Rondina says ‘no one to blame but ourselves’ amid losing skid

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Rondina added that there’s nothing to go but up for them and she vowed that UST will recover.“We haven’t lost hope and I told them every time we’ll go into battle we should’ve the mindset that we will win,” said Rondina. “I can say this, and I can be proud of this, that my teammates and I can win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next University of Santo Tomas’ contender status is slowly falling apart.ADVERTISEMENT The Golden Tigresses have yet to win back-to-back games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but they’ve already registered two straight defeats after losing to National University and University of the Philippines.Cherry Rondina knows, though, that there’s no one to blame for that terrible standing and inconsistent showing so far but the Golden Tigresses themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We talked how we can fix our problems, there’s no one to blame but us,” said Rondina in Filipino. “The coaches fought for us, now it’s up to us to keep fighting.”After their 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12 loss to the Maroons on Wednesday, the Golden Tigresses dropped a 2-4 record but remained at fourth place thanks to a three-way logjam at the second spot. UST’s loss to UP was the first time that Rondina got outscored with Diana Carlos and Isa Molde’s 32 and 24-point outputs eclipsing the Golden Tigress’ 23.And Rondina knows she didn’t play up to her level against the Lady Maroons.“I’m also mad at myself, I committed so many mistakes,” said Rondina who went 23-of-57 in her spike attempts. “We really threw the game and we weren’t able to recover quickly enough to give ourselves a chance to win.”UST’s conundrum started as early as the first set when they held a 19-10 lead but allowed UP to come back and force the set to go into the 30s.And although the Lady Maroons flunked in the first set, they eventually built the foundation that allowed them to keep the Golden Tigresses at bay until the final point.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Haruna, Gaco carry Go for Gold past pesky Batangas-EAC UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

Playing politics with our security will not protect our borders (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Two ludicrous news items appeared in the <> on April 6th. One bears the headline “Joint Services adequately resourced to protect Guyana’s border – Harmon”, and the other, “GPL will become world-class utility company – CEO”.Unless the Guyana Power & Light (GPL) is given full control of the Amaila Falls Hydroelectric Plant after it is built by the PPP/C when we return to office in 2020, GPL will always remain incompetent, unreliable, and be a major liability on the financial resources of the country.But this letter is not about GPL, it is about the ludicrous statement made by the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. If the article is correct, Minister Harmon was quoted as saying, “I would say that the disciplined forces there – the Police and the Army – they have the resources to respond quickly to these reports.” Of course he was referring to the “growing concerns about the safety and security of citizens living and working along the border communities, who complain of increasing attacks, particularly from the Venezuela-based Sindicato gang members.”As I’ve written earlier, the Parliamentary Oversight Committee for the Security Services, headed by Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, just returned from a fact-finding mission to Region One, where we inspected Police stations at Moruca, Matthew’s Ridge, Port Kaituma and Mabaruma.The overall report card reflects the concerns of senior Police ranks on these very issues, and the willingness to get the job done. But without clear policy guidelines; adequate manpower; proper weapons, vehicles, boats; and more secure holding cells, it would be impossible for them to contain and deter criminal activities in the area. Sending more Police and soldiers to the region would further complicate matters, as accommodation is limited and inadequate even for those now living there. Where would Minister Harmon put these additional Police and troops? Did he not consult with his colleague, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, before making such a statement? Playing politics with our security will not protect our borders, but will condemn our disciplined forces to a failed mission if proper planning is neglected.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

GWI employee slapped with robbery charge

first_imgA 20-year-old man on Monday appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with two charges of robbery with aggravation.Randy Bowen, of Duncan Street, Kitty, Georgetown, is accused of robbing two persons while in the company of others in the vicinity of Irving Street, Georgetown.The court heard that on March 16, 2018 at Irving Street, Bowen robbed Jillian Delouse of one black Alcatel cellphone valued $24,000.Further, it is alleged that also on March 16 at Irving Street, Georgetown, in the company of others, Bowen robbed Royston Beveny of a cellphone worth $21,000.According to the prosecution’s case, the Virtual Complainants (VCs) were waiting on transportation at Irving Street, Georgetown when Bowen, along with others, approached them and demanded the cellphones.A report was subsequently made at the Kitty Police Station and the main suspect was identified and arrested. The court heard that a search was carried out on Bowen and one of the phones was found.Bail was granted by Magistrate Judy Latchman in the sum of $200,000. The case will continue on April 9, 2018.last_img read more

Coalition Govt in “spin mode” over 2019 Budget – Jagdeo

first_img…nothing for poor or elderlyDays after the presentation of the $300.7 billion National Budget for the fiscal year 2019, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is not too inspired by the estimates and told reports that Government is spinning the facts as he outlined that there are no real measures for the poor and elderly.He declared that Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s budget presentation is no different from any other of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government’s previous budgets.Jagdeo, an economist, pointed out that the budget continued its trend of massivelyOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoincreasing recurring expenditure with little increases in capital expenditure, as he added that nothing significant was included for the poor or elderly after Government increased public assistance and Old Aged Pensions by $1000 each.“The Government machinery is in a total spin mode about how great this budget is and what it will do for people; but I think they’re in a losing battle and in spite of the spin, people will realise [that] across Guyana when they’ve had a chance to go through the provisions of the budget in great detail,” Jagdeo told members of the press on Thursday.Included in his assessment of the 2019 Budget, Jagdeo highlighted that the Public Health Ministry received less in the budget than what was awarded in 2014 when the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was in Government. He added that this year’s allocation only saw a $1.6 billion increase from last year’s budget while the Public Security Ministry received a $1.1 billion increase and a minor increase for education.The Opposition Leader further revealed that billions of dollars have been added to the Government’s “unimportant wants” while little has been catered for the productive sectors such as education, security and health.To this end, he noted that dietary has increased to $2.203 billion per year, with other operating expenses being $1 billion higher. He noted too that local travel has increased by $1 billion while vehicles services increased by $645 million and other transports by $519 million. Reporters heard that building rentals stood at $827 million while security services for Government officials increased by $2.617 billion, while there were $595 million increases for equipment and $3.397 billion for other goods and services.Jagdeo reiterated that there was also a decline in the Indigenous People’s AffairsFinance Minister Winston JordanMinistry’s policy development expenditure from the year 2017. In that year, $1.331 billion was awarded in the budget, $1.183 billion in 2018 and in 2019, $815 million, which showed a decline of more than $500 million from 2014, he said.Agriculture capital expenditures in 2018  was $4.6 billion and in 2019 is $4.614 billion which showed a $12 million increase, $1.8 billion of which will be coming in from foreign sources. He highlighted that the Public Infrastructure Ministry in 2017 received $29.3 billion in the budget, in 2018 $24.1 billion, and in 2019, $26 billion.The Childcare and Protection Agency (CCPA) also saw a decrease in allocation; now receiving $80 Million compared to $165 million in 2018’s Budget. An increase of $1.425 billion was awarded in the budget for the entire regions across Guyana for only five of their programmes.However, compared to this, Jagdeo noted that Government has increased expenditures in the non-essential areas by some $13.5 billion.“These areas have seen the biggest growth under Government… $13.5 billion increase in these 10 areas that I consider not essential,” Jagdeo explained.He said too that there have been massive growths in expenditure for the celebration of national event which have moved from $430 million in 2018 to $675 million in 2019.According to the Opposition Leader, “We are spending more for other goods than in the major sectors in Guyana… they prefer to spend more on eating and rental than on public security, education and drug purchases… the budget estimates, that is what you have to go to when you want to look at what is happening”.The General Secretary of the PPP stressed that several of Government’s road projects, including the Linden-Lethem road, the Mabura to Brazil road, the Soesdyke/Linden road rehabilitation, the Diamond/Grove road extension and the new Demerara Harbour Bridge will take many years to be realised.According to the former President, the promises of these projects are nothing short of duping the Guyanese people. Speaking once again on a host of tax measures Government implemented, Jagdeo says measures in 2019 budget will see taxes grow to $72.9 billion remitted.He observed that Government is removing some tax measures which it had recently included.“This shows the confusion in the Ministry of Finance… these things look good on the surface but when you go through the dynamics of how they were, it is foolishness… the budget has nothing for poor people, will not stimulate the economy, it cannot be the framework for the development of Guyana… if you tax people more, then you are just using their money and they are left with the little pittances… they missed the bus on this budget… This is called juking people… this is all falsehood… this is what APNU does well,” the Opposition Leader stated.last_img read more

SOCU Prosecutor a no-show

first_imgPradoville land saleThe Special Organised Crime Unit’s (SOCU) prosecutor was a no-show in court on Monday when the Pradoville land sale case was called at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Chief MagistrateAnn McLennanPeople’s Progressive Party Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, is before the court as a result of trumped-up political motivated charges for allegedly selling State lands under market value, was present in court with his lawyers when the matter was called. After the prosecutor failed to make an appearance, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan adjourned the case to September 27, 2019. Ali’s lawyers informed the Chief Magistrate that they intend to file proceedings in the full court for a stay in the matter.High Court Judge Dawn Gregory, on Friday last did not grant a stay order.Ali is facing 19 charges in relation to the sale of land in the ‘Pradoville 2’ Housing Scheme between 2010-2015. He was serving as Housing Minister during the time.last_img read more

SOCU charges Nandlall

first_imgLaw books vendetta…as court releases him on self-bailBy Jarryl BryanFormer Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, was on Thursday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a charge instituted by members of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) which detailed that, between May 15 and May 29, 2015, while being a bailee (custodian), he had fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit 14 Commonwealth Law Reports, valued at $2.3 million — which he allegedly unlawfully retained after demitting office in 2015.Nandlall arrives at court for a second time, accompanied by two of his attorneysRepresented by a battery of attorneys that included former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, as well as Glenn Hanoman, Sase Gunraj, Euclin Gomes and Sanjeev Datadin, Nandlall’s entry into the courtroom was preceded by his eminent legal representation, and he was initially informed by the magistrate that the case file was not with her clerk. This caused some commotion as the lawyers tried to determine whether SOCU officers were attempting to manipulate the system to further detain Nandlall.There was a terse exchange between Magistrate Azore and Attorney Hanoman, who argued that the matter should be dealt with expeditiously, as Nandlall’s liberty was at stake. Magistrate Azore eventually told the defence battery of lawyers to leave the courtroom as the case file was not in her possession, prompting the team to mull filing a Habeas Corpus that would have compelled SOCU to bring Nandlall before the court to have his case heard.Nandlall, meanwhile, was taken from the magistrate’s presence, but as the case file was brought to the magistrate after a delay, he was returned to court, and the former Attorney General was not required to plead to the indictable charge.Defence Attorney Hanoman, arguing for self-bail, said Nandlall was a former Attorney General of Guyana and, moreover, in 19 years of legal practise, had never had an incident. He also referred to Nandlall’s address as his fixed place of abode.It was also pointed out that the High Court had only days before granted Nandlall a conservatory order preventing SOCU from seizing the said law books.State Prosecutor Patrice Henry informed the court that more statements had to be taken in relation to the matter. As such, Nandlall was released on self-bail. He is scheduled to return to court on May 9.ArrestNandlall later told the media that SOCU operatives had gone for him at his law office earlier in the day, and had whisked him away to their headquarters. Shortly after members of the media had arrived at the unit’s headquarters at approximately 12:00hrs, Nandlall was brought out by SOCU operatives to be taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Nandlall arrived at the courthouse in a heavily tinted SOCU vehicle, but remained outside the courtroom in SOCU custody. After some time had elapsed, the SOCU officers had drove away with Nandlall while his lawyers frantically tried to determine where the officers were taking him.VendettaOutside the court, Nandlall told the media he was not surprised by the charge, which he stated was a long time coming, after he had begun criticising the performance of Attorney General Basil Williams.“I don’t think anyone would be surprised by the turn of events. The Attorney General promised over a year ago that, should I continue to publicly criticise him, he will make these law books an issue and I will be charged,” Nandlall claimed.“This has nothing to do with the law books. As I indicated earlier, it has a political and sinister motive. (But) the state will expend millions of tax payers’ money to prosecute this charge, and it will go nowhere.”The former Attorney General expressed conviction that he was being persecuted, and he said this was one of several attempts to embarrass and silence him and to break his spirit. He insisted that the charge should not have even been filed, since he had already begun proceedings in the High Court.“The Constitution is very clear: A magistrate ought to defer to the superiority of the High Court and the superior law of the land. Hopefully, at an appropriate stage, that application will be made and it will be dealt with,” he said.“I am happy that this is being done, so the world is witnessing how quickly we have descended (into authoritarianism). Today it is Anil Nandlall, tomorrow it can be any one of you. Your business is exposing (wrongdoing) (and) that is my business as a politician, too. And that is all that I’ve been doing — exposing wrongdoings.”Nandlall reiterated that part of the package he had negotiated with former President Donald Ramotar was that the state would pay his subscription for the law books with United Kingdom publisher Lexis Nexis. He insisted that Government could not produce any document to verify actually buying his law books.Nandlall opined that his arrest and indictment was just the tip of the iceberg. According to him, it is likely that the state will bring more opposition politicians and former ministers before the courts.last_img read more

You could meet Brad Paisley in Dawson Creek

first_imgAll you have to do is listen to Moose FM, when you hear a Brad Paisley song, send us a message using the Moose FM App…the message must include the worlds “Perfect Storm”, which is Brad’s new song.Then on Monday October 6, Beth Morrison will pick one lucky winner who will get the tickets and get to meet Brad Paisley.Brad’s new album Moon Shine in the Trunk is out now and can be purchased on iTunes or by clicking here.- Advertisement –last_img

Mega bid: ‘If this star signs for Man United I might cry!’

first_img1 Manchester United are reportedly considering a £140m bid for Barcelona star Neymar.That figure would trigger the Brazilian’s release clause with the Champions League holders, paving the way for a transfer this summer.But while the Red Devils might possess the financial clout to test Barca’s resolve, Neymar would surely be less than tempted at the prospect of going from the treble winners to a club desperate to return to such glory days.Here’s a selection of the reaction on social media to these Neymar rumours.[View the story “Neymar to Man United for £140m? Here’s what’s been said…” on Storify] Neymar last_img

Record jump in gas prices

first_imgWASHINGTON – A record jump in gasoline prices pushed up wholesale inflation in November at the fastest pace in more than three decades, while retail sales showed unexpected strength.The Labor Department said Thursday that wholesale prices rose by 3.2 percent last month, the biggest increase in 34 years. The jump reflected a 34.8 percent surge in gasoline prices. Outside of energy and food, core inflation posted a 0.4 percent jump, double what was expected.But in more upbeat economic news, the Commerce Department reported that retail sales increased by a better-than-expected 1.2 percent last month. It was the biggest sales advance in six months and evidence of widespread strength in a number of areas, from department stores to clothing shops and furniture stores.On Wall Street, stocks posted a modest gain, rising by 44.06 points to close at 13,517.96. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champEconomists said the retail sales gain should ease concerns the economy is about to tumble into a recession, although they said overall growth in the current quarter is still likely to be weak given the headwinds battering consumers. Those troubles include the slump in housing, a severe credit crunch and surging energy costs. These problems pushed consumer confidence down to the lowest point in two years, leading economists to forecast a subpar performance by holiday shoppers this year.The big jump in wholesale prices was worrisome, economists said, because it was not limited to energy. That suggests that the relentless surge in energy prices could be spreading into more widespread inflation, something that would raise alarm bells at the Federal Reserve.“I think the Fed has some worries on inflation,” said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s in New York. “We are starting to see some leakage from energy into other areas of the economy.” 160Want 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

GAA NEWS: MCCREADY GOAL NOT ENOUGH AS NA ROSSA OPEN LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WITH A DEFEAT

first_imgNa Rossa News: The seniors started their league campaign last Saturday evening as Naomh Ultan were the visitors to Dooey.A very young Na Rossa team on the night found the Dunkineely men to strong as we lost out 1-9 to 1-4. JP McCready with the goal and Christian & Gerard with 2 points each were the scorers on the night. A free weekend this weekend with Convoy next up on Saturday week.Last Saturday evening the club hosted a ‘Night at the races’ in Elliott’s bar. A great nights craic was had with the club making over €2100. The club would like to thank Daniel and the staff in Elliott’s for hosting the event.Eileen Breslin on putting together the programme for the night. To all our sponsors and patrons that bought horses and put up the cash prizes.To all the horse sellers and the lads taking the bets on the night. Finally to club treasurer Felix Melly on organising the event. The club sincerely thanks you all on what was a huge effort . The club lotto draw took place last Monday evening in the hall. Numbers drawn were 18, 19. 20 & 27. Their was no jackpot winner of €9000 on the night. Two lucky dip winners receive €50 Daniel Martin, Dooey & Emer O donnell, Glenties.A reminder to club 50 members the March draw will take place next Monday night in the hall with all monies to be in before the commencement of the draw.The minors play Ardara this Monday evening at 5.30 in the division 1 league quarter final. GAA NEWS: MCCREADY GOAL NOT ENOUGH AS NA ROSSA OPEN LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WITH A DEFEAT was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANa RossaNoticesSportlast_img read more