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Japan eyes payback vs Gilas

By on January 19, 2020

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Ira Brown is Japan’s naturalized player and will surely make the roster, posing as a defensive matchup problem for Reyes and the Filipinos because of his size and agility.With Romeo absent, Reyes would most likely opt for Kiefer Ravena to share the point guard chores with Jayson Castro. Kevin Alas is the other point in the pool and if Reyes slots him in, that could mean time in the wings for Castro.Tickets for the Friday game have been sold out weeks before, guaranteeing that the intrepid Filipinos will be playing on hostile ground, though their impressive record against the Japanese recently certainly makes them the favorites.“The game against the Filipinos, our very first home game, will be very important in setting the tone [for us] for the rest of the qualifiers,” Lamas told Fiba.com. “Knowing that tickets were sold out quickly, I can see a lot of people are paying attention to our game.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Peping: No more indigenous sports in SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas pool. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Smart SportsJapan still has to make two final cuts for its game against Gilas Pilipinas on Friday in the first round of the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifying series as coach Julio Lamas tries to get payback against the Filipinos.Star center Joji Takeuchi has practically promised a victory for the Japanese in the match set at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground Stadium in Tokyo, with their last two losses to the Filipinos still fresh in his mind.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments “We will surely get them back this time,” the 6-foot-10 Takeuchi told Fiba.com after recounting two losses to Gilas in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship.Like the Philippines, Japan will unveil its final 12 on the eve of the contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneGilas, meanwhile, took a 15-man pool to Japan on Tuesday morning, and conspicuously absent was leading scorer Terrence Romeo, the PBA superstar guard who is nursing a leg injury.Team PH coaching staff led by Chot Reyes told the Inquirer on Monday that they will also wait for the veritable last minute, or during the team managers’ meeting on Thursday, to reveal their final roster. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

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NEC Rules against Rep. Zarzar

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgA request to drop two senatorial nominees of the ruling Unity Party (UP) from contesting the pending special elections has been denied by the National Elections Commission (NEC).Sinoe County District#3 Representative, who is an executive of the UP, Matthew G. Zarzar, claimed that the  two UP senatorial candidates, Milton Teahjay and Willington G. Smith, whose  names have appeared on the NEC’s preliminary listing,  were in violation of section 5.2 of the Legislative Code of Conduct of 2014.Teahjay is the Superintendent of Sinoe County and Willington G. Smith is also the Superintended of Rivercess County.Rep. Zarzar claimed that the two UP senatorial aspirants had not resigned their appointed positions as provided by the Code of Conduct.The section requires appointed official desiring to canvass or contest for elected public office to resign said post, at least two years before the date of such elections.However, in NEC’s ruling,  delivered by its Chief Dispute Hearing Officer, Muana S. Ville, the elections body declared the “Rep. Matthew Zarzar’s complaint against Milton Teahjay and Willington Smith is hereby dismissed.”Delving into the merits of the entire case, Ville narrated that on August 18, 2014, the lawmaker reminded the Commission that its  qualification of two UP’s nominees to contest the  special senatorial elections was in violation of Section 5.2 of the Legislative Code of Conduct.The NEC Dispute Officer  quoted the UP executive as saying that he named Milton Teahjay and Willington G. Smith as those in violation of the code.He continued, “Based on the lawmaker’s request, we conducted an investigation and determination.”“Citations were issued and served for the parties to appear for hearing of the matter on August 28, at the hour of 11: AM,” adding “Rep. Zarzar made no representation when the case was called for hearing.”His absence, the Dispute Hearing Officer said in the ruling, prompted the UP’s legal counsel, Atty. Miller Catakaw, to file a motion for dismissal, claiming “the lawmaker has abandoned the case and his absence is an attempt to delay the proceeding.”Atty. Catakaw, who is the deputy secretary general of the UP and lawyer for both Teahjay and Smith, won the acceptance of NEC’s Hearing Officer to the attorney’s argument for dismissal.Immediately following the ruling at NEC’s office, Atty. Miller Catakaw, in an interview with journalists,  disclosed that the “cardinal obligation of a UP partisan is to support the party candidates through campaigning and to provide other support within his or her capacity at any elections.”Atty. Catakaw claimed that the lawmaker’s compliant was in total violation of Article VII, Section 1(e) of the UP’s constitution.“What the lawmaker needs to understand is that if anybody wishes to challenge our party’s candidates, it should not have been Rep. Zarzar, who is an executive of the UP.”The attorney added, “Zarzar’s action is seen or perceived as challenging the signature of the UP’s National Executive Chairman, who signed the nomination papers for these partisans of our political party.”According to him, Rep. Zarzar’s complaint that the UP nominees should have resigned their positions in order to be candidates for the Liberian Senate was belated. “What he doesn’t recognize is that this law took effect on June 20, 2014, the date, on which it was published.”“This law not intended to affect the 2014 senatorial elections, which is pending. This is because it requires that government officials, such as Superintended should resign their appointment at least two (2) years before the elections they wish contest in,” he clarified.“This means that these candidates were to resign in 2012, the minimum time required by this law.”Also, Atty. Catakaw said, the law could not and was intended to operate retroactively to the Liberian Constitution.“The constitution forbids ex-facto laws and his complaint  against our candidates, Teahjay and Smith should comply with a statute, which is not applicable to the 2014 senatorial election and is therefore untenable,” he further clarified.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2-year-old drowns in Pomeroon River

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgA Pomeroon family was on Saturday afternoon thrown into mourning after the body of a two-year-old girl was discovered floating in the Pomeroon River.The toddler has been identified as Tia Contest of Monka Estate, Upper Pomeroon River.According to reports, the child was last seen alive by her mother, Marcia Contest playing in their yard.However the woman relayed that around 12:30h, she left little Tia playing in the yard which was not fenced and went into her house to do chores.At around 13:00h, she made inspections but Tia was nowhere to be found. The 28-year-old mother decided to search in the river which is some 50 feet away from their home where she saw the toddler lying in the river facedown.An alarm was raised and Tia’s body was taken out of the water; however by that time she was already deceased.The body was examined but no marks of violence were found; as such, foul play was ruled out.The mother was taken to the Charity Police Station where she was questioned and later sent away.last_img read more

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Reduced prison sentence imminent for former death row inmate

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first_img…found guilty of manslaughter during retrial  Five years after receiving a death sentence at the High Court after being found guilty of killing another man over a motorcycle, Terry Kissoon was declared guilty again for his crime – only this time, it was the lesser count of manslaughter.This means that Justice Sandil Kissoon, who presided over the matter, is expected to impose a sentence of lesser severity when the offender is sentenced on November 8, 2018.The defendant was indicted twice at the High Court on charges of murdering Troy Smith between July 30 and 31, 2010, at Smith’s Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown residence. He denied the charge on both occasions. However, Police reports that chronicled the events had stated that the two men ended up in a heated confrontation after Kissoon had accused Smith of stealing his motorcycle. It was highlighted that Kissoon gave Smith 24 hours to return the vehicle, but then he allegedly took out a handgun and shot Smith in the abdomen before reportedly making his escape.During his first trial, Kissoon was unanimously found guilty and issued the death penalty in 2013 by Justice Diana Insanally, before that decision was challenged and eventually overturned by the Appeals Court in July 2018. As such, a fresh trial was ordered and the matter came up during the ongoing session of the Demerara Criminal Assizes. During the proceedings which lasted over a week, State Counsels Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt prosecuted the matter, closing their case last Monday.On Thursday last, Justice Kissoon summed up the trial evidence before handing the matter to the jury for deliberation. After several hours of consideration, the panel returned with a 10-2 guilty verdict, finding the offender guilty of the lesser count of manslaughter. This means that the former death row inmate will be handed a commuted sentence. He was represented by Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos during the most recent trial.last_img read more

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Culture will be changed by Venezuelan migrants – Norton

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first_imgGuyana has seen thousands of migrants entering therein through the border to escape the economic crisis in Venezuela, and this will ultimately have some effect on Guyana’s culture and practices.Venezuelan migrants entering Guyana for better living conditionsThis was posited by Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton during the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) meeting, as he noted that these refugees will bring their own traditions and changes, evolving the cultural composition of the country.The most recent statistics have indicated that 5123 documented Venezuelan migrants have been recorded in Guyana, having fled their country in light of the growing social, political and economic crisis under the Nicolas Maduro Government.Many of them have been coming into neighbouring Guyana while others have dispersed to other countries in the region.“Our communal culture has been, and continues to be, shaped by the meaningful inclusion of a variety of forces. As we face the challenges of humanitarian crisis on our borders: migrants coming with their own culture, their dances, language and values, and those in the diaspora who exercise their right to return, our culture in the Caribbean will change and evolve,” the Minister stated.The situation has attracted international attention, and only recently the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that it would work with the Guyana Government to expand the infrastructure of hinterland schools to cater for migrant children.Public officers have also been trained on international best practices in assisting migrants and protecting them from abuse and/or exploitation of any kind.Additionally, the Region Two Administration – which also has a huge migrant population – has identified a two-storey building that will serve as a support centre for migrants.Although the Government has managed to put certain mechanisms in place to deal with Venezuelans seeking refuge in Guyana, it faces a major challenge of monitoring these individuals, due to the length of the border between the two countries.As Norton expounded on these social factors, he also mentioned the importance of policies being crafted to assist the creative sector in increasing capacity-building and lending financial support.The Minister said, “As we force uneconomic development and industry in many aspects, the culture and creative industry can become one of the key vehicles, driving development. It is up to us, the policy makers, to foster an environment which lends support to the artistic community, through development-friendly policies which address capacity building, technical assistance and assistance to source funding.”He added, “Culture is the tapestry that binds us and allows us to identify with each other. It inculcates the love of the diverse art forms. It preserves and transmits our common history and customs. It contributes to the aesthetics of our environment and remains at the core of our continued quest for sustained unity.”last_img read more

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Chronicle workers say Sherod Duncan is a “bully”

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first_imgPresident David Granger…beg President Granger to remove him as GMAFC official Sherod Duncan has been described by workers of the Guyana Chronicle newspaper as a “bully” in a petition which was on Monday submitted to President David Granger.The petition is calling on the Head of State to overturn a decision made by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to reinstate Duncan as the General Manager of the entity, even after he was validly dismissed by a Board of Directors in light of several breaches of financial regulations.With some 20 signatures from workers of the editorial and accounts department, the petition states: “Mr President, we respect Mr Duncan as a person but Mr Duncan attitude as a manager is nothing more than that of a bully. He listens to no one and acts as though he is law unto himself.”Duncan, who previously served as Deputy Mayor of Georgetown, worked as General Manager from June 1, 2018, to April 1, 2019. However, during that period, he spent several months on administrative leave pending an investigation into reports of wanton spending under his watch.He was fired with immediate effect in April 2019, following a decision by the Board of Directors, by majority vote.His services were terminated after an audit found that, during his three-month probationary tenure, there were some 20 breaches to financial regulations, including the spending of large sums of money without approval.In one instance, Duncan took an overseas trip costing over $700,000 even though there is no documented approval for such an event and to date, documents were not brought forward to support these expenditures.Even in light of these glaring findings, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on May 31, 2019, dispatched a letter to the then Chairperson of the Board, Geeta Chandan-Edmond, instructing that the decision be rescinded.Nagamootoo claimed, in the letter, that he heard that no actual vote was put during the Board meeting.But minutes of the meeting seen by Guyana Times proves that all Directors voted; three in favour to dismiss Duncan and three against such a move. The Chairperson broke the deadlock by voting to have Duncan’s services terminated.The intervention by Nagamootoo, which has since been supported by AFC Leader Raphael Trotman, has been described as an overreaching of his authority and has since resulted in the Chairperson and three other Board members resigning.The staff of the Guyana Chronicle are also against the return of Duncan.In the petition to the President, the workers explained that initially, they were welcoming to Duncan as their new General Manager. But as time passed, staff members became “uneasy” about his conduct on the job, including his day-to-day interference in every department of the company.The petition outlined that Duncan took control of key accounts on the company’s social media platform and handed the management of these to persons “who appeared on the job without passing proper interviews as per procedure”.“He did this without regard for others who have been carrying out these duties prior to his appointment,” the document noted.Duncan is also accused of taking control of the layout department. In the petition, it states that “the layout staff were only left to resign since their duties were handed to a private company”.As a result of this, staff members became fearful of losing their jobs and this fear peaked when Duncan arbitrarily and unilaterally dismissed Finance Controller, Moshamie Ramotar after an online news entity reported on the newspaper’s spending.Ramotar’s termination was since rescinded by the Board of Directors, as due process was not followed.According to Chronicle staffers, this fear of losing their jobs has since been reignited with the return of Duncan. “Some staff members, who for years have worked above and beyond the call of duty, have decided that they would be resigning,” the petition posited.In fact, Guyana Times was informed that many persons who support the petition did not want to attach their signatures to the document over the fear of being victimised.The petition implored President Granger to intervene.“We are asking that you review the appointment of Duncan on our behalf and that this decision be swiftly dealt with even as we keep in mind that you have a busy schedule to manage the affairs of the State,” the petition stated, concluding with staff reminding that their appeal has “no origin in hate or malice towards Mr Duncan”.The petition was copied to the Prime Minister as well as the Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams.There are over 20 transactions conducted under Duncan’s watch or by Duncan himself, which were in blatant violation of financial regulations.Further, cash advances were given to Duncan to travel overseas, but he did not clear the amounts. It was also found that the company’s personnel policy and procedures manual were ignored during the recruitment, termination, and dismissal of employees.The Guyana Chronicle has a Management Tender Committee, which approves transactions ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 before payments are made. But during the stipulated time examined, no approval was given for nine such transactions valued at $1.6 million.Chateram Ramdihal Chartered Accountants Professional Services Firm, which is also known as Ramdihal and Haynes Inc, was contracted by the Auditor General to conduct a special audit on the overall management and governance of the Guyana Chronicle for the period of June 1, 2018, to September 10, 2018.Sherod Duncanlast_img read more

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New traffic signal being installed in Taylor

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgThe 10-year transportation plan is a $2.5 billion investment – $30 million of which is being spent over the next three years in intersection safety improvements.“The community of Taylor sees many days with low clouds and foggy conditions,” writes Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. “These lights will make it so that residents can safety access the highway and pedestrians can cross.”The transportation plan is essentially a decade long road map for investments and strategic policy, according to a provincial press release. Its priorities include enhancing safety, growing the economy, maintaining and replacing aging infrastructure, and supporting trade for B.C.’s expanding resource sectors.- Advertisement -The press release states that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure worked closely with the District of Taylor on the location and design of this particular highway improvement.The transportation plan was developed through feedback receive from public engagement, according to the ministry.Follow this link to have a look at results for northeast B.C. – particularly pages 9-12.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tumblr’s Perverse Lesson: To Get Rich, Don’t Make Money

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Matt Asay Tags:#acquihire#acquisition#M&A#Tumblr center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… $1.1 billion. That’s how much your company is worth if it’s long on users and short on paying customers. Just ask Tumblr. Or Instagram. Each yanked down billion-dollar acquisitions despite making virtually no revenue. Is this a big deal?Acquihires And Billion-Dollar PayoutsSome seem to think so. At least, for acquihires, the kissing cousin to the revenue-free-massive acquisition. For example, Pando Daily‘s Sarah Lacy slams the acquihire, arguing thatLazy profit-seekers love these periods in the Valley. Why not? They can make money without having to actually build a company. It’s like a get-out-of-actual-entrepreneurship-free card.Venture capitalist Mark Suster goes one step further, holding that acquihires actually have a corrosive effect on the tech industry:You have been at Google, Salesforce.com, Yahoo! for years. You have worked faithfully. Evenings. Weekends. Year in, year out. You have shipped to hard deadlines. You’ve done the death-march projects. In the trenches. You got the t-shirt. And maybe got called out for valor at a big company gathering. They gave you an extra 2 days of vacation for your hard work.And that [jerk] sitting in the desk next to you who joined only last week now has $1 million because he built some fancy newsreader that got a lot of press but is going to be shut down anyways.What kind of message does that send to the party faithful who slave away loyally to hit targets for BigCo? …It says if you want to make “real” money  – quit.Fair enough. I’ve been involved in three such acquihires, and I see their point. Acquihires send a signal that failure is OK and, indeed, profitable.But the same holds true for the billion-dollar exits on chimerical revenues. They represent entrepreneurs cashing in on popularity contests without actually having done the hard work of monetizing that popularity. That is, they represent entrepreneurs making big-money success on little-revenue failure. The Downside To Making MoneyAnd why shouldn’t they? It turns out that it’s very difficult to remain popular while charging for one’s service. LinkedIn has done it by charging recruiters. Google has done it by aligning relevant ads next to search results. But monetizing people’s inane pictures of their meals? Instagram didn’t even bother.Pinterest is starting to roll out paid services. Foursquare, too, has been straining to make more money lately. Ironically, these noble efforts to actually sustain the companies on real revenue may make them far less valuable.For one thing, monetization efforts can fail. Just look at Groupon’s gyrations as it has sought to turn a massive sales force into a profit-generating machine. It hasn’t been pretty, and it can turn off users who don’t want to be sold.But more pertinently, the second a business starts to make significant revenue, it will start to be valued on real-world metrics like “profit” and “operating margin” and “sales,” not breathless potential based on “users” and “page views” and “social engagement.” It turns out that the multiples on the former are far lower than they are on the latter.The Entrepreneur’s DilemmaWhat to do? Entrepreneurs can’t really set out to build a revenue-free company that VCs will sustain indefinitely. So most are probably right to initially focus on adoption. Assuming they can get traction, it pays to continue to focus on adoption, because it’s harder to turn free-riding users into paying customers (or find businesses to pay for access to those users). So long as the venture money is flowing, why would an entrepreneur ever choose to fixate on the dismal science of making money? For me, I think if you’re not making profitable money then your future – and that of your customers’ – is always up for grabs. Whatever promises the purchasing company makes, they are the buyer, and you are the seller. As Dave Winer points out, this inevitably means they’re in control. Not you.  Maybe that doesn’t matter. But it does mean we may be building disposable companies with little lasting impact. That doesn’t seem like a good thing.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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HC upholds CAT order against police official

By on November 22, 2019

first_imgChennai, Sept 1 (PTI) The Madras High Court today upheld a CAT order quashing the charge-memo issued against Y John Nicholson of the then Crime Branch CID, Egmore here stating that he had held the post of President of Tamil Nadu Fencing Association for four years from November 4, 2009 without prior permission from the authority concerned.Nicholson had moved the Madras bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), contending that the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules would become applicable only if an officer held the (sports) post for over four years or for a full term, whichever is less.CAT quashed the charge-memo on September 13, 2014 stating that he had held the post from November 4, 2009 to November 3, 2013 for which the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules is not applicable.A division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiyarasan, upholding the CAT order said, “It is a settled principle of law that for deciding/quashing a charge-memo, the tribunal is not having power. But in the instant case, the period mentioned in the charge-memo itself is erroneous.”Even on the basis of documents filed by the petitioners (Home Secretary and DGP), this court can easily deduce that Nicholson had served as the President of the Association only for two-and-a-half years, and therefore the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules is not at all applicable.”It said, “Under the circumstances, the charge-memo in question is liable to be set aside/quashed. The charge-memo had erroneously stated that he had held the post for four years from November 4, 2009.” PTI CORR RC SCadvertisementlast_img read more

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