Malaysia urges Indonesia to keep a lid on haze ahead of SEA Games

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano However there have been fears that choking smog from the fires in neighboring Indonesia could float over Malaysia during the games.The haze is an annual problem caused by slash-and-burn fires started to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations. It often blows over Malaysia and Singapore, causing flight cancellations, school closures and soaring rates of respiratory illness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin played down fears that the games would be affected by haze, saying he did not believe there was currently a threat and Indonesia had improved efforts to tackle the problem.But he said Jakarta still needed to take precautions. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malaysia’s sports minister has urged Indonesia to ensure that haze from raging forest fires does not affect the Southeast Asian Games this month, a report said Wednesday.Malaysia will host the major multi-sport event from August 19-30, with thousands of athletes from across the region descending on the capital Kuala Lumpur to take part.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Real Madrid beats Manchester United 2-1 to win Super Cup Teen gunned down in Masbate Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ “I hope Indonesia will be able to control this problem so it does not affect (the games),” he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times newspaper.“I believe they will be embarrassed if it does affect the SEA Games as they, too, are competing here.”The blazes normally peak in September and October. But there has already been an early spike on Indonesia’s western island of Sumatra — one of the main areas hit by blazes each year — with dozens of people treated for lung infections and some schools closed in Aceh province last month.Indonesia’s national disaster agency says there are currently about 160 “hotspots” across the country. These are areas detected by satellite that are either on fire or intensely hot and likely soon to go up in flames.ADVERTISEMENT This is significantly lower than the number in 2015, when huge fires triggered a weeks-long environmental catastrophe that sent haze billowing as far as southern Thailand, causing thousands to fall ill and sending diplomatic tensions soaring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Bigbie starts over with Blue Crew

first_img“They have a lot of pitchers here,” a resigned Dessens said. “I will do whatever they want me to do. Of course I want to start. That’s why I went to winter ball (Hermosillo of the Mexican League), to build up my innings.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For that, he can thank the hernia that ended his 2006 season four months early, forcing him to watch his St. Louis Cardinals teammates win the World Series without him. “It’s just unfortunate,” Bigbie said. “After 2004, I felt like my career was in a pretty good position. Now, I’m pretty much back to square one, where I have to re-establish myself.” “I just want to get back to doing things the way I used to do them,” Bigbie said. “That starts with staying healthy.” Penned in Dodgers manager Grady Little was asked on Friday why veteran Elmer Dessens, who has 135 career starts, isn’t part of the long list of candidates for the vacant fifth spot in the rotation. Little said he simply had forgotten to mention Dessens when naming the candidates earlier this spring. But that was a dubious explanation at best. The fact is, Dessens’ only shot at the job is for all of the other seven candidates to fail miserably. Barring that, the right-hander will return to the unglamorous middle relief role he had all last season, when he made a combined 62 appearances and posted a 4.56 ERA for the Dodgers and Kansas City. center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the caste system that is the Dodgers’ spring training clubhouse, one end of the room is occupied by the establishment, those well-compensated veterans who have nothing to worry about over the next five weeks except getting themselves ready for opening day. The other end, appropriately the one closest to the exit door, is populated by guys who cross their fingers and hold their breath every time cuts are announced. That’s the area where Larry Bigbie presently finds himself. Eight years after being drafted in the first round (21st overall) by Baltimore and at a point when he has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, Bigbie finds himself, by his own admission, starting over. last_img read more

More Challenges As Another Group Opposes LNG Project

first_imgFORT. ST JOHN, B.C. – Those hoping for jobless, and overall economic relief for the hard-pressed oil and gas industry in this region as the result of the federal government approval next month of the 36-billion dollar Pacific NorthWest LNG project, are facing yet another opposition challenge. About 90 climate scientists from Canada, the U.S., Australia, and the UK are warning of dire environmental effects if the project, majority owned by Petronas, the Malaysian government owned Oil and Gas Company, and four other minority consortium partners, gets the green light from the Trudeau government.Some of the world’s leading experts on climate change are part of this group including NASA scientist James Hansen and Tim Flannery, the chief councillor of Australia’s Climate Commission. They have released an open letter claiming the project would be one of Canada’s largest point source greenhouse gas emitters. – Advertisement -They’re calling the draft environmental assessment for the project, superficial and incomplete, arguing it likely underestimated the amount of emissions that will be released.Doctor Danny Harvey, a senior Canadian climate scientist, and lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says:“Major uncertainties remain concerning greenhouse gas emissions from the fracking that would supply the natural gas, and concerning its full impact on emissions in the countries that would receive the natural gas.”Advertisement He goes on to say: “To proceed with a long term project without knowing the consequences would be reckless.”The federal government is set to make the final decision on the controversial proposal within the next 90 days, but Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has indicated it could come by the end of June.The LNG project would see a liquefaction and export facility built on Lelu Island on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and Progress Energy, which like Pacific Northwest LNG is majority-owned by Petronas, would supply that facility with natural gas produced in Northeast BC and that’s why the project is viewed by many in this region as a panacea to the current economic downturn. Advertisementlast_img read more

Colin Murray and Friends – Thursday, September 18

first_imgDanny Murphy and Daley Thompson joined Colin Murray in the studio for Thursday’s show.last_img

City manager offers film-production tips

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Padilla said when people think of the movie business they often focus on big-name actors, directors and producers or the “eight-dollar cost of a ticket.” He wants city officials to think bigger. “A big reason for the session we had was to educate (leaders) about what production really does for our economy and job creation,” he said. “There is a misperception that the Hollywood industry is only important for Los Angeles. Here is a perfect example of that not being the case. It is important for Santa Clarita and should be important for other cities throughout California.” Padilla is the current president of the League of California Cities, a group that provides education and advocacy services for officials in the state’s 478 cities. Annual board meetings held in the president’s town showcase local issues that have statewide implications. Friday’s event, hosted by the Motion Picture Association of America, was held at Paramount Studios. On Wednesday, Pulskamp reflected on panelists’ musings that “Detroit is the place where they used to make cars. … We want to make sure that Los Angeles doesn’t become the place where they used to make films. We were gratified they thought of us when they were looking for a city that works well with the film industry and business in general.” Pulskamp had emphasized how an increase in TV production helped neutralize the loss of dollars from film companies that fled to distant shores. “NCIS,” “24,” HBO’s “Deadwood” and “Big Love” are all shot in town. Pulskamp said an average of three productions film locally each day. “War of the Worlds,” “X-Men 3,” “Spiderman” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel have filmed here. SANTA CLARITA – City Manager Ken Pulskamp touted the merits of being a filming-friendly city to a gathering of statewide officials on the lookout for ways to boost their city’s bottom line. Seated on a panel elbow to elbow with a Los Angeles councilman and several entertainment-industry heavyweights last week, Pulskamp shared how Santa Clarita’s nimble permit process and hungry pursuit of location shoots helped net more than $16 million in 2005. Pulskamp was tapped for his know-how by several fans, including Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, who serves as president of the statewide group that sponsored the event Friday. “I want to keep production in the city of Los Angeles, but we know the film industry is competitive. If Los Angeles is going to lose film production to somewhere else I would rather it be as local as possible,” Padilla said. “What Ken was able to provide at this venue is a true local-government perspective of what production means for a community.” The Santa Clarita film office, established in 2002, does not charge a business-license fee or utility-users’ tax. Jason Crawford, the city’s film administrator, has attributed the area’s popularity to its “pro-filming attitude and our proximity to Los Angeles without feeling like Los Angeles.” The film office manages a Web site and has issued a comprehensive film guide designed to help directors, location managers and production companies navigate more easily through the wealth of local resources. Crawford coordinates road closures and filming in city parks and around town. Santa Clarita is within the desirable 30-mile zone – proximity to Hollywood – along with about 97 other local cities. When film crews set up shop, they fill hotel rooms and buy lumber, supplies, clothing and food. In 2005, hotel-industry consultant PKF said the city’s hotel-occupancy rates – at 81 percent – were among the top in Los Angeles County, Pulskamp said. Filming plays a big role in filling the rooms, he said. The film business is among the top four industries in Santa Clarita. Ten movie ranches, 20 soundstages and production-related companies operate in town. Michael Kelly, deputy director of the California Film Commission, which strives to attract and retain filming, said Crawford is “100 percent helpful in finding locations.” The organization partners with about 57 local film offices, and Kelly points to Santa Clarita as a good model. Other popular cities are Pasadena, Santa Monica, Culver City, San Diego, parts of Orange County and San Francisco. But far-flung spots have lured away many candidates. “There are so many financial incentives offered by Louisiana, New York, Canada and New Zealand,” Kelly said. “That’s the big issue; people are choosing to film outside California.” Other panelists addressed film issues from their own perspectives. Bryan Unger, Western executive director of the Directors Guild of America, spoke about competition from other states and countries, and Amy Lemisch, director of the California Film Commission, addressed how cities can present themselves as production-friendly. “At the end of the day, it really is not about glamour or movie stars; it’s about the people behind the scenes you never see on screen,” Kelly said. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 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

Stretch of Highway 138 closing for expansion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTo get around the closed section, motorists will be directed onto state Highway 18, U.S. Highway 395 and Interstate 15, adding about 15 miles to the normally 21-mile trip between Highway 18 and Interstate 15. In summer 2007, the highway is expected to be closed from Angeles Crest Highway south to Hess Road, on the Interstate 15 side of the summit. Motorists will use Highway 18, U.S. 395 and Interstate 15 to get around that closure too. The work will add a truck lane in each direction on the northern side of the summit, and for westbound trucks on the summit’s southern side. The construction project will also widen the highway’s shoulders to eight feet to give motorists a place to pull over, and realign a curve west of Lone Pine Canyon Road, near the Mormon Rocks formation, Caltrans said. The work will also rehabilitate the pavement, which hasn’t been replaced for more than 20 years, between just east of Highway 18 and just west of Interstate 15, officials said. PHELAN – Two-lane Highway 138 is getting truck lanes where it climbs over the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County, aimed at reducing head-on collisions from motorists passing slower moving vehicles. The $44.4 million construction project, expected to be concluded in spring 2008, will close a three-mile section of the highway from south of the Highway 18 junction to Angeles Crest Highway to all traffic for three months starting in June. “We have had a high rate of accidents on Highway 138 as a whole. This is a safety improvement project,” Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said. From June 19 through Sept. 19, the highway will be closed from Angeles Crest Highway north to Beekley Road, on the desert side of the summit. 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

VIDEO: Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez scores INCREDIBLE own-goal against Italy

first_imgItaly extended their unbeaten run under manager Giampiero Ventura to nine games after a convincing 3-0 win over Uruguay on Wednesday night.Jose Gimenez’s incredible own-goal gave the Azzurri an early lead before Eder’s late strike and a Daniele De Rossi penalty in injury time sealed a comfortable win for the Italians.But the highlight of the evening undoubtedly came from Atletico Madrid defender Gimenez, who spectacularly volleyed the ball into his own net – much to the amusement of Andrea Belotti.Watch Gimenez’s wonder goal below… 1 The Atletico Madrid man put the Azzurri ahead with a wonder strike last_img read more

GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE SENIORS DEFEAT ARDARA IN LEAGUE

first_imgCLG An Clóchan Liath Club notes 13/06/2016B’iad  7, 8, 9 agus 14 a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto.  Beidh €2800 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann: Joe Boyle – Meenmore, Sheila Sweeney – Kincasslagh, Caolan Ward – The Diamond, Annie Boyle – Glenties agus Karen O’ Donnell – Ardara.The Senior and Reserves were at home to Ardara on Saturday evening. The Reserve game was cancelled last minute, with both teams ready and waiting for a referee. However, with no referee the game was called off and the senior game was brought forward.The Seniors won a scoreline 1-14 to 0-15 in a cat and mouse game. It was an all round good team performance, with a small championship feel to the game! Congratulations and well done to Càtriona Solan on a fine performance before the Ulster Championship clash of Donegal V Fermanagh.Congratulations to Joe McIlroy from Acres National School and our under 10 team in playing for the Donegal Cumann na mBunscoil team V Fermanagh at half time in last Sunday’s Ulster Championship match.The Club Cul Camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 13 will be held in Rosses Park on Monday the 27th of June until Friday the 1st of July. The fee for the Camp is €55 per child, €45 for a second child in the family and €40 for a third child. Included in the price is a camp jersey, a half zip top and a kit bag. It starts at 10am and finishes at 2.30 each day. Contact John Ward on 0866036406 to register.The U8s played in Rosses Park V Ardara on Saturday morning. All teams did really well. Well done to all coaches, players & parents who helped with refreshments after the game. The Dungloe/Gweedore U14 hurlers overcame Four Masters in their championship semi final Thursday past. This is a fantastic achievement and sets them up for a chance to win the U14B Championship for a third year in a row. Well done to all involved!Congratulations to both boys & girls of Scoil Chróine Dungloe who won their respective county finals in Cumann na mBunscoil last week Brilliant achievement!GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE SENIORS DEFEAT ARDARA IN LEAGUE was last modified: June 14th, 2016 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:dungloeGAA noteslast_img read more

JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS BAYVIEW HOTEL TO RE-OPEN THIS SUNDAY

first_imgTHE BAYVIEW Hotel is to re-open this Sunday – after a lawyer from Singapore decided to buy it…online!Peter Gabriel flew into Co Donegal last weekend, walked the streets of Killybegs and introduced himself to some of the locals.He had spotted the hotel for sale on a website and decided to buy it. The property had been listed for sale at an auction for €400,000 but was later withdrawn after Mr Gabriel stepped in.He’s now considering spending a lot more time in the fishing town with his family.Mr Gabriel says the hotel will have a ‘soft opening’ this Sunday with a more formal opening in the New Year.The 3-star 40-bedroom hotel was constructed in 1994 to replace the previous hotel on the site which had stood there for 170 years. The re-opening of the landmark hotel is a huge boost to the area after so many jobs were lost when it closed. JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS BAYVIEW HOTEL TO RE-OPEN THIS SUNDAY was last modified: December 4th, 2013 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

A Great Experience at the West Coast Green Booth

first_imgOne thing I like about trade shows is that I get an opportunity to talk to customers and potential customers. But the cool part is that all I have to do is be honest and answer questions. There’s no real sales pitch because I’m confident that Green Building Advisor can help them. If not, I point them to the publication that can — _Environmental Building News_, _Fine Homebuilding_, or the bookstore right next to our booth where _GreenSpec_ is on sale.A very skeptical engineer was humoring me as I tried to work into my ‘non-sales pitch.’ He wasn’t skeptical of green building, he was skeptical of green building information. He thought we were greenwashers.I knew this engineer wasn’t interested, so I just struck up a conversation and abandoned the pitch. I pulled my hands away from the laptop and backed away. “Show me what you think is coolest on this site,” he said, so I dug in to the encyclopedia of green building, which is something I spent a lot of time on during development. I showed him the landing page for the Green Building Encyclopedia and explained that we organized the information the way people build houses rather than the way Green Rating systems rate them. This made sense to him.He seemed a little surprised at the sheer number of articles; when he saw the depth, he started to get it. He asked me who wrote all this stuff and I told him former _Fine Homebuilding_ editors, except the landscape section, which was written by a former _Fine Gardening_ editor. This struck a chord with him because he has a lot of respect for Fine Homebuilding.I clicked into a page that I had already visited (water heating ) because I knew it would load quickly — we had a not-so-fast wireless connection. He was drawn in further. “Let me look at something that’s applicable to me,” he said, so I let him drive. He clicked into the slab page and saw good informational preliminaries.Then he scrolled down. There he saw some construction detail thumbnail images. “Are these some of the construction details you have?” Yes, would you like to have a look at that library?” We clicked Strategies and Details and then worked into the slab section. He liked the details, and began muttering things like “Wow” under his breath.When I showed him My GBA, he said “Wow” again, but loud enough for others around us to hear. Another guy that had walked up just moments before started paying closer attention. “Is this any good?” the new guy said; the engineer said, “Yes, this is very cool.”Nice to get good feedback from skeptics.last_img read more