MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed on its Grand Slam bid, but June Mar Fajardo and company can still make history in the 2017 Leo Awards.The Cebuano giant is poised to take home his fourth Most Valuable Player award, tying legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio for the record of most MVP plums, but will be the first to achieve the feat in consecutive seasons.ADVERTISEMENT San Sebastian stays in Final Four race with humbling of Mapua Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Fajardo amassed 38.58 SPs to unsurprisingly top the overall statistical points race released at the end of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals. His continued dominance helped the Beermen achieve championships in this season’s Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup.Fajardo has already earned his part in history, tying his mentor Danny Ildefonso for most Best Player of the Conference plums at five after bagging the highest individual honor in the last 2017 Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut it’s not all Fajardo, as his fellow San Miguel players are also poised to nab spots in the Mythical Teams.Alex Cabagnot is running second in the MVP race with his 32.96 SPs, Arwind Santos is the top forward in the chase as he sits at fifth with his 30.97 SPs, and Marcio Lassiter sits ath 10th with his 29.55 SPs. Chris Ross is also likely to land a spot in the Mythical Teams after winning the BPC award in the Commissioner’s Cup as he is at eighth with his 30.40 SPs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As much as three of San Miguel’s players could make it to the Mythical First Team, a feat that hasn’t been done since Purefoods’ James Yap, Kerby Raymundo, and Roger Yap made it in the 2005-06 season.Other players have also made a case in the Mythical Team selection, with GlobalPort scorer Terrence Romeo at third with 32.01 SPs, TNT slasher Jayson Castro at fourth with 31.52 SPs, Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra at six (30.85 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort at seven (30.63 SPs), and Calvin Abueva of Alaska at nine (30.11 SPs).Meanwhile, the Rookie of the Year award race remains as a three-man chase.Phoenix shooter Matthew Wright is still the top rookie with 26.07 SPs, but failing to help his team advance to the semifinals may hurt his candidacy.Closely pursuing him are TNT swingman Roger Pogoy, who amassed 22.29 SPs, and Star playmaker Jio Jalalon, who had 21.50 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT Landing at number four is Ginebra defender Kevin Ferrer, who has 15.64 SPs, and Kia guard Reden Celda, who netted 13.99 SPs.The 2017 Leo Awards is set before Game 4 of the Ginebra-Meralco Finals series next Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
Chief Elections Officer,Keith LowenfieldCommissioner Sase GunrajMore than 16 months after the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections and six months after the historic Local Government Elections, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is still to produce a report, including statements of expenditures on the conduct of the elections, and opposition commissioners are complaining of reaching a “brick wall” when they ask for these reports.Speaking to reporters Thursday at his party’s Freedom House, Robb Street, Georgetown, Headquarters, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Commissioner, Attorney Sase Gunraj is now questioning why Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, has been reluctant to produce these reports, particularly in face of the recent allegations of a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme at the electoral oversight body.Gunraj said that to date, the Commission has not received from the GECOM Secretariat a report on the 2015 elections nor the 2016 Local Government Elections, despite repeated calls by commissioners.He said one of the excuses coming from Lowenfield, whose statutory responsibility is to produce the report, is that he will not produce any report in the 2015 elections since the outcome of those elections are engaging the attention of the court.Gunraj said the commission had discussed this issue extensively and a compromise position was considered, which would see the aspects of the report which may engage the court be redacted or excluded from the report.“One aspect that we demanded that cannot in anyway be deemed to be affecting the outcome or otherwise even the evidence is the financial aspect,” he said, but even that is being stonewalled by the CEO.Gunraj said with recent exposures that there is deep-rooted corruption at GECOM, one would be led to wonder if this is in anyway influencing Lowenfield’s position.“The recent developments in the press with what has been going on with these audit reports that we have been reading…is now making us wonder why we can’t even get a financial report of the 2015 elections of the 2016 elections. In fact so far as it relates to the 2016 elections, there is absolutely no impediment, none whatsoever, in relation to the preparation and release of a report in that regard,” the attorney stated.Radio fiascoWeighing in on the ongoing revelations of a multimillion-dollar Communication Radio contract which is said to be shrouded in corruption, Gunraj who has been on the Commission since February 3, 2015, said that there was never any mention of the procurement or intended use of these radios prior to the elections.“At not one single meeting any discussion was raised in relation to the procurement, use or any other matter whatsoever touching on or concerning radio, even when the issue of communication was tangentially dealt with at Commission meeting, even prior to the 2015 elections. It had not even become apparent to me sitting at that Commission that we had procured radios, that radios were intended for use or any such thing,” Gunraj stated.He said with regards to the procurement of $14 million worth of pliers and nippers by the Commission, the same obtained.GECOM earlier this month was caught in a web of corruption allegations surrounding the purchase of the radios from Mobile Authority, a company owned by a Water Street, Georgetown, businessman, while side-lining Barrett Communications, the manufacturer of the said radio sets.Barrett subsequently distanced itself from the radio sets and highlighted that it had ceased production of that particular equipment since 2009, six years before they were purchased by GECOM.More allegationsSubsequently, reports surfaced that the Commission doled out close to $100 million to M-Tech Business Solutions, another company owned by the same Water Street businessman, this time for the supply of toners used for photocopiers and printers, office furniture and equipment, photo paper and scanners, printing accessories, and even Duracell batteries. Additionally, the Commission is accused of purchasing the whopping $14 million in nippers from another relative of the same businessman.GECOM officials, including the Chairman and CEO, have refused to comment on the allegations.
…tells David Ganger to call elections immediatelyThe Commonwealth has become the latest organisation to criticise the Government for operating outside of the norms of constitutional rule, urging caretaker President David Granger to call elections immediately.Commonwealth Secretary General Baroness Patricia ScotlandIn the statement, which was issued on Monday, Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland urged the President to immediately set an early election date. Scotland noted that this must be done in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana, so that constitutional rule can be restored.The Secretary General referenced the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling, which had clearly set out the timeframe for an election after a No-Confidence Motion. As such, Scotland said in her statement that elections were constitutionally overdue in Guyana.“The CCJ’s ruling was clear that the Guyana Constitution sets out certain requirements for the time of an election after the valid passing of a No-Confidence Motion. The rule of law and constitutional governance are fundamental Commonwealth values to which Guyana has subscribed,” Scotland said.She added that a general election should be held in accordance with the unambiguous constitutional imperative to do so.President David GrangerThe Secretary General has spoken with the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and discussed Commonwealth support to GECOM, the statement added.Guyana is one of 53 member countries of the Commonwealth, which comprises almost entirely of former British colonies. The commonwealth has been known to suspend member countries for violating democratic principles, including Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.Even today, Zimbabwe still has a membership application pending before the Commonwealth, with Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa meeting Baroness Scotland on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday to discuss it.Unconstitutional ruleIt has been over nine months since a No-Confidence Motion was passed against the David Granger-led Government. The Constitution of Guyana stipulates that elections must be held within three months of the passage of such a motion.The constitutional deadline for holding elections, as set out by the CCJ, expired as of September 18. When it made its June 18 ruling on the no-confidence cases, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had said that the effect of the No-Confidence Motion was on pause while the cases were being litigated.That process, CCJ President Adrian Saunders had clearly said, was no longer on pause following the Court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and thus triggered the need for fresh elections.In keeping with the constitutional three months’ provision once a No-Confidence Motion is passed, General and Regional Elections should have been held on or before September 18, 2019.Despite Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, retired Justice Claudette Singh informing the President that GECOM will be in a position to hold elections by February 2020, President Granger is yet to name an election date.Granger had even promised the Carter Center, during a meeting, that he would act swiftly when GECOM advises him as to an election date. Granger was informed since Thursday last by GECOM Chair, retired Justice Claudette Singh, that the Secretariat could conduct elections at the end of February.After announcing that he would have to discuss this with Cabinet before naming an election date, the President is yet to meet with his Cabinet. It is expected that this full Cabinet meeting will take place today, though as per the CCJ ruling a Government Cabinet stands resigned.It was only days ago that members of the diplomatic corps, such as representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, called for the President to immediately name an election date.On Friday last the Bar Council of the Bar Association of Guyana condemned the coalition Government for its failure to hold General and Regional Elections within the period mandated by the Constitution, which it reminded is supreme law.This came after protests against the President and pressure from the diplomatic community, to ensure the Government acts in accordance with the Constitution. The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has already warned that they will continue to protest for constitutional compliance until the President names an election date.
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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon knows he cannot let slip this chance to finally fulfil his dream of Champions League glory.The best shot-stopper of his generation has a medal collection befitting of his standing in the game, but continental glory remains a glaring omission from the veteran’s success-laden CV.Buffon is the sole survivor of the Juventus side that lost the 2003 final to AC Milan and feared his last chance at Champions League glory had passed by after suffering the same fate against Barcelona two years ago.But, at the age of 39, the World Cup winner finally has a chance to win the trophy he dreams of when Massimiliano Allegri’s side face holders Real Madrid under the roof in Cardiff.“Probably the emotions I might feel might be different to any other guy who is younger than me or any other player like Dani,” Buffon said, sat next to three-time Champions League winner Dani Alves at the pre-match press conference.“Dani has already won this competition and he has at least four or five years ahead of him in his career“I have to exclude this possibility as far as I am concerned, so, yes, it will be much more special for me.“But at the same time, I want to play this game without regrets and without thinking of these issues.“This is my moral imperative for this game and I hope I can manage to do that because our team is very compact and based on collaboration.“I am aware that if I play well, I will be able to help my team so this would be the greatest gift I could give my team-mates.”Buffon is the last line of a miserly defence that has conceded just three goals in Juventus’ unbeaten journey to Cardiff, producing displays that have belied his advancing years.At 39 years 126 days, the Italy international would replace compatriot Paolo Maldini as the oldest player to win the Champions League on Saturday – but such records mean little to someone who still feels like a “young boy”.“When you get to this stage, you know perfectly well how you arrived here and all the effort that you have had to put into your work,” Buffon told a packed press conference in a tent outside the ground.“There’s nothing better in life than to obtain a reward after working so hard and sweating to get it.“There’s nothing better than sharing this prize with your team-mates, with a group of people that you’ve worked with for months and months, with team-mates who have perhaps worked even more than I have to reach this point.”Juventus knocked out Porto, Barcelona and Monaco to set-up Saturday’s final against a Real Madrid side attempting to retain the Champions League crown.It looks to be the unstoppable force against the immovable object, but something has to give and Buffon hopes it is the Bianconeri’s poor record on the biggest stage.Juventus have lost their past four Champions League finals and six in total – more than any other club.“We do have trust in our capabilities for tomorrow,” Buffon, in his 16th season at Juventus, said.“We are confident but at the same time we also feel humble because Real Madrid does have a certain feeling with finals.“They are used to winning finals, we on the other hand have lost quite a number of finals, so perhaps it’s a good match in that sense.“We’re going to try and overturn our record in history.” The 39-year-old has never lifted European football’s ultimate prize 1
Three men have appeared in court in Letterkenny charged with burglary.The men appeared at Wednesday’s sitting of Falcarragh District Court sittingin Letterkenny. The three had been arrested under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act earlierin the week by gardaí investigating a series of burglaries in the town.They were detained and charged before appearing in front of Judge Paul Kelly.A Garda spokesman said the three men were remanded on bail to appear at Letterkenny District Court on March 27th.Three men appear in court charged with series of burglaries was last modified: March 16th, 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)
The swimmers and their coaches.These are the Community Games swimmers who will represent Donegal in the national finals mid August.They are Oisin Sheridan, Stephen Hegarty, Cody Dunnion,, Conor Shiels, Shay Maloney, Molly Nulty, Ellen Russell, Thomas Coyle, Thomas Keys, Grainne Russell, Aoibheann O’Grady, Cara Nulty and Bronagh Sheridan.Also pictured coaches Sharon Maloney and Anthony Sheridan.Missing from picture Emma Bonar, Eoin Bonar, Conal Bonar, Cian Mulligan, Rory Boyce, Eva Mc Ginley, Jonathan Martin, Sean Pascaul and Sinead O Kane. These swimmers took a short rest break for three weeks at the end of the season in June before hitting the water again for an eight week training block. With a few weeks remaining they are ready to represent Donegal in the National finals.These swimmers have trained two days a week in Letterkenny and have teamed up with the rest of the county for training in Stranorlar with swimmers from Ballyshannon Meabh O’ Connor, Darragh Summerville, Caoimhe McCauley, Cora Rooney, Cian Rooney, Una Britton, Roisin Maguire, Bridin Maguire, Lauren McHugh, Ciara Gallagher and Katie McMullin. And swimmers from the Buncranna area Eadaoin O’Raw and Lucy Devlin with Coaches Kieran Summerville, Eddie Russell, Sinead Donagher and Anthony Sheridan.All swimmers will travel to Athlone wearing their county colours with pride in the hope of returning with medals from the the Community Games National Swimming Finals.DONEGAL SWIMMERS GET READY FOR COMMUNITY GAMES NATIONAL FINALS was last modified: August 2nd, 2015 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:Community gamesdonegalswimmers
Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade NEW ERA Balotelli’s famous celebration How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED possible xi gameday How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? smart causal How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? highlights 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS And occasionally, he does something remarkable with a football.The ‘Why Always Me’ legend posted a video of him pulling off a seemingly impossible trick shot from behind the goal and it’s pretty impressive: Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener who plays? possible standings The world according to Mario Balotelli can often be a complicated one.From struggling to navigate his way into a bib, to setting fireworks off in his bathroom, there is never a dull moment when it comes to the Italian.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Gunmen have released 14 Haitian children and an American missionary who were abducted in separate incidents, police said Friday. The missionary, Phillip Snyder, was released Friday after a ransom was paid, said police Commissioner Francois Henri Doussous, head of Haiti’s anti-kidnapping unit. He would not specify how much was paid but said it was “much less” than the $300,000 the kidnappers initially sought. The gunmen released the children and their school bus driver unharmed Thursday night, hours after their bus was hijacked by gunmen on the way to school. The kidnappings came five weeks before national elections to restore democracy to Haiti, which has seen a sharp increase in abductions amid the chaos following the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Doussous said police did not believe the latest kidnappings were politically motivated. “This is purely criminal activity; the gangs need money,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!