Showman

first_imgStakes raised in semis clash Refusing to take it easy on Friday, the 39-year-old boxing legend took part in yet another intense workout, his shirt drenched in sweat after just a few rounds working the mitts—firing combinations in blinding speed.He ran in the morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“At this point we already did everything we needed to do in training,” said his head trainer and closest buddy Buboy Fernandez. “On Sunday we will let it all out.”Some of the biggest personalities from the Philippines are expected to arrive for the fight, and Pacquiao expects even Mr. Duterte to plane in and watch him attempt to wrest the WBA welterweight crown of Argentine Lucas Matthysse on Sunday. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, poses with Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse during a press conference, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao were scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR—The biggest names in politics are expected to be at ringside, with reports that even President Duterte will be present at fight night. Show biz personalities and socialites are also scheduled to arrive.Can’t blame Manny Pacquiao if he wants to put on a show.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs But Pacquiao has reportedly been at 145 pounds the past week and should have no problems with the scales.Fernandez, however, failed to say if Pacquiao is as sharp mentally.Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, a one-time Pacquiao victim, pointed out that Pacquiao’s preoccupation as a senator, boxing promoter and part-time TV personality could be his downfall against the hard-hitting Matthysse.“I have known him (Pacquiao) for his incredible explosiveness and great work ethic,” said De La Hoya, here as Matthysse’s promoter. “But I don’t know how distracted he will be.”“So it’s all gonna depend on how Pacquiao reacts once the first bell rings,” De La Hoya said. “Are we gonna see a distracted Pacquiao or are we gonna see a Pacquiao that everybody used to see?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I’ll be more excited especially if the President arrives,” Pacquiao said in Filipino in an interview with television journalists. “I’m 100 percent ready.”Aside from Mr. Duterte, Senate President Tito Sotto and Senators Koko Pimentel and JV Ejercito and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano are also scheduled to arrive.Show biz media maven Lolit Solis has also been spotted at the same hotel where Pacquiao stays, along with several other movie and TV stars who are known supporters of the Filipino ring icon.Pacquiao also extended an invitation to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad during a courtesy call.“He said he’ll try to come and watch the fight,” said Pacquiao, who has just one more thing to hurdle before climbing the ring on Sunday at Axiata Arena here: Saturday’s weigh-in.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Digne joins Everton from Barcelona

first_imgFILE – Barcelona’s French defender Lucas Digne controls the ball during the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on February 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENALIVERPOOL, England — France left back Lucas Digne has joined Everton from Barcelona as the second signing of recently hired manager Marco Silva.Everton announced the arrival of the 25-year-old Digne on Wednesday, a little over a week before the start of the Premier League season. Brazilian winger Richarlison has also joined the club this offseason from Watford.ADVERTISEMENT Everton’s first league game is at promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on Aug. 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Defending champion Axelsen advances at badminton worlds LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Digne was the back-up left back to Jordi Alba at Barcelona for the last two seasons, having previously played for Paris Saint-Germain and on loan at Roma. It means he’ll be playing in his fourth country in three years.Silva said Digne is a “high-quality player, aggressive, with good technical ability … he is accustomed to winning. This is his mentality having captured titles in his career and having these on his resume.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Digne wasn’t part of the France squad that won the World Cup last month, after being named on the standby list.No financial details were disclosed. Digne signed a five-year deal. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic in Toronto

first_imgLATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Top-ranked Rafael Nadal faced Swizterland’s Stan Wawrinka in a night match, with the winner advancing to face sixth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia. Cilic beat 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-2.Fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria set up another quarterfinal. Anderson topped qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3, and Dimitrov beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4).In the other night matches, eighth-seeded John Isner of the United States faced Karen Khachanov of Russia, and Canadian Denis Shapovalov played Robin Haase of the Netherlands.ADVERTISEMENT Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, at the Rogers Cup men’s tennis tournament in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 on Thursday in the Rogers Cup.The 19-year-old Tsitsipas broke the ninth-seeded Serb’s serve early in the third set and held serve from there to reach his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal.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 “I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country. I’m putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m pretty sure I’m making my family proud, all of those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very emotional win. I’ve never felt so many emotions after a victory.”Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, faded late on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre on the York University campus. Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching cross-court winner before completing the victory in 2 hours, 17 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I knew he had some issues in some particular shots in his game, I would say. So I was waiting and I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed, I executed my plan,” Tsitsipas said. “I knew that at some point he’s going to break, and I just patiently waited for this moment and it happened.”Tsitsipas will face second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the defending champion coming off a tournament victory last week in Washington that included a semifinal win over Tsitsipas. The 21-year-old Zverev beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gin Kings find their Jordan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Healthy Celtics set to make noise in NBA Eastern Conference

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college CANTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 24: From left Jayson Tatum #0, Jaylen Brown #7, Kyrie Irving #11, Gordon Hayward #20 and Al Horford #42 pose together for a photo during Boston Celtics Media Day on September 24, 2018 in Canton, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPThe Boston Celtics — with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injury and youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum maturing all the time — are tipped for big things in an NBA Eastern Conference now devoid of LeBron James.James and the Cavaliers denied the injury-hit Celtics in game seven of the Eastern Conference finals last season, but a full-strength Boston squad has caught the attention of many — including Klay Thompson of the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I like the team out East in Boston,” Thompson said in pre-season musings on who might pose the biggest threat to a Warriors title three-peat. “I think that they are going to be a team to reckon with.”Celtics guard Irving thinks so, too.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“Can we beat Golden State in a seven-game series? Yes,” says Irving. “Because of who we have and what we’re establishing here, not just for this season but hopefully for the next few years — something that’s pretty special.”Irving missed the last 15 games of the regular season and the playoffs, but the former Cavaliers star says now that he’s healthy, his prior experience against the Warriors could help put the Celtics over the top if they come up against the reigning champs. Warriors seek rare NBA three-peat as Durant ponders move “It’s scary to think about some of the opportunities we’re going to have going forward,” Irving said.Hayward says last season’s adversity strengthened the Celtics, with Tatum, Brown and Terry Rozier rising to the occasion.“There’s going to be situations where somebody is going to get hurt again, somebody’s going to be sick, somebody’s going to be having a bad game as it happens every year for every team,” he said. “To have so many guys that we can rely on, that can go get a bucket, that can go get a big-time stop — that’s huge for us as a team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He admits that “the whole league is on notice” when it comes to the Warriors’ aim of achieving a fourth title in five years.“But there’s one factor that they’re aware of and I’m aware of and that’s that I’ve seen them up close. I know what it takes.”As the season approached, Irving indicated he didn’t want his impending free agency in 2019 to detract from the Celtics’ more immediate goals.“I believe Boston is the place for me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge this year.”Aiding that challenge will be Hayward, who missed 81 games after frightening ankle and leg injuries in last year’s season-opener.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Champs in blazing start

first_imgView comments Long hitters have slight edge at Summit Point Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Soltones, the former San Sebastian College star, delivered a game-high 17 points to practically dominate the spike department.“I’m very happy to be back after one year,” said Soltones, who was part of the national team that saw action in the AVC Asian Women’s Cup early this month. “We’re very happy to play in a high-level tournament.”Smart broke loose from a 19-all contest in the third set as it scored five straight points to reach match point, 24-19.Sta. Lucia threatened within one, 24-23, but Soltones launched a powerful attack for the game-winner.Smart coach Roger Gorayeb, who’s also back in the league after five years, played down their rousing start.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Smart’s Grethcel Soltones (right) hammers a point past the Sta. Lucia defense. —PSL PHOTOReigning champion Petron and Smart had a roaring start as they clobbered their respective foes in emphatic fashion in the opening salvo of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blaze Spikers crushed the young Cocolife squad, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18, while the Giga Hitters flirted with disaster before hammering a 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 victory over Sta. Lucia to set their title-retention bid in motion.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Aiza Maizo-Pontillas finished with 14 points while Ces Molina, who recovered from a stress fracture injury, contributed 10 markers and 14 digs for the Blaze Spikers.Meanwhile, Cocolife Filipino-American recruit Kalei Mau debuted with 13 points and 11 digs.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 ChrissBut all eyes were on the Giga Hitters.After a long hiatus, Gretchel Soltones announced her arrival in style as she provided the spark for Smart, which is parading the core of the squad that saw action in the Premier Volleyball League. “I’m happy with the win, we’ve prepared for this and I want all of my players to gain confidence as early as today,” he said.Team captain Pam Lastimosa finished with eight points for Sta. Lucia, which is marching in this tourney with a couple of key players in sick bay, including Chin Basas and Filipino-American star MJ Philips.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Westbrook to miss game vs Cavs with sprained ankle

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ LATEST STORIES Raising the roof on 2020 Tokyo Olympics gymnastics venue Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Thunder won their fifth straight game by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 122-116 on Monday but lost Westbrook in the third quarter. After coming down hard on the side of his foot, he pounded the ground in frustration before limping off the court. Westbrook finished with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.Westbrook had a procedure on his right knee that cost him the preseason and the first two games of the regular season. The Thunder are 5-2 with him in the lineup and 0-2 without him. The former league MVP is averaging 24.1 points, 8.9 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game.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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) puts up a shot over New Orleans Pelicans forward E’Twaun Moore (55) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will miss Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a sprained left ankle.A Thunder spokesman said Tuesday the team wants to see how the ankle responds to treatment for the next few days before providing another update.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas loses to Lebanon anew, goes 1-3 in tune-up games

first_imgGilas is preparing for its campaign in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers which begins with a pair of home games against Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ater Majok, Lebanon’s naturalized center, was a force on both ends as he gave the Philippines fits with his size, length and ability to control the pain.The 6-foot-10 Majok was instrumental in Lebanon’s 10-0 blast late in the fourth that turned the tide back to their side after Gilas pulled within three.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 game also marked the first time 16-year-old Kai Sotto suited up after missing the first three exhibitions to prioritize his studies at Ateneo.Sotto started the third quarter and finished with two points on two free throws after he was fouled by Majok on a two-handed dunk attempt that would’ve brought the house down had it went in. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thirdy shakes off FEU’s physical play, leads Ateneo back to UAAP Finals LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas finished winless in its string of scrimmages after falling to Lebanon, 71-60, Sunday night at Meralco Gym.The Filipinos dropped to 1-3 in their tune-up games, bowing to Jordan in their first meeting then. won the second encounter before coming up short at the hands of Lebanon for the second time in three nights.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Five-Year Action Plan Launched against Human Trafficking

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reiterated her government’s commitment to fighting human trafficking in Liberia.President Sirleaf voiced that commitment Tuesday, March 25, when she launched a five-year action plan and Anti-human trafficking campaign at the Monrovia City Hall.The five-year action plan on human trafficking strives to enable Liberians to satisfy a fundamental international requirement expected of all countries in the global fight against internationally organized crime.  Its primary aim is to protect Liberia’s national security interest within the context of the sub region approach. The Liberian leader said the five-year National Action Plan on Human Trafficking serves as the role map to joining others in fighting human trafficking in Liberia.“The action plan represents the commitment on the part of Government to match other prior actions it has taken in meeting basic national benchmarks and international obligations by making sure serious action is taken to have zero tolerance in human trafficking,” the President said.“The National Action Plan also makes Liberia a better place on the rights of defenseless people who should always be guaranteed protection.”US Ambassador Debora Malac joined President Sirleaf, who called on all parents to take note of those who come and persuade to give their children on the basis of promises only to find out that they are subjected to servitude.“To further express government’s seriousness to fight this crime, three traffickers have been indicted and taken to prison and waiting trials.  Other perpetrators have been prosecuted, and in one case two individuals were unanimously found guilty for illicit trafficking on December 31, 2013,” the President stated.President Sirleaf described human trafficking as one of the biggest violations of human rights in the world. Labor Minister, Cllr. F. Juah Lawson, disclosed that statistics have shown that women, men and children are victims of the crime either in their country of origin or abroad.Giving a brief history on the five-year action plan on the anti trafficking, Min. Lawson said:  “Emerging from the devastation of 14 years of civil crisis complemented by the gradual but steady restoration of the rule of law, human trafficking among other Transnational Organized Crimes have become a major post-conflict national security challenge. Responding to this situation and recognizing the significance of putting in place the requisite legal frame work to deal with matters of human trafficking in Liberia, the transitional Legislative Assembly of the National Transitional Government in 2005 passed an act that banned and criminalize all forms of human trafficking in Liberia.The Labor Minister continued that the Act specifically established that Trafficking in Person (TIPs) shall mean, “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by means of the threat or use of force or other means of coercion or by abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or by giving or receiving of payment s or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitations.”In April 2013, the Government of Liberia also amended the Panel Law regarding Extortion, Environmental Crimes, Trafficking in Human Beings and Illicit Migrant Smuggling; thereby re-enforcing the legal framework responsible for deadline with these inter-related internationally organized crime.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UNMIL Officer’s Fiancée’s Murdered Case Begins

first_imgThe case of Antoinette Nettie Peter, a Liberian woman stabbed to death in her boyfriend’s bedroom has opened at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.Ms. Peter was a fiancée of Bonfrer Adidee, a Ugandan national and an employee of the Civil Affairs Section of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Nettie, as she was called, was allegedly stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by one of her private security guards, defendant Jefferson Dahn, on January 3, 2013 at her 12th Street, Sinkor, compound.The claimed, Defendant Dahn denied when he appeared before the Court.At Tuesday, May 20th hearing, family members including the deceased’s father and mother wept uncontrollably in open court, when prosecution’s second witness, Eddie Kun, an investigator of the Liberia National Police (LNP) took the stand.    They were consoled by the state lawyers.But defendant Dahn dressed in an orange suit sat behind his legal team with his head bow during yesterday’s hearing.Interestingly, Adidee could not be seen in the court Tuesday, because, according to report, he had left the country, leaving behind the entire case.It is not clear whether he will be asked to come and testify in the case.In his testimony, Kun alleged that another police officer identified as Patrolman Anthony Dalieh called them, investigators and said, defendant Dahn informed him that he killed his bossman, Adidee’s girlfriend as a result of confusion and asked him not to tell anybody.“When we got the information, we immediately went with a forensic laboratory team and UNMIL officers to the crime scene,” the police investigator explained.Before, they could arrive at the compound; group of officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) had already covered the area, according to Kun.He further alleged when they entered the compound, they met another private security officer only identified as “Hopking.”When they asked Hopking what he was doing in the compound, he quoted Hopking as saying, “My bossman, Bonfrer called and informed me that there was a situation unfolding at his compound and wanted me to go there and find out what was going on.”According to him, Hopking also explained to him that Bonfrer got the information from one of his UN’s friends, who he alleged, saw a huge crowd at his compound, while he was on his way for lunch.He further alleged that it was during the searched of the compound that they found defendant Dahn hiding in the closet. “We caught him confused and half naked with only his militant jean trousers with a substance believed to be blood on it,” the investigator told the Court.“We also found with him a broken handle of a wooded kitchen knife, a bunch of keys belonging to the late Nettie and US$200,” he alleged.Giving details of defendant Dahn’s investigation with the police, Kun said that in the presence of his mother and aunt, Dahn denied murdering Nettie, claiming “Bonfrer was the perpetrator and he assisted in the process.”He further claimed that Bonfrer offered him US$600, two phones, and a laptop so that he could take the body away from his (Bonfrer’s) room to the kitchen, according to Kun.Asked by defense team, whether they investigated the defendant’s claimed under such circumstance? He replied “yes, we did.”Furthered asked what his investigation realized? He again replied, “The allegation was false and only meant to mislead the investigation.”Asked how did he get to know that the allegation was false?Kun response, “We reconstructed the crime scene, talked to witnesses to include Mr. Bonfrer Adidee himself in our efforts to prove or to disprove said allegation.”Asked how was it proved? “It was establihsed that on the morning of the incident the only person on the crime scene were defendant Dahn and the victim Nettie.”“Both of them were the only occupants of the residence from 8 a.m., until information was disclosed that there was an alleged homicide on the premises.”According to him, they established that Adidee did not leave his work at the UNMIL’s Headquarters until he was requested by the investigator to come on the scene. “No witnesses provided testimony that Adidee was seeing entering or leaving the compound either by vehicle or on foot on the morning of the incident.  Apart from   the time he left for work at about 7:45 a.m.,” Kun alleged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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House Frowns on ‘Exploitation’ in Rubber Sector

first_imgIn the wake of alleged mismanagement of the rubber sector by Firestone and the Rubber Planters Association, members of the House of Representatives have expressed disappointment and called for the re-establishment of the Liberia Rubber Development Authority (LRDA).The LRDA, the House says, would be responsible for regulating the rubber sector and streamlining the operations of all stakeholders as well as researching the price of rubber and making monthly reports.The House Plenary has mandated its Leadership to engage President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to convince the Legislature about the legality of the Executive order recently issued on the rubber sector given that it was issued while the Legislature was in session.The House’s decision was predicated upon a seven-person Special Committee Report, submitted on yesterday during the 15th day sitting of the extraordinary session.  The committee was headed by Nimba County lawmaker, Rep. Larry P. Younquoi.“While, the Committee does not substantially differ with provisions of said Executive order, it is believed that having it passed while the Legislature was sitting renders it illegal and if allowed to remain enforced, has a tendency to create a constitutional crisis,” Rep. Younquoi said.The House also frowned on the US$2.00 deduction by the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) from each sale made by farmers, and the 4% tax deduction by Firestone from each ton sold.It may be recalled that Bong County Representative Adam Bill Konneh, on behalf of the National Rubber Broker Farmer Union of Liberia (NARBFUL), filed a complaint against the management of Firestone-Liberia and the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL).  NARBFUL accused Firestone and the RPAL of malpractices that have the propensity to undermine the economy and endanger public safety.The Daily Observer contacted the president of the Rubber Planters Association, Mr. Benjamin Greene Garnette, for his reaction.  However, Mr. Garnette said the RPAL will react in a formal and comprehensive statement at the weekend for publication in Monday’s papers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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