Electricity cut at Maracana stadium over unpaid bills RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Rio de Janeiro’s famed Maracana stadium is without power after a dispute over unpaid electricity bills. Electric utility company Light says in a statement that power was cut yesterday at the stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final and the Rio Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies last year. The company says it’s owed US$940,000 with US$410,000 of that owed by a consortium managing the stadium, led by construction company Odebrecht. The rest it says is owed by the Olympic organisers. The stadium has fallen into disrepair in recent weeks and Odebrecht has asked the state of Rio de Janeiro to take over management. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue upset by distractions CLEVELAND (AP): Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is tired of the drama surrounding the NBA champions. Asked following yesterday’s practice if the distractions make it more difficult to coach, Lue said, “I hate it.” The Cavaliers have lost six of eight games, and there has been some turmoil around the team in the past few days after LeBron James questioned whether the front office was satisfied with winning one title. James has been pushing for an additional playmaker all season and he unloaded on the team following a loss at New Orleans on Monday night. Despite their issues, Lue noted the team still has the fourth-best record in the league. The Cavs missed 17 free throws in Wednesday’s home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Lue says the Cavs simply need to “get back to playing championship basketball.” Belarus weightlifter banned for urine swap BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP): Belarusian weightlifter Stanislav Chadovich has been banned for four years for trying use substitute urine in a pre-Olympic doping test. Chadovich had been entered into the 62kg category at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games and was considered a medal contender before he was withdrawn from competition with no explanation. The International Weightlifting Federation said Chadovich was found guilty of trying to tamper with a doping test sample in an out-of-competition check, but did not specify how the subterfuge was detected. Previous cases have typically involved athletes using hidden tubes to fill their sample with clean urine. Using another person’s urine can be detected with a DNA test of the sample. The four-year suspension for Chadovich, a former European championship silver medalist, is backdated to July 29, shortly before the Olympics began.
NBA honors LeBron James for work with Ohio youth “That’s one of my favorite players,” a visibly excited Stephenson said afterward. “He was like, ‘Good game,’ after the game, so I was a little hyped.”LANCE BOILSStephenson provided an enormous boost for the Lakers on both ends of the court, in his usual inimitable style. The veteran said he came off the bench with a specific plan in mind: “Aggressive defense, and attack the big man (Jokic). We felt like their big man couldn’t match our intensity, so when I got in there, I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to attack the big man.’”UP NEXTNuggets: Host New Orleans on Monday.Lakers: At San Antonio on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, passes over Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15), of Serbia, and forward Paul Millsap (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — When Kobe Bryant took a courtside seat in the first quarter, Staples Center buzzed with excitement for the mere sight of the most popular athlete in this building’s history.The crowd even started a “Kobe! Kobe!” chant in the fourth quarter — and it was immediately drowned out by cheers when LeBron James hit a 3-pointer.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES With the symbol of the Los Angeles Lakers’ past watching in approval, James and the Lakers’ young core proved that their present and future is pretty tantalizing, too.James had 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds while leading a late rally for his first home victory with the Lakers, 128-111 over the previously unbeaten Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.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 ChrissLeBron and Kobe didn’t get a chance to talk, but the longtime friendly rivals likely both left happy with the Lakers’ new direction after James’ first triple-double for LA.“Of course I noticed him sitting right on the baseline over there,” James said. “One of the all-time Laker greats. What he’s done for this franchise in his 20-plus years here speaks wonders for me. To be able to compete against him all those years, and for me to be able to share a jersey, the same jersey as him at this point, is pretty special.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who were off to their best start since the 2009-10 season. Jamal Murray scored 22 points and Monte Morris had 20, but Denver couldn’t answer the Lakers’ rally led by James, who posted his third career triple-double in Staples Center for his third different team.“We just came out on the short end today, but we’ve got a couple of days off to revamp ourselves,” said Morris, who added seven assists in just his eighth NBA game.One night after earning their first win of the LeBron era in Phoenix, the Lakers beat the Nuggets at Staples for the fourth straight time.TIP-INSNuggets: Isaiah Thomas attended the game, but didn’t play while recovering from offseason hip surgery. The compact guard finished last season with the Lakers, averaging 15.6 points in 17 games after getting traded by James’ Cavaliers. … Will Barton missed his third straight game with a hip injury.Lakers: Rookie Svi Mykhailiuk had four points. The Ukrainian guard scored his first NBA points one night earlier in Phoenix. … Fans near courtside besides Bryant included actor Michael B. Jordan, Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig and NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley.MISSING GUYSThe Lakers played their third straight game without suspended starters Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo. Ingram will miss one more game for his role in the Lakers’ brawl with the Houston Rockets last weekend, while Rondo can return Saturday in San Antonio.KOBE’S HOUSEBryant sat with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, his former agent, in a rare visit since the 20-year Lakers veteran retired in 2016. Bryant spoke to a group of season ticket holders before the game about his forthcoming book. With Bryant in attendance for the first time since LeBron’s arrival in LA, Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points and JaVale McGee added 21 to complement James’ 74th career triple-double.But the result was even more impressive: The Lakers trailed by eight points with six minutes left in the fourth quarter before Lance Stephenson, who finished with 12 points, started a 15-2 rally with back-to-back 3-pointers.“The first couple of games, when we fell behind, we stayed behind,” James said. “Tonight when we fell behind, we learned from our mistakes, and that’s one of the most important things in life.”James got Staples Center rocking on a go-ahead dunk with 3:31 to play before Lonzo Ball made an artful step-back 3-pointer. Kuzma added two huge dunks down the stretch of Los Angeles’ second win in two days after an 0-3 start.“LeBron is doing what he always does,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “And LeBron is bringing all those guys their confidence way up. You’re seeing Kyle Kuzma and LeBron, their chemistry growing.”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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Incumbent representative candidate for Nimba County District #8, Larry Younquoi, and Chairman of the House committee on Good Governance & Government Reform – Advertisement – Nimba County Electoral District #8 incumbent Representative Larry Yanquoi yesterday pleaded with the National Elections Commission’s hearing office to nullify Saye Miannah’s complaint against the Commission on the recent recount of ballot papers from the October 10 representative and presidential elections and declare him the winner.Taking the witness stand, Yanquoi said although the NEC recount was not wrong, he should, however, be given the chance to continue to represent his people at the House of Representatives. He made the request on grounds that the recount conducted for four days – November 1 to 4 – has proven that he is still the choice of the people.“At first, due to human errors my closest opponent, Mr. Saye Miannah got 19 votes ahead of me, but this time around, with the recount done, I moved forward with 19 votes ahead of him; it means that there is no more need to waste national resources to conduct any further investigation or electoral process. I am the winner and let it be,” Yanquoi said.He noted that after the results of the October 10 election were announced he wrote the Election Magistrate assigned in Lower Nimba, where District #8 is situated, and called for an investigation into irregularities discovered by his agents at the polls, but was advised to visit the headquarters of the NEC and file his complaint to the Board of Commissioners.“When I got the news on October 14 that Miannah was in the lead with a slight margin I became concerned and immediately sought out what could be responsible. I discovered that there were discrepancies from the onset of the polling process but because my representatives at the polls did not want any confrontation we did not file in any official complaint at that time to any concerned authority,” he said.He noted that being a former employee of the NEC, he accepted the call by the Commission for a recount so as to establish the authenticity of his failure at the polls, in case it was factual.The Unity Party (UP) candidate said the NEC’s call for the recount was in line with Article 83b of the Liberian Constitution. Article 83b says the NEC, as with many autonomous agencies of government, has the right to formulate its own regulations to be able to govern its operations.It is against this backdrop that the BOC of the NEC in 2005 formulated a resolution establishing as simple majority for a representative or senatorial candidate who obtained 50 or more votes ahead of his or her closest rival.The point of contention now is whether the resolution, formulated and used in 2005, can be applied to the 2017 electoral process.For his part, the Election Magistrate in Lower Nimba said there was nothing illegal about the recount conducted in District #8, and as such the decision of the Commission is valid and should be taken as such.Jaye Flomo, a magistrate in Nimba for over 19 years, said he received a communication from NEC Executive Director C. A. Lamin Lighe ordering him to work alongside the team from Monrovia in the conduct of a recount because none of the candidates obtained fifty or more votes ahead of fellow contenders.Flomo said after the votes were cast, the NEC’s counting procedures were followed, but because of human factors, they were tied up by limitations and shortcomings, resulting in some ballots labeled invalid when they should not have been.“We did reconcile, sorted and counted before the recording of the results,” Flomo said. He noted that since he became magistrate for Nimba he cannot recall at any point in time when there was a recount due to votes falling below the NEC’s current threshold. “There has been no need for a recount over the years of elections because the margin between the winner and his or her closest rival was over 50 votes,” he noted.Miannah is represented by Cllrs. Cooper Kruah and Dempster Brown, while Rep. Yanquoi is represented by Cllr. Albert Sims; the NEC is represented by Attorney Cephaus Teewian.The production of witnesses and submission of pieces of evidence were concluded yesterday by both parties and final arguments by counsels from each side are expected today at 10:00 a.m.Rep. Yanquoi Refutes Claims of InducementIn a related development, Rep. Yanquoi refuted media report accusing him of allegedly inducing a National Elections Commission (NEC) executive to favor him during the recount of the October 10 election ballots for his district.It may be recalled that the Daily Observer in its Monday, December 4 edition reported that Daniel Gegbeson, the deputy director for training at the NEC, testified before the Commission’s hearing office that he was induced by Rep. Yanquoi to make invalid votes valid in his favor, for which Rep. Yanquoi received most of the 218 validated votes to enable him gain victory over his closest opponent, Saye S. Miannah.The newspaper, however, retracted the publication in yesterday’s edition on grounds that the source which provided the details from the hearing misrepresented the facts and caused an embarrassment not only to the NEC and its staff (Gegbeson), but also to Rep. Yanquoi and the Daily Observer.The Daily Observer said it regretted the publication and apologized to all those concerned, including Rep. Larry Younquoi, the NEC, and Mr. Gegbeson, for the embarrassment that the publication may have caused them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence was this week elected Vice-Chair of the global World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board during the 71st Session of the Regional Committee.DCMO Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell; Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; PAHO Director, Dr Carissa Etienne and a PAHO officialMinister Lawrence headed Guyana’s delegation to the 57th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) meeting, and 71st Session of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Americas.That high-level meeting was held in Washington, DC, from September 30 to October 4, during which time participants probed a number of wide-ranging global issues, including strategies and plans to address the multitude of challenges facing the hemisphere; reducing heart disease by eliminating industrially produced trans-fatty acids; making access to organ, tissue and cell transplants more equitable; and improving the quality of care in health services delivery.The Guyana delegation, which also included Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell, also participated in several events on the margins of the PAHO/WHO 5-day programme, including discussions on ‘Response to Ageing Societies’; ‘Mental Health in the Americas’; the Launch of the ‘Report of the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas’, and ‘Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Americas’.Guyana’s Public Health Minister also made a presentation on ‘Multi-sector Collaboration to prevent and respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Guyana’, during which she took advantage of the opportunity to highlight the Government of Guyana’s efforts to implement several measures, including the Spotlight Initiative which targets women and girls affected by GBV to help improve their overall health and well-being.The ‘Multi-sector Collaboration to prevent and respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Guyana’ is part of Guyana’s menu of measures to respond to a slight increase in incidents of local domestic violence.At the 37th Meeting of the Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD), which preceded the PAHO/WHO meetings which were also held in Washington, DC on September 28- 29, Guyana’s DCMO, Dr. Karen Gordon–Campbell, was nominated to serve as the CARICOM Representative on the Board of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS).
VICTORIA, B.C. — Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced his fourth consecutive surplus budget in Victoria yesterday, again boasting that B.C.’s triple-A credit rating puts it in a unique position atop all provinces.The budget, with a surplus of $264 million dollars, offered some limited relief regarding Medical Services Premiums, although the changes will not take effect until next year, and a modest $77 a month increase in disability payments.Mr. De Jong also fulfilled a government promise made in the 2013 election campaign pledging to create a so-called LNG Prosperity Fund with a $100 million deposit, even though he still doesn’t have a final investment decision on any proposed LNG project, raising the question — Where does the money come from?- Advertisement -Meantime, the overall budget reaction was again split and followed what has become a familiar pattern, with the BC Chamber of Commerce, the provincial Association for Mineral Exploration and the Vancouver Board of Trade leading the cheerleader’s group, and the latter giving Mr. De Jong an overall A grade.NDP Opposition leader John Horgan was again in front of the critic’s line calling the prosperity fund a ‘fantasy fund,’ and the disability payment increase a pittance, which amounts to an increase of less than one percent over a nine year span.Others lining up behind the New Democrats were the BC Federation of Labor, the BC Teachers Federation, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Pembina Institute, the Western Canadian Wilderness Committee and Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond — B.C.’s Children watchdog, who says a $65-million influx of cash into the Ministry of Children and Family Development is only going to help fill a budgetary hole which has been years in the making.Advertisement
It’s October and for the good citizens of Derry that can only mean one thing – Hallowe’en is coming!And this year the city will transform into the ultimate deadly destination for a haunting Hallowe’en to remember – the City of Bones! Over the past four decades Derry has established itself as the Hallowe’en capital of Europe.With thousands of revellers flocking to the city annually for the Hallowe’en party to end all parties, and the packed programme for 2014’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival features some exciting new events that will have you quaking in your boots.Forget Amityville – enter the spooktacular Chateau Le Fear which will take over Ebrington Square from October 17 – November 2, bringing all your worst nightmares to life.Enjoy the fun at the Freaky Funfair which will also take up residence in the Square from October 22 – November 2, with its own gruesome Hallowe’en ghost train. Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson said the programme featured fun for all the family.She told Donegal Daily, “Hallowe’en is Derry’s annual highlight event and there’s definitely no better time to visit the city.“The festival atmosphere is incredible and there are activities for all age groups, making it the ultimate family friendly destination.“As the Festival takes place on Friday this year, the fun spills over right into the weekend, making it ideal for anyone planning a mid-term family break.“So why not join us in the City of Bones for a fright night celebration to remember?The programme is full of ghostly goings on taking place at venues right across the city. You can even play your part in the fun and festivities by answering the Call to the Dance and joining the hundreds of local groups taking part in the main Halloween Carnival event, which takes place at 7pm on Hallowe’en night.The main Carnival parade will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Banks of the River Foyle at 8pm.If you want to find out more about the spectres that stir in the City of Bones then hop on the ghastly ghost bus for a terrifying tour of Derry, or enjoy some fearsome family fun in St Columb’s Hall.Walk the city’s historic ramparts if you dare during the Awakening of the Walls, with thrills and spills aplenty in store for your tiny ghosts and ghouls from October 30 – November 1. And if you survive the spine-chilling surprises then why not sample some of the impressive fayre at the immense Tower Grill, which will be cooking up some devilicious delights in the Guildhall Square.Throughout the city enjoy spooky story-telling, bat-watching, creepy crafts, scary shows and fiendish fun aplenty. Some fantastic mid-term value breaks are available in the city with full details at the web address below. So jump on the nearest ghost train and enter the City of Bones if you dare!For a full programme of all the events taking place over the week go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloweenThe Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival is organised by Derry City Council with support from the NITB Events Fund, Derry City Councils Legacy programme, and Ilex“THE CITY OF BONES” – DERRY CITY COUNCIL LAUNCH HALLOWE’EN CARNIVAL OF EVENTS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNotices
1. The Warriors are a terrible defensive team. Yes, it’s early in the season, but we’ve seen enough to know that they’re not going to approach anything close to good anytime soon.But the Warriors were able to claim one of their most winnable games of the season Tuesday night in Memphis because Golden State coach Steve Kerr had a downright sinister game plan to beat Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant and the Warriors were able to execute it just well enough.It says something about how far Golden State …
World Student GamesThe Louw brothers now fly to Hungary for a training camp with coach Atilla Adrovicvz before heading for the World Student Games in Bosnia. After that they will return to South Africa for the Hansa Powerade Fish Canoe Marathon on the first weekend in October. “It was probably the greatest race of my life!” enthused Ryan Louw afterwards. The Hansa Powerade Fish River Canoe Marathon gets under way at Grassridge Dam and finishes in Cradock. More information can be found at Hansa Powerade Fish River Canoe Marathon. With Ryan having bagged a third at the national K1 river champs in the Tracker Highland Challenge, they are well poised to fly the flag high for the Eastern Cape at the famous race in Cradock on 3 and 4 October. 19 September 2008 They were, however, able to make contact with Irish marathon ace Gary Mawer, who was able to start an eleventh-hour search for spare kayaks for the stranded South Africans. ‘Fixing the boat’“Gary loaned us an old K2 that had won five Liffeys, the first being around 1990,” said Greg Louw. The Louw brothers managed to get their borrowed K2 repaired in time and were locked in a ferocious tussle for the overall lead with locals Malcolm Banks and Dermot Hudson, and another South African pair, Brett Irvine and Julian Callebaut, who were paddling for the London-based Richmond Canoe Club. Fish entriesLate entries are still being taken for the race, which has once again attracted a substantial field of paddlers from all corners of the country to Cradock. The event will also double as the Eastern Province K2 River Championships. The man who saved the South Africans’ races by arranging replacement kayaks, Gary Mawer, won the singles race. Maiden winIn the latter stages of the race the Louw brothers were able to make their move to win their maiden Liffey title by two minutes. Lost amid all the recent good news stories in South African sport was another big success for the Rainbow Nation in the Liffey Descent Canoe Marathon in Ireland last weekend. Brothers Ryan and Greg Louw, paddling in a borrowed kayak, claimed victory to continue a strong South African tradition of excellence in the race. South African crews filled the majority of the top five K2 places, with Scott Humphrey and Christopher Couve finishing fifth. KZN students Dylan Scott and Mark Ussher were tenth and the mixed doubles crew of Kelly Howe and Craig Turton finished fifteenth overall. They are both students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and have been the top Eastern Cape crew for a number of years. They finished seventh in the last K2 Fish in 2006. “It was set up with a t-bar steering system, and needed quite a bit of repair work. So we spent the day before the race fixing the boat instead of tripping the river! LIFFEY DESCENT RESULTS “Luckily we had taken our own seats with us as hand-luggage on the plane, so we were able to fit those to the boat for the race,” he added. The brothers, together with a number of other South Africans, arrived at the harbour in Dublin to collect their kayaks that they had freighted to Ireland especially for the race, only to discover that the container was in Singapore. K2 RACE1. Greg Louw/Ryan Louw 1:48:59 (RSA)2. Malcolm Banks/Dermot Hudson1:50:113. Brett Irvine/Julian Callebaut 1:50:12 (RSA)4. Kevin Pierce/Vincent Pierce1:53:065. Scott Humphrey/Christopher Couve1:54:42 (RSA)6. Trenton Lamble/Chris Muller 1:54:43 (RSA)7. Aisa Cooper/Dave Pringle1:56:408. Eoin Rheinisch/Barry Watkins1:58:339. Ciarane Cooke/Don O’Brien1:58:3410. Liam McCarthy/Sean McCarthy1:59:5011. Dylan Scott/Mark Ussher 2:03:06 (RSA)15. Kelly Howe/Craig Turton2:09:05 (RSA) Source: Canoeing South Africa
“The project symbolises the public-private sector collaboration in combating potential identity crime,” said Home Affairs director-general Mavuso Msimang. “For us this project signifies our stance, as custodians of the South African citizens’ identity, that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the integrity of a person’s identity is protected and maintained. The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has entered into a partnership with the Department of Home Affairs that will allow banks in South Africa to conduct online fingerprint verification of bank clients. “We are very excited about the prospects of this unique project as we anticipate that it will assist the banks in reducing application fraud and identity theft,” Sabric CEO Kalyani Pillay said in a statement this week. The first phase of the pilot project was completed in 2009, successfully proving the feasibility of online fingerprint verification of banking clients. The current phase of the project is now looking at the pre-requisites for formally implementing and rolling out access by banks. Successful pilot project 17 March 2010 “Banks have a challenge regarding the authentication of the identity of clients given the scale of fraudulent documents in the country.” “This initiative marks the beginning of wide ranging cooperation in the interests of society.” “We anticipate that the project will help with the prevention of crimes such as falsified facility applications and account takeover fraud,” said Pillay. “The banking industry is grateful to the department for this opportunity.” Hanis holds South African citizens’ ID numbers, fingerprints and photos, equipping the banks with the ability to conduct on-the-spot verification of the fingerprints of a client against the information held in Hanis. In terms of the agreement, the department will allow the banks real time access to the Home Affairs National Identification System (Hanis) for the verification of the identity of prospective and current clients. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Gurgaon following a brief illness, officials said. He was 64 years old.Roy, a former Chief Minister of the State, was first admitted to a state-run hospital in Shillong before being referred to the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana, where he was undergoing treatment for the last 10 days, his family members said. His condition deteriorated after suffering multi-organ failure on Sunday afternoon, they said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over Roy’s demise, saying he “transformed many lives”.“Anguished by the demise of Dr Donkupar Roy, Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly and former CM of the state. Passionate about Meghalaya’s progress, he served the state with great diligence and helped transform many lives,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Modi. Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma too expressed grief over Roy’s passing away.“Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly Dr Donkupar Roy. We have lost a leader, a mentor, who had dedicated his life for the service of the people. May Almighty provide strength to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul RIP,” he tweeted.