Melbourne, Kingston in key clash

first_imgOut-of-favour West Indies spinner Nikita Miller believes second-place Melbourne have what it takes to overcome the challenge of leaders Kingston in their top-of-the-table Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship clash at Melbourne Oval today.The Zone D fixture, one of 11 final preliminary round matches on, weather permitting, will see Melbourne looking to win and stave off the challenges of St Thomas CA and Kensington CC, who are both looking to cop the second spot.The unbeaten Kingston, captained by Brandon King, have an unassailable 24 points after four matches, while Melbourne have 18.St Thomas and Kensington, who will meet at Goodyear Oval, have 12 points each.”It’s a crucial game, and when there is a crucial game like this, you have to go hard,” said Miller, captain of Melbourne.Out-of-contention Boys Town and Lucas will meet in the zone’s other encounter at Collie Smith Drive.In other matches, leaders St Elizabeth face eliminated Westmoreland, and second-position St James will host third-place Hanover in Zone A.Early qualifiers St Catherine CA will host Kingston and St Andrew CA, second-place St Catherine CC play eliminated Manchester, and third-place Clarendon welcome GC Foster College in Zone B.Meanwhile, in Zone C, University of the West Indies will travel to second-place St Ann, third-place Jamaica Defence Force play Portland at Folly Oval, while St Mary entertain Police at Three Hills Oval.last_img read more

NU dethrones Ateneo for UAAP season 81 juniors crown

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carl Tamayo put up a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Bullpups while Cyril Gonzales added his own line of 10 points and 10 boards.Fortea paced NU’s offense with 15 points.Season MVP Kai Sotto led Ateneo with 26 points and 25 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIEScenter_img 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Durant, Curry shine as Warriors hold off Kings 125-123 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—Nazareth School of National University is back on the throne after its sweep of Ateneo, culminating in a 64-53 Game 2 win in the UAAP Season 81 juniors’ basketball finals Friday at FilOil Flying V Center. ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Bullpups vacated the throne room for three years after winning the title back in 2016 with Justine Baltazar and John Lloyd Clemente spearheading the team. It was still a tight contest midway through the fourth with NU holding on to a slim 50-49 lead with 6:41 to play. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSlowly but surely, the Bullpups built a lead and Terrence Fortea’s three made it an eight-point game, 59-51, with 2:31 left in the game. Things got bad to worse for former champion Ateneo when Forthsky Padrigao went down with a knee injury at the same time as Fortea made his gutsy triple. last_img read more

AG admits “SOCU is a mess”

first_imgGuyana’s Attorney General Basil Williams has admitted that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), under his watch, has been a mess, from failing to carry out successful investigations to failed prosecutions.Attorney General Basil WilliamsHe also expressed disappointment in the Unit’s ineffectiveness since it was established.He made these comments at a Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML&TF) National Risk Assessment Seminar on Thursday at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston Georgetown.“One of the things we have to deal with is the question of investigations, prosecutions and convictions for money laundering offences, which I believe from 2015 to now, we haven’t had any, not one…we’ve seen the evaluation of all [of] the countries and they[‘ve] all fail[ed]. Some of them have hundreds and they still are not effective depending on the nature of economies but we haven’t had any; it’s remarkable and we have to look at that because that’s a gaping wound in the AML/CFT side… you’ve mentioned that you’ve increased some employment in SOCU. SOCU is a mess, so we have to reorganise SOCU and we have to make it effective,” the Attorney General stated.SOCU has been under fire for some time now with several allegations of corruption and mismanagement being made against it by persons it would have investigated and had business dealings with.SOCU headquartersEarlier this year, a forensic audit into SOCU’s operations was launched by the Guyana Police Force (GPF). The audit found cases of falsified invoices bearing forged signatures.Other irregularities that were unearthed include falsified records as well as missing documents. There were also reports of listed expenditure being concocted and receipts being backdated.Recently, a Police investigation was launched against Assistant Police Commissioner Sydney James, the former Head of SOCU, following recommendations from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers.James was eventually sent on leave by the Government to facilitate investigations and acting Head of SOCU, Althea Padmore, was appointed. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has said publicly that with all that has happened, James will not be returning.However, besides the fraud allegations, SOCU has failed to secure convictions in the cases it brought to court. It was only in March of this year that contempt of court charges brought by SOCU against eight top executives of GBTI were thrown out by the Magistrates Court. The charges brought by SOCU against Guyana Rice Development Board officials were also thrown out.SOCU was established in 2014 on the recommendation of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and was intended to be a Police unit operating under the authority of the Police Commissioner but with a close relationship to the FIU.A few years ago, Jagdeo stated that SOCU was created with the sole purpose of investigating money laundering and the financing of terrorism under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing for Terrorism (AMLCFT) Act, but is now the operational arm that is being used to target Opposition members.“This concern of the parliamentary opposition is further bolstered by recent public statements by Cabinet Ministers which are particularly ominous,” Jagdeo had stated.He further reminded that during the 2016 Budget Debates, in February, the Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, promised to make the protocols that guide SOCU’s operations public in a matter of weeks, a promise he is still to fulfil.It was SOCU which led a botched high-speed chase on the car transporting the wife of PPP/C Parliamentarian Charles Ramson Jr, resulting in three persons being killed and the subsequent declaration by the Government that there will be no investigation into the incident, while no agency or person has so far accepted responsibility.Jagdeo said that the fact that $40 million has been allocated in the 2016 Budget of the Ministry of the Presidency for a “top-up” of the SOCU staff is highly suspect and facilitates an environment for overt political interference.As such, Jagdeo had alerted the Guyanese public, civil society bodies, the diplomatic, and donor communities of what he terms “worrying developments which are an indicator of creeping authoritarianism undermining democracy, human rights and the rule of law.In 2017, former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Roger Luncheon; former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Ramesh Dookhoo; daughter of former President Donald Ramotar and General Manager of Guyana Gold Board, Lisaveta Ramotar; son of former Labour Minister Nanda Gopaul, Dr Gansham Singh; former Deputy Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Marcia Nadir-Sharma and former Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud were arrested by SOCU for “conspiracy to defraud the State of revenue”.last_img read more


first_imgAN anti-racism camp held in Co Donegal last year has been nominated for a top European prize.‘Show Racism the Red Card’, an intercultural camp for 11-16 year old boys and girls, has been chosen as the Irish entry for this year’s Charlemagne European Youth Prize, which will be awarded in Aachen, Germany on May 31.Isajeva Darja, a young Latvian organiser living in Ireland, submitted the project as an example of a project which brought together young people from a number of different countries, promoting an understanding among them of the values of integration and cultural diversity. The camp took place in Glencolmcille in July of last year and was attended by young people from Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, England, the Congo, India, Iran, Japan, Kurdistan, South Africa and the Ukraine.The volunteers who ran the camp also came from a range of different European countries.The participants were introduced to new languages, games and competitions.The Charlemagne European Youth Prize, organised on an annual basis by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize based in Aachen, Germany, provides recognition for cross-cultural projects which foster a sense of a European and international integration and understanding. GLENCOLMCILLE CAMP NOMINATED FOR TOP EUROPEAN PRIZE was last modified: April 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHESE were the “disgraceful” scenes left behind on one of County Donegal’s best known beaches after a day of warm weather.Donegal Daily reader Gemma McCausland said she didn’t want to go on “an anti-teenager rant” but felt the behaviour of those responsible for the mess shamed Donegal.“As the weather has been fabulous, my friend and myself went for a walk on Rathmullan beach, a typically busy and family orientated beach area,” she said. “As we were walking we noticed a group of teens, around 15 of them, in a group chilling out and relaxing on the beach.“We continued walking along the coast and on our way back we noticed the area where the teens had been…….as you see from the photos the mess left was nothing short of disgraceful.“There were plastic bottles, chip shop cartons and wrappers and glass alcohol bottles thrown randomly across the sand. Now this isn’t a rant about disrespectful teens-its a rant about being basically disrespectful to own coast and to the people we share them with.“Having lived down the country for a number of years, I’m so proud when people comment about how they think Donegal is such a beautiful county,and since I often feel we’re the forgotten county to Dublin when it comes to resources (train services, road upkeep, etc). “I would hate to see us lose our tourism due to laziness and disrespect,” she added. OUTRAGE AS THUGS TRASH DONEGAL BEACH was last modified: July 11th, 2013 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:OUTRAGE AS THUGS TRASH DONEGAL BEACHRathmullanlast_img read more

South African matriculants positive about final exams

first_img20 October 2015They were optimistic about their final exams, which started on Monday in South Africa, several grade 12 pupils said on Saturday, 17 October.Those studying the subject computer applications technology were be the first to sit a final, yesterday morning. Information Technology practical exams is to take place on today. The majority of the matriculants will start writing next week, on 26 October. English is the first main exam to be written.On Saturday, the minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation, Minister Jeff Radebe, spoke to matriculants at the Ivory Park community hall in Tembisa, in Gauteng. The event was aimed at encouraging pupils to prioritise education, motivate them to be self-disciplined and inspire them to stay focused on their dreams.Positive about examsMatome Masingi of Allanridge Secondary School said he was ready for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams. He had attended a camp for matriculants where learners had the opportunity to prepare for the exams using last year’s grade 12 papers. “I am feeling positive that I will pass,” he said.The event, which was aimed at motivating pupils to study, reminded him of the importance of education. The 18-year-old student said he was inspired to not give up in life regardless of the challenges that he may face.Another learner, Koketso Nkomo, who wants to read law at Wits University, said she was happy about the minister’s visit and felt motivated to work hard as she prepared for her exams.The government investing in educationRadebe told the learners that the government was behind them. He encouraged them to take advantage of opportunities that were available so they could develop themselves to be better citizens. “These opportunities require of you to take that plunge. the future is in your hands.”He explained that the government had removed many barriers to education by introducing no fee schools, and offering bursaries and study loans to students who wanted to study at institutions of higher learning.“In the past years we have also created a supporting environment in the post school arena. These opportunities include the expansion of the opportunities for training in technical vocational and training colleges as well at universities,” he said.Radebe said the government’s budget also showed its commitment to increasing access to post-school education.Increasing the budget“In the budget for 2015, which will be used for the next three years. we are projecting the increases at an annual average of 5.9%… Last year in 2014/2015 financial year, we spent about R39-billon and this amount will increase in 2017/2018 to R46.3-billion,” Radebe said.“The other amount in this current budget 2015/2016 will increase by 7.3% from R41.8-billion to about R60-billion, indicating the focus that the government has in order to give you the opportunities to study.”He encouraged pupils to take advantage of opportunities that were available so they could develop themselves to be better citizens.They were also encouraged to train to be artisans as such skills were needed in the country. “The need for skills in South Africa is very big, make sure that you train in areas where there is demand you will be employed for sure,” he said.In conclusion, he wished the pupils well for their exams. “It is important to know that your government is behind you and wishes you all the success,” he said.Well wishes“We would like to wish all candidates the best of luck with the upcoming National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations,” said Nomalungelo Gina, the chairperson of the portfolio committee on basic education. “We encourage them to work hard and not to lose focus as the goal posts are in sight for them now.”A total of 801 688 pupils have been registered for the NSC examination, which includes full-time and part-time candidates. The NSC results will be announced on 5 January 2016 by the minister of basic education and results will be released to candidates by schools on 6 January 2016.The committee urged parents, family members and caregivers to support candidates in every possible way and to ensure that they had enough study time and a conducive environment to successfully prepare for the examinations. It wished teachers and invigilators luck. “We want everyone to be at their best to ensure clean and credible NSC examinations for 2015.”Even people on Twitter wished the matriculants of 2015 well:Wishing all matrics a stress-free and successful #Matric2015 exam period. #NSC2015— Fourways Review (@Fourways_Review) October 19, 2015I wish ALL #Matric2015 best of luck!— Mutshidzi Ligege (@LigegeSpeaks) October 19, 2015Dear #MatricStudents I wish you all the best for your exams. Without a foundation of eduction,there will be no solid leadership. #Matric2015— Nkhensani (@CanSeeM) October 19, 2015Good luck matrics. You’ve done the work, now go and ace those exams! #MatricExams #Matric2015— Western Cape Gov (@WesternCapeGov) October 19, 2015Source: and reporterlast_img read more

Honours for South Africa’s Rivonia Trialists

first_img18 January 2016Rivonia Trialists and anti-apartheid activists Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg on Friday, 15 January received the Freedom of Sedibeng District Municipality. The trio will also receive the Freedom of the City of London on 27 January.Kathrada said that he was honoured and humbled to receive the accolade. “One recalls the Sedibeng region’s contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle in the Evaton Bus Boycotts in the 1950s‚ as well as the horrors of the violence that erupted in the Vaal Triangle‚ particularly Boipatong‚ closer to the advent of democracy,” he recollected.Sedibeng was home to events such as the Sharpeville Massacre, but was also where South Africa’s democratic Constitution was signed into law, Kathrada said.“It is therefore symbolic of how far we have come as a country – from racial oppression by the state‚ to the non-racial future that the Constitution promised‚ and still promises.”ANC veterans Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada&Dennis Goldberg receive Freedom of Sedibeng district municipality— Ismail Vadi (@ismailvadi) January 15, 2016Goldberg #Kathrada Mlangeni receive #FreedomOfSedibeng .Trialists praise the many community iniatives in the region.— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) January 15, 2016It was during the Rivonia Trial that Mandela made his famous speech that ended with the words: “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”The Freedom of the City of LondonIt is believed the tradition of awarding people the Freedom of the City of London began in the 13th century.“The medieval term ‘freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land,” states the city’s website. “Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term “freedom of the City’.“From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the square mile.”Watch this for more information:Today things have changed, but the tradition continues towards “people who have lived or worked in the City or have been proud to be admitted”.Source: Times Live and South reporterlast_img read more

Home Star Gets the House Vote

first_imgBy last fall, when the White House proposed a weatherization program whose financial incentives would be available to all homeowners in the U.S., most consumers had become at least generally familiar with the benefits of making a home more energy efficient and the broader economic benefits of programs that, once they get rolling, can create jobs.Coverage of the vastly expanded Weatherization Assistance Program, which is aimed exclusively at low-income households, helped with that. And now legislative action on the administration’s new proposal – the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act, aka the “Cash for Caulkers” program – has weatherization in the news again. And all for the good. The House of Representatives passed the bill, 246-161, on Wednesday, and it now awaits action in the Senate. Twelve House Republicans joined the Democratic majority in voting for the measure, but also managed to add a provision that requires Congress to fund the two-year $5.7 billion program through budget cuts, new sources of revenue, or a combination of the two.As noted in a post by Peter Yost, BuildingGreen LLC’s Director of Technical Services, Home Star has two levels of participation, Silver Star and Gold Star. The former is a “quick start” program offering upfront rebates of as much as $3,000 (or up to 50% of the total project cost, whichever comes first) for certain energy efficient measures such as the installation of new insulation, air sealing, windows and doors, and energy efficient appliances (including furnaces and water heaters).Performance-based standardsGold Star, meanwhile, is a whole-house retrofit option that offers up to $8,000 (or up to 50% of the total project cost, whichever comes first) for comprehensive energy efficiency audits and upgrades to various performance levels: $3,000 for modeled savings of 20%, plus $1,000 for each additional 5% of modeled energy savings. Audits are handled by contractors certified by Building Performance Institute and/or Residential Energy Services Network, although only BPI-certified contractors are authorized to do Gold Star retrofits.The program requires an inspection rate of 20% for Silver Star projects, 15% for Gold Star projects, although the inspection requirement for Gold Star projects is reduced if the participating contractor’s entire retrofit team meets certain certification requirements.A substantial marketHome Star subsidies can be collected in addition to existing credits or subsidies for energy efficiency upgrades at the state or federal level, including the energy tax credit of up to $1,500 that was included in last year’s economic stimulus act and runs through the end of 2010.An Associated Press story on the bill notes that its supporters, which include the home-performance trade group Efficiency First, estimate that 3 million households would make use of the new program, saving $9.2 billion in energy costs over a 10-year period. Supporters estimate Home Star would create 168,000 jobs, mainly in the recession-hit construction industry.In a press release, Efficiency First policy chairman Matt Golden said that the bipartisan passage of the bill “shows how when industry, labor, business and environmental groups cooperate, we can find solution for America. Home Star will create hundreds of thousands of good quality jobs, while saving families money on energy bills.”last_img read more

Stay Away from Foil-Faced Bubble Wrap

first_imgMost brands of foil-faced bubble wrap are only 3/8 inch thick or less, and have an R-value of only 1.0 or 1.1. Since the product often costs more per square foot than 1-inch thick rigid foam rated at R-5, why would anyone use bubble wrap as insulation?The R-value of foil-faced bubble wrap is so low that it has few, if any, advantages over rigid foam. Of course, the product’s foil facing can be used as a radiant barrier — but if you want a radiant barrier, cheaper products are available. (The bubble wrap layer is unnecessary, since it adds cost to the material without adding any useful thermal performance.)Since the main benefit from foil-faced bubble wrap is due to its radiant-barrier facing, the product is basically worthless unless it faces an air space. A decade ago, when I was the editor of Energy Design Update, I noticed that many manufacturers of foil-faced bubble wrap were promoting their products for use under concrete slabs on grade. In this application, the shiny foil is clearly not facing an air space, so the exaggerated R-value claims made by bubble-wrap manufacturers were particularly outrageous. My article exposing the bubble-wrap scammers appeared in the September 2003 issue of EDU.In that article, I reported that one manufacturer, WE International, made absurd claims about a thin (5/16-inch) product called Concrete Barrier rFoil. The manufacturer’s website boasted, “Concrete Barrier can serve three purposes underneath concrete: R-10 insulation, a vapor barrier and a radon barrier. … How does it compare to 2-inch foam board? It works just as well.”Similarly, Insulation Solutions, the manufacturer of a 3/8-inch thick product called Insul-Tarp, claimed that the flexible tarp has an “R-value equivalent” rating of R-5 to R-10.After these lies were publicized, three manufacturers wrote letters to EDU apologizing for the “oversights”… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Pacers Pound Woeful Knicks, 102-86

first_imgNEW YORK — The Indiana Pacers looked like a team fighting for a playoff spot. The New York Knicks looked like the team with the league’s worst record.The Pacers stayed within striking distance of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot when they defeated the Knicks 102-86 on April 8.George Hill led the Pacers (35-43) with 20 points. Roy Hibbert had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.“I was just trying to be aggressive,” Hibbert said. “Coach (Frank Vogel) has been playing three centers so that means not as many minutes for myself so I’m just trying to go out there and make the best of the minutes that I do have.”The win tied the Pacers with the Miami Heat, one game off the final playoff spot behind the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.“We need them all at this point in the year,” Vogel said. “We know we were behind the eight ball. It’s an uphill battle. We’re going to need some losses from other teams. We can’t control that; we’ve just got to control what we can control and that’s taking care of our own business and get another win.”Langston Galloway led the Knicks (15-63) with 19 points.“They want to win bad,” Galloway added. “They’re trying to get into the playoffs. We just had to be ready for it and tonight we let ourselves get behind the 8-ball and just couldn’t answer the bell.”The Pacers road a suffocating defense that held the Knicks to 34.5 percent shooting and outrebounded New York 54-34.“I thought we really dialed in to some of the Triangle coverages,” Vogel said. “Obviously it’s a unique offense that will burn you in a lot of ways and make you look silly if you don’t guard it the right way. I think our guys just dialed into a lot of those coverages.”Hibbert agreed. “Just trying to make sure we didn’t give up any backdoor layups,” Hibbert added. “We went over the Triangle offense and certain keys and triggers.”The Pacers set the tone in the first half, going into the locker room with a 54-38 lead. Indiana held the Knicks to 31.7 percent shooting from the field and owned the boards as the Pacers outrebounded New York 31-18.The Pacers never were threatened during the second half.“They had a lot of reasons to try and win the game and they were physical from the start,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “They overmatched us and overpowered us.”Chris Copeland had surgery on his elbow and his abdomen, Vogel said before the game. Copeland sustained the injuries in an early-morning incident when he, his girlfriend and another woman were stabbed following an argument on the street near a Manhattan nightclub that also led to the arrest of two Atlanta Hawks players, Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha, authorities said.“A lot of adversity today,” Vogel said. “A lot of adversity we’ve faced all season. We’ve shown a lot of character and I’m proud of their performance today.”(MICHAEL SCOTTO)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more