18 01 20

first_img‘This is ours’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But a glut of big men won’t guarantee victory for the Philippines.“We will be in trouble if their three-point shooting is on target,” Guiao said of the Kazakhstan game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. “Their guards are deadly three-point shooters. Give them a small window, they could shoot.”Guiao, who officially took over the coaching chores earlier this month, said the squad hoped to ride the momentum of its victory over Kazakhstan during the Asiad.The Nationals then take on the Iranians on Dec. 3 at the same venue looking to avenge a sound beating they absorbed in Tehran during their first meeting.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Rivals turned teammates: Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo. —SHERWIN VARDELEONNational coach Yeng Guiao acknowledges the weight of the task ahead of him and his wards when the Philippines takes on Kazakhstan and Iran in the resumption of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers beginning Friday night.“These are the games that will really matter,” Guiao told reporters on Wednesday ahead of the Filipinos’ homestand which opens against the Kazakhs at MOA Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “These are important matches … we will be defined by the games that we will play in the next few days,” he said of their campaign in Group F play.The Filipinos currently sport a 5-3 win-loss record—still in the key third place that guarantees a slot to the Fiba World Cup, but Guiao won’t leave anything to chance, especially with Japan breathing down the Filipinos’ necks in the standings.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 ChrissAnd with Guiao finally having the marquee big men of the PBA, San Miguel Beer’s reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Barangay Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter, the national coach opted for the services of guard Stanley Pringle—who torched Kazakhstan in the Asian Games—as naturalized player.While Fajardo has been a regular in the Gilas program, Slaughter will join the Nationals for the first time since the 2010 Asian Games. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

14 01 20

first_imgAuthorities at the Ministry of National Defense have begun seeking assistance from their U.S. mentors as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) prepares to depart. While expressing appreciation to members of Operation Onwards Liberty (OOL) and the Michigan National Guard for their “great roles continually being played in the remaking of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL)”, Acting Defense Minister, Joseph Johnson is at the same time, seeking for assistance to build the AFL’s  capacity. “Operation Onward Liberty,” which began January 1, 2010, is a U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense initiative designed to continue the United States’ support to the Government of Liberia and its ongoing efforts to transform its military. It is a five-year commitment of continued support and partnership with mentors cycling through on six-month temporary duty assignments and some service members electing to do year-long assignments.OOL is also a U.S. military-led team which mentors and advises the AFL to develop a national military that is responsible, operationally capable, respectful of civilian authority and the rule of law, and is a force for good among Liberians.Its goal is to assist the AFL in building a professional and capable military force that can effectively provide and contribute to the overall security environment in Liberia. With that in mind, Mr. Johnson recalled how before, during and after the Ebola pandemic, the personnel of the U.S. Army were involved in so many ways with the fight to contain the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).  The Acting Minister who is Deputy Minister for Administration expressed gratitude for all the training received by personnel of the Ministry of Defense and the AFL over the years from their U.S. partners. “I hope that those training opportunities can be localized and look forward to more unified interactions between the Michigan National Guard and the AFL,” the Acting Minister reiterated.He also thanked the OOL for its pre-deployment training given Liberian troops deployed as part of MINUSMA, in the West African State of Mali.Besides, Minister Johnson appealed for capability enhancement of the Liberia Coast Guard (LCG) to deter and prohibit illegal activities along the country’s coastal waters.He further appealed for logistical support aimed at upgrading the Engineering Company of the AFL to at least a battalion size to robustly participate in civil-related operations around the country. Minister Johnson made the statement on Wednesday May 13 when a six-member U.S. delegation headed by Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard, Maj/Gen. Greg Vadnais, paid the Acting Defense Minister a courtesy visit at his Barclay Training Center (BTC) office in Monrovia.Maj/Gen. Vadnais expressed gratitude to Liberians for the support rendered to U.S. troops that were involved with the fight that kicked Ebola transmission out of the country.“Future areas of emphasis will be in civil military relations which are important for collaboration between the civilian population and the AFL,” Maj/Gen. Vadnais assured.He reaffirmed the Michigan National Guard’s commitment to continue its partnership with the AFL. “The national intention of this partnership is to see enduring peace in Liberia,” he emphasized.During the courtesy visit, Maj/Gen. Vadnais was presented a Distinguished Service Medal awarded him for his service to the AFL through the Michigan National Guard during the February 11, 2015 Armed Forces Day celebration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me space in your popular newspaper to express my views on issues of national concern.My first concern has to do with people that continue to refer to those who redeemed Liberians from a tyrannical government led by Master Sergeant Samuel K. Doe, and turned politician as ‘WARLORDS.’ Why refer to the freedom fighters and our redeemers as warlords?I am quite sure that these people do not know the difference between redeemers and warlords; and so, let me educate them a bit.Can anyone tell me why President William R. Tolbert, then sitting President and Chairman of OAU (now AU), was killed and overthrown? What was the tangible reason given by the coup makers led by the late Doe, then Master Sergeant of the disbanded Armed Forces of Liberia at the time?Well, the late President Tolbert was killed and overthrown according to the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), because of rampant corruption. A charge President Tolbert and 13 of his officials were executed for.The question is, was Tolbert really corrupt? If the answer is yes, was he the only corrupt government official, and also the 13 officials of his regime? Where were the country’s rights activists, who now use the word WARLORDS to describe our redeemers when a sitting president was killed?It is my belief that President Tolbert was killed and overthrown because he was the head of a corrupt party, the True Whig Party (TWP). That is my belief.The silence of the so-called “BIG POWERS” and the activists indicates that they were in agreement with the coup makers when a sitting president was killed. This meant that they approved and welcomed the mayhem in the wake of the coup.Now when President Doe, a native Liberian, came to power through violence, corruption became the order of the day, coupled with secret killings of his own native folks.I was then a commissioned military officer (captain), who witnessed many secret killings. Major Perry Biaplu; Captain Arthur Quiah; 1/Lt. Nyan Zarwolo; and M/Sgt. Mohammed Sirleaf were all secretly executed by President Doe’s death squad leader, Colonel Alfred Manyea.Where were the rights activists? Where were the activists when 13 enlisted men of the army were falsely accused of a coup plot and secretly executed? Among those killed were: Staff/Sergeant Lee Jessy; Pvt. Kalokalea Duo; John Moore; and Robert Kessely.I am sure that the activists were not born when Maj./Gen. Thomas Weh Sehn, Harry Johnson, Nelson Toe and others, all PRC members, were secretly executed, while still undergoing court trials.I again ask: where were the activists?To those so-called activists, it was the rampant secret executions that prompted the revolution, which was started by comrade, General Thomas G. Quiwonkpah ( the late) in 1985, when he entered Liberia on November 12, 1985, along with comrade Major Joseph Biah (late) and others to rescue the country from Doe’s brutal regime.Just as the US commandos went on a rescue mission to rescue their citizens from Iran and the mission failed when their plane crashed, the same happened on November 12, 1985 when Gen. Quiwonkpah came to rescue Liberians, and the mission failed. And so there is nothing called Quiwonkpah’s invasion, rather General Quiwonkpah’s failed rescue mission, ok?Where were the rights groups when people who did not know anything about General Quiwonkpah’s rescue mission were hunted and secretly killed in their numbers? Those that are bragging and boldly talking and enjoying a fine time today were all in exile monitoring all that was taking place back home. I say, shame on them!Because of the rampant secret killings coupled with marginalization and nepotism, the country’s redeemers and their financiers that were brave and remained on the ground decided to come to the citizens’ rescue, while the so-called rights activists were eating their Uncle Ben’s rice elsewhere. Now they are here dictating to the voters as to whom they should vote for. What a shame!The rights activists, having run away from the repressive and suppressive regimes, have returned after the country’s redeemers and their financiers had rescued the nation; and they have nothing to offer, except to refer to our former freedom fighters and redeemers as WARLORDS. I say, they are redeemers and not warlords!Let the activists give Liberians the chance to choose anyone of their choice and not be dictated to. It’s up to any individual to vote for either someone who ran away from the secret killing, repressive and suppressive regime, or for a redeemer who rescued him/her.We are not fools here in our own country. We know who rescued Liberians and who all ran away from the secret killings-regime and left us in danger.To conclude, let me proudly tell those rights activists that the financiers of our war and those that staged the war to quench the secret killings in our country are called Redeemers, not Warlords.Hence, let the voters decide who to vote for in October.Those that prefer to vote for people that ran away from the secret killings and a repressive regime, that is their choice; and those that prefer to vote for the people that stood by them and redeemed them, that is also their choice.Long live the Redeemers!AFL Retired Colonel J. Zoyakhkernah DuoCell: 0888199894/0777709044Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgThe Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has expressed no confidence in the work of Regional Executive Officer, Rupert Hopkinson, following a series of irregularities uncovered in relation to the management of the region’s budgetary allocation.REO Rupert HopkinsonIn a statement, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt said the RDC is dissatisfied with its REO’s actions and repeated efforts were made to have Hopkinson to act in compliance with the financial regulations. He added that several times the RDC would have made requests for details regarding management of the budget and procurement process but those were denied.“Hopkinson as the accounting officer fails to follow recommendations and decisions taken by the RDC at its statutory meetings. Due to such negligence and incompetence, the REO who also serves as Clerk of the RDC has created numerous pending matters that residents, more precisely students are affected,” he said.“Despite a number of audit queries over the years, this accounting officer continues to breach procurement, financial guidelines and regulations,” Ramdatt added.At a recent statutory meeting of the RDC, a number of issues came to the fore and both the Government and Opposition Councillors expressed their disappointment with the decisions of the REO.The matters discussed involved the abuse of millions of dollars from the RDC’s Economic Project Amounts; poor implementation of projects that have already started in 2018; delays in signing vouchers; insanitary and unsafe conditions of many schools; and persons contracted to clean school compounds and road shoulders have been waiting to be paid since 2017 and 2016 respectively.Hopkinson was recently dragged before the PAC for mismanagement of the region’s funds. He told the PAC that the projects were considered to be emergencies, hence the reason for his management.He instead highlighted a number of projects that are considered emergencies in the region that the REO should have focused on.“Fixing the Capoey Primary School Septic Tank; address the poor conditions at the Charity Secondary School; install a generator at Public Hospital Suddie that was affected whenever there was a blackout; cleaning of the Hackney-Friendship canals, preparation of access dams and maintenance of drainage and irrigation structures in cultivation areas; and fix rapidly deteriorating community roads,” were some of the emergency works highlighted.The Regional Chairman has since reiterated that the Council has no confidence in the REO.last_img read more

11 01 20

first_imgThe Northern Brain Injury Association is receiving $91,252 from the B.C. government to support people with acquired brain injuries.Funding will build services in the northeast, Quesnel and enhance services in the northwest and inform all Northerners about brain injury.“These funds provide a dramatic increase to our client services as well as our brain injury education and injury prevention programs in the remote and often very isolated communities of northern British Columbia,” Northern Brain Injury Association program developer Will Lewis said.- Advertisement -“If left untreated, brain injuries can lead to issues that impact the entire community,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “The hard work the Northern Brain Injury Association does will improve many lives.”In May, the government provided $3 million in funding over three years to the Brain Injury Alliance, which has distributed funding to organizations in two stages. In the first stage, $10,000 was provided to each of B.C.’s 16 community-based, non-profit brain-injury service providers to help with operational costs.In the second stage, brain-injury organizations in B.C. receive funding based on applications for programs specific to their needs. These organizations run programs and services to help reduce the incidence of injury or directly help those affected by brain injuries.Advertisement Learn more about the Brain Injury Alliance at braininjuryalliance.ca.last_img read more

6 01 20

first_img1 Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado Fiorentina are set to open talks with Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado about a new and improved contract, according to reports in Italy.The Colombian winger’s current deal expires at the end of this season and as such Fiorentina risk losing him on a free next summer if they do not agree new terms with him.Cuadrado was linked with a move away from Fiorentina during the last transfer window, but both Barcelona and Man United were reportedly put off by the Serie A side’s £40m asking price.As a result, Cuadrado never left Fiorentina during the summer and now, according to TMW, Fiorentina are hoping to tie him down to a new long-term contract.It is thought the 26-year-old will want a significant pay rise if he remains at the club, in line with the team’s top earners.last_img read more

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first_img 7 Where were you when Germany failed to make the knockout stages?Death. Taxes. Germany to do well at the World Cup. 7 Germany made it to one in two of the last 16 World Cup finals. The four-time winners lifted the trophy one in four times over that period, including most recently in 2014.Third-straight holders to go out in the group stage 7 Spain fans after they were eliminated in 2014 7 You have to go back as far as France 1938, the third World Cup, to find a Germany-less second round. Back when there were only 16 teams in the tournament, Switzerland beat Germany 4-2 in a replay at the Parc des Princes to send them packing after the first round.First time outside the top three of a World Cup for 20 years When the Germans do progress, they tend to go pretty far as well. They only managed the quarter-finals in 1998, eventually losing 3-0 to Croatia, but they have finished third or better in every tournament since. Except this one, of course.Fewest goals they’ve ever scored at a World Cup 7 Thomas Muller couldn’t add to his World Cup tally The Germans lifted the trophy in 2014 center_img 7 Germany are out after losing to South Korea South Korea celebrate their incredible victory Never before have the Germans lost two group games at the tournament and they’ve been in far tougher groups. Before the tournament, the prospect of the world champions being beaten by BOTH Mexico and South Korea was barely considered possible.Germany had been finalists in eight of the previous 16 World Cups Germany v Croatia in the 1998 quarter-finals The World Cup is quickly becoming a poisoned chalice. Italy, who won the tournament in 2006, also finished rock-bottom of their group four-years later, before 2010 winners Spain failed to make the knockout stages in 2014. The curse of being world champions.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Even when they went out after two games in 1938, they managed to score three goals, making their two in Russia the lowest tally in their history at the tournament.First time they’ve ever lost two group games 7 Germany at the 1938 World Cup Only five per cent of people currently living in the famous footballing nation were alive last time they were knocked out in the group stage.But, thanks to plucky South Korea, we can all say we were there to witness the historic moment they finished rock-bottom of Group F in Russia – behind Sweden, Mexico and the South Koreans.Kim Young-gwon and Tottenham’s Son Heung-min sealed a memorable 2-0 victory with two goals in injury time to send shockwaves through the football world.Here are the stats to show just how unbelievable this is:First group stage exit at the World Cup for 80 yearslast_img read more

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first_imgA Donegal school caretaker who sexually abused a pupil returned to the same job and abused and raped four other boys.The boys, who were aged between 10 and 17 at the time, were sexually abused on an almost weekly basis.The Central Criminal Court heard the man made them watch pornography and groomed then by supplying them with alcohol, cigarettes and money. The 55-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reason, pleaded guilty to 38 sample charges.The litany of charges included oral and anal rapes, sex assaults, and two charges of production of child pornography on dates between July 1990 and September 2005.The man had earlier been convicted in a District Court in Donegal for two incidents of indecent assault at the same school in 1985 and 1986.He was not identified at the time and he returned to work in the same school where the abuse continued.He is due to be sentenced later this month.EndsSCHOOL CARETAKER WHO ABUSED BOY RETURNED TO RAPE FOUR OTHER PUPILS was last modified: July 12th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgA warning has been issued to householders after a spate of home heating oil thefts.One house in the Chestnut Grove area in Lifford has had its oil stolen on two occasions since Christmas.The local Lifford/Clonleigh Community Text Alert Scheme has issued a warning to all local residents to be on the lookout for anybody acting suspiciously. People are being encouraged to get a lock fitted to their tanks and if possible fit any other form of security around their tanks.Other oil robberies have taken place in recent weeks in Letterkenny, Raphoe, Buncrana and Ballybofey.A Garda spokesman said “People should ensure that their tanks are fully secure and if they notice any suspicious vehicles in their area to contact their local Garda station.”Warning after another spate of home-heating oil thefts was last modified: April 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gardaihome heating oilLiffordTHEFTSlast_img read more

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — On Sunday morning, Bruce Bochy expects to welcome four-to-five players into the home clubhouse at Oracle Park.He’ll greet them with a handshake, explain their roles for the next month and tell them exactly what he’s explained to every September call-up for the last 25 years.Bochy’s door is always open.When rosters expand next September, a new manager will sit in the office tucked just inside the entrance to the Giants’ clubhouse and go through the same ritual. By …last_img