End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES MOST READ He was part of the country’s champion teams in the 2013 Seaba Under-16 and 2013 Fiba Asia Under-18 3×3 tournaments.The teenager attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and played for the Bruins but later withdrew on June 30, 2016 after failing to meet academic requirements.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’On July 18, 2016, Kobe suited up for the Creighton University Blue Jays. But after finishing his freshman season and failing to secure a regular playing role, he withdrew on April 29, 2017.On May 9, 2017, Kobe announced that he would attend Cal State Northridge and play for the Matadors. View comments Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. —CARLO ANOLIN, CONTRIBUTORSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Froome takes back Tour de France yellow jersey from Aru Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKobe is the second son of PBA legend Benjie Paras and former actress Jackie Forster. His older brother, Andre, is an actor and also plays for AMA Online Education Titans in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.Kobe won two gold medals in the slam dunk contest of the Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Championship in Jakarta in 2013 and Debrecen, Hungary, in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT
Dear Editor,When Ms Coretta McDonald made that bold statement that life for teachers under the PPP/C was better, she was making an honest confession statement on the state of the teachers’ request for a better salary and emoluments. She was being true to her conscience, as all leaders should be.Ms McDonald is not a “politician,” she is a trade unionist who is fighting for her workers’ cause, and as such is compelled to speak the truth.To speak the truth, such individuals like McDonald automatically become a target for ridicule by the ruling elite, and I am afraid to say she might be up for some victimisation also. Such is the horrible reality of a PNC-led Coalition.Whenever there is an uncaring and deceitful Government, nothing good can come out of anything they do. The PNC-led Coalition is anti-labour, hence averse to workers’ benefits. This is crystal clear from the proceedings that led up to the strike. From the onset, this Government granted itself a filthy fat raise in its earnings and benefits, and for three long years made fools out of its teachers. It goes to show where this Government’s interest lies; that is, in self-aggrandisement and nothing else.To add insult to injury is the crass contempt this Government has for its workers; while they were asking for their just rewards, Government officers were basking in their illegal fortunes overseas. What an atrocity brought to bear on the hard working taxpayers of our country! So here we are, where for the ordinary people it is the horrible life, while the politicians are living it up.What I would like to tell the PNC Ragtag is that Guyanese are taking keen note of their fortunes under the PPP/C, and comparing it now under this bullying deceit of APNC/AFC Coalition; and I must admit it does not look good for the Government.The people of this country are not stupid, and they will speak again.Respectfully,Neil Adams
Unnecessary delays in the procurement process have significantly affected the delivery of quality service to customers, according to the Managing Director of the Guyana Water Inc, Dr Richard Van West-Charles. He was at the time identifying some of the challenges the utility company faced during 2017 in the execution of their mandate.“We have had some challenges over the year, challenges in procurement and caused significant delays in our access to pumps and spares. It caused us toGWI Managing Director Richard Van West-Charlesspend more money than we would not have spent if we had gone through the orderly process for purchasing but we do have problems with procurement and we have to address it in 2018 because it delays the impact of our response,” he noted.He added that because of the delays in the procurement process, the GWI metering process had to be halted due to the shortage of meters. “We know that in some instances that the meters be replaced again we had hoped that by the end of this year we would have had 20,000 meters purchased and the installation commenced but because of a delayed procurement process, we now have to wait for 2018 to purchase these meters and this is not right,” Van West-Charles noted.He said the procurement challenges would have caused significant delays in the access to pumps and spares.Generic criteriaVan West-Charles added that in addition to the delayed process, sometimes the contracts would be delayed at the Cabinet level as well.“I personally do not think that the criteria is set in a way that allows small contractors to participate in a meaningful way and when you set a system with yes and no and you have one no and you are thrown out I do not think that is a fair system,” he stated.Additionally, he said he is of the view that the process should be modified to a point system as opposed to the current yes or no system. He added that he would have already instructed the GWI’s officers to ensure that the process is a fair and inclusive one that addresses the various criteria.He stated that while a number of contractors are prequalified the company sees the same set of contractors over and over again with the smaller contractor being sidelined.“We will have to ensure that they have an opportunity to participate in the process. We hope in 2018 that the evaluation committees can act a bit faster and some of the questions raised sometimes to my mind are questions that delay unnecessarily and doesn’t help the process,” the Managing Director stated.“When you are dealing with a utility such as GWI that has existed for over 70 years, GWI should know what pumps for them, what chemicals work so by now if you don’t know that then something is wrong,” he added.He further stated that the generic procurement system is one that needs to be looked at since the end product is not always quite ideal for the job.The GWI boss stressed that the procurement process should be looked at to ensure suitability for the various entities it serves.
…as new restriction rolled out takes effect from AugustBy Jarryl BryanIn keeping with the drive to limit the use of mercury due to the havoc it can cause, Government agencies have established rigid procedures that persons will have to go through in order to import mercury into the country.MercuryThe new procedures are being established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the Pesticide Toxic Chemical Control Board (PTCCB) and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).According to a bulletin from the EPA, importers, retailers, traders and distributors of mercury were advised that they now need an environmental authorisation from the agency. This takes effect as of August 1.The agency noted that this is in keeping with the Environmental Protection Act Cap 20:05, which spells out, among other things, the various environmental infractions and penalties for pollution.“Failure to obtain an Environmental Authorisation from the EPA will deem you ineligible to acquire a license from the PTCCB to import, retail or distribute mercury. To avoid this, persons are asked to make immediate contact with the EPA,” the agency noted.“Further, the written consent of the Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission is at all times required before any shipment of mercury is imported into Guyana for mining purposes,” it added.MercuryMercury has such an adverse effect on the environment and human beings that a treaty had to be signed between countries in order to mitigate the damage it causes. The convention in question is the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury.It was agreed to at the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 19, 2013, and was later adopted on October 10, 2013.The convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle was a key factor in shaping the obligations under the convention.Major highlights of the convention include a ban on new mercury mines, the phasing out of existing ones, the phasing out and phasing down of mercury use in a number of products and processes, control measures on emissions to air and on releases to land and water, and regulation of the informal sector of artisanal and small-scale gold mining.The convention also addresses interim storage of mercury, and its disposal once it becomes waste, sites contaminated by mercury as well as health issues that run the gamut of reproductive to neurological.There have previously been reports on increased levels of mercury in several waterways in interior regions. Additionally, the Guyana Water Inc was forced to temporarily close its Port Kaituma well after it discovered high mercury content in the Kaituma River.Last year, the discovery of high levels of mercury in the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) laboratory in Georgetown had led to Trinidad-based Kaizen Environmental Services being contracted to conduct an independent investigation on the effect of the emission.Research shows that mercury can enter the body through inhalation of mercury vapour, ingestion, injection or even absorption through the skin. In the case of mining personnel, a reading showing levels of 0-6 micrograms per litre is considered safe while 7-10 is high and above 11 is dangerous. Once in the human system, mercury poisoning has horrendous effects on neurological, reproductive, gastrointestinal and renal organs.
Nine local teams will participate in the CIF’s postseason tournament, but only one of the five that begins play Thursday will be at home. Whittier, the surprise No. 2 representative from the Del Rio League, hosts Westminster, third-place finisher in the Golden West League. St. Paul, the Camino Real League champion, is at home against Savanna. Schurr, the Almont League runner-up, plays at William J. Knight. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Del Rio League champion La Serna and Alpha League champion Whittier Christian received first-round byes when the CIF-Southern Section girls basketball playoffs begin Thursday. Whittier Christian is the No. 1 seed in Division V-AA while La Serna received the No. 2 seed in Division III-A and St. Paul was seeded No. 4 in Division III-AA. Cardinals coach Willie Pittman said he knows very little about Westminster, but he’s more concerned about how his players approach and play in the game. “We look at this as a new season, the money season, what you’ve been playing for all year,” he said. “And we don’t think it means its enough to just get here. It’s OK if that’s all it takes to make you happy, but if you want more, you have to be willing to step up and take advantage of the opportunity that’s there.” Locals on the road for Division III-A games Thursday will be California, which shared second place in league and will play Mountain View; El Rancho, an at-large entry from the Del Rio League that is traveling to Coachella Valley, and Santa Fe, which finished 13-13 overall and 5-5 in league in a frustrating, rollercoaster season filled with peaks and valleys. It now takes on Mission Valley champion Rosemead. Cantwell, which was bumped up to Division I-AA, is on the road to play unbeaten (26-0) and No. 2 seed Brea Olinda. St. Paul and Schurr also start the playoffs on Saturday.
If you want to offer your help to the residents of Hudson’s Hope, please call 250-794-5178.Places for Evacuees to stayIf you have a place for evacuated residents to stay, please visit this special Facebook page and provide you information. You can also call 250-794-5178. Here is the link to the Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1mMPoRKSPCA- Advertisement -The North Peace SPCA will be helping residents of Hudson’s Hope with pets. Here is a message from the SPCA – With our nearby community of Hudson Hope being evacuated, we wanted to let our supporters know how you can help. Evacuees of Hudson’s Hope and surrounding areas will be going to the REC CENTRE with their animals, and we will be helping provide crates. We are looking for volunteers to help organize and load crates right away today. If you have a crate that you would like to lend, please label it with your name and phone number and drop it off to the shelter ASAP.The shelter will also be available to care for animals as needed. Conserve WaterThe City of Fort St. John is asking residents to conserve water at this time. Here is the message from the City of Fort St. John – In reaction to the Peace River Regional District placing the District of Hudson’s Hope on evacuation alert, the City of Fort St. John is asking residents of Fort St. John and users of the rural water filling station to conserve water usage. We ask that you not use water for washing vehicles, watering lawns, filling hot tubs, pools and ponds, etc. There is not a water shortage, however if the Mt. McAllister fire reaches Hudson’s Hope we may experience power outages that will limit our ability to continue filling the city water reservoirs from the Peace River. Protecting our reservoir levels will ensure that residents are not without water in their homes and we will be able to provide water for firefighting efforts should they be needed.Advertisement If you are a resident of Hudson’s Hope, please go register at the North Peace Arena. If you need accommodations go there. If you will be staying with family, please still check in at the arena or by calling 250-787-8182.
A fundraiser is to take place in memory of the late Corporal Gavin Carey from Mullingar (27), who drowned after getting into difficulty at Tullan Strand in Bundoran in August.Gavin, affectionately nicknamed ‘Carebear’, had been training at Finner Camp when tragedy struck. He was recovered following an extensive five day search involving hundreds of soldiers and the RNLI.His mother Patricia Peyton spoke about the incident on Midlands 103, and highlighted the efforts shown by Bundoran RNLI to find her son.She said; “Only for them I wouldn’t have found my son to take him home from Bundoran. It’s definitely good to give something back because they are volunteers. They don’t get anything out of it and it’s just an amazing job that they do.” “They did everything they could to find him, so it’s something I need to do to pay them back.”A fundraiser has been organised in Danny’s Bar, Mullingar on Friday night at 9pm.RNLI fundraiser to be held in memory of young soldier who drowned in Bundoran was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ArmybundorancorporalFinnerfundraisergavin careyRNLItullan strand
Liverpool’s Champions League dreams are in danger of becoming a nightmare.The Reds saw their grip loosen on a place in the top four after being held to a goalless draw against Southampton at Anfield.And it was yet again another underwhelming performance by Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield.Liverpool have seen their momentum slow in recent weeks after collecting two points from a possible nine in front of their home faithful.And Liverpool fans were quick to air their displeasure following the stalemate.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… 1 //storify.com/talksport/we-ve-had-no-european-distraction-and-arguably-don.js?border=false[View the story “‘We’ve had no European distraction and arguably don’t deserve top four’” on Storify] The Reds saw their grip loosen on a place in the top four
With the country high after Ireland’s Rugby World Cup win on Saturday against Australia, and Dublin celebrating the Sam Maguire after 16 years, the Media Box team are gearing up for a ‘high’ of their own.With much speculation locally and beyond about JSB’s summer absence, the secret will finally be revealed on Saturday 24th September. So check into DonegalDaily.com for the “reveal” this Saturday morning bright and early!Back on the job, we have a really busy week planned and we have been discussing wearing heels with straps as we will be running around like hyenas for much of it! This morning JSB will speak at the official launch of Social Inclusion Week for Donegal County Council at County House in Lifford. Marking the launch of a new project called “Plain English” JSB will address Senior Management, staff, elected representatives and stakeholders about the power and importance of an astute communications strategy and the many benefits which will follow on from this.With just three days to go until “Working Together to Make it Happen” in Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey, the team are making final preparations for the event which will promote the opportunities open to unemployed people in Donegal. The event is FREE and is open to the public from 2-5pm. There is also free childcare and free transport to and from the event. Check out this link for full details http://on.fb.me/mTfZbEThis will be followed by an Awards Ceremony for the companies who completed the Back to Work Enterprise Scheme in conjunction with Donegal Local Development Company.An interview with Louise Brogan, Project Officer with Donegal Local Development Company about the event can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPIlpBhXbIU Over at Smyths Daleside Feeds in Ballindrait the entries for their “Little Farmers” Calendar 2012 campaign are arriving daily. Extensive PR with the help of Media Box means that they have entries from every corner of the country. If you have a “Little Farmer” at home then why not photograph him or her and they could be Little Miss or Mr. Jan, Feb, March…. Here’s the link to the competition http://on.fb.me/ndUSo9For more exclusives from the Media Box HQ why don’t you sign up to our newsletter here http://www.mediabox.ie/AboutUs/NewsletterSignUp You won’t want to miss out on any news from us this winter!Our new website will be live this week so make sure you keep an eye for it http://www.mediabox.ieUntil next week keep running in those heels!The Media Box Team X MEDIABOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS….BIG SECRET IS NEARLY OUT! was last modified: September 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:MEDIA BOX BLOG: RUNNING IN HEELS
ANGLO CELT BACK HOME IN DONEGALIT WAS a superb weekend for Donegal as Jim McGuinness and Michael Murphy led the county to a two-in-a-row Ulster success with a superb win over Down in Clones.Thanks to all our readers from every corner of Donegal for your pictures.Here’s a few more for you to enjoy. PADDY POSES FOR A PIC WITH A YOUNG FAN IN DONEGAL TOWNDONEGAL GIRLS ON TOUR – BUT WHO’S THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE?ISN’T THAT LAST YEAR’S HAT? STILL VERY FASHIONABLE!CORA VOTES CLONES NUMBER 1 HOME ON THE MCGUINNESS BUS – DOES JIM DRIVE THAT TOO? THE PRIDE AND THE JOY …MEANWHILE AT THE ORCHARD BAR IN LK PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE OF YOUR SUPERB PICTURES AS THE ANGLO CELT COMES HOME TO DONEGAL was last modified: July 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:PICTURE SPECIAL: MORE OF YOUR SUPERB PICTURES FROM AN HISTORIC WEEKEND FOR DONEGAL