French Grand Prix back on F1 calendar from 2018

first_imgWe are young The world’s oldest grand prix was first held in 1906 but was dropped from the calendar in 2008 because of financial issues.The Paul Ricard circuit, also known as Le Castellet, last hosted the French GP in 1990. The race was organized at Magny-Cours from 1991-2008.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliEstrosi said French officials have sealed a five-year deal with F1 organizers. Financial terms were not disclosed.“Losing the grand prix was a true scar for our country,” Estrosi said at the Automobile Club de France. “I can today make the firm and definitive announcement that the Grand Prix de France will return at the Paul Ricard circuit as soon as the 2018 summer.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. According to Estrosi, the track shareholders have invested 80 million euros ($85.6 million) since 2002 to renovate the Paul Ricard, which is regularly used by F1 teams for test sessions.“It is the circuit which has invested the most in Europe over the past few years to adapt to international standards,” Estrosi said, adding that he expects the race to generate about €65 million ($69.6 million) of indirect revenues for the region, and to help create about 500 jobs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes President of the Provence-Aplpes-Cote d’Azur region in France Christian Estrosi gestures as he speaks during a media conference in Paris, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The French grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2018 after a 10-year absence. (Photo by MICHEL EULER/AP)PARIS — The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2018 after a 10-year absence.Christian Estrosi, the head of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, said Monday that the race will be organized at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town UP’s Desiderio, Manuel could be added to Gilas poolcenter_img 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 MOST READ View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise The announcement came just days after the German Grand Prix was dropped from the 2017 calendar.Estrosi paid tribute to the late driver Jules Bianchi, who died last year following a long battle to recover from major head injuries sustained at the Japanese GP in October 2014.“I’m dedicating this big return to my friend Jules,” Estrosi said. “My thoughts are with his family.”Jean Todt, the president of motorsports’ world governing body, said the return of the French GP is an “enormous satisfaction” for FIA.“This is big news for France and its capacity to host major international events,” Todt said in a pre-recorded message. “Le Castellet has been modernized and has all the required qualities to organize this event.”ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to viruslast_img read more

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Indonesian activists protest China-funded dam in orangutan habitat

first_imgBanner image: A male Tapanuli orangutan in the Batang Toru forest. Image by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0). 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 overSponsored The Chinese government plans to fund a massive hydroelectric power dam in the Batang Toru ecosystem in North Sumatra, Indonesia, where the newly described Tapanuli orangutan lives.Activists staged a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta on May 8, coinciding with a state visit by Premier Li Keqiang, to condemn Beijing’s involvement in the project.In a letter submitted by the demonstrators to the embassy, they demanded China withdraw its support for the project due to the massive environmental threats posed by the endeavor. JAKARTA — Activists in Indonesia have called on the Chinese government to withdraw funding for a hydroelectric dam that threatens to fragment the only known habitat of the most endangered great ape on Earth.Representatives of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) staged a demonstration on May 8 outside the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta in protest at Beijing’s planned funding for the $1.6 billion project, which is part of China’s Belt and Road initiative.The protesters argued that the North Sumatra Hydro Energy project threatened the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), a species described just last year but already perilously close to extinction with a population of fewer than 800 individuals. Over the course of three generations, the ape has lost 83 percent of its population as its habitat in the Batang Toru ecosystem has been fragmented.The protest coincided with a state visit to Indonesia by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, where he was welcomed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to discuss a slew of bilateral partnerships that have flourished since China introduced its Belt and Road initiative in 2013.Dana Prima Tarigan, the executive director of Walhi’s North Sumatra chapter, told reporters that the protest was meant to “convey our aspiration to save the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, where China is funding the development of a hydroelectric dam.”The protesters also sought to submit an open letter to the embassy in which they asked embassy officials to facilitate talks with Chinese investors and funders of the project in order to make them aware of the environmental and social risks posed by the project.“We believe that every foreign investment in our country, whether from China or elsewhere, shouldn’t contribute to the erosion of people’s livelihoods and more importantly to the extinction of a critically endangered species,” the letter read.The protesters, however, failed to meet with embassy staff and were removed from the premises by security officers because they did not have a permit to stage a protest.Demonstrators from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) hold a banner protesting China’s planned funding for the Batang Toru dam project in front of the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Hans Nicholas Jong for Mongabay.Habitat fragmentationThe planned hydropower plant was announced in 2012 and will be the largest on Sumatra once completed by 2022 as planned. The Indonesian government considers it a priority project under the Jokowi administration’s wider infrastructure-building push.The project will occupy 6.45 square kilometers (2.5 square miles) of land along the Batang Toru River in South Tapanuli district. It will involve the construction of a powerhouse, a substation, headrace and tailrace tunnels, a reservoir, spillway and related infrastructure, the installation of turbines, generators and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.Major lenders have stayed away from the project, likely because of the potential environmental damage, with the World Bank backing off from funding the project.But this hasn’t slowed down Chinese developers. The state-owned Bank of China has pledged financing for the dam, while state-owned Chinese utility Sinohydro has signed on to handle the construction.The project would dramatically change 96 square kilometers (37 square miles), or about 8 percent, of the Tapanuli orangutans’ range in the next four years, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology. Long before the dam goes into operation, its construction would impact the orangutans’ habitat by carving through the forest to open up access roads and pathways for power lines. Such openings increase the odds that farmers will clear more land for agriculture or hunters will enter the area.“More than 50 hectares [124 acres] of forest have been cleared [for the project] and each month, the forest clearing intensifies,” Walhi’s Dana said.While an 8 percent reduction in habitat might not seem significant, the ape’s remaining habitat is already compacted into a tiny area less than a tenth the size of Sydney, Australia.“If it proceeds, the dam will flood crucial parts of the ape’s habitat, while chopping up its remaining habitat with new roads and power lines,” Jatna Supriatna, an author of the new study and researcher at the University of Indonesia, said in a statement.Land cleared as a staging area for the building of a new hydroelectric dam. New orangutan species discovered in Batang Toru, North Sumatra. They are on the brink of extinction due to a hydropower dam project. Contact: Helen Buckland SOS. Picture: Andrew WalmsleyThe project also threatens to displace indigenous communities, who refuse to sell their lands at the prices the developers have offered. Last year, a protest by locals from three villages against the development of the dam turned violent.Activists are also alarmed over the project’s environmental impact assessment, known as the Amdal, which contains disturbing details on how the dam would wreak havoc on locals’ farms, according to Dana.“The dam will siphon river water for 18 hours, so around 1,200 hectares [2,965 acres] of farms on the riverbank will be dried for 18 hours,” he said. “And then during the next six hours, the sluice will be opened, flooding the farms.”Dana said this would threaten 100,000 people whose livelihoods are dependent on the farms and other resources provided by the Batang Toru ecosystem.There are also key omissions in the environmental impact assessment document, including the fact that the project site sits on top of a tectonic fissure.“The document doesn’t mention anything about risk of earthquakes, while under the project lies the Toru [fault],” Dana said. “Meanwhile, the project includes the digging of a tunnel, which will increase the risk of an earthquake. But this risk wasn’t studied. And other risks on the loss of livelihoods weren’t studied either.”Operations from a nearby gold mine, operated by PT Agincourt Resources, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed miner G-Resources Group Ltd., could exacerbate the environmental damage from the dam, Dana said. He noted that the Amdal document contained an agreement for PT Agincourt Resources to dump its waste through the dam. In 2012, the company temporarily stopped the operation of its Martabe gold mine following an ongoing dispute with local residents over the firm’s waste management.“Once the sluice gate is opened, the waste from PT Agincourt will be dumped,” Dana said. “We can see how dangerous it is for the river ecosystem and people living on the riverbank.”Map of the Batang Toru ecosystem, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) in Sumatra.Lawsuit threatDana said Walhi might file a lawsuit against the dam developer if the project went through, on the basis of irregularities in the Amdal document.“We’ll go to the state administrative court to stop the permit if the financiers don’t cancel the project,” he said. “As I said before, the Amdal document doesn’t contain any assessment on the risk of earthquakes and the impact on people living on the riverbank.”While the central government has not made a decision on the future of the project, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has acknowledged the issues and vowed an assessment of the potential impact from the power plant project on the orangutan habitat.“It’s better for all parties to sit together to share information comprehensively,” Wiratno, the ministry’s director general for ecosystem and natural resource conservation, told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m ready to facilitate the meeting [between all stakeholders].”Previously, he said he’d see the impact of the project first before deciding on whether to allow it to proceed. Animals, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Deforestation, Endangered, Endangered Species, Energy, Environment, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, Infrastructure, New Species, Orangutans, Protected Areas, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img read more

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Dacres loves to compete with the best

first_img He and Robinson have their focus on the World Championships, and Dacres says their goals haven’t changed. “We keep doing what we’ve been doing all along,” he outlined, “training and try to get consistently higher.” So far, his preparations have yielded a Jamaica record of 68.88 metres and has exceeded 65 metres in eight meets so far this season. “We’re loading again,” he specified of the heavy training he is doing now, “so it’s actually a work-in-progress.” His winning throw last Sunday was 66.90m. GOALS HAVEN’T CHANGED Fedrick Dacres, Jamaica’s best ever discus thrower, loves to compete with the best athletes in his event. That’s the attitude he’s taking into the London Diamond League this weekend and next month’s World Championships. He’s also heading for his double trips to London with a rich vein of form. Before winning at the recent Stockholm Diamond League meet, he placed second to Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania in Hengelo and to Swede Daniel Stahl in Oslo. He isn’t daunted by any of them. In fact, he relishes the prospect of throwing against them, Poland’s reigning world champion, Piotr Malachowski, and the brothers Harting, Robert, and Christoph, who won the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals respectively. “Awesome field,” he evaluated after winning the discus at the Last Chance Throwing meet inside the National Stadium on July 1, “and that’s what I like. I like to be pressured, and I think I’m up there with themand so I’m just waiting to compete again.” Stahl has the best throw in the world with a distance of 71.29 metres. Asked when he would next be in action, the Julian Robinson-coached University of the West Indies thrower reported, “I compete in the London Diamond League on Sunday.”last_img read more

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Youth and societal challenges

first_imgThe United Nations General Assembly has designated August 12 as International Youth Day. Since it was first observed in 1999, the day serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the many diverse and complex challenges young people face.According to UN estimates, there are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. But 1 in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones, and 24 million of them are out of school. The UN notes that political instability, labour market challenges, and limited space for political and civic participation have led to increasing isolation of youth in societies.Here, in Guyana, there are many social ills affecting citizens, especially the younger segment of the population; and programmes and support services to help address these issues could never be enough. For example, the use of illegal drugs and alcohol, crime, suicide, domestic and other forms of violence, lack of jobs, and so on are having a huge negative impact on communities. And now, more than ever before, there is need for a genuine collaborative approach, with inclusive planning and coordination, where volunteerism is a key element, to help find practical and lasting solutions to these many ills.While the Government must play a crucial role in designing the relevant policies and putting in place the necessary legislative framework and other support mechanisms aimed at addressing these issues, this burden must also be shared by other stakeholders; such as religious groups, the Private Sector and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) etc.A case in point is that there is hardly any family in Guyana that has never been touched directly or indirectly by suicide. Experts have pointed to the fact that about 90 per cent of people who die by suicide had some sort of mental illness at the time of their death. Many people die by suicide because depression is triggered by several negative life experiences, and the suffering person does not receive effective treatment or support. Young people are crying out for attention; they need guidance, or simply someone to speak with; many want to find a way out of their misery. However, sometimes accessing that source of help is very difficult.The role of the Private Sector should never be underestimated. There is need for funding for many crucial programmes aimed at creating better opportunities for young persons. Such programmes, once effectively implemented, would see our children and young people become well-equipped with the necessary skills to develop themselves, and in turn contribute to the overall development of the country. The Private Sector is one of the main beneficiaries of an educated and skilled workforce, and it should seek to invest in, and help to build, the pool of talent it wishes to draw from.It is well accepted that progressive countries in the world have strong systems for engaging youth in policy formation, and in creating or altering programmes designed to support youth. One of the most effective ways to create a sense of belonging and give youth a voice is through national and local youth councils, which aim to create platforms for young people to discuss and debate relevant issues and influence policy decisions.With opportunities afforded by new technologies, including the deployment of social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, this should lead to more interest for youth to get involved in debates and discussions, and to pose questions to their leaders on issues that are relevant to the electorate.We encourage all stakeholders here, including the Government and Private Sector, to use International Youth Day to raise awareness of the challenges young people face, and to lobby for more support, both in terms of designing the necessary policies and allocating the resources needed that would hopefully result in better opportunities for this segment of our population.last_img read more

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FATF, ICRG officials to visit Guyana in September

first_img… country cleared to commence exit process from watch listFollowing a successful 10th Follow-Up Report to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Guyana is steps closer to being removed from both the CFATF and FATF regimes after it was recently given clearance to commence the exiting process.This was announced by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, who recently returned from the ‘FATF Plenary and Working Group Meetings’ held in Busan, Korea.He was joined by Legal Advisor of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Alicia Williams, who is currently performing functions of the Director.“The FATF has cleared the way for Guyana to begin to exit its process, and thereupon there CFATF process also,” the Attorney General told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.He further stated that the Plenary has adopted the FATF/International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG) Co-Chairs’ Report, which recognised that “Guyana has substantially completed its Action Plan at the technical level”.However, Minister Williams pointed out that before Guyana can exit FATF and CFATF, it must first exit the FATF/ICRG review process. The ICRG analyses high-risk jurisdictions and recommend specific action to address the Money Laundering/Financing Terrorism (ML/FT) risks emanating from these countries.To this end, the Attorney General noted that an on-site visit will have to be conducted.“In line with the procedures for removing jurisdictions from the ICRG review, ICRG recommends that an on-site visit take place to the country prior to the October 2016 meetings in order to verify that the implementation of its AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism) reforms has begun and is being sustained and there is political commitment to sustain implementation,” Williams said, quoting the report.These reforms include adequately criminalising of money laundering and terrorist financing, establishing and implementing adequate procedures for the confiscation of assets related to money laundering, and establishing and implementing an adequate legal framework for identifying, tracing and freezing terrorist assets; as well as establishing a fully operational effectively functioning financial intelligence unit, establishing effective measures for customer due diligence and enhancing financial transparency, strengthening suspicious transaction reporting requirements, and implementing an adequate supervisory framework.“The on-site visit will therefore relate to the verification of the implementation of these seven reforms,” Williams said. Among the local bodies to be under scrutiny by the FATF/ICRG Co-Chairs are: FIU, Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Bank of Guyana (BOG), Guyana Securities Council, the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS), the Supervisor of Insurance (SOI), money transfer agencies and commercial banks.The Legal Affairs Minister said the on-site visit is likely to be on September 15 and 16. In the meanwhile, he said Government will be working along with these entities to ensure that they are prepared for the verification process.Moreover, he noted that once Guyana satisfies the visiting team then Guyana’s exiting will be imminent.“Once the FATF/ICRG Co-Chairs conclude that Guyana has satisfied its on-site verification then a motion will have to be moved in the October Plenary, to remove Guyana from the FATF/ICRG’s review list. On being removed from the said list, Guyana will thereupon qualify to exit the CFATF follow-up process,” Williams remarked.Already, CFATF has given Guyana a clean bill of health on its 10th Follow-up Report, which the Attorney General noted was the coalition Government’s first submission. This was at the ‘CFATF Plenary Meeting and Working Groups Agenda’ held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on June 5 and 9, 2016.At that meeting, the regional watch body said “Guyana has significantly improved its overall level of compliance and most importantly, Guyana has fully addressed the core and key recommendations.While Guyana satisfies the criteria for application to exit the follow-up process, it is still in the FATF/ICRG process which its needs to complete first. As such it is recommended that Guyana stay in enhanced follow-up and be required to report on continuing implementation to the next Plenary in November.”last_img read more

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Ronaldo interested in Man United return

first_imgManchester United sold Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for £80m and they have tried to set up a deal for his return on at least one occasion since his departure.At the moment, United are wary of being drawn into a transfer saga surrounding Ronaldo’s future and the general feeling at Old Trafford is that he will stay in Madrid.Ronaldo’s advisers, though, have been told to find him a new club outside Spain because he is angry after being accused of evading tax of Sh1.7bn (£13m) between 2011 and 2014.There are very few clubs who would be able to afford Ronaldo’s transfer fee and his wages.Paris Saint-Germain have a longstanding interest in signing him and AC Milan’s new Chinese owners have been in contact this summer with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.China is another option, with the mid-season window there opening on Monday, but it is believed that at the age of 32, Ronaldo would prefer to carry on playing in one of Europe’s top leagues.Real Madrid will do everything they can to keep Ronaldo, but if he is allowed to leave, United are one of the very few clubs he would want to join.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League final on June 3, 2017MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jun 19 -Cristiano Ronaldo is interested in the possibility of returning to Manchester United this summer, Sky sources understand.The Real Madrid forward wants to leave Spain and a source close to the player says United are very close to his heart.last_img read more

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‘I don’t think our team is just Sergio Aguero’ – Manuel Pellegrini insists Man City are not a one-man team

first_imgManuel Pellegrini maintains Manchester City are not a one-man team despite Sergio Aguero’s latest rescue act, this time at West Ham.City twice had to come from behind with goals from their Argentinian striker to salvage a 2-2 draw at Upton Park on Saturday evening.Aguero won and converted a penalty to cancel out Enner Valencia’s first-minute opener, and dragged his side level again 10 minutes from full-time after Valencia’s second.But City boss Pellegrini insisted: “I don’t think our team is just Sergio Aguero. We are fighting for the title and involved in other competitions with a lot of injuries, so it’s important to have him 100 per cent fit.“But we have a squad which is the reason why we are fighting for the title.”City’s now notoriously shaky defence failed its first test at Upton Park after just 55 seconds.Cheikhou Kouyate strode past a non-existent challenge from Yaya Toure and into the area before cutting the ball back for the unmarked Valencia to slam under Joe Hart.Agureo, who also hit the post, hauled the visitors level after he had been tripped in the area by Carl Jenkinson, coolly sending Adrian the wrong way from the penalty spot.City were inches from taking the lead in the 55th minute when Fabian Delph’s low shot hit the foot of Adrian’s post – but moments later West Ham went back in front.Michail Antonio’s quickly-taken throw-in, of all things, caught the City defence napping and Valencia brushed off Nicolas Otamendi’s feeble challenge before prodding the ball past Hart.“Perhaps we were not concentrating,” admitted Pellegrini. “When there is a throw-in maybe you are not thinking there is danger, but we know Antonio has a long throw.“But Joe didn’t have to work too much in the second half. We didn’t have important problems in defence – just the concentration for the second goal.”last_img read more

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Mortgage proposal would freeze teaser loan rate

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Bush administration and the mortgage industry, trying to combat a massive wave of foreclosures, are hammering out a proposal to temporarily freeze interest rates on certain troubled subprime mortgages. If adopted, it would be the biggest action taken to cope with the unfolding crisis. The administration was still holding discussions on Friday, trying to work out details of the proposal, which could be unveiled as early as next week. Some indications of the outlines of the proposal may come in a speech Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is scheduled to deliver to a national housing conference on Monday. The talks have involved all the federal banking regulators and major players in the mortgage industry such as Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co. and Countrywide Financial Corp. The major thrust of the proposal would be to get lenders to extend for a number of years the low, introductory rates that were offered on subprime mortgages. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAn estimated 2 million of those initial low, teaser rates are scheduled to reset to much higher levels by the end of next year, pushing the payment on a typical mortgage from $1,200 per month to $1,550, an increase of $350. The concern is that many homeowners will not be able to meet the higher payments, triggering hundreds of thousands of defaults. 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

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Around Whittier

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Dr. William C. De La Pena of Whittier and Bruce D. Varner of Redlands as regents to the University of California’s governing board. De La Pena, 52, of Whittier, has served as ophthalmologist and medical director of De La Pena Eye Clinic since 1984. Before that, he was director of the opthalmology department for Santa Marta Hospital from 1984 to 2003 and the Doctor’s Hospital of Santa Ana from 1986 to 1990. He previously had been an instructor of opthalmology at UC Irvine from 1984-1990 and an assistant clinical professor of opthalmology at UC San Diego in 1982. Varner, 69, specializes in corporate and business law and has been a partner with Varner & Brandt since 1997. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe appointments, which are unpaid, must be confirmed by the state Senate. November election to be discussed LA HABRA – Residents are invited to a town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Monday at the Fullerton City Council Chamber, 303 W. Commonwealth Ave., to discuss ways to provide voting information in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish for the upcoming November elections. Additionally, demonstrations of The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail will be available. For more information, call the Orange County Registrar of Voters Office, (714) 567- 7600, or visit www.ocvote.com. Preschool now taking applications WHITTIER – East Whittier Christian Church Preschool, 9951 S. Mills Ave., is now accepting enrollment for the fall program. The school offers half-day and full-day programs for potty trained children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten. It also provides before and after-school care for kindergarten and first-grade students enrolled at Mulberry Elementary School. Hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Along with daily preschool activities, the school also provides a short chapel time, where basic Bible stories are told and songs are sung. For more information, call (562) 696-6555. Firefighters to host MDA fundraiser SANTA FE SPRINGS – Santa Fe Springs Fire Department officials will kick off a special fundraiser from 8a.m. to noon Thursday to support services and programs offered through the Muscular Dystrophy Association. City firefighters will be at Carmenita and Telegraph roads, collecting donations from commuters. For more information, call (562) 944-9713. Response team training slated PICO RIVERA – A free Community Emergency Response Team training course for interested volunteers will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9, Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 at the Pico Rivera Senior Center, 9200Mines Ave. Taught by Los Angeles County firefighters and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, the training program teaches disaster preparedness, basic fire suppression techniques, disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations. Participants must be at least 18 years old. For more information, call (562) 801-4039. Montebello library to hold book sale MONTEBELLO – Montebello Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Montebello Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. The sale will include hardcovers, paperbacks, fiction and nonfiction books. For more information, call (323) 722-7292. Center to hold caregiver talk WHITTIER – A presentation on caregiving will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. The presentation will cover the financial issues of caregivers, challenges of caregiving and how a caregiver is defined. For more information, call (562) 464-3370. – From staff reports160Want 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

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Big Question (Answered): “Will Text-Based Communications Eventually be Upended by Video?”

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts After reading both our recent guest post by Bernard Moon, “The Coming Ubiquity of Video Communications“, and the resulting comments, I saw that many people were divided on this possibility. Despite the writer’s surety of video’s eventual win, many of you were just as assured that text would always be a large part of mobile messaging and communication. We asked you this question earlier today and we culled your responses from Facebook, the original post and Twitter and we used Storify to present it all back to you. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments. Tags:#community#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img robyn tippins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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