Ginebra sorely missing ‘glue guy’ Devance

first_img98% 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 townlast_img read more

Winning lotto…

first_img…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?last_img read more

‘Chances Don’t Come to Unprepared People’

first_imgThe House’s chair of the Committee on Youth and Sports at the National Legislature, Bong County District #4 Representative Lester Paye, has challenged Liberian youth to do away with vices that will sway them from achieving positive goals in life.He therefore informed the youth that “chances don’t come to the unprepared people in life, because one does not just become lucky unless one is adequately prepared for the future endeavors.”Rep. Paye gave the admonition yesterday when he served as one of the panelists at a program marking this year’s National Youth and Policymaker Dialogue and Partnership Development, hosted by the Federation of the Liberian Youth (FLY) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in observance of the International Youth Day Celebration in Liberia.The program was held in the joint Chambers of the Legislature under the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement.”Other panelists were Montserrado Senator, Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, Chair, Committee on Executive; Reps Munah Pelham Youngblood and Acarous Gray, among others.They all admonished the youth to conduct themselves in line with law and order, while their lawmakers approach the issue that has to do with the passage of a bill on the need to teach comprehensive sexual education in schools and other youth-related issues which will contribute to the reduction of teenage pregnancy in Liberia, and the status of the National Youth Act.The event brought together over 50 young people, who interacted with the “youthful lawmakers” of the 53rd National Legislature on the National Youth Policy Act, Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Rights, among others.It is expected that the outcome of yesterday’s dialogue would lead to the passage of a bill on the need to teach sexual reproductive health education in schools in the country.The purpose of the day, according to the organizers, was to draw the attention of State Actors to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding the youth.The objectives are also to promote and highlight sexual and reproductive health, education and rights among young people; to engage duty bearers – especially lawmakers – in seeing the need for the introduction of sex education in Liberian schools and the passage of relevant bill on youth advocacy; and to increase awareness among FLY member organizations on the importance of the international youth day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP supporters want youthful leadership

first_imgDear Editor,In my travels throughout Guyana in October to conduct an opinion survey, supporters of the PPP related that they would like to have a “youthful leadership” (Central Committee, Executive Committee, etc) arising out of the party’s Congress that will be held next weekend in Anna Regina, Essequibo. In earlier NACTA surveys, conducted last March, July, and last year, PPP supporters complained about the ineptitude, incompetence, slothfulness, lack of capacity, lackadaisical attitude or “coorheeness” among some, as well as arrogance, desire for personal wealth, and allegations of corruption among some in the leadership that cost the party the Government in May 2015.The supporters yearn for change towards a younger enlightened leadership who can bring modernity and rapid development to Guyana. They want a leadership team that can build a strong attractive civic alliance.As found in the surveys, some in PPP leadership are most despised for their lack of human relations skills. Some of them do not know how to speak with people – an essential requirement of a person desiring to be a leader. People complain they don’t see PPP MPs or leaders in their communities. Many don’t even bother to go among the supporters, preferring instead to be in “town” for nice time rather than grounding with people in their time of difficulties. At any rate, people simply don’t want to see or hear some of them – as they turn away support from the PPP, and in fact some of these characters cost the PPP the Government.Supporters note that some in the leadership are very archaic in their thinking. They are relics of the past who only speak of the greatness of socialism and communism (that collapsed thirty years ago) and advocate for Palestine, Iran, defunct Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea, etc, that has no relevance to our conditions in Guyana. They don’t understand geo-politics that define which party will govern Guyana because they lack political intellect like those of us who study and are experts in international politics.Voters complain that some have been paraded before the nation for too long; people are weary of seeing them. They must now excuse themselves from a public presence — especially those who were given opportunities and failed the people in leadership and in government positions. How many chances these characters want, supporters ask.Party supporters want a new generation of leadership that have time for them and with whom they can interact. They want to see new, charming, attractive faces they can relate to. They want more females and will love to see a female head the party. They want smart, modern thinking people in the leadership in whom they see a bright future and hope for the country. In looking around, they don’t see many in the current leadership offering hope for party supporters or the country. As one person rhetorically asked, which employer will give some of them in the PPP leadership a second look for a job? Outside of politics, most may not find work. But in fairness to them, many gave their entire life fighting the dictatorship for the country’s freedom. They neglected their education and families. They had no or little time to pursue formal tertiary education like others as they worked to better the lives of others. So, they must be recognised and credited for their decades of commitment and dedication in serving the nation.People have pointed out that a large majority of the party supporters were not around when the PNC outlawed the consumption of roti, alou, dhal, channa, etc. So they cannot relate to arguments made by these old timers on banned foods and the various “isms”. But the old timers should not be altogether dumped. They can play an advisory role to the younger generation of would-be leaders.The party supporters are fulsome in their praise for Bharrat Jagdeo as President. They note he did a lot of improvement for Guyana during his tenure. But he may not be able to contest as President again because of term limits he consented to when he was President. So the party will have to find an effective leader who is likeable. There are not many choices – Irfaan Ali, Anil Nandlall, Frank Anthony, etc. And in the polls, the ratings were in that order for a successor. But it is a tall order to fill the shoes of Jagdeo as none is universally acceptable like him to win a majority in the next election.The delegates at the Congress should select the Central Committee wisely and listen to the voice of the supporters – give the younger potential leaders a chance.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Providence collision leaves 1 injured

first_imgAn accident on the Providence Public Road, on the East Bank of Demerara has resulted in one man being rushed to hospital. The collision occurred between the motorcar driven by the injured man – bearing registration plates PMM5815 – and a truck, bearing registration plates GNN 3531, on Wednesday in the vicinity of the GuyOil Gas Station. Reports are that the motorcar was en route to Georgetown and the truck was heading in the opposite direction. According to information received, the motorcar was damaged to the rightrear-end and the front bumper was completed ripped off the car.Investigations into this latest accident have been launched.In early September, 51-year-old Dhanraj Datturam lost his life as a result of a two-lorry smash-up, also on the Providence Public Road.last_img read more

Guyana records 5.8% increase in CAPE percentage pass rate

first_imgEight hundred and fifty-one candidates from nine public secondary schools and four private institutions across Guyana sat the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in 2017, achieving a 92.57 per cent pass rate, an increase of 5.8 per cent as opposed to 86.74 per cent in 2016.Education Minister Nicolette Henry speaking during the release of the 2017 CSEC resultsThe Education Ministry confirmed that 16.47 per cent of the entries achieved Grade Ones, 22.90 per cent attained Grade Twos, while 22.93 per cent attained Grade Threes. 18.08 per cent attained Grade Fours, while 13 per cent of the students managed to secure Grade Fives.This year’s top CAPE performances were recorded from Saraswati Vidya Niketan, St Rose’s High School and Queens College among others.Among the top performers are Vamanadev Hiralall of Saraswati Vidya Niketan and Shawn Shewram of St Rose’s High and Shawn Shewram of St Rose’s High and who each secured Grade One passes in eight units.Queen’s College also saw outstanding performances from students such as Ashley Anthony, a Guyana Times columnist, and Shannon Woodroofe who each copped seven units with six Grade Ones and one Grade Two.“I feel relieved and contented because I know that I would’ve put in a lot of hard work and to know that everything is unfolding like this is something to be relieved about. Sixth Form has been one of the biggest challenges that I’ve taken and there were many times when I doubted myself and many times I wanted to close my book… but I knew that this was something that I did and something that I started so this is something that I had to finish”, Shawn Shewram said in an interview with the Guyana Times.Meanwhile, Nations School of Business and Management recorded exceptional results at the Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Examinations with 100 per cent passes in Chemistry, Economics and English.Hannibal Gaskin sat the Advanced Level examinations and scored grade a distinction in Chemistry and Grade A (one) in Maths, while securing a Grade B in Physics.Other remarkable performances came from Shamita Bhagwandas, Sandhya Meerah and Cindyann Khan. Top performers at the Advanced Subsidiary Level were Kayshav Tewari who attained A grades in Economics, Law, Maths and Sociology, while Ryan Benschop and Arun Kanhai each secured Grades A and B in four units.A synopsis of the general CAPE performance provided by the Education Ministry detailed that this year saw 100 per cent pass rate in 30 units.Green Engineering, Animation and Gaming Design and Digital Media were written for the first time this year, with 100 per cent pass rates in each of the named areas.last_img read more

Nomination period extended in the Peace River Regional District

first_img– Advertisement – The deadline to nominate someone for Area “E” has been extended until 4 p.m. Monday October 17.  As for the rest of the Peace River Regional District only one area will have an election as three candidates have come forward in Area “D”.  Ian Marchuk and Elaine Peterson have both been nominated in Area “D” and will face off against incumbent Wayne Hiebert. When it comes to Area “B” Karen Goodings has been re-elected by acclamation and Arthur Hadland has been re-elected by acclamation in Area “C”.If you are interested in running in Area “E” you can pick up a nomination package at the Peace River Regional District Office in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John or at the District of Chetwynd Office.last_img read more

Council in retreat

first_imgBut just in case, here’s a short list of things that ought to top their list: Reducing traffic congestion, fighting gangs, hiring more cops, attracting more good jobs. If they can meet those goals, making Los Angeles a livable city would be easy. THE Los Angeles City Council left City Hall on Tuesday for a hotel in San Pedro on a two-day retreat to set goals and build teamwork. It’s the first retreat for Council President Eric Garcetti and his 14 fellow travelers, and they hope the getaway will help them see “the big picture.” That would be a big step forward. Maybe they’ll even start paying attention to the people’s needs right here in L.A. One would think the city’s big priorities would be obvious to a group of people whose sole job is running the city, especially with all the policy people employed to help them. 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

Stunning strike! Pirlo nets an incredible goal for Juventus

first_imgJuventus hero Andrea Pirlo was at it again on Friday night.The Italian playmaker is fond of a spectacular long-range effort, especially with a free-kick.And on the stroke of half-time against Atalanta in Serie A the bearded maestro picked up Claudio Marchisio’s pass and, from 30 yards, his swerving strike beat the dive of young goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.The stunning effort turned out to be a match-winner too as it made the score 2-1 and put Juventus 10 points clear of title rivals Roma, although they play Hellas Verona on Sunday.last_img read more

Barcelona fight off interest from Arsenal and Liverpool to land £17m French ace

first_imgBarcelona could complete the signing of Arsenal and Liverpool target Lucas Digne today after agreeing a fee with Paris Saint-Germain for his sale.Both Premier League sides have been linked with the talented left-back, who spent last season on loan at Roma where he racked up 33 Serie A appearances.However, Barcelona have this month emerged as contenders to land him and, according to sources in France, they have already agreed a fee with PSG.The Spanish club are set to pay a fee of around £17m to land Digne, who will sign a five-year contract at the Nou Camp.The deal could be rubber-stamped on Wednesday with an official presentation due on Thursday. Lucas Digne in action for France 1last_img read more