Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Soriano and Tan held back Perlas’ Dzi Gervacio and Roma Doromal in straight sets, 21-16, 21-19, in the championship round that capped off their 6-0 campaign.“Capped off this weekend with a gold! Thank you Bea Tan for dragging me out of my recovery slump and for trusting me to always give my best,” said Soriano.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“Happy to take home the win in BVR on Tour El Nido, super happy that you’re back playing and killing it,” said Tan of Soriano.Tan and Soriano, who took a break from playing to have her hands on the organizational duties, went undefeated in the preliminaries and the semifinals without dropping a single set. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Expecting a dogfight vs Lyceum, San Beda gets rest before work begins The duo made quick work of Lio Crusaders’ Sydney Eleazar and Paulina Ong, 21-10, 21-7, in the semifinals that setup their match against Gervacio and Doromal.Soriano last played in the Santa Ana Open in June and sat out the next two legs and her last title was in Puerto Galera with Tan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Charo Soriano was quick to return to winning form after her reunion with Bea Tan saw her become one of the champions of the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour in the tournament’s El Nido leg.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
Gbowee Peace Foundation of Africa, a non-governmental organization, last Friday donated several cartons of beverages and two bales of used beddings to the Ebola Treatment Unit-two (ETU-2), at ELWA Compound.The items included 2000 bottles of aqua life water, 94 small size and 30 large size bottles of lucozade and 1,300 cartons of fruit juices.Presenting the items, on behalf of Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, Cllr. Deweh Gray, board chair of the Foundation, promised the ETU-2 that her organization will from time to time visit the center with more donations.She said the items were part of Gbowee Foundation’s commitment to supporting health practitioners in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Cllr. Gray said the items were made available through a grant from donors of the Foundation.The items donated were based on a request made to them by Dr. Jerry Brown, head of the ETU-2 at the ELWA compound, following their visit there.“When we earlier visited the ELWA ETU-2, Dr. Jerry Brown, head of the center, told us that his patients were actually in need of juices and water. That is why we decided to donate those items to the center for use by the patients,” said Cllr. Gray.She called on individuals and benevolent people to donate to treatment centers throughout the country.Receiving the items on behalf of the Dr. Jerry Brown, Benedict Reeves, head of hygiene, thanked the Foundation noting that the beverages, particularly the lucozade, came at a time when the last batch had been exhausted.He appealed to the general public to come to their aid and support them with fruit juices, particularly lucozade, and other items needed for the Ebola patients.Present during the donation was Willamette Saydee Tarr, executive director Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As the Liberian Government faces more criticism at home over corruption, Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo, has disclosed that the government has filed a petition before the State Bar of Georgia, resulting in the suspension of Judge Melvin Johnson’s license to practice law in the United States.Speaking yesterday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia, Cllr. Blamo said the government has presented an extradition request to the United States Embassy in Monrovia for Judge Johnson and Ms. Ellen Corkrum to be extradited to Liberia to face justice. She expressed the hope that the United States will grant the Liberian government’s request. “The request is now pending before the U. S. Department of Justice. We are hoping that they can respond to us in time,” said Cllr. Blamo.She explained that in May of 2014, the lawyers for the Liberian government submitted “a grievance” to the Georgia Bar, contending that Judge Melvin Johnson had violated several rules of professional conduct that are binding on lawyers who practice in that State and he needed to answer to them.“The government complained that [Judge] Johnson violated prohibitions against dishonest, fraudulent and deceitful conduct as well as misrepresentation and that he made untrue statements to persons other than his clients,” Cllr. Blamo said.According to her, the Liberian government charged that Judge Johnson conspired with Ms. Corkrum to divert US$60,000 of the Liberian people’s money to the trust account of his law firm in Georgia and that while in the country he misrepresented his status as a Liberian lawyer.“Johnson has never been a member of the Liberian Bar, and he violated privacy laws by taping conversations with government officials without their knowledge or consent. Documentation was submitted backing each of these charges,” Cllr. Blamo explained.She added that the Liberian government will continue to pursue this matter and all other abuses of the public trust in furtherance of the desire of Liberians to live in a society that is transparent and accountable.She continued that the government’s grievance required a substantive response from the accused and Judge Johnson did not provide that response, adding that as a result, the grievance was referred to a formal investigation. “Mr. Johnson was the companion and romantic partner of Ms. Ellen Corkrum, former Managing Director of the Liberia Airport Authority between September 12 and January 2013.“A Special Grand Jury in Montserrado County indicted both Corkrum and Johnson in July 2013, on three counts alleging, among other things, that they violated the public trust by wrongfully diverting public money and other properties to themselves and their friends,” Cllr. Blamo maintained.In the suspension of Judge Johnson’s license to practice law in Georgia, the State Supreme Court noted that the maximum sanction for the violations with which he is charged is disbarment, Cllr. Blamo explained.“The Court has therefore directed that this suspension remain in effect until the court’s further order,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A principal co-investigator of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL) has announced that Liberia is now opting for a regional approach for the third phase trial of the Ebola vaccines.Dr. Stephen Kennedy told a news conference yesterday that PREVAIL had made the decision because Liberia no longer has any confirmed Ebola case, therefore the third phase cannot go ahead in the country.He stated that it can only be carried out where there are confirmed cases of the virus transmission.After holding two meetings on how to solve the problem of phase three trial, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, a senior official at the Incident Management System (IMS), led a team to Guinea and Sierra Leone to meet with authorities of both nations, on finding a way for the phase three trial to proceed.Dr. Kennedy stated that phase three trial is very important because it would reveal whether the vaccines truly work or not against the virus.“The window of opportunity is closing. Liberia no longer has any case and in the next few days could be declared Ebola-free. The infection rate in Sierra Leone is dropping and Guinea is showing some progress, too, so this is the time before we miss this opportunity for the trial,” he emphasized.According to him, if phase three, the last phase of the trial, does not happen while this outbreak is still ongoing, the world would have to wait for the next outbreak before beginning from “scratch” to find a vaccine for the virus.The virus has reportedly killed 11,005 in the three most affected countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. As of May 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that there have been over 26,593 suspected, probable and confirmed cases in all three worst-hit nations.Dr. Kennedy stated that discussions with their colleagues in the other two nations have been fruitful but those technocrats will need to obtain their politicians’ approvals before the phase three trial can start in each of the two countries.He said he’s hoping that it can begin by July this year.Regarding the phase 2 study which was conducted in Liberia, he announced that PREVAIL had successfully completed vaccinating 1,500 volunteers.According to him, all of the volunteers, including himself, will be tracked for 12 months from the date of their enrollment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Despite the Police Force’s Traffic Department recording a decrease in road accidents and fatalities in 2017, there continues to be a high number of accidents that are as a result of speeding and drunk driving, which according to acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine, are suicide cases.At the GPF’s year in review press conference on Friday, Ramnarine disclosed that there were a total of 115 deaths from 100 fatal accidents recorded during 2017. Of the 115 deaths, 71 or 62 per cent were caused by either speeding and drunk driving, or a combination of the two. This is compared to 91 deaths as a result of speeding, drunk driving and speeding with drunk driving from a total of 128 deaths recorded in 2016.During last year, speeding resulted in 51 deaths, while drunk driving accounted for five and the other 15 deaths were caused by both speeding and drunk driving.It was against this backdrop that Ramnarine said those drivers who were killed in these accidents have taken their own lives.“I maintain that in those 71 deaths in 2017 which resulted (from speeding and drunk driving), they were what I call suicide; because suicide is when someone of the age of discretion, voluntarily and intentionally kills themselves. I will not refrain or retract this description, as rude and as hard as it may come across to be. That is the reality we must accept,” Ramnarine asserted.The acting Top Cop went on to admonish those drivers who continue to speed on the roadways and indulge in alcohol consumption before getting behind the wheel. According to the statistics detailed by Ramnarine, a total of 9640 drivers were subjected to random breathalyser tests in 2017 and of this amount, 3461 or 36 per cent were found to be above the legal limit.“I dare say if you are a breadwinner, you have a family and friends, what was the thinking at the time when you leave home… Nobody says you had enough, it’s time to go home; nobody says slow down; nobody says ‘hey there’s a turn coming up, you going too fast’, what happened to that? These are things that could save your life and save the pain and trauma and economic loss, among other things, for your loved and dear ones,” the acting Commissioner noted.Meanwhile, it was noted that the weekend period beginning from 18:00h on Friday evening to 06:00h on Monday has been the most tragic, recording 65 or 57 per cent of the total deaths last year. Additionally, 62 of the total fatal accidents that occurred last year involved private motorcars, as compared to 78 the previous year. The vulnerable group of drivers remain between the ages of 25 to 33.With the regards to other traffic offences, some 78,763 cases were filed in 2017 which saw a 12 per cent increase against the previous year. These cases ranged from speeding, drunk driving, music in public transport, operating private motor vehicles for hire, operating cellphones while driving, unlicensed drivers, breach of traffic light signals, breach of tint regulations, failure to wear a seat belt, and failure to wear a safety helmet; all of which recorded increased prosecutions.Commissioner Ramnarine further outlined that in 2016, there were major concerns that too many lives were being lost on the country’s roadways with statistics at the time indicating a 33 per cent increase in fatal accidents and 17 per cent increase in deaths. This, he noted, paved way for the launch of ‘Operation Safeway’.As of the end of 2017, fatal accidents went down by 15 per cent, while deaths declined by 12 per cent, reflecting 17 accidents and 13 deaths less than in 2016. There was also an 83 per cent decrease in child deaths, which accounts for two such deaths last year against 12 the previous year.The acting Police Commissioner credited this declining trend to efforts of the Traffic Department and its stakeholders who engaged in public awareness or enforcement activities throughout last year. He continued that more human and other resources have been added to the Traffic Department to boost their efforts.However, Ramnarine posited that motorists and other road users must play their part and be more responsible on the roadways.
The trade unions representing University of Guyana workers announced on Monday that they have rejected the imposed salary increases announced by that institution for 2018, as they deem the entire situation “deeply disrespectful”.According to the unions, “not only are the imposed increases a violation of good labour relations practices, but some might say that arrogance and hypocrisy are displayed in this action.”UG Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith had, in October, asked to be awarded his second bonus of the year (the first one, for 2016-2017, was awarded earlier in the year). With the assistance of the Chancellor, Professor Nigel Harris, he was awarded that bonus at the Annual Business Meeting of the University on November 8.“Affordability was never an issue when his bonus was under consideration. Now staff are being asked to accept a minuscule unilateral increase on the ground of affordability,” the unions have underscored.The unions have said they had attempted to negotiate this year’s salary increases with the university administration since January 2018, when they first wrote to the Vice Chancellor to request the start of negotiations. The agenda for the negotiations could not be agreed because the administration refused to let the unions’ agenda items be discussed first, and to delay other matters until a promised transformation had occurred at the University.According to the Unions, their number one agenda item was ‘wages and salaries for 2018’. They claim it is disingenuous for the Vice Chancellor to claim “he has been forced to ask for the unilateral increase because he could not get the administration to agree to discuss these matters.”The UG administration has refused to negotiate wages and salaries with the unions, as they failed to attend a conciliation meeting which was scheduled by the Department of Labour.
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in G Division (Essequibo) have arrested a ranger after he was found in possession of a quantity of cocaine.The discovery was made some time between 15:30h and 16:50h on Wednesday.According to Police reports, the ranks had conducted a cordon-and-search exercise between Lima and Walton Hall on the Essequibo Coast. During that operation, they unearthed the substance on the 32-year-old ranger of Walton Hall.He was arrested and taken into custody, where the narcotics was weighed, amounting to 22 grams.The cocaine that was unearthedThe suspect is being processed for court.
2015 AG Report…says Auditor General not Govt’s bookkeeperFormer Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, SC on Sunday heaped criticisms on Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, over his “unusual” outburst at Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, whose final audit report for 2015 was critical of government and in the process gave the Finance Minister a lesson on the independence of the Audit Office.Ralph Ramkarran, as House Speaker, received at least 10 Auditor General Reports in the 2001-2011 periodJordan had argued that Sharma’s opinion that certain government expenditures did not qualify as emergencies and so were not properly charged to the Contingencies Fund was an act of the Auditor General overstepping his constitutional boundary.Jordan had argued that Sharma has no authority under the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act to pronounce on whether expenditure qualifies as ‘urgent, unavoidable and unforeseen’, since it is the Minister of Finance who is empowered to make that determination. Jordan had also claimed that previously, Sharma’s reports were sent to the Finance Ministry for editing before it was handed over to Parliament.Sharma categorically rejected these assertions and made it known to the minister he was given the opportunity to edit the Auditor General’s Report but that such a facility has been withdrawn. The Auditor General rejected the minister’s assertions.Weighing on the recent “unusual” outburst, Ramkarran who served as House Speaker more than 10 years, made it clear that the minister was out of order.“The executive should not publicly chastise or question decisions of independent, constitutional office holders except within official channels,” Ramkarran wrote on his weekly Blog, The Conversation Tree.Constitutional mandateHe explained that while the National Assembly gives the Government authority to spend from the Consolidated Fund after a budget in instances of ‘urgent, unavoidable and unforeseen’ with subsequent parliamentary approval, the Auditor General, likewise, has a constitutional mandate to scrutinise these spending.“The Auditor General is required by the Constitution to audit the public accounts of Guyana, which includes the Contingencies Fund, and he shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person,” Ramkarran explained.Ramkarran in defence of Sharma said that the Auditor General is not to be confined to being a mere bookkeeper for the government; and if he found that the Minister dipped into the Contingencies Fund for any expenditure, he is obliged to examine the use of the Contingencies Fund to ascertain whether such use complies with the statutory requirements of being for ‘urgent, unavoidable or unforeseen purposes’.“Where in the world would a constitutionally mandated Auditor General consider himself or herself to be so statutorily circumscribed that he or she would preclude himself or herself from giving an opinion on the use or misuse of a fund that he or she is required to audit?” Ramkarran wondered.Institutional mechanismThe former Speaker noted that there are institutional mechanisms that are available to the minister if he disagrees with the Auditor General, pointing to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament which examines the report, a forum at which the minister can raise his objections to the AG’s findings.He however pointed out that while the Auditor General may take note of the minister’s objection, “his master is not the National Assembly, but the Constitution, as interpreted by the courts, for good reason.” There is also the legal option, Ramkarran said, explaining that Jordan can apply to the court for Writs of Certiorari and Prohibition, where the court will consider whether the Auditor General exceeded his powers. And if it is proven that he did then the court can effectively quash the Auditor General’s decision and prohibit him from doing it again.The legal luminary explained that Guyana follows the Western liberal, democratic, tradition of separation of powers. Separation between executive and legislature, he said, can be nominal under Westminster constitutions, where the executive sits in the Parliament, or subversion can reduce the independence of the judiciary and other constitution office holders.He said to maintain and strengthen that independence, relations between Government and Constitution Office holders must be professionally structured, however such niceties did not engage previous administrations, leaving very little or no precedent for the current government to follow. Ramkarran reminded Jordan that some of Sharma’s reports were critical of the past governments while they were in office but “they, wisely, never publicly confronted him.”He suggested that criteria, capable of growing into conventions, need to be developed to deal with Government relations with constitutional office holders.Financial abuseSharma, in the 2015 Auditor General Report which was laid in the National Assembly on October 13, 2016, pointed out abuse of the Contingencies Fund by the Government.Sharma said that during the period under review, amounts totalling $799 million were drawn from the Fund, by way of 24 advances. He said that it was disappointing to note that the advances continued to be granted, even though they did not meet the required criteria.He also pointed to a drastic increase in overpayments, a failure to adequately expend allotted funds and repeated breaches of the financial laws and regulations by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.These very concerns were highlighted in previous years’ reports by Sharma, under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, but not many were implemented under that government and the trend continues under the APNU/AFC Administration which won last year’s National elections on a transparency and accountability ticket.
Four stops make up this season’s Red Bull Crashed Ice series. Horst will also be making stops in St. Paul Minnesota, Moscow Russia, and Quebec City.Horst’s strongest showing last year came on Canadian ice with a fourth place showing in Niagara Falls. He had another solid effort during the Crashed Ice event in Quebec City last year when he placed sixth.The races this weekend start on February first and begin at 8 a.m. local time. Those wanting to check out how Horst does can watch live streaming of the races on the Red Bull Crashed Ice website.- Advertisement -He will be coming back to Fort St. John between race dates and lacing up the skates when possible for the Senior Flyers. Horst is the leading point getter for the Flyers with 51 points in 17 games.
Alan Rothenberg, president of the airport commission, described the decision as “a stunning about-face” in a letter to Airbus’ chief executive officer in France. But officials had a different attitude this week. “Being part of the A380’s inaugural visit to the U.S. is a clear indication that Los Angeles is a leading international gateway and that our airport is a world-class facility,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement. One A380 will land at LAX and another at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on March 19, allowing Quantas Airways to test the airports’ airfield maneuvering, terminal docking and ground-handling services and equipment. LAWA has already spent more than $51 million preparing for the A380, including renovating its gates to accommodate the aircraft. firstname.lastname@example.org (310) 543-6111160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Airbus, one of the world’s largest airplane manufacturers, has had an apparent change of heart, announcing that its giant A380 will stop in Los Angeles this month after all. The super-jumbo jet with a double-deck cabin and a wingspan almost as long as a football field is set to touch down March 19 at Los Angeles International Airport as one of the aircraft’s first visits to the United States, city and Airbus officials said this week. The announcement comes less than two weeks after news that the super-jumbo jet capable of accommodating more than 500 passengers would bypass LAX for New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. One Los Angeles World Airports official called the sudden change “a slap at Los Angeles International Airport – and the city of Los Angeles.”