first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young The overworked neophyte senator has remained mum on how he would do battle, while trainer Freddie Roach said they’ve got to take control early. There was no mention of a possible stoppage on the part of Pacquiao, who scored his last knockout in 2009.Of course, there has been a deafening clamor for a big KO, which must have risen louder following Vargas’ annoying flamboyance.Will Pacquiao finally commit himself to a KO finish on the eve of the championship, maybe during the official weigh-in?It’s like this. The call from President Rodrigo Duterte, a known Pacquiao fan and ally, for the fighting senator to finish off Vargas, did not come as a surprise. The fighting chief executive was honestly voicing the wish of the whole nation.It would therefore not be right to call the Duterte wish a marching order.Meanwhile, it would not take long before Jinkee Pacquiao, the senator’s lovely wife, would voice out her own wish.The earlier the better, Mrs. Pacquiao told mediamen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBy the way, Dewey Cooper, the champ’s new trainer, has warned spectators they could end up disapppointed, claiming the younger Vargas, with his edge in height and reach, will give Manny much tougher time than anticipated. Cooper said Vargas will box Manny “like nobody else.”Of course, they don’t know Pacquiao would rather die than disappoint the love of his life, who has been desiring nothing less than a red-hot early knockout. Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Jessie Vargas, the champion, moved onto the Las Vegas press con centerstage on Wednesday a super rich shopper proud and raring to snatch a big knockout. He could hardly wait.Sorry, the priceless good would not be available until fight time on Saturday, Nevada time. Tall and handsome in a moss-green suit, the reigning WBO welterweight titlist proceeded to score loud with his mouth. The 27-year-old Vargas cried he would be more than ready to clip and stop Sen. Manny Pacquiao with either his left or right hand.He also tried to claim he could be invincible.This blazing bravado was not expected of Vargas who, from the start, has been generally figured out as an inferior match to Pacquiao. The sudden flash of confidence, either suggested or personal, has definitely helped push popularity and sales for the championship, which took off with very little promise more than two months ago.Vargas crying out wild has definitely heightened, even doubled, expectations for a brutal early ending to the championship, a happy twist that has brought back the smile on promoter Bob Arum’s old cunning lips.Manny Pacquiao could not help but be amused.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus New chair wants to expand PBA fan baselast_img read more

first_imgThe Garifuna, an Afro-indigenous ethnic group, have inhabited eastern Honduras since the late 18th century, collectively owning and conserving large tracts of Honduras’s rich coastal ecosystems.In recent decades both their way of life and their ancestral lands have been increasingly threatened by the relentless encroachment of powerful private interests in Honduras’s burgeoning tourism and biofuel industries.The Garifuna have been mounting a resistance, aided in part by a network of community radio stations.In addition to serving up traditional music and shows on health and nutrition, domestic violence, substance abuse, and other topics, the stations have helped raise the profile of people struggling to protect indigenous lands and ways of life and serve as a strong means of mobilization, according to local activists. LA CEIBA, Honduras — In the small, sky-blue studio at the Faluma Bimetu community radio station, 32-year-old Cesar Benedict reaches for the controls and slowly fades out the fast percussive rhythms and flighty guitar of a well-known Garifuna praise song. He leans his considerable bulk closer to the microphone and delivers a clipped message about the threat of deforestation and global warming in Honduras. Then he adeptly fades the track back in.Located in the rural village of Triunfo de la Cruz, in Honduras’s Atlántida department along the country’s palm-fringed northern Caribbean coast, Faluma Bimetu broadcasts the plight of the Garifuna people. The station’s name means “sweet coconut” in the distinctive Garifuna language.The Garifuna are a unique Afro-indigenous ethnic group descended from mutinous West African slaves and indigenous Carib and Arawak groups that dispersed across parts of South America and the Caribbean. The Garifuna have inhabited this part of Honduras since the late 18thcentury, collectively owning and conserving large tracts of Honduras’s rich coastal ecosystems and sustaining themselves on subsistence agriculture and small-scale fishing.In recent decades, however, both their way of life and their ancestral lands have been increasingly threatened by the relentless encroachment of powerful private interests in Honduras’s burgeoning tourism and biofuel industries.According to reports from organizations including Global Witness and Amnesty International, Garifuna communities along the Honduran coast have routinely faced threats, harassment and gross human rights violations. Faluma Bimetu was set up in 1997 in response to the murder of three local land activists.Cesar Benedict looks out to sea in Triunfo de la Cruz. Image by Christopher Clark for Mongabay.Benedict was born here in Triunfo de la Cruz. When he was just 11 years old, he decided it was time to “join the social struggle,” as he puts it, to help protect the Garifuna’s land and culture against what he saw as an onslaught by external forces. He started volunteering at Faluma Bimetu, carrying out various menial tasks after school and picking up a few tricks of the trade from the radio hosts, who included his older brother.Today, Benedict is Faluma Bimetu’s hardworking director. With no salary and minimal funding, he manages a team of seven radio hosts and oversees a 24-hour schedule that includes shows on health and nutrition, domestic violence and substance abuse, the environment, youth and women’s leadership development, religion and spirituality, and traditional music.last_img read more

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite “I practice that everyday. Day-in and day-out, we’re in the gym three hours a day, I get up at least 250 shots at practice. It’s all about repetition and confidence,” said Nabong, who punished the Elite with his 15-foot jumpers.Nabong went on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting from the field to finish with 13 points, 11 coming in the fourth, to go with nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHowever, it wasn’t just Nabong’s surprise offensive outburst which did the trick for Meralco, but also his defensive aggression, which limited Blackwater to just 11 points in the final frame.“That’s our thing: defense. That’s what got us to our record right now. We’re number one on defense and fastbreak points,” he said, as the Bolts fought back from an 80-72 deficit coming into the final quarter and clamped the Elite down on defense. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Smith: We got to keep on fighting More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKelly Nabong has tirelessly practiced his midrange jumpshots since arriving in Meralco.His hardwork finally paid off as his sweet perimeter shooting sparked the Bolts’ 102-91 victory over Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “That’s what we do. We lock up everybody who comes to the gym with us. Coach Norman Black puts a lot of pressure on us, but at the same time he gives us a lot of confidence,” he said.As Meralco sits idle at second place with its 6-1 card, Nabong welcomes the upcoming 17-day break but maintains that the Bolts need to continue sharpening their saw before returning to action on May 3 against Phoenix.“The challenge is try to stay in shape and not let up a little bit, try to be on top of our game, and build a little bit of what we’re doing right now,” he said. “We’re in the quarters already, but that’s not our goal. Our goal is to be in the Finals and win in the Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_img…in PNC leadershipIn the 1950’s, Cold War America was held hostage by one Senator Joseph McCarthy. He used his bully pulpit of Senate Hearings to terrorise strategically-placed citizens by ostentatiously accusing them of being communists. He ruined many careers and lives based on nothing more than innuendoes and insinuations. He was finally brought down when one army counsel, defending a young lawyer against McCarthy’s bombastic charges, asked him a simple question: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”The question pierced the conscience of middle America, including members of his own Republican Party, who put their foot down on McCarty’s bullyism. Today, Guyana’s being held hostage by the bullyism of the PNC’s David Granger and his henchman AG Basil Williams, as they callously crap on the Constitution to hang on to power and game the elections. Guyanese understand that our politics is a contact sport – but even in the boxing ring, fans boo when a pugilist hits below the belt!After the shenanigans Granger’s pulled to fix the elections – starting with his unilateral appointment of James Patterson as GECOM Chair and ending with Basil Williams’ comment that the PNC doesn’t believe Justice George can tell GECOM that names can’t be taking off the old NRR and OLE in any H2H exercise – can’t some member of the PNC ask him, “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” Surely there are members of the PNC who love of Guyana and understand that it does no Guyanese, including fellow members, any good, to shred our Constitution to confetti.With such a large proportion of our populace under 35, is it possible that young PNC supporters don’t know about what happened to their parents – and all Guyana – when Burnham played fast and loose with the Constitution back then – as Granger is doing right now?? Even if it’s not in the history books, don’t parents talk to their children about the past? Do they just talk “race” and regurgitate the hate for the “other”?? Do they expect the oil revenues to cover all the sins of their party’s cynicism and profligacy??Well apart from the object lesson next door with Chavez’s experiments in Venezuela – eerily imitating Burnham’s economic grandiosity and megalomania – Burnham had also received a massive windfall from spiked sugar prices. All of that was frittered away and we were left hungry, naked and homeless by the time the dictator died at GT hospital!!Because of its strategic occupancy of the State’s coercive power institutions, it’s clear the PNC figures the PPP can do nothing about driving a stake in the heart of the Constitution.Will none of his supporters rid us of their renegade leader – to even save themselves??…in failureWith the PNC, it seems like nothing succeeds like failure!! Granger failed to have his unilaterally-appointed GECOM Chair remain in office, but he’s grinning like a Cheshire Cat as he strings out the election process as if the NCM never happened. But the biggest failure who’s succeeded beyond belief is Basil Williams. The fella has the losingest record in the history of Attorney Generals in Guyana, yet he was awarded silk!! Your Eyewitness is still surprised no one’s turned in their “SC” designation!His most recent failure resulted in the bitch slap delivered to him earlier this week by the CJ. He’d pleaded that the CJ showed bias in comments she’d made en passant earlier in another action about H2H Registration. Williams asked that she recuse herself from the challenges on H2H.  She ruled that his action was an “an abuse of the process of the court”.And ordered him to pay 75% of the cost slapped on Chris Ram, for losing his bid to have the H2H halted!Ouch!!…at City HallAlmost a year’s passed since the Kennard CoI into City Hall’s Augean Stables. But the Local Government Commission (LGC) is “still working” to implement its 30+ recommendations.And you thought only the elections were being dragged out!!last_img read more

first_imgA year later he debuted for the senior Greek national team, leading them to ninth in the 2014 World Cup.The World Cup will take place in China from August 31 to September 15.Greece will play in Group F against Brazil, New Zealand and Montenegro and must finish in the top two to advance to a second round group that will contain the top two sides from a first-round quartet of the USA, Turkey, Japan and the Czech Republic.The top two sides from that second round group will progress to the quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay No. 1 Ash Barty wins on No. 1 Court at Wimbledon Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knickscenter_img MOST READ “We finally decided to have Kostas Antetokounmpo on the team,” said coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos.“He is a young player whose development we expect a lot from. We felt that we would only start to see the benefits by gradually introducing him into contact with the national team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe oldest of the five brothers, Francis, is a professional footballer but there is a possibility that three will become four in the future with the youngest brother Alexis already turning heads in high school in Milwaukee and tipped by Giannis to be the best of the lot.Giannis, born in Greece to Nigerian parents, first represented Greece in July 2013 at under-21 level, the same year he signed for the Bucks. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: (L-R) Kostas Antetokounmpo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and Alexis Antetokounmpo attend the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Turner Sports/AFPThe NBA’s MVP for the 2018-19 season Giannis Antetokounmpo was named in the Greece squad for the 2019 World Cup in China on Tuesday along with two of his four brothers.The 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks forward will be joined by 26-year-old Thanasis who plays for Greek side Panathinaikos, and 21-year-old Dallas Mavericks’ power forward Kostas who makes the 18-man squad for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgA representative aspirant of Montserrado Electoral District #2, Lt. Col. Jimmy Smith, has warned his opponents including the incumbent, Representative Sekou Kanneh, not to truck voters into the district when the voter registration process begins in February, next year.The former police officer’s warning was contained in a statement he delivered at an “acquaintance gathering” held at his residence in Jacob Town, Paynesville, outside Monrovia. Smith alleged that he lost to the incumbent in the 2011 race due to the trucking of illegal immigrants into the country.“Since we want to see our country remain peaceful, we will resist any form of manipulation in 2017 as we go to the polls to decide who should lead the people of the district,” Smith said.He said the trucking and registration of undesirable aliens to vote during election periods endanger the security of the state, adding, “this ugly political act must be completely deterred.” He promised to consult with the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the National Elections Commission (NEC) and security agencies to sanction the practice.“We will make the trucking of people from wherever into this district very uncomfortable by carefully checking out facts on each registered voter,” Col. Smith said, adding that if care is not taken, the district will continue to be misrepresented and remain backward in development.Smith’s warning came following Sinoe County Senator Milton Teajay’s recent comment on the influx of “aliens” into the country through porous borders. Teajay believes that those roaming the streets in Monrovia and other parts of the country without any thought of returning to their respective homelands instill fear in the minds of Liberians who are conscious of the ensuing elections.When contacted via mobile phone to discuss the allegation of trucking aliens into the district, Representative Kanneh denied the information, which he described as false. He called on anyone who thinks that he has done any wrong to take the matter to the law, “instead of crying wolf pointlessly.” For his part, the chairman of St. Francis community in Jacob Town, Gregory T. Blamoh, said it is a sad thing to see residents of the same home being divided instead of forging ahead in unity to develop their community.“For me it is a good thing to rally around whoever wins and support him or her in executing his or her development agenda for the district,” Mr. Blamoh said.He said that he has noticed that Representative Kanneh and Col. Smith are not on speaking terms and this, he thinks, is not in the interest of the district.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_imgEU sugar paymentLast year, the European Union (EU) gave Guyana 24.4 million euros ($5.4 billion) in aid to support its adjustment to the loss of the Union’s lucrative market. But more than seven months later, questions still remain about exactly how the Government will be using this money.Despite being an important stakeholder in the local sugar industry, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is in the dark on the Government’s intentions. According to GAWU President Komal Chand, the silence surrounding the money is a concern.The labour representative noted that the EU’s intention in giving Guyana the money was that it would be used in the sugar industry. But in the absence of any Government-facilitated consultations or budgetary plan, Chand could only surmise that the money was still with the Government.“The money was delayed. I know the Government did receive the money. But we don’t know what they have done with that money. It comes as a result of the (EU) commitment to the sugar industry, after the price of sugar was cut by 36 per cent.“So, they distributed money to the sugar industry over a number of years. The last payment was last year, but it was not released to the sugar industry. It was intended for the sugar industry; the money came about due to certain performance in the sugar industry.”Chand acknowledged that Government might be considering other uses for the money, such as meeting expenditure from the Consolidated Fund, paying wages to public servants and the execution of project works. But he noted that the bottom line was for the money to be used in the sugar industry.European Commission Director General for International Cooperation and Development, Stefano Manservisi (right) with Finance Minister Winston JordanFor years, the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has provided sugar to Europe on a quota system. In fact, Europe accounted for over 150,000 tonnes in sugar exports from Guyana.But the EU’s quota management system for sugar will end on September 30, 2017 and is expected to lead to a fall in prices towards the international sugar price and a decrease in sugar exports from the ACP, with particular impact on Caribbean producers. Government has been downsizing the sugar industry, a move fiercely resisted by GAWU. Last year, the operations of the LBI Estate were amalgamated with those of the Enmore Estate in order to make both estates more efficient, according to GuySuCo.GAWU has noted that thousands of persons stand to be affected by the closure of this East Demerara Estate, which employs some 2200 persons in the field, factory, security, administrative and managerial sections.Government has announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services provided by GuySuCo.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder claimed that this process would result in improving the relationship with some cane cutters, estate staff and about 1710 private cane farmers, adding that GuySuCo’s sugar operations will be limited to the Albion-Rose Hall, Blairmont and Uitvlugt-Wales Estates. The estates will be complete with factories and will have cane supplied from all locations, according to the Agriculture Minister.The International Monetary Fund (IMF), along with the Opposition, has warned the Guyana Government about the social impact of the measures it is taking. There has also been criticism of the downsizing, in light of the absence of a socio-economic study.last_img read more

first_imgNorthampton Town are lining up a loan move for Swindon striker Miles Storey.The young forward is currently deemed surplus to requirements by manager Mark Cooper, who has guided Swindon to the top of League One this season.The 21-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Portsmouth where he scored three goals in 21 outings but returned to Swindon earlier this month.However Storey looks set to leave on loan once again and Northampton are hoping to land him until the end of the season. Miles Storey during a loan spell on Birmingham 1last_img

first_imgOfficials said the activity was meant to represent the obstacles children must overcome to get through high school and stress the necessity of working together. “You need to work as a team to get through high school,” said Claudia Van Gorden, program coordinator and English teacher. While the Link Crew is new at Wilson High School, Van Gorden and Christina Rouw, also faculty and Link Crew coordinators, said such mentoring programs are growing in popularity. Albert Clegg, principal at Wilson High, who recently completed his doctorate studying ninth grade transition practices in California, said his research comparing 285 state schools showed an increased graduation rate when peer mentoring programs were in place. “When kids are connected, they stay in school,” he said. HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Rafael Navarro carefully stepped over sheets of paper, which were representive of a river. Only high school mentor Chris Chin knew which sheets were “safe.” If Navarro took a wrong step, he’d have to turn back. The goal of the game, called 64 Squares, was to get to the other side, then help the others across. It was one of the activities being supervised Thursday by Glen A. Wilson High School’s new Link Crew leaders, upperclassmen who volunteered to mentor incoming freshmen. About 300 students were in attendance, officials said. Van Gorden said the Link Crew leaders will call freshmen on the night before the first day of school with reminders and words of support. The crew will also be wearing lime green T-shirts so wayward freshmen can easily spot them if they need help, she added. “If freshmen get lost, they know they can come up to a Link Crew leader and find out what’s going on,” Van Gorden said, adding they can even sit next to them at lunch, if they want. The leaders get three full days of training, Rouw said. “It’s all about creating a sense of community and safety and getting rid of that awkward trepidation on the first day of school,” she said. Michelle Aguilar, 17, a Hacienda Heights senior, said she wanted to volunteer because one person helped her adjust when she was a new high schooler. “I had one person who helped me, so I wanted to help them too,” she said. Navarro, 13, said he believes the program will help him make the transition from middle to high school. “It’s fun,” he said. “We meet new friends, new people.” At the end of 64 Squares, students walked to the other side of the “river,” linked by their pinky fingers. “You guys did it,” Chin said, smiling. “You are the champions of paper-crossing.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgULSTER SENIOR League’s Inter-Pros bid ended with a heavy defeat to Leinster on Sunday morning. Ulster Senior League 1 Leinster Senior League 5Picture by Stephen Doherty The USL’s Michael Ward campaign ended on Sunday morning with a defeat at the hands of the Leinster Senior League by five goals to one. Two early goal (one from the penalty spot) and an injury time goal in the first half had the hosts 3-0 to the good.Ulster started well in the second half and got a goal back from BJ Banda but Leinster scored twice after that to run out comfortable winners and in doing so winning the Interprovincial tournament.Ulster Senior League: Gavin Cullen (Cockhill Celtic) Oisin Langan (Fanad United), Peter Doherty (Cockhill Celtic Emmet Friars (Letterkenny Rovers), Lee Toland (Letterkenny Rovers), Laurence Toland (Cockhill Celtic), Ryan Lonerga (Letterkenny Rovers), BJ Banda (Letterkenny Rovers), Michéal Doherty (Bonagee United), Dean McCarry (Fanad United), Ryan Lonergan (Letterkenny Rovers). Subs Used: Ryan Rainey (Bonagee United), Dean McCarry (Fanad United), Ryan Rainey (Bonagee United), Gareth Breslin (Bonagee United), Adam Duffy (Cockhill Celtic). USL end Inter-Pro weekend with heavy loss to Leinster was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more