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Yee, Khobuntin pick up slack for Picanto

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He also sealed the game with a breakaway layup after Yee won a crucial jump ball against Gabe Norwood in the final seconds.The former National University star refused to take all the credit for his impressive showing, pointing out that his other teammates had significant contributions as well.“It wasn’t just me. All of us played well,” Khobuntin said in Filipino. “I just had an opportunity and it just so happened that the play was designed for me to get the ball.”“I’m just thankful that coach trusted me.”ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Yee picked up the slack in the third quarter, where he scored nine of his 13 points while Khobuntin came up clutch with eight fourth quarter points to finish with 11.“I knew he would [deliver]. I knew he would,” Kia coach Ricky Dandan said of Khobuntin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We were just working on some combinations on the floor, we were trying because we are undermanned, we have no more bigs left we lost Eric and Prince (Caperal) was in foul trouble, we were rotating people. But after halftime, I talked to him and said be ready, you’ll start in the third quarter.”Khobuntin made his presence felt in the third period but he saved his best for last, hitting back-to-back baskets inside the last two minutes and 28 seconds that put the Picanto ahead, 96-89, with only 1:52 remaining. Over the hump OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – 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 award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Mark Yee. PBA IMAGESThe early ouster of Eric Camson was supposedly a huge blow to Kia.But Camson’s ejection in the second quarter was hardly felt after Glen Khobuntin and Mark Yee stepped up in his absence.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Public procurement corruption is now more rampant than ever

first_imgDear Editor,The Procurement Act of 2003 is meant to provide for the regulation of the procurement of goods, services, and the execution of works; to promote competition among suppliers and contractors, and to promote fairness and transparency in the procurement process.A few of the objectives of this Act were outlined as follows: maximising economy and efficiency in procurement; providing for the fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers and contractors; promoting the integrity of, and fairness and public confidence in, the procurement process; and achieving transparency in the procedures relating to procurement.Moreover, in order to achieve these objectives, our constitution was amended in 2002 to include Article 212W, which provides that “There shall be a Public Procurement Commission, the purpose of which is to monitor public procurement and the procedure therefore, in order to ensure that the procurement of goods and services and execution of works are conducted in a fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective manner, according to law and such policy guidelines as may be determined by the National Assembly”.The Public Procurement Commission was established only in October 2016, to enhance transparency and public trust and confidence in the procurement process. The Procurement Commission was an object of bargaining and negotiation in Parliament, and it must be recalled that AFC’s Ramjattan had agitated fiercely for the establishment of this Commission, and had made its establishment a condition for supporting the Anti-money Laundering Bill of the previous Government, which never materialised.Unfortunately, Mr Ramjattan’s hypocritical stance was later exposed, as he remained silent while Cabinet continued to supersede the PPC.Mr Ramjattan’s “dream” was realised more than a year after the coalition took office. At the swearing in of the five commissioners of the PPC, Mr Ramjattan said the awarding of contracts is an “occupational hazard for ministers”, but has anything changed since the establishment of the Procurement Commission? The answer is a resounding NO! In fact, things have gotten worse, and the awarding of contracts seems to be the only “occupation”, and that is definitely not a “hazard”, since many ministers and Government officials are involved more than before! Public procurement corruption is now more rampant than ever!Unfortunately, it was not until April 2018 that the Commissioners could have gotten their “benefits package” approved, and they obtained the required resources to begin their work, which is not the approval of contracts, but providing oversight to ensure that the procurement process is transparent, fair, and competitive.It is clear that Cabinet continues to award contracts below and above $15 million. Therefore, we have seen that even though the AFC had vigorously advocated for the establishment of the PPC, Cabinet continues to award contracts, which certainly defeats the purpose of ‘promoting the integrity of, and fairness and public confidence in, the procurement process; and achieving transparency in the procedures relating to procurement”. Public confidence is now at an all-time low, since every day brings new revelations of massive corruption engulfing this nation, with no input from the PPC.We have seen that at all levels, national and regional, contracts are not intended to “maximise economy and efficiency”. On many instances, contracts are not awarded to the ‘lowest evaluated bidder’, and the engineers’ estimates are grossly overstated.We have seen that goods are single-sourced, and the excuse is that only one tender was received, so the “fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers and contractors” is a myth!As long as political vultures continue to infest these Tender Boards and Evaluation Committees, corruption would never cease. It is time that the qualifications outlined in the Procurement Act be stringently enforced. These should be persons of “unquestioned integrity, who have shown capacity in business, the professions, law, audit, finance and administration”. How many currently meet these qualifications?Will Cabinet ever allow the PPC to operate impartially, independently, and free from political interference; or will the award of contracts continue to be the ‘occupation’ of ministers?Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

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RPAL Congress Goes to Gbarnga

first_imgAuthorities at the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) have resolved to hold their fourth National Congress in Gbarnga City, Bong County.The May 23, 2014 RPAL pending congress, according to the entity’s executive director, Simeon Z. Woheel, is expected to bring together rubber planters, processors, buyers and stakeholders. They will discuss issues relevant to the Liberian natural rubber industry, and to elect RPAL’s executive board members.The congress, Mr. Woheel said, is the highest decision making body of the RPAL. It is at the congress, according to him, that new policy decisions are carved to address issues affecting the Liberian rubber industry. It is expected to bring together Liberian rubber planters and processors irrespective of size of the farm or factory from across the country.The pending congress, which is supposed to be held every two years, had delayed for four years due to many factors including the delay in the submission of its financial audit that was allegedly marred by impropriety. “But with the completion of an audit into the financial account of the RPAL, the Gbarnga Congress became necessary,” Mr. Woheel added.Additionally, he said, this year’s congress is expected to address the aged-long problem of rubber theft, nursery development, decentralization of RPAL and or the price of rubber on the market.“With the holding of the congress, we hope to put into place some mechanisms that will curtail the rubber theft, and also introduce registration for individual rubber farmers,” he declared.The RPAL was organized by Liberian rubber farmers and trans-nationals in the 1950’s and eventually enacted by the Liberian National Legislature in 1966 as a body to represent, forester and protect the interest of the planting and or processing industry of Liberia.Therefore, the RPAL is an embodiment of the rubber sub-sector.Meanwhile, the RPAL has invited rubber farmers and processors across the country to assemble in Gbarnga and discuss issues relevant to the improvement of the rubber sub-sector of the country.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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Castaic Lake set to open its beach

first_img“The lower lake has been stocked with 3,200 pounds of trout so it would be a good weekend to come fishing,” Ness added. The beach will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ness said, when lifeguards are on staff. “We always encourage people to know water safety, always swim with a buddy and we ask that no one goes in too deep,” Ness added. “And never get in under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” The lake area opens to the public at 5 a.m. and closes at 7:45 p.m. daily. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – Break out your sunblock and flip-flops because the beach is back. The swim beach at the Castaic Lake Recreation Area will be open weekends starting today, and daily starting June 18. The timing is good as temperatures are due to hit the low 80s today and Sunday. “We are looking forward to having a good season,” said Tina Ness, assistant superintendent for Castaic Lake. “Everyone’s been anxious and we’ve even had to ask some people to not get in water, but starting (today) that will be OK.” But swimmers aren’t the only ones who should come out for some fun in the sun. last_img read more

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UPDATED – FSJ RCMP seek public’s assistance with an aggravated assault investigation

first_imgStaff Sergeant Scott Watson says they are releasing limited details about this investigation but says they have already made three arrests on this file.RCMP say charges have been approved against Jack Capot-Blanc and Vincent Allen Davis for Aggravated Assault, Forcible Confinement and Threats to Cause Death/Bodily Injury.  Capot-Blanc is being held in custody while a warrant has been issued for Vincent Davis.RCMP request the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old, Vincent Davis, who is described as:6′ tall (183 cm)180 lbs (82 kg)Brown eyesBlack HairIf you have any information regarding Davis’ whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisement UPDATED at 7 p.m. – Shortly after the initial media release was put out, Fort St John frontline officers located Vincent Davis in Fort St John and arrested him without incident on his warrant with charges of Aggravated Assault, Forcible Confinement and Threats to Cause Death/Bodily Injury.  Davis is currently being held in custody.“The Fort St John RCMP is investigating every avenue available and following up on every lead they can in order to find out what happened and who was involved,” said Constable (Cst) Chad Neustaeter, Media Relations Officer for the Fort St John RCMP.Police are still trying to determine who the Good Samaritan was that transported the victim to the hospital in order to get the much needed medical attention they required.  “The Good Samaritan did a great thing bringing the victim to the hospital,” said Cst Neustateter.  “If we could just speak to them in person, they may have valuable additional information that could further the investigation.”- Advertisement -ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance with an aggravated assault investigation.According to RCMP, on January 1, at about 12:45 p.m., Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a man being found and dropped off at the hospital after being thrown from a vehicle. The man had sustained significant injuries and was treated at the hospital.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Exclusive – QPR boss Redknapp happy for Fernandes to decide on Defoe deal

first_imgQueens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT he is happy for chairman Tony Fernandes to decide whether to push ahead with a move for Jermain Defoe.Redknapp, who worked with Defoe during his time in charge of Tottenham, admits he would love to be reunited with the striker, who is keen to quit Toronto to make a Premier League return.The QPR board are believed to be split about securing a deal for the 32-year-old, who is likely to command a big fee and huge wages, and Redknapp admits he understands why.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “The chairman will be dealing it. It depends on what the fee is.“He is now 32. You can’t be playing five, six million pounds for him now and paying him big wages because it doesn’t stack up.“If the chairman could do a deal, I would love to have him. He would be a great signing for us, but it would depend on the finance of the whole deal.“Tony Fernandes, Philip Beard [the chief executive] and the rest of the people deal with that side and it is up to them to decide if it is a deal they want to do.”Redknapp’s immediate focus is on Saturday’s clash with Manchester City at Loftus Road.QPR go into the game sitting second from bottom in the Premier League but Redknapp is relishing taking on the champions, who have not been in the best of form in recent weeks.“It is a big game and you are playing one of the best teams in the country, so we are looking forward to it,” he said.“They have got real quality in their team. They are a top team so it will be a difficult game but it will be a great atmosphere and these are the type of games you look forward to.“Hopefully, playing in our tight little ground, the crowd will give us a real boost and it gives us a chance.”Tune into talkSPORT on Saturday evening for live and exclusive national radio coverage of QPR v Manchester Citylast_img read more

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Europa League round-up: Sevilla batter Fiorentina, Dnipro hold Napoli

first_img1 Sevilla remain on course to defend their Europa League crown after a thumping 3-0 victory over Fiorentina in their semi-final first leg at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.After surviving an early scare when Mario Gomez blazed over, the home side took control and right back Aleix Vidal supplied a crisp finish to a flowing move after 17 minutes.An unmarked Vidal struck again just after half time with a composed strike, and former PSG striker Kevin Gameiro added gloss to the scoreline with his first touch after coming on as substitute.Unai Emery’s side will be huge favourites heading into the second leg in Italy as they aim to become the first team to retain the trophy since the La Liga side themselves did it in 2006.In the other semi-final Napoli and Gonzalo Higuain, in particular, were made to rue a series of missed opportunities as Dnipro earned a 1-1 draw to take back to Ukraine.The first half ended goalless but Rafael Benitez’s side opened the scoring soon after through David Lopez’s first ever goal for the club.Higuain spurned a number of gilt-edged opportunities to extend Napoli’s lead and they were made to pay when Yevhen Seleznyov scored with his first touch with just under ten minutes remaining. Aleix Vidal last_img read more

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Revealed! Meet the 11 players that have lost the most challenges in the Premier League this season

first_img 8. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) has lost 15 challenges this season 11 9. N’Golo Kante (Leicester City) has lost 14 challenges this season 11 1= Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) has lost 20 challenges this season 11 11 9= James McCarthy (Everton) has lost 14 challenges this season 1= Mark Noble (West Ham United) has lost 20 challenges this season 5= Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) has lost 16 challenges this season 5= Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) has lost 16 challenges this season 11 11 5= Etienne Capoue (Watford) has lost 16 challenges this season 11 1= Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) has lost 20 challenges this season 11 11 11 4. Juan Mata (Manchester United) has lost 17 challenges this season 9= Erik Pieters (Stoke City) has lost 14 challenges so far this season – to see more, click the arrow above! Recently, talkSPORT has revealed the players that have created the most clear-cut chances, but now it’s time to deliver, courtesy of Opta, findings heading towards the other end of the pitch.We’ve all watched on – some in delight, some in horror – as players have breezed past a faltering Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea, but it certainly makes for shocking reading to discover just how many times the Spaniard has been passed.Nonetheless, while Fabregas has comfortably made the list, he is far from being the only midfielder that has struggled with his defensive duties.  Featuring players from Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, find out the top 11 to have lost the most challenges, after eight games in the Premier League, by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11last_img read more

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Trojans end Huskies’ home streak

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! USC (12-5, 6-2) has now won four straight and moves into a cluttered competition for the top spot in the Pac-10. The Huskies (12-4, 5-2) had not lost at home since their Jan. 27, 2005, loss to Stanford. Emily Florence led Washington with 13 points and seven rebounds. Camille LeNoir scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half Saturday in spark USC’s 64-61 victory over Washington in Seattle, ending the Huskies’ 12-game home win streak. Eshaya Murphy (Montclair Prep of Panorama City) led USC with 19 points, her 11th straight game scoring in double figures. She also had eight rebounds for her second straight double-double. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Kayla Burt, the Huskies’ senior guard, did not suit up because of concern over her heart. Burt, who collapsed three years ago, plays with a defibrillator implanted in her chest. During Thursday’s win over UCLA, the device activated. She was admitted overnight to UW Medical Center for observation and her status for the rest of the season is uncertain. UCLA 73, Washington St. 63: Noelle Quinn recorded game highs of 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists Saturday afternoon to lead the Bruins in Pullman, Wash. Lisa Willis added 12 points, five assists and three steals for UCLA (10-7, 5-3 Pac-10). Lindsey Pluimer had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bruins, and Amanda Livingston scored 11 points. UCLA has defeated the Cougars in 10 straight meetings. The Cougars (6-10, 0-7) have lost nine straight games overall and 11 straight Pac-10 games. Pepperdine 62, Portland 52: Daphanie Kennedy and Teiosha George each scored 13 points as the Waves (6-11, 3-1 West Coast Conference) won their third consecutive victory. The Pilots (3-14, 0-4 WCC) were led by Whitney Grant’s 22 points. last_img read more

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GARDAI DISCOVER SECOND BODY IN KILLYBEGS HARBOUR

first_imgGardai have discovered the body of an unidentified man while looking for another missing man in Killybegs.The body of the mystery man could be that of a man in his 50s who has been missing from Glencolmcille since last Wednesday.Gardai made the gruesome discovery as they searched for a missing OAP in Killybegs Harbour. The 87 year old man had been missing from Killybegs Community Hospital since 11am this morning but his body has now also been found around 4.30pm – just one hundred yards from the first body.The man suffered from dementia and Gardai had appealed to anybody who may see an elderly man in a confused state to contact them.Meanwhile tests are ongoing on the body of the body found to determine if it is the man missing rom Glencolmcille.The body has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. The search for the missing OAP had involved a number of local rescue teams as well as the Coastguard helicopter.Gardai say foul play in not suspected in either case.GARDAI DISCOVER SECOND BODY IN KILLYBEGS HARBOUR was last modified: January 20th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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