Photos by Patrick Olivero MIDDLETOWN – Seashells are a quintessential part of the Jersey Shore life, but have you ever stopped to wonder where they come from? Monmouth County Parks System senior park naturalist Joe Reynolds shared his knowledge of mollusks and their importance to the ecosystem at the Bayshore Waterfront Activity Center in Port Monmouth Sunday. On that frigid afternoon, beach lovers were encouraged to bring their collection of seashells in for the park naturalist to identify or browse the seashell collections on display. With each shell, the park naturalist explained a bit of what life is like for these small but critical creatures.
No reporter was allowed to ask questions during Vargas’ announcement.“And we will stay like that as we begin the healing process of the PBA. This [reconciliation of the board] is for the fans,” Vargas added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkVargas was the only one who talked, and after thanking fellow board members Alfrancis Chua of Barangay Ginebra, Bobby Rosales of Kia, Al Panlilio of Meralco and Pato Gregorio of TNT KaTropa for their roles in ending the worst crisis to hit the league in its existence, added that Narvasa has tendered his resignation, effective immediately.Willie Marcial, the special assistant to the commissioner and media bureau chief since the time of Noli Eala, was appointed officer-in-charge as the board starts its search for a new man at the helm. Saying that the Philippine Basketball Association board is stronger than ever—and will stay that way—new chair Ricky Vargas said that they “are looking forward to a very fruitful 43rd Season” and at the same time, bared accepting the resignation of commissioner Chito Narvasa.“We’re back together—stronger than ever,” Vargas said in a press conference, minutes before the opening of the new season Sunday afternoon at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “I would just like to thank the people who made us stronger than ever,” Vargas said as he made special mention of Chua, “who was always there looking for solutions.”Narvasa steps down after two years of calling the shots.While he may have been the central figure in the biggest issue that rocked the league, he can lay claim to engineering the blockbuster championship series between the Gin Kings and the Meralco Bolts.That title series played its last three games at the cavernous Bulacan arena where more than 54,000 fans watched Game 7 and close to 150,000 saw the last three outings—all all-time records.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tireless Busmen cruise to PFL success LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Prior to opening day, the 12-man board was literally split into two as it argued over Narvasa’s term, an issue that dragged for quite a while and even threatened the postponement of the start of the season.“We reached out to (Chito) Narvasa and made amends for the things that needed to be clarified,” Vargas explained.“We worked out on his personal hurts in the process and this morning, he submitted his resignation effective today (Sunday).”The board was split in factions of seven and five, with the bigger group not wanting to extend Narvasa’s watch and the smaller bloc sticking by the commissioner.There was not a controversy that big in the league’s first 42 years as the issue disrupted the annual planning session of the board in Los Angeles last month and made the five-day working trip a sightseeing tour.The brouhaha told, as the season opened before a very lean crowd, a far departure from the success the league enjoyed near the end of the previous season when Barangay Ginebra won the Governors’ Cup before record crowds at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The High Flyers, who have locked one of the semifinals spot prior to their game, capped off their prelims campaign with a 4-2 record as the second seeds behind top-ranked Creamline.The Water Defenders, meanwhile, will enter the quarterfinals as the sixth seeds with a 3-4 record.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 crownPayMaya broke through midway fifth set after Tess Rountree scored from the back row for the 8-4 lead and Jasmine Nabor converted on a late ace to give the High Flyers a 13-7 buffer late in the set.Although the High Flyers had a smooth cruise in the fifth, the same cannot be said in the first set as head coach Roger Gorayeb saw nothing but lackadaisical play from his players at the start of the game. “I told them that there’s nothing to be serious about this game because whatever happens we already have the highest quotient but we don’t want to end the eliminations on a very bad manner,” said Gorayeb.“You still have to play your best, if we lose there’s nothing to worry about as long as you played your best but the way we played in our first set that wasn’t the best but that was the worst,” added Gorayeb in Filipino.Rountree, who finished with 27 points, put the High Flyers at the 14-8 match point with a kill straight to the middle of the Water Defenders’ defense before Grethcel Soltones finished things off.Jorelle Singh and Soltones also finished in double digits for PayMaya with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Janisa Johnson led BaliPure with 27 points while Alexis Matthews and Roselyn Doria combined for 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PayMaya ended its run in the preliminaries in an unglamorous way after fighting through BaliPure in five sets, 12-25, 25-21, 25-21, 20-25, 15-9, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ ONE: Four years since loss to Moraes, Eustaquio confident he’s a better fighter Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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
The world loses or wastes one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the latest issue of the World Bank’s quarterly Food Price Watch citing Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Resources Institute estimates.In regions rife with undernourishment, such as Africa and South Asia, this shocking loss translates to 400 to 500 calories per person, per day—and up to 1520 calories in the developed world.World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim said “The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful.” “Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night and yet millions of tons of food end up in trash cans or spoiled on the way to market. We have to tackle this problem in every country in order to improve food security and to end poverty.”According to the latest edition of Food Price Watch , global food prices declined by 3 percent over the last quarter but remain close to historical peaks, driven by record-setting harvests in wheat, maize and rice, increased supplies, and stronger global stocks.Domestic prices showed large variations across countries, as is typical. Stable prices continue among a number of regions, while mixed trends are evident in East and South Asia, as a result of seasonal factors, procurement policies, and localized production shortfalls.According to the report, the Bank’s Food Price Index in January 2014 was 11 percent lower than a year ago, and 18 percent below the all-time peak in August 2012. However, prices over the last quarter declined by only half the amount of the previous quarter (June-October 2013). Wheat prices notably declined by 15 percent this quarter, reversing previously seen increases (especially in October 2013), and the price of internationally traded maize fell by 2 percent, extending the consecutive price decline to nine months.Pressures on food prices are expected to weaken in the short term, with normal trends in terms of crop conditions anticipated in the coming months. However, weather concerns in Argentina, Australia, and parts of China, higher oil prices, and the anticipated release of rice stockpiles in Thailand, need continued careful monitoring.The report also outlines the economic, environmental, natural resources and poverty implications of food loss and waste, and suggests engineering and policy interventions in developing and developed countries to tackle this growing issue.How the World Bank Group is helpingThe World Bank Group says it is committed to boosting agriculture and agriculture-related investment. In 2013, new Bank Group commitments to agriculture and related sectors were US$8.1 billion. For IBRD/IDA, assistance to agriculture and related sectors has risen from an average of 9 percent of total lending in FY10-12, to 12 percent in FY13.The International Finance Corporation (IFC), according to the World Bank, made US$4.4 billion in private sector investments across the food supply chain in FY13. These investments, the Bank said supported projects that promote access to finance, access to inputs like seeds, equipment and advice, and access to markets through infrastructure and food-processing facilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– specialists, laboratory to be addedThe Chinese Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry is putting measures in place to upgrade the Pakera Regional Hospital at Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini).Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo PersaudThis was disclosed by Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud, who told reporters that after the discovery of the histoplasmosis organism fungus which claimed the lives of two Chinese nationals who were working with the Guyana Manganese Company to clear a mine in the area, the Chinese CDC has been in talks with the Public Health Ministry here to offer much-needed assistance to upgrade medical facilities at the Pakera Hospital.According to Dr Persaud, the organisation has committed to upgrading the Pakera Hospital with the addition of specialists and a laboratory and X-ray department so as to enhance the services to members of those communities.This, he noted, will also aid in the delivery of timely and improved services being offered to patients in that region. The CMO added too that the Chinese CDC will also be assisting in the enhancement of the National Public Health Laboratory in Georgetown so that it will be able to facilitate additional testing locally, eliminating the need for samples to be sent overseas for such testing, creating delays in the facilitation of medical services to patients.In addition, Dr Persaud stated that the CDC has also donated equipment, medication and other medical supplies to the MOPH and they are also working to support other areas.Providing an update on the histoplasmosis organism outbreak in the region back in April which claimed the lives of two Chinese miners and affected 24 other workers, the CMO said the issue has been resolved as all affected workers were closely monitored and treated and are all fully recovered.The other Chinese workers who were medically evacuated to China after the death of their colleagues have also recovered and according to the last report received, Dr Persaud said no further occurrences were detected.He explained that the said organism is not deadly in patients whose immune systems are strong, however, the two workers died as a result of the large dosage of the fungus they inhaled during a prolonged period of time in the decades-old mines, which were filled with faeces of rats and bats.Dr Persaud pointed out that the Manganese Company, in keeping with recommendations from the Ministry, has since sealed off the mines where the incident occurred.Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still evaluating the mine before giving approval to the Manganese Company to commence operations.In April last, 14 miners had to be air-dashed to the city after they fell ill resulting in one of them dying. The symptoms the men exhibited were pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress.They were all being treated in a secure area at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where a second miner succumbed to those symptoms. After samples were sent to Caribbean Reference Lab for further testing, it was discovered that the miners were infected with histoplasmosis organism, a fungus which results from exposure to droppings of rats and bats.
Removal from farmlandsSeveral farmers in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) staged a protest outside the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday morning as they continued to be barred from entering farm lands located in Naarstigheid, West Coast Berbice (WCB).During the picketing exercise, the farmers, mostly from Hopetown and Bath Settlement, WCB, called on President David Granger to reverse a decision taken by the Regional Executive Officer (REO) Ovid Morrison, to remove them from the lands, which they have been farming on for the past 27 years.Two weeks ago, Morrison erected a ‘No trespassing’ sign leading to the lands, telling the farmers at a recent meeting that he would reclaim the lands to do a mixed farming project and as such, they would have to remove by March 2017.However, member of the Hopetown/Naarstigheid Farmers’ Group, Krishna Suelall, revealed to Guyana Times that some 200 farmers engage in cash crop farming, aqua-culture and livestock rearing on the lands.He explained that the lands belonged to the Mahaica, Mahaicony, Abary (MMA) project, which has been supporting the farmers over the years. Suelall added that the land was leased to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) but has been occupied by the farmers ever since. He continued that the Council never used the lands, hence the MMA repossessed the lands and allowed the farmers to continue their work.“Over the years, (the MMA) stopped us and this new REO, Mr Ovid Morrison, put up a sign last week, preventing us from going on the farm. Is a lot of cash crops, we suffering, millions of dollars in losses right now because a lot of plants and trees ready to go down and we can’t put it down,” the farmer stated.Suelall said that they are attempting to get the attention of the President so that he can intervene on their behalf.“Right now we are here, appealing to the President. Mr Granger was at Fort Wellington a few months ago and encouraged us to go into farming and that he will support us… we expand our cultivations and now this REO is trying to stop us. He wants to stop us so he can do his own farming project,” the distressed man noted.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Hopetown/Naarstigheid Farmers’ group, Ivan Harry, related to Guyana Times that during the protest action that the farmers have been providing employment to a lot of young people in the region and this move by the REO will render many of them jobless.“We have been providing employment to people; we spent a lot of money, a lot of time (on those lands) and some people there, that’s all they do for a living. If you throw them out of the lands, what are they going to do, we employ a lot of young people so what will happen to them now,” Harry questioned.Moreover, the farmers had pointed out that the Regional Chairman indicated to them that this matter was never discussed at the level of the RDC and the REO was not authorised to evict the farmers from the lands.Last week, Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal told this newspaper that the decision to displace the farmers from the lands was not taken by the regional administration.While the farmers were told by Vice Chairman Rian Pieters on Thursday last to continue their daily farming activities, the men complained that the REO already has an excavator in the area clearing parts of the land.The farmers are expected to lobby the MMA at a meeting scheduled for this Friday.Farmers from the Hopetown/Naarstigheid group picketing the Ministry of the Presidency on Tuesday
A RAPIST who subjected a 64-year-old woman to a sickening attack and is now on the run from the North has grown his hair and a beard in a effort to disguise his identity.Joseph McCabe, pictured in this PSNI photograph, has ‘completely changed’ his image.The warning was issued by local people in Burtonport and Dungloe where McCabe has been living for the past two weeks. However Donegal Daily can reveal that McCabe was in Glenties on Sunday and was stopped by gardai in Letterkenny last week.On the latter occasion gardai carried out a drugs search of the black audi car he was driving.He was with another wanted man – 18-year-old Casey Morgan – on both occasions.The PSNI have warned that both men should not be approached. McCabe was released from prison in the North earlier this year after serving seven years of a 14-year sentence for rape.He was released under license, meaning he had to register with police and sign the sex offenders register.He was given bail in the district court in Sligo last Saturday and has been told he must stay at an address in Dungloe.However he has been seen in the company of a number of well-known Dublin criminals.Friends from Belfast have also travelled to Donegal to stay with him as local people form themselves into small groups to patrol the area. “Tensions are running high because people are frightened,” said one local man who has attended several meetings on McCabe and Morgan.“The meetings did not involve gardai; they involved ordinary people who won’t sit back and allow these thugs to terrorise our communities.”His friend added: “People should be aware that he has changed his image from the official police picture of him.“His hair is black and he has grown this; he has also grown a goatie-style beard.” Under the terms of his bail McCabe is free to travel throughout Co Donegal, but must sign on at a Garda station once per day.It’s understood the PSNI are drawing up an arrest warrant to have him extradited back to Northern Ireland.RAPIST GROWS HAIR AND BEARD, SEEN IN GLENTIES AND LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:burtonportdungloejoseph mccabeRAPIST GROWS HAIR AND BEARDSEEN IN GLENTIES AND LETTERKENNY
A terrified Donegal shopkeeper has told how he was forced to jump out of the way of a sword-wielding thug who robbed his shop.Mac Mini Mart in St Johnston which was robbed late last night. (NewspixIrl)Sean McCarron was closing up his shop just before 11pm last night when two raiders burst in.One of the raiders began roaring while the other starting swinging the sword at Sean. The raider then began poking the sword into the body of a customer during the raid at Mac’s Mini Mart in St Johnston.Mr McCarron told Donegal Daily he was lucky he jumped back or he could have been struck by the raider.“It all happened in less than 30 seconds. I was just letting the last customer out when these two burst in.“They had scarves on their faces and one roared “give us the f***ing money.” “He began swinging the sword at me and I just jumped back. He would have hit me with it if I hadn’t.“I opened the till for them and they grabbed they money and fled,” said a terrified Sean.Sean admitted the men escaped with a “substantial” amount of cash.The men escaped in a red Opel Vectra car which was later found abandoned across the border in Northern Ireland.The married father said he was terrified after the incident but praised Gardai’s quick response. “It a happened so quick but I was left shaking afterwards. It was very frightening and my customer was also shook-up.“We have been robbed before but this was the most terrifying.“The Gardai were on the scene within five minutes and they were very helpful but they are under resourced as well,” he said.SHOPKEEPER REVEALS HE HAD TO FLEE SWORD-WIELDING RAIDER was last modified: December 17th, 2013 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:Mac’s Mini MartSean McCarronSt Johnston
Arizona was the last school to beat a top-ranked USC team in 1981. The Trojans led 10-0 in the first quarter only to lose 13-10 at the Coliseum. “We’re just prepared to take everyone’s best shot every week,’ said USC quarterback Matt Leinart, who sustained a concussion from a late hit at Arizona State and missed a few plays, but practiced this week. Stoops doesn’t see USC’s recent struggles as an advantage for the Wildcats. “The rhythm has just been off because of all the penalties,’ he said. “They’ll get it together.’ The Trojans were called for 12 penalties totaling 85 yards against Arizona State. Through four games, they’re averaging nine penalties for 73 yards. “That’s something we’ll clean up,’ Leinart said. “We got to put up points early and let our defense do its thing. This is going to be a good week for us.’ Leinart dismissed the suggestion that USC has lost an edge with its recent sloppy play. “If anything, we’ve proven that we’re going to be tough to beat,’ he said. “Maybe other teams see something wrong, but we’re not worried. We want to clean up the silly mistakes we can control, like penalties.’ Coach Pete Carroll emphasized in practice this week the need to eliminate the mistakes. “It doesn’t have anything to do with our effort,’ he said. “Maybe we’re trying too hard. We can’t let a couple of those loose penalties get us and disrupt our rhythm.’ The Wildcats are the Pac-10’s top team in stopping the pass, but then again, they have yet to face a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback like Leinart. Arizona has allowed 157.5 yards passing; USC averages 339.8 yards in the air. And even if the Wildcats manage to disrupt Leinart’s aerial attack, they’ll have to contend with Bush and LenDale White, two of the nation’s best tailbacks. After Leinart got shaken up last week at Arizona State, the Trojans turned to Bush and White, who each ran for more than 100 yards for the second week in a row. “We definitely like to pound it in there and score big touchdowns because that’s going to open up stuff for Matt and the receivers,’ Bush said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES — After slow starts on the road against ranked opponents the last two weeks, No. 1 USC returns home looking to establish itself early against Arizona. The Trojans (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) overcame a 13-point first-half deficit at Oregon and an 18-point halftime deficit at Arizona State to preserve their 27-game winning streak. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Trojans stand a good chance against the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1), who have yet to beat a Division I-A team this season. Their only win was against Northern Arizona. USC is favored by 37 1/2 points the largest spread in college football this week and has won its last three meetings with Arizona, scoring at least 41 points each time. The Wildcats are coming off a 28-0 loss at Cal. “It’s going to be a tall task,’ Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. “They have great backs and they block up front. It’s very impressive to watch them. You can’t trick them or fool them.’ The Trojans are averaging 54 points and 619 yards of total offense. “Those are pretty alarming numbers,’ Stoops said. “They’re playing some quality teams and really made them look bad.’ Today at the Coliseum, where they beat Arkansas 70-17 in their only other home game, they’ll try to win their school-record 23rd straight home game. “We want to come out firing and get our momentum back,’ leading rusher Reggie Bush said. “It’s a necessity for our offense, especially because of how slow we’ve been coming out the last two games.’
Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa scored their first goals for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men hit back after Damien Duff’s early opener.Fulham took advantage of some shoddy United defending to go ahead in the third minute at Old Trafford.Bryan Ruiz rolled a free-kick in towards Duff, who was given time and space to fire past keeper David De Gea.United levelled when Van Persie volleyed Patrice Evra’s left-wing cross into the top corner of the net.And Kagawa put them in front 10 minutes before the break, tapping in from two yards out after keeper Mark Schwarzer could only parry Tom Cleverley’s shot.Worse followed for Fulham when an unmarked Rafael doubled United’s advantage by heading in Ashley Young’s cross.But Fulham were twice unlucky not to pull a goal back – first when Duff was denied by a fine save from De Gea, and then when Mladen Petric’s drive hit the keeper’s legs and then bounced onto the bar.Click here for the Man Utd v Fulham quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook