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 Pringle also set a league’s season-high and all-time best for GlobalPort, according to PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon. He nailed nine three-pointers in the thrilling performance that went with five rebounds, six assists and three steals.“Tonight was Stanley’s show. I played like him college,” said head coach Pido Jarencio, one of the deadliest shooters in league history, in jest.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 crownThe last player to have reached the 50-point mark was Asi Taulava, who poured 51 points for Talk N’ Text in the 2004 Fiesta Conference.Pringle’s heroics couldn’t have come at a better time with Batang Pier looking to boost their chances to make the playoffs amid a close race. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Stanley Pringle exploded for a career-best 50 points as GlobalPort dumped Columbian, 133-115, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina They bounced back from their embarrassing 108-135 loss to Phoenix last Wednesday and improved to solo sixth with a 5-5 card.“Overall, the team really wanted to win. In our last game, it was like we just played scrimmage with Phoenix,” said Jarencio. We couldn’t lose today, if we want to make it to the playoffs.”Import Malcom White chipped in 28 points and 14 boards, Jonathan Grey had 16 points while Sean Anthony registered a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds.The Dyip, meanwhile, are out of the quarterfinals contention with a 4-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? FILE – Matt Nieto launches a 3 during Gilas cadets game in the Filoil pre-season tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo isn’t messing around and Chinese Taipei-A, the country’s national team, found that out too on Saturday night.The Blue Eagles cut another giant down to size in dramatic fashion after a last-second triple by Matt Nieto stunned the host Taiwanese, 77-76, in the 2018 William Jones Cup at Xinzhuang Gymnasium.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ NLEX misses out on Super 8 final, falls short against Guangzhou Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Ateneo (5-2), which lost to top teams 3D Global Sports of Canada and South Korea, wraps up its campaign against Iran, which is currently tied with the Canadians and South Koreans in first place with identical 6-1 records, on Sunday.The Eagles have also beaten Chinese Taipei’s B team, Japan, Indonesia and Lithuania.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES With Ateneo down two, Nieto buried the clutch 3-pointer off a well-designed sideline inbound play by head coach Tab Baldwin with 0.3 tenths of a second left.Nieto finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field to lead the Blue Eagles, who rolled to their fourth straight victory after a 1-2 start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Liu Cheng and Chen Ying-Chun carried much of the offensive load for Chinese Taipei as they combined for 41 points.Cheng, who fired a game-high 24 points, was impressive on both ends of the floor with 10 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Fighting Maroons are a few games away removed from the top four spots of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament and head coach Bo Perasol knows they have to get their acts together if they ever hope to end the school’s Final Four drought.“We have to be better, period,” said Perasol after UP lost its fifth game of the season when it fell to Ateneo, 83-66, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 ChrissREAD: Ateneo recovers, dumps UP to open 2nd roundUP was considered as one of the Final Four contenders before the season when Bright Akhuetie, who last played for University of Perpetual Help in NCAA Season 92, fulfilled his one-year residency. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Akhuetie’s addition, however, hasn’t panned out into instant success as the Fighting Maroons currently languish at the sixth seed with a 3-5 card.“We can’t just say we will fight. We have to be truly better to beat the teams that we will go up against,” said Perasol. “We just have to encourage the team that all is not lost. The day of reckoning will be the day that would be the last.”UP is a full game behind fifth-running University of Santo Tomas, and 1.5 games behind fourth seed De La Salle University.And with the clock ticking down on the Fighting Maroons, Perasol said they have to get back on track starting with their next game against University of the East on October 21.“We need to look at the six games that are coming and we need to take the next one, and the next one, until everything’s over,” said Perasol. “It’s my job to lead my team and to make them feel we have to keep going.” ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title UST rookie Cansino ‘surprised’ to be in 7th place of UAAP MVP race Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines has hit a wall.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
Dear Editor,The former President of the USA, Barack Obama, had said, “A budget is more than just a series of numbers on a page; it is an embodiment of our values”. I guess ‘values’ will also include where we want to see ourselves in the year ahead. Unfortunately, our budgets in Guyana, for that past three years, failed dismally to take our country forward in terms of economic growth and development. The budgets have been just a series of trials and errors, and complete failure in some cases.This Coalition Government seems to be obsessed with early budgets, and the Finance Minister has already informed us that this year’s budget will be the earliest. Every year, the economic performance gets worse, and the budget does nothing to stem this downward decline. So, in this case, the cliché of “the early bird catches the worm” is clearly inapplicable.This early preparation of the budget is fraught with uncertainties and guesswork, since it is done under conditions of severe revenue and expenditure uncertainty as well as weak expenditure control, which have resulted in frequent changes in ceilings and appropriations. We have seen that economic growth was 3.2 percent in 2015 and this was moved downward to 2.1 percent in 2017; and it was projected in the 2017 Bank of Guyana Report to reach 1.5 percent in 2018. We have seen that forecasts are repeatedly revised, and this is because, as Dr Jagdeo puts it, the Finance needs actual figures to work with, and these are seriously lacking. Even the allocation of resources in the budget presents a serious disability.When we look at the specifics, we can discern that adult unemployment rate increased by 12 percent. It is the role of Central Government to create opportunities for gainful employment, and this must be done through the budget; but, instead, we have seen that the Government’s brainless economic policies have catapulted more than 7000 persons into the ranks of the unemployed and impoverished. It is estimated that 40 percent of our people live below the poverty line.We have also witnessed a deteriorating health sector, with a multitude of complaints of widespread and frequent shortages of basic supplies of medications at health centres and public hospitals. This has further impoverished the people, since they have to find additional monies to buy medications. In 2018, the Public Health Budget increased by $3.4 billion to$32.6 billion, but there was a decrease in value for money through poor implementation.We have also witnessed the deterioration of public security and safety, with the news headlines being replete with reports of murder, robbery and other crimes. This is despite more monies being expended in the Public Security Ministry. The Budget increased by $1.3 billion to $34 million. Again, poor implementation.On the other hand, the Agriculture Sector, which employs 21 percent of the country’s workforce, had its budget slashed by more than $1 billion to a paltry sum of $19 billion! Since 2015, the Government has been cutting the budgetary allocations for Agriculture, and it is evident that the performance of this sector has been progressively declining. This year, even the rice sector is projected to do badly, since the dams in the cultivated areas are impassable. This is sheer short-sightedness!In this same vein, the Public Infrastructure Budget was cut by $3.4 billion to $40 billion. Public infrastructure is vitally important to improve our economy and our quality of life. In 2017 also, the capital expenditure budget was slashed by 20 percent. This has severely impacted on investment in the sector, resulting in accelerating the downward slide of the economy. This has exacerbated the unemployment crisis. More short-sightedness!Thus there is clearly a disconnection between policies and expenditure. There needs to strengthen the linkages between policy formulation and expenditure. The budget must take into account the macroeconomic realities; if not, it can result in poor economic planning, which has been manifested in the past three years. Clearly, there has been little effort by the Coalition Government to make budgetary allocations to increase production and productivity, and to foster economic development. The treatment of the sugar industry is a prime example. Over 5,000 workers were heartlessly dismissed, no redundancy monies were budgeted for, and no alternative employment was provided. And to add insult to injury, until now, all the workers have not received their full severance pay. However, the wastage on pomp, celebrations and pageantry and the ballooning excesses on the military will pave the way for the economy’s downward decline. This is definitely the worst economic planning by any Government ever.Therefore, the haste by this Government to prepare and present early budgets has failed to make evident the competence of this Government. I wish to agree with the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Jagdeo, that this Government and its Finance Minister have learnt nothing from the past! Will they ever?Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor-Region 6
A one day working session to update the private sector on Business Inspection Reform was held by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Monrovia on Tuesday, May 13, to provide the business community a platform from which the ministry could glean feedback on the new inspection regime.Acting Commerce Minister Cyril A. Allen, II, who spoke at the opening, said the ministry is doing rebranding process at the Ministry to ensure that the business community and the ministry get feedback.Mr. Allen described the reform processes of the Inspectorate Division as a way of helping the ministry carry on it fuctions.Also speaking, Assistant Minster for Industry Mohammed M. Turay made a brief presentation on the formulation of the General Inspection Procedures. He said the Ministry received positive feedback from the private sector regarding inspections and was encouraged to continue the process of harmonizing the National Inspections Regime.For their part, the business community requested that the Ministry continue with such private sector engagements and revitalize the Liberia “Better Businesses Forum” which will be a vital channel for public/private dialogue.In another development, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, at the head of a high profile Liberian delegation to the United States, has concluded a second working party meeting on a positive note with members expressing support for Liberia’s ambitious goal of acceding to the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the 10th Ministerial Conference (MC10). Scheduled for December, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya it will be the first time a Ministerial Conference is held in Africa.The delegation conducted several meetings at the bilateral level with several members of the WTO and other partners including the ITC and UNCTAD. They also participated in a media event with the international press.Liberia since 2007 has embarked on a journey to join the multilateral trading system. With support from the US, EU, and several development partners including UNCTAD, ITC, the World Bank and the Enhance Integrated Framework, a cross section of government ministries and agencies have been working on the accession process to achieve this important milestone of thesecond working party meeting, bringing Liberia closer to its goal of joining by December in Nairobi at MC10. However much work is ahead and the technical teams are working on meeting the key deliverables to stay on target.The next step is to have a third working party meeting where outstanding issues are addressed and concluded in order to consolidate the accession package for presentation to members. This milestone in the process is due by July 2015.All WTO members have access to equal trade benefits and lower trade barriers with each other, allowing them a larger market for their goods, leading to greater sales, more jobs and faster economic growth.Among many other benefits, WTO membership also allows develping countries such as Liberia access to developed markets at the lower tariff rate and allows them time to remove reciprocal tariffs in its own market.Members of the delegation include Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture; Augustine Jarrett, Economic Advisor, Office of President; Angelique Weeks, Chair, Liberia Telecommunication Authority; Decontee King-Sackee, Deputy Commissioner, Liberia Revenue Authority; Seklau Wiles, Deputy Minister of Agriculture; Roosevelt Gould, Chief Legal Counsel, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Roland Morris, IP Advisor; Paul Tate, Charge d’Affairs, Mission of Liberia to UN Agencies, Stephen Marvie, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Commerce; William Buku, Assistant commissioner, Liberia Revenue Authority; and Alexander Nuetah, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In response to a bombardment of requests from the private sector, and even senior public officials, the Public Security Ministry (PSM), in conjunction with the Guyana Police Force, on Thursday announced that the 2:00am curfew enforced against bars, night clubs and other places of entertainment would be placed on a pause.This is in keeping with the Spirit of Christmas, so as to allow for the staging of events and other festivities without limiting such occasions to a specific cut-off time, the PSM said in an advisory.This pause in the nationwide curfew is to take effect from today: Friday, December 22, 2017, and will last until Friday, January 12, 2018. From January 13, 2018, the aforementioned stipulated closing time will be back in effect.A similar arrangement was put in place to relax the curfew last Christmas, following calls from the Private Sector Commission.Meanwhile, the PSM has taken the opportunity to remind the public that all other laws — especially those prohibiting drinking and driving, and noise nuisance — will be thoroughly enforced, with heightened vehicular patrols and police presence stationed at popular party spots.Party-goers have been advised and admonished to get a designated driver and to ensure noise levels at partying spots are not excessive.Shortly after taking office in 2015, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had moved to implement a 2:00am nationwide curfew, debarring business entities and events from extending their nocturnal activities into the early hours of the following morning.This decision was met with much opposition, and in some cases it has even been disregarded. In fact citizens, and even high placed officials, were advancing the argument that such a move would have a negative effect on the development of the budding tourism industry in Guyana.Nevertheless, it is customary for the PSM to put special arrangements in place to halt this restriction during specific peak seasons, such as Christmas and Mashramani, among other local highlights throughout the year.
Jacques Heim, choreographer of Cirque de Soleil’s “Ka,” will be featured as a guest choreographer in the Antelope Valley College dance department’s “Dance Dimensions 2007: Gravity Within.” Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Heim, who is also founder of Diavolo Dance Co., will join students and faculty in the annual dance concert, which showcases the work of college performers. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and military personnel, and $10 for students or college employees. Tickets can be purchased by calling (661) 723-5950. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The department has adopted new policies to deal with sex offenders that wind up on the street, Sessa said. Homeless offenders will be required to visit their parole officer each day to report where they spent the previous night. They can also take that opportunity to recharge the monitoring units they are required to wear to track their movements. Parole officers beat by four days a department-imposed deadline to complete their official notifications of each sex offender before Sept. 11, Sessa said. Corrections Secretary James Tilton praised the 2,800 parole officers he said faced a “monumental task” of tracking each parolee and using global-positioning units to determine if they were living too close to school or park property lines. The parole officers tracked another 2,390 paroled sex offenders to make sure they are living in housing that complies with the 2,000-foot restriction. Those offenders were warned not to move to areas that violate Jessica’s Law, Sessa said. The move comes as a special three-judge federal panel is considering whether prisons are so dangerously crowded that thousands of inmates should be released before completing their full sentences. Ex-convicts are generally on parole for three years after their release from prison. Courts have ruled that California’s restriction applies only to offenders paroled after voters approved the initiative. Sessa said between 400 and 700 sex offenders are released from prison each month. Each is being notified that they have to comply with Jessica’s Law. Parole officers and state lawmakers had criticized the department for waiting nearly 10 months to notify offenders they were violating the law. With 45 days to move, some offenders won’t have to comply until mid-October, nearly a year after the law was enacted. Department officials said they had to wait to sort out court challenges, a union agreement and a new state regulation. Notifications began Aug. 17.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRIME: Sex offenders in California have 45 days to move away from schools and parks. By Don Thompson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – More than 2,700 recently paroled sex offenders have been told they have to move because they are violating a new law that bars them from living near schools and parks. The number of offenders violating Jessica’s Law is hundreds more than previously estimated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. On Friday, the department finished notifying 2,741 sex offenders that they have 45 days to find legal housing, or they will be sent back to already-jammed state prisons for violating their parole, said spokesman Bill Sessa. The department previously estimated no more than 2,100 parolees were violating the law that was overwhelmingly approved by California voters in November. Jessica’s Law, named after a 9-year-old child kidnapped and killed by a molester in Florida, prohibits offenders from living within 2,000feet of a school or park. Inmate advocates, some lawmakers and the Corrections Department itself warn that requiring offenders to move could force some to go underground, move to rural areas, become homeless, or ignore warnings and return to overcrowded state prisons.
Leicester City Three shamed Premier League footballers who allegedly filmed themselves in an orgy in which a Thai woman was racially abused have apologised amid calls for them to be sacked.Leicester said it is “deeply concerned” and has launched an investigation after the emergence of a video apparently showing three of its squad in the offensive video, in which a woman is called a “slit eye”.Defender James Pearson, 22 – the son of the club’s manager Nigel – striker Tom Hopper, 21, and goalkeeper Adam Smith, 22, all appear naked in the video, obtained by the Sunday Mirror.In a statement the club said the players “would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour – to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club’s fans and to their families.”Fans and members of the Thai community have called for the trio to be sacked, and the players are flying back to the UK where they will be investigated by the Midlands club. 1
The park is adjacent to the area of the river known as the Glendale Narrows and has a natural bottom as opposed to the concrete floor that covers much of the river. “Marsh Park is a model for every public property near the Los Angeles River,” said Joseph Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. “While cleaning polluted water runoff from city streets before it goes into the river, we bring nature back into neighborhoods and create parkland and recreational opportunities.” Officials said they hope to see other water parks created along the river. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City officials on Wednesday opened the first of several freshwater parks designed to treat polluted water runoff and make it suitable to add to the groundwater system. The parks also will provide space for non-aquatic recreational activities along the Los Angeles River. The first, Marsh Park, is a half-acre facility in Elysian Valley, a heavily industrial and residential area north of downtown. “Marsh Park isn’t just a beautiful place to sit down and look at the river,” City Council President Eric Garcetti said. “Beneath its attractive surface is a hard-working friend of the environment, filtering urban runoff before it gets into the river and on to our beaches.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The project – a joint effort by the city, county and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy – is the first step in an overall plan to reclaim the 51 miles of the Los Angeles River to provide more recreation opportunities. Marsh Park was developed to collect water runoff from neighboring streets where the dirty water – much of it containing motor oil, brake dust and insecticides – is deposited into a collection area, where it is naturally cleaned and put into the groundwater system, officials said. A test of the system during recent storms showed the park worked as designed by collecting rainwater and allowing it to seep into the ground. Native plants have been located within the park to help with the water filtration and to encourage the return of birds, mammals and insects to the area. Funding for the park, estimated at $1.8 million, came from all three government agencies, with work performed by the California Conservation Corps.