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Chinese Olympic figure skating judges banned for bias

first_imgCarpio 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’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China’s Jin Boyang performs during the figure skating gala event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW — The International Skating Union says competitions at February’s Olympics were marred by biased judging in favor of China, the next Winter Olympic host nation.An ISU investigation found Chinese judges Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng guilty of boosting Chinese skaters’ marks.ADVERTISEMENT Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The ISU says Huang also dragged down the marks of German pair Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, who won gold ahead of China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong in second.Even with Chen’s alleged manipulation of marks, Chinese skater Jin Boyang missed the medals in the men’s competition, finishing fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe ISU says the judges “committed one of the most serious ethical offenses a judge can be accused of.”Huang was banned for a year, while Chen is suspended for two years and banned from judging the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

MTN, Ecobank to Extend Mobile Money Services

first_imgMTN Mobile Money users, who are also Ecobank customers in 12 African countries, will soon be able to withdraw cash from Ecobank Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). They will also be able to transfer money between their Mobile Money and Ecobank accounts.According to MTN and Ecobank, the service was piloted in Ghana last month, and will soon be launched in Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, the Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.MTN and Ecobank have partnered to improve access to mobile financial services in the African continent.Both pan-African multinationals have vast experience in extending financial services in several of their markets, with MTN’s Mobile Money registered subscriber base growing 57.3% to 14.8 million in 2013.“We are extending our co-operation in Africa to expand the range of services provided, as well as to further explore the development of mobile financial services in these countries. MTN is particularly excited by this agreement as it fits in perfectly with our on-going efforts to improve access to financial services for our customers and broader communities in the countries where we operate,” says Pieter Verkade, MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer.According to this MTN official, MTN and Ecobank are also looking to partner in developing a unique mobile savings offering within their countries of mutual presence. Patrick Akinwuntan, Ecobank’s Group Executive Director for Domestic Banking, is quoted as saying “This roll-out further demonstrates our commitment to make branchless banking a reality by activating multiple service channels in every country in which we operate. Our unique pan-African footprint will also enable us to be at the forefront of developing the market for cross-border mobile money services in Africa.”The collaboration with Ecobank, Verkade observed forms part of MTN’s renewed focus to deliver a distinct customer experience by providing value-added products and services.MTN Mobile Money enables users to perform local and international money transfers, make utility and other service payments, purchase airtime and access range of mobile financial products. As of31 December 2013, MTN Mobile Money had 14.8 million registered users, and was available in 14 African countries. Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) is the parent company of the leading independent pan-African banking group, Ecobank.It currently has a presence in 35 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The MTN Group was launched in 1994 and is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 31 December 2013, MTN recorded 207.8 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bility Boasts ‘Surprise Support’ for FIFA Presidential Race

first_imgWith 75 days to the deadline of registration of candidates in the FIFA Presidential Bid, Liberia’s football chief, Musa Bility, has revealed that 13 countries have assured him of his nomination to replace Sepp Blatter.Mr. Bility said instead of the traditional five recommendations from member countries, he has received a surprise support of 13 countries up to yesterday and claimed that he is a potential candidate.Though, he failed to reveal the nations that pledged support to his nomination, as part of his pioneering strategy, he said they are from Europe and the Caribbean.He made the disclosure yesterday at the Headquarters of the LFA, attended by scores of sports journalists.“I received support and I’m surprised of it – I need five countries in writing – but up now I have support from 13 countries – and I don’t want to expose these countries as part of our strategy,” Mr. Bility said.“I am running for FIFA president that wouldn’t change – some people have limited vision and they want me to also have that limited vision – it’s good to think big and I’m running for FIFA President.”“There would be stumbles, but I wouldn’t be deterred, but would try to do whatever it takes – but the only painful thing is what comes out of my country,” Bility indicated.The LFA president stated that he is and strong confident and wouldn’t change his presidential bid.Mr. Bility, 48, said that he knows the “math and know what to go for the kill,” arguing that he has always been on the winning side.In the 2006 and 2011 Presidential Elections, Mr. Bility supported the Unity Party led government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and in the latter was the chairman of the mobilization campaign for Montserrado County – and in both elections, President Sirleaf won.In the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections, Mr. Bility campaigned against the UP in favor of Sen. George Weah.Mr. Bility reiterated that his meeting with CAF, which was declined – was not about CAF endorsing him.Bility said the CAF meeting was an honor to gain their moral support, because their support cannot translate into votes.He stressed that it was merely a privilege to have had the opportunity to talk to the entire CAF Executive Committee, to answer questions – concerns, admirations – all the issues that are wrong with football, – but it was considered only an opportunity to explain his platform for the football top post.“I would love for CAF to endorse me but if on the 28th of October, CAF doesn’t support me, I would only salute them and move on,” Mr. Bility said. Meanwhile, Bility said though President Sirleaf endorsed his candidacy evidence of the appeal by Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson to Liberians to rally their support for him, there are many Liberians who think he shouldn’t run for the presidency.“There are many of you who don’t want me to dream my own dream – it’s my right to run, but most Liberians think I’m running to represent the country, so I shouldn’t run – but it’s wrong – I am running as Musa Bility from Liberia,” Bility said.Meanwhile, besides Bility, four persons have also registered their interest, they include: Michel Platini, President of UEFA; Netherlands Football Federation president Michael van Praag; Chung Mong-joon, former Fifa vice-president and Luis Figo, former Real Madrid Player.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

169th Independence Day Activities Commence Today

first_imgThe Inter-Ministerial and Agencies’ Steering Committee on Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary has released the Calendar of Events to mark the observance.According to a Foreign Ministry release, this year’s anniversary will be celebrated in Monrovia, the nation’s capital, under the theme: “Consolidating Progress towards Transformation”.Liberia’s only medical doctor who is also a renowned biomedical research scientist, an inventor, and political activist at the same time, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, has been selected as this year’s National Orator.Dr. Nyan, who hails from Killepo-Towroken, River Gee County, holds a degree in human medicine from the Humboldt-Universität-University zu Berlin Medizinische Fakultät – Charité in Germany. He completed his post- doctoral fellowships at the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in the United States of America. Trained in infectious disease research, Dr. Nyan has over a decade of experience working in public health systems in pathogen diagnostics and the development of affordable diagnostic tests for underprivileged communities.As a career accomplishment, Dr. Nyan recently invented a rapid multiplex quantitative diagnostic test that can detect pathogens such as Ebola, HIV, Zika, Plasmodum (Malaria), Yellow Fever virus, Dengue viris, Hepatitis B, C, and E, and West Nile virus, just to name a few.Activities begin today, Thursday, July 21, with the Golden Image Awards and Dinner which takes place at the Monrovia City Hall.On Friday, July 22, the Muslim community will host a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Prayer at the Jacob Town Central Mosque, Paynesville at 12:00 noon; while an Investiture Ceremony takes place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.; followed by a Reception for the Honorees hosted by the President of Liberia in the Foyer of the Ministry.On Saturday, July 23, there will be the turning over and dedication of projects in Monrovia and Paynesville, Montserrado County as well as Sinje, Grand Cape Mounty County. At 5:00 p.m., a Football Match featuring the Government of Liberia verses Civil Society takes place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.On Sunday, July 24, at 11:00 a.m., a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service will be held at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church on Broad Street, Monrovia.This will be followed by Street Soccer matches involving Zogos and Don Bosco Boys on Carey Street at 1:30 p.m.The Liberia Community Health Assistants Program will be launched in Marshall City, Margibi County; while the Buchanan Water and Sanitation Rehabilitation and Expansion Project will be dedicated in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.On Monday, July 25, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will continue to tour and dedicate projects in Montserrado and Margibi Counties; at 4:00 p.m., there will be an Interactive Youth Dialogue at the University of Liberia Auditorium on Capitol Hill.On Tuesday, July 26, Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary programs begin at 6:00 a.m. with the hoisting of the National Flag.At 7:45 a.m. the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and President of the Republic of Liberia will arrive and review the AFL troops at the Barclay Training Center. This will be followed by Honors to the National Colors.Official ceremonies in observance of the 169th Independence Anniversary will take place at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmun Street, Monrovia.Independence Anniversary activities continue on Wednesday, July 27, with the Launch of the Tourism Trade Strategy at the Monrovia City Hall at 11:00 a.m.; followed by a Children’s Socialization Day with the President at 12:00 noon.On Saturday, July 30, the President will continue her tour and dedication of various projects in Bomi and Gbarpolu counties which will climax this year’s Independence Anniversary celebrations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mabaruma to get fish processing plant

first_imgMabaruma, Region One will see the introduction of a seafood processing plant in the near future, to assist residents with the preservation of their day’s catch, which is usually wasted owing to the lack of a processing and storage facility.This was announced by Junior Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe, who told Guyana Times last week, of the intentions of the Ministry to provide the residents with the new facility. She noted that the shelf life of the seafood that is caught will be extended enabling fisherfolk to earn more.“The facility will be for crab and fish. That is for a longer shelf life so that theMinister Valerie Garrido-Lowepeople can earn a living there. Normally, the Waraus would just come and bring their crabs. If they bring a crate, two or three might get sell and they have to carry it back home,” the Minister noted.“If they bring fresh fish, all of that wouldn’t sell but if we have smoked fish or salted fish, it can be preserved. Now if we have the facility, it can supply the whole region,” she added.Meanwhile, Garrido-Lowe also commented on the status of the coffee and cassava flour projects in the Moruca sub-district which are currently ongoing. For the cassava flour project, the site for the building as well as the design has been finalised.“With the coffee, the seeds are being brought from Brazil. [National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute] NAREI will germinate it and the farmers already cleared their lands to plant. They would have to do intercropping because with coffee farming, you can reap until next year and a half or two. So they would do intercropping with peas, melon and cassava,” she added.The area is strategically positioned to engage in significant economic gains and the coffee and cassava flour projects will be among other sustainable initiatives to change the trajectory of the lives of residents. Some 15 farmers from Santa Rosa Village is expected to be involved in the coffee project, while 35 will be involved in the cassava flour project in Kwebanna.last_img read more

Putin plays football with Infantino 100 days before World Cup

first_imgThe clip ended with Putin heading one back to Infantino after a heavily edited kickabout set to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.“Some people just can’t wait for the greatest show on earth,” FIFA said in the tweet.Others playing around with the official Telstar 18 World Cup ball included ex-England midfielder Wayne Rooney and Argentina’s Diego Maradona.Brazil’s Ronaldo juggled by the beach while Sweden’s Thomas Brolin had his fun in the snow.Putin is known for his sporting prowess, taking part in Judo matches, skating, diving and playing ice hockey.A judo black belt and all round sports fan he is hoping to use the World Cup to showcase Russia and boost its image at a time of fraid relations with the West.Russia is hosting its first World Cup on June 14-July 15 in 11 host cities stretching from its western exclave of Kaliningrad near Poland to Yekaterinburg in the Urals.Numerous Russian cities are planning events to commemorate 100 days before the start of the 32 team tournament.Moscow is staging an open air concert for 6,000 volunteers while Russia’s northern capital Saint Petersburg is unveiling a countdown clock.“It is important to show Russia the way it really is: open, hospitable and modern,” Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov was quoted as saying on Tuesday by RIA Novosti.– ‘Open heart’ –Russia’s preparations for the showpiece event are going largely according to schedule but still being clouded by scandal and global disputes.Fan violence that made Russians infamous at the Euro 2016 in France returned last month during a Europa League match in Spain between Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao.Organisers hope the February 22 insident in which a handful of Russians were arrested and a policeman died of a heart attack does not frighten away global fans.Tensions with the West have been compounded by the ignomy of Russians being forced to perform under a neutral Olympic flag at the Winter Games in Pyongyang over doping allegations.But Russian national team coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he hoped the World Cup would improve people’s attitude toward his country.“The most important thing is to come to Russia with an open heart and to try to understand our country and the places you are visiting,” Cherchesov said in an interview released by FIFA.“As we say in Russia, better to see something once than to hear about it a hundred times.”The tournament kicks of when Russia hosts Saudi Arabia in Moscow’s renovated Luzhniki Stadium on June 14.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian football legend Pele and Argentina’s former midfielder Diego Maradona pose for pictures ahead of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 01, 2017.© SPUTNIK/AFP/File Alexey NIKOLSKYMOSCOW, Russia, Mar 6 – President Vladimir Putin played football with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino in the Kremlin on Tuesday as a festive Russia marked 100 days before the start of the World Cup.The footage from Putin’s reception office was released by football’s world governing body in a tweet featuring legends of the beautiful game juggling the ball and doing tricks.last_img read more

Four things we learned from the Champions League final

first_imgOrigi the man for the big occasionDivock Origi’s late goal wrapped up the victory for Liverpool in MadridDivock Origi is not part of Liverpool’s potent front three but has made a massive impact as Liverpool’s Champions League run crashed towards its dramatic climax.Belgian Origi scored twice, including the winning fourth, in the Reds’ incredible comeback from 3-0 down against Barcelona in the semi-final and came off the bench to seal the final with a excellent left-footed finish three minutes from the end just as Tottenham were beginning to push for a late equaliser.The 24-year-old collected the ball from Joel Matip as Spurs failed to clear a humdrum corner and lashed home a super finish, the only true moment of quality in what was a poor final.All-English final wilts in the heatMohamed Salah scored the opening goal as Liverpool banished the pain of last year’s defeat in the finalFans were expecting a thrilling contest in line with the incredible comebacks both sides pulled off in the semi-finals, but players who had finished the Premier League season three weeks ago failed to escape the sweltering heat in the first half, with the temperatures hovering around 30 degrees celsius at kick-off.Liverpool won their sixth Champions League despite putting in one of their worst performances of the season, managing just three shots on target of which one was Mohamed Salah’s opener from the spot and the other Origi’s winner.Tottenham were the better of the two sides as the heat dissipated in the second half, but only created one decent chance in the Reds’ area when Lucas Moura shot too close to Alisson.Poch’s Kane gamble backfiresHarry Kane failed to get going after Mauricio Pochettino picked him to start after nearly two months out injured© AFP Paul ELLISMauricio Pochettino plumped for his star striker Harry Kane to start over semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura despite the England captain not having played since damaging ankle ligaments in the first leg of their quarter-final against Manchester City back in early April.Kane, who has been picked by Gareth Southgate in the 23-man squad for next week’s Nations League finals, had just 11 touches in the first half and was dominated by Virgil van Dijk in a sluggish display.The 25-year-old perked up slightly in the second half once Moura was paired alongside him but his first shot on target came in stoppage time and he was barely involved in the few good things that Spurs managed to do late in the second half before Origi made sure of Liverpool’s coronation.Salah finds final redemptionJordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah celebrate as Liverpool win the Champions League, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the finalMohamed Salah left the field in tears just half an hour into last year’s final after being cynically hauled down by Sergio Ramos, Liverpool’s 44-goal star striker helpless with a shoulder injury as Real Madrid eventually coasted to a 3-1 win in Kiev.The Egyptian may not have been as prolific this season with 27 goals in all competitions but washed away bad memories from last year when he slammed home the second-fastest ever goal in a Champions League final from the penalty spot after less than two minutes.The goal gave his side a cushion that allowed them to get away with a below par display before Origi stepped up to seal the deal.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohamed Salah lifts the Champions League trophy after Liverpool were crowned kings of Europe for a sixth timeMADRID, Spain, June 2 – Liverpool won their sixth Champions League title on Saturday after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in a disappointing match in Madrid.Here AFP Sport looks at four things we learned from the showpiece final at the Wanda Metropolitano:last_img read more

Plymouth manager John Sheridan leaves club for family reasons

first_img John Sheridan John Sheridan has left his post as Plymouth manager, the Sky Bet League Two club have announced.The 50-year-old guided the Pilgrims to a seventh-placed finish last term but they fell at the first hurdle in the play-off semi-finals against Wycombe.Although he had one year remaining on his contract at Home Park, the two parties have reached a mutual agreement to allow him to terminate that deal in order for Sheridan to return to the north for family reasons.“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been Plymouth Argyle’s manager for the last two-and-a-half years, and I would like to thank the board and the green army for supporting me wholeheartedly during my time at Home Park,” Sheridan said in a statement published on the club’s official website.“I have thought long and hard about the decision I have reached and I hope people understand the reasons behind it.“I believe that I leave the club in a far stronger position to reclaim its place at a higher level of the Football League than it was when I first arrived and I wish it nothing but continued success for the future.”Sheridan, previously a manager with Oldham and Chesterfield, moved to the Pilgrims in January 2013 and led them to finishes of 21st, 10th and seventh in the fourth tier.“Reaching the play-offs last season, two years after surviving the drop into non-league on the final day of the 2012-13 campaign, is an achievement of which John, his management team, and the players should rightly be proud,” added owner and chairman James Brent.“While we would have liked John to continue to plot Argyle’s course back up the Football League, we understand his reasons for wanting to leave and have agreed a mutual termination of his contract.” 1last_img read more

Jose Mourinho thinks people love Chelsea to lose: do you agree?

first_imgChelsea picked up their first win of the Premier League season at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but it wasn’t without drama.The Blues conceded a penalty with the score at 0-0, which Thibaut Courtois saved, and proceeded to storm into a 3-1 lead by half-time.John Terry was then sent off before the Baggies pulled it back to 3-2, but the defending champions held on to take three points.Jose Mourinho wasn’t happy with the match officials, though (is he ever?) and after his side’s stuttering start to the campaign is already cranking up the siege mentality rhetoric.“Many people are disappointed with the result,” he claimed afterwards. “They love Chelsea to lose a game.”Is he right? Vote now! 1 Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Miller tightens belt, stops Fohi

first_img Walker scored 26 points but was hobbled for much of the second half by a hard foul, compounded by Miller’s physical play. “We pressed, and it’s because we’re starting to feel more confident,” Miller coach John Romagnoli said. “We’re starting to show some maturity on the court. As we keep getting older and smarter, we’ll (press) more.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Romagnoli thought his defense was able to disrupt Fontana’s flow, which was more difficult than it sounded at the game’s inception. The Steelers came out and set the tone with an intense, aggressive style, which resulted in an early 7-0 Fontana lead. But Miller (8-7, 1-0) toughened up from that point and eventually went on a 12-0 run that was stopped only by the halftime break. Eric Ellis scored 13 points to lead Miller, and and Jonathon Jury had 11. After it was over, the Rebels had a 44-30 lead. They maintained a double-digit margin for the rest of the game. Fontana (1-6, 0-1) was coming off its first win of the season, a 71-51 victory against struggling San Bernardino. The Steelers played well at times but couldn’t consistently score enough to keep up with Miller’s outburst. As for the Rebels, Romagnoli was disappointed to see his team lack its trademark gritty play that was on display during the San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament last week. But he used the word “gutty” to describe his team Tuesday night, which he took as a sign of progress. FONTANA – The A.B. Miller fans were heckling Fontana freshman Demetrius Walker, chanting “Waaalker” and “over-rated.” He was far from overrated, but Miller’s pressing defense did enough to keep him in check Tuesday night for a 65-50 home victory against the Steelers in the Citrus Belt League opener for both teams. center_img “I want to see if the first 14 games taught us any lessons,” Romagnoli said. “I’ve seen flashes of how we can play, so I know how good we can be.” One of those flashes Tuesday included Miller’s second-half defense, which allowed just 20 points, including five field goals (Walker had three). The next test for Miller is to see whether it can play with Redlands East Valley, which hosts the Rebels on Thursday night. Romagnoli offered a half-hearted smile. “We’ll see then how many of those lessons we learned tonight.” 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