Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba passes away at 23

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lariba, known fondly as “Yanyan,” made a name for herself as one of La Salle’s greatest athletes, winning three UAAP MVPs in the table tennis competition and two Athlete of the Year awards.In 2016, Lariba was chosen as the Philippines’ flag-bearer in the Rio Olympic Games after earning the spot for the Olympiad in a qualification tournament in Hong Kong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aces’ Compton, Manuel marvel at ‘special player’ Brownlee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Our deepest condolences to the family of Olympian and Table Tennis national athlete Yanyan Lariba (@supersaiYAAAN) who passed away tonight after a brave fight against cancer.You are truly loved and shall be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/B37CbtQNqtFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) September 2, 2018 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Ian Lariba during the 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Olympian Ian Lariba has passed away after a long bout with leukemia. She was 23.The Philippine Sports Commission expressed its condolences on its official Twitter account late Sunday night. Several De La Salle-based publications have also reported Lariba’s death past midnight.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more


CDC Power Struggle Deepens

first_imgEmbattled Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) national chairman George Solo has suspended three Executive Committee members of the party for time indefinite, worsening the existing “power struggle.”Some executive committee members early August 2014, expelled chairman Solo from his post for allegedly breaching the party’s guidelines.A communication to that effect was transmitted to the national electoral body—National Elections Commissions (NEC).Solo had since protested his removal before the Elections Commission, claiming that his colleagues’ action was against the party’s constitution. Pending an official ruling from the NEC, Solo issued a statement in Monrovia suspending Mulbah K. Morlu, vice chairman for operations, youth league chairman, Jefferson T. Koijii and deputy secretary general for administration, Samora P.Z. Wolokolie.According to Solo’s statement, “these individuals are suspended for time indefinite and they are expected to submit to the special investigative committee for investigation.”Solo’s statement continued, “The chairman has set up a six-man special investigative panel headed by its executive committee member Mike Doryen to probe them for grossly violating the party’s constitution.”In reaction to Solo’s assertions, Wolokolie said, “We consider that trash.”“I can’t respond to an embattled chairman,” Wolokolie concluded.For his part, Mulbah Morlu, vice chairman for operation declined to speak, adding; “That man is not chairman any longer.”However, Solo announced the suspension of all political activities of the CDC and asked all partisans to refrain from party activities related to gatherings as per health regulations and the “State of Emergency” until the party sees it necessary.Meanwhile, NEC failed to resolve CDC’s saga after several conferences with parties involved, forcing Commissioner Jonathan Weedor to revert to the Board of Commissioners for further investigation, NEC Spokesperson Joey Kennedy said.“Commissioner Weedor, who has direct oversight responsibility over CDC, could not resolve the matter and has asked that the matter be brought to the Board of Commissioners’ attention; so that will be communicated soon,” the NEC official said.According to party sources, Solo is currently before CDC Grievance Committee and the statement issued under his signature at the moment further cripples his chances of retaining his position as chairman.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


HEAD KINKY (ITCHY HEAD SCAR)

first_imgIt was the back of a six year oldIt was a girl again in tattered ragsIt was a cold wet dull and rainy dayIt was her head scar I noticed firstShe had a wide itchy head scarIt was at the back of her small headIt was obvious she was a poor childIt was cold but she wore only a tunicIt was long sleeves and it was redShe had a wide itchy head scarIt covered her just below her waistIt hid from view her yellow pantiesIt highlights her brown tiny pencil legsIt rested on a pair of rubber flip flopsShe had a wide itchy head scarIt was the kinky that caught me eyesIt was wide like my palm from the carIt was scaly and dry even in the rainIt was not cared for by anyone at allShe had a wide itchy head scarIt could be your little six year old kidIt could be the future president for usIt can be our first space medical doctorShe had a wide itchy head scarShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


MOL Ends 9th Meeting on Child Labor

first_imgBy David A. YatesThe National Commission on Child Labor has conducted its 9th National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting for the elimination of the worst form of child labor in the country.The meeting was held at the Ministry of Labor in Monrovia and it brought together representatives from line ministries of government, employers and workers’ organizations, the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, among others.Allen Lincoln, research officer in the office of Labor Minister Neto Zarzar Lighe, who spoke on his behalf, said the government through the MOL attaches grave seriousness to the workings of the NSC on the elimination of child labor in the country.He said the government is doing everything possible to encourage members of the NSC to remain involved in the process of accelerating the fight against child labor.During the meeting, the country coordinator of WinRock International/CLEAR II Project in Liberia, James Yekeh, used the occasion to introduce the County Level Engagement and Assistance to Reduce (CLEAR) Child Labor II to members of the NCS.Mr. Yekeh said CLEAR II is a four-year United States Department of Labor (USDOL) funded project that cooperates with the government with technical assistance to support the reduction of child labor practices. Using targeted activities, CLEAR II enhances capacity and support meaningful efforts to implement actions to reduce child labor practices in the country.He told participants that CLEAR II has four intermediate objectives to increase the capacity of the government in the fight against child labor. It also provides support to legislation that addresses child labor.Yekeh said the objectives include the effective implementation of national plans of action on child labor; enhanced implementation and improvement in polices and social programs aimed at the reduction and prevention of child labor, such as increasing access to basic education and vocational training; and an increase in social protection services and employment creation.He noted that the CLEAR II Project works closely with labor inspectors from the Ministry of Labor in the implementation of the project.The national coordinator of the National Commission on Child Labor, Ms. Patience S. Heah, urged members of the NSC to attend regular meetings of the committee as a means of uniting efforts in the fight against child labor in Liberia.She informed the NSC members that the National Action Plan (NAP) for the elimination of child labor in Liberia document was validated in February 2017 and is awaiting cabinet’s approval and subsequent launch for implementation.Ms. Heah added that when it is launched, the NAP document will run alongside the government of Liberia’s “Agenda for Transformation” to reduce child labor in Liberia by a least fifty percent by 2030.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Ms. Patience S. Heah, coordinator, National Commission on Child Labor/MOL – Advertisement –last_img read more


“We Are Watching Liberia” -AU Erastus Mwencha

first_imgMwencha: “We are watching Liberia very closely…”The head of the African Union’s (AU) elections monitoring group in Liberia, Erastus Mwencha, yesterday re-emphasized the call for Liberians to ensure that the 2017 elections do not tear them apart and take the nation backward.“The AU in collaboration with ECOWAS and all other local and international partners are watching Liberia, the oldest independent African republic that set the agenda for continental independence from colonial rule. We are watching you as you people go through these elections,” Mwencha said.Addressing journalists at the Julius Berrian School on Peace Island, Congo Town, Montserrado District #10, he said the international community believes that Liberians are mature enough to maintain the peace and that they should do all it takes to keep it very close to their hearts.“Resources of all kinds, including time, money and the lives of foreign troops have been spent to bring you together as a people and put an end to the civil conflicts. Now is the time for all of you to prove to the international community that you are prepared to handle your own affairs with no need of destroying lives and properties as it was done some years back,” he said.“It is encouraging to see people coming out in large numbers and they are very enthusiastic to exercise their democratic right. This is a historical electoral process intended for a peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected president to another in almost a century since 1944 as your history explains. Therefore, we believe that this will stand as a beacon of hope for the sub-region and even beyond,” Mwencha noted.He said Liberia is a history-making nation in so many aspects. “This nation was the first to elect a woman president on the continent of Africa as well as the first and only African country that has produced a global best football player. It has lots of achievements in the collective history of the continent and the world at large,” he said.Touching more on the voting process as he toured precincts across Monrovia and its environs, he said: “As for now we have been at five polling stations and we saw that the process has started on a good note except that the identification process of voters’ information by polling staff is very slow.” He recommended that the National Elections Commission (NEC) see reason and allow all voters in queues across the country cast their votes even if its 6 p.m. deadline expires, a position that the NEC has already said it has allowed.He wished the country well and admonished all stakeholders to allow the electoral process to be transparent and credible.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Gov’t Places 200 Supplementary Teachers on Regular Payroll

first_imgThe Ministry of Education (MoE) said it has placed the names of 200 teachers, who were receiving supplementary pay in Nimba County, on regular government payroll. With that development, the leadership of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) has lauded the ministry for its decision to regularize the status of over 200 supplementary teachers.Supplementary pays are first aid expenses, premiums for appeal, but not regular as other employees’ salaries.In a statement issued on Thursday, January 31, 2019, NTAL said placing the names of teachers that were receiving supplementary pay on the Ministry of Education’s regular payroll is welcoming and in the right direction.The association said the decision did not only put smiles on the faces of the teachers, but demonstrates the ministry’s commitment in ensuring that the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda in the education sector is achieved.NTAL pointed out that the issue of placing supplementary teachers on the Ministry of Education’s regular payroll has been a major challenge for majority of teachers across the country.The association’s statement said it (the association) believes that the decision will also help to motivate the teachers for them to work harder, to enhance efficiency and productivity in their respective areas of assignment.NTAL however called on the ministry to go the extra mile by regularizing the status of other teachers whose names are on supplementary payroll across the country in order to bring relief to them.The association believes that if the MoE can address the 200 teachers’ pay system, then it has give a boost to government’s Pro-poor Agenda, specifically in the education sector.Placing names of teachers whose names were under supplementary income on the ministry’s regular payroll, build their hopes and ally fears from their minds that the government was about to delete their names from the payroll at any time.The NTAL believes that the decision of the ministry was timely and in the right direction, and added that it will go a long way in bringing relief to teachers whose names have been under supplementary payroll for a length of time.The association has meanwhile called on the ministry to go the extra mile to ensure that the rest of the other teachers, whose names are on supplementary income in the other counties, be regularized on the ministry’s payroll.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


EBD man remanded for rape of teen boy

first_imgWazeer Potter, a Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara resident was on Friday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to face a charge of sexual assault committed on a 14-year-old.Potter was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Sherdel Issacs-Marcus. The charge stated that on August 8, 2018, at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 years old.Reports indicate that on August 8, 2018, the victim was playing in the front yard of his home when he was snatched by the accused and taken to a house where the act was committed.After the incident, the victim related to his grandmother what transpired and a report was made to the police. Potter subsequently went into hiding but was recently apprehended by the police.Magistrate Issacs-Marcus remanded him to prison. The case will continue on October 1, 2019.last_img read more


Gor Mahia to face Rayon in Kagame Cup

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate their last minute equalizer during their Kenyan Premier League match against Sofapaka on May 20, 2018 in Machakos. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5- Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will once again face Rwandese side Rayon Sport after the two sides were pooled together in Group B of the CECAFA Kagame Cup to be staged in Tanzania from June 29-July 13.Gor who reached the final when the tournament was last staged in Tanzania in 2015 will also face Burundi’s Lydia Ludic Academie as well as Djibouti’s Ports. They will open their campaign against Rayon on July 1 at the National Stadium. Gor and Azam have already met once this year, playing to a 0-0 draw in a CAF Confederation Cup Group D clash in Kigali.Hosts Azam will headline Pool A where they have been pooled alongside Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi, Kator FC from South Sudan and a Ugandan representative who will be named later.Sworn enemies Yanga and Simba have been surprisingly pooled together in Group C in what looks like the group of death as they will also have Ethiopian champions St. George and Somalia’s Dakadaha.Yanga’s clash against St. George will be the tournament’s official opening game and it will be staged at the National Stadium on June 29. Games will also be staged at the Chamazi Compex, home to Azam FC.The tournament was launched this morning in Tanzania with Azam Group set to be title sponsors.Groups: Azam FC (Tanzania), JKU (Zanzibar), Kator (South Sudan), Uganda rep.Rayon (Rwanda), Gor Mahia (Kenya), Ports (Djibouti), Lydia Ludic (Burundi).Yanga SC, Simba SC (Tanzania), St. George (Ethiopia), Dakadaha (Somalia)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Firefighters’ toil takes energy, guts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“You know all those days off we get so we can enjoy those speed boats all firefighters are supposed to own? Well this is how we pay for them,” said veteran Firefighter Craig Doolittle from Los Angeles County Engine Co. 99 in Malibu. “It’s payback for that 12-foot dingy I have that takes six pulls (on the engine cord) to get started,” he added, trying to laugh. He couldn’t. None of them could. They were just too damn tired. They hadn’t had more than a catnap in 48 hours, and a few hot meals eaten on the run. And in a few minutes, they’d be back on their rigs heading for the latest hot spot to put themselves between someone’s home and a fire that refuses to die – again. “A lot of people think being a firefighter is a pretty cool, laid back job because most of the time you only see them in Ralphs shopping or at a school open house,” said Vance Woodman, walking his dog along PCH. “But then something like this happens and you realize the guts and energy it takes to do what they do. I couldn’t do it. I don’t think many people could.” Woodman’s right. In a few days, when hopefully all the fires raging in Southern California are under control, thankful neighborhoods will throw potlucks for the firefighters who saved their homes. They’ll be called heroes, and have their pictures taken with awestruck kids. Then they’ll go back to their firehouses – out of sight and mind until we see them again shopping in the supermarket or at an open house. Or rushing into the next raging fire while the rest of us are rushing out. What we won’t see is the constant training they do on their shifts. The latest technology and fire science they must learn to beat the next blaze. “It’s hard, dangerous work, especially with relentless conditions like this,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman, watching another engine company of his weary firefighters pull out of the staging area on PCH to head back into the mouth of a fire that scoffs at their efforts. “They’ve been working straight since Saturday morning, and most of them haven’t had more than a meal and a half in two days,” Freeman said. “They earn their money.” Yes they do, chief. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MALIBU – These are the dog days when they earn their money, the days when every bone in their aching bodies feels its age, the weary firefighters said Monday. They were leaning against their rigs taking a well-deserved break after being on the Malibu fire line since early Saturday morning. One minute they were in their station house having a wake-up cup of coffee and looking forward to the USC-Notre Dame football game. The next they were on their fire rigs flying down Pacific Coast Highway to put themselves between a raging, wind-driven inferno and people’s lives and homes. Getting ready to earn their money again. last_img read more


Six pressing issues waiting in Jose Mourinho’s in tray at Man United

first_imgA new dawn is about to break over Old Trafford and Manchester United fans will hope it will forecast plenty of trophies on the horizon.Louis van Gaal has been dismissed after failing to make the top four – and despite winning the FA Cup – and Jose Mourinho is set to finally get his dream job.His arrival is expected to be announced this week and what usually follows that is a trophy 12 months later.But it will not be an easy task, with the Portuguese’s in tray already overflowing with big decisions that must be made over the summer.The 53-year-old will have made a number of these decisions already, having reportedly known he was going to be in the hotseat for a few months.Click the arrow above, right, to see what issues Mourinho will need to address upon his arrival in the north west. 6 Answer the Wayne Rooney question – The age-old Rooney conundrum – although this time it is a case of midfielder or striker? Rooney has been impressive spraying passes and dictating play from deep towards the end of the season, but Mourinho is a huge fan of the captain as a forward, having tried to sign him when he re-joined Chelsea in 2013. 6 6 6 Clear out the deadweight – Juan Mata’s place looks to be threatened given Mourinho sold the Spaniard while at Chelsea, but it is the others that are a more pressing priority. Mourinho will need to make decisions on the likes of Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinstiger, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini and Memphis Depay. 6 Sort out David De Gea’s future – The Portuguese will have to charm De Gea, with whom he shares an agent, to prevent him from joining Real Madrid as he so very nearly did last summer. De Gea is United’s best player and is on the way to overtaking Manuel Neuer as the world’s best goalkeeper, if he hasn’t done so already. 6 Bring in some world-class attacking talents – Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks set to join the Red Devils, which will tick the boxes of both quality and experience. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been exceptional but United still only managed 49 league goals and Mourinho will need to bring in some proven quality to address that issue. Adapt himself to United’s tradition – Bringing in a plethora of attacking talents will whet the appetite of United fans and also help restore the traditional attacking philosophy at Old Trafford. However, there is nothing those fans like more than seeing a youth player break into the first team and Mourinho must give them a chance to do so – which he has generally failed to do in his career. Make a decision about Michael Carrick – Click the arrow, right, to see what else Mourinho will have to do – Upon lifting the FA Cup last week, Carrick claimed a full sweep, winning every major title with the club – but his future is still up in the air. The 35-year-old is out of contract this summer and one of Mourinho’s first decisions will be whether or not to keep Carrick. last_img read more