The usually reserved Irving also issued a challenge to his doubters to conduct their own studies and not rely on the information made by experts.“The whole intent was for people to open up and do their own research,” he said. “It wasn’t to say, ‘OK, let me figure out and go against science. Let me go against what I’ve been told is right, and all this stuff.’ It was just literally with the intent of, ‘Just to wake up and do your own research for once, instead of just assuming everything that’s told to you.’”Meanwhile, Irving joins a long list of celebrity “flat-earthers” including B.O.B and Tila Tequila. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Rapper B.O.B raising money for own satellite to prove Earth is flatADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Despite the backlash from netizens, the 25-year-old former Duke product has no intention of retracting his sentiments, as he stands by his bold claim.In an appearance on the “Holding Court” podcast of 11-time NCAA Women’s Champion coach Geno Auriemma, Irving expounded the thought process behind going against the assumptions made by scientists and experts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The whole intent behind it, Coach, it wasn’t to bash science,” he said, as relayed by Bleacher Report. “It wasn’t to have the intent of starting a rage and be seen as this insane individual. When I started seeing comments and things about universal truths that I had known, I had questions.”He added: “I won’t sit here and say that I know, but when I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, there’s not one picture of Earth – and we haven’t been back to the Moon since 1961 or 1969 – and it becomes like conspiracy, too, like, ‘OK, let me question this.’” 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 Dodgers’ title drought reaches 30 years with Series loss LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on October 18, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBoston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving made headlines outside of basketball last February, when he made public his belief that the world is flat.READ: Kyrie Irving: Reaction to world is flat comment ‘hilarious’ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James while playing the Chicago Bulls during a pre-season game at Quicken Loans Arena on Oct. 10, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)After volunteering to be a part of the second unit for the first time in his career, Dwyane Wade has finally settled in with his new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.Although he now seems well acclimated with the Cavs’ system, Wade’s arrival in Ohio wasn’t well received by some of his teammates initially.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Now 35 years old, Wade doesn’t have the same freakish athleticism that he once had, but James understands the importance of 12-time All-Star’s championship pedigree.“I still know what he’s capable of doing. Why wouldn’t you want another guy in the locker room that brings a championship mentality and a guy who can still play?” he said. “So, of course, it bothered me, but f**k it. It is what it is.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:James, Love lead Cavs past Hawks for 10th win in a rowADVERTISEMENT 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene James, Love lead Cavs past Hawks for 10th win in a row It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson This was recently revealed by LeBron James, who told The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd that some players disapproved of the Cavs’ decision to bring the wily veteran aboard on a one-year deal at the start of the season.“There was a couple guys with it,” James, who refused to name the players, said. “But it wasn’t a lot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTheir displeasure reportedly stems from the fact that the team had to let go of well-liked veteran Richard Jefferson and required coach Tyronn Lue to reshuffle the starting lineup—relegating J.R. Smith to the bech at the beginning of the season.James and Wade’s tight bond, meanwhile, has been well documented both on and off the court, as the pair won back-to-back championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013
No matter the language, the verdict is the same. There can be no progress without peace, no growth without peace, no development without peace and no healing without peace and forgiveness.The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus will not be burnt out without peace and the cooperation of everyone.It would take a super human coordinated effort from everyone and the support from international community, working in unity, cohesion and in peace time to burn out Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the region. We need this synergy to combat Ebola disease.Over the weekend, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, through funding support from Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, conducted a three-day Ebola Education Outreach Program in four communities, including Clara Town, Newport, Buchanan and Carey Streets. The outcome of the education outreach was frightening as we discovered that most young people are still in denial and have limited information on the spread of Ebola, symptoms, prevention and control measures.Sometimes, in unprecedented situations like this, we might have to look back, especially at the epicenter of the outbreak, to see where we are going and how we are doing. We need to re-examine our strategy to curb this disease. We also need to examine the integrated nature of EVD and its interconnectedness. The death of one Liberian affects us all.It is our opinion that the spread of EVD is systemic and we need a systemic approach to deal with it. To prevent and control EVD, the Government of Liberia (GOL) needs to develop an excellent contact tracking system, to include weekly reporting and solicitation of support from members of the public. We need to enforce the quarantine of persons who have come in close contact with infected individual(s); we need a good laboratory system to address the issue of false negative laboratory results and we need improved as well as increase access to and strengthen our health care facilities. Efforts should be put in place to normalize governance and address on going austerity measures. The closure of schools and other public institutions affects our livelihood.As young people, we do have a major role to play in the prevention and control of EVD. The disease has put a severe strain on our health system, our health workers and others.We need to show restraints and adhere to measures put in place by authorities. Don’t put your family and other community in danger; don’t go around to others if you are exhibiting symptoms of Ebola. Call the health hotlines immediately and listen to your health workers; they know best how to help you.There is need for order and orderliness. Patience, as our overwhelmed first responders put in place control measures. High standards of hygiene practices should be encouraged. We are happy to see the use of chlorinated water and soap in public places.The need for tolerance, respect, and discipline during this unusual time cannot be overemphasized. Most importantly, we need to give support to individuals, families, communities, national and international assistance.Ultimately, like all viral diseases, Ebola would burn itself out, don’t get burnt out with it. Be part of a collective action to burn out Ebola from the region. According to Kwame Nkrumah-the former President of Ghana- “We face neither East not West, We face forward”We are grateful for the support received thus far, especially with the news to give the drug ZMapp to infected persons in Liberia. There is need to do more. We concur with President Obama that the Ebola virus, is controllable if we have a strong public health infrastructure. At MOP, we believe we can burn out Ebola if we have a resilient young population to provide much need education, help dispel rumors and allay fear.Until next week, Peace First, Peace, above all, May Peace PrevailShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
**SubmittedGary Hilderman won Sunday’s Cecil Lake road race in a nail biter over second place George Gamble (Taylor). They sprinted side by side to the finish with Gary getting the nod by 4 inches on the finish line. Richard Wood was third and Pat Ferris 4th, all at 1:35:15 for the 48 km distance.Adam Currie won 5th from Owen Giebelhaus with 1:38:52. Davide Loro got 7th from Roger St. Jean at 1:40:23. Hilda Bilodeau overcame a flat tire to get 1:52:31 for 9th.- Advertisement -Lindsay Jardine had 1:15:19 and Dian Loro 1:19:27 for the 30 km.Bradley McDonald had 49:48 for 10k.Thank you to Jamie Gamble for timing!Advertisement No word yet, how the Randonneur riders did on this weekend’s 600 k ‘Foothills Randonneur’.There is another busy week for the Blizzards, coming up.Tuesday is the Duathlon at 7 pm. Irvin Tang has a perfect 4 and 0 record for the duathlons, so far. Start is at the Baldonnel School.Thursday is the Aurora Personal Best time trial at the Baldonnel School at 7 pm. Prizes for the most improved 2011 times.Sunday is an evening Cactus Trails mountain bike race at 7 pm. This is a tune up for next weekend’s Challenge Cup MTB race in Grande Prairie.Advertisement There is no FSJ Triathlon, this Sunday, as it was cancelled.
Amid continuing concerns that the Santa Susana Field Lab remains contaminated, lawmakers and others are launching a renewed bid to toughen cleanup standards. Activists and local officials have long worried that the planned cleanup of the former nuclear research lab would leave too much contamination on the land, which could ultimately be used as home sites. And with the Department of Energy expected to decommission the site next year, activists fear they are running out of time to change the cleanup standards. “We’re in a crisis on that, and only you elected officials can resolve it,” longtime lab watchdog Dan Hirsch told a group of elected officials gathered Thursday in Calabasas. “If something isn’t done now to stop this, it will be irreversible.” The meeting was called by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, to urge her colleagues to action. “We have it in our power, as federal, state and local lawmakers, to push for a Superfund-level cleanup of SSFL,” she said. Kuehl said evidence shows that the site “remains a dangerous health hazard and, if it were allowed to be converted to residential property, would become an even more severe threat.” Also Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., boosted pressure on Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman to ensure the site cleanup meets environmental standards. In a letter to Bodman, Feinstein demanded a schedule of the close-out of radioactive cleanup and asked for assurances that the agency will comply with tough federal Superfund laws. The federal government reserves Superfund status for the worst of the worst environmental messes. She also said she found the DOE’s recent decision that contaminated areas could be released for unrestricted residential use troubling. “Given DOE’s failure to characterize and clean up the site adequately, I believe residential use without restriction would pose unacceptable risks to the public,” Feinstein wrote. “For the sake of public health and safety, I urge you to reconsider this decision.” Located in the hills above Simi Valley and Chatsworth, the Santa Susana Field Lab was developed in the late 1940s for rocket-engine tests and nuclear energy research. While the DOE cleanup of its 90-acre portion of the lab is nearly complete, the Boeing Co. is at least a decade away from decontamination of the rest of the 290-acre site, which is tainted with chemicals from rocket engine and laser development. A recent UCLA study said the site would not be safe for residential use because of extensive groundwater contamination. Preparing for the day that Boeing could sell the site, Kuehl is trying to pass state legislation that would prohibit any sale until a complete chemical and radioactive cleanup has been completed. Kuehl said while the federal government has authority over the cleanup, the state can exert authority over conditions of the sale or transfer of the property. Kuehl has pushed a similar bill before, as well as several other efforts to encourage better cleanup of the site, but most of those bills have died in the Legislature in the face of strong lobbying efforts by Boeing. Kuehl said she is hopeful a new crop of freshman legislators might be more environmentally conscious and resistant to lobbying pressures. “It really has to do with education,” she said. “It could happen if we can get more light focused on the issue and secure as many votes in the Assembly as we can ahead of time.” Staff writer Harrison Sheppard contributed to this report. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – An abundance of pet-friendly hotels, off-leash dog parks and vegetarian restaurants helped San Francisco place first Monday on an animals-rights group’s list of America’s most humane cities. Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Washington, D.C.; and San Diego followed San Francisco in the inaugural index from the Humane Society of the United States, which used state-level and national data to compile the list. The group used factors such as the number of fur retailers per capita and the ratio of wildlife watchers to hunters in ranking the country’s largest 25 metropolitan areas by compassion toward animals. “In San Francisco, there is a consistent humane ethic that cuts across all kinds of issues,” said Jennifer Fearing, the Humane Society’s chief economist. “Puppy-mill puppies aren’t demanded from pet stores. People don’t want to buy fur, and people are opposed to the seal hunt so are boycotting Canadian seafood.” The Humane Society’s designation is intended to generate community support for animal shelters, rescue societies and welfare groups, said Carl Friedman, director of San Francisco’s Department of Animal Care and Control. “It’s a very, very nice pat on the head saying you’ve done great work,” he said. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom called the award an honor, noting that a pet is often given “equal status as a beloved member of the family” in the city. Humane cities A new index from the Humane Society of the United States ranks the country’s 25 largest metropolitan areas by their compassionate toward animals, as indicated by a variety of factors: 1. San Francisco 2. Seattle 3. Portland, Ore. 4. Washington 5. San Diego 6. Los Angeles 7. Boston 8. Tampa, Fla. (tie) 8. Baltimore (tie) 10. Riverside 11. Atlanta 12. New York 13. Minneapolis 14. Philadelphia 15. Phoenix 16. Pittsburgh 17. Denver (tie) 17. Detroit (tie) 19. Cleveland 20. Miami 21. St. Louis 22. Houston 23. Dallas 24. Cincinnati 25. Chicago SOURCE: Associated Press
0Shares0000Mahrez returned from his self-imposed exile as a substitute at Manchester City © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 14 – Leicester City boss Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is in “better” shape than before his self-imposed Foxes exile.The Algerian looks set to return to Puel’s starting line-up for Friday’s fifth-round FA Cup tie against Sheffield United after a three-game absence. Mahrez missed training for 10 days following Leicester’s refusal to entertain a bid from runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City before last month’s transfer deadline.However, he made his Leicester comeback as a second-half substitute against prospective employers City last weekend just a day after returning to training as Puel’s men were thrashed 5-1.“I think better,” said Puel when asked if Mahrez is still in the form that has seen him score nine goals and provide nine assists this season.“He enjoys to play and train with his team-mates and he is at a good level with no problem.“He has come back with a smile. The story is behind him, all the players want to move on.”Leicester are one of few Premier League sides without a relegation battle or fight for Champions League places on their hands, allowing Puel to concentrate on a bid for Cup glory.And the Frenchman is hoping the best of Leicester’s season is still to come with the Mahrez saga put to bed.“It is important to put an end to the talking about Riyad, he came back to the game at Manchester City,” he added.“We need to move on, for him he needs to kick on, like the team. The most important thing is in front of us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 London rivals Tottenham and West Ham play each other live on talkSPORT Tottenham have the chance to exact revenge on West Ham for that 3-0 drubbing at White Hart Lane last season when they square up at midday this weekend.Spurs beat their London rivals on the opening day of the season and you can hear live coverage of the second meeting on Sunday 22 February 12pm.A day earlier Man City take on Newcastle, also live and exclusive on talkSPORT from 5pm.Liverpool also take on Southampton and so ahead of a pulsating set of Premier League games have a go at these 10 brain teasers…About | Privacy | Terms
Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Health Minister to ensure that the HSE refunds money owed to people with Long Term Illness cards as soon as possible.Charlie McConalogue TDThousands of people are due a rebate after they were mistakenly charged for their prescriptions, and despite assurances that the money would be repaid, many people still have not had the rebate returned to them.Deputy McConalogue explained, “There are a dozens of people across Donegal who were wrongly charged for their prescriptions, many of whom require a variety of medications to treat their illness. Former Health Minister James Reilly presided over an increase in prescription charges, from 50c to €2.50 per item, placing a substantial financial burden on these people and their families. People who paid the maximum fees every month will be due a refund of almost €100, however many people have still not received their rebates. “It took the HSE years to recognise that a mistake had been made and this year, they finally admitted that repayments should be issued to all affected. Following representations I made on behalf of a number of constituents, the HSE confirmed that the money would be issued by the end of October,” he said.The Donegal TD says none of the people who contacted me have had their refunds issued to date, and the HSE is now stating that the repayments will be made “in due course”.He added that this is a clear stalling tactic and is completely unacceptable.“These people, some of whom have seriously debilitating conditions like cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis, have already been put under unnecessary financial pressure, and now their refunds are being needlessly withheld. “It is unfair to expect these families, who have campaigned for years to have their payments reimbursed, to wait even longer for money which should never have been taken from them in the first instance. Minister Varadkar needs to take a hands-on approach and ensure repayments are issued as soon as possible”.DELAYS IN LONG-TERM ILLNESS REFUNDS MUST BE ADDRESSED – McCONALOGUE was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogue TDdonegalmedical refunds