LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, from Rookie of the Year to Slam Dunk champ, Meralco’s Chris Newsome is carving a deeper and deeper niche in the PBA.Tapped fourth overall in the Draft by the Bolts last season, Newsome creatively leapt his way to win the centerpiece event of the league’s Skills Challenge on Friday night, nipping GlobalPort’s James Forrester by a point before a roaring, appreciative crowd here.“It makes me feel blessed knowing that my athleticism hasn’t gone unnoticed,” Newsome said after winning the title in his second try. “I just feel blessed to be able to showcase my talent.”The 6-foot-1 point guard drilled a windmill jam off the bounce before juggling three balls and going for a flush off-the-glass in the finale to clip the equally athletic Forrester with a total of 87 points.“I just told James that we want to bring the best out of each other,” Newsome said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ They did bring out the best in each other as both guards tallied 95 points in the preliminaries and denied Rey Guevarra the chance to win the title for the fourth straight year.Guevarra tallied just 87 in the classification phase.Maliksi, the streak-shooting Star off guard, was also a first-time champ after ruling the Three-Point Shootout over Barangay Ginebra’s LA Tenorio by draining his final shot in a well-applauded finals.Rain or Shine point guard Maverick Ahanmisi, meanwhile, lorded it over the Cloudfone Obstacle Chal lenge and became back-to-back champion after shading San Miguel Beer’s Alex Cabagnot.Maliksi dropped the last money ball in the enthralling finals against Tenorio to win, 20-18.“I felt pressured in the end because [I knew that] time was running out,” Maliksi, who took over the place of Paul Lee in the pool, said. “My mind-set was just to make every shot because I knew that my opponent here was myself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LUCENA—As expected, June Mar Fajardo and Andray Blatche led the list of players who will make up the Gilas Pilipinas team that will try to claim the Seaba championship next month.Coach Chot Reyes named the team after Friday night’s exhibition match between the Gilas pool and the Luzon All-Stars, which the Nationals won, 122-111, at Quezon Convention Center.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The rest of the team includes Phoenix rookie guard Matthew Wright, who was named All-Star MVP for the second straight match. Wright was also a co-MVP when the Gilas pool battled the Mindanao All-Stars to a draw.Also named to the team were: Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Jio Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario and Jason Castro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We don’t want to call this the Final 12 but the Seaba 12,” Reyes said before announcing the names, hinting that changes will still be made for the team that hopes to earn a berth to the next World Championship.To get there, Gilas Pilipinas has to start with the Seaba tilt, which kicks off in two weeks. The Nationals need to win the crown to book a berth in the Fiba Asia qualifying tournament. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Power Smashers draw hope from Thai imports Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar 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 View comments
On Friday, April 22, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf broke ground for the construction of a 48 kilometer road that, when completed, will connect Morlakwelleh in the Bella District to Pallakwelleh in Bokomu District, Gbarpolu County.Though the road in Bella Yalla might have brought road access closer to the people of Bokomu District, they walk five to six hours, at times hauling loads, before they can see or have access to vehicles to get to Bopolu City, the county capital, to transact business.Before she broke ground for the road construction, a traditional leader of the district, Flomo Nyangomo, told President Sirleaf that they have been in what he considered as “prison” for too long and it would be a great achievement for the President if she could liberate them as she did the people of Bella Yalla.Chief Nyangomo, who spoke through an interpreter, told the president that she continues to exemplify her distinctiveness as a true leader of the people by doing things that bring relief to the ordinary people.“We are in jail and this is the time for you to save us and we know you can do it,” the traditional leader said, pleading with the President that the road be completed before she leaves office, because he would never be sure if it will ever be done after her tenure expires.Chief Nyangomo noted that residents of the community wholeheartedly welcome the President and her entourage to the district, and are receptive to the pending road construction.Earlier, President Sirleaf told the audience that she had continuously told the county leadership that she was going to get back to Bella Yalla, especially to inspect the enormous challenges that have impeded the road construction, especially at the infamous Gorma Hill, that is somehow slowing the Bella Yalla road work. She noted that her government will ensure that a road runs to the isolated Bokomu District. This, she said, will bring relief to citizens in that part of the country. This road, if completed will lead to Zorzor, Lofa County. “Pallakwelleh is the short way to get to Zozor,” residents said.According to President Sirleaf, she has a special place in her heart for Bella Yalla. She noted that the district is indeed an example of departing from difficulties to success and from suppression to freedom. “Driving into Bella is freedom for our people,” she said.“It brought tears to me and the residents when they saw vehicles for the first time; the excitement was just overwhelming,” President Sirleaf once told reporters in an interview. But she noted that this is the kind of landmark that her government had come to achieve. “We came into power to bring relief to the Liberian people, and this is a clear example. The Bella Yalla story is a true manifestation for our vision for the country.”She said with the county leaders, which also comprised the President Pro-Tempore, Armah Zulu Jallah, will work collectively to have the road constructed for the betterment of the masses. All of the lawmakers from the county were present at the ceremony. In a brief remark, Pro-Tempore Jallah lauded the President for her presence at the ceremony, noting that it is a clear manifestation that the President has a heart for the people. “I stand ever ready to work with you, Madam President, in whatsoever that will bring sanity to the people of Liberia,” Jallah declared. The people of Bella Yalla, like their Bokomu counterparts, were also isolated for too long. This was until President Sirleaf made a historic milestone when she ordered a motor road penetrate the dense high forest of Bella Yalla in 2010.Bella Yalla hosted the nation’s infamous maximum prison facility where political prisoners were tortured, flogged and were conscripted to hard labor. The prison was fortified by the dense forest surrounding, with no road facilities. Prisoners were transported to the facility by air at the time. President Sirleaf made history when she ensured that a road, for the first time, entered Bella Yalla and she was the first President to visit the town by road and saw the facility.Many of the onlookers were overjoyed when they were informed that the President was in their area to break ground for road construction. They continuously sang songs of joy in the Belleh dialect and jubilated throughout until the President departed the area.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
James, Kuzma lead Lakers over frustrated Mavericks Pelinka joined the Lakers in March 2017 and has overseen the free agent signing of LeBron James and the blockbuster trade this past offseason that brought in Anthony Davis.The 50-year-old Pelinka took on a more significant role with Magic Johnson’s surprising resignation as president basketball operations on the final day of the regular season last spring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Pelinka had been an agent for almost 20 years when the Lakers hired him in the middle of a franchise-worst six-year run of missing the playoffs. With the best record in the Western Conference, LA is all but assured of ending that skid.“I’m extremely pleased with the work Rob has done in order to put this franchise in a position for success,” owner Jeanie Buss said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee LATEST STORIES Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas MOST READ More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pelinka was a member of Michigan’s 1989 national championship team before getting his undergraduate and law degrees there.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team general manager Rob Pelinka, left, and Head Coach Frank Vogel, right, introduce Anthony Davis at a news conference at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019 (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Rob Pelinka was given the title of vice president of basketball operations by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, almost three years after the former agent was hired as general manager.The Lakers made the announcement before the team’s game in Dallas.ADVERTISEMENT US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high View comments ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist
… flays APNU/AFC for assaulting poor, vulnerable groups…Govt insists it’s the lawThough the Government insists that they are only upholding the law, the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) and a significant portion of the public have erupted into ferocity over the move to ban overseas-based Guyanese from accessing the Old Age Pension fund locally.During a press conference on Wednesday, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira lambasted the Government for taking steps to implement the restriction which will negatively impact a large number of persons who traditionally depend on the assistance.Teixeira accentuated that the rationale provided by the Government for this decision is far from sound, noting that it is utterly unfair that Guyanese living abroad are being denied their entitlement.“If a Guyanese earns their pension in another country, it cannot be considered as double dipping if they apply and are approved for noncontributing pension in Guyana which is provided for under the poor relief law. This is the same Government that is encouraging people from the Diaspora and yet now is creating further disincentives. Isn’t the Minister aware that many Guyanese return here to live in Guyana after many years of cold weather and hardships to live here on the pensions that are duly earned in another country,” she emphasised.The parliamentarian also noted that the move is an assault on the indigenous people of the country who generally reside along the Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela borders and is believed to collect pensions from both States.Teixeira argued that the majority of people who depend on these old age benefits belong to the underprivileged population of Guyana and therefore, by placing limitations on its access, individuals will likely suffer.“Why would you want to trouble these people? They have served in their countries and they have served us,” she stated.New system coming soonHowever, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence announced that the new system will come into effect soon.Lawrence said the current system opens doors for ‘double dipping’, meaning when persons not living in Guyana access pension from both the Guyanese Government and the country in which they live.The new system stipulates that persons desirous of accessing Old Age Pension will have to be living in Guyana for a minimum of two years.Government officials have explained Guyanese 65 years and older are eligible for Old Age Pension which is different from National Insurance Scheme (NIS) pension, retirement pension and social assistance.Amid public outcry, the Social Protection Ministry clarified that Old Age Pension is not an entitlement from employment, as in the case of Government Pension and National Insurance Scheme Pension, but rather Old Age Pension is a monthly payment ($18,200 at present) available to eligible Guyanese aged 65 or older.In this regard, the Government argued that the laws of Guyana stipulate that the old age benefit can be suspended or forfeited if any person is absent from Guyana or undergoing imprisonment or detention in legal custody.According to Old Age Pension Act (Chapter 36:03), applicants must meet certain statutory conditions to qualify for Old Age Pension.These statutory conditions are that the person must have attained the age of 65 years; the person must satisfy the appropriate authority that she/he has been a citizen of Guyana for at least 10 years immediately preceding his [her] claim for a pension; the person must have been ordinarily resident in Guyana during the 20 years immediately preceding his [her] claim for pension.In the event that the person is temporarily absent from Guyana, the applicant or pensioner must satisfy the Authority, usually through the provision of the person’s passport and an immigration check conducted by the Ministry, that the period of absence from Guyana has not exceeded two years during the past 20 years, according to law.Persons receiving Old Age Pension may become ineligible if that person is a resident in a charitable institution that provides board and lodging; is in prison or has migrated. (Devina Samaroo)
Cardiff continued their revival under Neil Warnock as they made it three games unbeaten with a 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.First-half goals from Aron Gunnarsson and Joe Ralls put the Bluebirds 2-0 up by the interval at the City Ground, and the hosts were reduced to 10 men early in the second half when Thomas Lam saw red.A Henri Lansbury penalty at the death reduced the arrears but in the end proved little consolation as Forest suffered a second straight loss.It should have been 1-0 to the visitors with six minutes on the clock, when Ralls found himself through one on one with goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic. But the Cardiff midfielder spurned his chance, slotting the ball wide of the upright.Gunnarsson made no mistake with 28 minutes on the clock, however, netting against the run of play.Forest had enjoyed a good spell of possession, but struggled to create an end product and they were punished for poor marking at a corner.Gunnarsson was left with a free header from Peter Whittingham’s flag-kick and made no mistake from close range to make it 1-0.City were then dealt a blow when Rickie Lambert was carried off on a stretcher eight minutes before the break, having been injured in a collision with Stojkovic.But it made little difference to his team’s momentum as they went two goals up in the 39th minute.Stojkovic did well to deny Anthony Pilkington from substitute Craig Noone’s cross. However, Ralls was on hand to head home on the rebound, leaving the hosts to head down to tunnel with boos ringing out from the stands at the break.And it did not get any better for Forest in the second half as they were reduced to 10 men with 58 minutes gone.It was a straight red card for defender Lam after he pulled back Pilkington as the Cardiff man looked to break clean through.The Bluebirds tried to make that numerical advantage count and it was left to Stojkovic to keep the score down, with the Reds goalkeeper producing two great reaction saves to deny Sean Morrison and then Ralls.Pilkington then had a great chance to make it 3-0 and clinch victory with 15 minutes to go.Having rounded Stojkovic, he was denied by a goal-line clearance from Chris Cohen before missing an open goal as he fired the follow-up wide.Forest were given a lifeline with 90 minutes on the clock when they were awarded a penalty for Gunnarsson’s foul on Lansbury in the box.The midfielder stepped up to take it and drilled the spot-kick home, but there was no time for his side to find an unlikely equaliser. 1 Neil Warnock’s side move up to 20th place in the table
Gareth Southgate has expressed his concerns over potential racial abuse occurring when England travel to Bulgaria next month The BFS have now written to UEFA and Southgate’s boss, Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, to express its unhappiness at his comments.Sterling, a key figure in the fight against racism, is believed to be have been the victim of discriminatory language towards him during the first half of last Saturday’s game.A steward heard the individual in the Bulgaria section of the ground and they were ejected from Wembley and handed to the police, before being released with no further action.“Yes, it is a concern,” Southgate said about the return game. “It’s something that we’ve already planned. We’ve already planned what our schedule looks like and we’re going to discuss it with the players before we go, because we’re aware that there is history there and we want to make sure that we’re all prepared for what might happen and how we want to respond.” revealed However, the BFS have reacted angrily to Southgate’s comments.“The president of the Bulgarian Football Union Borislav Mihaylov sent an official letter to the UEFA General Secretary Mr. Theodore Theodoridis and the chairman of the English FA Mr. Greg Clarke expressing his indignation and disappointment following the public comments by Mr. Gareth Southgate and the suggestions that the English players will be subject to racial abuse by the Bulgarian supporters in the upcoming European qualifier in Sofia on October 14th,” a statement read.“The BFU views such behaviour as groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary prior to the important and exciting football game that Bulgarian fans have been looking to in the past year. We have not received any official information regarding discriminatory language used by a Bulgarian supporter at Wembley Stadium.“Even if this were the case, however, we believe that generalisations and the creation of needless tension by official members of the English team is absolutely unacceptable and in contradiction with the spirit of mutual respect and fair play, the core values of both UEFA and the BFU.” appointed latest Next month’s qualifier will be England’s first trip to Bulgaria since September 2011, when a 3-0 win was overshadowed by racist abuse in Sofia.Ashley Young was subjected to monkey chants during that game, but the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS) only received a £34,000 fine by UEFA for ‘discriminatory’ chanting and for the lighting and throwing of fireworks.The Vasil Levski National Stadium will already be partially closed for England’s latest visit due to the racist behaviour of their supporters in the 2-1 loss in the Czech Republic in June.The BFS is required to block off at least 5,000 seats for the visit of Southgate’s men and display a banner with the wording ‘#EqualGame’.Bulgaria’s return fixture against the Czechs is also due to be played at a partially-closed ground due to racist behaviour in the 3-2 home loss to Kosovo in their other June fixture. LATEST Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT MOST READ IN FOOTBALL PAYBACK Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 2 ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff gameday cracker The Bulgarian Football Union have responded furiously to Gareth Southgate’s concerns about his players suffering racial abuse ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 qualifying game, labelling them ‘groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary’.Speaking in the wake of an alleged incident involving Raheem Sterling during a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley last weekend, Three Lions boss Southgate said racist abuse was a ‘concern’ ahead of the return clash in Sofia next month. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Getty Raheem Sterling, middle, was the victim of alleged racist abuse at Wembley last Saturday 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ AFP or licensors
A supporters’ bus will be travelling to the Leitrim versus Galway Connacht U21 Football Championship in Tuam Stadium on Saturday.The bus will depart from Drumshanbo and pick up in Ballinamore, Mohill and Carrick-on-Shannon.Contact Paul on 0862761575 for details and to book a seat.
Leitrim’s Emlyn Mulligan.Emlyn Mulligan looks set for another long spell on the sidelines.The Leitrim attacker has this afternoon tweeted that he has torn the cruciate ligament in his knee for a third time.It is a huge blow for the Leitrim team preparing to face London away on Sunday week in the quarter-finals of the Connacht Championship.It is also a big blow for the Melvin Gaels club, with Mulligan only returning at the start of the season to his native club from a stint at St Brigid’s in Dublin.
Central procurement authority To ensure efficiency and cost-effectiveness in procurement, the last meeting of the National Health Council (NHC) of Minister and MECs approved the establishment of a Central Procurement Authority. South Africa’s HIV/Aids treatment programme has been given a shot in the arm, with increased competition and economies of scale enabling the government to procure R4.28-billion worth of antiretroviral drugs at less than half the cost of previous tenders. The decrease in the price of various drugs ranged from 4% to 81%, resulting in a 53% reduction in the cost of the total tender, and translating to a saving of about R4.7-billion – meaning the state could now afford to treat twice as many people as previously budgeted for. “Early this year in my health budget speech I mentioned that the prices that South Africa pays for ARVs are significantly higher than all other countries,” Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement this week. “The high price paid by South Africa was despite the fact that South Africa has the largest ARV programme in the world.” 15 December 2010 “It is notable that these tender price reductions have been achieved through the same suppliers that are contracted in the current tender,” Motsoaledi said. “There are several reasons for this, including greater efficiency in active pharmaceutical ingredient production, increased competition and a tender system that attempts to achieve the lowest possible price.” The selected suppliers include Aspen Pharma (with a 40.6% share of the tender), Sonke Pharmaceuticals (21.9%), Medpro (10.1%), Abbott Laboratories (9.8%), Cipla Medpro (5.1%), Strides Arcolab (4.2%), Adcock Ingram (4%), Aurobindo Pharma (3.1%), Specpharm (0.9%) and Merck Sharpe & Dohme (0.2%). Economies of scale This authority will implement measures that improve the availability and supply of medicines, achieve the lowest possible procurement prices, and ensure that suppliers are paid on time. The drugs will support the implementation of HIV/Aids treatment in the country for the next two years, effective from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012. Motsoaledi said the high prices had made no sense, as South Africa was the largest purchaser of ARVs in the world and should thus benefit from low prices through economies of scale. “Given the clear evidence of the success of this approach to procurement, the Department of Health will be replicating this approach through a Central Procurement Authority,” Motsoaledi said. “The authority will focus on procurement of ARVs, TB drugs, vaccines and drugs for the treatment of diseases related to maternal and child health.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Johannesburg, Tuesday 7 January 2014 – Brand South Africa congratulates the class of 2013 on their improved results and welcomes this as a positive contribution to the long terms development of South Africa.Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola said, “We congratulate the class of 2013 on their improved results as well as the teachers and parents who have played their part to support our learners to do best. The improvement in the overall national pass rate and particularly in maths bodes well for the creation of a knowledge economy. We are also pleased that the number of learners who will be able to enter university has increased.””“The National Development Plan clearly states that education, training and innovation are central to South Africa’s long-term development. They are core elements in alleviating poverty and reducing inequality. Education enables each child to have an equal opportunity to do what they are best at. The 2013 matric results indicate that South Africa is on the right trajectory to achieving this.”“As students, parents and teachers prepare for the 2014 academic year, we need to remember that it is the responsibility of parents and communities to play their part and support their children to ensure that they remain focused throughout the year. It is also the responsibility of teachers to inspire and assist students to do best at school and beyond.”“The ultimate responsibility of success lies with you, the learner. It is vital that learners recognise that education provides the opportunity for them to discover their full potential. Do not be afraid to set your own goals and aspire to meet each one!”Learners who did not succeeded in passing their matric examinations should not be discouraged, they should try again or register for the supplementary examinations. Remember the words of Nelson Mandela when he said, “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do,” concluded Matola.Note to editorsMinister Motshekga’s announcement of the 2013 matric results:http://www.education.gov.za/Newsroom/Speeches/tabid/298/ctl/Details/mid/2907/ItemID/3871/Default.aspxThe 2013 Matric Results can be accessed as follows:http://www.education.gov.za/MatricResults/ExamResults/tabid/175/Default.aspxAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa@Brand_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone@PlayyourpartSA#DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Fikile MakhobaEmail: FikileM@brandsouthafrica.comMobile: 071 155 9192Email: Fikilem@brandsouthafrica.comEnds