ANTIPOLO—Meralco survived a fiesty Columbian side, 109-106, in the opening day of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Definitely this was a good start to the conference, it was a tough win, and Columbian played really well,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “Our first half was a little bit shaky, we didn’t get a good start especially I that second quarter when we were down by 10 points, 53-43.”“We managed to make some changes in the half and we played a lot better in the third quarter,” added Black whose team outscored the Dyip 42-23 in the third.Allen Durham scored the game’s final point from the free throw line wherein Columbian import Akeem Wright got shaken up during the rebounding battle with 1.4 seconds left.Roider Cabrera had the chance to tie the game but his three-point attempt from the left win hit nothing but air.Durham missed out on a triple-double but compiled a line of 26 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists while Amer had 23 points eight rebounds and six assists.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Tim Hardaway, Brian Scalabrine to visit Manila for NBA PH 3×3 View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs With import Allen Durham in tow for the third straight year, the Bolts’ title bid is off to a good start.They are looking to bounce back from the two finals losses against Ginebra in 2016 and 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Meralco and Columbian were embroiled in an intense back-and-forth in the fourth quarter that saw three ties and six lead changes in a span of less than five minutes.Glenn Khobuntin’s layup with 1:15 layup tied the game, the final one in the match, at 106-106 just before Baser Amer’s own inside bucket gave Meralco a 108-106 lead with a minute left. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ LATEST STORIES Wright had 30 points and 14 boards for the Dyip while Jerramy King had 24 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.RELATED VIDEOhttps://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/2314156355268460/Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Serena, Venus set up Williams vs. Williams match at US Open Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Poistogova was banned for two years in 2017 after a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation found she admitted to using banned substances in undercover footage and discussed techniques to “thwart drug detection.” Tomashova was barred from the 2008 Olympics and banned when a doping sample she submitted was found to contain someone else’s urine.Both raced at the 2012 Olympics, with Poistogova originally finishing fourth in the 800 meters. Tomashova was fourth in the 1,500.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Two Turkish runners who finished ahead of Tomashova were later disqualified for doping, while Poistogova moved up because her Russian training partner Maria Savinova was banned.The IOC said it decided to give the medals to the two Russians because their samples from the 2012 Olympics were retested and found to be clean. Numerous weightlifting results from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics were cast into doubt after retests found steroid use was rife in the sport.In one event from the 2012 Olympics, the men’s 94-kilogram class, all three medalists and six of the top seven finishers were banned for doping. The original ninth-place finisher, Poland’s Tomasz Zielinski, is in line for an upgrade to bronze even though he was sent home from the next Olympics in 2016 for failing a drug test.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The redistribution of Olympic medals is solely the responsibility of the International Olympic Committee,” track and field’s world governing body, the IAAF, said in an e-mailed statement. “The IAAF does retain the right to decide if it will allow such medals to be presented at an IAAF event.”Reallocating medals isn’t an automatic process, and the IOC board has previously vetoed some upgrades.In 2007, when the U.S. sprinter Marion Jones was stripped of her gold medal in the 100 meters from the 2000 Olympics, it wasn’t handed to second-place finisher Ekaterini Thanou of Greece.Thanou had been embroiled in a scandal at the 2004 Olympics after missing a drug test and allegedly staging a motorcycle crash to create an alibi. She was eventually banned for two years over three missed tests.The IOC didn’t say why the Russians’ cases were different to that of Thanou. It also didn’t respond to a request for comment on whether more medal reallocations are planned, which could mean more tough decisions over who deserves an upgrade.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ekaterina Poistogova of Russia wins the Women’s 800m during The British Athletics Glasgow International Match at The Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, on January 26, 2013 . AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL / AFP PHOTO / Ian MacNicolMOSCOW — The International Olympic Committee says it will give medal upgrades to two Russian athletes who have served doping bans.The IOC will award silver medals to Ekaterina Poistogova and Tatyana Tomashova after other athletes were banned. In the past, the IOC has blocked upgrades in similar cases.ADVERTISEMENT
The Japanese Government has begun the construction of three major concrete bridges in three districts in Grand Cape Mount County.The bridges under construction are in Kaylia, Porkpah District, Tallah in Commonwealth District and Diah in Tewor District.The bridge projects are being funded by the Japanese Government through its Commodity Value Fund, CVF.When completed, the double-span reinforced concrete bridges will increase access, promote trade and lead to reduction in prices of basic commodities in the county, especially during the rainy season.“This is a glorious opportunity, and we are very happy. God has answered our prayers to solve the bridge problem over the Mannie River,” Elder Momo Fahnbulleh of Diah Community said during a tour of the projects last weekend.Elder Fahnbulleh also commended the government through the County Administration for selecting Diah Community as the beneficiary of one of the bridges.“From monkey bridge, we are now moving toward a modern concrete bridge”, the Elder exclaimed.Engineers say construction work on the Diah Bridge is well on course with more than fifty percent of the work already completed.In Porkpah District, the Kaylia Bridge will link the district with other major parts of the county, including the mineral-rich Western Cluster Belt, which covers the Mano River, Congo, Kongbor and Dambala.Kayliah Town Chief, Madam Hawa Vaye, said the bridge is their primary focus right now. “When it is completed, our children will have a free way to and from school across the Kaylia River. It will ease the transportation problem, especially during the rainy season.”Town Chief Vaye said the rains and the resulting difficult road conditions usually trigger increase in prices of basic commodities. For his part, Mr. Lawrence Brown, Commissioner of Porkpa Administrative District, expressed happiness for the project, describing it as a relief to his community.Meanwhile, Grand Cape Mount County Superintendent Imam Paasewe has expressed the hope for quality and timely completion of the projects.Superintendent Paasewe warned that it was no time for delay and that he and his team would ensure compliance by contractors working on all three bridges.Mr. Passawe spoke when he convened a meeting with contractors in Senji over the weekend.He said the meeting was intended to discuss issues arising from the projects and also set a timeline on each deliverable relating to the projects.The Superintendent then lauded the Japanese government for sponsoring the construction of the bridges and praised the government of Liberia for its support to the people of Grand Cape Mount.Two Liberian owned construction companies, namely Associated Builders Contractor Inc. (ABC) and Quality Engineering & Standard Technology, (QUEST Inc), were hired to carry out the projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A badly injured man has allegedthat he was attempting to rescue his neighbour in Morris’ Farm from alleged armed robbers when he was also robbed of US$3,500 and L$150,000 on Sunday, April 24.As a result of the attack, Bob Aaron Sattie, a 50 year old Sierra Leonean national, also sustained deep cut to the left side of his head.Fortunately, he said his wife, who was present during the 2 a.m. robbery, was not harmed. “The robbers came under cover of darkness and they were armed; and they attacked the house of one of my neighbours,” Sattie told the Daily Observer. “Without much thinking about my safety, I chose to open my door to help my friend and when they saw me, they turned on me, and rushed me into my house.” Sattie said the men entered his room and immediately started to search for money and valuables. “My wife had US$3,500 and L$15,000 that she had withdrawn from the bank for a trip, and the robbers found the money and took it,” he said, adding that the sum was a loan from Access Bank Liberia. He said he thought the men were not armed when he attempted to rescue his neighbor, only to find out that they were, adding that he was assaulted with the weapons in their possession, including clubs. “I saw some of them with guns, too,” he said.Sattie said after the men left, he immediately reported the incident to the Pipeline Police Depot, informing them that one of the robbers abandoned a “military uniform” during his exit.Meanwhile, another victim, Saybah Kollie, 37, said she lost a laptop and two cell phones to the same armed robbers.The Liberia National Police in statement said, in their attempt to respond to the robbery, Emergency Response Unit (ERU) officers received gun fire from the armed robbers who were trying to escape. This prompted the ERU to counter with more firepower, wounding one of the robbers, Prince Musa, who was still able to escape from the scene. The Police recovered nine pieces of cell phones, one Single Barrel gun and one round of ammunition. A handheld radio belonging to LEC has also been recovered by the police. However the police statement did not mention the money allegedly stolen from Sattie’s residence. Suspect Prince Musa was later arrested in the late afternoon hours of Monday in the Freeport Community along with five others, namely Sunnyboy Doe, Robert Zoen, Musa Kamara, Ibrahim Glaywea and Junior Kollie.“The crackdown on the armed robbery and other crimes will remain enforce until the city is clear of these robbers,” the LNP said. “The LNP is requesting members of the public to give needed information to the police that will lead to the arrest of anyone involved with criminal activities in the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After heralding an innovative federal funding waiver as the capstone of efforts to reform Los Angeles County’s long-troubled child protective system, officials said Monday the amount of annual money that can be spent on services to help keep families together has dwindled from the $369 million originally proposed to $15million now. “This is the ultimate betrayal of vulnerable children and their families,” said Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform in Alexandra, Va. “Whenever you try to change the status quo in child welfare to help families, you will offend an enormously powerful group of vested interests. “Any county as large as Los Angeles County has a foster care industrial complex, the network of agencies whose survival depends on a steady stream of foster children,” Wexler said. “Anything that threatens that will prompt them to pull out all the stops to oppose it.” The dramatic change in funding comes two years after the Board of Supervisors voted to apply to the federal government for what was described as a “revolutionary” waiver that would allow the Department of Children and Family Services to use nearly $400 million of its’ $1.5 billion budget on services to keep children safely with their families. Even without the waiver, DCFS has since made marked improvements in terms of child safety, quicker adoptions and has returned thousands of children home from foster care. The number of children in foster homes has dropped from about 50,000 in the mid-1990s to 20,454 as of Dec. 31, DCFS Director Trish Ploehn said. But child advocates worry that without the larger sum of money, those reforms could be in jeopardy. “The victory was that there was going to be this large pot of money that could be used to offer preventative services to keep kids out of foster care,” said Janis Spire, executive director of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. “I’m anxious to understand why that pot of money has dwindled significantly and where it’s going to be spent instead in order to accomplish the goal of reducing the number of kids in care safely.” Susan Kerr, chief deputy director of DCFS, said the change in the figures is the result of a “misunderstanding.” Former DCFS Director David Sanders, who took a job at Casey Familiy Programs last year, wrote in a memo to the supervisors before he left that the waiver would allow DCFS to use $369 million of its budget on preventive services. But Kerr said that figure was misinterpretted and several factors have further reduced the amount available. This includes an increase in the average amount the county pays agencies to take care of foster children from $1,748 a month in 2004-05 to $1,951 this fiscal year. Also, DCFS’ administrative costs have increased, Kerr said. A DCFS memo noted increased administrative costs are a result of 7.9 percent increases in salaries and benefits for employees this fiscal year and 9.3 percent increases each following year. “I’m calling it a misunderstanding,” Kerr said. “But we are extremely hopeful that the amount of available funding will increase as we begin to see successes from the waiver implementation. To the extent we are successful in getting more children out of placement, we’ll have more dollars to reinvest.” Last week, Supervisor Michael Antonovich raised concerns about the ongoing negotiations between the county and state over the waiver, noting the state’s proposed funding guidelines are more restrictive than the federal funding guidelines. “Submission of the county plan without knowing the state’s financial commitment to the project may result in the county’s over-estimating service programs as part of the waiver, potentially placing the county at great financial risk,” Antonovich said. California Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger remains committed to the federal waivers for Los Angeles and Alameda counties, even though it’s going to cost the state an extra $34 million. “To the extent we are able to keep a family together by providing counseling and substance abuse services … that’s certainly a preferrable alternative to removing a child and putting them in foster care,” Palmer said. “And that’s why the governor committed to this waiver and why we are continuing to provide additional resources to Los Angeles and Alameda counties to get this project up and running.” Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen said the $15 million figure could be reduced even further depending on whether the federal government imposes fines on the state for not meeting guidelines for improving the child protective system. “We are hopeful the state has contacted the federal government to get them to agree \ should not be taken away from the waiver funding,” Kerr said. Even with the reduced amount of money, Janssen said the waiver is still beneficial. After negotiations between the county and state are completed, the waiver is expected to go back before the supervisors for their approval. The plan to expand services under the waiver is expected to start July1. “Currently, we receive money from the federal government based on the number of cases we have,” Janssen said. “There is no relationship to results at all. And in fact, you get rewarded for keeping more kids in foster care. The waiver would allow the department to spend money much more flexibly than they currently are.” Wexler said he’s perplexed why the county’s waiver isn’t working out as planned when similar ones the federal government approved last year for Florida and Michigan are working well. “They found a way to make it work,” Wexler said. “Why can’t L.A.? If this waiver had gone through as originally planned, fewer children would enter foster care. That would be a great threat to foster family agencies, the private agencies that handle a lot of foster kids and get paid to hold kids in foster care. So I’m sure they have been very upset about this waiver from day one.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
There is something lacking in this “law and order” approach to ending homelessness in Los Angeles. The glaring, quite obvious missing piece is what people who are homeless really need – a clean, safe and secure home. So perhaps the ACLU should also focus its efforts on goading all 88 cities within Los Angeles County to provide enough shelter and permanent housing for people who are homeless. It could advocate for a “Right To Housing” law. The two major barriers in providing enough housing are always cited for the reason why we have 90,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County – not enough funding, and not enough neighborhoods that will allow the placement of this new housing. But studies have already shown that the cost of keeping a person on the streets far exceeds the price of building a permanent housing unit for that person. The costs of emergency medical assistance, law enforcement, mental-health care and shelter for homeless people run into the millions of dollars. This is money that could be used for permanent housing. If there were a legal ruling to mandate housing for people, there would be a cost-effective solution. There is also only one way to build and place enough affordable housing in neighborhoods throughout the county. Every city needs to share the responsibility of building housing in its neighborhoods. WATCHING how our region’s leaders address homelessness in Los Angeles is like enduring a two-decade- long saga of “Law & Order.” The recent ruling by a federal judge that pronounced the Los Angeles Police Department’s actions in downtown L.A.’s Skid Row as unconstitutional is just the latest installment. The back-and-forth lawsuits and police action over whether people who are homeless have the right to sleep on our streets – or whether police have the right to search a potential criminal – have been going on for years. You know there is a major problem when society picks on lawyers and police officers as scapegoats for ending homelessness. Clearly, it is admirable for the American Civil Liberties Union to fight to make sure that our democracy doesn’t become a police state, however, not at the expense of allowing crime to be rampant or allowing people on our streets to continue to be homeless. Likewise, most people want the police to ensure safe and crimefree streets, but not at the expense of personal freedoms. For those of us who have struggled with helping people who are homeless for decades, we are frustrated with this continuing cat-and-mouse saga of lawsuits between the police and civil-liberties advocates, without serious action toward housing homeless people. If we really want to “serve and protect” the homeless, then let’s put them in housing. It’s very clear. A person who is homeless should have the right to housing, not a right to be homeless. Joel John Roberts is chief executive officer of People Assisting The Homeless. He is also the publisher of L.A.’s Homeless Blog ( www.lahomelessblog.org ).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mathieu Valbuena 1 QPR have entered the race to land France star Mathieu Valbuena after he rejected the chance to join Dynamo Moscow.According to L’Equipe, the Russian club gave the midfielder until Thursday night to give them an answer and he officially turned them down.Moscow had agreed a £5.5m fee with Marseille and were prepared to hand him a three-year deal worth £8m.But he has decided against moving to Russia – and he could now get a concrete offer from the Premier League, according to reports.It has been revealed that Valbuena, a previous target for Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham, could be handed a shot at English football by newly-promoted QPR.Manager Harry Redknapp has already been busy this summer, signing the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker, and he could be about to land another star.The pint-sized playmaker impressed during the World Cup but wants out of Marseille – and Redknapp is now in the hunt.
Mark Saggers and Jim Proudfoot were joined by former Norwich, West Ham and England striker Dean Ashton on Kick Off to talk all things Three Lions.He revealed how it felt to be called up by his country, what he thinks about the current squad, and just what exactly happened at training camps during the era of the Golden Generation.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes, along with previous versions.
SUSAN WITH RORY, SAM AND MICHAELBEHIND every great player lies a great family.Wives, girlfriends, mums, dads, children, brothers and sisters.And behind all of them are the grandparents who are so proud. So Granny Kavanagh was a very happy woman when grandson Rory brought Sam Maguire and Donegal captain Michael Murphy to see her at her home in Townparks, Convoy.Susan Kavanagh, 98, was one very proud grandmother. SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN RORY TOOK SAM TO SEE GRANNY was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN RORY TOOK SAM TO SEE GRANNY
Karius made two calamitous errors in the Champions League final as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid and it is understood the club have made a new keeper their priority this summer.Alisson registered 17 clean sheets in Serie A last season and caught the eye of some of the biggest names across Europe.Madrid is believed to be his most probable destination, although the Spanish giants still hold an interest in Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.If the Belgian did move to the Bernabeu, the Blues would likely line-up Alisson as his replacement. Liverpool are not going to make an approach to sign Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson from Roma, according to reports.Roma value their highly-rated keeper at £80m and although the Reds are keen to improve on Loris Karius, they are unwilling to break the world record for a goalkeeper, according to Sky Sports News. Roma are demanding a world-record fee for a goalkeeper 1