Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum In League C, Group 4 co-leaders Montenegro and Serbia meet in Podgorica on Thursday. The Balkan neighbors joined together as one team at the 2006 World Cup.In League D, teams with two wins last month include Georgia which next hosts Andorra, Luxembourg playing at Belarus, and Macedonia hosting Liechtenstein.One of the longest journeys in European soccer faces Azerbaijan — about 4,400 kilometers (2,750 miles) to play at the Faroe islands on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The last time Croatia played England was in the packed Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in a World Cup semifinal match. When they meet in the Croatian coastal city of Rijeka on Friday, there will be no fans.Croatia is completing a stadium ban imposed by UEFA in 2015 when a swastika was painted on its field ahead of a game.STRUGGLING ITALYItaly is in desperate need of a victory at Poland on Sunday to avoid more embarrassment after failing to qualify for the last World Cup.The Azzurri already sit last in its Nations League group with only one point and one goal scored from their opening two matches — a 1-1 draw with Poland and a 1-0 loss to Portugal.Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne is being tapped for a “false 9” role amid a series of problems for the usual center forwards.Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti have been dropped due to poor form while Ciro Immobile and Simone Zaza have struggled with the national team.FALLEN CHAMPS REBUILDGermany is still searching for its way back after its disastrous World Cup defense in Russia. Joachim Loew’s squad drew 0-0 with France last month in a game in Munich that did little to assure fans it will be challenging again for titles anytime soon.If anything, the game just highlighted the absence of Mesut Ozil, who retired from international football after feeling he was made the scapegoat for the German team’s disappointing performances in Russia. While Loew wanted his side to display more defensive stability, it failed to convince going forward. 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MOST READ Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho has been complicated since his return to United in 2016. But it reached its nadir last month when Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy at the club and then appeared to have a spat with Mourinho at practice.Following a poor start to the season, United is under pressure and Pogba’s future there seems uncertain amid reports he could leave.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 ChrissSuch concerns are irrelevant when Pogba plays with his national team, and the international break is likely to provide solace to a player regarded as indispensable by France coach Didier Deschamps.Pogba joined his teammates at France’s training ground ahead of Thursday’s friendly game against Iceland. France, which beat Croatia in the World Cup final in July, hosts Germany in the UEFA Nations League on Oct. 16 at Stade de France. Loew experimented with five changes in the subsequent 2-1 friendly win over Peru, but the pressure is on to show real progress is being made in the games against the Netherlands and France.REPLACING RONALDOWith Cristiano Ronaldo out again, Portugal’s attack will be relying on Andre Silva, the Sevilla striker who has been thriving in the Spanish league.Silva, playing on a loan from AC Milan, has seven goals in eight league matches so far. Silva scored Portugal’s winner in the 1-0 win over Italy in the team’s Nations League debut and is set to start in the match at Poland on Friday. Ronaldo hasn’t played for Portugal since the World Cup and isn’t expected to be back until next year.DEPLETED SPAINSpain will be depleted when it hosts England on Monday with a chance to practically secure a spot in the Nations League’s final four.Some key players will be absent because of injuries, including Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, Dani Carvajal, Sergi Roberto and Diego Costa.BEST OF THE RESTRussia returns to Sochi, where the World Cup host lost a quarterfinals penalty shootout against Croatia, to play Turkey on Sunday in Group 2 of League B. Russia first hosts Sweden in Kaliningrad on Thursday.In B3, Bosnia-Herzegovina goes for a third straight when Northern Ireland visits on Monday. Out at home: Yankees eliminated by rival Red Sox in ALDS Manchester United’s Paul Pogba goes off the pitch after the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Man Utd won the game 3-2. (AP Photo/Jon Super)PARIS — Far away seem the days when Paul Pogba was praised for the mature displays that helped France win the World Cup.For the Manchester United midfielder, the euphoria that engulfed French players following their title lasted only a few weeks as he fell out with coach Jose Mourinho on his return to Old Trafford.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I don’t want to interfere with the relationship that he, or any other player, could have with his coach,” Deschamps said. “But given the situation of some (players) in their clubs, the breath of fresh air brought by the France team can do them good.”Often criticized for his laid-back approach, Pogba took more responsibilities in France during the World Cup and is now regarded as a proper team leader. Pogba is crediting Deschamps, who uses him on the pitch in a less restricted role than Mourinho, for his positive influence.“I have a very good relationship with the coach, he speaks straight to me,” Pogba said.Here is a look at other talking points ahead of this week’s international matches:EMPTY STADIUMADVERTISEMENT
With 23 years in office that saw massive economic growth and development across all regions in Guyana, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it is prepared to do that again, and even more, as it launched its campaign for the Local Government Elections (LGE) in Bartica, Region Seven.People’s Progressive Party General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo greets these younsters during a visit to Bartica and environs, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni)Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told a large crowd in the mining town on Sunday that all Guyanese now have a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the policy direction of the PPP, especially when compared to the current Government and their perceived mismanagement.“We changed this country without oil money, and we can change it faster and better,” Jagdeo said to cheering supporters in the background. But more importantly, the current Opposition Leader pointed to areas where the current Government has performed poorly.He spared no effort in criticising the Coalition Administration for its tax policy. Jagdeo informed the gathering that the coalition collects $60 billion more in taxes than the PPP.“That is why, when you go to the market or walk down this Avenue, things are so slow. So $60 billion that were in people’s pockets are now with Government, and they are using it on these useless things,” he explained, noting that no one is spared the Government’s increased taxes.In pointing to an example where the increased taxation is being felt, Jagdeo said Region One (Barima-Waini) is a prime example, as that region is now paying $1.5 million more in taxes.“We used to allow goods coming in from Brazil up to Kurupukari for free, because the cost of living is high for hinterland people… We did the same for goods coming from Venezuela. Now they (Government) gone to the borders to institute taxes,” he added.The Opposition Leader told supporters that he was told by residents in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), especially those living in remote and riverine villages, that they have to pay an increased fee for licences of small boats. This amounts to some $40,000 per year.BorrowingAside from the heavy taxes, Jagdeo argued that the Government is also involved in useless consumption and borrowing. This includes running down the reserve to the new borrowing policy, and causing an overdraft of over $100 billion in addition to other issues.After 23 years in office, the PPP left the country in $1.2 billion in debt. The PPP is worried that after the term of this Government, this amount could be exceeded. Jagdeo said, “It takes us right back to Burnhamhite era, where they borrowed in the 70s and 80s and left the country in ruins.“They are hollowing out our country again. If we don’t get them out, this country is on its way to getting back to the past. We have to ensure we work hard not to allow that to happen,” he said.Jagdeo said if the PPP is returned to office, they will reverse most of these taxes, so as to give people more disposable income and allow the economy to grow and flourish.He also promised to reintroduce the environment and fiscal regime that was in place for mining, and which to a large extent lent support to miners. “We will ensure that will happen,” he added.Over 3000 candidates have been put forward by the PPP to contest local elections in all 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs). Besides the thousands of candidates, the General Secretary related that there were approximately 20,000 backers – demonstrative of the enormous task before the Party.Jagdeo noted that 70 of the 71 areas were contested in 2016. According to him, this time around, some 80 areas were created through gerrymandering. But Jagdeo made it clear that, this time around, the PPP would contest every single area, including the areas that were newly created.
NEWHALL – The agency that feeds Santa Clarita’s hungry is urging residents – schoolchildren in particular – to donate food through April in hopes of winning a national grant. The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is participating in the Feinstein $1 Million Challenge to Help Fight Hunger. Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million proportionately, up to $50,000, among participants. All food and cash donations to the Food Pantry now through April will count toward the grant. This is the fourth year the pantry has participated in the program that encourages communities to battle hunger. Organizers are hoping schools will organize drives and compete for the pantry’s Students Against Hunger Award. A list of items needed by the pantry is available at scvfoodpantry.org.
0Shares0000Ivory Coast star Wilfried Zaha boosted Crystal Palace by signing a new contract which ties him to them till the end of the 2022/23 season. © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 15 – Wilfried Zaha gave Crystal Palace a huge boost on Wednesday by signing a new contract which will see him tied to the Premier League club till the end of the 2022/23 campaign.The 25-year-old Ivory Coast forward — who is Palace’s joint highest Premier League scorer — has been a transfer target for several higher profile clubs. However, Zaha, who has been with the Eagles since he was 12, has committed himself to Palace.“Crystal Palace are delighted to announce that Wilfried Zaha has pledged his future to the club by signing a contract extension, which will see the Ivorian forward remain in south London until the end of the 2022/23 season,” read a club statement on their website.Zaha, who played a pivotal role in Palace retaining their place in the elite last term scoring nine goals as they recovered after a woeful start to the season, said he was delighted to have the contract discussions out of the way.“I’m very pleased,” he said.“Obviously, I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I can just focus on the season. I’m buzzing that we managed to get it sorted.”Palace chairman Steve Parish — who also persuaded manager Roy Hodgson to extend his contract last week — said it reflected Zaha’s loyalty to the club and the area of south London he grew up in.“This agreement is yet another example of his lifelong commitment to the club, and our commitment to him,” said Parish.“This is an amazing day for everyone here at Palace, our supporters and of course Wilf – and is richly deserved.”Zaha, who played a couple of times for England in friendlies which still allowed him the leeway to opt to play for the country of his birth Ivory Coast, has been at Palace all his career save an unhappy two year spell at Manchester United but he attracted interest in the close season from reportedly the likes of Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Arsene Wenger will pit his Arsenal side against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League, the London club’s last chance of winning a trophy this season © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 16 – Arsenal have promised to make supporter safety their top priority when the Premier League club face CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year. The first leg of the Arsenal-CSKA tie will take place in London on April 5 with the return leg in the Russian capital on April 12.The trip to Moscow will be under scrutiny until the tie begins, with one Gunners supporters’ group calling it “a hot potato of a draw in view of the political stand-off”.But Arsenal chiefs insist they want to make sure everything is in place to provide a safe environment.“The safety of our fans is always a top priority for us and we will be working with the relevant authorities in London and Moscow in preparation for the game,” a club spokesman said.Arsenal also posted a statement on their website drawing the attention of fans to travel advice issued by Britain’s Foreign Office, which said: “Due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time.“You’re advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments.”The competition represents Arsenal’s only remaining chance of winning a trophy this season and their sole chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Atletico Madrid, who won the Europa League in 2010 and 2012 and were losing Champions League finalists in two of the last four seasons, are the most imposing of the quarter-finalists. They take on Sporting Lisbon, with the first leg in Portugal, for a place in the last four.Marseille, the only former Champions League winner left in the competition, face rising German force RB Leipzig, who are competing in Europe for the first time.Former Barcelona ‘keeper Andoni Zubizarreta and current Marseille sports director was upbeat about being France’s last remaining French representative in UEFA competition.“PSG and Lyon are gone. And the final (of the Europa League) is in Lyon. We are the only French side left, nobody was thinking about us but here we are. We are very happy to be in the quarters.“Representing France in a competition whose final is in France, Lyon is not far from us, it’s really quite something,” said Zubizarreta.Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, finalists in 1994 but very much the minnows of this year’s last eight, travel to Rome for their first leg against Lazio.All the matches will be played on April 5 and April 12.The final at the Parc OL in Lyon is on Wednesday May 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Willian scored twice for Chelsea in a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 28 – Defending champions Chelsea will host Manchester United in the fifth round of the FA Cup, while fourth-division side Newport County could meet Manchester City.United defeated Arsenal in the fourth round last week to record an eighth straight victory under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but face another tough tie after Monday’s draw paired them with Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea. Welsh club Newport, who are 14th in League Two, forced a replay at home to Middlesbrough after scoring an injury-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Riverside over the weekend.Newport beat Premier League opponents Leicester in round three and could book a clash with Pep Guardiola’s City if they upset Boro in next week’s replay.Only seven top-flight sides remain in contention, with Crystal Palace handed a trip to Doncaster and Watford away to Portsmouth or QPR, while Wolves and Brighton face fourth-round replays.Full draw for the fifth round of the English FA Cup conducted on Monday:Bristol City v Shrewsbury or WolvesAFC Wimbledon v MillwallDoncaster v Crystal PalaceMiddlesbrough or Newport County v Manchester CityChelsea v Manchester UnitedSwansea City v Barnet or BrentfordPortsmouth or QPR v WatfordBrighton or West Brom v Derby— Ties to be played from February 15-180Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Political party People Before Profit are launching their new Letterkenny branch on Tuesday.The launch event will take place in the Orchard Inn Bar, High Road, Letterkenny.Speakers include Kieran Allen, National Secretary PBP, and Cyril Brennan of the Ballyshannon branch of PBP, who is heavily involved in the Still Waiting Campaign for urgent reform in the health service. The party was founded in 2005 by members of the Socialist Workers Party. The liberal party operate in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.Finnian O’Donnell, Letterkenny branch organiser, believes it is time for an alternative.“For too long Donegal has been neglected by the mainstream parties. PBP believe it is time local people’s voices are heard.“In 2018 local families shouldn’t be experiencing a declining health service, unsuitable housing, unaffordable education, and chronic unemployment. “We are keen to hear from locals on the issues that matter to them. PBP continues to be at the forefront of campaigning for change. We look forward to welcoming new members.”For further information contact People Before Profit Donegal on Facebook or alternatively email Finnian O’Donnell, Letterkenny branch organiser by email, email@example.comPeople Before Profit branch to be launched in Letterkenny was last modified: January 21st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:branchlaunchletterkennyPEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT
24 July 2013 Pius Langa, the former chief justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, who died in Johannesburg on 24 July 2013, began his career in court as an interpreter and messenger in the Department of Justice. Before that he worked in a shirt factory and, as his friend and current chief justice Dikgang Moseneke told Radio 702 on the day his death was announced, it took 35 years of hard slog for Langa to reach the position of highest judge in the country’s highest court. A patient man from a humble background, he plotted each step on the rung and then moved on to the next one. Pius Nkonzo Langa was born in Bushbuckridge, then the Eastern Transvaal and now Mpumalanga, on 25 March 1939. The second of seven children of deeply devout parents, he completed his high school education through private study. He did unskilled work to pay for his long-distance studies through the University of South Africa, in 1973 obtaining his B Juris and in 1976 his LLB. In 1966 he married Thandikile, who died in August 2009 at the age of 64. The couple had six children and many grandchildren.Serving the people As a township resident during the early years of his working life, Langa was involved in several community projects such as establishing civic organisations and residents’ associations and providing guidance for the youth. He served in various capacities in the justice department – he was a prosecutor and a magistrate, and in June 1977, was admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He later practised at the Natal Bar and attained the rank of senior counsel in January 1994. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Langa served in the structures of the United Democratic Front, was a founder member of the Release Mandela Committee, was and a member of the reception committees which worked to secure the release of other political prisoners. Langa’s practice as an advocate reflected the struggle against the apartheid system and his clients included the underprivileged, various civic bodies, trade unions and people charged with political offences and under apartheid security legislation. He later became involved in the work of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa and of its successor, the Multi-Party Negotiating Forum; served on the executive committee of the Democratic Lawyers Association; and was founder member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, serving as its president from 1988 to 1994. He served on the boards and as a trustee of various law-related institutions, and was involved in the founding of the South African Legal Defence Fund. He also served as commissioner of the pre-Constitutional Human Rights Commission, later known as the Human Rights Committee.South Africa’s highest court In 1994, when the Constitutional Court of South Africa was established with the advent of democracy in the country, Justice Langa was appointed one of the first 11 judges. As a member of the African National Congress Constitutional Committee, he worked on its draft Bill of Rights. In August 1997 he became deputy president of the Constitutional Court and, in November 2001, assumed the position of deputy chief justice of South Africa. He was appointed as the country’s chief justice and head of the Constitutional Court with effect from June 2005 until his retirement in October 2009. Langa held several academic posts – in June 1998 he was appointed honorary professor in the Department of Procedural and Clinical Law at the University of Natal. He served for several years as distinguished visiting professor at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, US, and was chancellor of the University of Natal from 1998 to 2004 and of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Langa received several awards for advancing justice and human rights, including the 2004 Gruber Justice Prize, with former chief justice Arthur Chaskalson. In 2008, former president Thabo Mbeki awarded him the Order of the Supreme Counsellor of the Baobab. After his retirement, Langa went on to chair the Press Freedom Commission, launched in 2011 as an independent body tasked with investigating a suitable print media regulatory system for South Africa.Accolades and tributes On hearing of his death, Joe Thloloe, director of the South African Press Council, said he was very sad. He said he first met the former chief justice when he was the chairman of the Press Freedom Commission, and Langa had helped the print industry make important changes and regulations. “He was the kind of person who could get to the core of an issue. News is what it is today because of him. He really did have a huge influence in our industry and we are grateful,” he said. Thloloe said that he also knew Langa as a lawyer who defended freedom fighters. “On behalf of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, I would to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late former chief justice Pius Nkonzo Langa,” Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said in a statement. “We are saddened by the untimely passing of the former chief justice, whose contribution to the democratisation of the country is admirable. In Justice Langa, the country has lost a legal stalwart who dedicated his life to the pursuit of human rights and rule of law.” Langa’s most recent public appearance was in February at a ceremonial Constitutional Court session in honour of Chaskalson. He was admitted to a Durban hospital in April and appeared to be recovering. However, he was recently admitted to the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg and died there. His brother Mandla said he had been in hospital for about a month after a long illness. He described his brother as a good man and “an extraordinary human being”. President Jacob Zuma said he was saddened to learn of Langa’s death. “The country has lost one of its best legal minds, a dedicated human rights jurist and a veteran struggle activist,” Zuma said. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter and Constitutional Court – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Only a few minor tweaks to the forecast this morning. It still has 2 significant chances of rain, some colder air, and a drier extended period. Today will be the last of our nicer days, and even today we can easily see some pesky clouds in parts of Ohio (particularly up north)Our next big weather event arrives tomorrow. Rains start early in SW Ohio, and then spread north/east from there. We expect rain to continue through the overnight tomorrow night and into Sunday afternoon before ending. We likely see some clearing over western Ohio Sunday afternoon, but it may take until closer to evening to get clearing in eastern Ohio on Sunday. All told for the event, we still look for 1″-3″ of rain, coverage 100%, but the heaviest moisture will be over central and southern Ohio. The map at right shows rain totals through Sunday afternoon.Partly to mostly sunny skies on Monday, but then we see more clouds building through the day Tuesday. The other big precipitation threat for our forecast comes at midweek next week. Scattered showers develop through Wednesday, then we have rain and thunderstorms for Thursday into early Friday. Combined rain over the region will be at least half to 1.5″ with coverage at 100%. This second batch of moderate to heavy rain is not really needed, and will bump combined 10 day rain totals to well over 3″-4″ in spots. We do turn drier behind that system, for the balance of Friday along with next weekend (both Saturday and Sunday).The extended period keeps the dry pattern going for Monday the 4th and now Tuesday the 5th. We are pushing our rain threat in the extended period back a day to Wednesday the 6th, where we see clouds and a few scattered showers, but think moisture totals stay at a tenth of an inch or less. Coverage for the 6th will be limited to 60%. We finish the 11-16 day period with sunny, dry and MILD weather. So, after the cold snap late this coming week, the following week will feature a bit of a warm up again across most of Ohio.
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