Neuer to miss Italy friendly

first_imgMUNICH (AP):Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss today’s friendly international against Italy because of a stomach bug.The German football federation says Neuer has been sent home after consultations with team doctors.The federation did not say who will replace Neuer, who turned 30 on Sunday. But coach Joachim Lˆw has three more goalkeepers in the squad – rookies Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp, plus Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen of Barcelona, who has four caps.Stand-in captain Sami Khedira, who plays for Juventus, also missed yesterday’s training and underwent a recovery session in the team’s hotel.last_img read more

NBA: LeBron supports new All Star Game format: ‘Not a bad idea’

first_imgMOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) poses for the Twitter mirror as Kendrick Perkins looks on during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio.  AP Photo/Ron SchwaneLeBron James has been a staple in the NBA All-Star games, having been chosen to represent the Eastern Conference for the past 13 seasons.With Commissioner Adam Silver confirming that this year’s festivities will undergo major changes, the two-time All Star Game MVP said he supports the long overdue adjustment.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Chicago man blinded in one eye by baseball sues the sport Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES READ: NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams“I don’t see it as a bad idea. We had to do something,” the 32-year-old forward told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJames also did not mince his words regarding the event’s non-competitiveness in recent years, as players hardly play any defense and pretty content on just shooting wide open threes.“The All-Star Game has been pretty bad the last couple years just from a competition standpoint,” he admitted. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Trying to switch it up. Just like how the dunk contest was at one point it was great, then it wasn’t so well, so they had to kind of switch it up. Then it got good, then it got bad and you switch it up again. You see what happens.”Still, LeBron does not guarantee the change will indeed bring back the excitement to the once revered sporting spectacle, but he knows it’s worth the shot.“It’s hard to say if it’s good or bad yet. We haven’t done it yet. February isn’t here yet so no one knows how good or how bad it’s going to be. But I like the change. Why not?”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Magsanoc tasked to lead 3×3 program

first_imgMOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 LATEST STORIES Meralco Bolts assistant coach Ronnie Magsanoc will take charge of the country’s 3×3 basketball program, which is geared toward sending a team when the event makes its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Magsanoc received his appointment on Thursday from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio, who immediately tasked the PBA legend to form a competitive team that will represent the country in the Fiba 3×3 Challenger in Shanghai, China, from Sept. 7 to 9.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Having seen the potential of the country to impress the world, Magsanoc said he looks forward to continuing the program which he was already a part of when he handled the team of Christian Standhardinger, RR Pogoy, Stanley Pringle and Troy Rosario in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup last June.Panlilio said Magsanoc will lead the development of strategic initiatives and will be responsible in the management of the overall program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It’s a great challenge but anytime you’re called upon to help the program is always an honor and privilege,” said Magsanoc, whose pool for Shanghai includes two-time Asean Basketball League Most Valuable Player Ray Parks. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New York slam reunites Tennis’ ‘Big 4’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ACOMA Targets at Risk Communities with Awareness, Sensitization

first_imgIt is a common saying that knowledge is power and with knowledge a society  can prevent itself from harm and danger.This is the kind of method or strategy that a not for profit organization, Action for Community Matters (ACOMA), is taking to vulnerable communities in Monrovia and its immediate environs as the Ebola virus rages on.ACOMA last week trained dozens of adolescents and women as well as religious leaders from five communities including ELWA, West Point, Red-Light, Jacob Town and New Kru Town, in how to prevent the Ebola virus.They were being trained about prevention at the home level.  This has to do with what a mother can do when a member of the family falls sick. The trainees were also taught the measurement of disinfectants such as chlorine and chloride and how to dilute the substances.At the launch of a 2-day awareness and sensitization campaign organized by people who benefitted from ACOMA’s intensive training in West Point last weekend, the chief executive officer of ACOMA, Emily Gugbeh-Peal, said since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the organization continues to buttress government’s efforts through its interventions with the passion for saving lives and promoting happy family life.Madam Peal noted that the aim of these awareness and sensitization exercises is not only to empower community leaders with the requisite knowledge to enhance Ebola awareness; but also to ensure that the training have a trigger-down effect on the overall life of the communities.“This is why after the intensive training we as an organization are following up with communities leaders as they engage their people using the basic skills taught them. By  the same token, ACOMA will also distribute buckets and other sanitary materials to the various communities,” she said. The ACOMA boss, who is also a micro finance expert and passionate leader, believes that when people are adequately informed and educated about the virus and how it can be prevented, they will stay safe and the virus will be contained. Therefore ACOMA’s interventions have been focused on awareness and distribution of anti-Ebola materials.“This Ebola thing is a very serious threat to our country. Let us try to convince our people to live in line with recommendations by health authorities,” Madam Pearl said in an encouragement to community leaders.From the onset of the outbreak, she noted that the organization’s initial strategy was using the telephone to advise all of its members and other women to observe the preventive measures, including  constant and proper hand washing, avoiding bush meat and stopping traditional burial practices as well as getting in direct contact with the sick or dead people and animals.Madam Peal further told the gathering that her organization was not only concerned with micro-financing businesswomen but also focusing on the holistic development and empowerment of women and families.ACOMA is resolved to continue its interventions until the Ebola pandemic is contained  and the country returns to normalcy, she said.Madam Pearl noted that her organization was very grateful to Pierre and Abbey in New York, USA and the Mutual Benefits Insurance (MBI) Company in Monrovia for their contributions that helped make the training a successful one.ACOMA  is a not-for-profit organization established a year ago to empower women with basic business and managerial skills.  It also offers financial loans to enable businesspeople, especially women, to sustain their families.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pres. Sirleaf to Appoint Dr. Dahn New Health Min.?

first_imgCredible information gathered from multiple sources within and outside the Ministry of Health indicate that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in an unpredicted move, may appoint the Deputy Minister for Health Services Dr. Bernice T. Dahn as the new Minister of Health.Dr. Dahn, who has been serving as Chief Medical Officer (CMO), presiding over a turbulent health system despite government and donors’ resources, has not been on the radar for appointment.  Some sources within the Health Ministry describe her as “unpopular with her colleagues at the Ministry and with health workers.”This newspaper had reported in early January that the President had received three nominees from health stakeholders namely Drs. Francis Kateh, Vuyu Golakai and Robert Kpoto, to replace former Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale. Dr. Gwenigale went into retirement last February.Highly placed sources told our Health Correspondent that Dr. Dahn’s possible appointment could come about due to persistent calls on the President by Dr. Gwenigale, who is now one of Mrs. Sirleaf’s trusted advisors.It is no secret that Dr. Dahn’s reign as Deputy Health Minister for the nation’s Health Services witnessed “gains” in the health sector on paper. When Ebola tested those “gains” in March 2014, everyone knows what happened and is still happening. If she’s endorsed by the Chief Executive, our Health Correspondent was told that her appointment will not come without resistance from key policy makers and stakeholders in the health sector. A few key health policy analysts who talked to the Daily Observer indicated that Dr. Dahn has not had a smooth working relationship with the front-line health workers, evidenced by the fact that the health workers’ strike action in February 2014 was prolonged due to some “insensitive remarks” she directed at them.Dr. Dahn had allegedly said that if striking health workers did not return to their jobs, she would recruit Sierra Leoneans and other foreign health workers to fill the gap. That statement angered the striking health workers to the point that they called for her removal as CMO.Another drawback for Dr. Dahn is the fact that stakeholders are concerned that she failed to oversee the Ebola crisis in the country because of what one said was “her lack of leadership. As CMO, she and Dr. Gwenigale did not provide the kind of robust leadership needed to tackle the Ebola crisis head-on until the involvement of President Sirleaf. The President had to appoint her Assistant Minister, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, to run the Ebola Incident Management System.”Juxtaposing all the assertions of those who spoke to this newspaper, the baggage and the negative she carries to the job outweigh the good she would bring into the position if she is appointed and confirmed by the Liberian Senate.“If she has not been a good CMO, how can she be a good Minister of Health especially in these critical times?” one of our sources asked rhetorically.One group that is certainly going to stamp their disapproval with the President’s appointment of Dr. Dahn will be the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHWAL).Since Min. Dahn allegedly made the statement of importing health workers from neighboring countries, she and officials of NHWAL are still at daggers-drawn stance.Legislative sources have told our Health Correspondent that Dr. Dahn does not enjoy the confidence of some of the lawmakers in the Senate Committee on Health, clouding her prospects of the Senate approving her nomination.  Besides, it can be recalled that she was escorted out of the House of Representatives when she refused to answer lawmakers’ questions. Her adamant position prompted the House’s Presiding Officer to ask the Sergeant at Arms to escort her out of the Capitol.So, if nominated by the President, it promises to be a grueling confirmation hearing for Dr. Dahn.She was appointed CMO in 2007 following the resignation of Dr. Benson Barh after the appointment of Dr. Gwenigale as Minister of Health in 2006.One informed source, told this paper that when Min. Gwenigale decided to retire last month, he did not consider recommending Dr. Dahn for the position. Instead, he left it with the President to nominate someone of her own choice. This is why the Liberia Dental and Medical Council (LDMC) after thorough consultation with the sector decided to recommend to the President three names from among which she could appoint a minister. The LMDC short-listed three persons Dr. Francis Kateh, the Deputy Incident Management System (IMS) Chairman and Medical Director at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, the erudite Dr. Robert M. Kpoto and UL Medical School Dean, Dr. Vuyu Golakai.Dr. Dahn was not considered by the LMDC based on her poor rapport wit her colleagues.But our sources said the dismissed Minister of Transport, S. Tornorlah Varpilah, who is a close ally of Dr. Gwenigale, floated the idea to Dr. Gwenigale to push for the nomination of Dr. Dahn as Minister. Mr. Varpilah is close to Dr. Dahn as well. If Dr. Dahn is appointed, Mr. Varpilah may see a comeback in the health sector where he once served before being transferred to another Ministry.“Putting all these concerns into context, I think the President will be making a mistake in appointing Dr. Dahn as minister,” a key health stakeholder stated.He added that the new Minister of Health would need to command the respect of donors and partners in order to continue receiving health sector donor funding.“She has failed to take care of the big ticket items in the sector. Malaria is still killing people, diabetes and other preventable diseases are killing Liberians. She presided over a sector that crashed when the Ebola crisis hit the country.  I would grade her zero in quality control and services in the health care delivery system,” he added.In her present position, she collaborates with other stakeholders in setting policies and standards to guide and regulate health care provision and health program management in the country.  Dr. Dahn is also responsible for monitoring the health care delivery system to ensure that cost-effective, quality care is provided and accessible to all, and for providing supervision and support for capacity building at various levels of the delivery system.Dr. Dahn could not be reached for comment as she is said to be Washington DC. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

50 children benefit from ‘Reading is Fun’ programme

first_imgFifty children on Friday graduated from the Reading is Fun programme.The programme ran for a three-week period and saw participation from children between the ages of five and 13. Themed “Reading is Empowerment”, the activities were aimed at motivating a love for reading among children.A group of the children who participated in the programmeThe schedule of activities for the programme included vocabulary and spelling, poetry writing, reading and comprehension, reading for enjoyment and appreciation, short stories and storytelling and phonetic awareness. The children were also treated to educational tours, including a visit to the National Museum and the Botanical Gardens.The programme— which concluded on Friday with a formal ceremony at the University of Guyana (UG) library — saw the young participants, who hailed from Cummings Lodge and Sophia, Greater Georgetown, awarded certificates of appreciation, while some of their crafts were displayed.Deputy Vice Chancellor of UG Professor Paloma Mohamed-Martin during the closing ceremony said that the Reading is Fun programme is one that is special since it is important for children to learn to read at an early age.“Help us to produce the kinds of citizen’s and young people we want in the country, it is very important at this time that young people learn how to read because reading is the foundation of all academic knowledge and if you are unable to read, then you are unable to comprehend complex concepts and to express yourself in the kinds of ways that you want to and most importantly, you are unable to create the kind of life and to come to your best potential,” the Deputy Vice Chancellor expressed to the gathering.Mohamed-Martin further commended the parents who ensured that their children attended the programme and urged them to continue pursing academic activities for them.“I want to always commend parents and guardians and aunties, grandmothers, big brothers and sisters that take the time off to bring your children to these kinds of activities, we know that often it is a sacrifice for you because you have to find transportation, time off work; there is a lot of negotiation involved and so it is a choice that you have to make. So we want to applaud all those who have brought their children,” the Professor applauded.Top National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) students Dave Chowtie and Ethan Bianchini were both presented with congratulatory gifts for their outstanding performance at the programme.last_img read more

Oil and gasoline price update

first_imgAt last word the price of oil was struggling to stay above 75 dollars U.S., and was down about 70 cents a barrel in early morning trading.Traders point to signs the demand for fuel in the United States is weakening.  According to GasBuddy.com, in the past week, the average price of regular gasoline across Canada dipped to a dollar 1.7 cents a litre.The new monitor of Calgary-based MJ Ervin and Associates, released yesterday, put the weekly drop at 2.7 cents a liter and the national average, at a dollar 1.6 cents.- Advertisement -Early this morning however, there was no change in the common posted price of a regular liter in Fort St. John, which was still a 109.9 cents.BCGasPrices.com says that’s still slightly less than the provincial average, which it had pegged early this morning at a 111.6 cents a litre.It had the high end price of a 120.5 cents, at a Shell station in West Vancouver.Advertisementlast_img read more

Overdraft fees cost young adults millions

first_img“Through these arrangements, banks gain exclusive access to a large student population they hope to turn into lifelong customers; at the same time they offer universities the potential of significant revenue,” the study reports. The study recommends that universities avoid such partnerships. It used to be the norm that banks and credit unions declined to honor checks or debit card payments if a customer’s checking account lacked sufficient funds. Today, however, they routinely cover the shortfall amount, then charge a fee for doing so. The financial institutions also require that the customer cover the shortfall amount. The report issued is the latest in a series of studies the Center for Responsible Lending has issued on what it considers “abusive” overdraft policies. In the past the American Bankers Association has responded that overdraft policies are appreciated by customers who want to avoid embarrassment and the fees charged by merchants when a check bounces or a transaction is denied. The ABA has also pointed out that consumers have options to avoid overdraft fees, including arranging with their bank to have overdrafts paid through a line of credit or a savings account. The Center for Responsible Lending also recommends that consumers exercise such options.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By David Ranii RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER College students and other young adults pay banks nearly $1 billion in fees each year for overdrawn accounts, according to a new national study. Young adults ages 18 to 24 pay more than $3 in fees for every $1 their account is overdrawn. They are particularly susceptible to such charges because of their widespread use of debit cards for even small transactions, according to a study issued Monday by the Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit group based in Durham, N.C. “Abusive overdraft practices by banks are stripping funds from the checking accounts of young adults,” the report concludes. “Many students and young workers find themselves owing hundreds of dollars in fees before they even realize they have overdrawn their accounts.” At least 100 colleges nationwide contribute to the problem by forming partnerships with banks, the study contends. Under these deals, the universities and banks offer co-branded ID cards that double as a debit card linked to a checking account at the partnering bank. last_img read more

70 punished in nuke mistake

first_imgAIR FORCE: Probe of flight of armed weapons finds “erosion of adherence to ? standards.” By Pauline Jelinek THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The Air Force said Friday it has punished 70 airmen involved in the accidental, cross-country flight of a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber following an investigation that found widespread disregard for the rules on handling such munitions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“There has been an erosion of adherence to weapons-handling standards at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base,” said Maj. Gen. Richard Newton, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations. Newton was announcing the results of a six-week probe into the Aug. 29 and 30 incident in which the B-52 was inadvertently armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown from Minot in North Dakota to Barksdale in Louisiana without anyone noticing the mistake for more than a day. The missiles were supposed to be taken to Louisiana, but the warheads were supposed to have been removed beforehand. A main reason for the error was that crews had decided not to follow a complex schedule under which the status of the missiles is tracked while they are disarmed, loaded, moved and so on, one official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. The airmen replaced the schedule with their own “informal” system, he said, though he didn’t say why they did that nor how long they had been doing it their own way. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, said she believed the Air Force had done a thorough investigation, but the findings were “a warning sign that there has been degradation” of attitudes toward the handling of the weapons. “These are not just rules that people dreamed up … just so they could check off the boxes,” she said. “This is fundamentally important to the security of the country and the world.” Highest ranked among those punished were four officers who were relieved this week of their commands, including the 5th Bomb Wing commander at Minot, Col. Bruce Emig, who also has been the base commander since June. In addition, the wing has been “decertified from its wartime mission,” Newton said. Some 65 airmen have been decertified from handling nuclear weapons. The certification process looks at a person’s psychological profile, any medications they are taking and other factors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD COMPETITION: WIN A FREE WEEKEND ON THE BEAUTIFUL ARRANMORE ISLAND

first_imgArranmore Car and passenger Fast Ferry (The Blue Ferry) are proud match sponsors of Friday’s big match v Waterford UTD at Finn Park.To mark the occasion they’re running a fantastic competition in association with Finn Harps and Donegal Daily, to give you the chance to come and enjoy a trip to beautiful Arranmore this summer.FIRST PRIZE : Free return trip and B&B for two nights in Arranmore this Summer. FIVE RUNNER UP PRIZES: Free return trip by car for your family to visit the Island this Summer.To enter this wonderful competition please follow the instructions outlined below.(1) Like the Arranmore car & passenger fast ferries page (link below)https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arranmore-Car-Passenger-Fast-Ferries/152161498212769 (2) In comments below please complete this sentence in less than 40 more words “I would like to visit Arranmore Island this Summer because…………Rules:(1) One entry per person(2) Competition closes at 10 pm on Wednesday 2nd July.Judges decision is final. We will announce the lucky winners on Friday 4th July.Good luck!!DD COMPETITION: WIN A FREE WEEKEND ON THE BEAUTIFUL ARRANMORE ISLAND was last modified: June 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Arranmore FerrycompetitionEntertainmentFeaturesFinn Harps FCnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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