NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESNLEX continued its impressive run after outlasting Rain or Shine, 122-114, in double overtime in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Road Warriors ended the game on an 11-2 run inside the last three minutes with a 3-pointer by Larry Fonacier off an assist by Kevin Alas putting the game away with 58.9 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube PVL: Bali Pure strengthens semis bid, downs Adamsoncenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, damages Legazpi City airport PLAY LIST 01:51Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, damages Legazpi City airport00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite “We have to learn how to win games like this if we want to go up to the next level. The challenge is to beat contenders and to beat them in a hard game like this,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.“It’s still a learning process for us. To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress that we made,” added Guiao, who guided the Elasto Painters to two championships in his five seasons with the franchise.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 Road Warriors are now off to their best start in franchise history at 3-0 after going 2-9 in the previous two conferences.Aaron Fuller posted 33 points and 20 rebounds while Alas, who was named Player of the Week, had another sterling performance with 24 points, 12 coming in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods, 10 rebounds and five assists. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Alas forced the second OT, 110-all, after scoring on a layup over ROS big man Beau Belga with 2.6 seconds left.Maverick Ahanmisi flirted with a triple-double with 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He also sank the game-tying basket, 101-all, with 23.5 ticks remaining in regulation. MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Can we ever truly have a developed capital city?

first_imgDear Editor,Driving along what appears to be the new route for Mashramani 2019, I have encountered the roadways defaced with some crude, oversized, dreadful numbers slovenly painted in a hodgepodge manner on the road surface.Initially thinking this was the act of some unhinged and deranged person, I was horrified to learn that it was the work of the Georgetown municipality. I had to ask myself, does the Council really expect so many vendors? Why waste so much paint and so many man hours? Why do the numbers have to be so big and obnoxious? Surely, they could have used a road marking stencil kit with pre-spaced numerals constructed from sturdy reusable Polypropylene boards with 200 mm font sized numerals.Must the Georgetown municipality be allowed to continue to behave in such a vulgar, unprofessional and unprincipled manner until the end of time? Can’t the new Council raise the bar on city management?My question is – can we ever truly have a developed capital city when our City Council has a third world mentality?Sincerely,Sean Monizlast_img read more

Koffa Task Force ‘Ready to Prosecute’

first_imgCllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, head of the Special Presidential Taskforce (SPTF) investigating the damning Global Witness (GW) bribery allegations against Sable Mining, other senior Liberian government officials and others, has reported that, following their trips to the United Kingdom and United States, the taskforce is now ready to prosecute the indicted.Cllr. Koffa, who is also Minister of State without Portfolio, stated further that the SPTF will increase the number of existing charges on three of the indicted. “We are going to draw up indictments for additional persons named in the GW Report,” Koffa said shortly after he returned to the country.At the regular Ministry of Information press briefing on Tuesday, July 5, Cllr. Koffa and the other two speakers—Cllrs. Daku Mulbah and Augustine Toe – however refused to disclose list of increased charges, and failed to name the three individuals whose burdens are going to be made heavier. However, sources very close to the SPTF told this newspaper that House Speaker Alex Tyler, Grand Cape Mount County Varney Sharman and former National Investment Commission Chairperson Richard Tolbert are those whose charges would be increased.Koffa said he is very pleased with the outcomes of their trips abroad. The five-man delegation of the tripartite SPTF left for London, headed by Cllr. Mulbah, lead prosecutor of the Taskforce, to fish for more evidence, and to hold talks with British authorities, witnesses and Global Witness (GW) officials regarding the case.Cllr. Koffa, who was not part of the five-man delegation, had flown to the US to hold discussions with Liberian lawyers there. Their discussions centered on asset recovery issues, including how the Liberian government can facilitate the recovery of assets and funds allegedly siphoned by Liberians currently residing in the US.The SPTF head commended Global Witness, the US and the UK governments for their cooperation so far.“I would like to thank Global Witness, our partners in Great Britain and the US, our lawyers and investigators from the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for the level of work done thus far,” Cllr. Koffa said.“The work that was done in London, especially by our team, led by our chief prosecutor, was an invaluable work. I am sure the country and our government will hear in very short order how intense, qualitative and vibrant that work was. We are proud that they undertook this effort to go there.” He then assured that as they roll out all their pieces of evidence in a court of law, they are certain that the jury will return with guilty verdicts. Also speaking, LACC vice chairperson Cllr. Toe said investigations that have so far been carried out by the SPTF have been done at the offices of the LACC.Cllr. Toe dispelled the rumors that the LACC had been sidelined by the SPTF and that they are “an integral part of the whole investigation process.”For his part, Cllr. Mulbah, lead prosecutor of the case, buttressed what Cllr. Koffa had said earlier that their trip to the UK was a “very successful one.”“What makes a prosecutor happy is when you have been able to place yourself in a position that you can be able to have a successful prosecution. This is one that has happened, which has made us to be delighted,” he stated. He assured Liberians of getting the desired guilty result.Cllr. Mulbah said it was expedient for them to make the trip to London in order to get a firsthand briefing from the crafters (Global Witness) of the report that they are now using to indict certain individuals. “We were able to interact with people who are behind the report; we were able to have the concrete lines of evidence that we have initially received.”He assured that all the Liberian law requires for the prosecution of such cases are now within their grips for the successful prosecution of the case. GW, in its report titled, “The Deceivers,” alleged that over US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were made by the UK mining firm, Sable Mining, through its Liberian lawyer, Cllr Varney Sherman. The report said that Cllr. Sherman, one of Liberia’s best-connected lawyers and current Chairman of the governing Unity Party, in an effort to secure the Wologizi iron ore concession in western Liberia, paid bribes to senior officials, to firstly get Liberia’s concessions law changed. According to GW, Sherman then began distributing Sable’s money to some of the most important government officials, some of whom have also been indicted. Cllr. Sherman and House Speaker Alex Tyler, who allegedly received US$75,000 of the Sable money, have denied the indictment charges. They have since been released on bail after filing bonds with the Criminal Court. They and others are accused of having used their positions to amend Liberia’s Public Procurement and Concessions Law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bong Citizens Group Support Cummings

first_imgAbout 250 citizens of Bong County residing in Monrovia have endorsed Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), as the suitable candidate for president of Liberia.The spokesperson of the group, under the banner of “Concerned Citizens from Bong County Resident in Monrovia” (CCBCRM), Stephen M. Nenepalay, said they reached the decision “after carefully scrutinizing the activities of various political parties.”The formal endorsement program was held at the headquarters of the ANC in Sinkor Airfield.He added: “Our decision to be members of the ANC and support Mr. Cummings is owing to the platform of the party, which does not discriminate.”An elderly woman, who begged not to be named, also said: “The ANC has been supportive of the physically challenged and the Cummings Africa Foundation has been helping us, we who are the less fortunate Liberians.”He has provided scholarships for Liberians at home and abroad, and is involved in healthcare and water projects, which have benefitted over 250,000 Liberians, she said.The group comprised of residents of Kpelle Town, Bernard Farm, Peace Island, Congo Town, Rock Hill and Rehab Communities in Paynesville.The Chairman of the ANC, Orishall Gould, thanked the group and said “the ANC welcomes every Liberian despite tribe or religion.“Here at ANC, everybody is somebody and treated with respect. So, on behalf of the political leader, Alexander Cummings, we wholeheartedly welcome you.“We encourage you to be disciples and bring your family and friends to join us to become victorious in 2017.”Meanwhile, Mr. Cummings announced at a press conference that “safety measures concerning the usage of beaches and drinking alcoholic beverages which sometimes result to death during the November 29 holiday, it is customary for most of our youths to go to the beaches, and in so doing we want to advise them to be safe.” The measures Cummings instituted include billboards that read “Don’t swim when the sea is rough”; “don’t drink alcohol before swimming”; “don’t swim when nobody is there to help you”; and “don’t eat before swimming.”The ANC political leader has also announced that such messages will be posted at most of the beaches in Monrovia, as well as some lifeguards.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Magistrate calls Police a “bunch of jokers”

first_imgPiracy attack… Top Cop says remark was “insulting, reckless”A Berbice Magistrate on Wednesday called investigators attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) a “bunch of jokers”, something which did not go down well with acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine.Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh while presiding over the case of the recent piracy attack criticised the Police, saying they are “behaving like bunch of jokers” as it relates to confusion whether to withdraw or put forward charges for the accused.The Magistrate told the court that it has to be balanced and therefore cannot take sides.His comments came as he presided over the murder case emanating from the piracy attack, which left four dead and 11 unaccounted for.On Wednesday, Premnauth Persaud, called “Sanbad” or “Boy”, 43, of Cromarty Village; and Nakool Manohar, called “Fyah”, 39, of Number 43 Village reappeared at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court where they were jointly charged with two counts of murder.They were not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that between April 27 and May 3 at sea, they murdered Tillacknauth Mohabir, called “Caiman”; and Mahesh Sarjoo, called “Koba” during the course of a robbery.Last month, Manohar appeared before the same Magistrate, charged with the murder and was remanded. However, on Wednesday, the Police withdrew that charge and imposed the joint double murder charge on the duo. It was in relation to this that the Magistrate made the aforementioned remarks.“Insulting, reckless”However, the Magistrate later came under fire from Police Commissioner (ag) David Ramnarine, who in a brief statement on Wednesday night called the remarks “derogatory”.“I wish to indicate that those statements or remarks made by the supposedly learned Magistrate are insulting and reckless and certainly should never have been uttered.”According to the Top Cop, the Force’s Criminal Investigation Department conducted the probe into this matter with the due diligence required.“[The investigators] worked well over and above the normal call of duty, in oftentimes difficult circumstances, finally resulting in the preferment of the charges, which received legal advice. It seems quite clear that the Magistrate probably has an axe to grind against the team of investigators and maybe other Police Officers,” Ramnarine noted.He added that this can be reasonably deduced from the fact that Magistrate Singh was previously removed from presiding over a very high-profile murder case in which the very investigators were involved.“I can only conclude that his unfortunate and reckless utterances intended to malign these hardworking Police Officers and our legal advisors are as a result of his youthfulness, inexperience and being unschooled,” the Top Cop posited.Nevertheless, during the court proceedings earlier in the day, Nakool was represented by Attorney Joel Edmond who asked the court about the readiness of the file, saying the Police seemed to be confused. He noted that the Police were not sure whether to charge the duo along with Alexander Denhearte jointly.He also noted that the Police had moved the date of the alleged offence from April 27 to April 26. He also asked that charges against Manohar for 2015 and 2016 be discharged.Manohar was last month remanded on the two previous charges of robbery on the high seas committed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.Police Prosecutor Inspector Orin Joseph asked the court for 14 days to return for report and fixture. Meanwhile, Persaud who was unrepresented, told the Magistrate he was beaten and starved whilst in custody.They will all have to return to court on June 26. The body of Mahesh Sarjoo was laid to rest last Saturday in Suriname. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

56th Annual Oilmen’s Golf Tournament enters second day

first_imgKevin McKnee, who has won five straight Oilmen’s Championship Flight titles, is currently in the semi-finals looking for his sixth consecutive win. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 56th Annual Oilmen’s Golf Tournament entered its second day at Lake Point Golf and Country Club.The event has a total of 192 oilfield workers (ten less than last year) competing in a “match play” style tournament. The golfers were divided into 12 different flights to compete.Teeing off at the Oilmen’s. Photo by John Luke Kieper.- Advertisement -Matches started Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. Resumed today at the same time, and will continue tomorrow for the finals.Golfers opened the tournament by playing 18 holes, today however, they played just nine.chip shot at the Oilmen’s. Photo by John Luke Kieper.Advertisementlast_img read more

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgMP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. “Commemorating and Preserving Canadian Values”This week Canada marked the 65th Anniversary of the Victory in the Far East, known as VJ-Day, and the official end of the Second World War.  On August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to allied forces and Victory in the Far East was declared.- Advertisement -While the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour is familiar to most, other Japanese forces also attacked the British colonies of Hong Kong and Malaysia.  As has often been the case, Canadian soldiers were there from the beginning to serve.Of the approximately one million Canadians who served in the Second World War, 10,000 fought in Far East Theatres.  Of the 2,000 Canadians stationed in Hong Kong when the Japanese attacked, 290 died.  For those who survived, the horrors were just beginning.The survivors remained prisoners of war for four years, suffering unimaginable conditions.  Forced to carry out backbreaking labour while being beaten frequently and fed a starvation diet, 264 more young men died before the emaciated and diseased survivors were freed in 1945. The majority of those who returned to Canada suffered serious disabilities as a result of their prisoner of war experience, and many died premature deaths.VJ-Day is a day to remember the bravery and sacrifices of those Canadians who served so valiantly in the Far East Campaign and persevered after the war ended in Europe. It is thanks to all of the brave Canadians who served in the Second World War that we enjoy the security, peace and democratic freedoms that we do today.Advertisement In that same spirit and tradition we also remember the current generation of brave men and women who continue to defend the same time-honoured Canadian values around the world, including in Afghanistan, Haiti and Sudan.If you would like to learn more about Canada and the War in the Far East, go to the Canada Remembers section of the Veterans Affairs Canada website at:  www.vac.gc.ca.MV Sun Sea Update:In present day here at home, federal security and public health officials are processing 492 passengers found aboard the foreign vessel MV Sun Sea when it was boarded in Canadian waters off British Columbia’s coast.Advertisementcenter_img Evidence continues to suggest that this is part of a large human smuggling operation carried out by an organized and professional criminal enterprise.  The MV Sun Sea, whose point of origin was Thailand, was modified to maximize the number of persons and the resulting profit.We are a compassionate nation with a long history of offering refuge to those who legitimately require it.  However, our Conservative Government will not tolerate those who attempt to jump the queue or abuse the system through human smuggling, illegal migration and other means.As Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated this week, “We are a land of refuge, but Canadians are pretty concerned when a whole boat of people comes — not through any normal application process, not through any normal arrival channel — and just simply lands. We will not hesitate to strengthen the laws if we have to because ultimately, as a government and as a fundamental exercise of our sovereignty, we are responsible for the security of our borders.”last_img read more

Beatton River case progresses

first_imgOne person charged in the assault at Beatton River appeared in court, Wednesday.Calvin Gunning stood before a Fort St. John judge, facing 40 charges in relation to the incident that occurred early in the morning on July 25.- Advertisement -The charges include numerous weapons and assault offences. Gunning plead not guilty to all charges.His case is adjourned until Thursday at 9 a.m.Joshua Toth is another of the accused in the case. He was also scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. However, Toth was unable to appear because he was in custody at the Fort Nelson RCMP detachment. He is facing new charges in Fort Nelson and his bail in Fort St. John has been revoked.last_img

Nigeria must improve before World Cup admits Mikel

first_imgNigeria were punished for a dismal first half display as goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane put England in control.Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors after the interval, but Nigeria couldn’t find an equaliser despite their improved second half performance.Mikel knows Nigeria have to sharpen up in Russia if they to get through a tough group featuring Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.“We are a very young team and we have to learn, it is good for this young team to have a taste of what we are going to face in Russia,” Mikel said.“We have to learn together as a team, we have to improve and that is why we played this game against such a quality side.“We can know where we are and now we go back to training and try and improve.”Coach Gernot Rohr agreed with Mikel’s assessment that Nigeria have much to work on.But the Nigeria boss blamed their slow start on fatigue caused by a difficult journey to England and rain that stopped them training the day before the match.“The first lesson is we are not ready yet. We have to work much more in the two weeks before our first game,” the German said.“We missed totally the first half but the preparation wasn’t good.“We couldn’t train on Friday because of rain, the pitch wasn’t good. We arrived after a 10 hour flight, with many stops.“In the first half our usual formation didn’t work. Some of our players weren’t fit and England put the pressure on us.“This bad beginning was an opportunity to change and play a bit more like England in the second half. It was much better.“Also we changed four players. Unfortunately we can’t change four players if there is a problem in the World Cup.”Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Mikel saw enough from England to feel he can back Gareth Southgate’s team as potential World Cup winners.“I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team… you can feel it,” he said.“I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half.“In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better. I think the England team have a good chance.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel impressed against England © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 3 – Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel admits his side have to improve quickly if they are to make an impact at the World Cup.The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to England in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

Firmino good enough with one eye, says Liverpool’s Mane

first_img0Shares0000Roberto Firmino (centre) scored the decisive goal for Liverpool in their 3-2 Champions League win against Paris Saint-Germain © AFP / Adrian DENNISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Sadio Mane said he had urged Liverpool match-winner Roberto Firmino to declare himself fit for the Champions League opener against Paris Saint-Germain, insisting he didn’t “need his eye to play”.Firmino sustained an abrasion to the cornea in his left eye in the weekend win at Tottenham after a clash with Jan Vertonghen and did not train on Sunday or Monday. Even manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he thought the 26-year-old had “no chance” of playing when he saw him on Monday, but Mane was not prepared to give up on his teammate.“I think Bobby doesn’t need his eye to play so I told him,” said Senegal international Mane after the thrilling 3-2 win over PSG at Anfield.“I sent him a message on Monday saying, ‘Hey Bobby, come on, we need you’.“You’ve all seen the ‘no look’ goals so I think he doesn’t need his eye to play. I texted him saying, ‘You don’t need your eye’.”Klopp put Firmino on the bench but brought him on with about 20 minutes to go and he scored the added-time winner to extend Liverpool’s 100 percent record to six matches.“It’s a great start. It is too early to speak about anything, but it is very important for us to focus more because we are Liverpool, we are a stronger team, and we will try to do our best every game,” said Mane.Firmino’s rare absence from the team gave Daniel Sturridge the chance for his first Champions League start for the club more than five years after joining them and he repaid Klopp’s faith with the opening goal.Defender Joe Gomez believes the depth of their squad makes Liverpool stronger than last season, when they finished in the top four of the Premier League and reached the Champions League final.“I think this year we’re confident as a team,” he said. “The squad is so strong as a unit.“With Bobby obviously struggling, Studge (Sturridge) comes in and scores for us. It shows we have so much quality.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more