LATEST STORIES On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ CEU coach Yong Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCentro Escolar University coach Yong Garcia was left with no words after his side absorbed a 78-56 beatdown against Cignal HD in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals on Tuesday.With the Hawkeyes firing in all cylinders and going on a 24-6 opening assault, the Scorpions failed to keep up and suffered the 22-point humiliation to go down 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT 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 National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal What’s in store for your animal sign this year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay “It’s so hard to win if we shoot the way we did, just 26-percent,” the mentor said in Filipino after CEU’s paltry 21-of-82 shooting from the field.Cignal’s defense was on point all game long, caging the Scorpions’ trifecta of guards in JK Casiño, Aaron Jeruta, and Orlan Wamar to a measly three points on a combined 1-of-26 shooting.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’Garcia said that the off-game from the trio should serve as a lesson as CEU seeks to bounce back and force a winner-take-all Game 3 on Thursday.“I told them that sometimes, they need to play decoy. They should know when to attack and when to pass up the ball. We got lots of forced shots earlier,” he said. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees JK Casiño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCasiño acknowledged that the Hawkeyes did a good job on containing the Scorpions, saying, “They were able to adjust on our plays and our individual tendencies. All of our shooters were shooting blanks.”But the veteran playmaker shared that the bad showing only motivated three guards to rebound stronger for Game 2.“We want to make an impact all the way. From the start, we have no expectations. Now that we’re here, we’re going all out. We want to make a statement that even though we’re not in the UAAP or the NCAA, we can still make an impact in Philippine basketball,” Casiño said.And Garcia vows that CEU will leave everything in the table on Thursday.“We won’t quit,” the coach said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The president of Journalists against Sexual, Gender Based Violence, Lawrence M. Fahnbulleh, has said that rape remains a threat to gender equality, women’s empowerment, peace and security of Liberia.At a workshop held yesterday at the Ministry of Gender in Monrovia, Mr. Fahnbulleh explained that gender based violence is not only widespread in Liberia but also in all societies.“Stigma and a continuing reliance on solving issues with communities have all contributed to low reporting, and the resultant inadequate provision of care for survivors, or action against perpetrators,” he said.Mr. Fahnbulleh further explained that the GBV does not only lead to physical and mental trauma, but it often carries long-term social consequences for survivors.“Around 15 percent rate of divorce occurs and 25.8 percent of wives are abandoned,” he said.According to him, the collective advocacy by the media and partners have contributed to the Government of Liberia and partners working to establish preventive and response system for rape and other gender based violent cases.“In 2014, 1,394 GBV cases were recorded of which 74 were rape with the number of reported cases lower than previous years of 2012 that reported 2,493 cases,” he said.The decrease in the reported cases in 2014 was largely due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, he noted, adding that rape is unfortunately accepted as part of gender relations.“This perception was made worse during the civil crisis, as SGBV was used repeatedly as a weapon of war against many Liberian women and girls, with the terrible violence they experienced up to now with them.“Child rape is the most prevalent form in Liberia and sometimes results in death,” he disclosed.Mr. Fahnbulleh explained that it is worth noting that these numbers do not represent the actual picture as entrenched cultural norms and community and family pressures prevent many cases from being reported.Major challenges in the fight against GBV, he said includes compromise of cases, refusal by parents or guardians to report cases, traditional justice system, and limited number of trained magistrates.According to him, effective mechanism to control rape includes the establishment of Sexual and Gender Based Violence Crimes Unit, Women and Children Protection Section, Criminal Court “E”, Mobile In Camera Trial Screen and the Gender Based Violence Unit of MOGSCP.He recommended that there must be a national conference, the objective of which is to review concerns, identify the gaps and challenges and dialogue with the community and identify solutions.Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is violence against a person on the basis of gender. It constitutes a breach of the fundamental rights to life, liberty, security, and dignity (self respect), equality (fairness) between women and men, non-discrimination and physical and mental integrity.
With barely 466 days to the holding of the 2017 elections, a prominent Liberian lawyer has cautioned his compatriots to guard against repeating history, highlighting Liberia’s infamous entry in the Guiness Book of Records for having had “the most fraudulent election in world history.”Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, a rights activist, said this kind of practice often leads to chaos and therefore, Liberians must avoid a repeat. He made the observation on Sunday when he spoke at a program marking Ricks Institute’s closing convocation where 47 students who completed the 12th grade were honored by the administration.Cllr. Gongloe spoke on the topic: “Keeping the Promise of Maintaining Peace in Liberia: An Obligation of All Liberians.”Gongloe recalled how Liberia’s fifth President Edward James Roye was brutally overthrown in 1871 for failure of the political establishment at the time to keep the promise of upholding the law, “because they were all driven by the greed for power.”He said President Roye attempted to illegally extend his term of administration, betraying the promise he made in his oath of office that he would uphold, defend and promote the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.“For so doing,” Gongloe said, “some politicians, some of who were lawmakers, opposed Roye and illegally removed him from office by issuing a manifesto along with the use of non-government armed militia. They, too, like President Roye, betrayed the promise of respecting the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.”“More disappointingly,” Gongloe told the gathering, “in 1927, President Charles Dunbar King manipulated the electoral process to illegally retain power. In the presidential election between King of the True Whig Party and Thomas J. R. Faulkner of the People’s Party, the result was a victory for King, who was re-elected for a third term after defeating Faulkner. “King obtained 243,000 votes, while Faulkner got 9,000 votes, when the total number of registered voters in that election was only 15,000. He, too, betrayed the promise of upholding the law and morally governing our country. He was a beneficiary of a corrupt electoral process introduced and managed by him,” the former Labor Minister said.According to him, the 1927 election is still recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the most fraudulent election in world history. “The vote was referred to as ‘the most rigged ever,’ and also made it into the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the most fraudulent ever,” Cllr. Gongloe told the gathering. He said following the election, Faulkner accused members of the True Whig Party government of using slave labor at home and selling slaves to the Spanish colony of Fernando Po, as well as involving the Army in the process. Despite the government’s denials and a refusal to cooperate, the League of Nations established the “International Commission of Inquiry into the Existence of Slavery and Forced Labor in Liberia” under the chairmanship of British jurist Cuthbert Christy to determine the extent of the problem. American President Herbert Hoover briefly suspended relations to press Monrovia into compliance.King and his vice president were later forced to resign. Another example of a rigged election, according to Gongloe, was recorded in 1987 when the government under then military Junta leader Samuel K. Doe, who headed the self-established National Democratic Party of Liberia, rigged the election against the opposition, headed by Jackson Fiah Doe, who was supported by the Liberia Action Party. He said although the 1847 Constitution of Liberia provided for the equal rights of all citizens, it was not until 1904 that the indigenous people were recognized as citizens of Liberia and it was not until 1946 that the indigenous, including the women, were allowed to vote and be voted for in election for public offices.This, he said, was another betrayal of the promise contained in the Constitution of 1847, that citizens would be treated equally.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
UPDATE: Both Mary Estelle and Kaetana Cardinal have been located safe and unharmed by police.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are asking for help in locating two missing female youth, who they believe could potentially be on the way to BC.Mary Estelle, 13, was last seen on September 6th at around 4:00 pm near the Grande Prairie Court House.- Advertisement -Estelle is described as: 130 lbs Brown hair Brown eyes Last seen wearing a white shirt and black jeans Aboriginal Metis Brown eyes Shoulder length brown hair 5’4″ Kaetana Cardinal, 12, was reported missing on September 7th by family.Cardinal is described as:Advertisement Police believed the two may be travelling together and may be headed to BC.If you have any information on Estelle and/or Cardinal’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701. You can also contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477..
1 Cheikhou Kouyate West Ham have been handed a major boost with the news midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate did not suffer a broken arm in training on Tuesday.There were major fears that the Senegal international could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he fell awkwardly during a training session and was taken straight to hospital.But a medical assessment showed there was no serious damage and he has been given the all-clear to resume training on Wednesday.The news will come as a major lift to under-fire manager Sam Allardyce, who is already missing club record signing Andy Carroll for the rest of the season with a knee injury.Allardyce was also pleased to see Winston Reid, James Collins, Matt Jarvis and Diego Poyet all back in training following their recent injuries and they should all be available for the big London derby against Tottenham on Sunday.
10.30PM latest: DONEGAL IS BEING pounded tonight with constant snow storms – the county’s worst snowfall for almost 30 years – and there is now a highly unusual ’emergency weather warning’.A spokesman for Met Eireann has confirmed the snowfalls of the last 24 hours have been the worst for decades – and it just keeps on coming with drifting in areas.And tonight roads are being closed as Gardai plead with people NOT to travel unless it is an emergency. Many of the main towns – usually the scene of Christmas party-goers – are empty. An ’emergency weather warning’ means people should not travel unless it is a realy emergency.A snow plough has broken down on the Mountain Road outside Carndonagh foricng the road to close.At least another 30 centimetres of snow if due to fall overnight with temperatures remaining at freezing giving little hope of a rapid thaw.Deputy Dinny McGinley says vast tracks of Donegal, especially in the south-west of the county from Ardara to Dunfanaghy, have been completed untreated. He slammed the NRA for not getting enough salt stocks into Donegal despite warnings as far back as a month ago.Meanwhile shops are facing a Christmas trading disaster and have blamed the Government for hanging them out to dry during the heavy snowfalls.As Arctic-like blizzards blow across the county today, businesses in Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Buncrana and Ballyshannon say trade is well down.Hopes that today would be the first busy shopping day of the last weekend before Chrissmas have been dashed as shoppers were stuck at home.And with the cold snap expected to last until well into next week, they say many shops could be forced to close their doors in the New Year. CEO of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Toni Forrester, said she was furious how the National Roads Authority had turned its back on Donegal.“We do not blame the council because they do not have enough salt and have to prioritise the roads they treat.“Letterkenny is one of the main shopping hubs of the North West and the town’s Main Street is like a skating rink because of the lack of salt provided by the NRA.“The bottom line is that for everyone €1,000 a business makes, it gives €210 of that back to the Government in VAT. The Government has let Letterkenny businesses and all other businesses in the North West down. “There is a lot of anger among business owners and Christmas was their one last hope at what has been a tough trading year for many. But many feel they are now facing an uphill battle to make the end of the year a profitable one.“The Government and the NRA knew this snow was coming. It was forecast but they didn’t prepare themselves and now businesses are paying the consequences,” she said.Many parts of Donegal were covered in up to six inches of snow as gales created blizzard-like conditions in many places.But with the National Roads Authority limiting the supply of salt, many roads have simply not been treated.Donegal County Council, which has just 1,000 tonnes of salt left, has been forced to salt just 370 kms of its primary routes compared with the 1,200 kms it treated last week.Senior Roads engineer Vincent Lynn said they have had no option but to contain the amount of salt they are using.“We have about 1,000 tonnes left and we have had to divide the roads into priority routes. We simply have no choice.“We are told more salt will be arriving by the middle of next week. We have done our best to get as much as we can,” he said.Killybegs Independent Colr Thomas Pringle says although the NRA told Donegal County Council it bought 80,000 tonnes for the region last July, only half of that was ever delivered.He added that huge parts of the county will now be cut off in the coming days and that the NRA will have to review their policy as a matter of urgency.In Ballyshannon and Bundoran, the army have come to the assistance of some schools with up to a dozen soldiers from Finner assisting in the gritting around schools.Ends10.30PM FRIDAY UPDATE: EMERGENCY WEATHER WARNING ISSUED – WORST SNOWFALL FOR 30 YEARS & MORE ON WAY was last modified: December 17th, 2010 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)
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Google Inc. is upping the ante in the online video gold rush, allowing content owners to set their own prices in a bid to create a more flexible alternative to Apple Computer Inc.’s pioneering iTunes store. Google’s planned video expansion, announced Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show, already has lined up commitments to sell thousands of downloads, including recent television broadcasts of popular CBS shows and professional basketball games, as well as vintage episodes from series that went off the air decades ago. A launch date for the expansion has not been released. “This is a historic meeting of established and new media,” Google co-founder Larry Page said during a keynote spech. Page drew a sellout crowd, a turnout usually only drawn by technology luminaries such as Microsoft Corp.’s Bill Gates, who has headlined the electronics show for 10 years. The video providers have the option of offering content on a download-to-own or download-to-rent basis. In a sign that content owners will likely pursue different approaches through Google Video, the National Basketball Association will sell broadcasts of its games one day after the event for $3.95. Meanwhile, public television staple Charlie Rose will post his interviews the day after a broadcast, allowing a free streaming for the first 24 hours then making it downloadable afterward for 99 cents each. Meanwhile, CBS is selling episodes of its popular “CSI” and “Survivor” series at the standard iTunes price of $1.99 per download. Although Google’s service allows content owners more pricing freedom, it isn’t necessarily as liberating for users. While all of videos downloaded through Apple can be transferred onto a portable player albeit only its own iPod for on-the-go viewing, that won’t be true at Google’s service. Google has developed its own copy protection technology that so far prevents content owners from moving their video downloads to a mobile playing device. In instances where the content provider adopts Google’s copy protection scheme, watching a video sold through Google will require users to be online so they can log on and view it via the company’s video player. CBS and the NBA are among the content owners adopting Google’s copy protections. However, if a content owner posts unrestricted video on Google, the user could move the video onto pretty much any portable device. Charlie Rose is among those offering unprotected video. In another distinction from iTunes, Google Video so far works only on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows-based PCs and not yet on Apple’s Macintosh computers. By relying on its own proprietary copy-protection technology, Google threatens to compound the frustration that some consumers feel when they buy songs from one online source like the iTunes store, only to discover the music can’t be played on an incompatible gadget such as Creative Technologies’ Zen player. Forrester Research analyst Josh Bernoff offered a possible explanation for Google’s decision: “It’s arrogance.” Page told a group of reporters after his speech that Google felt other copy protection schemes would not have worked as well as one made in-house. A majority of new media players and media centers, other than Apple’s and Sony’s devices, are built to work with Microsoft’s copy-protection technology a setup that most entertainment companies have embraced. “So now Google is telling Toshiba and others, ‘No, you have to implement ours.’ It’s just crazy,” Bernoff said. Other than that potential weakness, Google appears to be laying the foundation to become a future entertainment hub along with rivals Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft’s MSN, said Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin. Yahoo is widely expected to extend the range of its video offerings, although chief executive Terry Semel didn’t announce any new initiative on that front during a Friday speech at CES. “Yahoo and Google will both offer video, and I think at the end of the day, video is what the Web wants,” Semel said in an interview afterward. “The opportunities are quite large for all the Internet players.” At the show, Semel unveiled a software platform that he said would allow Yahoo users to view customized content, including video, on Web-connected televisions and cell phones. The Google Video Store, an expansion of a free-video service Google launched last year, marks the Web search engine leader’s first foray into a paid service. If Google’s Video proves popular, it could help the company lessen its dependence on Internet advertising, which accounted for virtually all of its estimated profit of $1.5 billion last year. Some industry analysts view Google’s lack of financial diversity as its Achilles’ heel. Hoping to build upon the popularity of its Internet-leading search engine, Google introduced its test version of its video service last June. Until Friday, it was almost exclusively a collection of home videos viewable for free through a live stream online. Despite its limitations, Google Video saw a 58 percent increase in traffic compared to the previous month, from 1.6 million to 2.6 million unique visitors, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. That accounted for about 3 percent of Google’s traffic in November. Besides programming from CBS, the NBA and Charlie Rose, the list of other video material that will be sold through Google includes: old episodes from “I Love Lucy,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Brady Bunch;” music videos from Sony BMG; and historic video from Getty Images.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “It’s the biggest marketplace of content that was previously offline and is now brought online,” said Jennifer Feikin, director of Google Video. Since Apple began selling video downloads for its iconic iPod in October, a flurry of companies have joined forces to distribute TV programming or other video content. The company says it currently offers more than 3,000 music videos and 300 television shows for sale. Google’s flexible pricing model sets its service apart. Apple dictates all the pricing in its iTunes store, charging $1.99 for each video download and 99 cents for each song downloaded. The restrictions already have caused considerable consternation in the music recording industry and eventually could trigger a backlash on the video side. With Google’s marketplace, content suppliers can name their own price, from zero on up. The content owners who charge for video downloads must share 30 percent of the revenue with Google.
A 24-year-old Lifford man who set up a €10,000 drug-dealing business at his home after losing his job as a plumber has been given community service and a suspended prison sentence for his crimes.Letterkenny District Court heard how Gda Derek Connaughton and his colleagues discovered a huge range of drugs after searching the home of Ben Quinn at Drumleen, Lifford, on Juy 20 last year.The raid took place after Quinn was stopped at Lifford Bridge and found to have drugs in his possession. Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that in the follow-up operation cash and drugs were found in the attic of Quinn’s home.This included €2,487 euros worth of cannabis herb as well as £1,610 sterling and 147 tablets.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that the haul between cash and drugs was worth close to €10,000.Quinn’s barrister Peter Nolan said his client had been working as a builder and apprentice plumber before losing his job.He said the wider Quinn family had been “mortified” by Ben Quinn’s actions.Quinn was now a father of an eight-month-old and had realised “the complete stupidity” of his actions.He had a favourable report from the probation service which included the view that Quinn was at low risk of re-offending.“What he did was idiotic to say the least,” said Mr Nolan.“This was a foolish attempt to earn easy money and as we all know there is no such thing as easy money and Mr Quinn is now paying the consequences of that.“He is trying his best to work again to support his partner and child. He is working two days per week in building work in the North.“He has learned his lesson and has shown remorse realising that he is looking down the barrel of a custodial sentence.”Judge Kelly said the offences were “anything other than a trivial matter.”The judge went on: “These are serious matters – the supply of drugs is one of the greatest scourges to affect this country.”He sentenced Quinn to 200 hours community service in lieu of an eight month prison sentence for supplying drugs and gave him a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, on a second charge of supplying drugs.He was also fined €400 for possession of drugs. The cash was forfeited to the State and a destruction order granted for the disposal of the cannabis and pills.SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE FOR ‘IDIOTIC’ DONEGAL PLUMBER WHO SET UP DRUG-DEALING BUSINESS was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Ben Quinncourtdonegaldrug dealerdrugsDrumleenletterkennyLifford
An understrength Donegal side were well-beaten by Down in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship quarter final today.Donegal manager Ray DurackRay Durack’s side never really got going and eventually lost 1-31 to 0-10.Donegal went in at half-time trailing 1-16 to 0-7 and the game was already over as a contest. HURLING: DONEGAL WELL-BEATEN BY DOWN IN ULSTER QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: June 15th, 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:donegalDownHURLINGUlster quarter final
Messi clutches his arm after landing awkwardly The injury could not come at a worse time for the 31-year-old, with a crucial Champions League game against Inter Milan in midweek followed up by the first El Clasico of the season against Real Madrid.Barcelona were flying before the injury, with Messi assisting Philippe Coutinho before curling in a delightful finish himself. The Barca ace appeared to feal over Vazquez’s leg before sticking his arm out to catch his fall.In doing so, Messi’s right elbow seemed to bend in the complete opposite direction in gruesome scenes.After receiving intense treatment from the concerned medical staff, Messi was eventually replaced by Ousmane Dembele.The doctors placed a bandage over his arm, but he was unable to continue and disappeared down the tunnel. 2 The 31-year-old was replaced by Ousmane Dembele 2 Lionel Messi has reportedly broken his arm after landing awkwardly during the LaLiga game between Barcelona and Sevilla.The Argentina superstar was substituted in the 17th minute after falling on his right arm during a tangle with midfielder Franco Vazquez.