“My office did a visit recently and submitted a report, which I will look at shortly. I will review the report and determine the next steps. But we will take it in hand and ensure the facility is restored and fully utilised.” Principal of the G.C. Foster college, Dr Joyce Graham Royal, admitted they are involved in rehabilitating the facility but would not say to what extent, before directing us to the Ministry of Education for further insight. “Until it is completely handed over to us there is only just so much we can do. The documents have been prepared and are being processed and we are just waiting on the ministry (education),” Graham Royal stated. Report submitted In 2013, the People’s National Party-led government of the time announced that GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport would assume responsibility for the neglected Sligoville Stadium, a gift from the Chinese government, which was completed in 2007. It was believed that the process of handing over the complex to the college was nearing its final stages, although no timeline was ascertained. However, Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange poured cold water on that idea, as she indicated that her Jamaica Labour Party – led administration is looking in another direction to develop and maintain the facility. The complex will be available for all government sports entities once possible, but they are also looking at a public-private sector partnership for development and management. “Under the Bruce Golding administration, we had plans for it, we were in discussion about creating a football academy there, and I have resumed discussions with a well-known athlete, who also wants to utilise the facility for track and field,” she said.
Generika-Ayala entered the quarterfinals of the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational after escaping Petron in a thriller, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 31-33, 15-11, Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Orendain had a game-high 23 points to lead the Lifesavers while Araneta added 20 markers.Maizo-Pontillas spearheaded the Blaze Spikers with 14 points. Ma. Angelica D. GarciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rain or Shine averts disaster, axes Globalport for semis berth Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Lifesavers improved to a 3-1 slate while the Blaze Spikers fell to a 2-1 record.Generika-Ayala had a slim one-point lead in the fifth set, 11-10, before staging a 4-1 blitz, capped by team captain Angeli Araneta’s off-the-block kill to seal the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I told my players to think of it just like one of our trainings because we have nothing to lose because Petron is really a strong team but since our team is balanced, the points were distributed equally,” said Lifesavers head coach Sherwin Meneses in Filipino.An Aiza Maizo-Pontillas drop ball and an attack error from Patty Orendain broke a 31-all deadlock in the fourth frame to force a decider. View comments 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
Several chapters of the Queen’s College alumni on Friday presented to the institution donations which are expected to assist the students with their academics and upcoming examinations.Present at the ceremony were the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alfred Granger; members of the Central and South Florida Chapters, Sharia Yasin-Bacchus and Adrian Bacchus; and staff of the institution.Among the donations received was the servicing and reconfiguration of 39 computers in the Information Technology (IT) Laboratory and the repainting of the sick bays, which was done by the Toronto Chapter. The counsellor’s dwelling was also refurbished, and new furniture was added.Grade 10 students utilising the reconfigured computersOne staff member attached to the laboratory, Samantha Liverpool, explained that the need for functioning computers was essential, since examinations will be written shortly and the equipment is critically needed.“It won’t just benefit them, but also it’s going to benefit the students that are to come. The fourth form students are currently using those PCs,” she said.Additionally, the Central and South Florida Chapters were responsible for equipping the science laboratories with supplies and models for easy demonstrations in the classrooms.Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) Chapter assisted with the provision of two air conditioning units for the IT laboratories. This was due to incidents in the past wherein several expensive pieces of equipment were damaged due to an excessive amount of heat in the room.Chairman of the Board, Alfred Granger, stated, “It’s a collaborative effort between all of the overseas alumni. We get tremendous support from them.”Over the years, the alumni chapters of the institution have been the driving force towards the success of the students, and they have revealed that this will continue in the coming years.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The all-party Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services announced the public hearing schedule for the Budget 2017 consultation process. The announcement was made today.The committee will be travelling to 15 communities to hear from individuals and organizations about their financial priorities. There will also be Videoconference opportunities available for 8 communities, including Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.Public hearing registration will open on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The deadline for public input will be Friday, October 14th, 2016 and the committee will then release their report on the results by November 15, 2016.- Advertisement -Other dates and locations include: Vancouver (Monday, Sept. 19) Cranbrook (Tuesday, Sept. 20) Kamloops (Tuesday, Sept. 20) Kelowna (Wednesday, Sept. 21) Richmond (Wednesday, Sept. 21) Surrey (Thursday, Sept. 22) Victoria* (Monday, Sept. 26) Prince Rupert (Monday, Oct. 3) Dawson Creek (Tuesday, Oct. 4) Prince George (Tuesday, Oct. 4) Quesnel (Wednesday, Oct. 5) Port Hardy (Wednesday, Oct. 5) Courtenay (Thursday, Oct. 6) Delta (Thursday, Oct. 6) Victoria* (Tuesday, Oct. 11)
When they beat the Cleveland Indians to win their first AL pennant since the scandal-scarred “Black Sox” in 1919, air raid sirens went off in the city. “When we came back at 2 o’clock in the morning — there are forty or fifty-thousand people at Midway Airport — that was tremendous,” left-handed pitcher Billy Pierce recalled Tuesday. “Then, we were driving home in a taxicab. It was 2:30 by that time or 2:45, and the lawns had flares on them. People were sitting on their porches.” Earlier, people went rushing into the streets, not necessarily to celebrate but because there was a Cold War going on with the Soviet Union and not everyone was sure why the sirens were sounding at night. “After 40 years of waiting for a pennant in the American League, I assume that everyone who was watching the telecast was happy about the White Sox’s victory,” mayor Richard J. Daley said in the Chicago Tribune, adding that the sirens were sounded “in the hilarity and exuberance of the evening.” CHICAGO — Those “Go-Go Sox” stole more bases than they hit homers, were built for defense and speed, batted .250 as a team and had a 39-year-old as their ace. When the White Sox last ended a four-decade pennant drought, the year was 1959: Castro came to power in Cuba, Alaska and Hawaii came on board as states, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened and a first-class stamp cost four cents. It was also the year current Chicago coaches Harold Baines and Greg Walker were born. Managed by Al Lopez, the White Sox featured the up-the-middle defense of shortstop Luis Aparicio and steady second baseman Nellie Fox and the pitching of 22-game winner Early Wynn — all Hall of Famers. These White Sox sent a baseball-hungry town into a tizzy. Now 46 years later, Daley’s son, Richard M., is running the city and finally the White Sox are back in the Fall Classic to face St. Louis or Houston beginning Saturday. There are plenty of differences, but some similarities, too. The 1959 team, like the current one, was very good in one-run games, going 35-15. This year’s team is 37-20, including the playoffs. Wynn was the ace and won the Cy Young. Fox hit .306 and was the MVP. Jim Landis patrolled center field with grace, catcher Sherm Lollar hit 22 of the team’s 97 homers –last in the AL — and Aparicio had 56 of the league-best 113 stolen bases. They made a great late-season pickup by getting Ted Kluszewski, who had 10 RBIs and three homers in a six-game World Series loss to the Dodgers. The White Sox won the opener 11-0 behind two homers from Kluszewski, lost the next three, and beat Sandy Koufax before 92,706 at the Coliseum 1-0 before the Dodgers defeated Wynn in the Game 6 clincher at Comiskey Park. In one of baseball’s most memorable pictures, left fielder Al Smith got a beer bath from a fan as he was chasing a home run by Charley Neal in a Game 2 loss at Comiskey. “I thought we had a very good team, player for player, against the Dodgers. When we won the first game 11-0, I figured, ‘Boy, this going to be it,”‘ Pierce said. “It didn’t turn out that way, but I still think we had a great ballclub.” Landis and Pierce were watching Sunday when the current White Sox finished off the Angels in the AL championship series, thrilled that the long wait since they were in the spotlight is finally over. “What can you say? The Red Sox waited so many years. The White Sox waited so many years, and they’re there now,” Landis said. “You never know when. Some people think (1959) was a fluke. Well, I don’t feel that way. I always say the ’59 team was a great club, and three Hall of Famers came from that club so that’s a pretty good indication.” Even though the current White Sox had more power and hit 200 homers, they were restructured in the off-season to be better defensively and rely on pitching. That came through against the Angels when they strung together four straight complete games, something that hadn’t been done in the same series since the Yankees had five straight complete games in the 1956 World Series. “It proves a point as far as I’m concerned: A pitcher can go nine innings. … If you’ve got some good pitching, they can go all the way,” Landis said. Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko told him in spring training, “‘We are going to be so much better because our defense is so much better.’ They lived up to that.” One of the major differences now is the media crush descending on the players. Pierce and Landis had to deal with some interview requests, but nothing like the current team. In fact, Pierce said he’s probably done as much talking in the two days since the current White Sox won than he did when he was actually a participant. “TV was there but nowhere like it is now,” Pierce said. And the clamor over the length of time it has taken the White Sox to get back to the World Series is non-stop, much moreso than when the “Go-Go Sox” finally returned it to the Windy City. “I think we hear it much more now — that it’s 46 years since we did it in ’59 — than we did at that time about 1917 or 1919,” he said. “I hear a lot more now.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week
Potentially augmenting Amgen’s pipeline, the company expects to release data next year on drugs that treat gastrointestinal tumors, chemotherapy-induced immune deficiency illnesses and colorectal tumors. One potential thorn in Amgen’s side is a recently filed lawsuit against the company on behalf of rival Johnson & Johnson. The lawsuit alleges that Amgen is attempting to push J&J’s Procrit drug out the market. “But we believe the the claim is without merit,” Sharer said. Looking ahead, Amgen reaffirmed its 2005 earnings-per-share estimates of $3.10 to $3.20. During regular trading hours, shares of Amgen rose $2.22 to close at $78.09 Wednesday on the Nasdaq market. Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Shiv Kapoor, analyst with Montgomery & Co. in San Francisco, wasn’t disappointed with the results. “Overall, they are very impressive,” said Kapoor, who also noted that third-quarter sales of anemia fighter Aranesp increased 45 percent to $542 million in the United States. Enbrel sales increased 35 percent during the third quarter to $668 million, versus $496 million in the year-ago period. Amgen said the drug continues to gain market share in the dermatology and rheumatology marketplace. Federal officials recently granted Amgen approval to open a new manufacturing plant of Enbrel in Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Amgen’s Epogen drug saw sales fall 12 percent as usage increased in the hospital setting for newer generation drug Aranesp. In other developments, the company expects to spend more money on research and development as clinical trials ramp up for denosumab, Amgen’s investigational therapy for bone loss. In the most recent quarter, R&D expenses totaled $559 million compared with $495 million in the like period a year ago. The company also plans to file new data with the Food and Drug Administration on extended dosing regimens for Aranesp. The longer dosing regimens will apply to patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. THOUSAND OAKS – Biotechnology behemoth Amgen Inc. more than quadrupled its third-quarter profits on strong sales of anti-anemia drug Aranesp and arthritis-attacker Enbrel, the company said Wednesday. The Thousand Oaks-based company reported net income of $967 million, or 77 cents a share, compared with $236 million, or 18 cents a share, in the like quarter a year ago. At the same time, revenue rose 17 percent to $2.5 billion in the three-month period ending Sept. 30. Kevin Sharer, Amgen’s chief executive officer, touted the quarter and its ability to propel the company forward as it enters the final stretch of the year. “It gives us real momentum as we look to 2006,” said Sharer during a conference call with analysts. Despite the results, shares of Amgen lost nearly 5 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the company missed third-quarter estimates by more than 5 cents, according to Thomson First Call.
Earlier estimates are that an influenza pandemic could kill at least 21,000 people in California, compared with about 200 deaths in an average flu season. Lewis said he will introduce legislation this week to authorize the funding, including $1.2 billion to make 20 million more doses of the current vaccine; $2.8 billion to accelerate new flu-vaccine technology; and $1 billion to stockpile more antiviral drugs. Southland Democrats, however, criticized Bush as being slow to respond to the threat and noted that the funding request comes amid two consecutive years of federal cuts in money for state and local public health preparedness. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, said the $583 million Bush said would go for state and local pandemic preparedness “represents an irrational zigzag, but a needed one from when he cut $130 million from public health.” And both Sherman and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, denounced Bush’s call to reduce liability for companies that make influenza vaccine. Waxman, who wrote legislation requiring children to be immunized, noted that Congress set up a compensation program for injuries. He called that route preferable to eliminating the right to sue vaccine makers. Pandemics strike when the easy-to-mutate influenza virus shifts to a strain that people have never experienced before, something that has happened three times in the past century. While it is impossible to say when the next super-flu will strike, concern is growing that the bird flu strain known as H5N1 could trigger one if it mutates to start spreading easily among people. Since 2003, at least 62 people in Southeast Asia have died from H5N1; most of the victims regularly handled poultry. Topping Bush’s strategy: $1.2 billion to stockpile enough vaccine against the current H5N1 flu strain to protect 20 million Americans, the estimated number of health workers and other first-responders involved in a pandemic. If a similar bird flu causes a pandemic, the shots should provide some protection while better-matched versions are manufactured. $1 billion for the drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, which can treat and, in some cases, prevent flu infection. Enough to treat 44 million people and prevent infection in 6 million others is headed for the federal stockpile. States were told to buy 31 million treatment courses, but Bush is funding only a quarter of the states’ anticipated bill. $2.8 billion to create ways to manufacture flu vaccines in easier-to-handle cell cultures, instead of today’s slow method that relies on millions of chicken eggs. If this overhaul works, it one day would allow faster production of both pandemic vaccines and regular winter flu shots. $251 million for international preparations, including improving early warning systems to spot human infections with new flu strains. $100 million for state preparations, including determining how to deliver stockpiled medicines directly to patients. $56 million to test poultry and wild birds for H5N1 or other novel flu strains entering the U.S. bird population. A call for Congress to provide liability protection for makers of a pandemic vaccine, which, unlike shots against the regular winter flu, would be experimental, largely untested. Bush’s announcement came after his administration was battered by criticism over its lethargic response to Hurricane Katrina. Public health specialists, briefed on the strategy but awaiting details, called it a good start. “Clearly this is the No. 1 public health issue on the radar screen,” said Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota, who advises the government on infectious disease threats. But it’s not strong enough, said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., who helped lead Senate passage last month of $8 billion in emergency funding for pandemic preparations. “Stockpiles alone aren’t enough without the capacity to make use of them,” he said, calling for steps to help states, cities and hospitals prepare for a flood of panicked patients. “There is a gaping hole” in the plan, added Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who said the nation should stockpile enough Tamiflu for half the population, not the quarter that would be covered if the states added their share under Bush’s plan. The states’ contribution will be difficult, said Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, chairman of the National Governors Association. “They expect us to pay 75 cents on a dollar for flu medicine – that’s going to be a tough pill to swallow,” he said through a spokeswoman. The states’ collective tab would reach $510 million, said Kim Elliott, deputy director of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health. She worried that some wouldn’t buy any, and that others wouldn’t share their Tamiflu stash if a pandemic struck in a part of the country that ran out. “It depends on where you live and the state of your state’s budget as to whether or not you might receive a treatment drug,” she said. If a pandemic strikes, the Department of Health and Human Services will direct the medical response, and it will unveil long-awaited details later today. Still to be finalized is a plan from the Homeland Security Department, which will coordinate how the government balances protecting the public with keeping schools, businesses and transportation sectors running. “People think, Oh, if I get sick, I’ll stay home,” said homeland security spokesman Brian Doyle. “But what happens when schools are closed for four months? Will truck drivers want to deliver food?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Every nation, every state in this union and every community in these states must be ready,” Bush said in a speech Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health. “If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare.” House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, vowed Tuesday to approve the president’s request and to allocate even more money, if necessary. Lewis noted that a global outbreak of bird flu has the potential of affecting millions of people. “I’m not going to sit back in the face of that and presume that this is a time to rat-hole money for some cause we haven’t dreamt up yet,” he said. In California, State Department of Health Services officials said last month that they expected to release their updated pandemic influenza response plan soon after the federal government issued its plan. WASHINGTON – Four times, President George W. Bush tried to reassure a jittery world. “There is no pandemic flu in our country or in the world at this time,” he said, even as he outlined a $7.1 billion plan to get the country prepared – just in case. Key to those preparations: better early warning systems to detect and contain novel influenza strains before they reach the nation’s shores, and overhauling the vaccine industry so eventually every American could be inoculated within six months of a pandemic’s beginning. The ambitious vaccine change will take years to implement – Bush’s goal is 2010 – and his plan drew immediate fire from critics who said it didn’t provide enough protection in the meantime. States, too, got an unpleasant surprise, ordered to purchase millions of doses of an anti-flu drug with their own money. But Bush said cities, states and countries will all have to do their fair share to survive a worldwide outbreak of the worrisome Asian bird flu or some other super-strain of influenza.
Shelley, a Democrat, denied wrongdoing but resigned in February after he was accused of mishandling the money, bending state hiring rules to reward political allies and accepting questionable campaign contributions. His successor, McPherson, agreed with some of the audit’s findings, but disputed the auditor’s claim that about $2 million in no-bid consulting contracts were inappropriate. Those contracts were cleared for no-bid awards by the state Department of General Services because of a tight deadline to bring California into compliance with the federal law, McPherson said in his response to the audit. In addition, the office was facing unprecedented pressure from the combination of three elections – the first-ever recall election for a California governor in 2003, followed in 2004 by a presidential primary and a presidential general election, McPherson said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – More than $3.8 million in federal election money was spent improperly or without required documentation by former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, federal auditors said in a report released Wednesday. The audit, commissioned by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, confirms an earlier state audit of Shelley’s handling of money given to California under the Help America Vote Act. It examined spending through 2004. The commission will review the audit and issue a final report to the state within 60 days, commission spokeswoman Jeannie Layson said. She said it is premature to speculate about possible remedies or penalties the state could face. But the current secretary of state, Bruce McPherson, said California could be required to repay the money. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “In order to argue against a particular reimbursement, the Secretary of State’s Office must show proof of reasons why those funds should not be reimbursed,” said Jennifer Kerns, a spokeswoman for McPherson. She said the state hadn’t been able to demonstrate those reasons, which could include the fact that time cards were lost or contracts were misplaced. Auditors said about $3 million in spending lacked documentation, such as paying salaries for people who didn’t submit time sheets, or was improperly awarded to consultants through no-bid contracts. The audit, conducted by the Department of the Interior’s inspector general, also found another $777,502 was improperly spent on salaries, promotional memorabilia and other items that were unrelated to the Help America Vote Act. Congress passed the law in 2002 after the problems with voting machines and access to polling places that surfaced during the 2000 presidential election. California has received about $180 million in federal money to upgrade voting equipment and procedures. Federal authorities froze another $170 million after questions arose about Shelley’s spending, money that was released in June after Shelley had been replaced.
Captain Jake Mitchell of Sea Hawk Sport Fishing had a hunch, and it paid off in a big way. On Tuesday, despite a mediocre forecast, he ventured from Shelter Cove out to the Gorda Valley where the water was warm and hopefully loaded with tuna. “The wind was forecasted to stay outside of the 125 line, so I figured it was worth a shot,” Mitchell said. “I had some pretty salty clients and let them know there was a good chance we may not make it out to the warm water. They didn’t care, they wanted …