Barriga loses to Licona in world title fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wilder, Fury battle to draw in heavyweight thriller The 23-year-old Licona extended his unbeaten start to 14 wins with two knockouts and dealt Barriga his first professional defeat after going 9-0.Licona, who was born in Mexico and grew up in California, earned a 115-113 score from two judges while the other had it, 115-113, for Barriga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Mark Anthony Barriga fell short in his first world title fight after absorbing a narrow loss to American Carlos Licona in their minimumweight bout Sunday (Manila time) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.Barriga, the London Olympian, failed to win the vacant IBF belt in the 105-pound class as Licona earned a split decision victory.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

‘Ailing and Failing: Ellen Must Step Down’

first_imgA 39-year-old pastor has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to “step aside from the presidency and permit someone else to take over the leadership of Liberia.Pastor and Prophet Caleb W. Askie, general overseer of the Wisdom Tabernacle of  Arthington, Montserrado County, told the Daily Observer Monday, April 28, that he had  received a message from God for President Sirleaf to step down and allow someone else to govern the country.In an exclusive interview,   Prophet Askie claimed that President Sirleaf is “ailing and failing”, and is therefore advised by the good Lord to step down.If she does, Askie prophesied, no one will prosecute her for any reason; so that should not concern her. “Ellen has done a lot of good for the country, especially during her first term,” Pastor Askie asserted.“But I have now received a message from the Lord that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is ailing and failing, thus making her incapable [of continuing to] govern this country. Though I have not met her personally, yet most times God speaks to me in such manner,” he explained. Press Secretary’s ResponseThe Daily Observer immediately contacted Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah for a comment on Pastor Askie’s prophecy.  Mr. Piah replied that it was “not for us to say whether the prophecy is true or not, for this is a spiritual matter, which is not scientific.“But,” he added, “God is a just God and maybe He will Himself one day speak to the President and tell her what He wants her to do.”Mr. Piah suggested that the Daily Observer contact the President’s religious advisor, the Rev. Jarvis Witherspoon.When contacted, Rev. Witherspoon frankly told this newspaper that Pastor Askie was not the only one who had brought such a message.  Others, he said, have done the same.He proposed a meeting with the Prophet along with other pastors of varying denominations, who would then jointly deliver the message to the President.Prophet Askie said President Sirleaf has not been able to succeed in the fight against corruption, and that her continued stay in power is making no impact.According to him, if the President refuses to heed the message, the country may find it very difficult to get a possible successor.“Ellen is failing; yet her government officials want her to remain in leadership, not for the good of the country, but to fulfill their selfish desires. This is detrimental to the progress of the State, as her staying in power until the end of her term may likely make it difficult to find the right successor,” he explained.According to Askie, there are some government officials who do not want to accept the idea of the president relinquishing power because of their selfish ambitions.“There are some government officials and others around her who, because of greed, would like for the President to remain in power. But if only she could listen to this message the country will definitely move forward,” he said.Pastor Askie said that there is a time for every leader to govern; and after that time has expired, the capacity of said leader can no longer be efficient.“I am of the understanding that Ellen should have led this country only for the first term. The President was very vibrant in her first term but in this second term, she is truly declining.Asked what would happen if the President declined the message to step aside, Prophet Askie said he believed that someone who has not been selected by God would attempt taking over the country, and that could spell trouble. But he said the country would not return to war, though there could be problems simply because the person who takes over “would not be the one ordained by God.” The same thing almost happened when King David in the Bible was declining in health and his son Adonijah attempted to seize power.  But he was not the anointed one; as such no one knew about his takeover.  When David anointed Bathsheba’s son Solomon, however, the whole country rejoiced and he became one of Israel’s most successful kings.Prophet Askie insisted that if Ellen stepped aside, God would anoint someone to take her place; and that would spell the beginning of prosperity for the country.“Liberia has a bright future,” Askie prophesied, adding, “Liberia will rise,” but not under Ellen.”The pastor first made his revelation during a church service last Saturday evening at the Agape Prophetic Fellowship on GSA Road. An Observer employee, who heard his prophecy, alerted the paper.On Monday, the paper contacted the Pastor, who agreed to an interview at the newspaper’s McDonald Street office.Prophet Askie was born on April 3, 1975 in Mano River, to the union of Charles and Charlesetta Askie.A graduate in Drafting from the W.V.S. Tubman High School, Monrovia in the mid-1990s, Askie said he had wanted to become a neurosurgeon; but his grandmother, Mrs.  Maryann Askie told him he had better become a pastor.  He then traveled to Lagos, Nigeria, where he spent nine months at a Bible college.He also discovered his talents in painting. As such, the pastor and prophet is also an artist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gunman attacks former Commander’s daughter

first_img… shoots supervisorThe daughter of Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, George Vyphuis, was in the wee hours of Tuesday morning attacked by an armed bicycle bandit who opened fire, injuring the woman and her colleague.The traumatised woman, Kathy VyphuisReports are 34-year-old Kathy Vyphuis was making her way home from work at about 02:30h on Tuesday, when a masked bandit pounced on her and her supervisor, Tommy Lee, who was driving her home.The duo had just arrived at the woman’s Lot 865 Plantation Providence, East Bank Demerara residence and as she was about the exit the vehicle, the lone gunman pounced, demanding that they remain put.Acting on impulse, Lee accelerated his vehicle, thereby resulting in the robber firing several rounds at them. The injured supervisor managed to flee the scene but Vyphuis did not secure much distance between herself and the attacker when she fell to the ground. It was then that the man narrowed in on the terrified mother, demanding that she let go of her purse.While speaking to Guyana Times on Tuesday, the traumatised woman broke down in tears while outlining, “I was in fear. He came and I was like take my purse, I don’t have anything, take it. He came with the gun, pick my purse up, jump on a bike and rode off.”The single mother went on to say that, “I got up and I run and I was like somebody help me, help me! Nobody would help me.”However, following relentless pleas from the sobbing woman, one neighbour, Nicola Telford, opened her door for the woman.The two then remained locked inside the home and made numerous attempts to contact the Police. While they were awaiting the arrival of the Police, the bandit returned once again, but this time pretending to be a neighbour. The man then began appealing to the women to open door, saying that he found Vyphuis’s bag on the road.“He kept banging on the door and saying that he was a neighbour and we asking he which neighbour, identify yourself and he kept saying some neighbour from down the road and we said we don’t know anyone like that.”After he was denied entry, the bandit continued to bang on the door but eventually gave up and left. It was only after Vyphuis was safety tucked away in Telford’s home that she realised she was covered in mud and blood, after being shot once to her arm. After some time, officers arrived at the scene and Vyphuis was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.Meanwhile, her supervisor had already been rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, nursing injuries to his hand and thigh. Lee was said to be in unstable condition but was later listed as relatively stable.The mother of one, who is a cashier at a drinking establishment on the East Coast of Demerara, has been living in Diamond for almost three years.This report comes two days after bandits broke into a home just doors away, holding a two-month-old infant at gunpoint, in an attempted to rob the family.Stemming from this most recent incident, residents within the area are calling for immediate measures to be put in place, with some even noting that they are now too terrified to return home.last_img read more

CCJ to hear no-confidence cases on May 10

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday stood firm in its determination that the no-confidence cases be expedited, shooting down pleas from counsel for their full time for filing cross appeals.The three Caribbean Court Justices. From left: Justices Jacob Wit, CCJ President Adrian Saunders and David HaytonThe CCJ had asked all parties involved whether they had objections to the cases being expedited. Here, Senior Counsel Neil Boston, who appeared on behalf of private citizen Herbert Reid, noted that he has no objections, save for abridgement of the matter.Boston explained that if they filed their matters urgently, they would likely need their full 21 days to file cross appeal. He noted that this is a highly important matter and they will not sacrifice preparation at the “altar of expediency”.In his remarks, CCJ President Adrian Saunders acknowledged that the attorneys have their rights to their 21 days. But he noted that the urgency of this case and the need to ensure a balance between time and the need to uphold Guyana’s Constitution.“Overarching, standing above your right to have your full 21 days, is the Constitution of Guyana. And this court is concerned and duty bound to uphold the rule of law and the Constitution of Guyana,” Saunders said.“And if it is necessary in order to do that, that the matters be treated as urgent and timelines be abridged, then I’m afraid counsel will have to put themselves in a manner that can accord with the directions we give. We are not here to give you all the time that you need. We are here to balance your right to have reasonable.”Saunders pointed out that many of these submissions were made before in the lower courts. This view was reinforced by CCJ Judge David Hayton, who noted that all parties involved have already had rehearsals at the High and Appeals Courts.“You’ve had dress rehearsals already, before the High Court and the Court of Appeal. And their judgements (were rendered). So one would have thought that not that much extra work was going to be involved, if you have fewer than 21 days,” Hayton observed.As a consequence, the CCJ ordered that the three no-confidence cases be consolidated and abridged to save time and that the hearing take place on May 10 at 09:00h, with April 8 being given as the deadline for filing cross appeals. April 17, however, was given for written submissions and the April 23 to reply.A pre-trial hearing will be heard on April 24, where issues concerning the order and length of oral submissions will be addressed. Saunders warned attorneys to avoid duplicating submissions and to also ensure they are physically present for the hearings and not tuning in via video conference, as was done by Williams’ lawyer, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay.The three cases deal with Christopher Ram v The Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo v the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; the last of which deals with Persaud’s eligibility to vote in the House.In the case of Ram vs the Attorney General, the political activist had petitioned the High Court to have Government resign and President David Granger call elections within 90 days as stipulated by Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution.Last week, the Court of Appeal ruled in a 2:1 split decision that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the No-confidence Motion brought against the Government last year. While Justice Rishi Persaud had dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate Judges allowed the State’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a no-confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.last_img read more

UEFA increases Nasri doping ban from six to 18 months

first_imgThe ban was backdated to July 1, 2017, meaning the ex-Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder will be cleared to return next January. He can resume training with a club at the start of November.Nasri had the drip treatment while he was on loan at Sevilla during the 2016-17 season, prompting the Spanish anti-doping agency to open an investigation.He retroactively appealed to UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), but his request was refused by European football’s governing body.Nasri left Turkish side Antalya in January after disappointing six-month spell following his arrival from Manchester City.Six-time Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte was handed a 14-month suspension last week for a similar infraction, with athletes usually only allowed to receive an IV in the case of medical treatment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SAMIR NASRINYON, Switzerland, Aug 1 – UEFA extended former France international Samir Nasri’s doping ban from six to 18 months on Wednesday over the intravenous drip treatment he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.The 31-year-old, who is currently without a club, was suspended for six months in February after taking a multi-vitamin booster in contravention of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.last_img read more

Arsenal-target Allegri insists he’s sticking with Juventus

first_img0Shares0000Farewell to speculation: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri brushes off Arsenal link © AFP / Tiziana FABIROME, Italy, May 14 – Massimiliano Allegri on Sunday brushed aside speculation he is set for a move to English Premier league giants Arsenal after leading Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title.“If they don’t fire me, then I think I’m staying at Juventus next year too,” Allegri said after a goalless draw against Roma sealed a 34th Scudetto for the Turin giants. It gave Juventus a four-point lead over second placed Napoli and gave 50-year-old Allegri his fourth Cup and league double in as many seasons with Juventus.“It’s not an issue of decisions on the future, it’s about planning what the future of Juventus will be, because once we’ve finished celebrating, we have to sit around a table with clear heads.“When the next season begins, we all start from zero points and must continue proving we are competitive.”Allegri has two years remaining on a contract extended last June, but has been touted as a replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and also for Chelsea’s Italian boss Antonio Conte.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

St. Patrick’s Day called unsafe for drivers

first_imgCalifornia drivers on the road at night on St. Patrick’s Day are 19 percent more likely to be killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash than they are on other days, according to crash data analyzed by the Automobile Club of Southern California. With drinking and driving crashes generally on the rise in the state and nation since the late 1990s, the Auto Club is warning that this St. Patrick’s Day could prove to be a dangerous one. “This analysis shows once again that drivers and their passengers are at a higher risk for being involved in alcohol-related crashes on holidays and special occasions,” said Steven Bloch, the Auto Club’s senior researcher. “We have observed the same problem of higher DUI crash rates on major holidays such as July 4 and New Year’s Eve, and on special occasions such as the Super Bowl,” he added. The Auto Club analyzed California Highway Patrol data on alcohol-related traffic injuries and deaths from 2000 through 2005. Compared to the same non-holiday days of the week each year for four weeks before and four weeks after March 17 (excluding President’s Day weekend), the number of people killed and injured over St. Patrick’s Day between 5 p.m., March 17, and 5 a.m., March 18, increased 19 percent statewide. The analysis did not find an increase in daytime crash deaths and injuries on St. Patrick’s Day compared with other similar days. The Auto Club periodically analyzes alcohol-related data for holidays to increase awareness among motorists of the need to avoid drinking and driving. “People who are celebrating are sometimes less cautious and risk driving after drinking,” Bloch said. “We want to remind motorists that just because it’s a holiday or special occasion, it doesn’t mean drinking and driving is OK. “In fact, drivers need to realize that many holidays and special occasions are more dangerous for motorists than other days.” To help keep drivers and passengers safe on St. Patrick’s Day, the Auto Club recommends these tips: – Don’t drink and drive. – Use a designated driver if you’re attending a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. – Call a friend or family member or a taxi for a ride if you’ve been drinking. – If hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, be responsible. Take car keys from partygoers as they arrive and don’t let them drive drunk. Serve non-alcoholic drinks and encourage each group to have a designated driver. Serve protein-rich and starchy foods to slow alcohol absorption. – If you observe an erratic driver while on the road, try to stay behind his or her vehicle and out of harm’s way. If it’s safe to do so, pull over and call 9-1-1 or alert local police, providing a detailed description of the vehicle and its location. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgIS there life on Mars? Do extraterrestrial beings exist? And are there UFOs in our night skies?Those are just some of the questions on the agenda at LYIT tonight, Wednesday, with a talk by Colin Johnston, from the Armagh Planetarium.The talk, starting at 7.30pm, is entitled: “UFOlogy: the Science of Strange Things in the Sky. What can we learn from sixty years of reports of strange things seen in our skies?” It has been organised by the LYIT Astronomy Society which is promising a “fascinating and informative session about the possible sightings of UFOs and how science might just explain some, but not all, of them.”They add: “Colin will also be bringing some meteorites which are roughly 4.5 million years old and he will be educating us on how they were formed. This will be of great interest to all star gazers young and old, all are welcome to come along.”There is no charge. To find out more email, or by contacting Seamus Byron on 087-2203312.ALIEN INVASION! LYIT TO INVESTIGATE IF UFOs EXIST was last modified: April 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ALIEN INVASION! LYIT TO INVESTIGATE IF UFOs EXISTlast_img read more


first_imgThe Burtonport Action Group is in danger of closing after a poorly-attended AGM failed to elect a new committee.The existing Management Committee incluidng the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurers, stood down and said they are not standing for re-election.However, no-one came forward to replace them. Last night’s meeting was told there are two people who are prepared to act as head of Arts and Company Secretary.It was agreed that an additional meeting is to be held on Tuesday 23rd October at 7:30 in the welcome Centre.A spokesman said that if no-one volunteers either at that meeting, or indicates in advance that they are prepared to fill these roles, then the Company will be wound up and the Welcome Centre will close with immediate effect.If you value the Welcome Centre please attend the meeting or if not able at least advise if you willing to take on one of these roles. (message on Face book, email or text to 0831447243) BURTONPORT ACTION GROUP IN DANGER OF CLOSING was last modified: October 13th, 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) Tags:Burtonport Action Grouplast_img read more


first_imgJohn rings the bell to open the new RNLI centre.The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) officially opened its new All-weather Lifeboat Centre at the charity’s headquarters England today and it was a young Donegal man who did the honours.Donegal teenager John McDermid (18) from Arranmore RNLI and Caryl Jones (20) from Porthdinallaen RNLI in Wales were the two people who represented the volunteer lifeboat crews across Ireland and the UK.The bell will be rung every time a newly built all-weather lifeboat is launched from the centre to be sent to a lifeboat station.The All-Weather Lifeboat Centre at Pool in Dorset was commissioned by the RNLI trustees to meet future all-weather lifeboat supply. Its completion will secure a supply of all-weather lifeboats (ALBs) for future generations of lifesavers. John has been a volunteer lifeboat crew member with Arranmore RNLI since he turned 17 last year and recently received his Leaving certificate results. He joined the crew of the Arranmore lifeboat as he wanted to continue the family tradition of volunteering with the lifeboats. His grandfather was a Coxswain on the lifeboat and the teenager joined up as soon as he was old enough.The new RNLI centre in Poole, Dorset.John travelled to Poole with is mother Donna and sister Abby, along with his aunt and uncle Nicola and Martin McBride.Speaking after the ceremony John said; ‘It is a huge honour to represent the volunteer lifeboat crew all across Ireland and the UK, along with Caryl. This is my first time to visit RNLI HQ and it is great to be here for such a big occasion. Our station’s future lifeboat will be built here.“I know my grandfather would be very proud of me today and while I know he couldn’t have imagined the changes to the RNLI, especially with technology and training, it still remains at its heart the same charity that saw him volunteer to help save lives at sea. It is a very proud day for me and my family.’ Phil Coulter’s Lifeboat Anthem ‘Home from the Sea’ was played to mark the occasion.RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier addressed the 500-strong gathering saying: ‘Since the turn of the century, the RNLI HQ site has changed beyond recognition. We built the RNLI College – for the training and accommodation of our lifesavers. We built a support centre to store and supply the many parts and materials we need to keep the charity going. And we unveiled a memorial dedicated to all those who lost their own lives at sea, while trying to save others.“People pass that memorial every day and see the motto of our founder, Sir William Hillary: ‘With courage, nothing is impossible.’ And that’s hugely appropriate when you think of the courage that our lifeboat crews and lifeguards show – the people who brave the worst of conditions to save lives.’The All-weather Lifeboat Centre is an investment in lifesaving for generations to come and craft that will be built and maintained in this centre will safely bring them home from the sea, back to their loved ones.’The new All-Weather Lifeboat Centre will allow the charity to build six Shannon-class lifeboats a year and maintain the other all-weather boats. Having a state of the art facility which will see the charity produce, maintain and refit all-weather lifeboats in-house and under one roof is a first for the charity.’ The building itself includes the following features : 3 spray booths used to apply primer, coats of paint and antifoul to the lifeboats, Moveable platforms which will improve ergonomics and efficiency for accessing fit-out and refit lifeboats and a visitors centre allowing members of the public to watch the charity’s lifeboats being built. In addition to this PV panels on the roof of the ALC combined with the PV provision on the rest of the RNLI campus means that up to 8% of the RNLI’s energy requirements can be provided by the sun.DONEGAL TEENAGER RINGS BELL TO OPEN NEW RNLI LIFEBOAT CENTRE was last modified: August 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more