‘I Personally Pledge to Help Liberia in This Time of Need’

first_imgThe United Nations Secretary General says the world body is committed to standing with Liberia in the face of the threat against the Ebola virus disease. “We will be with you until this outbreak is under control and the country has recovered,” he said.According to an Executive Mansion release, Mr. Ban Ki-moon made the statement during a joint press stakeout with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following a meeting. Mr. Ban, at the head of an 18-member delegation, was in Liberia on the first-leg of a visit to the three worst affected Ebola countries.“I’m here to demonstrate our strong partnership, solidarity and assurance of support for the people and government of Liberia in addressing this Ebola outbreak,” the UN Secretary General emphasized.He also took the opportunity to express his great admiration and respect for the thousands of national and international responders who are making lifesaving contributions in the frontlines including the United States which have sent so many of its civilian and military personnel to join the fight against the Ebola outbreak. “The United States and many other countries, and civil societies, their commitment and compassion are truly inspiring.”Mr. Ban expressed cautious optimism that this terrible disease will be defeated considering the fact that the virus is slowing down in Liberia, and paid tribute to the dedication and commitment of all Liberians. However, he warned that now is not the time to let the guard down because one case of Ebola can trigger an epidemic and committed the United Nations to supporting all affected communities to contain the Ebola virus disease.Looking forward, the Secretary General said though the number of cases is still high, there was a need to be more robust with contact tracing, greater preparedness at the district level; while the promising results that Liberia has experienced must be shared regionally to avoid the risk of re-transmission.The UN Secretary General praised the Liberian leader for her strong leadership, commitment and vision as she addresses the Ebola virus disease, adding, “This requires a political will and leadership and the United Nations is ready to fully support and work with you.” he assured President Sirleaf.He noted that since the long time socio-economic impact is likely to be significant, it’s not too soon to begin work on recovery for tomorrow. “We must scale up our effort to re-establish basic social services, strengthen health services, support economic activity and build the country’s resilience,” Mr. Ban stressed, pledging the UN’s assistance to the Liberian Government and people to build a society more resilient and stronger.Mr. Ban underscored that the engagement of the international community behind the Ebola affected countries has been tremendous and appealed to the international community to stay engaged. “I appeal to all stakeholders to work together to preserve Liberia’s hard won peace,” he urged.Commenting on the Special Senatorial Elections, the third since the end of the civil war, the UN Secretary General said these elections will give Liberians an opportunity to show the world how far they’ve come; urging all Liberians to ensure that these elections are peaceful and at the same time follow the public health guidelines to protect themselves against Ebola.Earlier, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Liberian people, welcomed Mr. Ban and his delegation to the country. He first visited here in March 2013.She recognized the global leadership Mr. Ban has exhibited since his tenure as UN Secretary General especially that leadership role at the onset of the Ebola crisis, its effect on Liberia and how he brought the global leadership together to respond in such a manner that today the country has made remarkable success.President Sirleaf also recognized the presence of the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, a part of the UN Secretary-General’s delegation, and how she has worked with the Liberian Government in bringing the quick response that the country needed. “It was slow in the beginning,” the Liberian leader admitted, “but it came under the Secretary-General’s leadership and under hers [Dr. Chan] with full force that has enabled us to be where we are.” She thanked bilateral and multilateral partners, other United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations, particularly the UN Secretary General who brought these groupings together to enable Liberia make the tremendous progress it has made in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.While in Liberia, the UN Secretary General participated in an Incident Management System (IMS) meeting at the Monrovia City Hall. He later met with United Nations staff at the UN Mission in Liberia headquarters at the Pan African Plaza and later visited the 25-bed field hospital intended to treat healthcare workers affected by Ebola in Charlesville, Margibi County. He later departed Roberts International Airport for Freetown, Sierra Leone on the second-leg of his three nation tour.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 in custody, vehicle impounded

first_imgMechanic shop shootingTwo suspects are now in custody as investigations continue into the shooting of a teenager during a robbery on Sunday afternoon.According to A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Clifton Hicken, one of the men in custody is likely to be released on bail, having been detained for the lawful 72 hours while the second suspect remains in custody and is currently assisting the Police in their investigations of the robbery.In addition to arresting the suspects, Hicken also related to Guyana Times that there is also a car that has been impounded.Commander Hicken went on to indicate that the Police have in their possession CCTV footage from the scene and are using it to help crack the case.During the brazen robbery on Sunday, around 14:00h, 15-year-old North Ruimveldt Multilateral Secondary School student Jahmaul Lewis was shot in his face while sitting on his bicycle in front of the mechanic shop, just a few yards from his home in South Ruimveldt.According to reports, three armed bandits used a white Toyota car to circle the block three times before rushing into the mechanic shop. Eyewitnesses say Lewis was the first person the bandits would have met and a confrontation between the two resulted in the teen being shot in the face.The men escaped with a small quantity of cash and cellphones.Lewis was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he is currently nursing a gunshot wound. Police are still continuing their efforts to crack the case, Commander Hicken outlined.last_img read more

Koepka avoids collapse to win PGA for fourth major title

first_img0Shares0000Brooks Koepka reacts after his putt on the 18th green to complete a two-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson in the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Warren LittleBETHPAGE, United States, May 20 – Brooks Koepka held off a late charge from Dustin Johnson to capture his second consecutive PGA Championship on Sunday, completing a wire-to-wire victory for his fourth major title in nerve-wracking fashion.A near-collapse saw Koepka’s record seven-stroke lead reduced to a single shot, but he withstood making four bogeys in a row on the back nine and another at 17 for an unexpectedly narrow triumph. “This is probably the most satisfied I’ve been with all the majors,” said Koepka. “This one’s definitely at the top of the list of how emotionally and how mentally spent I am.”Koepka fired a four-over par 74 final round at windy Bethpage Black to finish 72 holes on eight-under 272 and defeat Johnson by two strokes, replacing him as world number one as a result.“I’m just glad we don’t have any more holes to play,” Koepka said. “That was a stressful round of golf.”Bogeys by Johnson at 16 and 17 made the difference but Koepka made bogey at the par-3 17th, then escaped sand and weeds off the 18th tee by finding the fairway and green then sinking a six-foot putt for the victory.Applying pressure: Dustin Johnson closed within one stroke of runaway leader Brooks Koepka on the way to a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Patrick Smith“DJ played a hell of a round to come back and to grind it out,” Koepka said. “He did a great job putting pressure on me, making me play some solid golf down the stretch.”The usually poker-faced Koepka admitted the moment got to him on the final hole, where he fired a fist pump after his winning putt.“That was the most excited I’ve ever been in my life there on 18,” Koepka said.Koepka, who seeks his third US Open win in a row next month at Pebble Beach, became the first man to own back-to-back titles at two majors simultaneously by capturing the Wanamaker Trophy and the Sh200mn ($1.98 million) top prize.“This is unbelievable,” Koepka said. “I don’t know if I even dreamed this. It’s amazing.”The 29-year-old American became the PGA’s fifth wire-to-wire winner after Hal Sutton in 1983, Ray Floyd in 1982, Jack Nicklaus in 1971 and Bobby Nichols in 1964.Koepka joined Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back stroke-play winners of the PGA, Woods having done it in 2006-07 as well as 1999-2000.– DJ’s Runner-up Slam –Koepka seized a tournament-record lead of seven strokes after 54 holes on 12-under par 198.No man has led a major by so much so late and lost. But Koepka came close.Johnson, who shot 69, shrank the margin to four shots at the turn and just one with four holes to play, only for Koepka to outlast his US compatriot.Johnson, seeking his second major title after the 2016 US Open, was hoping to match the best final-round win comeback in PGA history, John Mahaffey’s seven-shot rally in 1978.Instead, he completed a career “runner-up” Grand Slam, having placed second at the 2011 British Open, 2015 US Open and last month’s Masters.“I’m pleased with the way I played. I gave myself a chance,” Johnson said.“The golf course played extremely difficult. The wind was really blowing. I played really well.”– Shock back-nine drama –Hands on the trophy: Brooks Koepka lifts the Wanamaker trophy for the second straight year after a two-shot win in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Warren LittleKoepka made the turn on 12-under, answering an opening bogey with a birdie at the par-5 fourth, while Johnson made birdies at the fourth, sixth and nine holes to reach 8-under, shrinking Koepka’s lead to its lowest since Friday afternoon.Koepka hit a gap wedge to two feet at the 10th hole and tapped in for birdie while Johnson took a bogey at 11 to stretch Koepka’s margin back to six strokes.Then came Koepka’s four consecutive bogeys while Johnson birdied the 15th for the fourth day in a row, trimming the margin to a single shot as an electric atmosphere began to build among a vocal New York crowd.“How could you not know with the DJ chants,” Koepka said. “I heard everything.”Johnson missed an eight-foot par putt at 16, giving Koepka a two-shot edge, and Johnson went over the green at the par-3 17th on the way to another bogey, boosting Koepka’s margin back to three shots.“I knew I needed to do something on the last three holes,” Johnson said.American Jordan Spieth finished tied for third in the 2019 PGA Championship, unable to catch winner Brooks Koepka to complete a career Grand Slam at Bethpage Black © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / JAMIE SQUIREKoepka ended his bogey run by parring 15 and 16, the latter on a tense three-foot putt, but missed a four-foot par putt at the par-3 17th while Johnson closed with a par, setting up the 18th-hole drama.“The putt on 16 gave me a little bit more confidence coming down the stretch,” he said. “I know I missed one on 17, but I think 16 helped me make 18.”Koepka became the first player to win his first four majors in less than two years, joined by Woods, Nicklaus and Hogan for winning four in eight starts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A long hike to a hard chore will be worth it, group says

first_imgClub members say their motive is a little selfish: They enjoy seeing the native species return and the creeks flow when the intruders are removed. “We love to hike in those canyons, and we’re environmentalists,” Erskine-Hellrigel said. “It’s amazing when you see creeks running longer in the year because the tamarisk is gone.” Some 40 volunteers have shown up at past tamarisk pulls, and she expects at least that many when the group meets at 8 a.m. Saturday near an abandoned oil boom town called Mentryville, deep in Pico Canyon. A similar effort involved the La Crescenta-based Habitat Works, whose member backpacked some 40 miles along Piru Creek to uproot a stand of tamarisk. “They removed 10,000 seedlings,” Teresa said. The strategy has been to kill the plants upstream so seeds won’t wash downriver and germinate, creating a bigger problem. Pico Canyon, where the volunteer crew will work Saturday, is upstream from the South Fork of the Santa Clara. “If we don’t stop it above, that constant source of seeds will keep coming down,” Teresa said. Tamarisk and another pesky nonnative, the bamboolike Arundo donax, were imported during the Civil War era from Mediterranean countries for use in landscaping and to prevent erosion. Since 1993, the U.S. Forest Service has been laboring to annihilate tamarisk and arundo from the Santa Clara and its largest tributary, San Francisquito Creek. Nancy Hanson, a wildlife biologist for the Forest Service who is headquartered in Saugus, leads the local eradication effort. She, too, has seen water return to parched riverbeds when the water-sucking tamarisk and arundo are removed. Hanson is in the midst of applying for a grant of up to $12 million to work with the city of Santa Clarita to remove the weeds from the Santa Clara as it cuts through town. “The objective is to eradicate all arundo and tamarisk on the Santa Clara River watershed, from Acton to the Ventura County line,” Hanson said, and she knows it can be done. The Forest Service has taken out about 75 percent of tamarisk and arundo where the Santa Clara River and San Francisquito Creek meander through the Angeles National Forest. Pesticides are monitored by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to ensure chemicals don’t damage the river environment. “When we are able to eradicate, it frees up that water, and the native vegetation returns on its own and flourishes,” Hanson said. Further downstream, federal and state agencies are working with The Newhall Land and Farming Company to eliminate tamarisk and arundo from the river where it passes the developer’s planned 21,000-home Newhall Ranch. As the river heads to the Pacific, it’s filled with thick stands of both weeds. Authorities fear flooding in wintertime when the heavy foliage blocks the flow of the river. They also note that arundo, in particular, dries to a crisp under the sun and becomes perfect fuel for brush fires. In 2003, swaths of brittle arundo fed fire that swept from the Castaic area downriver through the Ventura County cities of Fillmore and Santa Paula. “The magnitude of the problem – you cannot imagine,” Teresa said. “It’s a phenomenal propagator. It crowds out the native species.” Still she holds out hope. “We have to be really creative and extremely careful. There’s a wasp that eats tamarisk, but if we introduce that and it’s successful, what’s that going to do? Will the wasps be a bigger problem? “I’m dismayed at the magnitude of the problem, but I’m hopeful it can be handled. We’re fighting on a lot of fronts.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Their prize? A dry stream begins to flow again, wildlife put off by the intruder returns, and native plants abound. “We did a removal at a dry creek in the Coachella Valley, and now the creek flows,” Teresa said. “The water’s come back. It’s amazing.” On Saturday, dozens of volunteers from the Community Hiking Club will attack a wall of tamarisk in Pico Canyon west of Santa Clarita. A creek there feeds tributaries of the Santa Clara River, which stretches through the area, with its headwaters in the High Desert and its mouth at the Pacific near Oxnard. The weeds flourish in the Santa Clara and its feeders, and club members have successfully attacked the weed in nearby Towsley, Whitney and Placerita canyons, club leader Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel said. The volunteers must remove the tamarisk by hand because they are not licensed to use pesticides in a creek bed. The labor is grueling. “We’ll pull out the bushes, follow the roots, dig them out. We’ll move boulders, if we have to, to make sure we get all the roots,” Erskine-Hellrigel said. NEWHALL – Laden with tools, they’ve hiked dozens of miles and padded through muck with the goal of eradicating an enemy, one that boasts flowers in a variety of colors. Tamarisk, a common shrub with white, yellow or pink blooms, is sucking the life out of waterways in the West. The nonnative bush, which has invaded the rivers and other streams of Santa Clarita’s watershed, chokes out indigenous plants and wildlife and absorbs extraordinary amounts of water – some 300 gallons a day – at a time when it’s needed most. “It’s a huge water hog,” said Sherry Teresa, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Natural Lands Management. “It’s all over the West, drying up creeks and rivers.” An army of “soldiers” from the public, private and volunteer sectors has been battling the weed for more than a decade – pulling it, poisoning it and coming back to clean up seedlings from the 500,000 microscopic seeds a single bush can produce. last_img read more

Terfel pulls out of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bryn Terfel has pulled out of his highly anticipated appearance in the Royal Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, citing “a particularly stressful family situation” involving one of his children. The Welsh bass-baritone was to have sung Wotan/The Wanderer in the performances scheduled for next month. It was supposed to have been his first performance in a complete Ring Cycle. “I have had a particularly stressful family situation involving one of my children this summer which has affected the time I had put aside to prepare for this challenging role,” Terfel said in a statement carried by the Opera’s Web site. “Having begun rehearsals it is clear to me that I would not be able to perform at the standard I would wish to.” The nature of the problem was not disclosed. The Times of London newspaper reported that the performance had been sold out for more than a year, with some tickets for the entire four-opera cycle going for as much as $1,610. “The Royal Opera expressed shock and surprise at Bryn Terfel’s cancellation, acknowledging the disappointment it will bring to audiences who were looking forward to seeing him perform in a complete Ring Cycle for the first time,” the company said on its Web site.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR SENIORS PICK UP VALUABLE LEAGUE POINTS

first_imgGood luck to Jim ,Rory,Mark, Patrick and Ryan and the Donegal team next Sunday in the Ulster Final.Seniors;Our Seniors picked up 2 more points in the league last Sunday against Gaoth Dobhair on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-8 The reserve team was defeated by 2 points The new club website will soon be on line,updates on twitter and Facebook.Cúl Camp;Date: July 15th to July 19thTime: 10am to 2pm Cost: €55 for 1 child, €45 for 2nd child and €40 for 3rd/4th/5thUlster Final Tickets;All tickets must be collected and paid for on Tuesday 16th July between 8 and 10pm in Towney.Underage fixtures;Under 12’s play Naomh Ultan on Monday @6.30,Minor C’ship is on Wed @7.30 in Ardara in the 2nd leg. Our u-16 team play Na Rossa on Friday @7.30 away. Bingo;Bingo next week is on Sat night at 8.30pm. This week the winners were Marie Doogan,Brendan o Kenney,Breege Campbell,John Mc Guinness,Margaret Mc Shane,. ackpot next week is €3250 on 50 Numbers.Lotto numbers this week were 13,19,22,27, lotto plus 12,14,20,21 No winner. consolation prizes Declan Carr,Rose Mc Fadden and Glen Mc Brearty. jackpot next week €3,400GAA NEWS: KILCAR SENIORS PICK UP VALUABLE LEAGUE POINTS was last modified: July 15th, 2013 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:KILCAR CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

DIVING: SHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CARRY OUT 103 DIVES IN 2015

first_imgSheephaven SAC Sunday Morning Snorkel at Portnablagh.With a new dive year ahead for Sheephaven SAC it is time to look back at the clubs activities for 2015 when Sheephavens club activities were as busy as ever with 103 club dives conducted in 2015. Along with a further 24 club snorkels meant that every week there was a club activity, no matter what the weather could throw.Sheephaven SAC travelled to dive in both Irish and foreign waters, recording 92 and 11 dives respectively, which included trips to Quilty in Co. Clare followed by some warm water diving in Malta in the autumn. The coldest water recorded was 5 degrees Celsius at a dive at Cranford Pier in January, while the warmest was in October in Malta when water temperature reached a balmy 25 degrees Celsius. The dives were divided into 78 boat dives, 19 shore dives and 6 wreck dives in 2015, with an average of 6 divers per dive. The 103 club dives recorded in 2015 is above the 93 that has been the average over the last 8 years, which is very encouraging indeed.The average depth achieved per dive in 2015 was 22 metres, while the average dive duration was 36 minutes. The longest dive was 63 minutes on the last dive in Malta, when the divers involved completed both the Blue Hole and the Inland Sea to wrap up their dive trip.Snorkelling remains as popular as ever in Sheephaven SAC with 24 Sunday morning snorkels organised during the winter months, with an average of 11 snorkelers taking to water and enjoying the customary debrief over a breakfast in Dunfanaghy.As ever Search and Recovery is an integral part of what Sheephaven SAC is about and 3 S&R dives were conducted in Co. Mayo as part of a regional response in early September.During the year Sheephaven divers were blessed with some wonderful diving moments, including having a Whale rise close to a dive boat off Arranmore Island and spotting a Turtle in Sheephaven Bay. There were numerous sightings of Basking Sharks and Dolphins throughout the summer and a first for a number of divers when they encountered Angler Fish of Melmore Head. As always the occasional observation of a Sunfish was a joy, as was the Octopus during the Malta trip.Sheephavens first dive of 2016 was a cracking wreck dive in Cranford Bay, on thankfully a calm day for a change. There are 3 wrecks sunk near Cranford Pier, 2 touching each other and the other lying nearby.Cranford Wreck Dive Party at MevaghKevin Boylan led the dive and along with Doug Fox provided Dry Coxswain duties, allowing the 30 minute dive to go ahead in one stick from Dive Boat Bríd. Maximum depth was to 10 metres, in water visibility of no greater than 2 metres horizontally and definitely chilly at less than 7 degrees Celsius.A great dive on a decent sized wreck and a perfect way to get the diving year kicked off in good style.There was a big turnout of snorkelers on Sunday morning in PortnaBlagh Harbour. Sea conditions were good, with a very slight swell and an offshore wind from the south east, while air temperature was no better than 5 degrees Celsius.Water temperature was not too bad at probably not much below 10 degrees Celsius, although visibility was effectively nil throughout the snorkel. It was great to see such a big crowd out and especially to see some old faces getting back into the water again. The recruitment of the Sheephaven SAC Trainee Class of 2016 is currently underway, contact details of which can be got from the clubs Facebook page Sheephaven SAC. As always the Sheephaven SAC welcomes returning divers, either past members or from other dive affiliations, again contact details can be got from the clubs Facebook page.DIVING: SHEEPHAVEN SUB AQUA CARRY OUT 103 DIVES IN 2015 was last modified: January 5th, 2016 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:donegalSheephaven Sub Aqua Clublast_img read more

Arnold’s reforms losing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Gov. Arnold’s Schwarzenegger’s plan to slow state spending, the centerpiece of his “year of reform” ballot proposals, was trailing in early returns Tuesday in an election that could deal him an embarrassing setback or burnish his faded popularity.Early returns suggested that voters were sending a mixed message on the governor’s four propositions.With 15 percent of precincts reporting, the governor’s spending proposal, Proposition 76, was trailing 57-43 percent; his initiative to redraw state legislative districts also was trailing. His proposal to curb political spending by unions was leading, but an initiative to make it harder for public school teachers to get tenure was deadlocked.The special election pitted the governor against two of California’s dominant political forces: public employee unions and Democrats who control the Legislature.In an appeal on the eve of the election, likely to be among the most expensive in state history, Schwarzenegger urged voters to “give me tools to reform the system.”The contest represented the biggest test yet of a faltering Schwarzenegger leadership. The outcome will give him momentum toward re-election next year or cloud his ability to win a second term.In the campaign’s closing days, polls found none of the governor’s proposals had majority support among likely voters. In all, voters weighed eight ballot initiatives, half of which Schwarzenegger embraced as part of his “year of reform.”The secretary of state has projected that 42 percent of the state’s 15.8 million registered voters would cast ballots. That would be less than the 61 percent turnout for the 2003 recall but greater than turnout for special elections in 1993 and 1979.Schwarzenegger’s proposals to curb spending and weaken unions have inflamed passions on both sides, partly because of the election’s roughly $50 million cost in a state that repeatedly faces budget shortfalls. His conflict with the unions made him a target for teachers, nurses and firefighters who hounded his public appearances for months and helped push his popularity ratings to record lows.The governor called the election in June to promote three initiatives: Proposition 76 aimed to cap state spending; Proposition 74 would lengthen teachers’ probationary period from two years to five and make it easier to fire veteran teachers; and Proposition 77 would transfer the power to draw legislative boundaries from lawmakers to three retired judges.Schwarzenegger later embraced Proposition 75, which would make it harder for public employee unions to raise money for political purposes.Four other initiatives rounded out the list.Proposition 73, a constitutional amendment that would require doctors to notify parents or guardians when a minor seeks an abortion, was leading 51 percent to 49 percent.Another initiative sought to reregulate part of the state’s energy market, but voters rejected Proposition 80 by a wide margin.The ballot also included dueling initiatives to lower prescription drug costs. That battle became one of the most expensive initiative campaigns in state history: Pharmaceutical companies pumped in $76 million to support the industry-sponsored Proposition 78 and oppose Proposition 79, which labor and consumer groups supported.Proposition 79 was soundly defeated, while Proposition 78 trailed by a substantial margin.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Aims For a Tuesday Bounce Back

first_img Buy Tickets ESPN+ Des Moines, Iowa – Following a loss at No. 14 Dayton, the Drake University men’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center with hopes of continuing its home game winning streak against Mount Marty Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and on the radio at ESPN 1350.  Drake has won 10-straight games at the Knapp Center dating back to last season and 17-straight non-conference home games dating to 2016.The Bulldogs (8-3), who are 6-0 at home this season, are coming off a 78-47 loss at No. 14 Dayton on Saturday night. Roman Penn led the Bulldogs for the second-straight game with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Penn leads the Bulldogs in both scoring and assists this season with 10.7 points and 5.1 assists per game.Sophomore Liam Robbins added 12 points for the Bulldogs, with a career-high three three-pointers. Robbins continues to be the leading post player and is in second on the team in scoring with more than 10 points per game while ranking in the top-50 nationally in blocks.Garrett Sturtz continues to dominate the boards with 6.5 rebounds per game this season. He has had seven games this season where he had six or more rebounds. Against Dayton, he had eight rebounds, three points and two assists. Mount Marty (13-2) has had a turnaround season and already exceeded its win total from last year thanks to first-year head coach Todd Lorensen. The Lancers, who hail from Yankton, S.D., average more than 90 points per game with senior Chris King averaging more than 21 points per game. Tuesday will be the first-ever matchup between the two programs. After their matchup with the Lancers, Drake will hit the road for a pair of games to wrap up the 2019 calendar year starting with a Dec. 21 date at Air Force. Live Stats Live Audio center_img Drake Game Notes Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

PARENTING INFORMATION FAIR TODAY AT LETTERKENNY LIBRARY

first_imgA PARENTS information fair takes place at the Central Library in Letterkenny today.Talks take place all day covering topics from sleep difficulties in children to nutrition to parent well being to ADHD to teenage mental health.Information stands offering support to parents on queries from immunisations to breast feeding to bed wetting to parenting. Spot prizes throughout the day.  PARENTING INFORMATION FAIR TODAY AT LETTERKENNY LIBRARY was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Central LibraryletterkennyParenting fairlast_img read more