Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding John Paul Bugaoan had a game-high 16 points for FEU while Redijohn Paler added 11.Joshua Umandal had 15 points to lead UST. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Marck Espejo put up a game-high 17 points while Ismael Rivera added nine points for Ateneo.Isaah Arda led the Blazers with 11 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Far Eastern University claimed sole possession of the second spot after stopping University of Santo Tomas 25-23, 25-23, 26-24.The Tamaraws improved to 3-2 while the Growling Tigers slipped to a 2-2 card after losing their second straight. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Ateneo continued its romp in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after dropping St. Benilde in straight sets, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles stayed perfect in four games while the Blazers dropped to their third loss in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Messi finally conquers Buffon as Barcelona beats Juve 3-0
Priyanka ChopraIn Bollywood’s most ‘lethal’ Valentines Day celebration, actress Priyanka Chopra enumerated seven ways to lose one’s Valentine.”There are seven ways to lose your Valentine, in this box,” Priyanka said, after unveiling the press kit, which contained a rope, a syringe, a knife, a bottle of ‘poison’, a sachet of ‘potassium cyanide’, an ice pick and a strip of Vigora tablets, used for treating male erectile dysfunction.”This is a gift, which you, as a boyfriend, can give your girlfriend, if you want to,” the sultry actress, who had donned 12 different looks in ‘Whats Your Rashee’, said, at a promotional event for Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf, at a suburban luxury hotel last night.7 Khoon Maaf is based on Ruskin Bond’s short story Susanna’s Seven Husbands and releases on Februray 18, 2011. Priyanka Chopra essays Susanna who slays seven of her husbands one by one, in her never-ending quest to find love.”This is such a romantic gift we have given you. Now, who does that,” Priyanka cooed, asking media persons not to open the box immediately.It was but natural that when the occasion was Valentines Day and it was Priyanka taking the queries, media was eager to know about her ‘friendship’ with co-actor Shahid Kapoor. Asked about Shahid , Priyanka, sporting a mischievous grin, quipped: “What about him?….my date is with you.”It was then left to Bhardwaj to ‘certify’ the relationship when he said Bollywood has seen many hit pairs like Raj Kapoor-Nargis, Amitabh Bachchan-Rekha and Shahid Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra. This sent Priyanka into peals of laughter.advertisement
Lenovo launched three new budget 4G LTE compatible smartphones, the A6600, the A6600 Plus and the A7700 in the Indian market on Monday. “The new smartphones are 4G ready & VoLTE enabled multimedia powerhouses for entertainment on the go,” the company said in a statement.”The Lenovo A series is one of our star performers and last year, we sold a million plus units of A6000, A6000 Plus and A7000. Continuing the legacy, the A6600 and A7700 series offers brilliant performance with unparalleled user experience at a competitive price point,” Sudhin Mathur, executive director, Mobile Business Group, Lenovo India said.The A6600 and A6600 Plus boast of a matte finish on the back, and come with a 5-inch 720p display with 72 per cent screen to body ratio, according to Lenovo. Both the phones are powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek 6735 processor. But while the A6600 comes with 1GB RAM, the A6600 Plus has 2GB RAM. Both the phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. The A6600 and the A6600 Plus come with 16GB of internal memory which is expandable via microSD card. These are backed by a 2,300 mAh battery. Both the phones also come with an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus.The new A6600 series starts at Rs 6,999 onwards and will be available in Matte White and Matte Black color options across physical retail outlet starting mid-September.The A7700 on the other hand comes with a 5.5-inch 720p screen and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek 6735 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable. The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports twin rear speakers powered by Waves Maxx Audio.advertisementThe phone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera, and is backed by a 2,900 mAh battery.The A7700 is priced at Rs 8,540 and will be available at physical retail outlet in September end.Also Read: Lenovo A7000 review: One of the better phones for less than Rs 10,000
Mumbai Indians rode on destructive half centuries from Englishman Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana to thrash Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 encounter at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Thursday.Buttler’s 37-ball 77, laced with seven fours and five huge sixes and Rana’s unbeaten 34-ball 54, comprising seven mammoth punches over the rope, outshone South African star Hashim Amla’s maiden T20 century for Kings XI, as the visitors overhauled the massive target of 199, with more than four overs to spare. (SCORECARD)Chasing a mammoth 199, the opening duo of Parthiv Patel (37) and Buttler dealt mostly in boundaries to raise Mumbai’s highest first wicket stand of all IPL seasons of 81 runs, as the Punjab bowlers had little to counter the left-right pair. (HIGHLIGHTS)Buttler started the onslaught from the very first over dispatching medium pacer Sandeep Sharma for a six before lofting him for another in his next over as Mumbai raced to 50 in just four overs. (Also read: Hashim Amla wins hearts after whirlwind hundred: What a champion, says AB de Villiers)Medium pacer Mohit Sharma was at the receiving end in his very first over, when Buttler milked him for three consecutive boundaries after Parthiv got one off the first ball.Patel was not too far behind and joined the party by cracking Ishant Sharma for a four and then a huge six off the legs before welcoming Marcus Stoinis with another huge six over deep midwicket.Stonis, however got the better of the southpaw off a slower ball when Parthiv, who faced 18 balls and struck four boundaries and two sixes, failed to time it properly and ended in the hands of Glenn Maxwell at mid off.advertisementSuch was the carnage from the Mumbai duo that there were only five dots in the powerplay, including the wicket ball of Parthiv and more importantly included 14 boundaries.Buttler, who had faced 23 balls by now, got to his fifty with a single to the right of long-on as Rana took the onus of getting the big shots.The fall of the Gujarat wicketkeeper-batsman did not deter the visitors from scoring freely and No.3 Nitish Rana continued his great run with the willow to get his fourth half century of the season off 29 balls.Rana started by launching Stoinis for a maximum before taking the likes of Ishant, Axar Patel and Swapnil Singh to the cleaners to take Mumbai to 123/1 midway into their innings.Rana dominated the 85-run second wicket stand with Buttler, who was undone by Mohit’s slower delivery with Mumbai within sniffing distance of victory.Thereafter, Hardik Pandya struck a four and a six in his 4-ball 15 before Rana pulled Mohit over the long leg boundary for a six to seal the deal in the visitors’ favour.Kings XI bowlers could only blame themselves for letting the opportunity slip as none of the them had an economy rate of less than 10 runs an over.Earlier, the hosts were off to a steady start with Amla (104 not out) and Shaun Marsh (26) putting on 46 runs before Maxwell took just one over from pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, milking 28 runs, to change the complexion of their innings.McClenaghan’s over, the 15th of the innings, was incidentally the second-most expensive over of this IPL season.Amla, on the other hand, took full advantage of the life he got on 3, when he was dropped off a difficult chance by Rana, to first get to a superb half century in just 34 balls.Punjab needed their captain Glenn Maxwell to step up the gas and the Australian wasted no time to settle down. He started off with two consecutive boundaries off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah before smoking McClenaghan for two back to back sixes and then two fours to finish off the over.Amla meted out special treatment to Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, dispatching him for two consecutive sixes twice in two overs to help himself reach the three-figure mark and the team to a mammoth score.
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Share on LinkedIn match reports Read more Share on Facebook This is getting ridiculous. In a season containing nearly as many superlative descriptions as goals scored, Mohamed Salah continued to write his own Liverpool destiny with four superb finishes in a personal performance at Anfield that was as complete and as ruthless as anything this famous stadium has seen down the decades.Watford will have returned home last night wondering how they were on the end of such a sobering scoreline. They were by no means a shambles. Yet, in sport, ability generally finds a way of shining through and Salah’s class is so clearcut, so emphatic and so enjoyable that he is comfortably the Premier League’s most attractive sight at present. The Observer The really frightening thing was he barely broke sweat – his goals completely dismantled Watford yet he maintained a relaxed, smiley air throughout.Two of his goals carried the same jinking manner and positional nous as that displayed by Lionel Messi, and Jürgen Klopp noted that Salah’s form this season is making comparisons between the two increasingly valid.“I think Mo is on the way [to being the best in the world],” Klopp said. “In a way that’s good. I don’t think Mo or anybody else wants to be compared with Lionel Messi. He is the one who is doing what he’s doing for what feels like 20 years or so.“The last player [before Messi] I know who had the same influence on a team performance was Diego Maradona, another Argentinian. Mo is in a fantastic way, that’s for sure. As it always is in life if you have to have the skills, you have to show that constantly. Consistently he is very good and he helps us a lot.“Conditions were difficult. It was obviously slippery and everybody suffered, but not Mo in that situation. It was really special.”The joie de vivre that Salah both played with and provoked was evident from as early as the third minute when he gave Liverpool a lead they never once looked like losing.Salah’s remarkable season began with a goal against Watford on the opening day of the campaign, and it continued with aplomb here as he latched onto a Sadio Mané ball, bamboozled Miguel Britos to such an extent that he eventually fell over, and then calmly threaded past Orestis Karnezis.The goal meant Watford’s parsimonious gameplan lay in tatters but, to their credit, they did manage to keep Liverpool relatively quiet for the remainder of the first half – although Roberto Firmino was denied what would have been a stunning second goal when his 20-yard shot was superbly stopped by Karnezis.Liverpool would not be denied for long, though. Just before the break they again swarmed forward and when the ebullient and rock-steady Andy Robertson delivered a pinpoint cross to Salah in the middle of the six-yard box, the Egyptian could not miss. Premier League Read more Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Premier League – as it happened Liverpool Share via Email Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp fumes about ‘breakfast’ kick-off for Merseyside derby Watford After the restart Liverpool’s attacking prowess became ever more concentrated, never more so than when Firmino backheeled in a cross from close range to make it 3-0 after 49 minutes.Who provided the cross? The scorer of the first two goals – indeed Salah was the answer to virtually every question as he continued to expunge all memories of his difficult afternoon at Old Trafford the previous Saturday.The horrendous conditions then played their part in the second half flattening out, but even that will have pleased Klopp. There were few of the defensive wobbles here that have so often punctured his side’s self-belief, and little complacency was to be found. Aided and abetted by Watford’s reluctance to try anything remotely attacking, Liverpool consolidated and then smelt further blood in the water.With 13 minutes remaining, Salah sealed his hat-trick as he somehow managed to thread the ball into the back of the net while simultaneously falling over. When he thrashed home his fourth, and his side’s fifth, from 10 yards out with five minutes left, his afternoon was complete.“We know we play against one of the best teams in Europe at this moment and they were much better than us,” Javi Gracia said of his Watford team afterwards. It was just about the only thing the visitors got right all day.Salah, now with 36 goals to his name for his club this season, can do no wrong. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Topics Share on Twitter Reuse this content Mohamed Salah
5Man Utd321861 (s 73′) 15 Boly A mistake by Fred gifted Wolves their equaliser, Ashley Young was sent off for two bookable offences – Mike Dean, the referee, wasting no time in brandishing his 100th Premier League red card – and Chris Smalling scored an own goal. Throw in the fact United squandered a host of decent opportunities – Solskjær was not exaggerating when he said they could have been 3-0 up – and this will go down as a match he will want to forget.Wolves, in contrast, will cherish another memorable victory. They have taken 13 points from the top-six clubs this season and this win seemed particularly special given it came hot on the heels of their triumph over the same opponents in the FA Cup last month. “Can we play you every week,” chanted the Wolves supporters.It certainly felt like the perfect preparation for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley, when the Wolves players will arrive with a spring in their step, in particular Raúl Jiménez and Diogo Jota, who combined for the first goal and are forming quite a double act up front. “The partnership is very good – the more time they spend together, things come out,” Nuno said. “Mutual knowledge is important.” 20Huddersfield32-4114 Hide 14 Lingard Mike Dean’s first Premier League red card was dished out to Newcastle’s Nolberto Solano in their 1-0 defeat to Ipswich in April 2001, and his 100th went to Ashley Young for a second yellow card in the 2-1 loss at Wolves. It was Young’s second Premier League dismissal – his first was also by Dean, for Aston Villa in January 2009. (s 73′) Share on Pinterest 3 5 13Crystal Palace31-336 2Man City316077 Was this helpful? 12AFC Bournemouth32-1538 52 48 7Wolverhampton32147 Ole Gunnar Solskjær must be sick of the sight of Wolves. Only 17 days after being dumped out of the FA Cup quarter-finals by Nuno Espírito Santo’s increasingly impressive team, Manchester United suffered a defeat that could have severe ramifications for their hopes of finishing in the top four.A match that could not have got off to a better start, after Scott McTominay scored in only 13 minutes, ended with a third defeat in four matches and Solskjær’s first since he was appointed the club’s permanent manager. That United were their own worst enemies compounded his sense of frustration. Manchester United Ashley Young caught Diogo Jota with a high challenge to earn a second yellow card. Photograph: Sky Sports 7 Wolves Off target 14 Man Utd 2 Wolves On target 4 Man Utd Lineups Corners Pinterest Substitutes Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe In total, Dean has sent 94 players from 33 different teams for an early bath. 51 of his century were straight reds; 49 were for second yellows. 2018-19 has been his busiest season yet, with 10 dismissals. The Wirral official sent off nine players in 2007-08 and 2015-16. Aside from his first two seasons, 2010-11 saw his lowest total with two. MNU52WOL48% 39 McTominay Read more 2 Doherty 27 Saiss 11 Martial (s 84′) Match stats 6Chelsea311860 Main offendersIn addition to Young, Dean has sent five other players off twice: Andrew Cole (Fulham and Man City), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Mike Williamson (Newcastle) and Richard Dunne (Man City). 14Newcastle32-1135 15Brighton30-1133 8 Mata 2 Lindelof 5 11 Substitutes match reports Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 12 Smalling Not that this had looked like being a productive night for Wolves in the early stages. Despite the absence of Marcus Rashford, who was ruled out with an ankle injury, United started superbly, with Jesse Lingard’s attempt to take on the Wolves team straight from kick-off – he skipped past several challenges before shooting tamely at Rui Patrício – a sign of things to come.McTominay’s goal was the least they deserved for their dominance in the first 20 minutes. Romelu Lukaku met Diogo Dalot’s right-wing cross with a powerful header from six yards that Patrício kept out with an instinctive save, while Lingard, who seemed to have the freedom of the penalty area, later saw an attempt to nod the ball into the far corner beaten away by the Wolves goalkeeper. MNU WOL Goal attempts 1Liverpool325379 4 Jones 31 Matic 9 Jimenez 37 Traore Show Wolves 7 Ivan Cavaleiro 5 Bennett 16 Coady 3Arsenal312663 8 Neves 32 Dendoncker 10 Helder Costa Twitter 15 Andreas Pereira (s 65′) 18 Jota 11 Rui Patricio Patrício, however, could do nothing about McTominay’s goal. A clutch of Wolves players were drawn to Fred, expecting him to shoot after Lingard had picked him out in space, but instead the Brazilian smartly offloaded the ball to McTominay and he drilled a low 25 yard-shot that flew through Willy Boly’s legs and into the far corner.United seemed to outwit Wolves tactically during that bright opening. Solskjær had decided to deploy Young as a right-sided centre-half in a three-man defence, and United were controlling the midfield area as well as causing plenty of problems with crosses from wide positions. It was Lukaku’s delivery that picked out Lingard for that gilt-edged chance.That was a reprieve for Wolves and one that seemed to spark them into life as the complexion of the game changed midway through the first half. They were beginning to look more menacing just before Fred’s critical error. David de Gea passed out from the back and João Moutinho pounced after a loose first touch by the United midfielder. Leander Dendoncker then shifted the ball on to Jiménez, who played a lovely pass with the outside of his boot to set Jota free. Played onside by Young, Jota beat De Gea with the minimum of fuss. The Portuguese has scored or assisted a goal in his last seven Premier League matches at Molineux.In an open and entertaining game, chances came and went at both ends thereafter. Dendoncker wastefully lifted the ball over from the edge of the six-yard box for Wolves, while Lukaku screwed a low shot narrowly wide and McTominay saw a diving header clawed away by Patrício. Share on Facebook (s 76′) Possession 19 Jonny 9 Lukaku Quick guide Mike Dean’s century of red cards Share via Email 1 de Gea (s 84′) Man Utd PosTeamPGDPts 18 Young Reds for the bluesThe teams with the most Mike Dean dismissals are Chelsea and Manchester City, with nine each:Chelsea & Man City 9 Newcastle 7 Arsenal 6 Stoke, Spurs & West Brom 5 Premier League 28 Joao Moutinho 4Tottenham Hotspur312461 17 Fred 6 Pogba Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 Gibbs-White Share on LinkedIn 17Burnley32-2233 Share on WhatsApp 18Cardiff31-3128 19Fulham33-4617 Thank you for your feedback. 11West Ham32-742 Topics 10Everton32343 16 Rojo 22 Romero Premier League hat-tricksDean has shown two red cards in 12 different league games, and has twice shown three reds in one match:West Brom 1-1 Fulham (Diop, Clement, Cole) Sep 2004Man City 1-2 Spurs (Fernandes, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto) Nov 2008 29 Ruben Vinagre 21 Ruddy ‘We created our own downfall,’ says Manchester United’s Solskjær 20 Dalot 8Watford32046 16Southampton31-1533 Share on Twitter 9Leicester32-144 23 Shaw Fouls Share on Messenger Young’s dismissal followed shortly after that McTominay chance and the former England international could have no complaints. His studs were showing and the boot was high as he followed through on Jota after initially making contact with the ball.Although United coped reasonably well with their numerical disadvantage for a period, they were undone when they failed to deal with Moutinho’s floated centre. Jiménez challenged Phil Jones, the ball squirted off Dendoncker and with De Gea stranded, Smalling nudged the ball over the line with a hand. Ivan Cavaleiro almost made it 3-1 in injury time when he thundered a shot against the bar. Reuse this content
(Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield is having a pretty good year, winning the Heisman trophy, becoming the No. 1 pick, and looking like a franchise quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. He can’t be thrilled with how his Saturday afternoon went though.Oklahoma lost to Texas in the Red River Showdown for the first time since 2015, Mayfield’s first appearance in the game.Before the game, Mayfield got the trash talk going on Instagram, as you’d expect from the brash former Sooner.He’s definitely hearing it from Longhorns in the comments there. He also apparently deleted an old tweet, where he called a Texas commit “naive” for thinking he’d see a win in the rivalry.??DELETED TWEET?? by @bakermayfield(? by @jonvillanueva_)#TEXvsOU pic.twitter.com/xvplCSXKB5— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) October 6, 2018Now, former Texas basketball superstar Kevin Durant is trolling Baker Mayfield after the game.With the 48-45 win on the leg of kicker Cameron Dicker, Texas is 5-1 with three ranked victories, and the first win over Oklahoma since that 2015 game.The Longhorns are also in the driver’s seat in the Big 12, which was unthinkable a few weeks ago.After the game, Durant used a video of one of Mayfield’s famous dances to poke fun at him.That’s pretty high quality trolling.
The Meteorological Service has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Chantal has degenerated into a strong tropical wave over the central Caribbean Sea. There is, therefore, no longer the threat of tropical storm conditions.At 4:00 p.m. the remnants of Tropical Storm Chantal were located near Latitude 16.5 degrees North, Longitude 73.7 degrees West, or about 370 kilometres (230 miles) east-southeast of Kingston or 320 kilometres (200 miles) east-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica.The Tropical Wave is now moving towards the west near 37 km/h (23 mph) and is expected to spread its associated weather across Jamaica and eastern Cuba between this evening and Thursday morning before moving into the northwestern Bahamas by Friday.Maximum sustained winds associated with the Tropical Wave are near 75 km/h (45 mph), with higher gusts. Tropical storm force winds now extend over a large area mainly south of Hispaniola. Periods of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms could begin to affect Jamaica as early as tonight, starting with eastern parishes and spreading across the country on Thursday morning. Flash flooding is, therefore, possible with rainfall amounts reaching near 75-100 millimetres (3-4 inches) over northern and eastern parishes as well as over hilly terrain. Outbreaks of strong, gusty winds are also likely in thunderstorms. Residents are advised to remain on the alert for rising waters, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Small craft operators should also continue to exercise caution until wind and sea conditions have returned to safe levels after the passage of the Tropical Wave.This is the final Bulletin that will be issued by the Meteorological Service on Chantal. Further updates on this system, and current weather conditions, will be included in regular forecasts and News Releases.[Press Release: Meteorological Service, Jamaica]
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has reaffirmed the Government of Jamaica’s commitment towards the development of the country’s Special Olympics programme.Minister Grange said that, over the years, the government, through the Sports Development Foundation has provided financial support to Special Olympics Jamaica by way of a monthly subvention of $292,400 and additional funding to help with preparations for the Winter Games.In her message read by the Honourable Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, at a ceremony to welcome Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics International to Jamaica, at the Multipurpose Court, Independence Park on Tuesday (April 10), Minister Grange said, “Through the Special Olympics programme, abilities are emphasised rather than disabilities and each athlete is encouraged to give of their best.”The Minister said that through the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan, the Government continues to make significant contribution towards the health and wellbeing of all Special Olympians.“I am pleased to note that all 71 athletes in your programme are registered as part of the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan, which provides Group Health, Group Life and Personal Accident Coverage. The value of our contribution is approximately $241,000 monthly in premiums,” Minister Grange said.Minister Grange also used the opportunity to laud the management team, coaches and support staff for their “stellar efforts” in working with the Special Olympics athletes. She commended them on their “ability to organise athletes of all ages from the fourteen parishes to participate in various sporting activities.”“We have realised that the Special Olympics programme continues to grow and so we will be paying close attention to how the programme expands and the required skill sets that will be needed to support your continued development,” Minister Grange said.
Members of the Legislative Assembly today, March 3, unanimously elected Cecil Clarke as Speaker of the House of Assembly. A former cabinet minister, Cecil Clarke was first elected to the House of Assembly in March 2001. Mr. Clarke was project manager for the Sydney Mines Renewal Association. He is a former manager of BCA Holdings Ltd. in Sydney. Mr. Clarke thanked members of the House for the honour. “I will do my best,” he said, “to uphold the prestige and honour of the office.” The Speaker of the House presides over the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly, maintaining order, and regulating debate in accordance with the House rules and practices. The Speaker decides questions of order, rules on questions, ensures that all viewpoints are heard, protects the rights of all members and casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie. -30-
Guinea-Bissau, which faced a brutal civil war during the late 1990s, has become the hub of a new cocaine trafficking route from South America via West Africa to supply the growing demand for illegal drugs in Europe, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “There is an urgent need to tackle organized crime – in the broader context of security sector reform – and to strengthen administration of justice and the rule of law,” the agency stated.The UNODC Regional Office for Brazil and the Southern Cone has facilitated an agreement between Brazil and Guinea-Bissau to create a police academy, which will not only boost the latter’s forces but also support its Government to implement the National Plan to Fight Drugs and Crime.Last November, a senior UN official warned the Security Council that while the prospects for political stability in Guinea-Bissau appear to be good, they are threatened by drug trafficking and organized crime.“Although there seems to be a downward trend in the trafficking of cocaine through West Africa over the past few months, drug trafficking and organized crime remain a significant challenge for stability in Guinea-Bissau and the sub-region,” said Joseph Mutaboba, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s representative in the West African nation.The Council had urged the Government to take the necessary actions to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, and to ensure that the security sector is effective, professional and accountable.The new three-year project, with an investment of $3 million from the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation, will build the technical capacity of local police and help regulate the police force according to internationally recognized standards. UNODC will work with the Brazilian Federal Police Department, which will coordinate activities for the new police academy, to be located in the capital, Bissau. The two groups have been working together since 2008 to train foreign security officials, including 158 officers from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and African Portuguese-speaking countries.The new agreement, noted UNODC, is another example of successful South-South cooperation, through which developing countries help each other to find solutions to common challenges and share good practices. 25 January 2010The United Nations anti-crime agency is supporting efforts to rebuild a safe and stable Guinea-Bissau by facilitating the construction of a training centre for the West African nation’s security forces.
TORONTO — Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG), the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender that was on the verge of collapse earlier this year, says it has repaid a $2-billion line of credit from Berkshire Hathaway.The company was given the financial lifeline last month by Berkshire Hathaway, which is headed by Warren Buffett, as it was trying to regain investor confidence following a run on deposits from customers.When it provided the line of credit, Berkshire Hathaway also bought a $400 million stake in Home Capital.Home Capital says proceeds from asset sales helped it repay the line of credit, bringing down the amount of interest expenses it faces as it continues to strengthen its liquidity position.The lender, which provides mortgages to borrowers who don’t qualify for a loan from the big banks, faced allegations earlier this year from Ontario’s securities regulator that it misled investors in its handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications.It has since settled that case and a separate class-action lawsuit filed by investors.The Canadian Press
Noting that traffic accidents killed an estimated 1.26 million people worldwide in 2000, and “disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries,” the 191-member Assembly said a meeting next April would “increase awareness of the magnitude of the road traffic injury problem at a high level.”The resolution passed today said the meeting would launch a World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, currently being developed under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO).The resolution also asked the UN specialist to develop recommendations for traffic safety and requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to submit a report in time for the 2005 General Assembly session.”Road traffic injuries are a preventable and treatable problem,” the Assembly said.
Courtesy of OSU athletic departmentFormer Ohio State linebacker David Perkins was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, criminal damaging and underage/under the influence of alcohol in Bowling Green, Ohio during the early morning hours of May 25.Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Thursday that Perkins is no longer a member of the OSU football team. An OSU athletics spokesman said Perkins had already left the program prior to the arrest.“David asked to be able to contact other schools for the purpose of possibly transferring sometime around the start of the ‘Maymester’ and he has not been around the program since,” said athletics spokesman Jerry Emig in an email.Bowling Green Police received a call at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the morning of May 25 from a female resident on Pike Street, which is located outside of Bowling Green State University’s campus. The resident informed police that Perkins was attempting to enter her home, according to the police report.The resident told police that Perkins attempted to enter her home multiple times. Perkins told police that he knew who lived at the house. The female resident, however, told police neither she nor her roommate knew Perkins.After attempting to enter the home once, the resident told police Perkins walked across the street to a car. Police found the car with the driver’s door window shattered out and with blood on the driver’s door, steering wheel and gear shift area. The owner of the car told police she did not know Perkins.The resident told police Perkins then returned to the residence and attempted to enter again, while repeatedly yelling “Let me in (expletive)” and “Answer me now.”Police arrested Perkins at the scene, where they found him with “blood all over his hands and clothes and large cuts on his right wrist.” The police report also stated Perkins had “wet pants as if he had urinated on himself.”Perkins was transported to Wood County Hospital following his arrest to receive treatment for his cuts. The 20-year-old told emergency room staff he had consumed beer and liquor prior to the arrest.Perkins is scheduled to appear as a defendant on the four charges in Bowling Green Municipal Court on June 10.Perkins did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The South Bend, Ind. native played in nine games during his freshman season with the Buckeyes last year. He played primarily on special teams, but recorded six tackles and one pass breakup.
On their own, Burns’s numbers are impressive. But when you compare them to those of his peers, they look downright heroic. Since the lockout — and excluding 2012-13, which was a half-season — the top-10 defensemen in the league each season2Ranked by points scored have scored an average of 58 points. This year, Burns scored 18 more points than that. The entire blue line corps of five teams failed to notch more goals than Burns, including the Washington Capitals, who had the best record in hockey. Other blue liners have been snubbed since Pronger’s Hart win. Most notably, Nicklas Lidstrom won seven Norris trophies as the league’s top defenseman, but he was never even named as a finalist for the Hart trophy.3Burns will likely win his first Norris tonight. It’s true that Lidstrom’s reign of dominance coincided with the rise of generational talents like Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, but it’s difficult to believe one of the five best defensemen to ever play hockey wasn’t good enough to at least be considered as one of the three best players in the NHL during that stretch.And if the dearth of defensemen nominated for the Hart since Pronger’s win in ‘99-00 looks suspicious, all you’ve got to do is look at the three decades preceding his win to understand it’s been something of an enduring trend: before Pronger, the last defenseman to win the Hart trophy was Bobby Orr in 1971-72.4Orr won the award three times consecutively between 1969-70 and 1971-72, scoring 376 points over that stretch. It’s the second-best three year span for a defenseman in NHL history. And before Orr? It was Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Babe Pratt, who won the Hart in 1943-44. Hockey writers—apparently—don’t have much love for defensemen.Although it ostensibly honors the best player on the ice, the Hart trophy is basically an award given to the top forward — and really just the top center 5Since Orr last won the Hart in 1971-72, 28 of the 45 winners have been center icemen. That Wayne Gretzky played in that span helped. — and every once in awhile the top goalie in the NHL. Until the Hart’s description reads, “Given to the league’s best centerman (and sometimes it’s best goalie, too),” it’s due time the PHWA begins taking the candidacy of the league’s top defensemen for the league’s top honors seriously. At the NHL’s annual awards show tonight in Las Vegas, the shiniest piece of hardware that will be given out is the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable to his team by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The shortlist of nominees includes Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby, Oilers’ phenom Connor McDavid, and Blue Jackets’ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky — all of whom had terrific seasons. But no matter who wins, there’s an argument to be made that it will be the wrong choice. This is because the league’s most outstanding performance came from someone who wasn’t nominated.San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Brent Burns turned heads all season, and often for reasons other than his toothless smile, man bun and ZZ Top beard. His production was everything you could ask of someone on the blue line, notching 76 points, tied for the fourth-highest point total by a defenseman since the lockout of 2004-05. Of those 76 points, 29 were goals, which was 70 percent more than the second-best defenseman and the most by anyone at the position since 2008-09. Burns isn’t only a goal-producing machine—he also led the league in point shares, 1Point shares roughly translate to the amount of a team’s points one player is responsible for. A decent analog is Bill James’ win shares, a complicated formula popular among baseball statheads. accounting for more of his team’s success in the standings than any of the three (still very worthy) MVP candidates nominated above him. He’s also the only player in the NHL to finish in the top five in both offensive and defensive point shares. That’s pretty impressive stuff, but not impressive enough to be a finalist for the Hart, apparently.Despite Burns’s gaudy scoring numbers and clear impact on his team’s success, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the PHWA left Burns off its list: Defensemen, despite representing one third of the players on ice, have a long history of being overlooked. The last time a defenseman was nominated for the Hart trophy, we were all basking in relief that Y2K hadn’t destroyed civilization. Chris Pronger won the award after his brilliant 1999-00 season with the St. Louis Blues. In his MVP-winning campaign, Pronger notched 62 points and led the NHL with 14.2 point shares, both of which fall short of Burns’s numbers from 2016-17.
By Yankuba JallowLawyer Abubacar NM Ousainou Darboe, the party leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) has told the TRRC that he went into hideout from 22nd to 26th July 1994, after the military junta overthrew the PPP government.Darboe on Monday, 10th June 2019 gave testimony before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) as the first witness of the fifth session of the TRRC.He said on that day, he was in his law office (chambers) the first time he heard the news, but he couldn’t believe in the information. He said he came to accept the reality at the Denton Bridge when he was stopped by soldiers who searched his vehicle and he was allowed to pass after the search.“I went home and took precautions for my personal safety because I have lived/studied in a country that was ruled by the military and they could behave in any way. I have seen in Nigeria how the military treated important people in ways that no one can imagine. I thought it could also happen here so I kept indoors,” he said.“What precautions did you take for your personal safety?” Essa M. Faal, the Lead Counsel for the TRRC asked.“I made sure I did not go out and on Saturday, I changed my place of abode because some soldiers came to my house and asked for me. I told them that I wasn’t in. so I had to leave the house in Pipeline to Kanifing to a sister, Nyanga Njie and lived with her until Tuesday or so when the situation was calm,” he said.“Do you know why the soldiers were looking for you?” the Counsel asked.In his reply, Darboe said the AFPRC wanted his services to promulgate their laws- decrees.He said during the July 22nd coup, he was the vice president of the Gambia Bar Association. He said they wrote to the military government under the chairmanship of ex-Captain Yahya Jammeh (as he then was) asking them to hand over power to a civilian rule in six months. He added that this letter was not appreciated by the Council (AFPRC). He said he led a group of legal practitioners that opposed the celebration of the Legal Year 1994. He said they believed that as legal practitioners, men in uniform shouldn’t address them and talk to them about the rule of law.He said the GBA, on the day of the swearing-in ceremony of the Attorney General, Hon. Idrissa Fafa Mba’I reiterated their position that the Council should hand over power to the civilian. He said it was in that meeting the ex-Captain Edward Singhatey called on them to advise them whenever they (the GBA) see the government going wrong.He gave a rundown of arrests, torture and detention of UDP supporters by the APRC government wherein some of them got disappeared while under the custody of the State. He adduced that some of them died as a consequence of the cruel torture meted on them by security agents most especially, the NIA. Darboe’s testimony was mainly about the victimization of UDP supporters in the reign of the APRC.About the October 1995 Alleged PPP DemonstrationDarboe, a one-time vice president of the Coalition government said he was not aware of any planned demonstration that was supposed to be staged by anyone. He said he was called by Mr. Daba Marenah, an operative agent of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to report to the Bakau Police Station but he refused the request because he hasn’t committed any crimes. He said he was persuaded by a brother of his, Lamin Jobarteh who was a senior police prosecutor to report himself to avoid facing brutal arrest by State Guard soldiers. He said he reported to the Fajara Barracks where he was detained for 23 to 24 days without any charges been pressed on him. He said he was detained along with PPP supporters who were alleged to have been planning to stage a demonstration at the American Embassy. He described the condition of the PPP militants and their leadership as terrible.“I was the only one who was lucky not to be subjected to physical torture,” he said.Darboe said he was questioned at the Fajara Barracks about the telephone conversation between MC Cham and Sir Dawda K. Jawara, an ex-President of the Gambia. He said he was asked to make a statement after which, he was detained at the Hanger inside the Barracks.He said every morning Corporal Alagie Kanyi would come to the Hanger and taunt him using words that are geared towards making him feel inferior to him.He said while at the Hanger, they were not allowed to change clothes or bath, adding that they were sleeping on the floor. He added that he attracted infection on his body because he didn’t take bath for a long time.The Release of Arrested PPP MilitantsHe said the release of the PPP militants came after the UDP made it a condition that the PPP militants detained at the Fajara Barracks must be released or else they will boycott the 1997 National Assembly election. He said the government released them afterwards because the APRC wouldn’t have afforded the international pressure because they rigged the presidential elections.He denied the suggestion that the intervention of the Imam Ratib of Banjul and other religious leaders resulted to the release of the PPP militants. This was the position of Lieutenant Colonel Baboucar Jatta, the head of the Fajara Barracks. For Darboe, he said this isn’t feasible.“These people were released as a result of political pressure,” Darboe stated.The Formation of UDPDarboe said he was called by someone while he was in the USA that he will be made the UDP leader. He said accepting this position at that time was too challenging for him because the environment wasn’t favourable.“My joining politics wasn’t designed. It was a difficult decision to make because of the situation of the country at that time. The environment was hostile,” Darboe said, adding that ex-President Yahya Jammeh did not want to have an opposition that will shake his political ambition so that he can have an easy ride.He said after taking the difficult decision of being the leader of the opposition UDP, the party was launched in Banjul. He said it was supposed to have been launched in Brikama but due to personal security reasons, the venue was changed to Banjul.About the 1996 Presidential ElectionsHe said the 1996 elections were flawed.He said during the campaign, his party supporters were assaulted by the APRC supporters on several occasions as well some of the strong persons of the party were arrested and detained while the campaign was ongoing. He said the APRC delayed their campaign so as to intimidate UDP in areas that they were supposed to hold meetings.He said on the 22nd September 1996, the UDP was supposed to hold a meeting in Banjul. He said on their way to Banjul, there was an ambush staged at the Denton Bridge by soldiers who in turn arrested and tortured UDP militants in the campaign team. He said he was told Yankuba Touray and Edward Singhatey were there at the time of the torture of his party supporters.“I was about 200 metres from them and I made a u-turn to my house in Pipeline because I was their principal target. Yankuba Touray did say when I return from the provinces, I will be burnt,” he said.He indicated that Yankuba Touray was the mobiliser for the APRC campaign. Darboe gave a rundown of some arrests of UDP militants with the sole aim of intimidating UDP supporters.He said because of this incident, the UDP couldn’t complete their campaign tour in the remaining areas. He told the TRRC that they tabled complaint at the PIEC about the torture of their people but nothing was done about it. He said Amadou Sanneh and Amadou Dibba were arrested and were subjected to cruel torture.Lawyer Darboe told the Commission that after the Presidential elections, the UDP embarked on a tour in the Upper River Division. Darboe adduced that the APRC entourage had in their vehicles machetes, stones among others. He denied that Mr Njie was murdered by his entourage. He explained that there was a community they reached in the URD where the UDP entourage was attacked by the APRC supporters throwing stones at them.“My driver acted quickly and made a U-turn,” he said.He indicated that one APRC supporter; Mr. Njie was allegedly murdered during the clash between the two party supporters. He denied having knowledge of the murder of the late APRC supporter although he and the UDP leadership except Kemeseng Jammeh were all prosecuted for murdering Mr. Njie. He admitted that his party supporters did burn a government vehicle that was been used by the APRC during the campaign. He denied the Lead Counsel’s suggestion that this man could have been killed by his entourage.“Why don’t you investigate the murder of Mr. Njie?” the Lead Counsel asked.“I was not under any legal obligation to investigate his death,” Lawyer Darboe replied.“You told this Commission that your supporters were attacked at Westfield on the 22nd September and that the attack could have only come from the APRC. So are you are suggesting that the APRC supporters killed Mr. Njie?” the Lead Counsel put it to Lawyer Darboe.In his reply he said UDP is a party of peace and that they did not murder Mr. Njie.He said the APRC people where the ones who assaulted his entourage and that his party is a violent free party. He said after the alleged murder of Mr. Njie, he and the leadership were put in a truck from Basse to Kombo and charged for murdering the alleged deceased.While admitting that the UDP supporters burnt a vehicle of the APRC campaign team, he argued that the vehicle was an instrument of crime used during the ambush by the APRC. He sounded that the UDP have all right to stop them (the APRC).He said he alongside other UDP executive members were arrested and charged with the murder of on Mr. Njie, a supporter of APRC. He said they denied taking plea because they were arraigned before a court that does not have the jurisdiction to hear the case. He said they were granted a high court bail. He said after six-year trial, the case was thrown out on 22nd June 2006 after his Lawyers made a ‘no case submission’ because it lacked merit.BackgroundHe said he was born in 1948 in Basang village in the Central River Region (CRR). He said he attended Basang Primary School, St. Augustine Secondary School and Gambia High School. The senior lawyer told the TRRC that he has worked at the Ministry of Justice for seven years and in the year 1980 he went into private legal practice.
This week ASA/WISHH staff met in Washington, DC for a Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI) planning meeting.The team covered a wide range of topics including reviewing 2013 results, the 2014 soybean production plan, budgeting, and implementation plans. The team met with USDA/FAS’s Food Assistance Division personnel. SARAI is a USDA Food for Progress funded program and poised for a fourth and final year of soybean value chain development in Afghanistan.
Target has just thrown its hat into the digital newsstand ring with the launch of a site to sell digital-edition single copies and subscriptions. Early in 2010, the retailer expects to broaden the site into cross-merchandisingopportunities where readers can access and purchase products featured in the magazines on Target.com. Digital edition provider Zinio is Target’s partner in the launch and hosts the co-branded site, which offers “a few hundred” titles from its publisher partners, said Zinio’s CMO Jeanniey Mullen. The selection will expand to include the full range of Zinio’s portfolio, minus a few titles that don’t match Target’s demographic. “What really drew us to the deal was Target’s affinity to the female market and the housemaking sector,” said Mullen. Access to the newsstand is currently limited to a scrolling “New at Target” window on Target.com (which averages 28 million monthly uniques, per Compete numbers), but Mullen said that broader accessibility is forthcoming and will include links in the main navigation bar, a mini section, and main site search integration. The newsstand will initially focus on magazine sales with titles such as Elle, Dwell and Woman’s Day available, but starting in 2010, will evolve into a cross-merchandizing operation, said Mullen. Readers will eventually be able to link from the pages of the magazines to Target.com where they can purchase featured products. “Between now and the end of the year we’re in the first phase of the project—getting stats on which titles resonate and what products and integrations make the most sense,” she said. “Down the road we have a number of partnerships to cross-merchandise.”Mullen declined to provide any benchmarks, but noted that after the holiday season both sides will ratchet up marketing for the site.The revenue share favors the publisher, which remains in control of issue pricing, said Mullen. “Our commitment to publishers is they will remain in control of their pricing. The publishers get their remit percentage and what’s left will be split between Zinio and Target.”