MOST READ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far It was Ateneo’s ninth straight win as it continues to highlight its most dominant campaign since winning the title back-to-back five seasons ago.“We really thank the Lord,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “We know FEU will give us a challenge, so we told ourselves to expect FEU to come up with a strong fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut the Lady Tamaraws weren’t up to the task.Already losing to injury their prized rookie Lycha Ebon, the Lady Tamaraws’ other vaunted gun was seemingly absent in the straight sets loss. P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo was bracing itself for an all-out war against last year’s finalist Far Eastern University on Wednesday night.What it got was token opposition as the Lady Eagles blew right by the Lady Tamaraws with a 25-21, 25-10, 25-18 triumph to take another step closer to the UAAP women’s volleyball Final Four at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Kaya draws with PSM in Indonesia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tolentino and Gaston each scored 11 points, while De Leon also had seven in the rout.Far Eastern thus dropped into a three-way tie for third with idle University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines at 6-4.The Lady Maroons drew the needed points from their bench to overcome University of the East, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-11, in the first game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Celine Domingo failed to score the entire match despite averaging 11.9 points coming into the game.“We are just happy the players responded to the challenge, it is instinctive of them to be fighters,” added Almadro. “So we really leveled up our energy.”Deanna Wong orchestrated the plays, tossing 30 excellent sets to feed Kat Tolentino, Ponggay Gaston, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon.Ateneo had 35 attack points compared to 27 by FEU and had more kill-blocks (8-3) and aces (5-1). The Lady Eagles also committed fewer errors (18-27).“I think it showed how prepared we are with how Deanna distributed the ball and how we won the match convincingly,” said Madayag, who accounted for seven points.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Torwan T. Yantay, the man charged with the same crimes as those for which the dismissed Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Managing Director Moses Wogbeh and three other mangers and a senior surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME) are currently being tried, testified against his colleagues.Yantay served as acting manager for GIS and Remote Sensing of the FDA responsible to conduct field validation of communities where logging companies were operating with the Private Use Permits (PUPs).Prosecution is alleging that Yantay’s testimonies can prove that the defendants, without following the regulations of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PCCP), issued sixty-one PUP licenses, which authorized commercial logging operations on the 2.5 million hectares of farmland in five of the fifteen counties in the country by the FDA. Yantay will not be charged again for any crime related to the testimony he has provided. In his testimony, he alleged that in 2010 FDA’s management appointed him to serve as acting GIS manager after his former boss, Augustine Johnson, wen on annual leave. But Yantay said during his interim period, the institution was carrying out PUP validation reports. In December 2010, after Johnson had left, his team was sent to the Tienpo Gbapo Chiefdom in River Gee County for field validation of the Gedeh land.According to him, in early April 2011, a team from his division was sent into the field to validate PUP areas and the team returned with its reports for signature. Yantay said, “My boss, John B. Kantor, then technical manager of the FDA and co-defendant, informed me that the company and the regional staff of the FDA visited the area for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), so he signed and I also signed the three reports.” According to him, in July of that same year, the management of the FDA had a meeting with donors to carry out the project called ‘Expand’ in the Grand Kru- Rivergee Counties’ proposed protected areas. He said, “When I did the overlay of the shape, it was noticed that a greater portion of the areas had been given as PUPs to the people of Jiah community in the area.” He said he informed Mr. Kantor and one Theo Freeman about the overlap and they were asked to find the validation report. Yantay further explained that the validation report in the contract showed that the portion of the Grand Kru-Rivergee proposed protected area had already been given under the PUP, and Kantor instructed his division to check for all other areas that were overlapped.“At that time there were only three areas that were overlapped,” he claimed.Yantay will not be charged again with any crime related to the testimony he has provided. Prosecution is claiming that Yantay’s testimonies can prove that the defendants allegedly issued the sixty-one PUP licenses, which authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farmland in five of the fifteen counties by the FDA.At Thursday’s hearing, Yantay appeared calm throughout his testimony that lasted for almost three hours, before Presiding Judge Peter W, Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C,’ suspended the matter for an hour. The defendants are being tried on the commission of the crimes, which include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.
The Dokodan Farmers’ Cooperative (DFC), in Gbedin, Nimba County has called on relevant stakeholders in the agriculture sector to provide assistance that will enable them to cultivate mass low-land rice. DFC is one of the largest farmers’ cooperatives currently operating in the country, but went through some difficult circumstances as a result of the EVD outbreakIt currently operates a 410-acre farm in the Gbedin area, but according to its president Jefferson Tokpah, this seems not to be enough for the over 250 farmers that find themselves in the township. Out of this number, there are 97 active working farmers including 36 females.Speaking with officials of the West Africa Agriculture Productivity Program, who through AfricaRice are providing assistance to the farmers in terms of certified and foundation seeds, fertilizers and other technical support, Tokpah said there are over 990 acres undeveloped low-lands that the farmers are still waiting to make use of.He appealed for the clearing of the land, the provision of seed rice, fertilizers and other technical supports that will enable them to put the land to use. “We want for government and its partners to help us in developing these acreages. There is a huge population in the town and most of our active farmers are not working because they don’t have land to work on,” Mr. Tokpah said. He indicated that the number of farmers in the community is huge and the 410 acres cannot sustain them. “So if we can develop the 990 acres, farmers will have access to plots to farm and there will be no confusion among us here. This is our major problem,” he said.He indicated that EVD had a huge toll on the community, leading to most of the rice produced last year not being sold because there was no market. “Last year, the farmers grew up to 150 metric tons of rice and all was not purchased because of the Ebola outbreak. But for this time we want to thank God that AfricaRice and other partners came to give us some assistance,” he said.He lauded the government, AfricaRice and WAAPP for the support, which included the new variety of rice seeding, NL-19. “AfricaRice gave us some money and certified seeds; this is why you see the field being cultivated. It is our prayer that by next year farmers will do more.”The new variety, according to him, is cultivated thrice a year. “We want to thank God that this variety was recommended to us by the Ministry of Agriculture and our partners. This variety is very economical. We can cultivate it three times a year. We have already harvested two times this year and this is the third one that we are now on.”World Bank Senior Agric Specialist, Dr. Abimbola Adubi, said the Cooperative should always strive to reinvest some of the funds that are generated from their produces, instead of calling on government for help.Dr. Adubi, who said he was impressed with the level of work on the farm, said Cooperatives across the world are business ventures and they should always undertake initiatives on their own, especially after receiving initial support from government and its partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In a matter of less than three months, Guyanese are expected to be heading to the polls to vote for a political party that will form the Government that they believe will push for the kind of development they wish to see. Citizens will also make their decision on the basis on which political party will more than likely follow the necessary principles and practices in keeping with transparent and accountable governance.But of course, we all know by now that holding elections in such a time is dependent on whether the coalition Government would abide by the provisions in the Constitution, following its defeat in the recent no-confidence vote. It was stated before, and we repeat for emphasis sake; the Constitution is clear as to the actions that must be followed after a no-confidence vote: Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”With the Government’s defeat, the next steps in clause 7 of Article 106 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution be supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”The Government had initially accepted the motion, now turned resolution, but subsequently shifted its position with Attorney General Basil Williams having declared that the Administration intends to mount a legal challenge. On Friday, the case was filed by a private citizen on the ground that former MP Charrandas Persaud dual citizenship disqualifies his ability to vote.The Speaker had refused a request by the Government to reverse his ruling on the no-confidence vote, saying he would leave it to the courts to make a “full, final and complete settlement” on the contentious issued raised.The President and the Leader of the Opposition are expected to meet next week for dialogue and to determine the way forward taking into consideration that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration has lost the confidence of the majority of the people’s representative in Parliament.The APNU/AFC Government has stated on numerous occasions before that it is proud of its accomplishments over the past three years. They had provided a long list of ‘achievements’ and boasted about not being afraid to face the electorate again. However, based on its recent actions, it is clear that the coalition Government is using all avenues; including the courts, to stall the process and to buy time.One would think that if the Government is confident that it has performed creditably since it took the reins of political power, it would be anxious to go to the polls. Any Government that is confident of the way it has performed would call elections to get a renewed mandate from the electorate; more so considering the fact that one of its own members has expressed a loss of confidence in the way the Administration governs.That said, once a date is set for national elections; the nation could expect fierce competition between the political parties as the stakes are high considering oil is expected to start flowing in 2020. Given the many concerns being raised with respect to the management of the oil sector, the new Government will be expected to take urgent measures to ensure that the revenues which accrue from the sector will not be squandered but, will be used towards building human and institutional capacity, addressing our poor infrastructure and providing economic security for future generations.Of interest also is that quite a large number of young people would have attained the required age to vote, which would likely to result in the percentage of first-time voters to be significantly high. We should point out that in the last LGE and even the two previous General Elections, quite a number of eligible voters, among them young people, did not turn up on Polling Day to cast their ballots, and while we can only assume their reasons for doing so, no doubt some of them would have been “turned off” by the kind of politics that is practiced here.Considering the events over the past two weeks, we believe that it is in the nation’s best interest if the country were to proceed with preparing for new elections and allow citizens to elect a Government of their choice. Let the people decide!
The National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) on Thursday hosted a training workshop for possible tender evaluators. Speaking at the Police Officers Training Complex in Georgetown, Chairman of the Procurement Board, Berkley Wickham, introduced potential evaluators to the guiding principles of public procurement, where he noted the importance of integrity and transparency.Public procurement is a process wherein Government identifies the needs and problems regarding acquisition of goods and services, and engages potential suppliers after which contracts are awarded.A section of the potential evaluators on ThursdayThe potential evaluators were told that public procurement accounts for nearly 30 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), where the noted weakness of the private sector was highlighted.“Public procurement in Guyana has been estimated in the order of 20-30% of GDP. In Guyana, we do have a very weak private sector, so Government has had to act as the primary economic driver of the economy,” the Chairman asserted.The prospective evaluators heard that public procurement could play a positive role in Social Cohesion, and can bring about improvement in social standards, such as living and working conditions. Wickham stressed that Government does not award contracts to suppliers that exploit labour or engage in child labour.It was further explained that, under the guiding principles, there must be fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers and contractors; while transparency, integrity and public confidence in the procurement process must be promoted. The principles that govern evaluating tenders include: non-discrimination, equal treatment, transparency and confidentiality.Currently, evaluators who assess bids for contracts are paid only G$3000 per evaluation, but Chairman Wickam noted that this figure is likely to increase in the near future. He added that although 80 persons responded to the ads seeking evaluators, only half attended the workshop due to Thursday’s heavy downpours.
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Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have been paired with Odds of Norway, while Ajax will take on Jablonec of the Czech Republic after being dumped out of the Champions League third qualifying round by Rapid Vienna.Fenerbahce, who have invested big money this summer luring the likes of Robin van Persie, Nani and Simon Kjaer to Istanbul only to be beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League third qualifying round, will meet Atromitos of Greece.The winners will join the 10 losers from the Champions League play-offs and 16 other sides who qualify directly — including Villarreal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Schalke 04, Fiorentina, Napoli and Marseille – in the group stage draw.Draw for the Europa League play-offs, made on Friday:Milsami Orhei (MDA) v Saint-Etienne (FRA)Altach (AUT) v Belenenses (POR)Zilina (SVK) v Athletic Bilbao (ESP)Steaua Bucharest (ROM) v Rosenborg (NOR)Zorya Luhansk (UKR) v Legia Warsaw (POL)Viktoria Pilsen (CZE) v Vojvodina (SRB)Jablonec (CZE) v Ajax (NED)Young Boys (SUI) v Qarabag (AZE)Molde (NOR) v Standard Liège (BEL)PAOK (GRE) v Brondby (DEN)Bordeaux (FRA) v Kairat Almaty (KAZ)Lech Poznan (POL) v Videoton (HUN)Dinamo Minsk (BLR) v Salzburg (AUT)Panathinaikos (GRE) v Qäbälä (AZE)Astra Giurgiu (ROM) v AZ Alkmaar (NED)Rabotnicki (MKD) v Rubin Kazan (RUS)Southampton (ENG) v Midtjylland (DEN)Liberec (CZE) v Hajduk Split (CRO)Odd (NOR) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)Krasnodar (RUS) v HJK Helsinki (FIN)Atromitos (GRE) v Fenerbahce (TUR)FC Thun (SUI) v Sparta Prague (CZE)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama (left) in action against Swansea City in an EPL match. He’s eying a long Europa League run with the Saints.NYON, August 7- English Premier League side Southampton have been drawn against the Danish champions Midtjylland in the play-offs for the Europa League as the draw was made on Friday.The Saints’ reward for beating Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem 5-0 on aggregate in the third qualifying round is a meeting with a Mdtjylland side who lost on away goals to APOEL of Cyprus in the Champions League third qualifying round.
It is “increasingly unlikely” that negotiators for three supermarket operators and their Southern California workers will reach a contract deal in time to meet a deadline set by the employees’ union because labor talks have stalled, the grocers said Tuesday. Earlier this month, union negotiators set a noon Thursday deadline for reaching an acceptable contract deal with the employers – Supervalu Inc.’s Albertson’s, Kroger Co.’s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.’s Vons and Pavilions. In their statement Tuesday, the supermarkets accused union negotiators of delaying the talks and failing to engage in talks of funding levels for the workers’ health plan, wages and other issues. “Because no progress was made on core economic issues last week, we feel it’s going to be really unlikely that we’re going to have a comprehensive plan in two days,” markets’ spokeswoman Adena Tessler said. The supermarkets maintain significant progress has been made toward resolving many contract issues, but the union says both sides remain at odds over key details. The union plans to conduct a contract vote on Sunday, even if all workers have to consider is the bones of a comprehensive offer, Shimpock said. Employees at Ralphs and the Vons and Pavilions chains will also be asked to vote on whether to give union leaders the green light to call a strike against the markets. Albertson’s employees already gave the union clearance to call a strike against the chain in March.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The United Food and Commercial Workers, however, blamed the contract talk delays on the supermarkets. “I find it ironic that they’re lashing out when we gave them two weeks to finish a contract we’ve been negotiating for six months,” said Mike Shimpock, a spokesman for the seven union locals involved in the talks. He noted the union was able to negotiate labor contract with two regional supermarket operators in only a few weeks earlier this year. Labor talks between the supermarkets and the union began in January. Three-year contracts covering 65,000 workers at 785 stores from San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield south to San Diego expired in March. The contract has been renewing automatically on a daily basis and will to do so until any of the parties opts to end the process.
With the suicide of WWE wrestler, Chris Benoit, and apparent murder of his wife and seven-year old son in suburban Atlanta over last weekend, there will again be scrutiny about the emotional and mental risks of non-medical anabolic steroid use. Dr. Barbara Krantz, chief medical officer of Hanley Center, West Palm Beach, says that these steroids are easy to get, and they are not only illegal without a doctor’s prescription for medical reasons, they are dangerous drugs, with serious psychological and medical side effects. According to Dr. Krantz, people coming through the center for treatment of alcohol or other chemical dependency are routinely asked if they use steroids. “The majority of clients who say they use steroids tell us they bought them from the Internet,” said Dr. Krantz. “These people are often treated for opiate abuse, because they have taken opiates to ease intense pain caused by the attempt to wean off steroids.” — Suicide — Rage — Pain — Damage to heart, liver, and kidneys. — Hormonal changes Abuse of oral or injectable anabolic steroids is associated with increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. Most oral anabolic steroid abuse can cause severe liver problems including hepatic cancer. People who share needles put themselves at risk of contracting dangerous infections such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and bacterial endocarditis. In addition to illegal steroids, steroidal supplements such as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and androstenedione (street name Andro) are available over the counter in drugstores, health stores and even supermarkets. Although they are taken because the users think they have anabolic effects, little is known whether the supplements have any effect on muscle mass or whether there are serious side effects. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One of the main reasons people say they started using steroids is to improve their performance in sports. Teens and adults hope to boost endurance, strength and muscle mass through the use of steroids, and many people attempt to reduce body fat with steroid use. While little data exist on the extent of adult steroid abuse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it has been estimated that hundreds of thousands of people aged 18 and over abuse anabolic steroids at least once a year. Steroid users, in an attempt to produce a greater effect on muscle mass, “stack” or mix oral and/or injectable types, often in doses as high as 100 times the strength of a medical dose. They may “pyramid” the doses in cycles of 6-12 weeks, starting with a low dose and slowly increase it, then decrease the dose slowly, with the belief that this allows the body to safely adjust. Neither stacking nor pyramiding has any scientifically based benefits. Besides the severe muscle pain experienced when someone goes off steroids, it is well documented in medical literature that particularly in males, testosterone levels are low and severe emotional effects can occur. “When used for a long time, steroids can engender compulsivity in their usage,” says Dr. Krantz. While not yet termed an addictive drug by the medical community, steroids are labeled as behavioral drugs, which cause serious, sometimes irreversible side effects including: — Depression
Saying he wanted to share thoughts with Nixon “mainly on a human level,” Brezhnev told Nixon “we do not really understand much of what is happening,” but it was clear to the Politburo in Moscow not only domestic factors were at work. “There are those who would like to nullify or completely undermine everything valuable and important” in understandings being reached by the two superpowers, Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin said he told the president on Brezhnev’s behalf. The message, delivered to Nixon by Dobrynin, proposed “self-control and fortitude” in conducting foreign policy, Dobrynin wrote in a foreword to the documents. At first, Moscow paid little attention to Watergate, but as the scandal of the break-in at Democratic offices focused on the president, Dobrynin wrote, concern grew in the Politburo that it could damage improvement in U.S.-Soviet relations. “One began to sense his growing bewilderment, lack of confidence and withdrawal from other matters,” Dobrynin wrote. The ambassador was instructed to meet immediately and secretly with Nixon to deliver the message of support from General Secretary Brezhnev. “No doubt, there are some people – and not only in the U.S. – who anticipate that Richard Nixon won’t be able to take it and will crack under the pressure,” Dobrynin said he told the president on Brezhnev’s behalf. “But, we are pleased to note, you have no intention of giving them that satisfaction.” In response, and speaking slowly, Nixon said he wished to thank Brezhnev “for the fact that he, perhaps alone among the leaders of other nations, including the allies, had found simple human words to lift his spirits,” Dobrynin wrote in the documents released this week. Nixon went ahead in the summer of 1974 to hold a summit with Brezhnev in Moscow, but his days in the White House were numbered. He resigned in August. The relationship between Washington and Moscow went on hold until the new administration of President Ford gathered momentum. While Nixon was a firm adherent of U.S. strength he was opposed to brinkmanship in dealing with the Soviet Union, Dobrynin reported to Moscow in 1969.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DOCUMENTS: Leonid Brezhnev offered support to the president during the Watergate scandal. By Barry Schweid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – As the Watergate scandal enveloped President Nixon, he was buoyed by a secret “for his eyes only” message of moral support and encouragement from Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, according to newly released State Department documents.