Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Cone passes up on Jalalon: ‘Ferrer’s the guy we’re looking for’ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter 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 Jio Jalalon joins the Star Hotshots during the 2016 PBA Draft. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJio Jalalon is considered as the best collegiate point guard in the draft, but as his professional career starts to unfold the former Arellano University star will soon find himself battling for precious minutes.Star drafted Jalalon with its pick in the special draft and the speedster joins the team’s loaded backcourt that has Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, Justin Melton, and RR Garcia.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The 24-year-old Jalalon, though, is not the person to look at the negatives and instead just wants to look at the benefits of joining a guard-laden team. “Kahit ang dami naming point guard, siguro kung ano lang ipapagawa sa akin ni coach gagawin ko talaga,” said Jalalon. “Siguro yung malaking experience na gusto kong matutunan lalo na kay Mark Barroca, Paul Lee, RR Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Gusto kong makuha yung mga techniques nila.”And just as any other draftee, Jalalon is just ecstatic he’ll get to put on a PBA jersey in few weeks time. We are young EDITORS’ PICK “Sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam kasi dati ito yung team na pinapanood ko talaga nung nandoon pa si Tim Cone, kaya sobrang saya ko na kinuha nila ako,” said Jalalon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas View comments
Guyana has always been a country known for its high literacy rate. It was once deemed the envy of the Region, given the many eminently qualified sons and daughters it produced and who were offered Regional and international positions in various countries and illustrious organisations.However, all put together, they are outnumbered by other Guyanese who have not achieved such status but who are extremely literate and who can think, analyse and make insightful conclusions on their own. That said, some can argue based on our politics over the decades, the independence of thought may be a fallacy.Be that as it may, in today’s world, aided by technology and related devices, people in general have more access to information which in turn has helped them to become more aware of issues, especially those that directly impact them. Many have also been able to increase their literacy levels through this and other means, allowing for more involvement as many are becoming more vocal over social issues, not the least, politics. In other words, today, people in general are also not easily fooled.It appears that in spite of this growing global trend, some politicians are not attuning themselves to this reality. Given what plays out in the public domain, here being a case in point, information provided and which is expected to directly address specific issues, is skilfully crafted to either avoid the issue altogether or is of little help. In doing so, officials probably desire it go unnoticed while allowing the claim that a response has been provided.One could argue that in the general realms of politics, expecting anything else is being flagrantly naive. On the other hand, when some politicians promised to break what they deem a cycle of unaccountability, the possibility exists for naivety be traded for expectation in delivery. In other words, hope for the cycle of accountability to begin.Take what happened recently in the case of the husband of the Housing Minister being granted contracts from an entity that his wife oversees; and a company affiliated to the Communications Minister, being awarded a contract by a Government agency.In the first instance and after the matter was made public, the Housing Minister reportedly blamed the specific department for awarding the contract, claiming she is not directly responsible for such actions. While that may be so, it’s a difficult proposition for the Minister to think that people will believe she was unaware of the contract awarded and of its implications. A question from the ordinary man would be; how would a wife not know of such major undertaking by her husband?It may seem a fair question in the context that spouses generally involve each other on significant matters pertaining to the advancement of the family. Even if she was unaware, with it being deemed a conflict of interest, there is expectation by the general public of particular action being taken.On the second instance, the Communications Minister also claims she was unaware of the award of the contract and that upon her assuming the role of Minister, she relinquished any involvement in the day-to-day operations of the company. Again, that may be true, but the question of conflict of interest lingers. Also, there is the same expectation for particular action; action which is yet to be seen. Keep in mind, in other countries, officials caught up in such scenarios, resign – either voluntary or having being told.This is not advocacy for such action, but a reminder of the proverbial promise of the cycle of accountability by the current Government. The ordinary folk, must not be underestimated. In these changing times, they would not need any convincing that the actions in question for which the officials claim to be unaware, may be rendered unacceptable in the context of a conflict of interest it seemingly derives.Therefore, the attempts to address directly that particular circumstance while offering what can be construed as intangible defences, can be interpreted as an insult of the intelligence of the masses. Recently, accusations were levelled against a Government Ministry for allegedly using multiple names for one person in public advertisements pertaining to the naturalisation of a foreign individual.When it was found that indeed there were different names to the same photograph and pressure brought to bear, the State newspaper claimed it was a mistake and admitted to being responsible. While, again that could be true, such admission becomes difficult to accept especially when the said admission was only after an exposure. Just this week, a leading critic of the current Opposition stated that the Communications Minister may be in breach of the Integrity Act.While the ordinary bloke may not be fully au fait with the jargon of such an Act, they sense something not being right; something out of the norm. To them, it seems something is out of sync with the cycle of accountability; something contradictory to what was promised. Given what seems a frequent occurrence, it may be a fallacy to think that being in sync is normal. In the current context, that thinking itself could also be an insult to intelligence.
Should the Blues defeat Stoke and Tottenham in their next two games, they will have earned a significant statistical landmark.But it is trophies that matter most to former Juventus and Italy boss Conte and he has set his sights on leading Chelsea to the Premier League crown they last won in May 2015.“I prefer to win the title than the record,” Conte told Chelsea TV.“Records are important, but not all. It’s important to write history only when you win.“To be in the history of the club and to win 12 games in a row is fantastic. But with the players we want to continue.”Bournemouth switched to three at the back to try to match the Chelsea formation that has proved such a success since Conte first deployed it earlier this season.But Conte’s men still proved too strong and the Italian views teams changing tactics as a mark of respect.It is a nice problem for Conte to have, and one that is familiar after his time at Juventus, who won 33 of 38 games under him in 2013-14.“After 12 wins in a row, every team who play against Chelsea try also to change their formation. It happened also in Italy when I was manager of Juventus,” Conte said.“We must be prepared for the formation of our opponent (to change). I think this means great respect for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte (2R) shakes hands with Chelsea’s defender Gary Cahill (R) at the end of the English Premier League football match against December 26, 2016 © AFP / Ben STANSALLLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Antonio Conte has challenged his Chelsea stars to use their club record run of 12 successive victories as the foundation to win the Premier League title.Conte’s side moved seven points clear at the top after a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday and they are now just two more victories away from equalling Arsenal’s Premier League record of 14 consecutive wins.
The closures came after a state order trimmed 40 percent of the public money the school was anticipating for this year and next. An audit requested by the Los Angeles County Office of Education found that Gorman had claimed $7.7 million in undeserved state funding over three years. The school is appealing the audit findings and the funding reduction. About 2,000 students enrolled in Gorman this year, according to the California Department of Education. The financially troubled Gorman Learning Center, with charter schools in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, planned to close all of its campuses by today and move its headquarters from Redlands to Los Angeles County before September, officials said. The Gorman center will continue to counsel students and offer home-schooling support, but officials intended to shutter the learning centers in seven cities where students used to visit for group-learning sessions, Gorman board President Kim Clark said this week. Those sites are in Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, Lancaster, Pasadena, Pomona, Saugus and Whittier. “I’m very pleased with the reconfiguration,” Clark said. “I think that it’s going to be a more efficient operation, and I think we’ll emerge as a stronger organization because of it.” The cutback will entail laying off 87 employees, officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WASHINGTON – Hoping to prevent a scare over deadly bird flu, the government is distributing television and radio commercials assuring people that chicken is safe to eat. “Mmm, that chicken looks great. But what about bird flu?” a man asks in one of the ads. His wife says she read that bird flu is unlikely to reach people’s dinner plates. “And even if it did, we have the power to ensure our chicken is safe,” she says. An announcer lists four steps for food safety: Clean hands and cooking surfaces. Separate raw and cooked foods. Cook poultry to at least 165 degrees. Chill leftovers promptly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe Agriculture Department on Thursday began sending out a series of commercials, interview excerpts, video footage and photos to television and radio stations with the goal of easing people’s minds and clearing up misconceptions about bird flu. Initially, those messages may run up against heavy promotion by ABC of its made-for-television movie, “Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America.” The promos feature how ill-prepared the country is to deal with the problem. Authorities don’t know how people will react once the deadly virus arrives in the United States. When bird flu was discovered in France and Italy, consumer demand for chicken plummeted there. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has vowed to continue his touchline antics, including shouting at fourth officials.Klopp was seen screaming into the face of Neil Swarbrick after Chelsea missed a late penalty in the clash at Anfield on Tuesday night. Jose Mourinho has cited the incident as proof that he receives unfair treatment from match officials. But Klopp has vowed to carry on regardless. He said: “To know about it doesn’t change the moment. That is why we accept the fines to say never will we do anything like the last game.“I can say 100 per cent I won’t do it but it’d be a lie to give a guarantee.”While a 1-1 draw did little for Liverpool’s position in the table, where they remain fourth, the performance itself offered hope they could put a miserable January behind them.Just one win in nine matches, and that over Sky Bet League Two side Plymouth, put the Reds’ season in freefall but with only the league to focus on now following two cup exits inside a week Klopp is confident things can improve again very quickly.“As long as this club keeps its nerve and (then with) the kind of power we can create it’s outstanding,” he said after praising fans for the atmosphere they created at Anfield.“Let’s stay cool and have a little bit of fun when you think about Liverpool and look ahead.“Nothing has been decided until now but we have a chance so go for it. 15 games, 45 points – go for it.“There’s a lot to get for us and we will see where it ends.” 1 Klopp has vowed to continue his shouty antics on the touchline
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As of Saturday, at least 2,681 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,131 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is five more than the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EDT.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ NEW YORK – A detective suspended after testing positive for drugs says his wife served him meatballs spiked with marijuana because she wanted to keep him out of harm’s way by forcing him into retirement. An administrative judge believed him, and recommended this week that Anthony Chiofalo be reinstated. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has yet to decide what to do. “We can’t comment because the matter will still come before the police commissioner,” said a spokesman. Chiofalo’s wife said she had substituted marijuana for oregano in her meatball recipe in hopes of forcing him to leave police work. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
2 no dice Van Dijk and Oxlade-Chamberlain were absent from Liverpool training on Monday Salah has been ruled out of the Barca clash Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Also missing, having already been ruled out of the game, were forwards Mohamed Salah (concussion) and Roberto Firmino (muscle tear), with long-term injury victims Adam Lallana (muscle) and Naby Keita (groin) also not present.Liverpool find themselves with a mountain to climb after losing the first leg 3-0 at the Nou Camp last Wednesday and their task has grown with two of their star strikers unavailable.But Jurgen Klopp insists his team still believe they can pull off an Anfield miracle and progress on Tuesday night. ADVICE huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Speaking at a press conference ahead of the game, Klopp said: “There’s hope and that’s football.“We are far away from giving up.“Two of the world’s best strikers are not available tomorrow – it doesn’t make life any easier but while we have 11 players on the pitch we will try.“If there is an opportunity to go to the next round, we have to try. tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were absent from training ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.However, it is understood the pair were undergoing specific, tailored sessions in keeping with managing their workloads at this stage of the season.Van Dijk has played 54 times this term for club and country while Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first appearance in over a year late last month after a serious knee injury. “It is a long season and there is at least a little chance to make it even longer. If not, these are the last two home games of an incredible season.“I think we should celebrate that with a good performance on the pitch and a very good performance in the stands. That would be really nice.“That’s what we want to show, nothing else. We want to celebrate the Champions League campaign, either with a proper finish or another goal.“If we can do it, wonderful, and if not then fail in the most beautiful way, if you want, with a close result.”
The declaration comes following a request from the Scott County Health Department for a needle exchange program, permitted under Senate Enrolled Act 461 in the case of public health emergencies, as they work to address the HIV outbreak in Scott County. Today, State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., declared a public health emergency in Scott County for the period May 25, 2015 through May 24, 2016. The HIV outbreak in Southeastern Indiana has now reached 160 cases (159 confirmed HIV tests and one preliminary positive).On May 13, the Scott County Health Department met with the Scott County Commissioners to request operation of a needle exchange program. On May 15, a public hearing was held in Scott County to discuss and approve this action. This request was then submitted to the Indiana State Health Commissioner for approval.Today’s declaration by ISDH comes in advance of next week’s expiration of Governor Pence’s most recent Executive Order declaring a public health emergency in Scott County.This order permitted the Scott County Health Department to design and administer a limited and focused short-term needle exchange program as part of a comprehensive effort to combat HIV. Senate Enrolled Act 461, which the Governor signed into law on May 5, provides the legal framework under which this program will continue uninterrupted.“We have had over 1,400 services utilized at the One-Stop Shop in Austin, all at no cost to the individual, including more than 300 people who have signed up for the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “We know our efforts are working and I thank all of our partners, at the state, local and federal level, for their continued support during this emergency.”Services at the Austin Community Outreach Center will continue until a transition plan is finalized and in place.One-Stop Shop Update at the Community Outreach CenterISDH opened a One-Stop Shop at the Austin Community Outreach Center on Monday, March 30, in coordination with local partners and other state agencies. Services provided include: access to state-issued ID cards, birth certificates, job counseling and local training, enrollment in HIP 2.0 insurance, HIV testing, HIV care coordination, substance abuse referrals and vaccinations against tetanus, Hepatitis A and B.Total Services Utilized: 1,419HIV Testing: 278Immunizations: 309Bureau of Motor Vehicles: 111LifeSpring Mental Health Services: 87HIV Care Coordination: 81Department of Health Vital Records: 203Family and Social Services Administration (HIP 2.0 enrollment): 311Job Referrals through Indiana Department of Workforce Development: 39The Center is open Mon., Wed., Thurs. and Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues. and Fri. from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sun. from noon-6 p.m. Residents can contact the One-Stop Shop at (317) 605-1480.Note: The Community Outreach Center will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. It will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday.Scott County Needle Exchange Program UpdateOperated by the Scott County Health Department, the needle exchange program includes Scott County residents only. Participants are counseled about their drug use and provided needles based upon their use for a week, as well as thick plastic containers for safe disposal of used needles. Participants and community members have brought used syringes in to the Community Outreach Center. State health officials expect the number of needles brought in to more closely resemble the number of needles provided as the exchange continues.Participants are provided with substance abuse, mental health and other appropriate resources at every visit. The program collects basic demographic information for research and statistical purposes, but does not collect names.Total Individuals Participating in the Needle Exchange: 171Estimated Needles Brought In: *14,981Total Needles Provided: 16,952(*Needles brought in include both from the needle exchange program and community returned needles.)The mobile unit is scheduled to be open daily from 3-6 p.m., but times may vary due to staffing limitations and weather.HIV ClinicThe ABC Clinic which has been providing HIV testing and treatment since the beginning of this outbreak response will be transitioning from Foundations Family Medicine to another permanent location. Infectious disease physicians from IU Health will continue to provide care in a temporary location at the Community Outreach Center until a long-term solution is found. There will be no lapse in patient care.Community Guidance for NeedlesWhat to do if you find a needle:Do not attempt to touch a needle or pick it up. Contact Scott County Dispatch at (812) 752-5550 to report the location of the needle within the community. If possible, stay with the needle and direct officers to it.What to do if you are accidentally stuck by a used needle:Wash the injured area right away with soap and water. Immediately go to the Emergency Department at Scott Memorial Hospital and tell the healthcare provider you have had a needlestick. Do not pick up the needle or attempt to take it with you. Report the location of the needle to Scott County Dispatch at (812) 752-5550.Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.gov. Follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1. Use the hashtag #INstopHIV to follow the outbreak response on Twitter.Hoosiers who do not have health care coverage or access to a doctor are encouraged to check availability for the new Healthy Indiana Plan—HIP 2.0—by visiting www.HIP.IN.gov or calling 1-877-GET-HIP-9.