Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Reyes said Alessandrini still has to undergo her two-week rehabilitative therapy and a possible surgery if the knee doesn’t hold up but UST’s mentor would much rather have his star player sit the remainder of the season.“It would be much better at my end that she will sit out this season,” said Reyes Tuesday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion. “Again the most important thing is she heals quickly but as of now we want to see her rest the season out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’ll wait for the doctor’s advise and on our part we’ll do everything for the kid’s welfare because not everything’s about the UAAP of course we’re also thinking about her future.”Alessandrini suffered the injury on Saturday in the second set against Far Eastern University when she landed awkwardly that led her knee to buckle. 3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:31Typhoon Kammuri lashes the Philippines02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES There was an earlier prospect that Alessandrini, Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, could play with a knee brace after the two-week rehab but Reyes would much rather play it safe.“This is a process and see how her body responds and if she’s mentally ready then why not? But I’d rather have her rest the season,” said Reyes.“We won’t gamble Milena’s health just for the sake of winning because if things go bad the kid’s career will be affected.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach Kung Fu Reyes wants to sit out Milena Alessandrini for the rest of the season after the star sophomore suffered a knee injury four games into the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Alessandrini’s MRI results showed a partial tear on the anterior cruciate ligament, a Grade 3 sprain of the medial collateral ligament and the collateral ligament knee.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Mr. Editor,After carefully reading Christiana Tah’s resignation letter, I could not resist adding my 2 cents to the discussion. It is clear that the legally-minded Madam was economical with the truth, especially after six years at the head of the Justice Ministry. Like many flunkies, Chris Tah wants us to believe her “righteousness indignation” that she was a supreme legal mind, making changes in Liberia’s judicial landscape. This is far from reality. Exhibiting an inflated sense of self-importance, she displayed a deep-seated arrogance towards her boss and to use her word loosely “collegiality” of executive peers.When did she realize that she presided over the “rhetoric of the rule of law?” can she spell rule of law? It is evident that Madam Tah did not understand her terms of reference and duties as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General. It is only in her twisted mind that she believes the National Security Agency (Liberia’s intelligence service) is subject to her authority and should be investigated by her. One senior security expert familiar with the Liberian security sector shared with me that from the days of Patrick Minikon to date, the NSA has been answerable only to the President of the Republic of Liberia, coupled with legislative oversight.My Justice Ministry contact described the recent complains of the former Justice Minister of not investigating the NSA as dishonest and manipulative. My contact said specific allegations were made against agents of the NSA and not its Director Fombah Sirleaf. Contact said the NSA had turned over all pieces of evidence to the former Justice Minister, who appeared not satisfied with the cooperation but in vindictive spirit wanted to damage the reputation of the Agency and its Director. My contact noted that NSA was cooperating fully with the Jallah Commission.The fact is Madam Tah had so many other cases to investigate and prosecute. What stopped her for the last six years from going after these cases? What did she do to correct the perennial accusation against the police force as seen in the Amnesty International, Transparency International and Human Rights reports? What legal brief did she provide the President in exercising the constitutional duties under the Public Health Laws to fight Ebola? She fell flat on her face, because she chose to misinterpret our laws, collaborate with felonious attorneys-at-law to frustrate cases form the LACC and harass professional security experts, who dare provide a counter argument to her disingenuous views of our civil and criminal laws.What is the Justice Ministry doing with an intelligence budget, when their role is supervisory and certainly not operational? Has she accounted to the National Legislature on how those monies were spent and the effect on Mother Liberia? The Ministry is a big department that had some many moving parts that needed to be upgraded and fully functional.What did she do about building the competence and capacities of the Justice Ministry? Sorry the “coming out of war” excuse will not hold water.As Dean of the Supreme Court, humility is an expected quality of all those who hold that authority. It is with good sense that the Bench gave Chris Tah the legal spanking that was long overdue. One wonders what she scored in jurisprudence as a law student. She lost more cases at the Supreme Court than any other Justice Minister recent history. In fact, no one can recall seeing Christiana Tah ever pleading at any court in Liberia. She misbehaved and refused to do the honorable thing-resign. Her greed was too overpowering.Liberia has seen Opinions of Attorney-Generals from Louis Arthur Grimes to James A. A. Pierre, providing the width and breath of legal thinking during different administrations. One wonders what Christiana Tah’s opinion, if any, would read like? What did she counsel on the Chronicle case, human trafficking case, Nov. 7th, 2011 shooting, ect?Fellow Liberians, the latter-day resignation is the handiwork of an ungrateful egotist, driven by the octopus of arrogance, greed, deceit, disingenuity, mischief, unprofessionalism, manipulation and over-weaning pride. We breathe a heavy sigh of relief with the exit of Christiana Tah from Government and hope she does not surface any time soon in any national leadership role as her stint is poor example of public service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Parliamentary Opposition has noted, with deep concern, the increasing deficit in the country’s balance of payments, which it says will continue to have serious implications for the local economy.Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali has said these rising deficits are mainly due to lower export receipts, resulting from lower revenue from export earnings.Opposition MP Irfaan AliAs a result of this unprecedented increase, the Government still has to finance these deficits. As such, the Government has been tapping into the Gross International Reserves to finance these deficits.“Our overall balance of payments moved to a deficit of US$46 million from a surplus of US$12.1 million, and this was mainly as a result of the deficit of the Current Account of US$101.1,” Ali revealed.Ali went on to state that if one were to look at the local forestry sector as well, one would recognise that that sector has seen a decline of over 80 per cent. And this decline from 2014 to date has cost the country US$5.8 million. The Opposition MP said this same crisis exists in other key sectors.“The deficit in sugar, for example, is $6.3 billion, and you can add this up and at the end you will imagine not having this amount of revenue in the economy circulating, what it means to the ordinary people and the various industries,” he said.The former housing minister also highlighted that there has been an increase in non-performing loans, which tells a very sad story that things are not right. Ali believes the economy is now reeling from the damage imposed on it by Government since assuming office over two years ago.“We have increases in essential goods and services. We have decline in the productive and financial sectors and services sector, and declining revenues coming in,” he added.Even with increased production in the key traditional sectors, data compiled in the recent mid-year Finance Ministry Report has clearly shown that the economy is eroding at a fast rate.In light of this, Ali pointed out, as foreign exchange tanks, imports will become relatively expensive. “Overall, imported goods would become relatively expensive, hence stoking inflation in the process,” he contended.Ali noted that net foreign reserve plummeted from US$633 million in June 2016 to US$574 million in mid-2017; the lowest ever recorded in over seven years.“In other words, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government destroyed in two years what the PPP/C [People’s Progressive Party] took to amass in seven years. Even more worrisome, external debt increased by US$53 million to US$1,200 million,” he added.The Opposition Member of Parliament said it is also worthwhile to mention that net foreign revenue to external debt ratio had increased from 172 per cent in mid-2016.He added that under the PPP/C Administration, Guyana had the fastest growing economy in the region. He said that from 2006 to 2014, Guyana’s economy experienced continuous positive growth. This was the longest period of uninterrupted growth in the history of Guyana. The average growth rate was 4.5 per cent per annum.In 2014, the last full year of the PPP/C in office, Guyana’s GDP was US$3.1 billion. That was up from US$1.4 billion in 2006, an increase of 121.4 per cent.The country’s Gross International Reserve held at the Bank of Guyana at the end of 2014 was US$665.6 million, which was equivalent to 3.6 months of imports. It was up from US$251.4 million in 2005, an increase of 164.76 per cent.The PPP/C Administration, Ali said, had drastically reduced the huge debt it had inherited from a previous PNC regime, and educed the external debt to just 39.5% of GDP.In this year’s mid-year report, it was stated that the overall balance of payments recorded a deficit of US$46 million during the first half of 2017. According to the report, key traditional products such as sugar, timber, rice, and even gold, have all recorded a decline in export earnings. The Opposition is urging Government to rethink its economic policies so as to bring about greater levelS of development and opportunities.
More pressing now is how UCLA corrects horrid free throw shooting, how it solves a second straight substandard effort, and most glaringly, how Pac-10 player of the year and All-American guard Arron Afflalo will be affected by playing the worst game of his career. “At this point, after losing two games like this, seedings don’t mean much to me anymore,” said Afflalo, who fouled out with three points on 1 of 7 shooting. “It’s all about how you approach the game, and if you can go out there and beat the other team in front of you. We were a No. 1 seed in this tournament and it didn’t make a difference.” Howland said he still expected the Bruins (26-5) to be placed in Sacramento, but followed the path of his players in adding UCLA’s seeding is now irrelevant. “I’m not really worried about (a No. 1 seed) because bottom line, we have to play better than we played in the last two games,” Howland said. “Anybody can beat us on a given day, and I still believe this team can beat anybody on a given day. It’s how we prepare, and so it’s going to get back to fundamentals in everything we do, beginning Saturday when we have our next practice.” Howland was quick to remind everyone this defeat came one week after the Bruins clinched the regular season title, and if this was a one-game happenstance, the tenor of UCLA’s plight would likely be different. In the most shocking result of UCLA coach Ben Howland’s four-year tenure, the Pacific-10 tournament was thrown into turmoil when eighth-seeded California stunned the top seed and fourth-ranked UCLA 76-69 in overtime in Thursday’s quarterfinals at Staples Center. The loss comes after the Bruins lost its regular season finale at Washington, and sweeps away aspirations of gaining a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs. LOS ANGELES – The top seeding in the NCAA Tournament so vital a week ago, now seems meaningless. Discussions of UCLA’s hand-picked road to the Final Four, through Sacramento and San Jose, are tabled for talk about how to fix the broken Bruins. No longer does it matter where the Bruins are sent in the NCAAs, because issues exist well beyond UCLA’s standing in the eyes of the NCAA selection committee. However, this loss came on the heels of a poor effort in at Washington. “It’s all mental,” UCLA point guard Darren Collison said. “If you’re mentally in the game and ready to play, those things shouldn’t affect you. I thought, collectively, we weren’t ready to play.” Cal (16-16) lost both regular season games to the Bruins by a combined 26 points, but now are two wins away from an improbable NCAA berth. The Bears play fourth-seeded Oregon today at 6:20 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
I remember one incident when the town cop chased a car and stopped him a block from our house. My sister and I raced to see what happened. The trunk of the small coupe was opened and inside was a keg. The man got arrested. I never did find out what was in the keg. My experience with Prohibition was through a kid’s-eye view and from all the talk by our elders. My parents, who were rather strait-laced, did not seem to have any opinion. Across the street from my three-story school building was the jail, a small one-story structure. My friends and I often crossed the street and looked into the cells through the front windows. Most prisoners were men who got into trouble from too much drink and got into fights or beat their wives. The jail was used mostly as a place to sober up. President Franklin Roosevelt repealed Prohibition in 1933. The sale and taxation of liquor was turned over to the states, which resulted in a hodgepodge of different laws and taxes. We later moved from the house and the brewery soon reopened. Once again it started selling Bohemian Club Beer, named after the province of Bohemia, where many of the residents had emigrated from. My mother’s parents came from Bohemia, what is now the Czech Republic. About a dozen saloons popped up along Main Street. Two dance halls, Casino and the Hilltop, also opened. Saturday night wedding dances were the norm. Kids were welcome and after the floor was waxed we would slide across it with our leather-soled shoes. Don Peyer is a 43-year Carson resident and a former president of the United Amateur Press Association.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.At the time, Prohibition seemed to be a lost cause. People were going to have their alcohol in spite of the law. Bootleggers and crime flourished, much like the drug dealers and crime today. Home brew was popular. Dad and his friends liked their beer and, with the help of a simple recipe, they brewed their own. A large crock covered by a white cloth was set up behind our kitchen stove where the mixture would be kept warm and out of the way while it fermented. After the allotted time, it was time for bottling. A flow was started in a plastic tube to transfer the brew from the pot to the bottles. When I was about 8 years old my dad gave me the job of capping the brown bottles with a small hand-operated apparatus. The bottled beer was stored in our cellar and occasionally there was an explosion when the pressure was too much for one of the bottles. I don’t think much attention was paid to the making of home brew as long as it wasn’t sold and you didn’t brag about it. Distributing hard liquor was what came under attack. My first experiences with Prohibition happened during the 1920s when I was 4 years old. We moved from a farm in northern Minnesota to a house that belonged to a brew master in Montgomery, Minn., a small town with less than 2,000 residents. The brewery was next to our house. It was a large brick structure that was boarded up and forbidding to a little boy who had moved from the wide open spaces of a farm. On the other corner of the brewery property was an ice house. One day my friends and I found an unlocked door and went inside. The large blocks of ice were once used to cool beer but they were now for iceboxes – the predecessor to the refrigerators. In the winter the ice was taken from the lakes and was sawed into manageable blocks. It was insulated by layers of sawdust to protect it from melting. The property sloped downward from the house. Across the narrow road was a marsh where I chased frogs and picked buttercup bouquets for my mother. In the winter, the slope was a great area for sledding and skiing.
The first half was extremely encouraging and the only thing lacking for Hodgson’s men was a goal. The half-time whistle took the wind out of England’s sails but it was an overall good performance.The late strike came as a cruel blow and Hodgson said his side now have to dust themselves down and go again on Thursday against Chris Coleman’s Wales – live on talkSPORT.Hodgson continued: “At the moment positive is not a word I am keen to use – I am bitterly disappointed.“I thought the support from everybody here was fantastic, I thought we were going to leave this game today having entertained our fans and showed what a good team this is. But again we can’t do that because we conceded in the last minute and I am sure Russia would think themselves fortunate to come away with a point. We feel we could have had, and should have had, a better result.“Every game’s a big game, Slovakia’s a big game too. The fact Wales are in the British Isles doesn’t alter the fact Slovakia, one of the top ranked teams in FIFA not so long ago, will be another tough game.“We’ll prepare for the next one which happens to be Wales and then we’ll prepare for the one after that which is Slovakia and I am hoping the performances will get us enough points to keep us in the competition.”READ MORE: Further violence as England fans attacked in Stade VelodromeREAD MORE: Three Lions player ratings – Who impressed in the Euro 2016 opener? 1 Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTRoy Hodgson says Russia’s late equaliser was a ‘bitter pill to swallow’ for England following their opening Euro 2016 match in Group B.The Three Lions began the tournament with a 1-1 draw at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome, after Vasili Berezutski’s injury-time header denied them victory.An overall impressive performance, England looked to be heading for victory after Eric Dier’s 20-yard free-kick beat Igor Akinfeev, fizzing into the top corner. With just minutes left, the Russians levelled the scores with a looping header that beat Joe Hart, but Hodgson refused to say his side were robbed.Speaking to talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley, the 68-year-old said: “It was such a good goal they scored, but I feel it was a harsh – or bitter – pill to swallow because we’d done more than enough to win the game – even if it was only 1-0.“But the fact we couldn’t get that second goal – which I thought our play probably deserved for long, long periods of the game – always means in those last few minutes, if they pile players forward, if they are lucky enough you are going to go away disappointed.“I’m bitterly disappointed for the players, but we’ll pick ourselves up from it and I am sure when we analyse the game we will get plenty of positive things from it.”England have one of the youngest squads at this summer’s tournament, with the likes of 19-year-old Dele Alli, 22-year-old Dier and Kane, 22 in the starting XI against Leonid Slutsky’s side. But the manager refused to blame his youthful players for conceding late on.“No [it wasn’t owing the goal to inexperience and in-game management], it’s trying to suggest something that had nothing to do with the goal.“It didn’t come through any mismanagement – it came from a good cross which Chris Smalling brilliantly headed out. It was something he needed to do and then Jack Wilshere headed the corner out well, the ball got transferred, a player showed remarkable skill to move the ball past James Milner and cross it in the same movement and the guy produced a perfect header.“It hasn’t an awful lot to do with game management because from the corner we hadn’t been able to get the ball back. Had we been able to, I’m sure we’d been able to manage it.”
Homicide detectives were investigating today the death of a man whose dismembered body was found stuffed in plastic bags in a shopping cart in Panorama City, police said. The remains, which had not been identified this afternoon, were found Sunday in the 8600 block of Langdon Street about 2 p.m. Residents called the Los Angeles Fire Department to report what appeared to be dead animal remains. The cause and mode of death are pending the results of an autopsy, scheduled for later this week. “It was a pretty grisly sight, a torso and limbs, but no head,” Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon wrote in a prepared statement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Vernon said the man appeared to be white or Hispanic and an adult, but no other details were available. Coroner investigators believe the man had been dead several days. Anyone with information is asked to call Mission station homicide detectives at (818) 838-9800. On weekends and during off hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A man went berserk and attacked his friend with a hammer after they fell out while watching a Conor McGregor UFC fight night.Mark Bogle attended a friend’s house in Raphoe, Co Donegal to enjoy an evening watching the Irish fighter come up against rival Nate Diaz. Words were exchanged with another man, Ryan McCullagh but the incident calmed down.However, Bogle, aged 20, left the house at Guest House End Street, and took a claw hammer from his father’s home and returning before attacking Mr McCullagh.The victim was struck with one blow to the head and had to be rushed to Letterkenny University Hospital following the attack on August 21st, 2016.Garda Inspector Sean Grant told Letterkenny District Court that Mr McCuallagh had to have his head “glued back together.”Despite suffering from dizzy spells, the victim has now made a full recovery.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Frank Dorrian said his client, of Railway Road, Raphoe, had no previous convictions and cannot explain why he attacked Mr McCullagh.“This is a serious incident but my client is at a loss as to why it happened. The issue had passed and it was considered trivial after a row erupted over football.“There was no pattern in the past and he has no previous convictions and he has apologised to the victim,” he said.Mr Dorrian added that his client has an issue with drink and is trying to address his problem with counselling, having not taken a drink since the attack.Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr Dorrian is his client was of the will to compensate the injured party and ordered him to start by paying Mr McCuallagh’s medical bill of €150.Judge Kelly adjourned the case to allow for a probation report on the accused.Man attacked friend with hammer in row during McGregor fight night was last modified: October 10th, 2017 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:Conor McGregorFightUFC
The Swilly Seals travelled to Downpatrick on Saturday last to take on Lecale A.S.C. The Seals had been on a roll having not been defeated in their last 12 meets. This competition was very close and competitive throughout with both teams equal on points after the medley relays. The individual races saw both teams share wins and in the freestyle relays the seals were more dominant.This being the first loss in almost three seasons the swilly seals swimmers can take great pride in the way they fought for every point. There was excellent swims across the board with massive personal best times achieved. In the end the Co Down club edged it with a very fine margin of 582 to 562. A big thanks to all the parents and coaches that travelled and helped out with timekeeping and organization. a big thank you also to Lecale for their usual warm welcome and hospitality.The next Provincial Towns meet is away to Newry and Mourne on 23rd January. Some swimmers are in action again this Sunday in Newry for the Swim Ulster Development Meet series meet one.SWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS’ UNBEATEN RUN COMES TO AN END was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 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:donegalletterkennySwilly Seals