Not many Filipino sports fans had a better week than Alyssa Valdez.The Philippine volleyball superstar spent the last week in Charlotte, North Carolina for the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Heavyweights Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller hurl insults instead of leather 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Team LeBron rallied from 20 points down in the second half to beat Team Giannis in the All-Star Game with Kevin Durant winning his second All-Star Game MVP.As if being in the same room as some of the biggest Hollywood celebrities and best basketball players in the world aren’t enough, Valdez was also treated to an unforgettable halftime show performance by hip-hop star J.Cole.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Valdez shared the ultimate NBA experience with her former teammate Gretchen Ho as both lived the NBA fan’s dream.They also got to interact with several NBA stars and never missed a beat of the action from the side events starting with the Rising Stars, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk Contest to the All-Star Game. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
A Lindener who appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday was granted bail in the sum of ,000, after pleading not guilty to three separate charges of obtaining money by false pretence.It is alleged that the defendant Damion Jacobis, 36, on three separate occasions obtained $75,000 from virtual complainants (VCs) Lashan McDonald, Shemeca Bullen and Quianna Welcome, with the intent to commit fraud.The court heard that the defendant allegedly obtained money from the VCs while pretending that he was in a position to purchase land for them.The incidents are alleged to have occurred on Republic Avenue, Mackenzie, Linden on Saturday April 16.The defendant was granted $20,000 bail for each offence and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on August 24.
Agricola accident It has been close to two weeks since the truck driver involved in the Agricola accident, which claimed the life of a seven-year-old girl, was beaten severely by residents from the area.While the Guyana Police Force had dubbed vigilante justice as unacceptable and sought to go after these persons, they are yet to make any arrests.On Saturday, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman told Guyana Times that the matter is still being investigated.On June 3, the Commander was quoted as saying that once footage of the incident is looked at and the persons are identified, they will be prosecuted.“Once they are identified we will have them arrested. Everyone who is identified for assaulting the man, we will have them arrested. Despite the circumstances, they cannot beat someone, that is against the law”, he has claimed.The child, Ciara Benjamin, was attempting to cross the road with her aunt, Simone Barry, when she was struck by a truck, bearing registration plate GWW 962, driven by Danion Welcome. The truck remained fixed on the median with the child pinned underneath. A light pole was unearthed as a result of the impact and subsequently collapsed, ending up on the roadway.This publication understands that the driver of the truck, Danion Welcome, was severely beaten by residents from the area and later handed over to the police.After the scene was cleared, another unexpected tragedy arose when the lorry was set alight at about 18:10h, creating a towering inferno in the middle of the roadway.Welcome’s attorney, James Bond, has defended his client by saying that he was neither reckless nor negligent during the tragic accident.Commissioner Leslie James had told the media that they are reviewing the surveillance footage to determine who was at fault for the death of the seven-year-old child.He also encouraged civilians with information on the accident to come forward while denouncing the vigilante beating of the driver. He reiterated that those who were involved in the beating, once apprehended, will face the full brunt of the law.
– Chairman calls for enhanced monitoringRegion 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Chairman Renis Morian has announced that the time has come for enhanced monitoring of drugs at hospitals and health posts within the region. He made this assertion in response to the reports of drugRegion 10 Chairman Renis Morianshortages affecting health institutions within Region 10.On Thursday, while addressing Councillors and Regional officials at a statutory meeting, Morian revealed that major drugs were recently reported missing in the region. He said that while there have been drug shortages over the years; the issue needs to be addressed at some point. He also acknowledged that persons have requesting diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) medication in particular. He said too that while these cases have been reported, he has not received the information.“The thing that troubled me is that I am here and I never even knew that we had that kind of drug problem in Region 10…All the complaints come at my office, and I can’t give informed information to anybody, because I wasn’t told or notified that we had a drug shortage. So I’m like the chief sitting without an answer or a clue…Whenever there’s a shortage, the Chairman needs to know…,” Morian stated.The Regional Chairman however informed that there was a supply of medication delivered to the region last weekend, and he assured that the new Public Health Minister is addressing the countrywide issue.Councillor Gordon Callender, in addressing members of the Council, noted that while he understood that drugs were recently dispatched to the region, certain drugs were still unavailable. Expressing skepticism, Callender said he is certain that a trip to the Linden Hospital would reveal the unavailability of drugs. This, he said has serious effects on those persons who cannot afford to purchase such medication, especially those suffering from hypertension.“I am concerned…let us go to the hospital, you’ll find the amount of drugs that is missing from there or are short. But when you come out and you go to the various pharmacies that they have out here, they have all the drugs, but the Government institutions does not have it. Some persons, they don’t even have a penny to go and purchase these drugs out there. So, it is saying something to us, that by the time them people get money or by the time them drug people come, how many dead people we get…because this blood pressure thing is a very serious thing,” Callender added.He requested that an invitation be extended to the new Health Minister to meet with the RDC to address such issues.In response, the Regional Chairman said that while he cannot attest that all required medication was delivered to the region last weekend, the issue of drug shortages is currently being addressed by the Public Health Ministry.Meanwhile, Councillor Gregory Harris, who is attached to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), confirmed that there are occasional shortages and that the hospital does not always receive all of the requested medication, including insulin.Dr Harris further opined that a private entity within the region should be given the opportunity to assist in such times, since the hospital can then make purchases using emergency funds. Councillor Sandra Adams also added that there is a way in which the hospital can receive insulin for free, similarly to the way in which it is received at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
– Police hunting suspectA fire believed to be an act of arson destroyed a two-story building at Number 29 Village, West Coast Berbice, on Saturday leaving four persons homeless.The building was owned by retired teacher and community worker Marsha Gouveia but at the time of the fire, she was not at home.Marsha Gouveia speaking with Guyana Times on SundayHowever, she noted that prior to the house going up in flames, her husband had threatened to burn it down.According to Gouveia, on the day in question, she had to officiate a wedding and as such, she asked her husband, Errol Adams, if he wanted to go but he replied in the negative.“While I was officiating, the waitresses came to me and said ‘Teacher Marsh, your husband is molesting us’. When I looked out, I saw him in a short pants and a jersey whining up and down the place. As soon as I was finished, I went to him and the said ‘Errol, how could you do this to me’.”Gouveia noted that as soon as she was finished her part at the wedding, she went outside to her husband and told him that she was leaving.The building at Number 29 Village which was destroyed by fire on Saturday“When I reach home, he come and accused me, saying that I don’t want to walk with him when I see my men on the road.”According to her, it was at that time, he threatened to burn the house down. She noted that her husband had given her $15,000 and asked for her to return same.“With that, I grabbed the little boy and put him on my shoulder and run out of the house and come to my friends who are here from overseas”, the woman stated.Moments later, her husband arrived at the house, demanding his money but the upset woman promised to return the money the following morning.He, nevertheless, left in a rage and soon after, flames were seen emanating from her home. Adams was seen running away from the scene.According to Gouveia, Adams vowed several times to burn the building down. She added that she has been conducting free lessons for children in the community in spelling, reading and Mathematics.She lived with a daughter who is a primary school teacher and a great-nephew along with Adams. The woman estimated her losses at $15 million.Meanwhile, Police are on the hunt for Adams. The couple has been together for the past nine years.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — On July 9, 96 Street in Fort St. John will be transformed into a 1,000-foot slip-n-slide.Big Brothers Big Sisters announced today that they will be hosting the family event this summer, in a partnership with Fun City Sliders. The goal is to raise at least $20,000 to support the local programs — which run free of charge to local youth.“One thing I think many in the community are unaware of, is that we receive absolutely no government funding or monies from the national Big Brothers Big Sisters movement,” explains Executive Director, Danielle Armstrong. “All of our programs operate based on funds raised locally within our region and go right back into supporting the youth living in our communities.”- Advertisement -Tickets are limited, and special ticket discounts can be registered for on Fun City Sliders’s website. Big Brothers Big Sisters plans to release volunteer and sponsorship opportunities within the coming weeks.The event coincides with BBBS’s 32nd Anniversary, and will secure funds to support their ‘Go Girls’ and ‘Game On’ group mentoring programs.The two-lane slide is 6 metres wide. It has a thick layer of foam underneath it for soft landings and a catch pool at the end for easy stopping.Advertisement
0Shares0000Kevin de Bruyne predicts glittering future for English champions Manchester City under manager Pep Guardiola © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come under the astute leadership of Pep Guardiola.City were confirmed as English champions on Sunday with a record-equalling five games to spare after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion. Belgium midfielder De Bruyne has been one of the standout players in City’s record-breaking campaign, but he knows Guardiola was the mastermind behind their triumph.City’s top priority in the close-season will be securing the services of former Bayern Munich and Barcelona chief Guardiola, who also led his team to League Cup glory in February, for longer than the one year remaining on his contract.“Everyone knows he’s one of the best coaches in the world. To achieve what he has achieved in the game is special and to be part of a group of players led by him can only help us to keep developing,” De Bruyne said.“He came in two years ago and changed the way we play. That obviously takes time to adapt to but we’ve developed together and this season is a reward for all that work.“What we want to do now is continue playing the way we have this season and become even stronger. He’s a big part of that and hopefully these can be his first trophies of many here at City.”Backed by City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners, Guardiola has spent big money to bolster his squad and more reinforcements are likely to arrive before next season.But De Bruyne believes the current City squad is already well placed to build on this season’s achievements.“It’s no coincidence that the type of players brought in over the last year or two have all been of a similar age and we will look to build as a group together. The feeling amongst the squad is great,” he said.“We have enjoyed the season a lot but there is work to do if we want to achieve more in future. That can be the trickiest thing in football, to not only win but keep winning. Having such a young squad will hopefully help us to achieve that.”City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan also believes the foundations are in place for sustained success.The Germany international, who had been back in his homeland watching former club Borussia Dortmund play Schalke when he learned he was a Premier League winner, said: “Although some of our players have won it before, it’s our first title as a group of players under the new manager.“We have developed together and there is a lot of potential. What we all have to do now is to work hard and believe in our ability to keep succeeding.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
9. Football fans sit on the roof of a neighbouring tower block to watch the 1972 FA Cup tie with Hereford – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14 6. Legendary captain Bobby Moore trains on the Upton Park pitch in 1965 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 West Ham United’s 112-year stint at Upton Park comes to an end on Tuesday night as they play Manchester United in the Premier League.The scene of 2,398 matches, moments of joy, pain and celebration have been seen at the Boleyn Ground over the seasons.Across the Hammers’ spell on Green Street, players have come and gone, managers hired and fired, goals scored, shots saved, and heroes have written their name in history.It will be an emotional end for an incredible and atmospheric stadium. So, here at talkSPORT, we’ve got a little nostalgic and gathered up 14 amazing pictures of Upton Park through the years… 8. West Ham stars including Geoff Hurst and Billy Bonds form a wall in an FA Cup tie with Hereford in 1972 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 2. West Ham fans enter Upton Park for a match against Arsenal in 1930 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 1. West Ham captain George Kay on the Upton Park pitch in 1923 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 7. Actor Warren Mitchell, famed for playing West Ham fan Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part walks around Upton Park – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 10. Upton Park lit by a sunset in 1997 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14 3. West Ham star John Lyall attempts to tackle Arsenal’s Danny Clapton in 1962 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14 13. A view from inside Upton Park in 2015 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 11. The famous statue of West Ham’s 1966 World Cup winning stars Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst and Ray Wilson – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 12. The exterior of Upton Park in 2014 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 4. West Ham score a penalty against Sheffield United in 1964 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14. A view from pitchside at Upton Park in 2015 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 5. Legendary captain Bobby Moore trains on the Upton Park pitch in 1965 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14 14 14
County councillor Ian McGarvey has accused Donegal’s six TD’s of failing the county after he said there is a social housing crisis with close to 4,300 on waiting lists.Councillor Ian McGarveyAnd the former Mayor of Donegal has predicted that unless urgent funding is found, the crisis will escalate well beyond 5000 homeless families next year.Deputy Thomas Pringle agrees saying in Donegal, three houses have been built in the past three years. Cllr McGarvey told the Tirconail Tribune it is estimated that with the number of people in receipt of rent allowance for more than 18 months and who are prioritised under the housing policy it brings the number up to around 4,300 at the moment.Thomas Pringle said in his Dail comments: “The only reason we were able to get three houses built in three years was that they had already been tendered and contractors appointed when the Government slashed the programme. We had to fight to get those three approvals to go to construction; one per year for 2012, 2013 and 2014, for 4,300 people in need of housing assistance,” he said.Cllr. McGarvey said the official numbers on the Council’s waiting lists stands at 2750 but he believes there may be another thousand families in need.“But they do not meet the official guidelines laid down by the local authority and they are left high and dry,” said Cllr. McGarvey. At the moment the Council has a figure of 2216 applicants on qualified waiting lists with a further 341 on a rental allowance scheme along with a further 172 families availing of a leasing arrangement through the Council.McGarvey says that the Council has a serious lack of funding and only ten social housing units will be constructed in Donegal in 2015.The Ramelton Cllr. was recently told that the Council has plans in their current programme to construct ten houses in 2015. This includes a small housing development of six units in Letterkenny.Cllr. McGarvey has also criticised Government policy that has seen specific instance housing cancelled and funding for rural Farm cottages no longer an option.He says the situation is at crisis point with demand growing all the time. And he’s highlighted landlords putting rented properties on the market and tenants being notified to find alternative housing. This, says Cllr. McGarvey is down to the problem that second houses that are currently being rented out have attracted a list of extra charges and costs with property tax and water charges adding to the problem And in that situation, landlords are now selling of their houses because renting out is not worth the hassle given the diminishing returns they might earn. Deputy Thomas Pringle agrees. Speaking in the Dail on the issue of social housing last Spring, he said there is no escaping the fact that there is no political will to deal with the housing issue.Deputy Pringle said: “I do not believe in the way housing has been treated in recent years. The usual excuses that have been trotted out are that we have been in a very difficult financial situation, that we have been reliant on others to keep us going, and we blame Fianna Fáil for putting us in that situation. Clearly, the figures for social housing completions have declined from 6,600 in 2007 to 1,000 at the end of 2012 and have declined even further now as no new units are being built. Housing purchases decreased from 2,000 in 2007 to 56 at the end of September 2013 and local authority housing progression went from 7,700 in 2007 to zero in 2010. That shows the extent of the crisis because of the factors that have been outlined by other Deputies including the mortgage crisis, spiralling rents and people’s inability to provide for themselves.The number of people dependent on and seeking social housing has mushroomed and increased significantly. In Donegal, there are 2,600 people on the housing waiting list. It is estimated that with the number of people in receipt of rent allowance for more than 18 months and who are prioritised under the housing policy it brings the number up to approximately 4,300.In Donegal, under a leasing programme, 78 houses have been approved and under the NAMA scheme 59 houses have been deemed acceptable for social housing, but yet none of those houses has been completed and none of the transfers has been completed. There is a huge crisis in Donegal. There is a crisis in rural areas because of the decline in housing provision by local authorities which makes it very difficult for people to meet their accommodation needs. It appears to me that the main pitch of Government policy is to rely on the private sector through the rental accommodation scheme, through rent allowance and long-term leasing.It is time the position improved and it is time to start rolling out a building programme which deals with people’s housing needs. Such a programme could also help stimulate the local economy and local employment if the Government was creative and ensured that social clauses were included in the tendering contracts and ensured that the successful tenderers were compliant with all the labour law and the requirements for operating in the 26 counties The responses of the Minister for Social Protection and the Department around the issue of rent allowance are disgraceful. I hope when it comes under the housing sections of the local authorities that it will be dealt with more properly. The idea that the rental subsidy cannot be increased because it would increase the rent is completely wrong.All the Department of Social Protection has done is develop a black market for landlords because tenants have no choice but to put in the rent under the cap otherwise they will be refused rent allowance straight away and they have to pay, in cash, the difference to the landlords. That is what has happened right across the country. Every Deputy in the country would say that.The rent allowance also shows the complete failure of the private sector to deal with any of the housing issues because landlords will capitalise on it and use rent allowance. Many landlords will refuse to take rent allowance from clients, which is another unfair outcome of the operation of the system. That happens particularly in the cities but also in rural areas where landlords will refuse to accept rent allowance clients as tenants. Some of this may be due to the fact that their properties are not known about or registered but it is a huge problem,” added Deputy Pringle.LACK OF SOCIAL HOUSING IN DONEGAL A SCANDAL – McGARVEY was last modified: December 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Ian McGarveydonegalscandalsocial housing
A DONEGAL man charged with murdering four British soldiers in one of the most notorious IRA atrocities appeared in court in London today.John DowneyJohn Anthony Downey, of Ards, Creeslough, is accused of being responsible for the 1982 Hyde Park bomb. Downey (61) appeared in the Old Bailey where administrative details in the case were dealt with.He is accused of being responsible for the car bomb on South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park which killed four soldiers as they rode to the changing of the guard ceremony in Buckingham Palace.He is charged with the murders of four members of the Royal Household Cavalry and also an explosives offence.Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young were killed along with seven horses when a nail bomb exploded on July 20, 1982, as they rode from their barracks.Downey was arrested in Gatwick airport on May 19 and charged by the Metropolitan police a few days later with the four murders and another charge of causing an explosion likely to endanger life.Downey was previously granted bail subject to a series of conditions including providing £55,000 of bail money, wearing an electronic tag, living at a specified address with a curfew and reporting to a police station every day. He did not speak in court today apart from to confirm his name.His trial is set to begin on January 14th next.DONEGAL MAN APPEARS IN LONDON COURT ON BOMB CHARGES was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)