Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars

first_imgMUMBAI, India | Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There’s a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology.The concept Uber helped pioneer just four years ago has transformed some markets before it even had a chance to enter them. Homegrown taxi apps are already slogging it out for dominance in numerous Asian countries.China has a taxi-hailing app called Kuadi that says it logs more than 6 million transactions per day. Malaysia-based GrabTaxi operates in five Southeast Asian countries and recently announced more than $10 million in new investment. India has two competing taxi-app companies, Meru Cabs and Ola Cabs.The proliferation of taxi apps means that Uber, which raised $258 million in venture capital last year, much of it from Google Ventures, must distinguish itself from local companies as well as international challengers including Easy Taxi and Lyft. This month, Lyft got a $250 million cash infusion from investors including Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.“We have to build our brand up from scratch in a lot of these places,” said Sam Gellman, who is heading Uber’s Asian expansion.To compete against local lookalikes, Uber said it is taking a two-prong strategy. First, partner with local players who can tailor their business to demand, whether for fast no-frills rides or luxury cars on call. Second, target Asia’s upwardly mobile business travelers who will appreciate having one service they can use in dozens of cities worldwide.The company has in the last year started operating in 18 cities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand including Seoul, Shanghai, Bangkok, Hong Kong and five Indian cities.Uber uses a free GPS-enabled app for customers to use their phones to summon rides, usually from a private car company instead of an ordinary licensed cab and promising a quicker response time that is often within 10 minutes. Drivers respond using their own Uber-provided smartphones mounted on the dashboard and follow the map to an exact location.In the U.S. and Europe, Uber has variously drawn acclaim by urban customers tired of difficulty finding cabs and protests by taxi companies accusing it of running unlicensed taxi services. Just last month, an organization representing Seattle-area taxi drivers sued Uber, alleging it is involved in “unlawful and deceptive business practices.”Legal woes, though, are less of a problem in Asia than lookalike local competitors. The business models of Asian rivals vary: some run their own fleets, others depend on advertising, while Uber makes commissions on fares, but all employ distinctly Uber-like smartphone apps.China’s Kuaidi says its app is used 6.2 million times a day and makes 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) in revenue each month through advertising by linking customers to regular taxis.Cai Jing, 29, a Shanghai-based purchaser for a food company, uses Chinese taxi apps a few times a week.“They’re way more effective at getting me a taxi than just waiting on the street,” said Cai, who hadn’t heard of Uber.One market Uber sees huge potential in particular is India, with its vast population of 1.2 billion. In the last year, Uber has launched in Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. That’s more cities than in any other country except the United States.Uber India’s Jambu Palaniappan said the market is one of the fastest-growing he has seen. The company declined to give specific figures.One reason for rapid growth in India is pent-up demand. In Mumbai, for instance, its distinctive black-and-yellow licensed cabs number just 42,000, inadequate for a city of 22 million. Plus, most licensed taxis are banned from having air conditioning under an archaic municipal rule, leaving passengers suffering with rolled-down windows in suffocating heat and noxious pollution. The city does allow air-conditioned “radio taxis,” but getting one can take an hour or more.Newly minted Uber driver Dinish Karamsesula, whose employer partnered with the company in Mumbai, said he’s busier since getting the smartphone mounted on his black SUV, usually only rented out by the day. He now makes several short trips a day.“I’m on salary so I don’t get the profits,” he said. “But sometimes the customers are so happy with the car being cool and clean, they give me tips,” he said, driving past weaving motorbikes, ancient Premier Padmini cabs, the occasional wandering cow and a bicycle loaded with sacks of rice.Still, Uber’s Indian taxi-app rivals, both of which operate their own fleets, say they have little fear of the competition.“We have a very strong understanding of what the Indian customer wants and needs,” Ola Cabs spokesman Anand Subramanian said.He said Ola operates on a cash basis while Uber only works with credit cards, which only a miniscule percentage of Indians have.Other regional competitors focus on price. Anthony Tan, who founded GrabTaxi in 2012, said the company’s rides are often half of what Uber costs.“We are very much focused on the mass market. People going to work and school, visiting their grandmothers in the hospital,” Tan said.Uber, however, is undeterred“Once you are successful, you are going to have clones and copycats,” said Palaniappan. “The more options the customer has, the better. It forces us to be better and more relevant, too.”Associated Press researcher Fu Ting in Shanghai, AP Business Writer Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong and AP writer Thanyarat Doksone contributed to this report.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

In new book, Times reporters detail Weinstein investigation

first_imgIn this Aug. 26, 2019, photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives in court in New York. A new book by The New York Times reporters who uncovered sexual misconduct accusations against Weinstein includes new details on the movie mogul’s attempts to stop the newspaper from publishing the story. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK  | A new book by The New York Times reporters who uncovered sexual misconduct accusations against Harvey Weinstein reveals the identities of some of the whistleblowers who aided their investigation and includes new details on the movie mogul’s attempts to persuade the newspaper not to publish the story.“She Said,” by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, details how Weinstein and a team of lawyers including an unlikely ally, the feminist lawyer Lisa Bloom, tried to convince reporters that accusers including the actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were unreliable and mentally unstable.The book, which hits bookstore shelves Tuesday from Penguin Press, includes a copy of a confidential memo Bloom wrote to Weinstein in December 2016, in which she said she was “equipped to help you against the Roses of the world, because I have represented so many of them.”“They start out as impressive, bold women, but the more one presses for evidence, the weaknesses and lies are revealed,” wrote Bloom, who has represented women who accused comedian Bill Cosby, former Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly and President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.Bloom also suggested planting articles portraying McGowan as “unglued.”Bloom later told Kantor and Twohey she “deeply regretted” representing Weinstein and called the endeavor a “colossal mistake.”In another example of pulling back the curtain on their reporting, Kantor and Twohey reveal in the book that Weinstein’s longtime accountant, Irwin Reiter, had secretly provided them with information about women who had complained that they were harassed or assaulted by Weinstein, and the company’s failure to do anything about repeated complaints.That included giving the reporters an internal memo in which a movie studio employee described Weinstein’s harassment of female employees and actresses.“She Said” also includes a previously unreported allegation from Rowena Chiu, a former assistant at Weinstein’s Miramax studio, who says Weinstein pushed her against a bed and tried to rape her two decades ago.Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said those allegations and others in the book are false.“This book contains one-sided allegations without having adequately investigated the facts of each situation,” she wrote, adding that there is a “very different side to every story.” Rotunno said Weinstein and Chiu had “a six-month physical relationship” that was consensual. She added that Weinstein was “now studying taking legal action” against Chiu for breaking a nondisclosure agreement.“As for Mr. Reiter, we know that he has his own dark reasons for sabotaging Mr. Weinstein and the company,” Rotunno added.Weinstein, 67, is scheduled to go to trial in January on charges alleging he raped an unidentified woman in his Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.Among other things, “She Said” details how Weinstein’s brother and business partner, Bob Weinstein, tried to convince him to get help two years before he was engulfed by the firestorm of allegations.It includes a previously unreported letter Bob Weinstein wrote in 2015 in which he told his brother he had “brought shame to the family.”“Your reaction was once more to blame the victims, or to minimize the misbehavior in various ways. If you think nothing is wrong with your misbehavior so in this area then announce it to your wife and family,” Bob Weinstein wrote in the memo.last_img read more

Irish Golfer Magazine to Sponsor Galway Bay Pro Am

first_imgMatch Play Media are Ireland’s largest golfpublishers with monthly print title, The Irish Golfer Magazine, Irelands onlyABC audited golf magazine. The magazine website www.irishgolfer.ie has over25,000 unique monthly visitors and the weekly digital magazine Irish GolferDigital+ is the most read digital golf magazine in Ireland with over 52,000subscribers. Match Play Media and Galway Bay Golf Resort aredelighted to confirm that Irish Golfer Magazine will be the official sponsor ofthe Galway Bay Irish Golfer Pro Am on Thursday 12th September 2019. Speaking on the announcement Ronan Killeen, Directorof Galway Bay Golf Resort, said:“We are very pleased to announce The Irish GolferMagazine as the official sponsor of our hugely successful Pro-Am. As well asthe sponsorship, the Pro-Am will benefit from the excellent coverage deliveredby the Irish Golfer’s leading golf publications in both print and digitalformats. We have been working with Peter and Matchplay Media for some time andbelieve they are the perfect fit for our Pro Am”    Peter Finnan, Director of Irish Golfer Magazine isdelighted to support Galway Bay Golf Resort and the PGA in Ireland through thesponsorship of the Pro-Am.“Irish Golfer Magazine is proud to be the officialsponsor of the Galway Bay Pro-Am. PGA in Ireland members and their schedule ofevents form a key part of the coverage we provide to our readers across all ofour print and digital platforms and we are delighted to be able to support themthrough this sponsorship.”“Irish Golfer Magazine fully support the developmentof Irish golf at all levels from juniors to professionals and PGA professionalsplay such an important role in this that we felt it imperative to support themnot only through our magazine coverage but also through this sponsorship.”There are a limited number of teams still availablefor the Galway Bay Pro-Am sponsored by Irish Golfer and you can contact DaveWensley on sales@galwaybaygolfresort.com or 085-7360950 or contact the Pro Shopon 091-790711.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

No spin doctor for caretaker Govt can obliterate CCJ judgment

first_imgDear Editor,The long awaited judgments and orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice finally were delivered on July 12, 2019.The nation’s wait is over.With regards to the GECOM case, the CCJ ruled thatPara 3 “….It is now a matter of the greatest public importance that the President and the Leader of the Opposition should, as soon as possible, embark upon and conclude the process of appointing a new GECOM Chairman. This imperative is now of the utmost urgency in light of our decision in the no confidence motion cases that the motion was validly passed thereby triggering the need for fresh general elections. The Court refers to the views we expressed at paragraphs 26 – 29 of our earlier judgment in this matter as a suitable frame of reference for the process leading to such an appointment.”With regards to the consolidated cases on the No Confidence Motion, the CCJ stated in Para 8;“ .. It is important, however, that the Court makes this point. In mandating that the Government shall remain in office notwithstanding its defeat and the resignation of the President and the Cabinet, Article 106 envisages that the tenure in office of the Cabinet, including the President, after the Government’s defeat, is on a different footing from that which existed prior to the vote of no confidence. Chancellor Cummings-Edwards, citing Hogg1, the Canadian constitutional expert, was right to note that:“…The government continues in office as a caretaker government or an interim government until the next elections ensue and a President is appointed (or reappointed) depending on the results of that election.”By convention, the government is expected to behave during this interim period as a caretaker and so restrain the exercise of its legal authority. It is this caretaker or interim role that explains the three month deadline, in the first instance, that the Article lays down, in principle, for the holding of the fresh elections”Furthermore Para 9 concludes that“ In all the circumstances, the Court makes the following declarations and orders:a) The provisions of Article 106(6) and (7) of the Constitution apply to a No Confidence motion;b) Thirty-three votes constitute a majority of the 65 member National Assembly;c) Mr. Charrandas Persaud was ineligible to be elected to the Assembly by virtue of his citizenship of Canada but his vote on the motion of no confidence was valid;d) Nothing in the anti-defection regime established at Article 156(3) of the Constitution rendered Mr. Persaud incapable of casting his vote on that motion in the manner in which he did;e) The National Assembly properly passed a motion of no confidence in the Government on 21 December 2018;f) Upon the passage of this motion of no confidence in the Government, the clear provisions of Article 106 immediately became engaged;”Regrettably, although the language of the Caribbean Court of Justice is unambiguously clear, the now caretaker government’s head, President Granger, in his Address to the Nation, following the CCJ declarations and orders, exposed his unwillingness to accept the ruling, despite him saying the contrary. In regurgitating what he had said in his Address to the Nation on June 19, 2019 with regards to (i) a contaminated list can vitiate the credibility of the elections and that (ii) GECOM has to advise the President on its readiness to conduct elections, he clearly was ignoring at best and contradicting at worst the CCJ ‘s judgment and orders of July12, 2019..But more telling was his accusation that the Leader of the Opposition had not reciprocated the government’s good faith efforts and “chose to put forward candidates for the post who have been rejected previously.” This is an astounding accusation as Mr. Granger himself on July 4th 2019 at his press conference following the meeting with the Leader of the Opposition announced that“… the Leader of the Opposition is free to submit names which have been already submitted in the three previous iterations and he has agreed to confirm those persons are still willing to have their names forwarded. So the names submitted before are not eliminated.”This statement accurately reflects the agreement of the meeting earlier on July 4, 2019, between the President and the Leader of the Opposition, on the resubmission of the 18 names originally submitted in 2017, “appropriately adjusted”, to commence the informal process and the President would advise which ones were “ not unacceptable” to him. Furthermore, the President was free to submit names informally for the consideration of Leader of the Opposition.Again at the July 4, 2019 press conference, President Granger re-affirmed…” yes l could make submissions, but in the final analysis, that submission has to come to me from the Leader of the Opposition, the CCJ has not taken away that role from the Leader of the Opposition and it has not taken away my prerogative to make a selection. Those have been preserved by the CCJ”.Either the President is suffering from amnesia or his spin-doctors are recklessly ignoring what he said previously?The President goes so far as to state that “ …the Leader of the Opposition rejected the idea of acting in a consensual manner.” This statement is palpably untrue. The President’s representatives rejected 6 of the 11 names submitted by the Leader of the Opposition and shortlisted 5 for which there was no clarity whether these were “not unacceptable” to the President. Thus, after 3 meetings there were 0 names of the 11 that were considered “not unacceptable’ to the President. Most surprising, his representatives could not confirm that even the 8 names submitted by the President were “no unacceptable’ to him! Thus, at that point, the reversion to meetings between the President and the Leader of the Opposition, without interlocutors, to ensure clarity was thought to be the only, best and right option at that time by the Leader of the Opposition’s representatives.Here is the evidence of who is acting in bad faith and the nation is not fooled.Following the CCJ judgment today, attempts have been made to make contact with the Director General Mr. Harmon and a message sent the afternoon of July 12, 2019 to indicate that the Leader of the Opposition is available to meet President Granger at any time during this weekend in to work on a list of names acceptable to both the Leader of the Opposition and the President in keeping with the art 161 (2) of the Constitution and Para 26-29 of the June 18, 2019 CCJ decision as directed by the CCJ on July 12, 2019.Then one has the AFC statement which appeared on the same afternoon, which echoes the President’s view that “it is GECOM that advises on the earliest date for holding credible elections. The AFC supports the holding of elections within the shortest possible time frame by GECOM.”It is not surprising that both deliberately or conveniently misrepresent and omit a critical section of the July 12th CCJ declaration at Para 5“The judiciary interprets the Constitution. But, as we intimated in our earlier judgment, these particular provisions {article 106(6) and (7) } require no gloss on the part of the Court in order to render them intelligible and workable. Their meaning is clear and it is the responsibility of constitutional actors in Guyana to honour them. Upon the passage of a vote of no confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that notwithstanding such resignation, the Government shall remain in office and that an election shall be held “within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine …” The Guyana Elections Commission (“GECOM”) has the responsibility to conduct that election and GECOM too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution” { that is elections within 3 months}These efforts, by no less than the caretaker President and the AFC, to obfuscate the fact that the CCJ did provide a time limit and timeline, will not succeed.The CCJ said unequivocally that elections are due in the three months in accordance with article 106.The CCJ stated specifically that the time started on June 18th 2019 when the CCJ ruling was made. Although the Court rightfully stated that it could not set a date, it was unambiguously clear that whatever date is chosen it must be within the three months deadline.No spin doctor for the caretaker government can obliterate the judgment, declarations and orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Guyana’s highest court.The litmus test now for the APNUAFC Coalition caretaker government is whether it will uphold constitutional rule or not. Will it do anything to stay in power including subverting our constitution?Best regards,Gail Teixeiralast_img read more

Paris, when will girls like you learn?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What is the deal with Paris Hilton, anyway? “She’s my idol,” gushed one young fan as she stood vigil outside the Lynwood jail just minutes before the scofflaw celebutante sashayed out of her cell and off into the night with the paparazzi madly clicking away. “I want to be just like her.” Just like her? What, skanky, with her own sex video? Vapid and dumb, her only words of wisdom for her minions being, “That’s hot”? All that money Hilton’s family has made over the years in the hotel business, and she can’t find anything worthwhile to do with it besides buying too many Prada bags and Jimmy Choo shoes and going to nightclubs and driving her pricey car recklessly when she’s had a bit too much booze? For the life of me, I can’t see why anybody cares what that unremarkable young woman does or where she goes or with whom. There are more important things in life, like having your ingrown toenails treated or cleaning the gunk out of your car ashtray. I don’t know when Americans — young Americans, really — became so fixated on the rich and famous, specifically with people behaving badly in public. Actress Lindsay Lohan gets drunk and is photographed passed out in a friend’s car. Rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. get into a feud over who’s biggest and baddest, and both end up dead. Rapper Eminem marries the same woman not once, but twice, and uses vile and degrading words to describe the mother of his child in his music. And a whole generation of kids thinks these are the people to emulate. I remember what it’s like to want to be like your idol. But even in the wild days of early rock ‘n’ roll, wise parents kept a leash on their children. We might have thought Elvis was to die for, but girls who swooned when he sang didn’t routinely run away and become roadies for his band. There were still values to be upheld, we were reminded by our no-nonsense parents. And there were rules passed down from generations of mostly immigrant great-great-grandparents: Respect your parents, work hard, get an education, do all things in moderation, don’t embarrass the family, marry for love and be faithful for life, don’t brag, there are some things best kept within the family, don’t attract attention, act like a lady (or gentleman), help those less fortunate, don’t do anything you wouldn’t want to see printed on the front page of the newspaper. I can’t remember anything in that list of must-do’s about drinking till you puke, or filming yourself having sex with somebody whose name you can’t remember 24 hours later, or singing songs with lyrics you couldn’t say in front of your mother, or going out clubbing pantiless and being proud of it. Maybe I missed the memo. My generation’s idols were cute (the young JFK, Elvis, Frankie Avalon), smart (Eisenhower, who won the war; Truman, who said, “The buck stops here”), moral (Mahatma Ghandi), helpful (Helen Keller); wise and brave (Winston Churchill). The cute ones we wanted to watch; the others we wrote essays about and hoped someday we’d be lucky enough to develop a few of their qualities. Today’s kids don’t know who those wise, brave, smart, moral and helpful people even were; there are very few of them left, it seems. This generation has its own list of idols, generally people with foul mouths and distasteful public habits, too much money and no idea how to spend it wisely, and an attitude of entitlement. That, today, is what kids want to be like. And it’s worrying. Can you imagine a world in which Snoop Dogg is president? Lindsay Lohan head of a movie studio? Eminem a school superintendent? Yikes. Why are rich and famous youngsters the way they are? Well, look at their parents. Many of them didn’t have much upbringing, either, so there was nothing of value or wisdom to pass along to their out-of-control offspring. Just goes to prove money can’t buy smarts. But there may be some hope and, wonder of wonders, it just may come from the recent jailbird herself. Paris Hilton told interviewer Larry King she did a lot of thinking while she was in jail, and decided that 26 was the perfect age to grow up and act like an adult instead of the spoiled little girl who cried for her mommy as she was handcuffed and hauled off to jail. She’s tired of partying, of playing dumb, she said, and wants to raise money for underprivileged children, for breast cancer, for muscular dystrophy. I would have bet Paris couldn’t even have pronounced muscular dystrophy. Maybe she did learn something in jail.—Carol Bidwell is a Daily News copy editor and longtime grumbler about life in general.last_img read more

ANGELS NOTEBOOK Report: Glaus bought steroids while a Halo

first_imgBy Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER Troy Glaus, the MVP of the 2002 World Series, has been linked to steroids purchases during his time with the Angels, Sports Illustrated reported Thursday on its Web site. Glaus, who now plays for the Toronto Blue Jays, allegedly received shipments of two types of steroids between September 2003 and May 2004 according to the SI.com report. The shipments of nandrolone and testosterone, both on Major League Baseball’s banned list at the time, were said to have been sent to an address in Corona that was traced to Glaus. The news on Glaus came on the same day a New York Daily News report linked the St. Louis Cardinals’ Rick Ankiel to a 12-month shipment of human growth hormone in 2004. The doctor who allegedly prescribed the steroids to Glaus is also connected to an Internet pharmacy based in Mobile, Ala., that included Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. as a client in 2004. The story on Matthews also came from SI.com in February. Matthews has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs. Reaction in the Angels’ clubhouse on Glaus was guarded. “I’m not commenting on any of that,” said Garret Anderson, who played with Glaus from 1998 to 2004. “I don’t comment on anything that’s not any of my business. There’s not really a need to ask any more questions because I’m going to tell you the same thing about that matter.” Manager Mike Scioscia said there was never a hint that Glaus might be using performance-enhancing drugs. “You know, there’s a lot of focus on steroids now and our stance on steroids is the same,” said Scioscia, who has gone on the record as deploring steroid use in baseball. “I know the way I feel about it, I know the way (GM) Bill (Stoneman) does and I know the way (owner) Arte (Moreno) does. “You never know exactly what a player does and doesn’t do 100 percent of their lives. It’s tough to comment on it until we get some facts. I don’t know what else I can really say about it.” Scioscia said he is prepared for the news on steroids to get worse before it gets better. “I don’t know if they will ever get a total accounting of exactly what players did or didn’t do,” Scioscia said. “Even with an investigation there will probably be a lot of hearsay. If you’re trying to get to the root of issues there will have to be some layers you will have to peel off and some of them will be painful. That’s what we’re going through.” Scioscia said he did not know if the Glaus news means the Angels will receive interest from the 17-month steroids investigation being conducted by former senator George Mitchell. “I haven’t heard anything along those lines and there has been no communication at all from them with me,” Scioscia said. There is a possibility that if Mitchell comes calling before the end of the season, it could be a distraction as the Angels try to wrap up the American League West title and head into the playoffs. “I think you deal with distractions all the time in this game,” Scioscia said. “Every day, whether it’s somebody’s personal life, very rarely do people come to the park with a totally clear mind. It would just be another thing you deal with but you do what’s necessary and you move on. That’s what we’ll have to keep our minds on.” Figgins starts again Chone Figgins (bone bruise, left wrist) returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 21, even though he had yet to swing a bat from the right side of the plate. Figgins started at third and batted left-handed against Indians right-hander Jake Westbrook. Guerrero still hurting Vladimir Guerrero was out of the lineup for a second day because of inflammation in his right triceps. Scioscia reported no progress with the injury, but is optimistic that Guerrero will play either today or Sunday. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want 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

England 2-1 Wales REPORT: Sturridge scores dramatic late winner for Three Lions

first_img3 England are now in command of Group B, with four points on the board and Slovakia to play in their remaining game.Wales are sitting second and, despite the defeat, will be confident they can seal qualification with winless Russia their final opponents. Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring for England against Wales Daniel Sturridge scored a dramatic late winner as England beat Wales in Lens to move top of Group B.Gareth Bale had given the Welsh a half-time lead at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis with a long-range free-kick.But the introduction of Sturridge and Jamie Vardy at the break changed the game.Sturridge assisted Vardy for the equaliser ten minutes into the second half and then prodded home in stoppage time to win it for the Three Lions and break Welsh hearts.Roy Hodgson had opted to name the same team which drew 1-1 against Russia in the opening game, with Harry Kane again leading the attack as a lone striker and captain Wayne Rooney operating in the centre of midfield.Wales boss Chris Coleman, meanwhile, made three changes to the side which defeated Slovakia 2-1.Hal Robson-Kanu was rewarded for scoring the winner with a start up front, and Joe Ledley capped his remarkable return from a fractured leg just five weeks ago to take his place in midfield, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was passed fit to return.Wales had been in confident mood in the build-up to this game, with Bale claiming no England player would make it into their XI.But the Dragons looked cagey early on and should have been behind inside seven minutes. Kane did well to play Adam Lallana in down the right and he crossed to Raheem Sterling who was six yards out and unmarked but could only divert the ball over Hennessey’s bar.England enjoyed the majority of possession early on, with Rooney sitting deep and constantly changing play. However, they were wasteful on the ball – with Sterling the worst culprit – and were struggling to breach a tight and organised Welsh defence.England thought they should have had a penalty when Kane’s header hit the arm of Ben Davies in the Wales box but the Tottenham striker’s furious protests were waved away by German referee Felix Brych.Wales, content to sit back and try to hit England on the counter-attack, were offering little attacking threat.But, with Bale in their ranks, they knew they had the quality to produce a moment of magic – and the Real Madrid superstar duly delivered three minutes before half-time to give his side a shock lead.After firing home a long-range free-kick against Slovakia, Bale repeated the trick again as his swerving 35-yard effort proved too hot to handle for Joe Hart.Hart really should have done better but Bale cared little as he celebrated wildy with the Welsh fans in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. 3 England were booed off by their supporters at half-time and Hodgson hauled off Sterling and Kane at half-time, with Vardy and Sturridge introduced.England immediately looked brighter and they were level ten minutes into the second half through Vardy.Williams got a defensive clearance badly wrong, heading Sturridge’s cross towards his own goal, and Vardy made him – and Wales – pay by poking the ball home.England were energised by the goal and Sturridge mis-kicked Rooney’s cross as they searched for a winner.It looked as though they would have to settle for a point as the seconds ticked down.But there was to be a final twist as Sturridge found space in the box in added time and prodded past Hennessey to win it for the Three Lions. 3last_img read more

Transplant gives student new life

first_imgWalsh was starting her freshman year at Highland High School in 1995 when a physical shed light on why she had been feeling exhausted and going to the nurse’s office, complaining of weakness. Tests showed she was in the beginning stages of kidney failure. She was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, a chronic kidney disease that usually first appears during adolescence and young adulthood and often progresses to kidney failure. About a year later, Walsh began dialysis three times a week, with each session lasting three to five hours. “It was very tiring,” Walsh recalled. “It puts a major cramp in your schedule. Any general activities need to be scheduled around dialysis. It really slowed me down going to school.” Unable to go continue with classes, she tried independent study but couldn’t keep up with the work and failed to graduate. When offered a chance to be put on a list to have a kidney transplant, Walsh demurred, uncomfortable with the concept. “I was just weirded out by the whole thing, having someone else’s kidney in me. I was 15, and you think, `Gross!”‘ Walsh said. But she eventually changed her mind as time passed and her condition failed to improve. Since the transplant, Walsh said the most profound change has been her diet. What was bad for her before, she can now consume without fear. “Now everything is flipped,” she said. “I had to watch how much I drank before. I was only allowed four cups of fluid per day. Now I’m told to drink two liters a day.” Before, she had to avoid foods high in phosphorus – dairy products, beans and, a favorite, colas – and potassium – bananas, tomatoes and potatoes. In kidney failure, excess potassium can cause sudden death and too much phosphorus can cause calcification of blood vessels. “Oh, my God, I can handle all that stuff now. I can drink all the cola I want now,” Walsh said. Walsh has more energy and is adjusting to life without dialysis. “I feel much better,” she said. “When my sister lets me, I can do more things around the house, even just basic cleaning. I don’t like to clean, but I like fact that I can.” She no longer has to rise at 4:30 a.m. to go to dialysis. “Now I have all this time on my hands. I’m trying to figure out ways to fill it,” Walsh said. She is thinking of volunteering at Kaiser in Lancaster. She can now be a full-time student and plans on entering the medical field, a career choice inspired by her experience. “I was always in a hospital environment. I picked up on medical terminology and procedures. It really piqued my interest,” Walsh said. Walsh said she plans to write a thank-you letter to her kidney donor’s family. “I’m still trying to work on how I will write the letter,” Walsh said. “It’s kind of awkward: `I’m sorry your daughter had to die. At least her kidney didn’t go to waste.’ I do plan on doing as much with this kidney as long as I have it.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWalsh underwent the three-hour transplant surgery July 27 at University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center. The procedure would not have been possible without financial help from a nonprofit agency founded by Walsh’s doctor and Kaiser Permanente. The Foundation to Improve Renal Nutrition was started in 2004 by Philip Tuso, a nephrologist at Kaiser’s Lancaster medical offices, to increase public awareness of kidney disease and raise money to supply costly nutritional supplements to protein-malnourished patients with kidney failure. FIRN enabled Walsh to receive post-transplant care by providing funding for temporary housing near UCLA, and Kaiser provided transportation from Walsh’s home to UCLA’s Westwood campus. Before the formation of FIRN, Tuso and other members of the medical team at Walsh’s dialysis clinic pooled funds to help buy expensive medication that she could not afford due to her limited income but was vital to keep her alive. Tuso is physician director of Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis Unit in Lancaster. “She was one of many in the unit that was requiring assistance,” Tuso said. “Valerie wasn’t working. A lot of others had to stop work. They were unable to work, and for the first time in their life experienced financial strain.” LANCASTER – For the first time in nearly a decade, 25-year-old Valerie Walsh is not tethered to a dialysis machine that kept her alive. The part-time Antelope Valley College student underwent a kidney transplant in late July that freed her from a previous life of constant exhaustion, time-consuming dialysis sessions and uncertainty. Walsh, who initially was turned off by the idea of having someone else’s kidney inside her, knows little about her kidney donor, except that she was a 27-year-old woman. “I treat it like my baby. You can feel the kidney; it’s a little bump right here,” Walsh said, pointing to her side. “I’m careful not to bump up against anything. I will try to be cautious of what I do to make sure I keep it as long as I can.” last_img

Malawian man didn’t understand that son’s adoption by Madonna was final

first_imgA Malawian man who gave up his 13-month-old son to be adopted by Madonna said Sunday he had not realized he was signing away custody “for good.” Yohane Banda, 32, signed adoption papers earlier this month, clearing the way for a Malawian judge to grant the pop singer and her husband a temporary order to take his son David. Banda said his understanding was that “when David grows up, he will return back home to his village.” He said the director of Child Welfare Services, Penston Kilembe, and the retired pastor who heads the orphanage where David spent most of his life never told him by “adoption” it meant David will cease to be his son. Banda said he was illiterate and so had no idea of the significance of the adoption. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Madonna’s Malawian lawyer, Alan Chinula, insisted the singer followed all the procedures to adopt the child. The Human Rights Consultative Committee, which comprises 67 human rights groups, has challenged the adoption, saying laws concerning the residency of the new parents were flouted and that it may set a precedent for human trafficking. – Associated Press 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