Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ David, a two-time Scoring Champion, will provide the veteran leadership for the squad together with TY Tang and two-time PBA Most Valuable Player Willie Miller.They will be joined by amateur standouts Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and Jett Manuel, as well as former Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and ex-NBA big man Hasheem Thabeet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDavid only played a game for Mahindra this conference, scoring a point in 11 minutes on the floor in the team’s 105-83 loss to Rain or Shine last November 30.The Floodbuster, though, placed him in the reserve list after the 38-year-old suffered a knee injury, rendering him inactive for the past two months. Phoenix nabs Dehesa from free agent pool PBA IMAGESGary David gets a chance to represent the country anew as he signed with Mighty Sports for the 2017 Dubai Invitational Basketball Tournament.The 6-foot-1 shooter secured his approval from Mahindra on Friday, allowing him to play in the tournament set to run from February 18 to 25.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 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 David, though, is expected to return to Mahindra after the Dubai tilt with the Floodbuster seeking to bounce back in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’
Once all green and lively to touchOnce seated snugly very transparentOnce visible roots all blooming to lightOnce the envy of eyes in the open glareOnce a vase of unspoiled uniquenessOnce bowled in a zinc bucket for a seasonOnce beneath a sky painted to a sunsetSuddenly…… Like a Plant Out Of WaterOnce so rudely shaken all the water spilledOnce the realization that life is very fragileOnce a place of laughter and fun now deadOnce the backyard lunch patio void of birdsOnce they fed off the morsel of a plain mealOnce the vibes lyric soared to a crescendoOnce the waltz herald to a pitch of onenessSuddenly……Like A Plant Out Of WaterShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The General Secretary of Europe’s Football Governing body (UEFA), Theodore Theodoridis, arrives in Liberia today, Tuesday, with a two member high powered delegation.The UEFA delegation will be in Liberia from March 22 to 23 to discuss UEFA’s cooperation with the Liberia Football Association (LFA).The delegation is headed by Mr. Theodoridis and includes Urs Kluser, Integrity Officer, and Legal Affairs/Disciplinary Services.A release from the LFA said the two man UEFA delegation will discuss future cooperation with the Liberian FA in all aspects of football development.The delegation will visit the LFA Technical Center under construction in Careysburg, the future home of the LFA in Congo Town, the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and pay a courtesy visit to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The delegation will then join LFA President Musa Hassan Bility and LFA Executives for a discussion before addressing the local football media.The coming of the UEFA delegation to Liberia followed discussions held between Mr. Bility and the newly elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, on the margins of Feburary’s FIFA Congress in Zurich.The LFA President reportedly played an influential role in deciding the outcome of the FIFA presidential pools.Mr. Bility is excited about the upcoming visit and said it will help Liberia reach a higher mark in its football development program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Almost two years since the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), through the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), took a $30 billion loan, ostensibly for investing into GuySuCo, no one knows what the loan was taken for and what it has been used for so far. The average Guyanese citizen does not know. Sugar workers do not know. Now we are told that even NICIL itself does not know. Guyanese have been asking for almost two years what happened to the $30 billion, and no one has been able or willing to give an account.Neither NICIL nor the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was willing to be accountable, and their posture was it was nobody’s business. The Agriculture Minister, in fact, admitted he did not know anything and pronounced rather proudly he did not care and did not want to know. The Finance Minister insisted that the Agriculture Minister was in charge of GuySuCo and, therefore, the loan. The President and the Prime Minister showed no interest.But two weeks ago, in a rare sharing of information, the Finance Minister indicated that another interest payment, the sum of $132 million, was made, presenting the information as though that was all the interest the Government has paid for the loan so far. Shockingly, two days ago, NICIL stated that, in fact, thus far, almost $800 million has been paid out in interest on the loan.Adding to the shock, NICIL revealed that over $7 billion of the $30 billion loan has been disbursed by NICIL to GuySuCo, but the Head of NICIL bemoaned the fact that he did not know what GuySuCo has done with the money. Further, the NICIL Head said that the loan was in jeopardy and that Guyana’s creditworthiness was threatened, because GuySuCo has failed to indicate what it has done with the money.The possibility now exists that the lenders – the bondholders, including GBTI and NIS, might recall the loan. NICIL, it turns out, disbursed more than $7 billion on “good faith”, like playing a game while burdening the Guyanese people.In all of this, Minister Holder has shown absolutely no interest in the $30 billion loan and no curiosity in how it was being used. As Guyana’s Minister of Agriculture, he has a legal responsibility and a political duty to demand accountability. He has never done so. He has abdicated his political duty, and is guilty of political malfeasance.More seriously, there are questions surrounding his legal responsibility of accounting for $30 billion. How could he not know what happened to $30 billion? How is it that NICIL disbursed more than $7 billion of that $30 billion to GuySuCo and the Minister did not know what it was disbursed for? Did this Minister ever ask for an accounting? If he did ask, were GuySuCo and NICIL guilty of disregarding the Minister’s legal request? What would Cabinet do if GuySuCo and NICIL refused to provide answers to the Minister?In the meanwhile, GuySuCo continues to flounder. With a low target of just over 100,000 tons for 2019, it is unlikely that GuySuCo will meet its target and, in fact, sugar production for 2019 might well be the lowest for many decades. Little or no investments have been made in improving the factories that still operate. Field operations have suffered because roads and canals have not been adequately maintained, field operations have been negatively impacted, because field equipment have been poorly maintained and are insufficient. Diversification plans have stalled.Even as operations continue to flounder, workers continue to be demoralised. These workers have not been provided with any wage increases since 2014. There were zero per cent increases in wages for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.Some of the sugar workers who lost their jobs are still waiting for their severance payments. The promised investment in other economic ventures to provide jobs for the unemployed sugar workers has not yet materialised. In fact, after spending more than $100 million for rice production at Wales, virtually no paddy was produced and after spending some $50 million on aquaculture, not a single fish has been reared.While $30 billion is being squandered, while there are scandalous non-transparency and accountability, the closed sugar estates have been scavenged. The promised privatisation has become a well-guarded State secret. No one knows what is happening with the planned privatisation. This past week, the privatisation specialist at the SPU was fired.There are rumours of secret deals. This past week, one of the rumours that emerged is that a consortium of Indian, Ghanaian and Guyanese investors are about to take over the closed Rose Hall Estate. Clearly, if there is a time for the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to act, this whole GuySuCo fiasco screams for them to step forward.Dr. Leslie RamsammyJune 3, 2019
Dear Editor,It is Vincent Alexander again, The PNC point man at GECOM; he is the one making and breaking laws at the institution. In fact, in all his deliberations at the Commission, he quotes himself as the law and the source of all knowledge in the workings of GECOM.It is all about what he wants, or what he wants to get done at the Commission. That final outcome, according to the information made available to us — the sources I would not here divulge — is a one-seat, so-called razor slim majority in the name of “The Coalition.”The huge problem with that corrupt transaction is that you must continue to work around the figures to bring about that result. This is Alexander’s headache and the PNC’s problem: how to, and in what ambience, massage the figures to produce a win.As was the case in the 2015 elections, this was a pretty easy task, because all Alexander and his cohorts had to do was to continue working along that deceptive path, flip that one-seat minority win for the PPP/C in 2011, and simply flip that over in 2015 into a one-seat win for the PNC-led Coalition; and eureka!So, let us carefully follow the sequence of events. I have already dealt with the Gocool Boodhoo sabotage by Alexander, so I will not dwell on that matter, but will gracefully move on from there.The chairman of GECOM, having serious issues with his conscience, resigns, paving the way for a new chairman. The constitution stipulates that the Opposition submit a list of six names from which a chairman should be chosen.The Opposition submits 18 names, all of which were rejected by the President; and, in response, he handpicks a party loyal for that position.The position of DCEO becomes available, and the acting DCEO, Mr Vishnu Persaud, was rejected for the post.Acting on the advice of Alexander, Chairman Patterson makes a casting vote for a virtual newcomer to be installed in the position of DCEO.Roxanne Myers is chosen for the post of DCEO, least qualified with no experience.Mr Alexander comes out in defence of this choice.Every dissenting voice on the commission is silenced. There is no redress.Still not comfortable with that rigging machinery setup of his, Alexander moves to create a system where all scrutinisers or keen eyes must be removed. Alexander wants to work in an atmosphere where he can manoeuvre comfortably, so he is wary of the people he has around him. His preference goes for those who, in his estimation, are staunch party supporters. In that regard, Vishnu Persaud became his latest victim.He must have gloated when Gocool Boodhoo was gotten rid of. Delivering Boodhoo’s head on a platter was a notable achievement for his party, and this emboldened the man on his iniquitous rampage.But let me sound the alarm to Alexander and sundry: you might have gotten away with Boodhoo and even Ramotar, but that scheming, illegal plot of yours will not get past the suffering people, far less a Bharrat Jagdeo. We will not allow this foolishness to gain foothold. Please note that the people of Guyana will not allow this thievery to take place again.So, to Miss Myers, I would say: You have been selected to take the blame when that sinister plan of Alexander’s is exposed. His plan is to set you up for a mighty hard fall, so be aware! Sure enough, he would be exposed when the facts and figures of the next election become clear to all. I say to you: stay clear of that “scapegoat syndrome” Alexander has backed you into; do not take the fall like this man. Keep all your data intact. Take keen stock of all sources of your data.When we, the people, would have triumphed, we are coming after Alexander. The first item on our agenda would be a SOCU investigation into all the machinations of Alexander at GECOM. This is a vital decision, because it goes to the heart of our democratic right to choose who governs us, and not to be left at the behest of a corrupt individual. Alexander must be investigated and prosecuted to the maximum; he must not get away with it.It is Alexander’s mistaken belief that he can secretly steal another win for his beloved party, but all of those plans have been made public, and the nonsense must stop now! We will not accept any hand-me-down votes; we demand every vote cast by the honest, conscientious, hardworking suffering people of Guyana; no more no less. We want every last vote given to us; not votes given to us by Alexander and his cabal, but every vote credited to us. We demand our votes, every last one!Respectfully,Neil Adams
The Neville brothers were part of Manchester United’s championship-winning teams under manager Alex Ferguson during the 1990s and 2000s.Nazir Afzal, head of the Crown Prosecution Service in northwest England, said: “Greater Manchester Police has investigated an allegation of sexual assault by Neville Neville in March 2013.“I have reviewed all the evidence that they have gathered and have authorised the police to charge him with one count of sexual assault by penetration against a 46-year-old woman.”Neville has been bailed to appear at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates’ Court on June 12.Neville Neville is a former director of third-tier League One side Bury.Gary Neville, 38, is England’s most-capped right-back, making 85 appearances for the senior team.Having spent his entire career at Manchester United, he is now part of England manager Roy Hodgson’s coaching squad.Younger brother Phil Neville, 36, captains Everton but will leave the club when his contract ends next month. The defender-midfielder won 59 England caps.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, May 20 – Neville Neville, the father of former England footballers Gary and Phil Neville, has been charged with sexual assault, prosecutors said Monday.The 63-year-old, who has worked as an agent for his sons, will appear at a court outside Manchester, northwest England, next month.
Roadblocks went up this week on San Fernando Road and Lyons Avenue in Newhall, the beginning of the end of San Fernando as a commuter route. Traffic now will skirt San Fernando Road and follow Railroad Avenue from Lyons Avenue through downtown Newhall to help limit and slow traffic through the redeveloping business district. Railroad Avenue has been expanded from two to four lanes, while San Fernando Road will go from four to two lanes, allowing for angled parking in front of shops. Stop signs will be added on every intersection along that portion of San Fernando Road, including a set that will replace signals at the Market Street intersection. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SAN FRANCISCO – Gap Inc. has jettisoned 1,500 workers so far this year in a purge driven by a three-year sales slump. The job cuts, disclosed Thursday as part of the San Francisco-based company’s monthly sales report, weren’t a surprise. Management confirmed in May that some workers would be laid off to help bring expenses more in line with Gap’s shrinking revenue as more people shopped elsewhere. Gap hadn’t revealed how many of its 154,000 workers would be released. The job cuts disclosed Thursday translated into about 1 percent of the company’s payroll, within the range that industry analysts had anticipated. The company handed out about 1,100 pink slips during its fiscal second quarter, a 13-week period ending Aug. 4. Another 400 jobs were cut earlier in the year, Gap said Thursday. As part of its turnaround efforts, Gap recently hired a new chief executive – Glenn Murphy, a fashion industry outsider whose previously ran retailers that sold pharmaceutical drugs, books and groceries. Murphy replaced Chairman Robert Fisher, who had temporarily steered the company after Gap parted ways in January with its previous chief executive, former Walt Disney Co. executive Paul Pressler. Although Gap’s sales continued to sag, the company’s second-quarter earnings yielded a pleasant surprise. Excluding a tax benefit and expenses incurred in its recent cutbacks, Gap said Thursday that it expects to report earnings of 19 cents or 20 cents per share. The projection topped the average earnings estimate of 13 cents per share among analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. Gap’s shares gained 7 cents to $15.66 Thursday. The company’s stock price has plunged by nearly 20 percent so far this year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The payroll reductions in Gap’s ongoing operations don’t include workers let go as part of the recent closure of an experimental chain called Forth & Towne that catered to women 35 years and older. Including Forth & Towne’s demise, Gap has eliminated about 2,000 jobs this year. Besides the chain that shares the corporate name, Gap also owns Old Navy and Banana Republic. Gap didn’t quantify how much money it expected to save from second-quarter streamlining. In a recorded message Thursday, management said it would provide additional details about its cost-cutting plans Aug. 23 when the company is scheduled to release second-quarter earnings. Stung by a succession of fashion missteps, most of Gap’s stores have steadily been losing customers. Gap’s same-store sales have fallen in 12 consecutive quarters, including a 5 percent decrease in the most recent 13-week period. The closely watched yardstick measures sales at stores open at least a year.
The mismanagement of a project to relocate the headquarters of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department special forces bureau began when it was handed to Sheriff Lee Baca from the Department of Public Works, an audit released Monday found. Baca authorized about $1 million in payments for work done before he obtained the authority to do so, according to the audit. For example, in May 2005, he authorized a contractor to do additional demolition work totaling $303,586, although he only had authority to spend $150,000. In six cases, he authorized work without a signed agreement. “Our review indicates that the sheriff did not adequately manage the project and did not always comply with the county’s contracting and purchasing policies,” Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley wrote. “We also noted that the sheriff could have reduced project delays and additional costs through more effective project management.” Supervisors requested the audit in February after getting curious about a Sheriff’s Department request for $1.9 million in retroactive payments for the project. In the report, auditors found public works managed the project adequately from 2001 to 2004. But the project encountered delays and increased costs after the Sheriff’s Department took over management. A sheriff’s internal investigation into the project also found problems. “The sheriff’s report identified insufficient staffing, checks and balances, training, communication and project management problems as the reasons for the deficiencies and included corrective action to ensure compliance with county and board policies,” McCauley wrote. While the Sheriff’s Department accepts responsibility for the contracting and purchasing violations, the department indicated their staff were trying to expedite the project to meet the construction schedule for the East Los Angeles Civic Center relocation project and minimize construction delay costs, McCauley wrote. In the report, auditors said the second phase of the project to add a training facility was expected to cost $6 million. But in December 2005, the sheriff’s Facilities Planning Bureau estimated the second phase would cost $11 million. The department did not notify county officials or the board of this increase in cost until June 2006. “As a result, when the costs to complete Phase 1 exceeded the budget, the board had to transfer $6.5 million from Phase 2 project funding to pay for Phase 1,” McCauley wrote. Rampulla said the project is now expected to cost a total of $12million to $13 million. email@example.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Victor Rampulla, division director of the sheriff’s Administrative Services Division, said the department has taken full responsibility for errors made in not following board policies. “We have developed a corrective action plan to ensure that this will never, ever happen again,” Rampulla said. The county Board of Supervisors first allocated $10million in 1999 to relocate the Special Enforcement Bureau – which houses the department’s special weapons, canine and search-and-rescue teams – from what is now the East Los Angeles Civic Center, which opened last year with a county library and offices. In 2001, county officials agreed the Department of Public Works would oversee the project to build a new facility for the bureau at the Eugene C. Biscailuz Center in East Los Angeles, a former jail that once served as the department’s training academy. But as construction costs rose it became clear $10million would not be enough money to build a new home for the bureau. So in 2004, the supervisors authorized the Sheriff’s Department to oversee the renovation of the existing Biscailuz center to house the bureau, which relocated there late last year.
HIGHLIGHTS: Leeds 1-1 MK Dons MK Dons defender and own goal scorer Antony Kay It was own goals galore in the Championship this weekend as both Peterborough and MK Dons were left red faced by these hilarious errors.Adrian Durham’s beloved Posh were one of the victims, Jack Baldwin nodding past his own stranded goalkeeper with an unwanted touch, yet they still emerged 3-2 victors over Sheffield United thanks to West Ham loanee Martin Samuelsen’s stunning solo winner late on.But it wasn’t such good news for MK Dons, who dominated their clash at Leeds but were forced to share the points in a 1-1 draw thanks to Antony Kay’s headed own goal with just three minutes remaining.Check out both goals below!HIGHLIGHTS: Sheffield United 2-3 Peterborough 1