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Campion, PROVEN Wealth golf tourney on today

first_img GOOD SUPPORT Local golfers will have the opportunity to take home many great prizes, including airline tickets from Fly Jamaica to any destination, as well as contribute to the education of some of Jamaica’s brightest students in today’s Campion College Home School Association’s golf tournament at the Constant Spring Golf Club. The tournament, which is being presented in association with PROVEN Wealth and sanctioned by the Jamaica Golf Association, has a two-ball better ball full handicap format and is expected to feature some 48 men, ladies and mixed junior teams. “We at PROVEN Wealth are truly delighted to be on board for this year’s staging of the HSA Golf Tournament, particularly because we know the impact that the funds raised will have. We are firmly committed to community development and recognise that this starts with the development of the nation’s young minds, through education along with social and soft skills,” said Michelle Tracey, assistant manager, marketing , at PROVEN Wealth. Eighty golfers are expected to compete in teams of two, for the best overall team that will win tickets on Fly Jamaica. Other team and individual prizes include: weekends at Couples, Jamaica Inn, Jakes and Sandals resorts; gourmet meals at the Jamaica Pegasus, Cannonball Cafe, Tracks & Records; rounds of golf at Cinnamon Hill, White Witch, Tryall, Half Moon and Sandals Upton; and many other special gifts from Honey Bun, Loshusan, Associated Manufacturers Ltd, Meat Experts, Island Art, JL Golf, WB Trophies, Innovative Systems, Cafe Blue, Ramsons and King Alarm. “The support for the tournament has been excellent,” said tournament chairperson Jodi Munn-Barrow, who is herself a Campionite and former top female golfer. Major sponsors include Stewart’s Automotive Group, FOSA Surgical, Guardsman, Bone & Eye Clinic, Cool Oasis, Jamaica Pre-Mix Concrete Ltd., Align Orthodontics, Wisynco, Tingrinners Club, KFC Jamaica, Stocks & Securities, BL Williams, Meat Experts, Alliance Investments, CHADAD, JCDS, RELMAC, Best Plan Solutions, Auto Traders, Matthew Hogarth & Co., Island Smiles, STS/TARA Couriers, GM Realty, Marketing Strategy, Island Medical Specialists, Twin Gates Dental, AMG Packaging, Synergy Design Studio, Tankweld Equipment, Intcomex, Zachary Harding and Power Steering Specialty. First tee off time is 8:30 a.m. All proceeds from the event will be used to expand the Sixth Form Block at the school.last_img read more

San Beda’s Fernandez, Bolick, Doliguez, Benilde’s Young suspended for 1 game

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe NCAA on Wednesday imposed one-game suspensions on San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez, Red Lions Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez, and College of St. Benilde wingman Carlo Young.The three players were involved in an in-game scuffle late in the Red Lions 72-58 win on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Neymar calls Barca president a ‘joke’ MOST READcenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay The San Beda mentor launched a tirade after the game Tuesday questioning the disqualifying foul on Bolick.“I don’t want to insinuate things. I don’t want to speculate, but it’s a won game already, and then that incident happened and they penalized the other team that did not start it,” he said. “If they want us to lose ball games, then let us lose that ball game in a proper way,” Fernandez told the media.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Young launched for a takedown that brought Bolick to the floor, igniting a series of ejections that saw Bolick and Doliguez get thrown out with 2:28 remaining in the game.Fernandez, meanwhile, was suspended for his second infraction of “disrespecting game officials.”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’Bolick was also given a warning by NCAA commissioner Bai Cristobal for the aforementioned offense.The suspension took Bolick out of the running for any individual awards including the Most Valuable Player plum. The San Beda star was sixth in the MVP rae. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View commentslast_img read more

Guiao develops another talent in Michael Miranda

first_imgFEU didn’t show its real game in Ateneo loss, says Pons It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City But the Road Warriors didn’t miss the absence of Quiñahan, whose early exit paved way to Michael Miranda’s late-game heroics.After the Aces took an 83-80 edge with 3:01 remaining, Miranda scored five unanswered points that put the Road Warriors in the driver’s seat for good.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“Of course there was pressure. It was a crucial part of the game,” Miranda admitted in Filipino. “But coach really had no choice at that point. He doesn’t have anyone to pick on the bench so he called me.”Guiao ended up making the right choice. 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 Miranda hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 83 at the 2:47 mark before sinking a couple of clutch free throws for an 85-83 spread with 2:06 to go.He finished with 12 points and three rebounds in 20 minutes and 36 seconds off the bench.The 6-foot-5 big man spent most of his first two years in the league sitting on the bench, but now he’s just grateful to have found a coach who was more than willing to give him an opportunity.“Back then, nobody noticed what I can do. Coach Yeng told me that he’ll give me a break so obviously, I need to reward his faith in me by helping the team win,” said Miranda, who had 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field with three rebounds and a block in NLEX’s 105-99 win in Game 1 on Monday. “We all know coach Yeng. He gives everyone the opportunity to play.”Guiao is known for making names out of unheralded players and maximizing their capabilities.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Miranda is no exception and he’s gained not only Guiao’s attention but also Alaska coach Alex Compton’s praise.“I think Miranda was just a potential just aching to expose himself if given the chance. He really rewarded the team by making the most out of the chance given to him,” Guiao said. “It’s the story of a lot of players. A lot of players languishing on the bench. But when you give them a break, they will step up and prove themselves. That’s just an example of Mike Miranda.”“That’s two straight games he played well against us. He should be an encouragement to all young players that don’t get a big break right away,” said Compton.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe ouster of JR Quiñahan down the stretch was supposed to be a huge blow to NLEX.He fouled out with still 3:20 left and Alaska had just taken an 81-80 lead in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PetroGazz brings in new import to replace Kullerkann

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lymareva-Flink stands at 5-foot-11 and the Angels hope the 25-year-old can help the ream in the reception department, where they have an efficiency rating of 34.01 percent making them the second-worst team in the league in terms of the statistic.“It’s not that she doesn’t have the attacking skill, she already has the experience of playing professionally for four years,” said Cruz of Lymareva-Flink who already played in Turkey.Kullerkann, who has already torn the ACL on her left knee twice, averaged 16 points in her three games with the Angels.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial The Angels and import Kadi Kullerkann have decided to part ways after the Estonian national aggravated her left knee injury.Replacing Kullerkann is outside hitter Olena Lymareva-Flink, who will be  joining fellow Ukrainian Anastasiia Trach in the Angels’ roster.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 crownPetroGazz team manager Camille Cruz said the staff elected to call in an import who could help them in their reception, an area the 6-foot-4 Kullerkann had a difficulty playing.“What the team lacks right now is the first ball, we already have attackers, so the priority was to get an import that can help us in our receives,” said Cruz in Filipino. 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film PetroGazz was just starting to get its groove in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference after it snapped its three-game skid at the start of the tournament, but the Angels are not out of the woods yet.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Romeo sets PBA All-Star record with 48 points as Gilas beats Luzon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View commentslast_img read more

Standhardinger 100% healthy in return: ‘I can go however long they want to play me’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matthysse on KO defeat to Pacquiao: It was my turn to lose After sitting out much of the conference due to a swollen right knee, Standhardinger made an immediate impact in San Miguel’s 92-79 win over Alaska in Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.Standhardinger finished with nine points, all in the second quarter, while pulling down five boards as the Beermen took a 1-0 lead in the five-game series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: San Miguel draws first blood against Alaska as Standhardinger returns“I just felt good to be out there again and yes it was exciting,” said Standhardinger Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “It feels good, I’m a hundred percent healthy now and I can go however long they want to play me. They just let me know and I go.”Standhardinger played for 11 minutes and was vital in the Beermen’s game-clinching run.READ: Standhardinger: ‘I’m not a rookie’The Beermen pulled away from the Aces in the second quarter with a 9-0 run that Standhardinger capped off with a jumper for the 34-24 lead.“I felt like we had the game under control the whole time and we have to play like that again to have good chances to get the victory,” said Standhardinger. “They [the Aces] played hard and I’m happy we were able to play a little harder.”ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t just count Christian Standhardinger out.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 STORIESlast_img read more

Will the “Baghdad Bobs” Please Stand!

first_imgThe resignation letter of the comptroller of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), which has gone viral on social media, has again raised troubling questions about where the country appears headed to. This is because things appear to be falling apart under the assault of crippling economic forces. Moreover, these developments appear to foretell what may likely happen going forward. As noted in previous editorials, the adoption of IMF economic policies under a Structural Adjustment Policy requires enormous amounts of fiscal discipline.This newspaper recalls that in an unusual and unprecedented fashion, western diplomats through their respective embassies accredited near this capital wrote the Government of Liberia a letter demanding restitution of development funds earmarked for support to projects mutually identified for support. It, is not known at this point, whether those funds have been restituted although there are suggestions to the contrary. As part of measures intended to stabilize the economy, the IMF recommended a drastic reduction in the national wage bill.The wage bill had been grossly inflated by a mass hiring of party loyalists into government and the civil service with unrealistic salaries, emoluments and benefits. Realistically, the mass layoff of such individuals as recommended by the IMF proved too much a daunting prospect for the CDC led government and, to get around salary harmonization was chosen as a way out. But even then, the harmonization has since been unequally applied.Worse still, the current non availability of adequate amounts of Liberian dollars to conduct what should be ordinary day to day business transactions is greatly undermining the legitimacy of the government. Should things continue along this path strikes and street protests may become a feature of daily life which could prove very testing for this government.The authorization sought from the Legislature to print new banknotes has apparently run into hiccups and which appears likely to remain in the doldrums at least until after Legislators return from their agricultural break or until when called from recess for special session in January 2020.What this suggests is that Christmas pay for civil servants may be in limbo given official Finance Ministry’s quid quo pro “no print no pay” policy. This is in view of the annoying fact that 16bn in Liberian dollar banknotes remains in the custody of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).In view of the dire economic situation, the government has sought assistance from IMF to arrange borrowing terms that would enable access to credit. But this is a double edged sword that has to be handled with caution. Why” It is because IMF inspired Structural Adjustment Policies are known to have provoked riots and civil unrest in many countries around the world and Liberia, a mere appendage of international capital can by no means be considered different.According to authors Michael Thompson, Alexander Kentikelenis and Thomas Stubbs “structural adjustment programmes have a detrimental impact on child and maternal health. In particular, these programmes undermine access to quality and affordable healthcare and adversely impact upon social determinants of health, such as income and food availability”.Clearly, these are compelling reasons why this government needs to think out of the box and explore alternative means by which this vicious cycle of endemic mass poverty can be broken especially considering this country’s natural endowment of rich resources which from all indications are being exploited with little or no benefit to the people. Placed between a rock and a hard place, and rather than seeking creative solutions to address the harsh economic situation, officials of this government appear instead to be more inclined to relying on force and the use of violence to address popular stirrings for an end to the hardships being experienced.This can explain why a nonentity and common criminal like the notorious General Power would rise as a star player in the state security apparatus. The belated but unsuccessful attempt by Presidential Press secretary, Smith Toby to shake off public concerns about the conduct of Power has tended to further engrain the impression that his (Toby) is but a coverup intended to shield the government, particularly President from public criticism. As November winds to a close heralding the advent of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Those are holiday celebrations along with July 26 which Liberians hold dear.Therefore prospects of dampened Christmas and New Year holiday celebrations owing to the lack of money to put food on the table for the family will certainly prove much too hard to bear. And this government will do itself well by not provoking the people with the display of armed might and aggression towards December 30 protesters. There is and has been much talk in the air about violence and the threat of its use against protesters on December 30. This newspaper therefore cautions all sides particularly state security personnel to exercise the greatest restraint and refrain from violence.The “Baghdad Bobs” cum ethnic nationalists will of course as expected continue to justify every misstep by this government. If the Baghdad Bobs proved unable to help or keep Doe in power, there is no reason whatever to expect that they can now do so for anyone else. But the tragedy is President Weah appears oblivious to what is unfolding or is he just feigning ignorance?Will the “Baghdad Bobs” please stand!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GM yet to provide receipts for overseas travel

first_imgGuyana Chronicle audit…auditors cite breaches in hiring, tendering transactionsA recent audit into the management of resources at the Guyana National Newspaper Limited has revealed several breaches in the disbursement of monies for services and employment procedures.Chateram Ramdihal Chartered Accountants Professional Services Firm, which is also known as Ramdihal and Haynes Inc, was contracted by the Auditor General to conduct a special audit on the overall management and governance of the Guyana Chronicle for the period of June 1, 2018 to September 10, 2018.Guyana Chronicle General Manager Sherod DuncanThe objective was to determine whether the spending of funds was in accordance with principles and regulations of the company.A document containing the findings was leaked to Guyana Times; it indicated that the General Manager, Sherod Duncan took an overseas trip with the marketing coordinator for the resuscitation of the publication’s New York edition. This trip cost an excess of $736,028, but there was no approval from the Minister for such an event and to date, no relevant documents were brought forward to support these expenditures.Meanwhile, Duncan, a member of the Alliance for Change (AFC), had travelled again in June to Lethem and was given an allowance of $200,000. In that instance, the Management Tender Committee did not give approval for his travel, and documents are also still pending.According to the audit, Duncan also expended some $721,000 to repair one of the company’s vehicles which he used, but there were no contract to validate such and these payments were made without the established approval process.Apart from financial errors, the audit report demonstrates that an editor by the name of Godfrey Wray was terminated upon instruction from the General Manager. But Wray’s personnel file did not indicate that his performance was poor. The services of a finance controller were also terminated by Duncan in September without notice, which is not in compliance with the Personnel Policy and Procedures Manual.According to the audit, Duncan also proceeded to hire one Adrian Persaud as the company’s social media coordinator, but a look at his recruitment indicated that the vacancy was not advertised internally or externally and no evidence of his qualification was provided at that time.Tender breachesThe Guyana Chronicle has a Management Tender Committee, which approves transactions ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 before payments are made. But during the stipulated time examined, no approval was given for nine such transactions valued at $1.6 million, the audit stated.Further, five transactions valued at a total of $2.1 million were never approved by the Corporation Tender Committee, which approves expenditure valued between $300,000 and $1 million.Meanwhile, for the four months examined, some $2.3 million was spent to increase the entity’s social media presence in the areas of live streaming, social boosts and the social media department, but the company’s budget for 2018 did not make any provisions for this. Furniture was also acquired for over $2.5 million without any budgetary allocation.In light of the probe, Duncan was sent on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and audit.last_img read more

Local cyclists to compete in Paris

first_imgSnucins will begin the evening of Sunday, Aug. 21, while Kok and Morrison chose to begin the next day on Aug. 22.This will be Kok’s third time competing in the event.Riders’ progress can be followed on the event’s official website, by inserting their frame numbers: 5907 (Snucins), 8399 (Morrison) and 8572 (Kok).This year, there will be 5,414 participants from around the world, with the biggest contingent coming from France and the United States. Canada has 101 cyclists participating, 40 from B.C. and three from Fort St. John. Advertisement Three local long distance cyclists are preparing for an overseas competition.Jay Morrison, Erik Snucins and Wim Kok have all qualified to compete in the 17th Paris-Brest-Paris, taking place in France from August 21-25.- Advertisement -Morrison and Snucins both qualified to compete in the middle of June, when they both completed the 600 km Tour de Peace. Morrison finished with a time of 37 hours and 52 minutes, while Snucins finished with a time of 38 hours and 40 minutes. Kok qualified two weeks later, finishing the 600 km North Thompson event in 34 hours and 18 minutes.In order to qualify, athletes must complete four distances, 200, 300, 400 and 600 km this year, with a time limit of 13.5, 20, 27 and 40 hours respectively.The 1,230 km marathon, held every 4 years, begins in Guyancourt, a Paris Suburb and cyclists will ride through tertiary roads and small villages to Brest in Brittany, located on the Atlantic Coast. Upon arriving, cyclists will then have to turn around and ride back to Paris.Competitors are expected to be self sufficient during the competition and no support is allowed while en route. To reach Paris in the designated amount of time, riders will have to cycles day and night on only a few hours of sleep.Advertisementlast_img read more

Hazard ‘happy’ to finish career at Chelsea if Madrid move doesn’t happen

first_imgHowever, with his current contract expiring in 2020, the Belgian has repeatedly stated his desire to one day join the European champions.“When I was in Lille I always said I want to go one day in England because it is my dream league, because the English league is very hard, and then one day try to move (to) Spain,” Hazard told Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester United on Saturday.“Now I’m almost 28, seven years with Chelsea, we won almost everything.“So I can finish (my career) with Chelsea. No problem at all. I am very happy with this club, with the team, my family is happy here.“So if I don’t move, if I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans – I think the fans love me.”Real could do with Hazard’s firepower. In the absence of the departed Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid have failed to score in four consecutive games for the first time since 1985.However, Hazard has also stated he has no intention of following the example of international team-mate Thibaut Courtois in forcing his way out of Chelsea.Courtois had just a year to run on his contract, lowering his transfer value, when he refused to return to pre-season training with Chelsea before sealing a move to Real in August.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is happy to see out his career at Stamford Bridge should a dream move to Real Madrid not materialise © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 19 – Eden Hazard insists he will be happy to end his career at Chelsea should his dream move to Real Madrid not materialise.Hazard has been instrumental in Chelsea’s unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri, scoring eight goals in all competitions, as the Blues sit joint top of the Premier League alongside Manchester City and Liverpool.last_img read more

Vatican suspends priest over filmed gay-sex remarks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Rome daily La Repubblica reported Saturday that Vatican officials recognized the monsignor’s office in the background of the program, which aired Oct. 1. The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said the Italian monsignor was suspended while the case was under investigation. “Higher-ups are evaluating the situation with the necessary reserve and with the obligatory respect for the person involved, even if this person has erred,” Lombardi said. Vatican officials “had to intervene decisively and with the severity required by conduct not compatible with priestly service and with the mission of the Holy See,” he added. While the Vatican rarely comments on individual sex scandals, this case directly touched the Holy See, apparently prompting the confirmation of the report. Vatican teaching holds that homosexual activity is a sin. Stenico said to call back later in the day when he would have more to say, but later attempts to reach him were not successful. The Italian news agency ANSA quoted him as saying he had sent his superiors “a dutiful memo” about the case. Milan daily Corriere della Sera had previously reported that a young man had contacted La7 and said he had been in contact with several priests on chat lines popular with gay men. Corriere said La7 then filmed encounters between the man and priests with a hidden camera. A woman identifying herself as a producer for La7’s “Exit” program declined to comment about the case, saying only that the program could be viewed on the network’s Web site. In the program, the faces of those speaking with the young man are obscured and their voices altered so they would not be recognized. The man La Repubblica identified as the Vatican official can be heard saying that “he didn’t feel he was sinning” by having sex with gay men and asking his visitor if he liked him.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VATICAN CITY – The Vatican said Saturday it has suspended a monsignor from a senior post at the Holy See after an Italian TV program using a hidden camera recorded him making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful. The Vatican did not identify the monsignor by name. But Monsignor Tommaso Stenico confirmed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he had been suspended from his post at the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, an office which aims to ensure proper conduct by priests. “Don’t condemn me,” Stenico said, adding that the program “was done fraudulently” because it used a hidden camera. In the program on private Italian network La7, a man identified as a priest is heard saying that he “didn’t feel he was sinning” by having sex with gay men. last_img read more