Mac Cardona arrested for stabbing former live-in partner

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames READ: Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’The basketball player, whose real name is Mark Reynan Mikesell Cardona, was detained at the Makati City Police Station facing charges of attempted homicide and violation of Republic Act No. 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.This is not the first time that Cardona was accused of domestic violence. In 2016, Jackes also filed cases for domestic violence against Cardona, leaving with her their two children.READ: NLEX asks for privacy for Cardona after pill overdoseIn August 2016, Cardona was rushed to a Las Piñas hospital in an attempted suicide after overdosing on his medication drugs, photos of which he had posted on social media.He later revealed in a TV interview in 2017 that he had b een diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression.In February 2018, Cardona was charged with estafa for allegedy selling a stolen sports utility vehicle, which has been alerted to the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group, for P300,000.Called “Captain Hook” for his effective teardrop shots in the court, Cardona has played for a couple of teams in the Philippine Basketball Association since 2005. His last known stint was in Global Port Batang Pier last year.He is currently part of the San Juan Knights team of the regional basketball league, Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Macklin vows to get into better shape after Magnolia loses in debut LATEST STORIES Monsey stabbing witness says he ‘threw coffee table’ at suspect PLAY LIST 02:34Monsey stabbing witness says he ‘threw coffee table’ at suspect00:50Trending Articles02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones02:14Carpio 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 Published: 11:03 p.m., May 5, 2018 | Updated: 8:19 p.m., May 6, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Professional basketball player Mac Mac Cordona was arrested after stabbing his former live-in partner while “high on drugs” in her Makati City condominium early on Saturday.According to a police report, Bianca Nicole Jackes, the former live-in partner of Cardona, was treated at Makati Medical Center for a stab wound in her left arm.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 crownOn her Instagram account, the 25-year-old Filipino-Australian said she was thankful that she was only hurt, but “it has done a lot of damage to my nerves, muscles.”Jackes belied earlier reports, saying that no argument ensued between her and Cardona, and that he was “high on drugs” when he attacked her. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast She said the 37-year-old Cardona went to her condominium unit on Malugay Street in Barangay San Antonio, around 5 a.m. on Saturday, after being separated for two years.“He just showed up where I was staying with my two kids, and attacked me with a knife and stabbed me,” Jackes narrated.“[He] went there high on drugs, and trying to get back with me, but I refused,” she added.Jackes said she tried to calm Cardona down. “I didn’t even yell after getting stabbed because I didn’t want to wake up the kids.”She then went all by herself to the hospital by hailing a cab.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ceres-Negros stays on top

first_imgView comments Former FEU star Jhan Jhan Melliza struck twice in the first half as Stallion looked poised to pull off an upset against the reigning champions.But Schrock got on the scoresheet in the 55th minute with a pinpoint header off Manny Ott’s cross, before Marañon struck from just inside the area two minutes later to pull Ceres level, 2-2.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 crownMarañon knocked in his second goal in the 62nd minute. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Ceres Negros went on a three-goal flurry in seven minutes as it fought back to subdue Stallion Laguna, 3-2, on Saturday to firm up its hold of top spot in the Philippines Football League (PFL) at Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna.The Busmen leaned on a couple of goals from Bienve Marañon and another from Stephan Schrock to overcome a Stallion side that started strong amid sweltering conditions.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Creamline takes No. 4, lead Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Russia has chance to make mark at World Cup with another win

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Russia goalkeeper Andrei Lunyov attends Russia’s official training on the eve of the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)MOSCOW — With or without Mohamed Salah in the lineup, Egypt should give Russia an indication if it has any shot at making a mark in this year’s World Cup.Russia dismissed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament, but the lopsided victory failed to show if the team is actually good enough to succeed in international competition. The Saudi team did put up much of a fight, so any questions about Russia’s readiness were left unanswered.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Salah hasn’t played a game since May 26 and will have fresh legs if he gets on the field against Russia.The match is at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT; 1800 GMT) at St. Petersburg Stadium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Either way, the Russian team understands that one victory from its next two Group A matches can put the team in the knockout round. A win over Egypt in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, coupled with an Uruguay victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, would be enough for Russia to advance.But Egypt understands it is in a must-win situation following its 1-0 loss to Uruguay. Salah, nursing a shoulder injury, did not play in the opening match. The decision not to use him could have centered on protecting him from the physical Uruguayans, but with the tournament on the line, the Liverpool striker will almost certainly play.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 crownSalah is Egypt’s star player with 33 of the team’s 57 goals, and he scored 44 goals in 51 games for Liverpool.“Of course he stands out, but obviously we’re not up against a single player,” Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said. “I believe in my players. We are ready to do this and we will do this.” LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Chinese hotshots reign supreme at Asian Games

first_imgGold medallist Yang Haoran (C) of China, silver medallist Deepak Kumar (L) of India, and bronze medallist Lu Shaochuan (R) of Taiwan pose for photographers during the medal ceremony for the men’s 10m air rifle at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 20, 2018. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYChina’s sharpshooters reigned supreme at the Asian Games on Monday as they won both the men’s and women’s 10m air rifle titles and also secured top spot in the women’s trap.Yang Haoran, 22, and Zhao Ruozhu, 20, were crowned champions  in the men’s and women’s air rifle after shrugging off strong challenges from India and South Korea respectively.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It was a second medal in two days for both shooters after they combined to win silver in the mixed team event on Sunday.Yang, the 2014 world champion, notched up a Games record total of 249.1 in Palembang, ahead of India’s Deepak Kumar at 247.7, while Taiwan’s Lu Shao-chuan took bronze with 226.8.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Not to be outdone by her Chinese team-mate, Zhao also pulled off a Games record of 250.9.That put Zhao, who was runner-up in last year’s Asian championships, narrowly in front of Korea’s Jung Eun-hea on 248.6. Mongolia’s Nandinzaya Gankhuyag secured bronze with 227.4. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Agony and ecstasy as lifter Ri takes North Korea’s first Asian Games gold Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Third place went to Korea’s 27-year-old Daemyeong Ahn.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Later, Zhang Xinqiu won the women’s trap with a score of 45 points, narrowly beating Korea’s Kang Gee-eun on 44 to claim China’s seventh shooting gold on day two.Zhang, 23, broke into a huge smile and she jumped up and down, her fist pumping in the air after a miss by her 27-year-old opponent handed over victory.“I felt like all my hard work had finally paid off,” she said afterwards with a beaming smile. “I was so excited and emotional.”In the men’s trap, Taiwan’s Yang Kunpi, 20, beat India’s 19-year-old Lakshay Lakshay with a score of 48 to take gold — and afterwards revealed he hadn’t even looked at the scores. “I didn’t check the score — I just concentrated on breathing,” he said, posing for photos holding his gun above his head.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

NU stuns UST for 3rd win

first_imgNU center Issa Gaye flirted with a double-double with 10 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks.Renzo Subido led the Growling Tigers’ offense with 18 points while CJ Cansino hustled his way to eight points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rookie Dave Ildefonso took over late in the game for NU after his team allowed UST to erase an 11-point lead, 53-42, lead at the end of the third quarter to just one, 59-58, after Zach Huang’s layup midway through the fourth.Ildefonso scored five points in the Bulldogs’ corresponding 6-0 run for their 65-58 lead with 2:58 remaining in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The ones who should get credit for this win are the 16 players who’ve responded today,” said NU head coach Jamike Jarin. Ildefonso put up a team-high 16 points with four rebounds and three assists while big man Troy Rike had 13 points, six boards, and four dimes. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rockets beat Lakers, spoil LeBron’s home debut in fight-marred duel Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – NU big man Troy Rike. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University scored its second win in three games after overcoming University of Santo Tomas anew, 69-61, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Bulldogs stayed in the seventh spot in the standings with a 3-6 record and stopped the Growling Tigers’ three-game winning streak with the latter settling for fifth place with a 4-5 slate.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Harris sparks Nuggets to win over depleted Pelicans

first_imgDenver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, left, drives to the rim as New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill and center Jahlil Okafor, right, defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 116-111. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — The Denver Nuggets were out of sorts at times on offense — until it really mattered. They looked lethargic on defense — until it really, really mattered.Then, they rose to the occasion. More specifically, Gary Harris did.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Thompson hits NBA record 14 3s as Warriors blast Bulls MOST READ PRACTICE MAKES PERFECTThe Nuggets took advantage of a three-day break to focus on shooting. They rank near the bottom in 3-point percentage.“Throughout the NBA season in practice, one of the last things you do is shoot. You’re working on offense, you’re working on defense, special situations,” Malone explained. “Hopefully all that repetition will help us finally make some shots.”The team was 11 of 35 from 3-point range.CRUNCH TIMEBeasley is getting more playing time with Will Barton out following surgery to fix his hip/core muscle. Beasley was in late in the fourth quarter, which was an eye-opener for him.“I looked at the scoreboard with two minutes to go and was like, ‘Wow, I’m out here,’” Beasley said.UP NEXTPelicans: Stop No. 2 on a five-game trip will be Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors.Nuggets: At Chicago on Wednesday. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nikola Mirotic came up clutch with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who were without star Anthony Davis (sprained right elbow) and Elfrid Payton (sprained right ankle). Reserve Julius Randle added 24.Down by 18 points in the third quarter, the Pelicans cut it to 96-94 with 3:50 remaining on a layup from Jrue Holiday. Malik Beasley answered by hitting a 3-pointer and a layup to give the Nuggets all the separation they would need. Harris’ steal with 38 seconds remaining wrapped it up as Denver moved to 4-0 at home.“We knew this team wasn’t going to back down,” said Paul Millsap, who had 18 points. “It’s when we get out there and try to blow teams out is when we kind of get ourselves in trouble. Taking our time and letting the game come to us, that’s when we’re at our best.”The Pelicans turned the ball over 22 times, including three costly miscues down the stretch.“You can’t do that against a really good defensive team like these guys are,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We just didn’t have enough firepower to finish.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harris scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and came up with a big steal late to help the Nuggets hold off the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 116-111 on Monday night after nearly squandering an 18-point lead.The Nuggets are 5-1 despite feeling like they’ve yet to find their rhythm. That’s encouraging to Harris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“There’s a different vibe around the team,” Harris said. “Everybody can feel it. … The defense could’ve been better tonight. But we keep getting these wins. That’s the point of it all — the wins.”Jamal Murray chipped in 23 points and Nikola Jokic had 12 points and 10 assists for his fifth double-double in six games. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Randle’s thoughts exactly.“We just dug ourselves a bit too deep at the end of the first half. That’s what got us,” Randle said. “This was their home-court and we didn’t have enough juice.”Before the game, Nuggets coach Michael Malone warned his team about not taking the Pelicans too lightly just because they were without Davis. His message apparently didn’t take root, and Denver trailed by nine points during the opening quarter.The Nuggets woke up from their slumber in the second quarter and grabbed a 58-45 lead at the break and ran the lead to 18 in the third before the Pelicans rallied.“It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s not about who’s available,” Malone said. “It’s about us.”TIP-INSPelicans: Gentry said Davis is still experiencing some pain in his elbow and was held out for a second straight game as a precaution. “I don’t think it’s anything that we’re worried about,” Gentry said. … Holiday hit 2 of 3 3-pointers before fouling out. He entered the game 3 of 22.Nuggets: Reserve Trey Lyles had 17 points with his father in the stands.NIKOLA VS. NIKOLAIn a faceoff of two big men with the first name Nikola, Jokic and Mirotic put on quite a show. Jokic finished a rebound shy of his second triple-double of the season. Meanwhile, Mirotic knocked down shot after shot in crunch time. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Geje Eustaquio considering career in mountain biking after mixed martial arts

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Mountain biking only started out as a hobby for Geje Eustaquio but it slowly turned into a craft.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Proven ‘winner’ Alex Mallari brings leadership to table at Phoenix LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The reigning ONE World flyweight champion first got into the sport when Team Lakay colleague Edward Kelly introduced it to him and Eustaquio used the sport to supplement his martial arts training.Partnered with the health benefits of the sport, Eustaquio also enjoyed trail riding due to the scenery that he sees every time he goes biking.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think mountain biking is the perfect cross-training, first off all it develops balance and it also enhances your decision-making as well,” said Eustaquio. “We also develop our cardio by doing this. It helps all of us stay in shape while having fun.”“Riding bikes is a great workout.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom And this thrill was what made Eustaquio think of pursuing a career in mountain biking once his MMA career is over.“It is not the same with mixed martial arts. I can’t give my whole time in mountain biking yet,” said the 29-year-old Eustaquio. “Maybe when it’s time for me to retire, I might do professional mountain biking and motocross.”Eustaquio and teammates Joshua Pacio, Honorio Banario, and Kelly would usually go biking in Baguio City once a week during training camp and thrice in seven days when there’s not fight scheduled.It also helps that the bunch are residents of the area and are familiar with the terrain keeping them safe whenever they ride.“When we ride, it’s an adrenaline rush,” said Eustaquio. “We love conquering trails and at the same time it gives us access to the most wonderful creations of God.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Kevin Belingon recalls earning ‘Silencer’ moniker, aims to make more noise in Japan card

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot every fighter has a catchy moniker and an interesting narrative behind it.Kevin Belingon is one of the few who has both a cool nickname and an even better story to tell about it.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES It took just the first fight for Belingon to earn one of the coolest monikers in the business.“I got the name ‘The Silencer’ after my first mixed martial arts fight,” the Team Lakay star said.“My opponent was the champion, he was the one holding the belt, and I was the underdog. Most of the fans were on his side. I beat him and it silenced the crowd and my opponent as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBelingon was referring to Richard “The Dancing Devil” Lasprilla, one of the original Filipino MMA fighters back in the day. That bout happened in 2007 when no one knew who Belingon was heading into the fight against Lasprilla.But that quickly changed after Belingon stunned Lasprilla. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “That’s how I got the moniker, to this day. It’s still the ring name I use,” he said.He went on to also win his next eight fights to start his MMA career at 9-0 on his way to becoming a ONE bantamweight world champion following a gutsy win over Brazilian legend Bibiano Fernandes last year in ONE: Heart of the Lion.“I plan to stick with it for a very long time,” said Belingon, who currently owns a 20-5 record. “It witnessed my ups and downs in this sport and we can also say that the ‘The Silencer’ has brought lucky charm to me.”“The Silencer” hopes to keep making noise when he takes on Fernandes for the third time for the bantamweight belt in ONE: New Era in Tokyo, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ PBA D-League: Marinerong Pilipino routs FEU View commentslast_img read more

Ellen Nominates New Heads of APR Panel

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as Chairperson of the African Peers Review (APR) Forum, has nominated, for consideration and appointment two prominent diplomats to head the APR Panel of eminent persons.Those nominated by the Liberian leader include Ambassador Fatuma Nyirakobwa Ndangiza of Rwanda and Ambassador Ashraf Rashed of Egypt as the new Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, respectively, of the APR Panel.Heads of State and Government are presently in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis-Ababa, attending the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU), where several cardinal issues including a report of activities of the AU Peace and Security Council and the state of peace and security in Africa. The AU leaders have also launched 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa.President Sirleaf made the nomination, according to a dispatch from the Ethiopia Capital, Addis-Ababa on Wednesday 29, 2014, when she chaired the 20th Summit of the Committee of Heads of State and Government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).Ambassador Ndangiza succeeds the outgoing Chairperson of the APR Panel, Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna of Cameroon, who served as a Panel Member from 2003 to January 2014. She was first appointed as member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons at the 16th Summit of the APR Forum in January 2012. The new Vice-Chair was at the same time appointed to the APR Panel.Additionally, President Sirleaf recommended the appointment of three distinguished Africans as new Panel Members to replace Barrister Muna (Cameroon), Barrister Jullienne Onziel Gnelenga (Congo Brazzaville) and Dr. Amos C. Sawyer (Liberia) whose four-year tenure as Panel Members expires this month.Those preferred by the Liberian leader are: Edem Kojo (Togo), Professor Abo Mengeuel (Sudan), and Mr. Mahamoud Yossouf Khayal (Chad).President Sirleaf lauded the outgoing panelists, for what she termed their invaluable role in the progress of APRM, “…and I look forward to your continued support to this proud Pan-African initiative.”She pointed out that in the last 10 years, the APRM has proven itself an important tool for detecting possible fault lines in the continent’s national governance systems; has shown its strength as an early warning mechanism for emerging issues and potential crisis in some countries reviewed; and has equally provided an opportunity to showcase the best practices in some countries on the continent.President Sirleaf maintained that Africa’s success in achieving the standards set for good governance is heavily dependent on its ability to ensure self-governance and respect for the rules, protocols, and structures that constitute the Mechanism.She cautioned the important strengthening the lines of communication between the bodies that make up the APRM, to ensure that informed and prudent administrative decisions are made by those vested with the proper authority to make them. “This includes the implementation of the Mechanism structure which was approved by the Forum in May 2013,” she said.She called for the vetting of staff of the APRM Secretariat with swiftness and urgency, stressing that it must be done transparently and fairly. She thanked South Africa for agreeing to undertake the hiring of a firm to facilitate the recruitment process.President Sirleaf had recommended that the APRM Forum be made a permanent part of the African Union system, and urged the Committee of Heads of State of the Forum to support and protect the continent’s mechanism in fulfilling its mandate for the benefit of Africa.Speaking earlier, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Haile Mariam Desalegn, expressed gratitude to President Sirleaf for the exemplary leadership of the APRM Forum.PM Desalegn, who is also Chairperson of the Assembly of AU, said APR Forum is the means by which the continent can say no to undue interference from outside forces; and when the continent knows exactly what to do to ensure security, good governance, development and democratic rule. He hoped that more countries would accede to the APRM Process.The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, recognized the APRM Forum as the continent’s self-monitoring mechanism that must be supported by all of its leaders.Madam Zuma, who is the wife of South African President, Jacob Zuma, reminded the forum members that the APRM Forum was created in 2003 to help promote good governance and economic change, and insisted that the APRM represents an early warning system for potential problems in Member States.The APR Mechanism, an initiative of the African Union that was established in March 2003 by the Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), is an instrument for monitoring performance in governance among Member States, and provides support for the improvement of such performance.Thirty-four AU Member States, including Liberia, have voluntarily acceded to the Mechanism. Seventeen countries that have completed their self-assessment have been peer-reviewed by the Forum of Heads of State and Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bishop Hart Enthroned as Archbishop of IPWA

first_imgRt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B.  Hart, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, has been enthroned as Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa (in the Church of the Province of West Africa).The enthronement service was held yesterday at Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street, Monrovia.As Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa, the Most Rev. Jonathan Hart will have oversight responsibility for  six Dioceses—Liberia, Bo-Freetown, Gambia, Guinea and Cameroon.The occasion was graced by the presence of nearly 20 archbishops, bishops and other church and  leading personalities from the sub region, clergymen and women from the Episcopal churches in Liberia and other parts of West Africa.  Also present for the enthronement  the Vice President of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai.Speaking at the enthronement service, the Most Rev. Dr. Justice O. Akrofi, eighth Primate & Metropolitan of the Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA) and former bishop of Accra, said the Province had not been static.He said the Liberian Episcopal Diocese was originally part of the Episcopal Church of United States of America but under Diocesan Bishop George Daniel Browne, Liberia became an associate member of the CPWA and later on became a permanent member of the Province.According to Archbishop Akrofi, such was the integration that, not only did Bishop Browne become Archbishop of the Province but also when Liberia went through the dreadful experience of civil war, the rest of the Province shared in their pain.Rev. Akrofi noted that at the time Archbishop Browne had to go into hiding for the sake of safety, the administration of the Province suffered too.Membership of the Province, which according to him is not just a matter of card-holding membership but it is, more important a  fundamental integration into a body, the body of Christ in West Africa.“We are limbs of the one body. And so the joys of one member, a limb are the joys of the other members; and the pain of one is the pain of the other,” said Most Rev. Akrofi.Also the former Bishop of Accra, Most Rev. Akrofi reminded the congregation that Archbishop Hart is being called to be the heart of that body, the body of Christ in West Africa-minus Nigeria and Ghana.“Yes, it is a story of integration; a story of growth, a sign of a living body. When the Province of West Africa started in 1951, it consisted of some six dioceses, including Freetown, Barthust (now Banjul, The Gambia), Gold Coast (now Ghana), Lagos and the Missionary Diocese of Northern Nigeria.”Today, the Archbishop said,   the Internal Province of West Africa includes; Liberia Gambia, Conakry-Guinea, Bo-Freetown, and Cameroon.To this must be added for now the emerging Province of Ghana, which consists of Accra, Cape Coast, Ho, Koforidua, Kumasi, Sekondi, Sunyari, Tamale, Wiawso and Surkina-on-offin.“This installation or enthronement service should remind us that Episcopalians in Liberia are an integral part of the bigger part and to challenge you to revisit the question of how vital, vibrant and viable a part of that entire body you are and should be.”However, the Most Rev. Akrofi said even if the imagery of royal priesthood is in our store of images, “let me suggest that because one of the primary images of church is God’s household, it is perhaps more primary and appropriate to think of the church’s leadership as father-in God.“And so today, Archbishop Hart is symbolically taking his place as father of fathers in God’s household. He is called to be in the image our father in heaven,” the Ghanaian prelate said.Bishop Hart was elected as Archbishop of the IPWA as the result of the death of the Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Tilewa Ethelbert Willie Johnson, who died in office on the 21st of January, 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more