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Alyssa’s Cool Smashers back on top

first_imgMOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial P550,000 await PH Masters champion 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 Creamline outlasted defending champion Pocari-Air Force, 25-15, 27-25, 17-25, 25-19, to regain a share of the lead in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Season 2 Reinforced Conference at Batangas City Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cool Smashers shook off a third-set defeat and a slow start in the fourth with a strong windup with Risa Sato and Alyssa Valdez combining for all but one of the team’s last five points to the delight of the big Sunday crowd.Creamline climbed to a share of top spot with idle PayMaya at 3-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSato scored on a quick attack and a kill block off Pocari import Arielle Love while Valdez, who hails from nearby San Juan town, fired a couple of aces as Creamline broke away from a tight 19-18 game.Import Nikolina Asceric topscored for Creamline with 13 hits, including 10 attack points, two blocks and an ace, helping send the Lady Warriors reeling to their second loss against a win. Earlier, PetroGazz showed grit and composure as the Angels ended a three-game losing streak by rallying past BanKo-Perlas, 15-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-9, for their first win.Ukranian import Anastasia Trach came alive in the last three sets, including back to back scores off blocks in the fifth set as the Angels completed their stunning fightback.The win ended a string of heatbreaking results for the Angels, who opened the tournament with defeats to Creamline, Tacloban and BaliPure.Thai Jutarat Montripila gave the Angels all that they could handle, before the Spikers faded in the fifth set and absorbed their third loss in four starts.Trach delivered a kill and two blocks for a 4-0 lead in the fifth, allowing the Angels to survive the absence of injured hitter Rachel Austero.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES The Spikers came within 6-8 only for Trach to quell the comeback, scoring the last of her 23 hits at match point.Stephanie Mercado, Cherry Nunag and Wensh Tiu also stepped up for PetroGazz. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Unions await consideration of new proposals

first_imgThe planned protests by the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) which was expected to begin last Friday, has been put on hold, as the two bodies are awaiting word on some new proposals they have put forward.Guyana Times understands that the UG has agreed to give consideration to some of the proposals put forward by the unions which also expressed dissatisfaction with the course the administration has taken.Last Thursday, academic and non-academic staff had threatened to begin a series of industrial actions, if the administration did not concede to their demands.They said that if the new administration did not adhere to their calls for increases in salaries, the situation could become harsh.They had also demanded that the planned 10 per cent increase for senior officials of the institution be abandoned.The two unions said faculty and staff at the university will be launching a protest calling for increased salaries and benefits as talks between the unions and the administration had hit a roadblock.The two unions are demanding, among other things, that academic and nonacademic staff receive 23 per cent and 25 per cent increases in their salaries respectively, retroactive to January 2016 along with all benefits submitted to the university’s administration on April 20, 2016. This they required to be paid in their May 2016 salaries.The unions said the administration has not been keeping the promises it made on April 18, 2016, to stop the across-the-board increases for the statutory officers. Among the key demands is for the Council to rescind its decision to pay statutory officers – two deputy vice chancellors, the registrar and the bursar – a 10 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January 2015, until it can offer adequate justification for such actions.They said it is the very administration which claimed it had no monies to pay benefits including 10 bursaries for their children who performed with distinction at national exams, yet the administration found over $8 million to increase the salaries of statutory officers who had just joined the university, a mere eight months ago and all others within the last two years: “Some of whose take home pay amounts to approximately one million dollars per month.”If the University of Guyana’s administration and Council go ahead and pay the 10 per cent increase to the statutory officers, the unions say they will “reassert their previous demand of a 60 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January 2016 and all submitted demands contained in our Memorandum of Demands dated February 16, 2015.”last_img read more

Open Letter to All Liberians

first_imgBy T-Mark KorpuDear today’s leaders, every 6 years, the nation is afforded the chance to change leadership. Known as a time of celebrating democracy and free and fair elections, the atmosphere is tense and politically charged as aspirants battle it out for a chance to join the various branches of government. As men and women bring to light what needs to be changed, there is a chance that many will feed the electorate with unrealistic manifestos and empty promises.To the young leaders hoping to make their way into the corridors of power, there are several things that should never be forgotten. It is vital that one must not lose him/herself; stay true to yourself. Do not let the big dogs influence your character. Stay true to yourself. As your campaign posters litter the streets and the primaries fuel your hopes of higher office, remember that politics can be a dirty game. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Do not get swept away by the showbiz of politics, the colorful posters and the prevailing hashtags, press conferences, and non-effective day-long committee meetings. To effect change, one must truly be the change. Remember the promises you have made to your fellow youth: To the young man selling, loading a car you once boarded; to the group of young men who want more for themselves than having to wash cars by the rivers; to the mama who would like more than a shack, and one day establish a grocery store…stay true to the people you hope to serve and stay true to yourself.To the women who seek to make their mark in the Liberian political scene, your time is now. Many continue to disqualify themselves before the race has even begun with their dishonorable antics. Take pride in your femininity; take pride in the change you can bring. Though gender equity may be a motivating factor, it will never prevail over the greater goal. Disgracing yourself with posed campaign posters that only serve to draw attention to your assets only cheapen your image. Embody the powerful woman you were born to be. Hold yourself in high esteem and stand for those in society often overlooked. Never let anyone belittle your message and the values of your stance. Instead, stand strong, and with grace and intelligence recognize your own power and make an effort to be the change you want to see.To the incumbents, that seat is not your heritage, it is not your birthright. You are there at the choice, will and pleasure of the electorate. Many of you go to great lengths to hold on to power. Now that it’s elections time, a lot of our people are going missing. Some are fortunately found; they only wanted time away from people to sort out a few things unhindered. Sadly, a lot of them – some very young, children even, some very old, our grandparents’ cohorts, are found dead, brutally murdered, slaughtered in gruesome manner. Word is that these unfortunate souls have to be alive as parts are extracted from their living bodies. Can you imagine that happening to you, or your loved ones? If you are involved in such acts, please desist. Apparently some of you even sacrifice your own family members. Rather convince people by the strength of what you have done for them. Show them proof of what your time in office has accomplished for them, and with what you plan to do further if reelected.And to you aspirants seeking to unseat the incumbents; please do so as men and women with the vision to further transform Liberia. Don’t come in with the same system of lies, corruption and violence that have become the norm in Liberia’s electioneering. Let us also act civilized. Let us not waste the lives of our young people just to win votes. Why should we allow the future generation of Liberia to suffer the indignity of still being beggars on the international scene, still engaging others with arms outstretched seeking aid for simple things like electrifying towns, building roads, schools and hospitals.And why is it that after 170 years of independence, we are still discussing roads as viable elections promises? Why, Liberia? We should be discussing putting satellites in space, having elite universities and being the premier health referral center on the continent. Why are we, after 170 years, still one of the least developed countries in the world?We have a lot of work to do. Our government and country need serious help. Let this election be about change. Let it be about progress, about leaders with new experiences who can introduce a new paradigm in how to make Liberia great, to make Liberia take her rightful place among the community of nations.To the old, tired, power-hungry politicians, clear the way and pass the torch to a new generation of leaders. Your time is gone, instead of holding onto power, it is time to let others lead. The time to prove your effectiveness or lack thereof is now over. Do not be quick to criticize, instead offer your support from afar.To the electorate, your vote is your voice. Choose wisely. Don’t sell your vote; it is your hope for a better future. Don’t give it to anyone who wants to give you a bag of rice and a few dollars that will go on to make close to a million US dollars in salary as a representative – over that sum for the president, by the time the next elections cycle comes into play. Please vote wisely!(Contributing Source: Capital Campus; follow @ Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram: T Mark Korpu – Twitter: TKorpu; email: korputmark@gmail.com)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: Bandit killed during robbery attempt

first_imgAn alleged bandit referred to as ‘Buda’ was moments ago shot dead on D’Urban Street, Georgetown after he after he along two others attempted to rob a grocery store in the area.Based on information received, the now dead man and two others arrived at the D’Urban Street store on motorcycles.The men reportedly entered the store but soon afterwards gunshots were heard followed by two men running from the scene.The suspected bandit was reportedly shot once.last_img

PPP/C MP, APNU/AFC supporter cross charged for assault

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Harry Gill and A Partnership for National Unity supporter, Carol Smith Joseph were on Wednesday charged for assaulting each other.Gill and Joseph both appeared at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court where they denied the charges and were released on self-bail. The case will continue in February 2019.It is alleged that on November 7, 2018, Gill and Smith assaulted each other at the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) office.According to reports, the two were involved in a heated argument after Joseph attacked Gill in an attempt to stop him from taking a photo of GECOM’s schedule for the opening of containers in the area ahead of the Local Government Elections.On Tuesday, the political Opposition said Gill was viciously assaulted with a chain by Joseph in the presence of a Police Inspector and the GECOM Supervisor, Clearmont Mingo, while he (Gill) was recording Joseph’s tantrum behaviour, which was hostile.While maintaining that the charge is completely without any basis, the PPP has since called upon the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to immediately intervene and terminate what they described as a “baseless charge” against Gill. “… lest that office continues to bear the public perception that it is infected by politics and politicians,” it added.last_img read more

Police yet to arrest suspects in fatal drive-by shooting

first_imgAs investigation continues into the gunning down of Leon Duncan, also called ‘Whistle’, and the injuring of his brother along with two friends, the Police are yet to make an arrest.Former murder-accused Leon Duncan, also called ‘Whistle’, that was killed in a drive-by shooting at Festival City, GeorgetownThis was confirmed by Commander of A Division Marlon Chapman, who also stated that the Police are working on several leads which could not be divulged.However, it was reported that the owner of the car that was used to commit the crime had come forward and claimed that his car was stolen.Twenty-nine-year-old ‘Whistle’ was killed at Williamstaad Road, Festival City, North Ruimveldt, in a drive-by shooting incident while he was playing a game of cards with his brother Shaquile, and their two friends, Orande Gordon and Lance Simon.Although Whistle appeared to have been the target of the shooter(s), the other three men were shot and injured in the process.Based on information received, the four men were at the corner of the street engrossed in their card game, when an unmarked car pulled up alongside them and the occupants opened fire.It was reported that the men then exited the car, stood over Whistle and opened fire. He was reportedly shot several times. He, along with others, was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.His brother, who was reportedly shot to his leg along with Simon and Gordon, were admitted to the medical facility. The Police are on the hunt for the car as they launched an investigation.Back in 2017, Whistle was charged for the attempted murder of Ceon Nedd and Geoffrey Farrell. He reportedly discharged a loaded firearm at the men with intent to commit murder.In 2018, he was slapped with several armed robbery charges. He was accused of robbing Shezeena Hoosein and Nikel Pikerson. He was also charged for assaulting two Peace Officers who were executing their duties.Among other charges faced, he was remanded to prison for the shooting incident that took place in the Privilege Nightclub, injuring two persons back in 2017.last_img read more

National Diya illuminated to usher in Diwali

first_imgIts radiating glow illuminated the busy highway, signalling the commencement of the Festival of Lights in Guyana.The second annual National Diya Light-Up was hosted on Sunday evening at Rahaman’s Park, Greater Georgetown.The event was organised by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), a local Hindu organisation.National Diya illuminated! As Guyanese prepare to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh lit the biggest diya on Sunday evening at Rahaman’s Park, to signify the beginning of the Festival of LightsParticipants turned out in their brightly coloured Indian garments to witness a cultural extravaganza as they prepared to usher in the festive season.Diwali is hailed as the Festival of Lights, symbolising the triumph of good over evil.The controversy surrounding the date for Diwali celebrations was virtually forgotten, as Hindu adherents joined in singing and dancing as they celebrated the beginning of this auspicious occasion.Pandit Hardesh Tiwari of the Viraat Sabha alluded to the difficulties in the Hindu community and urged Guyanese to ignore the negativism and embrace the true meaning of the holiday.He urged Hindus to unite themselves for it is their sacred duty to foster the culture that has nurtured generations.In his remarks, HSS President Ravi Dev urged Hindus to become living examples of Hinduism by putting values to work.Local Non-Governmental Organisation, The Caribbean Voice (TCV) representative Daniel Ali shared a brief history of the celebration as he sent Diwali greetings to all Guyanese.The Ministry of the Presidency representative, Malcolm Harripaul also used the opportunity to wish all of Guyana a happy Diwali.last_img read more

City looking at upping taxes

first_imgMeanwhile, Hunter says additional staffing is also eating into a chunk of the 2010 budget. In January, Council approved in principle four new city staffing positions. However, Council decided on Monday to defer the Economic Development Officer position until 2011, thereby cutting $50,000 from expected spending.RAISING TAXESThere’s also the fact that council did not toy with the mill rate last year, and it remained at 4.922 per cent.But, a part of the proposed increase is also an effort to keep up with other communities in B.C. On Monday, Hunter explained that some cities have increased the mill rate by as much as five per cent.This year, B.C. Assessments surprised council by announcing residential assessments have gone up by an average of 4.96 per cent. In the tax scenario document submitted by city staff, a home worth $250,000 in 2009, would now be worth $262,000.Advertisement But Lantz says ratios just move money around and doesn’t deal with the more important issue of budget impacts.Councilor Trevor Bolin also pointed out that every home in Fort St. John will have a different assessment, and therefore pay different taxes.Hunter agreed.[asset|aid=2467|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dbd8bdcd7e23eadb9e9cc0eac4bccae0-Hunter – Tax 1_1_Pub.mp3]The mill rate has not yet been set, but Council will make a decision in the upcoming months leading up to the budget finalization.Advertisement With the proposed increased mill rate of 5.0706 factored into that assessment, taxes for 2010 would come to $1,331 – an increase of $100 from 2009.But, Mayor Bruce Lantz is sitting on the other side of the fence, and advocating a lower tax rate. He suggested bumping up the proposed mill rate by just 2.75 per cent, rather than the 3 per cent proposed by City Staff,  and also posting several different tax scenarios on the City’s website. Administration agreed to investigate lowering the proposed tax rate, but say it is doable.VARIANCEIt’s expected that each percentage point added or subtracted from the tax rate would influence the city’s revenue by roughly $185,000.Councilor Lori Ackerman, however, suggested the city should also investigate tax ratios, and the impacts of a higher tax rate on businesses and residential properties.Advertisementcenter_img Photo: Councilor Larry Evans discusses the tax rate at the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday. He agreed with Mayor Lantz on increasing the tax rate by 2.75 per cent, rather than by 3 per cent – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caBy Christine RumleskieIt’s looking like the City’s tax rate may increase, and you can attribute it to inflation and low estimations.- Advertisement -City Council plowed through budget numbers at Monday afternoon’s Committee of the Whole Meeting. A tax rate (mill rate) scenario was submitted by city staff to council, with the proposed mill rate set three per cent higher for 2010.COSTSCity Manager Dianne Hunter outlined some of the contributing factors that influenced the proposed increase. She says the city should budget around $1.7 million to operate the Enerplex for one year. That’s almost $700,000 higher than the estimations made during the Enerplex referendum.Director of Facilities and Protective Services Jim Rogers says the estimation – made almost four years ago – indicated it would take around six people to operate the facility.[asset|aid=2466|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dbd8bdcd7e23eadb9e9cc0eac4bccae0-Rogers – Tax 1_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

Serrano comes up short, 2-0

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bishop Montgomery’s Danielle O’Neil scored on a give-and-go with Jaclyn White 30 seconds into the match as Bishop Montgomery blitzed Serrano for a 2-0 victory Tuesday in the CIF Southern Section Division IV semifinals in Torrance. Lauren Tarver, the lone remaining holdout from Serrano’s 2004 CIF title team, seemed sullen, sad about ending her career on this note. TORRANCE – All it took was 30 seconds for the Serrano girls soccer team’s season to unravel. And with it hopes for an All-High Desert CIF title game. center_img Coach Dave Molina stood on the field in stunned silence, trying to put his thoughts into words for the Mojave River League champion. Meanwhile, Serrano’s players were forced to watch Bishop Montgomery celebrate just a few steps from where they stood as the Knights (14-5-3) prepared to face La Salle, a 1-0 triple-overtime winner over Desert Sky League champion Granite Hills, meaning the High Desert is without a Division IV finalist. Serrano could only look back and wish for a better start. “They caught our team off guard. We weren’t prepared for that,” Tarver said. “We knew we had to watch our for the tall girl (White), but it was a bad play for us. “I’m really disappointed. We tried. We definitely tried. We put it all out there, but it was not good enough. This was not one of our best games, and that’s depressing.” last_img read more

Over $30,000 raised for mother and baby after loss of father, boyfriend

first_img“Her son’s father – her boyfriend – passed-away on New Year’s Eve,” explains Clirissa Denis, a best friend of Carlee for the past five years.Denis says after hearing of the untimely loss, she decided something had to be done in order to support Carlee and Lincoln.“With the death in the family, the last thing that somebody needs to worry about is money and thinking, ‘Well am I going to be able to make it?’ …especially with a two-week-old baby, I mean that’s the last thing you’d want anyone worrying about,” says Denis.- Advertisement -Denis describes Carlee’s boyfriend as “the most kind-hearted, smiley person,” who was “Carlee’s rock,” going on to say he was “so proud to be a father.”In less than 24-hours, the gofundme.com page managed to collect over $20,000 out of its initial goal of $1,000, and at the time of publication, now exceeds $30,000.“[Money raised] is withdrawn in her account everyday,” Denis explains of her yet-to-be-determined deadline.  “As far as I’m aware, it can [remain] open for awhile.”Advertisement Denis is also accepting donations at her house, as Carlee has asked to be left alone while she mourns her loss.Donations, which are being collected at 11304 106 Avenue, can include anything from gift cards to gently used clothing, nursing bras, blankets and baby toys.Monetary donations are expected to go towards Carlee’s mortgage, car payment and other expenses, as well as a possible education fund for two-week-old Lincoln, according to Denis.The cause of death and name of the deceased is being withheld from publication at the request of Denis to respect the privacy of Carlee and her family.Advertisementlast_img read more