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Cool Smashers streak to 6th straight triumph, solo lead

first_imgBanKo Perlas held a 19-17 lead in the fourth set and was bent on taking the win in four frames until Pablo and the underrated Palomata decided to take matters in their own hands, igniting a 8-4 binge to extend the match.It could have been a lot easier for the Lady Warriors in the fifth but they gave up five consecutive points to the Perlas Spikers on service and attack errors.BanKo Perlas failed to take advantage of the opponent’s miscues as its gunners struggled, except for Joy Dacoron who nailed three points in the fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Del Palomata drilled in back-to-back points in the endgame as Pocari-Air Force stunned BanKo Perlas, 16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13.Palomata finished with 10 points for the Lady Warriors, who recovered from a two-game slump and vaulted back into contention with a 4-3 record.They are now tied with the idle PetroGazz Angels in fourth and fifth places.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn pulling down BanKo, which suffered its second consecutive defeat, Pocari also boosted its morale having been in the lower rung of the standings all conference.Myla Pablo unloaded 23 points for the Lady Warriors who still packed enough spunk despite committing eight unforced errors in the fifth set.Jeannete Panaga also shone for the Lady Warriors with 13 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UP, NU stay in hunt Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Creamline notched its sixth consecutive victory with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-14 triumph over Motolite-Ateneo Sunday night to occupy solo leadership in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan.The Cool Smashers, now with a 6-1 slate, snapped the Lady Eagles’ three-game win streak that dragged Ateneo to 5-2 and a tie with first-game loser BanKo-Perlas for second place.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 MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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‘We Are Doomed for Failure, If…’

first_imgMontserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif is warning her colleague Legislators that unless they start to adequately capacitate their staffers through empowerment and build their human resource capacity, the Legislature is doomed to failure.Senator Doe-Sherif, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Transport, was speaking Monday at program marking the launch of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) Electronic/E-Newsletter and official Facebook for the purpose of disseminating critical information to Members of the Legislature and the public on the work of LIS; as well capturing and lifting ‘cutting edge’ activities at the Legislature.The launch of the program according to LIS, spotlighted what it called “Effective Service Delivery in the Public Sector in General and the Legislature in Particular.”Senator Doe-Sherif emphasized the need for the LIS staff and others working for the Legislature to be capacitated and supported in the manner and form to be compared to none.“When we are elected as Senators or Representatives we do not have all the technical knowhow or the knowledge to run our offices effectively; that is why we hire people to form part of our staff to help us run our offices. But if we as Senators and Representatives do not capacitate these people; empower them, build their human resource capacity, I think we are doomed to failure.“It is incumbent upon all of us that we support you financially, morally and physically, through individual means and take it through the different Chambers and then the leaderships,” Sen. Doe Sherif said about LIS staff.She assured LIS of support from the Legislature and promised to champion their cause.“Maybe this initiative will help to reduce the amount of failure we have around here. And so I want to be the first person to give you a laptop to support the LIS and also a cash donation of US$500.”Speaking earlier, the Director of LIS McCarthy Weh asserted that Liberia as a country is undertaking its transformation program called “The Agenda for Transformation,” and that for that transformation to be very successful there is a need to embark on critical reforms.“We think individual institutions in Liberia must embark on critical reforms, and we think the Legislature must take the lead in this critical reform. Meaningful national transformation requires critical institutional reform,” Director Weh emphasized.“We are saying that the Legislature must make it mandatory for both Chambers to run an electronic voting system; we think by now there is no reason why constituents of lawmakers who are outside of Monrovia cannot know how a particular member votes on a particular issue.”Director Weh challenged the legislature on the need to do more: “There is something in strategic management called competitive advantage. If there is need for competitive advantage between and among the three branches of Government of the staffers let us do it. If the Executive thinks that their staffers can work, let the Legislators too show that their staffers can work; for you to do that, you have to support your department.”The LIS boss regretted the absence of House Speaker Alex Tyler and Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, who according to the program sheet, were expected to make special remarks.“This is why I wanted the Speaker and the Pro Tempore to be present, your department needs your support; we are qualified, competent and have all the requisite qualifications that our colleagues at the executive branch of Government have; your Chief of Staff that run your offices are qualified people, so let us support them,” he asserted.Before the close of the program, Senator Doe-Sherif officially launched a newsletter titled “REFORM 2 TRANSFORM” with the click of a laptop “send” button.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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Legislature to ‘Investigate Self’

first_imgThe National Legislature, comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives has expressed disappointment and detestation against President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and said it has observed that the Executive has failed to observe the principle of coordination consistent with the Constitution and the rules of the Legislature.In a joint statement by both Houses yesterday evening, President Pro Tempore Armah Z. Jallah said the Legislature has urged the President to instruct the Special Task Force, headed by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, to cease attacking the person and property of any present or former member of the Legislature.The statement was issued in the office of the President Pro Tempore with attendance of scores of Senators and Representatives.Pro Tempore Jallah said the Legislature has resolved to establish a joint committee of both the Honorable House and the Honorable Senate to thoroughly investigate this matter, commencing with a Public Hearing, and a subsequent public debate before an ultimate decision by theLegislature is made. The press statement, which was signed by Pro Tempore Jallah and House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr., said they “are aware that search and seizure writs were issued against the home of Senator Varney Sherman and it was widely reported that the Senator’s home was put under siege by security forces on May 23, 2016; and that there are further attempts to go after other Legislators in like manner.”“The Legislature has seized itself of this matter for several reasons and has appointed a joint committee of both the Honorable House and the Honorable Senate.“What prompted the Legislature to seize itself of this matter is that the Executive has failed to observe the principle of coordination consistent with the Constitution and the rules of both Houses of the Legislature,” the statement said. The statement added: “It has also come to the attention of the Legislature as alleged in the Global Witness report that laws were changed in 2010 to give Sable Mining favorable treatment to enable it secure Wologizi outside of competitive bidding. The joint committee of the legislature will investigate this allegation as the legislature is the branch of government constitutionally charged to make laws.” “There are several other issues which warrant the attention of the Legislature which will be exhaustively covered during the public hearing and the Legislative debate. The Legislature therefore calls on the President to instruct the Special Task Force to cease attacking the person and property of any present or former member of the Legislature while the Joint Committee carries out the investigation.”The President Pro Tempore has also said the names of the members of the Joint Committee of the Legislature to investigate the Global Witness report will be announced to the public not later than May 26, tomorrow. “The Joint Committee will also be charged with the responsibility to establish whether or not the Executive exceeded its constitutional mandate through its recent actions,” Sen. Jallah said.Senate’s DecisionMeanwhile, the Senate has summoned Cllr. Fonati Koffa, the head of the Special President Task Force, the Acting Justice Minister, Cllr. Frederick Cherue, as well as the Chairman of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Verdier. The trio are expected to appear before the Senate’s Plenary today (Wednesday, May 25,) in a Special Session in their Chamber, at 11:00am.The invitees are expected to explain why was the residence of Grand Cape Mount County Sen. Varney Sherman besieged by officers of the Liberia National Police and staff of the LACC.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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Fire destroys G Division Commander’s home, vehicles

first_imgCommander Crystal RobinsonThe burnt home of the Police CommanderAn early morning fire on Saturday destroyed the West Coast Demerara (WCD) home and vehicles of a newly-appointed Police Commander attached to G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands), Crystal Robinson.Robinson, in an interview with this publication on Saturday morning, explained that she was at the Police Pageant at the National Cultural Centre when she received a call about 12:30h informing her of the fire.She explained that by the time she reached her two-storey Lot 154 Back Street, Stewartville, WCD, home, it was already completely engulfed in flames. Fire fighters, who arrived at the scene late, were also unable to save anything from the blaze.Robinson told this publication that she lived in that home for 51 years with her parents and other relatives. Luckily, none of the five occupants were at home at the time of the fire.According to her, a neighbour observed flames in the garage of the house and contacted the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) who took some time before showing up at the scene.“When I got here, then is when they start. They (firemen) said they had some problems. The first fire tender stick in some mud, the second came without water and when the third one came I don’t know what happened with them but when I came the building was flat. They were pumping water from the trench,” the Commander said.So far, the Commander said visits have been made to her by at least three different sets of investigators who told her “the experts” would have to be called in to conduct some tests to determine the cause of the fire, since this is yet to be confirmed.Robinson said that three vehicles including PMM 7862, PSS 1387 and PVV 2106 were destroyed by the fire.“My next move is I have to live and move forward. I asked them cause I need to get the rubbles off so that I can go back to the NDC to see to start building something to live but I was advised to wait,” she told this publicationThe female Commander was only recently appointed. She took over control of the Division from Commander Khali Pareshram.last_img read more

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Aguila guilty in shooting death

first_imgWitnesses agreed the two men had argued. Rubio then opened his car door. Aguila fired two shots and killed him, testimony showed. Aguila then drove off. Two months later, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies stopped Aguila’s car for a traffic violation in Norwalk. Inside the vehicle, deputies found two letters in which Aguila wrote about shooting a man, trial testimony showed. “Just about a week ago, I killed someone my first time,” one letter read. “I don’t lose sleep or feel bad. I actually laughed and told myself: `Finally I caught one.”‘ Despite the letter, jurors found him not guilty of murder. “I just feel that this was justice,” Conley said. He said Aguila was “relieved.” “He was facing 60 years to life,” Conley said. Rubio’s mother and grandmother cried when the verdict was read, Herring said. But they were satisfied with the verdict. “He was found responsible and will be prosecuted for killing their son,” said Herring. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – Despite hearing testimony about a letter in which he allegedly bragged about shooting someone, a jury Friday found Randy Aguila guilty of manslaughter, not murder as prosecutors had sought. The verdict means that Aguila, 20, of Whittier will face a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced March6 by Norwalk Court Judge Dewey Falcone. Aguila was charged with murder in the car-to-car shooting Sept. 22 of Oscar Rubio, 26, of Whittier. During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Doug Herring argued that Aguila shot Rubio to show off his gangster, tough-guy persona, after the two men argued. Defense Attorney Robert Conley said Aguila shot Rubio in self-defense, fearing for his own life. The jury’s verdict reflects their belief that Aguila was “unreasonably” afraid for his life, Conley said Friday. “I would glean that the jury felt he was in fear for his life, but that he acted too hastily,” he said of the manslaughter conviction. “He did not see a weapon.” Herring told jurors that at the time of the shooting Aguila’s car was blocking traffic near Godoy Street and Vicki Drive. Rubio was on his way to work and was angered by the delay. He drove around Aguila and yelled a derogatory statement at him, Herring told jurors during the trial. last_img
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West Ham sack manager Slaven Bilic

first_imgBilic, who also played for West Ham, is the fourth Premier League managerial casualty of the season following the departures of Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare and Everton’s Ronald Koeman.“West Ham United can confirm that Slaven Bilic has today left his position with the club,” the Hammers said in a statement.The club hierarchy “believe a change is now necessary in order for the club to move forward positively and in line with their ambition”, the statement added.West Ham said an announcement on a new manager is due to be made over the coming days, with former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes widely expected to take over.Speaking to reporters as he left West Ham’s training ground, Bilic said: “I expected it. There are no hard feelings. I can be very proud of my work here.“We didn’t start this crucial season well. As in many clubs across Europe, the manager is the one who pays the price. It’s a very logical move. The fans were brilliant to me from the start until the end.”Co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan said the decision to axe Bilic had been made with “heavy hearts”.The pair praised Bilic for his role in the move from Upton Park to the former Olympic Stadium, particularly the concluding win over Manchester United in the final home game of the 2015-16 campaign, which helped to earn a seventh-placed finish in his first season in charge.– Summer signings –“During the summer, the board invested heavily, signing the players Slaven believed would complete the squad he needed to push the club back towards the level we had reached in his first season, and we believe we have the players capable of doing that,” they said.“Sadly, performances and results have not been of the expected standard and, in recent weeks, we have not seen enough indication of the required improvement to give us the encouragement that things would change and we would meet our Premier League aspirations this season.”“We see this as an exciting opportunity to appoint a quality manager to the position to inject fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm into a very talented squad,” they added.West Ham have just two wins from 11 Premier League games, leaving them languishing above just bottom club Crystal Palace and Swansea.The only bright spot in recent weeks was a notable victory against Tottenham at Wembley, when they came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.In his first season in charge, 2015-16, Bilic secured an impressive seventh-placed finish for West Ham, while last season they ended up in 11th spot.Bilic’s assistants Nikola Jurcevic, Edin Terzic, Julian Dicks and Miljenko Rak have also left the club with immediate effect.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, pictured in October 2017, acknowledged the team’s loss to Liverpool on November 4, their second consecutive defeat at home, puts him in a precarious positionLondon, United Kingdom, Nov 6- West Ham sacked manager Slaven Bilic on Monday after a poor run of results that have left the club languishing in the Premier League’s relegation zone, with David Moyes the favourite replace him.The club announced the departure of the Croatian, appointed in June 2015, following a chastening 4-1 loss to Liverpool at the London Stadium on Saturday that leaves them 18th in the table and facing a fight for Premier League survival.last_img read more

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Reports: Aston Villa agree £8m fee for Manchester United midfielder

first_imgManchester United have accepted an £8million bid from Aston Villa for Tom Cleverley, according to various reports.Louis van Gaal is looking to shake up his Red Devils squad with just four days remaining of the transfer window and the England international is deemed surplus to requirements.Cleverley came up through the ranks at Old Trafford and was tipped for great things with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson identifying him as a potential replacement for midfield legend Paul Scholes.However, the 25-year-old has struggled to fulfil his potential and in the last couple of seasons he has become a subject of ridicule for United and England supporters.Everton, Arsenal, Sunderland and West Ham have also been linked with moves for the midfielder, but Villa appear to have stolen a march on their rivals to secure Cleverley’s services.Van Gaal is believed to have told Cleverley he has no future with the Red Devils this week as the Dutchman continues to be linked with big money moves for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley could join Aston Villa 1last_img read more

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Pogba Mk II? ‘If he leaves United I’ll support MK Dons!’ Man United fans react to Januzaj rumours

first_img1 As Louis van Gaal’s overhaul at Manchester United continues it appears some squad players, including Adnan Januzaj could leave the club.The Sun are reporting Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and Juventus are all in the hunt for the talented 19-year-old, who has featured just 12 times this season under the Dutchman.But talk of a switch has got Red Devils fans fearing Van Gaal could be forcing the Belgian starlet out of the club.And having lost Paul Pogba to Juventus in recent years, the supporters are fearful they could be about to make another huge mistake.You can see their reaction on Twitter below… Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer news to please Gooners including striker and defender updates

first_img Alexandre Lacazette will be allowed to leave – next stop, Arsenal? – If Mandzukic doesn’t happen, then it won’t matter because there is a very high chance Arsenal will finally sign Lacazette. As talkSPORT reported, the Lyon striker will be allowed to leave the club in the summer, having spent his entire career there. Will the Gunners pay the asking price, though? Now we know Arsene Wenger is not going to take over the England national team, he can get back to trolling his fans about possible transfers.BOURNEMOUTH CAPTAIN SIMON FRANCIS DELIGHTED WITH EDDIE HOWE ARSENAL LINKSGooners desperately want the manager to sign another striker and the club have flirted with the idea of bringing Alexandre Lacazette in, so here talkSPORT has the latest on that deal and other Gunners rumours.Scroll through the gallery above to find out more.You can hear all about the latest transfer rumours on the Transfer Centre on talkSPORT 2 every weekday from 1pm. Click here to listen. 6 Arda Turan to remain at Barcelona – Barca’s technical director Robert Fernandez says the club will persevere with Turan. The forward didn’t play too much last season as a result of him not being allowed to play until January due to the club’s transfer ban and made nine starts in the end. “After a difficult year with all the FIFA trouble, we are hoping for the Arda of Atletico next season. We are convinced he will perform for us,” Fernandez said. Corentin Tolisso free to join Arsenal? – The 21-year-old midfielder impressed last season, scoring seven goals and creating six. Napoli had reportedly agreed a £31.5m fee, but Tolisso has pulled out and it has been said he’d love to move to Arsenal, who have plenty of midfielders already although the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere have struggled with injury. Tolisso – another graduate from the impressive Lyon academy – can play a holding role but is better in an attacking capacity. 6 Wojciech Szczesny to join Roma again – According to Italian news outlet Gazzetta, an agreement between Arsenal and Roma for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is in place. Initially it will be another loan following his season-long deal last year, with the option for a permanent €16m deal at the end of the season. 6 Shkodan Mustafi to provide Wenger with experience at the back – A shortage in defence has led Arsenal being linked to Valencia’s Mustafi. The 24-year-old German stopper could cost around £20m, with manager Arsene Wenger admitting he will look to bring someone in given the lack of experience available to him. Per Mertesacker is injured, as is Gabriel leaving the inexperienced Calum Chambers and Rob Holding as fit options. 6 6 6 Mario Mandzukic: Arsenal to fight West Ham for striker – click right to scroll and see more Gunners transfer news – Now Gonzalo Higuain has joined Juventus, Mario Mandzukic has been pushed down the pecking order in Turin. According to Italian news outlet Gazzetta World, the club would like to keep him and are prepared to sacrifice Simone Zaza. Mandzukic’s future, though, will apparently depend on whether his head is turned by offers from elsewhere. West Ham are reportedly keen and Juve could ask for around €20m. last_img read more

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‘I heard God scored for Man United!’ – Fans revel over Ibrahimovic’s goal

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic silenced any doubters who thought he was too old for the Premier League in stunning fashion against Bournemouth on Sunday.After Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney had already scored for the Red Devils, Ibrahimovic found the back of the net from 25 yards, to add to the winner he scored in the Community Shield win over Leicester.Naturally, social media exploded as fans voiced their amazement at the former Paris Saint-Germain striker.See below for the best reactions to Ibrahimovic’s Premier League debut! [View the story “‘I heard God scored for Manchester United!’ – Fans revel over Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Premier League debut goal” on Storify] Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored Manchester United’s third goal from 25 yards center_img 1last_img read more

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