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Olympic boxing greats Lomachenko, Rigondeaux fight as pros

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Then Lomachenko will try to cap his year by breaking through Rigondeaux’s often impenetrable defense.At 5-foot-6, the 29-year-old now living in California hardly looks intimidating. Lomachenko arrived for his news conference Thursday in a button-down shirt and thick glasses, a cerebral look for what figures to be a fierce night in the ring.Fitting, because this is a fight he’ll have to win as much with his mind as his muscle.“Of course, it’s going to be a very intelligent fight. Two guys meeting who really knows about boxing,” Lomachenko said through an interpreter. “So it’s an intelligent fight, brain fight.”Both fighters thrive in those, part of the reason they can’t land the bigger fights they want. They’re tough to even look good against, let alone beat, and many opponents want no part of that.So they ended up fighting each other, one of them perhaps headed to a loss that’s been so infrequent dating to their youth.“It’s going to be a great fight for the fans and it’s going to be a great historical fight that fans will forever look back on,” Rigondeaux said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny First he has to deal with Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), the 122-pound champion moving up two weight classes for an ESPN-televised chance to earn the appreciation that his unbeaten pro career hasn’t brought yet.“It’s a very important fight in my career,” Rigondeaux said through an interpreter. “It’s going to be a great show and I hope everybody appreciates the show we’re going to put on Saturday.”The Olympic gold medalist for Cuba at 119 pounds in 2000 and 2004 would have preferred it at a lighter weight, where he wouldn’t be giving up size to a fighter who has the offensive arsenal of Lomachenko. But 130 pounds was where Rigondeaux, 37, had to go to get the opportunity that has eluded him throughout his unbeaten career, even when he toppled Nonito Donaire in 2013 in a fight that gave him another title but not really many more fans.His defensive-minded style was the way to pile up the points as an amateur, where on top of his Olympic golds he also won world titles in 2001 and 2005, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2003 and 2005. But it hasn’t done much to make him marketable as a pro, where Lomachenko’s six straight victories by stoppage demonstrate the kind of aggression casual viewers favor.“Rigo has had a historic, legendary career as an Olympic fighter and now as a professional and this is a fight that he’s been waiting for his entire career, to bring him not just to the top of the pound-for-pound list, where he has always been, to bring him the exposure and the accolades as one of the most popular fighters in the world that he’s so deserving of,” promoter Dino Duva said. “But he’s never had the chance to get there. This is the fight that’s going to bring him over that hump.”The undercard includes American Shakur Stevenson, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist who sparred with Lomachenko during camp, as well as former Irish Olympic bronze medalist Michael Conlan. U.S. women’sOlympian Mikaela Mayer also is in one of the preliminary bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FILE – In this Aug. 23, 2008, file photo, Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukrain,e reacts after defeating Khedafi Djelkhir, of France, during the men’s featherweight 57 kilogram final boxing match at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Before they became professional champions, Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux were the class of boxing’s amateur ranks. They meet Saturday for Lomachenko’s 130-pound title in the first pro bout between two-time Olympic gold medalists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)NEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux, both champions and two of boxing’s best, were even more than that as amateurs.They were the gold standard.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers from Process to work in progress Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? So a fight between them seemed natural, the first professional bout pitting fighters who each won two Olympic gold medals.“It’s obviously a historic fight,” promoter Bob Arum said. “Two great, great fighters with two unbelievable pedigrees facing each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThey fight Saturday at the Theater in Madison Square Garden for Lomachenko’s 130-pound title, a popular pairing for fight fans who marveled at their mastery of the craft back when the prizes were medals around their necks, not belts around their waists.“This fight is very important for me because a lot of people who are fans, a lot of media want this fight,” Lomachenko said. “It’s a very special fight for them. It’s special for me. It will be interesting.”Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) won Olympic gold in 2008 and again four years later in London fighting at a different weight, the highlights of an amateur career in which the Ukrainian compiled a 396-1 record. He won a 126-pound belt in just his third pro fight in 2014, has made three defenses of the 130-pound title he won in 2016, and is likely headed for a move up to lightweight next year.last_img read more

Periscoping The Liberian Peace Initiatives

first_imgPART IIIPurposeThe work is meant to give an introspective analysis of the initiatives and efforts made so far to retrack Liberia on a peaceful path. Since 1979, the foundation of peace in Liberia has been shaky. Hence, an in-depth analysis of efforts in post war Liberia is logical for the purpose of history.IntroductionNo one living in Liberia during its best days of peace and progressive development in the 1960s and 1970s would have believed that we could wreck our own country. But it did happen. Great enmity befell us; we were torn apart, gnashing our teeth at one another and flexing our muscles and swords at one another. Indeed, “Things Fell Apart”. Warring factions sprang up, wicked war lords were born and destructions upon vivid destructions raged. In the end, we reached the never-promised land of divisions and animosities. And so, great and tireless efforts have to be made to mend our broken pieces. Periscoping these efforts, reviewing their methods and results, with the view of learning and pointing out our mistakes and building new frontiers and methods of peace are the aims of this work.For definition, a periscope is a telescopic instrument mounted on vessels and ships for viewing their environments of travel. As for us Liberians, our eyes, ears and minds as well as the situations of life we find ourselves in post-war Liberia make us an instrument of viewing our fragile peace.And this work discusses five major components of the peace we have carved. The stakeholders have been both local and international actors. There may be other minor components, but we believe that they can be interwoven in these major ones.True Justice is never based on race, color or tribe – it is by laws and statutes. Sometimes it is by historical and cultural practices because man is the product of history and culture.Justice must never be delayed or postponed. It must be speedy and timely in accordance with laws and statutes. Remember that Socrates said that we cannot do the same thing over and again and expect different result. If the ugly practices of injustices of the past are repeated, our peace can never be guaranteed. Anger and discontent will arise when we reflect on our twenty-four years of senseless destruction. The wars will then have had no meaning and purpose.If we are to maintain our fragile peace and transform it into genuine peace, then those who corrupt must be brought to book; those who kill must be killed as Tolbert did in the 1970’s. The courts must not be for a selected class; the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission must not be a tooth-less cobra, it must bite those who steal our money. The Government or fraternity should not cover or protect them. Today, the biggest question of justice that hangs over our peace is what will happen to those who ruined and wrecked our country for twenty-four years – from 1980 to 2014? For now, there are two schools of thought, namely, forgive and let by-gone be by-gone and those who advocate for the “World Crime Court”. And much have been said and debated on each side. As for us, we crave what was formerly done and how it was so well done. Although, we all want to see justice; therefore, as such, our choice must air at peace. And peace that results from injustice is never guaranteed. Note that we have already selected the road to injustice. For example, the TRC “Final Report” or “Volume II: Consolidated Final Report” of June 30, 2009 made a lot of recommendations aimed at justice and peace. It lists and recommends some high profile individuals for prosecutions and other forms of punishment. But nothing has been done about that. On page 370 of the document, it highlights twenty-six (26) persons to face prosecution for what it calls “Economic Crimes”. Will that ever happen? Added to this list, forty-nine (49) persons are spot-lighted and recommended to be excluded from public office for thirty (30) years beginning July 1, 2009. But a good number of them have served or are currently serving in public offices. They are riding on a ruling from the Supreme Court filed against the TRC and financed by the same people. Where is the justice?Among the ten (10) “Notorious War Lords” who wrecked our country and killed our people, two have died, one is in prison for financing and abetting another war; but we ourselves have elected into public offices almost the rest of the seven (7) lords. They have added more to their ill-gotten wealth and have become more powerful and entrenched. What a grievous mistake! And now we are calling for “War Crime Court”. Are we mad? We have already violated the logical law of order and sequence – “doing first thing first”. On page three hundred and twenty (320) of the same document, there are one hundred and sixteen (116) persons highlighted as the “Most Notorious Perpetrators” of war crimes including rape and massacre. But the irony is that most of these individuals are serving in the three branches of the Liberian Government. And they are masquerading as prophets and heroes around the country. Can we bring them to book now? Too late, too soon. Pages three hundred and seventy-two (372) and three hundred and seventy-four374 look at corporations and institutions (some are still functioning well today) and other persons recommended for “further investigations” but all of them are gold – breaking as if to say to us, “To hell with them”.Will all of the above persons be truly brought to book and prosecuted? The true is, we have made quite a lot of mistakes that will impair our quest for truth justice. Firstly, we should have set up the war crime court during the Interim Government of Mr. Bryant. That was the right time. Secondly, we should have never elected these same people to state power. By not arresting them earlier, we have already set them free; that is why we have appointed and elected them to state power. And by electing and appointing them, we have further enriched and entrenched them. And if we expect those in the “House” to pass Ellen’s “War Crime Court” bill into law, then we are building our next capital on Mars. They are the same people who will never willingly hang themselves.We have already rewarded them good for the evils they did; as they are wealthier to buy their justice; they are more entrenched in fraternal societies that will give them safe passage. And now we are calling for War Crime Court. Logically then, we will never get the true justice we deserve. Like Esau, we have already sold our birth-right to cunning Jacob and his wicked mother. Thinking about justice now is like shaking huge stingers net; we will be heavily stung. Calling for justice through the War Crime Court now is opening up old wounds and as a result, that will bleed more blood than the real sore. Let the sleeping wicked dog lie; we should not trouble that trouble. We cannot do it alone and those we may be relying on have many troubles on their hands. They also have their own varying interests so they will never input the full and true justice we need in Liberia. Since we have enriched and powerfully entrenched them more and more let them fly and sail freely. Justice is now very, very difficult. And if you want more frustrations and pains, try it. V. National Agenda for TransformationConflict is part of humanity. That is why we are endowed with the intellect to resolve it as it comes. After the resolution, we then put into place programs, policies and values that will put the conflict behind us and set the pace for transformation.Thus, our best choice now is to do those things that will quickly impact our lives for now and those that will transform our future. To do that, we need to know what the problems are. And as we identify the problems we equally find the solution with the envisioned solution, as we carve the determination and resolve to solve the problems.It is not fair to say that such agendas have never been planned and discussed. Many of such national planning have come but to no avail. For example, President Tubman put forth the “Open Door Policy” agenda. Later, he introduced the “National Unification Policy”. President Tolbert laid the “Total Involvement for Higher Heights” national programmes. It was also co-named “From Mats to Mattresses”. And after our civil crises, Mr. Taylor came with “Vision 2014”. Lastly, Ma Ellen put forth “Vision 2030”. It goes without saying then that for us Liberians, there has never been the shortage of ideas.Our problems have been The Lack of Nationalism, Greed imbedded with Corruption and Integrity. With these vices, no amount of “National Agenda for Transformation” can ever hold. And so as we now periscope our peace initiative, we think that fighting these vices should constitute our new “Agenda for National Transformation”. They have been our impediments to growth and development. If they are not fought vigorously, we will always remain an under developed country. This is not a curse, but a fact.As an analogy, nationalism is as a mother’s feeling for an only child. Her love and feelings are centralized and focused on her only child. She thinks about him day and night and equally works for his growth and development; for he is her future.Nationalism is a mind centered Phenomenon. It is built in one’s mind by education and enlightenment. It is a reality of attitude, but not a flimsy theory. For instance, we know that the Americans are nationalistic because we see their love for their only country in practice. They believe in their country; they live and work for America; they die for their only mother land. If they are corrupt, then they corrupt others to build America.We can fight “Lack of Nationalism” as we fight AIDS and Ebola by awareness and education. We need to teach nationalism in our schools. In our schools at all levels, we need to teach the love of our national anthem, our flag, our history and even the love of our money or currency. We must love and treat our fellow Liberians as Liberians. On the contrary, we love and better treat aliens and foreigners than we treat Liberians. We need a Liberian mindset and change to maintain our peace. Indeed, only constant education can affect that “love of country.” At the core of our new agenda for national transformation is the determined and joint fight against greed and corruption. In China, corrupt public officials are executed. In other countries, their properties are confiscated and turned into national ownership. Yet in other lands, they are imprisoned for lifetime if there are no properties to be seized. But in Liberia, we only pay lip services to it because it is one of our cultural practices. And the big guys oversee the practice.One of the major reasons for our civil wars was corruption. Tolbert opened our eyes against corruption and spoke against it; yet the military claimed to overthrow him because of “Rampant Corruption”. In contrast, many voices including Mr. Taylor spoke against corruption of the Doe Regime. The Taylor Regime of “no financial accountability” was even worse. And even more so the factional interim leaderships were the most dangerous ones including the Bryant Regime. However, John Morlu when he was at the GAC said, the “Ellen led government is even ten times more corrupt than the Bryant led interim leadership”. We could catalog volumes of corruption stones in Liberia. For example, elections have been rigged to favor the unelected; the Ministry of Finance has been burned to avoid and cover up audit reports; national development funds have been diverted to individuals by senior state actors with impunity. And in recent time, a senior whistle blower was secretly murdered in cold blood with fictitious stories. And furthermore, high profile concession agreements have been signed in many fraudulent ways.Greed and corruption must be discussed as weapons of mass destruction against our development programmes. They must be combined and destroyed. Laws must be enacted against corrupt public officials and their ill-gotten wealth. This will guarantee our peace. If Ellen’s “Number One Public Enemy” is not an agenda item for discussion, legislation and destruction, then our people died for nothing in cold blood and our country was destroyed in vain by greedy war lords. And this is not healthy for our fragile peace.The last agenda item for our future transformation is INTEGRITY. Integrity means behaving in accordance with Public Laws and Oath; it is “saying what you mean and meaning what you say” as defined by a respectable American Preacher. It is speaking truth, not lies; it is upholding the values of our constitution, laws and statutes; but it is not living in contravention to the values of public offices.Those who lie under oath, lack integrity; those who steal public funds lack integrity; and those who sign dubious concession contracts lack integrity. Since the lack of integrity is one of our major problems, it must be part of our discussions for national transformation.Integrity is conscience driven and so those who lack it are living – dead beings who do and defend evil as good. As we periscope our peace initiatives and plan our agenda for future transformation, integrity must be a highlighted triumph card that will replace evil with good.For us, the best recipe for highlighting integrity is to expose men of greed, evil and corruption. We must bring them to public disgrace and ridicule. When we hide their evils behind fraternity and bigshoptism, we throw integrity into darkness. Each time we cover people with family blanket and tribal shield, we bury integrity. We ought to enact an integrity law against public indecency. It must be part of our “Good Governance” laws.Having sustained our fragile peace for ten (10) years, we need to do all we can to maintain it. To do so, we need to periscope those cardinal components we have reviewed in order to guarantee our peace. Let’s meditate on them day and night. Besides, we need to work on them in practice if we want to maintain our peace and make it more really genuine.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City of Fort St John Council endorses plan for 100 Street Corridor

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a City of Fort St. John Council meeting on Tuesday, Council was presented with a final plan for the 100 Street Corridor.Back in June, the City, along with MODUS Planning and Urban Systems, held a Design Charrette exploring the different design options for the reconstruction of 100 Street.Through those sessions, the design team was able to come up with a design and plan that best suits the needs and functionality of downtown.- Advertisement -According to Lead Urban Designer for MODUS, Edward Porter, throughout the designing of 100 Street, they kept in mind the vision of “A street for everyone, in the heart of a thriving downtown.”In order to keep that vision in mind, the team decided to present Council with an optimized three-lane concept that is expected to accommodate all users of the downtown.Cross section for the optimized three-lane concept for 100 Street. Source City of Fort St. JohnAdvertisement The final plan will see downtown, along 100 Street, divided up into five precincts starting at 95 Avenue and running north until 110 Avenue. The main part of downtown will run from 96 Avenue to 105 Avenue.The 100 Street plan by precincts. Source City of Fort St. JohnCouncil endorsed the overall plan for approval to proceed for the tendering process of the construction project.Construction is expected to start in the Spring of 2020 and be complete, in stages, over the next four to five years.Advertisementlast_img read more

CELEBRATIONS AS FOUR DONEGAL SCHOOLS WIN ULSTER TITLES TO LAND DREAM AVIVA DATE

first_imgFOUR DONEGAL primary schools have secured All-Ireland finals at the Aviva!They landed Ulster titles in the Spar 5s.Scoil an Choimín Lifford, Lurgybrack National School, St Oran’s in Cockhill, Buncrana, St Patrick’s in Lurgybrack, Letterkenny and Scoil Íosagáin, Buncrana, all landed Ulster titles. Scoil an Choimín, Lifford won the SPAR Cup A for small schools mixed/boys:Luke Mag Fhloinn, Josh O’Brollacháin, Niall O’Dochartaigh, Daniel O’Meanthaile, James O’Cnaimshí, Ross O’Brollacháin, James Mag Fhloinn, Cormac O’CnaimhsMuniteoir: Laura Ní Ghallachóir Príomhoide SN an Choimín: Máire Ní GhallchóirSt. Oran’s NS, Cockhill won the SPAR Cup Girls ‘B’ (Medium schools, girls only): Molly Boyd, Leah McDaid, Aoife Gallanagh, Louise Gallanagh, Cora McColgan, Rebecca Rodgers, Kelly Fullerton, Rachel McCallionTeachers: Kathryn Doherty, Shauna McLaughlinSt. Patrick’s NS, Lurgybrack won the SPAR Cup ‘C’ (Large schools, mixed/boys): Nathan Plumb, Adam Murphy, Josh McCullagh, Jay Maguire, James Gallagher, Harry Winfield, David Boyle, James DonaheyTeacher: A FrielScoil Íosagáin, Buncrana won the SPAR Cup Girls ‘C’ (Large schools, girls only): Katelyn Doherty, Aoife McDaid, Amalie Webster, Keri Loughrey, Jodie Loughrey, Connie Doherty, Ciara McGee, Ellen ClearyTeacher: Conor Delap Congratulations to Donegal’s four winners who will represent Ulster at the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Wednesday, May 11. CELEBRATIONS AS FOUR DONEGAL SCHOOLS WIN ULSTER TITLES TO LAND DREAM AVIVA DATE was last modified: April 23rd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalInishowenLiffordLURGYBRACKspar 5sst oran’slast_img read more

HARTE MAKES TWO CHANGES TO TEAM AS COUNTDOWN TO ULSTER SEMI-FINAL REACHES CLIMAX

first_imgMickey Harte has made two changes to the Tyrone team to face Donegal in Sunday’s mouth-watering Ulster Football Championship semi-final in Clones.The anticipation to the game is now white hot with many feeling Sunday’s clash will be the ultimate test to see how far the new-look Donegal side has really come.The Tyrone boss has admitted Donegal are the in-form side but will have done his homework on ways of dismantling McGuinness’ team. Joe McMahon comes into the Tyrone team following a lay off due to a broken jaw sustained while playing for his club Omagh St Enda’s in a club match in April.He replaces Cathal McCarron, with Kevin Hughes taking over from for Aidan Cassidy, who suffered an ankle injury in a recent club outing.Donegal boss Jim McGuinness is in the unlikely position of having an injury-free panel to choose form.The only dilemma he would appear to have it whether to play Glenfin man Frank McGlynn from the start now that he is back to full fitness. The Tyrone team is – Pascal McConnell , Martin Swift , Joe McMahon, Ryan McMenamin , Davy Harte, Conor Gormley, Philip Jordan, Kevin Hughes, Sean Cavanagh, Brian Dooher, Brian McGuigan , Peter Harte, Martin Penrose , Stephen O’Neill , Mark DonnellySubs: John Devine, Aidan Cassidy, Colm Cavanagh, Kyle Coney, Cathal McCarron, Damian McCaul, Aidan McCrory, Tommy McGuigan, Justin McMahon , Owen Mulligan, Sean O’NeillHARTE MAKES TWO CHANGES TO TEAM AS COUNTDOWN TO ULSTER SEMI-FINAL REACHES CLIMAX was last modified: June 23rd, 2011 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:Jim McGuinnessmickey harteUlster Championship semi-finallast_img read more

SURFERS TAKE TO THE WATER IN TRIBUTE TO HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM ALAN

first_imgAlan, pictured with his wife JoeThe friends of the late Alan McSherry will be holding a ‘paddle out’ in Bundoran bay at the area between The Peak surf break and the Boat Quay in the town at 7pm this evening.The 48-year-old died in a hit-and-run incident outside the town on Sunday.“We are doing this in memory of our great friend,” said a Bundoran Surf Company spokesman. “The Paddle out is open to all and additional suits and boards will be made available to those who may not have them. ”Alan was a keen surfer.His body was found by his wife Jo around 5am on Sunday on a narrow road leading to their home.  SURFERS TAKE TO THE WATER IN TRIBUTE TO HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM ALAN was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gardaí recover equipment stolen from Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team

first_imgGardaí have recovered equipment, worth thousands of euro, belonging to the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team.The equipment had been stolen last week before being discovered during a raid on a house in Sligo this morning.Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One, Mountain Rescue team spokesman Alan Sayers says that the crew had not been fully operational since the theft, and had relied on neighbouring rescue teams. Mr Sayers thanked neighbouring mountain rescue teams in Fermanagh, Donegal and Mayo for their support.He added that once safety checks are done on the equipment, including brand new high-grade lighting gear, the team will be fully operational once again.Two men were arrested following the raid and are being held at Ballymote Garda Station.Investigaitons are ongoing. Gardaí recover equipment stolen from Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team was last modified: April 9th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:GardairobberySligo Leitrim Mountain Rescuelast_img read more

CWG scam: Mauritius-based firm under CBI scanner

first_imgCBI is likely to investigate the role of a Mauritius-based company for alleged irregularities in executing over Rs 70 crore contracts for providing consultancy for Commonwealth Games-related works after receiving a reference from Sports Ministry in this regard.Acting on PMO recommendation, the Sports Ministry has sent a letter to CBI to probe the antecedents, flow of funds and works carried out by Event Knowledge Services (EKS), an international private consultant, for alleged wrongdoings.EKS was given three contracts of over Rs 70 crore by the Games Organising Committee to extend consultancy services for the venue development and management, games workforce, and games planning and project management services.”A reference has been received from the Sports Ministry and a preliminary enquiry into the matter is on,” a CBI official said.Taking a serious view of the Shunglu Committee’s findings, the PMO had suggested to Sports Ministry a probe by CBI and Enforcement Directorate.It has directed “expeditious action” on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s order in the matter and sought the reply of Sports Ministry within a month on the fifth report of the high-level committee appointed by him.”We will also be sending a reference to ED to probe alleged violation of foreign exchange acts and money laundering,” a Sports Ministry official said. The Committee in its report estimated financial loss of over Rs 18 crore to the Government due to alleged irregularities in granting workforce contract.On October 25, 2010 the Prime Minister had appointed the high level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to investigate and report all irregularities in executing various projects by several government agencies during the Games held in New Delhi between October 3-14, 2010.advertisementThe committee, in its report submitted to the PMO on March 28, found several discrepancies in the projects executed by the company and “collusion” among sacked jailed OC Chief Suresh Kalmadi, Chief Executive Officer of CWG Federation Mike Hooper and other senior functionaries of the Games body.Interestingly, the Games Planning and Project Management Contract permitted EKS to assign the same to a sister concern. EKS incorporated a new company in November, 2008 in Mauritius by the name Event Knowledge Services Pvt Ltd.The entire contract was assigned to the new company in June 2009, thus, making a mockery of Quality Based Selection System (QBS), the report said.”This is a fit case for reference to the CBI and the ED. They would have to investigate the ownership of EKS Private Limited, Mauritius and trace the flow of funds from the OC to EKS private limited and onwards to other recipients. The aspects of fraud involved in this case would also need to be investigated and suitable criminal action taken against the guilty,” it said.The committee has scrutinised projects like sponsorship, ticketing, overlays, ceremonies, technology contracts and catering among others executed by the OC.Besides Kalmadi,former OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V K Verma, Deputy Director General -Procurement Surjeet Lal and Joint Director General-Sports A S V Prasad among others are in Tihar jail for their alleged involvement in the CWG scam.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Pia Wurtzbach, Sharon Cuneta, Alyssa Valdez headline muses for PBA Season 44 opening

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will headline the muses who will make their way to the hardcourt. The Fil-German beauty will be Barangay Ginebra’s muse. Wurtzbach won’t be the only beauty queen in the field with Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza joining San Miguel Beer. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rising Kapamilya star Yam Concepion will be Phoenix’s muse while GMA talent Klea Pineda will walk with Alaska.Aya Fernandez, Mutya ng Pilipinas Miss Tourism International, and fellow candidate Anie Uson will be with NorthPort and Rain or Shine, respectively.TNT, Meralco and Columbian have yet to finalize their choices.RELATED VIDEO MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Blackwater will have two muses with volleyball ace Michele Gumabao and Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño There will be no shortage of stars when all 12 teams hit the floor during the opening ceremony on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.Aside from the players themselves, big-time celebrities and athletes from other sports will bring glitz and glamour to usher in the 44th Season of the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Kings enjoy blowout win over Magic to stop 4-game skid Not to be outdone is Magnolia, which will parade no other than Sharon Cuneta.Philippine volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez, meanwhile, will be with NLEX. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

Hamstring injury sidelines San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “It was a good response by the team, but we’re just at 1-1 so we shouldn’t celebrate,” said Cabagnot. “We should be as level headed as possible because the season is far from over and the conference has just started.”“We have to work hard and do the things we need to do.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite herculean effort, Moala Tautuaa knows he needs to work harder to stay course ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel point guard Alex Cabagnot is out indefinitely after suffering a hamstring injury in the Beermen’s previous game in the PBA Philippine Cup against Columbian.Cabagnot said on Sunday that his left hamstring has been bothering him for a couple of weeks and it only got worse in the Beermen’s 124-118 loss to the Dyip on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “I hurt my hamstring last game when I dove on the floor but we were trying to catch up so you have to try anything to win the game,” said Cabagnot after the Beermen’s recent 99-91 win over Barangay Ginebra at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Whatever happens I just did what I had to do and the worst consequence was I hurt my hamstring and that has been bothering me for the past two weeks, hopefully and God willing I’ll be back soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCabagnot sat out the game against the Gin Kings in what he described as a great bounce back win for the Beermen.The 36-year-old Cabagnot didn’t sit with the team on the bench and instead joined the team officials a little further up behind the Beermen to better get a view of the action. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more