Elite overthrow Kings

first_imgBlackwater just took down one of the teams to beat in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night, and coach Leo Isaac will go into the locker room for the post-game talk with his Elite to ask them to forget about the whole thing after a couple of hours.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “We (coaching staff) would need to condition their minds to not rest on what they have accomplished,” Isaac said, referring to an impressive 94-77 ripping of Barangay Ginebra which could go for naught if the Elite don’t follow it up the right way in five days’ time.“I will tell them that we would have to start from scratch,” he said after the win, carved out in front of a disappointed pro-Ginebra crowd at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where Blackwater got a combined 61 points from JP Erram, Mac Belo and Allein Maliksi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I hope we can sustain this win,” Isaac said as he bared that the key to the victory was actually the upset the Elite posted against Rain or Shine last week, which gave the team “the confidence that they can beat anyone.”Blackwater led for majority of the contest and showed immense poise in the stretch when the Gin Kings tried coming up with their trademark rally. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The PSA scores big, too Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Erram finished with 22 points like Belo, and together with Maliksi, they scored 20 of the 30 Blackwater points in the fourth, most of them coming when the game hung in the balance.“It’s something special handing Ginebra its first loss,” Isaac said.Greg Slaughter scored 20 points but laid a big fat egg in the fourth, with LA Tenorio shooting 16 and Japeth Aguilar 14 for the Kings, who slipped out of the lead and fell into a tie with their conquerors.Stanley Pringle fired 29 points and helped GlobalPort lead practically the entire night as the Batang Pier bounced back from a horrendous fold up the last time up to rise to 1-2 with a 78-70 victory over Rain or Shine in the first game.“We finished stronger this time,” a smiling GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio said. “Unlike in the last game where we played well for 45 minutes. ”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Well Poisoner Under Investigation

first_imgThe Observer has obtained images from a witness who was on the scene when the poisoner of a Schieffelin community well was arrested.The latest information obtained reports that arrests are being made across Monrovia, from Congo Town to Vai Town, in connection with well poisonings.Our witness said the man caught poisoning the Schieffelin well told the community that about 250 men have been trained around the country to poison drinking water.He added that the water was tested on a dog at the scene, which melted instantly.State radio, ELBC, reports that least 10 people in the Dolostown community have died after drinking water from poisoned wells.The man is reportedly under going investigation by the National Traditional Council of Liberia.More as this story unfolds. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LACC Vows to Expose Corruption at BIN

first_imgThe Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Verdier has warned that the commission would not give up investigating acts of corruption at the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).“They are a government institution and we will be looking at what they are doing, especially about any suspicion of corruption, we will immediately go there to investigate it. We are going to look at your financial system and accountability,” Cllr. Verdier warned.He gave the forewarning last Friday when he addressed a two –day retreat in Bensonville city, organized by the BIN.Interestingly, the LACC Chairman did not clearly say whether corruption was on the increase at the bureau. Instead, he told the gathering that the BIN was a government institution that is responsible for several basic security activities in the country.“The BIN is a government institution that is under our microscope and we are encouraging them to examine themselves basically because of the kinds of work they do. We are going to look at their financial processes and examine their work,” Cllr. Verdier maintained.“I warn you to look at your assessment capacity; your behavior determines that you have a professional duty. Look at your integrity, look at your financial policy and your system of accountability, look at your professional behavior because we are going to watch you seriously, I am coming to you very soon,” he warned.He also concluded by warning the BIN authority, “Make sure that you are complying with all of the Public Procurement and Concession and Commission (PPCC) procedures.”Before his warning, Cllr. Verdier told the gathering that “I know many of you people were wondering what the LACC boss was doing at the retreat. I believe some of you may have said he has come here to investigate us,” explaining, “I am here to see the BIN progression and growth and to know the challenges and how we can solve them, because I worked with the Justice and Security Sector that was responsible for your sector, BIN.”Surprisingly after Cllr. Verdier’s warning, the BIN Commissioner, Col. Lemuel Reeves publicly confessed: “I must admit that Verdier is my good friend, but I have been praying not to appear before him in a negative manner and I know that I will not do that either.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GRA to swoop down on company over double VAT charges

first_imgParking meter fiasco− Finance Minister reprimands entityThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has promised to today visit the operators of Smart City Solutions (SCS) over what appears to be a blatant exploitation of consumers on the cost for a meter card.A senior official of the tax body told Guyana Times on Monday evening that it appears that SCS is charging consumers twice for Value Added Tax (VAT) on the meter card. The GeoPark card shows the sum of $2,500, however, consumers are paying an extra $400 as the card also a $2,900 total VAT-inclusive cost. The GRA official said SCS will need to clarify it.VAT chargesMeanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, addressing the National Assembly on Monday, condemned the private company for the VAT consumers have to pay on the meter card. The concern about the card was first raised by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who told the House that she hopes the company will reimburse those persons who were made to pay the extra money since the project came into operation.In response, Jordan said in the National Assembly this should not be happening, continuing that a statement about the practice of the company will be sent out.Parking meters toremain at schoolsMeanwhile, the company on Monday rebuked President of the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) Mark Lyte for causing some confusion over the decision taken by the three bodies, which met last Friday, to address the issue of parking meters in front of public schools. It said the information shared by the GTU President has already caused some misunderstanding and has led to contradictory reports by the media.As far as SCS is concerned, unlike what was reported by Lyte, the parking meters which stand in front of schools will not be removed. In fact, SCS said the multi-space parking meters, which are installed across the road facing the front of schools, or in the vicinity of public schools and which regulate a number of parking spaces, excluding those in front of public schools, will remain and continue in operation.At a joint meeting between the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and Smart City Solutions (SCS), it was agreed and jointly announced that vehicle parking spaces immediately in front of public schools will “not be regulated for the purpose of metered parking by Smart City Solutions.”The GTU had last Monday held a meeting with representatives from Smart City Solutions Incorporated (SCSI). The concern was over teachers being required to pay for parking in front of public schools.GTU General Secretary Coretta Mc Donald had said that having a vehicle is not a luxury for some, but a necessity. Pointing to the fact that even teachers at the nursery school level drove, she stated that this was an unfair situation when teachers’ salaries have remained inadequate and the cost of living in Guyana was already high.The manner in which the parking meter contract, signed in November 2015, was arranged with National Parking Solutions/SCSI has attracted heavy scrutiny in the press. Subsequently, the Finance Ministry and the Attorney General’s Chambers conducted reviews of the contract to determine its practicality and legality. One of the observations of the Finance Ministry had been that “the contract has given complete monopoly power to SCSI over parking within Georgetown. This control could lead to exploitation of consumers as SCSI has the power to change fees arbitrarily and determine zones.” The fees amount to at least $200 an hour. The minimum time a motorist can purchase is 15 minutes. Metered hours are Monday to Saturday, from 07:00h to 19:00h (7am to 7pm).last_img read more

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Immigration called good; critics disagree

first_img“There’s no such thing as an immigrant-only occupation,” said Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies. The PPIC study, titled “How Immigrants Affect California Employment and Wages,” analyzed 40 years of Census data and the 2004 American Community Survey, a national survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report comes as lawmakers continue to debate immigration reform. Looking at California is particularly insightful because the state has a higher percentage of immigrants than any other, Peri said. In 2004, workers born outside the U.S. constituted one-third of the its labor force, and the sheer numbers make any positive or negative impact even more pronounced, he said. Still, critics questioned the statistical relevance of focusing on one state, when the economy works on a national scale. “If you have a factory in California that employs a lot of immigrants, it might be in direct competition with a factory in Pittsburgh that employs a lot of natives,” Camarota said. “Looking at just one state is not effective.” SAN FRANCISCO – The flow of immigrants into California has helped increase wages and job opportunities for native-born workers, according to a study released Tuesday that challenges the long-held belief that newcomers take jobs from Americans. Immigrants don’t compete directly with native workers for jobs, but tend to bring different skills to the workplace, said the Public Policy Institute of California report. This allows native workers with the same education level to take more specialized, better-paying jobs. “The labor market is not a market of identical people,” said University of California, Davis economics professor Giovanni Peri, the study’s author. “Workers have different skills, perform different tasks, have different experiences, fill different positions.” Advocates for greater curbs on immigration criticized the study, saying the arrival of immigrants can push American-born workers of similar age and education to other states, or out of the work force altogether. The important question when considering the impact of immigration on wages and jobs is not how many foreign workers come in, Peri found, but what kinds of jobs they’re taking. His research showed the tasks performed by immigrants are different, and can complement rather than compete with the work done by native workers. For example, at the bottom of the education ladder immigrants might compete most directly with native-born workers in farm fields and construction sites. But newcomers are more likely to take positions that are more demanding and require less knowledge of English or of local business practices, Peri said.160Want 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

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Odom an answer or question?

first_imgAssistant coach Kurt Rambis, who ran Monday’s practice while Phil Jackson went to the dentist, acknowledged that Odom would be putting himself in position where he could aggravate his shoulder just by trying to secure a rebound. “You put that shoulder in a situation where you’re reaching back and somebody grabs it, you know it’s going to hurt,” Rambis said. “So it’s something that he’s going to have to continue to fight through and play. “We hope that like he showed today, that he can play through that and he can block it out and be aggressive, and that’s what we need from him.” Odom has been vague about the state of his shoulder, although he reported no pain after practice. He would not commit to the offseason surgery and said of his first day back: “I’m just taking my time. I’ll mix it up a little bit more tomorrow.” Walton, meanwhile, remain- ed on track to return against Denver. He said he started feeling weakness in his injured right ankle only at the end of practice, after he had become fatigued from playing in three full-court games. The Lakers have gone just 6-15 without Walton. Not that Walton expected his return (along with Odom’s) to provide any guaranteed relief from the Lakers’ collective misery. Their last three losses have come by an average of 24 points. “It’s not that simple,” Walton said. “We’re not playing like a team right now. Just throwing guys back in there is not going to make it happen. It’ll help, because I think Lamar and I are both very unselfish players. “But we’ve got to do it as a team. We have to all start buying into the offense again, and our defense, we’re not even playing any defense. We’ve got to as a team come together and decide we want to start stopping people.” LAKERS NOTES: The NBA assessed Kobe Bryant a Type 1 flagrant foul for an elbow he delivered to the head of Philadelphia’s Kyle Korver late in the first half of Friday’s loss. No foul was called on the play. … Bryant and Brian Cook were excused from Monday’s practice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There were positive reviews for both players, whose return undoubtedly will help stabilize a team that has lost 12 of its last 15 games. Whether Odom, though, will be an attacking player or one who is protecting his left shoulder remains to be seen. “I’m going to go out there and play at full throttle,” Odom said. When he is at his aggressive best, Odom is one of the NBA’s most dynamic players, attacking the basket. When he is at his passive worst, Odom is largely a jump shooter, taking up residence on the perimeter. Odom was the first player before he injured his right knee in December and the second player after he returned. The Lakers won just six of 17 games with him back; Odom averaged 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists but shot 41.7 percent. Now the question is, which Odom will return for the final 18 games of the season? How Odom goes likely will determine whether the Lakers can make something out of this injury-ravaged season. center_img EL SEGUNDO – As if the questions about their second six-game losing streak of the season and their 36-point drubbing by Dallas weren’t enough, the Lakers also have to wonder just what player they will be getting back this week in Lamar Odom. Odom returned to the practice court Monday – along with forward Luke Walton – and is hopeful of playing Thursday at Denver. That would be less than two weeks after suffering a torn labrum that likely will require surgery after the season. last_img read more

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Tusker, Bandari highlight FKF Shield round two

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC players celebrate one of their four goals against AFC Leopards during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kericho Stadium on April 2, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 4- Two former champions, Tusker FC and Bandari will clash in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield second round slated for 23rd and 24th of June after the completion of the first round this weekend with most of the big guns progressing.The clash between 2016 champions Tusker and their 2015 predecessors Bandari will be one of three other all-Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match ups with 2016 losing finalists Ulinzi Stars scheduled to take on Kakamega Homeboyz while last year’s losing finalists Kariobangi Sharks play Wazito. Tusker who have had a rough patch in the Kenyan Premier League with three losses on the trot made a resounding statement of winning their fourth domestic cup title with a 7-0 thrashing of Taita Taveta All Stars.Bandari were on a trip to North Eastern Kenya where they made a statement of intent as well beating local side Berlin FC 3-1.Defending champions AFC Leopards who were made to work before beating Shabana FC 2-1 in Kisumu will take on Rainforest in the second round, the Naivasha based club having been handed a walk over after Kenyan Premier League side Sony Sugar pulled out in the 11th hour.Record champions Gor Mahia who started off with a 5-0 thrashing of SS Assad in Mombasa will take on Kenpoly in their round of 32 clash, the side having beaten Savannah Cement 3-0 to progress.FKF Shield round of 32 fixtures:Mwatate United v Ushuru, Bandari FC v Tusker FC, Leysa v KCB, Sofapaka v Baba Dogo United, Friendzone v Zetech University, Gor Mahia v Kenpoly, Kariobangi Sharks v Wazito FC, Ligi Ndogo v Balaji, Rainforest v AFC Leopards, Vegpro v Vihiga United, Kisumu All Stars v Riverplate, Police FC v Nzoia Sugar, Ulinzi Stars v Kakamega Homeboyz, Western Stima v Bidco, Posta Rangers v Kisumu Hot Stars, Bungoma SuperStars v Transfoc.FKF Shield round of 64 results:SS Assad 0 – 5 Gor Mahia (Mbaraki Complex, Msa), Friend Zone 1(3) – 1 (1) Naivas (Camp Toyoyo), Nanyuki Youth 0-6 Kariobangi Sharks (Nanyuki Stadium), Nakuru West Combined 1-2 Kenya Police (ASK Show Grounds), M.K.U Nakuru 0-4 Kisumu All Stars (ASK Show Grounds), Transmara Sugar 0-2 Posta Rangers (Enoosaen Grounds), Kisumu Hot Stars 2-1 Raiply (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Dero 0-7 Nzoia Sugar (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Riverplate 1-0 Nakuru All-Stars (Bukhungu Stadium), Kabras United 0-4 Bidco United (Bukhungu Stadium), Fortune Sacco 0-1 Mwatate United (Mikinduri Grounds), Ligi Ndogo 1(4)-1(3) Talanta (Hope Center), Balaji 2-1 Modern Coast Rangers (Camp Toyoyo), Reunion 0-2 Sofapaka (Camp Toyoyo), Nyamira All-Stars 0-5 Vihiga United (Moi Stadium, Kisumu) Egerton University 0-2 Western Stima (Egerton Uni. Grounds), Nanyuki Allstars 0-2 KCB (Nanyuki Stadium), Nunguni Yulu 1-3 Ushuru (UNOA Sports Ground), Berlin 1-3 Bandari (Garissa TTC Grounds), Emmausians 0-5 Leysa (Mbaraki Sports Club), Taita Taveta All-Stars 0-7 Tusker (Taita Taveta University), Shabana 1-2 AFC Leopards (Moi Stadium), Baba Dogo United 2-1 Equity Bank (Baba Dogo Grounds), Kenpoly 3-0 Savannah Cement (Camp Toyoyo), Nairobi Water 0-3 Wazito (Camp Toyoyo), Vegpro 4-0 K.S.G (Karuturi Grounds), Rainforest 2-0 Sony Sugar (Karuturi Grounds), Bungoma Super Stars 3-1 ASEC (Sudi Stadium), Tandaza 0-1 Zetech University (Kabete Campus), Transfoc 2-1 Eldoret Youth (Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale), Transmillan 0-3 Ulinzi Stars (Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Fort St. John Association for Community Living’s Evening with the Stars

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Association for Community Living’s (FSJACL) Evening with the Stars and AGM is tomorrow night, Thursday, September 19, 2019.Held at the Lido Theatre the event starts at 6:00 pm, a night of celebrating differences and recognizing talents along with personal achievements.This is an evening where members of the FSJACL are awarded for their contributions to the association and the community.- Advertisement -The FSJACL plays a very important and integral roll in our community by providing support services and advocating for adults with developmental disabilities.Some of the roles of the FSJCL include supportive services in day programs, residential setting programs, home-sharing programs, job placement programs and one on one support in independent living.To view the FB page; CLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

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Anne Roberts Young Elementary School construction still on schedule

first_imgAccording to School District Superintendent, Stephen Petrucci, the construction of the school remains on schedule and is continuing to go “full steam ahead”. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a School District 60 Board meeting on Monday, Staff provided an update on the construction progress of Anne Roberts Young Elementary School. In a report, from Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects Doug Boyd, Petrucci says the school will feature a gym that is twice the size of a normal gym, a hugely expanded music room, known as the Heather Hannaford music room, and a daycare for before and after school programs. – Advertisement -Anne Roberts Young Elementary School is being constructed across from the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2020. Further updates can be found by visiting ary.prn.bc.calast_img read more

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Tottenham transfer news: Pacy star signs deal

first_img1 DeAndre Yedlin Sunderland have sign Tottenham youngster DeAndre Yedlin on a season-long loan deal, the club have confirmed.The pacy American star signed for Spurs last summer but has found playing time hard to come by since arriving in January after receiving a work permit.He will now get the chance to prove himself at the Stadium of Light after completing a temporary switch on deadline day.“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to play for a club with such great history,” said Yedlin.“I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore – both American internationals who have played for Sunderland.“Claudio speaks very highly of Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.”last_img

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