• La Salle’s Ben Mbala wins 2nd straight UAAP MVP

    first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPicking up where he left off last season, Ben Mbala was once again hailed as the Most Valuable Player in the UAAP for the second straight year.The Cameroonian big man continued his dominance in UAAP Season 80 for La Salle, posting 26.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.5 blocks per game to finish with 96.58 total statistical points (SPs).ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. At distant second is Ateneo forward Thirdy Ravena, who mustered 66.50 SPs, followed by National University senior J-Jay Alejandro with 63.86 SPs.University of the East scorer Alvin Pasaol came in fourth with 63.43 SPs, while Adamson bruiser Papi Sarr wound up with 63.15 SPs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRounding out the top 10 in the MVP race are NU big man Issa Gaye (57.57 SPs), UST center Steve Akomo (56.77 SPs), La Salle high-flyer Ricci Rivero (56.29 SPs), University of the Philippines captain Paul Desiderio (54.50 SPs), and Ateneo center Chibueze Ikeh (49.36 SPs).Mbala, Ravena, Alejandro, Pasaol, and Rivero will make up this year’s Mythical Team. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, UP playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño is this season’s best rookie after netting 46.69 SPs powered by his averages of 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steal per outing.center_img View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READlast_img read more

  • Cartoon: October 16, 2014

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  • FCA, AFELL Hold Dialogue on Criminal Justice System

    first_imgA thorough review of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in three of the 15 counties will take place at a national dialogue in Monrovia today. The dialogue is an initiative of the Finn Church Aid (FCA) in partnership with the Rural Human Rights Activists Program (RHRAP) and the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL).The conference, which focuses on CJS situations in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties, will be held at the iCampus, my Market Place Building, a statement said yesterday.Representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary, United Nation Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the Liberia National Police, donor community and civil society are expected to grace today’s ceremony. It is anticipated that the invited stakeholders will dialogue and share pertinent information around issues affecting the implementation of the country’s effective criminal justice system.Today’s gathering is accordingly intended to solicit recommendations, build coalition and consensus to promote and protect the rule of law and fundamental human rights of community residents.In 2017, RHRAP and AFELL in collaboration with FCA monitored prison facilities and provided training in various areas for correction and police officers, community and religious representatives, detainees, lawyers and magistrates. The training was geared towards promoting the rule of law and fundamental human rights of individuals and groups in various communities.Additionally, the statement said that “The program will continue to provide legal representation for pretrial detainees at prison facilities in the three counties, as well as organizing county level dialogue forums that will bring together key stakeholders, including local government institutions, non-governmental organizations, representative of UNMIL human rights and rule of law sections, youth and women groups, and religious representatives to contribute to the maintenance of the rule of law and fundamental human rights of community residents.”FCA and its collaborating partners are implementing the project titled: “Providing Access to Justice and Gender Sensitive Legal Awareness at Grassroots Level” in the three counties.The program seeks to promote national government’s efforts to establish an effective criminal justice system in the country as well as promote and protect the fundamental human rights of community residents, which are fundamental pillars of democracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Inadequate generating capacity, poor configuration blamed

    first_imgPower woes…GPL needs more financing – CEOInadequate generating capacity is just one aspect that needs fixing in order to ensure reliable electricity supply across the country but in order to address these issues, the Guyana Power and Light needs major financing. This is according to Chief Executive Officer of the utility company, Albert Gordon.Speaking at the University of Guyana (UG) Tain Talks on Energy for Guyana, Gordon said that the company also has a transmission and distribution system that is poorly configured.“It has evolved over the years to what it is but it was not developed in a structured manner and we are trying to fix that and we have inherent weaknesses. When I came here last year I said we need about US$150 million just to get the basics done, we have gotten US$26 million and we are targeting the heart of the problem,” the power company’s CEO said.According to Gordon, there is only one transmission line that connects Demerara and Berbice and when that line goes down, many places would suffer extended hours of power outages until it could be fixed.Recently, over the past five weeks, that line was under maintenance and that resulted in hours of prolonged power loss.“Every time that line goes down the system goes down. In 2017 that line took down the system five times so if you don’t take good care of it that is what it does. That is why we had to do that. So until we fix those things we won’t get over that.”More fundingAccording to the CEO, the company has secured some funding to build a backup for this line but much more needs to be done.“We need to install about 120 megawatts and we have been searching for financing for that and we have identified some sources and we are in discussions. We have identified financing and we are in discussion for a first 20 megawatts which would ease the burden on this side. In fact, we want it somewhere in the Berbice area because there is a line between Sophia and Good Hope that if that line goes down, the system goes down as well because we are always pushing power to the East Coast.”He added that currently, the system has no redundancy but instead GPL has a radial transmission system. Gordon noted that usually, a transmission system is a network with a backup line but unfortunately, GPL does not enjoy this.“That is not what we have. We have a hub at Sophia and lines goes to Kingston, Vreed-en-Hoop, Good Hope and all the way to Skeldon and Garden of Eden and Golden Grove. It is a radial system, something goes down in one place, everything downstream is affected by it so we need to reconfigure that.”For several years GPL consumers have been experiencing constant power outages and the company’s poor services have come under criticism many times, primarily by the general populace. Businesses have also been very vocal about the negative impacts that the prolonged periods of blackout have had on their operations.Part of GPL’s interconnected systemlast_img read more

  • Peacemaker stabbed in Albouystown brawl

    first_imgTwo men have been hospitalised following an early morning brawl at Independence Boulevard, Albouystown, Georgetown on Monday.Injured is 21-year-old Terrence Basteani of Lot 66 Barr Street, Albouystown, while his assailant is also left nursing a minor stab wound. Based on information reaching Guyana Times, the incident occurred sometime after 07:00h on Monday morning when Basteani rushed to the aid of his brother, who was involved in a fight with the suspect.It was during this confrontation that the 21-year-old was stabbed several times to his upper chest and once to the neck.The suspect also received a stab wound to the chest.The two were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they received treatment and remain in stable condition.Speaking with Guyana Times, Basteani’s mother said that she was not aware of what exactly transpired, but added that her son was stabbed several times and was at the time unable to speak when she visited him at the Hospital.Meanwhile, Divisional Commander Marlon Chapman told this publication that Police in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) are aware of the incident and as such, an investigation has been launched.last_img read more


    first_imgThe two young County Donegal schoolboy brothers who make handmade wooden ink pens in their garden shed have been told they are too young to get any funding.Rónán (14) and Conor Mc Garvey (11) from Loughanure make the pens after deciding to turn their woodturning hobby into a business.In recent months they have contacted Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Donegal County Enterprise Board looking for some cash to help build a new workshop to replace their garden shed that leaks when it rains. The cost of a new shed is around €6,000. The boys however didn’t realise that their young age would present a problem until they were told that neither body can enter into a contract with them because they are under age.“We didn’t think that being too young would cause problems. We weren’t looking for a huge factory, just a small workshop about 20’ x 10’,” said Rónán.Mum Marie said the boys are disappointed that because of existing legislation there is no support for them and people in their age group.“It’s disappointing for them but if the legislation is there then there is nothing they can do about it. In fairness Údarás has been supportive in other ways with translations for their website etc. Their pens have been sold worldwide and they have had return custom so obviously people are happy with the product,” she said. Not to be outdone the boys now have another plan to fund their new workshop. They intend to seek around 20 businesses to buy maybe 30 or 40 pens as corporate gifts and this will get them well on their way to funding the new workshop.The boys can be contacted through their website or (074 9548516. YOUNG PEN BROTHERS WRITTEN OFF IN CHANCE OF FUNDING was last modified: December 6th, 2011 by StephenShare 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 PENSlast_img read more


    first_imgThe old Ritz Cinema in Ballybofey.Plans to demolish the old Ritz Cinema in the Twin Towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar has sparked a massive debate which has divided the local community.In this open letter,  young emigrant Aaron Guthrie, who is from the area, speaks about his feelings on the proposal.“Will I ever feel how it was to walk into the Ritz excited by the flickering light of the old film projectors? Or feel the floorboards, showing their age with a creak? Or wonder at the dramatic photographs hung on the entrance hall? The consensus seems to be that the Ritz’ condition has almost passed being repairable and so the short answer is, probably no. So will we be destined to meekly walk around another glass panelled and concrete clad building with light that doesn’t allow any shadow? “So I have to ask: Is this the mark of our generation — tearing away what’s left of the town’s character all in the name of “progress”? It’s easy to get sucked into this rampant regeneration — of building, expanding, developing, or whatever buzz-word business slang it’s covered in — but how much of it is enlightening?It’s buildings like these that stand through time and show the marks of years gone by. It physically reminds us of our past that can be smelled and touched. Especially for young people growing up in the Twin Towns, this building may well be the key to feeling closer to Ballybofey’s past. The unique design, location, and saturation of the name in our minds creates a sense of wonder and delight.“Many memories have been awakened, photographs and documents have been shared on campaign groups online. Photos of the drama club on the front steps in 1950s, the running list of films like Casablanca, Hitchcock’s Rear Window and John Wayne in The Searchers projected in widescreen Technicolour . For me, it all smells of a romanticism of a different time.“And aside from the stories, memories and photographs of the people, this building is about the only place left with atmosphere and history that could connect new generations to the achievements of their ancestors. This inspiring feeling of being part of something could even become a reason for young people not to emigrate and to instead stay to give back to their home-place.“Capitalism and big business are fast becoming unpopular in today’s generations — especially in the wake of RTÉ Investigates’ recent programme on local council governance. Rather, we’re more interested and excited by experiences. Experiences which in turn can be broadcast to our friends on social media. Experiences that we can share in a building in which our ancestors shared theirs.“I feel it’s important for us to take time from our ever busier lives and campaigns on the internet to confront this. With the development of more housing and commercial buildings around the town, there seems to be a lack of provision for our social needs as a community. Being social online only augments real human interaction, and homes for this interaction are disappearing. “Does the Twin Towns really need another character-less commercial building — whose future may look similar to the other desolate buildings on the main street? There have been numerous suggestions shared online to use the building as a cafe, art gallery, training centre, restaurant, museum, or an all-encompassing community centre. Or something to help empower young people to leave their mark on this town too.“I take this as a wake-up call for us to defend a necessary element of any society — a platform for people to share and learn together, and to welcome all and every necessary voice from all ages in the debate.“Either that or let the character of the Ritz be wiped away as one of the last pieces of our heritage and shorten the historical legacy of Ballybofey’s main street. Even, as a people — does the footprint of our generation come close to leaving behind landmarks like the people of the 1930s left us — this beautiful art-deco style theatre and cinema for us to come together to share ideas and be transported to different worlds.”Aaron Guthrie grew up in Ballybofey but has since emigrated to London and spend most of his time between there and Belfast. He is a 21 year old who has finished studying at the University of Westminster this year. He is mainly a filmmaker and sometimes works with social groups to help them use media to express themselves.My feelings in the piece are also shared with people of the campaign. I’ve spoken to many in the town that feels similar and wish for their voice to be heard too, in opposition to the developers who aren’t currently consulting the public on their decisions.Bests,Aaron Guthrie OPINION: DONEGAL EMIGRANT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST PLANS TO DEMOLISH THE RITZ CINEMA was last modified: December 14th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:BallybofeydonegalRitz Cinemalast_img read more


    first_imgThousands of republicans gathered across Donegal at the weekend to commemorate the 1916 rising and all those who have given their lives for Irish freedom.Commenting on the events Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD, who was the main speaker in Buncrana and at the main event in Drumboe, said Sinn Fein were detemined to complete the task of the men of 1916.In total there were 12 gatherings at various locations across the county to honour Ireland’s patriot dead. “This year marks the 95th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. To mark this anniversary and commemorate all Republicans who have died for Ireland, the Tír Chonaill Commemoration Committee organised 12 gatherings throughout Donegal over the weekend.“We republicans gather every year not simply as a celebration of political heritage or as an exercise in historical remembrance.“We do so because we are determined to complete the task of the men and women of 1916 and finally to establish on this island an Irish Republic encompassing all 32 Counties.“At each of the commemorations, Republicans reflect on the Proclamation of 1916, an historic document, one of the most progressive ever written. “The Proclamation spells out the demand for social and economic justice and democracy, of cherishing all of the children of the nation equally.“The reunification of Ireland and the sovereignty of the people of Ireland are the core values of Irish Republicans,” he said.Donegal’s Mayor Cora Harvey chaired the event in Drumboe.Speaking afterwards Mayor Harvey said the goal of uniting Ireland is still ongoing – 95 years after the events at the GPO.“Easter is a time for remembering friends and comrades who have given their lives and freedom in pursuit of our Republican ideals and goals. “It is time for reflecting on those ideals. It is also a time of renewal, when we as Irish Republicans rededicate ourselves to the legitimate and achievable goals of independence and unity for the people of this island.”“Although the Irish Republic proclaimed at the GPO in Dublin 95 years ago has not yet been achieved, the process of attaining it is still ongoing. We still have a lot of work to do.“By motivating people around Easter to come out and commemorate our Patriot dead and the sacrifices that they have made, we hope to inspire them to take a more active role in the struggle.“I want to call on all those who are committed to Irish reunification, regardless of party political affiliation, to work together for that worthy and achievable goal,” she said. EndsTHOUSANDS TURN OUT FOR SINN FEIN’S EASTER COMMEMORATIONS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 24th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Easter commemorationsSinn Feinlast_img read more


    first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed a court ruling in London today which ruled that the prosecution of Sinn Féin member John Downey was an abuse of process and should not continue.The ruling means the John Downey has now been set free to return home to his family. Deputy Doherty said: “I welcome today’s ruling. John Downey should never have been arrested. His family should not have been put through this ordeal for the past nine months. “The arrest and detention of John was a clear breach of commitments given by the British Government at Weston Park and in subsequent agreements.“I welcome his release and look forward to seeing him at home in Donegal in the near future.”JOHN DOWNEY: ARREST WAS BREACH OF PEACE PROCESS, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:John DowneyPearse Dohertylast_img read more

  • Muroc bonds pursued

    first_img The average assessed valuation in Boron and North Edwards is $47,000 for a single-family home, district officials said. Funding from the bond issue would help pay for school-modernization projects delayed because bids came in over budget and for school facilities desired by residents at West Boron Elementary and Boron Junior/Senior High. District officials said they would gather community input on how schools, the focal point of community activities, could be enhanced to better serve students and residents. An example would be adding a second, smaller junior high gymnasium at Boron Junior/Senior High. Muroc officials announced in October that the district might have to reduce the scope of work for the West Boron school modernization project because the lowest bid came in several hundred thousand dollars higher than expected. Modernization of the high school campus was canceled because district officials were tardy in sending back plans for the $1.2 million project to the state. The district is challenging the cancellation, and attorneys for the district will meet with officials from the Department of the State Architect to try to get the project reinstated, officials said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake April will be the deadline for the board to decide whether to put a bond measure on the June ballot. Voters in Muroc and North Edwards, where the new tax would be levied, would cast ballots on the $6 million measure being contemplated. The vote would not occur on Edwards Air Force Base, where no one pays property taxes, district officials said. A homeowner in Boron or North Edwards would pay less than $24 a year, school officials estimate. The bulk of the tax payments would come from U.S. Borax’s huge open pit mine and plant in Boron. Muroc officials are thinking of trying to pass the measure under Proposition 39, which requires 55 percent approval by voters. Superintendent Mike Summerbell told trustees that he will be meeting with representatives of U.S. Borax to discuss “what they are willing to support.” U.S. Borax officials could not be reached for comment. NORTH EDWARDS – Muroc Joint Unified School District trustees moved toward putting a $6 million bond measure before voters next year to pay for improving and building school facilities. The board approved a contract with an Emeryville-based consulting firm that has helped get bond measures passed in other local school districts. “It just means that this is the first step of going toward a bond. The firm will investigate whether that’s something we can feasibly do or not,” board President Chuck James said. “We’ve got to make sure that people are going to vote for it. We also have to have people come in and give their input. There’s always a need for bonds for schools, but you don’t have (an election) just to have one.” Trustees voted 5-0 at their Dec. 14 meeting to hire Caldwell Flores Winters. Payment of fees to the company is contingent on passage of a bond measure. last_img read more