SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Majority of the team are homegrown talents who learned to skate at SM mall rinks, which has existed in the Philippines for two decadesThat worked to the Filipinos’ advantage in the SEA Games ice hockey tournament, which was also played inside a mall in construction in Kuala Lumpur.Members of the team are Benjamin Jorge Imperial, Carl Michael Montano, Daniel Pastrana, Francois Emmanuel Gautier, Javier Alfonso Cadiz, Gianpietro Iseppi, Jan Aro Regencia, John Steven Fuglister, Georgino Orda, Jorell Crisostomo, Jose Inigo Anton Cadiz, Joshua Carino, Julius Frederick Santiago, Lenard Rigel II Lancero, Miguel Alfonso Relampagos, Miguel Serrano, Paolo Spafford, Patrick Russell Syquiatco, Paul Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Martin Sison Tenedoro. Head coach is Daniel Brodan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay The Philippines got an early 4-1 lead but Thailand refused to go away and cut it down to one in the second.After a scoreless third period, Niko Cadiz struck goal no. 5 with eight minutes left to play as the Filipinos held on to the win.Ice hockey was played for the first time in the regional sporting meet.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA GamesIt was quiet a debut for the nation’s hockey team, which was only assembled a few years ago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ What’s in store for your animal sign this year The PH ice hockey team nipped Thailand, 5-4, in a tense final to seal the country’s 15th gold medal in a historic undefeated run.READ: SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Filipinos beat Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia before frustrating the Thais, who managed to close in at the end of the second period despite an early deficit, in the last match.READ: SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies The Philippines ice hockey team celebrates a goal during their Ice Hockey round robin game against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines swept its way to the Southeast Asian Games’ inaugural ice hockey gold medal Thursday night.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of IndonesiaADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments
Dear Editor,In Guyana while the Ministry of Agriculture is spending $40 million this year on improved rice varieties, enhanced rice production and improved quality, huge acreage of rice is being spoiled in the fields in Region Six. But the slashing of the agriculture budget by $3 billion has signalled the Government’s intention that they do not care much about this sector.In the last crop in Region Six, rice farmers were unable to harvest more than 200 acres of rice due to impassable dams which have gotten worse due to the rainy conditions. But this is an ongoing natural phenomenon, it is not as if the rains have been extra spiteful this year! The rain falls every year, but the major downfall is the continual decreasing emphasis on repairs of the dams and other infrastructure’s repairs and maintenance in the agriculture sector in Region Six. These have been on a downward trajectory since this Government took office. This Administration feels that oil is the answer to all our economic woes as is evidenced by the insane and inane haste to close the four sugar estates and the downward scaling of the sugar industry. Unfortunately, this crop in Region Six is marred by the continuous degradation of the dams to the extent that nearly 15,000 acres of rice lands have not been cultivated. This was highlighted at our last statutory meeting at the RDC. The Vice Chairman, Mr Dennis DeRoop estimated that it will take nearly $200 million to get these dams back in shape and this is not possible in the short-term. He also highlighted the fact that the bulldozer fiasco has severely dented the Region’s ability to do proper repairs and maintenance of the dams in the farming areas.What is most disappointing is that the dams have never been in the current state they are now in. Tractors, hymacs and graders are literally drowned on some of these dams and it is a huge challenge for farmers to transport vital inputs and labour. This will definitely affect the level of production and our export market especially at a time when we are trying to expand our markets abroad. We may definitely lose some of these. This was highlighted at the RDC meeting as well.A few days ago, I spoke to a cash crop farmer at Maida and he showed me pictures of what was taking place at his ten-acre farm situated only about three miles into the back dam. Thousands of limes, oranges, cherries and bananas were strewn below the trees. It was a most pitiful sight to look at, the horrendous wastage and the income it could have generated. The gentleman who operates a tyre shop told me that he has a thriving cane juice business as well ,but he cannot transport the canes out of the area, thus placing a halt to that business as well. The dam has completely disappeared in some areas. He is just one of the many farmers who accepted the challenge to expand farming into the more remote areas and the others like himself are suffering just alike. Who will compensate these enterprising farmers? How can we ask our farmers to produce and when they do, they perish as well? The $3 billion from the budget could have gone towards fixing the dams and infrastructure and done much more. It is conclusive that this Government has failed the agriculture sector badly; they have destroyed sugar now it seems that rice is a similar work-in-progress! A Hymac ‘drowning’ on a dam!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Six
A new phenomenon of using the world’s popular sport – football is leading the campaign against the spread and containment of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the Liberia Football Association.The Ebola campaign, which will kick-off in early March, is under the theme: “STOP THE STIGMA AGAINST EBOLA SURVIVORS AND EBOLA IS STILL REAL.”The supposedly nationwide campaign is expected to last for three months and is sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.Former Lone Star players are expected to use the game of football across the country, to sensitize Liberians to “live safe and protect themselves, their family and society.”Ex-Liberian international football icons will also boost the awareness to ensure that Ebola survivors are reintegrated into society and that they can become productive again.The campaign will mark the second LFA/SADC’s Ebola awareness.According to LFA vice president for administration, Musa Shannon, during the nationwide campaign, there will be entertaining football matches between former Lone Star players and County All Stars. In some counties, there will be all counties All Stars’ affair and former Lone Star players will serve as technicians.Musa stated that the president of the LFA, Musa Bility will serve as their head coach. According to Musa, some of Liberia’s most famous footballers, who are household names when it comes to what they have done on the pitch and for this country, will include the likes of James Debbah, current head coach of the Lone Star, Kervin and Dionysius Sebwe, the most famous brothers to play for the Lone Star, Oliver Makor, recently retired, and Christopher Wreh, formerly of Arsenal, amongst others.The first Ebola campaign, which was valued at US$13,000, lasted for a month.Former Lone Star players used newspapers and radio programs in the fight against stigmatization of Ebola survivors and erected a bus stop on 12th Street, Sinkor in Monrovia.“We successfully spread the message of tolerance, empathy, and understanding on the de-stigmatization of Ebola survivors,” Musa said. “We also informed the public that Ebola is still real, and we must continue to follow all of the safety protocols.”Musa said, “We must hail the media for the success of the one month Ebola campaign, and hope working with them, especially the local media as we use the game of football to urge the people of Liberia to stay safe to reach the zero infection rate.”“On behalf of the Liberia Football Association, I would like to thank the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation for a possibly another deal to campaign against the pandemic,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says data un-scrutinisedFormer AG Anil NandlallGECOM Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette SinghThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) decision to end House-to-House Registration by Saturday but to merge the data from the House-to-House Registration is not going down well with some legal minds.According to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, GECOM should have stuck with constitutional principles instead of trying to walk a middle road. Nandlall pointed out that when constitutional compliance is at stake, placating both sides will only make matters worse.“The decision says House-to-House will be terminated. And the second component of the decision is more disturbing. It is that the data will be merged into the database. So we are rewarding those who acted in defiance of the Constitution. The data generated by this exercise is deeply flawed,” Nandlall said.“It was un-scrutinised by any political party other than the government party. Secondly, the form used to accumulate the data is the wrong statutory form. Thirdly, the data accumulated will take approximately three or more months to be inputted or cross referenced with the existing data,” he added, during his ‘Issues in the News’ programme.Nandlall noted that the data is presently in its raw form; sheets of paper filled out by scrutineers bearing the information of hundreds of thousands of electors. He explained that this data now has to be converted and entered into a computer database.On Tuesday, Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired Justice Claudette ‘Iron lady’ Singh, ordered an end to the ongoing House-to-House Registration exercise, bringing an end to a controversial chapter of GECOM’s recent history.The decision was taken at a statutory meeting where she decided that the exercise will be concluded as of August 31, 2019 and that GECOM will afterwards embark on more concrete steps towards the hosting of General and Regional Elections.A decision was also taken that the data gathered so far by the House-to-House exercise will be merged with the existing database. Further, a statement from GECOM explained that the Chairperson has decided that the Commission will move to an extensive Claims and Objections exercise to extract the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE).OpposedImmediately after the decision was taken, however, the People’s Progressive Party -nominated GECOM Commissioners were less than happy about the decision to merge the House-to-House Registration data with the National Register of Registrants (NRR). According to Commissioner Robeson Benn, this was not a product of their proposals.“The difficulty we have is merging and verification of the data. It was not our proposal. We have said that any merging or verification of the data is wrong. It will take a long time and it will contaminate the NRR. It will result in duplicates. And having appeared as duplicates, each one of those will have to be investigated”.“The resort to use the House-to-House Registration information is only another ploy to delay the holding of elections as required by the No-Confidence Motion. We are very unhappy about that,” Benn had said.Meanwhile, Commissioner Bibi Shadick noted that a team from GECOM – including Deputy Chief Elections Officer Roxanne Myers and the Information Technology Manager— are presently in Jamaica observing the process of cross matching fingerprints.She explained that after their return, Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield will prepare a plan proposing the timeframe to merge the data with the Register. According to Shadick, this plan will be discussed by the Commission and if necessary, further decisions will be taken.Reports indicate that during the exercise, the only political party that supervised the enumerators was the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU). The PPP was not even invited. The fact that the data was obtained at a time when the PPP played no part in supervising the enumerators was referenced by Opposition-nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj.“I maintain that the information contained in the house-to-house process is unverified data and as a consequence should not be used. But it’s left to be seen what the secretariat comes with in terms of the use of that data,” Gunraj had said.
Both President Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tried to calm fears late last week. Bernanke pledged the central bank would “act as needed” to limit any adverse economic effects from the market turmoil. Bush announced changes in the Federal Home Administration insured-loan program to help combat the expected wave of foreclosures and also answer attacks from Democrats that his administration has been slow to respond to a growing crisis in mortgage foreclosures. Democrats accused Bush of not going far enough and vowed to push more aggressive legislation through Congress, not only to help homeowners facing foreclosure but also to attack predatory lending practices that they contend led to the crisis. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, said the new mortgage delinquency numbers should serve as a wake-up call to Congress and the administration that urgent help is needed. Schumer is seeking $300 million in federal support for nonprofit mortgage counseling groups that he said were “the best defense against the coming storm of foreclosures throughout the country.” Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said he would soon introduce legislation to crack down on predatory lending practices. Dodd said the 290,000 additional families who faced the prospect of losing their homes in the spring, according to the MBA data, were “just the leading edge of a tidal wave of foreclosures” likely to occur before December 2008. Private economists warned that the worst slump in housing in 16 years and the turbulence in financial markets from a resulting serious credit squeeze could push the economy into a recession as more borrowers fall into default, dumping even more homes onto an already glutted market. “You have a lethal combination of higher mortgage payments, lower house prices, a weaker job market and more cautious lenders,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “That is a very noxious mix and it is the reason for this surge in foreclosures.” Zandi put the possibility of a recession at 40 percent, almost four times the possibility he had estimated in July, before the current credit crisis hit. He said defaults will not peak until next year, reflecting a wave of introductory mortgages that are just now resetting from low “teaser” rates. Those resets can in many cases mean an extra $250 to $300 in higher monthly payments on the typical $1,200 monthly mortgage. The MBA survey found that the delinquency rate, which tracks the number of people who are behind in their payments but have not yet entered the foreclosure process, was also up sharply during the spring. It rose to 5.12 percent of all loans, the highest level in five years, and up from 4.84 percent in the first quarter. The delinquency rate for subprime loans increased more sharply to 14.82 percent – up from 13.77 percent – in the first quarter. That marked the second-highest subprime delinquency rate on record after a 14.96percent rate in the spring of 2002. The delinquency rate for prime loans, offered to borrowers with good credit histories, also increased, but by a much smaller amount. It rose to 2.73 percent, up 2.58percent in the first quarter. Doug Duncan, the MBA’s chief economist, said the worsening performance was the result of two major factors – heavy job losses in the Midwest states of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, a region hard hit by heavy losses in the auto industry and other manufacturing industries, and the collapse of previously booming housing markets in California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona. Analysts said the problems in the formerly red-hot housing markets of California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona reflected, in part, speculators walking away from mortgages they can no longer afford. They had jumped into the market during the boom, hoping to take advantage of rapidly rising prices by quickly reselling. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FORECLOSURES: One politician says it is “just the leading edge of a tidal wave.” By Martin Crutsinger THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A record number of homeowners got an unpleasant notice in their mailboxes this spring that their mortgages were being foreclosed. The grim prospect is that thousands more of those notices will crop up in mailboxes in coming months as the steepest slump in housing in 16 years contributes to a widening mortgage crisis. More than 2 million families are facing the prospect of seeing their adjustable mortgage payments rise sharply over the next two years, possibly to levels that many will be unable to pay. The largest number of foreclosures and delinquencies have occurred in subprime mortgages, loans extended to people with weak credit histories. But quarterly data released Thursday by the Mortgage Bankers Association indicated the problem is now spreading to other types of mortgages. The MBA report showed the number of homeowners who got foreclosure notices in the April-June quarter hit an all-time high of 0.65 percent, up from 0.58 percent in the first quarter. It marked the third consecutive quarter that a record has been set. The rising defaults in subprime mortgages have roiled global financial markets in recent weeks, sending stock prices on a roller-coaster ride as investors wonder which big bank or hedge fund will be the next to report huge losses from subprime mortgages that were bundled into securities and resold to investors.
A lighthearted look at the weekend’s sporting action with Sam Delaney and James Brown.Wolves defender Danny Batth, Robert Del Naja a founding member of Massive Attack and actor Thomas Turgoose join the show.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe float also features dolphins, sea turtles, shells and starfish on the ocean floor. Floral decoration includes white roses, orchids, irises, hydrangeas and other flowers. Additionally, 22 dancers will perform traditional and modern hula dances on the float. Naito said the health-care provider’s participation in its third consecutive Rose Parade provides the opportunity to promote a “healthy lifestyle theme,” as part of Kaiser’s “Thrive” campaign, which promotes physical, mental and spiritual balance to achieve total health. Ten local Kaiser Permanente patients who have been diagnosed with health issues such as sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and various cancers, will ride atop the float. Pasadena resident Nicolas Strassle, 11, who was chosen as a rider, has cystic fibrosis. A healthy lifestyle is the message of Kaiser Permanente’s float entry for the 119th Rose Parade. The theme, “Aloha Festival,” will be illustrated on a float measuring 55 feet long, 18 feet wide and up to 30 feet high, with four sculpted children dressed in traditional hula skirts and sarongs. One child will be paddling a canoe, while the other children dance to and play Hawaiian music. The Hawaiian theme was chosen to mark Kaiser’s 50th anniversary in Hawaii, said Calvin Naito, the HMO’s spokesman. The riders were nominated by their physicians and are examples of “extraordinary kids overcoming adversity,” Naito said. Kaiser’s two previous float entries in the 2006 and 2007 parades, “The Magic of Good Health” and “A Thriving Imagination,” were awarded the Directors’ and President’s trophies, respectively. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494 www.insidesocal.com/schools 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Mara Media have published the first ever edition of “The Business” magazine.The new magazine gives an insight into the hard work of the Chamber in promoting the development of the town as a regional hub for business.The Business magazine showcases the North West region as a great place to live, work and do business. Advertisement Leonard Watson and Hugh Bonner at the Letterkenny Chamber Magazine Launch. Photo Clive WassonThe publication came just at the perfect time when Letterkenny gained the title of Ireland’s Most Enterprising Town at the 2018 Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards recently in Kilkenny.“The Business” magazine will be distributed to all 260 chamber members, advertisers and local businesses in the town and beyond.Hugh Bonner, MD of Mara Media was delighted to work with Chamber CEO Toni Forrester on the new concept of a magazine to showcase the work of the Chamber and its members.“It was a pleasure to work with Toni and the Chamber Members and in particular I would like to thank Grace McDermott (Business Manager at Mara Media) for her hard work in pulling it all together and printed in time for Christmas 2018,” said Hugh Bonner. Advertisement Letterkenny Chamber, Bank Of Ireland Enterprise Town and Magazine Launch. Photo Clive WassonWelcoming the publication of the magazine, Leonard Watson, President of Letterkenny Chamber said: “When Hugh approached us with this idea earlier in the year we thought it was worth going for and out members really got behind it. We see our Chamber as forward-thinking, we have embraced the vision of Letterkenny as a small city and “The Business” personifies the ambition of the Chamber an indeed Letterkenny Town.”Mr Watson continued: “The magazine, as well as articles about The Chamber and our activities, also covers the plans for growing Letterkenny and the North West Strategic Growth Partnership. We hope our members find the magazine interesting and informative and we believe it certainly reflects all the positive things about Letterkenny.”Toni Forrester CEO of Letterkenny Chamber who worked on the content for the magazine paid tribute to Mara Media for their work on the publication, “it is very easy to come up with the idea for a magazine but without the experience and hard work of Mara Media and Grace in particular it would never have come to fruition. I am delighted to have this magazine to use as a showcase for all that is good about living and working in Letterkenny and indeed Donegal.”Letterkenny Chamber’s new magazine is the business! was last modified: December 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:business magazineLetterkenny Chamber
Castlefinn Community NotesWhist: 9/7/2014Ladies. 1st Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn 176 2nd Mary Lafferty, Ballybofey 172. 3rd Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford 169 Gents. 1st Patsy Mc Daid, St Johnston 174. 2nd Angus Stewart, Lifford 162. 3rd Maeve Walsh, Killygordon 1601st Half: TieKathleen Duffy, Stranorlar 84 and Bridie Campbell, Castlederg 822nd Half: Patsy O Hagan. Cloghfin 85 Snowball:Next week’s snowball is 183 or better for 100 euro.Everyone welcome to attend.Jewellery Making:Jewellery making class’s continue on Tuesday the 15th of July at 7pm to 9pm and will also be extended for a further 3 weeks. For further information please contact Mary in the CPI centre on 074 – 9143976Men on the Move:Congratulations to all who participated in the Men on the Move program as it finishes for the summer.Golf Classic: The St Vincent de Paul Golf Classic is this Sunday the 13th of July at the Strabane golf club.For more details call John at 087 135 7450Parties:Parties can be booked at the CPI in CastlefinnIn need of a venue just contact the CPI centre on 074 9143976Bookings for midweek are subject to schedule at the centreWeekend (Saturday and Sunday) bookings range from 1pm to 3pm, 3.30pm to 5.30pm, 6.00pm to 8.00 pmCost 80 euro.DD LOCAL: NEED A VENUE? BOOK YOUR PARTY AT THE CPI CENTRE IN CASTLFINN was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CPI CentreDD LOCAL: CastlfinnFeaturesnewsNotices
Volek will be making his 10th start today after starting eight times last season for an injured McNair. “I’ve said this for a long time now, even though Steve is the starter, I still prepare myself like I’m the starter,” Volek said after practice Friday. “So, I’m just going to go out there and play my game.” The Tennessee Titans flew to Arizona without injured Steve McNair, giving backup quarterback Billy Volek his first start this season today against the Cardinals. The Titans officially downgraded McNair from questionable to out Saturday after listing him as questionable each day because of back and ankle injuries. He missed each practice, including Thursday when he was excused for personal reasons, and sat out two sessions last week. Howry is a third-year pro out of Oregon. He played in four games this season, returning 12 punts for 78 yards, an average of 6.5 yards. Farwell is an undrafted rookie out of San Diego State. He impressed the team in the preseason with his tireless work ethic, and coach Mike Tice has always had an affinity for rookie free agents. Tice went undrafted himself before catching on with Seattle to start a 14-year playing career. Jordan wants ball: LaMont Jordan knows the reason he joined the Oakland Raiders: to complement Randy Moss and help turn around one very frustrated franchise. Now, sitting at a disappointing 1-4, Oakland considers today’s game with Buffalo a must-win. Moss is probably out this week after the receiver bruised his ribs, strained a groin and bruised his pelvic area in a hard fall while trying to make a leaping catch late in the first quarter of last Sunday’s 27-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers. That’s where Jordan comes in. He wants more carries, and made that clear this week. The only game Oakland won – 19-13 over Dallas on Oct. 2 – Jordan ran 26 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. He believes if he gets more touches, he can have similar performances every week. “I have said it before, 23 to 26 carries and I’ve gotten the job done,” Jordan said. “And if you look at our record, 1-4, our one victory was 26 for 126. To win games in the NFL you have to run the ball.” 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Volek threw for 2,486 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2004. He became only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards in consecutive games. Rams activate Smoker: The St. Louis Rams moved quarterback Jeff Smoker from the practice squad to the active roster for today’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Smoker, cut in training camp then re-signed last week to the practice squad, got a second chance when Marc Bulger injured his shoulder in a loss Monday night to the Indianapolis Colts. The Rams released offensive tackle Matt Willig. “Well, we really had a need,” interim coach Joe Vitt said. “He knows the system and we have to go with three quarterbacks.” Vikings release Howry: The Minnesota Vikings released punt returner Keenan Howry and signed linebacker Heath Farwell off the practice squad on Saturday.