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NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks hold off Boston Celtics 98-97

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) forces a jump ball against Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night.On the second-to-last position, Marcus Smart forced a jump ball with Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo tipped the jump to Brook Lopez, who deflected it toward the basket, but missed as the shot clock expired.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Simmons added 21 points, Boban Marjanovic had 19 — including three free throws in the final 1 1/2 minutes — and Jimmy Butler 18. Embiid will be out at least a week with a sore left knee.Dwyane Wade scored 19 points for Miami, and Dion Waiters added 18.Miami led 99-98 after Wade’s runner with 1:56 left. Marjanovic made two free throws to put Philadelphia ahead 100-99. Following Wade’s missed jumper, Redick made the 3 from the top of the key to make it 103-99 with 1:04 left.Kelly Olynyk then missed a 3-point attempt, and Marjanovic made the first of two free throws with 38.3 ticks left to put Philadelphia up five.CAVALIERS 111, SUNS 98Cedi Osman scored 19 points, Kevin Love had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Cleveland sent Phoenix to its franchise-record 16th straight loss.NBA-worst Phoenix (11-49) topped the record of 15 set March 2- April 1, 2018. The Suns’ last victory was Jan. 12 over Denver.Love played 22 minutes in his third game since returning from foot surgery. He was 6 of 13 from the field.Devin Booker scored 30 points for Phoenix, and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23.TRAIL BLAZERS 113, NETS 99 76ERS 106, HEAT 102Tobias Harris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, JJ Redick hit a late 3-pointer and Philadelphia overcame All-Star center Joel Embiid’s absence to beat Miami.ADVERTISEMENT The referees huddled during the timeout and put 3.5 seconds on the clock for the Celtics.Smart inbounded the ball over the towering Lopez and dropped a pass into Kyrie Irving’s hands at the top of the key.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWith Eric Bledsoe draped all over him, Irving drove the lane, seemed to stumble and missed an awkward shot as time expired. The Bucks won the season series 2-1, their first over the Celtics since 2014-15.Antetokounmpo added 13 rebounds, Middleton had 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, and Malcolm Brogdon had 15 points for the Bucks. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, new backup Enes Kanter added 18 points and nine boards in his Portland debut, and the Trail Blazers beat Brooklyn.The center tandem was so good that the Trail Blazers didn’t even need a big night from All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who was just 5 for 21 from the field.He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Kanter, who signed last week with the Blazers after losing his job with the Knicks, made his first seven shots and finished 8 for 9, missing only a 3-pointer.Allen Crabbe had 17 points for the Nets. / gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history They have won 15 of the last 17 games, including nine of the last 10, to improve to 44-14.Horford added 21 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for Boston. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 76ers overcome Joel Embiid’s absence to beat Heat Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

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What’s education without a flicker of light?

first_imgBy Abraham Johnson, freelance writer.Monrovia- Electricity plays a cardinal role in every thriving nation and the ones on their way to recovery.For the private sector, it’s considered the key to economic boom. Without it, industries cannot be built and powered to keep the wheels of the economy turning. Kids cannot learn in dark classrooms during the rainy season when the weather is all but good. Market women stretching out their services till the night hours feel safer with a fluorescent bulb to keep them safe and visible.‘Zzzzzzzzzzz,’ the bugs buzzed under the solar powered street light shining outside the fence of the J.W. Pearson School on Carey Street. Tamba Zinnah sits on the sidewalk under the light to do his social studies homework. He’s not a student at the school but is able to complete his homework nearby because of the solar light provided by ‘Light to Learn’ during Akon’s visit.Around Monrovia, this is quite common – neighbors, families and even business persons have adjusted to sharing resources (light) in order to better their communities. Liberians share everything; and it is how they’ve managed to support one another over the years.The once dark intersection of Carey and Johnson Streets benefitted from the energy and education collaboration of Bridge & Akon’s ‘Lighting Africa’ with a solar powered operated light-pole.Just opposite the J.W. Pearson School is a small corrugated zinc shack with other small homes built nearby from leftover materials. You can see the history of poverty but the people find happiness in their communal way of life.Middle-aged men are seated, having major discussions and interacting with their children. Drugs and other criminal acts linger by; yet, there’s a sign of hope that education remains vital for the youth when you see a child like Tamba focused and not distracted, hovering over his notebook keenly.Six months ago, Liberia was sparking with chatter about Akon’s arrival and the ‘Light to Learn’ collaboration with Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia, the Mimran brothers of TO: and Solektra. The launching of the initiative came few months before President Sirleaf turned on the switch of the first turbine of the Mount Coffee Dam in Todee district. Liberia has a long way to go with efforts to completely electrify the city – let alone the entire country.Reports indicate that only 0.58 percent of residents in the country have access to electricity, according to a 2011 World Bank report. Outside the capital, it is virtually non-existent.However, in some counties like Nimba, Maryland, Grand Gedeh and River Gee, thanks to the West African Power Pool Project (WAPP), poles are sprouting and the long cables are being connected to provide electricity. Soon, kids in the southeast that were once plagued by perennial darkness will have electricity to study at night. Families will be able to pursue higher learning, run their businesses, and help their children with homework.Tamba and his family fall into the category of the many that don’t have access to electricity in the once war-torn Liberia. The government is doing its best to jumpstart the hydro which has been dormant for years. To-date, two turbines have been turned on to increase the capacity being provided by diesel-run generators by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).While electricity is readily available to many homes in Liberia, it has also remained expensive. The LEC charges $0.54 cents per kilowatt hour. The tariff was dropped in March to $0.39 per kilowatt hour in an effort to expand affordability efforts.For Tamba, the illumination from J.W. Pearson’s lamppost is the brightest way to light up his street to learn. Recent reports show that LEC is even going to put schools and churches at the forefront of their work.So where do we go from here? Yes, the school in the urban city was a recipient, but what of the solar panels that were sent to Nimba? A recent visit to the Zuluyee School in Nimba is still benefitting from Akon’s ‘Lighting Africa’ and partners who saw the importance of combining energy and education in Liberia.Local resident Mr. Sumo explained that he was surprised that the panels still worked. “A lot of times, we see NGO’s and other groups come to our communities to help. They do their best, and we understand that. But to have this put at our school is extremely beneficial to our children. Our community has access to it and we can charge our devices, and some of us come in the evening with lamps to read. We wish Bridge and their partners could extend this to all of the government schools one day. Something so simple like electricity to other countries is like gold for us in Liberia.”During his visit to Liberia, Akon echoed powerful words of hope. The 44-year-old native of Senegal is no stranger to the grassroots humble beginnings on the continent. “The lack of sustainable power and the poor state of education in Africa affects everybody, but with this new initiative we intend to help solve that crisis,” he said during the press conference in Monrovia on October 20. “’Light to Learn’ will bring about the use of clean and affordable solar energy that will in return make schools use modern technology that will support teachers and students.”PR Director for Bridge PSL Lloa Bass-Golokeh noted that “We’re working to make every step towards giving the Liberian children a brighter future possible. As a partner that infuses technology with our academics, it’s our hope that solar energy and education continue to help the education system in Liberia. Seeing every Liberian child on the route to getting their full potential is the best reward.”Bridge is often at the scrutiny of educators and groups for their ability to expand the global reach of education to rural communities and countries in need of a robust approach to learning. Despite these accusations, it is evident that they want to see the children and communities succeed in their access to learning.‘The Business of Education in Africa’ recently released a report with a foreword from President Sirleaf which takes a deep dive into the progress and challenges to date in shaping the education systems across the continent. The President notes: “We know we need to act fast to keep hope alive; and education is the single most important tool we have in rebuilding our nation. We cannot afford to wait. We need to act now so that we do not fail our children. Our government recognizes that we need to be creative and pragmatic about tapping into the private sector to contribute to the education of our children. One of our most important pilot initiatives in this vein, the public-private Partnership Schools for Liberia program, is among the case studies profiled in this new report.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Senator Sherman Submits Bill for Continuance of Democratic Governance

first_imgCllr. Varney Sherman In event of election disputesThe possibility of any challenge to the 2017 election results at the Supreme Court  which could lead to a political void, has led Senator Varney Sherman (Grand Cape Mount County) to submit to his colleagues for approval a draft law  to address any potential dispute.The bill is titled: “A Draft Law to Give Statutory Effect to the Legislative Continuity Provision of the Constitution and Provide the Process for the Continuance of Democratic Governance in the Event of Election Dispute.”The legislative continuity provisions of the Constitution are designed to address any void in the democratic governance of Liberia in an election year, when the offices of the President, Vice President and all the members of the House of Representatives are open for contest, or when electoral disputes regarding the election of the President and Vice President are not resolved in keeping with the law before Inauguration Day. The provisions are intended to give statutory effect to and provide the process for the continuance of democratic governance in the event of elections disputes over the offices of President and Vice President.In the letter to his colleagues, Sherman said “The fact and circumstance surrounding the 2017 elections, which shall be held on October 10, 2017, reveal lapses in Liberian law, which ought to be addressed and cured before the elections are conducted this year and to be used as legal guidance for General Elections pursuit to Section 1.2 (1) of the New Elections Law (meaning elections for the offices of the President, Senators and Representative held every six years).”According to the letter, “The Senate shall be the only organ of the political branches of the government (Legislature and Executive) which shall remain unimpaired and fully operational. This means that the 2017 elections are endowed with political sensitivity which must be addressed by law; otherwise, there could be a serious void in the governance process and constitutional crisis could thereby be precipitated.” The bill states that, “Disputes over election results for the offices of President and Vice President, which are not resolved before the third Monday of January of the year following elections (Inauguration Day) could create a void in the democratic governance of Liberia and thereby precipitate a constitutional crisis.”“For the 2017 elections and possibly all elections hereafter the high number of contending political parties and independent candidates for the offices of President and Vice President and seats in the House of Representatives present the possibility that electoral disputes from these elections could possibly run into Inauguration Day following the elections.”Additionally, the bill proposes further that:Section IPursuant to the intent and purpose of the legislative continuity provisions of Article 46 of the Constitution, which is to provide for the democratic governance of Liberia during an election year when the offices of President, Vice President and all members of the House of Representatives are open for contest, the President Pro Tempore shall, and in keeping with the  accession provisions of Articles 63 and 64 of the Constitution, serve as Acting President of Liberia in the event that disputes over election results for the offices of President and Vice President are not resolved in keeping with law before Inauguration Day in the year following the general and presidential election;Section 2In the event of the occurrence described in Section-1 above, the Chief Justice shall swear the President Pro Tempore into office as Acting President on Inauguration Day and the President Pro Tempore shall continue in office as Acting President until the election dispute(s) which necessitated his assumption of the office of Acting President are resolved in keeping with law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

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GRA commences vehicle registration in “YY” series

first_imgOne year after “XX”In just over one year, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has managed to register 9999 vehicles in the “XX” series and has moved to the next alphabetically due letter, “Y”.In a notice published in Guyana Times on Tuesday, the tax agency explained that registration of vehicles in the “YY” series commenced on August 8, 2019, following the end of the “XX” series on the said date.GRA informed that the “X” series began on June 11, 2018.The issuance of this new series means the revenue authority is now one step closer towards moving to its “customisable plates”.Back in March, a reliable source at GRA told this publication that at the conclusion of the “ZZ” series, vehicle owners will be given the opportunity to design their own registration plates.It was explained that persons will be given letters to choose from, while the option of having a name, accompanied by a number, on the registration plates will be accessible “at a small cost”.“It will have specific numbers and letters that you can put … everything is not quite clear as yet because it’s still going through the process through management,” the source revealed.In the case of the vehicle being transferred and the registration plates bear the original owner’s name, the new owner will also have the option of changing the name on the plates, according to the source.In the meantime, the officials are working on how privately-owned vehicles can be differentiated from vehicles up for hire.Registration plates in the United States have already been upgraded to the system GRA is seeking to implement here.Many states there distinguish their licence plates through distinctive colour schemes and logos, which persist over time.last_img read more

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Gold Board Forensic Audit Gossai denies wrongdoing, says audit report “misleading”

first_img-Fmr Natural Resources Minister still silentFormer Secretary to the Guyana Gold Board (GGB), Bobby Gossai Jr has described as “misleading” the final report of a Forensic Audit into the operations of the GGB as he denied allegations of any wrongdoing.The 114-page audit report made public on Wednesday covered the period January 2012 to May 2015 and said there was evidence which showed that Gossai forged the signature of the Board Chairman, Dr Gobind Ganga, which allowed the then General Manager to proceed on his remaining annual leave for 2014.“Acting on information provided to us, we confirmed that the signature of the Board Chairman was lifted from another document. This is a gross act of forgery that should be pursued by the appropriate authorities,” it stated.Robert PersaudHowever, Gossai in a statement Thursday denied he fraudulently used the then Chairman’s signature.“At no given time did the Secretary used, reused (“lifted”), misrepresented or disguised the signature of the former chairperson for any undertaking in his capacity on the Board, for professional or other benefits,” Gossai stated.The report also accused Gossai of executing political directives of the former minister, an allegation he vehemently denied, noting that his role has always been professional and legal.“The Secretary acted in full compliance within the mandate of the Guyana Gold Board Act, the management of the GGB and, where necessary through effective policy guidance from the former Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, which was always related to the Board of Directors by the former Chairperson,” he stated.He added that all the tasks performed by him were done with full disclosure and consent of the Chairperson of the Board.The former Policy Adviser in the Natural Resources Ministry also rubbished statements in the report that he was appointed unilaterally by Persaud, contrary to the Guyana Gold Board Act, noting that his appointment as Secretary to the GGB Board was as a result of a Cabinet Decision.But, the Forensic Auditors have argued that the Secretary should have been recommended by the board and approved by the minister.Gossai said the directors, during the period under review exercised their duty with “effective professionalism for the development of the organisation.“Moreover, the Board of Directors of the Guyana Gold Board during the period of January 2012 to May 2015 developed and implemented new and improved mechanism which allowed for the enhanced management and accountability of the functioning of the organisation,” he reasoned.He added that during this period, the board and management worked with both local and international partners to improve the overall functionality of the organisation in the areas of human resources development and improved trading and compliance related matters.Persaud’s silenceBobby GossaiMeanwhile, Former Minister Persaud is still to respond to the allegations made against him by the auditors.The forensic auditors said Persaud on several occasions acted contrary to the powers vested in him by the Gold Board Act, which speaks about minister having the power to give directions of a general or special character as to the policy to be followed by the Board, while approving the appointment of, and the remuneration payable to, the General Manager, Secretary and such other officers and other employees.Among those breaches the auditors highlighted the appointment of Gossai: “In our opinion, the Act does not give the Minister the power to name or nominate the Secretary to the Board and the Minister’s action amounted to a usurpation of the Board’s authority.”This publication emailed the former Minister on the allegations, but is still to receive a response.Following the 11 May, 2015 General and Regional Elections Persaud migrated to the United States of America.last_img read more

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GO-Invest job creation, investment numbers in question

first_img…as Private Sector joins Jagdeo in rejecting ‘imaginary figures’Former President Bharrat Jagdeo, along with the Private Sector Commission (PSC) this past week lambasted as almost imaginary the job creation figures supposedly facilitated by the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) which was supplied to the House when Finance Minister Winston Jordan presented Budget 2017 Monday last.Former President Bharrat JagdeoBoth the PSC and Jagdeo met with the local media on separate occasions and questioned the figures alluded to by the Finance Minister and supplied by GO-Invest – the entity responsible for facilitating investments locally on behalf of the administration.Jordan in presenting Budget 2017 said: “Over the course of 2016, total investments, including foreign direct investments (FDI), facilitated by GO-Invest totalled $114.8 billion, a significant improvement over the $89.3 billion inflow in 2015.”PSC Economic and Financial Affairs Committee Chairman Ramesh Persaud“This year’s investments will yield over 6,000 jobs in various sectors, including 1,327 in agriculture; 1,366 in energy; 1,500 in ICT; and 1,483 in tourism and services,” Jordan stated.He announced that in 2017, GO-Invest will target $139.8 billion in investments and the composition of the investment portfolio will be restructured to ensure greater diversification within the economy, with additional focus placed on the tourism, agriculture, and light manufacturing sectors, and that these ventures are estimated to create an additional 3,870 jobs.Chairman of the PSC’s Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs, Ramesh Persaud was this past week, asked about the business community’s confidence in the projections by the Finance Minister with regards the monies to be invested in Guyana in the coming year in addition to the jobs to be created.Persaud told the local media that he is unsure as to what is the basis for the determination of the numbers presented by the Finance Minister.According to Persaud, while anecdotal evidence points to the Minister’s projection being unrealistic, there is a paucity of confidence in the local business community.He said that as long as the local business committee is uninspired, this will inherently be passed on to any foreign investors.The PSC, he said, is of the view that the Budget is without a clear vision and will in fact lead to more hardships.Speaking of some of the inconsistencies in the lack of policies that have been daunting the PSC, it was pointed out that in the 2016 Budget, Government had made a special effort to add a range of items to the zero-rated category of the VAT regime.One year later, Government has abandoned this altogether.Meanwhile, on the matter of GO-Invest and the unreliability of the figures it released, PSC executive Ramesh Dookhoo said bluntly that GO-Invest has a documented history of simply calling numbers, a practice that had also obtained during the previous administration and “they (GO-Invest) seem not to have got rid of that position.”Misleading impressionJagdeo said Minister Jordan sought to create a very misleading impression that GO-Invest facilitated investments in 2016 that created over 6000 jobs.He recalled that Minister Jordan said that 1327 jobs were created in the agriculture sector, but Jagdeo has since challenged the Minister to provide evidence that these jobs were actually created, saying it could not be in the rice and sugar sectors.The former President explained that a proposal could very well come into GO-Invest with a promise to create 50 jobs, but this does not mean it will actually materialise, since the proposals may very well never be implemented: “I would like to see where these 1327 new jobs were created in agriculture in 2016; he should be able to tell us.”Jagdeo also used the occasion to challenge the Finance Minister to provide evidence that there was in fact 1366 jobs created in the energy sector.According to Jagdeo, “It couldn’t be ExxonMobil; it couldn’t be (so) where else?”The Opposition Leader stated that when the Finance Minister spoke vaguely about job creation by GO-Invest, he consciously failed to deal with the net job loss as was experienced with the case of Barama, and Demerara Timbers, which has since pulled operations from Guyana.On the matter of Go-Invest, the former President conceded that during his tenure he would have taken advantage of using the misleading figures supplied by Go-Invest saying, “GO-Invest numbers have always been suspect.”He said this is the position since it is difficult to track whether any of the proposals actually lead to the creation of any jobs through implementation.last_img read more

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Bus driver denies charges of sexual assault of rider

first_imgGlendora police Lt. Joe Ward said the alleged victim boarded the bus Diaz was driving in Covina, along his regular route that goes from El Monte to Covina, to Citrus College. He said she was the last person to exit at the Citrus College stop before Diaz’s mid-day break. “She asked where she could catch the next connecting bus, and he offered to take her (there),” Ward said. He said Diaz allegedly drove her to his normal break area, a bus turn-out near Foothill Boulevard and Barranca Avenue, about noon and “touched her in a sexual manner.” Ward said the passenger alleged Diaz wanted to go to her home, and only relented to let her go after she accepted his phone number. POMONA – A bus driver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female passenger April 7, authorities said. Marco Antonio Diaz, 34, of Pomona faces one count of assault with the intent to commit a felony and one count of false imprisonment by violence, representatives from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Diaz faces a maximum of six years in state prison if convicted, DA’s officials said. He is being held on $120,000 bail. Glendora police arrested Diaz Saturday, authorities said. Diaz is employed by First Transit, a company contracted by Foothill Transit to run operations out of Pomona and Irwindale, said Felicia Friesema, spokeswoman for Foothill Transit. Jim Andrew, interim general manager for First Transit, said Diaz, who has worked for the company for about two years, is suspended without pay. “We are cooperating fully with the police and providing them with any information they require from us,” he said. bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393 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

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Call for Site C public hearings to be held province-wide

first_img“We are concerned that only hearing venues near the proposed dam site in the Peace River region are being considered. That’s a problem,” he says. “Hearings should be held throughout the province, from Bella Coola to Cranbrook, from Osoyoos to Fort Nelson and all points in between.”B.C. Hydro was recently told by the Joint Review Panel that further information is needed to support its amended Environmental Impact Statement, before it can be deemed sufficient. The regulatory clock is essentially stopped at this point, until Hydro responds in full, and if satisfied, the JRP can schedule public hearings.Public comments on how the public hearings should be held are being accepted until September 16.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Roma v Man City Preview: The Rodney Marsh verdict

first_imgRodney Marsh joined talkSPORT on Wednesday afternoon to look ahead to Manchester City’s Champions League trip to Roma.And the former Maine Road star is backing his old side to get the result they need to progress to the knockout phase.How do Manchester City reach the last 16? Full explanation herelast_img

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