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first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ “I tuned it out (the boos) through the rounds and stayed the course,” said Gatlin.“I did what I had to do. The people who love me are here cheering for me and cheering at home.“It is Bolt’s last race. I have had many victories and many defeats down the years. It is an amazing occasion. We are rivals on the track but in the warm-down area we joke and have a good time.”The jeering did indeed continue unabated after it became clear Gatlin, a sprinter whose past divides track and field, had gatecrashed Bolt’s party.Gatlin initially put his finger to his pursed lips as if to hush the crowd, before dropping to his knees to bow down to Bolt.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Left to right, first placer US athlete Justin Gatlin, second placer US athlete Christian Coleman and third placer Jamaica’s Usain Bolt compete in the final of the men’s 100m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 5, 2017.  AFPLONDON, United Kingdom — American veteran Justin Gatlin was booed after he stunned Usain Bolt to win the 100m world title in London on Saturday and rain on the Jamaican’s farewell race in the blue riband event.Gatlin, who has served two doping bans and won silvers behind Bolt at the last two world championships, clocked 9.92 seconds, with teammate Christian Coleman winning silver in 9.94sec.ADVERTISEMENT 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Creamline sits star, takes Game 1 anyway Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Stripped to a vest and tight shorts in the black, green and yellow of Jamaica, chants of “Usain Bolt” rang around in a surprisingly tense atmosphere.Gatlin, on the other hand, was emotionless as loud jeers welcomed him.Starting in lane four, Bolt was incredibly slow to react out of the blocks, the 100 and 200m world record holder behind Coleman in the lane outside from the off.The crowd, on their feet, roared, and so Bolt responded as he has so many times before.After 50 meters, he moved into his famed “drive phase”, head coming slowly up as part of the process that unleashes the full power from his long legs. But it was not quite enough.Teeth gritted and eyes glued on the big screen of the Trevor Brooking Stand, Bolt streaked through the finish line but any fairytale individual finish to a startling career was dashed by Gatlin and young pretender Coleman.For the IAAF, could there have been a worse outcome?Russia remains banned from international competition over doping and now their prized athlete, destined for some kind of future ambassadorial role within the body, bows out beaten by a two-time, largely unrepentant drugs cheat. CBB Bolt suffered a dreadful start and could only claim bronze in 9.95sec.“I’m sorry I couldn’t end it on a winning note, but I want to thank you for your support,” said Bolt, who embraced Gatlin after they streaked through the line with no clear victor immediately apparent.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’“It’s been a wonderful experience as always.”Gatlin was afforded the same rough reception as he had in the heats and semi-finals, loud boos and jeering ringing around the same stadium where in 2012 his rivalry with Bolt was presented as ‘good against evil’, given the American’s doping-tainted past. “The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos. He is an inspiration,” Gatlin said of Bolt.Coleman added: “It was an historic moment for me to beat Bolt who has taken this sport to another level and who I watched as I grew up. A humbling experience.“I’m delighted for Justin as we have bonded and become close. I was impressed by the way he handled the pressure and the crowd.”Gatlin has form as the last man to beat Bolt over 100m — by a hundredth of a second in Rome in 2013 — and at the age of 35, can still produce the goods, something he has in the past ironically credited with his four years of forced exile from the track.The evening was all supposed to be about the 30-year-old Bolt claiming a remarkable 12th world gold to add to his eight Olympic golds in what has been a glittering career.And what a gaping hole his absence will leave, no matter how brave a face track and field’s governing body the IAAF try to put on it.Of his 19 global golds, 13 have come in individual events and allied with a charismatic personality, it has guaranteed Bolt recognition as one of the world’s most successful sportsmen.Kingston in Stratford“It feels like most of Kingston is in Stratford tonight,” the stadium announcer said of the welcome afforded Bolt in the eastern London stadium now home to West Ham United in the English Premier League.In temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius (68F), Bolt the showman demonstrated exactly what athletics will miss when he bows out.The sell-out 60,000 crowd roared as he entered the stadium to do his final warm-up on the track.last_img read more

first_imgResponding to Liberia’s first confirmed cases of Ebola in more than three months, UNICEF has begun distributing emergency supplies in the affected communities including tents for isolating those under quarantine, hygiene kits, chlorine and buckets for hand washing stations.In Margibi County, where the body of a 17 year-old boy tested positive for the virus on 29 June, UNICEF social mobilization teams are already on the ground conducting door-to-door awareness campaigns on Ebola prevention, to minimize the risk of further infections and to protect and assist those affected. “There was always a risk that Ebola would return to Liberia. Now we have to put everything we have into getting back to zero cases,” said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF’s Representative in Liberia. “The speed of the response to these cases shows that no one has let their guard down.” In the coming days, the school that the victim attended will be decontaminated, new hygiene stations will be put in place, and soap and chlorine distributed. Hand washing stations provided by UNICEF were positioned at the entrance of all schools in Liberia when they re-opened after a six-month closure in February. UNICEF has worked with local authorities to keep them in place following the declaration on May 9 that the country was free from Ebola transmission. UNICEF is also working with the government to ensure measures such as the taking of students’ temperatures when they arrive are in place. “Liberia would not have been declared Ebola free in May without the knowledge and initiative of communities,” said Yett. “Those communities are again at the forefront of reinvigorated efforts to ensure that there are no new cases of this disease here.” In neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, new infections continue to be reported, though in much lower numbers than at the peak of the outbreak. In the week ending June 28, 12 new cases of Ebola were recorded in Guinea and eight in Sierra Leone, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has warned the public against eating sick animals, particularly livestock, which include sheep and goats if found dead within their communities or residence.Agriculture Deputy Minister, Seklau Wiles gave the advice recently at the Ministry of Information regular press conference in Monrovia.Madam Wiles disclosed that the disease was recognized in Liberia and the MOA has been addressing the disease since 2011 through vaccination exercises.Madam Wiles appealed to residents in rural areas to desist from eating dead animals and report any case to MOA and Ministry of Health.Madam Wiles explained that, “This disease is highly infections and contagious among susceptible animals (goats and sheep) but humans are not at risk. This disease has high economic importance to livestock farmers.”She noted that the disease is not among cattle but only livestock that comprises of sheep and goats and said the ministry has tools to begin vaccination campaigns in August in areas which have not yet been exposed.She further explained that awareness about the disease in the various communities through radio announcements, including local dialects have commenced and will ensure that all measures are put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.“Based on the results of the various tests, the MOA designed a short term emergency plan to contain and control the disease. All livestock officers and quarantine inspectors from the 15 counties were brought to Monrovia for two days refresher training on PPR disease,” Madam Wiles explained.She said following an emergency report on suspected outbreak on goats and sheep, a team was dispatched to Nimba and Lofa counties to provide clarity on what was the actual cause of the outbreak.She said site assessment within the various communities where over 2000 goats and sheep died revealed that illegal movement between Guinea and Liberia border of Kinnor in Nimba County was the source of the outbreak.She said MOA requested assistance and technical support from African Union Inter-African Bureau of Animal Laboratory Resources (AU-IBALR), and a team of veterinarians and laboratory technicians was dispatched to Liberia.“From July 6-10, the team undertook epidemiological investigations and collected new samples for confirmatory test,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgParticipants with representatives of CBL, NHA and HFHI.A five-day orientation of key stakeholders on market development approach workshop that began on Sept 24, ended last Friday, September 28, at the National Housing Authority (NHA) headquarters in Monrovia.The workshop was part of NHA and Habitat For Humanity International’s (HFHI) partnership project under the Cities Alliance Liberia Country Program, facilitated by HFHI’s Financial Inclusion and Capital Markets specialist from HFHI’s Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter for Europe, Middle East and Africa region, John Mucheru, supported by Matthew Ndote, the Chief of Party (COP) for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) based in Liberia.The orientation training commenced last Monday and formed part of ongoing capacity building projects and brought together participants drawn from the NHA’s Slum Upgrading Unit (SUU), other relevant NHA departments, Slum Dwellers International affiliate in Liberia, the YMCA, and members of the Federation of Urban Poor Savers.During the orientation session with a team from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the discussion centered on inclusive housing market development approach and housing microfinance loan creation for low-income households as part of HFHI’s role in the project; while NHA will continue to play an important coordination role across all relevant stakeholders.Mr. Ndote said the role of Habitat for Humanity Internationals’ activities through LCP focuses on working with communities, public and private sector actors, to stimulate systemic change in the housing sector through creation of policy guidelines; capacity building of NHA to create safe shelter awareness among slum communities, capacity building of private sector actors to play a greater role in delivery of sustainable housing solutions and  implementation of selected community projects and housing pilots.He added that HFHI, through its Phase II Project titled “Facilitating increased access to affordable housing through inclusive market approaches”,  is also focusing on testing viability, sustainability and availability of selected interventions at various levels that include policy and market development, while delivering institutional capacity building to public and private sectors as well as communities as a long-term sustainability strategy.Mr. Mucheru also presented Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter’s analysis of the market context in relation to housing deficient, the worrying income levels of the majority of low income households and how inclusive market development approach can increase access to affordable housing for these households in the country via housing micro-finance product development.He commended authorities of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and the country’s financial players for their current role in the sector, and encouraged partnership and collaboration as the way to maximize on existing synergies such as the micro build fund. The interactive forum generated interest from CBL officials at the meeting.George Gould and Matthew Innis, who spoke on behalf of the CBL, expressed interest in the collaboration, and said the program would gain support since it falls within the policy of inclusive national development program of the government’s Pro-poor Agenda.They both highly commended the HFHI for the impressive presentation and assured them of the government’s support and cooperation in making the program a success.Other institutions to benefit from this week’s training activities include selected financial service providers, including commercial banks such as Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), ACCESS bank, microfinance institutions, credit unions and housing firms with innovative ideas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…calls for NDC to address plightAfter months of pleading with the Little Diamond/Herstelling Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to have several roads in Herstelling rehabilitated, residents of that East Bank Demerara community are now up in arms agitating to have their roads fixed and claiming that things have gotten worse.Sections of several streets that are affecting residentsA visit to the area on Saturday saw residents up in arms in agitation to have their roads fixed. They note that they have tried on numerous occasions to engage the NDC in discussions to deal with the issue, but meetings never materialize. They say they are now forced to take money out of their pockets to fill the potholes in front of their respective yards, whereas money collected as rates and taxes should be used to fix the streets.After constantly calling the NDC to complain, the council finally sent a bobcat to grade certain sections of the road that pose a hindrance for motor vehicles.As it relates to fixing the roads, the local government body is at a standstill. “We pay to full it, and then the NDC send a bobcat and grade it out, and look…” a woman stated.Many explained that they have been seriously affected by the condition of several streets within the area. One affected resident explained that he has cordoned off the front of his property because many vehicle owners are using his driveway to divert from the potholes when it rains.And a businesswoman who complained of the same issues has placed garbage bins alongside her property to avoid damage to her parapet and driveway. Her contention is that taxpayers should have access to better roadways“All the vehicles driving up here… We got to put out the garbage barrel just to save the entrance here, and then when the rain fall, it’s worse because the water keep coming in (our) yards. We’re paying rates and tax! Every year you got to make sure you pay it, and what they doing with the money? They have the money and they don’t want to fix the road”, the seemingly upset woman noted.The roads in Herstelling have significantly deteriorated over the past months, and many commuters after affected in one way or the other. As such, they are calling on the NDC, and to an extent the Government, for assistance in getting the roads fixed. (Rupdai Sewnaraine)last_img read more

first_imgRacers with the Fort St. John Drag Racing Association will return to the track in late May with the first event of the season being held May 23, and 24. Three other race weekends will be held throughout the year.Other races are slated for June 20, and 21, July 25, and 26, and things will conclude in September on the 12th, and 13th.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Efforts to relieve congestion on the 405 Freeway got a boost Tuesday when a host of local and state officials – including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – pressured a state commission to fund a badly needed car-pool-lane project. The California Transportation Commission’s staff had recommended last week that the lane for high-occupancy vehicles not receive any funding this year from a new series of state infrastructure bonds. But the recommendation ignited a firestorm of criticism and lobbying, and after hearing concerns from a range of elected officials, several commission members said Tuesday they are inclined to overturn their own staff’s advice and move the project forward. “My view is that more money should be spent in Los Angeles County and in the San Francisco Bay area,” said Commissioner Jeremiah Hallisey. The commission Tuesday heard the pleas of local transportation agencies from throughout the state, all wanting more funding for a wide range of projects. Schwarzenegger, who appoints the commission members, is seeking to secure funds for 10 projects that did not make the staff cut. The 405 car-pool lane topped his list. “There are significant projects omitted from the CTC staff’s list of projects recommended for funding that I believe should be reconsidered,” Schwarzenegger wrote in a letter to the commission. “Funding the (congestion relief) program at the full $4.5 billion level is essential to meeting California’s transportation needs and providing local agencies with the certainty necessary to move forward in the development of their projects.” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, also called for supporting the project. Ultimately the CTC’s proposal must get legislative approval. At a public hearing, Villaraigosa lobbied the commission to provide $730 million to build a northbound car-pool lane on the 405 between the 10 and 101 freeways. “We were very concerned and very chagrined that the staff did not recommend this project,” Villaraigosa said. Los Angeles County had hoped to get at least $1.5 billion in allocations from the bond measure, but instead CTC staffers recommended $327 million. Also speaking at the hearing were U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks; Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina; and Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles. Sherman said if the project is not funded now, it could jeopardize $130 million in federal funding that he and Rep. Howard Berman helped secure. (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I intend to support funding for the 405 and other projects in Los Angeles County.” Several members echoed that view, and none immediately dissented. The final outcome, however, will not be known until the nine-member commission officially votes at a meeting in Orange County next week. The vote will be the first allocation of funding from a $19.9 billion transportation bond measure that statewide voters approved last November. This first allocation is for a $4.5 billion portion targeting congestion relief, but the commission’s staff recommended funding only $2.8 billion in projects, omitting the 405 Freeway and many others. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Aymeric Laporte reportedly has a £57million ($81million) release clause in his contract with Athletic Bilbao © AFP/File / Nicolas TucatLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Highly-regarded French defender Aymeric Laporte could become runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City’s record signing according to British media reports on Thursday.The 23-year-old centre-back — who has been at Athletic Bilbao since he was 16 — would cost City £57million ($81million) owing to a release clause in his contract at Bilbao but would resolve a problematic area for manager Pep Guardiola where veteran Vincent Kompany is injury-prone and Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala has not impressed. Laporte — whose move reportedly would be dependent on Mangala moving on — would provide cover for present first-choice pairing England international John Stones and Argentinian Nicolas Otamendi.According to The Sun and the BBC, Guardiola favours investing that amount in Laporte — who has yet to win a senior France cap though he was called up for two 2018 World Cup qualifiers — than spending around £24million on rivals West Bromwich Albion’s 30-year-old Northern Irish central defender Jonny Evans.City’s current transfer record is £55million. They paid VfL Wolfsburg for Belgian international Kevin de Bruyne in 2015.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But Schotz and others involved in the project say more needs to be done. In fact, so much work needed to be done that HGTV partnered with community groups. “It’s coming to life,” said Ronda Wilkin, a Blue Shield employee who mobilized 90 of her fellow workers into action. “It’s wonderful to see this old building actually begin to smile.” Each day, about 75 children visit the center at 7245 Remmet Ave. in Canoga Park for activities in the arts, health and life skills, sports, fitness and recreation. Before its restoration, the dilapidated building had crumbling walls, and a portion of its roof was caved in. It had no heat in the winter and no air conditioning in the summer. To date, volunteers from Pratt & Whitney, the local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and others have logged more than 1,500 hours to remake the building. CANOGA PARK – For years, the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley operated out of a creepy, decrepit building that had previously housed a mortuary. But community and corporate volunteers, with a little help from Home & Garden Television, have breathed new life into the macabre building. An embalming room has been turned into an arts-and-crafts center. The freezer is now a learning center. And the sanctuary will be used for dances, indoor basketball and other children’s activities. “You don’t want kids playing in a mortuary,” said Eric Schotz, an executive producer at Home & Garden Television. “You want them in a Boys & Girls Club. It was creepy before.” The makeover will be featured in an episode of the “Over Your Head” television show on HGTV on Nov. 17. “The kids are touched that people out there care enough to make this place so special,” said Jan Sobel, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. “To them it’s a place to have mentors, play, feel safe. “They don’t see the holes in the wall or no lighting. They understand this is a place of hope and opportunity.” The Blue Shield of California volunteers helped with patching, priming and painting. “It’s starting to look amazing, compared to what it did look like,” Wilkin said. “It has a much warmer feel to it.” The project started with a call from one of the club’s board of directors to an HGTV producer. Within weeks, the second-floor apartment, where the mortician had lived, became a hip teen center with a flat-screen TV, music room, a new kitchenette and a room for a future computer center. “The ceiling was falling down, the electricity was not working, there was no air conditioning or heating. It was a mess,” Schotz said. “The whole place was over its head. It was such a large project that, as one show, we couldn’t do the whole thing.” The upstairs area got a total makeover – from new paint to flooring, lighting and new furniture. With the help of professional contractors and others, volunteers are now concentrating on the downstairs area and exterior. Workers have brightly painted the walls, put in new flooring and carpeting and, because the building lacks windows, added better lighting. They are renovating the bathrooms, and an air-conditioning and heating system is now in place. Joel Dibiase, a young club member, said he looks forward to roaming through the entire building when it’s fully finished. “There were rooms we couldn’t go into because they were unsafe,” the 12-year-old said. “It’s starting to look nice and modern. Instead of looking like a mortuary, it looks like a place for kids.” The expansion also means the club can accept additional members, Sobel said. The work began in the summer and will continue for the next several weeks. Staffers and children alike are giddy with anticipation. “It looked too much for the use that it used to be – and not a place for children,” Sobel said. “The kids love it. One kid said, `This is nicer than where I live.’ “It’s getting there. We’re excited.”, 818-713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img