In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam celebrates scoring a 3-pointer against the Washington Wizards during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Pascal Siakam isn’t pleased to be taking it easy over All-Star weekend and took out his frustration Wednesday night.Siakam scored a career-high 44 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby scored a career-best 22 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 129-120 for their sixth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid, 76ers send Knicks reeling to 18th straight loss MOST READ “If he keeps playing like this, he’s a 2020 All-Star,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Siakam.Toronto’s third-year forward was asked whether his big night was a message to those who passed him over for an All-Star spot this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Take it as you want,” Siakam said. “I wish I was going to Charlotte.”Newly signed Raptors guard Jeremy Lin said he was impressed with Siakam’s diverse skill set. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Down 103-93 to begin the fourth, Washington cut it to 112-111 on a 3-pointer by Bobby Portis with 4:55 left. Lowry replied with a 3 for Toronto, and Siakam made back-to-back baskets, putting Toronto up 119-111 at 3:44.Toronto faced its biggest deficit, 80-68, at 8:48 of the third. The Raptors answered with a 15-0 spurt, reclaiming the lead at 83-80 before Washington called timeout at 4:43. Siakam scored 19 points in the third, and Toronto closed the quarter on a 35-13 run, taking a 103-93 lead into the final quarter.Washington led 65-59 lead at halftime.LINSANITY IN THE NORTHLin played 25 minutes in his Toronto debut after signing earlier in the day. He was recently waived by the Atlanta Hawks.“I almost feel like I’m cheating, jumping into a 40-something win team,” Lin said. “I’m happy to be here.”Lin received a brief ovation when he checked in for Norman Powell at 4:05 of the first. He finished with eight points, five assists and five rebounds.“Even though I was trying to be stoic and figure out what we were going to do on the defensive end, it was very heartwarming,” Lin said. “Every time I’ve come to Toronto, it’s always felt like a home game.”Lin can expect plenty of action when play resumes after the All-Star break. Before the game, the Raptors said guard Fred VanVleet had surgery in New York to repair ligament damage in his left thumb. VanVleet, who was hurt in Saturday’s win at New York, is expected to miss at least three weeks.TIP-INS Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Wizards: G Tomas Satoransky was inactive because of personal reasons. … The Wizards missed nine of their first 10 attempts from 3-point range. … Washington is 7-23 on the road.Raptors: F Patrick McCaw was inactive because of a sore right shoulder. … Ibaka has scored at least 10 points in 20 straight games, the second-longest streak of his career. He did it in 21 games in 2014. … Siakam made a career-best four 3-pointers, and Anunoby also had a season-high four.THIS IS 40Siakam is the 11th player in Raptors history to reach the 40-point plateau.UP NEXTWizards: Visit Charlotte on Friday, February 22.Raptors: Host San Antonio on Friday, February 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I knew he was good but tonight was something special,” Lin said. “He showed the full package tonight.”Toronto improved to 13-3 without All-Star Kawhi Leonard, who sat for the second time in four games because of a sore left knee. Leonard also missed last Thursday’s win at Atlanta. Coach Nick Nurse said he wouldn’t mind if Leonard played in Sunday’s All-Star Game.Serge Ibaka had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 13 assists as the Raptors used a big third quarter to overcome a 12-point deficit and post their fifth straight victory over the struggling Wizards.Bradley Beal has 28 points and 11 assists, Jeff Green scored 23 and Jabari Parker 22 as Washington lost for the fifth time in seven games.“We’re down right now,” Brooks said. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers
The conduct of some members of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) at the recent induction ceremony of the union’s new corps of officers was anything but professional when a large number of journalists at the ceremony booed the outgoing president.Some enthusiastic supporters of the inducted regime, according to eyewitnesses, booed Kamara Abdullai Kamara in the presence of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and scores of government officials and diplomats who graced the occasion.“While the President, officials and diplomats were witnessing the program, some journalists, mainly supporters of the newly inducted PUL officers, loudly booed the outgoing president when he got up to give his farewell speech.“Boo! Woo! Your dry self! The time has come for you to get out. Move from here,” the crowd was heard shouting. A freelance reporter in the hall reported that the group of journalists made references to the outgoing PUL president’s physical looks, along the lines that he does not have the attractive personality to represent them.During the verbal onslaught, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was reported to have ditched the ceremony on the grounds that she was expecting to meet some investors coming into the country.It can be recalled that during the union’s election last November in Ganta, Nimba County, Kamara’s opponents pointed out two issues that led to his ousting.Apart from his reported “unattractive personality,” Kamara’s detractors said that during his tenure as president, Malcolm Joseph, Director for the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMES), and others influenced decision making in the union.Voters, it is believed, demanded regime change to put an end to the influence of people they termed “aristocrats.”Meanwhile, Mr. Kamara has shifted blame on government for allegedly dishing out money to members of the union to vote him out in the November election.He named Presidential Press Secretary Jerolimik Piah and Legislative Press Poll (otherwise LEGISPOL) president Nathaniel Daygbor, as those who distributed money to voters, which according to him influenced voters to elect Charles Coffey.However, in a stern response, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe denied the allegations and clarified that at no point did the government ever dish out money to influence voters in the PUL election.“This government remains media friendly and we challenge the accuser to provide evidence to prove that the government dished out money to influence journalists in their decision making process.“We will not accept any false allegation from anyone to tarnish the media friendly space that has been built by the Sirleaf administration, especially being a signatory to the ‘Table Mountain Declaration,’ which supports free speech,” he said.Min. Nagbe said government will not be deterred by such an allegation, but will remain media friendly, “because it supports freedom of speech that every Liberian is enjoying.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
IMF CEO, Christine Lagarde – Advertisement – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has pointed out corruption as a virus that undermines the growth of an economy and human population in general.Unlike the World Bank that is concerned with infrastructural and other social developments in member countries, the IMF, which comprises 189 member countries, is involved with lending; working to foster global monetary cooperation, securing financial stability, facilitating international trade, and reduce poverty around the world.At its just-ended Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., according to a dispatch, the IMF in its Fiscal Monitoring message emphasized that, “the abuse of public office for private gain distorts the activities of the state and ultimately takes a toll on economic growth and the quality of people’s lives.”The content of IMF’s message also intoned that corruption weakens key functions of the public sector, including the ability to collect taxes or to make expenditure choices in a fair and efficient way.Concerning bribes, the IMF says that “if, in exchange, civil servants facilitate tax evasion or corrupt politicians provide ad hoc tax breaks for some people or firms, others will end up facing higher tax rates, and the government may be unable to generate enough revenue to pay for productive spending.”In furtherance, the world finance body said with bribes, the quality of public services and infrastructure likewise suffers when project selection reflects opportunities for kickbacks or nepotism.“Bribery of foreign officials by multinationals and the use of opaque financial centers, or secrecy jurisdictions to hide corrupt gains or to evade taxes add a global dimension to the challenge,” IMF says.It also cautioned that, by contributing to growing inequality, corruption undermines trust in government, and can lead to social and political instability.“The widespread acknowledgement that tackling corruption is critical for macroeconomic performance and economic development has led to its inclusion in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and promoted several initiatives, including the Framework for Enhanced IMF Engagement in Governance,” it added.The IMF said with global growth slowing and uncertainty rising, fiscal policy should prepare for potential downturns — balancing stabilization and sustainability objectives, and put more emphasis on reforms to foster long-term inclusive growth in a fast-changing global economy.It further noted that shifting demographics, rapid technological progress, and deepening international economic integration bring challenges.Therefore, it said to remain effective, fiscal policy needs to adapt to those key trends reshaping the global economy; stressing that where there is limited budgetary room, such adaptation will have to occur through inclusive and growth-friendly budget recomposition.The world body of financial experts then noted that international cooperation to improve taxation of multinational companies, and to tackle climate change and corruption could amplify and spread the reform gains.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…say family to file legal actionRelatives of Jennifer Gill, the 41-year-old Amelia’s Ward, Linden woman who died at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) after delivering her baby on March 19, held a picketing exercise on Friday outside the hospital, claiming she had been treated “poorly” at the medical institution.Gill’s sister, Janice Singh, said the family intends to take legal action against the hospital.Jennifer Gill’s relatives picketing the Linden Hospital ComplexFamily and friends of the deceased, who held placards bearing various slogans claimed that they were kept in the dark regarding the woman’s condition prior to and after her death, and are alleging that the hospital was negligent.Initial reports had indicated that Gill had required a caesarean (C-Section) owing to her age and size of the baby. However, the hospital has refuted this assertion, saying she was eligible for a normal delivery, which it facilitated.“We think she was treated unfairly, poorly; and we believe that the hospital and doctors were negligent. We’re hoping to get justice. We’re hoping that somebody come out and say something. Somebody should accept the responsibility. Everything happened and still nobody ain’t come and talk to we, nobody whosoever. And if nothing happen from this, then we intend to take legal action. And we plan to go as far as possible, because we can’t just let my sister’s life just go down the drain like that. It’s just not fair! It won’t happen!” Singh lamented.Singh’s husband also claimed that Public Health officials failed to meet with the family.Another sister of Gill, Audrey Challenger, also blamed the medical institution for trying to cover up the matter.“We know that she was treated unjustly inside there. We know that they didn’t give her the attention that she should have gotten at the time, and based on what we learned during this whole process, is that the hospital is not equipped to deal with that kind of case. Those people just trying to cover. They did not explain anything to us. They did not sit with the family and say, ‘Okay, this is what happened,’ or anything…I think somebody should at least take accountability for that,” she said.The Linden Hospital Complex had launched an investigation into the matter, and an official report was sent to the Chief Medical Officer and the Director of Regional Health Services. The medical institution’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat, had noted that based on his medical knowledge and facts of the report, he believed that Gill died after suffering a blood disorder referred to as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), which causes rapid blood loss and thinning, eventually leading to shock and kidney failure. The CEO made the revelation which he stated was his belief during a media brief which was also attended by the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Romesa McDonald, and Public Relations Officer Toshanna Alicock.The hospital’s PRO had noted that according to facts from the report, on first assessment by the doctor on duty, Gill was in active labour when she arrived at the hospital, being dilated at 6 centimetres (cm), and did not require a C- section. The hospital CEO also refuted claims by the family that a C- section was not performed since there was no doctor available, as he claimed that the hospital provides for doctors to be on call 24/7. Officials have also claimed that the family had been kept up to date on the deceased woman’s condition, and that she was given the best possible care. The family has since denied all of these claims.
…Chairman slams Govt for not addressing issueRegion One (Barima-Waini) has been battling with constant fuel shortages in the past which resulted in skyrocketing prices. Recently, the issue returned and many fear that the problem will worsen.These were the sentiments shared by Regional Chairman Brentol Ashley, who told this publication that the price for one barrel of gasoline is currently on the rise again, and the value for one barrel is more than twice the standard cost.In the past, Region One was serviced with fuel from Venezuela after being granted permission by the relevant authorities to transport across the border. The practice, which was legal up to the Pomeroon River mouth in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), decreased after the country was hit with mass economic crisis.While the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) had also made recommendations to Government to have an immediate relaxation on the $5000 taxation imposed on fuel by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) tax on all fuel, no action was taken. As such, Ashley called out Government for not remedying the months-long situation.“It is going back up. Some places are $6500 per gallon. A drum of gas is between $48,000 to $50,000 now because the issue still continues in Venezuela. The Government is still collecting $5000 tax for a barrel of fuel and with the recently instituted embargo on Venezuela, you’ll see that will become much more of a problem. The Government has not made any intervention to alleviate the situation,” the Regional Chairman explained.Two months ago, the prices were as high as $70,000 per barrel and $8000 per gallon since businesses were hiring boats to transport fuel from Charity into Mabaruma. This was over three times the actual cost of $20,000 per drum and was having harsher consequences on communities in the Matarkai District.Prices for services like transportation in the region had tripled and major projects were suspended as a result of the limited fuel supply in the district.During that time, requests were made for the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and other authorities to look into the ships that are coming to Waini point and purchasing unmarked fuel. The filled drums were then shipped to Georgetown, Bartica and Suriname, causing local dealers to be disadvantaged. Further, it recommended that the State-owned GuyOil supply the region with petrol.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angels Camp Boosters, which had judged the jubilee since its inception in 1928, scheduled its own jumping-frog contest for the same weekend to compete with the fair’s. “Both sides are doing everything they can to make sure that this year’s frog jumps are done well and have a lot of pizazz to them,” said Anne Forrest, president of the Angels Camp Business Association. Low attendance at last year’s event was blamed in part on rainy weather, a far cry from Sunday’s sunny skies. The annual event is inspired by “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” Mark Twain’s tale of a frog-jumping contest that is weighted in one gambler’s favor when he secretly fills his opponent’s frog with buckshot. Winning frog owners get a $750 prize or $5,000 if their frog breaks the 1986 record of 21 feet, 5 inches set by Rosie the Ribeter. ANGELS CAMP – A rift between organizers of Calaveras County’s famous frog-jumping contest that led to dueling competitions Sunday did not keep away thousands of frog wranglers inspired by Mark Twain’s tall tale. About 4,000 contestants entered the Calaveras County Fair’s annual Jumping Frog Jubilee this year, twice as many as last year, according to the event’s organizers. “We ran out of entry forms and had to get more because the response has been so big,” said marketing director Laurie Giannini. “There’s that saying, any publicity is good publicity.” The jumping frogs of Calaveras County drew extra attention this year after a quarrel with the fair’s organizers led the club that has traditionally overseen the competition to start its own.
Late last month, Thunberg spoke about the dire state of the planet at a climate change protest in Montreal, one of many youth-led demonstrations her activism has galvanized across the globe.She also met with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who has praised her as “the voice of a generation” of young people demanding their leaders do more to combat climate change.She has said she plans to keep touring the Americas through a UN climate conference in Chile in December.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2019.Advertisement EDMONTON — Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has announced that’s she’s going to Alberta.The 16-year-old tweeted that she’ll be heading north following “a few days of well needed rest while enjoying the spectacular nature of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.”She did not say when she will arrive in Alberta or where specifically she will visit.- Advertisement -Last week at a rally in South Dakota, Thunberg spoke out against the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude from Alberta through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.Christine Myatt, a spokeswoman for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, reacted to Thunberg’s impending visit by comparing the province to other oil-rich regions and greenhouse-gas emitters.“We trust that Ms. Thunberg will recognize Alberta’s leading human rights and environmental standards, especially in comparison to oil-producing dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela — which she will presumably visit next — as well as major growing emitters like China,” Myatt said in an emailed statement.Advertisement The Canadian Press
LONG BEACH: Next year’s event will include display of fuel-efficient vehicles and an energy expo. By Don Jergler STAFF WRITER The Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach will go green at next year’s three-day event. The Green Power Prix-View, an on-track demonstration of fuel-efficient vehicles, has been added to the series of events for next year’s race. It will take place April 20 before the Champ Car World Series grand finale. “It’s a recognition of the fact that our nation, as well as other countries around the world, are moving in a direction of finding energy solutions to problems around the world,” said Grand Prix Association President and CEO Jim Michaelian. “It’s a sport involved with the use of energy, and it’s important to preview where the trends are going and make people aware of what’s being done to make vehicles more fuel efficient.” The 34th annual Grand Prix, which takes place April 18-20, features the Champ Car World Series, the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, the EZ Lube Team Drift Challenge, the American Le Mans Series and the 32nd annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. In addition to the Green Prix on the track, displays will highlight energy efficiency at the “Lifestyle and Alternative Energy Expo.” The expo, at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, runs all three days of the race. It will showcase renewable energy sources, water and energy conservation and healthy lifestyles. Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $25 for a Friday general admission ticket to $125 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seating in upper levels. You can place credit card orders by calling 888-827-7333 or going to www.gplb.com. firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The venture is officially launched this morning by Minister Michael Ring with the McGlone and Temple families. Pic Donegal Daily.Two of Donegal’s most famous brands have come together to promote the economy and image of the county in a unique venture.Minister Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport officially launch the joint marketing initiative of Harvey’s Point and Magee of Donegal which will be known as SephirA.The glamourous launch was attended by the Gysling and Temple families and General Manger, Noel Cunningham today in the Magee of Donegal store, Donegal Town. The two leading family run brands are joining forces to jointly promote hospitality, tourism, retail and employment in the Donegal region, at a National and International level.The strategic partnership of the two family brands synonymous with quality and Donegal will see a vast array of mutually attractive consumer benefits generated for both Harvey’s Point and Magee of Donegal alike.The brands will engage in a number of cross promotion strategies, to include international sales trips, with a key focus on North America.As an ambassador for the Wild Atlantic Way, Deirdre McGlone, Harvey’s Point will travel across the United States throughout the summer months, promoting the West Coast Experience. At a national level there will be in store consumer promotions and a dedicated merchandised cabinet display of Magee’s products available for purchase in Harvey’s Point.Guests to Harvey’s Point will also receive exclusive Magee in store discounts, as well as availing of a complimentary personal shopping experience and upcoming select fashion events.The picturesque hotel runs a series of midweek and weekend breaks, which will include a Magee shopping experience and traditional weaving demonstrations.In a further initiative to generate and grow visitors and promote tourism in Donegal, Magee of Donegal will this year sponsor the ever popular Harvey’s Point ‘Dinner Cabaret’, which will return for the 2014 season, from June 25th to October 29th.Director of Magee, Charlotte Temple, Director, Magee said they are very excited to be partnering with Harvey’s Point. “Harvey’s Point has evolved over the years into a fantastic hotel that we, not only in Donegal but nationally can be very proud of. We both have a similar target customer and working together this year and going forward, will be hugely beneficial for both parties and Donegal.”Speaking about the strategic business and marketing partnership Deirdre McGlone, Harvey’s Point said they are delighted to be joining forces with a strong brand such as Magee of Donegal.“It is a natural fit for us, as we share a number of the same values and vision. Working together we aim to ensure that Donegal is highly visible and promoted as a quality holiday destination, bringing more visitors to our unique and stunning county.”Noel Cunningham, host of Harvey’s Point Cabaret Nights with SephirA, who will appearing at this summer’s spectacular showsTWO DONEGAL GIANTS COME TOGETHER IN UNIQUE VENTURE was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 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:donegalharvey’s pointMageesNoel Cunninghamtourism
5 Since the announcement of Pep Guardiola’s appointment as manager from next season, Manchester City’s mission to reclaim the Premier League title has gone off the rails, but how would they fare in a five-a-side league?As all amateur footballers will testify to, the five-man game is a completely different animal to it’s 11-a-side big brother.Long balls become useless, the big man who is good in the air is redundant and the strong-tackling hard-man is pinged every time he risks his knees sliding on the astro-turf.So who would make your team’s five-a-side from the current crop of players? talkSPORT look at who would be the likely line-ups.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Manchester City five a-side team.Agree with talkSPORT’s selections? Let us know who you would pick in the comments section below!TOTTENHAM’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMARSENAL’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMLIVERPOOL’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN UNITED’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMCHELSEA’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM 5 5 Sergio Aguero – Aside from his pace and finishing, Aguero is incredibly difficult to push off the ball, which is essential for the striker when trying to bring in other team-mates. Joe Hart – Click the arrow, right, to see the rest of Manchester City’s five-a-side team – A top goalkeeper you wouldnt change in the lower, wider goals. David Silva – Silvas slick passing and movement would make him the ultimate five-a-side player. Kevin De Bruyne – His shooting and creative abilities are well suited to the smaller format of the game. Vincent Kompany – Resisted the temptation to play another midfielder at the back because Kompanys strength and tackling would be difficult for opposing forwards to get past. 5 5