OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo kept its immaculate card in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after turning back a strong stand from National U, 85-72, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Blue Eagles hiked their unbeaten run 9-0 while the Bulldogs slid 3-6 and stay unmoved at sixth place.ADVERTISEMENT “We hit 34 percent from three-point range so I think we did a good job of not getting rattled by their defense.”Thirdy Ravena led the Blue Eagles with 15 points, eight boards, and two steals while Jolo Mendoza and Matt Nieto added 10 points apiece.J-Jay Alejandro put up a game-high 22 points to go along seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals to lead NU while Issa Gaye had eight points and 14 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Court allows Ricafort to continue playing for UP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After taking a slim two-point lead at the end of the third, 67-65, the Blue Eagles ramped it up in the fourth going on a 15-5 run with Matt Nieto capping it off with a booming triple 2:22 left that gave Ateneo an 82-70 lead.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said it was NU’s zone defense that forced them to create shots from distance, and it was a challenge they had to respond to.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“NU played hard, they came up with a game plan, they switched defenses on us and they zoned us a lot,” said Arespacochaga. “We kind of expected and it was just a matter of telling our players to just read the defense.”Ateneo used a strong three-point shooting to slowly distance itself from the Bulldogs with the Blue Eagles converting 11 of their 32 attempts from deep while holding NU to just three three-pointers. 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
LATEST STORIES It was the third 40-point game this season for Antetokounmpo. Khris Middleton added 19 points while Eric Bledsoe had 18 points.“You have to compete against them because they don’t stop playing hard,” Antetokounmpo said. “From start to finish they play hard and play together.”Boston led by as many as 20 in the third quarter, before the Bucks stormed back, thanks in large part to Antetokounmpo. He almost singlehandedly kept the Bucks in it, scoring 16 points in the period and trimming Boston’s lead to 88-81 entering the fourth.It was 104-97 following a free-throw by Bledsoe, but the Celtics got five straight points from Irving to get the lead back up to 12 with less than a minute to play.Antetokounmpo and Middleton entered Monday as the most productive scoring duo in the Eastern Conference, averaging a combined 49 points per game.ADVERTISEMENT Al Horford added 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Jayson Tatum chipped in 17 points to help Boston improve to an NBA-best 21-4. The Celtics have won five of their last six.“We’re just utilizing our strength’s — me realizing that he can use me and I can use him,” Irving said. “When we utilize each other, we can get other guys great shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Celtics shot 50 percent or better from the field for the fifth straight game. That’s their longest such streak since 2010.“I think it’s just the work I’ve been putting in. It’s starting to pay off for me,” Horford said. “I feel like we’re starting to find our rhythm as a group, and I’m finding my rhythm, too.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving smiles as he takes off his mask during the final moments of Boston’s 111-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Kyrie Irving has long admired Al Horford’s skillset from afar. He’s now getting to really savor all the advantages that come along with being his teammate.Irving had 19 of his 32 points in the second half, helping offset a 40-point night by Giannis Antetokounmpo as the Boston Celtics held off the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Curry hobbled after Warriors roar back on Pelicans Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? They combined for 59 Wednesday. It offset some early inconsistency from the rest of their teammates, which went just 6 of 24 from the field in the first half.TIP-INSBucks: Bench was outscored 18-4 in the first half.Celtics: Are now 11-2 at TD Garden this season, the most home victories in the NBA. … Outscored Milwaukee 60-34 in the paint. … Tatum went 4 for 4 from the 3-point line in the first quarter. Boston shot 61 percent (11 of 18) from the field overall in the period.QUOTABLE“I think his mannerisms are just one that you can’t see if he’s rattled or not. His composure is at a very high level to only be 19.” — Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd on Tatum.RUNNING TIMEKidd was called for technical after jawing with an official at 4:44 in second quarter. It ignited an 8-0 Celtics run that pushed Boston’s lead to 56-37. Irving had five points during the run.MASK OFFIrving said he could shed his protective facemask for Saturday’s matchup with Utah. He has been wearing the mask since breaking a bone in his face on Nov. 10 against Charlotte.CENTURY CLUBThe Celtics improved to 16-2 when scoring 100 or more points.The Bucks haven’t been held under 100 points since a 99-88 loss to Washington on Nov. 20 — a span of six games.UP NEXTBucks: Begin a three-game homestand Wednesday against Detroit.Celtics: Conclude five-game homestand Wednesday against Dallas. 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny
The Election Commission Chair of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU), Varfee Y. L. Holmes, has promised free, fair and transparent election, slated for Saturday at the Ministry Of Information Culture and Tourism (MICAT). The Election Commission, according to him, is for everyone and therefore, does not have any interest in a particular candidate to win.“The Commission remains committed to ensure that a successful election is held. No body from the Commission will ever take a side in conducting this election and we are assuring the public of free, fair and transparent election,” Holmes maintained.He added that the best way to express one’s disagreement about the election process is through the ballot box as movies practitioner.He also said significant gains have been made for the Saturday’s election and the commission is fully prepared to carry on its duty without any delay.“This election is the first ever democratic election LIMU will be hosting in history as opposed to the days where directors and producers sit in one room and elect leadership,” he disclosed. Up to press time last night there has been to updates from the commissions as to the number of candidates. But the voting poll will open at 9:00am and close by 5:00pm, and the election result would be announced the same day. “We started this election process on a very tough note,” he said, adding, “the election had to be postponed from it original date of April 30 to Saturday, May 23, so as to create opportunity for equal participation of Movie Union members,” he explained.However, he said another reason that the election was delayed is that there was a letter of complained file to Minister Andrew Tehmen, Deputy Information Minister for Administration by some aggrieved movie makers pushing to put a hold on to the process until a convention was held. “But we made them understand in our stakeholder meeting that the leadership of Kadiatu Kamara has expired and since it is a special election, some parts of the constitution will not be effective,” he added.He said further that Friday there will be a national debate among candidates at the Gray D. Allison Memorial High School to enable them present their platforms to voters. “The commission is calling on every registered voter to come out on Saturday and vote the candidate of their choice,” he said.Meanwhile, Martha E. Arkosah standard bearer of the Dream Team has expressed confidence in the electoral process so far, hailing it as a landmark achievement. “I believe that the team has already won the election and we are calling on our supporters to come out and vote Saturday,” she said.Aloysius P. Taylor, standard bearer of the Reality Team said, he can’t comment on any electoral issue until he knows the outcome of the meeting with the commissions on today.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Defendant Korboi, a Sierra Leonean is remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison because he could not secure a bond.-Says Sierra Leonan alleged fraudster was arrested in Deputy Minister Wolokollie’s OfficeContrary to the Daily Observer’s earlier report that a Sierra Leonean, who wanted to dupe the Liberian government for over US$32 million, was arrested in the office of Mr. Samuel Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), a document in the possession of this newspaper has clarified that defendant James Larmin Korboi was arrested in the office of Samora P.Z. Wolokollie, Deputy Minister for Administration.The Daily Observer error was without malice and regrets the inconvenience that the report has caused Minister Tweah.On January 21, this newspaper reported that a senior staff at the MFDP, speaking under conditions of anonymity, on Thursday, January 19, contradicted police accounts that appeared to implicate James Larmin Korboi in his attempt to withdraw US$32,835,654.14 from the account of the Manna World Holding Trust Fund, believed to have been the custodian of Liberia’s road construction funds.The source said the money for the funding of road construction is currently being managed by the National Road Project Office at the Ministry of Finance contrary to Police’s accounts that it is being kept at the Manna World Holding Trust. The source did not say how much was in the account, but said, “we are not aware of Liberia construction funds being kept at the Manna World Holding Trust, because it was far from the truth.”A police charge sheet obtained from the Monrovia City Court about the Trust Fund claimed that the Fund had over US$5.914 billion in its account for the country’s road construction and development initiatives.It was out of that amount of money that Korboi allegedly conspired with several other defendants to dupe the government of US$32,835,654.14, through 13 separate transactions of various amounts. The document didn’t give further details of the ownership of Manna World Holding Trust.Manna World Holding Trust is said to be an umbrella organization holding many other historic and heritage and assets-backed trusts.The Trust is said to be a holding company with over 4,500 accounts, most of which belong to the actual living people and groups of people and entire countries.Police arrested Korboi on December 5, 2018 in the office of Deputy Minister Wolokollie, where the defendant had been holding a series of confidential discussions with authorities of both the MFDP and the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, that led to his alleged attempt to withdraw US$32,835,654.14 from the account of the Manna World Holding Trust Fund.Based on that accusation, Korboi was charged by the police for criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation, impersonation of officials, forgery and attempted theft of property and was subsequently forwarded to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution.Though the crimes qualified him for bail, he was remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison because he could not file the required bond.When contacted at his Temple of Justice, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody, who is presiding over the matter, said since the matter was first assigned before the Court on December 17, 2018, the prosecutors are yet to express any readiness to commence the case.“I do not have any record to show that prosecutors have any returns to make assignment about the matter,” Peabody said, “I authorized the preparation of the commitment for Korboi’s imprisonment, but the government has not appeared for the case.”Details from the court’s record said Korboi had earlier introduced himself to senior staffs of both ministries as an executive member of Maga Strategic Partners Limited, a construction company. Mega Strategic Partners Ltd is said to be wholly owned by a Ghanaian private limited liability company, established in 2015.It was due to an alleged introduction of his company’s intent to invest in the country that afforded him the opportunity to hold discussions with Finance officials. The record claimed that out of deception, Korboi allegedly manipulated the system through electronic means, and requested 13 transactions of transfer amounting to US$32,835,654.14 from several accounts belonging to the government, some of which were placed in local banking institutions outside of the capital.“The defendant criminally attempted to deprive the country of that money, but was aborted,” the Court record noted, adding that it was the first attempt by Korboi to allegedly withdraw from the Road Construction Trust Fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…fined $21MA taxi driver was on Tuesday jailed for four years and fined $21.7 million when he appeared at the Blairmout Magistrate’s Court and admitted to a trafficking in narcotics charge.The 36 kilograms of cannabis which was found in the carJailed: Jason ChufoonMagistrate Rhondell Weaver imposed the hefty fine on Jason Chufoon, who on September 14, 2018, at D’Edward Village, West Coast Berbice, had in his possession 36 kilograms of cannabis.The 29-year-old admitted to the offence as soon as the charge was read to him on Tuesday.Reports are the drugs were found at about 19:00h on Friday last when Chufoon’s black Toyota Fielder Wagon was intercepted and searched by Police during a mass patrol at D’Edward Village, West Bank Berbice.
A logger, of Jonestown Hill Foot, Upper Berbice River, was on Thursday remanded to prison by Magistrate Wanda Fortune for the offence of cultivating a prohibited plant at Hururu Backdam, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Don Taylor, also known as “Dalit”, appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court, where he denied the offence. The prosecution is contending that Taylor was detained by Police following the discovery of multiple fields of marijuana at Hururu Backdam, which were unearthed during a four-hour eradication operation in the Berbice River area.Remanded: Don Taylor, also known as “Dalit”According to the prosecution’s case, during the operation, ranks destroyed several fields of cannabis, with plants measuring from a foot to four feet in height. Police also discovered two camps with kitchen utensils, clothing and groceries which were destroyed by fire, together with the prohibited plants. After the defendant was detained, legal advice was sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who recommended that the charge be laid against Taylor.He was remanded to prison, and the case was expected to continue on March 1, 2019.
Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Chairman Vickchand Ramphal says the Region has been placed on the back burner as a result of the actions of Regional Executive Officer David Morrison.The Chairman made this comment at a press conference after the REO walked out of a recent RDC meeting forcing it to end abruptly.Regional Executive Officer Ovid Morrison walking out of the RDC meetingThe REO walkout was in protest over the order in which the agenda was taking. Over the past three years, only a few successful monthly meetings were held.Between January and July 2015, the coalition had refused to sit under the chairmanship of Ramphal, saying an apology is needed from him for not attending a function in the Region at which President David Granger was the guest of honour.On August 1, while delivering an Emancipation Day speech at Ithaca, the President said there was no need for an apology, and asked the two sides to work together.Regional Chairman Vickchand RamphalThe truce only lasted for five months as the REO then called for the Regional Chairman to apologise to him after the Chairman said he wanted to launch an investigation into some allegations involving a Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairman and Vice Chairman.During the last meeting of 2015, the coalition had promised residents a News Year gift and sit-in meetings. However, that promise lasted for two meetings.Since then, several issues have been put forward by the REO but he refused to preside as Clerk of the Council, which will legally allow the RDC to meet.Among the issues put forward by the REO was the presence of a reporter who had been highlighting his incompetence and his riche to act as Clerk of Council outside of the RDC.Meanwhile, following the last RDC meeting, Ramphal said there are many burning issues affecting the lives of residents of Region 5 which cannot be addressed because the RDC has not been having successful meetings.“Some of these issues are the farm to market roads especially in the Mahaicony-Mahaica area. We have two Branch Roads that are in a deplorable state. Rice harvesting has commenced and farmers are finding it difficult to traverse there because of huge pot holes and depressions, secondly, we have the Mahaicony Branch Road which is in a further deplorable state. At some places we can say that is it impossible for farmers to traverse those areas and get their trucks in and out”.According to the Chairman, over the past three years, the administration had asked for funds to be allocated in the Regional budget to have both those roads maintained, but those projects were cut when the National Budget was presented.The Mahaicony Branch Road is another major access road for farmers in the Region.“If we had a successful meeting at the Council, we could have mandated the Regional Executive Officer, who is the Clerk of Council to use money which would have been realised for savings in the Region’s Budget. So, when our meetings are broken up, we cannot get those things done,” Ramphal explained.He said the Burma Road is in a deplorable state and that more than 700 farmers use on a daily basis.The Chairman did not stop short in mentioning that community streets throughout the Region have been falling apart while other facilities in the region are in a deplorable state. Ramphal said those issues cannot be addressed because one Regional official believes he can control taxpayer’s money.“Someone who is perceived to be highly corrupt in Region Five has been spending taxpayer’s money without any proper scrutiny”.Ramphal blames Morrison for the RDC not being able to a successful meeting during 2018, saying that he has been using the coalition’s Councillors in order to achieve his objective. With no meetings, there is room for corruption, the Chairman said.Residents of the region are suffering. Ramphal said he wants to see much more done to benefit residents across the Region equally. Sadly, this is not being done.He told the media that several projects are being undertaken by the Regional Administration. However, some of those projects are not benefiting any resident of the Region. One such project is the Region’s model farm.
With the coalition Government opting not to revoke the highly controversial 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private tuition and instead waiting to have it reviewed next year, stakeholders against the move have stated that the 2017 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results proved that the imposition of the tax was flawed in the first place.brain o’tooleAmong the 163 students who made up the top one per cent at this year’s NGSA examination, 86 of them are from private schools, while the remaining 77 students were from public schools. Eleven-year-old Saskia Twhair from School of the Nations secured the top spot with 523 marks from a possible total of 529.Director of that school, Dr Brian O’Toole, who was outspoken against the VAT on education, pointed out that this year’s NGSA results are interesting since it contradicts some of the arguments that were put forward to support the move.“A few arguments were put up about why the VAT was put into place and a couple of the statements made were that we don’t need private schools because their results are no better than the public. Whilst I don’t particularly want to be encouraging dichotomy between private and public, clearly these results show that only 400 students from private school wrote this Grade Six Assessment and a totally disproportionate number of the children from the top one hundred were from the private schools,” he outlined during an interview with Guyana Times.The educator noted that this should be reason enough for Government not to make any policy decisions that would affect the work of private schools, which also aims to mould and build the nation’s children.“So, really in the national interest, to do anything to punish the private schools is illogical because definitely they bring in good results for the whole of Guyana so we should be supporting, encouraging, nurturing that not putting up barriers,” the Director stated.Dr O’Toole, who also heads Nations University, went on to reveal that as a result of the VAT on education, the school has seen approximately 100 students drop out.Nevertheless, the educator expressed that he is proud of the efforts of those who were against the imposed taxation, particularly his school’s sixth formers, who were the ones to champion the petition with some 15,000 signatures. This figure, he surmised, is more than two per cent of the country’s population, which probably constitutes about five per cent of its voting population.“It’s hard to ignore those kinds of numbers,” he asserted.Since the announcement of VAT on school fees in the 2017 Budget, stakeholders, including the Opposition’s People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and even the coalition Government’s minority party Alliance For Change (AFC), have come out condemning the move as scores of parents and students cried out against the additional burden placed on them, calling for the decision to be repealed.However, back in April, Cabinet decided that the VAT on private education would remain in place for the rest of year and will be reviewed along with all VAT measures for the 2018 national Budget.Meanwhile, the issue of pitting the performance of private schools against that of public schools has been described as an unfair comparison. Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, on Friday pointed out that one cannot fairly compare the performance of about 450 private school students against 13,000 plus students from the public school system. A total of 13,657 wrote the NGSA examination this year.On the other hand, Education Minister Nicolette Henry explained that within the public school system, apart from the number of students being large, they do not have a system whereby they expel children who do not perform at a certain level.Henry continued that there will always be children whose abilities will not match their peers and so as a Government, they cannot fail those who are left behind. To this end, she said that her Ministry has recognised the importance of providing each child with the opportunity to reach their full potential.
A DRUG dealer nabbed by Gardai operating in Letterkenny has been given community service in lieu of a nine-month prison sentence.Ciaran McCormack, 27, from Lurgy, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty before the District Court in the town.He was arrested by gardai on the Port Road in Letterkenny on August 22 last. Judge Paul Kelly said he had been concerned that McCormack had been “attempting to minimise your role in the offences” during a meeting with probation officers.“This is of some concern; you were supplying drugs and they are serious offences. There was a substantial amount of money involved in this case.”However the judge said McCormack had belatedly acknowledged his actions and the probation service said he was suitable for community service.He imposed a nine month prison sentence but substituted 180 hours community service. He was also fined €150.COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR LETTERKENNY DRUG DEALER was last modified: February 5th, 2015 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:courtdrug dealerletterkenny
SAN FRANCISCO–The Giants haven’t revealed whether they expect to seriously contend for a playoff berth next season, but regardless of how they view the short-term future, the franchise must still address several pressing roster needs.New president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is already surveying the free agent and trade markets, but he’s expected to begin much of the heavy-lifting at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, which take place next week.The Giants aren’t likely to …