January 18

Banal, Go for Gold trounce Che’Lu in Game 2 to even PBA D-League Finals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESGab Banal had the hot hand and Go for Gold torched Che’Lu Bar and Grill, 105-81, in Game 2 to tie the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.Banal made seven out of eight 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 33 points that went with six rebounds and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT The Scratchers broke loose in the third quarter where they outscored the Revellers, 28-10, to grab a 73-58 lead heading into the final frame.Go for Gold also drew a solid outing from Kris Porter, who wound up with 16 points and six rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Game 3 of a best-of-five is on Thursday with the Scratchers hoping to sustain their form.Jason Melano paced Che’Lu, which rallied from 15 down to win Game 1, 100-96, with 17 points. Indonesia promises haze-free Asian Games Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Explosive guard Jeff Viernes was limited to only 13 points after erupting for 34 points in the finals opener.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

January 18

NSA Seizes ‘Combustible, Hazardous’ Materials

first_imgNational Security Agency (NSA) Deputy Director for Special Services Directorate, Colonel Nathaniel S. Hodge, has disclosed details of an on-going investigation in which some Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals were found with “hazardous materials and equipment that posed a national security risk to the lives of our citizens.”The NSA, he said, has received intelligence that individuals were in possession of illegal “combustible and hazardous” materials, including cyanide. Agents from the NSA seized the individuals connected to the deal, along with an undisclosed amount of counterfeit monies, equipment and hazardous materials verifying their purpose, which was to smelt gold in a hotel room for shipment outside of the country.In accordance with a July 11, 2014 letter from Cllr. Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, Deputy Minister for Administration and Public Safety, to NSA Director, Fumba Sirleaf, ordering a stay-of-investigation, Col. Hodge said, the NSA has turned over all of the evidence to authorities at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) since July 15.The SSD Deputy added that the agency’s attention has been drawn to two recent publications in a local daily implicating the NSA in the operation.“As such, the NSA wishes to note that in [contradition of] the glaring facts in this investigation, the National Chronicle Newspaper published a falsehood, concluding that a sensitive and clandestine operation of the NSA was empowered under the National Security Act of 2011.”Col. Hodge dispelled this allegation in a statement issued to journalists at a press conference, attended also by a representative from the National Chronicle.The NSA’s statement explained further that the NSA seized counterfeit money in the possession of the suspects amounting to US$49,300 notes in US$100 denominations. The ‘counterfeit notes’, he said, have been turned over the MOJ as of July 15, as evidenced by the exhibits of a series communications between the two entities.“We believe that the two National Chronicle publications are fabrications of the paper’s publisher, who is noted as extortionist [who] peddles his trade by soliciting stories on sensitive government matters and in turn published sensational headlines to further extort [money] from  government officials,” the NSA statement said of the National Chronicle’s publisher, Philibert Browne.The NSA branded Mr. Browne’s paper as “a blackmailing enterprise,” which Hodges said was in the habit of tarnishing the NSA’s contribution to pursuing legitimate investigations, especially transnational criminal organizations.“The NSA wishes to reiterate its commitment in upholding its Constitutional responsibility, within the full rigors of the Laws of Liberia. As such, the NSA puts Mr. Browne and his dubious collaborators, in and out of government, on notice that we are aware of your collaboration for malicious and divisive mischief.”But the newspaper’s publisher, Philibert Browne, says he stands by his story “110 percent”.When the Daily Observer contacted Mr. Browne via mobile phone Monday, he rhetorically wondered as to who he had ever extorted money from as claimed by the NSA.“I stand by my story 110 percent because there is nothing fabricated about the story.  Everything in the story is based on facts,” he told the Daily Observer.On Monday, the paper published a story with the banner headline: “Amidst Ebola Spread, Pres. Sirleaf’s Son Steals Korean Businessmen’s US$284,000…”The paper claimed it was concerned about the legal implications this issue poses to the government and the potential negative impact it may have on investors, among other things.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 15

Two Water Cage Pushers

first_imgI was descending the Capitol Hill todayMany cars were passing up and downEach about his or her Tuesday businessLike a freshly opened yellow rose petalNature dictates my glow like the wild fieldsSuddenly they manually dragged and pushedA metal wrought cage with dirty water jerry cansMaybe a dozen plus five gallons of life’s juiciestTwo Water Cage Pushers…….The guys not properly men were scantily dressedIn dropping jeans as expected with bare loud chestsOne in the back the other up before the metals dangerTry to transport gallons of utility water for daily useWith all the strength in their frail frames they tuggedThere not so far from my labored breathing nostrilFiltered by the motion of scented clean circular airOn the brakes impress to give them a day of successTwo Water Cage Pushers…….Slow as if stuck to the ground they ruggedly crawl byThreat to spill over if their caps were not tightly onStruggling no to be sold to the end users who waitedJust for the filthily gallons to reach near their doorsNo thought of what germs it held the users rushed on byRelief that water was home to make some sweet foodAfter the whole day of washing linen in the houseTwo Water Cage Pushers…….Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 15

AUC, Postal Affairs to Establish Internet Exchange Point

first_imgThe African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MOPT), and the Internet Society are expected to hold a five-day capacity- building seminar for high level engineers towards establishing the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in the country.The seminar is expected to kick-off today, May 12, and will last up to May 16, 2014 in the conference room of the Ministry on Crown Hill.IXP is a physical infrastructure through which internet service providers exchange internet traffic between their networks.The seminar is aimed at creating requisite local technical expertise to support the IXP interconnections and operations, thereby employ hands-on laboratory experience for participants across the sectors.Those to be trained during the seminar are predominantly engineers who will practice and familiarize themselves with the technology.Based on that, the African IXP wants to ensure that Africa’s internet traffic is kept local to the continent by providing capacity-building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of IXPs in Africa.As such, countries around the world are establishing their own IXPs, where internet traffic would be routed locally, thereby creating a downward pressure on costs and stimulating growth and distributing them on a content of local basics.Currently, internet traffic between local users in Liberia like those in many other countries are routed through the West before getting to receivers, in spite of the fact that both senders and receivers live few kilometers apart.The document stated that based on its leadership in facilitating access to internet information to diverse stakeholders around the world, the Internet Society has been selected to conduct workshops in 30 AU Member States including Liberia.The workshop follows the IXP best practices capacity-building processes that was held in Liberia early October last year, where stakeholders in the ICT sector agreed to establish an IXP (Liberia).According to the document, establishing an IXP through Africa was one of the actions that was endorsed by AU members, and it is driven by vision to create a peaceful, integrated, prosperous Africa as a strategy to enable them  take up its rightful place in the global community.It may be recalled that in recent past, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and other AU leaders at a summit in Addis Ababa took a decision to address some critical infrastructure gap in the telecommunication sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12

Complaints raised over excavation of Boerasirie Dam

first_img…flooding looms during high tide, rainfallRecent actions to excavate the Boerasirie Dam in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) have caused much worry to residents and fishermen who are fearful that their homes will be inundated during the high tide periods.A section of the dam which was excavated several feet lowerSpeaking with Guyana Times on Monday, a Councillor from the area explained that she received calls from numerous persons, relaying the distress that residents were faced with at the hands of unknown persons.This publication understands that some men started excavating the dirt from the dam and have been retailing it to interested persons. The situation is even worse, given the fact that there is no koker to stop water from entering during high tides. She said the dam has been lowered by some six feet, and any high tide in the future will result in mass flooding along Tuschen and Zeelught with the possibility of other areas being affected.“There is a dam before the trench, and someone is excavating the dirt from it and they’re excavating so low. This trench goes straight out into the river and there is nothing to stop the water so when the high tide comes, it will flood the entire De Kinderen and Zeelugt,” said the Councillor.The Councillor posited that fishermen are also severely worried and calls are being made for authorities to put a stop to the excavation since their efforts proved futile.One of the excavators on site“The resident and fishermen is calling for something to be done before they’re affected. Some of the dirt is sold to people and they’re using some to build other areas. Some persons went out and stop them from digging the dam further and explained what will happen if they excavate the dam so low and they still continued. The Tuschen-Uitvlugt NDC (Neighbourhood Democratic Council) is also aware of this,” she explained.Meanwhile, a resident from the area, Mugdridge (only name provided) explained, “If the dam get a breach, it will flood everywhere. If I get flood, who will be responsible? We have the Phagwah and Easter spring tide. If the dam get a breach, it will cause a big problem”.When the tide rises, some fishermen will also suffer since it will not be possible for their boats to be docked along the waterway. The resident noted that this is an extremely dangerous situation being created that will affect thousands of residents living in the area.The Public Infrastructure Ministry had issued a notice to the public, sending advice to take precautions during the impending high tide season, which is expected in the coming weeks.For the past week, predictions indicate that the tides will rise above normal levels and the Sea and River Defence Department estimate that flooding will occur in areas which are susceptible to such situations due to storm surges and overtopping of sea defence structures.Some of the areas include the Pomeroon River banks, Sans Souci to Sarah in Wakenaam Island; Canefield/Amsterdam, Endeavour/Blenheim and Cane Garden in Leguan Island; Windsor Forest to De Willem on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD); and the Parika Market area to Salem and Sparta on the East Bank of Essequibo.Many persons are still recovering from flooding last year, caused by a breach in the sea defence structures at several locations along the West Coast of Demerara. (Rupa Seenaraine)last_img read more

January 12

Generals break Dundas hearts

first_imgTravis Brigley also scored for Bentley, while Mark Jooris and Jerry Galway replied for Dundas.Click below to listen to Matt Sales’ post-game interview with Bentley player-of-the-game Kevin Smyth.[asset|aid=2815|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3a74c306aeca47477341cbfe6ce1d9c3-smith Postgame_1_Pub.mp3] And so, the Real McCoys come up short in their third consecutive Allan Cup appearance, while the Generals will take on the winners of Friday night’s second semi final, between the South East Prairie Thunder, and the host Fort St. John Flyers.Advertisement Kurt Bensmiller celebrates what would hold up as the winning goal. Photo – Ron Gallo – Advertisement -By Jon ZacksThe Generals showed their championship form when it mattered, as they won a nailbiter over the Dundas Real McCoys in the first Allan Cup semi-final on Friday.After an evenly-matched and well-fought two periods of play, the defending champ generals trailed Ontario’s Real McCoys 2-1 heading into the third period of the semi final.But, early in the third, Don Morrison used a Kurt Bensmiller screen to fire a point shot past Dan Turple, and tie the game up at 2-2. With less than four minutes remaining, Kevin Smyth slid the puck in front of the net to Bensmiller, who jammed it underneath Turple, to give the Generals the lead.The Real McCoys would throw everything they had at the Albertans, but a big save by Jordan Alford off Ryan Christie would preserve the lead, and a Brandin Cote empty-netter would seal Dundas’ fate, as the Generals emerged victorious, and advanced to their third consecutive Allan Cup final.Advertisementlast_img read more

January 12

Pedestrian suffers minor injuries after walking into SUV

first_imgA pedestrian is lucky to be alive after an incident Friday afternoon in Fort St. John.On Jan. 7, at approximately 4 p.m., the Fort St. John RCMP were called to the intersection of 100th avenue and the West Bypass Road. An 18 year-old male had crossed 100th avenue from Chances Gaming Centre to the West Bypass Road.The male did not see a white SUV that was westbound on 100th avenue and walked into the driver’s side of the vehicle.- Advertisement -The SUV immediately stopped.   The male was knocked down and was tended to by the driver of the SUV and other persons until B.C. Ambulance and Fort St. John Fire Rescue arrived on scene.The male suffered non-life threatening injuries and the SUV was lightly damaged.   The driver of the SUV was released and drove away from the scene.   The male crossing 100 avenue was not at a crosswalk.last_img read more

January 10

Croatia beat Denmark in dramatic shoot-out

first_imgThe Barcelona midfielder’s winner came after Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric saw their penalties saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who also saved an extra time penalty from Luka Modric.But Danes Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen were thwarted by Subasic in the shootout to ensure Croatia won 3-2 and advanced to their first quarter-finals since the 1998 World Cup in France.The dramatic ending followed early excitement — but little in between.In an astonishing start to the match, both teams scored within four minutes via their first attacks.First, Mathias Jorgensen turned home in the second minute after Croatia failed to clear a long throw-in from Jonas Knudsen, the defender’s shot creeping under Subasic to give Denmark the perfect start.But any hopes they could hold onto their lead vanished within 90 seconds.With the Nizhny Novgorod stadium still rocking from the frantic start, Croatia went upfield and promptly equalised.Action between Croatia and Denmark in the World Cup last 16Again, the goal owed more than a little to bad defending when a Sime Vrsaljko cross was hammered by Henrik Dalsgaard into fellow Dane Andreas Christensen and the ball fell obligingly in the penalty area to Mario Mandzukic who scored.The explosive start — both sides hit the back of the net within three minutes and thirty seven seconds — was officially the quickest two teams have ever scored in a World Cup finals match.The following 116 minutes though largely failed to live up to the first four, fireworks giving way to a damp squib of an encounter as the game edged inexorably towards extra time and penalties.Billed as a clash between the opposing number 10s, Modric and Eriksen, it instead became increasingly attritional and tactical, with both playmakers unable to find any space.Instead the player who created most chances was Knudsen with his long throws.Few clear chances were created by either side until Modric’s late penalty miss.That came after Ante Rebic was fouled in the 116th minute Mathias Jorgensen, with the goal at his mercy.Modric stepped up but side-footed weakly and Schmeichel made the first of his three penalty saves on the night, all in vain, as his legendary goalkeeping father Peter punched the air in delight as he watched on in the stands.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia players leap off in celebration after Ivan Rakitic’s penalty sent them to the World Cup quarter finals. PHOTO/FIFANIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, Jul 1- Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero as Croatia squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals with a penalty shoot-out victory over Denmark here Sunday.On a night of late, late drama Ivan Rakitic stroked home the decisive spotkick to ensure the Croats advanced to a last eight meeting with Russia after the two sides finished locked at 1-1 following extra-time.last_img read more

January 3

‘I hope Lampard can come back and get that send off!’ – Terry wants Chelsea tribute for old team-mate

first_img1 John Terry believes Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard deserves a tribute from the club, as the Blues legend prepares to finally complete a move to the MLS.Chelsea wrapped up their Premier League title win with a 3-1 victory on Sunday, a game which saw departing hero Didier Drogba carried off the pitch on the shoulders on his team-mates when he was substituted after 30 minutes at Stamford Bridge.It was a fitting send off for the 37-year-old striker, and Terry hopes former team-mate Lampard will one day receive the same gesture, despite having his reputation as a Chelsea legend sullied by agreeing a short-term move to title rivals Manchester City last summer.“I hope one day Lamps can come back and get that send off,” Terry said of the midfielder, who spent a glittering 13 years at Stamford Bridge before agreeing a move to MLS outfit New York City.“What they [Lampard and Drogba] achieved day-in, day-out, year after year, was an example to everyone.“They’ve set the base and the foundation for everyone to build upon.“What amazes me with those two is they’ve won everything and still the next season they’re hungry to win more. That’s why they’re the best.”Terry played every minute of every Premier League game this season, becoming the first outfield player to do so for a championship-winning side since Manchester United’s Gary Pallister in 1992/93, as he collected his fourth top flight title and first since 2009/10.“It’s been a long five years,” added the 34-year-old, who signed a 12-month contract extension in March.“When you get to my age you realise these moments and these days won’t be around forever.“Let’s make sure it’s not another five before we win it again. Let’s hope I can stay for a long time and be part of this great team.” Chelsea captain John Terry with former team-mate Frank Lampard last_img read more

December 28

MORE THAN €2M ANNOUNCED FOR FINN VALLEY FLOODING REPAIRS

first_imgCastlefinn floodingA total of €2.2 Million in Storm Damage Funding which has been allocated to the Stranorlar Municpal District.The funding will be used to upgrade the roads network in the area.The news has been welcomed by local County Councillor Gary Doherty. Cllr Doherty said “This funding is extremely welcome as it will be put to good use in upgrading many of the roads in the District which are in a very poor state of repair.“It has long been acknowledged that the roads in the Stranorlar District are the worst in Donegal, and the heavy rain and poor weather conditions that we experienced this past winter have exacerbated the problem, with some of our roads being left in an un-driveable condition.“This much needed funding from the Department will ensure that these roads are returned to safe and normal use and that other projects, such as the replacement of the traffic lights at Castlefinn Bridge and the subsiding footpath between Doneyloop and Clady are completed.“It is important to state that this funding will not fix all of the problems we have with the roads network in this District, but it is nevertheless very welcome and I commend the Council staff who submitted a comprehensive application to the Department.” MORE THAN €2M ANNOUNCED FOR FINN VALLEY FLOODING REPAIRS was last modified: March 31st, 2016 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYfinn valleyFLOODINGlast_img read more