‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “It’s the only medal that really mattered,” Salvador Gaeta said recently while cycling in the deserted Olympic Park. “Every Brazilian will remember it.”Other memories have faded at home since the Olympics opened a year ago. A few expectations were met, but many fell short of those promised by IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing committee head Carlos Nuzman.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’Bach boasted at the closing ceremony of “a Rio de Janeiro before, and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.”Nuzman called Rio the next Barcelona, one of the cities clearly transformed by the games. Save for minor cosmetic changes, a city fractured by mountains and searing inequality remains as it was. Violent crime mostly concealed during the Olympics is soaring, tied to Brazil’s deepest economic downturn in 100 years and unpaid policemen leaving in droves. Brazil’s military has been called in to quell Rio’s untethered violence.Rio barely managed to keep it together for the Olympics, needed a government bailout to hold the Paralympics and then collapsed under a grinding recession and sprawling corruption scandals.The games took place mostly in the south and west of the city, which remains white and wealthy. The rest is still a hodgepodge of dilapidated factories and hillside slums of cinderblocks, tin roofs and open troughs of raw sewage.Brazil says it spent $13 billion in public and private money to organize the Olympics — some estimates suggest $20 billion — and many games-related projects since then have been tied to corruption scandals that marred the games and drove up costs. Federal police and prosecutors have linked overpriced projects to graft between politicians and construction companies.A look at the fallout since the Olympics opened on Aug. 5:ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans THE GOODIn this July 17, 2017 photo, a commuter waits for the next car at the Jardim Oceanico subway station, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service, and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians, and safe street life in city rife with crime. These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians and safe street life in a city rife with crime.These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent.Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela — or shanytown — and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. The area in his youth was known for decay and drunkenness.In this July 16, 2017 photo, Igor Silverio poses for a photo at Praca Maua in the renovated port area, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before the Olympic Games the area was known for decay and drunkenness. Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela, or shanytown, and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. “For sure it’s better,” he said. But he added he “expected more from the Olympics.” (AP Photo/Renata Brito)“For sure it’s better,” he said. But, he added, he “expected more from the Olympics.”“From my point of view, the Olympics only benefited the foreigners. Local people themselves didn’t get much. The security situation isn’t good, the hospitals. I think these are investments that didn’t benefit many local people.”He said he skipped the Olympics because they were “too expensive” and located far away in the suburbs.Standing outside the new subway line, 57-year-old domestic worker Isa Trajano Fernandes said public transportation had improved but was still deficient.“When the Olympics were going on it was better, but then they let it slide,” she said.She complained about crowding on the new express buses and the lack of security. TNT sends Kia to 3rd straight loss in its Govs’ Cup opener OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Carlos Nuzman, president of the organizing committee, was defeated earlier this year in an election to lead the Pan American Sports Organization. He ran on his record leading the Rio Olympics and finished third in a three-man race.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Here we see all this money spent,” she said. “Unfortunately, we see most of the arenas are closed. So I think it could have been used in a better way.”The park offers few amenities: no restaurants, no shade and nothing much to do except gawk at deserted arenas. City hall officials and the federal government say they’re planning an event for Aug. 5 to “fill all the arenas” for the day.THE UGLYIn this July 27, 2017 photo, trash lays on the coast of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events.Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, its unwelcome stench often drifting along the highway from the international airport.“I think it’s gotten worse,” Brazil’s gold-medal sailor Kahena Kunze said in a recent interview. “There was always floating trash, but I see more and more. It’s no use hiding the trash because it comes back. I figured it would get worse because I haven’t seen anything concrete being done.”Avenida Brasil, the main north-south artery through the city, is a snarl of unfinished roads and express bus lanes, viaducts to nowhere and detours through miles (kilometers) of traffic cones.In this July 27, 2017 photo, children play with a foam board in the polluted Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Some of the politicians behind the Olympics have been accused of graft, and organizers still owe creditors about $30 million to 40 million.Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who wept when Rio was awarded the games, was convicted last month on corruption charges and faces a 9 1/2-year prison term. He is appealing.Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes , the local moving force behind the Olympics, is being investigated for allegedly accepting at least 15 million reals ($5 million) in payments to facilitate construction projects tied to the games. He denies wrongdoing.Another early booster, former Rio state governor Sergio Cabral, is in jail on corruption charges. FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2016 file photo, Brazil’s Neymar kisses the ball before scoring the decisive penalty kick during the final match of the mens’s Olympic football tournament at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As Rio de Janeiro reels from corruption, rising crime and unfinished infrastructure, its residents can look no further than the iconic image of Neymar to remind them of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics that took place one year ago and the price they payed for hosting the games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Neymar kissed the ball, delivered a gold medal and then wept with other Brazilians.Look no further if you’re searching for an iconic image of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT “People have no dignity using public transportation in Rio de Janeiro,” she said.THE BADIn this July 16, 2017 photo, an empty parking lot is seen in front of the Athlete’s Village, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 3,600 apartments remain unoccupied. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left a half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park and 3,600 empty apartments in the boarded-up Olympic Village. Deodoro, a major complex of venues in the impoverished north, is shuttered behind iron gates.Standing across the street, Jose Mauricio Pehna de Souza was asked if Rio benefited from the Olympics.“I don’t think so, not us in Brazil,” he said.A $20 million golf course is struggling to find players and financing.A few dozen were on the course on a recent, sunny Saturday. The clubhouse is mostly unfurnished, and it costs non-Brazilians 560 reals ($180) for 18 holes and a cart.File – In this July 4, 2016 file photo, the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics is seen from the air, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park, and 3,600 empty apartments in the vast, boarded-up Olympic Village. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say Rio needs time to develop these venues, and faults Brazil’s deep recession for most of the problems.A prosecutor several months ago disputed this, saying the Olympic Park “lacked planning how to use white elephant” sports venues. Many were built as part of real estate deals that have yet to pan out.Juliana Solaira, a 30-year-old pharmacist who lives across from the park, called the space “an excellent legacy” but said “few people use it.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
This is 2014 football season on planet EarthAll eyes geared towards the mighty BrazilHome of the renown skills best craftsmanBare chest juggles balls to entertain travelersHosting millions with wide open arms and salsaRhumba half clad dark skinned girls full of cheerDrums command victories as millions unite wideAs Jesus too up high welcomes the entire worldFootball FeverThis is 2014 reasons to exhibit new skills for fansAll old teams with new players ready smart movesHome faraway fans will be fixated to crisp screensBoots of crazy neon lights assuage pedicure lawnsHoisting national flags is a must for the talentedRhapsody a world united for one cause for footballDance steps raps Rio as the constellation is awakeAs whistles blow for red and yellow cards so heroismFootball FeverShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,In response to D Bhagwan’s letter (28/9/2018) on seeing Indians as Bharatiyas, I think this in itself is a narrow view of who we are. If he cared to ask ‘Bharatiyas’ in their 20s to define themselves (the genetic material of our continuity) I doubt they would consider themselves as an ethic group first but rather as Guyanese – and rightly so.It is this perennial issue of defining ourselves ethnically, initially by political groups, which has kept this country slightly above Haiti in relation to GDP, whereas the likes of Singapore, Malaysia and indeed Japan, have all prospered economically and seen living standards rise over the decades.Let’s depart from the racial nonsense and think of a national identity in which all can subscribe to.Yours faithfully,Peter Singh
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe Investigation into the US$25 million, which the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah, said was used to mop-up excess liquidity from the Liberian market will be complete by May 20, 2019, the Minister of Information, Eugene Lenn Nagbe has assured the public.The General Auditing Commission (GAC), which is the body conducting the “forensic audit” as mandated by President George Weah, was initially given a two-week mandate to submit its report. However, at the commission’s request, that time frame was extended by an additional six weeks.In keeping with the engagement procedure agreed upon for the conduct of the audit, the GAC is now holding “exit meetings” following the submission of its draft report on May 2, 2019. Hence, authorities at the Ministry of Justice have granted the Commission additional ten days to allow for the full completion of the audit.According to the statement, in early March, the President mandated the GAC to carry out an investigation into how the mop-up of excess Liberian dollars from the market was carried out by the Technical Economic Management Team (TEMT).By that, the government assures the public of its determination to get to the bottom of the matter, and make the findings public.It can be recalled that both the US-funded report by Kroll Associates and, the Presidential Investigating Team (PIT) report both independently concluded that the US$25 million mop-up exercise created the platform for illegal business dealers to clean their illegal money.Minister Tweah told the PIT that “the TEMT, chaired by him, did not use the conventional auction method through the commercial banks. According to him, the aim of the exercise was to target monies in the hands of business people and not monies already in the banking system. He said this was the reason his team targeted business people and major forex bureaus, and not to go through the commercial banks,” the PIT report said.The PIT found in its investigations that reports from the six teams responsible to carry out the mop-up exercise revealed that some foreign exchange bureaus and businesses were not duly registered, while other businesses received cash without proper identification. In some cases, business entities the teams transacted with did not have addresses.“Some businesses received lesser amounts than what was reported by CBL,” the PIT report continued. “For example, the Union Local Forex Bureau located on Carey Street received a total of US$5,500 on two separate occasions (US$3,000 on July 17, 2017 and US$2,500 on August 16, 2017) than what was reported by CBL on its report as the total amount received, which was US$161,900.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
“We worked around the customers, not the other way around,” said manager Flor Lopez, who explained the store remained open during the renovation work. The Wal-Mart opened 16 months ago on Washington and has since generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in retail tax revenue for the city, officials said. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. PICO RIVERA – The word of the day was “convenience” as city and company officials helped open a new Wal-Mart Supercenter store early Wednesday morning on Washington Boulevard in Pico Rivera. City officials, employees and customers alike evoked the word to describe the store, which will stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes a deli and a pharmacy. “It’s a one-stop shopping center and so convenient for our residents,” Mayor Ron Beilke told local dignitaries and dozens of employees on hand at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It’s certainly a cornerstone of the community.” The Pico Rivera Wal-Mart was converted into a Supercenter during a renovation project that added 75,000-square-feet of new retail space to the existing store. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Hull City Academy coach Richard O’Donnell, on his way to set up for the start of the ‘coaches to count on’ initiative in Nairobi on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. PHOTO/SPN/Anthony MwakiNAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Hull City coaches on Thursday evening wound up a week-long training camp that involved 10 local coaches at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies.The initiative dubbed ‘Coaches to Count On’ was organized by Kenyan Premier League title sponsors SportPesa with its aim being tohelp build the capacity of local trainers in the country and aid in the growth of the game. “I am thankful for the opportunity, I have acquired new skills which will help my team to get back to the winning ways. I hope to attend more of these sessions in the future.” Said Thika Queens Coach Benta Achieng, three-time winner of the Kenya Women Premier League title.The selection of the coaches was based on qualification of a course offered by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) which has been ongoing since 2016.Among the selected, were seven male and three female coaches from different parts of the country.-Knowledge“The program was meant to impart the knowledge through local coaches who will pass it to their teams in order to improve football standards in the country.” Said SportPesa Marketing Operations Manager Patricia Munyororo, during the training’s closing ceremony.The Coaches to Count On initiative also saw Arsenal coaches go to South Africa from April 8–April 10 to conduct a similar clinic while Southampton finished their session in Tanzania last week.Hull City coach Richard O’Donnell believes that Kenyan football has a lot of talent and the program was a great opportunity to pass knowledge to the local football trainers and help them understand challenges to players, player empowerment and understanding each player in the team.“We understand the environment better since we’ve been here before and we would love to come back again to share football cultures.” he added.Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma was impressed by the initiative and thanked SportPesa for the opportunity to bring experts to help achieve and develop football in Kenya.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer Manchester United their money back on Angel Di Maria. The French giants have stepped up their pursuit and made it clear they will pay United the £59.7m it cost them to sign the Argentine winger from Real Madrid last summer. (Daily Mirror)Atletico Madrid may be willing to sell 30-year-old central defender Miranda for less than his £21.9m release clause if Manchester United make a move. (AS)Real Madrid are ready to forget about signing Manchester United’s David De Gea, with the Spanish giants instead hunting cheaper options as they look for a long-term successor to Iker Casillas. Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, 23, is on their radar. (Marca)Manchester United and Chelsea have been told to forget about signing Gareth Bale by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. (Marca)Liverpool will not cash in on Raheem Sterling this summer even if he refuses to sign a new contract. The England midfielder has told the club he will not discuss a new contract until May after rejecting an offer close to £100,000-a-week. That has led to some of Europe’s top sides sniffing around, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as well as the Reds’ Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester City. (Daily Star)West Ham are poised to make a summer move for Senegal striker Moussa Konate. The 21-year-old has netted 11 times in 17 appearances for his club, Swiss side FC Sion, and has also attracted interest from Newcastle and Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are pressing ahead in their interest for Wolfsburg’s Kevin de Bruyne. The former Chelsea man is rated at around £40million. (Daily Mail)Aleksandar Kolarov has cast doubt over his future at Manchester City after he revealed a desire to return to Italy. (Daily Express)Aston Villa defender defender Jores Okore is being chased by Italian giants Inter Milan. (The Sun)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘We shall never listen to offers for Bale’ – Real Madrid chiefManchester United in pole position to sign ex-Chelsea playmakerKhedira latest: Schalke chief admits his club faces real fight to sign Arsenal targetTottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor set for shock switch?Manchester United reject Hernandez casts doubt over his future at Real MadridBarcelona ready to cash in on Arsenal target PedroLiverpool and Newcastle to miss out on French striker Andre-Pierre GignacManchester United target Mats Hummels admits he could quit GermanyLiverpool blow as Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic enters talks over new dealWest Ham warned they face competition to sign Parma striker Ishak Belfodi
LANCASTER – Residents, volunteers and city workers will spruce up the neighborhood around Piute Middle School in the first of what city officials hope will be many neighborhood cleanup efforts instigated by citizens. Workers will replace graffiti-marred street signs, repaint faded address numbers on curbs, plant landscaping in parkways, bring in trash bins for residents to throw away junk, and paint and pull weeds at the school. “The city is happy to partner with the community,” city spokeswoman Anne Aldrich said. The cleanup starts at 8 a.m. Saturday in the neighborhood bordered by avenues H-8 and H-14 and by 5th Street East and 7th Street East. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at Piute Middle School, 425 E. Ave. H-11. The Piute neighborhood cleanup was organized as the first in this year’s series of Lookin’ Good Lancaster cleanups, city officials said. The campaign was an annual cleanup day for six years, but this year is being expanded to four events throughout the year, intended to let more citizens participate. “To expand the program, we are hoping for another level of community involvement this year,” City Manager Bob LaSala said. “If you are a service club, school or church group or neighborhood organization that has a community beautification project you would like to do, let the city know and we’ll see if we can help.” The city can provide tools, equipment, even trees and other landscaping material for planting trees along streets, picking up litter, removing graffiti or beautifying school campuses. To volunteer, or to propose a project for consideration, call (661) 723-5985. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Large trash containers will be provided by Waste Management for spring cleaning. The neighborhood consists of tract homes approaching 50 years old, many of them now rentals. Around it are vacant lots and open fields that have become convenient dumping grounds for trash, though new homes are also going in. City officials said the Piute neighborhood effort is the initiative of resident Gary Burgess, a retired Edwards Air Force Base worker who decided to try to bring neighbors together to spruce up the area where he and his wife raised five children and have lived for 33 years. Burgess organized a block party last August on his street for neighbors to meet each other, then passed out fliers to invite people to a Neighborhood Watch meeting in October at the school. He approached city officials to seek their help. “It just got to the point that if I wasn’t going to move … I was going to try to make a difference here,” Burgess said. “There’s a lot of great people here … We all get lax on keeping our property up at times.”
THERE’S Mohammed Ali – then there’s incredible Allie!That’s Allie – or Allannah Sweeney to give the latest Donegal sporting sensation her full title.Allie picked up titles in two different sports on Sunday Firstly Allie was crowned 9-county Ulster boxing champion.Then the 13-year-old helped Red Hughs win the U13 ladies gaelic football title – the club’s first ladies county title.“I have to say am a very very very proud mum,” said Allie’s mother Maria.“She was a champion twice on the one day first with her nine counties title in her boxing and then her gaelic team won the under 13 final.” Red Hughs manager Maura McCrudden said: “Allie is a super girl, a brilliant boxer and a brilliant gaelic footballer.“She dashed from the boxing match in Derry which was at 11am to the gaelic match in Donegal Town.“She shows incredible commitment – so delighted for her for making such an effort.”INCREDIBLE ALLIE! DONEGAL GIRL WINS ULSTER BOXING CROWN AND GAELIC FOOTBALL TITLE ON SAME DAY! was last modified: October 18th, 2015 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:Allie SweeneyBOXERRED HUGHS.