Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Harvey put his head down and tried to cover up his face before bumping into Smith, who played for several teams including the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat. The two embraced each other with a handshake before both walked into the suite.Harvey, who hosted the NFL Honors on Saturday, shared the same suite with Jon Hamm, Swizz Beatz and Camila Mendes. They were only a couple doors away from Maroon 5 and Big Boi, who performed at halftime of the game.“I loved Maroon 5′s performance. They rocked it,” said retired NFL player Curtis Martin, who played for the New York Jets and Patriots. “Travis (Scott) and Big Boi was amazing too. I liked how they mixed things up. Big gave that ATL flavor.”Director Peter Berg said Maroon 5′s frontman Adam Levine “really delivered.”Asked what Berg’s best moment was: “When he took his shirt off. I was like ‘Damn, looking good.’”___KEY STAR-STRUCKKeegan-Michael Key is a celebrity in his own right, but the actor-comedian still gets star-struck when hanging around NFL players.“The thing is being backstage with a lot of them. You turn the corner and it’s like ’Oh, there’s J.J. Watt. Oh, nice to meet you. Oh, there goes Barry Sanders running around. It’s nice to be behind-the-scenes. You get to meet a lot of the players. I’m such an NFL fan.”Key, who starred in the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” said his favorite player Charles Woodson played a role in the “East-West College Bowl” skit. Woodson won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 2011. “We met last year for the first time, and it was an important time,” Key said. “He gave us so much inspiration for that episode.”Key hopes he can one day see Beyonce sing the national anthem and perform during halftime at the same Super Bowl. She was a halftime performer in 2013 and 2016.“Now, that would be awesome if she could pull that off,” he said. “I really want to see her make that happen. I think she can. I mean, she’s Beyonce.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Both Knight and Chloe x Halle put on strong performances. They have been surrounded by the controversy after some have boycotted the NFL over treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.While some performers declined participation in the Super Bowl, Knight said she hoped her anthem would unite people.Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi will headline the halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.___JAMIE FOXX TAKES SELFIES WITH CIVIL RIGHTS ICONSADVERTISEMENT Jamie Foxx took several selfies with civil rights pioneers John Lewis and Andrew Young on the sidelines before kickoff at Super Bowl 53.After taking pictures with them, Foxx shook Lewis and Young’s hand then told them they inspire him. Lewis and Young were sitting in the back of the golf cart while Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter Bernice King sat in the front.Beforehand, Foxx strolled down the sideline and took videos of the crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as many chanted his name before the New England Patriots faced the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta on Sunday. The Oscar-winning actor said he is a longtime fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but he is rooting for the Patriots.“I’m going with Tom Brady today,” Foxx said. “I think he’s going to pull it off.”Foxx bet on the right quarterback — Brady’s Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3.Foxx said he’s been coming to the Super Bowl for many years calling each time a “different experience.” He performed at the Maxim party that also featured Future and Diplo on Saturday night.“Every year, it’s special. It’s great. It’s nothing like football,” he said.___CELEBS & ATHLETES MINGLEActor-comedian Steve Harvey and ex-NBA player Steve Smith were among the celebs and athletes who mingled during Super Bowl 53. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Super Bowl ads heavy on humor, surprises and… robots MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and entertainer Jamie Foxx, right, speak on the sidelines before the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Jonathan Landrum Jr)ATLANTA — Not everyone is watching Super Bowl 53 for the love of football — celebrities are a big part of the day, too. Here’s a breakdown of what is happening with entertainers on Sunday in Atlanta.___ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES GLADYS KNIGHT, CHLOE X HALLE FILLED WITH JOYGladys Knight was all smiles as she blew kisses to everyone, and Chloe x Halle were almost speechless after their pregame performance at Super Bowl 53.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKnight called her rendition of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” an “exciting moment” and “one to remember” in the tunnel of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Atlanta. The 74-year-old singer was all smiles as she thanked everyone who supported her through the controversy involving performers who were criticized for performing at the NFL’s marquee game.Before Knight performed, the R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle sang “America the Beautiful.” The group said their experience was “wonderful” and were “thankful to God” for the opportunity. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—National University showed its championship pedigree in clobbering Adamson University in straight sets, 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The defending champions have now racked up three straight wins after opening their season with a four-set loss to Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Bryan Bagunas, Season 80’s Finals MVP, led the Bulldogs with 24 points while James Natividad and Angelo Almendras combined for 11 points.The Soaring Falcons’ loss saw them drop their first game of the season to tie NU in second place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEarlier, Ateneo ended its two-game skid with a three-set sweep of University of the East, 25-22, 25-19, 25-11.Antony Koyfman put up 13 points for the Blue Eagles who improved to a 2-2 record tying University of Santo Tomas at the fourth spot of the standings. Pistons punish Kevin Love-less Cavaliers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ateneo punished UE to the tune of 40 spike points as compared to UE’s 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments
LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The NBA says Ibaka drew the stiffer penalty for several reasons. The league found he was the instigator and threw a punch at Chriss. The league also cited his history of fighting during games. Chriss’ suspension was for throwing a punch at Ibaka.The suspensions are without pay. Ibaka will lose about $448,000 and Chriss about $22,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into Champions League quarters Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NEW YORK — The NBA has suspended Toronto’s Serge Ibaka for three games and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss for one game for their involvement in an on-court fight.Chriss will sit out Cleveland’s game Tuesday in Philadelphia. Ibaka will miss Toronto’s games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, at Detroit on Sunday and against New York on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
John Barba led the Junior Pirates with 18 points and five rebounds while Guadana had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.No. 26 Sta. Clarita International School-Iloilo was the lowest-ranked team to advance to the Supreme 16 after it beat Cebu’s Uniersity of San Jose-Recoletos, 89-75.Steven Tono and Wilmer Dalumpines combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter where Sta. Clarita outscored the Jaguars, 28-10.Fourth-seed San Beda leaned on Rhayyan Amsali and Tony Ynot to beat 29th seed Holy Trinity-Gen Santos to also secure a spot in the Supreme 16.Amsali tallied 19 points, four rebounds, and two steals in just 16 minutes of action while Ynot finished with 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Forthsky Padrigao hit the go-ahead basket with 46 seconds left to finish with 17 points on top of six assists.“What I like most about the game is that our opponent is a very strong and competitive team. They’re from the NCAA so our players really got tested,” said Ateneo head coach Reggie Varilla.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Kudos to the boys. We weren’t able to practice that much because it’s exam week last week but they were trying But I think we could have done a better job,” Varilla, whose team blew a 14-point lead, added.The Junior Pirates had a chance to tie but Mac Guadana couldn’t get a shot off as time expired. Kai Sotto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFifth-seed Ateneo-Quezon City eluded an upset after escaping Lyceum-Cavite, 86-84, in the Chooks-to-Go NBTC National Finals Tuesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Kai Sotto had 35 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blue Eaglets, who arranged a showdown with 12th seed FilAm Sports USA on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Third-seed Southwestern University-PHINMA of Cebu dominated 30th seed Dolores National High School-Eastern Samar, 103-49.Harvey Sanchez scored 20 points for the Baby Cobras, who will face the 14th seed Top Flight-Vancouver. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Big finish needed Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
The Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association has respectfully called on the political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, to apologize to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for what they termed as an “insult” to the Liberian leader.The group said the leader of MPC has failed to recognize Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the sitting President of Liberia by making derogatory statements to the President.“We are calling on the political leader of the (MPC), Simeon Freeman to kindly apologize to our President for using the media to call the Liberian leader the most irresponsible leader Liberia has ever produced and the most corrupt leader in the history of the presidency of Liberia.”Speaking to the Daily Observer on Monday, February 10, the general secretary of the MCSSTA, Samuel M. Nyanuh, said the words of Simeon Freeman were a gross disrespect to the presidency and citizens of Liberia.Mr. Nyanuh wondered what precedent the MPC political leader was setting as a politician, describing the statement made by Simeon Freeman as unfortunate and not to be taken into consideration.According to him, this is not only an insult to the President, but the entire citizenry of Liberia because only irresponsible people can elect an irresponsible person as leader.Mr. Nyanuh said the political leader must have made an error and hopes that Simeon Freeman would eventually see reason and sincerely apologize to President Sirleaf.It may be recalled on Monday February 3, that the MPC’s political leader, Simeon Freeman, reacting to the president’s annual message, described the Liberian leader as the most irresponsible and corrupt leader Liberia had ever produced.Mr. Freeman said the Liberian leader made many unfulfilled promises to the citizens including electricity, the creation of 20,000 jobs, and many other plans he said had failed over the last eight years.He also use the medium to call on President Sirleaf to recommit herself to the Liberian people and reason to live by the promises she made.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,What were the judges looking for in deciding the winner of the Senior Panorama Competition 2018?It was observed that favouritism and disregard for the judging rules of the competition were on full display at the annual Panorama Competition. The judges, apart from being officials of the Department of Culture, were biased in their rulings and approach to judging.The rules and guidelines of the competition clearly state, in section (5), that during the process of judging the event, all officials are expected to conduct themselves in a proper manner. Judges should not communicate with any of the competitors and/or their sponsors, supporters, or members of the media for the entire duration of the competition. This was not the case on the night of the competition.The coordinator was supposed to be Mr. Xavier, but Mr. Tyndall, who works for the same office, being the coordinator of the Mash Committee and past leader of the band that won, was seen mingling with the judges, bringing the results into disrepute; which brings a clear case of conflict of interest because the National School of Music Band is owned by the Department of Culture.Now if I owned that band, and all the judging officials came from me, what would people think and assume? It can also be noted that the outcome in judging for the past few years has been the same. This is disgusting, because the outcome seems to always be in favour of the National Band.No way, in my music knowledge, or listening to steel pan music and soliciting the views of others, could the National Band have emerged winners in front of the Guyana Police Force Band, which were the definite crowd pleasers — playing well with a clean sound, good balance, and with proper melody and audio coming from all sections of the band.At no time did they break the rules of the competition, unlike the National Band, whose members gyrated in front of the judges in clear violation of the rules and standing orders of the competition and still emerged victorious.Where are we going with competitions and judging in Guyana if injustices like this one keeps occurring? There were other bands that were eliminated for violating competition rules, but this was not the issue with the National Band. It was a great act of favouritism.Not only was this attitude deemed bad for pan music lovers, but also for the players, who try desperately to keep the art alive. If this is allowed to continue, sad to say, steel band competition is heading for a doomsday. Please, Mr. Tyndall and others, fair and neutral judges are what we need to avoid conflict of interest and to keep the art alive and well.Neil CortSteel Pan Lover
– slams Top Cop for opposing Police reform By Devina SamarooGovernment’s plan to scrap the Strategic Management Department (SDM) has clearly ruffled the feathers of former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee who has since accused Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud of besmirching his character, denigrating the efficacy of the SMD, and disrespecting a PPP/C Cabinet decision.Former Home Affairs Minister Clement RoheeCommissioner Seelall PersaudThe SMD was established in May 2013, based on recommendations by UK-based CapitalSymmonds Consultancy Firm, to oversee the implementation of the Guyana Police Force’s 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.However, according to media reports, the Police Commissioner indicated that the SMD had outlived its usefulness, so moves were afoot to bring a halt to its operations.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan later confirmed that the employees’ contracts would not be renewed as Government would shut down the unit.This decision did not sit well with the former Minister in charge of the security sector who took to the media to register his concerns and lambaste the Top Cop for his decision.In a lengthy press statement on Thursday, Rohee stated that with the passing of former Police Commissioner Henry Greene and the retirement of his successor, Leroy Brumell, “certain” senior ranks who rose to the top of the Guyana Police Force became resistant and intolerant to the work of the civilian-led SMD, its oversight role and its joint responsibility to ensure implementation of the Strategic Plan.“Principal among those who considered the SMD and the Ministry of Home Affairs as intrusive were Seelall Persaud, Balram Persaud (deceased) and David Ramnarine,” Rohee stated.He contended that to now claim that the SMD had “outlived its usefulness” was disingenuous and duplicitous.Rohee then argued that there were elements at the senior management level of the Police Force who were never supporters of reform in relation to the implementation of the strategic plan drafted by the Consultancy Firm, particularly where a civilian-led Unit was mandated to oversee the implementation of the plan.Public Security Minister Ramjattan had explained that the SMD was no longer necessary, since there were adequate measures under the Citizen Security Programme to improve the performance of the Force.He reiterated that contracts of the unit’s members would be coming to an end soon and would not be renewed; therefore, the work of the unit ceased upon the completion of the contracts.
Babita Sarjou’s deaththirty-nine-year-old Sharadananda Narine, called “Anand”, and his alleged accomplice 45-year-old DorelDorel ProntonSharadananda NarinePronton, called “Yankee”, who were slapped with a murder charge on Wednesday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The two men were not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between November 4, 2010 and May 22, 2016, they murdered Narine’s estranged wife, 28-year-old Babita Sarjou, a mother of one, of Timehri Public Road, East Bank Demerara.Narine and Pronton were remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate McLennan until June 21, pending the post-mortem report and the DNA results.Meanwhile, speaking with the media following the duo’s court appearance, Director of Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA), Dianne Madray said that she was happy the men were now facing the consequences of their crime, while adding that justice has been served.Champa Seonarine, mother of the now dead woman, was elated that the men were charged.The skeletal remains of Sarjou were discovered at Narine’s Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, yard on May 22 – six years after she went missing.Her estranged husband and his accomplice, who were arrested on Saturday, allegedly confessed to the woman’s murder and later led investigators to the spot where they buried her body back in 2010.In early April, Seonarine, along with officials from CADVA had again petitioned for the case to be reopened. Seonarine said all she needed was some closure.The dead woman’s mother at the beginning of the investigations had voiced her belief that her daughter’s estranged husband had something to do with her disappearance.It was also reported that there were several instances of domestic violence and reports made to both the Kitty and Timehri Police Stations by Sarjou against her husband.In 2010, during the initial investigations, the Police held her husband for questioning for 72 hours and then released him.
A Lindener was granted bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse on an unlawful and malicious wounding charge, when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.Martin Fraser Junior, 18, of Constabulary Compound, Mackenzie, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Javick Dennis on March 29, at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground at Wismar, Linden.He was granted bail in the sum of $40,000 with the case continuing on June 29.
The United Nations through the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), on Friday donated a Toyota Prado to the Ministry of Education’s, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport.UNFPA Assistant Resident Representative Patrice LaFleur hands over the vehicle to Minister within the Ministry of Education Nicolette Henry in the presence of Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry Alfred King and Director of Youth Trevor WilliamsMinister within the Ministry of Education Nicolette Henry who received the donation stated that the Education Ministry has a long relationship with the UNFPA which has played a vital part in the development of Youth Friendly Spaces around the country. It was also stated that the relationship is strengthened by the donation.It was related that the vehicle would be used by the Department of Youth to boost development of the Youth Friendly Spaces. The junior minister noted that the Education Ministry is placing focus on those youth spaces to ensure that young people have a safe space to meet and have access to key services. As such, she praised the UNFPA for the donation.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry Alfred King explained that the vehicle will be used to aid in the advancement of youth development.He reiterated Henry’s statement, telling those at the handing-over ceremony that the Youth Friendly Spaces project created an environment where young people can not only learn about themselves and their sexuality, but also develop themselves in a positive way. He also expressed gratitude for the vehicle gesture.explained that relations between the organisation and the Ministry of Education began in 2003, and over the years has seen several successful partnership initiatives undertaken.She stated that UNFPA is pleased with the fruits of the relationship with the ministry, adding that the vehicle will be used in the Department of Youth’s outreach programme to the Youth Friendly Spaces where focus will be placed on adolescents and youth development, especially adolescent pregnancy reduction. She also pointed out that the UNFPA has a mandate from the UN and the Caricom Secretariat to address adolescent pregnancy reduction.