PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations It was the lowest score at halftime since Super Bowl 9, which Pittsburgh led 2-0 over Minnesota.McVay, the youngest Super Bowl head coach at 33, admitted he was outcoached. He had no answers as Gurley, coming off knee issues, managed 35 yards rushing, Goff went 19 for 38 for 229 yards and was sacked four times. Brandin Cooks, a Patriots receiver last season, did have eight receptions for 120 yards.“They did a great job. I’m disappointed that I didn’t do a better job of adjusting,” McVay said. “I know there is a handful of decisions that I’m going to wish that I could have back, for sure.”KICKING GAMEGostkowski’s 46-yard miss wide left in the first quarter was the first unsuccessful field goal in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Falcons, by an NFL player all season.The Rams’ Johnny Hekker had a 65-yard punt in the third quarter, the longest in a Super Bowl. It was his eighth punt of the game — with 1 1-2 periods remaining — the most for LA in McVay’s two seasons in charge.Greg Zuerlein tied it with 2:11 left in the third quarter on the first drive on which Los Angeles gained more than one first down. His 53-yarder was the second-longest field goal in a Super Bowl.COIN TOSSMcVay deferred after winning the coin toss. In their previous two playoff games, the Patriots marched right downfield to a touchdown with the opening kickoff, setting an immediate tone. This time, after Cordarrelle Patterson’s 38-yard kickoff return and four successful runs, Brady’s first pass was tipped by receiver Chris Hogan and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. Linebacker Cory Littleton made a diving interception. It was the first time Brady was picked on his initial throw in a postseason game.INJURIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Rude welcome Julian Edelman, the outstanding receiver who missed the 2017 season with a knee injury, was the game’s MVP with 10 receptions for 141 yards.With 4:17 left, All-Pro Stephon Gilmore picked off an ill-advised pass by Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who seemed overwhelmed by the big stage all night, at the New England 2.Stephen Gostkowski made a 41-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining, completing a 72-yard march that took more than three minutes off the clock and included 26-yard runs by Michel and Rex Burkhead.It was a workmanlike conclusion for the Patriots (14-5), whose losses all came away from New England. They beat the top two offenses in the Chiefs and Rams (15-4) in the postseason, and tied Pittsburgh for most Super Bowl titles.“We’re a relentless team,” Hightower said after New England allowed the fewest points in a Super Bowl (tied with Dallas in 1972 against Miami). “We didn’t give up. A lot was thrown at us. When we play like we did tonight, we can’t be beat.”The Rams, who reached the NFL championship game with the aid of a major officiating error in the conference title victory at New Orleans, never really threatened to reach the end zone.“Last time I checked, defense wins championships,” Rams running back C.J. Anderson said.At 66, Bill Belichick became the oldest winning Super Bowl coach. The Patriots beat the Rams, then representing St. Louis, to begin their dynastic run in the 2002 game. They also have beaten Carolina and Philadelphia (2004 and ’05, the last back-to-back championships); the Seahawks in 2015; and the Falcons in 2017 in the only overtime in Super Bowl history.They have lost three times, including to Philadelphia a year ago. New England is the first team since the 1972 Dolphins to win a Super Bowl the year after losing one.How the Patriots accomplished it was atypical. The 10-point margin was their biggest in winning a championship. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’m tired of hearing about Brady,” he said with a laugh. “I won one today — we all got one. It feels good for us to get it all. Shout out to him getting his, but this is a team game and it feels good to win.”But the defense still needed vintage Brady for one drive. He threw two perfect passes to Rob Gronkowski to set up rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard score — the only touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. That put New England up 10-3. A late field goal clinched it 13-3.No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 — even though these teams had combined to average over 60 points a game.When the Patriots needed a score, Brady, the oldest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl at 41, completed four straight passes, including a pair covering 47 yards to Gronkowski. The second, on which the star tight end beat two defenders, ended at the Los Angeles 2, the only time either team was inside the 20-yard line. Michel ran off left tackle for his sixth postseason touchdown.“He knows to trust in me and throw that ball,” Gronkowski said, “and I’m going to grab it.”ADVERTISEMENT “Finally got a touchdown and the defense played the best game of the year,” Brady said.In a season in which all sorts of offensive records were set, this Super Bowl rewrote the defensive record book.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“How about our defense? How about our defense?” he said. “They played unbelievable.”So well that their leader linebacker Dont’a Hightower, joked they had extra incentive. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “This whole year, it was the biggest team win, the biggest team Super Bowl that I’ve ever been a part of,” said Gronkowski, who could be headed for retirement.Brady, who has won four Super Bowl MVP trophies, wasn’t particularly sharp — except when throwing to Edelman. He was the steadiest offensive player on the field.“It just matters that we won,” Edelman said. “It was a crazy year. We had a resilient bunch of guys.”Brady passed Hall of Famer Charles Haley to become the only player with six Super Bowl titles.All those suspicions about the Patriots declining this season became moot as the defense made the 24-year-old Goff look awful and turned All-Pro running back Todd Gurley into a nonfactor.It wasn’t a typical New England championship win. The 2 1/2-point favorite Patriots moved the ball well, ran down the clock, but made uncharacteristic gaffes on offense. Goff and the Rams made more.“I think we expected to score a lot more points than that,” Goff said. “It sucks that’s the way it worked out, but we’ll use this as a learning experience.”A painful one.LA’s second-ranked offense managed 57 total yards for the first half. The Rams were completely overmatched on the line and were particularly unable to handle the elusive Edelman, who had seven receptions for 93 yards.Coach Sean McVay, whose Rams never had been blanked in a first half, let out a long, deep sigh just before halftime, recognizing how badly his team was manhandled, even though it trailed just 3-0. New England lost safety Patrick Chung on the third play of the second half when his right forearm was caught between Gurley’s shoulder pad and the helmet of teammate Jonathan Jones. Chung writhed in pain before walking off with an air cast on.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gets doused after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)ATLANTA (AP) — That super shootout everyone expected turned into a defensive standoff. The New England Patriots showed they can win that type of championship game, too.So after Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl, he perfectly summed up the 13-3 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes
The whole of India woke up on Saturday morning and immediately started to rejoice as news came in that Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati have bagged two medals, a gold and a bronze respectively, at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. (Rio Paralympics: Mariyappan wins Gold, Varun Bhati bronze in high jump)Thangavelu bagged a historic gold in the men’s high jump T-42 event while Bhati narrowly missed out on the chance to grab the next best spot on the podium for India and settled for the bronze. While Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres, Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres to finish third. (These true heroes defy all odds, tweets Sehwag after India win medals at Paralympics)India’s other medal prospect Sharad Kumar finished at number six. USA’s Sam Grewe bagged the silver medal.Speaking to India Today from Rio, Thangavelu said he was confident of winning a medal for the country in his event.”I am very happy with the gold medal and this is one of the happiest days of my life. I want to win more medals in the future as well.”I was confident of winning a medal. Previously I was clearing the 1.85 meters mark before coming to Rio and also I’m a former world No. 1, so knew I could win at the Paralympics,” Thnagavelu said in Tamil while his coach translated it in English for him.Lack of funding was the biggest challenge that Thangavelu faced ahead of the Rio Games but he still thanked the Sports Authority of India and his coach for helping him get this far.advertisement”My coach Satyanarayana and the Sports Authority of India helped me a lot. I was included in the TOP scheme (Target Olympic Podium) and was also sent to Germany for training. So I’m very happy with the support that I got from my coach and the SAI.”Getting a passport and the money needed for training purposes was the biggest challenge. Not getting a passport on time meant I could not be eligible for a few other events. But now all the problems are settled and I’m very happy,” the 21-year-old added.Indian athletes who have just returned from the Rio Olympics have blamed various sports federations and authorities for their dismal performance at the Games.Varun Bhati, on the other hand, praised SAI and said that he didn’t face any discrimination for being a physically handicapped athlete.”I have been in the TOP scheme this year and the government has supported us really well. I was even sent to Ukraine for training. I don’t feel so discriminated. I’m doing well for myself and I’m happy with what I’ve achieved,” the 21-year-old expressed.
NEW YORK — The Cleveland Indians know that Corey Kluber is the probably biggest reason they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. He showed why on Aug. 9.Kluber pitched four-hit ball for a superb six innings and Jose Ramirez hit his first career homer among three hits as the Indians ended a four-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees.“Every time he toes the rubber it’s a win,” Reliever Cody Allen said.Michael Brantley also connected and had three hits for Cleveland, which won at Yankee Stadium for the first time in eight games and improved to 57-58. Ramirez hit a two-run drive in the second inning.Derek Jeter had an infield single in the sixth inning to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the career list with No. 3,431. But New York was 0-for-9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position in losing for just the second time in eight games.“I try not to think about it but today, Honus Wagner, he’s the last one on the list that has played short at all — so that one hits home a little bit,” Jeter said. “But anytime you’re passing guys that have had the careers that they’ve had, it’s kind of overwhelming.”Kluber (13-6) did not allow a hit until Jacoby Ellsbury doubled with one out in the fourth and struck out 10. The right-hander has allowed only one earned run in his last 31 1-3 innings over four starts. He has won six straight decisions.“Just stick with my same approach. Maybe just executing a little better,” Kluber said of his recent success.Scott Atchison, Bryan Shaw and Allen each pitched an inning with Allen finishing striking out two to finish the five-hitter for his 15th save.Brandon McCarthy (4-1) lost for the first time in six starts with New York. He received a scare in the third when he took a liner off his right foot but he continued for 6 1-3 innings, yielding two runs and seven hits. McCarthy was hit in the head by a liner in 2012 and looked briefly shaken this time.“I don’t think about it,” McCarthy said. “It’s one of the things when I was coming back that I had to accept the reality that things can come back at you — you still have to play.”Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said x-rays of McCarthy’s foot were negative.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
India made early inroads into the Australian tail and skittled the hosts inside the first session and then took control of the first Test with the bat on day 3 at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.Led by the strong performance of the bowlers, India restricted Australia to 235 and took a slender first innings lead of 15 runs and also gained a psychological advantage over the hosts, which was more important for Virat Kohli’s side.The batsmen then came to the party and produced a much-improved performance after a disappointing run in the first innings by scoring 151 runs for the loss of 3 wickets, with the lead stretching to 166 runs at stumps on the third day.”(The match is) slightly in our favor because we have a good lead. The first session (of day four) will be very important. If we capitalize on that, we will be in a very good place in this match,” India paceman Jasprit Bumrah said after the day’s play.KL Rahul (44), Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli (34) put India in a commanding position and they can now dictate terms on the fourth day if the batsmen continue to play like the way they did on Saturday.Pujara, who rescued India’s first innings with a sparkling 123, survived to stumps on 40 not out, with number five Ajinkya Rahane batting on one run under a cloudy sky.”He’s (Pujara) shown a lot of patience, that is the key element in Test cricket. He knows his game in and out, he knows his strengths.advertisement”He knows to leave the ball and he’s playing with the bowlers’ patience as well. He has done that over the years and has started to play with a lot of maturity. That’s his strength,” Bumrah praised Pujara.Pujara was involved in a 71-run partnership with Kohli, who came in to bat just before tea with India vulnerable at 76 for two.The pair stood firm through the best part of a session before spinner Nathan Lyon snared Kohli for 34 to end their third-wicket stand.Massive moment late in the day! Nathan Lyon has now dismissed Virat Kohli six times in Test cricket; the most by any bowler.#AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/VhHxfYToT2cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2018Pujara now holds the key for India, who will look to take the game beyond Australia’s reach on the fourth day.Another player who is definitely going to play a big part in the final stages of the Test match is Ravichandran Ashwin, who was a constant threat for the left-handed Aussie batsmen.”In the fourth innings he will obviously play a crucial role. We saw Nathan Lyon using the rough to his advantage so I think (Ashwin) knows what he has to do,” said Bumrah as he is looks forward to the spin of Ashwin coming into play on a fifth-day wicket.Ashwin and Bumrah had both finished with three wickets each as Australia’s first innings ended early in the first session on the third day. They were ably supported by Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami with both picking two wickets each.Also Read | Virat Kohli was more determined after being booed in Adelaide Test: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Pujara, Kohli put India ahead in tense Adelaide Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli faster than Don Bradman to 1000 Test runs in AustraliaAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli booed by sections of Adelaide Oval crowd
Colombia have appointed former Portugal and Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz as their new head coach.Queiroz, who was unveiled at a news conference in Bogota on Thursday, replaces Jose Pekerman, who left the job after Colombia were knocked out in the last 16 of the World Cup by England on penalties in July.Queiroz, 65, said he would hire local coaches to help him get started in the job and highlighted the importance of Colombia’s big-name players such as playmaker James Rodriguez, striker Radamel Falcao and goalkeeper David Ospina.”These players are the core, the soul of the national team,” he told reporters. “They are an important part of my analysis and my selections.”The well-travelled Queiroz has coached Iran, Portuguese side Sporting and South Africa, as well as serving as Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United.His first match in charge will be away to Japan on March 22.Also Watch:
Australia Isaias Sanchez ineligible to represent Socceroos at the World Cup Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 07:59 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Australia Norway v Australia Colombia v Australia Adelaide United A-League Friendlies Adelaide United v Perth Glory The Spanish midfielder will not be able to represent the green and gold in Russia Adelaide United’s Spanish captain Isaias Sanchez won’t be available for Australian World Cup selection after it was revealed he fails to meet the eligibility criteria.Isaias, who is due to receive his Australian visa imminently, was hoping to represent the green and gold in Russia once eligible. But according to former Asian Football Confederation head of legal James Kitching, the defensive midfielder will not be allowed by FIFA to represent the Socceroos until after the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Unfortunately, he will miss out by a matter of months, if not weeks. Because Isaías doesn’t qualify through heritage, he would need to have lived continuously in Australia for five years after turning 18,” Kitching told The World Game.”His five years arrives in July 2018, during or after World Cup. But he will be eligible for the 2019 Asian Cup.”Isaias has been one of the in-form central midfielders in the A-League – leading to calls for his national team selection.The 30-year-old admitted as recently as December that representing Australia would be a ‘dream’.”Being a Socceroo is in the back of my mind,” Isaias told The Advertiser following the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Sydney FC.”It will be a dream for me but I know it will be difficult because Australia has very good midfielders and very good players to choose from.”But of course I always dream big and one of these challenges is to represent Australia.”The Socceroos will face France, Peru and Denmark at June’s World Cup in Russia.
zoom With peak season nearing its close, the US Port of Virginia in November handled 236,155 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), making it the second-busiest month in the port’s history after the record-breaking October 2016.In comparison with last November, TEU volumes are up 16 percent; rail units up 35 percent; truck volume up 8 percent; Virginia Inland Port volume up 3 percent; and Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) volume up 20 percent, the port authority said.“November was a strong month and we experienced solid growth in import and export volumes, which were up 17 percent and 15 percent (respectively); our peak-season volumes will begin tapering off in December, which is normal,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.“Combine our performance in November and the volume we handled in October – our single-best effort on record – and we moved 475,000 TEUs.”November marks the tenth consecutive month in 2016 of TEU volumes exceeding 210,000 units.Year-to-date, the port’s TEU volume is up 3 percent; rail units up 14 percent; VIP volume up 3 percent; and RMT volume up 30 percent. The import volume has grown by 5 percent and exports are up 2 percent.Reinhart said the focus “will be maintaining momentum” as the port gets underway with the expansion of Virginia International Gateway later this month and late next spring at Norfolk International Terminals. Combined, these expansion projects will boost annual throughput capacity by 40 percent when complete, the port authority said.
RANCHI: Five men have been arrested and two police officers suspended amid outrage across the country over the fatal mob attack on a man in Jharkhand last week. The police are on the lookout for at least one more person accused of beating 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari last Tuesday for allegedly stealing a motorcycle.A 24-year-old man, who was allegedly beaten for hours is seen in a purported video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”, died four days later, police said on Monday. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceA Special Investigation Team has been set up to look into the death of Tabrez Ansari, who was declared brought dead to the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur on June 22, Saturday, police said. The recently married Ansari was rushed to the Saraikela Sadar (district) Hospital after he complained of uneasiness on June 21, three days after he was tied to a pole and beaten with sticks through the night of June 18. On June 22, he was referred to the Tata Hospital in Jamshedpur. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize”We have formed an SIT to probe into the matter… and it has already conducted raids in the area on Sunday night,” Superintendent of Police Karthik S said. Asked about the purported video of the incident, which is being circulated widely on social media and in which a mob is heard forcing Ansari to chant the slogans, Karthik S said a case has been lodged against an accused of inciting “communal sentiments”. “Papu Mandal has been arrested and an inquiry into the incident is on,” the SP added. Ansari’s assault took place on June 18 when he was returning here from Jamshedpur, about 30 km from here, with two friends. Some villagers caught them and accused them of stealing a motorcycle at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, police officials said. Though Ansari’s friends managed to escape, he was tied to a pole and beaten up with sticks through the night, they said. He was then handed over to police by the villagers, the SP said. Ansari’s wife has filed a complaint in which she has named several people, a police officer said.
OTTAWA – Canada’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal from the special prosecutor assigned to handle cases tied to the so-called Surrey Six murders in Surrey, B.C.The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled it will hear special prosecutor Chris Considine’s appeals of a 2015 ruling from the B.C. Supreme Court and a 2017 decision from the B.C. Court of Appeal.Court-imposed bans prohibit the release of details but the high court says the matters relate to allegations that four RCMP officers involved in the murder investigation engaged in inappropriate conduct while managing a protected witness.Derek Brassington and Paul Johnston, David Attew and Danny Michaud face charges including breach of trust, obstruction of justice and fraud.The charges laid in 2011 stem from the investigation of the gang-related murders of six men, including two innocent bystanders, in a Surrey highrise in October 2007.The trial for the four men was expected to begin in 2013, but has been delayed repeatedly.
APTN National NewsAt the Pickton inquiry Monday the question was finally asked directly to the police: Why did it take so long to catch serial killer Robert Pickton?Vancouver’s deputy police chief began his testimony by reviewing his 450 page report that analyzed where police went wrong.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts was at the inquiry.
NEW YORK — The stock market hasn’t been this dizzying in years, and investors may need to get used to it.The S&P 500 slid 4.6 per cent this past week as worries piled up about the economy’s strength, global trade and interest rates. It was a whiplash-inducing reversal from the prior week, when the S&P 500 jumped 4.8 per cent. The last time investors experienced such a big swing in stock prices between two weeks was in late 2011.It’s the latest gyration for a market that’s become increasingly twitchy, as investors try to make sense of big questions that don’t yet have clear answers for. Will tariffs derail the global economy and sink profits for businesses around the world? Will the Federal Reserve raise U.S. interest rates too quickly and choke off growth?Many Wall Street strategists see more volatility on the horizon.“What we have experienced in 2018 and most acutely since October is, unfortunately, more normal than not,” said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer at Northern Trust Wealth Management.With economic growth expected to slow and interest rates expected to rise, many along Wall Street are forecasting 2019 will be a rocky year for stocks. “The end of easy” is the title that Wells Fargo Investment Institute gave for its 2019 investment outlook.Easy, for investors, is what the stock market had been for most of its run that began in the spring of 2009. For most of the past decade, the Federal Reserve kept interest rates extremely low to promote economic growth following the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession. That helped keep borrowing costs down and lift all kinds of markets.But now the Fed is gradually raising interest rates. It has increased short-term rates eight times since 2015, and economists expect another hike to come later this month. Those higher rates — and expectations for more — have been one catalyst for recent selling.Worries about trade tensions between the United States and China have also driven big swings for stocks, in both directions. At the start of this past week, stocks jumped on hopes that the two countries had brokered a truce. But those gains evaporated as investors grew confused about what the two sides had actually agreed upon.“We started up sharply because we thought we had a deal with China and we ended at the lows for the day,” said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA Research. “That tells me people are using days where we see some green to sell out of positions into the strength, and that’s pulling the market lower. The sentiment in the market is extremely negative.”The current skid for stocks is the third big swoon for the markets this year. The first was a dramatic downturn in late January and early February, when the S&P 500 lost 10 per cent in just nine days. That was followed by a less severe stumble in March.But the middle of this year was placid, which raised hopes for a return to a smoother ride. Between late June and early October, the market didn’t rise or fall as much as 1 per cent in a single day. That was similar to the scenario in 2017, when the market drifted gradually higher and finished up 19.4 per cent.Soaring corporate profits, fueled by sweeping corporate tax cuts, powered the market’s recovery this spring and summer. S&P 500 companies delivered second-quarter earnings growth of 25 per cent, well ahead of forecasts. That helped send the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in September, erasing the losses from its correction in February.But now doubts are emerging that a similar surge in earnings growth will rally markets out of their latest skid. S&P 500 companies delivered yet another blockbuster quarter of earnings growth for the third quarter, but the reports have not lifted stocks.All the gyrations are yet another reminder to investors that the downside to owning stocks, which have had the best results over the long term, is that they’re risky and prone to sudden drops in price.“We accept volatility as the cost of doing business,” Nixon said, “and we anticipate over time that we will be compensated for taking the extra risk.”___AP Business Writers Marley Jay in New York and Alex Veiga in Los Angeles contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at the Canfor lumber mill Monday night.At 19:27 the Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at the Canfor lumber mill. Upon arrival, the Duty Officer found that employees had extinguished the majority of the fire.The Fire Department responded with three apparatus and 12 firefighters. Three firefighters entered the building and found and extinguished several hot spots. Crews were on scene for about two hours and there were no injuries.
The leaders of two of Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions that clashed over a border dispute last week today adopted a three-point plan to ensure better communication and cooperation in addressing common threats, the United Nations political office for the country said. The agreement between Mohamed Ahmed Alin, the President of the Galmudug state and his Puntland counterpart Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud “Farole” was signed on the sidelines of the Consultative Meeting for Ending the Transition in Somalia, which got under way in the capital, Mogadishu, yesterday. “I am most gratified that the United Nations was able to bring the parties together in the margins of the consultative meeting and that they decided, in a spirit of brotherly reconciliation, to ensure that the peace process goes forward,” said Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, who is facilitating the three-day meeting. Mr. Alin and Mr. Mohamud agreed to establish and maintain direct communication at the highest level, address future issues in a cooperative manner, and recognize that they face a common threat from insurgent groups. “Puntland and Galmudug are on Somalia’s front lines in the ongoing fight against violent extremists that increasingly are relying on terror tactics to try and disrupt the peace process. “As we work together at this important conference to adopt a road map for ending the transitional period in Somalia, I am most encouraged that the two leaders showed such statesmanship in agreeing to work together to resolve their differences peacefully. The UN continues to stand ready to assist,” said Dr. Mahiga. According to media reports, up to 30 people were killed and scores wounded when forces of the two self-declared autonomous regions clashed last week over where the border lies in the town of Galkayo. The pact was signed in the presence of Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, the Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament, the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, and a number of ministers and other high-ranking officials. 5 September 2011The leaders of two of Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions that clashed over a border dispute last week today adopted a three-point plan to ensure better communication and cooperation in addressing common threats, the United Nations political office for the country said.
Fire damaged a home at the corner of Main and Green streets in Waterford on Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported Thursday in a fire at a historic mansion in downtown Waterford.The fire broke out in an apartment at 180 Main Street South around 3:45 p.m. None of the seven tenants were home when the alarm went up and all had to be relocated once the situation was under control.The Norfolk County Fire Department reports that a third-floor tenant came home Thursday afternoon to discover the building’s fire alarm had been activated. The occupant discovered smoke coming from his apartment.“One of the occupants grabbed a fire extinguisher and opened the door in the hopes of fighting the fire himself,” Michael Atkins, a fire prevention officer with the Norfolk department, said in an email.“However, once the door was opened he quickly realized that the fire was larger than he could handle with an extinguisher, at which time he closed the door and exited the building to call 911.”Norfolk firefighters brought the situation under control quickly and managed to save the structure. Atkins noted that the occupant closed the door to the apartment when he realized he could not knock down the flames with the extinguisher. This was important, Atkins said, because it starved the fire for oxygen while preventing it from spreading into the hallway.Most of the damage was confined to the upper-level unit. An inspection determined that the flames had not spread to the attic.The cold snap that settled over southern Ontario this week presented local firefighters with additional challenges. Atkins said the wind chill at the scene was in the range of -40 degrees C.Firefighters were frustrated when they could not activate two hydrants in the neighbourhood because they were frozen. They were eventually forced open, but Atkins says this did not delay the firefighting effort.Atkins says the Norfolk department prepares for such contingencies during cold weather. Pumper trucks have a water supply of their own while tanker trucks are dispatched to all fires, even those in urban areas where hydrants are nearby.“The crews did encounter frozen caps on a couple hydrants,” Atkins said. “But they did access another hydrant before they even needed to use the water from the tanker trucks on scene. It had zero impact on the firefighting operations.”An investigation has determined that the fire is not suspicious. A cause has yet to be determined. A preliminary estimate pegs the damage at $250,000. Fire was restricted to the apartment unit in question but there is water damage in other parts of the building.The Norfolk department reports that the building is insured. However, it is not known if tenants were insured for contents.The 19th-century mansion was built as the home of the Becker and York families, merchants in the early history of Waterford. The Becker and York families were related by marriage to the Sovereign (sometimes spelled Sovereen) family, another of the town’s founding families.Karen Lindsay of Waterford, a member of the Waterford and Townsend Historical Society and a past executive member, said the mansion later served as a hospital and after that as a seminary.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com Contributed photo
In a report, Danger Every Step of the Way, released today, UNICEF found that 7,009 unaccompanied children made the crossing from North Africa to Italy in the first five months of the year, twice as many as this past year. “It is a silent and desperate situation – out of sight and out of mind. Yet tens of thousands of children face danger every day and hundreds of thousands more are prepared to risk everything,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant crisis in Europe. “We urgently need to protect these children from all types of abuse and exploitation by those taking advantage of the situation to exploit their dreams.” The report documents the risks that adolescents take in their flight to escape conflict, despair and poverty. Unaccompanied children generally rely on human smugglers, often under a system of ‘pay as you go’, which opens them to exploitation, UNICEF said. A total of 2,809 deaths were recorded in the Mediterranean between 1 January and 5 June 2016, as compared with 3,770 for the whole of 2015. The vast majority were on the Central Mediterranean route – and many were children, according to the report. From Somalia to Italy, Omar’s miraculous story of survivalUNICEF noted that some adolescents are sexually abused and exploited. Italian social workers told the agency that both girls and boys were sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution while in Libya, and that some of the girls were pregnant when they arrived in Italy, having been raped. However, because of the illicit nature of human smuggling operations, there are no reliable figures to show how many of the refugees and migrants die, disappear into forced labour or prostitution, or linger in detention, UNICEF said. With summer upon the Mediterranean, the latest numbers of children on the Central Mediterranean route may well be just the tip of the iceberg, according to UNICEF. Another 235,000 migrants are currently in Libya, tens of thousands of them unaccompanied children. “Every country – those the children leave, those they cross and those in which they seek asylum – has an obligation to establish protection systems focused on the risks that unaccompanied children face,” Ms. Poirier said. “In the European Union and other destination countries, there is an opportunity for policy and legislative reforms to lead to more opportunities for safe, legal and regular channels for these children,” she added.
With Remembrance Day falling on a Sunday this year, the University is encouraging members of the Brock community to attend a service in their local community.Brock President Gervan Fearon will be attending the St. Catharines Remembrance Day service on Sunday, Nov. 11. A wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m., followed by the Last Post. Veterans and Royal Canadian Legion members will then march through downtown streets to the cenotaph at Memorial Park on St. Paul Street West near the Ontario Street intersection. The formal program begins at 10:40 a.m. and will include speeches, wreath laying, singing O’ Canada, gun salutes and a moment of silence.Students, staff and faculty are welcome to join President Fearon for the St. Catharines ceremonies or attend one of several Remembrance Day services planned across the Niagara region.Poppies are available for purchase on Brock’s main campus at the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk, the Campus Store, Guernsey Market and Tim Hortons.Remembrance Day ceremonies across NiagaraFort Erie Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at Stevensville Memorial Hall, 2508 Stevensville Rd., Fort Erie. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the cenotaph located near the intersection of Farr Avenue and Gorham Road, Ridgeway. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at Mather Arch Park, Mather Circle, Fort Erie.Grimsby Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph at the Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray St., Grimsby.Lincoln Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph at the Lion’s Club, 2769 Fourth Ave., Jordan. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph located near the intersection of King Street and William Street, Beamsville. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at Albright Manor, 5050 Hillside Dr., Beamsville.Niagara-on-the-Lake Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the clock tower cenotaph in Old Town on Queen Street between Regent Street and King Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12:45 p.m. at the cenotaph located near the intersection of Niagara Parkway and Queenston Street, Queenston.Niagara Falls Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at Chippawa Willoughby Memorial Arena, 9000 Sodom Rd., Niagara Falls. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Gale Centre, 5152 Thorold Stone Rd., Niagara Falls.Pelham Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. at the cenotaph in Centennial Park, 999 Church St., Fenwick. Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. at the cenotaph at Old Pelham Town Hall, 491 Canboro Rd. W., Ridgeville. Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the cenotaph in Peace Park, 20 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill. Afterwards, the public is welcome at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613 for a light lunch. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613, 141 Hwy. 20 E., Fonthill.Port Colborne Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, at intersection of Sugar Loaf Street and Elm Street, Port Colborne. A Bells of Peace commemoration will also take place Sunday, Nov. 11 as the sun sets (about 5:45 p.m.) at King George Park, 56 Clarence St., Port Colborne.St. Catharines On Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9:30 a.m., veterans will parade from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 418 at 292-296 Vine St. to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 5 Oblate St. A wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the legion. On Sunday, Nov. 4, members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 350 at 57 Lakeport Rd. will parade to the cenotaph on Ann Street. A service will begin at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:15 a.m., Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 veterans will parade from City Hall, 50 Church St., to the cenotaph at Memorial Park on St. Paul Street West. The service begins at 10:40 a.m. On Sunday, Nov. 11, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 138 members will parade from 2 Chestnut St. E. to the cenotaph at 343 Merritt St. The service begins at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Imperial Veterans Association, 15 George St.Thorold Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park, located near the intersection of Albert Street East and Chapel Street North, Thorold.Wainfleet Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Township of West Lincoln, 31940 Hwy. 3.Welland Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 at 383 Morningstar Ave., Welland. It is recommended that people arrive before 10:30 a.m. to secure a parking spot. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph in Chippewa Park, 128 Fitch St., Welland.West Lincoln Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 393, 172 St. Catharines St., Smithville.
The Reds gave up 47 runs in six games against West-coast teams this week, and still managed to win three of them.The Reds ended a five-game losing streak with an 11-9 win at home against the Dodgers Tuesday night. It was yet another win in their last at bat, the fashion in which they had won all six of their games up to that point.The Reds dropped the second game in the series with a sluggish 14-6 loss, but Mike Leake continued his impressive start to his rookie season in becoming the first pitcher in the Reds’ rotation to record a win this season in an 8-5 series-clinching victory.The Padres then came to town, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run in all three games as San Diego won the first two games of the series. However, late game heroics by Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez allowed the Reds to win the last game in the series 5-4, again in their last at bat.Studs: Mike Leake. The Reds’ rookie right-hander is the only starting pitcher to record a win thus far, and is batting .429 (In just seven at-bats).Duds: Aaron Harang. A lot of the pitchers in the rotation are deserving, but the player once considered the “ace” of the ball club has gone 0-3 in four starts with an 8.31 ERA this season.Next Week: The Reds are off Monday, but then embark on a six-game divisional road trip as they will open a series with the Astros on Tuesday, followed by a series with the Cardinals on Friday.
If we could get those nurses in it would solve our problem overnightRachel Overfield, Nursing Director, Walsall Manor Hospital Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The trust has had unfilled vacancies for more than 100 registered nurses for more than a year, part of a 600 nurse shortfall across the Black Country, according to Ms Overfield.In May the NMC indicated it might introduce easier language tests, admitting it was embarking on a “stocktake” of standards following lobbying from senior managers and recruitment agencies.Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, said: “We can’t afford to have nurses who don’t understand what you are saying.“We already have some nurses who don’t understand what you are saying and that is a concern.“We need to work hard to make sure they get to the right standard before they start work.”The NMC said the English language test for foreign nurses is on a par with equivalent assessments in Australia, Ireland and Canada. Under Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) rules, all foreign nurses must pass an International English Language Testing System exam, which comprises listening, reading, writing and speaking assessments.The hospital’s nursing director, Rachel Overfield, said she was “really confident” the 115 nurses who had failed the language test would be capable of working in the NHS.However, she conceded that these nurses had not yet passed a mandatory practical examination, also required by the NMC for staff coming from outside the European Economic Area.”We went overseas to the Philippines twice in the last year. We have offered posts to in excess of 100 nurses there,” she said. “Three have arrived.””The reason is we just can’t get them through the International English Language Test. And the reason for that is the UK sets the standard to pass that higher than anywhere else in the world.” Hospital bosses have called for the English language test for foreign nurses to be relaxed after just three of 118 Filipino applicants at one NHS trust passed.Managers at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands said their chronic staffing shortfall could be solved “overnight” if watchdogs slackened standards, however patient safety campaigners have demanded the existing pass mark remain in place.The complaint was made as it emerged executives from the trust made two trips to the Philippines last year in an attempt to recruit more staff.
Horan tweeted a request for some privacy earlier this month when he was back in Westmeath:A statue of another famous Mullingar son – Joe Dolan – stands in front of Market House, and it’s proposed that the likes of Niall Breslin (Bressie), Emmet Cahill and Foster and Allen could also be honoured. Source: Photocall Ireland He also said that the attraction for tourists is undeniable:Americans come to Mullingar out of curiousity, because of Niall Horan, and because it’s only an hour from Dublin.Davitt also said that One Direction fans from all over the world have visited the Westmeath town.Davitt’s proposal was seconded by his fellow Fianna Fáil councillor Ken Glynn, and supported by Fine Gael’s Fintan Cooney and Mick Dollard of the Labour Party.The motion is now being considered in advance of the next meeting of the County Council, which has responsibility for deciding what the building will be used for after May.H/T to Westmeath ExaminerRead: Who’s that baby with Niall Horan?More: Is Niall Horan going into politics in Mullingar>9 people who know how important Mullingar is> You could meet him in one of the shops, he plays golf out in Mullingar, or you might see him later that evening socialising with friends. ONE DIRECTION STAR and Mullingar man Niall Horan has given a nod of approval to a museum dedicated to music in his hometown.A proposal to turn the building currently used by Mullingar Town Council into a tourist attraction was put forward at a recent area meeting of Westmeath County Council.The town has seen a resurgence in musical interest since 20-year-old Horan found worldwide fame with One Direction.Fianna Fáil town and county councillor Aidan Davitt told DailyEdge.ie that he proposed the motion to set up a museum honouring Mullingar’s musicians in Market House.The building will become vacant in May with the abolition of the town council.Davitt said he’s been in touch with Niall Horan about the idea of a museum, and that he’s “quite supportive” of the proposal. Horan’s mother has said she’s behind the potential project.The boybander regularly returns to Westmeath; Davitt said he was “over last week”, and that he moves as normal through the town, albeit with increased attention from the local teenage girls: He’s a great kid and his feet are very much on the ground.
NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Germany’s Jerome Boateng, left, and France’s Antoine Griezman. Source: Matt DunhamWorld CupGermany beat a surprisingly meek French team 1-0 in the tournament’s first quarter-final. Mats Hummels stole in for a 12th minute header that settled the tie as Didier Deschamps men failed to fire. Not a case of Évier de Cuisine in Rio.FIFA’s official player rankings for the tournament continue to spark debate as David Luiz is declared the World Cup’s best player. Lionel Messi is down in 11th place.HomeRebels goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran set the tone for Cork and Kerry’s spicy Munster SFC final encounter by likening the county’s rivalry to that of Glasgow’s ‘Old Firm’.Another week, another GAA county boss stepping down. Louth are the latest team on the look-out for a new Bainisteoir.TheScore.ie rugby columnist Adrian Flavin told us why Simon Easterby would be a good fit as Ireland forwards coach.Irish football star and wonder-goal scorer Stephanie Roche told us all about her exciting move to a professional French team.AwayWe start off with an Irish connection as former Leinster rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll checked out the Men’s semi-final action at Wimbledon in the company of wife Amy Huberman, golfer Justin Rose, actor Bradley Cooper and a man worth $63bn. Awkward silence and no Cliff Richard in sight. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesMeanwhile at SW19, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer put the young pups in their place to reach the Men’s Singles final.Susie Wolff became Formula One’s first female driver in 22 years when she hit the Silverstone track for a practice run this afternoon. Unfortunately for the Scot, her session came to a crashing halt after 24 minutes.The best thing we sharedIs it really 16 years since Dennis Bergkamp scored this peachy peach against Argentina? Sadly, yes.https://vine.co/v/MwU5t37gLQiOn the recordWe put children out on the field sometimes, we feel it’s okay to shout at them, we lower their self-esteem and we don’t realise that when we shout at a child you’re actually too late because he or she has already made the mistake and you can’t do anything about it.”– GAA president Liam O’Neill on pushy parents and over-zealous under-age coaches.Where we were todayMikey Stafford was at the Maracana in Rio to see Germany beat France. He also spotted this neat tee-up newspaoer piece for Brazil v Colombia. The Fixture ListThe last of the two World Cup semi-finalists will be revealed as Argentina take on Belgium [5pm kick-off] and Holland do battle with Costa Rica from 9pm.Two big, big SHC qualifiers on Saturday as Clare face off against vanquished Leinster semi finalists Wexford [3:30pm] and Tipperary meeting Galway in Semple Stadium from 7pm.It is Round 2A of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers with Limerick versus Antrim [2pm] the pick of the ties. Tipperary welcome Longford [4:45pm] and Wicklow entertain Sligo [5pm] in the others clashes.Eugenie Bouchard takes on Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon Women’s Singles final. Source: Mikey Stafford/Twitter Showbiz, Baby!After USA goalkeeper Tim Howard became a Twitter star, Wicklow GAA fans started a hashtag ode to their own Bob Lambert. Here he is preventing that famous Fr. Ted kick up/in the arse. Source: @jumbosheerin‘All Germany need now is for Carsten Jancker to overhead one off the crossbar.’ Like this from the cover of today’s @JornalOGlobo Will Brazil’s fear of James Rodriguez be realised? #BRAvsCOL pic.twitter.com/0TFsOJJQkE— Mikey Stafford (@me_stafford) July 4, 2014