The competition started back in July and will finish at the end of this month with the finals.There are six A grade men’s teams and six U20 men’s teams taking part.Teams are from all along the Aroma Coast from Paramana to Kapari.President of the CPL, Jack Kedea said following the completion of the competition, there will be a new concept called the District Origin games.He explained that the top players from the Abau district will be split into two teams and play three games.He said a squad of 40 will be selected after this for the train on squad for the Central Chiefs team that will enter the Digicel Cup competition next year.
Jerwin Ancajas poses with MP Promotions Joe Ramos. Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas —After displaying his ferocity as a fighter, Jerwin Ancajas unraveled his gentle nature—and class—on Saturday night.Ancajas knocked Mexico’s Israel Gonzalez out in the 10th round, and, instead of celebrating right away, went over to his fallen enemy to find out if he’s all right.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 For now, however, Ancajas is looking forward to a two-week respite back home, something well earned for masterful demolition of Gonzalez has put him among boxing’s elite.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This honor is not for me alone, but also for the Filipino people,” Ancajas said in Filipino.It was a rude awakening for the 21-year-old Gonzalez, who was also hoping for a grand entry into boxing’s mainstream.“It was a tough fight. I wasn’t expecting this result,” said Gonzalez, who dropped to 21-2 with eight knockouts.“It was a great experience and I will bounce back.”Back in his locker room, Ancajas bared he drew inspiration from the attention Pacquiao, his idol and benefactor through MP Promotions, has been giving him.They talked late Friday night, with the eight-division world champion and Philippine senator giving him encouragement before praying over him.On Saturday, Pacquiao advised Ancajas to shun the pressure of being compared to him, to relax and do his thing in the ring.Best yet to comeAccording to chief trainer Joven Jimenez, however, Ancajas wasn’t at his optimum best against Gonzalez, giving him a seven with 10 being the maximum.For revered promoter Bob Arum, who signed up Ancajas to a three-fight deal with an option to extend, the southpaw’s fourth straight knockout victory over title challengers was an excellent performance.As such, expect Arum to pit Ancajas against other renowned 115-pounders in more lucrative fights within the year. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Gonzalez beat the count, but when Ancajas floored him anew with an overhand left, Puerto Rican referee Rafael Ramos finally halted the bout at the 1:50 mark.Gonzalez launched an attack in the fifth round only to be repelled quickly. The Filipino had won all the previous rounds before the stoppage.The 26-year-old Ancajas, hailed as the second coming of Manny Pacquiao, raised his record to 29-1-1 with 20 knockouts.For countryEver humble, Ancajas said the victory wasn’t only for him to savor.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘Gonzalez needs more experience’ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In so doing, the new Filipino sensation not only retained the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown at American Bank Center. He also enthralled the fans inside the venue and the viewers from the United States and worldwide.Ancajas lived up to the hype and dominated the game but overmatched Gonzalez, stressing a point with a flash knockdown right in the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe pride of Panabo City, now residing in Barangay Ramirez in Magallanes, Cavite would have settled for a shutout victory, but found an opening and went for the kill in the fateful round.Ancajas staggered Gonzalez with a snappy right jab then sent the Mexican down again with another hard left straight. LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments
View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “Actually, first day of practice, we already knew he wasn’t in top shape because of the wear and tear from nine months of playing at Gilas, to ABL, then PBA,” said Austria.“He doesn’t want to miss any practices. Everyday he’s there, but yesterday, we forced him to stop, to be absent in the practice for another check-up.”Standhardinger is uncertain of when he’ll be able to play.Though, he’s not keen on skipping the 3×3.“I dont know yet. The knee’s better. We’ll see day-by-day,” saif the 6-foot-7 forward, who will be teaming up with TNT’s Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy and GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle in the 3×3.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial But the Fil-German doesn’t seem to be too worried about his health status with his concern on the 3-on-3 tournament which will be held here at Philippine Arena in Bulacan from June 8 to 12.“I just cant worry about that. I go hard. I do what I’m supposed to do to get stronger and be fine,” he said after the Beermen beat the Gin Kings, 104-97, in overtime at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’m hoping that I can really rest so I’m gonna be fine. We have a lot of games soon and also we have the 3×3 and that’s obviously very important,” he added.SMB head coach Leo Austria said the wear and tear after seeing action in international tournaments for Gilas Pilipinas and in the Asean Basketball League and now the PBA took its toll on Standhardinger. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Klay Thompson plays through pain in Game 2 win for Warriors Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot even a right knee injury could deter Christian Standhardinger from still wanting to represent the Philippines in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup.Standhardinger had already missed San Miguel Beer’s much-anticipated duel against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday due to a swollen knee.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 “I’ll do everything in my power to play 3×3. That’s very important for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
…over stall allocationThe Bartica United Youth Development Group (BUYDG) is threatening legal action against the Bartica Mayor and Town Council (BM&TC) if it does not address the lack of transparency in the process it utilised for the allocation of stalls in the commercial district.The BUYDG said that the Council recently constructed seven stalls at the Bartica Market and it displaced a number of vendors who were supposed to be given priority when it came to allocating the stalls. However, family and friends of those on the Council was given first priority.“It is unfortunate enough that applicants for seven new stalls recently built by the Bartica Mayor and Town Council feel betrayed and short-changed that a transparent process was not used in the issuance of these commercial locations. It is even more heart-breaking to see that those issued these very stalls are either family members or very close to some of those seated on the Council,” the Group said in a statement.The BUYDG explained that it became interested in the stall allocation process after a differently abled vendor, Winston James, was denied a stall. It added that James has been vending outside the Bartica Market for over two years and applied for one of the stalls but was denied.“Like other vendors, Mr James applied for one of the new stalls constructed by the Bartica Council. He had been vending with an umbrella and a small table in front of the Bartica Market for more than three years and pays a fee for doing so. Mr James is disabled. He is in need of a hip replacement surgery and as such, is not able to move around much and uses crutches. Vending has been his main income and with that he cares for his family.”BUYDG President Micah Williams related that he personally took James to the Mayor’s Office to apply for the stall and was told that all the requirements were met.“The Mayor declared that persons who were occupying spots and relocated to accommodate the building of the stalls would be given first preference to acquire the stands in the same manner that they were occupying their spots. Lo and behold, Bartica residents saw persons known to them winning these stalls. Persons occupying the spots were not given first preference and to date, applicants are unaware as to how those “friends and family members” of Councillors won those stalls,” Williams said.“The BUYDG will be seeking a meeting with the BM&TC to have this matter addressed. If the matter is not addressed at this level, the BUYDG will waste no time in seeking a High Court ruling that the issuance of the stalls were illegal and to have them reversed,” he added.
– Govt criticised for contracting companyIn light of Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited being pulled from the Specialty Hospital Project (SHP) after it was blacklisted over fraud and corruption practices by the World Bank, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Coalition has come under fire for bypassing the transparent process to handpick the India-based company to complete the project.In November last, Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Fedders Lloyd – one of the original bidders in 2012 – to construct the facility. The coalition had explained that in the interest of time and without any tendering process, it approached Fedders Lloyd, which was willing to complete and fully equip the medical facility with the remaining US$13.8 million of the US$18 million Line of Credit from the India Exim (Export-Import) Bank.However, in April last the New Delhi-based company was blacklisted by the World Bank under its fraud and corruption policy as set forth in the Bank’s Procurement Guidelines or the Consultant Guidelines.According to the World Bank’s website, the company has been sanctioned from April 6, 2016 to April 5, 2020 for breaches of the institution’s procurement guidelines in 2004 and in 2010. The guideline, 1.14(a)(ii), under the heading ‘Fraud and Corruption’ states “fraudulent practice is any act or omission, including a misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation.”Further examination of the World Bank’s notes on the debarred firms and individuals, it explained the company will have to adhere to certain conditions during the period of sanctioning before it can be allowed to work on projects financed by the institution.“The period of ineligibility of Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited extends to any legal entity that they directly or indirectly control. The company is ineligible to be awarded Bank-financed contracts for a period of four years. At the end of the Period of Debarment, the Respondent and the Sanctioned Affiliates may be released from debarment, provided that they have met corporate compliance conditions, cooperated with the WBG (World Bank Group) and fully complied with the terms of the NRA,” the report on the Bank’s website details.This situation has opened the floor for mounting criticisms against the Guyana Government over its selection of the company despite objections from various sections of society. Leading those protestations of the contract being awarded to Fedders Lloyd, was the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition which had contended that the company was never the second best bidder in the tendering process in 2012, as claimed by the coalition.In fact, the party had disclosed that the company was disqualified because of certain inconsistencies in its submission to the local Tender Board, a report which the current government contended was a lie.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, an inside source of the PPP/C pointed out that had government considered the advice and warnings from the Opposition, this situation would not have arisen and the project would have avoided further delays.The party source explained that there were attempts by government to use a PPP evaluation, that they had always claimed was corrupt, and misrepresent that evaluation to justify the award of this contract.The PPP official further noted that in effect, the coalition administration had single-sourced the contractor. The Opposition party source further alleged that government’s decision may have been influenced by the fact that the company had financed the party as well as individuals.Fedders Lloyd is said to have close ties with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who had legally represented the company back in 2012 when it claimed that it was cheated out of the contract to build the Specialty Hospital.At the time when the contract was awarded to the India-based company, political commentators Ramon Gaskin and Dr Henry Jeffery were vocal over the lack of transparency surrounding the new arrangements for the construction of the controversial Specialty Hospital.When contacted on Saturday, they noted they are not surprised at the fact that the contracting firm has been sanctioned by the World Bank especially since there was complete lack of transparency in the award of the contract to it.Gaskin told this newspaper that Fedders Lloyd is no good in the interest of Guyana; just as the first India-based company, Surendra Engineering, was not.“Surendra was no good – we had a lot of problems with them in terms of money – and Fedders Lloyd is no better… These foreign contractors are bad news,” he asserted.The political commentator posited that Ramjattan had pushed for government to use the Fedders Lloyd because it is “his people” and so they went ahead without undergoing the proper procedure.“Fedders Lloyd should not have been allowed to go ahead even after Surendra pulled out because that whole tendering should have been done all over again,” Gaskin stated.On the other hand, Dr Jeffery outlined that it was unfortunate that foreigners had to become involved in the matter for the right thing to happen. “People have been saying that the contract should have gone to open tender but government failed to do so,” he said.Nevertheless, Dr Jeffery noted that Guyana wins in that the project will now rightfully go to tendering and this should be a lesson learned for the coalition government.Both political commentators also underscored the need for the APNU/AFC administration to take steps to have the Public Procurement Commission established.
Sevilla star Stephane Mbia Everton and Crystal Palace could miss out on free agent Stephane Mbia after he was offered a deal in the United Arab Emirates.Holding midfielder Mbia, 28, is available on a free at the end of the season as he sees out a short-term deal with Sevilla.Both Everton and Palace have made their interest known for the former QPR player, but reports are coming out of France that they could be pipped by a lucrative UAE offer.L’Equipe claims the Cameroon star has had talks with Al Jazira, who are managed by former Belgium international Eric Gerets. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Colored floodlights change with the intensity of the music – blue for a gentle violin passage, white for a strong passage. Three thousand feet of extension cords connect them all to a circuit board in the garage. Speakers in the front yard play Christmas tunes. A low-power digital FM transmitter about the size of a computer mouse broadcasts the tunes to visitors’ car stereos. “I work with three-second grabs of the songs, go through and sequence it,” Williams said. “You can have a lamp ramp up, ramp down, flicker, shimmer, go on, go off.” Operated from a laptop computer on a program called Light O Rama, the light show accompanies an hour and 17 minutes of music in MP3 files. Interspersed among the songs are bits of conversation from the Griswold characters in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” which is a Williams family Christmas tradition. Since the light show started Dec. 3, Williams has been adding more lights and adjusting how they respond to the music. “I’m still working on it,” he said. This is the first Christmas for the synchronized holiday music. Last year, his display had more lights – about 20,000 – which resulted in a December electric bill of about $600. This year, he expects the bill to be about $300. “Before, it was a matter of quantity. Now it’s gone to a matter of quality,” Williams said. But he expects to expand again next year, replacing the flood lamps with theatrical lights and adding a Christmas tree with 38,000 lights. “This year, I started the day after Thanksgiving. Next year it will be the day after Halloween. It will be twice this size,” Williams said. The display can be viewed nightly through New Year’s Day at 41465 Manzanita Drive, south of Avenue M-8 and west of 60th Street West. Hours are 5:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – At Rick Williams’ house, 8,000 computer-controlled Christmas lights shimmer, flicker, blink and change colors, synchronized with holiday tunes ranging from “Feliz Navidad” to “Christmastime is Here.” Grown from a few illuminated front-yard holiday figures, Williams’ display has turned into a year-round hobby of planning, building and programming: Sequencing the lights to the music took 60 hours at a computer; installing and connecting them, three solid weekends of work. “This is something I always wanted to do,” said Williams, a regional computer technician for a national distributor. Red, green, blue, white and orange lights cover trees and shrubbery, hang from the eaves and line the roof and windows of the two-story house. Lighted candy canes stand alone on one side, and a Christmas tree and illuminated toys occupy the center of the yard.
PIMPS and prostitutes are moving into Donegal as a crackdown on the sex trade in the North comes into force, campaigners have warned.There has been more than a 50 per cent rise in online sex trade activity in counties Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim and Louth in recent weeks, according to a study by the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI).Laws making it a crime for anyone to pay for sex came into force in the North today, June 1 after it became the first region in the UK to back a ban late last year.Brian Killoran , chief executive of the ICI, said the border counties now face being used as a “safe haven” for sex traders in the absence of a similar ban by the Dublin government. “The initial indications are that those who run prostitution have been feeling the heat of Northern Ireland’s new laws even before they came into force and have been switching their operations to the south,” he said.Under the North’s legislation, anyone caught paying for sex faces up to a year in prison and a fine of €1,300.The Immigrant Council of Ireland says profiles on escort agency websites linked to counties just over the border have soared in the four weeks leading up to the new law.In Donegal, there were 24 escorts advertising their services at the end of May compared to 14 at the beginning of the month. Denise Charlton, anti trafficking consultant with the ICI, said the overall 51% increase is a clear trend of prostitution moving over the border.“Now the law is a reality we expect to see this to increase even more,” she said.“This is in line with international experience where successful laws in Sweden and major cities in the United States have pushed prostitution and organised crime into neighbouring jurisdictions.“We need an all-island approach to put pimps out of business.”The Immigrant Council is one of 72 organisations is campaigning for sex buyer laws in the Republic.Proponents argue it will tackle human trafficking but critics say it will only drive prostitution further underground. Mr Killoran has urged the Garda to monitor the increase in online sex trade activity.“It is also essential that the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, honour her commitment to publish sex buyer laws here and that we join the North, the US, Canada and Sweden in shutting down the organised crime behind prostitution,” he added.HOOKERS AND PIMPS MOVE TO DONEGAL AHEAD OF NORTH’S SEX TRADE CRACKDOWN was last modified: June 1st, 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:HOOKERS AND PIMPS MOVE TO DONEGAL AHEAD OF NORTH’S SEX TRADE CRACKDOWNIMMIGRANT COUNCIL OF IRELAND
Makumbi puts pen to paper with Mbarara City. Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–Mbarara City had coach Richard Makumbi has ended speculation over his future signing a new contract committing him to the newly-promoted club until 2018.Makumbi has coached a host of clubs in the country including Soana BUL FC, Fire Master, Scoul, Bunamwaya (now Vipers), and Victors FC, and is responsible for bringing up to about nine of them to the Uganda Premier League from the lower divisions.He played a big role for Ankole Lions to gain promotion to Azam Uganda Super League. Mbarara City beat Synergy 2-1 in the second division playoff final to secure promotion to the top flight for the first time.“I am very happy to have signed a new contract,” said Makumbi.“We worked extremely hard to have the team’s promotion to azam Uganda super league, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at top flight league.”Mbarara City has so far played three pre-season build up games against Express, Ntoda FC and Vipers, security a win and two draws. Comments
MOST READ My heartfelt gratitude to every person who has been part of my basketball journey!! Most especially to our Lord who makes all things possible 🙏 It’s now time to move on. My heart is full. #17 signing off… pic.twitter.com/BeuGJKObXz— Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu) January 8, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Derrick Rose sorry after ‘kill yourself’ remark The 33-year-old Tiu walked away in style after delivering a career performance in what turned out to be his final PBA game. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Chris Tiu is saying goodbye to basketball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Tiu on Tuesday officially announced his retirement, ending a fruitful basketball career highlighted by a UAAP championship, a national team stint, and a PBA title.Tiu hanging up his sneakers was expected after already leaning towards retirement following Rain or Shine’s last game of the 2018 season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion READ: Tiu delivers career game in possible swan songThe former Ateneo star erupted for a career-high 30 points to lead Rain or Shine over NLEX on November 3.Tiu, a true class act on and off the court, played six seasons in the PBA all with the Elasto Painters, who was selected seventh overall in the 2012 draft. He won his lone crown in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening