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NBA suspends Portland’s CJ McCollum for a game

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 He will have to miss the first game he is physically able to play, meaning he will likely sit Portland’s opener on Wednesday — coincidentally, back in Phoenix.McCollum has missed only four games in the past two seasons. He averaged a career-best 23 points per game on 48 percent shooting last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, is fouled by Sacramento Kings defender Matt Jones during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. Portland didn’t make a lot of changes in the offseason as the team remains anchored by the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and McColllum. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)cNEW YORK — The NBA has handed Portland guard CJ McCollum a one-game suspension for leaving the bench area during an altercation.McCollum took several steps onto the floor when Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len tussled in the fourth quarter of the teams’ preseason game Wednesday night. McCollum did not engage anyone, but leaving the bench area merited the penalty under NBA rules.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cavaliers deal two, drop two as roster takes shape Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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Several Rural Roads in Deplorable State Nationwide

first_imgWith no substantive utterances from the dormant Public Works Ministry for the past eighteen months, several reports gathered from the rural parts of the country show that most roads are in deplorable conditions.Almost all of the MPW officials have not come forward to throw light on short, medium and long range plans to rehabilitate primary, secondary and feeder roads throughout the country.As a strict policy of the Minister proper of the MPW, Dr. Antoinette Weeks, the Communications and Publication Department, is not clothed with the authority to provide the relevant information regarding the nation’s road network.The many complaints coming from rural Liberia, especially farmers and businesspeople, continue to fall on deaf ears of the MPW officials.But the current Minister of Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh, did issue one statement, that owing to the Ebola plague, a hold had been placed on all road projects.Principally, even conveyance of critically needed goods, services and medical materials have been an uphill battle due to the deplorable conditions of many roads in rural Liberia.It has been gathered that even the conveyance of critically needed Ebola virus and other vital medical supplies to rural health facilities has been a complete nightmare in most parts of the country.The road networks in the capital, Monrovia, have not been spared. Many are in very deplorable conditions that continue to pose serious threats to commuters and commercial and private vehicles.Many of the main avenues in the Sinkor and other parts continue to depreciate rapidly to the detriment of the hundreds of commercial and private cars.Primary, private and commercial car owners have added their voices to the unpleasant sentiments about the road conditions.Recently, a Western diplomat remarked that Monrovia’s avenue and other neighborhood roads needed short, medium and long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction in order to ensure some smooth movement of goods and services.“It would actually be an honorable gesture if the Liberian Government could place on its national agenda to prioritize the rehabilitation and reconstruction of avenue and neighborhood roads in Monrovia,” the diplomat stressed.In exclusive interviews, some Monrovia residents and businesspeople called on the Public Works Ministry to wake up and pay attention to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Monrovia’s avenues and neighborhood roads.Resident Robert B. Thomas, 40, of Cheeseman Avenue told the Daily Observer Monday that the Liberian Government should in the upcoming Dry Season rehabilitate some of Monrovia’s streets and avenues.“My brother, even most of our drainages are in very deplorable conditions and need urgent rehabilitation and reconstruction by the Ministry of Public Works during this Dry Season in our city,” Mr. Thomas asserted.Businessman Lawrence M. Jallah, 48, importer of computer accessories, called on the MPW executives to critically consider the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Monrovia’s deplorable avenues and neighborhood roads.“I think the MPW leaders should do away with the extensive planning and embark on concrete projects that Liberians and their development partners can see and appreciate,” Mr. Jallah emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Prez Sirleaf Applauds Turkey on 93rd National Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the Government and People of the Republic of Turkey on the occasion commemorating the 93rd Anniversary of the National Day of that country on Saturday, October 29, 2016.In her message to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Sirleaf on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia extended warmest congratulations and best wishes to the Government and people of Turkey as they celebrate this historic event, which places particular recognition on charity work and volunteerism. She further said “even as Europe is faced with the challenge of migration, Turkey has become an important stakeholder in decisively addressing this global concern, and we remain grateful for your support in the premise.”Madam Sirleaf expressed optimism that the long and cordial relationship between Liberia and Turkey will be further enriched and deepened as the two governments work collaboratively for the mutual benefit of their respective peoples.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP look to confirm the well-being of three people

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Sunday evening, July 28, the Fort St. John RCMP received a call from a concerned citizen.According to RCMP, the concerned citizen saw a female with red hair, riding a red quad with two children on the back, and three dogs running behind, enter a trailhead off the 277 Road in Charlie Lake at around the time of 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.Police say the caller did not see all persons leave and was concerned for their safety given the rugged terrain and time of day.- Advertisement -The party was described as :1 female with Red Hair, possibly the mother of the children2 children 10 – 12 years of age3 dogs – heeler typeAnyone with information on this incident, and can confirm the party’s well-being, is being asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

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CASH BOOST FOR FINN HARPS FC

first_imgFINN Harps are celebrating their first win of the season – and a cash windfall today.More than €125,000 in grant aid for the club will go towards the development of Finn Park.Last night Harps finally chalked up their first win by beating Athlone. (You can read a match report here: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/27/harps-finally-get-off-mark-thanks-to-lucky-goal-against-athlone/). And today the Ballybofey club was told the Government cleared the funding.Minister Michael Ring announced the move in a statement to junior minister Dinny McGinley.Work is due to start later this summer with work set to complete their new stadium in time for the 2013 season.CASH BOOST FOR FINN HARPS FC was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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:cash boostfinn harpslast_img read more

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MUM PLEADS WITH TEENS NOT TO THINK OF SUICIDE AFTER SHE BURIES SECOND DAUGHTER

first_imgDevastated mum Lorraine Gallagher has pleaded to young people to come forward and speak about their hurt if they are suffering feelings of suicide.Tragic Lorraine suffered a mother’s worst nightmare yesterday when she buried her SECOND daughter in the space of just six weeks.Both Erin Gallagher, 13, and her older sister Shannon, 15, took their own lives in Ballybofey and Castlefin. Shannon was buried on Saturday after funeral mass at St Mary’s Church in Stranorlar – the second time Lorraine suffered such heartache.Last night Lorraine said she never wanted any mother or father to go through what she has gone through in recent weeks.“ I am just numb and I don’t know what to think or say at this time.“But I did see the looks on the faces of Shannon and Erin’s friends and they are going through so much too. “I want them to know that suicide is not the answer to whatever hurt and pain they are going through.“There is another way and there are people there to listen. Whatever it is, we can sort it out,” she said.Lorraine, 36, said she feels empty and lifeless at the moment but knows she has to carry on for her son Sean James, 4.“Sean James was the centre of Erin and Shannon’s lives. They lived for him.“I know they are looking down now and protecting us. I know they are willing me to be strong so he can have the best life possible now,” she said. Hundreds of mourners turned up for Shannon’s funeral on Saturday.Her remains were carried into the church by members of the Twin Towns Boxing Club of which Shannon was a leading members and had won Ulster titles for.A picture of the 15 year old sports-mad Finn Valley College studio in the boxing ring sat proudly on top of her white coffin.Mourners, grown men and women, wiped away tears as they heard how Shannon had excelled at school and especially at Irish. She loved Gaelic football,, soccer and Irish dancing and had even given up rugby to concentrate more on boxing.And in a damning homily, local priest Fr John Joe Duffy said society had failed Shannon and her little sister Erin.He said Erin’s death should have being a dawn for change for agencies and support groups but it was not.“Society has failed two children, two sisters within two months and that is a most damning indictment for any society evidenced by the second white coffin that is before this altar within two short months, 45 days ago to be exact.“My heart is devastated, my heart is shattered at how poorly we understand the issues concerning youth mental health and mental health issues in the general population in Ireland. And the terrible consequences we see occurring and reoccurring on a regular basis though out the country.“The systems and methodologies in place and used by the HSE and other agencies and professionals dealing with these cases simply does not work. We are failing to protect the most fragile and most vulnerable children in our society.“We are failing to bring in the children, young people and most vulnerable adults on the margins of our society to the safety of the centre where they ought to find support, comfort, and safety.“The systems and approach need to be radically improved, to be completely overhauled and to be more responsive so that they have a relevance and are fit for purpose in the modern world.“Hiding behind professionalism and qualifications or the inertia of being able to change rules, legislation or regulations is simply not acceptable, when so many lives getting younger have being tragically and needlessly lost.“I am now calling upon someone in Government to take a hands on role and to do what it takes. Whatever that is to combat what is the most serious problem affecting our country and so many of our families and communities with such devastating consequences.“The time for talking is over. For the sake of all people on the margins or in similar circumstances, for the love of God let some one person in Government take leadership and reform what is clearly a broken system,” he slammed.Coaches from the Twins Towns Boxing Club wiped away tears as they led Shannon from the church as friends released pink balloons into the cold December skyline as Shannon was led to Castlefin Cemetery for burial.MUM PLEADS WITH TEENS NOT TO THINK OF SUICIDE AFTER SHE BURIES SECOND DAUGHTER was last modified: December 17th, 2012 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:Erin GallagherFr John Joe DuffyLOrraine GallagherSHANNON GALLAGEHRSUICIDElast_img read more

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Reaching out to community

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – It’s been 50 years since Lowell Judd made First Baptist Church of San Fernando his neighborhood church. Judd didn’t limit his commitment to his faith to just Sunday services. He became a vital part of what he called “our close-knit family” – most of the current members have been with the church for more than 40 years – as he served in various capacities on the church board. “There is so much love. We look out for each other,” Judd said. “The fellowship of the church is what my wife and I like.” As the congregation has aged and dwindled, the congregation and its clergy leaders want to pass the baton of fellowship and Christian learning on to those who now live in the surrounding neighborhood – estimated to be 95 percent Hispanic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 They also recognize that younger people respond to a contemporary style of worship, like the excitement of a praise band, and they have given their blessing to an effort to start a new congregation that would consist of English-speaking families who would hold a service at a different time in the sanctuary. “We live in a culture where there’s lots of exciting things to do. There are a lot of families involved in sports on Sunday. Other people just want to take Sunday off and read the paper,” said Pastor Joseph Espinoza. “We would like to make such an experience of God that they see the value and take the time to come into a community of believers.” Espinoza, who will be ordained next year, chats up people on what they are looking for in a church community as he travels around San Fernando looking for people to make up that new congregation. He has come to realize that the church is viewed more as a landmark – it is across from the San Fernando Courthouse – than a faith community. “People have forgotten we’re here. There is a Spanish-speaking group who meet at 9 a.m. in our chapel, but I’m targeting the English-speaking Hispanic community, the families with children especially,” Espinoza said. “We’re trying to discern their needs. Our pastor and our people haven’t given up. We can do good work here. We can make a meaningful mark in the community.” Some of the needs that Espinoza and the Rev. Jim Wilson from First Baptist of San Fernando have identified are tutoring for elementary-school students, workshops on strengthening marriage and parenting skills, and activities for teens. “Our goal is to make an impact on the city of San Fernando for Christ. There’s an Old Testament verse that says, seek the welfare of the city you are in and be a blessing for that city,” said Wilson. “We need to make our presence felt and get that core group.” Pastor Joseph Espinoza will lead the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service for the next five weeks at First Baptist Church of San Fernando, 215 MacNeil St. Call (818) 361-0151. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com 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

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National cohesion ‘up to all of us’: Zuma

first_img4 July 2012 Promoting social cohesion, nation building and a sense of national identity are high on the list of South Africa’s priorities, says President Jacob Zuma, but will require a joint effort from all sectors of society to achieve. Speaking at the Social Cohesion Summit at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto on Wednesday, Zuma said the summit itself was confirmation of the importance the government placed on these issues. However, Zuma pointed out, while the government was embarking on a number of programmes to promote national unity and reconciliation, this was a continuous two-way process, particularly in a society that had emerged from three centuries of colonialism and apartheid. “As we gather here to develop a national strategy on social cohesion and nation building, we felt that this was not a strategy that government should design alone,” Zuma said. “It is a national effort that requires the views of many sectors and stakeholders.”South Africa ‘a nation that finds solutions’ South Africans had on many occasions proven to be a nation that finds solutions to difficult problems through dialogue, discussion and reaching out to one another, the President said. However, there were bound to be challenges along the journey to social cohesion. “We are under no illusion that it is going to be easy. The South African nation is a product of many streams of history and culture, representing the origins, dispersal and re-integration of humanity over hundreds of years. “We have to build one national identity out of multiple identities based on class, gender, age, language, geographic location, and religion.” While there had been progress in institutionalising the principle of an inclusive citizenship since 1994, certain matters still caused “divisions and frustrations”. “The challenges of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, landlessness, and the divisions around race, class and gender make it difficult to arrive at a socially cohesive and united society as fast as we would want to,” Zuma said. The government’s responsibility was to lead South Africans toward a national, democratic society. “This is a society that is united, non-sexist, non-racial, democratic and prosperous. It is a society with a value system that is based on human solidarity and ubuntu, which promotes a society which prioritises caring for and respecting others.”Socio-economic transformation Zuma noted that the socio-economic transformation programme was a primary tool of national reconciliation, nation building and social cohesion. Continuous programmes of democratic transformation as well the expansion of basic services and improving the performance of the economy to create jobs, were all designed to create a united, cohesive society. In addition, heritage transformation projects helped promote reconciliation, unity and nation building. The government, through the Department of Arts and Culture, had identified 28 heritage projects. “Through the upgrading and declaration of historic sites, we will ensure a more representative and inclusive South African history and heritage. More importantly, this will also contribute towards shared values and a common national identity in the country.”Power of sport to unite Zuma also noted the power of sport as a social cohesion tool. “As a result of the value of sports in nation building, government is now investing in school sports more than ever before. The school sport budget has been increased from R27.3-million in the previous year to R42.6-million.” The ongoing process of geographical names change and standardisation was also one of the tools to bring South Africans together, to promote a common nationhood and craft a new and inclusive narrative for the country. In addition, the government had developed the Use of Official Languages Bill as part of promoting social cohesion. The Bill is in response to the provisions of Section 6 of the Constitution that not only identifies 11 official languages, but also obliges the state to take practical and positive measures to elevate the status and advance the use of indigenous languages. He noted that the languages spoken by the majority were marginalised, and this should be corrected. Another important part of promoting social cohesion was the protection and promotion of indigenous knowledge systems, which included promoting formal indigenous knowledge education and assisting indigenous communities to establish cooperative structures to organise themselves, Zuma said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Gold Coast, Australia

first_imgBesides enjoying the sea, surf and sand, explore the rainforests and lagoons too. Day 1: Check into Mantra Wings (tel: +61 07 5527 5777), a beautiful resort located hotel within two minutes from Surfers Paradise beach. Head to the beach and take a walk down the pristine coastline, passing Broadbeach, and North Burleigh. Or sunbathe at Surfers Paradise while watching swimmers negotiate the large waves. After lunch, take a lift to the top deck of Q1, (www.skypoint.com.au) the tallest building on the coast, about five minutes away from the beach. The deck has partial glass floors and glass walls to provide breathtaking views of the coast. It also has a cafe and bar, which turns vibrant as the shadows lengthen, so hang around for night views of the coast before retiring for the night. Day 2: After breakfast, head towards Mount Tamborine, about 30 minutes away from your hotel. This is among the most popular destinations in the hinterland. Make your way to Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk (www.rainforestskywalk.com.au) an elevated walkway through the rainforest. It’s a great experience. While in the area, dine on crabs and prawns at Songbirds Restaurant (tel: +61 07 5545 2563) nestled within thick jungle, with kookaburra and even pythons for company. Visit Gallery Walk, for shopping and then head back to Gold Coast. Day 3: Spend the day at an amusement park. From Sea World, the oldest theme park in the country, to the relatively new White Water World, there’s plenty to choose from. You must also check out Warner Brothers’ Movie World (movieworld.myfun.com.au). Filled with cartoon characters, it is sure to take you into the fantasy land of movies. For adrenaline rush, hop on to Superman Escape, the most spectacular roller coaster in area. Have dinner at a restaurant here.Day 4: Today, head out of town towards Tallebudgera Creek, about 15 km away. This is a beautiful lagoon is ideal for a picnic and fishing. After a picnic lunch make your way to Kirra beach for water sports. In the evening shop at the Cavill Mall and catch some street food in the same area. For a post dinner drink, visit Minus, an ice bar at the mall. Day 5: About an hour’s drive from Surfers’ Paradise is Numinbah Valley, home to the Numinbah Forest Reserve with waterfalls. You can spend the day here indulging in activities like horsing, bushwalking or trekking. Head back to Gold Coast, and on your last evening in the city, have dinner at the popular Chinese restaurant Zen, at Conrads Jupiter (www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au). My must do: Ritu BeriMust stay: The Palazzo Versace is definitely one of the best stay options in Gold Coast. Must shop: I love spending time at Orchid and Elkhorn avenues where you will find most of the luxury designer shops.Must do: Ride the waves at Main Beach.advertisementlast_img read more

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Worlds first womb transplant baby celebrates birthday

first_imgLondon, Sep 20 (PTI) The worlds first baby born through a womb transplant to Swedish parents has celebrated his first birthday. Vincent was born on September 4, a year ago. His parents describe him as a happy, healthy child, not that different from any other one-year-old. In an interview published by Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri (DI) the parents Malin Stenberg and Claes Nilsson, said they are grateful to the 61-year-old woman – the mother of Nilssons best friend – who donated her womb for the ten-hour transplant surgery. “How could anyone do this for us? A thank you is not enough,” he told the newspaper. Vincent was born two months early by Caesarean section at 21 weeks, after Stenberg developed potentially dangerous pregnancy condition pre-eclampsia. But the baby was healthy at birth, The Local reported. Vincents mother, who was born without a womb, was one of nine who received a transplant from live donors in a trial led by Mats Brannstrom, the Swedish professor in obstetrics and gynaecology of the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The trial has seen another tree babies being born in the past year and another woman is currently pregnant. PTI RCL AKJ RCLlast_img read more

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