Meralco suspends Kelly Nabong

first_imgCarpio 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Bolts shoot for a 2-0 lead against Star later today at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKelly Nabong will not play for Meralco on Tuesday for Game 2 of its 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series against Star.Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo relayed that the fifth-year center has been indefinitely suspended by the team after his brush with assistant coach Jimmy Alapag late in Game 1 last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img LATEST STORIES “Kelly Nabong is suspended indefinitely for conduct unbecoming of a PBA player and for conduct detrimental to the team,” the executive shared in a statement.Nabong figured in an verbal spat against Alapag last Sunday. The two needed to separated in the Meralco bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFrustrated, the bruiser was seen tearing his jersey as he sat at the far end of the bench at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna before quickly making his exit after the Bolts pulled off the 72-66 victory against the Hotshots.The Fil-Am center was also the first man out of the Meralco dugout. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up San Beda evades upset, ousts Perpetual DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LFA Election: Bility’s 2 ‘Trusted Members’ Deserve Scrutiny

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Football Association was reported to have said (Daily Observer, Feb. 25 issue) that nine of members of his current administration are ‘trustworthy, committed and hardworking,” that he is campaigning for them to go with him, which I think he is wrong about two of them.My concern is about at least two members of the team, his vice president for administration, Musa Shannon and vice president for operations, Adolf Lawrence.Let me start with Mr. Adolf Lawrence. For the greater of last year, he was under suspension for acts that were inconsistent to the policy of the Liberia Football Association.There were several appeals made to President Bility and I have followed events when Mr. Bility would not budge to change the decision of the Executive Committee to lift Mr. Lawrence’s suspension.Mr. Lawrence is the same Hon. Adolf Lawrence of District #15. He is responsible for the development of his district, and some of those responsibilities include securing more money for sports development, particularly in his district and the country as a whole.When he was suspended by the Executive Committee of the LFA, it was a slap on the face of all those he represents in the House of Representatives.Where was the trust when he was suspended? President Musa Bility gets more explaining to do, if he believes that a man who did not respect the rules of the very association he is vice president, can now be a trusted companion in his next elections.What did Hon. Lawrence achieve for the LFA as ‘vice president for operations’ before his suspension and after his suspension that Mr. Bility can drum into our ears that he deserves to be a trusted candidate?I got a clarification that in other West African countries, lawmakers are part of the football association. So what? Is it not too farfetched that the lawmaker who should encourage his friends in the House for funds for sports development is the same one who does not trust the little ones down there and therefore he must come down to join the party to see the funds’ management? There is no record elsewhere that Hon. Lawrence raised funds at the House for sports development.The next person is vice president for administration, Musa Shannon. With all due respect, Shannon has failed his colleagues, since he, as a former Lone Star player, joined the LFA.What can Musa Shannon show his former colleagues that he did for them? As it was written about him some time ago, the best he has done for Liberian football is the Lone Star’s trip to Iraq. Many of his former colleagues have complained bitterly about Shannon’s cold shoulder and unfriendly attitude.As the only presidential candidate, Musa Bility must have been offered the presidency on a silver platter, but that does not mean that he must carry those who did not contribute much to his administration with him. Stakeholders who have the gavel to vote should weed out those who have done nothing to help the development of Liberian football.Editor’s Note: The opinion expressed here is that of the writer’s.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Bank Group Urges Developing Countries to Safeguard Economic Growth

first_imgGiven the decline in oil prices, developing countries should rebuild their fiscal buffers (safeguard) to support economic activities in case of a growth slowdown, according to the new edition of ‘Global Economic Prospects 2015’ released on Friday by its Monrovia office.Kaushik Basu, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank Group said in the report that since oil is likely to remain cheap for some time, oil-importing countries should lower or even eliminate fuel subsidies and rebuild the fiscal space needed to carry out future stimulus efforts. “Emerging market economies would do well to invest in infrastructure and support social schemes vital to poverty reduction. Such policies can raise future productivity and reduce the fiscal deficit in the long run,” he said.Commenting on the report ‘Global Economic Prospects 2015’ Mr. Basu said that it has gone beyond prediction and deepens understanding of global economic predicament.He said it documents how well-designed and credible institutional mechanisms such as fiscal rules, stabilization funds, and medium-term expenditure frameworks are instrumental in fostering growth and restoring depleted fiscal buffers.However, the report further suggested that developing countries need to rebuild budgets in the medium-term and at a pace determined to country-specific conditions. It said for oil-importing countries, lower oil prices offer a chance to improve fiscal positions more quickly than might have been possible before mid-2014.Meanwhile, World Bank Group’s Director of Development Prospects,  Ayhan Kose noted that rebuilding fiscal buffers will provide the room required to support activity during times of economic stress. Kose said the need for additional fiscal buffers is currently more pronounced especially in an environment of uncertain growth prospects, limited policy options, and likely tighter global financial conditions.Prices for crude oil in the world market continued to drop significantly from USD100 per barrel in June last year to USD 60 to-date.On Tuesday, the Energy and Water Utility Regulatory Authority (EWURA) issued new price caps for petrol, diesel and kerosene indicating a decline of 74/- (about 3.6 percent), 62/- (3.2 percent) and 54/- (2.88 percent) respectively.According to the indicative prices, a litre of petrol will now sell at 1,955 (down from 2,029/-) for Dar es Salaam. A litre of diesel will meanwhile sell at 1,846/- and kerosene will be pumped at 1,833/-. Addressing journalists, Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) Director General, Felix Ngamlagosi, whose statement was contained in the WBG released, said the drop in oil price is a big and direct relief to Tanzanians. In addition, the authority noted that while the refined petroleum products in the world market, for petrol, diesel and kerosene dropped by a total of USD249 per metric tons, USD189/MT and USD180/MT respectively, the oil price at the local market between September 2014 and January 2015 has dropped by 311/litre, 244/litre, and 207/liter respectively. He said during the period, the Tanzania shilling depreciated by 4 percent while the drop in the local market prices would have been higher, had the local currency stabilized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wedding guests face tough World Cup choice

first_img0Shares0000As many as 24.4 million people watched England win the penalty shootoutLONDON, United Kingdom, July 5 – World Cup fever in England will not extend to weddings round the country on Saturday with those tempted to glance at their mobile phones during the match with Sweden facing a red card.England’s first World Cup quarter-final in 12 years, following their nerve-wracking penalty shootout victory over Colombia, takes place at 1400 GMT when many weddings or post-ceremony receptions will be taking place. This has prompted the Reverend Sandra Millar, head of “life events” for The Church of England (CofE), to issue guidelines for those attending the ceremonies and advocating anyone caught sneaking a look at their mobile phone should be sent packing.“For those attending a wedding service at 3pm (1400 GMT), I’d strongly encourage you to make sure you are fully on-side with the happy couple and switch off your mobile phone in advance,” she told the Daily Telegraph.“For those getting married on Saturday, like England fans you might experience a few nerves, but you can be sure that it will also be the best day of your life, with memories to cherish. Who knows, come 6pm, that may be something you share with the rest of the nation too.”Some couples who are tying the knot have adapted their special day.Matt Yeo, who is marrying Sophie Wood — whom he says had to take a lot of convincing to accomodate those guests who are football fans as she is not one — has ordered a satellite dish for the post-ceremony reception.However, the match will be filmed ‘live’ at 1600 GMT — posters are to be placed banning mobile phones being switched on so people know the score — as speeches are due at the time of kick-off.“It has changed our plans quite dramatically,” he told the Telegraph.“I’m having to order an aerial satellite, a projector, a TV and all the cables in a very short timeframe.”Gary Snoad tweeted prior to the final group game with Belgium he hoped England would top the group so if they made the quarter-finals their game would be on the Friday as a clash with his wedding “won’t go down well with the Mrs to be.”However, now it is clashing he is laying the blame on others.“My own wedding clashing with the big game on Saturday — what have I done? Apologies to the English contingent, definitely the Welsh family side that picked the date.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

US World Cup star reveals he could be heading to Tottenham in January

first_img DeAndre Yedlin 1 DeAndre Yedlin has revealed that he could join Tottenham in January if he is successful in getting an application for a Latvian passport.The north London club struck a deal with Seattle Sounders to sign the talented right-back during the summer, with an agreement that he would spend another year with the MLS club.But with Tottenham facing defensive worries over the fitness of Kyle Walker, who has yet to play a game this season, and the recent injury to Kyle Naughton, his move to White Hart Lane could come about a lot sooner.Yedlin, highly impressive for USA at the World Cup, is hoping to get through his passport so he can have the choice of making a move to Tottenham in the New Year.Speaking on ESPN, the 21-year-old said: “A big deciding factor is my passport, I’m working on getting a Latvian passport. If that goes through, then January is definitely very possible. It’s either June or January.“I always knew I had that sort of background. I never really paid attention to it, but it’s become useful now and I’m going to take advantage of it. “I could have signed for Roma, I just felt that England fit my playing style better and Tottenham was a good situation for me.“I’m an attacking full-back. They have Kyle Walker and I’m excited to learn from him, and learn from the other full backs and from coach Mauricio Pochettino, who’s great with young players.”last_img read more

Ozil gem gets Arsenal back on track

first_imgIn truth, the margin of victory ought to have been more emphatic than the exquisite volleyed finish by Ozil in the first half at the Emirates Stadium.The game’s first chance was carved out by Newcastle, Jamaal Lascelles’ header from a free-kick being beaten away by Petr Cech, but the first half belonged to Arsenal.Nominal full-backs Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles pushed up into midfield to offer width to the Arsenal attack, while in midfield Ozil and Jack Wilshere swapped positions at will.That left Alex Iwobi to drift across the front line and he seized on a fancy flick by Alexis Sanchez only to see his shot charged down.Sanchez was the next to go close, shooting over the bar before Maitland-Niles intercepted a loose pass in the 13th minute and skipped away from two tackles before sending in a low shot which ruffled the outside of the Newcastle net.When the opening goal arrived after 24 minutes, it came as a result of a dazzling interchange between Wilshere and Iwobi.The latter squared his cross into the path of Sanchez and when DeAndre Yedlin blocked the Chilean’s shot, Lascelles headed clear only to Ozil, who hooked the ball into the far corner with a majestic finish.– Negligible response –Newcastle United’s Isaac Hayden (R) vies with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere (L) during an English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 16, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKNewcastle’s response was negligible, primarily because they could not hold on to the ball and because they were too busy chasing Arsenal shadows.Bellerin and Granit Xhaka were the next players to try ambitious efforts for the home side before Ozil set off on a mazy run which almost produced a memorable second goal for the German.Twice he exchanged passes with a teammate, on the second occasion with Sanchez, but having squirmed his shot from an acute angle under the body of Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot, he could only watch on as Lascelles prevented it from crossing the line.Sanchez then struck an early shot just wide as half-time approached.The second half began in a strangely muted atmosphere. The tireless Iwobi did his best to inject some passion back into the Arsenal faithful with a bullish run into the box which forced Elliot to save at his feet.Then, almost out of nowhere, Newcastle carved out their most dangerous attack of the match with Jacob Murphy cutting inside to force Cech to parry away his low shot.Arsenal relied so heavily on their technique and teamwork that they appeared at times to lack the individual bravery to simply take a player on or run beyond him to open up the stubborn defence facing them.With 17 minutes remaining, Wenger sent on Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud.France striker Giroud made an immediate impact, heading down a Sanchez cross to Wilshere who drove it at the legs of Elliot.Newcastle mounted late pressure on the Arsenal goal with Joselu having a goal-bound shot deflected and Ayoze Perez shooting narrowly over, but it could not prevent them slipping to another defeat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot (R) comes out to try to block an attempt by Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) during an English Premier League football match at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 16, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 16 – Mesut Ozil’s spectacular strike was enough to give Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Newcastle as the Gunners ended a three-match winless run in the Premier League on Saturday.Arsene Wenger’s side boosted their bid to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four finish and in the process condemned relegation-threatened Newcastle to an eighth defeat in their last nine games.last_img read more

Chelsea star wanted by Barca, Serie A defender wants move and more Blues gossip

first_img 6. Blues confirm Brazilian youngster Nathan will return to Vitesse on loan – The Blues have confirmed Nathan will return to Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the 2016/17 season. The Brazilian spent last term with the Dutch club, making 19 appearances, and will continue his progression away from Stamford Bridge. 6 2. Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly encourages Antonio Conte to make an offer? – Koulibaly has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea this summer, and it seems the latter are his preferred destination. The defender has suggested he is looking to leave Napoli and is interested in Stamford Bridge. He told L’Equipe: ‘The negotiations for a contract extension [with Napoli] have stalled and they never wanted to discuss with us.’ He added: ‘No, I have not talked to [Antonio Conte] but that may be soon. If nothing happens at Napoli, I will start to have contact with other clubs.’ 3. Antonio Conte offers Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner three-year contract? – Juve are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Barcelona’s Dani Alves, making the future of Lichtsteiner uncertain – and Conte wants to capitalise. The Italian, The Sun report, wants to wrap up a deal for the Switzerland full-back quickly and has tabled a three-year contract. With Branislav Ivanovic reaching the latter stages of his career, a new right-back could be at the top of his list of priorities. 5. Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois urging Radja Nainggolan to seal Chelsea transfer? – Nainggolan is another player from Serie A reportedly wanted by Conte, and over the past week the player himself has been open over the Blues’ interest. The midfielder has admitted he is aware of the new Chelsea manager’s interest and revealed Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have urged him to swap Rome for London. ‘They (Hazard and Courtois) have told me to join them. I know Chelsea are a big club, but I have to take several things into account,’ said Nainggolan. Chelsea are expected to mark their mark in this summer’s transfer window.Antonio Conte, once Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign comes to an end, will be preparing for his Premier League debut with the Blues and is likely to spend big in the market.But who are the latest players said to be on his radar? And could Conte have to fend off interest from La Liga for one of the club’s biggest stars?Have a read of the latest transfer rumours on Chelsea by viewing the slideshow above. 6 6 1. Barcelona want Cesar Azpilicueta to replace Dani Alves? – Barca confirmed at the beginning of June that Dani Alves would leave the Nou Camp in the summer, therefore a new right back is set to be a priority for the La Liga giants. Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin has previously been linked, but now the Telegraph claim Cesar Azpilicueta has been targeted as an alternative. 6 6 4. Chelsea face competition from Manchester United for Leonardo Bonucci? – Bonucci has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea since Antonio Conte was confirmed as manager, but they could now have to beat Premier League rivals United in the battle for his signature. Mourinho, according to La Stampa, wants to strengthen his new side’s defence and views Bonucci as an upgrade to Daley Blind – who is reportedly set to be sold by The Special One. 6last_img read more

Man United fans laugh at City over the money they’ve spent on defenders

first_img1 Does Victor Lindelof’s arrival at Man United mean one of Chris Smalling or Phil Jones is on his way out?The defender has joined from Benfica in a £30.7m deal and manager Jose Mourinho also has Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Axel Tuanzebe to call upon.And some fans on Twitter think losing one of the England pair is a good thing, while others couldn’t resist a dig at rivals Man City, who spent nearly £80m on John Stones and Eliaquim Mangala in recent years. Does a possible partnership of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly mean Chris Smalling is on his way out? last_img read more

When football testimonials go hilariously wrong

first_img 2 West Ham and Athletic Bilbao players clash during Julian Dicks’ testimonial in 2000 Nobody wants to say goodbye to Darren WrackJust 1,330 people turned up at Walsall for Darren Wrack’s testimonial in 2008 against Wolves. Wrack played more than 300 times for the club.Bayern humiliate Cruyff and AjaxBayern hammered Johan Cruyff’s Ajax side 8-0 in a 1978 meeting in Amsterdam. Almost 30 years later Karl-Heinz Rummenigge apologised for the humiliation, but added the Bayern players were not treated well in the Netherlands suggesting this was the reason for the German side going at Ajax all guns blazing. Gerd Muller seemed pretty happy when he scored his first goal when he aimed a pumped fist at the home support in a game where Bayern also had three goals disallowed.It all kicked off in Julian ‘Terminator’ Dicks’ farewellA 17-man brawl broke out during Julian Dicks’ West Ham testimonial against Athletic Bilbao in 2000. Some hefty challenged from Nigel Winterburn and Igor Stamic led to fiery, over the top scenes, while referee Barry Knight ordered manager Harry Redknapp to substitute Paolo Di Canio, who was involved in a lot of the heated exchanges. Bilbao coach Txetxu Rojo was told to do the same with Joseba Etxeberria in a match they won 2-1. Dicks, though, earned around £200,000 to send him off into early retirement as a result of a knee injury.Lundekvam was almost out of pocket for his testimonialIn 2008 Southampton were due to play Celtic, but Lundekvam had to spend £100,000 of his money to relay the St Mary’s pitch because a Bon Jovi gig the previous month meant there was not enough to time to reseed the pitch. Matt Le Tissier called on fans to pack out the stadium, saying: “Claus has sacrificed a lot of money to put the game on with Celtic and the thing with Claus is that he wants an opportunity to say goodbye to everybody.” In the end 19,000 fans turned up to see Saints win 2-0 and the player managed to recoup his money.Peter Beardsley doesn’t get off to the best start at NewcastleNewcastle bought Beardsley from Everton in a £1.5m deal in 1993, but he was out of action for six weeks having fractured his cheekbone in Ronnie Whelan’s testimonial. It happened when Beardsley collided with Neil Ruddock in the opening minutes of the game. Ruddock stayed on to score the only goal of the game in Liverpool’s 1-0 win against the Magpies. 2 They’re supposed to be a fun way for fans to say goodbye, but sometimes testimonials don’t always go to plan.David Seaman’s testimonial was a highly competitive affairSeaman’s high profile match against Barcelona in 2001 made him £600,000 when 33,297 fans turned up at Highbury to see the Gunners lose 2-0. It was a competitive match, which included a punch-up between Lee Dixon and Boudewijn Zenden; the Barca man was substituted immediately afterwards. Seaman said it was unfortunate, but added: “to be fair, the Barcelona lad was a bit embarrassed and gave me a hug to apologise when he left the field.”last_img read more


first_imgA Circuit Court judge has condemned five members of the travelling community for ‘taking the law into their own hands’ during an attack on a Donegal Traveller family at a funeral.Judge Rory McCabe made the comments after sentencing five men who pleaded guilty to charges of violent disorder in relation to a massive brawl that took place during a funeral ceremony in St Colman’s Church in Claremorris, Co Mayo, in 2011.The feud which took place in the grounds of the church at a funeral Mass on October 10, 2011, is said to be ongoing for the last 45 years between members of the five men’s family and a family in Donegal. Owen McDonagh of Saleen, Ballinrobe Road, Castlebar; Bernard McDonagh of 5 Knockthomas, Castlebar; Thomas McDonagh of 123 Manor Village, Castlebar; Gerard McDonagh of Saleen, Ballinrobe Road, Castlebar; and Charles McDonagh of 7 Garryduff, Castlebar, were before Castlebar Circuit Court for sentencing last week.Sergeant Regina Carley told the court that Mass started and members of the McDonagh family from Donegal were standing outside the church. When the defendants arrived at the church a ‘verbal assault’ on members of the Donegal McDonaghs ensued, with Bernard McDonagh shouting ‘let’s get it on. let’s get Owen Martin, he’ll do’.A number of fights took place with Gerard McDonagh and Charles McDonagh fighting members of the other family, while Bernard and Owen McDonagh were identified as having a major part in the incident. A slash hook, knife and hatchet were later recovered at the scene with one man subsequently having blood spurting from his head.Sgt Carley said people attending the funeral Mass feared for their own safety. A victim impact statement read out by State prosecutor Pat Reynolds detailed that the victim was now in ‘severe depression’ and was ‘frightened to answer the phone’.Bernard McDonagh took to the stand offering an apology to the victim’s family. “I’m sincerely sorry. I want to end this dispute today. There seems to be no stop to it,” said the 37 year-old.From the gallery, a member of the victim’s family could be heard rejecting Mr McDonagh’s apology. Before sentencing, Judge McCabe referred to the rejection saying ‘parties should think carefully about how they interact, and if the apology wasn’t accepted by the Donegal McDonagh’s they might take a different view if they were in the same position as the defendants’.The judge told the court that he could see how people would bring ‘flowers and Mass cards’ to a funeral but said there was ‘no conceivable reason for a slash hook, knife, and a hatchet’ to be brought.“This was pre-meditation at its most extreme,” added Judge McCabe.Owen, Thomas, Gerard and Charles McDonagh each received a two year prison term with the final year suspended, while Bernard McDonagh received a three year term with the final 18 months suspended.JAIL FOR GANG WHO ATTACKED DONEGAL TRAVELLER FAMILY AT FUNERAL was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 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:GANG WHO ATTACKED DONEGAL TRAVELLER FAMILY AT FUNERAL SENT TO JAILMcDonaghtraveller feudlast_img read more