Belo back in action for Elite, admits still groping for form

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Against the Beermen, the 24-year-old Belo came off the bench and had 13 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes and 32 seconds of play.Blackwater will need more of Belo as soon as possible. The loss to SMB was already Elite’s third in as many games.“We really need to work on a lot of things and it starts in practice. I have faith in coach and the rest of our coaching staff. They know what needs to be done to improve the team. For us players, we just need to play as one team.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Compton says absent Abueva dealing with ‘personal matters’ “Right now, I can’t really say that I’m 100 percent because I’m still undergoing rehab,” said Belo in Filipino after the Elite got blown out by the San Miguel Beermen, 118-93.“But I can already play. I already have clearance to play from the doctor. I also want to get used to playing again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The game against the Beermen isn’t exactly Belo’s first official game back after his injury. He played five out of the possible nine games with Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup in Taipei.And just like his performance in the Jones Cup, it’s clear that Belo has yet to regain his old game. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Mac Belo made his PBA return on Saturday after being sidelined for four months due to a knee injury.But the Blackwater rookie admitted he still groping for form and has yet to fully recover from a torn meniscus in his right knee.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View commentslast_img read more

My name is on the list

first_imgDear Editor,I am a communications consultant and freelance writer, a profession that suited my previous remote location on the Linden Highway. Three years ago, I began writing for a local newspaper, and about a year after that, I applied for a full time communications position at ExxonMobil. I was unsuccessful in that instance, but was fortunate enough to be recognised and offered a contract as a freelance writer. So my name is on the list recently released by the DPI, naming local contractors for ExxonMobil.Whether or not I believe the list should have been released, one thing that I feel strongly about is the response from those who pushed for its publication — that the list is “padded” with individuals. I have a couple of questions to ask: How is my income any different than that of a business? If I was to choose a name for my services and set up a business, would the money I earn be going anywhere else? ExxonMobil pays me to provide a service, as they do any of the other registered businesses. My wages are spent on the same things most business owners spend their money on: food, clothes and schooling for my children, living costs, bills, rent and taxes. Just because I offer my service as an individual, does that change the fact that the money spent by ExxonMobil is going into a local pocket, which in turn supports more local businesses?There was skepticism out there when the public heard of the high numbers of companies and contractors that had benefited from the operations here in Guyana; there was a call for those names to be released. Contrary to practice anywhere else in the world, the list was made public, and when indeed the numbers were verified, of course there was new critique about who was on the list. Well, I am a name on that list. I earn my living by providing a service to ExxonMobil, and I am therefore eligible to be included as local spend. I benefit, as do direct employees, and so do most of you. My income goes right back out to more local businesses.How can the money being spent and circulated into the Guyanese economy be seen as anything other than a benefit? Every dollar that ExxonMobil spends in Guyana aids our economy.When you work for a company that shows you first hand — as I have seen — its intent, willingness, and commitment to building local content in its deed and action, it is extremely frustrating to then be faced day after day with criticisms of those actions. I have the same concerns as other Guyanese about this emerging industry. I have the same hopes for my children growing up. I am wishing for a better life for my family and friends, with better schools, better health care, better roads, and better jobs.So please do not be fooled into thinking I write this letter in protection of my contract. Please know that my loyalty lies with those who will operate in a way that protects that better future, and I would hold accountable those who do not.The industry is new, and there is bound to be some confusion and limited knowledge, so I urge people to focus on the facts; do not get caught up in the scaremongering, be optimistic about the future. There may be much you don’t know, and much you hear second hand, but you can read the list for yourself to see that ExxonMobil has honoured its promise and has been investing in locals. This is just the beginning, and there is already clear evidence of benefits. From someone who spends her days researching, I am confident more is to come.I am proud to be part of a company that, in my own experience, conducts itself in such a manner that I feel secure in having my name associated with it, whether on that list or at the bottom of this page.Sincerely,Lorraine Ince-CarvalhalContractor forExxonMobillast_img read more

US$15m for Greenville Port

first_imgPutu Mining has targeted US$15 million for the rehabilitation of Greenville Port, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO), Chris Masurenko, announced.In an interview with reporters Monday, March 31, in Monrovia, Mr. Masurenko noted that his company intends to recondition the port in order to make it functional to contain the heavy traffic that will involve after Putu Mining shall have started shipping iron ore.Putu Mining Company operates a concession area in Grand Gedeh County.However, the company as part of its operational plans presented a Feasibility Study document to officials of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy Monday for review and possible ratification in order to renew the company’s mandate of operations in Liberia.After his presentation before the government of Liberia behind closed-door, Mr. Masurenko described the ceremony to journalists as “a significant step for the betterment of the mining sector and the people of Liberia.”He disclosed that the document needs to be reviewed and ratified in 90 days in order to give the company a renewed opportunity for progress.The document contains information on the company’s corporate social responsibility, study about tested soil for the purpose of understanding the quality of mineral beneath the soil, construction of rail road from Grand Gedeh through River Gee up to Greenville, Sinoe County and how those areas of operations can be connected by roads among other things.According to the company, addressing these critical issues will bring economic benefits to the Southeastern Region of the country that is affected by bad roads and other difficulties. “This presentation marks a new beginning for the Liberian people. If we get our Mining Operations license in 90 days, I can assure you that we will start the procurement process to begin operation particularly on the port facilities. We are optimistic that government will corporate with us to advance our relationship.”Mr. Masurenko declared.Relative to initial investment in Liberia, Putu Mining announced; “We have already invested US$250 million for operations since concluding investment agreement with the Liberian Government.”Greenville hosts Liberia’s third port facilities and remain critical to economic viability of the Southeastern Region.It may also be recalled that the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development recently gave a US$14 million loan to Liberia to help boost the physical infrastructure of the seaport of Greenville. The loan was given through the instrumentality of Mr. Robert Sirleaf, son of the president of Liberia and Liberian ambassador to the Gulf State of Kuwait, an oil-rich country. National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Matilda Parker said the loan agreement was consummated between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Fund last year. It is unclear whether that loan s been ratified by the legislature, in line with the Liberian constitution. According to the loan agreement, the repayment period is 22 years with a four-year grace period.Along with the Kuwait Fund loan of $14 million, Putu Mining’s $15 million investment brings the total Greevnville Port rehabilitation fund to US$29 million so far. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Health communication critical in preventing disease outbreaks – Minister Cummings

first_imgHealth communication is an important undertaking that can significantly assist Guyana with steering clear from any detrimental disease outbreaks and also foster healthy lifestyles for all.This was stated by Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Karen Cummings, who noted that the Ministry is working towards developing the method in which useful health information is disseminated to the Guyanese public, while also trying to renew primary health care.“Health communication is an essential component of any public health programme. This vital component provides a vehicle for the transmission of messages to targeted audiences on a number of issues that can result in the creation of healthMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Karen Cummingsawareness and the development of the embryonic stages of health literacy,” Cummings stated.“Sustained strategically targeted health communication, can in great measure, avert an outbreak or crisis if it is carefully constructed and disseminated to its intended targeted audiences in a timely fashion. Knowing who, what, when, where, why and how to communicate are timeless fundamental pillars on which we must base our strategic communication activities,” she added.While addressing the communication barrier between the Ministry and the public, Minister Cummings highlighted that the internal structure that deals with the diffusion of information must be modified, since the effective external communication must be created at its source.“In order to have effective external communication, we must first enhance the way we communicate with ourselves. It is imperative, that with a high degree of seriousness and collective responsibility, we address our internal communication mechanisms. The manner in which we engage in our internal communication will certainly result in a more informed and empowered workforce which will ultimately drive the work of the Ministry with vigorous enthusiasm and commitment,” the Minister explained.She also related that the crisis communication planning is an initiative which is on the Ministry’s agenda in order to target any outbreaks or other emergencies before it leads to catastrophic damages.“In the effect of a crisis, we must be responsive. We must have in place, guidelines for effective communication during a crisis. Crisis communication planning can help us deal effectively with those unexpected disasters, emergencies or other unusual events that may cause unfavourable publicity for the Ministry.”For this to materialise, poor message construction must be a thing of the past and information must be professionally processed for it to be received well by the public.“Apart from being a blemish on the Ministry’s image and demonstrating a breach of professionalism, poor message construction can also have far reaching effects as it could mislead recipients and result in harmful and adverse outcomes. Effective health promotion activities will contribute significantly to a more informed and healthier citizenry. ”These mechanisms that the Ministry is currently engaged in will ensure that negative feedbacks are not generated by the public and will also result in the public being educated and informed about lifestyle changes and the magnitudes and precautions of prevalent diseases.last_img read more

Entrusting Finance Minister to remit VAT a “recipe for corruption” – Jagdeo

first_img…as Budget 2019 proposes widening Jordan’s powersThe proposed measure of empowering the Finance Minister to use his discretion for granting Value Added Tax (VAT) remittance, as contained in the 2019 Budget, has been described by the parliamentary Opposition as a recipe for corruption.During the final day of the Budget Debates, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo zeroed in on the measure, which was announced by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during his budget speech over a week ago.The law does allow the Minister to make regulations to remit tax on a personal basis. According to Section 104 of the Income Tax Act, “The Minister may make regulations, subject to negative resolution of the National Assembly, to provide for the remitting wholly or in part of the tax payable by any person or category of persons on such income, in respect of any year of assessment, and in accordance with such conditions as may be specified in the regulations.”In his budget speech, Jordan had invoked Section 105 of the Income Tax Act and proposed amending the VAT Act “to provide for the Minister of Finance to make regulation to remit, in whole or in part, the VAT and the interest on VAT payable by any person, where good cause is shown.”According to Jagdeo, however, this policy has always been deliberately avoided. He noted that under the former Administration, this measure was not employed as they wanted this power to remain with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).And now that the law will be changed to allow persons to approach the Minister directly to request tax remittance, Jagdeo expressed worry for the future of transparency and accountability in Government taxation.When given a chance to rebut the Opposition side and conclude the Budget Debates, Jordan addressed the issue of being allowed to remit VAT. According to the Minister, it is not a power he wants but rather something provided for under the Income Tax Act. As current remissions stand, Jordan announced that there were billions of dollars in increased tax remissions since 2017.“In 2017, remissions were $64.3 billion. In 2018, it (has) gone up to $85.9 billion. It’s not because we became more profligate. It’s Exxon, ramping up for 2020. So that is expected. The laws give them complete duty-free and they have ramped up. You’ve got drill ships, food that is what is causing that,” Jordan stated.Tax collectionWhile the GRA was remitting all this tax, the statistics show that for the year 2017, tax and non-tax collection rose to $194.7 Billion. The 2017 end of year outcome report states that out of this, tax revenues accounted for $171.2 billion.At the heart of this increase in tax revenues, which account for 87.9 per cent of total revenue, is the Government raking in more taxes than ever. For instance, there was a $1 billion or 1.4 per cent rise in the collection of income tax; $600 million or a 3.5 per cent hike in import duty collection and a $300 billion or 0.4 per cent hike in Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Tax collection.“Total non-tax revenues were projected at $23.6 billion; actual non tax revenues for 2017 were, therefore, closely in line with the projections at the time of Budget 2018. The Guyana Revenue Authority remitted $49.2 billion,” the report states.According to the report, this is equivalent to 28.8 per cent of tax revenue, compared to figures of $42.3 billion or 27.9 per cent in 2016. It is also $2.2 billion more than the sum at the time of Budget 2018’s presentation.last_img read more

Lielke advances to finals at National Amateur MMA Championships

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, A.B. – Dylan Lielke is well on his way to winning the Canadian National Amateur MMA Championships in Lethbridge.The Fivestar MMA athlete was victorious over his opponent in last night`s semi-final. Fighting against Calgary-based martial artist Albaraa Atemeh from Dynamic MMA, Lielke took it to Atemeh for the full nine minutes of the battle. After three 3-minute rounds, Lielke was declared the winner via unanimous decision.With the win, Lielke’s record improves to 12-2, and he will be back in the arena tonight for the finals against Ali Wasuk of Tristar MMA in Vancouver.- Advertisement -Fort St. John martial artist Brad Stewart will also be entering the ring tonight. Stewart will be making his professional kickboxing debut against Matt Krayco from Calgary’s Dynamic MMALive streaming details can be found at Rumbleinthecage.comlast_img

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave W Cup on a high

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Southgate (left) and Roberto Martinez will try to rally their teams after agonising losses in the semi-finals for England and Belgium © AFP/File / Juan MABROMATA, Filippo MONTEFORTESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 13 – England manager Gareth Southgate admits the World Cup third-place play-off is a game that no team wants to play, but Saturday’s match against Belgium offers the chance to finish the tournament on a winning note.A gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to Croatia after extra-time denied England a shot at a second World Cup triumph, instead setting up a consolation game against familiar foes Belgium. Roberto Martinez’s side, who were beaten 1-0 by France in the last four, topped Group G ahead of England after an Adnan Januzaj goal settled a low-key encounter in Kaliningrad.That game saw both coaches heavily rotate their teams, and a similar scenario is likely in Saint Petersburg, with several fringe players pushing for a start.“The honest thing is, it’s not a game any team wants to play in,” said Southgate, whose side have drawn praise for the way they have briefly united a country bitterly divided over Brexit.However, he insisted that will not alter England’s approach as they look to achieve their best finish since they won the competition in 1966.“We’ll want to give a performance of huge pride, there’s no question about that,” said Southgate.“Every time we wear the shirt of our national team we want to play with pride, we want to play well and we want to win.”Reserve goalkeepers Jack Butland and Nick Pope are the only two members of England’s 23-man squad yet to feature in Russia, as Southgate stuck with the same line-up throughout the knockout phase.– ‘Important game’ –For Belgium and their “golden generation”, many of the key players should return for the 2022 World Cup, even if Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen will probably be gone by then.Martinez, who signed an extension until after Euro 2020 in May, can guide Belgium to the nation’s best result at the World Cup. They finished fourth in 1986.“We want to finish on a high and these players deserve to finish on a high,” said the Spaniard.“You need to try to see the opportunity of finishing third at the World Cup. That doesn’t happen too often, so we need to understand that this is an important game.“But I would accept it is very difficult when you had the ambition of getting to the final. It’s very difficult to prepare for the next game.”European teams have claimed third place at the past nine World Cups. The Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in 2014 after the hosts were embarrassed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.England skipper Harry Kane is the tournament’s top scorer on six goals, while Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku trails by two in the race for the Golden Boot.With one more goal Kane would become the highest scorer at the competition since 2002, when Ronaldo struck eight times, including twice in the final, as Brazil clinched a record fifth title.The Tottenham forward would be just the second England player to scoop the award, after Gary Lineker was the top scorer in 1986.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham in line for free transfer fight over Ukraine star

first_imgLiverpool and Tottenham have been given a boost in their pursuit of Yevhen Konoplyanka after the player’s father revealed he is unlikely to join Roma.talkSPORT told you yesterday how talks had stalled between the winger and the Serie A club, with the winger keen to assess all his options.The Ukraine international is out of contract in the summer and as such he is available to move on a free at the end of the season, news which has alerted the Merseyside club and the north London outfit.And now the Premier League sides chasing the Dnipro star have been given a boost after his father, Oleg Konoplyanka, admitted he won’t be off to Rome.“Most likely, the contract with Roma will not be signed,” the winger’s father told“What I would like to say is that AS Roma did everything they could and they have a mad desire [to sign him].“But my son wants to stay here until June.” Yevhen Konoplyanka 1last_img read more

Mother, son found passed out in car

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – Family members Wednesday saved the lives of a 31-year-old pregnant woman and her 3-year-old son who were pulled unconscious from a parked car with its engine running inside a detached garage, fire officials said. Firefighters responding to a 911 call found the woman and child at a home in the 7800 block of St. Clair Street. Both had a faint pulse and were barely breathing, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Their conditions had improved by Wednesday night and both were speaking to doctors. The boy was in critical condition following the ordeal and transported by helicopter to UCLA Medical Center, where he was placed in a hyperbaric chamber, Humphrey said. The mother was taken to another local hospital. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “She was doing laundry in the garage. For whatever reason, she had her 3-year-old in the car seat, and turned on the air conditioning,” said LAPD Sgt. Christopher Vasquez. Vasquez said she kept the garage door closed because she was going to be in there for a while, and didn’t want to leave the door open for fear of being robbed. The condition of her fetus was not disclosed Wednesday night, Humphrey said. 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

Mexico threatens to file lawsuits if Guard troops detain migrants

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMigrant groups estimate 500 people died trying to cross the border in 2005. The Border Patrol reported 473 deaths as of Sept. 30. Sending the National Guard “will not stop the flow of migrants, to the contrary, it will probably go up,” as people try to get into the U.S. with hopes of applying for a possible amnesty program, said Julieta Nunez Gonzalez, the Ciudad Juarez representative of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute. Along the border in Nuevo Laredo, Carlos Gonzalez, a 23-year old from Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, was waiting for a chance to swim across the river into Texas. He said soldiers would not stop him getting to a construction job he had lined up in North Carolina. “Desperation gives one a lot of willpower. If they stop me 20 times, I’ll arrive on the 21st,” Gonzalez said resting on a street corner outside a migrant shelter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – Mexico warned Tuesday it would file lawsuits in U.S. courts if National Guard troops detain migrants on the border, and some officials said they fear the crackdown will force illegal crossers into more perilous areas to avoid detection. President George W. Bush announced Monday that he will send 6,000 National Guard troops to the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border, but said the troops will provide intelligence and surveillance support to U.S. Border Patrol agents and will not catch and detain illegal immigrants. “If there is a real wave of rights abuses, if we see the National Guard starting to directly participate in detaining people … we would immediately start filing lawsuits through our consulates,” Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said in an interview with a Mexico City radio station. Mexican officials worry the increased security at the U.S. border will lead to more deaths. Since the bolstered surveillance at crossing spots in Texas and California in 1994, migrants have flooded Arizona’s hard-to-patrol desert and deaths have spiked. last_img read more