‘Ms. Volleyball’ grateful that liberos are put on spotlight with PSA citation

first_imgDawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDawn Macandili really lived up to her nickname.The diminutive lass known as Ms. Everywhere once again etched her mark in sporting history when she earned the Ms. Volleyball laurel in the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper And in another twist of fate, Macandili was the first libero to be given such an honor.“I still can’t believe that I would be given this award because liberos aren’t usually given recognition,” said Macandili in Filipino. “It’s just recently that our roles have been noticed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m really thankful that, somehow, our efforts that we give to our teams are being highlighted.”Macandili first made history when she was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship and she carried that plum with her when the Philippines competed in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s defensive dynamo added that the award was a testament to her belief in head coach Ramil De Jesus’ system and a program that has so far produced 10 titles in the UAAP.And Macandili wasn’t the first La Sallian to be given the Ms. Volleyball nod as former captain Mika Reyes was awarded the same trophy in 2017.“Of course I’m not the first athlete under La Salle that was produced under coach Ramil’s system that became a multi-awarded player,” said Macandili. “It’s like I’m just fulfilling coach Ramil’s prophecy.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 awardlast_img read more

Bassa Citizens Decry Malpractices at Palm Bay

first_imgThe youth and other prominent citizens of Kporgbahn  Statutory District  No. Four, in Grand Bassa County have decried what they claimed as bad labor and other evil practices at the Equatorial Palm Oil company, commonly called Palm Bay operating in the district.The citizens are demanding the termination of the  senior assistant estate four manager,  David Woah, and his four supervisors, Emmanuel Bouyu; Allen Togba, Alphanso Gargar and one Marshall, for their alleged  involved in the said malpractices .According to a communication dated August 15’ 2014, under the signatures of the president of the District Youth, Isaac Gartaryon and 23 others including religious leaders,  women, students and community leaders, elders, and the head of the business community in the district, the company’s personnel in  question have reportedly indulged in tribalism, discrimination against other workers of the EPO and the other citizens. The document also accuses these employees of  marginalization of workers, illegal dismissal or workers, issuance of threats against workers and the denial of contracts rights of citizens and residents with valid contract licenses.Other counts against the accused include illegal payroll deduction, wrongful registration of overtime, the introduction of of ‘zoebayoo’ society from Nimba County  only identified Prince. The complainants further cite other brutal, unfair and illegal practices against and citizens.  The accusers said they can provide evidence to all of these allegations.“Because of these above mentioned reasons we are giving the EPO management  a 15-day ultimatum to take Mr.Woah and his men in question out of the plantation for perpetually permeating injustice against the workers and citizens who are not part of their tribesmen and their  clandestinely harmful society-Zeobayoo.  The accused are  also subjecting our people to harsh working condition and long hour works without compensation’ the communication emphatically spelled out.The citizezns anticipate the cooperation and consideration of EPO management in the matter at bar, promising to provide more information if there is no positive result within the 15-day ultimatum.When recently contacted via cell phone for his side of the story, Mr. Woah, he confirmed knowledge about the communication, but said he and his men have not been served copy of the complaint. “I cannot comment now until the proper time,” he told our reporter.When also contacted, the EPO Government Liaison Manager, Rev. Wisseh-Weah Bestman,  acknowledged receipt of the citizens’ communication dated on August 15, 2014. He expressed EPO’s grave concern about the communication and their allegations. He said an internal interrogation is expected to commence shortly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Residents complain of deplorable Diamond roads

first_imgBy Ramona LuthiResidents and taxi operators of Diamond-Grove Housing Scheme on Friday spoke to Guyana Times about the roads within the area, relaying that while some streets have been left to deteriorate, others only last a short time after being repaired.The Diamond-Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, has grown significantly over the years, housing hundreds of residents. However, according to the residents, their main physical issue in the area, is the terrible state of the naked roads.Residents complained that because of the deteriorated unpaved roads, taxi operators would deny them transportation to their homes, since the bumpy rides take a toll on the vehicles. “I live in 15th Street, and that’s a good way in. The scheme got 21 avenues, excluding avenues A and B. When I stop out at the car park, no body don’t wanna take me home because my street bad. A set of holes along the road. The taxi men saying the road damaging their vehicles,” one resident identified as “Shanta” said.Another Diamond-Grove inhabitant highlighted that his street consists of “sharp holes” and so whenever he drives along it, his car would “make a hard drop”, and this has caused him trouble since he has to make check-ups with his mechanic more often.Denise Shortt, of Diamond-Grove told this publication that she has resided in the scheme for a number of years and though repairs have been continuously done on the roads, it has proven fruitless since it restoration does not last for any significant time: “I living in here for years and they keep repairing roads, all the time they repairing and repairing.What’s the sense of doing temporary repairs? I know it can’t last forever but when they mek the roads, by next two weeks, it bruk-up again. Watch in first bridge deh. They make up the first few front roads and left the others. Why? Just fuh nice up in front? Come on man. This is ridiculous. It’s high time they fix it,” she said.When Guyana Times spoke to a taxi operator of the scheme, he voiced that though he would at times give in and take people to their homes regardless of the rocky journey to get there, the deplorable roads serves as a great inconvenience to everyone since it proves to not only be tedious but costly to the vehicles that would traverse the area.“Nobody don’t want go in them bad roads. Sometimes I does feel sorry for people and carry them in but the bad road really keeping people back. You know how much money yuh wasting for pay mechanic every time? And the people that don’t hav cars to carry them in, ga walk in no matter how far. They really should fix it, man,” said the taxi driver.last_img read more

Henries Law Firm Shut Down for ‘Failure to Pay Taxes’

first_imgIn its power to compel compliance with the Revenue Law, the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice on Friday, August 7, enforced the closure of the Henries Law Firm for its failure to pay real estate taxes in the amount of US$3,441.36.The law firm, located on Benson Street, is one of the oldest in the country and founded by the late former Speaker Richard A. Henries, who was among those killed by the military junta led by President Samuel K. Doe, which overthrew the William R. Tolbert presidency in 1980.The closure ordered on Friday was jointly done by court sheriffs, employees of the Real Estate Division and the legal team of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), based on a petition of temporary closure filed to the court.Several other companies including Provident Hotel on 9th was closed down on Friday for tax evasion in the tune of US$70,416.63.It took nearly two hours to effect the law firm’s closure after one ‘Momoh’ a lawyer who was in the building when the enforcement team arrived, strongly refused to leave the premises, despite several appeals from LRA’s staff.“What has government done with monies collected from taxes,” the lawyer cried in protest to the LRA’s legal team, after court officers persuaded him to come out of the building. “They are just receiving and eating the money. What could they boast about the intent of the taxes they have collected? They are going to give account in 2017.”When Mr. Momoh had left the building, LRA’s lead counsel, Atty. Max Duncan responded by saying, ”Why [would] a man who is a lawyer and an officer of the court want to prevent what the law says? Why would he allow his law firm to be shut down because of tax evasion?” “2017 or not, we are not going to be afraid. We will do our job without favoritism.“What I want him to understand is that if he fails to abide by the law, his law firm will be shut-down until they can comply with the law.” He added, “We are not going to allow any threat to intimidate us – especially from a lawyer sitting there – from carrying out this exercise. We are going to engage delinquent taxpayers like the Henries Law Firm without fear and favor.”“They are a law firm and they should be the ones protecting the law and not break it. They are officers of the court. We will continue with this exercise until lawful revenue is collected for the development of the country. They can’t hold us responsible for the action, because we held a discussion with them about their tax obligation and they failed to comply. We even posted a notice on their building informing them to make settlement of their obligation within 72hours and they again failed to take advantage of the opportunity,” adding, “It is a court order and [even] we, as lawyers, need to abide by it.”According to him, his exercise required that they provide spot audit to have the taxpayer informed about the value of the properties and also educate them about their procedure in paying taxes to government.“We are to educate the taxpayer to understand what their obligation is under the law, so that they can be a responsible taxpayer and to give them the opportunity to know how to make installment arrangements in paying their taxes. These are part of our responsibilities under the law, and we are going to do exactly just that.Commenting on closure of Provident Hotel, Atty. Duncan said that the company begged them for two hours from the time they arrived, on its premises, so that they would be able to make part payment of their US$70,416.63 obligation.“We are not going beyond the two hours they had asked for, if by 2:00 of that day, they cannot pay their obligation in the bank, we are going to shut them down,” said Atty. Duncan who said that negotiating with the hotel management was out of the question.“What they need to understand is that they should consider themselves closed for now,” he stated.According to him, while they were on Provident Hotel premises, the business owner, after a closed door discussion promised to pay US$10,000 as its installment payment.“He should have paid far lower than that, but because of his delay he is going to pay that amount into government coffers right now,” Atty. Duncan stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea supporter defends Paris Metro racism incident

first_img1 Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge A fan present during the startling scenes at a Paris train station in which Chelsea supporters prevented a black man from boarding a train has defended the group’s actions.Mitchell McCoy, a 17-year-old fan, claims supporters were singing about captain John Terry and that other passengers were also blocked from entering.The south west London club have vowed to support criminal prosecutions and ban any fans after footage, posted on the Guardian website, showed the commuter trying to board a Metro train in the French capital.He is blocked by what appears to be a group of Chelsea fans travelling to the Parc des Princes for the 1-1 draw with Paris St Germain on Tuesday night.Mitchell McCoy was one of around 40 or 50 Chelsea supporters on the train and he stated they were singing about Terry, who was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the Football Association in October 2012 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. In Terry’s case, the regulatory commission stated that the Chelsea captain was “not a racist”.McCoy, a season-ticket holder who travelled to Paris with five friends, was named on Twitter following the publication of the video.The 17-year-old from Fulham in London told Press Association Sport: “I’m not in the video but I’m on the carriage. We got on the train and at the station where the man was trying to get on we stopped for a couple of minutes.“He tried to get on and a few people were pushing him off because there wasn’t much space on the carriage. You couldn’t move.“People were saying it was because he was black. It’s not true at all. I personally think it’s because he was a PSG fan. Obviously they didn’t want him anywhere with us.“That guy in the video tried to force himself on, so they pushed him off.”A chant of “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” is clearly audible on the video, but McCoy contended it was not about the passenger.He added: “That song was about John Terry. The only words I know is ‘he’s a racist, he’s a racist’ and I don’t know the rest.”Asked why that song was sung at that moment, he said: “I’m not sure. I didn’t sing it.“It wasn’t just that one time that it happened. It wasn’t just with the black people that we weren’t letting on.“There was white people, women that people weren’t allowing on. There was no space.“They were saying, ‘You can’t get on this carriage, you have to go somewhere else’.”McCoy believes fingers were pointed at him following “a stupid Tweet I did last night, (about) the John Terry song”.He is aware of Chelsea’s plan to support any criminal prosecution and hand out banning orders to any supporters found to have offended.“I wouldn’t say (I am) worried, because I haven’t done anything wrong, neither has any of my mates,” he said.“I don’t see how that can be used against me because I’m not in the video.“Of course we’re concerned (about being banned). It wouldn’t surprise me at all.“(But) they ban you for anything. It wouldn’t surprise me.”Asked if he would be prepared to help Chelsea identify those involved, McCoy added: “I don’t recognise any of them so I wouldn’t be much use.”last_img read more

Barca edge closer to La Liga title after beating Atletico

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s players celebrated wildly after scoring twice in the final five minutes to beat Atletico Madrid on Saturday nightBARCELONA, Spain, Apr 6 – Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored twice in two minutes as Barcelona broke the resistance of 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday to go 11 points clear of their La Liga title rivals.Diego Costa was sent off in the 28th minute at Camp Nou after appearing to insult the referee, Gil Manzano, but while Atletico held on for almost another hour, Suarez and Messi struck late to seal a pivotal 2-0 win.last_img read more

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini says he has not ‘gone quiet’ on signing Man City star

first_img1 Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini says he has not ‘gone quiet’ on signing Yaya Toure but is adamant he will only sign players who can help the club regain their Champions League status.Manchester City star Toure has been linked with a move away from the club this summer and is tipped to reunite with Mancini, who brought him to City in 2010.And Mancini says his priority is to return Inter to Europe’s premier competition and has hinted Toure could well be a part of his plans.“At Inter, the players we buy must be well-chosen,” Mancini told Tuttosport. “We can’t afford to make mistakes. It’s clear that having players who enhance the personality of the team would help.“Have I gone quiet on Toure? It’s not a case of being quiet, the world is full of top players, and we want to get them.“This is the time that Inter must return to playing in the Champions League, not being there is like seeing Bologna in Serie B, it’s something which makes no sense.“To do that, we must all do our best to bring Inter back to where it historically belongs.“By the way, that’s the first thing on [President Erick] Thohir’s mind.”last_img read more

WATCH! Real Madrid star nets stunning solo goal

first_imgMarcelo ensured his new Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez got off to a winning start at the Bernabeu with a sensational strike against Galatasaray on Tuesday night.After Wesley Sneijder had cancelled out Nacho’s opener, the Brazilian full-back took on three defenders before firing expertly past Fernando Muslera to secure a 2-1 victory for Real.Check it out above!last_img

QBs again the glamour boys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Five years ago, you had Chris Weinke winning the Heisman Trophy and taking Florida State to the championship – and then becoming one in a long line of top college quarterbacks to get slapped down to about No. 100 in the NFL Draft. You had Trent Dilfer beating Kerry Collins in the Super Bowl – Dilfer earning such honored status that Baltimore cut him loose before the next training camp. You had only three quarterbacks making Pro Football Weekly’s ranking of the NFL’s top 50 players, only Peyton Manning cracking the top 10. Quarterbacks were reduced to functionaries, steering offenses instead of leading them. Look at them now. Vince Young was never going to be stopped on the final drive in the Rose Bowl, not in a million years and not even in two minutes. Matt Leinart was never going to be stopped going back the other way, except the clock ran out. What a fitting summation of this football season, as the colleges ended Wednesday and the pros dove into the playoffs this weekend. This year certified that quarterbacks stand astride the earth again, heroes of their teams, symbols of American know-how, inspirations for the nation’s youth. Go back no farther than 2000 to find a time when quarterback was the incredible shrinking position. center_img You have Texas’ Young and USC’s Leinart as worthy title-game duelists, and Leinart about to join fellow Trojan Carson Palmer in making this the first time ever that two Heisman winners have gone in the draft’s top 5 within a three-year span. You have Indianapolis’ Manning beginning the playoffs favored to unseat New England’s Tom Brady on the way to the Super Bowl, unless Cincinnati’s Palmer or Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger does it – not a Dilfer in this bunch. You have eight quarterbacks in Pro Football Weekly’s top 50 last off-season, and that was before Palmer proved himself worthy of the list. Quarterbacks – the men, the myths, the legends – aren’t quite back to where they were before the retirements of John Elway, Steve Young, Dan Marino and Troy Aikman in the last years of the millennium. But they’re within passing range of it. One more example of what’s happening here: Quarterbacks won two Heisman Trophies in the 1970s, three in the ’80s, four in the ’90s. They’ve already won five in the 2000s, taking five in a row for the first time ever before Trojans tailback Reggie Bush got the honor this season. More important for the sport is the feeling, beyond the realm of statistics, that quarterbacks are in charge again. Sons are taught to grip the pigskin by the laces and fire spirals. Kids grow up dreaming of becoming quarterbacks. Nobody ever grew up dreaming of becoming a nickel back or any of the dozens of interchangeable parts that make up football teams in the Era of Specialization. The quarterback is as vivid a symbol of strapping manhood as you’ll see this side of a John Wayne movie. Maybe quarterbacks were still big, it’s the game that got small. Maybe the emphasis on short-passing offenses bred the swagger out of the position. Maybe it was just a phase in the cycles of change that affect any sport. Whatever happened, it seemed to bottom out when the Ravens beat the Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl with Dilfer, the one-time backup to Tony Banks, just trying not to screw up – after which the Ravens dumped Dilfer in a salary-cap move and replaced him with the immortal Elvis Grbac. Things are looking better now. Manning, 29, sets out to try to win his first Super Bowl. Brady, 28, can become the first quarterback to lead the league in passing yardage and win the Super Bowl in the same season. Palmer, 26, and Roethlisberger, 23, are stars already. Eli Manning, 25, is a star in New York and in the playoffs in his first full season. Meanwhile, from down in the college world, more talent is on the way, headed by Leinart and (assuming he goes into this year’s draft) Vince Young. The Heisman list will forever say this was Reggie Bush’s season. Here in L.A., we know that we went into the season talking about the passing of Leinart and come out of it talking about the passing and running of Vince Young. And in between we talked a lot about Drew Olson and the comebacks he led for UCLA. There’s just something about confident, can-do, big-time quarterbacks that football is poorer without. Good to have them back. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com. 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

Man who sent husband and wife tirade a of abuse on Facebook apologises in court

first_imgA man who sent a tirade of online personal abuse to a couple’s business Facebook page has apologised to the couple in court.Anthony Downes spent all night sending vulgar messages to Buncrana couple Patricia Barnett-Murphy and her husband Paddy Murphy for no apparent reason. Downes, aged 61, appeared at Buncrana District Court, facing two harassment charges against the couple who operate a podiatry business in Buncrana.The court was told that the accused and his victims are neighbours but there is no reason why the allegations and abuse was made.Garda Inspector David Murphy handed two victim impact statements into court to be read by Judge Paul Kelly.Patricia Barnett and Patrick Murphy leaving Letterkenny Circuit Court at a previous sitting. (North West Newspix)Inspector Murphy said he was not reading out the contents of the abuse as it would cause further embarrassment to the couple.Downes, of The Bungalow, The Crescent, Buncrana, admitted sending a number of messages to the couple’s Facebook page between the 5th and the 6th of February, 2015.The couple are neighbours but have had very little interaction with eachother, the court heard.However, the court heard that Ms Barnett still feels trapped in her home.Downes said he apologised to the couple and said such an incident would never happened again.“It is unacceptable and I would like to say that I have apologised in any possible way and I still do. What I have done is unbelievable. There will never be a repeat of this,” he said.Mr Downes has already been found guilty in the Circuit Civil Court in Letterkenny of defaming the couple.That court heard how Downes accused Ms Barnett’s husband, of The Crescent, Buncrana, of having an affair with another woman and also referred to her as being overweight saying that her exercise regime was not working.was ordered to pay €32500 to his victims. (North WestMs Barnett told the court the posts had both hurt her personally and professionally and said she had later met clients who had not come back to her business because of the embarrassment the postings had caused.Mr Murphy previously told Letterkenny Circuit Court that himself and his wife had to speak to their twins aged 15 about the incident and explain to them that it was not true.That court ordered him to pay the couple more than €30,000 in damages.However Buncrana District Court was told that, to date, none of this money has been paid.The court also heard claims that efforts had been made by Mr Downes to set aside some of his assets.Judge Paul Kelly said that for all its value and usefulness, Facebook also had many negatives aspects.He said he often questioned the mentality of those who comment or share objectionable material.On the case of Ms Barnett and Mr Murphy, Judge Kelly said “I struggle to find anything more offensive or hurtful to say about a married couple.“And I have to ask myself how other people could share those comments. It makes you wonder about some people behind keyboards who make these disgusting comments about other people,” he said.He said also accepted that he felt that Mr Downes was genuinely in his apology to the couple.He ordered a Probation Report to be carried out on Mr Downes and to examine if the case was suitable for Restorative Justice.The case was adjourned until October 12th.Man who sent husband and wife tirade a of abuse on Facebook apologises in court was last modified: June 9th, 2017 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:Anthony DownesbuncranadonegalFacebookharassmentlast_img read more