It’s final: PBA veteran superstars to beef up Gilas in Fiba Asia in Lebanon

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano There were mixed reports that came out months leading to the prestigious event that Gilas would also be playing its Cadet team in Beirut, since the event does not fall into the hectic Qualifying process of the World Cup 2019 in China.Chito Narvasa, the PBA commissioner, confirmed this development in a teleconference on Tuesday morning, saying that it is “the board’s priority to be involved and to be able to help the Gilas program.”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’“The PBA, its coaches in particular, were just informed of the schedule (of the Gilas events), which is important to all of them,” said Narvasa.The PBA had also moved the opening of its next season to December this year to be able to accommodate the National Five in the WC Qualifying that starts in November. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade View comments LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas will have the team it wants for the Fiba Asia Championship next month, this, after the PBA’s board of governors agreed to lend its top players to the national team.This means that the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are now available for inclusion to the squad that will try to regain Asian supremacy in the August 8-20 event in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT Top talents now available for Gilas as PBA opens next season in December Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetcenter_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Also because of this development, the PBA will make last-minute adjustments in the Governors’ Cup schedule. The season-ending conference opens Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 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 respitelast_img read more

An Appraisal of the Looming Constitutional Crisis

first_imgLiberia as a nation state in sub-Saharan Africa is going through a very turbulent period in its history. This national turbulence has been orchestrated by the outbreak of virulent human enemy, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that has inarguably brought the entire state machinery to a virtual standstill.The negative ramifications growing out of the spread of the disease across the country is nothing to write home about. The debilitating Ebola scourge has sent the nation on a partial holiday, forced international partners and investors out of the country and invariably imposed paralysis in every strata of the society. This is sad, despicable and leaves much to be desired.On the heels of the Ebola crisis has also come what can easily pass as a looming constitutional crisis.  This fast snowballing crisis is subsumed in the debate surrounding the suggestion for the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections.Though we have listened to many differentiated views on the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections, it is the installments made by Dr. Joseph Korto, Former Education Minister and the response from Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, for Labor Minister and Solicitor General, that have spurred yours truly to contribute to this worthy debate.In a nutshell, Dr. Korto thinks if issues surrounding the postponement of the Special Elections are not appropriately addressed in the lead-up to the date originally set for the conduct of the election there could be a constitutional crisis. He further averred that any attempt to postpone the Special Senatorial Elections without doing due diligence, we could run into constitutional crisis.For his part Cllr. Gongloe, the venerable human rights lawyer is of the view that the election should not be conducted as originally scheduled owing to the tragedy that the Ebola malady has unleashed on Liberia.Both men, in my mind, have set the debate rolling on the right trajectory. For it is prudent for us to commence discussing the legal and constitutional ramifications underpinning the decision we will make relative to the postponement of the Special Senatorial Election.Admittedly, there are couples of issues to appraise if we are to get to the bottom of the simmering constitutional crisis in the bubbles of our body politics. It is relevant to make this appraisal now and open the debate before it is too late.I am reminded how on the eve to the conduct of the 2011 Presidential and General Elections, we as a nation almost allowed our politics to run into a constitutional crisis. The source of this was clearly the misunderstanding of Article 80 (e) of our 1986 Constitution. That article states: “Immediately following a national census and before the next elections, the Elections Commission shall reapportion the constituencies in accordance with the new population figures so that every constituency shall have the same population as possible; provided. However, that, a constituency must be solely within a county.”This simple constitutional misunderstanding, almost derail the entire electioneering process in the lead-up to the 2011 polls. Lots of mundane legal argumentations were adduced by differentiated groups especially folks from the legislature. The bickering and political infighting went on until the eleventh hour to the election before some people became to see reason. By then it was too late and we had to make some kind of constitutional compromise again.That compromise meant that, instead of implementing Article 80 (e), a Joint Resolution was passed thus forcing the NEC to carve up Electoral Districts using amalgamated voter registrants from Voter Registration Centers. The very lawmakers, who were responsible for this constitutional detoured, unjustifiably went on to charge the NEC with gerrymandering.  The rest is history. That kind of constitutional blunder should not be allowed to be made again.Special Senatorial ElectionThe substantive electoral management body of Liberia, National Elections Commission (NEC), set the time for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election for October 14, 2014. This was done in keeping with Article  83 (a) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution which states: “Voting for the President, Vice President, members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives shall be conducted throughout the Republic on the Second Tuesday in October of each election year.”But realizing the political cum social anomalies that the Ebola scourge has visited on the country and the attendant disarrangement in serious national programs, the NEC wrote the Liberian Legislature expressing the need for the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections. The Liberian Senate eventually agreed with the NEC observation. Senate Pro Tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley was quoted as saying ‘it was not practical, prudent and logical to call for election in October when those who should be voting are dying in their number because of the Ebola epidemic…” (Daily Observer, September 9, 2014)In the same article quoting Pro Tempore Findley, it is said that following the Senate’s Joint committees on Autonomous Commission and Agencies and Judiciary perusal of the NEC communication, it advised that …with such expression of inability by the NEC for understandable reasons and underlined supra, the Liberian Senate should now commence immediate discussions with the Executive, which has the constitutional power under the State of Emergency.”My reading in this whole development is that the Liberian Senate and by extension the Liberian Legislature, has tacitly endorsed the postponement of the Special Senatorial election but is cleverly passing the bulk onto the Executive Branch of government. Though I am not a constitutional lawyer nor am I purporting to be a legal luminary, some legal issues clearly need legal interpretations here. For it is often said, anything that is not done legally is not done at all. Apparently, the way things are unfolding relative to this Special Senatorial Election postponement, we could be dangerously proceeding illegally.For instance in Chapter IX Article 87 (a) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution it is explicitly stipulated that “Emergency powers do not include the power to suspend or abrogate the Constitution, dissolve the Legislature, or suspend or dismiss the Judiciary; and no constitutional amendment shall be promulgated during the a State of Emergency…”By calling on the President to change the election date from the second Tuesday in October to another date, are we not unwittingly attempting to breach our constitution?It is no gain to say that Ebola is a serious national distraction and concern but why we have got the time can we avoid what will portray us as a people who do not care of what become of our constitution. Granted that all of the arguments are worthy, are we ever giving thoughts to whether they are constitutionally and politically correct?It is a fait-accompli that in our jurisdiction we do not have a constitutional court hence logically the onus is on the Supreme Court to provide some legal interpretations on the matter before it is too late.  As a matter of fact, we are about two and the half week away from the statutory period for conducting the Special Senatorial Election and nothing substantial has been put in blue towards this end. The sooner we act the better.It’s over to you, Honorable Supreme Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Passes Approximately 60 Bills

first_imgSenate Pro Tempore, Albert T. Chie — Promises to remain engaged with women’s advocates for 15 seatsPresident Pro Tempore of the Senate, Albert Tugbe Chie, has announced the passage of approximately 60 bills, during the 2nd Session of the 54th Legislature.Of the total number of bills passed, 45 consisted of Senate’s engrossed bills, 15 bills that originated from the House of Representatives.During his annual session’s closing statement, Pro Tempore Chie recalled the Senate’s concurrence with the House of Representatives on the passage of the 2019/2020 National Budget of US$526 million, which marked a significant decrease over the 2018/2019 budget.“It is our belief that this is a realistic budget that can be executed with predictability and efficiency, to prevent or minimize the perennial problem of budget shortfall; this budget will also facilitate the acceptance of our country into the program of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which could eventually bring much more benefit to our country,” Chie assured.Senator Chie further said that the annual wage bill in the budget was cast at approximately US$297 million, which he termed as “very, very much difficulty.” He also thanked workers in the public sector of the country for their understanding shown with the salary harmonization process; “by this process, the salaries of some of our public servants were reduced, some were raised, while some were untouched.”Additionally, he said, realizing the current economic situation faced by the country, “the sacrifices of civil servants and the importance of joining the IMF program, the Senate has approved a reduction in its budget by approximately 30%; the plenary has mandated that the chair on the committee of Ways, Means, Finance and Budget provide details of the Senate’s budgetary adjustment to the public.”“We wish to ensure and assure our citizens that the Senate will work, along with the House of Representatives and other branches of the government, towards prompt actions that will help stabilize the economy, which has been struggling since the Ebola outbreak,” Pro Tempore Chie further said.On the number of legislation acted on during the 2nd Session, he named the financing agreement between the Liberian government and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Bank in the tune of US$50 million to begin the construction of a segment of road from Barclayville, Grand Kru County, to Sinoe County, which he said is the beginning of a network of roads planned for the Southeastern part of the country which has not benefited from infrastructure development for many years.He also mentioned the Senate’s agreement for the construction of two cement plants as well as another agreement for a flour mill which, he asserted, will help create jobs for the citizens.Senator Chie deliberated on three constitutional propositions to go for a national referendum on October 2020; the Dual Citizenship Bill, Reduction in the Tenure of the President, Vice President and Members of the Legislature and adjustment in the date of General Elections from October to November.“During the discussions, there was a suggestion to allot 15 seats in the Senate solely for women. While this male-dominated Senate generally believes in affirmative action, it was a unanimous opinion that allotment of 15 seats for women alone is not the appropriate remedy for the political empowerment of women, especially in the face of economic constraints facing our country; nevertheless, the Senate has resolved to remain engaged to find alternatives through statutes for women’s political advancement,” the Pro Tempore said.During its sitting, “the Senate also passed an amendment to the 2014 Petroleum Exploration and Production Reform Law, to resurrect the upstream petroleum sector and facilitate the holding of a petroleum bill within the next few months.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONE DEAL! Aston Villa sign Ross McCormack for Championship-record £12m

first_img New Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack 1 Aston Villa have announced the signing of striker Ross McCormack from Fulham for a Championship-record £12million.The 29-year-old Scotland international has penned a four-year contract at Villa Park.The fee also the second-highest transfer in the club’s history, equaling the £12million it took to buy Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough in 2009, with Darren Bent’s £24million arrival in 2011 the club’s record.Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo said: “I’m delighted to bring Ross on board. He’s a player with proven track record and plenty of experience in the division.“He is a player whose goalscoring record has been excellent everywhere he has been and we feel he can be an important addition.”McCormack joined Fulham for £11million in 2014 and scored 23 goals for the Cottagers last season and leaves having netted 42 times in his two-year spell. Norwich had been heavily interested in the 29-year-old Scotland international but failed to agree a fee with Fulham, who accepted Villa’s bid on Wednesday. McCormack becomes Di Matteo’s fourth summer buy after Tommy Elphick, Aaron Tshibola and Pierluigi Gollini as the club prepare for their first season outside the top flight since 1987.He is in line to make his debut in their season opener at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.last_img read more

‘Just give Spurs the win’ – Fans on Twitter laugh at north London derby decision

first_imgBelow are a selection of tweets from both sides of the north London divide following the Premier League’s announcement.For those of you not into conspiracy theories and are just looking forward to the game, then Darren Cann and Dan Robathan are the linos and Andre Marriner is the fourth official. REAL DEAL whoops Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card deals Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Mike Dean will referee Tottenham v Arsenal on Sunday and paranoid fans have used Twitter to pan the decision.Dean being at the north London derby is bad for Gooners apparently and the ref’s critics are likely to tell you he favours Spurs over them. A bizarre moment in 2015 when he appeared to celebrate a Tottenham goal against Aston Villa hasn’t helped.As the ball hit the net, Dean ran towards the goalscorer with arms outstretched, before wheeling away. It was just unfortunate timing, though, with his gesture actually signalling ‘play on’ after contact involving Mousa Dembele and a defender in the build-up to the Belgian’s goal. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Mike Dean will officiate the North London Derby this weekend. Can we just hand Tottenham the win now?— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) November 27, 2018 shining Mike Dean will be in charge of the #NLD— Arsenal Central (@ArsenalCentral) November 27, 2018 tense Mike Dean was in charge last year and made 2 mistakes which led to 2 Arsenal goals… so why are Arsenal fans saying Tottenham win confirmed?? Weirdos 😂😂😂— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) November 27, 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 REVEALED center_img Popular Premier League News REVEALED Mike dean will ref the North London Derby The fa are clearly taking the piss— Clock End Talk Podcast (@clockend_talk) November 27, 2018 Of all refs for North London Derby its Mike Dean?! 😂😂😂— Lord of The Memes (@dejazimako007) November 27, 2018 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Mike Dean the ref on Sunday. Just like last season. And just like last season Gooners will spend all week crying about it & convincing themselves he’s a ‘Spurs fan’ and he’ll go the other way and give them everything. Just like he did last season.— Bateseyboy (@Bateseyboy) November 27, 2018 gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice Official !!!!…Mike Dean to officiate the North London Derby ….Loud fap sounds heard from Kane’s room— smallie (@msanii44) November 27, 2018 Dean may look like he’s channelling Alan Sharer, but it’s not what it looks like, Arsenal fans Breaking:-Spurs best player available for the north London derby— P™ (@Cechque) November 27, 2018 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mike Dean will make sure Tottenham leave the Emirates with all three points.— AbS (@absdadon) November 27, 2018 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer?last_img read more


first_imgDonal Cullen Independent Community Candidate Milford/Letterkenny area has called on immediate repairs to be carried out on a footpath from an area known locally as Hawk’s Lane to the Grey Rock Housing Estate in Milford. The issue was raised by the residents of the area when Cullen was on his canvassing trail.Cullen told Donegal Daily, “This footpath is atrocious and it is only a matter of time until there is submergence. “It poses a real danger to all who use it.“It is incomprehensible if this work was inspected and deemed to be up to standard, there are several feet of water in the drain below.“Sand bags are in place to fill up the space between the bottom of the drain and the actual footpath.“You wouldn’t need Hawk Eye to know Hawk’s Lane needs urgent repairs, the footpath is being supported by rusty metal bars and chicken mesh is used on the surrounding fencing. Cullen posed the question, why on earth was a proper drainage piping system not put in place when this footpath was being constructed?Cullen concluded, “The residents have waited long enough to have a proper and safe footpath on this stretch of road.“I will be contacting the Roads Section of Donegal County Council by letter and seeking a full explanation as to why this work was signed off on. CULLEN – “YOU WOULDN’T NEED HAWK EYE TO SEE HAWK’S LANE NEEDS URGENT REPAIRS was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Election 2014: Donal CullenMilfordnewsPoliticslast_img read more

Volleyball Earns AVCA Academic Honor

first_imgThe 2018 Bulldogs aim to build off that success when they open the season in Texas at Sam Houston State, August 24-25.  Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs were one of 163 NCAA Division I team to earn the honor and helped the Missouri Valley Conference be one of the most well-represented leagues in the nation with eight of the MVC’s 10 programs earning the honor. The honor marks the third time in the last four seasons Drake has earned a Team Academic Award and the sixth time in program history. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Story Links The Drake University volleyball team recorded one of its best seasons both on the court and in the classroom in 2017. As a result, the Bulldogs earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award from the national organization. AVCA Release The academic accomplishment came during a season in which the Bulldogs made history with their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearance since 2010. In addition to the MVC Tournament berth, the team’s 23 wins were the third most in program history and most since 2010. Also, the team’s 12 conference wins were the second most by the program in an 18-game MVC schedule. The Bulldogs also earned a pair of first-team all-conference selections, the first time the program had accomplished that feat since 1996.last_img read more


first_imgAn installation included in the prestigious Turner Prize Exhibition in Derry is to be situated at a number of Donegal-Derry border crossings.Shiro MasuyamaThe eyes of the art world may be on Derry as the city hosts the biggest celebration of contemporary art which is attracting artists and art lovers from far and wide.While the exhibits by the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize – the winner of which will be announced live from Ebrington on Channel 4 on 2 December next – are grabbing all the headlines, the exhibition also features a unique installation by a Japanese artist. Shiro Masuyama, who is currently based in Belfast, has created a special work titled “Borderline” incorporating emblems and paraphernalia representing both Britain and Ireland which is being showcased in a caravan based on the Ebrington site.The installation has been created as part of the City of Culture programme and will be placed at border crossings on weekdays throughout November and December before returning to the city for weekend viewings.The work aims to reflect both Irish and British culture as it is represented in Northern Irish society today, and the caravan will go on display at a number of border locations over the coming months, as Shiro explained.“I have converted the interior of the caravan into two parts, one half has a British design and the other half an Irish design. Many things which have either been used by the British or Irish character are also displayed symmetrically, British objects on the British side, Irish objects on the Irish side, as well as a half British and half Irish interior.” Shiro said when the caravan was on some borderline points between Derry and Donegal. he hoped to develop the project by talking to people on both sides of the border and adding objects and or correcting the display to the right direction.He added: “Since I started living in Northern Ireland, I’ve found it difficult to understand the particular differences between Irish and British culture in such a complex society. The idea of the caravan is to create a small museum to show the difference of each culture.”TURNER EXHIBIT TO “CAMP OUT” ON DONEGAL-DERRY BORDER CROSSINGS was last modified: October 24th, 2013 by johngerardShare 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:Derrydonegalexhibitturnerlast_img read more

Landslide which blocked road in Fintown may be cleared by tomorrow

first_imgIt is hoped that a landslide caused by a flash flood in Fintown is to be cleared by tomorrow.The flood occurred when heavy rainfall struck Fintown, Ballybofey and Stranorlar on Tuesday evening.In Fintown, around half a dozen homes and Norton’s pub were damaged by the flood, with the R252 connecting Glenties and Letterkenny being impassible for some time before Glenties Fire Service attended the scene and pumped the water away. This landslide occurred in the Meenasrone North area, with the road now inaccessible until it is cleared.Speaking to Donegal Daily, a spokesperson for Donegal County Council says; “The road at Meenasrone remains closed, high flood levels prevented access to the site of the landslide.“It will likely be Friday at best before this road can be reopened provided that we’re satisfied that there’s no risk of further landslides.”Photos by Una Mc Keown. Landslide which blocked road in Fintown may be cleared by tomorrow was last modified: June 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Fintownlandslidelast_img read more