first_imgFIFA is set to make the World Cup bigger and richer, even if the price to pay is lower quality football.FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree tomorrow to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams.A decision could be delayed if some Council members demand to know exactly how many qualifying places each continent will get before agreeing to scrap the 32-team format. It has been successful, popular and profitable since 1998 and is locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.The prize of 16 extra places, and the biggest increases to Africa and Asia, has “overwhelming” support from FIFA’s 211 member federations, Infantino has said.Their promise of extra funding from Zurich could also be secured by FIFA’s forecast 20 per cent rise in rights fees paid by broadcasters and sponsors.World Cup champions Germany are not in favour. It argued that diluting the number of European and South American teams which won all 20 titles since 1930 could “strengthen the imbalance” seen at some tournaments.”The (German football federation) fundamentally believe that the current 32-team format is the best option,” its president Reinhard Grindel said last week. Germany has no delegate at tomorrow’s meeting though Grindel is set to join the FIFA Council in May.FIFA acknowledged the risk of lower standards in a research document sent to members last month, as first reported by The Associated Press.The “absolute quality” of football, defined by high-ranked teams playing each other most often, is achieved by 32 teams, FIFA said, citing 10,000 tournamentsimulations made to reach that conclusion.Still, Infantino promised voters more World Cup places and funding raises before his election last February.FIFA expects $5.5 billion income tied to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, though 25 of 34 sponsorship slots are unsold. The research document predicted the equivalent of $6.5 billion revenue from a 48-team tournament in the “16×3” format, which would send two teams from each group to a new Round of 32 knockout bracket.EXCLUSIVE TIME SLOTAll 80 matches would play in an exclusive time slot. Currently, 64 World Cup matches have 56 broadcast slots because the eight four-team groups play their last matches simultaneously.FIFA predicts organising costs for “16×3” rising from $2 billion to $2.3 billion, giving a potential profit rise of $640 million.Though a “16×3” World Cup would still need a maximum of 12 stadiums, the demand for 16 more top-quality training camps and hotels suggests FIFA would look for 2026 hosts with existing capacity.A North American bid from two or three of the United States, Canada and Mexico is currently favoured in a contest that could start within weeks.Five options are open today, including staying with 32 teams.Infantino campaigned last year on a 40-team promise, in either eight groups of five teams or 10 groups of four teams. Neither impressed voters in recent regional meetings of FIFA member federations.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,In conversations I had with specialists who know parliamentary and legal affairs, it seems that the Speaker ruled wrongly in the opposition’s request to disallow the Prime Minister, acting in the capacity as President, from sitting in the Assembly. The Speaker referred the matter to the constitutional commission committee. The opposition had challenged the acting President from sitting in the assembly – saying he was squatting there. The Speaker needed to rule whether the acting President could sit in the assembly or not. It was not about amending the constitution. So he ruled erroneously unless he was seeking advice on how he should rule.The fraudulent Burnham constitution is very specific in articles 96, 103, and 178 in who can act as President and what happens thereafter. The latter states that the acting president must temporarily vacate his or her seat in the assembly with someone replacing him or her until such time that the acting president ceases the duties. Clearly, any functionally literate person would understand this to mean that the acting President cannot sit in the assembly.Having noted the above, I disagree with the Burnham constitution on this issue. I am of the view that a person (any Cabinet member) acting as President should be allowed to sit in the House to give stability and order to the Assembly since he or she is familiar with the affairs of the House. But this would require constitutional reform to which the coalition is not interested. Also, the fact that the numbers in the House don’t change when a person acts as President renders the issue moot in any side having an advantage or disadvantage. The acting President does not lessen the numbers of the coalition in Parliament if he leaves the House. According to the fraudulent Burnham constitution, a person from the parliamentary list of the ruling coalition (of May 2015) could be appointed to temporarily fill the seat vacated by the acting President. And even if a vacancy is not filled, there will be a 32-32 tie assuming no one deviates from the vote. And by the way, 32 is not a majority or passage of bill as the Speaker once declared two years ago. A vote of 32-32 is maintenance of the status quo. The Speaker cannot vote; the fraudulent Burnham constitution is clear on that point.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

first_imgThe ebola pandemic began in late February in the former French colony of Guinea while UN agencies were conducting nationwide vaccine campaigns for three other diseases in rural districts. The simultaneous eruptions of this filovirus virus in widely separated zones strongly suggests that the virulent Zaire ebola strain (ZEBOV) was deliberately introduced to test an antidote in secret trials on unsuspecting humans.     The cross-border escape of ebola into neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia indicates something went terribly wrong during the illegal clinical trials by a major pharmaceutical company. Through the lens darkly, the release of ebola may well have been an act of biowarfare in the post-colonial struggle to control mineral-rich West Africa     Earlier this year, rural residents eagerly stood in line to receive vaccinations from foreign-funded medical programs. Since the cover-up of the initial outbreak, however, panicked West Africans rural folk are terrified of any treatment from international aid programs for fear of a rumored genocide campaign. The mass hysteria is also fueled in a region traditionally targeted by Western pedophiles by the fact that filovirus survives longer in semen than in other body fluids, a point that resulted in murderous attacks on young men believed  to be homosexuals. Ebola detonated fear and loathing, and perhaps that is exactly the intended objective of a destabilization strategy. This ongoing series of investigative journalism reports on the ebola crisis exposes how West Africans are largely justified in their distrust of the Western aid agencies that unleashed, whether by mistake or deliberate intent, the most virulent virus known to man.      Guilt Without DoubtA pair of earlier articles by this writer examined the British and American roles in developing ebola into a biological weapon and its antidotes into commercial products. This third essay examines the strange coincidence of the earliest breakout in Guinea with three major vaccine campaigns conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children’s agency UNICEF. At least two of the vaccination programs were implemented by Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders), while some of those vaccines were produced by Sanofi Pasteur, a French pharmaceutical whose major shareholder is the Rothschild Group. This report uncovers the French connection to the African ebola pandemic.     Human Guinea PigsThe guinea pig used in laboratory testing of new drugs is neither a pig nor from Guinea, since its natural habitat is on another continent, specifically the Andes. The test subjects at the time of the very first ebola outbreaks in Guinea were not rodents or pigs; they were humans.     The mystery at the heart of the ebola outbreak is how the 1995 Zaire (ZEBOV) strain, which originated in Central Africa some 4,000 km to the east in Congolese (Zairean) provinces of Central Africa, managed to suddenly resurface now a decade later in Guinea, West Africa. Since no evidence of ebola infections in transit has been detected at airports, ports or highways, the initial infections must have come from one of either two alternative routes:       – First, the possibility of an anonymous “Patient A”, a survivor of the devastating 1995 Zaire pandemic, perhaps a doctor or medical worker who was a carrier of the dormant virus into Guinea. An example of a Patient A is Patrick Sawyer, the infected American resident of Liberia who first transmitted ebola to Nigeria. No attempt has been made by the national health ministry or international agencies to trace and identify the original ebola case in Guinea. So far, not a shred of evidence has surfaced to indicate&nbs p;the very first victim to be a foreigner or a Guinean who had traveled abroad.       – Second, the absence of a Patient A leaves the prospect of an unauthorized test in humans of a new antidote for ebola in rural Guinea, done under the cover of a vaccination program for another disease. Whether the covert clinical trial’s purpose was civilian health or military use of an antibody-based antidote cannot be determined as of yet.      The reason for suspecting a vaccine campaign rather than an individual carrier is due to the fact that the ebola contagion did not start at a single geographic center and then spread outward along the roads. Instead. simultaneous outbreaks of multiple cases occurred in widely separated parts of rural Guinea, indicating a highly organized effort to infect residents in different locations in the same time-frame.     The ebola outbreak in early March coincided with three separate vaccination campaigns countrywide: a cholera oral vaccine effort by Medicins Sans Frontieres under the WHO; and UNICEF-funded prevention programs against meningitis and polio:      – The MSF-WHO project administered the anti-cholera vaccine Shanchol. The drug producer Shanta Biotechnics in Hyderabad, India, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanofi Pasteur based in Lyon, France. Formerly known as Sanofi Aventis, the pharmaceutical controlled by major shareholders L’Oreal and the Rothschild Group.      – The oral polio vaccine (OPV) drive funded by UNICEF was based on a pathogen seed strain developed by Sanofi Pasteur, which operates the world’s largest polio vaccine production facility.      – The meningitis vaccine MenAfrVac, was produced by the Serum Institute of India, owned by tycoon Cyrus Poonawalla, under development funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2013, a UNICEF drive in Chad with the same drug resulted in 40 child deaths from vaccine-linked symptom. MSF participated in the West African anti-meningitis project.       Medicins Sanofi Frontieres      While focused on the French role, it would be unjust not to shed light on the American chief of the UN children’s agency. UNICEF executive directory Anthony Lake has an ideal career background for the post of protector of children worldwide. Tony Lake was National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton responsible for US military interventions, including: the Bosnia-Herzegovina war against the Yugoslav federation; the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia better known as “Blackhawk Down”; and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. An ardent& nbsp;Zionist convert to Judaism, he is the perfect boss to dispense risky vaccines in Muslim-majority Guinea.      One of Lake’s closest international allies during the Balkans war, who shares his policy of “expansionist democracy” and “humanitarian intervention” is French-Jewish hero Bernard Kouchner. The co-founder of Medicins Sans Frontier, the leftist politician-doctor was appointed Foreign Minister under neoconservative President Nicholas Sarkozy. Before succumbing to the temptation of shouting “Physician heal thyself!”, let’s turn back to tracking ebola.     MSF, which translates into English as Doctors Without Borders, promotes itself as a brave band of selfless physicians who spend their time and own savings on helping the poor in global hot spots. Many of the volunteers, to their individual credit and moral goodness, actually exemplify the public-relations image, never realizing that MSF corporate sponsors include the Bill Gates-founded behemoth Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, BlackRock, Bloomberg and the French advertising giant Havas.     A rogue’s gallery of corporate predators, if ever there was, the donor list is notably absent  of major pharmaceuticals, since it would be a conflict of interest to charitably dispense vaccines from a drug company while being paid for the free advertising. To avoid appearances of ethical impropriety on a global scale, the UN through its agencies WHO and UNICEF foots the bill, the major pharms get the profits, and MSF executives with their horde of bright-eyed volunteers dispense the low-end vaccines on the suffering mass es.       Not to discourage idealist doctors from a worthy cause, there is the undeniable attraction of safari fever and Orientalist exoticism for a surgeon from Pittsburg or Strasbourg to take part in this hybrid of “Amazing Race” and Club Med. Now off with the kid gloves: While posturing as principled ethical “witnesses” to human misery, the functional role of MSF role is as a conveyor belt dumping vaccines from major pharmaceuticals onto low-income and poorly educated populations of the developing world.     Repeated dosages of potent toxins on populations with poor health, which no public-health agency in the Western world dares attempt inside its own borders, can have harmful side effects, especially on children. The casualties of vaccination have gone unreported by the media and buried under official cover-ups. Even worse, vaccine programs could well have been used to conceal human testing of antibodies that originated in biological warfare labs for the purpose of mass murder of entire nations.         Best Laid Plans      Doctors Without Frontiers (MSF), once based in Paris and now in Geneva, comes under a dark cloud of suspicion because its distribution of a two-step anti-cholera vaccine. The dosages must be taken a fortnight apart, and this repeat procedure likely provided the pretext for an ebola-testing team to insert the ebola virus into the victims’ bodies and later return to dispense the antidote of monoclonal antibodies (Mab).     (This is not to say that MSF was knowingly involved as an organization but that its “federation” style of management leaves a lot of maneuvering space for an unethical doctor to infiltrate a country program on behalf a client pharmaceutical.)     After exposure to the ebola virus, a patient shows symptoms of high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, no less than 8 days later and likelier after two weeks. Re-arriving on schedule, the covert drug-testing team administers the anti-ebola antibodies as “the second dose of cholera vaccine”. The perfect crime of illegal human testing should have gone off without a hitch.     A problem arises, however, when many of the test subjects fall sick in less than two weeks and are unable to walk dozens of kilometers to the vaccine centers. With much of the original cohort of human test subjects absent for the antidote, and ebola out of control in the hinterland, the secret clinical trial free-falls toward a pit of liability and legal action. Disappointed operations managers for the sponsoring pharmaceutical order the exfiltration of their medical agents out of Guinea, leaving hundreds of victims to die  in excruciating pain as the contagion spreads. Does anyone in Paris or Geneva really care? Don’t choke in laughter.     The Guinea outbreak was not reported by WHO until 6 weeks after the initial round of infections in February, which is quite odd considering the armies of medical workers afield in the countryside during those three vaccine campaigns. By contrast, the MSF office in next-door Senegal knew about the Guinean ebola contagion less than a month after outbreak.     Inside and Outside the Death Zones     On the map of Africa, the Republic of Guinea (not to be confused with Equatorial Guinea on the coast of Central Africa) is shaped like a reversed letter C, looping off the Atlantic shore and curving southeast into the interior. The Niger River cuts across the country from east to west; two separate regions along its banks were the centers of the initial ebola outbreak.     The earliest infections were concentrated in the inland prefectures of Guecedo and Macenta on the interior borders of Sierra Leone and Liberia. The second-most affected region was closer to the Atlantic coast in the districts of Boffa and Telimele and the nearby island-capital of Conakry. The deaths in Conakry were concentrated at Donka Hospital, the prime treatment center.     What is striking about the Red Cross-Red Crescent Society map of the outbreak zones was the lack of infections over a wide swath along the border with Senegal, where MSF keeps its regional headquarters with a 300-member staff, which includes 80 foreigners. The reason can be attributed to the drier climate of Senegal, yet to the contrary ebola infections were reported near Guinea’s northern border with arid Mali, which is in the Sahara Desert.     On first reports of the outbreak, the Pasteur Institute branch in Dakar, Senegal, dispatched a mobile microbiology laboratory to Conakry at the request of the Guinean Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, the German-funded Bernhard-Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine office in Ghana cooperated with WHO to set up a mobile lab in Gueckedou Prefecture.      MSF staffers inside Guinea cooperated with the government’s Ministry of Health effort to set up isolation rooms in local clinics and hospitals along with blood-sample collection centers. Despite assurances from WHO and CDC that ebola is not transmitted through water or air, more than 100 nurses and doctors, including Sierra Leone’s top ebola expert, have died so far. Misinformation about ebola transmission is inexcusable when the 1995 Zaire outbreak was first spread by the washing of corpses.     Turning Panic Into Profit     Another appalling surprise came in June with the “second wave” of apparently more virulent ebola infections across Sierra Leone, even after the pandemic was coming under control in Guinea. This second breakout could be related to a mutation caused by the introduction of monoclonal antibodies during the covert antidote tests. Confronted by Mab-activated immune responses in humans, the virus could be expected to adapt by increasing the velocity of its docking with unprotected human blood cells. If mutation is confirmed, then all Mab-based&n bsp;serums should be banned due to the potential emergence of the unstoppable “super-virus”, a modified strain of ebola on steroids.     News media have focused on two potential cures for ebola issued by biotech companies ZMapp and Tekmira, both of them essentially business fronts for patent-sharing consortia. Whichever company gains approval from an FDA, ready to overlook the possibility of driving mutations, will be sure to win huge supplier contracts from the WHO and the US Department of Defense.      The dark horse in the foot race to profit from the ebola panic is France-based Sanofi Pasteur. The world’s third-largest pharmaceutical, under CEO Serge Weinberg, has earned a reputation for come-from-behind success in the final rounds of clinical trials in humans. Weinberg scored a coup in wooing his new chief scientist Gary Nabel from his position as head of viral immunology research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).      The Sanofi strategy for ebola is being kept under wraps by its biotech partner Sutro Biopharma based in San Francisco. Sutro managing director John Freund, MD, is a former Morgan Stanley executive who built its health-care portfolio. The Sutro-Sanofi-Nabel monoclonal antibody (Mab) strategy, using tumor antigen Mabs, is listed for purposes “undisclosed”. The use of antibodies from abnormal or cancerous cells is the same as the cell-fusion method used by their now better-known competitor ZMapp.     For the unethical executive, it is tempting to conduct drug tests in humans without wasting years on monkey trials, as was done by wartime Japan’s Unit 731 and by Dr. Joseph Mengele. In 2008, Sanofi was accused of conducting secret trials of an untested H5N1 vaccine on 350 homeless people in Poland, killing at least 21 and causing the hospitalization of 200 others, according to the Telegraph of London.     The cold-blooded spread of a hemorrhagic fever cannot be attributed solely to corporate greed, since biodefense security is also a motive. The West African outbreak was likely linked to a dual-use experiment, for application in tropical health and as a biowarfare shield, as shown in the two earlier essays in this series.         On the List of Suspects     While a signatory of the Biological Weapons Convention, France did not sign aboard until 1984, providing sufficient time to guise its biowarfare research under civilian lab coats. The nation that produced brilliant scientists like Louis Pasteur, the pioneer discoverer of vaccines, France was one of the leading research centers in biological warfare, weaponizing anthrax, salmonella, chorela and rindepest, toxins that resonate with the French passion for cuisine.     The postwar French military had none of the ability to commandeer Germany’s formidable bioweapons technology, as did Britain, the US and Soviet Union. Instead of focusing on the German passion for “germ” warfare, French medical researchers skipped ahead by concentrating on molecular biology, in which viruses are of intense interest for their interactions with the proteins in cell membranes and nucleic acids. Due to their high-tech sophistication, it is rare for French research centers to be caught red-handed, as happened when the Pasteu r Institute in Iran was discovered to be crafting aflatoxin for the Shah’s military.      French biologists moreover have had deep experience in tropical pathogens from their own African colonies and the Belgian Congo. The nation’s most notable achievement in recent years was Luc Montagnier’s isolation of the HIV, which notably he claims was not of African origin, indicating the Pasteur Institute’s vast library of biological agents.     The French are masters of ambiguity and dissimulation, and so there is no chance for a French military attache to be seen strutting around Guinea or Sierra Leone like a Jean Reno. The CDC in Liberia, in contrast, with its 50-member forward squad marching in protective gear stands out like a sore thumb.     Therefore, don’t forget to put the Elysee Palace on the suspect list if ebola is found out to be a biowarfare attack to destabilize West Africa and redraw the geopolitical boundaries. The French Army is largest foreign force on the continent. To borrow Churchill’s metaphor of nesting dolls, antibodies are a riddle wrapped in the mystery of ebola inside an enigma of biological warfare.     The other Sanofi project in Guinea involving a polio vaccine campaign could have enabled the follow-up work of checking on the success rate of the secret antibody tests. If so, it was a miserable failure or perhaps a wild success. In either case, the pharmaceutical and biotech industries will have profited handsomely from the ebola crisis when biodefense-research generals, high civil servants and UN bureaucrats sheepishly sign multimillion-euro R&D contracts.Feverish AfricaAfter rural West Africans realized that vaccination programs coincided with the outbreak of Zaire ebola, foreign-funded medical staffers were assaulted by angry mobs and an ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone was burned to the ground. When medicine is exposed to be the problem and not a solution, the military has to be called in to quell public rebellion. The boundaries of every country in the region are now sealed by troops, and so the truth behind this epidemic will probably be buried with the victims.As for MSF, UNICEF, WHO, CDC, NIH, USAMRIID and the rest of the alphabet soup of the hypocritical oafs of pharmaco-witchcraft, the herd instinct for self-preservation prevents any honest disclosure. As each day passes and casualties mount, the onus for the crime weighs heavier. A trustworthy investigation into this fast-spreading pandemic and prosecution of the perpetrators in a court of law have all the chances of snowfall in Zaire.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_imgThe Daily Observer has learnt that Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, and his Technical Supervisor, Frankie Cassell, have been dismissed from their respective positions with immediate effect. According to LWSC’s Public Relations officer, Wilmot Dweh, the Corporation’s Board of Directors headed by Kimmie Weeks has already approved of the two dismissals and at the same time are investigating reports of financial impropriety at the LWSC. Mr. Dweh would not elaborate. The Daily Observer is yet to obtain further details of Messrs Allen and Cassell’s dismissals, but recently Mr. Allen told reporters that the corporation was unable to establish how much work would be required by LWSC to restore water supply to affected areas in Johnsonville.Mr. Allen said that since the situation was reported to his office, the management had not been able to pump pipe borne water into Monrovia.He said the corporation has contacted the World Bank for financial support to construct water reservoirs in Monrovia.Mr. Allen said had that project been implemented sooner, the breakdown would not have caused such a significant effect.Meanwhile, despite assurances that the LWSC would repair the damaged facility on Pipeline Road in about two weeks’ time, the situation worsened with the water pouring from the broken pipe creating a huge crater (hole) which has become a serious hazard to vehicles and commuters. The situation, according to our reporter who toured the area over the weekend, has caused the few vehicles using the route to divert due to the deplorable road condition, now exacerbated (made worse) by the breakdown of the Pipeline Road waterline. Residents there and those in central Monrovia that depend on pipe borne water from the area have gone for days without receiving safe drinking water. Community residents and some customers of the LWSC have expressed concern about the delay in the completion of the repair work. Some of them told the Daily Observer that the project had been abandoned by the LWSC Management “because the road condition has remained a death trap for over two weeks.” A fortnight ago, LWSC Management admitted to a major breakdown of its water supply line in Johnsonville, which they said occurred as a result of the deplorable road condition. Up to press time last night, engineers from the water agency were yet to detect the extent of the damage as they were seen during odd hours on Saturday night apparently trying to restore the damaged facility, but to no avail. According to the residents, including a leader, Mr. T. Emmanuel Cole, they could not comprehend why the project is not treated as a priority by the LWSC management. But the LWSC said the damage is so severe that it has now cut off the water supply line to greater Monrovia, which has impeded the free movement of residents in the area. As an emergency plan to address the current shortage of water, the LWSC management said in a recent interview with this newspaper that it had commenced trucking water into greater Monrovia. LWSC also acknowledged that as a result of the breakdown, many businesses have been affected.The Daily Observer reporter who visited the affected area on Saturday and yesterday afternoon saw a crew of boys, who claimed to be engineers, doing the “repair work.” They told the Daily Observer reporter, who wanted to interview them, to be grateful to God that motorbikes were transporting residents of the area and that they were also there at least to restore the damaged facility.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_imgThe Flyers came out strong in the first period, scoring three goals off the sticks of Jeff Fast, Jeff Shipton and Brian Lewis on the power play. There was a lot of back and forth action in the second, as the Canucks outscored the Flyers 4-3 to end the middle frame 6-4 for Fort St. John. The Dawson Creek charge was led by Jason Higson, who ended the game with four goals.The Flyers scored twice in the third to go up by four points, but a late goal by Higson made things interesting.  Fort St. John held the opposition off for the final two minutes, despite giving up a late power play, and left the ice with the win. Next up for the Senior Flyers is a two-game homestand on January 5 and 6 at the North Peace Arena versus the Bentley Generals. Saturday’s game will begin at 8 p.m. while Sunday’s puck will drop at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ernie’s Sports Experts and are $12 per game or $20 for a two game package. Goaltender Troy Hunt got the win in net for the Flyers, while Luke Middleton and Jeff Shipton each had two goal games. The team has now passed the Hythe Mustangs in the standings, and sit in fourth place in the NPHL West Division.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgTo add to the Clippers’ problems, Quinton Ross went down with a bruised right hip. Sam Cassell also was out for a third consecutive game with a strained groin, but at least the Clippers have three off days before playing at Golden State on Friday. “Clearly, they’re one of the elite teams,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said about the Spurs before the game. “They’ve got a string of games they’ve won in row. They’ve got a great record on the year. “They’re playing at an incredibly high level, so obviously, for us to win, we have to play at an incredibly high level.” The Clippers, in other words, had to limit their mistakes in order to have a chance. In the first half, though, the Clippers made plenty of mistakes and controlled little, if anything, to trail 43-34 at halftime. They shot 34.8 percent (16 of 46) in the half. That was underscored by Chris Kaman’s half. He went 0 of 6 in the first half as pretty much every Clipper struggled against the Spurs’ stingy defense. Kaman missed his first eight shots and finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting. Maggette took it upon himself to try to be the Clippers’ scorer. With Brand held to just six points in the half, Maggette had eight points in the first quarter. But then his scoring effort subsided as he had nine points in the first half. With Shaun Livingston out for the season and Cassell out as well, Dunleavy had no problem giving 25 minutes to new point guard Jason Hart, who signed earlier in the day. (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Antonio ate up the Clippers in an 88-74 win Monday night at Staples Center. The Spurs won a ninth consecutive game and led by as many as 20 points, even though All-Star point guard Tony Parker was out with a strained left hip. The 74 points tied a season low and continued the Clippers’ troubles against the Spurs. They have lost 12 of their last 13 meetings to San Antonio and, on Monday, were knocked out in the third quarter, when the Spurs had a 16-0 run. Manu Ginobili scored 11 points during that run to put the Spurs up 60-40 with 2:24 left in the third quarter. The Clippers cut the margin to 64-49 heading into the fourth quarter, but ultimately couldn’t recover from that 20-point deficit. Not only did the Spurs not need Parker, but they also hardly needed All-Star Tim Duncan, who had nine points and 12 rebounds. The nine points were 11 below his average. San Antonio has been so impressive on its nine-game winning streak that the Clippers’ 14-point margin of defeat is the third-closest any of the teams in the streak have come. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his team has done that because of its defense, and that was true on Monday. The Clippers shot 37.5 percent, and the closest they got in the fourth quarter was 83-72 with 1:06 left. And that came after San Antonio cleared its bench. Corey Maggette scored a game-high 19 points. Elton Brand added 15 points and eight rebounds. But that was five points below the average for Brand, who shot 6 of 15. center_img • Photo Gallery: 03/05: Clippers vs. Spurs LOS ANGELES – The Clippers did not need a reminder about where they fit on the NBA’s food chain. They are not near the top, and the San Antonio Spurs showed who is. last_img read more

first_imgPICO RIVERA – After only seven months on the job, Pico Rivera City Clerk Vida Tolman is calling it quits, saying Tuesday she wants more time to spend with her new family. Tolman, who was appointed the post Oct. 3 by the City Council in a 3-0 vote, submitted her letter of resignation April 30. Thursday will be her last day at City Hall. With a wedding planned for August, Tolman will become step-mother to her fiance’s 7-year-old daughter – a job she wants to “give 100 percent to,” she said. “You only have one chance to do \ right,” she said. At 35, Tolman said she is “totally a career girl” who has worked in city government since she was 23. Tolman was chief deputy city clerk for Arcadia for two years shortly after earning her master’s degree in public administration from Cal State Northridge. She then spent 10 years in Burbank as an administrator and assistant city manager. “Women sometimes have to make difficult decisions,” said Tolman, who lives in Manhattan Beach. “But I chose voluntarily to step back from my career to be a stay-at-home mom. With my hours and the commute, it’s just too hard to do both.” She denied rumors – circulated on a local resident’s Web site this week – suggesting she was leaving because she felt pressured by city officials to stall the release of public documents. Tolman said no supervisor or council member ever asked her to circumvent the law. “This is absolutely not political,” she said. “In fact, I have very little contact with the City Council. I just want to give this new marriage the best chance at success as possible.” City Manager Chuck Fuentes said Tolman will continue to do some work on a contractual basis from home until a replacement clerk is found. Meanwhile, the senior manager of the purchasing division, Michael Gersch, will supervise the day-to-day running of the clerk’s office, he said. “Vida will stay on and help with the agendas, training, special projects, and she’ll help with the recruitment effort, too, which will probably start next week,” said Fuentes. Tolman was being paid an annual salary of $101,400, he added. Councilwoman Gracie Gallegos-Smith said Tolman’s departure was a loss for the city. “I’m devastated. She is a true professional,” Gallegos-Smith said. “Those will be tough shoes to fill, but I respect her reasons for leaving.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHe is 66-30 overall, but five of the wins were forfeited when he coached at Colorado because of the use of an ineligible player. “Rick has enjoyed great success throughout his career and we believe he is the coach who can take our program to the next level,” Guerrero said. “His teams at Colorado and Washington continually challenged for conference championships and national rankings and that is what we are looking to do at UCLA. The hiring, though, could be viewed as hypocritical, since Guerrero said one of the reasons he fired Bob Toledo five years ago was because of off-the-field transgressions. While at Colorado, Neuheisel’s was cited for numerous NCAA violations, many secondary in nature and dealing in recruiting, and the program was placed on probation. He also had issues with the NCAA at Washington, and was fired after his participation in an NCAA basketball betting pool. He later won a $4.5 million settlement after filing a law suit against Washington and the NCAA. UCLA ended a nearly fourth week of coaching search by hiring former quarterback Rick Neuheisel as its head coach today, replacing the fired Karl Dorrell. Neuiheisel, the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, will be introduced at a Monday press conference. Also, sources said defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, one of the finalists for the job, is leaning toward staying with the program, which could be a coup considering he was the mastermind behind a strong recruiting class. He has a two-year offer from Washington to be the defensive coordinator. Athletic director Dan Guerrero said he wanted a head coach with experience, and he gets one in Neuheisel, who spent eight years as leading the programs at Colorado and Washington. “I know there are some issues in Rick’s past that concern our constituency,” Guerrero said. “We have discussed those at length with Rick and have investigated those issues with the NCAA. It has been at least five years and, in some cases, more than 10 years since the incidents occurred. We believe Rick has learned from those incidents and that he is more mature and experienced in the areas of compliance.” Neuheisel beat out Walker and Philadelphia Eagles assistant John Harbaugh for the job, but certainly was not UCLA’s first choice. UCLA was rebuffed in attempts to hire Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Oregon’s Mike Bellotti before settling for Neuheisel. “I am thrilled to be returning to my alma mater as its head coach,” Neuheisel said. “UCLA is a special place and I want to thank Dan Guerrero and Chancellor (Gene) Block for the opportunity to come home. We are going to build a program our supporters will be proud of, both on and off the field. I can’t wait to get started. I made some mistakes earlier in my career and I take responsibility for those mistakes. I have learned from that experience and I would never do anything that would reflect negatively on UCLA.”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

first_imgShay Given’s father has revealed his son gives all his payments for playing for the Republic of Ireland to charity.Lifford man Seamus Given says his son, 35, has donated all the cash form his 120 caps to others less-well-off.“Shay gives it all away to charity. It’s not hard to give up because it’s not a lot. “It was about (the equivalent to) €300 when he started out and it hasn’t gone up much since.“It’s not something Shay’s interested in. He only wants to play,” said Seamus.One of Shay’s biggest career moments came on Tuesday night when he helped the Boys In Green qualify for the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.Shay’s son Shayne, 7, was the proud mascot for the game. SHAY GIVES ALL HIS PLAYING FEES FOR IRELAND TO CHARITY REVEALS DAD was last modified: November 18th, 2011 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:Republic of IrelandSeamus GivenShay Givenlast_img read more

first_imgA 48 bedroom Donegal village hotel has failed to reach its €175,000 reserve price at an auction in Dublin.Caiseal Mara HotelThe Allsop Space auction in Dublin’s RDS failed to muster a bid on the Caiseal Mara Hotel at Foyle Street, Moville yesterday.The semi-detached hotel was also to be sold for the knock-down price with all contents included. There are 48 ensuite bedrooms, two function rooms, a bar and restaurant in the hotel, as well as a lobby, kitchen and staff rooms.The hotel has been closed since June last year, after it was taken into administration in 2010.It is understood a private deal was later done on the hotel for an undisclosed sum after the auction.NO TAKERS FOR 48 BEDROOM DONEGAL HOTEL AT €175K was last modified: October 16th, 2013 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:auctionCaiseal Mara Hotelmovillelast_img read more