View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Marc Pingris sorry for ‘inappropriate’ timing of selfie in Gilas brawl Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial The Philippines’ got a 2-0 lead after Nur Umairah Natasha Khairul Anuar slotted the ball into her own net in the hour mark.Quinley Quezada then thumped the Philippines’ third goal of the match, 3-0, in the 77th minute to seal the Malditas’ victory.FEATURED 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 crownThe Philippines evened out its record in Group B, 1-1, after losing to Myanmar in a 4-0 thrashing.The Malditas will next face Vietnam on Saturday. Singapore vs Philippines. Photo from aseanfootball.org.The Philippines bounced back from a debilitating loss in its first match and dealt Singapore a 3-0 beating in the ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship at Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang, Indonesia on Tuesday.Joyce Semacio opened up the Malditas’ account in the fifth minute for the Philippines’ first goal of the match.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum BUENOS AIRES—Yuka Saso narrowly missed out a podium finish after faltering in the medal playoff of women’s golf Thursday in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.ADVERTISEMENT Nobilio scored a birdie during the playoff to assure her of the silver medal, leaving Spitz and Saso to scramble for the bronze. Spitz sank a seven-footer for par but Saso, who went over the green after her tee shot veered to the left, flubbed the putt from six feet and eventually bogeyed the hole that gave the Austrian a sure medal.“For me, it’s already a medal. These things happen because you are competing with the best in your sport and there are only three medals,’’ said Philippine chef de mission Jonne Go.“We still have a chance in the team event and we have other athletes who are still competing,’’ added Go, who was accompanied by Medical and Scientific Athletes Services head Josephine Joy Reyes of the Philippine Sports Commission for the entire duration of the Games.Saso will partner with Carl Jano Corpus in the mixed team event for three rounds beginning Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Corpus ended up tied for 16th overall with Sangha Park of South Korea in the men’s division won by Karl Vilips of Australia.“We’ll just try to enjoy the game. I’m comfortable with Carl because we grew up together,’’ said Saso.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Our fans are everywhere’: NBA still growing internationally Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Swimmer Nicole Oliva is schedule to race in the heats of the women’s 400-meter freestyle on Friday, kiteboarder Christian Tio is still in the thick of the fight in his event that will end on Saturday while archer Nicole Tagle opens her campaign on the same day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The reigning Asian Games individual champion miscalculated a six-foot putt for par during her three-way tiebreak with Alessia Nobilio of Italy and Emma Spitz of Austria on hole No. 1, completely denying Saso a medal in these Games despite a spectacular final round.Kim Grace of Australia assembled a one-over 71 for a tournament-best 211 over three days to pocket the gold medal at the wind-swept Hurlingham Club here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s really cold out here and my lips are already dry,’’ said Saso, who led all scorecards for the day after firing one-under 69 to rally from five strokes down and compile a total of 214.But the Filipino-Japanese ace wasn’t alone after finishing the round with Nobilio and Spitz coming home also three strokes behind Grace for a share of second place with Saso. View comments
MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Alab aims to keep its record clean when it faces the Singapore Slingers (5-2) for the first time this season on Sunday at Caloocan Sports Complex.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from ABLMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas went on a late run to fend off the Formosa Dreamers, 86-72, and remain undefeated in the 9th Asean Basketball League Season Friday night at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.Alab ended the game on a blistering 21-3 blast after trailing by four with a little over six minutes left to improve its league-best record to 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Kristaps Porzingis’ torn ACL healing, next evaluation in February Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Renaldo Balkman posted a double-double with 19 points and 20 rebounds that went with five assists while PJ Ramos had 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists to lead Alab.Alab also drew timely baskets from Ray Parks, Ethan Alvano and Caelan Tiongson that sparked the telling run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissParks, the reigning two-time Local MVP and second overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft, finished with 13 points and four rebounds while Pao Javelona came off the bench and added 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.American import Malcolm Miller scored a game-high 23 points on a tough 7-of-22 shooting night for the Taiwanese side, which dropped its second straight game after starting the season at 6-0. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments
Dear Editor,Well once again, Central Government like ‘a gallant knight in shining armour’, has ridden in very chivalrously and saved the fair maidens at City Hall with another huge bailout. And maybe they had no choice, as the garbage was piling up all over the city. The workers have still not been paid for the month of November and Council’s other creditors are shouting for relief.But this recurring pattern has become all too familiar, the Council rakes in tens upon tens of millions of dollars monthly from shipping containers, ratepayers, stallholders, vendors, hairdressers, barbers, eating houses, slaughterers etc and then fritters it away on expensive overseas trips, on paying for bodyguards, chauffeurs, personal assistants, anniversary celebrations and nineteen different allowances for the fat cats.They choose not to pay their employees’ salaries, pensions or gratuities; do not pay the contractors, nor the Guyana Revenue Authority, nor the National Insurance Scheme, nor the labour or credit unions. They choose not to pay their water rates nor electricity charges. They take goods from every conceivable source and refuse to pay. Why don’t they give the pink slips to the more than two hundred friends, relatives and church pals that they employed recently which is causing the top-heavy payroll?Why do they do this? Because they know that the Central Government will rush in and settle their liabilities. It’s like calling in the cavalry, but one would have thought with the recent findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) – a most damning report – that Central Government would have, at the very least, waited until the Council’s books were audited and the immoral Councillors and officers had left before giving the city a red cent. It amounts to throwing our money into a black hole!Sincerely,Shanta Singh
Fulfilling its promise to the people of Guyana, the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has commenced its approximately $745 million electrification project to some sixteen Government-led communities across the country.Central Housing and Planning Authority’s electrical engineer Davendra RamnarineThe CH&PA last week commenced the first phase of the project – planting poles in the communities of Farm and Barnwell on the East Bank of Demerara, and Hope/ Experiment/Baltyrock on the West Coast of Berbice.CH&PA’s Electrical Engineer Davendra Ramnarine on Thursday said most of the materials have arrived in the country. It is hoped that work in both the Farm and Barnwell communities would be completed by the end of this year.Conductors (cables) property, of the Central Housing and Planning Authority, stored at the Laparkan Wharf“So far, our line materials are here; whereas the transformers are stored at Fix It depot and the cables are being stored at the Laparkan bond,” Ramnarine was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information.The schemes targeted under the CH&PA’s electrification programme are Onderneeming in Region Two; Zeelugt and Lust-en-Rust in Region Three; Hope/Experiment and Baltyrock in Region Five; Kilcoy/Chesney in Region Six; Bartica in Region Seven; and Peters Hall, Farm, Covent Garden, Diamond, Eccles, Barnwell, Paradise and Enmore in Region Four.“Work has commenced in terms of pole planting. That is our first phase, and (the) second phase will be the stringing of the conductors. We expect to start that phase sometime next week, and work will continue with a planned date of achieving some, if not all, of those areas by the end of 2017 December,” he said.Some of the transformers to be used in the electrification project, stored at the Fix It bond, Main Street GeorgetownAccording to Ramnarine, the project is a four-month contract which was signed last week. He is optimistic that all 16 communities would be fully served by the end of March 2018.Back in September of 2016, Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Valerie Adams Patterson-Yearwood, had allocated some $900 million for the electrification project in housing communities for 2017. Altogether, some 38,000 homes are expected to benefit from the service of the Government housing unit.
A Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) couple are expected to appear at the Providence Magistrate’s Court later today, on a joint charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.According to information received, Police on a mobile patrol in the Diamond-Grove communities on Wednesday evening, went to the home of a 38-year-old grocer at Lot 382 Grove and conducted a search.However, in the presence of the man’s 44-year-old wife, a parcel containing 134 grams of cannabis concealed inside PVC pipe was discovered. They were both told of the offence and arrested.
– months later, AG Office still awaits letter from relevant authoritiesMore than 10 months have elapsed since calls were made for and assurances given that a special audit into the finances of the University of Guyana (UG) be conducted but this move remains at a standstill.Auditor General (AG) of Guyana, Deodat Sharma, when contacted by Guyana Times on Friday explained that his Office is still awaiting a document from the Government before it can commence the audit.Auditor General of Guyana, Deodat SharmaHe stated that although his office has been ready to commence work many months ago, the relevant authorities are yet to finalise their role, and this has resulted in the long delay of the special audit.According to Sharma, he was apprised that a letter was to be dispatched to his Office, citing a “change in the situation” in relation to how the Audit Office is expected to proceed with the audit. However, to date, he is yet to receive this crucial information via a letter.In August, the AG had told the media that at that time, there was a standstill as authorities were yet to figure out who would stand the expenses to conduct the probe in question.The University of Guyana, Turkeyen CampusAlthough the payment plan had not been finalised, plans were still on board to have the audit done.“We still got it in plans… we are still waiting to hear but we have not gone in as yet and at the same time also, there is the main issue of who going to pay the fees, we got to really get that clarified. The Education Ministry’s Permanent Secretary had stopped the audit, so if we go ahead, somebody has to pay the fees. Normally, we have got to ensure that somebody acknowledges the payment,” the Auditor General had previously stated.At that time, he had noted that no groundwork has been done while noting that other options to conduct the audit may have to be utilised.Initially, the Audit Office of Guyana had contracted an independent company to conduct the much-needed and highly anticipated audit into UG – in light of allegations of mismanagement of funds.The Education Ministry first ordered this particular audit after a request was made by the two workers’ unions at UG to have such an investigation launched. The Ministry was reportedly going to stand the expense associated with the investigation.Shortly after the independent company commenced its work into the matter, the Education Ministry withdrew its request for the audit, with no explanation given.Earlier last year, AG Sharma has noted that the backlog of years UG did not complete its audited financial statements was a cause for worry.Sharma, whose agency audits Government’s public accounts on an annual basis, explained the importance of having those accounts edited to 2018. He was not convinced about the UG administration’s sincerity in clearing this backlog.The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) have levelled these accusations, in particular. The Unions had joined forces to question why monies were allocated in previous budgets to entities which do not exist and what became of those funds.They had also demanded answers from the administration on how much money was spent on nonessential events within the last two and half years – which included, but were not limited to, the Law and Society series, the Turkeyen-Tain talks, and the Vice-Chancellor’s installation ceremony.They had argued that while these monies were being spent, the core units of the University, which include faculties and schools, had been informed that no money is available for essential repairs and payment for stationery, among others.In his 2016 Audit Report, Sharma had found that $209 million had been unaccounted for from the University of Guyana’s Science and Technology Support Project, funded by the Government of Guyana (GoG) and the International Development Association (IDA) under Credit Agreement No 4969-GY.However, the University had insisted that the monies were used for infrastructure projects on the campus, including a fibre optic cable to provide students with Wi-Fi.It had also noted that some of the monies were used to renovate the faculty buildings.
Former general manager Department of Neighborhood Empowerment No allies theRe: ” Re: ” “Neighborhood council crisis” (April 23): While some councils may serve as gRe: “at community hubs, the West Hills Neighborhood Council has lost sight of its purpose, promoting personal agendas and spending money frivolously. Re: ” “Neighborhood council crisis” (April 23): The article quoted a Loyola Marymount University survey finding that “only” 11 percent of the people in Los Angeles participate in their neighborhood council. Only? I don’t know who’s doing the analysis over theRe: “, but I would have been thrilled to know that 11 percent even knew that their neighborhood council existed. In the nation’s oldest and most successful neighborhood council systems, the participation level is 16 percent. Unlike the other cities, we cRe: “ated all of our neighborhood councils from scratch, so we’Re: ” just getting started. These numbers show that it’s a good start. – GRe: “g Nelson My neighbors and I Re: “cently tried to shaRe: ” our concerns with our West Hills Neighborhood Council about a proposed carwash. HundRe: “ds of us had signed a petition objecting to the proposal, and we went to the Neighborhood Council meeting eager to convey our perspective and hoping to find allies among our council Re: “pRe: “sentatives. Instead, we discoveRe: “d a neighborhood council whose members voted to support the carwash befoRe: ” allowing any of us to shaRe: ” our concerns. They tRe: “ated us rudely and with contempt and then wrote a letter to our councilman, Dennis Zine, Re: “commending the project. – Julie Kornack West Hills Yet another plan Re: ” “Villaraigosa’s Plan” (April 23) Connie Rice Los Angeles gangs have been around for decades. Los Angeles, controlled by the Democratic Party, again talks of “another plan.” Connie Rice states that 130 “Angelenos” weRe: ” killed in the last thRe: “e months. About the same number of Americans that aRe: ” being killed by Islamist jihadist fanatics emboldened by the Democrats’ political push to leave Iraq. The Democrats’ hue and cry is, “Let us get out of Iraq, ban gun ownership, be a sanctuary city and grant amnesty to illegals.” Does this mean we should get out of Los Angeles and turn it over to Mexico? While I am not a Bush fan, I think that the Democratic Party is a party of phonies who can only whine, attack and complain. – Joseph P. O’Shea Newbury Park Armed Re: “sponse Re: ” “Virginia Tech students Re: “turn to campus, find solace in familiar” (April 23): I couldn’t help but notice that in addition to the 32 people killed, it was Re: “ported some two dozen or so other people weRe: ” injuRe: “d at Virginia Tech. Now, let us Re: “member that all these people weRe: ” victimized by one, lone gunman misusing a fiRe: “arm. My question is what if as few as one or two of those law-abiding victims had been armed and had successfully defended themselves? Would not killing Seung-Hui Cho have saved the lives of most of those people? I suppose if they had done so, they would have been duly punished afterward, but most of them would be alive. – Kathryn Durfee Cornell Starts at home Re: ” “Villaraigosa’s plans on gangs is a start” (Their Opinions, April 23): This article has a lot of “Kumbayah,” but Re: “ally doesn’t get down to the coRe: ” to the gang problem. It appears to me that Connie Rice left out a very important component to the gang problem. In my opinion gangs start at home when theRe: ” is the lack of paRe: “ntal control from the onset. You can keep on pouring money into this bottomless pit, but trying to control gangs will not stop drive-by shootings. Bottom line – theRe: ” will always be gangs. – Mort Sherman Woodland Hills Aging LAX Re: ” “LAX risks losing its high profile if it can’t get modernization off ground” (April 23): One only has to travel to airports in Seattle, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco to see how far behind LAX has become. Whomever is in charge of LAX, be it the governing body LAWA, the City Council, Mayor’s Office, they have done a poor job of coordination. Just observe the check-in arrangements at the above airports, including incoming roads, etc., the gates, terminals. Then try to figuRe: ” out LAX. LAX needs a Re: “al shot in the arm, and the surrounding air fields need to improve. Southern California can no longer afford the haphazard Re: “gional failuRe: “s causing the turmoil. Whoever is in charge should step in, because theRe: ” needs to be a coordinated effort and quickly or it will soon fail beyond belief. – John Adams Camarillo Solve all of them The deluge of editorials and letters in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting is almost overwhelming. One thing that is clear, maybe the only thing: The combination of easy access to guns, easy access to high-poweRe: “d ammunition, and a lack of clear tracing of people who should not be in possession of fiRe: “arms all work together to cRe: “ate unspeakable tragedies. We could opine ad nauseam about which of these is the cause. It doesn’t matter. Solving all of them is possible and necessary. What possible excuse is theRe: ” for not eliminating all thRe: “e of these, not just in Virginia, but nationally? How many moRe: ” deaths will we debate about befoRe: ” we get down to the solution? – Kay C. Holmen Glendale Considering Foucault Re: ” “Tiptoeing around life’s Chos” (Their Opinions, April 23): Rich Lowry wrongly gives the impRe: “ssion that academics who study and teach Michel Foucault would have students believe that anything goes, including violent rage. That is not at all what Foucault is about. Foucault wanted to understand the underpinnings of power and its effects on our everyday lives and thoughts. Foucault did not write that power is a bad thing (a common misunderstanding of his work), but that it is necessary to keep people in sync with each other. Power must be understood and individuals should balance it with the ability to act in their own best inteRe: “sts. If you Re: “ad Foucault, you will be struck by his Re: “spect for humanity, his compassion for people who suffer, and his profound ability to look at the world through a very wide and compassionate lens. – Tina McDermott Adjunct professor California State University, Los Angeles Losers Not a day goes by without news of political corruption on every level, senseless killings, child molestation and everyone suing every one else. I look at the endless nonsense caused by political corRe: “ctness and have to say, that’s not right. Opposition to the war is everywheRe: “. Illegal immigration goes unchallenged and often encouraged. My country is slowly being drowned by its own population. I am certain that if we weRe: ” to fight World War II with the nation of today … we would lose. – Bill Merriman Tujunga Senseless disparity Re: ” “DWP blackmail” (Your Opinions, April 19): The fact that some of the Department of Water and Power employees aRe: ” paid as much as 30 percent moRe: ” than employees doing similar work in other city departments is truly senseless and shameful. How would the 15 L.A. City Council members feel if theRe: ” weRe: ” such a disparity in salaries among them? The howls of protest and indignation would be heard as far as Baghdad. – EveRe: “tt P. Harrington Glendale Gonzales is toast Re: ” “Specter: Gonzales’ actions hurt” (April 23): The attorney general just got the kiss of death … PRe: “sident Bush’s support, that is. “Brownie,” the head of FEMA, and Rummy weRe: ” both supported wholeheartedly by Bush and look what happened to them. – Marjorie Eisenberg West Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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For Arsenal, it was very much a case of two points dropped as they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Tottenham at the weekend, but the Gunners can ill afford another frustrating display if they are to maintain their aspirations of reaching the knock-out stages of Champions League.That will be far from easy though, as they welcome Turkish giants Galatasaray to the Emirates, knowing that only a victory will do.The big talking point for Arsenal is the deepening injury crisis, but Arsene Wenger did have some good news, announcing that Jack Wilshere took part in full training and that the midfielder will be available for squad selection on Wednesday night.The England man received a knock at the weekend and there were fears that he would join Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta on the injury list, but his availability will be a huge boost.Wenger however, does face personnel restrictions, leaving his squad looking decidedly threadbare for watch is shaping up to be a hugely important fixture in Arsenal’s season already.Below is how the Gunners could line-up against Galatasaray: Following post-match comments that Per Mertesacker has a slight gluteus injury, Wenger would probably prefer to rest him, but given the gravity of this week’s matches and an international break on the horizon, he has little option but to play the German.With both Arteta and Ramsey expected to be out for the next four weeks, the defensive midfield onus will likely be on Mathieu Flamini, and although Wilshere will make the squad, Wenger will certainly have Sunday’s clash with Chelsea – live and exclusive on talkSPORT – on his mind.We have therefore punted for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to step into the middle, a role he has performed well in before.Attack continues to be something of a conundrum, with Wenger yet to really settle on a system. However, given Mesut Ozil’s developing relationship with Danny Welbeck, we believe the World Cup winner will initially start in his favoured ‘number 10’ role, with Alexis Sanchez and the sparingly-used Santi Cazorla being drafted in due to his vast European experience.Arsenal fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Galatasaray? Comment below… 1 Arsenal face Galatasaray on Wednesday 1