Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano After men’s featherweight champ Max Holloway had to drop out of his main-event bout with Frankie Edgar due to injury, Cyborg agreed to be the UFC 222 headliner on short notice and against an unfamiliar opponent — and only nine weeks after her punishing five-round victory over Holly Holm in the same Las Vegas octagon at UFC 219.Justino (19-1) is taking on unheralded Yana Kunitskaya on Saturday night because she genuinely believes the old sports maxim that a champion should fight anyone, anytime, anywhere.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This is going to show you it’s real,” Cyborg said. “If somebody knocks on your door and says, ‘Hey, Cris, I’m going to kick your ass,’ you can’t say, ‘OK, I need a 10-minute break and then we’ll go.’”That knock on the door is coming from Kunitskaya (10-3), a personable Russian bantamweight making her UFC debut at featherweight. Cyborg is a heavy favorite at T-Mobile Arena, but nobody who knows the unpredictability of mixed martial arts would assume Cyborg is only collecting a paycheck. JR Smith gets 1-game ban for tossing soup at Cavs assistant Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “I’ve been fighting all my life, and I know I have a chance,” said Kunitskaya, who is also competing on short notice. “It’s a chance to fight the best woman in the world, so I had to take it.”Kunitskaya is the Invicta promotion’s 135-pound champ, and she hasn’t fought at 145 pounds since before her three-year retirement, which ended in 2016. But Kunitskaya also trains in New Mexico with Holm, who caused a modicum of trouble for the seemingly unbeatable Cyborg in their holiday matchup.Even Justino is interested to see how she will do in less-than-ideal circumstances.“Since I took the fight so quick, I think people are going to want to see how she’ll do on short notice,” Justino said. “I think I know, but anything can happen.”Here are more things to watch on the UFC’s latest pay-per-view show in its hometown:ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer EAGER EDGAR: The penultimate bout is a compelling matchup between unbeaten Brian “T-City” Ortega and Edgar (21-5-1), the former UFC lightweight champion. Edgar could have waited for his featherweight title shot when Holloway returns from injury this summer, but the 36-year-old veteran decided to risk it all by fighting Ortega, a dangerous contender. “I just want to be active,” Edgar said. “I haven’t fought in almost a year. Time is ticking. I’m not going to get these years back.”T-CITY’S TURN: An upset victory by Ortega (13-0, 1 no-contest) would herald the arrival of an intriguing new UFC star . The Los Angeles-area native is an exceptional jiu-jitsu player, but his last two fights turned into standup brawls. Ortega’s coaches want him to use his strengths, particularly against Edgar’s ferocious work rate in standup fighting. “I’m going to do whatever I have to do, wherever I have to do it,” Ortega said. “This fight could go a lot of ways.”SOMEBODY’S GETTING SLEPT: Heavyweights Stefan Struve and Andrei Arlovski will meet on the pay-per-view portion of the undercard. Both fighters have their share of knockout wins and losses on their records, and neither will be surprised if his opponent can’t stand up to his striking barrage. The 7-foot Struve (32-9) has been stopped three times in his last seven fights, while the 39-year-old Arlovski (26-15) ended a five-fight losing streak in November.DERN’S DEBUT: The show features the UFC debut of jiu-jitsu star Mackenzie Dern, who takes on veteran Ashley Yoder (5-3). The daughter of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu master, Dern (5-0) is a world champion who only picked up MMA two years ago, but already has hardcore fans wondering how quickly she can subdue the strawweight division.NOTABLE NAMES: The pay-per-view card isn’t as stacked as other recent shows in Boston and New York for the increasingly East Coast-centric UFC, but fans will recognize several undercard fighters: former title contenders John Dodson and Cat Zingano are on UFC 222, along with a bout between veterans C.B. Dollaway and Hector Lombard. Sean O’Malley is a hot bantamweight prospect with impressive hair and a predilection for 1970s attire and music — and he doesn’t get along with his opponent, Andre Soukhamthath.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Brazil’s Cris “Cyborg” Justino celebrates after defeating Sweden’s Lina Lansberg during a UFC Fight Night mixed martial arts bout in Brasilia, Brazil. Justino agreed to make a title defense against Yana Kunitskaya, of Russia, on short notice in the headlining bout at UFC 222 because she believes champions should be willing to fight anywhere at any time. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)LAS VEGAS — Cris “Cyborg” Justino was relaxing in Portugal less than four weeks ago when the UFC featherweight champion got a phone call asking her to save the injury-plagued UFC 222 show.“I said, ‘Why are you calling me? I’m on vacation!’” she recalled with a laugh. “But you know me. I started training again while I was still over there.”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 LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments
CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong talks to the media during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonMANILA, Philippines—It’s going to be another big year for ONE Championship.The mixed martial arts promotion announced that it would have a total of 45 events scheduled to take place in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Body first, ranking later says Rafael Nadal after ankle surgery ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Twenty four ONE Championship events (fight cards), 12 ONE Hero Series, six ONE Warrior Series, and three ONE ESports events are lined up for the year, according to ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong.Fight cards have all been set in terms of dates and venues.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 ChrissONE Championship’s biggest card in 2019 is the A New Era event on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.A New Era will be ONE Championship’s first card in Japan with ONE World lightweight champion Eduard Folayang defending his belt against Shinya Aoki in the main event. MOST READ The Folayang-Aoki fight, which is a rematch more than two years in the making, is just one of three World title fights in the card with ONE Women’s World atomweight champion Angela Lee moving up in weight to challenge ONE Women’s World strawweight champion Xiong Jin Nan.Rounding out the three title fights is the bout between Aung La N Sang, the ONE World light heavyweight and middleweight champion, will put his 204-lb title against Ken Hasegawa.New signings, and former UFC World champions, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrous Johnson would also make their debuts for the promotion in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Hoping that you add a list to your wardrobe, why don’t you first consider Liberian fashion? It could usher in trademarks that could make you look exceptionally cute, presenting an elegance rarely seen by your colleagues and peers.Regardless of what fashion it is, the quest is there and your taste could be expanded more than you can realize.Looking back two months after the festival season, folks have had to give away a stockpile of fashion clothes, mostly through charity. For many it has been an exciting opportunity to remain at a balance with the latest fashion.But as Liberia’s economy recovers from the Ebola crisis and the nation again become vibrant, fashion pundits are predicting that will be slow purchases for a month or so.And so adding an extra stockpile to your wardrobe is a vital start and is essential in achieving the kind of appearance you have long been anticipating for yourself. Liberian fashion is unique, and comes with a variety of individual brands and classical styles than you can imagine.This is just the kind of novelty that fashion lovers can anticipate and even though you may be crowded with personal initiatives, nothing could be better than finding the time to stock your wardrobe; it is important that you remain cute and that could be just one of your first priorities as the nation recuperates from the Ebola epidemics.Liberian fashion may look nicer on you than you can realize and even better than western fashion.Liberian dress comes with a variety of colors that is a cultural heritage.This year Western fashion in boutique is an older stockpile from last year and may not look presentable in 2015. The major contenders for fashion this year in Liberia will be the hipster or hand-bags, including trousers for both ladies and gentlemen, as well as dresses and high-heels made from Liberian fabric.Of course more allure has been added to Liberian trends this year than you can imagine, and I can only wish you the best as you embark on a quest for Liberia fashion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Every story has two sides, either positive or negative. In the case of the artists, bloggers and managers in this piece, it is still too soon to determine if their actions were right or wrong. As the saying goes ‘not everything that glitters is gold,’ so likewise in the entertainment industry not every story about an artist will make him or her famous.From artists ditching their managers, which rocked the entertainment industry, to romantic splits, and other shocking news, we list below the four stories/rumor-mills that really hit the hardest:4. Appearing in fourth place is DenG and former manger Alice Yawo, again. Before their recent split the pair once had a bitter exchange of words on social media over Alice’s criticism of the quality of the Put Foot video, saying it did not meet her expectation.This was the beginning of their bad blood.However, DenG responded by saying that her behavior was unprofessional, that even if she had a problem with the video, the issue should have been settled quietly and privately, not discussing it on social media.3. Sitting at third place is popular female blogger Berenice Mulubah and celebrated Liberian rapper Jon Bricks, who headed for splitsville, intimately and professionally, months ago.Before the break-up, Mulubah was Bricks’ manager, but he claimed that she never was his manager, that they were only intimately involved.The news of the break-up was one of the most talked about topics on social media, with many speculating that the split came as a result of Bricks possibly being in a new relationship.But it’s not entirely over for the pair as there still remain legal issues between them regarding Zama Records International, a jointly owned record label registered in the U.S. state of North Carolina2. Appearing again at second, it is very sad to say that DenG and Alice Yawo’s professional split was a near-deadly shocker; and for days after the unexpected split, people pleaded with them to reconsider the decision and reunite.The split came after DenG, returning from his successful U.S. tour three months ago, was notified by Alice calling for the break-up.She accused DenG of not giving her the necessary respect and appreciation that she deserved after sacrificing so much for him. She said later that she felt the singer was taking advantage of her. After she made the announcement calling for a split, DenG agreed without even trying to rescue the situation. He in turn accused her of not being professional, and denied that he ever disrespected her.Since then, according to fresh reports, the two have not been on good terms.1. The news that self-proclaimed King of Hipco Takun J was ditched by Lonestar Cell MTN, after his Brand Ambassador contract with the company was not renewed, left many wondering if the end of Takun’s golden era was drawing closer. Up to now the actual reason for the split between Takun J and the company has not been revealed, but it seems as though the artist has lately been doing more activism through his music, crooning for social justice and the rights of the downtrodden masses. Could there be a political prospect on the horizon? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Girls in Tech (GIT), a non-profit organisation which focuses on the empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship of women in technology around the world, on Wednesday launched its Guyana chapter.Founder and Managing Director of GIT Guyana addressing the gathering on Wednesday eveningGIT currently has 47 chapters with some 62,000 members in 33 countries in six continents.The organisation’s mission is to support women with the access and space they need to succeed in the technology industry, by educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology and entrepreneurship in technical industries.As a result, GIT offers mentorship, global classrooms, coding courses, boot camps, hack-a-thons and start-up competitions for any age or profession.These global programmes will also be supported by local initiatives such as ‘Coffee & Code’, a monthly mentorship meet-up and an annual tech fair.The aim of this is to not only introduce young women to the possibilities of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), but also to encourage industries to develop automation processes.The Founder and Managing Director of Guyana’s chapter, Evie Kanhai-Gurchuran, said GIT Guyana is aiming to create support for what matters the most to women in Guyana.“We want to create support for what matters to women most, such as compensation and pay, opportunities for promotion, work-life balance, sense of purpose or mission, and ongoing skills learning. We only hear about the wellbeing of women, but we also have designed programmes and activities for us all to grow together as culpable media entities, government entities to create a better workforce culture and to benefit from motivating, diverse and inclusive work force,” the Managing Director said.According to the founder, GIT will allow for women to benefit from a global network and resources and for equity to be built for our women here.Kanhai-Gurchuran encourages Guyanese women with an interest to become part of the organisation.Sharing inspiration and encouragement, Tamika Henry-Fraser shared her personal experience on how she was able to study and work in the forensic science field.“For days on end, my mom and I went to the Office of the Presidency and we kind of camped out, we would go every day, me in my QC uniform hoping for a glimpse of the President, who was at that time Bharrat Jagdeo. One day, we saw him, he was walking from one meeting to the next and we stopped him in the corner and in that moment my mom asked him, can you give my daughter a scholarship to study forensics – didn’t know who I was at the time either— I don’t know what happened or why it happened but he said yes. He didn’t read my documents, I don’t think he had an idea of what he was saying yes to, but he did and to this day, I am grateful for that moment,” Henry-Fraser reflected.GIT Guyana’s board comprises: Penelope DeFreitas, University of Guyana, Head of Department for the Computer Science Department; Indrawattie Hirai – Tech entrepreneur[KM1]; Rosanna Ferreira – ICT Engineer in the e-Government Agency, Public Telecommunications Ministry; Vineeta Persaud – Lecturer at the University of Guyana; Tanika Jones – Programmer/Developer with the United Nations; and Marissa Lowden – Entrepreneur with a focus on development.GIT was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco.
Odyssey Transport Services (OTS) which is popular for being the provider of jet boat services since 2012 to the interior regions of Guyana has a new passion to counter-act the speed of their jet boat – that passion is golf.For the first time ever, OTS will partner with the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) to host a tournament on Sunday, July 8, starting at 09:00h.The partnership between the Lusignan Golf Club and Odyssey Travel Services has ensured the tournament for Sunday, July 8A full field of players is expected to support CEO Feroze Barakat, a long-time member of the Lusignan Golf Club and avid golfer, who has been a part of the renewed growth of the Club having pledged his support for the plans that the new executive team put forth in January.At the official handing over ceremony, Manager Troy Khan stated, “The company wanted to show its commitment to the LGC and assist with the promotion of the game to the younger generation of golfers.”On that note, with the school holidays fast approaching, the company and LGC will host a variety of events to encourage new players to join the exciting sport.In an exciting twist, the Odyssey Transport Services will be giving away several trips to the interior on their jet boats along with the Hole-in-One grand prize of four tickets to one of their destinations which will be awarded to any golfer who makes the shot!The LGC has a packed calendar of events with more than four activities per month scheduled for the rest of the year. Recently, George Bulkan, son of Minister Ronald Bulkan, another long-time member of the club, took to the greens with his entire wedding party to celebrate his wedding!The Club is available for weddings, corporate training/retreats, summer camps for kids and many other activities. Members of the public are encouraged to come out and enjoy the ambiance and tranquility of the ground along with great food and drinks are available every day of the week.Guests at the Grand Coastal, Marriott and Pegasus Hotels can avail themselves of special rates that include equipment rental and caddie fees. For more information on the Lusignan Golf Club, events and activities calendar, and how you can become a member of the LGC, visit their Facebook page, call 220-5660 or simply stop by for a tour of the facilities.
After a barren heavily competitive first half, St. Peters who had gone through the group stage matches unbeaten broke the deadlock through Issa Okumu in the 44th minute.However, that lead only lasted four minutes as Ethan Rumi equalized for Upper Hill with a shot inside the box after St. Peters failed to clear the lines.Upper Hill were more motivated after the goal and they camped in the St. Peters half, but their efforts were dealt a massive blow three minutes from time when Okumu added his second with a thunderous shot from the right off a counter.In the other semi-final, St. Antony made light work of Riyabu. Just seven minutes into the game, they were 1-0 up when Ansar Shamun volleyed them ahead with a brilliant effort, taking in Lyno Otieno’s deep cross one time.Action between St. Antony and Riyabu during their Copa Cocacola Semi-Final match at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluRiyabu’s Evans Onsarigo almost brought his side back on level terms when he tried his luck with a shot from distance, but it proved an easy catch for the keeper.The Solidarity Boys came close to their second when Dvaid Leon’s bouncing header at the back post off a Daniel Odhiambo corner went inches wide. Shamun should have doubled his tally in the 23rd minute when he came to the end of a sweeping team move, but he was stopped by the keeper.Five minutes to the break, St. Antony were 2-0 up with a brilliantly taken goal when Kennedy Mwendwa sent in a low hard effort past the keeper after being played through by Issa Lumumba in a brilliant team move by the boys from Kitale.In the second half, St. Antony continued with their dominance and quarter of an hour in, they were 3-0 up when Shamun completed his brace with a cool finish after running behind the defense to pick up another brilliantly slit through pass.They completed the job in the final five minutes of the game with substitute Juma Lugogo striking a quick brace.First, he made the most of a confusion between the keeper and his defense to win the ball inside the box and poke home before finishing calmly inside the box two minutes later after the defense went to sleep again.Wiyeta Girls celebrate one of their goals against Waa Girls during their Copa Cocacola Semi-Final match at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the girls’ final, last year’s losing finalists Wiyeta Girls will play debutants Moi Girls Nangili in the final. Wiyeta beat Waa Girls from Coast 2-0 while Nangili were 2-0 winners over defending champions Olympic from Nairobi.Wiyeta danger girl Jecinta Karemana scored twice with Bonita Adhiambo adding the third from the spot while Waa’s consolation came through Mwanziri Miraj.Karemana opened the scoring in the sixth minute when her shot from distance fizzled through the goalkeeper’s legs before she added her second on the quarter hour mark with a scorching shot from the right after a quick counter.Miraj halved the deficit for Waa after taking advantage of a defensive lapse before Adhiambo took the game to safe distance in the second half converting from the penalty spot.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000St. Antony’s Ansar Shamun is joined in celebration by Kennedy Mwendwa during their Copa Cocacola Semi-Final match against Riyabu at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluELDORET, Kenya, Jul 27- Rift Valley’s St. Antony will clash with Western Region’s St. Peters Boys Mumias in the Copa Coca-Cola National Secondary School Ball Games final at the Hill School in Eldoret on Saturday morning.In the semi-finals played at the Hill School in Eldoret on Friday morning, title favorites St. Antony were in a class of their own beating Riyabu from Nyanza 5-0 while St. Peters needed a late winner to crush the hearts of Upper Hill winning 2-1 in a highly competitive game.
0Shares0000Neymar is accused of raping a woman whom he met through Instagram. He denies the accusation © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jun 2 – Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar on Sunday denied raping a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her at a Paris hotel, with his father claiming he is the victim of blackmail.According to a complaint filed with Sao Paolo police and reported by the UOL and GloboEsporte websites, the world’s most expensive footballer is accused of “using violence to have sex with the victim without her consent.” “I am accused of rape, it’s a big word, it’s very strong, but that is what has happened,” Neymar said in a seven-minute video posted on Instagram.“It surprised me, it’s a really ugly thing and a sad thing because anyone who knows me knows what kind of person I am and knows I would never do such a thing.”Neymar, 27, then showed what he said was a long series of WhatsApp messages with the woman, including topless photographs of her in bed.He added: “These are intimate moments but it is necessary to make them public to prove that nothing really happened.”The unidentified woman, who lives in Brazil, allegedly met Neymar through Instagram, and after exchanging messages, the footballer invited her to visit him in Paris in mid-May.According to the complaint, Neymar arrived at the hotel “apparently intoxicated,” and the two chatted and exchanged “caresses.”But then “he became aggressive and used violence to have sex with the victim without her consent,” the document said.– ‘It’s a trap’ –Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, categorically denied the accusations in an interview with Brazilian broadcaster Bandeirantes.“This is not true, he has never committed any crime,” said Neymar Santos, arguing that his son was a victim of blackmail. “We have all the evidence and we already gave everything to the lawyers.”According to Neymar Santos, his son and the woman went on a date, but Neymar did not want to see her again. Since then, the woman has tried to extort money from the player and his family, he said.“My son can be accused of many things, but I know what kind of man he is … it’s clear that this was a trap,” he said, adding that the WhatsApp messages released by the player would exonerate him.According to the media reports, the accuser was in Paris from May 15 to 17, but waited until last Friday to file the complaint in Brazil because she was “emotionally shaken.”Neymar, who was transferred to PSG from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros in 2017, is currently in Brazil preparing for the Copa America, which takes place in the country from June 14 to July 7.His 2018-2019 season with his club has been blighted by injury.Sao Paulo’s security secretariat would not provide a copy of the woman’s complaint to AFP, confirming only that one had been filed but saying its contents were classified.Another star of world football, Cristiano Ronaldo, is facing allegations he raped a US woman in Las Vegas in 2009. The Portugal and Juventus player strongly denies the accusations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Nacir Chadli and Mousa Dembele could have left Tottenham in January Tottenham duo Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli came close to joining Lokomotiv Moscow back in January, according to the club’s president.Dembele has struggled to command a regular first-team place this season and has only started nine Premier League games.Chadli has been a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season and has started the same number of league games as Harry Kane, so it would have been a major surprise if the Belgian forward would have been allowed to leave.But that has not stopped other clubs from showing an interest in wanting to sign him and according to sport.ru, Lokomotiv Moscow president Olga Smorodskaya says a deal to sign the Tottenham duo almost materialised.Smorodskaya said: “We considered Dembele, negotiated with him. We also talked with Chadli from Spurs.“The second (with Chadli) practically agreed, I had mentally congratulated him (on becoming a Lokomotiv player). But it did not happen – at the last moment he changed his mind.”
AS Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his staff prepare the argument in favor of the phone-tax initiative on the February ballot, we have an important request of him: Please, Mr. Mayor, tell the truth. So far, no one in City Hall has been honest about this tax initiative. The city gets about $270 million a year from a 10 percent tax on phone usage, but a court is likely to soon rule the tax illegal. When the tax is struck down, Los Angeles will lose a source of revenue it has counted on as it ramped up its policies of giving away the treasury to employees and developers. This is when the truth started getting trampled. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The biggest lie is that the situation is a “fiscal emergency.” There can’t be an emergency until the current law is actually struck down, but the false claim of a crisis allowed the politicians to put it on the Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot. The second big lie, and one that the public is likely to be bludgeoned with over the next few months, is that this is a tax cut. To make the tax more attractive, the mayor and his team cynically cooked up the idea of a 9 percent replacement phone tax so that the campaign could say that the new phone tax was actually a cut. But the new tax is broader than the original one, and could end up costing Angelenos more. This is a watershed moment in Villaraigosa’s career. He has the choice to be honest about the tax and tell people how he’s going to spend the $270 million – out of his $7 billion budget – for their benefit. Or he can be dishonest and claim it’s a “cut,” and if he doesn’t get it, he will fire cops and firefighters and stop trimming trees, paving streets or doing anything else that provides broad public benefit. Already City Hall is gearing up a campaign of lies and gross distortions. Villaraigosa can do better. He can admit the money will fulfill the overly generous new contracts for city workers, the free cars for city employees and politicians’ staffs, the junkets, the subsidies to luxury hotels. Better still, he could promise to clean up City Hall, to bring salaries and benefits in line with the private sector, and free up far more than $270 million to spend for public benefit. Please, Mr. Mayor, level with the people. Honesty really is the best policy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!