first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Isaac Go paced the Blue Eagles with 21 points on 4-of-6 shooting from downtown, leading a 24-3 blast in the second period that broke the game wide open and gave them a 44-17 lead.Adrian Wong also heated up and scored 15 points all but two from three-point land while Matt Nieto contributed 14 points, seven assists, and three rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“This isn’t how we play in the UAAP. We’ll press a lot more, we’ll do a lot of other things that we really can’t do when our numbers are down. So offensively, I was surprised, we played pretty well,” said head coach Tab Baldwin.“We’re not doing a lot really, but the guys played very efficiently and that’s a good thing.” Enes Kanter signs with Trail Blazers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Cignal-Ateneo kicked off its 2019 PBA D-League Aspirants’ campaign with a rout of Go for Gold-St. Benilde, 103-75, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.The defending UAAP champions’ offense was on point all game long, shooting 55% from the field and 45% from three.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Angleo Kouame, meanwhile, did his damage inside on his way to 13 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks, and two stealsThirdy Ravena missed the game to academic obligations.The PBA D-League opened the new season on Thursday with a record 20 teams. Celest Flores-ColinaADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDespite a previous Tax Court order to shut down the Srimex Oil and Gas Company for its blatant refusal to pay legitimate taxes owed to government as per a court judgment in 2012, the International Law Group (ILG) has been preventing the company from obeying the decision, a communication in the possession of the Daily Observer has established.ILG is owned by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, Minister of State without Portfolio and head of the Presidential Taskforce that is currently investigating the Global Witness bribery allegations against several senior members of the legislative and executive branches of government.Before the ILG communication to the court, the then Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, in September 2012, ruled that “the defendant, Srimex having confessed judgment of its current tax liability to the government in the amount of US$180,000, it is therefore adjudged liable for said amount.”She further threatened to close the company to serve as a deterrence and lesson to many delinquent tax payers and tax evaders that tax payment is a national priority and obligation under the Revenue Code of Liberia.Although the company had made payment of US$47,700 out of the US$180,000, it was as a result of persistent threats of contempt charges from the court.Instead of meeting up with their obligation as promised, the company on January 9, 2015, wrote that they had retained additional counsel to represent their legal interest in the case, though they had started paying the money.A communication signed by Musa Hassan Bility, president and chief executive officer of Srimex Enterprise, said, “ILG has been retained as additional counsel to represent my interest in these proceedings.”Based on that letter, Attorney Madina Wesseh on January 20 wrote the court asking it for certified copy of the Srimex case file.In her communication, Atty. Wesseh said, “We represent the legal interest of the defendant in the entitled tax evasion action,” adding,” We request from this Honorable Court certified copy of the records in this case.”After receiving the communication, the clerk of the court quickly provided all documents regarding the case to the law firm.But since January 2015, when Atty. Wesseh wrote and received the documents from the court’s clerk, ILG and Mr. Bility are yet to appear before the court for the continuation of the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMr. Raji hands over the iconic # 14 jersey to President Weah.Image: Executive MansionThe Liberia Football Association (LFA) on Tuesday, September 11, officially retired the iconic #14 jersey of football legend President George Weah from the country’s national team “until otherwise,” LFA president Mustapha Raji announced in Paynesville.Mr. Raji made the announcement following the end of an international friendly between the Lone Star and the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. The friendly encounter, also a FIFA recognized event, was played to commemorate the symbolic retirement of the iconic #14 jersey.There have been mixed reactions from the public concerning the event but, Mr. Raji told the Daily Observer sports desk that, before anyone else can wear the #14 jersey for the national team, the football house will have to seek permission from football icon Weah to whom the jersey was retired.Raji also called on the public not to misconstrue the jersey retirement issue as though the country no longer wants to participate in a final tournament (World Cup, African Cup of Nations). According to FIFA rules, a team participating in a final tournament must register players with #14 jersey from one to 23.“We have already retired the jersey (#14), so until we can get approval from the person we retired it to, no one will wear the jersey,” he said.President Weah came out of retirement and featured for the national team by wearing the armband in the country’s 1-2 loss to Nigeria. To the surprise of many, Weah, 51, played 79 minutes standard football before he was substituted and handed the armband to LISCR FC defender Kemoh Kamara. It was earlier planned that the game would go for a break in the final quarter of an hour for the formal program marking the retirement of the #14 jersey to be held, but the 51-year-old, with so much zest to play but not enough energy, ordered the match to continue.With President Weah and Liberia’s all time highest goal scorer James Debbah in the starting lineup, the Super Eagles increased pressure on the Lone Star and wasted no time to get the curtain raiser in the 11 minutes.Forward Henry Oyekuru, who plays for Galatasaray in Turkey, scored the opener after making use of defender John Ogu’s pass. Simeon Nwankwo later doubled the visitors lead 33 minutes down the clock after goalkeeper Tommy Songo failed to clear a cross from a corner kick.However, after the break, the pace of the game changed with the Lone Star increasing their attacks, but did not get closer to find the back of the net. The host finally got the consolation goal in the closing stages of the game after Semi Ajayi committed a handball in the 18-yard box.Malaysian-based Kpah Sharman got the consolation for the Lone Star following a spot kick.Criticisms mar the friendly matchSince the match, social media have been flooded with criticisms, with Nigerians blasting the Nigeria Football Federation and football legend Weah playing at age 51.Government offices in Liberia were reportedly closed by 3 o’clock PM on Tuesday as officials trooped to the SKD, with majority wearing the iconic #14 jersey to watch the match, which some described as an “historical moment.”“George Weah is a major disappointment. For someone as exposed, experienced and educated, his constant appropriation of Liberia’s platforms to fulfill his personal objectives is a disgrace. He had no business giving Wenger that award and had no business playing tonight,” outspoken Twitter personality Biola Kazeem tweeted from Nigeria.However, President Weah’s return to the pitch was also a moment that reminded many about his glorious days on the football pitch. World Football governing body, FIFA tweeted, “He was named FIFA World Player of the Year back in 1995. At the age of 51, Liberia’s George Weah returned to international action in a friendly against Nigeria on September 11.”He was named FIFA World Player of the Year back in 1995 At the age of 51, Liberia’s George Weah returned to international action in a friendly against Nigeria yesterday— (@FIFAcom) September 12, 2018It was also reported by the media in Nigeria that President Weah rewarded the Nigerian team US$2,000 per player as a gift for honoring his invitation for the friendly game to retire his #14 jersey, according to Sports Nigeria.“We were paid $2,000 each by the President of Liberia,” Sports Nigeria quoted one of the players whose name was not mentioned.When contacted, Liberia’s Deputy Minister for Sports, G. Andy Quamie, via text message, replied, “Unfortunately, I am not aware, but I read it in an online Nigerian newspaper.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) (L-R) Liberia’s all time highest goal scorer James Debbah, goalkeeper Tommy Songo and President George Weah.last_img read more

first_img…contracting workers to clean is admission GuySuCo erred – former Minister …says company could have retained maintenance staff A recent ‘Invitation for Bids’ published in the local newspapers by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) for excavator operators to undertake works at the four closed sugar estates is an admission that the sugar company, and the Government by extension, erred by failing to preserve a crew for maintenance work at the estates.This is the view of former Agriculture Minister Leslie Ramsammy, who said that the total severance of all sugar workers was short-sighted and reckless.“It exposes the ineptitude of the Board and the Management of GuySuCo and the Ministry of Agriculture for not recognising that certain staffing had to be retained for the closed estates. The closed estates are expensive and valuable assets which still remain properties of GuySuCo and the Government and, are assets that belong to the people,” Ramsammy asserted.The bid invitation is asking for suitably qualified and experienced bidders to undertake the provision of labour to operate GuySuCo’s excavators at the Wales, East Demerara, Rose Hall and Skeldon estates; a move which Ramsammy said angered him because when the estates were closed, there were experienced excavator operators who were dismissed. These operators, he stated, were among thousands of sugar workers who lost their jobs and are now experiencing difficulties providing for their families.“It would appear to me that at this time when GuySuCo realises it needs these experienced operators, GuySuCo would seek them out, rather than be tendering for bidders to provide operators. It is a continued demonstration of disregard and disrespect for workers who served GuySuCo in the past,” he posited.Former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie RamsammyAbandonment of valuable propertyAccording to the former Agriculture Minister, the closure of the estates was handled likened to that as an abandonment of valuable property.“Closure should never have meant abandonment. Maintenance work had to be preserved for more than one reason. Firstly, the closed estates represent properties which have value and that value can only be preserved if the properties were maintained. Instead, the Ministry of Agriculture and GuySuCo’s Board and management walked away from the estates, with a posture of abandonment. This is not just another example of ineptitude and mismanagement, this is misconduct in office,” he stressed.Further, Ramsammy pointed out that even drainage and irrigation (D&I) workers in these estates should have been kept because while the estates were closed, the drainage and irrigation canals had to be fully maintained since they also represented part of the overall agriculture D&I and residential drainage network.In fact, he noted the dam system was not exclusive to sugar and was used for other community needs, which is one of the reasons he had argued that GuySuCo’s high cost of production was also caused by obligations to provide for non-sugar services.The former Agriculture Minister went on to outline that shortly after public outrage over the closure of the estates, Government, through the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) established by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), announced that all four of the closed estates would be offered for divestment to the Private Sector.President David Granger“So how could these estates attract the best price if we are offering abandoned properties for sale? In the first place, we would be able to attract a better price for the estates if they were ongoing operations. But since the factories were closed and the fields were not used for cane cultivation anymore, the very least GuySuCo could have done, if there was a serious privatisation effort, was to ensure the properties were maintained,” Ramsammy contended.Costly mechanismNow three years later, he added, GuySuCo realises that maintenance work is needed. The former Minister said the haste to find excavator operators at this time seems to be catalysed by two important motives – first, another mechanism for sweetheart deals, that is, giving contracts to Government’s “favourite contractors” and, second, the impending elections which have forced the Government into ensuring signs of economic activity are visible.“I find it curious and worrisome that GuySuCo is presently seeking “experienced bidders” to provide labour to operate excavators owned by GuySuCo for work in the four closed estates… My curiosity has become worrisome because this advertisement appears as a strategy to hand out a contract to someone who will provide persons to operate these GuySuCo excavators. Upfront, I am suspicious because this appears to be another example of using GuySuCo’s scarce resources to distribute yet another sweetheart transaction,” he asserted.According to Ramsammy, GuySuCo is not trying to hire persons who are experienced in operating excavators, but is seeking to contract a bidder who will then provide operators for GuySuCo’s excavators. This, he pointed out, would mean a more costly mechanism for excavator services in the closed estates.Since the closure of the four estates, leaving more than 7000 sugar workers jobless, Government has moved to divestment the facilities. United Kingdom (UK) company, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), was subsequently contracted to carrying out valuations of GuySuCo’s assets up for sale and has since invited expressions of interest from potential buyers.Initially, 10 expressions of interest were submitted in November but only five companies eventually entered bids. There are Guygulf International Trading Development Industrial and Financial LLC (Nand Persaud and Co Ltd) for Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall estates; Liberty Investments Inc for Enmore Estate; Industrial Equipment Sales and Services Incorporation (IESS) for Rose Hall Estate; Kadem Sugars Inc for Rose Hall Estate, and D Rampersaud and Co Ltd for Skeldon Estate.last_img read more

first_imgPASADENA – Until Tiffany & Co. moved in across the street, Old Pasadena’s chic jewelry boutique was the pawn shop on the corner of Raymond Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Now Crown City Loan and Jewelry, one of the last remnants of the old Old Pasadena, is moving off the main drag, leaving the 35er, an adult bookstore and a little Mexican restaurant as the last connections to a grittier past. Doug Robinson bought the 50-year-old business in 1989 when the area was “a little seedy,” and said he has mixed feelings about moving to new digs at 95 N. Arroyo Parkway. “I’m very sad, and feel bad about it,” said Robinson, a “people person” who said he’ll miss the constantly changing street scene outside the window. “But we own this building and the time has come to develop it and bring in a major tenant.” Redevelopment – probably retail or a restaurant and executive offices or condos – may take a couple of years, Robinson said; he plans to open his new shop, close to the Memorial Park Gold Line Station, in about six months and operate both until plans are in place. It may be harder to figure out what the new store is selling – no signs can say “pawn shop” as one of four city conditions of approval – but Robinson expects a lot of his regulars will follow him there. Steve Mulheim, president and CEO of the Old Pasadena Management District, said he’s happy the pawn shop will stay just within district boundaries, but it was time to bring something “new and exciting” to the prime site. Since the building at 65 E. Colorado Blvd. is a rare example of a commercial building designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene, Robinson and Mulheim said redevelopment will include preservation of remaining elements of the original construction. “With the relocation of the business, the building itself will begin a rejuvenation … and it’s obvious a renovated Greene and Greene building is going to attract a good retail tenant,” Mulheim said. Richard Bruckner, the city’s director of development, said Old Pasadena has “retained its authentic and real qualities” even with the exit of small local businesses and the proliferation of trendy, upscale chain stores. “Much of retail has made the transition, and that reflects the rent structure, which has increased significantly … and makes it harder for local businesses to compete,” Bruckner said. “But many restaurants are locally owned and operated.” Depending on location, rents in Old Pasadena range from a low of about $5 to $6 per square foot to a high of $9, according to officials. Robinson, who runs the business with his son Todd, said he plans to concentrate on jewelry, cameras and collectibles in the new store. “We’re going to be getting out of hard goods, guitars, electronics, tools,” he said. “In pawn shops in rural areas and small towns you see furniture, appliances, clothing – we have never really been into that.” The pawn business has “changed drastically” over his 20-year career, Robinson said. Regulations, including thumb-printing clients, mean “no thief worth his salt” would try to bring in stolen goods, he said. But people stay much the same. “In bad times, you see more than anything a change in the faces, if you will,” Robinson said. “People from different walks of life become our customers.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgBut German handler Rohr has warned over complacency.“The coach can change, but the players and his assistants are still there, so it won’t be an easy game because they changed the coach,” Rohr said.“Sometimes it’s even more difficult when a new coach joins the team because the players then want to show what they can do.”Israel-based midfielder John Ogu said the Super Eagles are more concerned with winning the two games against the north Africans than on the issue with their coach.“We won’t be carried away by their problems,” he said.“These things happen in football. We just want to remain focused because our target is to get the three points on Saturday before we start thinking of the next game on Tuesday.”Libya sit top of Group E with four points from two matches, South Africa are second also on four points with Nigeria third on three points.Three-time African champions Nigeria, who have failed to qualify for the last two Africa Cups, face Libya in the reverse game in Sfax, Tunisia, on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Adel Amrouche hasABUJA, Nigeria, Oct 11 – Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes the sudden resignation of Libya coach Adel Amrouche could motivate their rivals even more ahead of a crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.Amrouche quit as Libya coach just days before the clash in Uyo, southern Nigeria, over unpaid wages.last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL have conquered another nation – after being crowned All-Scotland Champions.The Tir Chonaill Harps, based in Glasgow, lifted the title for the first time in 12 years with victory over Dunedin Connollys.You can read the report here: Pictured above with the Scottish version of the Sam Maguire is Maurice Friel from Oughterlin, Rathmullan and Daniel “Harry” Gallagher from Glenswilly.  IN PICTURES: TIR CHONAILL HARPS WIN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: October 21st, 2012 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:IN PICTURES: TIR CHONAILL HARPS WIN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPlast_img read more

first_imgChurch Gate Collections across Donegal today and tomorrow (SAT AND SUN) will be in aid of Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital.A spokesman for ‘The Friends’ has confirmed that a permit has been granted and that your support is sincerely appreciated.   CHURCH GATE COLLECTION FOR FRIENDS OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: October 11th, 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:Church gate CollectionsFriends of Letterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

first_imgThe Pre-Christmas Sale at Garrett O’Donnell Pharmacy in Glenties has seen crowds flocking from all over to pick up incredible bargains.Garrett O’Donnell Pharmacy has built up a brilliant reputation for Christmas gift bargains, and their annual mega sale which began yesterday has seen stock flying out the door.There are just two days left in the sale, which continues today, Friday 18th, and Saturday 19th of November 2016.  With amazing value already in the store, there will be an additional 20% off all front of shop stock. Customers are picking up everything from the front of shop and getting an extra 20% taken off at the till.With a huge range of well-known brands such as Yankee, Max Factor and Vichy, this is the essential opportunity for everyone to get a piece of the action.Garrett O’DonnellFor the past two years, people have travelled miles to grasp some amazing value across all Christmas stock and everyday items from Garrett and his team. Also stockists of a wide range of new and popular perfume, Garrett O’Donnell Pharmacy is the only place to be this Christmas. All year round, they are your local stockists of hot products, such as, bloggers’ favourite, Blank Canvas Cosmetics, the famous Pippa Pallet, SoSu nail, face and lash products, Sleek Make Up and the divine Sanctuary Spa.For the farmers out there, we have a hugely popular Veterinary Department, stocking various brands of Sheep Dip, Dosing products and treatments and some special treats for our smaller four-legged friends.Always on hand to give professional, private advice, Garrett will be treating us all to a wonderful weekend of fun, excitement and amazing value for your money.Check out Garrett O’Donnell Pharmacy on Facebook, for more information or call Garrett on 0749551289 for further information! This pharmacy’s pre-Christmas sale is to good to be missed! was last modified: November 18th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/19/bang_978a7519-05ad-4da3-8165-01a9d650b659″]Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry says a focused mindset was the differences between Thursday’s 132-105 win against the Clippers and the previous upset in Game 2.At the postgame news conference, he said a gameplan that focused on Kevin Durant jump started the team, and they focused on playing better defense without the turnovers. Durant’s offense combined with more efficient play on both sides of the ball …last_img read more