Ateneo shoots for UAAP crown

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Archers, however, are caught in unfamiliar territory for the first time in the two-year tenure of coach Aldin Ayo, who steered the team to the title last year at the expense of Ateneo.And as much as they tried to take the loss in Game 1 in stride, the fact remains that they’ll be no room for error for the Archers on Wednesday, and, if necessary, in Game 3 on Sunday.“Our performance was lacking in Game 1. We need to make better decisions (in Game 2),” said La Salle guard Aljun Melecio, who had 24 points in Game 1.The Eagles, though, are already bracing for the mighty comeback from the Archers.“They’re the favorites, they’re the defending champs, and for sure they’re going to come out next game motivated, with adjustments,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It all sets up for another heated and physical battle between collegiate basketball’s fiercest rivals in Game 2 on Wednesday as the series shifts to the Smart Araneta Coliseum, where the Archers have already beaten the Eagles this season.“It’s the second battle of a long war,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “We anticipate a physical game. You get that all the time with La Salle. La Salle won’t be any different in Game 2.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBaldwin has already accused the Archers of “pushing the rules to the limit” after the series opener that saw the Eagles prevail, 76-70.“It would be silly to think otherwise because they’re good at it,” said Baldwin, referring to the Archers’ physical play. “They push the rules to the limit, the referees to the limit.” Local aces bare plans on how to tame Luisita Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny On the cusp of punctuating their magical run with a crown, the Ateneo Blue Eagles insist their mission is far from finished, aware of the Herculean task of toppling the reigning champions.With their backs against the wall, the La Salle Green Archers remain defiant, confident they can send the UAAP Season 80 best-of-three championship series to a deciding game.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo guard Matt Nieto actually sustained a nasty cut over his left eye after getting hit by an inadvertent Ben Mbala elbow in the second period. But the play proved telling as it pumped up the Eagles, particularly Mike Nieto, who sparked the second half surge that propelled Ateneo.The Archers were held scoreless in the last two and a half minutes of Game 1, with reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala typifying their struggles with a career-low eight points on just seven shots.“We have to stick to our game plan,” said Mbala. “If coach has a perfect and splendid game plan for us, we just have to stick to the game plan and play together as a team. And we got outrebounded in Game 1 and that is something that shouldn’t happen, we are one of the best rebounding teams in the league, and we gotta be able to do what we do best and that is rebounding, and run and gun.The Archers aren’t about to surrender their crown just yet.“We’re the defending champions,” said La Salle skipper Kib Montalbo. “I couldn’t consider our team as the underdog. It’s just two great teams battling it out. It’s one hell of a series.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

What then was the purpose of Mr Mair’s exercise?

first_imgDear Editor,I note that Mr John Mair chose to ignore the question posed in my letter. (Too much hyphen-Guyanese, SN Letters, October 19, 2019).Now I believe that Mr Mair was born here in then British Guiana to British parents but grew up and spent most of his life in Britain. Britain has serious racial issues and the British wear their hyphenated identities – Asian British, Black British, etc – very proudly, as do Americans, Canadians, and other nationalities that boast of a diversity that includes ethnic, racial, religious, and other groups.This issue of identity is a contentious one in Britain as in Guyana where our politics is divided along racial/ethnic lines. Here, it is an open struggle for political power. Any step taken to deny an identity to any one group is the first step to erasing that group and to making them voiceless and invisible. This is the crux of the Guyanese malaise.It is befuddling that Mr Mair gathered together his group of participants to have them tell their particular ethnic stories only to have them “pushed” (his word) into then rejecting and denying their respective identities to favour their citizenship ID only.What then was the purpose of Mr Mair’s exercise? Was it simply to be suitably enthralled by the “exotica” of the ethnic tales? Has Mr Mair, in order to soothe the racial tensions in his British homeland, ever carried out a similar exercise there? Or does he save these for his jaunts into what he must see as the Third World where he is free to organise such gatherings even though he is not an expert in ethnic or racial matters?In a country where Mr Mair’s viewpoint of what ails Guyana continues to find public platforms, the participants at his gathering could have been easily seduced into denying their respective ethnic identity when it was evident that to wear it – even after just honouring it with their particular stories – would have earned them the label of being a racist.There is so much confusion, and simplistic and fraudulent statements and ideas being peddled on this issue of identity and not only in Guyana. The racist, however, is not the one who wears their hyphenated identity – Asian British, African American, etc – and wears it proudly but the one who insists on denying them that identity either because of their own lack of tolerance and respect or the fear of some existential threat that particular group or groups pose for them.I want to believe that Mr Mair’s reductionist approach to identity is born out of well-meaning intentions. Perhaps he should first try to apply his approach to British race problems in his homeland. Being a more sophisticated, literate and educated society, simplistic ideas and arguments would, however, not gain a ready foothold there.An elderly Indian Guyanese man once declared in defiant terms in response to ideas such as Mr Mair’s: nobody can define me but myself. The pity is that he was not at Mr Mair’s gathering.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

Swedish Ambassador Visits LRA

first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the Swedish Government for its many development initiatives in Liberia, while requesting continuing technical and other support to strengthen the Authority and enhance its effectiveness in the collection of domestic revenues.She made the statement when the Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Lena Nordström paid a courtesy visit to the LRA in Paynesville on Friday, and held discussions with the LRA’s senior management team. The Ambassador was accompanied by Ms. Regina Svanberg. Ms. Svanberg is on a six-month internship at the Swedish Embassy.In her presentation to the Ambassador, LRA Commissioner General Tamba presented a profile of the Authority, including details of its five-year Corporate Strategic Plan, its partnership with donors and development partners, and its revenue collection performance in the current fiscal year (FY 2015/2016).She indicated that unlike in other countries in the region, revenue administration in Liberia is hampered by the lack of modern tax administration systems such as e-filing, e-payment, and automated tax registers. These systems, she explained, would significantly help in promoting voluntary compliance among taxpayers, and in preventing leakages from the national revenues. The Commissioner General identified inadequate funding as being the unrivalled challenge to LRA’s revenue generation capacities. She explained that funding constraints prevent LRA from overcoming the significant hurdles to sustainable revenue collection, such as the low rate of voluntary compliance among taxpayers, seen in a myriad of activities, including under-declaration/valuation of incomes and properties, misclassification, false declaration, and the violation of LRA’s administrative procedures. The Commissioner General also singled out the poor housing and office facilities and insufficient mobile equipment for Rural Tax and Customs Business Office staff as being serious challenges to rural revenue collection.Ambassador Nordström inquired about LRA’s domestic revenue mobilization strategy, and the relative performance of key tax types which currently underpin domestic revenue. The Ambassador indicated that she was impressed with the strong leadership and participatory work culture of the LRA and underscored the importance of taxes in nation-building. She said that taxes are very important in Sweden and that the Swedish government and people take the national obligation of paying taxes seriously.Ambassador Nordström stated that the Swedish Government has and will continue to lend support to Liberia and disclosed that her country has earmarked US$158 million for its new programs in Liberia over the next five years, with governance being one of the core areas of focus. The LRA Commissioner General, along with her executive team, led the Ambassador and her staff member Regina Svanberg, on a guided tour of the LRA banking hall, Taxpayer Service Center, and the MIS Data Center, before departing, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Electronic Single Window project in development phase

first_imgThe Electronic Single Window (ESW) project under the Business Ministry is progressing despite a few hiccups along the way. This was disclosed by Business Minister Dominic Gaskin who explained that the ESW project relies heavily on several agencies to execute the mandate of the scheme. “I do not think there has ever been a project of this type that requires different types of agencies to beBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskininvolved in it.”He noted the cooperation of various agencies is vital to the project’s success, especially since it allows access to an electronic platform, through which they can conduct numerous types of transactions.The ESW is mainly traded facilitation; as such it would involve the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as the major stakeholder. It will also involve other licensing agencies and agencies that endorse permits or import and export licenses, among others.However, Minister Gaskin indicated that a number of agencies have not yet begun the digitisation process, which poses some challenges in electronic information sharing. Nevertheless, the Minister noted there are other agencies indicating “readiness” towards the project.The ESW project is one that will be loan funded, and the Business Ministry is hoping the funds will be approved by the end of 2018. Minister Gaskin said once the loan is approved “it will speed up the process”.On February 21, the Business Ministry in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank hosted the first ESW workshop with public and private stakeholders at the Pegasus Hotel, with the focus of “Developing a Roadmap to Electronic Single Window in Guyana”.The workshop aimed at identifying and analysing conceptual models and challenges for the implementation and global practices for the development of the ESW in Guyana.The Electronic Single Window aims to expedite and simplify information flows between trade participants and the Government, by bringing meaningful gains to all parties involved in the domestic and cross-border trade.last_img read more

My questions for Michael Mukasey

first_imgOn Sept. 14, 2001, Congress authorized the use of force against those who committed or were implicated in the attacks three days before. President Bush praised Congress vaguely, for “taking this action.” Notice he did not praise it for authorizing force. Perhaps he believes that to call Congress’ action “authorization” would suggest that authorization was constitutionally necessary. Was it? In 1952, President Truman, to prevent a strike during wartime, seized the steel mills. The Supreme Court declared unconstitutional this supposed exercise of the president’s inherent powers as commander in chief. Justice Robert Jackson wrote: “No penance would ever expiate the sin against free government of holding that a president can escape control of executive powers by law through assuming his military role.” What limits can Congress place on that role? In his new book Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy, Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe notes that when in 1996, “Congress banned placing U.S. troops under United Nations command, Clinton declared that he could bypass the law under his power, as commander in chief, to decide how best to structure the military’s hierarchy of command.” Do you agree? The Constitution’s framers, disliking the British sovereign’s “prerogative power” to set aside a law for a claimed public good, stipulated that the president shall “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” But consider “signing statements,” whereby presidents, when signing legislation, attach statements sometimes directing the executive branch not to execute certain portions. This practice is, in effect, something the Constitution does not permit – a line-item veto. Savage, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on this president’s signing statements, writes that such statements were rare until the mid-1980s, when some conservatives urged the frequent use of them as a means of maximizing presidential powers. Savage says: “If a president has the power to instruct the government not to enforce laws that he alone has declared to be unconstitutional, then he could free himself from the need to obey laws that restrict his own actions.” Is this a real danger? Attorneys general serve at the pleasure of the presidents who choose them, but swear to uphold the Constitution. Mukasey has been chosen by a president who has been more aggressive than any other in asserting what Theodore Roosevelt called the “residuum of powers” inherent in the presidency. Mukasey might have to serve the nation by displeasing this president. Michael Mukasey, the retired judge nominated to be attorney general, is called a “law and order” conservative. That description is, however, not especially informative now that the Bush administration’s sweeping claims of presidential powers have unsettled some understandings of what the law is. The following questions, if asked at Mukasey’s Senate confirmation hearings, might reveal whether he considers some of these claims extravagant. The Bush administration says “the long war” – the war on terror – is a perpetual emergency that will last for generations. Waged against us largely by non-state actors, it will not end with a legally clarifying and definitive surrender. The administration regards America as a battlefield, on which even an American citizen can be seized as an “enemy combatant” and detained indefinitely. You ruled that presidents have this power, but you were reversed on appeal. What do you think was the flaw in the reasoning of the court that reversed you? If the Senate musters 60 votes to pass Jim Webb’s bill requiring that the deployments of troops in Iraq be no longer than their out-of-theater respites, the president almost certainly will veto it as not only unfeasible but an unconstitutional abridgement of the president’s exclusive powers as commander in chief. James Madison, however, wrote: “Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things be proper or safe judges whether a war ought to be commenced, continued, or concluded. They are barred from the latter functions by a great principle in free government, analogous to that which separates the sword from the purse, or the power of executing from the power of enacting laws.” Could Bush correctly veto Webb’s legislation on constitutional grounds? In 1991, the Senate voted 52-47 to authorize expelling Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Dick Cheney later said that if Congress had refused to authorize force, “From a constitutional standpoint, we had all the authority we needed,” meaning the president’s exclusive power to conduct foreign affairs. Do you agree? George Will’s e-mail address is local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Sunderland join chase for Ligue 1 starlet

first_imgSunderland have joined the race to sign in-demand Lorient starlet Didier Ndong.The 21-year-old caught the attention of a long list of European clubs after scoring 11 goals in 34 Ligue 1 appearances last season.Monaco appear to be leading the race to sign the midfield talent although Torino have already firmed up their interest with an offer thought to be around £3.5m.Spartak Moscow are also interested and reports in Russia have suggested that they would be willing to double Torino’s offer in a bid to secure his signature.But now L’Equipe have claimed that Sunderland are keeping close tabs on the situation and may choose to offer him a chance in English football following their successful relegation battle last season.Ndong, a full Gabon international, joined Lorient in January 2015 and is under contract for another three years. 1 Didier Ndong in action for Lorient last_img read more

Wal-Mart in Maryland must spend more on worker health

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland legislators voted Thursday to enact a first-in-the-nation requirement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spend more on employee health care. The measure, touted as a money-saver for the state-supported Medicaid program, takes effect despite the governor’s veto of the bill. Labor unions have said they are seeking similar legislation this year in at least 30 other states. Supporters of the measure say the retailing giant unfairly takes advantage of taxpayer-funded health care plans because some workers are paid too little for them to afford Wal-Mart’s health insurance. “The taxpayers are giving a health-care subsidy to the largest retailer on earth,” argued Democratic Delegate Kumar Barve. The House and Senate, both controlled by Democrats, both notched the three-fifths margins needed to override a veto last May by Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich. The bill requires companies with more than 10,000 Maryland employees to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on employee health care or pay the difference into the state’s Medicaid fund. Of the state’s large employers, only Wal-Mart spends less than 8 percent on health care. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The company employs about 17,000 Marylanders at more than 40 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores, and about 1.3 million people nationwide. Critics of the legislation called it a dangerous precedent that ultimately would cost Maryland jobs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgGARDAI have launched a crackdown on ‘L’ drivers on Donegal’s roads driving without qualified motorists.A number of young men appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with driving without a full licence.Judge Denis McLoughlin issued fines in several cases today. In one – involving a man from Termon – Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said the defendant had been accompanied by another driver when stopped by a Garda patrol, but that driver also had a provisional licence.The motorist was also found to have had no NCT and no tax.In another case a €100 fine was issued to a student who had since passed his test.The cases today are the latest before local courts following a crackdown on young motorists driving without full licences.Gardai suspect hundreds of motorists are using Donegal’s roads every day without full licences.A clampdown on certain dates in March and April this year found almost half of ‘L’ drivers were on the roads here without an experienced motorist.Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Mahoney said at the time that the Garda would continue to focus on learner drivers to ensure greater compliance.“We especially wish to remind all learner permit-holders of their legal obligations with regard to displaying L-plates, being accompanied by qualified drivers at all times and motorway restrictions,” he said.“Driving is a skill which must be practised to improve that skill. As a learner you are doing exactly that – learning to drive.”DONEGAL GARDAI CRACKDOWN ON UNACCOMPANIED ‘L’ DRIVERS was last modified: November 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL GARDAI CRACKDOWN ON UNACCOMPANIED ‘L’ DRIVERSlast_img read more

Alan Brazil breakfast bite – Monday, May 22: The Moose gets set for Stockholm…

first_imgtalkSPORT is off to Stockholm to bring you live commentary of Wednesday’s Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax. But is The Moose ready for Stockholm? Alan and Ray Parlour find out…last_img

Harry Kane to receive prestigious award ahead of match with Spain

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? impact smart causal Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings The new Nike boots Harry Kane will wear against Spain at Wembley REVEALED silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MONEY ADVICE RANKED There’s something waiting for @HKane to collect at @wembleystadium tomorrow… 👀#threelions— England (@England) September 7, 2018Kane will pick up the award ahead of the Three Lions’ UEFA Nations League opener against Spain at Wembley Stadium.In the match, Kane will also wear his brand new Nike boots, which are gold, to celebrate his incredible summer, which saw England reach the World Cup semi-finals under the stewardship of Gareth Southgate Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane is set to receive his World Cup 2018 Golden Boot.The hotshot striker hit six goals in Russia, two more than closest rivals Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku, Kylian Mbappe, Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Artem Dzyuba. highlights Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures BEST OF last_img read more