Sablan hopeful UST will turn its fortunes around

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs far as sports are concerned, moral victories never appear on a stat sheet.But for University of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan, those intangible moments would yield something concrete soon enough.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Although UST did not erase the deficit in one defining run, the Growling Tigers did outscore the Blue Eagles 33-12 from the middle of the third to midway through the fourth.This was a small victory for Sablan, who sees it as the building block heading into the team’s breakthrough win in the season.“I’m happy with my team because even when we were down big, we still fought hard and in the end we just lost steam,” said Sablan. “We have five losses but we kept fighting. This is the hardest game because we fought back from 22 down to just one.”“That first win will come, I don’t know when but it will come at the right time.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Norwood, Rain or Shine clamp down on TNT import Rice Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UST may have lost to Ateneo, 94-84, in a frustrating fashion Wednesday to dig a deeper hole at 0-5, but coach Boy Sablan liked what he saw from his wards.The Growling Tigers were in a 22-point hole, 69-47, in the third quarter but managed to run back in the fourth and cut the deficit to 81-80 before the Blue Eagles closed the game on a 13-3 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“What they did, coming back from a 22-point, anyone will surely get a huge confidence boost from what happened,” said Sablan in Filipino.“Our first win is upon us. The whole team is praying and hoping that the next games would be a different round for us.”last_img read more

UMG South Africa Makes US$1.5M Offer to Sign STUNNA

first_imgSinger and songwriter STUNNA.Universal Music Group (UMG) South Africa has found themselves in a pole position to sign Liberia’s fast-rising Afrobeat artist, STUNNA.Although they are in pole position, UMG South Africa is still facing competition from Temple Music, which is home to Iyana, one of Africa’s biggest stars, for the “Baby Oh” singer’s signature.The only difference that puts UMG South ahead of Temple Music, according to a source knowledgeable about the deal, is their monetary strength and platform.  However, the source added, it is possible that if UMG South Africa does not act fast, Temple Music, which has now begun to leverage its relations with STUNNA, will get the deal done.The six-year deal on the table by UMG South Africa, the source noted, is worth US$1.5 million, unlike Temple Music which is not close to that.“Negotiation is currently ongoing and so far, STUNNA management team has agreed on the terms of the deal but not advance payment of the US$1.5 million,” the source continued. “Right now, UMG is willing to pay half a million US dollars but the artist’s management team is demanding US$600,000 or above since the deal includes his image rights, publishing, and right to previously released songs. It is only the disagreement about an advance monetary payment that is dragging negotiations.The reported deal, if it does come to pass, will represent — for many Liberian music pundits — the breaking of a glass ceiling not only for the artist but the entire industry.The singer currently regarded as the best young artist right now in Liberia, has a huge crossover potential for success both in Africa and the world at large, thereby making him a good investment. If such a deal is realized, it will make STUNNA the first Liberian artist to be signed by UMG South Africa, a subsidiary of UMG based in the US.Meanwhile, when contacted, Tmark Korpu, who is part of the artist’s management team, did not deny nor confirm the report.“Such a deal comes with immense benefits and it is something that we have been hoping for a long time. It is an opportunity to boost his talent and image and increase his market value.  However, I cannot answer your question whether such a deal is in the pipeline or not. What I can tell you is that something big is about to happen. Really big,” Tmark said.The 20-year-old, who made his musical debut in 2016 with WCW as a collaborative single with rapper A-Raw, is a gifted singer who possesses a powerful voice that is soulful and silky.With over five hit singles to his name, including the widely acclaimed “Baby O” and “Balance” (featuring Iyanya), STUNNA has now built a reputation as a young hit-maker and one of the only few under 20 artists to have had over three successful smashes hit singles.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Regional banks among targets for $30B GuySuCo financing

first_img…as negotiations continue to secure fundingThe $30 billion financing which the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is seeking to continue operations at the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is expected to come from sources that include regional banks.This is according to sources close to NICIL. However, when contacted, NICIL’s Public Relations Consultant, Alex Graham, noted that it was still too early to say exactly from where the funds would be garnered. He noted that negotiations are ongoing in this regard.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Some might be loans, some might be investments… The negotiations and discussions (are) now being conducted with a variety of banks and financial institutions. More than likely it won’t come from one (source),” he disclosed.It has recently emerged that NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was seeking some $30 billion in loans and investments to support its new ward — GuySuCo. It has also been related that this funding would cover a four-year period, and will provide capital and support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. The funds are also expected to go towards developing new co-generation capacity for the estates’ operations and the national electricity grid.GuySuCo has a history of debt; at the end of 2015, the corporation owed $78.6 billion. As at January last year, that debt showed a marginal decrease to $77 billion. GuySuCo owes money to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), the Guyana Revenue Authority, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and other entities.One of NICIL’s first acts since assuming responsibility for GuySuCo has also been to abruptly end the life of the old Board of Directors. Coming out of a special board meeting, a decision was taken to have a new board installed as of February 14.The NICIL Board has also handed down instructions to GuySuCo to freeze all hiring. According to NICIL’s Public Relations Consultant Alex Graham, instructions have also been handed down to not renew any employee contract that is in the process of expiring.DDLThe Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) had, in January, submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) for the purchase of one of the estates. This was even as the SPU was seeking interested buyers for the Skeldon and Enmore estates.DDL, which produces the international award-winning El Dorado Rum, has raised concerns over Government’s plans to downsize the sugar sector. The company heavily depends on molasses for its production.It is understood that both the unit and DDL have been exploring the possibility of the company investing in the current crop at Enmore through advance payments on the molasses. Talks are also ongoing for DDL to participate in the management of the estate.The unit had expressed in a press release that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which has been blacklisted in India, has been evaluating GuySuCo’s assets and had raised concerns about the need to have the estates seen as “fully functioning operations and facilities”.This, it is understood, is because the company felt that closed estates would not attract the best of investors and prices. According to the unit, if approved by the NICIL Board, the DDL deal would allow the SPU to meet PwC’s recommendations.Government had moved to close the Enmore and Rose Hall sugar estates, as well as sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory. Government’s explanation for downsizing the industry has always been a need to cut costs.last_img read more

Archaic pipe network being addressed – GWI

first_imgPipes being replaced at Sheriff StreetThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has commenced activities to update its archaic pipe network in Central Georgetown in order to meet the service demand of the population.For many months, there has been talks by officials of the utility company about the need for works on the outdated pipelines, which cannot support water at high pressures, resulting in constant ruptures. The iron pipes have also released sediments into the water, compromising the water composition.Presently, the cast iron and asbestos cement pipes are being replaced by Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) which has a higher resistance to encrustation. After these works are completed, persons will be subjected to better services.“The cast iron and asbestos cement pipes which are being replaced have become encrusted over decades and have exceeded their lifespan. Many of the pipelines are over 100 years old, and due to this, there is also a high iron content being released, thereby compromising water quality. They are being replaced with Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipes which present a much lesser chance of encrustation,” the company stated.According to the utility company, some 500 metres of pipes were replaced at Sheriff Street and the East Coast Demerara Public Road to Alexander Village. A section of James Street was also addressed and a new phase will commence next month to finish the remainder of the roadway and adjoining streets.Albouystown is also on the agenda, having displayed signs of tuberculation, which is a development of corrosion on the inside of iron pipes.Apart from the aged network, new transmission and distribution mains were installed in a number of areas between Lamaha and Vlissengen Road. They are working to replace the transmission mains at Church Street, with the installation of 2000 metres of water channels.However, when works are in progress, there will be a reduced level of service. It was indicated that new pipes will be placed closer to fences for easy accessibility for future repairs. For this, the Geographic Information System (GIS) will be used to map gate valves and all pipelines for location information.Citizens were warned that the integrity of the water quality can be compromised following the completion of this operation, since excavation will provide a medium for contaminants to enter the watercourse. To rid this issue, the pipelines will be flushed along with the shock chlorination process. This entails filling the lines with a high dosage of a chlorinated solution and leaving it for up to one day. The solution is flushed until one milligram per litre chlorine residual is achieved.Last year, Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles addressed the situation where there are frequent ruptures in the archaic water system, stating that there is the possibility where the pressures can be raised during emergencies. However, this causes leaks and blowouts along the larger transmission lines.“It takes time and also it costs because it’s an aged network. We are going to be seeing a greater frequency of leaks but we are prepared to arrest them as we find them.”last_img read more

Speaker upholds no-confidence resolution

first_img…refuses Govt’s request to overturn decisionsSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland has upheld the passage of the no-confidence resolution by denying Government’s request to reverse the motion which was successfully passed on December 21, 2018.The parliamentary Opposition boycotted Thursday’s sitting of the National AssemblyDr Scotland made this pronouncement on Thursday during a sitting of the National Assembly, which was boycotted by the Opposition. The Opposition had contended that Thursday’s sitting was unconstitutional.Giving his decision to the Government MPs, Scotland insisted that while he has the authority to review and/or reverse previous rulings, he must always act in conformity with the Constitution of Guyana. He noted that there are several important matters in question, including whether a majority of 33 or 34 is needed for a no-confidence vote to be passed.“The Speaker’s very wide authority to reverse his ruling is not one, however, he holds himself able to exercise without strong compelling grounds. Simply choosing one position in place of an earlier one would not, of course, meet that requirement,” Scotland pointed out.“The Speaker on this occasion declines the invitation to act in reversal. Full and final settlement of these issues by a court of competent jurisdiction will place beyond doubt any question which may exist and serve to give guidance to the Speaker for the future,” Scotland said.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandScotland also spoke of the importance of dialogue, something he noted has not yet begun.“The provisions of the Constitution envision discussions between the Government and the Opposition, to find the most propitious manner in which effect can be given to the provisions of the Constitution… no such discussion, I am informed, has taken place as yet. On December 21, you would recall that leaders from both sides of the house spoke of respect for one another and of the opportunity which the results of the vote offer both sides. It is my hope that talks will commence soon.”Attorney General Basil Williams was the one, used the legal opinion of Attorney Nigel Hughes, the husband of Government Minister Cathy Hughes, to present to the Speaker and request the reversal.No confidenceOn December 21, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke rank and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger had already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, upon his return from Cuba where he departed for treatment late last year. He returned on January 1, 2019.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, 2018; however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of sitting Minister Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number, this would be 33 as there is no half member.Since then, Government has held onto this explanation and had included it in a series of opinions it presented to the Speaker of the National Assembly, in an effort to get him to reverse the no-confidence vote.Government also questioned “Whether the Speaker can reverse the ruling that the No-confidence Motion was carried? What is the effect of the sub judice rule should the Speaker’s ruling be legally challenged in the courts” and “Whether the Speaker’s ruling on the vote can be quashed by the courts?”last_img read more

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – August 15

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Team effort lifts Cal Poly to victory

first_imgPOMONA — Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky is still waiting for his Broncos to play a complete game. In the meantime, he will settle for the kind of across-the-board production he got Friday night in Kellogg Gym. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Last week, Cal Poly (6-4, 2-1) won a 101-98 sprint over Northwest Nazarene that had three Broncos register career nights in scoring. On Friday, the game was tied at 12-12 with 6:23 left in the first half with the Broncos trying to figure out how to take advantage of Cal State Los Angeles team that shot 25.9 percent from the field in the first half. “This was definitely more of our style of basketball,” said Kamansky, whose team will host conference-leading Cal State Bakersfield (7-2, 3-0) at 7:30 tonight. “We had some guys step up and have good games for us.” None of them had career nights, but it was enough to help the Broncos overcome a 10-of-21 effort from the foul line. Malone II went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and Kaelen Daniels and Kevin Neveu each collected seven rebounds. Billy Hofman collected nine points and eight assists in a slow-tempo game that will contrast tonight’s game against Bakersfield. The Broncos needed a boost from Cook just to take a lead into the half. “We needed some scoring,” Kamansky said. “It was a scoring drought for a while. But Dion took some good shots and made some good decisions.” Cook — who had his first career triple-double against Northwest Nazarene — obliged with a basket, a steal and then a two-handed, crowd-pleasing dunk that kicked off a 16-7 run and enabled Cal Poly to take a 28-19 halftime lead. It didn’t hurt that Cal State Los Angeles (4-6, 1-2) shot 25.9 percent from the field (7-of-27) and committed nine turnovers to the Broncos’ five. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img With foul shooting again iffy and offense at a premium, Cal Poly got 16 points from Dion Cook, 14 from Hervey Malone II and big minutes from bit players in a 67-60 win over Cal State Los Angeles. The Broncos’ current winning streak of two wins, though, had nothing in common. last_img read more

GARDAI CARRY OUT RAIDS IN DONEGAL AS PART OF INVESTIGATION INTO CATTLE THEFTS

first_imgGardai have carried out searches across Donegal as part of a crackdown on cattle thefts.Gardai have carried out raids in Donegal in search for stolen cattle.75 beef cattle were seized yesterday in a multi-agency operation targeting the theft of cattle in the border area.The raid in the Castleblayney area in Co Monaghan involved the special investigations unit of the Department of Agriculture as well as the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland, the gardaí and the PSNI. 47 of the seized animals are being slaughtered because they are believed to have been illegally imported from a herd in Northern Ireland infected with TB.Gardaí confirmed that it is part of a major investigation into the theft of animals in the border area which is looking at “all lines of irregularities” relating to the movement of animals.Searches have taken place at premises in Donegal, Mayo and Monaghan and 115 cattle and 20 sheep have been seized to date.GARDAI CARRY OUT RAIDS IN DONEGAL AS PART OF INVESTIGATION INTO CATTLE THEFTS was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cattledonegalraidsTHEFTSlast_img read more

GOLF NEWS: CAIRNS WITHEROW WINS THE WEDNESDAY OPEN AT DUNFANAGHY

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:Well the weather wasn’t as pleasant this weekend but it didn’t put the golfers off. There was a good crowd on the course on both days of the weekend.The weather conditions were great at the start of the week and there was a big crowd at our Winter Seniors open which has been a great success to date. The six nations is on again this weekend with the big match on Sunday. We all look forward to the atmosphere in the clubhouse for the games.Everyone should have received an email early this week with details to entice new members to the club. It will to benefit everyone if we are able to get more members in the club this year. Please contact a committee member if you require any further details regarding our drive to get more new members. Remember it is the time of the year for annual subscriptions to be paid. Please contact the club as soon as possible to make payment. The Committee met last week and there will be new initiatives to attract new members and these initiatives will be sent out to the members by email this week.Results;Wednesday 18th February 1st Cairns Witherow 43pts2nd Patrick McMullan 39pts BOTGross Donal Boyle 38Pts3rd Peter Johnston 39Pts BOTCat. Jim Carey 36Pts 1st9 Don Ponsonby 21Pts2nd9 Cathal McMonagle 19Pts BOTSaturday 21st February1st Dominic Bogues/John Mallon 43Pts 2nd Martin Lynch/Danny Bannigan 41Pts botSunday 22nd February1st John Chambers 40Pts2nd Michael Kelly 35PtThere are a number of competitions in the next week –• Wednesday 25th of February 2015 – Open Singles Stableford (soup and sandwiches)• Saturday 28th of February 2015 – Open 4BBB Stableford• Sunday 1st of March 2015 – Gents Stableford Club competitionN.B. Remember we are dropping off the fairways from the 1st of January to give the fairways a well-deserved rest.4 BBB Winter Open Competition:I know everyone will want to play in the Grand Final in June. So don’t leave it too late to try and qualify. You are able to play in this completion on any day of the week and with who ever you wish to play with, so long as they have a GUI or ILGU handicap. Best of luck to everyone in February/March. Remember the best club team outside of 1st,2nd and 3rd qualifies for the final each month.Function Room for Private parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)GOLF NEWS: CAIRNS WITHEROW WINS THE WEDNESDAY OPEN AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DunfanaghygolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

ELECTION 2014 – McCLAFFERTY VOWS TO FIGHT ‘EXPORT’ OF YOUNG PEOPLE

first_imgDonegal’s newest local election candidate, Charlie McClafferty from Churchill has said that Donegal is indeed different, “Up here we export our young People.”His comments have added impact this week amid fears of job losses at the 40,000 acre Glenveagh National Park due to a review that could see services outsourced to the private sector.A former stalwart of Fine Gael, Charlie McClafferty has become the 21st candidate to run in the Letterkenny electoral area and he’s assembled an impressive group of campaigners to support him. Senator Ronan Mullan will be among the guests a big get together evening for the campaign at McClafferty’s Lounge on Friday May 9th at 9.00pm.His decision to run as an Independent candidate will not come as a shock to Fine Gael since they’ve already been accused of shafting him at their selection convention earlier this year.It was almost inevitable that Charlie McClafferty would enter the race because of his political background with his late grandfather being regarded as the rock on which the modern day FG party was founded in Glendowan and Glenswilly to replace Cumann na nGaedhal.Charlie, a 40 year old father of two young children speaks with a powerful passion and vision about what is needed here in the very heart of Donegal. McClafferty says his decision to run was made some months ago and he’s got no apologies to make for trying to promote his native parish of Termon and Glendowan.As a young family man with two children he says that far too many young people have emigrated and there are not enough opportunities being created for those left behind to enable them to plan with any certainty that they can remain at home in Churchill and the Glen.He said that FF destroyed people’s hopes and dreams and now FG is taxing everyone out of existence and the revelations about water charges will leave people with bills they have no way of paying in the present economic climate.His campaign will lean heavily on local issues and what he might be able to do as a businessman, a ratepayer and a taxpayer.He said that from the county’s 8,014 farmers too many are paid too little under the new CAP and that along with the potential for jobs in farming and tourism need much more focus and funding if rural Ireland is to have a future. He has now set out his agenda to tackle Donegal’s emigration cycle and this is having an incalculable impact on our mental health, family welfare, crime and society. And he adds there is a knock on effect for struggling small business and jobs across Letterkenny, small towns and rural Donegal.ELECTION 2014 – McCLAFFERTY VOWS TO FIGHT ‘EXPORT’ OF YOUNG PEOPLE was last modified: April 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie McClaffertyChurchilldonegalLocal electionslast_img read more