Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Ross wants to end career with Beermen MOST READ Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas veteran Pam Lastimosa just had her best game in her first season back with the Golden Tigresses in the UAAP, scoring 10 points in their three-set win over University of the East.Lastimosa, though, said she hasn’t returned to peak form after an ACL tear prevented her from playing in Season 78.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “I think this is not my best form, and I always say to myself I still haven’t reached my peak,” said Lastimosa Saturday after leading the Golden Tigresses 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, over the University of the East at Smart Araneta Coliseum.With Lastimosa’s help, UST improved to 5-3 and tied National University in third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLastimosa added the Golden Tigresses have finally found their confidence after starting the season at 1-3.“The confidence is there,” said Lastimosa as they notched their fourth straight win. “When we started communicating that’s when we started to win games and we’re enjoying out there on the court.” LATEST STORIES
The international aid agency, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has opened a new pediatric hospital in Monrovia. The opening was done last Monday, March 23.This new development from the international medical humanitarian organization comes after they had closed down their Ebola operations in the country. They opened the facility in order to assist the local health system in safely restoring medical services.The Children’s Hospital is located on Bardnesville Road, Gardnersville. The facility only admits pediatric emergencies referred from a community health clinic and does not provide external consultations. Surgery and treatment for chronic diseases such as HIV or tuberculosis are also not available.“The Ebola outbreak has extremely weakened the public health services in Liberia. We saw people dying simply because they could not access timely medical care” said Philippe Le Vaillant, MSF Head of mission in Liberia. “They were usually suffering from illnesses like severe malaria or typhoid. Pregnant women facing obstetrical complications also have suffered the same fate.”Although Ebola management centers are now in sufficient number in Liberia, people still struggle to access regular public health services. Today most medical facilities have reopened, though with a level of activity lower than before the outbreak. Many patients are still reluctant to go in search of care.After consulting with the Ministry of Health, MSF decided to open the new pediatric hospital to increase the capacity to treat non-Ebola related medical emergencies in Monrovia. This 24/7 hospital has opened with 46 beds for children under 5 years with the capacity to extend up to 100 beds. Reinforced protocols of infection prevention and control have been implemented to protect the staff and the patients from any potential Ebola contamination.“A thorough triage process, additional protective equipment, more space between beds, reinforced decontamination and waste management procedures have been put in place to keep staff and patients safe,” says Dr. Myriam Deguillen, MSF Hospital Director. “It’s essential to restore the confidence in the medical system for health professionals and patients. Their safety is our main concern.”“Ebola has done so much damage in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone because of weak health systems” adds Philippe Le Vaillant. “Significant improvements, especially in terms of infection control and epidemiological surveillance, are urgently needed to reach and maintain higher quality standards.”About MSF in LiberiaMSF has been running the Ebola Treatment Centre ELWA 3 in Monrovia since August 2014 and a transit unit for suspected Ebola patients at Redemption Hospital since November. MSF Center in Foya was closed last December after Lofa County was officially declared Ebola-free. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 670 patients have survived Ebola within a MSF facility in Liberia.MSF Rapid Response Teams have also been recently deployed in Grand Bassa, Grand cape Mount and Margibi Counties in order to help health authorities responding to local outbreaks.MSF has been assisting James David Junior (JDJ) Memorial Hospital in Paynesville in upgrading the free pediatric and maternal services up to standards that now take Ebola into account. MSF has also supported 23 health clinics in Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties in implementing safer practices.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRoque has sent a strong message to Ministers who hold responsibility for security within the Region, that there is an urgent need for more work to be done on crime fighting.Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRoqueThe Secretary General was speaking to Regional Security Ministers gathered at the opening ceremony of the 17th Meeting of the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement on Monday at the Caricom Secretariat in Georgetown.Laroque said given the current environment in many of the member states, the Community’s work in the area of crime and security has become more urgent.He said the issues to be dealt with were countless, from the upward trend in the incidence of crime and violence taking toll on valuable human resources, to the external threats which challenge peace and security.“In light of these threats, we must deepen our resolve and remain committed to the task of further strengthening our regional security architecture, through our individual and collective action,” the SG told Security Ministers.He reminded that at the 37th Meeting held in Guyana last July, Heads of Government had devoted much of their time to deliberations pertaining to the security of the Region.The representatives had also agreed that member states should move to accede to and implement the key agreements, as most of the regional security agenda is linked significantly to the application of these legal instruments.He stated, “However, there are other legal instruments related to Mutual Legal Assistance, Airspace and Maritime Security as well as the Advanced Passenger Information System, which have been languishing for far too long. I urge the Members of this Council to brief their Attorneys General on the policy imperatives of concluding these outstanding items, so critical to supporting our security architecture. The need for those instruments has been recognised at the highest levels of our Community.”Supporting initiativesLaRoque said too that it was noteworthy that the meeting was taking place in the wake of the adoption of the Protocol to incorporate CONSLE as an Organ of the Community and the Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), as an institution of the Community. This was supported by Heads of Government at their Inter-Sessional Meeting in Belize last February.“There are other initiatives being pursued to strengthen our cooperation in this vital area. I look forward to the planned review of the Caricom Crime and Security Strategy, which could lead to a reconfiguration and amplification of initiatives designed to address the emerging threats which loom larger by the day,” the Secretary General added.He said a commitment has also been given to establishing a stronger partnership for the future between the Caribbean and the United States of America, at the Sixth Security Cooperation Dialogue held in Washington, DC last October.He said while the Caribbean appreciated the financial and other assistance provided by Third States, the onus was on member states to collectively demonstrate their seriousness about security.He underscored the important role of the Implementing Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), hub of the regional crime and security framework, along with its sub-agencies – the Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC) and the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre (RIFC).LaRoque explained, “Every effort ought to be made to ensure that the agency continues to carry out its crucial role. Even in the face of the financial challenges, which beset our Governments, we must strive to support our security architecture while we seek to finalise a financial plan that redounds to the benefit of ALL regional institutions”.Meanwhile, Guyana’s Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan said the matters of the 17th meeting are many, but such must be its work in the context of a Caricom and a Caribbean racked by a powerful aftermath of a world economic decline and a woefully neglected global crisis of violence.He said regional countries suffer from a paralysing myth, which officials seem unable to dispel – that effective security in law enforcement measures to help citizens are impossible to be successfully realised .Ramjattan said, “It does seem that no matter what we do, our people see our security and law enforcement sector as populated purely for predatory purposes and irredeemably committed to the ways of venality and violence. (Counsellor) in our individual territories must halt this erroneous perception of our people concerning this important security sector.”
1 A steward was sacked by Chelsea for calling former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas a “snake”.Video of the Stamford Bridge incident, which took place earlier this season, emerged online on Friday and Chelsea confirmed action had been taken against the steward.“You’re a snake, you’re Arsenal,” the steward says to the Spain midfielder in the video, which has been widely shared on social network sites.Fabregas returns to his former club with Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. Cesc Fabregas
BIG PINES – An investigation was under way today into the discovery of a body near Highway 2 near the community of Big Pines in the Angeles National Forest, authorities said. The body was discovered about 1:45 p.m. yesterday west of Big Pines Highway, said Deputy Bill Brauberger of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. The name and gender of the dead person were not immediately released. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were investigating the death. The area is about five miles west of the San Bernardino County community of Wrightwood. 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
Che Adams needs to score the goals to secure Birmingham’s Championship status Meanwhile, under caretaker boss James Shan, West Brom can close the gap on the top-two to four points with a win over Birmingham. West Brom vs Birmingham: Kick-off timeThe game kicks off at 8pm at the Hawthorns on Friday, 29 March.West Brom vs Birmingham: How to listenFull commentary will be exclusively live on talkSPORT 2, with our coverage getting underway at 8pm.Click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.West Brom vs Birmingham: Confirmed teamsWest Brom: Johnstone, Holgate, Dawson, Hegazi, Townsend, Livermore, Morrison, Brunt, Edwards, Gayle, Rodriguez.Birmingham: Camp, Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen, G Gardner, Davis, Maghoma, Mahoney, Adams, Jutkiewicz. 1 LIVE on talkSPORT West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Everton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Norwich (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday, 2:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 Birmingham will be hoping to put some distance between themselves and the bottom three when they travel to West Brom on Friday, live on talkSPORT 2.Last week, the Blues were slapped with a nine-point deduction after breaching financial rules, meaning Garry Monk’s side have dropped from 13th to 18th and are are just five points above the relegation zone. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2…
“We’re used to being at home, keeping the ball and having a lot of possession but Craig has just told me the passing stats and it’s not great.“The main thing was that we did what we set out at the start of the group to do and we’ve got to the Europa League.“It’ll put a smile on our face but it’ll be a couple of days down the line. But the disappointment [from the game] is still fresh and everyone in that changing room is a little bit disappointed that we didn’t manage to get the ball and play our own game.”Goalkeeper Craig Gordon said that the nature of the game, where Celtic knew that anything less than a 3-0 defeat would ensure progress, meant an unusual approach even when a goal down. However, he said the main goal had been achieved and Celtic had outperformed their pre-group ranking. Celtic captain Scott Brown has said that Anderlecht played his side at their own game in the 1-0 Champions League defeat on Tuesday.The Belgian side took three points in the final group stage game but Celtic had the better head to head record and kept third spot in the group and the prize of a Europa League place.Brown acknowledged that Celtic were second best on the night and that the disappointment of defeat would have to fade before they would enjoy having achieved their pre-tournament aim of European football in early 2018.“It was quite disappointing, to be perfectly honest,” he said. “They’ve played us at our own game. “It was a different situation coming into this game, knowing that we had to avoid a heavy defeat to go through,” he said. “That showed towards the end of the game where we weren’t looking to get back into it but were defending a defeat, which is a strange situation to be in. “We were fourth seeds coming into this group and we’ve managed to finish third. “However we’ve managed to do that we’ll be happy once the dust settles.”
Three Tigers score in double figuresBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Savannah Schillinger scored five of her 11 points in overtime to lift the Stratford girls basketball team to a 49-46 victory over Wausau Newman Catholic in a Marawood Conference South Conference matchup Tuesday night at Newman Catholic High School.Andie Zuelke had a team-high 12 points, Sammy Griesbach added 10, and Kaylee Hollatz had eight points and 11 rebounds for Stratford, which is now 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Marawood South. Newman is 2-2 and 0-2 in the conference.Taylor Jankowski had nine of her 11 points in the first half as Newman built a 25-21 lead at intermission.The Tigers came back in the second half to force overtime and held off Newman 8-5 in the extra four-minute frame.Stratford’s next game is Friday at Auburndale, which is also unbeaten at 4-0 and 1-0 in the Marawood South. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com, and full coverage will be available after the game on MarshfieldAreaSports.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)Tigers 49, Cardinals 46 (OT)Stratford 20 21 8 – 49Newman Catholic 25 16 5 – 46STRATFORD (49): Savannah Schillinger 3-11 4-7 11, Sammy Griesbach 3-4 4-4 10, Macie Frueh 2-5 1-3 6, Olivia Burrows 0-1 0-0 0, Chelsey Gliniecki 1-4 0-1 2, Kaylee Hollatz 4-7 0-1 8, Makayla Krall 0-1 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 5-9 2-4 12. FG: 18-43. FT: 11-20. 3-pointers: 2-6 (Schillinger 1-2, Frueh 1-2, Nett 0-1, Krall 0-1). Rebounds: 28 (Hollatz 11). Assists: 9. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Gliniecki, Frueh. Record: 5-0, 2-0 Marawood Conference South Division.NEWMAN CATHOLIC (46): Lauren Fech 3 4-4 12, Signe Fronek 3 1-2 8, Makayla Slaby 0 0-0 0, Taylor Jankowski 3 3-6 11, Abbey Fox 2 0-0 4, Makayla Tomsyck 0 0-0 0, Karina McGucken 1 0-0 2, Brogan Kimball 3 1-3 7, Mariah Whalen 1 1-1 3. FG: 16. FT: 10-16. 3-pointers: 5 (Fech 2, Jankowski 2, Fronek 1). Fouls: 21. Fouled out: Fronek. Record: 2-2, 0-2 Marawood South.
Dahlke, Peterson combine for 28 assists in victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Mazie Nagel had 17 kills, and Blaire Lindner added eight as the Stratford volleyball team swept Edgar 3-0 in a nonconference match Thursday night at Stratford High School.Stratford won 25-21, 25-15, 25-23.Setters Jordyn Dahlke and Brooke Peterson were on for the Tigers, finishing with 16 and 12 assists, respectively. Dahlke and Katie Krueger each had six digs for the Stratford defense.Stratford will compete at the Abbotsford Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
UN ambassador Baso Sangqu andInternational Relations and CooperationMinister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane willlead the South African delegation as thecountry takes its place in UN SecurityCouncil. (Image: United Nations) South Africa firmly committed itself to international peacekeeping efforts on 1 January 2011 when it took its place for a second term on the UN Security Council (UNSC). Voted in by 182 member states of the UN General Assembly last year, the country will serve as a non-permanent member for the 2011/12 term.The UNSC is made up of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the UK and US – and 10 non-permanent members, which currently are Bosnia and Herzegovina; Germany; Portugal; Brazil; India; South Africa; Colombia; Lebanon; Gabon and Nigeria.The council is responsible for maintaining peace and security across the globe, usually by recommending that the parties involved reach an amicable agreement. The UNSC also conducts investigations into areas of conflict and may send in UN peacekeeping forces to help reduce tension.South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said the country’s UNSC seat would give it the opportunity to forge closer partnerships with other member states.The department added that South Africa is committed to contributing to the work of the UNSC in maintaining international peace and security, particularly in Africa.“South Africa wants to advance the African agenda within the security council,” said the country’s UN ambassador Baso Sangqu.“More than two-thirds of the conflicts and crises that the security council handles are in Africa. It is not something that we should be proud of,” he said.Learning from experienceSouth Africa previously served on the UNSC in 2007 and 2008. “South Africa has learnt important lessons from the first term,” said Sangqu, who will lead the country’s UNSC delegation.Dirco said it has assembled a “crack team” of diplomats and officials to help South Africa serve on the council.“In its actions, South Africa will be guided by the commitment to uphold international law and universal values, and help others protect or achieve their inherent and inalienable rights,” said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.She added that the country would continue with its efforts to promote and enhance the UNSC’s cooperation with regional organisations, particularly the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.Sangqu said: “Ivory Coast will be an issue we will have to deal with. There is now a standoff with regards to who the leader is. As a council member, South Africa will have to lead from the front on such issues.”South Africa will also advocate for more resources to help resolve the conflict in Somalia, the ambassador added.He said the UNSC should not to let the situation in that country become “a forgotten conflict” like the dispute between Morocco and Western Sahara guerrillas.