Trust the system: Volleyball stars plead for patience

first_imgThe stars of the women’s national volleyball team have asked for more time to develop and play at a world-class level.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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PH wants farewell gift for Clarkson MOST READ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Out of the medal round and now looking at a seventh-place finish, the Filipino women, led by team captain Aby Maraño and their biggest superstar, Alyssa Valdez, took to their social media accounts to ask people to “trust the system.”And more help is coming their way with Rebisco renewing its ties with the national team, according to top honcho Jonathan Ng.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We are really proud of the girls and the coaches and very happy to be part of the team,” Ng said. “Now one thing we really ask is for the LVPI (Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas) to really come up with a serious program and we will be serious in our commitment to support the national team program.”The Philippines lost to World No. 1 China, which didn’t hold its punches, in scoring a 25-15, 25-9, 25-7 rout that sent the country to the qualification round. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “It’s not the results we wanted, but I felt that we are getting there and we just have to trust the system,” said Valdez.“We put up a fight and we didn’t surrender,” wrote Maraño in Filipino in her Instagram account. “It’s still a long way to go but let’s remain patient.”The Philippines returned to Asiad volleyball after a 36-year hiatus.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ebola Sweeps Entire Family, Leaves Household of 15 Stranded

first_imgReports say that Ebola is slowly winding down. However, people are putting their guards down a little too soon.Taking the preventive measures to ensure that the virus does not resurge seems not to be a priority anymore. As observed, some people are forgetting the rules of washing hands and staying clear of the sick. When it comes to Ebola, avoiding the sick can help you steer clear of contracting the virus, a rule that is important to follow.Nancy Freeman, a school teacher from the Caldwell community, is an example of what happenes when the rules are broken. At the beginning of November, Nancy Freeman, her father, stepmother and her two year-old died from Ebola. As a result, her landlord’s family comprising a household of 15 people, including 11children and teenagers, has been seriously affected.The Gray family, in whose compound Nancy lived, has been quaratined. Blind to Nancy’s illness and that it was Ebola that killed her and her family, the Gray family says they are suffering because of her actions.”We’ve been quaratined for close to two weeks and my family is too large for a half bag of rice that was donated to us by More Than Me. We did’nt know that Nancy and her family had Ebola until recently when we were quarantined. But it is very hard on us right now and we can’t move around for help. My family needs help,” pleaded Mrs. Gray.According to the family, who stood a distance away from our reporter during the interview, Nancy lived with them for years, and even taught in their school.”Our house is divided into two apartments. Nancy and her two children were in one, while my family lives in the other apartment. But we shared the yard together, and she was also a teacher at our school here in our house,” added Mrs. Gray.According to Pastor Gray, the Ebola spread started with the late Nancy’s father, who was the community chairman for the second quarter in New Kru Town. Weeks before a food distribution in his quarter could be delivered, the late chairman fell sick after being threatened.“People in the community threatened the chairman saying that if they didn’t receive any of the food during the distribution, all of his family would die from Ebola. Before the distribution could happen, the chairman fell ill and was taken to the JFK ETU where he died. From Nancy’s explanation before she came down with Ebola, his body was given back to the family and he was buried in Caldwell, New Georgia,” stated Pastor Gray.According to witnesses, Nancy wasn’t aware of her father’s death until days after he was buried. She was then asked to live in her father’s house with her stepmother who was overwhelmed by his death.“She went there. Days after the chairman’s death, the food distribution went on as planned and Nancy, her stepmother and two-step sisters were again threatened by the very same people who threatened the chairman. They threatened that the family would all die from Ebola if the food wasn’t given out properly,” the Pastor added.Pastor Gray said that after the food was distributed, Nancy’s stepmother fell ill and without any word to the Gray family, Nancy snuck her stepmother into her apartment late one night.“We saw Nancy sneaking a sick person into our home in the night. We later investigated and found out that the person was her mother, who stayed indoors for days. We never laid eyes on the mother, but saw Nancy’s stepsisters coming in and out of the apartment. Whenever we tried to ask what was happening, they would only tell us that their mother had yellow jaundice. A private doctor used to come into the house to treat her and she never came out of the house,” Pastor Gray narrated.According to Mrs. Gray, who seemed on edge, Nancy’s mother’s condition worsened, and her relatives were called to take the sick woman to the ETU. During the same late hours she was sneaked into the Gray household, a motorcyclist also sneaked her back out.“The first motorcyclist who came refused to carry her, but the second driver wearing a coat agreed. We were all sitting on the porch when she was taken to the ETU. Nancy bathed her mom, fed her and did everything in the room without our knowledge. A couple of days after her mother was rushed to the hospital, Nancy came home crying and started wasting Clorox all over their apartment. I was curious and asked her why, she said her mother was sick from jaundice and other people are in the yard so she needed to spray. She kept the real reason hidden from us,” Mrs. Gray explained.According to Mrs. Gray, three days after Nancy’s mother died, she fell ill herself. She says Nancy came home from church one afternoon complaining of feeling sick. She then sent her two children away to her sisters.“She slept through Monday, but during the early morning hours of Tuesday, she cried out saying that she was weak. Her brother was also in the house taking care of the mother and also Nancy during that time. Nancy started vomiting and wasted Clorox all around where she was sitting in her room, and then left. I called her sister and they carried her to the center. We later got word that she passed away,” Mrs. Gray added.It is also reported that Nancy’s brother, Augustine Nangue, who fell ill a day after Nancy was taken to the hospital, has also been admitted at Island Clinic. No word has been released about his condition.Meanwhile, the Gray family is in desperate need of food, money and medicines. During the development of this story, More Than Me charity organization providing relief to many communities during the Ebola crisis, was notified and says they will do all they can to see that the family is comfortable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LGC Commissioners, staffers finally paid

first_imgAfter 2 monthsEmployees of the Local Government Commission (LGC) have finally been paid, after waiting for over two months for the Communities Ministry to release the monies.This was confirmed by a commissioner of the constitutional agency on Friday, who noted that while the payments were disbursed, concerns are still being raised as to why the Commission has not been aligned to the Fiscal Management and Authority Act, so as to acquire control of its financial expenditures.Without this document, there are inaccuracies in the salaries which are set aside for some commissioners, since this amount was a temporary fix until the amendment was intact. Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan was responsible for ensuring that all legislations were in place when the Commission was established.“They paid what was owed but they never paid what was budgeted for us for 2019. I think the issue with which budget agency we’re under was just because they didn’t want to pay us proper salaries. Some of the staff are being paid way above the public service while some of the commissioners are still given a small salary, like a stipend,” the commissioner said.The commissioner questioned why the LGC is recognised as a constitutional agency but not as one which can manage its finances.“What was budgeted for us was never paid. From the time the Commission was sworn in, we were receiving this payment because although we are a constitutional agency, the Communities Minister was supposed to do a simple amendment to ensure that we are aligned to the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act. Although the 2019 budget was approved, they refused to give us. How are we recognised for everything as a constitutional body, but we’re not recognised for payments,” the commissioner added.This issue was brought to the fore some weeks ago, to which Chairman of the Commission, Mortimer Mingo, explained that the Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry, Emil McGarrell, refused to countersign documents to release funds for salaries and other expenses.“It then became apparent, by a way of a letter received by the Commission from the Deputy Permanent Secretary… that the Ministry was not in agreement with the level of pay that the Commission’s staff was receiving, since according to the letter, these salaries were not in keeping with the traditional public sector emoluments,” Mingo had said.As such, the LGC opted to settle the matter through a meeting with McGarell on January 28, but the Permanent Secretary did not withdraw his decision not to sign the documents.This sparked some controversy with former Local Government Minister, Ganga Persaud who placed the blame on Bulkan, stating that operations were stymied due to the withholding of funds.“If this Government can react to its Commission and the 27 staff members that it has done, then I think it is really unjust. It is a travesty and an injustice against the working people of this country. It is a crime against humanity,” Persaud had told Guyana Times.According to Persaud, this move is aimed at leaving the Commission with no other option but to relinquish its responsibilities to the Ministry, another way for Government to take control of local democratic organs. All entities under the Commission are also deprived of payments for this time.Persaud said to rectify this issue, the Commission must be duly established to function as any other constitutional body.last_img read more

Granger rates “Operation Safeway” as successful

first_img…even as 7 die over past weekThe Guyana Police Force’s “Operation Safeway” has been regarded as a success by President David Granger, even as fatal accidents and incidents of persons driving under the influence continue to increase.Over the past few days, the number of road fatalities recorded has been alarming and points to the level of recklessness occurring on the roadways.But President Granger debunked claims that road crimes were escalating, noting that “Operation Safeway” resulted in a reduction in road accidents.President David Granger rates Operation Safeway successful in reducing road fatalities“The rate of fatal accidents since Safeway was launched to now … saw a reduction…As part of “Operation Safeway”, there is a more stringent enforcement of people driving under the influence,” he stated during his weekly televised “The Public Interest” programme.For the period September 15 to October 16, 2016, Traffic Chief, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan had reported a 36.3 per cent reduction in fatal accidents compared to the same period last year. He said a total of 6421 charges have been made against drivers for various traffic offences since the inception of “Operation Safeway”.Nonetheless, there are concerns that “Operation Safeway” is not addressing the root causes of the road problems, including the inconsiderate behaviour of drivers who refuse to stop for pedestrians to cross the roads at pedestrian crossings.Not too long ago, CCTV footage of two children getting struck down by a truck as they attempted to cross the busy road at Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) went viral, sending shockwaves throughout the nation.From left: Simon Kendall,Mark Mc Coy, Ryan Ragubir, Dr Haimant Haimraj Some of those who tragically lost their lives in the road fatalities over the past weekAlthough the children stood at the crossing – signalling their desire to get to the other side of the road – for quite a number of minutes, the vehicles on the highway sped by.Luckily for the children, though they were ran over by a truck, they survived.The past few days have recorded a distressing number of road fatalities, including those of children.Two men also died tragically on Sunday evening when a motorcyclist collided with a pedestrian on the Rupert Craig Highway.The motorcyclist was reportedly speeding when he collided with the pedestrian, who was allegedly under the influence.In a separate incident at Lima Sands on the Essequibo Coast, a 49-year-old driver was arrested and was now assisting with investigations after the tractor he was driving ran over a five-year-old girl, who died instantly.On Friday evening, a carpenter was struck down by a motor car while crossing the public road at Houston, Greater Georgetown. The carpenter, Ryan Ragubir, was walking behind two work colleagues who were also crossing the road at the time the car knocked him down.Also on Friday, Dr Haimant Haimraj, 26, died at the Suddie Public Hospital, Essequibo Coast, after he reportedly lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and crashed into a fence.According to investigations, speeding has been attributed as the cause of the accident which occurred about 17:45h on the Vilvorden Public Road, Essequibo Coast.On Thursday, an 11-year-old student, Simon Kendall, of Tagore Memorial Secondary School in Berbice, was struck down in front of his home at Number 46 Village, Corentyne, by a car driven by a driver whose licence was suspended.Also on Thursday, a young man who was en route to visit his grandmother at a city hospital collided with a minibus, whose driver was reported to be under the influence. The young man, who sustained a punctured lung, is now battling for his life.Finally, last Tuesday, a 14-year-old boy, Mark McCoy, died instantly after he was struck down by a minibus. Reports indicate that the child rode his bike into the path of the minibus in the vicinity of Diamond, EBD.last_img read more

Essequibo businessmen lash out at GPL

first_imgFrustrated with persistent blackouts– say efforts by power company “grossly inadequate” for Region 2By Indrawattie NatramFrustrated by constant and prolonged power outages on the Essequibo Coast, several businessmen living in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) vented their anger on Thursday and lashed out at what they claimed were inefficient and grossly inadequate efforts on the part of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to restore electricity to affected areas on the Coast.With the northern side of the Essequibo Coast hardest hit, the businessmen alluded specifically to residents in Charity who reportedly have suffered up to eight days of complete shutdown (no electricity) without any explanation given by the power company.At a special meeting held in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on Thursday morning with staff attached to GPL, several Essequibo businessmen and residents got the opportunity to vent their frustration at the treatment meted out to them by GPL. They questioned whether GPL would compensate them for their suffering and losses.Essequibo Chambers of Commerce Chairman Deleep Singh, representing entrepreneurs, noted that a number of businesses suffered tremendous losses as a direct result of the blackouts. He requested for the “disconnection team” to avoid visiting the areas in and around Charity, since residents were already very frustrated and angry over the constant outages. Singh said the Charity area, which was hardest hit by the blackout woes, contribute 75 per cent to the Region’s economy – and residents are affected.After listening to what the GPL officials had to say, Singh declared that residents were being treated with “gross disrespect” by the power company. He demanded that priority be given to the immediate repair of the Wärtsilä plant, which powers the Charity area.The Chairman of the Essequibo Chambers alluded to the fact that many households were forced to dump food and other perishable items due to the power outages.  Singh also called on Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to speed up the process of acquiring new generator sets so an early commissioning can be done.The main supplier of ice on the Essequibo Coast at Charity, Kumar Lallbacchan, also expressed dissatisfaction at the manner in GPL has dealt with the blackout situation. Lallbacchan said his ice factory has to be powered presently by a privately-owned generator, which is costing him a lot.Another businessman, Sam Bacchus, also complained of being forced to run his generators to cut his losses.Compensation for lossesGovernment Councillor Julian Cummings acknowledged that the blackouts affected several areas including water supply, Internet access, as well as banking services.“When the current off, there is no telephone service, no Internet, no water supply…this is really hard on Charity residents,” Cummings told the GPL officials.Chairman of the Charity/Ursara Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Beatrice Mittelholzer suggested that GPL rent generators so as to ensure residents of Charity get electricity.Deputy Chief Executive Officer for GPL (Technical Services), Elwin Marshall said the company was “deeply concerned” over the plight of residents and apologised for the unreliable power supply. He explained that the generator sets have suffered major mechanical problems, which resulted in the power outages. He, however, assured that the company was moving in the direction to convert the South field to temporarily supply from Anna Regina to Charity. Marshall said that at present, GPL was trying to install a 60-cycle supply on the Essequibo Coast by splitting the South feeders. He, however, cautioned that during ‘load shedding’ periods, there may be some technical issues which residents would be informed about.Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt noted that for far too long Essequibians have been quiet about the power outages and as such, urged persons to not be afraid to state their concerns at the meeting. Ramdatt also expressed frustration at the manner in which the company has dealt with the power outages, explaining that no public advisory was sent. The Regional Chairman said the power outages have also affected the Suddie Public Hospital, damaging many electrical equipment among other things. Also attending the meeting were GPL’s Manager at Anna Regina, Ben Field, and its Operations Director, Har John.last_img read more

Public help sought in search for Pasadena slaying suspect

first_imgPASADENA – Police sought the public’s help today to solve the killing of a man who was gunned down in Pasadena. Officers sent to the 700 block of North Los Robles Avenue about 10 last night on a report of a shooting found the man lying on a sidewalk, said Pasadena police Lt. John Dewar. The man, who had been shot “multiple times,” died at a hospital. His name was withheld, pending notification of relatives. Investigators were unsure of a motive for the crime. —————————————— 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more


first_imgChurchill and Local Area Community AlertThe official launch of the TEXT ALERT Scheme will take place on Wednesday 1st October 2014 at 8.30.p.m in the Glenswilly clubhouse.Crime prevention officer Paul Wallace, Vanessa Clarke Munitir Na Tire and Davy Keith IFA will be in attendance and speaking on the night. All are welcome to come and sign up sheets will be available on the night for anyone else who wishes to sign up.DD NOTICE: CHURCHILL TEXT ALERT SCHEME INITIATIVE BEGINS TOMORROW NIGHT was last modified: September 29th, 2014 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:DD LocalFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Pens boys.Donegal Pens brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey are “flat out” these days shipping their handcrafted pens worldwide for the Christmas market. They have recently extended the business with the addition of a second workshop, and have also entered the American market.The brothers are currently keeping very busy shipping their pens worldwide for the Christmas market. Ronan, 18, and Conor, 15, have sent packages to the US, Australia, Germany, Austria, Spain and many other destinations so far this month. Their 47 resellers in Ireland, Germany and the US have also stocked up and are reporting good sales of the handmade pens in the run up to Christmas.They have just recently completed a second workshop that will be used for drying, cutting and storing the timber they use for the pens. The 9 x 5 metre workshop is slightly bigger that the existing one and will greatly benefit the business.Ronan said this week that they are getting a lot of repeat business and that is encouraging for them.“We’re very busy at present and will be shipping pens until December 22nd. It’s great this year to see a lot of repeat business from previous customers so we must be doing something right. We’ve added two US outlets to our resellers in recent weeks, one in Connecticut and one in New Jersey, and so far the response have been positive,” he said. The boys set up Donegal Pens in 2009 aged just 13 and 10 and have built it up gradually over the years with no state funding. Ronan is now working full time in the business while Conor continues his studies at the Rosses Community School.The full range of their pens can be viewed at www.donegalpens.comPEN BOYS SHIPPING WORLDWIDE FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 9th, 2015 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:CHristmasDONEGAL PENSlast_img read more

Palmdale, Lockheed Martin still in talks over power plant site

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The site was one of four being considered by Palmdale as the site of the power plant. City officials have declined to identify the other three sites, citing sensitivity of land negotiations. City officials are working with a consultant, Inland Energy Inc., to secure permits to build a 500-megawatt power plant that they say would provide the city with reliable, more-affordable energy. It is expected to take about two years and cost as much as $5.5 million to secure those permits. The city plans to seek permits for a plant that would operate two 165-megawatt gas-fired turbines and a steam turbine capable of generating 170 megawatts. The plant would be capable of providing energy for a city of 400,000 people. It is estimated that constructing such a plant would cost about $300 million. In the two years of going through the permitting process, city analysts could study what arrangement for using the permit would best serve Palmdale’s interests. Possibilities include forming the city’s own municipal utility, such as those operating in Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank; assigning the permit to a company; or selling the permit outright. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – City officials hope to complete negotiations this month with Lockheed Martin for a site near Sierra Highway and Avenue M for a proposed power plant. Palmdale and Lockheed Martin officials are in discussions regarding using part of a 640-acre site for the power plant. The property is owned by Lockheed Martin Properties, the corporation’s real estate subsidiary, and had been earmarked for development as a possible business park. “We hope to complete the negotiation by the end of June,” said Assistant City Manager Steve Williams. The Lockheed site is attractive because it’s close to the aerospace companies at Air Force Plant 42 and Lockheed Martin’s Plant 10, which the city envisions as the major users of the power from the plant. The site also has a single owner, simplifying site acquisition. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal athlete Catriona Jennings finished a disappointing last in today’s Women’s Marathon at the London Olympics.The Letterkenny woman appeared to struggle early on and may have picked up an injury.However to her credit she battled on and received a huge applause for the large Irish support on the streets of England’s capital city. Jennings eventually finished in a time of 3 hrs 22 mins and 11 seconds – a long way outside of her personal best time. JENNINGS FINISHES LAST DESPITE BRAVE SHOWING IN MARATHON was last modified: August 5th, 2012 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:catriona jenningsWOMEN’S MARATHONlast_img read more