Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Lady Patriots had three players in double figures led by Eunice Castillo, who scored a game-high 16 points.Rain Ramos and Basilyn Delfin added 14 points each for La Salle-Dasma, which ended its stint with a 1-4 record.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 ChrissIt was an all-around effort by Castillo, who had three blocks and six service aces.After an error-prone third set, the Lady Patriots regrouped and went back to their strengths. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Aliah Marce and Lency Duarte paced the Eagles with 14 and 13 points, respectively. CSA also wrapped up the tournament with a 1-4 slate.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia De La Salle University-Dasmariñas avoided a winless campaign after beating Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16, in the inaugural Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPort Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments
Mr. SpeakerMr. Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme CourtMr. Pro TemporeHonorable Members of the LegislatureThe Dean and Members of the CabinetThe Doyen and members of the Diplomatic CorpsLadies and GentlemenWhen a giant tree falls in a forest, it impacts other trees far and near. Last night, our country was shocked by the news of the unfortunate demise of the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh; a great statesman of valor unpretending. His passing symbolizes the fall of a giant tree in the forest.The late Islamic Prelate was a distinguished Liberian who will be remembered as a messenger of peace and inter-religious tolerance. He was a prominent voice and face of Islam in the last three decades in Liberia commencing with his role as Secretary General of the Muslim Union of Nimba County – to Secretary General to Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia.He was not just an Islamic preacher but a politician, scholar, lawyer and judge. Prior to the demise of the late President Tolbert, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh was Commissioner of Ganta City and served as Justice of the Peace in Sanniquellie, Nimba County. His role as an activist started when he disagreed with and pledged his support for the late Dr. Edward Kesselly and founder of the current ruling Unity Party. It was Sheikh Konneh that mobilized Nimba in support of Dr. Kesselly in the 1985 elections. Today he is no more but we will fondly live with the memories of his outspokenness, fearlessness and courage. When conflict raged – he stood as an outstanding proponent in the search for lasting peace for our country.The Vice President called me a few hours ago and asked me to convey his deepest sympathy over this loss. He could not be here because he is away on official duties attending an African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.We mourn this great loss to our country as we strive to consolidate the peace and stimulate the trappings of national healing and reconciliation. To the bereaved family – we say take heart.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. Samuel Faley: “I’m appealing to the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the county to quickly intervene in this situation.” Station mute after losing US$16K transmitter, accessoriesSuspected armed robbers wearing masks early Monday ransacked Radio Salem (90.5 MHz) in Bamballa, Porkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County, and made away with the station’s broadcasting equipment and accessories.The station has gone off the air after losing its equipment leaving listeners inconvenienced and upset, the Daily Observer has learned.According to reports reaching this paper, it is not yet clear if security officers assigned at the station were on duty at the time of the robbery.Radio Salem aired its first broadcast in 2012, and covers eight of the 15 counties as well as neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea.Samuel Farley, the station’s chief executive officer, told our reporter via mobile phone on Monday that the robbery has denied the locals news, and other information on government’s development agenda. He said the station has been very instrumental in providing information, education as well as entertainment to Cape Mountians.He estimated the cost of the transmitter (1000watts) and other equipment at US$16,000.According to Farley, without the contributions of community radio stations, rural communities would not get to hear and know of the major activities the Government of Liberia is either planning or embarking on.“So seeing the equipment being taken away by some unscrupulous individuals is very disheartening. We call on the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the county to quickly intervene in this situation,” he added. Meanwhile, the county police detachment has launched an investigation into the incident, but no arrest has been made.Farley is appealing to all well-meaning Cape Mountians and the county’s legislative caucus to make financial contributions to get the station back on the air.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– body issues warning to GuySuCo officials who left without filing declarationsA number of surprising names have made their way on to the Integrity Commission’s latest list of public officials who have failed to declare their assets, ranging from high-ranking officials in the Finance Ministry to the Director of Guyana’s Prisons himself.According to a notice from the Commission, National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) Chairman Berkley Wickham; Head of Department, Bernard Lord; Head of Bilateral Division, Donna Levi; Head of Regional Planning, Miguel Choo-Kang and Head of the Multilateral Financial Institution, Denise Desouza have all failed to make their declarations as of May 3.The same holds true for acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels and acting Director General of the Civil Defence Commission, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, who were also flagged by the Commission.Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield and three GECOM Commissioners were also cited by the Integrity Commission, along with Head of the Guyana Energy Agency’s Fuel Marking Division, William Holder.At the Guyana Water Inc (GWI), a slew of top brass including Chairman Nigel Hinds and Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles were called out by the Commission while a total of 24 officials from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) were included in the list of delinquent officials.The Commission also states that 13 former declarants from GuySuCo who left during the declaration period are also required to complete their filings. These include the former Wales Estate Manager Devindra Kumar and former Skeldon Estate Manager Karamchand Bramdeo.In January of this year, the Integrity Commission had published the names of the 159 public officials who failed to submit their declarations as of December 31, 2018, pursuant to Section 19 of the Integrity Commission Act.Over the years, several Members of Parliament and other public officials have been flagged by the Integrity Commission for their failure to declare their assets and liabilities, but none of their names appeared on the latest list.The Integrity Commission Act was assented to on September 24, 1997. The Act provides for the establishment of the Integrity Commission and makes provisions for the purpose of securing the integrity of persons in public life. The Commission has the power to do anything for the proper performance of its function and in discharging its function; it is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.The Commission has the authority to regulate its own procedure and may make rules for that purpose. Public officers and positions listed under Schedule 1 of the Commission’s Act should disclose their financial assets and liabilities on or before June 30 each year.When a public officer ceases to be a person in public life, he/she should disclose his/her assets and liabilities to the Commission within 30 days from the date that that individual ceases to be a person in public life.
…writes president to request BoIThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has written to caretaker President David Granger to request a Board of Inquiry (BoI), following what the organisation has described as “unauthorised” spending on the part of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Guyana Public Service Co-operative Credit Union Limited (GPSCCUL).GPSU President, Patrick Yarde (second from left) addressing members of the media in the presence of union executivesOn Wednesday, following an Executive Council Meeting, GPSU President, Patrick Yarde, called a press conference wherein he complained of monies being wasted on several unnecessary contracts. Some of the contracts, according to him, were in excess of US$25,000 for activities for merely six staff members.“We would like the general public to be aware of the unauthorised expenditure that has (been) incurred by the Interim Management Committee following contracts (which) were awarded to a company (or) individual without going through the proper procurement procedure (and involving) in excess of $10 million for construction work,” Yarde explained.He noted that executive members usually permit the use of $1 million for projects by the elected Management Committee at the Annual General Meeting. However, the Interim Committee has overstepped its authority by spending vast amounts of money on different occasions.“Another contract of US$25,000 (was spent) for human resources-related activities, and this is so ridiculous when you get in depth of what was done. You (find) they engaged a human resource person for US$25,000 to engage six people,” Yarde charged.He further charged that another $2M was used for air conditioning, while $2.5M was handed out by the Committee for telephone services and $1.6M for reviewing security systems.In June last year, the High Court, in an order, reinstated the Government-installed Interim Management Committee (IMC) at the GPSU Credit Union. This was done after High Court Justice Gino Persaud had discharged a previous interim order which was granted to the old management committee to stay the decisions of the IMC until the matter was resolved.The new order therefore means the Government-installed Chief Co-operative Development Officer and Commissioner, Perlina Gifth, was again placed in charge of the co-op credit union.The issues stem from allegations of financial impropriety wherein officials have been accused of excessive spending for bonuses and travel to the tune of some $32 million. Some have even alleged that a senior official at the GPSU had paid out some $700,000 in bonuses to himself.Yarde claimed on Wednesday that since the new body had started managing the affairs, employment costs have increased significantly.According to him, “In May last year, the employment cost was $3.8 million. In April this year, the employment cost increased to $6.9 million”.The GPSU President has said the Union is also investigating another allegation, wherein $6 million was paid in bonuses during this period.Nonetheless, he sought to remind members of the Credit Union that he has committed to ensuring their savings remain intact, or at least recovered.AuditYarde told reporters that Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott demanded that the Union pay over about $50 million to finance “audit and supervision” services. However, he held out that there was another arrangement under the previous Labour Ministry for the Credit Union to keep its finances and conduct its own audit.“There was an agreement with the previous Labour (Ministry) that the Credit Union keep that money, ‘cause it is funds for audit and supervision and development; and that the Credit Union conduct the audit and pay for it. all this was approved by the Ministry, and there was no dispute about that,” he argued.This move was intended to be cancelled by the Junior Minister, who reportedly demanded that the monies be paid over to finance the audit. Having recognised the Union’s reluctance, Yarde said, the audit cost was even reduced by as much as 50 per cent by Minister Scott.Again, the union president said, this was turned down by the organisation. It was, however, later brought to his attention that over $25 million had been paid over by the IMC to the Social Protection Ministry for this purpose.Yarde maintained that these monies were handed over unlawfully, as the decision would have had to be deliberated at the Union’s Annual General Meeting.Further, he said, “According to the law…instead of paying taxes, the Credit Union pays that; and that money is to be used to audit the accounts to make sure things are done properly, and for the development of the Credit Union. Like any other financial institution, it would require refinement, technology, and a variety of other different things; and that money, according to the law, that percentage of your surplus, must be put aside for that purpose”.As such, the GPSU President made it clear that he has written to the Caretaker President, requesting an inquiry into the present situation. In addition, he demanded urgent responses from the Social Protection Ministry in regard to the audit, as he questioned the extension of the IMC which has been functioning for over one year now.Yarde threatened strike and protests should the call for an inquiry be ignored by Granger, though he said it would be a last resort.
The suspense surrounds the identity of the men’s winner, 12 months after Croatia’s Luka Modric claimed the crown thanks to his exploits in dragging his country to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.That ended a decade in which Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or five times each, but the smart money now is on the Barcelona man claiming number six.There are 30 nominees in total for the prize, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.– The case for Van Dijk –Among the names is Ronaldo, as well as several of the stars of the Liverpool side who won the Champions League, chief among them Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.At one point he looked like the favourite, but Messi already pipped him to FIFA’s The Best title in September.The 32-year-old top-scored in La Liga last season with 36 goals as Barcelona won the title. He did not have a great Copa America with Argentina, but his genius is undeniable.“If you give the Ballon d’Or to the best player of this generation then you should give it always to Lionel Messi. That’s how it is,” admitted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.“But if you give it to the best player of last season, then it was Virgil van Dijk. I don’t know exactly how it will work but that is how I see it.”The value of individual honours in football is debatable, and the timing unsatisfactory, coming midway through the European club season.Yet surely nobody could suggest Rapinoe would not be a deserving winner of just the second women’s Ballon d’Or, an award voted for by a panel of 48 journalists.Norway’s Ada Hegerberg won it in 2018 but will not retain her title after missing the World Cup.Among the stars of that tournament to be nominated are England’s Lucy Bronze, Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema, Australia’s Sam Kerr and the USA trio of Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Tobin Heath.However Rapinoe, the 34-year-old feminist icon and outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, should add this honour to those of Golden Boot winner for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup.Even her supposed rivals seem to be rooting for her.“She does lots of things off the pitch, but I think she is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or mainly down to her performances during the World Cup,” Bronze told France Football.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe are expected to win the big prizes at Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony © AFP/File / Josep LAGO, FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Dec 1 – The biggest names in world football will descend on Paris on Monday for the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony, with Lionel Messi and USA women’s World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe tipped to leave with the honours.It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women’s prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title.
43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (left back) 11 11 11 44. Andreas Pereira (centre attacking midfield) 11 11 4. Phil Jones (centre back) 7. Memphis Depay (left wing) 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 11 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 39. Marcus Rashford (centre forward) 11 11 10. Wayne Rooney (centre midfield) 25. Antonio Valencia (right back) 11 11. Adnan Januzaj (right wing) 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Manchester United XI for the Premier League game against Bournemouth in squad number order Manchester United should be preparing for their FA Cup final against Crystal Palace this week but instead they are thinking about their meaningless final Premier League game against Bournemouth at Old Trafford.The game was rearranged for Tuesday evening following the evacuation of Old Trafford and subsequent abandonment of the game on Sunday following a bomb scare, later revealed to be a dummy.While that was happening, Manchester City secured Champions League football for next season at the expense of the Red Devils – unless Louis van Gaal’s side manage a 19-0 victory tonight.The Dutchman’s future looks in real jeopardy following that result so it is likely his focus will already be on Saturday’s FA Cup final and United fans can therefore expect a rotated side to the one that was initially selected prior to kick-off on Sunday.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Manchester United XI to face Bournemouth in the final Premier League game of the season.
Yoshinori Muto has joined Newcastle from Mainz for a reported £9.5m, the Premier League club have confirmed.Muto, a Japan international who played at the World Cup, signed a four-year contract and had been a Mainz player since 2015.Muto joins fellow new arrivals Martin Dubrvaka, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar and Kenedy.“As the first Japanese Newcastle United player, I am honoured to be a player for such a big club. I hope to achieve good results – that is what I am here to do. I would like to perform well and leave my name in Newcastle’s history,” he told nufc.co.uk.Manager Rafa Benitez, who had earlier said fans should be concerned about the club, said: “I am really pleased to have Yoshinori Muto with us. We were following him for quite a while.“Hopefully he can bring us his energy and work-rate and help the team to improve and be better for the new season.” We are delighted to announce that Japan international Yoshinori Muto has completed a move to Newcastle United after he was granted a work permit at a hearing today. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/eB7qAoxtsa— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 2, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO — There are several different ways to evaluate a hitter’s contributions to a lineup, but one of the most important is a player’s ability to get on base.Over the last three and a half weeks, no one in baseball has been better at doing so than Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.If you’re surprised to learn Belt has the highest on-base percentage (.474) in baseball since May 23, you’re not alone. Belt’s recent success has flown under the radar, in large part because of the way …