Blatche, Fajardo lead 23-man Gilas pool for World Cup qualifiers

first_imgAlso making the cut are mainstays Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Japeth Aguilar, and Gabe Norwood, returnees Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and LA Revilla, cadets Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, and Russel Escoto, and PBA rookie Kiefer Ravena.Thirteen of the 23 names attended Gilas’ evening session at Meralco Gym.Jalalon, who is nursing a lateral colateral ligament sprain, dropped by, while Romeo are Ravena are still out-of-town, but will immediately join the squad’s sessions upon their return.The Philippines is slotted in Group B of the Asian qualifiers, together with reigning 2017 Fiba Asia champions Australia, and regional rivals Japan and Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Gilas opens its quest for a slot in the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China on Nov. 24 against Japan at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo, before flying home and taking on Chinese Taipei on Nov. 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayson,Pogs,Matt,Allein,Gabe, Calvin,CBC,Mac,Troy, Mond, Jap, JMF practiced today. Jio came but is out (LCL).TR & KR still OOT. AB on d 12th— Chot Reyes (@coachot) November 3, 2017 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philippines’ center Andray Blatche dunks the ball against Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche is set to team up anew with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and one of Asia’s top guards Jayson Castro as they headline Gilas Pilipinas’ 23-man pool for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.National team coach Chot Reyes has submitted the list of names on Friday. The Philippine team has already started its preparations for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers scheduled later this month.ADVERTISEMENT Lopez drops 34 on Nets, D-Lo gets 17 in Lakers’ win Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The last time Blatche saw action for Gilas was during the 2017b Seaba Championship last May.The Xinjiang Flying Tigers center was sent back home to the United States by his mother ball club due to injury, but Reyes shared that the Syracuse native is expected to arrive in Manila on Nov. 12 to join the team’s trainings.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 View commentslast_img read more

Liberia Needs Modern Telecom Sector

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, says in order to compete in the modern global economy, there is a need for Liberia to have a state-of-the-art telecommunications sector.“We need the ability to connect with the entire world, for the private sector, for the government, and for individuals to be able to succeed. We believe all this can be achieved through a vibrant telecommunications sector,” Ambassador Malac said.Speaking at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication when she paid a courtesy call on Minister Frederick Norkeh, Ambassador Malac said a modern telecommunications sector would give the country’s economy a boost as government tries to rebuild the nation after 14 years of civil crisis.“That is why it is important that Liberia rebuilds its economy and the country becomes a part of the global economy.To do this, you need a modern telecommunications system,” she said.She said the telecommunications sector is just one of the many things that need to advance in Liberia for it to participate in the modern world.She indicated that Minister Norkeh has some very good ideas and a lot of good plans concerning where he wants to take the ministry and the telecommunications sector, but warned that there are still a lot of pieces that need to be put together and that it takes time for it to be built.When asked whether the government’s projection for the future were too ambitious and would cause embarrassing project shortfalls, she responded “it is important that governments don’t spend money they do not have because it is not a good position to be in.”“Sometimes it hard when you are impatient to make things happen and the money is not there, but sometimes it good to take a step back and figure out what is possible when the funding is not available and find other means to get the financing,” the US Ambassador said.“We would like to see the private sector involved in a number of activities that the government itself is currently involved in, but that has its own challenges as well,” she added.Minister Norkeh said that Ambassador Malac’s visit was one of the usual visits that she pays to his ministry, and that she actually wanted to know some of the challenges and achievements the ministry had experienced since her last visit.He said the U.S. has been providing assistance to his ministry, especially in the area of capacity building, and that the meeting was intended to discuss how best the U.S. could help in the fiber-optic installation process.“We have been having problems in the fiber-optic installation process. The U.S., being a premier country in this kind of technology, has offered to help Liberia,” Minister Norkeh concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SARA: an agency embroiled in its own imbroglio

first_imgDear Editor,From the outset, I want to make it abundantly clear that I support investigations into decisions made and transactions done by public officers — including the Executive President — in respect to assets of the State; once there is a basis for such investigations. I apprehend this to be one of the cornerstones of accountable, transparent and good governance.Both the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, himself a former President, and former President Donald Ramotar have publicly declared that they welcome any investigation into the allocation of oil mining blocks to the recipients under the PPP Administration. Expectedly, they both demand that the investigations be done by a reputable international agency. Unsurprisingly, they both opine that the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) is not qualified to conduct such investigations. With these sentiments I fully concur.It is an uncontroverted fact that SARA is deeply politically-tainted, entrenched and influenced. This disability is aggravated by an aura of unconstitutionality which envelops its governing legislation, and is compounded by a stain of illegality surrounding the appointment of its two most senior functionaries.From its inception, the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU), the precursor to SARA, was conceived in, and birthed from, the political womb of the Ministry of the Presidency. There it spent its weaning months, where it was nourished from money out of the budget of that political agency. In that political epicenter, its three main officers were handpicked by the political czars; absolutely devoid of transparency or accountability, and without resort to a competitive process.Professor Clive Thomas is a known politician and a leader of the Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA), one of the political parties in the Coalition Government. While in SARU, he was quoted almost weekly in the press, expressing very jaundiced and conclusive views on a number of areas of endeavour — which were to become the subject of investigations by SARA — long before these investigations commenced. These premonitions, without more, illustrated an arrival at verdicts long before the probing began. His open hostility to the PPP and its supporters made the matter more toxic.Aubrey Retemyer was a leading member of the US chapter of the PNC. Now at home, there is no doubt that he would have transformed into a regularised and locally-domiciled patron of Congress Place.Eric Phillips’s long association with the PNC is well documented, and he is also one of the political advisers to President David Granger. His ethno-driven ideology will always be perceived to impair his objectivity in a society like ours.These are the three leading officers of SARA. Their political groundings, party affiliations and ideologies, ipso facto, disqualify them from being independent, professional and apolitical, all of which are requisites for the holders of offices in any investigative arm of the State.Irrespective of how professional their intentions and actions may be, the political stench which they emit contaminates anything that they do in the eyes of the public. More than half of the society perceive them as political apparatchiks with hatchets in hand. That is the cold, hard reality.Additionally, pending in the High Court is litigation which challenges the constitutionality of almost every provision of the SARA Act. These proceedings will certainly not end in the High Court; they journey all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). This challenge, therefore, will be extant for the next five years, at a minimum.Moreover, the Director and Deputy Director of SARA simply transitioned themselves from SARU into SARA when the SARA Act came into force. They were never appointed in accordance with the Act, neither were their terms and conditions determined in accordance with the Act.The schedule of the SARA Act provides that, “the National Assembly shall, by a simple majority and on the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments, appoint the Director and the Deputy Director of SARA.” Professor Thomas and Mr. Retemyer, who purport to be the Director and Deputy Director respectively of SARA, were never appointed by this process.The schedule of the Act also provides that, “the terms and conditions of the appointment of the Director and Deputy Directors, including their terms of office, shall be determined by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments.” The National Assembly has had nothing to do with either the appointments or fixing the terms and conditions of employment of either Thomas or Retemyer.The schedule of the SARA Act further compels the Director to prepare a report at the end of each financial year, detailing how the agency has discharged its functions; its annual plans for the financial year, and costs associated therewith; along with monies credited to the agency. This statement is required to be laid by the subject Minister in the National Assembly. As far as I am aware, no such report was ever laid in the National Assembly, and SARA has been in existence since 2017.Additionally, yours truly has filed legal proceedings challenging the legality of the appointments of Professor Thomas and Mr. Retemyer. Those proceedings are pending in the High Court.In the end, we have the constitutionality of the SARA Act being the subject of a legal challenge; the two most senior functionaries of SARA holding office illegally; and the agency itself contravening its superintendent legislation by not laying its Annual Reports in the National Assembly. An agency so embroiled in its own implosive illegalities must be disqualified, by any standard, from being a professional investigative unit. No educated, civilized society will repose public trust and confidence where so many legal issues abound.Sincerely,Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

Kailando Takes over Jubilee FC

first_imgBishop Allan Klayee, the chairman of the board of directors of church based football club, Jubilee FC, has announced the appointment of businessman George Kailando, as its new president.Bishop Klayee said Mr. Kailondo’s appointment is intended to commercialize Jubilee FC. He rejected reports that the businessman has bought a share in the team.“The board of directors said after series of meetings with Mr. Kailando, a football lover and neighbor to the Jubilee Church resolved to appoint him as president,” Bishop Klayee said.Bishop Klayee said the team was founded in 2006 to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to its members.“Since its establishment, over 500 persons have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and we will continue to use the game to win souls,” Bishop Klayee noted.Besides being a business man Mr. Kailando is also a politician and Attorney-at-law. He is the co-sponsor of the ongoing President’s Cup, which cost about US$33,000.Bishop Klayee is the founder and chief executive officer of Jubilee FC, formerly Paynesville Young Controller (PYC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

As July 26 Contribution,

first_imgWinners Incorporated, a major sports betting company, has donated 148 bags and cash of Ld150, 000, amounting to a total value of L$310,000 to the General Service Agency (GSA) in Monrovia.Winners’ donation is to support activities marking the forthcoming July 26th Independence Day celebration.Making the donation yesterday at the GSA Compound on UN Drive, Marketing Manager, Randall Kaybee, Sr., on behalf of the company’s CEO, Yacob Batshon, said the initiative is to identify with the government during the festive season.The donation came following series of discussions the company held with the GSA Management through Director-General Mary T. Broh.Mr. Kaybee said the company is committed to see that Liberia becomes a productive and functioning society among comity of nations.Winners, Inc. sees itself as a firm partner with the government and people of Liberia; therefore, when the nation is gearing up to celebrate its birth anniversary, the company has to contribute to make the celebration successful, he said.“This year, as Sinoe and Grand Kru play hosts, Winners is providing this consignment of 148 bags and other assorted items to support government’s efforts to celebrate a peaceful independence,” Mr. Kaybee said.Winners, he said, has meanwhile agreed to support other projects in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County and in other parts of the country to give the counties a face-lift for the July 26 celebration.“Giving back to the communities in a socially responsible way is a key attitude of our company. Winners continue to provide hundreds of jobs for many Liberians and projects that, in the next 12 months, the company will be able to create more jobs in line with government’s jobs creation policy,” he said.GSA Deputy Director General for Operations, Borkai Sirleaf, who received the donation, expressed gratitude to Winners, Inc.Mr. Sirleaf meanwhile promised to use the items to feed workers in the two counties that are given a facelift for this year’s Independence Day celebration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Strings attached

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE Los Angeles Unified School District may have no choice but to accommodate the popularity of charter schools under state law, but that doesn’t mean officials have to live up to the spirit of the law. Independent and popular, charter schools have long been requesting, to no avail, that the district allow them to use some of its vacant space. This week, school officials grudgingly gave in, as they must, but offered up school sites that might be rescinded in the fall. Essentially, their offer is a nonoffer, and now some charters don’t know where they will hold classes next school year. The LAUSD doesn’t like the charter school revolution, since it empowers parents, teachers and campus administrators instead of the district’s bloated and largely ineffective bureaucracy. Proposition 39 says the school district has to provide for and support all students equally. These games that the district is using to punish charters show that school officials are committed to their own survival, and not to the education of children.last_img read more

Lost Steinbeck manuscript, short story found

first_img Sellers expect the sale, auctioned in two lots, to fetch more than $500,000. “I would say it might well be the Steinbeck sale of the century,” said Bruce MacMakin, senior vice president of Pacific Book Auction Gallery, which is handling the sale on behalf of the producer’s widow, Twila Martin. The unpublished story, “If This Be Treason,” described a McCarthy-era firing of a TV star investigated by the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee. Steinbeck, a naturalistic writer best known for his tales of the Depression, won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for such novels as “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men.” He died in 1968. The manuscript sale has been the talk of the week for Steinbeck scholars and booksellers. “This’ll be a feeding frenzy when this stuff comes up,” said Bob DeMott, a distinguished professor of English at Ohio University, who has published eight books about Steinbeck. “I think it’s the only manuscript of a novel not in a museum – it’s wonderful,” said David Meeker of Nick Adams & Co. Rare Books in Sacramento, which specializes in Steinbeck and Hemingway editions. Musical conceived Meeker said he heard the manuscript for “Sweet Thursday” was being shopped around for $500,000. Its reserve auction price is $300,000. In the early 1950s, Steinbeck and Martin had conceived of a musical based on “Cannery Row.” Although the “Bear Flag” script was never finished, it resulted in the novel “Sweet Thursday,” published in 1954. Eisenberg, a close friend of Martin, was asked by his widow in 2004 to sort through the box that had been collecting dust in her Hollywood Hills closet for 50 years. With a stack of Steinbeck at hand, including “Sweet Thursday,” Eisenberg had his “Aha!” moment after two months of eye-stinging study. “You have to understand something: This isn’t the easiest stuff to read,” said Eisenberg, who’s a filmmaker, scriptwriter, co-founder of the All Cities Library publishing group and author of such books as “How to Survive a Day Job.” “I got double vision up late nights. “The bottom line is: This is inexpressible – how many times in your life can you touch history, help preserve history? I truly feel … I made a difference in saving important literature.” dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The cardboard box, found in the effects of the late “Guys and Dolls” producer Ernest H. Martin, contained the 188-page draft of “Sweet Thursday,” the lighthearted sequel to “Cannery Row.” On crumbling sepia-toned pages, it also contained the unfinished draft of “The Bear Flag Cafe,” an unperformed musical comedy collaboration with Martin and partner Cy Feuer from which the novel emerged. As if that weren’t enough, there were carbon copies of 13 Steinbeck letters dated from 1953, the manuscript of “The Log From The Sea of Cortez,” and a never-published short story. The Steinbeck treasure trove, sorted and preserved by Eisenberg, will be auctioned May 24 in San Francisco. `Sale of the century’ NORTH HILLS – Writer Joel Eisenberg was poring over some crumbling manuscripts at 3 a.m. when the bombshell hit. He realized the handwritten scrawl swimming before his eyes was none other than the missing draft of “Sweet Thursday” by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. What followed was literary shock – and a string of writerly expletives. “This stuff was unbelievable – just laying in a box,” said Eisenberg, 43, of North Hills. “I had this `Aha!’ moment when I realized not only what I had here, but what I had the responsibility to do.” last_img

Not everyone is excited by the arrival of Ibrahimovic and Mourinho at United

first_imgNot everyone associated with Man United is excited at the prospect of Jose Mourinho sitting in the Old Trafford dugout next season.The Portuguese was appointed manager in May to much fanfare, but former United full back Paul Parker explained to talkSPORT why he has not been impressed so far, citing his dig at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s lack of titles as one reason.“His style worries me,” Parker told the Weekend Sports Breakfast. “When he had his press conference and he brings up Arsene Wenger – that worries me.”“He shouldn’t be talking about it, it’s irrelevant. If he wants that personal battle he should do it on his own time but don’t use Manchester United to do what you were doing at Chelsea.“He’s not managing Chelsea anymore.”Parker, who played for the club between 1991 and 1996 and won two Premier League titles, said he would like to have seen someone like Laurent Blanc in the hot seat.Blanc recently left PSG and Parker is a fan of the Frenchman’s ability to keep egos such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic under control.On the signing of Ibrahimovic, Parker revealed he is unsure about his suitability and questioned where he would fit in.“I’m going to wait to see what happens. I can’t jump on the bandwagon yet.”Catch the Weekend Sports Breakfast every Saturday and Sunday on talkSPORT from 7am here.last_img read more

Crystal Palace submit £20 million bid for West Brom striker

first_img1 Crystal Palace have bid £20million plus add-ons for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, it is understood.It tops Stoke’s offer of £17million plus £3million in add-ons from earlier in the week – which is also yet to get an official answer – but West Brom have always wanted to find a suitable replacement before allowing Berahino to complete a move. The 22-year-old is expected to leave The Hawthorns this summer after four transfer windows of constant speculation over his future.Last summer he threatened to strike and never play for chairman Jeremy Peace again after Tottenham had several bids rejected, the last totalling £23million but was nowhere near the basic payment Palace and Stoke have now offered. He was omitted from boss Tony Pulis’ squad during the saga as Pulis felt the forward was not in the right frame of mind to play before being reintegrated into the squad.Berahino scored 20 goals in 2014-15 but has not recaptured that form and Albion have accepted it is time to let the England Under-21 international, who came through their youth ranks, leave.Palace are low on strikers after Dwight Gayle joined Newcastle and Emmanuel Adebayor left after the end of his short-term deal at the end of the season.The Baggies are chasing West Ham’s Diafra Sakho as a replacement for Berahino but the Hammers want reinforcements before letting him go. Saido Berahino last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS €33,000 ON NATIONAL LOTTERY’S TV SHOW

first_imgMichael Dolan from Lifford Co. Donegal has won €33,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 11th April 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right : Harry Cooke, Head of Operations & Corporate Affairs, The National Lottery; the winning player Michael Dolan; Michael’s stepdaughter and guest support on the night, Charlene Mongan and The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne. The winning ticket was bought at The Diamond, Raphoe, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyA Co Donegal man has scooped €33,000 on the National Lottery’s Million Euro Challenge Show.Michael Dolan from Lifford won the cash on Saturday’s night show.The winning ticket was bought at The Diamond, Raphoe.  DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS €33,000 ON NATIONAL LOTTERY’S TV SHOW was last modified: April 13th, 2015 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:LiffordMichael Dolannational lotterylast_img read more