Tokyo Games nears collection targets for recycled-metal medals

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ At least 5,000 medals, including gold, silver and bronze, are needed for the Games. The gold medal will be gold plated over a silver base, with 30.3 kilograms of gold, 4,100 kilograms of silver and 2,700 kilograms of copper required for production.Collection of the metals from discarded small devices began in April 2017. As of the end of June 2018, the organizing bodies had completed their collection of copper but had only obtained 54.5 percent of the gold and 43.9 percent of the silver needed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAdditional recycling stations were subsequently introduced. As of the end of last October, the bodies had collected 93.7 per cent of the gold and 85.4 percent of the silver needed. The collection targets for both metals are expected to be reached by the end of March. Pelicans balancing Anthony Davis’ playing time with future concerns Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this April 1, 2017, file photo, gold tablets of 3 grams, left, which is able to be recycled from 100 mobile phones, are shown as example in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers said in a statement Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO — The Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games have announced that they are on track to collect the recycled metal needed to produce all medals for the 2020 Games from the remnants of mobile phones and other small electronic devices.The collection is expected to conclude by the end of March.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

4 arrested as human trafficking ring busted

first_imgAs investigations continue into a Trafficking In Persons (TIP) ring that was busted on Tuesday, the Police have arrested four persons at a bar along Garnett Street, Newtown, Kitty Georgetown.The men were arrested on Thursday afternoon in connection with human trafficking.This is according to a Police source who confirmed that the men were taken to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters for questioning.It is believed that the men had a hand in the discovery of 16 females suspected to have been trafficked during a raid by the Major Crimes Unit within the Guyana Police Force at a David Street, Kitty Home.The women –- 14 Venezuelans, one Cuban and one Dominican Republic national – provided statements to investigators on Wednesday. The security guard attached to the building where the women were being kept was also arrested as investigations intensify.Moreover, it is alleged that the home that was raided belonged to a Guyanese cricketer.This information was confirmed by a senior Police source who said that the rescued females “are suspected to be victims of human trafficking at a bar … situated at Garnett Street”. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

NYC-based Guyanese charged for throwing brother from building

first_imgMonths before he allegedly threw his four-year-old brother to his death off a Brooklyn roof, Shawn Smith had been showing signs of trouble.Shawn SmithSmith, 20, was planning to immigrate to New York with his family last December, but mental health issues had forced him to stay at a hospital in Guyana before he was able to join the rest of his family, relatives said on Sunday.According to the NY Daily News, months after arriving in New York, Smith broke down a heavy door in his family’s Flatlands apartment, prompting his frightened mother to call 911. He landed in Kings County Hospital for more psychiatric treatment.“He spent three weeks there, and when he come back he was okay,” mother Odessa Frith, 39, said Sunday. “Everything was okay,” she was quoted as saying by the NY Daily News.Shimron SmithBut other relatives could tell something remained seriously wrong with Smith.“You could see in his eyes he was deteriorating,” said Robin Frith, who is married to Smith’s grandfather. “He was a sick person, you could see it!”On Saturday, Smith finally snapped.He flagged down cops near his family’s home around 3:30 a.m., and led them to little Shimron Smith’s broken body in the courtyard of their seven-storey building on Nostrand Ave. near Avenue K.Authorities say he calmly told the cops he had tossed his brother from the roof about 45 minutes earlier. He confessed to the shocking crime a second time while in Police custody, according to Police sources.“I’ve finally become a criminal!” Smith told reporters as he was walked out of the 70th Precinct stationhouse on Saturday night in a Tyvek suit.Little Shimron had just started pre-K at Public School 119 Amersfort a few weeks ago. A heartbreaking photo shared with the Daily News shows him on his first day proudly holding a pint-sized gray-and-green backpack.“It’s a shock. I didn’t brush my teeth for two days,” his grief-stricken grandfather Keith Frith told the Daily News Sunday. “I didn’t shower for two days. I just get up, And I’m numb.”The boy, playful and cheery as always, had last visited their home a few weeks ago. Robin Frith was cooking chowmein that day.“He came to me and he says to me, ‘I’m hungry, Auntie’,” Robin Frith recalled. “He ended up leaving before dinner was completed,” she said. “That will stay in my head all the time, because that’s the last thing we had spoken about, that he wanted to eat the food.”The tot was inseparable from his 5-year-old brother Steven — and often acted like the older sibling.“Shimron acted like the grown up. Shimron would engage Steven and he would tell him what to do,” Robin Frith chuckled. “He was a special character . . . Shimron was a smart kid.” Now Steven is trying to comprehend he’ll never see his little brother again.“He know what happened, but he still doesn’t understand,” mother Odessa Frith said. “He want to know when Shimron comes back, why he’s taking so long.”“My baby was just a joy,” Odessa said of little Shimron. “He touched everyone’s hearts.”Relatives said Smith often refused to take the medication he was prescribed when he was discharged from the hospital after breaking the door, because he believed it was poison.“If you’re schizophrenic, you’re hearing voices and (they’re) telling you what to do,” Robin Frith said. “There were people (from the hospital) who were visiting the house and he wasn’t speaking to them.” Despite his struggles, he worked a part-time job with his cousin doing demolition work.His mother was baffled about what could drive him to commit such unspeakable horror.“I don’t know. I ask myself,” she said. “Even the night before it happened, all of us, we sit here on the chair over here, we’re sitting and laughing and laughing.”Smith was charged with murder after his arrest. His arraignment was postponed on Sunday while he was evaluated at Bellevue Hospital. (NY Daily News)last_img read more

Alleged narco-trafficker on $110,000 bail

first_imgAlex Thomas of Coverden Public Road, East Bank Demerara, was on Monday released on $110,000 bail when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a narcotics trafficking charge.It is alleged that on March 5, 2019, at Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), he had in his possession 1035 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution contended that on March 5, police ranks were acting on information when they swooped down on Thomas and carried out a search on the bag he had in his possession.The search reportedly unearthed two tightly wrapped parcels of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis. He was taken into police custody where he denied having knowledge of the narcotics.In court on Monday, he was released on $110,000 bail and the matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court. The case will continue on April 11, 2019.last_img

Noon hour gas leak contained

first_imgThe vacant lot used to house Wayne Modular Homes. A gas leak along the Alaska Highway was quickly contained over the lunch hour today.The Fort St. John fire department responded the call around 12:18 p.m., shutting down a portion of the frontage road outside the Wendy’s restaurant, while patrons looked on. The road was reopened by 1 p.m.An excavation crew was working in a vacant lot next to the restaurant when the struck the line.- Advertisement -The crew was aware of one gas line running beneath the lot, but an adjacent service line was undetected by the crew, said Golob.“It was purely an accident,” Golob said.Surrounding businesses were not evacuated, and no injuries were reported.Advertisementlast_img

Reports – Arsenal and Tottenham to battle it out for Fenerbahce hotshot

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham are set for a north London battle to sign Fenerbahce hotshot Emmanuel Emenike, according to reports in Turkey.The Nigerian joined the Turkish club back in summer 2013 and has gone on to score 13 goals in 32 league outings for the side.His form for his club, and his national team Nigeria, has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and now, according to Turkish newspaper Skorer, Arsenal and Spurs are in the hunt.The arch rivals are both short of attacking options and, according to this report, have set their sights on the powerful 27-year-old hit man.Emenike, a former Chelsea target, has three years left on his current deal and is rated at around £15m by Fenerbahce, who are bracing themselves for New Year bids. Emmanuel Emenike 1last_img

How Liverpool could line up WITHOUT a striker

first_imgIt’s been a tough season for Liverpool and their strikers so far.Daniel Sturridge’s campaign has been curtailed by thigh and groin injuries, the latest of which will keep him out for six weeks.Mario Balotelli has quickly gone from saviour to scapegoat as his £16million move from AC Milan turns sour, while Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert just haven’t been able to get going in the absence of Luis Suarez, who was the catalyst for last season’s success.But instead of taking a punt on one of a number of strike targets available to Brendan Rodgers in January, the Northern Irishman could delve into his tactics book and pull out a real masterstroke.With Sturridge sidelined and the dynamic play of last season’s Liverpool a distant memory a viable option for the Reds could be to play without a striker.Rodgers should forget Balotelli’s slow and ponderous displays as a lone frontman and instead opt to bring in a wealth of pacy attacking starlets who enjoy slick passing moves and driving forward at their opponents.Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Lazar Markovic could all be rotated and utilised in an attacking triumvirate to capitalise on the ball-playing abilities of central trio Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen.The switch in formation would also give Liverpool more impact on the break as they look to counter at speed and with the aforementioned quartet, who scored 28 times between them last season, all talented in front of goal, it could see the Reds finally resemble the side who hit the back of the net for fun at points last year.But how would the team line up? talkSPORT takes a look… Liverpool players celebrate 1last_img read more

Botswana held by Malawi as hosts struggle in World Cup

first_imgIt was a disappointing start for new Botswana coach, Algeria-born Adel Amrouche, who was told by officials when hired last month to “do well” in the World Cup.The match marked the official debut of Meck Mwase in charge of Malawi after being caretaker coach since the sacking of Belgian Ronny van Geneugden.Both sides were deprived by the woodwork during the second half with a free kick from Malawian Gerald Phiri rattling the post on 57 minutes.Botswana came closest to snapping the stalemate in stoppage time when an Onkabetse Makgantai header rebounded off the crossbar.The teams meet again on Tuesday in Blantyre with the aggregate winners joining 39 other nations in the second round, which will comprise 10 groups and begin in March.Five places have been reserved for Africa at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the last to feature 32 teams before being increased to 48.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A file photo of the Botswana national team, who drew with Malawi Saturday in a 2022 World Cup qualifier © AFP / AHMED OUOBAJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 7 – Botswana were held 0-0 by Malawi Saturday as home sides continued to struggle in 2022 World Cup first round first leg qualifiers across Africa.Only three of the 14 matches from Wednesday produced home victories while five hosts drew and six lost. The return matches are scheduled for Sunday and Tuesday.last_img read more

Guantanamo releases seen as arbitrary

first_imgThe boards hold sessions in a trailer, hearing testimony from detainees and making recommendations on whether to transfer, release or hold the men. The final decisions are made by Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, who is not bound by the recommendations, but who officials say usually follows them. The Pentagon, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the AP, released transcripts and memos last month from last year’s hearings. England ordered 273 inmates kept at Guantanamo and 55 transferred to authorities in other nations. He didn’t order outright releases, but most detainees transferred from Guantanamo have been freed after arriving home. The heavily censored documents indicate testimony before the panels often had little effect on the outcome. Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, who served as a liaison between Guantanamo tribunals and intelligence agencies, criticized the process used to decide which detainees are sent home. “The decisions are not orderly nor analytic and only rational if you accept the premise that they are made for political and not legal reasons,” Abraham said in an e-mail to the AP. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SECRECY: Some men transferred abroad after hearings remain threats in military’s eyes. By Andrew O. Selsky THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two dozen prisoners were cleared for transfer from Guantanamo Bay last year even though U.S. military panels found they still posed a threat to the United States and its allies. Dozens more were cleared even though they didn’t show up for their hearings. One Saudi arrested in Afghanistan was approved for release after offering a peculiar account that he had gone to the Taliban-controlled country to lose weight. Pentagon documents obtained by The Associated Press show seemingly inconsistent decisions to release men declared by the Bush administration to be among America’s most-hardened enemies. Coupled with accusations that some detainees have been held for years on little evidence, the decisions raise questions about whether they were arbitrary. Human rights groups contend the documents show the military panels, known as Administrative Review Boards, often are overridden by political expediency at Guantanamo, where about 340 men are still held. “What it says on your passport is more important than what it says in your ARB,” said Ben Wizner, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, noting that European citizens at Guantanamo were among the first to get out amid intense lobbying by their countries. The Pentagon created the Administrative Review Board process in 2004 as the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was filling up with men captured around the world in the war on terrorist groups. last_img read more

Revealed! Five Tottenham flops that should leave this summer

first_img 5 Kyle Walker – The injury-stricken defender may look to get his career back on track. – Walker is determined to rescue his Tottenham career but may move on if he is not guaranteed first team football. The Lilywhites have both Eric Dier, DeAndre Yedlin and new signing Kieran Trippier in the right-back position so competition will be tough. The biggest challenge for Walker is staying fit, having been plagued with injuries throughout his career. Spurs must decide if he is worth persisting with. Roberto Soldado – The Spaniard cuts a marginalised figure. Click right to see another striker destined for a summer exit – Having arrived for a then club record fee of £26million, expectations of the Spanish striker were high. Yet the former Valencia man netted just six times in his debut season at White Hart Lane and soon found himself warming the bench after the emergence of Harry Kane. It appears Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t rate the 26 year-old and Sevilla have made an enquiry to take him back to La Liga. The transfer window is firmly wedged open, which means clubs are busy carrying out their business as they prepare for the coming Premier League season.While supporters invariably focus on players on their way into their club, others may have to be relinquished to balance the books.Some players have fallen out of favour, while others may just need a change of scenery to help rejuvenate their careers.Tottenham’s transfer activity has come under serious scrutiny in recent seasons, having spurnt the majority of the world record fee they received for Gareth Bale in 2013.They have been quick to move on some of those disappointing signings, such as Paulinho and Etienne Capoue, but there is still plenty of deadwood left in the squad.Who do you think Spurs need to get rid of?Here is our shortlist. Click the yellow arrow above, right, for the full lowdown on the potential departures from White Hart Lane. Emmanual Adebayor – The Togo striker has fallen out of favour. Continue to see which England winger has struggled for game time in recent seasons – The target man has had a solid career in the Premier League but doesn’t look to have a future at Tottenham. Considered surplus to requirements at the club, Pochettino needs to move him on before he can sign a new striker. With Christian Benteke heading to Liverpool, Aston Villa may be in the market to take Adebayor off Pochettino’s hands, especially as the striker enjoyed a renaissance during Tim Sherwood’s tenure at Spurs. Vlad Chiriches – Has failed to adapt to the Premier league. Continue to see which defender may find himself down the pecking order this season – Romanian defender Chiriches was one of the seven signings brought in using the Bale money and has to be considered a disappointment after initially impressing. The Romanian has admitted he is unhappy at White Hart Lane and may soon be heading for the exit door. Spurs rejected a loan offer from Roma in January as they would rather move him on permanently. 5 5 5 Aaron Lennon – On his way out? Click right to see which defender has struggled to make an impact – The long-serving winger was allowed to join Everton on loan last season after being told he doesn’t feature in Pochettino’s plans. Still only 28, Lennon might be offered as a makeweight in a potential deal to bring James McCarthy to White Hart Lane having impressed for the Toffees last season. 5last_img read more