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Terrence Romeo adds depth to history-seeking Beermen

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history San Miguel Beermen at the 2019 PBA Media Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel is entering the 2019 PBA season on two fronts.First is for history, with the Beermen as they gun for an unprecedented five straight Philippine Cups, and second is they will defend their title with a new addition in Terrence Romeo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The Beermen’s past four titles all revolved around the core of June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, and Chris Ross and that starting five worked were the power and talent hierarchy of the team.And Romeo’s addition to the team just put another incredible piece of talent to an already stacked lineup, and that is what the Beermen are working on as they gun for history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Terrence is doing well, he’s feeling his way around and he’s finding out how we do things around here,” said Ross during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino. “I like what I see from him and he’ll be great for us moving forward and whatever coach [Leo Austria] puts him in, he’s willing to take whatever role’s handed to him.”Romeo is an undeniable offensive force having won the scoring title in 2015, 2016, and 2017.center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rafael Nadal ready to let rip remodeled serve at Australian Open LATEST STORIES 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lassiter, however, said that Romeo won’t be playing his usual role from when he began his PBA career and that he will be under San Miguel’s system that has reaped six of the possible 12 titles in the past four seasons.“From what I see with Terrence he’s working hard and that’s what we want to continue to work on,” said Lassiter. “Our style of play is going to be different from his previous team and we want him to fit our system as soon as possible so we can make strides and come together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Clink, clink: Lindsey Vonn walks away with another medal

first_img“I’m literally tapped out, I can’t cry anymore,” Vonn said. “I want to cry but it’s dry. … It’s not an easy thing to feel your bones hitting together and continue to push through it.“Of course I’m sore. Even before the crash I was sore. So I’m just sore on top of sore. My neck is killing me,” Vonn said. “But at the end of the day no one cares if my neck hurts; they only care if I win. … I knew that I was capable of pushing through the pain one last time and I did that. … Every athlete has their own obstacles and I faced mine head on today and I conquered them.”Vonn had been planning on retiring in December but she recently moved up her plans due to persistent pain in both of her surgically repaired knees. Then came the super-G crash, when she straddled a gate in midair, flew face first down the mountain and slammed into the safety nets.“She has been business as usual this whole week, saying I’m racing to win,” Karin Kildow, Vonn’s sister, told The Associated Press. “I was like, ‘Just maybe make it down and maybe stand up.’ But she was like, ‘No, I’m going full out’. She was definitely in the mindset to push it and she really did.”It’s a medal that brings Vonn full circle: the American’s two silvers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phil Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble 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 Third placed United States’ Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down.Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones?ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img “She has been my favorite skier since 2008 when I saw her winning on television,” Bodin said. “I was a little girl sitting on the sofa. I just thought what a great skier and inspiration.”At 34, Vonn eclipsed her own record from two years ago for oldest woman to win a medal at a worlds.Fog and wind forced organizers to shorten the course to the second reserve start, which favored Vonn because it reduced the strain on her knees.Now she can finally let her body heel and move onto the next phase of her life — possibly acting, having children, starting a business.“I’m looking forward to just chilling out a bit and recovering everything, including my mind,” Vonn said. “It’s been a lot to process.“The nice thing is that, in the real world I’m actually pretty young. I have felt really old for a long time, because I’m racing with girls that are like 15 years younger than me. So now, in the real world, I’m normal. Thirty is the new 20 so I’m super young. I’ve got a lot to look forward to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “I was weighing in my mind the risk of putting it all out there, crashing and getting injured again, as opposed to finishing where I wanted to,” Vonn said. “It was an internal battle.”As soon as she exited the finish area, Vonn embraced Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than she did — 86 to 82.“I basically begged him to come here via text, in all caps, many exclamation points,” Vonn said. “He’s an icon and a legend in our sport and he doesn’t really like the spotlight but he deserves to have it. I was just so grateful that he was there. Honestly, it’s a perfect ending to my career.”The third skier on the course, Vonn had a big smile on her face when she came down with the fastest run to that point. She waved and bowed to the crowd.Eventually, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia beat Vonn and took gold, defending her title from the 2017 worlds. Stuhec finished 0.23 seconds ahead of silver medalist Corinne Suter of Switzerland and 0.49 ahead of Vonn.“Not many were counting on (Vonn) to get the medal in her last race, which makes it even more special,” Stuhec said. “She has won everything.”Vonn became the first female skier to win medals at six different world championships. It’s also her fifth downhill medal at a worlds, matching the record established by Annemarie Moser-Proell and Christel Cranz.“Thank You Lindsey: Forever A Star,” read one sign positioned by the side of the course.Four U.S. flags were in the grandstand when Vonn came down and there were quite a few cheers when she started her run wearing a suit with blue-and-yellow trim — Sweden’s colors — to honor Stenmark.“She really deserves this sendoff from her great career,” said Eleanor Bodin, a 21-year-old fan from Sweden who was holding up a sign saying “Thank You Lindsey.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Whatever it was, the sound was a reminder of what Vonn has come to symbolize — an athlete who battled back from one major injury after another throughout her career to win more ski races than any other woman.Add one more — final — comeback to the listFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFive days after crashing in super-G — a fall that knocked the wind out of her and left her with a black eye and a bruised rib — and three months after tearing a ligament in her left knee, Vonn won the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in the final race of her career.She’s shed so many tears that there are none left — just like she no longer has any cartilage in her knees. 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Promising spiker Nicole Magsarile to sit out UAAP Season 81, says UP coach Godfrey Okumu

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines seemed to have found its next star hitter when Nicole Magsarile produced moments of brilliance during the offseason.Magsarile was a former member of the Philippine U-17 team during her high school days with National University and immediately showed her talents with the Lady Maroons in both the Philippine Super Liga Collegiate Grand Slam and Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Come the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, however, Magsarile will be forced to watch the team as a red shirt.UP head coach Godfrey Okumu decided that Magsarile will sit out the 2019 tournament and instead start her UAAP seniors’ career in 2020.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Everybody expected her to be in the team but as a coach sometimes you have to make tough decisions that won’t agree with many people but these are decisions that have to be made to create the balance,” said Okumu Monday at University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics.“Just like the waves in the sea, you won’t find the waves in the same level so sometimes you have to create balance and I hope, and believe, that come next season she’d be one of the best players in the UAAP.” Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “I believe she’s a good seed that would grow into a tree that people will enjoy and people will sit under to enjoy the shade and if you produce fruits, the people will enjoy the fruits of that tree.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Magsarile scored a total of 48 points for the Lady Maroons in the PVL Collegiate Conference playing behind established outside spikers Isa Molde and Diana Carlos but she wasn’t fielded in the title game against Far Eastern University.Okumu said that Magsarile still has a lot to work on before she can eventually call herself a Lady Maroon.“People say she’s playing well but to me as a coach I’m thinking she’s just doing 50 percent and she has room to improve especially when it comes to net defense,” said Okumu.Magsarile does have a lot to overcome before she can crack the lineup since she plays the same position as Molde and Carlos, and Okumu said he wants to develop the former Lady Bullpup as an opposite spiker for Season 82.“I want her to play left and right, she can play outside perfectly well so we’re trying to play her as the opposite and also help her spike from the back because she has a good jump so this is how I’m trying to draw her as a player,” said Okumu.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Godfrey Okumu: PVL, PSL titles give UP boost ahead of UAAP Season 81 View commentslast_img read more

Barcelona against haste of introducing bigger Club World Cup

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Also Friday, the FIFA Council will be asked to approve the recommendations of a feasibility study into adding another 16 teams for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.The council will be asked to allow FIFA and Qatar to jointly submit a proposal on using “one or more additional co-host countries” in the Persian Gulf before a final decision in June on enlarging the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.A document sent to the FIFA Council says its members will be asked if they agree with the report’s conclusion that World Cup expansion is “feasible provided that neighboring countries host some matches.”The FIFA study seen by the AP says Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with Doha. Because of their neutrality in the situation, Kuwait and Oman are indicated to be the current possible options identified by FIFA to host games in 2022 but their stadium infrastructure is only briefly assessed in a FIFA report.Venues in at least one more country would be required to cope with the additional 16 teams and 16 games under the expansion proposal.“As long as it’s well studied and well thought out, I think CONCACAF would have no issues supporting that,” said Montagliani, who leads the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 file photo, France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy aloft after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)MIAMI — The president of Barcelona spoke out against the haste to introduce a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 ahead of the FIFA Council deciding Friday whether to approve the pilot of the enlarged tournament.European clubs have publicly resisted FIFA’s bid to replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is played annually in December, with an expanded quadrennial version in June-July.ADVERTISEMENT 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 In the first edition, South America would have six slots — one based on previous performances. Three each would go to teams from Africa, Asia and CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America. Oceania would get one representative. The confederations would decide their own qualification process, whereas now each continental champion qualifies for the Club World Cup along with the host country.“We know the current form doesn’t work,” FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani told the AP. “The top clubs in the world have fans all over the world. So, I think it’s a natural progression of that competition.”The expanded tournament would start with eight groups of three, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. Teams would play two to five matches over a maximum of 18 days.According to a FIFA document seen by the AP, the governing body’s council will be asked on Friday to approve a trial 24-team Club World Cup running from June 17-July 4, 2021. That is the slot previously reserved for the Confederations Cup, which serves as a test event in a host nation a year before the World Cup.“An opportunity to keep growing the competition will always be accepted from our league and our clubs,” Enrique Bonilla, the president of the Mexican league, told the AP. “It helps to give exposure and it helps to make clubs from other parts of the world to be more competitive, and to grow, and to learn from those great players that are now playing in Europe.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Errol Spence eyes ‘pound-for-pound’ status in Mikey Garcia showdown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu backs a revamp of the competition, just not until the entire calendar for club and national team matches is reconfigured for 2024 and beyond to cope.“We have to take care of the footballers,” Bartomeu said in an interview with The Associated Press in Miami, where the FIFA Council is meeting. “We have to take care about the way of training and the vacation they need to recover every season that they do. If the calendar is not modified, of course we cannot agree.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn 2021, FIFA envisages the window for international matches — which is likely to include 2022 World Cup qualifiers — running May 31-June 8. The Club World Cup would be held June 17-July 4, while the African Cup of Nations and CONCACAF Gold Cup could be played July 5-July 31. European club seasons typically start around mid-August.FIFA believes the proposed 24-team Club World Cup would “promote and grow football for the benefit of all confederations, member associations, leagues, clubs and fans,” according to a task force report on new FIFA competitions seen by the AP. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on collision course in semis at Indian Wells

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “Playing against him for the first time on the big stadium of a great crowd here was for sure different feeling,” Hurkacz said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Roger Federer, of Switzerland, waves to fans after winning his quarterfinals match against Hubert Hurkacz, of Poland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California — It’s Federer vs. Nadal again, only this time it’ll be in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.Roger Federer beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 and Rafael Nadal got by Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) on Friday to set up the old rivals’ 39th career meeting and first in 16 months.ADVERTISEMENT “You look back at what I did well there, but you can’t just copy-paste and play exactly the same thing again,” Federer said.The other semifinal Saturday pairs Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.Nadal improved to 6-0 against Khachanov, although it was tougher and longer than Federer’s win.Nadal trailed 6-5 before Khachanov’s forehand error forced the second tiebreaker, which Nadal dominated to close out the match that lasted just over two hours.“He’s unbelievable in defense,” Khachanov said. “When you want to try maybe just to play more safe then he suddenly steps in and he counterattacks. He steps in and then he starts moving you, and then you are again in trouble.”Federer believes Nadal is playing better than he did in losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, who was upset earlier in the week.“When Rafa is healthy, especially in a place like here in Indian Wells where he feels comfortable, he’s clearly very tough to play,” Federer said.Against Hurkacz, Federer fought off two break points in the second set, including the last game when he closed the match with a forehand winner off a short ball.“Not that I didn’t expect it,” Federer said, “but it definitely went better than I thought it would.”Hurkacz, a 22-year-old Pole, earned three-set upsets of No. 28 Lucas Pouille, No. 6 Kei Nishikori and No. 24 Denis Shapovalov to make his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal against his childhood idol. Federer was playing in his 83rd at this level. 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 76ers get 3rd straight win to pull even at no. 3 in East playoff race Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andreescu became the first wild-card to reach the Indian Wells final.“Another goal of mine was to make history, and I just did,” she said, smiling.Andreescu will play two-time major champion Angelique Kerber, who ended 23rd-seeded Belinda Bencic’s run of upsets with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.The 18-year-old Canadian’s run is reminiscent of Naomi Osaka’s path to last year’s title. Little-known at the time, Osaka used her Indian Wells victory as a launching pad to beating Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title and winning the Australian Open while becoming the world’s top-ranked player.“I’m actually shaking right now,” Andreescu told reporters. “It’s just so incredible.”Andreescu had break points against her in each of her last three service games.“It was so many emotions going through my head,” she said. “It was a crazy match. It was a roller coaster.”Svitolina had three break chances in the final game, but couldn’t convert. The Ukrainian also was bothered by her inflamed right knee.“I couldn’t allow myself to play 100 percent because my movement was not there,” she said.Federer is on a five-matching winning streak against Nadal, who lost to him all four times they played in 2017, including the last time at the Shanghai Masters in October of that year. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadal’s right knee flared up in the second set for the first time during the tournament. He called for a trainer who applied tape just below the knee. The trainer returned again with Nadal leading 3-2 in the second set.“My goal and my idea is be ready for tomorrow,” Nadal said. “I cannot guarantee how I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning.”Knee problems have dogged the 32-year-old Spaniard in recent years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the U.S. Open in September.“I love to play on hard (courts), but probably my body doesn’t love it that much,” Nadal said. “As I say before, is not only about today, is about tomorrow. Maybe we’re going to pay the price at the age of 45 or something. That will be not nice. When I see some old legends walking around the tour, is tough to see.”Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu rallied past No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, winning on her fourth match point to reach the biggest final of her young career.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Neither Federer nor Nadal has dropped a set in four matches in the desert. Federer has been broken just once, while Nadal has dropped serve three times, twice against Khachanov.Nadal stands in the way of Federer’s pursuit of a record sixth title at Indian Wells.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsStill, the Swiss superstar was rooting for Nadal to advance against his 22-year-old opponent.“Playing against young guys to eventually get to Rafa, that’s exciting,” said Federer, who also faced an opponent the same age as Khachanov. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Seven Criminal Suspects Set Free in Bassa

first_imgAt least seven of several criminal suspects, who were arrested and detained for a prolonged period without trial and have been crying for justice, walked out on August 21, 2014 with smiles on their faces when the city court set  them free.Relatives and friends of the released suspects went gay after the associate magistrate pronounced the release of the suspects that day.Magistrate Brown set the seven criminal suspects free when he ruled on a two-count motion filed by Grand Bassa County’s Public Defender Paul Philip Jarvan, requesting the court to set his clients free following the deliberate failure of the state prosecutors to adjudicate the case.In court one of the defense counsel’s motions disclosed that the suspects were arrested and charged with Burglary, theft of property and aggravated assault by officers of the Grand Bassa County Liberia National Police Detachment, which  forwarded them to the court for pre-trial.The defendant through their counsel requested the court to post a valid criminal appearance bond because they were detained for two to four months, respectively,  without trial, and the court granted same.The defendants’ counsel, based on their prolonged detention without trial, prayed the court for their release as required by law and in keeping with Rule Nine (9) of the Rule of court.Rule nine provides that no criminal case in the Magisterial and Traffic courts should remain pending and be disposed of more than 30 days after arrest.The court, having keenly listened to the defense lawyer’s motion pro and cons and there being no resistance by the state prosecution, granted the motion saying it was in harmony and consistent  with law.Following this, the court ruled that the defendants be released from further detention at the Buchanan Central prison in keeping with Rule nine of the Rule of court governing magistrate and traffic courts because, accordingly, the court is not a party to any suit for a given case before it.Those released include Sam Massaquoi, Jonathan Wreh, Emmanuel Karwor and Mohammed Konneh formally charged with Burglary.  Others are Henry C. Brown and Zacheous Kpagar,  charged with theft of property; while Fredrick Klay was charged with Aggravated Assault.The release of the seven suspects stemmed from the over crowdedness of the Buchanan Central Prison and the inmates’ cry for justice following their prolonged detention without trial, something they described as injustice and abuse of their legal and constitutional rights. “Because of this, some of us are getting sick without medical attention, and our greatest fear is that some of us who are not sick could be affected by those who are sick,” the inmates lamented.According to observation by this newspaper, during a visit at the prison cell, some inmates were found with sore lips and other illnesses which need  serious and quick medical attention.Evidenced by the inmates’ claims, the cell usually holds 40 inmates but currently holds more than 70 inmates, thus making it overcrowded and most uncomfortable.Nevertheless, there is a dire need for the intervention of the public defender of the county, the Judiciary System, human rights groups in the county and the country in general, to ensure the speedy trial of the influx of the prolonged detainees languishing behind bars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

British MPs’ US$3.9M EU Claim Backfires

first_imgA recent article alleging that a British parliamentary committee claimed that Liberia could not account for US$60 million of European Union financing for the health sector has been found to be inconsistent with records and facts seen and obtained by this newspaper.An article published by a Ghanaian online site, alleged that members of the British parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) expressed concern that some of the monies sent to Liberia through EU were allegedly not disbursed to targeted areas evident by the recent Ebola outbreak which has overwhelmed the country’s health sector and sent the Liberian economy tumbling into downturn.However, investigations launched by this newspaper into the IDC’s alleged indictment show a completely different story as opposed to what the report has painted.“We have to ask whether Liberia would have dealt better with the original outbreak and prevented its spread had $56 million from the EU been spent as intended by the Liberian Ministry of Finance [and Development Planning] on its health system,” the British Parliamentarians had questioned in their IDC report, following recent visits to Liberia and Sierra Leone where they had gone to ascertain the impact of the deadly Ebola virus on two of West Africa’s worst-hit nations.According to the committee, Liberia’s Finance Ministry’s reported failure to provide what it calls a “clear-cut report” placed many of the “gains made by earlier Department for International Development (DfID) programs at risk”.The UK Parliamentary Committee through its Chairman, Sir Malcolm Bruce, said the scale of the Ebola crisis unfolding in Liberia and Sierra Leone may be connected to “declining levels of international support for health system improvements in what remain two of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.”Contrary to the said report, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), had actually made direct disbursement of US$26 million to the Health Sector, through two tranches of payments for fiscal year 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 respectively.According to a highly placed source from the MFDP, who preferred anonymity, as the Ministry is yet to release an official statement on the IDC report, government’s actual spending toward health sector support over the referenced two-year period amounted to US$26 million; with another US$26 million still pending to be spent on the health sector, from the total US$52 million EU-approved funding for Liberia’s health sector support.The health sector saw a steady rise in its budget in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, consistent with information contained in the GOL fiscal outturn for the period.  From 2011 to 2014, the sector has seen over US$177.2 million dollars investment including direct budget support from donors but excluding support from other mechanisms like the “Pool Fund” and the “Global Fund”.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare received over US$136 million dollars to service its costs including personnel and logistics.In the same period, various referral hospitals and medical centers received around US$40 million dollars from the central government.“I don’t know how the EU budgetary support works with other countries, but in our case, EU-approved funding is only disbursed when government has done actual spending toward the health sector and presented supporting documents to the donor. It is like pre-financing,” our MFDP source also stated.Highlighting some of the serious contradictions in the IDC report, another MFDP high ranking staffer disclosed that EU’s entire support to the Liberian health sector made through the Government amounted to US$48.7 million from 2009 to 2014.“Is the IDC report computing the US$22 million that EU had spent and managed on organizations like Save the Children, IRC, Merlin, Médécins du Monde and Redemption Hospital to be included in the US60 million given to support health care in Liberia for two years, out of which the Liberian government is said to have spent only US$3.9 million?” the source wondered.Although the British MPs’ report noted the significant progress both Sierra Leone and Liberia have made over the past decade, and that both countries are at a critical juncture where it is likely to take at least a generation of sustained support to secure lasting benefits, observers believe that the British Parliamentarians – who actually summarized their report by calling for continuance of aid to the region – should have done due diligence in properly analyzing the statistics of their Government and people’s contribution to the government and people of Liberia.As the international community rallies around countries ravaged by the deadly Ebola virus disease, many believe the sustained support will show dividends, as is being evidenced in Liberia, where the virus has been reported to be on a significant decline.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PAC’s and Audit Office’s uphill task

first_imgDear Editor,The current difficulties being experienced by members of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament in getting information regarding millions of dollars in funds provided by Central Government since 2015 to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, though disappointing and worrying should come as no surprise to anyone in this country.Financial management at the Georgetown Municipality has to be the worst not just in Guyana, but surely breaks a record in this region and possibly across the globe.The fact that City Hall’s yearly budget is never published in a detailed way to be scrutinized by the public is no oversight on the part of the Council, it is deliberate. The fact that Council gives out hundreds of millions of dollars yearly in contracts without adherence to the policies and guidelines of the National Procurement & Tender Administration (NPTA) of Guyana is no mistake on their part, it is intentionally and knowingly done in order to award grossly bloated contracts to friends and family.It is just unimaginable that the Council would have been allowed to avoid having its accounts, its financial records and its systems audited during the life of this Council and the previous Council from 1994 to now. Which other public entity in this world would be allowed such laxity?But most worrying in all of this is that in spite of this well-known negligence and venality that has been going on at City Hall, successive central governments have been bailing them out with billions of dollars over the last 24 years without insisting that their books be audited. Simply incredible!Expenditure allocated by Parliament for the Ministry of Communities should have never been handed over to the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown, without strict conditionality and should have been stringently monitored every step of the way. Handing over hundreds of millions of dollars to the City Council was asking for trouble, the trouble that the PAC is now encountering.The members of the PAC should not expect answers or explanations to the discrepancies discovered any time soon, because the Council is not accustomed and is unwilling to answer to anyone regarding its errant behaviour.The Audit Office of Guyana has admitted that it has been awaiting the supply of the documents for several months from the Georgetown Municipality. It must be pellucid by now that none are forthcoming.I wish the Public Accounts Committee and the Audit Office of Guyana, the best of luck in unraveling the mysteries of the Georgetown Municipality. There are so many secrets there, so many hidden facts that a book could be written of the City Council.Sincerely,James Mc Onnelllast_img read more

Guyana is moving backwards economically

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC-led Coalition, through its Finance Minister, has finally admitted that the economy is in declension. In fact, he used a euphemistic term to describe it, saying: “The economy did not perform as well as…had (been) predicted. Truly euphemistic terms used to explain away a dire, doomed situation.But even this was not of his own undertaking, he only came out to admit his gross falsification of the growth figures after he was backed into a corner by stern agitation from the Opposition Leader. This has been the duplicitous nature of the Finance Ministry and this Government on a whole. They have left this nation paralysed with fear and uncertainty. The deceptive mode in which Government has grooved itself into since it took office is appalling.Everything the Finance Minister has projected as growth and development has plummeted. All the income-generating sectors have seen massive decline, you name it and we can safely attach “failed” on its final report card. In forestry, mining, rice, construction and sugar, these have seen a dramatic downturn.Strangely enough, all the massive layoffs and closure of sugar factories, a major stop to the bleeding of the economy, have been of little help where economic recovery is concerned. It was our belief that this sector would have at least seen a break-even position, but this is not to be, the economy continues to slide.Like the proverbial whipping boy, the sugar industry (according to Jordan) continues to haemorrhage the national treasury…very interesting propaganda!Another income-generating machine has been the heavy-handed tax measures implemented by this Government. Everything that could be taxed was taxed; from the international export traders to the humble donkey cart operator, all are netted in by Jordan’s huge tax network. Yet, amidst all of this income, the country limps along in hopeless failure. Why?A quick glance at the performance of the economy would reveal that our last known successful growth year was 2013, when we recorded 5.2% growth. The following year, 2014, we recorded 3.3%; in 2015, we recorded 3.2%; in 2016, we recorded 3.3%; and for 2017, we are getting news of a 2.1% growth rate and falling fast.Please note that, from the last year of growth, the economy was in the hands of the PNC-led Opposition. With their one-seat majority, they tied the hands of the Ramotar Administration, even voting down his budget, thus putting his administration in a position of being considered a “failed state,” where nothing could have been done by way of spending or use of the national treasury. Guyana’s economy was prime property up for grabs, and plunder the incoming administration did with gusto!When the coalition took over the economy, they had the total use of all monies left in the treasury. They inherited a growing economy as well as a healthy treasury.There should be no excuses coming from their lips now as regards the means to fund development, theirs was a fortune inheritance. That is evidenced from the fact that they raised their salaries and emoluments by 50%. Where did that money come from? It did not gratuitously fall from heaven, that fat pay rise came from a treasury brimful of funds left by the outgoing PPP/C Administration.This clean bill of health that the treasury was afforded came from prudent management by the astute technocrat Dr Ashni Singh.From the raping of the treasury to the naked aggression in the streets, all are telltale results of a doomed countryRespectfullysubmitted,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Corporate Governance 2.0

first_imgDear Editor,Corporate governance was designed to facilitate guardianship of the company’s assets for their real owners.  In the case of GuySuCo, the real owners are the citizens of Guyana, but it is clear that the Granger administration has thrown under the bus the whole concept of effective and efficient corporate governance.Why does an entire Government have to be pandering to the opacities of a small cabal led by Clive Thomas over the welfare of thousands of ordinary people who still depend on the sugar industry for their daily bread?By continuing to perpetuate the running of the largest state-owned enterprise with an acting CEO and no Board, adverse consequences have visited the corporation. By denying the sugar company a Board, this Government has done the following:1. Injected a reduction of clarity in the decision-making processes. Such a situation has imported ambiguity into all levels of management, slowed down decision-making, and is causing unnecessary conflict across the organization.2. Expanded the destruction of adequate process management at all levels across the corporation.  Thus today, in GuySuCo, there is massive indecision across the corporation, and this has led to an attitude of lack of urgency when it comes to handling key and critical challenges in the industry.3. Allowed the alignment of the strategy to disintegrate. Such a situation sends damaging signals to all stakeholders, which leads to demotivation, destruction, and dilapidation. But, most importantly, it will destabilize the privatization process for Enmore Estate to DDL.  I am now expecting DDL to take the Government to the cleaners on this privatization process, which any wise investor should, and would, do.4. Destroyed team dynamics, which has trickle down all across the industry, leading to there being not enough creative solutions being unleashed to solve the challenging issues across the sugar belt.It is unfortunate that the largest public-sector corporation and the largest employer in Guyana has been allowed by the policymakers in the Granger administration to become this dysfunctional in such a short time.  All the policymakers have done is contributed to the stagnation in the arrival of modernization in the sugar belt.  Thus the risk profile across the sugar belt has not been reduced with the closure of estates and the severance of some 7,000 persons; it has actually increased.My conclusion is this:- the problem was not the size of GuySuCo, but the quality of the decision-making process at the highest level.GuySuCo has now become a cesspit for destroying talent. No professional in his right mind would want to be part of such a debased decision-making system. For GuySuCo to ever recover, it must build up its reputation to attract the kind of professionals who can provide value, strategic input, and build up the company. With the right leadership, GuySuCo can become an environment that creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.I, like many other Guyanese, struggle to be reconciled to the fact that such a powerful institution has been reduced to such a state of powerlessness that it cannot even benefit today from solid strategic counsel, because different factions in the Coalition cannot agree on a Board.  Wither the sugar industry, because the Granger administration is still yet to learn Corporate Governance 2.0.  This is not about them; this is about the 10,000 workers still in the system.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more