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Aces secure quarterfinals spot, beat Hotshots behind Manuel’s career-high

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVic Manuel took charge in the fourth quarter as shorthanded Alaska beat Magnolia, 103-99, to secure a spot in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Manuel set a career-high 35 points while Antonio Campbell added 28 points an 15 rebounds for the Aces, who tied TNT in second place with a 6-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 LATEST STORIES “I thought it was a playoff game personally,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “They played really well, came back and took the lead, but it’s going to be pretty impossible to talk to you guys without talking to Vic Manuel.”“I don’t know what to say. He went off and I think Rafi, I don’t know if he’s the premier one-on-one post defender or he’s just one of them but I have incredible respect for Rafi Reavis’ defense and I think he’s helped teams win championships his whole career the way he plays defense so for Vic to score the way he did against such a smart, long defender and a winner like Rafi was really amazing,” Compton added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 30-year-old forward scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to fend off the Hotshots.Manuel went 14-of-20 from the field and had seven rebounds and two blocks. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Maraño named Philippine team captain Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Justin Jackson had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his PBA debut for Magnolia but shot only 3-of-13 from the free throw line and missed a dunk inside the final minute that would’ve cut the Aces’ lead down to three.Paul Lee also had 21, including 19 in the second half but it still wasn’t enough as the Hotshots dropped their third straight game to fall to 3-4.Alaska posted its second consecutive victory since its star forward Calvin Abueva, who was suspended indefinitely by the Aces for failing to report to the team for more than a week.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

‘Uphold Judiciary Credibility’

first_imgJudge Korboi Nuta of Criminal Court ‘A,’ on Monday, November 11, challenged his colleagues (judges) around the country, to do everything legally possible, to maintain the credibility of the Judicial Branch of Government. “Members of the Judiciary, we have a goal like the other two branches of government,  and our goal simply, is to put  justice ahead of whatsoever we will do,” Judge Nuta indicated  when he delivered the judges’ charge at the opening of the November 2013 Term of Criminal Courts (A,B,C, D and E) at the Temple of Justice. “We owe it to ourselves and the people, who have called us to serve.And, this will require the collective effort on the part of all of us, judicial actors,” Judge Nuta stressed.At the same time, he called on the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), which is the prosecution arm of government, to be prepared to fast track current cases on the court’s dockets.“We hope the Ministry will be ready especially as it relates to the disposal of indictable cases.” Placing serious emphasis on Judges’ capacity-building,   Judge Nuta said, there is a need to adequately train judges, who would make sound and transparent judgment, suggesting the selection process should be based on a merit system.“We hope to see judges being sent away or those, here at home, being offered courses to enrich their development.”According to him, they (Judges) were waiting, ready and prepared to make sacrifices to ensure positive change in the country’s judicial sector. “But not only judges, you would agree with me, those of you, who frequently visit the court, know that there are court’s officers (clerks, bailiffs), who also need these training exercises.” Judge Nuta remembered other judicial workers. “They need this training; they need these developments constantly.”It may be recalled that the Supreme Court, early this year, (2013) suspended Judge Nuta for six months, without salary, benefits and other emolument for what the Highest Court termed: “breach of ethical standards.”  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Justice Korkpor, Beware of the Implications of Setting Dangerous Precedents

first_imgThe attention of this newspaper is drawn to a front-page lead story in its May 23, 2019 edition headlined “Halting Gongloe ‘Was in Line with Supreme Court’s Protocol”.According to the writer of the story, Abednego Davies, quoting a release from the Supreme Court, says Chief Justice Korkpor’s gag action against LNBA President Tiawan Gongloe was in keeping with the protocol of the Court.“It is an established rule and protocol of the Supreme Court that, at the official opening of each Term of Court or at formal judicial program held at the court, those who speak in response to the Chief Justice’s addresses or remarks must confine themselves to what the Chief Justice has spoken on”.The press release from the Supreme Court, which came in the wake of the Daily Observer’s May 22, 2019 editorial, headlined, “You have Indeed Gravely Erred Mr. Chief Justice”, appears to have been driven by expressed public concerns about the action of the Chief Justice during the seating program of newly appointed Associate Justice, Yussif Kaba.The recurring theme, it would appear, is the question of freedom of expression and thought. And that raises the question whether established Supreme Court rules and protocols take precedence over the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, particularly those provisions protecting freedom of thought and expression.From all indications, the remarks by Bar Association President Tiawan Gongloe must have angered the Chief Justice and triggered off such knee jerk response that tripped the constitutional wire. Established rules and protocols in dissonance with the Constitution can not be used to justify arbitrariness, not even by a long stretch.The issue at bar here is the fundamental right to freedom of expression and responsibility for same thereof and not whether Bar President Gongloe’s remarks were inappropriate or not.Granted, even if his (Gongloe’s) remarks were inappropriate, did such remarks rob the Chief Justice of the opportunity to respond to what the Supreme Court considered inappropriate? In the opinion of this newspaper, fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution especially those enshrined in Article 15 a, b, c, d, e make mincemeat of spurious arguments suggesting that rules, protocols, and laws take precedence over the Constitution.More besides, those who administer at the “altars of justice” in Liberia should not and cannot afford to be seen as intolerant or hostile to rights guaranteed under the Constitution. They should always be guided by the Voltairean principle: “I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.”The Daily Observer holds the view yet, unchanged, that Chief Justice Korkpor’s action violated provisions of the Constitution guaranteeing and protecting freedom of thought and expression. In this regard, no rule, law, protocol or special arrangement can supersede the Constitution. For reasons of clarity, those relevant provisions of the Constitution referenced are quoted here below:CHAPTER IIIFUNDAMENTAL RIGHTSArticle 15a) Every person shall have the right to freedom of expression, being fully responsible for the abuse thereof. This right shall not be curtailed, restricted or enjoined by government save during an emergency declared in accordance with this Constitution.b) The right encompasses the right to hold opinions without interference and the right to knowledge. It includes freedom of speech and of the press, academic freedom to receive and impart knowledge and information and the right of libraries to make such knowledge available. It includes non-interference with the use of the mail, telephone and telegraph. It likewise includes the right to remain silent.c) In pursuance of this right, there shall be no limitation on the public right to be informed about the government and its functionaries.d) Access to state owned media shall not be denied because of any disagreement with or dislike of the ideas express. Denial of such access may be challenged in a court of competent jurisdiction.e)  This freedom may be limited only by judicial action in proceedings grounded in defamation or invasion of the rights of privacy and publicity or in the commercial aspect of expression in deception, false advertising and copyright infringement”.In closing this editorial, this newspaper begs to differ with Justice Korkpor and must warn of the implications of setting dangerous precedents. As innocuous as the action of the Chief Justice may appear, it is important to ask: just where does this all end since, from hard experience, we know that one arbitrary behavior leads to another and yet another?Thus, we beg to differ, Mr. Chief Justice for this newspaper cannot accept that Court rules and protocols take precedence over the Constitution. Liberians have paid a very high price for the freedoms enjoyed today and are not prepared to accept anything less. As Nelson Mandela reminds us “there is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 children rescued from burning Berbice house

first_imgThree children were rescued from a burning building on Monday morning by their neighbour after their mother allegedly locked them in the house and went to a nearby shop.The couple’s three children that were rescuedThe mid-morning fire at Lot 820 Block D Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, left 32-year-old Davanand Manroop and his 25-year-old wife, Bodhrani Manroop, called “Davie” along with their one, two and four-year-old children homeless.According to Bodhrani Manroop, she was cooking and made a quick trip to a nearby shop to purchase chicken when the incident occurred.She said her kerosene oil stove cooks slowly and as a result, she decided to put a pot on to cook rice and then go to a shop situated three lots away to make the purchase.The shop, she said, was crowded and she spent more time there than anticipated. She related that as she was returning, she saw fire emanating from her home.The mother of three said she dropped the chicken and ran to the back door which she had bolted from the outside, leaving the children locked inside.Meanwhile, Ramdeo Rai, who lives on the other side of the street, told this publication that with the aid of his son, he was able to rescue the children from the burning building.The aftermath of the fire“I was sitting on the verandah and when I looked over, I saw fire coming from the one side of the building. So, I go inside and call my son and we go over and I put him on my shoulder to climb up and go into the verandah and he go in and bring two of the children out…”He noted that in the process of doing so, “Davie” came running and opened the back door which was bolted from the outside and got the third child out of the burning building.Davanand Manroop and wife Bodhrani ManroopManroop also told this publication that she would normally lock the door from the outside when she had to leave home since on one occasion one of her children ventured out of the yard and fell into a nearby drain.Meanwhile, her husband, Davanand Manroop, who works as a labourer at the nearby lumberyard, is appealing to persons for assistance. He said that they lost everything. The building was owned by Nadia Rammanan. The woman told this publication that on numerous occasions she appealed to Manroop to take her children with her when she is going out. The woman said she was always fearful that the children left in the house unattended could be disastrous.According to Rammanan, the building was covered with fire insurance.Meanwhile, persons interested in assisting the family can make contact with them on telephone number (592) 669-2395.last_img read more

Web company leaders want troops’ video use restored

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – YouTube’s co-founders on Thursday challenged the Pentagon’s assertion that soldiers overseas were sapping too much bandwidth by watching online videos, the military’s principal rationale for blocking popular Web sites from Defense Department computers. “They said it might be a bandwidth issue, but they created the Internet, so I don’t know what the problem is,” Chief Executive Chad Hurley said with a hearty laugh during an interview with The Associated Press. Hurley, Chief Technology Officer Steve Chen and YouTube spokeswoman Julie Supan emphasized that the online video company is trying to work with the Pentagon in hope the military will reverse course or at least partially repeal the ban. “We’d like to explore what’s at issue here and talk about what we can do to sort out what’s the issue here,” Supan said. The Pentagon said this week that it was cutting off service members’ access to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other Web sites, some of which are used by soldiers on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan to post videos and journals for friends and family. In a Pentagon news conference Thursday, Defense Information Systems Agency Vice Director Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight said the decision was primarily driven by concerns about bandwidth, or the capacity of the Pentagon network to handle data-heavy material such as video. Company officials said they were especially puzzled by the block because it came just days after the military launched its own channel on YouTube offering what it calls a “boots-on-the-ground” perspective of scenes of combat. Watching or uploading online video does use bandwidth and can slow or tie up a network, but Hurley expressed doubt that soldiers’ use of YouTube could have any real effect on the military’s massive network. Chen said YouTube was reaching out to the Pentagon, along with the other banned Web companies, to learn “what it’s going to take to keep the YouTube site up.” He said they were willing to work with the military to install controls on what type of content would be available. Other sites covered by the ban include video-sharing sites Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos and FileCabi; social networking sites MySpace, BlackPlanet and Hi5; music sites Pandora, MTV, 1.fm and live365; and the photo-sharing site Photobucket. The block does not affect the Internet cafes that soldiers in Iraq use that are not connected to the Defense Department’s network. YouTube itself removes images of graphic violence, such as attacks on U.S. soldiers or Iraqi civilians, from its site. The company executives said much of that material clearly falls under its policy banning violent, hateful or pornographic imagery. But they acknowledged that decisions over wartime video present some wrenching questions.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

NDP pushing for expanded oversight for Site C dam

first_img“We remain deeply concerned about the lack of oversight of this project from bodies independent of government including the BCUC and the Agricultural Land Commission,” they write. “The decision to remove the ALC from the process is concerning given the nearly 4,000 hectares of prime farmland at stake, and given recent reports into the Agriculture Minister’s attempts at interference with this independent government tribunal.” In December 2013, Bennett was quoted as saying a review of the project by the ALC would be redundant as the panel process is already looking at the impact on agricultural land. The project is also exempt from a review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, which has rejected it in the past.  Horgan and Chandra also criticized the amount of general hearing sessions being held on the proposed dam. – Advertisement -“Holding a handful of meetings over the winter holidays, and only in northeastern communities, is insufficient consultation for a project that could affect the pocketbooks of people across the province. As such, I am writing to ask that you take steps to ensure the scope of the public hearings is expanded so they are accessible to the majority of British Columbians.” Community sessions in front of the Joint Review Panel resume today and tomorrow in Doig River and Halfway River, followed by general sessions in Dawson Creek. The panel will wrap up the week in the Alberta Peace with two days of hearings at the Sawridge Inn in Peace River on Friday and Saturday.Advertisement Then it’s back to FortSt. John a week from today for nine more days of hearings at the Pomeroy Hotel, running over an eleven day period, and finishing on 23rd.last_img read more

Chelsea line-up v PSG: Matic back in the middle for Blues, as Fabregas demands ‘ruthless’ approach

first_img 1 Nemanja Matic returns to the Chelsea line-up GoalkeeperPetr Cech’s form when called upon warrants a mention, but it seems unlikely that he will replace Thibaut Courtois in goal.DefenceThe only real point of contention will centre around Kurt Zouma. The youngster has been progressing well in the heart of the Chelsea defence and a match of this magnitude will be an excellent proving ground for him.MidfieldMatic returns to the Blues’ midfield, with his domestic ban meaning the Serbian has been a rarely seen figure in recent weeks. Expect to see Ramires alongside him, with Fabregas in a more advanced role, given his excellent link-up play with Diego Costa.AttackThe selections of Eden Hazard and Costa are no-brainers, and there are strong suggestions that Willian will be the favoured choice on the wing, with Oscar on the bench.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up? Comment below… Having collected one trophy already this season, Chelsea now turn their attentions to the grandest prize in club football, the Champions League.The Blues hold a slender advantage over Paris Saint-Germain, having drawn 1-1 in the first leg of their European tie in the French capital, but they will have to show a little more ruthlessness if they are to dispatch with the Ligue 1 giants and continue their bid for a second continental crown.Indeed, that is the view of Blues’ midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who has called on his team-mates to display more aggression when they take to the pitch on Wednesday evening.“When we get one goal, we have to go for the second and after the second the third. That’s the only thing we can really improve,” he said.“Hopefully we will have that killer instinct.”Boss Jose Mourinho has instead chosen to take a different approach, slamming the quality of Ligue 1 and admitting the club made a mistake by allowing midfielder Nemanja Matic to leave back in 2011.The Serbian is available for Mourinho and is almost nailed-on to start against PSG. But who will line up alongside him?Below is Chelsea’s predicted XI: 1last_img read more

20 cult Tottenham heroes we would love to see at the White Hart Lane finale

first_imgTottenham Hotspur v Manchester United on May 14 will be the last match ever played at White Hart Lane.The stadium is set to be torn down just 24 hours later as the club continue to build their new arena on the same patch of land, and Spurs have branded the game ‘The Finale’.Around 80 legends have reportedly been invited to the celebrations at the historic ground, but the club have decided not to extend one to Sol Campbell, George Graham, and Juande Ramos.Club heroes currently still heavily involved behind the scenes, like Gary Mabbutt, Pat Jennings, and Cliff Jones, will obviously play their part, but there might be a few surprises too.During the Premier League era, Spurs didn’t always have the best squad, but did develop a number of cult stars, and these men could find themselves on the pitch following the game.Those still playing, like Benoit Assou-Ekotto are likely to be absent due to current commitments, but who else might turn up?Click the right arrow for 20 cult heroes we would love to see at Tottenham’s last match at White Hart Lane… 12. Steffen Iversen – Spurs’ top scorer in 1998/99 and 1999/2000, Iversen also got the assist for Allan Nielsen’s League Cup winning goal in 1999. 8. Heurelho Gomes – The Brazilian shot-stopper made some mistakes in his time at Spurs but was also a huge reason behind Tottenham’s qualification for the Champions League in 2010. His saves against Chelsea and Arsenal in the run-in to finishing fourth were key, and a lot of fans loved the long-limbed goalkeeper. 20 2. Paul Robinson – Robbo will forever be known to the White Hart Lane faithful as England’s No.1 following his four-season stint with Spurs. 15. Steffen Freund – The defensive midfielder was a hero for many Spurs fans during his time with the club and was inducted into the club’s hall of fame in 2009. 20 20 11. Sandro – The Brazilian joined in 2010 after a bizarre transfer which took over a year to complete, and won a place in the hearts of Spurs fans with a stunning Champions League display away against AC Milan. Sadly, injuries stopped him fulfilling his potential and he is now with Antalyaspor in Turkey. 10. Ian Walker – The wonderfully coiffured goalkeeper was a stalwart between the sticks for Spurs, playing 260 league matches for the club between 1989 and 2001. 13. Nicola Berti – The Italian midfielder joined Spurs in 1998 as they tried to stave off the threat of relegation and scored key goals against Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Coventry. He was only with the club briefly, but is fondly remembered for the spell and is still sung about at games. 16. Roman Pavlyuchenko – In his three-and-a-half years at Spurs, the Russian was underused by Harry Redknapp but scored a number of key goals for the club, which helped them qualify for the Champions League in 2010. He also grabbed a vital away goal against Young Boys the next season which helped them make the group stage of the competition, where he scored a further three times, including Tottenham’s third in their 3-1 win over Inter Milan at White Hart Lane – one of the most glorious nights in the club’s recent history. 20 20 3. Didier Zokora – The Ivorian’s marauding runs forward, with little end product were as exhilarating as they were baffling, especially as his main role was to shield the back-four. Still, fans loved him, with his reaction to Dimitar Berbatov’s penalty in the 2008 League Cup final affirming their adoration. He never scored from open play but did net a spot-kick as Spurs lost a UEFA Cup penalty shoot-out to PSV Eindhoven. He currently plays for Indonesian side Semen Padang. 20 17. Nayim – He scored against Arsenal in the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final for Real Zaragoza – from the halfway line. Need we say more? 20 18. Simon Davies – Welsh midfielder Davies had an injury hit spell with Spurs but when fully fit was a superb member of the squad, winning the player of the year award in 2002. 7. Paul Stalteri – Purely for his match-winning goal against West Ham United in March 2007, the Canadian star should return to White Hart Lane. 19. Jonathan Woodgate – The scorer of Tottenham’s winner in the 2008 League Cup final against Chelsea, even if it was just a rebound off his face. He also helped Spurs transition from also-rans to top four contenders and is remember fondly by supporters. 20 20 20 9. Ruel Fox – The wily right winger starred in Lilywhite colours for five seasons and was occasionally found on the scoresheet too. 20 20 20 20 4. Chris Armstrong – It’s sometimes forgotten Armstrong’s partnership with Teddy Sheringham in 1995/96 saw more goals than the Sheringham-Klinsmann alliance the previous year. Injuries stopped the striker hitting his peak at White Hart Lane, but his seven years of services deserve some applause. 6. Erik Thorsvedt – The Viking, as fans knew him, was a hero between the sticks for Spurs and the first Norwegian to play in the Premier League. 14. Wilson Palacios – An imposing midfield force and tireless tackler, Palacios was an immediate hit at White Hart Lane after joining from Wigan. He had some superb displays for the club in the Premier League and Champions League. 5. Teemu Tainio – Finnish midfielder Tainio was an under-rated fixture at Spurs – the team he supported as a boy in his homeland. He was a key member of the side which won the 2008 League Cup and is celebrated for taunting Didier Drogba during extra-time of the 2-1 victory. 20 20 20 20 20 1. Allan Nielsen – Click the right arrow for more cult heroes we would love to see at Tottenham’s last match at White Hart Lane… – Before Christian Eriksen, the best Dane seen at the Lane had been Neilsen, who wore a Spurs shirt more than 100 times. His most famous moment was scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Worthington Cup final, and winning the Man of the Match award. 20 20. Lee Young-Pyo – Probably the most right-footed left-back in history, the South Korean star was a solid if unspectacular player for Spurs but fans still took him to their hearts.last_img read more

DONEGAL GIRLS SHINE – BUT QUEENSLAND ROSE TAKES TRALEE TITLE

first_imgDonegal’s TWO representatives in the Rose of Tralee shone at the show last night – but were beaten to the title by the Queensland Rose.Both Maria McCole, 23, from Letterkenny, the Donegal Rose, and Grainne Boyle, 24, from Gartan, the Dubai Rose, were being hotly-tipped as possible winners of the 2011 title.But bookies favourite Dublin-born Queensland Rose Tara Talbot (27) was crowned the 2011 Rose of Tralee last night to the consternation of bookies and the delight of a packed Dome in Tralee. Paddy Power confirmed they stood to pay out upwards of €50,000 when the brunette secondary school teacher, who is passionate about human rights and a massive Liverpool FC fan, took the crown from last year’s winner Clare Kambamettu.The Donegal girls did the county proud – with both being supported by family and friends on last night’s show..Both girls had been joined by the parents, families and a host of supporters at the Kerry venue. You did us proud girls.Let’s make sure a Dub doesn’t win this Sunday!DONEGAL GIRLS SHINE – BUT QUEENSLAND ROSE TAKES TRALEE TITLE was last modified: August 24th, 2011 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:Grainne BoyleMaria McColeRose of Traleelast_img read more

Photos: Ex-49ers star sells Santa Clara home

first_imgFormer San Francisco 49ers star running back Frank Gore has sold his Santa Clara, Calif. townhouse for $1.298 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 1,894 square-foot three-bedroom, three-bath unit has many fixtures of a modern townhome: hardwood floors, recessed lighting and stainless-steel appliances. But it also touts customized features such as a 350-gallon fish tank and an entertainment center with multiple televisions. There is also a remote-controlled drop-down …last_img