Chung’s stunning run continues into Australian Open semis

first_imgWestbrook’s late basket lifts Thunder past Nets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ The No. 58-ranked Chung is the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Marat Safin in 2004. At 21, he’s also the youngest to reach the last four at a major since Marin Cilic did it here in 2010.With Chung already through, and Kyle Edmund playing No. 6 Marin Cilic in the other half of the draw, it’s the first time since 1999 that multiple unseeded players have reached the Australian Open semifinals.Two women who’ve been to this stage at a Grand Slam before will meet in the last four. One has two major titles, the other still seeks a breakthrough. Top-ranked Simona Halep recovered from an early break to win nine straight games in a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 6 Karolina Pliskova and set up a semifinal match against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, who routed U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2.Kerber has been the only Grand Slam singles champion in the women’s draw since her third-round win over Maria Sharapova. Two-time French Open finalist Halep has had a tougher road — having to save match points in a third-round win over Lauren Davis that finished 15-13 in the third — to reach the semifinals at Melbourne Park for the first time.Not that Chung’s run has been routine. After taking out Zverev and Djokovic, Chung could next face defending champion Roger Federer for a spot in the final. Federer was playing Tomas Berdych later Wednesday in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He missed four match points in the last game and had to fend off two break points, including one in a 31-shot rally dominated by slice backhands, before finally beating Sandgren 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday.“In last game, I think at 40-love … if I win one more point, I make history in Korea. I have to think about the ceremony, something,” he said, explaining how he got slightly ahead of himself. “After deuce, break point. I was like, no, nothing to do with ceremony. But just keep playing — keep focused.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThen he fully embraced the moment, joking with Jim Courier in an on-court TV interview, introducing the audience to his parents and his coach, and taking the microphone to speak in Korean to millions of new tennis fans back home.“I think all the people is watching Australian Open now because we make history in Korea,” he said. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases South Korea’s Chung Hyeon celebrates after defeating United States’ Tennys Sandgren in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)MELBOURNE, Australia — Serving for a spot in the Australian Open semifinals and with the score at 40-love, Hyeon Chung started thinking how he might celebrate being the first Korean to reach the last four of a Grand Slam.Not so fast. He hadn’t let up when upsetting No. 4 Alexander Zverev or six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic en route to the quarterfinals, but he let his guard down for a few points against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 Until the last game, Chung had been simply too consistent for Sandgren, a 26-year-old American who had never won a match at a Grand Slam tournament or beaten a top 10 player until last week.Sandgren’s unexpected surge to the quarterfinals — he beat 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Dominic Thiem en route to the quarterfinals — was overshadowed by heavy scrutiny of his Twitter account and his follows and retweets of far-right activists.Kerber has had no serious distractions on a 14-match winning streak, and is hoping to emulate her breakout year in 2016.She won the Australian and U.S. Open titles two years ago and reached the No. 1 ranking, but slipped into the 20s last year. She didn’t win a title between the 2016 U.S. Open and the Sydney International earlier this month.Seeded 21st, her first three wins were in straight sets but a fourth-round struggle against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei had commentators wondering if Kerber was in 2016, or 2017 form.She responded with six service breaks against the No. 17-seeded Keys, finishing off the match in 51 minutes and improving her record to seven wins in eight matches against the American.“I am just trying to find the feeling back that I had, like 2016, and just enjoying my time,” Kerber said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

Bombs away: Cherry Rondina comes off the bench, sparks Petron win in PSL Finals opener

first_img“I saw that my teammates were playing well and I almost told coach Shaq that I don’t want to come in because they’re already playing well,” said Rondina. “But coach Shaq told me to never doubt myself and that boosted me up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The Cherry Bomb” is a five-time UAAP MVP in the beach volleyball tournament and was UAAP Season 80’s Best Scorer in the indoor tournament.Despite her accolades, and reputation, Rondina doesn’t mind coming off the bench to help steer Petron to a record fourth title in the Philippine Superliga.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 ChrissRondina came off the Blaze Spikers’ bench in their 25-23, 25-11, 25-17 Game 1 win in the All-Filipino finals against F2 Logistics and it didn’t matter if he had a diminished role.“I was just thinking that I want to do anything I can to help the team and energize them, that’s it,” said Rondina in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Rondina came in as a substitute for Ces Molina and the 5-foot-6 hitter delivered with a game-high 12 points for the Blaze Spikers.“I didn’t expect that I would play this way and when I entered the court I knew I had to play well for Ate Ces.”Rondina added that she wasn’t hyped up despite going into the fifth straight finals meeting against the Cargo Movers.“When I woke up I was only thinking that this was a normal game and that this wasn’t a championship game,” said Rondina. “What I did was talk to my teammates before the game and as a substitute I got their backs and I’ll do everything I can to help them.”Rondina, though, admitted that she got a bit nervous when the game was about to start but it was Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos’ confidence in them that helped her get through it.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Cherry Rondina is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in Philippine volleyball right now and her stature deserves the spotlight in whatever she goes to.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PSL Finals: Petron razes F2 Logistics in Game 1 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Greater transparency not only from politicians, but from private sector

first_imgDear Editor,Recent comments by the former Petroleum Presidential Advisor, Dr Jan Mangal, provided for interesting reading; more particularly where he comments on the “stages of influence” that oil companies exert to make countries forfeit their wealth.Dr Mangal has said: “The oil company and their agents will first influence the politicians. They do this very well. They do it all the time all around the world (in the rich countries as well). This has already happened in Guyana. Then they will influence the private sector by giving them some contracts. This has already happened in Guyana, judging by the words/actions of the private sector, judging by how some prominent Guyanese have suddenly gone quiet or changed their tune.”The latter point, regarding the private sector, is particularly interesting. Politicians will be frowned on for having engagements (contracts, etc) with the oil companies, but what about the heads and executives of private sector groups?Guyanese are treated to an endless stream of comments from private sector officials, which are portrayed as impartial positions. But how can we be sure? The answer, I think, and more so to lend greater credibility to voices from the private sector, could lie in there being full disclosure.Maybe it is time that there is a declaration by private sector heads and executives, in particular, about what contracts or agreements they are engaged in with ExxonMobil. Maybe it is time that Guyanese are made aware of how these heads and executives of private sector groups are personally benefiting from the oil company.Guyanese have also been treated to the trend where private sector groups bring in consultants for oil and gas forums; another attempt to lend credibility, in my view, to some of the positions taken. But we have seen that some of the very consultants who were brought in were linked to the oil companies – as was the case with Rystad Energy. It was Dr Mangal himself who pointed out that Rystad Energy was part of the company’s lobbying machinery.I agree with Dr Mangal when he says: “The odds are stacked against Guyana, but Guyana can succeed.” But such success, I think, can be realised if we start with greater transparency from not only the politicians, but also from the private sector groups and their heads and executives.Sincerely,Baldeo Mathuralast_img read more

Nothing wrong with “inexperienced” GuySuCo Board – Junior Finance Minister

first_imgDespite criticisms that the newly appointed Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Board of Directors lack the skills to manage the sugar industry efficiently given the crisis facing the industry, Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma has defended the competence of the individuals who have been handpicked by the Government as he believes they bring a wide cross-section of skills and new ideas.The new GuySuCo Board members are Colvin Heath-London (Chairman); Fritz McLean, Komal Singh, Verna Adrian, Vishnu Panday, Annette Arjoon-Martins, Arianne McLean, Roshan Khan, and George Jervis.Sharma said the Board of Directors at GuySuCo is a policy direction body that could help to change the industry’s performance and bring some order to the manner in which the Corporation operates. “Once you have the skillset to manage, I don’t see any problem with that,” the Minister asserted.According to Sharma, the previous GuySuCo Chairman, Professor Clive Thomas, had no experience in sugar either but that was not a problem. Importantly, however, is the fact that a representative from the General Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) sits on the Board. That person would have extensive experience in the sugar industry and an intimate understanding of the role of GuySuCo.“If you told me that the management doesn’t have experience in sugar then that would have been a different story but a board is a set people with different skills set that could add to and contribute to the industry and the company’s improved performance,” Sharma contended.Asked to offer his view on criticisms that the number of Board members remains the same even though they will be left with the responsibility of three sugar estates when the remaining four are closed, the Minister told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the number is suitable for any of the scenarios.“You want a wide skillset when you are making decisions so the Board will have sub-committees and if you have a board of three or four people, who will head these sub-committees? Then you have meetings where people don’t attend and we are assured with those numbers that you will have a quorum,” he added.Sharma also noted that the new Board is made up of young people, something that people were demanding. He said with the inclusion of these people, it will add a new dynamic to the Board and it will allow these young professionals to serve in a leadership capacity who can bring new ideas.Further, Sharma noted that the criticisms about GuySuCo being placed directly under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) which has direct responsibility for the Corporation is not a matter of micromanaging but the intention is to bring some coherence to how the industry is ran.He said, “The issue was always in relation to cooperation. The (Special Purpose Unit) SPU never had the cooperation of the last Board and they did what they wanted to do and they had several objections. There was also confusion between the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture.”“So we will now have greater cooperation. The persons from SPU are sitting on the Board itself so there is no confusion of the right hand doing this and the left hand doing this. I am really happy with the new Board structure and I will wait and see how successful they will get.”Guyana Times was the first to report on March 1 that Government had given its nod to the appointment of a new Board of Directors after booting Professor Thomas from its chairmanship and replacing him with head of the SPU of the NICIL, Colvin Heath-London.SPU is looking to obtain $30 billion in loans and investments to support GuySuCo. According to the Unit, the funding will cover a four-year period and will provide capital, support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. The funds are also expected to go towards developing new cogeneration capacity for the estate operations and the electric grid.GuySuCo has a history of debt; at the end of 2015, the Corporation owed $78.6 billion. In January of last year, the National Assembly’s Economic Services Committee was informed that the debt showed a marginal decrease to $77 billion. This money was owed to the National Insurance Scheme, the Guyana Revenue Authority, the Caribbean Development Bank and others.One of NICIL’s first acts since assuming responsibility for GuySuCo has also been to abruptly end the life of the old Board of Directors. Coming out of a special Board meeting, a decision was taken to have a new Board installed as of February 14, 2018. The acting Finance Director and CEO was Paul Bhim.last_img read more

Guyanese man dies after car crashes at JFK Airport

first_imgA Guyanese who worked as a security officer at the John F Kennedy International Airport, New York was in the wee hours of Sunday killed after the car he was driving flipped several times and then burst into flames.Dead: Dayanand ShamsundarThe dead man has been identified as Dayanand Shamsundar, also called “Nan”, formerly of Newtown, Enmore, East Coast Demerara.The contractor attached to the Allied Universal Security Service was reportedly driving near the intersection of Lefferts Boulevard and Pan-Am Road in Queens when his SUV careened through a fence and into several parked cars in JFK International Airport’s parking lot.The New York Post reported that the vehicle flipped as it struck the other cars and ultimately landed in another section where it went up in flames.Shamsundar was reportedly pulled from the burning vehicle and taken to the Jamaica Hospital Medical Centre where he subsequently died.The mangled car driven by Shamsundar after the accidentIt is not clear what caused the man to lose control of the vehicle, but it was suggested that he might have suffered cardiac arrest while driving to work. A post-mortem will ascertain the cause of death.Shamsundar reportedly left Guyana several years ago with his family to take up residency in the United States of America.last_img read more

Two Clairmont boys approached by man

first_imgThe Grande Prairie RCMP is seeking the public’s help, to track down a man, who last week, allegedly tried to convince two young boys to go home with him.The incident reportedly occurred early Wedneday evening, at about 7:30, when the ten and eleven year old boys were playing near a lake in Clairmont…the hamlet five kilometres north of Grande Prairie.They say they noticed a man in a silver car looking at them and when he got out of his vehicle and suggested the boys come to his home they instead ran to a nearby residence.- Advertisement -The man is described as caucasian, with a thin build and about five-feet, seven inches tall.He’s also said to have short black hair and, two loop earrings in one ear.Anyone with information is asked to call the toll free Crime Stoppers number…1-800-222-84-77.Advertisementlast_img read more

Dems mull 2008 troop-pullout deadline

first_imgWASHINGTON – House Democratic leaders intend to propose legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the fall of 2008, or even earlier if the Iraqi government fails to meet security and other goals, Democratic officials said Wednesday night. The conditions, described as tentative until presented to the Democratic rank and file, would be added to legislation providing nearly $100 billion the Bush administration has requested for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the officials said. The legislation is expected on the floor of the House later this month, and it would mark the most direct challenge the new Democratic-controlled Congress has posed to date to the president’s war policies. Without providing any of the measure’s details, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office announced plans for a news conference this morning to unveil the legislation. Officials said she would be joined by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and other key lawmakers. Murtha is chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Pentagon’s budget and is among the House’s most outspoken opponents of the war. The measure emerged from days of private talks among Democrats after the repudiation of Murtha’s original proposal, which would have required the Pentagon to meet readiness and training standards without the possibility of a waiver. Murtha said its implementation would have starved the war effort of troops because the Pentagon could not find enough units to meet the standards. Several moderate Democrats spoke out against it, though. And Republicans sharply attacked it as the abandonment of troops already in the war zone.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Democrats familiar with the emerging legislation said it would require President George W. Bush to certify that the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was making progress toward providing for Iraq’s security, allocating its oil revenues and creating a fair system for amending its constitution. They said if Bush certified the Iraqis were meeting these benchmarks, U.S. combat troops could remain until September of next year. Otherwise, the deadline would move up to the end of 2007. The officials who described the details did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to speak before the measure is presented to the rank and file. They stressed that the specific provisions in the legislation were tentative, pending approval by the caucus. The legislation also calls for the Pentagon to adhere to its standards for equipping and training U.S. troops sent overseas and for providing time at home between tours of combat. At the same time, it would permit Bush to issue waivers of these standards. Democrats said the waiver provisions could embarrass the president, but their effect would be to permit the administration to proceed with plans to deploy five additional combat brigades to the Baghdad area over the next few months. last_img read more

Turkey recalls its envoy from D.C.

first_imgIn Turkey, there was widespread expectation that the House committee vote and any further steps could damage relations between the two countries. Turkish officials and lawmakers warned that if the resolution were approved by the full House, they would reconsider supporting the American war effort in Iraq, which includes permission to ship essential supplies through Turkey from a major air base at Incirlik, in southern Turkey. Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, refused to say what effect the resolution might have on American access to the base, but he did not exclude the possibility of a policy change.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ISTANBUL, Turkey – Turkey reacted angrily Thursday to a House committee vote in Washington to condemn the mass killings of Armenians in Turkey during World War I as genocide, recalling its ambassador from Washington and threatening to withdraw its support for the Iraq war. In uncharacteristically strong language, President Abdullah Gul criticized the vote by the House Foreign Relations Committee in a statement to the semi-official Anatolian News Agency, and warned that the decision could work against the United States. “Unfortunately, some politicians in the United States have once more dismissed calls for common sense, and made an attempt to sacrifice big issues for minor domestic political games,” Gul said. The House vote comes at a particularly inopportune time. Washington has called on Turkey to show restraint as the Turkish military mobilizes on the border with Iraq, threatening an incursion against Kurdish insurgents. On Thursday, Turkish warplanes were reported to be flying close to the border, but not crossing it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The possibility of Turkish military intervention in Iraq against Kurdish separatists has long worried U.S. officials for its potential to ignite a wider war spilling from Iraq. On Wednesday, the Turkish government began the process of gaining parliamentary approval for crossborder operations. The committee vote in the House, though nonbinding and largely symbolic, rebuffed an intense campaign by the White House and earlier warnings from Turkey’s government that such a vote would gravely strain relations with the United States. In Washington, the Bush administration tried to ease the hard feelings between the two countries, and vowed to try to defeat the resolution on Capitol Hill. “One of the reasons we opposed the resolution in the House yesterday is that the president has expressed on behalf of the American people our horror at the tragedy of 1915,” said Dana Perino, President George W. Bush’s chief spokeswoman. “But at the same time, we have national security concerns, and many of our troops and supplies go through Turkey. They are a very important ally in the War on Terror, and we are going to continue to try to work with them. And we hope that the House does not put forward a full vote.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would definitely take up the measure. “I said if it comes out of committee, it will go to the floor,” she said at a news conference. “Now it has come out of committee, and it will go to the floor.” last_img read more

Tests show excessive lead levels in some toys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsMattel Inc. recalled more than 21million Chinese-made toys on fears they were tainted with lead paint and tiny magnets that children could accidentally swallow. Mattel’s own tests on the toys found that they had lead levels up to 200 times the accepted limit. The Consumer Action Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys, which is available to the public at www.healthytoys.org, shows how the commonly purchased children’s products rank in terms of containing lead, cadmium, arsenic and other harmful chemicals. It comes in time for holiday shopping – and amid the slew of recalls. “This is not about alarming parents,” said Tracey Easthope, director of the Ecology Center’s Environmental Health Project. “We’re just trying to give people information because they haven’t had very much except these recall lists.” Easthope said 17percent of the children’s products tested had levels of lead above the 600 parts per million federal standard that would trigger a recall of lead paint. Jewelry products were the most likely to contain the high levels of lead, the center said, with 33.5percent containing levels above 600ppm. Among the toys that tested above that limit was a Hannah Montana Pop Star Card Game. The case tested at 3,056ppm. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a level of 40ppm of lead as the maximum that should be allowed in children’s products. Lead poisoning can cause irreversible learning disabilities and behavioral problems and, at very high levels, seizures, coma, and even death. DETROIT – Tests on more than 1,200 children’s products, most of them still on store shelves, found that 35percent contain lead – many with levels far above the federal recall standard used for lead paint. A Hannah Montana card game case, a Go Diego Go! backpack and Circo brand shoes were among the items with excessive lead levels in the tests performed by a coalition of environmental health groups across the country. Only 20percent of the toys and other products had no trace of lead or harmful chemicals, according to the results being released today by the Michigan-based Ecology Center along with the national Center for Health, Environment and Justice and groups in eight other states. Of the 1,268 items tested, 23 were among millions of toys recalled this year. A spokeswoman for New York-based Cardinal Industries Inc., which sells the Hannah Montana game, said Tuesday that Cardinal was unaware of the environmental groups’ tests or procedures but the product has passed internal tests. “We test every (product) before it ships numerous times,” Bonnie Canner said. “We have not tested this product high for lead.” Easthope said the product is manufactured in China. Canner declined further comment until she had more information. The center and its testing partners found The First Years brand First Keys, Fisher-Price’s Rock-a-Stack and B.R. Bruin’s Stacking Cups were among the 20percent that contained none of the nine chemicals. “There’s a lot of doom and gloom about lead in the products – people only hear about the recalls,” said Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center’s campaign director. “Companies can make clean products. Our sampling shows that there’s no reason to put lead in a product.” Gearhart and Easthope said the products, while not necessarily representative of everything on the market, were considered among those commonly bought and used. Testers also purchased most at major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us. Calls to a Mattel spokeswoman were not immediately returned Tuesday. A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman declined to comment because the company had not seen the report. Toys “R” Us Inc. spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh also declined to comment because she needed to fully review the report’s findings, referring questions to the Toy Industry Association. Joan Lawrence, the association’s vice president of standards and safety, said the group and its members support limiting accessible lead in children’s products. But she said the industry and standard-setting bodies are struggling with how to measure exposure, accessibility and what limits to set. She said she hasn’t seen all of the Ecology Center’s findings but called them misleading because the testers did not appear to follow recognized test procedures for lead and other substances. The two most common ways are to use solutions to simulate saliva and digestion, and another to attempt to dissolve the surface coating. The center and its testing partners performed what they describe as a “screening” of chemicals using a handheld X-ray fluorescence device that detects surface chemical elements. “The mere presence of any substance alone is only half of the answer – you need to know if it’s accessible to the child,” Lawrence said. “We can’t tell that from what I know of the tests that have been done by this group.” HOW THEY FARED A look at how several popular toys fared in screenings for toxic chemicals by several environmental health groups. TOYS WITH HIGH LEAD CONTENT: Tatiti Brush Your Teeth! Robot Elmo’s Take-Along Card Games Nick Jr. Go Diego Go! backpack My Pasture Play Set Hannah Montana Pop Star Card Game case TOYS WITH NO LEAD CONTENT: The First Years First Keys Fisher-Price Amazing Animals Hippo B.R. Bruin Stacking Cups Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack First Play Caterpillar Grasping Toy SOURCE: Ecology Center, The Consumer Action Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys160Want 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

Swansea FC news: Leroy Fer joins on permanent basis from QPR

first_img1 Swansea have completed their first signing of the summer after reaching an agreement with QPR for Leroy Fer.The Dutchman has joined for an undisclosed fee, penning a three-year deal with the Welsh club.Fer spent the second half of last season on loan at the Liberty Stadium and did enough to persuade Francesco Guidolin to sign him permanently.“He [Guidolin] was really happy with how I gelled with the team and he said that I did very, very good,” said Fer.“He said he was surprised because he didn’t know much about me. But I said to him that I just wanted to prove myself.“At the end of the season he said he wanted to keep me here and when the coach wants you, that makes it easy.“I am very happy to be back. From the first moment I came here, I felt at home.” Leroy Fer in action for Swansea last_img read more