Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Coach Sangiao’s sacrifices, hard work pave way for Team Lakay’s success Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college TIP-INSSuns: Made 14 of 23 shots (61 percent) in the first quarter.Bucks: G Donte DiVincenzo missed his fourth consecutive game with a left quadriceps strain. “I think he’s close to what we had hoped but I don’t have an update other than I know he’s making progress in the right direction,” coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTSuns: At Detroit on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Bucks: Host San Antonio on Saturday night to wrap up a six-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix Suns’ Jamal Crawford (11) hits the game-winning shot over Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Suns won 116-114. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Jamal Crawford made a jumper with 0.8 seconds left to give the Phoenix Suns a 116-114 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.Devin Booker had 29 points, and T.J. Warren 19 for Phoenix. The Suns won for just the second time in their last nine games and ended a six-game losing streak to the Bucks.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After Crawford’s jumper with Malcolm Brogdon draped on him, the Bucks called a timeout. Khris Middleton, after a quick head fake, made a corner 3 after the buzzer. The call was confirmed after a brief review.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points to lead Milwaukee, and Brogdon added 22 points. The Bucks were coming off a 143-100 home victory over Portland on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMiddleton tied it at 108 on a free throw for Suns coach Igor Kokoskov’s technical foul. Antetokounmpo’s layup put the Bucks up 110-108. Booker was whistled for a technical foul, and Middleton again converted to put Milwaukee up by three. Brogdon was fouled as he made a driving layup, and his free throw put the Bucks up by six and capped a frantic 14-0 run.A three by Trevor Ariza pulled the Suns within three with about a minute left. Warren’s traditional three-point play tied it at 114. After Antetokounmpo’s turnover, Phoenix got possession of the ball with 12.2 seconds left, setting up Crawford’s winner. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
After a year of scrupulous deliberations and scrutiny of the Proposed Pension and Retirement Bill of 2013, the Liberian Senate has finally agreed with the House of Representatives, but with a few amendments.The Bill is to amend and restate an Act approved October 8, 2003 which was published by authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 17, 2003 providing pension and retirement for the President, Vice President, the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate. Others include members of the National Legislature, elected officers of the Chambers of the Legislature, as well as the Chief Justice, Associate Justices and Judges of the Subordinate Courts.The Representatives’ version of the Bill of 2013 includes all of the already mentioned government officials in the 2003 Pension Law and input in the personal staffs, but the Liberian Senate added exceptions.In the Senate’s version, the enumeration of personal staff for the former or retired government officials were adjusted, the inclusion of President and Vice President’s spouses and the Judges of the Subordinate Courts of the Supreme Court.“In view of the above, the Liberian Senate would have me to apprise you of the need to constitute a Conference Committee of the House of Representatives to work along with their counterparts of the Senate, so as to enable them to harmonize the two versions of the Bill,” the Secretary of the Liberian Senate J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, Sr. wrote.According to the Bill, only former and retired top government officials who served their terms successfully and are not re-elected thus retiring to private life and are not in any way gainfully employed by the government will receive an annuity to be divided into monthly payments equal to fifty percent (50%) of the incumbents’ salaries and also twenty five percent (25%) of the incumbents’ allowances and benefits.The Bill also states that they shall be provided the following for the remainder of their life to be paid by the State; which include full medical benefits, securities, a diplomatic passport, duty free privileges for all personal effects, a vehicle once every three years and personal staffs and car(s) every two or three years, respectively.“However, upon being re-elected or appointed to another position within the Government, the annuity payments shall be suspended and if he/she qualifies for a second annuity upon the termination of services with the Government, he/she shall be granted the greater of the two.”The Bill further said that upon the demise of any top government official, the benefits amounting to fifty percent (50%) of all such monthly annuity payments and other benefits shall be paid to the surviving spouse and upon the death of the spouse, same shall be paid in equal portions to each of the minor children.Interestingly, the Bill made mention of benefits going to the spouse and subsequently to minor children of all of the officials except for members of the National Legislature, saying the benefits shall be given to the spouse or be determined by the National Legislature.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has constituted a seven-person Committee, headed by Montserrado County Representatives Edwin M. Snowe, Jr, the author and supporter of the Pension Law, for amendment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as widespread firing continues in sugar beltBy Samuel SukhnandanHundreds of workers attached to the East Demerara Estate (EDE) located in Enmore, East Coast Demerara, have been issued termination letters by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), as the plans announced by Government earlier this year to close the sugar estate starts to take effect.A senior official of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) confirmed this with Guyana Times on Wednesday, stating that workers are devastated by the move, as they are now contemplating how they will spend the holidays and whether they will get new employment in 2018.The official, who requested anonymity, explained that the first batch of workers who are mostly engaged in other activities besides harvesting and factory duties were issued with their termination letters in September and given one month’s notice. These workers have since been paid.“We can say about two weeks ago they all received their cheques. It’s about five different gangs. Some got 75 people, another one 120, another one 30. Some of them are fertilisers and some do other work in the fields. But that set, it’s about 250 people that get fired first,” the official explained.However, those who worked in the factory, tillage, workshops and the actual harvesters, began receiving their termination letters about two days ago. While all workers at the EDE have not been issued with termination letters, a large majority of the workers there will be going home by year-end.The Union official told this newspaper, “Factory alone got 230 who get their letters and tillage 125, the workshop 75 people got letters. About 187 harvesters got their letters too and all of them will be working up to December 31, 2017. On average, it’s about 1500 plus workers going home.”Only on Wednesday it was reported that termination letters were issued to over 2000 workers at the Skeldon Estate. It is expected that more persons will receive letters during the course of the week. This move follows on the heels of the similar notice given to Rose Hall Estate workers about one week ago.Meanwhile, in a leaked correspondence between the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) and GuySuCo dated November 29, 2017, it shows the SPU giving direct instructions to the company’s Chief Industrial Relations Manager.The correspondence read, “I write to inform you that after numerous and careful discussions among the SPU team, it was decided that extending the date for the transfer of the three estates, viz Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara (Enmore) beyond 31st December, 2017, would not be practicable.”It went on to state that, “the SPU team has decided that we would prefer to stick to the agreed date of 31st December, 2017. The extension of the date beyond 31st December, 2017, for the transfer of the three estates to the SPU would cause a lot of operational and financial issues and difficulties.”While recognising that this directive may pose some challenges, the SPU said that it hopes for a smooth transition process and that it would be ready to assist in whatever way possible.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.Despite these moves, Minister of State Joseph Harmon at a post-Cabinet press briefing stated that the closure of the sugar estates will be pushed back to 2018.Harmon had said that closure of the Rose Hall Estate in East Canje, Berbice will occur sometime next year. With regard to the Skeldon and Enmore Estates, he said that the SPU will have to conduct evaluations, surveys and inventory assessments before any steps are taken to actually sell.Recently, the Minister also stated that such a major decision should have at least been discussed with the other Cabinet members so as to plan accordingly. He said he believes that at least some kind of notification ought to have been given to the workers who are being made redundant.It was recently reported that the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has submitted a proposal for the acquisition of the East Coast Demerara estate.A statement from Head of the SPU, Colvin Heath-London, last month detailed that an international accounting firm would be recruited to evaluate GuySuCo’s assets for privatisation and divestment.Last month, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of this year. GAWU says the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for between 50,000 and 100,000 people.
International Women’s Day will be celebrated this weekend with two events planned in the city. Men and women are invited to take part in the Saturday event at the Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe. There will be an East Indian meal, several local entertainers, and a performance by Calgary drummer Kathryn Doherty. All proceeds will go towards the new building at the Women’s Resource Centre. Event organizer Danielle Yeoman says on Sunday, there will be a three hour drumming workshop hosted by Doherty. – Advertisement -**She says tickets were originally 75 dollars each but she decided to lower the price to 50 dollars so more participants could attend. [asset|aid=1046|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d431a8e797f1c51c906ef418ea5fdd08-Danielle Yeoman 1_1_Pub.mp3] There are 70 openings for the drumming workshop, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The 75 dollar fee covers Doherty’s expenses. Advertisement Yeoman says International Women’s Day has a long history. [asset|aid=1047|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d431a8e797f1c51c906ef418ea5fdd08-Danielle Yeoman 2_1_Pub.mp3] For tickets to either event, call Danielle at 250-263-6600.
Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo is also set to return, having suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in the same Europa League game as Ibrahimovic.“Zlatan, last season we played with him every minute almost until he was injured,” Mourinho told his weekly press conference at United’s training base west of Manchester.“This season we learn how to play without him, but he’s a very important player for us.“So welcome back and of course he is an incredible personality to fight such an important injury. We were all saying in 2017 he will be back, but one thing is December 31, 2017 and another thing is mid-November.“He was, as an injured player, the same super professional he is when he’s fit. So fantastic work, same as Marcos.“He had an important injury too, a big surgery. He played with the young boys (United’s Under-23s) on Wednesday and is fine. He is confident, is also ready.“Paul is obviously not the same dimension of injury. It was not a surgical situation, but it was also bad and all three are back.”News of the trio’s availability is a welcome fillip for Mourinho, who has seen his team fall eight points below Manchester City in the Premier League title race.Ibrahimovic, 36, made a stunning impact on English football last season, top-scoring for United with 28 goals in 46 games before succumbing to his career-threatening injury.Pogba, 24, was less conspicuously successful following his return to the club from Juventus in a then world-record £89.3 million ($117.7 million, 99.8 million euros) transfer.But he made a strong start to the current campaign, with two goals and two assists in his first six appearances, and United have struggled for form in his absence.– Lukaku record –“With Paul you can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul’s injury and after Paul’s injury,” Mourinho said.“There are qualities in our football that influence our approach in matches, with Pogba and without Pogba. That’s as simple as that.”Ibrahimovic left United when his contract expired at the end of last season, but signed a new one-year deal in August.“He made a full recovery,” said Mourinho. “Now you cannot expect him to play 90 minutes or consecutive matches like he did all his career.“Now he needs time to be back for his level, his fitness, his confidence, everything, his sharpness, but by the clinical point of view, it is fantastic to be ready.”Ibrahimovic’s return raises the intriguing possibility of Mourinho selecting him alongside Romelu Lukaku, who has gone off the boil of late, going seven games without a goal.Ibrahimovic talked up the prospect earlier this week and with Mourinho having occasionally used a two-striker configuration this season, he said he was open to deploying the pair in tandem.“It is easy,” said Mourinho. “Good players can play together. It’s easy to play together.”Mourinho paid tribute to Lukaku after the 24-year-old became Belgium’s all-time leading scorer, although three of his 31 goals were scored in a game that FIFA does not recognise as official.“The record was Paul Van Himst’s, an iconic player for his country, and for Romelu to be so young and beating the record is fantastic,” said Mourinho.“I know that in previous generations there were not so many friendlies and the players found it difficult to score.“But Romelu is very young, he has 10 more years to play for his country and I can imagine the number of goals can be amazing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 28 times in 46 appearances in his first season with Manchester United © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 17 – Paul Pogba and long-term injury victim Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make their Manchester United returns against Newcastle United on Saturday, manager Jose Mourinho announced on Friday.France midfielder Pogba has been out since September with a hamstring injury, while former Sweden striker Ibrahimovic has not played since damaging knee ligaments against Anderlecht in April.
“Your positive role has not only affected the professional success and personal life journey of many African footballers, but also the entire generation of young Liberians who follow President Weah as a mentor,” the ceremony’s speaker told Wenger as he received the distinction of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption, the highest in the country.Wenger signed Weah when he was in charge of Monaco in 1988.After four seasons with Monaco, Weah moved to Paris Saint-Germain and then to AC Milan in 1995 — the year he became the only African to win the coveted Ballon d’Or for the best player in European club football.After Weah was elected president in January, he invited Wenger to his inauguration, but the Frenchman, in what turned out to be his last season as Arsenal manager, was unable to attend.Le Roy met the young Weah while managing Cameroon’s national side.“He had signed to Tonnerre Yaounde and came to Cameroon national squad training even though he was a Liberian. I was dazzled by his talent and called Arsene,” Le Roy, who is currently coaching Togo’s national team, told AFP.Over the past week, debate in Liberian newspapers and radio shows has mounted over whether the award — usually reserved for individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to Liberia — is right.Wenger honoured by WeahIn the streets of Monrovia, some Liberians questioned the timing of such a ceremony, as the poor West African nation grapples with runaway inflation and a host of other economic woes.“This honouring should not have been prioritised now,” said George Sackie, a 35-year-old teacher.The government maintains, though, that both men helped Liberia through helping Weah.“If Arsene Wenger and Le Roy had not exposed George Weah he would not have been the pride of an entire nation today,” said Andy Quamie, deputy minister of youth and sports.Among other Liberians — including many young people who helped propel the soccer great to the presidency in January’s elections — the event is a source of pride and excitement, placing the impoverished country on the world map.Hundreds gathered in the capital Monrovia on Wednesday, hours before the expected arrival of the Frenchmen.“For me the president is right to give such honour to the man who made him to be the only African to handle the world’s best title,” Patrick Harris, 23, told AFP.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liberian President George Weah decorates his former football manager Arsene Wenger at a ceremony in the capital Monrovia, on August 24, 2018. PHOTOPAYNESVILLE, Liberia, Aug 24 – Liberian President George Weah gave his country’s top honour to Arsene Wenger and Claude LeRoy, the two French coaches who gave his football career an early boost, on Friday.At a red-carpet ceremony in the suburbs of the capital Monrovia, Wenger, who signed Weah when the now-president was 22, was praised for the “development of the youth in Africa” throughout his coaching career.
John Stones complete a £47.5million move to Manchester City this week 1 Pep Guardiola has hailed John Stones as he prepares to hand the England defender an immediate debut in Manchester City’s Premier League opener this weekend.Stones joined City from Everton in a £47.5million deal this week after a pursuit that had lasted most of the summer, and it appears he is line to take to the Etihad Stadium field against Sunderland on Saturday.With captain Vincent Kompany injured and fitness doubts over Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala, the England international is the only fit naturalised centre-back – meaning he is likely to feature alongside one of Fernando or Fernandinho in a makeshift defensive partnership.Guardiola said: “Finally we could pick John up. I think it is important for us – an English player, a young player, a huge talent, not just with defending but with his intelligence to read the next step, the next pass, behind the line.“I think he is a good, good, good player, so we are happy to have him and he is fit. He played with Ronald Koeman (at Everton) four, five or six friendly games, of 90 minutes, so he is fit.”“I know maybe 80 or 90 per cent who will play tomorrow. Maybe I need my dream tonight to make the right decision.The Spaniard went on to address continuing rumours about City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has been consistently linked with an exit from the Etihad this summer.Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is a reportedly Guardiola’s favoured player to replace Hart, but the head coach downplayed such rumours.He added: “Joe is a player I’m so happy about (with) his qualities, his behaviour, and what he means to this club. After we are going to decide inside the doors. Now, he is a player of us.”
A BUNCRANA man who was the kitman for NORTHERN IRELAND has retired – after 30 years in the job and 228 international appearances!Derek McKinley, 71, will be honoured at a testimonial dinner in Belfast.The Belfast Newsletter has a full interview with him here: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/local/top_players_to_celebrate_kitman_derek_s_30_years_1_3231233BUNCRANA MAN WHO WAS KIT MAN FOR NORTHERN IRELAND FOR 30 YEARS RETIRES was last modified: November 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:buncranaDEREK MCKINLEYdonegaldaily.com
St Patrick’s Cavan 1-12 St Eunan’s Letterkenny 1-9 A GOAL in the 40th minute sorted out the first points of the Danske Bank MacRory Cup league in Drumragh, but it was a referee decision which swung this tie in favour of St Patrick’s.The goal came from a good move from Cavan with substitute Shane Fortune playing a super ball in for Brian Sheanon to shoot to the net from close range. After it however, Cavan seemed to lose their way a little and St Eunan’s came back to within a point with two minutes remaining.The Donegal lads then had an opportunity to score an equaliser from a free but, according to the referee took too long over it.He then threw the ball in, Cavan broke and Paul Leddy found the range. With Pearse Smyth adding another point in injury time, the Donegal boys were left disappointed.The star of the show from a Cavan point of view was Thomas Edward Donohue with three excellent first half points and another after the break. Those first half efforts came in response to a goal from Caolan McDaid in the 14th minute and helped Cavan edge ahead 0-6 to 1-2 at the break.David Tyrell tied the scores with a free on the resumption, only for Sheanon’s goal to split them again. Despite Tyrell’s accuracy from frees – he bagged six over the hour – it was to be a turnover from one apparently not taken quickly enough that ultimately denied his team a share of the spoils.St Patrick’s Cavan : Brian Sheanon 1-1, Thomas Edward Donohue 0-4, Ben Conaty 0-2, Thomas Galligan 0-1, Barry McKernan 0-1 free, Dara Kennedy 0-1, Paul Leddy 0-1, Pearse Smyth 0-1.St Eunan’s : Caolan McDaid 1-1, David Tyrell 0-6 frees, Michael Millan 0-1, Rory Carr 0-1. REF’S DECISION ROBS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE IN MacRORY CUP BATTLE was last modified: October 9th, 2014 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:MacRory CupSt.Eunan’s College
UPDATED: A man received serious injuries after being thrown onto the deck of a boat after being hit by a truck door during gale force winds.The freak incident happened at Downings Pier earlier this afternoon.The man was named locally as Patrick McGeever from Carrigart who is in his 40s. Mr McGeever was unloading a crabbing boat when the incident occurred during high winds just before 1pm.It is understood the truck door which the injured man was loading blew of its hinges and struck Mr McGeever.It threw him more than 40 feet down onto the deck of the boat which was being unloaded leaving him unconscious.The emergency services were called immediately and the injured man regained consciousness. It is believed Mr McGeever has suffered leg, chest and head injuries.One eye-witness said it was just a freak accident.“The winds are very strong and very gusty. It was quiet one minute and then all of a sudden they just whipped up.“I didn’t see it exactly but it appears he was just thrown onto the deck of the boat. It’s a fair drop and I think he’s in a bad way.“The ambulance was here very quickly and nobody wanted to move him,” he said. A spokesman for Malin Head Coast Guard Radio station confirmed they alerted the Mulroy Coast Guard and ambulance service who were on the scene in minutes.However the Rescue 118 Helicopter from Sligo was then scrambled to the scene.Mr McGeever was taken manually form the boat to the local GAA pitch where he was then transferred by helicopter to Letterkenny General Hospital.His condition is described as stable. MAN THROWN OFF PIER ONTO DECK OF BOAT was last modified: December 27th, 2011 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:crabbing boatDwonings PIeremergency services