Photo by: PAUL CHILDS/REUTERS (Caption: Sebastien Chabal appears with Brayley and Dhyreille Lomu, the sons of late All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu) The late Jonah Lomu’s young sons Dhyreille and Brayley are in Europe supporting France in their bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. And the pair made a startling admission to French Newspaper Le Parisien. They’d choose to play for France over the All Blacks.Asked by Le Parisien if they were ready to become All Blacks in future, they replied in unison: “No, we want to play for France.” Not what you want to hear from the young sons of one of our greatest All Black wingers, is it?Dhyreille Lomu was born in France during his father’s brief stint playing for Marseille, hence any eligibility discussions wouldn’t be an issue.Dhyreille and brother Brayley Lomu made the journey to London as the French union presented its bid to host the 2023 World Cup, along with rival bidders South Africa and Ireland.According to legendary French flanker Sebastien Chabal, the pair were on hand to back the bid because they’d love to head to their second home for a World Cup experience in six years’ time.Chabal explained that Dhyreille Lomu was born in France, “And as he told us earlier, quite simply, he’s known as the Frenchie at home,” Chabal told the Mirror.”And Jonah Lomu loves France, that’s where they saw their daddy playing rugby. Today I speak in their name.”They said they would love to come back in 2023 to experience the World Cup in the country where their father was so happy.”I’ll leave it up to them to decide which jersey they will wear, blue or black, but they are very proud of this dual nationality, this dual identity and that’s why they’re with us today.”Lomu’s stint in France came towards the end of his career, which also included a stint with the Cardiff Blues in Europe.Lomu died in November 2015.Nadene Lomu, who travelled with her boys to France and London, told Le Parisien the idea for their appearance came from Claude Atcher, the director of the French bid and a man well known to Lomu during his time in Marseille.”They were very excited,” Nadene Lomu said of the boys when the idea of the trip came about.”For us, France is our second home. Dhyreille was born in Marseille. He tells everyone that he is French. Jonah loved this country very much and we feel good about it.”The Mirror reported that French rugby federation president Bernard Laporte hailed the appearance, saying it was “very good of them” to travel from New Zealand.While the Lomu boys are backing the French bid, president Emmanuel Macron has apparently distanced himself from any World Cup bid and declined to provide video support for their presentation to World Rugby.
Photo caption: South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold A 23-year-old woman has claimed two high-profile South Sydney players exposed themselves during a video chat without her consent.The video chat is reported to have involved several star players, but only two have been accused of misbehaving, reports the Daily Telegraph.One player allegedly exposed his genitals, while a second flashed his bottom – which the reportedly woman has screenshots of.It is understood the players were celebrating their 30-10 win over the New Zealand Warriors on May 26 in Auckland.Seibold told reporters on Friday he had not seen the picture sent to the club, and he insists all the team is focused on is their semi-final against the Dragons on Saturday.”I’m not obliged to talk about it, I’m obliged to talk about the game,” Seibold said.”I’m not going to play judge and jury today. Most of my time has been spent with management this morning.”With regards to the accusations, we take the accusations seriously, as do the integrity unit. At the moment, they’re accusations. I’ve not seen any photos myself. I’ve heard the accusations and I’m not willing to make any comment until the investigation is completed.”It’s a bit of chaos but the players can handle it. It’s not ideal. We’ve got our last practice today.”The club released a statement on the issue earlier.”The South Sydney Rabbitohs will investigate claims in today’s media regarding alleged player behaviour in May this year. A thorough investigation will be undertaken in conjunction, and in close cooperation, with the NRL’s integrity unit,” it read.”Since receiving contact details last night for the female involved, Rabbitohs officials have attempted to make contact via phone and email. The Rabbitohs take any allegations of player misbehaviour very seriously and will not be making any further comment until the completion of the investigation.”In the days after the alleged incident, it’s claimed one of the players in question repeatedly tried to called the woman, even after she had made it clear she wanted to be left alone.She then contacted the club to inform them about the issue on June 1, but claims she never heard back from the club despite repeated emails, which resulted in her going to the media.A club spokesman confirmed the woman’s initial email was received by the club’s football operations manager Brock Schafer on June 1. But subsequent emails from the woman on June 5 and August 31 were never responded to.The spokesman said the woman’s emails were identified as spam mail by the club’s mail server – a conclusion supported by an independent contractor’s investigation of the club’s email system.”I do know that there’s been an independent company come in to look at the email trail and again I’m not across that,” Seibold added.”The NRL integrity unit, from my understanding, have known about this for a couple of days, I don’t know how long they’ve known about it for, what the communications channels were and why it is the focus on the day before a semi-final.”Obviously like I said before, it is not ideal that these accusations have come out – they’re front page news, it is not what anyone wants. It’s not what I want, it is not what our game needs. I would rather talk about tonight’s game and tomorrow night’s game.”The Daily Telegraph didn’t name the accused players.
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, center, talks with Donovan Mitchell, right, and Ricky Rubio, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Robert Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds and the Utah Jazz scored 54 points off 3-pointers to hold off the Charlotte Hornets 119-111 on Friday night.Kyle Korver made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the debut of his second stint with the Jazz, who acquired the veteran from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. Jae Crowder, Korver’s former teammate in Cleveland, added 24 points off the bench for Utah.ADVERTISEMENT The Hornets got within six points with just over nine minutes left in the game, but Korver hit a pair of 3s to help hold them off.Utah took its biggest lead at the start of the second period, a 16-point advantage, behind 10 points from Mitchell and eight from Crowder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCharlotte clawed back late in the first half, mostly behind star Kemba Walker and veteran Tony Parker, and tied the game for the first time midway through the third period on a three-point play by guard Jeremy Lamb.But Utah kept hitting 3s. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Joe Ingles made a 24-footer, Mitchell hit a 27-footer and Crowder, who finished with six 3s, connected on a 25-footer during a 90-second stretch late in the third period to get the lead back to 13.TIP-INSJazz: Went 5 of 11 on 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 33-19 lead.Hornets: Charlotte was without starter Cody Zeller most of the game. The center left in the second quarter with a left rib contusion and didn’t return. … Lamb has scored at least 18 points in eight of his last nine games.WELCOME BACKADVERTISEMENT This was the annual return to North Carolina for Jazz coach Quin Snyder, who played at Duke. The Blue Devils went to the Final Four three times in Snyder’s four seasons.BACK AND FORTHThe Jazz and Hornets have split their two-game season series in each of the past four years, with the home team prevailing in all eight of those games. Utah will have a chance to sweep this season’s series when hosts the Hornets on April 1.UP NEXTJazz: At Miami on Sunday night.Hornets: Host New Orleans on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Irving scores 29 as Celtics blast Cavs Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments
A mother of three is seeking the help of the Region Two Administration to get the remains of her 16-year-old daughter, whose body is at the Onderneeming Funeral Home on the Essequibo Coast.The woman, Alva Smith of Phase Two, Onderneeming Sand Pit, Essequibo Coast, Region Two, has said her teen daughter Akeisha Smith died one week ago, but the Government Pathologist is yet to conduct a post-mortem on her body.She said her daughter had suffered from seizures, and died suddenly at their Onderneeming home on August 15.The grieving mother said she believes the seizures contributed to her daughter’s demise. She said the teen had gone to bed in good spirits on Tuesday night, but was discovered dead at about 07:30h the following morning. She said she realised that her daughter was dead when she attempted to wake her up but got noAlva Smithresponse.She said the Police were called in and the body was taken to the funeral home. According to the woman, on August 20, she visited the Suddie Police Station to enquire about the post mortem, but it was only then that the ranks informed the pathologist in Georgetown. She said she heard the pathologist telling the rank that, had he been informed earlier, the post mortem would have already been done. She said that she became worried about the state of her daughter’s body, since there has been constant power outage in the region.The woman has said she is very poor, and it is her daughter’s grandparents who will be taking care of funeral expenses. According to the woman, for religious purposes, the family is hoping to bury the teen before the nine-night service. The teen leaves to mourn her parents and three siblings.
1 Rosicky is poised to leave Arsenal, a decade after joining the club Tomas Rosicky is set to leave Arsenal in the summer.The 35-year-old is out of contract at the end of June and having made just the one appearance this season, is expected to become a free agent.And before Arsenal’s final game of the season against Aston Villa, the midfielder was presented with a silver cannon to commemorate his 10 years at the club.He moved to north London in May 2006 and despite having his Gunners career hampered by injury, his popularity seems to still be going strong.Take a look at the reaction to what looks to have been Rosicky’s farewell to the club below…
GAA RESULTS – COUNTY DONEGALMcGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 08-Sep-2013 Sean Mac Cumhaill 2 – 12 2 – 9 Realt na Mara G.F.C Sean Mac Cumhaill08-Sep-2013 Buncrana 0 – 7 0 – 14 Termon TBCMcGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 Reserve Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Sean MacCumhaills 3 – 15 1 – 6 Realt na Mara G.F.C Sean Mac CumhaillBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Ardara 2 – 13 2 – 8 St Michael’s Ardara08-Sep-2013 Killybegs 0 – 4 1 – 8 Four Masters McDevitt Park Intermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Aodh Ruadh 0 – 6 1 – 11 Naomh Mhuire Mac Cumhaill ParkBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Gaoth Dobhair 0 – 8 0 – 7 Naomh Conaill GweedoreAll Sports Donegal Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 St Nauls 0 – 12 0 – 11 Buncrana Mac Cumhaill Park Semi FinalBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Ardara 3 – 5 1 – 12 St Michaels ArdaraCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Downings 2 – 11 0 – 6 Naomh Brid Pairc Na nDunaibhMarley Coaches Division 5 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 Ardara 6 – 4 2 – 7 Gleann Fhinne ArdaraMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 Convoy 2 – 14 1 – 6 Letterkenny Gaels Convoy07-Sep-2013 Na Rossa 0 – 5 2 – 11 Urris Na Rossa07-Sep-2013 Milford 1 – 17 2 – 6 Naomh Ultan Moyle Park07-Sep-2013 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin 2 – 11 0 – 6 Pettigo Naomh Padraig Uisce ChaoinIntermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 St Nauls 3 – 8 0 – 9 Naomh Columba Eamonn Byrne Memorial ParkAll Sports Donegal Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 Downings 2 – 6 1 – 7 Fanad Gaels Termon Semi FinalMarley Coaches Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 Convoy 2 – 12 3 – 5 Letterkenny Gaels ConvoyU21 Hurling ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Sep-2013 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 1 – 3 7 – 13 Burt MacCumhaill ParkCentra Supermarket U21 B Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Sep-2013 Burt 1 – 14 3 – 3 Urris Carn Domhnach04-Sep-2013 Aodh Ruadh 0 – 19 0 – 4 Buncrana Mac Cumhaill ParkDONEGAL NORTHU16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Gaoth Dobhair 1 – 12 0 – 5 Glenfin Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh ColumbaU13 League Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Downings 1 – 10 1 – 8 Urris DowningsU13 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Cloughaneely 3 – 7 6 – 6 St Michaels CloughaneelyU13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Naomh Padraig Muff 6 – 15 1 – 4 Letterkenny Gaels MuffU13 League Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Sean MacCumhaills B 1 – 14 4 – 4 Red Hughs Mac Cumhaill ParkU13 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Convoy 3 – 4 6 – 15 Carndonagh ConvoyU13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 St Eunans 5 – 9 7 – 13 Sean MacCumhaills O Donnell Park-LetterkennyU13 League Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Robert Emmets 11 – 14 0 – 4 Glenfin Pairc EimeadU13 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 6 – 9 5 – 8 Glenswilly Pairc Colmcille NewtonU13 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Fanad Gaels 6 – 12 4 – 6 St Eunans B Fanad Gaels PortsalonU13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Sep-2013 Termon 2 – 7 4 – 6 Buncrana The Burn RoadU16 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 Carndonagh 2 – 7 2 – 9 Glenswilly Scarvey-Buncrana play-offU13 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment02-Sep-2013 Milford 1 – 8 4 – 5 Cloughaneely CloughaneelyU16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment02-Sep-2013 Gaoth Dobhair 2 – 14 3 – 7 St Michaels The Burn Road PlayoffDONEGAL SOUTHUnder 13 League Division 1 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 Killybegs 7 – 11 2 – 3 Aodh Ruadh Killybegs07-Sep-2013 Bundoran 1 – 5 7 – 11 Four Masters BundoranUnder 13 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 Naomh Ultan 2 – 6 4 – 8 Naomh Brid Naomh UltanUnder 13 League Division 1 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment07-Sep-2013 Kilcar 5 – 9 1 – 1 CLG Naomh Muire KilcarUnder 16 Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Sep-2013 Naomh Columba 2 – 11 2 – 9 Aodh Ruadh Naomh Columba Prelim 2nd LegUnder 13 League Division 1 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment06-Sep-2013 Ardara 2 – 4 6 – 16 Naomh Conaill ArdaraUnder 16 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Sep-2013 Naomh Brid Bundoran Naomh Brid Conceded by BundoranUnder 16 Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Sep-2013 Naomh Conaill 5 – 9 1 – 5 Killybegs Naomh Connaill Prelim 2nd Leg04-Sep-2013 Aodh Ruadh 2 – 11 1 – 9 Naomh Columba Aodh Ruadh Prelim 1st LegUnder 16 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Sep-2013 Na Rossa 3 – 7 0 – 5 Kilcar Na Rossa Prelim 2nd LegUnder 16 Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Sep-2013 Ardara 1 – 11 2 – 4 Dungloe Ardara Prelim 2nd LegUnder 16s Div 2 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment04-Sep-2013 Naomh Conaill 1 – 3 3 – 12 Naomh Naille Naomh Connaill Preliminary Round 2nd LegALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: September 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal GAA results
Letterkenny Golf NewsAlthough the threatening rain did not appear until late in the evening, golfers still had to fight against the prevailing winds which made scoring, especially against Barnhill’s “Swilly” holes on front nine, particularly tricky.Mastering that outward nine on the day was Kevin Rafferty  who, with a fantastic level par gross 36 shots giving him 21pts, may have thought that all he required was a steady nine hole finish to run away with it. But, as all golfers know, never think further than the next shot and, following two disastrous double bogeys at 10th & 11th, Kevin was left “holding on” ’till the finish line which he crossed in exasperation with a return of 36pts.Following close on his heels was Mark Howard  just one point behind with 35pts.Saturday 22nd weather was much friendlier which showed in the entries received and taking top spot on the rostrum in this Open was Cat 4 member Michael Boyd , finally getting back down to business following the celebrations of his “hole-in-one” from last year.Thinking that his double bogey at 3rd may have scuttled his chances, Michael’s consistancy had him return 21pts on front nine which held him in good stead for a winning score of 40pts, despite a finish of double bogey/blank at 16th & 18th. In runner-up spot was “Mr. Resiliance” himself Keith Spence  who has been showing signs of better form of late.Despite an unusual double bogey at 6th followed by a “blank” at 7th, Keith’s fighting spirit, honed from the club’s singles’ matchplay and team performances over the years, came to the fore and a level par inward nine of 36 gross shots, 24pts gave him a total of 39pts.Relegated to third place on that B.O.T. was Kenny King  also on 39pts.A special mention this week again to one of our younger members, this time Finnian O’ Doherty .Although still young enough to be referred to by older members as a “young ‘un”, Finnian’s experience is well beyond his age and his prowess and course management around many courses has been proved many times over and over again. Finnian’s return of one under par 71 gross shots around Barnhill on Saturday was a tremendous return to “home” soil, put together with birdies at 2nd, 11th, 16th & 18th, with blemishes at par three 8th [double bogey] and a bogey at 17th.Outward nine count-back was one over par 37 shots whilst inward nine was a fighting two under gross 34 shots for a return of 38pts. Welcome back Finnian!!Sunday 23rd confined competition was won by Cat 2 handicapper Rory Kenny .Rory’s great start of birdie at 1st was unfortunately eroded by double bogeys at both 7th & 8th, with a repeat performance on back nine of birdie at 14th followed by double bogey at 15th, but Rory still managed a return of 40pts to pip runner-up Peter Mc Ginty  by one point. Peter has been no stranger to the presentation nights this year so far, and, despite a double bogey being recorded at 1st, showed his fighting qualities to finish the back nine on 20pts for an overall 39pts and relegate single figure handicapper Don Ponsonby  to third spot on B.O.T.Don’s birdies at 1st & 6th helped him return a great one under par gross front nine [35 shots], 22pts, whilst his double bogey five at par three 13th probably cost him the overall winner’s spot.Gross prize was won by Gerard Duffy  with 30 gross pts.Congratulations to James Cullen on following in, and indeed exceeding, many of his peers and pros in scoring that elusive “hole-in-one” that so many of us dream of. James attained his feat at the par three 5th hole in Barnhill last week. Congratulations James!Dates for the Diary:The club’s Christmas Hamper will be played for on Saturday 6th December. Online booking now available.Letterkenny Golf Club’s A.G.M. will be held on Thursday 11th December.CAT 4: With over thirty names now on the sheet, convenor Gerry O’ Sullivan is proud to announce that the Cat. 4 Christmas Hamper will take place on Sunday 7th December.This is not a “draw” entry so competitors can book their own tee- time with their own chosen playing partners.TURKEY TROT:There will be a confined 11 [eleven] hole “Turkey Trot” competition every day from Monday-Friday [incl.]. Entry fee @ €3.00. Re-entry anytime @ €3.00. Tee-off from 1st hole only.Unfortunately, it is coming near that time of year when the dreaded winter “mats” will need to be introduced.We have been very lucky so far, due to the magnificent condition that our greenkeepers have kept our course, but in order to keep it as “healthy” as possible, mats will be used as soon as necessary in the forthcoming days.As usual, the date for the cessation of the use of mats will be, weather permitting, St. Patrick’s Day Open 2015.HAVE YOU SIGNED UP?Letterkenny Golf Club’s newly launched Online Lotto’s third draw took place on Wednesday 19th and, although there was no Jackpot winner, two lotto members who smiled happily were Karen Speer & Michael Collum, winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each.Congratulations to you both! The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries at 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, www.letterkennygolfclub.com and follow the prompts.Thank you for playing and please continue to encourage your fellow members, friends & family to play our Club Lotto.“Never practice more than three clubs at a time.Concentrate hard on every shot and stop as soon as you are hitting them perfectly.GOLF NEWS: KEVIN RAFFERTY IN SENSATIONAL FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BarnhillgolfKevin RaffertyletterkennyNoticesSport
But the alternative measure on the upcoming ballot – Proposition 78 – isn’t any better. Proposition 78 is a dirty trick the drug companies came up with to defeat Proposition 79. It’s a meaningless, purely voluntary program under which pharmaceutical manufacturers could, but wouldn’t have to, cut prices. (Which, it’s worth noting, they’re free to do now.) So why put Proposition 78 on the ballot at all? Because if both it and Proposition 79 pass, only the higher vote-getter will take effect. The drug companies figure that even if they can’t defeat Proposition 79 outright, they can thwart it by drumming up more votes for their bogus countermeasure. And while we happen to agree that Proposition 79 is a bad idea, we refuse to play along with this deceitful strategy to confuse voters. The initiative process is a crucial component of California democracy. Disingenuous measures that serve only to debase it ought to be voted down. As for the question of how to make prescription drugs more affordable, this is a topic that needs to be addressed at the federal level. The new Medicare prescription-drug benefit may be a step in the right direction, but clearly when American drugs can be bought cheaper in Canada than in the U.S., something is not right. Too bad neither Proposition 78 nor 79 would fix that. DAILY NEWS SPECIAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS TO DATE: Proposition 74, teacher-tenure reform: Yes Proposition 78, voluntary prescription-drug discounts: No Proposition 79, mandatory prescription-drug discounts: No Proposition 80, energy regulation: No LAUSD Measure Y, school bond: No160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There are two propositions on the Nov. 8 ballot that deal with the problem of runaway prescription-drug costs, both of which deserve to be defeated – albeit for very different reasons. First, there’s Proposition 79, a solution that’s arguably worse than the problem it purports to solve. Then there’s Proposition 78, a sham and an affront to the initiative process. Let’s start with Proposition 79. The measure would try to pressure drug companies into providing prescriptions at a steep discount to those who earn up to 400 percent of the poverty level. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Sounds good, except that because the federal government is responsible for regulating drug manufacturers, there’s little the state can do about the matter. Thus the only leverage Proposition 79 can bring to bear is to penalize drug companies that don’t cooperate by denying sales of their drugs to Medi-Cal patients. But this is a dicey proposition. For starters, Medi-Cal depends on federal funding, so California could only deny coverage for certain drugs if it first got Washington’s approval. And no administration, Democrat or Republican, has shown much willingness to leverage classes of patients this way. For good reason. It would be wrong to use poor Medi-Cal patients – and their access to crucial medications – as pawns in a battle with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Worse yet, in a sop to trial lawyers, Proposition 79 includes a provision that would allow for lawsuits like the ones that voters barred by passing Proposition 64 last year. That alone should doom the bill.
Related Posts Last year when I spoke to Chinese resident and Internet expert, Kaiser Kuo, he noted that the biggest difference between Weibo and Twitter is that the former is actively censored by the Chinese government. There is word filtering and Sina staff monitor the content.Which brings us back to the sad news of Ai Weiwei being detained by authorities in China. It isn’t just people in the West making noise about it, as Chinese authorities perhaps would have us believe. As noted above, users of Sina Weibo are finding creative ways around censorship to make their feelings known.Free Ai WeiweiI was honored to meet Ai Weiwei in New York City last March, at an event that included Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but he came across as a very warm-hearted and curious person. He wanted to know all about what I do, even though he’s achieved much more than I have. Then during the discussion on stage, it became clear that he’s both very brave and always keen to challenge the status quo. He probes for the truth in whatever he says or does. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… There’s increasing concern in China and worldwide about the detention of leading Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. Reports first surfaced on Sunday U.S. that Weiwei had been detained by China authorities, while at the Beijing Airport on his way to Hong Kong. Weiwei is a prolific Twitter user, but his account hasn’t been updated since Sunday (it’s also translated into english). CNN reported today that China’s ruling Communist party “unleashed a blistering attack” on both Weiwei and the West for criticizing the apparent arrest. Many of China’s own citizens are voicing their concern on China’s leading Twitter-like service, Sina Weibo. To do this, users must creatively route around active censorship on Weibo.British newspaper The Guardian wrote today:On the Sina microblog, China’s domestic equivalent of Twitter, censors deleted many messages about Ai, and a search for his name produced a warning that results were not shown due to local regulations. But internet users fought back with typical ingenuity. Several used the words “ai weilai” or “love the future” – which looks and sounds similar to his name – to call for his return. One wrote: “I really don’t dare believe that in this society, even love for the future can disappear.”Western readers probably aren’t familiar with microblogging in China, so here’s some background about Weibo and the current state of the market. While Twitter is blocked in China, there are a number of popular microblogging services among Chinese Internet users. About a year ago I wrote here on ReadWriteWeb that Weibo, owned by the company Sina, was the most popular of these Twitter-like sites. We here at ReadWriteWeb join Sina Weibo users in wishing for the safe return of Ai Weiwei to his home. You can follow Weiwei’s Facebook Page to monitor news and express your own feelings about his detention. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#art#international#NYT#Real World#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout richard macmanus Asian tech analysis blog Penn Olson reported this week that Sina is in the process of spinning off Weibo as a separate entity, possibly leading to a future IPO. Sina Weibo has grown from 50 million users in October to nearly 100 million today. It has 56.5% of the market share in microblogging services, according to iResearch. That’s well ahead of the second most popular service, Tencent’s Fanfou. The difference between Sina and Tencent becomes much more pronounced when looking at browsing time: iResearch puts Sina at 86.6% share. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
FIRST STAGE: To identify parameters that can be used to evaluate colleges, an exploratory phase was carried out in which 20 respondents from six different streams (arts, science, commerce, medicine, engineering and law) were made to sit through in-depth interviews. This enabled us to identify 16 specific parameters. SECOND STAGE:,FIRST STAGE: To identify parameters that can be used to evaluate colleges, an exploratory phase was carried out in which 20 respondents from six different streams (arts, science, commerce, medicine, engineering and law) were made to sit through in-depth interviews. This enabled us to identify 16 specific parameters.SECOND STAGE: Out of the 1,000 respondents, those who were knowledgeable enough to rank colleges on these specific aspects were singled out. They were then asked to rank each of the perceived top 10 colleges in every stream. Then, these 16 aspects were analysed using statistical methods and grouped into six themes. These were:REPUTATION: This included parameters like discipline in the college and its professional administration.CURRICULUM: The time and effort devoted to research; content of the courses offered and method of evaluating academic performances.ACADEMICS: Performance of the students; their rank in the university and the qualification and experience of the teaching staff.FACILITIES: Courses offered and facilities for extra-curricular activities like sports and cultural programmes.ATTENTION TO STUDENTS: Approachability to their problems and individualised care.Click here to EnlargeADMISSION PROCEDURE: Quality of students and performance in qualifying exams.All ranks are based on mean scores on each theme. Based on interviews of 563 of the 1,000 respondents who said they were familiar with the top 10 colleges in all categories. These criteria are not used to finally arrive at the overall ranking which is based on a different polling technique.