Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix hardly missed the services of its bluechip rookie Matthew Wright as it whipped Kia, 118-105, in the opener of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Eugene Phelps had 33 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks while locals JC Intal, Cyrus Baguio and RJ Jazul picked up the slack in the absence of Wright, who is with Gilas Pilipinas for the Jones Cup in Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Intal collected 19 points and seven rebounds, Jazul had 18 points while Baguio added 11 for the Fuel Masters, who led by as much as 15.“Good start for us. We broke our losing streak from last conference which started with a Mahindra loss last conference,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Markeith Cummings, Kia’s second-choice import after its initial reinforcement Chane Behanan went a shade over the 6-foot-5 height limit, posted 31 points and 10 rebounds.Vanguardia also said Phoenix’s other rookie Norbert Torres will be at least four weeks due to a hand injury. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 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 LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Soriano comes up big for Valdez-less Creamline, humbles Power Smashers View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
A lawmaker of the main opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), was thrown out of the Monrovia City Courtroom last Friday for arguing with the judge at the start of a pretrial hearing involving four partisans of the party.Solomon George, who is Montserrado County District #7 Representative, got into a heated exchange with Magistrate James Dudu, who had sent his party’s youth chair Jefferson Korjee to jail, on Wednesday, November 5.The confrontation took place when Rep. George entered the courtroom as Magistrate Dudu was presiding over the case of Mulbah Morlu and two other CDC members.Without regard for the hearing taking place, Rep. George called out to Morlu, “My general in the struggle, this is truly a CDC general.”His action was met with a swift response from Magistrate Dudu: “Who are you? Don’t you know that we are in session? Who do you think you are?”The Magistrate then warned the CDC lawyer that he would be thrown out of the courtroom by officers if he continued to misbehave. Later, Magistrate Dudu advised Rep. George to sit down or politely leave the courtroom.Rep. George was however forced to leave the courtroom. As he was led outside, he made these threatening statements: “I want you to remember that there is a time and season for everything. This is your time, but one day our time will come and you people will see what we will do with you.”The altercation took place at the start of a hearing that was supposed to focus largely on lawyers securing a criminal appearance bond for Morlu and other co-defendants.Korjee, Morlu and the co-defendants were charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping and sent to jail when their lawyers and fellow CDC partisans failed to raise the bond in time for their release. They were accused of torturing one Gbeh Salinto Montgomery, believed to be one of the youth executives of the party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,My attention was drawn to a press release issued by the Natural Resources Ministry in response to my comments made in respect of Minister Raphael Trotman’s assertion that the Government can make impromptu visits to ExxonMobil’s oil operations.In my comments, I cautioned that the least the Government says about the Petroleum Production Contract, which they signed in 2016 with affiliates of ExxonMobil, the better. The Natural Resources Ministry has ignored this good bit of advice and has now issued a statement that causes the Government even greater embarrassment.Firstly, there was a public announcement that the oil and gas portfolio was removed from the Natural Resources Ministry and placed under the purview of the Ministry of the Presidency, with Minister of State Joseph Harmon being assigned ministerial responsibility for same. One must assume that there were good and substantial reasons for removing this portfolio from the Natural Resources Ministry. In responsible Governments, portfolios are assigned to different Ministries with identified Ministers being assigned responsibility for same, so that the citizenry can hold these Ministers responsible and accountable for these portfolios. This is a fundamental tenant of good, responsible, democratic and accountable governance.As I indicated, the oil and gas sector, we were told, was removed from the Natural Resources Ministry. Why does this Ministry continue to speak, publicly, on this sector? Or, is it that the announcement that this portfolio was removed from the Natural Resources Ministry to the Ministry of the Presidency, a hoax?On behalf of the citizenry, I respectfully demand that this matter be clarified, immediately.Secondly, the gravamen of my contention, in my response to Minister Trotman’s public disclosure, was not so much an objection to the clause, which mandates a notice to be served on the Contractor within seven days before a visit, but was that in the face of that very clear, unambiguous and express clause of the contract, Minister Trotman contends that the Government can make impromptu visits. My simple contention was that these impromptu visits cannot be made, unless the Government intends to breach the contract.If such elementary issues, expressed in the simplest of language, poses comprehension problems, then no wonder a technical document like the Petroleum Agreement, is causing the Government such preponderance of problems.To equate the contracts signed under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, when no oil was found, with one signed by this Government, when billions of barrels of oil were confirmed to exist within Guyana’s territorial space, is by itself, a graphic illustration of the level of confusion in which this Government is mired.So, while I was the Attorney General, when these several contracts were signed by the PPP/C Administration, because they contain those clauses, I never said publicly that the Government could make “impromptu visits” to the oil operations of the contractor. In any event, as I have indicated, these contracts were executed in radically different and material circumstances and therefore, there is no basis for comparison.I can assure the Government that were I the Attorney General, no contract remotely resembling the 2016 Petroleum Agreement, would have been signed.Sincerely,Mohabir AnilNandlall, MP
Ahead of its first match against Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations’ qualifiers, the national football team, Lone Star, dropped ten places in the June Fifa Coca Cola monthly ranking to 151st position, from the previous 141st.Lone Star’s recent poor performances in continental competitions have contributed to the team’s continuous fall in the Fifa monthly ranking.It may be recalled that Lone Star dropped 39 places to 141st in April after they failed to qualify for the 2017 African Nations’ Cup held in Gabon.With the current rank (151) the task is now up to the team to put up a better performance in the pending Nations’ Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on June 11 in Harare.Head coach James Debbah has reported that someone has made selections for the game against Zimbabwe without his knowledge.Also, Africa’s leading nation, Egypt, has dropped one position to 20 in the FIFA global football ranking this month, but still leads the continent in global rankings ahead of Senegal (27), Cameroon (32), Nigeria (38) and Democratic Republic of the Congo (39). The Pharaohs (Egypt), who were ranked in the global top ten in 2010 during their golden era after three successive Africa Cup of Nations’ wins (2006, 2008 and 2010), have changed places with Costa Rica in the June ranking.Top 10 African teams:Egypt (19)27. Senegal (30)32. Cameroon (33)38. Nigeria (40)39. DR Congo (41)41. Tunisia (42)41. Burkina Faso (35)47. Ivory Coast (48)49. Ghana (45)53. Algeria (54)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
GTT on Monday celebrated its 28th Anniversary in traditional style with its customers and staff in stores countrywide.Action built up in the stores as GTT staff and brand ambassadors treated customers with cake, special deals on phones and giveaways which included goodie bags, free credit and MMG.Chief Executive Office, Justin Nedd interacting with one of the customersThe customers were also engaged in a number of fun games and other exciting activities.CEO of GTT, Justin Nedd said he is proud to see the company achieve 28 years of operation. “I am really proud of GTT for over 28 years contributing the growth of Guyana. We have done more than $US300 million investment and we will continue to invest.”Nedd boasted of GTT’s growth over the years while noting that it currently has more than 3000 broadband subscribers, 300,000 mobile users and close to 150,000 landlines across Guyana.One of the cakes being distributed at the GTT storesThe CEO added, “in 2017 we rolled out our Blaze internet service and the response has been overwhelming; this is a tremendous growth from 1991. I look forward to the coming years because technology is what really blossoms a country, and thrives our company to Do More for Guyana.”Chief Blaze Officer, Timeka Marshall who was celebrating with GTT at its Fogarty’s location said she is elated to join with the company for its anniversary observance. “If it were not for GTT I do not know where I would have been in terms of my singing career; so to be here again with them is like coming home. I am excited to carry out my duties and represent GTT once again.”Customers lauded GTT for its special deals on phones and the many giveaways in stores.
One of the questions posed at last night’s Federal Candidate’s Forum concerned federal spending in the north: What would each candidate do to ensure revenue generated in the north stayed in the north? Here were the responses. [asset|aid=349|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=0298430ac8d697c66bb69e7bf3436177-Northern Spending_1_Pub.mp3] That was Conservative Jay Hill, followed by the Green Party’s Hilary Crowley, Liberal Lindsay Gidney, and finally, NDP Candidate Betty Bekkering.- Advertisement –
Meantime, at the Antisocial Behaviour Meeting on Wednesday, around 50 residents proposed solutions to the city’s gang-related problems, and Mayor Bruce Lantz said he believes there are four gangs operating in the City. Constable Passarell says the best way to help stop gangs, is inform the police of any suspected gang activities. She also endorses Crimestoppers as a secure system to anonymously report any criminal activity. [asset|aid=1315|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ea4269ad6395a0b18d940e8cfb466407-Jackelynn Passarell 2_2_Pub.mp3]Another Antisocial Behaviour Meeting is scheduled for later this month.Advertisement Assistant RCMP Commissioner, Al Macintyre says gang violence is spreading out from the Vancouver region into the BC Interior, including smaller centres like Fort St. John.Police statistics show of the 138 murders in BC last year, 55 of them, or about 40 percent, were tied to organized crime or gangs.Fort St. John RCMP Communications Officer Jacklynn Passarell says there are gangs operating in the city.She says Fort St. John is a transient city where young people can make a significant amount of money, and use it to buy drugs like Cocaine. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1314|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ea4269ad6395a0b18d940e8cfb466407-Jackelynn Passarell 1_1_Pub.mp3]On April 27th, the RCMP seized 450 grams of cocaine, from a driver coming from Prince George, which were destined for sale on the streets of Fort St. John. A 29 year old man from Tumbler Ridge was taken into custody.The RCMP have also conducted numerous drug busts over the last few months, in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. Advertisement
PALMDALE – An off-duty LAPD police officer was killed Friday when he ran a red light on a motorcycle and crashed into a sedan making a left turn – the fourth law-enforcement officer to die in Southern California in eight days, authorities said. Witnesses said 27-year-old Thomas Ducey, assigned to the LAPD’s West Traffic Division, was traveling at least 80 mph on a racing-style Ducati motorcycle and weaving through traffic on Pearblossom Highway when he ran a red light at 40th Street East, officials said. “We have several witnesses who said the light was red,” Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Monty Buckallew said. “He was just going too fast. (The other driver) had the right of way.” Witnesses said it appeared the motorcyclist knew he was traveling too fast to stop when the light turned red, so he accelerated through the intersection, deputies said. He hit the left front fender of a Buick sedan that turned left when the light changed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Ducey was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Deputies halted traffic on the highway, detouring traffic off a four-mile long section, to await the arrival of LAPD officials to examine the crash scene. Ducey is the fourth Southern California law-enforcement officer to die in just over a week. Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Wilms, 38, who was stationed at the Sheriff’s Industry Station, died Thursday when he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. Sheriff’s Deputy Maria Cecilia Rosa, 30, was fatally shot Tuesday during an apparent robbery attempt outside the Long Beach home of a friend. Motorcycle Deputy Pierre Bain, 45, was killed March 23 in Lancaster during an on-duty crash. LAPD Chief William Bratton was attending a gang conference in Los Angeles when he was notified of the latest death. The LAPD sent a helicopter to pick up the officer’s wife, the chief said. “Nobody here can remember a time there’s been so many off-duty deaths, accidental or otherwise,” Bratton said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Southampton’s match against Stoke on Sunday could be Claude Puel’s final game in charge at St Mary’s 1 Southampton manager Claude Puel is refusing to look beyond his club’s final match of the season amid speculation he will be sacked.The Saints host Stoke at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday in what will be their concluding match of a largely disappointing campaign.Although Southampton reached the final of the EFL Cup, they failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League and will finish the Premier League season with their lowest points tally in four years.Frenchman Puel signed a three-year deal last summer but it has been reported that Sunday’s match could be his last in charge; Saints’ executive director Les Reed will review his performance over the season next week.“I am under contract and I am comfortable with Southampton,” Puel said.“My work and my wish, is just to stay concentrated about this last game and finish well.“We have an opportunity to finish up in the table and it’s a good thing after this long and difficult season. We are lucky about this and that is the most important thing.”Puel is unpopular among the club’s supporters – he was subjected to boos during Southampton’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United earlier this week which marked the club’s fourth consecutive home match in which they have failed to score – while they have grown frustrated with his negative tactics, too.Meanwhile Puel is also reported to be at odds with his playing squad, who are said to have grown frustrated with his sweeping rotation policy.The former Monaco midfielder however, moved to play down those suggestions on Friday.“I keep my conversation about the team private, and to prepare for this last game,” Puel added.“Other things I don’t want to comment about. I don’t know what it is, and it’s not interesting for me to comment.“Just the other day, I saw good work in training and good concentration and this is the most important for me.“I am satisfied about the strong work all season because it’s a long season with many games. Sometimes it was fantastic, and they always give a good attitude and good spirit in every training session and every game, sometimes without the good reward.“I say congratulations for all this good work all season.”
SPORT: This Saturday an exciting new chapter in North West Basketball begins when for the first time LYIT-Donegal will field a team in the Irish National Basketball League. As part of a long term plan to develop basketball in the region and in association with Basketball Ireland and NW Regional Basketball Clubs and Schools, LYIT-Donegal has entered a representative team in the Irish National League in order to help bring Basketball in the North West to a higher level.In this, the opening game of the 2016/2017 season, LYIT-Donegal will face tough opponents as they come up against one of the pre-season favourites to win the League, the Ulster University Elks. It promises to be a competitive and exciting game and we would advise anyone wishing to attend to get there early!The LYIT-Donegal team is comprised of students and elite players from the local clubs in Letterkenny, Donegal, Derry and Tyrone.The team is also bolstered by two American Victory Scholars who are studying at LYIT as part of the Sport Changes Life programme, and their Partner the Rory Foundation.T-John Casiello and Jack Mackey will be an integral part of the team this year and will also be coaching basketball with clubs and schools in the region. LYIT’s home venue is An Danlann on LYIT’s campus.Admission is from 3.30pm with a tip off time of 4pm.Refreshments will be available before and during the Game in An Danlann Café.Admission is €5 for adults with children €3, families are particularly welcome at a special admission fee of €10.LYIT make history as they enter team into Irish National Basketball League was last modified: September 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:basketballhistoryirishLYITNational LeaguenewsSport