Bunnings can fix it

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SMB, new-look Star open 2017 PBA Season

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESDefending champion San Miguel begins its bid for a third straight Philippine Cup when it opens the 2017 PBA Season against Star on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The league released its full schedule on Monday prior to the preseason press conference at Makati Shangri-La.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK The tournament will also see six out-of-town games with Antipolo, Lanao del Norte, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Cebu, and Angeles City serving as hosts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports The tiff between the retooled Beermen and the new-look Hotshots will be the lone game in the season-opener, eith the opening ceremonies to start at 4 p.m.It will also feature Paul Lee’s debut with Star as goes it up against three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and the powerhouse Beermen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentMac Belo will make his PBA debut for Blackwater against fellow rookie Matthew Wright and Phoenix while rebuilding contenders Rain or Shine and TNT face off on Nov. 23.Mahindra takes on GlobalPort and Alaska go up against NLEX on Nov. 25, while Governors’ Cup finalists Ginebra and Meralco make their season debuts on Sunday, Nov. 27 to complete the opening week, all to be played at the Big Dome. Ginebra and Star renew their rivalry on Christmas Day while San Miguel takes its crack at Ginebra on Jan. 8.James Yap will also face his team for 12 years when Star takes on Rain or Shine on Dec. 18.NLEX coach Yeng Guiao also meets his former stud Paul Lee on December 7, while the fiery mentor prepares for Rain or Shine on Dec. 23.Old rivalries will be renewed when last year’s Philippine Cup finalists San Miguel and Alaska cross paths on Dec. 3 at Araneta Coliseum.Alaska wages war against Commissioner’s Cup champion Rain or Shine on Jan. 4, while Ginebra and Meralco take on each other on Jan. 14 in Iloilo.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise NBA: Cavaliers’ three-point barrage helps cool off hot Hornets View commentslast_img read more

Indonesia oil slicks highlight weak enforcement against bilge dumping

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon An environmental monitoring group has published reports saying that two ships have been pumping their waste oil out to sea, in a process known as bilge dumping, off the coast of Sumatra.The findings are based on a combination of satellite imagery of the slicks, which extend a total of 135 kilometers (84 miles), and tracking data from the ships.Activists say these findings highlight just how common bilge dumping is in Indonesian waters, and the lack of enforcement against the practice.Officials had not commented on the matter as of the time this story was published. JAKARTA — Two ships have been spotted allegedly dumping waste oil in the sea off the eastern coast of Sumatra, highlighting what activists say is poor enforcement against marine pollution violations in Indonesia.One of the vessels has been identified in a report published March 26 by the environmental monitoring group SkyTruth as the Perkasa, a cement carrier operated by Jakarta-based shipping company PT Indobaruna Bulk Transport. SkyTruth’s report showed it was trailing a slick of oil some 18 kilometers (11 miles) long northbound in the Malacca Strait as of Feb. 15.In a separate report, SkyTruth also reported possible bilge dumping on Jan. 8 near the northern tip of Indonesia’s Bangka-Belitung islands, located to the south of the Malacca Strait. It identified the Indonesian crude oil tanker Gamsunoro as the source of the slick, which stretched at least 117 kilometers (73 miles) when the researchers captured the image. The report didn’t name the operator of the tanker, which at the time was anchored near the town of Indramayu on the northern coast of the island of Java.The Malacca Strait, highlighted in blue, is flanked by the island of Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. Image courtesy of Lozère via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).The researchers said they regularly monitored the Malacca Strait, a narrow waterway between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, and one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, which connects the Pacific and Indian oceans.“Due to the Strait’s high density of marine traffic of all types, oil spills — accidental and intentional — are likely to occur,” the latest report said.The researchers said they suspected the Perkasa was dumping its bilge, a typically intentional discharge of oily waste from ships to reduce ballast water or free up space in the cargo hold. To support their suspicions, they combined satellite images that detect slicks with vessel information broadcast via the radio-frequency automatic identification system, or AIS.“The ship’s predicted location closely matches the vessel’s position in the [satellite] image, and no other vessels broadcasting AIS were likely candidates for a match,” the researchers said in the report. “This leads us to infer that Perkasa is the vessel seen apparently discharging oily bilge waste in the satellite image.”The researchers also acknowledged the possibility of an accidental leak of fuel oil or other oily substances.“The best we can say is, based on our cumulative decades of experience analyzing thousands of satellite images for oil pollution, there is clearly a slick of oil or an oily substance emanating from a vessel that is visible on the satellite image,” John Amos, the SkyTruth founder, told Mongabay in an email.An overlay between satellite imagery showing the slick and vessel broadcast signals from the cement carrier Perkasa. Image courtesy of SkyTruth.SkyTruth has called for the vessel operator to explain the slick observed in the images.The Perkasa is registered with two classification societies: Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), both of which are supposed to monitor and regulate maritime safety and pollution prevention.Mongabay contacted both organizations as well the ship’s operator for comment, but only ClassNK replied. It confirmed that the Perkasa was registered with Tokyo-based ClassNK, but declined to answer questions regarding the allegation of bilge dumping.The SkyTruth report notes that ClassNK requires registered vessels to pass environmental performance for their operations in five areas, including water and waste. Ballast water, sewage or black water, garbage, sludge oils, and bilge water are covered under this category.Perkasa’s operator said it placed a “high priority in safety by adhering to policies, practices, and procedures” to ensure the safety of the environment.Amos said SkyTruth had identified several hotspots around the world where apparent bilge dumping was a routine occurrence, and the eastern approach to the Malacca Strait was one such hotspot.In Indonesia, bilge dumping is commonly practiced and highlights the poor monitoring by port, marine security, and law enforcement officials, said Arifsyah Nasution, oceans campaigner at Greenpeace Indonesia.Ahmad Baihaki, program manager at Global Fishing Watch-Indonesia, said the problem was particularly bad in the Bangka-Belitung islands, affecting both local beach resorts and the livelihoods of coastal communities.Arifsyah called on the government to launch an investigation based on the SkyTruth report to reveal the scale of the problem in the country and resolve it.“We know the government has quick access to information when there’s been an allegation of pollution, whether it’s a tip from local people or based on satellite technology,” he said. “But the response is still slow.“Improving vessel monitoring and checking at ports and sea is a great effort for prevention and law enforcement against bilge dumping in Indonesian waters,” Arifsyah added.Mongabay contacted the Ministry of Transportation’s head of sea transportation for comment, but none was forthcoming as of the time this story was published.An overlay between satellite imagery showing a slick and AIS broadcast points from the oil tanker Gamsunoro. Image courtesy of SkyTruth.Eelco Leemans, an adviser at the Clean Arctic Alliance, told Mongabay that the practice of dumping oily water in the open sea was illegal worldwide, as regulated by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, or Marpol.“Oily water can only be pumped overboard if it is pumped through an oily-water separator,” Leemans said.But SkyTruth’s Amos said enforcement of this convention was “notoriously weak.” One solution, he said, could be to amend an existing international treaty on illegal fishing to also cover bilge dumping.“In general, it is the responsibility of the flag state to enforce the law and impose penalties,” he said. “[But] it will take an organized international effort to successfully address this problem.”Banner image of oil spill slick on a Singaporean beach courtesy of Ria Tan via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Crime, Environment, Environmental Crime, Fisheries, Marine, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Crisis, Marine Ecosystems, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Oil, Oil Spills, Pollution, Satellite Imagery, Technology, Water Pollution last_img read more

Blaze Spikers won’t be taking it easy

first_imgLATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card MOST READ Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Also winning individual awards were F2 Logistics’ Ara Galang (Best Outside Spiker, local), Aby Maraño (Best Middle Blocker, local) and Dawn Macandili (Best Libero).PLDT’s Grace Lazard and Aiko Urdas ran away with the Best Middle Blocker, foreign and Best Opposite Spiker, local awards, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re not yet done. We will work hard to win more titles,” Delos Santos added.Petron’s Stephanie Niemer bagged the Most Valuable Player award and the Best Scorer diadem, while fellow import Khat Bell was Best Outside Hitter (foreign). Rhea Dimaculangan was Best Setter.Immediately, Niemer and Bell said they are open to returning next year.Delos Santos said the edge Petron had over F2 proved to be their communication.“We had a small talk after losing Game 1 and that proved to be the pivotal point because we really understood each other,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Etheridge, Cardiff relegated And to make it even scarier for the Superliga field, coach Shaq delos Santos vowed that they will be working even harder.“We give our 100 percent every conference, whether we’re the reigning champions or not,” Delos Santos said. “We have no plans of taking it easy because we want to have a winning culture at Petron.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPetron trounced F2 Logistics in the best-of-three finals, 2-1, winning 19 of the 20 total games—highlighted by an astounding 17-game winning streak from the eliminations to the title series.That streak is an all-time longest, surpassing the franchise’s 14-game sweep to the All-Filipino title four years ago. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books With six conference titles under its belt, Petron is not stopping anytime soon.That’s the underlying sentiment inside the Blaze Spikers’ locker room in the din of the revelry over their masterful Philippine Superliga Grand Prix campaign Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Justin Brownlee lauds TNT defense in Ginebra Game 2 loss

first_imgRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer “To be honest, we got to have that never-say-die attitude,” said Brownlee. “I know coach [Tim Cone] will definitely go make some adjustments so we just got to come in tomorrow and see what he got to say.”“We got to approach the next game with a never-say-die type attitude.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGinebra, however, doesn’t just have to rely on that mantra.The Gin Kings had their lowest scoring output of the conference and although their 42.5 percent conversion from the field, 31-of-73, is respectable enough, they missed 18 of their 23 attempts from beyond the arc. Ginebra’s shooting problems, however, doesn’t necessarily fall on the team itself since it was also TNT’s stifling defense that discombobulated the Gin Kings’ offensive rhythm.“Just their whole defense has been really good,” said Brownlee. “It’s not just an individual, they play really good defense as a team and these past two games they’ve proven that.”“We missed some shots today but their defense has been very tough. They’ve been shooting the ball pretty well and they’ve hit some big shots down the stretch.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Benefits of township livingcenter_img Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian PBA semis: TNT nears finals, routs Ginebra in Game 2 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra slid to a dangerous 0-2 hole in its best-of-five semifinals series against TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after losing Game 2, 88-71, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Another slip up and the Gin Kings will be eliminated from title contention, but forward Justin Brownlee said the team just has to regain its identity to get back into the series.ADVERTISEMENT MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Yao Ming blames himself for China’s World Cup, Olympic setbacks

first_imgLOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LATEST STORIES (FILES) This file photo taken on September 4, 2019 Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming watching the Basketball World Cup Group A game between Venezuela and China in Beijing. – Basketball legend Yao Ming said he blamed himself for host nation China’s poor performances at the Basketball World Cup after their latest chastening defeat on September 8, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP)Basketball legend Yao Ming said he blamed himself for host nation China’s poor performances at the Basketball World Cup after their latest chastening defeat on Sunday.Sunday’s 86-73 loss to Nigeria in the classification round for teams outside the top 16 means China have failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics directly from the World Cup, just days after the shock of crashing out at the group stage.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruptioncenter_img Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City The popular former NBA star became president of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2017 pledging to reform a state development system he said was badly in need of an overhaul, raising hopes of a resurgence in China’s most popular sport.But the hosts failed to qualify for the last 16 after losing to Poland and Venezuela before the Sunday’s reverse against the Africans in Guangzhou.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Asked in a press conference after the Nigeria game who took responsibility for China’s poor performance, a grim-faced Yao responded “Me”, before walking away.Former Houston Rockets All-Star Yao led China to some of their best results in global competitions, fuelled basketball’s popularity in China and raised expectations of a strong run at their home World Cup.  MOST READ Canada’s champ: Bianca Andreescu a US Open winner with a big future “It is me who disappointed the fans,” NBA Hall-of-Famer Yao said after the game.“The fans had great expectation for China at the World Cup, but we could not make it,” he added.“(The World Cup) is a window for us to look out the world. The gap between China and the world-leading basketball countries has been enlarged.”Holders the United States are through to the quarter-finals after beating Greece in Shenzhen on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

CDB approves US$194M assistance for Guyana

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a country strategy for Guyana for the period 2017 to 2021.According to the CDB, the programme of assistance will drive social and economic development; support environmental sustainability; and promote good governance in Guyana.The strategy will be supported by a proposed resource envelope of US$194 million which includes Guyana’s allocation of US$65 million from the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIPF) and resources from CDB’s Special Development Fund (Unified).“We are pleased to be supporting the Government of Guyana in accelerating poverty reduction, and inclusive, sustainable economic growth. We look forward to working together with our country stakeholders to implement this results-focused programme of assistance,” said Dr Justin Ram, Director of Economics, CDB.The country strategy is designed to help Guyana achieve five key development outcomes: increased competitiveness and productivity; improved quality and access to education and training; strengthened social protection; reduced vulnerability to natural disasters; and improved governance and development planning.Each intervention delivered under the country strategy will include gender equality, regional cooperation and integration, as well as energy and citizen security considerations.The programme of assistance responds to Guyana’s development priorities, and builds on the Government’s “Vision 2020”, which articulates a national goal of “sustainable socioeconomic development, good governance and human safety within a green economy.”The approved strategy aligns with CDB’s strategic objectives of supporting inclusive and sustainable growth and development, and promoting good governance.It also takes into account the Bank’s cross-cutting themes of gender equality, regional cooperation and integration, and energy security.last_img read more

Bands to Go

first_imgThis year’s jazz headliner is the David Benoit Trio, performing at 2:15 p.m. on the Commons Festival Stage. Other performances at the main venue include the outstanding Asia America Youth Orchestra (12:15 p.m.), the Goin’ South Band with John Zeretske (1:15 p.m.), and the USC Trojan Marching Band (3:30 p.m.). Throughout the day there will be no less than 27 other musical performances. The Chamber Music Hall is bound to be a popular venue with a plethora of seasoned professionals. Watch for the string ensemble the Zephyrossa Trio (11:30 a.m.), the award-winning Alcantara Piano Quartet (1 p.m.) and DnA with David Weiss, former principal oboist of the L.A. Philharmonic, and pianist Alpha Walker (3:15p.m.). Pianist Wojciech Kocyan will perform two concerts in the Chamber Music Hall (12:15 and 1:45 p.m.). Kocyan is getting a lot of attention since the current issue of the prestigious, London-based classical music magazine The Gramophone named his CD, “Wojciech Kocyan Plays Prokofiev, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff,” one of the 50 greatest classical music recordings ever made. Children won’t want to miss main events on the Family Stage. Look for Jim Gamble Puppets (12:30 p.m.) and Fam-Fun with Mark Beckwith (2 p.m.). They also can join interactive workshops with Liz Cantine (dance and music) and Sandra Clay (early childhood music). An Instrument Petting Zoo is bound to be a favorite, as are a musical craft workshop and a parade. The sound of music returns to enliven The Hill on Oct. 7 with the 35th Peninsula Music Fair. The annual day of music will take over the Palos Verdes High School campus starting at 11:15 a.m., with a kaleidoscope of musical offerings from jazz to classical – even a musical saw. It’s a wonderful day to introduce children and grandchildren to all things musical. But Music Fair is not just for families. Its rich offering of high-quality music always attracts couples enjoying the multiple musical venues. The fair also showcases Rising Stars and younger Junior Rising Stars, as well as jazz bands and drumlines from Palos Verdes High School and Peninsula High School. There will be picnic fare for sale from Misto Cafe, Lisa’s Bon Appetit and The Original Red Onion. Tickets are $20, $6 for children 6-17 in advance; $25, $7 for children at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. A $50 Family/Friend package includes tickets for two adults and four youths. Tickets are available at A-MUSE in the Peninsula Center, by calling 310-318-8166 or at www.peninsulamusic fair.org. The Peninsula Music Fair is presented by volunteers from the Peninsula Committee Los Angeles Philharmonic. Pat Hill is fair chairwoman; Janet Ceske and Phyllis Sherwood, vice chairwomen; and Lois Moore, Peninsula Committee chairwoman. Palos Verdes High School is at 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates. 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

Proposed cell tower sparks church protest

first_imgFederal standards for emissions are set 50 times below the level needed for safety.Potential radiation from the tower at the church is 0.4 percent of the federal standard.– Mike Sprague160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Opponents of a proposed cell tower picketed the Second Church of Christ Scientist before its 10 a.m. Sunday church services. T-Mobile wants to build a cell tower at the church, 8723 Catalina Ave., but opponents say the tower is too close to East Whittier Middle School.The school is across the street and about 150 feet away from the church.The tower would be disguised to look like a pine tree. The City Council, which postponed the issue after a public hearing in July, will again take the matter up at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.The council asked T-Mobile to look at alternative sites. A representative of the company is expected to report on its efforts Tuesday.Opponents say they are concerned that radiation from the cell tower will hurt children.Under federal law, the City Council isn’t allowed to consider health effects.In addition, officials representing T-Mobile say the radiation coming from their cell towers is no different than from television frequencies.last_img read more

Thailand known for active sex trade, especially of kids

first_imgBangkok is a pedophile paradise with a lucrative child-sex industry. “Certainly it’s an attractive place for a pedophile who has the money to travel, so it follows the person who murdered JonBenet Ramsey would be attracted to Thailand both as a place to fulfill sexual desires and as a place to hide,” said noted criminal-justice professor James Alan Fox of Northeastern University in Boston. “If you know who you’re looking for, that might be a place to look,” said Fox. The sex industry in Thailand generates an estimated $1.5 billion a year, according to the British Columbia Federation of Labor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesChild sex exploitation thrives in the poverty-stricken areas of Thailand and the Far East where young females are sold to traffickers and where law enforcement is lax or corrupt, said Ann-Janette Alejano-Steele, a professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver and coordinator for the Colorado office of the international Polaris Project, which fights human trafficking. “Female children can be expendable. You find families will sell their daughters just to survive economically, and traffickers will use children for their own means,” said Alejano-Steele. Sex trafficking in the Far East largely results from a lack of education and abject poverty, said Alejano-Steele. “If a trafficker offers false promises, they will believe it. An opportunity to come to Bangkok and wash dishes could actually be a cover for the sex trade,” Alejano-Steele said. The U.S. government has been trying to get a handle on American consumption in the overseas child-sex trade. About 20 Americans alleged to have engaged in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places have been prosecuted, according to the U.S. State Department. The Thai government passed an anti-trafficking law in 1997 and in 2005 reported 352 arrests and 74 convictions from cases filed in 2003 and 2004, according to a State Department Web site. Sentences handed down averaged three years. Eighteen police officers were fired in 2003 for complicity in trafficking, the State Department said.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