Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “As a native to the area, I have been so encouraged to see how the locals and the nation as a whole have come together to help one another.“The NFL, at the end of the day, is a family that helps one another in times of need.”Meanwhile, Texans owner Bob McNair had pledged a $1 million donation to a separate flood relief fund, which the NFL Foundation vowed to match.Also on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys said that all proceeds from their NFL pre-season game against Watt and the Texans at AT&T Stadium on Thursday would go towards the disaster relief fund.Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots — who won the Super Bowl in Houston in February — pledged to match $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross relief fund for victims of Harvey.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle MOST READ LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. AFPLos Angeles, United States — The National Basketball Association and player’s union donated $1 million to the Texas flood disaster relief effort on Tuesday, adding to the millions already raised across the US sports world since the deadly weather system battered the region.In a join statement, the NBA and NBA Players Association (NBAPA) said it was donating the cash to “bring relief to those impacted.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay “Our thought are with the city of Houston and all those affected by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” the statement said.The statement came after news reports said that Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander had donated $10 million to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” the Rockets said in a statement. “… Please stay safe, Houston.”Rockets point guard Chris Paul made a separate donation of $50,000 to a fund created by NFL star J.J. Watt, who plays for the Houston Texans. Watt’s fund had raised $500,000 in a 24-hour period and has now surged past $4 million, Watt said on Twitter on Tuesday.The defensive star said the fundraising drive on the YouCaring.com website was now targeting a total of $5 million.“Forty-eight hours ago we set out to raise 200 grand. And now we’re over $4 million…I can’t say thank you enough,” Watt said.Donors to the fund included Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, who made a million dollar donation, the team said.“The flooding and devastation to the Houston area has been painful to watch,” Strunk said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View commentslast_img read more

Jagdeo blasts Govt over new tolls for Linden roads

first_imgDo not be surprised if traffic into the mining town decreases and the cost of transportation increases, alongOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeowith the cost of living within Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) and its surrounding environs, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo indicated.In light of these added expenses to the general public, he noted that these outcomes are inevitable and will only result in the continued hardship of the ordinary man to sustain a livelihood.During a news conference on Wednesday at the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Headquarters Freedom House, Jagdeo strongly criticised the Government for imposing yet another burdensome fee as he struggled to comprehend the rationale of Government’s decision.“This will bring hardships to the people of Linden, why would you want to do something like that. People will minimise passing through there… it would mean probably higher fares, it would mean more increase in cost of living because goods that they take over will cost more. Why would you want to do that now,” he pondered.Jagdeo remarked that this is yet another of the many counterproductive policies of the Government which only resulted in additional suffering for the Guyanese public.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan has approved the payment of 18 different categories of tolls to be paid to the Linden Town Council (LTC) for the use of its roads.The resolution was approved by Minister Bulkan last Thursday and the information has since been officially gazetted.The by-laws introduced by Minister Bulkan not only impose the need for the payment of the tolls, but creates offences should this new regime be breached.According to the by-laws, “Every vehicle specified in the schedule shall stop at a paying point at the toll station and the owner or person in charge of the vehicle shall pay in the full corresponding toll for the vehicle to the toll collector in local currency.”Under the newly approved by-laws, the Council, subject to the approval of the Minister, will be able to amend the schedule to add or remove categories of vehicles to be included.The tolls to be charged under the by-laws will not exclude persons living in Linden, though there is accommodation.According to the gazetted by-laws, the affected vehicles that are registered in the name of a person living in Linden shall pay a toll determined by the Council twice a year in January and July.Vehicles which had been identified to attract a toll, but are transporting essential supplies for the Government, shall be exempted by the Council from the payment of each toll upon notification and certification by the Regional Democratic Council of the vehicle to the Council.Meanwhile, offences for the refusal of the payment of tolls have been created under the by-laws for breach of the payment of tolls and also makes provision for the detention of the vehicle of a delinquent road user.According to the by-laws, in addition to the penalties imposed for refusing to pay, “the toll collector, in the event that a toll demanded is not honoured, may impound the vehicle and release the vehicle after the sum has been paid in full.”Additionally, the toll collector or the designated officer may release information to the Council or Town Constabulary on any vehicle in respect of number plate, colour, make, type or model, or in respect of any person passing through the toll station and the information shall be confidential, according to the by-laws.Reports indicate that the municipality will cash in on approximately $3 million monthly from the payment of these tolls.last_img read more

Bruce Power considers second site for Nuclear Power Plant

first_imgView Larger MapThis map shows the two possible locations for a Nuclear Power Plant near Peace River Alberta.Bruce Power is looking at an alternative site for a proposed nuclear power plant near Peace River Alberta.- Advertisement -The new site is located about 30 km north of the Town of Peace River. Bruce Power is still considering the original Lac Cardinal site about 30 km west of the town. The company, which is a joint venture of uranium giant Cameco Corp. and TransCanada Corp., said it plans to study both areas before making a final decision early next year.Once the site is chosen, Bruce Power would begin a preliminary design of the plant before presenting its plan to Alberta regulators and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Bruce Power operates six Candu reactors at its electricity generating stations about 250 km northwest of Toronto.last_img read more