The addition of the teams, which was officially announced on Tuesday in a press conference Tuesday at Shangri-La Hotel at Bonifacio Global City, expands the league’s reach in Asia.“We’ll be able to bring more exciting games for the fans. You’ll be able to see other stars in the region,” Ilagan told INQUIRER.net. “You’re not just confined in the Philippines then you get to appreciate other countries’ basketball culture as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIlagan believes it will be a “very competitive” season.“I think most if not all of our games will be down the wire this year. All the teams we have this year are very competitive. The addition of CLS Knights from Indonesia, Mono Vampire from Thailand, they are very established teams,” he said. “Plus, you add that team from China and the group from Taiwan who equally love basketball as we do.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nine ABL teams for the 2017-2018 season. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueA league record nine teams will see action in the new Asean Basketball League season which unfolds next month.Defending champion Hong Kong is expected to have its hands full with the entry of the Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, CLS Knights Surabaya of Indonesia, Nanhai Long-Lions of China and returning Mono Vampire of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade02:14Carpio 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The ninth season opens on Nov. 17. Alab Pilipinas begins its campaign on Nov. 19 against the Eastern Long Lions at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, bannered by reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and import Ivan Johnson, will be tested right away against Hong Kong, which will be led by Fil-German Christian Standhardinger and Thai-American Tyler Lamb.“It will absolutely be a tough game. They have a loaded team over there with Christian but we’ll do our part and be ready for our opening game,” said new Alab head coach Jimmy Alapag. ADVERTISEMENT ‘Not about numbers’: Slaughter looking to help Ginebra in any way he can MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles07:23SEA Games 2019: PH’s recognized poomsae team (MEN/WOMEN) l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There will be a special care because the SEA Games will be held in the country, but the dynamics have been put in place and we are on track based on our development program,” added Cayco.Currently, the national women’s pool includes Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat, Jasmine Nabor, Risa Sato, Mylene Paat, Aiza Pontillas, Maika Ortiz, Cha Cruz, Jia Morado, Denden Lazaro, Jem Galanza, Aby Maraño, Grethcel Soltones, Melissa Gohing, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, Majoy Baron and Kim Kianna Dy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Although Cayco didn’t confirm it, the men’s team is expected to overhaul the coaching staff and the roster after the team placed fifth in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.“In the women’s team, we will have small fine-tuning, but we will have more work on men’s team,” Cayco told the Inquirer.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 ChrissThe women’s team is hoping to at least medal in the biennial meet for the first time since taking the bronze in the 2005 Philippine edition.Now ranked 117th in the world, the country ruled the women’s side of SEA Games volleyball from 1977 to 1993. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volleyball officials are set to make big changes in the men’s national team but very little in the women’s squad, according to a top honcho Friday.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Peter Cayco convened the LVPI board and team officials to map out the plan for this year’s international tournaments, including the Southeast Asian Games, which the country is hosting in December.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES New year, new hair, new Phoenix deal for Matthew Wright View comments
The trial of a Ugandan citizen, Shirat Nelwadda accused of drug trafficking, turned sour on Friday, March 28, when she tearfully claimed that she was molested and stripped half naked by three male security officers at the Robert International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.Defendant Nelwadda is accused of smuggling 1.2 kilograms of heroin valued at US$30,000 through the RIA.She denied the allegation at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice, where she testified as defense first witness on Friday.In her testimony, Nelwadda alleged the officers threaten to post her naked photo on Facebook, if she refused to cooperate with them.“I was forced to allow myself to be stripped half-naked for the men to search me, because they claimed they were performing their duty as officers assigned at the Airport,” defense witness further alleged.Explaining about her arrest, the defense witness claimed when she arrived at the Airport from Uganda, she was searched with her suitcase by the men on two separate occasions and asked to leave the terminal.“When I was about to leave the terminal, the men called me back and said they were not satisfied with me and wanted to search me and my suitcase again,” she claimed. “This time I and my luggage were separated. I was taken into an isolated room leaving my luggage with them.”“It was in the room that I was stripped half naked and photograph by the men, who threatened to post it on face book,” adding “I have never been search at any airport by male officers. This is strange; I was ill-treated and molested by the men.”After she returned from the room it was when she was told by the officers that they discovered the parcel containing the drug in her luggage.“I was searched twice and they did not find anything like drug in the suitcase. It was the third time and in my absence they accused me of travelling with heroin.”“I’m not a drug dealer and I have never seen it in my life. I only came to Liberia based on an invitation from my boyfriend,” the defense witness said.Narrating on prosecution allegation that she attempted to escape the country, while on bail, Nelwadda alleged “at no time did I try to secretly leave the country.”She, however, explained after she was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), she was released by the Court and her traveling documents including luggage and passport returned to her.“They did not tell me I should not leave the country or released on bond. I thought that I was released.”She alleged, when she was released she decided to rent a hotel, where she would be residing, until she can get in contact with her family in Uganda to send her air ticket.After her family sent the money, Nelwadda claimed, it was when she went to RIA to leave the country.Unfortunately, upon arrival at the RIA, the defense witness said, she was arrested by the DEA.They asked how I managed to be released; she replied “I told them that it was the court that freed me from prison and gave me back my travelling documents. I can’t break jail.”“I even gave my phone for them to contact the court or security officers [to ask] how I managed to get out of jail,” she added.She claimed she was denied food for three days while at the headquarters of the DEA.“I can’t eat rice. I can only eat fruit and vegetables, but the DEA officers for six days kept me hungry, while I was detained at their office.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
When representatives of countries belonging to the Organisation of American States (OAS) met last week to vote not to recognise the legitimacy of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro’s new term in office, most Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries abstained from a vote.This has since caused a regional debate on the matter and brings to question again whether the regional body, which represents 15 countries, has any strength and unity. But former Foreign Affairs Minister Rashleigh Jackson posits that the vote was based on national interests.While St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Dominica voted against theFormer Foreign Affairs Minister Rashleigh Jacksonresolution, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, The Bahamas and Haiti voted for it. Meanwhile, St Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Belize, and Grenada all abstained from the vote.“This was done based on how they perceived their national interest. And there is certain uniqueness about this situation. It wouldn’t take any country especially with such a general issue to vote without thinking about its national interest,” he told Guyana Times.While he believes the split vote among Caricom countries does not necessarily point to a division, he opines that many may have deliberated on the fact that they should take a no-interference stance. However, he said adherence to principles should have been considered.“Why… because of the severity of the internal issue within the country (Venezuela). But you can’t expect all the groups to vote the same way on various issues. In some cases, there is going to be diversion for national interest, which used to be a common thing,” he observed.But Jackson is also of the opinion that countries should consider more often a reflection of regional position rather than a diversion within the group on particular issues like these.“More often it’s a reflection of a common regional position rather than the divergent of the group on particular issues. I think Caricom is based on solid set of common interest, but it comes a time when the interest and different positions are taken by different countries,” he added.Asked whether he thinks that these sister Caricom States will back Guyana, should the border controversy with Venezuela intensify, the former Minister says he thinks they will.“I think they will back us; Caricom is in favour of Guyana’s general principle of territorial integrity. I have faith in the unity of the Caricom, certainly in relation to Guyana’s territorial integrity.”In 2017, the majority of Caricom countries abstained from a vote at the OAS as the body approved a resolution calling for an extraordinary assembly to vote on suspending Venezuela from the group. The resolution was spearheaded by the United States.The OAS’s general assembly voted with 19 Member States in favour, four against and 11 abstaining, to take the first step to suspending the South American nation.Back then, Guyana, The Bahamas, Barbados, and Jamaica supported the resolution, while Dominica and St Vincent and the Grenadines voted against the measure.However, Belize, Grenada, Haiti, St Kitts-Nevis, St Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago were among the 11 Member States that abstained during the vote.The OAS has expelled only two nations in its history. Cuba was forced out in 1962, and Honduras was suspended briefly following a 2009 military coup.The ban of Cuba was lifted in 2009, but the island country rejected rejoining the Organisation.The recent resolution was taken at the level of the Permanent Council of the OAS, and when the dust from voting had settled, 19 voted in favour of the resolution, six were against it, with eight abstentions and one member completely absent.According to the resolution, the OAS would not recognise the legitimacy of Maduro’s new term as President. The resolution also urges Member States to use lawful, diplomatic, economic and financial measures to restore democracy to Venezuela.Among other things, it also calls for new free and fair elections to be held. The resolution notes that the 2018 election failed to meet international standards and it lacked legitimacy.The resolution also seeks “to invite Member States and Permanent Observers to implement measures to address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and impacted countries, through the support to appropriate international and regional organisations”.
…says accusation a political gimmick by APNU/AFC“It would appear as though these political operatives would go at any level to smear my good name which I have maintained throughout my public life from the commencement of my career as [a] teacher”– Brentnol AshleyRegion One Chairman Brentnol AshleyThe Region One (Barima-Waini) Chairman, Brentnol Ashley, has refuted an article published in sections of the media which alleged that he sexually assaulted a 22-year-old special needs man.In a statement to the media, the Chairman said he believes that the accusation is being instigated by the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government officials in the region who have been continuously targeting him.“From my entry into politics in 20l5, I have been subjected as a young man to all sorts of attacks on my character. These attacks intensified after the 20l8 Local Government Elections in which the APNU/AFC suffered a massive defeat in Mabaruma. This allegation is intended to diminish my effectiveness as a leader of the PPP and also Regional Chairman in light of the impending national elections,” Brentnol said.The Chairman assured the residents in the region that the allegation is a mere attempt to stain his name and is false and wholly malicious.He added that he has since contacted his lawyer who is presently examining the best way forward. Brentnol explained that the allegation is a “direct result of the desperation of the APNU/AFC clique, who is faced with defeat all around them, especially with the successful no-confidence motion which necessitates the Government having to face new elections at which they will be defeated again”.The Chairman further went on to say that just recently the members of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) experienced racist treatment by the new APNU/AFC Regional Executive Officer who was sent from Georgetown.“It would appear as though these political operatives would go at any level to smear my good name which I have maintained throughout my public life from the commencement of my career as [a] teacher,” he said.In an article published in another section of the print media, the Chairman was accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old man, who has a mental issue and was under his care.
… 3 candidates shortlisted for position By Vahnu ManickchandAfter months of finding himself constantly buried in controversies, the embattled Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Dr Veerasammy Ramayya, has resigned from the post.Ramayya tendered his resignation on August 10 to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, giving notice up to September 15, according to a statement from the Ministry on Tuesday.Region Six REO, Dr Veerasammy Ramayya“Consequent to his resignation, the Ministry acknowledged receipt of the notice and expressed heartfelt gratitude to Dr Ramayya for his service to the Regional Democratic Council and the people of Region Six,” the Ministry stated.Since his appointment, calls have been mounting for the embattled REO to be removed from his post over his apparent incompetence. In fact, a no-confidence motion was set against the REO last year at the Council’s statutory meeting and was passed in November with a 16:8 majority vote.Moreover, Ramayya was said to be at loggerheads with several officials within the regional administration. He was accused of poor performance and not attending the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meetings. Additionally, the regional Councillors have complained of not being paid their travelling allowances, while contractors have been waiting on payments for months.To add fuel to the fire, the REO, back in May, imposed a limit on the amount of fuel to be issued to Regional Vice Chairman, Dennis DeRoop, who also heads the Regional Works Committee. A few weeks later, he had a standoff with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Amsterdam Hospital, Colin Bynoe, whom he had accused of assaulting him when he visited the hospital.The situation had gotten so out of hand that even the A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU’s) lead RDC Councillor, Samuel Fraser, was very vocal at the May statutory meeting and made no hesitation in joining calls for Ramayya to be removed from the position of REO.“The previous REO, I understand used to remain in the office in the afternoon to get his work done and even on weekends. We cannot have our administration on TV discussing politics. The President (David Granger) said that the election period is over. We need the REO to be in his office doing his work… I support all that you have been saying,” Fraser stated.More recently, Ramayya was accused of abandoning his post last month and travelling to the United States without informing the regional authorities. However the Communities Ministry had clarified that he was on leave.Ramayya had resigned from the Alliance For Change after the APNU/AFC coalition won the May 2015 General and Regional Elections and was not given any position within the new administration. However, he subsequently rescinded his resignation after he was offered the REO job in Region Six.In the meanwhile, the Communities Ministry assures the people of Region Six that no effort will be spared in ensuring the replacement REO possesses administrative skills to deliver effective leadership to the region in the provision of services.To this end, the Ministry announced that three prospective candidates have since been shortlisted and the process of selection will commence shortly. Guyana Times understands that one of the candidates being considered for the position is Deputy REO, Claude Henry, who is also the former Mayor of the New Amsterdam municipality.
Gary Hilderman took second place, crossing the line in 37:13, and Dawit Feyissa was third in a time of 39:03.Davide Loro finished fourth. He clocked in at 45:44, while fifth went to Darren Guliov at 46:16.Sixth place went to Sam Keats as he finished the race in 48:09. Adam Currie took seventh in 49:50, and Robert Sapp was eighth. He had a time of 51:00.- Advertisement -The Blizzard Bike Club will have another mountain bike race this evening at 7 p.m.
A hurd of horses are set to be heading this way.Thursday, the Hythe Mustangs will arrive in Fort St. John to take on the Senior Mens Flyers.- Advertisement -This will be the fourth and final time the two teams clash this season, with Fort St. John winning two of the three previous games.During those three games, Fort St. John has outscored the Mustangs 22-16. An interesting fact, two out of the three games resulted in each team recording a 7-5 victory.Thursday’s game will take place at the North Peace Arena and the puck drops at 8:30 p.m.
Napoli have signed Poland star Arkadiusz Milik as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain Napoli have beaten Leicester and Everton to the signing of Poland star Arkadiusz Milik.As talkSPORT told you last month, the Italian club had lined up the 22-year-old as a potential replacement for Gonzalo Higuain.That news had come as a blow to the two Premier League clubs tracking him, who were priced out of the move with Napoli having money to spend following Higuain’s £75.3million sale to Juventus.And the Stadio San Paolo club wasted no time reinforcing their front line by moving quickly to land the Ajax forward, who starred for his country at Euro 2016.Milik, who hit 21 goals in 31 league outings last term, was presented to Napoli fans ahead of their friendly clash against Nice on Monday night. 1
The oyster cages at Linsfort Beach.The Save Linsfort Beach campaign has hit out at claims that the Donegal farmer behind a controversial oyster farm has been subjected to vile online abuse.Derek Diver said he merely wants to provide jobs in the area but has been the target of a hate campaign on social media.The Save Linsfort Beach campaign say they in no way condone any form of abuse online but have reiterated their opposition to the oyster farm at the stunning Inishowen beach. This is the full text of their statement. “We wish to reiterate that we do not in any way condone online or any other abuse on either side of the current debate about the Oyster Farm and we monitor our Facebook page constantly to ensure that no inappropriate comments are posted.“Any abusive comments from both sides of the debate are removed immediately. We would also like to clarify for the record that our issue is with the Department of the Marine who have failed in their duties in the way that the licence applications have been assessed and issued.“Despite how it might appear to Mr Diver, the focus of our campaign is not on the developer, because he seems to have complied with all of the Department’s requests and is now in the unfortunate position of having to defend his actions. “The real issue is that the location of this Oyster Farm is completely inappropriate and has not been properly considered by the Department of the Marine in awarding the licences.“The lack of public consultation has cheated the local and wider community out of its right to participate in any debate about the rights and wrongs of this application. The campaign is trying to reclaim this right by raising it as a local and national issue and not allowing the Government to dismiss our genuine grievances.“The new Government Draft Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development proudly talks about the need for openness, transparency and proper planning involving all stakeholders as if it has invented a new concept. There has certainly been no transparency or openness in how the Department handled this application and the apparent lack of due diligence casts major doubts on how the licence was granted:The Department of the Marine seem to have gone out of their way to ensure that no public consultation was carried out.The legislation requires a notice to be published ‘in a newspaper circulating in the vicinity of the location of the proposed aquaculture’. The Department recommended the Donegal Democrat which has a circulation of approx. 100 copies in the entire Inishowen area, which has a population of 40,000 according to the last census. “The notice wasn’t specific about the exact location – it simply stated ‘Lough Swilly’ which has a coastline of approx. 80 km and could have been on either side of the Lough.“The notice wasn’t specific about the species – it stated ‘Oysters’ and not specifically Pacific Oysters which are known to be invasive and would possibly have alerted the scientific community.“Notwithstanding the vagueness of the published notice, a public consultation process would have been legally required under EU Regulations (Aarhus Convention) because of the close proximity to the Lough Swilly SAC if the Minister had not waived the requirement for an EIA. The reasons why this requirement was waived were listed in his Ministerial Determination but it is difficult to see how he could have objectively come to this conclusion given the factors to be considered.‘The nature and scale of the proposed aquaculture activity’ This is a large scale enterprise both by local and national standards. It will cover 42 acres which is the equivalent of 21 football pitches along a total length of almost 1.25km of foreshore. This would be enormous if it were an industrial development so why is Aquaculture considered to be any different?‘The limited magnitude and extent of the direct impacts arising from the proposed aquaculture activity’This will have a direct impact on the local residents and visitors who use the beach on a daily basis. It is also hazardous to wildlife.‘The absence of any protected structures or recorded monuments in the area of the proposed aquaculture activity’“There is a Promentory Fort on the foreshore at Mount Paul directly adjacent to this enterprise and this is a recorded national monument which has a legally protected status. Did the Department consider this as part of their assessment?‘The low population density of the surrounding area’This is a densely populated area, both directly behind the foreshore and in the immediate vicinity of Linsfort and Desertegny. The nearest town of Buncrana is 4 miles to the South and has a population of approx. 4,000. Inishowen has a population of 40,000 of which the majority are situated around the coast and Derry is only 15 miles away.‘The low visual impact of the proposed aquaculture activity’I could forward some photographs of the spectacular views from the beach but these simply do not do it justice and it has to be seen to be fully appreciated. 42 acres of rusting steel would have a huge visual impact on any site never mind a pristine sandy beach.‘The minimal impact on recreational use of the adjoining foreshore’The beach will become a no-go area for recreational users. Who would want to look at or allow their children to play in such close proximity to 42 acres of rusting steel cages and oyster waste? How is this a minimal impact?“The significance of any one of the items listed above is grounds to require a complete EIA to be carried out but when all of these factors are taken together, it is astounding that the recommendation of the Department’s Screening Group was to determine that an EIA wasn’t required. Interestingly, there has been a plethora of similar Ministerial Determinations for aquaculture developments all around the coastline in the past 3 years (available on the Department’s website). The Department does seem to make it very easy for these licences to be granted without too much fuss. It also helps that the Environmental screening group is not an independent group but made up of Department employees including department engineers who had been advising the licencee from the start of the process.“Local Councillors have stated that the Local Authority was not notified as part of the consultation process but this needs to be formally verified by Donegal County Council. If this is found to be the case, then the Department has not carried out due diligence under the regulations in relation to consultation.“Finally, Failte Ireland and the Government are doing a great job promoting the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ as a tourist attraction and this has been acknowledged in glowing reports from well-respected and influential travel writers from abroad.The following quote from Jeremy Irons taken from ‘Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way’ on RTE is particularly pertinent in capturing the sense of injustice at the incredible lack of vision displayed by the Government in making their decision and shows what others think of this National Treasure and what this enterprise is putting at risk.“If you want to really know the Wild Atlantic Way, you have to stop the car, probably come on a bicycle, and really follow your nose, because the secret places are always on the seaside, because the coast is such that you won’t have the main road clinging to the coast, you’ve gotta walk, or you have to cycle.“This is gold-dust and should be dealt with really carefully, with great intelligence, because it is one of the last remaining wild outposts of Europe.”BEACH CAMPAIGNERS CONDEMN ONLINE ABUSE TOWARDS OSYTER FARM DEVELOPER was last modified: August 12th, 2015 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)