Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Both teams have exchanged haymakers like two slugging heavyweights and won their respective games by at least 25 points.Ginebra was the first to land the solid blow with a 127-99 Game 1 but the Beermen retaliated with a 134-109 Game 2 and a 132-94 clobbering in Game 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And although the Gin Kings were able to tie the series at 2-2 after their 130-100 win in Game 4, point guard LA Tenorio knows San Miguel is just waiting to sneak in another counterpunch.“Next game we’ll be expecting that San Miguel will come out really strong,” said Tenorio Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I think we had a chance in this game, and I know beating San Miguel is not that easy.” The finals series between defending champion San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra in PBA Commissioner’s Cup has been nothing short of explosive.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES “It’s nice to have a second win against San Miguel and we’re now tied. I think the pressure’s on them to probably get the next two wins.”Tenorio, who finished with 17 points and six assists, said it was their strong start to the game that helped them establish their presence against the Beermen.Ginebra waxed hot in the first quarter going on a meteoric 31-11 run in the first eight minutes that Best Import Justin Brownlee capped with a three-pointer.“The start really set the tone, and the way we look at the games we always expect it to be close and we didn’t expect it to end this way,” said Tenorio in Filipino. “We just need a one-point win, but the important thing is we get the W.”ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fajardo quick to move on from career night as Beermen enter crucial stretch Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Justine Baltazar scored on another under goal stab to seal the win, 84-75, with 53 seconds remaining.It was the Archers’ third straight win in the second round for an 8-4 record, giving them a two-game cushion over the University of the Philippines and Far Eastern U in the race for the last two semifinal berths.Santillan finished with 18 points as five La Salle players notched twin digits. The Archers can seal their entry to the Final Four with a victory over fierce rival Ateneo on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Former champion Pocari finds old spark, rallies past determined 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson’s rise continued for the third straight season as the Falcons clinched a Final Four berth with a couple of games to spare last Wednesday in UAAP men’s basketball.The Falcons transformed from a last place team in Season 78 into a contender the past three seasons under coach Franz Pumaren, only this time the multititled mentor feels they’re ripe to challenge for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT “Well, of course, we are happy to reach the Final Four, but we’ve been doing that for the last two years,” said Pumaren, after the Falcons turned back the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 96-83, for their ninth win of the season.“Hopefully, we can improve our finish this year.”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 ChrissLater, La Salle leaned on big plays from rookie Joaqui Manuel down the stretch as the Green Archers hacked out a 84-77 victory over National U to assure themselves of at least a playoff for a Final Four spot.With the Archers leading, 77-75, Manuel finished with a flourish assisting on Santi Santillan’s layup before hitting a big three that took the fight out of the Bulldogs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Read Next “They destroyed us,” France captain Yannick Noah said. “They did not give us a single break.”The final was played for the last time in its traditional format. Beginning next year, the top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.After Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won Saturday’s doubles, France trailed 2-1 and needed to win both reverse singles on the final day to become the first team since 1939 — when Australia beat the United States — to overturn a 2-0 deficit in a final.But their hopes of a comeback were quickly dashed.The seventh-ranked Cilic struggled with his first serve in the opening set but gradually found his rhythm while Pouille started well but quickly faded.Pouille, who replaced Jeremy Chardy after Noah changed his lineup in a bid to force a decisive fifth match, made repeated mistakes on his backhand. Pouille hit a total of 44 unforced errors, compared to Cilic’s 29.The Frenchman, who wrapped up France’s 10th Davis Cup title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium, managed to stay in contention on the back of his strong serve and some clever drop shots that surprised Cilic, but his Croat rival raised his level in the tiebreaker. Cilic won four straight points to seal the set, including a thunderous forehand pass that left Pouille stranded.Pouille’s level of play then dropped drastically while Cilic kept up the intensity and broke for a 4-2 lead in the second set. Pouille managed to save four set points in the eight game with a series of good serves before Cilic held his next service game to seal the set with a crosscourt forehand.Despite the support of the vociferous French fans at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, Pouille appeared powerless in the third set and dropped his serve again in the fifth game after yet another backhand error that sealed his fate. The Frenchman saved two match points at 5-3 but was forced to watch when Cilic unleashed a superb lob that secured another break and the title.“This is one of the best teams we ever had, it’s like a dream team,” Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan said. “After seven years on the bench, it’s an honor for me to be here. My singles players not only didn’t lose a set, they didn’t lose serve in three matches which is an unbelievable achievement and shows you the quality that we produced.” LATEST STORIES While Argentina was able to fight back, the French didn’t have the weapons required. The hosts won the doubles but were thrashed in straight sets in the three singles matches played against Cilic and Borna Coric.“Look at the statistics from Borna and I, in three matches we did not lose a serve, it says much about our level and how well we played,” said Cilic, who finally tasted success in the team event 12 years after his debut. “We were both in a great form at the right time.”Cilic lived up to his status of team leader. After beating Pouille, he was surrounded by the whole Croatian team on the court and covered his shoulders with the Croatian flag. The country’s president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, warmly hugged him.“It’s not every day that you become a world champion,” Cilic said. “For us, it’s a dream come true, for this nation, we are so passionate, you can see the fans. And I feel that in Croatia it’s going to be incredible too.”Croatia won the Davis Cup for a second time, after victory in 2005, and denied France an 11th crown.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kanter has 26 rebounds, Knicks top Grizzlies Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Croatia’s team hold their trophy after winning the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 in Lille, northern France. Croatia claimed a second title in the team event following its maiden win in 2005. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)LILLE, France — After an agonizing defeat in Croatia’s previous Davis Cup final, there was no letdown for Marin Cilic this time.Cilic was two sets up against Juan Martin del Potro two years ago in Zagreb, with Croatia leading Argentina 2-1 on the final day, when his game collapsed as the South Americans fought back and ultimately won the final.ADVERTISEMENT 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 This weekend in northern France, Cilic did not give even a glimmer of hope to his French opponents that they could stage a comeback of their own.On the indoor clay court set up inside the Lille soccer stadium and in front of a hostile crowd, the former U.S. Open champion was ruthless and composed. His clinical display on Sunday secured a 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Lucas Pouille to give Croatia a 3-1 victory over defending champion France in the best-of-five series. Both teams agreed not to play the final rubber.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 ChrissCilic said his loss to Del Potro hadn’t been a distraction but he was relieved to finally add the Davis Cup trophy to his list of trophies.“I was always sleeping well, so no problem, but I’m happy that I played so well this weekend,” the 30-year-old Cilic said. 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The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has denied Team Liberia entry into China to participate in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics as part of preventive measures against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia, the Liberia National Olympics Committee has said.LNOC president Philipbert Brown told the Daily Observer Thursday that he had been informed by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe that “Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to explain the Chinese government’s decision.”Mr. Brown said: “Minister Nagbe also said the Chinese government expressed regret for the action and promised to [re]pay our expenses.”The LNOC boss indicated that International Olympic Committee also extended its regret over the inconvenience.He added that as of yesterday, Team Liberia is currently in Accra, Ghana heading back home.Team Liberia comprised of a five-man delegation of athletes Tracy Chayee, 16 and Momolu Sambai, 17, and their coaches, and is headed by the LNOC’s Assistant Secretary General Frederick Pratt. The team departed Liberia last Monday.China (PR) has sent a medical donation valued at US$1.7 million to the Liberian government to fight the Ebola scourge in the country. The donation, already in the country, includes personal protective equipment, hospital curtains, sanitizers, disinfectants and patient monitoring equipment.Team Liberia would have participated in the 400m hurdles (Ms. Chayee) and 50m freestyle swimming event, (Sambai). This is the second Liberian delegation to suffer denial from participating in a sports event since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.The Liberia Handball Association was recently prevented from participating in a handball competition in Lome, Togo.Meanwhile, LNOC President Brown regretted sending off Team Liberia in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Some media houses are busy questioning the PPP/C’s presidential candidate on the authenticity of his qualifications. They have every right to ask him questions, to which he provided them with answers.Now, I have noticed that there is a drought whenever questions are to be asked on the Government side. I therefore take this opportunity to ask a “few” questions of the Government. These questions are all listed below:1. The Finance Minister recently announced that the economy grew by 4.1per cent, is this an honest statement, or another falsification of the figures? I make that assertion based on his projections for a previous year, which were later downgraded to half of that amount. Could someone give us a clear answer on this one?2. The Minister of Finance recently sourced money from The Islamic Bank to build 3 mini-hydro projects. Is he subscribing to the theory that 3 is better than one?3. Did Minister Cathy Hughes declare her financial dealings with her own company, Video-mega?4. Sole-sourcing to Minister Patterson’s husband to build houses for the Government? Is this legal?5. Where is the President of Guyana, and who is really in charge of the ship of state?6. Why only now do we see a battery of ministers on meet-the-people tours? What have they been doing for four (4) years?7. The health sector is in a deplorable state, with malfunctioning equipment, shortage of drugs and maternal deaths, among others. Could the minister shed some light on this?8. The Rice Industry is in a terrible state. Where is the Agriculture Minister on this?9. What is the position of the squatters in Parliament on that dual citizenship breach?10. Monies for GECOM. They are claiming that they need more money to conduct elections, but house-to-house registration, which is a costlier exercise, is already underway. What is this Government really saying?11. What has become of the US$18 million ExxonMobil bonus?12. The four-lane highway to Belfield, what progress has been made thus far?13. The four-lane highway to the Timehri Airport, please grant us an update14. The renovation of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri; this project has been going on for six years now. Is there no completion date set?These are questions and more questions which deserve answers. Do not just ask questions of the Opposition, we have been given a daily dose of that. I am now asking questions of the Government, to which we deserve legitimate answers.Respectfully,Neil Adams
Businesswoman, sons’ murder caseBY KIZZY COLEMANConfessed killer, Abishai CaesarThe alleged killer, who over the weekend confessed to murdering an Anna Catherina businesswoman and her two young sons in 2012, was on Tuesday remanded when he appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court on the West Coast Demerara (WCD).Abishai Caesar, 31, of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) was slapped with three charges – murder, assault and threatening language.The first charge alleged that on September 24, 2012, at Anna Catherina, WCD, he murdered 41-year-old Jennifer Persaud and her sons Afridi Bacchus, age six; and Jadon Persaud, 18 months old.He was not required to plea to the indictable charge.According to reports, on the night of September 24, 2012, the dead woman, who was an owner of a liquor store and bar, along with her two sons were discovered at around 20:10h with their throats slit.Her body was found on a bed with Afridi on top of her and Jadon on the floor next to the bed. Their bodies were said to be already in a state of decomposition, indicating that they were murdered about a day before the gruesome discovery was made.With the exception of the wardrobe that was out of order in the woman’s home, the remainder of the house was untouched.Meanwhile, Caesar pleaded not guilty to the second charge which alleged that on April 2, 2016, at Tuschen Housing Scheme, he assaulted Zoey Phillips with the intent to cause actual bodily harm.The third charge alleged that on April 22, 2016, at Tuschen Housing Scheme, he used threatening language and behaviour against Zoey Phillip.The prosecution’s case stated that on the day in question, at around 03:00h the accused went home and an argument ensued between him and his reputed wife Zoey Phillips.As the disagreement spiralled out of control, the accused threatened the Virtual Complainant (VC) to cut off her neck. He reportedly forced the VC to take off her clothing, threatening to beat her.The woman was able to escape and the matter was reported to a Police outpost in the area. Caesar was subsequently arrested.On the third charge, the accused denied the allegation openly in court after which the Magistrate entered him into a not guilty plea.Reports are that on the morning of April 22, 2016, after Phillips was able to escape the accused, she sought help from a Police outpost and was subsequently taken to the Leonora Police Station where she told Police Officers of the years of abuse that she endured at the hands of Caesar.But what she disclosed next would bring to light the person that was responsible for the deaths of the businesswoman and her sons; a case which had gone cold.Jennifer Persaud, 41, who was the owner of a liquor store and bar at Anna Catherina; and her sons Afridi Bacchus, six; and Jadon Persaud, who was 18 months old at the timeShe told Police Officers that they should question Caesar for that murder. When further questioned by Police, the woman divulged the gruesome details of that night.She disclosed that on the night in question, Caesar left their home in Anna Catherina where they were living at that time and that she reportedly saw him heading up to the businesswoman’s house after which she allegedly heard screams.She claimed that moments after, the man went back to his home and reportedly confessed to her what he had downe. She related that he allegedly explained that he had gone to rob the woman but she awoke and saw him. Because she would be able to identify him, he was forced to attack her, killing her in the process.The couple continued living next door to the dead woman for a while before they moved. Phillips stated that she was forced to keep quiet about the incident.The case will continue on May 31.
A man who was found guilty of stealing a Samsung Galaxy phone was jailed for three months when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Sheik Majid of Georgetown pleaded not guilty to the allegation when it was read to him by Magistrate Annette Singh.It is alleged that on August 16, 2016 at the Route 42 Minibus Park, he stole one Samsung Galaxy phone valued $140,000, property of Leon Curt.The prosecution contended that on the day in question, the virtual complainant (VC), Curt, was sitting in a bus when he took out his phone, used it and then returned it to his shirt pocket. The defendant passing in another bus snatched the phone from his shirt pocket while the bus drove away.Majid was later arrested and charged for simple larceny.
The conduct of an associate magistrate at the Monrovia City Court hearing the US$10,000 “escaped bondsman” case involving Continental General Life Insurance Company and a Chinese businesswoman, has constrained prosecution to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Liberia.The name of the Magistrate is being withheld for the present.The threat on the Magistrate involves his failure to issue an arrest warrant against the insurance company’s executive, amid their alleged refusal to appear before the court on several occasions to produce their bondsman or pay said money as promised.The company in early April secured a criminal apparance bond to release from the Monrovia Central Prison a senior officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP) accused of stealing US$10,000.The officer, Mamadee Kelleh, chief of operation at the LNP’s Freeport Depot, was accused of pilfering said amount from a Chinese businesswoman, Lilly Lee, which he admitted when he appeared before the Court.At a Tuesday, June 3rd hearing, the company again failed to appear in court, despite receiving a notice of assignment. This prompted prosectuion to allege that the conduct of the magistrate was “completely unbecoming,” as a presiding judcial officer.The prosecution said they suspected irregularities in the trial and threatened to referre the case to the high court for review.The state lawyer was heard stating in open court, “A delay of this magnitude is completely unacceptable,” and added that the Magistrate was not taking the matters seriously.“Today is the last chance we are giving to him; if he fails to arrest the company’s executive, we are going to take the matter to the high court to order enforcement.”Also speaking to reporters at the Temple of Justice, the victim, Madam Lee, who was in tears, wondered, “When will I get justice? The court does not want to ensure fair trial in the matter. He is still having the difficult task to deciding whether the company should pay my money,” she insisted. “This case needs to claim the attention of the high court. They need to know about it and to ensure that I get justice.”She added, “I thought judges in Liberia should have the courage to discharge their responsibilities without fear and favor, but that seems not to be happening in my case.”It all began when the magistrate ordered Kelleh, who had served a week of his jail sentence, be released from custody and placed in the hands of the Insurance Company.After he was released on bond at one a Court hearing, the company’s executive director, George Dahn, informed the Magistrate that the police officer, whose bond they filed, had escaped the country, promising to pay the money within a month’s period to the Chinese businesswoman.Since their first appearance at the Court, the Magistrate on several occasions through communications has cited the Company to appear for the hearing, which they have failed to honor.The Court, however, has also failed to take any action, such as issuing a contempt charge against them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. Saykor K. Jallah, Secretary General of Unity Party’s District #4, Lofa County, comprising the electoral districts of Voinjama and Quardu-Gboni, has resigned citing ‘neglect, unemployment, unfulfilled promises and socio-economic hardships.’Mr. Jallah made the disclosure during the weekend in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Monrovia.He disclosed that he has already crossed carpet to the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP) in his bid to secure a better political and socio-economic future.Jallah claimed that with the holding of three successful elections for president and senators, no practical and realistic programs were designed for partisans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
To descend to the degeneracy of attempting to rape any woman, even one’s own biological sister, is a tragedy. To kill one’s own father for any reason whatsoever is a double tragedy. And to run away from justice after committing such heinous crimes makes all of these a triple tragedy.But these are exactly what happened last Friday evening in Dry Rice Market, Bassa Town in Bardnesville, when 23 year-old Momoh Jallah attempted to rape his own 10 year-old sister, Korto, who courageously fought him off. She reported the incident to her father, Mr. Kolubah Jallah, when he returned from work and when the father approached his son to find out why he had done what he did, the young high school graduate attacked his father, hitting him on the head with a stick, causing him to bleed to death. Now the boy is nowhere to be found—he has attempted to escape from justice.What a series of heartrending tragedies! The biggest of them all is that this young man, a 23 year-old high school graduate, has thrown away his life—and he knows it; that is why he has run away, unable to face even himself because he knows the consequences of what he has done. He has given himself an early death sentence, if he is found and convicted by a judge who finds himself compelled to render such a sentence.This tragedy-stricken family deserves all our prayers. We thank God for the tough ten year-old, who stoically resisted wrong and had the courage to tell her father about it. The father had no choice but to confront his son about the dreadful incident and the young man, instead of apologizing and pledging never to do it again, fatally attacked his own dad. The question could well be asked, What happened to Momoh? What led him to attempt assaulting his own 10 year-old sister, then go on to kill his own father?This is a question for all parents. It is a sobering question that compels us all— parents, mothers and fathers, and all guardians, be it big sister, big brother, aunt, uncle or surrogate (foster) parent, to attempt answering. How are we bringing up our children?The Rev. Mr. Davies, the campus chaplain whom the BWI boys of the 1950s teasingly called “Moco,” had only one theme every Sunday he led chapel. He took it from Ecclesiastes: “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” (Eccl. 12:1).That is very serious advice. What it means is that all parents and guardians should strive to train up our children “in the way they should go, so that when they are old, they will not depart from it.”The lesson here is to introduce the children early to God and to the teachings of the Bible, to all the stories in it that will prepare them for life. There are many virtuous lessons in the Koran, too, that Muslim parents should teach their children to prepare them for a virtuous (good, moral, upright) life. There are many parents today who do not emphasize the importance of religious upbringing. Here is a very serious opportunity for all neighborhoods in and around Monrovia and neighborhoods around the country, to introduce Sunday schools in their areas on Sunday, to help bring the children closer to God. We pray, too, that Liberian schools will not follow their American counterparts by taking the Bible and devotion out of schools. These are too important for children’s upbringing. The Bible stories help prepare them for life—a good and Godly life that will cause them to think twice about the consequences of their actions BEFORE they engage in anything evil or unruly.We call on all who may know where Momoh Jallah may be to bring him to the nearest police station to face his crimes and one day face a judge who, seeing Momoh’s confession and penitence (remorse, apology), may have mercy on him and temper justice with mercy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)