Big finish needed

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith their backs to the wall, perennial PBA Philippine Cup powers Magnolia and Alaska set out to snare crucial wins Wednesday in a bid to stay in the hunt for playoff berths in the PBA Philippine Cup.Fortunately for Hotshots coach Chito Victolero, his squad is not going to hope for a scenario to unfold for them to make it, and they start with their battle with struggling NorthPort at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “While we’re currently along the fringes, our fate this conference is still up to us,” he said in Filipino after Magnolia’s 97-93 overtime loss to crowd darling Barangay Ginebra last Sunday night.As things stand, the 3-5 Hotshots sit on eighth spot and would want to climb up the standings to play on a level field in the quarterfinals.And to do that, Magnolia needs nothing less than a sweep of their remaining three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We just hope to stay together as we move forward,” Victolero said. “We just need to win the next three games. I think that will afford us a spot right in the middle.”NorthPort (2-7) has yet to secure a win after opening the conference with back-to-back wins. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, the Aces, who lost to the Hotshots in last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, are also at 3-5 and hard-pressed to pile up wins.They slug it out with Meralco in the 4:30 p.m. game and are looking to regain the form that gave them a 3-2 record in their first five games.Meralco, on the other hand, also has its back to the wall and at 3-6, would need to close out with two victories, counting this critical clash with the Aces.Norman Black’s Bolts have failed to advance past the eliminations here since 2015 and a victory tonight could give them hope of snapping that streak.ADVERTISEMENT Shouldn’t Pacquiao consult Roach again? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

WPA’s unsubstantiated figure of US$5000 is totally bogus

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to a letter in a section of the media on October 18, 2019, captioned “The poor are invisible to the critics of cash transfers” written by David Hinds. While this idea from the WPA is something to reflect upon, the substance of the cash transfer models lies in the details.Mind you, I am not saying the idea is not a good one. I am on record recommending conditional cash transfers, albeit on a more economically feasible scale. At that time, my brand of conditionality placed a fixed cap of US$90 million on cash transfers being made to every tax registered resident of Guyana. I also advocated at that time for these expenditures to be only payable for long term investments in oneself like housing, education, transportation assets, etc rather than on rum and other consumables. Plus I applied an additional conditionality that you must register with the GRA for a TIN Certificate to ensure that the GRA and NIS have you on their radar.The way this model works is that if you repair your house (as an example), you can apply to a new Cash Transfer Unit in the Ministry of Finance for reimbursement up to your cash limit. Once the investigators confirm that these were bonafide purchases, the funds are transferred to a bank account of your choice. This does four things – puts everyone into the banking system, on GRA’s radar, in the NIS database and finally allows for cash to be transferred directly to the population.These cash balances are accumulative and can be withdrawn anytime. A child born in 2025 will automatically receive his cash transfer in his account because every Guyanese has to register at the GRA from birth. So by 2030, this child will have five years’ supply of cash available to pay for his education. At the retirement age of 65, whatever balance is left in your account, you will have the power to withdrawals any parts of it from the scheme for any purpose whatsoever (no conditions for the retirees).Since my interview with a section of the media, much has changed on the discovery front and the computations have evolved to a new distribution level of about US$400 million a year, which computes now to about US$600 per year per person starting in 2025. But this number is at great variance from the WPA’s proposal of US$5000 per year per household.If one is to read the Demerara Waves of September 29, 2019, it reported: “Thomas proposes to transfer 10 per cent oil revenues to households”. Using his statistics, he declared that there are approximately 210,000 households in Guyana. Is he saying each household will get one oil check per year? How fair is that if one household has 2 persons whilst the other has 8 persons? Which one is needier than the other?I have used the only credible data that I have seen on Guyana’s revenue stream from the oil sector (a comprehensive study done by Rystad). They had three estimates and in my world when you are doing financial planning, you pay attention to the most conservative option (in this case, an oil price of US$50 per bbl). Based at that level, Rystad found in August 2019, that Guyana will get closer to US$58 billion in profit oil over the next 20 years commencing in 2020 and peaking around 2033. Of course, this projection from Rystad is subject to change as more wells are discovered. But my elders always thought me, do not count your chickens before they hatch, so I shall stay grounded in the current data until more discoveries are made.Using the Rystad data, the computation illustrates that at the conservative level of US$50 per bbl, if 10 per cent of the oil wealth is distributed to 210,000 households starting in 2025, only US$1904 per year is available for distribution. Yet Clive Thomas spouts a figure of UDS$5000 per year. (see table below)Of course, the WPA argues that their estimated price for oil will be US$70 per bbl. But when I review the just-released EIA projections, the conservative oil price by 2030 will be below US$50 per bbl and this makes sense considering the rapid increase in available renewable energy options. So even this computed number of US$1905 using the WPA model seems high. What this entire exercise has revealed is that this WPA’s unsubstantiated figure of US$5000 is nothing but a “voodoo” number; totally bogus. This US$5000 number was designed as a cheap political trick to game the system as the silly season commences whereby the WPA seeks relevance as the PNC continues to assert itself in that group called the APNU. At least the more mature political parties (PPP and PNC) have rejected this insanity and have put out a more reasoned position on conditional distribution.I look forward to the reasoned positions on this debate.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

4 arrested for shooting GRA officers

first_imgLaw enforcement authorities have arrested four suspects who allegedly injured two officers attached to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) during a drive-bySuspect Ravindra Ramdeoshooting one week ago at Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The men have been identified as: Ravindra Ramdeo of Lot 217 Section D, Nonpareil, ECD; Stephon Motielal and Trevor Motielal, both of Lot 30 Green Field, Bee Hive, and Andrew Motielal of Lot 11-12 Helena, Mahaica. According to the GRA on Wednesday, the arrests were made with assistance from the Guyana Police Force (GPF).The incident occurred about 21:50h last Thursday. According to reports, three officers from GRA’s Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) went to a house at Bee Hive and were enquiring about its owner, when a Toyota Premio and a Toyota AllionSuspect Stephon Motielalapproached the officers and their occupants opened fire at them.The officers adopted tactical positions and returned fire, resulting in the vehicles leaving the scene. Guyana Times had reported that one of the vehicles allegedly carried the registration number PMM 9002.The two injured officers, who were shot to their right and left hand respectively, were treated at a private medical institution and sent away.The four suspects are currently being processed and are expected to appear in court shortly to answer to a number of charges.Suspect Trevor Motielallast_img read more

Govt to set up CDC warehouses countrywide

first_img…as first response to natural disasterFollowing widespread natural disasters that hit the Caribbean and the massive flooding which took Guyana’s interior regions by surprise just months ago, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, has indicated that Government has moved to establish disaster relief warehouses in each of the 10 administrative regions of Guyana.This announcement was made while he addressed the gathering at the ceremony held in observation of International Day of Disaster Reduction 2017, when he emphasized the importance of Guyana being prepared to take on the effects of natural disasters in light of the recent devastations that have hit the country. This, he noted, therefore meansMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, addressing the gathering atthe ceremony in observance of International Day of DisasterReduction 2017that Guyana can no longer ignore threats posed by these phenomena.Even as he applauded the efforts of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in rushing to the aid of the rural communities which were recently affected by flooding, the Minister underlined the need for better systems to be put in place to provide for prompter responses should such circumstances be repeated.“In the event that our roads become cut off, we will be able to have in the region themselves the heavy equipment and materials that are necessary to ensure that life and living can be sustained. That’s a very important feature, and we have taken it seriously,” Harmon disclosed.This matter of having systems in place is especially important, given that the CDC is at the moment mainly stationed in Georgetown and had, in the past, been greatly delayed in its disaster relief and rescue efforts in outlying regions.Stemming from that concern, the Government has already commenced preparing for the commissioning of a first response property bond in Region Nine.“We have already started work in some regions, in particular Region 9. At Lethem, land has been allocated, and we’ve got a plan drawn for the building; and during the course of 2018, the resources will be provided for us to complete that structure,” he outlined.Expanding on the topic, Harmon said, “In all of the other regions, where the CDC has already started training, started prepositioning items, it basically gives us a heads up; it gives us a first jump in the event that there is a disaster that takes place in any one of the communities.”Mere months ago, communities in Regions Seven and Eight were severely affected by flooding, and were left waiting days for rescue and relief, given that CDC officers were unable to gain access to the affected areas. As such, this initiative is aimed at taking necessary precautions in preparation for the occurrence of natural disasters, reducing the extent of damage and, most importantly, preventing the loss of lives.last_img read more

Oxygen tanks ready as Tibet football team make history

first_imgBut doubts surround whether Lhasa will be allowed to stage games at their modern Cultural and Sports Center stadium because of its dizzying altitude 3,658 metres (12,000 feet) above sea level.During home matches, players are allowed to use oxygen every 15 minutes from handheld canisters lined up on the side of the pitch to avoid the nausea and vomiting associated with altitude sickness.Lhasa, whose players mostly come from areas of China outside Tibet, won promotion to League Two after beating Shenyang Dongjin 2-1 over two legs in a play-off.The home leg was moved to a neutral venue in Huizhou, in southern China about 4,000 kilometres from Lhasa, supposedly because of problems with the pitch, though there were suspicions that it was more to do with the altitude.Lhasa won 2-0 in the first leg and lost 1-0 on Sunday in the return match at Shenyang to squeeze into the professional leagues.Lhasa Chengtou (in blue) and Zibo Sunday players compete during the 2017 Chinese Football Association Amateur League football match in Lhasa, Tibet © AFP/File“Football has deep foundations among the people in Tibet and it is absolutely the first sport,” Wang Dui, a senior club official, told the state Xinhua news agency.“Go and have a look in the older part of town in Lhasa, you can see kids playing football everywhere in the alleys after school.“Lhasa has its own street football culture.”– High hopes –They will, however, not have it easy in the professional league, and questions swirl around whether the Chinese Football Association (CFA) will allow games at the mountainside Lhasa stadium.The venue, which also has a running track, can seat more than 20,000 people but Lhasa only gained CFA permission in August to play their games there.Claims circulated online that in a subsequent game against Shenzhen Pengcheng, six of the visiting players were stretchered off due to the altitude — an incident which was denied by Tibetan police.Although Lhasa Chengtou were only formed in March, football has a long history in Tibet after it arrived in the remote region with the British army at the beginning of the 20th century.Chinese officials, who keep a tight rein on information coming out of Tibet, have been pushing football there in the hope that having a team in the national league will help Tibetans feel more integrated into China.The local government last year released plans to ramp up development of football in the region, in keeping with a national push led by President Xi Jinping.Officials also took steps to make it easier for footballers, including ordering oxygen bottles to be dotted around pitches at five-metre intervals and ensuring that hotels for visiting teams have oxygen-supply equipment, the state Xinhua news agency said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A player uses an oxygen tank during a football match in Lhasa, located at a height of 3,658 metres (12,000 feet) above sea level © AFP/FileShanghai, China, Nov 2 – There may be mid-game oxygen breaks, but no team will fancy a trip to sky-high Lhasa Chengtou next season after they made history by becoming the first Tibetan side to reach China’s professional league.Lhasa, whose 735-million-yuan ($110 million) stadium is the highest in China and one of the highest in the world, clinched promotion from China’s amateur league to the third tier along with five other sides.last_img read more

Matasi one of the best-Ethiopia’s Mebratu

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi shouts instructions during the Africa Cup of Nations match against Senegal at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo on July 1, 2019. PHOTO/GoalALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Jul 4 – Ethiopia head coach Abraham Mebratu has lauded the performance of Harambee Stars keeper Patrick Matasi at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt and has described him as one of the best keepers on the continent.Despite conceding seven goals in the tournament, Matasi made a huge number of saves in all Kenya’s games especially against Senegal. Mebratu knows Matasi too well as he not only plays his club football in Ethiopia with St. George but was in between the sticks when Kenya drew 0-0 with Ethiopia in Bahir Dar and won 3-0 in the return leg during the qualification phase.“He may have conceded goals but he made a lot of saves in this competition. To me he is one of the best. I have seen him at St. George and also when we played and I think he is of great potential to rise to the top. He is a model for other Kenyan goalkeepers because Kenya has lots of young, good keepers,” Mebratu told Capital Sport.He added that he was impressed with Kenya’s fighting spirit at the AFCON but has picked out two points that he believes if the country works on, they will be regulars at the biennial African championship.Ethiopia national team coach Abraham Mebratu. PHOTO/Capital Ethiopia“One of the areas that Kenya has to improve on is the defense. They conceded three penalties in two games and that is something bad. Tactically, the protection has to start from the middle and the tackles inside the box have to be perfect,”“The other thing they need t improve is the attacking because most of the time, they were not doing so collectively as a team. I saw some individual actions with Olunga (Michael) but the group coordination was not good. If this works better, they can be regulars at AFCON,” the tactician stated.Mebratu who previously worked as the Yemen national team coach has been in Egypt working with CAF’s technical committee, but will return home in the course of next week to prepare his country for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers which begin at the end of the month.Ethiopia will be playing Djibouti in the first round of qualification.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FROM THE CHILLS OF DONEGAL TO THE SANDS OF DUBAI FOR JIM McGUINNESS AND DONEGAL TEAM

first_imgDUBAI – DONEGAL PLAYERS WILL BE WARMING THEIR TOES IN THE HOT SANDSTHE DONEGAL players fly out on Sunday for their long-anticipated break in the sun.And as they leave behind a county battered by storms and rain, they’ll be looking forward to temperatures in the Dubai sun of 25C – and that’s their winter!Some Donegal stars however will be missing the Emirates flight to the sun. Mark McHugh can’t go – because his exams start on Friday. And Paddy McBrearty will also miss the trip because of exams.Frank McGlynn has also decided to stay at home with his wife Diane and their newborn baby.The trip abroad is a reward for the amateur players and coaches for all their hard work throughout 2012 which included, of course, retaining the Ulster title and bringing Sam Maguire back to Donegal for the first time in 20 years.Players will be taking their wives/partners and children for the holiday of a lifetime, returning to Ireland on Tuesday, January 8th. “My bags are packed and I’m ready to go,” said player Daniel McLaughlin.The players will be staying at the five-star Arabian-themed comfort at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate.This luxury hotel boasts private beach access on the Palm Jumeirah, beside the Dubai metro and a shopping mall, 8 restaurants and bars, 11 meeting rooms and a swimming pool.Above this there is a kids club and spa.As the team touches down in Dubai, Met Eireann has issued a severe weather warning for Donegal with torrential rain predicted on Sunday and Monday. The pool at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate.FROM THE CHILLS OF DONEGAL TO THE SANDS OF DUBAI FOR JIM McGUINNESS AND DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: December 31st, 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:FROM THE CHILLS OF DONEGAL TO THE SANDS OF DUBAI FOR JIM McGUINNESS AND DONEGAL TEAMlast_img read more

Congress OKs NASA plans

first_img “Even in this time of budget deficits, the United States cannot abandon NASA’s research and technology, and exploration programs – it is not in the American spirit to shy away from this investment in our global leadership.” NASA estimates it will cost $104 billion to return astronauts to the moon by 2018. The first step of that effort is the development of the Crew Exploration Vehicle, a spacecraft that will replace the space shuttle. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base will be involved in both the development of the CEV and in its operations. Anticipated work for the program at Dryden includes flight testing of a launch abort system, drop tests of a subscale model to evaluate approach and landing technologies and procedures, and range safety analyses. Dryden is also expected to be the site for landings when the spacecraft is ready to fly. The bill continues the Centennial Challenges, a prize program NASA started last year. The bill allows for multimillion-dollar prizes, but NASA must consult with Congress on any purse of $10 million or more. The Centennial Challenges were inspired in part by the $10 million Ansari X Prize that was won last year by Mojave aviation designer Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne rocket plane for the first private, manned suborbital spaceflights. One potential prize competition is for a manned orbital spaceflight. The X Prize Foundation prepared a study for NASA outlining key aspects of such a competition. The study suggests two competitions. The first would be for a manned orbital spaceflight that would have a $50 million prize for first team to achieve the feat and a $25 million second-place prize. The study suggests following that competition with a more ambitious competition that would award $150 million to the first team to make two manned orbital spaceflights within 60 days. A $75 million second-place prize would be offered. Having multiple prizes would encourage more teams to compete, the study said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Congress agreed to terms on NASA legislation formally endorsing the plan to return man to the moon and expanding a prize program inspired in part by the Ansari X Prize. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Act of 2005, agreed to by negotiators of both the Senate and House of Representatives, formally incorporates the “Vision for Space Exploration” announced in January 2004 by President George W. Bush, directing a new moon mission program. The bill’s language directs a “sustained human presence on the moon” as a means to provide a steppingstone for future missions to Mars. “I believe that investing in NASA is an investment in our nation’s future,” said U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside, chairman of the House subcommittee on space and aeronautics and one of the bill’s negotiators. last_img read more

JELLY AND ICE-CREAM AND A TOY TRACTOR – PAUL IS ON THE MEND!

first_imgLittle battler Paul DohertyLittle battler Paul Doherty is making a rapid recovery after his operation to help him to walk. The Killygordon lad, who underwent the pioneering surgery in Missouri in America on Monday, has had his ups and downs after the operation.But mum Anne-Marie said she knows her 5 year old is on the mend after he demolished a bowl of jelly and ice-cream! Anne-Marie revealed “Paul had a rough night last night…. He was quite sick all through the night and a little upset. He was not in any pain but he was on a lot of medication and these were making him sick.“The pain management team gave him a little extra stuff and he fell asleep. This did the trick and he ate a cracker and drank some sprite at 10am. Slept again till 1pm and them woke up looking for his dinner !! He had a cheese wrap, jelly and ice cream. He ate the lot.”Paul’s surgeon, Dr Park, has visited the Donegal lad and said he was happy with everything.He confirmed that Paul’s second operation will be on Tuesday next – the day after Paul’s birthday! Anne-Marie added “That means that Paul gets discharged on Sunday, pre-op appointment on Monday and admitted again on Tuesday. The good thing is that Paul will be 6 on Monday and he won’t be in hospital and it’s only for one night this time when he does go back in.”Volunteers from the hospital have been to see Paul checking to see if he has any requests for toys, books or games.“I know Paul is feeling a bit better when he asked them for a tractor,” said mum Anne-Marie.All going to plan, Paul and his family hope to be back in Donegal by March 28th.JELLY AND ICE-CREAM AND A TOY TRACTOR – PAUL IS ON THE MEND! was last modified: March 5th, 2015 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:Anne Marie Dohertydonegalpaul dohertyUSAWALKlast_img read more

FIANNA FÁIL TD CLAIMS SCHOOLS FORCED TO HALVE ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORTS

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD says Junior Cert students are losing out on essential guidance counselling because of regressive Government cuts.Teachers say they’ve been forced to cut back on the time allocated to Junior Cert students as a result of the changes brought in in 2012.Deputy McConalogue is backing the ASTI’s call for the restoration of full guidance services, which is being put to its members at its annual conference tomorrow. “This Government is treating guidance counselling as if it is a second rate subject rather than an integral component of the second level system.“Guidance counselling is more than advising students about subject choices and career options; counsellors are also equipped to deal with pupils’ emotional and psychological difficulties.“Their expertise and support is essential in allowing schools to support the educational and developmental needs of their students”, commented Deputy McConalogue.“Unfortunately, we have seen these support services being eroded because of crude measures enforced by Fine Gael and Labour in office. “The decision to manage guidance provision within the standard teaching allocation has resulted in an effective increase in the pupil-teacher ratio at second level and has seriously undermined the work of counsellors.“This has led to a massive 51% reduction in one-on-one counselling supports in secondary schools, with even greater cuts in disadvantaged areas.“Teachers say they’ve had to reduce the focus on Junior Cycle students so that they can meet the needs of older students, essentially depriving those pupils of important supports.“The loss of guidance counsellors, particularly in working class schools, is effectively closing off options for thousands of students across the country and has led to a disjointed approach to guidance provision.“It is particularly important for students from less well-off backgrounds to have access to guidance counsellors as they may not have the family support or backing to complete their second level education or to go on to third level. “Successive Governments have made real progress on tackling educational disadvantage and increasing third level participation, but the cuts brought in by this Government is seriously damaging the career and educational prospects of the students that need it most.“Students have a right to have access to a fully functioning guidance service and teachers want to provide those supports. Minister Jan O’Sullivan must start listening to teachers.“Full guidance services must be restored”.FIANNA FÁIL TD CLAIMS SCHOOLS FORCED TO HALVE ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORTS was last modified: April 7th, 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more