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Possible La Salle reunion as Cardona tries out for Pumaren, GlobalPort

first_imgREAD: Mac Cardona to suit up for Zark’s BurgersCardona created a stir on social media after posting a photo of himself joining the Batang Pier in one of their practice sessions at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City.In the Instagram photo, Cardona is with former fellow La Salle alums Mike Cortez, Ryan Araña and Rico Maierhofer, Renren Ritualo and Arnold Van Opstal and Pumaren, who was his coach with the Green Archers.Cortez and Araña were teammates with Cardona during their collegiate days.READ: Cardona takes another step in rebuilding his lifeADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Pumaren cleared Cardona is not yet part of the team and that he has to prove that he can still play at a high level.“We still have to take a look at him in the next few days if he is still capable of playing in the PBA,” Pumaren said.Cardona last played in the PBA with the NLEX Road Warriors in 2016 until he was let go by the team before the start of the 42nd season after a series of misfortunes that included an arrest due to domestic violence and sleeping pill overdose that almost ended his life in August of last year.Cardona saw action in the PBA D-League as a member of Zark’s Burgers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next #KicksStalker: Is a Filipino signature shoe on the horizon? Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mac Cardona hopes to make a return to the PBA and his potential comeback could also be a reunion of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 35-year-old Cardona, who survived a pill overdose in an apparent suicide attempt nearly a year ago, is trying out for the GlobalPort Batang Pier, a team that is all to familiar with the veteran swingman.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We are looking for other options and we feel Cardona is in the equation,” GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren told INQUIRER.net in a text message Thursday when asked if Cardona is trying to make the team. View comments MOST READ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

APNU/AFC’s financial mismanagement exposed in 2015 audits

first_img…find overpayments, breaches of laws skyrocketedAuditor General Deodat SharFinancial mismanagement in the form of skyrocketing overpayments, a failure to adequately expend allotted funds, the continued abuse of the Contingencies Fund and repeated breaches of the financial laws and regulations were the hallmark of the 2015 Auditor General Report—the first such audited accounts of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government.The report was tabled and made public by Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, when the House returned from its annual recess on Thursday.Prepared by the Audit Office of Guyana under the aegis of Auditor General Deodat Sharma, it was found that during 2015, the APNU/AFC Government abused the Contingencies Fund through a total of 11 advances for which the requisite laws did not cater for.According to Auditor General Sharma, the 11 advances used to abuse the Contingencies Fund amounted to in excess of $600 million with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) being the biggest recipient of almost $300 million.On the matter of the APNU/AFC Government breaching the financial laws of Guyana, the Auditor General found that the expenditure of Government was in fact overstated by more than $2.5 billion in respect of 16 ministries due to breaches of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.With regards to the Procurement Act, the Auditor General found that 11 ministries had breached the laws with respect to the appointment of regional tender boards and the basis of awards of contracts, among other breaches.Furthermore, the Auditor General in his report observed too that more than 50 per cent of the agency’s recommendations to stem the repeated violations had not been implemented.“Overall, I am concerned with the lack of action towards the implementation of these recommendations; since 56 per cent of the recommendations have not yet been implemented.”Sharma, in his 2015 Audit report, observed too that “in many instances, recommendations are repeated each year without any appropriate action and as a result, weaknesses and issues that impacted negatively on government’s governance and accountability mechanisms continue to occur.”Meanwhile, as it relates to the overpayments made by Government, the Auditor General found that “the number of occurrences increased and so did the value of overpayment on contracts, which was $35.7 million in 2015 compared to the $31.3 million in 2014.”The Auditor General found too that there was a 52 per cent increase in the value of overpayments on net salaries and deductions in 2015 when compared to the previous year.“There were significant increases in 2015 as it relates to breaches of the relevant legislation, especially the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act and the stores regulations,” according to AG Sharma.Moreover, It was found that there was significant overpayment on 31 contracts including some $20 million that was overpaid for works. Inclusive of prior year overpayments, the Auditor General found that Government was unable to recover almost $400 million.“As stated in my 2014 report, this trend continued, coupled with no evidence to suggest disciplinary action of any kind had been meted out to engineering or other staff involved in the assessment of works in progress and the certification of progress payments is of concern and hints at management’s perceived inaction/inability to remedy the current situation.”Meanwhile as it relates to the financial management of the nation’s coffers with regards to current and capital spending, the Auditor General found that the APNU/AFC regime was unable to effectively manage this task.The report further detailed that in relation to the collection of funds, there was a shortfall of close to $1 billion in the current revenue while on the Capital returns there was a negative variance of some $5.5 billion, “which were primarily attributed to project loans that were below approved estimates on the account of timing issues in the execution of some projects, delay in implementation of key infrastructure projects.”On the other hand, in so far as the APNU/AFC Government’s ability to spend its allotted funds, AG Sharman found that with respect to the recurrent expenditure it was unable to execute its mandate coming up short to the tune of some $26 billion.According to the Auditor General, “this shortfall was mainly due to the $20.3 billion under Public Debt, for servicing of loans which was not utilised; $2.1 billion under GECOM for the hosting of Local Government Elections which was not held (in 2015); and $1.3 billion under the Ministry of Finance; $280 million under the Ministry of the Presidency, and $658.4 million under the Ministry of Health for Activities not fully executed.”Additionally, as it relates to its capital programme for 2015, the Auditor General found that, much like the admission of the Minister of Finance, Government at mid-2016 was unable to utilise some 50 per cent of its budgetary allocations, a situation which obtained the previous year.According to the Auditor General, “Central Government failed to achieve their anticipated levels of capital expenditure activities during 2015 with actual capital expenditure being approximately 79 per cent of the approved allotment of $39 billion resulting in a shortfall of $8.4 billion.”The Auditor General also highlighted that this massive shortfall in spending was attributed primarily to delays in the implementation of key infrastructure projects.“This unsatisfactory situation resulted in the return of disbursements totalling US$5.3 million equivalent to G$1.1 billion, which was requested by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).”The monies repaid to IDB as a result of the failure of the APNU/AFC Government to implement its projects were directly related to the road network upgrade and the expansion programme and sustainable operation of the electricity sector and improved quality of service project.last_img read more

‘Wife killer’ for sentencing next week

first_imgHigh Court Judge James Bovell-Drakes is expected to sentence 40-year-old Melroy Simpson, who turned his reputed wife, Carmelita Jones into a human torch on September 26, 2012 at B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.When he appeared to face the indictment late last week, he pleaded not guilty to the capital offence, but guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. Since hisDeceased: Carmelita Joneslawyer requested a probation report, sentencing was deferred to December 20.According to the facts of the case, the offender set the 25-year-old woman on fire after an argument erupted over a pack of milk he assumed she obtained from another male.Simpson then threw a flammable substance on his reputed wife and set her alight. She sustained burns about the body. Some of the affected areas were her right foot, back, neck and abdomen. She later succumbed to her injuries while receiving medical attention. She was the mother of four children.last_img read more

United front sparked fast start says Mourinho

first_imgUnited have already scored 16 times in the league, netting a further seven in the Champions League and League Cup.It is a goal spree that must have seemed unimaginable last season when United’s strikers were repeatedly held in check in a series of drab draws at Old Trafford.With Romelu Lukaku scoring seven since his close-season move from Everton and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial also among the goals, United look capable of winning the title for the first time since 2013.Mourinho believes the key to United’s success has been his forwards playing with a more positive attitude this season.“I think everybody in attacking areas gave a good dynamic to the team and especially happiness. We look happy playing football in this moment and that’s what I want,” he said.“They all want to play, they are all ready to play, they all want to use the minutes they have on the pitch to try and improve and have the pleasure of playing.“I enjoy very much that commitment, that pleasure in the game.”Only Manchester City have been able to match United’s goal blitz, with Pep Guardiola’s side sitting above Mourinho’s men on alphabetical order after compiling an identical record.City host bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace on Saturday as Argentine striker Sergio Aguero tries to become the club’s record goalscorer.Aguero’s tally of 175 City goals is just two behind the 78-year-old record of 177 set by Eric Brook.Given Palace’s dismal form — they have made the worst ever start to an English top-flight season with five defeats and no goals — it would be little surprise if Aguero reaches Brook’s haul on Saturday.But Guardiola doesn’t need to rely solely on Aguero as he also has Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane in fine form.– ‘Outstanding’ –Sane scored twice in the midweek League Cup win at West Bromwich Albion, prompting glowing praise from Guardiola.“He played so well, not just in terms of goals, his second was fantastic, but how he kept the ball,” he said.“He made a really good performance, not just the goals but in other issues he was outstanding.”-Chelsea travel to Stoke-Chelsea head to Stoke on Saturday aiming to keep pace with City and United.Last weekend’s goalless draw against Arsenal left the third-placed champions three points adrift of the early pace-setters.Even so, it’s been a good week for Blues boss Antonio Conte, with a League Cup thrashing of Nottingham Forest followed by news that Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Diego Costa.Conte cast Costa into exile at the end of last season after the pair fell out over the striker’s attempts to engineer a transfer, sparking a deluge of negative publicity about Chelsea’s handling of the problem.Liverpool return to Leicester just days after being dumped out of the League Cup by the Foxes.Jurgen Klopp’s side have gone four games without a win in all competitions and the Reds boss admits there are problems to resolve.“Yes we have problems. We can make it more serious than it is or we can take it like it is,” he said.Arsene Wenger insists there is no ulterior motive to starting Alexis Sanchez only in Arsenal’s less significant fixtures.Sanchez was a surprise starter in Arsenal’s League Cup win over Doncaster and also featured in last week’s Europa League opener against Cologne.Yet the Chile forward still hasn’t started a Premier League game this term.Given Sanchez was close to leaving last month and is out of contract at the end of the season, it had been claimed Wenger was making a point by using him with the reserves.“There is no disguised attitude on my side. I just try to give him competition and to get him back to his best,” said Wenger, whose side host West Brom on Monday.Fixtures (1400 GMT unless stated)SaturdayBurnley v Huddersfield, Everton v Bournemouth, Leicester v Liverpool (1630 GMT), Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Southampton v Manchester United, Stoke v Chelsea, Swansea v Watford, West Ham v Tottenham (1130 GMT)SundayBrighton v Newcastle (1400 GMT)MondayArsenal v West Brom (1900 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United players celebrate scoring during the match against Burton Albion at Old Trafford © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Jose Mourinho says Manchester United’s dynamic start to their Premier League title challenge has been fuelled by the feel-good factor among his forwards.Mourinho’s side head to Southampton on Saturday in confident mood after reeling off four wins from their first five league games.last_img read more

DONEGAL SCHOOL SCOOPS BEO TITLE FOR FIRST TIME

first_imgPupils from Colaiste Na Carraige winners of the IMRO Beo finals 2015De hAoine an 24ú lá de Aibreann saw the climax of IMRO Comórtas BEO 2016. For the first time in its four year history a school from Donegal Colaiste na Carraige came out top of the pile.At 9.30PM Joe Mc Hugh took to the stage as Jackie Hayden went to great lengths to inform the 250 plus crowd how difficult the judging job was this year. Minister Mc Hugh seemed genuinly moved by the experience as he mentioned what great times he had at college with his great pal Johnny Bosco while thanking the organizers.Classic hits 4 FM dj Barbara Ni Dhonnacha had the task of naming the winners, 3rd St Josephs Castlebar, 2nd St Columbas Stranorlar and IMRO BEO champions for 2015 Colaiste na Carraige.A great day and night was was added to by some great Irish music, The Nameless from Dungloe, local outfit The New Youth, Team RKT from Belfast and headlined by a band now honing their talent with some fantastic dance tunes DOGS all the way from Dublin.2016 sees the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising and Joe Mc Hugh informed all attending that BEO entrants will need to include a project based on the celebration as part of their entry. Details are yet to be trashed out. An so ends another magnificent year and comhghairdeachas Colaiste na Carraige. DONEGAL SCHOOL SCOOPS BEO TITLE FOR FIRST TIME was last modified: April 25th, 2015 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) Tags:Beodonegallast_img read more

PUPILS LEFT ‘TRANSFORMED’ AFTER VISIT OF AMAZING CAR-FORMER!

first_imgThe transformer car in action at Lurgybrack.Things were certainly ‘transformed’ at Lurgybrack National School outside Letterkenny this morning.Pupils were left open-mouthed when the amazing transformer car from Tom Duffy’s Circus arrived.Some thought Miss Foxe, Lurgybrack NS School Principal, appeared to be running off with the Circus! Thankfully, it was a well-planned surprise for the children.There was relief and delight all ’round as well as the odd gasp when the schoolchildren were treated to an impromptu display!Needless to say, Fr. James Gillespie was just as thrilled with the entertainment! Miss Fox with Fr GillespiePUPILS LEFT ‘TRANSFORMED’ AFTER VISIT OF AMAZING CAR-FORMER! was last modified: April 14th, 2016 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) Tags:donegalLurgybrack National Schooltransformerlast_img read more

Gus Poyet tells talkSPORT he ‘would love’ to sign Costa for Shanghai Shenhua

first_imgGus Poyet has told talkSPORT he wants to take Diego Costa to China – but admits his club Shanghai Shenhua are unlikely to be in the hunt for the striker.Chelsea’s star hitman is being tipped to leave Stamford Bridge and is the subject of interest from numerous Chinese Super League teams.The 28-year-old could command a salary in excess of £500,000-per-week by moving to the Far East, and Chelsea are understood to be preparing for his departure this summer.Shanghai Shenhua boss Poyet is among his admirers, though he says the recently-introduced regulations in China which only allow clubs to field three foreign players are likely to rule his side out of the running for the Spaniard’s signature.Poyet already has three overseas stars in his squad – Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins, Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarín and Argentine forward Carlos Tevez.Asked if he would like to sign Costa during an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Poyet said: “I would love to but it will be very difficult for us because of the quantity [of non-Chinese players] we have got. There are three who are playing. “There would have to be a massive change to the structure of the club to be able to bring Diego here.“I don’t know if it’s going to happen, I would never say ‘no, never’, but I would say it would be very difficult for him to come here.”Gus Poyet tells talkSPORT John Terry was certain to make Chinese Super League move before new rules introducedlast_img read more

FOOTBALL: ST CRONAS NS ADVANCE IN THE DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY PRIMARY SCHOOLS 7’S

first_imgFOOTBALL: Central Park in Keadue hosted the second qualifying area of the Donegal Soccer Academy Primary Soccer 7s (sponsored by Sellm8.com) on Friday with schools competing for a place in the Grand Finals. The boys section threw up some fascinating semi finals as Scoil Adhamhnáin faced off against Acres NS, whilst St Cronas NS played Scoil Mhuire (Glenties).It was Scoil Adhamhnáin and St Cronas NS who progressed though, both winning 1-0. As expected the final was a close encounter as both sides had early chances to score but it wasn’t until 3 minutes from the end when St Cronas NS got the goal that sealed a narrow victory.The girls section saw Scoil Mhuire (Glenties) navigate the group without defeat whilst Scoil Adhamhnáin advanced as group runners up.The final between the two sides was a fantastic endorsement for girls soccer with Scoil Mhuire (Glenties) taking the victory, 2-0.Both sides can now look forward to taking their place in the Primary Soccer 7s Grand Finals at the end of November. Donegal Soccer Academy would like to thank the schools/teachers for their participation in the competition and to Keadue Rovers FC for the use of their great facilities.FOOTBALL: ST CRONAS NS ADVANCE IN THE DONEGAL SOCCER ACADEMY PRIMARY SCHOOLS 7’S was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Sportlast_img read more

Donegal families fleeing domestic violence struggling with rising rents

first_imgThe cost and standard of rental accommodation for those seeking housing assistance through the Donegal Domestic Violence Service have been called into question. The Tirconnaill Tribune reports that rising rents, which are up 10% from this time last year, as well as properties that are totally unsuitable for young families fleeing domestic violence, is impacting greatly on Donegal Domestic Violence Service (DDVS) ability to help rehouse their clients and free up their own emergency accommodation for others in urgent need of it.Manager of DDVS, Dr Marie Hainsworth, says that both issues are impacting on their ability to help those who need it most. Her primary concern is the rising cost of rents which are well in excess of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Scheme many of the service clients are in receipt of.She says that these people are being “pushed into poverty” as the money they have for food and heating is often being used to top up their rental payments.The Donegal Domestic Violence Service works to empower and support women to regain, reclaim and retain control of their lives and to live free from the fear of violence and of abuse.Dr Hainsworth stated: “Those HAP payments were set two or three years ago I’d imagine, if not further back, and when you’re looking at 10% increase in rent in a quarter, or even if that was in a year, in two to three years you are quickly way behind. The reality is that the increases are a lot more than that.” Dr Hainsworth said some families are now staying up to nine months in the service’s emergency accommodation, where the intended length of stay is two-three months.As the demand for accommodation remains high, she said there are no incentives for rents to come down.She said the standard of some of the rental properties available is very poor, yet landlords are seeking upwards of €650/month for some properties that are dirty, damp, with flaking paint and safety concerns over gas or electric fittings.She added that in an ideal scenario the Donegal Domestic Violence Service would always have one property available for a family that requires it urgently as new cases come into them.If you are affected by domestic violence can phone the 24 hour helpline 1800 262677 and talk with a trained worker who understands that you need to make choices at your own pace, and who will support and encourage you to do this. No one will force you to do anything, if you wish, you can remain anonymous. Visit: www.donegaldomesticviolenceservice.ie Donegal families fleeing domestic violence struggling with rising rents was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Donegal Domestic Violence Servicelast_img read more

Live updates: Raiders pull out last-second win over Steelers

first_imgGet live updates, news and analysis Sunday at 1:25 p.m. when the Raiders take on the slumping Pittsburgh Steelers at the Coliseum.While the Steelers (7-4-1) come to Oakland focused on a playoff berth, the Raiders are looking for at least some respectability, if not an upset win against their longtime rivals. Oakland is tied with the 49ers for the worst record in the NFL as either team could be picking first in the 2019 draft.The Raiders have lost seven of their last eight games, …last_img read more