Cargo Movers eye sweep of Blaze Spikers

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Seeking a third PSL title, F2 pulled through in Game 1 despite 39 errors as Ara Galang delivered 18 hits.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew If the pulsating Game 1 showdown was an indication of how the championship series will be fought, then F2 Logistics cannot expect any favors from fierce rival Petron when the Cargo Movers aim for the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference title on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Game 2 at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena is tipped to be another epic encounter between the teams that have figured in the last four Finals series.This time, F2 gets the first of two cracks at the crown and an opportunity to avenge its defeat in the previous tournament to Petron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Tougher when it mattered, the Cargo Movers barely scraped past the Blaze Spikers in a marathon series opener, 18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 29-27, 18-16, on Thursday, prompting F2 coach Ramil de Jesus to challenge his players to give everything they’ve got to avoid a series decider.“We have to give our all,” said the multititled De Jesus, who also mentors La Salle in the UAAP. “We have nobody to bank on but ourselves.” 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 awardcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Vios Cup leg 2 Sunday at Filinvest Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Spurs ace Ginobili retires from NBA

first_imgKarate, silat take over Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “For 16 years, we were fortunate to watch a legend compete at the highest level. Thank you, Manu, for a career that inspired millions of people around the world.”Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr added: “One of the all time greats. Fearless, funny, compassionate and competitive as hell. Thank you Manu!”German legend Dirk Nowitzki saluted Ginobili for “an amazing career.”“Great player. Fierce competitor. Winner. Next stop: HOF (Hall of Fame),” Nowitzki wrote.Ginobili appeared in 1,057 games during his career, averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.32 steals.He also appeared in 218 playoff games, averaging 14 points per game. Ginobili and LeBron James are the only two players in postseason history to have amassed at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers in the playoffs. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts during a game.  AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States – San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili confirmed his retirement from basketball on Monday, bringing down the curtain on a 23-year career that included four NBA Finals victories.The 41-year-old Argentine star, widely seen as the most successful foreign player in the history of the NBA, confirmed his retirement in a brief posting on social media.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments He also helped Argentina score a shock gold medal victory at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.He is one of only eight players in history — and the only non-US born player — to have won four NBA championships and an Olympic gold.Ginobili’s retirement signals the final end of an era at San Antonio where he was a key pillar of championship-winning teams alongside Tim Duncan (retired) and Tony Parker, who left the team last month.Tributes to Ginobili quickly swept across social media on Monday following his retirement.The NBA said in a posting on Twitter signed by commissioner Adam Silver that Ginobili was “a pioneer who helped globalize the NBA … one of basketball’s greatest ambassadors.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” Ginobili wrote.“IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The veteran shooting guard was a key part of the San Antonio teams which won four NBA crowns between 2003 and 2014 after joining the league in 2002 from Italian team Virtus Bologna.As well as the four NBA titles, Ginobili was twice selected for the All Stars in 2005 and 2011. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Despite short preparation, PH’s iECO hopes to pull off surprises in Asia League

first_imgNCAA: Mapua posts 2nd straight win, stuns CSB MACAU—The lack of preparation is not stopping Blackwater Dioceldo Sy from having high hopes on his iECO Green Warriors in the Asia League The Terrific 12.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption PBA D-League talents from Foundations Cup champion Go for Gold make up iECO while the Elite loaned out PBA players Mark Cruz and James Sena to reinforce the team.Former TNT import Richard Howell and sizeable forward Sam Logwood are also in the Green Warriors’ lineup.“I think we have a good chance, we’re hoping for the best and hopefully we win tonight,” said Sy as his team takes on four-time bj League, the precursor to Japan’s B.League, champion Ryuku.iECO will then take on Chinese giants Xinjiang Flying Tigers, a one-time CBA champion, which has Chinese national team forward Abudushalamu Abudurexiti and former NBA center Al Jefferson.“Let’s hope for the best and hope the guys play their hearts out.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments iECO, the Elite’s affiliate, is set to take on Asian heavyweights in the pocket tournament at Studio City Event Center here in Macau, and Sy believes the new team can pull off surprises.Sy even likened the new team to the Philippine national men’s national basketball team, which was formed a mere month before the Asian Games and the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.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 Chriss“The problem is like Team Pilipinas—we have just formed the team and the other teams and they’re just starting to build their chemistry after two weeks,” said Sy Tuesday at Studio City.“The other teams are seasoned and have played together for a long time but I think our advantage is that they’re just starting to train for their respective tournaments.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Broner looking at Pacquiao bout as career-defining

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Now 40, Manny Pacquiao’s life should be just beginning. But Adrien Broner, at 29, feels he’s the one at the crossroads, calling his duel with the Filipino ring icon a tipping point in his career.“I always knew that one day I will be having fights like this,” Broner said in a report by Philboxing. “Honestly, I thought [Pacquiao] would be done with boxing by now but I always knew I would have a fight of this magnitude on this platform, pay-per-view and all, and now I’m here.”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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Who will take home crown? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentscenter_img “We’ve studied tons of Pacquiao footage and he pretty much fights the same every fight,” Cunningham was quoted as saying. “Manny’s a rhythm fighter and it’s about getting his rhythm.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia That’s why Broner is preparing furiously for the fight, expecting to face “the best Pacquiao” on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.Broner has carved his own niche in boxing for his undeniable talent. His boxing style—counterpunches, shoulder roll and all—mimics that of the great Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man who Pacquiao is really eyeing.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 ChrissBut the flashy, hard-partying American has a dark past: He had faced assault charges before, missed the weight for fights and is known to thrash-talk opponents.However, on Wednesday in Miami, the 29-year-old Broner (33-3-1 with 24 knockouts) hosted an open workout where he made it apparent to media people present that he has nothing but respect for Pacquiao. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Broner calls the bout “the biggest fight of my life.”Training thrice a day and holding his workout right at the famed Fifth Street Gym, where Muhammad Ali once trained, Broner brushed off the fact that his opponent just turned 40.He said his focus was laser-like and wasn’t letting the pulsating Miami nightclub scene distract him.“I’m not focused on the clubbing and stuff, all that stuff will be here after the fight,” he said. “I don’t care about stopping him or whether it’s a unanimous decision, as long as I’m victorious.”His chief trainer, Kevin Cunningham, offered a more specific fight plan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Spotlight still on SMB

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Okay na (I’m ok now) coach, happy na ako,” Romeo said.It was these exchanges that Marcial hopes will be a norm during similar events in the future.“They are in a relaxed mode,” said Marcial, adding he wants the event to happen again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES San Miguel’s (from left) June Mar Fajardo, coach Leo Austria, Arwind Santos and new Beerman Terrence Romeo during the PBA Media Day on Thursday at Solaire in Pasay. —SHERWIN VARDELEONFrom a jet-lagged Alex Compton bouncing from one interview station to another, to reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo casually facing cameras everywhere, the PBA’s inaugural Media Day was a resounding success that commissioner Willie Marcial wants the event institutionalized.And even in what was a one-stop setting for reporters to gather different stories, the San Miguel Beermen—like they have done on the floor the past few years—still dominated in the event held at The Tent at Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “But I think teams like Ginebra and Magnolia, which played well last conference, are stronger than us. We’ll just have to do everything to defend our crown and it will not be easy, but it’s not impossible as long as we follow the system of coach Leo (Austria),” Fajardo said.Even Romeo, unfazed by the scrutiny he now commands in a venue packed with sports journalists, made an appearance on media day and gladly answered queries relating to his much-ballyhooed transfer that made the Beermen unbeatable on paper.“He’s going to be great there,” said Phoenix Petroleum coach Louie Alas. “Coach Leo thrives in making talented players play within a system.”Romeo later approached Alas and the two shared a casual conversation, something that happened a lot between players and coaches coming from different teams during the Media Day.“Okay ka na ba (Are you ok now)?” Alas asked as he gave Romeo a hug.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title GALLERY: Players, coaches hype up new season with PBA Media Day “They just got Terrence Romeo,” said Compton, the Alaska coach who will again look at the coming 44th season of the PBA to break through as a coach. Compton has steered Alaska to five Finals stints but has yet to win a crown.“San Miguel Beer [has just] made everyone’s lives more difficult [with the Romeo trade],” he added.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 ChrissFajardo admits that eyes will be on the Beermen, even if Barangay Ginebra has made a strong impression last season with a championship in two Finals appearances.“The pressure is on us because everyone is saying we’re the team to beat,” said Fajardo in Filipino during a live interview with Sports IQ as the Beermen to shoot to improve on their all-time Philippine Cup record by winning the conference for the fifth straight year.last_img read more

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Sebastian Vettel makes strong start to F1 preseason for Ferrari

first_imgFerrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MONTMELO, Spain — For Sebastian Vettel, the opening day of the Formula One preseason couldn’t have gone any better.Vettel, the runner-up to the title last season, clocked the fastest time, was the busiest driver with 169 laps and, most importantly, felt right at home behind the wheel of his new Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alfa Romeo, previously known as Sauber, unveiled its new burgundy-and-white car in the pit lane before testing began. Kimi Raikkonen, who joined the team from Ferrari, had the fifth-best time but also went off the track twice without damaging his car.The main focus of these tests is for teams to adapt to rule changes for their cars’ front wing design. The goal is to make racing more exciting by facilitating overtaking. The new regulations should reduce the turbulence hitting trailing cars, which has slowed them down and made passing more difficult.Red Bull boss Chris Horner said that the new rules mean “there is a blank canvas this year.”Testing will continue through Thursday and then again from Feb. 26-March 1 at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian GP is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Video recaps of all NBA games coming to Facebook Watch Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mercedes boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that Ferrari looked quick, but downplayed the importance of lap times in the preseason.“That is not what tests are about,” Wolff said. “It’s about going through all the parts and looking at all the data.”Carlos Sainz put in the second-quickest lap in his first ride with McLaren, followed by Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, who joined the team from Red Bull, and Nico Hulkenberg put in the slowest times of the day, finishing more than 2.8 seconds slower than Vettel.Williams, which finished last in the team standings last year, missed the first day of testing and is likely to miss Tuesday’s session as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We couldn’t have hoped for a better day,” Vettel said after setting a session-best lap time of 1 minute, 18.161 seconds. “It was unbelievable. The car was working very well. We had no issues slowing us down.“It is obviously very early and this will be meaningless in a couple of weeks, but for now, a huge compliment to everyone at the factory. What they put on the track today was very close to perfection.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsVettel has the daunting goal of ending Mercedes’ five-year dominance of F1.Defending champion Lewis Hamilton shared time behind the wheel for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas and ended up with the ninth-fastest time, but it is more very likely that Mercedes was not aiming to top the leaderboard. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

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Ivorian Refugees Urged to Return Home

first_imgAfter years of stay in refugee life in Liberia, Ivorian refugees at various camps are contemplating returning home to re-establish their lives.The desire to return home was disclosed to heads of the UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR) through Ivorian Refugee Chairperson, Patrice Gnombie on June 20 during observance of World Refugee Day.According to Gnombie, the need to go back home is in response to an earlier call by their President, Allasane Ouattara to return and contribute to the rebuilding of their country gravely affected by war.In his remark during the occasion, Refugee Chairman Patrice Gnombie said “Today we have answered our President’s call to return home.” His statement was greeted with loud applause. The observance of World Refugees Day was climaxed at Liberia’s largest PTP Refugee Camp which hosts more than 15,000 Ivorian refugees.President Ouattara, during his visit to Liberia last year, appealed to his compatriots to return home.  He stressed that their country needed them. Reemphasizing the Ivorian leader’s plea, Mr. Gnombie told his compatriots, “It is now time to return to Côte d’Ivoire.”The Ivorian refugees poured into Liberia in 2011 as a result of a bloody civil war that destroyed lives and properties.  The war  began in September 2002 following the killing of former Military leader Gaye Robert.  The northern city of Bouke was attacked.The war intensified when former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to turn over power to the declared winner of the presidential election,   Alassane Ouattara.The war became tribal, with supporters of former President Gbagbo’s ethnic group pitted   against those of Ouattara’s, and there were indiscriminate killings from both ends.Survivors that were close to the Liberian border fled to Liberia where their Liberian brothers and sisters wholeheartedly welcomed them.  In many instances there were close marriage or or genealogical links between the Liberians and the Ivorians.To have the assurance of surviving upon returning, the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Khassim Diagne, informed refugees about reintegration activities in Côte d’Ivoire. He noted, “We will continue to work with the Governments of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to assist Ivorian refugees to return home and to ensure that their return is sustainable.”Also speaking, the keynote speaker, Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on refugee matters in Liberia, Hon. Alex C. Grant, said he was a refugee in Nigeria for 8 years before returning home. “I returned from Nigeria in 1998. I came back home to contribute to the development of my country. Take advantage of the voluntary repatriation programme and return home to improve your lives,” he urged.Receiving a warm reception from his compatriots, Ivorian Ambassador, His Excellency Kapieletien Soro thanked the Government and people of Liberia for hosting Ivorian refugees, but stressed that peace and stability have been restored to Côte d’Ivoire and that it was now time they went back home. “There are more opportunities awaiting you and your children at home than in refugee camps,” he said.The Executive Director of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Abla G. Williams, and Lonestar MTN Communication Executive Director, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, also attended the ceremony.The UN Mission in Liberia, Lonestar MTN and Kenya Airways supported this year’s celebration. They donated items such as books, trophies and T-shirts were presented to refugees. UNHCR also donated a television set and its accessories to enable refugees watch the 2014 Football World Cup, via satellite, in which Côte d’Ivoire is competing.    World Refugee Day was also marked at Brewerville in Monrovia, Bahn Refugee Camp in Nimba and Little Wlebo Refugee Camp in Maryland County. Liberia currently hosts 44,172 refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern, including 41, 111 Ivorian refugees.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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Police Impersonator Arrested in Bong

first_imgPolice in Gbarnga, Bong County have arrested and sent to court for prosecution, a 30-year-old man identified as Titus Kollie for masquerading as a police officer.According to the commander of the Crime Services Division of the Bong County Police Detachment, Inspector Alvin James, the “fake police officer” was apprehended recently in Salala by some community members.Inspector James informed this reporter that the mimic chartered a commercial motorcycle from Ganta in Nimba County to Salala in Bong County with the common intent that he (Titus Kollie) is going to accomplish police operation in the area.   The CSD local boss explained when the police impersonator and the motorcyclist arrived at the Salala Immigration Checkpoint, the fake police officer decided to escape but the motor biker was swift to alert other security agencies assigned at the checkpoint that a police officer hired his service from Ganta to Salala but the officer has run away from him.  “Immediately after the motorcyclist made alarm, security launched a cordon security search for the uniform dressed police officer and he was apprehended by community members in Salala” Inspector James reiterated.He intoned that the fake police officer was charged with impersonating in accordance with the Liberian Panel Code and he has been sent to court for prosecution.When contacted at his police cell in Gbarnga, Titus Kollie admitted to the commission of the crime and furthered that he and his accomplices (but he the only one that arrested) have been in the business for the past three years.Kollie, who felt short to name his accomplices said they have been involved with motor bikes theft between Liberia and Guinea.He informed this paper that they are stationed in Ganta in Nimba County but their operative is in Gbarnga, Bong County, Monrovia and Lofa County.“All of us that are in this business do not have any knowledge on policing or have taken police training,” Kollie declared.He narrated that they escorted the stolen motor bikes in the police uniform to Guinea for business transactions.When questioned about how they obtain the police uniforms, Titus Kollie notify this reporter that they sometimes procure the uniforms from some of their friends who are currently serving in the police force or at time purchase the cloth and take it to handmade tailors. “Today is my bad luck day but frankly speaking we make some good money in the business,” he disclosed.Bong citizens who spoke to this paper recommend that the Government ban the importation of military and para-military materials in the country.The citizens also suggested that the government discourages people who are not military or para-military personnel from wearing any military or para-military materials. They advanced that government should also legislate this as a law banning the wearing of military materials by non military personnel in order to curb the growing wave of criminal activities in the country.The citizens said if government institutes this measure, it will be uncomplicated to identify military and Para-military personnel.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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Senate Rejects House’s US$73M District Development Bill

first_imgFollowing an hour of heated debate, the Senate Plenary at its 30th day sitting Thursday, May 15, voted unanimously to reject the Bill passed by the House of Representatives for a budgetary allocation in the tone of US$73 million for Electoral District Development Fund (EDDF).The bill was sent to the Senate for concurrence after it underwent a “fast track passage” recently by the Lower House.It may be recalled that House Speaker Alex Tyler during delivery of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Annual Message to the National Legislature, announced that the House has agreed to allot the amount of US$73 million in the 2014/2015 fiscal budget as developmental fund for the 73 electoral districts of the National Elections Commission (NEC).Making remarks at the joint program held in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, House Speaker Alex J. Tyler, promised that lawmakers of the 53rd legislature will be more robust during this seating.Speaker Tyler said his comment is a result of what the lawmakers experienced during a nationwide tour in December on the draft petroleum law of Liberia.The Senate’s rejection of the Bill Thursday followed a verbal report to the plenary by a member of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor suggesting that instead of the US$73 million, the committee was suggesting an increment in the current County development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to the amount of US$1 million each   for the 15 counties.Senator Taylor briefed her colleagues citing Constitutional provisions that by law, budgetary allocations are made to Statutory Districts and not electoral district that can be created for election purposes.Prior to the motion for rejection, several Senators, who welcomed Senator Taylor committee’s recommendation/suggestion, however, wondered as to which area of the budget the amount of US$15 million would come from, in the wake of the persistent budget shortfalls.However, Senators including Dallas Advertus Gueh of River Cess County reminded their colleagues that the Senate has the Constitutional mandate to approve monetary allotment for national development, by virtue of the fact that they are the direct representatives of the people.Another group of the plenary, too, recalled that during the 2nd Session of the 53rd Senate, a Bill calling for the allotment of 15 percent of the National Budget as County Development Fund (CDF) was brought to the Chamber.The bill was sponsored by River Cess Senator Jay Jonathan Banney, and signed by 15 Senators of the joint committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget in a prepared report which recommended that 15 percent of the fiscal national budget be appropriated annually for the development of the 15 political subdivision of the country, describing the current US$200,000 as inadequate to address the many development needs of the counties. But the Senate is yet to build a consensus on that Bill.Before making the motion that was unanimously agreed on, Grand Gedeh County Senior Senator Isaac Nyenabo, declared that the bill must be totally rejected, saying it is a violation against the law.There is a law in the House of Representatives and was passed and is before us, it is in abeyance and let’s reject it.He then made his motion: “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Liberian Senate, I move if I can be seconded, that the Bill presented before this body for US$73 million Electoral District for development purposes be rejected by this body.” The Senate voted yea, with no nae.Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley then requested the Secretary of the Senate that the Senate’s leadership was going to set up a conference committee, because of the difference in the two Bills from the House of Representatives and Senate; and the one suggested by the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, and Finance & Budget.Senator Findley further instructed the Secretary to inform the House of Representatives “that we are returning this Bill to the House of Representatives that the Senate has rejected said Bill.”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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House Regrets Allison’s Death

first_imgThe House of Representatives has expressed its deepest regrets over the death of Attorney-at-Law Michael Allison, who served as one of its consultants during the formulation of the New Oil and Gas Law.Atty. Allison’s body was found early Friday morning, the 13th of February on a beach behind the Royal Air Maroc Monrovia office in his underwear with froth at his mouth.The House said Atty. Allison will be missed for his hard working spirit demonstrated during the oil consultation when he availed his expertise to synchronize and validate views and comments from across the country, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the Liberian people.According to a press statement under the signature of the House’s Acting Press and Public Affairs Director, Nelson Carr, the consultative role of Atty. Allison and two others hired as consultants, strengthened the national effort to sustain a vibrant Hydro Carbon Sector.The release also said the Honorable House joins the many voices calling for a speedy investigation leading to the cause of his death.“The Speaker and Members support any certified pathologist(s) to conduct an autopsy to establish circumstances surrounding the cause of death of Atty. Allison,” the release noted.The House of Representatives described the death of Atty. Allison as “unfortunate and regrettable.”“It is with a heavy heart the Honorable House of Representatives expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, friends, loved ones and the Maryland County Bar Association,” the release said.The late Atty. Allison, son of the late former Defense Minister Gray D. Allison, was the Managing Director of the BRICS Mano River Union Legal Consultants.Atty. Allison was reportedly the whistleblower of the ongoing investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), involving Speaker Alex Tyler, Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue and Rep. Edwin M. Snowe and others.The case involves the questionable payment of US$25,000 to consultants in the formulation of the New Oil and Gas Law, which is the subject of a US$1.2m given to the National Legislature for a nationwide consultation.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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