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Lyceum escapes Letran to stay undefeated at 8-0

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins JP Calvo led the Knights with 18 points while John Quinto missed out on a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.The Pirates retained their spot atop the standings while Letran slipped to fifth with a 5-3 card. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The were down 78-70 midway through the fourth before ending the game on a blistering 17-4 run while holding the Knights to just one field goal in the last five minutes of the match.Lyceum is now at 8-0, a win away from a first round sweep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’MJ Ayaay had a game-high 20 points to lead the Pirates while Mike Nzeusseu had a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double.CJ Perez added 16 point, seven rebounds, and four steals while Jayvee Marcelino had 10 points, seven boards, and two steals. Guiao confident Clarkson can catch on to system ahead of China game Lyceum kept its unbeaten start after slipping past Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 87-82, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ASU has Trojans worried

first_img Pruitt is getting back to his pocket-picking days of yesteryear. He had a season-high four steals to lead USC’s defensive effort in Thursday’s 80-75 win over Arizona, giving him eight steals in the past three games. “It’s just anticipation,” Pruitt said. “I saw a couple opportunities that I was able to get out in the passing lanes and get them. I kind of got away from it a little bit, but we’re at a real critical point of the season.” Pruitt, seventh on USC’s all-time steals list with 132, averaged 2.2 steals per game last season but had made just 13 through his first 12 games this season. USC can reach 20 victories and 10 conference wins by beating Arizona State, numbers that are usually seen as the benchmark for making the NCAA tournament out of the Pac-10. “The coaches talk, and they say two more wins probably seals it,” Pruitt said. “I think our record right now should be good enough to make the tournament, but just to be on the safe side we’ve got to get a couple more wins.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You can’t sleep against those guys because every game they are there at the end,” junior guard Gabe Pruitt said. “We’re really concerned about coming in and playing against those guys.” The Sun Devils have stayed in games despite inferior talent because of the way they slow down the pace and create defensive battles. “I expect them to be where Washington State is in two years because they’re just so tough to play against,” Floyd said. “They play smart, play so well defensively and take such great shots. As their talent continues to improve, they are going to be right in the thick of (the Pac-10).” With Arizona State coming so close so often, most USC players and personnel don’t think the Sun Devils will go through conference play winless. “They’re going to get that one game,” junior guard Nick Young said. “We just don’t want it to be against us.” “It’s been the only time all year we’ve talked outside our next game,” USC coach Tim Floyd said. “We’ve talked more about Arizona State this week than we have Arizona because we knew the effort would be there for Arizona.” Arizona State has lost its past five games by six points or less, three against ranked opponents. The Sun Devils had No. 5 UCLA down by 10 with 11 minutes left Thursday before falling, 67-61. center_img PHOENIX, Ariz. – There might not be a more fearsome last-place team in any conference than Arizona State. The Sun Devils (6-19, 0-14), USC’s opponent today, have yet to win a game in Pac-10 play but are in almost all of them. Trojans players have been warned about a letdown all week. last_img read more

Aspirin usage taken to heart

first_imgAspirin did prevent strokes in women, but again, the benefit was substantial only among older ones, said Dr. JoAnn Manson, a Harvard University women’s-health expert who helped lead that study. Putting young women on aspirin prevented only one additional cardiovascular problem among roughly 35,000 women under 65 and led to 20 cases of bleeding requiring transfusion, she said. Aspirin also can be dangerous for people whose blood pressure is not under control – another reason women should see their doctors before starting on it, Smith said. Many people are unaware they have high blood pressure. Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, said the benefits of low-dose aspirin must be weighed against the risk of internal bleeding, “and it is important for women to check with their doctor about this.” Mosca conceded that in her own practice, “I would probably limit this to women 45 and above,” but would consider it for a younger woman who is overweight, doesn’t exercise and has high cholesterol and is unwilling to change her lifestyle enough to lower her risk. The guidelines also say that estrogen and progesterone supplements, while often justified for menopause symptoms, should not be taken to prevent heart disease. Nor should so-called SERM drugs, such as tamoxifen and raloxifene, which are used to prevent breast cancer in women at high risk of that disease. A French study found that women, age 45 to 70, taking estrogen pills were four times more likely to suffer a blood clot than women getting it through a patch or not taking estrogen at all. New guidelines for women The American Heart Association issued new guidelines Monday saying women should consider using aspirin, exercising more and eating less fat. The advice: ASPIRIN: Consider for preventing stroke unless a health condition or bleeding risk makes this unwise. Consult a doctor first. EXERCISE: At least 30 minutes most and preferably all days; 60 minutes to 90 minutes if you need to lose weight. DIET: Mostly fruits and vegetables, whole grain and high-fiber foods, fish at least twice a week, and little salt. FAT: Limit saturated fat to less than 10 percent of calories, 7 percent if possible, and trans fats to less than 1 percent. ALCOHOL: No more than one drink a day. SMOKING: Don’t. Use nicotine replacement products if needed to stop. WEIGHT: Keep body-mass index under 25. SUPPLEMENTS: Consider omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) if you already have heart disease. Do not take extra folic acid or antioxidants such as vitamins E, C and beta carotene, for heart disease prevention. They don’t work. BLOOD PRESSURE, CHOLESTEROL: Keep under control, with medicine if necessary. – American Heart Association.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The guidelines were published in the journal Circulation with related studies on women’s health, including one suggesting that hormone skin patches might be safer than pills for menopause symptoms. In general, the guidelines aim to get women and doctors to focus on the long-term risk of high blood pressure, smoking, lack of exercise or being overweight – even if a woman’s current health seems fine. Even a single risk factor at age 50 greatly raises the chance of heart disease or stroke later, and only about 10 percent of American women are free of these problems. The guidelines were drafted by dozens of groups worldwide, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the U.S. government. Of the 33 people who wrote the advice, 13 have financial ties to heart-drug makers, only three of them to a large degree. The evidence shows that many more women than thought are at risk of heart disease and stroke – even those whose only weakness was failure to exercise every day. Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women worldwide. The recommendation on aspirin is controversial. It is recommended now to prevent heart disease in men 45 and older; but in women, a large study found it prevented heart disease only for those 65 and older. Nearly all American women are in danger of heart disease or stroke and should be more aggressive about lowering their risk – including asking their doctors about daily aspirin use, the American Heart Association said Monday in new guidelines. It is the first time guidelines have urged all women to consider aspirin for preventing strokes, although specialists warn that it can cause ulcers and dangerous bleeding. They said it is probably not a good idea for young women with no big health problems. “We do not want women to go to the drugstore and just start taking this themselves. It is critical that every woman talk to her doctor,” said Dr. Lori Mosca, director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and head of the expert panel that wrote the guidelines. The guidelines also advise daily exercise and less fat, and declare vitamins C and E, beta carotene and folic acid supplements worthless for preventing heart disease. last_img read more

Rescuers honored for saving woman, baby

first_imgStaff writer Marianne Love contributed to this story. (626) 962-8811,Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Much of what they do as emergency responders is team-work, said Capt. Mark Savage, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “During that rescue, as 27 different emergency personnel from three different agencies are being recognized for their actions, that shows what kind of team work it really was,” Savage said. “We are honored as a Fire Department … pleased at the success of the \ under dangerous conditions. That’s what we train for.” Nancy Rigg, member of the board of the directors for the award, applauded the winners’ efforts. “The rescue stands on its merits,” she said. “Two lives were saved. … This is a wonderful team effort.” The awards were created in 1993 by members of the Swiftwater Rescue Committee of the National Association for Search and Rescue in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker who died in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Jeffrey Langley, a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter-paramedic, who lost his life in a helicopter accident in 1993. Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team and firefighters with the Angeles National Forest won a national award for last year’s rescue of a woman and her baby from rain-swollen San Dimas Creek. They will be presented Friday with the 2006 Higgins and Langley Swiftwater Rescue Team Award in Austin, Texas at the annual conference of the National Association for Search and Rescue. The agencies will get a medal while each member will be given a certificates and medal bar. San Dimas was among the hardest hit areas during last year’s heavy rains. On Jan. 10, 2005, rescuers pulled Erica Henderson and her baby son, William, from floodwaters in San Dimas Canyon after they fell from a raft as they were being evacuated. “It was a team effort and we all acknowledge that,” said sheriff’s Lt. Larry Wineinger, who heads the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team. He said three of the five team members involved in the rescue will be in Texas to accept the award. last_img read more


first_imgA major feature film has started filming across Donegal in a number of locations including Killea, Letterkenny and Moville.A scene from Bravado.Bravado is the new feature film from Derry born, writer and director David Harkin.The film is financed solely by the producers David Harkin, Eoin Daly & Golda Mansilla and has received no third party funding whatsoever. Bravado is a crime story that tells the story of Rebecca Kelly (Shauna Lawson) who is looking to get in touch with her estranged husband Martin Doherty (Sean Green).Martin has neglected his parental responsibilities and has vanished.Rebecca seeking answers; enlists the help of private investigator Christopher Swann (James McLaughlin). Swann uncovers a lot more about Martin than he ever intended and gets himself mixed up in the middle of a gang war with no easy way out.The cast also includes Hugh Barbour, Johnny French, Geoff Coke, Ciaran Keogh, Brendan Gallagher and Nina Vallee. David Harkin is best known for his short film Politics, which won the Greer Garson Film Award at the University of Ulster and for his zero-budget feature Murderous, which won Best Local Film at last year’s Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival in Belfast.  MAJOR FEATURE FILM STARTS SHOOTING IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 20th, 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:BravadoDavid Harkinfilmlast_img read more


first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY AT TANNADICE: NEIL Lennon declared himself “very happy” today after Celtic thumped Dundee United 4-0 here to book their place in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.The match had been evenly balanced until the 28th minute when United’s Robbie Neilson was sent off after barging Celt’s Georgios Samaras in the face with his elbow.Defender Neilson had already been booked for a dirty challenge on the big Greek, but his elbow offence produced a straight red card. After that Celtic produced a stunning second half agains the ten men of United.Joe Ledley fired home the 53rd-minute opener, Samaras headed in the second, while Anthony Stokes fired in the third after a great Ledley pass.Scott Brown hit home a late penalty as the Hoops rounded off what could have been a more tricky fixture.It was good to see Paddy McCourt back in the Celtic side. He came on with around ten minutes to go – always a crowd pleaser. Neil Lennon admitted afterwards that it had been a tough week for him after the death of his close friend Paul McBride, the Hoops lawyer.And it was other events off the pitch was causing the usual media frenzy – Rangers and their financial woes.Lennon revealed that he had cancelled his pre-match press conference as he accused elements of the media (and he is right in what he says) of trying to get Celtic to comment on their Ibrox rivals.“We decided not to hold a press conference this week because of all the nonsense going on elsewhere,” Lennon said in an interview with the BBC.“People accusing our club of trying to put people out of work at Rangers. It’s in the hands of our legal team and it’s probably best not to talk about it. “(We want to) get our heads down and we want to talk about football. A lot of media outlets will be disappointed because we won’t be speaking to them.“We’ll do our speaking through the club. I’m angry but I’ll deal with it in my own way.”Meanwhile Mr McBride, 47, an acclaimed courtroom lawyer, was found dead in his hotel room in Lahore last Sunday. A post mortem found there were no suspicious circumstances. He will be laid to rest at St Conval’s in Barrhead tomorrow.* Celtic will play either St Mirren or Hearts in the semi-final at Hampden on April 14th or 15th. © 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC EASE PAST DUNDEE UNITED IN THE CUP was last modified: March 11th, 2012 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC EASE PAST DUNDEE UNITED IN THE CUPlast_img read more

Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-Hui’s speech

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I am greatly honored to have this opportunity to meet with friends from Los Angeles and share some of my thoughts on Asian strategies for freedom in the 21st century. The 21st century is the century of freedom. On Jan. 20 of this year, your president-elect George W. Bush, in his inauguration speech stated: “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands … (The) best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.” Two months later, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a speech given in Tokyo at Sophia University said, “(R)aw power will not define Asia in the 21st century, as it has done in centuries past. Instead, ideas – ideas of freedom – will define the 21 century Asia.” These two statements set out the foundations of both a great vision as well as clear objectives regarding peace and security in Asia. Therefore today I would like to examine the Asian strategy that is needed to achieve these objectives. What are the differences between Asia and other regions in this regard? Most areas of the world have experienced an abrupt rise in freedom and democracy while tyrannical dictatorships are in decline. With the breakup of the Soviet communist military bloc the democratization of Europe was completed. Latin America and Africa are also in the throes of bidding farewell to dictatorships and entering the age of democracy. However in Asia, we are witnessing a widening in the rift between the opposing systems of free democracies and tyrannical dictatorship. On the one hand we have the examples of Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Mongolia in East Asia; India and Pakistan in South Asia; Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia in South East Asia; and Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Kyrgyztan, Ukraine and Georgia in Central Asia. All of these countries, with their different peoples, religions and cultures, have in their own way chosen the path of freedom and bid farewell to dictatorships of the past. In the midst of waves of democracy rolling through the Asia-Pacific region, we witness the abrupt rise of China, the last major bastion of communist dictatorship and so this region takes center stage in the final confrontation between freedom and tyranny. This emergence of China has captured the public’s attention throughout the world. Everyone is asking: Will China’s rise be a peaceful one or will it be based on military force? The answer to this question is very simple. If China terminates its one-party communist dictatorship and opts for constitutional reform that includes freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law, the new China will be a peaceful country. If the contrary is true however, and China insists on maintaining its one-party despotic dictatorship, if it continues to exploit and suppress its people at home and expand its military threats against its democratic neighbors, then China will retain its current status and we will continue to witness the rise of a militarist hegemony. So which road will the emerging China take? The road to peace or the road to aggression? Freedom or oppression? Democracy or dictatorship? The choice is not entirely for the government and people of China to make. The route China takes will also depend on the strategy and policies toward China and future developments in the Asia-Pacific that are adopted by free and democratic countries, especially those of the United States. If free countries drop their guard against an emerging Chinese military dictatorship and tolerate China’s oppression at home and military adventures abroad, or if we capitulate to China’s “united front tactics” that are designed to divide and defeat the free countries one by one we will have committed the mistakes of Munich and Yalta and facilitated China’s following in the footsteps of Hitler and Stalin. The results will be a disaster for Asia that will reverberate throughout the entire world. Free nations must remain on the alert to the threats from the Chinese military dictatorship and as China grows in economic strength. Free nations must develop and strengthen their global and regional cooperation in both supporting the peoples of China in their struggle for freedom and democracy as well as taking measures to stop Chinese acts of oppression and aggression. Only in this way will we eventually see a China that respects the universal human rights of its people, a China that has renounced tyranny, and a China that is ready to take its place among the family of free nations in Asia. The free nations of Asia lack a common strategy to deal with the emerging China. One reason for this deficiency lies in the difference between the development strategies adopted by communist China and that adopted by the Soviet Union under communism. The Soviet Union and the East European members of the Soviet bloc adopted a closed-door policy whereby socialist and capitalist systems were kept apart. When socialist practices proved to be weaker than capitalist practices in the area of economic and national development, socialism lost the competition and the Soviet bloc collapsed. The difference then is that China has adopted an “open-door,” “magnetic” strategy aimed at drawing in the capital, technological, and management markets of the capitalist countries. So under conditions that are tantamount to enslavement by the state, businesses from the capitalist countries are enticed by cheap, obedient labor and cheap land and facilities “owned” by the state. China is thus able to consolidate foreign resources with its local conditions to become the manufacturer for international capital, producing inexpensive goods which are then dumped on world markets and fill China’s coffers with money that strengthens the economy, military and technology of a country in which the people still live as slaves to the communist system. As long as the capital from free countries continues to pour into China, China’s already oppressive practices will become more entrenched and the ensuing and ever expanding militarism will make the likelihood of a transition to a peaceful country even more unlikely. We can now see clearly that communist China and the former Soviet empire have adopted different strategies against free, democratic countries. The former Soviet empire was eventually buried by the very capitalist system that it swore it would bury by opposing the United States. But China does not oppose the U.S. and is not trying to bury capitalism. Rather, it is absorbing imports of American and international capital by engaging the U.S. in “constructive cooperation” and international capital in “friendly interchanges.” These capital imports are allowing China to rapidly build up the economy, military, technology and diplomatic power of its slave system. The former Soviet empire directly challenged the world’s free democracies, polarizing the world and creating a balance of terror through the resulting arms race. In the end, the Soviet empire fell apart after its economy collapsed under the weight of its military over-expansion. Communist China, however, avoids direct confrontation with the free democracies of the world. Instead it divides the world’s democracies with its “multipolar” strategy. This is in fact the traditional Chinese strategy of “using the barbarians to rule other barbarians.” The objective is to use differences between the world’s democracies to block them from allying with one another so that its slave system can coexist in a “multipolar” order of divided democracies. The former Soviet empire’s military expansionism failed because it overextended its lines and diluted its power. China knows that it does not have the former Soviet Union’s military power and so it has adopted a strategy of shrinking its lines by converting its former enemies such as Russia, India and Vietnam into “partners” or “friendly neighbors.” This allows China to concentrate its forces on attacking democratic Taiwan as its first stepping stone to expanding its military and becoming Asia’s dominant power. Why is it that everyone could easily see the threat posed by the former Soviet Union, come together to strengthen cooperation between free countries and force the Soviet Union to abandon its slave system? Why can’t people see the threat posed by China’s slave system? I believe there are two factors. One is that the West has a double standard for the former Soviet Union and China. People in the West believed that Soviet human rights violations and threats to neighboring countries should be stopped. But they believe that China’s violations of human rights and threats to neighboring countries are “special Chinese characteristics” that can be tolerated. The second factor is that the Soviet Union had just one face that it turned to the outside world, and that was a threatening face. But China has two faces. One face is intimidation, the other is enticement. In March of this year, communist China stepped up its intimidation of democratic Taiwan by passing its so-called “anti-secession law.” And then General Zhu Chenghu of the People’s Liberation Army threatened the United States with nuclear weapons. But at the same time it continued to oppress its people to create illusory economic growth that it uses to attract foreign investment. In his speech in the Latvian capital of Riga commemorating the 60th anniversary of World War II, President Bush reflected on this history lessons of the Yalta Agreement, which placed half of Europe under the yoke of the Soviet slave system. President Bush said: “The agreement at Yalta followed in the unjust tradition of Munich and the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact. Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable. Yet this attempt to sacrifice freedom for the sake of stability left a continent divided and unstable. The captivity of millions in Central and Eastern Europe will be remembered as one of the greatest wrongs in history … We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations, appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability. We have learned our lesson: no one’s liberty is expendable. In the long run, our security and true stability depend on the freedom of others. Today the Soviet Union’s communist empire has been destroyed and the tragedy of half of Europe being placed under the yoke of the Soviet slave system has ended. But the primary threat of “sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability” has clearly shifted to Asia. The strategy for freedom in the 21st-century Asia is for free democracies to cooperate fully, join together to resist China’s strategy of division, and bring the light of freedom to the darkest corners of Asia. The strategic advantage in the Asia-Pacific region lies on the side of the free democracies, not on the side of China’s slave system. But the major obstacles to strategic cooperation between Asia’s democracies include overrating the strength of the slave system, underestimating the strength of freedom and democracy, fear of Chinese intimidation and speculating on Chinese economic incentives. The Chinese and North Korean slave states are just large and small islands in the sea of freedom and democracy. China advocates “multi-polarity” because it wants to sow dissent between the free countries so that it can strike them one by one and realize its goal of isolating the leaders of the free countries. The U.S. (and) Asia’s free countries should increase economic, military, cultural, and diplomatic cooperation to avoid falling into traps like the Shanghai Cooperation Council that communist China sets to divide free countries. Taiwan has emerged as a new democracy during the third wave of democracy. During the past 300 years, Taiwan had been a colony of Holland, the rule of Koxinga, the Manchu empire, Japan, and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). In the decade between 1986 and 1996, Taiwan transitioned from rule by a foreign power – the Chinese Nationalist Party or KMT, to a democracy. The people of Taiwan gave me an opportunity to become witness to history. I began as a vice president and then became Taiwan’s first democratically elected president. By the time I left office, Taiwan had accomplished its first peaceful transfer of power to another party. I witnessed Taiwan’s three miracles. -Freedom. Taiwan’s people ended more than 300 years of slavery by foreign rule and oppression. -Economic progress. Taiwan became one of the world’s most competitive countries. -Peace across the Taiwan Strait. The votes of the Taiwanese people defeated the Chinese dictatorship’s missiles. China, an authoritarian slave state, will never again dare to take lightly a small democracy. But Taiwan faces external and internal threats. The progress of Taiwan’s democracy is being hindered both by her threats from China’s slave state and internally by the remnants of the Chinese foreign power that once ruled Taiwan. And now these two enemies are joining together and plotting to undermine Taiwan’s democracy. They want to take power out of the hands of the Taiwanese people and put it back in the hands of Chinese Nationalist Party’s foreign rule. Taiwan’s freedom depends on the people of Taiwan protecting it. But the people of Taiwan need the support of the U.S. and other free peoples. The threat of Munich and Yalta – that great powers will once again sacrifice the interests of small countries – has not passed. Taiwan’s people believe President Bush’s promise in Riga of not to “repeat the mistakes of other generations (in) appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability.” The battle between slavery and freedom has shifted to Asia. The people of Asia hope that the United States, India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan will create a strategic alliance of Asian democracies to begin a new era of cooperation between Asian democracies. They hope that this new alliance will protect them from the threat of Chinese militarism and will also help the Chinese people win their freedom from slavery and put China on the path of democracy and peace. Thank you for your attention. Former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-Huilast_img read more

White House misses security deadlines

first_img Some security deadlines have been met, especially those set soon after the 9-11 attacks. Within nine weeks of the hijackings, lawmakers ordered a federal work force to take over airport security, many more air marshals and the creation of the TSA. Congress set 33 deadlines; a press release went out each time one was met. One of the biggest deadlines was met with great fanfare when the TSA announced on Nov. 19, 2002, that it had replaced private airport screeners with a government work force. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Bush administration has missed dozens of deadlines set by Congress after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for developing ways to protect airplanes, ships and railways from terrorists. A plan to defend ships and ports from attack is six months overdue. Rules to protect air cargo from infiltration by terrorists are two months late. A study on the cost of giving anti-terrorism training to federal law enforcement officers who fly commercially was supposed to be done more than three years ago. “The incompetence that we recently saw with FEMA’s leadership appears to exist throughout the Homeland Security Department,” said Mississippi Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee. “Our nation is still vulnerable.” Congress must share the blame for the department’s sluggishness in protecting commerce and travel from terrorists, according to other observers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Lawmakers piled on deadline after deadline for reports, plans and regulations while the department, created after the 2001 attacks, had to integrate 22 agencies with 170,000 workers and cope with terrorist threats and hurricanes. Those deadlines, sometimes for minor projects, distract the department from putting in place the most important security measures, experts say. The Transportation Security Administration, for example, scrambled to try to meet a Feb. 15 deadline to ban butane lighters from airplanes, a precaution that does little to protect airliners, they said. “You have no ability to prioritize against something like that, and it’s going to take up all your time,” said Dan Prieto, homeland security expert with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “The urgent becomes the enemy of the important.” Thompson said the government has yet to develop a comprehensive plan to protect roads, bridges, tunnels, power plants, pipelines and dams. He said a broad plan to protect levies and dams might have helped prevent the New Orleans levies from being breached. Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said the department goes to great lengths to work with Congress. But, he said, “there is an extraordinarily high number of reporting requirements.” last_img read more

Cranes conduct first session ahead of AFCON Qualifier game against Tanzania

first_imgSome of te Cranes players in training on Monday (Photos by Don Mugabi)LUGOGO – Uganda Cranes conducted their first training on Monday, 11-03-2019 at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo ahead of their Group L qualifier away to Tanzania.This will be their final group game having already qualified for the finals in Egypt, later this year.Only 24 players attended the first session that involved ball work, body stretching drills and shooting.Some of the local based players that missed training include Express Winger Micheal Birungi, Onduparaka Captain Rashid Toha who is injured, Mujuzi Musitafa and Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Viper’s Moses Waiswa, Tadeo Lwanga defender Halid Lwaliwa and Dan Serunkuma.Micheal Birungi missed the first session because he is going to be in action later today as Express host Bul in the Stanbic Uganda Cup match at Wankulukuku while Vipers SC face Proline at Lugogo.Speaking to the press after the Monday’s session, Cranes head coach Sebastein Desabre said he’s players need to be strong immediately because they have a lot to work on and there is little time left.“We have little time left so the players have to be strong immediately and also manage themselves well to see that we win the second leg, said Cranes head coach Desabre.Desabre demonstrates a drill on MondayThe first game between the two nations ended goalless at Namboole.Police midfielder Juma Balinya said that he’s happy that he was called to the national team by and he promises to be among the selected nine players from the 31 Desabre summoned.“Am very excited to be called on the national team and am going to work hard to see that am among the remaining players to join the others in Egypt” said Balinya.Players who attended training on Monday:Sebwato Nicholas (Onduparaka Fc), Saidi Keni (Sc Villa), James Alitho (URA FC), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filbert (KCCA FC), Wila Paul (Police FC), Samson Mutyaba (Maroons FC), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), . Godfrey Walusimbi (Unattached), Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC),Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Okello Allan (KCCA FC), Owori David (Sc Villa), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC), Poloto Julius (KCCA C), Balinya Juma (Police FC), Kaddu Henry (KCCA FC), Madondo Joel (K-Jinja SS), Bashir Mutanda (Sc Villa).Players who missed training:Moses Waiswa, Dan Sserunkuma, Tadeo Lwanga, Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC ), Micheal Birungi (Express FC), Rashid Toha (Onduparaka FC), Mujuzi Musitafa (Proline FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC),Comments Tags: AFCON 2019 qualifiersSebastian DesabreTanzaniatopUganda Craneslast_img read more

Glasgow Mary is crowned 50th Mary from Dungloe

first_imgThe Glasgow Mary, Alisha Medford, has been crowned the 2017 Mary from Dungloe.More than 600 people packed into Rosses Community School in Dungloe to watch the crowning cabaret.And for those not lucky enough to get tickets to see the event live, tens of thousands of people from around the world watched in live on Donegal Daily. Comments flowed in from around the world including Australia, Norway, Scotland, New Zealand and the USA.And once again Daniel O’Donnell proved what an amazing ambassador he is for our county after doing a superb job hosting the show.There were some amazing moments during the crowning cabaret as the sixteen Marys sang, danced and recited poems.And here were some funny moments too when one of the Marys threatened to give our Daniel a ‘buzzcut.’ Among the many familiar faces at the crowning cabaret was Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher and Majella O’Donnell.The unenviable job of picking this year’s Mary fell to a number of judges including Riverdance founder Moya Doherty and singer Malachi Cush.Chairperson of the Mary from Dungloe Festival, the wonderful Mary Ward, received a standing ovation.The Escort of the Year was bestowed upon Calum Keaveney who showed off his amazing guitar and singing skills.Glasgow Mary is crowned 50th Mary from Dungloe was last modified: August 8th, 2017 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:alisha medfordGlasgowMary From Dungloewinnerlast_img read more