Clutch Thompson downplays Game 5 heroics

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I’m just expecting that I will be aggressive every time I’m on the floor,” said Thompson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Down 3-2, Balkman unfazed ahead of Game 6: ‘Don’t count us out’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 fell behind, 83-78, after June Mar Fajardo dunked on Thompson in transition with 3:17 left to play.That, however, became the prelude to the Gin Kings’ closing 9-0 run.Thompson’s jumper gave Ginebra the 84-83 lead off of Justin Brownlee’s assist with 36 seconds left.“I think Scottie is going to be a more and more complete player, he’s going to be a 20-point scorer at some point in his career, he’s going to average eight to 10 assists a game, probably average 12 to 14 rebounds,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.Thompson, not done with his late-game heroics, put Ginebra up, 86-83, with a breakaway layup with 23.1 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Averaging just 8.3 points a game from Games 1 through 4, Thompson was a viable scoring threat, and clutch performer, against San Miguel in the pivotal 87-83 Game 5 win.Thompson finished with a game-high 20 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, with 11 rebounds to lead the Gin Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“My teammates and coaches always tell me that if I’m open I take a shot,” said Thompson in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “That’s all I did, I will find an open spot and shoot.”And Thompson’s points weren’t just the run-of-the mill shots as he scored six of his fourth quarter points in the final 1:07 of the game. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scottie Thompson was never Barangay Ginebra’s first scoring option during first four games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but Game 5 seemed to have changed the narrative altogetherADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

US$10,000 Haunts Alex Tyler

first_imgFrom all indications House Speaker J. Alex Tyler’s involvement in the US$25,000 controversy under investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is causing him (Tyler) bad press, serious embarrassment and most importantly, his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives.Since LACC announced the launch of an investigation into a US$25,000 scandal linking Speaker Tyler and Representative Adolf Lawrence, the Capitol Building has been very uneasy for Speaker Tyler particularly upon hearing news of a plot to remove him.Both lawmakers are under probe for their alleged role in a consultancy contract awarded to a Liberia consultant, Michael Allison, which according to Rep. Lawrence was pre-financed with US$12,500 by Speaker Tyler with the expectation of being reimbursed when the contract was fully completed.Representative Lawrence admitted to the Speaker’s involvement in the transaction noting that his (Lawrence) role was to take delivery of the US$12,500 intended for the Speaker.Based on these claims and counter claims, over 48 members of the House of Representatives are resolved to dismiss their first amongst equals.According to sources at the Capitol Building, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday meetings at Bell Dunbar Farm and RLJ Kendeja Resort, Montserrado County, respectively have all been directed to the Speaker’s removal.“The Speaker of the House cannot be presiding while undergoing investigation by a graft commission. We’re demanding that he recluse himself from the presiding role and submit to either an internal investigation or openly submit to LACC.“The House is as well interested in probing Speaker Tyler for several reasons.“The issue of the US$12,500 is one part of the story and we’re demanding other information such as the full amount released by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for the entire Nationwide Oil and Gas Consultation.“US$1.2 million was released by NOCAL to the Legislature for the consultation. US$200,000 was disbursed to the 30 senators while US$1M was intended for the 73 members of the House. Interestingly, Speaker Tyler was able to convince us that the only money received was US$900,000 thereby pocketing the rest.“Regrettably, the entire money used for the consultation was disbursed before the start of the consultation so I don’t understand when Rep. Lawrence says the Speaker acted based on expediency. Money was not in short supply so how could the Speaker dig in his own pocket to fund government’s project,” our sources asserted.Another reason lawmakers are citing for his removal include an act of “double standard,” the ruling Unity partisans accused him (Tyler) of, against the party of which he is executive member.According to some UP Legislative Caucus members, Speaker Tyler has been successful in recruiting several of his colleagues to his new political establishment while at the same time collecting compulsory US$200 from their salary monthly as dues to his party while holding allegiance to the ruling party.By his actions, a stalwart of UP in the House disclosed; “Many UP lawmakers are supporting the removal action and consider his action as a betrayal to the party.”However, our sources disclosed that Speaker Tyler has admitted to these allegations and has requested for forgiveness.During Sunday’s meeting at RLJ, our sources explained: “Speaker Tyler admitted to pocketing the US$100,000 from NOCAL and agreed that he used his position to collect money from colleagues as dues for his new political establishment.”“He attempted using existing rivalry between him and Representative Emmanuel Nequay to evade the issue but we told him that was not the forum for that.“We demand a probe into the report that he (Tyler) gave US$15,000 to Amb. George Weah to ensure that one of the ringleaders behind his removal, Rep. Acarous Gray is sent out of Liberia until the political tension can reduce,” our source declared.When contacted, Speaker Tyler, via mobile phone, refuted the report, stating: “There are no plans to remove me.”He confirmed the meetings involving fellow lawmakers, but denied the assertion that his removal was ever discussed.“The meetings were held to discuss our private matters. I don’t know about any money from NOCAL because I was not directly involved.  You know who was in charge of the nationwide consultation,” Speaker Tyler declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_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

Coral Daily Download – West Ham favoured to edge FA Cup clash with Everton

first_imgJohn Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager claims Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite to be crowned the Ballon d’Or winner again next year after beating Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to the 2014 prize.He also looks ahead to tonight’s FA Cup clash between West Ham and Everton, and reveals the Hammers are favoured to win through to the fourth round.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: La Liga star on verge of “dream” move

first_img1 Gabriel Paulista (left) Arsenal desperately need another centre half, according to former Gunners defender Nigel Winterburn, but in Gabriel Paulista have they already identified one?Name: Gabriel PaulistaDate of birth: 26/11/90Born: Sao Paulo, BrazilPosition: DefenceClub: VillarrealWhat’s the latest?Arsenal need a new defender and Villarreal stopper Paulista has been targeted, with his club keen to take striker Joel Campbell on loan in return. The 24-year-old Brazilian has previously claimed “playing in the Premier League is one of my dreams”.Did you know?1) Paulista is a centre-back, but according to his Villarreal profile, is also able to play as a full-back, whose speed, control and positioning are real assets.2) In six Europa League games this season, Paulista has made an average 5.3 interceptions per game and 3.5 in his 19 Liga games. His form has helped propel Villarreal into sixth place having not lost in their last 15 games (correct as of 19 January 2015).3) In one of those games, Paulista and his team-mates successfully kept out Atletico Madrid’s dangerous attack in a 1-0 win at the Liga champions’ Vicente Calderon stadium.4) Paulista signed for Villarreal in 2013 having played more than 130 times for Bahia-based side Vitoria where he won the State Championship and was included in the Team of the Season in 2013.What is being said?He says:Whether I go to Arsenal or stay at Villarreal, I won’t lose my head. I’m very calm. My head is at Villarreal and I’m very focused. My agent is working on making sure I continue being calm.Video:We all make mistakes…last_img read more

Mwanahalima hits brace in Starlets friendly

first_imgAdam found the back of the net for the opener seven minutes after kick-off after outpacing the Ethiopian defense before slotting the ball over the onrushing keeper Balcha Tarikua.Ware Birtukan then restored parity for the guests upon resumption, capitalizing on the Starlets’ slow reaction to a free-kick they had conceded.Mwanahalima was at it again, however, slotting past the Ethiopian goalie off a lob from Starlets midfielder Corazone Aquino. The lead didn’t last long however, Serkadis Kidane tapping in from close range just moments later after Annette Kundu in the Kenyan goal had failed to hold onto a loose ball.The Starlets never lost hope, however, and as the match seemed to be heading for a draw, forward Mwanahalima Adam was hacked down as she went for goal. Gentrix Shikangwa stepped up to slot in the resultant spot-kick that saw the Starlets take home the full share of spoils in stoppage time.Focus now shifts to the upcoming Olympics Qualifier against Malawi, whose first leg is set to be played on August 28, 2019, in Blantyre. The second leg has been slated for September 4, 2019, in Nairobi.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mwanahalima Adam celebrating her second goal. Photo/FKFMACHAKOS, Kenya, Aug 17 – Harambee Starlets warmed up for their Olympic Qualifier match against Malawi with a 3-2 victory over Ethiopia in a friendly match hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Mwanahalima Adam was the star of the show, netting twice while assisting a late winner which now sets the Starlets in high spirits ahead of their Malawi match that will see them start away to Blantyre August 28.last_img read more

Wolves 2-0 Derby: Rams’ automatic promotion hopes suffer blow at Molineux

first_img1 Nouha Dicko Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant made an horrendous error as his side lost ground on the Championship leaders with a 2-0 defeat at promotion rivals Wolves.After Rams winger Tom Ince hit the woodwork in a tight first half, Wolves went ahead through striker Nouha Dicko’s 11th goal in all competitions this season and his first in six games.Grant then inadvertently punched the ball into his own net to double the home side’s lead, as Wolves closed the gap on their opponents to just two points.Derby’s fourth defeat in six Championship games leaves them five points adrift of leaders Watford with seven games left, and Steve McClaren’s side may need to re-focus their attentions on securing a play-off spot instead.In an entertaining first half, Ince, in the news this week for snubbing Gareth Southgate and England Under-21 duty, struck the Wolves bar from 20 yards with a dipping left-footed strike.Derby were incensed just before half time, as referee Keith Stroud failed to send off home captain Danny Batth for cynically bringing down Darren Bent as the sides went in level at the break.The breakthrough came just after half time, as Kevin McDonald pounced on a mistake by Craig Forsyth to find Dicko, whose low strike was deflected underneath Grant.Rams midfielder Craig Bryson then hit the post before Benik Afobe, the country’s top scorer in all competitions with 27, smashed a right-footed effort against the bar as the contest started heating up.Any hopes of a Derby comeback were then dashed with a quarter of the game remaining, as Grant inexplicably punched the ball into his own net after the ball ballooned high above his head to compound a damaging evening for the visitors.last_img read more

Killer to be death penalty ‘test’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant In a later court filing, the state told Fogel that an anesthesiologist would be at Morales’ side during the execution, and another one would be outside the chamber watching Morales. Morales, 46, of Stockton was convicted in 1983 of murdering Terri Winchell, 17, who was found beaten, stabbed and raped in a secluded San Joaquin County vineyard. On Tuesday, in response to Grele’s lawsuit, Fogel ruled that California must change its lethal injection method for Morales’ execution because the current mix of drugs may constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Fogel said the state could employ an anesthesiologist or use a barbiturate to ensure he’s unconscious. Fogel, like Grele, was concerned that a prisoner might be conscious after given a sedative and suffer too much pain when a paralyzing agent is injected. The judge said either one of his two proposals “preserves both the state’s interest in proceeding with plaintiff’s execution and plaintiff’s constitutional right not to be subject to an undo risk of extreme pain.” SAN FRANCISCO – Lawyers for a California murderer-rapist scheduled to be lethally injected Tuesday are objecting to a court-ordered plan to alter the procedure, saying Thursday the revision reduces the condemned man “to little more than a test subject.” California, for the first time, intends on using an anesthesiologist at the execution of Michael Morales to assure he is unconscious when a paralyzing agent and heart-stopping drugs are administered at San Quentin State Prison. The prisoner’s attorneys say that isn’t good enough, and want the execution blocked amid concerns that the paralyzing agent might cause constitutionally unacceptable levels of pain if Morales is not unconscious. They say the anesthesiologist, according to prison rules, cannot remain at Morales’ side once the lethal cocktail begins flowing, and the doctor doesn’t have any power to stop the execution even if Morales is perceived to be conscious. That and other concerns “reduces Mr. Morales to little more than a test subject,” San Francisco attorney John Grele wrote U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel in a court filing Thursday. Morales’ attorneys were not immediately available for comment Thursday. Fogel was expected to finalize his decision later in the day. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld executions, in general, despite the pain they might cause inmates, but has never directly addressed whether alleged pain in lethal injections is unconstitutionally excessive and can be avoided. 160Want 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

SUMMER ON TORY ISLAND – PICTURE SPECIAL II

first_imgThe doctor arrivesCaught between a rock and a hard place on ToryGranda said we could have a rest!Nobody cares how you dance on ToryPole dancing on ToryA door to the pastJimmy is still winning matches on ToryTime to relax at Derek Hill’s hutAlways follow the right pathWaiting for the ferryTime to catch up with the news from the mainland  SUMMER ON TORY ISLAND – PICTURE SPECIAL II was last modified: August 20th, 2013 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:picturesTory Islandlast_img read more

OUTRAGE AS THIRD AU PAIR REVEALS SHE WAS TREATED LIKE ‘SLAVE’ BY FAMILY

first_imgANOTHER young au pair has come forward to say she was treated in slave-like conditions by a couple living in Letterkenny.The young woman was expected to do all sorts of jobs during her 70 hour week for just €65.The 17 year old French woman was forced to climb out of a window because of the way she was being treated by the family she was staying with.The young lady is the THIRD au pair who has been forced to flee the house in recent weeks. Another Australian woman and also an Italian woman were also forced to leave their positions after claiming they were being mistreated by the family who are foreign nationals.All the young women claimed they were given very little to eat and were forced to work for more than 70 hours for just €65 a week plus bed and boarding.Local businesswoman Karen McGlinchey told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio that a local businessman found the girl at the bus station after she had fled the house.The girl is currently at the hostel which belongs to her sister Adrienne. Karen said the woman was given very little to eat and was even shown a video of how to clean carpets and other duties expected of her.OUTRAGE AS THIRD AU PAIR REVEALS SHE WAS TREATED LIKE ‘SLAVE’ BY FAMILY was last modified: June 27th, 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:au pairdonegalletterkennyOutragelast_img read more