Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Once teammates at Lyceum in the NCAA, Alaska’s Jesper Ayaay and Columbian’s CJ Perez go up against each other in last night’s game. —SHERWIN VARDELEONThe league’s traditional powerhouses flexed their muscles in a major way—and had a little humor to spare after.In front of national television, San Miguel Beer big man June Mar Fajardo spoke about the motivation behind his strong showing against Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments “Sabi ni coach our backs are against the wall,” said the reigning five-time MVP. “Buti nga may wall pa kaming nasasandalan. (It’s good that we still have a wall to lean on).”Well, Fajardo was that wall, putting together 20 points, 21 rebounds, five assists and four blocks as the Beermen crushed the Elite, 93-79, at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEarlier, coach Alex Compton was also in the mood for wit when asked when he expects the injury-riddled team to sport a full roster.“Next Christmas,” Compton, a handsome full beard framing a wry smile, answered, before adding: “I don’t know when it (roster) will be full, but if we keep playing this way, I’ll be proud of [the team].” Myanmar’s Yangon United ends Ceres Negros in Asian club tournament The Beermen also evened their record to 3-3 after breaking the game open in the third period and Fajardo spoke about the importance of avoiding a misstep.“If we lost, we would have dropped to 2-4 and it would be difficult to catch up [with the leaders],” he said in Filipino. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption How did the Aces play? They ground it out on the defensive end to rip Columbian, 94-72, in the first game.“We only dressed 10 players and they really played hard,” Compton said. “I really appreciate their efforts. I thought we were energetic, all over the place, [we] went for loose balls. I thought the guys ground it out today and I am really proud of them.”Even with four starters riding the bench because of different injuries, Alaska was in control practically the entire game and even led by as large as 30 on the way to rising to 1-1 and put a disastrous debut against Rain or Shine on Sunday behind.Carl Bryan Cruz hit four triples on the way to a team-high 20 points and three others tossed in 10 or more for the Aces, who went on to deal the Dyip a third straight loss in a 2-4 card.Heavy scorer Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal, Simon Enciso and JV Casio all sat it out for the second straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Liberia as a nation state in sub-Saharan Africa is going through a very turbulent period in its history. This national turbulence has been orchestrated by the outbreak of virulent human enemy, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that has inarguably brought the entire state machinery to a virtual standstill.The negative ramifications growing out of the spread of the disease across the country is nothing to write home about. The debilitating Ebola scourge has sent the nation on a partial holiday, forced international partners and investors out of the country and invariably imposed paralysis in every strata of the society. This is sad, despicable and leaves much to be desired.On the heels of the Ebola crisis has also come what can easily pass as a looming constitutional crisis. This fast snowballing crisis is subsumed in the debate surrounding the suggestion for the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections.Though we have listened to many differentiated views on the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections, it is the installments made by Dr. Joseph Korto, Former Education Minister and the response from Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, for Labor Minister and Solicitor General, that have spurred yours truly to contribute to this worthy debate.In a nutshell, Dr. Korto thinks if issues surrounding the postponement of the Special Elections are not appropriately addressed in the lead-up to the date originally set for the conduct of the election there could be a constitutional crisis. He further averred that any attempt to postpone the Special Senatorial Elections without doing due diligence, we could run into constitutional crisis.For his part Cllr. Gongloe, the venerable human rights lawyer is of the view that the election should not be conducted as originally scheduled owing to the tragedy that the Ebola malady has unleashed on Liberia.Both men, in my mind, have set the debate rolling on the right trajectory. For it is prudent for us to commence discussing the legal and constitutional ramifications underpinning the decision we will make relative to the postponement of the Special Senatorial Election.Admittedly, there are couples of issues to appraise if we are to get to the bottom of the simmering constitutional crisis in the bubbles of our body politics. It is relevant to make this appraisal now and open the debate before it is too late.I am reminded how on the eve to the conduct of the 2011 Presidential and General Elections, we as a nation almost allowed our politics to run into a constitutional crisis. The source of this was clearly the misunderstanding of Article 80 (e) of our 1986 Constitution. That article states: “Immediately following a national census and before the next elections, the Elections Commission shall reapportion the constituencies in accordance with the new population figures so that every constituency shall have the same population as possible; provided. However, that, a constituency must be solely within a county.”This simple constitutional misunderstanding, almost derail the entire electioneering process in the lead-up to the 2011 polls. Lots of mundane legal argumentations were adduced by differentiated groups especially folks from the legislature. The bickering and political infighting went on until the eleventh hour to the election before some people became to see reason. By then it was too late and we had to make some kind of constitutional compromise again.That compromise meant that, instead of implementing Article 80 (e), a Joint Resolution was passed thus forcing the NEC to carve up Electoral Districts using amalgamated voter registrants from Voter Registration Centers. The very lawmakers, who were responsible for this constitutional detoured, unjustifiably went on to charge the NEC with gerrymandering. The rest is history. That kind of constitutional blunder should not be allowed to be made again.Special Senatorial ElectionThe substantive electoral management body of Liberia, National Elections Commission (NEC), set the time for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election for October 14, 2014. This was done in keeping with Article 83 (a) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution which states: “Voting for the President, Vice President, members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives shall be conducted throughout the Republic on the Second Tuesday in October of each election year.”But realizing the political cum social anomalies that the Ebola scourge has visited on the country and the attendant disarrangement in serious national programs, the NEC wrote the Liberian Legislature expressing the need for the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections. The Liberian Senate eventually agreed with the NEC observation. Senate Pro Tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley was quoted as saying ‘it was not practical, prudent and logical to call for election in October when those who should be voting are dying in their number because of the Ebola epidemic…” (Daily Observer, September 9, 2014)In the same article quoting Pro Tempore Findley, it is said that following the Senate’s Joint committees on Autonomous Commission and Agencies and Judiciary perusal of the NEC communication, it advised that …with such expression of inability by the NEC for understandable reasons and underlined supra, the Liberian Senate should now commence immediate discussions with the Executive, which has the constitutional power under the State of Emergency.”My reading in this whole development is that the Liberian Senate and by extension the Liberian Legislature, has tacitly endorsed the postponement of the Special Senatorial election but is cleverly passing the bulk onto the Executive Branch of government. Though I am not a constitutional lawyer nor am I purporting to be a legal luminary, some legal issues clearly need legal interpretations here. For it is often said, anything that is not done legally is not done at all. Apparently, the way things are unfolding relative to this Special Senatorial Election postponement, we could be dangerously proceeding illegally.For instance in Chapter IX Article 87 (a) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution it is explicitly stipulated that “Emergency powers do not include the power to suspend or abrogate the Constitution, dissolve the Legislature, or suspend or dismiss the Judiciary; and no constitutional amendment shall be promulgated during the a State of Emergency…”By calling on the President to change the election date from the second Tuesday in October to another date, are we not unwittingly attempting to breach our constitution?It is no gain to say that Ebola is a serious national distraction and concern but why we have got the time can we avoid what will portray us as a people who do not care of what become of our constitution. Granted that all of the arguments are worthy, are we ever giving thoughts to whether they are constitutionally and politically correct?It is a fait-accompli that in our jurisdiction we do not have a constitutional court hence logically the onus is on the Supreme Court to provide some legal interpretations on the matter before it is too late. As a matter of fact, we are about two and the half week away from the statutory period for conducting the Special Senatorial Election and nothing substantial has been put in blue towards this end. The sooner we act the better.It’s over to you, Honorable Supreme Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The 27-year-old Brazilian joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for an initial 120 million euros in a deal that included another 40 million euros in potential add-ons.But the international midfielder’s stint at Barcelona never worked out as hoped despite huge excitement around his arrival at the Camp Nou.Initially tried in midfield where he plays for Brazil, Coutinho was pushed into the front three by Ernesto Valverde last season but the switch never paid off and fans rarely glimpsed the form he showed at Liverpool.“Coutinho: story of a massive disaster,” headlined Monday’s Barcelona-based Sport newspaper.Speculation about his future had shadowed Coutinho over the summer with French champions Paris Saint-Germain mentioned as a likely destination in a deal linked to a potential Neymar return to Barcelona.Coutinho’s place in the side looked shaky following the arrival of French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann from Atletico in July and he was left out of the squad for the first game of the new La Liga season on Friday, a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao.The player, who has scored 21 goals in 75 games for Barca in all competitions despite being unsettled, said he was delighted with the move to Germany.“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe,” Coutinho said on Bayern’s website.“I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.”The German club hope he will provide reinforcement in attack following the departure of veteran duo Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery at the end of last season.“With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich have an option to buy Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho as part of a one-year loan deal © AFP/File / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Aug 19 – Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has joined Bayern Munich on a one-year loan worth 8.5 million euros ($9.5 million) with an option to buy, the Spanish club confirmed Monday.“The agreement provides for an option for Bayern to buy at a 120-million-euro fee,” Barcelona said.
James Tavernier had a debut to remember for Glasgow Rangers on Saturday.The former Newcastle youngster, who moved to the Ibrox club from Wigan earlier this month, curled in a delightful free-kick to help his new club ease to victory against Hibernian in the Challenge Cup clash.Tavernier was one of THREE new signings to mark his debut with a goal with Martyn Waghorn grabbing a brace and Andy Halliday also notching a terrific strike.
Peter Reid believes Everton are making a mistake in hanging on to John Stones.Stones has been told he will not be sold this summer after he handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Premier League champions Chelsea.But former Goodison midfielder Reid feels that it may be better all-round if the Toffees allow the 21-year-old to go.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “If footballers are not happy they do not play their best football.“I always think footballers are in control of the situation. I am delighted Everton have said no, but does he want to play for Everton? No.”Asked what he would do if he was in charge, he added: “You get him out.“I’m not saying he is a bad apple. But if you are at a club and you are not happy, you have to go. I say that with a heavy heart.”
Andy Gray has urged Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner to pick an experienced Premier League boss to succeed Tim Sherwood.Lerner is reportedly ready to hand Frenchman Remi Garde the reins at Villa Park, but Gray believes it would be a big mistake to appoint someone who has not managed in England.Villa are sitting bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety, after a run of six successive defeats, and Gray told talkSPORT on Thursday: “In the situation they are in, they need an experienced head, a cool head, someone who knows the league. Someone who can turn things around quickly, who can get things done.“Aston Villa can definitely not take a gamble now. They are detached already after ten games at the bottom of the league.“Villa are going to have to win three or four games in a six-game spell to get out of the bottom three. That looks a long way from happening right now.”Dwight Yorke told talkSPORT earlier this week that he wants to be given the chance transform Villa’s fortunes, despite his complete lack of managerial experience.Gray believes the former Villa striker COULD have a role in the new set-up – but only working alongside an experienced figurehead.He added: “He loves the club, he has got his coaching badges, he is young, he is fresh… but not on his own. “Along with an experienced head, then maybe it could be the type of combination that could get Villa out of it.”
“You have to be careful not to mistake seasonal fluctuations for underlying trends,” Bazdarich said. This quarter’s forecast looks at California and the nation, but did not include the Los Angeles metro area. That will resume in the 2006 first quarter. Both outlooks call for moderate job growth, with the strongest occurring this year then tapering off through 2007. Nationally, job growth will soften but won’t go negative, thus a recession is not looming on the two-year event horizon. And while the California outlook mirrors the nation’s, the scale is balanced between optimism and pessimism. For example, economist Ryan Ratcliff, who wrote the California outlook, notes that some housing markets are slowing while others remain strong. Job growth is weakening, but taxable sales and personal income remain strong. “In this ambiguous setting, assessing the health of the California economy boils down to your own state of mind: Is the glass half empty or half full?” he wrote. He also said that the trend for employment in the state is moving from “mediocre to down right ugly.” After a growth spurt in July and August, it’s slowed to a crawl. In September and August payroll employment grew by 9,300 jobs versus 44,800 in the year ago period. That’s due in large part to the information sector, which includes the big Los Angeles-based entertainment component. In the first half of the year, it added 24,000 jobs on the strength of television-driven surge in motion picture and sound recording jobs. That represented 22 percent of California’s non-farm payroll gains. Since July, 17,000 of those jobs in the Los Angeles area vanished, said UCLA’s analysis. That’s the half empty take. On the other hand, gains in personal income, taxable sales and general fund revenues add up to a vessel half full. Taxable sales in the state for the second quarter, the latest available, are up an annual 8 percent and personal income increased 6.4 percent. And California should end the 2005-2006 fiscal year with a $1.2 billion general fund reserve. UCLA cautions about getting giddy over the latter, even though some believe this will result in a budget surplus next summer. “Don’t buy the hype,” Ratcliff cautions. That’s because state revenues still fall short of spending so the general fund reserve will just be exhausted a year later than anticipated. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., is a little more optimistic about job growth – 1.6 percent this year and next – than the Anderson economists. But he, too, believes housing prices will level out. “If you look at the major industries around the state the situation is pretty optimistic. Tech is doing well, international trade should continue to do well as well as travel and aerospace,” he said. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Anderson economists initially expected the residential real estate market turn to start in the middle of last year, then in September pushed it back to early 2006. Indicators still say it’s coming, it’s just the timing that’s in question. But Southern California’s strong market and others in the state are likely in for a ripple rather than a shake. Across most of Southern California home sales have been looking good. There is evidence of slowing nationally. We have not seen that in California, said Michael Bazdarich, a senior Anderson economist who wrote the real estate assessment. Sales are on a record pace across the state and in Los Angeles County this year, and while they are expected to fall next year, they should still be at a high level, most market watchers concur. This fall autumn sales are running under year-ago levels and annual price appreciation has moderated in most areas. But it is still in the mid-teens for the state and region. The housing market also typically cools in the third and fourth quarters. A long-anticipated decline in the housing market should arrive next year but it won’t be as severe in Southern California as elsewhere in the nation, nor should it trigger a recession, according a widely watched UCLA forecast that will be released today. The fourth quarter Anderson Forecast is slightly more optimistic than three months ago but much more so than at this time last year. Economists then believed that the nation could sink into recession as the housing market contracted. Now UCLA expects California to have anemic growth across the economy for the next two years and sidestep a recession. Meanwhile, home prices should plateau and the pace of new home construction moderate. For California, job growth of 1.6 percent is expected this year, slip to 1.1 percent in 2006 and 0.8 percent in 2007. By comparison, growth rates for the nation are expected to be 1.6 percent, 1.2 percent and 0.9 percent over that time frame.
A Donegal fisherman has landed a late, late catch after he threw a message in a bottle overboard more than ten years ago.The bottle thrown into the ocean by John ten years ago!John Cunningham put the message in the bottle and wrapped it in the colours of his native county in June 2003.He lobbed the bottle into seas near St Kilda’s Island off the coast of Scotland on February 13th, 2003 where he was fishing commercially for mackerel. And this week he was left stunned when he was contacted by a man in Iceland saying he had found it.John, from Old Fintra Road in Killybegs, revealed he regularly throws bottles with little messages into the sea.He has received replies from around the globe from places such as Spain, Norway, Denmark and even the Cape Verde islands.But John said this is the longest time he has waited to get a reply. “To think that the bottle was bobbing around the seas of the world for ten years is amazing.The letter left in the bottle by John“I knew when I got the letter that it could have been a reply to one of my messages but I was gobsmacked to discover it was one I had thrown overboard ten years ago,” he said.The bottle was found by Rikard Thorstensen while he was out walking on a beach at Bakkafjorour on the north east coast of Iceland.Rikard took pictures of the bottle and sent a letter to John in Killybegs saying he hoped he enjoyed the pictures.John said he plans to contact Rikard to thank him for taking the time to send his message back. But, in the meantime, he plans to continue dropping messages into the ocean.“I just love doing it and I love seeing a letter popping into my letterbox from around the world and wondering what kind of journey the bottle and the message have been on,” he laughed.John (left) with his brother Pat on a recent fishing trip.DONEGAL MAN’S ‘MESSAGE IN BOTTLE’ FOUND AN AMAZING TEN YEARS LATER was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 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:icelandJohn CunninghamKillybegsmessage in a bottle
Tags: CafCAF Champions LeagueKCCA FCPetro de Luandatop KCCA FC defeated African Stars in the last round.CAF has named the match officials that will handle the CAF Champions League first-round encounter between KCCA FC and Petro de Luanda.The Kasasiro boys will visit De Luanda in Angola for the first leg on September 14 before the return leg two weeks later.Belay Tadesse Asseresse from Ethiopia will be the Center Referee for the game.He will be assisted by fellow country-men Kindie Mussie and Tigle Gizaw Belachew as the first and second assistant referees.Another Ethiopian Biruk Yemanabran Kassaun will be on the sideline as the fourth official while Carlos Francisco from Mozambique has been confirmed as the match commissioner.KCCA FC knocked out Namibia’s African Stars 4-3 on aggregate – Allan Okello and Mustafa Kizza scored in the return leg at Lugogo to put KCCA in the first round.The Angolan giants, on the other hand, beat Lesotho’s Matlama 4-0 on aggregate to reach this round.Winner of this tie will progress to the group stages of the CAF Champions League while the loser will drop to Confederation cup qualifiers.The match will be played on a natural surface at Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda – Angola a familiar ground to KCCA FC where they played C.D Primeiro De Agosto on 19th February 2017.It should be noted that Uganda Premier League Champions eliminated De Agosto on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.Comments
Gardaí in Donegal are urging people to ‘Keep the surprises for your holiday’ this summer by taking steps to prevent vacant homes being burgled.Homeowners are being warned secure their properties during the summer months, where one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window.Today, 19th June, is the EU Focus Day on Domestic Burglaries. The campaign urges people to take care when on holidays and not to post pictures on social media until they have returned. Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Graham Kavanagh said: “Whilst burglary rates have been falling, particularly in winter months, we cannot be complacent.“I would advise home owners to secure their properties during the summer months, where one in four burglars enter the property through an open door or window. Thefts of tools, equipment and bicycles increase by a third during the summer. An unlocked shed or unsecured bike are easy targets for the burglar.“Remember to make your home look occupied, particularly if you intend to be away for an extended period. Once your home is locked and alarmed, ask a neighbour to regularly check your property, use timer switches or apps to turn on lights, cancel deliveries, tidy the garden and watch what you post on social media. Keep the surprises for your holiday and not when you return.”If you are planning a holiday, note the following tips from Gardaí in Donegal: Home Security • Whether at home or going out, turn on some lights.• Lock all doors and windows.• Use your house alarm.• Store keys safely, away from windows and letterboxes.• Record details of valuables and don’t keep large cash amounts at home.Vacant Houses • Ask a trusted neighbour to conduct frequent checks of the property and take note of anything suspicious.• Ensure house alarm is set.• Install timers on internal lights and motion detectors on external lights.• Ensure the building doesn’t look neglected; cut grass, trim hedges etc.• Ask a neighbour to collect your post.• Inform your local Garda station when the premises will be vacant.Social Media • Don’t post status updates about your holidays while you’re still away.• Don’t post pictures while you’re away.• Respect other people’s privacy, don’t tag others while they are on holidays.• Avoid posting upcoming travel plans.• Consider turning off the location sharing setting on your phone’s camera app. Advertisement Garden/Landscaping • Don’t help the burglar; safely store away ladders, tools etc.• Use quality locks on garden sheds, chain valuable property, tools, bikes etc. within.• Property mark and photograph valuable possessions.• Tidy up gardens and shrubbery, this improves visibility and creates the illusion of an occupied home.• Consider defensive planting, e.g. thorny plants around the perimeter for extra security. Garda warnings issued over home burglaries this summer was last modified: June 19th, 2019 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)