History is within Team Lakay’s reach with 3 fighters featured in 1st ONE Japan card

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA: Phoenix clobbers Alaska to book playoff berth Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay continues to make history.ONE Championship is set for its first fight card in Japan on March 31 for ONE: A New Era, and three of the fighters that will set foot at Ryogoku Kokigukan hail from the stable based on Baguio City.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ ONE World lightweight champion Eduard Folayaing will defend his title against Japan’s Shinya Aoki in the card’s main event while Kevin Belingon will put his ONE World bantamweight championship on the line against Bibiano Fernandes.Danny Kingad is also in the card as he takes on Andrew Leone in the quarterfinals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.Sangiao is relishing the chance for Team Lakay to create history in Japan if all of his fighters win in the land regarded as one of the origins of martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT This kind of notoriety just had to make the soft-spoken team patriarch Mark Sangiao talk with joy since his stable has the potential to not just be part of history but make it.“Of course I’m very proud and ecstatic that the first ONE card in Japan will feature three fighters from our team,” said Sangiao Thursday at Gloria Maris in Gateway for Team Lakay’s media lunch. “And I hope those three will win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs “If we can conquer Japan then it’ll certainly be part of history because Japan is one of the birthplaces of martial arts,” said Sangiao. “There are great martial artists there and they’re also technical.”“We will prove to the world that we’re one of the best when it comes to martial arts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Mrs. Magdalene McClain, Visiting Home after a Long Period, Dies Suddenly

first_imgThe late Mrs. Magdalene Aurelia McClainWife of former NOCAL President, Dr. Randolph McClainMrs. Magdalene Darling McClain, wife of the former president of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Dr. Randolph McClain, and a longtime award-winning Math and Science teacher in the United States, died suddenly at the ELWA Hospital on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, following a brief illness.She was 65.Madam McClain had only a few days earlier arrived home, accompanied by her husband, Dr. McClain, after a long period of absence from the country. She has spent most of her professional life in the USA, teaching Math and Science.A product of St. Teresa’s Convent (STC) and the University of Liberia (UL), both of Monrovia, Magdalene later traveled to the United States and entered the University of Kansas, where she took the Master’s degree in Microbiology.She followed her passion for teaching and has taught Math and Science for many years in American schools, winning many awards as an exemplary teacher of those subjects.On December 29, 1979, she was wedded to Dr. Randolph McClain, a chemical engineer employed with the American industrial giant DuPont of the State of Delaware. This union was blessed with four children—Bokah Worjoloh, who holds an MBA; Ayaba Gbeye Worjoloh a medical doctor; Taneh Worjoloh, who holds a BSc; and Afiavi, who holds an MBA.Magdalene Darling Gbenyon McClain was born on August 6, 1952, to the union of Mr. Lawrence Gbenyon and his wife, Mrs. Aurelia Weeks Gbenyon. Mr. Gbenyon, who migrated to Liberia from Togo, became a well-known and outstanding accountant, serving several important Liberian institutions.His wife Aurelia was the eldest sister of the Weeks Brothers—James, former Minister of Planning and later Finance; Rocheforte, first Liberian and longest serving president of University of Liberia; Monroe, former pastor of Reeves Memorial Methodist Church, Crozierville; Anthony, founder of Auriole Enterprises; and Jefferson.All of them were children of the Rev. J.I.A. Weeks and his wife, Madam Rosetta Ledlow Weeks — he of Crozierville, Montserrado County and she of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Rev. J.I.A. Weeks was pastor of Reeves Memorial, where two of his sons, James and Rocheforte, served as organists.Tragedy hit the Gbenyon family in 1952, shortly following the birth of their daughter, Magdalene Darling Gbenyon. Mrs. Aurelia Gbenyon took ill and died soon after. But Mr. Gbenyon raised his infant daughter and put her into the Convent, along with her elder sisters, Patricia, and Rachel Gbenyon, now Madam Rachel Diggs, former Liberian Ambassador to Washington, D.C. Magdalene remained at the Convent until her high school graduation.It was after their beloved sister Aurelia, Magdalene’s mother, whom they lost early, that the Weeks brothers, led by younger brother Anthony Benedict Weeks, named their school uniforms company, Auriole Enterprises, Inc. Auriole, founded in 1967, became for decades the main supplier of school uniforms throughout Liberia.Dr. and Mrs. Randolph McClain were wedded December 29, 1979.On Friday, March 30, Dr. Randolph McClain undertook the most painful task of escorting his wife’s mortal remains back to their children in the United States, where the funeral is scheduled to take place. Magdalene was an active member of the St. Patrick’s and St. Teresa’s Convent Alumni Association in the United States, commonly called “the Saints and Friskies.”Hundreds of them will most likely turn out for her funeral. Ricks Institute, high school alma mater of Dr. McClain, which also has a dynamic alumni Association in the USA, is also expected to be well represented at the funeral.At the removal from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home last Friday afternoon, March 30, scores of relatives, including Dr. Charles McClain of the Agriculture Ministry, Randolph’s brother, the Weekses and friends were in attendance. The Weekses present included eldest brother Rocheforte, Jr., his younger siblings, Alexander, Euphemia, former Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) Chairperson, as well as Central Bank Governor Milton Weeks and his wife Arnette.Many other friends of the family and close associates of Dr. Randolph McClain were also present, including his Club 21 mate, GOL appointee-extraordinary, Charles Bright. The Abdallahs, Cerif and his wife Carmenia, were also present. So were Masonic Grand Master James A. Pierre and former Liberia Petroleum Refining Company Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, Jr.  The Tolberts of Bentol, including former Mayor Christine Norman and her husband Lawrence, and former National Investment Commission Chair, Richard Tolbert, were also present.So were Eddie and Elaine Dunn of United World Travel Services, Reginald and Mornjay Pratt and sister Harriett George, Mrs. Adelaide Gardiner, building contractor H.Q. Taylor, petroleum entrepreneur Aida Clarke and Idella Cooper, formerly of the Justice Ministry and NOCAL. A group formerly of NOCAL, led by former Board member Charles Bass Golakeh and former Acting Head, Madam Althea Eastman Sherman, paid a brief tribute to the fallen wife of their former president, Dr. McClain.Madgelene’s mother and father, Lawrence and Aurelia Gbenyon, and younger brother, Charles Gbenyon of the Liberian Broadcasting System (LBS), predeceased her.She is survived by her husband, Dr. Randolph McClain, their four children, Bokah, Ayaba, Taneh and Afiavi; four grandchildren; and many other relatives. Survivors also include aunts, among them Madam Patricia Gbenyon, a pharmacist; Ambassador Rachel Gbenyon Diggs, wife of Dr. Joseph Diggs; and Madam Etweeda Sugars Gbenyon Cooper, widow of former Action, Development and Progress Minister Julius Cooper.Funeral arrangements will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Blondie” denies knifing fish cleaner to death

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairQuaison Jones called “Blondie” on Monday denied killing fish cleaner Marlon Green at the Meadow Bank Wharf, Georgetown, during the early morning hours of January 17, 2011. After entering his not guilty plea before Justice James Bovell-Drakes, a 12-member jury was empanelled to hear the matter.He is represented by Attorney Ronald Burch-Smith while Prosecutors Tiffini Lyken and Tameika Clarke are presenting the State’s case. Eyewitnesses, who took the stand on Monday recalled seeing the accused over the deceased making stabbing motions.Accused: Quaison Jones called “Blondie”Green’s brother, Rondell Singh, who also cleaned fish at the wharf said he and others ran to the scene after hearing Green “get bore up”. He said he saw the defendant over his brother and when he pushed him off, he saw a knife with blood and a hole in Green’s neck.“I see he cuff Marlon on de ground and when I reach, Blondie had a black-handled knife in he hand; de knife had blood pon it,” the dead man’s brother told the court.Singh along with another witness, Nicolas Isaacs, who was also a fish cleaner testified that Jones ran away from the scene. Under cross-examination, 28-year-old Singh, who worked as a fish cleaner for around 17 years, said that he knew his brother smoked cigarettes but nothing else like weed or cocaine when probed by Burch-Smith.Deceased fish cleaner Marlon GreenThe attorney suggested that his brother smoked “weed” which Singh denied. The Defence further indicated that fellow witness Isaacs was not with Singh at the time he ran to Green which was also denied. As the cross-examination progressed, Singh seemed to encounter difficulties with his hearing and the attorney asked why this hearing difficulty developed suddenly. Burch-Smith had to also repeat himself several times owing to the fish cleaner responding that he could not understand.Isaacs, who said he knew “Blondie” for some four months prior to the incident also recounted how the events unfolded. He said he was 17 at the time and noted that he was with workmates Christopher Vieira and Rondell Singh, Green’s brother. He said too that after running over to the scene, he saw a black-handled knife in the defendant’s hand. Under cross-examination, he denied that he and Green went to confront Blondie or that he had armed himself with a knife to attack the defendant.Another witness, Steven Vieira, in whose yard the fish was being cleaned, denied suggestions under cross-examination that he could not clearly see Jones stabbing Green. Vieira said the stabbing occurred some 60 ft away from his home at Meadow Bank koker but Attorney Burch-Smith suggested it was 200 ft. Vieira had said earlier that Green was like a stepson to him and denied that he “cooked-up” a story with his other relatives because of this relationship. Justice Bovell-Drakes reprimanded Vieira several times about not sticking to answering the questions being asked of him and further cautioned him against offering explanations. The trial continues at the High Court on Wednesday.last_img read more

Labourer slapped with robbery charge

first_imgA Bourda Market labourer was on Wednesday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with a robbery charge.Travis Allen is accused of committing the robbery at the Rio Night Club, Queenstown, Georgetown.The 22-year-old of West Ruimveldt, Housing Scheme, Georgetown appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge, which stated that on August 18, 2019, at Forshaw Street, Queenstown, he robbed Lakresha Parks of a phone valued $170,000 and $43,000 cash.Allen was represented by Attorney-at-Law Clyde Forde, who made a successful bail application for his client.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel informed the court that on August 18, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was leaving a concert when Allen approached her and held on to her bag; however, the woman quickly raised an alarm, which caused him to flee.However, the woman proceeded to a party at Rio Night Club when she was again approached by the defendant.The court heard that Allen dealt the woman several slaps to her face and body, relieved her of the articles, and escaped. The matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station, and Police ranks, acting on information received, went to Leopold Street, Georgetown and apprehended Allen.The Prosecutor contended that bail should not be granted given that Allen was positively identified by the VC, the offence is serious in nature, and the penalty it attracts.Allen was, nonetheless, released on $150,000 bail. As a condition of bail, he was required to lodge his passport with the court. The case will continue on November 6, 2016.last_img read more

Accused hit-and-run driver released on $300,000 bail

first_imgThe man, who allegedly drove a motorcar which killed a Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) man on Saturday afternoon and then allegedly fled the scene, was on Tuesday placed on $300,000 bail when he appeared at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court to answer three charges.The car that was allegedly driven by Yadesh Rooplall of Crabwood Creek, BerbiceYadesh Rooplall of Crabwood Creek appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore.It is alleged that on Saturday last, he drove the motorcar bearing registration plate number HC 9684 causing the death of Premchand Harripaul. The body of 27-year-old Harripaul, of Number 69 Village, Corentyne, was discovered lying on the parapet at Number 76 Village.At the scene, investigators discovered what appeared to be small pieces of a vehicle’s headlamp on the parapet, about three feet away from the body.Rooplall was placed on $200,000 for that charge.He was also slapped with two other charges. He is accused of failing to stop after an accident and failing to render assistance to an injured person. He was released on $50,000 for each charge. The case will continue on December 19.Meanwhile, an autopsy performed on the body of Harripaul on Tuesday by Government Pathologist Dr Nehal Singh, gave the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage as a result of multiple injuries about the body.last_img read more

President, Opposition Leader to meet today

first_imgAppointment of new ChancellorPresident David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo are expected to meet today to have meaningful consultations on the appointment of a new Chancellor of the Judiciary following the retirement of Justice Carl Singh, who acted in the post for more than a decade.Article 127 (1) of the Constitution speaks to the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice. It states that both the Chancellor and Chief Justice shall be appointed by the President, acting after obtaining the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe provision was a key aspect of the 2001 amendment to the instrument.The meeting was organised after President Granger announced at his first press conference in two years, that he has accepted a proposal from a committee that had been set up to review and interview applicants interested in the top judicial post after it advertised locally, regionally and internationally.“This is a matter of deep concern to me. The nominations were made, and contact has been made with the person who has been nominated [for Chancellor} and that person has accepted. We are now looking at the modalities for termination of the work that he is doing now in the country of residence,” said President Granger.Granger said on that occasion that he had already contacted the recommended individual who later accepted the nomination. Diligent work by the media revealed that the person the President favoured was Justice Kenneth Benjamin, who currently serves as the Chief Justice of Belize.President David GrangerMeanwhile, Opposition Leader Jagdeo confirmed the meeting during a press conference on Tuesday held at Freedom House. He would not offer any other comment on his initial position on the suitability of the proposed candidate or whether he felt the process to arrive at a nominee was transparent and fair.It is not clear too whether Jagdeo had access to the final report and all the requisite information relating to the selection of Justice Benjamin by the panel, which comprised former Justice of Appeal, Claudette Singh; Justice James Patterson, and Professor Harold Lutchman.“I am not willing to make any comments on this matter until after the meeting with the President which is set for tomorrow (today),” he maintained after being questioned by the media.Jagdeo had warned that even though the President has to make the first move to resolve the decade-long failure to appoint a substantive Chancellor and Chief Justice, he would not allow himself to be coerced into accepting nominees just to fix the situation.“Now we have two persons who are acting in the position(s). As you would recognise, this is not a new situation. It’s not desirable, but it’s how it has been for a long time in our history… just to have a substantive nominee. I am not going to promise now that any names that the President submits to me, that I will automatically give my approval for those names,” Jagdeo is quoted as saying in another section of the media.In December, concerns were raised about the track record of the President’s nominee and the fact that his performance was under scrutiny in Belize because of his inability to deliver timely rulings and judgments in a number of cases which led to a backlog. As a result, several professionals there had lobbied for disciplinary action to be taken against him if he failed to deliver the necessary judgments within a prescribed time.Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) President, Sir Dennis Byron, speaking at a Guyana Bar Association event, had severely criticised the non-appointment of a substantive Chief Justice and Chancellor.Sir Dennis noted too that no substantive Chancellor has been appointed since Justice Desiree Bernard, Guyana’s first female Chancellor, demitted office and was appointed as the first female Judge of the CCJ.“This situation has moved well beyond what ought to be acceptable in a modern democracy, where respect for the rule of law is maintained. The Constitution envisages the Judiciary of Guyana to be headed by officials who are substantively appointed and enjoy all the legal and institutional mechanisms to secure their tenure. Anything otherwise is, to my mind, a violation of the spirit and intent of the Constitution,” Sir Dennis said then. (Michael Younge)last_img read more

3 boys charged with attacking homeless veteran

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A homeless Army veteran was recovering in a hospital Friday after two 10-year-old boys and a teenager were accused of attacking him on a street and smashing a concrete block into his face. The three boys were in custody on aggravated battery allegations and face a hearing next week to determine whether they should remain in juvenile detention. At their first court appearance, the two younger boys were escorted from jail in oversized white jumpsuits, their hands chained in front of them and their legs in shackles. “They are dangerous,” the 57-year-old victim, John D’Amico, said. Prosecutors will petition the court to charge the 17-year-old as an adult, State Attorney John Tanner said. If convicted, he would face up to 15 years in state prison. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCHARITY: A massive crowd is expected to descend on Donegal Town next month for the FIRST EVER ZUMBA gig at The Abbey Hotel.The event has been organised by Donegal ZUMBA teacher Neil McHugh who has a dance school in Barcelona.  The event has been organised to raise money for a Children’s Charity in Belarus.The video above showcases one of Neil McHugh’s dance classes on a beach in Barcelona!ZUMBA has become hugely popular all across Ireland – and has been described as one of the most fun ways to become fit, healthy and active.Ahead of Neil’s concert in The Abbey Hotel he posted the following on his Facebook timeline. “Well guys, it’s finally arrived – the time to do a ZUMBA gig – have been asked a lot of times so here it is – THE ABBEY HOTEL on Tuesday 1 Dec at 7:45pm!“I wanted to do this for a while now, so then this chance came up while I’m at home – so we decided to do it with some encouragement from some good friends! 🙂“This will be a great night’s craic so trust to se you ALL there!“So come and enjoy me. As usual the great entertainer on stage and also Julia who really is the dancer perform our routines and have you all dancing and having a laugh.“It will be an electric atmosphere.Admission for the concert is €5 – while it’s FREE for children. All money raised is for charity – so save the date and make sure to attend what promises to be a superb night on December 1st.For more details and info check out their Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/events/1659482194297415/CHARITY: MASSIVE CROWD EXPECTED FOR FIRST EVER ZUMBA CONCERT IN DONEGAL! was last modified: November 20th, 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more


first_imgThe young woman who drowned off the coast of Inishowen perished after walking out to an island to read some books.Drowned – tragic Christine Plummer.Christine Plummer died after an incoming tide covered a shale causeway and cut her off from the mainland just 300 metres away.Christine, 40, who was originally from Derry but had lived in Donegal for many years, was found dead on the shoreline close to Rockstown Harbour around 5.30pm yesterday. It is thought pretty Christine, a part-time student, decided to wade back through the water but got into difficulty when she entered a deep hole.Her body was found in shallow water and brought ashore by a passer-by.Christine’s car was found nearby and it was initially thought a child had been with her as a woman of a similar description had been spotted with a child earlier.However after an extensive land and sea search, the PSNI in Derry confirmed that no members of Ms Plummer’s family were missing. Spokesman for Lough Swilly Lifeboat, Joe Joyce, said Christina could have survived if she had taken another route off the island.“She was unfortunate in that we think she made her way back through some deep water and this is why she probably got into difficulty.“If she had taken the long way around then the water is not as deep and she could have waded through it.“There are very heavy Spring tides at the moment and she would have found herself cut off very quickly,” he said.Ms Plummer was very popular and very well-liked in the area. She loved photography and was also involved in the local historical society. She was a regular contributor of pictures to Donegal Daily.During a search of the area, books believed to belong to Christine on archeology and nature were discovered.Local Buncrana Town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin, who knew Chris, said he was very saddened to hear of her death.“Chris was a lovely girl – a very sweet person. “She was very inoffensive and has been living in Buncrana for what must have been up to 20 years.“She loved nature and photography and was forever out walking and taking pictures.“It’s tragic to think that there was nobody who could help her,” said Cllr McLaughlin.WOMAN DROWNED AFTER READING BOOKS ON IDYLLIC ISLAND was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 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:Christine PlummerdrownedRockstown Harbourlast_img read more


first_imgA Ballybofey woman has been charged with stealing almost €40,000 from her employer over a two year period.Letterkenny courthouse.Christine Griffin, who worked as a book-keeper with a local pharmacy, appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning. The 47 year old woman is charged with a total of 31 offenses of theft over a two year period.Detective Garda Brendan Regan told the court that he arrested Ms Griffin this morning at Newline Road but she made no reply when the charges were put to her.The court was told that Ms Griffin stole a total of €39,770.30 over a two year period at the pharmacy in Ballybofey.However, over the past year Ms Griffin, of Carrickmagrath, Ballybofey has paid back a total of €19, 110 of the stolen cash to the company.Inspector David Kelly said the Director of Public Prosecutions has agreed to dispose of the case on a plea of guilty.Defense solicitor Patsy Gallagher asked to have the case adjourned until December 17th which Judge Paul Kelly agreed to.DONEGAL WOMAN ‘STOLE ALMOST €40,000 FROM CHEMIST SHOP’ was last modified: October 21st, 2014 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:BallybofeyChristine GriffincourtheftJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more