Another rout

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 “So whoever grabs momentum keeps it rolling so far,” he said. “I’m kind of speechless here. I don’t know what to say about it.”Meanwhile, June Mar Fajardo won a seventh straight Master Sardines Best Player of the Conference award—as expected.Fajardo finished No. 1 in the statistical points race and got all 37 first place votes from the covering media.Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee won the Best Import trophy, the first of his career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So the trend continues, and this best-of-seven series for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup has gone back to what it was forecast to be: A close one.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The only difference was the Beermen rallied against the Texters and won. On Friday night, San Miguel didn’t even come close to putting a dent on that margin.“It’s my turn to tell coach Tim ‘nice bawi,’” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said before blasting his charges for not having the drive in Game 4. “Before this game, he (Cone) kept telling me that we were too good for them and that we’re too strong. He now knows that that’s not true.”Game 5 is Sunday also at the Big Dome in Cubao and both coaches acknowledge its importance, this now being a race-to-two.“We will have sleepless nights and we will show them (players) the importance of the next game,” Austria said. “What was lacking was our effort and by effort, I mean outworking the opponent. We had a lot of that in Games 2 and 3.”“This has been a strange series, never seen one and never been in one before,” Cone continued. “I think what happens is that you have two explosive teams and if you allow one team to get momentum, it’s hard to break because they are that good.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Perez, Mocon shine to keep their teams undefeated Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Scoring the first 17 points and keeping the pedal to the metal all of Friday night, Barangay Ginebra went on to blast San Miguel Beer to smithereens, 130-100, which makes Gin Kings coach Tim Cone all the more wary coming into the next game when they break a 2-2 tie at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“This was strange,” Cone said after the win, the fourth straight game that was decided by at least 25 points—extending the league Finals record—and one which the two-time Grand Slam champion said worries him the most. “This doesn’t make us secure coming into Game 5.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’“If you think you won big that you’re going to win the next game, it scares me even more,” Cone went on. “It happened to us after Game 1.”Ginebra’s hot start equaled the all-time longest unanswered start in a title series game record five times before, the last during Game 2 of last season’s Final Four when TNT KaTropa had a similar 17-0 start against San Miguel Beer. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Government putting “the cart in front of the horse” in managing Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The renewal of local democracy was recently concluded on November 12, 2018 and there was a number of new additional Local Authority Area’s (LAA’s) for the Local Government Elections (LGE) – Caracas/Wyburgs being one of the several new LAA. Unfortunately, after the conclusion of the LGE, this new LAA remains in the dark on the way forward.The internal elections was held at the Lochaber Primary School impeding on students’ time because there was no other building to accommodate the councillors, likewise staff was sent from elsewhere to conduct this internal election.Guyanese are aware that good governance, accountability and transparency are vital for the development of all communities, but the Minister of Communities Mr Bulkhan imposed a system whereby no preparation is done to access and implement that system. This is a definite case of “putting the cart in front of the horse”.The New Amsterdam Town Council (NA M&TC) has been governed by the PNC/R for numerous years, the last two elections were no different, with majority seats garnered by the APNU and the PPP/C and the AFC only managed three and one respectively. The NA M&TC also concluded their internal elections where the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected.The Municipalities operate under the Municipal and District Council Act Chapter 28:01 in section 60 which states that Municipalities must maintain standing committees. The most important standing committee is the finance committee notwithstanding the fact that it ensures proper accountability and transparency which is crucial for the functioning of all Municipalities.In chapter 28:01 section 62, it also states, “A council may appoint Councillors to be the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of a standing committee” and continues in sections 63, ” A committee of a Council may include persons who are not Councillors but who became of their special skill or experience will, in the opinion of the council, be able to assist in the consideration of the work of the committee.The law also cautioned that “no person other than a Councillor shall be a member of either the finance committees mentioned in schedule 5 or of a committee prescribed by a constitution order.Based on the constitution the New Amsterdam Municipality was allowed to elect the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the finance committee but conveniently used the majority of APNU Councillors of the Council to exclude Councillors from the opposition parties, that is the PPP/C and the AFC. The exclusion of the opposition Councillors was a deliberate act to exclude transparency and accountability since this particular Council is managed by the APNU. It must be noted that even the APNU-managed City Council of Georgetown included two PPP/ Councillors on their finance committee.Why did the New Amsterdam Mayor and Town Council exclude the PPP/C and AFC Councillors from their finance committee?It is evident that the New Amsterdam Town Council will continue to function without scrutiny, lack of accountability and transparency. We must demand that protection for taxpayer’s monies be paramount. The exclusion of Councillors from the opposition on the finance committee is to avoid scrutiny and continue to misuse public funds.Yours respectfully,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Urgent Need to Help Our Fishermen and Women

first_imgFrom time immemorial fishermen and women in Liberia have been forced to suffer a major disadvantage in the handling of one of the most perishable commodities, fish.They have risked their lives in the waters, most especially the often rough Atlantic Ocean, looking for fish; and when they are able to bring their catches to shore on the beaches of Liberia’s 350-mile coastline, they are able to sell some of the fish.  The rest, for which they often find no buyers, they have to smoke or dry on the beaches or in town.  In the process, they lose a lot, some from falling to the ground to be eaten by dogs and other animals; and others so badly  charred, and impossible to sell.The wood the fishermen and women use to conserve their unsold fish is not ordinary wood, but a special kind of red wood, which expensive because it is not readily found.Today, at long last, there is hope—a lot of it.  The West Africa Fisheries Project (WARFP), with financial assistance from the World Bank, is engaged in building landing facilities throughout West Africa that have dramatically eased the plight of our fishermen and women.The first place Liberians saw such a facility was in The Gambia, where many of them settled during the war.  There WARFP built several landing facilities along the country’s many beaches. But it was not just landing facilities, which made it easy the fishermen and women to land their boats and canoes smoothly.  Far more than these, the WARFP built a multipurpose building to provide for a cold storage to preserve the fish, repair of canoes and nets and training in marketing, preservation and other business strategies.These provide serious empowerment to the fishermen and women to better manage their business, thereby making more profit.  The cold storage enables them to better handle their unsold fish, which can be kept in storage for as long as a year.  So the fishermen and women are not forced to resort to drying their fish.The building provides a clean and comfortable space for selling the fish immediately after the boats or canoes dock.One such facility is now under construction in Liberia, our first.  Last month, government, WARFP and World Bank officials found their way to Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, for the groundbreaking of this facility, estimated to cost US$1.7 million.  Most people who attended the ceremony were surprised that Liberia’s Agriculture Minister, Madam Florence Chenoweth, did not attend the ceremony, even though it took place in their own town, Robertsport.  She instead sent her Deputy for Technical Services, Sizi Subah.The project is expected to complete within a year.Other such facilities for Liberia are in the pipeline.  The next to be built is scheduled for Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and should have been started by now.  But the problem has been finding the land on which to build it.  The first plot that was found was legally contested by a prominent Grand Bassa family, which said the land was theirs and they not permit such a project to come there.  Both the people and the government were very disappointed.  Now, the fishermen and women in Grand Bassa are appealing to the government to find another piece of land on which to build the fish landing facility.  Our Fisheries Correspondent Edwin Fayia, who visited Buchanan last week observed a sense of desperation on the faces of the fishermen and women.  It was through him that they channeled their SOS call to government to do something as soon as possible to facilitate the construction of this much needed landing facility.We pray that the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, will put pressure on the relevant GOL officials to find the land for this project, money for which is immediately available.  And who are these officials?  The City Mayor of Buchanan, the Superintendent of Grand Bassa, the Ministers of  Agriculture and Lands and Mines and the Chairman of the Land Commission.But the government official who holds the key to it all is  Agriculture Minister Chenoweth because the project is in her sector.  We hope that she will do soonest what she has to do to relieve our fishermen and women of the plight that has plagued them for more than a century.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What’s in the Liberian Business Directory?

first_imgIf you are looking for Liberian businesses, including the smallest, the best place to begin is in the Liberian Business Directory (LBD), which now catalogues all of the business houses in the capital.In fact, our Business Desk has been informed that the 2014-2015 edition of the LBD will cover the entire country.The LBD is an information and tourism directory providing essential countrywide products and services offered within Liberia.“We ask that you patronize the many advertisers who have chosen to replace part of their advertising budget in this information directory. It is through their support, that you are receiving this new high quality business directory information,” a statement from the LBD office said.Included in the LBD are Travel Agencies & Airlines, Auditing Firms, Insurance Companies, Shipping Agencies, Farm and Agriculture, Logistics Services, Consultancy Firms, Hotel Accommodations, Bar & Restaurants, Health Care Centers, Entertainment Centers, Liberian Beaches, Supermarkets & Shopping Center, UN Agencies and NGOs.Others are Newspapers and Information Institutions, Digital Satellite TV service providers, Express and Mails services, Religious Institutions, Automobile dealers, Used Vehicle dealers, Car Rentals, Auto Garages, Driving Schools, Janitorial Services, Metal Workshops, Architects and Constructions, Co., Building Materials Stories, Mattress Factory, Cement and Blocks, Petroleum, Jewelry &Collections, among others.The LDB is authored by Mr. Wynston O. L. Fallah.“Our goal is pursuing the story behind business and tourism events, and to meet the standard of accuracy and general excellence set for tourists and business people everywhere,” Fallah says.The Dream of LiberiaAccording to the LBD, business people and private investors are playing major roles to back the country’s economy with other support from abroad.Liberia’s rubber industry has long been its economic engine; 98 percent of the rubber grown here is exported, and Firestone and other farms are planting more rubber trees. Firestone, specifically, is building and turning old homes into new ones and modernizing their schools.Working to revitalize the country’s economy is to create jobs for its citizens and with the slow withdrawal of peacekeepers, “We must build and develop our security sectors to protect civil society,” the LBD publisher said.International companies have won contracts for roads, housing projects, and concessions. BHP Billiton, China Union and Arcelor Mittal have won contracts to mine the iron ore and various stages of development in those areas.Infrastructure programs are helping to create jobs in the construction industry and with the development of new roads, building schools, and other sectors. In the forestry industry there have been reforms to the processing of timber and other natural resources.Chevron, Anadarlco and Tullow have begun oil discussion on Liberia’s oil wells.Dams and railways have to be built for progressive development.LBD publisher Fallah said that in 10 years of sustainable peace, the nation has realized the creation of diverse business entrepreneurships. Over the years, Liberian businesses and their potential clients have had enormous challenges in establishing connections with each other. As the age of technology manifests itself in this growing economy, the need to have an easy access to reliable businesses cannot be overemphasized. In view of the above mentioned, the Management of the Liberia Business Directory will officially present its 2013-2014 edition and launch its 2014-2015 edition on Friday, June 27, 2014.  The program is expected to take place at the International Conference Hall of the Royal Grand Hotel on 15th Street Sinkor, on Tubman Boulevard, at 4 p.m. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BREAKING: GECOM tells President no elections before November 2019

first_imgGECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson today wrote President David Granger, informing him that General and Regional Elections cannot be held before late November 2019.This is even though GECOM is constitutionally mandated to hold elections within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion against the Government and in this case, that deadline expires in just a few days.In the letter dispatched to the Head-of-State, the GECOM Chair explained that since the Elections Body is continuing with its normal work programme, that is, the holding of House-to-House registration, it will need some $3.5B to host elections.GECOM Chairman retiredJustice James PattersonIn this regard, the GECOM Chair said “no election date should be contemplated less than five months after these funds are placed at the disposal of and under the control of GECOM”.More details in the Tuesday, March 19, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img read more

Russia lifts World Cup ban on German journalist

first_img0Shares0000“The Russian side has since informed us that @hajoseppelt can at least travel to the World Cup. Let’s continue to push for free reporting,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter.BERLIN, Germany, May 15 – Russia has granted a football World Cup visa to the German journalist banned after he broke the story on Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal, Berlin said Tuesday.“The Russian side has since informed us that @hajoseppelt can at least travel to the World Cup. Let’s continue to push for free reporting,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter. German journalist Hajo Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from this winter’s Pyeongchang Olympic games.On Friday, it emerged that his application for a visa, submitted by public regional broadcaster SWR, was rejected as he was apparently on a persona non grata list in Russia.Moscow did not specify the reason but Seppelt himself said the “uncovering of the state doping system has had such great impact for Russia that it felt that it needed to take such measures”.News of the ban sparked an outcry in Germany, and Berlin on Monday called Moscow’s decision to ban Seppelt “wrong”.The German government also warned that it “puts Russia as a host in a bad light if the freedom of the press and of opinion is curtailed before the eyes of the world.”Earlier Tuesday, German Football Federation chief Reinhard Grindel said he had spoken with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino to take up the case personally with Russia.“I told him that I hoped that he would personally get in touch with the Russian government,” Grindel said.Russia was already a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely-watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges.But the row over Seppelt’s visa had further roiled an already controversial tournament which kicks off in June.FIFA said on Monday that it had already approved Seppelt’s accreditation request to cover the World Cup.“Generally speaking, the freedom of the press is of paramount importance to FIFA and we always aim to provide media representatives with the best possible conditions for coverage of all FIFA events,” FIFA said in a statement.The dispute also came just days before German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, who in recent years has clashed repeatedly with Western leaders on a litany of issues including the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Low-fat diet may cut ovarian cancer risk

first_imgSome women were assigned to cut the fat in their diets to 20percent of calories – from an average of 35 percent – while others continued their usual diets. Yet the study so far has found the diet made little impact on rates of breast cancer, colorectal cancer and heart disease.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityUntil now, the only known prescription against ovarian cancer – aside from surgically removing the ovaries – was to use birth control pills. Use for five years can lower the cancer risk by up to 60 percent, protection that lingers after pill use ends. The new findings now offer an option for postmenopausal women to try as well. Those who followed a low-fat diet for eight years cut the chance of ovarian cancer by 40percent, researchers reported Tuesday. It’s arguably the most promising finding of the Women’s Health Initiative dietary study, which enrolled tens of thousands of healthy women 50 to 79 to track the role of fat in several leading killers. By Lauran Neergaard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Cutting dietary fat may also cut the risk of ovarian cancer, says a study of almost 40,000 older women that found the first hard evidence that menu changes protect against this particularly lethal cancer. But the protection didn’t kick in until the women had eaten less fat for four years. last_img read more


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Creevy National School held a Lá Glas today in the school.All children and staff dressed up in green colours for the day and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a ceolchoirm in the school hall.And don’t they all look great! ST PATRICK’S DAY PICTURE SPECIAL: THEY’VE GONE ALL GREEN AT CREEVY NATIONAL SCHOOL! was last modified: March 15th, 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:BallyshannonST PATRICK’S DAY PICTURE SPECIAL: THEY’VE GONE ALL GREEN AT CREEVY NATIONAL SCHOOL!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal star Michael Murphy believes the GAA may be better off calling a halt to pre-match parades.Michael MurphyThere were ugly scenes last Sunday prior to Armagh’s Ulster Championship quarter-final with Cavan when a massive brawl broke out before the ball was even thrown in.The Glenswilly man admits that he can take or leave what is becoming part of a major pre-match build-up. “It’s different with the club, where you play the game straight away, and you get used to that as well. If that’s the case with the county I’d be happy enough with that too.”A major scuffle broke out between both teams after Armagh lined up behind the Cavan flag, which was being carried by the St Michael’s Scout Band.Cavan forward Martin Dunne was injured in the fracas.The GAA is coming under pressure to address the pre-match parade, and Murphy told Sky Sport it may be better off omitting it completely. “It wouldn’t be too bad, one way or the other,” said Murphy. “Is it needless? It’s just a tradition, and whether you can speak out much against tradition I don’t know.“I suppose it may add to the whole general spectacle as such. But it’s a funny one and an individual preference, really.“There are so many different things before a game now. You go out early, get through your warm-up, which is needed, then there’s the whole thing of the toss, the parade, the national anthem, and maybe the minute’s silence, which tends to be in nearly every game at the moment.“It’s different with the club, where you play the game straight away, and you get used to that as well. If that’s the case with the county I’d be happy enough with that too.”The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee is reviewing video evidence and the referee’s report following the Athletic Grounds brawl. It is believed that both county boards will face fines at the very least. Rather than a parade which can add to pre-match tensions between the sides, Murphy says more players would prefer to get the game underway.“Aye, that’d be fair enough, I think you would,” he said. “I suppose you’re out on the pitch, for 20 or 30 minutes before the game. I’m sure both teams that went out on Sunday were focused on carrying out their plan, and execute the game plan.“But football and hurling throws up things that you really can’t plan for. It’s how you react as individuals and how you react as a team, and what your principles are.”MURPHY SAYS TIME MAY HAVE COME TO SCRAP MATCH PARADE was last modified: June 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalGAAglenswillyMichael Murphyparadeslast_img read more


first_imgPearse Doherty TDDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty is expected to use the return of the Dáil today to put pressure on the Government to speed up a move to new premises for Donegal Town’s Cleary Centre.Deputy Doherty, who is to raise the issue of the Cleary Centre in the Dáil, will be requesting that the Minister provides details of HSE efforts to date to secure a new premises for the facility’s service users which has provided training for adults with intellectual disabilities for more than twenty years.Deputy Doherty said: “I intend to use the return of the Dáil today to seek answers from the Minister regarding the progress made to find a suitable premises for the relocation of the Cleary Day Centre in Donegal Town. “Since last November, the Parents and Friends’ Association of the Cleary centre were informed that the building which accommodates the service was not fit for purpose and that an alternative location was being sought for service users by the HSE.“Since then, service users, staff and members of the Parents and Friends’ Association have passionately taken their campaign to save the Cleary Centre to the gates of Leinster House; each working tirelessly to ensure that the centre remains in the town.“I understand from correspondence which I have received from the HSE that the executive has agreed that an existing premises in Donegal Town would be the most favourable option for an interim move from the Cleary Centre. I have also been informed that negotiations with the owners of the building are to begin to ensure that the premises can be leased at a cost which falls within current HSE guidelines, following which planning permission can then be sought for change-of-use.“When I raise this matter with the Minister, I will be asking that he provide details of all the refurbishments and alterations to the premises which have been requested by the HSE in order to make it suitable for service users, and I will also be asking him to give an expected time frame as to when service users will ultimately be relocated to the new facility. “For over twenty years the Cleary Centre has provided exceptional care and training to people with intellectual disabilities throughout the region, and for this reason it is vital that this work be allowed to continue so that service users can be moved to a building which adequately meets their needs.” CLEARY CENTRE CLOSE TO MOVE TO NEW PREMISES, SAYS TD was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 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:CLEARY CENTREDonegal TownPearse Dohertypremiseslast_img read more