After woeful start, Magnolia Hotshots ‘peaking at the right time’

first_imgYeng Guiao ejected in 2nd quarter of crucial NLEX game MOST READ The Hotshots started the season with three straight losses but they’ve begun playing with a lot more intensity especially on the defensive end and it’s paid dividends.“Compared to our first few games, I’m happy with my players’ rhythm and their defense,” he said.“Like I told my players, I think we’re peaking at the right time.”Magnolia has a relatively light schedule with three of its last four games against teams at the bottom of the standings.The Hotshots, however, can’t afford to be complacent with fierce rival Barangay Ginebra next on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia coach Chito Victolero is starting to see his team slowly regain its form.ADVERTISEMENT The Hotshots on Wednesday chalked up their third win in four games after dumping the Columbian Dyip in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.The victory allowed Magnolia to sneak into the playoff picture as it claimed eighth place with still four games left in its elimination round schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We talked about the importance of this game and the importance of our effort and aggressiveness so I’m very happy we were able to surpass Columbian’s effort and aggressiveness,” said Victolero in Filipino after Magnolia blasted Columbian, 109-83, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“At least, our run towards the playoffs is getting better.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “They are also very hungry. It’s going to be a good game. Both teams are well motivated.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

EU, LRA Launch €2.1 million Customs Support Project

first_imgOn Thursday 11th August, the European Union and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) officially launched a project for Long Term Technical Assistance to the Customs Department at a local resort in Monrovia, according to an LRA press release yesterday.The EU funded project, which has a value of €2.1 million (approximately US$2.3 million), will continue until October 2018.The project will facilitate Liberia’s international and regional trade, generate customs revenue and improve the accountability, transparency, effectiveness and efficiency of customs in Liberia. Capacity to tackle smuggling and fraud will be enhanced and the project will support Liberia’s compliance with WTO obligations and the objectives of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreement with West Africa. Building on previous support from the European Union for the Customs Department under the then-Ministry of Finance, the current project aims to achieve increased revenue collection nationally, including the establishment of a ‘Centre of Excellence’ and pilot upgrade of selected key border posts and reduce smuggling and fraud through strengthened capacity for anti-smuggling, intelligence and investigation and enforcement. The project is also expected attain increased efficiency and enhanced trade facilitation, including reduced average clearance times, through strengthened capacity for management control and for consistent application of laws, regulations and procedures, in particular promotion of voluntary compliance and post clearance audit operations. The Customs Department of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) will be in charge of implementation, supported by four long-term international Customs experts, and several short-term experts. This includes Peter Bennett (Team Leader), Brian Glancy and Bill Eliasson, all of whom were present at the event.Peter Bennett gave a presentation at the launch event outlining the key aspects that will be covered by the project and introducing the Key Expert team. He set out the three main components of the project: Support to the Customs Department Headquarters; Support to the Compliance and EnforcementDivision; and Support to Rural and Urban ports, including the development of a Centre of Excellence at the Freeport of Monrovia. At the event, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority, Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, thanked the EU and its taxpayers for their timely support towards the transformation of Customs Administration in Liberia, which includes a Centre of Excellence at the Customs One Stop Shop at the Freeport and the resulting positive impact on doing business. She is looking forward to the successful implementation of the project, which is critical to improving Liberia’s Doing Business, WCO (World Customs Organisation) and other international rankings.European Union Chargé d’Affaires, Mrs. Emma Sundblad, said “The European Union is contributing more than two million dollars to the creation of a Customs Centre of Excellence and the fight against smuggling, because we believe that this will generate much-needed revenue for the Government of Liberia. At the same time, more efficient Customs procedures will make it easier for Liberian and international businesses to trade with each other and to invest in Liberia. We hope that the hands-on approach of the experts will help their Liberian colleagues to put things into practice.”The event was attended by officials of the Government of Liberia, representatives of the private sector, as well as members of the diplomatic corps and donor partners, many of which are actively supporting the LRA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPHC tragedies a result of inexperienced, political appointees – former Health Minister

first_imgGuyana’s health sector continues to be plagued with challenges and instead of it being developed under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, it is actually regressing.This was according to former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, who in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Sunday stated that the present Administration has politicised the health sector since it took office and this has had a deleterious impact on the quality of health care offered in Guyana.“In implementing a policy of favouring political activists and friends for appointment in the sector, APNU/AFC has sacrificed quality health care for the Guyanese people for political expediency. The end result, however, is that everyone suffers. The recent preventable deaths of three children at the GPHC [Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation] because of inappropriate use of a very good and powerful medicine is one of the results of the poor management that unfortunately is endemic in the public health sector today,” he explained.According to Dr Ramsammy, the deaths of the three children earlier this year at the GPHC were compounded by the “mismanagement of the investigation”.“It abandoned all the standard protocols that were in place since I was Minister of Health. The timeline of more than six weeks for an investigation into these deaths demonstrates that the Hospital and the Ministry of Health were more interested in spinning and placing blame somewhere, rather than finding the truth and ensuring systems to prevent reoccurrence. The standard protocol for these investigations have always insisted on avoidance of conflict of interest, not protection of interest.”He posited that the GPHC investigation, with the total complicity of the Health Ministers and the Ministry, never was intended to find the truth and introduce systems to avoid a reoccurrence.Meanwhile, in light of the recent report about the birth of premature twins and the wrapping of the babies as stillborns to be removed to the mortuary, the former Health Minister noted that that was another event that added to the loss of confidence in the health sector and the suspicion among citizens that the public health sector was dangerous.“I am informed that the twins were premature, birthing at 25 weeks of pregnancy. It is true that such premature babies do have a difficult time surviving, but the automatic conclusion that they are not viable is reckless. When I was Minister, we had changed the viability from 28 weeks to 22, I believe, consistent with the standards in other countries and in this case, the responsible persons assumed that since the babies were below the 28 weeks, they decided to discard the foetus.”Dr Ramsammy elaborated that this was yet other example that all the standard protocols in the public health sector were either currently not being applied or poorly applied.“This is the result of inexperienced and political appointees. It is not merely callous, it is reckless and an abrogation of responsibilities and a dereliction of duty by the Ministers. The truth is that APNU/AFC deliberately abandoned many of the protocols in place and many of the quality programmes already in place for political reasons,” he added. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Georgetown floods: Clogged drains, garbage, overgrown vegetation blamed

first_imgAfter a night of heavy rainfall and accompanying thunder, Georgetown was a sight of garbage floating in clogged drains, ubiquitous overgrown vegetation, and flooded streets inconveniencing residents, schoolchildren, workers, and everyone else who frequents the city.The situation in QueenstownThis publication toured the city on Monday, and although the water had receded in some parts, Cummingsburg, particularly around Carmichael Street, and Queenstown and its contiguous areas were still under floodwater. In the Queenstown area, the drains were all clogged up by overgrown vegetation and garbage dumped alongside the parapets.This schoolchild braved the flooded streets to attend schoolThis situation renders moot the consideration of whether the Mayor and City Council has been doing enough to manage the drainage network within the city.Meanwhile, over in West Ruimveldt, resident Floyd King Stuart said he has been living in the area for over 20 years, and instead of the flooding situation improving, it is rapidly deteriorating. He explained that every time it rains, the water rises by more than two feet, since the Front Road Canal is silted up and overgrown with vegetation.A clogged, garbage-filled canal in QueenstownStuart said that, in order for residents to get some relief from the flooding, that canal needs to be desilted and the area around the koker cleared out.Incensed, he has accused Constituency Councillor Winston Harding of not meeting with West Ruimveldt residents to address issues they are facing.One of the streets that were converted into a river following the heavy rainfall“The septic tank water rise up and the children have to walk through this water. They getting sick! We begging y’all to do something for us for this area! All over is being cleaned, but Mr Harding is wasting time; and every time you speak to Mr Harding, he say he going to some meeting. He never give you a proper answer yet. We begging y’all, the Front Road need to be cleared to get these trench to get desilted; if not, let the people clean behind them for a short while,” Stuart appealed.A car manoeuvres through the floodwaters near GTT headquartersMeanwhile, another resident, Alana Emmanuel, called for better management of the drainage network within the area. She said every time it rains her house floods, and cleaning up after the flooding is very costly.“Every time this rain fall here so, all inside the house does get one set ah water. It don’t be healthy for these children, because this water get one set ah worm and all kind of thing. All inside me house full with water right now. My son slide down and knock he-self just now… When you trying to bail out the water, the vinolay does tear up and so, and you got to buy back vinolay all the time,” she said.Like the other residents, she called for the Councillor, and by extension the Government, to remove squatters along the Front Road Canal, so that it could be better managed.Resident Alana Emmanuel“The people them need to move on the Front Road (squatters). They need to move on the Front Road (Canal), because every time the rain fall, this is what we going through all the time. Every time the rain fall, this is what we going through — this strain — all the time! The trench ain’t getting fuh clean, and we getting flood all the time,” the woman said.Collectively, residents throughout the City have said constant flooding is something that affects both businesses and schoolchildren.Clearing canalsGeorgetown Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, has said the rainy season is especially strenuous for the M&CC, since they have to deal with blocked drains and clogged canals. She urged business owners and residents to take the necessary precautions to minimize damages.Resident Floyd King StuartIn relation to the Front Road Canal, the Mayor has said complete clearing of that major drainage canal is dependent on the squatters, since they prevent the equipment from accessing the canal.City Engineer Colvern Venture explained that the M&CC is working with the Department of Housing to have the squatting problem addressed. He added that the City Engineer’s Department was able to clean one section of drainage in February.“Going further east, we are unable to clear that (section) using our equipment. Putting men to work in that canal will be very difficult. We have the challenge of persons having illegal electricity connection in that canal, and it is high-risk to put men there,” Venture explained.Another flooded Georgetown street“We are working with the Ministry of Housing to have those persons relocated. The ministry is working on a programme to regularize some persons within that area — not along the Front Road — but they are looking more to the Laing Avenue; and in doing so, they are giving us more space to walk our equipment to clear those canals,” he added.Venture related that the City Engineer’s Department has the same issue in relation to the North Ruimveldt Canal. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

The path to victory

first_imgConsidering that the 2006 law that gave Villaraigosa major oversight of Los Angeles Unified is dead unless the appellate courts revive it, this could be the mayor’s last shot at making good on his campaign promise to reform the schools. For this reason, Tuesday’s election, while not an outright triumph, should stand as an important step on the mayor’s path to victory. ON Tuesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa won a partial victory for his bid to take over Los Angeles’ public schools. His hopes to win full control of the school board came up short when only one of his candidates, Yolie Flores Aguilar, won election outright, but two others were able to force runoff elections for May 15. With current board member Monica Garcia already on his side, the mayor’s runoff candidates – Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic – must both win or the chances of significant reform of the LAUSD are dim, indeed. To do that, they will also need another huge infusion of the mayor’s political support and campaign cash to beat the union-backed candidates. The good news is that they both garnered the most votes in their individual races, so they can win if they get a decent split of the votes that went to the also-ran candidates. Galatzan’s case was particularly notable in that her opponent, Jon Lauritzen, is an incumbent with the backing of the teachers union. In this city, it’s tough to out-campaign a union, and it will only happen if a lot more voters pay attention and show up at the polls than turned out on Tuesday, an abysmal 7 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rent’s low in billionaire’s ‘heaven’

first_imgJapanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto has selected the first four of eight native Hawaiian families that will each rent one of his multimillion-dollar homes in the exclusive oceanside Kahala area for $150 a month. The low-income families could move into the furnished Kahala Avenue homes, purchased in 2005 for $2 million to $3.4 million each, as soon as this weekend. “They will be living in heaven now,” said Kawamoto, a 75-year-old real-estate tycoon. Among Kawamoto’s four rental homes is one with five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms. The 6,489-square-foot home was built in 1989 and is more than three times larger than the average house on Oahu. It was purchased by Kawamoto in August 2005 for $3.4 million. The families were selected from 3,000 people who wrote him in response to his plan announced in October to rent to low-income Hawaiians. Kawamoto said it was difficult to choose families because there was so much interest. He also expects to select four more tenant families as early as next month. He said he’s renting the homes “because the affluent people can help the least fortunate people.”last_img read more

Premier League team of the week: Chelsea, Newcastle United and Liverpool stars included

first_img Right back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – The old beast is stirring. It’s unlikely he’ll ever be back to his uncompromising best, defensively, but he showed he’s still got a taste for a marauding run on Wednesday as he crossed for Cesar Azpilicueta to score the Blues’ first goal in a 2-2 draw with West Brom. 11 Striker: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – The Brazilian hasn’t adapted quite as well as he would have hoped at Anfield but two goals against Arsenal in their 3-3 draw, including a breathtaking curler past Petr Cech, will have endeared him to the Kop. Right now he looks a better option than Christian Benteke to lead the Liverpool frontline under Jurgen Klopp. 11 Right wing: Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) – If the Dutchman can become consistent he’ll be a big star in the Premier League. The midfielder is capable of brilliant things on the ball and rarely gives it away too. He grabbed a well-taken goal against Manchester United and impressed most observers. 11 Centre back: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – The former Celtic defender was always going to take a little time to adapt to the Premier League. His display against the twin threat of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, though, was superb. The Dutchman won a staggering eight defensive headers, was successful with all six of his tackles and made six interceptions. Impressive. Striker: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – Forget the clichés about the ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker, just enjoy his hat-trick. The 33-year-old proved there is no substitute for class in a week where Bournemouth spent £10m on Benik Afobe and saw him squander two excellent opportunities. Sam Allardyce’s wisest move this season could be to rely on the English striker as he plots another great escape for the Black Cats. 11 Goalkeeper: Tim Howard (Everton) – Click the right arrow above to see who else made our team… – The American shot-stopper has got plenty of critics in the stands at Goodison Park but they will have to applaud him for a fine display against Manchester City, where he made five saves to deny to Premier League title challengers and helped his side to a 0-0 draw. Left wing: James McClean (West Brom) – The Baggies star is never far away from headlines, sometimes for good and sometimes for bad. Against Chelsea he grabbed West Brom’s vital equaliser with a snapshot from the edge of the box. Central midfield: N’golo Kante (Leicester City) – The Foxes are all about teamwork. In defence Huth and Morgan are putting in monstrous displays and it’s the same in midfield. Kante and Drinkwater are putting in some incredible shifts, week-in and week-out, and the former gave Tottenham no end of problems at White Hart Lane. Like a pesky fly you just can’t swat, Kante was a constant menace. Although, his tireless running can also make him look foolish, with Kyle Walker leading him on a merry dance before plonking him on his backside. Cut that out and it won’t be long before someone comes in with a big offer for him. 11 11 11 Centre back: Robert Huth (Leicester City) – It wasn’t quite the rope-a-dope, smash and grab victory some believe, but Robert Huth and partner Wes Morgan were in sensational form against Tottenham Hotspur. The wily Foxes duo are powerful presences and Harry Kane was left frustrated by them. The German’s goal was the icing on the cake as Claudio Ranieri’s title challengers continue to confound the non-believers. Left back: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) – Another player getting back to the levels he had shown previously is this Dutch star. He seemed to have lost his way after showing some promise last season but has gradually improved and he showed his potential against Swansea, scoring an excellent, if deflected, goal and doing his defensive duties well too. 11 It’s got to the stage where a round of games without a shock is the only thing that surprises us in the Premier League.We expected a goalfest at the Etihad, but Manchester City drew 0-0 with Everton, while Joe Allen’s cult status grew with a late equaliser as Liverpool against Arsenal ended 3-3.Leicester City’s title tilt continued with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, and just when it looked like Chelsea would get another win, they managed to let in a James McClean goal and draw 2-2 with West Brom.But who were the standout performers from the midweek games? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see who made our Premier League XI… 11 11 11 Central midfield: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – When the Frenchman plays, West Ham play. Payet is capable of turning any game on its head with a beautiful pass or an exceptionally executed set-piece. Against Bournemouth, his in-off-the-bar free-kick was a peach and his skilful assist for Enner Valencia had the away fans purring. last_img read more

AUTISM FRIENDLY FILM TO BE SCREENED THIS SATURDAY AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS

first_imgECLIPSE CINEMAS: Management at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford and Strabane have announced they will be screening Autism friendly film ‘Two by Two’ at 3pm this Saturday. AFS_ICON_CMYKList of new releases outlined below. The Age of Adaline A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.Released 8th May:  Certificate PG:  Run Time 112minshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9-SnMldtGYBig Game A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite.Released 7th May:  Certificate 12A: Run Time 90mins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR-0mwLXiowEclipse Classics  – Tickets Now On Sale18th May: – The Quiet Man (1952) Autism Friendly filmTwo by Two – Saturday 9th May @ 3pmAUTISM FRIENDLY FILM TO BE SCREENED THIS SATURDAY AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

Farm Science Review takes place Sept. 17-19

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest WhatFarm Science Review 2019 offers the latest in farm technology and products.The three-day agricultural trade show offers educational talks and opportunities to speak one-on-one with experts from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which sponsors the annual event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.Now in its 57th year, the event offers the most relevant and up-to-date information to farmers on topics ranging from crop diseases to soil health. Farmers can learn how to reduce input costs and increase their efficiency at a time when both are particularly crucial.In one location, growers can visit with many experts and see the newest innovations on the market. The event draws more than 100,000 people throughout three days. It features 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits, as well as workshops and presentations delivered by CFAES experts.Special guest Jolene Brown will speak Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. She addresses tough farm issues with grace and humor and is frequently hired to address farmers on a variety of topics, including stress and mental health.Ohio Farm Bureau at the ReviewBe sure to stop by the Ohio Farm Bureau building at the corner of Beef Street and Friday Avenue. Along with giving away apples to visitors, Farm Bureau staff will be on hand to answer questions about membership, Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan, Energy Program, as well as policy initiatives and law changes at the state and federal level.Anyone who renews or purchases a membership at Farm Science Review will receive an official 12×12 metal “Ohio Farm Bureau member” sign, while supplies last.Make sure to enter the Ford F150 Truck Sweepstakes, the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program Sweepstakes (four $250 prizes), and the Rocky Brands boot giveaway.Event detailsThe Farm Science Review hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept 17–18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets for the event are $7 online and at Ohio State University Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, or $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free.The Farm Science Review app, which will be available for both Apple and Android smartphone and tablet users, offers interactive maps, a schedule of events and general information about the show and exhibitors. It will be available by download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for “FSR 2019” or on the Farm Science Review website.last_img read more

Winning trust of American employees remains key challenge for Indian IT cos

first_imgDespite Indian IT services companies making huge investments in expanding capability for doing local innovation and sourcing of talent in the US market, the allegations that they are biased towards South Asian professionals continues to haunt them. The number of incidents of these disgruntled former employees in the US taking legal recourse against the Indian tech employers alleging discrimination also on the rise.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img