MEXICO CITY – Juan Pablo Montoya spun teammate Scott Pruett to take the lead with eight laps left, then held off Denny Hamlin to win the Busch Series race on Sunday for his first NASCAR victory. Montoya, the Colombian star who jumped from Formula One to NASCAR late last season, recovered from a bad pit stop to aggressively move from 19th to first, taking the lead when he sent Pruett’s car spinning on the 72nd lap of the Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200. “Of all the people to take out – your teammate,” Pruett said. “That was just lowdown, nasty, dirty driving.” Hamlin, right behind the two Chip Ganassi Racing drivers at the time, said it was a tough call. “I wouldn’t call it dirty driving, but it was a bit aggressive,” Hamlin said. “Juan had the fastest car and he would have taken the lead sooner or later. He was overzealous.” Hamlin, the winner last year, pressured Montoya in the closing laps, but couldn’t pass on the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course’s s-curves. Boris Said finished third in the race that ended with a green-white-checker finish after a late caution. Carl Edwards was fourth, and Pruett finished fifth. Montoya’s victory was celebrated with deafening cheers from the 72,000-strong Mexican crowd. Montoya gained a following in Mexico with Formula N victories back in the 1990s. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m very sorry about what happened with Scott,” Montoya said. “I thought he saw me and when he came across I had no room to go.” Montoya said he would personally apologize to Pruett.
“She said it was a racist film toward the Mayan community,” Guagan said. At that point, Gibson remained steady, said CSUN spokesman John Chandler. “He didn’t respond with a profanity,” he said. “He responded by answering the question.” Estrada then handed the microphone to a man described by Guagan as a Mayan community leader, who began reading a lengthy statement in Spanish translated by the professor. Gibson, asked if the mic should be turned off, said “Let them continue,” Chandler said. Students were not so accommodating, according to witnesses. “Shut up,” some students said as the pair droned on. Or, “Sit down.” “People in the audience began to get restless,” Chandler said. “At one point, a member of the staff said … ‘Ask a question, or leave.’ ” When a campus police officer led Estrada and the man from the room, Guagan said, about half the class applauded. Gibson, his face red, then he fired his ballistic retort. Gibson’s parting shot, according to TMZ.com: “Make your own movie!” At the end of the hour-long session, Guagan said, the actor-director issued a half-baked apology. “He said, ‘The Mayan people that are here, they probably have a point,’ ” said Guagan, a student of cinema and television arts, “and probably they were right.” Estrada could not be reached this morning. Alan Nierob, Gibson’s publicist, was also unavailable. “This person was a heckler who was rude and disrupted the event,” Nierob explained to TMZ, “so much so that the event organizers had to escort her out.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Actor-director Mel Gibson found himself dodging controversy today, the day after he cursed a professor at Cal State Northridge who accused him of racially stereotyping Mayans in his film “Apocalypto.” Gibson curse at Professor Alicia Estrada after she and a protestor accused the filmmaker of falsely portraying Mayan culture in his film of graphic human sacrifice. The dust-up took place before a roomful of 130 mostly film students after a late-night screening of the film. “He told her to ‘F— off lady, get a history book and read,”‘ said Josue Guagan, 22, of Van Nuys, a student in attendance at the late-night screening of the film. “I was shocked about his response. I thought he would be more civilized and it would be educational,” said Guagan, a native Guatamalan who is half Mayan. This is not the first time Gibson has been in hot water for his temper. In July, he screamed sexist and anti-semitic insults at police officers after he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Malibu. In the latest incident, university officials say Gibson’s outburst came about 20 minutes into a question-and-answer session during the Cinemateque film series. Gibson had calmly answered questions from students about the film when Estrada, an assistant professor of Central American Studies, took the microphone. Estrada challenged Gibson, saying that depictions of bloodthirsty Mayans engaging in sacrificial ceremonies was wrong.
LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital will no longer treat Medi-Cal patients covered by Blue Cross of California after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, officials said Monday. Negotiators had extended the contract after it expired in January, but were unable to agree on a new pact, officials said. “They wanted to change the contract to where they shifted the risk from them to us. We are saying we are not interested in taking the risk,” said Les Wong, CEO of the 399-bed hospital. “If costs went up for some reason, they wanted us to pay for it. In the past, it was not a risk to us. We just got paid for the services.” Blue Cross officials disputed Antelope Valley Hospital’s characterization that Blue Cross was exiting the Antelope Valley market in terms of Medi-Cal, which pays for medical services for low-income adults and children. Negotiators for both sides did reach an agreement two weeks ago on Blue Cross’ commercial contract, which includes health-maintenance organizations and preferred-provider organizations. The agreement is for one year, and hospital officials were hopeful an agreement would be reached for an additional two years. Both contracts were set to expire around January but both entities agreed to extend them while talks continued, hospital officials said. Blue Cross of California is a subsidiary of WellPoint Inc., the largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company in terms of membership in the country. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Blue Cross officials said negotiations had gone on with several extensions but the Medi-Cal contract had expired by February because no agreement had been reached. “This is not Blue Cross exiting the market. The contract expired,” Blue Cross spokeswoman Leslie Porras said. “Antelope Valley did not agree on the terms.” Porras said Blue Cross members can continue to receive coverage with the assistance of LA Care, the Los Angeles County administrator for Medi-Cal contracts in the county, which will help people make the transition to a new plan. “Members will not lose coverage automatically, and in some instances will keep their primary care physicians,” Porras said. Porras added that negotiations with Antelope Valley Hospital for the Healthy Families contract, a Medi-Cal contract for children, was continuing.
– Everton to Manchester United; £75 million*After four increasingly prolific seasons at Everton, Belgium striker Lukaku was reunited with his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.Signed to replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the 24-year-old has made an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in his first four appearances.Alvaro Morata– Real Madrid (ESP) to Chelsea; £58 million*With Diego Costa having been frozen out by manager Antonio Conte, Chelsea broke their transfer record to sign 24-year-old Spain striker Morata.He made an inauspicious start to his Chelsea career by squandering his spot-kick in a Community Shield penalty shootout loss to Arsenal, but scored in his first two league home games.Benjamin Mendy– Monaco (FRA) to Manchester City; £52 million*Saddled with an ageing group of full-backs, Pep Guardiola found it difficult to play the kind of thrusting football he loves in his maiden campaign as Manchester City manager.He took remedial action during the close season, most notably forking out £52 million to make France left-back Mendy the game’s most expensive defender.Naby Keita– RB Leipzig (GER) to Liverpool; £48 million*Liverpool smashed their transfer record to sign highly regarded Guinea midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, but he will not arrive until next year.Liverpool are believed to have paid Keita’s £48 million release clause, as well as an additional premium.Alexandre Lacazette– Lyon (FRA) to Arsenal; £46.5 million rising to £52.6 million*France striker Lacazette had been poised to join Atletico Madrid, only for the Court of Arbitration for Sport to uphold a transfer ban against the Spanish club.Arsenal stepped in, breaking their transfer record to sign the 26-year-old, who needed less than two minutes to find the net on his league debut against Leicester City.Kyle Walker– Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City; £45 million rising to £50 million*The second of Manchester City’s three new full-backs (the other being Brazilian Danilo), Walker arrived from Spurs after Dani Alves opted to join Paris Saint-Germain over rejoining forces with Guardiola.England’s first-choice number two, Walker had a home debut to forget as he was sent off in City’s 1-1 draw with Everton.Bernardo Silva– Monaco (FRA) to Manchester City; £43 million*Portuguese playmaker Silva pitched up at City after his 11 goals and 12 assists inspired Monaco to Ligue 1 glory and a place in the Champions League semi-finals.The 23-year-old is expected to line up on the right flank for City, as he did at Monaco, but is likely to have been earmarked as the long-term successor to his namesake David Silva.Tiemoue Bakayoko– Monaco (FRA) to Chelsea; £40 million*The third player to have left Monaco for England, France midfielder Bakayoko will make Chelsea’s midfield an even more intimidating prospect.Tall and technically accomplished, the former Rennes player will provide a redoubtable physical presence alongside the buzzing N’Golo Kante.Nemanja Matic– Chelsea to Manchester United; £40 million*Deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea following Bakayoko’s arrival, Matic moved to United to link up with Mourinho, who previously brought him back to Chelsea from Benfica in 2014.A stylish but steely holding midfielder, the 29-year-old Serbia international has already proved a useful counterweight for the forward runs of last year’s star signing, Paul Pogba.Ederson– Benfica (POR) to Manchester City; £35 million*The goalkeeping situation gave Guardiola constant problems during his first season at the Etihad Stadium, with Claudio Bravo proving an inadequate replacement for Joe Hart, who was loaned out to Torino.Guardiola moved to remedy the problem by signing 24-year-old Brazilian Ederson, who became the world’s second most expensive goalkeeper after Gianluigi Buffon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lukaku raises his arms aloft in front of the Old Trafford stands as Paul Pogba runs to celebrate with his new team-mate.LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 1 – The transfer window closed on Thursday with Premier League clubs having spent over Sh159bn (£1.2bn) on new players. AFP Sport lists the 10 biggest deals:Romelu Lukaku
The Grim Reaper marches down Letterkenny Main Street to mark the proposed death of the NowDoc service. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The much-needed NowDoc service for various parts of Donegal will not now be cut.It follows a ‘live test’ conducted in both Gaoth Dobhair and Carndonagh to see if the areas could do without the overnight service there.The test led to huge protests across the county in recent weeks with more than 15,000 people signing a petition against the plans.Local politicians, the HSE and service provider Caredoc attended a meeting today to discuss the situation. Following the review and analysis of the data gathered during the eleven week review period and the two week test period, the Caredoc GP Clinical Lead has recommended that the current GP deployment arrangements remain in place in West and North Donegal, for the red eye periods, as per the existing service arrangements and the parties will now agree the required arrangements to continue the resourcing and delivery of these service arrangements.The recommendations contained in this report are supported by Caredoc, the GPs and the HSE, who will now work together on the implementation of these recommendations.In accordance with the recommendation of this report, there will be no change to the current service arrangements.Out of hours GP services will continue to be provided in Letterkenny Derrybeg, Carndonagh, Mountcharles and Carrick on Shannon, on weekdays from 6pm until 8am on the following morning. In relation to weekend and bank holiday cover, the NoWDOC Centres at Derrybeg, Mountcharles and Carrick on Shannon will continue to provide 24 hour cover on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. The NoWDOC centres in Letterkenny and Carndonagh will continue to provide services from 12 noon on Saturdays and 24 hour cover on Sundays and bank holidays.The move has been welcomed by all local politicians including Minister Joe McHugh and Pearse Doherty who issued statements on the decision.PATIENT POWER! FULL NOWDOC SERVICE TO BE KEPT was last modified: September 18th, 2015 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:donegalNowDoc
The Air Corps has defended its response time in helping contain gorse fires in Donegal, saying it is not a primary fire fighting agency.A large wildfire scorched hundreds of acres of land around Annagry and Loughanure after beginning at 6am yesterday.The delay in the involvement of the Air Corps was because crews had to be assembled “from the four corners of the country” according to Capt Kevin Fitzgerald. “When we got the task we had to mobilise a crew. We don’t have the resources for fire fighting. Crews had to come from all over the country,” said Capt Fitzgerald.Although the call for air support was made on Monday morning, it was 1pm before the task was approved by the Department of Defence following assessment.Captain Fitzgerald told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that fire fighting from the air is a very specialised task and is “relatively high risk”.Because the Air Corps is not a dedicated fire service it takes time to respond, while it can respond to medical emergencies within 10 minutes, he said. The director of emergency services at Donegal County Council, Gary Martin, told the programme the gorse fire in Co Donegal is under control for now.However, he said caution is being applied given the nature of wind conditions. He appealed to the public not to do anything to cause fires to ignite.Mr Martin said while there had been no loss of life and the loss of property was minimal, the loss to animals, flora and fauna was incalculable.He thanked the community for their support in battling the fire. At one stage on Monday there were 100 community volunteers assisting 100 fire crew in Gweedore along with Civil Defence, the Coast Guard, Air Corps and the Defence Forces, along with a private sector helicopter.Earlier on Newstalk Breakfast Capt Fitzgerald dismissed criticism that fire fighting from the air is more for image than impact. He said “it is not about the amount of water”.“Dropping 1,200 litres of water on a targeted area on an exact spot can saturate the vegetation ahead of the fire and stop it from going further,” he said.“We’re not a primary fire fighting agency, we got to Donegal as soon as we could.”‘We’re not a fire fighting agency’ says Air Corps as they defends response time was last modified: April 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Red Bluff >> The Red Bluff Lady Spartans volleyball team took its first league loss Tuesday night at home in three close sets to the Pleasant Valley Vikings, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20.Kylee Kitchell was named player of the match with 7 kills, 3 blocks and 16 digs.Logan Wheeler had 5 kills, 6 blocks and 10 digs; Sarah Reineman had 3 kills, an ace, 3 blocks, 3 digs and 10 assists; Aurora Carnes had a kill and 12 blocks; Tyler Ellenberger had 2 digs and 6 assists; Somavia Kennedy had 2 kills, an ace, …
21 November 2002The Constitutional Court has ruled that five KwaZulu-Natal legislative members who defected to the African National Congress (ANC) would not be protected. Instead, they have lost their seats. Four of the five have been replaced by the parties they defected from.The judgement relates to an earlier Constitutional Court ruling declaring “floor crossing’ unconstitutional for procedural reasons. To give those who changed parties (in the belief that the legislation was valid ) time to change their minds, the Court granted a period of protection, which expired on October 22.After the ruling expired, the five defectors to the ANC were replaced by their original parties. Two of the defectors were from the Democratic Alliance (DA), two were from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), and one was a United Democratic Movement (UDM) member.The ANC applied to the Constitutional Court for protection of floor-crossers to be extended until new legislation allowing for party defection is passed by Parliament next year. Minister of Justice Penuell Maduna also brought an application to the Court, asking for the reinstatement of the five provincial MPs.The applications were opposed by the IFP, DP, Pan Africanist Congress, the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal and the four individuals who have replaced the defectors in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.Defectors may be backThe Court dismissed the applications and ordered the ANC and the minister of justice to pay costs. Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson said it would be “intolerable’ and would lead to uncertainty if the courts were expected to revise their earlier rulings.However, the glee of opposition parties may be short-lived. If new floor-crossing legislation tabled in Parliament is passed into law early next year, the five provincial MPs may be able to take up their positions in their original parties before crossing to the ANC again, displacing the new appointments, because the proposed legislation allows for retrospective protection.Meanwhile, the opposition parties congratulated the Constitutional Court on its ruling. DA KwaZulu-Natal leader Roger Burrows said the ruling showed the judiciary’s independence, compared with that of its neighbouring country, Zimbabwe.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Google turned on real-time search on its main site this morning with little fanfare, after a huge announcement and demo earlier this week. Go to google.com and search for a news query (Obama Nobel will work) or for something like “marshallk on twitter” and you’ll see a live streaming section of the page displaying messages from Twitter, newly updated web pages and other real-time information.Yahoo! announced its integration of Twitter alone in its search results today, but it’s buried in obscure parts of the site and isn’t based on access to the full Twitter fire hose. Google’s implementation is much better than what Yahoo! or Bing are doing and is going to introduce millions of people to the concept of real-time search for the first time. As we wrote on Monday: The new type of results are well-integrated, unobtrusive, diverse in contents and formatted simply. It appears to be a job very well done.The new Google Real-Time Search includes far more than just Twitter results. In addition to newly updated web pages it will also include updates from users of MySpace, Facebook, open-source Twitter alternative Identi.ca and more.As we wrote in our recent research report on the real-time web and its future, Google was already quite strong on real-time search with the addition of Google News results and timely Google Suggest items to the search experience. Google has been working on real-time search for years. In the spring of 2006, the story goes, Google launched Google Finance onto the Web and was promptly dismayed to find that the service didn’t appear in a Google search for its own name later that day. It was after that, and a few other similar experiences, that Google engineers created an algorithm called QDF, or Query Deserves Freshness. QDF determines when results for a query need to be augmented with the newest content available, in addition to the content with the highest PageRank. The inclusion of this type of real-time search result into the Google results page could be of comparable significance to the addition of news, videos and images via the OneBox program in 2006. Thanks to Bob Ngu on Twitter for the heads up that this was live. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#NYT#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
sport COMMENT 0 Published on COMMENTS May 12, 2017 SHARE Mangalore SHARE SHARE EMAIL Around 120 participants from different parts of the country will participate in the second edition of the Indian Open of Surfing at Sasihithlu beach near Mangaluru from May 26-28.Speaking at the launch of the website of the event in Mangaluru on Friday, Kishore Kumar, president of the Surfing Federation of India, said the objective of holding the event is to make surfing a major event in India considering the fact that India has a long coastline. The Indian Open of Surfing will host top surfers from Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep, and international surfers from Australia, the US and France.K.G. Jagadeesha, Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district, said the Indian Open of Surfing is an effort by the Karnataka Tourism Department to promote the state as an international surfing and water sports destination. This event will help put Mangaluru’s beaches on the world tourism map, he said.The Dakshina Kannada district administration, the Karnataka Tourism Department, and the Kanara Surfing and Water Sports Promotion Council, are organising the event.Men and women from different parts of the country will compete for top slots in nine categories at the Indian Open of Surfing.