View comments 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 “Everybody tries to be the best they can by playoff time,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “That’ll be our goal too, to be in the playoffs and be as good as we can possibly be.”Here’s how good the Spurs have been for so long: This will be the first season since 1996-97 where San Antonio won’t finish with a winning percentage of at least .600.This has been such a strange year for the Spurs. Kawhi Leonard has barely played because of a leg injury, and the Spurs still aren’t sure when he will return to the court — though there are indications it could be very soon. San Antonio has used 23 different starting lineups, none for more than 12 games, most being used for three or fewer.It’ll be an interesting finish.“It might look a little odd,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But we know the Spurs well enough that in these exact type of situations is when they respond the most. When there’s the most adversity, when people count them out and it looks bleak their culture, the coaching, the leadership, the veteran experience they have on that team tends to respond in a way that most organizations don’t respond in these type of circumstances.”ADVERTISEMENT GOING FOR HISTORYPortland’s win over Miami on Monday night was the Trail Blazers’ 10th in a row. That makes Portland the seventh team to have a streak of at least 10 games this season — joining Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State, Utah and New Orleans.Toronto will look for history on Thursday.The Raptors will carry a nine-game winning streak into their game with Indiana. The NBA record for teams with a 10-game winning streak in a season is eight, done during the 1993-94 and 1997-98 campaigns.STEPH AT 30Stephen Curry turns 30 on Wednesday, and if Ray Allen’s career is any indication, then the Golden State star is only halfway to what will eventually be his career total for 3-pointers made.Allen made 1,486 3-pointers before turning 30, and 1,487 more after that birthday on his way to the NBA record.Curry is already at 2,126 3-pointers, which — not surprisingly — is by far the most for anyone before turning 30. He’s already No. 7 on the NBA list for 3s made, and should pass both Jamal Crawford and Paul Pierce to get into the top five before this season ends. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, right, talks with Dejounte Murray during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)This is the worst season for the San Antonio Spurs in the last 21 years.They’re on pace for only 46 wins.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curry wanted to play on 30th birthday, but focuses on ankle Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism ONLY 46 wins.That’s a season fans in other many cities would celebrate wildly. Philadelphia hasn’t won 46 games since 2002-03, Minnesota not since 2003-04, Sacramento not since 2004-05. Detroit hasn’t had a 46-win season in the last decade. The Knicks have one in the last 17 seasons. Milwaukee reached it once in the last 16 seasons entering this year. Charlotte, once in the last 15 seasons. The Nets, once in the last 12 seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut this is San Antonio, the silver-and-black standard for the league, where winning 55 or 60 games and making a deep playoff run is considered as much of an annual rite as the rodeo and the Texas Folklife Festival. And even after a blowout win over Orlando on Tuesday night, the Spurs (38-30) are still on the outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.No need to panic just yet. The Spurs are a mere one game in the loss column behind Oklahoma City, which is holding the No. 4 seed right now. Still, this is a most unusual situation for San Antonio. MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery
The judiciary (also known as the judicial system’ or court system) is the system of courts that interprets and applies the law in the name of the state.It also provides a mechanism for the resolution of disputes.Under the doctrine of the separation of powers, the Judiciary generally does not make law (that is, in a plenary fashion, which is the responsibility of the legislature) or enforce law (which is the responsibility of the executive), but rather interprets law and applies it to the facts of each case.This branch of the state is often tasked with ensuring equal justice under the law.It usually consists of a court of final appeal called the Supreme Court, together with lower courts.In many jurisdictions the judicial branch has the power to change laws through the process of judicial review.It is to encourage public interest litigation on behalf of poor and oppressed by using a very broad interpretation of several articles of the constitution.Unfortunately, the Liberia Judiciary has being considered by several international human rights group as one of the most corrupt institution in the country.In most of the 2013 reports on the Judiciary, it was established that Judges sometimes requested bribes to try cases, release detainees from prison, or find defendants not guilty in criminal cases.The report also went on to say that defense attorneys and prosecutors sometimes suggested that defendants pay a gratuity to appease judges, prosecutors, jurors, and police officers or to secure favorable rulings from them.During 2013 several jurors were sent to prison and sometime the entire jury was disbanded by judges because of bribery or jury tempering.One of such alleged juror’s bribery case took place, during the trial of 18 defendants charged with mercenaries, for their alleged involvement in a cross border raid in neighboring Cote d’ Ivoire sometimes between 2011 and 2012.At which time, then presiding Judge Yussif Kaba was compelled to suspend the trial and sentenced the involved juror, Jeremiah Neufville to three (3) months imprisonment at the Monrovia Central Prison, without conducting an investigation into the alleged bribery.His action came after the juror admitted that he misled the court about his name, adding that his biological name was Jeremiah Dweh and not Jeremiah Neufville.Eventhough, he claimed that the reason for state lawyers’ bill of information was as a result of his refusal to accept an offer for a verdict in their favour.Before to name changing and exposure of attempted bribery, state prosecutors had filed a bill of information to the court seeking the imprisonment of juror Jeremiah Neufville because he allegedly lied under oath.They informed the court that his action was a complete dishonesty and criminal in nature.”State lawyers have promised each member of the 13 jurors US$2,000 for a guilty verdict against the defendants.” Juror Neufville in open court claimed.”They informed Bailiff Williams Supee that they have some information on … but were not satisfied with me because the defendants were my kinsmen,” he narrated.”They claimed that I was a problem for them in this trial, because I’m refusing to cooperate. They promised to release damaging information on me that will lead me to jail for three months.”“Your Honor before God and man I never came here to serve as a juror with a mind-set in favour of the defendants but to do the right thing,” Neufville justified his motive to serve on the jury panel.He went on to dump prosecution by claiming that “At the hospital where my colleagues went for treatment, my name was mentioned to Solicitor General Cllr. Betty L. Blamo that I was not in favour of them after US$26,000 was allegedly promised to be given to us.”I know they were going to file this bill of Information. I’m not surprised by the state lawyers’ action. I’m ready for the investigation but we were offered US$26,000 for a guilty verdict in this mercenary trial here,” the juror said.Besides, the reported corrupt activities of the Judiciary, other efforts have been made by His Honor Chief Justice Francis Korkpor led administration to fight corruption and regain the image of the Judiciary.One major decision in 2013 was the suspension of Cllr, Marcus Jones for five years, for his failure to account for US$62,130.98. Cllr. Jones is a former presidential candidate in the 2005 General and President Elections and former Solicitor General of the Republic of Liberia.Besides the five years suspension given Cllr. Jones, Attorney James K. Saybay was also given a year’s suspension for what the Court described as his shady deals. Two others Circuit Judges, including Judge Korbo Nuta were also suspended for a period of six months each, for their ethical transgression.He then concluded that with all these measures in place, one can safely concluded by stressing that the Supreme Court has risen to the occasion in its fight against corruption.In Cllr. Jones’ case he was suspended for mishandling and misapplying the death claim of Rev. Eric M. Allison’s wife, which the Supreme Court said that he committed serious and ethical and professional misconduct against his client.And his action was in violation Rule 15, the Code of Moral and Ethical Conduct of Lawyers.”Cllr. Jones was ordered suspended from practicing law in the country directly or indirectly for a period of five years and ordered to pay the amount of US$62,130.00 to Rev. Allison and his children within three months as of the date of the delivery of this opinion, failure of which his suspension will automatically become disbarment.Rev. Allison is a senior pastor of the Lutheran Church in Liberia (former head pastor of the Bardnersville Lutheran church), while Jones is currently a senior evangelist of the Bardnersville Lutheran Church in the Bardnersville Housing Estate.Rev. Allison lost his wife Amelia Allison in a Kenya Airways plane crash on January 30, 2000.Cllr. Jones was successful in the negotiation for an amount of US$182,000 with the Airways for the benefits of Rev. Allison and his three children.Upon receipt of the said amount, Jones requested a 33 percent as his legal fee which was accepted by Rev. Allison. Jones, being a respected lawyer, failed to promptly account for the balance of US$62,229.98 his client had entrusted him with to the extent that at a point in time, he even issued the Reverend bad check and or refused to give him his own money upon prompt request.Another major issues observed in 2013 is the way in which the budgetary allocation for the Judiciary is completely been controlled by the executive.In my minds, that undermines the separation of powers, as it creates a critical financial dependence of the judiciary.So, if we want to see a corruption free Judiciary, stakeholders need to consider making the judiciary to control their own budget.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Councillor Byron Stewart said, “Putting money into the reserves is very important, I believe in that, putting money away for a rainy day. But we may be having a rainy day right now.”“I would not classify reserves as ‘rainy day funds,’” Hunter said. “Rainy day funds would be funds that you set aside to deal with the unexpected, and this is not going to be unexpected.”If the reserve transfer was reduced by one per cent, it would shave $280,000 off of the total amount, saying Director of Finances Mike Roy. Dropping the increase to taxes fully would take $560,000 off of that amount.At the end of the discussion, staff were directed to drop the tax increase to one per cent and develop ways for the reserves to be rebuilt with the lowered reserves for 2016.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Still feeling the taxes proposed in the 2016 operating budget are too high, City Council has instead directed staff to rework the draft.The draft presented to Council on Monday presented an increase of 1.98 per cent in taxes, which is dropped from a higher amount before.“While I recognize that the tax increase for an average home we’re looking at is only 37.81, and we’re decreasing the tax rate with this… I’m just wondering what it would take to take it down further,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman.- Advertisement -“This is just a really precarious time for our community, and I know that there’s a lot of people really feeling the impact of not working right now.”Presented with this question, Fort St. John’s City Manager, Dianne Hunter, suggested that Council take a look at reducing the operating budget in programs and services, or rework the policy council carried to reserve a flexible amount to the reserves each year.“I strongly recommend that it not be done by a way of reserves,” she said. “Again, this is where we need to start disciplining ourselves and put money away every year. If there is to be a year of discipline, as far as our reductions, then I would suggest services and programs would be areas that we would like to take a look at and reduce our levels of servicing in certain areas to achieve that.”Advertisement
“That is absolutely not a subject for me,” he told broadcaster ZDF with Germany hosting Brazil in a friendly on Tuesday.With less than three months to go before the World Cup kicks-off, Loew says he has “other things to worry about” than Bayern.The Bavarian giants are scouting for a new coach for 2018/19 as Heynckes, 72, has yet to make it clear if he will continue next season.After 12 highly successful years as the national team’s boss, Bayern would only become a realistic option for Loew if Germany has a disastrous World Cup campaign.Under Loew, Germany has always reached at least the semi-finals of all major competitions.His finest hour was the 2014 World Cup triumph, but he also won the Confederations Cup last year with an inexperienced squad in Russia after resting all his star players.Nevertheless, Bayern are running out of options in the quest to find Heynckes’ successor.Former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has turned them down, according to reports on Sunday.Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino, Lucien Favre, currently at Nice, and Eintracht Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac have all been linked to the Bayern job.According to German daily Bild, the front runner is Ralph Hasenhuettl, currently the boss at RB Leipzig.The 50-year-old has been targeted by both Bayern and their Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.Bild claim Hasenhuettl would cost either club 10 million euros to buy out of his contract, which expires in June 2019.Dortmund’s current coach Peter Stoeger, who is unbeaten in his 12 league games since taking charge in December, only has a contract until June.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has ruled out taking over at Bayern Munich next season © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZBERLIN, Germany, Mar 27 – Germany’s World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has ruled out taking over at Bayern Munich next season with the runaway Bundesliga leaders hunting for Jupp Heynckes’ successor.Loew, 58, has a contract with the German FA until 2020 and emphatically ruled out media speculation linking him to Bayern next season.
Arsenal’s first-ever pre-season match in New York ended in defeat, as the Gunners lost 1-0 in Red Bull Arena, but it was a former charge that stole the show.Former Plymouth Argyle and Charlton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips grabbed the only goal of the game, but it was Thierry Henry who stole the show, whipping in the corner that resulted in a goal and giving the Arsenal defence difficulties throughout.Despite being a few weeks shy of his 37th birthday, Henry looked sprightly as his paraded around the pitch, before being given a huge ovation as he left the pitch.
Tony Cottee has backed West Ham’s decision to appoint Slaven Bilic as their new manager.The former Hammers defender has agreed a three-year contract at the east London club, and takes over from Sam Allardyce, who left the Boleyn Ground at the end of last season.And Cottee claims co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are getting one of the most exciting young bosses in the game.“The board have made the right call,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “In my opinion there was only one outstanding candidate and I’m delighted Slaven Bilic has got the job.“He’s managed in the Champions League and the World Cup. People are pointing the finger and saying, ‘he’s never managed in the Premier League’, but how do you expect him to do that without giving him a job?“West Ham have got the right man.”
San Ant. 101, at Miami 94 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Memphis 86 (OT) Allen Iverson hit the tying jumper with 3.2 seconds left in regulation and scored 30 points to lift the 76ers to the overtime victory. Chris Webber opened overtime with a three-point play and Kyle Korver sank a 3-pointer as the Sixers took a four-point lead. at Washington 110, Charlotte 99 Tony Parker scored a career-high 38 points, including a game-clinching jumper with 38 seconds left, as San Antonio rallied to beat Miami. The Spurs blew a 15-point third-quarter lead and had to escape a four-point deficit midway through the fourth, but won to match their best 40-game start (31-9) in franchise history. at Phila. 89, Gilbert Arenas (Grant High of Van Nuys), Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler each topped 20 points, and Washington pulled away from New Orleans early in the fourth quarter. Arenas finished with 33 points, giving him at least 30 in exactly half of Washington’s 38 games. Milwaukee 118, at Atlanta 102 Michael Redd scored 28 points and Bobby Simmons chipped in with 25, helping Milwaukee beat Atlanta to snap a three-game losing streak. Salim Stoudemire led the Hawks with 23 points. Orlando 104, at Charlotte 93 Dwight Howard had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds and Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points in the Magic’s win. Already without Emeka Okafor (ankle), Kareem Rush (finger), Melvin Ely (ankle) and Sean May (knee surgery), the Bobcats lost leading scorer Gerald Wallace to a knee injury in the third quarter. at Boston 99, New Jersey 96 Ricky Davis scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Boston held on to beat New Jersey. Paul Pierce had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Boston. Jason Kidd had 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Nets. Houston 109, at Chicago 108 (2 OT) Tracy McGrady scored 35 points, including the tying shot at the end of regulation and the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime, to lead Houston over Chicago. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 19 points. at Minnesota 90, Indiana 85 Wally Szczerbiak scored 20 points and Eddie Griffin had 17 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks to lead Minnesota over Indiana. Minnesota shot 75 percent in the first period of its fourth victory in five games and had all five starters finish in double figures. at Denver 113, Utah 83 Carmelo Anthony continued his surge with 31 points and Denver beat Utah for its fourth straight win. Anthony made 11 of 22 shots from the field and nine of 10 free throws. He is averaging 31.3 points in his last four games. Devin Brown had 23 points for Utah. at Golden St. 99, Cleveland 79 Jason Richardson scored 22 points on his 25th birthday and the Warriors thrived without suspended guard Baron Davis, beating the lifeless Cavaliers. Mike Dunleavy also scored 22 points for the Warriors, who held LeBron James to 14 points, matching his lowest total of the season. Toronto 121, at Seattle 113 Chris Bosh made a team-record 17 free throws without a miss and finished with 29 points to help the Raptors beat the SuperSonics. Bosh added 13 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season. Toronto made 36 of 39 free throws (92.3 percent). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Leeds United have moved quickly to hand teenage sensation Jamie Shackleton a new three-year deal.The 18-year-old midfielder has agreed a contract which will keep him at Elland Road until June 2021. GREAT NEWS Leeds United have secured the future of another teen star. The Academy product has featured for the Under-18s and Under-23s over recent seasons and impressed for the first team in pre-season.That was topped by a promising senior debut in the club’s emphatic Championship win at Derby County.The Yorkshire youngster is now expected to be a regular figure in boss Bielsa’s promotion campaign.Shackleton follows Ryan Edmondson in penning a new contract this summer. Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off EFL result 1 Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer ROUND-UP REPLY stalemate goalless impact Latest Championship News
LEGENDARY local band Raw are set to play a gig at O’Donnell Park.The group will play at the St Eunan’s GAA clubhouse on Friday, April 10, with a €5 cover charge, followed by a disco.The club is also providing a free shuttle bus to and from the park and Market Square in Letterkenny. Doors open on the night at 8pm. LOCAL BAND RAW SET TO ROCK O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: March 24th, 2015 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:bandgigletterkennyO’Donnell ParkRaw
Finn Valley College in Stranorlar presented an eclectic Christmas Variety Show in the Balor Theatre last week. It was an entertaining and triumphant success, with proceeds from one show raising over €1,500 for the Michael McGrath treatment fund. Here, they look back on the wonderful Western spectacular: The curtain has come down on another hugely successful Finn Valley College Christmas Variety Concert. This year’s theme was ‘Christmas at the Grand Ole Opry’ and was enjoyed by three packed houses in Ballybofey’s Balor Theatre, the third of which, on Saturday afternoon, was put on in aid of the ‘Future for Michael’ fund to help raise much needed funds for our former colleague Michael Mc Grath in his ongoing battle. Under the expert direction of teachers Shaun Byrne, Lisa Treanor and Nicole Mc Cafferty, they guided the eager students (and some equally eager staff) out west, sometimes waaay out west with an eclectic tour de force of a true variety concert. Dolly and Polly –otherwise known as school secretaries Susan Doyle and Rozzi BezazWaltzing couples to a beautiful version of Garth Brooks_ The Dance sang by SNA Geraldine Mc CaffertyThe final line dance of the nightThe lucky audiences were taken on a mesmerising journey that featured hugely talented young singers and dancers alongside hilarious original sketches, penned by the talented Mr Byrne, with many outstanding performances from both students and staff. All of this played out to a glorious country soundtrack that had something for everyone, young and old.In all there were over 80 students and staff involved on stage during the shows with dozens more involved in the background and back at school during the weeks and weeks of preparation that went into the production- a massive team effort that highlights the excellent community spirit that exists in Finn Valley College. Shaun Byrne addresses the audience while the cast of _Christmas at the Grand Ole Opry_ take a well earned applauseThe ‘Loose Glenfin Womin’ interviewing Glenfin’s finest tribute singer ‘Ned Sheeran’Teacher Padraig Duggan as Alan JacksonShawn Paul Foy ‘Hits the Diff’ complete with backing dancersShauna Gallagher as Tammy Wynette sings D.I.V.O.R.C.E. as the lads spell it out for the audienceHuge thanks are due to everyone involved in making the show such a rip roaring success. To the students and staff of the school, the parents and those who attended for their unstinting support and, finally, to the Balor Theatre for all their help, in particular for accommodating the show for Michael. No doubt the dust will not have settled out west when the cogs will have begun turning again thinking of the Christmas 2018 show as the FVC Christmas Variety Concert continues to go from strength to strength. Merry Christmas y’all!Principal Alan Thompson addresses the Balor crowdOne of the line dancing groupsMeghan Walden, Dina Patton and Letisha Merritt pose for a photo on setLeah, Shauna, Emily, Ivija, Aimee, Maddison and Lauren perform a beautiful version of Travelling SoldierJessie the Cowgirl (Merry Harding) puts the Honda 50 boys through their paces Charlie Byrne, Leo Mc Aleer, Oisin Alexander and Cahir Brady-DevennyGloria D’Olimpio as one of the Queens of CountryFrankenstein (Thomas Gallen) rather than Frankincense found himself into the Nativity gone wrong sketchDillon Doherty, Cameron Potts, Loic Cech, Oran Patterson and Ronan O Donnell get in touch with their feminine side in Shania Twain’s Man I feel like a WomanCountry ‘Going for Gold’ with teachers (L-R) Theresa Mc Ginley, Paddy Mc Daid, Maria Clarke, Rory White and Shaun ByrneCorey Moss and Emily Duffy making their way to lay the ‘Blanket on the Ground’Caitilin Mc Nulty and Shane Doherty AKA Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter belt out ‘Jackson’A packed Balor theatre at the performance in aid of ‘A future for Michael’‘Good morning Glenfin’ featuring Dina Patton, Cameron Potts, Caolan Mc Clintock and Corey Moss Picture Special: FVC Christmas show is a rootin’ tootin’ fundraising triumph was last modified: December 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)