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first_imgPBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University strengthened its bid for a semifinals berth after trampling on winless AMA University, 82-71, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Scorpions improved to fourth place behind a 5-4 slate while the Titans remained dead last with a 0-9 card.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Pierce Chan had a game-high 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Scorpions while Rich Guinitaran added 15 markers.Domark Matillano had 23 points for AMA. Ma. Angelica D. GarciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES “I think we were able to establish our attitude towards the game and we really fought because actually it’s harder to play teams like this because there’s no more pressure, there’s nothing to lose but everything to gain,” Scorpions head coach Derrick Pumaren said.Looking to finally get into the win column, the Titans ignited a 10-3 run to cut the deficit to 14 heading into the final frame after trailing 40-61.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’But the Scorpions, who held AMA to a 32.1 percent shooting clip, managed to wrest back control in the payoff period en route to the win.CEU had 28 second-chance points compared to the Titans’ 15. No LeBron, but ESPYs attendees abuzz about newest Laker Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgRivercess County lawmaker Francis S. Paye has expressed his frustration with the deplorable facilities of Cestos High School, where over 800 students are attending classes.Rep. Paye has therefore sought the indulgence of his fellow lawmakers to help resolve its terrible state of affairs.Representative Paye said the library, laboratory and the auditorium of the county’s only public high school are horrible, which is inevitably impeding growth in the learning process.He stated that students are facing pathetic conditions in the absence of Physics, Economics, Geography and Language Arts instructors.The Rivercess lawmaker, in his letter read on the 29th day sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 20, reminded his colleagues of his initial letter dated July 16, 2013, which has since been forwarded to the Committee on Education to investigate and report in two weeks.The Rivercess County District # 2 Representative further complained to Plenary on the denial of salary payments to the county education officers for over two years.“You will certainly recall, our dear Honorable Speaker, that on July 16, 2013, we did forward to your honorable office a communication complaining about the deplorable situations at the Cestos High School, involving the employment of individuals placed on supplementary payrolls but had reportedly not been paid, coupled with poor conditions of the library, laboratory and auditorium regularly used by the administration and students in effectively governing the affairs of the school and the community,” Rep. Paye wrote.According to Representative Paye’s previous letter, the school’s auditorium was broken down to create more space for offices for the County and District Education Officers and expand the auditorium with the belief that there was an allotment of US$100,000, which is yet to be fruitful.The letter further said the newly appointed CEO has not been paid for 19 years because according to the Personnel Division at the Ministry of Education, the former CEO, Mr. James Bayogar, who was transferred to the Head Office, is still receiving the salary.“Also, the Education Ministry has five District Education Officers (DEOs) in the county, one of whom has also not been paid for 19 months,” the letter said. “The Education Ministry has also failed to provide vehicle for the county to conduct effective supervision of schools.”Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday have voted unanimously for the letter to be forwarded to the Committee on Education as reminder to investigate and report to Plenary within two (2) weeks.LShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgA Police Constable stationed at the Charlestown Post Office on Thursday morning opened fire on two armed bandits as they were fleeing the scene after robbing a minibus driver and conductor.The incident occurred at sometime around 10:30h at Drysdale and High Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown.According to information received, bus driver Rakesh Seegobin, 43, of Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara was robbed of $8,000 cash, while his conductor, 22-year-old Ashiva Singh of La Parafaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, was relieved of a black wallet valued at $1,000 and $1,000 in cash.Reportedly at around 10:15h, Seegobin drove his Route 42 mini bus, BLL 2333, with Singh inside, to Drysdale and High Streets, and parked on the eastern side of the road. The conductor then exited the bus and stood on the road, while Seegobin remained in the driver’s seat eating.The two suspects emerged from the northern side of High Street, one on a bicycle and the other on foot. The one on foot approached Singh, pointed a gun at him, and relieved him of his belongings.The armed suspect then confronted Seegobin, who was still in the driver’s seat, holding him at gunpoint before relieving him of his money. During this time, the other suspect on the bike was keeping guard.After robbing the two men, the suspects then escaped north along High Street. Seegobin raised an alarm and the Police Constable, who was armed with a .38 service revolver that had six live rounds, responded and gave chase.The armed suspect on foot turned around and pointed the gun at the Constable, who in turn drew his service revolver and discharged a round in the direction of the suspects. However, the men managed to escape east into Princess Street.The police searched the area but the suspects could not be found. It is not known whether any of the suspects was hit, but checks were made for blood around the area where the shot was fired and nothing was found.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

first_imgPrincipal Magistrate Judy Latchman on Wednesday read an attempted murder charge to a Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown resident.Chatterpaul Singh, 35, was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on July 4, 2016, he attempted to commit murder by wounding Chatternauth Persaud on Sheriff Street, Georgetown.In court on Wednesday, the Virtual Complainant (VC) informed the court that he did not wish to pursue the matter. He was, however, advised to write the Police on the matter.Singh, a miner, was released on $100,000 bail. The case will continue on June 12.Reports are Persaud and Singh are known to each other. On the day of the incident, Singh reportedly saw the VC chatting with his girlfriend which annoyed him, and an argument ensued. The two ended up in a fight and Persaud was stabbed.last_img read more

first_img…company applies for toll hike, losses $2.8B…Govt says no to increaseMore than a decade after a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement allowed the construction of the Berbice River Bridge; the bridge company is now facing bankruptcy following Government’s decision to drop the toll and subsequent refusal to allow for an increased as per the initial agreement when the company was formed.From left: Civil Engineer Bert Carter; BBCI Vice Chairman Paul Chung; Chairman, Dr Surendra Persaud; PR Consultant Kit Nascimento and the Bridge’s Finance Comptroller, Steven RamchanThis is according to Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) Chairman, Dr Surendra Persaud, during a press conference at the National Communications Network on Tuesday. Persaud is also Chairman of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), which holds significant shares in the company.According to Persaud, they have had several engagements with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson. He noted that following a previous engagement, Patterson had informed them that a maintenance proposal would be taken to Cabinet.According to the Chairman, they were subsequently informed that it was not approved. In fact, the company applied for a toll adjustment on three occasions; twice in 2015 and once in 2016, to no avail. They have since made another such application, dated July 9. In that application, the company had requested that the toll increases take effect by August 1.“So, where are we today? We are in a situation where the contractual obligations of a public private partnership have not been met on the Government’s part and if not corrected, is likely to affect the willingness of the Private Sector to partner with the Government in future infrastructure projects,” Persaud said.Here, he cited the construction of the new Demerara River bridge, a project likely to cost over US$150 million; as well as the construction of a natural gas pipeline, where PPPs are also being considered.“The Board believes this situation is fixable. There is a contract, an established formula within the contract and there are obligations to be met. The tolls ought to be adjusted in accordance with the agreement, in good faith, to allow the company to properly maintain and operate this critical infrastructure.”“The current tolls to the commuters are subsidised in two parts, one: internally by the company as it has not charged the toll as per the agreement and two: by the Government of Guyana, having subsidised the old toll prior to the adjustment, in accordance with the agreement of June 12, 2006.”The internal subsidy by BBCI was implemented after Government had rejected the company’s previous toll adjustment application, while the Government subsidy is basic reduction of $300 in the tolls.The company, according to Dr Persaud, has now accumulated a loss of $2.8 billion and faces the distinct possibility of going bankrupt. Besides the losses having prevented the company from paying out dividends, it has impacted the ability to service the 39 pontoons under the bridge.Toll formulaThe company is seeking increases in tolls as per the adjustment formula set out by the agreement between BBCI and with the Government of Guyana. It is understood that this tolling requirement was not applicable until 2014, after which they made their first request just prior to the former Government leaving office. According to the toll policy, the increase is calculated based on “the level of traffic on and under the bridge for the two previous financial years.”According to the policy, “it takes consideration of the toll levels at the start of operations, any provisional toll level applied during the year and the toll level at start of operations adjusted for inflation.”The policy goes on to note that the toll level is adjusted by the use of the consumer price index of the most recent period and two years prior to that. The second part of the formula, it added, computes a provisional toll level to be used until near the end of the financial year.“The company’s contractual and non-contractual cash flow requirements are taken into account. These include cash requirements for servicing of debts, routine operations and maintenance, periodic servicing, trustees fees.”“Any excess cash generated by the provincial tolls applied during the year, is used to reduce the cash flow requirement for the next year and therefore the final toll level required,” the policy adds.ImpasseAsked about previous statements from the Minister when he pointed to the lack of a maintenance programme and said he would not consider the increases, Persaud noted that the programme has actually commenced. He made it clear that they were willing to accept Government assistance.“The proposal I spoke about was a separate proposal brought to the Minister to discuss the matter of maintenance. The Minister sought the guidance of the folks from the Demerara Harbour Bridge and we had multiple discussions. The Minister asked us to offer other options.”“That was done. We are still awaiting a response. The maintenance programme has commenced. The bridge company is doing it, which requires a pontoon in the Berbice River to be taken out to the Atlantic Ocean, brought to the Demerara River and towed back… so that process has commenced,” Dr Persaud informed.The ownership structure of BBCI is made up of ordinary share capital of $500 million owned by private investors and preference shares of $950 million owned by NIS. The bridge has a wide cross-section of investors including various pension schemes, insurance schemes, local banks as well as private companies and NIS.When asked what the company’s next step is if their request is not approved, Dr Persaud stated that “the Board of Directors, along with its legal team and management, will have to determine the next step.”No increaseEfforts by this publication to make contact with Minister Patterson were futile. However, his Ministry later sent out a statement in which they said Government was not contemplating any fare hikes.According to the statement, “Government stands by its decision to reduce tolls in fulfilling a campaign commitment and will continue to work with the Berbice Bridge Company in ensuring that the Bridge is sufficiently maintained and safe for vehicular and marine use.”“Further Government notes that the Bridge Agreement places obligations on all parties, which include scheduled maintenance and associated upgrades. Any request for toll increases must take into consideration a wide array of factors and cannot solely be on the basis of recouping operational costs and profits on dividend.” (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

first_imgSergio Ramos has defended his conduct in the Champions League final against Liverpool, dismissing suggestions he is to blame for injuries suffered by Loris Karius and Mohamed Salah.The Real Madrid captain has been intensely criticised since last month’s fixture in Kiev, when Salah injured his shoulder following Ramos’ challenge and Karius made two crucial errors that gifted Real goals in a 3-1 defeat.Test have since found that the goalkeeper sustained a concussion during those 90 minutes and doctors say that it was “likely” he instantly felt its effects, even if they have not suggested a collusion with Ramos had been the cause.The 32-year-old Ramos has revealed he later spoke to Salah, but according to AS, he said: “B****y hell, they’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing. I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified.“I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side; the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold.“After, the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash. I am only missing (Roberto) Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him.”He added of Salah, who hopes to recover in time to feature for Egypt at the World Cup: “I spoke with Salah through messages; he was quite good. He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more.“I don’t know if it’s because you’re at Madrid for so long and win for so long that people look at it a different way.” 1 Mohamed Salah was forced off with injury after a clash with Ramos in the first-half last_img read more

first_img man Kevin Doherty has given a TV interview recalling his ordeal at the hands of armed thugs who threatened to shoot his wife and baby.Yesterday revealed that the 36-year-old was taken around every room in his house “with a gun to my head”. “They told my wife ‘We’re going to shoot him unless you tell us where the safe is’. She said ‘We don’t have a safe’,” he said.“They said ‘If you don’t tell us where the safe is we’ll shoot all three of you’.”The robbers – two of whom were armed with guns – forced him to hand over around £6,000 as well as cigarettes, before taking him outside and ordering him to lie in his car.Now in this interview with UTV, he tells more about his ordeal. DDTV: VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THREATENED DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN was last modified: November 25th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:bridgendKevin Dohertymasked armed gunmenlast_img read more

first_imgA woman has said she was sexually assaulted and raped by her guardian’s foster child over a ten year period in Donegal.The accused has pleaded not guilty to 46 counts of sexual assault and rape of the woman, who is eight years younger than him.The Central Criminal Court heard the alleged abuse took place between January 1965 and June 1975. The offences are alleged to have happened in two different houses in Donegal as well as a shed behind one house, according to the woman.The alleged offences started before the woman’s First Holy Communion when she was seven and continued until she completed her Intermediate Certificate in 1975.Prosecuting counsel, Caroline Biggs SC,  was told by the woman she was “beaten, punched, intimidated and put in fear” by the man after he made her perform various acts of indecent assault.She said the man “never had any respect” for her and would punch her in the head and face when he walked past her in the home.She said she would lie to her aunt about how she got the bruises and marks, claiming she had fallen down the stairs.She drank a lot and on two separate occasions the accused held a knife to her throat and threatened to slit it if she told anyone what was happening.The trial continues before Justice Paul Carney.DONEGAL WOMAN CLAIMS SHE WAS RAPED IN HOUSES AND SHED was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURTrapelast_img read more

first_imgWhen you’re the “official pizza” of the San Francisco 49ers, you’ve got to throw a promotion to the fans.So starting with Sunday’s season opener, Mountain Mike’s Pizza will offer 49 percent off any large, one-topping pizza after any game in which the 49ers score.The promotion applies to games all season long, home and away, at the 200 restaurants in 49er fan territory operated by Mountain Mike’s, which was founded in the Bay Area more than 40 years ago.The promotion is valid on the two days f …last_img

first_img4 December 2009The 2010 Fine Art Collection was officially launched at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday to coincide with the Final Draw for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.The exhibition, which includes a three-metre high bronze sculpture, is on show until the end of Saturday only, but as the World Cup nears, exhibitions will take place around the country.The idea of an art collection to reflect the Fifa World Cup is a world first and the brainchild of Craig Mark who, with his wife Barbra, is the owner of Kizo Art Consultants and Art Gallery.Two partsThe collection is made up of two parts: African Fine Art and International Fine Art – with the common thread of the Fifa World Cup as their inspiration.For the 2010 World Cup, 2010 Fine Art has been officially licensed by Fifa, acquiring a global licence to produce and distribute fine art related to the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.Through 2010 Fine Arts, for the African artists especially, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to market their talents to international audiences through the platform of the Fifa World Cup.The African artists were invited to prepare ranges for the World Cup and they have responded with wide-ranging works, totalling about 200 pieces. They include a stunning series of 11 bronze sculptures – to reflect the 11 players in a football team – by Keith Calder.RolloutThe rollout of the African works and exhibitions is under way. The schedule of these events will be posted on, where the works may also be viewed.There will be a longer wait for the International Fine Art Collection. That is because the composition of the final field of 32 nations to complete in the World Cup finals had to be waited upon; five artists from each of the 32 countries have been invited to submit works. There will 160 in total.The official launch of the International Fine Art Collection will be in March 2010.Limited editions prints are being made of the art. Exhibitions will take place not only in South Africa, but also in Europe. All the pieces will be available to buy.Art and the lead-up to 2010Art has played a role in the lead-up to the World Cup draw and the tournament itself in 2010; Fifa President Sepp Blatter was presented with a piece of the 2010 Fine Art Collection in June by Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo. The work of art, a photograph by Clint Strydom, showing a young boy holding a ball, forms part of the superb “Real Heroes of 2010” range.In July, the 2010 Fine Art Legacy Workship was held in Cape Town. It was designed as a skills exchange, with artists from across the greater Cape Town coming together, along with visiting British artist Ed Gray.The idea was for artists to witness one another at work, so as to learn new methods and to find inspiration in the work of others.For Gray, whose influences had been European before his visit, it helped him gain insight into South Africa as he prepared to work on his personal piece to be included in the 2010 International Fine Art Collection. “I was completely amazed at the sheer display of talent from the participating artists, and am really excited with the final painting,” he said.Artists of AfricaSeptember saw the launch of the 2010 Artists of Africa Project, a collaborative effort between the City of Johannesburg and the Department of Arts and Culture, at the Johannesburg Theatre.The Artists of Africa exhibition will be held at Museum Africa from 11 May to 11 July 2010, and will include not only visual arts, but traditional storytelling, music performances, food, and wine tasting.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more