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first_imgMOST READ Tolentino added 24 points.BanKo-Perlas showed no signs of slowing down, beating Adamson-Akari, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, to stretch its win run to three, three days after taking the bronze in the Vinh Long Cup in Vietnam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sletba Open Championships rolls off 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE– Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo forced a deciding set and Kat Tolentino took it from there, leading the Lady Eagles  to a 25-21, 17-25, 19-25, 25-14, 15-7 victory over the PetroGazz Angels for their second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan Saturday.Coming off a long break, Ateneo rallied from eight points down to clinch the opening frame before losing the next two sets.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But the Lady Eagles refocused, clobbering the Angels in the fourth behind Maddie Madayag and rookie Vanessa Gandler before Tolentino stepped up to anchor the team’s four straight hits in the fifth that gave them a 6-2 upperhand.Another Tolentino hit kept the Lady Eagles on top in the changeover, 8-4.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 ChrissMadayag wound up with 13 attack points for 16 hits while scoring 13 kills blocks.“I guess we fought really hard. We trusted each other and followed coach (Oliver Almadro),” said Madayag. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Coach Mark always tells me to not be disappointed, but instead be more motivated to become better,” said Iniong (7-4). “Losing is part of the game, which gives me the urgency to improve.”Iniong was on a three-fight winning streak before she lost to Mei Yamaguchi in November of 2017.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 ChrissShe got back to the winners’ circle in her next fight after scoring a unanimous decision win over Jenny Huang but Iniong immediately suffered another defeat when she lost to Istela Nunes via unanimous decision.Iniong said she still wants to get to the title conversation but her loses made her realize that there’s still more work to be done. “There is a lot of work to do, yes it’s my dream to have a world title strapped around my waist,” said Iniong. “It takes time and patience to get to that moment. I am willing to work for it.”Fueling Iniong’s drive to get a crack at the title are the title conquests of teammates Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio, and Kevin Belingon.Eustaquio and Pacio are the undisputed flyweight and strawweight ONE World champions respectively while Belingon is the interim bantamweight champion.Iniong said she wants to be part of the ONE: Conquest of Champions card in Manila that teammate Eduard Folayang, once the ONE World lightweight champion, will headline against Singaporean Amir Khan.“This is the perfect event for me to show how hungry I am to get back to the winning track, to showcase the improvements in my game, and to let the rest of the division know that they can’t count me out yet,” said Iniong.ADVERTISEMENT “Witnessing my teammates succeed motivates me to come back even better and prove everyone that I deserve my spot here at ONE Championship. They will be seeing a different Gina Iniong in my next fight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Filpina dynamo Gina Iniong from Team Lakay. ONE CHAMPIONSHP PHOTOTeam Lakay’s Gina Iniong has been in a bit of a slump, losing two of her past three matches in ONE Championship, but but she is eager to get back to the reputation of being a title challenger.Iniong said she’s not giving up hope of returning to the upper echelon of female atomweights, especially with famed coach Mark Sangiao cheering her on.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Youth Olympic Games: PH’s Yuka Saso misses out on women’s golf medal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgAnother big change since then: the globalization of the game.In 1977, only 17 players born outside of the U.S. had ever scored in an NBA game. Now, that number is 439 — and someday, the name of a kid who’ll tune in from some remote corner of the world to watch Antetokounmpo on Tuesday will probably be added to that list.“It’s amazing playing a Christmas game at Madison Square Garden,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s exciting. We’re happy about that. We’re happy the NBA chose us to be one of those teams and hopefully we can put on a good show for all of the people who are going to watch the game and enjoy the game and enjoy Christmas also.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title That was the last time the Milwaukee Bucks appeared on Christmas Day.“It’s been a while,” Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said, knowing it was an understatement.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 ChrissTheir wait is over. On Tuesday, at 11 a.m. in Milwaukee, noon in New York and 7 p.m. in Greece — one of the 215 countries that will be seeing the NBA’s Christmas games, and a basketball-crazed nation where fans will watch in droves to see their brightest star — that will all change, when Antetokounmpo and the Bucks visit the Knicks.He knows the world will be watching. Duke rises to No. 1 in AP poll again, Kansas drops to 5th “I always wanted to play in a Christmas game,” said Antetokounmpo, the 24-year-old MVP candidate who is averaging 26.2 points per game this season. “When I came to the league I started watching it, and I wished and hoped that one day we can be there as a team to play a game — and the day has come.”After the Bucks-Knicks tilt, it’s Oklahoma City vs. Houston, Philadelphia at Boston, the Los Angeles Lakers against Golden State and Portland visits Utah.But no team has been waiting longer for an invite to the NBA’s on-court holiday party than the Bucks, who haven’t appeared in any of the last 120 games played on Dec. 25. There’s no shortage of factors for that — the league picks teams that drive ratings, teams that have superstars, teams that are coming off really good seasons. Milwaukee has won two playoff series in the last three decades, and both of those were in 2001.But with Antetokounmpo as a full-fledged star and one of the NBA’s best records at 22-10, the Bucks and their best player are ready for their close-up.“When you’re a kid, you love the game of basketball, you love opening your presents, but you can’t wait for these games to come on,” said Miami’s Dwyane Wade, who has been part of 10 wins on Christmas Day — more than any other player. “Basketball on Christmas is like football on Thanksgiving. The whole world watches these games. The whole world is going to watch Giannis. When they put you on Christmas, you’re marquee. You’re a marquee name in the league.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew There will be plenty of marquee names, including many members in the club of stars so bright they need only one name: LeBron, Steph, KD, Russ, Kyrie, Dame and now, Giannis.“Christmas games always stand out,” said LeBron James, who’ll be wearing a Los Angeles Lakers uniform on the holiday for the first time. “Some more than others, but Christmas games always stand out. They’re all big-time.”When the Thunder and Rockets square off, it will be a reunion of former teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden — the last two NBA MVPs. Joel Embiid and 76ers will visit Kyrie Irving and the Celtics, the 551st meeting of those storied franchises. There there’s James and the Warriors’ glitzy lineup renewing acquaintances and Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum getting to match wits with budding Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.Like Antetokounmpo, this Christmas will be Mitchell’s first game as an NBA player. Utah hasn’t appeared on the Dec. 25 schedule since 1997.“I’m good,” Mitchell said. “We play on Christmas and my family’s here. I’m excited.”Every team on the lineup with the exception of New York has legitimate playoff hopes. New York and Christmas is a holiday tradition like few others in the NBA; the Knicks will be playing on Dec. 25 for the 53rd time, more than any other franchise.The Bucks aren’t feeling slighted in the least to be spending the holiday on the road.“For the league to put you on Christmas Day is something that I think we all appreciate and it’s a little bit of an honor and we’re looking forward to playing in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It should be a great game, great for the fans, great for our team, and our organization.”The game and the league have changed mightily since the Bucks’ last Christmas appearance.The NBA had 22 teams including long-gone ones in Buffalo, Seattle and Kansas City — which played host to Milwaukee on that day in 1977. Los Angeles had only one team. Washington’s team was called the Bullets, the Jazz played in New Orleans, Larry O’Brien was relatively early into his stint as NBA commissioner, and the ink was still drying on the NBA-ABA merger. There wasn’t even a 3-point line. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 21: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks takes a shot against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 21, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPAtari’s original video game console was the hot toy. Leisure suits were cool. Elvis Presley unexpectedly died. The first “Star Wars” movie was released.The year was 1977.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He (Bolick) really complements the team,” said NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino.“He’s made for the PBA. He’s a winner and coachable, he listens,” Jarencio added.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 former San Beda ace hardly missed as he hit 10 of his 12 attempts from the field.Paolo Taha added a career-high 21 points while Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle, who is coming off his best PBA season where he finished second in the MVP race behind five-time winner June Mar Fajardo, had 19 and 16 points, respectively. Robert Bolick explodes for 26 points in his first PBA game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick made quite a good first impression in his PBA debut after leading NorthPort’s rout of Blackwater, 117-91, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Bolick, the second overall pick in last month’s draft, wasted no time in announcing his arrival in the pros, scoring 10 of his game-high 26 points in the first six minutes of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 “We want to surpass out performance in each of the three conferences this season,” said Jarencio, whose squad wound up second to the last in the standings last conference with a 2-9 mark.Another rookie in Abu Tratter, who was the seventh pick by NLEX before being traded to Blackwater along with Paul Desiderio in exchange for talented big man Poy Erram in the offseason, showed out with team-highs 18 points and nine rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Stop being a Christian for a while, Buboy tells Manny Pacquiaolast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Skipper Alex Cabagnot had 18 markers as Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter pumped in 17 and 16, respectively.NLEX leaned on JR Quiñahan who had 17 points while Juami Tiongson and Poy Erram each had 16, but they had no answer to Beermen’s torrid shooting from downtown.San Miguel had 20 conversions from the three-point land, three buckets away from the all-time league record they share with TNT.“They played really hard—especially in the first period. The sense of urgency was really evident,” Austria said.The victory hiked San Miguel Beer’s record to 5-3. The Beermen face struggling NorthPort this Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Is third time the charm for Alyssa Valdez? Volleyball star hopes to finally taste SEA Games medal Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title NLEX, which slid to 2-5, faces Alaska next on Mar. 13 in a yet-to-be-determined venue.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments June Mar Fajardo explodes for San Miguel. PBA IMAGESReigning PBA Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer went out with guns blazing early and carved out a 121-111 wire-to-wire decision over NLEX Friday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.“I’m so happy tonight for that win. But we’re still aiming for one of the top two slots,” said Beermen coach Leo Austria. “It’s [going to be] very hard but the chance is still there.”ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The four-time conference champions mounted a blistering 28-4 run in the opening salvo en route to the victory with June Mar Fajardo leading the way.The reigning Most Valuable Player finished the game with 27 points, 13 rebounds and a pair of assists including an audacious triple from the right corner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAsked about the strong start, Austria, whose team improved to 5-3, said it was all thanks to the 26 days of break.“It helped us because we suffered a lot of injuries and illnesses to our players. And when June Mar and Marcio (Lassiter) came back from Kazakhstan, they weren’t that much in shape,” the mentor explained in Filipino. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_img“These teams are good teams, playoff teams,” Pacers guard Wesley Matthews said. “They are what we are gearing ourselves up for and we have to do a better job.”The Clippers led by 17 early in the fourth only to see the Pacers close within five. Gallinari re-entered the game and promptly hit a 3-pointer that ended Indiana’s 16-7 run.Beverley made a 3-pointer and Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander combined to make four straight free throws that extended the Clippers’ lead to 106-97.Los Angeles closed the third by scoring eight straight points to lead 89-75 going into the fourth.TIP-INSPacers: G Darren Collison (right quad contusion) missed his first game of the season after starting the previous 71. … It’s their longest road losing streak since dropping eight in a row from March 6-April 2, 2017. … They had won five in a row against the Clippers.Clippers: Beat Indiana at home for the first time since Dec. 17, 2014. … Prevented the Pacers from sweeping the season series for a third straight year. … Four of their final 10 regular-season games are against Milwaukee, Houston, Golden State and Utah. The Bucks and Warriors have already clinched spots.THE DOC IS INRivers denied rumors before the game that he’s interested in leaving to coach the Lakers.The Lakers are 31-39 under coach Luke Walton, whose job status is widely believed to be in jeopardy. Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points, Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Clippers beat Indiana 115-109 on Tuesday night, preventing the Pacers from clinching a playoff berth.“The roster changes definitely helped us in many ways,” said rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored on back-to-back layups when the Clippers led by four points with 2½ minutes to go and the shot clock winding down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The clock gave me no choice,” he said. “I just wanted to be aggressive and make something happen.”Clinging to a 110-107 lead, Lou Williams hit a pullup jumper with 40 seconds left to stop a 5-0 run by Indiana. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, center signals after making a three-point basket next to Indiana Pacers’ Wesley Matthews (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES  — Off to an 8-1 start in March, the Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward the playoffs, something critics figured they were giving up on after trading leading scorer Tobias Harris and making other moves in February.Instead, they’re holding onto the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference and within reach of a higher seed.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tyreke Evans answered with a layup that again drew the Pacers within three.After a timeout, Bojanc Bogdanovic slipped defending Patrick Beverley, who scored and then made a rolling dice motion.Bogdanovic slipped again on the Pacers’ final possession and they failed to score over the final 33 seconds.“Just not enough,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. “We’ve got to get sharper with our execution, got to get stronger with the basketball. Got to make plays. We’ve got to make our breaks.”Evans and Bogdanovic scored 19 points each for the Pacers, whose road skid extended to seven straight games. Doug McDermott added 17 points and Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and a career-high-tying 16 rebounds playing the second night of a back-to-back.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. D’Angelo Russell drops career-best 44 as Nets rally past Kings Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rivers and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer agreed to a shorter contract extension last year that included an opt-out after this season. However, Rivers said that’s being replaced with a long-term deal.“Straight and upfront, I’m going to be here until Steve says ‘Get out,’” he said.HE SAID IT“It’s the West. You let down, you’re out.” — Rivers.UP NEXTPacers: Visit Golden State on Thursday to end four-game Western swing.Clippers: At Cleveland on Friday to open a four-game Eastern trip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

first_imgA 17-year-old Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown resident was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a robbery under arms charge at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The unrepresented Joshua Austin, who told the Court that he worked at a ‘Blocks yard’, pleaded not guilty to the charge. It is alleged that on June 6, 2016 at Mandela Avenue, being armed with a knife he robbed Julius Patterson of one cosmetic silver ring, US00, Cdn, 20 pounds, 40 euros and G00.The young man’s mother had to be called to the courtroom to verify his age as he first told the Magistrate he was 16 years old.However, a copy of his birth certificate was given to the Magistrate which verified that he was 17 years old.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the Court the defendant was positively identified by Patterson and none of the stolen money was recovered.Jeffers objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the fact that a knife was used to carry out the act.He further told the Court that the teen was not a first-time offender and had a pending matter at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Austin was remanded to prison until June 17. The case was transferred to the Providence Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

first_imgA man who broke into a city business and stole a quantity of items, including plastic bags used to package ice was on Wednesday jailed for 18 months by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Michael Singh of Lot 18 Enmore, East Coast Demerara, pleaded guilty to the break and enter charge which stated that between 4 and 5 June, 2016 at Robb and King Streets, Lacytown, Georgetown, he broke and entered the Country Pride Ice Store and stole 1 trolley, 1 trolley wheel and ice bags, a total value of $46,000.Singh was also slapped with a second charge which stated that between 28 and 29 June, 2016 at the same location, he stole 1 cooler and one fan a total value of $30,000, property of Butch Parmanand.The virtual complainant (VC) Parmanand said this is the fourth occasion that his store has been broken into by the defendant.The defendant told the court that he did steal the cooler but not the fan.The prosecution stated that on July 4, 2016, the VC secured his store with the items inside, but upon return, the northern door of the store was opened and the articles listed were missing.The CCTV footage showed the defendant removing the items. The matter was reported, an investigation was carried out and the defendant was arrested.The defendant admitted to the crime and was subsequently charged.For the second charge, the prosecution facts stated that on June 28, 2016 at 18:00h, the VC secured his store and returned to find a hole in the western wall of the building and discovered that the items were missing.Singh was found guilty by Chief Magistrate McLennan.last_img read more

first_img– amid market share loss, other challengesBy Utamu Bellehe management of Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) has announced a move to grant its employees tax-free overtime, on the heels of a similar move by Aroaima-based Russian Aluminium (RUSAL).BMGGI officials meeting with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and regional officialsThe move was announced by Company Secretary, retired Major General Norman McLean on Tuesday, during a tour of the company’s plant operations by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. Following the tour, officials of the company and regional officials had a meeting with the Minister. Those in attendance included BMGGI General Manager (ag) Eric Hue, Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian, and BMGGI Personnel Manager Trudell Marks. McLean said the company, in like fashion, would have adopted what RUSAL was recently advised to do in granting tax-free overtime, further explaining that it was a burning issue, which the company tried to settle for a long time and workers were expected to take strike action over. He said the workers welcomed the decision, while stressing that Finance Minister Winston Jordan has rejected almost everything the company asked for, and as such, he was very happy to see that the workers would be receiving tax-free overtime.ChallengesDuring the discourse, McLean also outlined various challenges being faced by the company, highlighting that one of the major problems was the issue of property tax. He explained to the Minister that the company has been seeking a five-year break from paying property tax. The Company Secretary said it was his hope that the issue of property tax would be dealt with in a similar vein as the issue of tax-free overtime, given the fact that Government was a 30 per cent shareholder in the company. He stressed that having the two dust collectors set up only compounds the situation, as it has increased the property tax costs. McLean added that he was very surprised to hear of complaints regarding dust in the environment when there were two dust collectors at the company which captures dust. On that note, he said the company was facing serious challenges, but it has always been one which was respectable and bent on finding new avenues.McLean further cited frequent blackouts in the community as another issue, and pointed out that the company, which is tasked with providing electricity has eight “old” Wärtsilä generators, while noting concerns in the past.Market loss“What you see here today is a manifestation of some of the problems we are facing. There is overproduction, we’ve lost market share … so things are very difficult for us … I keep reminding your Minister of Finance that the Government is the 30 per cent shareholder in this company, so whatever we do, Government enjoys the fruit of that. So, I do want to remind them that we do have problems,” McLean went on to state.He added that the company was currently looking at metal grade bauxite and moving 500,000 tonnes since it has built a plant in China, which will need 500,000 tonnes of manganese ore; however, there were challenges surrounding this task. Another challenge which McLean pointed out was that trucks took approximately seven hours to travel from Matthews Ridge to Port Kaituma. He explained that hauling them also posed a real challenge. Hence, the company is looking at a different route and establishing its own port.Government awarenessMinister Trotman in response said Government was aware of the challenges faced by the company, including that of property tax, and promised to try his best to partner with the company to assist. He added that a Committee would be put together to assess the state of bauxite in the country, noting that he believed that it was a timely endeavour, in light of the nation observing a hundred years of bauxite mining.“So, we’ll have a review of where things are and where we see it with regard to the future and what role your company will be playing,” he said. Trotman also urged that workers be treated with respect and the highest level of safety be undertaken at the company. He further praised BMGGI for taking the step to grant tax-free overtime for workers.The Minister added that he was very happy with the project at Matthews Ridge and promised to visit the location next week, but expressed concern over discarded materials which he noted were being put “everywhere” in the bauxite plant. He was quickly assured by officials that the plant was in the process of being cleaned up. Regional Chairman Renis Morian also noted that he was pleased with the support shown to the workers with the granting of tax-free overtime.last_img read more

first_imgIn observance of International Literacy Day 2016, Digicel Guyana Inc visited St Cuthbert’s Mission where members of its staff engaged the pupils of the nursery school in a reading and storytelling exercise.Public Relations Officer Vidya Sanichara noted that the exercise was held to show the children the importance of reading, as a means of giving back to the community. She noted that Digicel supported the notion of promoting literacy since it was an instrument of empowering individuals, communities and societies.Officials of the telecommunications giant posed with the teachers and children of St Cuthbert’s Mission Nursery SchoolDigicel Guyana Inc also used the opportunity to donate a quantity of books, back-to-school items and backpacks to the students and teachers during its visit.Sanichara mentioned that since Digicel was the network of choice in most of the Indigenous communities in Guyana, it is only fitting that the company visits these areas to give back to subscribers.Acting Headmistress Helen Kattow expressed her gratitude, noting that Digicel always visited and spent time with the teachers and children. “We are grateful as always, the children get very excited when they see the Digicel bus coming into the village. Thank you so much Digicel.”Also present for the event was Lenox Shuman, Toshao of the Mission. He expressed a similar appreciation to Digicel for its continuous support, especially when it comes to literacy.“We appreciate initiatives like this; it shows a different degree of corporate responsibility, which is welcomed in our community. The more corporations that do this, the better off we will be,” the Toshao said.Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed September 8 as International Literacy Day. It was celebrated on Thursday bringing together the Private Sector, communities, teachers, students, learners, NGOs, and governments to actively mobilise and promote literacy.Meanwhile, the communications company will also be visiting several other indigenous communities throughout the month of September to make similar donations as Guyana celebrates both Indigenous Heritage Month and Education Month.last_img read more