Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The Eagles will plunge into the 7 p.m. main match at Filoil Flying V Centre barely 24 hours after arriving from its European training camp.They will be led by rookie center Angelo Kouame and senior Thirdy Ravena, who are averaging double digits in scoring with 12.8 and 10.8, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Knights, who ended the elimination round with a 5-4 card, will have a veteran-laden crew led by Bong Quinto, JP Calvo, Jerick Balanza, and Christian Balagasay, all members of the Letran squad that won the NCAA seniors crown three years ago.Head coach Jeff Napa will also have at his disposal other veterans like Larry Muyang, Christian Fajarito, Bonbon Batiller and Fran Yu. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EJ Agbong, out of Chiang Kai Shek College, is the only rookie with a significant playing time of 10 minutes a game.If Ateneo won’t be bothered by jet lag or lack of sleep, they will have their stamina to contend with as they dispute a seat in the semifinal round that will be played the following day.Other quarterfinal matches on Thursday are University of the Philippines against College of St. Benilde at 1 p.m., San Beda College versus Adamson University at 2:45 p.m. and La Salle against Far Eastern U at 4 p.m.The reigning NCAA champion San Beda will bank anew on Javee Mocon and Robert Bolick. Another key player is Filipino-Canadian James Canlas, who is scoring 9 points per outing behind Donald Tankoua’s 9.7.The finals will be played on Saturday at 6 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Undefeated Ateneo will take on Letran in the quarterfinal round of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup this Thursday.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 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments
The Calvary Temple polling center in District #2, Jacob Town, Paynesville, has so far had an eventful day of two incidents where persons were barred from voting, due to irregularities with their voter registration cards, according to polling officers. The first individual, a woman, went earlier this morning to vote and was stopped because, although the name and voter registration number on the card she presented matched the information the polling officer had on record, the photo on the voter’s card was not the same. Therefore, she was turned away. The second instance involved a man who, having presented his card, was also turned away because polling officers said his name and voter registration number had already been marked in the voter roster. Interestingly, the man’s voter registration card was not perforated, as is required of polling staff before a voter is given the ballot to cast their vote. His hands also did not show indelible ink, which should prove that he voted. The voter in question, Nyumah Salamie (voter registration #220900312), has since been demanding that he be allowed to vote, insisting that the fault with his voter card is the responsibility of the National Elections Commission, not his. Meanwhile, just outside the Calvary Temple polling center, a man was held by personnel from the Liberia National Red Cross because he showed signs and symptoms of Ebola, eyewitnesses told the Daily Observer. It is not clear whether he was on his way to cast his vote, but the unnamed man, believed to be in his late forties, appeared to be very weak, had a high temperature and his eyes were red. There was no account of him vomiting or having displayed other signs, but what Red Cross personnel observed about him gave them sufficient basis to place him under observation at the Red Cross depot located just near the polling center. He was later taken away by Red Cross personnel to an undisclosed location. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Numerous parents and officials in Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice), moreso Linden, have expressed concern over the placement of students, as complaints have surfaced that some students have not yet been officially placed at schools.Region 10 Education Committee Chairman Denise Belgrave indicated that she has received numerous complaints from parents that their children have not yet been placed at schools. However information coming from the Region’s Department of Education has indicated that the lists for placement have been sent to schools, and perhaps those parents with queries may be the ones whose names are not yet on the list.Speaking on the issue Regional Chairman Renis Morian alluded to issues where siblings may be placed at different schools, which he noted is one of the major concerns for parents.Additionally, Regional Councillor Charles Sampson said he is aware of complaints by parents and pointed out that there must be a suitable policy put in place by the Department of Education. He said in many instances parents are of the belief that they are not getting the required results from the Department of Education. In the absence of a direct policy, he said the process would not be a smooth one.The Department of Education has over the years placed students at schools in close proximity to their homes.“It seems as though there is no proper policy in relation to placement of students in various schools…As most of us may know, people have their preferences in terms of schools and sometimes their preferences ties into their addresses. There must be valid reasons by the Education Department for any refusal of a child in a particular school.”The councillor noted that there have been cases where the parents want their child to go to a particular school because they think it’s a better quality school.“…but there must be a policy…I know schools have numbers, classes have numbers and those are the things that must influence a decision…unless we have that policy people will always prefer their children to go to certain schools,” Sampson said.The councillor further related that there are also circumstances where a parent may prefer for their child to attend a certain school because it is in close proximity of their workplace and that such circumstances should be considered. Sampson also called for a Committee to be established to look into such issues, in addition to the Welfare Department.Meanwhile, Morian outlined that he will seek to have Deputy REO Maylene Stephen, Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, along with head of the Region’s Youth, Culture and Sports Committee meet with Regional Education Officer Marcia Paddy Andrews to have those issues resolved.
Winners in the DSL Cash and Carry December “Free Groceries” promotion received their prizes amid great excitement on Friday.Winners along with DSL executives at the ceremonyCopping the first prize was Aneila Zamaluddin of Lot 6 Dowding Street Kitty, Georgetown, who won for herself one entire year worth in free groceries. The second prize winner was Parmeshwar Netram, who won three months of free groceries, while five other customers all won one month’s free groceries.Additionally, another five customers all won back their purchase for the day.Zamaluddin along with 11 other customers won prizes in the promotion which was drawn in the DSL Cash and Carry’s Sheriff Street’s parking area.Customers shopping during the months of November and December 2018 were given a coupon for every $5000 spent at the DSL Cash and Carry Diamond, Ruimveldt, and Sheriff Street locations.A very excited Zamaluddin noted “I am so happy about winning the grand prize. I always support DSL Cash and Carry, and I enjoy using my discount card. The staff are always courteous and very helpful. I love shopping at DSL Cash and Carry and will continue to do so.”General Manager of Distribution Services Limited, Bryan Prittipaul, in brief remarks congratulated the winners and noted that DSL Cash and Carry was very pleased to give back to its shoppers in 2018.
Dr David HindsAfter 1 year in officeAfter a year in Government, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government seems not to be very clear about its vision and plans for the wellbeing of the country.Political commentator, Dr David Hinds told Guyana Times that while it was not expected that the new Government would do “very big things” during its first year in office, one would expect that there should have been some indication of “intent”.Hinds was speaking to this publication on Wednesday, where he added his voice to the many critiques already made of the Administration’s performance during its first year in office.“I think in many regards, they might have fallen short in terms of signalling to the society, what they intend to do,” Hinds told this newspaper.He said the problem may have arisen because of the fact that the Government is a coalition, and it might have been a little difficult to get all the factions together, “but at the end of one year, one would expect that after a year, there would have been a larger vision.”“That for me is important. If I am making an indictment, or criticism, it is the fact there is no sense of the overall vision of where they want to take the country. That is something that needs to be challenged very soon.”According to Hinds, it is a known fact that the first 12 months of any new Government would be difficult.“This Government is coming into office after 23 years of rule by the other Government. So you’re talking about finding your feet and getting accustomed to Government. They are also coming to government with a lot of expectations and rightfully so, in 1992, after 28 years of the [People’s National Congress] PNC rule, they were coming to Government with the expectation of what the PPP would do. So after 23 years, there are also massive expectations of what this Government should do,” Hinds said.According to the political commentator, some credit must be given to Government for completing some basic projects; however, more could have been done.“We’re talking that they have cleaned up the country, cleaned up the city. They have delivered services and have staved off the challenge of Venezuela and generally there is some sort of political stability that has returned to Guyana… I think there has been a toning down of the political temperature”.Wages and salariesHe said however, that Government has not been forthcoming with its plans for various projects and promises made. One such is the promise of increases in wages and salaries for public servants. He said it is very worrying that after one year, there is no clarity about workers’ salaries and what raises they will get. He said this is something that should have been known within the first year of Government.CrimeAddressing the issue of crime, Hinds said, while the Guyana Police Force has made some recent headway in solving some cold cases, Guyanese generally are still fearful of the situation.He said while crime was inherited from the previous Administration, after a year, one cannot blame the other side for responsibility. He noted that while he applauds the tremendous initiatives taken to address the issue, the “fear of the criminal still stalks the land, because, while there are those who can defend themselves, there are still those who cannot. Consideration must be given to them,” he said.
Photo: A fire fighter checks out the rooms above the boiler room on Thursday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caAn overheated boiler caused all the smoke at the Four Seasons Hotel in Fort St. John on Thursday afternoon. At around 5:00 p.m., local fire crews were called to the hotel on 100th Street. – Advertisement -Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows says the hotel runs on boiler heat. However, the hot heating line ruptured, and the boiler overheated several hundred degrees hotter than what it should have been.Burrows says once the fire crews were able to turn the boiler off, the heating device started to cool down. Fire fighters evacuated the main floor and the second floor above the boiler room as a precautionary measure. No other guests were evacuated. While there was no actual fire, Burrows estimates that the hotel faces several thousands of dollars in water damage from the water line rupture. Advertisement Crews were at the scene for around one hour, until local technicians were able to look at the system and discuss the implications with the hotel owner.
Yet key differences separate four other projects. Crystal Energy’s proposed facility off Oxnard, northwest of Los Angeles, might arguably spew less pollutants because it would use air as a heat source instead of fossil fuel to convert liquefied natural gas into its vapor form, officials said. And a project by Woodside Energy wouldn’t require a large, permanent terminal, using instead an underwater buoy attached to a flexible pipe leading to a larger pipe along the ocean floor. That project, to be located about 20 miles off the coast at Los Angeles, also might be subject to approvals by the City Council rather than the State Lands Commission, officials said. Others include Sound Energy Solutions’ proposal for the Port of Long Beach and Esperanza Energy’s 10 miles southwest of Huntington Beach. BHP, meanwhile, was weighing its options after the state panel, citing environmental and safety concerns, refused to award a lease for a section of ocean territory across which two pipelines from an $800 million floating terminal would run. It also declined to certify a 3,000-page report that details the project’s impact on the environment. Spokesman Patrick Cassidy said the company was evaluating the decision and how to respond but wouldn’t elaborate. Plans for a floating terminal proposed off Malibu may have suffered a serious blow, but other efforts could further test California’s tolerance for liquefied natural gas facilities along its coast. Observers differ on how similar bids might fare after the State Lands Commission’s decision Monday to deny Australian energy company BHP Billiton LNG International Inc. a lease for pipelines essential to the project. Environmentalists applauded the move and said the hundreds of opponents who turned out for the panel’s hearing in Oxnard demonstrated a deep public aversion to the offshore terminals. “It’s a shot across the bow, ” said Mark Massara, director of the Sierra Club’s coastal program. “They’ve got real problems.” “We’re looking at next steps,” he said. The panel’s decision cannot be appealed or overridden, and without its approval a terminal would essentially be inoperable. However, the company can sue in state court in hopes of forcing negotiations with the commission or overturning its decision. Sound Energy Solutions, for example, took legal action earlier this year after Long Beach harbor commissioners voted to end a review of the company’s proposed natural gas terminal. BHP can also redesign its project to address the commissioners’ concerns. Cassidy declined to say if the company was pursuing either option. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger cannot undo the commission’s decision, although he does have veto power over the project because he must approve a license to operate a deepwater port. He was still examining the project as part of a 45-day review period that began last week, as the commission’s action “may be subject to legal challenge and review, and may not be final,” Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary Louis Mauro said. If Schwarzenegger does not say anything within 45 days, it means he’s approved the project, Mauro said. Despite the commission’s action, the California Coastal Commission on Thursday was set to review whether BHP’s project meshed with California coastal laws.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
On November 30th, 2014, 122 students from across British Columbia will travel to Vancouver and Richmond for a two-day educational experience. The selected students will get to attend the Grey Cup on Sunday the 30th and then they will attend the BC Lions Skills for Life Summit on Monday December 1st. The BC Lions have teamed up with the Ministry of Education and Pacific Northwest LNG to help young students from each school district learn about jobs in trades and show them the opportunities that are available for them. Additionally, the students will participate in a variety leadership workshops such as: prevention of bullying and violence against women, making positive choices, and avoiding gang involvement.Find Your Fit – which made a stop in Fort St. John on November 4th-5th – is a Province-wide education program for students in grades 6 through 10 to teach them about trades as well as give students a head start to hands on learning through apprenticeships and Dual Credit programs.- Advertisement -This education program is outlined in the Provincial Governments BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint – an action plan established to meet the future work demands of over 1 million job openings in the next 10 years.Of these 1 million jobs, 78 percent will require post-secondary education and 44 percent will be in trades and technical occupations. The action plan is designed to help give students and young people a clear and seamless path from school to the workplace.Programs such as these are great for our region as well as the rest of the province because it gives students an opportunity to learn about different experiences that are available to them in the trades.Advertisement There is a high demand for trades in Peace River North and programs such as Find Your Fit give our student’s immediate access to a range of careers close to home. Find Your Fit allows the students to test the skills that would be required for jobs such as welding, carpentry, heavy equipment operating, truck driving, accounting, and much more.Why is the BC Lions Skills for Life Summit note-worthy for our region?Because four of our very own students from Fort St. John and Fort Nelson will be taking part in the summit: Tate Hafner and Brandyn Sharron from Bert Bowes Middle School as well as Dawson Spence and Eagle Andersen from Fort Nelson Secondary School have been given the opportunity to attend this great education experience and the Grey Cup in Vancouver.I want to recognize these four students and congratulate them for the chance to take part in this event.Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the limited hours in which the handyDART bus runs in the community, the taxi supplement program will help give residents that rely on this service freedom in travel outside of those hours.City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with BC Transit as the next step in the conversation to create additional travel times for residents. The Taxi Supplement would provide additional service to bridge the gap for when the handyDART units are not in service.For many residents, quality of life is connected to their level of mobility which helps them access services and creates inclusion in the community.- Advertisement -Future discussions between cab companies, BC Transit and City staff, as well as the effect of ride-hailing being regulated in September of 2019, will all need to be considered as the process moves forward.The extra service is expected to cost $22,615 in 2021.To view more; CLICK HERE Advertisement
Sepp Blatter This column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukThe film United Passions is, by all accounts, execrable.In case you’ve not seen it, it’s the $20m blockbuster charting the history of FIFA. The fact that FIFA contributed $17m (the same as its entire budget for the Goal programme to fund grassroots football in poorer nations) gives you an idea of how it has treated its subject.It’s no surprise that FIFA’s executives like to pat themselves on the back. I think those in the corridors of power genuinely believe they are making the world a better place, and would be hurt if you pointed out to them they may just be a bunch of self-serving shysters with only money on their mind.That would be to overlook a comical series of events in the past week. FIFA’s own investigation of corruption at, er, FIFA, used up every drop of whitewash from the paint shops of Zurich. They’re going to look into that, though, and do a better job. Indeed, Sepp Blatter himself has just donned a deerstalker and picked up a big magnifying glass. That man will leave no stone unturned.But if the unthinkable happens and Sepp finds FIFA is squeaky clean, what to do? There is talk of a boycott, but I would eat my own hat – and Sepp’s – if that came to pass. It’s a worthy idea, but one suspects that other nations are in the same boat as England and cannot jeopardise the revenue that comes from playing in FIFA events. Likewise, it’s impossible to see broadcasters refusing to bid for the rights to a World Cup.There is but one chance: the sponsors. Emirates have walked away (replaced, brilliantly, by Qatar Airways) and so might Samsung – but it’s up to Sony or Coca-Cola to do the same. Only then, when the big bucks have gone, might the diamond-encrusted palace of FIFA come crashing down. It would make a decent sequel to the film, at any rate. 1