Lastimosa, Mallari team up as NLEX rises to 4-0

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Celebrities get slice of action in Ironman Cebu Kevin Alas, who has been NLEX’s most consistent local this conference, chimed in 13 markers and four rebounds, while JR Quiñahan had 10 points and five boards in the victory.Despite leading the standings with a 4-0 mark, Guiao said NLEX’s the coming games against powerhouse teams will determine if his team is really for real.“We have four wins, but I don’t know if this is true or we’re just being pretenders. The signs are good, but we’ll see in the next games. The elite teams are coming up, so we’ll see how we’ll fare against them,” he said.Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 31 points, 18 rebounds, and six assists, while Matthew Wright got 17 markers, five boards, and three dimes.Their efforts, however, couldn’t stop the Fuel Masters from dropping their second straight defeat and sinking to an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “We’re starting to look like a team,” noted NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, whose squad has now won six straight games dating back to last conference.“We’ve been winning games in the end game, and we’ve been able to hold our own and pull through in the crisis situations. That’s a good sign for a team that’s really just trying to put it together.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Lastimosa dropped 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Mallari also got 14 markers, eight coming in the final frame, that went with of five rebounds and three dimes.Aaron Fuller topscored for the Road Warriors with 18 points and had a game-high 24 boards. The scores:NLEX 95 – Fuller 18, Mallari 14, Lastimosa 14, Alas 13, Quinahan 10, Fonacier 5, Monfort 4, Soyud 4, Tiongson 4, Taulava 4, Rios 3, Baracael 2, J. Villanueva 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Ighalo 0.PHOENIX 91 – Phelps 31, Wright 17, Baguio 8, Jazul 8, Dehesa 8, Eriobu 7, Kramer 4, Intal 4, Lanete 4, W. Wilson 0, Alolino 0, Borboran 0.Quarters: 14-15, 39-43, 64-69, 95-91.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carlo Lastimosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari took matters into their own hands as NLEX stayed unscathed through four games in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 95-91 win over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Down 10, 78-68 with 8:58 to play, Lastimosa sparked a 13-2 run to get the Road Warriors back in the game, 81-80, midway in the payoff period, before Mallari put on the finishing touches, none bigger than his trey from the right wing with 9.5 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Former Deputy Chief Elections Officer Vishnu Persaud responds to allegations

first_imgDear Editor,Kindly permit me space in your reputable publication to respond to the article titled “Poor past…Alexander says Vishnu Persaud’s past performance sank him –Myers emerged the more qualified for top GECOM post”, which was authored by Ms. Ariana Gordon and published in the Guyana Chronicle on June 14, 2018.Before doing so specifically, it is pertinent that I note that relative to my rejection for reappointment to the position of Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO), I had taken the position that I would not comment publicly on this matter, notwithstanding the negative blogs about me by persons with pseudonyms, who do not know me or of my professional record.However, some inferences and statements contained within the above referred article dictate that I respond in an albeit futile attempt to undo some of the defamation and stigma that have now accordingly been cast upon me.For the sake of clarity, context and relevance, the specific issues are documented herein in a manner in which responses are attached to individual identified comments attributed to Mr. Alexander.The article opens by informing that “FORMER Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Vishnu Persaud, was rejected for rehiring on the grounds of his past performance, his alleged history of faking his qualifications to the commission, and the fact that Roxanne Myers has “better qualifications” than him, a top commissioner at the electoral body has said”.The article went further to attribute the following comment to Mr. Vincent Alexander, Commissioner of the Guyana Elections Commission: “He [Justice Patterson] objected to Vishnu based on past performance, based on the other candidate having better qualifications, and based on the history of misrepresentation of qualifications to the commission,” longstanding commissioner Vincent Alexander told the Guyana Chronicle”.The author acknowledged that the “newspaper has been unable to independently verify this,” and the inability to verify defamatory comments should have mitigated against publishing them. Apart from independent verification, I further posit that there was no evidence presented to suggest the aspersions cast against me were anything more than the slanderous utterances of Mr. Alexander. Further, it is disturbing and disingenuous that the author notes the lack of verification of Alexander’s claims, but the word defamation nonetheless commands the headline of the article.In addressing this comment, I will break down my response into three categories as follows:“He [Justice Patterson] objected to Vishnu based on past performance”.It is important to note that while the caption of the article opens with the term “poor past”, the body of the article addresses “past performance” without specifically indicating that my “past performance” was “poor”.However, whereas this comment suggests that my past performance was unacceptable or at the least questionable, there is absolutely nothing in the article to so substantiate.I joined the GECOM in November of 2001 in the capacity of Public Relations Officer (PRO), and worked continuously up to August 2017 – serving in the last three years as DCEO.Throughout my tenure I was never cautioned, reprimanded, rebuked – orally or in writing – by senior management of the GECOM Secretariat or the Commission for failure to honour my responsibilities.On the contrary, from about 2004 up to the end of my stint, I was multi-tasking by carrying the responsibilities of additional substantive offices.In 2004, the person who was employed as Personal Assistant (PA) to the Chairman – a position on the GECOM organogram – was promoted to Logistics Manager. The then Chairman from then onwards had me function as his de facto PA, which I did up to August 2014, when I was appointed DCEO.Simultaneously, I was tasked with the responsibilities of scribe to the Commission, since this responsibility was also being carried by the Chairman’s PA. I carried out this responsibility for about eight years, with a short break when a Legal Officer was employed for a short period.During my stint as PRO, in the run up to the 2011 General and Regional Elections, the Commission as well as political stakeholders complained severely that the Civic and Voter Education (C&VE) programmes of the Commission were severely lacking. Notwithstanding the C&VE function being vested in a substantive manager in a designated position senior to PRO, the Chairman informed the Commission that he was tasking me with significant responsibility for the print and electronic media aspect of C&VE. There was no objection at the level of either Commission or Secretariat.This can be substantiated from the minutes of the relevant statutory meeting of the Commission. I continued to carry this responsibility up to early 2014, when the C&VE Manager demitted office. From then up to August 2017, I carried the C&VE responsibilities in totality because no one was appointed to the vacant position of C&VE Manager. To date, the position remains vacant.Following the 2015 General and Regional Elections, and in preparation for the 2016 Local Government Elections (LGEs), the Human Resources Manager (HRM) resigned. This happened somewhere in the mid-2015. The Secretariat was deeply involved in the training of approximately 12,000 temporary staff for the upcoming LGEs.Upon the resignation of the HRM, the Chief Election Officer assigned me responsibility for management of the Human Resource Division. I carried this responsibility along with that of C&VE simultaneously with my substantive duties of DCEO up to the appointment of a substantive HRM at the beginning of 2017. There was no additional pay, and none was ever sought.While I was DCEO, I acted in the capacity of CEO once, and “held the fort” several times for the CEO when he had to leave the office for a week at a time. I was never cited nor censured for any wrongdoing whatsoever.Naturally, I have seen all of the performance appraisals prepared for me by former Chairman Dr. Steve Surujbally, under whose direct supervision I worked up to August 2014. There is nothing in any of those appraisals that would suggest I was lacking in any area of the regime of responsibilities with which I was tasked.In view of the foregoing, I am at a loss to determine how my past performance could have led to my detriment. I challenge anyone, and specifically the Guyana Chronicle and Mr. Alexander, to dispute the provable facts I have outlined above.Another candidate has better qualifications–This position was put forward without any comparison of the qualifications of the two concerned candidates, specifically in relation to the criteria delineated in the advertisement for the vacant position of DCEO.Under qualifications, the advertised criteria asked for the following: A post graduate degree – it is confirmed that both of the concerned candidates have Master’s Degrees. I have a Master’s in Business Administration from the Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom.Qualification in Elections Management –I have a Level 5 Certificate in Management & Leadership, with specific expertise in electoral processes, which was issued by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – UK through the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) – UK.This is a successor qualification to the Professional Certificate in Electoral Processes which is conducted by the ICPS, and in which I participated in London, UK. The Level 5 Certificate is equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND) in the UK.Additionally, I attended two Commonwealth Secretariat-conducted one week training in Elections Management in New Delhi, India and Kinston, Jamaica respectively.Experience in the management of national electionsI was the substantive DCEO for three years, with responsibility for Operations, during which the 2015 General and Regional Elections and 2016 LGEs were conducted.It is important to remind here that I also carried the full responsibilities of C&VE, and Human Resources to a lesser extent during my tenure as DCEO.Also, I beg to submit that all of the responsibilities as described above speak to my knowledge/experience in electoral processes.Excellent oral and written communication skillsI have a Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and over 12 years’ experience as Public Relations Officer.In view of the foregoing, I humbly request that facts be put forward to prove that the “other candidate has better qualifications”. I gather that reading towards a PhD as documented in the article may be used as proof of a qualification not yet had?History of Misrepresentation of Qualifications to the CommissionWhereas there is nothing to support this allegation, I need to make it pellucid that at no time have I ever misrepresented my qualifications to the GECOM. During Mr. Alexander’s ongoing tenure at the Commission, I submitted applications with relevant CVs twice for the position of DCEO: in 2014 and 2017 respectively. On both occasions, I presented to the Commission certificates in support of my qualifications documented in the respective CVs. Had I misrepresented myself in any manner, I submit that would have been sufficiently egregious a transgression to warrant my immediate dismissal with prejudice. Let it be known that this was not done, and I have no reprimand on my personnel file.We all know the outcome of my application for appointment to the position in 2018.In 2014, my appointment as DCEO flowed from a transparent recruitment process which involved (i) advertising the vacant position, (ii) receiving applications and shortlisting candidates, and (iii) the conduct of interviews by a panel comprising the GECOM Chairman, four Commissioners (two from both sides) and the Chief Election Officer.Please see I expect that the entire foregoing may not serve to adequately counter a headline and front page misrepresentation accredited to Mr. Alexander, which has already led to my defamation and personal degradation, I wish nonetheless to be on record that the statements are baseless, reckless, defamatory, and malicious in their design.Allow me to close this missive with the firm declaration that, as the DCEO or any role held, I always conducted myself professionally, without fear or favour, and without bias in any area or level of my responsibilities. This was and will always remain the definition of my core as a human being and a professional, which I will steadfastly defend.Related MatterI have noted an article in the Guyana Chronicle of today (June 15, 2018) titled “Vishnu obtained Masters from a Training Centre”. The article opens with the position that the Master’s I hold is “actually a combination of elections-related training courses which he obtained from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) and not an accredited University…”This is an outrageous, malicious, and outright lie which is obviously aimed at discrediting my suitability for the position in question.I do not have, and I never claimed to have, a Masters in Elections Management from the ICPS or any other institution. I read for, and was awarded, a Master’s of Business Administration by the Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom.I will respond in a separate letter for the third and hopefully final time to the accusation of alleged corrupt practices that was made against me.Sincerely,Vishnu PersaudFormer Deputy ChiefElection OfficerGECOMlast_img read more

GECOM silent on constitutional breach – Opposition Leader

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s Office has noted with concern that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has remained silent in the face of the imbroglio which has engulfed six local authority organs that have been unable to lawfully elect their Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chairpersons and Deputies because of an equality of seats on those organs allocated to the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC). In a press statement, Jagdeo’s Office explained that it is public knowledge that his Party launched legal proceedings and obtained a series of orders from the High Court quashing decisions of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan who in violation of the law, purported to select the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mabaruma as well as the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the several Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) affected.The Opposition Leader’s Office further explained that orders were also obtained restraining the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons from functioning in those capacities and that orders were obtained mandating the Town Clerk of Mabaruma and the several overseers of the NDCs to appoint a date for new elections in the several local authority areas affected as the law prescribes. Jagdeo said these legal proceedings were filed not only to protect and defend the will of the electorate, but was also done to protect and preserve the Constitutional mandate of GECOM which is the authority that the Constitution has endowed with the exclusive responsibility in respect of and in relation to the conduct of elections. The statement said against this backdrop, GECOM’s silence and inaction amount to a gross abdication of its constitutional responsibilities.“It is obvious that were GECOM to assume its responsibilities, it will present some reprieve to this impasse. We call upon GECOM to snap out of this paralysis and begin to discharge its mandate now.”last_img read more

Fort St. John Flyers Release Season Schedule

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are getting ready for the 2018 season with an exhibition game as they hit the road to Dawson Creek to take on the Canucks. This first exhibition game will take place on October 13 at the Chetwynd Rec Centre.The first home game for the Flyers, in pre-season action, is October 20 as they host the Canucks.The first game of the regular season for the Flyers is October 27 as they host Grande Prairie.- Advertisement -There is one change to this year’s 2018-19 NPHL season schedule.  The change to the schedule will include the elimination of Tuesday games, with an addition of 1 Wednesday game. This is the first time in over 60 years that the NPHL has scheduled no games for Tuesday.In total, the 2018-19 NPHL season will compromise of 78 games.last_img read more

Investor vows to vote against Encana moving HQ from Calgary to Denver

first_img“The proposed move is contrary to Encana’s best interests and reflects a profound absence of concern for the protection and enhancement of shareholder value,” charges Letko Brosseau in a statement.“Further, Encana did not take or even appear to consider any steps to mitigate the adverse consequences to the company or its Canadian investors.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 19, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA)Advertisement CALGARY — A Canadian investment management firm with a four per cent stake in Calgary-based Encana Corp. says it will vote against Encana’s plan to move its headquarters to the United States.Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc. says the planned move to Denver would lead to Encana’s removal from S&P/TSX stock indexes.That would mean investors holding Encana through indexed Canadian funds or with Canadian-only investment policies would have to sell Encana shares, a move the investor says would compound the 70 per cent decline in share price experienced since Sept. 30, 2018.- Advertisement -Encana recently announced the headquarters move as part of a reorganization that would include changing its name to Ovintiv, as well as a share consolidation.CEO Doug Suttles, a Texan who lives in Denver, says the change in corporate home is meant to help the company tap into deeper pools of U.S. passive investor capital.The changes require a shareholder vote to be held early next year.Advertisement The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Traore double rocks City as Wolves triumph

first_img0Shares0000And in the final minute of injury time with City pushing men forward, Traore repeated the trick when he was put clear with an almost identical goal as he beat Ederson again.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 6 – Two late goals from Wolves’ Adama Traore inflicted a stunning 2-0 defeat on Manchester City to leave the Premier League champions trailing leaders Liverpool by eight points.It was a thoroughly deserved victory for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, who enjoyed the better chances and became the first team to stop City scoring at the Etihad Stadium for 34 matches. Even with only eight games played, Liverpool now have a golden chance to win their first league title for 30 years after starting the campaign with eight straight wins.And as time ticked on, the urgency of the situation for Pep Guardiola’s side was apparent as they have already dropped more points at home than in the whole of last season.“It was not our best day. We let them run twice, got nervous a little bit and our process to create chances was not good,” Guardiola said.“We were not organised and lost balls in positions we could not lose them in. We had problems on the counter-attack in the end and it was a bad day.”City were again made to pay for a serious of key defensive injuries and badly missed the creativity of Kevin De Bruyne in midfield.Wolves had two days less rest and a trip back from Istanbul to cope with after winning at Besiktas in the Europa League on Thursday night.However they never tired and finally took their chances through Traore in the final 10 minutes.Twice in a matter of moments during the first half, Raul Jimenez was played through by loose passes from City players, but the Mexican striker was unable to convert either opportunity.He was first denied by an excellent tackle from Fernandinho and on the second chance he delayed and failed to get his shot away, although he felt he was impeded by City’s makeshift central defender and should have been given a penalty.City looked like the team suffering a European hangover as they struggled to move the ball with their usual fluidity and Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio was not called into action until past the half-hour mark when he pushed away Raheem Sterling’s shot.Guardiola was not happy and made a tactical switch at half-time as he sent on Oleksandr Zinchenko in place of Kyle Walker and pushed Joao Cancelo over to his preferred right-back position.But there was not the speed in City’s play or the space to open up their opponents, even after Bernardo Silva was summoned from the bench for Riyad Mahrez.The breakthrough they so badly wanted almost came when David Silva was brought down just outside the area before picking himself up to curl the free-kick against the crossbar.But with 10 minutes remaining, the decisive blow was delivered by Traore as he coolly slotted past Ederson after Jimenez had skipped away from Nicolas Otamendi for his first goal since August 2018.And in the final minute of injury time with City pushing men forward, Traore repeated the trick when he was put clear with an almost identical goal as he beat Ederson again.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The Press Pass – Sunday, January 31

first_imgRay Stubbs was joined by Matt Hughes and Dean Jones to cast their eye over the main sporting stories, including reaction to John Terry’s proposed departure from Chelsea.last_img

Man charged in connection with stabbing at party appears in court

first_imgA Sligo man has been charged in connection with an incident in which a husband and wife were stabbed at a family function.Father-of-five Michael Sweeney appeared at Letterkenny District Court following a serious attack at Crozen Park, Sligo on Saturday evening last. Husband and wife Martin and Margaret Sweeney, were both stabbed at the party following an altercation with the accused.The 40-year-old accused man was also rushed to hospital after he received a punctured lung when he was also stabbed during the incident.The court was told that Martin Sweeney is the brother in law of the accused and they had gathered to celebrate the news of a pregnancy in the family.The accused, who was found by Gardai two doors down from the scene of the original attack said “I was scared because I had been stabbed with a samurai (sword).I was trying to hide.”The court heard there was a high level of security following the attack and armed Gardai had to be called to Sligo General Hospital where the three people had been rushed to.Gardai objected to the bail of Michael Sweeney, of 38 Old Bundoran Road, Sligo who was charged under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Against the Persons Act.They said they feared Sweeney would interfere and intimidate witnesses in the case and they also feared the accused could be under threat.However, solicitor Rory O’Brien said his client was a family with a wife and five children who was willing to comply with any bail conditions.Judge Deirdre Gearty refused bail saying she felt there was a real risk he would interfere with witnesses in the case.She adjourned the case to Harristown District Court to next Friday, September 1st.Man charged in connection with stabbing at party appears in court was last modified: August 24th, 2017 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)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal pub is to feature in a feature film called The Irish Pub.The film is available to stream or download nationwide from from tomorrow.The film includes an interview with Nan and Patricia Brennan of Brennan’s in Bundoran, two sisters who were born in a bedroom above the bar that their grandparents opened on St. Patrick’s Day 1900 and who continue to run the pub now. Featuring pubs and publicans from across the country, the film can now be streamed or downloaded to enjoy at home (even if your home isn’t close to an independent cinema).The film is a tribute to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub, or more specifically, the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this wonderful film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of THE IRISH PUB.After a successful run in cinemas, audiences nationwide can now rent the film to watch at home. By logging on to, users can decide to rent or purchase the film by streaming or downloading.For further Information, interview requests with publicans, videos or images please contact Tom Lawlor on 01 618 5032 or For Production Notes, images, trailers, posters, audio and video clips and more visit:  DONEGAL WATERING HOLE TO FEATURE IN NEW FILM ‘THE IRISH PUB’ was last modified: October 30th, 2013 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:BRENNANSbundoranfilmlast_img read more

First-half latest: Chelsea 1 PSG 1 (Agg: 2-3) – Costa brings Blues back into tie

first_imgIt’s game on at the Bridge as that man @diegocosta finishes in a cool manner. #CHEPSG #UCL— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) March 9, 2016Diego Costa hauled Chelsea back into the Champions League round-of-16 tie by scoring 10 minutes after Adrien Rabiot’s goal.Willian exchanged passes with Pedro and set up Costa, who showed great composure to shift the ball away from Thiago Silva and fire into the net.Paris St-Germain, 2-1 up from the first leg, scored after 16 minutes at Stamford Bridge.Angel di Maria played the ball into the penalty area and Zlatan Ibrahimovic drifted away from Branislav Ivanovic before crossing low from the right for Rabiot tap in.Ivanovic had earlier prevented a PSG goal by sliding in and clearing the ball after Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois had been beaten by Di Maria’s angled shot.Once in front, PSG seemed to be in control but Chelsea battled on and were rewarded when Costa netted his 11th goal in his last 15 matches.Costa returned to the side after being passed fit, as did Pedro and Kenedy.Cesc Fabregas also returned to the starting line-up. The Spaniard is partnering John Mikel Obi in midfield, with Nemanja Matic dropped to the bench along with Oscar.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more