Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Scottie Thompson pumped in a career-high 27 points, including a back-breaking triple that gave Ginebra a 94-90 cushion with 1:56 left. He also had 11 rebounds and five assists.“Scottie was just spectacular. He was having a big night,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJapeth Aguilar also finished with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds while LA Tenorio collected 10 points, five rebounds and eight assists on a night where he set the league record for the most number of consecutive games played with 597.“We wanted to make it a memorable night for LA with a win,” Cone said. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Aguilar extended his team’s lead to six after stealing an inbound pass and finishing a dunk on the other end off an assist by Thompson with 1:42 remaining. He then, blocked Ian Sangalang’s attempt the next play.The Kings also spoiled the late-game heroics of Jio Jalalon, who forced OT with a deep 3-pointer over Aguilar with 4.2 ticks left in regulation.Jalalon wound up with 22 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Hotshots, who fell to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Yeng Guiao on facing Italy, Serbia in World Cup: ‘A miracle can happen’ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra held off fierce rival Magnolia in overtime, 97-93, to close in on a quarterfinals slot in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings made key defensive plays down the stretch to clinch their fifth win in eight games and stay in fifth place.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
The newly confirmed Deputy Sports Minister, Henry B. Yonton, Jr., has assured sporting associations and related institutions of a cordial working relationship. The former diminutive midfield maestro of 2nd division outfit Kardinal FC, said in an interview that he made the commitment during a meeting with heads of sporting associations.He stressed that he has come to the position with an absolute and unconditional love for sports owing to his stint on the field and on the administrative bench.Deputy Minister Yonton said chief amongst the stakeholders’ grievances is the delay of their budgetary allocations.He also made mention of the most popular sporting event, the National County Meet, which is always marred with protests over the fielding of illegal players.Mr. Yonton, who boasted of being a good team player, manager and leader, said he has also assured employees at the Ministry of a cordial working relationship and would solicit and listen to technical advice but he believes in the hands-on-job style, approach with follow ups on instructions.He also said he believes in the chain-of-command, fairness, transparency, accountability and respect.However, Mr. Yonton disclosed that he has already submitted a three-month’s plan to Minister Eugene Nagbe for approval for the advancement of sports in the country for the fiscal year June 30.“After the passage of the 2014/2015 Fiscal Budget, I will do an annual plan, and that plan would focus on the progress of sports in the country,” Mr. Yonton said.He stated that in other to address the protest prone County Meet, Counties would be instructed to provide the listing of their players in all the disciplines at least a month to the National County Meet to enable the Ministry to adequately verify their status.“I can assure you I will be loved by everyone, because I am a good team player, a good teammate and leader,” Mr. Yonton opined.He added: “I am not here to run parallel office to my bosses, am here to support them to run the Ministry…and I am ready to face the challenge.”Minister Yonton is also the Vice President of and player of the Alpha Oldtimer Association.He was formerly Assistant Minister for Administration at the Planning Ministry and replaced former Dionysius Sebwe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Our union has seen a report titled “APNU/AFC Govt has been visionless – David Hinds” which appeared in the May 21, 2018 Stabroek News. That newspaper, among other things, reports Dr David Hinds as saying in relation to the Government’s approach to the sugar industry that the coalition “…must be commended for confronting the problem”.The Working People’s Alliance Executive and newspaper columnist, is then quoted to have said “[w]hile previous Governments have kicked the ball down the road, this one decided to tackle the problem…” In his comments, we also recognised that Dr Hinds decried the Administration’s failure to effectively communicate its approach to sugar.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is supportive of everyone’s right to an opinion; a freedom that is now under seeming threat by the Cyber Crimes Bill as currently crafted. At the same time we cannot fail to place on record our strong disagreement with the apparent plaudits Dr Hinds is showering on the administration for its destructive approach to the sugar industry and the well-being of thousands of Guyanese.We wonder how one can be pleased when sugar workers are the only group of the State’s employees to have had their wages frozen since the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change took office. Then the sugar workers have faced assault after assault with many of their hard won rights and benefits just taken away or ignored. Then after all of that, they are told that they are not needed and their jobs are taken away without any consideration about how they would survive. Certainly, in our view, it is not a situation in which one can commend, as Dr Hinds has done.Moreover, the situation in the sugar belt need not be the way it is. There are real workable alternatives. We see the Guyana Sugar Corporation itself borrowing $30 billion to make its estates viable by moving into greater diversification, something GAWU advocated and the Commission of Inquiry into Sugar recommended. The fact that as many as 70 parties are interested in acquiring the now closed estates, described as unprofitable and inefficient, in our view, says a mouthful. The future is not bleak as it is being made out to be.The fact that so many people are suffering and so many communities are finding themselves in difficult times is a situation that Guyanese, known for their concern for their fellow citizens, cannot take comfort nor pride in. The absence of any consideration of the implications of the decisions taken and, more so, the absence of any compassion, or even regret, by the decision-makers of the sad situation they created are beyond any reasonable words.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWU
Dear Editor,Who paid the expenses of First Lady Sandra Granger, Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe and accompanying entourage for the visit to attend the commissioning of ExxonMobil’s Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, Liza Destiny, in Singapore?I could not ascertain from the media reports to date and I would appreciate the information before further comment or speculation.Respectfully,Robin Singh
Dear Editor,Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) received over $9 billion between April 2019 and November 2019. As provided from the National Budget for 2019, GECOM was allocated $5.546 billion and this sum was further supplemented with an additional $3.482 billion in May 2019 after the Commission indicated to the ‘caretaker President Granger’ that the Commission lacked the financial resources to facilitate early elections. Further, a substantial amount of money ‘rolled’ over from 2018. GECOM must be accountable. The Auditor General had serious questions in respect to the 2014 and 2015 audit that was done for GECOM, it is important that Mr Keith Lowenfield clears all the audit queriesFurther, the audit for the year 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2019 are all pending. Our taxpayers must not allow this thieving to continue. There is absolutely no trust, no confidence, no accountability and we depend on these same people to deliver credible elections. We have full confidence in the Chairperson Justice Claudette Singh to restore trust, confidence, and accountability and most of all to deliver free and fair elections.The question of the renewal of Lowenfield’s contract must be carefully looked at and fully discussed. Renewal of any person’s contract must be fully scrutinised and thoroughly discussed at the level of the Commission members.Vincent Alexander, after making all sorts of wicked and slanderous remarks about the ID cards that were not uplifted is now quiet, as GECOM agreed to an indefinite extension for citizens to pick up their ID cards. GECOM is also rethinking the proposed plan to put out a supplemental list. Any supplemental list will be challenged and it will lead to confusion.The truncated House-to-House (H-t-H) Registration is in serious trouble. The cross-matching that was done in Jamaica is highly questionable with over sixty-thousand names being questioned. While GECOM is awaiting the result of the cross-matching data, it is clear that the H-t-H cannot be used and that exercise was a total waste of money and time.More serious is the fact that up to the last statutory meeting of GECOM, on Tuesday, the Commission was still waiting for the cross-matching results from the just-concluded Claims and Objections exercise.GECOM must produce the Revised List of Electors and further, all Guyanese are waiting to see the Official List of Electors. This is very serious; Nomination Day is January 10, 2020. The RLE will have to be out for public and party scrutiny twenty-one days before the CEO has his final say and produces the OLE.Now the ball is in the Illegal President’s court. When will he dissolve Parliament? His recent excuse for not dissolving Parliament as proffered by Harmon was that he wants to ensure that GECOM has enough finances to manage the 2020 Election. GECOM, including the PNC Commissioners, has verbally stated that the Election Body has enough money. So why wait?Sincerely,Neil Kumar
– wife begs Magistrate to be lenient to husbandBalkarran Narine and Yoshoda Narine from Marias Lodge Village, Essequibo Coast, ended up in court following a quarrel at home which escalated to abusive language being hurdled. The husband and wife made their appearance before magistrate Sunil Scarce on Thursday at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.It is alleged that Balkarran Narine on 10 April made use of abusive language to the annoyance of Yoshoda Narine. After the charge was read, the husband pleaded not guilty. Even as the Magistrate was reading the charge, Yoshoda Narine began begging for the court to be lenient on her husband.She also begged the court to dismiss the matter since she will not be offering any evidence against her husband.When questioned by the Magistrate as to the reasons why she wanted the matter dismissed the woman explained that for her children’s sake she doesn’t want to pursue the case.As such the case against Balkarran Narine was discharged.
Pandemonium broke out in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) shortly before 09:00h on Tuesday,The Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge from which the woman leapedas a young woman ended her life by jumping off the Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge.According to reports, the woman identified as 24-year-old Tabhita Small of South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, was earlier seen at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).A Police source in Linden confirmed that the woman was diagnosed with tuberculosis approximately two years ago and was admitted to the LHC around 15:10h on Monday after experiencing a series of fainting spells.This newspaper understands that she was discharged from the Hospital at approximately 08:30h on Tuesday and went straight to the Bridge.An employee attached to the Bridge told this newspaper that she saw the young woman approaching the western end of the Bridge several times, as she paced back and forth from the eastern to the western end. Upon approaching the western end of the bridge, for the final time, before she made the fatal jump, she was reportedly engaged in an altercation with another young woman whom she reportedly unexpectedly walked up to and began hitting. According to an eyewitness, Small approached a shop located a few yards away from the Bridge and was chased away by the occupants. The woman who operates the shop told this newspaper that Small walked up to her daughter who was preparing to leave the shop for work at the time and landed a “cuff” to her face, to which she retaliated by hitting her. According to the woman, the suicide victim appeared troubled.“She (my daughter) bend to pick up her bag to go to work and she just give she one cuff. She never see the girl, we don’t know the girl, but when I was sitting at the hospital shed, I see this girl pass…She was barefoot and she hair was untidy…When you looked at the girl’s face, she pretty young; I average she to be 20 or lil’ bit over 20. But I never see this girl before…she walked, she go through the train line then she turned back, then she go over the bridge and when she meet in the middle she jump overboard,” the shop owner stated.Following that incident, an eyewitness disclosed that the woman made a failed attempt to jump overboard when the bridge’s barrier was removed, before finally venturing further to the middle where she made the fatal plunge. The eyewitness stated that after the woman went overboard, several persons rushed to the scene in their speedboats; however, they were unsuccessful in rescuing her or retrieving the body.“When I look down, I see she hand go up two times. When I reach down (further down the bridge) the body had already gone down…Everybody saying they never see she,” the eyewitness stated.Up to press time, efforts to retrieve the body proved futile. Police in Linden confirmed that statements were taken from several witnesses and a diving party was dispatched to the location on Tuesday morning and was expected to continue the search for the body on Tuesday afternoon or this morning. Investigations are ongoing.
By Devina SamarooOver $3 million worth of work now wasted with the recently rehabilitated Barabina Swamp Road in Region One (Barima -Waini) now back to a sludgy trail, and residents are peeved.Before rehabilitation, during rehbailtation and after rehabiltationThe 200-metre track is constantly inundated, and villagers have grown accustomed to slushing through the water to traverse around the region.Central Government, through its special initiative aimed at rehabilitating hinterland roads, had allocated some $3 million to fix the road.Reports indicated that the rehabilitation works were completed sometime in April. During an interview with Guyana Times, Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley explained that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) had no knowledge of the undertaking until after works had commenced.He claimed that the Regional Executive Officer Leslie Wilburg, who has responsibility for the awarding of contracts for the region, was aware that the Public Infrastructure Ministry had committed financial resources for the rehabilitation but failed to inform the council. Ashely said the REO took it upon himself to sole source an inexperienced contractor to carry out the project, and posited that because of the substandard works, the road is back to square one.“He went around to do the road by sole-sourcing someone who has no engineering idea or technical idea of road construction… when we found out, even though as an RDC and as Regional Chairman, I highlighted that, although I am not an expert in civil engineering, I believe that if we find ways to open avenues for water to have a free flow out of the creek that leads to Barabina through the Kumaka area, it would help to alleviate the flooding that is taking place and damaging the road; and then we can think about rehabilitation with construction,” the Regional Chairman explained.He posited that the entire undertaking lacked future vision to help ensure the problem is solved and only focused temporary solutions.Shortly after government announced that the rehabilitation works were completed, a letter to the editor appeared in one of the daily locals, complaining about the substandard work done.The writer explained that two vehicles were stuck in the road and had to be pulled out by a tractor, and by a pick-up.Currently, attempts are being made to engage the Public Infrastructure Ministry in an effort to garner assistance and advice on the way forward.With the rainy season ongoing, residents are worried about the extent to which the heavy showers will compound the situation.In an effort to provide some relief, the RDC provided the leaders of Barabina some resources to rehabilitate a dilapidated catwalk which can now be utilised as an alternative route to traverse the area.
Support for Benoni Urey’s quest for the presidency has begun rising with several prominent personalities joining the struggle.Mr. Urey, former commissioner of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs in the government of former President Charles Taylor, announced his intent to stand in the race to replace President Sirleaf after her tenure expires in 2017.Since that pronouncement was made, there have been mixed reactions from the Liberian public. Some have expressed support for his bid, while others believe Urey is similar to his former employer, Charles Taylor, and as such electing him (Urey) would mean “a return to the regime of Charles Taylor.”The latest of Urey’s supporters is constitutional lawyer, Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull. In her assertion on a local radio talk show Wednesday, April 9, in Monrovia, Counselor Bull declared her support for Urey, stating that Urey seems to be the right person for the job.Her statement was made in reactio to a recent war of words between Mr. Urey and a member of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government, Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah.Urey had earlier criticized Madam Sirleaf for leaving the country without addressing the problem of the Ebola Virus affecting Liberia.Reacting to said comment, Presidential Press Secretary Piah was quick to condemn Mr. Urey’s accusation that she does not have the country at heart.“Mr. Urey’s comments reflect a serious lack of governance [experience], political ineptitude and naivety on the part of a political nobody, who has allowed his quest for the presidency to render him mischievous and disingenuous,” Piah said. “Mr. Urey argues that President Sirleaf has no interest in Liberia and its people simply because she departed the country to participate in the 4th EU-Africa Summit at the time an outbreak of Ebola was reported in the country.”If this statement came from just anybody,” Piah continued, we would not have been surprised at all; but coming from a man who says he has his eyes on the Presidency, we are not only surprised but ashamed of him.”Urey angrily reacted to Piah and the President: “When substantial issues are raised against the presidency, they unleash their dogs to come after you.” Based on these exchanges, Cllr. Bull asserted that the responses from the President’s office are immature and unnecessary.“Judging from comments made by these people the President has around her,” Cllr. Bull said, “Makes me strongly support Mr. Urey for the presidency.”“I never wanted to do so before, but the people the President has around her have forced me to support Mr. Urey,” she asserted.Cllr. Bull is a signatory to the 1986 Liberian Constitution and a former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Though she may not be as well known or influential as many politicians in the country, such a statement from a ‘seasoned’ lawyer could serve as a political plus for Mr. Urey’s ambition for the presidency, a political analyst told the Daily Observer. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A female team, honoring Minister Julius Duncan Cassell (Gender Ministry) yesterday won the three-day female soccer tournament, defeating their opponents, honoring NPA boss, Matilda Parker 2-0 in the finals.The match, played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium was the climax of the tournament began last Friday. Yesterday’s two goals were scored by Angeline Kieh, one coming through a spot kick. The victors received a trophy and U$100.00, donated by Mr. Cassell Kuouh, vice president for operations of the Liberia Football Association.In last Friday’s match, Matilda Parker defeated Mrs. Cassell Kuouh 3-1 honoring side, and on Saturday Duncan Cassell defeated a side honoring Angeline Weeks 3-1, and the two winners met in the finals yesterday.Gracing the tournament were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and US Ambassador Deborah Malac.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)