Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Reyes rattled off two names that fit his national program perfectly some years back.“Larry Fonacier and Jeff Chan are better, though they are (now) in the latter parts of their careers,” Reyes, who won this tournament in 2013 with the two gunslingers in an all-pro lineup, said. “They are the benchmarks for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He knows that he has a diamond in the rough in Wright, though, and Reyes also has one player in mind who is better at that shooting guard spot for the national team at this time.“For me, the ideal shooter (for the international game) is Marcio Lassiter,” Reyes said. “He is a great shooter, he is strong, he’s tough and he’s a great defender. That’s his advantage over all of them (Fonacier and Chan included). He is a much better defender than all of them.” IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s typical of a scorer (being a weak defender),” Reyes said. “And he’s willing to learn that, to improve on that.”“In terms of overall value to the team, Marcio is better,” Reyes explained as he reiterated that defense helps teams win. “But if you talk of pure shooting alone, there’s no doubt that Matt has the edge over everyone else.”Reyes praised Wright for having the right attitude, something he made sure that the 6-foot-3 swingman possesses when he first laid eyes on him several years back in an Under-18 tournament.And with that, the Gilas coach knows that he will have the perfect player that he needs in due time, like as early as the start of the World Cup Qualifying in November back in this thriving country.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Cool and collected even in the most intense moments here, Wright is showing offensive skills best suited for Gilas in this tournament and he is making the opposition pay in very short instances that he is left open.Lassiter suited up for Gilas in its formative years and has never made it back since, with issues concerning his health keeping him out of the squad that played in Changsha, China, in the last Asian Championship.But Reyes likes what he sees, like Wright’s attitude and focus.“He’s willing to learn, he has the tools, he’s athletic and very smart,” Reyes said when asked if Wright is getting to the level that Lassiter is at now.And the first thing Reyes wants is for Wright to be able to defend better.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas’ Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Is Matthew Wright the best shooter for Gilas Pilipinas?“It’s hard to say, because the measure of a great shooter is consistency,” coach Chot Reyes said on Sunday night after Wright put on a show and torched Chinese Taipei A with four triples in an 88-72 win in the Jones Cup Invitational that finally got the Filipinos on track.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force shoots down BaliPure LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kris Dunn scored 22 points and Nikola Mirotic had 18 points off the bench for Chicago, which blew a late lead for a second straight game. The Bulls lost for only the fourth time in 14 games since Mirotic returned to the lineup.Lauri Markkanen finished with 19 points, including a jumper from the corner that tied it at 120 with 1:14 left in overtime.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 folkMcCollum then made his short floater and added a pair of late free throws.McCollum and Aminu, who made 5-of-6 3-pointers after halftime, carried the Blazers’ offense as they rallied from a seven-point deficit. View comments After scoring four straight points to tie it at 112, McCollum missed two tries to pull ahead in the final 36 seconds of regulation.Led by Mirotic and Bobby Portis, the Bulls’ bench helped them overcome a sluggish start. Each had nine points in a second quarter in which Chicago’s reserves outscored Portland’s 18-7. Mirotic hit a deep 3-pointer with 5:21 left before the half to give the Bulls a 43-39 lead after they trailed by as many as 10 points early.Portis finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Neither Mirotic nor Portis played the final 7 1/ 2 minutes of regulation or overtime.Pat Connaughton had 16 points for Portland.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trail Blazers: Lillard missed his fifth straight game with a right hamstring strain. Expected to be a game-time decision, Lillard, who hasn’t played since Dec. 20, was ruled out early. Portland coach Terry Stotts wasn’t sure if Lillard would play on Tuesday at Cleveland.“When he’s ready, he’ll be ready, but it’s hard to say,” Stotts said.Bulls: Zach LaVine’s “training camp” has gone well so far, according to coach Fred Hoiberg. Coming off February surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, LaVine is halfway through a stretch of six consecutive days of full-contact practices. “He’s sore, as expected,” Hoiberg said. “Overall, he’s handled it great. He’ll have another good opportunity (Tuesday). It was good to see him out there. He’s in training camp mode right now, but he’s handling the workload well and that’s the important thing.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.Bulls: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Timberwolves send Lakers reeling to 7th straight loss Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Chicago. The Trail Blazers won 124-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — C.J. McCollum scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120 on Monday night.Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 24 points and Evan Turner also had his season best with 22 for Portland, which was without leading scorer Damian Lillard for a fifth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
Liberia’s Finance Minister has warned government’s Ministries and Agencies against committing the administration to contractural obligations that are in excess of budgetary appropriations authorized by the National Legislature.Minister Amara M. Konneh observed that obligating the government without proper observation of the established procurement processes has the propensity to engender wasteful spending, which he said, undermines government’s budgetary performance.In a statement issued last week on the commitment of public funds, Mr. Konneh urged all public agencies including banks and financial institutions wishing to provide pre-financing to contractors, to strictly adhere to the Public Financial Management (PFM) Law and the Public Procurement and Concessions (PPCC) Act of Liberia.“Our resources are rather scarce, and it is our utmost responsibility to pull together in driving the economy towards achieving a middle income economy by 2030. Towards this objective, the prudent application and management of public resources is our core responsibility and obligation, as it is critical to realization of this goal,” Konneh said.He strongly warned banks and financial institutions wishing to provide pre-financing to contractors hired by ministries and agencies, of the legal requirements and its consequences. Punishment for violators of the PFM Law may be administrative or criminal depending on whether the infringement constitutes an infraction, a misdemeanor, or other higher crimes.The Finance Minister also told our business desk last week that his statement is intended to call the attention of spending ministries and agencies to strictly abide by the policies prescribed by the government as they sign agreements with contractors to implement their respective projects.Konneh emphasized his call on ministries and agencies to be mindful of their responsibilities and obligations as provided for under the PFM Law of 2009, the annual Budget Law, and the PPC Act of 2005 as amended in 2010.The Minister also reminded spending agencies of the provision in Section 24 and sub-sections 1 to 5 of the 2009 PFM Law, which specifies the legal process by which, he declared, all ministries and spending agencies may enter into a contractual commitment on behalf of the government.According to Sections 1,2, and 3 of the PFM Law, “all purchases of goods and services from suppliers, including capital investments, shall comply with the provisions prescribed in the PPCC Act of 2005 as amended and its enabling regulations; all contracts, including those established through the simplified Local Purchase Order (LPO) mechanism, shall be considered commitments of the government, and notwithstanding the provisions of the PPCC Act, multi-year procurement contracts will be subject to annual limits established in relevant budget line in the approved National Budget, amended from time to time through budgetary transfers and/or supplementary budget. No action shall be taken to abrogate such multi-year contractural obligations.”The PFM Law notes “contracted amounts relating to future years will be subject to their adoption within the National Budget of that year. The provisions of multi-year contracts will be drafted in such a way as to reflect these restrictions.”Accordingly, Count 10 of regulation No.3 of the PPCC Act states “the Ministry (Finance) shall take part in the negotiations and signings of contracts over US$250,000 and the contract shall be attested to by the Ministry of Justice.”The Act when on to say “ministers and heads of budgetary institutions and agencies shall be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date record of contracts entered into and for ensuring that any multi-year contracts are fully reflected in the budget estimates approved by the Legislature for the years in which they will require funding.”According to Section 5 of the PFM Law, “all contracts should as closely as possible be reflected in the annual procurement plan of the relevant ministry, institution or agency, as required by the PPCC Act.Procurement plans for the different types of goods and services should be prepared in a manner consistent with the different categories of expenditures as contained in the Budget Act, and shall be submitted to the Minister of Finance as supporting evidence to their spending plans.”The Finance Minister has, meanwhile, told potential contractors or suppliers of government that unless the provisions of the PFM Law and the PPCC Act are met, no payments will be made from the consolidated fund as contractual obligations to government.“We are going to strictly adhere and enforce these policies in the coming year, so I am reproducing an extract of these sections as a reminder,” Konneh said urging public agencies and potential contractors or suppliers to make sure that they read both the PPCC and PFM Laws carefully before entering agreement with any government agencies.The Minister also informed ministries and agencies to collect pocket copies of the PFM Act from the PFM Reforms Coordination Unit situated on the 4th Floor of the Ministry of Finance, for ease of reference. “A soft copy of the PFM Act can also be accessed from the Ministry of Finance’s website,” he stated.Minister Konneh’s warning comes in the wake of the recent resignation of Liberia’s Procurement Chief, Madam Peggy Varley Meres, formally of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC). She tendered in her resignation to Professor Willie Belleh, Jr, Chairman of PPCC on May 15, 2014.Madam Meres noted in her resignation that as CEO of a major integrity institution on the frontline in the fight against corruption in Liberia, the past five years have been very challenging.She had reportedly said in her resignation, “As you are aware, we have an underdeveloped private sector and the public sector is essentially the only game in town. This attracts all kinds of selfish interests and with that comes the risk of rent-seeking actors attempting to use public resources for personal gain.”Madam Meres noted that the absence or weakness of institutional checks and balances leaves the country at the mercy of the personal morality of its actors; public procurement and concessions granting in Liberia, especially given our history about stability, and peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Head of the Guyana Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department, Wendell Blanhum is optimistic about the ‘Arrest Warrant Treaty’ that regional heads recently agreed to have implemented.Crime Chief Wendell BlanhumDuring last week’s Caricom Heads of Government Conference here, leaders agreed on an ‘Arrest Warrant Treaty’ seeking to address the issue of cross border crimes as it gives each Member State the power to arrest and handover criminals to authorities in the States that the crime was committed.Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Blanhum posited that this initiative will greatly enhanced the capability of the Police Force in terms of arresting fugitives who flee to other Caricom countries.“It’s not only local fugitives, we have persons who were arrested, particularly for drug trafficking offences, who would have been granted bail and fled to other Caricom countries,” he stated, while recalling a recent case.The Crime Chief explained that an individual slapped with a trafficking in narcotic charge was released on bail in Guyana and fled to his country of origin but was sentenced to three years imprisonment in his absence.Blanhum noted that the Force applied to the respective country and asked that the man be extradited and the process was so lengthy that in the meantime, the individual committed a murder in his country and has since been convicted.“So he was convicted on that (murder) charge (in his country) but he is yet to come to Guyana to serve his sentence. So the treaty is a welcomed initiative that will greatly enhanced our law enforcement capability,” he remarked.On the other hand, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud explained that this treaty will extend the arms of the Guyana Police Force since it will relax the lengthy extradition process so that countries can promptly prosecute perpetrators.“The way I understand it, all the countries that signed on can pass that information to their colleagues and counterparts in the other countries. They will then make the arrest and we will take the fugitive at the border or somewhere,” he stated.Chairman of the Caricom Conference, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has stated that the Arrest Warrant Treaty is a crucial aspect of tackling the issue of regional security as it caters for the sharing intelligence and joint training of personnel, which will enhance the collaboration and cooperation among law enforcement entities.He disclosed at the closing media conference on July 6, that during the two-day meeting, the Regional Heads were brought up to date with major issues in relation to security through the Caribbean region and agreed on ways to deepen and strengthen cooperation in this area. One such agreement is the ‘Arrest Warrant Treaty’.This is a matter, the Chairman said, that Caricom has been discussing for some time now and the Heads are resolved to have this particular Treaty entered into before the end of 2016.“This we believe will enhance the security of our Region and is a matter which the Heads are fully in support of,” he remarked.
Benjamin Freeman, Executive Director of LIPACE at the news conference in Paynesville By Simeon S. Wiakanty and Hannah N. Geterminah Barely a day since 12th Graders commenced writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Liberia Institute for the Promotion of Academy Excellence (LIPACE) has opened a “Call Center” where students sitting the exam can share their experiences.Benjamin Freeman, Executive Director of LIPACE, said the organization is now set to listen to students share their experiences in terms of other challenges as they go through writing the WASSCE.Freeman said the operation of the “Call Center” is historic for Liberia as the organization transitions to a more regional exam in the West African academic corridor.He told journalists in Monrovia yesterday that LIPACE, being Liberia’s first independent “External Call Center,” is currently set to operate as an information sharing center for Liberian high school students and teachers, as well as school administrators, in developing the conduct of the WASSCE.The Center, according to Mr. Freeman, is going to provide an effective feedback mechanism that will enable the organization respond to the many challenges affecting students during exams and, more effectively, to understand those factors that affect their performances.He meanwhile encouraged students to call cell #s 0778595771, 0778595772, 0778595773/ 0881462244, 0881462247 and 0881462248, to give what they think about the exam, highlighting the level of improvement that will be necessary as they go along.“It is an independent external call center; even though we are going to be working with the students to provide that mechanism, yet we remain all by ourselves so that we can document the voices of the exam takers, most of whom are sitting the exam for the first time,” Freeman said.He noted that as Liberia transitions to WASSCE, LIPACE wants to document stories of students and teachers, including school administrators. More importantly, the organization, at the end of the 2018 WASSCE exam, will create a kind of integrated stakeholders’ meeting, which will be based on the experiences and lessons learned from the students.LIPACE is currently collaborating with the West African Examination Council (WAEC), to share the lessons learnt from students in order to improve the system.The entity is currently operating in Montserrado, Gbarpolu and Bomi counties.In 2014, LIPACE published Liberia’s first study guide called “WAEC end Review,” which was approved by authorities at the Ministry of Education, to be used in secondary schools.Every year students (12th Graders) across West Africa write a test to evaluate their readiness for higher and more specialized studies, which may also certify that they have completed their ordinary level education.This test, widely known as WASSCE, is designed to prepare students for higher education. It has also become a major determinant factor for qualification to higher education and also a validation of the quality of ones’ ordinary level education.LIPACE, in the forefront of promoting academic excellence, is certain that this first exam experience will shed more light on the volume of work it needs to do in the country’s education system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The inclusion and implementation of standards among students from technical institutions in Guyana can lead to the introduction of advanced technologies in the syllabuses which are already practiced in the more developed countries.Executive Director of GNBS, Candelle Walcott-BotswickThese were the sentiments expressed by Executive Director of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), Candelle Walcott-Botswick on Thursday who called on tertiary students to create and use products that are endorsed by the GNBS, as it pertains to quality and standards.She noted that the quality of work generated from implementing standards and protocols will effect in successful workforce.“It will allow persons within the technical institutions to consider the inclusions of new technologies in the curriculum and also allow for career planning in the new areas that are emerging,” Walcott-Botswick stated.“Once you enter into these lucrative fields, you must understand that standards play a vital role in providing the necessary assurance to the type of product or service that you will deliver. A good practitioner in this sector would be aware of the specifications,” she added.The GNBS Director further highlighted that for this to materialise, there must be consistent communication between the GNBS and institutions, since valuable information is distributed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the International Code Council (ICC) can be further passed on.“We also believe that you should know that there is a relationship between the GNBS and other standards bodies across the world. We all work together with one common cause to promote the use of all standards of society to ensure that products and services provide confidence.”While noting that testing facilities are accessible in some areas, Walcott-Botswick highlighted that it is essential for them to be accredited so as to ensure that they produce products of superior quality.“All of this is done to help you develop your career [and] provide exposure to what is happening in more developed countries so together we can advance Guyana,” she related.When these standards are adopted by the tertiary intuitions, it is believed that there will be an increase in the quality of products that are being showcased by the local manufacturers. Consequently, the demands of the GNBS will be met as it relates to standards, and more resilient buildings will be constructed from this outcome.Students are also encouraged to participate in projects which endorse the application of standards, since it can access them to opportunities with greater benefits.
A North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, man was on Sunday morning busted with a large quantity of marijuana in a grease container at Issano, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). The 32-year-old man arrived at the location in a boat from Bartica.Based on reports received, the suspect was seen acting in a suspicious mannerThe cannabis that was found concealed in the grease containerand as such, he was taken to the Issano Police Station where a search was conducted on his person. During the search, a total of 1625 grams of cannabis was unearthed in a five-gallon plastic container that he had in his possession.The illegal drug was found in three well-taped parcels. He was taken into custody and is expected to be escorted to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today. He was charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.
Pat Ferris won the Thursday night Baldonnel time trial with a time of 26:26 minutes under wet and cool conditions. Roger St. Jean was second at 27:08 and Rob Churchill 3rd at 30:04.Barb Polehoykie was 4th at 30:17 and Ken Nix 5th at 30:42.- Advertisement -Coming up:The Blizzards have a contingent of riders at the National Cycling Championships in Edmonton, this weekend.Locally, there is a Cecil lake road Race at 7 pm Sunday Night from the Cecil Lake gravel pit.www.ferrisfastcycles.comAdvertisement -Submitted story
0Shares0000Morata has scored three goals in his last two matches © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Mar 4 – Alvaro Morata’s first-half double fired 10-man Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 victory at Real Sociedad on Sunday as Diego Simeone’s men kept their slim La Liga title hopes alive.The Spain international striker scored twice in three first-half minutes as Atletico cut the gap to leaders Barcelona back to seven points after the reigning champions’ 1-0 Clasico win over third-placed Real Madrid on Saturday. Midfielder Koke was dismissed just after the hour mark, but Atletico have now won three straight league games after back-to-back defeats by Real Betis and Real Madrid last month had ended an 18-match unbeaten run.“The sending off of Koke ended the game as we had planned it,” said Atletico coach Simeone.“We had to defend, make ourselves strong in our penalty area and take a game that was very important to win.”After a slow start to the contest, Morata gave Atletico the lead on the half-hour mark by nodding home after Thomas Lemar’s corner was flicked on by Diego Godin.The 26-year-old, who went four games without a goal after joining on loan from Chelsea in January, made it three in two matches shortly afterwards, having opened his Atletico account last weekend against Villarreal.Once again it was a set-piece that did the damage, as Morata climbed highest to meet Koke’s right-wing free-kick with a downward header into the bottom corner.Sandro Ramirez nodded over as Sociedad started the second half strongly, and the hosts were given renewed hope when Koke was sent off for a second yellow card in the 62nd minute.Mikel Merino came close to halving the deficit with 14 minutes remaining as away goalkeeper Jan Oblak had to produce a fine save to prevent his header from finding the top corner.But Atletico closed out the win to move five points clear of city rivals Real, and more importantly, remain in with a chance of lifting a first major trophy since winning the league title in 2014.– Getafe boost Champions League bid –Earlier on Sunday, little Getafe gave their hopes of qualifying for a maiden Champions League campaign a massive boost with a 2-1 victory at fellow European hopefuls Real Betis.Pepe Bordalas’ side, who have twice played in the Europa League before, now sit two points clear of Alaves in fourth place in La Liga, with another seven sides within nine points of the last Champions League spot.Real Betis remain seventh, but six points adrift of Getafe.Uruguayan defender Leandro Cabrera gave Getafe a 20th-minute lead by nodding in Francisco Portillo’s corner, before Jaime Mata slotted in a second on the stroke of half-time.Former Spain winger Joaquin, 37, gave Betis hope with a powerful drive 15 minutes from time, but the home side slipped to a second damaging defeat in three days after their Copa del Rey semi-final loss to Valencia.Valencia backed up their Cup exploits as Rodrigo and Kevin Gameiro scored in a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao to move into seventh, just six points behind Getafe.After a poor start to the season, Marcelino’s men are now unbeaten in their last eight league matches and steadily moving up the table despite having drawn 15 of their 26 games.Celta Vigo sacked Portuguese coach Miguel Cardoso after a 1-0 defeat at Eibar left them just one place and two points above the relegation places.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes is considering a move to Mexico when he leaves Old Trafford next month.The former Barcelona goalkeeper has been kept well away from the first team by manager Louis van Gaal after the pair fell out last summer.Valdes has a contract with United until the end of the season but it is highly likely the Spaniard will leave as soon as the January transfer window opens.According to Mundo Deportivo, two of Mexico’s biggest clubs, Atlas and Veracruz, are battling it out to land the 33-year-old.Valdes is apparently open to the idea of finishing his career in Mexico and a deal is expected to be completed before the end of December, with United eager to get the goalkeeper off their books as soon as possible. Victor Valdes