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 Putting a premium on consistency after an up and down first three games, College of St. Benilde sustained its play from start to finish to pound Jose Rizal University, 81-66, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m just trying to help my team as much as I can. Going into the game, I just want to be aggressive on both ends,” the 6-foot-7 Leutcheu said.CSB shot a decent 48 percent from the field while also limiting JRU to 34 percent. The Blazers also dominated the rebounding department, 49-36.Jed Mendoza paces the winless Bombers (0-4) with 16 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals. Mendoza, however, accounted for nine of his team’s 20 turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West GALLERY: Relive San Miguel’s Game 2 romp of Ginebra Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Cameroonian center Clement Leutcheu posted 20 points and 14 rebounds while Yankie Haruna added 15 points, including nine in the third quarter for the Blazers, who evened their record to 2-2.“Before the game, what I told the guys was about consistency,” said CSB head coach TY Tang, whose squad came off a sorry loss to defending champion San Beda in a game the Blazers blew. “We’re a young team and we haven’t really played together that long.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We weren’t really able to execute on our plays but it’s still a win.”Leutcheu scored 10 points in the second period where the Blazers created separation and never looked back. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View comments
Liberian journalists under the banner, “Journalists Dignity,” have begun an advocacy for the prosecution of one of their former presidents—George Barpeen.The journalists are calling for Mr. Barpeen to account for US$100,000 donated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Press Union of Liberia about five years ago.The money was meant for the construction of PUL headquarters. Making their presence felt during celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County on May 3, 2014, journalists including Eddie Harmon and J. Edwood N. Dennis assertively indicated that the misapplication of the money has dented the credibility of all journalists.The group said they are going to continue their advocacy until tangible result is established on how the money was handled.Speaking to the Daily Observer, broadcast Journalist Eddie Harmon said the fate of the money donated by President Sirleaf continues to be in limbo, and on many occasions journalists are attacked of corruption, receiving reproach that they are not credible to speak or write about corruption when they (journalists) themselves are corrupt and have embezzled the President’s donations to the Union.According to Journalist Harmon, this situation has a negative reflection on the media and all journalists in Liberia as they write and report corruption in high places.“We are all affected by this stigma of the misapplication of this US$100,000 and not George Barpeen alone. You will be questioned about it as a journalist, and you will have to justify how the money was used,” Harmon noted.The case surrounding the US$100,000 is in court, but Mr. Harmon said considering the delay in adjudicating the case, it is better to turn it around by advocating for the indictment of the Press Union leadership that handled the money to account because if nothing is done, journalists’ credibility will continue to be questioned.According to him, the company that was contracted to construct the PUL headquarters now no longer exists. However, he disclosed that the company now uses different nomenclature, and as such it makes it uncertain for people to know whether the company can be traced. He failed to give the new name that the company now operates under.Harmon and Dennis in a collective view said the campaign is meant to mount pressure on the leadership of the PUL to push for the case and not to be dead as those connected to it allegedly want it to be.Other concerned journalists at the World Press Freedom Day in Bopolu joined the campaign by chanting slogan of the campaigners, calling for judicial probe into the matter to establish the status of the money.Reacting to the concern raised by the journalists, Press Union president K. Abdullai Kamara said expression of views about issue is one of the characteristics of free press and therefore does not have any problem with the campaign staged by the journalists during the World Press Freedom celebration.Mr. Kamara said his predecessors—George Barpeen to whom the money was given and Peter Quaqua, who also took the matter to court, had both given written statements about the fate of the money, and a committee is investigating the matter.He, however, assured that the company to which US$98,000 was given still exists and according to him, the company contends that the amount was small for the size of the building to be constructed.The PUL president said at the Union leadership level, they are embarking on the company to provide the money given because it is not doing the work for which the money was intended.He said the matter in court is about the cancellation of the contract between PUL and the unknown contractor, and that the judge is about to come out with a decision which makes it difficult for it (case) to be withdrawn from the court now.It can be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf donated US$100,000 to the PUL for the construction of headquarter for the media umbrella organization.Former Press Union president George Barpeen amidst protests from some quarters for rejection of the gratuity defended that it was not an ethical breach for the Union to receive the money from the President as it was meant for development that will reflect the image of the country.Since the donation, the proposed site of the organization in Sinkor lies in ruin with no sign of development taking place there.The fate of the money has since been in limbo and the matter taken to court for cancellation of the contract.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the installation of former president Peter Quaqua for the second term of office rhetorically praised the media for working hard to expose and report corruption in government, but raise concern about the US$100,000 in this way: “We recognize the role of the press in exposing corruption and reporting it as government has opened the enabling environment to exercise this freedom. However, we still look up to the media to give us account for the US$100,000 given sometimes back to construct headquarters for the union.”This concern sparked up criticism among journalists against the leadership of George Barpeen with prejudice that hierarchies of the union had shared the money leaving the project undone. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Now that the Americans have spoken that they want “free, fair and peaceful” elections, I am breathing a little easier. There are still many challenges, and inimically, the most crucial ones will be devised by GECOM itself. However, it is not going to be an easy feat to rig an election under the noses of the Americans in this day and age. Granger, therefore, knows his best bet is to delay and obstruct as long as possible.Granger’s Government’s refusal to head to the polls and their violation of the Constitution, co-opting of GECOM and the Courts in the process, has not won them any friends. In fact, it has done the exact opposite. The international community, barring Caricom, is beginning to show signs of fatigue with this caretaker Government. And who can blame them? It is exceedingly tedious to sit and listen to the lame excuses being proffered every day.Caricom has chosen to remain silent and steadfast behind Granger even as he continues to violate the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Guyanese will now go to the polls a full 437 days after the Government was defeated in Parliament by the No-Confidence Motion, which was held on December 21, 2018. In effect, future use of no-confidence votes, as a democratic tool, has been irreparably compromised by this obscene precedent. The CCJ is partly to blame and Caricom’s silence, in spite of all this, shows its unprofessionalism and bias.It is my personal belief that going forward, Guyana needs to distance itself from Caricom and its organs, including the CCJ. This country is going to be a major oil producer and should, therefore, align itself with similar states so as to enjoy better trade deals and with those demonstrating strong democratic credentials. The time has come for Guyana to forge stronger relations with North America and with its friendly South American counterparts. Caricom is baggage and should be treated as such.Sincerely,Ravi Ram
Several major access roads in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are slated for rehabilitation, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said on Saturday.He said some 9 million has been set aside for works on “miscellaneous” roads for 2016 and million for urban roads across the Region.The Minister, while unable to list every street slated for repair, named streets in Number 67 Village, Clifton Settlement, Palmyra, Williamsburg, Rose Hall and all Corentyne communities. He also identified specifically Middle Walk Access Road, John Hope Street; David, St George’s and Wallace Streets in Canje and Chapel Street and the ‘NIS’ Street, in New Amsterdam.Patterson said he has already met with New Amsterdam Mayor Kurt Wynter, who has given his priority list for the town, and would be doing the same with the Mayors of the various towns, including Corriverton and Rose Hall to get their priorities for 2017.Meanwhile, addressing the flood situation over in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Patterson said that while the drainage situation was under the purview of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), he has been helping around the country since he could not stand back and see persons suffer. He said he visited the area earlier this month, and was working with the NDIA to alleviate the situation.
A Timehri Hill, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Wednesday to answer to a fraud charge.Fraud accused: Nelson McKenzieStanding in the prisoner’s dock, Nelson McKenzie denied the charge that between June 20, 2017 and October 7, 2017 in Georgetown, he defrauded and forged a scrap metal export licence purporting it to be a genuine document.The popular hotel manager was accused of making the document appear as though it was filed on behalf of the Avinash Scrap Metal Dealers.In court on Wednesday, the prosecution objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charge.However, McKenzie’s lawyer, Keoma Griffith highlighted that his client has been cooperating with investigators.The 33-year-old man was released on $150,000 bail, and was scheduled to return to court on January 10.
0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures during a half-time tirade that could earn the Spaniard a sanction from UEFA © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Apr 11 – Pep Guardiola’s current torrid time as Manchester City manager took a further turn for the worse Wednesday with news that UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings into his “improper conduct”.Guardiola was dismissed from the field of play after a half-time tirade at the referee in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Champions League. The second-leg defeat saw the Spaniard’s side exit the European club competition 5-1 on aggregate. UEFA said the charges against Manchester City were “Josep Guardiola – Dismissal from the bench … Improper conduct of the coach”.Liverpool also didn’t escape, with UEFA listing charges of “setting off of fireworks” and “throwing of objects”.This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 31, it added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Danny Welbeck has been linked with a move to Tottenham 1 Man United are in the process of finalising a deal for Angel di Maria, one of the biggest moves of the summer. There are other potential transfers in the pipeline, though, and talkSPORT’s insider reveals the likelihood of them happening…Federico Fazio – Sevilla to TottenhamSpurs met Fazio’s release clause over the weekend but the transfer appeared on the verge of collapse after a row over wages. However, Tottenham are now close to sorting it out and expect to sign the player shortly. (Chances of it happening: 9/10).Danny Welbeck – Manchester United to TottenhamWelbeck has been pushing to leave United and has now been told he’s for sale. Arsenal have been linked but Spurs are in pole position and are set to open talks over a deal. They’re confident of bringing him in. (7/10).Alessio Cerci – Torino to ArsenalArsenal need another a versatile forward with Podolski set to leave and Giroud injured, and attention has turned to Cerci. Wenger likes him but the asking price is high. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will bid enough to make this deal go through. (5/10).Dele Alli – MK Dons to LiverpoolLiverpool are keen on Alli and have been scouting him for months. They’re set to watch him against United tonight in the Cup but MK Dons have written them to make it clear he’s not for sale. It’s unlikely this will happen this summer. (3/10).Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund to ArsenalArsenal were close to Reus before the World Cup, but his injury put an end to the deal. It’s still not stopped talk, but Dortmund have ruled out selling and the Gunners are now focused on other deals. No move here. (1/10).
A lighthearted look at the weekend’s sporting action with Johnny Vaughan, James Brown and Gavin Woods.Former Scotland striker Duncan Shearer joined the boys on today’s show.
Hazard then set up Pedro Rodriguez for Chelsea’s second before grabbing a brace of his own — including a penalty — either side of Alex Iwobi’s reply for Arsenal.The Belgian has been tipped to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid after seven years in England, and if this is to be Hazard’s swansong it was the perfect way to go.It is his, and Chelsea’s, second Europa League this decade and comes after they finished third in the Premier League to secure their return to the Champions League next season.There will be no return to Europe’s top table for Arsenal. Unai Emery’s side had to win here to qualify for the Champions League but they were just not good enough on a bizarre night in Azerbaijan’s capital.Emery was hoping to win this competition for the fourth time. He will get another chance next season, but for now Arsenal’s 25-year wait to bring back a European trophy to north London goes on.Chelsea will remember their evening with fondness, as will Sarri, who 24 hours earlier had stolen the headlines when he angrily stormed off the pitch here during a training session in front of the television cameras.– Empty seats –The few Chelsea supporters who came will not forget their night either, but the fact there were reportedly only around 1,300 in Azerbaijan will be a source of regret to those at Stamford Bridge.UEFA’s decision to play the game here had been heavily criticised, with the difficulty and cost of coming to the shores of the Caspian Sea preventing many fans from travelling and meaning Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was controversially absent.Azerbaijan’s strongman President Ilham Aliyev was in the crowd, but there were thousands of empty seats in the Baku Olympic Stadium, a ground which holds almost 70,000,That meant that, far away from the blood and thunder of a typical derby fixture between these two London clubs, this had the feel of an end-of-season exhibition match on a foreign tour, for much of the first half at least.The players seemed to be short of their usual rhythm in a match played two and a half weeks after the Premier League season ended.It came to life though, with an early moment of controversy when Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi dismissed Arsenal appeals for a penalty as Alexandre Lacazette went down under a challenge from Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.– Giroud strikes again –Granit Xhaka then saw his powerful strike from 25 yards graze the crossbar on its way over as the half-hour mark approached.Only after that did Chelsea come to life, but Petr Cech — facing his old side in his final match before retiring — blocked an Emerson Palmieri shot and then denied Giroud at the end of a fine move.However, as the clock ticked past midnight after a goalless first half, Chelsea went ahead when Giroud stole in front of Laurent Koscielny and stooped to head Emerson’s ball in from the left past Cech.It was his 11th goal in this season’s competition, and there was to be no comeback from Arsenal, with Chelsea quickly putting this final beyond their opponents’ reach as Hazard took over.He set up Pedro for a clipped finish low beyond Cech and into the far corner on the hour mark, and five minutes later Hazard calmly rolled in a penalty awarded after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had barged into Giroud.Substitute Iwobi’s sublime reply soon followed, but Arsenal had left themselves with too much to do, and Giroud and Hazard then combined brilliantly for the Belgian to get his second and Chelsea’s fourth in the 72nd minute.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Giroud points to his team-mate during the celebrations as Hazard’s double took the game away from ArsenalBAKU, Azerbaijan, May 29 – Eden Hazard scored twice in what could be his farewell appearance as Chelsea swept away Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku, winning 4-1 to hand Maurizio Sarri his first major trophy as a coach.This match started at 11pm local time on Wednesday in Azerbaijan, but it was Thursday by the time it came to life with a flood of second-half goals started by Olivier Giroud’s 49th-minute opener against his old club.
In the shoot-out, City keeper Claudio Bravo saved from Georginio Wijnaldum, with Gabriel Jesus driving in the winning kick after successful efforts from Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko.The jubilant celebrations from City’s players and fans showed inflicting an early psychological blow on Liverpool was a moment to savour, regardless of the supposed warm-up status of the glamour friendly.“An incredible final from both sides. We had real good moments, but in the last 15 minutes we were exhausted and they had chances to win the game,” Guardiola said.“It was a good test for both teams. It’s nice for the players to realise what they will face this season.“At this level the difference is nothing, just one penalty. The first title of the season is ours.”With City installed as favourites to win the title for a third successive season and Liverpool expected to present the strongest challenge to Pep Guardiola’s side, their meeting on the eve of the season was a window into what to expect this term.After pipping Liverpool to last season’s Premier League title with 98 points to their rivals’ 97, City went on to complete an unprecedented domestic treble by adding the FA Cup to the League Cup they won earlier in the campaign.But Jurgen Klopp’s men didn’t dwell on that painful near-miss as they won the Champions League just weeks later.On the evidence of this hard-fought contest, which featured both flashes of quality and signs of rustiness, there will little to separate the two teams as they go head-to-head for the major prizes once again over the next 10 months.Retaining the Community Shield trophy they won 12 months ago would improve City’s belief that they can repeat last season’s remarkable silverware haul, but Liverpool could take encouragement as well after they finished strongly enough to have won.The only dark cloud for City was an injury to Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane, who limped off in the 10th minute holding his right leg.City’s victory was a well-time riposte for Guardiola, who this week hit back at Klopp’s claim that the champions live in a transfer “fantasy land”.– City flex muscles –Players of Manchester City celebrate following their team’s victory in the penalty shoot outGuardiola gave a debut to Spain midfielder Rodri, who joined from Atletico Madrid for a club record £63 million (69 million euros) in the close-season.And the 23-year-old’s composed passing and physical presence showed why City’s financial muscles have been flexed again.Sterling hadn’t scored in his last 10 appearances against Liverpool in all competitions, but the England winger ended that drought in the 12th minute.Kyle Walker’s high pass to the far post caught Liverpool appealing in vain for offside as Kevin De Bruyne headed on to David Silva.Silva flicked towards Sterling and his close-range effort was just strong enough to escape the grasp of Reds keeper Alisson Becker and trickle over the line.Much improved after the interval, Liverpool were inches away from equalising when Virgil van Dijk’s half-volley crashed down off the crossbar onto the goalline before City scrambled clear.Salah was by far Liverpool’s most menacing player and he twisted away from the City defence before firing a fierce strike that cannoned off the outside of the post.Guardiola had his head in his hands in frustration when Sterling again ran clear on goal without scoring as his hesitant stumble allowed Alisson to save at his feet.City paid for that miss when Liverpool deservedly equalised in the 77th minute, Van Dijk helping on Jordan Henderson’s free-kick before substitute Matip headed in from close-range.Walker’s incredible overhead-kick clearance then repelled what looked to be a late Salah winner, setting up City’s shoot-out triumph that stood as the opening salvo in what looks set to be a season-long feud.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Aguero (centre left) and David Silva (centre right) lift the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium. Photo/APLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 3 – Manchester City fired the first shot in their battle for supremacy with rivals Liverpool on Sunday as they snatched the Community Shield with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win after a 1-1 draw at Wembley.Raheem Sterling gave City a first half lead before Joel Matip grabbed a late equaliser for Liverpool in the annual curtain-raiser to the English top-flight season.