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Tour de France riders sprayed with tear gas amid protest by farmers

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Bales of hay blocked the road 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) into the 218-kilometer stage from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon. Tour organizers said police used tear gas to move the protesters as the peloton approached.Four-time champion Froome, race leader Geraint Thomas, and world champion Peter Sagan were among those affected. Froome was treated with eye drops and Sagan poured water over his face to clean his eyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Stage 16 resumed after a 15-minute delay.“I was lucky that it did not affect me too much, I had a bit of tingling in the back of the throat but I used some water to wash it out,” said Thomas on the finish line in the spa town of Bagneres-de-Luchon, after keeping his overall lead intact. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France — After fans had caused chaos in the Alps by setting off flares, tear gas from police accidentally played havoc with Tour de France riders during the first stage in the Pyrenees on Tuesday.Four-time champion Chris Froome was among a large group of riders whose eyes needed treatment when police intervened to disperse farmers protesting funding cuts by disrupting cycling’s biggest race.ADVERTISEMENT “The road should remain free, we are not going to lock the riders in a stadium or on a tennis court,” he said. “The riders’ job is extremely dangerous, they are taking risks every day, people should not block the road, no matter what causes they are fighting for.”Belgian classics specialist Greg Van Avermaet said race organizers made a good decision by neutralizing the stage, allowing the peloton to resume competing after three kilometers.“I was not affected because I was not in the first 10 of the group,” he said. “I heard some of the guys had problems so I thought it was a good decision to stop and wait and bring everything together.”According to a statement from French authorities in the local Aude department, a small group of 20 activists made the intervention to protest a planned reduction of European Union funding in their area. Standing on the side of the road with a herd of about 50 sheep, the farmers threw hay bales on the race route just minutes before the peloton arrived.This Tour has been marred by incidents.Race organizers have struggled to deal with angry fans protesting Froome’s participation. After fans threw flares at riders in the climb to the ski resort of Alpe d’Huez, Tour organizers banned the use of smoke flares for the rest of the race.Froome raced all season under the cloud of a potential ban for using twice the permitted level of salbutamol during his victory at the Spanish Vuelta in September. He was cleared only just before the Tour. He said he has been repeatedly spat at since the race started, and spectators have punched him and tried to make him fall off his bike.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ View comments Mbappe reveals he played World Cup finals with a back injury Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Froome, who remained in second place overall, 1 minute, 39 seconds behind Sky teammate Thomas, said the effects of the gas did not last long.“I just sprayed some water, water in the eyes, water on the face,” he said. “Just felt throat and nose were burning, eyes were burning afterwards. But I think quite a lot of riders were in a similar situation. I think we’re all grateful for temporary neutralization and to clear, to have a couple of (kilometers) to clear our eyes, nose out, then the racing continued again.”Frenchman Pierre Latour, who wears the white jersey for the best young rider, said he noticed police were using tear gas when he arrived at the road blockade.“With the headwind, the gas came back to the peloton. Lots of us had to stop to drink and douse water over our eyes,” Latour said.Tour director Christian Prudhomme condemned the farmers’ action and demanded more respect for riders.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

IOM Approves US$100,000 to NATSL

first_imgThe International Organization for Migration (IOM) has approved a project valued at over US$100,000 to support the work of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Secretariat of Liberia (NATSL).IOM, through its project manager, Kamara Mohamed M., made the pronouncement on Tuesday, January 7, when he presented office materials/equipment to the Secretariat stationed at the Ministry of Labour. Making the presentation on behalf of organization, Mohamed M. said the donation was in respond to a request made to the IOM by the Ministry of Labour in order to combat trafficking of persons in Liberia.He said the materials or equipment would be used to counter trafficking in person as well as training for members of the secretariat.Receiving the items on behalf of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Secretariat, the Minister of Labor, Cllr. F. Juah Lawson, thanked the IOM for supporting the government fight against Human Trafficking in Liberia.She said that the Government of Liberia has in recent time scored some victory in her effort to combat human trafficking, evident by the arrest and prosecution of some alleged human traffickers by the Government of Liberia.She expressed gratitude for the wiliness to support projects gear towards the fight against human trafficking, and the need for nonstop consultation amongst the partners to ensure the successful implementation of the project.Items delivered by the IOM included, set of desktop computers, a laptop computer, digital camera, printer, photocopier, projector, and a projector screen and external hard drive.Established 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization working in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In Liberia, IOM activities are considered to be one of the most important elements and critical interventions to mitigate unemployment, promote peace, and resolve conflict, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mexican trucks coming

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. and Mexican leaders announced a test Friday to allow Mexican trucks full access to the state and the rest of the nation, a move that alarms air quality regulators who believe it will foul Southern California’s air and crumble its roads. The one-year program allows an unlimited number of trucks from 100 Mexican companies to carry cargo beyond the current 25-mile border zone. Estimates vary widely on how much pollution would be generated by a sharp increase in the number of polluting diesel engines on the freeways. But one study predicted that Mexican trucks could add 50 tons per day of smog-forming emissions – more than the pollution generated by the region’s 350 biggest industrial sources combined. “This could have a major impact in terms of traffic, air quality and the border. We’re going to have to take a close look at it,” said Scott Gerber, spokesman for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein is on the Senate Appropriations Committee panel that plans to launch an inquiry into the program next month. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who chairs the committee, questioned the Bush administration’s claim that it has fulfilled a raft of safety requirements Congress mandated several years ago. “International trade is a critical engine of our nation’s economy, but safety must not be the victim when it comes to expanding trade with our partners,” she said. As part of the agreement, U.S. inspectors will be allowed to examine the trucks as well as check licenses, insurance and driving records of the Mexican drivers before they cross into the United States. Trucks are expected to enter the U.S. within a matter of weeks. “This program will make trade with Mexico easier and keep our roads safe at the same time,” Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said during an announcement in El Paso, Texas, on the border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico and the U.S. were supposed to have allowed full access for each other’s trucks by 2000. Concerns over driver and equipment safety as well as air pollution had limited them to the border zone. But after opponents in 2004 lost a Supreme Court battle attempting to block the border opening, the administration has moved steadily forward. The pilot program, if successful, could pave the way for full access of all Mexican trucks to U.S. roads. Spewing smog For California, the air-quality implications are serious, said Sam Atwood, spokesman for the South Coast Air Quality District. Because Mexico does not have low-sulfur diesel fuel, he said trucks coming from south of the border will produce higher emissions. That means California’s attempt to meet particulate health standards by 2015 – for which the state is turning over public transportation fleets as well as other trucks – could stall. At the same time, California also is bound by a law originally written by former Woodland Hills Assemblywoman Fran Pavley that requires Mexican trucks to meet U.S. pollution limits if they want to travel through the state. It remains unclear, state environmental officials said, what that law will mean for the new pilot program. Union leaders and government watchdogs maintained that the government has not done an adequate job ensuring that Mexican drivers meet safety standards. “They are playing a game of Russian roulette on America’s highways,” Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said. Rep. James Oberstar, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, said he thinks the administration has made progress since 2001 in complying with safety rules. But he said he’s still not convinced the U.S. is prepared to hold Mexican truckers to federal safety standards, noting that Mexican drivers are not restricted in the number of hours they can work. “It is impossible to know how many hours or days a driver has been behind the wheel of a truck in Mexico, without rest, prior to crossing the border and entering our highways,” he said. “Anecdotal evidence from news reports suggests that working hours for truck drivers in Mexico go far beyond anyone’s estimate of a safe, reasonable limit.” Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, who sits on the transportation panel, said he needs time to review the program. “While I am a strong supporter of free trade, there are outstanding concerns regarding safety and environmental standards for Mexican trucks that must be addressed,” he said. Meanwhile, Boyce noted that as part of NAFTA, the agreement to open U.S. roads to Mexican trucks isn’t a decision lawmakers can easily avoid. “Unless Congress wants to abrogate the treaty, they have to open the border,” he said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal transfer report: Gunners to battle Borussia Dortmund for free agent Sami Khedira?

first_img Sami Khedira 1 Borussia Dortmund are ready to rival Arsenal for the signature of Sami Khedira, according to reports in Germany.The 27-year-old’s current contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season, meaning he will be available on a free in the summer.That has alerted clubs all across Europe, including Premier League side Arsenal, who were tracking the German last summer.However, according to Bild, Borussia Dortmund are keeping tabs on Khedira’s situation and are ready to swoop for him in the summer.Dortmund are not the only German side chasing the defensive midfielder, with Bayern Munich also viewed as a possible destination, so the Gunners will have to move fast if they are serious about landing thelast_img

Inter Milan fall further behind Napoli after Roma draw

first_img0Shares0000Inter Milan’s midfielder Matias Vecino (R) heads the ball to score against Roma at the San Siro stadium in Milan on January 21, 2018 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Jan 21 – Inter Milan fell further behind in the Serie A title race on Sunday after a scrappy 1-1 home draw with Champions League-chasing Roma left them 11 points behind leaders Napoli.Matias Vecino equalised with a late header for Inter after Stephan El Shaarawy had capitalised on awful defending to clip home goalkeeper Alisson’s huge clearance in the 32nd minute to open the scoring. Uruguayan Vecino met a whipped Marcelo Brozovic cross to beat an outstanding Alisson, who had made two superb second-half saves from Mauro Icardi, and keep Luciano Spalletti’s side in the top four, level on 43 points with third-placed Lazio and three ahead of Roma.However they are winless in six games in the league and no longer look like title contenders, while Roma, who stay fifth on 40 points, have fallen even further behind after picking up just ten points from a possible 24 since beating Lazio in mid-November.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side are now 12 points behind Napoli, who extended their lead at the top to four points when Dries Mertens ended a long goal drought to give his team a 1-0 victory at Atalanta.Belgian international Mertens’s 65th-minute strike ended a league dry spell that stretched back to October 29, getting behind the defence and flashing his 11th goal of the season past Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.“He (Mertens) had shown some signs of improvement even without scoring goals, so the drought was relative. It was obvious he’d get back to scoring goals eventually,” said Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.Napoli’s forward Dries Mertens (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Atalanta on January 21, 2018 © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOAtalanta are down to eighth after the loss and AC Milan’s 2-1 win at Cagliari, which came thanks to Franck Kessie scoring twice to drag his team back from a goal down in Sardinia.Lazio took third thanks to a thumping 5-1 win over Chievo in Rome that saw rising star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic bag a fine brace either side of half-time to put Lazio two up, after Chievo’s Manuel Pucciarelli had equalised Luis Alberto’s 23rd-minute long-range opener for the hosts.Substitute Nani laid on Bastos to fire home a deflected fourth with seven minutes left, before the former Manchester United winger added a fifth three minutes later with a fine hit from the edge of the area.“The boys are enjoying themselves, when we manage to go ahead we often score a lot of goals and that is a great hallmark,” said Inzaghi, whose exciting team are now Serie A’s top scorers with 53 goals despite having the league’s leading scorer Ciro Immobile limp off with a muscle injury after 35 minutes.– Quagliarella’s Indian summer –Sampdoria are three points ahead of Atalanta in sixth after Fabio Quagliarella fired an excellent hat-trick to down Fiorentina 3-1 in Genoa.The 34-year-old Italian is enjoying something of an Indian summer and scored in the 30th, 60th and 68th minutes to continue Sampdoria’s fine home record that has seen them gather 24 of their 33 points at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.Lazio’s forward Luis Nani (R) scores against Chievo at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on January 21, 2018 © AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE“I am in an environment that I like a lot, a team in which I have a lot of fun and everything else comes from that,” said Quagliarella, who has scored 15 times in 20 league appearances.Bottom club Benevento’s mini-revival came to a crashing halt with a 3-0 beating at Bologna, thanks to goals from Mattia Destro, Sebastien De Maio and Blerim Dzemaili.Benevento had won two games in a row — there first ever Serie A successes — going into the winter break but remain on seven points and are now 11 points from safety after Crotone’s 3-0 win at second-bottom Verona, which lifted them out of the bottom three.Elsewhere, Simone Berardi saved a point for Sassuolo with a 1-1 draw at home to Torino after Obi had given the away side a 26th-minute lead, and Udinese played out another 1-1 draw with SPAL, who drop back into the relegation zone despite Sergio Floccari saving a point after Samir’s 11th-minute opener.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pakistan ends Bhutto’s brief house arrest

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan quickly ended house arrest for opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Friday as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf came under new U.S. pressure to end a crackdown that Washington fears is hurting the fight against Islamic extremism. Earlier in the day, police threw up barbed wire around Bhutto’s house to keep her from speaking at a rally to protest Musharraf’s imposition of emergency rule, and security forces rounded up thousands of her supporters to block any mass demonstrations. The action was a new blow to hopes the two U.S.-friendly leaders could form an alliance against militants – a rising threat underlined by a suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan that targeted the home of a Cabinet minister, who escaped without injury. Bhutto twice tried to evade authorities in her car, telling police who surrounded her villa: “Do not raise hands on women. You are Muslims. This is un-Islamic.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre In Rawalpindi, the nearby garrison town where she had hoped to stage the rally, police fired tear gas at hundreds of Bhutto loyalists who staged wildcat protests and hurled stones. More than 100 were arrested. The Bush administration called for the restrictions on Bhutto to be lifted, and Pakistan’s government said late Friday that she was again free to move about, although police barriers remained outside her house. Her supporters said she would try to leave this morning. In Washington, where some lawmakers are calling for aid to Pakistan to be curtailed, U.S. officials again criticized Musharraf’s crackdown. “We remain concerned about the continued state of emergency and curtailment of basic freedoms, and urge Pakistani authorities to quickly return to constitutional order and democratic norms,” Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in a statement. As Musharraf’s chief international backer, the Bush administration is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Pakistan that is on the front lines of the U.S.-led campaign against terrorist groups.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ministry stirs troubled teens

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We’re going to pack this place,” they shout, “with his saving grace.” Welcome to Mega Youth Ministry, an in-your-face outreach ministry to teenagers, some of them Catholic, some of them troubled, all of them moved by Fatica’s high-octane intensity. On Dec. 17, HBO will show a 78-minute documentary about Fatica’s ministry. Filmmaker David Holbrooke ran into Fatica in 2005 and ditched his previous project about faith in America to focus on Fatica. “Justin was so physical and passionate, he just jumped off the screen,” Holbrooke said. “If it was 15 minutes of Justin in a 90-minute film, it would have diminished him and made him seem one-dimensional, and he’s just not.” But some older, more conservative Catholics don’t get it, said Jennifer Robinson, a 20-year-old from Syracuse who first met Fatica at her Catholic high school two years ago. She’s been coming to Mega Youth Ministry ever since. “Some parts of it get out of hand,” she said. “I’d rather have it that way than not get through at all.” Fatica, 29, says he’s heard some of the criticism, “mostly from people of the church.” When he hears the complaints, he thinks of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known to ask his brothers to treat him the way people treated the destitute at that time, by stripping them and dragging them through the village by a rope. “He would do it in his underwear and everybody would be like, `What’s his deal?”‘ Fatica said, smiling. “Just like a lot of the things that I’m doing. (People say,) `What is this guy doing? This isn’t Catholic, this is Baptist!”‘ Perhaps, but some say maybe that’s just what the area – and the church – needs. Bob Halligan Jr., the leader of the six-person Mega Youth band, said this corner of the Catholic Church tends to be “very much on the sleepy side.” And Fatica, he said, might just be able to wake it up. “We’re really going after God on this,” he said, “so some people get spooked.” Fatica challenges teens to confront their inner demons, including drug use, sexual violence, bulimia, suicidal thoughts, self-injury and alcoholic parents. Some teens say Mega Youth has helped them overcome destructive behavior. “You could come here, no matter what you did, and you’ll never be judged,” said Rob Bellucci, 15, a high school freshman. “You see a lot of other people going through the same things, and it’s just like, `Hey, I’m not alone.”‘ Young Catholics like Robinson say Fatica offers something teens need to hear.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ONONDAGA, N.Y. – Devotional candles flicker in the breeze that blows through the open windows of the Church of St. Michael and St. Peter. It’s past dusk, but it’s not at all quiet. A muscular man commands the attention of the group of about 70 – most of them teenagers – crammed into the front pews. His voice, whispering a moment ago, fills the nave. “If you’re not ready to pump it up, go home!” shouts Justin Fatica, veins bulging from his forehead, his fists punching the air like a professional wrestler goading the crowd. “If you’re not ready to pump it up, go out in the rain!” Nobody leaves. The lights go down. The rock band kicks on and dozens of teenagers start jumping up and down, dancing, clapping and singing. last_img

RELAY FOR LIFE TO HOST DONEGAL’S FIRST CANCER CONFERENCE

first_imgRelay for Life Donegal will host Donegal’s first Cancer Conference on the 5th April 2014 in The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. This is a unique conference as it is the first time that a conference has been delivered for both survivors and their caregivers.The key speakers, who have a wealth of experience and knowledge, will discuss a wide range of topics which will be relevant and of great benefit and interest to all who attend. Admission is free (including lunch) but early booking is essential.If you would like to attend the conference email us at relayforlifedonegal@gmail.com or telephone one of the following; Ena at 087 9966096, Mags at 087 6865828, Laura at 086 3517202 or Robert at 087 2716344.Two of Relay for Life Donegal’s Survivors share an extract of their story:ANTHONY DELAP (Survivors Choir) “When I was young the word cancer wasn’t even whispered. It was too frightening a word to say aloud. If someone was diagnosed with this disease it was considered to be a life sentence. Thankfully, years of tireless work and research by dedicated doctors and scientists have not only eased the pain and suffering of those who are terminally ill, but have also greatly increased the chances of survival of many others. I should know- because I am one of those survivors.The conference to be held on the 5th April 2014 at the Mount Errigal Hotel will offer a fantastic opportunity for everyone who attends to talk aloud or simply listen if they wish to the many experts who will be at hand on the day.The Relay for Life Donegal events held over the past two years have been a tremendous success from many prospectives. Last year, €320,728 was raised to help fund some of the vital research that I’ve mentioned. In addition to this €328,225 was spent by the Irish Cancer Society in Donegal.However, Relay for Life Donegal is much more than a fundraising event and because of this I eagerly anticipate the Relay for Life Donegal event being held at the LYIT on the 31/5/14 – 1/6/14. It will be great to meet up again with friends and people who have had similar experiences as me”.BERNIE GALLAGHER (Survivor and former Committee member) “Being involved with Relay for Life Donegal has been one of the highlights of my life. Being a survivor I wanted to do something with the life I was gifted second time around and Relay for Life Donegal arrived just at the right time! I found it gave me something to focus on where I could help others who went through a similar plight to mine. Cancer is a daunting word to say the least, but I found you find strength in talking about it and being surrounded by people who care.Relay for Life Donegal is like one big family. The event itself was therapeutic. It provided a platform for those touched by cancer; where they could share their emotions and cry in front of strangers without feeling embarrassed. It released emotions that people kept hidden for far too long and allowed them to live again. For me, this was the most significant part of the event, as the atmosphere it created was one of love and togetherness – people need this when dealing with cancer”.If you would like to register a team for the Relay for Life Donegal event on the 31/5/14 – 1/6/14 email us at relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.com or telephone Nicola on 086 8880399.RELAY FOR LIFE TO HOST DONEGAL’S FIRST CANCER CONFERENCE was last modified: March 26th, 2014 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:Cancer ConferenceRelay for Lifelast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF LIGHTNING STORM THAT LIT UP DONEGAL SKY

first_imgAbove are a selection of incredible images of last night’s spectacular lighting storm that lit up Donegal.These fantastic images were taken by Paula Greene in Dungloe.The timing of the pictures and impressive and show the fork lightning that struck the entire county after heavy snowfall.The lightning storm caused 1,600 homes in Moville to be left without electricity.While many homes in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas were also left without power for a time.If you’ve got any images of the lightning storm from last night then send them into us at info@donegaldaily.comPICTURE SPECIAL: INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF LIGHTNING STORM THAT LIT UP DONEGAL SKY was last modified: January 14th, 2015 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:electricityFeaturesFork Lightninglightning stormnewspicture specialPowerlast_img read more

Draymond Green praises Clippers before first round of NBA playoffs

first_imgBeat writer Mark Medina outlines 14 confusing playoff possibilities the Warriors could face and the rotating rest strategy Steve … Click here if you’re having trouble viewing this video on a mobile device.The Golden State Warriors will not know who their opponent in the first round of the playoffs will be until the regular season finale Wednesday.The team concluded its final regular season game at Oracle Arena in Oakland with a 131-104 win against Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.last_img