Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Young guns take the lead for the Mindanao All-Stars as it will be bannered by Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon, and Scottie Thompson.They will be joined by Mark Barroca, RR Garcia, Carlo Lastimosa, Baser Amer, Glenn Khobuntin, and veterans Peter June Simon, Cyrus Baguio, and Rafi Reavis. Also beefing up the Mindanao All-Stars are Cebuano Sonny Thoss and Cagayan Valley native Troy Rosario.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial explained that the PBA and Gilas coach Chot Reyes agreed to loan Thoss and Rosario to the Mindanao squad due to the team’s lack of big men.Star coach Chito Victolero will call the shots for the team. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Completing the national team will be Tolomia, Wright, Ferrer, Cruz, Guinto, Almond Vosotros, Ed Daquioag, Jonathan Grey, Norbert Torres, and Arnold Van Opstal.Lastly, two-time Grand Slam-winning coach Tim Cone of Ginebra will steer the ship for the Visayas All-Stars to cap the week-long festivities.He will have Fajardo, Romeo, and two-time PBA Most Valuable Player James Yap at his disposal, while also enjoying the services of Joe Devance, Jeff Chan, Chris Ross, Chris Ellis, Aldrech Ramos, Dondon Hontiveros, Ronald Tubid, Jericho Cruz, and Asi Taulava, who will be making his 15th All-Star appearance.Castro, Abueva, and Aguilar will lead the Gilas squad playing on April 30, Sunday, at Hoops Dome, where they will be teaming up with fellow pool members Belo, Rosario, Jalalon, Almazan, Pogoy, Maliksi, Revilla, Von Pessumal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO–The rosters are now set as the PBA gears up for the 2017 PBA All-Star.Members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool will join forces with the other PBA superstars as they face off in a three-leg festivities to be held in Cagayan de Oro, Lucena, and Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ NU now in ‘must-win’ after loss to UP Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo, meanwhile, banner the cadet-laden Gilas squad playing at Xavier University Gym on April 26, Wednesday.They will be joined by LA Revilla, Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, Fonzo Gotladera, Bradwyn Guinto, and Norbert Torres.Shifting to Lucena two days after, the Luzon All-Stars will grab hold of the spotlight against the national team, with two-time PBA Coach of the Year and Sariaya native Leo Austria of San Miguel manning the sidelines.Kapampangan stalwarts Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Japeth Aguilar, and Arwind Santos will lead the crew, where they will also be joined by Marc Pingris, Paul Lee, Mark Caguioa, Alex Cabagnot, LA Tenorio, Marcio Lassiter, Ranidel de Ocampo, and Stanley Pringle.Their Gilas counterparts, on the other hand, will be anchored by new addition Allein Maliksi and Raymond Almazan at Quezon Convention Center on April 28, Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 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 View comments
– Guyana heading into an economic crisisReaders of this column would recall that in April 2017 and July 2018 this author dealt with this issue of foreign currency shortages. The findings and conclusions on the issue back then remained virtually the same again on the current issue of a shortage. However, there are some new developments which were also predicted in the analysis of this author in previous writings way back in 2017.In the previous articles published in the 2018 column, this column contended that an artificial shortage tends to be created from time to time wherein, the commercial banks, narrowing this down, two of the six commercial banks are the real culprits that distort the domestic market by investing a greater portion of their foreign currency balances in foreign assets abroad to simply earn higher returns and to prop up their profits, instead of focusing on lending wisely and more prudently in the domestic economy. Based on the last available data, the level of their foreign investments abroad is about US$200 million or more.Bank of Guyana Foreign Exchange InterventionUS$ MillionTable 1.1International Reserves & Foreign Assets for Jan – Dec 2018US$ MillionTable 1.2Other key Macroeconomic Data for Jan – June (Half year reports)US$ MillionsTable 1.3Source: Bank of Guyana Statistical AbstractHaving said that, in June 2017, another series of articles were written on the economic impacts of the closure of the sugar estates where again – this analyst had argued that sugar is one of the largest export earning commodity for the country. Export earnings from sugar in 2013 amounted US$114.2 million and in 2015 was recorded at US$81 million. Therefore, by reducing the level of sugar production thereby reducing export of sugar, the obvious consequence is that foreign currency inflow will be reduced drastically, which will eventually deplete the country’s foreign reserves, the exchange rate will depreciate as there will be a shortage of foreign currency, the local currency’s value will deteriorate. Further, with a depletion of foreign assets or foreign currency, the country will not have the ability to import foreign goods. Think of all the commodities and consumable items, luxury goods which we currently enjoy, importation of such goods will be constrained. Sadly, this is what the future of the country will be like, given the destructive policies in this respect and the direction policymakers are seemingly heading in regards to the touted actions they are seriously considering to pursue with the Guyana Sugar Corporation.Fast forward now to 2019, it is unfortunate to say the least that these predictions of two years ago have now manifested. (The analysis of the data presented today will be continued next week).
1 Brazil star Roberto Firmino Brazil coach Dunga believes Arsenal target Roberto Firmino has the potential to play for any club in the world.The attacking midfielder scored the winning goal at the Emirates on Sunday as Brazil overcame Chile 1-0 to claim their eighth straight win since the World Cup.Firmino is one of the players to come into the squad since last summer’s tournament after impressing for German side Hoffenheim.Arsenal have been linked with a summer swoop, while fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Munich are also reportedly interested.And as speculation grows about Firmino’s future, Dunga says the Brazilian has the talent to play anywhere in the world.“He can play for any club and being on the Brazilian national team that comes a lot easier,” he said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The high school district paid more than $4.1 million to the bus agency in 2005-06, a 21 percent increase from the price two years earlier, officials said. More than half of that cost came out of the district’s general fund, said spokesman Ken Scott. The high school district currently provides bus transportation for students who live more than three miles from a school site. The semester fee is charged for each participating student, a district staff report says. Based on the projected ridership for 2006-07, the district could collect additional revenue of $35,000 from the fee increase, the report said. LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Union High School District will increase the fee students pay for bus transportation by 50 percent, to $75 per semester, in the 2006-07 school year. The cost of providing bus transportation between home and school for some 1,200 to 1,500 students has gone up, mainly because of dramatic increases in fuel costs over the past two years. “We have not raised fees since the inception of the program nearly 10 years ago. This is an increase to help offset ever-rising costs, mainly fuel,” Deputy Superintendent Jeff Foster said. The Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency buses students for the high school district as well as for Lancaster, Keppel and Westside elementary school districts. “We have had a significant increase in fuel and operating costs … and therefore we felt there was a need to pass some of the costs on to parents and students at this point,” Scott said. Scott noted that the $75 per semester fee is less expensive than if a student used public transportation, which would cost about $38 to $40 a month. “It’s still a savings for parents,” Scott said. Trustee Al Beattie said about half of the students in the district qualify for free- and reduced-price lunches and are also eligible to get a waiver from the bus fee hike. “It’s not impacting anyone who is eligible for a waiver. Given the price and wage increases, we need to make an adjustment,” Beattie said. email@example.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
When Coliseum officials were told recently not to expect any decision, it caused Israel and two other staunch advocates of a NFL deal, Bernard Parks and Bill Chadwick, to reconsider. “We heard 2007, 2008, then 2010 and the last time it was 2011 was a possibility,” said Parks, an city councilman whose district includes Exposition Park. “If this thing is going to be a reality, we need an answer.” NFL officials were caught off guard by the Coliseum Commission’s change in tact. “This is the first we’ve heard of it,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, who declined further comment. New strategy Aides to Villaraigosa said Wednesday that they weren’t sure whether the mayor would travel to New Orleans, but in a meeting Tuesday with Daily News editors and reporters the mayor said he would soon announce “a more focused strategy” with the NFL. Coliseum general manager Pat Lynch, who has a negotiating session with NFL executive Neil Glat scheduled for today, doesn’t believe any of these issues can’t be overcome. “If I ever saw a major roadblock, I’d be the first one to stand up and yell,” Lynch said. “From staff to staff, there’s been an incredible amount of progress. Right now, it’s more of a owners-commission issue.” Coliseum Commission members said their patience is dwindling because the one-year extension of their lease with the state, which owns the land, expires at the end of the year. If an agreement is not reached, a formula based on real estate values in L.A. County is used to determine the rent, meaning their current rent of $50,000 for the Coliseum and $30,000 for the Sports Arena, is due to balloon to approximately $2.6 million. One way for the Coliseum, which turns an annual profit of about $1 million, to absorb those losses would be to take advantage of a reopener clause in its two-year lease with the University of Southern California, which expires after next season. The current deal calls for the Coliseum to get 8 percent of ticket sales up to $70,000 and all concessions. The necessity of negotiating a new rent deal with USC was the perfect opportunity to begin discussions about a possible long-term deal, several commissioners said. USC success Over the years, the two sides have talked about it, but with the booming success of USC football – Chadwick estimated it brings in $50 million per year – the school might be in a position to make improvements at the Coliseum, though not the extensive ones the NFL was considering in a proposal that could cost an estimated $800 million. “We need to revisit it and revisit it aggressively,” Chadwick said of a long-term deal. USC’s concerns about how it would be treated if a NFL team arrived were aired in a letter from President Steven Sample to the former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in May. And while Sample and Tagliabue spoke shortly after, the two sides haven’t entered negotiations and Goodell has no plans to visit anyone from the school. USC would be “more than happy” to talk about a long-term lease, said USC general counsel Todd Dickey. While many Coliseum commissioners are concerned about the state of the 83-year-old stadium – water pressure was lost in bathrooms at the most recent USC home game and Commission Chairwoman Yvonne Burke said she receives many complaints from fans – Dickey said the stadium suits the school’s needs. “It’s a great college football stadium,” Dickey said. “It was earthquake retro-fitted in the mid-’90s and should be good to go for decades.” “There may be some seats that need to be replaced, but it’s in pretty good shape. I don’t hear any complaints from our people about the quality of the Coliseum. “We’d consider long-term improvements down the road, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put money into the stadium if you’ve got a year-to-year lease. Everything now is subject to ‘What if the NFL comes?”‘ firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Frustrated by an apparent lack of interest from the NFL in selecting a stadium site, members of the Coliseum Commission said Wednesday that it might be time to end their decade-long pursuit to bring pro football back to Los Angeles. “We probably started negotiating before we went into Iraq,” commission member David Israel said of the latest negotiations that began 3 1/2 years ago. “At the current rate, we’ll still be negotiating after we’ve left Iraq. “We have to send a message to the league that if we don’t get affirmative progress, we may have to go in another direction.” One of those options is pursuing a public-private partnership with USC, much like the one the Coliseum Commission has been negotiating with the NFL, in which the school would cover much of the costs of a renovation in exchange for having control of the facility’s operation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe commission’s pointed message, made in open session at its monthly meeting, comes just two days before newly selected NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visits Southern California to meet with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, whose city is in negotiations with the league as well. The real target, though, appears to be National Football League owners, who will meet in New Orleans in three weeks – the last time they’re expected to congregate until March. Los Angeles is the main topic on the agenda, and owners are expected to be briefed on the extensive engineering, architecture and marketing studies the NFL has done at the two sites in the past three months. Little interest However, a number of owners appear to have little interest in pushing forward on Los Angeles until the revenue-sharing agreement – which was hastily cobbled together last spring – is revisited.
Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has said he’s “itching” to finally get Europa League group stage action under his belt after a series of near misses.The Scotland cap helped Aberdeen reach the third qualifying round three times in a row between 2014 and 2016, only for the Dons to crash out each time.A switch to the Light Blues paid no dividends when it came to European football last season, with Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers falling at the first hurdle to Progres Niederkorn.Rangers have reached the group stage this time out under Steven Gerrard’s watch but Jack has been forced to watch the first two matches from the sidelines due to injury. Available for selection for Spartak’s visit on Thursday, the 26-year-old said: “When I was joining Rangers, the hope of playing at this level of European football was a big factor.“I felt that we were building a squad of players that could hopefully make the group stages. I had missed out on that opportunity two or three times in the past.“Thankfully, this season, the manager has built a really strong squad and a really good group of players.“We have managed to make the group stage, which is great. But I have not played in either of the first two games so I am itching to be involved. I can’t wait for tomorrow night to come.” A calf strain picked up on Scotland duty meant Jack missed Rangers’ draw in Villareal and 3-1 win over Rapid Vienna last time out.“When you watch a match like the one against Rapid Vienna here, then of course you want to be out there and involved,” he added.“You could see from the way the team played – right from the kick-off – that we were set up to go out and attack.“The aim was to really take the game to Rapid and be positive. The fans really bought into the way we played and I thought the boys were excellent that night.“Tomorrow, it’s more about a similar performance. I’m sure if we can put in the commitment – and show that desire – then the fans will come with us again.“We are all looking forward to trying to get another positive result.”
Share This!Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16. (You remembered to get Dad a gift, right?) All this week we’re featuring advice, observations, and words of wisdom from some of our favorite Disney Dads. Up today is Gino.Gino is a real gorilla that lives at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He’s dad to gorilla baby Grace, our favorite creature at the park right now. Gino is the strong, silent type, so we don’t have quote from him, but we’re sure he is wise beyond our knowing.Who are your favorite Disney dads? Have you learned any fatherly wisdom from a Disney dad? Let us know in the comments.Photo: Christina Harrison
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The composure of an experienced Marshfield girls basketball team has led to a number of close victories this season and should do nothing but bolster the Tigers’ chances as the WIAA playoffs begin next week.Marshfield — 19-2 overall and 11-0 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference prior to Thursday’s regular-season finale against Wausau East — earned a No. 1 seed in the Division 1 Sectional 1 bracket and will take on Wisconsin Rapids (3-18) in a regional semifinal on Friday, Feb. 26.Five key players, including three starters from last year’s team that advanced to the sectional semifinals, returned for Marshfield, giving it a strong core.Senior McKayla Scheuer and junior Ema Fehrenbach have led the Tigers in scoring, and sophomore center Hannah Meverden has developed into another inside threat on both ends of the court. Junior Maddie Nikolai and sophomore Meg Bryan, reserves last year, have solidified the starting lineup.“We don’t seem to get rattled or lose composure, even when things aren’t going well, and McKayla Scheuer has been a tremendous leader on the floor down the stretch in those games and willing to take big shots,” Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis said. “This entire team, at some point or another, has had to make big free throws down the stretch to get some of our close wins. We will have to continue to do all those things in the tournament.“I think our best ball game is still out there, where everything just clicks and goes right on the offensive end and we have the majority of kids shoot well. Playing defense and getting stops is always the key to a championship run.”Auburndale’s Taylor Gotz blocks the shot of Stratford’s Macie Frueh during a game earlier this season at Auburndale High School. Both teams will participate in the WIAA girls basketball playoffs beginning next week.Auburndale (19-2) earned a bye into the Division 4 regional semifinals as the No. 2 seed in the Sectional 2 bracket and will host either Menominee Indian or Oconto on Feb. 26.The Apaches tied for the Marawood Conference South Division title with Wisconsin Rapids Assumption and Marathon, which is the No. 1 seed in the same bracket. The two teams split a pair of conference games this season and squared off in a regional final a year ago with Marathon coming out on top.Stratford is the No. 4 seed, and Spencer is No. 9 in the same Division 4 bracket.Stratford (15-6) also earned a bye and will host either Crandon or Crivitz in a regional semifinal Feb. 26. With a victory the Tigers would likely face No. 1 Marathon, which defeated them twice during the Marawood South season.Spencer (12-9) will be at No. 8 Wabeno/Laona (16-5) in a regional quarterfinal on Tuesday.The Rockets made a vast improvement this season from a year ago, when they won just six games.“The biggest improvement I’ve seen from last year to this year is mostly our basketball knowledge on the court,” Spencer coach Brian Abel said. “The girls are finding open areas to cut to when they’re open, where in past years we were standing around too much. Defensively, the girls are anticipating where the ball will go and jumping the pass to get turnovers.”Columbus Catholic (9-12) is the No. 6 seed in the Division 5 Sectional 2 bracket and earned a home game. The Dons will host Pittsville (3-18)on Tuesday in a regional quarterfinal.“Boxing out, rebounding, and just playing our game (are important),” Columbus Catholic coach Rhonda Keding said. “In the last four or five games, we’ve been doing great. I’m excited for the postseason, and hopefully the girls can keep going hard like they have been.”Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at email@example.com.WIAA Girls Basketball PlayoffsRegional quarterfinals, Tuesday, Feb. 23Division 4: Spencer (12-9) at Wabeno/Laona (16-5), 7 p.m.Division 5: Pittsville (3-18) at Columbus Catholic (9-12), 7 p.m.Regional semifinals, Friday, Feb. 26Division 1: Wisconsin Rapids (3-18) at Marshfield (19-2), 7 p.m.Division 4: Menominee Indian (17-4)-Oconto (8-13) winner at Auburndale (19-2), 7 p.m.; Crandon (16-5)-Crivitz (8-13) winner at Stratford (15-6), 7 p.m.*Regional finals are Saturday, Feb. 27, with sectionals on March 3 and March 5. The 41st annual WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament will be held at Resch Center in Green Bay on March 10-12.
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The results of an autopsy of Harvard structural biologist Don Wiley indicate that his death was an accident, Tennessee authorities said today. But it may have been precipitated by a combination of alcohol and a minor seizure disorder.Wiley’s body was found in the Mississippi River on 20 December some 480 kilometers south of Memphis, where he disappeared on 15 November after leaving a conference sponsored by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His rental car was found parked on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge with no hazard lights flashing and the key still in the ignition (Science, 4 January 2001, p. 31).Shelby County Medical Examiner O. C. Smith has now ruled out both foul play and suicide. There was no indication from his patterns of injuries that Wiley had been assaulted, he said. 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There was yellow paint and rusty material, similar to that from bridge supports, on the driver’s side, and a missing hubcap and scraped wheel rim on the passenger side. The damage suggests not one, but two “mishaps,” reported Smith–and “may also be an indicator of some physical impairment.” Smith reports that Wiley had for some years been affected by “an infrequent and poorly understood” seizure disorder that he kept private, but which could be triggered by stress, fatigue, or alcohol. Although The Boston Globe had reported that during the evening of his disappearance Wiley had switched from port to ginger ale, Smith said there was alcohol in the body “at levels suggesting impairment.”Smith postulates that Wiley could have lost his balance from physical impairment or from a gust of wind from a passing truck and been pitched over the guardrail, which only came up to mid-thigh. He died from the impact on the water, and did not drown, the report says.Another factor that persuaded authorities the death was accidental: People who have jumped off that bridge in the past have successfully cleared a box beam that projects 1 meter out along the side of the bridge. But the fact that a shirt button was broken off suggests that Wiley hit the beam during his 35-meter fall.