Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Eduard Folayang ready to suit up in upcoming ONE Championship grand prix Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Aces finished the elimination phase as the third seed. They made their way back into the final dance by taking down old tormentor San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals and then tripping back-to-back finalist Meralco in the semifinals.The Hotshots, for their part, hope to build on the momentum from dethroning Barangay Ginebra to finally win a title after falling short last conference.But running along the crossfires are ties that go way back.The two coaches were once teammates at the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association and are both shooting for their first title as a chief tactician.As if that’s not enough case of a friendly-fire, Alaska will now be challenged by its 2015 import Romeo Travis as Magnolia veteran PJ Simon goes up a former teammate in Compton.ADVERTISEMENT The Aces look to arrest a Finals drought that has hovered the franchise the last four seasons, while the Hotshots seek to preserve what has been a string of productive outings by their sister teams.“I feel like all of the PBA fans will enjoy with this series,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said in Filipino during the series presser Tuesday in Libis. “The competitive edge of both teams will push each other to the limit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“And both are hungry, too,” he said of the protagonists in the showcase that kicks off Dec. 5 at MOA Arena.“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” chimed in Alaska coach Alex Compton. “What I do know is that they play really hard, they play the right way.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES 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 “You can’t really choose,” Victolero said, who eliminated Meralco Bolts and Norman Black, who was his first coach in the pros.“We didn’t get the championship so hopefully, I come out wiser and the players that have been through it,” Compton said ahead of the clash. “I think they’re playing the best basketball in the PBA. So if you want to win, we sure as heck get better and work on our game.”“We have a chance again to be in the Finals … we will just have to bring, give our best every single game,” Victolero closed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Streaks will be at stake when Magnolia tangles with Alaska for the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup crown.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Trevor Benn, the new Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Lands and SurveysMinister of State, Joseph Harmon addressing the preliminary meeting of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission Wednesday afternoon in the Commission’s boardroomCommission (GL&SC), will commence work today.Benn, who was previously a Senior Land Developer at the Commission, was most recently a Programme Analyst with responsibility for governance and poverty at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).On Wednesday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon made the announcement at a preliminary meeting of the Board of Directors of the GL&SC at the Commission’s D’Urban Backlands location, where he said that the Commission was well poised to advance its work in the administration of State lands.At the meeting, the Minister used the opportunity to welcome the Board members and the Observers, who were drawn from the various Government Ministries and departments, and expressed confidence that their varied expertise and experience will promote the work of the Commission.“I trust that with the composition of this Board, the blend of experience from academia, from business, of persons who are in legal practice, persons who are in private land surveying, that you bring that total blend of skills [to] make the Commission what it was meant to be,” Minister Harmon said.Incoming Commissioner Benn, who was not at the meeting, met with President David Granger Wednesday afternoon and said, in an invited comment following that meeting, that he was both pleased to accept the appointment and with the confidence that the President has reposed in him.He said he intended to use his knowledge and experience “to help to bring about some changes to the way we see land and use land in Guyana”, adding that “it is not acceptable for people to be waiting exceptionally long for a piece of land.”With regard to his immediate plans, Benn said he intended to make priority issues related to policy, the backlog of lease allocations and those related to the welfare of the Commission’s staff.The Board of Directors has agreed to meet once per month and the next full meeting is scheduled for May 19 when a time and date for monthly meetings will be made statutory.The Board will be chaired by Paulette Henry, Lecturer, Head of the Department of Sociology and Interim Director of Gender Studies at the University of Guyana and will include Rawle Small, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Guyana Incorporated; Patsy Ross, former Programme Officer at the UNDP; Lieutenant Colonel Ramkarran Doodnauth of the Guyana Defence Force, Commander at Base Camp Stephenson; Joel Trotman, Civil Engineer/Land Surveyor; Maurice Gajadhar, CEO of New Timehri Handling Services Incorporated; Wilfred Brandford, local hotel entrepreneur; Randy Storm, Executive Manager at Banks DIH Limited; Clayton Hall, former Commissioner of Forests at the Guyana Forestry Commission and Programme Director at Conservation International, now of the Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry; Kevin Samad, Civil Engineer in the Public Infrastructure Ministry; Leon Rutherford, Manager of Surveys, GL&SC; Rawle Edinboro, Chief Development Planner, Central Housing and Planning Authority and Carol James, Surveyor.
6 top presidential candidates (clockwise): VP Joseph N. Boakai (UP), Sen. George M. Weah (CDC), Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine (LP), Alexander B. Cummings (ANC), Dr. J. Mills Jones (MOVEE) and Benoni Urey (ALP)Today, as key presidential candidates face-off with their visions and ideologies for Liberia, Weah will be absentThe election euphoria that descended on Liberia since the National Elections Commission began the process leading to the October 10 presidential and legislative elections moves into gear today as twenty (20) candidates will attempt to convince electorates why they deserve to be considered for the country’s highest office. Organized by the Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC), the candidates will provide their platforms to convince Liberians that they have the best alternative to lead the country at the end of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s second and final term of office.The DDC’s first Presidential Debate will be held at the Paynesville City Hall today, August 17, at 1:00 p.m.Key playersThe DDC comprises the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Liberia Media Center (LMC), Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (CEMESP), and Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC). The DDC is being supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). The maiden edition of the presidential component will set the leading candidates against each other; and will face-off, telling the Liberian people why each one of them is best suited to replace President Sirleaf. The six participants are: Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP); Cllr. Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP); Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC); Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP); Dr. J. Mills Jones of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE); and Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC).Liberians do not want the presidency to be gifted to anyone this time around, but must be earned by a candidate who has the vision and the ability to articulate a well-structured platform, along with the sophistication in executing issues that are essential to the people.Since the 2017 election campaign began, Liberians have been yearning for leaders who are patriotic enough to speak on issues that are essential for the country’s development. Many believe that the country needs a problem-solver, and their first interactions with the candidates at the debate will give them an opportunity to hear what they are sincerely prepared to do for the country and how they plan to do them.Attendance issueHowever, the issue is whether the candidates will make themselves available for the debate, as there are confirmed reports that some of the candidates may not be available. For example, there are reports that the two arch-rival parties, UP and CDC are claiming that they are not aware of the debate. CDC secretary general Janga Kowo indicated to newsmen that his party’s standard bearer, Senator George M. Weah, is out of the country and therefore won’t be a part of the event. He said the selection of the 6 parties was based on the findings of an opinion poll.Atty. Lamii Kpargoi, coordinator of the DDC, said MOVEE standard bearer, Dr. Mills Jones has informed them he will not participate because he is on his political tour in Grand Cape Mount County.And while UP officials confirmed receipt of an invitation to the debate, they also declined same without even consulting their standard bearer, saying that if George Weah was going to be absent, then VP Boakai would not attend. But VP Boakai told the Daily Observer yesterday that he was never informed about the debate. He however pledged to participate in the debate and dismissed the notion that his attendance would be in any dependent on whether or not Weah is involved.Compare the candidatesA culture of debate has never existed in Liberia and therefore its absence has deprived citizens the chance to compare candidates’ positions against each other, leaving them no basis upon which to cast their votes.“For the past 20 years we have had elections and the debate is not only about the election but real issues that affect the country,” Atty. Kpargoi explained. “It is going to provide the Liberian people the clear opportunity as to what, how, and why they want to be president because we will hold them on their commitment.”The six thematic areas of focus are the economy, agriculture, peace and reconciliation, youth empowerment, security and the rule of law; and the candidates will explain how they will implement their plans.According to Kpargoi, DDC has written to the Liberia National Police to deploy officers at the debate venue.The election test: the debateTony Wheagar, secretary of the Center for Intellectual Exchange in the Du-Port Road Community told the Daily Observer that the Liberian people need the manifestos of these candidates. “We are hungry for good leadership and good governance, and we need to hear from these people,” he said. “Our problems in this country are not only corruption, bad schools, etc… but the lack of leadership and vision. This is why this election is so important.”Many Liberians are worried that many of the parties, including the incumbent Unity Party, have not released any serious agenda on how they intend to run the country if elected. Another member of the forum, Emmanuel Jargbo, indicated: “All that they have been saying they are going to do are to build roads, establish a good health care system, fight corruption, strengthen the legal system, establish better agriculture system and sound education system. The people usually do not have the chance to question these candidates at their political rallies, so this is the platform for the people. We are asking them to turn up and answer these questions.”Jallah Wilson, a sociology student at the University of Liberia, indicated that this is the time for the candidates to face each other and answer questions on how they will accomplish their platforms. “The candidates should face the election test, which is the debate as it is done in the western world. Let us get to know their platforms; not only that, but how well they know about our economic and financial standing, and how they will articulate their views to the international community. It is sad that whenever an election is coming, presidential hopefuls usually boycott it,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…security ranks were clearly not alert – Director of PrisonsA manhunt is underway for three prisoners, who escaped from the Lusignan Prison in the wee hours of Monday.The men reportedly scaled the perimeter fence about 04:30h.The escapees are 23-year-old Travis Evans of C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown; Sudesh Dyal, 23, of Wales Backdam and Dexroy Pollard, 29, of Wales Village. Evans is a murder accused.Acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels has since confirmed that of the three who escaped, one was incarcerated for murder. Evans is reportedly the murder accused. Pollard was convicted for breaking and entering and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment while Dyal was on remand for breaking and entering.At a press briefing on Monday, Samuels explained that the escapees scaled the fence between towers three and four which were equipped with security personnel.He related that there were also five prison officers and Police ranks in close proximity to the area where the men escaped. Nevertheless, he stated that about 06:25h on Monday, he received a telephone call informing him that there was a prison break.He noted that he immediately put into operation the Standard Operational Procedure (SOP), which is to review relevant Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage and to conduct a physical muster. It was while reviewing the footage, he came to the conclusion that the ranks on duty were not alert.Samuels explained that the three men took a considerable amount of time to make their way through the razor wire. “It is clear, especially taking into consideration the close proximity of the two towers and the number of ranks deployed in those two towers that those ranks were not alert,” the acting Prisons Director stated.He added that together with the Police, search parties were deployed to several areas, including locales in Regions Three and Four. Those searches, he related, have come up empty. Nevertheless, Samuels noted that they were making every effort to recapture the three men.No info on escape plotWhen questioned, Samuels told media operatives that they did not receive any information that the three men were planning to escape, although they would receive information from time to time that inmates were planning to escape, and those reports were taken seriously.“I must say together with the other head of services, we would have carefully reviewed that previous escapes from that facility and as a result of that, we would have made significant adjustments in terms of deployment, the quality of staff, the number of staff that is being deployed and the hours they are deployed, all with the aim that they are alert while performing their duties,” Samuels stated.With respect to questioning the ranks who were on duty when the prisoners escaped, the acting Director of Prisons explained that they were interrogated, but they said “little if anything”. He also believes that there was no collusion between the three men and ranks on duty, stressing that it was clear that the ranks were not vigilant.Private Sector concernedThe Private Sector Commission (PSC), in a letter to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, indicated its concern on a number of issues affecting the prisons in Guyana and, by virtue of this, public safety in the country.The Commission noted that in a recent meeting of the Management Board of the Prisons, it was highlighted that there was a general lack of adequate security at all of the prisons, a lack of fire prevention systems, the lack of transportation to enable movement of prisoners and food where necessary, and the inadequacy of the current complement of prisons to safely house the prison population.“The matter of security, for instance, presents a clear and present danger to the prison warders and the public at large. Another burning issue is the lack of fire prevention systems in the prisons, most of which are constructed of wood. The Private Sector Commission is concerned that after two devastating prison fires, resulting in loss of lives and the escape of dangerous criminals, enough is not being done to prevent further fires,” the letter stated.It further stated that while the Commission is concerned about the safety and security of the public, it is also disturbed by the less-than-humane conditions under which the prison population at the Lusignan Prison is housed.The Lusignan Prison is located on the East Coast of Demerara with more than 300 prisoners.The Prison was used as a holding facility with several holding areas after the July 2017 fire at the Camp Street Prison. During that fire, several high-profile prisoners had escaped. The others were dispatched to correctional institutions across the country, including Lusignan.However, 13 prisoners had escaped from the facility by digging a hole under the perimeter fence. The hole was about five feet in length and another five feet deep.Those who had escaped were murder accused Clive Forde, Pascal Smith, Kerry Cromwell, Odel Roberts, Kendell Skeet, Rayon Jones, Jason Howard, Shawn Harris, Paul Goriah and Jamal Forde, along with Teshawn McKenzie and Winston Long, who were incarcerated for armed robbery and Jamal Joseph, who was remanded on an attempted murder charge.Paul Goriah, whose last known address was given as Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara, was the only person who was not recaptured.Just a few months ago, Samuels in a press briefing related that the hunt was still on for Goriah and another prison escapee, Cobena Stephens, who escaped on July 9, 2017 following the fire at the Camp Street Prison.Stephens’ last known address was given as Lot 82 Gopie Street, Middle Walk, Buxton, ECD. (Bhisham Mohamed)
Even though the price of crude oil has lowered, the price of gas seems to keep rising. Cathy Hay of Calgary-based MJ Ervin says refineries weren’t making much money converting crude oil to gas in January. This was due to the weak demand. As the demand wanes, it tends to result in lower margins.She says in response to the weak demand, the refiners chose to cut back gas production.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=928|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8fd5ac469351b8b901154de3c04d6b2b-Cathy Hays 1_1_Pub.mp3] Assuming crude oil stays at the price it is now, Hay expects the gas prices to lower soon, and remain stable for the rest of the winter.Hay says gas prices are high all across the country.Advertisement
Northern Ireland fans watch their country beat Ukraine 1 A Northern Ireland football fan has collapsed and died during the European Championship in Lyon, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.The man, in his sixties, collapsed in the upper part of the ground and was treated by paramedics but they were unable to revive him.It happened during the game against Ukraine, which Northern Ireland won 2-0.Superintendent Nigel Goddard said: “Our thoughts are tragically with a second family this week mourning the devastating loss of their loved one.“We understand the man aged in his sixties collapsed during the game and was attended to by emergency services in the Stade de Lyon.“It is extremely sad that this is the second death of a Northern Ireland fan in France during the Euro 2016 games.”On Monday Darren Rodgers, 24, from Ballymena, fell eight metres off a promenade in the south coast city of Nice and died.Fans applauded his memory in tribute during the 24th minute of Thursday night’s match.Mr Goddard said the Service had been liaising with French authorities and local PSNI officers have been in touch with the man’s family in Belfast.Flags, shirts and scarves have been left at the ground in tribute to the dead man.A paramedic who treated him said: “We tried but we could not. It is very sad.”The Olympique Lyonnais ground was packed with Northern Ireland supporters who have travelled to France in their droves for Northern Ireland’s first major tournament in 30 years.
3 Bottom of the table at Christmas, Marco Silva’s arrival as manager in January had sparked a turnaround in Hull’s form – but survival always looked unlikely.Knowing nothing but a win would keep their hopes alive for one more week, they made the worst possible start against Palace.Scarcely two minutes had passed when the erratic Italian defender Andrea Ranocchia’s missed kick allowed Zaha directly through on goal, and from there the winger calmly finished beneath goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.It already appeared that by taking the lead the hardest part was done, and after a quiet period of play the home side added a second in the 34th minute.Jason Puncheon targeted Benteke with his inswinging, right-wing delivery and the Belgian’s powerful header, under minimal supervision from the Hull defence, had the beating of Jakupovic.From that point on Hull had the air of a defeated team. Palace had no reason to play with ambition, knowing their visitors required a minimum of two goals, and defended with the organisation Allardyce has given them.The Eagles continued to threaten on the counter-attack and the third goal was scored from the penalty spot by Milivojevic with five minutes left after Dawson tripped Jeffrey Schlupp in the box. Hull City have been relegated from the Premier League after being beaten 4-0 by Crystal Palace.After Swansea’s victory over Sunderland on Saturday, the Tigers had to win at Selhurst Park to take the battle for survival to the final day of the season.But they crashed to a heavy defeat in south London, with goals from Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt securing Palace – and Swansea’s – safety.Hull join Middlesbrough and Sunderland in dropping into the Championship.The victory for Palace, who only needed a draw to preserve their Premier League status, means Sam Allardyce maintains his remarkable record of never having been relegated from the top-flight. 3 The final blow to Silva’s side came in the last minute as James McArthur’s through-ball sent fellow substitute Van Aanholt clear to calmly place a shot beneath Jakupovic. Hull, who will finish 18th, had begun the season with only 13 fit senior players, without a permanent manager and amid widespread predictions of relegation.Silva’s contract expires at the end of the season, and it would seem that keeping him on board represents Hull’s best chance of making an instant return to the top flight. Hull City have been relegated from the Premier League 3
Mark English eased through to the semi-finals of the 800 metres at the European Track and Field Championships in Zurich this evening.Mark English, right, who qualified for tomorrow’s semi-final of the 800 metres of the European Championships.The Letterkenny athlete won his heat in the a time of 1min 47.38secs to qualify for tomorrow night’s semi-final in Switzerland.The Donegal runner is expected to make it through to the final of the event with high hopes that he may medal at the event. English said after the race “I’ve never felt that good. Out of six gears, I was in fourth or fifth. I had a lot left. It’s all up for grabs now.”ENGLISH EASES HIS WAY INTO THE SEMI-FINAL OF THE 800 METRES EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: August 12th, 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:EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSmark englishZurich
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#How To#voice#web mike melanson Google officially announcedtoday that, for a one-time $20 fee, Google Voice users could move their mobile phone number over to the service. The move was rumored when Engadget first noticed the feature’s availability last week, but Google said that it was only a test and that it planned to offer the feature to all users in the near future. According to some, porting your phone number over to the service can be an experience not unlike an LSD trip gone awry. If you want to avoid this, Google offers a few tips on how to make it an easy and smooth transition.When you port your number over to Google Voice, your existing phone carrier cancels your phone line. This is the first, and most important, thing you need to consider. This means that you can be subject to those $200+ early termination fees and you can likely be without service for a period of time. Google Voice, though a VoIP solution in many ways, will not work on your cell phone without cellular service, much as it won’t work on your 3G iPad.To this point, Google suggests that you contact your carrier prior to initiating the porting process and set up a second mobile number and service. “As soon as this second number is added to your account,” the company explains, “go to voice.google.com, click on Settings, and under Phones add this new, second number as a forwarding phone.” If you’re an SMS-addict, also take note that Google warns that you can experience “disruptions in sending and receiving text messages for up to 3 business days.”Now that you’ve been fairly warned about some pre-steps you might want to take, how do you make the switch?Go to Google Voice, click Settings in the upper right corner and choose Voice Settings from the drop-down menu.You’ll see your Google Voice number in the middle of the window with a link to “Change / Port”. Click on it.Fill out all the forms and you’re done.So, the actual porting process is simple. Currently, the feature is only available to existing Google Voice users and to mobile numbers, not landlines. Before you make the final leap, you might consider Danny Sullivan’s tale of Google Voice use for the past six months. According to Sullivan, the service provides a much more seamless experience on Android than iPhone. He also says that text messages can come in “very delayed” and that their integration into the phone is not complete, even on the Android side of things.What do you think? Does it sound worth it to you? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market