Superior Court Nomination ‘Dream Come True’ for Oxley

first_imgBy John BurtonJoseph X. Oxley has been nominated for the state Superior CourtTRENTON – Governor Chris Christie has tapped former Monmouth County sheriff and current county Republican chairman Joseph X. Oxley for a seat on the state Superior Court.Christie included Oxley among seven nominees to fill vacancies on the bench around the state.“The governor believes Mr. Oxley’s experience as a lawyer equips him to be an effective judge on the Superior Court,” said Sean L. Conner, deputy press secretary for the Governor’s Office.“It’s certainly a dream come true,” Oxley said. “It was an honor for Gov. Christie to nominate me.”Oxley, 54, a Middletown native, was county sheriff, an elected position, from 1996-2008. He also was a member of the Middletown Township Committee and was selected by the committee as mayor for a time.Oxley also worked for the Monmouth Prosecutor’s Office from 1984 –1986, as an assistant prosecutor.Since leaving the sheriff’s office, he has been in private practice, working with the Scarinci Hollenbeck law firm in Freehold.He is currently borough attorney in Sea Bright, a post he previously served in for Highlands.In the political realm, Oxley has been the county GOP chair for nearly two full three-year terms. He has been a staunch supporter of Christie, endorsing him early in the 2009 gubernatorial race. When Christie appeared at one of his town hall meetings in Ocean Township in early March, he made a point of noting how important carrying Monmouth County was in his winning the election.Oxley’s current term as chairman ends next month following the primary election. Because it is unknown how long his Superior Court nomination will take before it reaches the state Senate Judiciary Committee, Oxley said he hasn’t determined whether he will seek another term as county chairman. But, he said, “I certainly will be finishing my current term.”State Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos (R-13), another Middletown native son and Christie confidante who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, said Oxley was a “smart choice by the governor,” and “one that I fully advocated for and support.”There are about 50 judicial vacancies in the Superior Court around the state, according to Derek Rose­man, a spokesman for the Demo­cratic Senate Majority Office. Roseman declined to comment on this nomination or predict how long it might be before it comes before the Senate.While Senate Democrats “have been unusually partisan and, at times, intransient in regards to the governor’s nominees for various offices,” that hasn’t been as severe with judicial appointments other than the state Supreme Court, Kyrillos said.“I’m looking to helping Joe through the confirmation process,” Kyrillos said.For Superior Court appointments there has been a long-standing unofficial tradition that the number of judges be divided evenly between the two parties.If approved by the Senate, Oxley would serve in Monmouth County.last_img read more

A month without Atlético

first_imgThe next day, with the team already at home, LaLiga decided to suspend the competition. Then it was “at least the next two weeks”. The first step at Atlético was to give free until Monday, urging that the players not leave home more than necessary. The next thing was stop workouts sine die. Each footballer at home with a rigorous teleworking plan. This is how they have been for four weeks, like many other workers in Spain and around the world.A month without Atlético matches It is not something so strange, because it is what happens every season finale. So it gets along better, not only because it is planned and assumed, but because lack of football in rojiblanco is supplemented by national team matches where many of them participate and, on the other hand, the transfer activity: some leave, others arrive and excite. And before you know it, the preseason has started in Cerro and Los Ángeles de San Rafael.This time it was a dry interruption, right after the team’s big rush of the year and before an exciting spring. In the quarterfinals of the Champions League and sixth in the League, the closest thing to Atlético’s football is to see great nights from the past and what the club and players can see through social networks. Worse still, the red and white news has been marked in recent weeks by the losses of people very loved by the entity and by the fans: Miguel Peiró, José Luis Capón, Radomir Antic, Miguel Jones and the little Christian Minchola, player of the Infantil. The return of the ball will also be remembered by them. Time passes strangely during this confinement, but Liverpool-Atlético, the great joy of the course for the rojiblancos, is already one month old. The last sports memory of those of Cholo (and the last elite football match of a spanish team) that gave way to a abrupt closure of activity from the team and practically the entire club. A month without Atleti … and what remains.On March 11, so close and yet so far away, the rojiblancos — that night in black— they broke the odds and eliminated Liverpool, champion and favorite, beating him in his own home to the joy of the almost 3,000 mattresses who accompanied them at Anfield. By then, the pandemic crisis was starting to escalate, Games were already being suspended all over Europe, some were played behind closed doors. Every day the plan was more rigorous than the previous one in all of society.last_img read more

AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

first_imgIn this April 4, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7) checks in as coach Jeff Hornacek, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in New York. An AP source said agreed on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma Thunder.  APNEW YORK, United States — Carmelo Anthony won’t be at Knicks training camp after all. He’ll be in Oklahoma City, joining Russell Westbrook and Paul George in a loaded lineup.The Knicks agreed to trade Anthony to the Thunder on Saturday, saving themselves a potentially awkward reunion next week with the player they’d been trying to deal since last season.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Brownlee on Rice 3rd quarter: ‘He was unstoppable’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The trade ends an unfulfilling 6 1/2-year run in New York for Anthony, where he could never shake his reputation of an elite scorer who can’t carry a team to a ring. The Knicks made the playoffs his first three seasons and reached the second round in 2013, when Anthony led the league with 28.7 points per game. But after that they never seriously proved they could do anything consistently beyond make headlines.And Anthony was right in the middle of that, with constant trade speculation after Jackson’s criticism of Anthony’s game. Jackson and the Knicks parted ways in June and though the Knicks kept looking, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told Anthony they wouldn’t accept a trade that would hinder their plans to rebuild through youth.It didn’t help that Anthony had told the Knicks he would accept trades only to Houston and Cleveland, but a deal was finally found when he agreed to add Oklahoma City to his list of destinations.Anthony moved into the top 25 on the NBA’s career scoring list last season, and maybe the Thunder can help him reach elusive team success.Jackson noted that the Knicks hadn’t been able to win with Anthony, though one division title and three playoff berths give Anthony the best resume of anyone who played for the team in the 21st century.He had higher aspirations when he began pushing Denver to trade him to New York in 2010. But the Knicks gave up much of their young talent and future assets to get him, hindering their ability to fortify the team around their leading scorer in recent years.Anthony averaged 22.4 points last season and made his 10th All-Star Game, though that was the second straight season he finished well off his career average of 24.8 per game.Kanter, a 6-foot-11 center from Turkey who was the third pick of the 2011 draft, has averaged 11.3 points for Utah and the Thunder. He posted a video thanking the Oklahoma City community and imploring the Thunder to beat Golden State.“It’s a new adventure for me. New York, so please pray for me,” he said.McDermott has averaged 8.0 points and will be playing for his third team since being selected with the No. 11 pick in 2014. /cbb Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-upcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours New York will get Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.The Knicks had said just a day earlier that they expected Anthony to be there when they reported for camp Monday. But it was clear they didn’t want him anymore and he no longer wanted to be in New York, where he arrived with so much hype that was never fulfilled in February 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe rarely had a championship core around him in New York but jumps right into one in Oklahoma City along with Westbrook, the NBA MVP, and fellow All-Star George, who was acquired from Indiana this summer.Anthony will see his old teammates soon: The Knicks open the regular season at Oklahoma City on Oct. 19. Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by The Vertical.Phil Jackson spent the latter part of his time in New York making it clear he wanted to move Anthony. But a deal was difficult because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade.He had long maintained that he wanted to stay in New York, but the constant losing and a chance to play with a talented lineup convinced him it was finally time to go.After making the postseason each of his first 10 seasons, he has been on the sidelines the last four years and said at the end of last season his priority was a chance to win. He wouldn’t have that in New York, where the Knicks are emphasizing youth and have little proven talent with which to surround Anthony.But he is close with Westbrook and George and should fit in nicely. He can possibly settle into the spot-up shooter role he’s played in the Olympics, where he’s won a record three gold medals and is the career scoring leader for the U.S. men.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Hugnatan relishes role as Meralco’s floor spacer in Finals series

first_imgMOST READ Brownlee defends lack of timeout: We had good looks, just didn’t convert Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco’s Reynel Hugnatan is not the same player who had the role of enforcer for the Coca-Cola and Alaska teams of yesteryears.Hugnatan has transformed from a bruiser in the interior to the Bolt’s reliable floor spacer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES And in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals series between Meralco and Ginebra, Hugnatan’s floor spacing was in full effect.Hugnatan practically made things easier for Allen Durham underneath as it left the Bolts’ import just one defender to deal with.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I watched the tapes of our previous games and I think what I did in my floor spacing was very important because AD was able to freely move inside,” said Hugnatan in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“And during the game I was just telling myself that I should be able to shoot the ball from deep so AD would be open.” Hugnatan finished with 14 points, 12 coming from deep, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals as he helped the Bolts to an 85-83 win to tie the series at 2-2.And Hugnatan’s presence on the floor allowed Durham to finish with a team-high 28 points and 18 rebounds.“What happened was, Ginebra’s bigs were forced to go outside and if they stay in the middle I would be left open from deep,” said Hugnatan, who had seven seasons in his 19-year career where he finished with a zero percent clip from long distance.“And if Ginebra’s big men start guarding me outside, I’ll just pass it inside to AD who will just contend one-on-one against whoever’s defending him.”A crucial play between Meralco’s big men happened with 47 seconds left in the game when Hugnatan, who was standing at the top of the key, forced Ginebra power forward Japeth Aguilar to closeout on him allowing Durham space inside for the game’s final field goal.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Beltran retires at 40 after winning 1st World Series title

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, right, and Carlos Beltran celebrate the team’s win over the Seattle Mariners to clinch the AL West crown in a baseball game in Houston. Beltran is retiring after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season. The 40-year-old made the announcement Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)HOUSTON — It took quite some time, but Carlos Beltran finally got there, winning a World Series title after 20 seasons in the majors.Now he is leaving the Houston Astros and leaving baseball, retiring after a career in which he was a nine-time All-Star and was Rookie of the Year. The 40-year-old designated hitter and outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.ADVERTISEMENT He announced his retirement in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune website. His story touched on what finally winning a championship meant to him.“I realized early on that my purpose in this game was to share knowledge with younger players and to give back to the game of baseball,” he wrote. “I always wanted to do that — that, and be the best teammate I could possibly be. Over 20 years, I feel like I accomplished that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“So whether we won or lost Game 7, I would have still been happy with my career. But it still feels nice to have a ring,” he continued.Besides being named an All-Star nine times, most recently in 2016, and the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year, he won three Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Many of his current and former teammates expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Beltran on social media after his announcement on Monday. Correa posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram with a caption that read in part: “I will always look up to you brother! Thanks for making me a better player and a better person! I’m going to miss you so much!”Houston right-hander Justin Verlander tweeted about Beltran’s retirement, writing: “We only played together for a short time but what a ride we had! I learned a lot about what being a veteran means and the impact we can have. You’re an amazing teammate and leader. What a way to bow out … a World Champion!”Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wouldn’t say whether Beltran was a candidate to replace Joe Girardi as his team’s manager. But he did rave about his career and the respect he has for him.“He had leadership qualities, no question about that,” Cashman said. “He was someone that people gravitated to in the clubhouse. I think managers or coaches could rely, or front offices could rely on (him), kind of directing things in a positive way or keeping the ship steered in the right direction.”After what Luhnow saw from Beltran in Houston this season, he could envision him becoming a manager one day.“Certainly. He’s one of the brightest minds I’ve come across in the game,” he said. “Now whether or not, I haven’t (spoken) to him about what is intentions are after this, but I think he certainly would be a tremendous asset to any organization in whatever capacity he chooses to contribute.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His production dropped dramatically this year. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 93 RBIs for the New York Yankees and Texas in 2016. He then batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston. Despite that, Beltran’s veteran presence and his work with Houston’s younger players including Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez proved invaluable for the Astros.“He was worth every penny for us … he helped us win in a lot of ways, even though his numbers were not what they were last year, he contributed in a lot of ways that were not really seen by our fans,” Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “They were talked about a lot by our players. Also I think people know what I’m talking about. He really was a player-coach for us this year and he contributed in ways that lead me to believe there’s no way we win the championship without him this year.”He finishes with a .279 average, 435 homers, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases. He also has played for Kansas City, the New York Mets, San Francisco and St. Louis.This season was Beltran’s second stint with the Astros, after he was traded to Houston in June 2004. His work that postseason remains one of the best playoff performances in history. He hit .455 with four homers and nine RBIs in an NLDS win over Atlanta, then batted .417 with four more homers and five RBIs before Houston was eliminated by the Cardinals in the NLCS.Beltran appeared in 10 games this postseason, including three in the World Series. He finished with three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI in helping the Astros to their first title.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals after loss to Goffin Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

White Sox reliever Farquhar suffers brain hemorrhage during game

first_imgRenteria said Saturday that Farquhar “had a strong heartbeat, a good pulse and was breathing well” when he left Guaranteed Rate Field after passing out. Renteria said no one on the team saw advance signs that Farquhar might be suffering from the condition.Farquhar’s diagnosis stunned his teammates.“Yeah, I mean, it crushes us in this clubhouse,” said James Shields, who started Friday’s game. “And nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens, you know.”“He’s definitely stable from what we hear, but he’s got a long way to go and he’s fighting,” he said.Houston manager A.J. Hinch said some of his players saw Farquhar collapse.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 76ers take 3-1 series lead after slipping past Heat Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ FILE – In this March 2, 2018 file photo, Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar warms up in the bullpen during the sixth inning of the team’s spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz. Farquhar was taken to a hospital after he passed out in the dugout in the sixth inning of Chicago’s 10-0 loss Friday, April 20, creating a scary scene as he was helped by medical professionals and the rest of the White Sox.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)CHICAGO — White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar was in stable but critical condition Saturday, a day after suffering a brain hemorrhage while in the dugout during a game.Farquhar passed out in the sixth inning Friday night after getting two outs against Houston. He was helped by team medical personnel and on-site EMTs, and regained consciousness before he was taken to a hospital by ambulance.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ The White Sox announced that additional testing revealed the brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm. Farquhar was receiving treatment and being closely monitored in the neurosurgical ICU unit at Rush University Medical center.Manager Rick Renteria met with players before Saturday’s game against Houston and updated them on Farquhar’s condition. Asked if the right-hander required surgery, Renteria said, “We’ll see how they proceed and hopefully the outcome is a positive one.”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 crownThe team said it will provide updates on Farquhar’s health as appropriate, but requested privacy for the family.The 31-year-old fainted moments after leaving the mound. “We could see across the way that something was going on,” he said. “As the group went around him, it just became a scary scene.”“Then this morning getting that update, it’s very scary,” he said.Farquhar was selected by Toronto in the 10th round of the 2008 draft and made his major league debut with the Blue Jays in 2011. The right-hander is 10-15 with a 3.93 ERA in 253 career relief appearances with Toronto, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Chicago.The White Sox put Farquhar on the 10-day disabled list. Right-hander Gregory Infante was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View commentslast_img read more

‘I love you forever’: Heartbroken Sean Manganti bids Adamson goodbye

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It’s almost ironic that the man who consistently broke University of the Philippines’ heart got his soul crushed by the very team he had a knack of hurting.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I just hope I can be remembered that I left it all on the floor, I gave it all to Adamson, I gave my heart to Adamson, and I sacrificed everything for Adamson no matter what,” said Manganti.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia He made the game-winner in the Soaring Falcons’ 73-71 first round win in Season 80 and he replicated that feat in the two teams’ first meeting in Season 81 for Adamson’s 69-68 victory.His last dagger was when he drilled a clutch three that stopped UP’s 22-7 run and help the Soaring Falcons to an 80-72 win in the second round of Season 81.A man of Manganti’s caliber surely drew fear among the Fighting Maroons, but his last game against UP was a complete struggle as he finished with six points, on 1-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, three assists, and four turnovers.He was also in foul trouble at the start of the game, getting whistled twice in the first quarter alone.Still, Manganti hopes that Adamson’s community will remember him as a fighter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Andray Blatche decries ‘very unprofessional way’ Gilas left him off roster After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard03:53Pope 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 Sean Manganti bid goodbye to Adamson University after Soaring Falcons lost to the Fighting Maroons, 89-87, in a heartbreaker in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Final Four Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Left in tears and carrying a bevy of emotions, Manganti was the personification of grief as he walked out of the Big Dome having played his last game in the UAAP.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 Chriss“I love you forever,” said Manganti of Adamson. “The school and the team will always be a big part of me, they are the reasons for who I am today. They have shaped me into the man I am today and I hope the feeling is mutual.”Manganti had struck terror on UP for both Season 80 and 81 as he knocked down clutch basket after clutch basket to beat the Maroons.last_img read more

‘Democratic Governance Creates Impartial Court System’

first_imgChief Justice Francis S. Korkpor on Saturday, November 25, reminded members of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) that a democratic governance system creates an impartial court system and a stable environment in which more responsive businesses can flourish to meet the public’s needs.Chief Justice Korkpor said because democracy demands the popular will of the people expressed through frequent and competitive free and fair elections, it compels elected leaders to be more inclined to respond to social needs.“Democracy has checks and balances based on the flow of information, transparency, less corruption, smooth leadership and succession and more predictable, firmer commitment to the rule of law,” he said. “Economic development is essential for maintaining a stable government capable of providing goods and services.” Addressing the opening of the three day annual National Convention of the Liberian National Bar Association held in the conference hall of the Peace Empire Hotel in Ganta City, Nimba County, he deliberated on the theme “Enhancing Economic Integration, Rule of Law and Democratic Governance in West Africa.”The occasion brought together over 400 legal practitioners from across the country and also from Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and the ECOWAS Court.Justice Korkpor said stronger economic ties between countries lead to political cooperation which can help resolve conflicts peacefully and bring about stability. The more integrated the economies of countries become, the fewer the trade barriers and the better the economic and political coordination there is between member countries, he said.On the rule of law, Justice Korkpor indicated that individuals and authorities within the state, whether public or private, should be bound by and entitled to the benefits of laws fully administered in the courts of competent jurisdiction whose independence is absolute and not subject to any power or influence.“This requires a strong legal system in which rules are clearly well-understood and fairly enforced; and all rights, including property and contracts rights, are respected,” the Chief Justice noted.“It also requires that the powers of the state be derived from and limited either by legislation enacted by a legislature or judicial decision made by independent courts.”He said the rule of law is the key driver of regional integration that regulates the relationship between the state and individuals with pre-established laws; and the state, no less than the individuals it governs, must be the subject of the state.The chief justice said, though there are differences in the legal systems and regimes of the countries of the sub-region, there should be cooperation on acceptable regional and international legal framework that is necessary to fight economic, financial and other crimes which are associated with integration and globalization.“This is where our bar and the legal bar of member states of the region can play key roles, working together both on uniformity and a common pursuit,” Justice Korkpor stated.The President of LNBA Cllr. Moses Paegar expressed great happiness over the high turnout and the presence of the four justices of the Supreme Court and said the LNBA under his administration will be proactive in its dealings with members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt stands firm in its position

first_imgControversial Broadcast Bill… rules out consultations with broadcastersWhile the President is yet to assent to the Broadcast Bill 2017, the Government is holding firm to its position that it will not hold consultations with broadcasters who will be affected, before the Bill becomes law.Broadcasters have been clamouring for meaningful consultations on the Bill, asMinister of State Joseph Harmonsome of its clauses have been deemed ‘oppressive’. The political Opposition and international agencies have also expressed the need for consultations.However, during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon ruled out Government consulting with broadcasters before the Bill becomes law.“No there is no possibility (for) that. I mean you’re speaking to the quality of the consultation, not to the fact that there were consultations. It is not for me in any capacity to say that the National Assembly, having debated and voted on this matter, that any individual can come and say stop it.”“Unless something is egregiously (wrong), is not in keeping with the law, which the Attorney General (Basil Williams) can advise that this is not in keeping with the law and (he) advises to that effect. But as far as I am aware, nothing like that has taken place.”Broadcasters had called on the Government to delay passing the Bill untilPresident David Grangermeaningful consultations were held with them. A letter to this effect was dispatched to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. The Minister, however, argued that consultations were indeed carried out.“There’s always consultation. And so the Broadcast Bill was subject to that type of consultation. Once it goes through the National Assembly (and) the debate was completed, the Clerk of the National Assembly (Sherlock Issacs) submits the draft for consent to my office.”He noted that it is then sent to the Attorney General, who then verifies “that the law is the true reflection of what happened in the National Assembly and it then goes as a recommendation for (the President) to assent.”However, the political Opposition has for some time argued that the broad cast bill infringes on a number of legal, constitutional rights of broadcasters. For one, the Opposition has said that the Bill threatens proprietary rights guaranteed in Article 142 of the Constitution.The article guarantees that the private property of individuals could not be acquired by the State without adequate compensation being paid to the owner of the property. In addition, the Opposition has argued that the Bill tramples on Article 146 of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression.It is on this basis, and the fact that the Guyana Press Association, Reporters Without Borders and other local and international groups opposed the Bill, that the Opposition had promised to mount a challenge in court.The BillPart two of the Bill sets out that broadcast agencies will be mandated to broadcast public service programmes for a total of up to one hour daily. Broadcast agencies will be airing these public service programmes free of cost and as requested by the Government between 06:00h and 22:00h.The Bill also states that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcaster to broadcast emergency notices for any length of time. This can even be done during peak or prime advertising time.A broadcaster will have the right to file a complaint with the GNBA within 24 hours of being asked to broadcast a programme free of cost if, in the agency’s judgment, it is not considered a public service broadcast programme.But there is a warning for broadcasters daring to oppose the legislation: the Bill states that any broadcaster the GNBA finds to have “arbitrarily refused” to broadcast a public service broadcast programme without lodging a complaint has committed an offence.Even before its passage, broadcasters have already come out in opposition to the new proposed measures. Using its seat majority, however, the Government had forged ahead with its passage over the Opposition from the other side of the house.last_img read more

Cougars can’t catch prey

first_imgGFF Elite League season III…Cougars Football Club (FC) suffered their 13th defeat in their debut season of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Elite League on Sunday night.Their 6-0 thrashing came at the hands of Ann’s Grove United FC, who had a good night in the double-header feature at the National Track and Field Centre (NTFC), Leonora, West Coast Demerara.Ryan Seales and Dwight Peters both recorded doubles for the side, currently ranked eighth in the 10-team tournament. Steve Francis and Ryan Jacobs netted the other two goals in the one-sided affair.In the first match of the double header, Milerock and New Amsterdam United settled for a point each in a stalemate.On Friday last, Western Tigers suffered another setback to their title hopes after playing to a 1-1 draw with Buxton United.Paul Kingston fired the East Coast boys ahead early in the eighth minute before Daniel Wilson equalised in the 38th minute.Meanwhile, Milerock FC got past Cougars 3-0 in the first match on Friday.last_img read more