The National Hurricane Center say Tropical Storm Cristobal has strengthened as it moves from the Gulf closer to the Mexican coast.Forecasters said on Tuesday night that the storm would continue to gain strength as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, producing heavy rain, coastal flooding, and gusty winds. Cristobal could still move inland and then head back out into the Gulf, or it could stay on its current projection and reach parts of the U.S. from the Upper Texas Coast to the Florida Panhandle.SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…18.9N 92.0WABOUT 25 MI…40 KM NNW OF CIUDAD DEL CARMEN MEXICOMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…SE OR 140 DEGREES AT 3 MPH…6 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…994 MB…29.36 INCHES Cristobal is the earliest named storm on record in the Atlantic basin, beating Tropical Storm Colin, which formed on June 5th, 2016.
JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, EFFINEX, THIRD: “He ran great. That was his first race in just over three months . . . going a mile and a quarter. I mean, that was impressive. You can’t ask for much better. That’s all it was and that’s what it felt like. He got to them and I thought we had them, but by the three-eighths pole I felt him take a big breath and once he got his air he didn’t put his head back down and take off again!“I went, ‘Oh no, he’s tired!’ But then I thought that sprinter will stop but that son of a . . . didn’t stop. I needed Effinex to stop and take a break and then fight on but then when Melatonin took off I knew we’d have to get him next time.” JOE TALAMO, MELATONIN, WINER: “What a tremendous effort. I think I need some Melatonin right now to calm down from it. Dave and everyone involved are so high on this horse and his confidence coming out of that last race has really only gotten better, working-wise. We had a great trip, he broke real sharp and I just put him up there and fortunately he was going so easily. When I got to the first turn, they backed off him a bit so I was able to give him a breather and he opened up turning for home. I was pretty excited.“You don’t really know until you try the distance and I didn’t think it was going to be a problem. Last time he made the lead pretty early and he kind of started to wait on horses and that’s when I knew I still had horse left. He’s a fun horse to ride, I’m just so grateful for the opportunity.“His race last time was just so impressive to me. He was sprinting, he was running on turf but he just impressed me the way he did it. He won by over three and it was even easier than it looked so we’d thought we’d take a shot today.“It means so much to win this race. I told Elizabeth when I left for the track today that I thought we had a big chance. I didn’t think we’d win like that but it was pretty exciting.“This is huge. I had goose bumps when I crossed the wire. Ever since coming to California, aside from winning the Santa Anita Derby, this was a huge, huge goal of mine. This is one of the biggest races in California and to do it at Santa Anita in front of a crowd like this, is just icing on the cake.“I felt Mario clip heels with me but I was more surprised, there wasn’t much room in there. I wasn’t aware that he was having any trouble with his horse, I was more concerned about Rafael (Bejarano, aboard General a Rod). It wasn’t a hard hit. It’s not like it stopped Melatonin’s stride or anything. I felt a little something though.” NOTES: The winning owner is Susan Osborne of Glendale, CA, who races as Tarabilla Farms, Inc. ABEL LEZCANO, HARD ACES, SECOND: “I thought we were taking that last turn really well, up towards the front we were really slowing down which didn’t make me too happy. Coming out I provoked him a bit, got him going and was able to maintain good speed but in the end it wasn’t enough.“I am very happy to have gotten to race this horse and especially thankful to John Sadler who allowed me to ride his horse. This is a great team and I am thankful for everyone’s hard work.” TRAINER QUOTES DAVID HOFMANS, MELATONIN, WINNER: “Joe (Talamo) was instrumental in running in this race. Joe and his agent, Scotty (McClellan) were insistent that we go. After his last race he said we have to run here. Joe was convinced after his last race. He said he loves this race track, he’s so strong and he had so much horse left, I think he wants to run even farther, and I was convinced he was a miler.“I breezed him seven-eighths the other day with Joe and was convinced to go here. Without California Chrome, it opened it up. We expected to be on the lead.“We’re going to San Manuel (Indian Bingo & Casino to celebrate). The hell with Disneyland.“As for the horse, we’ll see how he comes out it and what shakes and go from there.”Asked if this win was bigger than Alphabet Soup winning the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic: “I don’t know; right there, right there.” MARIO GUTIERREZ, DONWORTH: “It was a rough trip. It was just a tough trip, that’s all.” DOUG O’NEILL, DONWORTH, SEVENTH: “Bad training. He was rank. You just have to blame me on that one. Mario did a great job. They were flying and he was trying to get him to settle.” -30-
LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Philadelphia’s lead was down to 33-29 at the end of the quarter and the Bulls busted out for 40 points in the second to take a 69-67 halftime lead. Chicago was 9 of 12 on 3-pointers in the quarter, including 4 for 5 by Portis.The 76ers were up by five early in the fourth before Portis scored six straight points — on a 3-pointer and a three-point play — to put the Bulls on top 101-100. A few minutes later, Portis dunked over Embiid to stretch the lead to 111-106 with just over four minutes to play.LaVine hit a 3-pointer to make it 115-110 with 1:02 left.“We stole that win,” Embiid said. “We didn’t play well. Offensively, I thought, we were moving the ball when we needed, but defensively I thought we sucked.”TIP-INS76ers: C Embiid has nine straight double-doubles. … Simmons has six triple-doubles this season, which ties him with Wilt Chamberlain (three times) and Billy Cunningham for most in a season in team history.Bulls: To look at some younger players during the final 25 games, C Robin Lopez and G/F Justin Holiday were removed from the starting lineup. Both were inactive on Thursday as Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba (21 points) started; Also, Cameron Payne — who played in his first game on Thursday — will replace Jerian Grant as the backup point guard.“It really is hard,” Hoiberg said. “It’s hard for Robin, it’s hard for Justin and it’s hard for Jerian, who’s probably making as big a sacrifice as anybody.”LOOKING BACKPhiladelphia is on the cusp of a playoff appearance this season, but the organization found itself in the same position as the Bulls the previous few years, playing mostly young players with the unspoken hope of improving draft position.“When I look in the rearview mirror, it’s not as painful as people make it out to be,” coach Brett Brown said. “Losing stinks and the pain of losing is real, but the things that went into growing young players was really enjoyable for me. The development of young guys, giving them opportunities, explaining life in the NBA, what it takes to stay in the NBA, the culture — stuff that nobody sees.”UP NEXT76ers: Host Orlando on Saturday. 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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — Ben Simmons couldn’t recall winning a game from the free throw line at any level before Thursday night.Still, the rookie stepped to the line with the confidence of a veteran.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s a guy that continues to grow and develop,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s been fun to see him shooting the ball without any hesitation.”Chicago had a 115-114 lead and the ball with 8 seconds to go before Embiid deflected an inbounds pass to create a turnover. Simmons came up with the ball near halfcourt and was fouled by Denzel Valentine. He made both free throws.“First of all, we needed a steal,” Simmons said. “I saw Joel get it and he kind of lobbed it to me.”Portis had a chance for a game winner, but his short attempt — with Embiid closing from the weak side — just missed.The 76ers raced to a 25-7 lead midway through the first quarter before Portis got hot and Chicago started making 3s.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Bulls: Visit Minnesota Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Simmons scored a career-high 32 points, making two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to complete Philadelphia’s rally from five points down in the final minute, and the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 116-115.“Stepping up to the line, I knew I was going to knock ’em down. You have to have that mentality,” he said.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 folkJoel Embiid had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Simmons added 11 assists and seven rebounds as Philadelphia won its sixth straight and snapped a four-game road losing streak.Bobby Portis had a career-high 38 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Bulls, who were 18 for 34 on 3-pointers. Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer
– Advertisement – Ms. Jackson The Liberia Diabetes Center (LDC) located on Front Street in Monrovia now has a community diabetes educator in Liberia.She is Ms. Jenneve Jackson. Prior to joining the LDC, she worked for One Source Pharmacy located on Benson Street.According to a dispatch from the United States, Mr. James Momoh, founder and chief executive officer of the LDC, welcomed Ms. Jackson as its community diabetes educator stressing that with the prevalence of diabetes in the country, the message of diabetes management and prevention needs to be heard in every community in Liberia.Momoh said to fight diabetes in Liberia, awareness will be a key component and Ms. Jackson’s affiliation with the LDC will achieve one of the many objectives for which the Center was established.“Ms. Jackson comes with a wealth of experience as a diabetes educator and we look forward to providing her with the necessary resources that will be directly intended to benefit Liberians that are dealing with the complications of diabetes,” Momoh said.He urged Liberians to support Ms. Jackson’s effort whenever she is in the community providing awareness on the prevention and management of a medical condition that is now claiming the lives of many Liberians in the country.Ms. Jackson will be providing diabetes sufferers and those without, the opportunity to benefit from diabetes testing and to encourage them to seek further education and health assessment at the LDC.Momoh said the LDC is not a clinical institution but has all the resources needed for the management and prevention of diabetes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…investigation launchedRegional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Kim Williams-Stephen says the used bulldozer, which was recently purchased is indeed the property of the regional administration.Her acceptance came days after she denied that the machinery was property of the regional administration at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meeting last Thursday.“It is not a part of our property; we have not signed as receiving it as yet,” she told the RDC and also denied that the Region had paid the supplier for the equipment. However, at a press conference on Monday, the REO told reporters that the bulldozer, which was purchased for $14.8 million, now belonged to the Region. It was at the RDC meeting that concerns were raised over the bulldozer.Councillor Zamal Hussain called on the administration to explain the purpose of buying an old machine versus a new one.The bulldozerWeighing in on the matter, Regional Chairman David Armogan said it appeared to be a D3 Caterpillar bulldozer that was painted over and a D4 sticker was placed on it. He told the RDC that from his observations a further $6 million would have to be expended based on the level of deterioration of the machine. However, the REO told reporters at her press conference that the money was approved by Cabinet for a D3 bulldozer, noting that the proper procurement procedure was followed.“On Friday last the supplier was called and he promised to come in on Tuesday (yesterday) and if there is any defects, he is going to correct,” she said. She added that the equipment, which is now the property of the Region, came with a one-year warranty.“The facts are that the Region is in receipt of the bulldozer. If there are any defects, then it will be communicated to the supplier, who would have given the administration the one-year warranty so that in the event that we have any faulty or malfunctioning of the equipment, it will be addressed.”At the RDC meeting, the REO had said that the administration did not pay for the equipment. However, records at the RDC showed that early last year the supplier was paid $8 million for mobilisation and a further $6.7 million was paid on December 28.The bulldozer was accepted even though no inspection certificate was signed, and Armogan is calling for an investigation. He said that they should invite engineers to view the equipment and evaluate its cost and also whether it was indeed a Caterpillar D4 bulldozer.
Rawle Bharat of Lot 81 Breda and Leopold Streets, Georgetown was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a charge alleging that on January 18 last, he had in his possession 11.8 grams of cannabis.Unrepresented by legal counsel in court on Friday, the 39-year-old initially pleaded guilty to the charge with the explanation that he had recently separated from his partner with whom he had shared a business. He claimed that after they had separated, he left her with all his possessions and started a new business on his own; and he did have a “joint” in his possession only because of the stress he was facing.He also said that the “joint” he had could not amount to 11.8 grams, but was rather about five grams.Based on his explanation, a not-guilty plea was entered, and the defendant was placed on bail at $25,000. The case continues on February 2.
Contractors BK International and Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited are working robustly to ensure that the deteriorated section of the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD) access road is completely rehabilitated by Saturday.This is according to a senior official at the worksite. He explained to Guyana Times on Thursday that the team was preparing to lay a second layer of asphalt.Although the source was unable to say how much these works would cost the contractors, it was noted that that section of the road was currently closed to motorists who would utilise the pedestrian and even cycle lanes at this time.Last month, after a section of the road began sinking, contractors conducted tests to determine the cause.This newspaper understands that the road section began deteriorating as a result of faulty foundation works previously conducted on the newly-commissioned road.In fact, Head of the Works Services Group at the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Geoffrey Vaughn made it clear that the contractors were now standing the expenses to conduct repairs to the road, under the defect liability clause in theRehabilitation works winding down at the Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara roadcontract.He explained during a telephone interview that the contract has a defect liability period, which means any defects, which develop, in this case over a year’s time, would have to be repaired by the contractors and not the Ministry.Earlier this month, Surrey Paving and Aggregate Company Limited, a Jamaican company, had begun drilling holes around the sunken section of road at Vreed-en-Hoop, to help determine what caused the road to sink.Guyana Times was told that days before the hole formed, the patch was uneven and rough, causing motorists to avoid using that section of the roadway.The project, which was constructed to the tune of some $9.7 billion, was completed this year by the two contractors after several hiccups and setbacks.Back in July when the road was commissioned by the subject Minister, David Patterson, it was noted that the project was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).Some 30.7 kilometres of the West Coast roadway was rehabilitated to include bridges and culverts, new ‘shared-use’ lanes for cyclists and pedestrians at key junctions, the installation of high-visibility traffic signs and road markers, the installation of pedestrian footpath bridges, the construction of concrete drains at critical locations and the construction of parking lanes along identified sections of the road, the Department of Public Information reported.The expansion entailed the improvement of about 30.7 kilometres of the West Coast Demerara Road from Vreed-en-Hoop to Hydronie, East Bank Essequibo just about one mile East of Parika.
FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – A number of the North Peace Secondary school’s sports teams had an excellent showing this past weekend.The Sr. Boys volleyball team placed 1st place, while the Sr. Girls volleyball finished in 2nd place at a tournament in Dawson Creek.The Jr. Girls volleyball team was at DP Todd school in Prince George over the weekend, where they managed a 4th finish in a tournament there.- Advertisement -Jaston Stockall, Dustin Bowes and Kenzie Chilcott will be representing NPSS at the Cross-Country Running Provincials in Kelowna this coming Wednesday through Sunday, while the Boys soccer is preparing for a trip to Provincials in Burnaby November 23-26.
The mayor’s political committee supporting the effort spent more than $1.1 million in Sacramento. And when the legislation was in danger of failing, the mayor repeatedly visited the Capitol to exert his influence and charm. Working hallways Even when the vote fell short on its first tally, Villaraigosa pressed his case with lawmakers in the hallways. Ultimately, the measure squeaked by on three-vote margins in both houses. Some lawmakers privately acknowledged that the mayor’s personality and his potential to be governor someday played a bigger role in their decision than the bill’s merits. The mayor’s personal lobbying efforts also made key differences in advancing a 405 Freeway interchange project and landing more transportation funding for Los Angeles. But that mettle will be tested as agencies across California battle for their share of $42 billion in voter-approved state bond funds and as lawmakers tackle a $100 billion state budget. “The mayor’s top legislative priority is to ensure Los Angeles receives its share of funding from the statewide infrastructure bonds,” said Villaraigosa spokeswoman Janelle Erickson. “This includes funding for mass transit, street maintenance, highways and local streets and roads. It also includes funding for housing, both affordable and for the homeless, and lastly funding to green Los Angeles, which includes revitalizing the river, planting a million trees and creating open space and … parks.” And attempts to land more state and federal money come at a key time for Los Angeles, which faces a sharply tightened budget and strained resources. To help its efforts in Washington, the city relies on four internal lobbyists and last year also reported paying about $380,000 to outside lobbyists. In Sacramento, the city spends roughly $800,000 a year on lobbying efforts, much of it through membership in advocacy groups. Paying dues During the 2005-06 legislative session, the city paid $542,000 to the Southern California Association of Governments; $29,000 to the South Bay Cities Council of Governments; and $183,000 to the League of California Cities. Last year, the city reported spending about $188,000 on its two-person internal lobbying team of Andrew Antwih and Silvia Solis in Sacramento. The quiet-spoken Antwih, a native of Los Angeles, worked for nine years as consultant to the Assembly Transportation Committee before being hired by Villaraigosa in late 2005. “I have found Andrew to be very thorough, extremely smart, an excellent strategic thinker and he’s very knowledgeable,” said Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, who is also a former Los Angeles city councilman. “And I have come to consider Andrew somebody who not only comes to lobby me, but whom I can call to strategize about a variety of issues.” The city’s lobbying efforts included 45 bills last year, although only a handful were directly related to city interests. More commonly, city lobbyists weighed in on more general topics such as minimum wage and global warming. Four of the five city-related bills for which the city lobbied passed and were signed by the governor. Those included the mayor’s LAUSD takeover, a bill requested by the Community Redevelopment Agency to allow special parking for ride-sharing programs, and a bill allowing the Department of Water and Power and other utilities to charge special fees to other public agencies such as school districts. A bill to add another Los Angeles-appointed seat to the South Coast Air Quality Management Board failed. And Villaraigosa’s clout has not gone unchallenged. While the mayor did manage to get substantial funding for transportation, the city still received less than Alameda County, which is significantly smaller. Still, many expect Villaraigosa’s star power to go far. Brendan Huffman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, has accompanied the mayor on lobbying trips to Washington, and was astonished at the treatment he received. “Last year, I remember walking behind him through the halls of Rayburn (congressional office building), and interns and staff members coming out of congressional offices to see him walk down,” Huffman said. “I thought, this must be like when a rock star comes to the Hill to testify.” “Having interned on the Hill twice, I don’t remember many people generating much excitement like he did by just being there.” Staff Writer Lisa Friedman contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When he makes an appearance in Sacramento, he exercises a lot more clout than the lobbyists would – or past mayors,” said Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. “He knows how to push the buttons. He knows where the power centers are. On top of that, he’s a very charismatic guy who has a future.” As a former Assembly speaker and a likely gubernatorial candidate, Villaraigosa knows key players and carries significant authority in Sacramento. “Villaraigosa going to Sacramento is like (Gov. Arnold) Schwarzenegger going to Washington,” Stern said. “They both get attention wherever they go. It’s harder to say no to a popular public figure than to a lobbyist.” Villaraigosa demonstrated that power last year when he corralled reluctant lawmakers into passing legislation designed to give him more control over the Los Angeles Unified School District. SACRAMENTO – As California cities compete for billions of dollars for infrastructure projects, Los Angeles wields two distinct advantages: the biggest lobbying budget and a charismatic, Sacramento-savvy mayor. Last year, Los Angeles spent about $760,000 on lobbying in Sacramento. And in just the first three months of 2007, the city spent about $297,000, more than San Diego and San Francisco combined spent on lobbying during all of last year, according to financial reports filed this week. But while most of L.A.’s lobbying is done by consultants and city employees in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., political observers say the city’s best lobbyist is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.