LATEST STORIES Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian overstayed its welcome and proceeded to run over host Arellano, 65-56, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Arellano Gym.The Stags bounced back from an opening day loss and improved to a 1-1 record, the same slate as the Chiefs.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Calisaan led San Sebastian with 12 points and 13 boards, six of which came off the offensive board, while Alyyn Bulanadi and JM Calma added 10 points, apiece.Kent Salado had 15 points to pace Arellano. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. RK Ilagan capped the Stags’ 9-0 game-closing run with a booming triple from the right wing to give San Sebastian a 61-50 lead with 2:00 left in the match.Stags head coach Egay Macaraya was proud his team was able to pull-off a win against a hostile Arellano crowd, considering any movement from the Chiefs triggered the home fans.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’“This win lifts our morale and it really is a disadvantage when Arellano tries to make a comeback, the intensity is far from normal so it’s really hard to hold our composure,” said Macaraya.“But, I told my players that it’s about the desire to win and we have to compete and forget about the fact that this is the Chiefs’ homecourt.” Tambeling regains confidence, hot hand to lead Tanduay Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Stephen Curry, Warriors unconcerned about MVP’s shooting In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoshua Smith is set to return for TNT in time for its next game against Columbian on June 1.The 6-foot-9 Smith, who serves as a replacement import for Jeremy Tyler, is scheduled to be in the country on Friday, as per team manager Virgil Villavicencio.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The hulking Smith is coming off a stint in Japan that kept him unavailable for the KaTropa, who had to play all-Filipino against Blackwater on Friday night.READ: PBA: No import, no problem as TNT clobbers BlackwaterFEATURED 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 crownTNT had already sent Tyler home prior to its duel vs Blackwater after averaging pedestrian numbers of 12.3 points and 13.3 rebounds through three games.The KaTropa actually played much better minus Tyler and it showed in a 120-101 whipping of the Elite, who had Jarrid Famous in tow. 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 The 26-year-old Smith took TNT to the finals in last year’s Commissioner’s Cup before losing to San Miguel Beer in six games.KaTropa forward Troy Rosario, who stepped up in the blowout win over the Elite with 17 points and 11 rebounds, is already looking forward to the team’s reunion with Smith, who carried his team to a couple of wins away from the title despite dealing with injuries.“I’m hoping that he’ll be able to take us to the finals again and hopefully he stays healthy this time.”ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls
Residents of Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, are now fearful for their safety and their businesses after gunmen robbed two neighbouring businesses in one day.At about 22:00h Thursday night, two unmasked gunmen went into the Palm Castle Hang Out Spot located on New Road, Vreed-en-Hoop Public Road and robbed the cashier and a customer of a quantity of cash.Speaking with Guyana Times Christopher Henry, whose father owns the bar, recalled that the two men walked in the bar like regular customers. At the time, there were some customers sitting at a table in the corner and they were held up by the bandits, one of whom was armed.The armed bandit then went behind the bar, where the cashier was while his accomplice remained at the table.“(The armed bandit) went into the bar and told the bargirl to lie flat on the ground and he took all the money from the drawer. He came out back and meet the other guy at the table.”Henry noted that the bandits then put the customers to lie on the ground and even assaulted one of them. “One of the customers get lash in his face with the gun and the other boy, they put he on his belly and he said he lost about $85,000.”The young man further related that the two perpetrators then went back into the bar, collected two juices and walked out. He said that at the time he was watching the robbery from a CCTV surveillance upstairs.Henry explained that he happened to pass by the CCTV monitor when he noticed what was happening downstairs. He said that he did not go down because he was unsure how many bandits and if they were armed.“The whole thing lasted about two minutes but when I see then walking out, I rush out to the veranda and shouted for thief! When they heard me, they ran to the car and drove off heading to Parika side.”Meanwhile, his father and owner of the popular bar, Pouranand Harricharran, told this newspaper that he was not at home but after his family called and informed him about the robbery, he rushed home.The businessman stated that the CCTV camera captured the entire ordeal and a copy of the footage was handed to the police. He further detailed that the footage show when the white car, which was heading in the eastern direction, pulled up in front of his premises and two men exited and entered the bar.He continued that the driver then turned the car to face the western direction and shortly after the two men were seen running out of the bar and into the car before it sped off.This robbery occurred some 12 hours after a Chinese Supermarket, located two houses away, was robbed earlier in the day. Reports revealed that sometime around 10:00h on Thursday morning, three armed men stormed the premises then taking off with an undisclosed sum of cash from the cashiers and customers.Guyana Times understands that one of the customers in the supermarket who was robbed of about $50,000 lives between the supermarket and Palm Castle Hang Out Spot, which means that three adjoining neighbours were looted in less than 24 hours.The victims believe that the same group carried out the daring robberies. “It had to be them,” Harricharran declared to this publication shortly after the robbery.Police in ‘D’ Division (West Demerara) had combed the area following both robberies but came up empty handed. Nevertheless, investigations are ongoing as surveillance footage from both incidents was handed over for identification of the perpetrators. (Vahnu Manickchand)
UL President, Dr. Weeks.Ahead of the upcoming 98th graduation and convocation exercises of the University of Liberia (UL), the administration has undertaken several activities.As the first of these activities, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Monday broke ground on the UL Fendell Campus for the construction of 96-bedroom dormitories costing about US$2.3 million for the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.At the groundbreaking ceremony, President Sirleaf reiterated her government’s commitment to ensuring an educated Liberian population. She noted that due to the importance government attaches to good education, it directed its Chinese grant to the building of the Fendell Campus of the UL in 2006.Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn recounted numerous efforts by the government to secure funding for the new home of the medical school.She said the dormitories will improve the living and learning conditions of medical students at the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.She said that the government has established a partnership with the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to improve pre-clinical sciences and faculty in-learning platform to connect the medical school’s students with the world.Dr. Dahn said given the limited space and poor condition of the existing medical school, the government was able to secure through its partner, the World Bank, the US$2.3 million grant to construct the facility.UL president Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks expressed happiness for the construction of the dormitories and hoped that a health science college would also be built on Fendell Campus in the near future.Dr. Weeks lauded the government for helping the university to secure its Fendell land.She revealed plans to build a university city, which according to her, will provide jobs for citizens in Fendell and surrounding areas.World Bank Country Manager Larisa Leshchenko said the grant will cover the construction of two 48-bed dormitories and two classrooms to strengthen the learning environment at the medical school.In a related development, the University last Tuesday inducted into its honors program 63 scholars for academic excellence.Dr. Weeks encouraged the young scholars to always plan and remain disciplined if they are to maintain academic excellence.“Planning and discipline will help you follow schedules and deadlines for registration. If you know that you want to be in school next semester, you have to plan ahead,” said Dr. Weeks.She also used the occasion to admonish other students of the university to cut down on some of their activities and plan properly by saving money, noting that this will get them ready for the following semester.The just ended honors program was the first under Dr. Weeks’ administration.The Dean of Liberia College, Sekou Konneh, who was the keynote speaker surged the students to put God first in all that they do. He advised the students to take risks and positive adventures and have dreams with goals. “You must be consistent. Study with plans, organize your time and yourselves because planning is critical in anyone’s life,” he said.The 98th commencement convocation began last Thursday at the Fendall Campus with an arts and crafts exhibition that will run up to December 15.According to a UL release, various events have been scheduled for the seven undergraduate colleges, with today’s commencement for Liberia College being the first.The release added that Teachers, Science, Agriculture, Business, Vocational, Engineering, and Health Sciences Colleges will follow from December 5 to 13.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Board of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Monday confirmed that Public Accountant and Attorney-at-Law Godfrey Statia was the new Commissioner General of the tax body.Chairman of the Board, Rawle Lucas, who was at the time in a meeting with Board members, told Guyana Times on Monday afternoon that the Board had decided on the appointment.Lucas replaces longstanding Commissioner Khurshid Sattaur, who was sacked from the position in January this year. Following Sattaur’s dismissal, the post was held by Ingrid Griffith, who acted in that capacity up until June, when she went on leave.Statia was said to have been the most suitable candidate from a line-up of shortlisted applicants.Statia is a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist specialising in individual and small business accounting, taxation and financial planning. He also provided valuation and forensic accounting services for select clients.He is a member of both the Florida and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School, University of the West Indies, and practises law in Guyana and the Caribbean. He is a one-time Deputy Head of the Inland Revenue Department, which was combined with the Customs and Excise Department to form the GRA.
…says meaningful consultations were held before estates’ closureThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled against an appeal made by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) regarding the closure of the Rose Hall and Enmore sugar estates in 2017.In handing down the ruling on Tuesday, the CCJ said workers were adequately consulted before the Government’s decision to close the Rose Hall and Enmore sugar estates on December 29, 2017. GAWU and NAACIE represented most of the workers employed by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).The CCJ agreed with the High Court’s ruling that there was sufficient consultation, though it did not consider the Commission of Inquiry held in 2015 on the viability of GuySuCo to be part of the consultation process. The Court held that the subsequent stakeholder meetings were sufficient consultation.The final court noted that there were three meetings prior to the announcement of the final decision, and at one of them, GAWU made a two-hour presentation on the future of GuySuCo. The process, according to the Court, was not perfect but satisfied the legal duty to consult in the circumstances.The Court also found that there was sufficient evidence on record to show that the applicants (GAWU and NAACIE) had reasonable notice of GuySuCo’s intentions to close, the reasons for closure, and the number and categories of workers affected, as was legally required.The Court declined to address whether the right to work, enshrined in the Constitution, was breached, as this allegation stemmed from the argument that there was a breach of the duty to consult. Having found that there was no such breach, there was no need to make a determination on the constitutional issue.The Court also considered if Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams could have represented the state-owned corporation, GuySuCo. The CCJ ruled that the AG cannot represent the interest of private and public entities which are not part of the state. Therefore, he could not represent GuySuCo in this matter.However, the Court did note that the AG could represent the State in the application which sought constitutional relief for the alleged breach of the applicants’ constitutional rights.The Court made no order as to costs. The applicants were therefore represented by Devindra Kissoon and the respondents by Williams, Joycelin Kim Kyte-Thomas, Beverley Bishop-Cheddie and Judy Stuart-Adonis.The appeal was determined by the President of the CCJ, Sir Dennis Byron, and the Honourable Justices Jacob Wit, David Hayton, Winston Anderson and Maureen Rajnauth-Lee.In November 2017, Acting Chief Justice Roxane George denied the unions’ bid to prevent the closure of the East Demerara and Rose Hall sugar estates. The judge refused the nisi orders which were being sought against the GuySuCo and Cabinet’s decision to close the sugar estates.In their application before the Chief Justice, the unions had argued that the decision to close the estates was improper, as there were insufficient consultations between the Government and GuySuCo on one hand, and the GAWU and the NAACIE on the other. It also was their contention that sufficient time had not been allocated for consultations on the future of the sugar industry.According to the unions, the decision to close estates was clearly not informed by all factors to be considered, especially a socio-economic study which should have necessitated any such move. The application advanced, too, that the decision to close failed to conform to procedures clearly contained in the Trade Union Recognition Act and the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act.The unions were also seeking for the affected workers pension equivalent to what they would have received had they been employed by the sugar corporation, arguing that they have a fair expectation to employment until they attain pensionable age. They had contended that sugar workers possess unique skills, and it would pose a grave difficulty for them to secure employment beyond the industry.After Government’s announcement to close the estates on May 8, 2017, which would have resulted in the dismissal of thousands of sugar workers, Sattie Basdeo, Trustee of GAWU, and Roxanne St. Hill, Trustee of NAACIE, challenged the decision on the basis that the unions were inadequately consulted.They also contended that their constitutional right to work was breached. However, their action was dismissed by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.The applicants then turned to the CCJ, seeking special leave to appeal, but the Court ordered the parties to include the arguments that would be raised as part of their appeal if the leave was granted. The matter was then heard on July 10, 2018 before a panel of judges, who made a final decision that was handed down on Tuesday.The decision by GAWU to mount a legal challenge was never welcomed by a large number of former GuySuCo employees, who felt their union was improperly representing their causes. As such, the disgruntled workers are of the view that new leadership is needed for the GAWU, as they feel they are being neglected.
Several people are now homeless after a fire razed through 4 homes at Bent Street, Wortmanville.The fire was started just after 05:00h Friday morning and quickly swept through the wooden houses. The Guyana Fire Service reported arrived about an hour later and was able to contain the blaze.Losses are estimated to be in the millions.More details in the Saturday, December 07, 2019, edition of the Guyana Times.
ARCADIA – If you’re in elementary, middle or high school, the United States Forest Service wants you. That’s the upshot of a U.S. Forest Service Recreation Forum held Monday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, one of six forums being held across the nation this month and next. The Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation and the American Recreation Coalition are supporting a grant program called “More Kids in the Woods,” aimed at increasing the number of youths using the outdoors and taking part in nature- based activities. Jody Noiron, forest supervisor for the Angeles National Forest, said the ANF, Los Padres, Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests are all submitting proposals to get federal grant money to start kids-in-the- woods programs. “So what the future is going to hold in terms of that specific grant program, I don’t know,” she said. “Because it’s a competitive thing and the proposals go back to Washington, D.C., and they’re evaluated, and a decision is made on which proposals to fund. The pot is $50,000 and we expect a decision by June.” Russ Guiney, director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, said winning a grant would mean more information available about the program and more kids able to attend it. Joshua Acevedo, 19, of La Puente, who attends Pasadena City College, and Jake Salzarulo, 18, of Castaic, said they think “More Kids in the Woods” is a good idea. They attended the forum and were part of a youth panel that discussed the program. “It’s a great idea to get kids outdoors,” Acevedo said. “It’s a great chance for kids to … explore the world and the different qualities nature has to offer.” But not everyone things “More Kids in the Woods” is a good idea. Robert and Sonja Bartsch of Pasadena, longtime fighters against the fee-based Adventure Passes, said the program is the work of what they term “the American recreation industry,” which they say wants to “indoctrinate young people as new customers on our public lands. “Insidiously since the early 1990s recreation corporations have pushed for more fees and more partnerships with government agencies so they can take over the National Forest camp grounds and develop commercial offerings on our public land,” the couple wrote in a letter this week. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Fort St. John Fire Department has called in extra support from the Taylor Fire Department and now both are working actively to put out the fire.At this time the building doesn’t look to be in danger as crews have been able to keep the fire to the chip piles.We will post updates on this story as we get more information.- Advertisement -If you have any pictures or photos to share, email email@example.com
QPR manager Chris Ramsey bemoaned yet another late goal that denied the Hoops a crucial point as they lost 2-1 at Liverpool which edged them closer to Premier League relegation.The Reds went in front through Philippe Coutinho’s strike before Leroy Fer equalised for the visitors in the second half, but Steven Gerrard’s late header resulted in another away defeat for Ramsey’s side.QPR have made a habit of conceding pivotal late goals throughout the season, and Ramsey rued yet another contest that escaped through their fingertips after a spirited display.“We’ve left so many points on the table after 80 minutes this season, our lapses in concentration are there for everybody to see. Unfortunately our season has boiled down to this,” said the 53-year-old.“I’d rather start the game at 80 minutes and try and coach it from there.”QPR now lie seven points adrift of safety with just three games left in the campaign, and Ramsey admitted the mood in the Anfield dressing room in the aftermath was downbeat.He said: “The players are absolutely devastated we haven’t come away with something.“The way we performed was admirable, but that little bit of quality always counts in the end when you are playing teams like Liverpool.”