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Jeron Teng back at Alaska practice to support team as recovery continues

first_imgTeng said he goes to the Aces’ practice at Gatorade Hoops Center when he gets the chance to show his support for his team, which currently sits with a 7-3 record at the second place in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I feel better, I’m recovering well and now I come here to practice but of course I still can’t practice with the team but I go here to show my support for them,” said Teng in Filipino.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 crown“Once in a while I come here, and just watch them at practice.”Teng had surgery a day after the incident and needed a month to go through his first phase of recovery before returning to the hospital for reassessment. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Maradona says he’s well after being treated at World Cup LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihancenter_img “Actually my stab wounds are still restricted and I’m not that mobile yet,” said Teng. “I’m just following the doctors’ orders.”“I’m just focusing on my recovery and at the same time show support to my teammates, be there even though I’m not practicing but just being there for support.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSlowly but surely, Jeron Teng is on his way to recovery.More than three weeks after getting into a stabbing incident in Bonifacio Global City, the Alaska rookie is back with the team and although he still can’t participate in basketball drills he’s doing what he can to get back to playing shape.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

La Grange/Nismes groups confident of clean sweep

first_imgNomination Day 2018It was all high praises for the Returning Officer in the La Grange/Nismes Electoral District for ensuring that process of submitting the lists of candidates contesting the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) was one that was thorough and smooth.At 14:00h on Friday, the nomination process closed with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) contesting the seven constituencies in the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). The PPP representatives said they are all confident of a clean sweep in the six constituencies they are contesting.Heading the PPP delegation was Anjanie Narine who said the nomination process was the same as last LGE; however, one concern was the number of representatives allowed to hand over the list of candidates.“The last election they had allowed the contingent of all the candidates that areThe PPP candidates and supporters at the La Grange/Nismes NDC Office prior to submitting their list of candidatescontesting to witness the presentation of the list and this year they did not allow that but a few of us alone. That’s one thing and that’s a concern actually and we need to sort that out at GECOM,” she said.The PPP’s list was accepted with no difficulties as well as APNU’s. The La Grange/Nismes NDC district had some nine constituencies but because of the recent downsizing by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, the number was reduced to seven. The APNU are contesting four of those constituencies while the PPP is aiming for six.“We are expecting a clean sweep. We are expecting to win the two Bagotville and Nismes constituencies because we have had favourable responses from theAnjanie Narine presenting the PPP’s list of candidates to the Returning Officerresidents there and we have contested those and lost it last Local Government Elections. Two of the constituencies are unopposed and APNU is contesting two but we are certain of winning them,” Narine said.Narine related that they have already begun campaigning and are expected to intensify the house-to-house campaigning. She said the main focus is to ensure their constituents are educated about the importance of local governance.APNU was the first party to present their list of candidates but their representative declined to offer a comment to the media. They were followed by the PPP and the United Republic Party (URP) but the URP bowed out of the race at the last moment.last_img read more

New group looking to knockout mainstream political parties

first_img…as EBD Nomination Day goes smoothly By Vahnu ManikchandTired of promises from political parties, some frustrated residents from the Grove and Diamond communities on the East Bank of Demerara decided to take matters into their own hands and have formed the People’s Village Movement (PVM) to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).On Friday, political parties and independent groups as well as individuals across the country flocked the offices of the Returning Officer within their Local Authority Areas to submit their lists of candidates for the November 12 Local Government polls. On the East Bank of Demerara, the process went fairly smoothly at the various locations.The newly formed PVM members as they head into to submit their lists of candidates for the upcoming LGEsPrior to submitting the list for his newly formed “movement”, PVM leader, Gerald Forde, told Guyana Times that the group is learning from the mistakes of larger political parties and is aiming to take a hands-on approach to tackle issues affecting the communities. In fact, he said the Movement has already had a community cleaning-up exercise.According to Forde, while it is generally believed that Local Government is just about cleaning drains and parapets, the PVM will be focusing on other aspects of Local Government such as employment creation, taking care of vulnerable people, tackling crime and turning the area into a hub.APNU candidates were satisfied with the process after submitting their list for the Eccles/Ramsburg Local Authority AreaMoreover, the PVM leader posited that they have also been working on getting youth involved in the movement. Being 28-year-old himself, Forde explained the importance of this since the youths are considered the leaders of tomorrow.However, he did point out that it is proving to be a challenge to get young people involved.Of the nine constituencies under this Local Government Authority, the PVM is contesting in five of them. They were the last to submit their list to the Returning Officer at the New Grove Primary School on Friday morning.PPP submissionMeanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) turned up with an entourage at the location and was the first to submit their list, which was accepted after vetting by the Returning Officer.Heman Ramphal told Guyana Times that they were generally satisfied with the process, which took about 20 minutes. According to the current Grove/Diamond NDC Councillor, the party is confident about regaining majority seats at this year’s Local Government polls. In fact, he posited that they are expecting to win at least 15 of the 18 seats compared to 12 seats won at the 2016 LGEs.Unlike the PPP, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU’s) list for that area was submitted by two representatives.EcclesMeanwhile, at the Eccles/Ramsburg Local Authority Area, the APNU list was presented to the Returning Officer at the Peter’s Hall Primary School just before midday and included in that team was Attorney James Bond, who related that the process there was also satisfactory. However, Bond did recommend for the Elections Commission to go paperless, saying that there was unnecessary wastage of paper.“It is a complete waste of paper, time, energy, ink and resources. It will be easier for both us the parties as well as GECOM if we can just bring the photos on a flashdrive… We need to go paperless and we have get modernised in this country, it’s not too late,” he insisted.last_img read more

Govt concedes to public pressure: VAT on education removed

first_imgBudget 2018…pensioners get $500 increase…countrywide rates and taxes may increaseBy Samuel SukhnandanAfter months of public pressure from parents, civil society and the Opposition, Government has announced plans to remove the Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education, which will take effect from January 1, 2018.The announcement was made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during his presentation of Budget 2018 in the National Assembly, who said the decision was based on representations made.Former Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnarine congradulates Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Budget 2018The concerns and protests against the 14 per cent imposition of VAT on private education tuition fees had prompted the Government to meet with parents and guardians in April.However, the decision was never withdrawn, and President David Granger later stated that the imposed VAT was a means by which Government widened its revenue and tax base.The President had explained that Government has to find $30 billion for education and these funds were sourced from taxation. But many persons had argued that it was unfair.Jordan said Government would lose $342 million now that the tax has been removed. “At the same time, efforts will continue by the GRA [Guyana Revenue Authority] to ensure these institutions become tax compliant,” he said.Meanwhile, the Finance Minister also announced that the tributors tax on gold miners has been slashed from 20 per cent to 10 per cent, and they would still be required to file annual tax returns.Jordan said this decision was made following representation by the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), who had also met with the Opposition to raise their concerns.“Both the GRA and the GGMC will intensify their efforts to bring operators in the industry within the tax net. Replacement of the current two per cent of the gross proceeds regime with a sliding scale percentage that is based on the price of gold,” the Minister explained, providing specific guidelines.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had called on Government to reverse the tax measures implemented by the Government on the mining industry, dubbing the taxation policy “draconian”.Further, Government announced plans to conduct a countrywide valuation exercise to bring all property values up to date; as such, this could mean that rates and taxes may be increased.Minister Jordan told the National Assembly on Monday that the valuation was aimed at helping town councils get sufficient cash to deliver quality services.He noted that “outdated land values must be addressed” and that was one reason for Government allocating $2.9 billion towards helping to prepare for the next local polls due in December 2018.BenefitsDespite these new measures, Budget 2018 contained very few benefits, one being the increase of Old Age Pension from $19,000 to $19,500, a 2.6 per cent increase. Minister Jordan noted that this increase represented an almost 49 per cent rise in just two and a half years.The Minister also reminded that pensioners were relieved from the payment of departure tax, driver’s licence and passport fees. Additionally, he announced that public assistance would be increased to $8000, which represents an approximately 36 per cent increase over the period of two and a half years.Teachers who work in interior locations will also benefit from the new measures to be implemented for Budget 2018, and these include an 80 per cent increase in remote area incentives.The Finance Minister said this increase was aimed at cushioning the impact of the high cost of living in those regions. He noted that ensuring the availability of good teachers was vital for education advancement.In an effort to move and retain teachers in far-flung areas of Guyana, he said the remote area incentive would be increased from $5000 to $7000 and from $9000 to $12,000.AmnestyMeanwhile, companies and individuals will be granted amnesty to file outstanding tax returns in 2018. But Minister Jordan warned that if bogus returns were filed, individuals and companies would be penalised.“Taxpayers who expect to benefit from this amnesty must file true and correct returns. Those found to be in violation will be subject to an audit and the attendant penalties and interest will be applied,” he said.He said all corporate and individual taxpayers who have not yet filed true and correct tax returns and paid their taxes would have between January 1 and September 30, 2018 to do so.He explained that taxpayers who file and pay all principal taxes on or before June 30, 2018, would have all interest and penalties waived. Those, he said, who file and pay all principal taxes between July 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 would get 50 per cent of interest and penalties waived.In relation to provisional licences, Jordan announced a temporary removal of the administrative procedure to be granted licences mainly for small businesses such as grocery shops and snackettes.“After careful consideration of the current requirements, I propose that a provisional licence be issued for a period not exceeding two years…” he said.The Finance Minister stressed that upon expiration of the provisional licence, no extension would be granted. This measure takes effect from January 1, 2018.last_img read more

‘Articulate’ one of many slights

first_imgBLACK History Month kicked off with me getting pulled over for a DUI investigation. While I wasn’t speeding or driving erratically, the California Highway Patrol officer was nevertheless inquisitive as to why my SUV kept weaving two inches past the white solid line to my right. Now granted, I was tired and anxious to get home. Listening to jazz and contemplating how I would ensure that my boys were adequately exposed to their culture over the next 27 days, I truly was driving while black. But my grandiose ideas came to a halt when I saw those red lights in the rear. Even with my two degrees, eight years as a prosecutor and seven years as a judge, I still get uncomfortable whenever I encounter law enforcement on the street. Not that I had any reason to be uneasy. I am one of those “clean and articulate” brothers. The type who understands that when such a compliment is extended by someone – usually nonblack – that the person is often oblivious as to why I would be left feeling slighted. But the slight is real. As real as being forced to walk a straight line, count silently for 30 seconds, and explain that the substance in the oversized cup in the center console is nothing more than water. It was at this exact moment that I found myself excited about Sen. Barack Obama’s plans to run for president in 2008. Obama is a competent, qualified brother trying to make history and change the world. When Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden referred to Obama as “clean and articulate,” it was the equivalent of stepping into a racial and political hornet’s nest. Taking a page from the Will Smith/Tiger Woods playbook, however, Obama punted – realizing that not responding to being “clean and articulate” is without question the new black. Getting angry over a sentence that usually ends with “for a black man” is so ’70s. Ask anyone progressive and they will tell you, being ghetto and angry is out. It’s pass . During my ordeal, I told the officer that while I couldn’t help but feel that had he not pulled over an African-American male, at night, on a relatively dark street, in a luxury vehicle, the whole process would not have been as prolonged. “You being black had nothing to do with it,” the officer insisted. “I’m just thorough. Besides, you were initially very aggressive towards me.” “Aggressive” is another word that carries with it more significance for a black man facing possible criminal charges than the patrolman could probably fathom. But unlike Biden, this officer was not inclined to apologize, although he did ultimately concede that racial profiling still exists, and that not being sufficiently deferential during a custodial investigative stop is not the same as being aggressive. On Super Bowl Sunday all I kept thinking was how incredible it was to lie on the sofa with my boys, watching two black coaches make history. Both Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith were classy, smooth, impressive and a credit to fellow African-Americans in the same vein as Barack Obama is and will be. Not to mention clean and articulate. But then again, I can say that. Former L.A. Superior Court Judge Kevin Ross is a writer and political commentator.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

African players in Europe: Gervinho stars, Salah struggles

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah again struggled to find the net as Liverpool drew at Chelsea © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASPARIS, France, Oct 1 – Ivorian Gervinho caught the eye among the African stars in Europe for a second successive weekend as Egyptian Mohamed Salah struggled to replicate his form of last season.Former Arsenal winger Gervinho followed up an Italian Serie A wonder goal in the previous round by notching the winner for Parma against Empoli. Salah, the leading 2017/2018 English Premier League scorer with 32 goals, missed several chances for Liverpool before being substituted in a draw at Chelsea.EnglandALEX IWOBI (Arsenal)The Nigerian came off the bench in place of Aaron Ramsey, in the 64th minute and was soon making his presence felt as Arsenal scored twice late on to beat Watford 2-0.It was from his cross that Watford’s Craig Cathcart put the ball into his own net in the 81st minute.And two minutes later, Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette played a neat one-two that ended with Mesut Ozil bundling the ball home.MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)He is not the first striker to falter while trying to back-up a brilliant season and the Egyptian’s struggles continued in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea that ended Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League campaign.Salah showed plenty of speed and purpose at Stamford Bridge, but missed several chances and was substituted in the 66th minute.IDRISSA GUEYE (Everton)The defensive midfielder from Senegal played his part in helping the Toffees keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 win at home to Fulham — Everton’s first league victory in six weeks.ItalyFRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Ivorian midfielder Kessie played a key role as AC Milan bounced back from three consecutive stalemates with a 4-1 win which prevented Sassuolo moving second in Serie A.Kessie opened the scoring after 39 minutes when he went on a powerful sole run from inside his own half, splitting the Sassuolo defence with a low drive for his second league goal this season. It gave mid-table Milan just their second win of the season.GERVINHO (Parma)Ivory Coast international Gervinho scored his third goal in five games as Parma edged Empoli 1-0 in a showdown between promoted teams.Gervinho scored the only goal after 33 minutes from n Antonino Barilla ball, breaking through to beat Pietro Terracciano at the near post in the Empoli goal.The 31-year-old former Arsenal player was substituted as a precaution five minutes after the break with a muscular problem.GermanySALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)The Ivorian forward played a decisive role in his side’s shock 2-0 defeat of champions Bayern Munich.Hertha took the lead from a penalty after Kalou was brought down by Jerome Boateng, and the 33-year-old was later involved in the build-up to Hertha’s second goal.HAMZA MENDYL (Schalke)The Moroccan defender put in a crucial block to deny Jean-Philippe Mateta a stoppage-time equaliser for Mainz as Schalke held on to 1-0 lead to pick up a much needed first win of the season.FranceNicolas Pepe converted a penalty for Lille to score his fifth goal of the season © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENNICOLAS PEPE (Lille)The 23-year-old Ivory Coast winger was a handful for a flat-footed Marseille defence in his team’s 3-0 win as Lille moved into second place in Ligue 1.France-born Pepe opened the scoring in the 65th minute when he scored a penalty having been brought down by goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. Pepe now has five league goals this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

He should be SACKED! Man City fans turn on Pellegrini after Spurs shocker

first_img Manuel Pellegrini 1 All was well at Manchester City two weeks ago after they had stormed to six straight wins.But it’s not looking so good for them now after they crashed to a second consecutive Premier League defeat on Saturday, with Tottenham putting FOUR past them at White Hart Lane in the lunchtime kick-off.For many City fans, their disappointing turnaround in form is down to one man – Manuel Pellegrini – with his decision to leave Joe Hart on the bench drawing huge criticism. Some even believe the Chilean should be SACKED. See some of the best reaction to City’s defeat at Tottenham below…last_img read more

Health care firm helps seniors

first_imgBUSINESS NAME: Senior Professional Services BUSINESS ADDRESS: 14417 Chase St. Suite 268, Panorama City PHONE: (818) 897-2831 FAX: (818) 892-7190 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant OWNER: David Enzer ESTABLISHED: 1995 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We represent health care providers to retirement homes, convalescent hospitals and board and care facilities. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I have been doing health care public relations for more than 30 years. The facilities I mentioned above have no source of referrals for health care providers. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? From the administrators of various facilities, retirement homes, etc. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Six months WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Public relations for a radiologist in Beverly Hills. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? $1,000 from savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? The administrators from the facilities. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? I know the marketplace, and I’m the only one representing a group of health care providers to the same market. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $60,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To expand to other counties. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699.160Want 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

GAA NEWS: MALIN NARROWLY EDGED OUT AT HOME TO ST EUNAN’S

first_imgMalin GAA News:ALL COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION 1Malin narrowly lost out to St Eunan’s yesterday afternoon on a scoreline of Malin 1-07 St Eunan’s 1-11.  UNDERAGECongratulations to the Under 10 Girls who came out on top of the U10A Inishowen Go Games Finals, beating Carndonagh in the final. Well Done to the all the players and their management. The Under 16 girls beat Urris  6:10 – 2:08.HURLINGWell Done to Danny McCarron who played for the Donegal Minors v Down at the weekend in the All Ireland B Quarter Finals. The final score was Donegal 4:03 Down 3:17. LOTTOThere was no winner of this weeks jackpot of €1950. The numbers drawn were 4-1-2-6-3-5-7 and the 50 euro winner was Jim Quigley, Carnmalin, Malin Head with the €20 sellers prize going to Seamus Doherty, Middletown. Next weeks jackpot is €2000.SHOPThe club shop is open every Saturday from 12.00 – 2.00and Sunday from 11.20 – 2.00 or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242 . The shop also has a great range of stock in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats and much more club merchandice.SYMPATHY The club would like to express their sympathy and condolences to Inishowen Board Chairman Gerard Callaghan and all the Callaghan family on the death of William Callaghan, may he rest in peace.GAA NEWS: MALIN NARROWLY EDGED OUT AT HOME TO ST EUNAN’S was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

DONEGAL NEEDS DEDICATED DIVISIONAL DRUGS UNIT – McDAID

first_imgCllr James Pat Mc Daid has written to the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald callling for a dedicated Garda Divisional Drugs Unit in Donegal.Cllr James Pat McDaidCllr. McDaid says that while the county has Gardai working in the areas of crime and drugs, there is a real crisis with the increased misuse of substances and this is coupled with a decreased number of Gardai in this county.Cllr.Mc Daid says he understands that Gardai numbers in Donegal have fallen significantly over the past five years with a drop that equates to 16%. He pointed out how the Glenties unit which used to cover the south west area is now based in Milford and that this simply is not acceptible.Cllr McDaid said: “It is imperative that extra Gardai are reinstated to tackle the drugs crisis. Milford is simply too far away to cover areas in the south west and Inishowen. There is lack of manpower in Letterkenny, Inishowen , the Border areas, Killybegs, Ardara, Dungloe, and Gweedore.“There is serious concerns about the supply and abuse of drugs and the reality is that there seems to be no problem in their availability.“The issue must be to track down the people who are pedalling the drugs. Donegal’s large coastline also adds to the problem given the amount of piers and harbours which leaves it more difficult to monitor. “Drugs are destroying the lives of too many young people and families nowadays and I feel very strongly that a designated drug unit must be provided to tackle the problem and meet the needs to minimise drug intake in this county.”DONEGAL NEEDS DEDICATED DIVISIONAL DRUGS UNIT – McDAID was last modified: September 9th, 2015 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:donegaldrugsGardailast_img read more