Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pacquiao joined Spence in the ring after the bout and both expressed their intentions to fight one another.“I am looking at the winner of this fight. Spence wants to fight me,” said Pacquiao during a TV interview. “I am hoping to be back here, soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“He is a legend of the sport. It would be my honor to fight him next,” Spence said.The 29-year-old Spence stretched his undefeated streak to 25-0 with 21 knockouts and dealt Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) his first defeat. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ARLINGTON, TEXAS – MARCH 16: Errol Spence Jr lands a blow against Mikey Garcia in an IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at AT&T Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPErrol Spence Jr. put on a boxing clinic against Mikey Garcia in a resounding title defense that most likely serves as a prelude to a showdown with Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao.Spence dominated Garcia for 12 rounds for a lopsided unanimous decision victory with the three judges scoring the bout, 120-107, 120-108, 120-108.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Extreme surfing: Cold feet on Arctic ice boards Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying He retained his IBF welterweight title for the third time after winning it two years ago in an 11th round knockout of Kell Brook in England.“People said I couldn’t box,” said Spence. “You saw it today. I can box, I can move my head. I can do it if I want to.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was warmly received at the White House and on Capitol Hill last Friday. President Barrack Obama and the United States Congress applauded her for her heroic leadership in the fight against Ebola, which brought the viral transmission from the highest in the Mano River basin to the lowest. This was indeed a great accomplishment, and she, the Health Ministry, the Incident Management System (IMS), the international partners, many local corporate and NGO organizations and the Liberian people as a whole deserve commendation.President Sirleaf thanked President Obama and the Congress for the American government and people’s great contributions that seriously helped reverse the terrible onslaught of Ebola in Liberia, most especially the deployment of over 3000 troops to build Ebola treatment units throughout the country. These ETUs helped to scare the devil out of the virus, and soon, most of them went largely empty. What did Ellen want from the world’s most powerful leader? Apparently not what he had offered her months earlier that would empower Liberia to respond robustly to any future epidemic. No. Her requests were not as specific, but more general. Helene Cooper, an eminent Liberian journalist, who is the New York Times’ White House Correspondent, reported that Ellen asked Obama for assistance with power projects, clean water and sanitation, better roads.All of these are important and critical to national development, for without power, our economic development will remain stalled; without roads, our farmers will continue to be cut off from the markets and our business and other people from various parts of the country. Without safe water childhood diseases will remain rampant, eluding prevention and continuing to kill our children.But—and this is a BIG BUT—what about the specific offer that President Obama himself made to Liberia, to help rebuild our healthcare delivery system, the absence of which, he said, was the primary reason the Ebola virus swept so quickly and so devastatingly through the three affected countries, making Liberia the Ebola epicenter?We are not sure what President Obama’s decisive response to Ellen’s shopping list will be. But one thing we know from experience: donors love specifics, because specifics make it easier and quicker for them to decide and commit. Generalities, on the other hand, make response more difficult, for first, they would have to decide what their own priorities would be, and second, how much of that list to bite. On the other hand, specifics would mean the nation is decisive in its asking—THIS IS WHAT WE WANT, NOW! And the donor’s response would be equally DECISIVE, especially when the donor has already hinted its willingness to help in this particular area.The Americans’ offer to help improve Liberia’s healthcare delivery system immediately followed the identical one by Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue to President Sirleaf on October 28, 2014. The Chinese, who have always come forward with generous offers, such as the US$60 million “ministerial complex,” said they would help Liberia rebuild its healthcare delivery system as a post-Ebola project.This newspaper has frequently urged the government to respond rapidly to these offers because that would be the ONE decisive post-Ebola development that Liberia could immediately benefit from. Why? Because we urgently need it!All our existing hospitals and health centers, including the John F. Kennedy Medical Center and existing ones in the counties, need not only refurbishing but also re-equipping and re-staffing. There are also those counties, especially in the southeast and some parts of the west, where hospitals and health centers are needed. Then we have never failed to emphasize the whole issue of training—of nurses, paramedics, doctors and medical specialists of every kind. Even our only Medical School, the University of Liberia’s A.M. Dogliotti, is seriously underfunded. It seems to us that not only the USA and China but all our African, European, Asian and Australian partners would positively respond to our request for medical training. Should this government bring itself to emphasize healthcare delivery rebuilding as one of the centerpieces of its development agenda, by the time Ellen leaves power it would be well on its way.Heaven knows what she is waiting for to begin. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following the publication on June 24th of the first of my two columns on NOCAL, I was interviewed by a local reporter and I said that President Sirleaf should take responsibility for the mess at the company because she was the one who appointed the board of directors and senior management there. Some people felt I was too harsh.Well, President Sirleaf has accepted responsibility, as well she should. But I am intrigued by her comment that NOCAL had a board and management that were “able”. How can she say that with a straight face? If NOCAL’s board and management were so “able”, then how in the world did they run the company into the ground? Marie Parker, it seems, was the only thing between the company and disaster. After she retired from the company (and later died), things went to hell in a hand basket. The tens of millions of dollars that she left in NOCAL’s bank accounts were subsequently frittered away. Now the company is virtually bankrupt. And the reasons have nothing to do with the drop in the price of oil. They have everything to do with massive overspending.The debacle that we now see at NOCAL did not happen overnight. The seeds of disaster were sown some time ago. And much of the present mess has to be laid at the feet of President Sirleaf’s favourite son, Rob Sirleaf, the Wall Street savant. My information is that Rob worked for Wachovia Bank. Someone needs to tell me when Wachovia migrated to Wall Street.Rob was chairman of NOCAL’s board from early 2012 till his resignation in August 2013. Before that, he was on NOCAL’s board, directing traffic from the back benches. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that, even though he is no longer on the company’s board, he is still calling the shots there.He was chairman when NOCAL’s board was spending US$1.5 million a year. On what, you may well ask? I too wanted to know. I sent NOCAL a data request on December 9, 2014 requesting, amongst other things, information on what NOCAL was paying its board members as board fees; and on the board projects NOCAL was spending money on for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. I never got an answer, even though our Freedom of Information Act obliges the company, a public entity, to provide me, a citizen of the Republic, with such information.I asked because I had reliably learned that NOCAL was spending lavishly on Rob’s pet projects. Unconfirmed reports suggest, for instance, that NOCAL gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rob’s BYC football team. Rob was also on the board when the bloat in the payroll took flight. NOCAL went from a headcount of 20-30 people to one of 170 highly paid management and staff, from a payroll of US$360,000 per annum to one of more than US$7 million.Till this day, NOCAL has not honoured my request for information about its operations. An audit, by one of the Big 4 international accounting firms, not that shower at GAC, should be done on NOCAL (in one of his more delirious moments Rob offered to succumb to such an audit) so the Liberian people can know what has really been going on there.And if any criminal wrongdoing is discovered, President Sirleaf should strike the first blow to slay the vampire by instituting criminal proceedings against anyone found culpable, without fear or favour. People should go to jail. Then we will know that she is really serious about combating corruption.I will return to a position that I have long held: that the only way to effectively combat corruption in our public service is to put people in jail. I don’t believe for a moment that Liberians are born with more corruption genes in their DNA than, say, Americans or Germans or the British. Why corruptions thrives here is because there are no consequences. People steal public money and go scot free. No sanctions. No serious punishment.A couple of personal examples will illustrate how I believe a Liberian leader can effectively combat corruption. In 1973, a very close relative of mine was involved in theft of ticket receipts from a football tournament that we, the Big H Committee, had organized. His accomplices perhaps believed that because he was a close relative of mine, they would just get a slap on the wrist if they were caught. Well, they misjudged me. I grabbed my close relative first before anyone else and slammed him into South Beach prison.Currently, I am embarked on a crusade that stretches back three years to have the former superintendent of our Kokoyah Statutory District prosecuted for eating US$60,000 of monies we had negotiated with a logging company to pay the district for use of our facilities. He was indicted by a grand jury in Gbarnga in November 2013. His trial started a few weeks ago. I will not rest until he is put behind bars, should he be found guilty. No begging.Since President Sirleaf does not know what to do with corrupt government officials, we, the citizens of Kokoyah, will give her a good civics lesson.The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The 2013-2014 Huskies will gather as a team one final time for team pictures on Saturday night. Head coach Gary Alexander says it was a struggle down the stretch with the defence of the Huskies missing valuable players like Wyatt Anderson, John Apsassin, and Taylor Greatrex at various points.“Our defensive core being so short handed ran out of gas and broke down somewhat in their own end. We couldn’t get the handle on things in our own end,” he says. “We’ve had better games but they tried really hard to get back in there. It just wasn’t meant to be tonight. The extra minutes that the other guys had to play wore them down and we weren’t able to sustain anything in the late stages of the games.”Alexander says the coaches are proud of the players for their efforts not only this season but over the last number of years with the current core group of players.- Advertisement -“We tried to focus on what we had for success all winter long and being positive. We didn’t come out of here with the win like we wanted to but we’re pretty proud of our boys. We’re pretty proud of the last three years that most of the boys that are leaving have put in.” he says.This year’s team had three 21 year olds in their final season with the team. The game marked the final time Taylor Greatrex, Cole Calliou, and Brighton Campbell laced up their skates as members of the Huskies. Alexander spoke highly of their contributions over their time with the club.“Greatrex was a big influence on the team; a great kid. He’s a good player and a good leader. He was a real positive influence on everybody with his work ethic and personality. You can’t say enough about a kid like that,” he states. “Calliou is another one. We worked excessively with Cole on lots of things. He had lots of talent and work ethic. He had some rough things last year where he was hurt pretty seriously but came back this year with a vengeance. He changed his whole game around and his atitude and we’re really proud of the progress he showed us. Brighton is another one that’s moving on next year. He came to us as a midget player and has worked hard to improve himself. I can’t say enough about him with his effort night in and night out.Advertisement
In the first game the Barons opened the scoring, however the Flyers scored twice before the first period came to an end as they held a 2-1 lead. The teams traded goals in the second and the Barons tied the game in the third, but the Flyers got two late goals to take the 5-3 win.Scoring for the Flyers were Aiden Craig-Steele (2), Jason Lee, Connor Bowie, and Kolton Leslie.In Sunday’s tilt the Flyers got all their scoring done early. The team jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening frame, but Fort McMurray added a goal in the second and third period.- Advertisement -Finding the back of the net in the game for Fort St. John were Connor Bowie (2), Connor Kindrat, Kolton Leslie, and Reid Jacobs.The Flyers will have two games at home this weekend. On Friday they’ll skate with the Grande Prairie Knights at 6:45 p.m., and on Sunday they’ll face the Peace River Sabres at 1:30 p.m.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are on the road to Peace River tonight as they take on the North Peace Navigators in game four of the semi-finals.On Monday, in game three, the Pups managed to win the game with a close score of 2-1.The Huskies currently lead the series 2-1 over the Navigators.- Advertisement -Huskies Head Coach, Todd Alexander, says he feels that his team is still not playing where they should be.“I still don’t feel that we are stroking our best game yet but the important thing is that we’re battling, we’re working hard, and we’re paying the price.”The Huskies will try to continue to maintain the lead as they take on the Navigators tonight, Wednesday, in game four of the series. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. at the Baytex Energy Centre.Advertisement
The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has announced another donation.- Advertisement -Executive Director Ashley Bentley says ConocoPhilips made a $6,000 contribution late last week, to the Foundation’s Visiting Specialist Campaign.The campaign aims to purchase almost 70 pieces of equipment, to allow the 9 specialists who visit the area throughout the year to provide more effective and more efficient care.Bentley says ConocoPhilips has now donated more than $50,000 to the hospital foundation’s various campaigns since 2003.Photo – Charlene Richmond (left) of ConocoPhilips hands a cheque over to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Ashley Bentley. Submitted photo.Advertisement By Energeticcity.ca staff
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Four Bylaw Contravention Notices are approved, to be filed on properties with illegal suites.At the regular Council meeting on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, Council gave Planning and Engineering Staff authorization to file a Bylaw Contravention Notice for four properties.According to the City, the four properties contain illegal secondary suites.- Advertisement -Once registered at the Land Titles Office, the notice will serve to advise those with interest in the land of the regulations contravened, provide disclosure to future owners, and limit the risk of potential claims to the City.The list of the four properties are as follows;1. 10412 109 Street2. 10413 109 Street3. 11715 96A Street4. 11603 93 StreetAdvertisement
United still face a huge challenge to make up an eight-point gap just to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish.But for now the luxury of just being able to enjoy watching a side play with freedom and the attacking principles that have underpinned the club’s history is enough to excite United fans again.“I think the boys are looking forward to playing at Old Trafford and that’s important. We should be looking forward to that, they are the best fans in the world,” said Solskjaer when questioned whether some of the current United squad have been inhibited by the pressures of playing at home in the famous red shirt.Solskjaer is certainly a favourite of the United faithful having scored 126 goals in 11 seasons as a player, including the one that famously won the Champions League final in 1999.He was serenaded throughout by the visiting fans in the Welsh capital at the weekend as United hit five for the first time since Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge.“I just hope in the next five months I do a good enough job for them to keep singing my name when someone else comes in,” added Solskjaer, whose positivity has immediately lifted a squad downtrodden by Mourinho’s mood swings.“Just to be positive. Take risks,” said Jesse Lingard, who scored twice in Cardiff, at what Solskjaer’s message has been.“If you lose the ball, win it back, and play the United way – attacking football, entertaining football. For us as players, we enjoyed it today.”Rarely has enjoyment ever been top of Mourinho’s list of priorities, even in his most successful spells with Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.– ‘Work harder’ –However, the levels of committment he demanded from those sides was not evident in the current United squad.For the first time this season, United outran their opponents against Cardiff.“A Man United team should never ever be outworked,” said Solskjaer to highlight the minimum he expects.“Doesn’t matter which team you play. You should run more than them and then your skills will give you the chance to win the game.”A good work ethic should be the minimum required of a Manchester United team, but Mourinho’s tactics also didn’t help his side’s running statistics.Too often the Red Devils were set up to sit deep and try and counter-attack.Solskjaer instead seems intent on implementing the United way he learned at the heel of Ferguson for so long.“I said the same to these lads as I do back in Molde: work harder than them, enjoy yourselves, pass it forward, run forward, if you lose it, I don’t mind as long as you work to win it back and they did.“When you’ve got players like this with the quality you are always going to create chances.”The best Christmas present for many United fans may be the gift of being able to look forward to games with a sense of anticipation again.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his Manchester United side to relish the challenge of meeting the fans’ demands at Old Trafford © AFP / Geoff CADDICKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 24 – Manchester United return to Old Trafford for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management against Huddersfield on Boxing Day with a new-found swagger after scoring five goals in the Premier League for the first time in five years.The Norwegian’s caretaker spell in charge until the end of the season got off to a dream start as United threw off the shackles, that led to turgid football and deteriorating results under Jose Mourinho, to thrash Cardiff 5-1.
Tottenham midfielder Aaron Lennon admits every match during his loan spell at Everton is going to be a grind.The Merseyside club crashed out of Europe on Thursday night but bounced back with a 2-1 Premier League win over QPR on Sunday, with Lennon scoring the winner.The Toffees are now up to 13th in the league and on 34 points, but the winger still expects eight more battles until the end of the season.“It was a massive three points and a difficult game,” Lennon said. “From the very first minute it was a battle but the lads put in such a good shift.“Every game is a tough game. We have to match teams physically as well as playing our football. It wasn’t the best pitch and it’s small, so it benefited them more.“But I have done that (worked hard) all of my career. I will help my full-back out, help the midfield and try to get forward to get goals and assists. That’s my game.” 1 Aaron Lennon in action for Everton