first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 MACAU—The end result of the ugly brawl between the Philippines and Australia during the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers may not have been as shocking as the fight itself.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ LATEST STORIES Almost the entire of the Gilas squad and three Boomers were suspended for a varying number of games, a punishment which NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao believes was fairly given.“Actually, that is fair for me,” said Guiao, a former national team mentor, said in Filipino Thursday after the Road Warriors’ 88-78 win over Xinjiang Guangui in the Asia League Super 8 here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’ve been suspended a few games. I thought they will be suspended for a few more games than what they got. For me, that’s actually okay. We just have to push through this and move on.”Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright are suspended for one game each with Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Andray Blatche, and Troy Rosario given three-game suspensions. View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Roger Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Jio Jalalon are suspended for five games while Calvin Abueva got the hardest hit with a six-game suspension.Of the Gilas players who were present at Philippine Arena only Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, Baser Amer, and June Mar Fajardo were spared.“I guess that’s just my attitude because that’s already over,” said Guiao, whose team will be in the semifinals of the Super 8. “Let’s serve our penalties and move on and learn our lessons from that.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Fiba ban chance for other players to step up for Gilas, says Alapaglast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,GHK Lall in a recent letter in the media conveys that 46 per cent of Afro-Guyanese versus 21 per cent of Indo-Guyanese does not represent an ethnic imbalance within the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).  This is a gross misinterpretation.Of course, lopsided figures such as these show how Afro-Guyanese are wildly overrepresented. And importantly, they fail to reflect Guyana’s demographic breakdown. Such misinterpretation needs to be corrected because it hides a serious problem which will persist if it goes unaddressed.Also, in a show of respect for the Guyanese people, the Chairman of GECOM needs to provide the actual statistical evidence to verify these figures. We cannot trust any information coming out from GECOM when considering the level of corruption that goes on there.Which Guyanese can forget how President Granger hurriedly installed the GECOM Chairman close to midnight?  Why was such an important appointment transacted at such a strange time of the night? This is because President Granger was into an unethical and unfair act. Naturally, such a shady appointment triggers widespread fears that President Granger is determined to stifle our voices, like his party had done for 28 years. So how can we have any confidence in GECOM and President Granger?  Where is the respect by President Granger for his people?It is hard to believe that both President Granger and the GECOM Chairman do not understand that Afro-Guyanese are grossly overrepresented at GECOM but such a racial dynamic works to their advantage and so they will shamelessly resort to immoral tactics to defend such an unfair situation that will enable them to hold onto to power by cruelly stifling our voice. We are concerned that our voice will not be heard at the polls. These people can’t be trusted. And none of this is good for social cohesion and the prosperity of our country.  Amid such gross dishonesty by the A Partnership for National Unity/People’s National Congress (PNC) human beings suffer and our country remains poor.It is also clear that Lall and largely the PNC are ignorant of the fact that Indians are highly intelligent and highly capable people. The reality is that Indians are successful people all over the world. Of course, we possess the requisite qualifications to effectively function at GECOM but we are discriminated against so that the racial dynamics remain in favour of the PNC. Absolutely, like my fellow Indo-Guyanese, I am insulted by how the PNC tramples our rights and then demean us to cover up its immoral behaviours.  This is divisive and cruel.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic represents a segment of the population who has been disrespected and mistreated by the PNC in all of our history. And which Guyanese will doubt that the appointment of the GECOM Chairman together with the racial imbalance at GECOM, plus the 28 years of election rigging under the PNC are not examples of abuse by the PNC.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

first_imgA Liberian-based NGO, Higher Ground International (HGI), working to improve rural communities, has begun the construction of hand pump and sanitation facilities in Arthington, Lower Montserrado County.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Wednesday, May 21 in Arthington, the founder and chief executive officer of HGI, Madam Henrietta White Holder said that the initiative is meant to restore dignity in the lives of rural community residents.“The projects in Arthington are intended to improve the living conditions of the residents after being affected by the civil crisis in Liberia. This is in fulfillment of a dream that we conceived few years ago while in the United States to come back and help our fellow citizens,” she explained.She said that about 10 communities in Arthington that are lacking safe drinking water and sanitation are expected to benefit.“At the moment, we have constructed hand pumps and toilets in three of the communities and with more funding we intend to expand,” she further said.Madam Holder disclosed that, they are expected to embark on an agricultural program in Arthington, upon the completion of the hand pump and sanitation projects.“We have a 150 acres of land earmarked for crop production to create economic opportunities for many residents in the communities. Farmers will be supported in growing crop to raise income,” she said.She said the agricultural project will initially target more than 100 farmers.According to her the program will seek to create processing facility for crop like cassava, adding that the processing house has already been constructed.Madam Holder, however, mentioned transportation difficulties and funding as some challenges confronting their developmental initiatives.Meanwhile, the HGI founder told our reporter that they intend to launch their developmental activities in Arthington this week.She said the program is expected to bring together government officials and some members of political parties.According to her Peace Ambassador George Weah is expected to launch the program.At the same time, residents of Arthington have described the initiative of HGI as a welcoming development.The Artington residents said that that for a very long time, they have lacked safe drinking water and sanitation.The City Mayor of Arthington, Genius White, who also added his impression on the HGI’ initiatives said that the development was timely.“The residents of our city do not have access to safe drinking water. Many times, we drink from the creek which is not safe. Therefore, we are very thankful for the undertaken of the HGI,” he told this paper in his office on Wednesday.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_img aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prestesater first made a name for himself locally as a standout athlete at Glendora. His coaching career was highlighted by a very successful run at San Dimas, where he spent most of his career. Prestesater returned to coaching in 2005, following a brief retirement, and led West Covina to the San Antonio League title in his first season. The Bulldogs were 33-23 in Prestesater’s two seasons, and the 2006 league title was the school’s first since 1994. Prestesater later coached the Tribune team to a win in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic following the season. “I think I did the best I could,” Prestesater said. “I just tried to get the program back to where it should be. I don’t know if they were really together there, so that’s what I tried to do.” Prestesater said he should be fine following surgery and didn’t completely rule out another return to coaching, but said it was unlikely. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “If I knew for sure, then I’d probably come back. If somebody gets that job who I know, I can help them out.” West Covina athletic director Brian Murphy said the search for a replacement will begin immediately. Interest parties should contact Murphy at (626) 859-2900, Ext. 2975. center_img West Covina High School boys basketball coach Gary Prestesater has resigned after two seasons at the school because of back and leg ailments. “It’s hard to go out there and sit down during practice,” said Prestesater, who will have back surgery early next week. “I couldn’t stand in practice. My leg started hurting so bad.” last_img read more

first_img nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dave Call, Gregg’s general manager, said the company has invested about $1 million in changes to the facility to address nuisance odors and to comply with AQMD orders. “I have put forth a good-faith effort and I felt our efforts will be rewarded,” Call said. “I’m encouraged by the board’s decision. We will continue working on projects to improve the number of environmentally friendly materials here at Gregg.” Last April the AQMD issued an order of abatement, the hearing board in November issued 16 requirements that the foundry, located at 10460 Hickson St. near Rio Vista Elementary School, needed to comply with in cleaning up its operations. The requirements included switching to less odorous sand for the company’s molding operations and ceasing casting operations between 3 and 9p.m. Gregg is scheduled to meet with the AQMD hearing board again in July for a progress report. EL MONTE – The South Coast Air Quality Management District has decided to allow an iron foundry to stay in business. The AQMD began monitoring El Monte-based Gregg Industries last February after residents accused it of emitting foul odors into the air. After months of public hearings, the AQMD’s hearing board issued an amended order Tuesday that said odor levels have decreased, residential complaints dropped significantly, from 46 in January to 12 in February, and that the company passed an odor performance demonstration. AQMD officials added they do not expect the order to result in the closure of Gregg Industries. last_img read more

first_imgHe was involved in discussions over a Sh14bn (£100m) sale last summer that did not materialise, and beleaguered manager Chris Coleman admitted this week that Short had lost his passion for the game.“At a club like Sunderland there is incredible passion, and a lot of supporters need people here who care about the club as much as them,” he said.“Therein lies a problem; obviously Ellis wants to sell the club and they recognise that maybe his love for the club was maybe yesterday.”Short gained a controlling interest in the Black Cats in 2008 but did not assume full ownership until 2009, with the club established in the Premier League.He has been through eight managers; Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes and Simon Grayson. Coleman is the ninth.Sunderland travel to relegation rivals Bolton on Tuesday night, four points adrift of safety with 14 games of the season remaining.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ellis Short has had overall control of Sunderland since 2009LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Sunderland owner Ellis Short would be willing to listen to offers of around 7bn (£50m) for the struggling Championship club.The American is desperate to offload the Wearside club, who are second-bottom of the Championship table, and has been inviting offers for over a year.last_img read more

first_img1 Hammers co-chairman David Gold confirmed Andre Ayew had signed West Ham have completed the signing of Swansea forward Andre Ayew.The Ghana international scored 12 Premier League goals for the Swans last season, having joined the club in June 2015.Hammers co-chairman David Gold confirmed the transfer on Twitter, writing: “Andre Morgan Ayew, also known as Dede Ayew is a Ghanaian international, joins West Ham on a four year deal.”Ayew joins West Ham for a club-record fee, reported to be £20million, having agreed a three-year deal.“I am very proud and happy to be at this magnificent club,” Ayew said. “I am happy to be playing for these fans and I hope to make the people very happy here.“The club have a lot of ambition and have a great manager. They want to become a bigger club every year and with the new stadium and a new training ground, you can feel they are moving onto another level and I want to be part of this project.“I want to train hard, do my job and show that I deserve to play for West Ham United. I want to give back to the manager and the fans the confidence they are showing me.”Ayew, who played alongside Dimitri Payet at Marseille before joining Swansea on a free transfer last year, becomes West Ham’s sixth signing of the summer as they prepare for their opening campaign at the London Stadium.Striker Ashley Fletcher, midfielder Havard Nordtveit, and wingers Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore have already joined the Hammers this summer, while French left-back Arthur Masuaku was also announced on a four-year deal earlier on Monday.center_img I am delighted to announce the transfer of outstanding Ghana forward Andre Ayew for a Club-record £20.5M fee. dg pic.twitter.com/4Hh4aCsgmG— David Gold (@davidgold) August 8, 2016last_img read more

first_imgFinn HarpsFINN HARPS fans have blasted what they have called a small number of Derry City ‘supporters’ over vandalism at Finn Park during Friday’s 2-1 win for the Donegal side.The ’54 Crew’ group of Harps fans issued a statement in which they said they believed those responsible were not ‘real’ City fans.“A number of flags as part of our display on the river end (a restricted area), were torn, stolen and pissed on by a group of thugs we wouldn’t even class as Derry City FC supporters,” they said. They said the flag ‘Super Harps’ was “stolen by a group of scumbags who smartly posted apicture of themselves online holding it”.The statement went on: “The flag ‘FHFC The Religion’ which has toured around different LOI grounds for 11 years, in the care of ourselves for the last year has thankfully been located, and the yellow crowd cover with the jersey on the front has sadly been destroyed by people tramping it into the ground when leaving as well as a number of thugs who tore it purposely.“A number of other flags have also gone missing or have been destroyed by these same people, an estimated €1,000 euro of damage has been caused, potentially much more if some flags cannot be repaired, who have also caused both their own club and Finn Harps to suffer potential big money fines from the FAI for their actions during thegame by throwing dangerous pyro onto the field during play.“We would like to publicly condemn the actions of these so-called Derry supporters, and appeal for anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of the missing flags, or any information to the identities of those responsible for these despicable actions, so we can rightly bring a small bit of justice to this situation. “The League of Ireland family, right throughout all 20 league clubs, is a close-knit community who help each other out at times of need. We know these people are not honest Derry City supporters, and nothing more than low-life scum who have nothing better to do than cause problems wherever they go.“We as a group pride ourselves on our good behaviour, good reputation and good relationships with each club across the country and are devastated to have to count the costs of damage after a night that saw nearly 5,000 people witness the joy ofLeague of Ireland football in action.”  HARPS FANS HIT OUT AT ‘THUG’ DERRY CITY SUPPORTERS OVER ATTACKS AT FINN PARK was last modified: March 8th, 2016 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:derry cityfinn harpsFinn ParkFLAGSlast_img read more

first_imgSt Patrick at last year’s Carrigart paradeThe Carrigart St Patrick’s Day Parade (1pm) on Monday is being filmed by RTE – and you can be part of it!Floats: any businesses, organisations, sports clubs, voluntary groups interested in providing a float for the parade please contact Maggie Doherty of Carrigart Hotel on 087 7965339.This is an opportunity to promote your business, the work of your organisation and the culture and heritage of the area. When you book your float with Maggie please be prepared to provide a brief description of your float/display and the nature of your business/organisation /heritage display so that John Bosco can provide commentary on the Parade. The Parade will progress up Main Street and after a brief pause will return down Main Street. Floats and vintage/rally cars: please assemble at St John the Baptist’s car park no later than 12.45.Walking groups for the Parade: please assemble by 12.40 outside Logues.Spectators: please try to wear some green, white and gold if possible. Remember, you’re going to be on the telly!Road closures and diversions: Main street will close from 12.30 to 2pm approximately. Diversions will be in place.Car parking: available Carrigart Hotel Car Parks, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian Church, Strand Car Park.   FANCY GETTING ON TV AT CARRIGART ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE? was last modified: March 15th, 2014 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:CarrigartSt Patrick’s Day Paradelast_img read more

first_imgCol Hadfield at Harry’s todayThe Canadian astronaut who tweeted ‘as Gaeilge’ from space has touched down in Donegal.As part of a nationwide holiday, Col. Chris Hadfield has arrived in Inishowen and visit a Buncrana school to learn a ‘cúpla focal’ from the local pupils today.He has already had lunch at the famous Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend. Chris will also attend a traditional music session and see the spectacular Inishowen Peninsula, the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way.Indeed many eyebrows were raised when Buncrana Town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin officially invited the astronaut to Donegal but it now appears that the idea certainly was ‘out of this world.’The astronaut tweeted a photo of Donegal from the International Space Station last March:“Donegal, one of the many famous places I’ve only seen from space.”  COLONEL HADFIELD TOUCHES DOWN IN DONEGAL – AND HAS LUNCH AT HARRY’S! was last modified: January 13th, 2014 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:HadfieldInishowenlast_img read more