NAPLES, Italy (AP):Former Napoli star Diego Maradona is in talks to work with the Serie A side, where he is still idolised nearly 27 years after leaving the club.Maradona, who is in Naples for a theatrical event today celebrating the club’s first title win, met with Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis on Saturday night.”It was the first step,” Maradona said yesterday. “First of all I have to sort out the problems I have here in Italy, then I can work for Napoli in Italy and in the world.”We have to do things well because I want a winning team, a team that can play on level terms against Juve, Inter, Milan and Roma. He understood immediately because in these years he has grown from a president who didn’t know much about football to become an expert today.”An Italian court is scheduled to finally end the decades-long battle between Maradona and the Italian government on Feb. 28.Maradona has always insisted he does not owe any of the millions in back taxes the government claims are due.The 56-year-old Argentine arrived in the city on Saturday night and was greeted by more than 100 cheering Napoli fans, who had waited in freezingtemperatures outside his hotel for a glimpse of their idol.”It continues to surprise me,” Maradona said. “There are kids who have never seen me play and today they get excited and cry for a photo with me.”Every day I feel the affection and love the Neapolitan people have for me. The father has transmitted it to his son, who has then transmitted it to his and this will never end. After 30 years the same love continues, like the first woman you have in your life.”Maradona led Napoli to their only two league titles in 1987 and 1990 and scored a club record 115 goals between 1984 and 1991.”After a match against Cremona at the beginning of the season which didn’t count for anything but which drew 80,000 people, I understood that here at Napoli we needed to play for the title,” Maradona said. “I came from Barcelona, where we could win, draw or lose, but here at Napoli no, I couldn’t lose, I told myself then.”I would have been ashamed to have 80,000 people and then not to win. And we won everywhere, at Juve, at Inter, at Roma… And if now Napoli can think it can win the title, it is thanks to me.”
Winners of the drill, of course, received a pair of Js, according to SLAM.Jordan and Pippen were catalysts of Chicago’s domination in the ’90s, as it won three consecutive titles from 1991 to 1993 season and again from 1995 to 1998.Both players have also been inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame. /raADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ With both legends far removed from their glorious playing days, seeing them share the court still remains a sight to behold.Such reunion occurred over the weekend, as the former Bulls stalwarts took to the floor at Jordan’s Flight School camp in California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Now in their 50s, the pair showcased their ageless talent and participated in shooting contests with lucky camp goers.Judging by the clip, Jordan’s form remained as pure as ever, draining consecutive jump shots in the process. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Lyceum extends win streak to five, crushes St. Benilde by 43 Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts PLAY LIST 05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return It feels like it’s been ages since the dynamic duo of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen ruled the hardwood together for the Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT
View comments “We didn’t really make it hard on them with our offense,” said Slaughter Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We had just 30 something points (33) in the first half and they took advantage of us every time with their offense.”What it lacked in size against Ginebra, Blackwater made up for in speed and sheer guts to punish the Gin Kings in transition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 6-foot-7 JP Erram and 6-foot-4 Mac Belo both scored 22 points as the two ran circles around Japeth Aguilar and Slaughter who stand 6-foot-9 and 7-feet, respectively.Blackwater’s fast-paced offense played to the tune of 16 fast break points and 29 points off turnovers. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES “Every time we had a sloppy offensive possession, they pushed it to the other side,” said Slaughter whose team turned the ball over 21 times. “It’s tough when they spread the offense, and also our main problem was our execution on offense.”Slaughter also commended how Erram, his former teammate in the UAAP with Ateneo, matched up with him despite their substantial size difference.“Poy’s good, we’re both from Ateneo, so I know how hard he works so I wasn’t surprised,” said Slaughter who finished with 20 points and 10 boards. “He continued to work hard and hard work always pays off.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Ginebra Gin Kings. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor Greg Slaughter, Ginebra’s 94-77 shock loss to Blackwater boiled down to one thing—poor execution on offense.It was Blackwater’s first victory against Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup and Slaughter admitted the Elite just had their way against the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Effort pays off as Blackwater neutralizes Ginebra’s height advantage Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense
Pasaol, playing for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, faced his longtime collegiate coach, now serving as general manager for Centro Escolar University.CEU beat Marinerong Pilipino, 104-93, in its debut match.Rod Ebondo paced the Scorpions with 31 points and nine rebounds while Judel Fuentes added 20, including five crucial points in the homestretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPasaol said their time away from each other won’t change the kind of relationship they have as they exchanged banter before the game at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.“Manong even kidded that my butt is getting hot sitting on the bench,” the forward related. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track He may be away from Pumaren and his job may be a lot different from his role with the Red Warriors, but Pasaol knows the veteran mentor is always watching him.For now, he’s keeping the faith in coach Koy Banal whose Skippers dropped to 1-2.“I still need to learn coach Koy’s system that’s why I haven’t got much playing time yet,” said the 22-year-old Pasaol.In another match, Wangs Basketball-Letran overcame a 16-point deficit to pull off an 83-82 win over Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian and stay unbeaten in two starts.Che’Lu-SSC dropped to 1-1, the same record of Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare which routed Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 104-81, in the opener.Trevis Jackson scored 30 points while Malian big man Mohammed Pare got 18 points and 11 boards for the Coffee Lovers, who led by as many as 31 points, 99-68, late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Marinerong Pilipino’s Gab Banal (right) draws a foul from CEU’s Joseph Manlagit in their D-League match Monday .—AUGUST DELA CRUZWangs-Letran stays unscathed after second win Alvin Pasaol admitted he felt weird seeing his former coach Derrick Pumaren on the other side.“I miss him,” Pasaol said on Monday, the first time they were on opposing ends after Pumaren’s departure from University of the East last year.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Chris dela Peña paced Batangas-EAC (0-2) with 14 points. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETGAMBOA-ST. CLARE 104—Jackson 30, Pare 18, Ambuludto 13, Dionisio 9, Hallare 9, Bitoon 8, Rubio 6, Rebugio 6, Penaredondo 3, Acuno 2, Alcober 0, Fontanilla 0, Jumaquio 0.BATANGAS-EAC 81—Dela Peña 14, Maguliano 13, De Joya 9, E. Mendoza 8, Laude 7, Diego 7, J. Mendoza 6, Bautista 5, Altamirano 4, Tampoc 4, Martin 0, Pate 0.Quarters: 20-21, 53-38, 81-59, 104-81Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ceres eyes huge upset vs Tianjin
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra ROS on a mission Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan says James Harden’s streak of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook’s 10 straight triple-doubles are both impressive and tough to accomplish.But the Charlotte Hornets owner said Tuesday — flashing a big grin — that there is one accomplishment tougher than both those feats: “Which is harder from the player’s standpoint? Six championships by all means.”ADVERTISEMENT Jordan praised both players for what they’re doing, noting that both streaks are hard to accomplish.Jordan said the milestones show “the talent that we have within the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It shows progression in the league,” Jordan said during an interview at his Hornets facility while discussing the upcoming All-Star weekend. “I am very proud of how both guys have done because they are making a mark for the league and I think it really helps grow the league.”Harden needed a late scoring spree on Monday night to extend his streak to 30 games, scoring 11 points in the final 100 seconds as the Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-104. Harden, who is playing with a strained left shoulder, reached the 30-point mark by swishing a 30-foot pull-up jumper. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts PLAY LIST 05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Westbrook finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to notch his 10th straight triple-double in the Thunder’s 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, breaking a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple doubles.Both players will be in Charlotte this weekend for the All-Star game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
The Government of Liberia is lagging far behind its African counterparts, especially its Mano River Union (MRU) neighbors, in relation to the provision of decent and affordable housing units that could bring dignity to the lives of Liberians, especially the unprivileged, and help curb the high level of slum life in the country.Though it may be said that the country had gone through a 14-year civil conflict that left its infrastructure devastated, the government is yet to comment on the development of housing units that would help better the lives of Liberians, as has been initiated by governments in other West African countries like Ghana and La Côte D’Ivoire.Liberians have craved decent homes for years and experts in the housing sector have continually said that increased housing activities stimulate economic growth through the growth of supplementary industries such as the provision of building materials and real estate, creating employment for professionals in these fields.The Liberian Government has prioritized power generation and infrastructural projects like roads and bridges, which according to them will boost economic growth; the housing sector in contrast has been neglected and benefited from only minimal investment since the government came into power.In comparison, the Ghanaian government began the construction of about 9,120 housing units to bridge their housing gap, though it is no secret that the Ghanaian economy is bigger than that of Liberia, the fact remains that they continue to provide basic necessities, like housing, for their citizens.The Ghanaian government disclosed at the time that a total of 5,000 of the units would be constructed by the Brazilian company OAS at a cost of US$200M, the government said that this could be the biggest housing development scheme since the country gained its independence.The government of La Côte D’Ivoire began the construction of 60,000 subsidized units, through a Public Private Partnership deal they signed two years ago. The project will be successfully completed by 2015. The cost of the construction of the 60,000 units is estimated at US$856M, which is about 428 billion Franc CFA (FCFA). An additional one hundred billion FCFA program aims to build 5,000 housing units for Police Officers, gendarmes, and the Republic Forces of La Côte D’IvoireThe Ivoirian authority underscored that housing applicants must be Ivoirian citizens whose total household income is under 400,000 FCFA, and they cannot own or co-own property in Côte D’Ivoire.The estimated shortage of housing in the Ivory Coast is put at 20,000 a year, half of which is in Abidjan alone. Housing for low-income households, especially young people between the ages of 25 and 40, is a priority for the Ivoirian government, which has decided to build about 60,000 subsidized housing units by 2015.Meanwhile, the Liberian government, through the national Housing Authority (NHA), some years ago drafted a program for the construction of 5000 affordable housing units and the creation of a home ownership and mortgage program for low-to-middle income earners.The government noted then that the program aims to ensure the achievement of economic justice by making a large quantity of affordable housing available to Liberians in the low-to-middle income brackets for home ownership within the next 3-6 years.It proposed to start a new trend of well-zoned and better planned housing developments across Liberia, to counteract the current pattern of rapid unplanned urban sprawl and slum creation due to a prior lack of a policy focus and poor inter-agency coordinationHousing is a social good, an asset which promotes individual and collective dignity, it ensures privacy and security. In the economic sphere, housing contributes to employment creation and, labor productivity, community economic development and capital formation at both the micro and macroeconomic levels. Housing also has impact on environmental management.Housing is an important component of the economic and social development of Liberia and the world at large. It is an important part of national infrastructural development and is pivotal to national competitiveness and economic growth. Availability of affordable housing remains one of Liberia’s most pressing social/development problems.The NHA noted that while some middle income and most upper income housing are comparable to that in neighboring countries of West Africa, facilities for low-income groups are substandard.However, across all income categories, the development of housing in Liberia has generally been unplanned with very little attention paid to zoning and the provision of communal sites and services such as electricity, water and sewage treatment/disposal.The problem has been aggravated by constant migration from the rural areas to the cities due to the civil crisis and the search for better economic conditions, causing a rapid growth of urban slums. Much of the demand for housing is related to population growth and accumulated unmet needs.According to the LISGIS National Population & Housing Census2008 report, the total population of Liberia in March, 2008 was reported as 3,476,608 persons, if only to maintain the current standard of living and provision of services to the population.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of Weabamah were shocked when they heard the news of the alleged murder of 49-year-old Sekele Sumo.The lifeless body of the deceased, according to sources, was found a mile away from his home, in a deep forest around midday on Monday, March 31.His remains were found near a foot path leading to Bulunga, a nearby village. The two places are situated across the St. Paul River away from Dobli Island. Perpetrators of the crime are still at large.Reports reaching the Daily Observer from Weabama are that local authorities and police officers arrived at the crime scene on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 2, to begin an investigation, beginning with the immediate arrest of suspects.This created some confusion due to “an alleged suspect being left out of the investigation” and local men of the area wanting to receive the decaying corpse for immediate burial.According to the residents, the suspect, known as ‘Roberson,’ whom they alleged escaped after committing the crime, has since been arrested by Gbarpolu police and is waiting to be turned over to Fuamah District Authorities.Mr. Ballah Sumo Jungo, father of the deceased, told this paper that his son was survived by his wife Tenen, whom he left pregnant along with three children. “How will I handle that problem?” he asked.He appealed to government to find and bring all the perpetrators to justice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Utamu BellAn investigation has reportedly been launched into allegations of sexual misconduct involving a popular Linden businessman and 3 delegates of the Miss Linden Town Week (LTW) 2018 pageant.It is alleged that the delegates were taken to the home of the businessman who was a potential sponsor, and were there reportedly given alcoholic beverages; and at least one of them was coerced to perform a sexual act while the others requested to leave.At least 2 Linden councillors and a young woman attached to the pageant have been implicated in the allegations.It is also alleged that one of the alleged victims, who managed to escape from the home of the businessman after refusing to perform the act, was given hush money to settle the case after a report was made.The Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), responsible for this year’s LTW event, is expected to issue a statement in relation to the allegations.Meanwhile, pageant coordinator Crystal Lam, in a statement, noted that the issue of a few of the Miss Linden 2018 delegates being taken to the home of a potential sponsor was a breach of protocol.“The governing bodies (myself and the Mayor and Town Council) had no knowledge of this visit, and did not, and would never, give consent to such a proposal. What transpired that evening is unfortunate and does not represent CLD’s philosophy. Upon learning of this tragic incident, a report was made to a Government official and the issue has (been), and still is being, investigated.“I became involved in the organisation of this event amidst my already crowded schedule because I saw it as a way to build, mould and empower young women. The vision was to get young women who would be ambassadors for their community, their country, and push them. I have met all kinds of challenges and unexpected roadblocks in the pursuit to this end. However, above all, I have met a group of young women I am extremely proud of — young women who are passionate about making a positive difference; young women who refuse to sell their pride and dignity for financial gains.“Rest assured that whether there is a Miss Linden 2018 Pageant or not, you have not heard the last of these queens. We intend to be the voices for the voiceless. Being a queen should never come at the price of selling yourself. This is not a true representation of pagentry”, Crystal Lam noted.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose decomposed body was found on Saturday. 64-year-old Shamlall Ramroop of Belle Plaine, Wakenaam, Essequibo River, was last seen alive on Tuesday.His son, who identified the body, revealed that his father was an alcoholic and might have died of natural causes since there were no marks of violence about his body.The body was taken to the Suddie Hospital Mortuary where a post mortem is expected to be performed.
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