Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Quiambao finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds while also helping in containing Sotto in the second half.The 7-foot-2 Sotto still finished with 16 points but needed 15 attempts and made only seven. He did have 15 rebounds and five blocks while Chiu had a fast start but cooled off the last two quarters to tally 12 points and 11 rebounds.NU also clamped down guard Forthsky Padrigao, who had just four points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field with eight turnovers.Padrigao contributed in other areas with six rebounds, eight assists and three steals but Ateneo would need him to score more if it wants to force a deciding Game 3.The Blue Eaglets will also have to limit their turnovers after committing 21 in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘No love scenes’ for Marvin Hagler as boxing legend eyes more silver screen action 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines – Top seed National University beat defending champion Ateneo anew, 70-58, to take Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Bullpups drew a balanced offensive effort with six players scoring at least nine points led by Carl Tamayo’s 15 but it was on the defensive end where they really thrived.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments NU coach Goldwin Monteverde said another key for his team was its poise in the second half after a slow first two quarters.“The key is our composure. We were rushing with our execution in the first half and fortunately, we were able to recover in the second half,” said Monteverde, whose squad trailed, 30-25, at the break before outscoring the Blue Eaglets, 28-15, in the third period to turn the tide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Bullpups improved to 3-0 against the Blue Eagles this season after sweeping them in the elimination round. Game 2 is on Friday with NU looking for its first juniors crown since 2016.Tamayo, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, along with Kevin Quiambao anchored NU’s defense against Ateneo’s towering big men of Kai Sotto and Geo Chiu, who struggled in the crucial stages of the game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Cummings: “I’m entering Liberian politics with clean hands, without political scores to settle, free from any corruption charges or allegations…”-I’m entering Liberian politics with clean hands, without political scores to settle, free from any corruption charges or allegationsAlternative National Congress (ANC) standard bearer Alexander Cummings has clarified reports that he has been out of the country for most of his adult life and noted that despite his travels abroad and working for international companies, “I’ve always returned to Liberia, where I managed a series of philanthropic efforts.”In a FORBES Magazine interview, asking if Cummings can save Liberia, Mr. Cummings said he had always planned on living full time in Liberia after his retirement from Coca-Cola and his decision to run for president came a few years ago when he was discussing with his family and friends the best way he could contribute to Liberia.“We discussed the challenges facing Liberia, primarily the high level of youth unemployment and underemployment, which I have said is a national security risk. However, with proper investments in things like vocational and technical training, the youth can be transformed into a national asset,” he said.“Liberia has come a long way in the last 12 years. It has been safe and peaceful over that period of time. Indeed, Liberia has never been as free as it has been over the last decade. On the economic front, however, Liberia still faces many challenges that will only get worse if we continue down the same path.”He said the upcoming elections are vital and will be the first peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected government to another in nearly 75 years. “It is an opportunity for Liberia to cement its democratic progress. We hope a transition from the Unity Party to the Alternative National Congress will also establish Liberia’s ability to transition from one party to another, peacefully, as we’ve seen in Ghana, Nigeria and elsewhere.”Cummings said what sets him apart from the other 19 candidates is that “They are all legacy politicians, current and former senators, and government officials. The Vice President has been in his office for 12 years and was in government for many years before that, with few (if any) accomplishments to which he can point. Senator Weah has been in office since 2014 and hasn’t proposed or sponsored any legislation.“As a presidential candidate in 2005 and vice-presidential candidate in 2011, Mr. Weah hasn’t so much as set up a football academy in Liberia. The other candidates have all been involved in Liberian politics for many years and have had an opportunity to change Liberia. Unfortunately, they have failed. I’m entering Liberian politics with clean hands, without political scores to settle, free from any corruption charges or allegations, and having largely funded my campaign out-of-pocket, free from campaign debts and the patronage system. I have the business experience and know how to jumpstart the Liberian economy. I know how to create jobs and I have managed budgets many times the size of Liberia’s national budget. My sole purpose in running is to bring my experience to transform Liberia.”He said the Alternative National Congress has a clear agenda for Liberia. “In relation to what the government of President Sirleaf has done, we can do more to jumpstart and grow the economy, to create jobs for our young people, combat corruption, cut down on government waste and address the dire infrastructure deficit in the areas of roads, water, and power and internet connectivity.“The Sirleaf administration has done a great deal for Liberia in keeping the peace for the past 12 years, establishing strong democratic institutions, freedom of speech, etc. We will reduce the salaries and allowances of senior government officials, use those savings to increase the pay of our civil servants, strengthen the capacity and independence of our anti-corruption institutions, privatize infrastructure development, simplify the tax code and expand the tax base, with the goal of increasing the government budget from around US$600M today to around US$2B at the end of my first term.”Cummings said the Liberian economy has faced significant challenges in recent years, including the Ebola outbreak and the drop in commodity prices, but if elected, his administration will immediately tackle waste and corruption in government and redeploy those resources into more productive areas.“We need to approach job creation from a short term and long term perspective. The needs are immediate, so right away we begin putting young Liberians to work in their communities by providing credit to small businesses where private capital isn’t available, and making strategic investments in agriculture and infrastructure to unlock the full potential of the Liberian agriculture sector, which is our largest employer. We can also begin making investments in teacher training, vocational and adult education that will pay dividends in the long term and empower our unemployed, underemployed or unemployable citizens to take advantage of (or create their own) economic opportunities down the road.”Cummings said some of the wages and allowances for senior government officials and legislators have gotten completely out of control and the allowances for ministers vary by position, but some ministers get US$15,000 a month in salary and allowances. “My administration would cut that salary and allowance in half, and double the pay of a teacher making it US$100 a month. We need to reduce our spending at the top and increase the salaries of teachers, nurses, police officers, and other civil servants. Also, all 69 ANC legislative aspirants have signed a pledge to reduce their salary and wages by 50 percent, as that decision would obviously require legislative action.”He said his administration will reduce the size of “our bureaucracy and automate some of our government systems, including payroll, so we can operate more efficiently and transparently. We need to strengthen the capacity and independence of our integrity institutions, including the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), and the Internal Auditing Agency (IAA). President Sirleaf has also proposed to establish a special court to fast track corruption cases, which is an idea I support.”Forbes is an American business magazine headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. 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Some of the recent transfer speculation involving Chelsea…Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Olivier Giroud, according to The Telegraph.The Telegraph say the Blues are poised to sign Giroud for £18m and that this will pave the way for Arsenal to complete the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, with Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi joining the German club on loan as Aubameyang’s replacement.Earlier, The Sun claimed Chelsea will move for Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente if they cannot land Giroud.And the Daily Star claimed Chelsea are ready to let David Luiz join Arsenal in exchange as part of a deal involving Giroud.Speculation over Hazard and CourtoisEmbed from Getty ImagesThe Telegraph say Chelsea will refuse any bid from Manchester City for Eden Hazard – even an offer of £200m.The Mirror have claimed City are looking to buy the Belgian for £150m this summer and that he is boss Pep Guardiola’s number one target.There also continues to be speculation over the future of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.It comes after Real Madrid, who have long been linked with the Belgian, apparently missed out on the signing of Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Real were apparently keen to sign Arrizabalaga, who has signed a new contract.A number of newspapers, including the Telegraph, suggest this could put Courtois’ future in doubt.It is claimed that Real do not want him to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge and could make a move to sign him.Rochdale youngster linkedChelsea are interested in Rochdale teenager Daniel Adshead, it is claimed.ESPN say it has been told by “sources close to the League One club” that the Dale prospect, 16, is being monitored by the Blues and Arsenal.Midfielder Adshead broke into the first team this season and has been touted as one of the Football League’s brightest young players.Sun say Sunderland boss wants AmpaduEmbed from Getty ImagesSunderland boss Chris Coleman reportedly wants to sign Ethan Ampadu on loan from Chelsea.Wales international Ampadu, 17, has impressed for Chelsea’s first team when selected this season and The Sun say Coleman is looking to take him to the Stadium of Light. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The BJP State unit on Monday announced a massive campaign to corner the Naveen Patnaik government on issues of alleged corruption and misrule. “We are going to stage demonstrations in front of every block office from October 27 to 30. Blocks have become centres of corruption. Development work is being ignored while the BJD leaders are busy collecting funds by misusing different schemes,” said State BJP chief Basant Panda at a press conference here.‘Only for BJD workers’ “In the name of its own State food security scheme, foodgrains are being distributed only among BJD workers and the government machinery is being misused,” he alleged. Mr. Panda also announced that a padayatra would be taken out in every village from November 1 to 30 against 19 years of the BJD government’s “misrule”. “The signature campaign being carried out by the party demanding implementation of the Ayushman Bharat scheme in Odisha has received a huge response. We will submit one crore signatures to the Governor very shortly,” the State BJP chief said. “The people of Odisha have understood the conspiracy of the government… they are being deprived of the benefits of the Ayushman Bharat scheme. The State government is not letting the people of Odisha take advantage of Central schemes,” he charged. Issues and strategies were discussed at the party’s extended State executive meeting here on Sunday.
The much-awaited metro rail linking the twin-cities of Noida and Greater Noida in Gautam Buddh Nagar was opened for the public on Friday by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The rail corridor, also known as the Aqua Line, would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida. There are a total of 21 stations on the corridor — 15 of them in Noida and six in Greater Noida — spread over a distance of 29.7 km.“Today we dedicate the Noida Greater Noida metro rail to the people of the region. The Aqua Line, which has been completed in record time, will provide better connectivity to the region and prove to a milestone in development of the region,” Mr. Adityanath said. The final and mandatory safety inspection of the corridor was done in December 2018 by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) which gave its approval to the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) for launching commercial operations. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates the Delhi Metro, will assist the NMRC over the next one year in operating the Aqua Line. The Aqua line, which will have 19 rakes with four cars each, will halt on the Sector 76, 101, 81, NSEZ, Noida Sector 83, 137, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, and Greater Noida’s Knowledge Park II, Pari Chowk, Alpha 1, Delta 1, GNIDA Office and Depot metro stations. However, a major concern among the people has been that the interchange stations of the DMRC-operated Blue Line and the NMRC’s Aqua Line are not seamless. Commuters will have to get down at the Sector 52 metro station of the Blue Line, which will further get extended to the Noida Electronic City station, and reach the Noida Sector 51 station of the Aqua Line, covering a stretch of around 300 metres. Earlier, the NMRC had said a skywalk or a foot-over bridge to directly link the two stations was under consideration but there have been no talks about it lately. The NMRC had in December 2018 announced fares for the Aqua Line, with the minimum being Rs 9 and the maximum Rs 50. Commuters can buy QR-coded paper tickets or use the smart cards to get 10 per cent discount on fares, the officials said. The 49th battalion of the UP PAC has been entrusted with the responsibility of security on the Aqua Line, while some private security personnel will also be deployed.“The security personnel are being trained by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the Delhi Metro,” the NMRC had said.The trains are designed to run at a maximum speed of 80 kmph, clocking an average speed of 37.5 kmph. Seat reservation through different colours has been done in the coaches for ladies, senior citizens and differently-abled persons. A dedicated space has been provided for wheelchair in driving trailer cars at both the ends of the trains, according to officials. The Aqua Line, whose construction started in May 2015 and was completed in record time, was initially expected to be opened for public in November 2018, then December.