Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “If you don’t allow younger players to learn their way up, how can they be strong and experienced enough to fight?” he said. “We call it ‘boxing bones.’ You need to have boxing bones built from a very young age.”Sukrit said the death of the 13-year-old, who fought under the name Petchmongkol S. Wilaitong, was a one-off incident and the result of a poorly organized event.“This has never happened before and it’s unprecedented,” he said. “There are several factors involved which have nothing to do with age. The referee wasn’t quick enough to stop the fight and the venue didn’t have a doctor on standby, which shouldn’t happen.”Public television station ThaiPBS reported that Anucha had fought more than 170 matches since he began boxing at the age of 8, and was currently fighting in the under 41 kilogram (under 90 pound) weight division. It said he was raised by his uncle, who is a boxing trainer, after his parents separated.The uncle, Damrong Tasako, told Thai PBS that Anucha’s death was an accident but he would like to see regulations for children under 15 to wear protective gear to soften blows to the head and body.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite NCAA finals loss, CJ Perez still a winner with baby on the way Child boxing is widespread in Thailand, especially in rural areas, where it offers a way for children to help provide for their families and a path to lift them out of poverty, according to its advocates. Opponents say the sport is dangerous, citing studies such as one published last month by Thailand’s Mahidol University saying that allowing children under 15 to box could result in various types of brain damage.Thai lawmakers are considering legislation proposed last month banning children under 12 from competitive boxing. The legislation has been forwarded to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, which has already drafted a revised version, said Gen. Aduldej Intapong, a member of the National Legislative Assembly.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 ChrissKickboxing is one of the most popular sports in Thailand and its boosters oppose regulating it.“This would have a major impact on the industry,” Sukrit Parekrithawet, a lawyer who represents several boxing training camps, said of the proposed legislation. “Those who drafted the law do not know anything about the sport of Thai boxing, and this would make Muay Thai become extinct.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this March 19, 2002, file photo, two novice Buddhist monks practice Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) during a morning training session at the Golden Horse Monastery in northern Thailand. The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a Muay Thai boxing match in Thailand has sparked debate over whether to ban child boxing. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, File)BANGKOK — The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out during a kickboxing match in Thailand has sparked debate over whether to ban matches involving children.The death of Anucha Tasako came after a Muay Thai — Thai boxing — match Saturday in the Bangkok suburb of Samut Prakarn. The Facebook page Muaythai Krobwongjorn, which covers the sport, said he died from a brain hemorrhage. Protective gear is normally not worn in the sport, and video circulated on social media said to be of the fight shows Anucha not wearing any.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
There are some people in this government, Ministers especially, who are so “upset” with the media, the Daily Observer in particular, that they claim they “don’t read the tabloids anymore.” But these officials fail to realize that the media constitute an “early warning system.” It is the media’s responsibility to display vividly and in intelligible language, even drawings, the warning signs for all to see. And this ALL includes not only the public who are the chief patrons of the media, but most especially the government, which is in charge of national affairs and which should be the first we should alert about things going wrong in the country, or issues and concerns burning in the hearts and minds of the citizenry that GOL should know about. For it is GOL who is not only in charge, but has the capacity and responsibility to DO something about it. However, it is too often that when media reporting and comment do not go the government’s way, the people in government are prepared to dismiss the media as “tabloids.”If, however, things were going smoothly in the country, why would the President of Liberia make the drastic changes in government that did last Sunday? We thank her for taking those actions, although we reserve the right, in time, to comment on the appointments—comments which we pray will be taken in good faith.This editorial is about another sector of the government whose attention we are calling to a very critical natural resource, Liberia’s newly found petroleum. We wish here to make one main point: since 1926 the Liberian government has been dishing out to foreigners its rich natural resources—be they huge tracks of forest, land or minerals, without any local participation. Now we have discovered an entirely new resource, petroleum. And it seems GOL is hell bent on giving this, too, away without any Liberian participation.That is why we are constrained to write yet another editorial, appealing to, calling upon, pleading with, even begging NOCAL NOT TO MAKE THAT SAME MISTAKE AGAIN.On September 23, 2014 we said editorially that NOCAL should do everything in its power to ensure substantial Liberian participation in the petroleum sector. We urged the company to ensure that Liberian participation should be at least 30%, with NOCAL itself garnering another 20%, and foreign companies, 50%. Now another thinking Liberian, Harry A. Greaves, has come forward with some concrete proposals toward this same end. He is suggesting that NOCAL extend the dates for final bidding and notification of successful bidders to allow time for Liberians to be involved. He is further suggesting that in order to avoid accusations of cronyism, for which this government has been heavily criticized, GOL officials should be prohibited from participating in the bidding, directly or indirectly.Mr. Greaves’ suggestions are published in the Friday, November 14 edition of the Daily Observer.We pray that NOCAL will seriously consider those suggestions.The Daily Observer, in its September 23 editorial, further suggested that NOCAL, having considerable financial resources, could use some of its resources to empower credible Liberians to participate in the petroleum sector, and when they start making money, pay NOCAL back. This is one tangible way to ensure that Liberians are, for once, not left out of yet another viable and lucrative sector that could help them to benefit and prosper from their own resources.We submit that we are not petroleum experts; yet in our own way we advance these ideas that will hopefully propel NOCAL to start thinking seriously about how Liberians can, at long last, share in its enormous resources that will lead us to more effective participation in our national economy as a pathway to progress and prosperity for all.NOCAL, we BEG you to please listen. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As Government continues its budget preparations for the next fiscal year, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has berated the Administration for its management of the economy, suggesting that much of the country’s money is being invested towards the perks and benefits of Ministers. Jagdeo, a former President, made these comments when he addressed sugar workers and their families at a Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) public meeting at Enterprise, East Cost Demerara (ECD) during last week.“This Government spends large sums of money but it doesn’t spend it on the economy; it doesn’t spend it on enhancing welfare for people,” Jagdeo claimed in his address on Wednesday.Government has repeatedly noted that it has expended significant allocations to sugar but Finance Minister Winston Jordan suggested last year that it would be money wasted if finances were given out in similar fashion to the ailing industry. Jagdeo however countered that sugar was not a burden to the $250 billion 2017 Budget, telling the gathering that allocations to the industry were a small portion. He also suggested that the coalition Government is misplacing budgetary allocations.“Sugar gets a tiny fraction of the budget but when you look at where the money is going – $40 billion increase in recurrent expenditure; non-productive, wasteful expenditure. Over $100 million on building a fence around the Office of the President; millions more spent of fleets of vehicles for Ministers and drivers and everybody else; fixing up State House and the Prime Minister’s Office [and] trips abroad,” Jagdeo told the crowd.The Opposition Leader further referenced that some Ministers have sought trips for medical care to Ireland in Europe and elsewhere.“Just a couple weeks ago, they have decided to insure Ministers [for] $38 million a year,” he noted.Minister of State Joseph Harmon had however defended the move of the foreign medical care, suggesting that Ministers were footing their own bill.Jagdeo later criticised the President’s bus programme, saying that resources would have been better allocated to the $10,000 school voucher programme which had existed under the previous Administration.“They took away $1.6 billion from the children of this country when they removed the $10,000 grant. In the three years, it would have been $5 billion. They could have bought over 1000 busses with the $5 billion but they took it away claiming they couldn’t afford it but they afford a 50 per cent increase for Ministers,” the former President stressed.Months after assuming office in 2015, Cabinet Ministers were allocated salary increases amounting to 50 per cent, which saw their monthly earnings rising to $870,000 from the $579,000 which was handed out monthly under the previous Administration.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was allocated a $2 million increase to $20,580,000 per annum, while other Vice Presidents are paid just over $11.1 million per year.Members of Parliament with no specific portfolio were awarded a 20 per cent increase in salaries which reflected an uptick to $2,402,532 which moved from the previous $2,002,116.
Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digicel Guyana, Gregory Dean, has expressed his disappointment over the continuous lengthy delays in the liberalisation process.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Dean related that his company, which has been pushing for an end to the monopoly of the local telecommunications sector, does not have any recent indication that there is much progress.“It’s still uncertain what’s happening with the progress and what’s causing this long delay… We’ve had discussions with the Government and the updates we get are that discussions are still ongoing. But obviously, the concern for us, you know, is discussions have been going on for years and we still don’t understand what is the main sticking point and why we still can’t have liberalisation,” he posited.According to the Digicel CEO, it has been 12 years since his company entered the Guyana market and has been promised liberalisation every year since.“The legislation was passed in Parliament in 2016 and so we anticipated shortly after the passage of the legislation, there would be full liberalisation; but once again, we’ve been quiet disappointed that there has been little or no progress since,” Dean asserted.In fact, he said that after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier this year, it was anticipated that the liberalisation process would swiftly move towards a final resolution but that was not forthcoming.After missing the 2018 year-end deadline for the complete liberalisation of the public telecommunications sector, Government in March inked a “non-binding” agreement with Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) – a company, owned by US-based Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN) — which has held the monopoly over the local telecommunications market for more than 20 years.A joint statement from the Public Telecommunications Ministry and GTT had stated that while the MoU was non-binding, the signing nevertheless represented a major step toward fully liberalising Guyana’s telecommunications market. It was noted too that the parties have further agreed to continue discussions on all outstanding issues with the objective of eventually reaching a binding agreement.“After many years of delays, this Government has brought the country one step closer to achieving a fully open telecommunications market. While more work needs to be done, the Government is committed to continuing discussions and completing the process of liberalisation for the citizens of Guyana,” Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes stated in the missive.In June 2018, Minister Hughes had explained that the extra delays in the liberalisation process were as a result of other issues surrounding the final document having to be reviewed.Citizens were, for many months, exasperated with the many delays that had occurred, but the Minister, at that time, had pointed out there were many other issues which surrounded the liberalisation. In fact, she further refuted the reports of it being completed until 2020.Presently, there are two telecommunications companies which provide mobile phone services to the Guyanese public. The liberalisation of the sector is heavily dependent upon the settlement of a US$44 million tax claim against GTT.However, the company continues to enjoy the monopoly in international voice and data services until 2030.In January of 2018, it was reported that negotiations with GTT and the ministry to address the lifting of the monopoly were effective. These negotiations began in 2016 with the intention of ending the 26-year monopoly on the fixed line market.The liberalisation, once in place, would ensure there was fair competition and regulation among all enterprises in the business sector.Digicel CEO Gregory Dean
The subject of Pogba’s reportedly fraught relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho was strictly off the table for the interview at France’s international training base.United’s difficult start in the Premier League all seems a long away from France’s glory in Russia, but reunited again with his France teammates, Pogba was happy to recall that defender Adil Rami had described him as the team’s “real leader” at the World Cup.“It really pleased me to hear Adil say that,” Pogba told AFP. “I would never say it’s me, it’s the squad who put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself. They gave me confidence as well.“I couldn’t have done it without them. It all began like that, from our training camp. I spoke with Hugo (Lloris), Blaise (Matuidi), (Raphael) Varane, to say that this World Cup we really had to put everything in place to win it. I was really determined.”Pogba made his France debut in 2013, and has racked up 62 caps while appearing at three major tournaments.“With my age, 25 years old, I’m between the two sets of players, the oldest and the youngest. That allows me to relay messages and have the chance to be heard,” he said.“I could say what I felt, give messages and pass them on from the older players to the younger ones. I was the go-between you could say.”– Ballon d’Or –France face Iceland in a friendly in Guingamp on Thursday and resume their Nations League campaign with a return clash at home to Germany on October 16, following a 0-0 draw in Munich last month.Despite taking on a key leadership role at the World Cup, a growing rift between Pogba and Mourinho saw the France international stripped of the United vice-captaincy last month.He said the France captaincy was not one of his main goals.“I’ve never played in the France team to be captain, being here is already a big thing for me,” he said.“You don’t have to be captain in order to speak, a leader is not someone who has the armband. As a leader you can talk on the pitch but I’ve seen leaders who didn’t necessarily talk.”He cited former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, a teammate of Pogba’s at Juventus, as someone who could be relied upon to “show you the way on the pitch”.Pogba was one of six players in Didier Deschamps’ squad to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or on Monday, and he believes the prize should go to one of his France teammates.“It’s all I hope for whatever happens, because there are a lot of them who deserve it,” he said.“I’m not going to get into it, whether it’s (Antoine) Griezmann, Kylian (Mbappe) or Raphael who deserve it much more than me.“I can’t pick one of them, but I sincerely hope it’ll be one of those three, or even four because there’s also NG (N’Golo Kante).”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba insists becoming captain of France is not a priority for the Manchester United midfielder © AFP / FRANCK FIFECLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, France, Oct 9 – France and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has told AFP in an interview that his international teammates give him the freedom to express himself and be the team’s leader.Pogba has faced criticism for failing to repeat his impressive performances at the World Cup for United, who have slumped early in the season.
0Shares0000AFC Leopards forward John Mark Makwatta receives his player of the month awarrd at the club’s training groundNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – Prolific AFC Leopards striker John Mark Makwata has beaten Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna to bag the season opening Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK)?LG player of the month gong for August/September.Makwata who made a return to the Kenyan Premier League after a stint in Asia has been the face of Ingwe’s revival and his performances on the pitch for the 12-time league champions have earned him the plaudits for the season opening months. The former City Stars and Ulinzi Stars marksman bags his second player of the month gong, having also done so in his high scoring adventure with Ulinzi Stars in 2017.He not only beat Gor’s skipper Muguna and compatriot Boniface Omondi to the gong, but also teammate Benjamin Ochan.With just four matches played over the period Makwata helped himself to three match winning goals that swayed fourteen votes from the SJAK football commission his way.Muguna on the other hand scored twice and created two assists when K’Ogalo thrashed Tusker in the opening day of the season.Makwatta however edged the Gor skipper as K’Ogalo only played twice in the league this season.The third finalist Ochan played a key role in Ingwe keeping three clean sheets. The Ugandan goalkeeper made crucial saves that propped him in the running for the season’s first accolade.Makwata took home a 49 inch television set courtesy of LG. The monetary incentive previously enjoyed by winners is lacking since the withdrawal of Sportpesa as title sponsor.SJAK is in the process of looking for alternative sponsorship to take up the financial bit and restore the award to its original make up. Previously, winners would pocket Sh100,000 with the rest of the squad sharing a similar amount.0Shares0000(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)
EXCLUSIVE: A pensioner was left lying on the side of a road for almost half an hour because an ambulance was not available in the area.The ambulance took 26 minutes to get to the injured pensioner.The 67 year old male pedestrian was involved in a road traffic accident in Letterkenny on Monday evening.But because no ambulance was available from nearby Letterkenny General Hospital, it took 26 minutes for an ambulance to travel from the far side of Ballybofey – almost 30 kms away. The man, who is understood to have suffered fractures in the accident, was wrapped in blankets by attending Gardai.A statement from the HSE to Donegal Daily confirmed that no ambulance was available locally because they were on other emergency calls.“The National Ambulance Service can confirm an emergency 999/112 call was received for the Letterkenny area on 24th November 2014 at 17:33hrs.“At the time the call was received a number of emergency resources in the area were engaged on other emergency calls. The nearest available emergency resource was dispatched to the incident and arrived at the scene at 17:59hrs.” The incident, which occurred at the Oldtown Bridge in Letterkenny at around 5.30pm, is the latest in a number which throws a spotlight on ambulance response times in Co Donegal.Last December Maura Porter lay dying for 50 minutes on the roadside beside her home in Carndonagh until am ambulance arrivedThe 70 year old later passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry from her injuries.Her son Brendan, who had waited with his dying mother until the ambulance arrived, said the latest incident again highlights the shortcomings of the ambulance service.“This only again highlights the fact that there are not enough ambulances on call for a county the size of Donegal. “As well as that the ambulances that are on call are obviously not geographically spread out that all areas are covered.“Thankfully this man’s injuries were not life-threatening but my mother was not so lucky,” he said.AMBULANCE TOOK ALMOST HALF AN HOUR TO GET TO PENSIONER AT SIDE OF ROAD was last modified: November 26th, 2014 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:accidentambulancedelaydonegalEmergencyletterkenny
SYLMAR – While they have been fighting for endorsements and contributions in the race for the 20th Senate District, Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez and City Councilman Alex Padilla held off Friday on creating any friction in the final debate before the June 6 primary election. Before a crowd of more than 100 people at Sylmar High School, both candidates outlined their plans to secure funding for a pediatric trauma center for the Northeast San Fernando Valley, as well as money to hire more police. “How can we afford not to expand those services for the Valley?” Padilla said of the trauma unit. “It’s not right. The San Fernando Valley deserves better.” Both also announced their support for Proposition 82, which would fund universal preschool by taxing the wealthy. If elected to the Senate, Montañez said, she expects to work on the same issues she pushed in the Assembly, as well as fighting for transportation bond measures to help the Valley, affordable housing and sound development planning. Padilla, who opposed Valley secession, has promised to work to ensure that the Valley gets its fair share of new infrastructure funding, and make sure those investments don’t increase sprawl; improve access and affordability of health care; and work on childhood diabetes prevention. Padilla, who was elected to the City Council in 1999, continued to tout his local accomplishments such as hiring more police officers for the Northeast Valley, his experience of helping to balance city budgets and defending local budgets from state government. Montañez also continued to list her own achievements since being elected to the Assembly in 2002, including her focus on urban environmental cleanup, consumer protection and health care. The two veteran politicians face one other challenger: Pamela Brown, an economics professor at Pierce College who is running as a Libertarian, backs pension and budget reforms, and backs lowering California’s minimum wage from $6.75 to the federal rate of $5.15 per hour to improve the job market. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Absolutely, we should pass the proposition because it will be the districts like ours here that will benefit the most for it,” Montañez said. Friday’s debate between Padilla and Montañez was the second for the seat to be vacated by termed-out Richard Alarc n, D-Van Nuys. Padilla has secured the endorsement of his colleagues on the City Council, while Montañez has been backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Both candidates are running well-funded campaigns. According to campaign finance statements dated March 22, Padilla had $719,439 and Montañez had $425,057. Election watchers have said Padilla and Montañez share other similarities. Both are Latino Democrats who grew up in the Northeast Valley and were first elected to public office in their 20s.
KILDARE are ahead of Donegal at half-time in the Allianz National League Division One clash at Croke Park this evening.The Lilywhites are 1-07 to 0-05 ahead at the break. Donegal opened the scoring with a free from their captain, Michael Murphy.Paddy McBrearty pointed Donegal’s first score from play, before Michael Murphy sent over his second free of the game, this time from a little further out. Donegal, though, then suffered a blow with Colm McFadden forced off with an injury and he was replaced by Dermot Molloy.But the three point lead wasn’t to last.In the 12th minute Johnny Doyle got the Lilywhites off the mark, followed by a goal from Tomas O’Connor. A Mikey Conway free came back off a post and O’Connor was first to react, fisting the ball to the back of Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan’s net. Johnny Doyle’s free after 23 minutes meant Kildare has scored 1-03 without reply.Another Johnny Doyle point and one from Brian Flanagan with the scores for Kildare, with a Michael Murphy effort in between. Then another classy score from Pádraig O’Neill followed by Murphy again left the score 1-07 to 0-05 at the break.Scorers for Kildare: T O’Connor 1-0, J Doyle 0-3 (2f), M Conway 0-1 (1f), B Flanagan 0-1, N Kelly 0-1, P O’Neill 0-1Scorers for Donegal: M Murphy 0-4 (3f), P McBrearty 0-1. HALF-TIME: KILDARE AHEAD AT CROKE PARK was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HALF-TIME: KILDARE AHEAD AT CROKE PARK