Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carlos shoots 69, grabs halfway Apo lead Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 The 22-year-old bested arch-rival Clarice Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-3, for the Makati Open top prize, capping her dizzying winning streak that dated back to her doubles title in the Bahrain F2 Futures in Manama last April.Capadocia and Fatma Al-Nabhani of Oman ruled the $15,000-International Tennis Federation tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownImmediately after, the top-ranked Filipino clinched singles titles in the Brookside Open in Cainta, Palawan National Open, Pinamalayan Open in Mindoro, and the Philippine National Games in Cebu City.But Capadocia still has one more goal on her checklist: Play a Grand Slam event. Marian Jade Capadocia is on a roll, and is hoping that she could carry that momentum all the way to the Asian Games.With her speed and cunning making up for her short frame, Capadocia proved that she’s the best women’s tennis player in the country after topping the recent Makati Open for her fifth straight national-level singles championship.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ “But I would need sponsors to fund my campaigns so I can earn enough points,” said Capadocia, who hails from San Jose, Antique.She flew to Amsterdam last week to compete and train at Hugo Ekker Tennis Academy, where she will be be staying until July 31.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments
Dear Editor,This current APNU/AFC caretaker Administration continued road projects which the PPP started but they have blundered quite dangerously in the construction of several critical bridge infrastructures. Multi-lane roadways are being funnelled onto narrow/reduced lane bridges creating bottlenecks and all manner of dangers to road-users. On the lower East Coast alone, there are two stretches of roads, three lanes westbound near Starlight Drive-In and approaching Better Hope which channel into narrow two-lane bridges. In both cases, the inside land ends abruptly either in the trench or into the bridge shoulder. Just last week a car drove into the trench at Better Hope. This is the second accident in a month at that same spot. Needless to say, there are no warning signs.A similar situation is developing at Sheriff Street where four lanes will be constructed. However, these four lanes will converge into that narrow bridge currently being built on Dennis Street. It is not as if they are trying to incorporate the old infrastructure, these bridges are now being built or were recently constructed. And it is not as if the ending inside lane can be used as pavement or for cyclists, the width of the bridge will not permit it.In other areas I have observed the roads being made narrow, deliberately it would seem, to accommodate an extra-wide median when the situation should be the other way round. At the same time, access to entire villages has been blocked off when that challenge could have been resolved by adjusting the width of the median, as it is done in North America, to allow for turning traffic.Then there is that stretch heading west again approaching Mon Repos market. That road is nice and three lanes wide but two lanes end abruptly at the market. The drive into the city from the East Coast is quickly becoming an obstacle course. I fear for the accidents that will happen and, of course, the prohibitive cost and inconvenience of the remedial works. The respective contractors, the subject Minister and the entire Government for that matter need to have their heads examined. If this Government is unable to see what are obvious flaws, can they be inspired to fix them?Sincerely,Ravi Ram
A 25-year-old miner was on Monday hauled before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and charged with attempting to kill his brother with an arrow and bow after his brother threw alcohol in their mother’s face.Young Williams was not required to plea to the indictable charge when he made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday.It is alleged that on January 26, 2019, at Waramadong Village, Upper Mazaruni, he wounded Jamal Williams with intent to commit murder.According to Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, on January 26 the accused along with his other brothers were at their mother’s home imbibing when the accused threw alcohol in their mother’s face.Prosecutor Mansfield informed the court that a fight ensued between the brothers and the accused left the Waramadong home. He subsequently returned with an arrow and bow and shot his brother to his chest.Further, the prosecution is contending that the victim is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital. The prosecutor asked for bail to be refused. The prosecution’s submissions were upheld by the Magistrate. The case will continue on March 19, 2019, at the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court.
Amid the recent resignation of former Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge due to his dual citizenship status, President David Granger has informed that he will remain at the Ministry to serve in another capacity.Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl GreenidgeThe President told the media on Wednesday that discussions are ongoing regarding the appointment but while a decision is yet to be made, it is expected that the former Minister will contribute to the resolution of the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. Greenidge was replaced by Dr Karen Cummings, who served prior as Junior Public Health Minister.“I’ve had several meetings with Mr Greenidge and he will remain in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I’ve had meetings of course, with the new Minister, Dr Karen Cummings, and I am to meet them again to let them know what my decision is,” the President said.President David GrangerHe further stated, “I expect that Mr Greenidge will contribute to the continuity of work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially with relation to the territorial controversy with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Guyana that is ongoing.”Presently, the case is before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) but it was mentioned that Greenidge may also be given responsibilities for other areas relating to Guyana’s international relations. Nevertheless, the Head of State sought to assure that the Minister’s duties will remain intact.“There are certain aspects of the international economic relations of Guyana with other countries that I will ask him to accept responsibilities for. There isn’t two Ministries. It is one Ministry and Dr Cummings is the Minister. The function and everything else that falls within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will come under the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” the President said.According to a ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George in January, it is illegal for persons with a second citizenship to serve in the National Assembly. This decision was upheld in Guyana’s Appeal Court in March.Apart from Greenidge, three other Government Ministers – Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine were also forced to resign from Cabinet and the National Assembly, owing to their dual citizenship status.It was previously indicated that all these Ministers, with the exception of Gaskin, will be renouncing their second citizenship. Gaskin is a born Briton and according to the courts, by renewing his British passport he is pledging allegiance to another State.Last Friday, Minister Cummings was sworn-in to undertake her new responsibility along with new Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams; Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar; and new Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.This period also saw a reshuffling of Cabinet members with Junior Ministers Annette Ferguson and Simona Charles-Broomes being transferred to their new posts after they were transferred from the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Natural Resources, respectively.Minister Ferguson was appointed Housing Minister within the Communities Ministry, while Minister Broomes holds the mantle for youth affairs within the Ministry of the Presidency.Moreover, Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood was reassigned as Rural Affairs Minister within the Agriculture Ministry. Her removal from the Housing Department came at a time when much controversy erupted over conflict of interest issues after her husband was awarded several contracts from the very Ministry she headed.So far, Harmon has been appointed as Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, a position which did not previously exist. It is unclear whether the other two former Ministers will take up other roles within the coalition Government.
– sister in custodyA day which started off with bright sunshine turned out to be a gloomy one for the Lawrie family of BetterDead: Maxton LawrieSuccess in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) as they are currently mourning the death of Maxton Lawrie, 30.Lawrie, a Better Success rice farmer lost his life during a family argument. Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that the dead Lawrie came home around midnight August 24 2016, reportedly under the influence of alcohol and started to argue with his father Maxwell Lawrie. The argument escalated to where it is alleged that Lawrie cuffed his father’s right eye.After assaulting his father, he then reportedly rushed to his sister’s room armed with a knife and knocked on her door. The sister, Stephney Lawrie, opened her bedroom door and was confronted by her brother hurling expletives and remarks about her personal life – still armed with the knife.Lawrie allegedly tried to hurt his sister with the knife but she pushed him away and he reportedly fell on the knife.Lawrie suffered a stab wound to his right side lower abdomen. He was rushed by family to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.After the incident, several persons gathered on the scene. The dead man’s wife is currently four months pregnant. Information revealed that he was a habitual drinker and would usually misbehave with family.On numerous occasions reports were made at the Anna Regina Police station.Persons who converged on the scene related they heard loud screams emanating from the home. Upon inquires they saw a stab wound on the rice farmer’s body.Lawrie’s 24-year-old sister is presently in custody assisting with investigations. (Indrawattie Natram)
Like Ofelia, many parents can’t afford health care or dental care for their children. No longer just an urban issue, medical expenses have spiked higher and higher, forcing many low-income families and those unable to qualify for subsidized services to forgo their health care in order to pay for rent and other living expenses. In an effort to bring services to those most in need, the city of Santa Clarita has teamed with Los Angeles County government and at least 45 Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley service providers to plan an April 14 Community Health Fair in Newhall, envisioned as an annual event. In 2003, nearly 5 percent of all families in Santa Clarita were living in poverty, and almost one-quarter of households were surviving on less than $40,000 a year. “Many of these people do not receive Medi-Cal and they cannot pay for insurance,” said Jackie Ponce, an organizer of the fair and also a community liaison for Newhall’s McGrath Elementary School. “They end up at the Valencia (low-cost) clinic or county hospital, but up to what point can these places give them the specific health care they need? And it’s important they know how to care for their health, for their kids’ sake.” NEWHALL – Ofelia’s 11-year-old son has a toothache, but she can’t take him to the dentist. This single mother of four – ages 14, 11, 7 and 2 – is a stay-at-home mom right now and money is tight. Her youngest has Down syndrome and it makes it difficult for Ofelia, who is in the country illegally, to find a job – let alone pay for expensive dental bills. While her other three sons, all born in the United States, receive Medi-Cal services, her 11-year-old, who recently arrived from Mexico, does not. “He tells me his tooth hurts really bad, but I have nowhere to take him.” Susie Cordova, director of the Santa Clarita Community Center, said the fair comes from the desire to bring options to Santa Clarita residents most in need of health care and services. “Especially in this community, many of our residents are uninsured or underinsured,” Cordova said. “We want to educate the community on the services they have available in their area so they know where they need to go when they need help.” Cordova said some free services will be performed on-site at the health fair, including free immunizations for children, free dental screenings and health screenings for conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and anemia. The county office of women’s health is providing a mobile women’s clinic offering free Pap smears and breast exams for women over 40 who don’t have health insurance. Participating local groups will include the Santa Clarita Domestic Violence Center, the Child and Family Center, Lutheran Social Services and the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry and Samuel Dixon Family Heath Center. Free workshops will include a cardio salsa class and a self-defense class, as well as sessions on immigration and citizenship, nutrition, infant care and gang and drug awareness. Entertainment will feature Mexican folklorico dancing and local children’s dance groups. Ofelia, who has not been to a doctor in more than 10 years, said she is excited to have her son’s teeth looked at. “Last time a truck came by offering dental services and I was able to have them take a look at my son’s teeth,” Ofelia said. “I hope someone can help his other tooth now.” Ofelia said that, despite her limited English, she is not afraid to look for services that can help her children. “I am the type of person that takes all the help I can get for my children.” The health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the Santa Clarita Community Center, 22421 Market St. For information, call (661) 286-4006. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
WHITTIER – Raising awareness of child abuse is among the things Intercommunity Child Guidance Center officials hope to achieve through their first annual child abuse prevention campaign. All this month, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, officials want to focus public attention on the high number of child-abuse cases reported in unincorporated East Whittier. “We decided to do it this year because it just really makes sense – it’s exactly what we do,” said Veronica Medina, development manager at the guidance center. “Also, there are statistics that state that East Whittier has among the highest reported child-abuse cases. It’s a sign that something is wrong,” she added. Center officials hope to raise $10,000 through the campaign, which involves partnerships with several Whittier-area stores, restaurants, businesses and civic groups – all of them collecting funds to donate to the center. Officials said the proceeds will be used to provide services to child-abuse victims and to create preventative outreach programs geared toward families. Parents need information not only about how to spot child abuse but also how to discipline their children without resorting to verbal or physical abuse, Medina said. “Often times, I don’t think parents realize that they are borderline abusive,” she said. “We want to teach parents that they can control their children in a positive way.” Children also will benefit from the fundraiser. Medina said center officials plan to make school-based presentations to provide children information on how to recognize the signs of child abuse. “We want to help them understand what is appropriate touching and what is not, and tell them it’s not their fault. We want to tell them that they can talk to an adult, that there are resources, and that we are one of them,” she said. Among the groups partnering with the center in the campaign is Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Road, which will hold Easter Sunday Sunrise Services at 6 a.m. Sunday and will donate guests’ offerings to the center. Whittier College and the college’s Asian Student Association will hold “Asian Night” on April 21 at Whittier College. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the center. On April 28, Rocky Cola Cafe, 6757 Greenleaf Ave., Uptown Whittier, will donate 20 percent of the day’s receipts from coupon holders to the center; and Family Fair in Uptown will collect donations for the center each Wednesday in April. Other groups and businesses involved in the campaign include: Crepes & Grapes Cafe, 6560 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier; The Flag Shop, 7731 Painter Ave., Whittier; The Copy Center, 11462 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs; My Friend’s House, 6525 S. Norwalk Blvd., Whittier; Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 11716 Floral Drive, Whittier; Saint Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave., Whittier.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A theme common to all 10 designs submitted by architectural companies worldwide is connectivity, be it with the surrounding city, the environment, or the futuristic home’s residents. In the “jellyfish home” the walls would filter water, cleaning it before returning it to the earth. The bathroom in another model doubles as a health center, with a full-body scanner in the shower. In a videotaped presentation, Art Center President Richard Koshalek said 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in cities. “That’s why we need original ideas, they are going to be critical to the future,” he said. Of course, this is not the first time architects have modeled their dreams of the future, and the Art Center show includes past visions. Unlike many of the new designs, Hutt said, the older visions often are single-family homes isolated from their surroundings. Which design will become the true model of future development is anybody’s guess, and the exhibition will include a strong emphasis on public comment and discussion. “It’s really important that people think of this as an open-ended research project, not a finished product,” Hutt said. “Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living” is on display at Art Center’s South Campus, 950 S. Raymond Ave. For more information visit http://artcenter.edu/openhouse/. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a world with swelling populations and progressing global warming, though, traditional-style houses may not be the best alternative. The new exhibit “Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living” – a joint project of Art Center and Germany’s Vitra Design Museum – aims to challenge people’s notions of home and encourage them to consider a new range of shapes and layouts for dwellings of the future. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, opens Saturday and continues through July1. From narrow, beehive-like towers envisioned for a commune in Seoul to a scaly low-lying “dunehouse” for the Nevada desert, many of the visions are a far cry from the familiar linear designs of today. Although they might look theoretical, said Hutt, a co-curator of the exhibit, “they’re actually plausible,” using materials and techniques she predicts will be available 20 to 25 years from now. • Photo Gallery: Architecture and Technology PASADENA – What does your dream home look like? For many, said Dana Hutt of Art Center College of Design, the answer would be quite similar to the familiar designs of their childhood. “The idea of the home is so embedded in our imagination,” she said. “We embrace the latest technology, but in our homes we’re still looking backward.”
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to ban Mexican trucks from hauling cargo on American highways. The 74-24 vote was the latest in a series of roadblocks Congress has erected to thwart a federal pilot program giving Mexican trucking companies full access to U.S. roadways. “I don’t think there’s any evidence that we have equivalent standards of safety,” said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who authored the measure banning the trucks. The Mexican truck program has drawn fierce opposition from consumer safety groups and others who contend that Mexican trucks are unregulated, dirty and unsafe. The debate has been particularly heated in California, where San Diego’s Otay Mesa is the second-busiest cargo crossing on the U.S.- Mexico border after Laredo, Texas. Coming on the heels of a major explosion on a northern Mexico highway – when a dynamite-laden truck collided with another vehicle and killed 34 people – several lawmakers called the vote an important move to protect drivers on American roads. “While this program would not allow Mexican trucks to transport hazardous materials inside the United States, this tragedy reconfirms my commitment to preventing accidents on American highways,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Both she and Sen. Barbara Boxer voted for the amendment barring the use of federal funds in the pilot program. The House recently passed a similar measure. Opening the border to trucks was a condition of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which required that all roads in the U.S., Mexico and Canada be opened to carriers from all three countries. Canadian trucking companies already have full access to U.S. roads, but Mexican trucks can travel only 25 miles inside the country at certain border crossings. Supporters on Tuesday – primarily Republicans – said Mexican trucks will be held to the same standards as their American counterparts. They also noted that under the pilot program, only 600 foreign trucks would be traveling across the border. “That’s a pretty minuscule number,” Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said, noting that about 5.1 million commercial trailers were registered for business purposes in the U.S. last year. “Those people who fear that Mexican trucks will not be held to the same standard as U.S. trucks in America are incorrect,” Kyl said. “It seems to me it is worth giving this program a chance.” Sen. John Cornyn – who offered a failed amendment that would have allowed the program but enforced with even tougher safety requirements – accused opponents of discriminating against Mexico. “How does it look if we’re going to hold trucks coming from Mexico to a different standard than trucks from Canada?” said Cornyn, R-Texas. firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Nobody was screening and nobody was passing,” Smith said. “We just dribbled it around and never got in our offense. When you do that, you have no chance of winning.” Russell Robinson added 12 points and C.J. Giles added 10 for Kansas, which won its sixth straight, broke Kentucky’s four-game winning streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in three tries this season. The Jayhawks led 41-19 at halftime behind 16 points from Rush, and were up by as many as 32 points in the second half. Kentucky missed 17 of its first 20 shots, going 0 for 7 from outside the arc over that span, and didn’t break into double digits until Joe Crawford connected from the lane with just over 6 minutes left in the first half. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Freshman Brandon Rush had career highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds, his first double-double for Kansas (9-4). “I’ve been real guilty of laying back, taking days off and not playing to the best of my abilities,” Rush said. “This was a big game for us, so I had to turn it on.” It was the lowest-scoring game for Kentucky (10-4) since a 46-45 loss to Michigan State on Dec. 16, 2000. The Wildcats’ only other loss of more than 20 points under Smith came earlier this season, a 79-53 defeat at Indiana on Dec. 10. The Wildcats were 15 for 62 from the field on Saturday, missing their first 13 shots from long range and not recording an assist until Rajan Rondo fed Moss for Kentucky’s first 3-pointer with 14:20 left in the game. They finished with five assists, three by Rondo. This time, the Wildcats left town on the short end of the biggest defeat in Tubby Smith’s nine seasons as coach – a 73-46 loss in which they shot just 24 percent from the field and didn’t have an assist until the second half. “We just got outworked today,” guard Ravi Moss said. “We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and see if we have any heart. They beat us to loose balls. They were tougher than we were today.” LAWRENCE, Kan. – It might be another 16 seasons before Kentucky comes back to Allen Fieldhouse. Before Saturday, the Wildcats hadn’t visited Lawrence since getting blown out 150-95 on Dec. 9, 1989 – still a school scoring record for the Jayhawks and the second-worst loss in Kentucky’s history.