The initial quake was felt from Nevada to Montana. It’s said to have been the second strongest ever in the state. (Boise, ID) — Aftershocks continue to rock Idaho. First came a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Tuesday evening about 80 miles outside of Boise. That trembler was followed about 30 minutes later by a magnitude 4.8 aftershock.
The Pool Capital of the Pacific – Lamana Hotel – will be abuzz with excitement once again as the competition enters rounds 5, 6 and 7 with some big games scheduled on the green tables.Starting proceedings will be the Tom English led Tekos Keleona up against John Sulia’s Next of Kin on Table 2 at 10am. Keleone having missed their mentor Dr Ray Korimbo had struggled last week but should be back in full strength against a NOK side fighting to find early season form.There will be no love lost when early competition leaders CRE face Patrons in the 11am cue-off on Table 2. CRE having broken away from Patrons this year have also recruited well in the off-season and will be looking to unsettle a Patrons team oozing with confidence following their big wins last weekend. Olympian – Willie Walimu and his charges need to keep a cool head about them should they want to triumph over a CRE line-up beaming with star players in Kelly Yambi, Welton Guy, Tanya Laumaea, Dolly Berua, Freddy Wapana and Winston Puka. The team that takes the early break should finish on top.Another interesting tussle at 11am on Table 5 will be between Niugini Islands Insurance Brokers Lamana and Papuan Blacks. NIIB Lamana boasting a star-studded line-up in Marcus Ng, Yiannis Nicolaou, Vaine Gavera, Kilian Amini, Wini Itana, Janet Mallian, Waisina Laho, Joe Chan, Qwentan Chollai and Andrew Taka should have this one under control.The midday clash between Tekos Keleone and defending premiers Cool Grafix is billed as the match of the day. Cool Grafix are slowly gaining form with the core of their premiership winning side in Manu Pongo, Warren Gai, Malcolm Maki, Tim Breria, Carol Pongo and Tony Sipa. However, Keleone are capable of pulling off surprises and with Dr Ray and Tom English leading their charges of Joe Kapi and Robyne Walimu, this should make for a mouth watering exchange.At 1pm on Table 5 former champions Heli Solutions Spin Doctors will meet old foes Patrons in an interesting match-up. Dr Sam Yockopua’s Spinners are seriously struggling to find form with their player ranks decimated by player exits and others not honouring their commitment to sign-up. While they still have Kepson Pundu, Kim Kala, ‘mama spinner’ Clara Navi and also hooked-up new players in James Bale and Kupe Yore – this is just not the Spin Doctors of old.The final match-up though will be on Table 6 at 2pm between Keleone and Dataco Pebbles. Pebbles have signed some good players in Robert Bire, Madeline Kaina and Ralph Kaina and are on cruise mode at the moment under Captain Billy George. The team that maintains focus should take the cream in a close tussle for early season bragging rights.
PVL: Ateneo sweeps men’s elims, UST takes third seed Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Arellano’s Andrea Marzan scores on a hit against UP’s Marian Buitre during their duel for the second semifinal slot in Group B of the PVL Collegiate Conference.Arellano U clinched a semifinals spot in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after surviving University of the Philippines in five sets, 22-25, 25-10, 25-19, 32-34, 15-3, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Chiefs recovered from a grueling fourth set loss and imposed their will on the Lady Maroons, who faltered in the final set after losing veteran Justine Dorog to a knee injury in the penultimate set.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Arellano immediately went to work in the fifth set scoring the first five points en route to the win.“Let’s just say fatigue got the better of UP in the fifth set and we also prepared well against UP,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.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“And in the longest time that we’ve participated in this tournament, this is the first time we got to the semifinals so this is a very big achievement for us.”Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 26 points while Regine Arocha played second-in-command with 25 points. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Diana Carlos had a game-high 29 points to lead UP while Isa Molde added 20.Adamson owns the other semis ticket from Group B and the Lady Falcons will stake their 4-0 card against San Beda on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta celebrates scoring during a Champions League soccer match against Celtic, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. It remains unclear if Iniesta will get a chance to thrive again against Chelsea in a Champions League match on Wednesday March 14, 2018 as the midfielder is nursing a hamstring injury in his right leg. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)MADRID — Andres Iniesta has a knack for great performances against Chelsea.His injury-time goal in the semifinals of the 2009 Champions League remains one of the most important of his career. And he also scored against the English club in the 2012 semifinals, even though Barcelona was eliminated that time.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Valverde could even consider drastically changing the team’s tactical scheme by replacing Iniesta with Ousmane Dembele, who played well in the team’s 2-0 win at Malaga in the Spanish league on Saturday. It would be a much more aggressive set up, adding another forward to play alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.Messi, who is having another stellar season, is certain to return to the squad after missing the Malaga match because of the birth of his third son, Ciro.Messi scored the equalizer in the first leg after Iniesta smartly recovered a ball in attack and avoided a defender’s tackle before making a soft pass to the Argentina playmaker inside the area.In 2009, it was Messi who rolled the ball for Iniesta’s strike from outside the area in the third minute of injury time at Stamford Bridge, silencing the Chelsea crowd and putting Barcelona on track to winning another Champions League title.Iniesta was optimistic he would get another chance to thrive like that against the English club.“Getting closer,” he said, “day after day.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Iniesta’s importance for Barcelona goes beyond his past heroics against Chelsea.The team’s captain, Iniesta has been crucial for the Catalan club recently as the team’s other midfielders have struggled. If he can’t play Wednesday, coach Ernesto Valverde won’t have an easy time picking his substitute.Andre Gomes, who replaced Iniesta when he had to leave the match against Atletico, has been constantly jeered by part of Barcelona fans because of his lackluster performances. Paulinho started the season well but hasn’t played at the same level recently, and Denis Suarez is out injured.Philippe Coutinho could have been a viable option but he is ineligible after having already played in this season’s Champions League with Liverpool before being signed by Barcelona.“We don’t have anyone similar, because Iniesta is unique, but there are players who can play in a similar function, like Denis, Coutinho, Gomes …,” Valverde said. “We have several options, we’ll see.”ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Beer chug: Tom Brady beats Stephen Colbert in seconds flat In the first leg of this year’s encounter between the two teams, it was Iniesta who set up Lionel Messi’s important away goal in a 1-1 result that gave the Spanish club an edge going into Wednesday’s return match at Camp Nou Stadium.It’s unclear, though, if Iniesta will get a chance to thrive against Chelsea again on Wednesday. The midfielder is nursing a hamstring injury in his right leg and is listed as doubtful for the second leg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 33-year-old Iniesta had to be replaced in the first half of Barcelona’s Spanish league match against Atletico Madrid on March 4. He grabbed his right thigh before going down and requesting medical attention in the 22nd minute at Camp Nou. He returned to the match but lasted only about 10 minutes before being substituted.Iniesta was expected to be out for at least two weeks but appeared to be recovering ahead of schedule. He practiced with the rest of his teammates Monday for the first time since the injury, finishing the session without any problems. 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About two years ago, I was in a conversation with some people in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, who accused the Liberian government of spending over US$ 200 million on lobbying in the United States. These individuals provided the website, www.foreignlobby.org as their source of information. I read all the reports on the website, but was curious that it was showing LISCR spending millions on lobbying. I called ProPublica and Sunlight Foundation, the two owners of the website, to get the source of their information. I was again referred to a US government website, www.fara.gov . For almost two years, I have made it my duty to learn how to navigate that website and understand the documents in there.In subsequent years, the story has grown from a basement discussion into a major social media topic. I am surprised that it is now a political hotcake in Monrovia. The information is readily available, so I do not understand the continued lingering of this issue, especially at the highest level of the government. I think political zealotry, an ineffective government bureaucracy and a press that is eager for scandal are the contributing factors. Did Liberia spend US$200,000,000 on lobbying in the United States? We will use the source, the FARA website to seek an answer.By the way, what is FARA? The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA is a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities. The agents being referred to here are US persons or firms. The foreign principals can either be a foreign government or a foreign company.Let it also be made clear that FARA is not solely responsible for reporting on lobbying. Its reporting scope is much wider. Transactions reported to FARA are not entirely related to lobbying; all kinds of professional services are reported to that US government agency. The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA), 2 U.S.C. § 1601, administered by Congress is strictly about lobbying.We will now examine the Government of Liberia, its agencies and Liberian companies that have appeared in reports to congress – requirement of FARA – for the period January 2006 to December 2012. The Government of Liberia (GOL), the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of State and Presidential Affairs and a Liberian company, AmLib United Minerals are the entities from Liberia mentioned in all the reports covering the period. The United States firms that have dealt with these entities are LISCR; KRL International; JWI, LLC; Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, LLP; Radelet, Steven Charles (Center for Global Development) and BKSH & Associates. Please find below a table summarizing the relationships and transactions between them:Transactions for Liberia as reported to FARAThe $200M lobbying talk in Monrovia is much ado about nothing. My accounting instinct tells me that somebody is misreading reports. As shown in my table above, the claim that the government of Liberia has spent over $200,000,000 on lobbying for the period covering 1/1/2006 to 12/31/2012 is erroneous. I do not work for nor represent the Government of Liberia, but as an individual who desires an honest and sincere fight against corruption, that is void of politics, I felt constrained to provide the facts I have gleaned from study of these documents. An additional purpose of this letter is to move this conversation away from political rhetoric and sentiments to one based purely on facts and evidence. I am open to a serious rebuttal from folks who can provide solid facts contrary to those I have outlined.Some will attempt to use Alex Knotts’ Roll Call article, “Lobbying by Foreign Countries Decreases”, as one of the sources to support their argument. Knott’s article makes a passing reference to Liberia spending $45.9 M in 2010; however he provides no data to substantiate this claim. If he used the information on the FARA website for his September 15, 2011 article, he made a faulty conclusion by including the LISCR transactions as lobbying fees. I have written him series of letters to disprove his piece, but he has not responded to my letters. Anybody can follow up with him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to contribute to a national discourse..* My sources are semi-annual reports to congress (listed on the website) and supplemental statements for each of the registrants that dealt with Liberia in the six years (2006 to 2012)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A food processing class at LICC.The administration of the Liberia International Christian College (LICC), located in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, has introduced a new agriculture course known as “Food Preservation and Processing.” The introduction of the course is reportedly gaining momentum as students express enthusiasm to learn the required skills.Some students interviewed recently on their campus in the outskirts of Sanniquellie shared their impressions about the new course, but stressed the need for better markets and job opportunities when they leave the walls of LICC.“We are learning how to prepare and process all kinds of food stuffs,” Augustine Dahn, a student representative, said.By the introduction of the course, students will now process all kinds of jams and chocolates applying 70 percent mixture of cocoa and 10 percent sugar.Shortly after the course was introduced, students began processing several kinds of foodstuffs, including jam made from pineapple, banana and other fruits.“We can process any kind of food as one may think, but we do not have the materials or the required bottles that will preserve the food items for the needed time,” one of the students said.The agriculture department of LICCLICC’s Agriculture Department has about 70 students across several demonstration sites, where students do regular practical learning.Its campus has some categories of wildlife or endangered species, which form part of the study, with emphasis on conservation.“We started demonstrating agriculture here, and now we intend to improve the process to demonstrate profitable agriculture,” Bill Sebald, Director of the Agriculture Department, said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following the ruling by Barcelona’s provincial court, Messi will instead pay 252,000 euros ($287,000) and his father 180,000 euros in fines.The fines correspond to 400 euros for each day the two men were sentenced to jail.Under the original sentence, neither Messi or his father would have been likely to serve time behind bars, because in Spain first offenders for non-violent crimes are spared jail time for sentences of less than two years.The two were in July 2016 found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying 4.1 million euros in taxes on income Messi earned from his image rights from 2007-09.The income relates to the five-time world player of the year’s endorsement deals, including with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.The player and his father made a voluntary payment of five million euros — equal to the amount of the alleged unpaid taxes plus interest — in August 2013 after being formally investigated.They were also fined around 3.5 million euros when they were convicted for tax fraud.The Barcelona court said it took these payments into account when deciding to exchange their prison sentences for new fines.“This made them both deserving of having the prison sentence substituted by a fine,” the court said in a ruling released on Friday.Spanish prosecutors last month said they did not oppose the changes to the sentences. They had asked during last year’s trial for Messi to be absolved, arguing there was no evidence that the player was aware of how his income was managed.During the trial, Messi had argued that he trusted his father with his finances and “knew nothing” about how his wealth was managed.– Messi’s golden week –The court ruling caps off a golden week for Messi, who on Wednesday extended his contract with Barcelona until June 2021, just days after he married his childhood sweetheart in Argentina.The club did not give financial details but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Messi was now the best-paid player in the world.“He is the best player in the world and he is paid like the best in the world and in the history of football,” Bartomeu said Wednesday.Prior to his contract extension, Messi was the world’s third-highest paid sportsman with an income of $80 million, of which $53m was in salary and bonuses, according to a list published by Forbes magazine in June.Messi is not the only footballer to run into problems with Spain’s courts, with Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo the latest to have been summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.He is due to be questioned on July 31 on suspicion of evading 14.7 million euros in taxes.Brazil star and Barcelona forward Neymar and his parents are due to stand trial for alleged corruption over his transfer from Santos in 2013.Barca’s Argentine defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year, while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was last month accused of committing tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors in 2011 and 2012, when he was in charge at Real Madrid.And former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was arrested in May in a money laundering investigation related to the sale of the Brazilian national team’s television rights.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best-paid footballer in the world, according to the club © AFP/File / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Jul 7 – A Spanish court said Friday it had replaced Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s prison sentences for tax fraud with fines.The Argentine, one of the world’s best-paid players, and his father had been convicted of hiding image rights royalties in offshore accounts and had been given jail terms of 21 and 15 months respectively.
Chelsea are reportedly chasing Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but a deal is likely to anger many Gunners fans. The Blues could lose star winger Eden Hazard at the end of the season with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United said to be keen on the Belgian.If the Blues do decide to cash in on the Belgian then Oxlade-Chamberlain is a potential replacement.OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN SHOULD LEAVE ARSENAL TO BOOST EURO 2016 HOPESThe 22-year-old’s four-year stint at the Emirates Stadium has been blighted by injuries and former Chelsea player Ray Wilkins thinks the England international should make the move.“I would say to Oxlade-Chamberlain: leave, because he needs to be playing football,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.However, Arsenal fans don’t share Wilkins’ views and you can see their opinion below. Arsenal fans are completely against selling Chelsea Oxlade-Chamberlain 1
Lagan Harps FCLagan Harps FC – Our u/16 and u/14 girls teams were in action last week. Our u/14’s drew 3-3 with Finn Valley with Kirsty Bogle(2) and Maura Sweeney scoring. Our u/16’s had a 5-0 win away to Moville with Caoimhe Walsh(2), Amanda Callaghan and Erin Coll scoring. Our u/10’s had a friendly v Lifford Celtic. Our ladies team travel to Castlebar this Sunday to play Castlebar Celtic in the National cup while our u/16’s are home to Illies Celtic in the u/16 national cup.Our men’s team are under new management next season with Bryan Kelly and Danny O’Carroll taking the reins.Thanks to John Crawford for his work last season and best wishes to the new duo.In our lotto draw the numbers drawn were 9,13,19 and 24. Micky Mc Grath had three numbers and won E50. Next weeks jackpot is E5,000.SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS U16’S GIRLS TEAM HIT MOVILLE FOR FIVE was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSport
MORE than €10 million of damage has been caused in Donegal’s horrific gorse fires in recent days.Farms and crops have been wiped out as well as substantial damage to infrastructure across the county including Ardara, Dungloe, Fanad, Buncrana, Ballyshannon and Falcarragh.With more than 100 firefighters working around the clock, there are also genuine fears that many will be left with hefty bills from Donegal County Council for the clean-up. Newly re-elected Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has now called on the government to provide a substantial compensation package for those badly damaged by the gorse fires in west Donegal.Gortahork-based Senator O’Domhnaill revealed he was part of the army of volunteers who tackled the gorse fire infernos.“The fires that raged through parts of Dungloe, Ardara, Glenties and the Muckish mountains have caused millions of euro worth of damage to land, infrastructure and livestock,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“Over the past 48 hours I have been out assisting in the rescue effort and have seen first-hand the extent of the devastation, with thousands of acres of farmland destroyed. “Entire farms have been wiped out, crops and newly cut turf have been ruined, animals have been injured, and important fencing and other pieces of infrastructure have been severely damaged. All of this has had a serious impact on the livelihoods of many local people.“Thanks to the enormous efforts of the fire service, the defence forces and local volunteers, the fires have largely been brought under control.“The joint effort has been remarkable and I wish to pay tribute to the hundreds of people involved. But the attention has now turned to the impact of this disaster on the local economy.“I believe every support must be given to the communities affected so that they can regain what they have lost over the past number of days.“I am calling on the Environment Minister Phil Hogan and the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to come to Donegal to see for themselves the extent of the damage caused. Hopefully they will then realise that the farmers and landowners who have lost so much must be provided with compensation from the State. “There is no time to delay on this issue. Without State support it will be extremely difficult for the communities affected to recover,” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.ENDS€10 MILLION OF DAMAGE CAUSED TO DONEGAL PROPERTY FROM GORSE FIRES was last modified: May 3rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)