PNGFA needs reality check: Natto

first_imgKapi Natto said this in response to a statement by John Gonjuan in a daily paper saying the FFPNG does not have running competitions in towns they claim to run.Gonjuan also said the call for FFPNG Associations to return to PNGFA was still there and they have also urged FFPNG to come and work with the secretariat to iron out compliance issues with affiliates that have sided with FFPNG since its establishment.Kapi Natto asked in his statement whether Gonjuan had visited areas in which FFPNG had been running competitions.Natto said FFPNG has sponsors and runs professionally organised games through the four regional conferences of the country.He also asked Gonjuan to do a reality check on the progress of PNGFA in the last 16 months, stating PNGFA matches have failed and clubs sent overseas have lost terribly.He added the standard of soccer had declined rapidly over the last 16 months and the writing is on the wall.Kapi Natto said the invitation to join PNGFA on face value looks promising but they do not trust the management that was created by David Chung.He said they welcome the terms of the joinder so they know what they are getting into.Kapi Natto will be discussing with the 12 presidents the offer but they need the terms of the offer to be clear and certain.Meanwhile, Kapi Natto has revealed that a FIFA representative was in the country to investigate the current standoff between PNGFA and FFPNG.He said he met with the FIFA rep and informed him of the current situation.The FIFA rep arrived in the country after Kapi Natto travelled to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in New Zealand where he delivered a 70-plus page document to investigate allegations against PNGFA.(Football Federation PNG President, John Kapi Natto)last_img read more

One point separates top four in Cyprus

first_imgOne point separates the top four teams as the Cyprus football championship enters the final six matches of the regular season with yet another big game, this time in Limassol where leaders Anorthosis face third-placed Apollon. AEK and Apoel have relatively easy games against Aris and Doxa Katokopias respectively, while at the wrong end of the table, Ethnikos Achnas need a win against fellow strugglers Nea Salamina if they are to have any chance of avoiding automatic relegation.Anorthosis travel to the Tsirion stadium in Limassol clearly buoyed by last week’s impressive win against fellow title challengers AEK and will be looking to inflict a first defeat of the season on Apollon.Their supporters have snapped up in record time their ticket allocation of just over 1,300 despite the decision by their organised supporters club to stay away from the game due to the Cyprus Football Association’s decision to allocate tickets for visiting fans through its website.Ronny Levy, the Famagusta team’s coach, will wait until the last minute to see if four key players, Ruben Rayos, Sekou Cisse, Vladimir Ghadzev and Miguel Palanka can be included in the starting line-up.Apollon have no injury concerns and even though they are up against one of the defensively better-organised teams in the league, they believe that they possess enough firepower up front to extend their unbeaten run.Their coach Sofronis Avgousti was pleased to see young midfielder Alef and striker Anton Maglica come through the full 90 minutes in Apollon’s midweek game against Pafos FC and both should retain their places for this crucial fixture.AEK face relegation-threatened Aris in Larnaca and anything other than a win will be considered a major upset.The league’s top scorer Florian Taulemmeuse has not scored in the last four games and his coach Imanol Idiakez will be hoping that the Frenchman regains his scoring touch especially as their other striker, Ivan Triscovski, is sidelined though injury.Aris have had a torrid season so far and have been stuck in the relegation zone for some time now but their win against Doxa last week has given them a ray of hope. However they need to continue to pick up points if they are to avoid the drop.Champions Apoel will make the short trip across Nicosia to face Doxa at the Makarion stadium and are favourites to win the game.Both sides will be without key players but Apoel do have depth in their squad to replace them, compared to their opponents who are on a shoestring budget.Two teams at the wrong end of the table, Ethnikos Achnas and Nea Salamina, face off in Achna with both sides requiring three points to keep alive their slim hopes of survival.In the other games, Omonia will be hoping to extend their winning run under coach Ivaylo Petev against Ermis Aradippou while Pafos FC entertain fifth-placed AEL.Saturday: Ethnikos v Salamina (4pm), Omonia v Ermis (5pm), AEK v Aris (7pm)Sunday: Doxa v Apoel (3pm), Apollon v Anorthosis (5pm), Pafos FC v AEL (6pm)last_img read more

Indonesia trains its citizens to deal with sea-mammal strandings

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The waters around Indonesia serve as both a habitat and an important migratory route for dozens of species of whales, dolphins and porpoises.These cetaceans, however, are often found dead on Indonesian beaches, or alive but unable to return to deeper waters themselves.To prevent the deaths of marine mammals that strand themselves on its shores, the government has sought to establish a network of first responders equipped with the knowledge and training to deal with problem.Experts say what’s more important than providing an adequate response is to reduce the threats that lead to the strandings, including by improving the management of marine habitats and tackling pollution in the sea. DENPASAR/JAKARTA — In November 2017, when locals spotted 10 sperm whales stranded on a beach on the island of Sumatra, they had no idea what to do.Stuck in shallow waters, the sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) were vulnerable to dying from injury, suffocation or organ failure. Eventually, government reinforcements arrived to help push the enormous creatures out to sea, but not before four of them died.Such strandings are common in Indonesia, home to the longest coastline in Asia. Its waters serve as both a habitat and an important migratory route for dozens of species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. These cetaceans, however, are often found dead on Indonesian beaches, or alive but unable to return to deeper waters themselves.A pod of sperm whales was stranded in November 2017 on a beach in Sumatra’s Aceh province. Image courtesy of WWF-Indonesia.The incident in Sumatra was one of 54 recorded sea-mammal strandings in Indonesia that year, according to Whale Stranding Indonesia (WSI), a group that logs such events. But little is known about why they occur — or, when it comes to Indonesians living near the coast, how to respond when they do.Indonesia is hoping to change that. To prevent the deaths of animals that wash up on its shores, the government has sought to establish a network of first responders to deal with strandings. With the help of civil society groups, more than 900 people have been trained in some 30 workshops across the country, mostly in Borneo and Bali. Government officials, law enforcers, veterinary students, fishermen and others are taught how to safely return whales, dugongs and other animals to the sea, or how to otherwise provide preliminary care while they wait for the authorities to arrive.“There’s still a lot of people who are clueless [about how to deal with a stranded sea mammal], so a rescue effort can instead become an opportunity for a selfie,” Gustaf Mamangkey, a marine scientist at Sam Ratulangi University in North Sulawesi province, told Mongabay. “Or a rescue has to wait for officials and becomes very ceremonial. It would be very unfortunate if this continues to happen.”Indonesians in West Sulawesi found the beached body of the dugong (Dugong dugon). Two fishermen were arrested after trying to sell parts of the carcass. Image by Muhammad Yusri for Sahabat Penyu (Friends of the Turtles).Mysterious casesThe first known report of a sea-mammal stranding in Indonesia was produced in 1987 by Whale Stranding Indonesia. Over the next 16 years, the group recorded 203 strandings in the country, an average of more than 12 a year.Those figures jumped in 2013, when the group improved its tracking efforts with the launch of an online, open-access database on stranding events. Over the past six years, the database has recorded hundreds of cases, with a peak in 2017 (54 strandings). Thirty strandings were recorded last year. Most of the reports are submitted by WSI itself based on news articles or tip-offs, though it also relies on crowdsourcing.“Right now in Indonesia, we can’t say strandings are increasing — what’s increasing are reports of strandings,” WSI co-founder Putu Liza Kusuma Mustika told Mongabay. “I think we’ll be able to see a trend when [the database] has run for 10 years.”The big question is why these strandings are happening. More often than not, the answers are buried along with the bodies.Indonesian authorities typically do not conduct a necropsy — an autopsy performed on an animal — due to limited funds, a lack of biologists on hand, or even simply a lack of understanding of why the post-mortem examination is important to do in the first place.General theories for why strandings occur include starvation due to a stomach full of marine debris, such as plastic or fishing nets; offshore underwater activities that use sonar, like submarine excursions or oil-and-gas exploration, which can disrupt sea mammals’ echolocation; and getting struck by boats while passing through busy shipping lanes. But for the marine biologists trying to combat the problem, theories aren’t enough.“Suppose there’s a murder; you need to do an autopsy to figure out why they died, right? It’s the same with whales and dolphins,” Liza said. “When we can figure out exactly why they strand, then we can work on the root causes of the problem.”Many coastal Indonesian communities remain unaware of what to do when a marine mammal strands itself. Image courtesy of the East Nusa Tenggara Conservation Agency.A new approachThe plan to establish a network of first responders arose after a pair of mass strandings occurred within a week of each other in 2012.The two strandings saw a total of 57 short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) wash up on beaches in the Savu Islands, which lie between the larger islands of Sumba and Timor in the Sawu Sea. Only six of the creatures survived.An account of the two incidents produced by the Indonesian fisheries ministry said locals tried to rescue the whales by “carrying” and “dragging” them into deeper water, but it proved to be an impossible task. The whales were too heavy.The ministry also noted that a team of experts from Jakarta, more than 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) from the Savu Islands, had arrived late to the scene because they “couldn’t get flight tickets.” By the time they showed up, parts of the animals had been severed by locals who wanted to eat the meat or make oil from the skin to use as a substitute for kerosene or pesticide.The whales were eventually buried near the coast, since heavy equipment needed to move the bodies elsewhere couldn’t reach the area, and authorities didn’t want to dump them in the ocean. At the time, experts speculated that more of the animals might have survived if the people living nearby had known how to care for them while they waited for the authorities to show up.“Imagine having a large pod of stranded whales in one location and nobody knows how to handle it,” said Februanty Purnomo, a cetacean expert with WSI. “Imagine the smell, the potential for disease to spread, and the environmental contamination.”The incidents helped catalyze a growing realization that something needed to be done. That year, the fisheries ministry drafted guidelines on how to deal with strandings, and in 2013, two major conferences involving government officials, wildlife experts, veterinarians and civil society groups paved the way for a nationwide initiative to establish a network of first responders to deal with the problem.The fisheries ministry, through its Marine and Coastal Resources Management Agencies, or BPSPL, has assumed the mantle of running and funding the first-responder initiative. Groups such as WSI and WWF-Indonesia provide trainers for the workshops, which are staged with the help of big conservation groups, universities and even local surfing and scuba-diving communities.I Made Jaya Ratha, a veterinarian working on sea turtle conservation in Bali, was one of the first to receive the training. He is now one of the most seasoned volunteer trainers for the national first-responder network, which doesn’t have an official name.“For the trainings, the target participants are those who are highly likely to be involved in the network, as the first people who will handle a stranding event,” Jaya told Mongabay at a turtle conservation center on Serangan Island, just south of Bali.Training on how to handle marine mammal stranding is targeted at fishing communities, government officials, conservationists and veterinarians. Image courtesy of Whale Stranding Indonesia.How to save a beached whaleSo what should Indonesians do when they come across sea mammals washed up on their shores?For smaller animals, like dolphins and dugongs, first responders are taught to carry them back to sea using their bare hands or a large cloth. In the workshops, participants learn how to do this safely.“You must not pull the fins or tail because they are important for swimming,” Jaya said. “If they’re broken because of our handling, then it’s useless to bring it back to the sea, and we’d end up harming the animal further.”If the creature is too big for several people to carry, they’re supposed to report the incident to local authorities, who will usually call in heavy equipment to do the job. In the meantime, the citizens who arrive on the scene need to ensure that the animal stays hydrated.“We should cover parts of the animal’s body with clothing drenched in saltwater or dig a path around it so saltwater can enter and surround the animal,” Jaya said.Sometimes, saving an animal means getting creative.“One time, we had to use a political party’s campaign flags to carry a stranded dolphin back to sea,” Jaya said.If the stranded marine mammal is found alive, keeping it hydrated by covering it with towels drenched in seawater is important before returning it back to the sea. Image courtesy of Whale Stranding Indonesia.The typical training lasts for at least two days. Participants are taught the characteristics of the animals they are most likely to encounter, and how to identify an animal’s condition, the first step in treating it. “Identifying the animal’s condition is important so when you contact the local authorities, you can describe it well and they get a better idea of how to respond,” Jaya said.There are five identification codes, each giving a description ranging from whether the animal is still alive to it being dead and already decaying with missing body parts. Each scenario comes with guidelines on how best to handle the animal, such as keeping it hydrated if it’s still alive, or ensuring that locals aren’t taking parts of the body as it may be contaminated by bacteria that can cause health problems if consumed.How locals should respond largely depends on the animal’s condition. For living creatures, the main goal is to safely bring them back to the ocean. If the animal is too weak or badly injured, it might be best for it to go to a rehabilitation center for treatment.“But that kind of facility is rarely available in Indonesia,” Jaya said. Neighboring countries like Thailand and the Philippines, he said, are more advanced in terms of the resources available for treating stranded sea mammals.Participants are also taught how to bury a dead animal. Proper burial is required to reduce bacterial or viral pollution, and samples can be taken to study the causes of the animal’s death, Jaya said.However, the theories and simulations given at the trainings don’t always play out in reality, Jaya said.“The situation when there’s a stranding event can be very different from what happens in the training,” he said. “In reality, the equipment shown in simulations isn’t always available; not all of the procedures can take place accordingly because of the fact that the location is remote and inaccessible; and getting heavy equipment is difficult.”The typical result of a workshop is the establishment of a new first-responder network. Bali, the Bornean provinces of East and West Kalimantan, and the Sulawesi cities of Kendari, Makassar, Toli-toli and Palu are some of the regions that now have such networks in place. Others include Sumatra (Lampung and Padang provinces), Java (Serang, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya cities), Papua (Sorong city), West Nusa Tenggara (Lombok Island), and East Nusa Tenggara (Kupang city).A chart of the recommended procedures for handling stranded marine mammals. Image courtesy of Whale Stranding Indonesia.Scaling upSome are calling for the initiative to be accelerated. Gustaf, the marine scientist in North Sulawesi, called for one to be established in the province, where strandings are commonplace.The WSI recorded 13 strandings in North Sulawesi between 1996 and 2018, more than any other province on the island of Sulawesi. In Aceh province in Sumatra, where the 10 sperm whales washed up in 2017, 27 strandings were reported from 1987-2018.“Indonesian waters are so expansive that the establishment of a focal point in every province will be very helpful [to handle marine mammal stranding],” Gustaf said, adding that help should not have to come all the way from Jakarta as time is of essence for the beached animals.Gustaf said budget constraints and a lack of sea mammal experts locally are the main reasons for the absence of first-responder teams in some areas.The locally driven initiative could use more guidance from the national level, said Februanty, the WSI cetacean expert. She called for the government in Jakarta to issue a decree formally mandating the establishment of first-responder networks across the archipelago, which would spur local governments in more areas to get with the program.“Even though there are already local networks established, there’s no sense of urgency at the national level,” she said.Dealing with strandings after they occur is only one part of the ideal strategy for combating the problem, said Jaya, the Bali veterinarian. More important, he said, was to reduce the threats to the species by improving management of their habitats. Last November, the government launched its national action plan for marine mammal conservation through 2022.Brahmantya Satyamurti, the director-general of marine planning at the fisheries ministry, which oversees the BPSPL agencies, said his office was committed to expanding the first-responder network across the country.Brahmantya also called for more veterinary students to specialize in sea mammals, and said local authorities should be more flexible and less bureaucratic when handling cases like strandings that involve several government institutions.“Not a lot of people [in Indonesia] are experts in [marine] megafauna,” he said. “Indonesia’s oceans diversity is huge, almost every marine megafauna is present in Indonesia, and it will be a great thing when Indonesia has a lead in that sector for veterinarians who can manage marine megafauna.”The training for handling stranded marine mammals attempts to be as practical as possible. Image courtesy of Whale Stranding Indonesia.The government-led initiative isn’t the only one that has cropped up to deal with strandings.In May 2018, the Indonesian Association of Veterinarians (PHDI) established a team called the Flying Vets, with 19 veterinarians across the country who are on call to respond to strandings in remote areas.The initiative got off to a fast start. In July 2018, a member of the Flying Vets helped with a preliminary necropsy of a stranded dugong in southern Bali. That same month, another flying vet helped with the necropsy of a baby dugong found on the western coast of Java, and another helped with a dead sperm whale in Kupang, on the island of Timor.Ida Ayu Dian Kusuma Dewi, the head of the Flying Vets, said the biggest challenges are bureaucratic. Veterinarians in Indonesia are technically under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture. But it can take ages, she said, to get a permit to help handle stranding cases and to get samples from the animal for necropsy.She said there are veterinarians under the Ministry of Environment and Forestry who are more flexible when it comes to helping with stranding cases, but they’re often not trained to deal with marine mammals like whales and dugongs.“I also hope that there will be more veterinarians who can dedicate more of their time and skills to help with these strandings,” Dian said.For Jaya, more workshops and first-responder networks to handle strandings must happen to save beached animals, and ultimately to help Indonesia better understand why sea mammals wash up on the country’s shores and prevent more such incidents.“The government might not consider this as a top priority, but we hope they still pay some attention to marine mammal protection and management,” he said.A dwarf fin whale (Balaenoptera omurai) was spotted in 2016 in the waters off Indonesia’s eastern province of Maluku. Image courtesy of Ilham Arch via Instagram.Banner image shows dolphins swimming near the northern coast of Indonesia’s Bali island. Image courtesy of Willem van de Kerkhof via Flickr. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Basten Gokkoncenter_img Activism, Animal Rescue, Animals, Cetaceans, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Environment, Environmental Activism, Fisheries, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Conservation, Oceans, Wildlife, Wildlife Rescues last_img read more

Pasig Chooks bows out early in Fiba 3×3 Kunshan Challenger

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Vasic ended the contest with a long deuce with 2:13 to spare to end Pasig’s campaign.Munzon and Statham were the only players to score for Pasig as they finished with six points each.Kojic, who scored just four points during their encounter in the Doha Masters, led the balanced Liman attack with eight.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Philippine-based club team was shown the door by Liman, the third-ranked club in the world, 12-22, Saturday evening at Huaqiao International Service Business Park in Kunshan, China.With a 0-2 record, Pasig Chooks bowed out early in Pool A as Liman (2-0) and Sosnovy Bor (1-1) advanced to the knockout playoffs on Sunday that will determine the last two entries in the World Tour Chengdu Masters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPasig got off to a fast start after taking a 3-0 lead before the Serbian side imposed its will, going on a 14-3 blitz to put the defending Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup champions away.Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham tried to get Pasig in the thick of things but Liman simply had too much firepower with the quartet of world No. 4 Aleksandar Ratkov, No. 5 Mihailo Vasic, No. 8 Stefan Kojic, and Maksim Kovacevic in the fray. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks-to-Go suffered a pair of tough losses just two hours apart in its campaign in the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Kunshan Challenger.After losing to Russia’s Sosnovy Bor on a game winner, Pasig failed to regroup and got manhandled in a must-win duel.ADVERTISEMENT Family of champions: Little sister Dani Ravena wins first UAAP title NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

FIFA gets tougher on racism in disciplinary code update

first_imgLOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer LATEST STORIES In recent seasons, FIFA and European soccer body UEFA have closed cases of alleged racist abuse for lack of evidence beyond testimony of the players involved.“In the past some players have felt let down by the action taken,” said Piara Powar, executive director of the Fare network, soccer’s leading discrimination monitoring group.Overhauling its disciplinary rules, FIFA will also impose transfer bans on clubs that default on debts in cases processed in-house and at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).FIFA is also preparing to open the doors of some judicial hearings, offer free legal counsel to parties, and publish more verdicts online.“For the first time, certain types of disciplinary hearings — concerning doping and match-manipulation cases — will be open to the public if the parties request it,” FIFA said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Paraguayan boxer gets parole after winning title in prison Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division To modernize and improve its work, FIFA worked with London-based Fare and now includes specific language including sexual orientation as a discrimination issue, bringing it into line with FIFA’s statutes.“We welcome the clear reference to homophobia,” Powar said. “FIFA has sanctioned acts of homophobia quite extensively in Latin America in particular, but the previous rules were not fit for purpose.”When players are subject to abuse by fans, FIFA already has an escalating three-stage process for referees to act, leading to games being abandoned. It applies in all 2022 World Cup qualifying games, which Fare observers will attend after assessing the risk of discrimination.FIFA has clarified that abandoned games are forfeited as a 3-0 loss by the fans’ team “unless there are exceptional circumstances.”“Our expectation is that national Football Associations will mirror the new procedures and implement them,” Powar said of FIFA’s 211 member federations.Transfer bans — typically imposed for breaking rules to sign youth players — will be extended to cases of defaulting on debts to players, coaches or other clubs. Previously, clubs risked a deduction of league points.“A transfer ban has been shown to be the most effective instrument for this purpose,” said FIFA, which will lift a ban when debts are paid. Currently, teams are deducted points in about 10 mostly low-key cases per year, which are not publicized.FIFA’s move toward more transparency will see judicial panel leaders make the final decision — to approve a request in a doping case or require it in a match-fixing prosecution — on allowing the media in and live-streaming proceedings.This follows a European Court of Human Rights ruling last year which required CAS to relax secrecy around its traditional closed-door hearings. However, lawyers are rarely expected to recommend openness for their clients. FILE – In this Monday, March 25, 2019 file photo, England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side’s fifth goal after hearing racist chants, during their Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match against Montenegro at the City Stadium in Podgorica, Montenegro. FIFA is doubling its minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games, and will start inviting players to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings. Stricter handling of racism and discrimination allegations is a key theme of the redrafted FIFA Disciplinary Code which takes effect next week. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, file)GENEVA — FIFA is doubling its minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games, and will start inviting players to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings.Stricter handling of discrimination allegations is a key theme of the redrafted FIFA disciplinary code which takes effect next week.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Benefits of township living MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ “Topics like racism and discrimination have been updated, putting FIFA at the forefront of the fight against this appalling attack on the fundamental human rights of individuals,” soccer’s world body said in a statement Thursday.The minimum ban for players or officials rises from five to 10 games, and victims can soon be heard in person by FIFA judging panels.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“FIFA will not let down victims of racist abuse,” FIFA said, adding the victims “may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or written victim impact statement.”“For a first offense, playing a match with a limited number of spectators and a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned,” FIFA said. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Relief for Tokyo 2020 after smooth triathlon mixed relay test

first_imgRoger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ “That alone would lower the risk of athletes getting heatstroke. That may be one of the realistic measures,” he told reporters.The International Triathlon Union would examine increasing the number of water supply points and was deploying medical staff every 500 metres along the course in case of an emergency, Mori added.Aside from the problems at the triathlon, about a dozen people, including a spectator, were taken ill at a rowing test event last week with suspected heatstroke.A construction worker also died on an Olympic site as Tokyo sweats through a prolonged and deadly heatwave.The triathlon test events have courted controversy even without the heat — two British athletes were disqualified on Thursday for crossing the line first holding hands.Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown fell foul of ITU rules stating that “athletes who finish in a contrived tie situation, where no effort to separate their finish times has been made, will be disqualified”. Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graftcenter_img “I don’t think conditions were as bad as Thursday when we raced,” South Africa’s Gillian Sanders told AFP.“I don’t think it’s too hot not to race or too hot to reduce the distance,” added Sanders, who said that the water quality also felt better.“Personally, I don’t think I’ve acclimatised properly because I haven’t been here for long. I’ve been here five days and I think you need two or three weeks. So it’s a really good learning curve,” said the 37-year-old.‘Realistic measures’ against heatBattling the heat of the sweltering summer has become the main challenge for Tokyo 2020 organisers, who have otherwise won widespread praise, including from the International Olympic Committee, for their preparations.Yasuo Mori, deputy executive director of the Tokyo 2020 Games Operations Bureau, said athletes needed to have greater access to water during the race.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Olympic rings are pictured near the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on May 22, 2019. – Japan will host the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 to August 9 next year. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)France won a thrilling mixed triathlon test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Sunday, which passed off as planned in a welcome boost for organisers after difficulties with high temperatures and water pollution.The swimming leg of the paratriathlon on Saturday was scrapped after water tests showed levels of e-coli bacteria more than double the acceptable standard and the running section of a women’s test event on Thursday was curtailed in blistering temperatures, with French athlete Cassandre Beaugrand treated for heatstroke.ADVERTISEMENT Missing NBA stars spark Australia consumer watchdog probe But on Sunday in the Japanese capital with the temperature a slightly cooler 30 Celsius, the levels of bacteria reduced to within permitted levels.The mixed relay, a new event for Tokyo 2020 involving two men and two women, was won by France in a photo finish from Great Britain after a nail-biting final sprint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDorian Connix chased down Alex Yee on the final straight despite being behind for most of the race and breasted the tape fractionally ahead of his British competitor. A powerful United States team came third.The format is much shorter than the individual race with each athlete completing a 300 metre swim, a 7.4 kilometre cycle and a 2km run before handing off to a teammate, making it less demanding in hot weather. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Audit Office hindered in its duties – AG

first_img2017 estimates…grapples with staff shortage after proposed budget slashed by GovtThe proposed budget for the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) was slashed by the Government side in the National Assembly during consideration of the 2017 Estimates of Expenditure, and the resultant consequences have since included the AOG grappling with not having adequate staff, or adequate funds to pay them.The proposed estimate for the AOG in the last budget was $771.2 million for that constitutional agency that is tasked with auditing ‘the state apparatus’, but Finance Minister Winston Jordan had decreased this sum to $754.9M.Auditor General Deodat Sharma says the AOG has been affected by the cut, being forced to relinquish plans to hire additional staff. And although central government’s accounts have been brought up to date, work has to be done on statutory bodies.“It (the budgetary cut) affected us because we were unable to bring on the rest of the staff that we needed, especially when carrying out our extended mandate,” the Auditor General related in a recent interview.“What is happening (is that) the country’s accounts have been brought up (to date), (and) I’m trying to bring all the other statutory bodies and their accounts up to date,” Sharma pointed out. “And without the adequate staff, it will delay me to bring these accounts up to date.”The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been vocal in its opposition to the budgetary cut. The party pointed out that the total budgetary allocation for constitutional agencies in 2016 was $8 billion, whereas it is only $6 billion in 2017.Former Junior Finance Minister Bishop Juan Edghill had, during a conference, reminded that a budget was a financial plan which articulated the direction of an organisation and the cost to get there. Therefore, he argued, by cutting the budgets, affected organisations would now have to re-organise priorities and neglect funding for some critical undertakings.“Whenever the Government reduces the allocations for constitutional agencies, they are actually preventing themselves from being scrutinised. For example, the Auditor General would say, ‘This is what we need.’ If you cut the Audit Office (budget), the Auditor General would have to re-organise his priorities, and so something will be left out; which means less scrutiny for Government,” he explained.The AOG has a wide remit, being responsible for auditing the public accounts of Guyana and presenting reports of those audits to the Minister of Finance, thence to the National Assembly. As laid out in Article 223 of the Constitution of Guyana, the AOG is authorised to audit all officers and authorities of the Government, including commissions.Slashing of the AOG’s proposed budget came on the heels of AG Deodat Sharma declaring in his 2015 Audit Report that Government had kept more than $500M, rather than depositing same into the Consolidated Fund. That report, made public in October 2016, had spoken of the millions of dollars used on the D’Urban Park construction, Mashramani celebrations, and $51.5M being spent on ‘music’.Nor was the AOG the only agency to have its proposed funding re-adjusted. PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had lamented that constitutional agencies had altogether requested some $11 billion, but Government was willing to approve only some $6 billion, a difference of over $5 billion.The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has suffered the deepest cut in its budgetary proposals, with its 2017 budgetary request being slashed from $5.8 billion to a mere $2 billion.Government also reduced the budgetary requests for the Ethic Relations Commission (ERC) from $141.2 million to $84.9 million; the Judicial Service Commission’s (JSC’s) budgetary requests from $15.02 million to $10.02million; the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission’s (IPC’s) requests from $33.1 million to $24.4 million; and the Rights of the Child (ROC) Commission’s request from $97 million to only $41.5 million.The Women and Gender Equality Commission requested $62.9 million but received only $42 million, while the Human Rights Commission received $34.1 million of the $74.9 million requested.The Minister of Finance also slashed the budgetary request of the Office of the Ombudsman — still without a head — from $50.3 million to $48.3 million; and the Public Service Appellate Tribunal, which has not yet been established, received $12.4 million of the $13.9 million requested.In response to questions emanating from the Opposition, Minister Jordan had argued that the allocations were made “in context of existing fiscal space and the consideration of the agencies’ requests within national development priorities.” (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Wenger: Welbeck if perfect for us

first_img“His qualities are his team attitude and his pace. As well, as you could see with England, his goalscoring.”With French striker Olivier Giroud sidelined by a broken tibia, Welbeck appears set to be given an extended opportunity to play in the central attacking role that he prefers.The 23-year-old scored twice as England beat Switzerland 2-0 in their opening 2016 European Championship qualifying match on Monday and he believes the performance proved he can thrive at centre-forward.“It is well known I prefer to play through the middle, so when I get my opportunity, I just want to show what I can do,” Welbeck said, in comments reported in the British media on Thursday.“Once I get into the box and get the opportunities, I have got faith in my ability. Before I wasn’t getting into the box because I wasn’t playing too much as a striker and I had to worry about my defensive work.”Wenger refused to confirm whether Welbeck will be handed his full debut in Saturday’s Premier League showdown with champions City, saying only that it was a “possibility”.He also revealed that midfielder Aaron Ramsey had “a little chance” of playing after twisting his ankle while playing for Wales in their 1-0 win over Andorra on Tuesday.“He had an ankle sprain. It is a minor one, that is for sure,” Wenger said.“I am relieved because I had been haunted in my head by last year’s injury that was much more serious than expected. At the start it was a little muscular injury and then it was three months.”Welbeck’s former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville on expressed incredulity over the club’s decision to sell the England forward to rivals Arsenal for a relatively low fee.Welbeck joined Arsenal from United on transfer deadline day in a £16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million euros) deal and is in line to make his debut for his new club against Manchester City on Saturday.“I can’t work it out,” Neville, now a television pundit and member of England manager Roy Hodgson’s back-room staff, told talkSPORT radio station.“After all the prices I’ve seen paid this summer, and obviously I’ve been working with him the last week, I’m thinking how is it just £16 million?“It really does feel strange that it’s a centre-forward and actually it’s helped out a competitor, someone who will be vying for those third and fourth places with United this season.”Figures associated with United have expressed dismay over the club’s decision to sell a young home-grown player such as Welbeck, with former assistant manager Mike Phelan claiming their identity had been “broken”.But current assistant manager Ryan Giggs has insisted that United will never betray their commitment to giving young players a chance.“The club will never change,” he said at the Soccerex conference in Manchester. “The history of the club is to play exciting football, always give youngsters a chance, keep to the traditions of the club.“OK, Danny has left, which is obviously disappointing, because you never want to see a home-grown player leave, but this is a manager (Louis van Gaal) who gave (Clarence) Seedorf his chance, (Patrick) Kluivert his chance, (Andres) Iniesta his chance, Xavi, Thomas Muller. He has got a track record of giving young players a chance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, September 11- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday that Danny Welbeck’s versatility made him a good fit for his new club.“Danny Welbeck is an ideal signing for us because he can play through the middle, where I think is his best position, but as well on the flanks,” the Frenchman told his weekly press conference.last_img read more

‘Frightening’ United lift Van Persie

first_imgVan Persie, who knows van Gaal well from their time together with the Netherlands national side, insisted the manager wanted input from the United players at team meetings as the club looks to recover from a relatively low seventh-place finish in last season’s Premier League which denied them European football this term.“He wants players to get involved in the meeting too. You have to give your own input, which is what the staff likes. That’s a bit of the Dutch thing. Everybody gets involved in the project. We are all working on it. Everyone has their own say, which is maybe new for some players but not for me as I know how he works.”Van Persie said a top four finish in the Premier League, which would qualify United for next season’s Champions League, was a “realistic target”.He added: “We have to make at least the top four. That’s a realistic target but it’s still early in the season.“We are here, everybody wants to win every game, every training session and even if we are playing a different kind of game like table tennis. We are winners. We are not here just to set low standards. We want them to be as high as possible, winning games and winning trophies.“This year we have a great manager, great staff, great fans so when you look at everything together it makes it hard (not to be in the Champions League). “Everything is in place to be up there competing with the very best teams. I think we can do it and we will.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) However, United’s defensive problems, which have seen them concede 13 goals in seven games so far this season, have limited the impact of their attack.Nevertheless van Persie was heartened by the way United held on to beat West Ham 2-1 last weekend despite being reduced to 10 men after Rooney was sent off.Asked if United will be able to frighten teams with their firepower, Dutch striker van Persie, speaking Monday at the launch of United’s first global sustainable technology partner Abengoa, said: “I think we can be able to actually do that. If you look at these players, they are great players in their individual way.“But now we are working together on this project and I think games like winning 4-0 against QPR help. We had a setback against Leicester (losing 5-3), but to win in these circumstances like the weekend sends a message and shows that even in these difficult games we can win. Now we have to extend that.“The first half was 11 v 11 and we were playing really well as a whole team. Eight minutes later it was 10 v 11 and the whole thing changed, but the way we fought for each other was unbelievable. It was a bit nerve-wracking at times, but we dug in and we did it so it gave us a lot of confidence.”– Top four ‘realistic’ – 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, September 30- Robin van Persie believes Manchester United’s expensively-assembled forward line have it in them to frighten their opponents. United manager Louis van Gaal has brought both Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria to Old Trafford create an offensive quartet, featuring both van Persie and England’s Wayne Rooney, which would be the envy of many a side.last_img read more

Religious Events Calendar

first_img “The Carpenter,”a two-act musical by Howlett Smith, 7p.m. Feb. 3, Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, 5011 White Oak Ave., Encino. Call (818) 342-4686. “Marriage: A Journey to Holiness,” teachings of the Orthodox Church on marriage and family life begins with Divine Liturgy at 9a.m. followed by registration, 10:30a.m. and part one, 11a.m.-1p.m. Feb. 10, St. Innocent Orthodox Christian Church, 5657 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. Lunch, 1-2p.m., is followed by part two, 2-4p.m. Fee: $15, $25 per couple; includes lunch. Reservation requested by Feb. 5. Call (818) 881-1123. Holy Spirit Retreat Center classes: “Way of the Cross – Gateway to Resurrection,” an Ash Wednesday day of prayer led by Sister Rochelle Mitchell and Sherry Clements, 9a.m.-2:30p.m. Feb. 21. Fee: $45 with lunch, $35 without lunch; reservation and $10 deposit by Feb. 14. Call (818) 784-4515. “How to Use It: Wings” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday when the Center of Spiritual Awareness meets at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Meditation at 10a.m. Call (818) 713-3636. “The Quest for a Science of Consciousness” will be the discussed by Craig Hamilton, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 887-6101 or see “What God Wants at Heart of the Valley” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. “The Guy with the Great Nickname” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “Health Care For All” will be the topic discussed by guest speaker Devin Carroll, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see “Life is Fragile, Handle with Prayer” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living-Church of Religious Science, meeting at the Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. Entertainer Freddie Weber will be the guest speaker, 10a.m. Sunday, Religious Science Church of Glendale, meeting at the Glendale Masonic Center, 244 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale. Call (818) 244-1404. “Praying Like Jesus” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. “I’m a Cracked Egg Ready to Break,” part of a sermon series on “Under Pressure,” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5 p.m. Call (818) 884-6480. “Is it God or God and ?” will be the message delivered by guest speaker Laney Clevenger, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “How is My God Different?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 363-8136. “Messy Spirituality” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Paula A. Ferris, 9and 11a.m. Sunday, Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. Call (818) 886-1555. “Everything About Life is Good” will be the message delivered by actor-singer Robert Clink, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave. Call (818) 249-4396. United Methodist Women’s Sunday, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 762-8231. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Mail entries, with time, date, location and contact number, to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tu B’Shevat Shabbat service and dinner 5p.m. Friday, Chabad of Westlake Village, 2524 Townsgate Road. Dinner reservation due by Monday. Call (805) 374-8666. Conejo Jewish Academy events: “Seeing Stars: Astrology and the Kabbalah,” a lecture by Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, 8p.m. Monday. Admission: $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Wednesday Lunch and Learn, a study group focusing on “The 13 Attributes of Divine Mercy” led by Rabbi Moshe Bryski, 12:30p.m. Wednesday. Dairy lunch follows the hourlong class. “Toward a Meaningful Life,” 8p.m. Wednesday. Fee: $18. Events held at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Call (818) 991-0991 or see Camarillo Christian Women’s Club meeting, 11a.m. Feb. 7, Spanish Hills Golf and Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave. Luncheon reservations by Wednesday; $21. Call (805) 987-7134. Israeli Elik Elhanan and Palestinian Sulaiman Al Hamri will discuss their transformation from fighters to peace advocates, 8p.m. Wednesday, in the Magnin Auditorium at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Doors open at 7:30p.m. Reservation requested. Also, 7:30p.m. Thursday, Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (310) 621-6654 or see “The Songs and Stories of Shabbat: A Musical Tour of the Day of Rest,” presented by Benny Friedman and Rabbi Moshe Bryski, 7p.m. Thursday, West Valley Jewish Community Center, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. Call (818) 585-1888 or see “Standing Room Only,” a Christian dance, 8-11:30p.m. today, Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7347 Jordan Ave. Admission: $15. Strict dress code. Dance lesson at 7p.m. Call (818) 402-3863. “Praying the Anglican Rosary” will be the topic of Suzanne Edwards Acton, 9:30a.m. Sunday, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 763-9193. Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish festival of New Year for Trees will be observed, 11a.m.-4p.m. Sunday, Shalom Institute, Camp and Conference Center, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. Admission: $5, free for children under 3. Call (818) 889-5500, Ext. 102, or see Taiz service, 6:30p.m. Sunday, Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. Child care available. Call (818) 886-1555. last_img read more