South Korean baseball league postpones games over pollution

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, buildings and houses are covered with a thick haze in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s rapidly worsening air pollution has forced the country’s professional baseball league to postpone three games.The Korea Baseball Organization on Friday, April 6, 2018, postponed the games in capital Seoul and the nearby cities of Suwon and Incheon after the government issued alerts over high fine dust levels in the metropolitan area.It’s the first time the league postponed games because of air pollution since the country began pro baseball in 1982. A KBO official said the games will be rescheduled later in the season. ( AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s rapidly worsening air pollution has forced the country’s professional baseball league to postpone three games.The Korea Baseball Organization on Friday postponed the games in capital Seoul and the nearby cities of Suwon and Incheon after the government issued alerts over high fine dust levels in the metropolitan area.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davis Cup: Nadal levels Spain with Germany in quarterfinals MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments It’s the first time the league postponed games because of air pollution since the country began pro baseball in 1982. A KBO official said the games will be rescheduled later in the season. She didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, the fine dust concentration level was measured at 377 micrograms per cubic meter near Seoul’s Jamsil Stadium, where the Doosan Bears had been scheduled to host the NC Dinos before the game was postponed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSouth Korea issues an advisory when the fine dust level reaches 150 micrograms per cubic meter and a warning if the level exceeds 300 micrograms per cubic meter.South Korea in recent years has been experiencing an acute rise in air pollution that experts link to emission from the country’s increasing number of cars and also to China’s massive industrial activity. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img In a meeting with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said China was partially responsible for South Korea’s pollution problem and called for Beijing’s cooperation in Seoul’s efforts to improve air quality.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES 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 awardlast_img read more

Emotional Parks remembers father after San Miguel Alab triumph: ‘Dad, we did it’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Night of routs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Dad, we did it,” said Parks, who was named Finals MVP after Alab overcame Mono Vampire of Thailand in five games including a 102-92 win in the title clincher at Santa Rosa Multi Purpose Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.“I got emotional very early. I’m just thankful to Alab for the opportunity. I’m just thankful for my teammates and coaches for trusting me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownParks had struggled to meet expectations even though he had won two MVP awards in the UAAP while playing for National U. He failed to carry NU to the crown and also had a forgettable stint in the NBA D-League, before his agent, Charlie Dy, came calling in 2016 for him to return to the country to play for Alab.“Everyone has been grilling me about not winning championships,” said Parks. “Give me an opportunity and I’ll make the most of it. Just being around these great players, it just allowed me to grow. I also learned from them. I was just put in an opportunity to just make the most of it. Just getting better as a player is everybody’s goal and to win a championship—to do both is great.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READcenter_img Ray Parks dedicates the ABL championship to his late father Bobby Ray Sr. Photo from ASEAN Basketball League.An emotional Ray Parks fought back tears as the final buzzer sounded last Wednesday night, signaling the completion of San Miguel Alab Pilipinas rise to the Asean Basketball League throne.As he held his own miniature championship trophy at the press conference, Parks’ thoughts turned to his late father, Bobby Sr., who had coached the San Miguel Beermen to a second place finish in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

On to the Finals

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe balance of the power in the PBA Governors’ Cup has been tilted totally, with even the bridesmaids in the last two seasons now without a shot at the championship.In another game that was played a mile-a-minute, Alaska took the best that Meralco could offer on Saturday night before scoring a 99-92 Game 4 victory at Cuneta Astrodome and seal a first shot at a championship in more than two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Though the Aces won the last three games of this series, it wasn’t as if the Bolts were easy pickings.“I really didn’t think that my respect for Meralco could increase, but every game it increased,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton. “I just want to say to all the Meralco fans that they should be grateful and happy.“There wasn’t a single game that they laid down and died.”Alaska clashes with Magnolia—the side that dethroned Barangay Ginebra, the champion the last two seasons—starting Dec. 5 at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’m not even going to think about Magnolia once tonight,” Compton, who got three players coming off the bench to score in twin digits, said. “We will enjoy tonight first.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Alaska will also shoot for a 15th title for the franchise in its storied PBA participation.Mike Harris scored 27 points—his fewest in the Final Four—counting two critical triples heading into the homestretch as the Aces closed out this half of the semifinals with a 3-1 win to advance to a mouth-watering best-of-seven title series opposite Magnolia starting Dec. 5.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 Chriss“I like to give respect to Meralco, they’re warriors,” Harris said after also pulling down 14 rebounds and going 7-for-7 from the free throw line. “They (Bolts) never gave up,” Harris went on. “But today was about us, we showed real character out there.”Alaska roared back from 14 points down in the first half and played the last two periods as brilliantly as it could on both ends as they get to play in the championship of this conference for the first time since 2015 and a shot at a first title since the Commissioner’s Cup in 2013. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tacloban keeps semifinal hopes afloat after ripping Adamson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Chinese Official Clarifies China’s Intent for Africa

first_imgAs China-Africa relations move at a peak, an official of the Chinese Communist Government has clarified that his government is interested in economic cooperation and sharing social benefits with Africa, and not in the position to control Africans in doing what China wants them to do.Wang Xiaofeng, who works with the Information Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told 25 African journalists attending a seminar in Beijing that western countries are engaged in giving out only bad information about China, making those who have not been there to view the country negatively.“Although not all Chinese are good, you can attest now that most Chinese are generous and hospitable. This is why we bring you to China to see for yourself, and how we are moving with both infrastructural and human developments so you can write your own stories to dispel or agree with negative propaganda about China,” he said.On the issue of governance, Mr. Xiaofeng said China does not have to be like the West before meeting the human rights needs of its citizens and others living there.According to him, China has its own standard in place in governing its citizens, noting that people in the country are provided facilities including sports and other acceptable social activities from which citizens and millions of people of other nationalities benefit.He told African journalists during his lecture on “Press Release of Government” that the Communist Party system is China’s own standard of governance that allows government to own everything in the country; which according to him, is working well with the Chinese.He said China wants to see self-governance that does not allow another hand to control others, but a situation wherein people will independently do what they feel is good for their survival and growth.He said because western media does not report good things that China does, the government allows Africans to visit or study in China to see how things are done there so they can be in the best position to narrate the story.Mr. Xiaofeng disclosed that China is preparing to host China-Africa Summit to acquaint African leaders with what his country stands for in relationship with Africa.He added that China wants others to know about the Chinese Government and culture; something he said is the reason for which they are engaged in teaching the Chinese Language to Africans and others to establish the link.The “2015 Seminar Course on Information Officers and Journalists for English Speaking African Countries” is designed to provide information on the working of the Chinese Government and China-Africa relations.The program allows the journalists and information officers to also visit historical and other exhibition sites to see and compare development in the country with information propagated about the rising Asian country.One of such sites the journalists have visited is the Zhonguancun Science Park where modern technologies in China are exhibited for tourists to see.Among other things at the exhibition center are modern cyber equipment only in the possessions of China, Japan and USA for now; the first vehicle that uses only electricity; and equipment and materials used to filter and turn sea and sewage waters into useful means of irrigation.Also, there are cell scanning printer and equipment for molecular breeding and gene checking, and information storing equipment and an adjustable electronic window glass.The cell scanning printer detects Cancer in the human cells and exactly sketches where it is located, while the information storing equipment keeps information on human anatomy (frame) for over 30 years.There is also innovative equipment made purposely to transfer heat energy from the human body into electricity, and there will soon come a time when people will charge phones and other smaller electronic devices from shoes they wear.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

900 Students’ Academic Future in Limbo

first_imgNew Hope Mission International (NHMI) in Dolo Town, Margibi County which has provided free education to more than 900 deprived children for the past eight years has itself run into financial hardship and has been forced to shut down. Last Friday during assembly, the school’s founder and CEO Rev. Louise Reeves, asked the students to stay home because the school was closing its doors due to a financial crisis. She explained that it was unfortunate that her partners who have assisted her since 2008 are now unable to continue supporting the school. Rev. Reeves further informed the students that she had received a letter from the District Education Officer, Mrs. Marcia Edwards, ordering her to suspend academic activities following complaints by teachers and confirmed by representatives of the student council government about the failure of the administration to settle teachers’ salaries. The letter was read to the students following which Rev. Reeves informed them to remain at home while she is trying to find money to reopen the school.The school which runs from nursery to the 12th grade free of charge has a faculty of 24.“I have not been able to pay my teachers for the last four months,” Rev. Reeves acknowledged in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia. “Also the decision (to close the school) stemmed from the District Education Officer’s order to suspend all educational activities until an arrangement is reached with the DEO, and warned that failure would leave her office “with no option but to take a legal administrative action” against Rev. Reeves.A copy of the DEO’s letter, which is with the Daily Observer, reminded Rev. Reeves of the numerous complaints by teachers and confirmed by representatives of the student council government about the failure of the administration to settle their salaries. In a reply to the order, Rev. Reeves admitted the unfortunate situation and explained that her partners have been facing financial problems but have encouraged the teachers to stay on. She warned that suspending academic activities will not mean well for the students.“Therefore, reconsider your decision as we are trying to mitigate the tension as soon as possible,” Rev. Reeves pleaded in her response to the DEO.She said while it is unfortunate that her partners who have assisted her since 2008 are unable to do so now, she is appealing to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Ministry of Education and Margibi County Legislative Caucus to come to the school’s assistance so that the children’s academic progress would not be interrupted.Reeves also disclosed that there are 50 orphans at the school’s orphanage center, and she feared for their future if help comes too late.“We started the school to provide free education to children who were sitting at home and doing nothing,” Rev. Reeves said, “and so with God’s intervention we want to continue the school so that the children will not sit or roam about since they are from families who cannot afford to send their children to schools that charge high fees.”Rev. Reeves said she never envisioned that the school would meet such difficulties as it is encountering because she believed that there have always been well-meaning Liberians who could offer hope for children whose parents cannot send them to school.“I am not losing hope,” she said. “I believe that President Sirleaf, the MOE and the Margibi County Legislative Caucus will not let these children down.”Rev. Reeves was raised in Dolo Town and after traveling abroad decided on her return to give back to children who are less fortunate.When her non-profit organization was launched eight years ago, Rev. Reeves told neighbors that she was joyful to return home and carry out her dream to help educate some of Liberia’s unfortunate children free of charge, which she has so far accomplished until the recent financial crisis occurred.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pensioner dies in Berbice accident

first_imgA West Coast Berbice pensioner died on Boxing Day after being hit by a speeding car because the driver tried to save a sheep. The incident occurred at Number 41 Village, a few houses away from where the victim lived.Dead: Carloy MooreDead is Carloy Moore, also called Carl Moore, 77, of Lot 28 Number 41 Village, Berbice.Moore was struck on December 17 and died on December 26 at the Fort Wellington Hospital.Reports are on December 17, Moore was attempting to cross the road and did not make it to the corner when he was hit.According to one eyewitness, the car was driving at a fast rate of speed when a sheep ran into its path.The driver, who is from Perth Village Mahaicony, reportedly applied the brakes as skid marks can be seen on the roadway. Moore was nonetheless hit a few feet away from the parapet.He was taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital on December 18.A computed tomography (CT) scan revealed that Moore had a concussion to the brain. He was discharged from that institution on Christmas Eve.According to his daughter Carolyn, Moore was still unwell.“He was speaking and we fed him but the night he started to get a fever and we noticed that his condition was not improving. The next day we took him to the Fort Wellington Hospital,” she told this publication.Meanwhile, the driver who was initially detained has been released on station bail.last_img read more

“Irfaan Ali will deliver as President” – Teixeira tells PPP/C supporters

first_imgOpposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira has joined with other party leaders to express her confidence in the party’s new presidential candidate, former Housing and Water Minister and the Opposition Chief Economic Spokesperson Irfaan Ali.PPP/C presidential candidate Irfaan Ali shares a photo moment at a public meeting at Leonora, West Coast Demerara on SundayTexieira was at the time speaking at a public meeting at Leonora, West Coast Demerara, which is the hometown of the presidential candidate, on Sunday. She expressed her belief that as the presidential candidate, Ali will be capable of delivering a victory at the polls.“I have seen him as a young comrade coming into this party. When you look at the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Granger group, they are all in their 80’s. We want the young people. We encourage them, we push them. I know this young man I know he is going to deliver as President,” Teixeira said to cheers from PPP/C supporters.The party stalwart also urged supporters not to believe everything negative that is being peddled and encouraged them to rally around Ali, so that he is elected the next President. “Is more work, when that is done we have more work. Don’t let people get between us. We are going to win with Irfaan Ali. We can do it and we will do it,” she added.Opposition Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraTexieira was one of the members of the PPP who contested the post but at the last minute, pulled out. The battle was left between Ali and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall. Ali won the election by way of secret ballot in a large majority of 24 votes.Ali has already made a commitment to work hard to improve the lives of all Guyanese. He promised to address corruption, create jobs especially for young people, expanding housing, grow the economy, improve the country’s infrastructure and look after vulnerable groups.“We did this before oil and gas and we will do it even better on a much larger scale with oil and gas. These are the types of plans and programmes that will break us through into the future and create a wave of economic wealth and well-being for our people,” he said on Sunday.A section of the large crowd on Sunday at the public meeting at Leonora, WCDJagdeo has also endorsed Ali, stating that he has an intimate understanding of the social and economic challenges facing the country, and based on his experience he will deliver. “I know Irfaan Ali is trustworthy…If we can’t reopen those three estates and find work for the people, we will be just as bad as them. He is committed to doing that,” Jagdeo said on Sunday.Over the last 20 years, Ali has served his party at regional and national levels. He started his political journey with the youth arm of the PPP, the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), since 1992, which he said has given him a unique perspective of the challenges facing our youths.The PPP said Ali, 38, has been a member of the PPP and has also been part of the leadership for 15 years, during which he held the position of Finance Secretary for several years. He served in the Cabinet for seven years, holding the portfolios of Housing and Water and Tourism, Industry and Commerce. He is the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly.last_img read more

New Brunswick chiefs unified to ensure province consults over shale gas

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Indigenous leaders are again expressing their concerns about consultations with the province’s Progressive Conservative government around shale gas development.In a news release, the province’s 15 Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey chiefs says they are officially putting the provincial government on notice that they will continue efforts to protect the lands, water, and resources of New Brunswick.The chiefs say they are committed to taking a “strong and unified stand” in ensuring the Crown meets its consultation obligations.- Advertisement -In June, the chiefs issued a warning after learning the government of Premier Blaine Higgs quietly passed regulatory changes that would allow the extraction of hydrocarbons through the process known as fracking, in the Sussex area.At the time, the chiefs denounced the move as secretive and a step backwards in the province’s relationship with Indigenous populations.The minority government’s move fulfilled a commitment in its throne speech and was consistent with the Tory party’s past support for fracking.Advertisement The Canadian Press “We will not sit by and allow our Aboriginal and Treaty rights, including Aboriginal title, to be infringed on by the Crown and industry,” Tobique Chief Ross Perley said Tuesday.Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock said the government will not be able to cause division among Indigenous communities.The decision by former Tory Premier David Alward to embrace the shale gas industry led to a series of public protests, culminating in a violent demonstration in the fall of 2013 in Rexton.In 2016 the final report of a commission on the shale gas issue urged the province to rebuild its relationship with Indigenous peoples, and to maintain the moratorium introduced in 2014 by the Liberals.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Zidane heading to the Premier League? Real Madrid legend targets top job in England

first_img1 Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has revealed he would love to manage in the Premier League.The 42-year-old Frenchman is currently in charge of Real Madrid’s B team, having previously been Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team assistant last season.But the World Cup winner is keen to take the next step in his managerial career and admits he would be tempted by a top job in England.“The future is certainly to be able to do something else and to be able to take the reins of a team,” Zidane told Canal +.“But I will first think of this season, finish it well, get promoted because that is the aim of the team, to ascend to the second division. Next year we will see.“As a player I was not tempted by England, but as a manager why not? It is a league where the English type of manager has most of the power, and that would please me.”last_img read more