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first_imgAnother earthquake has struck Southern California after a 6.4 earthquake Thursday. Friday evening a 7.1 earthquake struck near Los Angeles. Multiple fires and injuries have been reported in the city of Ridgecrest. There have been a large number of medical aid calls to 911 but so far no reports of any deaths.last_img


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first_imgOver the winter the the Lake Elsinore Storm embarked on a $2 million project to renovate their minor league ballpark. The upgrades included a shiny, new $400,000 video board. These days Shaun Brock has been pondering some other uses for the screen.“Maybe everyone will get a plot of grass six feet apart on the field and we’ll all watch Disney Plus together,” the chief financial officer and co-general manager of the Storm said.Opening their stadium — The Diamond — for a movie night could be one way to generate revenue amid a crisis that threatens the business models of minor league baseball teams across the nation.The Covid-19 pandemic has shut down sporting events of all levels throughout the country indefinitely. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Half of its teams are in Southern California. The Inland Empire 66ers, who play in San Bernardino, are affiliated with the Angels. The Quakes are a Dodgers’ affiliate. The Storm is an affiliate of the Padres. The Lancaster JetHawks are a part of the Colorado Rockies system.Top executives of all four teams said this week that they are doing their best to remain positive even amid a crisis that threatens their businesses.According to the Wall Street Journal, minor league baseball teams average $5.4 million in annual revenue, almost of all of which comes from ticket sales and concessions on the days they have games. Full-season minor league teams have 70 scheduled home dates a season. This year that number will almost certainly be sliced significantly, and perhaps reduced to zero.If Major League Baseball decides to resume its season in empty ballparks, but minor league teams still can’t host games with crowds, organizations may have their minor league players work out and play exhibition games at their spring complexes in what would amount to an expanded version of the fall instructional league.The prospect of empty ballparks all year in the minors is one that club officials have been forced to ponder, much as they try to stay positive. Miles said he won’t even try to guess if or when they’ll be able to have games this season at Rancho Cucamonga.“I am trying to avoid playing that game, to be honest with you,” Miles said. “We get asked all the time. I think we’re just trying to do keep our head down and do what we can do to get ready. It’s not like the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are making this decision. We’re going to get told what to do by MLB and the government.”So far the clubs have only missed about a week of the schedule, and the four Southern California teams have managed to keep all of their full-time employees on the payroll. The Storm have the most full-time employees, at 25. The JetHawks have 14, the fewest.All four teams have applied for help via the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which is intended to help small businesses keep their employees during the Covid-19 crisis. Although that program may be in jeopardy, it is still seen as a lifeline by minor league clubs.“That program is probably the main reason we still have our employees,” said Andy Dunn, president of the JetHawks.If the ballparks remain empty for too long, though, the clubs are likely to have to trim their staffs. Teams generally reduce their staffs in the offseason, only to rehire around January, so they might have to go to winter-time staffing in the summer if the pandemic doesn’t subside enough to open the gates.In the meantime, those employees are mostly working at home, waiting for the green light to have baseball.The Storm have kept busy supporting the community in a couple ways.Since March, the parking lot at The Diamond has been used as a drive-through Covid-19 testing site. Brock said about 250 to 300 people per day have been getting tested in their cars. The tests are performed with appointments only, which can be made by calling 800-945-6171. Symptoms must be present in order to make an appointment.The Storm employees have been feeding the workers administering the tests twice a day.They have also been feeding the community. In partnership with Shamrock Foods, which supplies food for the ballpark, the Storm has been repackaging bulk foods into household-size portions to sell. They are also donating a portion of the food to those with a need.Joe Hudson, general manager of the 66ers, said they are exploring opening up the ballpark to corporate events once they are cleared to have gatherings smaller than a normal game.“Most of the time it’s tied to a game, but we’ve talked about doing those things without a game,” Hudson said. “Allowing access to the field, and that kind of thing. It really allows a company to have a great time and thank their employees and their customers.”The Quakes have a slightly different challenge because their lease with the city of Rancho Cucamonga is simply for 70 baseball games, so they don’t have the option to use the ballpark as a revenue-generator without a game.At this point it’s clear that the teams won’t be able to get a full schedule of games, but there is hope that they could replace some of the games they are missing now with an extension of the schedule at the other end. The minor league regular season normally ends around Labor Day. If Major League Baseball extends its season, as has been proposed, there could be a longer minor league season too.Brock said his staff is ready to do whatever it takes: “If we’re playing around Thanksgiving, we’re playing around Thanksgiving.”Related Articles Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly Major League Baseball is kicking around ideas of playing games in empty venues, which would at least recoup some revenue from television. That’s not an option for minor league baseball, which can’t survive without ticket sales.“Minor league baseball is about community and affordable family gatherings,” said Brent Miles, president of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. “If you can’t do those things, playing the games makes no sense.”The reality is that there is no timetable for the resumption of events with large crowds, especially in California.“The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday. “So large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers altogether across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based upon our current guidelines and current expectations.”That casts a pall over the operations of the California League, the eight-team Class-A circuit in which games are typically played in front of 2,000 to 3,000 fans. 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first_imgAdrianna Young of Wellington swim team. (file photo)by Bliss Baird, special to Sumner Newscow — Something unusual happened Tuesday night as the Wellington Sailfish traveled to compete with the Derby Dolphins. Something that began with a heat sheet filled with Wellington swimmers, continued when less than a handful of disqualification slips were distributed, and concluded as Wellington’s older swimmers performed the brutal 200 IM and 400 free. Something that left the coaches holding their breaths and checking their emails as they waited all night and all morning for the final results to arrive. When they did, jubilation set in – Wellington had WON!To be sure, Wellington has won some meets in the past, but never in head coach Lyndsie Oathout’s memory have they bested perennial powerhouse Derby. The host team’s long course pool was an added challenge. Staring down all 50 meters can be daunting to any swimmer who practices in a facility half that length, but it is especially intimidating to first-time swimmers. Nevertheless, Megan Davis, Lakin Dry, Trent Haines, Rome Hunt, Shi Wise, and Isaiah Winger exhibited courage and perseverance to complete their events.While the big story of the night was the team’s win, success would not have been possible without individual victories. Swimmers measure their progress through best times. While beating a time set during the peak of the previous season is not expected at the first meet, many Sailfish attained spectacular cuts. Alysa Stewart sliced 102 seconds off of one race! Laney Dillon, Alara Wilson, Maddox Miller, and Emma Dillon each cut more than 50 seconds during the night. Hayden Stow dropped 45 seconds in just two races. He could not cut time from his 50 back because he had never swam it before, but he could surprise his five Derby opponents by winning it from the slowest heat!Besides setting personal bests, individual success comes in the form of qualifications for post-season meets. Swimmers earn the opportunity to swim an event at these meets through achieving a qualification time or “cut” set by Missouri Valley Swimming. The first tier is Districts. At the Derby meet, Marisa Black and Jordan Thompson punched their tickets in the 50 free. Black also earned a spot in the 100 backstroke. Despite aging up over the offseason, Jensen Lynnes proved that the faster time standards are no match for her. She clinched qualifications in all three of her events: the 50 free, 50 back, and 50 breast. Nash Oswald qualified for Districts in the 50 free and 50 fly (dropping nearly 12 seconds in the process!), but he did not stop there. Oswald claimed a Championship cut – the level above Districts – in his 50 backstroke. Championship cuts are always an achievement, but seizing one at the first meet of the season is especially remarkable.All in all, Tuesday’s meet was one that will live long in Sailfish lore. After two weeks of frigid, challenging, and early practices, Wellington swimmers’ hard work paid off to make history and their coaches’ day.  Sailfish, let’s do it again next week!This week’s top finishers were:Marisa Black (First – 15-18 Girls 50 Free; First – 100 Back; First – 400 Free)Megan Davis (Second – 8 and Under Girls 100 Free)Michael Davis (First – 9-10 Boys 100 Free; Second –50 Free)Rose Dickinson (Third – 15-18 Girls 200 Free)Emma Dillon (Second – 13-14 Girls 50 Free; Second – 200 IM; Third – 100 Free)Laney Dillon (Third – 9-10 Girls 50 Back)Lakin Dry (Second – 11-12 Boys 100 Free; Third – 50 Free)Alec Gonzalez (Third – 9-10 Boys 50 Back)Emberly Gonzalez (First – 13-14 Girls 50 Free; First – 100 Free; First – 100 Breast)Macy Gonzalez (Third – 11-12 Girls 50 Fly; Third – 200 IM)Cat Green (Second – 15-18 Girls 400 Free; Second – 200 Free)Colin Green (First – 13-14 Boys 100 Breast)Chance Hamel (First – 15-18 Boys 200 IM; Second – 50 Free; Second – 100 Breast)Kailey Klein (First – 15-18 Girls 100 Breast; Third – 400 Free)Derick Kotchavar (First – 13-14 Boys 50 Free; First – 200 Free; Second – 100 Free)Dakota Lynnes (Second – 13-14 Boys 50 Free; Second – 100 Breast)Jensen Lynnes (Second – 11-12 Girls 50 Free; Second – 50 Breast; Third – 50 Back)Quinn McCue (First – 13-14 Boys 400 Free; Third – 100 Free)Nash Oswald (First – 9-10 Boys 50 Free; First – 50 Back; First – 50 Fly)Hayden Stow (First – 8 and Under Boys 50 Free; First – 50 Back; First – 100 Free)Jordan Thompson (First – 15-18 Girls 100 Free; Second – 50 Free; Second – 100 Back)Alexis Tracy (Second – 15-18 Girls 100 Breast)Mackinze Tracy (Third – 15-18 Girls 100 Back; Third – 100 Free)Timothy Tracy (First – 13-14 Boys 100 Back)Arallai Wartick (First – 8 and Under Girls 50 Back; Second – 50 Free)Alara Wilson (First – 8 and Under Girls 50 Free; First – 100 Free; Second – 50 Back)Maddox Wylie (First – 9-10 Boys 50 Breast; Third –100 Free)Makenna Wylie (Third – 9-10 Girls 50 Breast)Megan Wylie (Third – 13-14 Girls 100 Back)Silas Wylie (First – 15-18 Boys 200 Free; Third – 100 Free)Aidan Young (First – 13-14 Boys 200 IM; Third –50 Free)Aurora Young (First – 9-10 Girls 50 Back; First – 200 IM)Terrell Zani (Second – 15-18 Boys 100 Back)First-place relay finishes:Michael Davis, Travis Cody, Maddox Wylie, Nash Oswald (9-10 Boys 200 Free)Quinn McCue, Aidan Young, Derick Kotchavar, Dakota Lynnes (13-14 Boys 200 Free)Jordan Thompson, Rose Dickinson, Mackinze Tracy, Marisa Black (15-18 Girls 200 Free)Silas Wylie, Terrell Zani, Colin Green, Chance Hamel (15-18 Boys 200 Free)Alec Gonzalez, Maddox Wylie, Nash Oswald, Michael Davis (9-10 Boys 200 Medley)Aidan Young, Colin Green, Quinn McCue, Dakota Lynnes (13-14 Boys 200 Medley)Mackinze Tracy, Alexis Tracy, Marisa Black, Jordan Thompson (15-18 Girls 200 Medley)Terrell Zani, Silas Wylie, Chance Hamel, Derick Kotchavar (15-18 Boys 200 Medley).Full Wellington Swim Team results are here: results DSC v WELL 7 June 2016Follow us on Twitter. 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Congratulations Wellington Sailfish Swim Team for victory against Derby this week! Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down CL-D · 218 weeks ago Way to go Sailfish! Bliss does such an amazing job at writing these articles for all to read. They are so lively and it as if you were right there and did not miss anything! Look forward to reading more about how well the team does this year Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 218 weeks ago Man, I sure love reading Bliss’ articles. Well constructed sentences and paragraphs make reading articles much easier than choppy little “Dan-Brown-1-page-chapter” type articles. Have her write more, please. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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first_imgIsla has some news!#gonnabeaseesterA post shared by Amy Earnhardt (@mrsamyearnhardt) on Mar 18, 2020 at 7:27am PDTMORE: NASCAR will do ‘everything in our power’ to run full schedule in 2020″I’m going to be a sister,” exclaimed Isla in the post along with the caption: “Isla has some news! #gonbabeaseester.”In the next Instagram post, Amy films Dale Jr. learning about her second pregnancy. She starts the video by asking him to read Isla’s shirt, that says she’s going to be a sister.His reaction was pure and hilarious. View this post on Instagram The couple’s first child, Isla, made the announcement on Instagram. Another Earnhardt is on the way.Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, Amy, announced Wednesday that they are expecting the birth of their second child. And this is how Dad reacted when I told him a few weeks ago 😂A post shared by Amy Earnhardt (@mrsamyearnhardt) on Mar 18, 2020 at 7:47am PDT”Super amazing sister,” read Dale Jr. “What?!”Then, the video gets even better.”How do you know it’s a girl?” he asked in wonderment.”She’s a sister either way,” Amy said, laughing. View this post on Instagram “Oh, she’s the girl!” said Dale Jr. after realizing his blunder. “Really? Oh my God!”After the video was posted, Dale Jr. replied, “Shocked and confused me was very happy.”Isla was born in April 2018, just months after Earnhardt retired from full-time racing and joined NBC Sports as a color analyst for their NASCAR broadcasts.last_img read more


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first_imgLaura Siegemund gave an incontestable victory to Germany in Brazil and Slovakia gave no option to Britain regardless of the hope that Heather Watson’s victory over Rebecca Sramkova supplied. Subsequent, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova bought the third level for the Central European staff.The doubles shaped by Aryna Sabalenka and Aleksandra Sasnovich gave the classification to Belarus, which gained in the Netherlands (3-2), similar to Russia in Cluj to depart Romania out. Anna Blinkova and Anna Kalinskaya ended native expectations by beating Jaqueline Adina Cristian and Elena Gabriela Ruse in the duel in pairs.They have been probably the most balanced duels as a result of Belgium, led by Elise Mertens and Kirsten Flipkens, unleashed the duel towards Kazakhstan that completed the primary balanced day (3-1). Belarus, Russia and Belgium dThey enmeshed the respective qualifiers that left pending on the primary day and sealed their classification for the finals of the 2020 Federation Cup who signed Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia, which already had the go on monitor after the 2 preliminary conferences.Within the absence of the conflict between the USA and Latvia, which has the North American image projected, the poster of the ultimate part of Budapest already has a big a part of its mounted protagonists.Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Slovakia closed the go with authority after successful each particular person matches on Friday. Carla Suarez gained Misaki Doi and secured the Hispanic go whereas Swiss Jil Teichman beat Gabriele Darowski and stopped Canada’s tried response after Leylah Annie Fernandez’s victory over Belinda Bencic.last_img read more


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first_imgDeportivo Alavés resumed training today after resting during the day yesterday. After the valuable point harvested in Butarque against CD Leganés, those of Asier Garitano have exercised in an evening session that has taken place in the José Luis Compañón Sports City and has lasted for a little more than 60 minutes. The babazorros they have started the same in the gym for shortly after performing tactical and completion exercises on the green of the installation.Who has not trained with the rest of the team has been the Scottish player Oliver Burke as a result of viral mumpsThat is mumps. Recently the Athletic Alava goalkeeper, Unai Simón, had a similar disease and spent a couple of weeks in the dry dock. Against Valencia will not be Aleix Vidal, with five yellow. On that occasion it was an infection that was in the town where he lives, Murgía. There were many cases in the institute of the Paules Fathers and it is seen that it ended up affecting the rojiblanco soccer player. Victor Laguardia has exercised normallyHaving been replaced in the rest of last Saturday’s game as a result of head trauma, the central albiazul has completed normally the first training session of the week. Laguardia was examined at a hospital in Madrid on the same day of the match and the tests that were done discarded any type of injury. He was a little scared since he did not see well and he preferred to activate the protocol of blows to the head.last_img read more


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first_imgMidweek racing resumes at Caymanas Park today, with the annual renewal of the Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup maiden condition race for three-year-olds over 1300 metres taking the spotlight.The maximum 16 starters have been declared, among them the Carl Anderson-trained VALLEY OF THE CATS, who was a disqualified winner over this trip on August 17.She ran on strongly to win by 11/2 lengths from COLEEN, but caused interference and was demoted by the stewards and the race awarded to COLEEN.Still in maiden company although passing the post first, VALLEY OF THE CATS seemingly has much in her favour, with in-form claiming apprentice Javaniel Patterson riding her from the convenient mark of 52.0kg. But she’s not the only one with appealing form in the lineup and will have to fight to win.Others such as RUNNING STAR, REASSURANCE, SILVER SLIPPERS and BROOKLYN should enter the reckoning, none moreso than RUNNING STAR, a lightly raced filly by Deputy Glitters out of Akioda, who has finished second in three of her five races to date.She really caught the eye last time out when failing by a neck to beat UNION FOUR over the straight five course and having looked best at exercise in this large field, only needs to avoid traffic from the number one post position to go one better.PREPARATIONRUNNING STAR pleased at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping 51/2 furlongs in 1:09.0 on September 4. With trainer Patrick Lynch now calling on the experience of jockey Jevanne Erwin to chart a winning course, RUNNING STAR gets the nod over VALLEY OF THE CATS and REASSURANCE.Elsewhere on the nine-race programme, which commences at 12;45 p.m., MISTER BONES and SUPER COP, both well drawn on the stands’ side, should fight out the finish of the competitive looking eighth race over the straight five course.The Gordon Lewis-trained MISTER BONES has been knocking at the door and following his strong second to BIG DATA recently, having the then favourite SUPER COP behind in the process, is given the edge.Other firm fancies are OUR CREATION in the third race, OMEGA in the sixth and down in class PAPER N LACE to stave off BLESSEDNESS in the closing race over a mile.last_img read more


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first_imgView comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Up until late in the first set Saturday, Williams did play quite well.In 2011, she revealed she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that can cause exhaustion and joint pain. Williams has since spoken about how she turned to a plant-based diet and learned other ways to get by. A half-dozen exits from majors after her opening match made some think Williams might stop playing tennis, let alone return to its biggest stages.“There were definitely,” Williams said this week, “some issues.”But she never lost her love for the sport or a desire to get her game back in order.“I’m just very surprised that she’s hungry to keep winning. She has won almost everything. She’s not (still) young, to be looking forward to all these matches. She just shows this toughness,” Muguruza said. “I don’t know if I will be like this @ her age.”The strongest initial sign of a renaissance for Williams came during a run to the Wimbledon semifinals a year ago. Then, this January, she got to the Australian Open final for the first time since 2003, losing to her sister, Serena. And then came these past two weeks and her first appearance in the Wimbledon final since a loss to Serena in 2009.“I’ve been in a position a lot of times this year to contend for big titles. That’s the kind of position I want to keep putting myself in,” Williams said. “It’s just about getting over the line. I believe I can do that.”She was asked more than once by reporters Saturday whether the Sjogren’s or the accumulated fatigue or her age played a role in the way the match unfolded. But Williams deflected those questions, instead offering praise of Muguruza, whose power and precision gave the American problems.“Credit to her,” Williams said. “She just dug in there.”Williams hit five double-faults, three in one game and once to get broken to begin the second set. She finished with 25 unforced errors, more than twice as many as Muguruza. Williams twice was a point from taking the opening set before unraveling completely, dropping the last nine games and losing 7-5, 6-0 to Muguruza, who earned her first Wimbledon championship.“This is where you want to be. I like to win. I don’t want to just get to a final,” said Williams, at 37 the oldest woman to play in a title match at the grass-court major since 1994. “It’s just about playing a little better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’She appeared ready to take control Saturday, ahead 5-4 in the first set and with Muguruza serving at 15-40. But Williams netted a forehand to close a 20-stroke exchange on the first set point. And on the second, she sent a return long. Muguruza would go on to win that game — and the next eight, too, to earn her third Grand Slam trophy.Williams owns seven of them — five at Wimbledon in 2000-01, 2005, 2007 and 2008; two at the U.S. Open in 2000-01. But her coach, David Witt, offered one explanation for the way everything came undone for Williams against Muguruza.“It was just nerves,” Witt said.“She never, I thought, looked like she was relaxed out there,” he added.Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida. Two weeks after the crash, a 78-year-old passenger in the other vehicle died. At a news conference following her first-round victory at Wimbledon, Williams was asked about the episode, and she tried to respond, before wiping away tears and briefly leaving the room to compose herself.Witt said they hadn’t discussed what happened with each other once the tournament began, hoping Williams could “just focus on the tennis.”ADVERTISEMENT Lewis Hamilton takes pole for F1 British GP for 5th time LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyercenter_img Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Venus Williams of the United States holds the runners-up plate after losing to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the Women’s Singles final match on day twelve at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 15, 2017. David Ramos/Pool Photo via APLONDON — Through it all, Venus Williams kept working, kept striving, kept eyeing yet another Wimbledon championship.Through it all, through the difficult days of adjusting to life with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, through the disappointing days of first-round losses that led to questions about retirement, through all of the accumulating years, she pressed on. And on Saturday, facing Garbine Muguruza in the final, Williams had a shot at her sixth title at the All England Club — nine years after her last one and, remarkably, 17 years after her first.ADVERTISEMENT “She started pressing in the second,” Witt observed, “and balls were flying out like you don’t see.”This was Williams’ 16th Grand Slam final, second of 2017.She sounded certain that it won’t be the last.Asked during the on-court trophy presentation if she had a message for Serena, who is off the tour while expecting a baby, Venus said: “Oh, I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do, but I think that there’ll be other opportunities. I do.”After all that’s gone on, why doubt her now?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more


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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Saitanan topped Batangas with 19 points and six rebounds, Bautista shot 3-of-7 from threes and wound up with 18 markers, eight boards, four assists, and two steals, and Ablaza tallied a double-double in tune of his 17 points and 10 rebounds.“I’m very thankful to God for helping us sustain this game and I’m thankful to the players that even though Joseph is not with us, we were still able to respond to the challenge,” said coach Eric Gonzales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Paolo Pontejos tried to bring Racal back in the game late, cutting the deficit to as low as two, 92-90, with 31.9 seconds left, but Ablaza calmly drained two freebies to seal the win for Batangas in the clutch.It was a sorry defeat for Racal, which made the Finals last conference but will now miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 Foundation Cup with a 3-5 card. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Pontejos drilled 26 points to lead his side in the losing effort, while Jamil Ortuoste had 10.The Scores:BATANGAS 95 – Saitanan 19, Bautista 18, Ablaza 17, De Joya 10, Isit 8, Zamora 7, Napoles 4, Ragasa 4, Dela Peña 3, Laude 2, Anderson 2, Mendoza 1, Mag-isa 0.RACAL MOTORS 90 – Pontejos 26, Ortuoste 10, Ayonayon 9, Capacio 8, Cortes 8, Tallo 7, Apreku 6, Gomez 6, Mangahas 4, Cabrera 3, Grimaldo 3, Faundo 0, Octubre 0, Lozada 0.Quarters: 21-19, 49-43, 73-69, 95-90.ADVERTISEMENT Jessie Saitanan. PBA IMAGESBatangas booted Racal Motors out of the playoff race and closed in on a quarterfinal seat in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup with a 95-90 triumph Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Without leading scorer Joseph Sedurifa, who has since been called up by Meralco in the PBA, the Batangueños leaned on the trio of Jessie Saitanan, Jhaps Bautista, and Cedrick Ablaza to carry the load and improve their standing to 5-3.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Visiting Perpetual nips Mapua at home in NCAA On Tour Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgBy Radiatu Haja Sheriff-Kahnplaye, Policy Advisor, Natural Resources Women Platform BackgroundLiberia is currently in the middle of a defining presidential and legislative election with about 20 presidential candidates and thousands of legislative candidates. The electoral process for 2017 including a controversial Supreme Court decision has brought into question as to whether the outcome would be credible and peaceful, especially given that the United Nations peace keeping force is also withdrawing from the country.As Liberians cautiously observe the electoral process, they are also being reminded of the havoc of the years of civil war which resulted in the death of approximately 250,000 people driven by widespread greed over natural resources and wealth illegally obtained from such resources. There were violations of human rights which were compounded by systematic inequality and the loss of livelihoods. Women became the worst victims and suffered the most. They painfully experienced some of the most egregious and indescribable forms of violence and abuse. Land and natural resources fueled that conflict. It is therefore important that as Liberians decide the direction of our country on October 10, we are reminded about the role land and natural resources played in our conflict.In the last eleven years, despite improvement in legislations that provide protection to customary land and property rights, the Government of Liberia has failed to guarantee the free, prior and informed consent of communities, especially women depending on land and natural resources  affected by large-scale land development, violating not only the rights of community members to control and manage the land they directly cultivate but the broader territory inclusive of natural resources, medicinal plants, hunting grounds, fishing grounds, rivers, streams, shrines, sacred sites and other forest resources.The rights of communities to land and natural resources, especially women depending on land and natural resources, are fundamental in securing the set of rights related to livelihood, culture, self-identification, self-management and the right to determine their own priorities for development. This means that if communities have control over development affecting them and their lands and resources, they will be able to maintain and strengthen their institutions and promote their development in accordance with their aspirations and needs.The lack of community participation in the granting of large-scale concessions over ancestral and/or traditionally-held lands has led to resource-based violence across many agriculture, forestry and mining concessions, leading to heightened tension between community members and concession holders on the one hand and community members and government on the other. This is also worsening the poverty situation of marginal and vulnerable forest-dependent peoples, mostly women, in the rural areas. The results have included the intimidation, arrest, torture and detention of human rights defenders of land and natural resources in Liberia by government and concession holders.The problems In late September of 2016, the Natural Resources Women Platform with support from Green Advocates launched a report, “Women: The Least Secure Tenure: Assessing the impacts of large-scale land acquisitions on women’s tenure rights in Liberia.” The report through series of cross case analyses focused on women’s tenure rights in natural resources, where it found that even though women are the primary users of natural resources, their tenure rights are much less secure than men. Per the report, women’s situation and circumstances is further made even more tenuous where large scale land development is imposed on local communities thereby extinguishing most rights and privileges women may have had under customary tenure, pushing them beyond even marginal lands.The report detailed disturbing rights violations and documented how women human rights defenders protesting the grabbing of their customary lands have faced threats, arrests and imprisonment as well as series of criminal charges and offenses. It notes that “the lack of gender considerations in working conditions and practices was outstanding and had deterred women from much needed access to productive work relegating women to the background with little recognition of women as important and equal stakeholders in decision making over the use (or disposal), management and control of land and natural resources.”The report established how the “loss of land, forests and water resources had affected women in their reproductive, productive and community management roles” concluding that “women can be considered less fortunate because in the context of natural resources they hold the least secure tenure.”Reversing insecurity of tenure for women, especially women depending on land and natural resources in Liberia, is a humongous task. This is because in Liberia, women’s insecurity of tenure has been informed and entrenched by centuries of taboos, traditions and customary practices often reinforced by supernatural beliefs.Partial View of women participants at the Participatory Rural Appraisal-Darbu TownIt is these traditions and archaic superstitious beliefs that have held hostage the rights of women to land and property rights in Liberia. This is what must be unpackaged to secure women’s customary land and property rights not just in Liberia but perhaps globally.The Wologizi Mountain range -the Failed attempts to secretly award it and the political falloutsOne of the five case study areas, that the Natural Resources Women Platform, carried out its field investigation to assess the impact of large scale concession land development that informed the report, “Women the Least Secure Tenure,” was among Wologizi communities in Lofa County.This case study location was selected because it had not experienced large scale land concession development and customary practices were very much intact.Wologizi therefore provided a potential not just because it would contribute to the establishment of a robust and informed community institution to ensure the recognition and protection of collective rights to land and resources, but that it was also an important study area to observe the interplay of how centuries of taboos, traditions and customary practices are serving as barriers and impediments to securing women’s customary land and property rights in Liberia.It remains one of Liberia’s traditional communities where community members have customary ways of recognizing land and resource rights of individual members or households, the collective rights to self-determination, cultural integrity and development. Community members have traditionally occupied and owned the land and resources in Wologizi, which was inherited from their ancestors.For community members, it is the traditional occupation and use which is the basis for establishing community land rights and self-identification as well as maintaining and strengthening collective rights to land and natural resources.There have already been two failed attempts to grant out the mountain range as a concession. The Government of Liberia, in 2013, tried to secretly award Wologizi to Jindal Steel & Power Limited, and the recent row to secretly award Wologizi to Sable Mining Company by changing Liberia’s procurement law.Deconstructing the Insecurity of Tenure- A robust and participatory local institution In late April of 2017, the Natural Resources Women Platform in partnership with Green Advocates embarked on a process of contributing to addressing the issues of security of tenure through the establishment of a robust and informed community institution to ensure the recognition and protection of collective rights to land and resources by local communities and indigenous people inhabiting the Wologizi mountain range already earmarked for expansion of concessions in Liberia.In May of 2017, the Natural Resource Women Platform (NRWP) joined by Green Advocates and their county-based partner organization, conducted six participatory rural appraisal (PRA) workshops in six project targeted communities surrounding the Wologizi mountain range.During the PRA, the women platform focused on facilitating women’s leadership and representation in the current and future governing institutions associated with the management of land and natural resources located within the Wologizi mountain range and the surrounding communities.Legal and policy experts working with the women platform and Green Advocates recommended that by utilizing the Community Rights Law, the Land Rights Policy and the Draft Land Rights Act, a robust, gender focused, informed and resilient community based institution would be expected to serve as a preventive measure against the violation of community rights while empowering community members to increase their control and management of their land and natural resources and put them in the driver seat of their own development and priorities.This approach seems to be a material paradigm shift from current approaches to protecting collective land rights. For example, over the past years, civil society organizations and their local community partners have assisted local communities to demand their rights in land areas already occupied by large-scale concessions.Community members have succeeded in slowing down, delaying and in some instances holding back the monstrous pace of large-scale concessions development in Liberia. In some instances, the Government of Liberia publicly admitted that there were errors in awarding concessions outside community consent, promising to consult communities in decision making over future concessions.However, despite the public admissions of error and blunder in awarding concessions, reversing such concessions to recognize and respect collective rights to land and natural resources, restore sacred sites and damaged water systems has been slow and difficult.Challenges associated with facilitating women leadership and representation on customary governance institution  The Women Platform and Green Advocates researchers organized and divided the six communities into two working groups based on the geographic locations around the Wologizi range as well as the demographic characteristics of each of the six communities. Group one engaged Wobeyanmai, Beideyeziba and Karzah, while group two engaged with Dabu, Kpademai and Betibah.The team conducted the research in a way that allowed all field assistants, researchers and community participants to benefit from an improved understanding and shared experience of the methodology of the workshop. The entire team participated in facilitating the first research workshop held in Beideyeziba, which gave everyone on the team a better understanding of the design of the workshop, the composition of the participants and the facilitation and/or presentation processes.The team was divided into their respective groups ensuring that there was at least one female researcher on each of the two working groups as well as at least two female participants from each of the communities, a timetable developed with topics and timeframes for presentation.Given the sensitivities surrounding women participation, the Women Platform made extra efforts to ensure that at least two women were selected to form part of the participants from each of the communities. As an additional safeguard, the participatory mapping training workshop was organized outside of the six communities in the municipal capital of Lofa county, Voinjama city.Preliminary findings Women participants invited from all six communities that participated in the workshop including the three other women participants from neighboring towns (Jenneh, Gondorla and Wanlema) that were invited to the Darbu workshop had no idea as to how land is owned by their communities or the commitments or rights their customary leaders have granted outsiders to their land and resources.All the women participants had no knowledge that benefits or social contributions were being given to their leaders as compensation by strangers as rights to live on, use, access or harvest resources from their land.Even though women had knowledge about the existence of traditional governance institutions, they were, however, rarely consulted or encouraged to participate in natural resources decision making processes, except in situations concerning domestic complaints or dispute resolution processes.In all the six communities, community leaders included women as participants, though women were afraid to ask or respond to questions because of traditions that have existed over the years in their communities restricting women from speaking or making any decision in meetings related to their communities.As the various workshops made progress, it became clear that traditional, customary, taboos and superstitious belief practices by communities around the Wologizi Mountain had created obstacles which were serving as barriers to women participation and impeding women’s performance during discussions at the workshops in the six communities.Breaking away from customary practices, traditions and taboos Women were observing centuries of customary practices and taboos that prevented them from speaking or making decisions when men are present. In the towns of Beduiyeziba and Wobeyanmai, when women were directly asked by the facilitator to give feedbacks on laws being presented during the workshop, not a single woman spoke up or could say a word – it was voiced by elders of the town that women are to remain quiet during meetings.It was a queer moment with an eerie feeling as the room was so quiet, that the participants could hear the rustle of the leaves against the branches of the trees surrounding the workshop room.It took a delicate negotiation with the elders and chiefs as well as an affirmative gender based balancing act by the women platform to break the ice permitting the women participants to talk in the presence of their men.A woman participant breaking away from taboos and tradition during the mapping training session in Bet bahAfter the elders and chiefs consented, the women who had been quiet began participating and asking questions. The chief Zoe of Wobeyamai Town (Zita Kolubah- not her real name) said she’s happy about all the good laws that give communities rights to the land and resources they have resided and owned for so many years.Lorpu Midi (not her real name) said she worked for Firestone Rubber Plantation Company when workers were paid 10 cents and later 20 cents. She inquired “whether monetary value is attached to the land demarcation that the community’s representatives will be trained to map” She inquired “my reason for asking this question is we gave money to some surveyor for the demarcation of our land to allow the community obtain deed for the land. Since the transaction, we have not gotten the deed to our land.”Another woman participant inquired “whether the organizers will support and defend the Wobeyanmai Community.” Musu sumo (not her real name ), a woman participant from Wobeyanmai Town, said that women have not had the opportunity to make decisions or point out things moving in the right direction only because “our men believe that women are not able to make any positive change in society.” An elderly woman asked “what will be the cost of suing the government in a case where they violate the rights of a community?”A young woman participant inquired “with common boundaries between communities around the Wologizi Mountain, if one community has investment into their community and the investors cross the boundary into the next community what should the community do?” Another woman from the town of Gondorla asked what “if a company is allowed to harvest timber in a community but the community later observed the company extracting iron ore, what should be done by the community?”A woman participant from Darbu Town asked “if a company operation requires the community to relocate to another community what should be the community’s reaction?” Finally, an elderly woman from Darbu Town asked “Do I have the authority to extract gold and diamond from my community since the land and resources on the land are owned by my community?”The workshop was all of a sudden alive and the women, all smiling and joyful, were asking questions one after another. It was a sigh of relief and its seems a huge burden had been lifted.The workshop facilitators and field research assistants from Monrovia could not believe the depth and level of knowledge, expertise and experience flowing from out of the questions and queries of these women.All of a sudden, it was like a scene in a marketplace and the chit chat of these women took over the room like a storm as the men watched and observed in amazement, and probably dumb founded that their women participants could ask such intelligent and informed questions.Navigating the taboos, traditions and customary practices that serve as barriers to securing women customary land and property rights The various questions and inquiries were a shocking reminder of how taboos, traditions and superstitious beliefs among communities around the Wologizi Mountain had created an obstacle of grading women’s performance during discussions at the workshops in the six communities.Thus, it was recommended by the Natural Resource Women Platform that men give their women power and authority participate in all future community meetings.The Women Platform took extra time to explain to all participants why it was important for men to understand women have rights and form a cardinal part of the issues around land and resources, especially since woman even use the land and natural resources more than men.To conclude, in a campaign designed to establish a robust and informed community institution, especially if the goal is to also facilitate and enable women leadership and representation, development experts, field researchers and activists must be able to navigate the taboos, traditions, superstitious beliefs and customary practices that serves as barriers and impediments to securing women’s customary land and property rights.It is therefore important that as Liberians decide the direction of our country on October 10, we are not only reminded about the role land and natural resources played in our conflict, but much more important our mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, and wives.We must commit to unshackle centuries of taboos and traditions that have held them as unequal to men and guarantee them equal rights to land and natural resources.[1]http://www.forestpeoples.org/sites/fpp/files/news/2012/10/Final%20complaint%20to%20%20RSPO%20on%20Golden%20Veroleum-%20Butaw-sinoe%20county%20(2).pdf[2]http://rightsandresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Power-Potential-Liberia-Case-Study-1.pdf[3]http://inchrliberia.com/images/ButawRiotReport.pdf[5]https://www.liberianobserver.com/news/human-rights-violations-unacceptable/Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more