Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene ADVTSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Serena may lack intimidation factor when she returns on tour, says Evert Above everything else, she aims to touch the youth with her talents. Valdez believes that children can learn more than being physically healthy from sports. With the ups and downs and constant learning from mistakes that comes with being involved in a team, kids can learn and put to heart being humble and respectful to the people around them.“More than being physically healthy, which everyone needs, it is important to be mentally and socially healthy as well by interacting and playing with other kids,” Valdez says, “They will learn a lot of the little things — saying thank you and sorry and a lot more.”Despite the very hectic schedule of a phenomenal athlete that goes around the world to compete and around the country to share her passion with children, Alyssa Valdez manages to stay healthy by making sure she eats right and takes FERN-C, the #1 Sodium Ascorbate non-acidic vitamin C in the Philippines, daily to get the daily vitamin boost she needs so that, in confidence, she can say “Tiwala Ako Na Kaya Ko!”Visit https://www.facebook.com/fernconline for more!ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And true enough, she is doing just that.What with the daily grind of an athlete in training for an international competition, you’d think that during her downtime she’d choose to get the relaxation she very well deserves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogOn the contrary, she spends her spare time going around the country to give back to her fans who have supported her career.“During my off season I make sure to go around the country to meet all the aspiring volleyball players,” Valdez says, “It’s one way of giving back all the blessings and the learnings I’ve got and one way of reminding myself where I came from.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody When on the go Alyssa believes this: “I can do more than what I’m doing right now.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Gregorio Dolor had 14 points for the Volley Masters. Ma. Angelica D. GarciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Army outmuscled Instituto Estetico, 25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 25-27, 16-14, to conclude its campaign in Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on a high note Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Troopers capped their quarterfinals stint at 1-2 while the Volley Masters bowed out winless after three games. Both are eliminated from semifinals contention as PLDT and Air Force grabbed the two remaining spots.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES 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 Trailing 5-12 in the fifth frame, Army unloaded a blistering 11-2 run followed by an attack error from Eden Canlas to seal win.“My players got complacent in the third and fourth set. They relaxed and got unfocused but overall I’m happy we won our last game because my team is really an underdog but I always tell them to give their all in the game,” said Army head coach Rico de Guzman in Filipino.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 crownTied at 25 in the fourth set, the Volley Masters forced a decider via Canlas’ off-the-block kill and an attack error from Army.Patrick Rojas had a game-high 16 points to lead the Troopers while Benjaylo Labide added 15 markers. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tokyo station maps to be standardized for 2020 Games
Dear Editor,The AFC, from all indications, is operating as a separate dictatorship faction within the Coalition Government. This gets into the realm of promoting corruption when the current situation is analyzed.The reinstatement of an NCN Berbice branch official is a glowing tribute to cronyism and corruption in the AFC, and its intolerance of transparency and accountability. This person was sent on administrative leave for 10 months, and was paid full salary with all benefits. Now the person is back on the job despite evidence surfacing during the investigation to warrant this person’s dismissal. According to statements given by the staff who were dismissed, this official instructed them to prepare ‘fake invoices’ and to make ‘fake log’ entries.The reason for this person’s reinstatement would have been because of a ‘good relationship’ with the same AFC Minister who is in charge of NCN.The CEO of NCN was apparently instructed by this high ranking Minister to reinstate this person.The recent firing of Chronicle columnists David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis was allegedly done at the behest of this high ranking AFC Minister. In a letter to the press, Mr Hinds stated that, ‘a senior AFC Minister has, over time, been raising at the Cabinet level the issue of Hinds’ and Lewis’s columns. It was that same minister who gave instructions to the Editor-in-Chief to axe the columns’.He added that, ‘the Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector’. Even two top AFC members who are members of the Board allegedly rubber-stamped the decision to fire the columnists, according to Hinds’s letter.It can be seen from the two examples that the same Senior Minister gave instructions to reinstate the person spoken about at NCN, and to fire the reputable and independent columnists.These two actions will not improve the already poor image of the AFC and its disappearing supporters. Apart from being silent on many important issues, what is clearly manifested is the AFC’s promotion of corruption and its dictatorship tendencies.I also have compelling evidence to support the allegation that AFC’s most prominent and well-respected member in Berbice, Mr Gobin Harbhajan, is extremely disgruntled and disappointed with some of his AFC colleagues. This gentleman has been the only face of the AFC in Berbice, and has been doing a fantastic job in the resolution of many problems facing Berbicians.Berbice is vitally important for the survival of the AFC, but it seems that the AFC leaders are quite content with their ‘good life,’ and no longer care about continued existence of the AFC. At this point, there is only one person who is keeping the AFC alive in Region 6, and that is Mr Gobin Harbhajan, a man who is not corrupt, and is dedicating his energies to assist persons in various communities. I am sure he has a large following, and should he decide to walk away from the AFC, then a lot of supporters will follow him.Mr Harbhajan should seriously think about his political future and the need to be of continued service to his fellowmen.Yours sincerely,Doodnauth Jagmohan
By Kizzy ColemanRegion One (Barima-Waini) Chairman Brentol Ashley has announced that he will be moving a no-confidenceRegional Chairman Brentol Ashley along with Vice Chairman Sarah Brownemotion against the Regional Executive Officer (REO) Leslie Wilburg, as disputes between the REO and the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) spirals.Speaking at a press conference at Freedom House on Saturday, Ashley said the REO has refused to follow the mandates given to him and is moving beyond his legal authority.At a recent RDC statutory meeting a number of issues were raised by the various standing committees that were to be addressed by the council.According to the chairman, as a result of the questions being posed by the RDC councillors regarding the non-implementation of works programme in the region, Wilburg became defensive, causing the meeting to be adjourned.“He and his officers became defensive for their inaction and their slowness in implementing works for the region. And also they were very reluctant to give clarity to questions when it comes to the usage of finances in the RDC,” Ashley said.According to the chairman, the REO has made it clear to Council that he and his officers do not have to carry out instructions given by the RDC, which is contrary to the Constitution in Article 28:01.“The REO on Thursday last in his capacity of cooperate council would have clearly shown great disrespect for the authority of the RDC and also disrespect for the office of the Regional Chairman and Vice Chairman and would have also made it very clear that he and his officers do not have to carry out any instruction given by the RDC because they are not mandated to do so. The constitution in article 28:01 as well as the Manual of Guides to be followed by the regional chairs, vice chairs and councillors indicates differently from what he would’ve said.”The chairman went on: “The committee reports that were being discussed at the time of the abrupt adjournment of the RDC meeting was finance and it came out of one councillor from the APNU/AFC Coalition, questioning the Clerk of Councils/REO to give clarity as to why close to $800,000 was spent without permission,” Ashley added.Additional complaints voiced by the Regional Chairman divulged that himself along with the Vice Chairman have been without vehicles for a considerable period as the money to acquire this cannot accounted for by the REO.“When questioned on this, the REO puts himself in defence as to why he was spending the money, making it clear to Council that as the Accounting Officer of the region he can spend money because he is the one that approves it. This is contrary to what is actually the case, the money that is given by Central Government is not given to the REO, it is given to the RDC and is implemented by the REO and the other staff with the guidance by the RDC.”The Chairman is calling for the ‘disrespect and undermining’ by the REO to cease as the decision have been made to file for a no-confidence motion if the matter continues.“We at the level of the RDC will not be subjected to disrespect or undermining of the authority of such an elected body and more so will not give way to anyone being insubordinate and not carrying out the function that they are appointed to do”.The RDC councillors are calling for the REO to become acquainted with the rules and responsibilities to be carried out and to act within the confines of what the constitution prescribes.They are also calling for the council to be able to carry out its mandate as they are the representatives of the people of the region.“Allow us, the council to carry out its mandates because the council is there to represent the people of region irrespective of their political affiliation, their religion or their ethnicity, and we will continue to do so. So we will not give up the struggle for the people of Region One because we firmly believe that the people of Region One deserves better, they must have better; and those that are entrusted with the responsibility to do so, to carry it out in a very sober and very professional manner.”
The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms Christine Lagarde, has reportedly expressed the desire to engage the Liberia National Legislature during her two-day visit here July 16 and 17.The IMF boss’ request was conveyed to the Senate last Thursday in a letter from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.According to President Sirleaf, Ms Lagarde will use the opportunity of her visit “to gain a deeper understanding of Liberia’s post-Ebola challenges and discuss with key stakeholders, opportunities for partnership support to Liberia. She has expressed a particular desire to engage the Legislature.”President Sirleaf reminded the lawmakers that the IMF is a key international financial institution which includes Liberia’s membership that goes back to the 1960s. It serves as a key partner to Liberia by working through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Central Bank of Liberia. This support, President Sirleaf noted, is largely achieved through programs that provide balance of payment support to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).“I should also note that the IMF provided exceptional support to Liberia during the Ebola crisis. In view of this, I ask that you honor Ms Largarde’s request by convening a joint session of the 53rd Legislature to provide her the opportunity for this engagement. The interaction, the President suggested, could be scheduled for Friday, July 17, at an hour appropriate to the Legislature.The letter was turned over to the leadership of the Senate which is expected to advise plenary thereon today.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as 40 graduateForty persons graduated from the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School on Monday but not before being warned by the Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson, that they will be held accountable for any accidents that may occur under their watch. “Being (an) aircraft engineer is critical to the aviation industry because lives, many of us who depend highly on moving from Georgetown to the vast interior, you would have to ensure that the maintenance of those aircraft are of high standard because if anything is to happen, you the engineers would be the ones who would be held accountable,” the Minister cautioned.The graduates were further encouraged by Minister Ferguson to ensure that they uphold their credibility, integrity and character, as she wished the students well in the career they are about to enter.She specifically acknowledged the women who took up the career while sayingMinister Annette Ferguson along with officials from the school flanked by a section of the graduating classthat she hopes more young people can become involved in the sector.Most of the students who graduated from the programme did so with distinctions. The persons who graduated also took part in the academy’s prize giving ceremony with other students who took different courses. The ceremony was a significant one, as the Engineering School celebrated its 25th Anniversary, and 80 years of British Guiana’s First Private Commercial Airline (May 1938 – May 2018).The Ab-Initio Training Programme offered by the School is a Level 6 – Associate’s Degree. This along with its approved training for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence, is now able to bridge the gap between Air Transport Certification for Licences and that of higher education.A total of 5 Modular Students have also applied for their licences. So far, there are 38 full passes for both written and oral examinations.The success rate is notable for this school, with the highest number of passes at the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licences Examinations by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.The graduates were wished well by the School’s Director, Malcolm Chan-A-Sue and Chairman, Captain Ronald Reece among other executives.The School was certified on July 24, 2006 by the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards for its ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems. It transitioned in year 2010 to the ISO 9001:2008 Standards and as of this year, July 2018, it is compliant to the new ISO 9001:2015 Standards. It meets and exceeds all annual audits done by the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards – which is its Certification Body – as well as Internal Audits by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards.This pioneering institution which opened its doors to training in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in 1993, is approved as an Aviation Training Organisation (ATO) by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the Caribbean Aviation Safety Oversight System of Caricom (CASSOS), Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Suriname (CASAS) and the Trinidad & Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA). The School is also a member of the Flight Safety Foundation, based in Virginia, USA.The Institute is also approved under the Rules and Regulations of the Guyana Aviation Requirements and is working together with the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority to develop and transition to the Training Guidelines set out in the International Civil Aviation Organisation, (ICAO) Doc. 7192, Part D1.
…if citizens demand transparency, that will go a long way – DC LawyerThe most important thing to acknowledge about ‘corruption’ is that: you can have all the laws and regulations in place, but if you do not have the leadership and personal conviction to not steal from the public coffers, none of it matters.This was the profound and succinct warning underscored by Vicky McPherson as she interacted with participants of a symposium on public corruption and the oil resource curse, at the Guyana Pegasus hotel in Georgetown.McPherson, of the Global Energy and Infrastructure Group and the Africa Practice Group at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, was at the time responding to external pressures placed on smaller developing countries which inherently force corrupt acts.A section of participants at the oil & gas Symposium on Public Corruption and the Oil Curse, held in the Savannah Suite of the Guyana PegasusShe told participants it is for these reasons she underscores the importance of the role of civil society and a free press in all this.TRANSPARENCYAccording to McPherson, the determining factor in whether Guyana’s public figures succumb to the temptations of corruption is “whether or not civil society is active and vocal in development of that industry, and whether the press will report what it finds if it’s doing its job.”Based in Washington DC but married to a Guyanese, the international legal powerhouse in the oil and gas sector sought to impress on those engaged in the development of the industry the fact that there will be some level of corruption that persists, since, at the end of the day, it reflects a personal choice on the part of that corrupt individual.She was adamant, however, that this must not diminish the roles of civil society and the free press in demanding transparency. “If citizens demand transparency, that will go a long way,” she encouraged.The Washington DC based attorney-at-law specialising in the oil and gas sector was also questioned on the controversial move on the part of the Donald Trump Administration to repeal the Dodd Frank Act – legislation enacted by the Obama Administration to guard against US oil companies exploiting countries such as Guyana through their contractual and other arrangements.DODD FRANKMcPherson used the occasion to point to the fact that such a scenario is precisely why a vibrant indigenous citizenry is of such importance to guarding against the resource curse and corruption in public office as a result of the inflows from the oil and gas sector.“The role of civil society in this is key,” she said, and sought to expound the point that, regardless of what happens in the US, it is the Guyanese population that has a right to decide even more stringent requirements in order to protect its resources.McPherson did seek to clarify that while the provision in the US’ Dodd Frank Act have not been repealed as yet, the legislative safeguards are currently under threat.One member of the audience drew reference to the fact that the repeal of the safeguards in the Dodd Frank Act is being led by former Chairman of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, now US Secretary of State.Exxon Mobil discovered oil in commercial quantities offshore Guyana under the tenure of Tillerson, before he was called up by the Donald Trump Administration to serve as Secretary of State.MINERALS RULEAmong the first legislative changes promulgated by the Trump Administration and Tillerson is the repeal of the provisions of the Dodd Frank Act, which safeguard countries like Guyana from nefarious practices by companies such as ExxonMobil.Section 15:02 of the Dodd Frank Act, known as the Conflict Minerals Rule, has been under unprecedented scrutiny by various agencies of the US Government in recent months.In light of the circumstances, McPherson cautions that, in its absence, US companies such as ExxonMobil are still required to adhere to some levels of transparency, since they are accountable to their shareholders as publicly traded companies.Meanwhile, David Holukoff, another of the eminent international panellists in Guyana for the two-day confab, also sought to weigh in on the need for there to be leadership at the very top in the fight against corruption in public office.CONVICTIONHe drew reference to the inaugural address by Bahamian Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis, to the opening ceremony of the 38th Conference of Heads of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)In his address, Prime Minister Minnis had cautioned that government ministers found to be accepting bribes and other payments as part of any corrupt practice will be fired immediately.According to Holukoff, the fight against corruption in public office in oil rich countries is not just about having laws in place, since loopholes will always be found.He said, “It’s a lot about the will and leadership from the top, and a willingness for them to accept corruption and chase after and get rid of bad players.”According to the Canada-based oil and gas expert, it was refreshing to hear “a leader in the region talk so openly about it, with apparent conviction.”Moderator for the panel discussion, Dr Perry Stanilas, was quick to also point out that it must be borne in mind that some governments can speak with proverbial forked tongues, and are often times coerced by powerful multi-national companies. This, he said, underscores even further the role of civil society and a free press in the protection against the resource curse that comes with commercial oil production in developing countries such as Guyana.
One man is feared dead after the boat in which he was travelling capsized in the Pomeroon River just after midnight on Friday. The man has been identified as 36-year-old David De Souza of Lower Pomeroon River.Based on reports received, De Souza and several others were in a paddle boat when a speedboat drove alongside theirs, causing it to topple.Three of the men reportedly held on to the boat, while De Souza and another fell into the river. De Souza, reportedly in a drunken state, never surfaced. The other man swam to shore.A report was lodged at the Charity Police Station, and two men have been taken into custody to assist with the investigations.Meanwhile, in another accident on the Pomeroon River on Friday evening, the Guyana Times understands that a 3-month-old baby sustained injuries and is consequently battling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Suddie Public Hospital.Details surrounding that incident are yet to be verified, but Police on the Esssequibo Coast have launched in investigation.In the past, several persons have lost their lives as a result of boat mishaps in the Pomeroon River. A recent fatal boat mishap claimed the life of 18-year-old Ravin Piper.The teenager and members of his family were heading home in a small boat when a collision with a larger boat occurred. The body of the young man was fished out of the river a few days later.Two days after, 19-year-old Denroy Henry had to be hospitalised after a boat ferrying passengers to a funeral collided with a log along the waterway.In light of these occurrences, officials from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) have intensified their education awareness programme on the safe use of the waterway.
***Correction made to dates and locations. Energeticcity.ca apologizes for this error***FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the warmer temperatures and the dryer weather upon us, the slow pitch season is almost ready to begin.FSJ Mixed Slow Pitch will be holding registration and bat testing on April 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Canadian Brewhouse.- Advertisement -Bat testing will also be taking place April 13 and 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ernie’s Sports Experts, located inside the Totem Mall.For more information, you can visit the FSJ Mixed Slow Pitch Facebook page.
Lassana Diarra in action for Lokomotiv Moscow West Ham are on the verge of completing a deal for the former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.The 29-year-old has been without a club since August, after having his contract with Lokomotiv Moscow terminated by the Russian side.However, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has now revealed the ex-Portsmouth man is training with West Ham ahead of a permanent move.“He [Diarra] is training with us. I’m not so sure whether we have finalised a deal yet but he is doing a little bit of training with us,” said Allardyce.“The deal is very close to being finalised and on the basis of where we are with our squad and the injuries, once we have him fit he will be a very good addition based on his previous record as a footballer.“He won’t be in any good shape in terms of being on the bench on Wednesday or on the bench on Saturday against West Brom.” 1