ABL: Alab Pilipinas wins again, downs Singapore Slingers

first_imgFILE – Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alab Pilipinas kept its hot streak going after turning back the Singapore Slingers, 77-71, in the 9th Asean Basketball League Season Sunday night at Caloocan Sports Complex.Puerto Rican reinforcements PJ Ramos and Renaldo Balkman and reigning two-time Local MVP Ray Parks shone anew for Alab, which improved its league-best record to 4-0.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No. 18 Arizona State knocks off top-ranked Kansas MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The 7-foot-3 Ramos was literally and figuratively head and shoulders above the competition as he finished with 26 points, 17 rebounds and five assists while Balkman did damage on both ends with 20 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks.Parks showed why he’s one of the top picks in the 2018 PBA Draft with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Slingers stayed in striking distance and didn’t go down without a fight.Alab, however, just had too much firepower with Ramos and Balkman leading the way as Singapore dropped to 5-3. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Fire Guts JFK Cholera Unit

first_imgThe fire that raged over the 24th street community last nigt ransacked the JFK cholera unit.By C.Y. Kwanue and Joaquin SendoloDoctors, nurses and patients at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital in Monrovia were last night hurried out of the building by security guards when the Cholera Unit (left wing), which is adjacent to the National Drug Service (NDS) and the hospital’s mortuary, was gutted by fire.NDS ON FIREThe fire, according eyewitness account, reportedly destroyed the unit’s electrical panel boxes and several important documents including patients’ medical records.Although no human casualty was reported, the Daily Observer gathered that when doctors who were on duty spotted the flames, they hurriedly relocated to safety.Eyewitnesses said that save for the bravery of security guards attached to the hospital and onlookers who buttressed the efforts of firefighters, the situation wouldn’t have been easily brought under control.“The situation was quickly brought under control in less than two hours,” one of our sources stated.However, our sources could not emphatically say there were any human casualties.The fire that raged over the 24th street community last nigt ransacked the JFK cholera unit.The alarm on the fire incident at the JFK, which started after 9 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday, was raised when residents of 20th and 24th streets in Sinkor saw heavy flame coming from the direction of the hospital.The cause of the fire has not been established, but security officers and employees at the medical center told the Daily Observer that the fire began in the laboratory where drugs and other essential medical equipment are stored.“It is a huge damage to the hospital because this is where drugs and major equipment used in laboratory are kept,” a worker said.NDS on FireThe fire continued blazing up to 11 p.m. despite efforts by the Liberia Fire Service and their counterparts to contain the violent flames.Up to press time, it was not clear to what extent was the damage caused by the fire to the facility.It may be recalled that the recent history of fire disasters at government establishments in the country may be traced to the July 26, 2006 celebration of 159th independence anniversary, during President Sirleaf’s first year in office, when the fourth floor of the Executive Mansion was gutted by fire.Since that incident, President Sirleaf moved her office to the 6th Floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she has since remained in spite of the two fire incidents that later occurred in the building.JFK BriefThe John F. Kennedy Medical Center is the national medical center of Liberia, located in the Sinkor District of Monrovia. The Center was built at the request of Liberian President William V.S. Tubman, whose 1961 visit with U.S. President John F. Kennedy laid the groundwork for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding for a national medical center in Liberia. The project was funded with a US$6.8 million loan and US$9.2 million in grants from USAID and a US$1 million contribution from the Liberian government. Construction began in 1965 and the facility opened on July 27, 1971.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Ban FGM, A Violation of Human Rights’

first_imgWomen’s Group urges 54th Legislature Liberia among four African countries yet to prohibit FGM following 12 years of female presidency The National Working Group Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAWOGA-FGM) has called on members of the 54th Legislature to enact a law that will ban the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia.The head of the steering committee of NAWOGA-FGM, Maim D. Robinson, told reporters over the weekend that Liberia needs to respect the provisions of the international treaties and conventions to  which it is a signatory.“We are calling on lawmakers and President George Weah to understand our feelings by protecting the rights of many young women and girls that are often oppressed and subjected to inhumane treatments under the disguise of tradition by legislating a law that will criminalize only the part of traditional rituals that involves the practice of FGM,” Robinson said.NAWOGA-FGM is a sub-civil society organization operating under the supervision of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) whose primary focus is to ensure the elimination of all practices that are known to be harmful to women and girls.Robinson said that while many FGM advocates believe that it is culturally rooted, they are yet to provide the medical essentials to retain it as a practice.“We are convinced that this practice violates girls and women’s rights to health, security and physical integrity,” she noted, adding that FGM denies women and girls their rights to be free from torture and inhumane or degrading treatment, and the right to life as in the case of death as a result of the practice.Article 5b of the Liberian Constitution states that, “The state shall preserve, protect and promote positive culture and ensure that traditional values which are compatible with public policy and national progress are adopted and developed as an integral part of the growing needs of the society.”Article 11(c) states that, “All persons are equal before the law, and therefore entitled to equal protection of the law.”“In light of these constitutional provisions, can we say that our women are treated equally as real human beings like their male counterparts when the practice of FGM is meant to control their sexuality, deny them of enjoying the real pleasure of a God-given desire, besides the volume of negative health effects it plunges the victims into?” she asked rhetorically.Robinson said Liberia is a signatory to the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, including the Maputo Protocol on Human Rights, the Rights of Women in Africa, the convention of the Rights of a Child among many other conventions, and as such, her organization wants to ensure that those rights are fully enjoyed at all times.The head of the NAWOGA-FGM steering committee said the members of the national working group are not against ‘good’ cultural values and norms, but are advocating for government to revisit certain cultural practices such as son-preference, battering, FGM, sassy wood, forced feeding among many others that tend to violate the rights and dignities of others and contribute nothing positive to the country’s heritage.She said while Liberia is among four African countries that are yet to prohibit FGM, 28 other countries that once practiced the culture have abolished it because they believe it is unlawful and a human rights violation.“As a conglomeration of civil society organizations, we appeal to President George Weah and members of the legislature to save the lives of many would be victims of FGM. Our women and girls deserve more than being treated as lesser humans. This call is not only from NAWOGA-FGM, but many other voiceless women out there as well,” Robinson said.According to the UN Secretary General’s 2017 report, an estimated 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some forms of FGM, and girls at the age of 14 and younger represent 44 million of those who have been cut.This practice, the report continued, “is mostly carried out on young girls sometimes between infancy and age 15. Due to the gruesomeness associated with the FGM procedures, victims experience severe bleeding and health complications, including cysts, infections, infertility as well as child birth complications and increased risk of newborn deaths.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)center_img Madam Maima Robinson reading the group’s press statement.last_img read more

North Pakaraima Mountain Safari billed for this weekend

first_imgMembers of the head table at the launch of the 17th Annual Pakaraima SafariThe 17th Annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari is expected to kick off on April 13 as close to 100 persons including tourists from Korea and North American countries seek to explore the scenic beauty of Guyana’s mountainous regions.The safari is organised by the Pakaraima Safari Club and Rainforest Tours in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), the Administrations of Regions Eight and Nine and the Communities Ministry.It will run for eight days and will see explorers seeing the sights of 14 indigenous villages throughout Regions Four, Eight, Nine and 10 mainly Karasabai, Tiperu, Rukumoto, Morabaiko, Yurong Paru, Monkey Mountain, Tuseneung, Paramakatoi, Kato, Kurukabaru, Itabac and Orinduik.Some 20 4X4 vehicles along with 13 motorcycles of voyagers will then visit the Orinduik, Cheong and Lehilibar Waterfalls before continuing their journey to Lethem where participants will experience the Rupununi Rodeo.According to Assistant Safari Coordinator Lisa Smith, three such safaris are hosted annually, however, the North Pakaraima Safari is the biggest of them all.“It is once again an exciting time for Rainforest Tours as we seek to promote adventure nature tourism through an event such as this. This safari is our biggest safari for the year and the overlying journey has created a special impact in the lives of many safarians who continue to participate yearly with family and friends. This year’s event seeks to promote adventure, nature and domestic tourism in Guyana providing substantial economic benefits to the local community and residents, creating community awareness understanding and support for tourism development and to conserve and protect the natural environment as well as assuring respect to customs, tradition and cultural heritage of the local people” Smith highlighted.GTA’s Deputy Director, Carla Chandra said that the Pakaraima Safari takes the cake as the ultimate up close and personal experience in Guyana.According to her, the excitement starts as soon as the journey out of Georgetown begins and as such, the safari is one of the reasons why Guyana was awarded the number one eco-tourism destination in the world.“By now I trust that everyone in Guyana is aware that we just was recently won the number on eco-tourism destination award in the world but in order for us to stay on top we can only do so by improving our product, our experience and our sustainable practices” Chandra encouraged.Junior Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valarie Garrido Lowe described the safari as a wonderful experience which is unmatched.She applauded Frank Singh, one of the key organisers, for his commitment to the continued promotion of the safari and recognised its growth.“I’d like to thank him for his sustained effort in this Pakaraima Safari going every single year, it is not an easy task but I think that it has grown and people are coming on board quite willingly now and he has limited spaces and its really great. As a Government, we will, of course, make good roads there especially with the impending oil” the Minister revealed.She noted that Guyana’s attraction is in the hinterland and as such, encouraged Guyanese to take the journey.GuyOil, which continues to support the event, will this year be donating footwear to several villages along the Pakaraima Mountains.last_img read more

The shape of new postal rates raising ire of businesses

first_imgFor first-class, letter envelopes, the allowed thickness is a quarter-inch. If you go over a quarter inch, you run into more costly large envelope or parcel rates. Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer said the new rates take shape into account because it requires more effort to process a larger piece of mail. “Before, thickness didn’t matter,” he said. Now, “thickness does come into play. If it gets too thick you create a new shape.” Cindy Golebiewski, an office manager in Wilmington, Del., said her company faces much higher postage costs under the new rules. “The price is just doubling,” she said. If not for the new thickness limits, “we would be better off stuffing a 6-by-9-inch envelope than putting it into a big brown envelope,” she said. The Direct Marketing Association in New York is “very, very unhappy,” said spokeswoman Stephanie Hendricks. “The rates go into effect on Monday under protest.” She complained that businesses also have to deal with a new pricing category called “not flat-machinable.” That pertains to mailings that are not flat and more rigid because they might contain things like cardboard. As such, they don’t go through processing machines as easily as letters – they have “parcel-like characteristics,” Partenheimer said. The new rules pose a problem for Roska Direct Advertising in suburban Philadelphia, which produces marketing pieces in unique shapes like small boxes. “We’re trying to figure it out,” said Mario Amici, senior vice president of production, operations and project management. “The post office hasn’t really explained this.” Even mailing a simple brochure may pose a problem for businesses. Postage for a three-panel brochure weighing an ounce might cost the new rate of 41 cents – up from 39 cents – unless it’s not folded well and the envelope puffs up to half an inch. If the mail can’t be easily flattened, then the postage would shoot up to 80 cents. Under the old rules, the envelope could puff out and still cost the same. Details of the new rates are available at www.usps.com or (800) 275-8777. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHILADELPHIA – The postal rate increase that kicks in today is shaping up to be a big headache for many businesses. For the first time, the U.S. Postal Service will be charging by the shape of the mail. Many companies say they are confused and frustrated as they try to adjust to the new rules, and some say mailings could be severely curtailed due to higher postage costs. The new regulations mean larger envelopes and packages will automatically cost more than smaller mail. Currently, postage is determined by weight, unless it’s an especially large or odd-shaped package that warrants special handling. If your solution come today is to stuff the same amount of material into a smaller envelope, the Postal Service could get you there, too: There are new thickness restrictions. last_img read more

Food focus helps Kane perfect recipe for goals

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s striker Harry Kane celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match against Apoel FC and at the GSP Stadium in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia on September 26, 2017 © AFP/File / JACK GUEZENFIELD, United Kingdom, Oct 5 – Harry Kane has revealed that his remarkable goal-scoring feats with Tottenham Hotspur and England over recent months can be traced back to his kitchen.The 24-year-old striker, who captains England in their World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Thursday, has scored goals at a prolific rate since his breakthrough season with Spurs in 2014-15. But his scoring has hit new heights this year — 11 goals in five games for club and country at the tail-end of last season, 13 in eight last month — and he partly credits his decision to hire a personal chef.“Over the last year or so, I’ve changed a lot off the pitch with the nutrition side of it,” Kane told reporters after training with England at Spurs’ base in Enfield, north London on Wednesday.“It kind of clicked in my head that a football career is so short. It goes so quickly. You’ve just got to make every day count. So I’ve got a chef at home to eat the right food, which is big for recovery.“You can’t train as hard as you’d like when you have so many games, so you have to make the little gains away from football as well.“That’s recovery, sleep, eating the right food. That will definitely help me going into a tournament year and hopefully keep me fresh all year round.”Kane was introduced to his chef, who he did not name, by an acquaintance last December.The chef visits the house Kane shares with his fiancee, Katie Goodland, and their nine-month-old daughter, Ivy, six days a week and has been helping the striker understand how his body reacts to different foods.“You could eat healthily all week and then have loads of carbs (carbohydrates) before a game, but you’ve not eaten those carbs all week and your body goes into a little bit of shock,” Kane said.“It’s more just planning it: when we have double (training) sessions, maybe higher carbs; when the sessions are a bit lighter, it’d be lower.“I still eat what I was eating, nothing really new. I’m not a big fish fan, but he’s got me eating a bit more fish for my Omega-3 (fatty acids). A few spices on that to help.”– ‘Low and hard’ –Asked whether he has a guilty pleasure, Kane lowered his head bashfully and said: “Apple crumble.”Sitting beside Kane, England manager Gareth Southgate said he was “absolutely the sort of role model you want”.While Kane’s eating habits have changed, his style of shooting has not.The blond front man is renowned for finding the bottom corners of the net and he says Spurs youth coach Bradley Allen played a key role in helping him hone his finishing style.“I’ve worked on that from a young age — it was always low and hard in the corner,” Kane said.“Some people now try and score the perfect goal, in the top corner to look better, but it doesn’t matter to me. Low and hard across the keeper is the worst one for them to try and save.“Bradley Allen, under-15s (coach) here, was a great coach for me. We always did extra finishing.“Last year he asked me why I kept cutting back on my right foot and not taking it on my left, and he was right.“This season, that’s worked out well for me — I’ve scored quite a few with the left foot.”Kane has always professed himself content at Tottenham, his local club, but for the first time he has opened the door to a move abroad.“I would never say no or yes. You’d not rule out anything,” he said when asked about the possibility of one day playing overseas.“It’s not something I definitely want to do, but you never rule anything out. I’m very happy here, but we’ll see what happens.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League Previews – Fixtures, team news and live commentary

first_img1 This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukChelsea v Manchester City; Saturday, January 31, Stamford Bridge, 5.30pm (Live on talkSPORT in the UK, and live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)With his only viable opponents on the ropes, and the chance to move eight points clear in the title race, Jose Mourinho has everything to gain by going for the jugular against Manchester City on Saturday. Especially with Manuel Pellegrini’s side now winless in three.That said, this will most likely be a tight game, with Chelsea looking to physically dominate the midfield. City could be lacking a bit of strength in the absence of Yaya Toure, who will (probably) still be away on international duty with the Ivory Coast, alongside new signing Wilfried Bony.Both sides suffered FA Cup trauma at the weekend, but Pellegrini will be the more concerned of the two managers. City have failed to score in two consecutive games for the first time in almost a year, and Sergio Aguero (pictured) has gone four games without a goal. Chelsea’s reserves might have capitulated against Bradford, but their first XI have had few problems this season.A tense 1-1 draw was the result when the teams met back in September, with an emotional Frank Lampard netting a late equaliser against his former club for 10-man City. His return to Stamford Bridge is likely to be even more emotionally charged – particularly if he makes another telling mark on the title race. We’re going to be turning the sound down on our TV whenever he gets the ball on the edge of the box, just in case Martin Tyler lets his excitement get the better of him.Hull City v Newcastle United; Saturday, January 31, KC Stadium, 12.45pm (Live on on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)John Carver is chasing a first win at Newcastle. Where better to go than Hull, who have one league win in four and have added James Chester and Alex Bruce to their injury list?Crystal Palace v Everton Saturday, January 31, Selhurst Park, 3pm (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Alan Pardew’s Selhurst revolution continues apace. We’re sure Roberto Martinez could think of better places to take an Everton side winless in six. James McCarthy’s return will be a boost for the visitors, however.Liverpool v West Ham United; Saturday, January 31, Anfield, 3pm (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)When these two met back in September, West Ham were 2-0 up after seven minutes. Liverpool could do with a better start, and Daniel Sturridge’s availability would help.Manchester United v Leicester City; Saturday, January 31, Old Trafford, 3pm (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)A 1-0 defeat to Stoke ended Leicester’s mini revival, so a trip to Old Trafford won’t be too welcome. Then again, they did beat United 5-3 back in September – one of only four wins this campaign. It’s been an odd season.Stoke City v QPR; Saturday, January 31, Britannia Stadium, 3pm (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)The Potters are on a decent run, with two defeats in their last eight. Bojan’s injury is a hammer blow, but the good news is QPR have lost every one of their 10 away games in the league this season. Every. Single. One.Sunderland v Burnley; Saturday, January 31, Stadium of Light, 3pm (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Holding on to Danny Ings has to be Burnley’s priority in this transfer window – he has three in three in the league. The Clarets will look to him against the side tied with them one point out of the relegation zone. Sunderland’s main man? Jermain ‘one goal in 19 Premier League games’ Defoe.West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur; Saturday, January 31, The Hawthorns, 3pm (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Tony Pulis’ side will be a tough nut to crack – they have conceded just one in three league games – but Tottenham are in decent nick. Keep an eye on Christian Eriksen: the Dane has four late winners to his name since November.Arsenal v Aston Villa; Sunday, February 1, Emirates Stadium, 1.30pm (Live on talkSPORT in the UK, and live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)Aston Villa have scored 11 goals in 22 league games this season. While Arsenal’s defence can normally be relied on to concede, their win over Man City showed a new resolve. Plus Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are back. It all bodes well for the Gunners, then. What could possibly go wrong?Southampton v Swansea City; Sunday, February 1, St Mary’s, 4pm (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland)What slump? Southampton have 16 points from their past six games, and welcome a Swansea side winless in four and with an FA Cup capitulation against Blackburn to their name. Shane Long’s injury is a blow, but they should have enough to send the Swans home pointless. Chelsea v Manchester City is the pick of this weekend’s games last_img read more

Ulinzi man named October player of the month

first_img0Shares0000Ulinzi stars goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo with his October 2019 player of the month awardNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2 9 – Impressive Ulinzi Stars goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo became just the third player from the team to win the the LG Player of the Month Award since inception in 2015 when he was crowned October’s best at Afraha stadium on Friday.The youngster whose splendid season has also captivated national team selectors garnered most votes to triumph ahead of Lawrence Juma of Gor Mahia and Mathare United’s Kevin Kimani. A mean streak in goal has seen Ulinzi concede just five league goals this season and they have Odhiambo to thank for it.During a tough October when Ulinzi Stars faced all of this season’s fast starters in the shape of Western Stima, KCB and Tusker, Odhiambo ensured the soldiers kept three clean sheets.Against Tusker, the seasons’ highest scorers with eighteen goals so far, Odhiambo made half dozen decent saves to give Ulinzi three points after Daniel Waweru scored.Odhiambo also conjured man of the match performances against KCB and Western Stima as Ulinzi contended with one point from each of the tough games.Ulinzi stars goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo receives the player of the month award from LG’s William Kamore at Afraha Stadium Nakuru on November 29,2019“Sometimes you don’t need to make saves to be a good goalkeeper. If you organize your defense well and keep them alert with continuous communication then most of the job is done. You limit the number of shots getting to you,” the goalkeeper opened up about his trade.He also cautioned competitors in the national team that he is only getting started. “I’m just beginning my career and getting a national team call up is a real motivator towards my end game. I know I will get better with time and hopefully capture the number one spot in the national team,” he addedIn a tight race against Juma, the standout player at defending champions Gor Mahia so far this season Odhiambo garnered 16 votes to the former’s 12 as Kevin Kimani of Mathare helped himself to nine.Ulinzi Stars coach Benjamin Nyangweso lauded SJAK and LG for striving to appreciate best performers during such times.“This is a real motivator not just to the winning player but to the entire squad. They now believe they can also do well and someone is watching. I also love it when my players win awards and get national team call ups. I feel proud,” the experienced tactician offered.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ads to spotlight digital switch

first_imgTV: The $200 million cable industry campaign includes four commercials. By John Dunbar THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The cable television industry has launched a $200 million advertising campaign to assure customers they still will be able to watch their favorite programs after the transition to digital broadcasting. The ad campaign includes four 30-second spots to be aired on both broadcast and cable networks. Ads began airing in the Washington, D.C., market this week. The spots open with a graphic that reads: “By law TV stations will end analog broadcasts on February 17, 2009, and broadcast exclusively in digital.” That’s followed by cable customers assuring viewers that “every TV set you have that’s hooked up to cable will work just fine.” Kyle McSlarrow, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, said the industry is following through on a promise made to Congress to help educate consumers on the transition. “While it may be a broadcaster transition, we felt we had a responsibility to participate in a big way,” he said Thursday. The biggest effect of the digital transition will be felt by those who receive their signals over the air and do not own digital-ready television sets. Those viewers will need a converter box, the cost of which will be mostly covered by a government-funded coupon program. A 2005 report by the Government Accountability Office said 21 million households – about 19 percent of the nation – rely on antennae rather than cable or satellite to receive television signals. Cable subscribers, McSlarrow said, will not be affected, including those who subscribe to analog rather than the more expensive digital service. There is no federal requirement that the industry provide an analog signal, although the FCC has scheduled a vote on Tuesday that may force them to do so. Advocates for the elderly and minorities are concerned the public will be caught by surprise by the transition. While Congress appropriated $1.5 billion for the coupon program, only $5 million of the total is dedicated to a public education campaign. The $200 million advertising campaign includes both ads that have been purchased on broadcast channels and donated time from cable systems, the cable association said. It will run through the digital transition date. The National Association of Broadcasters has pledged to begin its own campaign starting in December.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea plan £29m bid, Monaco received bigger Martial offer and Advocaat replacement found?

first_img Monaco received a higher bid for Anthony Martial than the £36m Man United paid Here’s the latest transfer gossip on Saturday morning…Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is understood to be considering quitting the club after Saturday’s home game against West Ham, having become disillusioned with life on a limited budget. (Guardian)Advocaat has already told Sunderland’s backroom staff he is ready to leave, with former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson in the frame to replace him. (Daily Mail)Burnley boss Sean Dyche is also among the contenders to take over from the Dutchman at the Stadium of Light. (Daily Mirror)Monaco received a bid higher than the £36m Man United paid for Anthony Martial from an unnamed club in the summer, but the teenager wanted to move to Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)Newcastle manager Steve McClaren says the club were looking to send out Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu on an emergency loan just days before the 20-year-old starred at left-back in his Premier League debut against Chelsea. (Newcastle Chronicle)Chelsea are planning to make a £29m bid for 18-year-old Porto midfielder Ruben Neves next year. (Evening Standard)The best of talkSPORT.com rumours and gossipWest Ham star signs new two-year contractReal Betis wonderkid being chased by LiverpoolMan City teenager reveals why he snubbed ChelseaEverton are top four contenders, says Joe Royale 1last_img read more