Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ‘Disaster’ marks end of Rain or Shine’s year Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESTNT bounced back after losing its season opener and denied Alaska, 106-98, of its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The KaTropa are now at 1-1 while the Aces slipped to 0-2ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals TNT used an early surge to gain the upper hand for good, going on a blitzkrieg with a 9-0 run in the final minute of the second quarter.Jayson Castro capped off the scoring spurt after taking the ball away from Calvin Abueva and immediately going to the cup for the layup to give TNT a 58-49 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKaTropa head coach Nash Racela said their victory over Alaska was of utmost importance going into the New Year break as it will help build their confidence before they face off against defending champion San Miguel.“It’s always hard to get the first win especially with our next game coming against San Miguel,” said Racela. “It’s nice to get the win before the year ends because at least we can get some sort of momentum.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Troy Rosario had a team-high 21 points for TNT while also grabbing eight boards.Moala Tautuaa and Jayson Castro each had 18 points to help the KaTropa’s cause.Rookie Jeron Teng led all scorers with 28 points for Alaska while grabbing 10 boards and dishing out five assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The demolished Dread Shop structureDemolition of “Dread shop”In a press release by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Friday, it was indicated that the demolition of the 48-year-old business known as “Dread Shop” at the Stabroek Square, Georgetown, did not breach any court order.According to the release, the “Dread shop” was an unlawfully erected formation, as it fell within the district of the “council area” as stated under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01. It was stated that numerous reports were made to the M&CC, alleging the involvement of immoral activities being permitted at and around the entity.The M&CC’s statement highlighted that notice to vacate the premises was given to the “Dread Shop’s” owners by the council in ample time. It was then the proprietors began engaging the courts without informing Council. Thus the Mayor and City Council contended they were never restrained by any court order, since they were not involved in any proceedings pertaining to this matter.It was further highlighted that had the council been aware of an existing court order against the removal of the illegal structure; they would have abided by the judicial orders.Proprietor of the business Anthony Forde’s lawyer Nigel Hughes however, had accused City Hall of disobeying the court order. According to Hughes, the dispute over the “dread shop” is presently ongoing in the Court.“This has got to be the most outrageous act I’ve seen in a long time because [the matter is] actively going to mediation on the recommendation of the Court of Appeal and then they failed to turn up at the mediation and the Court of Appeal still has conduct of this matter and they believe they can disregard this act,” Hughes posited.The attorney explained that after he called the City Engineer on Thursday afternoon, Town Clerk Royston King then confirmed that demolition had indeed happened.“I believe that where people decide that they are not going to obey the law of the land and where they are not going to obey the outcomes of the court proceedings to deal with this particular piece of property then we are in a very dangerous state,” the attorney had posited.Hughes had further said: “There is a dispute right now between Mr Patterson’s Ministry and the City Council about who actually owns this square because it was donated by the Russell family [while] the Ministry [of Public Infrastructure] claims it is their territory and the city council claims it is their territory.”Meanwhile, also slated for demolition is the nearby “Island Snackette” which has been in operation for a similar time.Proprietor Abeola Fung told this newspaper that her family has invested “millions of dollars” to improve the standard of the business. They claimed that City Hall said their structure will also be torn down. Fung further related that some years ago City Hall had approved a plan for rehabilitation works to their structure.City Hall has been relocating vendors and stall owners in a move it said will see a transformation of the Stabroek Market Square. While some vendors have welcomed the change, others have protested the short-shrift initiatives of City Council, viewing them as “unfair” and “uncaring”.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has committed Liberia to aspects of Goal No. 5 of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last weekend by the United Nations General Assembly in New York. According to a dispatch, the President made the commitment at an event on gender equality and women’s empowerment on Sunday, September 27.In committing her administration, President Sirleaf said before the end of her tenure, she will endeavor to ensure the domestic violence bill is passed into law; ban female genital mutilation (FGM) and ensure increased women’s participation in politics.On the domestic violence bill, the President promised to collaborate with the National Legislature to pass into law the proposed Domestic Violence Act endorsed by the Liberian Cabinet on June 15, 2015 and currently before the lawmakers for enactment. The draft Bill defines Domestic Violence pursuant to Article 2 of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.As regards ban on female genital mutilation, President Sirleaf committed to ensure the complete adherence to the enforcement of the ban on female genital mutilation in light of the backdrop that the 2011 Law on Children offers protection against all forms of violence including FGM.On greater women’s participation in politics, President Sirleaf pledged to ensure the ongoing Constitution Review process in Liberia guarantees women’s full participation in governance and national affairs on a parity basis. During the Constitution Review Conference early this year, the women of Liberia recommended five critical issues to be captured in the proposed constitution among which equal representation and participation of women in all sectors of Liberia (elected, appointed and selected) should be reflected in the constitution. A Parity Bill is currently being discussed before the National Legislature. Taking this into consideration, the Women of Liberia propose that the 30 percent quota which was proposed in 2010 be increased to 50 percent and that the scope is broadened to include all sectors (public and private) of Liberia.The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which comes into effect on January 1, 2016, has set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets to achieve over the next 15 years. This 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what the MDG did not achieve. It seeks to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The new SDGs are integrated, indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.Specifically, Goal No. 5 seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere; eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. It further aims to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation; recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate. The exercise is to further ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life; ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.It will further undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws. The use of enabling technology, in particular information and communication technology, will be enhanced to promote the empowerment of women; adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Since 2016– company linked to coalition financierThe responses to questions on notice from the Parliamentary Opposition to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on the controversial Sussex Street drug bond reveal that since 2016, the state has paid out over $200 million in rental fees.This is one of several questions put on notice by Opposition Parliamentarian Anil Nandlall. He had sought information on the total sums paid in rent for the property.He had also asked “what action has been taken to implement the recommendations for the contract to be renegotiated to obtain a lower rate of rental; and if not possible, the lease agreement be terminated?”In the response tabled in the National Assembly during Monday’s sitting, Lawrence stated that from July 2016 to March 2018, the sum of $264.5 million was paid to Linden Holdings Incorporated.This company is linked to local businessman Larry Singh, an old People’s National Congress (PNC) financier.When it comes to action being taken to end the arrangement, Lawrence revealed that a Notice of Quit dated October 31, 2016, was sent by the then Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry, Trevor Thomas.Further, current Permanent Secretary Colette Adams had sent a reminder dated October 3, 2017. There is no mention of the company’s response to these notices. As of March, it is understood that the bond was still being rented.The transaction first came to light in 2016 during consideration of Financial Papers, when it was discovered that Government had in fact entered a contract to pay a VAT-excluded $12.5 million monthly rental to Linden Holdings Inc for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.It was also discovered that $25 million was already spent as a security deposit, in addition to $12.5 million, representing monthly rentals from August to December 2016. The sums were paid to the Linden Holdings Inc.The criticism that erupted led President David Granger to set up a Cabinet sub-committee to investigate the matter and make recommendations. That committee comprised Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman as the Chairman, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Minister of State Joseph Harmon.That committee had concluded that the contract should be terminated or re-negotiated, since a similar facility could have been found at a cheaper rate. During the debate on the 2017 Budget in December 2016, a parliamentary delegation accompanied by the media visited the Bond and found condoms, lubricants and some unused refrigerators, but no pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.The parliamentary opposition has since formally requested that the Public Procurement Commission investigate the transaction.The formal request was made by former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Juan Edghill, who wrote to PPC Chairperson Carol Corbin indicating that the political Opposition was demanding “a definitive pronouncement specifically addressing if this award was done in a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective manner according to our procurement laws.”The former Government Minister had wanted the Procurement Commission to investigate specifically how a contract for a bond for the storage of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies was sole-sourced from an entity that did not own and/or operate such a facility; and further, “how was the company’s primary director, Larry Singh, made aware that a drug bond was needed”.Given the argument presented by the Public Health Ministry in defence of the contract, Edghill was also looking to ascertain “who made the decision to sole source, and under what circumstances; what was the emergency referred to by the Minister”, and how Linden Holdings Inc was engaged to ink a contract.Among the other concerns listed in the request for an investigation, the Member of Parliament is questioning why the contract stipulated rental of “office space”, and not rental of a pharmaceutical bond; and whether the price was fair in terms of market value for similar facilities.The Member of Parliament, in his list of queries to the PPC Chairperson, also questioned whether taxpayers were in fact receiving value for money on the monthly arrangement.
The Suicide And Violence Eradication (SAVE) Guyana organisation will hold a mental health and domestic violence workshop to Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) on Saturday, in efforts to reduce alarming statistics.According to the organisation, the participants range from doctors, nurses, and social workers, while the presenters include Canadian Certified Addiction Specialist, Shirvington Hannays; Training Director of SAVE Guyana, Leslyn Holder; and Drug Treatment Specialist, Philip Drayton.In recent time, there have been numerous cases of domestic violence in the region, which has led to fatalities. This workshop is aimed at addressing these issues through continuous efforts.
Here, AFP Sports looks at five things to watch from the La Liga weekend.Dembele a cure for FIFA virus?The arrival of the 105-million-euro ($125 million) Frenchman is a much-needed tonic for Barca in the midst of continuing institutional chaos with ongoing public clashes between the board and leading players.President Josep Maria Bartomeu claimed new contracts for Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, whose deals expire next summer, were a matter of time on Tuesday only for Iniesta to flatly deny that claim a day later.On the field Barca need to ensure they don’t suffer their habitual hangover from international breaks known locally as the “FIFA virus”.This time last year Barca suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Alaves as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez started on the bench following their international commitments.With Messi and Suarez only arriving back in the Catalan capital on Thursday after two crucial World Cup qualifiers in South America, Espanyol will rarely have a better chance for a first win at the Camp Nou since 2009.Acid test for AtleticoIt has been a highly promising week for Atletico de Madrid as inspirational coach Diego Simeone extended his contract till 2020 © AFP/File / DESIREE MARTINIt has been a highly promising week for Atletico as inspirational coach Diego Simeone extended his contract till 2020, whilst the pitch was laid among finishing touches to the club’s new 68,000 capacity stadium.Since Simeone took charge in 2011, Valencia have had 11 coaches. However, their latest hire in Marcelino finally appears to putting Los Che back on the right track.Valencia took a point from a thrilling 2-2 draw away to Real Madrid before the international break and have since been further boosted by the arrivals of Goncalo Guedes and Andreas Pereira on loan from PSG and Manchester United.Should Atletico emerge unscathed from the Mestalla not having lost ground on Real after three away games to start their season, a serious title challenge is realistic.Rise and shine RealLa Liga president Javier Tebas has continued his war against PSG’s free-spending since snatching Neymar away from Barcelona, accusing the Parisians and Manchester City of “peeing into the pool” in their disrespect for financial fair play.Tebas’ concerns arise from his ambition for La Liga to rival the Premier League’s interest around the world and getting television rights deals to match.With that in mind, kick-off times in Spain have become gradually earlier in recent years with an eye on Asian markets.Real’s kick-off against Levante at 1300 local time (1100 GMT) on Saturday will go head-to-head with City’s blockbuster clash against Liverpool.Mini Madrid derbyOvershadowed by the wealth and glamour of Real and Atletico, two of Madrid’s more modest sides Leganes and Getafe have fought out their own rivalry in the lower divisions.However, they clash for the first time ever in the top flight on Friday night at Leganes’ 11,500 capacity Butarque with the hosts even having the chance to leapfrog Barcelona to the top of the table after two wins from their opening two games.Perez homecomingExactly a year from the day he left, Lucas Perez returned to Deportivo la Coruna from Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window.“Money doesn’t make me happy. I move for emotions, for the feelings that I have,” said Perez, claiming he had turned down more lucrative offers to force through a return to his native Galicia.Perez scored 17 goals in the 2015/16 season before his move and will need to fire if Depor are to avoid another year of battling relegation, starting with the visit of Real Sociedad on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s new signing Ousmane Dembele is surrounded by young fans at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, during his official presentation, on August 28, 2017 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Sep 8 – The most expensive player in Barcelona’s history will take to the field for the first time on Saturday as Ousmane Dembele debuts in a Catalan derby against Espanyol.Atletico Madrid travel to a revitalised Valencia in the headline clash of the weekend, whilst there is an early start for champions Real Madrid.
“It was difficult at the beginning because without professionals, without the best local players and with only 20 players it was a difficult mission but not an impossible mission,” Migne said after the team jetted back to the country on Monday evening.Stars played four matches, losing two, both to India while they won two, 4-0 against Chinese Taipei and 2-1 against New Zealand.Migne was impressed however with the performance of the team and hopes they can pick the gains moving on especially ahead of September’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi.“When you start a competition, the aim is always to do the best and try to reach the final. We achieved this but it was not easy to recover for the final after playing just two days before. I am happy with the players because we had several who were on their first cap and now I have some answer about them,” the coach added.India and Kenya players walk off the pitch at half time during their Heroes InterContinental Cup at the Mumbai Arena on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Indian Football AssociationLooking back at the final where they lost 2-0 to hosts India courtesy of a brace from skipper Sunil Chhetri, Migne admitted the team might have suffered from stage fright.“We missed some experience at the beginning. We were a little afraid but I was happy with the second half reaction. I think the tournament was okay for us to see the locals and I was surprised with the quality,” the Frenchman further added.Meanwhile, skipper Musa Mohammed noted the tournament gave the local based players an opportunity to impress the coach and noted they gained a lot from it.“It was a great experience and everyone showed what they can do. We failed to come back with the cup which is sad, but we learnt a lot which is positive for us moving forward,” Mohammed noted.Migne will now get down to work with clearly a lot to do before Kenya plays Ghana in September and the tactician is hopeful he will be able to knit in a competitive team.Nonetheless, he is still worried that he hasn’t had an opportunity to play a friendly match with his full squad including the foreign based stars.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne gestures during a training session at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies on May 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12- Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has rued the absence of key players during the Hero Intercontinental Cup in India where Kenya reached the final but lost 2-0 to the hosts at the Mumbai Arena on Sunday.The national team boss missed all Gor Mahia players and a few AFC Leopards players after their clubs held on to them for the SportPesa Super Cup, meaning the coach had to do with a different squad.
0Shares0000Pele came to Paris for a promotional event and was then hospitalised © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Apr 7 – Brazilian football legend Pele will spend one more night in hospital in Paris “as a precaution” after being taken ill earlier this week, his advisor told AFP on Sunday.A date for the 78-year-old’s discharge has not been officially announced by the hospital which is based in the Paris suburbs. “He will spend the night (Sunday to Monday), we do not want to take risks and we’re in no hurry,” said the advisor, having on Saturday morning announced that Pele would definitely return Monday to Sao Paulo.“The doctors are making decisions daily and we will take maximum precautions until we leave.”The three-time World Cup winner was admitted to a hospital with a urinary tract infection on Wednesday, the day after appearing at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe.Brazilian news website G1 reported that Pele had intended to come out of hospital on Saturday to return to Brazil but had been delayed by further tests and would stay under observation until he was 100 percent.The infection was not serious and was under control, according to members of Pele’s entourage.“Thank you so much for all the love! The antibiotics are working,” Pele tweeted on Friday. “I’m feeling much better and I think I’m ready to play again!”The event in Paris was originally scheduled for November but the Brazilian “was not in a position to travel”.Pele has had several health issues in recent years.A similar infection put him in intensive care in November 2014.In 2016, Pele, who played 1,363 professional matches, scoring 1,281 goals, was unable to light the flame at the Rio Olympics because of severe pain in the hip.“I was not physically fit to participate in the opening of the Games,” he said at the time.In January 2018, he cancelled a trip to London fearing a “stressful” and “tiring” journey.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Sometimes it disappoints me how indifferent young people are about politics,” said Joel Rosario, executive vice president of the school’s Associated Student Government. “They don’t realize the importance of politics.” Eighteen-year-old Rosario and others in the association recently presented information to trustees about the California Community College Student Voter Registration Project, which began three years ago as a pilot program at City College of San Francisco with the California Secretary of State’s Office. During the project’s first two weeks, 7,000 students registered to vote when they registered online for classes, said Leslie Smith, City College of San Francisco’s dean of governmental relations. Since then, about 26 community colleges have jumped on board. Through its computer system, the California Secretary of State’s Office collects names and addresses of students who clicked yes for voter registration at their schools and then mails them cards for signature. VALENCIA – Whether it’s from Bruce Springsteen rocking out at campaign rallies or from the president’s twin daughters reaching out to other hipsters, the cry to get young voters involved with politics is heard far and wide. Despite all the attention, citizens ages 18 to 24 had the lowest registration rate for the 2004 presidential election – 58 percent, compared with 79 percent for those age 65 and older, according to U.S. Census Bureau spokesman Mike Bergman. Now some California community colleges are stepping in by getting students to register to vote when they register for classes online. The movement has garnered about 65,000 new registered voters. Students at College of the Canyons want a piece of the action. “This is a way to reach a population that votes in disproportionately low numbers,” Smith said. “It’s a population that’s very hard to reach, and one way to reach them is this, because every semester they register for classes.” Smith said the process overcomes barriers that prevented students from registering in the past, such as remembering to do it when they turn 18 or each time they move. The jury is still out on whether the program will come to College of the Canyons. It would require some changes to online registration and to some computer applications involved with the process, said Michael Wilding, vice president of student services. In addition, Trustee Joan MacGregor said officials want to see how well the project is working at other schools. The idea for online registration came from Tom Killikelly, a political-science teacher at City College of San Francisco, who hoped to get students more involved in the political process, said Phil Day, chancellor. Day said the project needs little funding or overhead. “We believe very strongly that students ought to be voting and engaged in the political process,” Day said. “Why take political-science courses and government courses if you can’t connect the dots with your own political engagement?” Sue Doyle, (6610257-5254 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL’S struggle with the recession has been laid bare in a report by a leading international business newspaper.Financial Times reporter Jamie Smyth spent several days in Milford.And his report on the newspaper’s website today shows how 41 members of the local GAA club have left to start new lives abroad since 2008. The latest to leave is 28-year-old player Anthony McPaul.“The town is dying on its feet. The two banks have closed, ripping the commercial heart out of the town,” the Editor of the Tirconaill Tribune John McAteer tells Smyth.“Milford is just a microcosm of a wider malaise in rural Ireland. In Donegal the only export we have is our young people,” he says.Smyth reveals that of the 144 multi-national companies which invested in Ireland last year, 75% were in Dublin and Cork. Just one came to Donegal.Reporter Smyth writes: “Letterkenny, which was Ireland’s fastest growing town during the boom, is littered with ghost estates and half empty retail parks. Shopkeepers have suffered a huge drop in business since the crisis struck in 2008 and are not yet seeing a recovery.”The article is herehttp://www.ft.com/cms/s/73327482-2694-11e3-9dc0-00144feab7de,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F73327482-2694-11e3-9dc0-00144feab7de.html%3Fsiteedition%3Duk&siteedition=uk&_i_referer=#axzz2g0xrRnTc REPORT: 41 PLAYERS LEAVE DONEGAL GAA CLUB SINCE 2008 was last modified: September 26th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Financial TimesletterkennyMilfordMILFORD GAA CLUB