Strong belief While acknowledging the threat posed by a strong England side, Sammy told reporters there was strong belief in the squad that they could defeat whatever opposition was placed in front of them. “I feel very excited. We left the Caribbean with one goal on that journey, which was to win the Cup, and both our men’s and women’s teams have created that opportunity to do that and, as a group, we are really excited,” Sammy said. “The confidence in the group and the belief in the group are really high and really good, and we’re looking forward again to playing England. They are a very good side. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a step we’re willing to take.” West Indies will carry into the final the confidence of having beaten England already in the tournament. In their opening game in Mumbai, the Caribbean side chased down England’s 183 to win with 11 balls to spare, with superstar opener Chris Gayle lashing an unbeaten hundred. Since then, they defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Bangalore, edged South Africa by three wickets in Nagpur before suffering their only defeat days later at the same venue with a shock six-run loss to minnows Afghanistan. They remarkably chased down 193 to beat the Indians in Mumbai last Thursday, and Sammy said everyone was aware they were on the brink of their ultimate goal. Consistent “We came here after winning [the] tournament in 2012. A hail storm knocked us out in Bangladesh [in 2014]. It’s a format we’ve been consistent in, but nobody gives us a chance,” Sammy pointed out. “We just wanted to take six steps. It’s a six-step process to the Cup. We have taken five steps. We took a big one against India. We had a bit of a skid on the way [against Afghanistan], which kind of knocked us off, but we got up. We are left with one more step. “We have improved, we believe in each other. We enjoy each other’s success. Just thinking about lifting that Cup tomorrow, I could almost foresee what’s going to happen after. We have a cricket game to play first.” Sammy has been lucky enough to win the toss in every game to date, opting to chase on each occasion. And while they uncharacteristically struggled against the Afghans, they have been dominant in their pursuit of targets, especially packing a battery of big hitters like Gayle, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell. He warned that West Indies were not only a chasing team and would bat well regardless of if they were asked to bat first or second. And with criticism that West Indies’ batting was one-dimensional with all power-hitters, Sammy said the side would continue to play to their strengths. “Whatever we do, we just have to do it well. I’ve been lucky enough to win all five tosses that I’ve taken, but in case England win [the toss], we’ve just got to bat well, bowl well or defend when that time comes. It’s a final and whatever each team does, we just have to do it well,” he outlined. Note: The match starts at 8:30 a.m. (Jamaica time) on ESPN. KOLKATA, India, CMC: Confident West Indies will rely on their unshakable self-belief and devastating power hitting when they clash with an inform England in today’s final of the Twenty20 World Cup in a quest for their second title in five years. Ranked as outsiders before the start of the tournament, the Darren Sammy-led unit has torn up the form books and silenced critics, topping their group in the preliminaries, with just one defeat, before stunning title favourites India in last Thursday’s semi-final, to reach the championship game.
After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk FILE PHOTO – Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA year before it celebrates 15 years of existence, the Premier Volleyball League embarks on a new journey amid a sea of challenges.The rise of a rival league has gave the need to develop newer stars to beef up its roster of teams. There is also the need to build more relationships with corporate sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT Then known as the Shakey’s V-League, the innovating tournament became the launch pad of several of the country’s biggest stars, including the biggest of them all: Alyssa Valdez.The former Ateneo stalwart has become the face of Philippine volleyball, her skills taking her to several tournaments abroad, both as a star for national teams and as an import for other countries’ club teams.The ex-Lady Eagle has also blazed the trail for other volleyball superstars so that they now are able to match their counterparts in men’s basketball in terms of celebrity status.Anywhere there’s a volleyball game—whether it’s collegiate or club competitions, fans now go wild over seeing their favorite stars in action. They take photos, hunt for autographs and chat up their idols, who end up making a huge impact on their lives.But that works both ways, too.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But the greatest challenge is to remain true to the vision of the league’s original founders when it wanted to highlight women’s sports by giving the country’s top volleyball athletes a playground of their own.“When we started out, we really wanted an outlet for these girls’ talents even after their collegiate years,” Ricky Palou, president of tournament organizer Sports Vision, told the Inquirer in a previous interview.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 ChrissThe league has gone way beyond that. It has served as a prep-up of sorts for teams playing in the collegiate leagues, providing them with preseason competition that tests their squads before the varsity wars begin.It has also served as the birthplace of stars. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “When a fan approaches me, it also brightens my day,” said Valdez, who once brought a fan to tears by simply giving her life advice during a radio guesting at Inquirer’s live sports talk show, Sports IQ.Valdez isn’t the only star to come out of the PVL program.San Sebastian’s Grethcel Soltones, a feared hitter, also grew her game in the courts of the PVL, along with the likes of Myla Pablo, Jia Morado, Steph Mercado, Wensh Tiu and Michele Gumabao.Jaja Santiago and her equally towering sister, Dindin Manabat, also starred in the PVL before moving on to other leagues, local and foreign. The two are now playing as imports in Japan.Rachel Daquis, the former FEU star who ventured into part-time modeling once turned heads in the Shakey’s tournament.The legends of the game managed to grab their share of success in the early years of the PVL’s forebear, the V-League.Angeli Tabaquero, now an assistant coach with the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP, strutted her wares in the V-League, helping University of Santo Tomas dominate the early years of the tournament.The list of the other big names go on: Charo Soriano, now a regular campaigner in beach volleyball, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet, Mary Jane Balse and others can trace some of their success to the PVL.And as it wraps up yet another successful tournament, the league is ready to grow some more.How far it will go? No one knows. But one thing’s for sure: When history views the PVL decades from now, it will see a league that championed the talents of women’s athletes and gave them a league of their own to shine. —INQUIRER SPORTS LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tabal sets out for sixth straight Milo marathon championship View comments
Three major committees of the Senate have made several recommendations to plenary on the state of affairs at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), among them, appropriate action against all employees, senior management and Board members who have betrayed the public trust.The recommendations were contained in a report dated August 17, and was submitted to plenary yesterday by the Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment; Committee on Public Corporations, and the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget.In their 12-page report, the committees, among other things, recommended that appropriate action be taken against all employees, senior management and Board members who have betrayed the public trust; but however, recommended that all those who have been severed receive their just benefits in accordance with the Law of Liberia.The report comes in the wake of mounting concerns that the company is facing financial difficulties, and that some of the major oil companies were pulling out of petroleum acreages.At the same time, the committees are recommending that the General Auditing Commission (GAC) conduct a forensic auditing of NOCAL for unaudited periods.Considering that Liberia is still a frontier area in terms of oil exploration, the committees recommended the development of an aggressive program, both to retain companies in the program and to attract others in the face of competition from other countries some of whom have found or are producing oil.In view of this, the committees are suggesting that the current management structure of NOCAL be reviewed, eliminating the many vice presidents and other senior management position. They further recommend that the total employment level of NOCAL be reduced significantly to the bare bone minimum, and that priority for retained employees should be given to technical fields such as geology and engineering, since they are the most needed at this stage of the oil program.The committees outlined several cardinal factors they believe are responsible for NOCAL’s current predicament, among them a huge payroll to accommodate an-over-bloated staff and a plethora of vice presidents and other senior management positions, coupled with an unrealistic corporate social responsibility program.Other areas reported on in the committees’ document showed that NOCAL was carrying on “an overly ambitious local and foreign scholarship program without due attention to priorities as a frontier country; very expensive, very frequent and often very unnecessary foreign travels, donations in millions of US Dollars to government agencies for extra-budgetary expenditure, and general spending spree as if Liberia were an oil-producing country.”The report revealed that the companies which pulled out of their petroleum acreages generally completed their work programs without finding oil, and said the drop in the price of oil also served as a disincentive for the companies to remain in Liberia due to competing demands on their global operational and exploration budgets. “An aggressive and innovative strategy is required to keep the Liberian oil program active,” the committees concluded.In the debate that followed after the presentation, several Senators agreed that NOCAL be audited, especially from the stage when oil blocks were awarded to companies.However, a greater number of Senators refused to buy the recommendations that severance payments be made to individuals considered for such, and that the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning assists NOCAL financially when such demand is made.Others argued that some of those receiving severance benefits were the same ones who led the company to its downfall, and that it would make no sense paying for their administrative ineptitude.Several recommendations were then made and plenary voted to send the report back to the committees for a final report, and that the report be submitted to the leadership of the senate for onward submission to the Executive for action. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Michael White was on Wednesday taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to the charge of robbery under arms.The 48-year-old man, who hails from Lot 177 Triumph, East Coast Demerara, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to the charge which stated that on April 22, 2019, at Commerce Street, Georgetown, while being armed with a knife, he robbed Jairam Setaram of a cellular phone and cash valued at $11,000.It is alleged that on April 22, the Virtual Complainant was sitting at Commerce Street when the defendant approached him and asked for a cigarette. The man refused to give the cigarette to White, who became annoyed and cuffed the VC to his face. White allegedly took the man’s belongings and made good his escape. An investigation was carried out and the defendant was arrested by police ranks.Police Prosecutor Ceon Black objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant is a flight risk and pointed out the serious nature of the offence. Bail was refused. The case will continue on May 15, 2019.
By Jarryl BryanGuyana has been red flagged by another United States (US) report and this time it is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which revealed in its 2018 Entry/Exit Overstay Report that some 3,220 Guyanese overstayed in the US on non-immigrant visas, after arriving for business or on vacation.Homeland Security’s 2018 Entry/Exit Overstay ReportThis, according to the report, occurred over the period of October 2017 to September 2018, during which time 66,416 Guyanese were supposed to depart from the US. These figures represent a 4.85 per cent overstay rate and are an increase from the previous year, when 2,262 Guyanese also overstayed their time.Of the latest numbers, the report states that 3,065 of these Guyanese are suspected to have been hiding in the US during this period. It also states that 155 are out of country overstays, or persons who eventually left the country having already overstayed their time.In addition, the US has found that 45 of this amount were Guyanese students studying in the US and exchange visitors who overstayed the time they were given. There were 339 persons in this category who were supposed to depart the country during the one-year period, an overstay rate of 13.27 per cent.In the previous year, the amount of Guyanese students overstaying was 28. The report shows that 322 students were expected to leave but 11 departed after their time had expired and there was no evidence that 17 of them departed at all.Meanwhile, the report urges that identifying the offending aliens who overstay their time is important for national security, public safety, immigration enforcement and immigration benefits” purposes.“Over the years, DHS significantly improved data collection processes in the entry environment. These improvements include the collection of data on all admissions to the United States by foreign nationals, the reduction of the number of documents that may be used for entry to the United States, the collection of biometric data on most foreign travelers to the United States, and the comparison of that data against criminal and terrorist watch lists.”“Despite the different infrastructural, operational, and logistical challenges presented in the exit environment, DHS has been able to resolve many of the issues regarding the collection of departure information for foreign nationals.”Last year there was a significant decline in the number of visitors’ visas issued by the US Embassy in Guyana.According to a visa summary provided by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, a total of 4923 visitors visa were approved by the US Embassy here during the 2018 Fiscal Year, which runs from October 2017 to September 2018.Aerial view of the JFK Airport, one of the US’ premier airportsThis is a whopping 20,000 plus decline compared to the 25,338 visas granted in 2017. It was also significantly less than the 51,202 visas in 2016; 30,121 in 2015; and 17,284 visas in 2014.The last time these figures were below 5000 was in 2010 when only 4242 non-immigrant visas were granted.Counter-measuresIt states that further efforts such as partnerships with other governments and members of the private sector such as airlines, airports and cruise lines are ongoing and will continue in order to improve data integrity.“During the past four years, DHS made significant progress in terms of the ability to accurately report data on overstays—progress that was made possible by congressional realignment of Department resources in order to better centralize the overall mission in identifying overstays,” it also states.“In FY 2018, new biometric exit tests and deployments in both the land and air environment enabled continued progress toward the fusion of biometric and biographic verification of travelers. While these tests account for only a relatively small percentage of all th e departure records for FY 2018, this is a significant increase from FY 2017 and a critical step forward towards implementing a comprehensive biometric entry and exit system.”Going forward, the report details that the DHS will continue to develop, test, and expand the entry and exit system during 2019. These improvements will pertain to both biometric and biographic traveler data.“This testing will improve CBP’s ability to capture and report this data accurately. DHS will continue to annually release this overstay data to the public and examine trends over time and looks forward to providing updates to congressional members and their staff on its ongoing progress,” the report states.This report comes not long after the US President Donald Trump ordered his government to crack down on persons legally entering the US but overstaying their time. He signed a memorandum last month, in which he ordered the US State department and the DHS to submit their plans for cracking down on such illegal immigrants.This memo, issued on April 22, had suggested, among other things, measures such as “suspending or limiting entry of nationals of those countries who hold B-1 or B-2 visas; targeted suspension of visa issuance for certain nationals; limits to duration of admission, to be implemented by the Department of Homeland Security; and additional documentary requirements.”
Responding to the publication of Fianna Fáil’s alternative budget today Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said it is not acceptable in 2013 that a party of opposition would produce an uncosted budget.Deputy Doherty said €400 million of Fianna Fáil’s proposed tax measures are guess work while none of their savings measures are costed.Speaking this afternoon he said: “Fianna Fáil’s budget alternative yet again goes after the low and middle income earners. Proposals such as sugar and salt taxes disproportionately target low and middle income families, while at the same time they’ve targeted up to 750,000 workers to pay more tax as a result of its proposal to standardise the tax relief available to employees under schedule E. “That’s plumbers, barmen and women, cleaners, nurses, guards, teachers, and countless others all penalised by Fianna Fáil.“Small and medium enterprise would be hit hard with Fianna Fáil’s proposal to cut €165 million in government spending on procurement out of the economy next year.“Fianna Fáil’s budget alternative is uncosted. It’s not acceptable in 2013 that any party would produce a budget with so many uncosted measures. It disregards advice from the department that certain measures cannot be implemented.“Surely the public deserve better than back of the envelope calculations. We all know where that gets us. Some €400 million of tax measures are guess work and estimates from Fianna Fáil while none of their savings measures are costed. “This budget document is unacceptable for a serious party of opposition and shows that Fianna Fáil still cannot be trusted on the economy.” FIANNA FÁIL BUDGET PROPOSAL ‘DONE ON BACK OF ENVELOPE’ – DOHERTY was last modified: October 10th, 2013 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:FIANNA FÁIL BUDGET PROPOSAL ‘DONE ON BACK OF ENVELOPE’ – DOHERTY
When a group of Minnesota Vikings players chose to party amid bartenders and hostesses accustomed to working family functions and company outings, the result was a major uproar. Any criminal charges that come out of complaints about lewd behavior on the boats are likely to be minor, a law-enforcement official directly involved in the investigation said Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But as details about the Oct. 6 party emerge, the Vikings reel in a stream of negative national publicity. Team owner Zygi Wilf is expected to talk about the Vikings’ latest headache for the first time this morning. The blowup stems at least in part from the choice to hire the boats and crews from Al & Alma’s, two law-enforcement officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. “Basically, it’s a crime of stupidity,” one of the officials said. “We got naive young kids catering, watching 350-pound athletes’ engaged in lewd conduct, said one of the officials. “There are probably only two or three other cities in the country where this incident would have happened and not made news or generated a complaint. I’m thinking Los Angeles, New York and possibly Chicago. That stuff doesn’t go down well here.” Steelers update Ben Roethlisberger isn’t the Pittsburgh Steelers’ only injury worry with Sunday’s game against Jacksonville approaching. Wide receiver Hines Ward missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday with a nagging hamstring injury. If Roethlisberger and Ward can’t practice today and neither player has been on the field since Monday night’s 24-22 victory in San Diego it seems unlikely they will play. Most weeks, the Steelers require a player to practice at least once before a game to play, though coach Bill Cowher said he does not have a blanket policy. “It’s case by case,” Cowher said Thursday. “Obviously, if you have somebody who hasn’t practiced all week, you have to take that into account. We are just going to look at all the circumstances and go from there.” Parker hurting Chargers wide receiver Eric Parker was added to the injury report on Thursday with a sore back. However, Parker is listed as probable for Sunday’s game at Oakland. Outside linebacker Steve Foley continues to be listed as questionable with an abdominal injury, but coach Marty Schottenheimer said he did almost everything at practice on Thursday. ACLU sues on fan’s behalf The American Civil Liberties Union in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday in Tampa on behalf of a Buccaneers season-ticket holder seeking to halt pat-downs at games at Raymond James Stadium, claiming they are a violation of Florida’s Constitution. The pat-downs are part of a league directive issued this season that all fans are patted down above the waist before entering stadiums. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Strippers flew in for the party. Football players pulled up in limos. As a pair of chartered boats eased onto Lake Minnetonka, booze started flowing and, according to crew members, a sex party began. Investigators now believe that the strippers from Atlanta, Florida and elsewhere who joined the party apparently work for a high-class escort or call girl service that caters to professional athletes, two law-enforcement officials said. The party was a far cry from the typical gathering handled by Al & Alma’s Supper Club and Charter Cruises, a mom-and-pop outfit in Mound, Minn., that one cop involved in the case called a “Perkins on the lake.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY: Health and Muslim women’s rights advocate Dr. Laila Al-Marayati will give a talk on Muslim women’s struggle for identity and civil rights at 7 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union at California State University, Northridge, on the east side of campus, 18111 Nordhoff St. Flu vaccines will be available at Community Outreach Clinics beginning today. For locations, call the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services at (213) 240-8144 or visit www.lapublichealth.org The Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Library will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, PO Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week
Herman Wasswa is one of the players released by URA FCURA FC has released a list of eight players that have been let go of ahead of the 2018/19 Uganda Premier League season.With the season just over a month away, the Tax Collectors who have been busy recruiting new players have cleared room by letting go of several players, five of whom joined in the January transfer window.The list includes Richard Kasagga, Nicholas Kagaba, Godfrey Sembatya, Herman Wasswa, Kalama Deboss, Charles Odeke and goalkeepers Mathias Muwanga and Shadrack Sebulime.Wasswa, Sembatya, Deboss, Odeke and youthful goalkeeper Sebulime joined URA six months ago but new head coach Sam Ssimbwa has deemed them surplus to requirements.URA fc has been the busiest team in the ongoing transfer window so far having completed signing close to 10 new players.With right back Fred Okot leaving for greener pastures at the current league champions Vipers SC, that takes the tally to nine.The 4 times league champions are under a rebuilding process under new coach Sam Ssimbwa following a dreadful performance last season that saw them finish distant 9th on the UPL table.Ssimbwa has already acquired Ronald Musana (Proline), Robert Omunuk, Abdallah Nyanzi (Soana FC), Benjamin Nyakojo (Vipers), Yeseri Waibi (Mbarara City), Allan Mugalu (Kyetume FC) and youngster Joachim Mujera.Comments