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MVP Pablo rues horrible defense in loss to Bali Pure

first_imgSEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “We had a meeting with coach Rico [De Guzman] after the game and we all admitted that we weren’t in the game mentally,” said Pablo, who just won the conference’s MVP award, in Filipino.“We weren’t focused during the game and we absolutely had no reception against Bali Pure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Lady Warriors registered just 20 excellent receptions, while the Water Defenders tacked 33.And Bali Pure capitalized on Pocari’s lack of ground defense to score 39 spikes and nine service aces. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Pocari Sweat main man Myla Pablo lamented her team’s lack of defensive intensity in the straight set loss to Bali Pure, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in the first game of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pablo expressed her discontent with how they failed to replicate whatever they did in training wherein they were able, she said, to execute their defensive plays perfectly.“That’s really the problem, we don’t have any reception,” said Pablo who had nine points in the loss. ”When we practice we’re able to execute them well but we just can’t seem to do it during games.”Pocari Sweat trail Bali Pure 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finals View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Terrified Residents Flee as Dogs Eat Ebola Corpses

first_imgThe general Town Chief of Kissi Camp, Upper Johnsonville near Kpekpeh Town, over the weekend informed the Daily Observer that several dogs in the community have torn the plastic wrapped around corpses of Ebola victims and are now feeding on parts of the corpses exposed to them.As such, Town Chief Tamba Tengbeh expressed fear of the subsequent outbreak of other diseases in the area since some of dogs are domesticated and could cause harm to the already frightened community dwellers.Chief Tengbeh, in an exclusive interview with this newspaper on Sunday, also complained that the more than 2,000 residents of the area have been suffering an offensive odor of rotting corpses since the bodies were dumped in the nearby Kpanwein River by authorities from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) without proper burial.To that effect, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, told this  newspaper via mobile phone a week ago that there is no corpse exposed to create a health hazard or environmental concerns for the Johnsonville residents.He maintained that the MIA bought the parcel of land on which the dead bodies were dumped, and with that, “nobody can tell  anybody that the bodies will be removed since they have been under the ground for several weeks.”MIA has up to date not disclosed to this paper the name of the person who sold the parcel of land on which the bodies were dumped;  nor have they disclosed the amount on money that was involved in the deal since the land was indeed found to be private property, owned by one Joseph  F. Dolo and others.  Mr. Dolo’s ownership to the parcel of the land in question has been confirmed by his initials marked on his cornerstones. His father, Emmanuel T. Cole, has also denied any knowledge of the MIA ‘land transaction’.Cognizant of the health hazard upon the community dwellers as dogs were now feeding on some of corpses, Chief Tengbeh has with great fear for the spread of the disease, instructed some of the ‘vulnerable’ youths to cover the exposed bodies with red dirt.He has appealed for government intervention to resolve the impasse in the community.Compounding the problems for the  residents and the entire community, Chief Tengbeh said they lack safe drinking water and have also not been provided any Ebola preventive and protective materials.According to him, some of the dogs that fed on those bodies have died, although this paper is yet to confirm that part of the report.Guarded by heavily armed platoons of officers from the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Police Support Unit (PSU) several weeks ago, two mini trucks conveyed the corpses of Ebola victims to be buried in Johnsonville.This dumping of about 45 bodies on the bank of the Kpan-wein River under the heavy guard of police and soldiers  immediately created a stampede, with people running in all directions, for fear of being contaminated or afflicted with the Ebola disease.The plan had been to bury the bodies in mass graves dug by a hired yellow machine.  But the machine unfortunately got stuck in the mud, where the property meets the mangrove. The yellow machine is yet to be removed since its owner has since gone into hiding  for fear of being attacked by the Ebola virus.The Kpanwein River connects the Kpeh-Kpeh Town Community to Whein Town in the east and Chicken Soup Factory on Somalia Drive in the west, as well as Upper and Lower Johnsonville, and many other communities in and around Monrovia.Since the first truckload of corpses arrived Saturday, August 2, residents of the nearby communities vehemently rejected the use of their land to dispose of the bodies.An aggrieved Kpeh-Kpeh Town resident, Carey Daniel, told the Daily Observer that the exact plot of land where the graves are dug is a wetland on the bank of a river that is a source of water for many communities around there. They fear that their wells —from which they get water for drinking and domestic use – will definitely be contaminated, exposing them to the same deadly Ebola and other diseases.  Meanwhile, for fear that those dogs might spread the disease among the residents, many inhabitants have reportedly fled to other parts of Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Independent investigations needed

first_imgDear Editor,The media recently reported that the Guyana Defence Force has launched an internal investigation into the “initiation beating of a number of new officers of the Force who were recently commissioned. The initiation usually forms part of the ‘welcome into the Force’, but this year, senior officers expressed concerns that those involved in the incident went too far. A number of the new officers had to be taken to the hospital to seek medical attention for various injuries, while a young doctor, who is a reserve officer, was likely to have undergone surgery due to injuries he sustained during training”.In response to this issue, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan stated that if the allegations turned out to be true, they must be condemned.Firstly, if this kind of physical abuse, which is what it is, has been part of initiation then how come the Minister is not aware of it? Secondly, if the allegations are true, is the Minister saying that condemnation would be a sufficient response? Physical abuse as part of any army training is a ‘tradition’ of the past. Army regulations should be urgently updated to make it clear that any physical abuse of recruits or other army personnel is unacceptable and perpetrators would be penalised. In fact, in the US Army, trainers have to seek the permission of recruits to even touch them. I know because a member of The Caribbean Voice undertook that training.Also, it is well known that globally, armies have the highest rates of suicide, and that army personnel often suffer a range of mental health issues resulting in many veterans never recovering and some often ending up on the streets. Thus, this kind of physical abuse and the resultant trauma at the very beginning of their career can catalyse mental health issues ever earlier than usual.Incidentally, some years ago the GDF had reached out to TCV to help address suicide, but for whatever reason, the subsequent follow-up to formalise plans were met with silence from army personnel who had contacted us. We sincerely hope that if such help was not sought elsewhere then it should be given urgent priority and that overall mental health should be part of the regular annual checkup of all army personnel.On a final note, military and paramilitary entities globally have erected a ‘‘wall of silence” to prevent their transgressions from being known by the public. It is not inconceivable that the same situation exists in Guyana and whistleblowers know that they are putting their lives at risk. Thus, any internal investigation will always be suspect and viewed with scepticism by the public. The Public Security Minister should, therefore, get the Government to set up independent investigation committees to handle issues like this as this would ensure that trust in the army (and Police with respect to other situations such as the ongoing revelations in Berbice and the claims of Police complicity in investigating sexual abuse) would not be eroded as well as to be able to weed out unsavoury practices and personnel.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama on America’s Leadership in the Ebola Fight on…

first_imgTHE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Please, everybody, have a seat.  Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  Well, thank you, Rear Admiral Giberson, not only for the introduction, but for your leadership and your service.Last summer, as Ebola spread in West Africa, overwhelming public health systems and threatening to cross more borders, I said that fighting this disease had to be more than a national security priority, but an example of American leadership.  After all, whenever and wherever a disaster or a disease strikes, the world looks to us to lead.  And because of extraordinary people like the ones standing behind me, and many who are in the audience, we have risen to the challenge.Now, remember, there was no small amount of skepticism about our chances.  People were understandably afraid, and, if we’re honest, some stoked those fears.  But we believed that if we made policy based not on fear, but on sound science and good judgment, America could lead an effective global response while keeping the American people safe, and we could turn the tide of the epidemic.We believed this because of people like Rear Admiral Giberson.  We believed this because of outstanding leaders like Dr. Raj Shah at USAID and Dr. Tom Frieden at the CDC.  (Applause.)  We believed it because of the men and women behind me and the many others here at home and who are still overseas who respond to challenges like this one not only with skill and professionalism, but with courage and with dedication.  And because of your extraordinary work, we have made enormous progress in just a few months.So the main reason we’re actually here today is for me to say thank you.  Thank you to the troops and public health workers who left their loved ones to head into the heart of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa — and many of them did so over the holidays.  Thank you to the health care professionals here at home who treated our returning heroes like Dr. Kent Brantly and Dr. Craig Spencer.  Thank you to Dr. Tony Fauci and Nancy Sullivan, and the incredible scientists at NIH, who worked long days and late nights to develop a vaccine.  All of you represent what is best about America and what’s possible when we lead.And we’re also here to mark a transition in our fight against this disease — not to declare mission accomplished, but to mark a transition.  Thanks to the hard work of our nearly 3,000 troops who deployed to West Africa, logistics have been set up, Ebola treatment units have been built, over 1,500 African health workers have been trained, and volunteers around the world gained the confidence to join the fight.  We were a force multiplier. It wasn’t just what we put in; it’s the fact that when we put it in, people looked around and said, all right, America has got our back, so we’ll come too.  And as a result, more than 1,500 of our troops have been able to return.Today, I’m announcing that by April 30th, all but 100 who will remain to help support the ongoing response, all but those hundred will also be able to come home — not because the job is done, but because they were so effective in setting up the infrastructure, that we are now equipped to deal with the job that needs to be done in West Africa, not only with a broader, international coalition, but also with folks who have been trained who are from the countries that were most at risk.So I want to be very clear here:  While our troops are coming home, America’s work is not done.  Our mission is not complete.  Today, we move into the next phase of the fight, winding down our military response while expanding our civilian response.  That starts here at home, where we’re more prepared to protect Americans from infectious disease, but still have more work to do.  For as long as Ebola simmers anywhere in the world, we will have some Ebola fighting heroes who are coming back home with the disease from time to time.  And that’s why we’re screening and monitoring all arrivals from affected countries.  We’ve equipped more hospitals with new protective gear and protocols.  We’ve developed partnerships with states and cities, thanks to public servants like Mayor Mike Rawlings and Judge Clay Jenkins of Dallas, Texas, who were on the front lines when the first case appeared here on our shores.A few months ago, only 13 states had the capability to even test for Ebola.  Today, we have more than 54 labs in 44 states.  Only three facilities in the country were qualified to treat an Ebola patient.  Today, we have 51 Ebola treatment centers.  We have successfully treated eight Ebola patients here in the United States.  And we are grateful to be joined by six of these brave survivors today, including Dr. Richard Sacra, who received world-class care at Nebraska Medical Center — and a plasma donation from Dr. Kent Brantly.  Then he returned to Liberia to treat non-Ebola patients who still need doctors.  That’s the kind of commitment and the kind of people we’re dealing with here.  (Applause.)Meanwhile, in West Africa, it’s true that we have led a massive global effort to combat this epidemic.  We mobilized other countries to join us in making concrete, significant commitments to fight this disease, and to strengthen global health systems for the long term.  In addition to the work of our troops, our USAID DART teams have directed the response.  Our CDC disease detectives have traced contacts.  Our health care workers and scientists helped contain the outbreak.  Our team is providing support for 10,000 civilian responders on the ground.That’s what Brett Sedgewick did.  Where’s Brett?  There here is.  (Laughter.)  So Brett went to Liberia with Global Communities, which is an NGO that partnered with us to respond to Ebola.  Brett supported safe-burial teams that traveled to far-flung corners of Liberia to ensure that those who lost their lives to Ebola were carefully, safely, and respectfully buried so that they could not transmit the disease to anyone else.  And Brett reflects the spirit of so many volunteers when he said, “If you need me, just say the word.”  That’s a simple but profound statement.That’s who we are — big-hearted and optimistic, reflecting the can-do spirit of the American people.  That’s our willingness to help those in need.  They’re the values of Navy Lieutenant Andrea McCoy and her team.  Andrea, raise your hand so that I don’t look — (laughter).  Andrea and her team deployed some seven tons of equipment, processed over 1,800 blood samples.  They’re the values that drive Commander Billy Pimentel.  Where’s Billy?  Raise your hand.COMMANDER PIMENTEL:  Here, sir.THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, sir.  (Laughter.)  Like that Navy can-do attitude.He led a team of Naval microbiologists to set up mobile laboratories that can diagnose Ebola within four hours.  And he said, “It has been an honor for us to use our skills to make a difference.”These values — American values — matter to the world.  At the Monrovia Medical Unit in Liberia — built by American troops; staffed by Rear Admiral Giberson and his team from the U.S. Public Health Service Corps — a nurse’s aide named Rachael Walker went in for treatment, and left Ebola-free.  And I want you to listen to what Rachael’s sister said about all of you.  “We were worried at first,” she said, “but when we found out [Rachael] was being transferred to the American Ebola treatment unit, we thanked God first and then we thanked America second for caring about us.”And the Americans who she was speaking of aren’t just doctors or nurses, or soldiers or scientists.  You’re what one lieutenant commander from the U.S. Public Health Service Corps called the “hope multipliers.”  And you’ve multiplied a lot of hope.  Last fall, we saw between 800 and 1,000 new cases a week. Today, we’re seeing between 100 and 150 cases a week — a drop of more than 80 percent.  Liberia has seen the best progress, Sierra Leone is moving in the right direction, Guinea has the longest way left to go.Our focus now is getting to zero.  Because as long as there is even one case of Ebola that’s active out there, risks still exist.  Every case is an ember that, if not contained, can light a new fire.  So we’re shifting our focus from fighting the epidemic to now extinguishing it.The reason we can do that is because of a bipartisan majority in Congress, including some of the members who are here today, who approved funding to power this next phase in our response.  And I want to thank those members of Congress who are here for the outstanding work that they did.  (Applause.)  One of them, Chris Coons, recently traveled to the region and saw firsthand that we have to continue this fight in Africa.So while our troops are coming home, plenty of American heroes remain on the ground, with even more on the way.  Doctors and nurses are still treating patients, CDC experts are tracking cases, NIH teams are testing vaccines, USAID workers are in the field, and countless American volunteers are on the front lines.  And while I take great pride in the fact that our government organized this effort — and I particularly want to thank Secretary Burwell and her team at Health and Human Services for the outstanding work that they did — we weren’t working alone.  I just had a chance to meet with some leading philanthropists who did so much, and are now committed to continuing the work and finding new ways in which we can build platforms not only to finish the job with respect to Ebola, but also to be able to do more effective surveillance, prevention, and quick response to diseases in the future.  Other nations have joined the fight, and we’re going to keep working together — because our common security depends on all of us.  That’s why we launched the Global Health Security Agenda last year to bring more nations together to better prevent and detect and respond to future outbreaks before they become epidemics.  This was a wakeup call, and why it’s going to be so important for us to learn lessons from what we’ve done and sustain it into the future.And in the 21st century, we cannot built moats around our countries.  There are no drawbridges to be pulled up.  We shouldn’t try.  What we should do is instead make sure everybody has basic health systems — from hospitals to disease detectives to better laboratory networks — (applause) — all of which allows us to get early warnings against outbreaks of diseases.  This is not charity.  The investments we make overseas are in our self-interest — this is not charity; we do this because the world is interconnected — in the same way that the investments we make in NIH are not a nice-to-do, they are a must-do.  We don’t appreciate basic science and all these folks in lab coats until there’s a real problem and we say, well, do we have a cure for that, or can we fix it?  And if we haven’t made those investments, if we’ve neglected them, then they won’t be there when we need them.So as we transition into a new phase in this fight, make no mistake — America is as committed as ever, I am as committed as ever to getting to zero.  And I know we can.  And I know this because of the people who stand behind me and the people out in the audience.  I know this because of people like Dr. William Walters.  William, you here?DR. WALTERS:  Sir.THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Laughter.)Dr. Walters is the Director of Operational Medicine at the State Department.  Last summer, he was called to help move Dr. Kent Brantly — who’s here — back to the United States for treatment.  And Dr. Walters says the first thing he did was to Google Dr. Brantly.  (Laughter.)  A little plug for Google there.  I know we got some — (laughter.)  And the first picture he saw was of Kent and his family.Now, remember, the decision to move Kent back to the United States was controversial.  Some worried about bringing the disease to our shores.  But what folks like William knew was that we had to make the decisions based not on fear, but on science.  And he knew that we needed to take care of our heroes who had sacrificed so much to save the lives of others in order for us to continue to get people to make that kind of commitment.  They had to know we had their backs in order for us to effectively respond.  And so, as William said, “We do the work we do to impact something bigger than ourselves.”  We do the work we do to impact something bigger than ourselves.That’s the test of American leadership.  We have this extraordinary military.  We have an extraordinary economy.  We have unbelievable businesses.  But what makes us exceptional is when there’s a big challenge and we hear somebody saying it’s too hard to tackle, and we come together as a nation and prove you wrong.  That’s true whether it’s recession, or war, or terrorism.  There are those who like to fan fears.  But over the long haul, America does not succumb to fear.  We master the moment with bravery and courage, and selflessness and sacrifice, and relentless, unbending hope.  That’s what these people represent.  That’s what’s best in us.  And we have to remember that, because there will be other circumstances like this in the future.We had three weeks in which all too often we heard science being ignored, and sensationalism, but you had folks like this who were steady and focused, and got the job done.  And we’re lucky to have them, and we have to invest in them.So I want to thank all of you for proving again what America can accomplish.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  Thank you.  (Applause.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Appeal against High Court ruling set for July 25

first_imgGECOM Chair unilateral appointmentBy Jarryl BryanThe appeal against the decision of Chief Justice (acting) Roxane George to uphold the contentious appointment of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson will be heard by the Court of Appeal next month.This is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, legal representative for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament Zulfikar Mustapha, in whose name the appeal was filed.Nandlall related on Friday that he has received from the Court of Appeal a notice “informing me that the application which I filed for an early hearing of the appeal against the decision of Chief Justice Roxane George in relation to the unilateral appointment of James Patterson as the Chairman of GECOM will be heard on the 25th day of July 2018 at 9:00hrs at the Court of Appeal”.The Chief Justice had, on June 9, ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of Chairman of theGECOM Chairman, retired Justice James PattersonGuyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Justice George’s ruling came after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had, on October 23, 2017, filed an injunction to have the court rescind the appointment of Patterson. The motion was filed in the name of Mustapha just days after President David Granger had announced that he had filled the position of Chairman of GECOM.Apart from asking that the appointment of Patterson be rescinded, the PPP had argued that he is unqualified for the post, and had petitioned the court to order the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.But the Chief Justice, in her ruling, has stated that there is nothing before the court to support a finding that the President had acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Art 161(2); and there is nothing to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM.According to the Chief Justice, the Opposition did not produce evidence to support the contention that Patterson was unqualified for the position.She added that even if she had agreed with the contention that the appointment was unlawful, it would not have been permissible for this court to usurp the function of the President by directing him to choose a nominee from the third, or any, list.”The appealIn the PPP’s appeal, filed at the Court of Appeal on June 11, it was outlined, inter alia, that “The Learned Hearing Judge erred and misdirected Herself in law when Her Honour misconstrued and misinterpreted the role of the Leader of the Opposition in Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana insofar as Her Honour’s interpretation or misinterpretation has reducedThe Court of Appeal will decide on the validity of the High Court ruling on July 25the role of the Leader of the Opposition to being merely perfunctory.”Moreover, the appeal stated: the “Learned Hearing Judge erred and misdirected Herself in law in construing Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana by failing to give effect to the intentions of the framers of the said Article.”Article 161 (2) states that, “Subject to the provisions of paragraph (4), the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds, or who has held, office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Minority Leader after consultation with the political parties represented in the National Assembly other than the party to which the President belongs.”President David Granger had, on multiple occasions, declared that the lists provided by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo were “unacceptable” because not all of the candidates had met the requirement of being a judge or being eligible to be a judge.It was explained that the Constitution was amended to include the Carter Formula, which is designed to expand the range of persons suitable to be appointed GECOM Chairman (to not limit that pool of persons to judges or those qualified to be judges).Patterson was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM last year, after President Granger had rejected three lists comprising 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for the post of GECOM Chairman.last_img read more

Selig on Matthews: I agree with Angels

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and Angels owner Arte Moreno stood shoulder to shoulder Saturday inside the press box at Tempe Diablo Stadium – literally and figuratively. On the field below, the Angels were playing the Seattle Mariners. Upstairs, a different contest was taking place: the ongoing waiting game between embattled Angels’ outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. and the rest of baseball. Moreno, growing more angry every day, is pushing for some sort of resolution by Opening Day. In the meantime, team officials reportedly have discussed everything from a suspension to voiding the five-year, $50 million contract Matthews signed during the offseason. But they’re stuck until Matthews speaks up. Hence, their escalating level of irritation. Moreno has an ally in Selig, who dropped by the Angels’ training facility Saturday and offered total support. “Arte and I are absolutely on the same page,” Selig said. “I’ve read all of Arte’s comments, and I’ve talked to Arte. I can say there isn’t a scintilla of difference between our positions.” Matthews was given the day off by manager Mike Scioscia and was dressed and gone by the time the Angels played the Mariners. For Scioscia, it was another day fielding questions about his new center fielder, and he, too, is pining for a quick resolution. “Any time something like this happens, silence is a distraction,” Scioscia said. “I know Gary’s got something to say and we hope he says it soon.” Selig agreed. “Whenever we have issues after all we have been through with (steroids), I have very serious concerns,” he said. “This sport needs to move away from all of this.” Matthews, however, continues to hold that process up, firmly entrenched in a self-imposed cone of silence as his lawyers and public relations people sort through their options. Pen-tastic: Darren Oliver knows a good bullpen when he sees one, and the Angels have a potentially great one, according to the veteran left-hander. “All the pieces are definitely there,” Oliver said. Oliver was a big part of a dominant bullpen last year with the New York Mets, serving in a long relief role and finishing 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA over 81innings. He probably won’t log as many innings with the Angels, but his role will be no less significant. Oliver is expected to be the Angels’ primary left-handed specialist. He said he looks around the clubhouse and sees many of the same traits he saw last year with the Mets: good camaraderie, a balanced group of pitchers offering ample versatility and a pair of dominant arms in Scott Shields and Francisco Rodriguez. “I don’t like to compare bullpens much, but it’s pretty clear the potential is here to do some big things,” Oliver said. vincent.bonsignore@ (818) 713-3612 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It’s been nearly two weeks since allegations surfaced that Matthews purchased human- growth hormone from an Internet pharmacy currently under investigation by the FBI, and Matthews has done nothing to shed any light on his involvement. To say the Angels are annoyed is an understatement. They want Matthews to come clean so they can move forward. His refusal to do so has steadily raised management’s frustration level. last_img read more

Extras needed for film challenge in Fort St. John

first_img“We are ready to roll and want to put a call out to anyone interested in being a part of what promises to be a great seven minutes of film,” he added.Rob Brown, based in Pouce Coupe, also penned the script for the project.“We expect performance and camera work to inform the project as much as the craft of writing,” he said, adding that the work on the concept, script, and the work from the actors is ‘truly a collaborative effort.’McCallum will handle cinematography and be responsible for editing. The team also intends to write an original score and soundtrack, as well.Advertisement When all the films are done, they will screen on Sunday, May 15 as part of the Reel Shorts Film Festival, in Grande Prairie, starting on May 9 as a week-long festival. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Extras are needed to help a local film crew with the Frantic48 Film Challenge.Gutterball Cinema — made up of Rob Brown, Matt Preprost and Jess McCallum — need extras to play bar patrons on April 30 at 11:30 a.m., at the Condill Hotel. Other filming locations include the Northwoods Inn and the attached Northern Diner. More locations are expected to be secured.The team is just one of 13 in total taking part in the challenge, which is run by the Grande Prairie-based Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association. Not just that, but they are the only filmmakers based in B.C.’s Peace Region to be in it this year.- Advertisement -The challenge started at 6 p.m. last night, teams have 48 hours to write and shoot a short film, limited to assigned genres, prop and bit of dialogue. In last’s year challenge, filmmakers had to create a film using a red balloon and the line, ‘just because you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.’ The genres assigned to the crews included Shakespearian horror, a coming-of-age sci-fi, and a time-travel drama.The cast of actors thus far includes the film’s principal cast of Stage North Theatre Society veterans Paul Swartz, Kevin Smith, Dana Pedersen and Kyle Behrens.Matt Preprost, one of the writers on the project based in Fort St. John, calls the local buy-in and enthusiasm for the project ‘infectious.’Advertisementlast_img read more

Man City to start title defence at Arsenal

first_img0Shares0000Premier League champions Manchester City face Arsenal on the opening day of next season. © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 14 – Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their title defence away to Arsenal on the weekend of August 11-12, the English Premier League announced Thursday as it unveiled the fixtures for the 2018/19 season.The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s first in English football’s top flight. The exact date of the game will be confirmed when television broadcasting schedules are drawn up.City amassed 100 points and scored 106 goals while finishing 19 points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the 2017/18 season.Following the Arsenal game, City do not face another top-six team until they are away to Liverpool — who beat Pep Guardiola’s men in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season — in October.In between those two eye-catching fixtures, City will play the newly-promoted trio of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham, as well as last year’s promoted teams Huddersfield, Newcastle and Brighton.Manchester United begin their league campaign at home to Leicester City and face a potentially tricky encounter in their third game when Tottenham Hotspur come to Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho’s side face Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley, Watford and Wolves in other early-season games.Liverpool, the losing Champions League finalists, appear to have he toughest start of any of the likely title-contenders.They begin their Premier League season at home to West Ham before facing Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester.Tottenham have until Friday to decide if they will still be playing home games at Wembley this season.Spurs made the journey across north London to the national stadium last term while their successor ground to White Hart Lane was being built.That work has still to be completed, with Premier League chiefs giving Spurs an away start at Newcastle.Arsenal have a tough start under new Spanish boss Emery, who has the daunting task of succeeding the long-serving Arsene Wenger, with the Gunners away to Chelsea after facing Manchester CityChelsea begin the league campaign away to Huddersfield and, after their all-London clash against Arsenal, face Newcastle, Bournemouth, Cardiff, West Ham, Liverpool and Southampton.None of the promoted sides have been given a horror run of games against leading clubs at the start of the season, although they will each face at least one of the big six in their opening four fixtures.Championship-winners Wolves begin their return to the Premier League at home to Everton before matches away to Leicester and West Ham bookend the visit of Manchester City to Molineux.Cardiff start at Bournemouth while Fulham, who secured their place in the top flight via a Wembley play-off final win over Aston Villa start the league season at home to Crystal Palace.The final round of Premier League fixtures, scheduled for May 12, will see Manchester City away to Brighton, while Manchester United and Liverpool are at home to Cardiff and Wolves respectively.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pepper painkiller hot topic among doctors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.How could something searing possibly soothe? Bite a hot pepper, and after the burn your tongue goes numb. The hope is that bathing surgically exposed nerves in a high-enough dose will numb them for weeks, so that patients suffer less pain and require fewer narcotic painkillers as they heal. “We wanted to exploit this numbness” is how Dr. Eske Aasvang, a pain specialist in Denmark who is testing the substance, puts it. Chili peppers have been part of folk remedy for centuries, and heat-inducing capsaicin creams are a drugstore staple for aching muscles. But today the spice is hot because of research showing that capsaicin targets key pain-sensing cells in a unique way. California-based Anesiva Inc.’s operating-room experiments aren’t the only attempt to harness that burn for more focused pain relief. WASHINGTON: Doctors are experimenting with a chemical that makes peppers hot as a numbing agent during painful surgeries. Devil’s Revenge. Spontaneous Combustion. Hot sauces have names like that for a reason. Now scientists are testing whether the stuff that makes the sauces so savage can tame the pain of surgery. Doctors are dripping the chemical that gives chili peppers their fire directly into open wounds during knee replacement and a few other highly painful operations. Don’t try this at home: These experiments use an ultra-purified version of capsaicin to avoid infection – and the volunteers are under anesthesia so they don’t scream at the initial burn. Harvard University researchers are mixing capsaicin with another anesthetic in hopes of developing epidurals that wouldn’t confine women to bed during childbirth, or dental injections that don’t numb the whole mouth. And at the National Institutes of Health, scientists hope early next year to begin testing in advanced cancer patients a capsaicin cousin that is 1,000 times more potent, to see if it can zap their intractable pain. Nerve cells that sense a type of long-term throbbing pain bear a receptor, or gate, called TRPV1. Capsaicin binds to that receptor and opens it to enter only those pain fibers – and not other nerves responsible for other kinds of pain or other functions such as movement. These so-called C neurons also sense heat; thus capsaicin’s burn. But when TRPV1 opens, it lets extra calcium inside the cells until the nerves become overloaded and shut down. That’s the numbness. “It just required a new outlook about … stimulation of this receptor” to turn those cellular discoveries into a therapy hunt, says the NIH’s Dr. Michael Iadarola. Enter Anesiva’s specially purified capsaicin, called Adlea. Experiments are under way involving several hundred patients undergoing various surgeries, including knee and hip replacements. Surgeons drip either Adlea or a dummy solution into the cut muscle and tissue and wait five minutes for it to soak in before stitching up the wound. Among early results: In a test of 41 men undergoing open hernia repair, capsaicin recipients reported significantly less pain in the first three days after surgery, Aasvang reported this month at a meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Ongoing studies are testing larger doses in more patients to see whether the effect is real.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

MIT senior skips walk for global contest

first_img“I enjoyed the sound the flute created, and wanted to play some of the wonderful repertoire that I heard coming out of my mom’s studio,” he said. He received numerous honors in high school, and in the summer of 2001 was a featured soloist – with his twin brother, Andrew, who plays bass cello – on the public radio program, “From the Top.” The Nielsen competition runs for four rounds, each with two different required works. Roitstein has been principal flutist in the MIT Symphony Orchestra since 2002. This summer Roitstein will participate for the second time in the Aspen Music Festival. He says he will apply to graduate schools next year, although he’s unsure if it will be for architecture or music. “I’ve been doing music all my life and will continue to play even if I do not pursue it professionally,” he said. “Right now I’d like to keep up both fields and I would be thrilled if I could combine these two passions, perhaps in studying acoustics or designing concert halls.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While his fellow students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are receiving their diplomas June 9, senior Matthew Roitstein from Valencia will be in Odense, Denmark, one of three Americans competing in the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition. Roitstein, a 2002 Hart High School graduate and son of David and Rosy Sackstein, is working toward dual degrees in architecture and music at MIT. He was one of 191 entrants for the competition, which runs from Wednesday through his graduation day June 9. Forty-eight entrants representing 21 nationalities were chosen to compete in the contest, open to flutists under 30. Roitstein began studying flute at age 8 with his mother, a music instructor. His father is chairman of jazz studies and piano at California Institute of the Arts. last_img read more