She was listed in the Asian Games information system as a member of the Uzbekistan team and appeared to be nominated for the individual time trial, the 3,000-meter individual pursuit, the women’s Madison and the omnium. She won the Olympic silver medal in the time trial at Rio de Janeiro on 2016 and won bronze medals at the London Games in 2012 in the time trial and the road race.Zabelinskaya did not compete in the women’s road race on Wednesday, prompting speculation she was barred after protests from other countries.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’The Olympic Council of Asia said it had been aware of Zabelinskaya’s attempt to switch allegiances.“However, until the competition day, both Zabelinskaya and the Uzbekistan Olympic committee failed to provide any official letters from the Russian Olympic committee and the Russian Cycling Federation to approve and confirm the release of the athlete for the Uzbekistan cycling federation,” an OCA spokesman said. “Therefore, OCA considers she is not eligible to represent Uzbekistan at the 18th Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ FILE – In this Aug. 10, 2016 file photo, cyclist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russian rides at the start of the women’s individual time trial event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Pontal beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One thing seems certain amid the conjecture over Olympic medalist Olga Zabelinskaya’s bid to switch nationality from Russia to Uzbekistan, she won’t be competing at the Asian Games. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky,file)JAKARTA, Indonesia — One thing seems certain amid the conjecture over Olympic medalist Olga Zabelinskaya’s bid to switch nationality from Russia to Uzbekistan — she won’t be competing at the Asian Games.Zabelinskaya has reportedly sought to change allegiances because she’s concerned over her eligibility to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Swimmer resumes Pacific crossing record attempt Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Zabelinskaya won a decision in the Court of Arbitration days before the 2016 Olympics that cleared her to compete in Rio despite a previous doping violation for a case dating back to 2014.Russia has been mired in a doping scandal since allegations of state-sanctioned doping emerged following the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Russian athletes had to compete as neutrals at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this year.In her athlete profile on the Asian Games information system, Zabelinskaya was quoted as saying, “You see what has been happening in Russian sport over the last two Olympic cycles. It all started in Rio, then the situation only deteriorated in Pyeongchang. I have a feeling that in Tokyo everything will be even worse.“I’m 99 percent confident that my participation in the 2020 Olympics will be impossible under the Russian flag.”The next summer games Russia could host would be in 2032, because Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles are already confirmed as hosting the 2020, 2024 and 2028 editionsADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 View comments
With the Christmas and New Year celebrations just a few days away, the deadly Ebola virus is said to be raging in several towns and villages in Guinea bordering Nimba, posing a serious threat to lives and normal activities in Nimba County.The Daily Observer has learned that close to 20 persons died of Ebola in two Guinean villages close to the Liberian border and the Arcelor Mittal concession area.In the Guinean town of Nyanizoo, 13 persons allegedly died from Ebola within a week, while in Teo town, also in Guinea, five persons suspected of Ebola died.Teo and Nyanizoo are located at the border with Liberia around the Yarmin Administrative District, where Yekepa is situated.According to residents of Yekepa, relatives of those who died in Teo continue to cross over to Guinea to sympathize with their bereaved family. Some of the sympathizers are suspected of contracting the disease and are presently undergoing treatment at the Ganta ETU.A lady from Yekapa, who upon hearing the news of her relative’s death in Teo went there and brought back her 9yr old daughter who had been residing in Teo. A few days after they entered Liberia, the child became sick. A day later, the mother too became ill and both of them were taken to the Ganta Ebola Treatment Unit where they were confirmed positive.People living around the border are blaming the national security for not doing enough to man the border and prevent illegal crossings.Most of the border posts near the concession areas and other parts of Nimba’s border with Guinea are said to be still active despite the closure of the border.In Ganta, illegal crossing intensified after some citizens of a town called Gbouyee opened their own crossing point to smugglers, but last week, the joint security in Ganta destroyed several rafts with no arrest made.News also filtering from the two affected Guinean towns said the citizens are still denying the existence of Ebola, blaming the deaths in the town to witch craft instead.Some Nimba citizens observe that because the border is so porous and without the presence of armed security, certain people continue to cross over in willful disregard of the closure.Meanwhile two Ebola positive cases from Yekepa are at the Ganta ETU while over 25 suspected cases were reported to be quarantined in a special camp built by Arcelor Mittal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Started at the campus of University of Liberia, the National Handball Association, NHA, has made a stride that many of his players, mostly students from the various schools are proud of. When Professor J. Mayson Saweler thought of the need to encourage the formation of the sport, he was aware of the challenges ahead.As a professor of physical education, Saweler realized that a healthy body is a happy person, and therefore he went ahead, with support from sports lovers to get the organization off the ground.“I proceeded nonetheless,” Saweler, who is also president of the Liberia National Handball Association, told the Daily Observer last Tuesday in Monrovia, “because I knew there was more that the sport can do for Liberian youths.”That was four years ago. Fast forward it to the year 2014 and after successful handling of the sport’s affairs, several schools in Monsterrado County, Grand Bassa, and Margibi County are part of it.“Liberia is not Monrovia,” Saweler said, “so we decided to take the sport to other counties.” And his administration is considering further expansion, after the successful defeat of the Ebola outbreak in the country. Regular leagues are organized and awareness about discipline has also been encouraged.In the organization’s first ever international assistance, Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee, through the Liberia National Olympic Committee, LNOC, provided sponsorship, along with a foreign expert that took participants through the sport’s fundamentals.“It was that support that moved our sport to another level,” Saweler said. He now pleads for more Liberian government’s support.He said, “We completed Ebola awareness for student athletes in Monrovia and we had hoped to extend it outside Montserrado County,” which could not continue due to lack of material support.Meanwhile, at the end of its successful leagues before the outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease, “We have six schools to award prizes at a convenient period,” he said.The schools, he said are Sarah Barclay in both male and female categories, (senior high); Melvin Sonnii (junior high) female division and Newport (male).“Slipway won both male and female versions in the elementary division,” he said.He said the six schools would receive a total amount of Ld30, 000.00, along with one set of jersey.One of the major setbacks for handball, he said, was the recent cancellation of both male and female teams to have participated in the Lome, Togo youth tournament.“Despite the disappointment,” Saweler said, “the grant of U$11,400.00 from the International Handball Federation is being spent for the development of handball, with the blessing of the International Handball Federation.”“It was good news for us,” he said. During the preparation for the abortive trip to Togo, the Ministry of Youth and Sports could not honor a budgeted U$16,000.00, since the ministry did not have money for the trip; a source told the Daily Observer.Among other activities, Saweler said his administration has purchased a vehicle for the organization to ease transportation difficulties. Needed support, he said was provided for three students, recently quarantined in West Point, and another is planned for three players in Dolo Town, in Margibi County who are also quarantined as a result of the fight of Ebola.Said head Coach Arthur N. Dormoh, “We are excited about the progress of handball so far because we can now travel to other counties and make deliveries of 100 handballs.”Coach Dormoh has been with handball from its formation. His colleague is (coach) Phillip Mansaray, who handles the male team.President Saweler meanwhile noted his appreciation to the LNOC for providing an office space for the association. “We have a contact point on By-Pass in Monrovia and we thank LNOC and its president Phillibert Browne for their support,” he said.He meanwhile expressed further appreciation to a foreign national who has been financially supportive to the development of handball in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Advertisement – Article 77(a) of the Liberian Constitution states that “Since the essence of democracy is free competition of ideas expressed by political parties and political groups as well as by individuals, parties may freely be established to advocate the political opinions of the people. Laws, regulations, decrees or measures which might have the effect of creating a one-party state shall be declared unconstitutional.”This constitutional right has brought about multiplicity of political parties, and one of them is the Congress for Democratic Change that has over the past two successive elections remained a formidable opposition party to the ruling Unity Party.Since it came to political prominence in the post-war election of 2005, CDC has lost the presidency in the two elections Liberia has had, yet has been fortunate to dominate the Legislature in both the Senate and House of Representatives. George Weah’s loss in the presidential election in 2005 was predicated upon the fact that he was an inexperienced politician with low level of education. Although CDC supporters have argued that they were cheated, many political candidates and commentators including CDC’s current Vice Standard Bearer, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, all pledged their support to Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that year, on ground that she is more educated and experienced than Weah. Besides her education and experience, voters observed that Sirleaf had international contacts and could easily embark on the international community to help Liberia’s post-war reconstruction.Concurring with this public observation, Weah after losing the election in 2005 decided to seek university studies in the United States, where he is said to have acquired bachelor’s and master’s degrees; though there was doubt when observers compared his output with his degrees.This same public sentiment about Weah’s incompetence and low level of education led him and the party to bring Cllr. Winston Tubman on board as CDC’s standard bearer, while he (Weah) stood as running-mate in the 2011 election.Again, CDC lost the election to the Unity Party on what voters termed as “Unfinished business” of President Sirleaf’s first term. They claimed that there were some projects that were not completed and therefore President Sirleaf should be given her second term to complete them.Now, Liberia is about to go to election and CDC, which has morphed into a coalition of several political parties of some questionable characters, is in the race. To add insult to injury, CDC has gone ahead to elect in its primary men of character problems in the Legislature and public. The men elected to contest in the Legislative Election on CDC’s ticket in Montserrado County include Solomon George of District #7, Acarus Gray of District #8 and Mulbah Morlu. Morlu is for the first time surfacing in in legislative election, and he aspires to represent District #10.What do we know about these men?Solomon George is a representative who is was involved in a fist fight in the National Legislature. About a year ago, Solomon George and his CDC comrade, Acarus Gray, insulted each other with George claiming to be the boyfriend of Gray’s mother. This district 7 lawmaker is the same who is on record for stating on radio that he will drag Mary Broh and throw her in a pit latrine for the thousands of people in West Point to defecate on her. Our reporter that covered the primary said some of the partisans see the election of Solomon George as a loss for CDC in the district because of his personal conduct.Acarus Moses Gray is a man whose criticism has never been constructive, but insulting. He insults the President of the country under the pretext of opposition. He is the same that has been alleged of misapplication of Ebola money in district 8.Mulbah Morlu: A man who told Liberians that he met with then U.S. President Barack Obama for six minutes in Accra, Ghana, a claim the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia said was completely false. He always incites young people to violence as was witnessed last year at the Temple of Justice and the University of Liberia’s Capitol Hill campus. He led a dollar-campaign wherein thousands of CDC sympathizers paid US$1.00, but since then, there has been no account. Like Gray and George, Mulbah Morlu insults leaders without any respect for the statutory office.It is quite surprising that members of the CDC, knowing the character of these men, will go ahead to elect them in party’s primary, injecting in them feelings of achievements and civility. Can non-partisans and undecided voters be convinced of the choices made? Does CDC know that it is not all Liberians in these districts are its sympathizers?Besides the above-mentioned political shortcomings of CDC, this opposition party has not made its platform known to Liberians since it came into existence. Its indispensable political leader, George Weah, has always said, “I want to be President because my people love me and I have passion for my country and people.” Amid the political shortcomings of CDC, can Liberia trust it with leadership of this country? How prepared is this political party to be trusted with the highest position of the land? The Daily Observer challenges CDC to clearly convince Liberians how competent it is to be trusted with state power.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two months after the Appeal Court ordered a fresh trial for murder accused Terry Kissoon, State Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt closed their case at the High Court on Monday.Murder accused Terry KissoonKissoon, who was on trial for just over one week, led his defence, which leaves the Judge, Sandil Kissoon to sum up the evidence before handing the matter to the jury to determine whether the defendant was innocent or guilty.Kissoon stands accused of murdering Troy Smith between July 30 and July 31, 2010, at Smith’s Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown residence. According to Police reports, the two men ended up in a heated confrontation after Kissoon had accused Smith of stealing his motorcycle.It was highlighted that Kissoon had given Smith 24 hours to return the vehicle, but then he allegedly took out a handgun and shot Smith in the abdomen before reportedly making his escape. Kissoon was found guilty and issued the death penalty in 2013; that decision was overturned earlier this year. The accused is being represented by Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos.
David Ospina 1 Arsenal are set to seal the signing of Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice.The Gunners need a new back-up goalkeeper following Lukasz Fabianski’s move to Swansea City and Arsene Wenger has identified Ospina as the Pole’s replacement.Ospina, 25, has spent the past six seasons in France with Nice and been capped 45 times, with five of those appearances coming during his country’s impressive campaign at the World Cup this summer.French newspaper Nice-Matin claim the goalkeeper has already agreed terms with Arsenal, while the Gunners are just thrashing out the final details of the deal with Nice.Arsenal are expected to pay a fee of around £3.1m for Ospina, whose existing contract at Nice expires in June.
It also has a swamp cooler, the 1930s version of the air conditioner. A cylinder filled with water and equipped with a fan sits outside the car atop the back seat window. The contraption kept the original owners cool on a drive across the desert, but it doesn’t work anymore, Rios said. Still, the retired sanitation worker is proud of his ride – now he just wants to get it featured in Lowrider Magazine. “This car will stay in the family forever, it will just go from generation to generation,” Rios said. The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Felix Rosales, 48, of Pacoima. Rosales brought his grandson’s tricked-out bike, a cross-generational work of art. He did the welding on the bicycle, while his grandson sanded it down. Working on bikes is a good way to get young people into the culture of restoring cars, Rosales said. “After these guys build bikes, as they get older they start getting their own cars and it just keeps going and going,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The oldest cars at the festival were from the 1930s, while the newer models were only a few years old. Old cars with running boards were parked near convertibles with intricate paint jobs. Cleto Sanchez, 37, of Mission Hills was showing off a black 1961 Chevy Impala. He got the car in 2003, one of 15 show cars that the construction worker has owned in his life. “It’s been in my blood since a kid, so I was 13 years old and I started working on cars, started liking it,” Sanchez said. “Actually I’m one of the first in my family to actually jump into this.” Peter Rios, 60, got a 1938 Buick Century five years ago, and he has been working on it ever since. The car has a feature not seen on more modern cars; a “passing eye,” with a sideview mirror facing another mirror, to allow the driver to see ahead into the adjacent lane, making it easier to pass a big truck. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Participants at the Latin Jazz Festival on Saturday danced, grooved to the music and made the most of a soggy day on Saturday. The Company Band, Rocky Padilla and friends and members of El Chicano serenaded the crowd, which numbered more than 1,000 over the entire day. Next to the muddy field where the musicians played, more than 40 show cars were on display. Across the lot, rows of trophies sat on a table for the winning cars. There were more trophies than cars, because the rain dampened turnout at the festival. “You guys are great – you are diehard supporters of the Latin Jazz Festival,” said City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel from atop the musicians’ stage. “Think of it, if it wasn’t raining here how many people would be here.”
Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has accused the Government of sleep-walking through the ongoing jobs crisis in Co Donegal and the North West region. According to the latest Live Register figures, the North West and Border regions, and Co Donegal in particular, is lagging far behind the rest of the country when it comes to tackling the jobs crisis.Deputy McConalogue explained: “As of the end of March, there were 19,185 people on the Live Register in Co Donegal. That’s a tiny decrease from the 19,526 at the end of February. The decrease is more than offset by the numbers who have been forced to leave Donegal for work, the numbers who have dropped off the Live Register to engage in education and training and the numbers who have been kicked off the Live Register because their Job Seekers entitlements have expired. “It means that we have seen virtually no improvement in the employment situation in Co Donegal. This adds to the strong sense that there is a two-tiered recovery underway in this country. While Dublin may be benefiting from some improvements, Donegal and the North West are being left behind. There has been a major fall-off in IDA visits to this region over the past three years and little or no focus by this Government in creating jobs in Donegal and the North West region.“It’s extremely frustrating for Donegal job seekers to hear the Government praising itself for the ‘improvements’ in the labour market, when there is little evidence of any improvements here in Donegal. The Government cannot afford to sit back and claim that we no longer have a jobs crisis. This is simply not true. Over 200 people a day are still emigrating. There are now 180,000 people across the country who have been out of work for over 12 months. And we have serious regional imbalances in employment rates that seem to be growing month on month.“I am once again calling on the Government to recognise the extent of the job crisis in the North West and start making a targeted effort to create jobs in this region. We cannot continue to allow a situation where parts of the country experience some economic recovery while other parts, like Donegal, are left behind. It’s time that this Government made Donegal and the North West region a priority.” ‘GOVERNMENT SLEEP-WALKING THROUGH DONEGAL JOBS CRISIS’ was last modified: April 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConaloguejobs crisis
A former Catholic priest who in 2003 managed to avoid prosecution for allegedly sexually abusing children at churches in La Mirada and Pico Rivera was in custody Friday in connection with what authorities indicated is a separate child molestation case. Michael Stephen Baker, 58, was arrested at 2 p.m. Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a child, said Sgt. Dan Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau. The arrest “is in connection with the ongoing investigation into allegations of child molestation involving present and former Catholic priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese,” the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. An earlier criminal case against Baker was dismissed in 2003 because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision barring prosecution of decades-old sexual-abuse cases. Baker was arrested as he returned from a tour of Thailand and several other countries, Scott said. Investigators also searched Baker’s residences in Huntington Beach and La Mirada on Thursday. The District Attorney’s Office said a decision on charges will be made Monday, and an arraignment will be scheduled early next week. Baker’s bail was set at $1 million. The Los Angeles Times reported in October that investigators had opened a new probe into Baker, focusing on two brothers who said he molested them beginning in 1984, when they were 5 and 7, and continuing until 1999. The probe into those allegations had been hindered because the brothers now live in Mexico, but investigators obtained visas last spring so the brothers could be interviewed in Arizona. Officials would not confirm whether Baker’s arrest Thursday was in connection with the brothers’ allegations. Baker told Cardinal Roger Mahony in 1986 that he had molested children, according to the archdiocese and Baker. The archbishop did not alert police, but rather sent Baker for treatment, after which he was assigned to a series of nine other parishes. “Cardinal Mahony has already acknowledged and apologized for the mistakes made in handling Father Michael Baker,” the diocese noted in a 2004 report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Paul in his walker.A little boy who couldn’t walk a year ago is now refusing to allow his mother to park her car in disabled bays – because he is standing on his own two feet.Brave Paul Doherty, 6, underwent life-changing surgery in America after the people of Donegal raised more than €70,000 to help fund the operation.Even his hero Daniel O’Donnell backed the campaign and played a concert free-of-charge to help Paul have the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery. Now almost a year to the day since his surgery, Paul, from Gleneely in Co Donegal, cannot only walk but has a six pack most gym fanatics would be jealous of.His dedicated mum Anne Marie laughs that he now refuses to accept he has any disability.Anne-Marie told Donegal Daily “He told me the other day that he didn’t want me to park in the disabled spot because he can walk now.A selfie at the beach with the Doherty family.“Paul has changed so much since he had the surgery. He cycles outside with his brother and sister, he goes on adventures with them and gets even into more mischief! “None of this would have been possible if it were not the for the support shown to Paul and the countless number of supporters for his Mammy, I Want to Walk fund”“Days spent in a wheelchair are really a thing of the past. His walker is mostly what he uses now. Paul will be seven in a few days. There is a whole lot of growing (and walking) left to do.”As each month has passed, Paul has got steadily stronger. His steps have become more confident and concise. He can walk further and further as each week passes.He achieved a milestone when he walked up to Santa at Christmas to tell him what he wanted and a few weeks later he walked to the Christmas tree on Christmas morning with brother Luke and sister Ava.Mum Anne-Marie and dad Michael know they still have a long road ahead of them and each day brings its own challenges. “He continues to have 5-6 hours of intensive conductive therapy (a type of physiotherapy) each day. Paul has a 6 pack most 30 year old’s would envy. His core strength has improved greatly.“It’s an ongoing journey but we always knew deep down in our hearts that he would make it. He is such a brave boy and in five years he has gone through what most people wouldn’t go through in a lifetime. Nothing can hold him back,” added proud Anne-Marie.BRAVE PAUL SNUBS DISABLED PARKING BAYS AFTER HIS MIRACLE OP! was last modified: March 1st, 2016 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:disabled parking baysdonegalpaul dohertywlaking