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‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Raymond Almazan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNot even a bad case of flu could stop Raymond Almazan from playing.Fresh from his Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, the lanky big man gave it his all and delivered for the Elasto Painters in their 92-88 win over Star on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool Almazan overcame his sickness and churned out 13 points and 14 rebounds in the victory as his presence more than made up for the absence of Beau Belga, who served a one-game suspension.“Raymond was sick, but since Beau wasn’t here, he forced himself to play,” shared ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “Surprisingly, even when he’s down with a sickness, his rebounding really helped us in today’s game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Unfortunately for Almazan, playing through it took its toll as he be stretchered out of the dugout.Team officials disclosed that the former Letran big man suffered from dehydration and was rushed to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titlescenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Almazan, though, alleviated concerns regarding his health by giving a thumbs up on his way out.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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President Sirleaf Congratulates Azerbaijan On 97th Independence Anniversary

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message congratulating the Government and people of the Republic of Azerbaijan on their 97th Independence Anniversary. In her message to President Iiham Aliyev, President Sirleaf on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, and in her own name, extended best wishes that he will continue to lead his people to greater economic prosperity and peace. President Sirleaf also expressed the hope that the cordial ties of friendship subsisting between Liberia and Azerbaijan will be strengthened for the mutual benefit of both countries.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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Commerce Ministry Announces 2016 MSME Conference

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has announced its 4th flagship annual conference of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).The conference, which is expected to be held in Monrovia shortly, will address four core challenges of Access to Finance, Access to Market, Legal and Regulatory Reform and Capacity Building in the country.According to Acting Commerce Minister Frantz Sawyer, who spoke recently at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing, this year’s conference will focus on women empowerment and entrepreneurship, promoting Government’s inclusive growth agenda as well as helping those who own businesses to build new partnerships that would transform them. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expected to officially launch the MSME conference. Minister Sawyer said that conference is also expected to bring together members of the cabinet, members of the Legislature, local and international business executives, development partners and members of the diplomatic corps, among others.He said the MSME conference is expected to be one of the largest since its inception in 2013 and will be held under the general theme: From Vision to Implementation- Buying Liberian, Building Liberia” with focus on “Promoting Women Entrepreneurship for Economic Empowerment.” The Conference, he said, will seek to highlight the high stakes associated with empowering female entrepreneurs; identify some of the many barriers women continue to face in business and at work; as well as discuss and address some of the many possibilities for growth and improvement in the sector.The acting Minister urged MSMEs to seize the many opportunities at the conference to not only showcase their products, but also the exposure to experts in the field, multinational corporations, and members of the financial sector; and to learn from other business people who have confronted, tackled and overcome the same hurdles they will face.“As Liberia moves forward on its path towards sustained economic growth, MSMEs will become the backbone of our transformation; the ones who will add value to our raw materials; the ones who will run our service sector; the ones who will provide jobs for our nation’s youth,” he said. In the Liberia of tomorrow, Minister Sawyer continued, MSMEs will partner with existing large-scale industries to develop well-functioning supply-chains. 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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MISS LIBERIA – HITS AND MISSES

first_imgIt was a great relief to finally have a Miss Liberia. After a four year hiatus, the show ended well; at least not with the conflict of interest that categorized the last event when the organizers had one winner and the judges another. That was in 2012. This time around there was a clear cut winner, without any talk of foul play.Sadly, the same organizational ineptitude followed this event. It would seem as if the show’s organizers are not too concerned with raising the standard and quality of the event. First was the sound. Why is it that beauty pageant organizers, indeed most event promoters in Liberia, cannot get a grip around sound? Maybe we lack good sound engineers? While the contestants had some valuable things to say in response to the questions they were asked during the event, most of it was lost to those of us at the back of the hall. “We can’t hear you!” was the cry from the nosebleed section.And what about the time between wardrobe changes? Should it take 10 women contesting a beauty pageant 45 minutes for each change of set or clothes? Although we give kudos to the organizers for even staging the event, we are hard pressed to admonish them and future organizers of this beauty pageant about the need for less clutter on stage. Too many side performances to cover up the slow shuffle on stage is very unbecoming – it says a lot about how unprepared you are as an organizer. The many side attractions made the show to resemble a music or dance event. It is sad to say, but you can have beauty pageants where the musicians can even steal the show. Another miss would be a ‘dead stage.’ Like broadcast journalism where a cardinal sin is ‘dead air,’ when nothing is said when the presenter’s mic is on, a dead stage at events like these leads to, well, too many people walking about doing nothing. And this was way too often the case during Miss Liberia.One great mishap was the swimsuit section at the event. If the organizers were following modern pageant trends, they would have known that pageants are not really about women’s physical but their mental abilities. Today, beauty is truly in eyes of the beholder; intelligence, however, is universal. Judging beauty contestants just on their looks undermine womanhood, knowing that not every woman has the stereotypical Coca Cola bottle shape. For this reason, Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA and other international pageants have phased out the swimsuit section from their events.Now for the hits…although we have had many misses, there were few positive things that happened at the event. All the contestants came on stage during their introduction in very unique ways to woo the crowd. They spoke their home languages and were properly dressed. The stage and light were properly set up. When the winner was announced, the crowd was well behaved and accepted the result, unlike the last pageant. Overall, the show was conducted in an orderly manner.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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PPP slams Govt for unilateral creation of NDCs

first_img…says no free, informed consent pursuedThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is questioning the silence from Government after it created two new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), without even consulting the residents as part of the ‘free and informed consent’ process.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanAccording to the Party on Tuesday, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan surreptitiously gazetted an order on June 1, 2018 creating the Aranaputa/Upper Burro and Annai, Region Nine NDCs.“Most worrisome is that this Order was only posted on the Official Gazette website a week later and up to that point neither Minister Bulkan, who signed the Order, nor the Vice President and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Sydney Allicock, had made any public announcement concerning these new NDCs.”According to the Party, in 2016, the Communities Minister issued an Order declaring Aranaputa an NDC in Region Nine, but this is in an area where there is no titled land. “However, this was a controversial move as there was little or no consultation with the community or the surrounding titled communities.”The Party recalled that Bulkan had admitted during the 2018 Budget debate that he had set up a council in Aranaputa without the involvement of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). The Party added that the Minister had also admitted that the Chairperson and Deputy Chair were being paid from the Toshaos budgetary allocation for Region Nine.Noting that an NDC has to comprise more than one People’s Cooperative Unit, the Party said that this new Order terminates the previous Order. According to the PPP, it also increases the territory in the Aranaputa NDC to include two People’s Cooperative Units, with a six-member council. “But the most egregious aspect of these Orders is the establishment of the new Annai NDC … now includes a very large territory with several titled Amerindian communities – Annai, Rupertee, Kwatamang, Wowetta and Surama. The new NDC will have 12 council members. However, most of these titled villages just completed their elections for Toshaos and Amerindian Village Councils.”“None of these communities were consulted in keeping with the international policy of ‘Free Prior and Informed Consent’ included in the Amerindian Act. As of June 8, 2018, the Regional Democratic Council, the North Rupununi Development Board, and the Amerindian Village Councils and communities in these areas were totally unaware of this development.”The Party pointed to a number of issues, including the complete lack of progress in issuing communal titles, comments from Presidential Advisor Eric Phillips, the establishment of the Land Commission of Inquiry and the Government’s refusal to implement Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) initiatives aimed at Indigenous development.“The end result is that applications for titles and extension of lands to Amerindian peoples and the demarcation of titled lands are now virtually at a stand-still. Whilst the (Amerindian Development Fund) seems to have become susceptible to ‘cherry-picking’ by the Government as to which villages will receive their project funds. The slowing down of all the initiatives of the LCDS, and, in particular the (Amerindian Titling Project) is a major cause of concern, especially since US$2 million of the available US$10 million has been spent in the last three years and produced nothing.”“Other actions by the Government leave no doubt as to its policy with regard to Amerindian rights and communal titles, the termination of 1972 Amerindian Community Service Officers in July 2015; the closure and termination of all staff in the ALT of the Ministry of the Presidency in late 2015, new staff for the ALT Unit were hired over a year later; the consistent violation of ‘Free Prior and Informed Consent’ on issues affecting Amerindian communities; the worsening socio-economic conditions and shortage of drugs and medical supplies in these interior areas, to name a few,” the Party added.last_img read more

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Moviegoers lured into web again

first_imgMost of the ticket sales for “Georgia” were due to Fonda’s fan base – with 81 percent women and girls in the audience and one-third of them older than age 50. Fifty-three percent of the moviegoers polled said they came to see Fonda. Two other new wide releases fared far worse than “Georgia.” The Lionsgate comedy “Delta Farce,” starring Larry the Cable Guy, made a meager $3.5 million. The romantic comedy “The Ex,” starring Zach Braff, Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman, debuted in 12th place with a barely-there gross of $1.3 million, according to estimates from MGM, which is distributing The Weinstein Co. film. Final box office grosses will be released today. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758 Top movies Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released today. 1. “Spider-Man 3,” $60 million. 2. “28 Weeks Later,” $10 million. 3. “Georgia Rule,” $5.9 million. 4. “Disturbia,” $4.8 -million. 5. “Delta Farce,” $3.5 million. 6. “Fracture,” $2.9 million. 7. “The Invisible,” $2.2 million. 8. “Hot Fuzz,” $1.7 million. 9. “Next,” $1.604 million. 10. “Meet the Robinsons,” $1.6 million. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Spider-Man 3” kept a tight web around the wallets of moviegoers this weekend, catching a domestic box office gross of $60 million that brought its 10-day total to $242 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Receipts for the Sony Pictures Entertainment release fell 60 percent from its historic $151 million opening, but the picture was still outpacing grosses of the first two films in the franchise. “Spider-Man” in 2002 had taken in $223 million at this point while 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” was at $225 million. “The number (the first) weekend was so incredible, you had to figure we were going to see a more significant drop to bring it into the real world,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. “Still, $60 million would be a huge opening for most pictures. We feel good about it.” Sony also had reason to feel good about the film’s international grosses, which amounted to $85.4 million over the weekend for a 10-day foreign total of $379.59 million. Worldwide, “Spider-Man 3” has grossed $622 million and is on pace to become the highest-grossing film of the franchise. Debuting in a distant second place was Fox’s “28 Weeks Later,” which took in an estimated $10 million in its first three days. That bodes well for the film, due to recoup its production budget by next weekend. “We’re very happy,” said Bert Livingston, Fox’s general sales manager. “It’s not like your normal horror picture. I think it will have good word of mouth and hang in there.” Debuting in a lackluster third place was “Georgia Rule,” a drama distributed by Universal Pictures that stars Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsay Lohan. The movie, only the second one starring Fonda since 1990, took in just $5.9 million. For as much as Lohan is in the headlines for her partying and other antics, her notoriety does not translate into movie ticket sales. Her last real hit movie was 2004’s “Mean Girls.” last_img read more

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First Nations members not afraid to face arrest for protesting at historic site

first_imgKnott says they applaud the court cases being brought by West Moberly, Prophet River and others, but they take time to wind their way through the courts.“As individual Treaty 8 First Nation members, we cannot stand by. Do I want to be arrested? No, I am here peacefully doing what I believe is right and needed but this land is a part of who I am and I will take a stand for it. Prime Minister Trudeau can stop BC Hydro from destroying the Peace Valley. Until he does, we will.”BC Hydro has built a bridge across the mouth of the Moberly River in preparation for logging int he proposed reservoir area.Advertisement ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORT CAMP, B.C. — After the arrest of three others during protests against Site C, First Nations members say they aren’t afraid of facing arrest to protest their traditional territory — and will continue to camp out at the Rocky Mountain Fort.Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land say they will not permit BC Hydro to proceed with plans to clear-cut forests around the site on the west side of the Moberly River.The site was the first trading post in mainland B.C., and sits on traditional territory belonging to Treaty 8 First Nations.- Advertisement -“Logging and flooding this part of the Peace Valley will irreversibly harm our ability to hunt, fish, trap and exercise other constitutionally-protected Treaty Rights, especially since much of the rest of Treaty 8 Territory has been devastated by other hydro-electric, oil and gas and industrial developments,” said Art Napoleon of the Saulteau First Nation.Advertisement Should construction proceed as planned, the $8.8 billion Site C dam would flood 107-kilometres of the Peace River, including the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of Treaty 8 First Nations.On New Years Eve, BC Hydro posted eviction notices, requesting protesters be gone in 24 hours. Hydro’s David Conway said, in an e-mailed statement, that protesters have the right to peacefully express their views and opinions on Site C in a ‘safe and lawful manner.’“We are hopeful this can be resolved. We are in discussions with the protestors and local authorities to allow us to resume construction activities. BC Hydro is evaluating all options and will continue to monitor the situation.”center_img “To have any meaning, these treaty rights require a land base and waterways where there are wildlife and fish, and which is capable of supporting a diversity of plant life. Treaty rights also include management level decision-making to protect moose calving grounds, medicine harvesting and berry picking, and spiritual practices – all of which will be obliterated by Site C.”First Nations chiefs told key members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet last month that suspending federal approval of the Site C dam is ‘a critical litmus test’ for his promise to mend the relationship between the Federal Government and First Nations people.Helen Knott with the Prophet River First Nation says, according to the Prime Minister, Canada’s ‘most important relationship’ is with its Indigenous Peoples, and that ‘he promises to uphold and respect Treaty Rights.’“This is what we are trying to do at a grassroots level,” she explained. “I speak as Great Great Granddaughter of Chief Bigfoot, the last to sign Treaty 8 in 1911, and I am trying to honour my Grandfather’s original intent and uphold those rights he meant to protect. I ask Prime Minister Trudeau to also honour that original intent.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gerrard retires: Liverpool star’s best moments in an England shirt

first_img1 Steven Gerrard has had a pretty good career for someone who, according to a certain Scot whose name escapes us, is not a ‘top, top player’. In the wake of his retirement from international duty, talkSPORT takes a look at some of the Liverpool midfielder’s best moments in an England shirt…England’s 5-1 victory over Germany in a World Cup qualifier in September, 2001 will live long in the memory and it was in that game that Gerrard grabbed his first international goal with a stunning long-range strike.Gerrard was England’s top scorer in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, netting twice during the run to the quarter-finals. Here’s his two goals at the tournament…Gerrard netted twice in the 5-1 thrashing of Croatia in 2009, a result which booked England’s place at the 2010 World Cup.He also scored in the 2010 World Cup finals, netting against USA in the group stages…He won his 100th cap for England in a friendly against Sweden in 2012. Here he is being awarded the cap before a clash with Brazil…Gerrard’s strike against Poland in 2013 sealed England their place at the 2014 World Cup… Steven Gerrard in action for England last_img read more

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Bonneville on Paddington, Downton Abbey’s Christmas special and cleaning up FIFA

first_imgOne of the most eagerly anticipated films of the festive period is the big screen adaptation of the much-loved Paddington Bear as the timeless classic is brought to life in spectacular fashion on the silver screen.Starring in the film is Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and earlier this week David Cameron Walker from the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast caught up with Hugh for a chat about the new film.Paddington is released across the UK on Friday 28th Novemberlast_img

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Arsenal team news v Liverpool: Gunners unchanged after impressive Palace victory?

first_imgArsenal got back to winning ways with an impressive 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend, but they face a sterner test at the Emirates on Monday.Liverpool, protecting a perfect record, may have produced two uninspiring performances but they’ve found a way to win and their collective spirit is evident.Brendan Rodgers has sacrificed guile and glamour for grittiness and breaking the Reds down could prove difficult for the Gunners.Arsenal have an impressive record against Liverpool at the Emirates and walloped them in the corresponding fixture last season, so they will fancy their chances of inflicting the Reds’ first defeat of the campaign.After the win at Palace, here is how we expect Arsenal to line up on Monday night… Olivier Giroud Formation: 4-2-3-1Goalkeeper and defence:Unchanged. Petr Cech recovered from his debut disaster with a more assured display at Selhurst Park, but it was the return of Hector Bellerin that was more noticeable. The Spanish full-back was one of the breakthrough stars of last season and provided the Gunners with an outlet from right-back. His runs and width may prove crucial with the Arsenal midfield often guilty of overcrowding in the middle. Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal should also retain their positions.Midfield:Where the game will be won and lost. Arsenal’s midfield, on its day, is probably the best in the league. Francis Coquelin’s emergence last season proved a masterstroke for the Gunners as he cemented his place as the club’s primary defensive midfielder.Bearing the Palace performance in mind, the only change Wenger may mull over is an injection of pace against young Liverpool left-back Joe Gomez, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming in for Aaron Ramsey. However, Ramsey has played well from the right, despite wanting a more central role, so should maintain his spot in the side.Santi Cazorla was back to his brilliant best in a deeper role last weekend and if he, Ozil and Alexis Sanchez get going, the Reds could be in for a repeat of their April hammering.Attack:Olivier Giroud has three goals in his last five games against the Reds, including in both fixtures last season, so expect him to carry on upfront at the expense of Theo Walcott.How do you think Arsenal should line up against Liverpool? Leave your comments below…center_img 1last_img read more

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