Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani gives instructions before a doubles match during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. The chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match has been suspended for two tournaments by the ATP. A statement issued by the men’s tour on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, says that Mohamed Lahyani will not officiate at his next two scheduled events, the China Open in Beijing, which starts on Oct. 1, and the Shanghai Masters the following week.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)The chair umpire who climbed out of his seat to talk with Nick Kyrgios during a U.S. Open match was suspended for two tournaments by the ATP.Mohamed Lahyani will not officiate at his next two scheduled events — the China Open in Beijing, which starts on Oct. 1, and the Shanghai Masters the following week, the men’s tour said in a statement Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “Mohamed is a world-class and highly respected official. However, his actions during the match crossed a line that compromised his own impartiality as a chair umpire,” Gayle Bradshaw, ATP executive vice president of rules and competition, said in Tuesday’s statement. “Although well-intended, his actions were regrettable and cannot go without disciplinary action on our own Tour. We know that he will learn from this experience and we look forward to welcoming him back in October.”Lahyani will be able to resume umpiring at the Stockholm Open on Oct. 15.His suspension was first reported by The New York Times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ The ATP says Layhani’s actions during Kyrgios’ second-round victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Flushing Meadows on Aug. 30 were “deemed to have compromised the impartiality that is required of an official.”According to the statement, he is one of seven full-time ATP chair umpires. As a full-time employee, he is subject to tour discipline, even though what he did came at the U.S. Open, which is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Tennis Association.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, did not appear to be putting forth much effort while dropping the first set and falling behind 3-0 in the second against Herbert. During a changeover, Lahyani left his chair — a rare sight in Grand Slam tennis — to speak to Kyrgios, leaning with hands on knees while saying, “I want to help you.”The 30th-seeded Kyrgios wound up beating Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0, then lost to Roger Federer in his next match. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Herbert said at the time he thought Lahyani should be sanctioned in some way.“This was not his job,” Herbert said. “I don’t think he’s a coach, he’s an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that.”Kyrgios, meanwhile, laughed at the idea that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.The next day, USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said Lahyani had gone “beyond our protocol,” but would be allowed to continue to work matches during the U.S. Open because of his “exemplary track record as an international tennis official.”Lahyani then was assigned to umpire doubles matches during that tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Messi scores record 8th Champions League hat trick View comments
Today, September 11, Americans and people all around the world will commemorate the 2,977 innocent lives that were lost 13 years ago, in what has gone down in history as one of the most daring and unusual terrorists attacks ever. The tragedy not only changed the lives of the people directly affected by the attacks but also that of future, yet-to-be born generations. However, can this be compared to the Ebola Crisis where thousands of people have succumbed to this deadly disease?The Ebola virus has not only caused tragedy and changed the lives of people affected, but it has also drastically affected our life style. Liberians are so used to greeting each other by touch – a hand shake here, an embrace there, even a kiss. Where we used to share cups, bowls and spoons; beds, clothes and shoes; we now think thrice about potential threats of infection from our closest friends and relatives. Instead, we wash hands religiously at every door post, keep a distance beyond arm’s length and sometimes bow to greet each other like the Chinese. Some women have even put their male partners “on dryer” – a moratorium on sexual activity until the Ebola Season is over. And many men have admitted that, fearing for their own lives, they have decided to “abide by the rules of the game” – fidelity.There are also direct and indirect psychological effects: where members of households and families are infected with Ebola, the dichotomy of care vs. neglect persists, because of the fear of infection being transmitted. Where armed government forces go shooting at unarmed people contesting an imposed quarantine; or where family revenue streams get dried up because of epidemic-preventive regulations imposed by government or private employers; it gets really disturbing and forces people to find new ways to adapt to the situation. Then, there is the sight of dead bodies lying all over, in the streets; and the depression of thinking you could be next and the stigma it leaves you with.And as people around the world remember this day in history, LIB life asked some of your reflections on that time vis-à-vis the current Ebola crisis in Liberia. Can that terrible day at all be compared to that of our deadly crisis we’re facing? Here’s what some of you said:Nvasekie Konneh, poet and author: “Though both September 11 and the current Ebola crisis are disastrous, but we have to understand the difference. September 11 was a manmade disaster with a clear political agenda on the part of the perpetrators. The Ebola crisis in our sub-region is a natural disaster that can be compared to Hurricane Katrina, which affected the U.S. State of Louisiana. With both Katrina and Ebola being natural disasters, the question is how did the US manage its disaster and how we are managing ours? The US was in far better position to deal with theirs. For us, it’s different ball game altogether because we are a poor country and we have no technical capability to combat this disease. We are living by the mercy of God and those whose help we are seeking to combat the disease”.On the other hand, Mrs. Maisha “Mama” Shabu, from Shabuta Cultural Arts Center had a total different perspective about September 11 and the Ebola crisis in Liberia. She blamed both governments for being careless in handling their respective crises and accused them of dishonesty and sending out the wrong message to their citizens. “Both the Liberian government and the American government had, for many years, cultivated distrust in significant segments of their populations before September 11 and before this Ebola crisis occurred, respectively. They both continued to send out confused and unreasonable descriptions of events as the disasters unfolded and in the aftermath or, in the case of Liberia, as the disastrous events continued. The people of both nations were, therefore, thrown into hysteria and many innocent lives were and are being lost. The American government then used the Sept 11 tragedy as a cause to institute oppressive international restrictions on the whole world’s nations, especially international travel. It is now horrifying to see the same American government using the Ebola crisis in Liberia to again institute their hegemony in West Africa by pushing to send American troops to ‘handle’ the situation. And, again, the people will bear the brunt of a foreign nation, on the ground, controlling their lives.”Stanford Peabody, Journalist: “I was in America during the September 11 attacks. I worked at Wells Fargo in downtown Minneapolis. It was a one-time strike, the enemy was identified and the US went after the enemy with all its might. I am currently in Liberia. Ebola is waging a psychological and biological war on West Africa. It intimidates, divides, sickens and then kills. It hides and strikes and people are ashamed when it attacks so they hide the weapon and become weapons themselves. Unless people are assured that there is a place to get treatment, a place that is caring and not a place that you can get Ebola, there will continue to be deaths instead of treatment.“The attack [on the USA] was a one-time incident that killed 2966. The total deaths from Ebola are about to pass that mark. Besides, the deaths at 911 were random. Ebola wipes away entire families from households, villages and towns and people are scared to visit their sick relatives and there are stories of relatives left to die while the healthy run away. What can be so dehumanizing and terrible? A bomb?”Meanwhile not everybody believes that Liberia’s Ebola crisis can in any way be compared to that of the U.S. September 11 attack.Israel Newberry, a Rotary Peace Activist, seems to disagree because, according to his explanation, Ebola is attacking several countries whereas the terrorist attack was on America only. “Whenever you leave the zones of Ebola not being infected, you have a sense of safety. But for the U.S. citizens, they feel very much unsafe in other countries where they are known as U.S. citizens. They were attacked by terrorists everywhere. Not like Ebola at all.”The debate could go on and on, we are sure. Like Stanford said in the case of 9/11, the culprit, a known enemy, was identified and America went after them. However, this is Liberia’s first experience with Ebola, an enemy whose symptoms are difficult to identify.And while it is true that Liberia needs all the help she can get to eradicate this disease from our nation, it does not mean that our people are willing or want to be controlled by foreign nations. All Liberia needs, at this time, is a helping hand.For those who have so far survived both 9/11 and the Ebola epidemic and are still alive to witness the Ebola epidemic unfolding, these are experiences that will forever be remembered.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Authorities of the Ministry of National Defense and the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, both parties have recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-making, recordkeeping for tracing regime. In the MOU, the LiNCSA and the MOD/ Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) both members of the Peace, Justice, Security and Rule of Law Pillar recognized the need to put in place mechanism to control and properly account for weapons to support an effective arms-marking, recordkeeping and tracing regime. The parties also recognized the obligation of Liberia to adhere to Article 77 of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Treaty relating to sanctions applicable in cases where a member state fails to fulfill its obligation to the country. Another point is that the parties recognized the need to ensure full compliance of Article 9 of the Treaty to create a National Database and Registry of Small Arms and light weapons. At yesterday’s ceremony at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) on UN Drive in Monrovia, Deputy and Acting Defense Ministers, Joseph F. Johnson signed on behalf of the Ministry, LiNSCSA Chairman; James M. Fromayan signed for the institution. The exercise, according to Mr. Fromayan, requires that state-owned arms such as the ones assigned to security personnel including the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are mark within the Mano River Basin.For his part, Minister Johnson expressed gratitude for the occasion, because it aims to uncover several would be hidden small arms around the country and at the same time, to curtail the proliferation of arms. The signing ceremony was witnessed by top brass of the AFL headed by the Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…Govt violated contractual agreement – Vice ChairmanGovernment, via the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), has control of the Berbice River Bridge.This is according to Director of the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI), Naresh Maraj. In slamming media reports which misrepresent the true composition and voting rights of the BBCI, Maraj told this publication that the Board has eight members, of which — since 2015 — the Government, through NICIL and NIS, has “four board members via the common stocks they own, and also by nominating two directors to represent subordinate loan holders. In this way, they had to have supported any and all decisions of the Board, including those on toll increases.”Maraj said NICIL controls a “Special Share”, which is a safeguard provision inserted into BCCI’s Articles of Incorporation to ensure that the directors of the company – controlled by whoever — do not act outside of their mandate. According to Maraj, this provision serves as a veto even against a majority of the Board, and for this reason it’s called a “golden share”.The director added that this therefore means that ultimately the Government, which controls NICIL, has control over the activities of the Bridge.He declared his disappointment that sections of the media, especially Kaieteur News, have, over the past 10 years, ignored the distinction between “common shareholders” and “preferred shareholders.” Maraj said an understanding of the concepts is important, since the distinction determines the reality of who owns what, and who has control of what at the BBCI.“It is trite company law that the common shareholders control the equity in the investment, but that the preferred shareholders have a priority on dividends. If the common shareholders wanted to get wealthy, they would have had to ensure there were enough profits generated to first pay dividends to preferred shareholders, and then have the Board declare dividends for them,” said Maraj. “This is unlike the case with family-owned businesses.”He added that in the case of the Berbice Bridge, it has been repeatedly stated that the common shareholders never received a penny in the decade the bridge has been operational. Their investment in this public-private partnership was clearly done for patriotic reasons and not for profits, since there has never been any of the latter.”Since the announcement that tolls would be increased for the Berbice River Bridge, there have been persistent calls for Government to move in the direction of taking over control of the bridge to avoid placing a heavy burden on Guyanese living in the Berbice region and others.Several persons from civil society, including members of the trade union movement, have expressed worry about the state of the NIS.“While the AFC/PNC tabloid Kaieteur News is sensationalising the news to make the Government into “a knight in shining armour”, they (both) are ignoring the precarious financial position of the NIS, which affects the future of a hundred thousand workers,” a trade unionist told this publication.Similarly, members of the Private Sector Commission were asked about Government’s handling of the BCCI’s request for a toll increase.“In my personal opinion, I think it is petty populist politics in the extreme geared for the Local Government Elections. The Bridge is chaired by AFC prominent member Dr Surendra Persaud. I think this is dangerous in the extreme for the Government’s own declared position that the Public-Private Partnership (P3) financing model is being considered for other infrastructural projects. No private investor will touch a P3 project with a ten-foot pole after this,” the PSC member noted.Contractual violationVice Chairman of the BBCI Board of Directors, Paul Cheong, recently highlighted concerns with what he said were lies being peddled in a section of the media in regard to the reason why the company was forced to increase its tolls.Cheong, in a recent letter in the press, noted that the BBCI is bound by its Concession Agreement under the Berbice River Bridge Act, in implementing the tolls charged at the bridge. The company, he said, has no alternative but to honour the Toll Adjustment Formula prescribed in the agreement.According to the Vice Chairman, the BBCI has no discretion in calculating the amount of the toll. “The Company is bound by the Toll Adjustment Policy dictating the Formula.Since 2015, respective governments (previous and present) have violated their contractual obligations to implement an annual toll adjustment which would have resulted in small incremental adjustments instead of the current burdensome level. The Kaieteur News has chosen to ignore this truth,” Cheong added.The current level of toll adjustment is entirely the fault of the Government, not the company, he noted. He added that prior to, and since taking office, this Government has refused to meet with the BBCI in spite of three requests to do so. The power and the privilege to review or amend the Concession Agreement rest entirely with the Government.Slamming the Kaieteur News for deliberately misrepresenting the facts, Cheong stated that the six ordinary shareholders are not guaranteed a return on their investment.“Their investments are subjected to the risk of the company making a profit and cash flow availability. Since BBCI has made no profit, no dividends have been paid to any of the shareholders. Even if a profit is made, the payment of any dividends is at the discretion of the directors, after taking into account the cash flow position of the company,” Cheong said. The truth, he added, is that from the inception of the Bridge, the NIS, whose investments represent every Guyanese citizen, has earned 94 per cent returns on its total investment, which is G$2.4 billion.“Because of the shortfall in revenue, resulting from Government’s refusal over the past three years to make toll adjustments, the BBCI has been able to pay the NIS only G$1.7B of the returns earned from its G$2.59 billion investment in BBCI, and G$222 million in principle repayments,” Cheong stated.Ever since the announcement by the BBCI Chairman Dr Surendra Persaud that the company hopes to implement an increase, the Government has shown a high level of reluctance to meet with the company, and has made known its intention not to buy out the Bridge.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has stated that a Government buyout of the BBCI is not economically feasible, and the Government’s proposed annual subsidy is the best option to reduce tolls for travellers. He said Government has a restrictive financial budget.Questioned further during a recent press conference, the minister said no consideration will be given to taking over the Bridge. However, in the same breath, he said Government is committed to reducing tolls, and not the other way around.He further explained that if such consideration is ever given, Government would have to honour payments to shareholders, and a number of other issues would have to be ironed out. According to him, the final payout for the Bridge would be significantly greater than it appears now. Outspoken political activist and former Presidential Advisor Ramon Gaskin, a trained economist, is suggesting a total buyout of the bridge by Government so as to resolve the issue.“You don’t need to make a profit, just cover maintenance and pay the NIS interest on their investment, and you could lower the rate to where it was, and it could go lower,” he advised.Overseas-based economist Professor Tarron Khemraj also feels that Government should buy over the Berbice Bridge in its entirety. He said the Bridge is now financially unsustainable, as compared to when the proposal for its construction was implemented.He said that once the Government owns the bridge, some decisions would have to be made to address the high operating costs. According to him, decisions would have to be made with the objective of motivating private sector employment in Berbice.A former advisor to the Alliance For Change (AFC), Tarron Khemraj, is also opposed to increasing the Bridge tolls, especially because the traffic flow to accommodate the higher tolls is not there.At this stage, Khemraj said, it is clear the bridge has a dimension of higher public good than the private aspect. Therefore, he recommended, Government should buy out all of the shares.As per the increases, cars and minibuses will now be charged $8040; pickups, small trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles $14,600; medium trucks $27,720; large trucks $49,600; art trucks $116,680; freight $1680 and boats passing through the river will be charged $401,040.The proposed increases are scheduled to take effect on November 12, the same day that Local Government Elections (LGE) will be held; and as the time draws closer to the date set for the imposition of fare increases at the Berbice River Bridge, there continues to be great worry over whether this could in fact take effect, or whether the Government would step in and reverse the decision.
– Advertisement -By Energeticcity.ca StaffThe 4th annual Buick Operators Charities Fundraiser was held over the weekend, on behalf of three local charities. Photo: Karen Marion (President of Buick Operators) Ashley Bentley Hospital Foundation Executive Director and Shane Marion (Treasure of Buick Operators) – Submitted One was the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, which received just shy of $10,000.Some of that money will be used to help purchase a portable ultrasound machine, for the emergency department, and it will also go towards pediatric and palliative care equipment, and the Henry Petrie Endowment Fund.The total amount raised by the Buick Bash Operators on behalf of the Hospital Foundation is now more than $22,000.Advertisement
Heading into the last weekend before Tuesday’s election, LAUSD board member Jon Lauritzen and challenger Tamar Galatzan plan a grass-roots blitz in hopes of winning over undecided voters. Volunteers will be manning phone banks and walking precincts in the San Fernando Valley, trying to marshal support for an election in which turnout is expected to fall below 20 percent. Although the District 3 race has failed to capture the public’s interest, it has drawn the attention of business and labor groups, who have contributed tens of thousands of dollars during the primary and subsequent runoff. “We think it’s the most important race in California. The economic future of this whole region rests on what happens with LAUSD,” said David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which has contributed $70,000 to Galatzan and pledged $160,000 more before Election Day. Galatzan also has received about $1.6 million from the Partnership for Better Schools, a committee created by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that has raised money from entertainment executives, attorneys and developers. The mayor is supporting Galatzan, as well as candidate Richard Vladovic in the District 7 race, as he tries to move forward with this education-reform agenda. Lauritzen, meanwhile, has received $1.2 million in contributions, including nearly $1 million from United Teachers Los Angeles. Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, said the hefty contributions by civic and business leaders could be an effort to curry favor with Villaraigosa. “It’s an unusual campaign. The stakes are very high,” Regalado said. “There might be a lot of reasons to get involved – getting on the mayor’s good side, trying to curry favor with a politician who has made it known that education is one of his leading, if not one of his favorite, issues, and others who undoubtedly see (Galatzan) as a front-runner and perhaps a change agent.” But officials said the chamber’s contribution – the largest the group has ever made in a local race – is an indication of its concern about the district’s future. “We see the school board election as an opportunity to reform our schools and give our students a better opportunity to achieve the education they need to be successful in life,” said Gary Toebben, the chamber’s president and CEO. “We believe we can no longer afford as a community to maintain the status quo. We have a new superintendent of schools and we feel we need a new majority on the school board as well.” In addition to the partnership contributions, Galatzan has received donations of $100,000 from Edith Wasserman of the Wasserman Foundation; $10,000 from billionaire philanthropist billionaire Eli Broad; $5,000 from former Mayor Richard Riordan; and $5,000 from investor Darine Khakshouri, a Villaraigosa supporter. Lauritzen’s campaign manager questioned the propriety of the large donations to Galatzan’s coffers. “It just underscores the clear distinction between the two candidates,” he said. “Jon is supported by teachers, school police officers, school nurses, and educators, and she has the support of the special interests, the lobbyists, the folks who don’t spend a moment in the classroom with the kids.” But Galatzan campaign manager Mike Trujillo countered that the donations indicate a desire for change in the nation’s second-largest school district. “The only favor donors are trying to curry are with the students of LAUSD so they can graduate on time and become productive members of society.” email@example.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sime Vrsaljko 1 Tottenham have joined Juventus in the race to sign highly-rated Croatia international Sime Vrsaljko, according to reports in Italy.The versatile defender has been linked with a move to the Italian giants in January to provide cover for the injured Kwadwo Asamoah and back-up for veteran Patrice Evra, but Spurs are also keen to bring the 22-year-old to north London.And according to Tuttomercatoweb.com, Vrsaljko, who plies his trade with Sassuolo in Serie A, could be available for around £3m next month – despite only joining the club from Genoa in July.Juve appear to be leading the race for his signature but Mauricio Pochettino has sent scouts to watch Vrsaljko this term and could be swayed to make a bid for the defender, who can also operate in midfield, in January.It remains to be seen whether Vrsaljko would prefer to stay in Italy rather than move to the Premier League.
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1 Dean Hammond Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri says Dean Hammond will be allowed to leave the club on loan.The midfielder was not involved in midweek as the Foxes defeated West Ham in the League Cup.The 32-year-old is yet to feature under Ranieri and the Italian has now revealed he could leave on loan.“I don’t know about him [Hammond],” said Ranieri.“If he wants to go on loan, I think it is much better for him if he wants to play this season.”
Funeral services will be held today for Homer Broome Jr., the first African-American in the Los Angeles Police Department to be named commander. Broome died Monday. He was 76. Services will be held at Holman United Methodist Church. “He was the reason that I and a lot of African-Americans joined the LAPD,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks. “He was the role model for the LAPD in the black community.” Parks, who became the second African-American to serve as LAPD chief, recently won City Council approval to name the Southwest Police Division after Broome, commemorating his service as the first black commanding officer of a police station. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBroome, who was mentored by former Mayor Tom Bradley, rose through the ranks of the LAPD during the civil-rights movement. Bradley named him to the Public Works Commission, where he worked to open city contracting to minorities. He also ran for the City Council but lost to Councilman Nate Holden. Broome joined the LAPD in 1954. He became a captain in 1969 and became a commander six years later. After his retirement, Broome was named by then-President Jimmy Carter as a senior administrator in the Department of Justice. Broome is survived by his wife, Marian; son, David; daughter, Margaret; and four grandchildren. firstname.lastname@example.org 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!