Library slates event

first_imgYORBA LINDA – Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert, the newly appointed commander of all Marine military, aviation and training bases on the West Coast, will be the keynote speaker today at Veterans Day observances at the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace. In addition, Col. Gene Boyer, retired presidential flight commander, will update plans to retire the president’s helicopter, which will be put on permanent display at the Nixon Library. The presidential helicopter will make its final flight on Jan. 9, 2006. Other activities planned for today include remarks by Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, and leaders of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A flag ceremony by the 4th Marine Division Honor Guard and a performance by the Placentia Symphonic Band will round out the events. Lehnert served in various command positions in the U.S., Japan, the Philippines, Panama and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He holds a degree in history from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in international and strategic studies from the Naval War College. He also served as commander of the Marine Logistics Command for the war in Iraq before being named Commander of Camp Pendleton. From staff reports 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

Millions benefit from social grants

first_img6 July 2009 Over 13-million South Africans, 9-million of whom are children, are currently receiving social assistance benefits, says Social Development Minister Edna Molewa, adding that grants remain the most effective form of poverty alleviation. Speaking in Parliament in Cape Town last week, Molewa said South Africa’s old age and disability grants were recently increased from R960 to R1 010, child support grants from R230 to R240, foster care grants from R650 to R680, and care dependency grants from R960 to R1 010. In tackling adult poverty, Molewa said the government would continue to implement its plan of achieving parity between men and women who qualified for old age grants. The government extended the child support grant to children up to 15 years in January 2009, meaning that the grant could benefit an additional 300 000 children, Molewa said, adding that her department aimed to register an additional 200 000 children under 15 years by the end of August. “We recognise that despite all these efforts, over two million children over the age of 15 years remain trapped in poverty and, in response to this, we will soon table a plan for the phased extension of the child support grant to this category of children, to be implemented over the medium term expenditure framework cycle,” she said. Adult poverty Child support Since July 2008, over 70 000 men aged 63 and 64 received grants as a result of the age equalisation policy. As of April 2009, the grant was extended to all men over 61 years.center_img Molewa added that changes would be made to the South African Social Security Agency to enable it to improve turnaround times for processing grant applications, while the department was also working with the Post Office on measures to reduce the cost of grant payments and improve accessibility. Food price relief In response to rising food prices, the department increased the social relief budget from R124-million to R624-million, distributed from November 2008 to April 2009. Molewa said that in the context of the global recession, the department would maintain the expenditure necessary to ensure that those who suffered destitution were able to access social relief. The department would also explore working with faith-based organisations and non-governmental organisations to assist in the distribution of social relief, in order to speed up delivery. “We expect to register 55 000 elderly men by the end of August this year,” she said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Shutdown on ‘Accession Day’ hits life in Srinagar

first_imgA separatists-backed shutdown marred normal life in the Kashmir Valley on Friday as authorities imposed security restrictions in parts of capital Srinagar to keep protesters at bay.Meanwhile, Muzamil Ahmed Khan, the grandson of United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, has been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), evoking strong reactions from Hurriyat leaders.All shops, business centres and private offices remained closed in the Valley in the wake of the separatists’ call for observing a “black day” over the Indian Army’s landing in J&K this day in 1947.Authorities placed separatist leaders under house arrest on the occasion. Areas under seven police stations in the city, including Jamia Masjid, were placed under security restrictions.The BJP celebrated ‘Accession Day’ in Jammu. “Our policy is crystal clear on Kashmir. The only unsolved issue in J&K is liberation of the parts of the State, illegally occupied by Pakistan,” Union Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh was quoted as saying in Jammu.NIA summons againMuzamil Khan, also the nephew of the recently detained Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf, has been asked to present himself before the NIA in Delhi, said family sources.Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani described the summoning of Khan as an attempt “by the authorities to harass and scare the leaderships from representing the people and their just political struggle.” “Mr. Khan is a student and such actions are aimed at ruining his education,” said Mr. Geelani.last_img read more

Star on high morale going into playoffs after ‘test of character’ win

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “Of course the team’s morale is really high right now especially after a win like this,” said Lee who finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals.READ: Star outlasts Alaska in OT thriller FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“That’s what coach Chito [Victolero] said, that we need these kinds of games going into the playoffs because this was a test of our character.”Star outscored Alaska 46-21 in the final 17 minutes of play and three of which came off Lee’s booming triple from 40 feet out to give the Hotshots a 97-93 lead with 1:32 left in overtime. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast For Lee, though, a three from such distance was no fluke.“I was focused on the game and I was confident on my shot because I always practice that,” said Lee. “I knew how far that was, I do that every time in practice. When the shot clock is winding down and you need to take those kinds of shots.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games PBA IMAGESStar guard Paul Lee said Wednesday said the Hotshots are going into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on a cloud nine after finishing the eliminations with a league-best 9-2 record.The Hotshots earned their ninth win in a comeback victory over an Alaska side that led by as much as 21 points, 73-52, at the end of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SMB, Star stay in top-2 hunt BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Analysis: Kyle Lowry waited a long time for the NBA Finals

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments That’s why on Thursday night, the Toronto point guard took a little look around at what he’s been missing.“It was pretty cool,” Lowry said. “It was pretty good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd it was most definitely worth the wait.Lowry has now been to the NBA Finals — and knows what winning a game in the title series is like, too. The longest-tenured Raptors player had a solid stat line — seven points, six rebounds and nine assists — as Toronto topped Golden State 118-109 in Game 1 of the title series, ending the Warriors’ streak of 12 straight opening-game-of-a-series victories. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The quest for the other thing he’s been hungry for — a championship ring — resumes Sunday in Game 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni ends contract extension talks Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “I think that one of the best things about this team is that you don’t have to put a burden of 20 to 25 points on him,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “Because he’s going to defend, he’s going to lead the team, he’s going to make those tough plays. He just instinctually does that game after game after game.”Often a lightning rod for criticism in Toronto’s past playoff flameouts, Lowry has quarterbacked brilliantly in these playoffs.He did it again Thursday.He set the tempo in Game 1 by, time and again, utilizing long touch passes to start fast breaks. He also set the tone on defensive end, chasing Stephen Curry around and tirelessly battling much bigger players, as usual.Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is 6-foot-11 and perhaps generously listed at 270 pounds; Lowry is listed at 6-foot-1, 196 pounds.ADVERTISEMENT So when Cousins came barreling at Lowry on a switch with about 8½ minutes left in the game, Lowry never moved. He took the charge. He took the hit. The Warriors came up empty on a possession with the outcome still very much in the balance.“Just win,” said Lowry, who took three charges in the finals opener. “That’s all I care about. The numbers, the stats, all that stuff, it doesn’t matter to me. Team wins is all that really, really matters to me. Whatever it takes to win games.”Getting to this stage probably seemed unlikely 10 months ago. Lowry was deeply stung by the Raptors’ decision to trade his longtime backcourt partner in DeMar DeRozan and take the risk of acquiring Kawhi Leonard — someone who played in only nine games last season, and someone who at the time pretty clearly didn’t want to be in Toronto.Lowry was angry. It took months to mend the fences with Raptors’ management. But everything to this point has worked perfectly, and he’s now three wins away from a championship.“We know we have our great fans, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be about us in this locker room,” Lowry said.Lowry said he dreamed countless times of what the finals stage would be like, but as the 9 p.m. tip-off neared Thursday, he tried to keep some semblance of a regular routine.He knew it wasn’t going to be just another game, but also knew he couldn’t psych himself out before it arrived.“It was a normal day for me. I’ve got kids,” Lowry said. “… You go out there, the crowd was really antsy and loud and that’s when you start to feel it. But throughout the day, you kind of keep yourself very calm and collected and understand that it’s a big game — but you’ve got to be ready to go play.”He was ready. All the Raptors were ready. They know they’ll have to be better in Game 2, since adjustments by the two-time defending champion Warriors are inevitable. That’s what Friday’s task will be, what Saturday’s task will be. After finally seeing what the finals are like, Lowry looked at a clock on the wall shortly after midnight and decided it was time to head home.“I’m hungry as hell right now,” Lowry said. Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry fouls Golden State Warriors centre Kevon Looney (5) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry had never been to an NBA Finals game.This was the deal he made with himself: He wasn’t going to see the NBA’s biggest stage until he earned the right to be there as a player. So he never made a trip to see his peers play for the title that he has coveted for 13 years. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mark Rylance Makes Plea To Prevent Annihilation Of Tribal Peoples

first_imgOscar winning actor Mark Rylance has made a film for Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, urging the public to help prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples around the world.You can view the film here.Mark Rylance said: “Tribal peoples need to be respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. Together we can prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples. That is why I am an Ambassador for Survival International and I urge people to join the movement today.”Mark Rylance became an Ambassador for Survival International in 2010 having been involved with the organization for many years. He recently narrated a film, “Last of the Kawahiva,” highlighting the plight of the Kawahiva tribe, a tiny group of uncontacted Indians in the Brazilian Amazon who teeter on the brink of extinction.The campaign saw a dramatic response from the Brazilian government, which agreed to map out and protect the Kawahiva’s land in April 2016.All uncontacted tribal peoples face catastrophe unless their land is protected. Whole populations are being wiped out by violence from outsiders who steal their land and resources, and by diseases like flu and measles to which they have no resistance. The success of Survival’s global campaign has given the Kawahiva the chance to determine their own futures.Rylance has also joined Survival’s tourism boycott of Botswana until the country’s government allows the Bushmen to return to their ancestral lands after they were illegally evicted.The Bushmen are accused of “poaching” because they hunt to feed their families. And they face arrest and beatings, torture and death, while big game trophy hunters are encouraged.As well as campaigning Rylance has helped raise much needed funds for Survival International, putting on several fundraising events including creating and directing “We Are One – a celebration of tribal peoples” at the Apollo Theatre (2010), and a play about Bartolomé de las Casas at Middle Temple Hall (2014).Survival International is the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights. Survival is the only organization that champions tribal peoples around the world, helping them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said: “We’re delighted that Mark Rylance, who’s supported Survival for so many years, has made a film which will inspire people to join the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights. We depend on supporters like Mark to help us fight one of the most urgent and horrific humanitarian crises of our time. We won’t give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.”last_img read more

Does A Team Need A Championship To Be The Best Of All

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (June 21, 2016), we talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals and wonder how much championships matter when we talk about history’s greatest players and teams. Then, we welcome ESPN FC’s Mike Goodman to chat about the USMNT’s run to the semifinal of the Copa America. Finally, Mike stays around to break down the opening games of the 2016 Euros, and we ask him what’s going on with Cristiano Ronaldo. Plus, a significant digit on the matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA.Links to what we discuss are here:Ben Morris wonders if the Steph Curry revolution is over already.Ben Morris’s original piece on why Steph Curry is revolutionizing basketball.Reuben Fischer-Baum writes the Warriors aren’t even the second-best team ever.Neil Paine says LeBron led the Cavs on one of the greatest playoff runs in NBA history.ESPN Stats & Information Group breaks down how LeBron carried the Cavs to the title.LeBron is so great, says Bryan Armen Graham in The Guardian, he should now be considered the greatest of all time.Mike Goodman asks whether the USMNT has finally turned the corner under Jurgen Klinsmann.The Guardian wonders why casual fans have stayed away from this year’s Copa America.Over at the Euros, The Upshot breaks down how teams can qualify for the next round.And, Sam Borden looks at what the new tournament structure has meant for fans from smaller countries.Borden also delves into Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustrations after Portugal’s tie with Austria.You can find Mike Goodman’s new soccer podcast, The Double Pivot, here.Significant Digit: 23. That’s the combined number of games the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx had played in this season’s WNBA without losing. The Sparks lost 72-69 to the Lynx on Tuesday evening. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Six TCIG Finance workers trained for coming new system

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 16, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is moving from cash based accounting to accrual basis and to prepare TCIG for that change, six Finance staffers were recently certified in International Public Sector Accounting Standards.Deputy Accountant General, Sally-Jean Astwood and Finance Managers: Pamela Clarke, Jonelle Glinton, Kimberly Simmons-Lewis, Letitia Williams and Shandera Hall were during July participants of the program which the Ministry of Finance says improves financial accountability through better financial reporting.“Strong and transparent financial reporting has the potential to improve public sector decision making and make governments more accountable to their constituents,” said the media release issued on Monday.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Athnee Harvey-Basden congratulated the six, adding this step is just the beginning as #TCIG migrates to the new accounting system in the next few years. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Chief engineer of shipping dept suspended

first_imgChief engineer AKM Fakhrul Islam (R)The Department of Shipping on Wednesday suspended its chief engineer AKM Fakhrul Islam, who was caught red-handed while taking bribe at his Motijheel office, reports UNB.Public relations officer of the department Jahangir Alam Khan said the action was taken against Fakhrul as he was arrested by an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) team for corruption.Earlier on 18 July, an ACC team went to the office of Fakhrul and arrested him while taking Tk 500,000 as bribe from Badrul Alam, an employee of Bangle Marine Engineering Services.Abdul Wadud, assistant director of ACC, filed a case with Motijheel Police Station.last_img read more