Towns’ near triple-double pushes Wolves past Knicks

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Travel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schools MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In his first year back with the Knicks after a signing a four-year, $71 million contract in the offseason, Hardaway entered the night averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 21 games.UP NEXTKnicks: Host New Orleans on SundayTimberwolves: Host Portland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points for New York. Porzingis was 3 of 5 from 3-point territory but 3 of 14 from inside the arc. Enes Kanter had his 18th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Knicks lost for the ninth time in 11 games.After impressive wins against New Orleans, Cleveland and Oklahoma City to start a five-game homestand, the Timberwolves had to work against the struggling Knicks. New York led much of the second half and entered the fourth with the lead before Minnesota went on an 18-4 run to seize control.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Knicks were the hot-shooting team in the first half. New York hit 60.5 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led by as many as eight points.Towns scored the first five points of the second half and slowly the Wolves’ defense recovered. Minnesota used a 14-4 run to start the second half and take the lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours TIP-INSKnicks: New York is 4-15 on the road this season. . Former Wolves forward Michael Beasley scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Beasley had 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in just six minutes in the second quarter. . The Knicks entered the night with the league’s fewest 3-point attempts, but went 12 of 24 on Friday.Timberwolves: Minnesota had its sixth straight sellout, the longest streak for the franchise since it sold out 48 straight games from 1990-92. The Timberwolves sold out every game of the 1990-91 season and had seven in a row to start the 1991-92 season. Minnesota has nine sellouts this season. . The Wolves are 17-6 at home this season, winning the last seven. . Towns’ nine assists were a season high. . Minnesota allowed more than 100 points for the first time in eight games.HARDAWAY RETURNSTim Hardaway Jr. returned for the Knicks after missing 20 games with a stress injury in his lower left leg. He scored 16 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Hardaway would play limited minutes in a reserve role as he tries to build up stamina.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, center, lays up a shot as New York Knicks’ Courtney Lee, left, and Enes Kanter, of Turkey, watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.Taj Gibson added 17 points and Andrew Wiggins had 16 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves shot 56.7 percent (38 of 67) over the final three quarters to come from behind and win their fourth game in a row and 11th of 14 overall.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

With World Cup nearing, Asian teams still hiring and firing

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan Football Association (JFA) technical director Akira Nishino, right, watches Japan national team’s practice with then Japan’s coach Vahid Halilhodzic, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. JFA President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Japan’s surprise sacking of head coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday marked a fifth coaching change from Asia’s five participants at the 2018 World Cup in the past nine months.Only Iran, with Carlos Queiroz in place since 2011, has the same manager now as in June last year. Japan, Saudi Arabia and Australia all will have new coaches who will see their teams in competitive action for the first time when the World Cup kicks off in June. South Korea’s coach Shin Tae-yong was appointed in July 2017 and has two World Cup qualifiers under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Van Marwijk took the Australia job in February to succeed Ange Postecoglou, who had led the Socceroos to the 2015 Asian Cup title and through qualification for the 2018 World Cup.In October however, Postecoglou resigned for personal reasons leading Football Federation Australia (FFA) to turn to the experienced Van Marwijk just four months ahead of the World Cup on a contract that ends when the Socceroos leave Russia.The challenge for Australia in a limited time is to become accustomed to the more functional approach of Van Marwijk that is expected to be very different to the more expansive soccer favored by his predecessor through four years in charge.“His teams have always been hard to beat and fairly pragmatic in his approach,” Postecoglou told Australian radio after Van Marwijk’s appointment.“I’m kind of the other end of the scale. It looks like one tournament and when you look at the group, the focus now is to get out of that group and I guess a more pragmatic approach may help you achieve that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA looks for playoffs not marred by more player-ref strife For a continent desperate to improve on the 2014 World Cup when its four teams failed to record a single win, it is not ideal preparation.Just three wins from nine games since successfully securing qualification with a game to spare last August put Halilhodzic under pressure. This only increased after claims of a breakdown in trust and communication with players that followed friendly games against Mali and Ukraine in March.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAfshin Ghotbi, a former coach in Japan’s J.League with Shimizu S-Pulse, has extensive experience in Asia including with the national teams of Iran and South Korea.“There are many different reasons in Asia but it often comes down to the differences between expectations and reality that can be seen in the form of a team during friendlies and this can lead to panic,” Ghotbi told Associated Press. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Halilhodzic has been replaced by Akira Nishino. Time is short for Nishino but the 63 year-old has extensive coaching experience in Japan, leading Gamba Osaka to the 2005 J.League title and the 2008 Asian Champions League.Giving the job to Nishino is understandable, Ghotbi says, as was South Korea’s decision to appoint an experienced local coach last summer.Ghotbi returned to Korea’s national team for a second stint in October 2005, just eight months before the 2006 World Cup. “With time short, I had the advantage of prior knowledge of the football landscape and that can really help,” he said. “If you don’t, then you have to get to know the players, the opponents, the federation and the backroom staff as soon as possible.”With Korea and Japan returning to local coaches, the lack of time may be a greater problem for Saudi Arabia and Australia who have hired overseas expertise.Saudi Arabia has changed coaches twice since last September. Bert Van Marwijk, appointed in 2015, led the team to a first World Cup since 2006 last September only to leave after being unable to agree a new contract. His replacement Edgardo Bauza was fired in November for poor team performances to leave Juan Antonio Pizzi, also from Argentina, currently in charge.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Mo Ibrahim Foundation to Launch 2018 Ibrahim Index

first_imgThe IIAG contains analysis across 102 indicators from 35 independent African and global data institutions to cover all 54 African countries in the areas of Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.On African Governance; what Liberia could do to achieve transformationThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) says it will launch the 12th annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) on Monday, October 29, when the results and analysis will be shared with the public.According to a release, to mark the launch, Dr. Mo Ibrahim will participate in a Facebook Live event to discuss this year’s striking results, and the trends measuring Africa’s public governance progress.Mo will be joined by a panel of African experts representing the continent’s growing next generation voices, Yvonne Apea Mensah from Ghana, and Nasi Rwigema from South Africa.The two will provide their own opinions of this year’s Index findings. The panel, the release said, will also respond to questions in real time from online users.Following the launch, MIF in partnership with the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), will host a high-level discussion on the findings on Friday, November 2 in Pretoria, South Africa.Global Launch of the 2018 IIAG: 29 October 2018 The IIAG is an unmatched resource providing the world’s most extensive analysis of the quality of governance in African countries.With the Index, MIF seeks to enable governments, citizens, business, academia, policy makers and analysts to use its findings as a tool to assess accurately the delivery of public goods and services and drive conversations about governance in Africa.As such, the data are made freely available each year via the IIAG Data Portal. The 2018 IIAG launch will take place online during a 30-minute Facebook Live event with Mo and two African next generation voices, taking the discussion directly to the public to encourage dialogue across social media using the hashtags #IIAG and #AskMIF.With ten years of data to draw from, the 2018 IIAG is uniquely positioned to measure trends in governance, providing in-depth analysis on how the quality of governance has changed over the past five years (2013-2017) within the context of the last decade (2008-2017), and what has or could be an important component to Africa’s transformation.In every MIF’s iteration, assisted by the IIAG’s Advisory Council – looks at improving the structure, components, and methodology of the IIAG. Due to this annual revision, every year MIF recalculates all scores in the Index.Previous iterations of the IIAG covered data from 2000 onward. The 2018 IIAG is for the first time providing comparable governance data for the last decade only, to strengthen the robustness of the findings.For the first time, an assessment of youth inclusion is part of the IIAG. Through the indicator Promotion of Socioeconomic Integration of Youth (provided by Global Integrity), the Index assesses whether there is a government policy/strategy to increase the socioeconomic integration of youth.This year’s IIAG will have the added focus of analyzing the data through thematic frameworks and broader themes including an economic opportunity for Africa’s citizens, the demographic dividend, transparency, and accountability.The ten-year time series includes the most recent governance performances, raising the bar in areas such as Health, where countries should benchmark themselves to more current standards.The IIAG contains analysis across 102 indicators from 35 independent African and global data institutions to cover all 54 African countries in the areas of Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.The Data Portal is a user-friendly interface that offers a bespoke analysis of governance ranks, scores and trends for each country. Users can create printable charts and graphics from the data. A country’s overall governance is monitored and examined. What can Liberia do to benefit from the IIAG?In 2017 Liberia scored higher than the African average (50.8 out of 100) but still came lower than the regional average for West Africa (53.8 out of 100). The country achieved her highest category score in Safety & Rule of Law (61.4) and its lowest category score in Sustainable Economic Opportunity (39.6). The country’s highest sub-category score was in National Security (88.9) and its lowest sub-category score in Infrastructure (33.7).In terms of Overall Governance in 2017, Liberia scored 51.4 out of 100, ranking 28th out of 54 in Africa.It would mean that the Liberian government will have to ensure the diligent application of safety and rule of law as they affect Liberian citizens and others. The Liberian government will also have to ensure Liberians’ participation in the government and the respect of their human rights; how Liberians who share different opinions are not abused and the government must ensure the human development of the citizenry.Other areas are accountability on the use of the country’s resources, personal safety, national security, public management, business environment, infrastructure, rural sector, welfare, education, health, participation, rights, and gender. The above indicators, if carefully enforced and applied for the benefit of the people, could give the Liberian a leeway to improve the country’s ranking and move her forward.In fact, the IIAG believes that Participation & Human Rights is the only category in which Africa accelerates progress. In its analysis, the Mo Foundation said Participation has the second largest range (85.5 points between the highest and lowest scoring countries) of the 14 sub-categories (after Rule of Law). It therefore suggests that if the Liberian government will have the political will to make concerted decisions at most of the indicators, the government would succeed to gain respect in a world that many believe, nothing good could come from Liberia and President Weah could gain trust in its partners to fulfill his dream for the country’s transformation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BM Soat on board for Guyana Cup horse race

first_imgThe Guyana Cup horse racing mega-event slated for August 9th has garnered even more support, as BM Soat Auto Sales have thrown their weight behind the race, set for the popular Rising Sun Turf Club on the West Coast of Berbice (Region Five).Roy Jafarally accepting the cheque from BM Soat Auto Sales representative Nandanie PersaudBM Soat Auto Sales recently handed over their sponsorship during a simple ceremony, wherein Roy Jafarally, member of the organising committee, and BM Soat both thanked each other for their mutual support ahead of the event.With now more than $15 million in cash and prizes up for grabs, this event is open to all imported and locally bred horses of all classes, ages and sex. The main supporting race is the three-year-old Derby, an 1100-metre event with a top prize of $2 million, which features only Guyana-bred horses.Other races include the G1 and Lower 1400 metre race, which would bag the winner $1,550,000. Guyana and West Indies-bred horses classified G1 and Lower, and imported horses classified E3 and Lower, who did not earn in their last race, are eligible to compete in this race.Other exciting races are expected in the H3 and Lower category, which would be contested over a distance of 1100 metres for a cash prize of $1,350,000; the two-year-old Guyana-bred, which would be contested over 1100 metres and have a cash prize of $680,000; the I Class and Lower event, to be contested over 1400 metres and have a cash prize of $581,000; the J3 and Lower race, to be contested over 1400 metres for a cash prize of $485,000; the L Class race, to be run over 1400 metres for a cash prize of $390,000; another L Class race to be run over 1400 metres for a similar cash prize of $390,000; and the L Class race to be run over 1100 metres for a prize of $290,000 cash.last_img read more

Cook earns praise

first_imgCook made 5-of-7 3-point attempts and earned California Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball player of the week honors. Cook also scored 21 points in Friday’s win over UC San Diego. The bad was an injury to junior starting center Kaelen Daniels in the final five minutes of regulation. Daniels landed awkwardly and jammed his big toe while spraining his other ankle. Daniels left the game and did not return. He will not play this weekend against Cal State L.A. on Friday or Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday. “It changes everything,” Kamansky said of Daniels’ injury. “As of right now, we’ll start Kevin (Neveu). Other guys will have to step up. Obviously, it’s a major loss.” Kamansky said the doctor indicated Daniels could be out for two or three weeks. Since this is the last week of the regular season, he could miss the NCAA Division II West Regional next week. There was a little bit of everything, good and bad, on Saturday night for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team in its regular-season home finale at Kellogg Gym. The good was Dion Cook, who scored a career-high 39 points, and Luis Pulido, who made the game-winning 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left in overtime of a 70-69 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills. Cook’s 39 fell one point short of the single-game school record. All of his points came in regulation, including 31 in the second half alone and 17 straight Cal Poly points to start the second half. “He hit some 3s that were ridiculous,” Cal Poly men’s basketball coach Greg Kamansky said. “When he’s able to make 3s, he’s tough to guard.” center_img “We’re hoping it’s more like a week and a half,” Kamansky said. Daniels, who had started Cal Poly’s first 25 games this season, is averaging 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds in 23 minutes per game. He scored 16 points in 26 minutes in Saturday’s win. Neveu, a junior, is averaging 5.2 points, 2.0 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game this season. TSAI HONORED Cal Poly Pomona junior tennis player Jenny Tsai was named the CCAA women’s tennis player of the week for last week. Tsai went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles in matches against Cal State Bakersfield and Division I San Jose State. Tsai is 4-1 in dual matches at No. 1 singles this year for the Broncos (1-4 overall, 1-2 CCAA). A WIN THE EASY WAY The Cal Poly women’s basketball team picked up a win after San Francisco State had to forfeit its 74-69 victory over the Broncos at Kellogg Gym on Feb. 10. A San Francisco State (6-19, 6-14) player did not serve a mandatory suspension for the game against Cal Poly (8-17, 7-13). Krystle Mays was ejected from the Gators’ Feb. 6 game against CSU Monterey Bay but played against the Broncos, scoring 11 points with six rebounds. It has not been confirmed whether Mays was the player in question. FINAL COUNTDOWN There were no changes at the top of this week’s NCAA Division II men’s basketball poll, the last of the regular season before the postseason starts next week. Humboldt State is still No. 1, followed by Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona. Kamansky said if Humboldt wins its final two games this weekend, he thinks the Lumberjacks will host the West Regional. “I think they (NCAA) would give them the chance, because they meet the minimums,” Kamansky said. “But there are things that could be a concern, like the quality of hotels.” 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

India gives 27,000 free tickets to avert World Cup ’embarrassment’

first_img0Shares0000Twenty-four nations are competing in the Under-17 World Cup, which is being held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata © AFP / PUNIT PARANJPENew Delhi, India, Oct 6 – India gave away 27,000 tickets for the opening games of the Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi on Friday in a bid to avoid the embarrassment of empty stands when Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends, an official said.Thousands of children filled the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium to boost India’s first major sporting event since the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was marked by vast open spaces in stadiums. Sales for the youth World Cup have been disappointing despite the presence of Brazil, Spain, Germany, England and other top teams.India lost their opening encounter against the United States 3-0 at the 56,000-capacity Nehru Stadium, with Modi watching the first few minutes of the game.“We have given away 27,000 tickets to schools around the Delhi region and will also provide pick and drop facility. It will be embarrassing for us if the stadium looks empty,” an organising committee member told AFP on condition of anonymity.School children and local fans cheered as two-time champions Ghana edged past Colombia 1-0 in the first game of the day in Delhi.“It is a relief to see such a good atmosphere. One is always jittery on the first day of a tournament, but as they say, well begun is half done,” said a FIFA official. The event, which runs until October 28, has been dogged by fears over India’s pollution. Greenpeace issued a report that said the poor quality of air in India’s cities poses a “serious health risk” to players and spectators.Twenty-four nations are competing in the event, which is being held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata.Greenpeace said all six cities “share dangerous levels of air pollution” but singled out New Delhi as the venue with the highest risk.“Air pollution levels during the Indian tournament could be significantly worse than during the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” the report warned.India’s capital will host its last game of the tournament on October 16, just before pollution levels spike around the Diwali festival, when Hindus celebrate by setting off huge amounts of fireworks. Media reports said matches were deliberately kept out of Delhi after October 16 because of pollution fears.India’s Supreme Court has ordered authorities to take precautions ahead of the festival, and measures under consideration include pulling some cars off roads and closing polluting industries.World Cup organisers did not comment on the Greenpeace report.The 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi were meant to showcase India’s ability to stage key events but left memories of shoddy venues, empty stadiums and massive budget overruns.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Benteke spares Mignolet’s blushes as Liverpool qualify for Europa League knockout stages

first_img Christian Benteke 1 Christian Benteke’s excellent strike spared Belgian counterpart Simon Mignolet’s blushes as Liverpool recovered from a goal down against Bordeaux to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League.Mignolet bizarrely gifted the French side an opener just after the half-hour mark, holding onto the ball illegally for 20 seconds and allowing Henri Saivet to curl home the resultant indirect free kick.James Milner sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to equaliser minutes later after Benteke had been fouled.And the Belgian striker’s crisp turn and finish just before half time earned the win that booked the Reds’ place in the last 32 with a game to spare.With the Reds rocked by the news of a latest setback for injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge – this time a foot problem – prior to kickoff, Benteke was reinstated as a recognised striker after Klopp opted to go without in the win at Manchester City on Saturday.And initially Liverpool seemed bereft of the same fluidity on show in the Etihad mauling, and Kolo Toure had to make a crucial early block after Mignolet had inexplicably headed it straight to a Bordeaux attacker.And Mignolet was at fault again soon after. After long surpassing the six-second rule for holding onto the ball, the referee penalised the goalkeeper by awarding the Ligue 1 side an indirect free kick inside the penalty area.Bordeaux duly capitalised on Mignolet’s misjudgement as Saivet emphatically placed into the top corner.Liverpool were behind for just five minutes though and their equaliser came through Milner’s confident penalty after Benteke had been hauled down by Bordeaux captain Ludovic Sane.And the Reds went in front on the stroke of half time, Benteke controlling Nathaniel Clyne’s low cross and dispatching a stinging first-time effort past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso’s reach before he could react.Liverpool sprung out of the blocks quickly after the break and Benteke again was heavily involved, first blazing over from 12 yards and then having a goal disallowed for a foul on Sane.Jordon Ibe then burst past his marker but could only fire straight at the feet of Carrasso before the game became increasingly scrappy in the latter stages.Mignolet went some way to appeasing the Anfield faithful after his first-half error with a stoppage time save as Bordeaux pushed for a late equaliser in vain.Elsewhere in Group B, Rubin Kazan kept their faint qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Swiss side and Liverpool’s next opponents FC Sion.last_img read more

Liverpool and Man City on alert as Barcelona set to make star available for LOAN

first_imgBarcelona may allow Marc-Andre ter Stegen to join Liverpool or Manchester City in the summer – but only on loan.The goalkeeper is growing frustrated at the Nou Camp due to the fact he only plays in cup matches, while Claudio Bravo is used for La Liga games.The German’s annoyance has sparked interest from Liverpool and Manchester City, who are both keen to sign him up this summer.Barcelona are reluctant to sell Ter Stegen but, according to Mundo Deportivo, they may consider letting him leave on loan.The Spanish champions view the 23-year-old as a key part of their future and a long-term successor to Bravo, who turns 33 in April.As a result, Barcelona would prefer Ter Stegen to fulfil his desire for first-team football by leaving on loan for a season before returning to become the club’s first-choice goalkeeper. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in action for Barcelona 1last_img read more

State launches test of air quality in San Joaquin

first_imgPARLIER, Calif. – With crop dusters buzzing in the skies above, spray rigs stalking the fields and the occasional pesticide drift that hospitalizes scores of people, airborne chemicals are a fact of life in the little farm towns of the San Joaquin Valley. But no one knows what chemicals linger in the notoriously polluted air and whether long-term exposure could lead to increased rates of asthma, cancer or neurological problems. To find out, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation started a novel yearlong air monitoring program this month that will gauge levels of 40 airborne chemicals for the first time. While farmers are wary the results could spell stiffer regulations, doctors and school officials who deal with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma said it’s about time someone found out what rural residents are breathing. The agency, with help from the state’s Air Resources Board, installed pumps that draw in air around three schools in town, gauging levels of chemicals such as methyl bromide that are either harmful to human health or contribute to air pollution. Parlier, a largely Hispanic town of about 12,000 about 20 miles southeast of Fresno, is the kind of place often overlooked by policymakers in the state capital – and that’s precisely why it was chosen, state officials said. “We want to ensure that our environmental laws provide a fair measure of protection for everyone who lives and works in our state,” said Mary-Ann Warmerdam, the department’s director. “We are particularly concerned about the health and welfare of children.” The economy here relies on farming, and in winter, when there’s nothing to plant or harvest, a third of adults don’t work, making it one of the state’s poorest towns. At Cesar Chavez Elementary School, one of the monitoring sites, even the second-graders are aware that the air they breathe can be harmful. Like other schools in the region, Cesar Chavez flies color-coded flags describing air quality. Kids are eager to avoid the red flag that means the air is so unhealthy they can’t play outside, he said. “They know the stuff that’s hurting them isn’t always natural, that sometimes it’s introduced by us,” said second-grade teacher Paul Martinez. With three or four children out of 20 with asthma in his class every year, Martinez has gotten used to going on field trips carting inhalers in case a child has an asthma attack. His class activities can include asking healthy students to breathe through straws to understand the difficulty classmates face that keep them from playing sports. Lesson plans can focus on Chavez, the labor leader after whom the school was named, who once staged a hunger strike to protest the harm pesticides caused farmworkers. Even farmers, still chafing from recent air quality rules meant to curb their contribution to the region’s dirty air, saw the need for more testing. “If we can find out if there are things we can do different, or better, it’s very important,” said Harold McClarty, whose family has grown peaches, plums, nectarines and citrus around Parlier for four generations. He has two children in local schools – one of them with asthma. “It’s our livelihood, but it’s also our land, and our families,” he said.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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It would be nice to have the data, and be able to correlate – is it the use of a pesticide? Is it dust, smog?” asked Dr. Rogelio Fernandez, who has seen the incidence of respiratory disease go up in his 15 years of working with farmworkers and their families. “If there’s something we can do to decrease these numbers, we need to move in that direction,” he said. “And the first step is to find out if there is something in the air.” The department has measured pesticides for shorter periods, but this $1 million project is part of a comprehensive push to make sure that chemicals needed to kill weeds, insects and fungi that threaten crops don’t harm the families that tend them, state officials said. Pesticides are only one of the components of the noxious soup of chemicals that makes this valley one the nation’s most polluted air basins. Car exhaust, soot from fireplaces, even gases rising from cow manure contribute a bigger share in the nation’s most productive farm region. No state or federal agency has spelled out how much of the chemicals are safe to breathe every day, but determining what is in the air is the first step in that direction. last_img read more

GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9pm  In St Marys Hall Clonmany Everyone Welcome.Club Iorras Winners For October: €50- Donal Kelly Tullagh, €30- Brendan Donaghey Maghaeramore, €20- Eddie McLaughlin Tullagh.Match & Win for 25/10/2012 No jackpot winner last week this weeks jackpot will rise to €4,460.00 Numbers drawn were 5,17,19,20 €15 consolation prizes went to Anne Bonner Illies, Sara Harkin Tullagh, Rose Canny Dunaff, George Harkin Annagh, Rose Doherty (Gill) Annagh. Club Merchandise – Contact Alan Friel 0879029672.New Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more