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 View comments The Beermen, who are eyeing a historic fourth consecutive all-Filipino crown, will face either No. 2 Magnolia or NLEX in a best-of-seven finals series.The Hotshots go for the last championship berth in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fajardo’s teammates Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter were also considered for the weekly citation.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Fajardo sparks Beermen’s crucial startThe Cebuano center, who was named PBA Press Corps Player of the Week, averaged 20.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in the last two games of the series to knock off Ginebra in five games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 28-year-old Fajardo posted 14 points and 13 rebounds in San Miguel’s 102-81 rout in Game 4 before unleashing 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, nine rebounds, three assists and a block in the close out game on Saturday.READ: San Miguel back in PH Cup Finals, closes out Ginebra Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum halt slump, fend off struggling Go for Gold MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo couldn’t be stopped in San Miguel’s semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra as he led the Beermen to their fourth straight Philippine Cup Finals.Fajardo dominated the Gin Kings especially in Games 4 and 5 where he played like the four-time PBA MVP that he is.ADVERTISEMENT
The National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday announced that it has brought into the country an excess of 740,000 ballot papers for the conduct of the ensuing Special Senatorial Election.Addressing a news conference at the Commission’s headquarters, Chairman Jerome Korkoya disclosed that 2,640,000 ballot papers arrived in the country last Friday for the purpose of conducting the poll.According to him, the over two million ballot papers will be matched against the 1.9 million registered voters across the country.Though there was no reason provided for the “huge” excess, Chairman Korkoya said that election ballots, which were procured in Ghana “are currently in secured storage under protection of state securities.” He continued, “Deployment of ballot papers and other sensitive election materials to the 1,780 polling precincts nationwide will commence on December 13, 2014. I am pleased to announce that 5000 election kits procured internationally have arrived in the country. Packaging of these materials to the various county warehouses will commence on November 23, 2014. Deployment of polling kits to the various polling precincts will begin on December 13, 2014.“In order to be on schedule, NEC has recruited 400 electoral supervisors while recruitment of 24,622 polling staff is ongoing,” the NEC said.Relative to measures taken against the spread of Ebola, Chairman Korkoya announced that, “All voters and polling staff will be required to wash their hands with chlorinated water at all precincts; voters will be required and provisions will be made to ensure that they stand three feet apart in queues at all polling centers on election day.”Furthermore, NEC pointed out that voters will be required to use cotton buds to ink their thumbs before marking the ballot since they will not share pens. However, voters are encouraged to bring personal pens or where necessary, the Commission will provide pens in polling booths that will be routinely sanitized.The Commission announced that it has received applications from 10 international organizations for accreditation of 275 observers. Also, 16 national and domestic observer groups have been accredited. Accreditations are being printed along with other materials for agents of political parties and candidates as well as media representatives.Meanwhile, in two successive presidential elections, CDC in particular had complained of ballot stuffing, questioning the credibility of the process. However, said claims are yet to be independently verified.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AGUA DULCE – Robert Simons had just gotten out of his car when someone hit him from behind, knocking him unconscious. He came to 20 minutes later, picking himself up from a pool of blood by the gate to Oasis Park with a gash on his head that required 10 stitches. The owners of the former Oasis mobile home park, which Simons manages and which is being redeveloped as a recreation site, offered a $5,000 reward for information on the attack, but so far no clues have surfaced. But one of the owners, Manny Fernandez, said he believes the mysterious attack might be an indication tensions have escalated between residents of a far-flung enclave and Oasis Park, which two years ago blocked access through its property to the small settlement on Briggs Road in rural Agua Dulce. Briggs residents used to access their homes by driving through the Oasis Park property, crossing a Metrolink rail track and a makeshift bridge that has since washed away. The property owners argued the crossing wasn’t safe and blocked residents from driving through their property at any point. Now, the residents have to drive out of their way 3
With the exception of former USC standout Kevin Stadler, who shot a 4-under 67, players with local ties didn’t fare well in the opening round. Corey Pavin (UCLA) was tied for 72nd at 1-over 72. Tom Lehman (former Wood Ranch pro) was tied for 88th at 73. Former UCLA standouts John Merrick (74) and Duffy Waldorf (75) were tied for 99th and 117th, respectively. Jason Gore (Pepperdine) and David Berganio Jr. (Granada Hills) were tied for 113th after shooting 6-over 77s. Staff writer Gene Warnick contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vaughn Taylor were waiting to tee off on the par-3 sixth hole, something happened to disturb a gigantic bee hive. Hundreds of bees swarmed the fairway and fans scrambled for protection. After the trio teed off, Mickelson and Els calmly walked down the fairway while Taylor tried to high-step his way around the bees. said he was aware of the problem and a maintenance crew was dispatched to spray the area. Ortega said Riviera usually doesn’t have a problem with bees since the weather often is rainy and cold. Ortega had a strange way of trying to ensure it wouldn’t rain this year. “I did a lot of praying and dancing to get good weather,” he said. There’s no chance of rain in the forecast through Sunday’s final round. Mike Ortega, the Nissan’s tournament chairman, PACIFIC PALISADES – Greg McLaughlin, the president of the Tiger Woods Foundation, denied a report that Tiger Woods skipped the Nissan Open because he wanted to move his tournament, the Target World Challenge, from December to November in a battle with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. The Daily Mail of London reported such a move was causing friction and might be a reason Woods missed the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship and the Nissan. “We’ve never discussed having the tournament in November with the PGA Tour,” McLaughlin said Thursday. “We’ve had the tournament the first or second week in December since the very beginning. We’ve been pleased because we’ve had great success with that. Last year we had the best attendance yet, and we’re pleased with the dates. We’ve never had any discussions about that.” Woods has not made a public statement about why he decided to pass on the Nissan Open for only the second time in his pro career. Thus, speculation has been rampant about why he didn’t play at this week’s Nissan, where he was given his first sponsor exemption as a 16-year-old.
Both CSU Bakersfield and CSU Fresno offer upper-division and graduate-level courses in the Antelope Valley using a combination of classroom space at a satellite campus on the north end of Antelope Valley College and at a building at the former Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at Avenue I and Division. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The next immediate steps in trying to establish a four-year university in the High Desert will be the formation of a joint powers authority, according to project advocates. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade, which has been developing a higher-education master plan, is backing the formation of a joint powers authority to oversee the push for a four-year college. After discussions with California State University officials, AVBOT’s board of directors agreed to endorse the joint powers authority. State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who has been working for more than a decade to enhance the region’s higher-education opportunities, had pushed the idea of a joint powers authority as a coordinating body for the effort. “I think it’s going to be important to have an organized, regional voice,” Runner said. “We need to promote the current education opportunities, see what opportunities there might be for additional programs, and lay groundwork for a four-year university.” A planning group is working to determine the framework for a joint powers authority. One meeting was held with representatives of Antelope Valley College, the Antelope Valley Union High School District, Kern and Los Angeles counties, and the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. Representatives from Tehachapi and California City have been invited to the next meeting in April, said Jackie Fisher, president of Antelope Valley College. AVBOT has completed a master plan for higher education, but has not yet made it public. The plan will go to the joint powers authority, once it is formed. It will serve as a supporting document for a formal university proposal that the JPA will develop, said Cathy Hart, AVBOT’s executive director. “The master plan was never intended to be the actual university proposal itself – only a first step – but it will be a very useful document that will save the JPA a considerable amount of research time,” Hart said. CSU officials have indicated there are no plans in the near term to add another campus. In conversations with Runner and with AVBOT representatives, CSU officials said the best way to bring in a campus would be to support the continued expansion of the Lancaster University Center.
– Advertisement – Chetwynd Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky believes these may be the work of an arsonist and is asking the community to be on the lookout. Another early morning fire was lit by an apartment building near the Braemar Arms soon after, but at this point it does not match the pattern of the other fires. Residents are advised to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity, and to try and take down and licence plate numbers of vehicles, or the make and model of any quads, along with a description of the driver. Vigilance is urged due to the dry conditions.
After receiving the school board’s application for a permit on August 12th, the city has finally approved the permit – so the school board is now one step closer to installing the long-awaited portable.“The portable is needed; Finch was totally full last year,” said School Board Chair Jaret Thompson. “We needed more room for students and we were planning on putting a portable in, sort of waiting to see what happened until the end of the last school year.”The school district was hoping to have the job done as summer rolled in; however, regulations instated in 2007 require an architect on all school buildings. The original plan lacked an architect, and thus, was delayed.- Advertisement -This delay was discussed in the school board meeting on August 31st.The city did, however, approve the permit for this portable on the 16th, as the school board stated in a meeting last night.Minor adjustments are taking place in the design, and it’s currently unknown when the school will be getting their portable installed.Advertisement The city of Fort St. John has been reached for a comment, and and update will be made with any more information.Edit: The city says work can begin to install the portable, and a final inspection will be conducted once it is done.
Out-of-favour Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina 1 Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign out-of-favour goalkeeper Pepe Reina, the German champions have announced.The Spain international has fallen out of favour with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers having lost his starting place to Belgium international Simon Mignolet.Reina, who joined the Reds from Villarreal in 2005, became a firm Anfield favourite during an eight-year spell as the club’s recognised number one but was shipped out to Napoli on loan last season following the arrival of Mignolet.Reunited with former manager Rafael Benitez, Reina enjoyed an impressive season in Italy, leading to suggestions he could yet have a future at Liverpool.The Spaniard insisted he was happy upon his return to Merseyside this summer, but while he travelled with the squad for their pre-season tour of the United States, he failed to make an appearance and didn’t even make the bench for Monday night’s International Champions Cup final against Man United.It was thought Benitez would enter talks to re-sign the 31-year-old on loan for another season in Italy, but it seems Reina is now set for a permanent move to the Bundesliga, in a deal worth a reported £2.5million.A move to the German capital is a puzzling one for the stopper, who is reportedly keen to work his way back into Spain’s international fold, as he is sure to find first-team football even more difficult to come by behind World Cup winner Manuel Neuer.A statement from Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge read: “Pepe Reina was eager to come to Bayern Munich.“The player will come in the next few days for medical examination to Munich and his contract to sign.“He wanted to embark on this adventure even though he knows that, in Manuel Neuer, he has a keeper in front of him who, if nothing changes, will always remain the number one.”
VAN NUYS – The neighborhood women swivel their hips in unison to a song that tells them to move suavecito – or a little smooth. They giggle in slight embarrassment as their teacher, Maria Romero, then leads them in country line dancing, followed by hip-hop. “Arriba! Arriba! Abajo! Derecha! Izquierda!” Romero says with force. “Up! Up! Down! Right! Left!” Romero is no exercise guru or choreographer. But her role within this Van Nuys church classroom provides a little-known link between the women she is teaching and the health-care community. “Their real strength comes from the fact that they understand the community because they come from the community,” said Veronica Montoya, policy director for the statewide organization Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. “They have been effective at filling holes that our health care hasn’t been able to fill. It is a lot of women who are a part of this, and I think that’s the incredible strength of the program. It boils down to an issue of empowerment.” The education they promote couldn’t come at a better time, Montoya said, as she sees Latinos increasingly suffering from a cycle of illnesses: obesity that leads to diabetes and asthma, which can bring about depression. One way to stop the cycle is to expand the use of promotoras, Montoya said. A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Lori Salda a, D-San Diego, would establish an obesity-prevention program inside school health clinics, using promotoras to teach the classes. The bill is expected to be heard during next year’s legislative session. “We’re still hoping it will go through,” Montoya said. “Frankly, there is very little information at the state level about promotoras.” And yet the practice is widely accepted among those who use them, said Steven Wallace, professor of public health and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. “It’s a well-established model,” he said. “It’s been proven to be effective so many times now, that when you suggest a promotora model in doing outreach, many call it appropriate.” The model works because promotoras combine mainstream information with cultural nuances, Wallace said. “Every culture has their own set of issues that is sensitive,” he said. “There’s always been a community of knowledgable healers or use of the lay midwife in almost every culture.” Promotoras often implement a holistic approach to providing information, said Miriam Hernandez, promotora coordinator for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, which runs a six-month training course. By providing information inside churches, for example, the health promotora reaches women on a spiritual, mental and physical level, Hernandez said. After encouraging women to attend health screenings, a promotora will often follow up, an important part of completing treatment, Hernandez said. Though they are not licensed to give medical care, they learn to refer residents to government agencies, health clinics, social workers or in some cases, the police. “A promotora may be out there talking about nutrition, but there may be someone out there who has other issues, such as domestic violence, and because she has been placed in a position of authority, she or he needs to have more resources,” said Melinda Cordero, director of the promotoras for the health-care network Vision y Compromiso. “With promotoras, organizations have the opportunity to reach deeply into the community,” Cordero said. “Promotoras are navigators, they are bridges that connect residents to resources and they are confidants. In our health-care system, there is no longer the time spent on patients that need to be listened to. “What I see now is more promotoras and their organizations interested in much deeper social change,” Cordero said. “They want to get to the root causes of obesity, for example.” Others focus on the environment, speaking out on everything from the dangers of packs of stray dogs in a neighborhood to graffiti on walls to toys that may contain lead. In 2002, Pacoima Beautiful began the Environmental Home Educators Program to help combat lead poisoning in paint. At one point, the group was able to eliminate lead from more than 300 homes in Pacoima. Maria Guadalupe Hernandez joined Pacoima Beautiful while participating in a community cleanup day back in 1996. Since then, she enrolled in English as a Second Language classes and joined the organization as a translator, then as a promotora, visiting houses and testing for lead in dust. “I really like to help my own community because I live here,” said the 40-year-old woman and mother of two. So far, much of community she reaches out to has been receptive. “I’m lucky, because all the people I’ve spoken with like good information,” she said. “We try to use a real simple language, with pictures or images.” Though the movement seems to be working, some say several challenges remain, including sustaining funding for training. Groups also are hoping to coordinate to create more uniform training courses statewide. Martha Lamas, 64, recently graduated from the six-month program through Holy Cross. A retired certified nurse’s assistant, she said she still has the desire to help people. “I have diabetes, so I know what questions these women have, what they are concerned about,” said Lamas, who took a break from the exercise class Romero led. “There are people who have diabetes and get very depressed about it,” Lamas said. “You have to encourage them but at the same time not scare them.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Romero is a promotora, or health promoter, part of a growing movement within California’s health-care community that has come to rely on thousands just like her to spread the word about the importance of eating well, exercising and visiting physicians regularly. Though there are no formal records, some say the movement in California has grown to up to 3,000 trained promotoras in the past five years. On Nov. 30, nearly 1,000 statewide are expected to meet in Burbank for a convention. “I’ve learned so much about myself by doing this, and I have become much more conscious of the needs of my community,” Romero, 40, said. “I talk to people about everything. Cancer. Diabetes. I try to break down barriers.” Much like the way women through history have relied on midwives, promotoras are predominantly Latina. They are trained for up to several months through various participating agencies, including Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. They organize workshops on emergency preparedness, pass out pamphlets about lead poisoning and serve up fact sheets about the symptoms of diabetes to just about anyone who will listen. Some do it for free.
BUSINESS: Many business owners are paying over the odds for their Utilities and are unaware that this can be easily changed.Rory Farrell of Utility Choice has saved small and medium businesses in the North West over €200,000 this year alone, simply by giving them a free review of their Energy, Telecoms and Merchant Service costs.Rory has 5 tips for businesses; 1. Understand the Make-Up of your BillsThe main problem with commercial bills is that they can, at times, be difficult to understand. To help reduce costs, look at the variable costs on your bills. Variable costs are the areas over which the end user has control, governed by their usage/consumption. By examining their bills and identifying the areas where they are spending more than they should be, businesses can then take the necessary action to change this, and therefore reduce their spend.2. Review The most effective way to reduce costs is to conduct an annual review of your Utility Bills. Providers’ pricing changes on a continuous basis, so reviewing your providers and what you are spending with them, is a worthwhile exercise. The problem is that many businesses can become complacent over time, and they also rarely have the time to conduct an in-depth review of each Utility, therefore they aren’t in a position take the time out to make the changes that could save them money.Utility Choice offers an ongoing service by conducting an annual review of their clients’ utility costs, to ensure they continue to keep costs down, year after year, meaning they don’t have to worry about losing the savings they achieved in the previous year.3. Shopping AroundComparing the pricing from multiple providers is a key factor in identifying areas of savings. Business owners should make a list of all providers, call each provider and compare prices, and what they are offering as part of their price. This can take time and can sometimes be confusing if you are not familiar with the components that make up your monthly bill. However, it is a worthwhile process, as depending on the type of business, potentially thousands of euro can be saved each year. Utility Choice does this quickly and efficiently for their clients, saving businesses time, and money in the process.Utility Choice works with the leading utility providers to ensure they are always getting the value for money for their clients.4. Monitor Reviewing once a year is a great way to save on utility costs however it should be a continuous process as well. Ask yourself, “Are your bills higher this month than last?” and if so, why? What has changed?When businesses evolve and grow so can their utility costs. Therefore, it’s important to re-assess as their requirements change, to avoid any unnecessary over expenditure.Utility Choice also offer a monthly review service that can assist businesses in monitoring this.5. Efficiency Being aware of Energy efficiency and actually practicing it, are two very different things. It is all too easy to forget the most basic rules of energy saving. Rory commented “I’ve visited many businesses where rooms are empty and locked, yet through the window, I can see five or six lights may be switched on inside”Even starting with basic energy saving tips like turning lights off, not using air conditioning unless necessary etc. can significantly reduce spend on energy over the year.Rory continued “I know this sounds really simple but even the most diligent of us, forget these basic things, so it helps to be reminded”At first meeting Rory identifies potential areas where consumption/usage could be realistically reduced.Conor Coyle, Financial controller of The Kernan Group says “Through Utility Choice, The Kernan Group achieved an annual saving of circa 10% on their energy costs at our multiple sites around the county, which was a fantastic saving”. We are all familiar with comparison sites for travel, insurance, hotels etc. like that, Utility Choice is a Utility comparison service, based in Co. Donegal. The Utilities Market can be a confusing place, and shopping around effectively can be a time consuming and laborious task. Rory will analyse a business’s individual needs and tailor a solution specifically for that business. It is not a one size fits all solution by any means. Each business can save money in different ways and with different providers, suited to their particular set of requirements.Emma Wasson, Manager of TT Childcare Ltd commented “Utility Choice identified areas of potential cost reduction on our telecoms at TT Childcare. They presented us with the options available to us from a number of telecom providers, and we made our own choice as to what provider to move to. Utility Choice managed the entire switch for us from start to finish, and we have noticed a reduction in our monthly telecom costs as a result.”Utility Choice will conduct a free, no obligation review that will identify areas of potential cost reduction. Call Utility Choice today on 074 9116097, or visit their website www.utilitychoiceireland.com.On Friday August 5th, Rory Farrell of Utility Choice will be providing one-to-one Utility Reviews for business owners at their offices at the BASE Enterprise Centre in Stranorlar. Places will be limited. To book a one to one, call The BASE on: Tel: 07491 90909 or email: email@example.comAre you paying too much? Here’s five ways to reduce Business Utility costs was last modified: July 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BillsBusinessCostsnewsreductionUtility