Upset hunt

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Princess Robles hopes to soar anew for National U, the same way she did in an upset victory over University of the Philippines. —Sherwin VardeleonLa Salle and Far Eastern University face each other for the first time since last season’s finals, but don’t be surprised if it’s the match between Ateneo and National University that gets more attention on Saturday’s UAAP women’s volleyball.Ateneo, league-leader and on a five-game winning streak, will run into a youthful NU side fresh from a character-building victory over University of the Philippines last Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “I think that we want to prove that each and every one of us really wants to win,” said Nierva in Filipino. “We’re not complete right now but we want to achieve something.”“We won’t ever say that our team is a pushover, no. We use the negativity as our motivation,” Nierva added.The Lady Eagles are currently the hottest team in the league, rebounding from an opening-game loss to rival La Salle to win every single match after that.“All of these, we take as a challenge,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “But I trust the players’ resiliency, they will be ready to make adjustments.”The Lady Tamaraws will have a score to settle against the Lady Spikers, who swept them of the best-of-three titles series—via straight sets in both games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NU coach Norman Miguel said many of his players may be rookies, but they have championship spunk having ruled the juniors division for three straight seasons.“This team has the character molded in them; they have won titles already in high school [and] now they brought that here,” said Miguel after outlasting UP (25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 25-23, 17-15).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNotable about that match: The young NU squad faced four match points against a veteran UP squad.Miguel’s main gunners include Princess Robles, Ivy Lacsina and Jennifer Nierva, who feel that the lack of experience should not hamper their season. “That will be our motivation,” said FEU’s Celine Domingo. “We were there already until they beat us twice.”FEU coach George Pascua said the one thing that separates them is “the willingness and desire to win.”La Salle’s team captain Desiree Cheng is a doubtful starter but the Lady Spikers have been getting help from new recruit Lourdes Clemente and rookie Jolina dela Cruz.“The skills set we are equal, but it’s in the character and desire to win that will play a big role in the match,” added Pascua.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phisgoc reopens talks with Mall of Asia over hosting of basketball event MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

G20 Anti-corruption Action Plan Seeks Transparency

first_imgBy the summit’s end, though, China made no attempt to block the action plan or suppress use of the word “bribery.” The push at the 2014 Brisbane meeting was for member nations to pass laws compelling corporations to identify who owns and controls them – the “beneficial owners.”  It, however, fell short of demanding that these persons and entities be known to the public as well as regulatory authorities. That has drawn criticism from some “good governance” groups, including Global Financial Integrity. “G20 countries recognize that bribery imposes a heavy price on both international business and society as a whole,” the action plan document said. “Combating bribery remains an important priority for the G20 growth agenda, including by helping to level the playing field for business, and giving the private sector the confidence it needs to invest…G20 countries also commit to comprehensively and effectively criminalize bribery – as well as the solicitation of bribes – and enforce such laws through civil and criminal actions.” Public official immunity – meaning persons in office are not prosecuted while in those positions – is a practice seen in many countries. It has been widely criticized by good governance groups as a means by which elected officials can engage in criminal activities such as corruption and get away with it – at least during their terms. “The Chinese people are generally far less concerned about foreign bribery than domestic bribery,” said Andrew Spalding, a law professor at the University of Richmond. “As the developed world increasingly enforces foreign bribery rules, this puts them at a competitive disadvantage in developing countries, especially in Africa. China knows that it can exploit this.” The G20 nations, comprising the world’s largest economies, met in mid-November in Brisbane, Australia, and came up with an action plan on how to fight corruption. Ahead of the summit, some observers voiced concerns that China would block action regarding identifying corporate owners. China’s use of “inducements” has been well known, especially in Africa, where the Asian giant has employed cash and other means to gain access to raw materials it needs to feed its industrial production. The plan is an outgrowth of what happened in 2010 when G20 leaders created the “Anti-Corruption Working Group” at a summit in Toronto. “For companies in any of these industries, it is the areas of interaction between private and public sectors which are most likely to generate opportunities for corruption – for example, public procurement and customs,” wrote Brook Horowitz in the FCPA Blog, which focuses on corruption. Public sector transparency and integrity is also a focus of the G20 plan. They are essential for “preventing the misuse or diversion of public funds and conflicts of interest, which can have a significant negative impact on economic growth and development,” the plan said.  The plan also addressed what it calls “high risk sectors” where corruption can invade legitimate market activity. The plan notes one area it calls “the extractive sector” – the mining and collection of raw materials from iron ore to timber. Another section calls for G20 members to approach the anti-corruption fight globally as well as within each state’s borders. The plan says they must “commit to helping to end impunity for corruption offenses, by working together to investigate and prosecute [offenders], to recover the proceeds of such offenses, and to deny entry and safe haven to corrupt officials and those who corrupt them – including mutual legal assistance and extradition consistent with the UNCAC [United Nations Convention Against Corruption]”Greg Thompson, with Transparency International Australia, says now that the words of the 2014 G20 Summit have been put to paper, it’s time to carry them out. “Effectively preventing and combating corruption in these high-risk sectors is essential to create an environment conducive to investment and to ensure critical assets and resources are not diverted away from economic growth and development,” the plan said. The Action Plan also calls on the private sector to adopt transparent and accountable standards of corporate behavior. It calls on G20 countries to institute and step up “developing anti-corruption education and training for business – and by examining best practices for encouraging businesses to implement robust compliance programs and self-report breaches of corruption laws.” “The devil,” he says “will now be in the detail of what every country – including Australia – does post-Brisbane to implement these actions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more