Myla Pablo earns PVL MVP

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Pocari’s defensive anchors Jeanette Panaga and Melissa Gohing took the league’s 1st Best Middle Blocker and Best Libero awards.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPanaga led the league with 0.65 kill blocks a set while Gohing had the best digging rate of 5.15 per set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Creamline’s Jia Morado was named as the conference’s Best Setter after averaging 13 excellent sets per period.Bali Pure’s duo of Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato won the conference’s 2nd Best Outside Spiker and 2nd Best Middle Blocker while Philippine Air Force’s Iari Yongco was named as the Best Opposite Spiker. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMyla Pablo has once again reached the pinnacle of individual performances in the Premier Volleyball League after earning the Most Valuable Player plum of the Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Pocari Sweat’s marksman won her second MVP trophy and the 1st Best Outside Spiker after leading the Lady Warriors to a 5-2 record in the elimination round with a total of 143 points, the highest in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbatecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Metta World Peace arrives in Manila, satisfies Filipino food cravinglast_img read more

UG’s NYC renaissance weekend garners massive support

first_imgA team led by University of Guyana (UG) Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith, two weekends ago held a successful renaissance meet in New York, where pledges of support were made to Guyana’s premier tertiary institution.Vice Chancellor Dr Griffith, along with Registrar, Dr Nigel Gravesande; Deputy Vice Chancellor Designate for Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement, Dr Poloma Mohammed; Vice Chancellor designate for Academic Engagement, Dr Michael Scott; Chief of Staff in the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Karen Wishart; and Human Resources Manager, Jeffery Walcott, visited New York, a response to an invitation from the Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc.UG’s Registrar, Dr Gravesande, said the team covered a range of areas including, but not limited to, interventions in areas of Law, Health Sciences, Technology and Natural Science.According to Dr Griffith, one of the bold objectives of the renaissance project was to facilitate tangible diaspora support engagement in four critical academic areas including Technology, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences and Law. He said the visit to Medgar Evers College was particularly rewarding.“The UG team toured the state-of-the art laboratories and met with the President and faculty from the College and discussed areas that could be further explored for future collaboration. At all the other engagements with members of the Diaspora, both the New York-New Jersey and the Guyana teams agreed at the meetings to forge new links by coordinating joint activities.”He said the renaissance was able to cultivate additional goodwill for UG in the New York Tri-State area by inducting new UG Ambassadors, providing an opportunity for Guyanese (and others) in the Diaspora who desire to aid the rebuilding of the University of Guyana, to be able to do so. The main fund-raising events were the Vice Chancellor’s New York Area Support Group Fund Raising Reception on September 1, and the Guyana Cultural Association Folk Festival Family Fun Day on September 4.The final event of the Renaissance weekend programme was held at a Hindu Temple in Queens, the Shri Trimurti Bhavan. It was sponsored by UG Ambassador Dr Dhanpaul Narine, who is also a member of the Vice Chancellor’s New York Area Support Group.Further discussions were held on ways persons from the Diaspora could contribute to the university. Monies received from the ‘A Dollar for UG’ campaign that was launched in Queens, NY by Dr Narine, and t-shirts with the slogan ‘I love UG’ donated by Dr Narine and his family were presented to the Vice Chancellor. All contributions and proceeds from the sale were donated to the Vice Chancellor’s Fund for Strategic Initiatives.According to Vice Chancellor Griffith, “the Renaissance Weekend in New York has set the stage for considerable financial, human capital, and technical assistance to our university by providing structure to Guyanese and other nationals in the Diaspora to support critical areas of need.”Contributions of cash, scholarships and pledges, totalling over US$70,000 or G$14.5 million were the major outcomes of the first University of Guyana Education Resource Ambassadors Conference, which concluded at the Guyana Marriott Hotel. The three-day conference was held under the theme “Dreaming Resources, Doing Resources”.The conference helped stakeholders to identify immediate-, short-, and long-term contributions and the realities facing the institution.last_img read more

“Deo Singh called me to settle $1B owed taxes; I refused”

first_imgJagdeo fires backIt was a classic case of ‘mouth open, story jump out’ when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday disclosed that Deo Singh, proprietor of one of Guyana’s largest Private Sector companies – DIDCO Trading Company Limited – had in fact sought to have him intervene on his behalf in order to settle almost one billion dollars in outstanding taxes owed to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).Jagdeo on Wednesday accused Singh of attempting to solicit his help in the ‘corrupt’ transaction but he refused. The matter came to the fore when Jagdeo was asked to respond to allegations that he, while as President, out of an act of vindictiveness, deliberately ordered the relevant authorities to not repair the roads adjacent to the DIDCO property in Ruimveldt, Georgetown.DIDCO owner Deo SinghJagdeo was at the time addressing members of the local media corps at his party’s Freedom House Headquarters and said that the outstanding taxes related to unpaid Value Added Tax (VAT), Corporation Taxes and even Pay As You Earn (PAYE).The former President disclosed that the matter has either been settled between the GRA and DIDCO, or is in the process of being settled and that it had in fact raised concerns within the Revenue Authority.Jagdeo used the opportunity to disclose to the media that a letter has been written and circulated within the GRA questioning the legality of any settlement with Deo Singh’s DIDCO.The former President said Deo Singh had sent him documents outlining the taxes he owed to the GRA, in order to solicit his help to have the matter settled.“I received sealed documents to talk about helping him with GRA and I said I don’t get involved in those things,” according to the former President, who sought to remind that most times, people act based on their personal motives.Jagdeo said he demitted office in 2011 but two years later, “I received several calls from the same Mr Deo Singh, saying ‘you are the only one who can help me’”.According to Jagdeo, Deo Singh asked him to “ask the Government to settle my tax matters in GRA.” He said the quantum of the money involved is close to $1 billion.“VAT was paid and not remitted close to $600 million, PAYE not remitted to GRA, collected and not remitted and then Corporate Tax… he himself told me this, he sent me documents,” according to Jagdeo.Jagdeo at this point disclosed too that “from what I gather, there was a move to settle or they have settled and a letter was written by the staff in the GRA questioning the settlement.”The former President noted that staffers at the GRA are of the position that any settlement with Deo Singh’s DIDCO would not be in keeping with the provisions in the law.He said now that Singh has been caught in the conundrum, “how do you get the Government to think favourably about you… you get the man who they probably hate the most and then you criticise him publicly.”He suggested that Singh was looking to say, “Look I have good APNU credentials; I was the victim of Jagdeo.” According to the former Head of State, the public assertions adumbrated by Singh are meant to send a signal to the coalition Government.“The things I get blamed for sometimes, I find them funny,” said Jagdeo, who was adamant that during his tenure as President, his days were pre-occupied with actual work and not deciding whose road will or will not be fixed.Jagdeo in fact claimed ignorance of knowing where Singh and others lived. It was later pointed out that the roads in question fall under the ambit of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, meaning that Jagdeo would have had to directed the then City Mayor, Hamilton Green, to not do the roads at DIDCO – a far-fetched notion, given the level of acrimony between the two politicians.According to Jagdeo, he only held meetings once every quarter-year in order to obtain progress reports on projects both locally and foreign funded.last_img read more

What’s in a name?

first_imgMendez said she was unaware of Zamora’s efforts to have the park named after her but was flattered nonetheless. “She didn’t say boo to me,” said Mendez, who attended Grandparents Day at Orr Elementary on Wednesday. “But that’s wonderful. I’ve been living in this place for some 50 years, and it’s very special to me.” However, before the park can be renamed, Superintendent Phillip Perez said board policy requires the district to first convene a committee to take suggestions for renaming the park. Later this summer, the committee will make a recommendation to the board, he said. “We will put together a plan to determine who will be involved as members on the committee, then establish a process and timeline for renaming the park,” Perez said. “And that will involve soliciting suggested names from the public and the Orr community.” NORWALK – Local school district officials have convened an advisory committee charged with considering renaming Orr Park. Little Lake City School District school board member Hilda Zamora launched the idea when she suggested at a recent meeting that the park be renamed in honor former board member Sara Mendez. Mendez, 85, spent decades on the school board. Her children and grandchildren have attended Orr Elementary School. Her son, Mike Mendez, is a Norwalk City Council member. The school and the playground, which are named after land owner and Norwalk founder William Orr, is used both by the school and by the city, which operates it as a public park during non-school hours. The Little Lake City district owns the park and has the authority to rename it, he said. But the city operates the park during non-school hours and is currently upgrading it to make it more useful and appealing. Zamora said she thought it only fitting to name the park after Mendez because of her work on the school board and in the Orr community. “As much as she’s given to other schools, Orr has been her main school, the one she has dedicated herself to,” Zamora said. “I’m hoping they can put it in her name, and I’d rather have it done now than later.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Is a weak Bundesliga hurting Bayern in Europe?

first_imgBayern are steaming towards a sixth straight title, but recent European success has eluded them.“Until April, Bayern won’t have any challenges,” bemoaned German magazine Kicker.“How can they keep up pressure in the squad?“It won’t be easy given a sixth successive title is practically in the bag and there isn’t a single week in March, other than the return trip to Istanbul, with two matches.”Their 5-0 hammering of 10-man Besiktas in last week’s last-16 first leg, leaves Bayern on the verge of a Champions League quarter-final berth, unless disaster strikes in the return leg on March 14.Bayern last won the competition in 2013, but in each of the four seasons since they have lost in the Champions League knock-out stage to Spanish clubs.Pep Guardiola’s team bowed out of the semi-finals to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in consecutive seasons.Last season, under Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern lost in the quarter-finals to Real.Critics say a dearth of strong domestic rivals means Bayern are rarely tested and struggle when under pressure.Bundesliga teams tend to defend conservatively against Bayern.“The attitude is often that opponents don’t want to lose heavily,” said ex-Bayern midfielder Michael Ballack.“There is often too much respect.”Former West Germany striker Dieter Hoeness, brother of Bayern president Uli, says Bayern’s huge lead does them no favours.“When you have such a big lead, you lack a bit of bite,” he told Sky.“This huge gap is a problem for the Bundesliga, but also for Bayern.”Bayern are Germany’s sole remaining Champions League side — compared to England’s five teams — in the last 16.Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig both failed to make it past the group stage.In order for Bayern to continue competing on the European stage, they need genuine domestic rivals.“It would be good if alongside Dortmund and Bayern, a third team constantly reached the Champions League,” said Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski.To do so, German clubs would need increased spending power.In a bid to boost foreign investment, the German Football League (DFL) is considering ditching its ’50+1′ rule, which ensures clubs are majority owned by their own membership rather than external investors.A change could see cash from overseas filling Bundesliga clubs’ coffers in the future.– German talent magnet –Too often, though, the rest of the Bundesliga is dwarfed by Bayern’s financial might and prestige.For years, they have lured Germany’s best young talent from rivals to Munich, such as Serge Gnabry, Sebastian Rudy, Niklas Suele, Sandro Wagner and Leon Goretzka.But the last player to come through the club’s academy and make the grade was Austria defender David Alaba — back in 2010.While Bayern tend to keep their top players, their domestic rivals often lose theirs — either to Munich or big-spending foreign clubs.Dortmund lost two stars in the space of six months.Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona for 105 million euros ($129.2m), before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sold to Arsenal for £56 million ($78 million).In contrast, Bayern paid a Bundesliga record 47.5 million euros for French midfielder Corentin Tolisso last year.Excluding the Tolisso deal, the Bundesliga’s biggest transfer this season is the 25 million euros Dortmund paid Dynamo Kiev for Andriy Yarmolenko — a paltry sum compared to what Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid are prepared to spend.In return, Bundesliga clubs are getting young players from England looking for experience.Former Germany coach Bertie Vogts says the Bundesliga is in danger of becoming a feeder to the English Premier League rather than a rival.“It must be a warning signal that English clubs send their young players to the Bundesliga just for them to play, because they do not have places in the Premier League,” said Vogts.This season, Jadon Sancho joined Dortmund because he felt he had limited opportunities at Manchester City.Fellow England prospect Reece Oxford is on loan at Borussia Moenchengladbach from West Ham and Everton’s Ademola Lookman opted for a stint at RB Leipzig.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich are cruising towards a sixth straight Bundesliga title © AFP/File / Guenter SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, Feb 27 – Bayern Munich’s iron-grip on the Bundesliga shows no signs of weakening, but in Germany there is fear the lack of strong domestic rivals is hurting their Champions League chances.Despite Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Hertha Berlin, Bayern finished the weekend 20 points clear.last_img read more

Leicester fans raise a beer to the Premier League’s high-flying Foxes

first_img Leicester City 1 Leicester supporters were able to toast a memorable 2015 with a free beer at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.The Foxes’ owners and club partner Singha Beer offered a free drink to each fan attending their game against Manchester City as a thank-you for their support during the calendar year.Leicester started 2015 propping up the Barclays Premier League but escaped relegation thanks to a fine run of form, which they continued into the current campaign, meaning they head into the new year challenging at the top of the table and eyeing a place in Europe.In his programme notes ahead of the match, vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “There has been so many highlights from 2015 – the amazing escape last season, the fantastic start to this one, club records broken, Premier League records broken and moments that will live with us all for a long time.“You have been a huge part of it and Leicester City heads into 2016 in better shape than it has ever been.“As a thank you for the role you have played in such a great year, our friends at Singha Beer will be buying the first round tonight. Enjoy it, you’ve all earned it!”last_img read more

RÓNÁN TO SHOWCASE OUR CELTIC COUSINS

first_imgRónán Mac Aodha Bhuí will be celebrating our cultural links with our Celtic neighbours this week on his Rónán Beo @ 3 show on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta over the next couple of days.Today he will have a music session recorded in studio with Manx Singer Ruth Keggin and her band.Ruth will be singing traditional and contemporary songs in Manx Gaelic from her new album ‘Sheear’. She will be accompanied by James Lindsay on double bass and Dave Pearce on guitar. Ruth also talks about the renewal of the Manx language, and her own delight at being able to sing these songs in Manx for us. On Thursday, Rónán will bring us a session in studio with Scottish band Dàimh, with their newest member Griogar Labhruidh. Griogar brought out an album with Gaoth Dobhair singer and musician Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde a few years ago, and is well known to RnaG listeners.Dàimh have a strong following in Scotland, and have been nominated several time for the Scots traditional music prizes. The group is Angus Mc Kenzie, Damien Helliwell, Gabe Mc Varish, Ross Martin, and Griogar.Tune in to Rónán Beo @3 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Wednesday and Thursday at 3pm for music from our Celtic neighbours to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.  RÓNÁN TO SHOWCASE OUR CELTIC COUSINS was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Struggling Cranes star Farouq Miya loaned out again

first_imgFarouk Miya has struggled ever since his $400,000 move to Standard Liege in 2016. File photo.FOOTBALL–Uganda Cranes international Farouq Miya has been loaned out for the second time since joining Belgium giants Standard Liege.This time round, the former Vipers attacker has moved to Azerbaijan side Sebail FK.Sebail FK plays in the top tier of the Azerbaijan league despite the fact that it was founded only two years ago.Miya who went out on loan to Belgium Jupilar side Royal Mouscron in January 2017 had returned to his parent club Liege but could not force his way into the first team.Miya has been playing with the reserves ever since his return in the summer and maybe the 22 year old could use more playing time somewhere else in a bid to rejuvenate his career which is clearly in trouble.Miya was viewed as a brilliant prospect when he transfered from Vipers to Standard Liege in June 2016 for a fee of $400,000 after impressing in the top league but has failed to live up to the hype ever since.He has only featured in one league game since his move was made permanent in June 2016.Initially when the 22-year-old was loaned to Liege from January 2016 to May, he played a total of four league games and scored one goal.At Mouscron, Miya also found life difficult as he also failed to break into the starting team and hence featured in only four league games over a period of six months.The troubles he has had internationally have also troubled his Uganda Cranes form as he has been left out of the team on a couple of occasions, most notably in the later parts of the just concluded Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Miya is the man that scored the goal that took Uganda to the African Cup of Nations after 39 years as the Cranes defeated Comoros 1-0 at Mandela National stadium in 2016.His last competitive goal for the Cranes can in the 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso at the AFCON finals tournament in Gabon where Uganda finished bottom of group D which also consisted of heavyweights Ghana and Egypt.Commentslast_img read more

John Kani showcases Xhosa in

first_img17 May 2016NATIONAL NEWS: John Kani appears in Captain America: Civil War> https://t.co/tQSQfrfdyt@Emperorcrespo pic.twitter.com/cBUwMwSaBP— Pretoria Rekord (@RekordNewspaper) May 6, 2016In the Hollywood blockbuster movie, Captain America: Civil War, South African star John Kani portrays the king of the Wakanda nation, a fictional African country. To give the role greater authenticity, Kani used Xhosa as the indigenous language of Wakanda during a scene with US actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa, his son, heir, and the Black Panther.Kani recently spoke to the South African Sunday Times newspaper about the role and how he convinced directors Joe and Anthony Russo to give the characters a true African feel, as opposed to how the continent and its people have been portrayed on film in the past.“I asked the directors ‘why am I speaking English to my son?’ We are supposed to be from Africa.”The Russo brothers enthusiastically agreed. Kani taught Boseman a few phrases and how to get the unique Xhosa click perfect. Kani said the directors enjoyed the clicks because it gave the dialogue a sense of realism.Since opening at cinemas at the end of April, proud and pleasantly surprised South Africans took to Twitter to celebrate this small slice of Mzansi in Hollywood.Bravo @chadwickboseman & Dr. John Kani! The interaction between T’Challa & T’Chaka was Epic #CaptainAmericaCivilWar pic.twitter.com/QiXwumhzaC— Team Black Panther (@JerrellZod) May 16, 2016I didn’t know that John Kani is also in Captain America Civil War. I am so proud of him— Era Baloyi (@EraBaloyi) May 15, 2016That scene when John Kani speaks isiXhosa on the #CaptainAmerica movie, priceless #thisflag— #7XPSLchampsSundowns (@hector_mbatha) May 14, 2016Respect to John Kani for getting the producers to put isiXhosa into Captain America. — Sweeterman (@DuziNyosi) May 14, 2016Got so excited when I heard the legendary SA actor(John Kani) speaking isiXhosa on Captain America.— Liga Champion (@LulamaFCB_RCB) May 8, 2016Hear the rest of the interview with Kani on the making of Captain America: Civil War. He shares unique insights on the Hollywood blockbuster from the perspective of one of Africa’s most accomplished actors.John KaniKani has been acting for over 50 years, first finding widespread fame performing and writing with playwright Athol Fugard in Sizwe Bansi is Dead in the early 1970s. He performed the play on both the West End and Broadway. He also won a Tony award for his performance in 1975.He became the first black South Africa to perform as Shakespeare’s Othello in apartheid South Africa in 1987.During the 1970s, 80s and 90s, Kani appeared in a number of local and international films, including A Dry White Season, The Ghost In The Darkness and End Game, which dealt with the ANC-National Party negotiations during the final days of apartheid. Kani played Oliver Tambo to British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Thabo Mbeki.The Black PantherCreated in 1966, the Black Panther character is the first black superhero in American mainstream comic culture and the first to have an African origin story.He is the son of the King of Wakanda, where a meteorite imbued superpowers to the royal and his descendants to protect the country’s people and fight against evil threatening the continent.The Black Panther began as a supporting character in the X-Men, the Avengers, Spider Man and Daredevil. Soon the character had his own comic book title, where some of the best and most outspoken African-American and African writers and artists have built on the Black Panther’s mythology.A Black Panther standalone film is currently in pre-production, with award- winning director Ryan Coogler. Boseman will reprise his role. The film will be shot in Africa and feature actors and crew from the continent, including South Africa. The film will be released in 2018.Source: Sunday Timeslast_img read more

Pioneer Field Report | Brad Ott

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kolt catches up with Brad Ott, Field Agronomist with Pioneer is Southwest Ohio about the harvest progress, stalk quality in corn, and some test plot data.last_img