Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDebuting for the first time in the national colors, Isaiah Austin will be front and center for Chooks-to-Go Gilas Pilipinas when it wages war against club teams in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup.The 7-foot-1 center headlines the 12-man roster coach Chot Reyes will be banking on Chenzhou, China from September 22 to 30.ADVERTISEMENT Austin arrived in the country last week to join the PH team and is one of the prospective naturalization candidates for Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) moving forward.Also, fresh from winning his fourth gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Kiefer Ravena has been called up anew for national team duty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCarl Bryan Cruz will also be a part of the team after impressive showings in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 SEA Games, together with cadets Raymar Jose and Almond Vosotros.Gilas pool members LA Revilla and Norbert Torres were also tabbed to bolster the team. DAY6 is for everybody View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault Big names like Calvin Abueva and Terrence Romeo were absent in the list as Reyes could not get a clearance from the players’ mother ballclubs despite Alaska and GlobalPort already being booted out in the playoff race of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Chooks-To-Go PH is slotted in Group A and will play ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine in the group stages.Advancing to the latter stages could also mean a collision course against Filipino naturalized player Andray Blatche, who is suiting up for his mother ballclub Xinjiang Flying Tigers of China.Gilas is set to leave for Chenzhou on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Teaming up for the first time since their days in Xavier School, brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng will also be in the fold.Completing the squad are UP swingman Jett Manuel, TNT guard Alfrancis Tamsi, and Congolese big man Rod Ebondo of CEU, who will act as the team’s second import in lieu of UP’s Bright Akhuetie, who failed to secure a clearance from the UAAP.Flying V’s Gab Banal and AMA’s Andre Paras will also join the team in the tournament as the squad’s reserves.Sources close to the situation bared the roster. Gilas submitted the list on Monday.Reyes and Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas will make the official announcement during the team’s sendoff on Tuesday at Discovery Suites Hotel in Mandaluyong.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide
Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMarck Espejo compiled a resume worthy of envy when he was playing in the UAAP men’s volleyball tournament, and after five years with Ateneo he is ready to take his talents to the “Land of the Rising Sun.”The five-time UAAP MVP signed a one-year contract with Japanese club team Oita Miyoshi Aeisse Adler in the V.League, Japan’s top-tier volleyball association.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The White Eagles then took Espejo on a tour of the club’s home in Oita prefecture that also included glimpse of the Japanese culture that he is soon set to partake in his professional career.Espejo, who will return to the Philippines for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, admitted that what he did in the Philippines is not enough for him to make an impact in Japan and that he need to work doubly hard if he plans to establish himself in the V.League.“I will work harder because the level of play here in the Philippines and in Japan is vastly different,” said Espejo. “Japan is on another level than the Philippines and I know what I did here is not enough.”ADVERTISEMENT “One of the highest goals an athlete here in the Philippines is to play abroad,” said Espejo in Filipino at Buffalo Wild Wings in Conrad Manila. “I feel really happy right now and of course I have the jitters.”Espejo was the anchor of Ateneo’s championship-winning run in the UAAP that produced three titles in five years and thus cementing the Blue Eagles as a premier power in the collegiate circuit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownApart from his five MVPs, Espejo was also a Rookie of the Year, a four-time Best Attacker, a two-time Best Server, and a two-time Best Scorer for the Blue Eagles.Espejo said he first got acquainted with the White Eagles when University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu, who once worked with Oita Miyoshi, recommended him to the Japanese club. Thompson hot hand carries Warriors into Game 7 with Rockets Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls
Dear Editor,There is something amiss at Digicel, the international service provider which boasts of the high quality of service it provides to its clients in Guyana. While it may be true there are some areas of its service which it can take comfort in, for as long as the big wigs in the company continue to deny the existence of a scam within the organization, which has seen a number of its clients being denied the benefit of “Top Up” credit purchased for their individual phones, the credibility of Digicel will, in my estimation, be forever tarnished.It is known that I regularly appear as a guest on a programme – Walter Rodney Groundings (WRG) – which is aired on HBTV CH9 on Sundays at 17.30h.A number of viewers of the programme have on occasion raised with me their concerns in respect to the purchasing of Digicel credit and not being able to benefit from it. I have been assured that complaints have been made periodically to Digicel, and these have been ignored. Along with other commentators on the WRG programme, calls have been made to Digicel to examine its operations and to remedy faults wherever they exist.Seemingly, nothing has been done by Digicel, and the complaints of being robbed of credit purchased from Digicel continue with some degree of regularity.Editor, if I had harboured any doubts about the validity of the complaints made to me, they would have disappeared as a result of having suffered the same experience and being exposed to the most unprofessional response by Digicel’s representatives at its office in Barrack Street, Kingston, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.My experience had its genesis in a purchase I made at approximately 9.15 am on Friday, May 4th, at one of Digicel’s authorized dealers on Regent Street Bourda, near to Light Street. I requested and received a receipt, #18834.After waiting several days for the credit and not receiving it, I rather foolishly assumed that the delay had to do with technical faults Digicel may have encountered, hence their inability to credit my account in a timely manner.I returned to the place of purchase, (Digicel on Regent Street), on Tuesday 8th May for an explanation for the delay in crediting my account. Some checks were made, and I was asked to visit the Kingston Office, where the problem would be rectified.When I arrived there, I was directed to an enclosure, and spoke to five members of staff, who did some initial checks and advised that within two hours of the purchase on Friday, May 4th, instructions were given by someone at Digicel to reverse the charges. I spent nearly two hours there, and tried unsuccessfully to speak with the senior staff member who I was told was looking into the problem.Eventually, I was told that within an hour, the credit would be sent to my phone. That was about noon on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. It is now more than nine days since I purchased the credit and five days since I was told by a representative of Digicel in Kingston that the “Top Up” would have been credited to my account, and nothing has been done. What is wrong with Digicel? Is it that they are fortified in their belief that genuine complaints made against them by aggrieved Guyanese clients will not be addressed by the competent authorities here? Digicel’s behaviour to their clients on this matter borders on contempt. I sense that in all of the complaints made against Digicel, none was accompanied by a receipt to prove the claim of wrongdoing on the part of Digicel officials, their staff and or franchise holders, who by their behaviour have made themselves complicit in what is taking place.My case presents a different scenario for Digicel. I have a receipt, which was shown to them, and they cannot ignore its existence, yet they refuse to act. It seems that Digicel have decided that the way to resolve this problem is to ignore it.In the process, they are saying, ‘To hell with those clients who have suffered as a result of the acts of dishonesty on the part of their members of staff or franchise holders’, if that is what the outlets are. This is the entity which is laying claim to greater market share in the industry. For what purpose? To further rip off Guyanese?I want to use this opportunity to signal to Digicel that I will not rest until I receive the credit I have purchased from their entity. I am warning you, Digicel, that I will do whatever I can, including picketing your Kingston office, to ensure I receive what is mine.Best regards,Desmond Trotman
By Andrew CarmichaelThousands converged on the streets of New Amsterdam as the curtains came down on Mashramani celebrations in East Berbice.The float parade in New Amsterdam comprised sections of the parade that were on the road in Georgetown on February 23rd buttressed by those that were put on the road as the town held its own Mash parade.The event was organized by the Regional Mashramani Committee under theMinistry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Region Six Administration.Many viewed this year’s parade as the biggest ever, and some have even said it was the biggest in decades.The parade commenced at 14:30 hours from Marks Bridge at the southern extremity of the town, and moved through Main Street at a snail’s pace, much to the delight of the crowd, to eventually make its way to the Matthew Allen Road.The four-hour tramp took a toll on some of the revellers. This was evident as many of them were not as energetic as when they started tramping. Among the groups participating in the parade were the Region Six Health Posse sponsored by the Regional Health Services Department. The posse portrayed the importance and benefits of a healthy lifestyle in a float designed by Maurice Moriah, which focused on care and prayer as key elements of having good health.The Regional Democratic Council led the procession with their float depicting unity through Caricom. The Ministry of the Presidency (President’s Youth Award (PYRG), the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, along with the GTT were all part of Berbice Mash 2018. The Ministry of Social Cohesion and ‘B’ Division Police, with a large contingent of revelers, did as they had planned to do: ‘Mash-upN/A’. Region Six Chairman David Armogan has said he was satisfied with the turnout.“The crowds that have come on the road today show the unity of the Guyana people. We see people of all different ethnic backgrounds out here today…and this is good; it shows that we are becoming a mature people (when) we can celebrate as a Guyanese people,” the Chairman said.The scene was a sea of colour that embraced the carnival atmosphere. The bands on the road that were strategically placed, along with those on the trucks, provided more than adequate music for the dancing thousands. The revellers tramped to a cacophony of sounds, gyrated to the music, and just let loose in every way. The Police were out in their numbers, too, along with motorcycle patrols that sought to preserve law and order along the Mash route.Shawn Sinclair from Essequibo said it was the first time she had come to Berbice for Mash.“I always hear about Berbice Mash, but this is the first time for me… I love it! I gotta come back next year,” she said. A friend who was with her said she was in Georgetown on February 23rd. “Georgetown Mash is joke to Berbice Mash!” she declared. Another group said that there seemed to be more people on the road in New Amsterdam than were on the roads in Georgetown. As the floats passed, thousands remained on the road and just ‘partied’.
As part of ensuring that medical facilities in far-flung and hinterland areas have their services boosted, medical-surgical outreaches are deemed necessary, so as to allow certain hospitals to have the support they need with specialised services.According to Director of Regional Health Services, Dr Kay Shako, a three-day surgical outreach will be taken to Region One (Barima-Waini), in particular, at the Kumaka District Hospital.Regional Health Services Director, Dr Kay ShakoThis outreach runs from September 6 to September 8, 2019.During a visit there earlier this week, she stated that there are a number of concerns to be addressed at this health facility and that while some of them can be taken care of almost immediately, others will take some time.“We want as much as possible [to] bring a number of services so that the people in Region One can benefit from them…of course, we will not only be having surgeries alone like obstetrics and gynaecology or orthopaedics but we also want to extend some of our medical services to you and we want to boost up your team,” she told medical staff at that hospital recently.According to Dr Shako, within that area in Region One, there are a number of women who need to undergo screening and other tests as it relates to cervical cancer, so that they can be aware of their health statuses.“…and that is why we want that to play a pivotal role during our medical-surgical outreaches. Also, we want to ensure that persons know their status as it relates to HIV. And you know that HIV and tuberculosis, they go together,” she said.Additionally, Dr Shako underscored the importance of good mental health, not only for patients who seek services at any health facility but also for medical personnel since their jobs can be very stressful and intense many times.“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is a state of physical, social and mental wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmities…We want to make sure that our healthcare staff who are serving the public, that they are okay mentally…we know that there are a number of social issues that are there that overwhelm persons and affect them from impacting or providing positive services to the wider population,” she noted.
Holland says even though this will be her first fight, she feels confident heading into the match.“I feel great, I feel really confident, and I have an awesome team and trainers backing me up.”She adds that while she likes to work the ground game, she isn’t afraid to stand toe to toe with someone either.- Advertisement -“I’m normally a grappler, but I’ve been working on my standup a lot. I feel good throwing my punches.”Holland says despite not knowing much about her opponent tonight, Jennifer Stumborg, it doesn’t change her thought process as she enters the cage.“It’s a learning experience, right? I love to do it. Why not go out there and battle it out?”Advertisement The fight will also be the first of Stumborg’s career as well.
Said Great Oak coach Bill Moyer of Green: “What year is that guy? He has some stuff going on. He’s got a nice touch around the basket.” Shermond Johnson added seven points for SBHS, which finishes the season at 11-15. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Great Oak (18-10) has impressive victories against both Temecula Valley and San Gorgonio this season. The Wolfpack led SBHS 38-25 at the half, then blew out the Cardinals by outscoring them 22-11 in the third quarter. Guard Lewis Green led Great Oak with 19 points. Junior 6-foot-5 center Faron Green had some bright moments for the Cardinals, scoring 19 points and collecting 10 rebounds. “I thought I played pretty well, but I missed too many shots,” Green said. SAN BERNARDINO – The San Bernardino boys basketball team’s first appearance in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs didn’t last long, as the Cardinals were blown out 79-49 by Temecula Great Oak on Wednesday night. The Cardinals had not been to the playoffs in eight years. “They had some good guards and they picked up the tempo on us,” SBHS coach Darin Graham said. “They’re good for a fourth-place team. They could give Colony some problems if Colony doesn’t come to play. “They established the tempo early and by the time we gathered ourselves, it was too late.”
The Los Angeles Police Department is losing millions of dollars to waste and inefficiency because of an antiquated fiscal management system that needs a complete overhaul, according to an audit released Monday. With a $1.1 billion annual budget and 13,382 employees, the LAPD is the largest city department and accounts for nearly 20 percent of the city’s total budget. But too often, fines are not collected, sworn officers are doing administrative work and there is little accountability over money management. In just one example, $7.7 million in false-alarm fees have not been collected over the past three years. “This audit reveals that many of the department’s business functions are stuck back in the 1950s,” said Controller Laura Chick, whose office conducted the audit. “Policing is not only exceedingly important in the city of Los Angeles, it’s exceedingly expensive. The only way to do it properly is to do it smart.” However, the LAPD has an added responsibility to ensure that public-safety dollars are well spent, according to the audit, especially as city residents began paying higher trash fees last year to hire 1,000 more officers. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he would ask the Police Commission to work with Bratton on an implementation plan for the Fiscal Operations Division overhaul. Councilman Bernard Parks, who heads the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee and is a former LAPD chief, said the department could benefit from new technology in financial management, but it’s up to the department to prioritize spending. “There are no lumps of money that are sitting around unused,” he said. “It’s going to be a very tight budget this year.” The audit found that the department is not raising and collecting the money it should. The millions uncollected from false burglar alarms is the most egregious example cited in the audit. Enacted in 2003 to recoup the cost of police time spent responding to false alarms, the fines cost property owners $115 for the first call and escalate by $50 for each subsequent call. The department has billed alarm owners $26.8 million but has only collected $16.5 million. Some of the fines have been waived, but the LAPD hasn’t gone after one-third of the outstanding bills. “Failure to enforce collection … may lead recipients to conclude collection efforts are a bluff,” according to the audit. The Police Commission is responsible for collecting false-alarm fees. The audit recommends that the city transfer that responsibility to the Fiscal Operations Division or hire an outside firm to bill and collect the fees. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The audit recommends a reorganization of the Fiscal Operations Division, the 90-person unit responsible for payroll, budget, financial audits and cost tracking. To start, the department needs a chief financial officer to oversee the money and report directly to the police chief. And the LAPD should have more trained financial civilians on staff and a stronger, more independent audit team. Chief William Bratton said he welcomed the audit and agreed with most of its recommendations. “The system has been pretty much operated the same way for many decades,” he said Monday at a news conference with Chick. “We will use the findings as a guide to better justify requests and make operations more efficient. As the department with the largest budget, we owe that to the other departments and the taxpayers.” Bratton and Chick said the LAPD is chronically understaffed, and modernizing its Fiscal Operations Division had taken a back seat to crime fighting.
The fundraiser includes a motorcycle ride, as well as a lunch, all for $5 and the donation of a toy for a child aged three months to 13 years old. Riders are asked to meet at Peace Country Meats in Fort St. John at 10 a.m. with the ride to begin at 11 a.m. All donations will be given to the Dawson Creek Hospital Foundation.- Advertisement –
1 Aston Villa misfit Darren Bent Aston Villa misfit Darren Bent is set to join Brighton on loan, according to reports.Iain Dowie told talkSPORT on Tuesday the 30-year-old has what it takes to be a top Premier League marksman again, but instead the striker looks likely to complete a move to the Championship side.It is thought Bent will make the Amex switch on an initial 28-day loan in the next 48 hours, and could then make his Seagulls debut against former Premier League outfit Fulham, where he spent last season on loan, on Saturday.Bent is Villa’s record signing but has found his playing time limited under Paul Lambert at Villa Park.He was sent on loan to Craven Cottage last season but failed to stop the London outfit’s relegation from the top flight.Bent joined Villa from Sunderland for a club record £24million in 2011 and has scored 25 goals in 72 games for the club.The former Tottenham player has made eight appearances for Villa this season, without scoring, and was a second-half substitute in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.He has been capped 13 times by England, scoring four goals, but has not played for the Three Lions since 2011.Brighton, managed by former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia, are 20th in the Championship, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.