Raiders’ Day 1 camp notes: Derek Carr running free

first_imgNAPA — Derek Carr dropped back, checked his progressions, and finding no one open and defenders retreating to cover receivers, broke to his left and set sail toward the sideline.He got several yards downfield Saturday before running out of bounds.We’ve heard this before about Carr. He’s got some athletic skill, and perhaps he should take advantage of it from time to time and move around a little bit. No one is asking him to be Michael Vick or even Rich Gannon, but a rushing first down every …last_img read more

Trial gives us a rare chance to re-examine our humanity

first_imgThe high-profile murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ultimately puts South Africa’s brand reputation on centre stage, writes Miller Matola. The Sunday Independent March 9 2014. Read the full article on IOL >Even if he is convicted, Oscar will still have a life, unlike Reeva, even if it is behind bars, writes Thebe Ikalafeng. Sunday Indepedant. Read the full article online >last_img

PH volleybelles net first win in Japan

first_imgPH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaThe Philippine women’s volleyball team is improving. But for coach Francis Vicente, it’s not fast enough.After a series of friendlies with Japanese clubs, the country’s “Dream Team” finally eked out a victory, beating Kobe Shinwa University, 25-21, 23-25, 28-26, 24-26, 17-15, Sunday in Osaka.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kobe Shinwa coach Kiyokazu Yamamoto said they were forced to make various adjustments against the taller Filipinos, including middle blockers Jaja Santiago and Mika Reyes.“They [are] getting better each day,” said Yamamoto. “The services were all heavy and we had difficulty plotting our attacks. Jaja also played very well. She used her height effectively and it gave us many problems defensively.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYamamoto said the Filipinos, after two weeks in Japan, have already imbibed the fast-paced, defensive-oriented Japanese style of play which was the Nationals’ goal at the start of the training camp.“This is a big win as far as the morale of the team is concerned. At least we now have an idea that we are slowly progressing,” said Vicente. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Who else but Alas as new NLEX ace MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “But the real battle is in the AVC and the SEA Games,” added Vicente, referring to the Asian Championships on Aug. 9 to 17, and the Kuala Lumpur Games on Aug. 19 to 30.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

Paul Pogba nets penalty double as Manchester United sink West Ham

first_img (s 76′) Anthony Knockaert sees red as Bournemouth help Brighton self-destruct Premier League Declan Rice showed first after the break, West Ham’s holding player surging down the right, and he was about to help create an equaliser that began and ended with a De Gea error, four minutes into the second half.The Spaniard’s loose throw was meant for Pogba but found only Rice. He passed to Snodgrass, who moved the ball to Lanzini. The No 10’s cross from the left went right across goal to Felipe Anderson and his close-range attempt was allowed to squeeze in at the near post, thanks to De Gea’s poor attempt at a save.Manchester United were stunned and West Ham were in the ascendancy. Solskjær reacted quickly by replacing Mata with Marcus Rashford.The reshuffle had Lukaku fanning out right and Rashford becoming centre-forward. There was nearly an instant dividend. Smalling played Rashford in along a right-hand channel and his shot was parried by Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham’s keeper.This signalled an upturn in urgency and energy and Rashford really should have restored the home side’s lead with a close-ranger header seconds later. United were camped in West Ham’s defensive third but unable to dominate, with Rojo the chief culprit in a rearguard in disarray when the Hammers attacked.Both managers made changes. With 14 minutes left Rojo and Lukaku made way for Andreas Pereira and Mason Greenwood. Yet it was Michail Antonio, introduced by Pellegrini just beforehand in place of Javier Hernández, who was soon crashing a shot off the bar before De Gea had to produce a fine save from his header.But Ryan Fredericks, who had come on for Zabaleta, then brought down Martial and Pogba again did the business from the spot – Pellegrini later claimed Rashford, from an offside position, touched the through ball on but by then it was too late. Facebook 17 Hernandez 12 5 6 Pogba 22 Romero West Ham United 1 de Gea 30 Antonio 24 Fredericks 16 Noble 1 Fabianski (s 75′) 5 Zabaleta 10 Lanzini Paul Pogba fires home his, and Manchester United’s, second goal of the game. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images (s 62′) 8 Mata Share on LinkedIn The Observer 14 Obiang Substitutes Pinterest 4 Jones Fouls 54 Greenwood Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Topics 3 11 West Ham Lineups WHU MNU Match stats This was a smash-and-grab victory that keeps Manchester United in the hunt for a top-four finish. They were hardly pretty but will not care given the business end of the season requires wins and wins only. Paul Pogba was the saviour as he scored two penalties, creating the latter with a ball into Anthony Martial, as Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team secured all three points with only 10 minutes left.Both United’s penalties were dubious, though, as was the decision to rule out a Felipe Anderson effort for offside when the game was scoreless.With Luke Shaw and Ashley Young suspended and Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Barcelona in mind, changes for United were inevitable. Of the starters in Wednesday’s 1-0 first-leg defeat here, six survived as in came Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Martial and Jesse Lingard. Man Utd Share on Twitter 26 Masuaku 23 Diop Share on Facebook 2 Lindelof 21 Ogbonna Corners 4 Balbuena match reports 9 Lukaku 10 Man Utd Off target 14 West Ham 2 Man Utd On target 4 West Ham (s 55′) 41 Rice 14 Lingard Substitutes 36 Darmian 12 Smalling 13 Adrian 20 Dalot Share on Pinterest Manuel Pellegrini’s side had three changes from the XI that began Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, with Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Snodgrass and Arthur Masuaku brought in. Marko Arnautovic was the most notable absentee, through illness.There was an open start to a half that continued throughout. Felipe Anderson’s “illegal” goal came when he finished beyond David de Gea but the strike was ruled offside despite Diogo Dalot appearing to have kept him onside.West Ham were enjoying space between the United defence and midfield and along the flanks. Still, there was the same freedom to play for the home side and, when Fred utilised this to move his team forward, Mata was dumped over by Snodgrass and the referee, Graham Scott, pointed to the spot despite the Spaniard perhaps being outside the area and contact possibly fair. Up trotted Pogba to hammer home a 15th goal of the season.West Ham attempted an instant response but Manuel Lanzini’s free-kick went for a corner and, when a second followed, Anderson’s glancing header bounced wide.The end-to-end stuff continued, Romelu Lukaku leading a charge to West Ham’s area that had Pogba, Martial and Mata following. This move eventually broke down due to offside. Dalot was next to threaten but the right-back’s shot went wide.Solskjær, whose side began the game in sixth, had said attaining a Champions League berth was a challenge and given how average United were throughout this first half it felt an understatement. After Lukaku’s shot was deflected for a corner Chris Smalling’s subsequent header was as misdirected as Rojo’s attempted clearance at the other end a few moments later.United ended the period hanging on, with De Gea having to clear an Anderson effort off his line with a boot. 10 Rashford Goal attempts WHU55MNU45% 37 Holland 45 Diangana 17 Fred Read more (s 75′) 11 Snodgrass Manchester United Twitter 15 Andreas Pereira 39 McTominay 16 Rojo Possession 11 Martial 55 45 8 Felipe Anderson (s 73′) Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Gov’t Focused on Quality Health Care Delivery – Minister Ferguson

first_imgCouncillor Suzette Brown (2nd left) from the St. James Parish Council leads a group discussion at Sunday’s (June 23) public consultation on financing for the health sector, held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, St. James. Councillors Homer Davis (3rd left); and Charles Sinclair (4th left); also participated in the session organised by the Ministry of Health. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says that the Government is committed to maintaining high standards in healthcare delivery even as it deliberates on options for financing the sector.“It is not just creation of access; we have to also maintain quality and standards,” Dr. Ferguson stated on Sunday, June 23, as he addressed the fourth public consultation on health financing held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in Sam Sharpe Square, St. James.Dr. Ferguson, who will speak on developments in the health sector, when he makes his Sectoral presentation on Tuesday, June 25, said that some “important recommendations” have come from the meetings held to date.“We have taken on board the many suggestions, some of which will be discussed, in our deliberations,” he informed.Among the recommendations, he said, is that the Ministry should look to “get something from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), because in a real way, when our tourists come to the country, there is great expectations about the nature of our service, there is great expectations about or emergency response.” Stating that the issue of health financing has moved from just user fees, Dr. Ferguson informed that the role of insurance companies has also been put on the table.“When you have an accident and the client ends up in the hospital, what about the insurance companies? Those things have come to the table,” he stated.The Minister said the consultations have put him in a position to work with his team at the Ministry, and the wider Government to chart a way forward with clear understanding that the public is fully aware of the range of issues involved.Meanwhile, Technical Director at the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Dr. Simone Spence, reported that a number of upgrading projects have taken place across the region to improve health facilities.“In progress, we currently have refurbishing of the dietary and kitchen area at Cornwall Regional Hospital, which is 99.9 per cent complete. Expansion of the Mount Salem Health Centre is almost complete as well. We have renovated a number of our health centres across the region, and there is construction of maternity, medical, and accident and emergency facilities at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital,” she outlined.Contact: Garfield Anguslast_img read more

Saganash Racism faced by Indigenous people on street linked to Ottawas prejudicial

first_img(NDP MP Romeo Saganash. File/APTN)Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Ottawa’s historic adversarial posture on Indigenous rights proves institutional racism exists and it’s linked to the racism faced by Indigenous people on the streets of Canada’s cities, says Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash.The country’s problems with racism were again highlighted last week when national news magazine Maclean’s reported Canada had a bigger race problem than the U.S. The ensuing debate over the magazine’s reporting echoed a controversy that flared in 2001 when former Assembly of First Nations national chief Matthew Coon Come said Canada was afflicted by institutional racism.Saganash said Coon Come was right then and the current grand chief of the James Bay Cree Nation of Iiyuuschee is still right.“The Aboriginal people of this country are the only group that are subjected to that treatment of having the government of Canada as an adversary throughout the history of Canada,” said Saganash, who is MP for Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik. “It is the only group subjected to that, so yeah, of course Matthew Coon Come is right. It is institutionalized and it has to stop.”At the time, Coon Come faced a backlash from then-Indian Affairs minister Robert Nault who demanded the former AFN national chief apologize for his remarks.Nault, who was a minister in the Liberal Chretien government, is again seeking to run under the Liberal banner in Kenora, Ont. In an interview with APTN National News last week, Nault said he still stood by his belief racism in Canada is not institutional, but rather individual.“(Nault) is a pretty good demonstration that successive Liberal and Conservative governments over the past 150 years will not change, will not be able to address the fundamental issues of Aboriginal rights and Aboriginal title,” said Saganash. “Having Robert Nault come back for the Liberals is saying, ‘we are giving you more of the same.’”The current federal Aboriginal Affairs minister is refusing to be drawn into the latest version of the racism debate in Canada.Newly appointed NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton pressed Valcourt on the issue during question period Monday.“Canadians are finally talking about the horrific levels of racism faced by Indigenous people in cities like Winnipeg and elsewhere…From health care to police protection to employment and education, Indigenous people are too often treated as second-class citizens. That treatment as second-class citizens often has a direct correlation with government policy put forward by this federal government,” said Ashton. “Instead of being part of the problem, will the minister of Aboriginal Affairs commit to working with Indigenous communities and Canadians to put an end to racism that Indigenous people in Canada face?”Valcourt, however, ducked the question and didn’t even use the word “racism” in his response.“Our government believes that Aboriginal people should have the same quality of life, the same opportunities and the same choices as all other Canadians,” said Valcourt, in response. “That is why we continue to work and to take concrete actions on priorities that we share with First Nations and Aboriginals, such as on economic development, good governance, skills training, and on advancing treaty negotiations and reconciliation and we will continue in that vein.”Saganash said he isn’t surprised Valcourt is refusing to address the issue of racism.“I think it’s because they don’t know how to deal with it, it is so deeply institutionalized,” said Saganash.Saganash said one way to eradicate institutionalized racism from federal policies is to ensure the country’s laws comply with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Saganash has put forward a private member’s bill to do that and it is scheduled to come up for its first debate on March 12. If the bill fails to pass a vote on second reading, it will die.  Saganash said he hopes the bill will at least make it through second reading so it can be studied at the House of Commons committee level.“We have to make the declaration into law in this country,” said Saganash. “It will have positive impacts…If we make sure every piece of legislation introduced in Parliament is in compliance with the UN Declaration there will be no need to challenge any legislation.”Saganash plans to hold an information session on his private member’s bill on Feb. 23 and he plans to invite Valcourt and his parliamentary secretary Mark Strahl. Saganash said the meeting will also be open to the public.Bill C-641 faces a tough road with the Harper government which has said it considers the declaration “aspirational’ after initially refusing to endorse it at all. At the UN, Ottawa’s diplomats are constantly fighting to dampen the impact of the declaration, especially its article on free, prior and informed consent, whenever it surfaces during international discussions, said Saganash. Just last October, in Rome, during meetings of the Committee on World Food Security, Canadian diplomats inserted a full page into a final report explaining that it saw the section on free, prior and informed consent as a matter of “meaningful consultation.”During a panel on reconciliation held on Jan. 7 in Massey College, Saganash said the actions of Ottawa’s diplomats “erode confidence and trust” in Canada.“Genuine reconciliation is not possible when such far-reaching and prejudicial conduct continues to take place,” said [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more