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Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developer

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The two-time defending champions’ feeder team began 8-0 in the second season under Miles, who is thrilled to be part of Golden State’s staff during the run to a third title in four years.“He still has that fire,” forward Kevin Young said. “It’s good for him to be able to show these guys how to go to the basket and what made him successful as a player, what can help the team and what he’s looking for as well.”The Warriors clubs have made a point to build continuity, even running the same plays to ensure a seamless transition for two-way players making the 70-mile trek from the Bay Area to the tourist beach town along the California coast.The father of four boys, Miles strives to keep things family oriented with his players, emphasizing that they should enjoy the journey and each step, not try to rush to the next level.“You want that to result in an NBA spot, however in the meantime you get back, you focus and get lost again in our team goals and our team aspirations,” Morris said. “Even me just going (to Phoenix) and coming back kind of influenced everybody to just buy in even more to what coach is talking about. It proves — he had players last year, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones — it makes it easier to be able to listen to him and just trust the process, trust what he’s talking about.”After one shootaround, Miles had just begun to ponder his minutes breakdown for a game that night when he got word Damion Lee was headed out to join the big Warriors.Jones, who began as Golden State’s starting center before recently tearing his pectoral muscle, developed his game in Santa Cruz last season. Same with Cook, who emerged to fill a huge void during Stephen Curry’s injury absence late last season and again this past month.“You can see the impact that our Santa Cruz affiliate has had on us over the last couple years,” Kerr said. “We feel really, really good about what Aaron Miles and his staff are doing there and the affiliation and the continuity. It helps so much that we run the exact same stuff. We bring Damian up and all of the sudden he’s playing 20 minutes a game and every call he knows because they’re running the same stuff down there. That makes a huge difference, difference between winning and losing a game, really.”The 35-year-old Miles is a former Kansas point guard who played one NBA season for Golden State in 2005-06 and has 19 career games to his name.Sure, he wants to still be in uniform — “100 percent” — and, sure, he might want to reach an NBA bench one day. But Miles applies the same patient approach he uses with his players to his own career path. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Move, you gotta move!”“Good work, fellas, good work!”Near the end of a session, Miles walks to the scorer’s table and starts a music playlist as individual shooting work begins. He is accustomed to constant change by now.“You just kind of know more of what to expect, and you can expect the unexpected here,” he said. “I have pretty much the same staff so we’re all kind of comfortable in understanding how the G League works, how each other work. … The G League isn’t just for players to grow, it’s an opportunity for coaches and everybody in it to grow. So we understand we aren’t going to do everything perfectly.”Santa Cruz’s fast start drew praise from Warriors coach Steve Kerr.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In this Dec. 4, 2018 photo, from left, Santa Cruz Warriors coach Aaron Miles, guard Will Cherry, Alen Smailagic and Darius Morris talk after their basketball practice in Santa Cruz, Calif. As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled together after practice, Darius Morris gave a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard with Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was in the mix. Coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing, had to stand in leading the offense given Morris’ absence. Such is life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment’s notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled after practice, Darius Morris provided a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard given Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was at least in the mix.Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing professionally, had a little fun leading the offense in Morris’ absence.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “He’s been in a similar predicament as us,” Morris notes.There is constant communication between the two Warriors franchises, and Luke Loucks is a two-way coach who aids in keeping Miles and Kerr connected.Miles understands how special this time is working for the NBA’s elite coaches and franchise and so appreciates the chance to talk to Kerr or top assistant Mike Brown, who “always give me some good insight and good advice.”“It’s amazing. I always said, ‘I’m blessed,’” Miles said. “I had the opportunity to play for Roy Williams, play for Bill Self, coach under coach Self with coach (Joe) Dooley, and now have the opportunity to coach under, in a sense, Steve Kerr and be a part of this family and organization. I’m extremely blessed and honored. It’s great. I don’t know a better situation to be in.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Parks says timing just right to join PBA, doesn’t consider self as rookie Just one example of life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment’s notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA.Or, as is the case for Santa Cruz this week, send one of the NBA’s best big men out on rehab assignment.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 ChrissMiles will have the chance to work alongside DeMarcus Cousins, assigned to Santa Cruz on Monday as he continues his rehab from left Achilles tendon surgery. Cousins’ younger brother, Jaleel, is on the team, too.One moment, Miles might be setting a screen or bouncing a pass into the post, the next he is pacing to the other end to check out his guards at work in a shooting drill, the practice plan rolled up in his left hand and chomping gum all the while.last_img read more

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Alaska ties PBA Finals, holds off Magnolia in Game 4

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “That’s dirty basketball. Calling it anything else would be a lie, I’m not a lier, but I’m proud of my guys because we made a deal. You have to be willing to take a punch for our team and not throw one back. If you care about the team you take a punch and you don’t throw one back. We have multiple players take punches and not throw back. That’s the way you play,” Compton said.Compton also praised his team’s defense after limiting the fancied Hotshots to below 80 points.“Our thought our defense was great. I don’t know the final score guys but I don’t think they got to the 80s is that right? Our guys are just playing great defense.”The pivotal Game 5 is on Friday night still at Araneta Coliseum.The bull-strong Harris delivered an encore of a performance after lighting up Magnolia with 36 points and 18 rebounds in Alaska’s 100-71 blowout win in Game 3 three nights ago.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No rest for Paul Desiderio on cusp of PBA dream ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Alaska Aces’ Mike Harris dunks the ball against Magnolia Hotshots in the first half of Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska held off Magnolia, 90-76, in Game 4 to even the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Harris, who was named Best Import before tipoff, played like a man possessed for the second straight game, bullying his way to 34 points and 22 rebounds to power the resurgent Aces.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View comments Chris Banchero, who did not let his emotions get the better of him despite getting hit by Magnolia guard Mark Barroca in the groin late in the game, also gave Alaska a big lift with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.Banchero had the last laugh down the stretch where he accounted for seven of the Aces’ last eight points in the last one minute and 13 seconds. He sank a triple that made it 85-73, then, buried two free throws that set the final count with 46.3 seconds left.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 ChrissAlaska head coach Alex Compton was furious during the post-game interview, claiming that apart from Banchero, Harris was also “punched in the testicles.”Despite what he thought was “dirty basketball” played by the Hotshots, Compton commended his players for keeping their cool and not retaliating. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending 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 Romeo Travis, who finished second to Harris for the Best Import award, had 29 points on 6-of-11 shooting from long range and 13 rebounds. Travis had the hot hand and just kept shooting even after heading back to the dugout midway through the third quarter due to a cut on the bridge of his nose.Paul Lee, the newly-minted Best Player of the Conference, added 14 points and eight rebounds but went just 4-of-13 from the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234

first_imgFILE – In this June 10, 2018, file photo, Robert Whittaker reacts after his middleweight mixed martial arts title bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 225 in Chicago. Whittaker defends his UFC middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jim Young, File)Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans.To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?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 Miami’s Dwyane Wade clears concussion protocol after fall The main event is a compelling challenge for the soft-spoken, hard-hitting Whittaker, who claimed the interim middleweight belt nearly two years ago and was promoted to full champion after Georges St. Pierre beat Michael Bisping and vacated the belt.Whittaker is the first Australian champion in UFC history, and he is fighting in Melbourne for the third time in just over three years. But he has fought just once since winning his interim title, struggling with a knee injury and a staph infection.With his health woes behind him, Whittaker has a chance to assert himself as one of the UFC’s top pound-for-pound stars with a victory over Gastelum, who has lost just once in six bouts over the past three years.“Kelvin is the biggest hurdle in my way, and he’s a true test,” Whittaker said. “He’s going to be a true test of my character and my abilities. I look forward to learning something from it and growing.”Gastelum, who spent time around Whittaker last year as coaches on the UFC’s long-running reality competition show, knows he’ll be the underdog among oddsmakers and the Australian fans.“People didn’t like me for my entire career,” Gastelum said. “This isn’t a surprise to me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Before Whittaker (20-4) defends his belt against American contender Kelvin Gastelum (15-3) in the main event, Adesanya (15-0) gets the biggest fight of his life against Anderson Silva (34-8), the Brazilian mixed martial arts trailblazer.Four of the world’s best 185-pounders will be showcased atop the card at Rod Laver Arena, but two are fighting closer to home. Adesanya was born in Nigeria before moving to New Zealand as a teenager, and Whittaker is a New Zealand-born Australian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlthough Adesanya is 17 months older than Whittaker, he is considered one of the UFC’s most tantalizing title contenders, with a spectacular fighting style that reminds many of the 43-year-old Silva in his prime. Even after Silva’s recent losing streak and doping problems, Adesanya is grateful for the opportunity to go up against a giant.“I saw the odds this week, and I was like, ‘Man, y’all must have forgot,’” Adesanya said. “You don’t know that man over there, Anderson Silva. I think a lot of you new fans weren’t around during his reign. What it felt like. You might have come around the Rousey era or the McGregor era, but you don’t realize who this guy is. He brought me into this game. This guy inspired me to believe a skinny black guy can just come in here and (beat) everyone up. “He brought me into this game, and for me, it’ll be an honor to take him out of the game.”UFC President Dana White confirmed earlier in the week that the winner of Silva’s showdown with Adesanya will get the next title shot against the winner of Whittaker’s bout with Gastelum. That means Silva is one win away from improbably fighting to reclaim the belt he held from 2006 to 2013, winning 16 straight fights in the process.Silva hasn’t fought in two years since a victory over Derek Brunson in early 2017 ended his five-fight winless streak. The Spider served a one-year doping ban during his time out of the cage, but he wants to fight on despite the worries of his family.“He’s a great talent,” Silva said of Adesanya. “He has a great future in this sport, so I’m very lucky to come here and fight. It’s a good challenge for me, but I believe it’s a big challenge for Israel.”UFC 234 takes place Sunday afternoon to fit into the Saturday night pay-per-view window in the U.S., but the famed tennis stadium still sold out in minutes after the announcement of the two big middleweight fights.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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5-Year Sentence of Nigerian Kidnapper Challenged

first_imgLawyers representing David Safranu, a Nigerian national sentenced to five-year imprisonment for kidnapping, have challenged the judgment of Criminal Court ‘D’ announcing an appeal before the Supreme Court.The lawyers are contending that the defendant was not on trial for conspiracy to commit terrorism, which the trial jury relied upon to pronounce him guilty.Instead, he was on trial for terrorism, a capital offense and first degree felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years, which prosecution could not established during the entire proceedings.However, the jurors in their verdict acquitted defendant Safranu from the charge of terrorism, one of prosecutions main demands.He was charged in September 2012 by the government with multiple crimes including; terrorism, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy and facilitation for his role in the kidnapping of an American citizen, Christiana Andrainpoulus.But, Judge Yussif Kaba insisted that criminal conspiracy was one of the charges levied against the defendant, as such, evidence before the court proved his guilt.He made that clarity when he confirmed the initial guilty verdict on criminal conspiracy entered against the defendant by the trial jurors.Interestingly, the crime is bailable under the law. However, judicial sources hinted to the Daily Observer that the defense team was considering every legal means to secure a bail bond for Safranu’s release from further detention, pending the Supreme Court’s ruling.Madam Andrianopoulos was kidnapped in 2012 when she arrived in the country aboard an SN Brussels flight from the United States of America.She complained that her kidnappers engaged her in a lengthy conversation and subsequently escorted her into a very dark car before holding her at gun point.According to her, while under gun point her suspects took her into a house where they kept her in captivity for three days under severe torture. She claimed that the men stripped her naked, tied her legs and threatened to take her life by attempting to cut her fingers and toes; all the while demanding US$5 million.“They said I was a spy, a CIA spy and tied me to a chair and tied my legs and threatened to take my life. Their boss claimed he was a rebel leader,” Andrianopoulos claimed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Advocacy Group Wants Dr. Benson’s License Revoked

first_imgA civil society organization, the Campaigners for Change (CFC), is calling on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the government to revoke the medical license of Dr. James Benson, the administrator of Benson Hospital, for deliberately refusing to admit a poor pregnant woman in labor who could not pay his fees.Making the disclosure yesterday during a press conference in Monrovia, the national director of the CFC, Vandalark Patricks, said revoking the medical license of such a medical practitioner would serve as a deterrent for other health workers around the country.He alleged that the John F. Kennedy Hospital was also involved in rejecting sick patients and pregnant women who were in labor because of lack of money and on suspicion of being Ebola suspects, which has resulted in the deaths of many people.“We believe that those who refuse to admit pregnant women in labor must be punished by revoking their licenses, especially Dr. Benson, simply because the lady could not afford the sum of US$450.00 for her delivery.According to Patricks, the unprofessional behavior exhibited by some health practitioners from Benson and Redemption Hospitals, allowing pregnant women to give birth outside without medical care must be addressed immediately to stop the occurrence.“We observed that the John F. Kennedy, which is a referral hospital, continued to reject patients who were in dire need of medical services. Ambulances and medical equipment to treat patients with curable diseases were rarely seen at most health facilities in Bong, Margibi, Bassa and Montserrado Counties,” said Patricks.He further charged that, “Drugs were absent from public hospitals and patients were referred to drugs stores to purchase their own medications.”  Neglect of the Mentally IllAddressing the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), Mr. Patricks said the Ministry has deliberately refused to address the social welfare component of the Ministry, leaving mentally ill people on the streets throughout the country.“We documented 57 cases of mentally ill persons in Montserrado, 23 in Margibi, 15 in Bong and 12 in Grand Bassa Counties and those cases continued to increase, he reported, charging that “it still appears to those in authority as a complete comedy when they see and pass by these mentally ill persons who wander around the streets.”Stranglehold on the EconomyHighlighting the Liberian Economy, the CFC director said his organization has observed in 2014 that the Lebanese, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis and Nigerians controlled 90% of the lucrative businesses in Liberia while using some of the educated and uneducated brothers, allegedly like slaves.According to him, 90% of ministries and agencies of government contracted foreign businesses over Liberian owned businesses for procurement of materials thereby strangulating hundreds of Liberians and making things difficult for them.     In respond, one of the midwives of the Redemption hospital said, for the past six to seven months, the hospital has stopped delivery matter due to the government declaration as holding.According to her, the male and female walls have being used as also as part of the holding center and they have being involved into encouraging pregnant women of finding hospital during delivery pain.She stressed that after the opening of the Island Ebola center, it was the duty of the government to acknowledge the hospital in carrying out cleaning activities for the official opening of the center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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We have earned the right to receive pensions

first_imgDear Editor,Can the Ministry of Social Services kindly advise the Old Age Pensioners- both Old Age and National Insurance Scheme (NIS)- along with those persons who receive Public Assistance, as to what time of the day their pension is due so that they can report to the Post Office and other areas on the same day that it is payableIt can be frustrating, having us wait at the Post Office as early as 07:00h on pension days and not to be paid on most occasions until after 11:00h. Then at 12:00h, the Post Master or Pay Clerk goes to lunch and resumes payment at 13:00h.Remember, as we get older we try to beat the weather by travelling in the cooler hours. There are no reasons for me to believe that pensions cannot be made available at 09:00h at the Post Offices on the greater Essequibo Coast; the Charity and Aurora Post Offices.Our Pension must not be seen as a hand out or gift, we have earned the right to receive same.I had written about the inadequate seating accommodation at these Offices, particularly on pension days, but it is good that I can say that has been addressed. I am hoping that these long hours of waiting will be significantly reduced.Sincerely,Archie W CordisEssequibo CoastPensionerlast_img read more

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Highly suspicious, irregular procurement activity

first_imgDear Editor,The Small Business Bureau (SBB), which falls under the Business Ministry, seems to be the new channel to facilitate the creaming off of taxpayers’ monies into the hands and pockets of a select few.Recent documented information, available to me, indicated that on June 8, 2018, the CEO, Dr Lowell Porter, of the Small Business Bureau indicated that the previously advertised expression of interest (EOI) for training services was aborted.An email from Dr Porter to 14 companies that submitted proposals reads as follows:“Dear All,Please be advised that the captioned project with deadline June 8, 2018 has been aborted. We therefore ask that you do not submit a proposal at this time.You will be advised of the SBB email address to send training proposals at a later date, should we send out another EOI.We apologise for any inconvenience this might have caused and use this opportunity to thank you for your time, efforts and interest in working with the SBB.We wish you continued success in all your business endeavours.”Editor, on December 11, 2018, Dr Porter wrote to the Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), Berkley Wickham, for approval to contract and pay Management Options Inc, Empretec and Cerulean for the supply of training services in the sum of GY$2,400,000.By letter dated December 21, 2018, the Chairman of NPTAB gave Dr Porter approval for the contract of training of participants in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). The companies who were awarded the contract are: Management Options Inc, Empretec and Cerulean at a sum of $750,000, $750,000 and $900,000, respectively.Editor, of note is the fact that initially a total of 14 companies submitted proposals for this contract.This highly suspicious and irregular procurement activity is further compounded by a document from the Training and Development Officer to the Permanent Secretary of the Business Ministry, through Dr Porter on November 28, 2018, requesting the sum $7,575,000 for payment to Management Options Inc, the sum of $3,000,000 for payment to Empretec and the sum of $1,800,000 for payment to Cerulean for training services to be conducted in December 2018.Editor, they are a number of issues that the SBB must address. These are:1. Provide proof, publicly, that after annulling the EOI based on the email adumbrated above, that the 14 companies were all approached to resubmit proposals for this contract;2. Provide publicly, the evaluation report for the three contracts;3. How is it that a request for payment was made even before the contracts were awarded by NPTAB?4. Since we have also seen invoices for payment, which shows that training took place on December 29 and 31, 2018, can the Small Business Bureau provide evidence that these training sessions were actually conducted?Editor, I highly doubt that these training sessions were even conducted on the days mentioned, since we are all aware that business owners are most busy during the end of year season. I doubt any small business owner closed their shops or businesses and attended training.Notably, the award of the contracts were for training in Region Four; however, the companies submitted invoices for training, which were conducted in Regions Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).I have since learnt that one of the key technical personnel of this agency has been relieved of their duties. What is going on here?Sincerely,Bishop Juan A EdghillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

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Plane wing explodes at Eugene F Correia Int’l Airport

first_imgOne man is confirmed injured following the explosion of the right wing of a Britten Norman Trislander aircraft at the hangar of Roraima Airways at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara on Monday.The Trislander involved in the explosionHead of the local airline, Captain Gerry Gouveia, speaking with Guyana Times shortly after the explosion, confirmed that the injured engineer suffered burns to his hand and fractured ankles. He was taken to a private medical institution where he was admitted for treatment. His condition is listed as stable.Gouveia described the incident as a maintenance accident. He noted that it took place during a routine examination of the aircraft. The cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.Roraima, in a statement on Monday afternoon, stated that the company would be assisting the engineer with his medical care.“An investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident is currently underway by both our Maintenance Quality Department and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA),” the company added.Gouveia said the company was arranging for counselling for the maintenance team and all team members who were affected by the explosion.Guyana Times understands that a woman who was nearby at the time of the explosion suffered shock and trauma.Meanwhile, the company stated that while the temporary inability to use the aircraft was difficult at this point in time, its flight operations would not be significantly disrupted. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

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All public places will have Internet access – President

first_imgAs a means of keeping up with the new age of technological advancement, the Guyana Government will ensure that all public places, particularly schools, have access to the Internet, while more Cyril Potter College teachers will be given laptops.President David Granger made this disclosure on his televised programme, “The Public Interest”, stating that Government remained committed to Information Technology and Communication (ITC) advancements and employment generation, especially for youths. He indicated that it took ITC training, inter-connectivity and the provision of computers very seriously as a means for driving Guyana toward technological advancement.“I see that every single public place, school, hospital, prison will eventually have the ability to access the Internet and expect that the Private Sector will follow suit,” he said, highlighting that the establishment of a Ministry of Public Telecommunications was one of the steps toward an innovative country.Of recent, the Government, which was put into office via a pro-youth platform with promises of employment of thousands, has come under heavy criticism for its 180-degree turn from its 2015 Election Manifesto promise, especially with youth unemployment registering at 40 per cent.President Granger had himself announced that creating jobs for people was not the Government’s business, a sentiment which was echoed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.However, after being publicly chastised for that statement, the Government made an about-turn at the recent award ceremony of the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Development (SLED) programme, when Granger declared that if employment, the principal means for people to escape from poverty, was unavailable, the youths would fumble.“This Administration is committed to generating employment,” Granger noted, while stating that since its election to office, his Administration has funded several youth development projects, aimed at generating employment through entrepreneurship capacity building.The Administration, the President said, in order to reduce unemployment also launched the billion-dollar youth employment programme in the hinterland, “which saw 2000 young people in 106 communities being able to access knowledge and grants for entrepreneurship”.He also stated that as a member of the then Opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), he visited many schools in Amerindian communities and saw computer laboratories without computers and computers without Internet access. The Head of State stated that with the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, all children in schools would be given an opportunity to access the Internet.last_img read more

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