Azkals score home win

first_imgBACOLOD CITY—Playing in his home pitch, Patrick Reichelt struck in the 78th minute as the Philippines subdued Singapore, 1-0, late Tuesday night to open its AFF Suzuki Cup on a winning note at Panaad Stadium here.Reichelt, the standout winger of Ceres-Negros, broke through the Singapore defense after brothers Phil and James Younghusband combined on the right as the Azkals finally unlocked a tight and compact Singapore defense.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “It’s amazing, scoring at Panaad and getting the three points to start the tournament,” said Reichelt. “We had some problems at the start, but we changed the game in the second half. James (Younghusband) helped us a lot and we made everything quicker.”The goal was a fitting reward for the pressure put in by the Azkals right from the start. The home side bossed possession, but couldn’t seem to find that final ball to break down the Singaporeans.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 ChrissStephan Schrock was excellent on the left and debutant Patrick Strauss also sparkled in midfield, holding his own against Singaporean star Harris Harun.More importantly, the Azkals picked up three points in what was considered as a potential banana skin for them. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Aside from Strauss, other newcomers were Curt Dizon, Stephan Palla, Joven Bedic and Adam Reed.Dizon and Bedic are capable of delivering even off the bench.Palla has plenty of experience playing in Europe but has been in and out of the squad due to injuries.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 MOST READ Gabuco, Petecio ready for medal quest Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown They also gifted coach Sven Goran Eriksson a victory in his debut.“We’re happy we got the three points, but it was a difficult game,” said Eriksson. “Singapore was playing direct and they were very difficult to defend. But tactically we made some changes and we showed good fighting spirit.”Meanwhile, this year’s Suzuki Cup could see some breakout performances from a slew of newcomers for the Azkals.Eriksson named six players who made Suzuki Cup debuts with most of them expected to rise to the challenge as the tournament overlaps with the Fifa international window.“I think we have depth at almost every position,” said consultant Scott Cooper. “There’s been a lot of competition in the squad and it can only help us improve especially with a big challenge in front of the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Mother, Son Found Guilty of Murder

first_imgThe abstention of three of the 12 member jury of Criminal Court ‘A’ last week could not save Madam Kou Saye and her son Ziekal Gbokolo from being found guilty of killing Faith Gee.The incident took place in December 2014, in the 72nd Community, outside of Monrovia.The controversial decision came after the jury had stayed in their chamber deliberating for over two hours before returning with their verdict.Nine members of the jury informed the court that the defendants were guilty, while the remaining three abstained.Before the verdict, Judge Boima Kontoe told the jurors that they were required to “fully and carefully examine the testimonies and physical evidence to arrive at your verdict. It is your duty to discuss the case with each other in your deliberation to reach a verdict.”The case started when the prosecution alleged that in the early hours of a day in December 2014 in the 72nd Community in Paynesville, Faith Gee, also known as Bob Blue, was on his way from an all night church service, when co-defendant Saye and her son Gbokolo saw him and began to scream “Rogue! Rogue!” Later, the prosecution said, they attacked him with a 2 by 2 plank and cutlasses, inflicting several injuries on him from which he bled profusely and later died at a local clinic.Besides Madam Saye and her son, several others, including Arthur Kassay, John Moore, Andrew Kartay, Saah and Ma Ruth – who are still on the run – after hearing the noise, jumped out of their houses and began to assault Gee. Co-defendant Arthur used the back of a cutlass and slapped Faith twice on his back. He later dragged him to a basketball court, before the victim was picked up by other church members, who took him to a local hospital.Judge Kontoe has up to a week to announce their punishment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Respect for Rule of Law Must Run Parallel to Maintenance of Peace

first_img– Advertisement – By David K. DahnLet it be made immediately obvious that during this electioneering period we all must remain assertive in our thoughts but non-abrasive in our actions. The sobering message being sent out there is that respect for the rule of law in any country by everybody and the maintenance of peace must take place in parallel.From the security standpoint, when public confidence in the judiciary seems to perceptively be at the verge of eroding, it is worrisome that lawlessness becomes the recourse for self-pacification. I heard and read what was, without an interpretation, the overt expression of disappointment beyond measure, regarding the ruling of the Supreme Court, particularly in the case involving Honorable Harrison Karnwea. From the court of public opinion, that Honorable Karnwea was in substantial compliance with the Code of Conduct(CoC) and that his action (not to resign within the period of two or three years as required by CoC) was  a non-egregious violation, reflected a crystallized rationalization for tested disrespect for the rule of law. The justification, as proffered by the public opinion from sundry quarters rest on the fundamental question: “Can a court render an accused guilty and yet he does not deserve a punishment from the court?” This brings me to the elementary argument of why punishment is instituted. I recollect many years back from my civics class the voice of my teacher resonating to me that “punishment is intended to discourage undesirable act”. The flashy un-paradox antithesis to this statement, in my settled consideration, is that when we fail to punish, we encourage undesirable acts.Ranging across public opinions, I thought to mull through the following from a wide range of comments which I really cherry picked for the purpose of this articulation.“The judgement and attitude of the Supreme Court have undermined the role of the Code of Conduct,” asserts Senate Foreign Affairs Chairman, H. Dan Morais, Senator for Maryland County (Daily Observer Vol.17 No.140 Friday, July 28, 2017).Nimba County District # 7 Representative Worlea-Saywah Dunah recently described rulings by the Supreme Court of Liberia as a setback for the rule of law in the country. The House’s Judicial Committee chair was fast to indicate that the High Court had ruled twice on the Code of Conduct; that the law is valid and constitutional, adding “it is shocking for the Court to have ruled in contrast to the very law it said was constitutional.” (Focus Vol.6 No.134, Friday, July 28, 2017).As for the Human Rights Lawyer, Cllr Tiawon Gongloe, his comments were simple, “we cannot disagree with the ruling of the Supreme Court but you can express your opinion on its verdict. In this case, I am disappointed….”(Phoned in Conversation, ELBC Bumper Show, Wednesday July19, 2017).In its editorial comments, titled “Supreme Court Defend Your Integrity,” the Daily Observer writes inter alia, “If not the first in Liberian history, this is the first time the National Legislature has planned making use of provision in the 1986 Constitution to impeach the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices. Moreover, despite reports of corrupt practices in courts across the country, there has been no day ordinary people will criticize or say anything that will ridicule the supreme Court. Now that such unusual talks and perceptions are arising at this critical time of election in our country, we feel it is about time that the High Court manages its reputation and integrity to continually be seen as an impartial and independent body with stake in politics.” (Daily Observer Vol.17 No.140, Friday, July 28, 2017).From evidence based observation, when a court renders a verdict that favors a party litigant, ‘high fives and thumbs up’ are given to the court. We at times melodiously hear the old time Sunday School rhythm ‘My Lord has done it again….” On the contrast, when the opposite occurs (when adjudged guilty) it becomes “a sad day in the history of the judicial system of the country, the judge is perceived to have rendered error of judgement and the judge is viewed also as a bribe taker, etc.” Why are all these discernment regarding the court’s ruling so alarming at this point? The answer is found in one word: ‘election.’ My attempt at this point is not to validate the rightfulness or defectiveness in the hypothesis of others regarding their perception on judicial outcomes at this time in our country. Instead, my attempt is to find a peace dividend out of our political or partisan leanings as we engage each other during this short period of electioneering. I call it short because Liberia exists over 170 years as a sovereign state and the election period runs actively for about 70 days (from the beginning of campaign to the casting of ballots). Can we afford to break the peace we have so laboriously worked for over the faded years? Can we allow a period of 70 days to break the friendship we have built over the years? Can we allow the joy of belonging to a nation slip away for just an event in our national history? Is it not foolhardy or far from the wisdom of reasoning that in a race of twenty, only one will sit at the apex of what I call “the political pyramid”? Liberia will remain Liberia in the presence of any winner and more so, forgive me if I may become a momentary naysayer, Liberia will still remain Liberia even if all twenty presidential contenders are eliminated today by ‘force majeure.’Over the years I strongly believe, as a united people, we stood together in transforming conflict in our land, intermittently prevented potentially violent conflict along the way and rebuilt peace and confidence among our people who suffered humiliation due to our intrastate war and the deadly Ebola virus. During this election period let us all, despite our political differences, extend the message of peaceful coexistence to schools, workplaces, marketplaces, to intellectual fora, and newsrooms, to households, playgrounds, and to places of worship. So, the daunting task before each of us during this short politically charged period is to unite our strength of nationhood in order to make peace a practical reality for the children of this and future generations. To achieve this, we must be tolerant to each other, obey the guiding rules of the game and stay in our endearing space of political ideology.About Author: David K. Dahn is Liberia’s Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs. He can be reached via; and +231(0)886-568-666; +231(0)775-546-683Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Authorlast_img read more

RPA calls out GRDB over Panama rice mix-up

first_imgThe Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) is flaying the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) along with Agriculture Minister Noel Holder following Panama’s rejection of several containers of rice.The RPA said the responsible parties should take immediate measures to have the situation rectified.The authorities in Panama rejected several containers of rice following a mix-up with the shipment. One of the reasons for the rejection is that the shipment contained parboiled rice. There were more than 700 tons of parboiled rice packed in 20lbs bags in the containers.The RPA said it boggles the mind to even contemplate how over 700 tons of parboiled rice could have passed through the various quality and quantity checks and customs inspections and arrive in Panama, which is a white rice import market.“The contracted party (the seller) is the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) for this particular market. The GRDB, in order to fulfill its contractual obligations, purchases rice from millers in order to supply this market. Notably, the GRDB charges millers US$8 per unit for inspection and to certify the quality and quantity supplied.The rice is even checked during the processing at the mills by the GRDB. The bags are then packed into the containers under the watchful eyes of the GRDB officers, samples are then taken and sent to the GRDB Head Office laboratories that are ISO certified, along with the number of the containers and the containers’ seal numbers.Further, the final sample is used for the preparation of the export grade certificate. The GRDB is the buyer of the rice from the millers, the agency is also responsible for certifying the quality and quantity and they are the contracted party to export to Panama,” the RPA said via a statement on Friday.Panama is currently Guyana’s best market with the best price and according to the Association, this fiasco has the potential to threaten the continuation of selling to that market, which would be a great financial loss to the farmers. The RPA said the GRDB can also lose its ISO certification, which will be a further blow to the rice industry.last_img read more

Easy fixes for electronics for daylight-savings time change

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cell phones: Verizon and Sprint phones will automatically change three weeks early. T-Mobil, Cingular, SBC and AT&T phones will need to be manually adjusted. VCRs, DVD players, coffee makers and clocks: Like years past, they need to be changed manually. DVRs: If you subscribe to TiVo or a similar service, the systems will adjust themselves. Make sure you weather the daylight-saving time change without missing any appointments. It’s not as hard as you think: Windows computer: If you have Windows Vista, no worries. Otherwise, visit and click “Daylight Savings” to see whether your computer needs to be updated. Apple computer: If you have Mac OS X version 4.5 or newer, you’re fine. If you have Mac OS 9.2 or older, change the clock manually. For in between, go to and search for “Daylight Savings” to get the right upgrade. Hand-held devices: Go to the device maker’s Web site, including and to find downloadable patches. last_img read more

Thibaut Courtois ‘concerned’ ex-Chelsea bosses could replace Julen Lopetegui

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow He has since taken digs at the Premier League side, claiming he is surrounded by better players.With Real struggling and set to sack current boss Julen Lopetegiui though, he is now seeing the club heavily linked with appointing Conte or Mourinho, his previous managers at Stamford Bridge.And, according to El Pais, Courtois is now concerned he will have to play under one of them again.“I cannot believe it,” he was been reported as saying to his team-mates in the dressing room.“Here I am the only one who has worked with Conte and with Mourinho. I left London to not have to go through something like that again and now it turns out that Conte comes, and if not, Mourinho.” 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY REPLY REVEALED center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Courtois is believed to have hated Mourinho’s psychological approach, while he also disliked Conte’s strict regime in west London.It’s also suggested the Belgian has offered up national team coach Roberto Martinez as a possible replacement for Lopetegui as he enjoys his ‘fatherly’ ways in the dressing room. REVEALED BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is concerned he will soon be coached again by one of Antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho, according to reports in Spain.The Belgian moved to Los Blancos in the summer, forcing his exit from Chelsea to be closer to his family. shining Thibaut Courtois is said to be unhappy Antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho could replace Julen Lopetegui. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move last_img read more


first_imgDonegal is home to many bird coloniesTwo Irish wildlife charities have pleaded with parents to keep their children under control around bird colonies including Donegal this summer.The Irish Wildlife Trust and BirdWatch Ireland, are urging people to visit Ireland’s magnificent coastal and island bird colonies this summer but to ensure that birds, their nests and eggs are not disturbed.The two organisations have issued a joint code of conduct highlighting the fact that all breeding birds in Ireland are protected under the Wildlife Act 1976. They have asked that people keep their distance, even though many coastal birds seem quite tame.Ireland’s coastal habitats and islands are among the most important areas in Europe for breeding seabirds such as Puffins, Cormorants, Razorbills and a variety of gulls.Breeding grounds such as on Tory and Arranmore, the Saltee Islands in Wexford, Ireland’s Eye in Dublin and the Skelligs in Kerry are among our most amazing wildlife spectacles and thousands of people visit them every year.IWT Campaigns Officer, Pádraic Fogarty, says photographers and children are the biggest offenders. “Last year we received a number of complaints about a minority of people behaving inappropriately, such as photographers walking among Gannet nests and children chasing birds.“These are amazing places to appreciate our wildlife but people need to remember that they are protected sites and that disturbing birds is against the law.”Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland said Ireland’s seabird colonies are amongst the finest in Europe and offer a wonderful opportunity for nature-lovers to see these special birds at close quarters and to get a glimpse into their otherwise hidden lives.“ We would urge visitors who go to watch this spectacle always to put the welfare of the birds first and to ensure that they don’t cause any disturbance or distress to them during the nesting season.”  PARENTS ASKED TO CONTROL CHILDREN AROUND DONEGAL’S BIRD COLONIES was last modified: April 30th, 2013 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:bird coloniesBirdwatch Irelandchildrenlast_img read more

Santa Fe Springs: Different as day and night

first_img160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Daytime population refers to the number of people, including workers, who are present in an area during normal business hours, in contrast to the resident population present during the evening and nighttime hours. The numbers are no surprise to Leslie Hamrick, chief executive officer for the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce/Industrial League. Santa Fe Springs has more than 3,000 businesses. “The city was built for commercial development,” Hamrick said. “We’re bordered by two interstates and have many surface streets that connect with the surrounding communities. We really don’t see traffic jams in Santa Fe Springs.” In fact, Hamrick and others say they think the Census Bureau estimate is too low. They believe the number ranges from 80,000 to 100,000. The U.S. Census Bureau determined the number of people working in the city based on a random sample done in the 2000 census, said Mike Bergman, spokesman for the U.S. Census Bureau. SANTA FE SPRINGS — By night, Santa Fe Springs is a small community with less than 18,000 residents. But during the day, this little city comes to life and the population swells to 61,265, an increase of 251 percent, the fifth-highest percentage growth in the nation among communities of 10,000 and above. Only the populations of Commerce, El Segundo, Greenwood Village, Colo., and Tysons Corner, Va., have higher percentage growth during the daytime. The findings come from the first-ever U.S. Census Bureau estimates of the daytime population for more than 6,400 communities in the country with the use of data from the 2000 census.center_img As part of questions from what is called the “long form” given to one in six households, people were asked for their place of work and where it’s located, Bergman said. Santa Fe Springs’ strength as a commercial and industrial city is a good thing said, George Schumacher, owner and president of Penta Pacific, a Santa Fe Springs development company since 1969. “(Santa Fe Springs) is a powerful economic engine, because it creates a tax base,” Schumacher said. “When (the workers) spend money whether in the shopping center, for gasoline or in the local restaurant, it generates a productive flow of sales that helps support the city.” Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham said the large numbers of people who come to Santa Fe Springs during the day has a mixed effect on the city. “Our business community is fairly substantial and how we define ourselves,” Latham said. “It’s vital to our survival.” But the large numbers of employees also require city services. “It has a tremendous impact on our infrastructure from water to streets to our various facilities,” Latham said. “We have to increase the amount of public safety to the business community.” And some of the city’s income is based on residential population — a much lower number than the daytime one, he said. Still, most of the rest of Whittier-area communities lose population during the day and that’s not always a good thing, either, some officials say. “I’m jealous of all of those cities that have those revenue streams,” Whittier City Manager Steve Helvey said, referring to cities with large commercial and industrial centers such as Commerce, Industry and Santa Fe Springs. In Whittier, where its population drops by 9 percent during the day, Helvey said they are trying for more balance by attracting more businesses. Helvey said the renovation of the Whittwood Mall, and development of the former Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility site, should help. “It’s real important, not just for how much money that can go to the general fund, but also so that people can live and work here,” he said. But Whittier will never have the commercial and industrial development of a Santa Fe Springs, Helvey said. “We would have to have 20-story office buildings,” he said. “We don’t have the land mass. It’s not all bad to have a lot of homes in the community, he said. “While it might feed the general fund to have a higher daytime population, maybe we’re meeting our responsibility to have housing,” Helvey said. The areas that see the largest decrease during the daytime are the unincorporated areas. They lose about a third of their population. “That’s an example of life in Southern California,” said Ralph Pacheco, president of the Whittier County Community Coordinating Council that represents the Whittier unincorporated areas. “We’re a commuter community.” Pacheco said that unincorporated South Whittier has few areas zoned for commercial because most of them were gobbled up by Santa Fe Springs when it incorporated in 1957. “Most of the consumer dollars from residents in unincorporated Whittier are spent in our neighboring communities,” Pacheco said. “Obviously there is a disparity. The sucking sound from South Whittier is the sales tax revenue that leaves our community and goes into the neighboring communities never to be returned.” — Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at read more

Undefeated Fortuna closing in on league title after blanking Arcata

first_imgFORTUNA >> The Huskies had one chance from the penalty spot come up empty on Saturday. Chico Cortes made sure their second didn’t end the same way.Cortes’ 43rd-minute penalty kick proved to be the game-winner as the Fortuna boys soccer remained undefeated in the 2016 season with a hard-fought 2-0 win over arch-rival Arcata at Husky Field.The win not only pushed the Huskies’ season-opening winning streak to 12 games, but also put Fortuna (12-0 overall, 7-0 league) on the brink of winning the …last_img read more

McKinleyville lineman Dakota Bill signs letter of intent to play football at Humboldt State

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Like many high schoolers his age, the dream to play football at the college level has been a constant for Dakota Bill ever since he could put on pads.On Wednesday, that dream became a reality.Bill became the latest player in the Humboldt-Del Norte League pipeline to sign on the dotted line and continue his football career at the Redwood Bowl, as the McKinleyville High senior offensive lineman put pen to paper to play at Humboldt State in the fall.“I’ve always wanted to play …last_img read more