Fajardo overcomes tough week, helps Beermen go on a roll

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Doris Burke, ESPN agree on contract extension Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Feeling much better, he followed up his near double-double effort with 24 points and 19 rebounds to power San Miguel past Barangay Ginebra in overtime on Sunday night. He also hit the game-tying jumper over his 7-foot rival Greg Slaughter to send the duel into OT.The four-time MVP averaged 16.5 points, 16 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks during the stretch to bag his first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award this conference.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 crownThe Beermen are now rolling after starting the conference at 0-3.The 28-year-old Fajardo edged teammate Arwind Santos, TNT guards Terrence Romeo and Jericho Cruz, Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan, Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero and Meralco backcourt of Chris Newsome and Anjo Caram for the weekly citation. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo overcame a tough week to help San Miguel Beer regain its form in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Fajardo played through an illness on Wednesday, posting nine points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in the Beermen’s 106-94 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 View commentslast_img read more

“Littering Uncontrollable,” Sanitation Workers Complain

first_imgEven though street sweepers are paid to do their jobs, some of them are complaining that the job is a humiliating and difficult one to do in Liberia.Some sweepers, who feared reprisals if identified, told reporters that as they sweep up the trash during work hours in Monrovia, more trash is  spread behind them as though  they had not done any work.“My brother, the hard time in cleaning Monrovia is not easy.  The moment we get through sweeping, people will drink water and drop the plastic in the street.  Those selling too, will not want to bring bags to drop the trash in, but will allow it to be spread all over.  We have swept all over here, but you see the dirt?  This one is for tomorrow morning now,” an exhausted and frustrated sweeper told our reporter.The sweepers, in separate interviews, noted that in most instances sellers and pedestrians describe them as dirty workers who belong in the garbage.“Some drivers can even cuss us while sweeping the sidewalks and those walking along the streets shout at us when we tell them to drop their dirt in the dust bins placed along the streets.  We’re only doing this to help ourselves reduce the hardship, but the work is very disgraceful and hard to do,” another female sweeper lamented.Sanitation workers are seen daily in the streets of Monrovia sweeping and emptying garbage cans into wheelbarrows and mini trucks in a mostly losing battle to keep the streets litter free.The LIBRA Sanitation company that employs some of the street sweepers has placed trash bins in many convenient locations along the streets to prevent littering.In spite of every effort to prevent littering, pedestrians and street vendors do not care to drop dirt in the bins, but drop their trash of every kind on the ground without regard for how dirty the streets and the city in general appears.According to the street sweepers, some community dwellers who do not have toilet facilities in their houses defecate in plastic bags and drop them as trash in the dust bins planted along the streets.On Benson Street an orange seller with whom this reporter chatted said sweeping up the orange peelings was not her obligation because vendors pay taxes and government needs to use it to pay those who sweep the streets.According to the young woman, if the streets are always clean, the sweepers will have no work to justify the money they earn.  Sadly, even students of the University of Liberia (UL), who should know better, made similar statements while dropping garbage on the campus grounds.  The UL students contended that they need not bother to go and drop trash in the dust bins planted on the campuses “because people are there to sweep.” They, like the orange seller, are of the opinion that if janitors did not sweep up the garbage, they would not deserve the money they make.  Monrovia under the administration of former Acting City Mayor Mary Broh, saw major improvements in sanitation due to the mayors persistence, unrelenting enforcement of city ordinances and hands on methods of keeping the city clean.  Nevertheless, the habit of uncontrollable littering was a challenge to the former Mayor and her crew, as residents ungratefully ignored the city management’s serious efforts to stop people from littering the streets of Monrovia and thereby give the nation’s capital a degree of decency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah Urged to Prosecute Liberian War Criminals

first_img– Advertisement – About 20 human rights groups have written President George M. Weah requesting him to investigate and prosecute those connected to the commission of atrocities during the 14-year civil war.The rights groups put their request forward on January 21, 2018, a day to Weah’s inauguration, in an open letter to the President.The groups called upon President Weah “to fulfill Liberia’s obligations to investigate and prosecute wartime atrocities” and urged him to “make accountability a priority for your administration and ensure the protection of Liberian human rights defenders, particularly those working on accountability initiatives.”Liberia endured two back to back civil wars from 1989 to 1997 and 1999 to 2003, during which some diplomatic sources estimate up to 250,000 were killed, with more than half the country forcibly displaced.A report by Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released in June 2009 found all sides responsible for serious violations of domestic and international law, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, widespread and systematic rape and sexual slavery, torture, use and recruitment of child soldiers, and mass executions of civilians.Although the TRC recommended the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal in Liberia to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of serious violations of international criminal and humanitarian laws, the only prosecutions to date have been outside of Liberia.Hassan Bility, executive director of the Monrovia-based Global Justice and Research Project and one of the authors of the open letter, said: “Justice must be one of the cardinal points of the President’s new agenda. There must be justice for war crimes; otherwise there will be no lasting peace in Liberia.”Bility, a former journalist and torture survivor of the civil war, helped initiate the arrests of several Liberian perpetrators in Europe and the U.S. in partnership with the Swiss based NGO, Civitas Maxima.“Recent cases such as the conviction of Jungle Jabbah in Philadelphia and the indictments of other alleged war criminals in Europe and the U.S. have shown that prosecuting war criminals will not reignite the civil war in Liberia, as has often been feared,” said Nushin Sarkarati, senior staff attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability. “It is time to bring these examples of justice home, and make ending impunity in Liberia a priority.”Advocacy for prosecution of war criminals after the Liberian civil war began when former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, one of the key players, took over the war ravished country as President.Former President Sirleaf in her confession during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing said she provided US$10,000 to convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor for humanitarian purpose, but her account was challenged by former wartime colleague Thomas Jucontee Woewiyu, who said her financial contribution far exceeded what she admitted to.Charles Taylor headed the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) at the time the former President made the donation; something that is a contradiction of the meaning of her donation as claimed.The quest for establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia began with Mulbah Morlu, a strong stalwart of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah. Morlu has since abandoned that quest. However, the San Francisco based Center for Justice and Accountability continues to lead the drive to bring Liberian war criminals to justice.The Center for Justice and Accountability is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other severe human rights abuses around the world through litigation, policy advocacy and outreach in pursuit of truth, justice and redress for victims and survivors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Human rights advocate and former journalist, Hassan Bilitylast_img read more

Caretaker charged for burning child with hot iron

first_imgA caretaker who allegedly burnt a six-year-old with a hot iron was on Friday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.Accused: Nicole RosemaryNicole Rosemary, of Lot 31 Bent Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, denied that between June 1 and June 14, 2018, she burnt the child after he was caught playing with the electric iron.The prosecution is contending that having caught the child playing with the iron, Rosemary allegedly took the iron and placed it on both of the child’s forearms, which resulted in him being burnt and scarring later appearing.The incident was reported after the child’s teacher saw the burns and reported the matter to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA).In court on Friday, the prosecution objected to bail. The prosecution is contending that the woman admitted to the offence when she was arrested.However, Magistrate Leron Daly released the caretaker on $100,000 bail on the condition that she stay away from the child. She is also required to report to the Alberttown Police Station every Monday until the completion of the matter. Her travel document was also lodged.The matter is expected to continue on July 20, 2018.last_img read more

Arsenal star looking to prove Wenger right

first_img1 Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy Mathieu Debuchy has reassured Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger he will soon be back to his best and prove the club was right to sign him from Newcastle.The French right-back suffered an ankle injury in September shortly after his £12million switch.He made his Premier League comeback ahead of schedule in the weekend win over his former club, playing as an emergency centre-back for the first time in his career.Debuchy, 29, said: “At the time [the injury] was tough. I had just arrived at the club. I wanted to do well to prove the club made the right choice by signing me.“It was a freak injury. I was not used to getting injured and that’s why I was disappointed, especially so early after I arrived at the club.“There is never a good time to get injured but this was probably the worst time.”Speaking of his appearance in last week’s Champions League tie away to Galatasaray, he said: “I was struggling to breathe at times, but the fitness will come back quickly.”last_img read more

Western Stima on the verge of KPL return

first_img0Shares0000Western Stima players line up for a group photo before a previous National Super League match. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 –  Western Stima will mark a grand return to the Kenyan Premier League on Friday, just one season after they were relegated, if they beat ‘small brothers’ Coast Stima at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.Western Stima sit at the apex of the National Super League (NSL) standings with 73 points after 33 matches, seven ahead of second placed KCB who have played a match less and 10 ahead of third placed Nairobi Stima. A win on Friday will take them to 76 points meaning the worst they can finish assuming they lose their final two games of the season is second spot.The powermen have been on a roll and have won all their last five matches, and look destined for a return back to the top tier. Their last defeat was on August 11 when they lost by a solitary goal away to Bidoc United.They have enjoyed a formidable fortress in Kisumu where they have only lost once, to another ‘small brother’ team Nairobi Stima who beat them 1-0. They have won 13 and drawn two and head coach Paul Ogai will be looking to keep the record as fearful as he can.Coast Stima are placed sixth in the NSL standings and have had a checkered record over the last five games, winning two, drawing a similar number and losing one. The two sides drew 2-2 in the first leg in Mombasa.KCB players celebrate Simon Abuko’s goal during a past FKF National Super League match against Nairobi City Stars at the Hope CenterMeanwhile, second placed KCB will be eager not to drop the pot at the doorstep as they have done over the last two seasons and will be at home to the Green Commandos at the Camp Toyoyo turf in an early kick off.The bankers on a run of four wins in five matches have picked plenty of lessons from their failings in the last two seasons where they enjoyed a good campaign only to drop off the promotion race in the dying minutes of the season.“What we have learnt is that every match is won on the pitch and we should have respect for every opponent we face. We can’t underrate anyone and we have to take every game very seriously,” KCB tactician Elvis Ayany told Capital Sport.With four matches left, KCB are 66 points, three ahead of Nairobi Stima and the tactician says they want nothing short of the top two automatic promotion slots.With a weaker goal difference compared to Nairobi Stima, KCB cannot afford to drop the ball with eyes on the prize as the former who are looking for a first ever promotion to the top tier look to take advantage.“We have our eyes fixed on the prize. We have the focus and all the players are motivated by the fact that they are very close to making it back to the league. Green Commandoes is a very good team and we cannot afford to underrate them. We will go into the match with seriousness,” Ayany further stated.KCB interim coach Elvis Ayany watches on during a past national Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo GroundsCommandoes are placed 15th in the standings and look well into avoiding relegation. They awarded a walk over to KCB’s promotion foes Western Stima last weekend, but the Kakamega High School team looks to put that behind their backs on Friday.The first leg played at the Bukhungu Stadium ended 1-0 in favor of the bankers.Meanwhile, Nairobi Stima who have not won over the last three matches will be at home on Saturday taking on Administration Police in a must win tie. A loss will be detrimental to their promotion hopes.Stima are five points ahead of fourth placed Ushuru FC who take on St. Josephs Youth on Friday. The two look to be the most probable candidates to vie for the play-off third place slot.NSL weekend fixtures: Friday: Ushuru v St. Josephs Youth, KCB v Green Commandoes (Camp Toyoyo), Western Stima v Coast Stima (Kisumu).Saturday: Kenya Police v Nairobi City Stars (Naivasha), Migori Youth v Kibera Black Stars (Kisii), Nakuru All Stars v FC Talanta (Nakuru), Administration Police v Nairobi Stima (Camp Toyoyo), Modern Coast v GFE 105 (Mombasa), Kisumu All Stars v Kangemi All Stars (Kisumu).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Klopp left to hope for Anfield magic as away-day ills continue

first_imgThe result left Liverpool in third place in Group C with one game left, three points behind Napoli and two adrift of PSG.Given the tight nature of the group, the Premier League side now have to beat Napoli at Anfield either 1-0 or by two clear goals if they are to be sure of reaching the last 16, otherwise they will be left hoping for a PSG slip-up at Red Star Belgrade.But while Wednesday’s defeat was Liverpool’s fifth in a row away from Anfield in the Champions League, they have not lost at home in the Premier League or in Europe for 18 months, so Klopp has reason to be confident.“Of course, I know that, we need a great atmosphere which is pretty special,” said Klopp, looking ahead to the game on December 11.Napoli will need a draw themselves to ensure progress to the next round. The Italians beat Liverpool 1-0 at home in October and have since drawn twice with PSG.Liverpool supporters looking for inspiration will recall what happened back in 2004-05 — that season Rafa Benitez’s team won the trophy, but only after Steven Gerrard’s stunning goal in their final group game against Olympiakos gave them a 3-1 victory they needed to advance.“Napoli is a really strong side, they played here well, they played against us really well, although we were not that good that night,” Klopp said.“We have to make a special night of it 100 percent if we want to go through.”– ‘Different cup of tea’ –Liverpool were blown away in the first half at the Parc des Princes and failed to recover after Juan Bernat and Neymar scored to put PSG in control.Mohamed Salah tries to escape the attentions of Marco Verratti and Thilo Kehrer in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat in Paris © AFP / FRANCK FIFEA James Milner penalty on the stroke of half-time gave the visitors hope, but they could not get an equaliser after the break and Klopp was left to bemoan “not sportsmanlike behaviour” from the home team.He felt PSG — and chiefly Neymar — play-acted to buy time in the second half, as the away side ended the game with six yellow cards.“It’s just hectic all the time, everyone is going down, it’s not football anymore, but it was an important game and everybody tries to do it like that,” said an exasperated Klopp.The German could also justifiably complain that PSG’s Marco Verratti should have been sent off for a dangerous tackle on Joe Gomez in the first half, but the reality was that Liverpool were well beaten as Neymar inspired the hosts.Their form abroad remains in stark contrast to their domestic performances, as they remain unbeaten in their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.There are three domestic games to come before the Napoli decider, starting with the small matter of the Merseyside derby at home to Everton on Sunday.“This game is isolated from the season. It’s the derby, it’s at home, Everton is doing really well this season, they are a completely different cup of tea I would say to the last three years, so it will be a tough one and we have to be 100 percent spot on,” Klopp insisted.“It’s not about showing reactions, it’s about carrying on, go, go, go. Sunday we will be ready again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with the antics of some PSG players © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Nov 29 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp now has to hope that Anfield will again bring the best out of his team in their decisive final Champions League group game against Napoli after Wednesday’s damaging defeat at Paris Saint-Germain.Last season’s runners-up are in serious danger of a group-stage exit from the competition after losing 2-1 to a Neymar-inspired PSG at the Parc des Princes, as Klopp was outmanoeuvred by his opposite number Thomas Tuchel.last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Hosts Loyola on Saturday Night

first_imgDrake (3-8, 0-3 MVC) and Loyola (4-5-1, 0-3 MVC) are each vying for their first MVC win of the 2017 season. In the Bulldogs last match, Bradley held on for a 1-0 home win despite being outshot 19-13, including allowing six shots on goal. The Braves’ shutout was the first league game Drake was held scoreless this year. In Drake’s other MVC action this season, Valparaiso rallied for a 3-2 win and Central Arkansas broke open a scoreless game late to win 3-1. Freshman Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) has a team-leading four goals for the Bulldogs, including a pair in MVC action. Loyola was the preseason favorite to win the MVC. The Ramblers have struggled in their past five matches with a 1-3-1 record with conference losses to Bradley and Central Arkansas. Loyola took both matches against Drake last season, but the Bulldogs lead the all-time series, 7-4-2. Senior Kyle Thomson has a team-leading three goals for the Ramblers. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team returns to the Cownie Soccer Complex on Saturday night as Loyola visits in Missouri Valley Conference action. First kick with the Ramblers is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.center_img Following Saturday’s game, Drake has a fast turnaround as it travels to Omaha, Neb. to play former MVC rival Creighton on Tuesday, Oct. 10. First kick with the Bluejays is set for 7 p.m. at Morrison Stadium. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Derek Holland on free agency: ‘Scared money don’t make money’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Derek Holland couldn’t wait to arrive in Scottsdale this spring.He just had to wait for the Giants to sign him.The left-hander resurrected his career in San Francisco last year and didn’t mince his words late last season when asked if he wanted to return in 2019. Despite the club’s 73-89 record, Holland said he hoped to extend his run with the team for at least one more year. “My goal was …last_img read more

SA gets tough on traffic crime

first_imgSouth Africa’s traffic officials will now enforce the points demerit system. Minister of Transport S’bu Ndebele illuminating the Torch of Light in Pretoria. Minister Ndebele with Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Logan Maistry Spokesperson Department of Transport +27 083 6444 050 maistryl@dot.gov.za RELATED ARTICLES • Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe • SA ready for Rea Vaya • Travelling by minibus taxi in SA • Sanral’s multibillion traffic plan • Smoother air traffic flow in 2010 • Police hard at work for a safer SABongani NkosiHabitually reckless drivers will soon be banned from South Africa’s roads in a bid to help reduce fatalities and promote responsible motoring.This was Minister of Transport S’bu Ndebele’s warning as he announced the driver’s licence demerit system at an event in Pretoria on 26 January. It will come into force on 1 April.Drivers will start on a clean slate with 12 points each year. All traffic offences – including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, drunken driving or jumping a stop street – carry a penalty, and once caught for committing such an offence, a driver will have a set number of points knocked off his or her total.When a driver has lost all 12 points and another one his or her licence will be suspended for a minimum of three months. Losing a further two, in other words having 14 demerits, will lead to a six-month ban.When a driver’s licence is suspended for a third time, it will be cancelled.The system is aimed at encouraging people to respect the rules of the road at all times and therefore reduce accidents. It forms part of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, which was approved by Parliament in 1998.“Aarto is about changing the behaviour of South African drivers. Habitual offenders may even find themselves being deprived of the convenience of driving a car,” Ndebele said.“If you want to continue driving a car, you must behave responsibly and considerately. If you don’t, we will take away your driving licence.”Good driving rewardedThe system does not exempt offenders from having to pay fines and, in extreme cases, undergo arrest. For example, someone caught driving 115km/h in a 60km/h zone will be fined R1 250 (about US$165) and get four demerits. Those who drive more than 35km/h over the legal speed limit will be arrested immediately.Responsible drivers, however, will be rewarded. If someone keeps all 12 points during the year he or she will kick off the new year with an additional 12 points plus a bonus point, leading to a total of 25 points.The system has drastically reduced fatalities in countries such as Australia and England over the years, Ndebele noted. “If you go to Australia, if you go to England, [you will see] it has changed the behaviour of drivers. That’s what will happen in South Africa.”At the same event Ndebele announced that the country recorded a total of 1 582 road deaths in its nine provinces between 1 December and 11 January. These figures are noted and discussed annually in an ongoing effort to curb the number of fatalities, which always swell due to heavy traffic during the festive and summer holiday season.Reducing the burden on courtsAarto, which has been allocated R300-million ($39.5-million) to implement, will also help reduce the burden on South Africa’s courts as traffic offences will now be handled within the department under the stewardship of the Road Traffic Infringement Agency. Offenders, however, will still have the option of taking the matter to court to appeal against the rulings.Ndebele said court rolls across the country are currently clogged by traffic charges, and because these take so long to be heard, “the lawlessness on our roads is exacerbated further”.“The implementation of [Aarto] will relieve the burden from the court system and allow the courts to focus on more urgent matters,” Ndebele said. “It will also contribute to more effective and efficient finalisation of road traffic cases.”Taking dangerous drivers off the roads will also have a positive impact on South Africa’s economy as every year the country’s Road Accident Fund spends millions compensating people who have been involved in accidents, Ndebele pointed out.Helping youngsters get their licencesNdebele also announced that government will soon include road safety education in South Africa’s school curriculum. With the help of government, pupils in Grade 11 will be able to get their learner licences and by the time they complete matric they will have their full driver’s licenses.“We will mobilise our learners to come forward for this exciting programme,” said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. “As we teach them to respect the rules of the road they will become responsible drivers.”Promise of safe roads during the World CupNdebele has promised 2010 Fifa World Cup visitors to South Africa that they will be safe on the country’s roads. During all major sporting events that South Africa has hosted – including the 1995 Rugby World Cup and last year’s Fifa Confederations Cup and Indian Premier League – only one fatal accident involving a visitor was reported, the minister said.“South Africa has never had as many visitors and road users as we will experience during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Our obligation is to ensure that all those who use our roads are able to do so safely.“During both international and local events South African road users generally behave well and no major road crashes have been reported. We want to commend them for this and urge them to keep this record,” said Ndebele.last_img read more