Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Denver fell to just a half-game ahead of Golden State for best record in the West.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 ChrissThe Suns took the lead for good late in the first quarter and were up by as many as 16 in the second and 18 in the third. Denver never got closer than seven points in the fourth quarter.Troy Daniels and Oubre sank 3s in a 10-0 Phoenix run late in the first quarter to put the Suns up for good 30-20. The run reached 19-6 when Elie Okobo’s two free throws made it 39-26 with 9:38 left in the half. Oubre’s 3-pointer with 3:55 lead left gave Phoenix its biggest lead of the half, 55-39, and the Suns led at the break 60-47. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heat hang on late, top Grizzlies Phoenix took its biggest lead at 68-50 early in the third quarter before Denver rallied to get to single digits. Jokic made one of two free throws to cut it to 74-66 with 2:57 left in the third but Oubre banked in a 3 at the third-quarter buzzer to put the Suns up 81-69 entering the fourth.Okobo opened the final quarter with a 20-footer and T.J. Warren’s 3-pointer put the Suns ahead 91-76 with 7:13 to play.A 9-0 run, capped by Jamal Murray’s 3-pointer, cut the Phoenix lead to 93-86 with 4:24 left. But Richaun Holmes made a short jumper in the lane and De’Anthony Melton sank two from the foul line to boost it to 97-86 with 3:11 remaining. The Nuggets never got closer than eight after that.Denver shot 39 percent and committed 17 turnovers, resulting in 26 Suns points.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Nuggets: Will Barton, out since Oct. 20 after undergoing hip and core muscle surgery, played 16 minutes, scoring six points on 2-of-10 shooting. … Gary Harris missed a third straight game with left hamstring tightness. … Murray shot 4 of 17.Suns: Oubre scored 26 against Sacramento on Tuesday night. … Phoenix is 3-10 without Booker this season. … Jamal Crawford missed the game for personal reasons. … Ayton had his 26th double-double and 10th in the last 15 games.UP NEXTNuggets: host Portland on SundaySuns: at Indiana on Tuesday. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) dunks against the Denver Nuggets in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — Kelly Oubre Jr. matched his career high with 26 points for the second time in three games and the Phoenix Suns beat the Denver Nuggets 102-93 on Saturday night, a victory for the team with the worst record in the Western Conference over the team with the best.Deandre Ayton added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns, who have won two of three with Devin Booker sidelined with back spasms. Oubre also tied his career best with 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Malik Beasley scored 20 points. View comments
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 The picture emerging from months of digging by police working across Europe is of a massive match-fixing scheme, organized via encrypted messaging, involving dozens of low-ranked players in small tournaments with little prize money. Police say Sargsyan employed mules, people hired for a few euros (dollars) to place bets for the syndicate that were small enough to slip under the radar of gambling watchdogs.Sources close to the investigation, all speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss details publicly, said four French players were in police custody on Wednesday and at least one of them told investigators that he fixed around two dozen matches for Sargsyan.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 ChrissThey named the players as Jules Okala, 21; Mick Lescure, 25; Yannick Thivant, 31; and Jerome Inzerillo, 28. None operated in the highest spheres of tennis. The career-best singles ranking of any of them was 354, reached by Inzerillo in 2012. The arrests of Okala and Lescure were first reported Wednesday by French sports newspaper L’Equipe.A dozen or more other French players are expected to be questioned in coming weeks. An investigator said France was one of the countries “hardest hit” by the syndicate, which targeted lower-level pro tournaments. Okala and Lescure were detained before they were to play in a modest tournament in Bressuire, western France, this week that offers a total of $15,000 in prize money. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sargsyan was swept up in a wave of arrests in Belgium last June and faces organized crime, match fixing, money laundering and forgery charges. A suspected banker for the syndicate also faces money laundering and organized crime charges, while four others are being investigated for illegal gambling and finding mules, who are thought to have been paid for placing modest bets for the syndicate on matches that it fixed.Because the bets were small, the risk of detection was “almost zero,” but the profits could still be considerable if many bets were placed, one official said.Still unclear is whether the Belgium-based syndicate was linked to another match-fixing and gambling operation, also involving Armenians, unraveled in Spain . Spanish police last week announced that 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in last year’s U.S. Open, were linked to that ring, taking bribes to fix results that the group bet on using fake identities.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former Penang football captain dies after slipping into coma Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Investigators have also questioned players in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, and Bulgaria and are looking to question others, including both players and managers, in the United States, Chile and Egypt.In all, more than 100 players are suspected of having worked with the syndicate, fixing matches, sets or games in exchange for payments of 500 to 3,000 euros ($570 to $3,400).“The impression we’re getting is that it is very commonplace,” one official told The Associated Press. Another said several hundred matches are thought to have been fixed.Investigators fear that players used by the syndicate could suck others into the scheme and could go on to infect bigger tournaments if they climb higher in the rankings.“In time, they could be managers of other new players or trainers so we have to get them out of the system, or they could corrupt others in a few years,” one official told The Associated Press.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017 file photo a tennis player casts a shadow on the clay as they serve during a tennis match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Four people are in French custody on suspicion of fixing matches for an Armenian based in Belgium believed behind an illegal gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)PARIS — The crooked tennis players knew him as “Maestro.” To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as the suspected ringleader of an organized gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and paying off more than 100 players from around Europe.As Roger Federer and other stars at the top of tennis compete in the Australian Open, players far lower down the sport’s food chain are being questioned this week by police in France on suspicion of fixing matches for Grigor Sargsyan, 28-year-old known as the Maestro, investigators said. Sargsyan is being held in a Belgian jail.ADVERTISEMENT
Senators attending the 57th day sitting of the Senate plenary Tuesday failed to carry on open deliberations due to the ‘lack of agenda items’.The only item on the agenda, a communication from Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah, could not be read due to his absence, and in accordance with the rules of the Senate, the matter was deferred to Thursday.With nothing more to discuss, the presiding at Tuesday’s session, Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, accepted a motion that the lawmakers recline to executive session.Though the content of Senator Jallah’s communication was not revealed, it may be recalled that the Senator recently suggested that in order to fight and effectively contain the Ebola virus, there was a need to divide the country into three zones comprising five counties each. Senator Jallah, who chairs the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Governance, recently criticized and told his colleagues that the Task Force made a mistake to have established an Ebola center in the highly congested slum community of West Point.Instead of using congested areas, the Senator proposed that Government considers building Ebola centers in isolated areas or places, especially rural communities not inhabited by human beings.Another effective way to fight the Ebola epidemic, said Senator Jallah in a recent debate, is for government to restrict the movement of all citizens within the country for one month period, and during that period certain trustworthy business people should be licensed to carry out supplies of needed goods to those areas. Senator Jallah cited the alarming figure from the World Health Organization (WHO), which estimates that about 20,000 people may die in the sub-region from Ebola before it is contained.The once busy hub of political activities now looks near deserted, with individual lawmakers advised to reduce their workforce and send non-essential staff home until further notice, a strategy to help reduce the over-crowdedness of the Capitol Building in the wake of the Ebola epidemic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,There were two news items in our media that have caused serious concern and vexation in our society – a 56-year-old contractor stabbed and killed a bandit who attacked and tried to rob him of his caged bird. The man was brought before the court and charged with manslaughter and placed on $250,000 bail. It was well reported in every section of the media about this man doing everything humanly possible to escape the pursuit of his attacker whose intention was to rob and kill him.The instinct of fight or flight kicked in and by some stroke of luck, the elder man managed to save his own life by killing the robber. The other incident to mention is the “Pearl Store Owner” who shot and killed one of several bandits that attempted to rob him. These two incidents have two issues in common, robbery with violence with intent to kill and the right to protect one’s life.It is noticeable for quite some time that the hard working people of this country have lost that right to protect and defend their life and property. Evidence of this loss was clearly expressed in both cases mentioned above.These bandits are often being described as quiet church boys who were wrongfully accused whenever caught. It is heart-wrenching to hear my fellow citizens, especially women, in anguish begging the question; what have we become in this country? Are we to watch criminals take our hard earning and do nothing? Are we to become the sitting ducks to be slaughtered by these bandits? Bandits, thieves and looters have been emboldened in recent time and with more right to ploy their criminality as seen in many instances.Many robbery victims continue to suffer two or more times. They often cut their losses, bury their dead and bitterly struggle to continue surviving. These two men who were supposed to be commended for their bravery and courage were instead charged for manslaughter and murder respectively. Their only guilt was wanting to save their own lives.The very law that was supposed to protect the law-abiding people of this country have clearly taken the side of criminals.The two cases mentioned above are just examples of hundreds of other cases. These two cases have generated some amount of fear and uneasiness to the extent that many quiet and easy-going persons screaming in anger. Where are we heading in this country is the popular cry.I wish every right thinking Guyanese must raise their voice against injustices meted out to these two gentlemen and all those who have suffered similar fates.As former President Hugh Desmond Hoyte once said, “You have a God-given right to defend and protect your life and property against any aggressor”.Today we have been witnessing more violations of that God-given right.Yours sincerely,C Woolford
Dear Editor,I have been following the People’s Progressive Party presidential candidate race very closely over the past two months. I have great admiration for the candidates but more so Dr Frank Anthony, whom I believe is very respected. He has been in the PPP for years and has done well at all the party’s congresses in recent years. As such I saw him as a strong contender in the presidential candidate race for the PPP. It is disappointing that Dr Anthony pulled out of the race at the last minute on Saturday morning before the voting started at Freedom House.What went wrong? What made him change his mind? I think Dr Anthony owes PPP supporters like myself an explanation as to why he made such a decision on Saturday.Sincerely,A Grant
Dear Editor,As we look to this New Year of 2020, all of us are understandably wondering how our year-delayed elections would turn out, and how much of a boon would the recent commencement of the production of crude petroleum far off our shores, bring us. The answers to both questions lie in what our heads and hearts understand and what we make our hands do.For me, I remain strong in advocating the PPP and the PPP/C in being the better team to be in service of all Guyanese and Guyana, opening up pathways of development which are better matched to our circumstances of an early-stage developing country, providing opportunities for all from whatever their current positions may be, and such safety nets which we as a society value and can provide.Some may boast that this year-long delay in our elections demonstrates how smart they are, but for all honest, earnest Guyanese, knowing that there was really no question that elections were to be held within 90 days of the passage of the NCM on December 21, 2018, the succession of events of the year-long delay should demonstrate again the commitment of the PPP and PPP/C to keeping Guyana whole, avoiding paths that might lead to the reversal in the gradual coming together of our people. We of the PPP and PPP/C have been putting our people and country first. We have invested more in people and country and therefore have more to lose in any failure of people and country. There shall be no failed people and country as far as we go.I welcome without any reservations the discovery of and beginning of production of crude oil far off our shores and I do so as one who as Minister responsible for the GGMC in the 1990s welcomed Esso (and others) to explore for petroleum (and other) resources within our borders. But I do so tempered with my experiences of one who as a child shared the awe in which we held our bauxite production, a goose laying golden eggs; and who as an employee before and after nationalisation from 1967 to 1992 and as Minister responsible from 1992 to 2011 saw our bauxite operations from many sides and in various circumstances and needing massive subsidies from the mid-1970s. I can recall also the Trinidad and Tobago that I had learnt about in primary school, as the place of grapefruit and orange juice and of cocoa – the site of the Imperial College of tropical agriculture; the rise of petroleum and the construction of the Hilton Hotel in the 1950s; Prime Minister Manning talking at a shared table at a Petrocaribe Conference about challenges in finding the monies to keep the prices of oil products low in Trinidad and Tobago. And, again looking at possibilities for employment at the newly built Inter-alumina Plant in Venezuela in 1980, hearing the local people swearing that the Bolivar was backed by oil and will always be 4.3 Bs to the USD.It is people and their social relations which matter most, their worldview, their sense of responsibility, their ability and their pursuit of the greater good. This is what I think Cheddi was working at in his NGHO (New Global Human Order) in his last year.Whatever comes, let each of us endeavour our utmost to make ourselves the best human beings we can be.Sincerely,Samuel A A HindsFormer President andFormer PrimeMinister
Two former Air Conditioning (AC) technicians of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) were on Monday jailed for four years and fined in excess of million each by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, afterJailed: Lorrick Williams (gray shirt) and Chris Douglas (yellow shirt)they were found guilty in relation to a 2015 drug bust at the Airport.The men, Lorrick Williams, 25, and Chris Douglas had attempted to export three bottles of El Dorado 5year rum laced with cocaine on May 29, 2015.They first appeared in court on June 1, 2015 along with the alleged mastermind of the crime, Kean Brewster, all charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking .They had a total of 6.304 kilograms of cocaine.At the time of the bust, both Williams and Douglas worked at the Airport as AC technicians.It is reported that they gave Brewster three bottles of El Dorado 5 year rum laced with cocaine to take to the United States of America. The transaction had allegedly taken place in the washroom area of the Airport.During check-in, Brewster was searched when the rum looked unusually thick.The contents of the bottles were tested and found to be cocaine.Brewster subsequently admitted that he intended to traffic the illegal substance to the US, before he pointed out the other two accused, as the persons who gave him the bottles.The prosecution further informed the Court that footage from the Airport’s security cameras showed the three men entering the washroom. It was also stated that the defendants admitted they were paid various sums of cash to play their part in the drug deal.Both Williams and Douglas maintained their innocence, up until their sentencing.
… bank celebrates 18 years of service in Region 2By Indrawattie NatramEssequibo Branch of Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on Friday celebrated 18 years of service in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) with a grand reception for customers and employees.GBTI’s staff at Anna Regina celebrating 18th AnniversaryThe reception, held on the lawns of the bank, was attended by CEO, John Tracy, manager of administration Sean Noel along with Region Two regional executive officer Rupert Hopkinson.Speaking at the reception the CEO said that the Anna Regina branch has grown over the years, noting however, that business has seen a significant decline since the dawn of 2016.Addressing customers and staff before the commencement of the reception, Tracy said that the decline of the rice industry – the backbone of Region Two, is having a negative effect on business.He explained that the strength of an economy often defines business for a bank, adding that the current state of the rice industry is a “thinning” time for the region.He however said the bank will stand with its customers during “thick or thin” to cushion the effect of the situation. Tracy said despite the challenges, the bank has recognised that the rice industry plays an important role in the growth of the banking sector.Meanwhile branch manager Dave Persaud during his address said the Anna Regina branch was opened on July 13, 1998 and for 18 years the branch has remained efficient and reliable in offering its service to the public: “We are always open to finding new, innovated ways to improve our service and as such we have launched two new products: GBTI Education Saving Plan, and GBTI Kick Start Education Loan Plan.”In explaining the Education Saving Plan, he said it is specially designed to provide parents with the ability to save and make post-secondary education a reality for their children.The GBTI Kick Start Educational Loan Plan, he said, caters for potential and existing post-secondary education that gears to assist in tuition fees, books, accommodation and live-in expenses.The manager also took the opportunity to thank customers for choosing the bank as their choice.After the formal opening customers used the opportunity to interact and socialise with both management and staff of the financial institution.
The Province of British Columbia, Canada will dedicate the Great Bear Rainforest to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a pan-Commonwealth forest conservation initiative in Her Majesty The Queen’s name.The announcement was made by the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark.Great Bear RainforestThe Great Bear Rainforest is an iconic and globally significant area covering 6.4 million hectares along the central and north coast of British Columbia. It is home to a quarter of the earth’s temperate rainforest and 26 separate First Nations. It is also the only place in the world where the Kermode, or Spirit, Bear is found.Increasingly threatened by industrial logging, the Government of British Columbia passed historic legislation earlier this year to protect the Rainforest’s ecology and indigenous people.Making the announcement, Christy Clark said: “The Great Bear Rainforest is a global treasure, and all British Columbians have a stake in protecting it. The international recognition conferred by The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is something all British Columbians can be proud of.”Michael Lake CBE, Director of The Royal Commonwealth Society said: “The inclusion of the Great Bear Rainforest in The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy highlights Canada’s on-going commitment to the Commonwealth and its leading role in conserving key ecological and indigenous peoples’ cultural values. The ecosystem-based management regime for British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, developed in collaboration with First Nations, industry and environmental organisations, provides an example that other Commonwealth countries can look to when pursuing their own forest conservation agendas. The Society is proud of this important Commonwealth initiative, conceived in The Queen’s name and honouring Her commitment as Head of the Commonwealth.”Canada’s commitment to the QCC joins those previously received by Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Belize, Jamaica, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and Zambia.The announcement comes before Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel to Canada for a Royal Tour later this month to visit British Columbia and the territory of Yukon. This will be the second tour to Canada by The Duke and Duchess who made their first visit in 2011.The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy was launched in 2015 with the goal of uniting the Commonwealth’s 53 members in conserving forests for future generations.The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the planet’s largest intact temperate rainforests, covering 6.4 million hectares along the central and north coast of British Columbia.The World Wildlife Fund has ranked the Great Bear Rainforest as a globally outstanding ecosystem due to its biological diversity and rank.
… as GM welcomes presence on Board of DirectorsThe Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) has been making its payments to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) on the Subordinated Loan stock that has been issued. This was confirmed by NIS General Manager, Doreen Nelson, who was on Friday responding to media operatives on returns being had on the entity’s investments.NIS General Manager Doreen NelsonThe NIS General Manager had at the time witnessed an agreement being inked by Government, meant to see the repayment of $5.6 billion that had been invested by NIS in the Colonial Life Insurance Company Limited (CLICO) but had become impaired when the company was ordered liquidated.On the matter of the financial position of NIS and its returns on its various investments, Nelson said that this was a matter being engaged by the entity’s Finance and Investment Committee.She did seek to point out that BBCI has been making good on its payments with regards a subordinated loan stock but regards dividends being paid on its shares owned – BBCI has been experiencing financial straits.She nonetheless welcomed the greater presence that the company has been able to secure in recent times.“We’ve been able to have a presence now on the Board for the bridge and they are looking into matters that have to do with the bridge,” Nelson said.With regards the repayments, Nelson told media operatives, “I know in relation to subordinated loan stock, we have been receiving our payment.”She said the company has been finding it challenging with regards dividends to be paid on its ordinary shares.The ownership structure of BBCI is made up of ordinary share capital of $400 million owned by private investors and preference shares of $950 million owned by NIS.The holders of the ordinary shares, are NIS, Queens Atlantic Inc and Secure International Finance Company, Hand-in-Hand and Demerara Contractors (owned by Demerara Distillers Limited [DDL]).