first_imgAnother win in Thursday’s Game 2 would give Petron its second straight conference title as it also drubbed F2 Logistics for the All Filipino crown early in the season.The Blaze Spikers caught the Cargo Movers by surprise by storming to a 25-14 first-set victory to grab the momentum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseHillary Hurley and Lindsay Stalzer were firing from opposite sides, scattering the usually composed Cargo Movers.“We prepared very hard for this match. I mean, F2 is a great team, solid team,” said Stalzer. “We just prepared really well and we were so focused in this match and that showed tonight.” Petron flaunted the power of its roster and Lindsay Stalzer came up huge during the rare times her team needed it as the Blaze Spikers hammered out a 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 Game 1 victory Tuesday night in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Stalzer finished with 20 points, including crucial hits in the second set that defused a strong F2 Logistics stand. Hurley chipped in 19 for the Blaze Spikers, who lost to the Cargo Movers in the elimination round.Maria Jose Perez had 14 to lead F2.The Blaze Spikers zoomed ahead once again in the third, building a 12-7 lead but the Cargo Movers tried to claw back through Aby Marano and Perez and trimmed the deficit to 12-10.But that was until the Venezuelan committed two of F2 Logistics’ four straight errors that allowed Petron to take control once again at 16-10.Meanwhile, ousted champion Foton made sure it got the bronze medal, pulling out all the stops to defeat Cocolife, 25-17, 25-16, 25-17, in the first game.ADVERTISEMENT AMA pulls off draft surprise, tabs little known Graham Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Jaja Santiago accounted for 17 points, including 10 attacks for the Tornadoes, who dropped a four-set decision to Petron in last Saturday’s semifinals.“We want to really play hard and get the bronze medal and at least get consolation from our loss in the semifinals,” said the 6-foot-5 Santiago, who had four blocks and three aces.Coach Moro Branislav also saw the bronze-medal finish in a positive light.“It’s okay. That’s volleyball, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” said Branislav, the Serbian mentor who led Foton to the championship last year. “I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and coming up with a podium finish is good than having nothing at all.”Like Foton, the Asset Managers can draw a lot of positives from this tournament.They made their PSL debut in the Invitational Conference, where they finished seventh before moving up the ladder with a fifth-place finish in the All-Filipino Conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

first_img… calls for end to militarisation of StateThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is lamenting what it said was government’s move to have members of the party be investigated, and lashed out at the State Assest Recovery Unit (SARU)and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).The party’s General Secretary (GS) Clement Rohee has deemed this move as “political witch-hunting.”“The use of the Guyana Police Force to harass and arrest activists of the PPP, and the use of the criminal justice system to delay and thus deny justice to the electors’ of the PPP vis-à-vis the 2015 Elections Petition,” the General Secretary said, noting that “the PPP understands that recently, based on political directives, warrants have been solicited from the Court to gain access to bank accounts of former PPP Ministers and to carry out searches at their respective places of residence. All of the above are politically inspired and motivated.”Rohee said the party has noted the persistent threats by Professor Clive Thomas, head of SARU, to PPP leaders and former government and state functionaries:“The Party wishes to remind once again that SARU has no locus standing within the meaning of neither the Constitution of the Republic nor the laws of Guyana. Any attempt to use SARU to illegally harm the legitimate economic and financial interests of any PPP/C leader and/or former government functionary on the basis of wild, unsubstantiated and politically motivated allegations of corruption will be stoutly and resolutely rebuffed by the Party,” he said.Meanwhile, Rohee added that the party continues to have growing concerns over what it said is the militarization of the state and government apparatus in Guyana, by the current administration.“This tendency is increasingly manifesting itself under the Granger administration, coupled with this development, is the steady but rapid progression of our country in the direction of a ‘police state’. This dangerous and unwelcomed development has its historical antecedents in the Burnham era of which Mr Granger is a product.”According to him, the new administration has a “penchant for placing retired and serving military officers in Government agencies and departments and to head Commissions of Inquiry into one incident after another”.“This practice has become so blatant that one letter writer recently posed the question whether being an officer or having once been an officer in the Guyana Defence Force offer a distinct advantage over the ordinary mortal of this country or is being an officer or having been an officer now is a prerequisite for certain State appointments?”He pointed out that what the “pro-militaristic administration” has done by virtue of this practice, is to demonstrate its distrust for civilians who are qualified to perform such functions in contradistinction to military personnel. Also by moving in this direction, it seems Government has “outfoxed” the AFC by placing its military confederates in key and critical positions knowing that the AFC would be more inclined to nominate civilians to the said positions which the APNU has absolutely no interest in doing.“The PPP is of the view that the rise of the APNU+AFC sponsored police state will inexorably result in the decline of freedom in Guyanese. Under the PPP/C, Guyanese abided by the rule of law and successive PPP/C administrations were held accountable for their actions.He said since coming into office, APNU+AFC has caused the country to gradually evolve into a police state where justice has become one-sided, an urban middle-class bureaucratic elite runs the show, accountability and transparency is a mockery, the Guyana Police Force is gradually being transformed into an appendage of the military, surveillance of persons of interest (POI’s) is rampant, privacy is constantly being invaded and eroded, and the law is little more than a tool for the Granger administration to browbeat Guyanese into compliance.last_img read more

first_imgHooray! The Americans are coming and if the driver knows what’s good for himself he should beat it, meaning run for his life. Yes, the Americans are coming, according to media reports, to investigate the case of the missing billions. The Tuesday, October 16, 2018 edition of the Hot Pepper newspaper carried a front-page story claiming that the Americans have already concluded their work and departed the country.In other accounts, the FrontPage Africa newspaper in its October 15, 2018 edition reports that investigators have found only small amounts of local currency in the CBL’s vault instead of the 15.5 billion Liberian dollars which the CBL maintained was in its vault. Whatever the case may be, the public desires and deserves to know the truth. In the interest of fairness and transparency, it is only proper that the Americans release preliminary findings on what has been unearthed so far.But it should not be surprising if the Americans do not make public their findings. There are speculations from some diplomatic sources that Liberians may be in for a rude awakening when findings are disclosed to the public absolving the government of blame. Further, according to diplomatic sources, fears are that revelations of the true findings linking past and current government officials to the disappearance of the money may serve to incite and provoke mass public protest with unforeseen consequences for a government said to be strongly within the orbit of US policy influence. In effect, according to diplomatic sources, it means or suggests that the Americans will act, if needs be, to save the hide of a government which they believe would lend itself to easy manipulation.But such premonitions, as farfetched as they may seem, cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand. The Americans came not once but several times before. In 1990, they raised the hope of starving, desperate and besieged Liberians when the US Government dispatched a flotilla of ships, planes and troops to the shores of Liberia, raising the hopes of Liberians that their ordeal at the hands of bloodthirsty warlords was over as the Americans had now arrived to intervene. But to their greatest dismay, this was never to be.The Americans instead idled and fiddled while the country went up in flames. But it took the courage and bold ingenuity of West African leaders to intervene and put an end to the madness which had engulfed the country. Again, the nation bore witness to similar circumstances in 2003 when the nation found itself torn apart once again by bloody fratricidal conflict. At the height of the fighting in the besieged city of Monrovia, thousands took to the streets to celebrate what had then been announced as a cease-fire and the arrival of American troops.Again, the joy of the people was short-lived, for within a matter of minutes, euphoria had instantly turned into apprehension, fear and grief as mortar rounds fired by LURD forces began falling on hapless, unarmed civilians. Once more, the West African Community was called into action after the US government had insisted on the presence of “African Boots” on the ground as a precursor to their intervention.Further, in 2016, the nation was shocked by news of the brutal killing of Harry Greaves, a former confidant of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Greaves had allegedly fallen out with the former President and was said to have become a virtual mockingbird singing tales of sleaze allegedly involving former President Sirleaf. Harry, according to accounts, went to the RLJ Kendeja Hotel and was never seen again until his dead body was washed ashore a local beach in Monrovia near the Executive Mansion.With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the Government of Liberia, and in response to public pressure, President Sirleaf invited a team of US forensic experts to Liberia to investigate. The team released its final report, concurring that Harry had indeed drowned. But the key question which remained unanswered to date was, if Harry had indeed drowned, how come his arms were contracted but not instead flexed as would normally be the case when a drowning person lapses into a state of unconsciousness?  Further, had rigor mortis set in before he drowned or after? What accounted therefore for the presence of a stick in his anus can still not be reasonably explained?But the Americans had said it — Harry died by drowning and that was it, although strong suspicions about complicity were never quite laid to rest. In the case of the missing money, this newspaper wonders why ECOWAS was not invited into the fray. The regional body has already established an institution to handle such matters involving money laundering and the like.This institution is styled the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering (GIABA). It is a specialized institution of ECOWAS and a FATF Style Regional Body that promotes policies to protect the financial systems of member States against money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations are recognized as the global anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorist financing (CTF) standard.In the face of this, there are questions whether the outcomes of this investigation will be akin to that of the Harry Greaves investigation. There is, however, another twist to this with suggestions from certain diplomatic quarters that the Americans are alarmed by inroads the Chinese are making in Liberia with the construction or planned construction of large infrastructural projects which are without doubt leaving visible imprints that the Americans have been unable to match.They, according to sources, strongly desire to see a “Maada Bio” in George Weah who will cancel at a stroke of a pen, planned Chinese infrastructural projects such as the proposed flyover at the Boulevard junction and the ministerial complex overpass. President Weah needs to awaken to these challenges no matter how outlandish they may appear.For now let us all shout: Hooray, the Americans are coming; so Driver, beat it! Throw your anti-corruption “axe” Mr. President, and let it fall where it may. Who die, da their worry!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An accident along the Alaska Highway in Fort St. John is causing delays for motorists this afternoon.The crash occurred sometime after 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of the Alaska Highway and Old Fort Road, and involved at least one vehicle. Fire and ambulance crews were on the scene at around 2:45 p.m. It isn’t clear at this point how many vehicles were involved, nor if there were any injuries.This is a developing story, and we will provide updates as they become available.- Advertisement –last_img read more