MOST READ 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 Lakers: Los Angeles signed G Gary Payton II to a two-way contract. He appeared in 12 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, six of them starts, averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds. He scored four points in 12 minutes against Memphis. … The Lakers have lost seven straight road games in the series, and their last win in Memphis was in December 2013.Grizzlies: This was the 16th annual game for the Grizzlies on Martin Luther King Day. King was killed on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel a short distance from FedExForum. … The Grizzlies are now 7-9 on games surrounding MLK festivities. … The Grizzlies honored former NBA players Sam Perkins, James Worthy and Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway, along with WNBA player Swin Cash with the 13th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Awards. … F Deyonta David recorded his third block – a career-best – in the second quarter. He ended the night with five blocks.UP NEXTLakers: Close out a three-game trip at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Grizzlies: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joel Embiid, 76ers barely hold on, edge Raptors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Lakers ended a four-game winning streak. They were without Lonzo Ball, who injured his left knee in Saturday’s overtime win at Dallas, and Brandon Ingram also didn’t play because of a left ankle sprain.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 27 points, while Kyle Kuzma finished with 18. Josh Hart had 16 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when Los Angeles cut a 20-point lead down to single-digits in the final minutes.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 folkThe Lakers had held opponents to an average of 95.3 points over their four-game winning streak, but none of that defensive strength showed Monday. Memphis made its first five shots from outside the arc and was still shooting 60 percent from the field four minutes into the second quarter.The Grizzlies led 60-50 going into the break.TIP-INS Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dillon Brooks matched his season best with 19 points and eight Memphis players finished in double figures, helping the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-114 on Monday.Marc Gasol had 17 points and seven rebounds for Memphis, while Tyreke Evans had 15 points and 12 assists. Wayne Selden and James Ennis III added 13 points each.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Two days after the official resignation of Dr. Jallah A. Barbu as Chairman of the Law Reform Commission (LRC), the Liberian lawyer has announced his intention to join the 2017 Presidential race.Last Friday, June 3, Dr. Barbu formally expressed his intension to media executives in the headquarters of the Liberia National Union (LINU), on 16th Street, Sinkor. He will be the Presidential candidate of LINU, being the party’s only eminent partisan.It is believed that the June 1 resignation of Cllr. Barbu was in compliance with the code of conduct passed by the legislature and signed into law by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, requiring appointed officials of government desirous of contesting for public office to resign their post two years prior to the elections.However, in his resignation letter to the President, Barbu did not mention his intention to run but stated, “I have developed a very high commitment to doing purely scholarly and other forms of public service work. I therefore cannot continue to serve on the Law Reform Commission as of June 1, 2016.”The letter raised eyebrows, but last weekend’s announcement to contest the Presidency has unscrambled the puzzle over his resignation.Cllr. Barbu earned a Diploma in Machinery from Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and matriculated at the University of Liberia, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and the Law degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. He enrolled at the University of Indiana, Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, USA where he earned his Masters and Doctorate (SJD) degree in Law. Counsellor Barbu is an Instructor at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, and is also the founder and first Director of Abbidoe Law Office in Liberia as well as the Barbu and Howard Law Firms. Dr. Barbu is a co-author of Liberia’s first Constitutional Commentary and the author of Liberia’s first Constitutional Law Course Book. He is the former Secretary General of the Liberia National Bar Association. Meanwhile, the head of LINU’s Public Affairs, Atty. Nelson Garr, stated that the party will formally announce the candidacy of Cllr. Barbu and receive his acceptance statement on Friday, June 10 at its headquarters.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission is once again pleased to sponsor a $1000 award for a Northern Lights College (NLC) student currently enrolled in the Land Reclamation or Land Agent Diploma course, announced CEO and Commissioner Alex Ferguson. The Commission award has been in place since 2004 and there has been a total of $6,000 given out to date. Deputy Commissioner James O’Hanley presented the Commission’s Award to student Courtney Thompson on Friday, May 1st. Thompson is enrolled in the Land Reclamation Diploma program at NLC. – Advertisement -Award criteria states that students must receive an ‘A’ on a major assignment related to the oil and gas industry, have good academic standing, be a good citizen, be a positive role model to other students, and have a good record of attendance. The award is given to a student completing their first year and returning for a second year. Further, research proposals submitted must reflect the mandate of the Commission’s Science and Community Environmental Knowledge (SCEK) Fund.
“There’s going to be a significant number of services that will not be available,” he said.The BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) served notice that teachers will begin phase one of strike action effective Sept. 6. While teachers will not be picketing outside of schools at this time, they will not be taking part in non-instructional activities, including participating in meetings with, or accepting any written or electronic communications from, school or district administrators; preparing or distributing report cards; collecting money from students or participating in fundraisers; or meeting with parents outside of instructional time.Dennis said whether or not activities such as field trips, school photos and even Christmas concerts will be able to go ahead without the participation of teachers is unknown. However, he said he is not aware that the job action would prevent teachers from coaching after-school sports at their discretion.- Advertisement -He said school and district administrators will attempt to fill the role of student supervision during school breaks and before and after school. However, he said they will be counting on the assistance of parents who can help by dropping their children off shortly before classes begin instead of earlier in the morning, as supervision may not be available during those times.Dennis said regardless of the outcomes of the job action it is important that teachers and administrators don’t allow the dispute to become personal, as those relationships will need to carry on beyond the strike.More information on the school district’s response to the strike action can be found at www.sd59.bc.ca.Advertisement
The former Belgium based winger will be a huge addition to head coach Sebastien Migne’s plans especially having hit top form at his club, though slowed down by a minor injury.Migne has also named England-based duo of Henry Ochieng and Jonah Ayunga with the latter having earned a national team call up in 2016 when Kenya played a friendly against Uganda in Kampala.Striker Masud Juma, currently in the United Arab Emirates has also earned a return to the team after settling well with his new lcub and hitting the ground running.Provisional SquadGoalkeepersPatrick Matasi (St Georges, Ethiopia), Farouk Shikalo (Bandari, Kenya), Brian Bwire (Kariobangi Sharks, Kenya)DefendersMusa Mohammed (Nkana FC, Zambia), Brian Mandela (Maritzburg United, South Africa), David Ochieng (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Abud Omar (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Erick Ouma (Vasalund, Sweden), Joseph Okumu (Real Monarchs, USA), Philemon Otieno (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Bernard Ochieng (Vihiga United, Kenya), Joash Onyango (Gor Mahia, Kenya)MidfieldersIsmael Gonzalez (Las Palmas, Spain), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspurs, England), Anthony Akumu (Zesco United, Zambia), Ayub Timbe (Beijing Renhe, China), Johanna Omollo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium), Eric Johanna (IF Brommapojkarna, Sweden), Paul Were (FC Kaisar, Kazakhstan), Henry Ochieng (Braintree Town, England), Francis Kahata (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Hassan Abdallah (Bandari, Kenya), Cliff Nyakeya (Mathare United, Kenya), Dennis Odhiambo (Sofapaka, Kenya)ForwardsMichael Olunga (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan), Jonah Ayunga (Sutton United, England), Masud Juma (Aj Fujairah, UAE), Ovella Ochieng (Vasalund, Sweden), Allan Wanga (Kakamega Homeboyz, Kenya), Piston Mutamba (Sofapaka, Kenya).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe in action during training.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – China based winger Ayub Timbe has been named in Harambee Stars’ provisional squad for next month’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Sierra Leone after completing his three-match ban.Timbe played in the first leg against the Sierra Leonians but was slapped with a three match ban after receiving a red card after the final whistle in the charged game.
Northridge West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Beckford Avenue Elementary School, 19130 Tulsa Ave., Northridge. Call (818) 886-3534. Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. Brian Davis, Chief Coordinator for Street Resurfacing for the City of Los Angeles is the scheduled guest speaker. Call (800) 680-2986, Ext. 100. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Thursday, in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Reseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council will hold an election for even-numbered areas, 4 to 8 p.m. today, in the auditorium at Sherman Oaks Elementary School, 14755 Greenleaf St., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 503-2399 or see www.shermanoaksnc.org. Mission Hills Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at San Jose Street Elementary School, 14928 Clymer St., Mission Hills. Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarc n is scheduled to be a guest speaker. Call (818) 892-2414 or see www.mhnc.org. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Winnetka Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Call (818) 676-9766 or see www.winnetkanc.com. Arleta Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the auditorium at Beachy Elementary School, 9757 Beachy Ave., Arleta. Call (818) 892-2457. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. Northridge East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 19, Andasol Elementary School, 10126 Encino Ave., Northridge. Call (800) 772-9132 or see www.northridgeeast.org. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 24, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 831-0578 or see www.ghnnc.org. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. Encino Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 255-1040 or see www.encinocouncil.org. Panorama City Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 28, in the second floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 785-9355 or see firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in Iraq larger than its uniformed fighting force and responsible for such a broad swath of responsibilities that the military might not be able to operate without its private-sector partners. More than 180,000 Americans, Iraqis and nationals from other countries work under a slew of federal contracts to provide security, gather intelligence, build roads, forge a financial system, and transport needed supplies in a country the size of California. That figure contrasts with the 163,100 U.S. military personnel, according to the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla., the organization responsible for military operations in the Middle East. The Pentagon puts the military figure at 169,000. There are an additional 12,400 coalition forces in Iraq. But it has its dangers. Employees of Blackwater USA were involved in a weekend shooting that left 11 Iraqis dead. The heavy reliance on contractors in a war zone is partly the result of a shrinking of the armed forces after the Cold War and the Bush administration’s preference for contracting out government functions to the corporate world. It’s also because of the compressed nature of the war in Iraq. Combat operations are ongoing at the same time as the reconstruction of Iraq’s infrastructure and assorted economic development efforts, pushing the number of contractors to high levels. While having contractors on and around the battlefield is not new, the situation in Iraq raises questions about whether U.S. troops have become so dependent on contract help that they could not function properly in their absence. “If the contractors turn tail and run, we’ve still got to be able to fight,” said Steve Schooner, co-director of the government procurement law program at George Washington University and a former military lawyer. The presence of thousands of private-sector security guards adds another component to the debate. Employees of Blackwater and other companies are engaging the enemy in combat, a sharp departure from previous conflicts. “It’s pretty clear that line has been crossed in Iraq,” Schooner said. “And it’s been crossed because we don’t have enough horses left, and we have all kinds of problems in terms of coordination.” As the military leans on the private sector, there’s a push to hold contract employees to the same legal standards as military personnel. A measure proposed by Rep. David Price, D-N.C., would require all government contractors to be covered by federal criminal codes, a shortcoming revealed by the conflict in Iraq. Presidential candidate Barack Obama, D-Ill., is promoting similar legislation in the Senate. “One suspects that contractors are being used to mask the true extent of our involvement in Iraq,” Price said in an interview Wednesday. “How else are you going to interpret it when the number of contractors exceeds the number of troops?” Groups representing federal contractors rejected the idea the war is being outsourced. “In Iraq, we’re doing something that’s never been done before – there’s three concurrent missions going on,” said Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council in Washington. “Normally, this would be a sequential process. You achieve a degree of security, and then you start reconstruction, and then you build the infrastructure. But it’s all being done at the same time, which is one of the reasons the number (of contractors) is so high.” According to Central Command, there are 137,000 contractors working in Iraq under Defense Department contracts, and almost half of those are Iraqis. More than 22,000 are U.S. citizens, and the remainder hail from other countries. Close to 7,300 are security workers. Under separate contracts, the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development employ thousands more workers, including security guards. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Monday that the department does not release the number of contract employees because of concerns that their safety could be compromised. However, a July report from the Congressional Research Service said the State Department has hired more than 2,600 private guards to protect U.S. diplomatic personnel and to guard the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as well as other key sites inside the city’s Green Zone. The Agency for International Development has more than a dozen contracts and grants for services from electrical-power generation to sanitation to water supply. There are 3,200 contractors helping to manage these projects, which have employed more than 50,000 Iraqis, according to USAID’s public affairs office. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said Wednesday that military contractors fill necessary roles but ones that would distract combat troops from their primary mission. “You don’t necessarily need to take a rifleman and turn him into a cook if you can contract for a cook,” he said. Angela Styles, director of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2003, said the challenge is determining where to draw the line. If it is strictly a combat operation, the military can sustain itself, she said. In Iraq, where several missions are jumbled together and call for skills the armed forces don’t have, the answer is different. “Could the military function without contractors on a sheer military mission? I think so,” Styles said. “But could they in a reconstruction mission? No.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Romain Alessandrini in action for Marseille Marseille winger Romain Alessandrini rejected the chance to join Sunderland in January, according to reports in France.The 25-year-old only joined the French club last summer, arriving from fellow Ligue 1 side Rennes.However, since then the Frenchman has struggled to secure a regular spot in Marcelo Bielsa’s side and reports had claimed he could be shipped out.According to L’Équipe, that was just the case in January with Sunderland and Villarreal given the opportunity to speak to Alessandrini.However, the winger snubbed the approaches of both sides as he wanted to secure a spot in the Marseille team.
A Letterkenny man caused more than €3,300 damage to a Garda car after going on a drunken spree in a stolen car.John Sweeney, 21, appeared by video-link at Letterkenny District Court yesterday facing a catalogue of charges.They included dangerous driving, drink driving, theft, burglary and causing criminal damage. All the alleged offences were read out to court by Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan.The court heard how Gardai were forced to pursue Sweeney through the streets of Letterkenny at 5.30am on October 14th last.He reached speeds of more than 120kph and swerved the wrong way around roundabouts before he burst a tyre and travelled on bare rims.He overtook an ambulance and travelled towards Lurgybrack with no lights on and rammed the Garda car on at least two occasions.He was eventually stopped by Gardai after he crashed into a ditch but refused to get out of the car and Gardai were rocked to use their pepper spray on him.When Sweeney, with an address at Castlerea Prison, was eventually interviewed he claimed he had downed by vodka and valium tablets.The court also heard how he had broken into the home of Patricia O’Donnell at College Road and took her handbag, phone and car.He was also charged with smashing a window at Subway restaurant in Letterkenny on August 23rd last causing €840 worth of damage.Judge Paul Kelly later addressed Sweeney and told he would prefer to sentence him when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court tomorrow.MAN RAMMED GARDA CAR CAUSING €3,300 DAMAGE DURING DRUNKEN SPREE was last modified: February 16th, 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:carcrashdonegalGardaJohn Sweeneyletterkenny
Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted he would like to sign for another Premier League club as he plots a move away from relegated Stoke City.The winger issued a come-and-get-me-plea in an interview with a Swiss newspaper insisting he would like to stay in England. The Switzerland international scored eight goals last term and a number of Premier League clubs have been linked to him.However, despite his preference for staying in the Premier League, Shaqiri refused to rule out a move to the continent.He told Aargauer Zeitung: It is no secret that I will leave the club.“I think the (English) league is perfect for me.I would love to stay in England but I don’t want to rule anything out. It’s the best league with the best players.” 1