Ceres, Global try to seal title berths

first_imgView comments Rivals Petron, Foton face off; Cocolife tries to stretch upset run vs F2 Aggregate scores will determine the winner of the two semifinals duels with the away goals rule applied in the event of a tie. Extra time will be played if ties are not broken after the two legs.The semifinal matches carry a huge incentive with the winners not only disputing the maiden PFL trophy but also gaining automatic berths to the group stage of the AFC Cup as announced by the Asian Football Confederation early this week.The PFL champion will also earn a qualifying spot in the top-tier AFC Champions League in January, but it will still have the AFC Cup to return to in the event that it fails to advance. The Philippines could have three clubs playing continental football next year if the PFL champion reaches the AFC Champions League group stage as the PFL third place team will qualify for the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours BACOLOD CITY—Ceres Negros and Global Cebu aim to build on their first leg advantage as they gun for finals berths when they clash with different foes in the Philippines Football League on Saturday.The Busmen who beat Kaya Makati, 1-0, on Sunday on Stephan Schrock’s stoppage time strike, hope to get the job done at Panaad Stadium where they have lost only once this year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “We know Kaya will do everything to win, but you can be sure that we can do everything to win as well,” said Schrock. “We don’t want to disappoint our supporters here.”Global, the fourth seed, seeks to complete a stunning reversal against top seed Meralco Manila in the simultaneous kickoff at 7 p.m. at Rizal Memorial Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseDespite struggling for majority of the match, coach Akbar Nawas’ side still came away with a thrilling 2-1 win in the first leg thanks to late goals from Wesley Dos Santos and Pika Minegishi on Saturday.But Tahj Minniecon also scored what could be a critical away goal for the Sparks, who only need a 1-0 victory to advance to the finals. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

So Much to Be Thankful For

first_imgLiberia’s mere survival over all these tumultuous 16 and one half decades is alone an achievement for which we must give immense thanks to the Almighty.But there are many other reasons why we should render thanks to our Creator.  He has blessed us with a small, but growing and manageable population and with abundant resources that could make everyone well off.  These resources include gold, diamond, iron ore and now oil.He has also blessed us with abundant rainfall and vast green acreage.  The Atlantic Ocean which washes our shores gives us 350 miles of coastline and abundant seafood for our protein.  There is also fish in our numerous rivers and creeks.In addition to all of these, Liberia has many friends around the world.  From 1848 when Great Britain became the first to recognize Africa’s first independent Republic, to the latest Letters of Credence which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf received from the Ambassadors of Denmark and Holland, Liberia has always been blessed with foreign friends.  Yes, there have been difficult times when some of them, notably Britain and France, chopped off huge chunks of our land that are now part of Guinea, La Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone.  But that is all now in the distant past.  Today these nations are friends of Liberia, joining with many others to help us in our development.But today we are living in horribly difficult times, when the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been ravaging Liberia.  Since March 2014 when the first case spread to Liberia from neighboring Guinea, thousands of our people from almost every area of the country have died from the virus, presenting us with the worst health crisis in our history.  But here again, we must quickly say thank God  that in spite of the pessimistic, Judgment Day predictions of global medical organizations, the infection rates have been consistently going down. Part of this Thank You goes to our many health and medical workers, some of whom, being on the frontline in the anti-Ebola fight, have paid the supreme sacrifice to save lives; and others who have successfully treated many of the infected and are spreading awareness among the general population. This Thank You goes also to our many international partners who, though belatedly, have come concretely to our rescue.  They include our Chinese, American and European Union partners; our African Development Bank, German, Norwegian, Japanese, Nigerian, ECOWAS and African Union partners and many others.  The Chinese have sent in several plane loads of health and medical supplies, and are now building an Ebola Treatment Unit at the S.K.D. Sports Complex; while the Americans who, following an order by President Barrack Obama, have deployed over 3000 troops on the ground building 16 or more ETUs and rendering many other kinds assistance.Because of all these local and international interventions, the virus spread has in many places waned over the past few weeks.  Today many of the ETUs show very low occupancy, including one of the newest in Congo Town.  It was opened last Friday and as at this Wednesday evening, November 5, thank God, there were yet no patients there!The good Lord has delivered us from many calamities in the past, and clearly now, He is delivering us from this one, too.But in addition, He has led many of our international partners, notably the Chinese and the Americans, to pledge massive support to help us develop an efficient, nationwide healthcare delivery system in the post-Ebola era.This, we submit, is a very serious and invaluable opportunity.  Should we Liberians be prepared to make the utmost use of this opportunity, we could extend it to other areas of national need, other segments of our infrastructural development, including energy, roads, water and tourism ventures that will saturate this country with jobs.  For our partners know disease thrives in poverty and underdevelopment.  They could, depending on how serious we become and how prepared we are to challenge them—our development partners could take the long view and engage in long-term, many faceted development undertakings that could at last place Liberia on the road to full recovery and national development.But first, all Liberians have to get serious, and if we do, we could one day say Thank God for Ebola, for it was out of its ashes that we could see a truly new day in Liberia.  But everything depends upon us, with the help and direction of God.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Need for strong, committed poll agents

first_imgDear Editor,I have intently listened to former President’s Bharat Jagdeo’s speech that he delivered at the 2018 Babu Jaan commemoration ceremony for Dr Cheddi Jagan.  It was one of his better speeches.  I was happy that he has declared a position on the state of potentially rigged elections in 2020.I, like him, am of the firm belief that even if the Granger Administration tries, it cannot win rigged elections in Guyana in 2020.  The system will not adequately facilitate such a situation, especially if a strong diplomatic and civil-society presence is launched.  Counting of the ballots at the places of poll and having signed and completed Statements of Poll in the hands of the scrutineers are two powerful tools against the forces bent on rigging any elections.To further strengthen the forces that are working tirelessly for free and fair elections and elections that are free from fear, it would be a bonus if more Guyanese volunteer for GECOM roles, EAB roles, and civil society roles, to ensure the elections are properly conducted and observed. Sitting on the sidelines and resigning yourself to the thought that the PNC will rig the elections would only serve the undemocratic and anti-national forces who want to take Guyana back to the dark days of the 1980 elections, when horses and donkeys in Manchester, England were voting in the Guyana elections.The people must stand up now and ensure that democracy prevails, as happens in the United States of America and in other constitutional democracies. All the political parties have a national responsibility to ensure that they each have 2,000 strong and committed scrutineers trained from now to ensure every box is observed and counted from start to end, when they receive the signed statement of poll (SOP) at their command centre.There must be no room for anyone to abandon their post, and that is why from now scrutineers must be identified and trained, to weed out those who are not up to the task.  When the domestic terrorists come and rock the doors at the polling stations, the scrutineers must stand their ground at all cost. Even if those bent on rigging the elections stuff the boxes in the usual suspected areas, they cannot stuff more than 10,000 votes.Mr Jagdeo said the PPP will win by 50,000 votes; so, in his case, that 10,000 cannot overturn the will of the people.The political parties have to ensure they have well trained political operators at every polling station, unlike some of the mediocre people they had in 2015, who abandoned their post when the domestic terrorists started to rock the doors of the polling places in some areas.I remember my time as a scrutineer at Freeburg School in Lodge in the 1992 elections.  When the PNC thugs came and started to rock the door, my resolve then became stronger. I stood my ground as in my mind I recited a poem by Rabindranath Tagore with which I had armed myself.  The only way they were going to steal the SOP from me in 1992 was over my dead body.But I must commend the Police in 1992, who did a fantastic job of bringing calm to a situation at that polling station.  Those of us who served in 1992 stood up to the PNC thugs, and we did it at no financial benefit to us then, but at great personal risk.I am hearing today the parties have to pay people to do this job. I think this is where the problem is: some people uncommitted to the struggle are doing the job for money, and when the going gets tough, they bail out.  I think the political parties should start screening their scrutineers from now, to weed out those who are going to bail out when the PNC thugs come to rock the doors in some areas.In closing, I would like to share that poem that was occupying my mind when fear was uppermost in my mind as a young 20-year-old lad in a room in Freeburg School on Durban Street.  It is called “Where the Mind is without Fear”.Where The Mind Is Without FearWhere the mind is without fear and the head is held highWhere knowledge is freeWhere the world has not been broken up into fragmentsBy narrow domestic wallsWhere words come out from the depth of truthWhere tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfectionWhere the clear stream of reason has not lost its wayInto the dreary desert sand of dead habitWhere the mind is led forward by theeInto ever-widening thought and actionInto that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”ALUTA CONTINUA!Sincerely,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

SleepIn owners optimistic of picking up on investment

first_img…after court orders Gaming Authority to process casino applicationAfter being delayed by the Gaming Authority and with millions of dollars in investments at stake, SleepIn proprietor Clifton Bacchus took his fight to the High Court and prevailed on Tuesday last.Chairman of the Gaming Authority, Rosydale FordeNow that the battle is over, Bacchus’ lawyer, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, has assured that his client is optimistic and ready to pick up where he left off, should the Gaming Authority process and grant him his casino licence.In an interview with this publication, Nandlall noted that the law is on their side and there is no reason why the Authority cannot process his client’s application.He pointed out that hundreds of jobs for young people, as well millions of dollars in taxes and investments into the economy, were being held up for no good reason by the Gaming Authority.Local businessman Clifton Bacchus“The investment is a multi-billion [venture]. The machines were all imported and had to be sent back to Suriname. Over 300 persons, who were already trained to work in the casino, they are still awaiting jobs. One would have thought that these are factors that would have galvanised the Gaming Authority to process the application and grant the license.”The legal requirements, he said, have all been met and his client has complied with all the demands set out to him.“So I don’t know what is the reason for the delay. But hopefully, now that the courts have ordered the application to be processed, it will be processed and the application will be granted… we can see no reason why it should not be granted. All the information they requested, we supplied… everything is ready, it’s just to bring in back the machines into the country.”The Carnival Casino building, alongside Clifton Bacchus’ SleepIn branchAccording to Nandlall, the information they were requested to provide includes the sources of funding and tax records of the Directors. He expressed regret that they had to move to the courts in the first place, but recalled the delays and foot-dragging between his client’s first and second applications, despite constant checks at the Authority.“It’s unfortunate that we had to resort to the courts for redress. As far as I am aware, the applicant complied with all the requirements… the second application was filed, correcting the deficiencies identified in the first application. Three years passed and we weren’t hearing anything from the Gaming Authority.”“We were forced to file these proceedings. After we filed these proceedings, we got multiple requests for more information. We supplied that information again and the court has now ordered them to process our application. If we didn’t file these proceedings, we would not have known more information was being requested,” Nandlall added.Bacchus’ struggles are well documented. He entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) back in 2015, before the Government changed hands, that catered for SleepIn to be awarded a Casino Operator’s Licence for its branch on Church Street.The building, which has over 150 rooms, conference halls, restaurants and naturally, casino slot machines, was subsequently constructed. SleepIn then applied to the Gaming Authority in 2016 for its license, reportedly paying a fee of $9 million in the process.Months later, it received correspondence from the Authority that its casino operator and premises licence applications were refused. Gaming Authority Chairman Roysdale Forde had subsequently alluded in sections of the press to financial deficiencies in SleepIn’s applications as the reason for turning them down.Bacchus’ lawyer, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, took the gaming authority to court a few months ago in a bid to have them step in and ensure the Authority processes Bacchus’ application.After the case was heard by Justice Fidela Corbin, she ordered on December 17, 2019, that the Gaming Authority process and consider SleepIn’s application or a Casino Premises Licence and a Casino Operator’s Licence.last_img read more

Taxman knocks Sh230mn off Ronaldo tax settlement- report

first_imgThe agreement also includes a two-year jail sentence which he won’t serve. Sentences of up to two years are generally not enforced in Spain for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes.According to El Mundo, who had access to documents of the settlement, tax authorities realised he paid two million euros too much last year for image rights he sold in 2014.That means he only has to pay Sh1.9bn (16.7 mn euros), the report said. It added that Ronaldo has already paid Sh1.5bn (13.4 mn euros).Spain’s finance ministry would not comment on the report.The newspaper said the tax agreement also means that the court near Madrid investigating the case had dropped charges against Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes.The court was not immediately available for comment.Had the case gone further, without the player offering a settlement, Ronaldo could have faced a reported fine of 28 millions euros and a three-and-a-half-year jail term, according to the Spanish tax office union Gestha.Ronaldo’s big rival, Barcelona’s Argentinian star Lionel Messi, paid a two-million-euro fine in 2016 in his own tax wrangle and received a 21-month jail term.The prison sentence was later reduced to a further fine of 252,000 euros equivalent to 400 euros a day of the original term.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo, who has left Real Madrid for Juventus, will pay the Spanish authorities a reduced sum for dodging taxes on image rights. © AFP/File / Isabella BonottoMADRID, Spain, Aug 10 – After ordering football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to pay Sh2.2bn (18.8 million euros) to settle a tax fraud claim, Spanish authorities have reduced the sum by Sh230mn (2 mn euros), the El Mundo daily reported Friday.Spain’s taxman and Ronaldo’s advisors made the deal to settle claims the 33-year-old, who has since moved to Italy’s Juventus, hid income generated from image rights while he was playing for Real Madrid.last_img read more

Teen killed on bike identified

first_imgLA PUENTE – Authorities Friday identified a 13-year-old who was struck and killed when an SUV crashed into his bicycle Thursday evening as Anthony Gonzales, of La Puente. Gonzales was killed instantly in the 8:20 p.m. accident near the intersection of East Temple Avenue and North Sunkist Avenue, officials said. The driver of the SUV was identified only as a 38-year-old female. She was not cited. “Gonzales was trapped underneath the SUV on impact,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Jaime Baltazar said. “Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.” Preliminary information gathered by investigators indicated that the SUV was traveling westbound on Temple at 35 to 40 miles per hour, Baltazar said. The boy attempted a northbound crossing of Temple and was struck, Baltazar said. “The victim was not in a crosswalk,” Baltazar said. “He was dressed in dark clothing and there were no lights on his bicycle.” 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Danny Drinkwater to escape disciplinary action for dismissal against Man United

first_img Danny Drinkwater could miss Leicester’s title-clinching game after being sent off against Man United 1 Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater will face no further action over his response to being sent off in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.The England international was shown a second yellow card in the 86th minute at Old Trafford for pulling back Memphis Depay just outside the area.Drinkwater reacted angrily towards referee Michael Oliver but the incident was not reported by the official so will not be taken any further.The 26-year-old therefore avoids the fate of team-mate Jamie Vardy, who saw his ban extended to two matches after venting his fury at his sending-off against West Ham last month.Drinkwater will still serve a one-match ban for the red card, ruling him out of Saturday’s clash with Everton, which could see Leicester clinch the Premier League title.Manager Claudio Ranieri said: “I am very sad because he will miss the next game at home.”Foxes team-mate Marc Albrighton added: “Danny will be gutted that he won’t be able to be involved next Saturday but whoever steps in will be just as important for us in there, which has happened all season whenever anyone has had to fill someone’s shoes.Leicester and United will have to wait until Tuesday to find out whether either Robert Huth or Marouane Fellaini will be charged for their off-the-ball altercation.Fellaini was picked up by TV cameras swinging an elbow at Huth after the Leicester defender had pulled his hair.The Football Association will wait for Oliver’s report before deciding whether further punishment is warranted for either man.last_img read more

MASS FOR THOSE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgA MULTI-DENOMINATIONAL Service of remembrance for families and friends bereaved by suicide will take place in Stranorlar on Sunday week, September 29.This service, which has not been held in a recent years, is again being organised by a local woman, Angela Crawford, who lost her daughter to suicide.A large turn-out is expected at the service. The service takes place in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar, at 7pm and everyone is welcome. MASS FOR THOSE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: September 18th, 2013 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:serviceSUICIDElast_img read more

SPORTS BRIEFS

first_imgNFL ref Morelli’s home vandalized STOCKTON – A rock was thrown through the front window of the home of Pete Morelli, an NFL official, and police said they have no suspects in the case. Morelli, a ninth-year official, made a controversial call last Sunday during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ divisional playoff win over the Colts. He incorrectly overturned a tumbling, fourth-quarter interception by Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu, the NFL admitted. Morelli also is a high school principal, and it’s unclear whether the rock-throwing incident was related to his school job or his NFL affiliation. NASCAR to switch to unleaded fuel NEW YORK – NASCAR will begin using unleaded fuel in its cars and trucks beginning in 2008. The racing series has used high-octane leaded fuel for decades, but has been testing a new fuel for a few months. U.S. ties France in Four Nations GUANGZHOU, China – The United States was held to a 0-0 tie by France in the Four Nations soccer tournament on Friday despite several scoring chances by U.S. captain Kristine Lilly. In the day’s second game, China defeated Norway 3-1. Watson among three in lead KAUPULEHU, Hawaii – Tom Watson, Loren Roberts and Don Pooley matched the course record with 9-under 63s in calm conditions to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s season-opening MasterCard Championship. Notable BASKETBALL: San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili was carried off the court after spraining his right ankle in the third quarter of the Spurs’ game against Miami … Former Seattle all-star Detlef Schrempf was hired by the Sonics to fill a spot on new coach Bob Hill’s staff. BASEBALL: Former New York Mets and Dodgers pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii is returning to Japan’s Yakult Swallows after four seasons in the major leagues. WINTER SPORTS: Olympic champion Hermann Maier defended his super-G title on Kitzbuehel’s famed Hahnenkamm course, and American Bode Miller flew off course early. Fellow American Daron Rahlves finished sixth. Olympic-bound American Michelle Roark won her second consecutive World Cup freestyle contest at Wilmington, N.Y. From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardA sample taken from Berard on Nov. 12 tested positive for 19-norandrosterone, a steroid that helps athletes add strength and muscle and lose weight. The sample was collected after his name was submitted by USA Hockey as a potential Olympic participant. Davis’ wife claims Bulls fans at fault CHICAGO – Kendra Davis, the wife of New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis, said it was a couple of Chicago Bulls fans, not her, who escalated a verbal confrontation into a physical altercation that caused her husband to charge from the court into the stands. “There is no gray area with me. I am who I am. I have a very strong personality,” Davis said. “I know some people would prefer for me to be this sweet little trophy wife and play the `proper role.’ I’m a person with a voice and an opinion and a love for my family that is undeniable. I will never let my family be abused.” COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard accepted a two-year suspension from international competition for taking a banned steroid, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday. Since the test Berard failed wasn’t part of NHL testing, he won’t be subject to league discipline. center_img Jackets defender Berard suspended last_img

Track and Field Set to Open Outdoor Season

first_img The Drake University track and field teams are set to open their outdoor season March 24 at the Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Action is scheduled to begin Saturday at 3 p.m. at John McDonnell Field. Live Results Drake opens its 2018 outdoor season just weeks after a successful outing at the MVC Indoor Championships with nine all-conference honorees. Freshman Cloud Masibhera (Harare, Zimbabwe) became the first Bulldog to win a conference long jump title since 2009 with a dominant mark of 24-8.25. Heat Sheets Sophomore Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) and senior Kevin Kelly (Kilcok, Ireland) registered a pair of third place finishes in the 60 meters and mile, respectively. The team of Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.), Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands), Cory Erickson (Duluth, Minn.) and Kelly rounded out the Bulldogs competition with a second-place finish in the distance medley relay. Meet Schedule center_img The Bulldogs will face top competition from preseason USTFCCA top-25 teams Kansas and Arkansas as well as Missouri, Oklahoma State, Wichita State, MidAmerica Nazarene, Arkansas Baptist, Missouri S&T, Southern Methodist, Iowa Central, Cloud County, Saint Louis, Avila and Friends. The women’s team was led by strong performances from a pair of senior leaders. Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) took second in the 60-meter hurdles while Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) placed third in the 3,000 meters just a day after taking fifth in the 5,000. Story Links The Bulldogs will have a three-week break from competition as they prepare for the Jim Duncan Invitational April 13-14 at the Drake Stadium. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more