Bolts keep hopes alive

first_imgPhoenix’s Jeff Chan drives for a layup against Meralco’s Jason Ballesteros (left) and KG Canaleta. —SHERWIN VARDELEONMeralco coach Norman Black wanted his Bolts to treat the clash against the Phoenix Fuel Masters as a championship game. He was glad his players responded to the challenge.With the threat of another early exit hanging over their heads, the Bolts slipped past the Fuel Masters, 92-90, last Tuesday night to stay alive in the playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:14Carpio 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garvo Lanete fired 24 points built on four triples, while Cliff Hodge had 17 points before leaving the game due to a knee injury as the Bolts survived a late onslaught by the Fuel Masters, who almost snatched the win at the buzzer only for Jeff Chan to miss on his three-point attempt.“For us, it was a championship game,” said Black, whose team improved to 3-6. “That was a really hard fought game. I’m just happy that the guys stayed in the game and kept fighting up until the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Bolts stopped their losing streak at three games, while keeping the playoff race interesting with eight teams still in the hunt for the remaining five playoff spots.Later, GlobalPort leaned on a stellar game from Nico Elorde to repulse a listless TNT, 99-84, and boost its own playoff hopes, while pushing Ka Tropa out of the quarterfinal picture. MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Playing his finest game yet, Elorde tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Batang Pier, who climbed up to seventh with a 4-4 record.It was Ka Tropa’s third straight loss in a week that also saw them suffer a double-digit defeat to Barangay Ginebra. Ka Tropa fell to ninth at 4-6.“We started aggressively because our mind-set was TNT has already played three games in a week so we wanted to take advantage and push the tempo,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.Phoenix came roaring back from a 16-point deficit early and nearly erased an 87-92 lead in the final 1:23 of the match. Jaypee Mendoza’s hustle play gave the Fuel Masters one final crack to steal the win, but Chris Newsome bothered Chan as he shot the potential game-winning triple.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours On record-setting night, Ceres highlights big leap It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

APNU/AFC Budget 2019 failed to address the depressed communities

first_imgDear Editor,The Theme of the 2019 Budget ‘Transforming the Economy, Empowering People, Building Sustainable Communities for a Good Life’, could have been considered impressive if those objectives outlined could be achieved throughout the length and breadth of this shattered nation after almost four years of mismanagement and incompetence by APNU/AFC coalition Government.This APNU/AFC Government has elevated incompetence to the highest possible level where “incompetence” is being worshipped by the President, Prime Minister, Ministers of Government, APNU/AFC Members of Parliament and whenever and wherever they give speeches they attempt to glorify the perceived “good life”.The leader of the opposition Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and Opposition Members of Parliament highlighted the inefficiencies, deficiencies, corruption and mismanagement that existed in the 2019 Budget. The Budget presentation by the Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has expanded the cracks to now huge holes in the failed APNU/AFC Government.Berbice (Region six) can be considered the most affected region in the entire country, since the targeted demolition of the two sugar estates (Rose Hall and Skeldon Estate) left its 5000 workers on the bread line. The people of Region six were hoping that this 300.7 billion dollars 2019 Budget would have at least initiated the revitalisation of the sugar industries, subsidised the water or electricity, or even created investments that would assist in absorbing the thousands of laid off workers in Region six.The sugar workers’ situation is worsened with each passing day, for example a few days ago sugar workers (Rose Hall Estate) of Canefield East Canje; their water supply was disconnected by GWI for a meager $3000 and would need $7000 to be reconnected, with increasing pressure, it can be considered “criminal” by this APNU/AFC coalition Government.The Central Government continues to trample regional authorities in executing projects in the region because of the fear of the region exposing their corruption.Millions are being spent for the installation and maintenance of street lights in region six, but unfortunately, as soon as you cross the Berbice bridge a road block welcomes you by the Public Security Minister and the Guyana Police Force, but only three of the fifteen street lights are working and as such you cannot even see the police or the road barriers during the night. What is even worse, is the Canje Bridge only having five of twenty lights in working order, the nurses from New Amsterdam Public Hospital use this bridge almost every night. Unfortunately the various Ministers blame the regional authorities for their deficiencies.This APNU/AFC coalition Government is trying to build a first world country on a donkey cart economy. Ross Perot said “The Budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled”.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Landlord, tenant on bail for assault

first_imgA landlord and her tenant were on Friday arraigned for assaulting each other. It is alleged that on January 25, 2018, Cheryl Fraser at Tucville, Georgetown, unlawfully and maliciously wounded Xua Zhang and Ging Li with intention to cause grievous bodily harm. The woman pleaded not guilty to the charges.Additionally, Xua Zhang was charged for using threatening behaviour towards Cheryl Fraser on January 28 at Tucville. He also pleaded not guilty.The prosecution had no objection to the defendant’s pre-trial libery and Fraser was released on $30,000 bail for each of the charges. Xua Zhang was granted $10,000 bail.In court on Friday, Fraser pleaded with the court for an extended period to return to court since she has medical issues that need attention. The case will continue on March 1.last_img read more

Businessman opens ‘Safeway’ supermarket at Supenaam

first_img– gifted masjid to residentsBY INDRAWATTIE NATRAMForty-two-year-old Iftikar Mohamed, a businessman of Cotton Field Village on the Essequibo Coast, has commissioned a multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art supermarket at Supenaam.The father of four said the opening of his second supermarket was a testimony of true courage and determination. He attributed his successes to the almighty and his wife Safeeina.Mohamed ventured into the business of wholesaling and retailing some nine years ago and today, he said, he is proud to be able to have opened a supermarket at a location where there was a dire need for one. Mohamed is said to be the first businessman to open a supermarket on the Essequibo Coast after which some 25 other businessmen followed.Operating under the logo “Shop safe and save”, the businessman said his supermarket will serve as a hub for the Supenaam and Essequibo Islands environs.When asked what prompted him to establish such a huge business in the Supenaam area, Mohamed noted that after a feasibility study was conducted, it was noticed that there was no business of such nature at Supenaam and very often, persons had to journey to the town of Anna Regina or Parika to source basic necessities.He said, too, that the decision to expand his supermarket was birthed five years ago and after receiving encouragement from “excellent business consultants,” the first pillar was laid in May last year.Businessman Iftikar Mohamed and his family along with Social Protection Minister Amna Ally at the opening of Safeway Supermarket in SupenaamMohamed said the land was acquired first, after which the process commenced and today he has not regretted making the choice he did.Humantarian spiritApart from the construction of the multimillion-dollar supermarket, Mohamed has constructed a masjid for the people living in the Good Hope area. The masjid was a gift, he said, and a way of expressing his gratitude to the community for their support during the construction of the supermarket.On the opening day of Safeway Supermarket, 22 elders 80 years and over were given complimentary hampers.Meanwhile, the official ribbon cutting ceremony was done by Social Protection Minister Amna Ally. She was accompanied by Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Chairman Devanand Ramdatt, acting Regional Executive Officer Deryck Persaud and Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairman Arnold Adams.During the simple ceremony, Minister Ally said the businessman has set a pace for others to emulate. She alluded to the fact that he would have transformed the landscape of the Good Hope-Pomona area with the construction of the supermarket. Ally noted that the supermarket is a testimony to the development that is taking place in the Supenaam area.Meanwhile, Ramdatt congratulated the businessman on behalf of the Region’s Council. He said he is very proud to learn that the opening of the supermarket provided employment for 10 persons living within the area and also for further community development.Additionally, Adams also commended the efforts of the businessman and pledged the support of the NDC. Persons living around the area can now purchase a variety of items since the supermarket will be selling most products that are available from leading companies.last_img read more

Big money raised for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

first_imgBy Adam ReaburnBig Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John held the 19th annual Bowl for Kids Sake Sunday afternoon.A total of over $29,600 was raised for the local group by over 30 teams of bowlers at Fort Bowling Lanes.  The Devon Canada Team raised the most at just over $6,000 and Suzanne Cavalheiro from that team alone collected over $2,600.  For her efforts Big Brothers and Big Sisters have awarded her with a trip for two to Hollywood.- Advertisement -Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John would like to thank all the bowlers and sponsors for making this event such a success.  A big thank you goes out to the staff at Fort Bowling Lanes for all their help.last_img

Bush encourages soldiers at Fort Irwin

first_imgHe warned that the troops and their families will suffer unless Congress provides funding to continue the war without timetables for withdrawal. Both the House and Senate passed funding measures that require a pull-back. The president has pledged to veto any bill that includes timetables. He said the Army chief of staff told him that without renewed funding this month, “we will be forced to take increasingly Draconian measures,” including cutbacks in training for National Guard and reserves. “The folks at Fort Irwin know firsthand how important training is,” he said. The National Training Center is one of the nation’s premier posts for teaching soldiers how to fight in the desert. FORT IRWIN – President Bush said thank you Wednesday to the military and their families for their sacrifices during a time when the “American people are weary of this war.” The president spoke to several hundred soldiers and their family members during a lunch at the U.S. Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, 30 miles north of Barstow. He acknowledged the growing public and political pressure against the war, and the frustration of the American people. “They wonder whether or not we can succeed. They’re horrified by the suicide bombings they see,” he said. Historically, it’s focused on tank warfare, but now includes realistic lessons for the urban warfare and counterinsurgency going on in Iraq. A replica of an Iraqi village has been created on the post, incorporating Arab-speaking Iraqi-Americans to help soldiers prepare for what they will encounter. Before lunch, Bush stood in a dusty, rocky field as soldiers explained how they detect and disarm homemade bombs, called Improvised Explosive Devices. Bush operated a remote-control robot, playfully steering the device straight into a row of news photographers. The work being done by those who go through the training, those who volunteered while the nation is at war, “will have a lasting impact on the world in which we live,” he said. He cited a story about two children placed in a car so insurgents could get access to a crowded area. “Then they got out of the car and blew up the car with the children inside,” he said. “It only hardens my resolve to help free Iraq from a society in which people can do that to children … The people who do that are not people – you know, it’s not a civil war – it is pure evil.” U.S. Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands and Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said the public they represent still agrees with the president. “How would you feel if the president came out and said, `Oh man, it’s not looking good,”‘ McKeon said. Most important to the soldiers and their families were the president’s words of gratitude and encouragement. “I understand how difficult this war is on America’s military families. I understand the rotations are difficult for the moms and husbands, and sons and daughters. I understand that when a loved one is deployed, it creates anxiety. I also understand our military families are very supportive of those who wear the uniform. “And so, on behalf of a grateful nation, I say thanks to the families who are here, and all across the United States of America,” he said. That was just what the troops and their families wanted to hear, several said afterwards. “It was really awesome to have him come and thank us for our service,” said Cambria Blain, wife of the deputy commander of the post. Julie Hurd’s husband has been home for about six months after seven months in Afghanistan, where he worked in a medical unit. “It’s no fun having a husband deployed,” said the mother of four. “The mission is important. It’s important for the American people to realize that those of us who make the sacrifice support the president.” After the speech, the president spent about 45 minutes lingering for photos with soldiers and meeting with families of some of those who have been killed. Specialist Donna Laury, 36, of Kansas, served one tour in Iraq as a mental health provider. “It was like surreal,” the Kansas native said. “It was amazing. It was real impressive to us; we got to go meet him.” Sgt. David Moreno, 31, originally from Mexico, said the average soldiers are so focused on their work, they don’t worry too much about the political debates or the declining support for the war. “We have to remember why we do what we do,” the Iraq veteran said. “He told us the purpose of what we’re doing.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. (909) 386-3889 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Severe Thunderstorm watch issued for B.C. Peace

first_imgEnvironment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire B.C. Peace region.  They believe current conditions are favourable for severe thunderstorms with possible strong winds, large hail and heavy rain.  If we are going to see a storm it could happen this afternoon.  Read the full warning from Environment Canada below.Issued at 2015-06-30 16:56 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.- Advertisement -Fast moving water across a road can sweep a vehicle away. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Stay indoors when a thunderstorm strikes. There isn’t a place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors! Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. To report severe weather, send an email or tweet reports to #BCStorm.More details on the alert are available here.Replies to this message will neither be read nor receive a response.Latest information is always available here: read more

Carabao Cup draw live – the 2017-18 League Cup first round

first_img1 Watch the 2017/18 Carabao Cup first-round draw live on on Friday, from 1pm UK time.The 35 first-round ties will be drawn in Thailand, the home of the competition’s sponsor, Carabao Energy Drink.Formerly known as the EFL Cup/League Cup, the Carabao Cup is the first major piece of silverware available for English clubs to win next season. The Carabao Cup last_img

When there are 366 days in a year…

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 22, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012January 18, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Leaping at GC322MF in Croatia.Share with your Friends:More This Leap Day, Get Outside!It only happens every four years. It gives us 366 calendar days which means we all have one extra day to go geocaching. So of course, we’re celebrating with a souvenir — actually, make that two!The first souvenir can only be earned on Leap Day itself — February 29 — by attending a geocaching event. The other souvenir can be earned all weekend long (February 27-29) by getting outside and finding a geocache. Plan an EventWhy does Leap Day exist?Leap Day exists to correct for the difference between the calendar year and the astronomical year. The 365 days of the calendar year represent Earth’s movement around the sun every 365 days. But Earth just ate a pizza and is actually moving a bit slower than that: it takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds for Earth to revolve around the sun.And so, the calendar is adjusted to compensate for that extra time, by adding an extra day to the year about every four years (but not every four years). If we didn’t correct for the difference between the two calendars, the northern hemisphere would eventually end up celebrating New Year’s Eve during summer. In the southern Hemisphere, more cities might see a snowy Christmas. By the year 2736, the US would celebrate the 4th of July in deep winter.And if you like swirling down an interesting internet search spiral on the mixed-up history of the Julian and Roman calendars, click here.last_img read more

Let the flames begin! Flying diver ignites SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Katropa fields Rice, try to catch up with leaders Earlier a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took center stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of color.More than 4,000 athletes from 11 nations strode into the newly refurbished, 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil stadium, which was sold out for the vibrant show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTorrential rain early on failed to dampen enthusiasm as the hosts put on an entertaining spectacle before Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from boxing and equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls at the popular and unique SEA Games. MOST READ View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Games mascot Rimau, a fluffy Malayan tiger, flew into the stadium on a wire, after LED-lit pedal cars and flag-wavers wearing glittering gold suits had entertained the crowd.Fans watched video messages from Malaysia’s badminton and squash stars Lee Chong Wei and Nicol David, who are busy with world championships commitments, and cheered the succession of marching bands.After the Games had been declared open, the stadium erupted in song as hundreds of dancers waving silver palm trees and waving red-lit parasols gave the event a carnival atmosphere.Olympic silver medal-winning diver Pandelela Rinong passed the flaming torch to Nur Dhabita, who took off slowly towards the 40-foot (12-metre) cauldron and lit it, setting off a blaze of fireworks.The biennial SEA Games, formerly the Southeast Asian Peninsula Games, have been running since 1959, when the region was still emerging from its long era of colonialism.ADVERTISEMENT Malaysia, who have given the 29th edition the tagline “Rising Together”, are aiming to top the medals table for only the second time by matching the 111 golds they won on home soil in 2001.Ahead of the opening ceremony, they have already made a strong start with seven golds to lead the table ahead of Singapore and Thailand, who both have three.The Games retain a distinctly regional flavor, with Olympic sports like swimming and athletics contested alongside Asian favorites such as pencak silat, sepak takraw and wushu.They are a big source of national pride in the fast-growing region of about 650 million people, which all too often finds itself outclassed on the world sporting stage. CBB Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Malaysian athlete Nur Dhabitah Sabri lights the torch during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017.  AFP PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through Malaysia’s national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron at the climax of a glittering Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday.The 18-year-old rising star was suspended high above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor in Kuala Lumpur, carrying a flaming torch, at the end of the four-hour extravaganza.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more