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Record-breaking Anderson ends India’s resistance

first_imgEngland beat India by 118 runs in their final test despite defiant centuries from KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, as a series full of twists reached a compelling conclusion at the Oval on Tuesday.Chasing an improbable 464 for victory, India were eventually dismissed inside the last hour for 345, with James Anderson taking the final wicket – his 564th in test cricket, taking him past Australian great Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast bowler of all time.The 36-year-old Anderson received a standing ovation as he walked off with Alastair Cook, England’s most-capped player and record test run scorer who marked his 161st and final match on Monday with an emotional century.For most of the day, however, the story was of spirited Indian resistance that at one point gave them an outside chance of an unimaginable consolation victory, having gone into the fifth and final test 3-1 down.With India beginning the day on a precarious 58-3, a full day’s play looked unlikely for the sparse crowd.But shortly after tea they were motoring along at 325-5 with Rahul and Pant’s partnership worth 204.Opener Rahul, who had earlier shared a 118-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, was eventually bowled for 149 by an Adil Rashid ‘wonder ball’ that pitched way outside leg stump before spinning back out of the rough and hitting off.The 20-year-old Pant lit up a murky day with a sensational maiden century to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a ton in England, striking three fours off one Ben Stokes over.He struck 19 boundaries, including four sixes in a fearless display of shot-making, but shortly after Rahul’s exit he holed out trying to smash Rashid out of the ground.With India’s tail exposed England took the new ball with 18 overs remaining but it was Sam Curran, not Anderson, who struck first having Ishant Sharma caught behind for five.Ravindra Jadeja was India’s last hope, but he nicked a ball off Curran into Bairstow’s clutches.Fittingly, it was left to Anderson to apply the finishing touch and he delivered a beauty to bowl Shami, knocking his middle stump flat.Anderson is now fourth on the all-time list of test wicket takers behind a trio of spinners; Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).last_img read more

Defiant DaCosta cuts deficit

first_imgFIGHTING with his back against the ropes, champion Wayne DaCosta yesterday slashed Anthony Nunes’ lead in half to end the afternoon $870,700 behind his rival, who he upstaged in two key races, keeping alive his hopes of landing an 18th trainers’ title. Nunes, who entered the midweek meet on a high, saddling seven winners in the last two race days, was stumped by DaCosta in the very first race when the champion trainer’s ROJORN DI PILOT narrowly won at odds of 2-1 with Omar Walker, beating 9-2 market-springer ENEDINA, with Dane Nelson.Nunes’ 1-5 favourite, the debutant TOONA CILIATA, was bumped at the start and could only manage third in the seven-horse field of two-year-old maidens.Fayrouz flattenedDaCosta returned to floor another howling Nunes favourite, Jamaica Oaks winner FAYROUZ, who flattened out at odds of 3-5 in the stretch run, while challenging long-time leader SARATOGA SIGHT, finishing fourth in the seventh event at nine furlongs and 25 yards.The race was won by DaCosta’s eight-year-old warrior, HOVER CRAFT, who sat off the pace with apprentice Christopher Mamdeen and came forward a furlong out to collar SARATOGA SIGHT, winning the open allowance contest by two and a half lengths.Nunes got some reprieve in the ninth event, a runaway victory for down-in-class MUSKETOON, a 3-5 favourite with Dane Nelson aboard.Pundits next await Saturday’s return of DaCosta’s superfilly, SHE’S A MANEATER, who had bolted prior to the start of the $13.9M Diamond Mile, costing the champion trainer millions in stakes, which handed the lead to Nunes, whose BIGDADDYKOOL finished as runner-up to WILL IN CHARGE, earning $2.2M. SHE’S A MANEATER is down to line-up against eight rivals in the War Zone Sprint at five and a half furlongs, carrying 126lb against the likes of Caribbean Sprint champion CHACE THE GREAT. Nelson, who is booked to partner CHACE THE GREAT, booted home two winners yesterday, NUCLEAR LAVA and MUSKETOON, sharing top honours with Javaniel Patterson, who won aboard 41-1 longshot, GO GO GIRL, and NUCLEAR THUNDER at 9-1 in the night pan.last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas Women lose big to Australia in Fiba Asia Cup opener

first_imgGilas Pilipinas Women were no match for heavyweight Australia in a 123-57 loss at the start of the 2019 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Tuesday at Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bangalore, India.ADVERTISEMENT Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Parading a squad featuring a slew of players with WNBA experience, Australia quickly built a commanding lead in the first quarter to take the fight out of the Philippines early.The Australians showed no mercy in the second half, where they outscored Gilas, 66-23, including a 25-6 domination in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4All 12 Aussies scored with 6-foot-4 forward Ezi Magbegor, who was drafted 12th overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2019 WNBA Draft, leading the way with 18 points on an 8-of-10 clip. Jenna O’Hea, a former WNBA veteran, added 17 points.Gemma Miranda and Afril Bernardino were the only Gilas players to reach double-digits with Miranda scoring a team-high 17 on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Bernardino added 15 points on top of four rebounds and two blocks. NCAA: Mapua takes easy win over Arellano for 5th spot tie Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna View comments MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Gilas shot just 31 percent from the field while Australia hit 54 percent of its attempts. The Aussies also assisted on 41 of their 46 made field goals.The Philippines, which is competing in Division A for the second straight time, takes on China on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Duke climbs to No. 1 in AP Top 25 following Kentucky’s loss

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Duke (4-0) crushed Central Arkansas 105-54 last Tuesday and beat Georgia State 74-63 on Friday behind Tre Jones’ career-high 31 points.No. 2 Louisville received eight first-place votes and No. 3 Michigan State, the preseason No. 1, had four.Kansas and North Carolina rounded out the top five, with No. 7 Virginia receiving the final first-place vote, one spot behind Maryland.Kentucky was the overwhelming pick at No. 1 last week, receiving all but one first-place vote after knocking off previous No. 1 Michigan State in its opener.The Wildcats dropped to No. 9 this week with the 67-64 loss to Evansville in Lexington.ADVERTISEMENT “This was a great lesson for all of us, including me,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “I mean, we could say they got outplayed and I could tell you I got out-coached.”TOP 10 SHUFFLEKentucky’s loss caused a shift in the top 10.Every team behind the Wildcats moved up a spot except for Gonzaga, which held at No. 8.No. 10 Ohio State cracked the top 10 for the first time since reaching No. 8 in 2017-18, coach Chis Holtmann’s first season. The Buckeyes climbed six spots after crushing then-No. 10 Villanova.RISINGOhio State had the biggest jump in this week’s poll, followed by No. 14 Arizona’s five-spot climb.Auburn moved up three places from No. 22.FALLINGKentucky’s eight-place fall was the biggest of the week. Villanova was next, losing seven spots to No. 17 and No. 25 Washington fell five places. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study LATEST STORIES Duke’s Joey Baker (13) reacts to a play during the second half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Georgia State in Durham, N.C., Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)Duke is back at No. 1, moving up a spot following a pair of victories last week.The Blue Devils can thank Evansville for the jump.ADVERTISEMENT Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Duke moved to No. 1 for the first time this season, receiving 52 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released Monday.The Blue Devils climbed a spot after unranked Evansville pulled off the season’s biggest surprise so far by knocking off previous No. 1 Kentucky.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Duke is ranked No. 1 for the 143rd week, extending its own record, and has the top spot in the AP poll for the 20th season under coach Mike Krzyzewski, also a record.“Our sport is more prone to upset than any because there are just five people out there, so there’s age, athleticism, maturity, depth and a lot of things where people can make up differences,” Krzyzewski said. “That’s why there are a lot of so-called upsets in our sport. A lot of people can win and you have to be ready to play all those people.” 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Schrock embraces leader’s role for young Azkals MOST READ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOVING INThree teams moved into the AP Top 25 this week.No. 20 Tennessee is ranked for the first time this season after knocking off Washington.No. 21 Virginia Commonwealth, the preseason No. 25, is back in the poll following a two-point win over LSU and a rout of Jacksonville State.Texas moved in at No. 22 with wins over California Baptist and Prairie View. The Longhorns are ranked for the first time this season.MOVING OUTFlorida had a precipitous drop after losing to Connecticut, falling out of the poll from No. 15.LSU was out from No. 23 following its loss to VCU and Saint Mary’s dropped out from No. 18 after losing to Winthrop at home. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Digicel responds to GTT

first_imgDear Editor,Digicel notes with disappointment the statement most recently made to the press by GTT, in which the company claimed that as a result of ‘programming issues’ on Digicel’s network, GTT’s customers were unable to receive text messages from Digicel.Digicel categorically denies this claim. In truth, the respective technical teams of both Digicel and GTT have been in continuous discussion in relation to this issue, and both teams continue to work to find a solution.Gregory Dean, CEO of Digicel Guyana, commented, “Digicel’s only interest is in having a fully functioning service. We firmly believe that in the interests of customers, our joint efforts should be focused on finding an effective solution within the shortest time possible.”The timing of this latest outburst by GTT strategically coincides with the July deadline for the ending of the telecommunications monopoly in Guyana; a deadline which has already passed. Most stakeholders in Guyana, including Digicel, are eagerly awaiting the overdue liberalisation of the sector, so we would question who or what could possibly be causing the delay?Digicel remains committed to ensuring that consumers benefit from all that liberalisation has to offer, and looks forward to the opportunity to be able to serve customers with a full suite of innovative and value-packed communications services.Vidya SanicharaCommunicationsManagerDigicel Guyanalast_img read more

Racism, last refuge for the PNC

first_imgDear Editor,The exposure of the grab for lands identified for important national projects has shown to the Guyanese people the true nature of this regime. It is a cabal that is intent on using the State apparatus to enrich itself.This latest act is a continuation of their behaviour. It is a pattern that has emerged. Recall that among their very first acts were to raise the salary of the Cabinet members and to give themselves almost unlimited allowances, travelling, housing, etc.In the process, they have practically abandoned accountability and transparency. Bribery and corruption became the order of the day.Shamelessly, the Ministry of the Presidency seems to be taking the lead as the most corrupt in the raping of this nation’s assets.Lands that have long been identified to do important projects, lands that should be kept by the State for allocation to projects that would benefit the country are now handed out to Government functionaries. It is clear that the intention is to make huge killings by selling back those parcels of land to Government or to oil companies for hundreds of millions of dollars.The get rich quick syndrome is on full display.What are these lands? These are lands where shore facilities are to be built to service the emerging oil sector. They are strategic lands for the building of deep water harbours or at areas where bridges could be built and where roads and highways are proposed to be constructed.The one-acre plots handed out in Mocha are lands through which the road connecting the East Coast highway to the East Bank highway is to be built. It means that in a short while these pieces of land would become extremely valuable and no doubt could be used to speculate for big bucks. Or, indeed, the Government will have to buy it to facilitate the road.This is shameless corruption. Worse, it has now reached the highest office in our country. After all, it is the President who has the responsibility for lands here.The lands spoken about are not all the deals that are going down. The PNC/APNU/AFC vultures are also preying on poor people’s lands.Small miners are being pushed out to make way for the new PNC elite. The Toroparo syndicate is a group of small miners hoping to make a living mining gold. They were working the lands before it became a closed area and were promised it when the area was opened.They are now saying that the lands were taken away from them and given to Mr Sorato Phillips. This is the same man of the Parking Meter fiasco.The response from the regime and its sympathisers was predictable. As usual, they are trying to make this a race issue.Lincoln Lewis, the head of the Guyana Trades Union Congress, in a letter in the Stabroek News on June 30, 2019, twisted the story to claim that the Leader of the Opposition was accusing the Lands and Surveys Commission of “….favouring the African community…”. Other PNC propagandists and supporters are saying the same things.That is total distortion with intent to mislead the people. What is being shown clearly is that the corrupt Government is giving themselves huge tracks of lands to enrich themselves at the expense of all the people of Guyana. Black, Indian, Amerindian, Portuguese, Chinese and Mixed.However, it is a blatant and racist attack, including on Black people. They want African Guyanese to come to the defence of this vulgar rape of our country’s resources. They hope that the African Guyanese masses would defend this heist by the elite once hey frame it as racist.Lewis and Ceres and those others have kept quiet when this PNC-led APNU/AFC regime took away lands from small Black farmers on the West Coast of Berbice. Those lands were given to some sixty African Guyanese farmers by the PPP/Civic Government.The PNC big wigs in the area were seizing it for themselves. President Granger had actually cancelled the leases. The people living there have been there for generations. Now they had to take the matter to court to defend their homes. It was Anil Nandlall who took their case to court and had that repossession reversed.Mr Lewis et al are not interested in those poor Black farmers. None of them went to their defence. That is not the class of Black people that they are interested in.Indeed, Mr Lewis himself had created much nervousness in the village of Kingelly, West Coast Berbice, when he claimed the whole village, where mainly African Guyanese reside, as his, by inheritance. Those African Guyanese, working people of Kingelly, had to take the matter to court and are being represented by the PPP lawyer, Anil Nandlall.Obviously, this labour leader has no interest in poor people, whether they are Black, Brown or White, he too is part of the elite.Look at what PPP/C Member of Parliament, Mr Harry Gill, disclosed on the repossessing of lands from small cash crop farmers at Bath, West Coast Berbice, and giving it to friends of the regime, including the PNC/APNU parliamentarian for the area.What the Leader of the Opposition exposed last Thursday is only the tip of the icebergExtremely serious and very worrying as well is the allocation of lands to persons at the Elections Commission and SARA. The apologists for the corrupt regime have not raised an eyebrow to what appears to be an attempt to bribe public officials in strategic positions.The time and quantity of lands allocated to the Chief Elections Officer and the Deputy Head of the illegal SARA are bound to raise suspicions as to the real intent of the PNC-led regime. Are they hoping that Mr Lowenfield will do favours for them at the Commission? Are they rewarding Hetemyer for the harassment of PPP/C officials?These are the types of behaviour that have damaged the moral health of our country in the past.It is such behaviour in the previous PNC regime that entrenched corruption that Minister Hughes spoke about and has made it so difficult to root out.Here we are, once again, on the same road, but Ms Hughes is now deafeningly silent.The PNC has succeeded in the past in filling the African Guyanese masses with a fear of change.The old PNC had plugged the line of “coolie domination”. This is the same message being plugged by today’s PNC, the APNU. They have not changed.They want African Guyanese to defend the regime and protect it while it continues to pauperise the masses including the working-class Afro-Guyanese. In the meantime, the elite enriches itself by plundering the resources of the state.The difference today is that the African Guyanese working people have experienced governance under the PPP/C and the more conscious of them have recognised that the PPP/C Government dealt an even hand. It did not discriminate, contrary to the discredited propaganda of the APNU/AFC elite.Clearly, racism is the last refuge of these PNC/APNU/AFC scoundrels.Yours respectfully,Donald Ramotar,Former Presidentlast_img read more

Agencies recognized for work in the community

first_imgThe week of Oct. 2-8 was proclaimed “Mental Health and Addictions Awareness Week” in Dawson Creek in recognition of the work Northern Health’s mental health and addictions unit does to support individuals and their families who are dealing with those issues.An awareness event has been scheduled for this Wednesday, Oct. 5, starting at noon at the mental health and addictions office inside the Public Health building next to the hospital. The event will include a short walk with local service providers to Kin Park and back to the office, followed by a lunch of soup and buns. Members of the public are encouraged to come out and participate and learn more about the services provided in Dawson Creek.October also marks “Community Living Month” in Dawson Creek, in recognition of the work individuals, families, and organizations do to create more inclusive communities for people with developmental disabilities.- Advertisement -Northern Lights College will host an awareness event on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 1-4 p.m. Members of the public are welcomed to attend for an opportunity to hear presentations from several local agencies assisting residents with developmental disabilities, as well as four local self-advocates. There will also be live entertainment and a barbeque. The event will take place at the gazebo located on the west side of the campus, which can be accessed via 12 Street.October is also “Foster Family Appreciation Month” in Dawson Creek. Cindy Gabriel, community services manager for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Dawson Creek, said there are currently about 24 foster homes in Dawson Creek and Pouce Coupe, and four group homes that serve between two to five children.“We’re always looking for more (foster homes),” said Gabriel. “We’re looking for those homes in particular that could just do some relief and respite maybe for a couple weekends a month or a couple of nights during the week.”Advertisement She added local ministry staff will be hosting an appreciation dinner for local foster families on Saturday, Oct. 15.Gabriel also used the occasion to issue a challenge to members of the public to inform one other resident that it is Foster Family Appreciation Month in order to help spread awareness of the service.More information on becoming a foster parent can be found online on the ministry’s website at or by contacting the local office at 250-784-2342.last_img read more

Donegal seafood and aquaculture companies awarded more than €750,000 in grant scheme

first_imgDonegal TD Joe McHugh has welcomed a massive Government funding injection into the county’s seafood processing and aquaculture sectors.Five Donegal companies in Fanad and Killybegs are set to benefit from the grants scheme with a total grant award amounting to more than €600,000.The funding is being release under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme for the seafood sector. Minister McHugh said the programme is intended to help companies develop and add value to their products.The Donegal grants of €777,927 announced today include:Comhlucht Iascaireacht Fanad Teo €317,143 (Fanad)Feirm Farraige Oilean Chliara Teo €276,948 (Fanad)OBell’s Isle Seafoods Ltd, €161,301 (Tullyearl, Donegal Town)Ocean Farm Ltd. €9,535 (Killybegs)Albatross Seafoods Ltd. – €14,000 (Killybegs)The Fanad companies, operated by Marine Harvest, secured the maximum grant of half a million euro.Minister McHugh said today: “Against the backdrop of Brexit and its potential implications for our food exports, I am particularly pleased to see so many seafood enterprises continuing to invest in growing their production, developing new consumer products and growing and diversifying markets. “This sector is an important part of the Donegal economy and I’m particularly pleased it is part of a larger investment by the companies themselves.”In this first of a series of grant approvals for 2017 nationally, grant aid of almost €900,000 has been awarded to 7 seafood processors supporting in excess of €3 million in value adding capital investment, while grant aid of €824,000 has been awarded to 8 aquaculture enterprises supporting capital investment of €2.8 million that will directly contribute to growing output from these farms in the coming years and help achieve the ambitious sustainable growth targets we have set for our aquaculture sector.Minister McHugh said the Department has provided Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) with €26 million of EMFF funds in 2017 and expects to announce many more awards as the year progresses.He welcomed today’s funding from Marine Minister Michael Creed but again called on the Minister to drop a review of the mackerel quota.“We need stability in the industry here in Donegal and I have made my views very clear on this again to the Department and the Minister,” said the Donegal TD.“Today’s grant announcements are very welcome and very important for the continued development of this industry, sustaining and developing jobs in the local economy.” Donegal seafood and aquaculture companies awarded more than €750,000 in grant scheme was last modified: March 5th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Fanadgrantjoe mc hughKillybegslast_img read more

WATCH: Dele Alli recreates Ronaldinho’s Champions League goal against Chelsea

first_imgDele Alli is a man known for technical brilliance.The former MK Dons midfielder scored one of the goals of the campaign against Crystal Palace last season and clearly has a trick or two up his sleeve.But the England international had his work cut out when he was asked to recreate Ronaldinho’s famous dancing toe-poke effort against Chelsea in the Champions League.Alli struggled to combine the Brazilian’s dance moves with a decent shot on goal – but the 20-year-old managed to bring it all together on his third attempt.Watch Alli’s flashy moves above.last_img read more

“American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee talks about eating disorder

first_imgMcPhee, who told the show’s producers about the problem, credits her parents and boyfriend Nick Cokas with helping her deal with the problem. McPhee’s single of “Over the Rainbow,” a performance that drew raves from “Idol’s” judges, is being released Tuesday. “Hollywood is not very nice to young women – for years, she would go to auditions and was told she couldn’t work unless she lost weight,” said longtime McPhee family friend Susie Welby. “It’s so good she’s talking about it now because this is such a common affliction among young women. It’s important to see someone accept herself and be voluptuous and beautiful. Kat is really taking care of herself now.” During the competition, which was ultimately won by Taylor Hicks, judge Simon Cowell called McPhee’s voice “the best of the competition.” McPhee says that today, she practices something called “intuitive eating,” which teaches you to eat small amounts of food that you crave, and helps you stop eating when you’re full. Through the months she competed on “American Idol”, McPhee lost 30 pounds while following this eating plan. People’s senior editor Galina Espinoza said McPhee briefly hesitated before divulging details of her struggle during interviews for cover stories that appear in People this week and Teen People on June 30. “She decided she was in a position to help people, so she was going to tell what happened to her,” Espinoza said. “What surprised me was the depth of her struggle. You never imagine a young, beautiful girl who has everything going for her would fall victim to something like this.” McPhee, who was recently vacationing in New York with Cokas, hits the road early next month with the “American Idols Live” tour, which features Taylor and nine other season finalists. The 60-date trek comes to Staples Center on Aug. 26 and the Anaheim Pond the following night. Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 fred.shuster@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She touched hearts and dazzled fans with her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” on TV, but few knew of Sherman Oaks’ “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee’s behind-the-scenes battle to conquer bulimia before it ruined her voice. McPhee says she suffered from the eating disorder for five years, seeking professional help immediately following her successful audition for “Idol” last winter. “Growing up in Los Angeles and spending all those years in dance class, I’d been conscious of body image at a young age, and I went through phases of exercising compulsively and starving myself,” she told an interviewer. In the new issue of People magazine, on stands Friday, McPhee, 22, tells how she had struggled to cope with the binge-and-purge disorder since she was 17. At its worst, she said, she was throwing up seven times a day and could’ve permanently damaged her vocal cords. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“When I made it onto `American Idol,’ I knew that food – my eating disorder – was the one thing really holding me back,” she told the magazine. Internet sites devoted to the Notre Dame High School grad are overflowing with messages of support from fans commending McPhee for going public with her private battle. “If this helps just one person get help for this problem, Kat will be very, very happy,” said McPhee family friend Diane Davis. After auditioning for “Idol’ last fall and making the cut, McPhee sought help for the affliction, enrolling at the Eating Disorder Center of California in Brentwood, where she spent three months undergoing outpatient therapy. “I’m really proud of Katharine,” said Carolyn Costin, founder and executive director of the clinic. “By coming out and opening herself up about this – which a lot of people in the public eye have not done because of shame – she can shed light on this disorder.” last_img

Valley on path for Kern River water

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’While the water is technically supposed to come from Kern River, the Kern County entities could also substitute water from the State Water Project aqueduct or from ground sources where the two Kern County agencies store water. They will provide a total of 11,000 acre feet of water per year. To approve the environment report for the agreement, the Castaic Lake board had to sign off on the fact that it will have “significant” effects on the local environment. Those effects stem from the new housing developments the influx of water will support, and they include increased traffic and demand for solid waste disposal. But agency officials said it’s not their job to decide on the merits or drawbacks of housing development, so they voted to overlook those drawbacks because of the deal’s merits. The agency would use the water to annex growing areas of the Valley into the water district while maintaining supplies to existing users. Stevenson Ranch, Paradise Ranch and the Tesoro development are among the developing areas that would be added to the system. “In time of drought, when we face cutbacks in our allocation of state water, we will be able to utilize this water … to supply those residents,” board member Tom Campbell said. A final vote on the agreement is expected before the end of the year. (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Seeking enough water to meet the demands of growth in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Castaic Lake Water Agency board gave preliminary approval to buying Kern River water. The board voted unanimously Wednesday night to sign off on an environmental impact report for the plan, which would provide enough water for 11,000 homes at a cost of at least $5million a year. The water from the Kern River would be provided by the Buena Vista Water Storage District and the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District, both of Kern County. “It is a new source of supply to this valley, which is a very positive thing,” board member Ed Colley said. “It allows us to have a diversified water portfolio and adds to our reliability.” last_img read more

Insurers spend less on solo plans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’People with individual policies paid 59 percent of their health expenses out-of-pocket, compared to 34 percent for those with an employer-sponsored policy, the study found. The study examined data from The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey from 2000 to 2003. The survey is conducted by the federal government, and receives data on health services, expenditures and insurance from families, individuals, medical providers and employers. Claxton said the 2004 data only recently became available and that there is no reason to think the trends have shifted. The Kaiser study also found that 42.8 percent of those with individual polices said they were in excellent health, compared to 35.1 percent of people in employer-sponsored plans. Claxton said the reported better health of people in individual plans may contribute to the lower premiums in such plans. NEW YORK – Health insurers spend less on patients with individual policies than those with employer-sponsored plans, according to a new study released Friday. Patients with individual policies also have higher out-of-pocket expenses than their counterparts who purchase plans through their employers, said the study by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found. Individual health policies may carry low premiums but people need to understand that sometimes the plans are inexpensive because they don’t offer very rich benefits, said Gary Claxton, a vice president at the foundation and author of the study. The study found that an insurer spends an average of $765 annually on an individual between the ages of 18 and 34 who has bought his own policy but spends $1,174 on a person in the same age range in an employer-sponsored plan. Similarly, insurers spend an average of $942 annually on a person between the ages of 35 and 49 with an individual plan compared to $1,622 on someone in the same age range with an employer-sponsored plan. Spending on each group was less if the policy didn’t include vision or dental coverage. 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

South Africa to start digital migration

first_img21 May 2015A massive public awareness campaign on digital migration will be undertaken in the coming few weeks, according to Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.“The [Department of Communications] will be launching a focused public awareness campaign in the next four weeks. R22 million has been identified to enable the implementation of the broadcasting digital migration awareness campaign. Key messages have been developed. We will work with our local traditional leaders in implementing the digital migration awareness campaign,” she said.Muthambi was delivering her 2015/16 budget vote in the Old Assembly Chamber in Parliament yesterday.The broadcasting digital migration programme remained a flagship programme for her department, she said, adding that she would do all she could to ensure that the migration process began in the second quarter of this financial year.However, Muthambi admitted that the country would not meet the international deadline to migrate from analogue to digital. “We are mindful of the fact that the country will not meet the 17 June 2015 analogue switch off date as set by the International Telecommunications Union. We are ready to consult with [the] Cabinet on the digital signal switch-on date.”In March, the Cabinet approved the final amendments to the broadcasting digital migration policy, which unlocks the project to enable its implementation. It also agreed that the government must provide free set top boxes to five million poor households that have television sets.Radio interferenceThe minister also said her department was working to conclude and sign bilateral engagements with six neighbouring countries, namely: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, to minimise cross-border radio frequency spectrum interference.The government had prioritised South African communities along the borders for the distribution of set top boxes in order to mitigate any potential frequency spectrum interferences.“We anticipate to expedite the rollout of set top boxes to be completed in the coming 18 to 24 months so that we can switch off analogue signal and begin to realise the benefits of the digital dividend to allow for the rollout of wireless broadband services,” she said.Department establishedIn addition, “the process to establish the Department of Communications has been completed”.“We are committed to create an enabling environment for the provision of inclusive communication services to all South Africans in a manner that promotes socioeconomic development and investment through broadcasting, new media, print media and other new technologies, and brand the country locally and internationally.”According to the Statistics South Africa General Household Survey 2013, South Africa has 12 million TV-owning households, of which 62% rely solely on free-to-air broadcasting services; the remaining 38% rely on pay services.TransformationTransformation of the media industry, especially the print media in South Africa, was slow, and little had changed since 1994 when Times Media, Naspers, Caxton and Argus were the big four media houses, Muthambi said.“We do acknowledge that there is a significant number of community media players, thanks to the Media Development and Diversity Agency of South Africa. Transformation of the media remains at the apex of our priorities for this current financial year.”Work was under way to finalise the media transformation policy. “As part of finalising this policy, we will also investigate the possibility of pooling government media assets with a view to support the creation of a black-owned media house in the country.”Community mediaDeputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said it was important for the government to support community media in order to ensure they were able to sustain themselves. She was speaking to journalism students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology on 19 May, ahead of her department’s Budget Vote in Parliament.As the debate on media transformation continued, it was crucial for community radio, TV and newspapers to get support from local government, she said.The department, which subsidised community media through the Media Diversity and Development Agency, recently announced that to offer support, it was looking at setting aside 30% of its advertising to the sector.It would also mobilise local municipalities to re-channel most of their advertising that related to local communities to community media instead of placing it in national media.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Malindo to start Bali-Melbourne in June

first_imgPhoto: Wikicommons/M. Radzi Desa Malindo Air is adding another port to its roster of Australian destinations with daily flights to Melbourne.The Malaysian-based full-service carrier already flies to Perth and Brisbane from Kuala Lumpur and it will start daily non-stop Melbourne-Bali flights in June that will add 118,260 seats both ways on an annualized basis.A joint venture between Indonesia’s Lion Air and National Aerospace and Defence Industries of Malaysia, Malindo has a strong network in Indonesia flying to major cities such as Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and Medan.“Since the 2014 financial year Indonesia has been one of the top three international destinations for Victorian holidaymakers and demand to visit Bali has proven to be strong and resilient over time,” Melbourne Airport chief of aviation Simon Gandy said.Victorian Tourism Minister John Eren said the new service would benefit jobs and business by boosting access to Indonesia and Malaysia.“It’s a great opportunity to grow our tourism and trade links with Asia and attract more visitors to our state,” he said.Launched in 2013, Malindo flies a fleet of Boeing 737-900ER, 737-800 and ATR72-600 aircraft on more than 800 weekly flights to 40 destinations.SEE our ratings for Malindo.It operates scheduled passenger services throughout Malaysia as well as to popular regional destinations in countries such as Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Nepal and Pakistan.The carrier’s s two-class Boeing jets feature a 32-inch seat pitch in economy and 42 inches in business class with in-seat entertainment and wi-fi connectivity on the 737-900ERs.Passengers flying on the Boeing jets get an included checked baggage allowance of 25kg in economy and 40kg in business. Economy passengers can also take 7kg of cabin baggage while those in the business cabin are allowed 10kg.Meals and refreshments are also included.Malindo’s website is advertising Melbourne-Bali flights starting at $A589 return in economy and $A1699 in business class.Separately, Boeing confirmed that Malindo part owner Lion Air had ordered 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with a list price of $US6.24 billion.The manufacturer said it was the largest incremental order to date for the MAX 10 variant, which can seat up to 230 passengers and is touted by Boeing as offering the lowest seat-mile cost ever in a single-aisle aircraft.Lion Air already flies the 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9.last_img read more

Centre Refuses to Share Information on Bringing Back Kohinoor

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John Stones picked a Tottenham attacker as his PFA Player of the Year

first_imgAdvertisementJohn Stones cast his vote for the PFA Player of the Year to Son Heung-min. The Manchester City defender voted for the Spurs winger, as he could not for anyone from his own side.“I’m a big fan of Son, he’s gone under the radar a bit. I voted for him,” he said. “Just his performances, take nothing away from Virgil, he’s been outstanding. But I like to go for someone who is a bit under the radar and someone who excites me and I like to watch play.”“I’d probably say Raheem – or Bernardo,” he said when asked to pick someone from his teammates. “How Raheem has handled himself this season, he has overcome a lot of things – some non-football related. That’s been something, how he has stood up for his beliefs and still gone out and performed the way he has.“That’s admirable for me – as a friend – but I also admire him for going out and scoring the goals he has.”Virgil van Dijk won the award on Sunday, as he was rightly rewarded for the season he is having with Liverpool. Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva made the PFA Team of the Year, but Son did not make the cut.Advertisementlast_img read more