first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Mike Tolomia also was solid off the bench with  15 points and four boards, while import Arinze Onuaku registered a double-double with his 15 points, 23 rebounds, five assists, and three steals.Meralco zoomed ahead in the first half, establishing the 53-35 halftime lead that ballooned to 24, 64-40, early in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I thought we were able to focus on our defense, especially in the first half. Overall, our defense was very solid,” said coach Norman Black as the Bolts frustrated the Road Warriors to shoot 33-percent in the first two periods.Arnett Moultrie got 25 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, and four steals to lead NLEX, while Kiefer Ravena went for 21 points and 10 assists. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Their efforts, however, weren’t enough to stop the Road Warriors’ skid to fall deeper in the cellar at 0-3.The Scores:MERALCO 106 — Newsome 30, Onuaku 15, Tolomia 15, Amer 10, Caram 10, Dillinger 10, Hodge 7, Canaleta 5, Baracael 4, Ballesteros 0, Hugnatan 0.NLEX 90 — Moultrie 25, Ravena 21, Quiñahan 18, Mallari 10, Baguio 6, Tiongson 5, Al-Hussaini 2, Fonacier 2, Ighalo 1, Buenafe 0, Miranda 0, Monfort 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.Quarters: 24-12, 53-35, 83-66, 106-90.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChris Newsome had a stellar night and delivered Meralco a 106-90 victory over NLEX Friday in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The athletic swingman uncorked 30 points on an ultra-efficient 12-of-17 shooting that went with eight rebounds to lead the Bolts to the bounce back victory to improve to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Vic Manuel all fired up as he puts his injury behind him Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The idea of more or even unlimited coaches’ challenges is not new, but could have stronger support now. Also, the league is reluctant to expand replays for officiating because it would slow games even further.The competition committee will present teams’ proposals and some of its own to the 32 owners at the league meetings March 24-27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSeveral teams are proposing major moves.Washington wants any play to be subject to coaches’ challenges or to automatic review by the officiating department in New York. The Redskins also suggested that all personal fouls be subject to review, while Kansas City added potential personal fouls that were not called on the field be looked at. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying No. 3 UNC tops No. 4 Duke to earn share of ACC title Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’ PLAY LIST 01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:17Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash02:14Carpio 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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints’ Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. NFL teams have proposed major changes to replay and overtime after a season of consistent criticism of officiating and which plays can be challenged or automatically reviewed. The competition committee will present teams’ proposals and some of its own to the 32 owners at the league meetings March 24-27. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)NFL teams proposed major changes to replay and overtime on Saturday after a season of consistent criticism of officiating and which plays can be challenged or automatically reviewed.Among the proposals teams have made to the league’s competition committee are an increase in the number of plays subject to video replay review and a change to the overtime format.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Philadelphia seeks scoring plays and turnovers negated by a penalty be immediately reviewed, and Denver suggests adding all fourth-down plays that are spotted short of a first down or the goal line, and all extra-point tries.The Rams, Panthers, Seahawks and Eagles want to include reviews of designated player safety-related fouls whether called or not on the field.Kansas City proposes that both teams possess the ball at least one time in overtime even if the first team with the ball scores a touchdown.The Chiefs also want to eliminate overtime for the preseason, and get rid of the overtime coin toss so that the winner of the coin toss to begin the game may choose whether to kick or receive, or which goal to defend in OT.Fans and many media members have vociferously expressed displeasure with the current system regarding coaches’ challenges since a blown call late in the NFC championship game — officials missed a blatant pass interference penalty and a helmet-first hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman deep in Los Angeles territory. The non-calls helped Los Angeles force overtime and eventually win the game to reach the Super Bowl.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments But New York Giants owner John Mara said last month at the NFL combine that the powerful competition committee might not feel the same way.“I just don’t sense a lot of support to use replay to call penalties. I don’t sense a lot of support for the expansion of it, either,” Mara said. “We’re early on, so that might change, but that’s my sense of where we are right now. I’m not saying it won’t change.”While the league is wary of expanded replays, the Eagles’ suggestion on scoring plays and turnovers negated by penalty being reviewed could garner support.Kansas City’s overtime proposals also stem from recent developments, including the Chiefs losing the AFC championship after rallying to tie New England. The Patriots won the coin toss, drove downfield and scored a touchdown without KC ever touching the ball.The 2017 Super Bowl ended in similar fashion.Denver recommended an alternative to onside kicks by allowing a team once during the fourth quarter to play offense instead. That team must notify the referee of its intention to forgo a kickoff or safety kick. The ball will be spotted on the kicking team’s 35-yard line and that team will have one down to gain 15 yards, essentially a fourth-and-15 play. If the play succeeds in gaining a first down, that team keeps possession as if it recovered an onside kick.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

first_imgAlmost one year after Government announced that it would be registering all State-owned vehicles with Co-operative Republic of Guyana (CRG) number plates, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has stated that Government was still in the process of appointing a contractor.Harmon told media operatives at the post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has had about four or five consultations and was expected to have another in the coming weeks. He noted that when that was completed, a decision would be taken on who would be selected to carry out the project.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon“We are at that stage now, where we are at the point of selecting a contractor for the job,” he stated, adding that his Administration is keeping an open mind since it did not want to shut anyone out.On this note, the Minister of State disclosed that the proposals Government has been receiving were quite impressive.“Companies are coming forward and some of them are making some impressive reports on the number plates and the linkage with our smart city programme and things of that nature… So apart from the plates, there is a security dimension which we want to ensure that it all ties in,” he stated.While the Minister did not give much information about these contractors, it was previously reported that both local and overseas companies have expressed interest in producing the number plates.In July last year, Cabinet had approved the use of the CRG registration plates for State-owned vehicles. It also gave its no-objection for the issuance of these registration plates to be a centralised system.The plates will carry special security features to stymie the use of falsely registered plates and enable easier tracking and identification. It is intended that all vehicles to be purchased for use by the State and State agencies will be fitted with the CRG registration plates.Harmon had previously explained that the CRG plates would come into effect after some minor adjustments to the Motor Vehicle Regulations were completed.“You will not have the situation where private number plates are on vehicles, and, therefore, they can be abused by persons and it is not clear to the public that these are Government vehicles,” he noted.According to the Minister of State, this decision was taken in light of the challenges the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government had faced upon its assumption to office last year in recovering some of the assets, including vehicles, misappropriated by officials linked to the previous Administration.“So, as soon as you see a CRG number plate, you will know that it is a State vehicle. So it is going to be easing and aiding in the identification of State-owned vehicles,” Harmon pointed out.He added that the new system would also address those vehicles which belong to the State but persons were holding under private number plates.“We will assign CRG numbers to those vehicles… Once you have a CRG registered vehicle, but you have a private number plate on it, then the Police can actually go and seize that vehicle from you, because it belongs to the State.”last_img read more

first_imgHouse Chief Clerk: “I can only say that there will be no next session.”Today’s anticipated extraordinary session which should have started the “transaction of business” for the House of Representatives and the Senate with majority members constituting a quorum, has been postponed.Both Chambers of the two Houses will remain closed until a pivotal decision referencing the President’s propositions is harmonized.The Daily Observer earlier reported that President George M. Weah had delayed the reconvening of the Extraordinary Session on Tuesday, moving it by two weeks to raise the “needed resources”.Other sources said the deferral of the Special Session would be intended to subsequently reject the reconvening of the Legislature and overrule further inquiry into the alleged “missing L$16 billion.”Additional sources said the Legislature will reconvene in its Second Extraordinary Session on a date the President will propose, and the Session will be a “sideshow or showbiz” in order to aid the Executive to justify and support its claim that there is “No L$16 billion missing.”However, others believe that the top agenda for the reconvening of the Second Extraordinary Session should be the ratification of the US$2.5 billion swap deal between the Government of Liberia and the China Roads and Bridge Corporation.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday Bong County District #6 Representative, Moima Briggs-Mensah confirmed the deferral of the Special Session but did not disclose the reason for the rescheduling.Chief Clerk Mildred Siryon confirmed the cancellation of today’s session but did not say whether an Extraordinary Session has been rescheduled for October 23. “I can only say that there will be no next session,” Ms. Siryon said via mobile phone yesterday also.Article 29 of the Constitution said the legislative power of the Republic shall be vested in the Legislature which shall consist of two separate houses: A Senate and a House of Representatives, both of which must pass all legislation, and must be enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Liberia.As to whether the Senate might begin session today amid the House’s decision to delay, it has not been confirmed up to press time as Senate Secretary J. Nanborlah Singbeh could not be reached.However, the Constitution provides that a House can begin session ahead of the other House and also neither House can adjourn session for more than five days without the consent of the other as well as both Houses shall always sit in the same city, in accordance to Article 40.The 1st Session of the 54th Legislature started on the second working Monday, January 15, and ended on Friday, August 31, 2018. In order to discuss and act upon matters of national concern, the Legislature extended its annual constituency break from Saturday, September 1, to Saturday, September 15, 2018.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_imgBut customers still have to pay more for Tailwind. Tailwind’s running shoe, which uses a honeycomb gel that compresses on impact, is about 20 percent more expensive than footwear without much technology, according to Clare Hamill, president and CEO of Exeter. Tailwind collection, which consist of five styles, including one running version as well as athletic sandals and slip-ons, hit 400 Payless stores on Monday, and will be expanded to 1,500 Payless stores by July. By year-end, executives said they plan to have the collection, which includes a $19.99 athletic sandal, in all 4,600 Payless stores. Footwear and accessories for girls will be added in July, and the partners are considering plans to expand the Tailwind brand to men’s and boys performance footwear. Nike’s athletes Brandi Chastain, 38, a World Cup champion; Hope Solo, 25, Olympic soccer goalie and Logan Tom, 25, an Olympic volleyballer are the spokeswomen for the brand and will be featured in its marketing materials and videos on the Web site called tailwind.payless.com. Nike created Exeter to carve out a niche in the low-price athletic shoe market and has such brands as Starter, which is sold mostly at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and SHAQ, a basketball shoe that is sold to multiple mass retailers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Discount shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc. has paired up with a subsidiary of Nike Inc. to market a high-performance $34.99 running sneaker, a move that both companies hope will take advantage of a highly lucrative market. Under the terms of the multiyear deal, Exeter Brands Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nike, will design and produce the shoes under the Tailwind collection, while Payless will serve as the exclusive retailer. Company executives, who were showcasing Tailwind products Monday for the press, declined to comment on potential sales volume, but Marshal Cohen, chief analyst at NPD Group Inc., a Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research company, said that the Tailwind shoe is breaking new ground in the $3.5 billion mass, athletic shoe market because of the footwear’s technology. “This takes the low end to a new extreme,” Cohen said, noting that what’s being offered in the high-performance athletic footwear sold at mass chains isn’t high-tech. last_img read more

first_imgA second man has appeared in court charged in connection with a fire which caused an estimated half a million euro of damage in Letterkenny.Owen McFadden, aged 40, from Falcarragh, appeared at a special sitting of Sligo District Court this morning.He is accused of one charge of burglary and nine charges of criminal damage. He was remanded in custody to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Monday.A second man, Paul McGinley, aged 30, of Gortahork, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court on Friday morning.Nine cars were destroyed and two businesses suffered severe smoke damage following a blaze in an underground car park at Rosemount Lane in the early hours of Thursday morning last.Residents in an upstairs apartment block had to flee thick black smoke which gushed through their flats. Friday’s court was told that up to HALF A MILLION euro in damage was caused in the blaze.Second man charged in connection with massive Letterkenny blaze was last modified: October 1st, 2016 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)last_img read more

first_img14 October 2010More than five million lives can be saved in the next five years if governments and donors invest fully in a new global plan to stop tuberculosis launched in Johannesburg, Berlin and Geneva this week by the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Partnership.The Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015 is action-oriented and, for the first time, identifies all the research gaps that need to be filled to bring rapid TB tests, faster treatment regimes and a fully effective vaccine to the market.The plan also provides a clear roadmap for addressing drug-resistant TB, calling for 7-million people to be tested for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), and for one million confirmed cases to be treated according to international standards over the next five years.“The Global Plan to Stop TB provides an urgently needed blueprint to cut global TB deaths by half,” Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement this week.“In South Africa we have embarked on an ambitious agenda for reducing the toll of TB on our people, and we are committed to meeting the Global Plan’s targets. We call on world leaders to invest in the plan, which can help move us towards ridding the world of TB.”Universal access to TB careThe Stop TB Partnership was established in 2001, building on the Stop TB Initiative that was launched by World Health Organization in 1998. It has over 1 400 partners from around the world, representing both government initiatives and non-governmental organisations.The initiative has the backing of over 30 institutions, both government and private, in South Africa.Launched locally in Alexandra, Johannesburg on Wednesday, the new plan also shows public health programmes how to drive universal access to TB care, including how to modernise diagnostic laboratories and adapt revolutionary TB tests that have recently become available.Speaking at the launch at Pholosho Primary School in Alexandra, Stop TB Partnership coordinating board chairman Rifat Atun said the new plan’s goals included laboratory strengthening, research, and updated targets for TB care.“The plan aims to reduce deaths and TB prevalence,” Atun said. “If we are able to execute the plan, we need to scale up efforts in TB diagnosis, expand capacity to laboratories and develop new vaccines.”The plan calls for US$37-billion for implementation of TB care globally between 2011 and 2015. A funding gap of about $14-billion – approximately $2.8-billion per year – will remain, and needs to be filled by international donors.SA ‘making progress’Gauteng Health and Social Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu said at the launch that South Africa was among the 22 countries that bore 80% of the burden of TB worldwide. However, the country had made progress in getting rid of TB, with the numbers of infected people declining.“We’ve accepted the responsibility of scaling up the fight against TB, HIV and Aids,” Mahlangu said. “We urge the Southern African Developing Community to invest in this plan to help get rid of TB. It’s possible for us to stop it.”John Tedstrom, CEO of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said the plan’s re-launch was desperately needed.“TB is bigger than anyone, but combining forces, we can stop it,” Tedstrom said.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgArsenal’s French coach Arsene Wenger has ruled out leaving the English football club at the end of the current season, insisting he will always respect his contract.After a disappointing campaign this season, and with one year to go on his contract, Wenger has been called on to leave the club, especially after the recent 1-1 English Premier League substandard home draw against Crystal Palace last Sunday, reports Efe.According to the Mirror, Wenger insisted in a press conference on Wednesday that he has no plans to walk away this summer and said, “I do not want to come back on that, I respect always my contract”.Wenger, who was then pressed if there was any chance he could go replied, “Look, I’ve just answered your question.”Arsenal is expecting over 50,000 to turn up for Thursday’s home clash with West Bromwich Albion, but it will be short of the 60,000 capacity at the Emirates Stadium.Wenger added, “Look, everybody is free to do what he wants with his season ticket. We have to live with that. It’s a Thursday night, it’s unusual (for a kick-off time).””We just had a disappointing result at home, maybe that plays a part as well. First of all it’s not experienced yet and we have to live with that,” he said.Arsenal will host West Bromwich Albion on Thursday in the 34th round of the Premier League, as they hold the fourth spot in the standings with 60 points.last_img read more

first_imgThakur announces formation of a combined team from North East Shillong, Jun 1 (PTI) In their bid to unearth talent from the North Eastern states, the BCCI President Anurag Thakur today announced that the board will select a combined team from the region which will play in various national age-group tournaments. The BCCI President visited Nagaland and Meghalaya and met with officials, coaches and trainees at Dimapur and Shillong where the Under-16 and Under-19 BCCI-NCA camps are underway. Thakur was accompanied by New Area Development Programme officials. “To ensure that youngsters from the region get an opportunity to prove their mettle, a combined North East team would be selected by the National Selectors. The team from the North East will take part in all national-level tournaments conducted by the BCCI across all age groups,” a BCCI release stated. “A tournament of the Associate and Affiliated members will be held in the next two months to select a 15-member team that will participate at the national level,” it further stated. Thakur said the BCCI is committed to handhold North Eastern states and bring them to the mainstream. “I am extremely happy with the two camps organised by the BCCI at Shillong and Dimapur. We have exciting talent coming through and the BCCI will give them a platform to excel. We have taken steps that will lay a solid foundation for cricket development in the North East,” he said. To boost cricket activities in the North East and identify and nurture young talent, the BCCI through its coaching wing, the National Cricket Academy, is conducting camps in Dimapur and Shillong where former national and international cricketers, NCA affiliated coaches, physios, trainers and video analysts are training the shortlisted boys from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Nagaland. Thakur assured support of the BCCI for cricket development in the North East and announced several steps that will help raise the profile of the sport in the region. Thakur said the BCCI will help in setting up a cricket ground and indoor cricket facility in all North East states. The BCCI will also provide ground and gym equipment. PTI KHS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe formula to win against Kings XI Punjab  seems to be to ensure that Hashim Amla scores a century.Both times, the South African reached his hundred, Punjab lost the game.In the match against Gujarat Lions, he hit eight fours and five sixes in his knock of 104 off 60 balls before being trapped in front of the wickets by an well-aimed yorker from pacer Basil Thampi on the penultimate ball of the innings.Riding on his 104, Punjab scored 189/3 from their 20 overs but Gujarat (192/4) chased that down from 19.4 overs with six wickets to spare.Earlier, he had hit an unbeaten 104 off 60 balls against the Mumbai Indians, studded with eight fours and half a dozen sixes — unfortunately Mumbai had won that encounter convincingly by eight wickets.Talking in the mid-innings interview, he sounded positive and was optimistic.”It is always nice to get some runs. Took a bit of time to adjust, got the partnership going with Shaun Marsh. Definitely, we got the partnership going and that set the tone for us. It’s not an easy wicket to bat. The team is really keen to go to the next round, The most important part is to go the final four,” he said.When asked about his style of batting, he said that to him playing good shots is what matters.”Everybody is different, everybody has different styles. For me it is about hitting good shots.”In the intervening matches between the two hundreds, Amla had scores of  1, 16 and 65. He now has scored 420 runs from 10 matches, hitting two centuries and two fifties this season.advertisementAdding to their woes, he will be leaving for national duty and will miss the remaining three matches.The Glenn Maxwell captained side remain on 10 points from 11 matches, and can’t afford to lose a single remaining games to stay in contention for a place in the play-offs.last_img read more