98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Joe Devance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Devance can do a lot of things on the basketball court and with the versatile guard/forward out with an injury, Barangay Ginebra is paying the price for his absence.Somehow, the Gin Kings survived the loss of Devance in both of their do-or-die games against the Alaska Aces in the quarterfinals, but it hasn’t been the case in their semifinals duel with the Star Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT The Gin Kings hope to avoid a 0-3 hole on Monday against the Hotshots, who have won eight games in a row dating back to the elimination round.“It really doesn’t come down to Xs and Os anymore. It’s just a matter of who wants it more. We have to want it more next game. We have to get all the 50-50 balls, we have to play our best game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown And after dropping the first two games of the series, the effects of not having Devance around have been amplified.READ: Lee, Star bracing for tougher defensive battle vs GinebraFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“There’s not a word we can put on his importance. He’s our glue guy,” said Ginebra guard Sol Mercado.Devance, who hurt his foot in the third quarter of Ginebra’s victory over Alaska on Sunday, is averaging 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists prior to the injury this conference. But there’s more to Devance than what his numbers show.READ: Hotshots slip past Gin Kings for 2-0 lead “Everybody knows that about Joe. He’s someone that does stuff that doesn’t show up on the stats sheet,” Mercado said. “He sets great screens, he gets us into our offense, he gets the high-low passes to Japeth.”“Defensively, he’s our anchor. A lot of people don’t know that, but he’s always talking. So we’re missing him big time.”Ginebra will have to make do minus Devance, who is expected to miss a couple of weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely This week’s Kicks Stalker pick: Jericho Cruz’ Dame 3 Roots MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines snapped its four-game losing streak and repulsed University of the East, 25-14, 18-25, 25-15, 25-10, to get back to winning ways in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Maroons, who started the season on a four-game unbeaten run before spiraling, improved to 5-4 while sending the Lady Warriors to a 1-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Diana Carlos led UP with 21 points while veteran Kathy Bersola and Isa Molde added 18 and 16 points, respectively.Shaya Adorador had 12 points to lead UE.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos UP assistant coach Rald Ricafort said this win was a huge boost for them as they are trying to recover from their disastrous skid that saw them plummet from first seed all the way to sixth.“They’re getting there mentally but the basis really is if they can show that in the game,” said Ricafort. “But this is a huge help for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnUP tied National University and Far Eastern University with 5-4 records with all three schools competing for one of the Final Four spots.Ateneo (7-1) and De La Salle (7-2) have established solid footing on the top two spots while University of Santo Tomas have laid claim on the third seed with a 5-3 slate. LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Federer, Nadal win to set up early showdown at Indian Wells MOST READ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Filipinos 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot
Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Liaw Chee Huei added seven markers and six boards in the low-scoring affair, which saw Malaysia shoot 30 percent from the field and the Singapore going on a paltry 23 percent clip.The Malaysians blew a 31-20 lead with 8:53 remaining in the third quarter as Delvin Goh, Leon Kwek, and Wong Wei Long rallied the Singaporeans to within two, 43-41, with 25.6 left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundChan Kek Thai split his freebies which left the door wide open for Singapore, but Wong and Hanbin Ng flubbed their potential game-tying treys before Liaw iced the game with a split from the charity stripe.Goh paced winless Singapore (0-3) with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Filipinos 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Chun Hong Ting. PBA IMAGESMalaysia had to survive a late scare from Singapore to win, 45-41, for its breakthrough victory in the 2017 Seaba Championship Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Chun Hong Ting exploded for 18 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks as Malaysia posted its first win in four outings.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Poulter completes surprising turnaround at Players Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle The scores:MALAYSIA 45 – Ting 18, Liaw 7, Chan 5, Choo 4, Ong 4, Heng 3, Choong 2, Teo 2, Ang 0, Chin 0, Liew 0, Mak 0.SINGAPORE 41 – Goh 14, Kwek 7, H. Ng 6, J. Ng 5, Wong 5, Liew 2, Lim 2, Cheok 0, Chia 0, Lim 0.Quarters: 15-13, 26-20, 35-30, 45-41.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Kvitova to play at French Open PARIS (AP): Only two months after picking up her racket for the first time following a knife attack at her home, Petra Kvitova will be playing at the French Open. The two-time Wimbledon champion said yesterday she will make her comeback at Roland Garros, although she still lacks power and strength. Kvitova has missed all season while recovering from surgery on her racket-holding left hand. She sustained damage to the tendons in her left hand, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves, during the attack. Doctors initially thought she would need more time before returning to tennis. But Kvitova’s recovery was faster than expected and she said last month that she was signing up for the French Open, which begins on Sunday, in hopes of being able to compete. England win group at U20 World Cup SEOUL, South Korea (AP): England advanced to the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup by beating hosts South Korea 1-0 yesterday. Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell scored the only goal in the 56th minute, back-heeling a pass to Jonjoe Kelly and then positioning himself for the return pass and a shot into the far corner. England won Group A with seven points, one more than South Korea. Argentina ended up in third place after beating Guinea 5-0 for its first win of the tournament. The Argentines still have a chance to advance. The top two teams from each of the six groups and the four best third-place finishers advance to the next round. The final is set for June 11 in Suwon. King James breaks Jordan’s play-off scoring record BOSTON (AP): King James has another throne. LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for the top spot on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list, scoring 35 points against Boston on Thursday night to reach 5,995 in his career. Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003. James played in his 212th career postseason game on Thursday night, when the Cavaliers beat the Celtics 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers star came into the game needing 28 points for the record and hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter against the Celtics to break it. Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he’ll need hip surgery WALTHAM, Massachusetts (AP): Celtics star Isaiah Thomas says it’s too early to tell if he needs surgery on his right hip. The injury knocked the Boston point guard out of the Eastern Conference finals in Game 2. Although the Celtics won the next game without him, Cleveland went on to win the series in five games. Thomas said at the team’s practice facility yesterday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab. He says surgery is “not the No. 1 option right now”, Thomas says he told doctors that whatever happens, he needs to come back even better – “and I will”.
Jamaica combined martial arts team super heavyweight, Akino Lindsay, yesterday mined gold at the 2018 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships in Athens, Greece. Lindsay, a gold medallist at Portugal 2015, had to battle past fighters from France, Germany and finally the Ukraine to take gold at the May 31-June 3 event. Named among four gold medal hopefuls by the Jamaican contingent, Lindsay said he had to “dig deep” against his European rivals. “Coming to my second ISKA World Champs, having won before in Portugal, this one was very, very difficult, three tough fights against France, Germany and Ukraine. I had to dig deep and get the job done. “The judging was very tough. The first fight was most difficult, I was trying to get in the frame of mind for the tournament while seeing how to maneuver around the judge, who was very tough on me,” he added. Jamaica has a star-studded squad at the event including Sheckema Cunningham and Subrina Richards, who is back defending her title won in Germany last year. International Taekwondo Federation Pan-Am gold medallist Ackeem Lawrence completes the quartet, which coaches Jason McKay and Claude Chin are confident will return home with four gold medals. Jamaica are hoping to set the stage for a successful staging of the 2018 championships, set for Montego Bay, with at least four defending champions. “It is considered really crucial that, being hosts, countries should have persons defending their world titles,” he said. Richards and Cunningham were due to take the mat in yesterday’s evening session. Star-studded squad
LONDON (AP) : Roy Hodgson returned to football management for the first time since leaving his job as England coach last year, taking over at Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace yesterday as a replacement for the fired Frank de Boer. The 70-year-old Hodgson signed a two-year contract with his boyhood club. Palace lost their first four league games of the season without scoring, with their players failing to adapt to a more expansive style of play under De Boer, following his arrival in the off season. The Dutchman was fired on Monday after just 77 days at the club. Hodgson’s four-year spell with England ended in humiliating fashion at the European Championship in 2016 when his team was beaten by Iceland in the round of 16. Within minutes of the final whistle, he announced he’d be stepping down – even though his contract was due to expire anyway. “I am very excited to be back in club football,” Hodgson said, “and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day-to-day sessions of training.”
Holy Trinity High School coach Devon ‘Pablo’ Anderson anticipates that they will have a tough time in their top-of-the-table ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Group G clash against the highly fancied Wolmer’s Boys at Heroes Circle this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Anderson insists that his team is far from the finished article even though they have taken three wins from their three games in this season’s competition. Although players like Ray Evelyn, Phillon Lawrence, Dillion McEnnis, and Nicholas Thomas have turned up and have done well in the competition for Holy Trinity so far, Anderson believes that they are still not near where they hope to be but insists that they have done some work since their last game against Pembroke Hall on Friday, and he is hoping to see more improvements from that last outing. “We will try to get it together and get it right for Monday. We are not halfway where we want to be as yet, but step by step, we are getting closer to where we want to reach. But we will be aiming for a win,” he added. SOLID DEFENCE Camperdown v Jonathan Grant Meadowbrook v Eltham Charlie Smith v Norman Manley Wolmer’s are second to Holy Trinity on goals scored, with the latter netting two more than the Alex Thomas-coached team. But Wolmer’s have been good at both ends of the field as they look solid in defence and have been clinical up front, scoring seven unanswered goals in their three matches. Wolmer’s will start as favourites for the contest, and their hopes for victory will rest on the likes of national youth representative Dushane Bernard, Rushane Thompson, Tyrone Small, Rivaldo Mitchell, and goalkeeper Tajay Green. Holy Trinity, with nine points, lead the group on goal difference ahead of Wolmer’s. They are followed by Pembroke Hall and Edith Dalton James with three points each. Waterford and Jose Marti are next with one point apiece. Today’s fixtures: Group C Group G Pembroke Hall v Waterford Jose Marti v Edith Dalton James Wolmer’s v Holy Trinity
When the National Stadium undergoes major repair next year, the velodrome will be removed in order to bring spectators closer to the action on the field and to also increase the capacity of the venue to 38,000. The 500m cycle track is where Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) riders practise and have their development meets, but it has become an albatross as far as the development of the sport locally is concerned as its size and shape have long been outdated and no longer fit international standards. But the cycling fraternity may not have to wait too long for a modern velodrome. Minister of Sport Olivia Grange is aggressively seeking a location at Independence Park to build a modern 250 metres velodrome. “We are in discussion to build a new velodrome and we are pursuing it in a very aggressive manner,” Grange told The Sunday Gleaner. “As you know we plan to take out the old one at the stadium now and build one at a separate location within the compound of Independence Park Limited.” President of the JCF, Joylene Griffiths, has welcomed the announcement from Minister Grange as she believes a modern 250m velodrome could inject the impetus local cycling needs in order to grow. “The velodrome is needed because not only would it provide us with the opportunity to practise on a modern-day track, but we could also host meets and invite cyclists from around the world who could provide competitions for our riders,” Griffiths said. “When Trinidad and Tobago got theirs (velodrome), it really made a big difference in the sport in Trinidad, and their performance has got better, and I believe the same can happen for us.” ORGANISE TRAINING Griffiths is also happy that the velodrome will be separated from the National Stadium. “The National Stadium is used for football matches and track and field meets, and many times, we would want to have a meet and we are not able to because the Stadium is just difficult to get,” she said. “Now that it will be in a separate location, we can have our meets whenever we want and organise training for the riders.” According to Griffiths, a modern-day velodrome will also solve the age-old problem of cyclists not being prepared properly for events such as the Central American and Caribbean Games, the Commonwealth Games, and others. “Because we do not have a 250m track here in Jamaica, it’s only when our riders leave the island that they can get access to one and this does not happen very often because it is already difficult to get funding to go to meets so it is almost impossible for us to get funding to practise on a modern track,” she explained. The Sunday Gleaner understands that cyclists have often complained about being at a great disadvantage when they compete on the international stage as they are not prepared to compete on the 250m velodrome.
APNU/AFC has a huge propensity to distort the truth and simply lie in order to confuse and distract the Guyanese people. It has made such a colossal mess of the social and economic conditions in the country that it feels compelled to divert people’s attention away from the corruption, incompetence and clueless path on which it has taken Guyana.Take the mess of the allegedly missing US million from the Chinese company which purchased the Government’s GTT shares. According to APNU/AFC, the Chinese company allegedly paid the US million owed. The communication czar of APNU/AFC, Raphael Trotman, (yes even that portfolio has been taken away from Nagamootoo), this week claimed they were unable to track down the payment, implying that someone stole the money.But many millions of dollars were spent on a trip to China, supposedly to track down the payment of the US million that the Chinese company owed for the GTT shares. Did someone not ask who paid the money, to whom and how they paid the money? No one could leave China with US million in cash in a suitcase. The Auditor General had already determined that up to the end of December 31, 2015, the US million was not paid. Did Harmon find evidence that the money was paid sometime in 2016? Did he find out how and when and to whom payment was made?Nagamootoo made an expensive trip to Mexico and came back and assured the rice farmers that Mexico had agreed to buy rice from Guyana. This was at a time when Guyana had lost its most lucrative and biggest rice market in Venezuela. People were up in arms with the reckless loss of the Venezuelan market. Nagamootoo gave the impression that the Mexico would more than make up for the loss of the Venezuelan market. It has been more than seven months now and APNU/AFC has gone completely silent on the Mexico rice market while not a grain of paddy has been exported to Mexico.APNU/AFC initially told the people that Wales Sugar Estate was being closed because the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) had recommended the closure of estates. It lied because the CoI specifically insisted that closure should not be considered. Having been exposed, the President insisted GuySuCo made the decision and APNU/AFC went along. In fact, GuySuCo had expended hundreds of millions to prepare new cultivation, improved irrigation and drainage and enhance the Wales factory just before the APNU/AFC’s announcement of the closure.Incidentally, I was Minister of Agriculture between 2011 and May 2015 and none of the managers or directors of the Board ever once discussed the possibility of closure of Wales or any other estate. Twice I took GuySuCo to the Economic Services Committee of Parliament and never did the closure of estates been signalled. I challenge the managers and the Board and APNU/AFC to provide any evidence that closure was considered during the period between 2011 and 2015. If, in fact, as the present CEO insists, the PPP Government had considered the complete closure of LBI, how come no one discussed the closure timeline with the Minister of Agriculture between the period of 2011 and 2015? I commend Mr Jairam Petam, the Human Resources Director at the time, for revealing the truth that there was never any plan for the complete closure of LBI. Truth is APNU/AFC instructed GuySuCo to close Wales and LBI and more closure will follow.Guyana has been named as one of ten countries in the Caribbean where Americans have been warned that they have a greater chance of being murdered than in America itself. In fact, the murder rate for the first quarter of 2016 exceeds the murder rate for 2015. Crime is spiralling out of control in our country. We are busy looking for who might have thrown faeces on one of their supporters a few years ago and ignore that just this past week a man and his wife were brutally set on fire in their home.We have abandoned all the big transformative, job-creating infrastructure projects and think that the D’Urban Park Project is more important for the Jubilee celebration. We have embraced big business and the rich, giving them honorific titles and granting waivers of their taxes, while increasing 140 taxes on the poor people, even the donkey carts that carry garbage. We think that overpaying for the CPL finals will make people forget about the social and economic mess our country is in. Most people fear that 2016 is the start of another epic period of failure in our country. In the meantime, APNU/AFC is preoccupied with lying, distorting and distracting people. (Send comments to email@example.com)
…or using LottoLast August, with great fanfare – and not a little skin teeth and gloating at the PPP’s expense – then Minister of Governance Raphael Trotman carried on as to how they were going to be depositing all the monies from the Lotto Fund into the Consolidated Fund. He took the opportunity once again to rip into the PPP’s practice of using portions of the Fund for agricultural development and other public projects.The PPP’s contention that the “ Development Fund of Guyana” into which they placed the Lotto monies – and from which they were spent – were exempted from deposit into the Consolidated Fund by ART 216, that covered the latter fund, didn’t cut any ice. So, also did the point that the Extra-budgetary Fund, as the Development Fund of Guyana was officially known, was established by the Government Lotteries Act CAP 80:07 since 1963. And that, in any case, the Fund was audited by the Auditor General under the provisions of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2003.That was all so much rigmarole, said Trotman sanctimoniously, intended by the PPP to throw dust into the eyes of the people of Guyana. While they raped the country in general and the Lotto Fund in particular! The insistence on placing all revenues collected by the Government into the Consolidated Fund is to ensure Parliament gets to review the Government’s spending. And this is what Trotman and his cohorts in Government were insisting on – after all THEY controlled Parliament!But OHHH…what a difference does a year – not to mention being able to have some grubby little paws rummage into the Lotto Fund! – make!! According to the Auditor General’s Report for 2015, the APNU/AFC spent a whopping 5 million from the Lotto Fund!! Once again your Eyewitness asks, how come the APNU goose gets a richer sauce that the PPP gander?? And it’s not as if Trotman bought a Lotto ticket and won the money – which he donated to the Government because he felt guilty about receiving that 50% salary increase when Government workers and other ordinary folks got Larwah. Naaah! This was Lotto funds that those same ordinary folks fattened as they desperately tried to escape out of poverty.This isn’t just hypocrisy to the max – but contempt for the people of this long-suffering land. Now when you hear, Dear Reader, as to what the Government spent the Lotto 0 million on, you’ll understand why they wanted to escape parliamentary scrutiny.They squandered all that money on the wooden Jubilee Park that’s already falling apart from the wood ants attack!! After they assured “private donors” would cover it!!…or losing marbles?When you win the Lotto, it does seem to go to most people’s heads. So we don’t know whether the Lotto money used by Government Ministers like they won it has them reduced to uttering inanities. Such as the Minister of Public Security is wont to do when asked how he’ll deal with the crime crisis.Early in the day he came up with a 2:00am curfew on bars and rum shops. He still hasn’t provided requested figures as to the correlation – not even causation – between drinking past 2:00am and crime rates. Then he came up with a grand explanation for crime – greed. Some grave souls held their breaths waiting for him to follow up on how he planned to reduce greed and so reduce crime. Not a squeak and those folks are getting blue in the face!Fast forward to the present – he now advises Guyanese use less cash to stop robberies.So in Trinidad, where plastic is ubiquitous, there aren’t any robberies?…through importing chickenYou don’t need to win Lotto to get rich immediately. You can also get a licence from the Government to import frozen foreign chicken – even though there’s no shortage to justify removing the 100% tariff.But we’ll never know their names, will we?