Details of the opening ceremony are always a closely-guarded secret, but what is known is that the budget for Rio’s festivities is substantially lower than the £31m devoted to director Danny Boyle’s London 2012 extravaganza.Reports in 2015 suggested Rio ceremony director Fernando Meirelles – who made films like City of God and The Constant Gardener – could be working with as little as one-tenth of Boyle’s budget.Organisers told the BBC that Rio’s ceremony will still be “the biggest event in the world – not just Brazilian culture but world culture”.There is no ticketed sports action outside the opening ceremony on Friday, but there is still some activity at Rio’s Sambadrome. Similarly to London 2012, archery holds its behind-closed-doors ranking round to seed the competitors for the events ahead.
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo from Fiba.comChot Reyes makes the final three cuts in his 15-man pool Thursday on the eve of Gilas Pilipinas’ first round clash with Japan in the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifying series at Komazawa Olympic gym in Tokyo.Team Philippines has been in the Japanese capital since Tuesday as Reyes and his staff continue to figure out which best 12-man team can compete with the hosts that will be bannered by naturalized player Ira Brown and talented center Joji Takeuchi.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva will lead Reyes’ frontline against Japan, which is also tall and agile because of Takeuchi and Brown.Reyes would have to decide on whether or not to include Kevin Alas on the roster since the other guard he has in the pool, Kiefer Ravena, seems to be a shoo-in owing to very impressive showings ever since making the Gilas team in the Jones Cup last July.Jayson Castro, twice voted as Asia’s best point guard, could slide into the No. 2 spot, which also gives Reyes the option to include Alas in the team as a back-up to Ravena.After the Friday game, Team PH returns home the following day and will play Chinese-Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Philippines is shooting for no less than a sweep of its first two games for the momentum heading into a clash with world power Australia in February.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ GALLERY: Askren, Aoki face off for ONE: Immortal Pursuit The match against the Japanese is set at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila), and the Philippines will be playing that game without its leading scorer in the last Fiba Asia Cup, Terrence Romeo.Romeo did not make the trip because of a nagging leg injury, and Reyes would have to find the right combination that would come up with the 17.8-point average that the 5-foot-10 point guard churned out in Lebanon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“Not yet, we’re still deciding,” Reyes said in a text message to the Inquirer Wednesday afternoon, one day ahead of the Fiba deadline.The team managers’ meeting, slated Thursday afternoon, is the final day for both teams to decide as Japan will also trim down a 14-man pool. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES That game will be played Down Under, and so will the return match against the Taiwanese also in February.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton has expressed his disappointment over the work ethic of doctorsPublic Health Minister, Dr George Nortonand nurses at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) maternity ward after learning of a mother’s tragedy at the facility.The mother who is still a patient at the maternity ward, along with her newborn, disclosed that the nurses had taken a blood sample from her newborn since last Wednesday but were yet to return the test results.According to the mother (name withheld), when she enquired about her discharge from the facility, she was told by the doctor “she cannot leave the facility until the test results return”.“It is since last Wednesday the blood sample was taken and up to now they can’t return the results. I ask the doctor when they are getting the results and he said he doesn’t know. I am in here a while, I want to go home,” the frustrated mother vented.Speaking with Guyana Times on Monday, Minister Norton registered his disappointment and condemnation of the maternity unit officials.“Despite all of the efforts being made to regularise the system at the health facilities, patients are still not being treated satisfactorily,” Dr Norton noted.Further, he expressed his empathy with the mother and affirmed he will investigate the matter immediately.The woman disclosed to this newspaper that she had a surgical delivery (Caesarean section) and suffers from hypertension, so she could not breastfeed her newborn.“The newborn was supposed to be fed by the nurses with formula; however, the newborn was left hungry many times which gave the baby jaundice,” said the mother. She revealed she had called upon several nurses to feed her child, but was always made to wait.According to the mother, when she enquired about her newborn “yellowness of complexion”, a doctor disclosed to her that this occurred because the “baby wasn’t fed adequately”.A relative of the new mother has been made to purchase hypertension pills daily as prescribed by the doctor since the hospital does not have the drug.Meanwhile, the Government has set aside $89 million in the 2016 National Budget for the development of the country’s premier health facility’s maternity unit.The issue of mothers sharing beds at the medical institution still exists: Early in April, a photograph capturing a mother with her newborn under a bed surfaced in the media, prompting an investigation, but the hospital could not account for when it had occurred. The overcrowded maternity ward is in dire need of significant improvement, both in the infrastructure and the treatment given. Earlier in the month, Minister Norton had announced that the issue of mothers sharing beds would end soon as the facility is currently being extended and work should be completed by mid-May.The new extension will house some 60 beds and a 17-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with table-top foetal heart-rate monitors and portable ultrasound machines, an operating theatre and soundproof rooms.Minister Norton disclosed recently that there was also a shortage of midwives, as the hospital needed at least 200, but there were only 38 midwives presently at the facility.
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says he is flattered that Tottenham now see his club as a major rival but is unhappy that they pulled out at the last minute over a deal for Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor.Adebayor was happy to make the move across London to Upton Park and with West Ham allowing Carlton Cole to have a medical at West Brom, the deal looked set to be completed before the 11pm deadline on Monday night.But reports have suggested that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was unwilling to contribute to his wages if he went to Upton Park and saw the Hammers as a direct rival for a European spot in the Premier League this season.Sullivan says he endured the most frustrating deadline day of his football career after failing to make any signings, but says the club still have enough quality in the squad to have a successful end to the season.Sullivan, speaking on the club’s official website, said: “It was widely reported that Carlton Cole was in talks to join West Bromwich Albion, but we made clear he could only leave if a suitable replacement was found.“We thought we had one experienced Premier League striker lined up, only for his club to pull out of the deal at the last minute. I think we take the reasons they gave as a backhanded compliment, with our improvements on the field and our increased success off it meaning we are now viewed as rivals that shouldn’t be dealt with!“Yesterday (Monday) was an incredibly long day as we undertook hours of meetings and negotiations to try to bring in new faces. I would say that the end result versus effort would put it up there as one of the most frustrating transfer deadline days I can remember.“Overall, we are still happy with the make-up of the squad and have faith in those players that have helped us get to the strong position we find ourselves in today. The priority was not to lose any of them and I am pleased we have done that.“I also take satisfaction that we have been sensible financially and not committed to big contracts for older players. We have a clear philosophy on bringing in the right players for this football club and I am pleased we have stuck to our guns.” 1
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals But U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, questions whether collecting a ridiculous amount of lighters and other seemingly less dangerous items is the best use of resources. He’d like to see the lion’s share of attention focused on screening for explosives. “I’m much more concerned about someone smuggling a bomb into a cargo hold of a plane or into a carry-on … than I am with someone’s nail clippers or nail file,” Schiff said. “It makes little sense to make passengers take off their shoes when you can ship a crate the size of a piano that no one will ever open.” The federal Transportation Security Administration, which oversees screeners at the nation’s 450 airports, has worked over the last few years to improve training and technology to spot threats, but there’s still work to do, said Billie Vincent, a national airport security expert. “How many objects do you know that you missed?” said Vincent, the president and chief executive officer of Aerospace Services International Inc. of Virginia and a former Federal Aviation Administration security chief. “You don’t know. How do you measure performance?” The TSA was set up after Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaida hijackers sneaked box cutters through airport security and onto planes. Before 9-11, airport security was handled by private companies contracted by the airlines. But the TSA federalized screeners and was brought under the control of the Department of Homeland Security. With a budget of $5 billion, it deployed 45,000 screeners, added high-tech X-ray and other detection devices, secured cockpits, armed some pilots and put plainclothes air marshals on flights. Also, the TSA developed a list of weapons and other “prohibited items,” including knives, scissors and tools. Since then, the list has changed depending on intelligence gathered worldwide, officials said. Today, the TSA is considering lifting bans on some objects – like small knives – in part to speed passenger flow through airports, thereby setting inspectors’ sights on more dangerous threats. “It’s a real struggle to balance the needs of the customers and the needs of security,” said Shannon Garcia-Hamilton, the head of TSA at Bob Hope Airport. “If we can take off some of the less-threatening items and use resources in more important ways, then we’ve improved the process.” Schiff supports the idea. “If we can free up resources to secure us against bombs by taking these other items off the list, then we should do it,” he said. Across the country, TSA screeners are posted on 30-minute shifts at X-ray machines. They watch endless conveyors of bags stuffed with clothes, shoes, makeup, wallets and other items, while trying to spot sharp and dangerous objects in the mix. Like searching for a needle in a haystack, they are also required to look for “improvised explosive devices” – makeshift bombs – or anything else that might resemble a bomb. “The threshold is that, if you’re looking at it and you don’t know what it is, if you can’t recognize the everyday, ordinary object, then you call for someone to check the bag,” Garcia-Hamilton said. “When they look at a screen, they can point out objects that, to you or I, we could not tell. “But it’s not 100 percent foolproof. There is a human factor.” TSA has been testing its employees. In undercover stings, officials pack bags full of travel items, and suspicious ones, and put them through security to see whether the screeners can spot them. While Garcia-Hamilton said her team is doing well on tests, a May report by the federal General Accounting Office said weaknesses and vulnerabilities remain at all American airports. “While these test results are an indicator of performance, they cannot solely be used as a comprehensive measure of any airport’s screening performance or any individual screener’s performance,” according to the report, which recommended stricter controls for monitoring the completion of training. Meanwhile, airports are filled with travelers carrying on all kinds of stuff. Among the more unusual items collected recently at Bob Hope – a cattle prod, a stun gun, numchucks, inert grenades, a sword concealed in a cane, a dagger and a belt-buckle knife. Usually, passengers will surrender lighters, cuticle scissors and other small items without a problem. But passengers caught carrying knives and guns or who try to conceal other prohibited items can face fines or arrest. “Most folks don’t really have any ill intent,” Garcia-Hamilton said. “Most of it is, ‘I forgot it was in there,’ or ‘I didn’t know it was in there.”‘ Lighters, which make up the bulk of the items – 28,932 so far this year at Bob Hope and 350,342 at LAX – were added to the list of prohibited items on April 14. They were banned years after would-be shoe-bomber Richard Reid in December 2001 tried to use matches mid-flight to light plastic explosives in his shoes. Reid was sentenced to life in prison in 2003. His actions spurred the TSA to search passengers’ shoes. At Bob Hope Airport on Thursday, Vanessa O’Neill, 28, of Ventura was stopped at security because TSA screeners noticed she had a lighter in her purse. “I totally forgot that was in there,” she said as a TSA supervisor informed her it wasn’t permitted on the plane. She was on her way to New York for a wedding and surrendered the lighter – engraved with dolphins – with no questions asked, saying, “It’s not like I can’t find another lighter with dolphins on it.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 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! With a ban imposed this year on lighters aboard planes, the number of items taken from passengers at Los Angeles International and Bob Hope airports has skyrocketed, statistics show, igniting the debate about what screeners should confiscate. Bob Hope Airport saw a more than 650 percent increase in items taken, from 8,448 in 2002 to 60,390 in roughly the first 10 months of 2005. LAX saw a 2,632 percent increase – 21,419 in 2002 to 585,195 so far this year. Officials attribute the spike to lighters, added to the list of prohibited carry-on items in April thanks to would-be shoe-bomber Richard Reid. “A lot of people, despite all the emphasis placed on security, continue to be absent-minded or oblivious to that function,” said Victor Gill, Bob Hope Airport’s spokesman. “They have things in their possession that they use every day – like a cigarette lighter – and they simply forget to remove those on a day when they’re traveling. That’s why you need the security checkpoint in the first place. If you don’t check them, then these things will get through.”
Listen Live Watch Live TUCSON, Ariz. – The Drake University softball team closed out the Wildcat Invitational with a 5-2 win over Abilene Christian on Sunday, Feb. 19 afternoon. Live Stats at Louisiana 2/23/2017 – 4:30 PM Drake (7-4) was once again led by junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) who pitched her fifth complete game of the season and now holds a 5-2 record. Newman struck out nine batters giving up only one earned run and allowed four hits. Junior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) had a perfect day in the batters box going 3-3 including her first two home runs of the season. Senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) finished 1-2 with a home run and two runs batted in. Abilene Christian (3-8) quickly took the lead with an RBI single by Taylor Brown in the first inning before Smith hit a solo shot in the second to tie it up, 1-1. The Wildcats momentarily took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning before Drake scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) scored sophomore pinch runner Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) with an RBI single. Sowa ended the inning with a two-run home run for a 5-2 lead. The Bulldogs have a short three-day break prior to the start of the Mardi Gras Classic held by Louisiana in Lafayette, La. The Classic takes place Feb. 23–25, where the Bulldogs will play six games in three days. Drake starts the tournament against Bowling Green on Feb. 23 and will play the host Ragin’ Cajuns later in the day.Print Friendly Version Preview Full Schedule Roster Next Game:
DDTV: The jobs sector in Donegal was given a tremendous boost today following the announcement of expansion plans at Pramerica. The new expansion will create 330 jobs over the next three years and the company will also move to a state-of-the-art new facility.Pramerica has been an excellent employer since opening offices here in 1999.Donegal TV was on hand to get the thoughts of the news from local councillors Ciaran Brogan and Gerry McMonagle.Simply click on the video above to watch. DDTV: WATCH REACTION TO THE NEWS OF 330 NEW JOBS AT PRAMERICA was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVnews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 5. A first generation farmer’s perspective: 25 years of chances given and lessons learnedWhen thinking about a typical farmer in Ohio, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to find out that they might run a couple thousand acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. One would also expect that there is a barn full of livestock right alongside a barn even fuller of machinery and implements. Brent Pence of Lynn Alan Farm fits of all of these ag-centered stereotypes, but the one characteristic of this New Carlisle producer that may be a surprise is that he is a first generation farmer. It took luck, opportunity and many hours of hard work to build a first generation farm.