Bowie gets gold, and Jamaica fails to win medal in the 100

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano She trailed Ta Lou by two paces as they headed into the last 20 meters but Bowie just kept charging. She caught Ta Lou at the end, and Bowie’s lean at the line was textbook. The photo finish actually shows Ta Lou’s foot ahead of Bowie’s, but Bowie beats her where it counts — her torso is over the line a fraction of an inch ahead of Ta Lou’s.Dafne Schippers, the 2015 world champion in the 200, took bronze in 10.96.“It’s not like there’s a training session for a lean,” said Bowie’s coach, Lance Brauman. “She did what she had to do to get to the line first. She’s scraped up and won and that’s all that really matters.”The lean was so extreme, it sent Bowie off balance and careening into Lane 8, where she landed on her left hip while the runner in that lane, Murielle Ahoure, had to slow down, then jump to avoid landing on her.Bowie stayed down for a few seconds. The “7” sticker on her left hip was torn almost completely off. She gathered herself and walked gingerly around the track for the victory lap. Afterward, she spent about an hour receiving treatment for abrasions on her shoulder, back and hip. The pain will go away. That gold is hers forever.ADVERTISEMENT United States’ Tori Bowie, right, hugs Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson after winning the Women’s 100 meters final during the World Athletics Championships in London Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — The American sprinter took a mighty tumble. Nobody, however, has fallen harder than Jamaica so far at this year’s world championships.The evening after Usain Bolt’s improbable loss to a pair of U.S. runners, the world’s best sprint island watched the red, white and blue paraded around the track once again at its expense.ADVERTISEMENT Tori Bowie leaned over the line for her 100-meter victory, then stumbled and crashed down to the track to put the exclamation point on the second straight sprint shock of the meet. Her .01-second victory Sunday over Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast was a photo-finish thriller. The fact that the defending Olympic champion and the most dominant female sprinter of 2017, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, finished fifth was every bit as stunning.“The past few years, Jamaica has dominated,” Bowie said. “We’ve had no harsh feelings toward them, no negative thoughts. We’ve been extremely focused on ourselves. Just trying to get where they’re at.”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’In snapping a stretch of four straight Jamaican wins at the Olympics and worlds, Bowie became the first U.S. woman to win the world title at 100 meters since Carmelita Jeter in 2011. This marks the first U.S. sweep of the 100 at the worlds since 2005.Bowie’s time, 10.85 seconds, was nothing spectacular. Her race, though, was something to behold. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Teen gunned down in Masbatecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “The plan was to just come out here and execute, leave it all on the track,” Bowie said. “I didn’t want to come back saying, ‘Oh, I should’ve done this. I should’ve done that.’ That for sure wasn’t the case.”Much as Bolt did the night before, Thompson moved awkwardly out of the blocks. Her 0.2 second reaction time was the worst in the field, and from there, she was never a factor in the race.Quite a stunner, given the way she’s dominated the sprint game over the past year. Since she beat the previous champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, at the Olympics last year on her way to a 100-200 double, Thompson has been virtually untouchable. She came to London on a 17-race winning streak at 100 meters and her season-best time of 10.71 was the fastest in the world by more than 0.1 second.One thing: She had been dealing with an Achilles’ injury this year and ran — and won — a race last month in training shoes, not spikes. She refused to use injuries as an excuse.“I can’t complain,” she said. “I can’t re-run that race. I have to give those girls a lot of credit. It didn’t go as I planned.”Like Bolt, Thompson won’t be running in the 200, raising the distinct possibility that the Jamaicans could get completely shut out of individual sprint gold at the worlds.But Bowie will be there. The one-time long jumper who took up the sprint game only a few years ago posted a 21.77 at the Prefontaine Classic earlier this year, which is the fastest in the world this season.First, though, some time to heal.“I’m pretty sure I’ll feel much better tomorrow,” Bowie said.DAY 3 WINNERS: Rose Chelimo and Geoffrey Kirui took the titles in the marathon doubleheader. … Tomas Walsh won the gold in shot put for New Zealand — a result that was verified after Joe Kovacs lost an appeal over his last throw. The throw would’ve been a winner but the American was ruled to have foot faulted, and the call was held up on appeal. … Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece held off Sandi Morris of the United States to claim pole vault gold. … Nafi Thiam of Belgium added a world championship gold medal in heptathlon to her Olympic title. End of his agony? 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Embiid shakes off sprained hand as Sixers edge Spurs

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, and San Antonio Spurs’ Brandon Paul chase after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 112-106. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid went from doubtful to dominant, using a sprained right hand that nearly sidelined him to instead rock the rim, swat shots and stop the Spurs.“I want to be out there with them. I don’t want to quit on them,” Embiid said.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ruled out by the 76ers before tipoff, Embiid made the call to push through and play, and then dealt San Antonio a rare bad hand in Philadelphia. Embiid had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 76ers to a 112-106 win over the Spurs on Wednesday night.The Sixers needed all 35 minutes from Embiid to knock off short-handed San Antonio and snap a 12-game losing streak to the Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was the same old Embiid during the 76ers’ fast start. He grabbed a rebound and had a putback for the first score of the game and had six points and six rebounds in the first quarter.He slammed home an alley-oop in the third and never even looked at his hand as he sank a free throw to finish the play. 76ers: Host Detroit on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brown said he had not determined how Fultz would be worked into the rotation when he did return.“I’m excited because he completely connects the dots to what we don’t have,” Brown said. “Anybody that can create their own shot, anybody that can create something for somebody else is of extreme value to the collection of what we do. That is his skillset.”GOOD FRIENDSBrown was all smiles when he caught up with Popovich. Brown joined the Spurs as a member of their basketball operations department in 1998-99 and was a member of the Spurs organization for the first four of their championship seasons (1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007).Brown had been 0-8 vs. Popovich.Popovich said Brown was the right coach for the job and to handle the painful, ongoing rebuild in Philadelphia“It’s the fortitude, the patience that he’s exhibited in such a consistent manner in tough circumstances for several years,” Popovich said. “I don’t know of a coach that I’ve ever run into that could handle that adversity and stay so positive and continue to teach.”Brown has a 93-272 career record in four-plus seasons with the Sixers.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Phoenix on Friday. “I was fine. Nothing to worry about,” Embiid said.Embiid, who blocked four shots, sat by his locker and had several minutes of treatment to try and prevent further swelling. He had an anti-inflammatory gel gently massaged into the palm of his massive hand. Embiid’s flexed his fingers before his bruised hand was wrapped in ice.“That’s a gutsy effort,” coach Brett Brown said.Brown fleeced his good friend and former boss, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, on the condition of his cornerstone center during their pregame chat. Popovich learned only minutes before tipoff that Embiid — and not listed center Amir Johnson — was in the lineup.“I’m glad he played,” Popovich said. “I want to see him play. He’s great.”ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Alapag not complaining over ‘Gi-ne-bra’ chants during Alab game View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Embiid suffered the injury in a hard fall Saturday against the Suns and had said before the game his hand was swollen and he couldn’t shoot. But he used a soft touch to sink a couple of jumpers during pregame drills, and that was enough to convince the Sixers he could play.The Sixers blew a 16-point lead and might have been thumped from the outset had the Spurs not sat five players.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich benched Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay with his team playing the second of back-to-back games.Ben Simmons put the Sixers ahead 106-103 on a goaltended basket and free throw. JJ Redick buried a long jumper — with an assist from Embiid — and Simmons shook the rim with a dunk that brought the fans to their feet and sealed the win.“It’s a team that didn’t have a full-strength roster,” Brown said, “but it in my eyes, it’s still the San Antonio Spurs.”TIP-INSSpurs: Patty Mills led the Spurs with 26 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 14 rebounds.76ers: Soccer star Carli Lloyd rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell to start the game. … Simmons had 26 points and Redick scored 20.FULTZ UPDATEMarkelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft, appears close to playing again after missing two months with right shoulder soreness. Fultz has played in only four games this season, all as a reserve. He participated in both 4-on-4 half-court drills and light 1-on-1 work this week at practice. Fultz struggled with his mechanics when he did play, and his shooting form was widely mocked around the NBA.last_img read more

Senate Takes Two-Week Break

first_imgPlenary and executive sessions in the Chambers of the Senate will be officially put on hold when Senators of the 53rd Legislature go on a two-week Easter break. The Senators are expected to use the break to carry on a sensitization and awareness campaign on the outbreak of the Ebola virus.The Senate’s break comes in the wake of decisions taken by the Upper House aimed at containing the virus that has already taken at least 10 lives.The first action by the Senate plenary during news of the outbreak was a unanimous vote requesting President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to declare a state of emergency and subsequently close Liberia’s borders with neighboring countries. It is, however, not clear whether the House of Representatives will concur with the Senators.Authorities at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare had earlier informed the Government that to effectively fight and contain the virus, it needs a budget of US$1.2 million.On Thursday, the Liberian Legislature requested the Executive to re-enforce the moratorium on all hunting activities until the country is free of the deadly Ebola virus.The Legislature assured the relevant ministries and agencies of Government and international partners of its support to rapidly respond and prevent any further spread of the virus in Liberia.During a Joint Leadership meeting at the Capitol Building attended by the Chairman of the Cabinet, Internal Affairs Minister, Health authorities and the Resident Representative of the World Health Organization, the Legislature was briefed on the current situation and measures the Health Ministry is implementing to arrest the threat the Ebola virus poses to Liberians.Both House Speaker Alex Tyler and Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley assured health authorities during the meeting that the Legislature would help mobilize resources to upgrade surveillance for case management, infection control and social mobilization.The Acting Chairman of the Cabinet, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, and Health Minister, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, told the Legislature that with support from their partners, they would continue to provide the necessary guidance, updates and resources to contain the outbreak.Meanwhile, in view of suggested measures to prevent the virus’ outbreak in schools and congested areas, the Legislature has called on the Ministry of Education to adjust the 2014 School Calendar by announcing an early Easter Break in Schools around the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bratton looks like shoo-in at LAPD

first_imgA recent poll by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University found 56 percent of Angelenos supported Bratton for a second term. Bratton received overwhelming backing from whites and San Fernando Valley residents in the survey, but not quite half of African-American respondents supported him and about one-third opposed him. Half of all Latinos backed him and a quarter opposed him, with the rest undecided. The civilian Police Commission, which is appointed by the mayor and oversees the LAPD, is holding a public hearing tonight on Bratton’s request for a second term. But City Councilman Bernard Parks, an outspoken critic of the man who replaced him as police chief five years ago, is asking the commission to hold more hearings. Although the commission has 90 days to decide whether to reappoint Bratton to the $300,442-a-year post, the chief is already looking ahead. With the crime rate falling, a diverse police force growing and the unabashed backing of Los Angeles’ larger-than-life mayor, LAPD Chief William Bratton appears to have a lock on his bid for a second term. During five years at the helm of the Los Angeles Police Department, the globe-trotting, tough-talking law-enforcement veteran has helped restore officer morale, launched a crackdown on gangs and implemented a complex computer system that tracks crime and pinpoints hot spots. “Bill Bratton is the finest police chief in America, and we have the numbers to prove it,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said recently. “While crime is on the rise across the country, it continues to drop in Los Angeles. I enthusiastically support the chief in his efforts to seek a second term at the helm of the Los Angeles Police Department.” Bratton said he plans to continue whittling away at the city’s crime rate, get the LAPD out from under the constraints of a federal consent decree governing its operations, and ensure the department has a “robust counter-terrorism capability.” Equally important, he said, are building relationships with the city’s African-American community and the growing immigrant population, and creating a department that reflects Los Angeles’ diversity. To that end, Bratton today will promote 22 command officers, about half of them women and minorities, making it one of the largest and most diverse ceremonies in department history. “My personal goal is using the LAPD’s success to try to continue a healing process with the city’s minority communities, which has been so problematic and has resulted in two of the worst riots in the history of America,” Bratton said. “Here is a city where the police can be on the cutting edge of improving race relations rather than being on the flash point and sparking racial conflagration.” Civil-rights attorney Connie Rice praised Bratton for his reform-minded track record but said the LAPD must change how it promotes officers and evaluates public safety. “He has to change the LAPD culture to a community-policing, problem-solving police culture,” she said. “He has to change the quality of investigations. And he has to do what it takes to get the trust of the communities.” Tough challenges A decorated officer who previously headed police departments in New York City and his native Boston, Bratton was hired as LAPD chief on Oct. 25, 2002. His challenges were immediate. An outbreak of gang violence during his first months as chief earned Los Angeles the dubious title of the nation’s murder capital. The LAPD was critically understaffed, had a hiring freeze in place, and officer morale was grim. The department was also chafing under a federal consent decree imposed after corruption and abuse were uncovered at the Rampart Division in the late 1990s. The chief quickly restructured his command staff, changes designed to make the LAPD “transparent and inclusive” and increase accountability. He renewed the city’s war on gangs but also implemented his “broken windows” plan – an approach that targets minor crime before the problems become more serious. Still, the chief is not without critics who complain about his blunt speech and his frequent travels, both of which Bratton refuses to apologize for. Others say he could do more to resolve long-simmering conflicts between the LAPD and the city’s minority population. “I still think there is a lot of work to be done to better connect with the African-American and Latino communities,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Urban Policy Roundtable. “You have got to show that you are really disciplining officers. You have got to show that you are really taking complaints seriously and you have got to cut down on use of force. But I will give him a high mark on making that effort.” Adjusting policy While Hutchinson supports Bratton, he and others are still critical of the decision not to discipline Officer Steven Garcia in the fatal February 2005 shooting of Devin Brown, a 13-year-old car-theft suspect. In the case – as well as other controversial use-of-force incidents – Bratton met with critics and protesters. He broke away from what some saw as LAPD’s bunker mentality and willingly accepted blame. He backed a policy prohibiting officers from shooting at moving vehicles, as in the Brown incident. He also ordered the LAPD to spend millions of dollars to redesign and replace officers’ flashlights after Officer John Hatfield was videotaped in 2004 striking an African-American motorist 11 times with a 2-pound metal flashlight. And after the death of 19-month-old Suzie Pe a – who was fatally shot when her father used her as a shield during a confrontation with police – Bratton appointed a board of inquiry to review the department’s response. Its recommendations are pending. Jetsetter Bratton is popular on the speaking circuit, with plenty of powerful friends including British Prime Minister Tony Blair and top FBI officials, and an illustrious reputation as one of the country’s top crime fighters. So far this year, he’s spent 16 days out of state attending or speaking at law-enforcement conferences, including a three-day anti-gang meeting with Villaraigosa in Washington, D.C., and a “Policing the Future” session in Dublin, Ireland. “Get used to it,” Bratton snapped, when asked about his frequent trips. “I am always going to do a lot of travel, but I have a phenomenal command staff and am in instant communication with them. I am getting more information today at any point in time than any of my predecessors (did), and that is one of the benefits of the electronic age.” In the Valley business community, Bratton is widely praised for outreach and accessibility. Even among gang-intervention groups he is seen as an ally. “He’s been very encouraging and supportive of the work we have done as a community-based organization,” said Bobby Arias, president of Communities in Schools, a North Hills-based gang intervention group that relays any complaints it receives about police to the LAPD. Even with this support, the chief’s next five years could prove challenging. Responding to repeated complaints that the department is one of the most understaffed agencies in a major city, Villaraigosa has promised to raise the ranks of the LAPD to 10,000 officers by 2009. And even with homicides down nearly 30 percent since he came into office, Bratton will be expected to further drive down those numbers. A former member of the team monitoring the department’s compliance with the federal consent decree, Bratton is also going to be under increased scrutiny to get the decree lifted. Though the department says it’s close to full compliance, issues remain. One debate involves gang officers being required to provide detailed financial information. Despite filing a lawsuit for an injunction against the LAPD’s searches on Skid Row and sharply criticizing alleged aggressive tactics and racial profiling, the head of the American Civil Liberties Union said she will still support a second term for Bratton. “He’s committed to consent-decree compliance, the reform of the LAPD,” said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California. “He’s committed to transparency and civilian oversight. In all, we think that his contract should be renewed.” (818)713-3741160Want 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

New Fish Creek Forest trails can now be developed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C – With the completion of a wildlife study on the Fish Creek Forest trails, Council has given the go-ahead to develop the trail system based on the recommendations of the wildlife assessment prepared by Roy Northern Environmental Ltd.As the report concluded there would be minimal impact on local wildlife the development of new trails to replace the closed portion of the Silviculture trail at Fish Creek can now proceed.In February, Robin Langille, Director of Facilities and Grounds for the City of Fort St. John shared in his presentation to Council potential new trails to increase the length of the trail network and increase connectivity through the trails as the Silviculture trail was now closed.- Advertisement -In the presentation an internal loop trail or the figure 8 trail was recognized as a potential solution to the trail system as Langille shares they found a trail that the footing of the trail has already had alignment and grading created, going on to share it has probably been used by people yet the ‘entranceway’ to the trail was not so noticeable and would require being opened up.Mayor Lori Ackerman addressed concerns with the new trail as it may have actually have been created by Wildlife. Ackerman shared she wanted to keep both wildlife and users of the trails separate from each other, to keep both safe by limiting opportunities to have surprise interactions.Ackerman went on to share the City needed to know in fact, if this is a game trail by involving a B.C. Conservation Officer or someone with Wildlife experience before the City staff proceeds with implementing the new trail system.Advertisement To view the Report; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Modest security changes planned

first_imgPrivacy advocates and civil libertarians also condemn the remedies for people who believe they were wrongly detained, delayed or even denied the right to travel. The department’s decision to continue the Automated Targeting System with few changes took effect Thursday. It was announced in advance by an August notice in the Federal Register, a daily catalog of federal regulations that is read mostly by lawyers and lobbyists. The computerized system is used by Customs and Border Protection officers to screen 400 million passengers a year who arrive from or depart for foreign locations by air, sea or rail. A separate part of the system is used for vehicles crossing the border. Members of Congress, business travel associations, privacy and civil liberties groups, and even European legislators protested after Homeland Security disclosed details of the system last fall for the first time; it had gone in service in 1999. Some critics said the entire program was illegal; others wanted parts of it changed. But the department said the system was crucial to preventing terrorists and other criminals from entering the United States, and helps border officers decide which travelers to pull aside for further scrutiny. The department acknowledges the risk that “a negative Customs and Border Protection action could be taken” when relying on “computer generated information in ATS that has been skewed by inaccurate data.” But the department emphasizes that it is agents who decide whether to release or detain people after interviews. “ATS does not replace human decision-making,” said Hugo Teufel III, the department’s chief privacy officer. Program computers can compare travel information – known as Passenger Name Records obtained from airlines, cruise lines, and Amtrak – with government watchlists of known and suspected terrorists and other wanted or barred individuals. Rules remain confidential Beyond that, Teufel said, the system tries “to identify other high-risk travelers previously unknown to law enforcement.” This is done by comparing the passenger’s data with a secret list of “rules” – theories conceived by department analysts based on intelligence reports and past terrorist attacks – describing behavior that might indicate someone is a terrorist or other type of criminal. The government will not release these rules because that would tip off terrorists and criminals to what agents look for. The rules are believed to include scenarios such as young men without baggage on one-way tickets paid in cash and with a history of travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where al-Qaida trains. A department report provides this carefully selected example of a risk assessment rule: “If an individual sponsors more than one fiancee for immigration at the same time, there is likelihood of immigration fraud.” Privacy advocate David Sobel, counsel at Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the rules “are nothing more than the agency’s best guess about what behavior might indicate a risk of terrorist activity.” The passenger name records contain the passenger’s name and usually address and telephone number, but there is no fixed standard. Most of the records include payment data, baggage information, seat assignment and whether special meals for Hindus, Muslims or Jews were requested. Ed Hasbrouck, a travel agent and privacy advocate, said many travel agents, including Expedia or Travelocity online, can add to those records the names of traveling companions and hotel reservations, including the number of rooms and beds requested. A different section can include remarks by the ticket seller like “difficult customer – always changing his mind,” Hasbrouck said. Some innocent decisions could look suspicious. For instance, bombers are thought to prefer certain seats. Homeland Security said only “in exceptional circumstances” does it use some terms in the passenger name records that indicate race, ethnic origin, political or religious beliefs, health conditions or sex life. The department did not define those circumstances. Monitoring behavior over time Backing off a policy of keeping risk assessments 40 years, the department said it still needs to keep them 15 years because “potential terrorists may make multiple visits to the United States in advance of performing an attack.” Over time, “a potential risk becomes clearer.” After seven years, agents will need high-level permission to see the passenger name records unless those records have been associated with active lookouts, investigations or travel “routes of concern,” according to the department. “So a database justified for controlling the borders turns into one that keeps track of the international travel of citizens and noncitizens – even after they’ve been cleared to enter,” said Dempsey, the civil libertarian. “It starts with a rational goal and becomes a database on innocent citizens.” The department said the assessments and rules on which they were based are exempt from disclosure under the Privacy Act for law enforcement reasons, but travelers upset over extra scrutiny can obtain and check data they supplied for the passenger name records. The department set up a one-stop Traveler Redress Program to take in all complaints and refer them to the agency that generated the data or watchlist responsible, spokesman Russ Knocke said. Privacy advocates complained the remedies do not really allow travelers to challenge the reason that the system targeted them. Also, because watchlists also are secret, travelers cannot see how complaints related to them are handled.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FLIGHT SCREENING: The government’s system for checking travelers will remain largely as is. By Michael J. Sniffen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Rejecting a wave of criticisms, the government has agreed to only modest changes in the computerized system that assesses whether each American who travels abroad poses a terrorist threat. The Homeland Security Department decided to keep the risk assessments for 15 years instead of 40 years and no longer will share them with federal, state and local officials who are deciding whether a person gets a job, a security clearance, a license to do business or a government contract. Nevertheless, travelers still will not be allowed to see their actual assessments or the reasons for them. Federal agents still will be looking at an array of information about international travelers – Americans and foreigners – this includes even meal choices, the names of traveling companions and the number of hotel beds requested. “The revisions are useful, but they don’t go to the heart of the matter,” said James Dempsey, policy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a civil liberties group. “Why should the government keep massive databases about people it has decided are innocent?” last_img read more

Bale defends performance for Real Madrid after Champions League exit

first_img Real Madrid star Gareth Bale 1 Gareth Bale has defended his form after Real Madrid crashed out of the Champions League.The Welshman missed a string of chances in the second leg of the Spanish side’s semi-final defeat to Juventus.Bale has come in for repeated criticism in Spain and the boo-boys were out again in the second half of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital as Bale missed several opportunities – five in the second half alone.The result saw Madrid’s defence of their European crown end with a 3-2 aggregate defeat but, while disappointed, Bale defended his own role.“There have been some ups and downs but personally I think I’ve played well,” he told Sky Sports of his season. “I’ve maybe not scored as many important chances as I’d like but my general play has been good. My finishing is not as good and that’s something to work on for next year.“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger and I’ll learn from this season and take it on.”Bale had Madrid’s first chance of the night, heading over after just 35 seconds, and then five in the second half but never managed to test Gianluigi Buffon with a shot on target.“I was unlucky not to grab one,” he said. “As long as I keep trying, usually one goes in. Unfortunately it didn’t happen tonight and you move on.”His best chance was a back-post header which he sent over from point-blank range.“I got a slight touch (from a defender) and I couldn’t get over the ball,” he said. “It’s one of those things that happen in football and you move on.”last_img read more

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first_imgWHITTIER – The Gardens at Whittier will recognize veterans in the community at 11 a.m. Friday at 8101 S. Painter Ave. The Sunshine Acres VFW Post will present a special ceremony to celebrate the lives of residents who served in the armed forces. All veterans and their families are welcome. For more information, call (562)698-0596. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Treatment plant ceremony today PICO RIVERA – Officials from Pico Rivera and the Water Replenishment District of Southern California will commemorate the success of the Wellhead Treatment Project at 10 a.m. today at 8739 Gallatin Road. The project ensures clean, safe drinking water for area residents and businesses. It is the 15th water treatment facility built by WRD. The treatment plant has restored a well that would have been shut down due to contamination, officials said. The well provides the majority of drinking water for Pico Rivera. Health center to hold free fair LA HABRA – The Friends of Children Health Center is hosting a community health fair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 501 S. Idaho St. There will be free and low- cost flu vaccines for adults and children, children’s dental screenings and diabetes screenings for all ages. Those in attendance will also be provided with information on how to access affordable health coverage. For more information, call (562)690-0400, Ext. 304. Artists wanted for city banners WHITTIER – The Whittier Community Services Department and the Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation are seeking artists to participate in the fourth annual street banner program. Local artists of all ages are encouraged to submit scaled- down drawings for consideration to be painted on to banners measuring 30 inches by 104 inches. The theme is “Music Through the Years.” They should take into account these banners will be viewed from distances of eight to 30 feet or more. The designs should measure 5-inches-by-14-inches and be vertically oriented. Bright colors are suggested. Applicants must submit their designs in person or by mail by 5 p.m. Dec. 3 to the Community Services Department, 13230 Penn St. Judging will be by the Whittier Cultural Arts Projects Review Committee. Those selected will be notified by mid-December. Applicants may submit a maximum of two designs. Once completed, the banners become the property of the city. Entry forms are available at City Hall or online, For more information, call (562)464-3360. Veterans’ council to host ceremony PICO RIVERA – The Pico Rivera Veterans’ Council will sponsor its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Veterans’ Memorial Monument, at the corner of the Rosemead Boulevard and Mines Avenue. City Councilman and Los Angeles County Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Bob Archuleta will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Vietnam veteran John Adame and guests include Rep. Grace Napolitano, the Pico Rivera City Council and the El Rancho High School ROTC. Daniel Smilie, Jeremy Norton and Dusty Brown of Whittier will be honored for their work on the Veterans Monument site. They earned their Eagle Scout status by completing a three- phase rose garden project. For information, call (562) 695-0029 or (562) 942-1057. – From staff reports 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

Arsenal ‘complete’ signing of £26m star

first_imgArsenal have completed the signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria, according to reports.The Gunners have been linked with a summer swoop for the 22-year-old, and it was reported earlier this week that the north Londoners had seen an offer worth around £26m (€30m) accepted by Sampdoria. IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED 2 Latest transfer news Arsenal have already confirmed the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner, the full-back, from Juventus on a free transfer, while deals are expected to be completed for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the coming weeks. three-way race LATEST TOP WORK targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Torreira has emerged as one of the finest young midfielders in Europe Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Torreira has reportedly agreed to join Arsenal from Sampdoria Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED And now, according to Di Marzio reporter Fabrizio Romano, the deal taking Torreira to the Emirates is ‘done’.It had earlier been suggested that talks would be on hold until after the World Cup, with Torreira representing Uruguay, but it seems the deal has been rushed through to get the young midfielder signed before La Celeste get their campaign underway against Egypt on Friday. There is no reference to the length of deal Torreira will sign in north London. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more


first_imgA mountain-biker has been rushed to hospital after an accident on the Bridal Path at Glenveagh National Park.The cyclist came off his bike around 1.30pm and suffered injuries.A call was made to both the emergency services including the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team. Members of the DMR team reached the man and stretchered him back to a main road.He was then transferred to the ambulance where he was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team were stood down a short time later.The extent of the cyclist’s injuries are not known at this stage. A spokesman said “We understand the person suffered injuries when they came of the bike but we do not know how serious they are.“The person was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where they are being assessed.”   MAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER MOUNTAIN-BIKE ACCIDENT was last modified: July 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Bridal PathCYCLISTDonegal Mountain Rescuerescuelast_img read more