Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEE YOU SOONThe teams meet again next Tuesday in Miami, where the Nets were 2-0 last season.UP NEXTHeat: Visit Indiana on Friday.Nets: Visit Washington on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magic rally to beat 76ers in Butler’s debut 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) drives past Brooklyn Nets’ Jared Dudley (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The Miami Heat were eager to rediscover their defense after their poor recent performances.They did it rather easily against a team beginning life without its leading scorer.ADVERTISEMENT “I mean, obviously it’s tough in the fashion that it happened,” Nets forward Joe Harris said.“Just the significance of how the injury happened, him being the heart and soul of the team up until this point, our go-to scorer and facilitator. Then obviously just the energy and enthusiasm and leadership that he brings, that’s a void we miss a lot and it is going to be an adjustment for us.”Brooklyn was also without starting center Jarrett Allen again because of an illness.Miami had yielded 116.7 points in its last three games but Spoelstra said before the game the Heat weren’t as far away defensively as they looked during the skid, noting they had the league’s sixth-ranked defense after beating San Antonio before it started.Dragic said the Heat had a meeting to refocus and they were quickly locked in again, limiting the Nets to 6-for-24 shooting in the first quarter. Miami made 62.5 percent of its shots on the other end and led 37-21.ADVERTISEMENT The Nets shot 40 percent overall, but the Heat held them in the mid-30s through three quarters, when the game was decided.“When you play tough, feels like you’ve got more confidence defensively and then when you don’t put pressure on defense, the offense just flows,” Dragic said. “So we feel like everybody battled. We were the more aggressive team tonight.”Johnson shot 9 for 12 against the team that signed him to a $50 million offer sheet two summers ago, but the Heat held onto the guard by matching the deal.Miami led 90-72 lead after three. The Nets did finally cobble together enough offense to briefly get within single digits in the fourth.TIP-INSHeat: Longtime Heat forward Udonis Haslem got into a game for just the second time this season, playing two minutes and making his first field goal of the season. … Richardson played in his 200th career game.Nets: Allen Crabbe, a starter last season who has struggled offensively coming off the bench thus far, was in the lineup in LeVert’s spot but fouled out with just six points. … Brooklyn had won the last three meetings and its only loss to Miami last season came in Mexico City.ROLLER-COASTER RIDENets coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks both talked about the range of emotions that started with seeing LeVert going down in Minnesota with his leg bent awkwardly and taken off to a stretcher, to getting the positive diagnosis of no fractures, no surgery necessary and a potential return this season the following day. Marks wouldn’t put a timetable on a possible return, but the Nets were happy there was even hope of one so soon.“I’m obviously definitely no doctor, but I think from the optics standpoint, when you see something like that, that’s pretty gruesome, you’re fearing the worst unfortunately,” Marks said. “And then you when you get the results, look, he’s going to bounce back and that’s terrific.” MOST READ Tyler Johnson scored a season-high 24 points, Goran Dragic had 21 and the Heat beat the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 120-107 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.Josh Richardson added 15 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who never trailed and led by as much as 23, setting the tone early with far better defensive focus than they showed lately.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 Chriss“It has to be the way for this team,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s hard hat, lunch pail every day and there’s no other way.”Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 points for the Nets in their first game since losing Caris LeVert to a dislocated right foot. He could return this season from what appeared to be a severe injury when he was hurt Monday, but it could be a rough road without him for the Nets if Wednesday’s game was any indication. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Bach has also stressed that he will not allow competitors to suffer from the “bad behavior of some officials,” suggesting the IOC is not ready to completely throw in the towel on the boxing competition at Tokyo 2020.“Irrespective of the decision taken… we will make the necessary efforts to ensure that athletes have the possibility to pursue their Olympic journey,” said Bach.‘Turn the page’ The AIBA has insisted in statements released in the run-up to the Tokyo meeting that it has made the necessary improvements.It said a new judging system brought in after the Rio scandal had been “positively received by athletes and technical officials alike.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Boxing already incurred the IOC’s wrath at the last Games in Rio, when all 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.And relations have not been improved by the election earlier this month of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov, who has been linked to organized crime by the US Treasury Department. Rakhimov strenuously denies the allegations.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 ChrissPresident Thomas Bach confirmed Thursday the IOC’s Executive Board would examine a report by AIBA on how they had cleaned up their act.But Bach said earlier this year that a previous report in April “lacks execution and substance in some areas.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA extends 2018 Rookie Draft application No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Boxing’s Olympic future came under the spotlight Friday as top officials decide whether to punish the sport’s governing body, which is on the ropes over finances, judging and its controversial leader.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made clear that boxing’s future at the Tokyo 2020 Games could be facing a knockout blow amid serious concerns over governance at the International Boxing Association (AIBA).ADVERTISEMENT The association also said that it had restored its finances to a healthy level and implemented “stringent” new controls to turn the page on previous mismanagement.“The fear of going bankrupt due to past financial mismanagement is now far behind us,” said Rakhimov in a statement released on Thursday.“It is time to turn the page and look further to the development of boxing worldwide,” added the 67-year-old.Earlier this month, Rakhimov insisted that boxing had “exceeded” the governance requirements that threaten its future at the Games.The sport is also “100 percent compliant with anti-doping rules” — another concern from the IOC.Boxing has an ancient Olympic tradition and was introduced to the Ancient Games by the Greeks in the seventh century B.C., according to the IOC website.It made its debut at the modern games in St. Louis in 1904 and has featured at every Olympics since, apart from the Stockholm Games of 1912 because Swedish law at the time banned the sport.“We have no doubt that boxing will be at the Olympics” in 2020, said Alberto Puig, president of the boxing federation in Cuba, which has a proud Olympic boxing tradition. MOST READ View comments
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Greg Slaughter (left) and June Mar Fajardo – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThis year’s PBA All-Star Game will be about size versus speed as the quick and athletic North team clashes with the towering South squad on March 31 in Calasiao, Pangasinan.Joining forces once again are Cebuano giants June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter, who will be teaming up with James Yap, Scottie Thompson and Mark Barroca for the South.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sebastian Vettel makes strong start to F1 preseason for Ferrari LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The North All-Stars meanwhile, will bank on star guards LA Tenorio and Paul Lee and ferocious forward Calvin Abueva.Completing the starters for the North are sweet-shooting Marcio Lassiter and high-leaping big man Japeth Aguilar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe PBA announced the starting lineups for both squads on Tuesday after a month of fan voting.The league decided to return to the old format where the festivities will be held in one venue this year rather than in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. MOST READ
Police in Monrovia have launched a search for a white petroleum tanker truck that fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident last Friday near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, damaging four vehicles. No one was seriously hurt, police officers told the Daily Observer. They, however, confirmed that five vehicles were involved, but the main vehicle that was suspected to have caused the accident fled the scene, when confusion broke out as a result of the accident, and none of the other drivers noticed him pulling off. A police source said, “Three drivers, including a woman, who was driving a black jeep with license plate number JSK 01, were sent to the JFK Medical Center for check-up.” The accident, which took place at 10:30, a.m. brought traffic at Tubman Boulevard to a standstill, creating a several mile long queue of vehicles in all directions. Police said three of the vehicles were towed to the headquarters of the Liberia National Police, and the fourth vehicle, the black jeep which was stuck between the ministry’s fence into which it crashed, was later towed away to the LNP headquarters, according to officers on the scene. An eye-witness who saw the accident told this paper, “I saw one of the vehicles summersault, landing on the road.” Traffic police officers on the scene, led by Lt/Col. Gibson Kaung, began a search for the oil truck that many eye-witnesses said had fled the scene. “We are still investigating and are looking for the tanker truck that witnesses said caused the accident,” Lt/Col. Kaung told the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Deputy House Speaker Hans M. Barchue has announced that there will be delay in the passage of the draft Oil and Gas Laws expected to govern that sector.Addressing the close of the National Validation Conference on the draft petroleum (Exploration & Production) Act and the Draft NOCAL Act of 2013, the Grand Bassa County Representative noted that the draft legislation passage requires collective inputs of both chambers of the Legislation, but with 15 seats of the Senate up for election, achieving said purpose in the soonest time was impossible.“Let me say after the passage of the Oil Laws by the House of Representatives, there will be a conference committee from both Houses, but with about 50 percent seeking reelection, there would be a delay in the full passage,” Deputy Speaker Barchue disclosed.This means that the proposed legislation will remain on the shelf of the Capitol Building until the controversial December 16 Special Senatorial Election is conducted and legitimate winners are announced and commissioned before further action is taken on the laws.The House of Representatives at the weekend completed the validation process through a two-day roundtable initiative bringing together several stakeholders including the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) executives among others.Said validation was intended to conclude the aspect of direct public participation in the formulation process of the draft law, a process that will inform lawmakers’ opinion when deliberating in chambers.At the Monrovia City Hall event, over 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from across the country participated in a process considered by legislators as “a medium to institute the desires reform to the Oil and Gas Sector.”The Exploration and Production Act centered on the establishment of a fiscal and legal regulatory framework for the management and regulation of petroleum activities in the country; while the NOCAL Bill is to be established as a commercial entity for the purposes of managing, on behalf of the state, to undertake the exploration, development and production and disposal of petroleum.According to the draft legislation, the NOCAL Act is also to manage citizens’ participation in the rights and interests in all petroleum agreements.At the opening of the forum, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler reemphasized the need to ensure that the new Oil and Gas Laws reflect the good of society and strengthen the overall growth and development of the country.Speaker Tyler said the validation phase on the new Oil and Gas Laws is a key component in reforming the sector and he sees the process as a “turning point aimed at fostering participatory governance in Liberia.”Also speaking, NOCAL’s vice president for Public Affairs, Lamini Waritay, lauded the efforts of the Legislature to scrupulously examine the new Oil and Gas Laws especially engaging the inputs of Liberians across the country.He noted that NOCAL will work “shoulder to shoulder” with the lawmakers in order to develop and achieve a framework for a progressive governance of the national resource. “Oil has the potential to make or break our country. That is why we’re paying more emphasis on laws to guard the sector,” the NOCAL executive said.The event brought together scores of participants including, but not limited to, Thomas Doe Nah of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Ms. Beneta Ackah of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency (LEITI) and Francis Dunbar of Burn International Incorporated.Others include Pindarius Allison, National Consultant of Trust Africa; I. Adams Manobah and Johansen T. Veker of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Paul Hinneh of the Liberia Oil and Gas Initiative and Isaac T. Charleson of Liberia Petroleum Watch.It can be recalled, in phase one of the oil and gas reform laws, a 22-member committee of the House of Representatives solicited citizens’ views and participations throughout the 15 counties.The second phase was a round table stakeholders meeting which sought the compilation and harmonization of views and interventions emanating from the 15-county consultations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Teachers with degrees in public management should be recognised in the teaching system. Many teachers in the Business department who gained degrees in Public management have to utilise their degrees to help students with the business SBAs, and these teachers are currently not getting paid for their degrees.The business SBA has changed to more like a research, and this is where teachers with public management degrees will have to utilise their knowledge gained from the degree. The Ministry of Education needs to look at the courses offered in this four-year programme.Most of the courses are Business and Accounts. How can teachers in the Business department in Berbice promote themselves? The training for teachers in Berbice do not offer training in Business, and the Business programme (Degree in Public Management) offered at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus is not recognised in the teaching system.These teachers are very unhappy, because they have to utilise their knowledge gained from the degree programme to help students and they do not get paid for that. Teachers who gained degrees in Public Management were allowed to do the Diploma in Education (Business studies), and when they completed that programme, they got an AM status instead of a TGM status.The Ministry of Education should consider upgrading those teachers in the Business department with degreed in Public Management, because these teachers are efficiently utilising their knowledge and they deserve to be upgraded.Yours sincerely,Nicholette Simpson
Dear EditorI would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the People Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on its success during the Local Government Elections (LGE).Let us take this time to recognise that it is not just about winning elections (be it Local Government Elections or General Elections). It is about how you Govern that matters.The PPP/C lost the 2015 General Elections because the majority of people believed that its governance style left a lot to be desired.In this day and age, people expect accountability, transparency and good governance from their government. These are basic requirements.It is up to the PPP/C to prove to the Guyanese people that it can deliver these tenets of Democracy, as well as enhancing development in their communities.I believe that the PPP/C has made a big mistake in its campaign by promising no rates and tax increases, as these communities will have to rely on Central Government for their funding. This means that the APNU+AFC Government will have significant control over Local Government because it controls the purse strings.A decentraliation of power from Central Government is needed, so that local authorities can develop cash starved communities and so that people have more say in their community’s development. LGE is about giving more power to the people.Yours Faithfully,Sean Ori
Occupational Health and Safety MonthAs a preview of Occupational Health and Safety Day, which will be celebrated internationally on April 28, the University of Guyana launched a book exhibition as part of its observances of Occupational Health and Safety Month.An array of books, journals and posters pertaining to the issue of occupational health and safety were on display and participants were told to appraise themselves on such a “crucial issue”. Speaking at the event, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence related that workers should advocate for proper use of gear and equipment to provide safety on the job.Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence addressing the gathering at the book exhibition“In this era of globalisation, information is power and we want to have a workforce that is knowledgeable in every aspect of the job, particularly as it pertains to safety and protection,” she noted.“Empowerment is best achieved when we have the commitment and participation of all stakeholders in the process,” Minister Lawrence further observed.The Social Protection minister posited that the entire month of April will include a series of events and activities with the hope of “educating and heightening awareness of occupational health and safety in the workplace.”“It is crucial that all our workers perform and execute their tasks in a safe and healthy environment, hence our theme for this month’s celebration ‘Workplace Stress: A collective Challenge’. Inherent in this theme is the call for all stakeholders – management as well as workers, to embrace this issue collaboratively in an effort to minimise the stress that is evident in the working environment,” Lawrence observed.She also noted that each employee must be valued, respected and satisfied for them to make a valuable contribution to the company or institution in which he/she is employed.Additionally Minister Lawrence said that workers must be able to execute their functions “without fear of being hurt, threatened or victimised”.The event included representatives of Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation; Ministers of the Government; Members of the Opposition; representatives from the Social Protection Ministry, through its Labour Department; librarians of the University of Guyana; Guyana Trades Union officials, and representatives and employees of various workers’ unions.
Magistrate Clive Nurse on Tuesday sentenced a Lindener to 36 months in prison after he was found guilty of stealing a car in his final appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The defendant in the case, 24-year-old Denzil Bentick of 394 One Mile, Wismar, Linden, had made several appearances in relation to the charge of simple larceny, and was remanded to prison. The defendant was convicted of stealing an AT 192 motor car bearing licence plate PLL 9006, on Sunday, August 14 at Potaro Road, Mackenzie, Linden.The car, which is valued $1 million, is the property of Uroy Major, the Virtual Complainant (VC). On the day in question, the VC parked the said car at his girlfriend’s home around 01:30h at the aforementioned location, only to discover it missing at approximately 05:07h.The matter was reported to the Mackenzie Police Station and an investigation was launched. The defendant was subsequently contacted and found to be in possession of the stolen motor car. He was then arrested and taken into custody where he was charged with the offence. He was previously charged with a break and enter and larceny offence.
Edward K. Weah, the pastor on trial for allegedly using his tooth to cut piece of the nose of a neighbor’s wife, took the witness stand on Monday and denied the allegation.Defendant Weah is the senior pastor of Christ the King Church, in the Voice of America (VOA) community, on the Robertsfield’s Highway.He and his wife, Marthaline Weah were indicted by the government with the commission of the crime aggravated assault, after Madam Lucia Garmai Oberly claimed she was beaten and the defendant used his tooth to cut piece of her nose.However, testifying as the defense team’s first witness at Criminal Court ‘A,’ Defendant Weah admitted fighting Madam Oberly, stressing that he did it in self defense.“I did not bite her nose. I fought back after Garmai and her children engaged me in a serious tussle. Both of us got wounded badly and the community advised each of us to treat our wounds,” Pastor Weah told the court.“After I slipped and felt, Garmai and her brothers sat over me and they began to beat and I struggled to free myself,” Defendant Weah further alleged.In his testimony, Pastor Weah alleged that the incident happened on May 16, after his school’s teachers prevented two of Garmai’s children, Emmanuel Peters and Emmanuel Cooper from entering their classes.He said, the reason was that they came to school late that morning. “When they were stopped from entering their classes, Emmanuel Peters, the younger boy, attempted sneaking his way into his class. He was immediately stopped by my wife, Mother Weah,” Weah explained.When Peters was prevented from entering the class, his older brother, Emmanuel Cooper began to abuse my wife, claiming “my wife touched him during the process.”He also quoted Cooper by saying, “This woman is ready again to act stupid. The other day, we were at the church and she pushed me again. Today I will not allow her act stupid this time. I will deal with this foolish woman.”“While he was still using abusive language on the school’s campus,” defendant Weah further alleged, “I decided to ask him, what was happening?”“I also asked him, what he was depending on to abuse my wife.”After that Pastor Weah explained that he was advised by some of his teachers to leave the boy and he did.“While on my way home, I met Garmai and she asked me what I said to her children. And, I explained everything to her; I even referred her to one of my teachers to confirm what I have explained to her.”The defense first witness added, “She came back to me and told me that the remarked I made against her children was sarcastic and I was not a good Pastor.”The defendant claimed that he replied Garmai by saying, “I will not allow you approaching me like this anymore.”That response, Pastor Weah claimed, annoyed Garmai to the extent that she began to demand him to immediately give her the children’s school’s documents.“I told her that I was not going to give her the documents. Then she started abusing me,” he further alleged.He also quoted some of Garmai’s insulting words like “dirty man, witchcraft pastor and witchcraft church. Today, I will breakdown your church and school and your wife is a prostitute.”“After she used this abusive language, my wife replied and said that she was one of those disgraced women in the community who was in the habit of running away from her creditors.”Following those exchanges, defendant Weah alleged that Garmai instructed her children to abuse Mother Weah and him.After that I was advised to leave the school’s campus and I did.“When I returned in the evening, Garmai and her children again came back to my yard and they started insulting me and my family. I came outside and asked them to leave my premises,” defendant Weah told the court.In the process, Pastor Weah further alleged that “one of her sons, Emmanuel Cooper, punched me on my face. By the time I came to myself, I saw myself on the ground. Immediately, Garmai and her children came over me and they started beating me. But, I struggled and freed myself from their hands.” “It was during the fight that both of us sustained serious injured and we were advised by members of our community to treat ourselves,” Pastor Weah further alleged.The case continues tomorrow with the defense team producing witnesses to testify. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)