Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Defending champion San Beda is seeking a third straight crown after winning the title in 2015, the last staging of the event where the Red Lions were hailed as co-champions together with Far Eastern University.“The objective of the PCCL is to provide incentives and recognition to school teams in the provinces and giving opportunities to local talents to be exposed on the national stage,” said PCCL chairman Rey Gamboa.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 folkThe tourney will see the participating teams divided into two groups, playing a single round robin format with the top two teams advancing in the crossover semifinals.UAAP champion Ateneo banners Group A together with NCAA bridesmaid Lyceum, Cesafi titlist University of Visayas, and Southern Luzon champion Naga College Foundation. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track San Beda, meanwhile, will take on UAAP runner-up La Salle, Mindanao champion Holy Trinity College, and NCR qualifier San Sebastian.Winners of the crossover semifinals will proceed to the one-game knockout championship duel slated on February 15 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The retoooled La Salle and Holy Trinity open festivities at 1 p.m., followed by the tiff between NCAA rivals San Beda and San Sebastian at 3 p.m., before ending the day with the clash between Ateneo and Naga College Foundation at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Ancajas back in Manila after his stunning title defense in US Eight teams vie for the honor of being called as the best collegiate squad in the country as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight commences on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The Blazers pounded on the undermanned Pirates side, who played without big man Mike Nzeusseu, twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino and head coach Topex Robinson, for their second win in as many games in group B.Head coach TY Tang said he wanted his team to be in attack mode and exploit every opportunity to run the open floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We want to be a fast-paced team and also a structured team,” said Tang. “But if we can make a shot within three seconds, why not?”Benilde, which stayed at second place in its group behind Far Eastern U, used this up-tempo offense effectively in the middle quarters outscoring the Pirates 51-31. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Blazers also ran Lyceum aground in the third, scoring 15 fastbreak points to head to the fourth quarter with a 68-42 margin.Clement Leutcheu had 19 points and 15 boards to lead the Blazers while Yanie Haruna added 14 points.Jesper Ayaay led the Pirates, who have been utilizing their team B players in the summer league, with 14 points while Ralph Tansingco added 12 points and six rebounds.They dropped to 1-4.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Red Bull keeping close leash on its drivers after Baku crash Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ 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 College of St. Benilde pulled off a 92-68 stunner over NCAA runner-up Lyceum in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments
Dear Editor,In recent times Bibi Safora Shadick, one of GECOM’s Commissioners, has taken it upon herself to do a weekly report in the newspapers in the form of Letters, Columns, and other media, on the statutory meetings of GECOM. I consider her actions unethical for a range of reasons, including the disclosure of the names of those who are responsible for the issue on which a report is being made. Given the nature of GECOM’s undertakings and what is chosen to be reported on, such reports may well put Commissioners and staff in harm’s way of overzealous political activists as well as discrete and undermine the work of the organization.That aside, the most recent report of November 1 clearly revealed the agenda driven, impartial, bias and vicious nature of Shadick’s reporting. She found it news-worthy to indicate that the Chairman came ahead of his Secretary; the CEO was “belligerent”; the DCEO “overwhelmed”; the PRO accepted bias advice from a vendor- and she doubted whether the organization could implement its plans, which she declared to be “good and proper”, among other things. All of which were either irrelevant to the outcome of the meeting and/or opinionated.What, however, is the most noteworthy was her omission of the issue that was interrogated/ discussed at the meeting, a matter that has serious implications for the conduct of the upcoming polls and the execution of which left much to be desired. Given my own disposition to reporting as she has been doing, I will mention the specifics of the matter, suffice to say that the officer responsible for that matter is kit and kin to her and has been openly and overwhelmingly favoured by her past events.I can therefore come to no conclusion other than that Ms. Shadick’s reporting is an execution of the PPP/C campaign, to cast aspersions and malign the PPP/C’s proclaimed 90% African Guyanese staff at GECOM, and GECOM itself.In my 11 years of service at GECOM, I have never seen GECOM reduced to such a crass level of politicking. We now have some Commissioners who are essentially Fifth Columnists, in my view.Yours truly,Vincent AlexanderGECOM Commissioner
The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) will on next Tuesday commemorate Africa Pre-trial Detention Day under the theme: “Protecting and Respecting the Rights of Persons Held in Pre-Trial Detention,” a press release said.During the celebration in the Conference Hall of the Temple of Justice, the Commission will launch its 2016 Thematic Report on the Conditions of Prisons and Prisoners around the country.According to a dispatch from the INCHR, the commemoration is in line with an adoption of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) General Assembly in 2015. The Day was set aside to be celebrated at national level taking into account that excessive and arbitrary pre-trial detention is an abuse of human rights that affects millions of people each year.The commemoration also marks the 2nd anniversary of the adoption of the Luanda Guidelines on conditions of arrest, police custody and pre-trial detention.The INCHR says the celebration will bring together several actors from the criminal justice system and CSOs. Some of these actors, following the launch of the report, will sit on a panel to discuss the findings of the report and the challenges facing the justice system in relation to prisons and the way forward.The panelists will include an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Assistant Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Justice, a representative each from the Carter Center, the Prison Fellowship and the Association of Trial Judges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as prisoners display high-priced liquor, drugsAfter a social media post of prisoners at the New Amsterdam Prison hosting a party with rum and drugs went viral, an investigation has been launched.The social media post, which was uploaded by Abdul Andre Azimullah, who is on remand for murder, showed inmates sporting high-priced liquor and drugs during what they labelled a Mother’s Day party.When contacted, Director of the Guyana Prison Service, Gladwin Samuels said that while there was no exact or direct evidence as to how the liquor got into the penitentiary, the prisoner who posted the pictures on Facebook has identified the person who took the items into the facility.One of the photos that were posted on Facebook showing prisoners posing and consuming alcohol while being detained at New Amsterdam penitentiary“There is no direct evidence pointing to any prison officer who would have facilitated the movement of the contraband into the prison,” Samuels said.However, investigators noted that the bottles of pricey liquor – Cîroc and Hennessey – were smuggled into the jail yard on a town council tractor.“Based on video evidence, the tractor was searched, and the search seemed to have been properly conducted based on what the video is revealing,” Samuels noted.He added that this was an indication of a lapse in supervision of the prison yard on Sunday, while citing his disappointment, he further noted that sanctions would be taken against those persons who are found culpable.“We still have to do further investigations to establish if that was so because, as it is right now, that is the prisoner’s account,” the Prisons Director explained.Samuels said a news conference would be hosted during which time the supervisor would discuss what occurred.“I have made it clear that the Officer-in-Charge of the facility must be at the press briefing, because it is time that they are made to answer for their stewardship,” he noted.The Prisons Director said he alone would not be taking blame because officers must understand that they have to take responsibility for delegated authority.Moreover, concerns continue to be raised about how prisoners gain possession of illegal items that are found in the prison.Meanwhile, in a statement on Monday, the Public Security Ministry said that the mobile device which was used by the inmate to post the pictures on social media has since been seized, as investigations continue.“The ministry is extremely disappointed that alien objects and other material, inclusive of drugs and liquor, find their way into the various prisons as obviously happened here. There is no doubt collusion with prison wardens and prisoners which is causing this. This kind of misbehavior by the culpable prison wardens will be dealt with very seriously after the ongoing investigations reveal who they are. The public will be further advised on this matter after investigations concludes,” the ministry noted in its statement.
…as more contracts given to minister’s companyLocal transparency watchdog, Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) has underscored the need for clear policy to avoid conflict of interests in light of fresh revelations that the multi-media company owned by, Public Telecommunications Minster Cathy Hughes, has in fact received multiple contracts from the government.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Thursday disclosed that Videomega Productions, the company owned by Minister Hughes has benefited from several lucrative contracts from the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, which she heads.According to the PPP, within the space of months the minister’s company cashed in on over $10.3 million in government contracts including ones from her ministry.The party revealed that the company received a contracts value in excess of $900,000 and $100,000 for advertisement of vacancies and Facebook page respectively in June 2018 and then another in September to the tune of $2.2 million for CTU/ITC Roadshow – all from the Telecommunications Ministry which Hughes heads.In addition, PPP said Videomega Productions also benefited from another five contracts awarded by other ministries. These include the Public Infrastructure Ministry in September 2018 for television advertisement at more than $250,000; Business Ministry in September 2018 for Caribbean Tourism Diaspora Forum at over $190,000; Education Ministry in July 2018 for video production at $1.4 million; Natural Resources Ministry in May 2018 for artwork at $1.4 million, and the Public Health Ministry in July 2018 for advertisement value $3.5 million.No denialHowever, in a response to the PPP, the company sent out a statement after midnight on Thursday in which it did not deny receiving the contracts mentioned by the Opposition but instead, refuted the value of the contracts as stated by the PPP.“The payments received by Videomega are paid over directly to the media houses (where the ads were placed) and therefore, it is disingenuous for the PPP to say that $10.3 million is revenue earned by Videomega Productions when they know that the payment goes directly to the media houses. The company will provide the invoices issued for the sums referred to in the PPP statement as soon as it retrieves it from its auditors,” the company assured.It went onto reiterate in the missive that Minister Hughes “does not participate in the running of the company.”Despite this, however, TIGI in a statement on Friday explained that while there may not be any direct actions that constitute a ‘conflict of interest’, whenever a minister or public official owns or have private interests in a company then there is the possibility of favoritism being be shown to that company due to the known association with the government.TIGI pointed out that an examination of the procurement procedures would provide important insights on the potential for such an occurrence. As such, the transparency watchdog noted that in order for Guyana to make progress with regards to “transparency and corruption perception” then it is important to address issue that arise decisively and in ways that close opportunities for recurrence.“Establishing a clear policy on specific actions that should be taken by minsters and other public officials who have firms that compete for local business especially with the government would enhance our attempts to address conflict of interest in government. We should also recognize that the code of conduct for public officers is weak. It fails to articulate any specific penalties for breaches and it should be strengthened,” TIGI contended in a statement on Friday.According to the local transparency body, conflict of interest is a huge problem in Guyana and this recent cases within the Coalition Government highlights the need now more than ever for this matter to be properly dealt with especially as the country is on the cusp of becoming on oil producing nation.“This conflict of interest situation provides Guyanese with an opportunity for reflection on the companies that will be generated in the petroleum economy and on whether our elected leaders will have the consciousness of history to take steps to safeguard the interest of the (the country and its people),” the transparency watchdog stated.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Canoga Park It’s a tax Your article “More cops? Maybe not!” (Nov. 6) raises some tax issues with this taxpayer. I recently read that the phone fee/tax, etc. must go away. I think the issue was new taxes have to be approved by taxpayers/voters. The phone tax we all pay is now illegal and therefore must be so declared and stopped. Is not the trash fee/tax the same type of program? Now, instead of going to hire new cops, it is suggested using it all to balance a shaky city budget. I say if it looks like a tax, sounds like a tax, and is used like a tax, then it must be a tax and therefore is illegal unless approved by the taxpayers/voters! – William Conroy Northridge Who pays? Re “Tipoff” (Nov. 5): I have just two questions about former Mayor James Hahn’s new portrait: How much did it cost and who paid for it? – David Hall Winnetka Good exercise Re “Ghetto service” (Your Opinions, Nov. 5): We on the other side of the Valley, after trash day, take a broom and pick up the leftover debris left on the street. It’s good exercise and she may even get to meet a neighbor or two. – Leonard Drayton North Hills Fair share Re “L.A. deserves its fair share of bond money for transportation” (Our Opinions, Nov. 5): Thank you for your editorial about Los Angeles County not receiving its fair share of state transportation bond money – even though 85percent of the state’s port activity occurs in our county, and 43percent of the nation’s cargo arrives in local ports. Part of the challenge is that our county – far and away the state’s most populated and congested – only has one representative on the nine-member California Transportation Commission, which allocates Proposition 1B funds. Meanwhile, Alameda County – the seventh-most-populated county – has two representatives on the CTC including the chairman. Yes, transportation dollars are scarce everywhere, but relieving congestion in L.A. County benefits a much larger group of people and has a more positive impact on the local national economies than anywhere else in America. – Brendan L. Huffman President & CEO Valley Industry & Commerce Association Learning CNN aired a program called “The Noose,” which followed the history of lynchings in the South. The program began with the recent hanging of a noose on a tree at Jena High School, Ga., and the ensuing controversy. The photographs graphically depicted hangings and the white crowds standing around enjoying the spectacle. Among the crowds were children being indoctrinated to be the next generation of racists. That’s the way it works; children learn racism from their parents. Today we have the anti-immigration movement and the persecution and targeting of brown-skinned Hispanics, Mexicans and Latinos. Viewing newspaper and TV pictures of anti-immigration protests, we see that it is another white thing. There are no blacks, Hispanics or Asians in attendance. If this isn’t racism, what is? – Ron Lowe Grass Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “L.A. draws up a new gang plan” (Oct. 26): “Children must pay to play” (Nov. 5): This is the ultimate disconnect. Where is the city’s gang czar, Jeff Carr? The first place to reach current and potential gang members is in the schools. So rather than develop after-school programs, the LAUSD wants to charge every nonschool program a fee to use school facilities. The neighborhood councils ought to be working together in each area to start anti-gang programs and Jeff Carr should be directly involved. – Don Evans
A man who was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman while she slept beside her boyfriend has been found not guilty.Letterkenny Court.The man put his head in his hands as the verdict was read out at Letterkenny Circuit Court this evening. The jury took more than two hours to reach their majority verdict.The young woman claimed she awoke to find her boyfriend’s friend in her bed touching her intimately.She alleged she found the man touching her breasts and bum and raising her leg after he slipped into her bed while she and her partner slept.The woman, who cannot be named, appeared by video-link from Australia where she now lives.The alleged assault took place at a house in Letterkenny on May 17th, 2010.The accused, a man in his 30s, pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault.The court heard that the woman, her partner and the accused had all met at the Golden Grill Nightclub in Letterkenny.They all got a taxi home.The woman revealed how the man was given the spare room in their house and she went to bed with her partner and they had sex.However she awoke some time later claiming to have found the man in their bed touching her breasts and bum and trying to lift her leg.“He told me to shush and everything would be okay. I told him to get out but he wouldn’t get out of the bed,” said the woman.The woman then screamed at the man and told him to get out of the room as she woke her boyfriend.Her boyfriend also shouted at the man and he left the room to go back to the spare room.The woman then said she went into another spare room and barricaded herself into the room with a chest of drawers and cried herself to sleep.The next morning the woman told her partner to ask the man to leave the house.He did so and after some time the accused and the woman’s partner left the house to go to the pub.Defence barrister Peter Nolan put it to the woman that because she had had so much to drink on the night that most of her memory was a daze.He put it to her that the incident did not happen at all and did she not find it unusual that her partner left with the accused to go to the pub.The woman said she was angry with her partner for doing this and she had actually broken up with him for a while because of this.She declared “I know exactly what happened when XXXXX came into my bed.“I would never bring this case four years later and then allegedly make something up.“We are a family but I will never forgive (her partner) for walking out the door with XXXX,” she said.The woman’s partner also gave video-link evidence from Australia.He revealed how he had been playing two football matches on the day before the alleged incident took place.He said he awoke to find his partner kicking him and claiming she had been assaulted by the man.The woman’s partner said he roared at the other man to get out, gave the woman a hug and then went back to sleep.He said the next morning his partner told him to get the accused out of the house.The woman’s partner and the accused left and went to go to the pub.He said the reason why he went out with the accused was to get him out of the house and also to get his brother some money.The woman’s partner said he was not in the company of the accused in the pub but was with lots of other football players.He said he drank up to seven pints and continued to get texts from his partner and then went home.Barrister Peter Nolan said there was more holes in the woman’s story than in a sieve.He said the problem with her claims was that she simply didn’t know exactly what happened because of the amount of drink taken.“She now believes that something happened in the bed. I’m not saying she was not right to believe it but there was no evidence to believe it.“We have drink running through this like a river – drink is the causation of al the social problems in rural Ireland today.“The amount of drink taken in this case would make a lot of publicans happy in Co Donegal today.“All they can say is “if it happened it happened.”He added that the woman was in a quandary as to what actually happened in the bed but said “that is not enough’ “There is no evidence of what actually happened, This has converted that belief into a fact. Stories are invented and slowly but surely belief turns to fact.”He added that the woman’s partner’s evidence was “tainted and corrupted” because of his loyalty to his partner.“He said he was a home bird and didn’t even want to be in Australia but for his partner and their child. I don’t blame him but that leaves his evidence tainted and corrupted,” added Mr Nolan.MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMAN WHILE SHE SLEPT FOUND NOT GUILTY was last modified: February 6th, 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)
NEW YORK – ABC is moving its hottest show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” to Thursdays in the fall as part of an aggressive schedule that will bring at least 15 new series to the air next season. Ted Danson, Taye Diggs, Calista Flockhart, Anne Heche, David Arquette and Rachel Griffiths are among the stars that will appear in new ABC series, the network announced Tuesday. ABC has also left the newsmagazine “Primetime” off its fall schedule for the first time since its introduction in 1989. But ABC News said “Primetime” will remain in production for specials, limited-run series and perhaps as a replacement for a failed entertainment program. ABC, which is owned by The Walt Disney Co., is the only one of the major networks to increase its ratings over last year on the strength of hits “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost.” But the rest of its schedule was weak, forcing the network to make an uncommonly large number of pilots. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals Moving the medical soap “Grey’s Anatomy” to 9 p.m. Thursdays sets up a battle with one of TV’s most popular shows: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on CBS (a division of CBS Corp.) as well as “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” the most-touted new series on NBC (part of NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric Co). “There’s a lot of history of big shows going up against one another and there’s plenty of room for both,” said Steve McPherson, ABC entertainment president. ABC canceled “Commander in Chief,” leaving Geena Davis as a one-year president, although a two-hour movie may be made with the same cast. “Invasion,” “Hope & Faith,” “Jake in Progress” and “Sons and Daughters” were among the other shows left off the schedule. Flockhart and Griffiths star in “Brothers & Sisters,” a drama about a maladjusted family. Danson is a self-help guru going through a mid-life crisis in the comedy “Help Me Help You,” Heche is a relationship counselor who moves to Alaska in the drama “Men in Trees” and Diggs is in “Day Break,” a thriller that uses elements of the movie “Groundhog Day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Shay Given’s father has admitted he doesn’t enjoy watching Ireland playing at all.The well-known Co Donegal businessman has travelled the world watching his son down through the years.But Seamus Given told the Shaun Doherty Show he becomes too nervous during games to enjoy them. “I can’t really enjoy the games. I love the build-up and all the craic up to the games.“But I am a nervous wreck during games. I do be kicking every ball and it’s hard to relax and enjoy it,” he said.Seamus has already arrived in Poland for the Euro 2012 Championship and says he believes Ireland can be the real surprise package of the tournament.“Trapatonni knows exactly what he is doing and he has them in peak form at this moment. “There is a great feeling in and around the squad and they are really up for it,” he said.“No doubt it will be Aston Villa. He has no intention of leaving. He is quite happy with them and has a good contact with them.“He is living not so far from Birmingham and his children are settled in Manchester.“Shay is a very good family man and his two children aged 5 and 8 are in school and they are his number one priority,” said Seamus. SHAY’S DAD – I CAN’T ENJOY THE GAMES AT ALL was last modified: June 7th, 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)