Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback From a 19-14 deficit in the third set, the Lady Maroons stormed back to tie the set at the vital 24-24 score line after Marist Layug denied Jhoanna Maraguinot.UP then took the 25-24 match point after libero Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino failed to get in tune on who will get the ball over to the Lady Maroons’ side.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 crownDiana Carlos then finished off the Lady Eagles with a thundering crosscourt kill.UP’s Final Four hopes, although still in full swing, will still depend on if National University, which holds a 6-6 record and sits at the fourth seed, will lose its remaining games. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Beermen make PBA history with 4th straight PH Cup crown Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 View comments MOST READ Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu, however, said his team will finish strong whatever the situation.“We will finish strong, that’s what we came to do and that’s what we did and I hope on the coming game we would do the same and finish strong,” said Okumu. Carlos lit Ateneo up with 22 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Isa Molde added 13 points.Maaraguinot was the lone Lady Eagle who finished in double digits while Tolentino, who averaged 20 a game prior to the UP game, had seven.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines remained in the Final Four hunt after pulling off a stunner over semifinals-bound Ateneo, 28-26, 25-23, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Maroons hiked their record to 5-8 and took sole possession of the sixth seed while the Lady Eagles saw their five-game winning streak snapped to settle for a 9-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT
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 Apart from the two changes, the team that played in the 93-71 win over Chinese-Taipei will still be the one that will be fielded against the Aussies on Monday at Philippine Arena.Reyes announced the lineup on Twitter through ESPN 5, the company which he’s also the president.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 crownJune Mar Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, and naturalized center Andray Blatche will banner Gilas’ frontcourt with Troy Rosario, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar.Jayson Castro, once regarded as the best point guard in Asia, will lead the backcourt along with Terrence Romeo, Matthew Wright, and Roger Pogoy. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES DeAndre Jordan agrees to deal with Mavericks Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Australia and the Philippines both have 4-1 records in Group B but the Boomers hold the tiebreak over Gilas after their 84-68 win in the previous window.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational team head coach Chot Reyes made a couple of changes ahead of Gilas Pilipinas’ duel against Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Point guard Baser Amer replaced fellow floor general Jio Jalalon while forward Carl Bryan Cruz was put in place of shooting guard Allein Maliksi.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nietes, 36, saw his record move to 41-1 with five drawn as his unbeaten streak since 2014 went to 34 fights — 30 wins with a fourth draw.Palicte, 27, now has a record of 24-2 with one drawn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Punch count statistics saw Nietes, 36, land 194 punches, 70 more than Palicte, his 40 percent of punches landed was nearly twice the accuracy rate of his rival.While not beaten, Nietes was denied a victory that would have put him alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipino fighters with world titles in four weight classes. View comments 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo taken from HBO Boxing (@HBOboxing) Twitter accountDonnie Nietes still hasn’t lost a fight in 14 years, but a controversial draw Saturday with Filipino compatriot Aston Palicte denied his dream of a world title in a fourth different weight class.Judges scored the 12-round showdown for the vacant World Boxing Organization super flyweight title 118-110 for Nietes, 116-112 for Palicte and a 114-114 draw at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Read Next FEU clips La Salle to open UAAP Season 81 campaign Nietes became the WBO minimumweight world champion in 2007, the WBO world light-flyweight champion in 2011 and the International Boxing Federation world flyweight champion in April 2017.He moved up in weight to try for the title feat and gave Palicte, coming off a career-long nine-month layoff, his first world title opportunity.Nietes suffered his only loss in a split-decision defeat to Indonesia’s Angky Angkotta in Jakarta in September 2004.Palicte and Nietes exchanged their first sustained flurries of hard blows in the fifth and sixth rounds.Nietes generally landed more punches by picking apart his younger and larger rival, moving well and coming inside at times to answer powerful Palicte right hands with punishing left hooks and rights of his own.ADVERTISEMENT
Three of Nimba’s senatorial candidates who took part in the just ended special senatorial election have conceded defeat to the incumbent Senator Prince Y. Johnson.The defeated candidates, pledging their solidarity to the winner, Senator Johnson, appealed for their inclusion in the governance of the county.Dr. Joseph Kortoe, who was the first to concede, congratulated Senator Johnson for his victory and thanked the people of Nimba County for their decision which, according to him, will be highly respected.“The people of Nimba County have spoken and we are going to respect their views and we also thank our supporters for the level of support we received from them,” he said.Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh, who was the main contender among the candidates, also congratulated Senator Johnson, but cautioned him to include them in the decision making of the county so that together they can develop the county.Madam Weh, a long serving Superintendent of Nimba, received votes from nearly all the polling centers in the County. She emerged from the outset as runner up to Senator Johnson.The decisions of the political contenders to concede defeat appears to have solidified Nimba unity which had been rocky long before the political campaign began.At the close of the 2011 general election, Madam Weh took Senator Thomas Grupee to court, accusing him of not being a Liberian. Shortly after the case was settled, the issue of Nimba division became intense and many blamed her for masterminding it.The peaceful conduct of the election as well as the overwhelming result in favor of Senator Johnson is being considered the beginning of the transformation of Nimba in terms of unity and togetherness.Cllr. Yarmin Quiqui Gbeisay, who had been critical from the onset of the election, threatening a lawsuit should there be any irregularity, was among the first to congratulate Senator Johnson for his victory.Cllr. Grupee said we were critical of the election not because we were against Senator Johnson. Now that he has won, the game is over and we are going back to our usual businesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Advertisement – One of the speakers at the Liberia Night to Honor Israel, Rev. Dr. Francis Tabla, Pastor, Ebenezer Community Church &African Outreach Coordinator, African/Christians United for Israel For their unflinching support to the Republic of Liberia and for being the birthplace of the Christian faith, the Body of Christ in Liberia will on Sunday, March 24, 2019 gather to celebrate Israel in a “Night of Honor.”The event, which is set to take place at the Greater Refuge Cathedral in Oldest Congo Town, will bring together about five thousand people to honor Israel for the different forms of assistance to Liberia in the past, including the fight against Ebola.The Israeli Ambassador accredited to Liberia, including prominent leaders of Liberia, have been invited to the “Night of Honor”.Israel and Liberia’s relations date as far back as the 1950s when Israeli Foreign Minister Golda Meir in 1958 established a relationship with Liberia during her tour of Africa between 1956 and 1966.Liberia’s casting of the largest tie-breaking vote at the United Nations General Assembly in favor of Israel that created the modern Jewish state of Israel in May 1948 was one of the major assistance that bonded the two nations.Some of Liberia’s past presidents, as well as President George Manneh Weah, have seen the need to continue to foster the bilateral relationships between both countries.In 1983, former President Samuel K. Doe’s meeting with then Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel was captured in The New York Times. The article quoted President Doe speaking to reporters: “We in Liberia shall do our best in persuading some of our friends, African countries, to reconsider their decision and to resume relations with the state of Israel,” Doe said.In response to President Doe, Minister Begin said: “We do hope that other African countries will follow in your footsteps.” He added that he and General Doe discussed possible cooperation projects “and we hope for concrete results.”President Weah recently paid an official visit to Israel with a key focus on the creation of investment opportunities in agriculture, healthcare, security and energy sectors by Israeli financiers. Israel has invested proven innovations and industries in these very areas.On April 30, 2018, Israel’s celebrated its 70th Anniversary as a nation. A special event to observe the milestone was held in Liberia under the auspices of the Israeli diplomatic mission accredited near Monrovia. Speaking on behalf of the Government of Liberia Deputy Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin recalled a number of profitable benefits between the two countries which include: scholarships, security training and infrastructural and agricultural projects Israel has given to Liberia.The upcoming Liberia Night to Honor Israel is organized by the African Christians United for Israel (CUFI)-Liberia, in collaboration with the African Christians United for Israel and CUFI-USA. Speakers at the event include: Rev. Dr. Francis O. S. Tabla, African Outreach Coordinator, CUFI-USA; Rev. Dumisani Washington, National Diversity Outreach Director, CUFI-USA; Bishop Nathaniel Zarway, Greater Refuge Cathedral, Host Pastor; Licentiate Zelda Russell, Assistant Director/Tour Leader, African Christians United for Israel-USA and Apostle Samuel M. Kollie, Executive Director, African Christians United for Israel-Liberia. Other members of the delegation from the USA include Rev. Stephen Cole, Rev. John B. Saah, and Rev. George Wonlon.The program begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) on Friday received from the United States Government computerised Identification Card reader equipment that would be used to enhanced local port security.The Transportation Workers Identification Card system (TWIC), which is valued at just under US$8000, was handed over to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson at the MARAD Head Office in Kingston.In brief remarks, Minister Patterson explained how the equipment would help enhance port security.“The card which will be used by the port facilities in Guyana will be known as PSAC (Port Security Access Card)…The purpose for this machine is…to produce identification cards for employees working at port facilities, and reduce the security checks for other stakeholders who frequent port facilities,” the Minister stated.He further noted that the card would improve the security standards at port facilities in terms of access control. According to Patterson, persons wanting toUS Ambassador Perry Holloway handed over the equipment for the ID card system to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Fridaybecome a Port Security Officer would be required to complete four modules of training.The implementation of this new system comes as Guyana continues to take the necessary steps to improve security standards at the various port facilities, in accordance with the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code, which was adopted here in 2004 following the 2001 terrorist attack.US Ambassador Perry Holloway explained that after a series of capacity building sessions and quarterly facility visits here by U.S. experts, including the Coast Guard, as well as assessments done, it was determined that this electronic ID Card system is what is needed in Guyana to build on its ongoing improvements in port security.“This ID card programme will allow MARAD to have greater governmental oversight on who is allowed access to the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code-compliant facilities in Guyana… Once the equipment is installed, Guyana will have a port facility identification card programme similar to that in the United States,” the Ambassador stated.The US diplomat went on to note that with oil production on the horizon, business here is expected to bloom, and as such, it is important that MARAD is equipped with the necessary tools to monitor the port facilities.“One of the weaknesses that were identified was access to the port. It was quite easy to get access to the port, and now it’s going to be much more difficult; and not only is it difficult, but if there is need for an investigation or there are accusations, they are going to able to go to this electronic system and have a record of who was in the port, in what part and at what time. So this just gives you control of your port…,” he stated.According to Ambassador Holloway, over US$100,000 has been spent on technical assistance and training, since it is the human expertise that will be needed to detect and determine if anything is amiss using information collected on the ID card system.To this end, Director General of MARAD, Claudette Rogers, noted that the constant training from the US Government has boosted the local maritime capacity, which in turn had increase Guyana’s port security compliance by 26 per cent.“They were able to identify what are some of the deficiencies, and we would’ve been able to take the corrective actions going forward in terms of correcting those deficiencies. And that in itself would have helped us significantly to move our score from 58 to 84 per cent,” she posited.Ambassador Holloway had outlined that deficiencies identified within the local port security had to do with their basic functions, which are monitoring, inspecting and reporting.“We recognised that those who were operating at those port facilities were not adequately trained, did not truly understand and comprehend their roles as port state security officers, and so we were able to point them in that direction, which has helped significantly going forward,” the MARAD Director General noted.MARAD is expected to hold sensitization programmes with owners and operators of the various port facilities before implementing the ID Card system.
So as their ground-based partners battled up the rugged hills, Shakstad and two fellow pilots kept working. With a helicopter commander directing the action from a Bell 406 and a pair of Bell 412 Hueys dropping water, they switched on their Nightsun searchlights and continued their attack as the sun slipped below the horizon. The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Air Operations Section sent two Sikorsky S-70 Firehawks and a Huey to battle the blaze from above. Aided by night-vision goggles, county pilots flew in closer to the hills and ducked around power lines. “It’s inherently dangerous during the daytime; then at night it’s even worse,” said Capt. Erich Goetz. “Smoke, electrical wires, towers and tall buildings, things poking up from the hillside – it’s hard to see them. Night vision gives them some help, but it’s not the same as daylight.” Again and again, the choppers dropped their payloads of foam and water on the chaos below, flying sorties past 1 a.m. Wednesday. Then the pilots flew back to base, grabbed a few hours of shut-eye until the sun came up and did it again. The county Fire Department began using the night-vision system six years ago, allowing pilots some measure of comfort as they swoop through the smoke-clogged skies. As long as they agree with the incident commander that it’s safe to approach, they can keep fighting flames long beyond sundown. The city’s Fire Department uses night-vision equipment as well, but only on night rescues and medevacs. Shakstad said once city crews get the proper training for fire use, they’ll adopt the system for firefighting and follow their county counterparts closer to the blaze. In the meantime, they fly by the light generated by the flames and leave the close-in work to their goggle-aided colleagues. “It’s definitely a challenge,” Goetz said. “I think they’d prefer not to fly at night, but it’s a risk they’re willing to take.” By Wednesday afternoon, crews had the blaze sufficiently under control so the air units could begin scaling back. Shakstad, who’d been on duty since 7 a.m. Tuesday, was winding down. In the thick of things, he’d attacked the fire as a purely tactical problem, something to be confronted and eradicated as quickly and efficiently as possible. Now, he had time to consider the terrain he’d just flown over. “I was born and raised in L.A.,” he said. “It’s tragic that we’re losing that beautiful part of the park. It’ll take quite a while for all that to grow back.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chief Pilot Paul Shakstad hovered above Griffith Park, sadly looking on as the hills of his youth raged with fire. The Tuesday evening sun was dropping and the winds had picked up. Hot spots broke out – one, two, three, four, five fires all spread out across the hillside. The dry brush erupted like fireworks. Shakstad, who’s fought fire from the air for 28 years, nudged the control stick of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Bell helicopter and headed in. “The fire spread so rapidly and was so intense, we were just holding our own,” he recalled Wednesday from the Van Nuys Airport. “We’re up there, working, working, working, working – working our tails off and not getting ahead.”
The Spaniard made an emotional exit from the victorious Copa del Rey final last weekend, bleary-eyed as he was substituted in the second half, and it will be a nostalgic occasion again when he hoists his final trophy with the club.“The love and respect that people have for me is something I feel deep inside,” Iniesta said. “My aim now is to try to add the league to the Cup.”It would be Iniesta’s ninth league title won with Barca, 13 years after his first, and his last might yet prove his finest, given Barca also stand five unbeaten games from becoming La Liga’s only ever invincible team.Real Madrid could yet intervene when the ‘clasico’ comes to the Camp Nou next weekend but Deportivo would appear unlikely spoilers, sitting 18th, nine points adrift of Levante with four games left to play.Some have suggested Clarence Seedorf’s side would even prefer to have their fate settled against Barcelona than at the home of their fiercest rivals Celta Vigo, whom they visit six days later.“We are going to play to death to win it,” Deportivo striker Adrian Lopez said.“We know that we face a Barca that are practically champions and I hope they come a little calmer than usual. I hope they have their heads on the World Cup.”That may prove wishful thinking given Barca arrive on the back of arguably their best performance of the season against Sevilla and are still trying to make a statement following their Champions League loss to Roma.Liverpool’s emphatic 5-2 win over the Italians on Tuesday has only underlined the carelessness of that defeat, while Real beating Bayern Munich to edge closer to a third consecutive European triumph makes their absence all the more galling.Adding a 25th league crown to the Copa del Rey would go some way to softening the disappointment.“We have been pursuing the league since the beginning of the season,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.“It’s something that is very hard to achieve, it’s the title that gives you most satisfaction.”With the title, relegation and Champions League spots all-but settled, La Liga’s climax is likely to be found in the race for the Europa League where at least six teams are fighting it out for three places.Real Betis look secure, five points clear in fifth, but only six points separate Villarreal in sixth and Celta Vigo in 10th. In between sit Sevilla, Getafe and Girona.Sevilla will be hoping to bounce back from their hammering by Barca with a win at struggling Levante on Friday while their rivals are guaranteed to drop points, with Villarreal hosting Celta on Saturday and Getafe at home to Girona on Sunday.“We have to work harder,” Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella said. “We have to be even more focused now to finish the league well and fight to qualify for Europe.”Betis entertain bottom-club Malaga on Monday.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayLevante v Sevilla (1900)SaturdayEspanyol v Las Palmas (1100), Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao (1415), Real Madrid v Leganes (1630), Villarreal v Celta Vigo (1845)SundayGetafe v Girona (1000), Alaves v Atletico Madrid (1415), Valencia v Eibar (1630), Deportivo La Coruna v Barcelona (1845)MondayReal Betis v Malaga (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Having already lifted the Copa del Rey, Barcelona can win La Liga this weekend in what is likely to be Andres Iniesta’s last season with the Catalan giants © AFP/File / CRISTINA QUICLERMADRID, Spain, Apr 27 – Barcelona need only a point against Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday to confirm a domestic double and win La Liga for the third time in four years.Andres Iniesta will be at the centre of any celebrations, with the Spaniard expected to announce his Barca departure in the coming days.
160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsTRANSIT: Buses and subway services in L.A. will run on a holiday schedule today. Buses in the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the Ventura County Dial-a-Route will not run today. Area Metrolink trains will not run except the Antelope Valley Line, which will have a regular Sunday schedule. BANKS: Banks are closed. The U.S. stock market is closed today and will close at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) on Friday. TRASH: Trash pickup will be delayed a day in Los Angeles. Pickup will be on a regular schedule in Burbank and Glendale. STORES: Malls will be closed today. Check with individual stores for special hours on Friday. THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE GOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed today. L.A. city and county offices, superior courts and state offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, will also be closed Friday. MAIL: The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail today. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed today and Friday.