first_imgLONDON (AP):The IOC advised national Olympic committees yesterday to follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidance on dealing with the Zika virus ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, asserting its confidence that the games will be safe.Brazil has been hit hard by the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in infants, raising concerns about the outbreak’s potential impact on South America’s first Olympics in August.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent a note to all national Olympic committees outlining the latest medical advice concerning the Zika virus, the most recent problem for a country already dealing with a severe economic crisis and a sprawling corruption scandal.”All parties are taking action to address this topic, and are following developments closely,” the IOC said.The two-page note from the IOC medical commission repeated advice for travellers to take precautions against mosquito bites and for women who are planning to become pregnant to assess the potential risks of travelling to areas infected with the virus.”The IOC remains in close contact with the WHO to ensure that we have access to the most up-to-date information and guidance, from now through to Games time,” the IOC statement said. “At the same time NOCs should consult with their national health authorities to get advice and guidance.”The IOC did not say the Olympics were threatened in any way and made it clear that it expects the Aug. 5-21 games to be secure for athletes and visitors.”We remain confident that there will be a safe environment for successful and enjoyable games in Rio de Janeiro,” the statement concluded.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto from WWEEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — WrestleMania is returning to MetLife Stadium in 2019.The WWE, the Jets and Giants football team and state officials announced the 35th edition of the wrestling extravaganza will be held on Apr. 7, 2019 at the arena. The weeklong showcase will also feature four events at Barclays Center.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid leads 76ers past Nets on his 24th birthday Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img The last time WrestleMania was held at MetLife Stadium was in 2013, and it drew a crowd of 80,000 people. It also marked the first time 16-time WWE world champion John Cena beat Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Giants co-owner John Mara and Jets president Neil Glat attended the news conference. MetLife Stadium is owned by the teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCena and fellow WWE stars Ronda Rousey, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Nikki Bella, Braun Strowman, Apollo and Titus O’Neil also were on hand.Rousey, who recently joined the WWE, is scheduled to have her first match next month at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s no coincidence that Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who stands 7-1 and led the NBA in blocks last season, has the longest wingspan in the league at 7 feet, 9 inches.The NBA playoffs begin Saturday, and an extra inch of reach can lead to a blocked shot or steal that might alter a series or a season.Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is nicknamed the “Greek Freak” in part because he stands 6-11 with a 7-3 wingspan and giant hands. The explosive Russell Westbrook is 6-3, with a wingspan of 6-8, which helps him be one of the best rebounding guards in history.“Every asset that a player has might make up for something else. If somebody’s short, hopefully they’re quick. The wingspan sure helps a lot of people,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said . “You look at size of hands, wingspans. Look at John Stockton’s arms or Avery Johnson’s arms and they’re very long, and their hands are very big. They can control the basketball, they can do things with it.In this March 25, 2018, photo, Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) guards Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles during an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif. From executives and scouts to coaches and analytics types, teams are paying closer attention to wingspan when considering players _ especially with what long arms can mean making a defensive impact. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)“A wingspan always helps people, whether it’s blocking shots or deflections on defense.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina This March 25, 2018, photo shows Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert in action during an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. From executives and scouts to coaches and analytics types, teams are paying closer attention to wingspan when considering players _ especially with what long arms can mean making a defensive impact. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — Not until Nate McMillan began being fitted for custom-made suits a few years into his NBA career three decades ago did he understand just how far his arms reached.When Bill Walton dominated at UCLA in the 1970s, no one ever measured his wingspan — from fingertips to fingertips and arms outstretched.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img In recent seasons, Warriors high-scoring All-Star Kevin Durant has become more determined to use his 7-5 wingspan to make more of an impact on defense.Durant, the reigning NBA Finals MVP , is quick to point out that his length allows him to make up for other areas, including being far leaner than most NBA players.“You make up a lot of ground. I’m not as fast laterally, I’m not as athletic, I’m not as quick as guys up and down but I think I make up for it with my length,” said Durant, a defensive player of the year candidate. “There’s a lot of guys, Draymond (Green) is the same way, small, undersized power forward but can guard plenty of guys because of his length. His arms are long and he can block shots. We’ve seen him block guys at the rim and also get his hands on some basketballs off the dribble.”Raised in France, Gobert kept growing from ages 15-19. He didn’t often hear the term wingspan, finally understanding how special his measurement is when he got to the NBA.“I think it’s something that makes a big difference, especially defensively,” he said. “You’re able to deflect the pass or block shots.”Warriors 7-foot center JaVale McGee went through only a handful of pre-draft workouts for NBA teams, hardly a prized prospect after a career at Nevada. Yet each visit he made, among the first things measured was his wingspan, 7-6.One of the benefits is his ability to corral and slam home lob passes that are high and might be off target. Before he got to the NBA, McGee wasn’t even aware of his wingspan.“I’ve always been tall. I was born tall,” he said. “It’s nothing that I heard about until I got to the league, or right before I got into the league, they’re like, ‘We’d like to measure your wingspan.’ They don’t really bring it up to us about that in college or high school.”Walton is in the Hall of Fame, but he never had his arms measured end to end.“At one time, they were long enough, and I can still put my own shoes and socks on,” he quipped. “It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play. Any time you think you’re too small to make a difference in the world you’ve never spent the night alone in bed with a mosquito. But when you have the great game of basketball with all the ultimate winners of the genetic lottery … it’s not how high you jump, it’s where you are and when you jump.” Wingspan is one detail Warriors coach Steve Kerr takes seriously and might consider when deciding on lineups and rotations for the defending champions. He has been going with a center by committee based on matchups.Some of the best players Kerr faced had incredible reach.“It’s legit. It’s much more important than your height,” Kerr said. “If your wingspan is more than your height, that’s kind of abnormal. Most of us have the same wingspan as our height. That’s kind of a rule of thumb. A lot of basketball players don’t, though, they have wider wingspans. And they’re able to get their hands on balls or shots or loose balls. … I’m a big believer in that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kupchak hopes to make Hornets winners with Jordan’s help Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Neither knew their wingspans then, and they still don’t. That is not the case for young players.“Yeah, I found that out once I bought my first suit,” the 6-foot-5 McMillan, a 12-year pro now coaching the Pacers, said with a chuckle, realizing his arms stretched more than 3 feet each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOnce limited to descriptions of birds, wingspan has become one of the most important measurements for basketball prospects over the past decade. Coaches marvel at players with long arms, figuring they will more easily grab rebounds, block shots, steal passes and shoot over defenders.The average man has a wingspan about 2 inches more than his height. But several NBA players pop off the chart because of their long arms.last_img read more

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film “Afril could stay there, study and play there professionally,” said Aquino. “This is also for the future of Afril so I’m hoping more can be invited because Perlas can’t just play here in the Philippines but also outside.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Samahang Basketbol ng Piipinas elected to just send the TNT core with Andray Blatche and select Gilas Cadets to the men’s basketball tournament in Indonesia, with the women’s team excluded from the Philippine delegation.“You never know, well they say what we did here was an eye opener and maybe there will be call from SBP ‘let’s include the women’s team,’” added Aquino. “But that’s just hoping.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDespite going 0-4 in the group stage, and failing to advance to the quarterfinals, Perlas, which was formed a few months before the tournament, had its moments against much-experienced teams.Afril Bernardino was the first to show up for the Philippines in a 12-10 loss to Germany. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Then, it was the Janine Pontejos show in the Philippines’ last two games. She hit five long balls for 13 points in a 21-17 loss to Spain.“The crowd gave me the energy and every time I made a shot they would all scream and of course when that happens my defense also improves,” said Pontejos in Filipino.Aquino added other teams from outside the country have shown interest in his players and he hopes the officials here in the Philippines could also follow suit.Bernardino, Gemma Miranda, and Alyanna Lim played as imports in Malaysia a few months before the 3×3 World Cup and the three are set to return for another run.Apart from her Malaysia stint, Bernardino also received an offer from a university team in Taiwan to not only play there but also study for a graduate degree.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, Bulacan—After getting its own spotlight in the world stage, the Philippine women’s national basketball team thinks it’s time for Perlas Pilipinas to be included in the Philippine delegation to the 2018 Asian Games.“Well, we’re hoping that they could finally notice us and give us a chance and maybe get us into the Asian Games in the last minute,” said head coach Pat Aquino in Filipino Sunday at Philippine Arena after Perlas’ loss to Hungary, 18-15, in the group stage.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alaska on a roll Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View commentslast_img read more

first_imgReacting to the concerns of the General Services Agency (GSA) Road’s residents and businesses, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has admitted it is facing serious constraints in the country’s energy sector.They admitted that concerns expressed by residents and businesses on the GSA Road are genuine and plans are being worked out to ensure the area is fully connected this year. LEC, however, pointed out that some parts of the GSA Road have been connected on their power lines in Paynesville.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Monday, April 28, LEC’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Joseph T. Mayah, claimed that the nation’s electrical system was almost completely destroyed as a result of the civil conflict.He said prior to the 15-year-civil war, the LEC operated nationally with total assets of US$700,000,000. Unfortunately, the company’s power plants and related facilities were completely destroyed rendering the system useless.“We must be realistic with Liberians and let them know that the LEC has many hurdles to clear. Liberians should continue to exercise patience as we translate our plans into practical solutions. We are doing all we can to provide the nation with the best service possible,” Mr. Mayah explained.He disclosed that Liberia’s electricity sector has received strong support from the Liberian Government, and its partners from around the world.The LEC’s Deputy Chief said the Corporation’s major donor partners were the World Bank, European Development Bank, African Development Bank and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Shedding light on the Mount Coffee Hydro project, Mr. Mayah said steady progress has been made with a commitment from government and its partners of US$260,000,000 to complete the plant. If things work out according to schedule, the hydro should be completed by 2015.He said the LEC is in the business of selling a product and should therefore be able to provide reliable power to its many customers in the country.“Our expansion initiative in Kakata in Margibi County is nearing completion, as bulk of the power lines connections have been installed,” he added.According to him, the expansion project has received a contribution from Japan of US$27,000,000; with the World Bank pledged US$16,000,000 and the Liberian Government promising US$30,000,000. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA disturbing development with unprecedented consequences in Education ever since Minister Werner took the realms of office is looming and if caution is not taken, the doors of public schools will be shut until something is done about it. He came into the Ministry with the tacit belief that he alone knows the answers to all the problems in Education. He ignored the National Education Plans put together by previous Ministers who are distinguished Educators-Dr Kandakai, Othello Gongar, Dr Korto and Mrs Tarpeh. All of these people did their best to revamp the system but the bottom line was always the lack of funds to do the job to bring about change.Our current Minister, having returned from USA believes he has all the solutions and can move Education from what he describes as FROM THE MESS TO THE BEST. How presumptuous is he?It is always a good thing to aim at the sky and to be ambitious; but Education is so important that no individual can claim the monopoly of knowledge to manage it.Since his tenure in office, Minister Werner has waged a war of words on teachers who can make the best of plans fail or succeed. Instead of encouraging and mentoring them, he has targeted them for humiliation, dismissal, outsourcing of pre-primary and primary schools in order to reduce the wage bill and handover public education gradually to business companies in USA and UK. Due to pressure, he has roped in local providers and faith-based institutions who have always been running schools in Liberia. Mr Minister claims the teachers are illiterate, some untrainable. The Ministry has developed a code of ethics for teachers without the involvement of teachers on the assumption that teachers are the only people responsible for all the failures of Education in Liberia. Reading through the Code of Ethics, one is prone to believing that teachers in Liberia are a bunch of criminals, involved in gang raping, gangsterism, school girl pregnancies, chronic absenteeism without good cause etc. Indeed this man must be coming from another planet.In his problem analysis, Minister Werner admits that 30 percent of teachers are without training. In Nimba, he posits that 48percent of teachers are without certification. In rural areas he claims a third of teachers are illiterate. Teacher attendance in school is poor with some teachers unpaid, names deleted on payroll, unapproved volunteer and community teachers, ghost teachers ostensibly recruited by the very Ministry of Education, teachers travelling long distances to get pay cheques. He also admits that his Ministry does not have the capacity to monitor and evaluate teacher and school effectiveness. Furthermore, the Minister admits that teachers are demotivated with no incentives to attract and retain qualified ones.Instead of tackling these problems, Minister Werner, under the influence of business organisations and the World Bank who pose as messiahs of Privatisation, have chosen the easier but unsustainable option of an unprecedented whole sale outsourcing of pre-primary and primary education, because of the number of students involved for profit making.With a United Kingdom adviser to Minister Werner, provided by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Minister has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bridge International Academies. We understand that Bill Gates and other billionaires are supporters of enterprises such as Bridge Academies and other education service providers whose motive is not philanthropic, but purely profit making. The fact that they provide already made lessons, encrypted in tablets and supplied to teachers, majority of whom are ill-trained or non- professionals, does not guarantee the intended educational objectives. Their sole emphasis is on literacy and numeracy but these alone cannot guarantee effective educational outcomes. Education goes beyond reading and writing and Minister Werner should know that.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFire crews arrived at the scene around 1:30 p.m., and employees were allowed to return to work at around 2:30 p.m.Chief Burrows says there wasn’t any damage, although it will take some time to air out the building. Photo: Fire crews attended City Hall for around an hour on Thursday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caFort St. John fire crews attended City Hall on Thursday afternoon. Fire Chief Fred Burrows says there wasn’t a fire; however, someone left the microwave on for too long.- Advertisement -The City Council Chambers and other areas filled with smoke, forcing employees to be evacuated from the building.last_img read more

first_imgMojo after their amazing performance at Limerick Indie Week.They came, they played and they blew Limerick away!We all know what Donegal rockers Mojo GoGo are capable of.But now so too do the southern half of Ireland after the band won the Limerick Independent Music Committee’s Top Indie Band award which was arranged as part of Limerick’s City of Culture celebrations. The lads put in some amazing performances and quite rightly came out on top.And their prize?As well as building up a new legion of fans, the guys will be heading to Canada.They will be a headliner of 250 bands at INDIE WEEK CANADA between October 15-19, 2014. This is a terrific achievement for the lads – Niki Pollock from Dungloe, Paul Rodgers from Burtonport, Jordan Carty from Donegal Town and Keelin Gallagher from Killybegs.In the meantime the lads are off to Germany this week, headlining at a festival.Tickets will be on sale in May for AranMojo, this is the 3rd year for this festival which is held on Arranmore Island 16th & 17th of August, with an amazing lineup of bands again this year. MOJO GOGO GOING TO CANADA AFTER WINNING INDIE BAND COMPETITION was last modified: April 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CanadadonegalLImerick Indie WeekMOJO GOGOlast_img read more

first_imgDOZENS of Donegal families have been hit with massive bills – as Irish Water steps up septic tank inspections in the county.And the state company has been accused of going back on a Government promise in its new inspections.Former Minister Phil Hogan promised homeowners who took advantage of a €5 registration fee were told their premises would be the last to be inspected. However it turns out that many homes in east Donegal who did register are the first to be inspected.One hard-pressed family has told Donegal Daily how they’ve been told to replace their septic tank system at a cost of more than €2,000.Inspectors order homeowners to empty tanks completely – costing around €180 – even if their tanks had been emptied in recent months.The officials then return within a few days to carry out inspections. If the systems fail stringent tests, homeowners are told to remedy the problems – including in some cases the replacement of their entire septic tank systems.Homes in the Lifford and surrounding areas have been targeted by the inspectors in recent days.One father of five told us: “I’d had our tank emptied a couple of months ago and that would do us for a well over a year, but I was told it had to be done again.“Then they weren’t happy when they came back four days later and it looks like I’ve about two grand’s worth of stuff to do.“It’s like being hit with another massive tax. I understand everything should be in order but I just don’t have the money to do this work. We’re struggling as it is.” A number of other families have contacted Donegal Daily to claim that Hogan’s promises have been broken.“I know that the only houses in our area which were inspected were those that registered. A lot who didn’t bother haven’t had a visit at all,” said another resident.“I kind of thought registering would buy some extra time but this turns out to be another big fat lie from big fat Phil.”A report earlier this year said half of all septic tanks in the country are failing EU standards. DONEGAL FAMILIES HIT WITH MASSIVE BILLS AS IRISH WATER ‘INSIST’ ON SEPTIC TANK INSPECTIONS was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalinspectionsSeptic tanklast_img read more

first_imgAre you in the market for a quality used vehicle? Would you like 2yr free servicing? If so then visit Kellys Toyota in Letterkenny or Mountcharles over the next 10 days.Buying a used car is a big investment that requires careful consideration. That’s why we’ve introduced Toyota Plus, an approved used car programme that delivers peace of mind every step of the way and to celebrate its launch we are hosting a special event from the 4th – 14th October and even better we are giving away 2yr free service on selected models.A Toyota Plus vehicle benefits from a minimum 12-month warranty and 12-month roadside assistance. Prior to sale, you can rest assured that your vehicle has passed a 100 point technical check, carried out by our trained Toyota mechanics. We have a range of flexible finance options available. Don’t forget Toyota cars retain their value longer than any other brand in Ireland. When the time comes to change your vehicle, your Toyota Plus approved used car will retain its value, ensuring you get a great deal on your next car.Visit our website at www.kellystoyota.com and view the large selection of used vehicles on display or call in and see the vehicles on display in Mountcharles & Letterkenny.Kelly’s Toyota roll out unmissable Toyota Plus Event was last modified: October 4th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMOUNTCHARLESToyotatoyota plus eventlast_img read more