LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ “It’s over now, so it don’t matter,” Westbrook said.Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Khris Middleton added 20 points, John Henson had 18 and Tony Snell 15 as the Bucks won their second consecutive game.Antetokounmpo said he hadn’t seen a replay of his decisive basket, and wasn’t aware at the time that he might have stepped out of bounds.“Coach trusted me having the ball late and making that play and do what I do best and go to the rim and try to make it happen,” Antetokounmpo said.However much they vowed to shake it off, it was clear that many Thunder players were irked to see their six-game winning streak end in such a way.Forward Paul George, who missed the game with a sore left knee, tweeted his opinion of the officiating on the final play, indicating that he thought Antetokounmpo not only stepped out of bounds but also travelled.“Wow?!” George tweeted. “No travel or out of bounds huh?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I look at things totally different,” Donovan said. “The league and officials have to deal with that. I’m more concerned that we didnt play well in the first quarter.”Milwaukee torched the Thunder for 38 points in the opening period, making 14 of 23 shots from the field, including five three-pointers.The Thunder, meanwhile, made just one three-pointer in the opening frame and trailed by as many as 22 points before steadily working their way back into the game.Seconds before Antetokounmpo’s game-winner, Westbrook drained a long three-pointer to tie the game for the first time since the game was scoreless.Westbrook finished with 40 points and 14 rebounds — and shrugged off the closing controversy.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina After the buzzer, Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony argued with officials, pointing to the video board, which showed the play — homing in on Antetokounmpo’s foot.But officiating crew chief Derrick Stafford said the play was not reviewable, since no whistle was blown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThunder coach Billy Donovan said officials only told him the play was not reviewable when he asked.Donovan, however, wasn’t interested in getting drawn into criticism of the officiating or the league’s video review rules. View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots the winning goal as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) applies pressure during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec.29, 2017. The Bucks defeated the Thunder 97-95. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)Giannis Antetokounmpo drove for a controversial dunk in the final second Friday to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 97-95 NBA victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.The Bucks’ Greek guard appeared to step on the baseline — and out of bounds — as he moved past Oklahoma City’s Josh Heustis toward the basket, but no call was made and the Bucks had the win when Russell Westbrook’s desperation effort from long range missed as time expired.ADVERTISEMENT NFL changes concussion protocol after Savage incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson
A Grand Cape Mountainian son from Weada, Laar Clan, has said that it is a shame for Grand Cape Mount County, one of the five oldest counties in Liberia, to remain backward and underdeveloped while the other four counties are “progressing.”Mr. Jesse Zinnah Segbosaid the county’s backwardness is because of underrepresentation of the county in the National Legislature.Comparably, he said the growth and development inSinoe, Grand Bassa, Maryland and Montserrado Counties are better than Grand Cape Mount County.Historically, Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties were created as counties in 1839; followed by Sinoe and Grand Cape Mount Counties in 1843 and 1844 respectively and Maryland, in 1857.According to him, because of this “underdevelopment,” he has decided to become a senatorial aspirant for the coming Special Senatorial Election in which his representation in the Senate would help bring development to the county.Mr. Segbo declared his intension over the weekend after receiving a petition from the Friends of Jesse Association (FOJA) in a crowded rally held at Tahn Headquarters, Mana Clan, Gola Konneh District in Grand Cape Mount County.Mr. Segbo, a Master’s Degree holder in Public Administration with concentration in Public Policy urged citizens of the county to have someone put Grand Cape Mount on par with other counties in term of improved physical infrastructure, robust agriculture economy, amongst others in the county.According to the statement of petition on behalf of the people of GolaKonneh District, Laar, Mana and Darblo Clans, read by Jeffer Varney, Segbo was selected “after keen observation from past and present leaders, especially regarding the mismanagement of the county natural resources and the poor living conditions of the people.”“Whereas we are cognizant of the fact that GolaKonneh lacks basic services and the necessary infrastructure that provide for a better quality of life, our efforts here are aimed at highlighting areas that have long since been neglected, are in total disrepair and it becomes imperative at this juncture,” the petition said.It added: “As you may or may not be aware, these districts are rich in mineral deposits and other natural resources such as gold, diamond, iron ore etc., but our people have yet to benefit from these resources in any significant way and continue to suffer as a direct result of poor management and governance of these resources.”Paramount Chief William Boakai amongst others speakers, pledged their support to Mr. Segbo but urged him to serious.The former boss of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), Albert Bropleh, who resides in Grand Cape Mount County, too, joined the Cape Mount citizens and urged them to Segbo as the “best person.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With a Government Minister having revealed recently that Guyana’s youth population has a 40 per cent unemployment rate, an economist, Dr Tarron Khemraj, has described the situation as one of worrying proportions.In an interview with this publication, Professor Dr Tarron Khemraj noted that even industrialised and developed countries going through their economic depressions did not reach this stage.Economist, Dr Tarron Khemraj“…the 40 per cent unemployment is [worrying]. The United States and Greece during their worse crisis and depression did not reach that level,” Dr Khemraj related in his interview with this publication.Dr Khemraj explained that there are different kinds of unemployment such as frictional, structural, disguised and cyclical unemployment, each of which, he noted, requires a different kind of policy solution.Frictional unemployment is one that results from workers transitioning between jobs. On the other hand, structural unemployment comes from industrial reorganisation. Disguised employment are cases where persons who are unemployed appear to be employed, while cyclical unemployment relates to economic fluctuations.“There is no short-term solution that will work in 6 months, in spite of what politicians say,” the economist advised. “It will take about two to three years to get some of the short-run problems fixed,” the economist noted.“Another problem is we don’t have a good measure of unemployment in Guyana even though the present MOF said they will work on getting monthly labour market surveys,” Khemraj also observed.Compared with the 40 per cent unemployment, which was quoted by Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton, Dr Khemraj noted that 25 per cent unemployment is consistent with an economic depression.Last month, Government had hosted a job fair attended by hundreds of youths. At the time, Dr Norton had said that the job fair was inspired by the large amount of jobless youths, amounting to 40 per cent.“Statistics show that approximately 40 per cent of the youth population in Guyana is unemployed.The Department of Youth recognises this scourge, seeks to bring Private Sector and Government agencies together to tackle this growing issue,” he explained.It is against this backdrop that the Department of Youth decided to host its first youth fair at the National Sports Hall.The high rate of youth unemployment has triggered a number of negative effects. Only in January, the Caricom Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said that 80 per cent of prosecuted crimes are committed by youths between the ages of 19 and 29.In February, Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, told Guyana Times that unemployment will present a major challenge in the coming years.Ram spoke of some of the reasons for Guyana’s low employment rate and also expressed the belief that not enough attention is being paid to its economic and social side.“Part of the problem we have is that we have a very low wage economy,” Ram had said, adding “and it discourages people entering into the employment sector. If you get the minimum wage and you have to spend 20 per cent of it on transportation alone, it’s not a great motivator for you to work”.
– payments retroactive from January 2018– Disciplined Services included in increasesBy Jarryl BryanAs of Monday, Government approved salary increases across a number of pay ranges for public servants; inclusive of retroactive payments from January 2018, one week ahead of the reading of next year’s budget.This is according to a circular dated November 19, 2018, that was sent out by the Finance Ministry to the heads of all budget agencies and seen by Guyana Times. According to the document, persons earning less than $100,000 a month will receive a seven per cent increase.Those earning between $100,000 and $299,999 will get an increase of 6.5 per cent, while those in the $300,000 to $499,999 range will get a five per cent increase. Those with a paycheque of between $500,000 and $699,999 a month will have their salaries increased by three per cent.Meanwhile, those in the $700,000 to $799,999 range will be eligible for an increase of two per cent, while those earning $800,000 to $999,999 will get one per cent in increases and those with a $1 million salary and above will get a 0.5 per cent increase.The circular makes it clear that the increases do not apply for teachers, University of Guyana employees, Government Ministers and Members of Parliament.It does, however, apply to the Disciplined Services, including the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Besides the Disciplined Services, it applies to “all traditional public servants, defined to mean those employed in Ministries, departments not under ministerial control, regional administrators and public service related agencies, commission secretariats and those who are engaged on contract positions reflected on the inventory of authorised positions of the traditional public services and persons on contract outside on the inventoried positions.”Salary increasesThe Ministry indicated that teachers received a separate circular regarding their increases. Teachers have for some time been agitating for increases since the end of their previous multi-year agreement. This agitation included strike action early in September of this year.In October, more than one month after a nationwide teachers’ strike was called off, Government finally agreed to increase the salaries of teachers by 12 per cent for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018.When it comes to UG staff, the University’s administration had announced a few days ago that the Finance and General Purposes Committee had approved salary increases for staff, at a rate ranging from three to four per cent.It has been reported that the increases were sought by UG’s Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith. And like the Finance Ministry curricular, the increases would have been retroactive to January 1, 2018.In a joint statement afterwards, however, the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association and the University’s Workers Union poured cold water on this proposed increase. According to the unions, the increases were “a violation of good labour relations practises.”While Griffith has been quoted saying that he acted because of stalled negotiations with the unions; the unions claimed in their statement that the administration has not been acting in good faith during the negotiations.Ministers and MPs are not being included in the salary increases because in 2015, months after the Government entered office, they received an increase of their own. Cabinet Ministers had their salaries increased by 50 per cent, while junior Ministers and other parliamentarians received smaller increases. Government has said that this was a one off event.
Los Angeles County public health officials said Tuesday that an employee at the Wolfgang Puck Catering facility in Hollywood has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A and that anyone who ate uncooked food at four recent February events catered by the firm is urged to obtain preventative medication. The county Department of Public Health is working with management of Wolfgang Puck Catering to determine which patrons could be at risk. Officials said the Feb. 14-20 events included the Sports Illustrated swimsuit-issue party at the Pacific Design Studio in West Hollywood. Officials said there is no risk to anyone who ate food prepared after Feb. 20, including those who ate at a Puck-catered Academy Award event Feb. 25. No restaurants or Express Cafes owned and operated by Wolfgang Puck or Wolfgang Puck pre-packaged foods are affected and restaurant patrons are not at risk. “The company has been exemplary in their response to this situation,” Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding said. Public-health officials said there is a 14-day window to get immune globulin shots that prevent illness, although the risk of developing hepatitis A is low. People who ate uncooked food at three other events are being contacted individually and urged to get the shots. Public health officials will open clinics today to provide shots for those who might not be able to get the medication from their doctors. Clinics can be located by calling 211 or (800) 427-8700. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
(661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – Three environmental groups sued the U.S. Forest Service this week, hoping to block plans to expand oil and gas drilling in Ventura County’s Los Padres National Forest. The lawsuit, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Los Padres ForestWatch, says additional drilling approved in 2005 would harm the forest, in particular the endangered California condor brought back from the brink of extinction at a sanctuary near Fillmore. The groups say the plan violates the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act because of potential damage to wildlife and deterioration of air and water quality, said John Buse of the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s very close to the Sespe condor preserve,” Buse said. “We have reports of nesting condors very, very close to some of the areas open for surface drilling. We’ve had a report of a condor nesting near Piru Creek where it’s open to slant drilling.” Oil and gas leases were expanded in July 2005 across 52,075 acres of the Los Padres near the Condor Sanctuary and the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, two areas of condor habitat. Environmentalists worry that the condors will be harmed by oil equipment, the oil itself and simply by having humans in the area because they drop small bits of trash that condors ingest. Kathy Good, a spokeswoman for the forest, said forest officials had not been served with the lawsuit and therefore would not comment on specifics. Mandated by a 1987 law, the Los Padres underwent a 10-year study to determine what land might potentially be available for oil and gas drilling, Good said. More than 52,000 acres were identified for possible leasing – 48,000 of that for just directional – or slant – drilling from nearby private parcels or public land approved for surface operations, Good said. email@example.com
FA Cup draws are always a point of contention for fans, who sometimes like nothing more than to scream ‘lucky b*****s!’ if their rivals are handed a supposedly ‘easy’ tie.While the clichéd saying goes that ‘there are no easy games’ when it comes to a knockout competition such as the FA Cup, there are occasions when Lady Luck seems to smile on some sides more than others.But who gets the rub of the green more than most?We thought we’d take a look, focusing specifically on the three remaining ‘big’ Premier League teams in the competition – Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool – and looking at the last six years, seeing how fortunate they’ve been when it comes to the level of opposition drawn against, and the results are a little surprising.The most fortunate in recent seasons have been Liverpool, who have been paired with lower division opposition on 56.25 per cent of their 16 ties over the past six seasons (including 2014/15, prior to the quarter-final draw) of which 44.44 per cent have been home ties.By contrast, 37.5 per cent of Man United’s 16 ties have been against lower division teams, with 33.33 per cent of those draws being at Old Trafford.In the last three seasons (including the current campaign at time of writing), Liverpool have had to face Premier League opponents only twice (Crystal Palace and Arsenal).Neutral and rival fans may bemoan the Red Devils’ apparent ‘easy’ run this season – United have been drawn against Yeovil, Cambridge and Preston North End in the three rounds so far – but beyond that they have only faced teams outside of the Premier League on three other occasions dating back to the 2009/10 competition, when they were memorably dumped out at home by Leeds.Intriguingly, when it comes to facing lower league opponents, Arsenal have been relatively fortunate as well – although this perhaps has more to do with the Gunners progressing, on average, further in the competition than United or Liverpool (21 ties compared to 16 for the north west giants).Nevertheless, of Arsenal’s 21 FA Cup ties, 47.62 per cent have come against teams outside of the top flight, with a sizable 60 per cent of those being held at the Emirates.All of this makes for interesting reading when it comes to suggestions that some teams are lucky when it comes to pot luck draws, and while there are nothing to suggest that ‘big’ teams get ‘easy’ draws, it does give an different view on the topic.This seasons’ competition looks to be going the same way, with five Premier League teams still in the draw for the last eight.Below are the full statistics of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool’s past draw outcomes, from 2009/10 to the 2014/15 fifth round:Manchester UnitedFA Cup ties: 16Times drawn against Premier League opposition: 10Times drawn against lower division opposition: 6Home draws against Premier League opposition: 6Home draws against lower division opposition: 2Times drawn against ‘top four’ teams at the time: 4Of which were at home: 2ArsenalFA Cup ties: 21Times drawn against Premier League opposition: 11Times drawn against lower division opposition: 10Home draws against Premier League opposition: 5Home draws against lower division opposition: 6Times drawn against ‘top four’ teams at the time: 1Of which were at home: 1LiverpoolFA Cup ties: 16Times drawn against Premier League opposition: 7Times drawn against lower division opposition: 9Home draws against Premier League opposition: 2Home draws against lower division opposition: 4Times drawn against ‘top four’ teams at the time: 3Of which were at home: 1 The FA Cup 1
Nat Coombs was in for Max Rushden in The Warm Up’s first Sunday edition of 2016 and he was joined by Barry Glendenning.They take a light-hearted look at Saturday’s Premier League action, discuss the PDC and BDO darts championships and much more.Former Newcastle defender John Anderson was the phone guest for the ‘footballers are nice feature’.
Anam Cara is an organisation that supports bereaved parents, Anam Cara support groups are situated throughout Ireland and provide parents a safe, comfortable environment where they have the opportunity to connect with other bereaved parents.Anam Cara is an inclusive organisation where parents do not identify themselves by their children’s age, how they died, or if their death was recent or many years ago.What Anam Cara provides is a safe place for bereaved parents to connect with others who understand the intensity of the grief and loss. Although Anam Cara does not offer counselling, each group has a lending library and information on the other services available to parents and families in the local community.Anam Cara is holding its monthly Parent Evening on Thursday 19th of March 2015 from 19:30 to 21:00 in Dillons Hotel, Main Street, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Anam Cara Services are available free of charge to all bereaved parents.For further information please see our website at www.anamcara.ie email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 4045378. ORGANISATION THAT HELPS BEREAVED PARENTS HOLDING A MEETING IN DILLONS HOTEL was last modified: March 5th, 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:FeaturesnewsNotices
Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council with Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Paul Hannigan, President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), signing a 5-year memorandum of understanding on behalf of both organisations on Wednesday along with members of the executive board at LYIT and senior staff from Donegal County Council.Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Donegal County Council have become the first organisations of their kind in Ireland to formally sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU).This memorandum of understanding formalises the strong working relationship between both organisations and recognises the very important responsibilities that both the Council and LYIT have in delivering on national and regional policy objectives.This 5 year MoU was signed by Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Paul Hannigan, President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), in the presence of Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, on behalf of their respective organisations. “This is an historic first, as it is the first agreement of its kind in Ireland between a higher education institution and its local authority,” said Cllr Brogan.“The agreement emanates from a strong working relationship over the years and both partners wish to further develop their capacities to achieve their respective missions through enhanced cooperation”.This partnership will focus on promoting sustainable economic development and job creation by working with stakeholders to address their various education and training needs, to develop the region’s capacity for Research and Innovation and to promote and support Entrepreneurship, Investment, and Enterprise.There is particular emphasis on cross-border collaboration. This focus is consistent with the Council’s Corporate Plan 2015-19, the Donegal Local Economic & Community Plan 2016 – 2022, and LYIT’s Strategic Plan 2014-17.Paul Hannigan stated that this memorandum is “a formal recognition of the excellent working relationship that exists between Letterkenny IT and Donegal County Council. This has been built up over many years with respective staff cooperating and collaborating on many projects”.Seamus Neely believes that this MoU will solidify what is an already very strong relationship between both organisations and will further support the strategic crossborder collaborative approach that both the Council and LYIT have been pursuing.“Although we have many challenges in Donegal, we also have many strengths and one is our capacity to work in a collaborative way for the betterment of our county and our region. Both the Council and LYIT face similar challenges mainly due to our geographical location and by working together and in a regional context with our partners in Derry City and Strabane District Council we will continue to promote sustainable economic development and job creation in Donegal and the region”. COUNCIL AND LYIT MAKE HISTORY IN NEW CO-OPERATION PACT was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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)