, Summit 30 Daniel Sosa led the Cats (14-11, 7-2) with 16 points. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Pomona 64, Ganesha 54 Jonathan Ochoa had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Red Devils (5-4 in league). 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

Applause, not tears, for Pavarotti

first_imgThe atmosphere in the piazza wasn’t sad or tearful, but warm as proud residents celebrated their native son, many bringing their children to honor Pavarotti. Simone Sarrau, 32, waited in line until nearly midnight to pay his respects. “He’s a symbol. He’s a symbol of Modena, a symbol of Italy, he’s international,” Sarrau said. “I think this demonstration of affection is justified, and it’s not just Modena, it’s in the whole world. He’s a one-of-a-kind. There’s only him, and there will always only be him.” Mayor Giorgia Pighi said the singer had been a beacon for the city. “Thanks to Luciano Pavarotti, the name of Modena has gone around the world as the name of a city much bigger than it actually is,” Pighi said. The viewing was scheduled to end at midnight and then resume today at 6 a.m. and last, but for a few hours of closure overnight, until shortly before the funeral. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Trisha Thomas and Colleen Barry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MODENA, Italy – Admirers massed by the hundreds in Modena’s main piazza Thursday night to pay their final respects to Luciano Pavarotti, the tenor cherished by many as “the last, great voice” of Italian opera. The crowd applauded as pallbearers carried the white casket into the cathedral, where a funeral Saturday will draw dignitaries from opera, politics and culture. The tenor died early Thursday in his hometown at age 71 after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. While Pavarotti moved the world with a wonderous voice, his legacy went beyond the opera house. The tenor collaborated with classical singers and pop icons alike to bring opera to the masses, rescuing the art from highbrow obscurity in the process. In many ways, Pavarotti fulfilled the public’s imagination of what an opera star should be. He often wore a colorful scarf and a hat, be it a fedora or a beret, and while he didn’t always have a beard, it was hard to imagine him without it. His heft – as well as a restaurant on his property in Modena – underlined his gourmet appetite. But above all, his crystal clear voice, prized for its diction, made him the most celebrated tenor since Caruso. “Pavarotti was the last great Italian voice able to move the world,” said Bruno Cagli, president of the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome. And the world was fittingly paying tribute. Inside Modena’s Piazza Grande, hundreds of people gathered for the first evening of public viewing. Police on horseback stood at attention as the first mourners shuffled up the steps into the cathedral. last_img read more

Millionaire guilty of hiring wife’s killer

first_img“I want you to know that I disclaim all relations to you,” he told his father in a prepared statement in court. “I will never be your son.” Nicholas Harvey, 25, of Port Hueneme was convicted earlier of stabbing Lynn Schockner on Nov. 8, 2004, and is serving a life prison term. Harvey told police in a taped interview played for jurors that he was offered $5,000 to kill the woman and stage a burglary. Prosecutors argued that Manfred Schockner paid Frankie Jaramillo to hire Harvey to carry out the killing and make it look like a burglary. His sentencing has been set for Oct. 10. LONG BEACH – A jury convicted a 67-year-old millionaire of hiring another man to kill his estranged wife for financial gain. The panel deliberated for 40 minutes before returning a guilty verdict Friday against Manfred Schockner in the 2004 stabbing death of 50-year-old Lynn Schockner in her Bixby Knolls home. Prosecutors claimed Schockner hatched a plot to kill his wife so he wouldn’t have to split the couple’s fortune. Police investigating a prowler call found her body on a backyard patio when she failed to return after going to get a key to open a locked gate. In the court’s public area was the couple’s 17-year-old son, Charlie, who said, “Yes!” when the verdict was read. 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

Pressuring Google

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Some call it treason Re: “Bin Laden alive and taunting U.S. on tape” (Jan. 20): Proof that anti-war Democrats are undermining the War on Terror, and aiding and abetting our enemies is openly demonstrated in bin Laden’s 19th and most recent propaganda recording. The tape, predictably aired by the jihadists’ preferred news agency, Al-Jazeera, includes references to “Bush misled and lied,” “al-Qaida is winning in Iraq due to U.S. financial and human losses” and “polls show majority of Americans want U.S. troops out of Iraq.” Such Democrat leaders as Kennedy, Pelosi, Reid, Gore, Sheehan, Dean, Murtha, Durben and their clients in the Bush-hating elite media should take partisan pride in having scripted and proliferated propaganda points for our sworn enemy, al-Qaida, in a time of war. – Paul Taylor Los Angeles Useless investigation Re: “Feds try to google Google” (Jan. 20): Go! Go! Google. Keep protecting our right to privacy, and shame on Yahoo, MSN and AOL for capitulating to the government’s demands for their search records. With the Bush administration’s track record of playing fast and loose with the facts, are we to believe they want to mine search engines to “estimate the prevalence of online material … deemed harmful to minors”? It certainly sounds like a ploy to dig for anything they “deem” suspect, including terrorists. I’ve googled “Osama bin Laden,” “al-Qaida” and others to spell-check so my letters to the editor are not error-filled. Does that make me a terrorist or sympathizer? If they really want to keep us safe, how about protecting us (and NSA’s computers) from spam and pop-ups? – Sandy Sand West Hills Re: “Clinton White House officials accused in possible cover-up” (Jan. 19): The article on the Barrett report just blew my mind. “Clinton White House officials accused in possible cover-up.” Twenty-one million dollars spent over more than a decade investigating the Cisneros case and ending with “no definite conclusion.” The man was found guilty but pardoned by Clinton. We know that. We knew that over a decade ago. To spend $2l million over that period of time just proves how viciously vindictive some are in trying to smear the Clinton administration. Just remember those were our tax dollars that supported Barrett and his staff for all those years. Thank goodness the present administration’s guilt is so obvious. – Marilyn Sims Reseda Counting Pluto dust Re: “NASA craft blasts off on 9-year trip to Pluto” (Jan. 20): How exciting! Will somebody please tell me how important is it to spend $700 million to send a dust counter to Pluto? Seems to me that $700 million could go further to feed poor children or even rebuild New Orleans. Is Pluto that important? What a waste. – Earl D. Howitz North Hills Day-laborer center Re: “New day-laborer center OK’d” (Jan. 19): I am appalled the City Council is encouraging the hiring of day laborers by setting up these centers and coercing business such as Home Depot to financially support them. These workers are neither licensed nor insured and compete unfairly with legitimate businesses that carry workers’ comp insurance, pay taxes, etc. And I suspect that a large percentage of these day laborers are also undocumented aliens. I am not a construction worker or contractor, just a homeowner who believes illegal activities (however noble) are still illegal. I do appreciate that I will not have to drive through crowds on the sidewalk trying to get some work, but perhaps there should be a law prohibiting congregating on the sidewalks soliciting employment. – Harry N. Hirschensohn Sherman Oaks Assisted suicide Thursday’s Daily News Poll result that 52 percent of respondents don’t believe in assisted suicide is typical. My own poll shows that this crowd is usually on the wrong side of every issue, whether it’s torture, spying, turning a blind eye to killing civilians in false wars, allowing big business to outsource and pollute, and a host of other issues. Here’s my message to you “Holier Than Thous”: If, at the end of my days, I am wracked in pain or hopelessly losing my faculties and I choose to meet my end peacefully … and if anyone interferes … they’re coming with me! – Chuck Heinold West Hills Pandemic? Re: “State braces for pandemic” (Jan. 19): The blaring headline gave me the clear impression that a raging surge of bird flu cases was just over the border in Arizona and would be here any day now. Although the second paragraph stated that no cases have yet to be reported in the U.S., that it’s not known to spread between humans, and that a pandemic would only be likely should the virus mutate, your headline attributed an alarmist sense of urgency that is inappropriate at best and irresponsible at worst. Wouldn’t it have been more accurate and reassuring to just state that state health officials have released a draft of a contingency plan to implement emergency procedures in case it becomes necessary? – Janet Hedke Saugus Live and learn I’ve been reading the Editorial section of the Daily News since it was the Green Sheet, and never a week has gone by without an article or letter to the editor about the terrible woes of the LAUSD. When in this lifetime (hopefully) are they going to sort themselves out? What was so wrong with McGuffy’s Reader (or equivalent), times tables, spell-downs and teachers who were allowed to teach their students? Any teacher who actually wants to dive into this morass has to be either insane or admirably courageous and dedicated. My high schools in Chicago had 48 desks bolted to the floor in each classroom, and, by George, we were bolted to ’em until we learned. Our parents had no lines except to “encourage” us to behave and to see that we learned. – Vicki Wagner Sherman Oaks Mean revisited Re: “Mean definition” (Your Opinions, Jan. 19): The two dictionary definitions of the mean as an arithmetic average and as the midpoint (median) of a distribution are not necessarily inconsistent. The mean is in fact the median when the distribution is symmetric about its midpoint. In the case of a set of numbers, the average and the median are always the same when the numbers on either side of the midpoint are symmetrically spaced about it. For example, the average, or mean, of 10, 20, 50, 80, 90 is 50, which is also the same as the median. I emphasize this is only true for data symmetrically distributed about the midpoint. I hope this clears up the confusion. – Ron Siskind Sherman Oaks The secret name How has it escaped the collective minds of intelligentsia that Arnold is an anagram of Ronald? – Vince Garofalo Burbank Singing the anthem The singer who will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl has been announced. I hope sheet music was given to that person with the request our anthem be sung exactly as written. Nothing gripes me more than a singer changing our national anthem to his or her version. When the song is sung correctly, I get goose bumps. Any ninth-grader can sing the song right; why can’t the professionals? Wouldn’t it be great for the 300-million-plus Americans and our fighting men abroad to be able to stand proud as our national anthem is presented to the world? – Truett Sparkman Woodland Hills The money is nothing Regarding the various letters on the price tag on the Iraq war. This price tag is nothing when you look at the lives lost and, above all, the damage to American credibility. Can we ever regain that lost image? What is the face we have to show God in whom we trust? – Paramjit Singh Lancaster 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


first_imgSunday 6th March 2016 Confined 1st Johnny McEleney (16) 44pts 2nd Paul  Mathews (25) 44pts3rd Paddy Monagle (16) 42pts4th Allan Gracie (15) 42ptsGross: Brendan Devlin (1) 37pts CSS: N/QSaturday Open 5th March 20161st John G Kelly (17) 41pts2nd Michael McElhinney (17) 40pts3rd Jayson McIntyre (4) 40pts4th Shaun O’Donnell (8) 39pts Gross: Brendan Devlin (1) 33ptsCSS: N/QLadies:Glashedy No. 7 8th February 2016 0-181st Marie D’Urso 20pts2nd Yvonne McGonigle 20pts19-281st Marie Mullan 19pts2nd Sadie Grant(N) 19pts29-361st Crea Harkin 19pts2nd Rita McCrossan 18ptsTwo’s: Noeleen GordonBallyliffin Golf Club Results by Phelim Davenport Another fine weekend for golf in Ballyliffin and the scoring was red hot.The Saturday Open was won by John G Kelly with 41pts.In 2nd place was long time Carn F.C. stalwart Michael Mc Elhinney who emigrated to Letterkenny many years a go with 40pts.In 3rd was 4 handicapper Jason Mc Intyre also with 40pts on the break of a tie.In 4th place was former ballboy Shaun O Donnell with 39pts. The gross went to Brendan Devlin with 33 gross pts.The Sunday competition for the Dr Paul Crotty Cup was played in perfect golfing conditions,and the scoring matched the weather.In 1st place and only on the break of a tie was Johnny Mc Eleney with 44pts.Johnny let loose now that his election duties were over.In 2nd place was Paul Matthews also with 44pts.In 3rd place back after being out of the frame for awhile was Paddy Monagle with 42pts.Also returning 42pts and coming 4th was the flying scotsman Alan Gracie on the break of a tie.The gross went again to that man Brendan Devlin with 37 gross pts. 3 over after 10 holes Brendan played the last 8 holes in 4 under including 2 birdies and an eagle at the 17th for the round of the day.Forthcoming Events and Fixtures Friday 11th March Open Competition on Glashedy LinksSaturday 12th March Open Competition on The Old LinksSunday 13th March McColgan Cup Confined on Glashedy LinksDonegal Links Classic Mon 30th May-Wed 1st June 2016. Play Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, Portsalon. Visitors €125, Members €90Great North Links Challenge – 12th, 13th & 14th October 2016, Play Royal Portrush, Portstewart & Ballyliffin for just €210 (visitors) & €100 (members).  Call +353 (0)749376119 to book your tee time.GOLF NEWS: JOHNNY MCELENEY IN FINE FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: March 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallyliffingolfSportlast_img read more


first_imgUPDATE: SINN FEIN in the North has complained to its partners in government in the DUP after a unionist MP used British parliamentary privilege to claim a Co Donegal politician was involved in a murder.Jim Shannon, the MP for Strangford, told the Commons that Hugh ‘Lexie’ Cummings from Artigarvan outside Strabane was shot in the back and chest at close range by the IRA.Jim Shannon asked why William Gerard McMonagle, who is now the Mayor of Letterkenny, did not stand trial. Mr McMonagle said today he was taking legal advice on the ‘outrageous’ claims. He did stand trial and was cleared of the murder.Mr Shannon asked: “Why did William Gerard McMonagle not stand trial for the murder of Lexie Cummings?“How was Willam Gerard McMonagle allowed to travel across the border to safety and freedom and begin a new life which would lead him to today being the Mayor of Letterkenny?”He also said: “There are too many questions that HET due to scope and resources could not answer but which the family deserved an answer to. “They turn on the news and they see the Mayor of Letterkenny, Gerry McMonagle, having ran from justice in Northern Ireland after being proven to have been at the scene with gun powder residue on him, embracing his freedom and his position in life.“The family visit the grave of a true gentleman Lexie Cummings with questions in their minds and grief in their hearts.“Who can answer these questions and give the family closure?”Today a senior Sinn Fein official in Belfast told “This was an outrageous claim from Shannon who has used parliamentary privilege to make wild and unfounded allegations. We would challenge him to repeat that outside.“This is the DUP of old popping its head up and there are serious questions for them to answer over this.” MAYOR DENIES ALLEGATIONS AS ROW CAUSES SINN FEIN/DUP RIFT IN THE NORTH was last modified: March 8th, 2012 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:MAYOR DENIES ALLEGATIONS AS ROW CAUSES SINN FEIN/DUP RIFT IN THE NORTHlast_img read more