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Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

first_imgSAKHIR, Bahrain (AP):Nico Rosberg kept the upper hand on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by setting the fastest time in yesterday’s practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Formula One’s top team dominated again.Rosberg, who won the season-opening race in Australia and the final three races of last season, set a best time of 1 minute, 31.001 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton.”We were very quick on one lap and also on the longer runs, so I’m really looking forward to qualifying and the race,” Rosberg said.Mercedes was in a league of its own, with third-place Jenson Button of McLaren 1.3 seconds off Rosberg’s time. That was an encouraging performance for McLaren, which has been on a slow development path with engine partner Honda since last season.Ferrari, which appears to be Mercedes’ main challenger this season, was further off the pace. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, followed in sixth by Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to park the car trackside due to a loose nut on his left rear wheel late in the evening session.Ferrari believes it has better pace over longer runs than the brief bursts in practice and qualifying, and also demonstrated much better acceleration from the standing start than Mercedes in the season opener, yet Vettel recognised his rival’s strength.THE BENCHMARK”Mercedes are the benchmark. They have looked really competitive this afternoon and this evening, but hopefully, we can be a bit closer,” Vettel said. “The car feels all right. There’s bits and bobs we can improve.”Max Verstappen was fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, the Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo was seventh and ninth, respectively, and Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa eight and 10th. Williams is set to use a redesigned front wing today.The heavily criticised rolling elimination format for qualifying will be used again today. The format resulted in an embarrassing anticlimax in the final Q3 session in Melbourne as teams sought to preserve tires rather than attempt to improve times. The teams met on race day in Australia and resolved to revert to last year’s qualifying system but could not unanimously agree at the F1 Commission on how to alter it, so rolling elimination remains.Renault driver Kevin Magnussen is facing a grid penalty after failing to stop and have his car weighed when directed to do so during yesterday’s evening practice session.last_img read more

Expansion clubs Davao, Zamboanga triumph

Expansion clubs Davao, Zamboanga triumph

first_imgView comments MOST READ 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 Who, dear brothers, needs a Crawford-Horn rematch? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Juntilla, who briefly played for Barako Bull in the PBA, fired 12 points of his output in the final quarter, combining with Jonathan Parreno to stun the Heroes, who drew 26 points from veteran Denok Miranda.Earlier, the Tigers of Davao Occidental leaned on Billy Robles, Leo Najorda and Mark Yee, to turn back Imus Bandera GLC Truck and Equipment, 75-71.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 crownPicked up from Rain or Shine in the PBA, Robles, known in the south as the “Ilonggo Superman,” finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Yee and Najorda combined for 25 points.But it wasn’t just the Tigers offense which proved to be decisive in the win over the Bandera. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newcomers Davao Occidental and Zamboanga got their Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup campaigns off to a positive start after hacking out impressive victories Thursday night at Alonte Sports Complex in Biñan, Laguna.Reed Juntilla summoned his old, fiery form, exploding for 30 points as the Valientes spoiled the home debut of the Laguna Krah Heroes, 86-80.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Davao Occidental’s defense on Imus top gun Ian Melencio was a key to the Tigers’ win. The Bandera also didn’t get anything productive from new recruit Andre Paras, who was held scoreless in 12 minutes of action.“I just thought we could have played better,” said Davao head coach Don Dulay. Good thing I have some veterans, who could pull out a game for me. But like I’ve said, we’ve got a lot to work on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

EPA Fines Maryland Oil Palm US$10K

EPA Fines Maryland Oil Palm US$10K

first_imgVohiri: “We fined the company because the management violated our law”Authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have fined Maryland Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP) in Sodoken, Maryland County US$10,000 for violating the environmental laws of Liberia.According to a release issued yesterday, MOPP violated the terms and conditions of the environmental permit issued to it by the EPA.MOPP did not only fail to comply with condition 6.0 count 5 of its environmental permit, but in contravention of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia, imported several chemicals into the country without acquiring the requisite approval from the EPA, the release said.MOPP has been mandated to pay the fine into government revenue through the Liberian Revenue Authority with an official receipt presented to the EPA or lose its permit to operate in the country.“MOPP’s deviation from the permit conditions resulted into the encroachment and destruction of some predetermined buffer areas,” the release quoted EPA executive director Anyaa Vohiri.Madam Vohiri said that the encroachment and destruction of the buffer areas also breached the Roundtable on Sustainable Oil Palm (RSPO) principles.The RSPO is an association of oil palm producers, oil palm processors, traders and consumer goods manufacturers. It has developed a set of environmental and social criteria, which companies must comply with to produce certified sustainable palm oil.EPA is the government’s agency responsible to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity by implementing policies that ensure the long-term economic prosperity of Liberia through sustainable, social and economic development. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bruins, Westbrook not on point in loss

Bruins, Westbrook not on point in loss

first_img“I made a decision to keep him out and be conservative, and to err on the side of caution. It put Russell in a tough situation, on the road.” UCLA scored a season-low 22 points in the first half, shot 38.7 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers, matching its third-most this season. When Westbrook wasn’t playing, leading scorer Arron Afflalo ran the point. All along, the absence of Collison was felt. “With players out, especially a player like Darren, other people have to function and take pride in stepping up to that role and making plays for us,” Afflalo said. “This is not a team that can rely on one person. We need everybody to win, and if everybody is not participating, we don’t win.” UCLA (21-3) likely didn’t hurt its NCAA Tournament seeding with a road loss at a tough venue, especially if the selection committee takes into consideration that Collison did not play, and starting center Lorenzo Mata sat the second half with a hip injury. Both players’ availability for Thursday’s contest at Arizona State is undetermined. Meanwhile, the win solidified West Virginia’s NCAA stature. The Mountaineers (19-5), who play in the Big East, now have a signature win on their r sum . They lost to Howland’s former team, No. 7 Pittsburgh, 60-47 on Wednesday. “There’s been a few times when we’ve had top-ranked teams come in here, and we almost got there,” WVU coach John Beilein said. “That’s the big thing here.” Afflalo matched a career-high with 27 points, including 22 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for UCLA to cover up a 9:15 stretch, bridging the twohalves, . Alex Ruoff, who got loose from Westbrook on several occasions for easy baskets, led the Mountaineers with 18 points. Frank Young scored 14 points, and Da’Sean Butler came off the bench to score 13 points. “They did a good job. They beat us fair and square,” Howland said. “Their style of play is very difficult to prepare for and defend. This is obviously a long way to come to get beat.” The long flight back to LosAngeles allowed the Bruins to lament the absence of Collison, how they lost their poise while falling behind 47-28 with 14:15 to play, why the Mountaineers were able to grab 11offensive rebounds (they had two against Pitt), and go a bit out of character to cut through UCLA’s defense and attempt more two-point shots (37) than 3-pointers (24). during which they went without a field goal 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When it was done, No. 2 UCLA’s late-season foray into nonconference play ended without success, and the Bruins saw a third student body celebrate at midcourt as West Virginia survived a second-half UCLA rally to win 70-65 in front of a sellout crowd of 14,160 on Saturday. “I didn’t get my teammates involved like I should have,” Westbrook said. “There were some backdoors that I got beat on. I feel like it’s my fault. I should have come out and stepped up, and I didn’t step up like I should.” Westbrook finished 1-of-11 from the floor before fouling out with 9.9 seconds remaining. He had four points, fourassists and was charged with three turnovers. “(Collison) wasn’t even using his left hand at all when he was warming up,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “When you’re out there and you’re not trying to use your left hand and all, then you’re obviously not ready to play. His first career start began poorly, with a couple of turnovers, and ended horrifically. With point guard Darren Collison, an Etiwanda High School graduate, out with a shoulder injury, the novice Westbrook played a career-high 32 minutes, and they did not go well. center_img MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Russell Westbrook was propped against a wall beneath the stands at West Virginia Coliseum. Perspiration dotted his forward, anguish covered his face, but his eyes remained as wide as a deer in the headlights on nearby Interstate 79. Photo Gallery: UCLA vs West Virginia last_img read more

Ambulance firm settles wrongful-death lawsuit

Ambulance firm settles wrongful-death lawsuit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week One of two paramedics, Alfonso Martorella, later told The Monterey County Herald that he and his partner, Bruce Faucett, had used heroin earlier that day. Faucett denied the allegations, but court documents showed he took a leave of absence eight months after Yaley’s death to receive treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. Terms of the settlement were confidential. American Medical Response admitted no liability or wrongdoing, which is standard practice in such settlements. The Yaleys are satisfied with the settlement, which came just before the trial was scheduled to begin Monday, said their attorney, Brian Evans. Monterey County also is close to finalizing a settlement with the Yaleys, said County Counsel Charles McKee, who added that part of the agreement would involve the county improving its emergency response procedures. The county has hired Westmed Ambulance Inc. to take over ambulance services Jan. 1., MONTEREY – The parents of a 26-year-old woman who died after a scuba-diving accident have settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the ambulance company that responded to the incident. The lawsuit, which also named Monterey County, claimed there was negligence, including drug use by two paramedics, which contributed to the 2002 death of Mollie Suh Yaley. The scuba-diving instructor was found unconscious in about 15 feet of water at the popular Cannery Row dive spot. She lingered in a coma for four days before dying. Her parents, William and Arlene Yaley, sued American Medical Response and county government, saying the ambulance took 12 minutes to reach the beach from nearby Pacific Grove and paramedics ceased resuscitation efforts after only 22 minutes. 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

$936 million needed for airwaves switch

$936 million needed for airwaves switch

first_img In terms of individual cost, the three most expensive moves are: the Department of Defense, at nearly $289 million, followed by the Department of Justice, at almost $263 million, and the Department of Energy, more than $173 million. The 90 megahertz represents a nearly 50 percent increase in the amount of spectrum, 185 megahertz, currently available, Gallagher said. There are more than 194 million wireless subscribers in the United States, representing more than 65 percent of the population, according to the Wireless Association, an industry trade group. The wireless industry welcomed the government’s announcement. “Not only will the wireless consumer and the nation’s economy benefit from the … auction, but today we have learned that the American taxpayer has emerged as a big winner as well,” said Steve Largent, president and chief executive of the Wireless Association. By law, the government was required to provide the Bush administration and Congress with cost estimates for the relocation and a timetable for the moves six months before the scheduled auction. It could take some agencies up to four years to complete the move. The 12 departments and agencies are: Defense, Justice, Energy, Agriculture, Treasury, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, the U.S. Postal Service and the Tennessee Valley Authority. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake That makes the minimum about $1.03 billion, based on this latest cost estimate from the Commerce Department. Cell-phone companies and other wireless providers need the space – 90 megahertz worth – to help satisfy a growing appetite for advanced wireless services, said Michael Gallagher, a Commerce Department assistant secretary. Gallagher heads the department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which compiled the estimate based on information from the affected agencies. He said the additional airwaves will help transform today’s wireless carriers “into the broadband providers of tomorrow.” “These frequencies will come online just when the industry needs them,” he said in an interview. WASHINGTON – Freeing wireless airwaves for industry by moving the Defense Department and 11 other agencies to new frequencies will cost almost $936 million, the government said Wednesday. Previous estimates from the industry had reached into the billions of dollars. The airwaves to be relinquished by the dozen agencies will be auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission as early as June. Legislation signed into law last year by President George W. Bush requires the auction to bring in at least 10 percent more than the government paid to move to the new spectrum. last_img read more

Gardai on ATM alert after digger robberies in Donegal

Gardai on ATM alert after digger robberies in Donegal

first_imgGardai in Co Donegal are on high-alert after the theft and attempted thefts of diggers in recent days.Officers fear the robberies are being carried out by a gang who could use them to steal ATMs from the county.It follows the recent spate of ATM thefts across the North and in the border counties. AN attempt was made to steal a digger from a yard at Pearse Road in Letterkenny over the weekend.The lock was broken and a windscreen smashed between 5pm on Saturday and 7.30am on Monday morning.It follows the theft of a digger from a Donegal County Council yard in St Johnston recently.The Hitachi 26U digger was loaded onto a trailer in the yard and driven away across the border towards Derry. The €38,000 digger, which was rented from Watson Hire in Letterkenny, has still not been located.Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh appealed to members of the public to be vigilant.“Obviously we have to keep an open mind on these robberies or attempted robberies because of the recent spate of thefts of ATMs.“The latest attempt to steal a digger happened in Letterkenny over the weekend when a machine parked beside the Letterkenny Community Centre was interfered with.“We’re not sure if this is in any way connected with these ATM thefts but we have to consider all options,” he said. He appealed to members of the public who notice specific behaviour late at night to contact Gardai.“If someone is out late at night and they spot a digger being towed at three of four o’clock in the morning then we would ask them to contact us.“This would be unusual. It might not be anything but we will investigate it and it is better to be safe than sorry,” he said.Local Gardai are also liaising with bank employees in relation to best practise around ATMs. Irish retailers in border counties have told Retail Excellence, Ireland’s largest retail representation body, that they are bracing themselves for more in the recent spate of ATM thefts.David Fitzsimons, CEO of Retail Excellence, conveyed the anger of member retailers.“It seems that we are hearing of another ATM theft almost on a daily basis at this stage, of another business targeted and destroyed, and vital services taken away on which many local people rely. These criminals are physically gouging out huge holes in banks and filling stations, but they’re also tearing apart dependent businesses and retailers.“We welcome the comments last night from Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan that all resources will be provided to the Gardaí. Retailers in border communities want assurance that everything is being done to co-operate with PSNI to stop this scourge on already hard-pressed towns and villages.“This is emphatically not a victimless crime. Such criminal activities bring people face-to-face with organised crime or terrorism. These are clearly dangerous people that don’t care about property damage or the effect that their activities have on people. The danger is that the digger will be set alight at a filling station, putting neighbouring homes and businesses at peril.“Without doubt, this spate of robberies puts the viability of retail at risk at a particularly difficult time. The livelihoods of the business owners who have worked for years to build up their businesses is jeopardised. A further concern is that spiralling insurance costs could ultimately put them out of business.“We’re talking about an estimated €70,000 taken from one ATM robbery, the impact of which is to take money out of consumers’ wallets. You can be sure that there’ll be little shopping done the following day in the local town, spend on discretionary items will be down, and coffee shops will be quiet.“These are small, rural family-owned retailers that are struggling and have taken years to build up their businesses. With all the best security in the world, there’s little they can do to defend themselves from the sort of destruction that we’ve seen from CCTV footage. The destruction done to the fabric of the buildings will mean their businesses are put out of action for months. Then do they take the risk and cost of replacing the ATM in future?“On behalf of our members in retail, we’re asking that any information is passed on to police on both sides of the border. We also ask for those involved in construction and retail to be extra vigilant.“Act like your premises is being watched and double your efforts to lock up diggers, trailers and jeeps. We need to make sure it’s as difficult as possible for thieves to take these vehicles for the purposes of crime.”Gardai on ATM alert after digger robberies in Donegal was last modified: April 12th, 2019 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:atmbreak-indiggersGardairobberieslast_img read more

Bulldogs win big over visiting Warriors

Bulldogs win big over visiting Warriors

first_imgLos Molinos >> It was all Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon as Los Molinos swept the Mercy Warriors 14-0 in the early game and 10-0 in the second game of a double header.Playing as the visiting team, as the first game was a makeup for a rained out game April 7, the Bulldogs put up 8 runs off of two pitchers in the top of the first and never looked back. Kavin McClellan was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first and stole his way to third base, but that was all the offense the Warriors could …last_img

Mid-level health professionals for SA

Mid-level health professionals for SA

first_imgThe programme was conceived after a long process of consultation and extensive international studies. Registration of qualified clinical associates will rest with the Medical and Dental Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, while their training will be conducted in district hospitals and their affiliate facilities, which will serve to strengthen primary health care services in the country. The programme does not replace any existing medical training offered at South Africa’s universities, but aims to enable universities to increase the number of health workers they produce and thus add to the pool and diversity of the country’s health workforce. It started in January 2008 and is currently offered at the Walter Sisulu University (former the University of Transkei) and University of Pretoria. It will commence at the University of the Witwatersrand and University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus) in 2009. Speaking at the launch of the programme in Umtata in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, Health Minister Tshabalala-Msimang said community health centres and district hospitals would benefit from the programme by receiving more health workers. Source: BuaNewscenter_img Qualified clinical associates are able to assess patients, make diagnoses, prescribe appropriate treatments, and undertake minor surgical procedures under the supervision of medical officers. The Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha has selected 23 clinical associate students for the three-year Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Clinical Practice. South Africa’s Department of Health has launched a three-year clinical associate programme designed to produce a new category of mid-level health professionals in the country. 20 August 2008last_img read more

Tanduay whips Batangas to claim solo 3rd place

Tanduay whips Batangas to claim solo 3rd place

first_imgTANDUAY 111 – Tambeling 28, Alvarez 20, Varilla 18, Gaco 13, Vigil 7, Taganas 6, Sollano 6, Eguilos 4, Palma 4, Terso 2, Martinez 2, Villamor 1, Sanga 0, Santos 0.BATANGAS 86 – Sedurifa 24, Forrester 14, Ablaza 10, Anderson 9, De Joya 7, Bautista 7, Laude 4, Isit 4, Saitanan 2, Mendoza 2, Mangabang 2, Dela Peña 1, Napoles 0, Ragasa 0.Quarters: 21-20, 51-39, 86-55, 111-86.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Paul Varilla also chipped in 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Jerwin Gaco tallied a double-double of 13 markers and 11 boards in the triumph.“We know the implications and the impact of this game to the standings. We knew we had to dig deep and we need to step up and I’m glad that we got the job done,” said coach Lawrence Chongson, as Tanduay improved its record to a 5-2 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt took a quarter and a half before the Rhum Masters finally solved the problem that are Batangueños, staging a 14-4 spurt to break a close 37-35 affair to a 51-39 halftime lead.That continued in the third frame as Tanduay silenced its foe with a killer 24-0 run to grab a commanding 75-39 lead with 5:08 left to play in the period. Perpetual protests forfeiture of win vs St. Benilde 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 View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Chongson admitted that at this stage, he’s no longer looking at the top two but is hell-bent on claiming the next best thing, which is the third and fourth place which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.“These last remaining games are like the playoffs for us. The standings are neck-and-neck and we cannot afford to lose. So what we can do is to take care of our end,” he said.Joseph Sedurifa carried Batangas with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the loss, while James Forrester got 14 markers, three boards, and two assists in his swansong for the squad.The Batangueños’ second consecutive defeat drops them down the standings at 4-3, precariously holding on to the sixth spot.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Lester Alvarez. PBA IMAGESTanduay sent a strong message and crushed Batangas, 111-86, to move to solo third place in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Von Tambeling scattered 28 points, five rebounds, and three steals, while Lester Alvarez added 20 markers, six boards, and six assists as the duo captained the Rhum Masters’ third quarter breakaway.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more