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first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Moscow City Court ruled on Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018, that Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, should still be considered an Olympic champion, but the International Olympic Committee refuses to recognize the verdict. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)MOSCOW — With a pair of gold medals at stake, a Russian court has issued a ruling that directly challenges the authority of the International Olympic Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The Moscow City Court ruled Wednesday that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Games, should still be considered an Olympic champion despite having been stripped of his medals because of doping. A CAS ruling upholding his disqualification is not enforceable in Russia, the court said.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Best performance Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Zubkov and his teams remain disqualified in official Olympic results, but the Moscow ruling could make it harder for the IOC to get his medals back.“The decision issued by the Moscow court does not affect in any way the CAS award rendered … an award which has never been challenged before the proper authority,” CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb told the AP.“The fact that the CAS award is considered as ‘not applicable in Russia’ by the Moscow court may have local consequences but does not constitute a threat for the CAS jurisdiction globally.”The IOC’s case against Zubkov was based on testimony from Moscow and Sochi anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov, who said he swapped clean samples for ones from doped athletes, and forensic evidence that the allegedly fake sample stored in Zubkov’s name contained more salt than could be possible in urine from a healthy human.Zubkov, who says he never doped, retired after the Sochi Olympics and has since become president of the Russian Bobsled Federation. The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation didn’t respond to a request to comment.ADVERTISEMENT CAS, however, is the only valid arbiter for sports disputes at the games, according to the Olympic Charter. In rare instances, Switzerland’s supreme court can weigh in on matters of procedure.“The CAS decision in this case is enforceable since there was no appeal filed with the Swiss Federal Tribunal within the period stipulated,” the IOC told The Associated Press in an email on Thursday. “The IOC will soon request the medals to be returned.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe law firm representing Zubkov said the Moscow court found the CAS ruling violated Zubkov’s “constitutional rights” by placing too much of a burden on him to disprove the allegations against him.Zubkov won the two-man and four-man bobsled events at the Sochi Olympics but he was disqualified by the IOC last year. The verdict was later upheld by CAS. In the two-man event, Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann of Switzerland are due to inherit the gold medal from Zubkov’s team, while a Latvian squad is in line for the four-man gold medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more


first_imgSecurity guards attached to Instant Security Service in New Amsterdam are alleging that they have not been paid for the past five fortnights.The employees outside Scotia Bank where they hold officials meetingsThe guards claim that it was on October 31, 2018 that they were last paid. As a result, the security officers had no money for Christmas but made no fuss over the situation since late payment has become a regular occurrence.On Tuesday, the aggrieved officers turned up at Republic Bank, New Amsterdam Branch and once again found that their payments were not in their accounts.Five fortnights have gone by and they are told that the matter is being dealt with at the head office in Georgetown. However, getting to Georgetown from New Amsterdam is another challenge for the guards.“It cost $3,000. I can’t afford to spend that money just to get this issue resolved,” one guard explainedThe office at Pitt Street New Amsterdam is closed and Guyana Times understands that the security service has been evicted for none payment of rental.The security officers outside of Republic Bank after a visit to check on their salariesInstant Security Service has contractual obligations with Scotia Bank, Churches Chicken, Hand in Hand, the Forestry Department and Modern Optical. The security officers claim that in excess of $200,000 is owed to them.Kenneth Kanhai, 63, who has been with the service for the past three years says he is paid at a rate of $214 per hour and calculates what is owed to him to be $42,840 per fortnight.“The situation is affecting all of the guards and when it affects me it affects out family; it is a chain reaction because if you don’t have the money in time, the children have to go to school and you have to pay your bills you will have to borrow. How will your money reach to fill that next hole? You will be digging to fill all the time”, he added.Jane Williams, another aggrieved employee who has 14 years of service says late payment of salaries has been the order of the day since 2015.According to her, whenever they contact the head office inquiring about their salaries, they are told that they will get it, “Next week” or “they can’t talk now.”Rajmuni Brijbiilas is pleading with management to make payments available as soon as possible. She claimed that she was being underpaid and was asked not to tell the other guards. Finally, she could not keep it in any longer and confided in her colleagues but soon after she started to receive payments at a lower rate.She told this publication that they would have to go to meet the Regional Supervisor on the road in front of Scotia bank to receive duties for the following day.“One day duty you get and you have to go till 7 o’clock in the nigh to collect it and is only for the next day and then you having to go again the next day…”The guards are frustrated and are contemplating leaving the job but if they were to do that they will not be paid.In an invited comment, Operational Manager of Instant Security Ian Charles said he does not think it is so long the guards were not paid.According to him it might be between three to four fortnights. However, he could not say for sure since the information was with the finance department.He explained that the Company had been experiencing some difficulties which have all be ironed out and the accounts department is in the process of preparing the salaries for the guards which is expected to be in their respective accounts at the end of the week.However, Charles could not say whether the guards will be paid all of the monies owed to them.last_img read more


first_imgRecent changes to the allocation of school district operating grants means funding for student transportation is being reduced by approximately $541,000 over a three year period.In order to find the $700,000 Secretary-Treasurer Doug Boyd says is needed to match revenues with expenditures, the idea of charging rural students to use school buses has been proposed.A motion was approved for the district to look at working with Pimm while exploring other alternatives, including a possible referendum.- Advertisement -“The interesting thing with the motion is the opportunity to also look at the possibility of a referendum rather than going to student fees, and they would like us to explore those possibilities before we finalize a decision as to whether fees need to be implemented,” says Boyd. “It also gave us the timeline of saying that fees won’t be implemented until January at the earliest, if they are to be implemented at all.”The district will now attempt to work with Pimm to see if a fee for transportation can be avoided all together. However, a fee is not off the table.“The next step is basically to work with Pat Pimm to see what he has in mind of how we can jointly approach getting ministries reconsideration of the reduction of the dollars that we could put towards transportation,” he says. “In combination with that, we’ll have to be looking at if we do have to implement the fee, then what are the ramifications, the implementation processes and things we have to consider.”Advertisement One of the issues working against School District 60 is a limited time frame given that it is unknown at this point who will be looking over education in the province is unknown.“From our understanding, the new caucus will be formed in the early part of June because we can only assume that the minister, when the writ was dropped may be the same minister but we don’t know that for sure,” Boyd says. “Until that’s the case, who really do we approach? So that’s what we’re looking at.”last_img read more


first_img“High royalty rates prevent as much as $20 billion in shallow water energy projects,” Cassidy said in an emailed statement Thursday. “Lowering this barrier encourages production which increases revenue for taxpayers and the number of jobs for Louisiana workers.”Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The federal agencies that make and enforce offshore oil and gas leases say they’ll encourage new wells in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters by allowing some reduced-royalty or even royalty-free production if owners can prove they need it.Some $20 billion worth of oil and gas may go untapped without changes described in a report issued Tuesday, according to the heads of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which makes the leases, and the Bureau of Safety and Enforcement.The number of wells drilled in shallow water has fallen 89 per cent over the past 10 years, “and approximately 100 platforms a year are being removed with no new platforms being installed,” a joint press release said.- Advertisement -The Center for American Progress and an environmental group, the Center for Biological Diversity, both called the changes a giveaway to the petroleum industry.“These companies signed a contract with taxpayers and this is giving them a way out, to pay less than what is owed to taxpayers,” said Matt Lee-Ashley, senior director of environmental strategy and communications at the Center for American Progress.Recent shallow-water leases have royalties of 12.5%, the legal minimum, with an 18.75% royalty for deepwater leases — those in more than 200 metres (656 feet) of water. Those signed earlier, in either area, can have either of those rates or 16.67%.Advertisement The agencies are providing a new, bigger potential break for shallow-water wells. In addition, the enforcement bureau can now consider requests for a break on royalties on new drilling rather than only on an entire lease. The rules take effect immediately, safety and enforcement spokeswoman Eileen Angelico said.She said “specialty royalty relief” is nothing new but has been a little-used program. She wouldn’t speculate on future use.The big change is a larger interest rate, called a discount rate, used to compute the value of expected income and spending for shallow-water wells. The previous rate was 15% for all wells; the new 25% rate applies only to those in shallow water.Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana had asked Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in early September for royalty relief and other policies to encourage shallow-water drilling.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgOnce again, Transport Canada says officials have inspected Santa’s sleigh and validated his pilot’s license before he takes off on Christmas Eve. A video of Santa’s clearance can be found on Transport Canada’s YouTube account.Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. – Transport Canada has announced that the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, has cleared Santa Claus for take-off as he prepares for this year’s round-the-world flight to deliver presents to millions of children.  – Advertisement -It is also to note that Santa took part in a pre-flight briefing to ensure he is well-rested and that there is no ice or snow build-up on the sleigh.center_img Inspection of his sleigh included checking over the navigation and safety systems, the harnesses, and the landing gear, along with the inspection of Rudolph’s nose. Santa and his reindeer can be tracked throughout his travels by visiting noradsanta.org. last_img read more


first_imgA stunning Lionel Messi free-kick five minutes from time completed the comeback, which puts Ernesto Valverde’s side on 51 points, well ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, 1-0 winners at Eibar on Saturday.“The goal we scored before the break really helped us,” said Valverde. “It seemed the curse was still there when we were 2-0 down, and yet we pushed and we believed we could turn it around and take the lead, and finally the goals came.”The win also moves Barca a full 19 points in front of arch-rivals Real Madrid, who are languishing in fourth and closer on points to the relegation zone than leaders Barca after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Villarreal.Real’s embarrassment allowed third-placed Valencia to move eight points clear of Zinedine Zidane’s side with a 2-1 win at third-from-bottom Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, which came thanks to goals from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo.Barca came into Sunday’s clash having not won at Sociedad since 2007 and with 34 minutes gone it looked like the hex was going to continue.Jose gave the hosts a shock lead after just 11 minutes when he headed home Xabi Prieto’s superb cross, and a shambolic looking Barca were deservedly two down 23 minutes later.Juanmi burst through the away side’s distracted backline to meet Sergio Canales’ excellent through ball, and the Spaniard saw his shot deflected off Sergi Roberto and creep inside Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s near post.Suarez burst into life as the first half came to a close and gave the Catalans hope with a fine low cross that Paulinho just had to guide home to pull a goal back.The Uruguayan then scored a sensational equaliser in the 50th minute, striding towards Messi’s pass and clipping a looping shot over Sociedad stopper Geronimo Rulli, before putting his side into the lead 21 minutes later.Rulli’s long clearance was fired back with a powerful shot by Thomas Vermaelen that found Suarez clean through on and ready to crash home Barca’s third.Messi’s free-kick, a dipping curler that any goalkeeper would have struggled to save, was the icing on the cake for Barca and the Argentine, who overtook Gerd Muller to become the top scorer in the history of Europe’s top five leagues with his 366th La Liga strike.– Real respite –Real coach Zidane was given some respite from the fierce criticism he received following Villarreal’s first ever win at the Bernabeu, as Sevilla missed the chance to draw level on points in the race for Champions League qualification when they lost 1-0 at lowly Alaves on Sunday.Alaves’ midfielder Manu Garcia (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Sevilla at the Mendizorrotza Stadium in Vitoria on January 14, 2018 © AFP / CESAR MANSOManu Garcia’s 52nd-minute strike pulled Alaves out of the relegation zone and left Sevilla sixth on 29 points, three behind fourth-placed Real.The defeat for Sevilla extends Vincenzo Montella’s losing start in La Liga, with the Italian guiding his new club to two straight league losses since replacing cancer-stricken Eduardo Berizzo, following last week’s 5-3 home Seville derby loss to Betis.Espanyol played out a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s other game, with Inaki Williams equalising for the Basques six minutes after Gerard Moreno’s 29th-minute opener.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi (L) is congratulated by teammate Luis Suarez after scoring against Real Sociedad on January 14, 2018 © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Jan 14 – Luis Suarez stole the show with a brace and an assist as Barcelona fought back from two goals down to win 4-2 at Real Sociedad on Sunday and restore their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga.Suarez struck in the 50th and 71st minutes, his first a delightful chip from just inside the area, after laying on Paulinho six minutes before the break to start the comeback from first-half goals from Sociedad’s Willian Jose and Juanmi.last_img read more


first_imgLATEST: SINN Fein has called for the immediate release of Creeslough man John Downey, who has appeared in court charged with the murders of four soldiers in London.Commenting on the arrest and decision to charge Mr Downey in connection with an IRA bomb at Hyde Park in 1982, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly said: “John Downey is a member of Sinn Féin and a long-time supporter of the Peace Process.“The decision to arrest and charge him in relation to IRA activities in the early 1980s is vindictive, unnecessary and unhelpful. It will cause anger within the Republican community. “Clearly if John Downey had been arrested and convicted previously he would have been released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.“As part of the Weston Park negotiation the British Government committed to resolving the position of OTRs. John Downey received a letter from the NIO in 2007 stating that he was not wanted by the PSNI or any British Police Force. Despite travelling to England on many occasions now six years on he finds himself before the courts on these historic charges.“This development represents bad faith and a departure from what was previously agreed by both governments.“John Downey needs to be released and allowed to return home to his family.” Mr Downey was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Sunday on his way to a holiday.In court today, Downey wore a grey jumper over a white shirt, grey-haired Downey spoke only to confirm his, date of birth and address during the short hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.He briefly greeted his solicitor Gareth Peirce from the dock.He is charged with murdering Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young.They were among soldiers who were caught up in the bomb attack as they rode through Hyde Park to the Changing of the Guard. Four men and seven horses were killed and a number of police officers and civilians were injured in the blast.Downey has also been charged with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.He will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.Under the Good Friday Agreement, anyone convicted of a offences which took place before April 15 1998 and the signing of the agreement can request to be transferred to a prison in Northern Ireland and then apply to the Sentence Review Commissioners to be released after serving two years in custody.  SINN FEIN CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF MAN HELD OVER LONDON BOMBING was last modified: May 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SINN FEIN CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF CARRIGART MAN HELD OVER LONDON BOMBINGlast_img read more


first_imgThe Balor: arts groups and community organisations could have funding chopped, claims councillorCOMMUNITY groups across County Donegal which rely on funding from Donegal County Council may not get it this year if the council defaults on its budget next Monday, it has been claimed.Every year each electoral area has a special fund set aside to assist community groups and arts bodies.Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and independent councillor John Campbell opposed the 2014 budget earlier this week in protest over Government austerity measures and in particular the transfer of water assets to Irish Water. They return to County House in Lifford next Monday to vote again on the issue.Now independent councillor Frank McBrearty says he fears the collapse of the council next week will see the collapse of funding to organisations across the county.“What we do with the budget is still in our hands,” he said.“My greatest fear is that if the council does default and the council collapses the decisions on how the budget is spent in 2014 will fall to Phil Hogan and administrators appointed in Dublin. “So many projects across Donegal rely on council funding and there is no guarantee whatsoever that this will continue. It will be out of our hands. Funding could be stopped, or halved or quartered. We don’t know.“Groups like the Balor Theatre or the CPI initiative in Castlefin are the sort of organisations which will lose out unless councillors pass a budget next week. That’s the truth of the matter and Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein know it.” COMMUNITY GROUPS COULD SEE FUNDING AXE UNDER ‘PHIL HOGAN’ RULE – McBREARTY was last modified: January 10th, 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:community groupsDonegal County CouncilFrank McBreartyfundinglast_img read more


first_imgTop men! Anraí and members of the DMRT at the top of Errigal todayCarrickfin man Anraí O Domhnaill celebrated his 50th birthday today – by climbing Errigal for the 1,000th time.Hundreds of people joined Anraí on a lunchtime charity climb to the top of Donegal’s highest mountain.Members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team guided young and old through hail, wind, rain and storm. It may have been muddy and wet, but the craic was good.Proceedings were delayed, but Mayor John Campbell didn’t make it – so King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers got the climb under way, helped with music from the bagpipes.The mountain rescue volunteers were the beneficiaries – Anraí collecting donations for them at Base Camp!And after spending several hours up there today, it makes you realise the fantastic work the DMRT guys and girls do. Maith sibh!  PICTURE SPECIAL: ANRAÍ LEADS HIS 1,000TH TRIP TO THE SUMMIT OF ERRIGAL was last modified: August 2nd, 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:Anraí Ó Domhnaillcharitydonegal mountain rescue teamErrigal Climblast_img read more


first_imgSome science news outlets are having an eye-poking battle against intelligent design with the latest eye-popping claim about eye evolution.  It seems to have started in Australia on Science Alert, where some exceptionally-preserved placoderm fossils were found:The palaeobiologist discovered that unlike all living vertebrate animals – which includes everything from the jawless lamprey fish to humans – placoderms had a different arrangement of muscles and nerves supporting the eyeball – evidence of an “intermediate stage” between the evolution of jawless and jawed vertebrates.    “The vertebrate eye is the best example of structural perfection – as used by proponents of intelligent design to claim that something so complex couldn’t possibly have evolved,” Dr Young said.The creature already had fully-formed, functioning eyes.  The discoverer was only claiming that a change in the arrangement of muscles and nerves around the eye hinted at a transitional arrangement between jawless fish and modern vertebrates.  The suggestion that a missing link had been found, however, was enough to send other reporters wielding their fingers in battle against ID.  “One in the eye for intelligent design,” jeered Brendan O’Keefe in The Australian.  The Sydney Morning Herald was even more brazen: “‘Eye ancestor’ debunks ID nonsense.”  The Science Alert article was slightly more reserved.  Entitled “Fossil evidence of early eye,” it ended, “This means that we’re able to add one more piece to the puzzle of how the human eye came to be.”Next to Tinker Bell and Yoda, Popeye is one of the Darwin Party’s favorite characters.  Believing that eyes can just pop into existence with the greatest of ease, they picture Popeye, filled with Darwin spinach, knocking the living daylights out of the ID Brutus, as Olive Oyl (Eugenie Scott) grasps her hands adoringly, saying, “My hero!”    Problem is, the ID folk aren’t watching the cartoons.  They are grown up.  They live in the real world.  They look ahead.  They watch ID the Future.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more