Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo is drawing closer to his sixth Best Player of the Conference award as he is running away in the statistical points race released after the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.The reigning four-time PBA Most Valuable Player is now at 44.2 statistical points (SPs) and remains the league’s top scorer at 22.9 points, second best in rebounds with 12.9 boards, second in blocks at 1.8 rejections, and 1.8 assists.ADVERTISEMENT 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 UAAP volleyball: Ateneo stays hot, survives Adamson in thriller Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments And with San Miguel firmly in the Finals, where it is eyeing its fourth straight all-Filipino title, Fajardo is a cinch to eclipse mentor Danny Ildefonso for most BPC plums at five.Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar moved up to second with his 36.7 SPs, a full 7.5 behind Fajardo, after netting 21.4 markers, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSan Miguel teammate Arwind Santos dropped to third with 36.4 SPs, followed by GlobalPort scorer Stanley Pringle at fourth with 36.1 SPs, and Blackwater center JP Erram at fifth with 35.3 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are Beermen Marcio Lassiter (33.8 SPs) and Alex Cabagnot (31.5 SPs), Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Alaska’s Calvin Abueva (31.4) which are tied for eighth, and Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson (31.2 SPs). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Kiefer Ravena also preserved his spot as the league’s top rookie with his 28.7 points, built on 15.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.6 steals to rank 15th overall.Jason Perkins of Phoenix is at second with his 22.3 SPs, followed by Jeron Teng of Alaska (21.3 SPs), Raymar Jose of Blackwater (20.3 SPs), and Rey Nambatac of Rain or Shine (14.8 SPs).Awarding of the Best Player of the Conference is on Game 4 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
The Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL) is said to be gaining momentum in its activities by contributing immensely to the Poverty Reduction Strategy through employment.At the program marking the graduation ceremony of SEGAL Security Training Class Six on January 25th in Yekapa, Nimba County, Nimba Supt. Christiana Dagadu praised the security firm for being so committed to its call of duty.She said, SEGAL services have created jobs for many Liberians as well as citizens of Nimba County thus reducing the unemployment rate in the country.“SEGAL is so honest to the people of Nimba and they are always committed to what they says and through their commitment to peace in Nimba,” she said.At the program where the Supt. spoke, SEGAL certificated over 172 men and women after a month-long security training conducted by the Liberia National Police under the topic “Vital Installation Training Course”.At least 35 percent of the trainees were females.SEGAL is one of the leading security guard services in Liberia with employees reaching 2000.SEGAL provides protection for ArcelorMittal facilities in their concessional area in Nimba where over 600 of their personals are assigned.The orator of the occasion, Liberia National Police Assistant Commissioner Coolo Moses Tamba Sepoh said a private security is an auxiliary to the national security and also charge with the responsibility to protect lives and properties.Speaking on “Discipline A Milestone to the Successful Ending in Your Lives,” he urged graduates to be committed to their calling and show integrity.He further urged the SEGAL family to continually conduct in – service training for their officers in order to build their capacities.He said this would be a way of giving them retentive mind and top their strength rather than their weaknesses.SEGAL General Manager Momo Cyrus also encouraged the newly trained officers to be committed so as to reach what he termed “key performance indicator.” He added that indicator will enable his firm get or renew contract upon the expiration of existing contract with ArcelorMittal by the end of this year.Lionel Keller, SEGAL Board Chairman encouraged the officers to further their education while serving as security, “We don’t want you to be security all throughout your lives, go to school.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The unlawful control of the Berbice Bridge by the Granger Government is dead wrong. It is shortsighted to think that it is not. Such an authoritarian takeover violates the Constitution of Guyana and it stands to discourage investors. This can never be the right approach to reject a proposed fare hike. Government should never abuse its power in such a manner to arrive at decisions when it has options to negotiate. Negotiating with investors of the Bridge would have been the right approach to take. This saga highlights the fact that the PNC/APNU/AFC Government does not know how to lead.And who will pay the price for all this insanity? It is the people of this country because investors will not come here. This will in turn contribute to income inequality and poverty, among other problems. Therefore, Government did not help Guyanese in any way by abusing its power to trample investors in an undemocratic takeover of the Bridge. In fact, its decision hurts Guyanese and it can only be explained as political and stupid.Sincerely,Dereck Singh
Pochettino told reporters: “We are concerned about Wanyama’s situation. We must wait for when he sees the specialist and then we’ll see what happens.“But of course after some time without him involved in the training sessions and with the team, we are concerned. But now we need to wait next week to have a more clear idea of what’s going on.”Dembele, meanwhile, suffered a hip problem in training ahead of the Real Madrid game, which is especially concerning given the Belgian’s previous injury issues.Pochettino said: “He had an incident in one of the training sessions [before the Real Madrid game], and complained about one of his hips and he’s not able to cope with the intensity of the training.“It’s as simple as that. It’s been three or four days since the incident and he can’t cope with the intensity of the training.”Danny Rose made his first appearance since January as he featured as a substitute in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek.However, Pochettino stressed that the defender isn’t fit enough to start against Liverpool, and is more likely to be involved from the offset in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie at home to West Ham United.Pochettino added: “He’s still not ready to start. He needs to build up his fitness but we are so happy because he’s doing very well. He had the possibility to be on the bench on Tuesday. It was important for the team and to play a few minutes. Always, when you start to feel involved again and help the team, it’s so important after 10 months.“Now it’s a process to build up [his fitness] and get him better every day and then we’ll see if on Wednesday he has the possibility maybe to be in the starting XI. It depends on the progression.”Ben Davies could return against Liverpool after recovering from illness, with Jan Vertonghen an alternative option on the left side of the defence.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 21 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that midfielders Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele will miss Sunday’s game at home to Liverpool and admitted that he is concerned by the pair’s injury problems.Wanyama hasn’t played since August and is set to see a specialist regarding his knee injury. It had been reported earlier this month that the Kenya international was hoping to return against Liverpool, but Wanyama has been dealt a set-back after having failed to make the expected progress and Spurs will now consult a specialist.
AC Milan have made Manchester United and Manchester City target Yacine Brahimi their No.1 transfer priority.According to reports in Spain, the San Siro giants have set their sights on the Porto star, who has impressed since arriving from Granada for around £4.7m in the summer.Both United and City have expressed an interest in the 25-year-old attacker, who was Algeria’s stand-out performer at the World Cup in Brazil.Paris Saint-Germain are also following Brahimi’s progress closely and have been linked with a summer bid to take him back to the city of his birth.But they may all miss out to AC Milan who are lining up an offer to Porto and hope to tie it up as soon as the window opens. Yacine Brahimi in action for Porto 1
Monday Mash Up: In search of a Michelin Star, The Apprentice & A Great CSR Campaign Monday 21st November Monday morning and time for our round-up of the week ahead at Media Box. There is a clean fresh smell in the air which means JSB was busy over the weekend with her duster and polish! Does she ever take a break?Oh we can hardly believe it’s week eight in The Apprentice but we are so chuffed JSB is still in it and hopefully to win it! This week we believe it’s a Guinness-sponsored task and we also believe that JSB is sent to Douglas in Cork to the South County Bar. So hopefully we will be toasting Arthur with a big ‘cheers’ if she is on the winning team. It’s been a bit rough for her over the past two weeks so we think she deserves a win to make it five out of eight!Tonight the Media Box team will be in Arena 7 to watch The Apprentice so join us from 9:00pm as we get into the Aprentice-spirit. We were delighted to hear that Enda Nicholls won Letterkenny Chamber’s Business Person of the Year Award at the weekend bash. And a big congratulations to Michael Gallagher who scooped the Hall of Fame Award. It’s so important to honour local business leaders.We have a hectic week ahead at Media Box. With our own Birthday coming up in just over a week’s time – Tuesday 29th November – we are busy finalising plans in an attempt to wow you all! So please do pop in between 9.30am and 5.30pm for a cuppa and some Cadbury Caramello (the pink one of course)!On Thursday afternoon JSB will launch Errigal College’s Build-a-Bank competition. Errigal College has a fantastic enterprise ethos and we wish them much success in this year’s competition which is sponsored by AIB.This Thursday night sees the official launch of Browns Bistro at The Magnet Bar & Restaurant on the Culmore Road in Derry. Derry-born chef, Ian Orr, who is hoping to win back Northern’s Ireland’s Michelin Star, will launch his new venture “Browns Bistro” at a glitzy night of great food and mulled wine. Organised by Media Box it’s promising to be a great night. So if you are in the area do come along at 8.00pm.On Saturday night we end a great Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign that we devised for Kavanagh’s SuperValu Donegal. “Help Us to Help Others” was launched in May this year and the aim was to raise €30,000 for the Donegal Hospice. Kavanagh’s SuperValu Managing Director, Noel Kavanagh, will be in Donegal this weekend to present the undisclosed cheque to new Hospice Chairman, Dr. James McDaid.Media Box would like to congratulate all the staff at the four Kavanagh’s SuperValu stores in Donegal for their hard work and commitment to this cause. And we look forward to the presentation night in the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey this Saturday.OK, time for a cuppa and our Monday morning team meeting. We are delighted to have our Digital Media Executive Djameela join us this morning in real life! We usually have her on Skype from Cork but she’s in Letterkenny today for a visit!Until next week, keep running in heels! The Media Box Team. x JSB’S MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS was last modified: November 21st, 2011 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:JSB’S MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS
SACRAMENTO – The state’s unfunded liability for providing health care to retired public employees could be as high as $70 billion and continues to grow rapidly, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office said Friday. The liability has gotten so out of hand that it now costs the state $1 billion a year to service the costs. That figure will hit $1.6 billion by 2010 – an increase of 60 percent in just four years. “This is a liability out there and the costs to service it are growing significantly each year,” said Jason Dickerson, a senior analyst with the LAO. “That unfunded liability, because we have no funds set aside to pay for it, completely falls upon the general fund each year.” “As those costs become bigger, we think it would make more sense to have a long-range funding plan where the state began to set aside money to reduce the budgetary effect of those costs each year.” Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, cautioned that the report should not be used as an excuse to cut benefits. “No one has to tell any Californian the cost of health care is going up,” Perata said in a written statement. “But anyone who seeks to use this report to abandon the teachers, cops and firefighters who have worked their lives for the people of this state will be disappointed.” The figure from the LAO is a preliminary estimate, not a full actuarial study. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed in his 2006-07 budget that the state pay for a full study to get an accurate account of the full scope of the problem, said spokesman Vince Sollitto. He said it would be difficult for the state to start setting aside more money to cover the liability when it is still facing a structural deficit in its general fund. “The focus right now needs to continue to be on steps to close the structural deficit,” Sollitto said. “You can argue whether it makes sense to save money when you have to borrow money to cover the money you’re saving. This again highlights the urgency of California living within its means and closing the structural deficit, in order to be in a position to more easily address these actual liabilities.” Starting in 1961 when the state began offering health benefits to retirees, and for decades after, the costs remained reasonable enough that the state was able to manage them on a pay-as-you-go basis, without putting money aside to cover those future costs as, for example, a pension fund does. But in recent years the costs have grown so massive that the LAO recommends that the state begin saving for them in advance. Setting aside the full amount would cost $6 billion a year, though the LAO recommends that the state start instead by setting aside an extra $1 billion on top of the current $1 billion costs to slowly work toward covering the liability. The LAO also believes that state officials need to look at whether to reduce such benefits for future employees. Most government agencies and private corporations throughout the country have similarly failed over the years to plan ahead for the cost of providing health care to retirees, leaving many of them this year to come to terms with what has become a massive liability. Such companies as General Motors and United Airlines are facing serious financial threats, including the possibility of bankruptcy and massive layoffs as they struggle with the costs. The Los Angeles Unified School District disclosed this week that the calculation of its unfunded liability for retiree health costs had doubled to $10 billion. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The increase in costs is driven by skyrocketing health care premiums, increasing retirements and longer life expectancies. Government agencies throughout the country are all facing similar problems, and most are just starting to tackle them this year because of a change in national accounting standards that takes effect next year. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, said the state needs to start looking to deal with the problem now, including setting aside more money from the general fund to pay for the costs, and reducing future benefits. “It is a very difficult task, but we can’t continue to simply sweep this problem under the rug,” Richman said. “This problem is going to come crashing down on the state of California and local governments throughout the state. This report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office is a bombshell.” Richman has authored a proposed constitutional amendment to reform the state’s pension system, and has included provisions designed to reduce costs of health benefits for retirees. The measure says that new government employees hired in the future who retire before the normal retirement age will not receive state-funded health care until they reach retirement age. Most Democrats in the Legislature, backed by the public-employee unions, have resisted any changes in the state pension system and are likely to fight reductions in health benefits.
1 Simon Kjaer [left] in action for Denmark Marseille have reportedly joined Hull City in the race to sign highly-rated Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer in the summer window.The 28-year-old had been tipped to join the Premier League side at the end of the season but now, according to reports in Turkey, Marseille have begun talks with the centre back.It has even been claimed that sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has already tabled an offer of £8.5m for his services.The Turkish giants are reportedly willing to offload Kjaer in the summer if they can get the right price for him.Marseille boss Rudi Garcia is understood to be keen to wrap up the transfer, having worked with Kjaer during his time as manager of French side Lille.Hull’s interest in the defender has been well documented with suggestions the club have already set aside a substantial fee in order to force through the transfer.
WILD WEST COMES TO TOWN AT LENNON FESTIVAL PARADE was last modified: July 7th, 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:WILD WEST COMES TO TOWN AS LENNON FESTIVAL GETS UNDERWAY IT was more like a scene out of the Wild West than Ramelton – but the Lennon Festival parade went off in style today.Hundreds of people lined the route, with tourists joining the locals for afternoon entertainment.Pix courtesy of Paul from Rathmullan. The festival continues until Monday.
Fine Gael TD, Joe McHugh has been appointed a new Junior Government Minister.EXCLUSIVE: Fine Gael TD, Deputy Joe McHugh, has been appointed as a new Junior Gaeltacht Minister as part of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s reshuffle of his ministerial cabinet. He replaces his Fine Gael colleague Dinny McGinley who has been sacked as part of the government reshuffle.Deputy McGinley has also announced that he will now retire from politics. Fine Gael had expressed its desire to freshen the junior ranks of Government.Taoiseach Enda Kenny had said today would be a difficult day for him, but said he needed a motivated and hungry team that were ready for the challenges that lie ahead.The party is also seeking to shore up support in key constituencies where they took a hammering in the local and European elections.Deputy McHugh had described the local election results as a “wake-up call” for the Government and criticised austerity measures hitting rural Ireland. McHugh also took on Leo Varadkar after attempts to close Malin Head Coast Guard station were proposed and successfully lobbied to keep the facility open.Joe McHugh became a Fine Gael public representative in June 1999 when he was elected to represent the Milford electoral area as a Member of Donegal County Council.He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 2002 and served as Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Community, Rural, Gaeltacht and Marine Affairs from 2002-2007.He amassed 22.6% to top the poll in the 2007 general election, and was elected to Dáil Éireann, re-establishing a Fine Gael Dáil presence in Donegal North-East after 10 years without Fine Gael Dáil representation in the constituency.McHugh is married to Olwyn Enright and they have three children Darragh, Aedín and Oisín. The family resides at Claggan, Carrigart.EXCLUSIVE: JOE MCHUGH APPOINTED AS NEW JUNIOR GAELTACHT MINISTER was last modified: July 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Cabinet re-shuffledonegalEnda KennyFine GaelJoe McHughJunior MinisternewsPolitics