Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lomachenko not interested in Pacquiao, ready for unification bout vs Pedraza No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE PHOTO – Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Creamline brandished its mettle and swept Ateneo-Motolite, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, in the finals of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Batangas Coliseum.The Cool Smashers, who are the reigning Reinforced Conference champions, secured their first title in the Open Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alyssa Valdez led all scorers with 13 points for the Cool Smashers while Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato added 12 and 10 points, respectively, in their final game under head coach Tai Bundit, who will go back to Thailand on Dec. 14 to be with his family.“I think we played today to win and for coach Tai, he deserves a great exit,” said captain Valdez. “He deserves nothing but the best, to always win games, so that’s what we thought before we entered.”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“It’s really for coach Tai and we want to give this championship to him.”Creamline had the Lady Eagles on the ropes throughout the whole match and it registered a 49-28 advantage in spikes and also a 6-3 edge in service aces. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Bea De Leon and Kat Tolentino had 10 points apiece for the Lady Eagles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Rafael Nadal looks to Australian Open with confidence after surgery Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rose, the top pick in the 2008 draft, was named the NBA’s most valuable player in 2011. He had missed Minnesota’s previous game with a sore left ankle.Because of an assortment of injuries, this was just his fourth career game against the Bulls. He said he got 50 tickets for family and friends.“I’m happy I didn’t change throughout this whole process,” he said. “I remained myself. I stayed true to my family. There was a lot of people that jumped off the boat when I was going through things. I (saw) who they were. I know what’s fake love and what’s real love.”Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 20 rebounds as the Timberwolves won their second straight on the road.Zach LaVine had 28 points in 26 minutes off the bench and Lauri Markkanen added 16 for Chicago, which had won two straight and three of five before Wednesday. LaVine had missed the previous five games with a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT “I thought he looked good and aggressive,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said of LaVine. “I like when he drives the ball. He attacked on his first two touches and sometimes that can get you going.”Both Rose and fellow former Bull Taj Gibson received loud ovations when they were announced during player introductions.Towns scored the game’s first basket, but it was Rose who set the tone early. He repeatedly attacked the basket — showing the form of earlier in his career before the rash of leg injuries — and had 10 points (5-for-8 shooting) and five assists in the first quarter as Minnesota took a 29-18 lead.The Timberwolves’ advantage was up to 60-37 at halftime.Rose had 19 points through three quarters as Minnesota took an 83-65 edge into the fourth.The Bulls pulled within 91-74, but Rose stopped the momentum with a jumper and Dario Saric added a 3-pointer on the next possession for a 96-74 lead with just over seven minutes remaining.Later in the fourth, the UC crowd started chanting, “MVP… MVP… MVP…” when Rose stepped to the foul line to complete a 3-point play.“I had to crack a smile a little bit,” he said. “It made me reminisce about some of the old days and how grateful I was to be in that position at a young age.“With the year I’m having, it’s very special to come back here and play.”GOOD HEALTH Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose (averaging 18.7 points on 48.9 percent shooting) is playing at an All-Star level. When asked if he thought that was possible when Minnesota picked up the guard late last season — after he was waived by Utah — Thibodeau said:“I did. The thing that people forget about Derrick is he was MVP at 22. He was still young and that was the biggest thing. I always felt if he got back to being healthy that he could be very productive.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Gibson finished with 16 points in 26 minutes . G Jeff Teague missed his fifth straight game with a left ankle injury.Bulls: LaVine had been sidelined since injuring the ankle late in the Bulls’ 97-91 loss to the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Dec. 13. He originally was expected to be sidelined two to four weeks. “Ankle hurt a little bit,” he said. “I got tired of sitting down. It still hurts a little bit, but I’ll be OK.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host the Atlanta Hawks Friday night.Bulls: At the Washington Wizards Friday night. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose (25) drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls forward Justin Holiday (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)CHICAGO — For much of his seven seasons with the Bulls, Derrick Rose was a favorite son of Chicago. He was native born and virtually universally beloved.Things, though, soured towards the end as injuries mounted. The former franchise player was traded in 2016 and serenaded with boos upon his return a few months later.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The 30-year-old is hoping Wednesday night began a new chapter in his relationship with his hometown.Rose had 24 points and eight assists in just his second career game in the United Center against his former team, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-94 victory.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 ChrissHe was cheered loudly throughout by the sellout crowd of 21,852.“It was great, man,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to be like this — overwhelming at some points. You can tell the support is still here.” LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 05: Damian Lillard #0 (R) of the Portland Trail Blazers talks with CJ McCollum #3 and Jusuf Nurkic #27 during the first half of the NBA preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 5, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Damian Lillard certainly left his mark over the years at Oracle Arena, and again in perhaps his final visit to a building he frequented as an NBA-crazed boy.Lillard hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points back home in Oakland, sending the Portland Trail Blazers past the Golden State Warriors 110-109 in a wild one Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Jon Jones defiant after failed drug test forces UFC 232 move 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 Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who helped coach Terry Stotts pass Rick Adelman for second place on the Blazers’ career wins list with 292 behind Jack Ramsay’s 453. Stotts sipped some celebratory bubbly afterward.The Warriors couldn’t overcome a comedy of errors in losing a second straight at home. They took a 127-101 beating from the Lakers on Christmas night.Seth Curry largely outplayed big brother and Golden State star Stephen — whose poor pass with the Warriors leading by two was stolen on the sequence that led to Lillard’s shot.Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer with 10:46 to play in regulation, then his little brother rattled off 11 in a row with three consecutive 3s.Klay Thompson’s shooting struggles continued. He went 6 for 19 and was just 2 of 9 on 3-point tries on the way to 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Curry’s 33-footer with 8:42 left in the third on a pass from Draymond Green got Golden State within two, then Curry found Green for a tying layup the next time down to make it 55-all.A series of silly mistakes followed: Thompson made a steal and threw it toward midcourt and Green couldn’t keep the ball from going over the line for a backcourt violation, as Portland regained possession. Then, Green clanked a one-handed dunk try off the back of the rim. This after he had earlier thrown a pass off Thompson’s head.The Warriors missed nine of their initial 11 free throws and finished an uncharacteristic 6 for 15 at the line.“Unacceptable to miss that many free throws,” Durant said.In the opener of a home-and-home series, both teams were trying to rebound from embarrassing Christmas losses in which the 3-point shooting was dismal: Golden State following that flop to the Lakers at home and the Blazers a 117-96 defeat at Utah.In his last five games against the Warriors, Lillard has averaged 31 points, shooting 42.4 percent and 38.8 percent on 3s.“I represent this city, so when I come here I want to represent myself well. I have a lot of family and friends coming to see me play, so you’re excited about that. You’ve got energy, that’s what it is,” Lillard said.LILLARD’S ORACLE MEMORIESWhen Lillard was 9 or 10, he came to a Rockets-Warriors game with his brother and lucked into getting to take a shot on the court.“My brother and I were up at our seats and Steve Francis was doing his pregame workout and the ball bounced up and into the stands and I ran down the stairs and got it and I was going to throw it back and he was like, ‘No, come shoot it.’ And I went on the court and shot a 3 and airballed. That’s the story.” Lillard clearly had mixed emotions about the Warriors’ upcoming move, saying: “You wish it wasn’t happening. You know how much it means to the city of Oakland to have something positive happening, especially with the team having so much success right now. … So it’s sad to see them moving on.”SELLOUT STREAKGolden State’s 311th straight sellout Thursday became a new franchise best, topping a run of 310 consecutive sellouts from March 9, 1989, to April 19, 1996.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland pushed Golden State into nine first-half turnovers while committing just two. … The Blazers were 21 of 23 on free throws.Warriors: Durant has scored 20 or more points in his last nine games 23 of 24. … Golden State lost by 20-plus points at home twice in the previous six seasons but has done it four times already.UP NEXTTrail Blazers host Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors last played an opponent in two straight regular-season games against the Lakers on Nov. 23-25, 2016. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lillard shot 7 for 20 with friends and family cheering him in the Blazers’ final scheduled trip to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said. “We needed this win. It was a big game for us, especially having to play them two times in a row, having to play such a solid game.”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 ChrissKevin Durant missed a 13-footer off the front rim as the final buzzer sounded but finished with his second triple-double of the season: 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.“I’ve got to make that shot, plain and simple,” Durant said. 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Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Quiambao finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds while also helping in containing Sotto in the second half.The 7-foot-2 Sotto still finished with 16 points but needed 15 attempts and made only seven. He did have 15 rebounds and five blocks while Chiu had a fast start but cooled off the last two quarters to tally 12 points and 11 rebounds.NU also clamped down guard Forthsky Padrigao, who had just four points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field with eight turnovers.Padrigao contributed in other areas with six rebounds, eight assists and three steals but Ateneo would need him to score more if it wants to force a deciding Game 3.The Blue Eaglets will also have to limit their turnovers after committing 21 in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘No love scenes’ for Marvin Hagler as boxing legend eyes more silver screen action 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines – Top seed National University beat defending champion Ateneo anew, 70-58, to take Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Bullpups drew a balanced offensive effort with six players scoring at least nine points led by Carl Tamayo’s 15 but it was on the defensive end where they really thrived.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments NU coach Goldwin Monteverde said another key for his team was its poise in the second half after a slow first two quarters.“The key is our composure. We were rushing with our execution in the first half and fortunately, we were able to recover in the second half,” said Monteverde, whose squad trailed, 30-25, at the break before outscoring the Blue Eaglets, 28-15, in the third period to turn the tide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Bullpups improved to 3-0 against the Blue Eagles this season after sweeping them in the elimination round. Game 2 is on Friday with NU looking for its first juniors crown since 2016.Tamayo, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, along with Kevin Quiambao anchored NU’s defense against Ateneo’s towering big men of Kai Sotto and Geo Chiu, who struggled in the crucial stages of the game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES PBA D-League: AMA routs McDavid in top draft pick Joshua Munzon’s debut Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title FILE: Kobe Bryant attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFPKobe Bryant, still one of the biggest stars in basketball even years after his retirement, will headline the star-studded Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 draw on March 16 in Shenzhen, China.The NBA great, who is also the World Cup’s global ambassador, will help carry out the draw that will determine the groupings for the 32-country event slated this August in eight cities in China.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Singer Jason Derulo has been tapped to perform at the event, which will be open to public for the first time, while Yao Ming, China’s biggest basketball star, is expected to attend.The draw procedures will be made public in the days leading up to the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFourteen spots for the World Cup are still up for grabs and the Philippines is hoping to occupy one of the slots.The Filipinos must win their next two games in the final window of the Asian Qualifiers happening this week to get a shot at the Worlds.
The Episcopal Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart has challenged the 577 prospective graduates of the Cuttington University (CU) in Suakoko, Bong County, to make wise use of the skills the university has imparted unto them over the years.Of the prospective graduates, 340 are undergraduate students and 197 post graduate students, while 40 of them are from the Cuttington Junior College based in Kakata, Margibi County. The Episcopal Prelate strongly admonished members of CU’s 53rd graduating class not to use their education to practice corruption and destruction.Preaching on the theme, “Make Use of Your Education,” Bishop Hart cautioned them against behaving like the tenant in the 25th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel, who buried his talent and failed to make wise use of it upon receiving the instructions. Bishop Hart’s Sermon was greeted with applauses from the congregation, among them, an array of parents, other family members and government officials.An important part of using their education wisely, he told the prospective graduates, is to make sure to work hard to improve the livelihood of fellow Liberians. The Episcopal Prelate drew particular attention from the congregation when he called on the prospective graduating class to be good ambassadors of Cuttington, and keep the light and image of their Alma-mater burning and high wherever they are called to serve. “I pray that the years you spent at CU in your academic sojourn have made you to become holy and wise, and prepared to use your acquired skills toward building a better Liberia.” He challenged them to go all out and impact society positively, rather than to destroy or corrupt the system as others have done over a period of time in the country’s history. To the administration headed the president, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, faculty and staff, Bishop Hart expressed gratitude for their “sacrifices and enormous contributions” to the institution despite the many challenges. As the chairman of Cuttington’s Board of Trustees, Bishop Hart admitted that he was aware of the administration’s need for better incentives for the sacrifices they make in service to the university. According to him, he was aware of the delay of the university to paying their “just wages.”“I am also aware how these challenges affect the smooth operations of the university, but true, how these situations are brought about to our university by many of us, who award scholarships to students here without making payments of the funds needed to address these challenges,” said. Despite all these challenges, he, however, encouraged them to continue to do their best and remain dedicated and committed to their duties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lands, Mines & Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo has assured the Indian steel company, Arcelor Mittal, that it will operate in a secure environment in Nimba despite the recent violent activities that damaged its facilities.Minister Sendolo, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Ganta while returning from Yekepa where the company operates, confirmed that destruction was carried out; but could not exactly state the level of damage done as the assessment is not yet complete.He said regardless of the attack and destruction of portion of the company’s facility, the Government of Liberia is doing everything to ensure that it operates in a secure environment.He added that those in the vincinity where the company is operating will also carry on their farming activities in peace without intimidation from security personnel or anyone, as the GOL studies the root causes of the problem and takes corrective measures to prevent a recurrence.Minister Sendolo, reacting to a question about the reasons associated with the recent violence, noted that Arcelor Mittal and the Government of Liberia signed an agreement to extract iron ore in Nimba; and that in the agreement, certain things were outlined to be done for the county and community members.Instead of dialoging to settle prevailing problems that were emerging from the agreement, some Liberians took the law into their hands and went on to perpetrate violence against the company, destroying its facilities, he said.The Lands, Mines & Energy Minister further noted that Government is conscious in ensuring that the extraction of iron ore in Mount Tokadi yields better fruit for all citizens in the county and communities where the operation takes place.He said acknowledged, however, that the people of Nimba do need a better living standard and that the Government is prevailing on Arcelor Mittal to provide such a condition.While it is essentially right for citizens of the county and communities to benefit from the resources, it is also incumbent upon them to channel their grievances through a structured, legal means and not through violence, he pointed out.Minister Sendolo admitted that talks have been going on amidst complaints from the people of Nimba about ArcelorMittal’s activities, and as Government they are engaging the Indian company to give people of the county their just benefits.“We know that there is a problem; and I do not want to back ArcelorMittal here that it is perfect in this agreement. However, this does not give anyone the right to carry on violence as it happened recently in the county,” Minister Sendolo asserted.Although the Minister could not provide any piece of information on the level of destruction carried out by the aggrieved party, Nimba lawmaker Jeremiah Koung had earlier informed this newspaper that a train was set ablaze while a bridge linking Sanniquellie and Gbaapa and Zolowee was burnt.Also, Representative Larry Younquoi of District # 8 in Nimba said that while he was in Yekepa, about two loads of looted materials from the facility were retrieved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The unusual request for a face-to-face meeting with those interested in selling Guyana’s oil and Granger’s minions is a brazen attempt to foster corruption. Brokers do not need to sit in a room with Ministers to offer and agree on terms. The offer of bribes and kickbacks by way of phone, text or otherwise recordable media is foolhardy and can only be done safely in hushed whispers face-to-face. There can be no other reason for the demand for a meeting with brokers in Guyana. None!Contrary to local news reports, it was not Bloomberg that broke the news of this attempt at an unusual arrangement, Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo informed the media of this during his weekly press conference on Thursday, December 12, 2019. I recognise that the local press is hampered in following up on information provided by the Opposition by the unavailability of anyone in Government to ask questions. If you cannot reach them, you cannot question them. The entire APNU/AFC cabal is mimicking the strategy adopted by David Granger, a perverse game of ‘hide and seek’ played on the national stage.Editor, the representatives of the company that secures this bid should be forewarned that any contract they sign with the caretaker Government is not worth the paper and may indeed be very costly to their reputation and bottom line very shortly. I do not expect any reputable firm to engage in this most unsavoury process outlined by the Granger Administration for the sale of three million barrels of profit oil. Guyanese are not without knowledge or means to pursue any firm that engages in any form of corruption. Take warning; the world has become a small place for the corrupt.The Guyanese populace has been very patient with the obduracy of Mr Granger; he would be foolish to think that this will extend to his attempt to engage in corrupt practice with our national patrimony. On the off-chance that I am wrongly imputing motives to Mr Granger, he needs to demonstrate that he is not a crook or senile and step in and put a stop to this weekend’s meetings. The redemptive effect of staving off this blatant attempt at corruption by his minions may well be the salve Granger’s soul during his remaining years. We are in a period of advent; repent!Respectfully,Robin Singh
Bauxite centennial observancesLeaders in the bauxite rich community of Linden, in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have hailed the contributions of the commodity to the development of the country as a whole, as the celebrations to mark aRegion 10 Chairman Renis MorianLinden Mayor Carwyn Hollandhundred years of bauxite mining in the town begins to unfold.Against the backdrop of the centennial (1916-2016) activities, a recent programme was launched in the mining town. In delivering remarks, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland and Region 10 Regional Chairman Renis Morian reminisced on the significant strides made by the community in the bauxite industry, while calling on the nation to pay tribute to the town.Holland made calls for development in the area of education, citing that a mining school should be established in Linden, as patronage to the century old activity, which started by George Bain Mackenzie in the community in 1916. He said there are several things which the community can make calls for given its contribution.“Bauxite is indeed an institution… We need to preserve that institution. Bauxite has made significant contributions to Guyana in 100 years. It was the sector with the largest amount of employees… We need a section of the University of Guyana in Linden to look into this sector and train persons in bauxite mining, mining as a whole, etcetera”, the Mayor reiterated. Holland added that all beneficiaries should play a part at this time in the upgrading of Linden, stating that the community needs all the assistance it can get in an effort to reshape, restructure and upgrade.Looking towards diversification, Holland said he believes that other means of expanding the economy of Linden may be added in addition to bauxite mining.Morian, a former employee within the industry, also made mention of major contributions, which he said Linden has made to the country in the area of bauxite mining, while noting that it has been the foundation of many things. He also made calls for those who would have served to be remembered through writing. In making calls for repatriation, the Regional Chairman said there should be tangible memoirs to those who have dedicated their lives to serving in the industry.“The contribution of bauxite to the development of Guyana, I would like to see our historians write something about that. I would also like to see us write about the people,” he said.The Regional Chairman also hailed the industry’s contribution to sport, noting “It’s very important for us to remember those who would have served as we celebrate 100 years…”More importantly, Morian said this generation should be made aware of the contributions of the bauxite industry.
— to be sentenced todayThe woman who was intercepted at the Eugene F. Corriea International Airport with cocaine strapped to her body on Wednesday last pleaded guilty to the offence of trafficking when she appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on Monday.Angelica Forde and her husband James Forde appeared before Magistrate Zamina Ally-Seepaul. They were both charge with trafficking in narcotics.It was alleged that on June 15, 2016 at the Eugene F. Corriea International Airport, Ogle, they had in their possession three kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.However husband James Ford pleaded not guilty.The woman told the court that her husband was not involved as he was unaware of what she was doing.Despite her claims her husband was still refused bail and is to return to court on July 25, 2016.The woman returns to court today for sentencing.According to reports, the woman was scheduled to board a LIAT flight for Barbados and then another to travel to the United State.The woman was seen acting in a suspicious manner and upon inspection was found with the narcotic on her person.However, investigators believe that the woman’s husband, who is a taxi driver, was instrumental in encouraging her to carry the drugs.