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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title At elims homestretch, Magnolia looks to avoid complications Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Freddie Roach continues to have faith in his former ward, Manny Pacquiao, even after the two had parted ways. And Roach believes Pacquiao’s no-nonsense work ethic will factor heavily against the younger, hungrier Adrien Broner in January.Roach said that at one time, the Filipino boxing great “would have walked through all of them (welterweight top dogs of today),” including the 29-year-old Broner.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Showing no tinge of resentment against Pacquiao, who trained under him for 16 years en route to becoming one of the sport’s greatest fighters, Roach said the Broner fight “would be a good challenge” for the 12-time world champion.Reports peg the fight on either Jan. 12 or 19, either in Las Vegas or Tokyo.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 ChrissRoach said he knew “there has to be something big at the end of the road,” referring to the projected rematch between Pacquiao and fellow megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr.“The first fight was not so great, Manny had a bad [shoulder] injury, but that was all part of boxing,” added Roach. “So I would like to see it one more time.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Going up against Broner, a two-time world champion who has yet to reach his full potential, Pacquiao, Roach said, is still the favorite, if only for his discipline and how hard he prepares for his fights.“His work ethic is still unbelievable. He works very hard every day. With the work ethic he has, I give him a chance with anyone out there,” added Roach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “It was tough, it was definitely tough especially since it’s an Ateneo-La Salle game,” said Samuel. “I’m just doing what I can there, just trying to stay as calm as possible and do what I can to just get us into the Final Four.”The Green Archers, with the loss, dropped to an 8-5 card in the third seed of the standings and are in danger of even getting booted out of the Final Four race.An 8-6 triple tie between La Salle, FEU, and University of the Philippines will send the Green Archers to a fourth place playoff with the Tamaraws with the Fighting Maroons claiming the third seed because of a better quotient.Nevertheless, whomever the Green Archers face next will have to run into the physicality of Samuel who played rugby before transitioning to basketball at La Salle.There were moments when Samuel got into the face of Ateneo big men Angelo Kouame and Isaac Go but the La Sallian center said it was all left on the court.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Navarro gives Ateneo lift vs La Salle Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I’m kind of used to the physicality since I came from a rugby background before playing basketball,” said Samuel, who had eight points and three rebounds in 17 minutes of play. “If someone pushes, I’ll push back. It’s nothing new to me, I’ll just keep matching and trying to play like how they play.”“It’s just banter, it’s just in the game, and whatever happens stays on the court. I have a lot of respect for every player in every team. They’re just doing what they can do to win, just like what we’re doing.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It would be understandable had someone forgot that De La Salle has a player named Taane Samuel in its lineup for the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The 6-foot-9 Kiwi played just five minutes in the Green Archers’ season-opener against Far Eastern University, a game La Salle lost 68-61, then, sat out the rest of the tournament due to Jones fracture in his left foot.It was around two months of inactivity for the big man before he got to the basketball floor once more and he couldn’t have timed his return better.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 ChrissSamuel got back to the Green Archers’ rotation on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum against archrival Ateneo.Although La Salle lost 71-62, it was enough exposure for Samuel to show to the league what he can do. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lee recovered the ball after Mike Harris denied Romeo Travis at the rim and the six-foot shooting guard calmly drilled the baseline jumper with 1.3 seconds left in the clock.Harris had a chance to win the game for the Aces but his jumper came up short against the outstretched arms of Travis.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 ChrissAnd Harris’ shot wasn’t the only chance the Aces had to win the game.Holding a 76-75 lead, Kevin Racal and Jake Pascual missed back-to-back layups and that allowed Lee to find Ian Sangalang for a transition layup. Wimbledon set for huge expansion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 MANILA, Philippines—Paul Lee delivered in the clutch and lifted Magnolia past Alaska, 79-78, to move a win away from the PBA Governors’ Cup crown Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sangalang, who finished with a team-high 20 points, converted his three-point play to give the Hotshots a 77-76 lead with 18.7 seconds to play.Marky Barroca and Jio Jalalon added 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Lee finished with 11 points and 10 boards.Harris had a game-high 28 points and 20 rebounds for the Aces.Game 6 is on Wednesday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThis rivalry had cooled down since that No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in 2008. It’s the first game between the programs on either end of Tennessee since January 2013.These Vols came in with a big advantage in both size and experience with all five starters back from the team that shared the Southeastern Conference regular-season title last year. They trailed only once at 3-2 within the first minute on a trio of free throws by Harris.With Tennessee hitting its first five shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, the Vols took a 15-5 lead on Schofield’s 3 with 16:21 left. Tennessee led 50-35 at halftime. Hardaway said the Tigers worked all week to start fast.“Hey, man, that’s where they’re ranked No. 3 in the nation,” Hardaway said. “And we’ve just got to continue to work hard. The second half was more what we wanted, we just couldn’t put two halves together, which led us to lose by 10. When you give up 102 points on your own home floor, you’re not going to win too many of those.”The Tigers pulled to 63-56 when Antwann Jones’ 3 capped eight straight. Schofield scored the next five for Tennessee. Davenport did his best to rally Memphis but couldn’t get the Tigers closer than eight despite hitting 10 of 12 shots.BIG PICTURETennessee: The Vols finally have a true road game on their resume with the arena filled with lots of Memphis blue. Barnes wasn’t happy with his Vols turning it over 18 times, which Memphis turned into 14 points.Memphis: Hardaway needs more time, and his 2019 recruiting class is led by James Wiseman. But he had the Tigers racing up the floor every chance they got in transition. Hardaway’s halftime adjustments were evident when the Tigers hit as many shots (10) within the first nine minutes as the entire first half.CHIPPY FINISHWith 47.8 seconds left during a timeout, officials gave double-technicals to Bone and Memphis guard Alex Lomax. Hardaway said Bone said something disrespectful, setting off a sequence that included the Memphis coach not getting an answer about why the Vols didn’t get a technical for leaving the bench. Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat Memphis 102-92 Saturday to snap a three-game skid to the in-state rival.“We wanted to come in and make a statement for our university here on their floor,” Schofield said with a smile. “And I think we did that, so you know the crowd was chirping a little bit. So I just had to let them know. UT. UT still on top.”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 ChrissThe Volunteers (8-1) avoided any letdown after a weeklong layoff for finals since upsetting then-No. 1 ranked Gonzaga last weekend in Phoenix. That win pushed the Vols to their highest Associated Press ranking since Feb. 25, 2008, when they went to No. 1 after upsetting another top-ranked team in Memphis.Grant Williams added 19 points for Tennessee. Jordan Bone had 17, Jordan Bowden 12 and Kyle Alexander 10. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said they knew coming in this would be a big game for Memphis.“We’ve got a lot of room for growth,” Barnes said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tennessee guard Jordan Bowden (23) controls the ball against Memphis guard Tyler Harris in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game.The rivalry between Tennessee’s top basketball programs is back on, and the Volunteers have the upper hand for now.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James, Lonzo Ball post triple-doubles in Lakers win over Hornets After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Kyvon Davenport helped Memphis (5-5) keep Tennessee from blowing the Tigers out. He scored 26 of his career-high 31 points after halftime and had 11 boards. Tyler Harris added 10 points.First-year Memphis coach Penny Hardaway remains winless against the Vols after going 0-2 when playing for the Tigers in the early 1990s. Simply having the former NBA star as head coach has Tigers’ fans excited enough about the future that they sold out the FedExForum for the first time since March 7, 2009, against Tulsa just before coach John Calipari left for Kentucky.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Their entire team emptied the bench to come over,” Hardaway said. “They weren’t coming over because it was a timeout. You can visibly see guys with their fists balled, talking trash to our guys or whatever it was, almost like a standoff.”This game featured 57 fouls combined, with 35 on Memphis. Tennessee had a big edge at the free throw line (39 of 46) compared to the Tigers (16 of 22).UP NEXTTennessee: Hosts Samford on Wednesday night.Memphis: Hosts Little Rock on Wednesday night. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgTwelve youths have acquired computer skills from the Antoinette Tubman Community School (ATCS) in Crozierville, Lower Montserrado County.The eleven-month intensive training program held in computer technology was climaxed with a well attended ceremony on Saturday, December 14, in the courtyard of the school.In a special statement, the publisher and managing director of the Daily Observer newspaper, Kenneth Y. Best, promised to bring the people of Crozierville and its surroundings advanced computer training as well as an adult literacy program.“With the cooperation of our friend, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia, we will launch the advanced computer training and the adult literacy program very soon,” Mr. Best told the gathering.According to him, the two distinct training programs will be hosted on the theme, “Each One Teach One,” which would “help you prepare yourselves for the job market.”He added that acquired computer knowledge is being used by many people to transform lives in other parts of the country; including the Township of Crozierville.One of the sponsors of ATCS computer-training program, Rocheforte Weeks, called on Liberian youths to help bring about the necessary transformation to the nation through the learning of computer science and other skills.According to Mr. Weeks, the youths can transform the country by taking up the challenge to prepare themselves through attaining knowledge.Following the certification of the graduates, Mr. Weeks urged the youth of Crozierville to take advantage of education for self-empowerment, adding that the computer skills acquired will help them achieve their goals.At the occasion, the Commissioner of Crozierville, Mr. Jones Thorpe, appealed to the government to train people in their respective communities to meet up with the challenges of the job market.According to Mr. Thorpe, the transfer of people from one community to another for jobs was a serious problem affecting the rebuilding process of the country.    He then expressed gratitude to those who supported the training program, graduates, and executive staff of the computer-training program for their efforts toward the success of the township of Crozierville.He further admonished students of the ATCS computer-training program to remain resilient in their quest to acquire sound computer knowledge.The marketing manager of the Daily Observer newspaper, Bai Best, also spoke on the importance of computer skills to the new graduates. He called on them to be focused as they go about acquiring computer skills. He cautioned them not to only be convinced by the act of typing, which he said was not all to acquiring computer knowledge.He further called the graduates to take advantage of the various computer applications to easily access information through the use of the internet.The IT specialist and coordinator of the computer-training program, Yarkpai Keller, thanked the YMCA and the Weeks family for their contributions in empowering the youths of Crozierville.Mr. Keller said courses offered in computer science included an introduction to computer system, Microsoft office packages, which also included ms-access, ms-word, and data base creation and management tools as beginner courses for the training program.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFor progress in basketball in the 2014 season, and thereafter the Liberia Basketball Association must ensure consistency in its disciplinary measures against offenders.That was said by the president of female champions, K-Delta Basketball team, Bonar Kekula.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia, Kekula said previous situations in which players and officials who were being disciplined received unnecessary pardons, which demonstrated bad precedents.“You cannot pardon a player or an official who deliberately violates disciplinary rules and does not show any remorse for the action,” President Kekula said.He said to maintain respect for the sport; LBA will have to make its rules and regulations effective without favor.“It will make it possible for other players and officials to respect the game they play and it will be better for the LBA,” President Kekula noted.On his team’s development, he revealed that K-Delta will continue with its educational support, along with insurance benefit to its players.“I want to use this public medium to express appreciation to our lone sponsor, the Atlantic Life General Insurance Company for its invaluable contribution towards our success,” he said.He also commended Mr. Jonathan Mayson, a family member of Pythons and a long time support of basketball, for his contribution to the team.“Mr. Mayson has been a wonderful provider to our team and we want to thank him sincerely from the bottom of our heart,” Kekula said.He, meanwhile, appealed to the Liberia Basketball Association to engage the business community, and follow the example of the Liberia Football Association and secure sponsorship for the LBA.“The sponsorship can be in kind, like jerseys and boots,” Kekula suggested.He said 2014 is a building process for K-Delta, and appealed to all players, including the technical staff to remain focus, in developing a basketball family.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Association of Catholic Teachers and Staff (ACTS) in the Monrovia Archdiocese of the Catholic Church said they have planned to go-slow due to what they described as “mockery of their profession” by authorities at the Catholic Educational Secretariat (CES).The ACTS officials told the Daily Observer Sunday, March 9, there were two things driving them to go-slow. First, according to them, is a long overdue salary increment and second, harmonization of the teachers’ payroll across all Catholic Schools.Concerning the increment, Ernest Belleh, acting president of ACTS, said when they raised the issue last school year the CES had spoken with them and then initiated a tripartite committee comprising of representatives of ACTS, CES and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA). The committee was headed by Mr. D. Ambrose Nmah, Director-General of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).A member of ACTS, who spoke with the Observer said Mr. Nmah’s committee did a “beautiful piece of documentation” and presented it to the CES, which then promised to act on the recommendations within.According to this member, who asked not to be named, the document contained “important things” in relation to the teachers’ welfare. However, since it was submitted to the CES it has been downplayed by the Archdiocesan Educational Council, the educational board for the Archdiocese, our source said.According to this source, one of the recommendations included a retroactive payment to the teachers. “We had asked for 25 percent retroactive payment beginning September, 2013. They said that they would only give us 10 percent, which we would immediately receive at the beginning of the second semester of 2013/2014 school year,” he stated.The second semester began in February 2014 and nothing has been done towards the teachers’ demands.  Instead, “they decided to increase the schools’ administrators’ salaries from L$14,000 for ‘C’ certificate level holders to L$20,000 for Master’s level holders,” he said. Our source stated they only made the discovery of the increment when a copy of this document was leaked to them.“This is what made teachers angry. We are the ones making money for the Catholic School System and yet they treat us like we are slaves?” our source asked, rhetorically.Our source said after they saw the leaked document, officials of ACTS went back to the CES and it was agreed upon that the retroactive payment would begin by February and end in June, 2014. “Unfortunately, after we agreed they later told us that they would do the retroactive in two installments. They would pay one in this academic school year and another in the 2014/2015 academic school year; this is a total mockery of our profession.”Our source and Ernest Belleh also disclosed that presently the Catholic School System’s salary structure for teachers ranges from L$7,000 to L$10,000 for bachelor degree holders and “this depends on what discipline you got your bachelors in,” Belleh was quick to add. He said that if it is in Education, then you might be around the L$10,000 mark.Belleh, who is a teacher at the St. Cathleen McGuire Memorial Catholic School in the Rehab Community, explained further to the Observer the teachers had also requested there be harmonization of the payroll for all teachers within the Catholic School System.“If a BSc holder at McGuire would be paid a certain amount, that should be the same amount paid to another BSc holder at Cathedral Catholic School on Ashmun Street or St. Teresa Convent on Randall Street. This should happen because the tuition for each of these institutions is the same for all schools within the Monrovia Archdiocese,” he further disclosed.Belleh said they had instructed all their members to report to their various campuses and just sign in but not go to classes. “They are to remain on campus until after the official school hours and then leave,” he added. He said they would continue their action until their demands are met.The Daily Observer contacted Rev. Father Sumo Varfee Mulbah, a senior official at the CES.Father Mulbah did not confirm nor deny the teachers’ claim. He rather extended an invitation to the Daily Observer to meet him at his office for the CES’ official response, today, Monday, March 9.The Catholic Church in Liberia has one of the best school systems in the country, and as such, many parents and guardians prefer to send their children to their institutions across Liberia. But with this latest action coming from the teachers, this could be a nose dive for the rating of the Catholic schools, especially the ones in the Monrovia Archdiocese.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,As a long-standing observer of the University of Guyana, being a past student and faculty member several years retired, I cannot help but add my voice to Dr Mark Kirton’s and those of several people writing on social media, newspapers, and commenting in high circles about the matter of Honorary Degrees at the University of Guyana.The response of the University of Guyana’s Public Relations Officer, Ms Paulette Paul, who should know better, is deliberately misleading and untruthful in many parts.She should know better than to try to pull wool over the eyes of the tax paying Guyanese public, who have a right to seek answers and to ask questions, since their dollars fund this University.1. The Vice Chancellor cannot, and should not, announce that he is going to confer any degree, academic of otherwise, upon anyone, since he is not able to do this without a due process, whether or not the University Act says the University can confer degrees.The fact is that neither the Council nor the Academic Board has seen a proposal or request from the Vice Chancellor for them to consider the granting of honorary degrees.2. It is the practice of this Vice Chancellor, and the Council seems none the wiser, to make critical and far-reaching decisions which fall solely in the purview of this Council or other bodies, and to bring these to the Council for ratification. He has done this with appointments of his many and growing Cabinet, new appointments, renewal of contracts for high officials, and even with payments of millions in lieu of leave. When asked for details, he sometimes rants that “either people trust him or they don’t”. With a University in close to $500 million deficit, accountability cannot be reduced to trusting an individual. This is a national strategic asset, and it must be treated as such.   The new and mostly very young Council must not allow this to continue. Had they been allowed to fulfill their oversight roles, the World would not be hearing that the VC, Prof Griffith (I am that I am), is conferring anything when no  authority has sanctioned this yet.3. While UG is legally able to confer honorary and other academic degrees, the big question is whether at this time it should; and if it should, by what procedure, and what conditions need to apply. It can also award honorary medals of different kinds and other degrees, but there must be a system, and it cannot be that the authority to do this is arrogated to the bow-tied one who thinks that he can use the media in his campaign of personal pomposity. UG is the national University, not the personal fiefdom of one man and his cronies.At least the media is doing the job of asking the hard questions, if no one else will.Let’s do the right thing by the right means, and let the UG Council do its job in service of this nation.Sincerely,Name withheldlast_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,On their penultimate day of legality, Government Ministers are fanning out in the Greater Georgetown as an outreach. Blessed are the days when the People matter! For decades the PNC has neglected those in the capital city, denizens treated as a ‘vote bank’ for the APNU are now receiving an eleventh hour hearing, an opportunity to share ideas and air grievances. Or are they? Will Ministers that are as unrecognizable to residents really listen to voices and concerns other than their own?At Christmas time, one senior minister was present at an event where homeless persons were being cared for with showers, clothing, haircuts and food, his questions to the homeless? Do you have an ID card? Can you vote? This was followed by a reminder to vote for APNU.There was no difference when the 19 Ministers did an outreach in Region 9, and Minster Felix boldly stated “I am only here to get your vote,” as he addressed a gathering of persons engaged in Sunday worship, that he did so in the very Church did not seem to register within his consciousness.At this new APNU/AFC outreach, they come to seek your vote, to patronize you with platitudes. Should enough people be taken in by the false promises, once elected, the Coalition will continue the plunder of the treasury. No doubt they envisage a future with even more perks and this incessant stream of corruption lining the pockets of themselves and cronies.Residents of Georgetown have spoken clearly in the recent Local Government Elections and will get another opportunity to reject these ‘good life’ promises once and for all.All for yourconsiderationAttiya Bakshlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Environmental Health Department (EHD) of the New Amsterdam Municipality has seized a quantity of food items considered unsatisfactory for human consumption. The Department is continuously appealing to supermarkets and shop owners to desist from selling expired goods, while warning against the consequences of them being caught doing so.Municipal Health Inspector Ackloo RamsudhSome of the expired items seizedDespite this a number of supermarkets and shops in the New Amsterdam Municipality continue to vend expired goods and this was brought to the limelight as the EHD seized a quantity of expired goods from supermarkets and shops in the town which is currently celebrating its 125 anniversary as a Municipality.Among the items seized were drink mix, tomato ketchup, cake mix, chewing gum, biscuits and beverages.Head of the Department, Municipal Health Inspector, Ackloo Ramsudh, stated that there is no schedule time of visits to businesses but from time to time all of them have been found with expired goods displayed for sale.“I am appealing to business owners to check the date markings on items before they put it on the shelf for sale, they also need to check the condition of the packaging material; for example there are some packaging material which have rodent damaged, stained and some in dented cans, these are not things which are fit for human consumption and should not be displayed on shelves for sale to the consuming public,” Ramsudh declared.According to Ramsudh, his team is working to rid the shelves of harmful items but he is appalled at the callous behaviour of some businesses in the township that are bent on breaking the law. He posited that they must have respect for themselves and the general public.“Time and again officers from the department revisits particular outlets, and seize a number of expired goods on display with tampered labels,” he stated.To this end, the health inspector is asking consumers to be alert and aware when making purchases and to scrutinise items they are purchasing.“Ensure that you understand the date markings properly; these are the production date and the expiration date, ensure that they are not tampered with and also within the time specified. Every consumer has the right to thoroughly examine the products that he or she is purchasing and ask questions,” he added.Moreover, the Municipal Health Inspector is also calling on the public to refuse to make purchases at those habitual law breakers’ places and report any case of expired items or goods to the municipality or other relevant authorities forthwith.In recent times, the department has had to remove peanut butter, canned milk, biscuits, jam, mayonnaise and confectionery on shelves of shops and supermarkets that were beyond the expiry dateslast_img read more