first_imgBACOLOD City –Sycip, Gorres and Velayo (SGV), the country’s top accounting firm, clearedVallacar Transit Inc.’s (VTI) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Celina Yanson-Lopezof any liability in the alleged P380-million fund mess. The firm’s seniorpartner, Atty. Alexander J. Poblador and Atty. Deogracias G. Fellone, bothsigned the letter on behalf of SGV. Incumbent VTIpresident Roy Yanson, in an informal press conference with Bacolod City-basedjournalists, said the discovery of the funds mess might have led to the breakwhich caused the recent squabble among members of the Yanson 4-dominated VTIboard. It was SGV thatthe Yansons asked to conduct an independent audit after Yanson-Lopez herself asCFO pushed for the investigation of several transactions made at VTI’s ManilaPurchasing Office (MPO) sometime in 2018. Therewere encashments and withdrawals thru falsified and forged signed checks. Disagreementsbetween the clan’s matriarch Olivia and the Yanson siblings on how to treatthose involved in the funds mess broke the once stable board into the majorityblock — Roy, Ricky, Celina and Emily. Atty. SheilaSison, a partner in Fortun Narvasa & Salazar Law Office and legal counselof Yanson-Lopez and her three other siblings Roy, Ricky and Emily (collectivelyknown as the Yanson 4), earlier described the accusations against her client asuntrue and baseless. The MPO wasthen headed by a company official who had since been removed from the post. Sources said it was theresponsibility of this former official to identify and request procurements forthe Yanson Group of Bus Companies./PN Through legalcounsel Poblador, Bautista and Reyes Law Office, SGV made the clarificationshortly after several reports were published that the camp of former VTIpresident Leo Rey Yanson and Yanson clan matriarch Olivia Yanson was accusingYanson-Lopez of dipping her fingers in the corporate cookie jar last 2018. In a letter datedSept. 10, 2019, Poblador Bautista and Reyes Law Offices clarified that:“Without disclosing the contents of its report, SGV can confirm that the Reportdid not refer to Ms. Yanson-Lopez as the person directly liable for the loss ofthe funds.” Acting upon thewritten request of Atty. Sigfrid Fortun, senior partner of Fortun Narvasa &Salazar Law Office, SGV asked its legal counsel to provide a reply to theinquiry and clarify if its audit report indeed referred to Yanson-Lopez as theone responsible for the reported missing funds. The minority ledby Leo Rey and Ginnette Yanson-Dumancas who sided with their mother, was alsothe first to protest the filing of criminal charges against a former companyofficial who was described as one of the matriarch’s pet employees.last_img read more

first_img Loading… Read Also: Last-gasp Gaya equaliser helps Spain draw with Germany Asked if that was a possibility, Jorge told Deportes Cuatro: “Yes.” Reacting on talks with under-fire Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, he added: “[They have been] very good.” Messi has not trained since Barcelona’s last month’s shock Champions League exit FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lionel Messi is considering staying at Barcelona until the end of the upcoming season, according to Sport. Messi, 33, sensationally asked to leave the LaLiga giants after a tumultuous 2019-20 season, which ended without a trophy. The Argentina star, who is contracted through until the end of June 2021, is now expected to begin negotiating with prospective suitors from January, the report says. Messi has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, while Paris Saint Germain, Inter and Juventus are also reportedly interested in the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. The latest news comes as Marca reports Europe’s top clubs have a tacit agreement to avoid aggressive tactics when it comes to transfers. Interestingly, Messi was keen on leaving but has was forced to choose between leaving without a settlement, risking a multi-million lawsuit or backtracking and training again. The Argentine is reportedly considering the possibility of continuing at Barça until June 30 and negotiating with another club as of January 1.Advertisementcenter_img The report further revealed that Messi is expected to make the final decison public in the next few hours as  all parties do not want the situation to last any longer. And with Jorge Messi, the player’s father, in Barcelona to discuss the next step, he appears to have accepted Messi might have to remain at the club before leaving on a free in 2021. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Most Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronelast_img read more

first_imgDeery Brothers Summer Series rookie of the year honors went to Cayden Carter (left). He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)OSKALOOSA, Iowa ­– Already a two-division star, Cayden Carter impressed in a third IMCA class this season.Five top-five finishes figured in his run to rookie of the year honors in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models.“Everybody is good in this series. Just about anybody can win on a given night,” said Carter, who qualified for all 16 series main events and finished as runner-up in just his fourth tour start, at Quad City Speedway.That May 15 showing preceded three more top five’s in the next four series events.“Rookie of the year was our goal from the start of the season. We struggled in the first couple of races. The biggest challenge for us was dialing the shocks in and learning what to change and what not to change,” Carter said. “I led 32 of 40 laps at Quad City and while it was disappointing not to win, it was still a big confidence booster.”He followed with top five’s at Marshalltown Speedway, Independence Motor Speedway and Kos­suth County Speedway.“We got the car going pretty good and when you make the redraw, everything seems to go pretty good, too,” Carter said. “That was a pretty good stretch for us.”Wheeling a Joe and Sharon Ferguson-owned 2016 Barry Wright Chassis, Carter was ninth in Deery Series point standings. The Oskaloosa, Iowa, driver sharpened his Late Model skills with five weekly starts at West Liberty Raceway, where he finished second twice.“You race against tough competition in the Deery Series so you need to race against tough competition every week,” he reasoned. “It’s hard to win at West Liberty.”Carter was the tough competition in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division, winning 11 of 13 regular season starts driving for Roger Kelderman. He qualified for both Late Model and Stock Car main events at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s coming up one spot short in the Modified.He also had 16 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified starts in the Team Jimmy’s #10c LG2, winning once.Starts: 16Wins: 0Top Five Finishes: 5HIS CREW: Joe and Sharon Ferguson, and Roger Kelderman.HIS SPONSORS: Ferguson Family Farms; Precision Performance of Oxford; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls; Karl Performance of Des Moines; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; Barry Wright Race Cars of Cowpens, S.C.; and Channel Seeds.last_img read more

first_imgHarry Kane believes Tottenham have enough steeliness about them to succeed this season, despite a second-half collapse almost costing them in the Europa League. The victory in Greece was far from straightforward, though, as a shocking, error-riddled second half allowed Asteras to have 14 efforts of differing quality. A late Jeronimo Barrales penalty and Federico Fazio red card led to a nervy ending, although first-half efforts from Andros Townsend and Kane proved enough of a cushion to secure the three points. “They came out of the blocks firing and they caught us on the back foot a bit,” Kane said of the second-half performance in Tripoli. “It’s disappointing the way we started the second half, but these are the sort of games where you have to hang in and dig deep. We managed to do that in the end and we are very happy.” Pleased with the result they may well be, but the performance again led Pochettino to speak of the need for his players to show more defensive resilience. It is a worryingly common complaint by the former Argentina international, who rejected England coach Gary Neville’s recent suggestion that Spurs are “weak” mentally. Kane, too, disagrees with such criticism and believes this week’s performances alone show they can move forward. Asked if Tottenham have a steely enough mentality, he said: “I think so. We had a great comeback in the Premier League in the last game [to win 2-1 at Aston Villa] and we dug deep to get the result here. “We’re doing well in this competition and if we win the next game at home to Partizan that will see us through. “You can develop it through results like this because it builds confidence. We all stuck together out there today when it got tough and you can only build from that. “When you go into other games you know that every player has got everyone else’s back and you’re going to fight through.” Tottenham will take that spirit into Sunday’s Premier League clash with Stoke, when Kane will be hoping to make his first top-flight start of the campaign. Many Spurs fans have called for the 21-year-old to get a role from the outset after a fine scoring run, which he made eight goals in as many games against Asteras. “The most important thing was to get the three points,” Kane said. “We got the win we wanted – it was a tough game but we got there in the end. “We’re very keen to get the three points on Sunday in front of the home fans. We want to play well and impress and get the win.” If Kane starts to make a bigger impression in the league, expect him to be representing England sooner rather than later. Fresh from helping the Under-21s side qualify for next summer’s European Championship, senior boss Roy Hodgson said at Thursday’s squad announcement the senior team have their “eyes on” Kane. “I haven’t heard about Hodgson but I will look out for it,” he said when told of the comments. “It’s great that he has been talking about me and I have to keep my head down, keep doing what I’m doing and I hope the rewards are there. “We’ve got a lot of games coming up in a lot of competitions and I have to keep trying to impress and be ready when I’m called on.” This is yet another campaign of transition in north London, with Mauricio Pochettino the latest man charged with bringing success to White Hart Lane. It has so far proven a bumpy ride for the Spurs head coach, although Thursday’s 2-1 defeat of Asteras Tripolis means they return to domestic action buoyed by three straight wins in all competitions. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img(REUTERS) – The son of soccer great Pele has pledged to turn himself over to police after a court ruled he must serve almost 13 years of a 33-year drug-trafficking sentence, his lawyer told Reuters yesterday.“He is going to turn himself in as soon as the decision is in the system,” Eugenio Malavasi, lawyer for Edinho, said.A former goalkeeper for Pele’s club Santos, Edinho was found guilty of drug-trafficking and money-laundering in 2005 but has been fighting the charges ever since.A judge heard his appeal against the original 33-year sentence on Thursday and reduced it to 12 years and 10 months.His lawyer maintained that Edinho, whose full name is Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, was innocent and would continue to fight the charges.Pele, 76, is considered the greatest player of all-time and helped Brazil to win three World Cup titles.last_img read more

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoScalpers outside the Kohl Center Tuesday night were practically giving away tickets to Wisconsin’s matchup against Idaho State.Inside the building, the Badgers nearly gave away the game to the Bengals.Wisconsin shot just 37.7 percent from the field — and only 22.7 percent from beyond the arc — as it narrowly held off Idaho State for a 60-58 win.Even with time winding down, UW couldn’t close the deal. Idaho State’s Matt Stucki nailed a 3-pointer with just over two seconds to play to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 59-58. The Bengals quickly fouled Badger guard Trevon Hughes, who made the first free-throw attempt but missed the second.A lane violation on Wisconsin gave Idaho State one last attempt at a game-tying field goal or even a game-winning 3-pointer. Amorrow Morgan inbounded the ball the length of the court to teammate Devidias Busma, who was unable to get a shot off as time expired.“We rehearsed situations like that in practice and we talk about with two seconds left, three seconds left, we’re probably going to have to throw the long pass,” Idaho State head coach Jim O’Brien said. “We put it in [Devidias’] hands, although it was tipped a couple times. It wasn’t a very well-executed play.”The way UW head coach Bo Ryan saw it, however, was his team should have never been in that situation.“If we make our free throws, you’re not talking about a close game,” Ryan said. “We maintain that cushion. But we didn’t, so that ends up being the margin. But you want to put yourself in position to be able to handle people hitting shots at the end.”For the Bengals (2-6), it was their fourth close loss of the season. O’Brien’s squad fell to Hawaii in overtime and both Boise State and Long Beach State — a team that Wisconsin narrowly beat earlier this season — in double-overtime.“We have these moral victories, but they don’t go very far,” O’Brien said. “These close losses are getting old.”Jason Bohannon led all scorers with 18 points, but he certainly didn’t look pretty doing so. Bohannon shot just 4-of-11 from the field, with all but one shot attempt coming from 3-point range. All four of his threes came in the first half.“There’s a lot of things that kind of stand out, but there’s a lot of things to improve upon,” Bohannon said. “I’m not really looking at the positives right now. I’m looking at things I can get better upon. I think that’s where our whole team is right now. We’re not really satisfied where we’re at.”Against Idaho State’s zone, Wisconsin tried to capitalize on the open looks from long distance. But with the team taking 22 shots from beyond the arc, it was up to UW’s big men to clean the glass.They did just that, hauling down 15 offensive boards. Sophomore Jon Leuer collected five on offense, while senior Marcus Landry had three.“Against the zone, that’s what you’ve got to do,” said Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft, who finished with nine rebounds. “You’re going to get outside looks from Jason, who shot 40 percent from the three, but there’s going to be some misses so you’ve got to clean those up.”“That’s what happens when you zone for 40 minutes,” O’Brien said. “Eventually, people figure things out.”It was Bohannon, however, who was called upon to make Wisconsin’s late free throws with under a minute to play. He finished 6-of-6 on the night from the charity stripe.While Bohannon capitalized at the free-throw line, the rest of the team struggled, shooting 15-of-22 collectively.The Badgers were able to build a 10-point lead behind a pair of early 3-pointers by Bohannon but never regained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. Both teams traded the lead just before halftime, but UW headed into the locker room with the narrow 29-27 edge.Ryan’s club let the Bengals hang around in the second half, with Stucki giving Idaho State a spark. The ISU guard drained a three to cut UW’s lead to 39-36 with 13 minutes to play and later scooped in a layup to bring his team to within five at 54-49.But in the end he and the rest of the Bengals couldn’t catch the Badgers, despite Wisconsin’s less-than-stellar overall performance.“We’ve got to get a lot better,” Landry said. “We’ve got to focus on the things we can get better at. I’m not satisfied with our performance today.”The UW defense held ISU guard Amorrow Morgan in check. The Bengals’ leading scorer — notching 17 points per game — finished with just eight on the night and only managed one 3-pointer in the first half.“They started picking up Amorrow a little earlier when he crossed midcourt (after halftime),” O’Brien said. “That rattled us a little bit in the second half.”Jon Leuer was the only player to score off the bench for Wisconsin, finishing with 11 points and seven boards in 23 minutes.Turnovers plagued the Badgers against Marquette over the weekend, when they gave the ball away 16 times. Tuesday, Idaho State forced Wisconsin to turn it over just seven times.“We learned a lot on how to take care of the ball,” Bohannon said. “That’s a big jump from what we had last game. We continue to get better based on the experience we have.”last_img read more

first_img“Riots do no good,” King said, according to the article. “They just relieve the guilt of the white community.” In the more than five decades that have passed since King’s speech at USC that October, the U.S. has gone through immense change. More people of color were elected to the 116th Congress than at any previous time in history. But many of the issues he spoke about — from police brutality to lack of economic opportunity — remain pressing for those who celebrate his legacy every January. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. meets with Rev. John Doggett in Bovard Auditorium in April 1961. (Photo from California State University, Northridge, Delmar T. Oviatt Library, Special Collections and Archives.) Many of these trips took him to USC. He met with a prominent local pastor at Bovard Auditorium in April 1961 and visited the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1964 to speak at a multi-faith event, “Religious Witness for Human Dignity.” King and an audience of about 1,800 people were forced to evacuate, but quickly returned after the coast was cleared. He went on to finish his speech, calling for legislation to address racial oppression in the United States. The October 17, 1967 issue of the Daily Trojan covered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at Bovard the previous night and profiled him during his visit to Los Angeles. He came to USC in 1967 as part of the University’s Great Issues Forum, at a time of severe division within the Civil Rights Movement. King’s call for nonviolent resistance clashed with certain branches of the Black Power movement, and his opposition to the war in Vietnam alienated some of his white supporters. King visited Los Angeles numerous times throughout the 1950s and 60s — as he pushed for a civil rights platform during the Democratic National Convention, raised funds for the cause at two Freedom Rallies in 1961 and spoke after the Watts Riots in 1965. The lead article in the October 17, 1967 issue of the Daily Trojan, “The Calm Martin Luther King,” paints him as a charismatic yet beleaguered leader trying to hold on to a fracturing base. His speech at USC came on the heels of the “long, hot summer of 1967,” when a wave of violent protests took place in more than 150 cities — largely in response to police violence and oppression against Black Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers a keynote speech at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on May 31, 1961. (Photo from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.) Listen to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on May 31, 1964. (Recording from Pepperdine University Libraries.) “I’m a Baptist preacher and I’m in the heart-changing business,” King said. “But while morality may not be legislated, behavior can be regulated; and while the law can’t make a man love me, it can restrain him from lynching me.” On the night of October 16, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was halfway through a speech at Bovard Auditorium when the Los Angeles Fire Department received a warning that a bomb had been planted in the theater. “Justice is indivisible,” King said, according to the Daily Trojan report. “But injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” last_img read more

first_imgLast week’s home-court advantage seemed to be nonexistent for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-17, 3-14 Big Ten). Facing two ranked opponents at home in No. 7 Maryland and No. 14 Northwestern, the Badgers lost both games by double digits, being outscored by a wide margin of 167–122.Most recently, Wisconsin suffered a defeat on Senior Day, losing 82–66 to Northwestern. For seniors Suzanne Gilreath, Kendra Van Leeuwen, Abby Laszewski and Grace Mueller, Saturday marked the final time they would step on the Kohl Center floor. Laszewski and Van Leeuwen made their final game at home worthwhile, scoring a combined 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting.Women’s Basketball: Ranked conference opponents Maryland, Northwestern dominate faltering BadgersComing into back-to-back ranked contests, the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team (11-17, 3-14 Big Ten) lost four in a Read…With no more home games left on the docket, Wisconsin will conclude their 2019-20 regular season in Piscataway Thursday against Rutgers (19-8, 9-6).Unlike Wisconsin, the Scarlet Knights are primed for postseason play. With nine conference wins, the Scarlet Knights sit tied for sixth in the Big Ten. Rutgers is currently a projected nine seed in ESPN’s Bracketology with Charlie Creme.With a win over Wisconsin and No. 18 Iowa on Senior Day, not only would Rutgers’ NCAA Tournament stock improve, but the team may also clinch a bye in next week’s conference tournament in Indianapolis.A player to watch in Thursday’s matchup is standout guard Arella Guirantes. Guirantes is a dynamite scorer, averaging a conference-best 19.9 points per game. What makes Guirantes dangerous is her ability to shoot from the perimeter, making 37.5% of her shots from three-point range.Women’s Basketball: No. 19 Iowa, Purdue sweep Badgers in weekend contests as regular season nears closeThe 2019-2020 season is coming to an end for the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team (11-15, 3-12 Big Ten) Read…Following a week where Wisconsin faced off against all-conference players in Maryland’s Kaila Charles and Northwestern’s Lindsey Pulliam, the Badgers will again have their hands full slowing down Guirantes.For the Badgers, it will be critical to get star forward Imani Lewis going early. Lewis has struggled a bit as of late, averaging just 9.0 points per game and shooting a dismal six-for-20 from the floor in her last two games. For Wisconsin to have a chance, Lewis must improve her efficiency from the field.With next week’s Big Ten Tournament looming, Wisconsin will look to end their struggles. The Badgers have lost 12 out of their last 14 games and currently sit 12th in the conference. Wisconsin will either be the 12th or 13th seed in the conference, facing off with Illinois to kick off the tournament Wednesday, 2 p.m.last_img read more

first_img Comments Syracuse kicks off its 2018 campaign on Friday at 6 p.m. at Western Michigan. Heading into Dino Babers’ first-ever year three as a head coach, the Orange aims to get out of neutral and avoid another 4-8 finish.Here’s what to know about the Broncos.All-time series: This is the first meeting between the two teams.The Western Michigan report: The Broncos, notably, are coached by former Syracuse offensive coordinator Tim Lester. Though players are excited to go against a former coach, they want to avoid a similar situation to last year when Scott Shafer and Middle Tennessee beat SU in the Dome.In 2017, Western Michigan racked up more than 2,600 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground. Rushers averaged 4.8 yards per carry and ranked 21st nationally with 224.8 yards per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring the week, SU players noted how WMU loves the stretch play — running outside the tackles. In response, Syracuse worked on outside run fits all through camp and fully expect a heavy dosage of outside runs Friday.The Broncos finished 114th nationally in total passing offense in 2017 after losing starting quarterback Jon Wassink to injury in late October. Led by its strong ground game, Western Michigan had the 25th-best scoring offense in the country a year ago, averaging 33.9 points per game.Defensively, WMU also allowed 29.0 points per game, which ranked 81st. However, against Power 5 opponents, the Broncos surrendered 77 points in two games.How Syracuse beats Western Michigan: Stop the run and air it out. This game has the makings of a Week 1 shootout. Despite questions at receiver, Eric Dungey has enough options around him to keep Syracuse’s offense moving forward, as long as his protection holds up. If the Orange slows the WMU rushing attack behind its talented defensive line, SU should be in good shape.Player to watch: Jamauri Bogan, running back, No. 32Last season, Bogan played second-fiddle to 1000-yard rusher Jarvion Franklin. Now, it’s Bogan’s turn to take the Broncos’ rushing attack on end. At 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, Bogan is a bowling ball coming out of the backfield. His diminutive stature keeps his pad level lower and makes Bogan harder to bring down. If he starts cutting loose, it could be a long opener for Syracuse. Published on August 29, 2018 at 11:54 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgGibbings has been a journalist for over 35 years and is the founding president of the ACM which was established in 2001. Freedom cry in the Caribbean “There are few greater tributes a journalist can receive to match the recognition of his or her peers. I come before you as a Caribbean person, from a small twin-island state, whose ancestry finds roots on the shores of more than one continent. People who came either through force, subterfuge or by choice to a new home we now call our own,” he said as he received the award Friday. “For this reason, journalism in all its convergent manifestations and as the first draft of our story, is a singularly important imperative of our time and a free press one of our most valuable assets.” But he noted that it is however amazing that as a people whose history emerges from institutionalized coercion, violence and bondage, that the freedom cry in the Caribbean should so tragically roam the social and political wilderness.“This is the challenge my organization, the ACM, engaged, when we launched 16 years ago, with a message of freedom and a commitment to work harder to claim the power it provides to our people. Gibbings told the award ceremony that for the Caribbean journalist, “our story is as much an explanation of ‘why’ things happen as it is an honest declaration of ‘what’ we confront as a people – both as the subjects and objects of history. His dynamic columns ranged from coverage of the 1976 Soweto riots to the tragic horror of apartheid and the white minority government’s treatment of millions of black Africans. He remains a credit to his profession and has been an inspiration for many journalists.center_img President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), Wesley Gibbings has been awarded the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist Award. Gibbings described the event as “one of the more humbling experiences of my professional life.” The Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist Award earns its name from the late South African journalist, Percy Peter Tshidiso Qoboza, an editor of The World, a Soweto newspaper. Today, my own contribution to this cause has brought me here, as if in sacred communion with peers,” he said. Gibbings, a Trinidadian newspaper columnist, freelance journalist and  media trainer received the  award in recognition of his work over the decades in the promotion of press freedom throughout the Caribbean. Trinidadian columnistlast_img read more