Abueva gives what Phoenix lacks, says Phelps

first_imgPhoenix rolls to 2-0, razes NorthPort Peza offers relief to ecozone firms So when Phelps scored a meager, by his standards, 30 points that went with 15 rebounds and four blocks in Phoenix 132-91 win over NorthPort, it left a sense of shock to the onlookers.Phelps, though, is fine with scoring less than 50.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We got the win, I don’t get bonuses for 50-point games,” said Phelps Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I get bonuses for winning, so we got the win and that’s all I care about.”Phelps’ last scoring outburst was in Phoenix’s opening game against Columbian when he put up 50 points, 17 rebounds, and eight blocks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEugene Phelps scoring at least 50 points is already a too normal of an occurrence during the PBA Governors’ Cup that sometimes it’s considered weird when he doesn’t get to that offensive plateau.Phoenix’ high-octane import has three 50-point games whenever the Fuel Masters play their opening game in a conference and Phelps has been involved in five of those.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another new thing for Phelps is having Calvin Abueva as a teammate.Abueva was traded to Phoenix from Alaska and Phelps is enjoying every bit of the Beast’s action.“I think Calvin is a big help, the guy brings in energy and that’s what we’re lacking,” said Phelps as the Fuel Masters climbed to the top of the standings with a 2-0 record to tie the Aces. “He’s always talking.”And just as Abueva’s story starts to unfold with Phoenix, he and Phelps are set to face Alaska on Wednesday for their next game in the conference.“We got a tough game on Wednesday. Hopefully, we get that win and have a three-game winning streak but we’ll see how it goes.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

San Beda, CKSC, La Salle schools grab early WNCAA lead

first_imgMOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sister schools De La Salle Zobel and La Salle College Antipolo  are likewise unbeaten in two starts in Junior B.  Midgets play kicked off with defending champion Miriam scoring a 59-44 triumph over DLSZ and St. Paul  downing SBCA, 51-41.Over at Rizal Memorial Coliseum, two-time defending seniors champion SBCA streaked to a 2-0 start as it outlasted Assumption, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21.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 ChrissPhilippine Women’s University shared the lead after dominating University of Asia & the Pacific, 25-18, 25-13, 25-7. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP Diliman field gets Fifa Quality Certification seal Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew San Beda College Alabang joined seven-time defending seniors champion Centro Escolar University on top while its juniors squad is tied for the lead with two-time titlist Chiang Kai Shek College after week two of the 49th WNCAA basketball tournament.SBCA whipped Assumption College, 73-39, while CEU dealt hapless St. Scholastica’s College a 110-4 beating for 2-0 cards at SBCA gym recently.  In Junior A, SBCA and CKSC also share 2-0 records after victories over Poveda (38-33) and host St. Paul College Pasig (105-40), respectively.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Wade’s late free throws lift Heat past Jazz

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was waiting to see if Wade wanted a timeout on the last possession. He didn’t, and Wade knew when he had the ball at the top of the key exactly what he was going to do — drive down the right side of the lane, get to the rim and see what happens.“It’s like putting on an old glove,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve been in that situation so many times before. It was very natural for him to read everything.”Gobert didn’t like the call.“I just want it to be consistent at one point,” Gobert said. “Every night is the same (stuff).”Ricky Rubio led Utah with 23 points. Jae Crowder scored 19 and Mitchell had 18 for the Jazz, on 8 for 24 shooting. Afterward, he said going head-to-head with Wade was special.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US beats Uruguay, qualifies for 2019 Fiba World Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum INJURY LISTMiami’s injury list — which already included Goran Dragic (knee), Tyler Johnson (hamstring), Derrick Jones Jr. (hamstring) and Dion Waiters (ankle surgery recovery) — got deeper in the first half. Starting wing Rodney McGruder, one of Miami’s top defenders, left with a sprained right ankle and did not return.ODD SCHEDULEIt’s a strange schedule this year for the Jazz, who have now played 24 games — a league-high 16 on the road, a league-low eight at home. The first half of the year has Utah playing 25 times on the road, 16 at home, and obviously the exact inverse of that awaits the Jazz in the season’s second half.UP NEXTJazz: Host San Antonio on Tuesday.Heat: Host Orlando on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 20: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Dwyane Wade had a two-hour phone call with Donovan Mitchell over the summer, fielding question after question about what the path toward NBA stardom is like.Wade happily provided a ton of answers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “That was surreal, to be honest,” Mitchell said.Gobert had 12 points and 18 rebounds for the Jazz. Wayne Ellington had 12 points, all of them on 3-pointers — including one with 2:03 left that gave Miami the lead, and the Heat wouldn’t trail again.Utah’s lead was 55-53 at the half, a score that would suggest the first 24 minutes were nip-and-tuck for both sides.Not exactly.The Jazz ran out to leads of 20-5 and 35-16, shooting 65 percent — while holding Miami to 28 percent — and turning the first six Heat turnovers of the night into 12 points.And then Utah suddenly went ice-cold. Miami went on a 20-0 run, forcing Utah into 14 consecutive missed shots, to turn the 19-point deficit into a one-point lead.“We’ll clean it up. It’s little things,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Overall, I’m happy with how we competed, but obviously we wish we could do things better for a full game.”TIP-INSJazz: Joe Ingles scored 11 for Utah, which put all five of its starters in double figures. … The Jazz were trying to finish off a 3-0 road trip. … Utah was 11 for 33 from 3-point range.Heat: The 20-0 run was Miami’s longest of the season, topping a 17-0 streak at Chicago last month. … The Heat were back in their red jerseys, a second consecutive deviation from the schedule. Miami was slated to wear its black “Vice” jerseys again Sunday, but much like Friday — when the Heat snapped a six-game home slide that coincided with the unveiling of those kits — the team went a different way. He might have kept a secret or two for himself.Wade drove past Mitchell on Miami’s final possession, drew a foul from Rudy Gobert at the rim and made two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining to lift the Heat to a 102-100 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night — a game where Mitchell’s 3-pointer at the end hit the rim and bounced away.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“I don’t talk to anybody on the phone for two hours anymore,” Wade said. “But he wanted to pick my brain. He had a lot of great questions and we just talked about the game.”Wade gave Mitchell a couple more lessons on Sunday, in a game where the Heat rallied from an early 19-point deficit and survived 17 lead changes and 16 ties. Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for Miami, which got 16 apiece from Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk and 15 from Wade. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

US Trains 5 DEA Officers

first_imgThe United States Government, through the international anti-drugs agency, has extended a training opportunity to at least five officers of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).The training exercise, according to a dispatch from DEA, is expected to be held in Accra, Ghana shortly.Washington’s intervention comes in the wake of the passage and subsequent approval of the new anti-drug legislation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and members of the 53rd National Legislature, respectively.The passage of the new anti-drug legislation is something that has made Liberia a compliant nation in line with the global fight against dangerous narcotics drugs and other harmful substances.DEA Director-general, Anthony K. Souh, is quoted in the dispatch as urging the five officers to pay keen attention to their courses, so as to acquire the needed knowledge that would make them efficient in the fight against drug peddlers across the country.Dr. Souh then praised Providence for His intervention, which he said, is steadily graduating the DEA from one level to the other, thereby shaping the dimension of the institution.“There was need to praise God for the passage of the drug law, and its subsequent approval by the President,” something he described “an absolute political will” that will go a long way in protecting the future of the nation from drug-driven evils.He said although the year 2014 was tedious and challenging, the DEA managed to achieve those fundamental things including anti-drug legislation and  deployment of officers at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) etc., without which the meaning of DEA could not be defined.He also called for uncompromising and  concerted efforts from the officers of the institution, because according to him, the eyes of the public and the watching world are set to see the agency overcoming the drug culture and reducing social evils in a decisive manner.He used the occasion to call for forgiveness, a firm team work and true spirit of loyalty to the state. “Forgive me if I ever offended you,” Director Souh appealed to his men.“Let us disarm our hearts and minds of envy, gossip and wishful thinking and forge ahead so that all of us can be proud of the DEA,” he noted in a conciliatory voice.Souh said the success of the DEA requires sharing opinions, creating the approximate dream and vision at all sectional levels.He promised that those who work harder stand to reap the resultant benefit.  He declared the year 2015 a “Year of Accountability.”He said performance and not connection and favoritism will be the yard stick by which his administration will measure its officers.“The goal of this institution is available for all of us to score. Therefore, I thank all of you who have the DEA at heart and are prepared to make the difference not in the interest of me as the Director, but in the supreme interest of the state and the international community, who expect more from us in the fight against drugs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clarifying Kissoon’s misconceptions

first_imgDear Editor,Not all those who shout “dialectics, dialectics,” shall enter into the kingdom of philosophy.Mr Kissoon revealed the dialectical interconnection with his observation on Mr Deon Abrams, asking the question, “Was Freud at work there, Mr Kanhai?”Absolutely, Mr Kissoon. Freud was/is at work, here, there, and everywhere, even though he is no longer physically present. That is the nature of the dialectic, which also is at work, here, there, and everywhere. Like gravity, nothing escapes its grip, even when we are free-floating in outer space, imagining ourselves to be weightless – we are still caught in the iron grip of gravity, despite gravity being the weakest of the fundamental forces of nature.Albert Einstein gave us an explanation for gravity as being the geometry of space in his General Theory of Relativity. It is not an external force as propounded in Newtonian physics, but manifests itself in the nature of matter. It cannot be separated from matter, being part of the definition of matter itself. As Einstein claimed, Space, Time, and Matter were a Holy Trinity.I make this fundamental point in response to Mr Kissoon’s quote: “If Mr Kanhai claims to understand Marxism, then he must be familiar with how Hegelian dialectics work. Thus, he would know the dialectics have left his idol, Roopnaraine behind, or to put it another way, Roopnaraine chose to leave the dialect behind. After all, as a Marxist, Kanhai should remember one of the most profound observations by one of history’s most profound Marxists, Jean Paul Sarte – “Man makes the dialectic just as the dialectic makes him.”Mr Kissoon treats philosophy as ahistorical or supra-historical, raising himself above the crowd. He ties in “Hegelian dialectics” to Sarte’s dialectic, oblivious that the two dialectical moments cannot be the same, because one is historically located within the other, sublimating it. Secondly, to claim that anyone can choose to leave dialectics behind is similar to the claim that one can escape the effects of gravity.Several years ago, Mr Kissoon had a eureka moment when he claimed that he had found a fundamental flaw in Marx’s thesis that “being determines consciousness”. Mr Kissoon claimed that it was “consciousness that determines being”, standing Marx on his head. Mr Kissoon had confused the “ontological being” with the “epistemological consciousness”, an error in his argument to which he remains oblivious.Mr Kissoon, in recent times, claimed that the German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s book, <<>> was one of the greatest works of philosophy, a view shared by many philosophers. Heidegger is accredited with restoring the human content of philosophy, as compared to the philosophy of Marx and Hegel which dealt with world systems, supposedly reducing the individual to the will of the world spirit. Heidegger’s philosophy had its roots in Edmund Husserl, his teacher, and is closely linked to Phenomenology and Existentialism. Sartre is located somewhere between the Marxian/Hegelian camp and the Phenomenological/Existentialist one, having written his philosophical treatise, “Being and Nothingness” in response to Heidegger’s “Being and Time.” The role of the individual is given primacy over the system. I would leave it to Kissoon to locate himself in the realm of philosophy.Mr Kissoon’s attempt to label me is sterile, since he displays a profound ignorance of my philosophical groundings. His attempt to brand me a Marxist/Leninist reveals a dogmatic understanding of the word on his part. For his elucidation, let me “Ponty-ficate” on one ‘adventure of the dialectic (Merleau-Ponty),’ taken from a Marxist web-site.“Lenin’s work Materialism and Empirio-criticism played a decisive part in combating the Machist revision of Marxism. It enabled the philosophical ideas of Marxism to spread widely among the mass of party members and helped the party activists and progressive workers to master dialectical and historical materialism.”Ernst Mach was a brilliant scientist, whose name is immortalised in the “Mach’s Principle”. The term Mach speed/number is named after him. To ascribe to me an ideological label that does not grasp the immense scholarship noted above is rather misleading on the part of Mr Kissoon. Furthermore, it was Lenin who read Hegel during the revolutionary days to grasp the meaning of events unfolding around him, in order to formulate Government policies.Henri Poincare’s name is associated with Einstein’s theories of relativity. Professor Peter Galison noted that Poincare never understood his own theory, even though it was explained by Einstein with greater clarity. Poincare treated relativity as a quirk of nature, unlike Einstein who treated it as a fundamental law of nature, and this proved to be the critical difference.Einstein did the same with Max Planck who studied black body radiation, a stumbling block in physics which was resolved with “Planck law”. Einstein convinced Planck that the constant was a fundamental law of nature, enabling it to usher in the era of Quantum Dynamics.My point is that sometimes even the founders of scientific knowledge do not grasp their own theories. It is amusing when lesser mortals claim to understand them, casting names of philosophers and theories around like pearls to swine, with the intent not to enlighten but to obfuscate.Archimedes said, “Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.” He was defining the law of the lever. In philosophy, where we stand define the view of the world that we see. A slave sees the world very different from the master, a point Hegel noted in his chapter on the master/slave dialectic. Both views describe the realities as experienced by each individual. Like a chess game, objectivity is defined not from any single player’s point of view, but from a point of view that encompasses both players, defined as a god’s eye view. The problem is that it is an individual who claims this role of being the embodiment of a trinity.Hegel noted that just as the possession of hands does not make us artists, likewise having a brain does not make us thinkers. He also informed us that the man and the boy both utter the same prayers to God, the former on the basis of his life’s experience, the other mere rote. This was not a condemnation of the boy, but an understanding of the stages of development, of both individuals and society. It is a natural law that “nature abhors a vacuum.” The human mind is not an empty vessel to be filled by knowledge. It is always filled with one set of knowledge, only to be replaced by another set in an ever-recurring process.The movies – “The Time Machine”, “Back To The Future”, The Butterfly Effect” and “Sound of Thunder”, etc, remind us that time is irreversible. Were we able to make one change with the past, the future would be fundamentally altered, sometimes beyond recognition. The problem is that we have no way of knowing it. The “What If” scenario is speculative in a meaningful sense of the word, in that it makes us conscious of the immense power we have in the present to determine the future. Use it or lose it!Kissoon only understands the present because it is the direct result of actions taken in the past. This is how life unfolds, even though we try to “reverse engineer” things. We are the architects of our destiny. To quote Marx, “men make history, not as they please, but dependent upon historical circumstances directly transmitted from the past… we wear the costume of the past…the dead weighs like a nightmare upon the living…” etc. We fail to recognise our handiwork when confronted by it.Let me close by asking Mr Kissoon which event in the history of the WPA helped or hindered the removal of the PNC in 1992? Which event in the history of the WPA helped or hindered the removal of the PPP in 2015?Finally, would Mr Kissoon kindly tell us what is his philosophical standing?Sincerely,Rohit Kanhailast_img read more

Cross-dressers rob Kitty apartment building

first_imgSeveral armed men dressed in female attire executed a brazen robbery on an apartment building at Pere Street, Georgetown in the wee hours of Sunday.Based on reports gathered, two persons walked into the apartment complex about 00:15h and indicated their interest in renting a room. But as the employee on duty tended to them, one of the men whipped out a gun and demanded that he lay on the ground.The men tied and gagged the employee and made their way into several rooms in the lower flat of the building. They were later joined by three other men who were all masked. The men relieved the employee of an undisclosed sum of cash, two mobile phones and other items, including a flat-screen television set and a quantity of cold beverages.The men then made good their escape. The employee managed to untie himself and raised an alarm. The Police are in possession of the surveillance footage and they have launched an investigation.last_img read more

USAID, EHELD Project Ends with “Impressive” Results

first_imgUSAID, EHELD, UL officials and engineering students at the closing ceremony on the UL Fendall campusBy Edwin M. Fayia IIIA formal closing ceremony of the USAID-funded five year Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) was held on Friday at the UL Fendall campus.The education partnership and development initiatives were implemented by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and the Engineering College of the University of Liberia.At a well-attended closing ceremony, outgoing UL president Dr. Emmett A. Dennis expressed delight with the impressive achievements of the EHELD program at the University of Liberia.Dr. Dennis also lauded the efforts of the faculty and staff of the Engineering College for their commitment and dedication that have led to putting out quality students.“If anyone is to be happy about the USAID, RTI and EHELD education program at the UL, I should be considered foremost the happiest person,” Dr. Dennis added.He extended appreciation to the USAID mission in Liberia and their backup supporters in Washington D.C. for the timely support to the Engineering College.The current UL president, Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, said efforts should be exerted to maintain and sustain the program.Dr. Weeks pledged to improve the quality of faculty, teachers and students of the UL Engineering College in the years to come.She also recounted that it was during the administration of Dr. Dennis that the EHELD-RTI-USAID program was initiated at the UL and the great transformation that has taken place at Engineering College.Dr. Weeks also extended gratitude to the multiple support partners including but not limited to the Universities of Michigan, North Carolina and Rutgers, RTI, USAID and many others.“We now have the responsibility to maintain and sustain the programs initiated by Dr. Dennis and UL administration on the USAID, EHELD and RTI project in the country,” Dr. Weeks said.She further underscored the need for the support of the faculty and instructors to produce quality students and the general improvement of the UL Engineering College.For her part, RTI senior economic development specialist and EHELD project manager Dr. Cheryl Doty said she exerted efforts at the EHELD program to upgrade the UL Engineering College.Dr. Doty added that she is also delighted that she was able to work with the project’s managers and lauded their splendid accomplishments.The RTI’s economic and development specialist said the Engineering College has the potential to bring greater developments to the UL and Liberia.In her statement, USAID acting deputy mission director Madam Karen Nelson said such an initiative builds a bridge between the peoples of Liberia and the United States.Madam Nelson thanked the UL, the Ministry of Education, the Commission on Higher Education and the RTI for their commitment to the USAID, EHELD and RTI project in Liberia.Madam Nelson stressed the need for the Engineering College to encourage high school students to consider enrolling and study engineering there.“Now I know that you have the required tools to work with at the Engineering College and I want to encourage you all to work harder in order to maintain and sustain the quality standards already established,” Madam Nelson added.Encouraging women to study engineering is a difficult task to accomplish, she admitted, and stressed the need for additional efforts to motivate them.“I am really encouraged by the management structure and would urge the USAID’s investment in vital sectors of education in Liberia,” Madam Nelson concluded.In separate statements, heads, chairs of departments and other stakeholders thanked USAID and the American government for the financial and professional support over the five-year period.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charity Market Wharf vendors refuse to relocate

first_img…as wharf continues to rapidly deteriorate…calls for swift action from Central GovtBy Lakhram BhagiratDespite a report presented by the engineer of the Public Infrastructure Ministry claiming that the Charity Market Centre Wharf has sunk more than six inches and poses a serious risk to life and limb, the vendors utilising the area are refusing to relocate until the ministry mobilises a team to execute urgent repairs.The vendors adopted that position during a consultation exercise withSome of the rotten pillars at the wharf (Dexter Ceres photos)representatives from the Regional Democratic Council and the Charity/Urasara Neighbourhood Democratic Council on Tuesday.Vice Chairman of the Region, Nandranie Coonjah, said the Market Centre Wharf at Charity has been engaging the attention of the region’s Works Committee since August of 2017, and that is the reason for the initial study on the wharf. She explained that the regional engineer was engaged, and he ventured below the wharf and discovered the rapid deterioration.“We are concerned about the human resources. Should the wharf collapse, a lot ofA section of the wharf that has been separated from the street due to the sinkinglives are going to be lost; so the Works Committee came up with the recommendation to have consultation and to close the wharf until something can be done. However, the meeting was organized, we had 18 vendors on board, and they vented their concerns,” she noted.The VC explained that the consultation was held on Tuesday at the Charity Market Square with the vendors, along with the Assistant Regional Executive Officer, NDC representatives, and the engineer; where a presentation on the condition of the wharf was done.“The engineer gave them a synopsis of what was happening, and what is more disturbing is that this wharf is tied to the public road and the engineer indicated that this wharf is leaning towards the Pomeroon River. Who knows about the Pomeroon knows that it is the deepest river in Guyana, and should that wharf sink in the river, then it is going to pull the entire road, and Charity is a vulnerable area due to the soil texture, and the entire housing/business area could be flooded should this wharf go overboard,” she reported.Coonjah said that all that information was related to the vendors, but despite that, the vendors are adamant that they would remain there until Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson mobilise his technical team and visit them and instruct their relocation.She said the NDC has already blocked off some parts of the wharf to prevent trucks from accessing it, so that the weight would not sink the wharf more.The VC also noted that after the vendors were steadfast in the refusal to move, the meeting ended and the team took a walk around the area. The engineer pointed out that the wharf has sunken by at least two additional inches and the cracks are getting wider.Deteriorating stateWhen Guyana Times visited the Market Centre on Thursday, large cracks were observed on the floor, with several rotting boards. Further, most of the piles beneath the wharf were determined to be no longer able to support the structure. The solid concrete wharf is thus sitting precariously on a few remaining piles, and the prognosis is that it would likely collapse.The vendors reported that they are aware of the dangers posed by the sinking wharf, but they need a solid plan before they can relocate their businesses.“I selling here over 10 years now, and I know this wharf a sink, but we can’t just pack up and move just so, because business done bad already and then we nah go know how long them go take to fix this place. We need a proper plan with the Government,” vendor Andrew (only name given) noted.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt has said the wharf has deteriorated significantly, and he would have raised the issue with the Regional Executive Officer and the Public Infrastructure Ministry. He noted that one of their RDC Councillors sits on the National Sea Defence Board and would have raise the issue at that level, and a team would have visited the wharf subsequently and registered its concerns.“I think it is prudent for us to have the ministry and its technical team to give definitive answers. If we’re to move those vendors as of now, the decision to relocate and for vendors to operate they have to be given clear timelines, and the ministry needs to get on the ground and to have the interactions with our people…It is a very dangerous situation there in Charity,” he lamented.Ramdatt believes that little is being done in terms of safety and remedial works to the wharf. The structure is 32 years old and requires urgent attention, since over 30 persons utilize it for vending and countless other for other purposes. It is also a parking area for many persons using their boats to traverse the Pomeroon River.last_img read more

UCLA basketball notes: Foul line not kind to Bruins

first_img“We’d been shooting well in practice,” Howland said. “Everybody on the team, two days ago, made at least 40 out of 50, shooting two at a time, shooting in game condition, shooting with a routine.” But even the practice routine didn’t make the Bruins a great free-throw shooting team. UCLA ranks ninth in the Pac-10 at 65.5 percent. When UCLA was performing horrifically from the free-throw line early in the season, Bruins coach Ben Howland instituted more free-throw shooting into practices, and the Bruins improved their shooting. So after Thursday’s Shaq-like debacle from the foul line, Howland was surprised. UCLA made a ghastly 15 of 29 free-throw attempts, a figure made more damaging by the fact the top-seeded Bruins fell to No. 8 seed Cal 76-69 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Pacific-10 Tournament on Thursday at Staples Center. Against the Bears, UCLA started poorly when Arron Afflalo, a 79.2 percent free-throw shooter, missed his first two attempts in the opening minute, and finished 1for4. But the main culprit was power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. He was shooting 59.3 percent from the line, but went 3 of 9 against the Bears. “Luc was 39 of 50 (in practice Wednesday), and I say you have to make 40 before you can go,” Howland said. “So he actually made 79 out of 100 in our practice.” Howland said the course of the game could have played a factor in the woes. UCLA used a lot of energy to rally from a 16-point first-half deficit, then shot 13 of 25 from the line in the second half and overtime. “If you look at it from a coach’s standpoint, it’s fatigue,” Howland said. “The second half, we were missing a lot of foul shots. And Arron missed two to start the game. That’s surprising. That’s not a good way to start off. But the fatigue factor of having to fight back, and you’re a little more gassed. So we’re not shooting foul shots in practice as fatigued as we were today.” center_img Three is no charm: Cal’s bench held a 17-6 scoring advantage. In fact, center/power forward Alfred Aboya (six points) was UCLA’s only non-starter to score. It also marked the third straight game wing Michael Roll did not score. “You definitely go back and think about (shots), and how you jeopardize (a win),” Roll said. “I only had two shots in the first half, but at this point every shot counts.” Roll, who was averaging 5.6 points per game after scoring six on Feb. 24 against Stanford, is 0 for 6 in 36 minutes during the past three games. Howland honored: Howland was named the District 15 National Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year. UCLA finished the regular season 26-4, and won the Pac-10 regular season title for the second consecutive season. brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pre-dyed eggs ease Easter Bunny’s load

first_imgBut not everyone’s turning to the automated Easter Bunny for their weekend egg hunts. In Azusa, about 150 children on a youth baseball league dyed 900 real eggs. In Diamond Bar, the city purchased 11,000 plastic, toy-and- candy-filled eggs. A West Covina church will fill 15,000 eggs with candy, La Puente has 8,000 plastic eggs, and San Dimas had more than 3,000 plastic eggs scattered among chocolate eggs at its hunt last week. While some egg hunt organizers said the labor involved in boiling and decorating thousands of eggs was the reason to turn to plastic, others said plastic, treat-filled eggs were better. “We used to do real eggs,” said Diamond Bar’s special events coordinator, Andee Tarazon. “The real eggs are more traditional, but they’re just colored, and how many hard boiled eggs can you possibly eat? The kids are a lot happier with the toys and candy. It’s very cute.” alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dying Easter eggs may be a time-honored tradition, but for community egg hunts involving thousands of eggs, honoring tradition can be a daunting prospect. That’s why Glendora is turning to something new: pre-decorated egg suppliers. “We’re one of the last cities that still use real eggs, instead of going over to the plastic eggs,” recreation supervisor Annie Warner said. “It used to be a lot of work to dye all the eggs, but now we buy them already dyed. That’s really nice.” The 6,000 eggs for Saturday’s Easter egg hunt arrived Thursday at Glendora’s Sellers Elementary School, where 30 crates were packed into one of the cafeteria’s walk-in freezers. “In the old days, we actually used to boil them for the city,” said Michelle Curry, the school’s director of food services. “We just can’t do that anymore. It was like, two days of one employee boiling eggs.” The Easter Bunny’s secret backup is an egg factory in Riverside County. Golden Oval Eggs Co. spends most of the year making pre-shelled, hard-boiled eggs for restaurants (think Cobb salad) and grocery stores. But come Easter, some of their boiling vats become dying vats, where hard-boiled eggs are submerged and dyed one of six vibrant colors, marketing manager Henry Markowicz said. “The trick is to be able to do a large amount of eggs without breaking them,” he said. “It goes back to all of us wanting convenience and tradition. People don’t have time to decorate.” The factory produces about 25,000 Easter eggs daily, Markowicz said, for a total of a half-million this season. Glendora bought the eggs via Gelson’s supermarket, which supplies them in crates of 180 eggs, or in individual packs of a dozen for anyone to buy as part of their grocery shopping. last_img read more