Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The Valientes dedicated their win to the fire victims in neighboring province Jolo that left 30,000 people homeless.The Shoemasters leaned on a late explosion from Ronald Roy to dump Quezon City Capitals Black Mamba, 78-74, in the first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Roy scored all his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Shoemasters paraded actor Gerald Anderson for the first time. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Taiwanese outlasts Thai trio Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Veteran playmaker Reed Juntilla sustained his fiery form as Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines inflicted more misery on Pasig with a 92-78 drubbing, while Marikina snapped a three-game losing skid in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup at Pasig Sports Center on Thursday.Juntilla finished with 23 points and three steals for the Valientes, who got off to a strong start following an early surge built on Noy Javier’s three triples in the opening half.ADVERTISEMENT
Abotched robbery executed in the wee hours of Tuesday morning has resulted in the shooting death of one of three male bandits. According to information received, the would-be robbers invaded the premises of the Guy Gas Complex at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara just before 02:00h Tuesday.The scene of the robbery, Guy Gas Complex at Land of CanaanReports are that an armed security guard observed the suspicious movements of the three men at about 01:30h, who at the time were making their way into the complex via the western fence. The men armed with a cutlass and a knife approached the security guard who in response discharged several rounds at them.One of the men fell to the ground a short distance away, while the two others ran towards a nearby creek which leads to the Demerara River. The Police were summoned and a knife and cutlass were discovered at the scene. The dead bandit’s body was discovered with two gunshots wounds and was found in the vicinity of the western fence.Guyana Times understands that up to late Tuesday afternoon Policemen were still combing the waterways in pursuit of the other two bandits. Up to press time, this publication did not ascertain the identity of the bandit who was fatally shot.
Those who are unable to register by Friday will still be able to register on the day of the event at the Peace Island Boat Launch at 10 a.m.Tickets cost $25 which includes supper at 6 p.m. Prizes will also be handed out throughout the event. The River Rats will also be accepting new and used camping gear for the Fort St. John Scouts. – Advertisement -People wanting to take part can do so by registering at www.peacecountryriverrats.ca.The event takes place at Peace Island Park.
Construction crews are replacing a 93-foot section of the ceiling of the 530-foot tunnel and replacing melted reinforcement bar and 4 inches of concrete on 160 feet of the eastern wall, a Caltrans engineer said. The fire within the tunnel burned as hot as 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, causing structural damage and turning the trucks into twisted steel skeletons. The roadway through the tunnel was destroyed and will be repaved with concrete, more durable than the mix of asphalt and concrete it replaces. Lighting also will be upgraded, and Caltrans is considering dropping the advisory speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph, spokeswoman Judy Gish said. Other repairs will be made to the guardrail, drainage and landscaping. Initially, the entire freeway was shut down because passenger lanes cross over the tunnel, and there was concern the bridge had been damaged. Within days, the lanes reopened but southbound truck traffic continues to mix with passenger traffic while the bypass tunnel is closed. Trucks are separated from regular traffic through the Newhall Pass for safety over the grade. The mix causes the morning commuter traffic to back up more than usual, with heavy traffic starting two miles farther back, California Highway Patrol Officer John Lutz said. As part of the project, Caltrans has closed the southbound Golden State Freeway connector to the northbound Antelope Valley Freeway.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The timing is good for travelers heading out of town for the Nov. 22-25 Thanksgiving weekend. Last year, almost 3 million Southern Californians took to the roads over the holiday. While this year’s survey isn’t complete, much the same traffic is expected, said Marie Montgomery, spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California. Meanwhile, a special investigative unit of the California Highway Patrol continues to probe what went wrong, Sgt. Mark Garrett said. All the drivers who escaped their burning vehicles have come forward and have been questioned, he said. “A lot of these guys had to fly home. Their trucks were destroyed,” Garrett said. “They went to their truck companies and we were contacted.” NEWHALL – The Newhall Pass tunnel – where dozens of trucks piled up in a fiery crash earlier this month – will reopen by Thanksgiving weekend or possibly earlier, officials said Tuesday. Under terms of an $11 million contract, Oxnard-based Security Paving Company Inc. began work this week on the two-lane truck bypass tunnel where three people died Oct. 12. The pileup involved 30 trucks and a car that slammed together, triggering explosions and a roaring fire that burned through the night. In drafting the contract, Caltrans included a bonus of up to $2.9 million if work is finished by Nov. 15. Security Paving faces a $150,000 penalty for each day it falls behind schedule.
Busquets has quietly mastered the art of playing as a holding midfielder for tow of the best teams of this generation Guardiola added: “He does everything for those around him.”Ask anyone who knows the game what they think of the 30-year-old and they will certainly agree and tell you he is criminally underrated.Composed on the ball and bale to break up play spectacularly, Busquets is the fulcrum from which Barca and Spain operate.Once again, the Spaniard has earned an 88 player rating overall on FIFA 19, but fails to make it into the top 10 of this year’s edition. 2 Before making his way into the Blaugrana’s first team however, the defensive midfielder played for Guardiola in the B team before following him up in the 2008/09 season.After seven LaLiga titles and three Champions League medals, the current Manchester City boss revealed how quickly it took five-time Balon d’Or winner Messi to realise the potential Buqsuets had.“I remember what Messi told me,” Guardiola told Universo Valdano.“After two or three days of training with him, he came to me and said, ‘I like this one’. And I said, ‘When there is trouble, he will be there’.” Messi and Busquets have come through the academy to become legends at Barcelona Pep Guardiola has revealed Lionel Messi knew Sergio Busquets was good enough for the Barcelona first team after just three days of training.The Spain international is sometimes overlooked for his defensive work because he regularly featured in teams containing the aforementioned Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta. 2
A tragic Garda who was killed as he took part in an operation to capture a wanted man had planned to ask his girlfriend to marry him when she turned 21.Garda Gary McLoughlin had told his family of his plans to pop the question to girlfriend Shauna Bradley.The baby-faced Garda was killed when a speeding motorist hit his patrol car head-on in Lisfannon, Burt in December 2009. Martin McDermott was this week jailed for seven years after he was found guilty of the manslaughter of 24 year old Gary.Now Gary’s heartbroken brother Enda has revealed how his younger brother’s romantic plans will never be realised.“Gary said he would propose to Shauna when she was 21. That should have been in May 2011. He will never do that now.“Shauna says that part of her has died and she has described feelings of not caring what happens. “She is struggling to overcome her huge feelings of loss,” admitted Gary.The heartbroken young woman, sat quietly amidst the family of the man she hoped would one day be her husband at Letterkenny Circuit Court this week.Enda revealed how the once happy young coupe, who shared an apartment in Letterkenny after meeting in Buncrana where Gary was stationed, loved the simple things in life.He said he one of his last memories of Gary is of him calling to the family home in Fenagh, Co Leitrim with Shauna after they had enjoyed a trip to Dublin.“Gary had surprised Shauna with a trip to the Top Gear show in Dublin and he was so excited that he wanted to tell us all about it. “That’s how Gary was. He was an ordinary guy. He would bring home his laundry to mum at the weekends and would call ahead to make sure there was a home-cooked meal for him,” said Enda.He added that his parents Noel and Una still struggle to accept their youngest child has gone forever.And he also revealed how his two nieces have now said they are forgetting what their uncle Gary’s voice sounded like, which he said was so hard to take.Gary’s killer Martin McDermott from Raphoe, who had 91 previous convictions, and had already been banned from driving for 20 years, did apologise for the pain and hurt he had caused the McLoughlin family. But Enda says he is not sure if his family can ever forgive the man who took their son, brother and uncle from them in such cold-blooded circumstances.“We have no future. We have all received a life sentence.“We wonder if the defendant has any empathy for our pain and the impact his actions have on our family,” he said.EndsTRAGIC GARDA HAD PLANNED TO ASK GIRLFRIEND TO MARRY HIM WHEN SHE WAS 21 was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gary McLoughlinMartin McDermottShauna Bradley
Conor is taken to his final resting place this afternoon.The West Donegal skyline put on its bravest smile this afternoon as it bid a final farewell to one of its best-loved sons.Stunning September sunshine greeted hundreds of mourners as crash victim Conor Boyle was laid to rest.No detail was overlooked as hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to a young man held so highly in the affections of his local community. ConorDespite the heartbreaking sadness, locals put on their bravest of faces to do one of their own proud.The 18 year old, from the village of Loughanure, lost his fight for life on September 20th, almost two weeks after he crashed his car in London on September 8th.Conor was returning from working at his father’s tunneling company when he crashed his Volkswagen Passat car.Hundreds of mourners had to stand outside St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Annagry today as people packed into the church to show their respects to the Boyle family. Mourners were all given a small keepsake photograph of Conor that read “Conor Boyle, 1995-2013” as they entered the church.Inside teenagers wept openly as Fr John Britto recalled how a community had been thorn apart by Conor’s loss.But he added “What was more remarkable was hos Conor’s death has brought people of all ages together to share in grief the loss of this fine young man.”The offertory gifts were carried to the altar by Conor’s three younger brothers and five of his friends.Among the many songs performed during the touching mass was ‘Working Man’ recalling Conor’s great work ethic. His brother Darragh carried Conor’s boxing gloves, Owen carried his football, while Shane took his first football boots to the altar.The readings were by his godmother Brid Sweeney and close friend Lauren Walsh, while nine close relatives and friends recited the prayers of the faithful.A booklet including a pencil drawing of Conor by students and teachers at Dungloe Community School was also distributed at the mass.The eulogy at the end of the Mass was given by his uncle Daniel Boyle. He said that although Conor was small in stature, his huge heart more than made up for his physical size.“Everyone loved Conor and that was evident by the outpouring of hope and prayers that happened when Conor had his accident.“He was such a great sportsman and a wonderful human being. The social media campaign that followed his accident was huge. He even had the Pope praying for him,” revealed Daniel.Daniel also revealed that Conor hadn’t spent his last couple of pay cheques and said his family wanted the community to spend that money joining them for refreshments after his funeral.Following the Mass the funeral cortege made its way the short distance to the new cemetery on the outskirts of Annagry village where it stopped several hundred yards before the cemetery to allow his coffin be carried.School friends and pals from Loughanure and surrounding areas together with members of the Naomh Muire GAA Club and the Rosses Boxing Club took turns to help carry their friend’s coffin to his final resting place.His father Hugh, godfather Paul Sweeney, and his great uncles Bernie Boyle and Charlie Rodgers took Conor the last few steps into the cemetery.He was finally laid to rest as stunning September sunshine danced across the hills and fields of the West Donegal gaeltacht.And the only dark cloud on the skyline was the loss of one of Donegal’s finest young sons all too soon.DONEGAL PUTS ON ITS BRAVEST SMILE TO SAY GOODBYE TO CONOR was last modified: September 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AnnagryConor BoylefuneralLoughanure
The Shandon Hotel.The reopening of a well-known Donegal landmark hotel has taken a step closer after a drinks license was sought for the premises.The Shandon Hotel and Spa in Portnablagh was sold recently for approximately €800,000 at auction in Dublin.The hotel was once valued at €6 million at the height of the property boom. Solicitor Brendan Twomey applied for a drinks license for the hotel this morning.Mr Twomey said his client, a Mr McCarthy, had been called to England on urgent business.He added that the sale had only been completed last week.Judge Paul Kelly said he would need to hear evidence from the new owner in court and adjourned the matter until May 20th. Receivers were called into the Shandon in 2012, and the hotel was subsequently closed which resulted in multiple job losses.The Shandon had recently invested €1.5 million in a state-of-the-art Spa facility prior to its closure that was regarded as one of the best in Ireland.The news that the hotel has now been bought will be a welcome boost to the hotel industry in Donegal.The Shandon hotel overlooks the beautiful Marblehill beach in Portnablagh and is a just stone throw from the buzzing seaside village of Dunfanaghy.The hotel will now be expected to re-open in the next number of weeks, and it is hoped will give another boost to the tourism industry in the locality. FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL TAKES A STEP CLOSER TO REOPENING was last modified: April 15th, 2015 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:donegalDRINKS LICENSEPortnablaghshandon hotelsold
South Africa now has a new set of banknotes, with the Nelson Mandela notes going into circulation on Tuesday 6 November. The current and new banknotes will circulate together and both remain legal tender.The back of the new notes still feature the Big Five animals and other cultural elements such as San art (Images: South African Reserve Bank, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa now has a new set of banknotes, with the Nelson Mandela notes going into circulation on Tuesday 6 November.People used to the colourful animal-themed banknotes will now see an image of the former president on the front, while the reverse will feature the Big Five animals as before.South African Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus described the South African currency as a symbol of the nation, with people handling millions of banknotes every day.“The Reserve Bank is proud to be able to honour South Africa’s struggle icon and first democratically elected president in this way,” she said, “and we thank all our stakeholders for their hard work in making this process possible.”Education and awareness campaignThe Reserve Bank has been running a countrywide educational and awareness campaign in the months leading up to the launch, with advertisements in all media formats including social media, and a dedicated minisite.Citizens have had the chance to familiarise themselves with the security features of the new banknotes through events such as road shows and other outreach initiatives. The region’s common monetary areas of Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe were not left out.At the launch of the communication campaign in September, Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela Mandela said she was proud of the new design and thankful to the staff of the Reserve Bank.The current and new banknotes will circulate together and both remain legal tender, said the Reserve Bank.South Africa’s notes are printed by the South African Banknote Company while all coins are manufactured by the South African Mint, both subsidiaries of the Reserve Bank.Improved security featuresThe Reserve Bank has advised people to get to know their new currency through the look, feel and tilt method.Holding the note to the light will reveal a watermark of Mandela on the upper left side, while a representation of the animal that appears on the reverse will be seen in an oval on the lower left. The note’s denomination is written in micro-lettering in the animals just to the left of the main Mandela image. This feature can also be seen on the reverse.Each note has a unique code comprising letters and numbers – these are printed vertically on the bottom left and horizontally on the upper right of the back.By feeling the note, several raised features can be discerned – they are the denomination numeral, the image of Mandela on the front, the words “South African Reserve Bank”, the coat of arms in the top left corner, and the motif on the back.In addition, there are raised lines on the bottom left and right that will help visually impaired people to identify the denomination. The R10 has one raised line and the R20, R50, R100 and R200 have two, three, four and five raised lines respectively.When the note is tilted, further features become apparent – the security thread colour will change to the colour of the respective banknote, and in the thread, the note’s number, the coat of arms and the words SARB and Rand will be seen.The back of the new notes still feature the Big Five animals and other cultural elements such as San art.The number on the bottom right of the R10 and R20 notes is printed in colour-changing ink, while the ink on the R50, R100 and R200 notes gives a rolling-bar effect.Finally, when the note is tilted almost to the horizontal, the denomination numeral appears in the band below the image of Mandela.Decorative elementsThe new notes are decorative as well as functional – each features elements of traditional San rock art, depicting the ancient figures hunting, fishing or engaged in other activities. The familiar Big Five animals are still present on the back – they are the rhino (R10); elephant (R20); lion (R50); buffalo (R100); and leopard (R200).In terms of size, the new notes are the same as the current banknotes. They are 70mm in height, with 6mm differences in length. The colours are also for the most part the same, except for the R200, which is an orange-yellow colour that distinguishes it from the R20 note.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Penn.“Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map — they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require.” USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative PrinciplesFarm production and conservationProvide a farm safety net that helps American farmers weather times of economic stress without distorting markets or increasing shallow loss payments.Promote a variety of innovative crop insurance products and changes, enabling farmers to make sound production decisions and to manage operational risk.Encourage entry into farming through increased access to land and capital for young, beginning, veteran and underrepresented farmers.Ensure that voluntary conservation programs balance farm productivity with conservation benefits so the most fertile and productive lands remain in production while land retired for conservation purposes favors more environmentally sensitive acres.Support conservation programs that ensure cost-effective financial assistance for improved soil health, water and air quality and other natural resource benefits. Trade and foreign agricultural affairsImprove U.S. market competitiveness by expanding investments, strengthening accountability of export promotion programs, and incentivizing stronger financial partnerships.Ensure the Farm Bill is consistent with U.S. international trade laws and obligations.Open foreign markets by increasing USDA expertise in scientific and technical areas to more effectively monitor foreign practices that impede U.S. agricultural exports and engage with foreign partners to address them. Food, nutrition, and consumer servicesHarness America’s agricultural abundance to support nutrition assistance for those truly in need.Support work as the pathway to self-sufficiency, well-being, and economic mobility for individuals and families receiving supplemental nutrition assistance.Strengthen the integrity and efficiency of food and nutrition programs to better serve our participants and protect American taxpayers by reducing waste, fraud and abuse through shared data, innovation, and technology modernization.Encourage state and local innovations in training, case management, and program design that promote self-sufficiency and achieve long-term, stability in employment.Assure the scientific integrity of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans process through greater transparency and reliance on the most robust body of scientific evidence.Support nutrition policies and programs that are science based and data driven with clear and measurable outcomes for policies and programs. Marketing and regulatory programsEnhance our partnerships and the scientific tools necessary to prevent, mitigate, and where appropriate, eradicate harmful plant and animal pests and diseases impacting agriculture.Safeguard our domestic food supply and protect animal health through modernization of the tools necessary to bolster biosecurity, prevention, surveillance, emergency response, and border security.Protect the integrity of the USDA organic certified seal and deliver efficient, effective oversight of organic production practices to ensure organic products meet consistent standards for all producers, domestic and foreign.Ensure USDA is positioned appropriately to review production technologies if scientifically required to ensure safety, while reducing regulatory burdens.Foster market and growth opportunities for specialty crop growers while reducing regulatory burdens that limit their ability to be successful. Food safety and inspection servicesProtect public health and prevent foodborne illness by committing the necessary resources to ensure the highest standards of inspection, with the most modern tools and scientific methods available.Support and enhance FSIS programs to ensure efficient regulation and the safety of meat, poultry and processed egg products, including improved coordination and clarity on execution of food safety responsibilities.Continue to focus USDA resources on products and processes that pose the greatest public health risk. Research, education and economicsCommit to a public research agenda that places the United States at the forefront of food and agriculture scientific development.Develop an impact evaluation approach, including the use of industry panels, to align research priorities to invest in high priority innovation, technology, and education networks.Empower public-private partnerships to leverage federal dollars, increase capacity, and investments in infrastructure for modern food and agricultural science.Prioritize investments in education, training and the development of human capital to ensure a workforce capable of meeting the growing demands of food and agriculture science.Develop and apply integrated advancement in technology needed to feed a growing and hungry world. Rural developmentCreate consistency and flexibility in programs that will foster collaboration and assist communities in creating a quality of life that attracts and retains the next generation.Expand and enhance the effectiveness of tools available to further connect rural American communities, homes, farms, businesses, first responders, educational facilities, and healthcare facilities to reliable and affordable high-speed internet services.Partner with states and local communities to invest in infrastructure to support rural prosperity, innovation and entrepreneurial activity.Provide the resources and tools that foster greater integration among programs, partners and the rural development customer. Natural resources and environmentMake America’s forests work again through proactive cost-effective management based on data and sound science.Expand Good Neighbor Authority and increase coordination with states to promote job creation and improve forest health through shared stewardship and stakeholder input.Reduce litigative risk and regulatory impediments to timely environmental review, sound harvesting, fire management and habitat protection to improve forest health while providing jobs and prosperity to rural communities.Offer the tools and resources that incentivize private stewardship and retention of forest land. ManagementProvide a fiscally responsible Farm Bill that reflects the Administration’s budget goals.Enhance customer service and compliance by reducing regulatory burdens on USDA customers.Modernize internal and external IT solutions to support the delivery of efficient, effective service to USDA customers.Provide USDA full authority to responsibly manage properties and facilities under its jurisdiction.Increase the effectiveness of tools and resources necessary to attract and retain a strong USDA workforce that reflects the citizens we serve.Recognize the unique labor needs of agriculture and leverage USDA’s expertise to allow the Department to play an integral role in developing workforce policy to ensure farmers have access to a legal and stable workforce.Grow and intensify program availability to increase opportunities for new, beginning, veteran, and underrepresented producers.