Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia couldn’t help but watch Glen Rice Jr. put up hotter flames than the Fuel Masters could muster when they lost to TNT, 110-103, Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup. Rice scored 38 points to lead the KaTropa but eviscerated Phoenix for 20 points alone in the third quarter and that explosion helped TNT take an 86-79 over the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We put multiple defenders on him, and we forced him to drive because we know that he can shoot,” said Vanguardia at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “But today he was on attack mode and we weren’t able to a good job when he attacked.”Rice went 1-of-3 from beyond the arc and just one attempt from mid-range, and the he converted 13 of his 20 shots from inside the paint.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’And if Rice got trapped inside, his next move was to kick out to open teammates for jumpers.Vanguardia said they could’ve held on to their slim lead after the first half, 49-46, if they managed to at least slow Rice and TNT down in the third quarter. Phoenix did score 30 points in the penultimate period, a highly respectable mark, but the KaTropa put up 40.“TNT scored 40 points on the third and if not for that explosion in the third quarter it would’ve been better for us because we were leading in the half,” said Vanguardia whose team now sits with a 2-6 record, and riding a six-game skid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is charging there is massive and entrenched corruption by the incumbent Administration with regard to the Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown property it has decided to rent from Larry Singh’s Linden Holding Inc.Jagdeo made the pronouncements on Wednesday when he met with members of the local media corps for a press briefing at his Party’s Freedom House Headquarters.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonThe former President told media operatives that there was more than met the eye with the $12.5 million monthly rental agreement for the property to be used for the storage of Government’s drugs and medical supplies.Linden Holding Inc has its registered office in Middle Street, Georgetown, in the same building that housed the Sidewalk Café which is owned by Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and its bond is located at Lot 69 Sussex Street.Jagdeo told media operatives that the entire sordid affair went beyond Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, who is essentially now being thrown under the proverbial bus.“Find out about the people who have been frequenting this place in Middle Street…You will find how deep the connections run,” he said.Jagdeo was adamant that Minister Norton was in fact directed to do what he did, but nonetheless he would not escape, since the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was committed to having him placed before the Committee of Privileges, since he lied to the members of the National Assembly.Cover-up committeeThe Opposition Leader was also highly critical of the Cabinet Sub-Committee that has been set up by Head of State David Granger to investigate the sordid affair.According to the former President now Opposition Leader, the PPP/C was open to giving the Committee a fair chance to see what it would have come up with following its investigations, but the Party was now of the view that it was merely a “cover-up committee”.Jagdeo said while the Opposition “thought it would not be really objective, but we were prepared to give them a chance”.That Committee was chaired by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Jagdeo in giving his initial assessment of the findings of the report of the Committee queried when the Natural Resources Minister—an Attorney-at-Law – become a specialist in assessing the standards required by the World Health Organisation and the Pan American Health Organisation (WHO/PAHO) for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.The Opposition Leader has lamented the public position adumbrated by Trotman that the building did in fact meet WHO/PAHO standards and pointed out that at the time of Minister Trotman’s visit, the facility had still been under renovation.He pointed to the fact that the ‘cover-up committee’ said in its recommendations that Larry Singh’s company should be given a year to rake in $150 million if Government were to terminate the contract.This, he said, results in a situation where Larry Singh’s Company bought a building for $25 million and would be paid $150 million per year in rental and the drugs would not be stored properly.“This is a cover up by the Cabinet, huge cover-up by the Cabinet; they are all involved…,” said Jagdeo.Deep connectionsHe threw out a challenge to the media representatives present, saying, find out about the people who have been frequenting this place in Middle Street and you will find how deep the connections run into the Cabinet”.The Opposition Leader said the contract that has been entered into between the Public Health Ministry and Linden Holding Inc, “is not about Norton…Norton was directed to initiate that”.Jagdeo observed too that Government spokespersons to date were yet to tell the nation how Dr Norton knew about the availability of the Sussex Street bond.“They haven’t answered that question, but Norton was directed by members of that Cabinet to negotiate this deal with this individual (Larry Singh) and they all knew about it when it went to the Parliament,” the Opposition Leader claimed.He recalled that Prime Minister Nagamootoo, “said to me it was fully debated at the Cabinet”.On the matter of the promised public apology on the part of the Public Health Minister, Jagdeo asked “if this Cabinet debated that issue, why must Norton apologise”?The former President was referring to another of the recommendations coming out of the Cabinet Sub-Committee that Minister Norton make a public apology over the misleading statements he made to members of the National Assembly.The Opposition Leader was firm in his supposition that “they are throwing Norton under the bus”.The brouhaha came to the fore when the National Assembly scrutinised the advances made from the Contingency Fund to meet unforeseen expenditures and found that $25 million in a security deposit had been fronted to Linden Holding Inc, in addition to $12.5 million for the first month’s rental.It was later discovered that not only did Linden Holding Inc not have any experience in the storage of drugs but that the decision was deliberately taken by Cabinet to sideline the NEW GPC INC which incidentally had been accommodating the storage of drugs and medical supplies purchased from it by Government – free of cost.NEW GPC had taken a decision to request a rental fee from Government since it ended its arrangement with the local drugs manufacturer.NEW GPC’s asking price was calculated to be $237 per square foot in a state-of-the-art facility while Government opted instead to pay in excess of $1200 per square foot for a substandard facility under questionable circumstances.
Lindeners were on Saturday given an opportunity to join in the creation of a process which would allow citizens to exercise influence over ways in which Guyana’s oil and gas revenues would impact society.This opportunity was made possible through a public consultation hosted by Policy Forum Guyana (PFG), a partner in the programme Shared Resources Joint Solutions (SRJS). The ‘Open Space’ initiative, hosted at the Egbert Benjamin Centre in Mackenzie, Linden, aims at generating national consensus among ordinary Guyanese on how the “mega-revenues” expected from the country’s oil and gas sector can best deliver to the future of all Guyanese.It was the second in a series of five initiatives which are set to be conducted across the coastal regions in New Amsterdam, Anna Regina and Corriverton in the coming months. The PFG team to Linden was spearheaded by Coordinator Benita Davis, Mike Mc Cormack, Tatyana Abrams and Shevona Strain.According to Davis, the Open Space method is an excellent way to engage all citizens in a discussion on a complex issue like oil and gas. Apart from the ordinary people educating themselves about the consequences of oil and gas, Davis said, the event is also a valuable learning opportunity for many of the volunteers from Linden who may be experiencing the Open Space technique for the first time.The longer-term aim of the initiative, she explained, is to revive a collective belief among Guyanese that things could be different. “Rather than resigning ourselves to each one striving as individuals to better their own position within the existing society, if citizens act together, they can renovate society as a whole,” she explained.Among those present at the activity were several groups, including the Linden Youth leaders, Connection Youth Group and the Linden Youth Network. The groups engaged in discussions that were centred on developments they would like to see in the community and across the country coming from oil and gas revenues. This included the future development of Linden’s economy and job availability for graduates, among other things. They also embraced the opportunity to share issues and recommendations.Davis said the Open Space events have a two-year timeline set in three phases. These are (1) to create a national consensus on the common future to which all Guyana aspires, (2) to create a national consensus around priority mega projects best suited to advance the realisation of the common vision developed in phase one; and (3) to undertake environmental and social impact assessments, feasibility studies and cost of the projects identified in Phase two.
– says Govt’s ad-hoc approach to industry does not inspire confidenceGovernment’s handling of the sugar industry since it assumed office in 2015 has received a heap of criticisms not only from the workers themselves but local economists and international experts.However, to date, nothing has changed, as the two major parties within the coalition Government seem to be at loggerheads when it comes to deciding on a way forward for the industry.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has pointed out that because of the ad- hoc manner in which this once very important sector of the local economy was being handled, there was no doubt that things could only get worse. “How do Government’s actions inspire any confidence? We might just have a collapse ofOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeowhat is left,” Jagdeo declared, making reference to the remaining sugar estates.First off, Jagdeo noted that months have already passed and the Government was still to decide on a new Board for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). Of recent, there have been reports of an apparent tug-o-war within the coalition over the sugar industry, which is now under the control of a Special Purpose Unit (SPU) that was created under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) for the divestment process.In fact, reports had surfaced about disagreements allegedly between Ministers from the two coalition parties regarding the chairmanship and members of the GuySuCo Board. It was reported in early March that Finance Minister Winston Jordan had allegedly proposed for the Head of SPU, Colvin Heath-London to be the Chairman of the new GuySuCo Board after the previous body had expired on February 14. The purported proposal was reportedly not accepted by the entire Cabinet.At present, there continues to be uncertainty over the GuySuCo Board of Directors; Cabinet is currently looking at some new names. Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has said that Cabinet was still continuing deliberations on the appointment of a Board of Directors for GuySuCo, adding that new names are being looked at and it may take some time before an announcement is made. ButSkeldon Sugar EstateJagdeo, a former President, said, “This is a five-minute decision…bring all the names to the table and make a decision…(David) Granger is taking forever to make a simple decision,” he said.ConfidenceOnly recently, the management of GuySuCo sent a complaint letter to Minister Holder, about the SPU, which is tasked with the divestment of assets of GuySuCo as part of the downsizing of the sugar sector. The letter listed 13 areas for attention, which included but are not limited to: the need for clear policy positions on the roles and responsibilities of the SPU and GuySuCo; a clear business model and strategy for GuySuCo and the SPU as a partnership; and refocusing of SPU on creating greater value from GuySuCo’s assets which have been vested.In that letter, concerns were also raised about the competency of current SPU executives, which according to GuySuCo, seem to lack the requisite expertise to support the sensitive reconstruction process of GuySuCo. It was also noted in that missive that SPU executives may have ulterior motives which are not in alignment with ensuring the successful transitioning of GuySuCo.Based on this recent public disagreement, Jagdeo has concluded that Government continued to fail to get things right in the sector. “This is a company that employs the most Guyanese in our country…it has the greatest links to our people, our villages, to drainage and irrigation, to foreign exchange earnings…this is a major sector and Government still can’t get things right … it’s like they wake up and make decisions based on what side of the bed they slept on that night,” he said.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary also made reference to a recent letter sent to the President by the Geneva-based International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF). In that letter to President David Granger, the IUF expressed concern about the state of affairs in the sugar sector.“The IUF said exactly what we are saying…do the studies, then act…do the feasibility, social impact and diversification studies and then proceed with any decision…now we are going to borrow $30 billion when they could not find $5 billion a year to keep the whole company open, and we’re not even sure if it is a bond or loan. we don’t know what they will spend it on,” he posited.The IUF said also that too many Guyanese men, women, and children have found themselves facing tough and difficult times. For the IUF, hearing first hand from the workers their stories of survival and struggle as they live day in and day out was heart-rending and very moving.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHEN organizers of the “San Fernando Valley Fair” disappointed kids and agriculture enthusiasts alike by saying there would be no livestock displays at this summer’s event, they offered one small consolation. The 4-H kids and Future Farmers of America could show their steers, bunnies and other animals at Pierce College instead. But even that, it seems, was a lie. Apparently no one from the “fair” (which is unworthy of the name, given that one of the main attractions will be missing), bothered to contact Pierce to see whether the college’s grounds are available. They aren’t. Organizers of this “San Fernando Valley” event (which is actually being held in Saugus) were seemingly pulling a fast one. In that, they look a lot like the smooth-talking hucksters who typically operate carnival games. Which is to say that not only is there no San Fernando Valley in this year’s “San Fernando Valley Fair,” but there doesn’t seem to be any fair play, either.
1 Monaco striker Radamel Falcao in action against Arsenal in pre-season It’s becoming more common, but it’s still quite rare for genuine top quality players to be available – and when they are, you have to move quickly.Arsenal have been great at that recently, snapping up Mesut Ozil and then Alexis Sanchez for big money in successive summers, and we’ve been presented with another opportunity this week to sign another world class game changer.Radamel Falcao has been told he can leave Monaco on loan, and with Real Madrid cooling their interest, Arsenal are clear to grab him.But for some mad reason, Arsene Wenger is not keen on bringing in the Colombian. It’s bonkers.Falcao will be expensive, of course. His wages are about £8.5million a season and Monaco want a £11.5million loan fee on top of that. It’s a total package of £20million to have him for just one season. But it’s worth it.He’s a lethal striker with genuine superstar quality. He’s a game changer, a big match performer and a total handful for any defender.With Olivier Giroud out until the New Year, a quality striker is absolutely needed – and there are not many better than Falcao.Wenger needs to bite the bullet, be brave, be bold and bring Falcao in. It could just be the best decision he’s ever made.
Much of the time, though, they wait for hours and nothing happens. “You watch a lot of grass grow, and it grows slowly at times,” said Dick, the retired submarine commander. “Then something will happen, and it gets your adrenaline flowing.” The Devonshire Volunteer Surveillance Team plans to be at malls and shopping centers two to three times a week through Christmas. “It really magnifies my ability to do things,” Reinhardt said. “I can’t cover this whole lot by myself, but we’ve got it covered.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 email@example.com Holiday shopping safety tips Park as close as possible to your destination and remember where you parked. Lock doors and windows. Set alarm or use anti-theft device. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Locate your keys before going to your car. Securely hold your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down to open your door. Shop during daylight hours if possible. At night, shop with a friend or family member. Beware of strangers. Always be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything unusual, contact a security guard or police. SOURCE: Los Angeles Police Department, Devonshire Area Station 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – As a tall, lanky man walked toward a white Honda Accord in the parking lot outside Sears at the Northridge Fashion Center, six sets of eyes trained on him. Like most others in the parking lot Friday, the man walked past the car, not even looking in the window. “Nobody’s taking the bait,” said Phil, an off-duty private investigator and member of the LAPD’s Devonshire Volunteer Surveillance Team. “There’s better fishing at Castaic.” The Los Angeles Police Department kicked off the holiday shopping season with a bait car operation at the Fashion Center. A DVD camcorder worth more than $475 sat on the front passenger seat of the white Accord, next to a partially open window. Members of the Volunteer Surveillance Team watched the car, waiting for someone to try to steal the camcorder, and two LAPD officers stood by to make an arrest. In four hours, nobody took the bait. Clearly, the DVD camcorder isn’t the hot holiday gift of 2005. But the LAPD believes it is still sending a message to would-be burglars: If you try to steal from a car this holiday season, you may be being watched. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We’re not doing this because there’s a major problem at this mall,” said LAPD Officer Sean Reinhardt, who oversees the Volunteer Surveillance Team. “We’re going to be doing this at malls and shopping centers all over Devonshire. This is a target-rich environment.” On top of the roof of a nearby building, four members of the surveillance team – a father-son pair of private investigators, a retired Pacific Telephone worker and a retired Navy submarine commander – perked up anytime somebody approached the Accord. They barked reports into their LAPD radios and they waited. It is an exercise in patience. “You talk to your partner and you eat a lot,” said Jim, 83, the team leader. “It seems to stimulate your appetite. We always carry snacks.” The team handles an assortment of surveillance operations, watching for street races, graffiti artist and truants. Recently, the team arrested a locker room thief at a local gym.
Finn Harps went down to champions Longford Town in their final game of the season this afternoon at Finn Park.Longford missed a number of chances before David O’Sullivan rose highest form a free-kick to make it 0-1 on the half hour.Despite being outplayed for spells, Harps were given the perfect opportunity to draw level in the 68th minute when they were awarded a penalty when Pat McCann as impeded inside the area. However Town goalkeeper Bennion did enough to save from Sean McCarron.Long made just of the points ten minutes later when Mark Salmon scored from inside the area.Longford go up and harps will be left to ponder how a season, which started quite brightly, fell away from them. HARPS GO DOWN 0-2 TO CHAMPIONS LONGFORD IN FINAL GAME OF SEASON was last modified: October 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:finn harpsFinn ParkLongford Town
Donegal ETB hosted its fifth annual awards ceremony in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday.The judges had a tough job assessing this wonderful showcase of creativity and innovation taking place in ETB schools, centres and programmes across the county, which were a testament to the excellent teaching and learning taking place every day.Forty-four entries were submitted from Donegal ETB’s schools, centres, programmes and services which was a substantial increase on last year. They were competing for an award in five categories: Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM); Healthy Living and Wellbeing; Further Education and Training; Arts and Culture and Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.Donegal ETB would like to congratulate all the entrants and prize winners, all of whom received a certificate of achievement from Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh and the winners (listed below) received a plaque to mark their win.Donegal ETB Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley noted that ‘Our Annual Awards is a celebration of all that is great about our schools, centres, programmes and services – it showcases the creativity and innovation that takes place in teaching and learning every day.The Awards allow our students, learners and teaching staff to showcase the wide variety of topics they cover during the course of a year to a wider audience. Congratulations to all the entrants and to the winners.’ Chief Executive Anne McHugh said, ‘I’ve been blown by the standard and the enthusiasm of the students – it was just fantastic.It was wonderful to listen to their ideas and their hard work and everything that they had done. I’ve been wonderfully surprised by the fantastic achievements on display today.’The awards also included a performance by students from Crana College, Buncrana.For those who missed the live stream of the awards, the video can be viewed on Donegal ETB’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcawmw8yHO4Further details and photos of the Awards can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie), Facebook and Twitter accounts (@DonegalETB). Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM)1. Coláiste Ailigh (Triall eolaíochta chun thaispeaint an tionchar atá ag “cúpla deoch” ar do thiomáint”)2. Abbey Vocational School (SHEHR health)3. Magh Ene College (A test of the intermediate disturbance hypothesis on a rocky seashore in Bundoran) Healthy Living and Wellbeing1. Finn Valley College (Get Fit, Get Active at FVC)2. Abbey Vocational School (Heart Health)3. Gairmscoil Chú Uladh (‘Gach duine uathúil – Gach duine cothrom’)Further Education and Training1. Letterkenny Training Centre (Holly Garden)2. Milford Adult Education Centre (A Tourist Guide to Donegal)3. Finn Valley Centre for Education (An Eye Through The Rosses)Arts and Culture1. Gairmscoil Chú Uladh (An Seomra Léitheoireachta2. Crana College Memory Lane (A Celebration of Culture)3. Donegal AETC, Learning for Living Programme (A Walk Through Donegal Town)Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship1. Moville Community College (Bypass Plastic)2. Mulroy College (Our Answer After Cancer)3. Magh Ene College (Tuttlewood)Picture special: Donegal ETB hosts fifth annual awards was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
DETROIT — Erik Karlsson will be sidelined for the Sharks tilt with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. His status beyond Sunday’s game is unclear at this point.Karlsson sat out for the last 33:04 of Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets after re-tweaking a groin injury that recently sidelined him for nine games. Despite the setback, head coach Pete DeBoer expressed optimism about Karlsson’s health prior to Sunday’s game.“I don’t think it’s serious, but not playing today,” the Sharks …