Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The handicapping tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Bowling Federation will run till Aug. 19. Qualifying games are being held daily till Friday.Major sponsors are Yee Lu Fa Granite Supply Corporation and ICS/Kwikprint. Minor sponsors are MGL Construction Supply, F&J Construction, Marikina Auto Center (MAC), Anya Sales and Distribution Inc., Shakey’s, SLETBAR, Manila Petroland, and Chigo Aircon.For any inquiries, please visit the GMTBC Facebook page or text and/or call the tournament committee at 0925-6259961./asu MOST READ Members of Sletba Youth recite the oath of sportsmanship at the opening of the 4th GMTBC-Yee Lu Fa Invitational Open Championships on Saturday.Art Barrientos of TBAM-Prima leads the Mixed Open division of the 4th Grand Mall Tenpin Bowling Club (GMTBC)-Yee Lu Fa Invitational Open Championships, results of the second day of qualifying games on Sunday at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal, showed.Barrientos posted a total of 1353 after six games, followed by Tyrone Ongpauco, also of TBAM-Prima, with 1352, and Charles Calamba of Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association (Sletba) with 1323.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In the Mixed Classified category, Robert Evangelista of TBAM paces the field with 1276, with Calamba just a pin behind at 1275, and Jun de Guzman of GMTBC at third with 1272.De Guzman is leading the Mixed Seniors class with 1344, with Danny Torres of Sletba and Fernand deal Cruz of the Pasig Bowling Association (PBA) close by with 1289 and 1278, respectively.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’Art Barrientos is currently on top of the Mixed Youth category with 1305, followed by Kayle Abad of TBAM-Nobleland with 1296, and Noelle Campos of TBAM-Prima with 1293.Meanwhile, Kassie Yap of Sletba leads the Mixed 14 and Under field with 1054 after four games, with Alexa Nuqui of PBA-Nobleland keeping pace with 950, and Grace Hernandez of TBAM-Prima with 917. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Clarkson ‘terribly disappointed,’ vows to support PH in ‘heart and spirit’
President George M. Weah delivers his second Annual Address to the Joint session of the Legislature on January 28, 2019. (Photo: Leroy M. Sonpon, III)In fulfillment of his constitutional mandate to deliver the State of the Nation Address to Members of the National Legislature, President George M. Weah on Monday, January 28, said Liberia’s trade deficit stands at US$561.8 million for the period of January to November 2018.Although this represents a 17.1 percent improvement, as compared to US$677.3 million for the same period in 2017, it is important to note that the weak performance of the real economy has for so long been characterized by low export earnings as compared to payments for imports, he said.President Weah said though there has been improvement in the trade balance in 2018, the Liberian dollar still remains under pressure. He explained that performance of two of “our key commodities (iron ore and rubber) showed some level of improvements during the period under review.”According to him, receipts from iron ore exports almost doubled, from $57.8 million United States dollars, to US$$106.5 million, while rubber exports grew slightly from US$67 million to $68.9, compared to the same period in 2017.Weah added, “In order to improve the external sector of the economy, there is an urgent need to support domestic production, which requires a major structural transformation of our economy. In this regard, under the Pro-Poor Agenda, agriculture has been considered a matter of priority to achieve this structural reform.”He told members of the 54th National Legislature that the gross foreign reserves at the end of November 2018 was US$410.2 million, reflecting a slight decline of 1.7 percent compared to the end of December 2017. This slight, according to him, decline in gross foreign reserves can be largely attributed to low export earnings.Despite the challenges faced in the economy, the banking system remained resilient during the year under review; President Weah said in his annual message that the banking system further experienced improvement in aggregate assets, deposits, loans and capitalization.However, the stock of non-performing loans remains a major challenge for the banking system. The Central Bank is taking steps, including establishing a robust credit reference system, to address the issue of non-performing loans.At the same time, Weah noted that his Government is working to improve the legal and policy environment to improve access to credit and to resolve other challenges in the private sector.Nevertheless, the banking sector continues to play a significant role in providing credit to the economy. Credit to the private sector, which serves as the main engine of growth, rose by over 36.8 percent at the end of October 2018.In addition, total credit as a percentage of GDP increased from 13.1 percent (2017) to 13.4 percent (2018), largely as a result of growth in loans to all major sectors, especially, the extractive sector, oil & gas sector, and the manufacturing sector.“We like to assure members of the banking sector that the Government of Liberia is committed to settling Government debt owed to banks from the previous administration,” he added.Regarding the insurance sector, Weah said the Central Bank of Liberia and the Government remains focused on implementing reform of the sector. The measures taken to bring stability to the sector have led to some improvement in the regulatory landscape and the sector.He said Liberia has made progress in deepening the financial system through the national payments system and digital financial space. There has been an uptake in the use of mobile money services across the country as well as the automatic tellers’ machines (ATMs), which have helped to increase access to payment.The Government continues to pay civil servants through this mechanism, and there are efforts underway to use such digital platforms for Government revenue collection. These efforts are part of the Government’s vision to digitize the Liberian economy and transition to cash-less society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Food lovers across Guyana are saving their appetite and calorie intake for when the much anticipated Restaurant Week kicks off in Guyana on June 21 this year.The week of food will culminate on June 30.Already, a number of restaurants have signed on to the event. Some include the Guyana Marriott Hotel, The Caribbean Inn Hotel Beach Specialities Restaurant, Herdmanston Lodge Hotel, Aagman Indian Restaurant, Grand Coastal, New Thriving, Pegasus Hotel and OMG!.Guyana Restaurant Week is an amazing and unique event being hosted by the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana.It provides the perfect opportunity for food lovers to get their crew together and visit the participating restaurants for delicious food at reduced prices.These restaurants “will be offering delicious prix fixe lunch or dinner menus at reduced prices” the Tourism and Hospitality Association said.These include, but are not limited to, tantalising sweet treats from the Chef’s Italian Dessert Selection at Marriott or a savoury Middle Eastern dish – creamy delicious hummus topped with a flavourful combination of Kalamata and Castelvetrano olives, roasted red peppers, tomato slices and fresh parsley served with a spicy dressing of cayenne pepper and extra virgin olive oil at Grand Coastal.Aagman’s Restaurant will be offering its special Tandoori chicken, which is marinated in a creamy hung yoghurt-based sauce with selected herbs and spices to give their own unique taste, along with other meals.Last November, the event was jointly held by the Tourism and Hospitality of Association of Guyana (THAG) and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA).Restaurant Week was one of the signature events for Tourism Awareness Month 2018.Each restaurant had featured two-course lunch menus at $1000 and $2000, and three-course dinner menus for $4000 or $5000 per person.President of THAG, Mitra Ramkumar said Restaurant Week is an excellent marketing opportunity for businesses and will benefit patrons as well. He explained that the event will see the participating restaurants offering fixed prices on their menu throughout the week.“Restaurant Week was designed to appeal to the local market and for people who feel certain restaurants are not for them. I’m encouraging all Guyanese to come out and explore them all”.
GECOM Chair impasse… challenges separation of powers doctrineAcknowledging that the acting Chief Justice has a right to give her interpretation of the law, President David Granger has maintained that he will continue to act inPresident David Grangeraccordance with his interpretation of the Constitution regarding the appointment of a chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Giving his reaction to the ruling handed down in the High Court on Monday by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, the Head of State said he would not appoint anyone who he believed was unfit for the post.“That is to say, I will not appoint somebody who I don’t consider to be fit and proper,” he said.Asked if he would now give reasons for rejecting the names on the two lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, Granger said, “If you could show me the Article of the Constitution which requires me to give reasons, I will complyChief Justice (ag) Roxane Georgewith the Constitution, but I will not do what the Constitution does not require me to do. I do not believe that anything the Chief Justice said has diminished my regard for the word and spirit of the Constitution.”He maintains his belief that the person chosen must be independent and impartial and, according to him, he is still looking for that independence and impartiality.Justice George, SC, on Monday overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution regarding the appointment of a chairman for GECOM, finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary.In her determination, Justice George found that there was no valid argument toOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeosupport the idea that the Chairman should be a judge, former judge or person eligible to be a judge, and noted that persons from each category are equally eligible for the post. However, in an issued statement after the ruling, the applicant, Marcel Gaskin highlighted that the acting Chief Justice went to address the proviso to Article 161 (2), which applies to the instance of the Opposition Leader failing to submit a list.Included in the ruling on Monday was that the persons proposed for the post of GECOM Chairman must have judge-like qualities and possess integrity, honesty, and impartiality. The acting Chief Justice also said that the word “any” in the other category, any other fit and proper person” widens the category and “does not restrict the qualification or profession” from which the nominee should be drawn, and noted that there was no mandatory category and all the categories had equal weight.In March, Gaskin, a local businessman and brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, had moved to the High Court to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of Opposition Leader Jagdeo’s first list of six nominees for the GECOM chairmanship. Jagdeo had submitted a second list, which the Head of State also rejected. A third list is slated to be presented. It is currently being complied by the Opposition Leader.In the court action, Gaskin sought a declaratory order from the Court as to whether the list of nominees to be submitted by the Opposition Leader must include a judge, a retired judge, or a person qualified to be a judge.President Granger, however, held out that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution prescribes for the Chairman of the Elections Commission to be “a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court…or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person…”Having interpreted “fit and proper” to mean another group of qualified persons, the Opposition Leader in December submitted his first list and nominated: Attorney and Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram; Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh; retired Major General Norman McLean; business executive Ramesh Dookhoo; Indian rights activist Rhyaan Shah, and History Professor, Dr James Rose. However, the Head of State rejected that list on his aforementioned grounds.Following weeks of impasse, Jagdeo finally agreed to return to the drawing board and submit a new list of nominees. Consultations were held for several weeks with civil society representatives, since there were difficulties in conforming to the criteria outlined by the President. Nevertheless, Jagdeo submitted a second list of six nominees for the post of Chairman of GECOM to the Head of State in April. The nominees were: retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar; and businessman and pilot, Captain Gerald Gouveia.Again, President Granger rejected the list, saying that it was “unacceptable” and reiterated his stance that all of the nominees should be a judge, retired judge, or qualified to be a judge.
‒ as CANU intercept over 75lbs ganja in early morning raidRanks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) conducted a raid at a house at the corner of Camp and Norton Streets, Georgetown early Sunday morning, andTwo barrels containing marijuanaintercepted 34.048 kilograms (75.5 pounds) of marijuana, valued at more than $5.6 million.Three persons have been taken into custody, and are assisting with investigations.CANU said ranks conducted the raid at the house at about 06:00hrs on Sunday, and uncovered bulk parcels of suspected marijuana contained in two barrels and two boxes. The drug was wrapped in plastic and hidden in the boxes and barrels.Exhibits of some of the marijuanaInformation reaching this publication suggests that the drug either was shipped to the country or was on the way out.The Guyana Times understands that CANU is still in the process of gathering information, and additional raids are expected in order to break the ring.The owner of the property, a senior citizen, along with a female and a male, wasPlace of interception (first building after light post – with brownish roof)taken into custody. Sources at CANU have opined that there were more drugs on the property, but they may have been moved.
A week in November will now bring awareness to mental health and addictions in Fort St.John.- Advertisement -Ibolya Agoston is the Community Mental Health and Addictions Team Leader for Northern Health.On Monday, she asked City Council to proclaim a week in November as Mental Health and Addictions awareness week.[asset|aid=2062|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fc8a356c3827a60474cd61b96d37df68-Ibolya 1_1_Pub.mp3]Agoston represents a team of professionals, including stakeholders from the RCMP, problem gambling organizations, the Schizophrenia Society, and many others.The team is dedicated to providing resources and care to people with mental health and/or addictions.Advertisement Photo: Acting Mayor Don Irwin hands Ibolya Agoston the proclamation on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca City Council awarded the organization a proclamation, stating that November 2nd to 8th will be Mental Health and Addictions awareness weekFor more information on Mental Health and Addictions, visit Northern Health’s website by Clicking Here.
“Jessica blocked a 5-meter shot early in the game and when they had the last 5-meter shot I think there was pressure on them because they didn’t get it past her the first time,” Rahn said. “That and a couple of key blocks in the end are what made the difference.” In the first quarter, Alexis Sulaeman scored twice and Laura Zeipke scored another to give Cajon a 3-1 lead. Maloof accounted for the Spartans’ solo score. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Yes, today we felt a lot of pressure because we didn’t expect the game to be so close,” said Maloof, whose team is in sole command of first place in league. “We realized after they scored the first goal and then we were down 3-1 at the end of the first quarter that we had to get our heads into the game.” Like Maloof, San Gorgonio coach Royce Rahn didn’t expect to get caught in such a heated contest. “Gosh yes, this was a great game, hard fought and the play on both sides was awesome,” Rahn said. “It came down to who had the ball last and could score.” Rahn praised goalie Jessica Phillips for stellar defensive play. It took a Maloof goal early in the second overtime to help the visiting San Gorgonio water polo team pull off an 8-7 win over Cajon to maintain its undefeated conference record Wednesday afternoon. On Monday, the Spartans (17-7 overall, 7-0 San Andreas League) defeated Cajon (8-14, 4-4) at home, 12-6. Wednesday was different. SAN BERNARDINO – San Gorgonio senior Jackie Maloof understood what a difference a day or two could make. But the result ended much the same.
1 Barcelona right back Dani Alves could be available at a cut price this summer according to reports in Spain, and the club are actively looking for a destination for the Brazilian. The 31-year-old who scored four goals and assisted a further six last season still has plenty of quality, so could the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United benefit from his experience? talkSPORT takes a look…Alves was already a seasoned winner when he joined Barcelona back in the summer of 2008, with five trophies under his belt from his time at Sevilla, and the Brazilian went on to better that feat significantly with the Catalans. Four league titles, two Champions Leagues and countless other cups later, Barcelona feel it is time for the club and Alves to part ways, believing he has become too comfortable in his environment at the Camp Nou and is no longer reaching the levels he’s capable of as a result. A report in Mundo Deportivo today says Barca could consider selling him for around the same price as they allowed David Villa to leave Atletico Madrid for last summer (€2.1m), and considering Villa ended his season with the Rojiblancos as a league winner and Champions League finalist, there’s plenty to suggest that a savvy club could benefit from Alves in the same way. Two English sides in particular, Liverpool and Manchester United, have an obvious place for his services.Why Liverpool?The Reds are adding plenty of reinforcements this summer, but most lack experience at the highest level in European competitions. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic could all prove to be excellent signings, but none have significant knowledge of the Champions League beyond the group stage – certainly not to the degree of Alves. The Brazilian’s understanding of competing in Europe is virtually unrivalled when taking into account not only his host of semi-final and final appearances in the Champions League with Barcelona, but also his two UEFA Cup and one European Supercup wins with Sevilla, so there isn’t a better candidate to come in and help Liverpool out in their return to European competitions. His position on the pitch is one in which the Reds could still do with some extra quality as Glen Johnson is not exactly Mr. Reliable, and Jon Flanagan is still only 21. Being able to add as unique a player as Alves to the mix could be a useful weapon for Brendan Rodgers.Why Manchester United?A quick glance at Manchester United’s squad shows how much Alves could help Louis van Gaal. At the moment the Red Devils are without a top quality right back, and while there are wide players who could occasionally fill in as wing backs in Van Gaal’s 3-5-2, there’s no substitute for a player with years of experience playing that role. The Brazilian’s qualities are perfectly suited to what Van Gaal demands of his wide defenders in the formation he’s currently using at United, with Alves possessing one of the best engines in world football and plenty of quality in the final third. Better still, he could be useful in helping United’s younger defenders to understand the demands of the role, with the use of wing-backs new for the Old Trafford club. Alves will have a natural understanding of the kind of football Van Gaal wants from his club sides, with the Dutchman’s influence on Barcelona still felt today, and the Brazilian’s versatility would also give United the option of using him as an auxiliary forward on occasion. Looking at United’s options as things stand, he’d certainly be worth considering.Liverpool and United fans, would Dani Alves be a good addition this summer? Let us know below…
Rudy Gestede 1 Rudy Gestede could be priced out of a dream move to the Premier League.Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have both had offers refused by Blackburn for the striker and are refusing to up their bids.Gestede, 26, is desperate to move to the top-flight this month, but talkSPORT have been told that Blackburn are standing firm and will not sell for less for less than £5million.The Frenchman has scored 12 goals in the Championship for Rovers this season and was on target in the FA Cup win over Swansea on Saturday. Gary Bowyer is desperate to keep the former Cardiff man at Ewood Park but it remains to be seen whether Palace or West Brom will go back in for him.
Liverpool fans were not happy with Brendan Rodgers in September As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2015 and this was September…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: SEPTEMBER 2015MOST READAfter a poor showing against Norwich in September, Liverpool fans were not happy with the side under manager Brendan Rodgers and a number of them tweeted owner John Henry their thoughts. They got their wish a month later and a few even got the man they really wanted in the hot seat, as you can see here…MOST POPULAR FEATUREWith the transfer window shut, talkSPORT assessed all 20 clubs’ summer business by ranking them in order of how well they did. Have a look here at the worst to best.MOST POPULAR INTERVIEWShortly before Rodgers lost his job at Liverpool, former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy explained to talkSPORT he believed the manager had been ‘killed’ by the club’s recruitment policy. Listen to Murphy’s view here.TALKSPORT.COM PICK OF THE MONTHAn alternative explanation to why David De Gea’s proposed move to Man United did not go through.DISCLAIMER: Like Man United and Real Madrid trying to agree a transfer deal, this video is just a joke 1