Ali questions delayed appointments

first_imgPublic Procurement Commission– “this is something that the Government saidthey were keen on” Having vowed to move swiftly to establish the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) in the first hundred days once elected to office, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, led by President David Granger is now being questioned over its seeming slothfulness to appoint the members of the PPC, despite the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament unanimously agreeing on the nominee and the National Assembly subsequently approving those nominees.Chairman of the PAC, Irfaan Ali, an opposition legislator in the National Assembly on Monday questioned President David Granger’s delay in swearing-in the members so they can commence working.Ali told Guyana Times that the committee would have fulfilled its responsibility as it relates to selection and agreement on the nominees and it is now President Granger who needs to officially appoint the commissioners. Ali questioned the President’s motive behind the delayed swearing-in.“This issue is now solely at the feet of the President and it is very strange that the members of the Public Procurement Commission to date have not been sworn in. This is something that the government said they were keen on, so I can’t understand what is causing the delay in the swearing-in of the members, these members have all been agreed on unanimously by the Parliament and it is solely at the feet of the president,” Ali stated as he issued a strong call for the President to fulfil his obligation with the appointment of the Public Procurement Commissioners.“We are calling on the President to move in an assiduous manner to ensure that the members of the Public Procurement Commission are sworn in and the commission commences its works,” the opposition legislator urged.Administrative mechanismPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was quoted by the Government-run Guyana Chronicle as saying that PPC will soon be established as “the process is now awaiting some administrative procedures, including finalising the remuneration packages.”But Ali said this is not preventing the swearing-in of the commissioners. He went on to explain that the PAC will soon move to put in place the administrative support mechanism for the Commission.“The PAC after the Parliament comes out of recess, would be moving to have this issue as a priority on its agenda in setting out the administrative mechanism to support the work of the Public Procurement Commission, so there is nothing that is stopping the President from swearing-in the members of the Public Procurement Commission,” Ali reasoned.Nominees approvedAt the end of July 2016, The Ali-led PAC agreed on the names of the nominees for the PPC and that list was subsequently approved by a two-thirds majority of the National Assembly on August 8.The nominees are Attorney Emily Dodson, Carol Corbin, University of Guyana lecturer, Sukrishnalall Pasha, Educator Ivor English and former Labour Minister, Nanda Gopaul.The list of the nominees was sent to President Granger, who under provisions of the Constitution could only appoint members of the PPC after their nomination has been approved in the House, and by a two-thirds majority.The PPC has been a contributing factor that predated the holding of the General and Regional Elections in May 2015, as the then opposition had insisted that Cabinet should cease the practice of giving ‘no objection’ to contracts for state projects and services, in favour of appeals by aggrieved contractors to the PPC.last_img read more

Unemployed man remanded on simple larceny charge

first_imgAn unemployed man on Friday found himself before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of simple larceny.The charge against Kevin Cumberbatch stated that on October 16, 2018, at Georgetown, he stole a Samsung cellphone valued $56,000; property of Wallette Ridley.The unrepresented man denied the charge after it was read to him.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to bail after informing the court that the defendant has no fixed place of abode and he is currently unemployed.Magistrate Daly after summing up the matter upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Cumberbatch to prison. The matter was adjourned October 26.last_img read more

Alberta Junior B Provincial schedule released Thursday

first_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Alberta Junior B Provincial schedule was released Thursday.The host Fort St. John Huskies will be in Pool B with the winners from Capital 1, Northeast and Heritage 2 leagues. Pool A will consist of the winners from Capital 2, Northwest, Heritage 1 and Calgary leagues.The event takes place on March 29th to April 1st at the North Peace Arena and the Pomeroy Sports Centre with opening ceremonies getting underway at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday followed by the opener between the Huskies and the Heritage 2 winner at 8:00 p.m.- Advertisement -The Huskies are coming off two losses in Peace River over the weekend for their first two-game losing streak of the season. With a record of 17-5 they sit in third place in the NWJHL standings, one point behind the North Peace Navigators and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks for first but have games in hand on both teams.The Huskies next game is on January 5th when they welcome the Grande Prairie JDA County Kings to the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m.The full schedule can be found below.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Besieged’ B.C. farmland needs protection from oil and gas sector: report

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – An independent report on agricultural revitalization in British Columbia is calling for a task force to address the “imbalance” between oil and gas development and agriculture in the province’s northeast.The Agriculture Ministry released the final report today that makes 32 recommendations related to the province’s Agricultural Land Commission and Reserve.It calls for the proposed task force to review how to balance the surface rights of farmers and ranchers with subsurface rights of the extractors, and to deliver a strategy to address “the significant resource extraction issues” affecting farmland in the Peace Region.- Advertisement -In a letter introducing the report, committee chair and former Independent MLA Vicki Huntington calls for a government-wide policy shift that identifies B.C.’s agricultural land and industry as equivalent to other natural resources.Huntington says the oil and gas industry has had a significant and growing impact in the northeast and the development of the energy sector has exceeded the capacity of the current regulatory environment to protect farmland.The report recommends the Energy and Agriculture ministries, the Agricultural Land Commission and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission work together to develop a healthier relationship that respects not only the energy industry, but also the “increasingly besieged agriculture industry.”Advertisement Agriculture Minister Lana Popham says in a statement the government has already acted on 13 recommendations released in an interim report, including passing laws aimed at keeping farmland affordable and cracking down on illegal dumping.“I want to thank the committee for its dedication and the thoughtful recommendations made in this report,” said the statement says.“Our government is committed to helping farmers farm. We asked the committee members to provide advice on how the ALR and ALC can provide the best support for farmers, ranchers and producers to ensure B.C.’s agricultural sector continues to thrive, and they delivered.”The committee commissioned to complete the report consists of eight British Columbians with diverse agricultural backgrounds and experience.More than 2,300 British Columbians responded to the committee’s online discussion paper and survey, and the committee also received over 270 written submissions.Advertisement “Surface and subsurface infrastructure expansion is progressing exponentially and activities that were once temporary have become permanent industrial sites built on farmland and next to farm communities,” the letter says.“The cumulative impact is making it increasingly difficult for many farmers and ranchers to effectively use their land.”The proposed task force should review how farmers and ranchers might be given authority to influence negotiations on the location of oil and gas facilities and infrastructure, and complete an impact assessment of all oil and gas activity within the ALR, the report says.Other recommendations include consideration of directing a portion of royalties from oil and gas development in the ALR to a regional agricultural development fund and creating an agreement between the ALC and Oil and Gas Commission for sharing impact assessments and other information.Advertisementcenter_img The committee held engagement sessions with local governments and agricultural stakeholders in nine communities throughout the province and met with the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the ALC.last_img read more

2018 Wheat Harvest Cab Cam — Farm Science Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This cab cam, sponsored by Fennig Equipment, jumps in the combine with Nate Douridas, farm manager of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center — the grounds for the Farm Science Review. With the window between dry and wet weather hard to find, the farm is taking whatever opportunity it can to get work done in the field with their crops of all kinds progressing along at breakneck pace. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this video.last_img read more

Mapua beats Ateneo for Filoil juniors title; NU wins bronze

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken National University also capped the preseason tournament with a piece of recognition after fending off University of Santo Tomas, 86-75, for the third-place trophy.Rhayyan Amsali had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead NU. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Mapua topped Ateneo, 89-82, in the high school finals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Clint Escamis delivered an offensive assault for the Red Robins, finishing with a game-high 23 points to go along seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Escamis, though, wasn’t the lone Red Robin to punish the Blue Eaglets.Mapua’s frontcourt duo of Warren Bonifacio and Will Gozum crushed Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBonifacio finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, nine of which came from the offensive glass, while Gozum had a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double.Dave Ildefonso led Ateneo with 16 points and eight rebounds while Kai Sotto finished with 15 points and 14 boards. MOST READ Ronaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New Zealand What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

Warriors look to eliminate Rockets without Kevin Durant

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, drives the ball against Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)HOUSTON  — In the Western Conference finals last season, the Houston Rockets had home-court advantage and took a 3-2 lead over the Golden State Warriors before Houston star Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of the series.As these teams prepare for Game 6 of the conference semifinals Friday night, the Warriors find themselves in almost the same situation Houston was in last year.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets are 5-0 at home this postseason and went 31-10 at the Toyota Center in the regular season.As the Warriors look to move on without Durant and the more than 34 points a game he’s averaged this postseason, they know no one player can make up for his absence in this series where each game has been close.“The series has been a battle,” Klay Thompson said. “Each game, such little margin for error. We know we’re going to have to be near perfect to go down to the Houston without Kevin and win a game. It’s going to be hard.”The Warriors will need Thompson to build on what he did in Game 5 after he shook off a couple of tough games to make 5 of 10 3-pointers and lead the team with 27 points.“I’m never going to waver with my confidence when it comes to shooting … but it’s the playoffs,” he said. “There are going to be plenty of ups and downs. We’ve done this so many times. We’re not going to lose confidence over a couple bad shooting nights. That’s the way the basketball gods can be. Last week just wasn’t my best games. Hopefully I can rebound with a great one on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT UST pride: Cherry Rondina is UAAP Season 81 MVP, Eya Laure is Rookie of Year MOST READ PRESSURE IS ON: Paul. The Rockets need Paul to step up after the nine-time All-Star struggled in Game 5. Paul managed a playoff-low 11 points on 3 of 14 shooting and went 0 for 6 on 3-pointers. He said Houston can’t worry about its missed opportunity on Wednesday night and must look forward.“We just got to be better,” he said. “We got to rebound. Let this one go … it’s over and done with. We can’t get it back. We got to go back home and take care of Game 6.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess If the Rockets hope to force the series back to Oakland for Game 7 on Sunday night, reigning MVP James Harden will have to be more aggressive after scoring just five points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss.But Harden believes good defense will be the key to keeping this series going.“Defensively is how you win the series,” he said. “It’s plain and simple. You can’t … nitpick, overanalyze the game. You got to get stops in order to put yourself in a position to win. It’s pretty simple.”Some things to know about Game 6 on Friday night.WARRIORS AT ROCKETSGolden State leads 3-2. Game 6, 9 p.m. EDT, ESPN.PRESSURE IS ON: Curry’s Shot. Stephen Curry is still trying to find a shooting rhythm and it hasn’t been fun for the two-time MVP. Not that he’s lost any confidence in letting it fly — from anywhere. Without Durant, his scoring contributions become even more important. Curry had another rough shooting night in Game 5, going 9 for 23 and 3 of 11 on 3s to still finish with 25 points.“I thought I was aggressive the whole game. I just missed shots,” he said. “Again, that’s going to happen. Right before KD got hurt I missed a layup right at the rim, a wide-open three in transition. That was, like, the lowest point of the game for me in terms of just searching. But when he went out, got the ball in your hands, initiate the offense, shots went in. Again, it’s all about not losing confidence in yourself, just find a way to find any type of life on the offensive end.”INJURY WATCH: Durant didn’t make the trip to Houston, remaining in the Bay Area to receive treatment for his injury. The Warriors said he’ll be re-evaluated next week.KEEP AN EYE ON: Rebounds. Through the first five games, the team which has led in rebounds has won the game. Offensive rebounds have been particularly important with P.J. Tucker’s work in that area in Games 3 and 4 helping Houston close out both games. Tucker has had at least 10 rebounds in the last four games. The Warriors are just a win away from advancing to the conference finals for the fifth straight time, but will have to do it without NBA-playoffs leading scorer Kevin Durant, who will miss the rest of the series with a strained right calf.The two-time defending champions took advantage of Paul’s injury in 2018 to win two straight after falling behind 3-2 and eliminated the Rockets on their home court to advance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Rockets don’t want to see Golden State celebrate a series victory on their home court again and are determined to bounce back after Wednesday night’s loss to avoid being eliminated by the Warriors for the fourth time in five seasons.“I am a competitor and this team is competitive, we have to go down and win,” Houston’s Eric Gordon said. “We know the situation and we have to go back home and win and that is going to be our mentality. We’ve always done well at home and we just have to keep it that way.” View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Arsenal teenager Nelson explains loan move to Hoffenheim

first_imgArsenal teenager Reiss Nelson has said he moved to Hoffenheim on loan to become “a better footballer and a better person.”The 18-year-old has made a huge impression with the Bundesliga side in 2018-19, scoring six goals in 11 appearances in all competitions. Nelson broke through with the Gunners last season, making 15 appearances for the senior side in all competitions.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But the England youth international opted for a loan switch to the Bundesliga this season in search of more regular minutes. The move has paid off thus far, with Nelson being named the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Month for October after tallying three goals and one assist in the month. “For me, I always want to be the best player I can be,” Nelson told BBC Sport.”I’m 18 and I thought going to the Bundesliga will give me a challenge and doing that would make me become a better footballer and a better person as well throughout life.”I wanted to challenge myself and see what I could do. It’s going well so far.”It’s incredible. But I’ve just got to keep it up. It’s not just for the six games, I’ve got to do it throughout the season.”Though he’s quickly found a home in Germany, Nelson still sees his long-term future with the Gunners and has said he wants to be a club legend in north London.”Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson said. “I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.”I just want to go back there stronger because at the time I was at Arsenal I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.”I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me strong and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very good there.”I want to be an Arsenal legend. And, for England, it’s the best. You can’t beat playing for your country I don’t think.”last_img read more

Video: Notre Dame RBs, WRs Give Shoutouts To Fighting Irish NFL Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown

first_imgNotre Dame's Jerome Bettis.Notre Dame Jerome Bettis Tim BrownSaturday night was a good night for the Notre Dame football program. The Fighting Irish witnessed two of their former players, Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, reach the sport’s pinnacle. Bettis, who played running back at ND from 1990-92, and Brown, a wide receiver in South Bend, Ind., from 1984-87, were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This morning, Notre Dame’s current running backs and wide receivers gave shoutouts to Bettis and Brown for their achievements. One more shoutout to our Hall of Famers ( @JeromeBettis36 & @81TimBrown ) from our RBs/WRs. #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/kazzqZVd3E— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 9, 2015Bettis and Brown are certainly two players the current Notre Dame student-athletes should be aspiring to emulate. Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 5 against Texas.last_img read more

Only Jack And Tiger Were Better Than Arnold Palmer At His Best

Arnold Palmer, who died Sunday of complications from heart problems, fell just short of being the greatest player in golf history. But for a brief period, he was very nearly as good as anyone who ever played the game — and his greatness came at exactly the right time for a sport seeking viewers at the dawn of the television age.From 1958 to 1966, Palmer won seven major championships — including four green jackets at The Masters — and finished in the top 10 at 16 other majors. At the heart of that span was a five-season stretch from 1960 to 1964, which, according to our method of “major shares” (which credit players for their expected majors won based on how dominant their scores are relative to the field), still stands as the seventh-best peak performance of golf’s modern era.1For our purposes, golf entered its modern era in 1958, when the PGA Championship abandoned match play and unified all the majors under a common stroke-play format.Seventh-best doesn’t sound overly impressive, until you consider that slots 1 through 6 are four five-season stretches from Tiger Woods and two from Jack Nicklaus. In fact, that pair so thoroughly dominates any ranking of great golf seasons that merely being in their company is a rare honor. And in terms of peak greatness, Arnie is the only other player in the conversation aside from Tiger and Jack: 13Jack Nicklaus197019742054.37 PLAYERFROMTOCUTS MADEWINSMAJOR SHARES 1Tiger Woods199820022075.89 22Jack Nicklaus196919732053.69 19Jack Nicklaus196519691843.79 10Jack Nicklaus196219661964.63 21Tiger Woods200120052053.73 YEARSMAJORS 8Tiger Woods200220061964.66 4Jack Nicklaus197119752065.24 20Jack Nicklaus196119651743.76 17Arnold Palmer196119651843.94 7Arnold Palmer196019641964.78 2Tiger Woods199920032075.67 Since 1958, when the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format.Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Palmer didn’t remain at that level very long. He made his final top-10 finish at The Masters in 1967, and although he’d have 11 more top-10s at the other majors, he also fell out of golf’s highest tier of players around that time. While still capable of contending at majors, he didn’t do it consistently after the mid- to late 1960s. And by that point, Nicklaus had long since surpassed Palmer as the game’s top player. In Nicklaus’s absence, Palmer could have enjoyed a longer reign atop the sport, but Palmer had the misfortune of winning his first major only four years before golf’s eventual G.O.A.T. would win his.But in other ways, Palmer’s timing couldn’t have been better. His greatest stretch of seasons coincided with golf’s increased popularity in a booming postwar America, and — even more importantly — the ascendance of televised sporting events in the U.S. With good looks and a swashbuckling style that played well on TV, Palmer became the face of the sport, selling it (and himself) to growing audiences on a national stage.Ultimately, that will be Arnold Palmer’s most important golf legacy. But in all the talk about his role in popularizing the sport, we shouldn’t forget just how good he was at playing it during his prime. He wasn’t there very long, but when Palmer was at his best, only a couple players in the history of the sport were better. 5Tiger Woods199720012065.03 12Tiger Woods199620001854.54 Best 5-year runs in modern golf history 3Jack Nicklaus196319671865.45 6Tiger Woods200020042064.85 9Jack Nicklaus197219762054.65 15Tiger Woods200520091664.00 11Jack Nicklaus196419681844.59 23Arnold Palmer195919631953.68 16Arnold Palmer196219661833.97 25Arnold Palmer195819621863.67 18Tiger Woods200420081763.87 24Tiger Woods200320071953.67 14Jack Nicklaus197319772034.35 read more