Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have bowed out of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title race, but June Mar Fajardo remained still the statistical points leader for the Best Player of the Conference at the end of the semifinals.The Cebuano giant netted 38.455 SPs after averaging 18.55 points, a league-best 11.64 rebounds, 1.73 assists, and 2.27 blocks.ADVERTISEMENT One thing going against Fajardo, though, in his bid for a record sixth BPC award is the Beermen’s subpar performance in the season-ending conference which saw their Grand Slam dream halted in the quarterfinals. Trailing him at second is TNT guard Jayson Castro, who amassed 33.563 SPs after leading the KaTropa to the semifinals with his averages of 18.19 markers, 4.38 boards, 6.31 dimes, and 1.19 steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHowever, the battle for the hardware would likely fall on the players who led their team to the Finals.Greg Slaughter is making a strong case for his first BPC award after netting 32.625 SPs. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Warriors’ Klay Thompson ‘aspires’ to create dynasty like Michael Jordan’s Bulls View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Returning to action this conference, the Ginebra big man is having a stellar conference after averaging 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks so far while helping the Gin Kings to the championship round.Closely behind is Meralco sophomore Chris Newsome, who has 30.875 SPs after netting 13.06 markers, 6.25 boards, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals for the Bolts before the finals.Completing the top five is San Miguel forward Arwind Santos, who had 30.583 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are LA Tenorio of Ginebra (30.188 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort (29.444 SPs), Calvin Abueva of Alaska (29.000 SPs), Baser Amer of Meralco (28.867 SPs), and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel (28.500 SPs).Meanwhile, Allen Durham is still on the top in the Best Import race with his 58.875 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The 29-year-old is poised to claim his second Best Import award as he is way above of his peers after averaging 25.44 points, 20.06 rebounds, 6.81 assists, and 1.25 blocks while anchoring the Bolts to a return trip to the Finals.On Durham’s heels are Phoenix’s Brandon Brown with 54.500 SPs, Blackwater’s Henry Walker with 54.100 SPs, GlobalPort’s Murphy Holloway with 53.222 SPs, and NLEX’s Aaron Fuller with 49.500 SPs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
The Liberia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is facing a lawsuit over “action of damages for wrong” against Representative Adolf Lawrence, a court document obtained by the Daily Observer said.LACC last week announced that House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and Montserrado County Representative Adolf Lawrence were under investigation on allegation of corruption involving US$22,500 that was paid to Cllr. Michael Allison, a transaction LACC sees as violation of the Public Procurement and Concession (PPCC) law and Public Financial Management Act (PFM).Addressing a news conference over the weekend in Monrovia, Rep. Lawrence dismissed any wrong doing on the part of him and House Speaker Alex Tyler, noting that the allegation is “politically motivated,” and as such, he Lawrence is seeking redress through the Civil Law Court.Providing an account of what transpired, the Montserrado County lawmaker disclosed that three consultants were hired for the nation’s oil and gas consultation after the draft bill was submitted to the Legislature for approval.Rep. Lawrence: “The House of Representatives contracted the services of three consultants, two of which were Liberians and the third a Ghanaian, to advise and draft the two pieces of legislations. The cost of consultancy for each of the Liberian was US$25,000 while the Ghanaian was US$75,000. Since it is the policy of government that services are rendered before payment, but that provisions in these contracts required 50% payment upon signature and due to the need to immediately commence, I as Chairman of the Committee on Lands, Natural Resources, Energy and Environment , sought the intervention of Speaker Tyler on how to proceed there from. Knowing the importance of the exercise, I requested and Speaker [Alex] Tyler agreed to advance the amounts required as initial payments to the consultants with the clear understanding that upon payment by government, he would be reimbursed. Consequently, the two Liberian consultants and the Ghanaian were paid 50 percent in keeping with the terms of the contract. Mr. Allison received US$12,500 representing 50 percent of his contract value. The other consultants were also paid 50 percent of their contract value.“After several months, Allison was informed that his payment was ready and that we had requested full payment from government in keeping with the contract, so that he would be paid his balance and the amount taken from the Speaker would be reimbursed. Allison informed us that he was out of the country but that he would instruct his Professional Assistant to take delivery of the check, which was issued in his name. This was a clear admission by Allison that he knew that Speaker Tyler had made the initial advance payment to him. When he was told that taxes were to be ducted from his balance payment, he raised the contention that this was not part of the contract. Because of Allison’s refusal to pay government’s 10 percent tax, Speaker Tyler advised that I receive the US$10,000 which Allison accepted to refund to avoid confrontation.”According to Lawrence, Allison met with him (Lawrence) upon arrival in Monrovia and agreed that they both proceed to the bank and complete the transaction.Upon verification by bank authorities, Lawrence said; the check was endorsed and encashed by him at EcoBank Annex on Ashmun Street. He thereafter gave me US$10,000 and the balance US$12,000 was taken by him.“At this point, agents of LACC arrived on the scene and informed me that LACC was investigating the ‘just-encashed’ check and that they needed my presence for statement.“At LACC, I was advised by its Chairman to turn over the money to them and return the next day for a statement. I returned the next day and signed a statement sheet and travelled the following day,” the Montserrado County lawmaker declared.He argued that the money in question was not government’s money, “So why has LACC confiscated the money without court order?”He then accused Cllr. James Verdier and the LACC of using the institution as a political tool instead of a professional entity.Lawrence disclosed that LACC has released US$10,000 of the said amount to Allison while investigation is ongoing, a position LACC has since dismissed.According to the court document, defendant LACC was filed a lawsuit on October 24, 2014 before Judge Yusuf D. Kabah, Resident Circuit Judge.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Rudolf Janke: “Preserving the country’s heritage means to save the story from being lost.”The story of Rudolf Janke, the brain behind the Peter Ballah Award for traditional storytellingWhen Rudolf Janke, a German, came to Liberia in 1982, he considered the country’s cultural and traditional practices as primitive and out of touch with the modern world.Janke’s school of thought, according to him, came from what foreign media portrayed of the country’s cultural and traditional practices in the early 70s and 80s, until he met the late cultural icon Peter Ballah in 2011, who debunked his beliefs.“After our interaction and several studios together about the country’s cultural practices, I came to realize that unlike what foreign media portrays of Liberia, it is a land that has a beautiful culture heritage,” Janke said. “I think the foreign media I know of have not treated Liberia well in terms of positive news coverage about the country’s culture. No country have a perfect cultural practice, so branding other people’s own as primitive does a lot of damage and make people think they are not civilized.”Now six years later, since that encounter, Janke is now fighting to save a culture he once considered as primitive through a storytelling competition titled “the Peter Ballah Award for Traditional Storytelling.” The competition is intended to save the country’s lost culture.The competition, now in its second stage, carries a cash prize of US$500, which will be awarded to three storytellers whose stories stand out among the many. The competition is open to all age groups and have seen an increase in the number of traditional stories submitted, from 40 during the first edition to 100 this year. The only criteria for application is that stories should come with cultural and traditional values before it can be accepted.“We focus on traditional stories with moral values because it reflects social values in a culture that motivates people in their pursuit of a meaningful life.“Liberia is a land rich with culture and when I got to learned it, I felt that I had a role to play, to preserve it for the next generation, for part of it is gradually decaying.“So that is where the traditional storytelling competition comes and gives the opportunity to Liberians to write about their traditional stories, whether it is about family or clan or a deity. These stories will be compiled into a book and distributed for free to schools across the country.“This country is at a crossroad, and if nothing is done to preserve the culture, maybe four decades from now, the next generation will have nothing to relate to. And to avoid this, I am getting involved,” Mr. Janke said with a smile on his face.Historically, oral storytelling or its documentation has been an integral part of Liberia’s culture. Masters of the craft would gather children around the fire or in their house to tell traditional stories ranging from family history to clan, deity, and morality tales.These stories had a profound impact on the minds of the listeners back then, like the stories of renowned author Wilton Sankawulo, who wrote numerous traditional stories. But nowadays the act of storytelling or documentation is disappearing.For Mr. Janke, keeping the country’s culture alive through storytelling competitions is important and crucial for the survival of Liberia’s cultural practices before it is finally lost.“This is a great beginning of many more things to come. With storytelling, it is easy for one to develop a complete understanding of one’s culture because one can easily relate to it and learn a lot about the world in a short period of time.“The oral tradition of storytelling makes it possible for a culture to pass knowledge, history, and experiences from one generation to the next,” he said.The German’s passion for storytelling comes from the fact that he learned about his country’s culture mostly through traditional stories, which have been documented, and the one told by his parents’ older people and at festival.According to Mr. Janke, these stories, documented over 60 years ago in his country, are still taught in schools and continue to have a profound impact on Germans, which have helped to keep their culture and tradition alive.And this is the same reason he is working towards establishing a traditional storytelling competition.“Preserving the country’s heritage means to save the story from being lost. This is why we are encouraging parents to get involved by telling their children traditional stories every night,” he said, adding, “by doing so, they reawaken and save their country’s culture.’Apart from the storytelling competition, Mr. Janke, whenever in the hinterland or in the counties, usually in the evening gathers the children in the village square or town hall and invites each person in the town to tell a story. His initiative is gaining momentum.Meanwhile, Mr. Janke has revealed plans that before the year’s end, they will start to create awareness on the importance of storytelling, to get Liberians involved and to have more people embrace their oral tradition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Coming this Fall: New Student Grants and Loan Repayment Assistance”It’s hard to believe that the summer is half over, and that means back-to-school plans are likely well underway if someone in your family is heading to college or university.- Advertisement -The logistics and expense of post-secondary education, whether it’s local or in another city, can be overwhelming. And the current global economic turmoil has served to highlight the importance of college, university and trades training. This means that Canadians of all ages are planning to “hit the books” in September.While some families are fortunate to have been able to save for their children’s education, most Canadian students require financial assistance through grants or loans.To ensure that students have better access to funds to help them manage the cost of post-secondary education, our Conservative Government has introduced new grants and loan repayment assistance measures for students. These new programs will launch in time for the 2009-10 school year.Advertisement First, there’s the new up-front Canada Student Grant for full-time students from low- and middle income families. This grant will provide $250 every month to low-income students and $100 a month to students from middle-income families who qualify for Canada Student Loans.Low-income students with children will get an additional $200 a month for every child under 12 years of age. Grants do not need to be paid back. Your eligibility for most Canada Student Grants is automatically assessed when you apply and qualify for a Canada Student Loan.The new Repayment Assistance Plan (RAP) will help student loan borrowers who have difficulty paying back their student loans. The plan will make it easier for student loan borrowers to manage their debt by ensuring that they can afford their loan payments.Under the plan, loan payments will be based on the borrower’s income and family size. In addition, no borrower should have a repayment period of more than 15 years, or 10 years if they have a permanent disability, while on the plan. You must apply for RAP as enrolment is not automatic.For part-time students, we’ve introduced a grant worth up to $1,200. Part-time students may receive up to $10,000 in Canada Student Loans, which is an increase from $4,000. In addition, the Grant for Part-Time Students with Dependants offers up to $1,920 for one year of study for students with dependants under 12 years of age. No payments will be required until six months after leaving school, although interest will accumulate during the study period.Advertisement Since coming to office, our Conservative Government has taken aggressive measures to assist post-secondary students by: introducing a new text book tax credit; exempting all post-secondary scholarship and bursary income from tax; expanding the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP); increasing the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG); and introducing the Apprenticeship Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant.To help you save, plan and pay for post-secondary education, go to www.CanLearn.ca. The website includes a new Student Financial Assistance Estimator and Repayment Assistance Estimator tool.Best wishes to all students for the 2009-2010 school year!
David Timberlake, one of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies involved in the shootout, still patrols the streets in La Mirada. Michael Schaap, Timberlake’s partner at the time, suffered a head wound and nearly died in the assault. He remembers nothing of that day and still has problems with his short-term memory. “I just want my day in court when Emigdio Preciado is put behind bars for life,” Schaap said. When asked if he ever reflected on Preciado, Schaap said, “If I dwelled on it, I couldn’t function.” Timberlake says his emotional scars are mostly gone. “To be honest, I think it put more of a burden on my family,” Timberlake said. However, he did admit that he and Schaap have an inside joke that Schaap “took the physical aspect and I take the mental.” On Wednesday , a news conference was held to commemorate the Most Wanted list anniversary, add the 37-year-old Preciado to the list and offer a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. In attendance were Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, FBI Field Office Assistant Director Steve Tidwell and other state and federal officials, who all vowed to chase down the fugitive. “The only way to get off the list,” Tidwell said, “is to surrender, die or be captured.” Before speaking, Baca placed three AK-47 bullets on the dais and declared that assault rifles were “weapons of war” and “not suitable in civil society.” “Part of our job duty is to give up our life to protect the public,” Baca said. “But it shouldn’t be part of the job to face a public that’s better armed than us.” On Sept. 5, 2000, Schaap and Timberlake were in a marked cruiser in unincorporated South Whittier and making a routine traffic stop of a 1979 Chevrolet van. However, as the van slowed, Preciado allegedly leapt from the vehicle and fired into the police car. According to the FBI, 21 rounds from an assault rifle were later recovered at the scene. Immediately after the shooting, Timberlake was overheard by a witness pleading with Schaap: “Talk to me! Don’t die on me!” Timberlake said all he remembers is a door opening and the windshield of the cruiser exploding. The shooting triggered a massive hunt for the van’s occupants. In the search, authorities closed two nearby elementary schools and detained students and several guests at a motel. Although Preciado remains at large, authorities arrested three accomplices shortly after the shooting. Omar Jimenez, 30, pleaded no contest to assault and was sentenced in 2003 to 15 years in state prison. Jose Guardado, 42, and Carlos Gutierrez, 30, were each sentenced in 2003 to 19 years in state prison for assault with a semiautomatic weapon on a peace officer. Since the attack, Preciado has been spotted both in Whittier and in Mexico. Before the news conference, the FBI showed 2000 film of Preciado dancing at a Christmas party in Mexico. “He’s a coward, he hides behind his gang,” Schaap said. “I see him dancing in Mexico and I’m fighting my own battles with my disability. I want him behind bars.” After reiterating his plans to fight gangs, Bratton turned to Schaap and said, “you’ll get to stand face to face with \ and wave good-bye as he goes away for life.” Any information about this case should be directed to any local law enforcement agency, or the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. email@example.com (562) 499-1291 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: FBI wanted list SOUTH WHITTIER – In September 2000, gang member Emigdio Preciado Jr. allegedly gunned his way out of a routine traffic stop in South Whittier, armed with an assault rifle. On Wednesday, his face went up on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives poster – right next to Osama bin Laden. On the 57th anniversary of the day the FBI Most Wanted List was created, Preciado, a member of the Southside Whittier street gang, became the 485th person added.
Cristiano Ronaldo won a richly deserved third Ballon d’Or last night and he also did a pretty good job of winning the internet too.After accepting his award the Portugal and Real Madrid superstar decided to celebrate by emitting a pretty strange noise and the genius’ on Vine ensured the infamous moment went viral.Joining the likes of Taylor Swift, Soulja Boy and Whitney Houston, Ronaldo has become a six second sensation.And the wags on Twitter also celebrated those stars who should have been handed awards like Steven Gerrard and Harry Kane.Check out all the best vines and memes below… Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the Ballon d’Or 1
0Shares0000Constantin’s assault of former Swiss coach turned TV consultant Rolf Fringer last September initially earned him a one-year suspension. © AFP/File / Fabrice COFFRINIGENEVA, Switzerland, Feb 3 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Saturday it had rejected a request from Swiss club Sion’s president to suspend his nine-month ban for hitting a television pundit, setting a new hearing in the case.“CAS rejects the suspension request,” the international sports court said in a statement. Christian Constantin’s assault of former Swiss coach turned TV consultant Rolf Fringer last September initially earned him a one-year suspension, reduced by three months on appeal.Both Constantin, 61, and Sion lodged an appeal against the sanction, which was accompanied by a fine, reduced from 85,000 euros ($100,000) to 25,700 euros on appeal.Then last month, they requested “the overturning of the decision taken by the Swiss Football League’s appeals court” in December.“This request was rejected yesterday,” CAS said in Saturday’s statement.Instead, the sports court said it had “summoned the parties to a hearing on February 13, 2018.”Geneva lawyer Olivier Carrard had been appointed as the sole arbitrator in the case, it added.While rejecting the call to suspend the previous ruling, CAS said Carrard would have maintain the possibility to do so during the hearing later this month.Video captured at the September 21 match in Lugano, which Sion won 2-1, shows Constantin striking Fringer while he is already on the ground.Fringer, who managed the national side in the 1990s, told Swiss media that Constantin had in fact struck him several times before the blow that was caught on tape.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“There were a lot of new boys in the squad but we performed as a team, that’s why we overcame South Africa today,” Fiji skipper Jerry Tuwai said.Fiji beat Canada 40-7 in the quarter-finals before seeing off Ireland 38-12 in the semis, while South Africa edged New Zealand 14-5 in the quarters and England 29-19 in their last-four play-off.Fiji’s hopes of a fourth straight tournament win took an early blow when Sevuloni Mocenacagi was yellow carded from the kick-off for taking Justin Geduld out in the air.South Africa immediately made their numerical advantage count, Stedman Gans scything through the stretched defence for the opening try, Geduld converting.Fiji did well, however, to absorb the Blitzbok pressure when a man down, and showed just why they average just 23 passes per match such is the efficacity of their strike power.Tuisova, also part of the Fiji team that won Olympic gold in Rio in 2016 but not a regular on the circuit, muscled his way past some weak defence for a try, converted by Amenoni Nasilasila, to pull the Pacific islanders level.Paula Dranisinukula was the final recipient of an amazing display of off-loading rugby started by Semi Radradra, crossing for Fiji’s second try with Nasilasila making no mistake with a conversion in front of the posts.The Boks hit back when Ruhan Nel expertly took a high pass one-handed and rode a tackle by Dranisinukula to cross in the corner, Geduld missing the extras.But Fiji responded perfectly, Jasa Veremalua skilfully exchanging passes with Josua Vakurunabili to go over for Fiji’s third try, Nasilasila’s conversion taking the Fijians out to 21-12.Bok Zain Davids bounced through a couple of desperate tackles for a fine individual try to set up a dramatic finale, but Fiji won the restart and safely ran the ball out to seal the win.“I found it tough today but I got help from the boys and was hanging in there. I know we trust each other and finally we get the win,” said free-running Fiji back and man-of-the-final Radradra, who is quitting Top 14 club Toulon for Bordeaux-Begles next season.Ireland, a “non-core team” in their maiden Series appearance, marked a remarkable weekend by edging England 21-19 to take third place.Jordan Conroy scored a first-half brace of tries for the Irish, including one from 90 metres out, before Dan Bibby hit back with two of his own.England speedster Dan Norton then took his record career try tally to 295 when he crossed early in the second half.But Conroy showed all his gas by sprinting away for his hat-trick, Mark Roche nailing a tricky conversion to seal a memorable win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fiji lead the World Rugby Sevens Series standings with one leg of the competition to play © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 3 – Toulon winger Josua Tuisova scored a try to help fire Fiji to a 21-17 victory over arch-rivals South Africa to claim the London leg of the World Rugby Seven Series.With just the Paris leg of the Series to play, next weekend, Fiji now stand atop the standings on 167 points, with the Blitzboks in second on 160. New Zealand sit in third on 133.
Robert Lewandowski would be a big hit at Manchester United – if they can tempt Bayern Munich into selling the striker.That’s the view of former Bayern and Germany star Dietmar Hamann, who has watched the powerful Pole at close quarters and rates him as United’s best option to boost their strikeforce.He told the Colin Murray show: “I think United will buy another centre forward because in that department they don’t have quite enough.“Falcao has left, Van Persie has left, so they need a centre-forward. I think Lewandowski will be a player who would fit in perfectly. But I think Bayern Munich are probably not going to sell him.”
GLENDALE – The “Jewel City” celebrated its 100th birthday this weekend with an all-day party Saturday, and Gertrude Ness, a couple months younger than the city itself, was there with plenty of memories. Her bucolic Spazier Avenue home was originally surrounded by orchards of peach and apricot trees and grapevines, “like a nice little pretty mountain village,” she said last week from the home near the Burbank border. Now, suburban homes spread on all sides. “Many of these houses were (built) during the war,” she said. Downtown Glendale was only a streetcar ride away. Ness worked for Lockheed, building B-17 bombers, like thousands of other “Rosie the Riveters” toiling in industry as the men were away fighting in World War II. She remembers children from her neighborhood going over to the old Grand Central Air Terminal to watch the P-38 fighter planes zoom across the sky. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant As part of the centennial celebration, the city found six 100-year-old Glendale residents. City officials included Ness, who turns 100 in April, among the group. On Saturday, she took part in the 100th birthday ceremony at the Glendale Civic Center, where she was given a proclamation. The city also found Hripsime Khachikian, who not only has lived to be 101 but also survived the Armenian genocide when she was 10. Khachikian, whose English is pretty much limited to saying “America good!,” has lived in Glendale since her family brought her here from Baghdad in 1970. “Because it’s America of course we like,” Khachikian said in Armenian, speaking through an interpreter. “We loved it here, so we came here.” While she hasn’t spent her entire life here, Ness came to Glendale in 1941 from Minnesota after a doctor advised her husband to move to warmer climes to avoid falling victim to pneumonia. Her husband died 16 years ago. “I can’t imagine living any place else … after all these years,” she said. After working during World War II at Lockheed, Ness got a job with the Glendale Unified School District and eventually became its director of early childhood education. She also was a board member for the YWCA of Glendale, and had a hand in creating its shelter for battered women in 1979. She remembers when domestic violence was swept under the rug. “It took a long time for women to realize they could get out,” Ness said. “They thought they had to stay with their men because they didn’t know how they were going to live.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!