LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bolick was a benchwarmer for De La Salle in his first two years in college before moving to San Beda where he transformed himself as a bona fide star.Perez, on the other hand, was already putting up lofty numbers at the start of his collegiate career when he put up 17.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for San Sebastian before Ateneo swooped down on him.The Season 93 NCAA MVP, however, played just two games for Ateneo in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup before leaving Blue Eagles’ roost due to academic deficiencies.Goodbyes, though, are just the beginning of a new chapter and the two rivals are expected to be in the top three of this year’s PBA Draft.“The future is bright for them,” said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson. “CJ is my player, Robert and I always communicate, and the PBA will be loaded with quality players in Robert and CJ.”ADVERTISEMENT Both had stellar resumes in Season 93 with Lyceum’s Perez winning the MVP with Bolick taking the bigger trophy leading San Beda to the title over the Pirates.And as their two-year rivalry draws to a close in the championship round of Season 94, their respective coaches started to bid farewell to the two stars.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 Chriss“I’m sure these two players will play hard, tough, and both will make sure that his team will win,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez. “It’s just unfortunate that only one team will win.”Perez and Bolick also had similar career paths that led them to the top of the NCAA as both bounced around schools in the earlier years of their respective collegiate eligibility. 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 “I’m sure their PBA careers will flourish,” said Fernandez. “CJ will fit in there and the same as Robert. They just have to stay grounded and continue the things they do now and they should improve as well.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments The past two seasons of the NCAA saw two players define the league under their respective images—San Beda’s Robert Bolick and Lyceum’s CJ Perez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Silva, UE planning for possibility of Pasaol joining PBA Draft
The attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to concerns emanating from President Weah’s decision to axe Deputy Minister of Information Eugene Fahngon for preaching hate and disseminating divisive messages that may have the propensity to throw the country back into conflict.For the past few weeks the Daily Observer has unrelentingly urged President Weah to take charge or else allow others to take charge and lead him to an untimely and unkind fate. At a point it was beginning to appear as though others were actually in charge and leading President Weah, rather than the other way around.On one hand, Minister of State Nathaniel McGill had even declared himself the actual leader of the country while on the other hand, Finance Minister Samuel Tweh made sure to inform Liberians who was actually in charge when he declared that Information Minister Eugene Nagbe did not know what he was talking about when he (Nagbe) declared that money had gone missing.Still yet, the public bore witness to the poisonous rants of CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu and the now axed Eugene Fahngon all of which tended to suggest that all of them were in charge but which in reality meant no one was in charge. Amid all this President Weah had maintained a stony silence casting a somehow distinct impression that he was out of touch and things were fast slipping out his grasp.Even his official legal advisor, Justice Minister Musa Dean had appeared clueless, having clearly lost his footing by his laughable response to the request by the organizers of the proposed June 7 public protest. His slippage on the matter apparently served to rev Deputy Minister Fahngon into high gear as he took to the airwaves reading a false narrative of history and urging his followers, (country people as he called them) into action on June 8 with a counter protest demonstration.Meanwhile this newspaper had all along been sounding the alarm about the build up of tension, strident rhetoric from both sides and what appeared to be a fixed determination by supporters of this government to resort to violence.The open display by gun toting youths of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU), in the opinion of this newspaper constituted a grave act of provocation and an open invitation to others to arm themselves likewise. In one editorial after the other, April 18, 19,24, 25, 26, 29, 30: May 3,6,7, the Daily Observer has unfailingly and consistently warned President Weah of the dangers posed to the security and stability of the state by the conduct some of his officials who appear bent on the pursuit of vindictive personal agendas.Despite these repeated warnings neither President Weah nor his supporters appeared moved or shaken from their fixed position that the proposed demonstration was against the law. To be sure an Assistant Minister had placed a post on social media, warning would-be participants in the protest, that they should bid their families farewell when they leave their homes on June 7 to participate in the protest.And it had appeared as though the engagements with former President Sirleaf, former Vice President Boakai and Representative Kolubah had no import on President Weah, especially as his Press Secretary Smith Toby had not retracted his statement accusing protest organizers of receiving a huge sum of money to pay participants, a matter which he declared President Weah was fully aware of.As the tension rose further, the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) announced its intention to intervene, although protest organizers had made it clear that such intervention was not going to change their decision to stage the protest on June 7.Then came former Senator and elder statesman, Cletus Wortorson with an impassioned plea that the Senate plenary engage President with the view to act to calm the state, which he observed, was gripped with tension.According to sources, President Weah did meet with the Senate although it appeared hush-hush. Not much was disclosed of its outcomes and the standoff continued taking a new twist with Deputy Minister Fahngon’s fiery and divisive rants on the airways — a virtual declaration of war between “Natives and Congos.”But all of this was to change dramatically with a statement from the US Embassy decrying what it claimed is the hateful and divisive rants of Deputy Minister Fahngon, Senator Prince Johnson and Representative Yekeh Kolubah, which have the propensity to throw the nation back into conflict.And as if by magic, President Weah immediately axed Fahngon and has since declared that people have the right to protest. That decision while welcome to the public, has raised a critical question about sovereignty and whether President Weah is indeed answerable to the US Embassy/government or to the Liberian people.It has also raised questions in the public why the US Embassy did not act similarly in the case of the alleged missing billions and the US$25 million mop up exercise. Also, on the list of concerns is why has the US government through its embassy not brought war crime charges against the executioner of the five American Catholic nuns.Or better still, why it has not pressed President Weah into a decision on the establishment of a war and economic crimes court for Liberia where accused war crimes suspects Prince Johnson, Alhaji Kromah and others can be made to account for their respective deals?Truth be told, the US government appear to have failed the Liberian people in their quest for justice and accountability, never mind the fact that some war crimes suspects have been apprehended and brought to trial in the US.It is now ten years since the TRC submitted its report which has since been shelved. The US has poured millions into the country for development but has consistently ignored the cries of the people for justice and an end to the culture of impunity.Notwithstanding these observations, the Daily Observer welcomes the intervention of the US Embassy but with a curt reminder that this horse and rider relationship must end.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CFATF 46th Plenary MeetingIn light of the Caribbean’s attractiveness to drug traffickers, money launderers, tax evaders and transnational criminal cartels, countries that form part of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) have been warned to take the necessary steps to secure the region from this becoming a major issue, as these crimes have the potential to disrupt local economies.This was President David Granger’s message as he delivered the feature addressA section of the participants at the 46th Plenary of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) at the Marriott Hotel, Guyanaat the opening ceremony of the 46th Plenary and Working Group Meeting of the CFATF at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday.He also reminded the attendees that these activities could corrupt officials, subvert institutions, pervert youth, and spawn frightening levels of crime and violence in society.The Head of State said the CFATF recommendations are therefore necessary to insulate the region’s financial sector from the crimes of money-laundering and the financing of terrorism. “The task force’s recommendations can help to insulate the region’s economies from contamination by ‘dirty’ money, and by protecting the integrity of our financial sector from the risks associated with ill-gotten gains…,” he remarked.Granger believes that the recommendations would also help to cultivate a stable financial sector that would allow for the facilitation of international trade and investment, and enhance the “interconnectedness” between the region’s financial sector and the global banking system, in order to prevent Caribbean banks from being blacklisted.Speaking in a local context, the President said Guyana is not only part of the regional fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, but is prepared to fight.“Guyana is fit to fight. It embarked on the path of passing robust regulations and legislation to protect its financial system from financing unlawful activities seventeen years ago,” he declared, citing several pieces of legislation.The President said agencies like the Bank of Guyana, the Financial Intelligence Unit, and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have all been empowered with the requisite authority and autonomy, and equipped with the technical and institutional means, to discharge their functions under Guyana’s anti-money laundering and the countering of the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation.Turning his attention to the region, the President said the Caribbean, due to its location and fragmented jurisdictions, is a veritable “paradise” for money launderers, tax evaders and assorted transnational criminal cartels.Meanwhile, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, in his remarks, said that hosting of the conference is an auspicious achievement for Guyana, since it puts the country in the position to lead the regional drive in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.The CFATF Plenary of November 2016 had agreed that Guyana be removed from the CFATF/ICRG process. Guyana is therefore no longer subject to monitoring by CFATF/ICRG, which means the country has been removed from the backlisted CFATF/ICRG status.CFATF is an organisation of 27 states and territories of the Caribbean Basin which have agreed to implement common counter-measures against money laundering and terrorism financing.Over 150 participants from 26 member countries are participating in the CFATF conference. The meeting began on Sunday, November 12, and ended on Thursday.
Corruption indexWhile Guyana’s progression on Transparency International’s ranking is a good sign, the ranking shows the country is still prone to corruption and according to Transparency Institute Guyana Incorporated (TIGI), there are still outstanding issues the Government has to address.TIGI head, Dr Troy ThomasIn an interview with Guyana Times, TIGI President, Dr Troy Thomas noted that the reality is Guyana still has a long road to travel. In addition, he noted that events like the questionable US$18 million signing bonus that was concealed by the Government – an issue ventilated late in 2017 – may not have been factored in.“I think that is a good sign for Guyana. (But) an improvement in ranking does not mean all is well. It means people believe we are in the right direction. But at the same time, Guyana is still corrupt. So, it doesn’t mean we are out of the woods. It means that there have been some improvements but there are still areas.”He stressed that the question of corruption did not just involve bad decisions but also persons benefiting inappropriately from good or bad decisions being made. These issues, the anti-corruption advocate said, remained to be stamped out.With dire warnings that countries in the region make anti-corruption as a national policy and priority, International watchdog Transparency International (TI) had given Guyana a ranking of 91 out of 180 countries on the index.The indexAccording to the index, which was released just days ago, countries that fail to make anti-corruption a priority stand the risk of losing ground in their corruption fighting efforts in future indexes.“(But) countries that prioritise anti-corruption and create national policies through consensus and public and political participation; are better positioned to make a significant qualitative leap forward,” the report stated.While the report shied away from saying that the Region’s anti-corruption fight had come to a standstill, it did observe that more must be done to tackle structural issues. This, the report noted, includes “political funding, public procurement and the strengthening of independent, strong, and flexible legal institutions.”Guyana was ranked at 91, with a score of 38; an improvement from 2016’s ranking of 108. For 2016, the country received a score of 34; in 2015, 29 and in 2014, 30.The last time the index had been released, it was noted that there were outstanding issues with corruption that were not being addressed.During one of his rare press conferences, President David Granger had denied knowledge of any corruption within his Government. This came in the wake of a number of instances when Government’s accountability and transparency was put in the spotlight.While he insisted that he would do whatever possible to ensure the integrity of his Ministers working in the industry, Granger had acknowledged that “God couldn’t confirm that his people wouldn’t be compromised by adultery.”At the time, Government had been facing much heat from the political Opposition as well as civil society. They had been criticised for the controversial Sussex Street bond, the Hope Wind Farm project, a $605 million sole-sourced drug contract, the handpicking of a Dutch firm to conduct a feasibility analysis on a new Demerara Harbour Bridge, among others.They were also criticised for collecting a US$18 million oil bonus but never disclosing the transaction to the nation.
A trust fund has been set up for the family of Hanna Green.Two year-old Hanna passed away in a tragic accident on May 18th in Fort St. John after she was struck by a vehicle.Friends of the Green family have organized the trust fund and you can donate at any TD Bank with Transit # 9333 Account # 6343829. You can also make a donation by cheque, payable to Autumn McIsaac with “Hanna Green Trust Fund” as the memo.- Advertisement -Friends of the family have also organized a gymkhana fundraiser for the family on Saturday May 28 at Harris’s arena in Charlie Lake. The event will start at 10:30 a.m. Following the gymkhana, there will be a live and silent auction.If you’d like to make a donation to the event, contact Haldon Guard at 250-264-7475. For more information, you can also call the number above or visit www.gitalonghorseclub.com
0Shares0000Italy’s striker Mario Balotelli (C) and Italy’s forward Lorenzo Insigne (L) take part in a training session on May 24, 2018 at Coverciano’s training camp near Florence. © AFP / Carlo BRESSANMILAN, Italy, May 28 – Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci said Sunday be believes that Mario Balotelli has matured as the Nice striker prepares to make his first appearance for the Azzurri in four years.New Italy coach Roberto Mancini will oversee his first game in charge of the four-time world champions against World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia in a friendly on Monday night in Saint Gallen, Switzerland. Mancini has called up 27-year-old Balotelli for three upcoming friendlies after the striker was sidelined by Italy by injury and behavioural problems in recent years.“I’ve found him (Mario) changed compared to the past, matured,” 31-year-old AC Milan defender Bonucci told a press conference ahead of Monday’s game.Balotelli has scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for the Azzurri but has not been selected since Italy’s humiliating group-stage exit from the 2014 World Cup.But he may have to wait until the second friendly against France on June 1 to make his return.“As for Balotelli, we’ll see if he plays or not (against the Saudis). Mario wants to play in front of his fans in Nice. Let’s see if we deploy him immediately or in the second game,” said Mancini.“He’ll be one of the strikers and we hope he can give us something good for the future because he’s still young.”Mancini said that he had not yet decided on the lineup for Monday’s game with the only certainty that AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma would start.“It’s the first game so it’s important to start well, which does not just mean winning,” said Mancini.“The most important thing is that the lads play carefree and that they can have fun, even at the cost of making mistakes.”Bonucci, meanwhile, said he was relishing his role of captain even if he missed the presence of veterans Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi.“There’s a strong sense of responsibility, but what surpasses everything is pride. I want to be a true example for the rest of lads,” said Bonucci.Italy play a third friendly against the Netherlands, who also failed to qualify for the World Cup, in Turin on June 4.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
His side’s loss was not majorly on what happened on the pitch, but what happened off it.His players staged a strike two days before the game and didn’t train at all due to unpaid match winning allowances. They had to be convinced on game day to come for the match and were not even in camp pre-game.On top of this, Oktay himself was suspended and watched proceedings from the terraces while four of his players were as well ineligible for the game.This is to add on the fact that Sunday was their fifth game in 12 days. He felt, everything was against them, heading into the match and has admitted his job at the club is now difficult.Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay talks to his players before a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Everything was against us; Even Barcelona can’t make it with this kind of circumstance. Eight days, four games, then come play Confederations Cup…. four players missing, coach missing, then you have these problems… Mentally you are lost, physically you are not prepared for the game,” the tactician stated.“If you are playing on Sunday, Saturday is a crucial day to prepare mentally and physically to focus on the game. I couldn’t do this. I was waiting for my players at Toyoyo, they didn’t show up. I had to call them in the morning,”“I didn’t monitor what the players eat what they drink…. This is a game we should have won 3, 4-0. This is no Zamalek; this is no Petro….. But because of discipline, we lost it… we lost it as a team,”“They make my job difficult because these things affect my team. You don’t get these chances to play a quarter final every day,”Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge (centre) is joined by Boniface Omondi (left) and Nicholas Kipkurui (right) in celebrating one of his two goals against Zamalek in a CAF Confederations Cup Group D tie at the Kasarani Stadium on February 3, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We achieved fantastic results here, winning against Zamalek, against Hussein Dey, against Petro with nine men, then comes this kind of a game… a knockout game then suddenly, strike. It is difficult. My job is so hard to collect these players and bring them to the pitch. To motivate them is hard,” Oktay further stated.He has now called on the club’s management to sort out the issues, though Capital Sports understands the players’ match winning allowances are yet to be paid.He believes that if things could have been different off the pitch then they would have posted a better result against the North Africans and boosted their hopes of making it into the last four.“What can I say? It is a family; a big family and I am also in the same boat. Families protect and respect each other and I wish that the bigger guys in the family can sort out this issue and we don’t get it in the future. In Europe people are texting me and asking me whether we gonna play or not. Everybody knows,” the dejected tactician stated.Adding; “You never know if we will get this chance again. It is good for Kenya and Gor Mahia. They have to be careful about this kind of stuff in the future.”Gor Mahia’s Francis Mustafa attempts to go past RS Berkane’s Omar Namsaoui during their CAF Confederations Cup quarter final tie at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on April 7, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaDespite a 2-0 deficit from Sunday’s first leg, Oktay is hopeful he can engineer a comeback when the two sides clash in the return leg in Berkane in a week’s time.“Anything is possible in football. It is not over in this game. We have a chance in the second le. I never give up. It is not finished yet and the excitement for me starts now,” stated the tactician.Gor will need to win the return leg by a margin of more than three goals to progress and judging by their continental away record, it is going to be a mountainous task for them.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay walks to the stands after being sent off during their SportPesa Cup match against Tanzania’s Mbao FC at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 23, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8 – Gor Mahia boss Hassan Okaty was not his usual self on Sunday after his side’s 2-0 loss against Morocco’s RS Berkane in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup at the Kasarani Stadium.Oktay, usually enthusiastic and outspoken in all his pressers talked in low tones, throwing his hands up occasionally as if to ask; ‘what am I supposed to do?’.
Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy has blasted the north London club’s head coach Mauricio Pochettino for ‘giving himself and the players an excuse ready to lose against Chelsea’. Pochettino declared his disappointment with the club’s schedule as they play in Azerbaijan in the Europa League on Thursday before hosting Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.The game against Qarabag, which is live on talkSPORT, consists of an 11-hour, 5,000-mile round trip.The Argentinian’s side will fly straight back after the match, arriving in London on Friday morning ahead of taking on the Premier League champions just over 48 hours later.Pochettino moaned: “We need more help from our country and the Premier League.“It’s not a complaint but this is the reality when you play Thursday, and you have a long trip home and play again on Sunday morning.“We have a difficult opponent, in this case Chelsea, who have three days more than us to prepare.”Spurs are yet to seal qualification from Group J, although the Qarabag fixture could see them do that with a game to spare, but Murphy feels the 43-year-old could have thought ahead to prevent the clash taking strain on his squad.“When the group draw was made, you know it’s going to be the longest trip and you know you’re going to be playing Chelsea three days after it, plan accordingly,” Murphy told Colin Murray.“Play your strongest team in the other group games where you know or feel like there’s more chance of a better recovery, i.e playing at home in the Europa League or playing in France and the journey is not so bad, whatever it may be.“Plan for it.“Don’t think you can get to the week before and start complaining when you’ve known about it for weeks.“It’s like giving himself and the players an excuse ready to lose against Chelsea.”
Michael @mgphotoThe #ISS passing with the #aurora starting to appear in shroveTHERE have been some incredible scenes in the skies above Donegal tonight as the Northern Lights made a return here – in time for Christmas.Even the International Space Station has been visible….Donna Martin @DonnaMartin03 took this picture inRamelton town tonight with a faint Aurora visible #donegal #irelandDiscover Inishowen @DiscovInishowenAurora Borealis over Inishowen peninsula,Donegal ,IrelandDaragh McDonough @DaraghDonegal#Aurora #Letterkenny nowPICTURE SPECIAL AS NORTHERN LIGHTS ARRIVE IN DONEGAL AGAIN was last modified: December 21st, 2015 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:donegalnorthern lights