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CDC, Newsom: Schools Can Open Before Teachers Get COVID Vaccines


first_imgEducation CDC, Newsom: Schools Can Open Before Teachers Get COVID Vaccines PUSD has already started vaccinating teachers and staff CITY NEWS SERVICE and STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | 3:02 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today vaccinations should not be a prerequisite for returning students to campus.“I also want to be clear that there is increasing data to suggestthat schools can safely reopen and that that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.“So while we are implementing the criteria of the advisory committee and of the state and local guidances to get vaccination across these eligible communities, I would also say that safe reopening of schools is not — that vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools,” Walensky said.The Pasadena Unified School District began vaccinating its staff last week. The district signed up as a health provider because its nurses perform other vaccinations.Vaccinations were initially limited to school and district office employees. PUSD will eventually provide vaccines to all of its employees, including teachers, school district workers and substitutes, according to the state’s prioritization.The pace of vaccine administration in the county has dragged slowly due to limited supplies, so teachers have not yet become eligible for the shots unless they are 65 or older.Gov. Gavin Newsom has advanced a statewide school-reopening plan contingent on more than $6 billion in funding to provide protective equipment, COVID testing and other safety protocols at campuses. The state’s guidelines call for campuses to reopen for the youngest students when local infection rates drop to a seven-day average of 25 new cases per 100,000 residents. Los Angeles County’s current state-adjusted new case rate is 38.7 per 100,000.Newsom said Wednesday he agrees with the CDC that schools can reopen before teachers and staff are fully vaccinated, as long as adequate safety measures are in place.“We can safely open schools as we process a prioritization to ourteachers of vaccinations and still keep our teachers, our paraprofessionals — which means bus drivers, our cafeteria workers, janitors that are essential workers to keep our schools safe — and keep our kids safe at the same time,” Newsom said.Newsom said many schools are already open on a limited basis across the state, with only 87 reported COVID cases in schools last month, despite a statewide surge in cases.“I’m confident we can get to where we need to go, and that’s safely reopening our schools for in-person instruction starting with the younger grades and those with special needs,” Newsom said. “I say this not academically or intellectually, but as someone with four young kids. The younger kids are not getting the benefits of distance learning that the older kids are. And I’m very concerned about the equity lens in terms of this conversation because so many private schools are open. I believe we can safely reopen public schools to in-person instruction with the appropriate level of safety and support and accountability in terms of enforcing the rules of the road.”UTLA officials have adamantly opposed reopening schools while the county remains in the most restrictive “purple” tier of the state’s economic reopening matrix. Emerging from the purple tier would require the county’s seven-day average new case rate to drop to 7 per 100,000 residents.Union President Cecily Myart-Cruz blasted Newsom and state officials last week for allowing more businesses to reopen despite elevated case numbers and the emergence of new, more-infectious variants of the coronavirus.“Educators want to be back in the classroom, but as the pandemic continues to ravage our communities, we are in the untenable position of fighting to save lives because our elected officials have failed to do so,” Myart-Cruz said.“The state’s inability to stay the course on necessary, life-saving choices once again disregards our communities and people of color who have been risking their lives and dying at disproportionate rates in L.A. 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Doherty repeats call for more camper van facilities in Inishowen


first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter By News Highland – August 22, 2017 Previous articleWork starting on Twin Towns cycle bridgeNext articleHomes evacuated in Heron Way security alert News Highland Doherty repeats call for more camper van facilities in Inishowen Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews There are calls for more campervan facilities to be introduced in Inishowen.Local Cllr Albert Doherty says while there are exisiting facilities on the peninsula, more sites are needed to cope with the huge influx of tourists predicted for next year.As the area looks forward to Ballyliffen Golf Club hosting the Irish Open in 2018, combined with camper van holidays becoming ever more popular, Cllr. Doherty says the idea of establishing more secure sites should be looked at………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/albertcamper.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more


Swansea release 4 Goal of the Month nominees; Andre Ayew scored 3 of them [VIDEO]


first_imgWhile Swansea are trying to pick their goal of the month for December, Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew appears to be having a mini-goal of the month competition by himself.Swansea released the list of the four goals in the running for the club’s Goal of The Month, with Andre’s strikes accounting for three of them.De Boer’s stunning freekick for the Swans’ U-23 squad against Norwich is the only non-Andre Ayew goal gunning for the prize.The Black Stars captain’s equaliser for Swansea against Blackburn is the first on the list; a towering header in the 10th minute.The next goal was his and Swansea’s second in their 3-1 win over Middlesbrough.It was a thunderous strike which put the Welsh side back in front after Ayew’s opening penalty had been cancelled out.The third goal, though not the most spectacular, is perhaps the most significant. His 82nd-minute goal for the Swans earned them all three points at Luton Town.Andre has also been nominated for the Championship Player of the Month Award.Fans can vote for their favourite goal on Swansea’s website.Take a look at all four strikes below:🥅 GOAL OF THE MONTH 🥅🔥 There are 4⃣ to choose from… 🔥📊 Vote for your favourite 👉 https://t.co/JnZbu3C7yA pic.twitter.com/5zOyvjHSw4— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 7, 2020last_img read more


LIVE: Mixed relays attract 13


first_img8TanzaniaTAN1. Faraja Damas LAZARO2. Sicilia Ginoka PANGA3. Jackline SAKILU4. Marco Silvester MONKO24:13 4UgandaUGA1. Winnie NANYONDO2. Geofrey RUTO3. Dorcus AJOK4. Ronald MUSAGALA23:03 11ItalyITA1. Soufiane EL KABBOURI2. Margherita MAGNANI3. Giulia APRILE4. Joao BUSSOTTI NEVES25:14 2EthiopiaETH1. Welde TUFA2. Bone CHELUKE3. Yomif KEJELCHA4. Genzebe DIBABA22:30 5BahrainBRN1. Sadik MIKHOU2. Dalila ABDULKADIR3. Benson Kiplagat SEUREI4. Tigist GASHAW23:20 Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi (L) and Uganda’s Ronald Musagala compete in past event.2pm: Thirteen teams will compete in the mixed relays, the first time the event is held at the World Cross Country Championships.Uganda’s team has Nanyondo Winnie, Ruto Geoffrey Kipkorir, Ajok Dorcus, Musagala Ronald, Chebet Esther Abu Mayanja.RESULT:Kenya’s mixed relay team of Asbel, Mbithe, Koros and Chepkoech celebrate their gold medal win. #iaafkampala2017 pic.twitter.com/ZzgPGnIf2y 6MoroccoMAR1. Mohamed TINDOUFT2. Oumaima SAOUD3. Sanae EL OTMANI4. Brahim KAAZOUZI24:02 1KenyaKEN1. Asbel KIPROP2. Winfred Nzisa MBITHE3. Bernard Kipkorir KOROS4. Beatrice CHEPKOECH22:22 12SudanSUD1. Hossny EISA2. Sounia FAROOG HAMDAN3. Amna BAKHIT4. Adam Fadl ALLA MUSA25:53center_img 3TurkeyTUR1. Aras KAYA2. Meryem AKDAG3. Ali KAYA4. Yasemin CAN22:37 POSBIBATHLETERELAY COMPETITORSMARKDETAIL 9SpainESP1. Marc ALCALÁ2. Solange PEREIRA3. Jesús RAMOS4. Blanca FERNÁNDEZ24:29 7United StatesUSA1. Cory LESLIE2. Eleanor FULTON3. Marisa HOWARD4. Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMO24:08 13South SudanSSD1. Suzan BUMANGA2. Kamusu MUSKAN3. Stella OHIRI4. Majook RIAK 10EritreaERI1. Netsanet NEGASI2. Berhane TESFAY3. Helen GEBRU4. Awet HABTE24:47 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


‘To infinity and beyond’: Pochettino dreaming of Champions League glory


first_imgSon’s absence means Pochettino is robbed of another goal threat, with Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente his only striking options.However, the Argentine said Spurs’ teamwork can compensate for that lack of firepower.“I think the point is that we arrive where we are now because we were a team and we are going to be a team,” he said.“I don’t care who is going to score. Always it’s an issue to not have all the players fit, but in front of any name was the team, the collective.”Four-time European champions Ajax have far more European pedigree than Spurs, but their run to the last four for the first time since 1997 is arguably an even bigger surprise given the financial gulf between the Eredivisie and the Premier League.But with his youthful side already being broken up with Frenkie de Jong headed to Barcelona next season and captain Matthijs de Ligt attracting interest from Europe’s top leagues, Ten Hag is keen to make the most of this side’s only shot to win the competition.“It’s amazing that we are in the Champions League semi-finals – nobody could have predicted at the beginning of the season that a Dutch team would end up in the Champions League semi-finals,” he added.“We have achieved something, but we want to do more. We don’t want to rest on our laurels.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mauricio PochettinoLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham not to use the absence of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min or tiredness after a draining campaign as an excuse for not making the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history.Kane headlines a lengthy injury list also including Erik Lamela and Harry Winks for Tuesday’s semi-final, first leg at home to Ajax, while Son is suspended.But having upset the odds to end Manchester City’s quest for a quadruple of trophies in the quarter-finals, manager Pochettino insisted Spurs’ strength as a collective can overcome Ajax’s talented group of rising stars.“To be in a Champions League semi-final is something I dreamed about. You need to settle your dreams, to infinity and beyond,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference on Monday ahead of Tottenham’s first European Cup semi-final since 1962.“The chance to play a semi-final for Tottenham has not happened often. We are in a circumstance that is not going to change and we must be ready“It is impossible to be tired, impossible to not be excited to play. I am sure there is no doubt we will have the energy for 90 minutes.”However, while Pochettino’s stretched squad were slipping to a sixth defeat in their last 10 Premier League games to West Ham on Saturday, Ajax have had a full week to rest as the entire Dutch league calendar for the weekend was postponed to allow them extra time to prepare.“The team is good. We are very fit, very eager and very fresh. We can certainly perform at our best,” said Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.Without Kane, who is not expected to return this season unless Spurs make it to the Champions League final on June 1, Tottenham’s goals have dried up since a thrilling 4-3 defeat in the second leg of their quarter-final at City was enough to progress on away goals.Christian Eriksen’s late strike to secure a 1-0 victory over Brighton on Tuesday was Spurs’ only goal in their past three games.last_img read more


Twin Lights Historic Site Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary


first_imgBy Celia BelmonteHIGHLANDS – The Twin Lights Historic Site marks its sesquicentennial this year with a series of events between now and October, beginning on Sunday, June 24, with Twin Lights Family Day.The free program is geared toward families with children, ages 10 and younger, and will include pirate shows, caricatures, balloon art, games, face painting and pony rides and live music by Aardvark Smile and Rip Tide.The event, sponsored by the Twin Lights Historical Society, will run rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and move indoors in case of inclement weather.“We have never done anything like this before,” said Claire Reilly-Taylor, Twin Lights trustee and event co-chair. “Our goal is to get local families to come. We want to share the space with our community on its 150th anniversary.”The Twin Lights in Highlands is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year with several events.Since the Twin Lights opened to the public in the early 1960s, almost 3 million people have visited the historic site. In a typical year, between 80,000 and 100,000 people explore the Twin Lights Museum and climb the 65-foot North Tower for its unparalleled view.Despite the large public draw and its close proximity, Reilly-Taylor pointed out that few in the Two River area have visited the historic landmark.“It is amazing how a lot of people in our community have never been to the Twin Lights,” Reilly-Taylor said. “It is funny because I lived in Navesink and never went before I was a trustee. But being up there, it is amazing.”A record-setting crowd is expected to come to the site on Twin Lights Family Day.“We have definitely reach­ed out to the Highlands community,” Reilly-Taylor said. “There has been great synergy. We really want to bring some awareness to the Highlands.”Twin Lights Historical Society members also hope the event will help celebrate the rich history the site has gained as the nation’s only connected lighthouse. Since its completion in 1862, the structure has hosted some of the United States’ most significant and fascinating events.At more than 200 feet above sea level, the Twin Lights Historic Site was chosen to host the first ever public reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. On April 25, 1893, hundreds of citizens, government leaders and foreign dignitaries, politicians and naval vessels were invited by President Grover Cleveland to join the U.S. Navy in the elaborate patriotic event.The Twin Lights was also the site of groundbreaking advances in science and technology.Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi conducted his revolutionary communications experiments in 1899, wirelessly reporting the progress of the America’s Cup sailing regatta off the coast of Sandy Hook from aboard a flotilla in the Atlantic Ocean back to a wireless receiver in front of the Twin Lights.The lighthouse would become the country’s first wireless telegraph station that could send and receive messages on a regular basis.Additionally, a series of top-secret experiments in the mid-1930s were conducted at the Twin Lights by the U.S. military to jumpstart a radar program. By the 1940s the technology developed in the Highlands would dramatically change the course of history, helping the U.S. detect enemy attacks and win World War II.“We have this amazing 150-year-old historical site right in our backyard,” Reilly-Taylor said. “It is good for the community and great for families to partake in it.”During the event food and beverages provided by local restaurants will be sold. Visitors can also bring their own snacks and drinks but are reminded that New Jersey state law prohibits alcoholic beverages.Parking for Twin Lights Family Day will be available at Henry Hudson High School located at 1 Grand Tour. Two shuttle vans will run for families unable to make the short walk from the high school. The newly expanded Twin Lights parking lot will only be able to provide a limited number of handicap spots.Reilly-Taylor and fellow co-chair Laurie Bratone received assistance from the state of New Jersey to bring Twin Lights Family Day to life.“The state is co-sponsoring the event,” Reilly-Taylor said. “They have been really great. The DEP (N.J. Department of Environ­mental Protection) runs these kinds of historical sites.”Family Day on June 24 is just the first in a series of events scheduled to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Twin Lights in 2012. Coinciding with the last day of the Highlands 18th Annual Clamfest on Aug. 5, the Twin Lights will host On Hallowed Ground: 150 Years of History at the Twin Lights.“The second event is more focused on historically significant things like the first Pledge of Allegiance and the first lifesaving station,” Reilly-Taylor said. “The lifesaving station was just restored this past year. It was at Sandy Hook but the Coast Guard gave it totally restored to us. It will be open to the public in August.”The Twin Lights is home to the Spermaceti Cove Boat Building, the northernmost of eight original U.S. Life Saving Service stations constructed between Little Egg Harbor and Sandy Hook in the mid-1800s. The very first of its kind to be built, the station at the Twin Lights holds the oldest surviving original boathouse equipment artifacts dating back to 1849.On Sept. 16 the Twin Lights will then showcase some of the area’s top creative talent with its first fine art and photography show, Double Exposure: The Twin Lights Through the Artist‘s Eye.The yearlong celebration will end in spectacular form with an Oct. 20 fundraising event, Making Waves Ship­board Gala, a dinnertime cruise around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.Although the anniversary festivities end in October, the Twin Lights Historical Society has plans in the works to secure an even brighter and longer future for the lighthouse.Starting in 2013 and headed by curator Margaret Carlsen, the Twin Lights Museum will begin a “reimagining process.” Along with continuing to expand its collection of important work and photography, the museum will implement touch screens and interactive exhibits to become more kid-friendly and hands-on.“I have a five-and-a-half-year-old son,” Reilly-Taylor said. “At first when I traveled around and went to alternative museums, like the Mystic Seaport, I saw that they were more kid-oriented. Kids react to touch, feel and visual exhibits. That is what we are trying to do.”New exhibits with papers and artifacts on the Pledge of Allegiance, wireless communications and the U.S. Life Saving Service will also give students, historians and interested visitors greater access to and knowledge of the site’s storied past.The historical society hopes these four events, as well as the lighthouse’s new developments, will help gain local support so the Twin Lights can reach its bicentennial anniversary and beyond.“Of course everyone is welcome,” Reilly-Taylor said. “But we really hope to reach out to local families so they become more involved and love the lighthouse and want to care for it like we do.”last_img read more


HSE put under pressure to fulfil promises on Mountcharles nursing home


first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Noel Jordan has renewed his calls for both the Minister for Health and the HSE to deliver on their commitment to enhance and increase respite services at Seaview House.His calls follow the announcement last November in which it was confirmed that responsibility for respite care services were being reassigned to the RehabCare group, the firm chosen to take over the south Donegal facility.Cllr Jordan said people will remember there was cautious welcome for the news last November when it was confirmed that respite services at Sea View House in Mountcharles were to be taken over by a new provider. He said “The HSE advised that responsibility for the service would be given to the RehabCare group and that it expected that this transfer would take place by February 2019.“There was also a commitment from the HSE that this would also see the number of respite days at the facility increasing from the existing three day a week service up to a five day service.“This was also hugely welcomed given the long running service disruptions and staffing issues which for many months have continued to plague the facility and badly inconvenience and negatively affect service users and their families.”However, he added that families throughout South Donegal have contacted him to seek confirmation on whether or not the handover of the service has been completed and if respite services are now operating five days per week, as promised. And he added “In an effort to hopefully bring some clarity and comfort to these families, I have asked my colleague Deputy Pearse Doherty to raise this matter with the Minister and to request the latest information on the amount of weekly hours of respite which has been delivered to patients so far this year.“I understand that the Minister has asked the HSE to reply to the query directly and I hope to receive this soon.“In the meantime, I am renewing my calls on both the Minister and the HSE to come good on their pledge and fulfil the commitment it made to the people of Donegal.“I hope that our intervention will keep this issue at the top of the agenda politically and that service users can expect to receive a reliable and dependable service going forward.”“Sinn Féin promised back in November when this announcement was made public that we would continue to closely monitor this situation and hold authorities to account and we intend to honour that promise.”HSE put under pressure to fulfil promises on Mountcharles nursing home was last modified: March 6th, 2019 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:Cllr Noel JordanMOUNTCHARLESrespiteSea View Houselast_img read more


UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison was mainly used as a defensive stopper in Season 79, but in Season 80 he’s become FEU’s full-fledged main offensive option. The fifth-year guard averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists during the stretch but his team’s 1-2 record has put a damper on his personal numbers. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle University)Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother honorable mention is La Salle’s Ricci Rivero.The sophomore Green Archer got in this list after his 21-point outburst against NU, a game that La Salle won, 115-109. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 10 Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Santi Santillan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning champion De La Salle have started off marvelously in its title defense going 2-0 with wins over Far Eastern University and National University despite the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Santi Santillan, with all his length, has become a disruptor in the paint for the Green Archers.He may not have the same bulk as teammates Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Prince Rivero but Santillan makes up for it with his smooth game and the aforementioned length to average 11 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.0 offensive rebounds.Against NU, Santillan had one of the better games of any individual this season when he put up 13 points and 16 boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may be called Thirdy but Thirdy Ravena has played like he’s the No. 1 in his position this season.After an up-and-down performance last year, Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player so far this season and his steady contributions helped the Blue Eagles grab the early lead in the standings at 3-0. Ravena is averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, and 2.3 assists this season.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnlike Ravena, Paul Desiderio hasn’t been steady.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No collegiate league in the country generates as much hype as the UAAP and nothing stirs conversations and debates than players’ rankings.With that said, here are the best players for each position in the first two weeks of competition. And sticking to Inquirer’s seven-bulleted list articles there would be two more names included in this piece and those couple of players are the honorable mentions. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPlayers are considered based on their numbers and win-loss records are also factored in.Enough chitchat, let’s start some arguments. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Get ready for pandemonium as the UAAP basketball season has begun. ADVERTISEMENT Center: Steve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHey look, it’s a player from the University of Santo Tomas, which remained winless after two games.Never mind that the Growling Tigers looked more like house cats than large predators, but Steve Akomo has shown glimpses that he can become a force in the middle in the UAAP.The 6-foot-8 Akomo has displayed tremendous upside as he averaged 12.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks to become UST’s most consistent player despite its disappointing start to the season.Forward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle University)ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But when the Fighting Maroons needed the big shots, Desiderio wasn’t shy to throw the haymakers.Desiderio took out the heart out of University of Santo Tomas in UP’s opener and he then proceeded to suck the soul out of University of the East for the Fighting Maroons’ second win.The UP skipper was 1-of-10 from deep before he hit the game-winning triple against UST to push the Fighting Maroons to the 74-73 win.He then outscored the whole Red Warriors team, 16-7, in the third quarter in UP’s 84-71 win en route to a career-best 28 points.Guard: Aljun Melecio (De La Salle University)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAljun Melecio has been La Salle’s diminutive dynamite averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.5 steals.La Salle employs head coach Aldin Ayo’s Mayhem system and it always starts with the point guard hounding the opposing team’s ball handler. Melecio is capable of starting the team’s defensive scheme and he’s also at ease with finishing his team’s possessions. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University) ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more


A SAD LOSS FOR THE TOUCH COMMUNITY


first_imgIt is with sadness that the Australian Touch Association recognise the passing of Keith Sambo on January 24. Heavily involved in Touch in both the Northern Territory and Queensland, Keith was a constant face in both the National Touch League scene and within Junior Development. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and were involved with Keith. The ATA would like to offer its sincere condolences to all of Keith’s family and friends. Please read the following article for more information on Keith. KEITH SAMBO TRIBUTElast_img


Fjord1s First BatteryPowered Ferry Christened at Havyard


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Havyard Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard has christened the first battery-powered ferry ordered by transportation company Fjord1.The christening ceremony for MF Husavik was held at the yard in Leirvik in Sogn on May 14.“The competition for these assignments was tough, and it’s very motivating to witness the christening of our very first battery-powered ferry which is almost ready for delivery,” Lasse Stokkeland, Executive Vice President of Havyard Ship Technology AS, commented.This is the first of thirteen battery-powered ferries with autocrossing functionality that will be built for Fjord1 at Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik. MF Hausvik will operate the Husavik–Sandvikvåg service in Hordaland county.Autocross, a system for automatic fjord crossing, has been delivered and developed by Norwegian Control Systems. The system calculates the course and speed, as well as acceleration and retardation, that results in the most efficient and economical crossing. The autocross system is monitored by the captain, who can take over manual control if necessary.As of May 8, 2018, Fjord1 had an existing fleet of 64 ferries with a total capacity of 5,453 PCE, in addition to four passenger boats.In addition to the existing fleet, the company has 22 hybrid electric ferries to be delivered over the next two years. Thirteen ferries are being built by Havyard, three by Tersan, three by Sefine, two by Cemre and one by Fjellstrand.last_img read more