March 13, 2020

PBA Season 43 Preview: ‘Dark horse’ Blackwater out to pull off surprises

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina But coach Leo Isaac doesn’t want any of those talks, saying that he’d rather let his team’s game do the talking.“We’ll play it safe,” he said. “We don’t want to say words that we might not be able to fulfill. We’ll just give our very best every time we play and whatever experience and confidence we gained from last conferences, we’re hoping we could bring it this all-Filipino.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAcquiring super scorer Allein Maliksi late last season, Blackwater may have just found the go-to guy it badly craved for since arriving to the league.Add to that the rising play of Mac Belo, JP Erram, Mike DiGregorio, Roi Sumang, and rookie Raymar Jose, and the Elite may just very well stage one of the most shocking runs the league has ever seen. On paper, Blackwater has positioned itself on a good spot, ready to compete with any team any given night, but Isaac knows that making that a reality is another monster of its own. That’s why he’s hoping that all of the sacrifice his team had in the offseason will eventually pay off.“We have to content ourselves with developing players in hopes that someday, they will also be PBA superstars. But I can see that these guys have the potential to blossom as next PBA superstars,” he said. “We will give our very best because we’ve been training very hard. We expect ourselves to be a far better team than last year. There will be some surprises, but I think it will be due for our team because of the preparations that we have done.”“I won’t say that easily, we will make the playoffs. What we know is we’ll give [teams] a run for their money.”The question remains: Can Blackwater finally live up to its moniker and truly be elite?ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:19PBA Season 43 Preview: Blackwater Elite06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 PBA Season 43 Preview: TNT relishes being under the radar Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Head Coach: Leo IsaacKey Players: Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, JP ErramKey Additions: Raymar Jose, Mike CortezKey Losses: Nino Cañaleta, Reil Cervantes, Chris EllisFielding one of the most talented Blackwater crews in franchise history is enough for a lot of pundits to brand the Elite as a dark horse this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

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Father, son on trial for Mahaica accountant murder

first_imgDead: Suresh Nandkishore– other accused died in Camp Street Prison fireThe trial into the 2015 murder of Suresh Nandkishore also called “Ravo” commenced on Tuesday before Justice Navindra Singh and an empanelled 12-member jury at the Georgetown High Court.On trial are 54-year-old Sukhdeo Dharamdat called “Toney” and his son, 25-year-old Eshwardat Dharamdat called “Bruddow”. The men are accused of killing Nandkishore on February 3, 2015, at Handsome Tree, Mahaica Creek. The duo denied the charge against them in court on Tuesday.On February 6, 2015, the older Dharamdat and his two sons Eshwardat and Chaitram Dharamdat made their first court appearance at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court and were charged with the murder of Nandkishore. However, the younger son, Chaitram Dharamdat, was killed in the Camp Street Prison fire back in 2016, leaving the two accused to stand trial.At the trial’s commencement, the two accused were represented by Attorneys Brandon De Santos and Alanna Lall.The State’s case is being led by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy in association with Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed.Taking the stand was the deceased brother, Parmanand Nandkishore, who is the prosecution’s star witness. Nandkishore, who is the older brother of the deceased, told the court that at about 11:30h on February 3, 2015, his father, Bhopaul Nandkishore, and the now-dead man asked him to assist them in repairing a fence on their plot of land in the backdam at Mahaica.He further told the jury that about 15 minutes after arriving at the land by boat, the older Dharamdat [Sukhdeo] approached his father inquiring about what they were doing, after which he left. However, after another 15 minutes’ interval, the said accused along with his two sons returned, this time armed with cutlasses shortly after which an argument ensued.The court heard that when the three victims decided to leave the land, the older Dharamdat attacked the deceased, pushing him to the ground where he dealt him a blow to the head using a piece of wood. The older Nandkishore went to his son’s rescue but was also hit in the head by the younger Dharamdat [Eshwardat] and fell into a nearby trench. Meanwhile, Parmanand, who witnessed the attack on his family members, was dealt several cuffs, chops and lashes about his body with a cutlass and a piece of wood by all three of the Dharamdats, during which he pretended to be dead so the attackers would leave.The court was further informed that after the three attackers left, Parmanand left his father and brother behind as he managed to escape and seek help from neighbours.Parmanand Nandkishore related that on February 5, 2015, he was present at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary where he identified the body of his deceased brother.While under cross-examination by the defence lawyer, the witness denied that his now dead brother was armed with a cutlass after a captured video of the incident revealed that the older Dharamdat was heard shouting “why you chap meh”. Nevertheless, Nandkishore maintained that he was the last to see the accused and he sustained no injuries during the altercation.Meanwhile, Bopnarine Singh, a neighbour, who also testified on Tuesday, said that on the day of the incident he received a telephone call from his father, after which he immediately left his home via his motorcar. He informed the court that upon arrival at the Nandkishore’s home he observed Parmanand covered in blood and subsequently transported him to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where he was admitted a patient.Neurosurgeon, Dr Amarnauth Dukhi, who prepared the medical report for Bhopaul Nandkishore, during his testimony informed the court that the victim suffered from traumatic sub-haemorrhage, short for traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage, which is usually related to severe head injuries and unconsciousness resulting from a rigid hit on the head in cases of car accidents or a fall.The matter is set to continue today with the continuation of testimonies by the remaining witnesses.Accused: Eshwardat Dharamdat (left) and his father Sukhdeo Dharamdatlast_img read more

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Water woes continue for residents of WCD

first_imgCommunities on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), including De Kinderen, Meten-Meer-Zorg and De Willem, have been without potable water for the past few weeks, and there has reportedly been no satisfactory word forthcoming from the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).A pipe without waterAccording to reports received, water pressure has been consistently low, creating a situation of acute discomfort and inconvenience to residents.The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) had reportedly advised affected residents that the matter is being investigated, but results of this investigation are yet to be made known.Contacted, GWI has said no issue has been detected at the pump station suppling the affected areas. Officials reportedly believe there might have been a breakage in the water distribution network, and GWI had assured residents that a team of engineers would be assigned to investigate the situation. To date, however, the unsatisfactory situation persists.“The water pressure has been so low that I had to loose down my pipe from the stand to get (it) to a lower height, and then I use small containers to literally place on the ground to get a little water. That’s how desperate I am…“Doing that takes me a good 30 minutes to get a small bucket of water… It is very frustrating, and today (Sunday) no water at all (has flowed). I don’t know how much more of this I can take. This is the weekend, when I need to get all of my chores done before the new week. Now all of my dirty clothes pile up, my house is a mess…I don’t have water to do anything,” one DeKinderen resident complained.Another DeKinderen resident had recently complained of having to purchase water in order to complete chores. According to that woman, she is currently constructing a home and, as such, the water system is the only means by which she can get water.“I don’t have any water tanks or water barrels or anything at the moment, so I have no other means of getting water other than from the pipes. And since they aren’t working, I literally have to purchase bottled water to shower and do dishes and so on, and that is not cheap at all! It’s a struggle,” that resident complained.“You know how I get water right now? When the pipe come on, I does full up a barrel, because I know it don’t stay on too long… Imagine, this is what we paying for, and GWI don’t make joke to send water bill. Every month it reaching at your house right on time,” Victor, a Meten-Meer-Zorg resident, noted.The affected residents are calling on GWI to quickly identify and fix the problem, so they might be relieved of this burdensome situation.last_img read more

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Specialised drug court launched; offenders can now choose prison or treatment

first_img– participants to undergo counselling, random drug tests, among other measuresBy Jarryl BryanA specialised drug offences court, the first of its kind in Guyana, was commissioned with the backing of multiple stakeholders on Monday, with Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonnette Cummings-Edwards explaining that drug offenders will now be given a choice to fix their lives.Chancellor Cummings-Edwards cuts the ribbon, while (from immediate left) Ministers Khemraj Ramjattan and Basil Williams and Chief Justice Roxane GeorgThe new court will be housed in the lower flat of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, at the Brickdam entrance. It will feature a drug treatment team that includes Magistrates, State Counsels, a legal aid attorney and a probation officer.In explaining how it works, Chancellor Cummings-Edwards noted that offenders will get to choose to do community service or enter a drug rehabilitation programme. She noted that participants first have to sign an agreement, which binds them to follow certain rules including regular attendance of the programme and submitting to random drug tests.“Once the offender comes to the court, and the offender pleads guilty or is found guilty by the Magistrate, that offender is provided with the option to accept a custodial sentence or to enter a treatment programme which the drug court provides, as an alternative to incarceration.”Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonnette Cummings-Edwards“Participation in that treatment programme is voluntary… the programme will provide treatment tailored to the needs of the participants. Some of the key interventions are educational sessions, one to one counselling, group counselling, treatment recovery plan, reintegration, post-graduation plans.”She cited the Phoenix Recovery Centre and the Salvation Army as two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) that are providing their services to ensure the rehabilitation of these drug users.According to the Chancellor, the court will also work alongside these organisations to ensure the success of the programme. Edwards also explained the disadvantage of incarcerating drug users without addressing the underlying issues.“We have come to the realisation that many offenders have a substance use disorder. Some even have mental health disorders. The grim reality is when these offenders are charged and found guilty, they’re likely to be incarcerated.”“While in prison, the drug problem remains. When they’re discharged, they go back to base as before. And then reappear in the courts with similar offences and are labelled recidivists,” she said.RehabilitationOAS representative to Guyana, Jean Ricot DormeusThe question of whether offenders can indeed be rehabilitated was answered by Organisation of American States (OAS) representative to Guyana, Jean Ricot Dormeus, who played a key role in collaboration with the Government in implementing the drug rehabilitation court. He noted that Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, recently highlighted cases of rehabilitated prisoners.“I discussed the topic with Director Samuels. And he referred to several rehabilitation successes, including a man I met afterwards. He was deported from Canada, went through a hard rending lifestyle in Guyana, served jail time. He has been rehabilitated and is currently supporting the Ministry of Health. Can we achieve rehabilitation? Of course.”“As I was visiting [Phoenix home], I met a woman who fell into the grips of addiction. As a result, her family became dysfunctional, she engaged in [a destitute] life for 17 years, even sleeping on the tombs of Le Repentir Cemetery. After an old friend would not give up on her and took her to Phoenix, she was rehabilitated and is now helping others get their lives back.”He spoke of another individual who holds a Master’s Degree, lectured and even worked on Wall Street, the United States’ financial capital. According to Ricot Dormeus, this man too fell into addiction.“He was deported to Guyana and led a [destitute] life for many years. His sisters signed him up for rehabilitation. After a long struggle and several relapses, he got rehabilitated. Now, he’s coaching addicts on how to overcome their plight and again become worthy members of society.”Earlier this year, a United States (US) State Department report had declared that while Guyana has a comprehensive drug demand reduction strategy, the use of drugs like marijuana and even cocaine is a growing domestic problem.According to the report, marijuana is the most commonly used drug. The document also reported seizures of synthetic drugs like Methylene-dioxyamphetamine (MDMA), most commonly known as “ecstasy”, and detailed Government’s response to the scourge.last_img read more

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Panel prescribes fix for mistakes in medication

first_imgAides to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the findings confirm the need for the governor’s health-care reform proposal. Some changes recommended by the panel – including getting all physicians and pharmacies to electronically transmit prescriptions – are part of the plan. “It’s really an outrage that actions, such as those recommended by the panel, have not already been taken,” said former San Francisco state Sen. Jackie Speier, who sponsored the bill establishing the panel for the California Pharmacists Association. “The recommendations will save the lives of thousands of Californians and should be incorporated into legislation without delay.” Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, is sponsoring a bill that would require pharmacies to issue labels in the patient’s language and regulate the size of printing on pill bottles. The governor also has signed an executive order to complete electronic health data exchanges in the next decade, aides said. “No one should suffer from errors in the improper prescribing, dispensing or use of medication, or suffer from unnecessary health care-acquired infections,” said Kim Belshe, secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency. Medication errors contribute to the illness or death of 150,000 Californians every year and cost more than $17 billion, according to a yearlong study released Wednesday. The state Medication Errors Panel found the risk of medication errors in everything from prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, using and monitoring. And the panel – which held a dozen hearings with doctors, pharmacists, government regulators and others – issued a dozen recommendations for improving medication usage. Recommendations include more informative labeling on prescription bottles, better consumer education, better training for pharmacy workers and bolstered government oversight. (916) 447-9302160Want 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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Some of the best reaction from the World Cup 2018 qualification draw

first_img1 The World Cup 2018 qualifying draw in St Petersburg pitted England against the Auld enemy Scotland for the first time in a proper World Cup draw.The two home nations were drawn in Group F along with Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and MaltaChris Coleman’s Wales will fancy their chances of – they are in Group D where Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova and Georgia present strong opposition but none of them have a superstar like Gareth Bale in their ranks.But what do the fans think? You can see some of the best reaction from the draw below… World Cup draw in St Petersburg last_img read more

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L.A. County’s largest labor federation wants support in exchange for backing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“What risks do politicians take in standing up for heroic workers? Do they risk their re-elections or their comfortable lives they live in largely safe, Democratic districts where our members … make up the majority of voters? Or do they risk their ability to solicit generous political donations from wealthy big business and corporate special interests?” Election year important Durazo did not single out specific elected officials, but spokeswoman Mary Gutierrez said she was referring to all lawmakers who have voted against the union on issues including tribal gaming compacts and health-care reform. The pressure comes as labor seeks to use an election year to boost gains in its demands for better pay and benefits for workers. “Each contract is unique and every union is different,” Durazo said. “But there is a commonality of interests and concerns. Workers are not looking at breaking new ground. Their basic goals are better wages and holding on to their hard-won health-care and pension protections.” In a fiery, fist-pounding speech, the leader of Los Angeles County’s largest labor organization issued a warning Monday to elected officials that unions want to see firm support for labor efforts in return for backing in the upcoming elections. The strident challenge came as contracts are set to be negotiated next year for 30 unions covering 350,000 workers ranging from actors and longshoremen to home-care workers, teachers and janitors. Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, told some 1,000 delegates at the group’s second annual congress that labor is in no mood for being used for political purposes. “Truth be told, we have a lot of fake political friends and precious few real ones,” Durazo said. “How many times do we hear our political friends tell us, `I can be with you on some issues but not on others.’ Or, `You don’t understand the pressure I’m under.’ Durazo said contract negotiations will be designed to save and build the middle class. “Our fight for good jobs doesn’t just benefit union members,” she said. “The community realizes the benefits of our fight for good jobs.” A $3-an-hour increase in wages and health benefits for security workers translates into a $150million investment in the city, she said. Durazo said the union is planning a 28-mile march from Hollywood to the ports this spring to focus public attention on contract issues. And she said labor will launch an aggressive political campaign. “Every resource we spend on politics will help us win contracts,” she said. “Every organizing resource will help us win political races.” In addition to state and federal legislative contests this coming year, Durazo said the County Fed wants to play a major role in the race for the 2nd Supervisorial District seat, which retiring Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke is vacating. The two major candidates for the seat are Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles. Ridley-Thomas already has received the backing of the SEIU, Local 721, which represents city workers. Union invites mayor Officials said Durazo hopes to have the County Fed issue an endorsement before the end of the year. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was one of two officials, along with State Controller John Chiang, invited to appear before the delegates. Villaraigosa, a former union organizer, pledged to continue to back union efforts, including requiring labor agreements for major developments, backing a living wage for workers and developing training programs for minorities to prepare for union construction jobs. “The fact of the matter is that anyone who understands what America is about understands it is because of our middle class – a middle class built largely by the labor movement,” Villaraigosa said. “We should share the idea that as we grow and prosper as a city, everyone benefits from it. That’s what the labor movement is all about. I say yes to an L.A. where we are all growing and prospering together.” As part of Monday’s gathering, the County Fed released a study by the Economic Roundtable on the impact of the labor movement in Los Angeles. It estimated there are more than 818,000 union workers in the county accounting for 15percent of the total work force. Union membership has remained relatively flat since 1990 and union workers are paid an average of $41,000 per year, higher than the average for nonunion members, the study said. Even with that, however, the study noted that per-capita income in the county is below the state average and continuing to decline despite the rising costs of living. 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Vote … again!

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Seen any campaign commercials yet? Yes, we just had a statewide election, but more are right around the corner. There are primaries in June and a general election in November, with hundreds of candidates and propositions on the ballot. After six elections over the past four years, Californians might be experiencing a little election fatigue, but there’s no rest for the weary. Don’t let it get you down. To get a sense of perspective on Election 2006, just think back to those images of voters in Iraq risking their lives to help form their government. If our biggest problem is too many elections, then we’re a fortunate people, indeed.last_img read more

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Harps draw with Fanad in friendly run-out

first_imgA Finn Harps side featuring a mixture of the club’s U17 and U19 players had a useful friendly fixture against Ulster Senior League Fanad United on Monday night in Traigalough. Jeaic McKelvey, a member of Declan Boyle’s U17s and who has also featured for the U19s, got one of the goals.The other was scored by Luke Nelis a member of Joe Boyle’s U19 squad. This Saturday the Harps U17s travel to take on Dundalk at Oriel Park (kick-off 2.00). The U19s are not in action until Saturday week with a home fixture against Bohemians.Harps draw with Fanad in friendly run-out was last modified: August 16th, 2016 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

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first_imgTHE French crook who swindled millions of euro out of gullible Donegal investors has had €4.65M seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau.Francois de Dietrich, who ran his scam from Ballybofey offices, has already had more than €20M seized in the North.The money seized by CAB was uncovered in 11 bank accounts in the State, Belgium, Estonia and Luxembourg following a year-long investigation by the them, the garda fraud bureau and international authorities. Donegal people will now be paid back some of their investment on a pro-rata basis when PricewaterhouseCoopers, which was appointed liquidator on both sides of the Border to Etic Solutions Ltd, owned by Mr De Dietrich, has completed its inquiries.The probe, which also involved the PSNI, the Financial Services Authority in the UK and police forces in Estonia, Belgium and Luxembourg, identified 400 investors in Etic Solutions.Inquiries established that many of the investors were still awaiting a return. Advertisement The Ballybofey company was put in liquidation and Mr De Dietrich left Donegal. He is hiding in France.Despite the latest revelations, roly-poly crook Francois says he’s innocent. CROOK AND THIEF FRANCOIS LOSES ANOTHER €4.6M was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:crookFrancois de Dietrichfraudsterlast_img read more

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