The Philippine Basketball Association has joined the displeased throng over the country’s nonparticipation in the coming Asian Games.Represented by seven board members and commissioner Willie Marcial in a press conference before Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday night, the league expressed its disappointment that it wasn’t even informed of the pullout which the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) finalized late Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Marcial and Barangay Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua agreed the PBA cannot suspend its tournaments to accommodate the Indonesia Asiad because the league would have to stop operations for two months.Chua also belied the widespread belief that the San Miguel group is stingy in lending its players, pointing out the Christian Standhardinger case in the Fiba 3×3 worlds where the Filipino-German rookie got injured.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’“I hope the fans understand, because we allowed Christian to play at the 3×3 worlds, where he got injured and we can’t play with him,” said Chua. “I think it’s a matter of scheduling. San Miguel and its teams are willing to lend [players].”The board also stressed that in earlier talks, the SBP, through Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, said it wasn’t keen on sending PBA players to the Asiad because the cage body’s preference was for a sustained participation in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Zambo, Marikina post contrasting wins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ
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CANU’s CoIAmidst criticism of its establishment, the Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption at theSelf-confessed drug lord Barry DataramCustoms Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on Monday heard the testimony of self-confessed drug lord Barry Dataram.Dataram appeared unrepresented before single Commissioner, Retired Brigadier Bruce Lovell at the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of the Public Service Office on Vlissengen Road.The inquiry heard of allegations that CANU officers have with drug traffickers. The retired Brigadier was appointed by President David Granger to probe allegations which Dataram expressed in an on-camera interview with HGPTV Nightly News in February.Dataram reportedly disclosed that he based his testimony on what he knows about CANU’s operations. Earlier this year, during an interview with television reporter Travis Chase the self-confessed drug dealer alleged that senior officials of CANU are involved in illegal drug activities. He had also stated that one of the agents bagged some “$10 million in exchange” for allowing cocaine to leave the country.Dataram had also told the newscast that CANU was “the biggest drug dealer” this country has and alleged that half of drugs seized “goes back on the street”.Dataram had further alleged that staff associated with CANU would obtain $5 million upfront from the trafficker while the balance of 50 per cent would be paid on arrival of the cocaine in Canada or the United States. Following the numerous allegations, President David Granger had revealed that the National Security Committee (NSC) headed by himself had decided to establish a Board of Inquiry to look into the allegations.However, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in a statement had said while it supports any effort to ensure that CANU maintains its integrity and professionalism, it was dismayed at the President’s haste to probe allegations made by a known drug trafficker who is seeking to bring into disrepute the whole of CANU. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan who supported the probe had stated he was confident CANU would be exonerated.He had rubbished Dataram’s claims, and stated that, “I disbelieve all of them but that’s my opinion. It’s like Pablo Escobar saying that the Drug Enforcement Agency is not a good thing because of course he has interests but indeed we have to pay attention to what was said to clear it up and I want to believe that an inquiry would be the best way to deal with it.”CANU Head James Singh said Dataram’s “savagery” against CANU may be as a result of his uneasiness owing to the commencement of his trial for possession of 129.230kg of cocaine found in shrimp at his Lot 661 Fourth Avenue, Block X, Diamond, East Bank Demerara, residence on April 16, 2015.
Award wining Liberian poet, Lekepele Nyamalon, has returned to his alma mater, Ricks Institute, with an open poetry exhibition which he hopes will help discover and foster creative writing talents.Held under the theme “Ebola Recovery Night of Poetry”, the event brought together more than 15 poems from students of the school, creating a platform on which they can showcase their writings while expressing thoughts and feelings about the Ebola virus.“I’m amazed by the outstanding talents of these young writers, as well as the expression and vision they have shown in these works. I’m of a stronger conviction that you’re the next generation of Liberian writers,” Nyamalon said.He said that poetry takes much more than originality in expressing one’s thoughts and experiences and is also meant to present to the world knowledge that, even though beneficial in understanding everyday’s problems, has escaped the minds of many people.“I’m happy that you were able to recount your knowledge about Ebola and express it through artistic works that have stirred the mind and emotion,” he said, further congratulating the students for showcasing their poetry.Patrick Dahn, an 11-grade student whose family was quarantined during the Ebola outbreak, read a rousing poem that brought tears to the eyes of a few people in the audience.Among the participants was Shirley Beyslow, a student from the six-grade. Of the elementary section she was the only representative. Nyamalon said a poet should be more inventive in his choice of words while expressing self- confidence, adding that poetry should be able to stimulate interest and provoke discussions.“A good poet is one that reads constantly, and I hope that you continue this dream,” he said. “Your works exhibited here show exceptional talents and mark the beginning of a poetry revolution among you.”“In your tender and loving hands the future of the nation is entrusted, in your innocent hearts the pride of the nation is enshrined, on your scholastic development the salvation of the nation is dependent. As you leave this hall you carry the future of Liberia and Africa in your school bags,” he added.Ms. Precious Marshall, the Director of Administration at Ricks Institute, said that the school remains committed and dedicated in molding the minds of Liberian youth as future leaders of the nation.She added that the school is proud of the participants and will do all it can to nurture the creative talents of the students.Congratulating the students for their works, she said that the “poems express what we as a nation and people have felt and experienced about Ebola.”“Clearly, we will soon forget to tell the real story and its effects. But with these works, I’m sure that future generations will get to realize what all of us felt during the Ebola crisis,” she explained.“You people have shown great talent. The clarity and brilliance of your description give the readers a feeling of being present on the scene,” she added.Ms. Massa Mamey, who is an instructor at Ricks Institute, said, “I’m not surprised by the creative talents shown by our students. From the outset, I have believed in their ability and the poems produced here are heart-touching.”She said that although the administration did help the students in breaking their poems into stanzas and editing minor subject-verb agreement, the creativity and expressions are the students’ own.“My hope is that the administration can continue just such a talent hunt,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Police are now seeking the public’s assistance in relation to last week’s dramatic high-speed vehicle pursuit that resulted in 7 charges being laid against a Dawson Creek man.Daniel Stephen Campbell, 40, was arrested after he allegedly stole a vehicle from the Pink Mountain area and damaged two police vehicles while attempting to escape arrest in Fort St. John.Police are asking anyone who witnessed the vehicle involved in this incident, a 2007 white Toyota Tundra, driving along the Alaska Highway or in Fort St. John on the night of September 30th, to contact them at 787-8140.- Advertisement –
Albion workers strikeSome of the hundreds of workers employed at the Albion Sugar Estate, Berbice, who downed their tools since Thursday to protest for wage increases after five years of “frozen wages”.Guyana’s sugar industry, like those in other parts of the world, has its difficulties but sugar remains an important part of the country’s economic and social welfare infrastructure.This is according to Former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, who on Saturday stated that this vital industry still has a critical role to play in solidifying the country’s status as a “high middle-income, middle-development” country.However, the actions and non-actions by the APNU/AFC Government in its treatment towards the flailing sugar industry and the rights of sugar workers, particularly in Berbice, are clear indications that the administration does not consider them to be of any importance, he said.According to the former Agriculture Minister, the current Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, proudly declared the diversification of the sugar industry is on hold.“We have heard nothing more about the privatisation of the closed sugar estates. They have said nothing about the $30 billion loan burden they placed on the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). The people of Guyana are totally in the dark [about] what happened to the money, while more than a billion dollars have been paid in interest. It is sheer idiocy to downsize or to close sugar.”He added that at present, both the sugar industry and the sugar workers across Guyana are “under siege” and that while the sugar workers attached to the Albion Sugar Estate, Berbice, are on strike action, the APNU/AFC Government continues to pretend that these workers do not exist.“The Minister of Agriculture is silent, paying no heed, the Minister of Business, perhaps, is unaware he should have an interest in these workers, not only is Albion Sugar Estate an important business entity, but the village economy with its small businesses…usually grounding to a halt when sugar workers are off the job. The Minister with responsibility for Labour is in “la la” land. The President could care less. Ramsammy noted.The former Agriculture Minister pointed out that the Albion sugar workers, like their counterparts at the Blairmont and Uitvlugt sugar estates, have had their wages frozen since 2014.“After more than four years, under APNU/AFC, sugar workers have not had any wage increase, none for 2015, none for 2016, none for 2017, none for 2018 and none so far for 2019. Once before, under Forbes Burnham, in the 1980s, sugar workers had their wages frozen. For the period 1992 to end 2014, under the PPP, sugar workers received an annual wage increase every single year, it is, therefore, not a surprise that these sugar workers are agitated and taking action to highlight their plight.”He also alluded to the fact that the five-year frozen wage increase is not the only issue that is negatively affecting sugar workers, specifically in the case of those employed at the Albion Sugar Estate, they are upset over the “arbitrary” increase in the weekly target from 2100 tonnes to 2140 tonnes.Dr Ramsammy further stated that the frozen wage increase and the erosion in other benefits for sugar workers across the country come amidst upcoming general elections when these workers are expectant of hearing promises “like the ones they heard before the 2015 election”.He pointed out the now-infamous promise that sugar workers deserved a 20 per cent annual increase in wages and benefits, the lowering of targets for production bonuses etc. None of these promises, he added, were kept, but even more egregious and insulting is that these workers have been deprived the annual increases and production target bonus they were used to. “There was the promise that no estate would be closed, yet four of the seven estates were brutally closed, bringing untold poverty to those communities.”He added that the downsizing of GuySuCo from seven operating factories to just three and the downsizing of the employee pool by more than 7000 workers were clearly the beginning of a process to close sugar in its entirety in Guyana.
• Slideshow: Centennial vs. San Dimas SAN DIMAS – A taut, emotional playoff game devolved into punching and shoving on the final play as the visiting Corona Centennial High School boys basketball team came out on top for a 57-56 victory over San Dimas on Tuesday. Centennial (26-4), which advanced to the quarterfinals in the CIF-Southern Section Division II-A playoffs, hung on through four lead changes in the last two minutes and took the lead for good on two free throws by Shannon Sharpe with 18 seconds left. On San Dimas’ final drive for the win, the Saints’ Jon Joe was double-teamed in the post and forced to make an off-balance attempt that hit the edge of the backboard, then was called for a foul on the rebound with one second left. That allowed the Huskies to make a long inbounds pass. San Dimas’ Chaz Tyler fell on top of Centennial players battling for the ball, and fighting broke out after the buzzer. It was quelled quickly, and after the sides were separated, the teams shook hands. But immediately after that, fighting erupted in the stands, which forced the teams off the court as authorities restored order and cleared the building. “Both teams played incredibly hard. It’s too bad something like that happened,” said Centennial coach Josh Giles, referring to the altercation. “I have nothing but respect for San Dimas. It’s two very, very competitive teams that played their butts off.” The Saints (19-10) surged back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter by taking advantage of Centennial’s foul trouble and getting huge efforts from the entire lineup. Four players scored in double figures. “We played with a lot of heart,” said San Dimas coach Bruce Robbins, who was disappointed to see the Saints’ season end just short of a victory that he felt his players deserved. “Our team played like a championship team plays. Sometimes the scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole story.” Both teams kept the score close in the first half, with San Dimas taking a one-point lead at halftime with aggressive defense. The Saints’ Steve Mollard caught Sharpe looking the other way as the seconds ticked away in the second quarter, drew a foul off a steal and made both free throws for the advantage. Centennial’s athleticism and pressure defense began to pay off in the third quarter as the Huskies jumped out to a 10-point lead with a 13-2 run that included critical drives from Anthony Fuller and power baskets from forward A.J. Chamberlain, who led the Huskies with 19 points before fouling out. San Dimas regained its footing toward the end of the third quarter and rallied as Joe languished on the bench with foul trouble. With less than two minutes left in the quarter, Mollard sank a 3-pointer and quickly was followed by a jumper from Nick Schultz and a basket from Donte Miller that pulled the Saints within three and back into the game. “They never quit. Our kids just dug down,” Robbins said. Miller led the Saints with 14 points, Mollard had 13, Schultz 12 and Joe had 10. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I do it because I would never want him to go into his e-mail and not have a note from his mom,” she said. In Washington, Duke will carry the Blue Star Mothers of America flag in the Parade of Colors at Arlington National Cemetery. She also will ride on a motorcycle to the Vietnam Memorial with Rolling Thunder, a group formed to bring attention to the plight of American military people who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Duke will visit with military veterans who have been injured. The trip is important, she said. “It would just be awe-inspiring to me no matter what, under any circumstances, but my son happens to be in Iraq right now, and so (it’s) even more compelling,” she said. In Santa Clarita, the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers plans a ceremony on Memorial Day weekend at City Hall. Organizers of the May 27 ceremony plan to honor a British soldier killed in Iraq. The soldier’s mother lives in the Santa Clarita Valley. The Memorial Day ceremony will be “just to remind people that it’s not all about vacations and picnics, but to remember our troops and our veterans,” said Tina Perez, founder and vice president of the Blue Star Mothers of Santa Clarita, whose own son, Jason, is about to be deployed to Iraq with his Marine unit. Duke’s son was just entering eighth grade when a teacher got the future Army medic interesting in Civil War re-enactments. As a teen, Mann learned to make hardtack, the rocklike biscuits that were a staple for Civil War soldiers, and he had a rifle-musket. Now, Mann talks about one day becoming a physician’s assistant or a smoke jumper, parachuted into strategic spots to fight forest fires. “He has his whole life ahead of him, and I’ll be proud of him no matter what he does,” Duke said. She is the president of Blue Star Mothers of Canyon Country. She plans to give talks about her Blue Star Mothers experience, and she can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Her only child is serving in Iraq, and single mom Debi Duke will bear him in mind later this month when she carries a flag in Washington, D.C., for the Blue Star Mothers of America. Duke, who works as a special-education teacher, will be going to the nation’s capital on Memorial Day weekend to walk in a parade and see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. With her son in Iraq, visiting Washington is important to Duke, a Newhall resident. “It couldn’t come at a better time in my life,” she said. Duke’s son, Spc. Alexander Mann, 21, is a medic with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Mann, a history buff who grew up participating in Civil War re-enactments, comes from a military family, with grandfathers and uncles who are veterans. He celebrated his 21st birthday in Iraq, and he expects to celebrate his 22nd birthday there since his deployment was extended at least to November as part of the troop surge. Duke e-mails her son, whom she calls by his nickname “Xander,” when she gets up in the morning, and she e-mails him again as soon as she gets home. She has learned not to expect a quick reply. Nine weeks have passed since the two have talked. Mann is at a satellite base in Iraq, and he has to wait in line for hours to use the phone, Duke said. Communication is blacked out at his aid station when there are injuries or deaths, she said. Still, Duke sends him a stream of e-mails, telling him about the household dogs and relaying the latest family news.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A Web site that publishes profiles of people seeking to adopt children agreed to stop doing business with California residents to settle a lawsuit brought by two gay men who were not allowed to post their information, attorneys for both sides said Tuesday. The announcement came six weeks after a federal judge cleared the way for the couple’s suit to go to trial by ruling that the state’s anti-discrimination laws applied to Tempe, Ariz.-based ParentProfiles.com. Under the settlement reached Monday, the owners of ParentProfiles.com, Nathan and Dale Gwilliam, could have kept selling personal information space to prospective parents in California if they were willing to let same-sex couples participate, which they were not, said their lawyer, Glen Lavy. “I think this is very harmful to California residents because now they can’t take advantage of that service,” said Lavy, who estimated that Californians make up 10 percent of the site’s customers. “You can insist on your view of requiring everyone to do business in a certain way, but what you end up doing is hurting people.” Unlike Arizona, California recognizes sexual orientation and marital status as conditions requiring special legal protections from bias. The Gwilliams argued that because they were based in Arizona, they were only governed by that state’s laws, an argument U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton rejected. The Butlers, who live in San Jose, sued the Gwilliams’ company, Adoption Media, in December 2003 after their application to post a profile on a site that operates like an online dating service for birth mothers, then known as Adoption.com, was rejected. The couple, who have been together 12 years, since adopted a daughter through an adoption agency. Although they will not receive money from the settlement, they are satisfied with it, said lawyer Shannon Minter, who is legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “We want \ to stop discriminating in California. How they do that is up to them,” Minter said. “There is no shortage of other businesses that provide that same service and do not discriminate and I’m sure would be very happy to take up the slack.”
Job Vacancy: Lifford Credit Union Ltd. require part-time staff for a Teller / Administrator position in east Donegal.Position: Teller / AdministratorLocation: Lifford / Raphoe / Newtowncunningham Hours: 14 hours weekly (minimum)Business Days: Monday – Saturday. Flexibility required for this positionRole: Will be responsible for a range of Administration and Operational activities that contribute to the effective running of the Credit Union and front-line Member Service.The successful candidate will have: IT skills to include Word, Excel and EmailExcellent administration, communication and interpersonal skillsIt would be advantageous to have previous experience in a Credit Union or other financial organisationHave a relevant qualification, or being prepared to study for same.Applications including CV should be emailed to: email@example.comClosing Date for applications: 15 February 2019Lifford Credit Union Limited is an equal opportunities employer.Job Vacancy: Teller / Administrator sought by Lifford Credit Union Ltd. was last modified: January 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AdministratorJob VacancyLifford Credit Union Ltd.Lifford jobsteller