Regis Philbin Dead at 88, “Final Answer”

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Legendary television host Regis Philbin has died at the age of 88, People Magazine and ABC News report.According to a family statement obtained by People and ABC, Philbin passed away from natural causes Friday night, one month shy of his 89th birthday.The statement goes on to say that Philbin’s loved ones are forever grateful for the time they got to spend with him, his warmth, his sense of humor and his ability to make every day into something worth talking about.We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” the statement ends.For years, Philbin hosted “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” before Kathie Lee Gifford left and Kelly Ripa took her place on the nationally-syndicated morning talk show.Ripa and her current co-host Ryan Seacrest posted a tribute to Philbin on Instagram soon after hearing the news of his passing.Philbin was also known for hosting “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” as well as acting and singing. According Guinness World Records, the New York native held the record for the most time on U.S. television, with about 16,746.50 hours.Philbin is survived by his wife, Joy, and three daughters, Joanna, Amy and J.J. His son, Daniel, passed away a few years ago.President Trump tweeted his condolences.last_img read more

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Oyster Reefs Could Return to The Navesink

first_imgState Approves Artificial Reefs for ResearchJohn BurtonIt didn’t go as far as environmental groups wanted, but recently approved state legislation may eventually allow for the return of manmade oyster reefs in some area waterways.“I would say it’s a very big win,” said Meredith Comi, oyster bed restoration project director for NY/NJ Baykeeper, about the bill passed by both chambers earlier this month – and more surprisingly for the environmental organization – signed into law.Senate Bill S-2617 and its accompanying Assembly legislation, A-3944, in the amended form approved in January, would have the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) establish guidelines for groups like Baykeeper, allowing them to erect manmade oyster reefs for research purposes in waterways that have been deemed contaminated.The DEP would have to have the guidelines in place by Sept. 2017, “and see if they can provide expanded research opportunities for our part of the state,” Comi said.The original bill would have overturned an approximately five-year prohibition on reefs that were established in the Keyport harbor and off Red Bank in the Navesink River because of the level of contaminants and overall water quality. As a compromise, lawmakers amended the bill allowing the DEP and environmental groups, opening the door for future reefs for research purposes. The final bill was amended to address DEP reservations and secure the signing of Gov. Chris Christie, who signed it into law shortly after passage.While it is not the complete overturn of the ban hoped for by Baykeeper, which erected the reefs in the Keyport and Navesink waters, “I would say it’s a huge path forward from where we were,” Comi said.Baykeeper continued its oyster restoration project in waters just off of U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle, Middletown’s Leonardo section.“We support shellfish restoration as a means to improve water quality, restore diversity and protect our coastlines,” said DEP spokesman Lawrence Hajna. “But, at the same time, we have to be diligent in the protection of the shellfish industry” as well as adhering to federal regulations, Hajna continued.In 2008 NY/NJ Baykeeper had to dismantle its Red Bank reef-like structure, home to thousands of oysters the environmental organization had placed there. And in 2010 the DEP also ordered the one in Keyport Harbor, in the Raritan Bay, taken down and the oysters destroyed.Oyster beds had long been plentiful in local waterways, up until the early 20th century when development, commercialization, overharvesting and pollution led to the shellfish’s demise in the area. But environmentalists sought to reintroduce the fish, for research purposes, believing the fish and growing reefs serve as a natural filter and as a water break, removing contaminates and containing erosion.State representatives instituted the ban in waters with water quality classified as “restricted” and “prohibited” for shellfish harvesting. The fear, DEP officials had said, is that the locations could be subject to illegal harvesting, with contaminated seafood making its way into restaurants and people’s homes, endangering public health and the state’s more than $1 billion a year shellfish industry. Without sufficient manpower to police the beds, as required by the Federal Drug Administration, the only alternative was to destroy the beds and oysters, DEP representatives had said in the past.“We really are trying to strike a balance,” Hanja said.Baykeeper continues its work at Earle, given it’s a heavily protected federal site, Comi said. Indeed, the location has had “its most productive year,” Comi maintained, with her organization putting an additional 150,000 oysters at the site, and monitoring the project’s progress.But New Jersey remains “the most restrictive of all the states,” for this type of project, she believed. “That’s what’s so frustrating,” she acknowledged.Comi said similar projects are being done in the Chesapeake Bay and down to and in the Gulf of Mexico.Long term, Baykeeper group remains hopeful the program will eventually be fully reinstated. “I’m confident, we all are here, as we move forward along this path, eventually we’ll be out in the other waters again,” Comi said.last_img read more

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We must all work together: Zuma

first_img3 June 2009President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to work in partnership with the government to realise the vision of a better, more prosperous nation.“Fellow South Africans, working together we can do more to realise our common vision of a better and more prosperous nation,” Zuma told a joint sitting of Parliament during his first State of the Nation address in Cape Town on Wednesday.Referring to the turnout at the recent general elections, Zuma said South Africans had confirmed, in overwhelming numbers, that working together “we can do more to fight poverty and build a better life for all”.Working in partnershipHe said that while the South African economy had not been affected by the global economic downturn to the extent that a number of other countries had been, its effects were now being clearly felt.“It is more important now than ever that we work in partnership on a common programme to respond to this crisis.”He said the government’s starting point in the response to the international economic crisis was the framework concluded by government, labour and business in February this year.Prudent actionZuma was firm that, since the implementation of government’s programme would take place in the face of the economic downturn, the administration would have to act prudently.“No wastage, no rollovers of funds – every cent must be spent wisely and fruitfully. We must cut our cloth according to our size,” he said.Interactive governmentHe also told South Africans that in an era of renewal, the government would become more interactive.To this end, work has begun on the establishment of a public liaison capacity in the Presidency. In addition to receiving letters and e-mails from the public, the government would establish a hotline for easier access.“Staff will handle each public inquiry as if it was the only one, following it through all the channels until it receives the attention it deserves.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Harden lifts Rockets in victory over Grizzlies

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) regains control of the ball under pressure from Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24). APHOUSTON — James Harden scored 38 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).After suffering two losses to Memphis in the first two weeks of the season, the Rockets finally solved their shooting woes against the Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Beal, defense lead Wizards to win over Hawks LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion In their previous two meetings, Memphis held the Rockets to 90 and 89 points, the only two times the Rockets have been held under 100 points this season, and Houston’s lowest two scoring efforts ever under head coach Mike D’Antoni.On Saturday night, however, Houston jumped out to a 9-0 lead by draining three 3s and never let Memphis go ahead, leading by as many as 25 points. The Rockets outdid their previous scoring against Memphis by the end of the third quarter, entering the fourth with a 93-70 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHouston hit 16 of 45 (35.6 percent) from beyond the arc, including 6 of 14 from Harden, who added eight assists and four rebounds. Eric Gordon added 26 points on 6 of 11 3-point shooting for Houston.Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 22 points in 29 minutes off the bench. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley struggled from the floor, scoring 15 and 12, respectively. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben McLemore made his season debut and Grizzlies debut, returning from an Aug. 8 surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. McLemore had four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in his first game since joining the Grizzlies after four seasons in Sacramento.The Rockets led 62-50 at halftime behind 22 first-half points from Harden.Houston won its fifth straight game and improved to 10-3, the team’s best 13-game start since opening the 1996-97 season at 12-1.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Memphis’ bench outscored Houston’s bench 50-19, led by Evans’ 22 points and Chandler Parsons, who had 10. Memphis’ bench entered Saturday outscoring opposing second units 483-281. The Grizzlies reserves have outscored their opposing counterparts in every game but one this season.ADVERTISEMENT Rockets: Nene played seven minutes but sat out in the second half with ankle soreness. . Luc Mbah a Moute, who entered the game questionable with a left knee contusion, played 28 minutes. . Clint Capela had seven points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Nextlast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea expect deal for either Paredes or Barella this weekby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have lined up two replacements for Cesc Fabregas. The club have blocked Fabregas from joining Monaco this month until they find a replacement.And Sky Sports claim the Blues are closing in on deals for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes and Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, who could cost £45m.24-year-old Paredes has caught Chelsea’s eye with a number of fine performances for the Russian giants this season.A deal for one of the two aforementioned names is expected to be completed this week. last_img

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Jamaica Can Benefit Significantly from Accredited Conformity Assessments

first_imgStory Highlights The engagement includes certification, inspection, testing, calibration, validation, and verification activities. A conformity assessment directly or indirectly determines whether a process, product, service, or person meets and fulfils stipulated technical standards. Chairman of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), Randy Dougherty, says Jamaica’s industry and commerce sectors can benefit significantly from the globally recognised accredited conformity assessments.A conformity assessment directly or indirectly determines whether a process, product, service, or person meets and fulfils stipulated technical standards.The engagement includes certification, inspection, testing, calibration, validation, and verification activities.These are performed by certification, inspection, validation or verification bodies, as also testing and calibration laboratories, collectively called conformity assessment bodies (CABs).Mr. Dougherty said an accredited conformity assessment allows locally manufactured products to be recognised regionally and globally.“It opens up the market for industries… moving the market beyond just being Jamaica. [Producers] also don’t have to be concerned about being subjected to additional testing when they try to sell in other markets,” the Chairman added.He was addressing an accreditation seminar at the IAAC’s 23rd Annual General Assembly at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, on Monday (August 27).Mr. Dougherty noted that accredited conformity assessments provide flexible alternatives to regulation for governments and regulators.“It provides for efficient monitoring because (an) accredited conformity assessment is not a one-shot deal… it is an ongoing activity,” he pointed out.This, the Chairman added, will engender consumer confidence in and assurance of the quality and standard of products they use.IAAC Annual General Assembly is being hosted locally for the first time by the Government through the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), which falls under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and forms part of JANAAC’s 10th anniversary celebrations.The General Assembly is being held from August 25 to 31.JANAAC provides accreditation services to CABs, such as laboratories and inspection and certification agencies, regionally.In the past three years, Jamaica, through JANAAC, has established itself as an accreditation services market leader in the Caribbean, with the agency having a presence in seven CARICOM states.The IAAC is a regional organisation that works through the joint efforts of organisations and professionals in the area of accreditation and conformity assessment. Chairman of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC), Randy Dougherty, says Jamaica’s industry and commerce sectors can benefit significantly from the globally recognised accredited conformity assessments. last_img read more

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NCAA hits Ohio State with 1year bowl ban loss of scholarships

The Ohio State football program has received a one-year postseason ban for the 2012 season and a loss of scholarships from the NCAA Committee of Infractions. According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, the Buckeyes will be allowed to play in the Gator Bowl against the University of Florida on Jan. 2, but will forfeit postseason eligibility next season, which would include a possible berth in the Big Ten Football Championship Game and a bowl game.  OSU will also face a reduction of four scholarships over the next three years in addition to the five scholarships the school already forfeited over that time period, according to the report. The NCAA has added an another year of probation the the football program’s self-imposed two-year probation. Former OSU coach Jim Tressel has been handed a five-year “show cause” penalty for his role in the violations meaning any program that attempts to hire him in the next five years could face NCAA sanctions. The penalties stem from a series of NCAA violations the OSU football program committed dating back to December 2010 when OSU became mired in a scandal involving players receiving improper benefits including discounts on tattoos.  The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Jan. 2 in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., where the team will play Florida. read more

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Commentary New York Giants rough start hard to watch for lifelong fans

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (right) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at Soldier Field Oct. 10. The Bears won, 27-21.Credit: Courtesy of MCTTwelve dollars. That’s all I spent on a New York Giants football sweatshirt that I’m truthfully too scared to wear at the risk of being ridiculed. It’s hard enough being a fan of a football team in a different state, but it’s even harder when that team has yet to win one of its six games this season.I was born and raised in New Jersey, so being a New York Giants fan is all I’ve ever known. I was taught that the Giants are the best and that I’m supposed to hate the Philadelphia Eagles … which I do. Being a fan of the G-men has never been a problem until this season.Coach Tom Coughlin is 67 and is in his 10th year coaching the team. He’s one of the oldest NFL coaches ever, but after earning a pair of Super Bowl rings for the Giants, it doesn’t appear he’ll be going away anytime soon.The Giants have won two Super Bowls in the last six years (2008 and 2012). With a history like that, you would think that they would be a team to fear. This year, not so much. They’ve had their worst start to a season since 1976 and quarterback Eli Manning has had arguably the worst season of his career, currently leading the league in interceptions with 15. Ouch. That’s gotta be rough while his big brother Peyton and the Broncos are having an awesome season, winning their first six games and leading the league in total offense, passing yards and points scored.Since I’m a fan of Ohio State football as well, I can’t imagine how current Giant players, former Buckeyes Jonathan Hankins and Jim Cordle feel right now. Playing on the OSU football team has spoiled them into not really knowing what a losing consistently feels like. In Cordle’s five years at OSU (he redshirted in 2005), the team was a combined 54-10, and in Hankins’ three years, the Buckeyes were 30-8, including the 12 vacated wins in 2010.My goal is not to bash the team I’ve grown up watching, it’s to share a little bit of my disappointment OSU fans might not understand. This is the first time my friends who are Cleveland Browns (3-3) fans are laughing at me.In my mind, this season is over for the Giants. Will I still watch the games? Yes. Will I still have hope that they can win a game? Of course. Will I wear that $12 sweatshirt anytime soon? To be determined. But I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to come anywhere close to the playoffs at this point, so my heart is a little broken for them. read more

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Leadership contributing to No 13 Ohio State womens volleyballs hot start

OSU freshman setter Taylor Hughes (6) sets the ball during a match against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ashley Roudebush / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team has started off the season going 8-1, including three victories over top 25 teams in then-No. 14 Florida State twice and then-No. 13 Arizona.Before the 13th-ranked Buckeyes open conference play with No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 23 Minnesota next week at St. John Arena, the team has three final nonconference matchups in Rochester, Michigan, against Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan and Oakland.OSU plays in statistically the toughest conference and has the ninth toughest schedule overall in the NCAA.A key contributor to OSU’s success so far this season has been junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. The third-year starter put together strong performances in the D.C. Koehl Classic tournament, including a match against Florida State in which she tallied zero hitting errors. Sandbothe is second on the team in kills with 110 kills, and has a .419 hitting percentage through nine matches, 33rd best in the country.       “You need players like that,” coach Geoff Carlston said about the Big Ten co-Player of the Week. “She’s certainly one of the kids we’re looking to for those moments.”Sandbothe said she sees herself as a player who likes to lead the rest of her team by example.“All of us have a passion for the game, and if I can influence my team by having that swagger and confidence on the court, that’s the player I want to be,” she said. “And if my teammates can look to me to be that kind of player consistently, I feel like that’s a privilege for me.”With two freshmen and four sophomores on the roster, Carlston said he looks to the seniors for leadership but has equally been impressed by the juniors.“I think our younger players tend to gravitate toward other people,” he said. “Our juniors have really stepped up in terms of taking on that leadership role. I’ve seen them keeping our team relaxed and in the moments.”Along with Sandbothe, junior libero Valeria León — the team’s defensive leader — said she takes on some of the responsibility of assisting the freshmen and sophomores in understanding how to play in big games.“We always talk about staying in the moment,” León said. “Don’t get excited, don’t get too nervous.”OSU returned most of its key players from last year’s squad that was a set away from an Elite Eight appearance — which would have been the first in Carlston’s tenure at OSU — and an improved 12-8 conference record from the 2013 season, when the Buckeyes were 6-14 in Big Ten play.León said she sees the team continuing its strong start through conference play and into the NCAA tournament.“After this year, I’m going to be a senior so right now, I’m approaching this year like it’s my last one,” León said. “I think we have a pretty good chance to make it far this year. I’m really excited for this team.”Sandbothe echoed the libero’s enthusiasm about the team.“Our team definitely has a dynamic and chemistry unlike we’ve ever had,” Sandbothe said. “Don’t count us out for being a Final Four team — and winning the Big Ten.” read more

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