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first_imgMalacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES After that 4:15 p.m. opener, the Alaska Aces and the NLEX Road Warriors take centerstage with the Aces raring to break a miserable string of games after closing their Commissioner’s Cup campaign with eight consecutive losses.They’ll bring in a familiar face in LaDontae Henton, who led the Aces to the playoffs in the previous Governors Cup, where they were sidetracked by the twice-to-beat Barangay Ginebra Kings in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Following his double-double average stint for Alaska, Henton brought his act to the NBA D-League after being picked 10th overall by the Santa Cruz Warriors. There, the former Providence standout tallied 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 40 games.The Road Warriors, meanwhile, will unveil Aaron Fuller, an undersized power forward out of University of Southern California. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Tanduay books quarters seat LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugene Phelps. PBA IMAGESEugene Phelps breached the 50-point mark the last two times he played in a PBA tournament opener.The high-volume scorer from Los Angeles, California, intends to sustain that streak as the Fuel Masters tangle with the Kia Picanto at the start of the import-laced Governors Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos 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 MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Finishing the Commissioner’s Cup at the bottom of the 12-team standings, NLEX has nowhere to go but up and coach Yeng Guiao brought in Fuller early at the tailend of the previous reinforced tournament to get him battle-ready right away.Fuller, who met the 6-foot-5 conference limit for imports despite being listed 6-6, went unnoticed in the 2013 NBA Draft and last played in the Mexican pro league.With Markeith Cummings suiting up, the Picanto are also thrilled at the prospect of making the playoffs following a forgettable 3-8 record for an early exit last conference.Cummings first burst into the PBA limelight by leading GlobalPort to a quarterfinal appearance in the same season-ending tournament four years ago.The NBA D-League veteran—who also played in Poland, Egypt and, recently, Lebanon—averaged 28.7 points on 60.1 percent shooting and 45.2 percent from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

first_imgNational University could forge a record sweep in the Premier Volleyball League if it dusts off Far Eastern U in the battle for the Collegiate Conference crown that kicks off with Game 1 Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The powerhouse Lady Bulldogs swept their group in the classification phase and blanked the Arellano Lady Chiefs in their Final Four duel to book a slot in the best-of-three finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NU will parade a solid crew composed of Jaja Santiago, Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas, Jorelle Singh, Audrey Paran and ace playmaker Jasmine Nabor.FEU is shooting for a sweep of the PVL titles as its men’s team clashes with Ateneo in their best-of-three finals at 10 a.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 If National U scores back-to-back wins, it will notch the league’s first perfect tournament.But that will be easier said than done with veteran Bernadeth Pons back in the FEU fold. Pons returned to lead the Lady Tams past Adamson’s Lady Falcons in their semifinal knockout duel, scoring 15 hits, including the match-clinching kill that sealed their 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18 victory.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, Pons and libero Kyla Atienza will miss Game 1 to anchor FEU’s campaign in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament, making the intact Lady Bulldogs the heavy picks in their 6:30 p.m. encounter.“It’s a challenge for us coaches and for the players who will fill in their spots,” said FEU coach George Pascua. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgEQUITY Assurance Liberia Limited, a Liberian subsidiary of EQUITY Assurance Ghana, incorporated in February 2008 and certificated by the Central Bank of Liberia on March 12, 2014, has reaffirmed its commitment to contribute to the promising insurance climate it foresees in the country. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Ishola Akintunde told the Daily Observer in an interview recently in Monrovia that Equity Assurance Liberia Limited works to make a difference amongst insurance companies operating in the country.Evident, he said, is the company’s corporate mission to establish an insurance company that would be a reference point in excellence to claims and settlement services, which is achieved, he said, through a well-motivated workforce, cutting edge office technology and good business ethics.Mr. Akintunde said the company has adopted prompt payments to customers’ claims, backed by reinsurance support as well as highly trained professional staff. “We implement an aggressive promotional strategy to market the company’s products and services, thereby maintaining its reputable insurance track record,” he said.“We would like to take this time to inform the people of Liberia that Equity Assurance Liberia Limited is here to stay and do business and that is the reason why we have now relocated next door to the Royal Grand Hotel to grant even better access to our numerous clients.” He welcomed the government of Liberia’s mandatory registration for all commercial vehicles plying various routes in the country through the Ministry of Transport in furtherance of the laws of the nation.He also explained that Equity continues to create awareness on the importance of ‘third party insurance of vehicles’ initiated by government of Liberia, evidenced by Equity spending over US$20, 000 to settle claims over the last few weeks.Mr. Akintunde said he was extremely grateful that his institution over the last few years has been ranked high among insurance companies in the country and was singled out by a civil society organization, the Society for the Promotion of Peace, National Reconciliation and Reunification (SPNRL) due to its organizational policy of delivering quality service to the people of Liberia.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_imgFormer President Sirleaf with some ex-officials. Confers honors on outgoing officials of GovernmentThe now former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Sunday, bestowed national honors on some of her officials in the Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Foreign Ministry in recognition of the their “dedicated services” during her administration.This was the former President’s last official function at the Foreign Ministry prior to turning over power to President George Weah yesterday.Among the honorees, in accordance with categories were the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers: Marjon Vashti Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dame Grand Commander; Sylvester M. Grigsby, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Knight Commander; McKinley D. Thomas, Liberia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Knight Commander.Other honorees are Youngor S. Telewoda, Liberia’s Ambassador to Japan, Dame Commander; Eugene Lenn Nagbe, Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Knight Commander; Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Knight Commander; Varney A. Sirleaf, Acting Minister of Internal Affairs, Knight Commander; Puchu Leona Bernard, Director General, Civil Service Agency, Dame Commander; and Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Dame Commander.In the category of Star of Africa, President Sirleaf admitted the following as Grand Commanders: Education Minister George K. Werner, Commerce Minister Axel Addy, Public Works Minister Gyude W. Moore, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, and Chairperson of the National Investment Commission, Etmonia David Tarpeh.The Humane Order of African Redemption category comprised Minister of Youth and Sports, Saah Charles N’Tow, Knight Grand Commander; Managing Director of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation, Dewitt von Ballmoos, Knight Grand Commander; Chief of Protocol of Liberia, Jervis A. Witherspoon, Knight Grand Commander; and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, B. Elias Shoniyin, Knight Commander.The Star of Africa is also one of the highest honors to which officials including Superintendents at this time were admitted. Those admitted included Nimba County Superintendent, D. Dorr Cooper, Commander; Buchanan City Mayor, Julia Kpui Bono, Commander; Bureau of Concessions Executive Director, Ciata A. Bishop, Commander; Law Enforcer/Criminal Justice Practitioner, James Y. Hunder, Sr., Commander; Chairperson of National Civil Society Council of Liberia, Frances R. Deigh Greaves, Commander; Executive Assistant to the President, Euphemia N. Brewer-Fasama, Officer; Deputy Chief of Protocol, Ethel Holt-Toles, Officer; and former Special Assistant to the Minister, Cornelia Kruah-Togba, Officer.Following the conferments, President Sirleaf indicated that the honorees, some of whom were not present at the ceremony, served with distinction and dedication in the interest of her administration and the country.She, however, did not clarify how the honorees impacted the country or her administration.Critics contend that some of those honored, by reason of their very poor performance, did not deserve such honors such as Education Minister George Werner who leaves behind a “messy education system”.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_imgWith the Municipal Election only a few weeks away, has now uploaded interviews with each of the candidates in the 2008 Municipal Election.Visit to hear from each of the Fort St. John candidates. Plus, in just a few days we will be posting interviews from the candidates running in Area C of the Peace River Regional District and Council Candidates from Taylor. Once those are all recorded we will add them to our election page.Next week we will also be recording several of the All Candidates Forums and will post them to this page as well.- Advertisement -All the information you could ever need on the 2008 Municipal Elections is on Energeticcity.calast_img read more

first_img1 Messi v Ronaldo As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on for every month of 2015. This time, it is our pick from March…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: MARCH 2015MOST VIEWED STORY:Manchester United fans unveiled a banner to display at Anfield ahead of their away game against Liverpool – see the story and banner hereMOST POPULAR FEATURE:Seven reasons why Chelsea are so hated: Click here to see the storyMOST POPULAR INTERVIEW:‘England boss unhappy with training ground spies’ – click here to hear what Roy Hodgson told talkSPORT snoops around the Three Lions camp.TALKSPORT’S PICK OF THE MONTH:Ronaldo tells Messi, “You’re worse than Bendtner!’DISCLAIMER: Like Lord Bendtner’s quest for the Ballon d’Or, this video is not to be taken seriously.last_img read more

first_imgArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli asking Lionel Messi if he should sub in Sergio Aguero.— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) June 27, 2018 Lionel Messi and Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli Argentina have endured quite a testing time at the World Cup.They’ve drawn with minnows Iceland, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Croatia and had to deny reports of a mutiny in the camp. 1 Despite all this, they’ve still managed to reach the last 16, with some brilliance from Lionel Messi and a late strike from Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo earning them a dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria in their final group game.As ever all the talk after the game centred on Messi – but it wasn’t for the Barcelona star’s stunning first-half goal.It was for the fact that manager Jorge Sampaoli supposedly asked his star man whether he should bring Sergio Aguero on with 12 minutes left against Nigeria, when the scores were level.In a clip that has been widely shared on social media, Sampaoli can be seen mouthing “Kun, Kun” – the Manchester City striker’s nickname – to Messi.Now, we’re not sure whether it’s accurate but it certainly adds to the notion that Messi is the real boss of Argentina!last_img read more

first_img gameday possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “We’re working. It’s true that it’s so close, the transfer window is so close, but the club’s doing everything to help the team and add some players, more quality, and try to help us in the season to achieve what we want.”Tottenham have been heavily linked with signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa but their change of ownership appears to have moved the goalposts on any deal. And now Pochettino, despite claiming the club are working on new additions, has stated he’s unsure whether they will get a signing over the line before the August 9 deadline.He said: “Last season I told you some numbers, but this season we don’t know. I don’t know if we are going to sign or not. We’re working on that. I cannot tell you if we’re going to sign one, zero or two or three or four. who plays? REVEALED REVEALED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 ALTERED possible xi NEW ERA center_img Villa’s new financial clout should allow them to hold out for £40m for the winger Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 smart causal silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Most Popular Premier League News Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he doesn’t know whether the club will make any signings before the transfer window closes.Spurs and Burnley are the only Premier League clubs yet to sign a new player this summer, frustrating supporters. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

first_imgLeo Varadkar has vowed to campaign for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws.Speaking to BBC Radio 4 this morning, the Taoiseach says that he believes that Ireland’s abortion laws are “too restrictive and need to be liberalised.”The Taoiseach is speaking ahead of a special Cabinet meeting in which the details of the referendum will emerge, including the exact wording of the ballot. Varadkar previously stated in 2014 that he is pro-life, but says that his “views on this matter have evolved.”“I think sometimes the term pro-life and pro-choice can be misunderstood,” the Fine Gael leader said.“I think even people who are in favour of abortion in certain circumstances are pro-life. I still believe in life but I understand there are circumstances under which pregnancies can’t continue.When asked if he was pro-choice, he said: “What do those words even mean? Every single person I know who says they are pro-choice believes in some sort of restriction. They don’t believe in late term abortions for example up to 38 weeks. “These terms pro-life and pro-choice don’t really comprehend the complexity of this issue which is a very private and personal one and on I think that contains a lot of grey areas.”The proposed referendum on the Eighth Amendment follows the recommendation from the Citizens’ Assembly in which termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful up to 12 weeks gestation age.The Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment also published a report just before Christmas in which they say that “the termination of pregnancy in Ireland is unfit for purpose and that constitutional reform is necessary.”The proposed referendum is provisionally scheduled for May or June this year.The last referendum held in Ireland on the topic of abortion was in 1992, meaning that no one under the current age of 43 would have been able to vote. The subject of the 1992 referendum was concerned with whether or not the risk of suicide in pregnant women could be considered grounds for abortion, which was voted against by 65.5% of voters. Taoiseach: “Ireland’s abortion laws are too restrictive and need to be liberalised” was last modified: January 27th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:abortionEighth AmendmentLEO VARADKARTaoiseachlast_img read more

first_img1 April 2014 The Momentum Proteas qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20 for the first time with a five-wicket win over New Zealand in Sylhet on Monday. It was also a first-ever win for the South African women over the White Ferns in a World Cup. In three previous Women’s World Twenty20 tournaments, South Africa had finished bottom of their pool on every occasion, so to progress to the final four is a major step forward for Hilton Moreeng’s charges.‘The greatest moment’ “This is unquestionably the greatest moment in the history of South African women’s cricket to reach the semi-finals of a major ICC event,” Cricket South Africa President Chris Nenzani said in a statement on Monday. “It is indeed one of the great moments in the history of women’s sport in our country. “We are extremely proud of what our team has achieved and I wish them everything of the best for the rest of the tournament.”‘NZ innings Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand managed only 114 for 8 in their 20 overs, with Sophie Devine’s 40 off 43 deliveries by far their best score. Only three other batswomen made it into doubles figures as the South African bowlers and fielders dominated. Medium pacer Marizanne Kapp starred with a haul of 3 for 23 in her four overs, while leg spinner Dane van Niekerk snared 2 for 12 in her three overs.SA reply South Africa lost two early wickets in their run chase, falling to 16 for 2, before Van Niekerk and captain Mignon du Preez came together to put on 36 for the third wicket before Van Niekerk fell for 23. Du Preez and Kapp then added 54 runs for the fourth wicket before Kapp was out for 23 with victory in sight. There was a slight hiccup when Du Preez fell on the same total for a captain’s knock of 51 off 47 balls. Tension was high as only 14 balls remained, with nine runs required, and two new batswomen at the crease. Chloe Tryon and Shandre Fritz showed few nerves, however, taking the Proteas to victory only four balls later.‘An incredible job’ “I thought that our bowlers did an incredible job today,” South Africa’s captain Mignon du Preez said after the match. “Kappie [Marizanne Kapp] and Dane [van Niekerk], as the seniors, led from the front and took matters into their own hands, taking wickets just when we needed them. The rest of our bowling unit, including Sune [Luus], PJ [Sunette Loubser] and Shibby [Shabnim Ismail] were fantastic in keeping the pressure up. “I am extremely impressed with the dog fight and spirit that the team displayed. We knew that this was a make-or-break game and we put our hearts into it, and I’m just really glad we gave the country something to cheer for today.”‘I’m peaking at the right time’ Reflecting on her contribution with the bat, Du Preez said: “It’s always great to be able to pitch in and play a big role for the team, just as they need it. As a captain, you want to always do well and today was a particularly important game, so I’m really glad that I’m peaking at the right time.” The Proteas will face either England or the West Indies in the semi-finals and Du Preez says no matter who her team faces it will be business as usual. “I think the formula we have been using has worked for us so far and we’re happy to continue with things the way that they are,” she explained. “We obviously want to be at our very best for the next match and we have a few kinks to work out, but right now, we are just going to regroup and just for tonight, enjoy this epic and historic win,” she concluded. SAinfo reporter and Cricket South Africalast_img read more