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As PBA resumes, Beermen make last push out of playoff disadvantage

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments England beats Colombia on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Out of the running for a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals, the Beermen (5-4) now set their sights on a No. 4 to No. 6 finish to avoid facing the squads that will flaunt the playoff bonus. Finishing in the middle of the pack guarantees the Beermen a best-of-three series.“If we win, we could end up 5 or 6. But if we lose our last two games, we could fall into a tie for the lower two,” said Austria. “It will be difficult once that scenario happens.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Beermen will end their elimination round against the Magnolia Hotshots, who tapped the services of Wayne Chism opposite the NLEX Road Warriors in the other match that will start at around 7 p.m.“He (Chism) is a more complete player. He knows how to play here, and I think he can help us a lot in terms of his experience,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, who is hoping to keep his team’s playoff bid alive. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel Beer knows the danger of falling in an upset to Blackwater: The Beermen face the possibility of going up against tall playoff odds in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“That’s why this game against Blackwater is very important,” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria of the game against the Elite at 4:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Strong start needed as Azkals open semis vs Vietnamese

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BACOLOD CITY—The Philippines slips back to its familiar role as a heavy underdog as it battles Vietnam on Sunday in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals at Panaad Stadium here.With only 18 players at their disposal, the Azkals face numerous concerns heading into the 7:30 clash, foremost of which will be how to fill the void left by two players who have started all matches in the group stage—leftback Daisuke Sato and midfielder Patrick Strauss.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments UP ‘already a winner’ by making UAAP Finals, says former Maroon Guiao 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 But that could be a tricky ploy since Aguinaldo has yet to see action in the tournament.The Azkals acknowledge the tough task at hand against the talented Vietnamese, whose team is made up of the stars of the Under-23 side that reached the final in the AFC Under-23 championship.“They are a good team, but we are also confident [of our chances],” said captain Phil Younghusband. “We stick to our identity and the way we play which has gotten us this far in the tournament and I think we’ll have a good chance.”After sputtering performances in the previous edition of the tournament, the Azkals seemed to have found the right balance. Younghusband also knows the team has the ability to raise their level when the situation calls for it.“We’re a team that whichever team is in front of us, we’ll play to that level,” he said. “If a stronger team is up against us, we’ll raise our performance.”ADVERTISEMENT It will be the fourth time in five tournaments that the Azkals are in the semifinal round. In each of the three previous trips to the knockout round, the Azkals were not able to score in their home leg. That’s why Younghusband stressed the importance of getting off to a strong start at Panaad on Sunday night, before the tie heads to Hanoi for the second leg on Thursday.“I think we need a good start in our home game,” said Younghusband. “When you’re away in their stadium with over 40,000 to 50,000 [people in the audience], it’s important to get a good start at home and get a win so we will have something to fight for in the second leg. Whether its a 1-nil, 2-nil or a 2-1, it’s important that we go into the second leg with the lead or the advantage. That would be key.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ever since they’ve touched down in this football-mad city, coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and his staff have tested several options to fill up the role of Sato and Strauss, who were recalled by their clubs in Romania and Germany, respectively, after the draw against Indonesia.But assistant coach Chris Greatwich remained tightlipped on how the Azkals will be set up against a Vietnam team that has scored eight goals in four matches so far and conceded none.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 ChrissKevin Ingreso seems a lock to start at Strauss’ position, but it’s in the defense, where the Azkals will have to do some serious shuffling.One option is to slip Amani Aguinaldo at the back beside Alvaro Silva with Carlie de Murga moving to rightback. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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GCAA Director never had discussions with OAI – PRO

first_imgProtocol passes controversy…airport in talks with Foreign Affairs Ministry over security concerns…maintains no breaches occurredAmid reports that the Ogle Airport Inc (OAI) breached security protocols and failed to include a protocol pass system in its manual to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the management of the airport has revealed that the Foreign Affairs Ministry has been engaged on the matter.Speaking with Guyana Times on Friday, OAI Public Relations Officer (PRO) Kit Nascimento explained that there has been no communication between the Airport and the GCAA Director-General, Egbert Field as it related to authorisation.However, a representative of the GCAA would have facilitated discussions with theThe Ogle Airport IncForeign Affairs Ministry to have the matter resolved. Nascimento also maintained the company’s previous statements that no security breach occurred at the Airport.“The Director of Civil Aviation has not been in touch with the Airport about any sanctions whatsoever. The Airport stands by its original statement that the Airport has not committed any security breach. We are already in discussion with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with a representative of the Civil Aviation Authority on this matter and we’re moving forward together on it,” Nascimento said.The GCAA ordered that the Eugene F Correia International Airport stop issuing protocol passes after former parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud was escorted by a Canadian Embassy security officer to a Barbados-bound plane after he sought help from the embassy following his favourable vote during the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018 which saw the Government of Guyana being defeated.Persaud was escorted to the Airport and boarded a plane bound for Barbados and later Canada.Following what the OAI described as “erroneous reports in the State media” that there was a security breach, the administration of the Airport related that it was guided by its Airport Operations Manual, which was approved by the GCAA.The OAI stated that Persaud was a passenger on LIAT flight #LI 392, which departed the Eugene F Correia International Airport at 06:17h on December 22, 2018.The Airport authority stated that Persaud’s escorts were Mission Security Officer of the High Commission of Canada, Richard Beliveau and Peter Ramsaroop.According to the OAI, Beliveau presented himself and his Foreign Affairs Ministry ID Card to the Airport duty officer and requested a pass to accompany a passenger to the aircraft. The OAI stated that Ramsaroop also requested a pass saying he was part of Beliveau’s team.The Airport duty officer, in accordance with an established courtesy practice as is requested to be extended to diplomatic personnel by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, granted a protocol pass to both persons. The passes were duly returned in exchange for their respective ID documents on their departure from the Airport.last_img read more

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AK-47, ammo found in Linden house

first_imgPolice in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) are investigating the discovery of a high-powered weapon and several rounds of ammunition and ammunition components at a house.According to reports, the Police were able to recover an AK-47 rifle, two magazines and 15 rounds of matching ammunition; 15 live .38 rounds, 39 9mm live rounds and 21 .223 live rounds, along with a magazine.The AK-47 and ammunition found in the haversackThe discovery was made after a man stumbled upon the cache while house cleaning. The Police said that while cleaning, the 42-year-old citizen observed a haversack behind a wardrobe and upon examination of its contents, found the firearm and ammunition.The individual subsequently rushed to a nearby Police Station and lodged a report of his discovery. This resulted in a Police team to responding and taking possession of the cache.Initially, investigations revealed that the owners of the house reportedly reside overseas; however, the property was rented prior to the discovery. Nevertheless, further investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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Son leads defence-heavy South Korea World Cup squad

first_imgThe Taeguk Warriors reached the semi-finals when South Korea co-hosted the 2002 World Cup, but they struggled in qualifying and have been drawn against Sweden, Mexico and holders Germany in a tough Group F.Top-rated Son scored 18 goals in all competitions this term for Spurs, who finished third in the Premier League to secure another season of Champions League football.In one surprise pick, Shin also included Hellas Verona’s uncapped Lee Seung-woo among his initial 28, to be cut to 23 by June 4.The former Barcelona trainee’s club has been relegated from Serie A, but the 20-year-old midfielder will have a chance to impress in home friendlies against Honduras on May 28 and Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 1.Shin included no fewer than 12 defenders in his preliminary squad, as he bemoaned injuries plaguing him at the back.In the 14 matches since Shin was appointed last July after the sacking of German Uli Stielike, the team have scored 20 and conceded 19.“There is a reason why I picked so many defenders,” Shin told reporters in Seoul.“At this moment, forming our defence line is the most difficult part for me. There were things that I wanted to do with our defence, but I think I can’t do it.”Only nine players remain from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when the team went out in the group stage.Provisional squad (club KOR unless stated)Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe/JPN), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka/JPN), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC)Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande/CHN), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo/JPN), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu/JPN), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Kwon Kyung-won (Tianjin Quanjian/CHN), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City/WAL), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe/JPN), Kwon Chang-hoon (Dijon FCO/FRA), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg/AUT), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona/ITA), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United), Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace/ENG)Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg/AUT), Lee Keun-ho (Gangwon FC)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min was named in South Korea’s 28-man preliminary squad. © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONSEOUL, Korea, Republic of, May 14 – Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min headlined South Korea’s preliminary 28-man World Cup squad unveiled Monday, as coach Shin Tae-yong included 12 defenders in an attempt to plug leaks at the back.Spurs star Son was named along with Ki Sung-yueng of Swansea City, just relegated from the English Premier League, and FC Augsburg’s Koo Ja-cheol as Shin rolled out his Europe-based senior players.last_img read more

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Santa Anas attack Southland

first_imgTimber-shivering sailors still made it out. “You had to be a real pirate to get here Friday,” harbor employee Mary Brye told CNS. “That ocean was terrible.” The Los Angeles Fire Department also reported a small fire broke out overnight in the hills above San Fernando, but said crews quickly put it out, preventing any significant damage. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MALIBU – A nasty, aggravating wind ripped through the region today, stirring up “snotty waves” and fears of fire as anemometers spun up as high as 65 mph. Branches snapped. Leaves flew. Fires ignited and locals rubbed their eyes, spilled their coffee and cursed the first of the Santa Ana winds. A wind gauge near Point Mugu recorded the 65-mph gust, while the Malibu hills saw a blast of 57 mph early this morning. Los Angeles warned Hollywood Hills residents that Red Flag Tow-Away zone rules will remain in effect through 8 p.m. tomorrow, the first time this year the city has issued the warning. Wire service reports said hundreds of sailboats at Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Resort were able to sail home this afternoon after 35-mph gusts in the Catalina Channel subsided, and small-crafts warning expired. One mariner employed the curious “snotty wave” reference in conversation with City News Service, saying waves had spoiled the the island’s popular “Buccanneer Days” party this weekend. last_img read more

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No. 12 Pitt remains perfect after slipping by Louisville

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita No. 14 Michigan St ate 62, No. 19 Ohio St ate 59 (2 OT ): Drew Neitzel hit a runner and two free throws in the final 44 seconds of the second overtime to lead the visiting Spartans. Even though the game featured two of the Big Ten’s top three offenses, both played physical, hands-on defense. Paul Davis, who scored 18 points for the Spartans (14-4, 2-2), cemented the lead with two free throws with 11 seconds left. The Buckeyes’ Jamar Butler then missed a 3-pointer and Matt Sylvester who had earlier hit two big 3s to pull his team back failed on a short follow in the final seconds. No. 23 Maryland 90, Wake Forest 86: Mike Jones scored 22 points, D.J. Strawberry added a career-high 18, and Maryland kept visiting Wake Forest winless in the ACC. Justin Gray scored a career-high 38 points for Wake Forest, which cut a 17-point deficit to two with 2.9 seconds left. Strawberry then clinched it with two foul shots. Nik Caner-Medley scored 17 points to help the Terrapins (12-4, 2-2) bounce back from losses at Miami and Duke. Gray went 12-for-20 from the field, including 7-for-11 from 3-point range, but it wasn’t enough. The last time Wake Forest (11-5, 0-3) lost its first three ACC games was in 1990. WOMEN No. 1 Tennessee 79, Mississippi 56: Candace Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and top-ranked Tennessee remained unbeaten with a victory over host Mississippi State. Sidney Spencer and Shanna Zolman added 14 points each for the Lady Vols (17-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who opened a four-game road trip which includes games at nationally ranked Vanderbilt and Duke by improving to 25-0 all-time against the Bulldogs. No. 4 North Carolina 65, No. 25 N.C. State 53: Erlana Larkins had 15 points and 11 rebounds and North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell picked up her 700th career victory. Texas Tech 64, No. 5 Baylor 62: Alesha Robertson scored 22 points, including a short jumper with less than a second remaining, to lead host Texas Tech to the upset. No. 8 Ohio St ate 62, Michigan 34: Jessica Davenport and Marscilla Packer scored 15 points apiece and Ohio State held the visiting Wolverines to 25 percent shooting. No. 17 Minnesota 71, No. 9 Michigan State 58 : Reserve Lauren Lacey scored a career-high 16 points and Natasha Williams added 13 to lead the host Gophers to the victory. No. 13 Georgia 74, Miami 59: Cori Chambers hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points and backcourtmate Sherill Baker added 15 points for host Georgia. No. 19 Temple 74, St. Bonaventure 65: Kamesha Hairston had 15 points and Jennifer Owens added 13 for the Owls, who defeated the visiting Bonnies for the eighth straight time. No. 23 Vanderbilt 67, South Carolina 59: Carla Thomas scored all 16 of her points in the second half and Vanderbilt held on for the road win. Dee Davis added 15 points for the Commodores (13-4, 2-1 Southeastern 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Terrence Williams led the Cardinals (13-3, 1-2) with 25 points. Louisville guard Taquan Dean played just 12 minutes, bothered by an ankle injury he re-aggravated late in the first half. His only field goal an off-balance 3-pointer from 25 feet pulled the Cardinals within 59-57 with a minute to play. center_img Freshman reserve guard Levance Fields scored 13 points and No. 12 Pittsburgh remained undefeated with a 61-57 victory over host No. 10 Louisville on Sunday. Aaron Gray’s two free throws with 2 seconds left followed three missed 3-pointers by the Cardinals, who fell to 0-3 this season against ranked teams. Gray finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (14-0, 3-0), one of three unbeaten teams in Division I along with top-ranked Duke (16-0) and No. 2 Florida (16-0). Pittsburgh has opened the season with 14 straight wins for the second time in three years. last_img read more

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DISADVANTAGED DONEGAL SCHOOL WILL FACE CUTS, SAYS TD

first_imgDisadvantaged schools in Co Donegal are still facing major cuts to resources after the Minister for Education confirmed to Fianna Fáil today that no decision has been made to reverse cuts to the DEIS scheme, claims local TD Charlie McConalogue.Despite the fact that he admitted he made a mistake, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has indicated that cuts will still be made to DEIS schools, said the Donegal North East deputy.The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue told us: “The Government have been spinning a yarn that their decision to remove 428 posts from DEIS schools will be reversed after they realised they made a ‘mistake’. “However today, Minister Quinn confirmed that this is not the case. Far from reversing his damaging decision, the Minister has today indicated that he is still seeking to cut DEIS posts.“This confirms my fears that the Government simply announced an empty review of the DEIS cuts to take the heat out the controversy and buy themselves some time.  Government TDs who are under pressure from their local schools have been out convincing their communities that these cuts have been reversed. When asked directly today if this is the case, Minister Quinn shook his head and said no final decisions have been made. He also said he is still seeking “economies” in this area.“What this means is that DEIS schools across the North East are still facing significant cuts to resources. We are now in a deeply worrying situation where schools in Donegal will be competing with one another to retain teacher posts. Those schools that have worked hard at achieving enormous success on the DEIS scheme will now worry that this very success will mean their resources will be cut. To punish schools that have come so far under the DEIS programme makes absolutely no sense.“This is a highly socially regressive step that will undo years of progress in tackling educational disadvantage. The long-term economic implications are enormous. It’s time for the Minister to cut through the spin and be honest with the people.  The Minister must do the right thing and reverse his mistake.”  DISADVANTAGED DONEGAL SCHOOL WILL FACE CUTS, SAYS TD was last modified: January 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deputy charlie mcconalogueeducation cutslast_img read more

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MARY BOYLE SUSPECT IS CONVICTED SEX ABUSER FROM DONEGAL

first_imgTHE MAN being questioned about the disappearance of Mary Boyle is a convicted sex offender from Co Donegal.He is serving a sentence at the Midlands Prison where he was arrested today.Gardai have until tomorrow to continue questioning the 64-year-old suspect. It’s understood detectives came across the suspect during a cold case review.Mary disappeared on March 18, 1977 whilst visiting grandparents at Cashelard.From Kincasslagh, her disappearance is Ireland’s longest running case of its kind.Gardai have issued a new appeal for information tonight in the case as they continue to question the suspect at Mullingar Garda Station. Speaking today, Assistant Commissioner Northern Region Kieran Kenny said: “We are appealing for anyone with any information on the circumstances around Mary’s disappearance to contact us. Even something that people may have thought was insignificant at the time could help us advance the continuing investigation.”Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room at Ballyshannon Garda Station at 071 9858530 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.A Family Liaison Officer has been continuously liaising with Mary’s mother, Ann Boyle, to keep her informed of developments including today’s arrest. MARY BOYLE SUSPECT IS CONVICTED SEX ABUSER FROM DONEGAL was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestdisppeareddonegalMARY BOYLEsex offenderlast_img read more

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Consulting fees went to Frist’s inner circle

first_imgWASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful’s nonprofit. The returns for World of Hope Inc., obtained by The Associated Press, also show the charity raised the lion’s share of its $4.4 million from just 18 sources. They gave between $97,950 and $267,735 each to help fund Frist’s efforts to fight AIDS. The tax forms, filed nine months after they were first due, do not identify the 18 major donors by name. Frist’s lawyer, Alex Vogel, said Friday that he would not give their names because tax law does not require their public disclosure. Frist’s office provided a list of 96 donors who were supportive of the charity, but did not say how much each contributed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The donors included several corporations with frequent business before Congress, such as insurer Blue Cross/Blue Shield, manufacturer 3M, drug maker Eli Lilly and the Goldman Sachs investment firm. World of Hope gave $3 million it raised to charitable AIDS causes, such as Africare and evangelical Christian groups with ties to Republicans – Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse and the Rev. Luis Cortes’ Esperanza USA, for example. The rest of the money went to overhead. That included $456,125 in consulting fees to two firms run by Frist’s longtime political fundraiser, Linus Catignani. One is jointly run by Linda Bond, the wife of Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo. The charity also hired the law firm of Vogel’s wife, Jill Holtzman Vogel, and Frist’s Tennessee accountant, Deborah Kolarich. Kolarich’s name recently surfaced in an e-mail involving Frist’s controversial sale of stock in his family founded health care company. That transaction is now under federal investigation. Jill Holtzman Vogel, who is raising money for a run for the state Senate in Virginia in 2007, has received thousands in contributions this year from Catignani & Bond and from her husband, among numerous other sources, according to data released by the Virginia Public Access Project. Alex Vogel said Frist picked people to work on his charity whom he trusted and knew, such as Vogel’s wife, and was proud that overhead costs amounted to less than $1 of every $5 raised. “It’s leaner than the average charity,” Vogel said. Frist is listed as the charity’s president and his wife was listed as secretary. Neither was compensated. Political experts said both the size of charity’s big donations and its consulting fees raise questions about whether the tax-exempt group benefited Frist’s political ambitions. “One of the things people who are running for president try to do is keep their fundraising staff and political people close at hand. And one of the ways you can do that is by putting them in some sort of organization you run,” said Larry Noble, the government’s former chief election lawyer who now runs the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics that studies fundraising. Kent Cooper, the Federal Election Commission’s former public disclosure chief, said the big donors’ motives are also suspect. “These tax deductible gifts were earmarked through Senator Frist,” Cooper said. “They were raised in the political arena at the 2004 Republican Convention and the natural question is were they given to the Senate majority leader to gain favor or were they given for true charitable purposes?” Cooper said the consulting fees were “excessively high” and the fact that they were “paid to primarily political consultants also raises questions about the long-range strategic benefits for the 2008 presidential race.” A charity could lose its tax-exempt status if it is found to be involved with political activity, said Marcus S. Owens, a former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Division. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more