Alab Pilipinas sweep Hong Kong, make ABL Finals

first_imgAlab Pilipinas. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueSTA. ROSA — San Miguel Alab Pilipinas swept Hong Kong, 79-72, in their best-of-three semifinals series on Sunday to advance to the 2018 Asean Basketball League Finals.Buoyed by the rowdy crowd inside Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex, the Philippines secured the first championship ticket as it dethroned the defending champion in the process.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brownlee paced Alab with 22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks while Balkman poured in 21 points that went with 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.Bobby Ray Parks Jr. finished with a double-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds with five assists to boot while Pao Javelona stepped up anew with 11 points, eight boards, and four assists.San Miguel Alab became the fifth Philippine team to reach the finals, and the first since the San Miguel Beermen won the championship in 2013.Elliott paced Hong Kong with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Standhardinger got 16 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast San Miguel Alab faces either Mono Vampire or Chong Son Kung Fu in the finals.Renaldo Balkman sparked Alab’s breakaway in third, scoring seven straight points to break a 43-deadlock to help his team take a 60-49 lead heading into the fourth.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 crownAlab’s lead ballooned to 18, 69-51, early in the final frame before holding off a late rally by Hong Kong.Marcus Elliott kept Hong Kong in the game while Christian Standhardinger trimmed the lead down to seven, 77-70, with 52.3 seconds before Justin Brownlee put on the finishing touches to send the Filipinos to the finals in only their second season in the league. LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle moves on from Ateneo, sets focus on Final Four Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 79 — Brownlee 22, Balkman 21, Parks 13, Javelona 11, Raymundo 6, Alabanza 4, Domingo 2, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0, Urbiztondo 0.HONG KONG EASTERN 72 — Elliott 25, Standhardinger 16, Moss 15, Lamb 8, Lee 4, Lau 3, Tang 1, Xu 0.Quarters: 16-16, 37-32, 60-49, 79-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 commentslast_img read more

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‘20 Percent of 24M Children Not Vaccinated Worldwide’

first_imgThe secretary general of the Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP), a civil society group based in Monrovia recently disclosed that 20 percent of 24 million children globally did not get vaccinated.Mr. James B. Ballah was quoting the global reports on the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).The LIP official noted that most of the 24,000,000 children that were not vaccinated live in the poorest countries, where many factors combined to thwart attempts to raise vaccine coverage rates.These included fragile or non-existence health service infrastructure and difficult geographic terrain.The LIP executive further   disclosed that the global partners’ statistics revealed that 40,000,000 children are yet to be vaccinated and immunized through the collective Expanded Program of Immunization globally.“In spite of the enormous challenges, LIP believes current civil society advocacy groups have organized to strengthen the immunization coverage of Liberian children throughout the country,” said Mr. Ballah.“. . . by 2012, the Global Alliance Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) could boast that the global alliance had supported immunization for an estimated number of 440,000,000 children globally.”Such an enormous numerical achievement of listing could be the combined populations of United States, France and United Kingdom.The LIP boss intimated that GAVI support had contributed to the prevention of 6,000,000 future deaths caused by preventable infectious diseases.The LIP official also disclosed that GAVI had committed US$ 8.2 billion to all the entity’s alliance programs, including used and under used vaccines and health system strengthening programs in the world’s poorest countries.He admonished the delegates at the first General Assembly of LIP to consider the fact that they are the prime movers of the entity’s immunization initiatives throughout the country.“It is the mothers, fathers, children, community caregivers, Liberian Government, donor partners and traditional chiefs and all Liberians that are equally responsible to save the life of that child,” Mr. Ballah asserted.The LIP secretary general thanked the Catholic Relief Service of Liberia for its technical, financial and administrative capacity support during the few years of their partnership and collaboration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Over 1500 Compete in 2015 Successful Marathon

first_imgMore than 1,500 Liberians and foreign residents participated in last Sunday’s 2015 Liberia Marathon.With a team based on Liberia’s triumph over adversity in the wake of the successful victory over the Ebola Virus Disease, the 21Km men’s race was clinched by Sierra Leonean national Osman Challey.He was followed closely by his fellow compatriot Idrissa Kargbo and Liberian Prince Weah came third.In the 10Km men’s race, another Sierra Leonean national Mustapha Kamara came first and Liberians Amos Sumo and Augustine Momolu came second and third respectively.However, in the 21Km female category, promising Liberians Lucy Massaquoi and Joy Kollie managed second and third places respectively but with a Sierra Leonean national identified as Asatu coming first place.In the 10Km female race, Jemu Zarzar, who won the 2013 edition swept to her second victory. The marathon was not held in 2014 due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.In the 10Km wheelchair race, 2013 winner, Emmanuel Nyumah took first place, followed by Jerome Tokpah and Lawrence Dolekeh.Meanwhile cash prizes were not awarded to the winners and Liberia Marathon Trust officials indicated that it would be done at a later date.Other notable Liberians who participated in the marathon were several government officials, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and human rights lawyer Tiawon Gongloe.Several participants interviewed by the Daily Observer commended the organizers for hosting the marathon that helped them to join others to celebrate victory over Ebola as well as honoring the memory of those who perished in the disaster.The marathon was supported by several companies, including Exxon Mobile, Cellcom GSM, RLJ Kendeja Resort, SN Brussells and the Liberia Coca Cola Company.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Baboon Must “Bust” This Rock Now!

first_imgThe attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to a story carried in its May 10, 2019 edition headlined, “Dig Hole, Cover Hole” -Nagbe Defends Gov’t Misuse of Donor Project Funds”.According to the story written by Daily Observer reporters Robin Dopoe and Hannah Geterminah, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe reacting to expressed donor concerns about the ferreting of funds from donor accounts to other uses than the intended use has told journalists that the Ministry of Finance “moves money at the CBL from donor accounts into government coffers when the need arises”.Further, according to him, it is an age-old problem adding that those accounts can be recapitalized when revenue performance improves. In his own words, it is “dig hole, cover hole”, meaning perpetual indebtedness.“The move of donors’ fund is not illegal, and it does not mean that someone has stolen money,” Min. Nagbe defended, noting, “The only problem here is that the donors do not like the way it is done since the process is against international best practices. It does not mean the government is corrupt; it is just administrative and technical issues.”The Daily Observer however wishes to remind Minister Nagbe that the issues raised by the donor community are serious and not just administrative and technical issues. Truth be told, Liberians do not deserve to be fed such blatant lies for it is common knowledge that this government is plagued by the scourge of corruption.Individuals who yesterday were scrounging on the margins of society are today top-heavy officials sporting the latest SUVs and purchasing or building luxurious homes with money acquired not through diligent effort and toil but rather through illegal and corrupt means. Some of these officials have the gall to liken themselves to angelic characters — the Angels Gabriel and Michael through whose influence individuals can have access to God — keepers of the gate, so to speak.The public is not unaware, for example, that President Weah has been a frequent traveler since his inauguration and often with large delegations such as the delegation that accompanied him on an official visit to China and other places. More besides, the ostentatious display of wealth and grandeur by his officials have only served to engrain the impression that government officials are virtually plundering the national coffers.And it appears that they are doing so in apparent disregard for the consequences of their action. For example, Finance Minister Tweh, whose remit is limited to fiscal policy, has instead ascribed to himself responsibility for monetary policy. The US$25 million intended for the mop-up exercise was handled by the Minister himself, who told journalists that he opted to use money changers rather than the commercial banks to mop-up excess liquidity.Results of the probe conducted by the Presidential Investigation Team (PIT) showed discrepancies in accounts provided by the Finance Minister. These discrepancies according to the PIT report bordered on criminality and probably this can explain why Central Bank (CBL) authorities blatantly refused to allow investigators into the Bank’s vault to do verification checks.Then of course is the unresolved question of the whereabouts of the billions of printed Liberian dollar banknotes (L$16 billion) into whose mysterious disappearance President Weah ordered a probe. The results of the initial probe proved inconclusive and as a result, an official GAC audit was commissioned to determine the actual situation. The nation still awaits the results of that audit.According to Information Minister Nagbe, the government has been engaging donors with the view to, as he put it, “ring-fence donor accounts”. But the problem is the stables have already been open and the horses have all gone astray. The question, therefore, is of what import will such a ring-fence have when the funds have already been stolen?From information available to the Daily Observer, the commercial banks are experiencing severe liquidity problems. According to a local banker (name withheld), the CBL has so far been unable to repay funds it has taken from the reserve requirement deposited by local banks.Moreover, reliable sources have informed this newspaper that the problem of the illegal ferreting of funds may be more severe than it appears. Sources further say that the accounts of parastatals have been virtually depleted under the watch of this government, although this is strenuously denied.As it appears, the GOL is faced with severe financial crisis to the point where it has proposed to cut salaries and impose new taxes. In the face of such crippling conditions currently affecting the economy with rising prices of goods and services, President Weah, despite repeated warnings by this newspaper as well as the business community, has so far refused to rescind the imposed Cargo Tracking Note(CTN). The effects are already being felt with increased prices and sharper decline of the Liberian dollar.In the opinion of this newspaper, GOL needs to tread carefully as it seeks to impose new taxes to raise revenue to “cover hole”. Extra-budgetary spending, as is well known, is the chief culprit here and if President Weah actually means business, he will begin by making public his asset declaration and ensure or compel the compliance of his officials. Also, frequent travels with large delegations should stop and the private jet believed to have been purchased by state funds must be sold off and the proceeds remitted to government coffers.Further, the Daily Observer calls on President Weah to reconsider the imposition of new taxes to raise money to “cover hole”. As this newspaper has reiterated time and again, dogged insistence on the imposition of a new tax scheme will serve to undermine and erode the legitimacy of this government.President Weah must come to grips with the problems affecting this nation and he must do this sooner than later. He should remember his song “Monkey na able to bust the rock o but Baboon able”.Baboon must bust this rock now!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chelsea’s blues continue: Eight GREAT images from another blockbuster day of Premier League action

first_img Sergio Aguero was in formidable form, becoming only the fifth player to score five times in a single Premier League game in the competition’s history. 8 Kevin De Bruyne celebrates with man of the match Sergio Aguero after his fine goal made it 4-1 to Manchester City. 8 8 We are already approaching the quarter mark of the Premier League season and England’s top flight is still seeing some ludicrious results.Chelsea’s blues continued with a desperate home defeat to Southampton, leaving some serious questions about Jose Mourinho and his charges.Man of the day was Sergio Aguero after his five-star display against a beleaguered Newcastle, while the Magpies’ north east rivals Sunderland’s struggles also continued after they threw away a 2-0 lead at home to West Ham.There were also victories for Crystal Palace, Leicester and Stoke, while a late Heurelho Gomes penalty save ensured Watford earned a point at fellow promoted side Bournemouth.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see a selection of the best images from another bumper day of top flight action… 8 8 Radamel Falcao is correctly booked after this incident as the Colombian appealed for a penalty against Southampton. 8 The Southampton players congratulate Sadio Mane after his goal and brilliant individual display in Southampton’s stunning win at Chelsea. Leicester players mob Jamie Vardy after his penalty against Norwich – a strike which took him top of the Premier League scoring charts. Glenn Murray celebrates opening his Bournemouth account, although the striker would later miss a last minute penalty for the Cherries. Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic wheels away after grabbing a second-half winner against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Sunderland captain John O’Shea is dismayed after the winless Back Cats squandered a two-goal lead against West Ham at the Stadium of Light. 8 8last_img read more

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Who will win the Golden Glove? Those in contention revealed as Petr Cech leads the way

first_img 9 9 9 3. David De Gea (Manchester United) has kept nine clean sheets this season Who is in contention for the Premier League Golden Glove at the end of the season?Petr Cech, who has kept the most clean sheets in the history of England’s top flight after surpassing David James’ tally of 169 in December, is already closing in on the 14 Joe Hart kept to clinch the award in the 2014-15 campaign.And if the Arsenal goalkeeper maintains his performances, he is in with a chance of breaking his own record of the most clean sheets in a single season – 21.But, who else is in the running for the prize?Jack Butland? Joe Hart? Simon Mignolet? Find out by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.Statistics correct up to and including matches played on 7 February 2016 9 8. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) has kept seven clean sheets this season 1. Petr Cech (Arsenal) is leading the way in the Golden Glove race having kept 12 clean sheets, so far, this season – find out who is chasing the Gunners ‘keeper by clicking the arrow above 9 7. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) has kept eight clean sheets this season 2. Joe Hart (Manchester City) has kept 11 clean sheets this season 8. Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion) has kept seven clean sheets this season 3. Heurelho Gomes (Watford) has kept nine clean sheets this season 9 9 9 3. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) has kept nine clean sheets this season 3. Jack Butland (Stoke City) has kept nine clean sheets this season 9last_img read more

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11 images of Real Madrid celebrating winning their record 11th European Cup

first_img 11 11 1. European champions for the 11th time – take a look at Real Madrid celebrating their victory, with 11 fantastic photos, just click the arrow above, right 9. As well as kissing the cup, Ramos smooches a statue! 2. Sergio Ramos plants a kiss on the European Cup 11 3. Ramos with the trophy in Madrid’s Cibeles Square 8. Zinedine Zidane and Alvaro Arbeloa soak up the atmosphere 11 4. Real Madrid players in party mood 11 10. Madrid is Real’s for today 6. Gareth Bale has now won two Champions Leagues with Real Madrid Real Madrid were crowned kings of European club football for a record 11th time and they wasted no time celebrating the achievement.Having beaten city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the 2016 Champions League final, staged at Milan’s San Siro stadium on Saturday night, Real paraded the trophy in Spain’s capital on Sunday morning, in front of thousands of fans.It was Real’s second success in the competition in the past three seasons, with both finals being won against Atletico.That being the case, it’s a safe bet Atletico supporters were staying indoors as Real took over the centre of Madrid.Take a look at the pictures from Real’s celebrations in the gallery above. 11 11 11 11 11 5. Pepe and Ramos savour the taste of success 11. Marcelo salutes Real Madrid’s supporters 7. Ronaldo celebrates Real Madrid’s 11th European Cup 11last_img read more

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BRIGHT AND SUNNY: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.It’s Josper Monday – order a Josper Grill inspired main course and get a delicious homemade dessert FREE – today at Dexter’s at Mount Errigal Hotel.Today’s Weather: A lovely start to the day across County Donegal with lots of sunshine and clear skies from dawn. However it will be cooler to begin with. The sunny start will continue through the afternoon with temperatures up to 14C in inland areas of Donegal – more like 11C on the coasts.Winds will be lighter than they were at the weekend, dropping to aroun 15km/hr at times and coming from the west and north west. There will be a bit more cloud later, but not enough to hold on to the temperatures so it will be colder overnight tonight, temperatures dropping to 4C overnight with the possibility of a grass frost.Tomorrow: At this stage more of the same. Sunny, bright.Sources: Met eireann, BBCNI, Sky. DON’T FORGET: It’s Josper Monday – order a Josper Grill inspired main course and get a delicious homemade dessert FREE – today at Dexter’s at the Mount Errigal Hotel. Great food and great service – in all weathers!BRIGHT AND SUNNY: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegaldonegal daily weatherdrysunshinelast_img read more

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JOB VACANCY: PART-TIME OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR WANTED FOR BUSY DONEGAL BAR

first_imgJOB VACANCY: A busy Donegal Bar and Restaurant located in the Inishowen area are looking for a Part-Time Office Administrator/Bookkeeping Assistant to join their dynamic workforce. Our client, a long established bar & restaurant in Inishowen, seeks an enthusiastic, positive candidate for the above vacancy.Duties to include (but not exclusively) bookkeeping, filing and matching invoices, creditor management, allocation of receipts, reconciliations and office administration. The successful candidate will be computer literate, have excellent analytical and organisational skills and must have the ability to work both as part of a team as well as on their own initiative. Knowledge of VAT, PAYE, PRSI essential.Applications in writing by post or e-mail together with a curriculum vitae for the attention of the Practice Manager at the address below.J.G. Carlin & Co. Ltd.Chartered Certified Accountants & Registered Auditors The Business Centre, Lisfannon, Buncrana, Co. DonegalTel:  07493 64200Fax: 07493 61955E-mail: info@jgc.ieClosing date for receipt of applications is Friday 28th August 2015. JOB VACANCY: PART-TIME OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR WANTED FOR BUSY DONEGAL BAR was last modified: August 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnewslast_img read more

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The Creative Web: Is SoundCloud the YouTube of Audio?

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#web richard macmanus 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App There are no shortage of consumption apps on the Web, especially since the iPad (in many ways the ultimate Web consumption device) arrived on the scene. But what about content creation apps? In the Web 2.0 era, we saw the rise of blogging platforms, social networks, and media sharing services like Flickr and YouTube. Some people say that 2011 will be about content curation, via services like Twitter and Tumblr. But I think there’s still a lot of action in the content creation space. I’ll be exploring some of the best and most promising content creation services over the coming weeks here on ReadWriteWeb, in a series called ‘The Creative Web.’The first service we’ll look at is a startup from Berlin, Germany, called SoundCloud. It’s a platform to publish music and audio to the Web – and it’s been experiencing rapid growth.Two prominent VC firms invested in SoundCloud earlier this year: Union Square Ventures and Index Ventures. Fred Wilson of the former believes that it won’t just be music that pushes SoundCloud to a mass audience, but other audio such as podcasts. That seems like a risky bet, but there’s a good chance SoundCloud will become big anyway – via music alone. SoundCloud is being used by professional musicians and amateurs alike. It’s also become a platform for other online music services, such as The Hype Machine and We Are Hunted. Trending alternative pop singer Lykke Li has been using SoundCloud to publish songs from her upcoming new album, Wounded Rhymes. There are also remixes of Li’s songs on her SoundCloud. Indeed, one of SoundCloud’s best features is that it allows artists to collaborate with others – including their fans – on remixes. 50 Cent and R.E.M. have both launched remix contests recently using SoundCloud. SoundCloud recently went over 3 million registered users. Given its growth and the fact that popular musicians are using it, is SoundCloud a threat to MySpace? I checked out Lykke Li’s MySpace page and the most recent entry is a link to a new song she just posted to SoundCloud (not available on MySpace). That song has 58 comments, as at time of writing. So yes, SoundCloud is a threat to MySpace. SoundCloud is hosting popular new music, tthere is social commentary happening around that music, and the site is becoming increasingly popular.What then of Fred Wilson’s hope that other audio creativity will blossom on SoundCloud? Wilson recorded a podcast on SoundCloud recently to explain. He noted that “the web is still too quiet, there’s not enough audio expression happening” – meaning podcasting, spoken word, even poetry. In that podcast, Wilson defined SoundCloud as an “online platform for audio expression and sharing on the Web and mobile devices.” “What YouTube is for video,” he said, “SoundCloud is for audio.” (at the end of 2008, Wilson called SoundCloud “Flickr for Musicians,” which indicates how the product has evolved since then: from a musician-focused service to a consumer-focused one that nevertheless still relies on musicians).Wilson elaborated further in a comment in his blog: “I believe that mobile phones as recording devices and tablets ascreation devices and “audio exhaust” from gaming are all game changersfor audio creation and sharing.”I’m skeptical that podcasting or spoken word audio will ever become a widespread activity on the Web. The problem is that listening to podcasts and spoken word audio requires focus – it just doesn’t fit into the fast-moving, multi-tasking media world we’re all living in. Audio will most likely never be shared and curated on a mass scale, like video is on YouTube.However, my guess is that SoundCloud won’t even need the audio aspect. It’s already got popular music acts like 50 Cent, R.E.M., Lykke Li, Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 using its service. And the platform is very impressive: the API being used by Hype Machine and others, widgets galore, over 100 apps hooked into it.Do you use SoundCloud? I’m curious to hear your thoughts too on the audio creation aspect of the product, do you think that will pan out?last_img read more

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