ONE: Gina Iniong bounces back, outwits Taiwanese foe

first_imgPHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPGina Iniong put the lessons of her last defeat to good use, beating Jenny Huang via unanimous decision in the preliminary bouts of ONE: Heroes of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Team Lakay atomweight bounced back from her loss to Mei Yamaguchi last November and clipped her Taiwanese opponent in a grueling three-round match.ADVERTISEMENT Struggling to prepare sans import, NLEX locals working double time The Indonesian strawweight controlled the tempo for the whole three rounds, imposing his will on a full mount as his Chinese foe desperately tried to stay in the match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Iniong was on-point for the whole fight, but made her mark with a superb right straight which floored Huang. Though Huang tried to bring the match to the mat, the Igorot bet was able to squeak her way out of danger and connect with her strikes up to the third round.With the win, Iniong improved to 7-3 and put herself once again in the conversation for possible challengers to ONE Women’s Atomweight Champion Angela Lee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHuang, meanwhile, suffered her third straight defeat to fall to 5-3.In the curtain raiser, Adrian Mattheis (5-3) also extended his winning streak to three, besting Lan Ming Qiang (1-3) via unanimous decision. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

New Lotto Authority Gets More Power

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed into law an Act repealing the 1993 Act of the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation thus creating the National Lottery Authority.According to a release, the new Act gives the agency the exclusive power to conduct, manage, regulate, and supervise Lotto and all other games of chance within the entire country.The Act identifies games of chance as raffles, casinos, numbers games, raffle draws, casino slot machines, schemes, arrangements, systems, plans and promotional competition or device for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance.The new National Lotto Authority will also monitor, supervise and regulate any exercise of skill and chance or betting based on the outcome of an event, including but not limited to sports, or any other game, scheme, arrangement, system, plan, competition or device which shall be operated pursuant to the issuance of a license under this Act.The Act which was signed on December 22, 2014 by the President compels companies operating casinos, slot machines, sports betting and others hosting raffle draws, promotional competitions or devices for the distribution of prizes by lots or chance to acquire a permit or license from the Authority.The new Act also created a Board of Directors that includes several Ministries as statutory members; the Liberia National Bar Association, Liberia Teachers Association and the Chamber of Commerce.The National Lottery Authority Act was introduced by Representative Clarence Massaquoi of electoral District 3, Lofa County, and was printed into handbills on March 6, 2015.The new Act which came into effect as of its printing into handbills by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 6, 2015 was drafted with the cooperation and participation of the Law Reform Commission and other stake holders.Prior to the signing into law of the new Lotto Act, some sporting betting companies and other businesses staging raffle draws and operating casinos often challenged the authority of the former Liberia National Lotteries  Corporation to require them to obtain operating licenses.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tyler, Tolbert Get Respite

first_imgDays after prosecution requested Criminal Court ‘C’ to set aside House Speaker Alex Tyler’s US$750,000 criminal appearance bond and subsequently send him to jail, prosecutors have now backed off. The decision to back off followed Tyler’s lawyers’ correcting the bond.For defendant Richard Tolbert, his decision to secretly show-up on Friday, at Criminal Court ‘C’ where he is expected to stand trial for his alleged involvement in the Global Witness bribery scandal, was enough to save him from being arrested and jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison.Tolbert, former head of National Investment Commission (NIC) was declared temporarily free man when his legal team posted a US$150,000 criminal appearance bond, which Judge Emery Paye accepted and approved of his going home, following hours of closed door negotiation.Tolbert, together with Klaus Pipnek, who worked for Delta Mining Consolidated and Andrew Groves, a principal shareholder of Sable Mining, the UK based company at the center of the bribery scandal, was charged with economic sabotage, money laundering, criminal conspiracy, facilitation and solicitations.Tolbert has denied the claim. Tyler was also released immediately by Judge Emery Paye, shortly after he was arrested by court officers when his lawyers posted a US$750,000 bond set aside by the Sky Insurance Company.Tyler is being tried based on the Global Witness report allegation that linked him and others to a syndicate to make provision in the PPCC law for the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy to have the power to declare a concession area a non-bidding area, in order to award a concession agreement on the Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County to Sable Mining; which the defendants allegedly succeeded in doing.He is charged with economic sabotage, criminal facilitation, conspiracy and solicitation among others, which he denied having any knowledge of committing.Although Judge Paye released Tyler the indictee based on the bond, prosecution challenged the judge’s action on grounds that the bond lacks several legal requirements.Noticing that they had filed the wrong bond, Tyler’s legal team quickly and under cover attached the missing documents from which prosecution based their challenge to the bond; thereby making it right under the law.Documents that were missing from the Sky Insurance bond included articles of incorporation, business registration certificate, tax clearance, bank statement, among others.When the bond was made right, Judge Paye, in his action to make Tyler temporarily a free man, explained that the defendant filed his criminal appearance bond, which secured his release pending the trial of the main case.However, the Criminal Court judge said prosecutors did file an exception to the bond because it was insufficient. As such, he said the lawyers argued for it to be set aside as in keeping with law, thereby allowing the speaker to go to jail unless a new bond was filed.But defendant Tyler, Judge Paye noted, after realizing that the prosecution was right for opposing his bond under the law, quickly made an attachment, meaning he ratified the leakages in his bond by showing that he has met up with the legal requirement of his bond.It was following that ratification that prosecutors told the court that their examination of the bond and its attachments indicates that Tyler’s bond has satisfied the necessary requirement in keeping with the Supreme Court opinion.“Based upon the submission and response from the prosecution,” Judge Paye declared, “This court, having closely examined the bond and the attachment as issued, is convinced to say that the criminal appearance bond filed by the defendant is now declared sufficient in fact and in law. Hence, this court hereby endorsed it.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bomi Supt. Wants EU Help to Clean Tubmanburg

first_imgBomi County Superintendent Samuel Brown says the delay in accessing county development funds (CDF) is stalling improvements in the county to the extent that even farm to market roads are in deplorable conditions. He did not elaborate on why his office could not access CDF for Bomi County.However, he pleaded with the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Liberia to provide funds to help his office side-brush the Klay Junction/Tubmanburg road and also clean Tubmanburg City, which he said was virtually overrun by tall grass. Should the EU consent to Supt. Brown’s request, no doubt the rest of the 14 counties would take advantage of that to make similar requests, noted some witnessing the Brown described the road linking the county to Monrovia and streets in the city leading to the health center as “life threatening.”“We want to access pothole-free roads from Klay Junction to Tubmanburg City, and also open up the streets and alleys, but we lack the means because our only yellow machine that was functional some time ago has broken down,” Supt. Brown told the EU delegation.The delegation, headed by Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, included two Estonian parliamentarians, Mart Nutt and Mati Raidma, who were paying a courtesy call on the Superintendent on Tuesday, November 1. Rep. Nutt is a member of the Constitutional Committee, while his colleague Raidma is an Environmental Committee member of Estonia’s parliament.According to Ambassador Intelmann, the field trip provided the visiting parliamentarians an opportunity to learn more about EU support to Liberia and to speak directly to implementing partners and project beneficiaries about its impact.The trip included visits to projects such as the maintenance of the 117km Monrovia-Bo-Waterside road in Grand Cape Mount County near the Liberia/Sierra Leone border, for which the EU has infused US$1.8 million. Some of the ongoing works on the road include side-brushing, filling potholes, and patching side-cracks, exercises the EU said will continue until the Liberian government is ready to repave the road.“As part of the EU’s investment in the rehabilitation and development of Liberia’s road infrastructure, we are working with the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) to ensure long-term maintenance of the country’s paved road network,” said Amb. Intelmann.“The contract and repair of the Bo-Waterside road began at the end of April this year and covers routine maintenance and repairs,” Ambassador Intelmann said.However, she said the EU is supporting the rehabilitation and development of the country’s road infrastructure in a variety of ways through the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) to the tune of 60 million euros (about US$65 million).The EU, together with European national governments has provided the entire grant funding the LRTF, which is administered by the World Bank, the Ambassador said. “Through the LRTF the EU has supported the reconstruction of the Red Light-Ganta and Monrovia-Buchanan roads respectively,” she said.According to her, the EU is currently funding the maintenance of the recently paved roads, “Because maintenance of these roads, especially the Monrovia-Ganta road, is included in the contract with the construction company, while maintenance of the other roads is through contracts with local companies, but managed by the Ministry of Public Works (MPW),” adding that initially, the EU funded road maintenance delivered by local contractors under contracts managed by MPW with EU technical assistance.Supt. Brown lauded the delegation for all that they have done and continue to do for Liberia, while repeatedly appealing for the rehabilitation of roads in the county.Earlier, Bomi District Commissioner Alfred B. S. Zinnah expressed gratitude to the EU-Liberia office for supporting Liberia in its development drive. Zinnah, however, appealed to Ambassador Intelmann to use her influence on EU member countries to seek more assistance for Liberia. In response to Zinnah’s request, Intelmann expressed similar gratitude, but also for partnering with non-governmental organizations and the MPW to help Liberia, using EU tax payer’s money.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At-risk youths find inner PRIDE

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Towering over the 22 middle school children clamoring around him, two-time Super Bowl winning team member James Washington patiently signed each football eagerly shoved his way. The former Dallas Cowboys defensive back was at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station this weeknight to volunteer in the new gang prevention program nicknamed PRIDE – a “scared straight”-style approach that also focuses on presenting positive alternatives to kids. Begun five weeks ago by sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station officials and local clergy, the Pico Rivera Individual Development in Ethics Program (PRIDE) already has parents clamoring to enroll their children. The Rotary Club is offering full funding for the first 9-week session. The program targets kids between the ages of 12 and 15 who have “dabbled in drugs and graffiti” but are not actual gang members yet, said Sgt. Steve Sanchez, one of the program’s founders. “These are kids who are teetering on the edge of getting into the gang life,” said Sanchez, who started the program with no money. “We want to show them, not only the consequences of those choices, but the alternative. We want to show them a hopeful future.” Sanchez said the program’s structure focuses the first few weeks on the consequences of “poor choices” and the remaining weeks on the possibilities available from making “good choices.” One field trip took the kids to jail, where they were given orange jump suits, handcuffed and put into cells. Another outing introduced them to Skid Row. But by far, the visit to the county morgue was the most attention-grabbing field trip, youngsters said. Seeing dead bodies up close, with their bluish-gray tinge and their 10-cent toe tags, really “freaked out” 14-year-old Gabriel Palafox. Among others, the children saw a male gang member who had died of a gunshot wound to the head and a dead “crack baby” whose mother had died of a drug overdose, said Sanchez. “I felt something weird inside,” said Palafox, who earned his first `A’ and found a new interest in reading since starting PRIDE. “I saw the doctor pulling the heart out of a guy’s chest. I never seen anything like it. “You might not be able to see it really, but I want to study all of a sudden,” he added, shrugging. Thirteen-year-old Serina Roldan said the sight and smell of the dead definitely scared her from risking such a grisly end. “It taught me a lesson,” she said. “The man told us the toe tags cost 10 cents each. So you gotta think, is your life only worth 10 cents?” After signing the footballs, Washington spoke about his brushes with gang life growing up in Watts 30 years ago. Washington, 42, spoke skillfully to the eighth-grade audience, using examples and humor they understood, jokingly imitating what he knew the children were thinking about “yet another old cat” telling them he understood their lives. After the state took Washington away from his mother at age 4, he was raised by his grandmother. Eventually he took to running the streets with his five best “partners,” all of whom are either dead or in jail now. “Along the way they made choices,” Washington said. “I chose education. You guys are at a crossroads. You have a second chance to make better choices.” Washington said he plans to be “physically involved” in the program, not just offering an endorsement or money. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Racer dies after passing out at speedway

first_imgIRWINDALE – A 62-year-old drag racer at Irwindale Speedway slumped over the wheel of his red Mustang on Thursday night and never woke up, authorities said Friday. County fire officials said Ed Conrad was pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia. Conrad was about to begin a race at the speedway. Conrad often raced in Irwindale. “From what the paramedics told me, it was an apparent heart attack,” said Speedway Vice President Robert DeFazio. “I’m told by witnesses he slumped over the wheel, passed out, and went down the track a little ways and stopped.” Speedway safety crews performed CPR on Conrad until Los Angeles County firefighters arrived. “In this instance, he was pulseless,” said Capt. Steve Bierbaum. “CPR was being conducted when we arrived. The paramedics continued with advanced life support and it’s my understanding that he was pronounced dead at the hospital.” Bierbaum could not confirm whether a heart attack was the cause of death. County fire Capt. Miguel Garcia said Conrad did not appear to have been seriously injured in the crash. Racing fans left the track unsure of whether Conrad had survived, Elias said. When he heard Conrad had died, Elias was shaken. “We knew something really terrible was happening,” he said. “He died doing what he loved … I suppose you could look at it that way.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgColeman celebrates the win over Italy.Today is D-Day for Seamus Coleman and the rest of the Irish soccer team.Having seen off the Italians, Martin O’Neill’s team have to do it all again against France to advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.In just a few hours time, 2pm to be exact, Donegal will come to a virtual standstill as we seek revenge on Le Bleu. Nobody needs to be told how Thierry Henry man-‘handled’ Ireland out of the 2010 World Cup.And seven years later, revenge could well be a dish served cold to our hosts in Lyon.Seamus Coleman proudly led his team to victory against the Italians on Wednesday and he could well be chosen again by O’Neill to be captain again today.The Killybegs man will be a national hero if Ireland put one over on the French come 3.45pm today. And the prize for the winner? A quarter final against the winners of England and Iceland.As if James McClean needs any kind of incentive!#COYBIG  WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND THE WORDS………#COYBIG! was last modified: June 26th, 2016 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:donegalEuro 2016franceIrelandKillybegsseamus colemansoccerlast_img read more


first_imgVoodoo venue the North West’s Entertainment HQ have another sensational line-up of entertainment this weekend.Friday, former X Factor star Tabby performs in the Voodoo Lounge followed by Kevin Lennon. While in Club Voodoo it’s DJ Paddy Friel admission only €5 with a free cocktail for every lady until 12.30. The Greenroom presents the official launch of the SWELL Festival taking place on Arranmore Island on July 11th and 12th.Saturday it’s Bullit Proof followed by Marty Clampet in Voodoo Lounge.Voodoo Club it’s DJ Flip. To book a booth email philipvoodoovenue@gmail.comVintage open every Saturday from 9pm through Voodoo Lounge.Admission FREE until 11pm. To book your table call 0749109815 or email philipvoodoovenue@gmail.comSunday it RACK HOUSE PILFER back for their monthly session.All World Cup games live on our nine big screens. Drinks promotions for every game.See our Facebook for details.X FACTOR STAR SET TO PERFORM AT VOODOO VENUE THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 13th, 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:Entertainmenthome-page featuresnewsVoodoo Venuelast_img read more


first_imgFifth year? Jim McGuinnessTHE man who guided Jim McGuinness into county management has said he believes the Glenties coach will stay for another year at the helm of Donegal football.All-Ireland winning manager Brian McEniff, who took the county to the Sam Maguire for the first time in 1992, says he believes ‘in his bones’ that McGuinness will return for a fifth year at the helm of the county team.McGuinness, the county’s most successful manager with an All-Ireland and three Ulster titles in four years, has been offered a promoted role with Celtic. But he said before this year’s All-Ireland he had no problem fitting his role in Glasgow with the voluntary position he has with Donegal.The father of five said being able to fly to Glasgow from Carrickfin was a huge bonus.He has said he still wants a few weeks to consider his future.But McEniff said: “I feel confident he might stay on with Donegal. “I feel it in my bones. There is unfinished business there. If we had won the All-Ireland I think it would have been harder for him not to go. He built a team that came up just short in the All-Ireland final, that peaked against Dublin. But we are still a good side. We never became a bad side.”McEniff told the Irish Times today: “People in this county love him and that’s a great motivating factor.“I would like Jim to stay but I appreciate he has a commitment there at Celtic Park. They are paying his salary, which is important as in the GAA he won’t be getting a lot of money. It is the love of his county that keeps him motivated but I don’t know if he can sustain it with five small children under the age of eight. It’s a big decision so he needs time out to make it. We are all hoping, keeping our fingers crossed that he will stay on.“Jim will do whatever he needs to do. If he does stay he will make demands of all the players that he believes are necessary for them to succeed.” ‘I BELIEVE JIM McGUINNESS WILL STAY WITH DONEGAL’ – McENIFF was last modified: October 1st, 2014 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:Brian McEniffCelticdonegalGlasgowJim McGuinnesslast_img read more


first_imgFamily of Eamonn Ghrainne.Frank Sweeney.Maire Ni Choilm.FEATURES: Minister Joe McHugh will launch the Féile na Seanbheairice which is happening from the 26th – 28th June.The festival will include a host of events including sean-nós dancing, drama, concerts, hill walking, historical bus tour and much more. Corn Cuimhneacháin Éamoinn Ghráinne will be held on Friday the 26th of June and will be the flagship event of the festival.The competition is open to sean-nós singers of all ages. The cup will be presented to the winner of the competition and prizes will be awarded in the following categories: best male singer; best female signer; and  best singer under 18 years of age.Minister of State, Joe McHugh, TD, will be on hand to present the cup to the overall winner.Patricia Nic Ruairí, daughter of Éamoinn Ghráinne Mac Ruairí, will host a singing workshop for children on Saturday morning at 11.30am. This will be followed by Corn Amhránaíochta Éamoinn Ghráinne do dhaoine óga, a singing competition for children.The children and their families are sure to enjoy a fun and friendly occasion.Corn na Sean Bheairice, a sean-nós dancing competition promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.This is the fourth year of the competition and audiences will remember last years mesmerising displays of sean-nós dancing that gained a tumultuous reaction from a large and lively audience.This year, over twenty people of all ages, most of them from Donegal, are expected to compete; all hoping they can beat last years winner, Jonathan McCloy from Belfast, and ensure the cup is won by a Donegal person for the first time.On Saturday night, the 27th An tSean Bheairic will host a concert presentation featuring singers from Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. From Scotland, Mary Ann Kennedy – the highly respected musician, singer, writer, producer and broadcaster (well-known to Raidió na Gaeltachta listeners) – joins Ruth Keggin, leading young singer of the current Manx Gaelic revival, and Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, a traditional singer and classical musician from a Connemara sean nós song dynasty.The age-old links of the Gaelic language in Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man are forged anew in aon teanga/un çhengey, a concert presentation that reunites the song traditions of the Gaelic nations.Together they have created a Gaelic song-world that delves into traditional roots while boldly asserting the place of the Gaelic languages and culture in a contemporary world.Preceding the concert there will be a short drama, written and performed by a very talented young singer from Cloughaneely, Conor Ó Gallachóir. The drama, based on the life of Micí Mac Gabhann, features stories and song and is worth the admission fee alone.On Sunday morning there will be a family hill walk along the old railway line and later you can hop on a bus which will take you on a tour of Cloughaneely’s historical sites.On Sunday evening you can come and listen to some of the best musicians and singers from the Donegal Gaeltacht in an informal and relaxing setting.You can enjoy some tapas, a glass of wine or a coffee and listen to beautiful music and song.You are welcome to sing a song if you wish or simply just listen. The host for the evening is Claire Nic Ruairí.Máire Ní Chasaide, manager of An tSean Bheairic had this to say: “We have some of the most unique and valuable cultural assets here in the Donegal Gaeltacht.“It is a very rich culture that is unique and which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.“Sometimes we don’t realise how valuable it is or appreciate how vibrant it is.“Therefore, I am delighted that the festival is showcasing the best of Gaeltacht culture in a way that audiences of all types will enjoy and I believe we have struck on an exciting and vibrant programme and have a festival with a very strong identity”.Tickets and brochures available at an tSean Bheairic. For further information contact Paddy at 074 9180655. Programme available at: www.falcarraghvisitorcentre.comMINISTER JOE MCHUGH TD TO LAUNCH FÉILE NA SEANBHEAIRICE was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ArtsCultureEntertainmentFeaturesfestivalnewsNoticeslast_img read more