Rain or Shine holds off TNT for 1st win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine needed a solid defensive job in the end game as it held off TNT, 82-79 to open the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on a good note Friday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.The Elasto Painters’ defense held through in the clutch as Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams botched their late three-pointers which could have tied the game at 82.ADVERTISEMENT Still, coach Caloy Garcia regarded his wards as “lucky” as Rain or Shine survived the duel despite committing 19 turnovers and allowing the KaTropa to grab 33 offensive boards.“We’re just lucky that they missed those late threes. We had so much lapses in this game,” he lamented.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 folkBeau Belga led the Elasto Painters’ balanced attack as he fired 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists.Chris Tiu was also instrumental in the victory, chiming in 12 markers and three boards, Raymond Almazan added a double-double with his 11 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, while Gabe Norwood also got 11 markers and four boards for the team’s first win of the season. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense RAIN OR SHINE 82 — Belga 14, Tiu 12, Almazan 11, Norwood 11, Ahanmisi 9, Daquioag 8, Borboran 5, Nambatac 5, Trollano 4, Ponferrada 3, Maiquez 0, Yap 0.TNT 79 — Castro 18, Pogoy 16, Semerad 13, Williams 11, Rosario 8, Reyes 7, Torres 4, Tautuaa 2, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Tallo 0.Quarters: 20-20, 43-37, 62-51, 82-79.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As happy as Garcia was to start the year right, he noted that this game should serve as an eye-opener for Rain or Shine to buckle down and focus on what it prepared for in the offseason.“It’s good to start the season with a win but again, we had so many lapses. We turned the ball over too much, gave offensive boards up to TNT. The nice thing about it is we’re able to get this win. But I told the boys that we prepared so hard for this in the offseason and it’s unfortunate if we’re just going to waste it with these kinds of performances,” he said.Castro topped TNT in the losing effort as he flirted with a triple-double of 18 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds.Roger Pogoy added 16 markers but shot 0-of-7 from threes, while Anthony Semerad got 13 points before injuring his right knee early in the fourth quarter.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cañaleta provides veteran lift, hot shooting for Meralco LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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NBA says 3 calls hurt Heat in overtime loss at Washington

first_img“Morris (did) not release the inbound pass within five seconds,” the league wrote in its Last Two Minute Report, which analyzes the calls and non-calls made in the last two minutes of games within three points at any time in the fourth quarter or an overtime period.The other two situations also involved Morris, and both helped Washington.Miami’s Josh Richardson was called for a foul with 1:36 left in overtime by referee Marat Kogut, and Morris made one of the two resulting free throws to put his team up 110-109. The NBA said its review showed Richardson “cleanly dislodges the ball from Morris.” Richardson knocked the ball almost directly to Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, who would have had a fast-break opportunity if no whistle was blown.The last of the three came with just under 5 seconds left, when Heat forward Kelly Olynyk was fouled by Morris as he attempted to put back a miss by Wade and with the Heat down by two. Kogut was the nearest official to the play, and did not make a call. Washington wound up icing the game with two free throws moments later.Scott Foster and Ray Acosta were the other two referees working the game. The NBA reviewed 31 situations from the last 2 minutes of the overtime period, and said the crew handled 28 of them properly.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The league said a 5-second inbounding violation should have been called against Washington with 12.2 seconds left in overtime, after determining that Markieff Morris did not release the basketball in time. Replays showed Morris held the ball for more than five seconds, which meant Miami should have gotten possession in what was then a one-point game.But the NBRA said the officiating crew was right.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We are taught to count to 5 and make sure the ball has not been released before calling a violation,” the NBRA wrote on Twitter . “The official in this game got to 5 and the ball was released. It was the correct decision.”The NBA disagreed, calling it an incorrect non-call. Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ The 117-113 loss knocked Miami down one spot to No. 8 in the Eastern Conference standings, and moved Washington three games ahead of the Heat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Miami Heat guards Dwyane Wade (3) and Goran Dragic (7), from Slovenia, react during the overtime portion an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 117-113. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)MIAMI — The NBA said three plays were officiated incorrectly in overtime of Tuesday’s Miami-Washington game, all aiding the Wizards in what became their four-point victory.The National Basketball Referees Association, however, disagreed with the league’s assessment in one of those situations.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Pope praises Pyeongchang Olympics as bridge to peace UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View commentslast_img read more

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Jamal Murray leads charge as Nuggets pounce on banged-up Timberwolves

first_imgJamal Murray scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, Plumlee dished out eight of Denver’s season-high 40 assists and the Nuggets cruised to a 133-107 victory over the banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.Called out by Malone after a lackadaisical performance in a loss at Golden State last week, the Nuggets responded by playing with more intensity. It was the first time they’ve had 40 assists since April 6, 2013.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The message was delivered. The guys embraced it, accepted it, owned it and went out and played tonight at a very high level,” Malone said.Paul Millsap finished with 23 points, including a buzzer-beater from half-court to end the third quarter. Jokic added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help Denver snap a two-game slide at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets are hanging on to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. They are 5-4 since the All-Star break.“We’re focused on the bigger picture right now,” Plumlee said. “There’s a chance to do something special.”Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 10 rebounds to pace a Timberwolves team that’s fading from playoff contention. Towns did a little bit of everything to keep the Timberwolves close until Denver pulled away in the third quarter. He had one play where he quickly applied the brakes to shake free from Jokic and then stepped back to hit a long jumper. Towns grinned on his way back down the floor.“In boxing, Mike Tyson said, ‘Everybody has a game plan until they get punched in the face,’” said Towns, who was back after missing a game with knee inflammation. “When we punched them in the face, they stuck to their game plan. We got punched in the face, we started getting erratic, started speeding ourselves up.”Minnesota was light on guards with Derrick Rose (right elbow), Jeff Teague (left foot) and Andrew Wiggins (left quadriceps) all sidelined. The depleted guard situation meant more court time for Cameron Reynolds, a rookie out of Tulane who recently signed a second 10-day contract. He had 12 points in 25 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Bad day for No. 1s: Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka upset at Indian Wells 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title At practice Monday, Malone had a heart-to-heart with his squad. He asked them what they wanted to achieve as they march toward their first postseason appearance since 2012-13 — simply settle for getting in or challenge for the top seed. At 28-6, the Nuggets have the best home record in the Western Conference.“I didn’t give them a chance (to answer),” Malone said. “I said I’m tired of talking. All we do is talk, talk, talk — let’s start doing.”Malone’s message was taken to heart.“We need to just get back to playing together, screening for each other, playing for each other, passing,” Jokic said. “Just to play for someone else.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: PG Tyus Jones had 16 points.Nuggets: G Torrey Craig hurt his left arm while blocking a shot with 14 seconds remaining. … The starters for the Nuggets were a combined plus-78. This after going minus-95 against the Warriors.NO THOMASMalone shortened the rotation and guard Isaiah Thomas didn’t get into the game.“Definitely talked to him. I’ll keep that conversation between I.T. and myself,” Malone said. “Not an easy conversation, but that’s my job. … Isaiah is a pro and was into the game, supporting his teammates.” Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img USING THE HEARTBREAKThe Timberwolves beat the Nuggets in overtime last season in the final game of the season to earn the last playoff spot. Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders believes that’s been a big catalyst for Denver.“A lot of times through any type of pain or hurt, good can come out of that if you come together as a group,” Saunders said. “They’ve done a good job this year … of staying together and really pushing themselves to a new level.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Utah on Thursday.Nuggets: Host Dallas on Thursday. The Nuggets have won five straight at home against the Mavericks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, knocks the ball away from Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray as Minnesota guard Jerryd Bayless defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 133-107. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Mason Plumlee was completely surrounded under the basket when he tossed a no-look pass over his head to teammate Nikola Jokic for an easy score.Now that’s more to the liking of coach Michael Malone, who implored his players to return to their selfless ways after a bumpy stretch.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

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13 Jailed for Life Await Freedom

first_imgA  legal document (brief) explaining why the Supreme Court should reverse the lower court’s judgment that convicted and sentenced 13 persons to life imprisonment on the charge of mercenary actions has been filed before the Full Bench.The document was filed on Monday, December 1, by the defense team, but it comes exactly a day, after the High Court was scheduled to hear the matter.The men were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on June 10 by Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘D.’The most significant details of why the lawyers argued that the 13 persons should be entitled to a new trial are outlined in the defendant’s appellate brief, drafted and filed by Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe.A brief or memorandum establishes the legal argument for the party, explaining why the reviewing court should affirm or reverse the lower court’s judgment based on legal precedent and citations to the controlling cases or statutory law.In their brief, the lawyers further argued that the High Court should not allow government to wait for a proper case for testing its mercenarism law.“And not this case, because facts and circumstances surrounding it are not in agreement with the objectives for which the law was enacted for the internal security of the country,” they emphasized in their brief.Cllr. Gongloe maintained that  “This is our position and it is the position  we held when the case was first called for trial in Criminal Court ‘D”, during the May 2013  Term of Court, under the gavel of His Honor Yussif Kaba, not the judge who convicted their clients.”According to him, they held the view that the mercenarism law of Liberia was applicable outside the territorial limit of the country.“But,” Cllr. Gongloe stated “Judge Kaba, in addition to the argument relied on the common law definition of mercenarism, as contravened in the Black’s law dictionary and overturned our motion to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction.” Gongloe, who handled the case at trial, emphasizes that the crime of mercenarism under the penal law was enacted by the National Legislature to protect Liberia from “bounty hunters,” who may wish to participate in military operations against the state and by aiding a state to engage in war with Liberia.On the contrary, the human rights lawyer contended in the document that their clients who are all Liberian citizens, were proved guilty for the crime of “mercenarism” beyond the reasonable doubt by the court.“They were not arrested in Cote D’ Ivoire the alleged crime scene. Also, they were not arrested at the border, while going to or coming from that country   with arms and ammunitions or any warlike materials in preparation for military engagement or recruiting from the battlefront,” Gongloe further defended his brief.He went on to say that “there was no evidence that they were arrested by the Ivorian government and turned over to the Liberian government based on bilateral arrangement in the form of mutual legal assistance or mutual diplomatic reasons.”Further in his argument, Gongloe indicated that the “Ivorian government did not submit to the Liberian government a list of persons including the convicted suspected by the said government of committing acts of mercenarism in their country and escaped to 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

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‘Land Cases Remain Future Threat to Johnsonville Community’

first_imgConflicts related to land are common in Liberia, according to CENTAL, who also noted that Liberia has made progress in addressing land-related challenges.Community chairman alertsThe chairman of the Johnsonville community, Alpha H. Momoh, has warned that the huge number of land cases from the area, especially those lingering at the magistrate and circuit courts, remains a future threat to the community if nothing is done to reduce the caseload.Over the years, land issues have been the cause of serious conflicts in Liberia, resulting to the loss of lives and the destruction of properties.“We see this as a future threat to this community, because many of those selling land in this community are caretakers who do not have the authority to sell properties that don’t belong to them. Many of those who sold land have been identified as caretakers, not legitimate owners. So I believe there will be serious land conflicts, some of which (are already) arising,” said Momoh who has lived in the area for over 15 years.  He added that many land cases in the Johnsonville area continue to linger in the court system.According to research, about 30 percent of cases at the courts are land cases. “Most often, land issues go to court and remain at a standstill, thereby leaving both parties with the notion of still owning the land. I don’t know what is really responsible for some of the cases lingering in the court without them being adjudicated,” he said.Chairman Momoh, who has lived in the area for over 15 years, wants the court rule in land cases quicklyChairman Momoh said the judicial branch of government, which is also charged with the responsibility of resolving disputes over land, should prioritize land cases in the area and hear them speedily in order to prevent future conflicts or threats.He said that although there have been some reduction regarding land conflicts in the community in recent times, there are still a significant number of cases yet to be adjudicated.He however acknowledged that here have been ‘some serious awareness’  initiatives in terms of educating the public on how to go about buying and selling land in the area.Chairman Momoh, who also intervenes in land issues as a first step to resolving conflicts, often refers major cases to the Township Commissioner’s office due to complications associated with some cases. He, however, noted that only a few people seek his advice as chairman in the process of acquiring land while most of the people avoid getting his office involved.Chairman Momoh encouraged community dwellers and potential buyers to seek his advice before purchasing land. “We want them to come see the community chairman to ascertain who owns the land before moving ahead to purchase it,” chairman Momoh said.Still on land conflicts, one of the victims of illegal land sale who preferred anonymity told the Daily Observer that a neighbor secretly sold their family’s land in the Gardnersville area.“We have a land that was bought by our late father, but our neighbor sold the land to another person claiming that the land belonged to their family. While trying to peacefully resolve the situation and reclaim the land through the commissioner’s office, she ran to the court, which landed us here,” the victim said.To avoid misunderstanding or a conflict, the victim said, “We took the matter to the commissioner so that we could have it handled, but only ended up with the bailiff serving us a letter to appear before the court.”“Unfortunately for us,” the victim said, “upon arrival, the entire family was placed on the prisoner’s bench from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. by the judge handling the case without asking any of us regarding the complaint filed.”The victim added: “The decision by the judge was a complete sign of intimidation from the court.”The family’s spokesperson described the court’s action as unfortunate and a misrepresentation of the justice system, adding: “We all, regardless of financial status or affiliation, deserve justice.”“We have made arrangements with the judiciary requesting that the judge does not handle this case,” said the victim.Another victim told this paper that her case has been at the court for over eight months without it being looked into.“I have spent over US$500 just for the small piece land and I am now getting exhausted with this legal issue that has no end. I bought this piece of land and just for me to start building, three persons claimed ownership,” she said. “We are in court and hoping that the judge will consider who bought the land first.”Conflicts related to land are common in Liberia: There are multiple sales of land, boundary disputes between clans and chiefdoms; disputes over ownership of parcels of land; and conflicts arising from communities’ resistance to land grabs by investors among others, according to the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL).CENTAL’s Land Corruption Research report indicates that Liberia has made progress in addressing land-related challenges.The findings reveal that studies have been conducted, policies adopted, executive orders issued, laws enacted, and institutions created to improve and strengthen the sector.“Research is available on title registration, spatial data infrastructure, land related laws, women’s land rights, urban law reform, land dispute management, Supreme Court decisions on land cases, and overall land management and administration,” the report stated.The report noted that although policy making and research have been infused with the recognized importance of land to Liberians in the urban and rural areas, or communities and individuals alike, minimal emphasis has been placed on the extent to which corruption undermines the viability of the land sector.“Corruption in the land sector is widely accepted as consequential, but there is no extensive study that examines its impact on land access and ownership, tenure security, citizen participation in decision-making, advocacy, and dispute resolution among others,” the CENTAL findings observed.Atty. Bob Laywhylee (a lawyer residing in the Paynesville community giving his expert view on the land issue) said there is a need for surveyors and buyers to know who the original land owner is before proceeding to survey the land, because according to the Criminal Conveyance Law, both parties can go to jail.Atty. Laywhylee said building human capacity and having more than one judge would help address some of the delays associated with land cases at the courts.“We need to prosecute at all levels. Some victims end up leaving the land because of the cost associated with land issues, including hiring a lawyer, and transportation going to court sometimes on a regular basis,” Atty. Laywhylee said.According to him, there are many issues attached to land cases in court, including stress, frustration, peculiarity among others, stating: “Since the law was passed, only one person has been sentenced.”Many women who are or have been affected by land conflicts in the Johnsonville and Paynesville communities refused to speak to us due to fear of being pursued or attacked after being heard or published on the media.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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Man, 25, Gets 10 Yrs. Imprisonment for Murder

first_imgJudge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’Criminal Court ‘A’ yesterday sentenced defendant Chris Better, 25, to 10 years imprisonment after he was charged for the murder of Kristle Togbah, 31, on November 27, 2016, in the Du-port Road community, Paynesville.Kristle Togbah died immediately after she was stabbed by Better with a kitchen knife in her lower left waist at the Clear View Entertainment Center in the Paynesville Community, where she and some of her friends had gone to celebrate her (victim) 31st birthday.Togbah was pronounced dead after attempts by doctors at the Benson Hospital in the Paynesville could not stabilize her condition, because she had bled profusely.In his ruling, Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie said Better will serve nine years out of the 10 years on grounds that he had already served a year in prison, which started from the day he was arrested up to the court’s judgment yesterday.Willie said because the investigative report from the Probation Officers at the Ministry of Justice pointed to the fact that defendant Better had no prior criminal record and is well-behaved within his community, which led to the 10-year prison sentence.Moreover, Judge Willie noted that during the sentencing hearing, Better and his legal team regretted his (Better’s) action that resulted to Kristle Togbah’s death and also begged the court for mercy.Willie claimed that the crime of murder being a capital offense, the court requested prosecution to adduce evidences, to prove that the defendant is guilty, although he had earlier pleaded for forgiveness and mercy.Thereafter, a trial jury was vetted by both the defense counsel and the prosecution, which jury was empaneled to sit as a trial of the fact. The jury brought down a unanimous guilty verdict against defendant Better, according to Judge Willie.Prosecution had early alleged that on November 27, 2016, Kristle Togbah took some of her friends to celebrate her birthday at the Clear View Entertainment Center.After the celebration, prosecution claimed, Kristle, along with Chris Better and his friends, left the entertainment center very drunk, but the victim and the defendant had not gone together. It was by coincidence that they all met at the entertainment center, prosecution alleged.Prosecution also claimed that, while Chris Better and his friends were standing by their parked Nissan Xterra jeep and having conversation outside of the entertainment center, Kristle Togbah later arrived and subsequently pleaded with them to open the car door for her to enter, but Better refused.It was doing the argument that Chris Better took a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim in her lower left waist, causing her to bleed profusely, after which she was pronounced dead at the Benson Hospital.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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“Mahdia township will not impinge indigenous villages’ rights”– Bulkan

first_imgThe Mahdia township will not impinge on the authority of indigenous village councils, Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, has assured. The minister offered this reassurance during a community meeting in Micobe Village, Region Eight, over the weekend. The meeting was attended by indigenous leaders and residents of Micobe, Campbelltown, Princeville, and other indigenous communities within the environs of the proposed township of Mahdia, Region Eight.Minister Bulkan, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, and members of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were part of a team that went to Region Eight to explain the boundaries of the Mahdia township and the roles of indigenous villages within the township.Toshao of Micobe, John AndreDeputy Toshao of Campbelltown, Marbell ThomasThe minister explained that indigenous villages will not lose any of the existing rights they enjoy under the Amerindian Act of 2006. Additionally, becoming a part of the township would increase the opportunity for villagers to play a greater role in the development of their communities, he added.“If you become part [of this township], then what you have earned or gained is the ability to have an organ separate and apart from your village council that can make representation on your behalf,” Minister Bulkan further explained.Residents had, during a recent outreach, raised with Minister Allicock the concern of losing land if they became part of the Mahdia township.Micobe Toshao John Andre said he was reassured by the explanations. “The meeting was an excellent briefing. I had a long list of questions…most of them I get rid of because it was so clear. I really understood,” he said.He will confer with his villagers before making any determination on becoming part of the township. Campbelltown Deputy Toshao Marbell Thomas said she is expecting “far more improvement” if her village is to become part of the township. Mahdia is expected to become a town later this year.GECOM Commissioner Charles Corbin explained that the town has been divided into five constituencies, inclusive of indigenous villages. The voting process for the municipality, that is for mayor and councillors, was also explained to indigenous leaders.last_img read more

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Dozens dead as boat capsizes in shark-filled Caribbean waters

first_imgThe Coast Guard said its helicopter reported spotting about 20 corpses. An AP reporter saw about a dozen bodies, some with missing feet and limbs. Speaking through an interpreter, one of the survivors said the migrants were on a two-day journey from the northern Haitian town of Cap-Haitien to the Turks and Caicos when the overloaded boat was rocked by choppy waters off the coast. As lightning crackled overhead, some passengers panicked and caused the vessel to capsize, said Wilke Pierre, 52. “I lost one of my two daughters that made the trip with me. I wanted to save her but I could not because everyone was excited and was screaming,” Pierre told The Associated Press. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a British overseas territory just south of the Bahamas. Friday’s incident could become the worst disaster in years to hit Haitian migrants, who jam into boats to attempt the treacherous journey. The boat that overturned Friday was only about 25 feet long. “When it’s done that way it takes almost nothing for a disaster to occur,” Bena said in a telephone interview from Miami. “A strong wind or a sea swell or people moving around can capsize a boat in an instant.” The Coast Guard said the migrant vessel capsized while being towed by a Turks and Caicos police boat at 4:30 a.m., but local authorities said the police boat arrived on the scene only after the accident. Health Minister Lillian Boyce, meanwhile, called on human trafficking rings to stop imperiling lives. Survivors were taken to a detention center on Providenciales, the island that is the urban center of the Turks and Caicos, and will be sent back to Haiti. The submerged boat was later towed to shore.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH DOCK, Turks and Caicos Islands – Every year, Haitians by the hundreds set off in rickety boats hoping to escape poverty by sneaking into the U.S. The perils became gruesomely apparent Friday when a crowded boat capsized, flinging migrants into shark-infested waters. Hours after the sailing vessel overturned in moonlit waters a half-mile from shore, rescuers had recovered more than a dozen bodies – some with savage bite wounds – and were searching for about 60 missing people. The Turks and Caicos government said the boat was carrying some 160 people and that 78 survivors – 69 males and 9 females – were rescued. Police have recovered 16 bodies, those of 13 females and three males, the government said. Some survivors were spotted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter clinging to the hull of their overturned vessel, said Petty Officer Third Class Barry Bena. The chopper guided in a boat to get them. A Coast Guard cutter and a C-130 plane also were dispatched to join the search. last_img read more

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U.S. can’t fly minus Solo

first_imgRyan defended his decision and Scurry, who made her 164th appearance for the United States. “I don’t have any regrets about that,” he said. “I think Bri played a great game.” He stressed that he didn’t think the switch affected the game. Ryan might have been right. The Brazilians attacked from the start, and the Americans were unable to keep pace as they saw their 51-match unbeaten streak end with their worst loss in a World Cup match. The U.S. faces Norway for third place Sunday. The opening score came on an own-goal in the 20th minute, when American defender Leslie Osborne headed a corner behind Scurry. Lucky or not, the Brazilians were off and running and proved to be better in every facet: clever triangulated passes, counterattacks, audacious moves and blistering shots. “They played like a team,” American striker Abby Wambach said. “I’ve never seen them play so well. They brought all of their heart and all of their soccer to the table.” “It’s a hard loss to swallow,” she added. “More than anything it’s just heartbreaking, it’s hard to go down like this.” Bidding for another title to go with championships in 1991 and 1999, the U.S. team’s semifinal loss was a repeat of the 2003 event, when the Americans were eliminated by Germany. Marta made it 2-0 in the 27th to add to Brazil’s growing confidence. She evaded a half-dozen players and cracked a left-footed shot from 15 yards that hugged the ground and beat Scurry diving to her left. She got her left hand on the ball but couldn’t stop it. “The first goal that Marta scored was a great goal,” Ryan said. “Briana in that situation gives us the best chance to stop that shot because of her quickness and speed. If you look at the rest of the match, there is nothing she could have done about any of the other goals.” Scurry, the 36-year-old keeper who stopped a deciding penalty kick to give the U.S. the 1999 World Cup, was under intense scrutiny. Ryan named her to start just 24 hours beforehand, benching Solo who had allowed only two goals in four World Cup games – and none in almost 300 minutes. Any hope the U.S. had was snuffed out a few seconds into first-half injury time when Shannon Boxx picked up her second yellow card, leaving the Americans a player short. The foul was marginal, but Boxx (South Torrance High) lunged on a tackle trailing a step behind the Brazilian attackers. “I’m not sure about the call on Boxx,” Scurry said. “Brazil’s a great team. You can’t go down a man against a team like Brazil; they are going to tear you up. Unfortunately, that’s what happened.” Forced to push for a goal in the second half, the U.S. left itself exposed at the back with Maycon, Daniela and Cristiane narrowly missing in the opening minutes. Cristiane finally broke through in the 56th minute to make it 3-0, left-footing a shot home in a one-on-one contest with Scurry. Brazil’s last flurry came in the 79th minute when Marta showed why she was the 2006 FIFA Player of the Year. Off the left wing, she faked around U.S. defender Tina Ellertson, raced into the box, faked another defender and beat Scurry with a shot that drew a huge ovation from a crowd of 48,000. “This is history, and it’s good to be part of history,” said Marta, who leads the tournament with seven goals. The game may be a watershed, though Ryan said it was unfair “to draw too many conclusions” from one game. Despite winning Group B – the toughest in the 16-team tournament – the Americans seldom looked threatening on offense. They tied North Korea, 2-2, then had narrow wins over Sweden and Nigeria. Their best game was a 3-0 victory over England in the quarterfinals, probably their weakest opponent in the tournament. Brazil’s victory was only its second over the United States in 23 games.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Marta scored two goals and the Brazilians put on a dazzling display of soccer Thursday, outhustling the Americans at nearly every turn to cruise to a 4-0 victory in the Women’s World Cup semifinals. The Brazilians will play in their first final Sunday against defending champion Germany. “If you asked me how I do that, I can’t explain,” Marta said, even after watching TV replays of her goals. “Things happen very quickly during the match, and afterward I start thinking: `How do I do that?”‘ That’s what American goalie Hope Solo was asking. Angry she was replaced for the critical game in favor of veteran Briana Scurry, Solo lashed out at U.S. coach Greg Ryan. “It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that,” Solo said. “There’s no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves. … You have to live in the present. And you can’t live by big names. You can’t live in the past.” SOCCER: Benched goalie blasts coach after Brazil rips America in World Cup semi. By Stephen Wade THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HANGZHOU, China – The way Brazil and sensational striker Marta played, it probably didn’t matter who was in goal for the United States. last_img
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DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ACCUSES RTE OF ‘ENTRAPPING’ HIM IN BOGUS CASH FOR FAVOURS INTERVIEW

first_imgIndependent John O’DonnellEXCLUSIVE: Embattled Donegal county councillor John O’Donnell has accused RTE of ‘entrapping’ him during an investigation in which they claim he asked for money for help with a wind farm development.The Independent councillor will feature in RTE’s Investigates Standards in Public Office television documentary which will be aired at 9.30pm tonight.The Kilmacrennan politician is filmed bring interviewed by a bogus wind farm company ‘Vinst Opportunities’ which was set up by an RTE investigation team as part of a programme into requests for payments by councillors. In a statement to Donegal Daily, Cllr O’Donnell has accused the national broadcaster of entrapping him by offering him cash as part of what he described as a “gross deception.”Cllr O’Donnell said he is now seeking legal advise on the sting operation with the bogus company set up by RTE which took place in Letterkenny’s Radisson Hotel last month.The Donegal politician revealed “I was contacted on the 3rd of November 2015, in my capacity as a businessman and a pubic representative by a lady who told me that her name was Nina Carlsson.“I understood from Ms. Carlsson that I was being contacted, primarily, in my capacity as a businessman, and, secondly, in my capacity as a public representative. “My clear understanding was the so-called ‘Vinst Opportunities’ whom Ms. Carlsson purported to represent were looking to invest ‘millions’ in Donegal and that they would be incurring expenditure of between €25 – €30 million per wind energy site for identified for development.“Firstly, I would like to state my that I was shocked and disappointed to learn of the deception that had been visited upon me by the means of a person who turns out to be an undercover reporter for the RTE Investigations Unit falsely signifying to me that she was a representative of a foreign investment vehicle that was considering investing ‘millions in County Donegal on behalf of several investors, when, in fact, the investment vehicle in question was a fiction conceived by the RTE Investigations Unit with the clear intent of tricking me as a businessman.”“Secondly, I take grave exception to clear effort of RTE to mislead me into engaging in behaviour that they describe as being potentially ‘inconsistent with the proper performance of my functions as a county councillor for Donegal County Council, and with the consequential wasting of my time, when I attended, what I assumed was going to be a serious business meeting on the 5th of November at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, and one that I had every reason to believe could potentially be of significant benefit for the county, of which I’ve been very proud, as a Donegal man, to represent since my election, as an independent local councillor in May 2014.”“I take very seriously my role as a public representative, having entered local politics with a view to seeking to bring my business experience, in particular, to the council for the purpose of improving the local Donegal economy for the benefit of all who reside in the county.”“Moreover, in my opinion, the people of my constituency know my background, and the work that I do and voted me on the County Council as an independent against all the big parties, such that I was elected to the second seat out of ten in my area, notwithstanding that it was the first time I ran for the position. “To say therefore, that I’m disappointed by the underhand behaviour of the national broadcaster in this matter would be a gross understatement of my view of RTE’s efforts to unsuccessfully entrap me into improper behaviour by dangling in front of me the prospect of a massive, but regrettably wholly fictitious, investment, in the local economy.“It beggars belief that RTE/Vinst Opportunities stated that they were aiming to identify wind opportunities in Ireland for its investors when it was a pure sham whose investors appear to be nothing more than the clearly over-fertile imaginations of the members of the RTE Investigations Unit.“It is of little comfort to County Donegal, which has huge unemployment, and virtually no industry, that the national broadcaster sanctions so called ‘undercover’ reporters to come to Donegal to dissimulate to public representatives that there might be a large-scale investment in the local economy.“Perhaps it would be a better use of the public’s resources to programme some of the positive features of Donegal to assist in generating economic interest in the region. “I would add, that since being elected, any motion that I have put forward at local authority level, or any motion I supported, has been done only in the public interest and same was of no benefit to me personally or to any of my business interests. I have furnished to RTE a full copy of all motions brought by me to support this position.“Furthermore, I would like to record, I am wholly supportive of any inward investment opportunity for County Donegal, and will work tirelessly to ensure that the right projects, were they are genuine rather than purely fictional (as with the sham that is Vinst Opportunities), materialize. As a businessman, I’m open to real opportunity, but any eventual participation by me in same would always be completed strictly in accordance with the guidelines and any obligations that pertain to me as a local public representative under and pursuant, in particular, to Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001.“In particular, I’m satisfied that I have at all times complied with my obligations under the said Part 15 of the 2001 act, and especially under section 168 of the same act, which sets out the general standard of integrity, were under it is the duty of (among others) county conc to “Maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest.” Furthermore, I have at all times complied, and continue to comply, with my obligations under section 170 (1) of the 2001 act, which specifically excludes, among others) county councillors from seeking, exacting or accepting any remuneration, fee, reward or other favour for anything done or not done by virtue of his membership of office.”“I reserve all of my legal rights in relation to this matter, and in particular to seek damages from RTE for my financial losses.“Furthermore the deception of Ms. Carlsson, authorised by RTE, coupled with their refusal to furnish me with copies of the unauthorised and, in my view, illegal filming and recording of the meeting, flagrantly breached and continues to breach my right to privacy.“I intend to raise this matter with the office of the Data Protection Commissioner, whilst reserving all of my legal rights to sue RTE for breach of my constitutional and EU Law Rights to Privacy.“As the matter is currently with my legal team, I will not be making any further comment until the legal process has concluded.” DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ACCUSES RTE OF ‘ENTRAPPING’ HIM IN BOGUS CASH FOR FAVOURS INTERVIEW was last modified: December 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bogusentrapementJohn O’DonnellpaymentsRTEwindfarmslast_img read more

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