“The good thing about this team is that everybody steps up. I can score 50 or 40 points per game, but if they’re not involved, we’re not going to be No. 1.”In the second game, Barangay Ginebra walloped Alaska, 105-86, to climb to a share of sixth place with GlobalPort (5-5) and within reach of sister team San Miguel Beer (5-4).Justin Brownlee finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Kings, who led by as many as 33 points.The Aces absorbed their second straight loss for a 7-3 card, tied with TNT KaTropa in second place, going into the nine-day break as the league gives way to the Fiba World Cup qualifiers.While Johnson won his matchup with Arinze Onuaku in the paint, Maverick Ahanmisi was also nothing short of spectacular, his game-long brilliance of 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists crucial in weathering the ferocious Meralco comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Daquioag’s triple capped a hot-shooting night for the Elasto Painters, who knocked down 17 threes on their way to sealing the No. 1 spot and the twice-to-beat leverage going into the eight-team quarterfinal round.“This is special for us, because we know that if we close this out tonight, we don’t have to worry about next week,” said import Reggie Johnson after controlling the boards for Rain or Shine that helped them race to an 18-point lead early on.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 crownNow carrying a pacesetting 9-1 record, the Elasto Painters will face the TNT KaTropa on their final elimination round game on July 7 without pressure.“We can gear out to the playoffs and find out who we gonna play,” said Johnson. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Meralco found out the hard way that if it leaves Ed Daquioag open, he could zap the Bolts.With nobody to challenge him, Daquioag hit a wide-open, game-clinching three with 12.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters past the Bolts, 106-99, on Sunday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Winning a game like this shows our character,” said Ahanmisi, referring to Rain or Shine’s 3-0 record in overtime this conference.Still, the Bolts are assured of a quarterfinal spot despite a second straight defeat in a 7-4 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa, Jia shift focus to PH squad Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments
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Dear Editor,At the risk of being characterised as “absurd”, “nonsensical”, and “foolish”, I would like to address the deficiencies in Dr David Hinds’ article captioned, “It is the role of Government in Guyana to directly and indirectly create employment for its citizens”.Hinds anchors his arguments in the “thinking of Jagan’s PPP, Burnham’s PNC and Rodney’s WPA”. Guyanese must be thankful to the CIA and British for their machinations in removing Jagan because Guyana would have been reduced to a Cuban style dictatorship. While Burnham wreaked havoc on the Guyanese economy experimenting with nationalisation, price controls, etc, Jagan deemed it “old wine in new bottle” and offered “critical support”. Rodney was the ideological twin of Robert Mugabe. His death [whether by his mishandling of explosive or treachery] saved Guyana from the faith of becoming another Zimbabwe-style disaster.Hinds seeks to liberate Guyanese from “four centuries of economic and political bondage” and advocates Government determining “who gets what, when and how”. Replacing massa with Government does not liberate Guyanese from “economic and political bondage.” Not massa but Government will take care of everything. Instead of liberation, Hinds institutionalises the dependency mindset of the plantation slave.Hinds fails to grasp the complexities of the Guyanese economy. Accordingly, he believes that Guyana is a “mini-private sector that is mostly engaged in “buying and selling” and does not have a “thriving and diverse private sector”.On his way to Buxton, Hinds should take a detour to Ogle. He will see the nascent Guyanese aviation sector. Furthermore, Hinds is clearly oblivious to all the construction that has taken place around the country, totally disregards the mining, timber, hotel, rice, sugar, bauxite, etc. Instead, he wants Government to determine “who gets what, when and how”. Guyanese will do well to remember the privation that they experienced with socialism. The ETB, co-op stores, KSI did not deliver for the Guyanese populace.Hinds, at his most dangerous, advocates the economic equivalent of “crack cocaine” – that is cash transfer to the poor. While this proposal sounds appealing, it reinforces the very dependency that he so desperately wants to overcome. Hinds should take a refresher in primary school proverbs – Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. The Government of Guyana should focus on education – build schools, award scholarships to study abroad; invest in hospitals; build roads, sewer systems, electricity grids, water, etc. Doling out cash is not the role of Government.It is time Guyanese reject the snake oil peddled by Hinds and his ilk.Sincerely,Roger AllyFort Lauderdale
Transport fares released by the Ministry of Transport on (MOT) January 15 seem to have become null and void due to the refusal of mainly bus drivers to abide by the order. Now information emerging is that a readjustment may be in sight.A list of transport fares found with some officials of the Federation of Road Transport Union (FRTUL) last Friday, showed that there was an increase in transport fares for various locations, contrary to previous fares MOT announced as a result of the drop in the prices of petroleum products.The “new fare” not yet released to the public came out when a FRTUL field officer, who refused to give his name to the Daily Observer, sided with a bus driver to charge commuters LD$25.00 from Broad Street to Duala above the LD$20.00 set earlier by the MOT.But as a protest erupted and the Liberian National Police (LNP) became involved, the so-called new transport fare list shown by the FRTUL official revealed the name “Abu Kamara” with the title, “Assistant Minister for Road and Rail Transport, Ministry of Transport.”When the LNP officers at Metro 2 saw the list, the signatures of the Minister of Transport and the Director of Public Affairs were not seen compared to the January 15 list, and Abu Kamara’s signature did not appear on it.The police, in their efforts to ascertain the facts, went to the Transport Ministry and brought the first adjusted list with no indication that there had been any changes. This led to the two FRTUL officers and the bus driver being charged with fraud and forgery and their subsequent detention pending a court trial.Police contended that they as law enforcement officers had not been served copies of the so-called new fares as had been done on previous occasions.Moreover, the police said any such adjustments should be published in the newspapers and announced over the radio to inform the public as had been done in the past.“Furthermore, the new list was only with the FRTUL and bus drivers, and not taxi drivers who are also affected by the adjusted fares,” a female police officer said.One of the detained FRTUL officers called someone from the Transport Ministry to convince the police that the Ministry was aware of the new fares, but the officer refused on grounds that the list did not have approval of the Minister and was not published as the first one had been.The LNP officer, without following the suggestion of the person he communicated with, ordered the arrest and detention of the men, stating that whichever authority was behind the new fares could call the police boss to complain against him (LNP officer) for enforcing the law.If the FRTUL officers and driver of the bus bearing the plate TB 923 will actually be prosecuted, the driver will be paying the amount of US$200.00 for the first offense, if found guilty.The court or any relevant authority will decide what becomes of the FRTUL agents and the Assistant Minister whose name is on the dubious fare list.Efforts made to get the names of the detainees proved futile as one of the officers, Ahmed Mohammed Kenneth, ordered the Daily Observer barred from the investigation on the grounds that LNP actions are forbidden from reaching the media except through the press and public affairs section of the LNP.While our reporter was still at the scene of the investigation, information emerged that field agents of the FRTUL habitually arrange with drivers to charge commuters higher than the approved fares with the intent of sharing the money.Since the announcement of the new transport fares for Monrovia and its surroundings, bus drivers have remained on strike and sometimes appear at picking up points late in the evening when passengers are anxiously waiting to go home.In such cases, the passengers who always have to fight for cars, are constrained to pay any amount the drivers demand, while FRTUL agents are there collecting money from drivers in the name of the union.FRTUL is one of four union groups in the country with many agents assigned to various parking points in Monrovia and across the country.From past interviews with some of its officials, FRTUL had planned to build terminals for travelers in strategic areas in the country and also provide vehicles to take passengers to their destinations in case of breakdowns on the highway.It also tries to help drivers who encounter problems with vehicles or authorities on the highways.However, these social responsibilities have over the years remained unfulfilled as drivers continue to complain about agents taking money from them without providing them with any benefits.Furthermore, no terminal has been built anywhere in Liberia by FRTUL or any other union.Efforts to interview authorities of the MOT regarding the implementation of new fares have proven unsuccessful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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A woman who allegedly left her Chihuahua unattended was charged after the dog attacked and bit a child.Alvaveen Alberts denied that on November 16, 2017 at Wortmanville, Georgetown, she failed to restrain her Chihuahua, which attacked the child.However, in her defence, Alberts told Magistrate Leron Daly, before whom she appeared that the boy was in the habit of teasing the dog which caused it to bite him.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh told Magistrate Daly that the excuse given by the defendant was not valid.He asked that bail in a substantial sum be imposed in order for Alberts to take better care in the future.Bail was granted in the sum of $30,000. The defendant is expected to return to court today.
Skyrocketing fuel pricesHire car operators plying the New Amsterdam/Corriverton route on Friday temporarily parked their cars in protest over the increase in the price for gas, while demanding that short drop (five miles) fares be increased.The drivers parked their cars at Port Mourant, Berbice, from about 10:00h and stayed until midday before resuming duty.The drivers are seeking to have fares increased by up to 40 per cent to compensate for the recent hike in the price of gas which has increased by 15 per cent.Fuel prices at the pumps in Berbice moved from $198 per liter at the start of the year to $231 per liter. However, the drivers are demanding that short drop faresThe Corentyne hire car operators outside the office of the Prime Minister at Port Mourant, Berbice on Fridaymove from $100 to $120 of $140.Two weeks ago, it was $940 per gallon of gas at some Guyoil stations in Berbice; now it is $1040. At the start of last month, most hire car operators were using $7500 to fill their car tank, now it will cost them over $8000.Drivers on Friday argued that at the current price for fuel, they can only stay in business if they increase fares.The operators are nevertheless demanding that commuters be made to pay the proposed increases. They called for the increase to be implemented immediately.At Port Mourant, scores of operators on Friday parked their cars and went to the Office of the Prime Minister, however, no one was at the office.Thakur McLeen, a father of five, who operates his car says since the increase in fuel cost, he has only been taking home under $1500 daily.“$100 for a short drop will not work because the gas price going up every day; it will not work out plus we have to get new tires, oil and filter.”While the drivers argue that spare parts have also been increasing since the fare was set at $100 for a short drop, it should be noted that the price for all of the other expenses was factored into the price when the fare was set.Meanwhile, Subhas Singh, a hire car driver for eight years, said the increase in competition is also another reason for proposed increases to be implemented. He claimed the following the recent increase in fuel prices, he has been taking home less than $1000 at the end of the day.He explained that there are more hire cars on the road today as against when he started operating.Many of the drivers who ply the New Amsterdam/Corriverton and New Amsterdam/Rose Hall route are contending that with current prices for gasoline at the pump, the hire car business cannot sustain them and their family. Many of them have to pay a rental for the vehicles while a large number of the operators have loads on the vehicle. They say they are operating at a loss.The operators are seeking to stage another demonstration on Monday and hope to get the support of a larger number hire car operators and owners who are non-operators. (Andrew Carmichael)
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Energy in Action Team is back in the Peace today, working with about 50 students from grades four to six, at Tremblay Elementary School in Dawson Creek.Laura Perry is the manager of the five member team… [asset|aid=2905|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3152367545b672ad6bb22c7fac22fc27-Laura Perry-1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -This is the seventh year of the program, and Laura says the students are taught about petroleum and petroleum products…careful resource development…what is meant by reclamation…and then…. [asset|aid=2906|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3152367545b672ad6bb22c7fac22fc27-Laura Perry-2_1_Pub.mp3] She adds, at every stop the group tries come up with a project, that is unique to the area it is visiting, and at this school it’s the medicine wheel, which goes to the Metis tradition of many of the students…Advertisement [asset|aid=2907|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3152367545b672ad6bb22c7fac22fc27-Laura Perry-3_1_Pub.mp3] She says the overall objective of the program is to encourage students in the visited resource communities to define their environmental vision, and to work with them to try and achieve it.
British Columbians will now vote in a mail-in referendum on the HST. Ballots will be mailed out in June and must be returned to Elections B.C. or a Service B.C. office by Friday July 22.For more information on the province wide participation rates and on the HST, visit www.HSTinBC.ca Results are in from the first-ever provincially run Tele-Town Halls.Over the past three weeks, more than a 250,000 British Columbians took part in the 11 HST telephone-town hall meetings, exceeding expectations. Out of the 417, 464 British Columbians who answered their phones, 276,504 or 66 per cent, participated in the calls, waiting on the phone for approximately 17 minutes.- Advertisement -The feedback from these calls will be reviewed and evaluated in order to help improve the developing harmonized sales tax policy.The tele-town halls were hosted by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom and Mister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell.Falcon says, “Participation in the talking-taxes tele-town halls has far exceeded our initial expectations. British Columbians were very frank and direct with their feedback and questions, and that’s exactly the kind of conversation I wanted to have before we look at policy changes to improve the HST.”With regards to the Peace River Region, 9,897 people answered their phones, with 5,878 or 59 per cent participating, waiting on the phone for an average of 21 minutes.Advertisement
Chloe Magee has been knocked out of the World Championships in Guangzhou.The Raphoe woman lost her opening round of the women’s singles.The Donegal woman was beaten 21-14 21-14 by Hsaio Ma Pei of Chinese Taipei. Pei had clearly upped her game since the pair last met in the Thailand Open earlier the summer.Magee and her brother Sam were beaten by Dutch pair Jorrit De Ruiter and Samantha Barning in the mixed doubles on Monday.The Irish pair lost 21-15 21-12 against their Dutch opponents.Dubliner Scott Evans was defeated 21-14 21-15 by top seed Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles on Monday. The Ireland squad will now take a break before resuming training for the winter season.DISAPPOINTMENT AS MAGEE KNOCKED OUT OF WORLD BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BADMINTONchloe mageeWorld Championships
DDTV: Voice of Sport Charlie Collins interviews former Donegal manager John Joe Doherty in the latest of his interviews.John Joe says that Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher would have felt very lonely, especially during the second half defeat to Mayo.Click to play and hear the full interview. DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT WITH FORMER DONEGAL MANAGER JOHN JOE DOHERTY was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie CollinsDonegal MayoJim McGuinnessJohn Joe DohertyRory Gallagher