January 19, 2020

Desiderio ends shooting slump with career game vs UE

first_imgMOST READ But it took just one game to make up for his missed shots after he put up a career-high 28 points in an 84-71 win over the Red Warriors.READ: Desiderio sets career-high, UP pulls away in 2nd half to beat UEFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“First two games I was too excited, and I was trying to calm myself down because I was forcing shots,” said Desiderio in Filipino.“My start was just ugly, it’s a good thing that I was able to control myself today.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pumaren on UE loss to UP: ‘Desiderio killed us’ 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img How to help the Taal evacuees Desiderio’s paltry shooting almost continued into a third game when he went 1-of-4 in the first two quarters, but the second half was an entirely different story.READ: Pumaren on UE loss to UP: ‘Desiderio killed us’The senior guard singlehandedly outscored UE, 16-7, in the penultimate quarter to finish the game with a 9-of-16 shooting clip.“Coach (Bo Perasol) told me that I just have to wait for the offense to get to me, fortunately I was able to get into the rhythm or else we would’ve lost the game,” said Desiderio, helping UP improve to 2-1. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines captain Paul Desiderio has not had an efficient shooting game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament until Sunday when he finally found the mark against University of the East.Heading into the game, Desiderio has missed 28 out of his 38 attempts from the field for a total of 26 points combined in his first two outings this season.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled View commentslast_img read more

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January 17, 2020

They are dismantling the very people, system that are keeping this economy afloat

first_imgDear Editor,It is official: Guyana is now a backward and bankrupt place, despite all desperate measures being put in place by its desperate operators to salvage it. I make mention of the announced plan by the regime to force seizure of all dealers in foreign money.The Chronicle reports that, “The Authorities are clamping down on the rampant acceptance, especially of city businesses, of foreign currency as a payment for goods.” The article further states, “The Bank of Guyana notes with some concern that some businesses are accepting foreign currency for the purpose of settling payments for transactions, instead of Guyana dollars.” In this regard, there is a promise of retaliation by the Central Bank in the form of surprise raids made to seize the foreign dollars from those businesses, as well as from the private traders themselves.The targeted traders are the Cubans, who are doing brisk business here, buying up merchandise on a wholesale basis to take back to their home country. The preferred currency or cash transaction is the US dollar, of which the state is in dire need.The Government contends that the hard currency being cashed should flow in a more direct way to the national bank than it is at the present moment. Seeing “Jordan’s Treasury” is hard pressed for that “almighty” US dollar, the only solution he can come up with is to resuscitate that draconian law which states that all foreign monies entering this country are the property of the state, and as such should be subject to state regulation, so lay hold of it by taxation.Wrong! Burnham tried that, and it brought us as a nation to our knees. It never worked then, and there is no way, shape, or form that it is going to work now.Now, looking at it from that perspective seems good on paper; the law is the law and it must be respected, but what Jordan is not telling the nation is that this law will do one, if not both of the following: drive the foreign currency traders underground, or drive them out of Guyana altogether.The trader might very well take his trade elsewhere, like going to Margarita, where trading is freer than what obtains here. If the Cubans should ever contemplate that move, then it would be hell on earth for us here in this part of the globe.  The Cuban traders are a Godsend to us here in Guyana, and if Jordan is sensible, he would not interfere with that arrangement.From experience, whenever a state takes that highhanded, ultra-strict control of the movement of foreign monies within its jurisdiction, the end result is quite the painful opposite of what had been intended. Taking complete control would also expose the Cubans to all forms of atrocities, such as bare them forth to the ubiquitous “shoot and rob” bandits that are so rampant in Georgetown.Jordan needs to remove his head from where it is, and create a climate for foreign investment, so that foreign currency can flow in copious supply into the economy. He needs to initiate fiscal measures like those of the PPP/C Government, where foreign companies were eager to set up bases here, and where our country became a success story.That is not forthcoming at the present, and we are going down the road of becoming a pariah state again. With sugar almost dead, rice limping along, mining and forestry contracting by the day, no foreign money is flowing into the national coffers, so Jordan is at his wits’ end to manage.Finally, the Government needs to take a major part of the blame, because it is the chief culprit responsible for the depletion of foreign reserves. Heavy and excessive borrowing from Central Bank has seen the drying up of reserves there, and no amount of patchwork would change that situation.But, like I said in the opening paragraph, it is desperation time in this country, and the only way this Finance Minister sees out of it is to add more tax. But no amount of taxation can stem the tide of a failing economy.This desperation code came into effect as a result of Government’s lack of wherewithal to manage the economy, hence its mad rush to get money any which way. It is a frightening place to be, because our country is going nowhere, and as a direct consequence, is doomed to failure.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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January 17, 2020

M&CC sidelines projects due to low funds

first_imgBy Ramona LuthiMany facilities in the different constituencies in the city that are in need of immediate attention have beenDeputy Town Clerk (ag), Sharon Harrysidelined owing to the financial difficulties encountered by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), according to the Deputy Town Clerk (ag).The disclosure was made at a statutory meeting, held on Monday, after Councillors questioned why there was a delay in rehabilitating the various market places and the Charlestown Daycare, which was in a hazardous state, as well as other facilities.“The Charlestown Daycare’s poor lighting facility, a defective guard hut, gate and fence need repairing. Since April 1, we’ve been receiving these reports, and it’s the same thing over and over,” Councillor Malcolm Ferreira stated.Deputy Town Clerk (ag), Sharron Harry responded that she was aware of the many problems at the various facilities which needed to be rectified, highlighting that the work was being done in phases based on importance.“You would notice from time to time we will have some matters reoccurring and as the Town Clerk would have reported previously, there are several matters and in every section and department of Council, we have issues and what we’re looking at characterising those issues. There’s so many that we may not be able to address all simultaneously, but what we are doing is addressing them in phases,” she explained.However, this explanation did not sit well with many of the Councillors.“Now we hearing that things worse than this are being looked after, so this [daycare restoration] is less important so I want to know two things: what is worse, and why it’s not this?” Ferreira questioned.It was then that Harry tried to explain again, and disclosed that owing to the Mayor and City Council being low on funds, the restoration of many buildings and rectification of many issues were postponed.“All our facilities are important to us. We would like to look at all of those facilities like yesterday. But unfortunately finances within the Council does not allow it,” she elucidated.After claims of City Hall being bankrupt surfaced in May of this year, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green had confirmed last month that the municipality had indeed run short on funds.In a telephone interview with Guyana Times, at the time, Chase Green said that for the M&CC to be able to run the city efficiently and cater for all the modern developments, it would require approximately $3 billion annually. She highlighted that since many persons did not pay their taxes on time and the M&CC did not collect enough funds, deficits were encountered annually.Additionally, the Mayor had indicated then that all indebtedness would be discussed by the financial committee and the matter was hoped to be resolved soon.last_img read more

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January 17, 2020

Transparency, accountability have disappeared – Nandlall

first_img… calls on Govt to release contract agreementsDespite President David Granger’s announcement that all contracts and concessions should be in the limelight, these documents are not in the public’s domain and have either been concealed using the red tape of the system or pining it on the interference of national security.This is according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall who stated that this is evidence that transparency and accountability have disappeared in Guyana.Former Attorney GeneralAnil Nandlall“Transparency should be removed from the political vocabulary of this Administration,” he opined, noting that it was Government, when in Opposition had adopted the role of a watchdog for transparency.Nandlall highlighted that although the Opposition has called on the Government “time and time again” to disclose contracts which were entered into by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government but they have refused.“These are the same contracts that they said were corrupt but if they were corrupt show us we want to see,” he said.He stated that some of those contracts include the Marriott Hotel contract, the Amaila Falls contract, the Specialty Hospital contract and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport contract. “When they were in Opposition, they contended that these contracts were crooked now you are in Government and you have the agreements so demonstrate it,” he charged.In the National Assembly, he recounted that the Opposition had called on the Government to make public their incomes and assets going back 10 years, but again they had declined. Nandlall chided that the same sort of corruption the Government accused the PPP of which he claims that they themselves were engaging in.Therefore, he stated that it is important for the Government to be held accountable as it relates to the State’s finances.“Every day there are dozens of contracts being awarded in violation of the Procurement Act without any public tendering,” he said, adding that the Drug Bond scandal is the mother of all hand-picking contracts the Government has embarked on.“It is a fact that accountability and transparency has disappeared from Government in just 15 months in Office,” he reiterated.last_img read more

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January 14, 2020

Saudi Arabia Provides US$35m Grant to Fight Ebola

first_imgThe Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has extended a grant of US$35 million to help fight Ebola in West Africa.In a statement to the media on this occasion, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) said that the Ebola fighting program, initiated by the Saudi King and implemented by IDB, is designed for four areas.The first area, the statement said, is to provide schools with thermal sensors and medical examination equipment designed to diagnose the disease, thereby facilitating its treatment and preventing its spread. The equipment, it said, “will allow governments to open schools for the current academic year. Pupils will be examined at entry to ensure they have not contracted the disease, thus reassuring parents about the safety of their children at school.”The second area of the grant is to provide thermal sensors and medical examination equipment at airports, railway stations and bus stations to diagnose the disease and ensure early treatment.The third is to establish a specialized treatment centre in each of the three endemic countries, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, designed to serve suspected cases in schools, hospitals and public transport, and wherever contamination is likely to occur in crowded conditions. Suspected cases will be received in these centers for further medical tests before they are referred for specialized treatment if necessary.The statement said the forth is to establish a specialized treatment centre in Mali where Ebola appears to have broken out but is not widespread. The centre will help the country’s health authorities cope with potential epidemics in the future.The IDB President emphasized that the kind donation made by the Saudi King will further boost the Islamic world efforts in supporting the international fight against Ebola.“The equipment financed by this donation,” he added, “will speed up the opening of schools in the countries concerned, reinforce the institutional and health infrastructure to fight the current epidemic and any potential epidemics in the future, Allah forbids, thus saving thousands of lives and ensuring the safety of those at risk of contamination.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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January 10, 2020

CAF to directly pay referees in international matches

first_imgLamptey was banned by FIFA last September after he was found guilty of “unlawfully influencing (a) match result” when he incorrectly awarded hosts South Africa a penalty against Senegal in a World Cup qualifier in November 2016.A CAF statement on Wednesday, following the confederation’s executive committee meeting in Morocco, read: “Effective 2018, indemnities of referees designated for CAF matches will be paid directly by CAF.“This historic decision is a materialisation of a campaign promise by the CAF President (Ahmad Ahmad).“(Until) now, the regulations required host associations to pay these indemnities. The decision reduces the financial burden on national associations and also eliminates an ethical challenge because it removes the suspicion perceived between national associations and the referees.”South Africa won the original game against Senegal 2-1 but the teams were ordered to replay the match following Lamptey’s ban. Senegal won the replayed game 2-0 to qualify for this summer’s finals at their opponents’ expense.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Joseph Lamptey Joern Pollex – FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11 – Referees in African international matches will now be paid directly by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the wake of Ghanaian official Joseph Lamptey’s life ban.Previously, referees were paid by the host nation, which CAF has now admitted created an “ethical challenge.”last_img read more

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January 6, 2020

Ronaldinho to marry two women at the same time

first_imgThe two women have been living “harmoniously” with the former Barcelona star since December at his £5million Rio de Janeiro mansion, according to reports.Ronaldinho started dating Beatriz in 2016, but continued his relationship with Priscilla, which began several years earlier.According to reports, both lovers receive an “allowance” of around £1,500 from the footballer to spend as they wish.He also reportedly always gives the two the exact same presents, including recently buying them the same perfume during a trip abroad together.Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho asked both for their hands in marriage in January last year and gave them both engagement rings, according to Brazilian columnist Leo Dias.He will marry the two women at a private ceremony inside the Santa Monica condominium, in the upmarket Barra da Tijuca district in Rio, where he has lived since 2015, according to the columnist, from Brazil’s O Dia newspaper.The star’s sister, Deisi, who is against her brother’s polygamy, has already said she won’t be attending, according to Dias.Brazilian singer Jorge Vercillo, who is Ronaldinho’s neighbour, has reportedly been confirmed as responsible for the wedding music and one of many celebrity friends who will be attending the nuptials.The two women have been living “harmoniously” with the former Barcelona star since December at his £5million Rio de Janeiro mansion, according to reports. Photo. COURTESYBoth Priscilla and Beatriz are from Belo Horizonte, the city where the footballer played with Atletico Mineiro, leading the club to its first Copa Libertadores title in 2012.Although Ronaldinho has never publicly confirmed his relationship with the women, friends of the star reportedly treat them both as his fiancees, according to reports.He also travels with both women to almost every event he attends.In March this year, during a trip to Japan with his samba music band, he posted photos a video of himself with both women to his 32 million followers of his Instagram page.They also travelled with him to the Brazilian capital Brasilia a week later, where the footballer, who is believed to be considering a career in politics like fellow footballer Romario, joined centre-right party the Brazilian Republican Party (PRB).he party’s electoral number is 10 – the same as Ronaldinho’s Barcelona shirt.But party insiders have privately voiced concerns that Ronaldinho’s unorthodox lifestyle choices could harm his chances at the ballot box, according to reports.Last April family members of Priscilla were reportedly planning on confronting the star after reports emerged that she was one of Ronaldinho’s two lovers.A family friend told Brazil’s Extra newspaper: “They are upset because they discovered that every present he gives to Priscilla, he also gives to the other girl.”Claiming her family are concerned for Priscilla’s reputation, the friend said: “She is almost being fired from her job because of this.”–By The Mirror0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldinho ‘set to marry two women at same time after living with duo at his £5m Rio mansion’. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, May 24 – Football legend Ronaldinho is to marry two women at the same time according to reports in Brazil.The Samba ace will reportedly tie the knot in August with his pair of “fiancees”, Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza.last_img read more

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January 6, 2020

KCB hunt down Leopards for first KPL win

first_imgKennedy Owino scored the lone goal for the bankers five minutes to the break in a match that saw Leopards finish with 10 men after Said Tsuma was dished out with a red card in added time.KCB should have won the game by at least two goals but had Shami Kibwana’s penalty saved by Jairus Adira four minutes before Owino’s goal.Meanwhile in the early kick off, Bandari moved to second in the standings after beating Mount Kenya United 2-1. Mount Kenya who are winless this season had to contend with finishing a man down after keeper Lucas Indeche was sent off for a second yellow card.Abdallah Hassan and William Wadri scored in either side of the game while Mount Kenya’s consolation was scored by Brian Nyakan five minutes to the full time whistle.Bandari broke the deadlock after 19 minutes, Hassan tapping home after Indeche had spilled Wadri’s shot into his path.The dockers doubled their lead from the spot, Wadri converting after being brought down by Indeche which resulted in his sending off.AT the Bukhungu Stadium, Allan Wanga rescued a point for hosts Kakamega Homeboyz in the 35th minute after Newton Ondari had given the visitors an early lead inside the opening minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KCB’s Michael Mutrinda vies for the ball against AFC Leopards’ Brian Marita during a Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/KPLNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 12 – Kenya Commercial Bank FC picked up their first Kenyan Premier League win of the season after a hard-earned 1-0 victory over under-fire AFC Leopards at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Saturday.AFC Leopards, still with one win in their seventh game continued being under pressure, the defeat not crowning off what would have been a memorable day after American apparel company Umbro announced they will be the club’s new technical equipment sponsors.last_img read more

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January 6, 2020

Wanyama proud of team despite AFCON exit

first_img“I am proud of the players and staff because everyone gave their best. Sometimes we do mistakes but we are only human and the most important thing for us is to learn from the mistakes. I am proud of everyone because we gave our best and we fought in every match,” stated the skipper.Stars started their campaign with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Algeria following a disastrous first half before bouncing back with a sweet 3-2 victory over neighbors Tanzania in their second match.But, it was the tie against Senegal in their final group match that delivered the devastating knockout as the team suffered a 3-0 loss conceding three goals in 12 minutes after a series of mistakes.Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations tie against Tanzania at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 27, 2019. PHOTO/CAF“We have learnt a lot and I know we will have another qualification and the lessons we have taken from here will help us come back. We will sure be a better side when we return,” Wanyama commented.Kenya are scheduled to jet back to Nairobi on Wednesday evening after a whole month of being away, having started the journey to the Cup of Nations with a three week training camp in France on May 31.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama gestures during the Africa Cup of Nations match against Senegal on July 1 at the Air Defense Forces Stadium in CairoCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 3 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama says he is proud of his team-mates despite their early exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.Stars bowed out of the competition after suffering two losses in their Group C matches and their lone win over Tanzania was not enough to sail them into the round of 16 as one of the best four third placed teams.last_img read more

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December 25, 2019

HEALTH: BETTER BODIES CHALLENGE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

first_imgIt was a training session with a difference when Donegal Daily’s Health and Fitness columnist Emmet Rushe met with his Better Bodies challengers at the weekend.Little did they know that by 11am on Saturday morning, they’d be taking selfies at the top of Mount Errigal.The two Better Bodies groups, who train three evenings or three mornings each week, were challenged to join the Personal Trainer in climbing Mt Errigal on Saturday morning. Although a few were nervous at the thought, 36 Better Bodies Challengers joined in the climb.Emmet encouraged and supported the Challengers all the way to the summit with some overcoming nerves and a fear of heights.Emmet, of Rushe Fitness, said: “There was laughter, there was pain and there were tears of disbelief and of course there were many, many photographs and selfies taken.“The group members have made the decision to better themselves, their lifestyle and their health. For some, the aim and motivation is weight loss; for others, it’s fitness. “Everyone is on their own journey to achieve their Better Body and I thought that this challenge would show each of them just what you can achieve with the right motivation and support.“To see both groups helping and encouraging each other yesterday, reminded me why I love my job. It was such an achievement for every single one of us.”What’s next for the Better Bodies challengers?“There are 3 weeks left for this course of the Better Bodies,” said Emmet. “We’ll be culminating this session with the Ultimate Survivor Series Mud-run on November 1st at The Old Foundry, Letterkenny.”The next Better Bodies challenges will begin on Monday November 3rd and Emmet has similar challenges planned. HEALTH: BETTER BODIES CHALLENGE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS was last modified: October 12th, 2014 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)Tags:Better Bodies Challengeemmet rushemount errigallast_img read more

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