In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Serena happy to plant seed of doubt for Wimbledon rivals 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 LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Manny Pacquiao conquers highest peak in Maasim, Sarangani province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Winchell CamposManny Pacquiao showed his head trainer Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune a preview of what to expect in his ring return against Lucas Matthysse next month.Pacquiao on Tuesday flashed his deadly form when he rocked Gherich Chavez with a solid straight to the jaw during sparring that delighted Fernandez and Fortune.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a sign that Manny is trying to ask himself questions whether he still has it or not. That talks a lot about his warrior spirit,” said Fortune.‘The Fight of Champions,’ the biggest boxing event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since the great Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner in 1975 is less than three weeks away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I would say he is 85 already percent ready and we don’t want him to peak too soon,” said Fernandez.“He is right there where we want him to be right now,” said Fortune.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 crownPacquiao’s power and speed may have diminished in time but he remains one of the best-conditioned boxers.On Monday morning, Pacquiao conquered the steepest climb in Maasim, Sarangani province.
– Phoenix Recovery Project on a campaign to raise awarenessBy Rennella BourneIn observance of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is celebrated worldwide on June 26, local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Phoenix Recovery Project (PRP), has embarked on a campaign to raise awareness of the facility to rehabilitate persons who are victims of drug abuse.According to the PRP, in light of the prevailing drug abuse problem plaguing our society, efforts are being made to raise awareness of the existence of rehabilitation centres across the country for those seeking help.The PRP is the only rehabilitation residential centre that caters to both males and females in Guyana and is located in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.PRP Coordinator Clarence Young told Guyana Times that despite the International Day being observed, the NGO was unable to conduct any programmes that would deter drug abusers. “We had rigorous training with the staff, so unfortunately, we would not be keeping any programme to facilitate the day being observed; however, we are still keeping with the theme, “listen first” that we will apply here. We will use the theme sometime in the … week.”He noted that the Education Ministry had reached out to the rehabilitation centre requesting its partnership at some schools to speak on the topic of drug abuse.According to Young, the PRP opened its doors to the public in 2000, serving approximately 450 persons from then to the present. The PRP has a population of 22 residents – 6 females and 16 males.Young related that the success rate over the years at the rehabilitation centre was between 40 and 60 per cent. He said, “We don’t necessarily view relapse as a failure, because some persons [who relapsed] have fixed themselves up and have become successful.”The coordinator added that the clientele at the PRP usually fluctuated, but the centre remained optimistic towards rehabilitating many other drug abusers. After 17 years of being a drug addict, Sandra, who was known as “Granny” in the streets of Albouystown, is now one of the many recovered drug abusers PRP has produced.For 17 years, Sandra felt the brunt of the effects of the most debilitating substances, which left many persons battered and unchanging.Young told this publication that Sandra was doing excellently and has returned to normalcy. “She has been clean of drugs for eight years now and has become an employee of the same rehabilitation centre.”
…remanded to prisonA miner who denied that he had an illegal gun along with ammunition in his possession was on Wednesday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Linton Trotman denied that on September 24, 2018 at Sussex Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession 12 live rounds of ammunition without being the licensed owner. Another charge stated that on the same day and location the 24-year-old man had in his possession one 9mm pistol without being the licensed firearm holder.In court on Wednesday, Trotman’s lawyer, in his application for bail, submitted to Magistrate Fabayo Azore that his client and several other persons were standing outside a club when someone from inside the club threw the firearm onto the ground. He said that despite this explanation, Trotman was arrested by the Police.However, the Police Prosecutor, in objecting to bail, told the court that Trotman had admitted to having the unlicensed firearm in his possession. In his objection, the Prosecutor cited the seriousness of the charge and nature of the offence. As a result, Magistrate Azore upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Trotman to prison. The matter will continue on October 24, 2018.
A snippet of the video which went viral, showing the student assaulting his colleagues…anti-bullying campaign launched as Police continue probeThe student of the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) who was caught on camera assaulting his classmates has been suspended, the Education Ministry said on Friday.Investigations revealed that the student who launched the attack on his colleagues claimed that he was being bullied. The teenager and his classmates who were assaulted are undergoing counselling.The video of the assault went viral on social media on March 26, 2019. The incident had occurred on the previous day, March 25, 2019. The student was seen cuffing his fellow classmates and beating them with a belt. The student was also seen slapping one of the other students in a classroom.Outrage ensued on social media when the video showing the beating went viral. This led to the Education Ministry launching a probe.An initial brief meeting was held with the administration of the Institute, senior officers of the Public Security Ministry’s Citizens’ Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP), some members of the Board of Governors of NATI, and the Assistant Chief Education Officer – Technical.An assembly was held with the entire student population to reiterate the Education Ministry’s non-tolerance for violence. The students were also reminded of their signed commitment, at the time of admission to the Institute, to obey the rules of the Institute by ensuring that matters are reported to the school, as against taking matters into one’s hands.According to the Education Ministry, a meeting was also held with the academic staff of the institution. The students involved in the incident were interviewed in the presence of their parents/guardians. A meeting was also held with the parents/guardians of all students of the NATI.The NATI and CSSP have been conducting welfare and counselling sessions with the CSSP students, including conflict management and anger control and management. These services have also been extended to NATI’s regular students.Among the recommended actions are that the frequency of assemblies at the institution must be increased, and sections of the rules and procedures must be discussed at these assemblies. At these assemblies, students will be encouraged to report incidents, and the procedure for doing so must be explained.The Ministry said on Friday that to further address the issue of bullying on a bigger scale, the Institute will be launching an anti-bullying campaign to ensure that students are sensitised on the negative effects of bullying. The Institute is to be declared a ‘No-Bullying’ Institution.Meanwhile, Commander of ‘B’ Division, Paul Langevine, told Guyana Times that the Police are still conducting their investigation into the matter of the assault.
Shazam Ismile, a 23-year-old labourer of Lot 17 Portuguese Quarters, Port Mourant, Corentyne Berbice, died almost instantly when the car in which he was travelling slammed into a utility pole along the Number 19 Village Highway on the East Coast of Berbice on Sunday at about 21:15hrs.Dead: Shazam IsmileOne of three persons travelling in the vehicle at the time, Ismile was sitting beside its driver and owner, 22-year-old Shazam Seepersaud, also called Randy, of Seawell Village, East Coast Berbice, when the accident occurred. Seepersaud is in stable condition at the New Amsterdam Hospital under police guard. The other occupant of the vehicle, 23-year-old Anthony Ramlocahn of East Canje Berbice, reportedly sustained broken limbs among other injuries, and was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further medical attention.Both Seepersaud and the now dead Ismile worked with poultry farmers as labourers, and would have known each other for approximately three years. Apart from being a labourer, Ishmile also reared his own stock.The damaged carThe three men were allegedly on what family members described as “a drinking spree”, and according to Ismile’s mother, Brahas Baijnauth, it appeared as if all of the men were drunk. She said that Seepersaud and her son would often go out together, and prior to the accident, her son had called to say that he would be home late, as he was with friends.Reports are that Ishmile, Seepersaud and Ramlocahn had gone for an “after-payday drink” which went on longer than expected and took them to several different places, until the deadly accident occurred at about 21:15 hours.Police are investigation the accident. (Andrew Carmichael)
LOS ANGELES – A judge on Tuesday moved to break a legal logjam in the Hollywood wiretapping case by ruling that no new defendants can join the 13 lawsuits already filed against private eye Anthony Pellicano and other defendants. More than 20 attorneys packed a downtown courtroom for the hearing, illustrating the furor that could accompany the civil trials. Many of the lawsuits seek unspecified damages while accusing Pellicano and others of invasion of privacy, negligence and infliction of emotional distress. Prosecutors contend in a 111-count criminal indictment that Pellicano illegally wiretapped the phones of Hollywood stars such as Sylvester Stallone and bribed police officers to run the names of more than 60 people, including comedians Garry Shandling and Kevin Nealon, through government databases. The information gathered was used to get dirt for threats, blackmail and in some cases to secure a tactical advantage in litigation, prosecutors alleged. Attorneys in the civil cases want to begin deposing witnesses soon, even though they believe the trials might not begin until next year. “We want to start moving this giant battleship forward as quickly as we can,” attorney Brian Kabateck said. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman stopped the addition of defendants but didn’t forbid the filing of new lawsuits. The judge scheduled a March 29 hearing to consider delaying the civil trials until Pellicano and five other defendants are tried on criminal charges of wiretapping and conspiracy. Fourteen people have been charged in the case, with seven pleading guilty so far. Last month, a federal grand jury returned a revised indictment that detailed taped conversations involving Pellicano and one of his clients but did not name any new defendants. “It does look like a clean-up indictment,” said Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor and former federal prosecutor. “I think there is plenty of dirt to come” at trial, she said. Defense attorneys in the criminal case are still sifting through evidence in preparation for the Aug. 22 trial. Meanwhile, several key issues remained unresolved. Pellicano’s attorney Steven Gruel has indicated he will challenge the validity of search warrants served at his client’s office in 2002 that prosecutors said contained conversations involving Pellicano. In addition, U.S. District Court Judge Dale Fischer, who is overseeing the criminal trial, wants to review the government’s inquiry into leaks of confidential FBI documents to the New York Times. Defense attorneys have complained the release of the records hurt their clients’ right to a fair trial. “We are convinced now more than ever there are viable motions attacking the evidence that was accumulated by the government in this case,” Gruel said. Pellicano, who has pleaded not guilty, listened by phone from a federal prison to Tuesday’s hearing on the civil cases. He said he has seen only a few of the lawsuits and expressed concern that he couldn’t be present for future civil hearings. “I can’t guarantee I can be at every court appearance,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
McCain has been closely identified throughout his career as an advocate of curbing the influence of money in politics, notably as the co-sponsor of a landmark bill limiting political contributions. He criticized Bush for overly aggressive fundraising efforts when the two were opponents in the 2000 Republican primaries. McCain has also enlisted two senior advisers and put them in charge of a fundraising effort that campaign aides described bluntly as having been in disarray and without a single person in charge. They are Tom Loeffler, a former Texas congressman who was named the campaign’s national campaign finance chairman, and Steve Schmidt, who ran California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign. McCain’s aides said that contributors, campaign aides and perhaps even the candidate, an experienced and successful fundraiser, had been lulled into complacency. For much of the past year, supporters had portrayed him as not just the front-runner, but practically the inevitable nominee. “This is a moment that has truly defined what needs to be done with respect to political fundraising,” said Loeffler, whom McCain elevated to run the fundraising effort at the first signs of trouble three weeks ago. “What it has shown for this team is that this is not a jog. This is a sprint.” John Weaver, McCain’s senior adviser, said: “We have a responsibility to make sure this doesn’t happen again and that we fix it.” If the campaign as a whole has seen its optimism deflated, the candidate’s speech on Iraq, too, comes as Democrats are assailing McCain for an overly optimistic view of conditions in Iraq, where he toured a Baghdad market clad in a bulletproof vest and protected by helicopters and armed guards. Democrats suggested that McCain had become so committed to building up forces, which he has long favored, that he failed to understand what was going on around him. McCain’s aides disputed that contention Tuesday, saying he was relying on the assessment provided him by Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S. forces in Iraq. They said he was mainly chastising reporters in Baghdad for focusing on bad news coming out of that country, disregarding what McCain said were encouraging turns of events there.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Lagging in fundraising and under fire for his support of the Iraq war, Sen. John McCain is overhauling his campaign-finance operation and delaying the official announcement of his candidacy, his aides said Tuesday. They said he would adopt the kind of big-donor fundraising program pioneered by President George W. Bush and give a speech explaining his support for the administration’s troop buildup in Iraq. The maneuvers come at a time of sharp anxiety in his camp, especially about his trailing all the major Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in fundraising. The concern grew after McCain’s visit to Iraq over the weekend, when he asserted that conditions there were improving. McCain’s aides said that, to deal with his fundraising problems, he would adopt what was a centerpiece of Bush’s fundraising technique, one that has been embraced by most major presidential candidates: creating an honorary campaign designation to reward the campaign’s top money raisers. Bush called his Rangers and Pioneers. McCain will call his the McCain 100s, for supporters who collect $100,000 for the campaign, and the McCain 200s who collect $200,000 each.
Century Cinemas is the new official Sponsor of the St Eunan’s Underage Academy.Mark Doherty of Century Cinemas attended the underage blitz at the park on Saturday as part of the offical launch and is pictured below with the U10 teams and managers Declan O Donnell and Bernard Doherty, Ciaran Maguire, Academy co-ordinator, as well as Pauric Daly, Minor Board Chairman and club Chairman, Cathal Greene.A great day was had by all with some great football with the stars of the future. The club would like to sincerly thank Mr Doherty and Century Cinemas for the kind sponsorship which will be used for new kit and training equipment for the Sunday morning academy which continues to cater for all boys and girls of the town from U6 to u10s. CENTURY CINEMAS NEW SPONSOR OF ST EUNAN’S ACADEMY was last modified: April 28th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Century CinemassponsorSt Eunans
There are now increasing fears for Lifford Community Hospital after Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch again refused to give any assurance on its future.Minister Lynch spoke to Donegal Senator Brian O’Domhnaill after he brought up the issue in the Seanad last night.However concerned members of the public in Donegal, including more than 700 who attended a protest meeting about the hospital recently, may now fear the worst. Senator O’Domhnaill revealed “I questioned Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch about the increasing concern about her Government’s agenda in shutting down community hospitals and closing nursing home units in smaller communities. This poses a further threat to the future of Lifford Hospital.“The Minister’s response was extremely disappointing. She admitted that her Government plans to shut down community hospitals and nursing homes, citing the need to achieve “efficiencies”. She refused to give any commitment to Lifford Hospital or any other facilities under threat of closure,” he revealed.He said there was no question about closing the hospital which has 20 beds.Speaking afterwards Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Lifford Community Hospital is a crucial part of the health services in Donegal. “It is an excellent facility that has served the needs of the community for centuries. Shutting it down would have an enormous impact on the community and healthcare provision in the region.”He appealed to Health Minister James Reilly to keep the hospital open. MINISTER’S SILENCE BRINGS INCREASING FEARS FOR LIFFORD HOSPITAL was last modified: January 13th, 2012 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:LIfford Community HospitalSenator Brian O’Domhnaill
Almost 80 volunteer Scout leaders converged on Stranorlar Scout Den to participate in an action packed, fun filled day eager to learn some new scouting skills.Leaders came from all over Donegal and even as far afield as Dungannon and Newry for what was the largest training course of its kind. Participants were instructed on basic scouting skills such as:. Knots & Lashings. Campcraft. Compass & map reading The group also learned the various types of fires that can be used safely in the outdoors using natural materials.Course Leader, Lifford based Scouting Ireland trainer, Joe Boland said that the day was a fantastic success due not only to the large numbers of participants but also because of the calibre of Hugh McCallan, Vincent Connolly, Charlie McChrystal, Gerry Doherty, Joe Mottram, Grainne Boland and Gary McDaid as well as the location which was ideal for the type of programme to be delivered.Joe said a big thanks must go to all the instructors, participants, 6th Donegal (Stranorlar) Scout Group for their Den and in particular Martin Flanagan for the refreshments.ALMOST 80 SCOUT LEADERS CONVERGE ON STRANORLAR FOR SKILLS COURSE was last modified: February 10th, 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) Tags:courseleadersScoutsStranorlar Den