Double down on D

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Erram and Standhardinger were teammates in the national team which placed fifth in the recent 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.The Elite could also lean on Allein Maliksi, Nards Pinto, Mac Belo and Michael DiGregorio in matching up with the Beermen’s elite core of Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross.Also returning from his Asian Games tour of duty is Stanley Pringle, who will suit up with Sean Anthony to check NorthPort’s 0-3 slide against Barangay Ginebra in the other game.“With Pringle and Anthony back in the fold, NorthPort is a completely different team than what we’ve seen so far this conference,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “With those guys, they are true contenders. It’s our third game in six days so energy will be a concern for us. We know we have a battle in our hands.”The Kings, aiming to rule the season-ending conference for the third consecutive time, won their first two games on the heroics of super import Justin Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT It might sound trite and ordinary, but playing effective defense will be the weapon of choice by Blackwater for a chance to topple San Miguel Beer on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.“We really have to work double time on the defensive end,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos prior to their 4:30 p.m. faceoff with the Beermen at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Defense is the key.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Kinder diagnosis from Indonesian Asiad Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Beermen will be without prized center June Mar Fajardo, who will sit out for seven weeks due to a stress fracture on his right shin.But even without the four-time MVP, San Miguel Beer still came out lethal in a 125-112 walloping of the NLEX Road Warriors in its conference debut last Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“If we don’t focus on playing defense, we will definitely face a big problem against SMB,” said Ramos, whose Elite surprised contender TNT in overtime, 104-98, over a week ago.While Blackwater’s Henry Walker and San Miguel’s AZ Reid can cancel each other out, the return of Poy Erram can certainly help Blackwater’s cause in the paint, where Christian Standhardinger has effectively covered for Fajardo. View commentslast_img read more

MAXX Band to be launched on December 10

first_imgA new band featuring a group of young and talented individuals will now have their chance at showcasing their talents at the opening of the FoodMAXX Supermarket at the Giftland Mall this Sunday.This band, which will feature seasoned performers and musicians, such as Abel Stokes; Daniel DeSouza; Eleazar Thibaud; Nicholas Chung from Feed the Flames; Kelly Valenzuela; Trevaun Selman; Stanton Duff; Catasha Rodrigues; Scarlet Singh and the newest addition to the MAXX Band, comedian Chris Gopaul will be performing from 17:00h.Members of the Maxx BandThe band is said to be opening with a rock/retro segment and close off with the R&B and pop genres.Abel Stokes said the decision to join MAXX was an easy one since he sees it as a way to get people more publicly aware of his talent. Although Stokes prefers to sing his own original music, he doesn’t mind performing covers until he is ready to release his songs.Scarlet Singh, who is currently in medical school and is a featured singer at the Princess casino every weekend, loves the way she can express herself through this medium.The MAXX Band is regularly booked to perform on the entertainment strip at the Giftland Mall and will also be performing jazz, blues, soca and reggae segments on different nights.last_img read more

Outgoing US Ambassador calls on Minister of State

first_imgMinister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon, was on Friday paid a courtesy call by outgoing United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway. The Ambassador lauded the cordial relationship and bilateral cooperation that the two countries have shared over the past 52 years. Ambassador Holloway was accredited by President David Granger in October 2015.last_img

2 letters dispatched to Top Cop – Brian O’Toole

first_img…says 11 weeks later no wordSchool of the Nations Principal, Dr Brian O’Toole said that he is dissatisfied with the slothfulness of the Guyana Police Force into the investigation regarding his shooting.School of the Nations Principal, Dr Brian O’TooleO’Toole said that 11 weeks have since elapsed since two letters were dispatched to Police Commissioner Leslie James with information regarding the incident and he has not received a response.Speaking with Guyana Times, the principal said that it is worrisome that the contents of the letters given to a sergeant (name withheld) and the Police Commissioner were leaked to the media.O’Toole described the situation as “disgraceful” and pointed to the fact that he had a few months ago received one of the highest national awards by President David Granger and this is the way he is now being treated.He said that after making a public statement saying that the person who made threats to him prior to the shooting was flown out of Guyana, two detectives visited him and requested a statement.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesDuring the 90-minute meeting, O’Toole said the detectives asked that he respond to media reports that he knew who his shooter was.“I did say I knew the person that made the threats. He posted that he was going to blow up the school. There is no question that he was the one and he begged for immunity and promised to cooperate and give all information and was subsequently flown out of the country,” O’Toole said.Meanwhile, he noted that he has been interviewed by several media outlets in England, the United States and the Caribbean, who were all appalled at the pace and status of the investigations here. He explained that as a result of the shooting, which was highly publicised in local and international media outlets, overseas-based Guyanese, as well as foreigners, are now questioning the state of Guyana with respect to crime.Crime Chief Lyndon Alves on Wednesday called on the Principal of School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole, to provide the police with the identity of the shooter.On Wednesday, the Crime Chief told Guyana Times that there were no new leads into the investigations and no new person or persons of interest as to who may have perpetrated this act.According to O’Toole, the lack of prosecution and delay in justice is due to the fact that the parents of the teen flew their son out of the country less than 24 hours after he admitted to being involved in the threats.On Thursday last, at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Georgetown, O’Toole stated that regardless of the professions of parents, they should not allow their children to pursue the wrong path and engage in such illegalities.On January 27, O’Toole was shot three times as he was returning to his Bel Air, Georgetown residence, hours after an emergency meeting with parents and guardians about violent threats on social media to injure students and teachers of that school.last_img read more

Guyana Ambassador called on by Govt to explain US fraud conviction

first_imgGovernment’s Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir Ally has been written to by the Guyana Government to explain his 2003 conviction for financial crimes in the United States of America.Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir AllyWell-placed sources in the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU) Government have confirmed that Dr Ally, its Kuwaiti Ambassador, has been called on to provide clarification.Guyana Times was told that the Administration would not be making any formal pronouncements on the matter until a full determination was had, since Dr Ally could very well had found himself wrongfully implicated.Dr Ally is but another of the coalition’s high-ranking members found to have been implicated in, and convicted of financial crimes.Dr Ally was in 2003 investigated and found guilty of dissemination of false financial information through a US registered company, Acrodyne Communications, Inc.He had copped a plea bargain agreement with the United States Government for a lesser sentence, and also paid a fine.Dr Ally was appointed Guyana’s Ambassador to Switzerland under the current APNU/AFC Government, but was later seconded to Kuwait instead.According to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Dr Ally was convicted of “the dissemination of false financial information” using his company, Acrodyne.According to the SEC, Acrodyne’s former Finance Comptroller, Dr Ally and others “were aware of numerous and significant problems with Acrodyne’s accounting controls, but failed to assure that Acrodyne’s financial transactions were accurately recorded”.The SEC stated that as a result of Dr Ally and others, Acrodyne engaged in inaccurate and improper cost accounting and revenue recognition.It also alleged that, starting in the second quarter of 1999 and continuing through the first quarter of 2000, Dr Ally directed that unsupported journal entries be made to the cost of sales and inventory accounts to bring Acrodyne’s financial statements in line with the gross margin percentage he had estimated for that period.The SEC claimed that another of Dr Ally’s co-conspirators approved these fraudulent adjustments.The US securities body had also claimed that another of Dr Ally’s co-conspirators recklessly provided false information to Acrodyne’s auditors relating to its guarantee of a customer’s debt.In a related matter, in March 6, 2003, the SEC had also ordered Acrodyne to cease and desist from future violations of the antifraud, periodic reporting, and books and records provisions of the Exchange Act.Ambassador Ally was among a number of diplomats that had been appointed in July last during a ceremony and orientation ceremony attended by Head of State, President David Granger.At the time he had told the Government Information Agency, “I’ve already hinted, both to the President and the Vice (President) that I am looking forward to talking with them on getting vision and to help them to add value to surpass expectations…People are ready to help Guyana in many ways and the possibilities are endless.”He was at the time speaking to his portfolio during his stint overseas.Dr Ally also served as a director of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Guyana’s premier hub for the solicitation of foreign investors.last_img read more

Chelsea star reveals joy after achieving career target

first_imgCesar Azpilicueta believes he was right to join Chelsea as he has won the trophies he has always desired.The Blues secured a first Premier League title for five years on Sunday, adding to their trophy cabinet after winning the Capital One Cup back in March.Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in the summer of 2012, arriving for £7m from Marseille and establishing himself as a key component of Jose Mourinho’s side.Clubs in Spain were also eyeing the right-back when he made the move to Stamford Bridge but, after lifting the Premier League trophy at the weekend, the 25-year-old feels his choice was justified.“It was a target for me when I came here to win the league,” Azpilicueta told Chelsea’s match day programme.“I said when I became a Chelsea player that I wanted to win trophies. We have been top of the league since August.“Even when we have had less good games, we got the points, and that is what’s most important.” 1 Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates Chelsea’s title win with John Terry last_img read more

South Bay’s Cheer for Children reaffirms belief in the Santa in all of us

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This is all accomplished by volunteers (they always need more volunteers) young and old who get aid to where it’s needed like a smart bomb, only smarter. When Pam died, the operation was taken over by Kathryn Hansen, Donna Dawick and Denise Shiroma, truly beautiful women who also have children and real jobs and who devote all their free time to Cheer. They are fun people, great, gregarious women who thrive on the work. And once a year we sit down and talk about the coming holiday season and about what they know to be true – that people want to help, especially down here where they can see the good being done. So we meet and we talk about needs, and this year it broke my heart to hear that Kathryn’s 27-year-old son, Blaise, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Kathryn is a tall bundle of blond energy, and the mother of an 11-year-old daughter who skipped past the grief of losing her boy and her mother only weeks apart by saying that Cheer for Children saved her. The work is constant and demanding, and, somehow, in the middle of all this, Kathryn and Donna celebrated life by getting tattoos. Donna’s includes the initials of everyone she loves while Kathryn’s carries the name of her son. This is the column you need to cut out and save because the holidays are coming, and these holidays bring a natural upwelling of our desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves. That’s why Pam Edwards started Cheer For Children two decades ago. She saw a desperate need and decided to fill it with a charity that she ran out of her Redondo Beach home until her death five years ago. Pam, thousands will attest, was a saint who – unable to have children of her own – dedicated her life to helping others with her homegrown, all-volunteer, all-South Bay, no-salaries-to-nobody Cheer For Children. The holidays are, of course, Cheer’s biggest season. But the grass-roots organization runs year-round, staging Halloween, Fourth of July and fishing parties for children with disabilities while gathering new school clothing and supplies for disadvantaged kids. They also raise college scholarship money in Pam’s name for deserving students and collect toiletries, food and shoe coupons for our invisible poor. Now back to the issue at hand because that’s what they came to talk about and because this column is their main publicity for the entire year. Most everything – the special needs school parties, the Christmas party in the intensive care unit at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the fishing excursion for kids with disabilities, the clothes, toys, school outfits and the holiday adoption of 150 families – happens because readers of this column make it so. When the three women took over the nonprofit charity, they decided to make one big change. From that moment on, everyone who came to them looking for help got it. “We accept everyone,” Kathryn said. And this year they accepted a record number of needy families, all of them South Bay people desperately trying to put a Christmas together for their children. It’s not easy to read the notes pasted into scrapbooks by Denise, notes from single parents, ill parents, laid-off and down-sized parents asking for help because our vast American wealth isn’t spread out evenly. And helping is so simple. For more information, go to www.cheerforchildren.net. Send e-mail to cheerforchildren@mac.com. To speak to a human, call 310-540-2494. Or, if you like, send a tax-deductible donation to PMB 280, P.O. Box 7000, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Grocery store scrip, fuel cards, shoe certificates for Payless, Big 5 and Foot Locker, Target, Mervyns, Wal-Mart and Kmart and gift cards of all descriptions can be sent as well. We have billions of dollars worth of these things going unused by people who don’t actually need them. So why not regift? Right now they urgently need people to adopt an entire family or one individual in a family. All this information, including where to drop the presents, is available through the above channels. We’re talking nonperishable food and food cards for the holidays, new clothing, full-size toiletries and toys. Families list what they need while you – take my word on this – get to have a fantastic time recalling why this season of giving came into existence to begin with. I wish that I could show you the many notes folded into the Cheer scrapbook, notes of thanks from parents with nowhere else to turn and notes in little-kid handwriting giving thanks from the bottom of bottomless hearts. “My children believe in Santa now!” wrote one single mom to the Santa in all of us. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at john.bogert@dailybreeze.com, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.com.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

Legislator calls black activist ‘Buckwheat’

first_imgBut Hazel Boykin said Dartez still has not personally apologized. Dartez has represented parts of Terrebonne, St. Mary and Assumption parishes since 1999. She has said she does not intend to drop out of the race.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’ve never had no one talk to me that way, and I considered it a racial slur,” Hazel Boykin said. “I know the meaning of it; it’s just like the n-word.” On Monday, Jerome Boykin held a news conference asking voters to cast ballots against Dartez, who faces Republican Joe Harrison in Saturday’s runoff. “The NAACP is going to do all it can to see that she is not re-elected,” he said. “At this point, the NAACP is not concerned about the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. If a Republican is elected because of her racist remarks, that’s her responsibility.” Dartez did not immediately return a call Monday. “I made an insensitive comment, and I regret my choice of words,” she said Friday. “I have apologized to both Hazel and Jerome Boykin. The Boykin family has been a huge help in my campaign for re-election, and I did not mean to offend them.” HOUMA, La. – A white state lawmaker in a runoff election called a black civil-rights veteran who had helped her campaign “Buckwheat,” angering the NAACP, which urged voters to kick her out of office. Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, a Democrat, acknowledged that she ended a Thursday night conversation with Hazel Boykin by saying, “Talk to you later, Buckwheat.” Dartez had been thanking Boykin for driving voters to the polls. Buckwheat, a black child character in the “Little Rascals” comedies of the 1930s and ’40s, is viewed as a racial stereotype. Boykin, 75, helped desegregate restaurants and the parish school system in the 1960s. Her son, Jerome, is president of the Terrebonne Parish chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. last_img read more

COUNCILLOR WALKS OUT OF MEETING IN PROTEST AT CLLR O’DONNELL’S ATTENDANCE

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Dessie Shiels has walked out of today’s Letterkenny Municipal Authority’s meeting in protest at the presence of Cllr John O’Donnell.And Councillor Shiels says he expects other councillors will vent their anger at Cllr O’Donnell when a full sitting of Donegal County Council takes place at the end of the month.The meeting began at 2pm today but Cllr Shiels walked out of the meeting.It is the first meeting to be held since Cllr O’Donnell was filmed allegedly asking for money by a bogus wind farm company set up by the RTE Investigates programme. Cllr O’Donnell has claimed that he was entrapped by RTE and has launched legal proceedings against the national broadcaster.Cllr Shiels said he had no choice but to walk out of today’s meeting and withdrew the motions he had down for discussion.COUNCILLOR WALKS OUT OF MEETING IN PROTEST AT CLLR O’DONNELL’S ATTENDANCE was last modified: January 12th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Man stole wallet from taxi-driver after getting lift

first_imgA man stole a wallet from a taxi driver who had taken him from Convoy to Letterkenny.Kassim Dembele appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with theft. Dembele had been living in Convoy but had an address at Woodford Heights in Clondalkin, Dublin.The court was told that Dembele and another man had taken the taxi but a disagreement ensued with the driver when they arrived in Letterkenny on March 26th last year.The driver and another man got out of the car but Dembele stayed in the car and took the driver’s wallet.The wallet, which contained bank cards and other cards, was valued at €100.Gardai were called and the wallet was found.Dembele’s solicitor, Mr Kieran Dillon, said his client admitted taking the wallet but could not explain why he did so other than to say he made the “wrong choice.”Judge Kelly said Dembele had admitted the charge and applied the Probation Act.Man stole wallet from taxi-driver after getting lift was last modified: May 19th, 2018 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:courtKassim Dembeleletterkennystolenwalletlast_img read more