Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge View comments Pelicans to rebuild on Zion MOST READ Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption The Cool Smashers take on the PetroGazz Angels anew, hoping to forge a tie at the top of the standings Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“It’s going to be an exciting match against PetroGazz, we learned a lot from our first round match,” said Creamline setter Jia Morado.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWhile both teams are assured of spots in the semifinals, they will be fighting for bragging rights and the No. 1 spot in the next round.Motolite, meanwhile, will try to gift returning star Myla Pablo a victory when it battles winless BaliPure in the other match. Creamline only has one blemish in its record in the Premier Volleyball League. And while the Cool Smashers cannot erase that, they can get payback against the team that dealt them their only loss thus far.And how’s this for a bonus: That team is undefeated, giving Creamline the chance to mess up a clean slate, too.ADVERTISEMENT Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pablo will also have to dig deeper in her comeback from injury after debuting in a loss last Wednesday, when she managed just three points.PetroGazz, which has relied on a steady performance from its low-key roster to steamroll the opposition thus far, hopes to keep that unbeaten slate intact and continue its mastery over a star-filled Creamline team that features Alyssa Valdez, Morado, Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao.But the Angels will face a motivated Cool Smashers, especially Valdez, who fell to injury in the second set during their first meeting—a PetroGazz victory.PetroGazz will also parade a flashy pair of imports in Janisa Johnson and Wilma Salas.ADVERTISEMENT
This year, Guyana celebrated its 52nd Independence Anniversary with a number of events being held to mark the auspicious occasion, ranging from the Government’s staging of a concert and cultural extravaganza which saw over 2,000 youths in attendance, to the staging of a ‘Guyana Carnival’ event by a private group, which featured a parade and a “Stink n Dutty” party among other things.As expected, the country’s national flag, The Golden Arrow Head, was hoisted in the presence of those at the multi-billion-dollar D’Urban Park, Georgetown, and thousands around the world who joined in via various live television and social media feeds.But as the flag was being hoisted, something seemed amiss, as it appeared to have not the regular five, but six colours. This led to many Guyanese mounting their own investigations and sharing their findings on social media. It wasn’t long before the matter drew the attention of the politicians, and then rightly so, the media.The opposition Peoples Progressive Party charged on Tuesday that there was a “despicable and unconstitutional alteration of Guyana’s national flag” as it called for answers and lambasted the Government. Among other things, the PPP argued that there were examples in the past where national symbols were being treated as the property of the APNU/AFC Administration, before pointing out that the Constitution clearly describes the colours and its shades that constitute the national flag.The opposition also charged that the alleged altercation “connects one of Guyana’s most significant national symbols to the People’s National Congress Reform” via the inclusion of that party colour along the end of the flag, and it was reminiscent of “the repressive regime of the PNC pre-1992.”The Guyana Defence Force, upon the inquiry of the media, and not independently from the outset, was forced to admit that the flag was indeed altered and repaired at the ends since it was badly damaged and shredded. The GDF’s argument is that it did not want to hoist a damaged flag, hence it repainted the ends in green even though it resulted in a darker shade.Also, the Government seemed not to be aware that the flag had had an alteration, since the Social Cohesion Minister admitted that he only learnt of the ensuing controversy via the media. The minister conceded that a damaged flag should not have been hoisted, while his more senior colleague, the State Minister, is reported as distancing the governing coalition from the issue, but not before calling the opposition “foolish” to suggest the APNU/AFC’s deliberate involvement and desire to change the flag’s colours.It cannot be credibly asserted that the PPP’s response was over the top, given Guyana’s political history, wherein the PNC’s flag was once flown over the Appellate Court, and the current political culture that obtains. Also, the GDF, as the guardian of Guyana’s sovereignty, cannot be so cavalier with our flag, which represents that sovereignty.And the Ministers’ response to the PPP’s concerns, which were shared by Guyanese at home and abroad, in the absence of any official statement from the GDF or Government before or immediately after the hoisting of the flag, confirms the notion that Guyanese are still suspicious of the Coalition’s political ambition, because its main actor is still the PNC which is associated with some serious transgressions against the State during its tenure.In the end, there are still serious questions to be answered about the saga. Why was it not recognised at rehearsals, or prior to the staging of the mega event, that the flag was in a state of deterioration? Why wasn’t a newer flag borrowed or sourced? Is it that the GDF or Govt felt that no flag raising event would have been held? Who made the decision to alter the flag and hoist what still was a damaged flag? Why wasn’t the Government informed immediately? Why wasn’t an apology issued soon after? The truth is, the country’s National symbols and Flag cannot be treated in an ‘anyhow’ manner. They must be properly maintained, stored, and displayed with the honour benefiting of national symbols. They must not be displayed when damaged, or even when poor remedial work is done, as was allegedly the case with the flag at Durban Park when the country was turning 52.The Government ought to address the issue more seriously, and must ensure that at least ten flags of varying or same size are kept at Durban Park and other important mega-Parks/Centers whenever they need to be hoisted or displayed.To dismiss the PPP’s concerns and those of Guyanese as a trivial matter is not the right approach to good governance. Like all Guyanese, the Government has a responsibility to ensure that it pays keen attention to not just the use and treatment of stamps, but all symbols and monuments associated with nationhood.
Late last year the Georgetown Mayor and City Council displaced the East Bank of Demerara minibus and car park in preparation for the relocation of vendors who are to be removed from the Stabroek market wharf to facilitate much needed repairs there. The park is now in an area just South of where it originally was.The first challenge is the obvious smaller area which cannot accommodate the volume of vehicles. The unavoidable searching and jostling for parking spots create congestion leading to traffic buildups in an already overly congested area. In addition, the area is poorly lit at night and with the menace of ever-present rampant gangs, many commuters have been robbed.This seeming norm in criminal activities in that environ creates high risks for all who depend on public transportation, especially women, with reports of some being groped. Children are also exposed to these dangers. With no alternative, commuters have to take those risks every day with fear lingering in their minds at a place that is literally a stone’s throw away from the country’s Parliament Building.Many questions abound. Despite national cognizance of the space constraint in the city, more specifically that area, the question of why would the Council remove that main public transportation park to accommodate vendors is still unavoidable. This does not take away from the fact that the vendors needed to be relocated.The Council in its defence would cite lack of space. While that’s a good argument, probingly, it must be asked if the related deliberations were thorough and inclusive of all Councillors. On the surface, it appears that safety and other concerns of commuters were and probably are still not given the necessary consideration as thousands are being affected every day.The Council cannot be oblivious of the security concerns at all transportation parks within the city for incidents of robberies continue to be highlighted in the media. It did make effort towards some lighting and, with the Guyana Police Force, to have some level of security presence. However, it is not adequate and from reports, the security presence is not sustained especially in the evenings and late into the nights.Even if the necessary security measures are implemented at the parks, it is not a guarantee that crime will disappear. However, it will offer a much needed and effective deterrent allowing for almost immediate response and very importantly, comfort the troubling mindsets.Adequate and necessary security measures, including effective lighting, should have been in place immediately upon the relocation of the park. It therefore becomes mindboggling as why such necessary things were not implemented and sustained even months after. All of the bus and car parks within the city are security risks and all are poorly lit, including some main roads that lead to them.That, and the criminal activities it encourages, continue to compromise that aspect of public safety. This is a continuous cycle and with every passing day, frustration and fear among commuters increase. One can argue that if the City Council is really concerned about commuters’ safety, it would be making more noise, increased Police presence, even if it’s just to appease.The knowledge and presence of security measures have positive psychological effects. Its absence, or being grossly inadequate, causes one to wonder if the leadership and the rest of Council really understand the magnitude of what transpires at those parks especially in the evenings and nights and particularly at the East Bank park.There is great difficulty in accepting the Council being unaware which brings to the fore the frightening scenario of the current inadequacies probably being accepted as adequate with believably scant regard for commuters’ safety.It must be noted that for every sitting of Parliament, traffic within the immediate area is restricted. This further compounds the congestion at the East Bank park and further increases the risks for criminal activities. Importantly, Police ranks are deployed to enforce the traffic restrictions for the duration of a parliamentary sitting which sometimes go beyond midnight.While that is deemed necessary to ensure the safety and easy access for parliamentarians, it demonstrates that ranks could be made available to be stationed at the parks during the entirety of what is considered as the high-risk hours. This is what City Hall should be advocating for given that its own resources may be limited.The Police implements generally effective and pleasing security mechanisms for the Christmas period with temporary outposts at various points. The positive effect of that is known. The obvious question is why it cannot be sustained to some extent with emphasis on the parks throughout the year.While the force has its own constraints over resources, collaboration with the Council and strategic planning can result in an acceptable and adequate mechanism that could mitigate the current situation. From the Council’s standpoint, even if it is not responsible for the security at the parks, it can demonstrate its genuine concern for commuters’ safety by being proactive. All it takes is will.
Another night, another set of heroes for the Harvard-Westlake of Studio City girls’ soccer team. Facing only their second deficit in Mission League play, the Wolverines responded with a convincing second-half performance to move a step closer to their sixth consecutive title. Donilyn Hunter-Sallustio and Jenna Marine scored goals seven minutes apart to lead Harvard-Westlake to a 2-1 victory Wednesday at Chaminade of West Hills, extending the Wolverines’ league unbeaten streak to 17 in a row. “We talked about making the first 10 minutes (of the second half) count because we didn’t want to be in a desperate situation,” said Harvard-Westlake coach Richard Simms, whose decision to move Mary Amato into the central midfield in the second half paid dividends. email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “These kids continue to rise to the occasion. You put a challenge in front of them and they’re going to meet it.” After misfiring on a few scoring opportunities in the first half, Marine converted for the Wolverines (13-7-4, 6-0-2) when it mattered most, completing a passing sequence that included Lizzy Danhakl and Coco Weaver by burying a 30-yard shot in the upper-right corner in the 52nd minute for the deciding goal. “Lizzy and Shannon (Hart) kept giving me perfect balls the whole game, so I was definitely hoping it was the one,” Marine said. “It was frustrating in the first half because I had so many shooting opportunities, so I’m glad I got one in.” Chaminade (7-9-2, 5-4) struck in the fifth minute when Alyssa Engstrom scored off Jordan Schoonover’s free kick. Hunter-Sallustio tied the score in the 45th minute, tapping in a loose ball after Amato’s high-arcing shot was dropped by goalkeeper Alex Bershon. “When you’re undefeated in a tough league, you find ways to win,” Chaminade coach Tracy Powell said. “Against Harvard-Westlake, you can’t afford to hold back with a 1-0 lead.”
1 The midfielder has hit 16 goals in his first 50 Premier League games Mauricio Pochettino has backed Dele Alli to rule European football for the next decade – and do it all at Tottenham.Pochettino believes Alli could already command a £50million transfer fee, but insists the England midfielder is desperate for silverware with Spurs.Alli has hit 16 goals in his first 50 Premier League games – more than twice the combined tally that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard mustered in the same time frame.Pochettino believes 20-year-old Alli’s burgeoning career bears favourable comparison with England’s finest, and tipped the 15-cap playmaker to keep accelerating his already-rapid development.“There’s no doubt he is and will be one of the best players in England in the next 10, 12 years,” said Pochettino.“And England represents Europe, and maybe the world too.“The Premier League is the toughest and the best competition in the world.“And if you are one of the best in England you are one of the best in Europe.“In one year and a half we’ve talked a lot, and we can see how he is, as a person, and that’s important, and how he’s growing up, not only in football.“For different reasons that crossed different problems, he’s improved a lot in his behaviour, in his game, in football.“Now it’s a big challenge for all the opponents to stop Dele Alli.“He’s said he wants success here, he’s very happy here, and there’s no doubt that he wants to win titles here.“I am very honest in that situation, sometimes he will joke in the dressing room or on the pitch, but he’s very serious.“Always I hear him say many times ‘I want to succeed here, I want to win trophies here’.”Alli has matched Paul Scholes’ 16 goals in his first 50 Premier League games, while Gerrard hit two and Lampard five in the respective openings of their careers.The former MK Dons midfielder has fast become one of Spurs’ – and England’s – top stars, with Pochettino accepting Jamie Redknapp’s recent £50m valuation.“I think he is in a very good way, at a very good level, if you compare with this type of player, they were great, fantastic players,” said Pochettino of Alli’s goal return in comparison to Scholes, Gerrard and Lampard.“He needs to keep going that way, because he’s showing now he can be one of the best players in England.“The moment was right when we signed him, and it was a very important deal for Tottenham.“I don’t know if the best bargain was Gareth Bale or Modric or Alli, but it’s true it was a very good deal for us when we signed him.”Asked if Alli is a £50million player, Pochettino continued: “Yes, why not.“Today Dele Alli is showing a quality, a talent that it’s difficult to find in Europe at 20 years old.”Tottenham will take on Watford at Vicarage Road on New Year’s Day, desperate for their fourth-straight Premier League victory.Pochettino joked that Watford mascot Harry the Hornet would not have the guts to try the diving joke that backfired on Wilfried Zaha on Spurs’ fiery midfield star Alli.Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce branded the Watford mascot’s light-hearted dive in front of Zaha following last weekend’s 1-1 draw as “out of order”.“I think the mascot would be scared to do it in front of Alli,” joked Pochettino.“If I put myself in Palace’s shoes I can understand why they were upset.“It was funny for the Watford supporters, but it was a stupid action, a stupid thing.“We need to be careful with that, because in that situation you can upset people for a stupid thing.“But, OK, it was the mascot trying to be funny but he doesn’t realise it could be a big problem.“You need to laugh, no? Because the mascot is being funny with people and trying to encourage the crowd.“Maybe he’ll learn from that situation – or maybe they’ll change the mascot!”
THE MAN behind a fantastic Cork company which provides online education and entertainment for kids, is a native of Co Donegal.Caped Koala Studio has developed an online 3D virtual world called Pora Ora – www.poraora.com – which combines games, education and social networking.Neil Gallagher, a native of Arrranmore Island, set up telecoms and mobile solutions provider Sentaca in 2000. The company hopes to attract between 5,000 and 10,000 people before a live launch in this country and the UK at the beginning of April.The firm which is headquartered ion West Cork Technology Park also has offices in London and Poland.Its aim is to have as many as 30 million users within three years, according to Gallagher.The education content of Pora Ora, which is free to join, is mapped to the national curriculum of this country and the UK. At the moment the educational content is focused mostly on maths and literacy with other elements being added later, including plans to provide teaching aids for languages including Irish.Parents will be able to receive detailed reports about their child’s activities and progress.The idea was to encourage parents to play a key role in their child’s educational progress and online safety, Neil said.They had built in clear security settings into the site.The plan is to convert a percentage of users to an enhanced subscription service with access to extras. The firm also plans partnerships with mobile operators and educational firms, who are keen to launch education-based games.Mobile operators in Europe, Turkey and Egypt, and an education company in North America had shown interest in Pora Ora. Discussions were at an early stage.Pora Ora, says Gallagher, is committed to developing a love of learning in young children; encouraging them to be creative, imaginative, inquisitive and social.ARRANMORE MAN MAKES HIS NAME IN TELECOMS EMPIRE was last modified: February 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney will be called to testify on behalf of his former chief of staff in the CIA leak case, defense attorneys said Tuesday, ending months of speculation over what would be historic testimony. “We’re calling the vice president,” attorney Ted Wells said in court. Wells represents defendant I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who is charged with perjury and obstruction. Sitting presidents, including Clinton and Ford, have testified in criminal cases, but presidential historians said they knew of no vice president who has done so. William Jeffress, another of Libby’s attorneys, would not say whether Cheney is under a subpoena to testify. Issuing a court order to a sitting vice president could raise separation-of-powers concerns, but Jeffress said it was not an issue. “We’ve cooperated fully in this matter and will continue to do so in fairness to the parties involved,” said Lea Anne McBride, a spokeswoman for the vice president. “As we’ve stated previously, we’re not going to comment further on a legal proceeding.” Libby is accused of lying to investigators about what he told reporters regarding former CIA operative Valerie Plame. Plame’s identity was leaked to reporters around the time that her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, publicly criticized the Bush administration’s prewar intelligence on Iraq. Libby says he was focused on more important issues – including terrorism, Iraq and nuclear proliferation – and didn’t remember his conversations regarding Plame. Cheney could bolster that argument by testifying about the many other larger issues Libby was responsible for. During cross-examination, Fitzgerald likely will press Cheney to acknowledge that Plame was a key concern for him, and thus would have been important to Libby. The trial could offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Bush administration’s march to war, and U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said he planned to ask potential jurors whether their feelings on the administration’s policies would interfere with their ability to serve.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“We don’t expect him to resist,” Jeffress said. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who said last week that he did not expect the White House to challenge his witnesses, said Tuesday that he did not plan to call Cheney. Wells immediately said he would. “That settles that,” Fitzgerald said. Neither Jeffress nor Wells would say whether they expect Cheney to testify in the courtroom or offer videotaped testimony to avoid infringing on the separation of powers.
Sligo Rovers Extra.ie FAI Cup second round tie against Limerick has been fixed for Saturday, August 24th, at the Showgrounds with an 8pm kick-off.Rovers booked their place in the last 16 with an 8-0 win against non-league Glebe North – a club record for Rovers in the competition.Their prize is a home tie against Limerick who beat another non-league side Cobh Wanderers in the last round.
2 February 2014 Libya were crowned the 2014 African Nations Championship winners at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening, edging Ghana 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the teams had shared a goalless draw. It was a first ever African title for the Mediterranean Knights, who had lost to the Black Stars on penalties in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations way back in 1982. President of the Confederation of African Football Issa Hayatou and Fifa President Sepp Blatter were joined by a crowd of about 17 000, who were treated to a tightly contested match which either side could have won in regulation time had their finishing been better.Close Ghana’s Seidou Bansey went close with a header barely a minute into the game, forcing Mohamed Abdaula, in the Libyan goal, into a save. Three minutes later, however, Elmutasem Abuschnaf was presented with a wonderful opportunity to give the Mediterranean Knights the lead after a mistake in the Ghanaian defence allowed him through on goal. Black Stars’ goalie Stephen Adams reacted superbly to rob the striker of the ball to keep the teams level. Most of the action took place in the middle of the field as both teams struggled to break free of the opposition’s gritty defence and the pattern was repeated in the second half. With 10 minutes left in regulation time, Ahmed Almaghasi looked as if he would finally break the deadlock, but Samuel Ainooson, with a fantastic effort, managed to block a goal-bound shot with his body.Extra time In extra time Libya again came close to finding a goal, but Abuschnaf spurned a fine opportunity by heading over the bar from close range after Elmehdi Elhouni had picked him out with a beautiful cross. Abdul Mohammed went oh so close to netting for Ghana, but his shot angled just wide of the far post of the Libyan goal. Libya’s Abdelsalam Omar then had time to pick his spot from about eight metres out, but Adams was up to the challenge and pulled off a fine save from the young striker. The momentum swung Ghana’s way as the clock ticked down, but they couldn’t find a way through the Libyan defence and the game went to penalties, as both semi- finals had done.Shootout Abdaula excelled, saving the Black Stars’ first two spot kicks from Michael Akuffo and Ainooson, to hand the Libyans the advantage, but Ghana’s Adams responded with two saves of his own, from Elgadi and Omar. When Ahmed El Tribi netted for Libya, Tijani Joshua had to score for Ghana, and when he missed wide of the goal the Mediterranean Knights had claimed victory. Third place Nigeria claimed third place with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in the curtain-raiser. The Warriors had to cope with the loss of Masimba Mambare to a straight red card after only 17 minutes, but it took the Super Eagles until five minutes from time to score the winner, which came from substitute Christian Obiozor, who beat George Chigova with a header.Awards There was some consolation for hosts South Africa, who had been ousted in the group stages, when striker Bernard Parker won the Golden Boot after scoring four goals in Bafana Bafana’s three matches. Nigeria’s Ejike Uzoenyi was named the Player of the Tournament.
From data security breaches at The Home Depot, TJX, and Target to the hack of over a million images on SnapChat, to the famous, or infamous, cheating website Ashley Madison—almost every industry has been targeted for information theft, from retail and insurance to entertainment and government. Everyone is a target, and there appears to be no end in the foreseeable future.It would be logical to assume that since technology continues to evolve, data security would also evolve, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Massive data breaches and security hacks continue to dominate the news, and this negative publicity has been scaring customers away from e-commerce in all its related forms.The fine folks at Retail Perceptions have recently published a detailed survey that revealed some interesting consumer behavior.- Sponsor – The Spread of Data Security Breaches:64% of shoppers have accepted data security breaches to be part of the shopping process and 53% say that data security breaches are a risk they’re willing to take in exchange for convenience43% of shoppers don’t trust companies to keep their personal information safe. Of these, 30% don’t think companies invest in enough security measures85% of shoppers are aware of companies that have had a security breach where customers’ personal financial information was exposedChanges in Spending Habits Due to Data Security Breaches:39% spend less per shopping trip than before69% try to use cash instead of credit or debit cards60% shop online with one specific card designated to online purchases so that they can monitor its activityChip Card Technology:62% of shoppers have used credit and/or debit cards with chip technology to make purchases, and of these 71% say that using credit card with chip technology makes them feel more secure when shopping60% prefer to use a card enabled with chip technology over any other method of payment26% say that they do not like using a credit card with chip technology because it takes too longShoppers Say That Retailers Could Rebuild Trust By:80% Being honest about the incident73% Communicating with shoppers and responding to questions72% Taking financial accountability for their mistake69% Investing in additional preventative security measures6% Firing their CEO6% Firing the head of the IT department(You gotta love the 6% of people who want to hold someone accountable!) Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now