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  • Alab Pilipinas, Saigon continue to bring the heat in quarterfinals duel

    first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ Saigon head coach Kyle Julius got directed to their locker room with as early as two minutes left before halftime as he got called with two technical fouls.Alab Pilipinas Jimmy Alapag admitted that it has been a heated season-long battle with the Vietnamese, who haven’t won to the Filipinos in their three games this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s been kind of chippy with Saigon the whole season and the ABL has this level of physicality,” said Alapag after they inched in to the semifinals after a 110-100 victory. “It’s the first game of the playoffs but I’ll watch the tape tonight.”The fourth quarter heard more than 10 fouls called, but Alab Pilipinas had more pressing concerns as it faced an uprising from the visiting team, who trimmed the Filipinos’ 22-point lead down to 108-98 with 1:20 left. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Warriors shake off rough start and roll past Suns Alab Pilipinas. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueIt was another hostile meeting as Alab Pilipinas and Saigon brought the fireworks in the just first game of their ASEAN Basketball League quarterfinals duel Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Both sides shot the lights out and combined for 24 triples, and also didn’t hesitate to get rough, committing 41 fouls in a game that which saw players fall to the ground several times and one head coach get thrown out.ADVERTISEMENT Forward Renaldo Balkman said he doesn’t mind the physicality but he wants the game officials to have control once the action gets out of hand.“To be honest, we play hard and we want to give the fans a good show to watch,” said Balkman who finished with 17 points and 20 rebounds. “But the referees got to protect us, we are professionals out here, we give the crowd a good show so they just got to protect us so we can give a good show.”Lawrence Domingo, who’s known more for his hustle and tenacity, said the physicality with the Heat amped him up to play better but he knows the team who remains composed would end up as the victor.“Us and Saigon, we play physical together and it gets real intense between us but that’s when basketball becomes fun,” said Domingo who had a season-high 18 points while grabbing six boards. “It was much more physical today but we got to play through it and stay within ourselves and we’ll come out on top.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

  • Peru gets out of jail to win prisoners ‘World Cup’

    first_imgAll the matches observed the national anthems of each participating “national team” and officiating at the matches were a trio of professional referees.The initial phases of the monthlong competition, which involved shackled inmates crisscrossing the country in buses amid high security, was played in dusty exercise areas. The prize for the finalists? Playing in the wide open spaces of the capital’s massive 60,000-capacity Lima Stadium.High securityA prison warden stand guard as inmates from Peruvian jails take part in the “First Inter-prison World Cup Russia 2018 tournament”, at the prison in Huaral, a rural community 110 kilometers north of Lima on May 15, 2018. Building on the World Cup fever unleashed by Peru’s qualification after 36 years of absence from the FIFA tournament, the National Petitentiary Institute (INPE) organized its own tournament, to boost rehabilitation of inmates in overcrowded prisons across the country. / AFP PHOTO / CRIS BOURONCLEFor security reasons, the stands at the stadium were almost empty. The few family members permitted per player were vastly outnumbered by 200 armed police wearing bullet-proof vests.But that did not stop them from living the moment as if they were fans, and players, in a real World Cup finals.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Peru, represented by Lurigancho prison, beat “Russia” — a team from Chimbote prison in northern Peru — on penalty kicks after it ended all square at full time.The champions received a cup, gold medals and sports outfits as prizes.“I feel free for a moment, I know that I will go back very soon. This title, I dedicate it to my family, the sacrifice was worthwhile,” said victorious Lurigancho player Thomas Manuel Aguirre, serving a sentence for aggravated robbery.“The magic of football is that it has what establishes the rules of a community,” said National Penitentiary Institute head Carlos Vasquez told AFP.“In football, just like in a community, we face a team and we have to understand that’s it’s not an enemy but the other side, you have to play by the rules of the game.”– ‘Critical overcrowding’ –Like a real tournament, the tournament was grouped into four “host” prisons in cities in Ancon, Chimbote, Ica and Lima.The semi-finals were played in Lurigancho, which has the dubious reputation of being the most overcrowded of Peru’s 69 prisons. Built to houses 3,500 prisoners, it is home to 9,700 inmates, many of them categorized as “highly dangerous.”“Overcrowding is critical in Peruvian prisons, where there are 187,000 inmates. But you sense it less when there is order,” Vasquez said, after handing out the winners’ medals after the final.“The inmates may have violated the rules, they may have committed a crime, but football unites them along with the nation with the country’s participation in the World Cup.”For inmate Omar Jaramillo Mendez, in jail for aggravated robbery, it was a chance to get a feel for life outside prison walls again. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “For us it represents something important, that we, as human beings, reintegrate into society and become better people in the future,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Inmates from Peruvian prisons of Lurigancho (playing for Peru) celebrate after winning the “First Inter-prison World Cup Russia 2018 tournament” final match against inmates from Chimbote prison (playing for Russia), at the Monumental stadium in Lima, on May 25, 2018. Building on the World Cup fever unleashed by Peru’s qualification after 36 years of absence from the FIFA tournament, the National Petitentiary Institute (INPE) organized its own tournament, to boost rehabilitation of inmates in overcrowded prisons across the country. / AFP PHOTO / CARLOS MANDUJANOIt sounds like a punchline: how does a team of prisoners win the World Cup? On penalties!That’s how Peru did it, getting out of jail to beat Russia in a tense final at the giant Lima Stadium last week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Alaska rallies to beat Globalport, extends win streak to 5 It wasn’t the real thing — that begins in Russia later this month — but a deadly serious competition nevertheless that Peru’s prison authorities are calling the first World Cup of prisons.Anticipation of the Andean nation’s first appearance at a World Cup finals in 36 years has reached fever pitch, and for its chronically overcrowded prisons, the shadow prison tournament provided a rare, sweet breath of freedom.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“At last I can breathe a little air,” sighed Francis Valero, a tattooed 27-year-old locked up in Lima’s Lurigancho jail for drug trafficking. “We are hoping this will help us get reintegrated into society for good conduct.”Each of the 16 prisons included in the unique competition took the name, and the colors, of a country participating in the finals. 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  • Perlas rues ‘costly’ technical foul in loss to Spain

    first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Leo Santa Cruz wins rematch with Abner Mares by unanimous decision MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ That was until Jack Animam got called for a technical foul that allowed Paula Palomares to tie the game at 11 and jumpstart Spain’s crushing 8-1 run.“That was one costly foul,” said Animam in Filipino Sunday at Philippine Arena. “Of course, there were the useless fouls that we should never commit. I’ll just have to work more on my defense, honest defense that when possible I won’t be called with a foul.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPerlas went on to lose, 21-17, as it dropped to a 0-3 record in Pool D and bow out of the tournament.The Philippines accumulated a total of nine fouls and was already in the penalty with 6:10 left in the game. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “You gave them one free throw plus ball possession it was big in this kind of tournament especially in a 3×3 format,” said Perlas head coach Patrick Aquino in Filipino. “The penalty itself is really heavy because you award two free throws instead of just one.”After Animam’s technical foul, Spain fired on all cylinders from the field and was also on point from the free throw line.Vega Gimeno Martinez forced her way to the basket for Spain’s 16-12 lead then, Nuria Martinez Prat made two free throws for the 18-12 margin.Martinez then, made the assist to Palomares for the game-ending layup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, Bulacan—Perlas Pilipinas was primed for an upset win against Spain in the group stage of the women’s Fiba 3×3 World Cup, until one whistle set everything asunder for the Filipinos.The Philippines were going tit-for-tat with the Spaniards early in the game with Janine Pontejos hitting long bombs with reckless abandon to put Perlas up, 11-10.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

  • Fire on the water: Dragon boat racing looks to make its mark

    first_imgIn this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 photo, a dragon boat crew from the Philippines paddles for the finish line during a 500-meter heat at the ICF Dragon Boat Championships,in Gainesville, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Their paddles slice through the water in perfect rhythm, all 20 of them, guided by a mesmerizing drumbeat and a legendary creature soaring from the bow of their vessel.Welcome to the world of dragon boat racing, an ancient yet neophyte sport that combines strength, teamwork and even a bit of spirituality.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ “Dragon boating is not just about communities coming together, it’s not just about strength, it’s not just about being fast on the boat,” Kadam said. “It also has some aspect of spirituality to it. It’s being intuitive, it’s working together, it’s thinking what everyone is thinking, feeling the boat, feeling that boat get up, feeling that water on the paddle. It’s about all of that — the passion that drives the boat forward.”Kadam is also driven by the memory of her younger brother, Aditya, known to everyone as “D.A.” and one of the top U.S. paddlers leading up to the 2014 dragon boat world championships. After a training session on his outrigger canoe, he died of cardiac arrest at the age of 23.In tribute, his sister and all her teammates are racing at Lake Lanier with “D.A.” on their paddles.The world championship races cover distances of 200, 500 and 2,000 meters. Unlike rowing or sprint canoeing, which compete in a straight line, the longest event in dragon boat racing is carried out on the 500-meter course, with each boat going down and back on a couple of loops, requiring three turns around the buoys at each end while allowing fans on shore to view the entire race.“When you want something to be popular, you’ve got to get people to see it,” Palmer said. “Everybody who sees dragon boat loves it.”Like any developing sport, though, funding is a major obstacle to its growth and development.The athletes largely have to pay their own way, with little help from the national or international federations. Only 11 nations are competing at the world championships, including the host Americans, with a couple of notable absences.Russia, coming off a dominating performance when it hosted the last world championships in 2016, did not show up at Lake Lanier. Neither did China, which is sort of like holding the baseball world championships without the United States.Those who did compete are hopeful of one day getting into the Olympics. Since dragon boat racing falls under the auspices of the International Canoe Federation (ICF), it would not need to be approved as a whole new sport, simply a new discipline that, most notably, would not require any new venues.On the other hand, the International Olympic Committee may be reluctant to add an event that requires 10- and 20-person teams, which could add significantly to the total number of athletes at the Summer Games. Then again, the IOC signed off on five new sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, including team sports baseball and softball, so those sort of arguments are met with a bit of skepticism from dragon boaters. LATEST STORIES It’s also a whole lot of fun, which was evident this weekend as the biennial world championships came to North America for the first time on Lake Lanier north of Atlanta, the same spot where rowing and canoeing were held during the 1996 Olympics.“The high intensity of dragon boat is unlike any other paddle sport,” said Ethan Palmer, who competed in rowing and kayaking before joining the U.S. dragon boat program. “And we have dragon heads on the front of our boats. It’s different. It’s eye-catching.”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 ChrissDragon boats originated in China more than 2,000 years ago and remain a huge part of that country’s folklore.As the story goes, when beloved poet Qu Yuan died by drowning himself in the Miluo River, local fishermen beat drums, splashed the water with their paddles and threw rice dumplings into the river in an attempt to keep fish away from his body. Dragon boat festivals are still held each year to commemorate his death. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The competitive sport of dragon boat racing has a much shorter history, originating in the 1970s with vessels that are made of modern, lightweight materials but still draw on those ceremonial roots.Dragon heads (and tails) are attached to the boats for racing. A drummer sits in the front of the boat, facing his crew with his back to the course, beating out a rhythm to keep the paddlers as one. The steersman stands at the back of the boat, handling the rudder. There are races for crews of 10 and 20 paddlers, who sit on benches in rows of two, tightly bunched in the long, narrow vessels that don’t seem nearly big enough to handle all those bodies.“That’s a LOT of people to get rowing perfectly in sync,” Palmer said. “In a dragon boat, with the close proximity that you sit next to each other, there is no room for error, literally or figuratively. You’re inches apart. We’re overlapping every single stroke.”Another American paddler, Swati Kadam, took up dragon boating about eight years ago as a way of relieving stress while pursuing her doctorate at the City of Hope cancer research center in Los Angeles.She soon realized that it was so much more.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title At the very least, dragon boat racing seems to fit with the IOC’s goal of adding new sports that appeal to a more youthful demographic.“To have the Olympic symbol on it,” Kadam said, “That’s all we’re missing right now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing PLAY LIST 01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls at Las Vegas eventlast_img read more

  • College linebacker ‘very critical’ after head injury – coach

    first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 “It was just a football play,” Reed said. “He was taking on a block and it wasn’t anything malicious or dirty or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation.”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 MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Abercrombie had been rushed to hopsital where he underwent emergency surgery after collapsing on the sideline of Tennesse State’s game against Vanderbilt University on Saturday.The 20-year-old player had made his way to the sideline after the play on which he was injured but collapsed soon after telling medical staff he had a headache.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 Chriss“He was removed from the game and as they were taking him into the locker room he collapsed and the EMTs took over from there,” Reed said.Reed said TSU coaches had reviewed video of the play on which Abercrombie was hurt and found it was within the rules. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tennessee State University linebacker Christian Abercrombie remained in critical condition Sunday a day after collapsing with a head injury during a game, his coach told a Nashville radio station.Coach Rod Reed said there had been no change in Abercrombie’s condition overnight.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments LATEST STORIES Golden Knights continue healing process for Las Vegas Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

  • Encouraging a Liberian Innovation to Fight Ebola

    first_imgThe Daily Observer on page nine of yesterday’s edition carried a story of an improved Ebola bucket developed by a Liberian. The Ebola bucket with the faucet for hand washing that now appears at the entrance of nearly all public and private premises in the country since the outbreak of the deadly virus, contains a solution of chlorine and detergents referred to as the “Ebola soup”,  highly promoted to help stop the transmission of the virus. The bucket’s flaw that undermines its purpose, however, is that the scores or even hundreds of users handle the faucets to turn them on and off. Lewis K. Tealeh, a senior   communication specialist at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), has licked the flaw by developing an electronically powered faucet for the bucket.  This enhancement makes the Ebola bucket hands free. Users do not need to touch the faucet to turn it on and off.  Instead, the faucet is electronically powered by a battery that is activated by the hand washer’s foot. The battery is installed on the floor near the bucket. Mr. Tealeh has a dream of mass producing this new type of bucket so that it becomes available to people throughout the country.  But he needs help!He is hoping that someone in government or in the local or international community, such as his own organization, LPRC, the National Port Authority (NPA), the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC); or the European Union, the American, Dutch or Norwegian governments could help him fulfill his dream to mass produce this bucket and make it available to all in Liberia.Not only would it help people to take yet another step away from this deadly Ebola virus.  It would also put some money into the hands of this creative young Liberian.  This could inspire and empower him to conceive and develop more innovations, leading to a stream of technological inventions to improve people’s lives, create wealth and contribute to the nation’s modernization.Remember the elementary beginning of the Wright Brothers in North Carolina, USA, who were mere bicycle sellers and mechanics.  Yet in the early 1900s they embarked upon an innovation that led to the invention of the airplane. Henry Ford, too, was an ordinary fellow in Detroit when he experimented with engines and tires that led to the invention of the automobile.Alexander Graham Bell was trying to improve communication between himself and his hearing-impaired wife that led to the invention of the telephone.We pray that somebody with the means will reach out to this Liberian, Lewis Tealeh, and help him mass produce this timely innovation springing out of a health crisis that has forced us to change and adopt the habit of washing hands upon entering public and private premises.Liberians must begin to think and act to help our inventors, especially at this critical time—people like Mr. Tealeh. Let us do better than our well-to-do forebears, many of whom failed to develop our elementary and high schools that educated themselves.  Rather, when they became rich, instead of giving back to these schools that made them, by educating their children there and helping to further develop and modernize those schools, they sent their children abroad for primary, secondary and higher education, leaving the schools destitute.  These schools included the College of West Africa, St. Patrick’s and St. Teresa’s High and institutions in Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Cape Mount and Cape Palmas.  After the missionaries departed many of these institutions declined and are today mostly substandard or almost nonexistent.Because very few wealthy people, if any, reached out to Liberia’s blind musical genius, Howard Benedict (Baby) Hayes, he died poor in his house on Front (now Sao Boso) Street.  Yet there were many wealthy families right on that same street.  Baby Hayes produced many musical masterpieces, including songs and operas.  And it is said that even though blind, he was often called upon by many churches and individuals to repair and tune their organs and pianos. We pray that a new generation  of Liberians will emerge with  the heart, mindset and vision  to start reaching out to help creative people in our  country—those in the creative   arts, literature, in the sciences and technology, and Liberian agriculturists, too, who have the talent and dream to move our country forward. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • November 12 – turning point for M&CC

    first_imgDear Editor,There is a well-known biblical phrase that says, “The end is nigh!” which refers to a potential apocalypse or the end times from the Christian Bible.It is safe to say that the end is near for ‘The Fantastic Four’, which ran roughshod over the citizens of Georgetown and their opponents at City Hall for the last three years.With November 12 fast approaching, with the requirement of having the Council dissolved at least one month before, and with the looming retirement of others, persons should keep a close eye on the possible further ransacking, plundering, looting and pillaging of whatever assets remain there by the departing vice lords.Who knows, there may even be the attempt to resurrect the motion that was tabled many years ago for Georgetown City Councillors to receive a pension — a most ridiculous proposition that was confined to Georgetown exclusively; or they may try to raise from the dead the parking meter scam that will see a few persons who have an interest in its implementation benefiting going forward.An interesting exercise the ‘Bigwigs’ of City Hall should undertake would be to list their achievements and the benefits derived by the citizens for the last three years: the roads repaired, the bridges built, the complete rehabilitation done to the municipal markets, the improvements to the Constabulary and security in the city, the drainage improvements, street lighting installed, social development in the city, the increases in day care services, the financial audits carried out, etc.As they say in Guyana, ‘Nah mind how pumpkin vine run, he must dry up one day’.Sincerely,Sean Leviuslast_img read more

  • First Lady commends Dharm Shala for 95 years of service to the poor

    first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Monday joined Kella and Pamela Ramsaroop, donors, well-wishers, family and friends of the Dharm Shala Home of Benevolence for all races to mark its 95th anniversary.First Lady Sandra Granger takes a closer look at one of the candlesticks displayed at an exhibition hosted by the Dharm Shala as Kella Ramsaroop, Managing Director, explains its historyFirst Lady Granger heaped praised on the Ramsaroops who have ably filled the vacuum left following the death of their father Harry Saran Ramsaroop in 2013, who himself had taken up the mantle of leadership after his father, founder of the Dharm Shala, Pandit Ramsaroop Maraj died in 1950.“This family has served and cared for those in need for nearly one century, and it continues to serve. That dedication is all the more remarkable in an age where so much store is being put in material things, where success is rated by material possessions and social position,” Mrs Granger said. The First Lady added, “we must commend Kella and Pamela for keeping faith with their grandfather’s and father’s dreams and for devoting themselves to the Dharm Shala.”In giving a brief history of the genesis of the Dharm Shala, Pamela Ramsaroop said her grandfather, Pandit Maraj, travelled widely across Guyana and was moved by the plight of the needy. She said that before he founded the Dharm Shala with assistance from the Hindu religious society, he started out by giving alms, introduced indigent persons to religion and started a soup kitchen with assistance from businessmen and residents in the Albouystown area.“A devout practicing Hindu”, who also appreciated the teachings of Christianity, Kella Ramsaroop said her grandfather’s compassion and commitment to the poor knew no bounds. In 1941, twenty years after he established the Albouystown facility, the Dharm Shala extended its services to Berbice, where it established a building of similar capacity and erected a temple and a church to serve its residents and the wider community.After her grandfather’s passing, her father then dedicated 29 years of his life in service to the poor. Today, Kella Ramsaroop serves as the Dharm Shala’s Managing Director and works alongside her sister to operate the home.Meanwhile, Nicholas Boyer, of National Hardware Limited, remarked that the warmth, which pervades the Dharm Shala is a testimony to Pandit Ramsaroop and the values that he passed to his son and granddaughters. He commended the family’s life of service to the poor, noting that it has inspired his family and has been the impetus, which motivated his and other families and donors’ involvement in the charity.“When you come here to serve, whether you donate monetarily or by time, that you become part of this family and I encourage everyone here today, who is already part of the family, to continue to give and to be supportive of the work,” Boyer said.On arrival at the Dharm Shala Complex, King Edward Street, guests were greeted by the sound of steel pan music played by Ras Camo Williams and a Powerpoint presentation of the work of the late Pandit Ramsaroop and his son Harry Ramsaroop.last_img read more

  • Vreed-en-Hoop vendors abandon new location

    first_imgBy: Kizzy ColemanSome 65 vendors who had agreed to relocate to facilitate the West Coast Demerara Road Improvement Project (RPI) have all abandoned the new site that was agreed upon.Earlier this month, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson along with others from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, met with the vendors at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School where they explained that the RPI project is for the betterment of the West Coast and West Bank Demerara.After hearing these remarks, the hucksters all agreed to the temporary move. A new location was set identified in the vicinity of the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School and stalls were built by the vendors themselves to accommodate them for the time.But visiting the area on Friday <> noticed that all the stalls in the new location were empty and the vendors were back on the roadside.This newspaper spoke to vendors who explained that the new location is a “dead zone” where customers refused to visit.They explained that even though they had agreed to move, they only did so after they were assured that business would not change.This publication spoke to a number of vendors who explained the plight they are currently faced with.The abandoned stalls at the new locationOne vendor (name withheld) told this publication that sales are slow, adding that some days she only sells $60 worth of goods.“On Monday, I brought two hundred oranges and one hundred tangerine, plus pineapples and nothing is being sold, how I brought it it’s the same way I am taking it home back” she woman explained.According to the woman, some vendors even though they agreed to the move, did not go into the facility but continued to ply their trade on the roadside thus hindering the business for those that adhered to the move order.“Some of us are going in and some of them are not. So after that, everybody just pack up their goods and came out back onto the road”. Another vendor explained that she also has been selling about $100 a day in the new facility. “So we could not just sit down in there and depend on that because we have children to mind. So we come out here to hustle for the time until they come back to move us”.She added that according to information that she received, someone will be in the area to inspect and further move the vendors back to the facility—even those who did not move in the first wave. “When they do that, we will see how business goes again and then if things cannot work out, we’ll probably have to find other jobs”. The vendors also explained that the customers relayed to them that they will not be coming into the new area as there are still vendors that were given the go ahead to remain at certain areas on the roadside. The vendors are hoping to voice their concerns when those in charge next visit the area.last_img read more

  • 2 foreign companies bid for clean energy generation

    first_imgGreen Bartica PlanGovernment has moved onto the second component of the bidding process after accepting bids from two foreign companies for the generation of clean energy as part of its plan to make Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) a model green town.The “Green Bartica Plan” which was introduced to the new town back in December, is a holistic approach to sustainable economic growth.On Thursday, the Public Infrastructure Ministry with assistance from the Hinterland Electrification Company Inc (HEC) and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), initiated the second component of the Request for Proposal (RFP) with the opening of proposals for wind energy, hydropower energy, bio-mass energy, waste-to-energy and tidal energy.The opening of the bids took place at the GEA’s office. The two tenders were from Selva Global of the United Kingdom (UK), while the other was from GP Energy Ltd out of Trinidad and Tobago.The Public Infrastructure Ministry solicited competitive proposals from suitable firms, as an Independent Power Producer (IPP), as part of the Green Bartica Plan.The opening of the bids marked the second and final component of this arm of the initiative. The first component was the opening of bids in relation to the use of solar energy which occurred in February of this year.Following an evaluation, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally engaged by the Ministry and invited to submit full comprehensive proposals.The selected IPP’s role will be to design and develop a generation system utilising an appropriate renewable energy technology, or combination of technologies, under a Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) structure to supply electricity to the Bartica grid under a negotiated and agreed Power Purchase Agreement.The main objectives of the Green Bartica Plan are to create a climate resilient economy and to establish a green pathway for the foundation of a new Guyana, which will result in reducing the overall carbon footprint in electricity, agriculture, fisheries, water, forestry, waste, manufacturing, transport, construction, tourism and other sectors.last_img read more