The Philippines were off and firing immediately, building a 11-2 lead behind Pogoy’s outside shooting and Pringle’s slashing.Pogoy scored on two consecutive long balls that gave Gilas a 6-1 lead then Pringle had three separate occasions to embarrass Carlos Silva Jr.Pringle first blew past Silva for the layup that put Gilas up 10-2 then he denied the Brazilian’s jumper with a block.And Pringle followed up his defensive stop with another driving layup against Silva for the 11-2 lead.In the earlier games, world no.1 Serbia jumped to the top spot of Pool A after its 21-17 victory over the Netherlands, no.7 in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ LeBron’s NBA decision: should I stay or should I go? Stanley Pringle. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, Bulacan—The Philippines pulled off a stunner against Brazil, 15-7, to open its bid in the men’s division of the Fiba 3×3 World Cup Saturday at Philippine Arena.Gilas, the no. 57 federation in the world in 3×3 rankings, momentarily zoomed to top spot of Pool C while Brazil, the world no. 8, slid to 0-1.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Stanley Pringle, Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario unleashed four points apiece while Christian Standhardinger, who dealt with injury just a few days before the start of the tournament, added three.“All we wanted was to be competitive and stay with our opponents so we can have a chance in the end but our players were able to jump the gun on Brazil,” said Gilas head coach Ronnie Magsanoc in Filipino.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 think it gave us a good buffer when everybody got tired because you will really get tired in this situation. And this is a very good start for the team.” SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? The Dutch split their games after brushing aside Kyrgyzstan 22-7 before its matchup against the Croatians.Kyrgyzstan is also at 1-1 in Pool A after scoring a 20-18 win over Romania, which also has a 1-1 card after defeating New Zealand, 16-12.The Kiwis are at 0-1 in Pool A.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial
− “Not overstaffed, under financed”−Town ClerkBy Ramona LuthiTown Clerk of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Royston King has said that one of the reasons why employees of City Hall are not being paid their salary and wages in a timely manner, is because the Council is owed $16 billion in taxes.According to King, they are currently working on levelling the fields in meeting the needs of citizens and paying employees.“What we are doing now is striking a balance between reaching out to citizens and taking care of our workers.”He highlighted that the previous administration was involved in two kinds of “corruptions” namely, “Corruption of Omission” and “Corruption of Commission,” which is why they were always able to pay staff in a timely manner.“Corruption of Commission is when you put your hands in the bag, when you commit fraud, when you steal from the organisation. There’s the Corruption of Omission, where you collect monies to do things that you’re supposed to do and don’t do it,” he explained.King asserted that because the new Council has been utilising the monies of tax payers to “better the facilities in Georgetown, as it was meant to do”, there have been times when workers would be paid later than they are supposed to.He said “the easiest thing for us to do in this Council is to pay salaries. I can pay salaries on time every month. It is the easiest thing to do. All I need to do is not do any works at all in the City. All I need to do is don’t clean drains, don’t do roads, and don’t do anything at all in the City and pay salaries. That was what was happening before this administration took house.”King said it is because the M&CC has been making visible progress through the cleanup campaign, restorations of buildings and many other projects, that employees have not conducted “strikes” and still continue to work.“We couldn’t spend all the money on them and they understand that there are times when we will be short on their part and other times when we will be short on the part of our citizens,” he relayed.At the meeting, the Town Clerk admitted that City Hall is cash-strapped, adding that the blame fell on the business owners who refused to pay their required taxes, which he lamented was in excess of $16 billion.“When you think about the Teleformance building, paying $16,000 a year! When you think that we have not collected until now, any money from the Giftland Mall, with that wide expanse of land, the vast squats of land along the East Coast, where people are building gated communities, we’re not collecting any money! When you think of the business community having an excess of $16 billion, when we’ve had to slash container fees from $25,000 to $5000, and when many of the revenue generating projects were taken away from us, leaving us with the responsibilities… you get to see the picture why we’re in this! We have extremely limited money, and we have to take care of our local communities!” King lamented.According to the Town Clerk, the M&CC had exceeded its spending limits during the country’s Jubilee celebrations in what he described as an act to save Guyana from the embarrassment in the faces of tourists who came.“When we had Jubilee celebrations, we overstretched ourselves, because if we didn’t do that, we would have been embarrassed. The city was so filthy that we had to actually credit work from contractors to get the work done…Imagine that!”King went on to declare that City Hall was “not overstaffed” but rather “under financed.”However, even in light of this revelation, the Town Clerk also highlighted at the Statutory Meeting that City Hall has vacancies and are advertising for yet another Assistant Town Clerk.
The World Bank Group has declared in its latest report, the Africa’s Pulse, that Africa’s infrastructure deficit is and has been serving as an impediment to the growth and development of the continent, especially its business and trade sectors.The report says that roads, ports, power and other infrastructures that are to contribute to the development of the continent through trade and commerce are inadequate or lacking. The Africa’s Pulse is a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects.The new World Bank Group’s Africa Pulse report also says that the region’s infrastructure deficit is most acute in energy and roads and that across Africa, unreliable and expensive electricity supply and poor road conditions across the continent continue to impose high costs on business and intra-regional trade.World Bank Group’s chief economist for the African region, Francisco Ferreira, while providing analytical views on the report at a discussion on “Africa’s recent economic progress and future challenges in sustaining the continent’s economic growth in a changing global environment,” in Washington D.C, yesterday said though economic growth continues to rise, risks to fast growth remain major challenges.The discussion was a webcast live at the World Bank Group’s Country office in Monrovia. It was also viewed in several other African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, amongst others. Journalists from these African countries had the opportunity to interact with the two discussants, Mr. Ferreira and World Bank Lead Economist in the African region, Ms. Punam Chuhan-Pole.The global economic expansion is set to accelerate, but downside risks persist. Economic activity was robust in much of Sub-Sahara Africa in 2013, supported by strong investment demand and robust private consumption.Mr. Ferreira said while Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the region is expected to remain stronger than in many other developing countries worldwide, a number of important risks remain. He named some of the risks as: unpredictable commodity prices, locally volatile food prices and political uncertainty.The Africa’s Pulse reports indicates that weaker demand for metals and other key commodities, combined with increased supply, could lead to a sharper decline in commodity prices. In particular, if Chinese demand, which accounts for about 45 percent of total copper demand and a large share of global iron ore demand remains weaker than in recent years and supply continues to grow robustly, copper and iron ore prices could decline more sharply, with significant negative consequences for the metal-producing countries.“Within Sub-Sahara Africa, strong local prices pressure have emerged in a number of countries driven in part by large currency depreciations, as in Ghana and Zambia and also by unfavorable weather conditions,” the report said.It indicates that domestic risks associated with social and political unrest, and emerging security problems, remain a major threat to the economic prospects of a number of countries in the region.World Bank Lead Economist in the African region, Ms. Punam Chuhan-Pole also said the region growth prospects remain favorable despite emerging challenges, such as weaker commodity prices and tighter global financial conditions. During the period from 1995 to 2013, the region performed strongly with an average annual GDP growth rate of 4.5 percent.She said that growth was broad base, but the drivers of growth varied across countries. “Different growth patterns will determine the resilience of growth prospect to changing global conditions,” she said.However, it adds, economic growth in Sub-Sahara Africa continues to rise from 4.7 percent in 2013 to a forecast 5.2 percent in 2014. This performance, according to Africa’s Pulse, is boosted by rising investment in natural resources and infrastructure, and strong household spending.The report notes that growth was notably buoyant in resource-rich countries, including Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR. Congo). It remained steady in Cote D’Ivoire, while rebounding in Mali supported by improved political stability and security. Non-resource rich country, particularly Ethiopia and Rwanda also experienced solid economic growth in 2013.Capital flows continues to rise, reaching an estimated 5.3 percent of regional GDP in 2013 significantly above the developing countries average of 3.9 percent. Net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to the region grew by 16 percent to a near record US$43 billion last year, boosted by new oil and gas discoveries in many countries including Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and Audit is seeking the support of the Liberian Senate for a change in the procedures and policies under which the Social Development Fund (SDF) operates.In order to achieve that feat, Senator Edward Dagoseh is recommending that “a County Social Development Trust Fund be set up and its management team be completely professional in order for it to operate without the influence of political stakeholders.”In a communication to the Senate plenary dated January 15, the Grand Cape Mount County lawmaker asserted that annually, millions of United States dollars are put into the SDF to ensure that affected communities benefit from economic development to mitigate conflict in areas where concession companies operate.This, Senator Dagoseh intimated, is a substantial amount for community development considering the national budget needs of the country.Another key concern stated in Senator Dagoseh’s communication is the participation and interference of political actors, such as Legislators and ministers in the administration and implementation of the SDF, which he said conflicts with their respective roles to provide oversight, monitoring, and evaluation.Consequently, said the PAC Chair, a series of financial, administrative malpractices and political disagreements usually undermine the implementation of targeted projects for affected communities.Senator Dagoseh lamented that the recent County Development Reports indicate that existing procedures and policies have not attained the proportionate results relating to the purpose of the SDF.“At present, payment procedures from the SDF to the counties are full of bureaucratic bottlenecks, and in general, financial and operational reports from the counties to the Ministry of Internal Affairs as well as the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning are not given timely consideration thus delaying payments to the counties.”As a result of this, Senator Dagoseh said the commencement of approved projects are most times delayed and run into the rainy season. The projects are therefore not completed on time, not done according to specifications or are abandoned by contractors.Except for few, majority of the Senators voted for the set up of an SDF Trust Fund, and a motion proffered by Senator Armah Jallah was passed. The communication was sent to the committees on Internal Affairs; Ways, Means, Finance & Budget; and Lands, Mines and Energy; who are expected to report to plenary within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As Liberian music continues to strive for greatness, young music entrepreneur Elvis Juasemai, co-founder of Tunes Liberia, has announced new plans to modernize the site and make it more vibrant for music lovers.Tunes Liberia is a website that offers hot and new Liberian music for download.Detailing his plans to LIB Life on a visits to our offices, Juasemai said his team is working to create a mailing subscription list for visitors to the site and downloaders, so as to keep track of fans visiting the site and of how many songs are being downloaded per day.“This will also enable us to send mail about newly released songs rather than [fans having to] search the site every time for something new. We notice that is sometimes boring; but with this email subscribers’ list, it will reduce the stress of searching for new Liberian music. Our goal from this is to make sure that everyone becomes informed about new music right from his or her email box,” Juasemai explained.Another plan is to fully categorize songs featured on the website, which will make it easy for music lovers to download their favorite songs much quicker without taking too much time to identify the genre of music they want (Gbema, HipCo, Afro Pop and many more). Juasemai noted that the planned upgrade may not be an easy task to achieve because the site is not yet commercialized and is still in its pilot phase. But the team, he said, is working hard every day to ensure that fans are satisfied and that it meets international standards.Tunes Liberia came into operation in November of 2015, and was inspired by a desire to see Liberian music spread worldwide. The founders wanted to build a platform where all Liberian music could be found in one place — to serve as an online library, which would make Liberian music more accessible to the outside world.“On the other hand,” Juasemai divulged, “We became motivated by constructive jealousy, looking at other countries with multiple websites with similar platforms that spread their countries’ music worldwide, while in Liberia we never had any. Through this site we hope to see popularity for our music and artists worldwide.”Among his major challenges, he explained, is having to purchase a tremendous amount of Internet data in order to upload and publish songs to the site, while the service is still being offered free of charge. Advertising, which would support that expenditure, has been hard to come by. “We are just doing this as our own contribution of helping to promote Liberian music; but someday if we cannot afford internet packages, that could [limit our ability] to publish songs.”Another challenge he named was “poor corporation” on the part of artists who are not updating the Tunes Liberia team with their new releases, in which case the team has to go after them. Artists, Juasemai said, know full well that the promotion is in their best interest. In addition, most artists are not submitting their music cover photos as requested.To stay in touch, go to www.tunesliberia.com, and official Facebook page, Tunes Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Angels’ battle at catcher this spring will not just be an interesting in-camp drama, it will be the envy of baseball. While most teams seem to struggle to find a decent backup, the Angels will have to choose between two of their three major league quality catchers for the opening-day roster and send the other on his way, either to Triple-A Salt Lake or in a trade. Jose Molina, with his veteran status and $1.45 million guaranteed base salary, figures to make the roster. That means good friends Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli will fight it out for the other spot. Napoli would appear to have the inside track with more experience and a torrid offensive stretch on his resume that includes a .288 batting average with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs in his first 50 games. “I’m just coming in and relaxing and remembering the game is fun and playing it like I always have my whole life,” Mathis said. “Last year I just put a lot of pressure on myself, I think. I’m not saying that was the reason I played the way I played, but I think coming in relaxed and making the game fun is going to help.” Napoli has a similar approach. “I actually got home (from last season) and took a month off to mentally and physically get away from the game a little bit, just relax,” Napoli said. “Coming into this year, we have three good catchers here, so I’m just going to go out and play the game and whatever happens, happens.” As a former catcher, manager Mike Scioscia is charged up over the competition and has already rolled up his sleeves while getting to work with the catching crew. “If you look at other organizations and you do a depth check, we’ve got to be at the top of the list in all of baseball,” Scioscia said. “I’m not taking something away from some of the guys, (the Minnesota Twins’ Joe) Mauer and a lot of these great young catchers that are in the game today, but our depth sets us apart from a lot of organizations.” Molina’s sights are set on the Opening Day job. “I have too much other stuff to worry about than what they will do with them and what they will do with me,” Molina said. “I feel good. I’m healthy and that’s the main thing. When you’re healthy, you can do a lot of stuff.” Unlike at first base, where Scioscia would be willing to go with a platoon if a No. 1 candidate does not emerge, he would prefer for one guy to do a bulk of the catching duty. “There’s an element of (stability) when one guy is able to bring his pitch-calling ability and his receiving ability to the park every night,” Scioscia said. “You saw it with Bengie Molina when he was here. “If one guy steps up and wins the job and is out there everyday, then that’s beautiful. But I think the reality means some combination. Some guys are going to catch more than others depending on production, and if there are any tendencies that start to develop on the individual pitcher. If a guy is performing well with an individual pitcher that’s something you’ll consider.” No hard feelings: Molina insists he holds no grudges after missing out on a $25,000 bonus when he was benched for most of the final week last season. Molina needed just 25 more plate appearances to reach 250 and activate the bonus. He did not play in the final five games. “I don’t even think about that anymore,” he said. “That’s already in the past. It doesn’t matter if I get the bonus or anything like that. I will come to spring training ready to go and ready to do my job. That’s in the past. I don’t care anymore and don’t even bring it up any more.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1 The feud between Jose Mourinho and once fierce managerial rival Rafa Benitez intensified on Wednesday, as the Chelsea boss responded to a jibe from the Spaniard’s wife by attacking his weight, as well as his reign at Inter Milan.Benitez’s wife, Montserrat Seara, teased Mourinho by saying Benitez “tidies up his messes”, having coached at three of the Portuguese’s former clubs – Inter, Milan and now Real Madrid.“Real are the third of Jose Mourinho’s old teams Rafa has coached,” she quipped.“We tidy up his messes! If you think about it, of course you end up crossing paths. There are only a few world-class clubs out there.”But Mourinho was not amused by the jibes and promptly issued a scathing attack on the pair, saying Benitez “destroyed Inter Milan in four months.”When asked about Seara’s comments in his post-match press conference following Chelsea’s pre-season victory over Barcelona, Mourinho said: “The lady is a bit confused, with all respect.“I’m not laughing, because her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti.“The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time.“And for her also to think about me and to speak about me, I think she needs to occupy her time, and if she takes care of her husband’s diet she will have less time to speak about me.”Read more: Mourinho v Mrs Benitez: ‘Chelsea boss was rattled by Rafa, now his Mrs has wound him up too!’
THE weekend was all about the Donegal rally.But one wag reckoned it was time for the cars to moo-ve over…and let the cows have their day. And his video posted on YouTube is getting a lot of hits – and a lot of laughs.The Donegal Creameries International Rally doesn’t last three days…it doesn’t even last three minutes.But the guys behind it certainly know how to pull the udder one!DDTV VIDEO: FORGET THE RALLY…HERE’S THE RAMELTON VERSION! was last modified: June 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
McGinley Motors in Letterkenny and Donegal Town invites customers and guests to an exclusive Open Doors event to celebrate the arrival of the new Volvo XC60.From 23rd of September until the 7th of October customers and guests are invited to McGinley Motors to celebrate the XC60’s arrival at their Open Door event, where customers can claim an exclusive introductory rate of just 2.9% PCP or a €4000 complimentary upgrade on their new XC60 order.Noel McGinley, Dealer Principal said: “The new XC60 is the latest product in Volvo’s transformation, and introduces to our best-selling SUV the premium design, advanced connectivity and pioneering safety technology already seen on the successful S90, V90 and XC90. “We’re delighted to open our doors to welcome the new XC60 and hope all our customers can drop by. We have a choice of offers that are sure to appeal to all customers. Finance customers can avail of our attractive 2.9% PCP offer or alternatively customers can avail of our limited time €4000 upgrade offer.’The all-new Volvo XC60Revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show earlier in March, the new car replaces Volvo’s highly successful original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, with nearly a million units sold globally.The new XC60 starts at €53,950 and is loaded with advanced safety technology, including Steer Assist – a feature added to the ground-breaking City Safety system – and Oncoming Lane Mitigation, which uses Steer Assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) now uses Steer Assist functionality to reduce the risk of lane-changing collisions.The 2.9% PCP offer and €4000 upgrade offer are available on the new XC60 on orders placed between 23rd Sept and 7th of October and registered in 2017. Example below: Model On the Road Price†Customer Deposit/Part ExchangeFinance Amount36 Monthly payments ofTerm GMFV †† (Optional Final Payment) Total Cost of CreditFixed APR %*(Annual Percentage Rate)New Volvo XC60€54,950€ 16,485€ 38,465€476.8137€24,335€2774.652.9% †Includes delivery & related charges. The Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV) is payable if you renew or retain the vehicle at the end of the agreement. Further charges may be applied by your Volvo Dealer subject to kilometre limits/condition of the vehicle. *Lending criteria and terms and conditions apply (>18s only). Fixed APR 2.9% which is inclusive of a documentation fee of €63.49. To qualify for this finance offer a minimum deposit of 10% applies. Rate quoted is correct as at 18th September 2017 and is subject to change. Offer available on New Volvo XC60 D4 AWD Momentum models ordered from 23rd September 2017 to 7th October 2017, at participating Volvo dealers only. This is a Consumer Hire Purchase agreement provided by Bank of Ireland t/a Bank of Ireland Finance. Ownership remains with Bank of Ireland until the optional final payment is made.For more information on the new Volvo XC60, please visit www.volvocars.ieWhy not all into McGinley Motors to test drive the XC60 yourself? McGinley Motors celebrates the new Volvo XC60 with exclusive event was last modified: September 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:carseventsMcGinley Motorsmotoringvolvo
Source: BuaNews “We must also develop new ways of thinking about economic growth, and the role of the agricultural sector in economic growth, and the willingness to do things differently,” Gordhan said. Although South Africa is well into a modest economic recovery, the country must work to create an environment that is favourable to domestic and foreign investment, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan – the ultimate goal being inclusive, hence sustainable, economic growth. 20 August 2010 Inclusive economic growth The cost of doing business in South Africa must be lowered, red tape must be cut, while quality public services must be rendered to the public, Gordhan said. If South Africans were intent on a prosperous and sustainable future, then the country should set its sights for growth of seven percent a year over the next 20-30 years, he said. “It is therefore important that we remain focused on getting South Africa’s economy on a higher and much more sustainable growth trajectory. If we are to grow faster, we must create an environment that is favourable to domestic and foreign investment.” “We must increase competition between firms, a serious challenge in South Africa; lower barriers to entry in the economy; support innovation; and, above all, increase exports.” “All we’ve achieved is about five percent. How to grow this economy at seven percent over the next 20 to 30 years is a crucial challenge all of us face for the next year or so. Cost of doing business What is crucial in South Africa, he said, is inclusive economic growth – growth that creates jobs, reduces poverty and creates opportunities, especially for young people. Such growth also generates taxes to pay for public services like education. “The South African economy is well into modest recovery,” Gordhan said at the launch of the Land Bank’s annual report in Pretoria this week. “Economic growth came in at 4.6% during the first quarter of this year, and growth for the second quarter is expected to be at least three percent.”