Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls After Estoquia salvaged a point for Sta. Lucia, 19-11, Rondina put it away with a down-the-line kill for the championship point.“We survived the heat, and we just hung on,” said Rondina in Filipino. “Of course I’d like to thank Bernadeth because our chemistry was still there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We wanted to win and we also wanted to beat our opponents,” said Pons in Filipino.In the men’s division Foton’s uncle-nephew tandem of Krris Roy Guzman and Lemuel Arbasto took the title at the expense of Sands SM By the Bay’s Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad, 21-15, 21-15. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Valdez leads Creamline past Tacloban in Batangas LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron XCS’ partnership of Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons captured its second straight championship after tripping Sta. Lucia Realty A, 21-8, 21-11 in the Philippine Superliga Challenge Cup Finals Sunday at Sands SM By the Bay.Rondina and Pons went on a tear in the second set, coupled with DM Demontano and Jackie Estoquia’s errors, and established a 6-1 run for the 19-10 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments
Dear Editor,The Ministry of Public Health in Guyana has stepped up its campaign to administer the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine to children in schools. There is much being said about the vaccine and the programme, both by those implementing it and those who appear to be affected by it, such as parents.As a parent of two very young children, one of whom is in nursery school, I am not yet directly confronted by the choices facing other parents. I do, however, share some of their concerns, and have questions of my own that I’d appreciate being answered before being confronted by those choices.On Sunday last, March 17, 2019, the media ran a double page message from the Ministry of Public Health, addressing HPV and the vaccine being provided. I have also seen the consent form received by some parents in respect of the vaccine. From these pieces, and against the background of information obtained from other sources, I would appreciate if the following questions can be addressed by the Ministry.My first question is in relation to the manner in which the programme is being implemented. There is information that parents from at least one school were informed that the Head Teacher gave permission for nurses to administer the vaccine to the children of that school. Those parents were also informed that if they do not want their children to receive the vaccine, they must write a note to the school, indicating this. I am aware that other schools are sending permission slips, but is the Ministry working to ensure that all schools follow this protocol?I would also like to know if parent-teacher meetings have been utilised in educating parents about this programme.My other questions deal with the transmission of HPV. One permission slip sent to parents states that, “The HPV vaccine is the only guaranteed way to prevent cervical cancer in women”, while the double page message in the newspapers states that, “Contrary to popular belief, HPV is not spread only through sexual contact. It is also spread through direct skin to skin contact with an infected area or bodily fluids”.Apart from the fact that the American Cancer Society says that HPV is not the only cause of cervical cancer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that HPV is sexually transmitted and the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is transmitted through intimate sexual contact. Though it is clearly stated that this is not limited to penetrative sex/sexual intercourse, the only exception to transmission by sexual contact with the genital area of an infected person identified is mother-to-child transmission during delivery, which is said to be very uncommon and is nevertheless as a result of contact with the genital area of the mother.This gives rise to two questions. First, considering that both WHO and the CDC say that HPV is transmitted through intimate sexual contact/contact with the genital area, is it true that HPV is also transmitted via bodily fluids? And if so, through which bodily fluids can it be transmitted?Second, in light of the fact that HPV is said to be transmitted through intimate sexual contact, would having sex with only one person, who only has sex with you, also be a ‘guaranteed way’ to prevent cervical cancer (caused by HPV)? The double page message appears to say this at No. 3, under ‘How can I prevent any HPV related infection?’, where it says that everyone can be protected from HPV infection if they only have sex with one person during their lifetime, and their partner does not cheat. However, this is listed after getting vaccinated and using a condom, the latter of which admittedly cannot guarantee protection.It is therefore not clearly stated that two persons only having sex with each other throughout their lifetime is a guarantee means of preventing transmission.To be clear in respect of my question in the paragraph above, if persons abstain from sexual activity (not just intercourse, but any genital contact) until marriage, and then remain faithful to each other in marriage, isn’t this a ‘guaranteed way’ to prevent cervical cancer caused by HPV, as well as every other sexually transmitted infection? And if this is so, isn’t the message to parents on those consent forms misleading, especially if that is all that they ever hear about HPV?I understand that the general thinking is: abstinence until, and faithfulness in, marriage is not common, but shouldn’t persons who hold and live by such values, who desire to share such values with their children, benefit from the full information, instead of being scared into consenting to what the Ministry desires to do?If it is that HPV is only transmitted through some form of sexual activity, part of the responsibility of the Ministry should be to inform the public of the importance of the choices that we make in this respect, as well as the benefits of making certain choices and potential harm of making others. This is particularly so since HPV is only one STI of many.Previously, when the focus was primarily on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), condoms were the most popularised means of prevention (even though it was also not an absolutely guaranteed way to prevent HIV transmission). However, persons who had sex with condoms to prevent HIV transmission were constantly putting themselves at risk for HPV transmission, against which condoms are far less effective. It is clear, then, that the information that using a condom was practising ‘safe sex’ was not only misleading, but was, and continues to be, harmful.Now that HPV has risen to the fore, and the HPV vaccine has been developed, the public is being told that children must be vaccinated to protect against transmission of this STI. I assume that condoms will still be promoted to prevent transmission of HIV and other STIs (though still not a guaranteed means of prevention, according to the CDC).Is it possible that another STI may then require another means of ‘guaranteed’ protection? If abstinence until, and faithfulness in, marriage would guarantee protection against those STIs and all others as well, isn’t this still valuable information that should be highlighted to the public?And if the time to decide whether children should be immunised against an STI is while they are in schools, before they become sexually active, shouldn’t it also be imperative to educate them at this stage on the potential consequences of the choice to become sexually active or not?It is not for the Ministry to decide whether persons will choose to abstain and/or be faithful. It is the responsibility of the Ministry to arm persons with the best information available, to enable them to make informed choices for themselves.It is in this light that I write, requesting and hoping that the Ministry would address the questions and concerns raised above.Sincerely,Kurt Da SilvaInterested parent
“I don’t know what the 38 was doing,” Kahne said. “First off, he’s hard to pass. Then you get by him and he’s two laps down and he starts battling. I let him go and he still didn’t pass me. I have no idea what he was thinking, but that’s the way it goes.” Gilliland said the goal was to keep from wrecking despite the “hairy” track conditions. “(The wrecks) were right in front of me,” he said. “It was a busy day for that. We’re happy that we brought the car home in one piece. That’s a lot more than some other guys can say.” EARNHARDT’S GOOF Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s momentary brain hiccup cost him a likely top-five finish. Late in the race, Earnhardt was running sixth when he followed Jeff Burton into the pits during a caution with 16 laps to go. There was only one problem: Burton was pitting because his car was broken and needed immediate repair. The pits weren’t open yet, signaled by a red light at the start of pit road. As a result, Earnhardt was given a penalty and had to start at the back of the pack. He finished 11th. “The pit road was closed and I didn’t see, or wasn’t looking,” he said. “I didn’t even think if it was closed or open. You’re not thinking about that. “I’m sad for my team because we should have finished fifth or sixth. But I’m just happy we got to finish one, finally.” Earnhardt needed a good finish after two DNFs to start the season, a result that put him in jeopardy of souring his season after just three races. Instead, he moved up 12 spots from 40th to 28th. Drivers must be in the top 35 after the first five races in order to be locked into the field each week. THANKS FOR NOTHING Casey Mears finished 40th after getting caught up in a wreck caused by Orange County’s Robby Gordon on the eighth lap of the race. “It amazes me – every time I think Robby can’t do anything more stupid than he’s already done, he one-ups himself,” Mears said. “It’s ridiculous. He’s trying to pull off something in the first opening laps when it means nothing. I guess he’s trying to be a hero.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Considering there are seven former Chase for the Nextel Cup participants behind him in the standings after three races, life could be worse for David Gilliland. The former Inland Empire resident finished 21st in Sunday’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a result that dropped him one spot to 12th in the season standings. After avoiding several wrecks, including a pair of spinning cars right in front of him, Gilliland was eventually lapped by race leader Jimmie Johnson on the 90th lap. He later went two laps down after a pit stop with 50 laps remaining, effectively ending his chances at a top-20 finish. “We needed to start where we finished with our car,” he said. “It would have been great. But we didn’t.” Gilliland drew the ire of driver Kasey Kahne after a wreck late in the race. Kahne was running in the top 10, but spun out and crashed while driving next to Gilliland’s No. 38 M&Ms Ford with about 20 laps remaining. The two cars didn’t make contact, but Kahne blamed Gilliland for the incident. After the race, he approached Gilliland’s hauler before being shooed away by crew members. “We just kind of struggled with the car, but we weren’t the only ones today, you know,” he said. Gilliland crashed his primary car during qualifying on Friday and was forced to use a backup. NASCAR rules dictate that switching cars after qualifying necessitates starting from the rear of the field.
8 8 1. Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is wanted by many Manchester United fans to replace David De Gea – Click right to find out who else they want… – Manchester United have had a habit of nicking Tottenhams best players recently and many Red Devils supporters wouldnt mind seeing the Frenchman follow the same path as Teddy Sheringham, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov. 8 8 2. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) – Find out who Man United fans want to replace David De Gea by clicking right… – Sentiment may have something to do with it but a number of Man United fans want to see the Leicester City shot-stopper follow in the footsteps of his father Peter, who is a legend at Old Trafford. The 28-year-old is earning his own plaudits now in the Premier League though after helping them stay in the top flight. 3. Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) – Find out who Man United fans want to replace David De Gea by clicking right… – A highly-rated Premier League goalkeeper for the last five years following his £3.25m switch from Portsmouth, Stoke appear ready to let the gifted glovesman leave and let English youngster Jack Butland into their first-team. Man United fans reckon hed be a perfect replacement for David De Gea. 8 After Louis van Gaal admitted David De Gea could leave Manchester United in the summer, the club’s fans have been pondering about his replacement.Victor Valdes made his first Premier League appearance during the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Arsenal as De Gea was forced off through injury in the second period.But if the young Spaniard does quit Old Trafford, with Real Madrid likely to be his destination, who Man United supporters want to take his place in the long-term?We asked them on Facebook and they didn’t disappoint us.Click the right arrow to see who the fans want… 8 6. Fraser Forster (Southampton) – Find out who Man United fans want to replace David De Gea by clicking right… – The England goalkeeper has made such an impact in his first season with the Saints that Manchester United fans would be happy to sign the player despite him facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken kneecap. 4. Victor Valdes (Manchester United) – Find out who Man United fans want to replace David De Gea by clicking right… – Rather than splash the cash on a new signing several Red Devils fans just want to see ex-Barcelona star Victor Valdes given the No. 1 shirt. After all, despite a lengthy injury, the shot-stopper has won 15 major trophies throughout his career. 5. Petr Cech (Chelsea) – Find out who Man United fans want to replace David De Gea by clicking right… – Already linked with a move to Arsenal, Manchester United supporters are keen on rivalling the Gunners with a bid of their own for the Chelsea hero. He seems likely to exit Stamford Bridge this summer and would be an excellent and experienced replacement for De Gea. 8 8 7. Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen) – Find out who Man United fans want to replace David De Gea by clicking right… – Bundesliga watchers in the Old Trafford faithful have tipped Louis van Gaal to make a move for young German glovesman Leno, who has been in good form on the continent. 8. Sam Johnstone (Manchester United) – Meanwhile, one supporter firmly believes in giving home-grown talent a try insisting Johnstone, 22, is the best goalkeeping talent England has had for over 30 years.
Donegal man Tommy McLaughlin’s Villagers have become the first Irish band to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize twice.Conor O’Brien of VillagersTheir second album, Awayland, is among the 12 albums shortlisted for this year’s Mercury prize.Awayland is the follow up to their acclaimed 2010 debut Becoming a Jackal which was recorded in Tommy’s home studio in Termon. Lead singer Conor O’Brien said of the nomination: “We are surprised and honoured to be nominated for the Mercury Prize with Awayland; we put a lot of love into this album and the attention that this will afford it is currently warming the cockles no end”.Villagers will be touring the UK and Europe this autumn, with a gig in Sligo Live on October 27 and in Dublin’s Vicar Street on December 17The 2013 Mercury Music Prize ceremony will take place on October 30 at the Roundhouse in London.The Mercury Music Prize 2013 nominees are: Arctic Monkeys, AMDavid Bowie, The Next DayDisclosure, SettleFoals, Holy FireJake Bugg, Jake Bugg James Blake, OvergrownJon Hopkins, ImmunityLaura Marling, Once I Was an EagleLaura Mvula, Sing to the Moon Rudimental, HomeSavages, Silence YourselfVillagers, AwaylandDONEGAL MAN’S BAND NOMINATED FOR MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE was last modified: September 12th, 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:Mercury Music PrizeTommy McLaughlinVillagers
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – With the graceful flight of hawks and eagles in mind, NASA aerospace engineer Michael Allen hand-launched a lightweight motorized model sailplane over Rogers Dry Lake, hoping it would catch plumes of rising air called thermals. It did just that numerous times, validating his premise that using thermal lift could significantly extend the range and endurance of small unmanned aerial vehicles without carrying more fuel. “The flights demonstrated that a small UAV can mimic birds and exploit the free energy that exists in the atmosphere,” Allen said. Allen noted that a small, portable UAV with long-endurance capabilities could fulfill a number of surveillance roles including forest fire monitoring, traffic control and search and rescue. He said this technology might also have an application to flight on Mars where dust devils have been observed. Nicknamed Cloud Swift after a bird known for feeding on insects found in rising air masses, the 14-foot-wingspan remote-controlled RnR Products sailplane flew 17 times over an eight-week period from July through mid-September. The model sailplane was modified to incorporate a small electric motor and an autopilot, the latter reprogrammed to detect thermals or updrafts. Dryden aerospace technician Tony Frackowiak guided the model to an altitude of about 1,000 feet and then handed off control to the sailplane’s autopilot. The software flew the aircraft on a predetermined course over the northern portion of Rogers Dry Lake until it detected an updraft. As the aircraft rose, the engine automatically shut off and the aircraft circled to stay within the convective lift resulting from the updraft. “I have some experience flying radio-controlled sailplanes and working the lift manually as an RC pilot. The autopilot looked like it was doing a good job of detecting and using the lift in certain conditions,” said Frackowiak. Allen said the small UAV added 60 minutes to its endurance by soaring autonomously, using thermals that formed over the dry lake bed. The model gained an average altitude in 23 updrafts of 565 feet, and in one strong thermal ascended 2,770 feet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Action from yesterday’s game at the LYIT.There were mixed fortunes for the LYIT Men’s Soccer and GAA teams in their respective All-Ireland competitions yesterday afternoon.Niall McGonagle’s Men’s Soccer side recorded an impressive 1-0 win over Carlow IT’s B side in their last 16 clash at the Port Road campus.A superb free-kick from Cathal McDaid was enough to ensure the LYIT sides passage to the last eight of the CFAI Cup competition. Raymond Foy, Jordan Toland and Paul McVeigh all impressed for McGonagle’s side in a game which was played in very difficult conditions.However, there was heartbreak for the LYIT Men’s GAA team as they bowed out of The Trench Cup at the hands of Waterford IT.Despite excellent performances from Daragh Gallagher, Daire McDaid and Willie Gillespie the LYIT side were overpowered by a very well organised and determined Waterford IT side.LYIT trailed at half-time 0-06 to 0-04 but Waterford IT netted a crucial goal in the second-half and that score proved decisive. LYIT battled gamely to the end but to no avail as Waterford IT ran out winners on a score-line of Waterford IT 1-11 LYIT 0-08.That result means LYIT exit the prestigious Trench Cup competition. MIXED FORTUNES FOR LYIT MEN’S SOCCER AND GAA SIDES IN ALL-IRELAND COMPETITIONS was last modified: January 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalLYITsoccer
Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head recorded the country’s highest temperature of the day on Tuesday.The Inishowen weather station recorded a high of 25.7C yesterday.Dublin the Phoenix Park hit 25.5C, while temperatures were a cool 18.1C further south in Cork. Weather for rest of the week is set to be warm and a mix of sunny spells and showers.Tonight will remain dry in most areas of the north west.Met Eireann forecasters said it will feel close tonight with temperatures ranging from 14-16C.Thursday will be dry in the morning with bright spells. Some rain is expected in the afternoon. The forecast says: “In the west it will be cloudy by the afternoon with rain and drizzle. The rain will spread eastwards later but it will become just light and patchy. It will brighten later in the evening with sunshine breaking through. Warm and humid, with maximum temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees.”Malin Head records Ireland’s hottest temperature on Tuesday was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The House of Representatives passed its Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, significantly increasing funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and programs that support and maintain waterways functions.“Soybean farmers commend the House for its leadership and for placing a priority on funding to support our waterways transportation network,” said Wade Cowan, American Soybean Association (ASA) president. “The waterways and ports are vital to the efficient transportation of soybeans and other major commodities and a key factor in maintaining competitiveness for U.S. soybeans in global export markets.”Within the Corps of Engineers Construction account, the bill provides $340 million from the Inland Waterways Trust Fund for priority navigation projects, which utilizes all the revenues received into the trust fund, including increased revenues resulting from the barge fuel fee increase enacted by Congress in 2014.For the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), the committee’s appropriation of $1.178 billion was amended on the floor to increase the level to $1.25 billion, which is $150 million or 14% higher than last year’s $1.1 billion, and well above the $915 million than the Administration requested from the HMTF.The Corps’ Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account funding level is $3.094 billion, the highest ever appropriated to this account in an annual appropriation bill, and the third consecutive year of record-level O&M funding. It is nearly $390 million higher than the Administration’s FY16 requested level.While the bill has passed the House, the Senate must still act on a bill and it could face a potential veto by President Barack Obama. The White House has issued a statement indicating that the president’s advisors would recommend that he veto the bill in its current form citing reductions to certain energy programs that are priorities for the Obama Administration.
Developers Replace Golf Courses with Hiking TrailsDriving LessGreen Neighborhood in North CarolinaGreen Building Priority #4 — Reduce the Need for Driving A national poll two years ago among 3,000 adults showed that home buyers favor developments that make it easy to walk to stores, restaurants, and other community gathering spots. Residential developers have apparently taken note. An article posted at Construction Dive says that developers of master planned communities are increasingly likely to include more opportunities for walking, and they’re getting an especially positive response from Millennials — buyers in the 18-to-34 age bracket.Adam Drucker, managing director at real estate consultant RCLCO, said that residential developments of a generation ago often had no dedicated walking paths, and sometimes no sidewalks at all. But in the last 10 years, developers have started to favor networks of walking trails over more conventional community amenities like golf courses.“People want to engage with other people outside of their cars,” Drucker said. “Master planned communities (MPCs) are really focusing on providing walking opportunities and they’re getting good results… [Walkability] definitely isn’t a trend. This is now a permanent part of development.” Planned communities respondDevelopments such as the 7,200-acre Walsh community in Fort Worth, Texas, put a premium on open spaces, parks, and trails that connect different parts of the community, Construction Dive said. Residents of the first Walsh neighborhood, now underway, are within five minutes of a park or open space.Jake Wagner, co-CEO of the developer, Republic Property Group, said the appeal of walkways that connect neighborhoods is that they can be used by everyone who lives there, unlike other amenities that might be of interest to smaller groups of people.“Walking pathways are the backbone of the community because they connect homes and amenities,” he said.Municipalities also are doing more to become pedestrian-friendly. In Olympia, Washington, for example, sidewalks and planter strips are now required on every street. The city’s senior planner, Sophie Stimson, said, “Walking is a priority here.” A 2009 report from CEOs for Cities, “Walking the Walk,” said that houses located in walkable neighborhoods were worth more than similar houses in areas where walking was more difficult. “Above average” levels of walkability added a price premium of $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with “average” walkability in a typical metro area. Millennials show the most interest. The poll by the National Association of Realtors found that age group preferred walking over driving by 12 percentage points, a wider margin than any other generation. Millennials said that they wanted to live within walking distance of shops and restaurants, favored a short commute, and were most likely to use public transportation.Among all respondents, 77% said that being within an easy walk of community features like shops and parks was either very important or somewhat important (only 7% said that was not at all important); 85% said having sidewalks and places to take walks were very important or somewhat important. RELATED ARTICLES