PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light

first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Ramirez said he asked Fernandez to reconcile with Cojuangco in the spirit of unity and cooperation as the PSC board forms a partnership with the POC in the hosting.Ramirez said Fernandez has thrown his full support and even offered Cebu as a venue for equestrian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ramirez said he was invited to the luncheon in the presence of some cabinet members where Go, who represented President Rodrigo Duterte, and Cayetano inquired about the status of 2019 Manila Games.“I was asked if there’s still a chance to push through and I told them that I have no problem with it (hosting),” said Ramirez.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’In a board meeting on Wednesday, Ramirez said the PSC board, which is also composed of commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Arnold Agustin and Celia Kiram, gave the go-signal for the hosting.“We were very upbeat and happy that there is a big hope of holding the 2019 SEA Games,” said the PSC chief. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Practice makes perfect for PH booter Belgira 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Barring any major obstacle, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines will most likely push through as planned.Presidential assistant Christopher Lawrence Go and Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano breathed life into the country’s hosting of the biennial sportsfest in a meeting with Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “The POC welcomes the government support for the hosting and will defer to Secretary Cayetano to announce it. The POC sees the support as a unifying force for Philippine sports,” said POC president Peping Cojuangco.Ramirez, however, added there’s a few more concerns that has to be settled as Sen. Cayetano tries to discuss the positive development with the Philippine Olympic Committee.A reliable source said Cayetano would be named chair of the local organizing committee, replacing Senator Migz Zubiri.The government initially declined to host the 2019 Games, citing the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City.POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. appealed to Duterte to reconsider the decision before the deadline on Aug. 18 during the SEAG Federation Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

CJ to send out notice for new date

first_imgSigning bonus challengeActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, will send out notices for the case involving Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall’s challenge to Government’s decision to deposit the US$18 million signing bonus received from ExxonMobil into a private account.Another in-Chamber hearing was held by Justice George on Wednesday at the High Court. It was disclosed that both sides have made all submissions to the court.Guyana Times was told that both the applicant, Anil Nandlall, and the respondent, Attorney General Basil Williams, will return to court on June 25 for report. It is expected that after this preliminary hearing, Justice George will sendMember of Parliament Anil Nandlallout notice for a date for clarification or decision.Nandlall, in his legal challenge, has said the deposit of the signing bonus into a private back account is contrary to, and in violation of, the Constitution and the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA).He has argued that Government is in breach of Section 38 of the FMAA, which provides that all sums of public money raised or received by the Government shall be credited fully and promptly to the Consolidated Fund.Nandlall has also said that, in accordance with Article 216 of the Constitution and Section 38 of the FMAA, the US$18 million bonus and such other sums collected by the Government under the Petroleum Agreement with ExxonMobil are public moneys, and must therefore be paid into and form one Consolidated FActing Chief Justice Roxane Georgund.Nandlall’s legal challenge follows a lawsuit filed in January by Attorney ChristopherRam on behalf of anti-corruption activist Dr Troy Thomas. Thomas has also asked the High Court to order Minister Jordan to immediately deposit the US$18 million — received from the oil company as a signing bonus — into the Consolidated Fund, saying that Jordan’s failure to so do is unlawful. When that matter was called, however, the challenge had to be retracted after Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that the litigation’s format was flawed. The bonus in question was paid to Government by US oil giant ExxonMobil in 2016. The existence of this bonus and the renegotiated oil agreement with the company was kept a secret until evidence of the transaction was leaked to theAttorney General Basil Williamsmedia in December 2017. The correspondence of September 20, 2016 was addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana, with the subject being, “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.Meanwhile, it is unclear how the ruling would affect a change of policy, since Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced last April that the US$18 million had been invested in US treasury bills and Canadian bonds, where the money is reportedly accumulating interest.last_img read more

Canucks defeat Flyers 5-4 in shootout

first_imgThe Fort St. John Flyers appeared to be on their way to a sixth straight win to start the year late in the third period of tonight’s game but penalty trouble caught up with them against the Dawson Creek Canucks. The Flyers led 4-3 in the final six minutes but a power play goal by Dawson Creek tied the game, and they eventually wrapped matters up in a shootout.Making matters worse for the Flyers was the fact they were on the power play themselves in the final minutes, but two penalties put them behind the eight ball and they couldn’t dig themselves out.Flyers head coach Andrew Leriger was not impressed with his team after the game as he called out their inability to stay out of the penalty box.- Advertisement -“When you take more penalties than the other team of course that’s the difference when they get three power play goals and pretty much five on five I think they had one goal and we shut them down. You get dumb penalties and you’re going to pay for it,” he said.Also drawing his ire was the effort displayed in the game perhaps being due to their winning streak to begin the year.“Tonight was just effort. Legs are there, we’ve had good practices. We’ve had some good games on the road. Tonight was just crappy effort. I think 5-0 was a big factor. We’ve won some games where I don’t think we should have won games. I think the guys are just at a point where they just [think] put their skates on the ice that they’re going to get two points. Tonight was not the case. Dawson came to play and they played well,” Leriger said.Advertisement Scoring for the Flyers were Josh Bruha (3), and Rick Cleaver.Troy Hunt made 27 saves in the game, and turned aside six of eight shooters in the shootout.The two clubs will meet in a rematch Thursday night in Dawson Creek at 8:30.last_img read more

AB 1381, RIP

first_imgBut that’s OK, because Villaraigosa doesn’t need it anymore. Last week, voters sided with the mayor and gave him a majority of school board members who support his reform effort. Thus, even though AB 1381 never took effect, it was by no means a failure. The bill kept school reform front and center in the public debate, while exposing the school board’s resistance to reform. And it was that resistance that made Tuesday’s election results possible. AB 1381 never took effect, but it achieved its purpose nonetheless. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FAREWELL, AB 1381, we hardly knew thee. Also known as the Romero Act, AB 1381 was Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s valiant but ultimately unsuccessful legislative effort to wrest control from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Despite a big victory in the Legislature, AB 1381 – which would have enabled Villaraigosa to appoint the LAUSD’s superintendent and directly control a cluster of schools – never went into effect. The school board spent some $1 million to fight the measure in court, triumphing through two rounds of litigation. And now Villaraigosa has announced that he’s dropping the legal battle. AB 1381 is dead. last_img read more

Arnold takes tentative stance

first_imgAs part of his campaign strategy, Schwarzenegger needs to lure Latinos, a traditionally Democratic-leaning group, but he also must consider Republican conservatives who want a border clampdown. And then there’s the state’s multibillion-dollar agriculture machine – a powerful political force that relies on a steady supply of low-priced labor. Schwarzenegger has said he favors a temporary worker program, an approach the U.S. Senate has debated, but has said little about how such a plan should work. He does not support blanket amnesty, and thinks it’s impractical to consider deporting millions of illegal immigrants. Other border state governors have taken different steps. Last year, New Mexico’s Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency in border counties, letting him funnel state money to local governments and law enforcement. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has shifted state public-safety officers and equipment to provide more border security. “There’s a great deal of frustration in the Republican ranks right now about the fact that the Republican leadership – whether Arnold Schwarzenegger or George Bush – is not making it a priority to close the border to illegal immigration,” said GOP consultant Karen Hanretty, a former chief spokeswoman for the state Republican Party. Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said the governor has laid out a consistent policy proposal on immigration, but stressed that ultimately it is Congress’ job to hammer out details. The governor considers fences of use in some instances, she said, coupled with increased patrols and surveillance. A voter survey Thursday by the Public Policy Institute of California found that only two of 10 Latinos approve of the governor’s leadership. This week, the governor has taken steps to make an impression with the Hispanic community. On Monday, Schwarzenegger made a point of publicly saying how troubled he was by threats against Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He has also endorsed the mayor’s plan to take control of city schools, an issue that has strong appeal in Latino communities.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Last year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger backed a federal plan to build a stretch of border fence between San Diego and Tijuana. This week, he said walling off hundreds of miles of the California-Mexico border is a strategy from the Stone Age. It’s not the only example of his complex – and sometimes shifting – views on illegal immigration, an issue that has given rise to a national movement during his time in office. California’s governor certainly should have a role in the debate over leaky borders and the not-so-invisible illegal labor economy. The state has more illegal immigrants than any other – an estimated 2.4 million, more than the population of Nebraska. And Schwarzenegger himself is one of America’s most visible immigrants. He often talks of his immigrant history. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBut his positions also reflect the state’s immigration politics and the popularity-challenged governor’s struggle to win a second term; a recent Field Poll found that just 36 percent of voters are inclined to re-elect the governor. In the 1990s, he supported a ballot proposition to deny illegal immigrants many basic services, including public education and nonemergency health care. Today, Schwarzenegger says the fight over illegal immigration is at the borders, “not in our schools and not in our hospitals.” Recently he stressed the economy needs “a free flow of people” to thrive; he also embraces the Minuteman patrol movement, which warns of a nation “plundered by the menace of tens of millions of invading illegal aliens.” The governor’s “schizophrenic view” mirrors divisions among voters and within Schwarzenegger’s own party, said independent pollster Mark DiCamillo. One statewide survey Thursday ranked immigration as the most important issue in the state, overshadowing even education. “I think you will see a bigger than expected turnout among Latinos because of this one issue,” said DiCamillo, noting that Latinos are the state’s fastest-growing voting bloc. last_img read more


first_imgAn 18 year old woman who stole an iPhone from a beauty supply store in Letterkenny has been given the Probation Act.Letterkenny court.Samaroa Tinichigiu, of 14 Hazelbrook Crescent, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. The court heard that the accused entered a back room of Jules Hair and Beauty Supplies at Rossview Business Park in Letterkenny on July 12th last.The accused was later identified and admitted stealing the phone which was valued at €400 and which was later recovered.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been born in Romania but was living here since she was two years old.He said she had just completed her Leaving Cert and had no money and simply stole the phone to sell it on.The court heard she had no previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until November 27th for a probation report.WOMAN STOLE iPHONE FROM BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:courtdonegalIPHONEJules Hair and Beauty SuppliesletterkennySamaroa Tinichigiulast_img read more

Bankruptcy filings explode

first_img It will prohibit most filers with above-average income from filing Chapter 7 petitions that allow debts to be erased. Instead, people deemed to have at least $100 a month left over after paying certain debts and expenses will have to submit a five-year repayment plan under more restrictive Chapter 13 guidelines. The law also sets some restrictions on businesses. Supporters believe that the changes will help rein in consumers who pile up credit card debt only to wipe it out with a Chapter 7 filing. Opponents say the law will hurt those who incur debt unexpectedly, such as with health problems or lost jobs. Since President George W. Bush signed the law in April, the number of personal bankruptcy petitions has soared. Preliminary estimates expect a record 200,000 petitions to be filed this week alone, according to Burlingame, Calif.-based Lundquist Consulting, which compiles bankruptcy statistics. The firm said the current record of 102,863 was set last week. Clerk Yvonne Evans at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta said all 123 employees were called in to help deal with last-minute filers. “I can’t even begin to tell you how extraordinary this is,” she said. “The line is wrapped all the way around the 13th floor. It’s wild.” Filings were allowed in person through Friday, though attorneys making electronic court filings have until midnight Sunday. Christian, whose husband just found work, nine months after losing his job, said bankruptcy will enable her to pay what she can. “I think everybody should be able to wipe the slate clean and start over,” she said. Similar stories could be heard at courthouses across the country. Michael G. Bennett, 36, of Dedham, Mass., filed for Chapter 7 protection after six years of financial trouble left him with $35,000 in debt. “It hasn’t happened overnight,” said Bennett, who has a wife and 2-year-old son. “It will be much easier now to keep the creditors at bay.” In Charlotte, N.C., the handful of people filling out bankruptcy petitions included Lorraine Martinson, 44, who was expecting to give birth to her first child Friday. “Both my husband and I owned our own businesses. I used to have real good credit so I was able to take out all kinds of credit cards,” she said. “When we missed a payment, all of a sudden the interest rate was 30 percent.” She said they tried to catch up but found themselves falling deeper in debt. “We spent a year crying over this,” she said. “I’m not happy about it, but what choice do I have?” At the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, people huddled under umbrellas against the rain as they waited for court to open. “Right now, my whole thing is to regroup,” said Pamela Green, who said debt forced her to close her women’s clothing boutique. In Plano, Texas, attorney Veronica Weaver was holding a stack of cases she planned to file. “We are seeing a little bit of everything. Some of it’s for medical reasons, some of it’s a job loss and some are behind on mortgage payments,” she said. Bankruptcy attorney Tom Feezey of suburban Chicago ran radio commercials in the recent weeks to notify prospective clients about the law change. Apparently it worked: Feezey said he made 15 Chapter 7 filings this week – triple what he would normally file in one month. “Now I know what it feels like to be an accountant on April 15th,” Feezey said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Facing a weekend deadline, thousands of people armed with bulging files of paperwork lined up at courthouses in Woodland Hills and around the nation Friday to seek bankruptcy protection from creditors before a new law makes it much more difficult to shed debt. The number of cases filed before the law takes effect Monday was expected to set not only a national record but individual records in a number of states. Some clerks said bankruptcy filing records were beaten every day this week. At the Central District bankruptcy court in Woodland Hills, the line formed before dawn and grew to nearly 100 people as it stretched outside. By Friday afternoon, a line of 60 people still stretched outside. Carla O’Connor had to lean up against a concrete trash can after waiting in line for three hours to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. center_img “I just found out yesterday about the deadline. If I had known sooner, I would have filed a long time ago,” said O’Connor, 60, an insurance adjuster from Encino who racked up more than $200,000 in debt from spinal and hip surgery. “Thankfully, I’ve never had to file before. But this has been a humbling experience.” Friday’s deadline was complicated by a computer glitch, which prevented bankruptcy attorneys from filing online. Bernal Ojeda, an attorney from Van Nuys, has about 80 bankruptcy filings to get in before the court closed. “I tried doing them online, but they wouldn’t go through,” said Ojeda, who had a stack of filings under his arm. “I’m trying to manually file at least 60. I have someone helping me downtown, too.” The court was allowing people to drop off filings Friday afternoon as long as they had money orders from the U.S. Postal Service. Ojeda said if he doesn’t get the filings in, he’ll send a letter to his clients stating he will pay for the extra cost when the deadline passes. “It’s not their fault. But it’s not my fault, either. The system wasn’t prepared for this,” he said. The law, the most sweeping reform of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in decades, sets new limits on personal bankruptcy filing and requires people to get professional credit counseling before they are allowed to file petitions. last_img read more

Fortuna boys win Niclai

first_imgThe Fortuna boys captured their third Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament championship in school history with a 75-55 win over McKinleyville Friday night in Lumberjack Arena. In the sixth matchup this season between the two teams, it was the Huskies who came out the more aggressive and faster team. Fortuna (16-11) pushed a larger but slower McKinleyville (19-9) team to its physical limit by keeping the pace of play at a level that the Panthers found harder and harder to endure as the game wore on. …last_img read more

Tenure security for farmworkers

first_img2 August 2005In a bid to halt farm evictions in South Africa, the government is to propose legislation giving farmworkers tenure security.The proposed legislation will also separate farmworkers’ employment contracts from their right to reside in their dwellings.The policy, which according to the Department of Housing is at a draft stage, will see the government rolling out its low-cost housing programme on farms.The Department of Housing’s chief town and regional planner, Namso Baliso, said the policy would be sent to Parliament for discussion early in 2006.“At the moment we are consulting widely with relevant stakeholders such as NGOs, farmers and the Department of Land Affairs,” she said.Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the policy aims to address the specific needs of farm dwellers. “It will ensure that they are not excluded from services delivered by government,” she said.Despite several pieces of legislation passed to protect the rights of farmworkers and prevent arbitrary evictions, thousands of farmworkers continue to be evicted from their dwellings.Ironically, it is laws that are meant to protect farm labourers that have fuelled a wave of mass evictions on farms.Two years ago, a Limpopo farmer, Andries Fourie, made history when he sacked 366 workers at once, apparently because they had joined a union.A report recently released by the South African Human Rights Commission has highlighted the appalling conditions faced by South African farmworkers.“On South African farms the right to reside in a dwelling on a farm is usually linked to the labour contract between the farm owner and the worker. When a worker is fired, the right to reside in the dwelling is also terminated,” reads the report.Many of those who are evicted were born on these farms and upon eviction have to leave the graves of their beloved ones behind.The policy, if passed into law, will make it possible for farm workers to get title deeds for their dwellings, and in the event of losing their job they will no longer be forced to vacate their dwellings.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgWe continue our series of superb videos from Captain David Rodrigo, who flies with Avianca Brazil, that take you into the cockpit of an Airbus A320 as never before. The videos are shot using a Go Pro Hero3. In this video you will see stunning thunderstorms, lightning, rain and of course delightful sun rises and sunsets.You will also see dramatic shots of Rio and other South American cities. And of course plenty of cockpit action.Watch for the shot of the pilots color radar (see picture right) showing big thunderstorms ahead and then the camera pans out of the cockpit to see the real thing ahead (see picture right).To see more videos by Captain Rodrigo go here: read more