first_imgF2 Logistics was doing great without star Lindsay Stalzer. Now that she’s here, the Cargo Movers look sharper than ever.Stalzer debuted in style for F2 Logistics, which shrugged off an early hiccup to turn back United VC, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22, on Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The 30-year-old Stalzer showed why she was worth the wait for the Cargo Movers, who remained on an unbeaten course in the tournament.“If Lindsay wasn’t here, we would have probably lost, 3-0,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, whose wards picked up their third win in as many starts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat assessment may not be a stretch, even with the Cargo Movers holding fort in the first two games while Stalzer fulfilled club commitments in Indonesia.Stalzer fired 25 kills and five blocks to finish with 30 points in a game that was close in all four sets. Becky Perry chipped in 16 points for the Cargo Movers. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Margielyn Didal gets ‘unexpected’ recognition as PSA Athlete of the Year Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Stalzer and Perry stepped up against a spirited fight put up by UVC, which leaned on US NCAA Division I standouts Filipino-Americans Kalei Mau and Alohi Robins-Hardy as well as imports Tai Manu-Olevao and Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani.“UVC is really a strong team that is only starting to know each other,” said De Jesus. “Stalzer had practiced with us only twice, but she’s really a great leader inside the court.”PLDT Home Fibr ripped Foton, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17, in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

first_imgForensic AuditsThe plethora of forensic audits that had been ordered by Head of State, President David Granger, has claimed its first victim, Nizam Hassan, former General Manager of the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) who was on Monday slapped with fraud-related charges, He appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Former General Manager of the Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC), Nizam Hassan and co-accused Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo were on Monday slapped with fraud related charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsHassan, who currently holds the portfolio of General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board, and a female co-accused, Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo, 34, were on Monday charged in what has been described as a multimillion-dollar fraud.The woman’s husband Hanniel Madramootoo, a project engineer within the Agriculture Ministry, his brother Philip and friend Nizam Ramkisson both Directors of Constantine Engineering and Construction Limited of Trinidad and Tobago were also jointly charged.Only Hassan and the female co-conspirator appeared in court and arrest warrants have since been issued for the others who are said to currently be in Trinidad and TobagoHassan and De’Souza-Madramootoo were charged with intent to defraud together with three others by continuously approving payments for substandard and faulty works during the rehabilitation of the Guyana Marketing Corporation building at Robb and Alexander Streets, Georgetown.Hassan and his co-accused were not required to plead to the indictable charge but were released on $250,000 bail each, and have been ordered to report at the headquarters of the Special Organised Crime Unit every Friday.The matter has been adjourned until December 7.During the course of the audit into the operations of New GMC it was found that based on the selection of three vouchers related to the construction of the GMC’s office building for testing, it was observed that incorrect building materials were used.Additional auditing procedures were deemed necessary and a request was made to have all payment vouchers made available for further testing.The Auditors said it was communicated by Owen Nestor, GMC’s accountant, that none of the other payment vouchers related to the construction of the GMC’s office building could be found.It was also communicated by Nestor that Hassan may have been the last person who had requested all of the payment vouchers of the construction. The Auditors had recommended that a determination needs to be made as to what level of disciplinary actions should be taken and that the board of directors should instruct GMC’s management to make every effort to locate the missing vouchers.The auditor in reporting on his findings to the Ministry of Finance had complained that the process was “deliberately frustrated by the non-response and non-commitment extended by Mr Nizam Hassan, GMC’s General Manager and the lack of commitment by GMC’s Accounting department’s staff.”It was found that many vouchers and back-ups were not provided, either on a timely basis or not at all: “My conclusion is that the accounting practice at GMC shows that the General Manager and the Accountant did not provide any meaningful fiduciary responsibility when any payment originated from the Minister of Agriculture or the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture.”“In other words, GMC’s General Manager and the Accountant acted more like rubber stamps when payments dealt with transactions originating from the Ministry of Agriculture,” the Auditor declared.last_img read more

first_imgBut the councilman’s dismissal of the manufacturing opportunity has angered local economic leaders. “In other words, screw 200 jobs just to have a park,” said David Fleming, Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member and chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “There’s a lot of places you can put a park, but 200 high-paying jobs, that’s something else. We’re losing manufacturing-zoned land all over the place when this is the really good stuff in the economy, the nuggets of gold.” While Los Angeles has added a million residents, it has lost 50,000 jobs – forcing workers to drive farther to work even as freeways grow more jammed, Fleming said. “We need these jobs desperately,” he said. Bill Allen, president and chief executive of the nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said his group helped Rotem scout locations and is still hoping to broker a deal. Allen said it will test the city’s “business-friendliness” often touted by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the council. “They have a great opportunity for 200 well-paying jobs on a presently unused piece of land, and the company is willing to vacate the land in plenty of time for the city to build the park it someday hopes to build,” Allen said. “This seems like a win-win opportunity for the city.” Deputy Mayor Robert “Bud” Ovrom, who oversees housing and economic development, said while the Rotem plan looks good, the park remains an obstacle. He said he plans to brief Villaraigosa on the brewing controversy and hopes the city can find an alternate site for the manufacturer. “Who wouldn’t want good-quality jobs?” he said. “The problem is the park issue. … “There’s been a big fight over this property. (The community) has fought for years for a park, and then someone comes along and wants to rehab train cars.” Rotem’s Martinson said the South Korea-based company has no desire to delay a river park project and would consider contributing in some way if a deal can be worked out. “We are sensitive to the plan for the park and have no intention to delay it or to cause any disruption to their plan,” Martinson said. But Reyes said the firm offered no written guarantees that it would leave the site when it was time to fashion the park, a crucial cog in the L.A. River Corridor revitalization project. “Achieving a balance isn’t always easy,” he said. Since joining the city, Ovrom has noted the limited supply of industrial land. “Los Angeles’ industrial jobs occur on a very small fraction of the 464 square miles that make up the city,” he wrote in a 2005 interoffice memo. “Only 8 percent of our city is zoned for industrial use.” Another potential wrinkle in the deal, however, is that Rotem would prefer to lease the facility. Union Pacific, which uses the site for overflow storage, wants to sell the land. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the company is considering its needs, the city park proposal and sale or lease plans with Rotem. Rotem has looked at other sites, Martinson said, but the Taylor Yard location is best because it’s adjacent to Metrolink’s maintenance yard and a rail line. The Rotem cars are intended eventually to replace Metrolink’s fleet of cab cars. The state-of-the-art cars use a crash-energy management system that in effect strengthens the front and back of the vehicles to better protect the cab operators and passengers, Martinson said. The technology is being closely watched by transit officials across the country, who see it as a key to reducing injuries during accidents such as the 2005 Metrolink crash that killed 11 people in Glendale. While the cars are still in the design phase, the contract approved with Rotem about a year ago remains on target, said Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell. Under the contract and “Buy America” laws, roughly 60 percent of the cars’ manufacturing and final assembly must be done in the United States. Martinson said the plant would be used for final assemblage of car cells shipped from South Korea and would not be used for painting, welding or other potentially polluting activities. “This is light industry, assembly outfitting,” he said. (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He said basically that they don’t need jobs in the area and that they want to see a park developed and nothing to interfere with that,” said Jack Martinson, Rotem U.S.A. vice president of business development. Reyes’ support is key because council approval is needed for operating permits for the deal, even though Union Pacific owns the land. Reyes argues that the site near the Los Angeles River is best suited for a park, and community members already are deeply vested in the project. “I told (Rotem) there are other priorities that have been established,” Reyes said, noting he also supports efforts to lure more manufacturing. While there is not yet money to purchase the land for the park, Reyes said, nonprofits are working to secure financing and federal funds could be available. Even as Los Angeles has hemorrhaged high-paying industrial jobs over the past decade, City Councilman Ed Reyes is blocking a plan that would create some 200 lucrative manufacturing positions. Rotem Co., a subsidiary of Hyundai Automotive Group, wants to lease the Union Pacific-owned maintenance facility in Taylor Yard just east of Elysian Park to assemble high-tech rail cars under a $305 million Metrolink contract. Rotem officials said the deal would create up to 200 jobs with annual salaries of $40,000 to $80,000 each for several years. But company officials said that when they met with Reyes in January, the proposal was shot down because Reyes favors an unfunded community park project on the site. last_img read more

first_imgOne occupant was able to get out of the vehicle after the collision, but the second required assistance from the Taylor Fire Department. The two were checked on scene by B.C. Ambulance, and Fort St. John RCMP attended to investigate. The moose was killed by the impact and traffic was blocked by emergency response briefly. Taylor Fire Chief Alan Stebbing warns that with the sun setting earlier as we head into winter, drivers need to be more aware of the possibility of wildlife crossing the highway. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has warned Manchester United United not to expect miracles from summer signing Angel Di Maria.The Argentine switched between the two clubs as part of the Old Trafford revolution this summer, smashing the British transfer record with a £60million fee, and was replaced at the Bernabeu by Colombia World Cup star James Rodriguez.But Real manager Ancelotti – who won the double while boss at Chelsea – says Di Maria is far from the perfect man to drag United back to the top of the Premier League table.“People should think twice before saying that James can fill Di Maria’s boots because they’re very different players ,” Ancelotti said.“Di María could take matches by storm with his energy, but he also used to lose control sometimes, misplacing important passes.” Manchester United winger Angel di Maria 1last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool have won all five of their opening Premier League games after spending a then-world record fee for a goalkeeper on Alisson Becker, bolstering their midfield options in Naby Keita and Fabinho and adding extra back up to a prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane with Xherdan Shaqiri.“The players we spoke to in the summer or a little earlier, they were different talks to those I had the previous year or before,” said Klopp, who has transformed Liverpool’s fortunes in just under three years in charge.“In the moment, it is a different club to the club I joined when I came in.“We are in the place where we want to be without being satisfied with anything. We are a challenger and we are a challenger again for pretty much everything, especially in each game.“I don’t think there is any game in the world where you would say beforehand, ‘No chance Liverpool,’ which is good.”Liverpool upset Premier League champions Manchester City and scored five against Porto and Roma on their way to the final before losing to Real Madrid, which Klopp believes has restored some of the fear factor of going to Anfield on a European night.“I think we got a lot of respect because of the way we played last season and I think everyone who saw the final saw that we could have won it against a side in a completely different moment,” he added.“They see the games we played. They saw City, they saw Rome, they saw Porto. They saw so many games which we played in a really good way. There was a lot of respect.“The best way is when you are experienced you use your new knowledge and start again, like a virgin if you want.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to build on the respect his side earned in reaching last season’s Champions League final© AFP Glyn KIRKLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 18 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side shouldn’t be scared of any side as they look to go one step further in the Champions League after reaching the final last season.The visit of Paris Saint-Germain to Anfield on Tuesday gives Klopp’s men an early chance to show their run to the final in Kiev was no fluke, particularly after a summer of what already appears shrewd business in the transfer market.last_img read more

first_img1 Napoli have beaten Juventus and Leicester City to the signing of Gianluca Lapadula, according to reports in Italy.The Pescara striker was top scorer in Serie B last season and he finished the campaign with a hefty 27 goals.That sparked interest from Juventus and Leicester, with both teams eager to bolster their attacking options.However, according to Tuttosport, it is Napoli who have pipped the pair to the signing of Lapadula and they will announce his arrival on Tuesday.The Serie A side will shell out around £9million to land the 26-year-old and he will sign a long-term contract.Earlier this week it had look as though a move to Napoli had stalled, but the club’s decision to increase Lapadula’s salary has got the deal over the line. Gianluca Lapadula impressed with 27 goals for Serie B side Pescara last season last_img read more

first_imgNBC announced Monday that its two late-night stars, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, would return Jan. 2 even if the strike against networks and studios by writers was not resolved. It said the two hosts would perform without writers, and the shows may face a challenge in booking guests because many actors have expressed sympathy for the writers. The hosts may also face opposition from the striking writers guilds, which have thus far urged them to support the strike by staying off the air. Approximately 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America, west, and the Writers Guild of America, east, walked out Nov. 5. But the executive producers of both programs said they believed that an exception might be made for the late-night shows because the hosts had been paying their nonwriting staff members. In statements released Monday, Leno and O’Brien both said they had supported the writers strike but decided that the time had come to return because of the risk that their nonwriting staff members would lose their jobs. Exactly what the shows will be able to do is unclear, the executive producers 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I think the temperature may have changed a little,” Jeff Ross, executive producer of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” said. CBS’s late-night star, David Letterman, is pursuing an interim agreement that would allow him to return with his writers Jan. 2. Letterman is in a position to make such a deal because his production company, Worldwide Pants, owns both his show and the one that follows on CBS, hosted by Craig Ferguson. Letterman’s representatives said they had been negotiating with the Writers Guild for an interim agreement and hoped they would be successful. One representative of a late-night show said some members of the guild leadership might have concerns about making a separate arrangement with Letterman, and that an agreement was far from a sure thing. According to a notice sent by the Writers Guild to its members, strike rules prohibit them from performing “any writing services during a strike for any and all struck companies.” last_img read more

first_img 1 David Moyes is the ‘right choice’ for the club and he will ‘bring stability’ to Sunderland, according to former defender Julio Arca.The Premier League side made a swift appointment to replace Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light, naming the Scot as their new boss on a four-year deal.The former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager will be hoping to reaffirm his ability after two dismissals in as many years. He takes over the club months after avoiding relegation under Sam Allardyce, who has taken up the vacancy at England’s national team.“It’s been a crazy few days for Sunderland regarding the manager,” the former Black Cats left-back told Danny Kelly and Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“I think David Moyes was the right choice at the moment. He’s someone that knows the Premier League inside out, he’s done a great job at Everton.“Things did not work out at Manchester United like he wanted but I am sure he will bring stability to the club, something Sunderland have [needed] for a while.“In the last three or four seasons Sunderland have been lucky to escape relegation. Sam Allardyce did well, bringing players in January that made a difference to the team.“You want to be in a comfortable position in the Premier League instead of fighting relegation every season. Hopefully David Moyes can change this around and bring stability, consistency and obviously he is going to look for new players to get all that.” Moyes takes the job on Wearside just three weeks before the start of the new season, with a trip to Pep Guardiola’s Man City in store on the opening day.In the close season the Black Cats have handed new deals to Jermain Defoe, Vito Mannone and Patrick van Aanholt, but they are yet to add to the current squad.Arca, who spent six years at Sunderland, continued: “It’s not going to be easy for him. Three or four weeks, slightly more [including the transfer window].“Sunderland needs three or four players. Last season they were ok [in the end], but things need to improve.“You always get these kind of changes in the north east, you never know what is going to happen. Sunderland had to quickly make a decision because the season starts soon.“It’s up to the manager now, what kind of players he wants to bring in, but in the long term David Moyes is the right choice.”last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant From 1997 to 2002, the number of teens placed into drug treatment centers in Los Angeles County rose from 1,609 to 5,572. Clinicians attribute that sharp increase to meth. The residential facility in West Lake Terrace can house 120 teens and is considered the largest treatment center of its kind in Los Angeles County, Wechsler said. The ages of the teens range from 14 to 18. Wechsler said there is no clear-cut reason why teens turn to meth. Mental health problems along with the drug’s prevalence are both factors, she said. Teens also report that the euphoria caused by meth is greater and lasts longer than with any other drug. In the past several years, the number of meth superlabs such as those once found in the Antelope Valley have decreased, but new supplies are coming from Mexico, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. “The only change we’ve seen with meth is that we’re seeing that the level of purity is higher, which means it is more addictive,” said Sarah Fanno, Los Angeles spokeswoman for the DEA. “People are smoking it more. There’s a myth among teens that it’s the super-weight-loss drug.” The number of teenagers admitted to Southern California treatment centers for methamphetamine abuse has spiked since 2002, according to a report released Monday. Researchers for Phoenix House, a group of rehabilitation facilities nationwide, found that 43.3 percent of the population seeking treatment in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties are there because of meth, compared with about 25 percent in 2002. “As we see increasing evidence that the meth epidemic is spreading eastward, it is clear that the intensity of the meth problem is not abating, but rather increasing on the West Coast where it began,” said Winifred Wechsler, executive director for Phoenix House. “The teen population we treat is becoming more of a challenge. Our clinicians report that methamphetamine users are particularly difficult to engage during their first 30 days of treatment.” Meth is considered a highly addictive stimulant chemically related to amphetamine. Chrystal meth is also known as tweak, chisel or ice. In the San Fernando Valley, several local agencies work in partnerships with schools to help teens get involved in anti-drug activities. “Prevention is much more than educating Jimmy to just say no to drugs. It’s about getting the kids involved in activities or allowing them to develop activities,” said Alfredo Melana, executive director with the San Fernando Valley Partnership, a substance abuse prevention program. “We also need to look at the lack of opportunities in some communities. In some of our communities there are more liquor stores in one neighborhood than parks and recreation centers.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 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