NU draws ‘favorite’ label

first_img“NU will be the team to beat,” said Mapua assistant coach Ian Racela. “Especially with the addition of Carl Tamayo, Kevin Quiambao and Gerry Abadiano, they’re really complete.”The Bullpups are in Group A alongside NCAA semifinalists Jose Rizal University and Northern Luzon champs University of Baguio.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 ChrissSan Beda, FEU and Cesafi squad University of Cebu are in Group B. UST, La Salle Greenhills and Fcaaf powerhouse Hope Christian High School are clustered in Group C, while Mapua, Xavier and Chiang Kai Shek are in Group D.The top two teams in each group after a single round robin will qualify to the knockout quarterfinals phase. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite NU being the favored squad, NCAA champions Mapua and other topnotch programs will provide legitimate challenge.High school stars such as Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School and RJ Abarrientos of FEU are also expected to suit up.“All teams are even, they’re all tough,” said Hope head coach Stevenson Tiu.JRU head coach Vic Lazaro echoed the same sentiments.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ POC: Settle dispute among yourselves Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil All eyes will be on defending champion National University when the 7th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship Rain or Shine Cup tips off on Dec. 15 at SGS Gym in Quezon City.The Bullpups will be bringing in heavy reinforcement for the annual meet of the top high school teams.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Senate Wants Konneh to Apologize

first_imgFinance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh yesterday refused to apologize to the Senate for the contents of a letter written to that body by his Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Dr. James Kollie.He said he did not violate any portion of the Constitution when his ministry informed the lawmakers of decisions it needed to take to help the downturn in the economy. Minister Konneh, who appeared before Plenary of the Senate along with Deputy Kollie, apologized for the wordings in paragraph four of his letter dated January 21, and not the context of the letter.The paragraph in question reads: “Due to the urgency to complete processing allotments for the quarter, we request a prompt response with information on how the adjustment should be distributed in your budget. Notwithstanding, if you do not respond with regard to said distribution by 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 27th, we will use our discretion to reallocate the amount appropriately and proceed with the processing of allotment the remainder of the 3rd quarter. “But during the single item hearing yesterday, Minister Konneh remained resolute against offering an apology, saying that except for the portion of the letter he agreed was not appropriate for the lawmakers, everything else mentioned were in line with both the Public Finance Management Law, crafted by the Senate, and the Constitution. Besides Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper who went into a lengthy grilling of the Minister, other Senators attempted to steer the Minister to apologize and even quoted some provisions of the Constitution.Minister Konneh refused to yield and maintained that he did not violate any part of the Constitution. “I cannot apologize for something that I did not do,” he stated. The Senators’ contention with the letter is that the Minister, who from the onset of the hearing told the Senators that he was taking full responsibility for the letter, thus saving his deputy from the expected wrath of the lawmakers, had indeed violated the Constitution by apportioning to himself the responsibility that is solely theirs – appropriation of the budget. Minister Konneh, however, argued that such was not the case, and told the Senators that what was contained in the letter was a proposal.In their unanimous vote on a motion by Senator Nyonblee Lawrence, the Senators, however, agreed that Minister Konneh must appear on Thursday, February 4, along with his lawyer, to face a legislative contempt hearing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana aiming at a decarbonised economy – Harmon

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon has announced that Guyana is working to reduce the amount of carbon that is produced and released into our atmosphere, adding that this will result in Guyana becoming a decarbonised state. This announcement came during talks with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as those entities provided technical support and advice to transform the current Sustainable Development Goals into the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).The talks, which were held in the form of a workshop, were hosted by the Ministry of the Presidency through its Department of Environment. In attendance at the workshop were participants representing the Inter-Ministerial and Multistakeholder Advisory Committee, members of the seven GSDS expert groups, GSDS consultants, partners and senior Government representatives.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonOn the agenda was the outlining of the first draft of the GSDS Theory of Change; participants were guided on the multifaceted approach of mainstreaming the 2030 agenda, inclusive of the use and application of their three key tools. Those tools are Theory of Change: systematic thinking; multi-actor approaches; and identification of accelerators to prioritise policy interventions with a bigger impact.The proceedings of the workshop were facilitated by UNDP’s Regional Policy Adviser Gonzalo Pizarro, Regional Policy Adviser on Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development, Ivan Gonzalez de Alba; Agenda 2030 and Development Planning and Sustainable Development and Resilience.In his remarks, Minister Harmon reiterated Government’s commitment to the process, highlighting the alignment of the SDGs with the GSDS as a crucial policy area. “Guyana aspires to transition into a decarbonised and resource efficient economy that values and integrates the multi-ethnicity of our country and enhances the quality of life for all Guyanese. Guyana’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda is unequivocal,” he stated.Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mikiko Tanaka stated that the 17 SDGs are in itself transformational and once combined in the GSDS, countless benefits can be derived. “Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy is for Guyana but is also a contribution to the world. We all need to work together in broader and deeper partnerships that will let us foster social progress, protect the environment, drive economic growth and create a more just, stable and peaceful world,” Tanaka explained.last_img read more

Shyam Nokta returns as GMSA president

first_imgChief Executive Officer (CEO) of Environmental Management Consultants, Shyam Nokta, has been re-elected unopposed as President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA).The association’s annual general meeting (AGM) was held on March 28 but the election of the president and the other executives was done on April 12, 2018 when the newly selected Board of Directors held its first meeting.Other executives elected during last month’s AGM were: CEO of Sterling Products Ltd., Ramsay Ali, who was re-elected 1st Vice President; Ramesh Dookhoo of Banks DIH Limited, who was elected as 2nd Vice President; and Glenis Hodge of Tropical Shipping, who was elected as the 3rd Vice President.Reelected president of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Shyam Nokta along with some of the members of the Board of DirectorsAdditionally, Rafeek Khan of Woods Direct – Durable Wood Products, was elected Chairman of the Forestry & Wood Products sub-sector; Carlos Mendonca of Ricks & Sari was elected Chairman of the Agro-Processing sub-sector; Mahadeo Panchu of KSM Investments was elected Chairman of the Construction & Engineering sub-sector; Brian James of Guyana Pawnbroking and Trading Company/Royal Castle Restaurants, was elected Chairman of the Fast-Food sub-sector; and Major General (Ret’d) Norman McLean of Bosai Minerals Group was elected Chairman of the Extractive Industries sub-sector.Meanwhile, Yonette Jeffers of Laparkan Freight Forwarding; Clement Duncan of Swansea Industrial Associates; Joycelyn Williams of JTW Associates Management Institute; Peter Pompey of Brass, Aluminum and Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF); Raymond Ramsaroop of Edward B. Beharry & Sons Co. Ltd; Clinton Williams of Guyana National Industrial Company; Andre Cummings of Cummings Wood Products; Allison Butters-Grant of Global Seafood Distributors; and Carol Webster of O-Squared Consulting were all elected executive members of the new GMSA Board of Directors.Nokta and the other board members will serve for the period 2018-2019. In his acceptance speech, the re-elected GMSA president indicated that his main objective over the next year will be to further expand the membership of the organisation.He noted that an important area of focus will be facilitating the resolution of issues affecting members, principal among which are in relation to the tax regime and access to markets for locally manufactured products.According to Nokta, emphasis will be placed on strengthening important sub-sector bodies covering agro-processing; services; chemical and pharmaceuticals; construction and engineering; forestry and wood products; fast foods; and minerals and related products.He went on to express his strong interest in seeing the GMSA strengthen strategic partnerships with other business support organizations (BSO) to position the business community to maximize opportunities from new and emerging sectors such as the imminent hydrocarbon industry.He further highlighted initiatives undertaken by the GMSA in the last year, such as the Ministerial Roundtables and UncappeD, which have had success and will continue in the next year.The GMSA has over 100 member companies covering the manufacturing and services sectors.last_img read more

Over 7000 teachers to strike on Monday

first_img…GTU President, Education Minister no-show for conciliation talksAs planned, over 7000 teachers across the country are now officially ready to go on strike from Monday, August 27, during schools’ pre-term activities.This was confirmed by Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) President, Mark Lyte during an interview on Friday.Lyte also confirmed that he was absent from the conciliation talks on Friday, which was organised by the Social Protection Ministry’s Department of Labour for the Union and the Education Ministry to meet for talks.According to Lyte, he was unable to attend the meeting since he was out of thePresident of the GTU, Mark Lyteregion on duty and only received an official invite on Friday morning.“The notice was sent late to us so we didn’t attend, so everything remains the same. Our teachers will be going on strike on Monday,” Lyte said.He indicated that he would have received yet another invitation for a meeting with the same parties, which is now expected to be on August 28; day two into the strike action.Lyte said he is yet to confirm his attendance to the meeting. Additionally, he stated that based on his meetings with the various clusters, calls have been made for the acceptance of the taskforce’s recommendations.“I think they are getting mixed up with what the Union initially proposed and what we agreed to in the taskforce. There were several things that were changed, coming out of the Taskforce and those recommendations,” he explained.According to him, one such example is that the proposed percentage from the Union is 40 per cent on the 2015 salary, and five per cent with each year that came after until 2020.“So it’s not that we are still asking 40, 45, 50 (per cent) and so on,” he said.Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott has since said he understands the Union’s reason for a no show.During an interview with this publication, Scott revealed that another meeting is scheduled for August 28, given that all the required parties were not in attendance on Friday. Guyana Times was told that the meeting on Friday was called to order but was not successful in its objective.Representatives from the Ministry attended the meeting.Though Scott said he believes the GTU could have sent representatives to attendThe Guyana Teachers Union, Woolford Avenue headquarters was packed to capacity where many teachers called for mass protest (Shemuel Fanfair photo)the meeting which is of utmost importance, he related that he understands the Union’s reason for not attending.“Their absence is (based) on the fact that they are saying they got a late notice. There is no contention on our part on that issue… we were hoping that somebody (from the GTU) would have been there, so because of that I can understand them saying that they were not informed in a timely way,” the Minister said.He added that no one would like to see one of the country’s greatest resource to go on a strike, because of the known drastic effects it has and would like to see teacher’s get the remuneration they deserve.Nevertheless, Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle told Guyana Times that he has high expectations for Tuesday’s meeting and is expectant of positive outputs.“We would be glad for the Union to come (so that) we can bring this to an amicable settlement to resolve it. We are looking for a solution and we were hoping that we could have met today and avoid the strike action on Monday but that wasn’t possible,” Ogle told this publication.The Department of Labour was called in as a third party to listen to both sides in an effort to come to a compromise, after several talks between the GTU and the Education Ministry passed without much progress.GTU has rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19. Lyte said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only. Government also wants the clothing allowance to remain at $8000, a figure which Lyte said was given in 2011. He said, too, that for Whitley Council Leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off, even though the GTU appealed for three years. The Union is seeking 40 per cent salary increases for its 7000 members.last_img read more

Assembly OKs bill to move up primary

first_imgThe bill to give California voters a louder voice in the 2008 presidential campaign by moving up the state’s presidential primary from June received its final legislative approval Tuesday and now only awaits what should be a swift signature by the governor. The historic vote will elevate California as a key player in choosing the next presidential nominees, said Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles. The bill, SB 113, which already cleared the Senate, was approved on a party-line vote, 46-28, with Republicans objecting to the estimated $60 million to $90million price tag of a third election and Democrats’ refusal to add language guaranteeing that counties would be reimbursed for the cost. “Our voice will travel across the nation,” Nu ez said, “because we are putting California squarely in the front, center stage of the national political debate.” But the push for an earlier presidential primary also has been met with some political cynicism. Legislative leaders have sought to attach the primary to other reforms, including a change in term limits, redistricting and possibly campaign finance rules. Critics contend the real reason for an early primary is to also place the term limits measures on the Feb. 5 ballot, which could extend the power of Nu ez and Senate president pro tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. “They’re not doing this to get voters more information; this is not about civic engagement at all,” said David McCuan a political science professor at Cal State . “It’s clear the motivations are crass, political and selfish.” Legislators could have avoided the perception of self- interest if they’d also moved the legislative primaries from June to February, critics said. That would have prohibited current lawmakers from running again. Instead, the legislative primaries will remain in June – adding to the cost. In the three previous presidential elections – 1996, 2000 and 2004 – the legislative and presidential primaries were all held simultaneously in March. “This is so blatantly geared toward retaining power and influence that the public is bound to be cynical,” said Carmen Balber, a consumer advocate for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. “They could just as easily do a term limits extension that didn’t grandfather all the leaders. Instead, they’re doing it for their own political interest.” Nu ez denied any self-interest. “This is an issue that stands on its own. It doesn’t need to be accompanied by anything else,” Nu ez said at a news conference before the vote. to Feb. 5 Sonoma sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Feb. 5 primary could turn into a de facto national primary, with as many as 19 states having moved or are considering moving to that date, including New York, Florida, New Jersey and Illinois. They would follow New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada in the nation’s first primaries and caucuses, creating what will likely be an unprecedented flow of campaign cash – with unpredictable effects on how campaigns are waged. “We need to do this because as long as I can remember California is basically an ATM for presidential candidates,” Assembly Charles M. Calderon, D-Whittier, said during the Assembly debate. “California is an important state in this union, and we need to be involved in who the next president of the United States is.” The assemblyman’s brother, Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, wrote the early primary bill. The Senate passed the bill last month on a 31-5 vote. The potential for an early California vote already has paid dividends for the state. Major candidates from both parties – including Democrats Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards, and Republicans John McCain and Rudy Giuliani – have made numerous appearances in the state, and not merely to raise cash. last_img read more

Salvation Army hoping to reach Red Kettle goal by end of week

first_img“We are below our target,” says Captain Deb VanderHeyden, “however we haven’t given up hope that we’ll be able to reach our goal within this week.” Red kettles have been set up in several locations around the city since November, including Walmart, PriceSmart, Sobeys, Canadian Tire and Safeway. Donations are accepted up until the first few days of January. The money raised will go towards the operation of the Salvation Army shelter, its community lunch program, the food bank, and Christmas hampers. This year 200 hampers were prepared with the help of other campaigns like Toys for Tickets, which raised dozens of toys and $60 from unpaid parking tickets as well as the Troyer Toy Drive and several food drives like the Huskies Fill the Bus.- Advertisement -“We are truly grateful for the support because it’s community food bank, it’s community hamper program, so it’s the people of Fort St. John looking after the people in FortSt. John that need the help, so it’s amazing. We’re just the middle man.” VanderHeyden says the food bank has never had as much food as this year, much of which will go towards serving 150 to 200 people on Christmas Day. Corporate sponsorship also means each dinner guest will be receiving a gift with their meal. Volunteers are always needed at the dinner, especially for clean up after 2 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

AIR TESTS TO BE CONDUCTED AT DOLE OFFICE AFTER ASBESTOS DISCOVERED

first_imgAir tests are tonight being carried out at a Government Department office in Letterkenny following the discovery of asbestos.Asbestos was found in the office in Letterkenny.The substance was found during renovation work at the Social Welfare Offices and has been removed.The offices were closed today after staff expressed fears overt the find. The Department has confirmed that some low risk asbestos was found at the offices on the High Road.A further clean-up of the building was arranged for today but no further asbestos was found.Approximately 30 people work in the offices.  AIR TESTS TO BE CONDUCTED AT DOLE OFFICE AFTER ASBESTOS DISCOVERED was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 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)last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe club are hosting a Fashion Show on the 26th November in the Central Hotel. Tickets cost €10 and many of Donegal’s leading retailers will be providing the fashion on the night.There is a 10% discount in participating fashion retailers for anyone with a ticket for a limited period after the fashion show. Music and Prizes will also be provided on the night.This promises to be a fantastic night so be sure and get a ticket and don’t miss the handsome male models and glamorous female models on show. Tickets are now available from any member of the club executive and from players. Anyone with any information they wish to include in the club notes should contact Shane Walsh on shanew03@live.ie by 6pm on Monday evening.GAA: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 8th, 2011 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:GAA: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

ROADS ALERT: ICE CAUSING PROBLEMS ON DONEGAL’S ROADS

first_imgMOTORISTS are being warned again this morning to slow down on Co Donegal’s roads after another freezing night.AA Ireland says temperatures as low as -4C overnight – following some showers last night – have left many routes “hazardous.”Main routes have been gritted. However rural inland roads and secondary routes are dangerous this morning.Fog is also causing problems in some areas, said the AA.Tonight is expected to be even colder.  ROADS ALERT: ICE CAUSING PROBLEMS ON DONEGAL’S ROADS was last modified: November 28th, 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:ROADS ALERT: ICE CAUSING PROBLEMS ON DONEGAL’S ROADSlast_img read more