Last 2 dynasties collide

first_imgNo flight of fancy Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAside from San Miguel Beer winning the PBA Philippine Cup in the last three seasons, there has been one thing very consistent in the Finals of all those years—and in the one that starts Friday night, when the Beermen gun for an unprecedented fourth straight crown.San Miguel will enter the best-of-seven series again the overwhelming favorite, never mind if the Beermen will be playing a Magnolia squad that owns one of the more balanced rosters in the league that can match, albeit slightly, the Beermen’s depth.ADVERTISEMENT It was in that season’s Governors’ Cup—the last jewel of the Triple Crown sweep—that San Miguel started its ascent after losing in the championship series.And Fajardo clearly remembers that Finals defeat.“I cried after losing that series,” Fajardo, then a rookie, said in Filipino during the pre-Finals press conference on Wednesday. “I destroyed my PC (personal computer) at home in frustration. My parents saw me cry.”“I want to win this one and get back at them (Hotshots) so I can buy a new PC,” he said with a smile.History will be the biggest driving force for San Miguel here as a fourth straight championship will immortalize this team.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters And, though it may be too early to say, winning the Philippine Cup would put the Beermen on track for another shot at a Grand Slam after sputtering in the Governors’ Cup last season and letting the chance slip by.And that, folks, makes them the more dangerous team in this series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next June Mar Fajardo has been the most dominant one-man force in the league—and he has a personal stake in these Finals. He will be surrounded by a starting unit that is without doubt one of the best in league history.Superstar Magnolia guard Paul Lee, jokingly or otherwise, summed up how big a task he and his Hotshots will start facing in two days when he told reporters on Tuesday night “we hope to win one, or two games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut a warning from the battle-toughened: “It wouldn’t be bad if we win four (games).”San Miguel’s dynasty started just after Magnolia’s ended in 2014, when the team then known as San Mig Coffee won a total of four straight titles and eventually the league’s fifth Grand Slam. 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Is AFC out to fool Guyanese again?

first_imgDear Editor,The Alliance for Change has said it will be contesting the Local Government polls alone.I wish to make four simple points: One, the Alliance for Change insists that it remains committed to the APNU/AFC Coalition, but it is unable to secure a position that demonstrates a commitment by both the APNU and AFC to coalition politics. Is the Alliance for Change just out to fool Guyanese again? From where I sit, the Alliance for Change seems to be falling apart and unable to secure its position in the Coalition. So how can Guyanese trust the Alliance for Change at the Local Government polls?Second, with my first point being the likely state of affairs in the Alliance for Change, isn’t the position it has taken a deceitful one? Guyanese have not forgotten that the PNC is the major partner in the APNU/AFC Coalition, and Guyanese have surely not forgotten what happened to The United Force (TUF) after it and the PNC joined up for the sole purpose of taking Government.Third, if other Guyanese like me conclude that this is so, what we are seeing is just another manifestation of an unscrupulous Alliance for Change — a party which in the last three years seems more interested in defending the perks and privileges that its ministers get, as opposed to defending the interest of the Guyanese people.Until and unless the Alliance for Change finds a way to demonstrate otherwise, it will remain a political party that for most Guyanese is untrustworthy.Yours faithfully,Attiya Bakshlast_img read more

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GOGA President pleads innocence in Gold Board ‘fraud’

first_imgPresident and Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Oil and Gas Association (GOGA), Bobby Gossai, the subject of recent media reports emanating from an audit into fraudulent and corrupt transactions at the Guyana Gold Board, has sought to defend himself, saying, “all tasks were done with the full knowledge of the Guyana Gold Board’s management team, its directors and chairperson, and the subject Minister, at that time.”Fraud accused GOGA President, Bobby Gossai JrSections of the local media, including Guyana Times , reported on the findings of the Audit of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) which had in fact recommended a full-scale Police investigation into the actions of Gossai and others, in addition to a probe by the Guyana Revenue Authority into possible tax evasion practices with regards to Value Added Tax.Gossai in maintaining his innocence by way of a public statement on Friday said, “During my tenure as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Guyana Gold Board, I performed my duties which were directives from my seniors.”Gossai maintains that the recent reportage, subsequent to the announcement that he was appointed President and CEO of GOGA, is in fact “old news” and that he had already sought to clear the air on the issue, stating at the time that, “I acted within the confines of my job on all related matters for the Guyana Gold Board.”Gossai, who was employed as an analyst with the Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry between 2011 and December last year said, “I was never terminated or dismissed from the Board… My terms were all fulfilled for each period that I served on the Board.”He also sought to suggest that, “As I embark on a new opportunity, these old news which seem to be some sort of a personal mission to tarnish my professional character must end.”According to Gossai: “My entire professional career has been built on my abilities to successfully perform the tasks which have been given to me… I have always executed my job with honour, integrity and respect, which has afforded me the opportunity to be effective in achieving those respective goals.”Gossai threatensWhile not speaking specifically to his opted course of action, Gossai has since threatened that, “Should these character attacks not be stopped, then the appropriate actions will be sought and implemented accordingly.”GOGA Director Nigel Hughes on Thursday, following reports that Gossai had reportedly been engaged in fraudulent practices at the Gold Board, including the forging of a signature, had said the entity was looking into the reports as a matter of urgency.According to Hughes, GOGA was unaware of the allegations against Gossai.He said, “The Board of Directors of GOGA was unaware of the specific contents of the Audit Report….The Board of Directors has since secured a copy of the Audit Report and will be considering the contents of the report as a matter of urgency.”Hughes pointed out that Gossai was retained by the Board of Directors of GOGA as CEO and his employment was part of the start-up process; further, he was currently on a probationary period.Audit findingsAccording to the Gold Board report referred to by the local media and the GOGA Director, the then Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud flouted the laws and had on occasions given or transmitted instructions to management on operational issues, such as matters relating to contracts.“We understand from discussions with management and members of the Board that instructions came by way of Mr Bobby Gossai, Senior Policy Analyst/Adviser in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment who was named by the Minister as Secretary to the Board… In our opinion, the Act does not give the Minister the power to name or nominate the Secretary to the Board and the Minister’s action amounted to a usurpation of the Board’s authority.”With regard to the fraudulent transactions that Gossai would have allegedly been a party to, the Gold Board probe had found that 12 questionable payments had been authorised by him to Safewatch Inc.It was found too that a contract with Safewatch for servicing of the phone system at a cost of $180,000 plus VAT per month was signed by the Assistant General Manager, Seelochan who “indicated that she was acting on the direction of the Company Secretary when the contract was signed”.last_img read more

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Linesman still hospitalised after electric shock

first_img…received $30,000 compensation from GPLDara Singh, 41, a contracted linesman attached to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) company , who suffered an electric shock on May 15, 2018 outside Demico House (opposite the Stabroek Square), is pleading with the power company for proper compensation, since it was while executing the company’s duties he was injured.Injured: Dara SinghAccording to the man, who is now a paraplegic after the incident, officials from the power company have indicated that they may not be obligated to compensate him for his injuries since he was working for a contractor.The linesman, who was injured when he and his colleagues were replacing some old power poles, told this newspaper from his hospital bed that the company only signed an agreement to give his wife transportation costs to travel from their Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home to the hospital. In total, he said she received $30,000.“Week before the last they give my wife $30,000 only; it’s almost four weeks, since I’m in the hospital and I’m not hearing from any of them. It seems like I become invisible, or is because I’m a contract worker, they treating me like this?” Singh questioned as he sat helplessly in a wheelchair.The father of three related that he was the soul breadwinner for his family and was currently unable to send his children to school following the incident.“I don’t know what will happen to me now; please I’m begging, the only person I hear from is the company nurse, nobody else. I have my children and they are suffering as a result of this.”The man indicated that his manager (name withheld) did not even state whether the company would be assisting his family at this time.His wife, Maureen Katow-Singh related that her husband was unable to walk and was slowly recovering. The woman said doctors told her that the linesman would have to undergo yet another surgery, since he received first-degree burns to the skull and almost 80 per cent of his body.“Doctors say he might have another month or two in there; because of how bad he was burn, he have to do more surgery, and I don’t know where I am getting money from?” the worried woman related.“Every day I have to travel and come to the hospital, since two persons come from the workplace when the accident happen, I ain’t see nobody come back to visit; all I know is they give me $30,000, but that cannot compensate me and my children.”Guyana Times’ efforts to get a comment from GPL on the matter proved futile.Singh, who had been working as a linesman for the past 12 years, was at the time of the incident holding wires which suddenly became live with electricity, throwing him a few feet backwards. He reportedly landed on his back with the wires `across his stomach.Singh’s colleagues were able to get the wires off his body, and he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital.The GPL team – about two dozen members – had started working some time about 10:00h on the day of the incident to replace the poles that were beginning to rot.Power had been cut from the wires that were lying on the ground for some time prior to the incident. One crew member said they reportedly came into contact with a live wire, thus injuring Singh.last_img
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Daylight-saving time off the clock

first_imgThe result is a glitch reminiscent of the Y2K bug, when cataclysmic crashes were feared if computers interpreted the year 2000 as 1900 and couldn’t reconcile time appearing to move backward. This bug is much less threatening, but it could cause head-scratching episodes when some computers are an hour off. The problem won’t show up only in computers, of course. It will affect plenty of non-networked devices that store the time and automatically adjust for daylight saving, like some digital watches and clocks. But in those instances the result will be a nuisance (adjust the time manually or wait three weeks) rather than something that might throw a wrench in the works. Cameron Haight, a Gartner Inc. analyst who has studied the potential effects of the daylight-saving bug, said it might force transactions occurring within one hour of midnight to be recorded on the wrong day. Computers might serve up erroneous information about multinational teleconference times and physical-world appointments. “Organizations could face significant losses if they are not prepared,” the Information Technology Association of America cautioned this week. Dave Thewlis, who directs CalConnect, a consortium that develops technology standards for calendar and scheduling software, said it is hard to know how widespread the problem will be. For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft Corp. warns that users of its calendar programs “should view any appointments … as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees.” Wow, that’s sort of jarring – is something treacherous afoot? Actually, it’s a potential problem in any software that was programmed before a 2005 law decreed that daylight-saving time would start three weeks earlier and end one week later, beginning this year. Congress decided that more early evening daylight would translate into energy savings. Software created earlier is set to automatically advance its timekeeping by one hour on the first Sunday in April, not the second Sunday in March (that’s March 11 this year). That’s because the world is full of computer systems that have particular methods for accounting for time of day. In many, changing the rules around daylight saving is a snap, but in others, it may be more complex. “There’s no rule that says you have to represent time in a certain way if you write a program,” Thewlis said. “How complicated it is to implement the change has to do with the original design, where code is located.” Further confounding matters, there are lots of old computer programs whose original vendors don’t support them anymore, meaning there’s no repair available. Some gadgets, such as VCR clocks, may not have any mechanism to update their software. A common fix is a “patch” that reprograms systems with the updated start and end dates for daylight-saving time. Some of these updates are targeted at specific systems, while others have wider implications – such as one from Sun Microsystems Inc. for older versions of the Java Runtime Environment, which often fuels applications on computers and Web pages. Microsoft planned to send its daylight-saving patch to Windows PCs with the “automatic update” feature Tuesday. Users with automatic updates turned off should download the patch from Microsoft.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

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Pacquiao is too much for Barrera

first_imgBOXING: Phillipino star again whips Mexican legend, but this time by decision. By Greg Beacham THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao sure didn’t look distracted while he pounded Marco Antonio Barrera into retirement. Though Barrera again said he’ll retire after consecutive losses this year, the result was a moral victory that could be heard in the voices of the Mexican fans who stood and cheered the 33-year-old as he left the ring. “I definitely lost my head in some of those rounds,” Barrera said. “I got too caught up in the action. I probably shouldn’t have stayed in those exchanges as long as I did. We boxed well. I feel like I dominated the fight with my left hand.” Pacquiao was responsible for the only TKO loss of the Mexican champion’s career in their first meeting in late 2003, but Barrera refused to go down this time against one of the sport’s knockout artists. “I was sad because I lost the fight, but he never really hurt me,” Barrera said. “I didn’t even think he landed that many punches.” Both fighters raised their arms in celebration at the end, but Barrera’s excitement seemed artificial. Judge Tom Schreck scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao, while Jerry Roth and Glenn Trowbridge both favored Pacquiao 118-109. The Associated Press also gave it to Pacquiao, 116-111. Pacquiao predictably dominated the punch stats, landing 256 punches to Barrera’s 120. Pacquiao also had more than twice as many power shots, hitting on 54 percent. “I was surprised (Barrera) lasted the way he did,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer. “He has a lot of heart and guts. He fought a great fight.” In another major bout … Samuel Peter survived three early knockdowns to pull away from Jameel McCline and keep the WBC heavyweight championship at Madison Square Garden. Peter, nicknamed the “Nigerian Nightmare,” was living through his own bad dream in the second and third rounds. But he held on, then dominated the latter rounds for a unanimous decision that was heartily booed by the crowd. McCline, embroiled in controversy as a reported target in a steroids investigation, seemed to be one solid punch away from the championship in the third round. He decked Peter twice, but couldn’t finish him and didn’t have much left the rest of the way. Peter (29-1) was handed the belt by the WBC after champion Oleg Maskaev dropped out because of a back injury. Peter said he would show he was deserving of the title in the ring, and after the first three rounds the 27-year-old did just that. McCline, who was supposed to fight on the undercard before being moved up to the big bout, dropped to 38-8-3.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBarrera was sharp as well, and he kept his feet in this entertaining rematch – but Pacquiao kept his supremacy. Pacquiao beat Barrera for the second time Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision nearly four years after the Philippines’ favorite son became a boxing superstar with a dominant upset victory over Barrera. Pacquiao’s trainers and fans worried about the distractions of Manny’s many interests outside boxing in the weeks leading up to the fight. Pacquiao’s dalliances with movies, music and politics didn’t matter, because the sport’s most inspired brawler was his usual ruthless self in dispatching yet another great Mexican champion in a 130-pound bout at Mandalay Bay. “It was a good fight, and it was different from the first fight,” Pacquiao said. “He’s a good, smart boxer. I’m satisfied with the result. I knew he would have to box me this time around.” Not even an illegal 11th-round blow by Barrera could stop the lightning-quick Pacquiao (45-3-2, 34 KOs), who earned his sixth straight victory. Barrera (63-6) lost a point for a head shot that discombobulated Pacquiao after the referee moved in to separate them in the 11th, but Pacquiao recovered in time to reach the final bell. last_img read more

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DONEGAL BUSKING COMPETITION TO ATTRACT TALENT FROM ACROSS IRELAND

first_imgMusicians and all sorts of other street acts are heading to Donegal for a unique event later this month.The Letterkenny Busking Festival takes place on July 18th next and offers up to €1,000 in prize money.Letterkenny is set to be buzzing in the run-up to the festival and is set to attract visitors from across the North West. For further information contact letterkennybuskingfestival@gmail.comDONEGAL BUSKING COMPETITION TO ATTRACT TALENT FROM ACROSS IRELAND was last modified: July 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:Letterkenny Busking Festivallast_img read more

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GAA NOTES: TERMON

first_imgMinor BoardThe minor board held their AGM on Sunday last in Kilmacrennan Hall. A large crowd attended. The election of officers was completed as follows. Chairman – Eddie Harkin, Treasurer – Eileen Egan, PRO- Gerard Grant. Commitee Collette McElwaine, Mary Moore, Sarah McLaughlin, Brian Trearty, Tom KellyThe managers for each age group is as follows. Under 6- Pj McFadden and Paul GallagherUnder 8-Paddy McMenamin, Coleen Doherty and David BradyUnder 10-Paddy Gallagher, Kevin McGettiigan and Liam McGettiganUnder 12-Pj McFadden, Andrew McFadden and Brendan McFadden Under 14-Pauric Hilferty, Bernard Gallagher and Paul DohertyUnder 16-Minor – John McCaffertyThe Minor Board have produced an excellent 2012 calendar which is for sale in Gracie Stores, The Lagoon, Mandy Sweeney’s and The Millbridge store. Calendars cost €10. Eddie Harkin, Minor Board Chairman can also be contacted for a calendar on 086 608 2512.Lotto: The Lotto draw took place in the Glenveagh Inn on Friday last. The winning numbers were 3,5,15 and 20. There was no Jackpot winner, Declan McGettigan was the match 3 winner. Michael McBride and Primrose Rankin won €10 each in the open draw. Next weeks draw takes place in McClaffertys Bar. Hugh Harkin and Bernard Gallagher are the coordinators. The jackpot is now is €1350.Fundraising:The club scrap metal collection is now finished. Thanks to all who donated items. Thanks also to Letterkenny Skip Hire.Coaching Anyone who wishes to participate in foundation or Level 1 coaching courses please contact coaching officer Brian Trearty on 086 340 6167.The county board are hosting beginner and refresher referees courses in the coming weeks and months. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Hugh Harkin on 087 689 1967.GAA NOTES: TERMON was last modified: January 10th, 2012 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:Termo GAA noteslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY UNDER 14S THROUGH TO LEAGUE PLAY-OFF

first_imgThe winning numbers in this weeks Lotto are 1, 5, 14, 19. Match 3 winner is Karen Mc Hugh. The jackpot now sits at an inviting €4240. This weeks sellers are Danny K. Mc Ginley and Jimmy Mc Fadden. Our under14s had their final league fixture at home to Termon last Sunday but despite a great performance from the boys they lost by a couple of late goals.They are now through to a play off with details yet to be confirmed.The u15s are out again in the Gaeltacht this Thurs at 4.30pm with a home tie against Naomh Conaill. The minors had a good victory over Mac Cumhaills last Wednesday evening which sets them up for the league semi-final this Wednesday !6th away to St. Michaels, throw in at 6.30pm.Anyone going to the League final in Croke Park for Donegal V Monaghan must have ticket orders in by this Thursday 17th at 2pm. Tickets can be requested from Sharon Mc Ginty on 0863629737. The prices are €20 for Adults and €5 for under 16s.Our Seniors and Reserves have a busy weekend ahead with the first outing away to Ardara on Friday 18th with throw in times at 6.30pm and 8pm.On Easter Sunday both teams are at home to neighbours St. Eunans at 1.30pm and 3pm. Paddy McGinty’s thirds have their first league outing of the year with a home tie against Glenfin at 7pm. GAA NEWS – GLENSWILLY UNDER 14S THROUGH TO LEAGUE PLAY-OFF was last modified: April 15th, 2014 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:Glenswilly noteslast_img read more

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COULD REFUSAL TO SWAP SHIRT SIGNAL END FOR DONEGAL STAR

first_imgAs the post-mortem into Donegal’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat against Mayo continues, the question on many supporters minds is who will still be around for the 2016 campaign. Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan announced his imminent move to the Middle East earlier today which will almost certainly signal the end of his inter-county career.That move has brought into sharp focus the future of many of the other Donegal stars that are in their 30’s. At the end of the game on Saturday evening a disconsolate Colm McFadden trudged towards the tunnel.The St Michael’s clubman was approached by a couple of Mayo players who wanted to swap jerseys with him.He declined on both occasions which got some Donegal supporters asking the question was he wanting to keep hold of the jersey because he knew it was his last game?McFadden enjoyed a fine season for Donegal, he was employed in a deeper position but enjoyed some excellent performances. Most notable was his man-of-the-match display against Derry, and he had a cracking game against Galway in the qualifier.However, could Saturday’s match against Mayo be the last time we see McFadden in a Donegal jersey?Only time will tell, the players will immerse themselves into club championship action over the next few weeks and will reflect on their Donegal futures during the winter.   COULD REFUSAL TO SWAP SHIRT SIGNAL END FOR DONEGAL STAR was last modified: August 11th, 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:newsSportlast_img read more

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