Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil De La Hoya would love to see another Pacquiao-Marquez fight LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures as he arrives to a news conference during the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MOSCOW — The boys soccer team in Thailand rescued from a flooded cave this week has been invited to FIFA’s annual awards event.FIFA President Gianni Infantino says they will be invited to come to London, where the world’s best player prize will be presented on Sept. 24.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 READ: Thai cave boys, coach invited to Spain to see football heroesThe 12 boys and their coach were asked to attend the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. They were unable to accept for medical reasons, after being rescued between Sunday and Tuesday to end a two-week ordeal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Infantino says FIFA will look at involving the team in another soccer event, possibly in Thailand.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse reacts after he was knocked down by Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANMANILA, Philippines–Now that he’s rediscovered the thrill of a knockout victory, Manny Pacquiao is looking at no less than stopping his fancy American foe Adrien Broner when they clash on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.“The fans loved it, so why not try for it again,” Pacquiao told philboxing.com after another gruelling workout in Hollywood that prompted his head trainer and best friend Buboy Fernandez to say that he has already reached 100 percent in shape.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES ‘Misunderstood’ Terrence Romeo putting issues behind as he starts new journey with San Miguel No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “And now I’m here fighting Pacquiao. I never thought in a million years I’d be here,” added Broner who vowed to get his career straightened up for the biggest fight of his career.But he mustn’t get his hopes high.Pacquiao said that after flooring Argentine tough guy Lucas Matthysse for the WBA welterweight title last July in Kuala Lumpur, he had developed a renewed hunger for sensational triumphs.“I have to maximize the opportunity,” said Pacquiao. “I forgot how much fun winning a fight by knockout until I stopped (Mathysse). It felt great to win that way.”For Pacquiao, it’s his glorious career coming in full circle as he will fighting at the MGM Grand Garden, the site of his sixth round KO of Lehlo Ledwaba in June 2001 which catapulted him into superstardom.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments A spectacular win against Broner would raise the stocks for the planned rematch between him and Floyd Mayweather for the sequel of their 2015 mega-fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Not that Pacquiao has a beef against the Broner, a rough and troubled former world champ who was just out on bail.“I have nothing personal against Adrien Broner,” said the 40-year-old Pacquiao. This fight is strictly business. He makes me laugh. He knows how to sell himself and to sell a fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMeantime, Broner appeared on All-Access, a three-part series produced just for the fight, that he had an epiphany to focus on boxing while sitting on a jail cell not long ago.“”I made up my mind that day that if God let me out of here, I’m gonna box,” said the 29-year-old native of Cincinnati.
Lofa County District#4 Representative Hon. Mariamu B. Fofana has submitted for enactment a bill entitled, ‘An act to establish the National Disaster Management Agency, Republic of Liberia.’The bill was presented Tuesday, November 11, the 19th day sitting of its extraordinary session on Capitol Hill.The draft law intends to create an independent institution that will manage disasters, including wars, epidemics, landslide, flood, fire, sea erosion, windstorms, and rainstorms.“Having realized the numerous occurrences of natural disasters in Africa and the increased frequency and magnitude of hazards such as floods and sea erosion in Liberia, have given the impetus for a National Disaster Risk Management Policy for Liberia,” Rep. Fofana’s letter said.“This impetus is also driven by a need to reduce the risk related to these hazards as results of high vulnerability from over 14 years of war, poverty and low human and physical capacity.”The letter added: “Unfortunately, the level of preparedness to such disasters is inadequate leaving the country highly vulnerable to the consequences of disaster.”After the Act’s submission in plenary, a motion was filed by Montserrado County District#10 Hon. Julius F. Barrian that the Bill be turned over to the committees on Ways, Means and Finance, Judiciary and Internal Affairs as lead committee for an advisement in about two weeks. The motion was unanimously carried.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has extended its Constituency Break by one month, beginning Tuesday, November 12 to Friday, December 12, 2014.The Certificate of Extension from the Lower House was moved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Results of a 1978 World Bank commissioned study entitled “A Survey of Small Scale Liberian Enterprises” led to the eventual creation of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Department under the umbrella of the National Investment Commission.Among other things the study revealed a whole gamut of problems small Liberian businesses faced daily. The problems ranged from the lack of adequate record keeping systems, a high tax regime, daily harassment by a host of local functionaries including health inspector, Fire Service officers, Commerce and Finance Ministry officials, lack of incentives, access to credit, etc.The main idea behind the establishment of the SME department therefore was to help create and build a class of small Liberian entrepreneurs who could eventually balloon into owners of medium and large business and by and large succeed in breaking the chokehold of foreign businessmen on the Liberian economy.The 1980 military coup d’etat however interrupted plans of expansion and a combination of factors including poor management, corruption, political interference etc, served to stymie the growth of what would have otherwise been a vibrant class of Liberian entrepreneurs with knowledge and skills of how to successfully run a business.The announcement therefore by LBDI President John Davies that the Bank, in 2019 will shift its focus to lending to the agricultural and manufacturing sectors provides hope that under his leadership the Bank will seek to address itself to problems posed by non-performing loan portfolios held in the main by Liberian borrowers.In the opinion of this newspaper, efforts should be applied to determining casual factors responsible for such non-performance which some say is endemic to Liberian borrowers. While such views may hold true in many cases, they however apply more to borrowers who enjoy elite status than the ordinary small scale businesses most of who operate in the informal sector.As studies have shown, a key driver of the Liberian economy is the informal sector whose varied activities basically keep the economy alive and kicking. The Bank must show itself adaptable to changes which would encourage a healthy engagement with the Liberian Marketing Association (LMA), for example.A random survey of fees collected at the various market places just in and around Monrovia alone shows that the LMA effectively generates over one million US dollars monthly. But how such monies are accounted for is entirely another issue, suffice it to say however that there is tremendous potential out there waiting to be tapped. This is not to mention potential of the various informal savings and loans associations (Susu) around the country.The Bank could also give a thrust to Agricultural cooperatives around the country by providing them access to credit and other financial services. By partnering with these local bodies, financial services provided could very well serve to enhance the growth and expansion of agricultural activities and boost food production.From the backdrop of experience of other countries, lending institutions are often adverse to providing credit for food production. Lending to the agricultural sector has been mostly for cash crop production whose export value are subject to the vagaries of price fluctuations and unequal terms of trade.This new initiative, therefore, should not be biased towards the movers and shakers in society. Rather, they should be inherently biased towards Liberian entrepreneurs, large and small alike. Lending policies should as such be non-discriminatory but yet biased towards medium and small businessmen and producers.It is all about creating a level playing field to do business which means the breaking up of monopoly cartels currently exerting a strangle-hold on the import of essential commodities particularly rice, the nation’s staple.This newspaper is, for example, convinced that the LMA, just from daily collections, has the potential to supplant Lebanese rice importers who enjoy a monopoly to their unfair advantage and to the disadvantage of millions of Liberians most of who live below the poverty line.Clearly this will be a tough challenge but is one which must be faced. The LBDI, in reacting to these challenges, may likely find itself competing against the likes of such financial giants such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) a World Bank subsidiary which is now undercutting the local commercial banks by its policy of direct lending to the Kinjor Gold Mines (Aureus Gold) including parastatals such as the Liberia Electricity Corporation.These are all reasons why the LBDI, as the country’s oldest lending institution, newly declared policy shift to lending to the agricultural and manufacturing sectors should be considered as a challenge to lift Liberians out of poverty by developing their productive capacity and potential. This is a challenge from which it cannot and dare not shirk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A man is now dead and another is in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital following a two-lorry smash-up at Providence, East Bank Demerara.Dead is Dhanraj Datturam, 51, of Lot 146 Marshon Street, Annandale, East Coast Demerara, while the identity of the injured man, of reportedly the same address, remains unknown.According to reports, the accident occurred around 04:30h.This publication understands that one of the trucks was travelling along the East Bank Highway when it hit the other vehicle, which was parked a short distance away from the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The two men were pulled from the wreckage and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Datturam succumbed.The injured man is said to have sustained severe injuries to his left foot. He was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.It is still unclear what caused the driver of the truck to lose control of the vehicle.Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
1 Morgan Amalfitano West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed Morgan Amalfitano will continue to train with the club’s youth side following a training ground bust-up.The Frenchman has reportedly been told to stay away from the Hammers’ Chadwell Heath training base altogether after a ‘breach of rules’.And now Bilic has seemingly signalled the end of the former West Brom and Marseille star’s career at Upton Park – sparking speculation Saint Etienne will come in and rescue the 30-year-old.“He’s not back training with the first-team. He’s not in the first-team anymore,” Bilic said during his pre-match press conference.“I have to protect the team. My first job is to protect the team and keep them as a unit. If I feel that someone is damaging it in that way I have to react and I have done that.“It was not a brawl in front of the players it was quiet meeting between the two of us. I had to do it to keep the harmony.”Amalfitano joined the east London outfit last season but struggled to stamp his authority on the Premier League, making only 17 appearances.
“We knew if we could get by them we’d have a chance to score,” Jennings said. “That’s what happened with James. … Some people say we don’t have speed, but today we made it happen.” The Monday night stage has provided some of the best moments in Favre’s career, from the incredible game in Oakland following the death of his father, to his game-winning pass to Antonio Freeman in overtime against Minnesota. Add this to the list. It was the Packers’ first win in six trips to Denver and their first overtime win on the road since Dec. 12, 1983, at Tampa Bay, in Howard Cosell’s last television broadcast. The Broncos (3-4) sent it into overtime with a drive that began at their own 7 with 2:27 left. Out of timeouts, the field goal unit scrambled onto the field and Elam calmly nailed the kick, just as he did two months ago when the Broncos ran the same fire drill to beat Buffalo as time expired in the opener. “It’s tough. Come down there, tie it up and have a chance to win,” Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler said. “First play, they win it. That’s Brett Favre.” Favre, who had only thrown 20 passes for more than 20 yards all season as the underneath game flourished, had butterflies when Elam tied it up. “I was nervous as heck,” he said. “I haven’t been in too many overtime games. We got the ball and I figured we probably had one chance. If we don’t go down and do something, this is probably it. Don’t screw it up, whatever you do.” Now Favre is 6-1 for the third time in his career. In 1996, Favre and the Packers parlayed a similar start into their Super Bowl title. The Packers also started out 6-1 in 2002, when they finished 12-4 but were done in by injuries and bounced out of the playoffs in the first round by Atlanta. Looking nothing like his 38 years, Favre outshined Cutler, widely considered the only passer in the league whose arm strength can rival his. Favre finished 21-for-27 for 331 yards and a 142.4 passer rating. Cutler was 21-for-34 for 264 yards. Favre also drove Green Bay 98 yards for a field goal, and the Packers, last in the league in rushing, found a ground game against the NFL’s worst run defense. Ryan Grant came in when DeShawn Wynn went down early with an injured shoulder and gained 104 yards on 22 carries. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On the first play following the kickoff in overtime, Favre connected on an 82-yard touchdown pass with Greg Jennings and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Denver Broncos, 19-13, on Monday night. “I feel like I’ve been on some better teams, but it’s hard to doubt this team,” Favre said. “That was fun. I can’t wait to watch the tape.” Denver had tied the score at 13 on Jason Elam’s 21-yard field goal as time ran out in regulation, setting the stage for yet another Favre comeback. Green Bay won the coin toss and on the first play, Jennings was matched up in man-to-man coverage on the left side. Favre, who threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to James Jones in the first half, hit Jennings in stride at the Denver 40. Cornerback Dre’ Bly had no shot at catching the speedy wide receiver who trotted into the end zone as Favre rushed to celebrate Green Bay’s first 6-1 start in five years. It was the second-longest TD pass in NFL overtime history. On Nov. 10, 1985, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski and wide receiver Mike Quick combined on a 99-yard play. NFL: Packers QB throws 82-yard TD pass to beat Denver in overtime. By Arnie Stapleton The Associated Press DENVER – Graybeard Brett Favre certainly isn’t running low on arm strength or signature moments.
The Palos Verdes Estates Police Department has contracted with a local nonprofit to create a computerized map of the city to assist the agency in emergency planning. Palos Verdes on the Net will plot evacuation routes, emergency provision locations and public utilities, as well as other critical infrastructure. The maps also will pinpoint the residences of doctors, medical experts and people who operate ham radios. The maps can be as simple or complex as necessary to fit the user’s needs. Each category will be created on a separate layer of the database, so users can view just one element such as sewer lines or, alternately, maps with several layers that show fire hydrants, landslide areas and horse populations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“These maps will give us all this information at a finger’s touch,” Police Chief Dan Dreiling said. “We’re working with Neighborhood Watch to formulate committees to find out specific information for each zone,” such as who is CERT trained. Dreiling said he believes the maps will be posted on the Web. But information that is not public will only be available to city and emergency personnel. “Parts will be accessible to everyone, but others might not, depending on their sensitivity,” Dreiling said. The database is expected to cost about $6,000 to create and will be completed by early spring. “We use volunteers and interns and we’re a nonprofit,” said Ted Vegvari, director of the Rancho Palos Verdes-based organization. Vegvari said a private contractor could charge five times more than what the nonprofit is offering to develop geographic information system maps. Most other cities in the South Bay use GIS programs to catalog information on everything from curb repairs to crime stats. “We use (GIS) a lot to get planning and zoning information,” said Bonnie Shrewsbury, GIS analyst for Manhattan Beach. “A lot of our public works are on there, like where our sewer lines and water lines and storm drains are. Shrewsbury said she was pleased to see Palos Verdes Estates moving ahead with the project. “Sometimes agencies talk about doing it but then don’t move ahead,” she said. “Hopefully, it will encourage others to use it and share the information.” Gardena’s Web site includes maps of neighborhoods and crime stats. Residents can view where crimes have occurred in relation to their homes. The Palos Verdes Estates maps will focus on disaster preparedness and emergency response, not zoning and crime information. “We want to be able to see how things might interact with one another,” said Mike Martinet, coordinator of the Redondo Beach-based Office of Disaster, which oversees emergency plans for 14 South Bay cities. GIS maps can be beneficial to help plan evacuations, Martinet said. For example, one school’s disaster plan had students evacuated to an open field. However, a GIS map revealed the field was adjacent to a plating plant with hazardous chemicals. “We would have been moving the children into potential danger and not away from it,” Martinet said. “That’s the benefit of a map like that.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It’s a major move on the part of the Air Force to make such a significant request,” he said. The Pentagon’s proposed budget eliminates the C-17 Globemaster III once the current contract for 180 planes runs out in 2008. It provides about $300 million to mothball and store the tools and machinery used at the Long Beach factory that assembles it. Southern California lawmakers have vowed to get Congress to replace funding for the C-17s, and Colonna said Tuesday that the fact that the Air Force semiofficially identified the purchase of more planes as a top priority bodes well for their efforts. The document, released to Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday, lists $2.4 billion for “National Defense Airlift Fund Capability Upgrades” as the Air Force’s top request. That includes, according to the memo, funding for seven C-17s as well as four C-130Js and other equipment. Tom Modica, Long Beach manager of government affairs, said city officials were told that about $1.6 billion of the request would be directed to C-17 purchases. Colonna and Long Beach lobbyist E. Del Smith described the memo as a silent message to Congress from the Pentagon: We can’t ask for the money outright, but we sure would like it. “This will satisfy Sen. John McCain,” Smith said, noting that the Arizona Republican is a stickler for only funding items that have been authorized and that the Pentagon wants. Boxer spokesman David Sandretti said the senator wants to see the Air Force purchase 42 aircraft – not just seven. But, he said, “This is a significant development because the Air Force has stated in no uncertain terms that this is one of their top priorities. Unfortunately, the budget writers in the administration didn’t get that message.” Colonna and Smith said that while the Air Force memo bolsters the case for C-17s, it doesn’t solve the problem of finding the money. “That’s what’s in play now,” Smith said, adding, “It’s very much up to (Senate defense appropriations subcommittee chairman) Ted Stevens.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Officially, the Pentagon has decided to end production of Boeing’s C-17 transport aircraft. Unofficially, it wants $1.6 billion to buy seven more of the planes. An Air Force wish list released to members of Congress this week ranks the purchase of seven new C-17 cargo planes as No. 1 among 16 items the Air Force most wants but has no money to buy. “It’s very, very significant,” Long Beach Councilman Frank Colonna – in Washington, D.C., lobbying to keep the C-17 line alive – said of the memo titled “FY 2007 Unfunded Priority List Executive Summary.”