New coach wants to more output from Foton imports

first_imgLATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UAAP volleyball: FEU holds off UP, joins Ateneo at fourth Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rommel Abella emerged a winner in his head coaching debut in the Philippine Superliga, but the multi-titled mentor was not overly satisfied with how his new team Foton performed to open the 2018 season.The Tornadoes turned back the Generika-Ayala Life Savers, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, but Abella wants to more from his team in the coming games.ADVERTISEMENT “If I’m going to rate our performance earlier, we’re just 60 to 70 percent. Like I said, hopefully, we improve on our mistakes,” he said on Saturday at the start of the Grand Prix tournament at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Tornadoes leaned on their hard-hitting trio of Brooke Kranda, Elizabeth Wendel and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, who combined for 46 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKranda, a former Michigan State University star in the US NCAA, scored a game-high 21 points in her professional debut while Manabat and Canadian import Wendel had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Abella is pleased to see Manabat back in action after suffering an ACL injury last conference, but expects more from his imports particularly on the offensive end in the coming games. MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments “Actually, we’re expecting a little more. But since it’s only their first game here in the Philippines, their performance is acceptable, but hopefully, they can provide us with more offensive power in our next game.” UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingslast_img read more

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Linden charity donates over 200 backpacks

first_imgSome recipients pose with their new backpacksLinden-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) – the For the Children Sake Foundation (FCSF) – on Saturday distributed over 200 backpacks and school supplies to children in the community.Executive Director of FCSF, Vernon Todd, said the purpose of the organisation’s ‘Back-to-School Backpack and School Supply’ distribution is to ensure that low-income and underprivileged children in the Linden community start the school year with the tools they need, feeling prepared and ready to learn.“This year, we planned to serve more than 200 children/adolescents for back-to-school season in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). Each child in our programme is given a backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies. We serve the children during the back-to-school season and distribute the goods in time for the first day of school. These items make a difference. We serve underprivileged and low-income students entering nursery, primary and secondary school,” Todd said.He added that many families are struggling with unemployment, and that more than 500 students are enrolled in the organisation’s free and reduced meal programmes, adding that many parents are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need.“In addition, schools across the country are facing severe budget cuts and lack the funding to purchase necessary supplies,” the executive related.Moreover, FCSF’s Programme Manager, Tishon Fraser, said the items made a huge impact on the students’ lives and were a huge motivation for them to start school.Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer, Fiano Braithwaite, expressed gratitude to the Linden Fund; Bobby Noel; Adolescent Health Programme/Maternal Child Health (MOPH); Regional Education Officer, Marcia Andrews; Dr Gregory Harris; Minister Nicolette Henry; Food For The Poor; among others, for their contributions.So far, over 600 backpacks equipped with school supplies have been distributed to students of nursery to secondary school and 25 adolescents received $5000 each to assist with materials for University under the initiative.Todd said the For the Children Sake Foundation and Linden Fund are two organisations that exist to remove the barriers that local families may have in relation to learning.last_img read more

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Three Individuals who deserve our Thanks and Praise for serving with integrity and high…

first_imgPayment of US $30,050 (US $15,025 per month for two months) without supporting documentation. One 165 KVA Generator from H & A Corporation for US $38,220 GAC finding Context 2.1.1 2.1.2 No Financial Reports and supporting documents – continues Payment was made through bank transfer from CBL for services rendered to Liberia through MICAT. GAC was provided invoices and bank transfer documents and informed that the best information on this undertaking would be obtained from MICAT because it was the GOL lead on this activity, but it (GAC) failed to do this on grounds that they were constrained by time and that the check was signed by the National Task Force on Ebola (NTFE) or the Incident Management System (IMS).  BTP Advisors assisted in drafting and disseminating the “Letter to the World” that President Sirleaf eventually sent out to the global community which resulted in the overwhelming support received from the international community that has greatly contributed to our country’s achievement in the fight against Ebola. An investment of US $30,050 by Liberia has resulted in contributions in the multi-million dollar range for the sub-region. The following items were procured without contracts and in violation of Section 66 (4) of the PPC Act The generator was procured during the height of the pandemic when the generator at the LIBR (the only Ebola testing lab in the country at the time) had gone down. 2.1.2 No Financial Reports and supporting documents Note: Due to the need to immediately eradicate the Ebola virus from Liberia, the government of Liberia made the following payments that didn’t pass before the Ebola Task Force, because it wasn’t functional at the time of the payment.Ministry of Internal Affairs                   $484,970.50Ministry of Defense                                    $352,358.75Bureau of Immigration                                $357,484.00Liberia National Police                                $356,601.00The agencies listed above have to properly account for the funds distributed to them. However, do we uphold the implementation of the law to the letter, while our people were dying from a deadly virus in large numbers?We had anticipated that the team headed by Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, James Dorbor Jallah and Dr. Wede Elliott-Brownell would have been congratulated for doing an exceptional job, due to the fact that they were volunteers and effectively/honestly managed the resources given to their care.  As the result of the hard work of the President of the Republic of Liberia, the following were achieved:The spread of the deadly Ebola virus has come to a halt, while our neighbors in Guinea and Sierra Leone are finding it difficult to bring the virus under control. Given the urgency of the situations it would have caused more lives of our people to wait for the signing of contracts before procuring these items. These explanations were provided to the GAC, but apparently they were considered immaterial. Payments of US $89,617.04 and US $85,000 were made to two NGOs Samaritan’s Purse and Inter-Religious Council, respectively. The NGOs did not submit an expenditure report. The bus was procured during a strike action by nurses who had refused to work in ETUs until certain demands were met including the purchase of a bus. 2.1.4 Amounts Received by IPscenter_img These were payments made by CBL checks based on the authorization of the President emanating from commitments she had made to the NGOs as co-share of the running cost of ETU (Samaritan’s Purse, ELWA-1 where two US doctors and a nurse were infected with Ebola) and support for social mobilization efforts (Inter-Religious Council). The letters from the President’s Office were presented to the GAC with explanations, but the GAC failed to contact the MOS on this on grounds of time constraint and the fact that the checks were signed by NTFE (or IMS). 2.1.3 Payment without Contracts As a supporter of the General Auditing Commission of the Republic of Liberia, I had absolutely no doubt about the audit report that the Auditor General recently published regarding the National Ebola Task Force/ Incident Management System (IMS) for the period of August 1 to October 31, 2014, until I had the opportunity to carefully read and analyze the report.. Again, I have no doubt that the report was done professionally and written in good faith; however, it was totally unfair to three honest and hardworking individuals.As an anti-corruption activist who also happens to be a financial expert, I read the entire 96-page report, and was quite alarmed and consequently decided to do my own investigation. I was alarmed when I read on page 8 of the report, “For the period under audit, financial activities and the conduct of the affairs of the National Ebola Trust Fund (NETF) were marred by financial irregularities and material control deficiencies for a number of transactions carried out by the Incident Management System and the eight (8) Implementing Partners of the NETF. These irregularities were the result of the Incident Management System and the Implementing Partners not fully adhering to the Public Financial Management Act of 2009, Public Procurement & Concession Act of 2010, IPSAS Cash Basis of Accounting, the Ebola Trust Fund Financial & Procurement policy and other applicable laws and regulations.”I had always hoped that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would appoint Liberians with great integrity and high ethical standards to serve the Liberian people during one of the darkest days on the National Ebola Task Force/ Incident Management System (IMS) during the deadly Ebola crisis. I was very happy and satisfied of the three appointees: Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Mr. James Dorbor Jallah and Dr. Wede Elliott Brownell. These were three individuals with great integrity, high professional and ethical standards.In the heat of the deadly Ebola battle, when hundreds of Liberian were dying daily, it would have been extremely difficult to hold both the NETF and IMS to the same standard as when we are not in the midst of a national epidemic. During the Ebola outbreak we urgently needed to inform the world about our suffering, in order to obtain urgently needed assistance. Though it would have been almost impossible by others, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Mr. James Dorbor Jallah and Dr. Wede Elliott Brownell were expected and exhibited the highest standards of honesty serving the Liberian people at the National Ebola Task Force/ Incident Management System (IMS).Nonetheless, these are the findings of my investigation. One 15-seated bus from Africa Motors for US $31,360 The rice was also procured during the height of the outbreak on credit at a time when the trust fund was not fully functional and there was urgent need for food at ETUs and for quarantined families. This transaction occurred just before WFP provided its first consignment of food to the response, and was still used none-the-less. The report of the distribution with signed delivery notes was provided by the GSA to the GAC. These were payments made by the Ministry of Finance directly to the four agencies (MIA, MOD, BIN, and LNP) prior to the operationalization of the Trust Fund. The NTFE (or IMS) can only be held to account for monies passed through the Trust Fund. In this case, the monies in question were not passed through the Trust Fund as observed by the GAC, so the admonition of the Auditor General should be directed to the authority that executed the transfers and not the NTFE (or IMS). It is noteworthy that the payments in question were later reimbursed by the Trust Fund once it became operational.   US$1,551,379.25 was disbursed to four (4) IPs directly from GOL Account in the month of August 2014 without being channeled through the NETF Account 1,200 (25-kg) bags of rice from James N. Davies & Sons, Inc. for US $19,584 Liberian borders are now reopening and our citizens are benefiting financially from cross border trading.Businesses are doing exceptionally well.International airlines are resuming flights to and from Liberia.Schools have reopened and our children are once again being educated.Public officials that demonstrated exemplary characteristics of efficient, honesty, collaborative and effective public service during our uphill battle during the deadly Ebola crisis deserves our thanks and commendation.About the Author:Rufus S. Berry II, MBA – is an anti-corruption activist and Managing Partner/CEO of B&G, a financial and management consulting firm. Mr. Berry is the author of many articles including: “Preemptive Health Measures will save Thousands of Liberian Lives: Ban Smoking in Public Places”, and “Shame on Liberia’s Ministry of Health for Harboring an Alleged Child Molester and Fugitive from Justice”.Mr. Berry can be reached at +231-886-362332 or rufus_berry@yahoo.com         Topic                                           GAC Finding                                                    Context 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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FSJ Blue Jays off to 2-0 start at Western Canadian Championships

first_imgThe Fort St. John midget Blue Jays fastball team is off to a great start at the Western Canadian championships in Winnipeg.The Blue Jays won their opening game on Friday morning, beating Alberta’s Calahoo Chiefs 11-4, and invoking the mercy rule after 5 innings.The Jays played their second game of the day almost right away, but showed no signs of fatigue, beating Saskatchewan’s Shellbrook Thunder 11-9.- Advertisement -All accounts say the team is playing exceptionally well, and having a great time.Stay tuned for more updates from Winnipeg.last_img

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Vote for a new LAUSD

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE Los Angeles Unified school board election on March 6 isn’t so much about the individual candidates running for the three open seats. In a larger sense, it’s a referendum on the very state of education in Los Angeles. That’s why Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is leading the battle to reform the change-resistant district, is backing a slate of candidates. He knows that, at this point, tossing out the status quo is the only chance for meaningful improvement in a district headed for disaster. On one side in this election is the anti-reformist school board. These guardians of the bureaucracy have beaten back every attempt at reshaping education in Los Angeles, even as the public’s faith in the LAUSD has eroded. On the other side is a slate of innovative, energetic challengers who know that things must change before the LAUSD can improve. In the San Fernando Valley, this fight for reform comes down to the choice between incumbent Jon Lauritzen and his strongest challenger, Tamar Galatzan. And how goes this particular race may indeed influence the larger struggle over reform. Lauritzen is not a bad guy – he and his family have a long tradition of teaching at Valley schools. But his tenure on the board of education hasn’t been good for the schools. In fact, this lackluster board member has actively resisted the empowerment of community members and has sought to squash the charter-school movement that the district’s lethargy inspired. Galatzan is one of three school-board candidates backed by Villaraigosa’s education-reform movement, which gives her a real shot at winning the seat despite Lauritzen’s backing from the powerful teachers union. But even separate from her patronship, Galatzan is simply a better candidate than Lauritzen. As a deputy city attorney with the neighborhood prosecutors program and the wife of Valley Industry and Commerce Association President Brendan Huffman, Galatzan is no outsider to Los Angeles politics. Nor is she a stranger to the LAUSD. A graduate of Birmingham High School, she will soon be sending her two young sons to LAUSD campuses. Galatzan has a real stake in improving public education in Los Angeles, unlike Lauritzen, who acts as though his only stake is in preserving the status quo. Two other challengers who support the same sort of reform as Galatzan are Yolie Flores Aguilar, who is running to represent the Northeast district of outgoing member David Tokofsky, and Johnathan Williams, who is challenging incumbent Marguerite LaMotte to represent South Los Angeles. These three candidates represent a bright future for the LAUSD. We strongly urge a vote for them – and for school reform – on March 6.last_img read more

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Rob Fraser wins the Mayoral race in the District of Taylor

first_imgThe other two running against Fraser, Brad Filmer and Wayne Wilmot, each received 123 votes and 26 votes respectively.There was a total of 322 votes submitted for this election, or 28.5 per cent, an increase from the 26.6 per cent voter turnout in 2011.As for Councillors, they had already been voted into council by acclamation in October.- Advertisement -Those include incumbents George Barber, Betty Ponto and Brent Taillerfer, while Dave Lueneberg stands alone as the non-incumbent.For more election coverage, click here.last_img

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City celebrations would have been ‘like a death’ – Pogba

first_imgVictory for City would have seen Pep Guardiola’s men crowned as champions and take a United record in the process by winning the title with six games to spare.“If they won they are champions, for all the fans it would be like death,” said the Frenchman.“To lose against City and to see them celebrate, I couldn’t let that happen. At half-time in the dressing room we said we have nothing to lose.”Barring an incredible collapse, City will still win the league in the coming weeks as the hold a 13-point lead over second-placed United.However, Pogba issued a rallying cry for United to win back the battle for supremacy in Manchester next season.“After a second half like this, we have to do that all the time. If we did we would be up there with City, and maybe even in front.”Guardiola added more spice to an already hotly-anticipated clash when he claimed on Friday he had been offered the chance to buy Pogba two months ago by the player’s agent Mino Raiola.Pogba has often been dropped by United manager Jose Mourinho for the biggest games this season, despite costing the club a then world record £89 million when he returned to United from Juventus in 2016.However, restored in his favourite position on the left of a midfield three, Pogba showed why he was once one of the most in-demand players in the world.“With City they love to attack, they don’t like to defend, so I had to get more in the box. I knew I had Nemanja Matic behind me and Ander Herrera with me.”Mourinho has been stinging in his criticism of Pogba at times during the campaign, but hailed his contribution to a famous victory.“Two goals from a midfield player in a big match like this one stays in the memory of the people, especially for the fans,” said Mourinho.“He needs that confidence because he knows, I know, everybody knows he had some performances not at the level we expect from Paul. But he is improving.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pogba celebrates his second goal to inspire an famous Man Utd fightback. © AFP / Ben STANSALLMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 7 – Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba revealed his relief as preventing local rivals Manchester City from sealing the Premier League title on Saturday, claiming watching City celebrate would have been “like a death” for United fans.Pogba shrugged off a turbulent season and speculation over his future by scoring twice in as many minutes just after half-time to spearhead a stunning United comeback that was completed by Chris Smalling 21 minutes from time.last_img read more

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‘I’d refuse Frank Lampard junior complimentary tickets for obvious reasons!’

first_img2 Each week, a leading musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week, it’s West Ham fan Jeff Turner, of Cockney Rejects fame…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I love his arrogance. He’s good and he knows it.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be? Bomber by Motörhead. Hard, fast and unrelenting.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)? Camp Nou. It’s the biggest and best for me.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Neymar. He has the look, the skill and all round star quality.Brit award or Premier League trophy? Would have to be the Premier League trophy. I don’t care at all for the Brits.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?I had West Ham squad posters, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano and Led Zeppelin.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football? Messi is the king for me. The most naturally talented footballer I have ever seen. A true legend.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why? Would have to be Sex Pistols and Famines. Pure adrenaline-pumping mayhem.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Most exciting for me was Carlos Tevez – totally out of the blue, so unexpected. I was most gutted by Rio Ferdinand’s departure. He was our future, we could have built a great team around him.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs? Frank Lampard junior for obvious reasons, ha ha.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded? Best football song is Back home (1970 England World Cup song).Worst – Diamond Lights (Hoddle and Waddle!).Cockney Rejects have recorded a single to mark West Ham United moving from Upton Park. “Goodbye Upton Park” will be released through Cadiz Music on Tuesday 10 May, the date of the last home game. The video for the song can be seen here. Jeff Turner from Cockney Rejects takes the football and music Q&A center_img 2last_img read more

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Joy for Patsy McGonagle as ‘Steak and Spuds’ do the trick for Cork duo!

first_imgOlympics: The entire nation is celebrating a wonderful performance from the O’Donovan brothers after they secured a Silver medal in the Lightweight Men’s double sculls final. Patsy McGonagle, the Olympic team manager will be overjoyed at their performance that have the nation in a state of euphoria.Irish athletics manager Patsy McGonagle.The Cork brothers have captured the hearts of the nation with their hilarious and witty interviews and have became household names nationwide. The pushed the winning French team all the way, but will be delighted to have secured Ireland’s first ever medal in rowing.We can’t wait for their latest interview!Patsy will also be delighted at the performance of Mark English who cruised into an Olympic semi-final, and of Sinead Jennings, who finished sixth in the Olympic 800m final earlier this afternoon.Joy for Patsy McGonagle as ‘Steak and Spuds’ do the trick for Cork duo! was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CorkmedalnewsO’Donovan brothersOlympicsRiosilverSportlast_img read more

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Ryan Giggs defends England’s Harry Kane for claiming that goal against Stoke

first_imgBut Kane found himself mocked in some quarters for claiming a goal which had initially been awarded to team-mate Christian Eriksen against the Potters.Giggs was hardly shocked to see such a ruthless attitude as he attempted to chase down Mohamed Salah in the race for the golden boot, having witnessed it before in his own playing days.“It’s no surprise to me that Harry did that, I’ve played with guys who did exactly the same, it’s nothing new to me,” he said.“I think great centre forwards just have to be single minded, they are a little bit different. They just want to score every game and as a team-mate and a manager that’s what you want.“They’re the special players, the guys that make a difference. Harry is a talented player and a born goalscorer.” Wales manager and Manchester United great Ryan Giggs defended England’s leading man Harry Kane for claiming that infamous goal against Stoke.The Tottenham forward will captain the Three Lions in Russia and also carries their primary threat, coming off the back of his first 30-goal season in the Premier League. 1last_img read more

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