Wendell McKines. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAmid a subpar PBA Governors’ Cup showing so far, grand Slam-seeking San Miguel has changed its import, flying in Terik Bridgeman for Wendell McKines.The 6-foot-5 Bridgeman is a product of William Paterson University who went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel wasn’t the lone team who has made moves midway this season-ending conference, with winless Kia also replacing Markeith Cummings with Geron Johnson.The 25-year-old Johnson is fresh from his stint in Lebanon with Louaize, where he averaged 24.19 points, 8.65 rebounds, 6.19 assists, 2.85 steals, and 1.04 blocks.The Picanto have yet to taste a victory in the season-ending conference despite Cummings’ best efforts, netting 26.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in the seven games he played.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies PH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches up He recently wrapped up his stint with BC Cactus Tbilisi in Georgia, where he averaged 11.89 points, 8.46 rebounds, 1.36 assists, 1.39 blocks, and 1.32 steals.Bridgeman will take over for McKines, who had a decent showing for the Beermen but could not help the team from losing two of their last three games, including 100-103 defeat to NLEX last Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We decided to take a different direction in consideration of our current team composition and health status. We welcome Mr. Bridgeman and hope that he could provide the things we need in order for us to be successful in this conference,” said San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla in a text message to INQUIRER.net.McKines averaged 26.2 markers, 14.2 boards, 4.4 dimes, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in his five games for the Beermen. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Zika virus… condemns Govt’s nonchalant response to threatZika is not just another mosquito-borne disease but Government surely is treating it as one, according to former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy.Former Health Minister, Dr Leslie RamsammyIts nonchalant approach is evident in its lackluster educational awareness campaign, inability to utilise available resources, and slothfulness in the formulation of key policies to control the spread of the infection.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton recently disclosed that there are 35 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Guyana, a significant leap from the initial seven confirmed cases.Ramsammy indicated that this drastic increase in the number of affected persons can be attributed to Government’s poor response to the threat when it first hit the shores of Guyana.With the threat becoming greater, the former Health Minister is urging once again that Government snap into action before an epidemic breaks loose.“Every day, we are learning more and more frightening facts about Zika. This is not the time for Guyana to wait for an epidemic to hit us before we act. As a Minister of Health, I always responded as if there is a worst case scenario.While sometimes people were critical of the way I responded to threats, I believed that prevention is better than cure. The Ministry of Public Health is not serving the interest of the people of Guyana when it comes to Zika,” Ramsammy stated in a statement to the media.He went on to express utter disappointment in Government’s timid response.“It is not in keeping with the seriousness of the threat that Zika poses,” he underscored.According to Ramsammy, the Zika education and awareness programme from the Public Health Ministry is “at best anemic”. “It is virtually non-existent in Guyana. An announcement here and there and an occasional statement do not represent a robust education and awareness programme,” he commented.He noted that while the Pan-American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) has a good educational programme, the Public Health Ministry must get its act together if it intends on avoiding another health catastrophe in the country.Ramsammy lamented too that the Ministry has not developed a robust testing capacity for Zika. “I suspect that many cases of Zika are not diagnosed and reported,” he stated. Indeed, reports indicate that many people who exhibit symptoms of Zika are unaware if they are infected. Authorities had indicated that they simply use medication to treat the symptoms.Ramsammy said there is a lot of resource available from PAHO/WHO as well as CARPHA (the Caribbean Public Health Agency), and Government needs to make greater use through these agencies.He noted also that the off and on vector control response is a major disappointment. “We need an aggressive vector control programme to fight against Zika, malaria, chikungunya, engue and filariasis. The time has now come for a national bednet programme to protect pregnant women and children. I had introduced this programme, but evidence is that it is now at a standstill,” he observed.Moreover, he is urging the Ministry include Zika screening as part of the blood safety protocols for the National Blood Transfusion Service in Guyana.He also urged that Zika be recognised as a formal part of the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) programme in Guyana.There is now ample evidence that Zika is also a STI, transmitted from one person to the next through sexual intercourse, and there is further evidence that Zika can be transmitted via blood transfusion.Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, and is associated with other pregnancy problems.Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.Zika virus infection during pregnancy can also lead to other severe foetal brain defects and has been linked to problems in infants, including eye defects, hearing loss, and impaired growth. Scientists are studying the full range of other potential health problems that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may cause.Several countries that have experienced Zika outbreaks recently have reported increases in people who have Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). GBS is an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, and sometimes, paralysis. Additionally, increasing evidence is being accumulated showing an association between Zika and neurological problems in both men and women and children infected with Zika.
2014 Noble Peace Laureate Saryarthi. — Observes 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Saryarthi The 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi , says Liberia is experiencing an influx of child labor and child slavery, which he stressed the need for the government to take urgent approach to tackle the growing practices.Satyarthi said child labor is rampant in Liberia, and it requires political and religious priorities to find solution.In 2014, Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Malala Yousafzai, for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education.The Indian Nobel Peace Laureate made the disclosure on Monday, December 2, when he interacted with students of the Aware International School, an Indian-run institution on GSA Road in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Satyarthi is in the country as a guest of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, to share his experiences with Liberian children at a program marking the Youth Leadership Peace Jam.He said that workable solutions will be in sight when government and other stakeholders, including the parents, prioritize collectively to fight the growing epidemic before the country can receive donor support in the fight against child slavery and child labor.“The denial of childhood is the biggest crime against humanity,” Satyarthi said.“Your government needs to act now, because this situation needs urgent solution. Your young girls are getting too much involved with prostitution, and others have been used to sell on the street, and some have been victims of illicit drugs trafficking,” Satyarthi told the students.Nobel Peace Laureate, Saryarthi Kailash, with kids at Aware Int’l SchoolThe Indian Nobel Peace Laureate used the occasion to remind stakeholders, including parents to encourage their children to be focused on their education that would make them productive and peaceful citizens.“It is now time that government focuses its policy on the protection of children that will give them a better future,” The visiting Indian Nobel Peace Laureate suggested.Satyarthi continued, “Faith-based institutions should also joins hand with government to campaign against child slavery and labor.”Kailash Satyarthi was born in the Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh in India. After completing an electrical engineering degree, he worked as a teacher in the area. In 1980, he left teaching and founded the organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which has freed thousands of children from slave-like conditions. He has also been active in a wide range of other organizations working against child labor, and for children’s rights to education. He is married and has a son and a daughter.Much of the world’s population, especially in poor countries, is made up of children and young people. To achieve a peaceful world, it is crucial that the rights of children and young people be respected. Following the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi has waged a peaceful struggle to stop children being exploited as labor instead of attending school. He has also contributed to the development of international conventions on the rights of children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Rafa Benitez 1 Rafael Benitez’s agent has flown to Naples for contract talks as speculation grows that the former Liverpool boss is set for a return to the Premier League.The Spaniard’s contract with Napoli expires at the end of the season and he is still yet to pen an extension.As a result, clubs in England have shown an interest in bringing the 55-year-old back to the Premier League, where he spent six years with Liverpool.Newcastle and West Ham are both reportedly keen on Benitez, while a banner was also flown over Anfield last weekend saying: “Rodgers Out, Rafa In.”And now, according to Il Mattino, the ex-Anfield boss’ agent Manuel Garcia Quilon has flown to Naples in a bid to resolve his client’s future.Benitez has not ruled out staying with Napoli, who he has guided to the Europa League semi-finals this season.
1 Sam Byram Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton have made an approach for Leeds defender Sam Byram.The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and it was reported on Thursday that the Toffees have had a fee worth up to £5million accepted by the Elland Road side.Byram is a long-term option which could provide a short-term fix with Seamus Coleman out injured, but Martinez pointed out that any potential deal is still a long way off.“There has been an approach. There is nothing else to comment on. You have to careful,” he said. “From there to conclusive news is a long gap.”Coleman is expected to be out for another three weeks with a calf strain sustained in last week’s Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg victory over Manchester City.The Toffees are light when it comes to cover for him at right-back, with Tyias Browning ruled out for the season with a knee injury and veteran Tony Hibbert’s fitness issues mean he has not played a match in 13 months.John Stones filled the void in Wednesday’s goalless draw at City, but ideally the Toffees want him operating in the centre of their defence.When asked to discuss what qualities Byram has, Martinez said: “I wouldn’t be that disrespectful to players registered to other clubs.”Martinez also offered an update on a possible departure for Steven Naismith, who has been linked to both Norwich and Swansea recently.“It is in his [Naismith’s] hands to a point. It has to be right for everyone. We are open to Naismith’s situation,” he added.
Denmark’s games against Slovakia and Wales this week have been thrown into chaos following a dispute between the Danish players and their Football Association, the DBU.The Denmark squad – which features English-based players such as Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel – have been at loggerheads for several months over a new commercial rights agreement. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News highlights FC Copenhagen midfielder William Kvist, who is part of the Player Association’s negotiating team, told the official Spillerne website: “We players will do anything to play so we would like to offer DBU to extend the old deal until October 1, 2018 with a view to finalising a new collective national team agreement.“So we can play the two national matches under orderly conditions, and afterwards there will be plenty of time to negotiate a new deal in place.“The old deal has been working for four years, so you can not work for a month. Then we have made extra time and we think our proposal can save the international matches.“We find it strange that DBU chose to stop the negotiations. But we think of the whole of Danish football from the smallest to the biggest and will do everything for Danish football to not suffer under the big consequences of cancelled matches.” Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more In a strongly-worded statement, Spillerne said the DBU had not wanted to negotiate with them over the weekend.“The players are surprised that the DBU has discontinued the negotiations,” it said.“There is currently no agreement between the DBU and the Player Association for the national team players, and it has always been established that the national team does not play without a collective agreement.“However, as the Player Association has not succeeded in luring DBU to the negotiating table either Saturday or Sunday, players now try to save the two national matches against Slovakia and Wales in the coming week with a new offer to temporarily extend the old deal.” 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade whoops The issue reached crisis point on Sunday night when the deadline set for a new deal passed without any agreement.The Danish Player Association, known as Spillerne, responded by announcing they will try to “save” Wednesday’s friendly against Slovakia and the UEFA Nations League opener with Wales on Sunday by offering to temporarily extend the old deal.But the DBU could now field an entirely domestic-based squad to ensure the games go ahead, thus avoiding the prospect of a UEFA ban that could see them removed from the 2020 European Championship. possible standings How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Christian Eriksen in action for Denmark at World Cup 2018. 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Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion silverware REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Denmark reached the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia this summer before losing to eventual finalists Croatia on a penalty shoot-out.Age Hareide’s side are a lofty ninth in the FIFA rankings, but Danish football has been beset by internal problems over the past 12 months.The national women’s team boycotted a World Cup qualifier against Sweden in October 2017 in a dispute over employment conditions.Sweden were awarded a 3-0 win and UEFA fined the DBU £18,000.The DBU was also warned that Denmark would be barred from UEFA tournaments if it cancelled another match in the next four years. tense Most Popular Football News
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Other nations watch as the United States keeps permitting wide use of methyl bromide for tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, Christmas trees and other crops, even though the U.S. signed an international treaty banning all but the most critical uses by 2005. The chemical depletes the earth’s protective ozone layer and can harm the human neurological system, an increasing concern as people settle further into what was once just farm country. Methyl bromide’s survival demonstrates the difficulty of banishing a powerful pesticide that helps deliver what both farmers and consumers want: abundant, pest-free and affordable produce. The Bush administration, at the urging of agriculture and manufacturing interests, is making plans to ensure that methyl bromide remains available at least through 2008 by seeking and winning treaty exemptions. Also, the administration will not commit to an end date. The administration’s “fervent desire and goal” is to end methyl bromide’s use, said Claudia McMurray, deputy assistant secretary of state. WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Shoppers rifle through store shelves brimming with succulent tomatoes and plump strawberries, hoping to enjoy one last round of fresh fruit before the Western growing season ends. There is no hint of a dark side to the blaze of red. Strawberries are a painful subject for Guillermo Ruiz. The farmworker believes his headaches, confusion and vision trouble stem from a decade working in the fields with methyl bromide, a pesticide that protects the berries with stunning efficiency. Cheri Alderman, a teacher whose classroom borders a farm, fears her students could inhale a dangerous whiff of the fumigant as it drifts from the adjacent strawberry field. “A little dribble of poison is still poison,” she says. The concerns stretch globally. The amount of the fumigant that the administration requested under treaty exemptions for the next two years is lower than in 2005. Golf course sod, for instance, won an exemption this year but not next. The reason is that farmers who each year grow Florida tomatoes, California strawberries, Georgia peppers and North Carolina Christmas trees worth billions of dollars are struggling to find a suitable replacement. Alternative organic techniques are too costly and substitute chemicals are not as effective, growers say. Odorless and colorless, methyl bromide is a gas that usually is injected by tractor into soil before planting, then covered with plastic sheeting to slow its release into the air. It wipes out plant parasites, disease and weeds. It results in a spectacular yield, reduced weeding costs and a longer growing season. Workers who inhale enough of the chemical can suffer convulsions, coma and neuromuscular and cognitive problems. In rare cases, they can die. The U.S. signed the Montreal Protocol treaty, committing to phase out methyl bromide by 2005 as part of the effort to protect the earth’s ozone layer. A provision allows for exemptions to prevent “market disruption.” The U.S. has used it to persuade treaty signers to allow U.S. farmers to continue using the chemical. That exemption process leaves the U.S. 37 percent shy of the phaseout required by 2005, with at least 10,450 tons of methyl bromide exempted this year. While that compares with about 28,080 tons used in 1991, this year’s total is higher than it was two years ago. U.S. officials are heading to a Montreal Protocol meeting in Senegal on Dec. 7 to begin negotiations on exemptions for 2007 and are preparing requests for 2008. That is not what the treaty envisioned, said David Doniger, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. In the 1990s, he worked on the protocol as director of climate change for the Environmental Protection Agency. “Nobody expected you would use the exemptions to cancel the final step of the phaseout or even go backward,” Doniger said. With methyl bromide probably sticking around for several years, the EPA is re-examining its health and safety standards. California, which grows more than 85 percent of the nation’s strawberries and other methyl bromide-dependent crops, launched regulations last year to improve its strictest-in-the-nation protections for farmworkers and others. The increased protections are not enough for Alderman, a teacher at Pajaro Middle School in the California agricultural belt south of the Santa Cruz beaches. When air monitoring detected elevated methyl bromide levels four years ago, Alderman joined the outcry. County officials say they pressed the grower; this fall he used a different chemical on the fields nearest the school. Alderman, however, remains concerned because government scientists say methyl bromide seeps into the air. “We have that nice ocean breeze that blows it all this way,” the teacher said. Even California’s required buffer zones and ban on applying methyl bromide within 36 hours of school time is not enough, she said. The school draws youngsters on weekends too, and families live nearby. “It’s ridiculous to think that as long as we don’t do it on school days, then we’re OK,” she said. The American Association of Pesticide Control Centers logged 395 reports of methyl bromide poisonings from 1999 to 2004. A national total remains elusive because farmworkers often do not seek medical care. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Noel McDermott will be laid to rest on Tuesday morning in Knockfola.Cyclist Noel (43) tragically passed away on Friday following a road traffic collision in Gortahork.Originally from Letterkenny, Noel later moved to Gaoth Dobhair where he lived with his three children and wife Aifric. St Eunan’s GAA Club has paid a touching tribute to Noel, saying: “There are no words. We have lost a friend and clubmate. His family have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a brother-in-law.“Rightly, he was recognised a couple of years ago as Club Person of the Year. An unsung hero, a volunteer in every sense of those words.”Noel’s remains are reposing at his late residence at Chapel Road, Brinlack, with wake from 12 noon today, Sunday.Funeral Mass will take place in St. Colmcille’s Church, Knoc Fola, on Tuesday at 11am, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations in lieu to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland and Donegal Hospice.Noel McDermott to be laid to rest on Tuesday was last modified: January 28th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:gortahorkletterkennynoel mc dermottobituary
McKINLEYVILLE >> Once the Huskies were able to find their footing, the results quickly followed.Just as it did in the Milk Can Game win over Ferndale, the Fortuna High School football team used a strong second-half showing to eliminate an early 14-point deficit to claim a 49-20 win over McKinleyville in the Big 5 opener for both schools on Friday night.After falling behind 14-0 less than four minutes into the game, Fortuna went on to score 42 unanswered and 49 of the next 55 points to take …
The Warriors scored a 109-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/03/bang_b8828faa-f54d-4b20-8703-962ec56b313c”]TORONTO – The Warriors have a team full of unhealthy All-Stars.The Warriors’ identity, though, does not hinge only on their star players. It also rests on having a championship fabric that can absorb many tugs without getting ripped.